Return to home408 Aug 22,
Flavius Stilicho (48), West Roman field leader (395-408), died.
565 Aug 22, St. Columba
reported seeing a monster in Loch Ness.
634 Aug 22, Abu Bekr Abd Allah
(61), [al-Siddik], successor of Mohammed, died. He was a friend, an
Arabic merchant, Mohammed’s father-in-law and the first Caliph.
Before his death he appointed Mohammed's adviser Omar (Umar) as his
(ATC, p.66)(PC, 1992, p.61)
1138 Aug 22, English defeated
Scots at Cowton Moor. Banners of various saints were carried into
battle which led to its being called Battle of the Standard.
1350 Aug 22, Philips VI, of
Valois, King of France (1328-50), died.
1350 Aug 22, John II, also
known as John the Good, succeeded Philip VI as king of France.
1454 Aug 22, Jews were expelled
from Brunn Moravia by order of King Ladislaus Posthumus (1440-1457),
king of Hungary as Ladislaus V, king of Bohemia as Ladislaus I.
1485 Aug 22, Henry Tudor
defeated Richard III (32) at Bosworth. England's King Richard III
(1483-1485), the last of the Plantagenet kings, was killed in the
Battle of Bosworth. This victory established the Tudor dynasty in
England and ended the War of the Roses. 12 miles west of Leicester,
the forces of Richard III met the forces under Henry Tudor (later to
become Henry VII). Henry Tudor had returned from French exile on
August 7 at Milford Haven and assembled forces including two Yorkist
defectors, Thomas Stanley and his brother Sir William. These allies,
plus the defection of Henry Percy, the 4th earl of Northumberland
helped decide the outcome of the battle. Richard, whose forces had
taken position on Ambien Hill, died fighting in an attempt to get at
Henry Tudor himself. On Feb 4, 2013, scientists announced that they
had identified his skeleton, which was found in a car park in
(AP, 8/22/97)(HN, 8/22/98)(HNQ, 8/22/00)(Reuters,
1543 Aug 22, French and Ottoman
forces captured Nice following a siege of the city. Admiral
Barbarossa led the Ottoman fleet in the campaign.
1559 Aug 22, Spanish archbishop
Bartholome de Carranza was arrested as a heretic.
1601 Aug 22, Georges de
Scudery, French writer (Observations sur le Cid), was born.
1614 Aug 22, Trades people
under Vincent Fettmilch chased and plunder Jews out of ghetto in
1642 Aug 22, Civil war in
England began as Charles I declared war on the Puritan Parliament at
Nottingham. Charles I went to the House of Commons to arrest some of
its members and was refused entry. From this point on no monarch was
allowed entry. The Oct 23 Battle of Edgehill was the first major
clash of armies of the English Civil War.
(HN, 8/22/98)(SFC, 10/16/98, p.D3)(ON, 12/00,
1647 Aug 22, Denis Papin,
inventor of the pressure cooker, was born.
1654 Aug 22, Jacob Barsimson,
the 1st Jewish immigrant to US, arrived in New Amsterdam.
1681 Aug 22, Pierre Danican
Philidor, composer, was born.
1717 Aug 22, The Austrian army
forced the Turkish army out of Belgrade, ending the Turkish revival
in the Balkans.
1762 Aug 22, Ann Franklin
became the first female editor of an American newspaper, the
Newport, Rhode Island "Mercury."
1777 Aug 22, With the approach
of General Benedict Arnold's army, British Colonel Barry St. Ledger
abandoned Fort Stanwix and returns to Canada.
1780 Aug 22, HMS Resolution
returned to England without Capt Cook.
1781 Aug 22, Col. William
Campbell (36), West Virginia Patriot militia leader, died of an
apparent heart attack during the siege of Yorktown. Campbell had led
his militia in the Patriot victory on October 7, 1780, at the Battle
of King's Mountain in South Carolina
(ON, 12/07, p.7)
1787 Aug 22, Inventor John
Fitch demonstrated his steamboat, the Perseverance, on the Delaware
River to delegates of the Continental Congress. In 2004 Andrea
Sutcliffe authored “Steam: The Untold Story of America’s First Great
(AP, 8/22/99)(WSJ, 7/27/04, p.D10)
1791 Aug 22, A Haitian slave
revolution began under voodoo priest Boukman.
(MC, 8/22/02)(SFCM, 5/30/04, p.9)
1793 Aug 22, Louis Duke de
Noailles (80), marshal of France, was guillotined.
1806 Aug 22, Jean-Honore
Fragonard (74), French painter, engraver, died.
1818 Aug 22, Warren Hastings
(85), 1st governor-general of India (1773-84), died.
1826 Aug 22, Colonies under
Jebediah Strong Smith moved near Salt Lake Utah.
1827 Aug 22, Industrialist Ezra
Butler Eddy (d.1906) was born in Vermont. E.B. Eddy, who became
known as the matchmaker of the world, moved his small friction-match
factory from Burlington, Vt., to Hull, Que., in 1851. He expanded,
modernized and diversified to produce a variety of wood and paper
products. Eddy was elected mayor of Hull six times and was a member
of the Quebec legislature for six years.
1827 Aug 22, Josef Strauss,
Austrian composer (Dorfschwalben aus Austria), was born.
1828 Aug 22, Franz Joseph Gall
(70), German-French physician, fraud (phrenology), died.
1836 Aug 22, Archibald M.
Willard, US, artist (Spirit of '76), was born.
1846 Aug 22, Gen. Stephen W.
Kearny proclaimed all of New Mexico a territory of the United
States. The US pledged to honor the land grants in northern New
Mexico that were awarded by the Spanish and Mexican governors of the
(WSJ, 5/7/99, p.A6)(AP, 8/22/07)
1849 Aug 22, The Portuguese
governor of Macao, China, was assassinated because of his
1850 Aug 22, Nikolaus Lenau
(48) (pseudonym of Nikolaus Franz Niembsch), Hungarian-born poet and
writer, died in Austria.
1851 Aug 22, The Schooner
America, designed by George Steers, outraced the Aurora in the
Solent, a stretch of sea separating the Isle of Wight from England
proper, to win the Queen’s cup, a trophy that renamed as the
America’s Cup. For 132 years the New York Yacht Club defeated all
challengers to retain the prestigious America’s Cup, the record for
the longest winning streak in sports history. The Liberty lost it to
the Australia II in 1983.
(AP, 8/22/97)(SFEC, 10/1/00, p.T4)(AH, 2/03,
p.29)(SSFC, 4/15/07, p.G4)
1862 Aug 22, Claude Debussy
(d.1918), composer (La Mer, Clair de Lune), was born in St.
1862 Aug 22, Santee Sioux
attacked Fort Ridgely, Minn.
1864 Aug 22, In Geneva,
Switzerland, representatives of 12 nations agreed to sign the First
Geneva Contention “for the Amelioration of the Condition of the
Wounded in Armies in the Field." By 1866 twenty countries had
signed. 194 states were signatories as of 2008.
(ON, 4/08, p.12)
1877 Aug 22, Nez Perce fled
into Yellowstone National Park.
1879 Aug 22, Robert B. Woodward
(1824), San Francisco entrepreneur, died in Napa, Ca. His SF
amusement park began to decline and closed in 1891.
1880 Aug 22, George Herriman
(d.1944), cartoonist and creator of Krazy Kat, was born.
1888 Aug 22, The City of
Chester, a 202-foot passenger steamship, sank as it left the San
Francisco Bay after colliding with the incoming ocean line Oceanic.
16 people died including 3 crew members and 13 men, women and
children. Wreckage of the Chester was found in May, 2013, in 217
feet of water near the Golden Gate Bridge.
(SFC, 4/24/14, p.A10)(http://tinyurl.com/m2fdxwe)
1891 Aug 22, Jacque Lipchitz
(d.1973), sculptor, was born in Poland.
1893 Aug 22, Dorothy Parker
(d.1967), poet, satirist, screenwriter and founding member of the
Algonquin Round Table, was born in West Bend, N.J. "Authors and
actors and artists and such / Never know nothing, and never know
(AP, 8/22/97)(HN, 8/22/02)
1900 Aug 22, Gabriel Fauré’s
opera "Promethee," premiered in Beziers.
1902 Aug 22, Leni Riefenstahl,
[Helene Bertha Amalie], actress, Hitler's favorite cinematographer
(Triumph of the Will, Tiefland), was born in Germany.
1902 Aug 22, President Theodore
Roosevelt became the first U.S. chief executive to ride in an
automobile in Hartford, Conn.
1902 Aug 22, The Cadillac
Company formed from the Henry Ford Co. when Henry Ford left. Ford
formed the Ford Motor Co. in 1903.
1904 Aug 22, Deng Xiaoping
(d.1997), Chinese leader from 1977 to 1987, was born in Sichuan
province. He held nominal leadership position until his death.
(HN, 8/22/00)(AP, 8/22/04)
1906 Aug 22, The 1st Victor
Victrola was manufactured.
(MC, 8/22/02)(SFC, 1/21/09, p.G4)
1908 Aug 22, Henri
Cartier-Bresson, photographer, was born in Chanteloup, France.
(HN, 8/22/00)(MC, 8/22/02)
1910 Aug 22, Japan annexed
Korea following 5 years as a protectorate and ruled for 35 years.
(WSJ, 10/14/95, p.A-1)(Jap. Enc., BLDM, p.
1911 Aug 22, President William
Taft vetoed a joint resolution of Congress granting statehood to
Arizona. Taft vetoed the resolution because he believed a
provision in the state constitution authorizing the recall of judges
was a blow at the independence of the judiciary. The offending
clause was removed an Arizona was admitted to statehood on February
14, 1912. Afterward, the state restored the article in its
1914 Aug 22, In France some
27,000 soldiers died in the bloodiest battle of French history.
(SFEC, 9/28/97, Z1 p.2)
1914 Aug 22, Von Ludendorff and
von Hindenburg moved into East Prussia enroute to Russia.
1917 Aug 22, John Lee Hooker,
blues singer and guitarist, was born.
1917 Aug 22, San Francisco
Mayor James Rolph told Jesse W. Lilienthal, president of the street
car company, that that service must be resumed as street fighting
between strikers and United Railroads substitutes left 18
(SSFC, 3/20/17, DB p.54)
1920 Aug 22, Ray Bradbury,
science fiction writer whose works include "The Martian Chronicles"
and "Fahrenheit 451," was born.
(WSJ, 11/22/95, p.A-3)(HN, 8/22/98)
1920 Aug 22, Denton Cooley,
heart surgeon (1st artificial heart implant), was born in Houston.
1920 Aug 22, Swedish artist
Anders Zorn (b.1860) died. His work included “the Thorn Bush"
1921 Aug 22, J. Edgar Hoover
became asst. director of FBI.
1922 Aug 22, Michael Collins,
Irish politician, was killed in an ambush.
1923 Aug 22, Paavo Nurmi of
Finland ran a world record mile (4:10.4).
1932 Aug 22, BBS began
experimental regular TV broadcasts.
1934 Aug 22, H. Norman
Schwarzkopf, commander of the coalition forces during the Persian
Gulf War (1991), was born in Trenton, NJ.
(HN, 8/22/98)(MC, 8/22/02)
1934 Aug 22, Alcatraz began
operations as a US federal prison as Al Capone and 52 other felons
arrived from eastern prisons.
(SSFC, 8/17/14, p.42)
1935 Aug 22, E. Annie Proulx,
writer, was born in Connecticut. Her novels included "Postcards" and
"The Shipping News."
1941 Aug 22, Nazi troops
1942 Aug 22, Brazil declared
war on the Axis powers. She was the only South American country to
send combat troops into Europe.
1942 Aug 22, Mikhailmichel
Fokine, Russian ballet dancer, choreographer, died.
1943 Aug 22, Soviet troops
1944 Aug 22, Hitler ordered
Paris to be destroyed.
1944 Aug 22, In Bordeaux,
France, Heinz Stahlschmidt (d.2010 at 92), a junior officer in the
German navy, defied his superiors plans to blow up Bordeaux's port
by blowing up a munitions depot, rendering some 4,000 fuses useless
and saving the port. Heinz Stahlschmidt became a French citizen in
1947 under the name of Henri Salmide and a Knight of the French
Legion d’Honneur in September 2000.
1944 Aug 22, Last transport of
French Jews departed to Nazi Germany.
1945 Aug 22, Soviet troops
landed at Port Arthur and Dairen on the Kwantung Peninsula in China.
1945 Aug 22, Conflict in
Vietnam began when a group of Free French parachuted into southern
Indochina, in response to a successful coup by communist guerilla Ho
(HFA, '96, p.36)(HN, 8/22/00)
1950 Aug 22, Althea Gibson
became the first black tennis player to be accepted in competition
for the national championship.
1951 Aug 22, Harlem
Globetrotters played in Olympic Stadium at Berlin before 75,052.
1953 Aug 22, France closed the
penal colony on Devil's Island.
1953 Aug 22, Shah of Persia
returned to Teheran.
1956 Aug 22, President
Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon were nominated for second terms
in office by the Republican National Convention in San Francisco.
(AP, 8/22/97)(Ind, 11/3/01, 5A)
1962 Aug 22, Savannah, world's
1st nuclear powered ship, completed here maiden voyage from
Yorktown, Va., to Savannah, Ga.
1962 Aug 22, There was a failed
assassination on president De Gaulle.
1965 Aug 22, in San Francisco
Giants’ pitcher Juan Marichal struck Johnny Roseboro, the catcher of
the Los Angeles Dodgers, with a bat sparking a fight in the third
inning that took fourteen minutes to clear before play resumed.
(SSFC, 8/23/15, DB p.46)
1966 Aug 22, The Beatles
arrived in NYC.
1968 Aug 22, Pope Paul VI
arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the start of the first papal visit
to Latin America.
1968 Aug 22, In Czechoslovakia
a Soviet-led invasion crushed the Prague Spring reforms. In 1997 3
Communist Party leaders, Milos Jakes, Karel Hoffmann and Joseph
Lenart, were accused of conspiring with the Soviets.
(SFC, 5/3/97, p.A10)
1972 Aug 22, US Congress
created the Idaho’s Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
1972 Aug 22, In Bratislava,
Slovakia, the Novy Most (New Bridge) opened over the Danube. A
section of the Old Town was bulldozed for its creation.
1973 Aug 22, Henry Kissinger
(b.1923), German-born American bureaucrat, succeeded William Rogers
as Secretary of State under Pres. Nixon. He continued in office
1973 Aug 22, Chile’s Chamber of
Deputies issued its “Declaration of the Breakdown of Chile’s
Democracy." It accused Pres. Allende of violating laws.
1974 Aug 22, Jacob Bronowski
(b.1908), British mathematician, cultural historian, died in East
1976 Aug 22, EPA scientists
reported that they had discovered plutonium in the ocean sediment
off the SF coast and radioactive cesium leaking from containers 120
miles east of Ocean City, Md. Some 62,000 steel drums of nuclear
waste were dumped into the oceans from 1946-1970.
(SFC, 8/17/01, p.WB6)
1976 Aug 22, In Brazil former
Pres. Juscelino Kubitschek (b.1902) was killed in a car accident. In
2013 an investigation was ordered due to suspicion that his death
was ordered by the military regime. In 2014 a national Truth
Commission said there was no evidence that the military regime of
the time was responsible for the accident.
p.A2)(SFC, 4/23/14, p.A2)
1976 Aug 22, Oskar Brusewitz
(b.1929), East German Lutheran vicar, died after having set himself
on fire on August 18 to protest the repression of religion.
1978 Aug 22, In Kenya Pres.
Jomo Kenyatta (1963-1978), a leading figure in Kenya's struggle for
independence, died at age 83. He was succeeded by Vice President
Daniel Arap Moi of the Kalengin tribe, head of the Kenya African
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)(SFC, 6/18/97,
p.A8)(SFC,11/27/97, p.B6)(AP, 8/22/98)
1978 Aug 22, Sandinistas
occupied the National Palace in Managua, Nicaragua.
1979 Aug 22, James T. Farrell
(b.1904), author (Young Lonigan), died. In 2004 Robert K. Landers
authored "The Life and Times of James T. Farrell."
(SFC, 2/26/04, p.E1)
1981 Aug 22, In Indianapolis,
Indiana, King Edward Bell (33), a laid-off autoworker, killed his
estranged wife, mother-in-law and 4 children. Bell was sentenced to
six consecutive 40-year prison terms.
1982 Aug 22, Alfonso Portillo,
a Guatemalan professor at Mexico’s Guerrero Autonomous Univ., shot
and killed 2 political adversaries outside a party. In 1999 Portillo
ran as a presidential candidate for the Guatemalan Republican Front
and said he had acted in self defense.
1984 Aug 22, The Republican
convention in Dallas renominated Ronald Reagan.
1984 Aug 22, In Fairfield, Ca.,
Clark Handa (3) was abducted from his home. The kidnapper left a
note demanding money, but no one ever contacted the family and Clark
was never seen again. On April 25, 2016, Michael Fejarang (55), a
state prison inmate serving time for child molestations, was charged
with the kidnapping.
(SFC, 4/27/16, p.D2)
1984 Aug 22, The VW plant at
Westmoreland, Pa., produced its last Volkswagen Rabbit.
1985 Aug 22, A fire broke out
aboard a British Airtours charter jet on a runway at Manchester
Airport in England and 55 people died.
1986 Aug 22, Kerr-McGee Corp.
agreed to pay the estate of the late Karen Silkwood (1946-1974)
$1.38 million, settling a 10-year-old nuclear contamination lawsuit.
1987 Aug 22, The supertanker
Bridgeton and three other reflagged Kuwaiti tankers left Kuwait
under U.S. escort and safely cleared Persian Gulf waters where the
Bridgeton had hit a mine the month before.
1988 Aug 22, Speaking to the
Veterans of Foreign Wars in Chicago, Vice President George Bush
defended the Vietnam-era National Guard service of running mate Dan
Quayle, saying, "He did not go to Canada, he did not burn his draft
card and he damn sure didn't burn the American flag."
1989 Aug 22, Nolan Ryan of the
Texas Rangers struck out his 5,000th batter, Rickey Henderson.
1989 Aug 22, Black Panther
co-founder Huey P. Newton (47) was shot to death in Oakland, Calif.,
by a drug dealer. On Dec 11, 1991, gunman Tyrone Robinson (25) was
sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.
(AP, 8/22/97)(SFC, 10/24/97, p.A15)(SSFC,
11/27/16, DB p.50)
1990 Aug 22, President Bush
signed an order calling up reservists to bolster the US military
buildup in the Persian Gulf.
1991 Aug 22, The Supreme Court
of Canada struck down the so-called rape shield law, which said the
previous sexual conduct of a rape victim could not be used in court.
1991 Aug 22, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev returned to Moscow following the collapse of
the hard-liners' coup. Later that day, he purged his government of
the men who'd tried to oust him.
1992 Aug 22, President Bush
told an evangelical gathering in Dallas that the Democrats had left
"three simple letters" out of their platform: "G-o-d." Democrat Bill
Clinton said Bush was trying to divert attention from the economy.
1992 Aug 22, Neo-Nazi violence
against foreigners erupted in Rostock, Germany.
1993 Aug 22, NASA engineers
continued trying, without success, to re-establish contact with the
Mars Observer, a day after losing contact.
1994 Aug 22, DNA testing linked
OJ Simpson to the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.
1994 Aug 22, A catacarb leak at
the Unocal facility in Rodeo, Ca., lasted 16 days. A suit by 6,000
residents settled in 1997 charged Unocal $80 million.
(SFC, 4/15/97, p.A10)
1994 Aug 22, Leo Lerman
(b.1915), writer and editor for Conde Nast, died. He left behind
numerous notebooks, which were published in 2007 under the title
“The Grand Surprise."
1994 Aug 22, Ernesto Zedillo of
Mexico's ruling party declared his victory as president, a day after
his leading opponents charged the election was unfair.
1995 Aug 22, Congressman Mel
Reynolds (Democrat, Illinois) was convicted in Chicago of sexual
misconduct involving an underage campaign volunteer. Reynolds was
sentenced to five years in prison; he was later convicted of lying
to obtain loans and of illegally siphoning campaign money for
personal use. Reynolds was later sentenced to five years in prison;
he ended up serving 2 1/2.
1996 Aug 22, Pres. Clinton
signed a welfare reform bill, the Personal Responsibility and Work
Opportunity Reconciliation Act (welfare to work), to curtail fraud
and abuse that also set new standards for disabled children and
ended up eliminating many from supplemental security income. It
ended guaranteed cash payments to the poor and demanded work from
recipients. It originated in the 1994 Republican "Contract with
America." It included a ban on free federal medical care for new
green-card holders during their 1st 5 years. The bill included
“Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" (TANF), which replaced
(SFC, 8/15/97, p.A1,17)(AP, 8/22/97)(WSJ,
11/20/00, p.A24)(WSJ, 8/29/01, p.A1)(Econ, 12/18/10, p.46)
1996 Aug 22, The US Army began
operating an incinerator in Utah to destroy a 14,000 ton stockpile
of chemical weapons over 7 years.
(WSJ, 8/23/96, p.A1)
1996 Aug 22, In Bahrain new
environmental anti-pollution laws went into effect.
(SFC, 8/22/96, p.E3)
1996 Aug 22, Neo-Nazi Gary
Lauck of the US was sentenced to 4 years in prison in Germany for
supplying hate literature and paraphernalia for 2 decades.
(SFC, 8/23/96, p.A18)
1997 Aug 22, A federal judge
rejected Pres. Clinton’s request to dismiss the sexual harassment
suit of Paula Jones. The trial was scheduled to start May 27, 1998.
(SFC, 8/23/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 22, A federal official
threw out the contentious Teamsters election because of alleged
campaign fund-raising abuses, forcing union President Ron Carey into
another race against James P. Hoffa.
(SFC, 8/23/97, p.A1)(AP, 8/22/98)
1997 Aug 22, A $64.8 million
890- lb. Lewis satellite was launched by NASA on a hoped-for 5-year
mission. It went into an uncontrolled spin on Aug 22 and was
expected to fall and burn up in Earth’s atmosphere in Sep.
(SFC, 9/27/97, p.A3)
1997 Aug 22, It was reported
that Ethiopia has completed work on more than 200 dams that use 624
million cubic yards of Nile water per year.
(WSJ, 8/22/97, p.A10)
1997 Aug 22, In Kenya armed
marauders attacked a church filled with some 2,500 refugees and
killed 2 refugees and wounded a police guard in Linkoni.
(SFC, 8/23/97, p.A12)
1997 Aug 22, On Montserrat
voluntary evacuation of the islanders was begun. Two-thirds of the
12,000 inhabitants fled the island. It was expected that much of the
island would not be habitable for 20 years after the eruptions
(SFC, 8/23/97, p.A12)
1997 Aug 22, In Rwanda at least
120 people were killed at the Mudende camp near Mutura. The slain
were thought to have been Tutsis and were killed by "infiltrators,"
rival rebel Hutus.
(SFC, 8/23/97, p.A14)
1998 Aug 22, President Clinton,
in his Saturday radio address, announced he had signed an executive
order putting Osama bin Laden's Islamic Army on a list of terrorist
1998 Aug 22, Elena Garro (b.
1920), Mexican novelist, playwright and former wife of Octavio Paz,
died at age 77. Her foremost novel was "Recuerdos del Porvenir"
(Remembrances of the Future).
(SFEC, 8/23/98, p.D4)
1998 Aug 22, The 15 Caribbean
leaders at the Caribbean Forum (Cariforum) said they wanted a new
trade accord with Europe to maintain preferential quotas in order to
gain time and adjust to the global liberalization of markets. The
current agreement expires in 2000. A hemisphere-wide Free Trade Area
was envisioned by the year 2005.
(SFEC, 8/23/98, p.A25)
1999 Aug 22, The US Bureau of
Justice Statistics reported that the number of Americans on parole
topped 4 million for the first time.
(SFC, 8/23/99, p.A4)
1999 Aug 22, Hurricane Bret hit
the US-Mexican border near Brownsville late on this day. Winds hit
125 mph but the storm missed populated areas.
(SFEC, 8/22/99, p.A2)(SFC, 8/23/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 22, Art dealer Leo
Castelli died in New York at age 91.
1999 Aug 22, In Hong Kong a
China Airlines plane with over 300 passengers overturned while
landing under high winds from Typhoon [Tropical Storm] Sam. 3 people
were killed and 211 injured of the 313 survivors.
(SFC, 8/23/99, p.A14)(AP, 8/22/04)
1999 Aug 22, In Russia 4 small
radical political parties joined forces as the Stalinist Bloc led by
Viktor Anpilov, Yevgeny Dzugashvili (Stalin's grandson) and Gen'l.
(SFC, 8/23/99, p.A14)
1999 cAug 22, In Switzerland
the chief of the secret service was suspended amid reports that he
had embezzled millions of dollars and was using the money to
assemble a private army. Accountant Dino Bellasi was accused of
embezzling $6 million from the Defense Ministry and used the money
to train a secret army.
(WSJ, 8/23/99, p.A1)(SFC, 9/3/99, p.A8)
2000 Aug 22, Publishers
Clearing House agreed to pay $18 million to 24 states and the
District of Columbia to settle allegations it had used deceptive
promotions in its sweepstakes mailings.
2000 Aug 22, In Japan
Mitsubishi Motors admitted that it had concealed tens of thousands
customer complaints about automobile defects since 1977.
(SFC, 8/23/00, p.A10)
2000 Aug 22, In Malaysia 15
people including 13 children were killed when a tractor-trailer rig
collided with a school van in Sarawak.
(SFC, 8/24/00, p.A13)
2000 Aug 22, In Russia Pres.
Putin met with grieving relatives of the 118 seamen who died in the
Kursk nuclear submarine.
(SFC, 8/23/00, p.A10)
2000 Aug 22, In Taiwan Typhoon
Bilis struck with winds over 100 mph and 3 people were killed.
(SFC, 8/23/00, p.A11)
2000 Aug 22, In West Timor
pro-Indonesia militiamen severely beat 3 UN relief workers. UN
relief work in West Timor was suspended the next day.
(SFC, 8/24/00, p.A13)
2001 Aug 22, Sen. Jesse Helms
(79) of North Carolina confirmed that he would not seek re-election
(SFC, 8/23/01, p.A6)
2001 Aug 22, The space shuttle
Discovery returned and brought home 3 crew members, Yuri Usachev,
Susan Helms, and Jim Voss, who had spent nearly 6 months on the
Int’l. Space Station.
(SFC, 8/23/01, p.A7)
2001 Aug 22, The All Species
Foundation announced that Brian Boom would head the 25-year project
for cataloguing every species.
(WSJ, 8/23/01, p.A4)
2001 Aug 22, Brazil moved to
produce a generic version of the anti-AIDS drug nelfinavir under
int’l. patent protection by Roche.
(SFC, 8/23/01, p.A8)
2001 Aug 22, In Chechnya
Russian troops claimed to have wounded rebel commander Shamil
Basayev and killed 35 of his fighters.
(WSJ, 8/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 22, Israeli forces
killed 7 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
(SFC, 8/23/01, p.A8)(WSJ, 8/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 22, NATO members gave
formal approval for alliance soldiers to collect weapons from
Albanian guerrillas in Macedonia.
(SFC, 8/23/01, p.A8)
2002 Aug 22, In Oregon
President Bush proposed to end the government's "hands-off" policy
in national forests and ease logging restrictions in fire-prone
(WSJ, 8/23/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/22/03)
2002 Aug 22, The US and Russia
took away 100 pounds of weapons-grade uranium from an aging nuclear
reactor in Belgrade to Russia for re-processing.
(SFC, 8/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 22, Two US helicopter
pilots were reported lost in South Korea. Their bodies were found
the next day 13 miles south of Camp Page.
(SFC, 8/24/02, p.A9)
2002 Aug 22, Researchers
reported a new enzyme to treat victims of an anthrax attack and to
help detect the spores.
(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 22, In Brazil
President Fernando Henrique Cardoso signed a decree creating the
Tumucumaque (the rock on top of the mountain) Mountains National
Park, bigger than Maryland covering a region of virgin rainforest in
Amapa state, along Brazil's northern borders with Surinam and
(AP, 8/22/02)(SFC, 8/23/02, p.A2)
2002 Aug 22, China evacuated
some 600,000 people around the swollen Lake Dongting in Hunan
(WSJ, 8/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 22, In Nepal a small
plane carrying 18 people, including tourists from Germany, the
United States and Britain, crashed into a mountain in bad weather,
killing all aboard.
(Reuters, 8/22/02)(AP, 8/22/03)
2002 Aug 22, In Peru officials
reported that police had destroyed 57 crude drug laboratories in the
Peruvian jungle and burned 38 tons of coca leaf.
2002 Aug 22, In the Philippines
the heads of two Jehovah's Witnesses were found at Patikul on Jolo
island, two days after the Abu Sayyaf rebels seized the two male
preachers and six other hostages.
(Reuters, 8/22/02)(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A1)
2003 Aug 22, Roy Moore,
Alabama's chief justice, was suspended for his refusal to obey a
federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from his
2003 Aug 22, In southern
California members of the Earth Liberation Front struck 4 car
dealerships. Damage at a Chevrolet dealership in West Covina was
over $1 million.
(SFC, 8/23/03, p.A2)
2003 Aug 22, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry pardoned 35 people arrested in the 1999 Tulia drug busts and
convicted on the testimony of a lone undercover agent later charged
with perjury. The agent, Tom Coleman, was later found guilty of
aggravated perjury and sentenced to 10 years probation. He's been
appealing his conviction.
2003 Aug 22, In central
Afghanistan government forces fought hundreds of suspected Taliban
insurgents, killing four guerrillas and arresting 13. At least four
government soldiers died.
2003 Aug 22, In Brazil a $6
million rocket exploded on its launch pad while undergoing final
pre-launch tests, killing 21 people. The VLS-1 rocket which was
undergoing tests at the Alcantara Launch Center.
2003 Aug 22, In Canada a
wildfire has forced up to 10,000 people from their homes in Kelowna,
2003 Aug 22, In northern China
a bus swerving to avoid an oil truck ran off a highway and plunged
into a ravine, killing 27 people.
2003 Aug 22, Suspected FARC
rebels killed Carlos Benavidez (25), a journalist and wounded
another, after the vehicle in which the reporters were traveling
failed to stop at a roadblock in southern Colombia.
2003 Aug 22, France announced a
$525 million aid package for farmers whose animals died by the
millions and whose crops withered in a heat wave estimated to have
killed 10,000 people.
2003 Aug 22, Israeli troops
killed a Palestinian militant and wounded two others in a shootout
Friday at a West Bank hospital.
2003 Aug 22, In Nigeria 5 days
of street battles in Warri left as many as 100 dead.
(SFC, 8/23/03, p.A16)
2003 Aug 22, Oslo, Norway, was
ranked the world's most expensive city by Swiss banking giant UBS.
It was followed by New York, Zurich, Switzerland; Copenhagen,
Denmark; London; Basel, Switzerland; Chicago; and Geneva.
2003 Aug 22, Turkish troops
clashed with Kurdish rebels in Batman province. 7 Kurds and 2
Turkish soldiers were killed.
(SFC, 8/23/03, p.A3)
2004 Aug 22, In the Olympics
Justin Gatlin of the US won the 10-meter dash in 9.85 sec.
(SFC, 8/23/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 22, In Bangladesh an
angry mob set fire to a passenger train and protesters clashed with
police across the country, leaving dozens of people injured, as
violence spread a day after a grenade attack on an opposition rally
killed 19 people.
2004 Aug 22, Pres. Putin flew
to Chechnya in advance of elections. Overnight attacks killed at
least 30 people.
(SFC, 8/23/04, p.A3)
2004 Aug 22, U.S. warplanes
bombed Najaf's Old City and gunfire rattled amid fears a plan to end
the standoff with radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr could. A car
bomb exploded north of Baghdad, killing two people and injuring four
others, including a deputy provincial governor.
2004 Aug 22, Gilberto Higuera
Guerrero, alleged leader of the powerful Arellano Felix drug gang,
was arrested before dawn at a house in the border city of Mexicali.
2004 Aug 22, Attackers killed
one Turkish citizen and two Iraqis on a road north of Baghdad.
2004 Aug 22, In Oslo, Norway,
armed men stormed into the Munch Museum, threatened staff at
gunpoint and stole one of Edvard Munch's famous paintings, "The
Scream" and "Madonna" before the eyes of stunned museum-goers.
Another version of “The Scream" was stolen in 1994. Police recovered
both painting in 2006. In 2007 3 men were sentenced to prison for
their roles in the heist. The 3 were ordered to pay a total of $262
million in compensation.
(AP, 8/22/04)(WSJ, 8/24/04, p.A1)(SFC, 9/1/06,
p.A2)(SFC, 4/24/07, p.D6)
2004 Aug 22, Sudan said it
would reduce paramilitary forces in Darfur by 30 percent to try to
ease tensions in the western region.
2005 Aug 22, During a speech in
Salt Lake City, President Bush compared the fight against terrorism
to both world wars and other great conflicts of the 20th century.
2005 Aug 22, The California
Supreme Court ruled that lesbian and gay partners who plan a family
and raise children should be considered legal parents after a
(SFC, 8/23/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 22, Connecticut sued
the federal government seeking relief from a requirement that it
scrap its own education testing program in favor of one the state
said will not help children but will cost millions.
(SFC, 8/23/05, p.A4)
2005 Aug 22, Religious
broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested that American agents assassinate
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop his country from becoming
"a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism."
Robertson later apologized, saying he had spoken out of frustration.
2005 Aug 22, Harrah’s said it
has agreed to buy the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino in Las
Vegas for $370 million.
(WSJ, 8/23/05, p.D6)
2005 Aug 22, Scientists
reported the development of a cancer-fighting compound that can
sneak past a protective blood barrier in the brain, enabling it to
fight brain cancer.
2005 Aug 22, A development
agency said nearly half of Asia's 1.27 billion children live in
poverty, deprived of food, safe drinking water, health or shelter.
2005 Aug 22, In southeastern
Bangladesh unusually high tides partially submerged two offshore
islands, forcing nearly 20,000 residents to flee their flooded
2005 Aug 22, The Greek Orthodox
Church in the Holy Land elected a new patriarch to succeed their
ousted leader, who fell from grace over a controversial east
Jerusalem land deal.
2005 Aug 22, Hours before a
midnight deadline, Shiites and Kurds reached an agreement on a draft
constitution and were trying to persuade Sunni Arabs to go along
with their compromises.
2005 Aug 22, Iraq's oil exports
were shut down by a power cut due to sabotage attacks 2 days
earlier. The shut down darkened parts of central and southern Iraq,
including the country's only functioning oil export terminals.
2005 Aug 22, The last Jewish
settlers left Gaza, making way for the Palestinian government.
2005 Aug 22, In Lebanon a
bombing wounded five people in Beirut.
2005 Aug 22, In southern Nepal
a land mine planted by suspected communist rebels killed at least
four police officers and injured three others.
2005 Aug 22, In Portugal
wildfires fanned by high winds burned out of control, destroying
more than 10 houses on the outskirts of Coimbra, Portugal's
third-largest city, forcing 50 people to leave their homes amid the
country's worst drought in years.
2005 Aug 22, Romania’s PM Calin
Tariceanu reshuffled his center-right government, replacing four
ministers including those in charge of finance and European
integration after criticism of several cabinet members.
2005 Aug 22, South Korea's Kia
Motors Corp. launched an assembly line producing its Spectra model
at a Russian factory.
2005 Aug 22, The brother of Sri
Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga was sworn in as foreign
minister to replace Lakshman Kadirgamar, assassinated by suspected
2006 Aug 22, US sprinter Justin
Gatlin agreed to an 8-year ban for doping and will forfeit his 100m
world-record tie, set May 12 at the Qatar Super Grand Prix in Doha.
(WSJ, 8/23/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 22, Paramount Pictures
severed ties to Tom Cruise after 14 years, citing unacceptable
2006 Aug 22, Berkeley, Ca.,
christened the new $70 million Berkeley City College, formerly known
as Vista College. Vista had begun in 1974 as Peralta College for
Non-traditional Study (PCNS). The name was changed to vista in 1978.
Classes were spread across more than 200 locations.
(SFC, 8/23/06, p.B3)
2006 Aug 22, Sony Corp.
announced its purchase of Grouper, a small video-sharing site, for
(Econ, 9/2/06, p.58)
2006 Aug 22, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden car into a
Canadian military patrol, wounding four soldiers. Insurgents
ambushed a police vehicle near the Pakistan border, killing five
officers. In Helmand province British troops using "high-explosive
ammunition" killed nine insurgents. In Kandahar province NATO
warplanes killed at least 11 Taliban fighters just hours after
militant attacks left one NATO soldier dead and five others wounded.
NATO troops killed one Afghan youth and wounded another after a
suicide bombing in Kandahar city that targeted a Canadian convoy,
killing one soldier and wounding three. 2 roadside bombs struck a
truck and a motorbike in the Kandahar district of Daman, killing
three civilians and wounding one.
(AP, 8/22/06)(AP, 8/23/06)
2006 Aug 22, British government
figures said Britain has taken in an estimated 427,000 migrants from
eight former communist states since they joined the European Union
in 2004, far more than an earlier prediction of 13,000 newcomers a
2006 Aug 22, In China visiting
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said China will expand its
cooperation in oil exploration and help his country build a
fiber-optic communications network under agreements to be signed in
Beijing this week.
2006 Aug 22, In Kinshasa
fighting flared for a third day between supporters of Congo's two
presidential candidates, as the UN called for an immediate
cease-fire and a European Union military force was sending
2006 Aug 22, An Egyptian tour
bus overturned in the Sinai peninsula killing 11 people, most of
them Israeli Arabs, and injuring more than 30.
2006 Aug 22, Kristjan Lepik of
Tallinn, Estonia, settled theft charges with the SEC. He agreed to
return over $550,000 in trading profits and pay a $15,000 penalty
for illegally trading on corporate information. The SEC said Lepik
and co-worker Oliver Peek made at least $7.8 million trading on
advanced looks at hundreds of press releases.
(SFC, 8/23/06, p.C2)
2006 Aug 22, Ethiopia began
releasing water from dams taxed by two weeks of heavy rain to
prevent them from bursting as the confirmed death toll from
devastating floods climbed to 626.
2006 Aug 22, Ethiopian troops
reportedly arrived in the central Somali town of Galkayo. The move
may stoke tensions with the Islamic militiamen who control most of
southern Somalia. They were seen inside the town in 13 vehicles.
2006 Aug 22, In India police
killed a Pakistani and arrested another in a shootout that
authorities said foiled a terrorist attack in Mumbai, India's
2006 Aug 22, In Iraq two people
were killed in a bomb explosion in Baghdad and two people were
killed during clashes between British forces and gunmen in the
southern city of Amarah. A policeman was shot to death in a drive-by
shooting in Al-Hay, north of Amarah.
(AP, 8/22/06)(AP, 8/23/06)
2006 Aug 22, Israeli troops
shot and killed three militants from the Islamic Jihad group near
the Israel-Gaza border, as soldiers conducted house-to-house
searches and made arrests elsewhere in the coast strip.
2006 Aug 22, The Orizont, a
leased Romanian oil rig off the coast of Iran, came under fire from
Iranian military vessels and was later occupied by Iranian troops. A
2nd Romanian rig had recently been towed from Iranian waters due to
(AP, 8/22/06)(WSJ, 10/14/06, p.A8)
2006 Aug 22, A Russian
passenger jet with at least 170 people aboard crashed in Ukraine
after sending a distress signal. The Pulkovo airlines Tupolev 154,
en route from the Russian Black Sea resort of Anapa to St.
Petersburg, crashed near the Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
2006 Aug 22, In Spain Grigory
Perelman (40), a reclusive Russian, won a Fields Medal, the math
world's highest honor, for solving a problem that has stumped some
of the discipline's greatest minds for a century, but he refused the
2006 Aug 22, Thailand police
arrested 175 North Koreans, mostly women and children, who illegally
entered the country and were found hiding in an abandoned home in
2007 Aug 22, Western US states
and Canadian provinces agreed to cut greenhouse emissions 15% by
2020 in the latest regional pact to regulate the gases, an approach
opposed by US President George W. Bush.
2007 Aug 22, US Army Major John
Cockerham, his wife and sister were indicted in a suspected scheme
to accept millions of dollars in bribes for Defense Department
contracts in Iraq and Kuwait.
2007 Aug 22, The Texas Rangers
became the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game,
setting an American League record in a 30-3 rout of the Baltimore
Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader.
2007 Aug 22, It was reported
that some US lawyers in NYC had crossed the $1,000 per hour billing
(WSJ, 8/22/07, p.B1)
2007 Aug 22, The US FDA
approved expanded use of J&J’s antipsychotic Risperdal in
(WSJ, 8/23/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 22, The death toll
across the Upper Midwest and from the remnants of Tropical Storm
Erin that swept Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri over the past week rose
to at least 26. Three people were electrocuted by lightning at a bus
stop in Madison, Wis.
2007 Aug 22, Grace Paley (84),
poet and short story writer, died in Thetford Hill, Vt.
2007 Aug 22, Taliban militants
wearing Afghan army uniforms attacked a remote NATO base in eastern
Afghanistan, killing two Afghan soldiers and wounding 11 alliance
soldiers. In southern Afghanistan 2 Canadian soldiers and an
interpreter were killed and two journalists injured during an
(AP, 8/22/07)(Reuters, 8/22/07)
2007 Aug 22, In Bangladesh
clashes between police and students demanding an end to emergency
rule spilled into the streets of the capital, prompting the
government to impose an indefinite curfew in six cities.
(AP, 8/22/07)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.42)
2007 Aug 22, Rhys Jones (11)
was killed as he was kicking a ball around with friends outside a
pub in Liverpool, north-west England. Police soon arrested five
young people, including two girls, in relation to his murder. On Dec
16, 2008, Sean Mercer (18) was found guilty of murdering Jones and
was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years in prison.
(AFP, 8/25/07)(AFP, 4/16/08)(AP, 12/16/08)
2007 Aug 22, A distributor said
Chinese-made blankets containing high levels of formaldehyde have
been recalled across Australia and New Zealand, amid rising global
concern over the safety of products from China.
2007 Aug 22, Denmark's
government said Somali pirates released the crew of a hijacked
Danish cargo ship after receiving a ransom payment.
2007 Aug 22, In Estonia
prosecutors said Arnold Meri (88), cousin of Estonia's late
president Lennart Meri, committed genocide by helping deport his
countrymen to Siberia in 1949.
2007 Aug 22, State media
reported that a volcanic eruption in northeastern Ethiopia killed
five people and displaced more than 2,000 others. The volcano in the
Afar region started spewing lava on August 12 and the eruption
lasted for three days.
2007 Aug 22, In Ingushetia,
Russia, one serviceman was killed and five were wounded when gunmen
attacked their armored personnel carrier with grenades and automatic
2007 Aug 22, PM Nouri al-Maliki
said: “No one has the right to place timetables on the Iraq
government." In northern Iraq a blast at a police station in Beiji
killed 25 policemen and 20 civilians. 57 civilians and 23 officers
were wounded. A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in the center
of Tikrit, killing one officer and wounding another, along with two
civilians. A suicide bomber on a motorcycle set off a blast near
four police vehicles parked near grocery stores in Muqdadiyah,
killing six people and wounding 35 others. A twin vehicle bombing at
a joint US-Iraqi outpost in north Baghdad killed four Iraqi soldiers
and wounded 11 Americans. A Black Hawk helicopter went down in
northern Iraq, killing all 14 US soldiers aboard. A US soldier was
killed and four were wounded in combat operations west of Baghdad.
(AP, 8/22/07)(AP, 8/23/07)
2007 Aug 22, Israeli aircraft
killed one Hamas militant and wounded three others in an airstrike
in Gaza City.
2007 Aug 22, Hurricane Dean
closed in on the Mexican mainland, battering oil platforms on the
Bay of Campeche. Dean was downgraded to a tropical storm as it
drenched central Mexico.
(AP, 8/22/07)(WSJ, 8/23/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 22, In Myanmar
hundreds of pro-democracy activists marched to protest the
government's fuel price hikes. The military junta arrested 13 top
dissidents and deployed gangs of spade-wielding supporters on the
streets of Yangon. The unannounced price hike sparked
anti-government protests that led to the "saffron rebellion," which
was crushed by the military government leaving at least 15 dead and
(Reuters, 8/22/07)(AP, 1/1/12)
2007 Aug 22, Suspected
militants attacked a military checkpoint in northwest Pakistan
before dawn, triggering a shootout that left three soldiers dead.
2007 Aug 22, Russia nominated
Josef Tosovsky, a former Czech prime minister and head of that
country's central bank, to head the International Monetary Fund, a
move that put the Kremlin and the European Union at odds. The Czech
Republic repudiated the move and endorsed the EU’s choice.
(AP, 8/22/07)(WSJ, 8/23/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 22, Wind-whipped fires
that have been ravaging parts of Sicily consumed a hotel near the
port city of Messina, killing at least two people.
2007 Aug 22, Zimbabwe's main
opposition party denounced a two-month voter registration program as
a sham, saying its aim was to boost President Robert Mugabe's
chances of victory in next year's elections. State media reported
that Zimbabwe's government has authorized retailers to raise the
prices of basic goods in order to ease widespread shortages which
followed the imposition of price cuts.
(AFP, 8/22/07)(AP, 8/22/07)
2008 Aug 22, The Outside Lands
rock festival opened in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park to a
capacity crowd of some 60,000. Altogether some 150,000 attended the
(SFC, 8/23/08, p.A1)(SFC, 8/25/08, p.E1)
2008 Aug 22, Florida state
officials said 7 people have been killed over the five days that
Tropical Storm Fay has been pounding the state with torrential rain
and powerful winds.
2008 Aug 22, In North Las
Vegas, Nevada, an experimental aircraft crashed into a house killing
the pilot of the Velocity 173 RG and 2 people in the home.
(SFC, 8/23/08, p.A4)
2008 Aug 22, US-led troops
attacked a compound where Taliban leaders were meeting in western
Afghanistan, and reportedly killed 30 militants. An Afghan human
rights group said that at least 78 people were killed, including
women and children, in the joint Afghan-US coalition military
operation in western Herat province. In eastern Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed a US coalition service member. An investigation
later found that more than 90 civilians, mostly women and children,
were killed in the coalition air strikes in Herat. Officials later
said the US-led attack was based on misleading information by a
rival tribesman named Nader Tawakil. On Sep 2 the US-led coalition
said that its investigation into the controversial missile strike,
thought to have killed 90 civilians, had found that only seven
non-combatants died. After video images showing at least 10 dead
children and up to 40 other dead villagers surfaced, the US said it
would send a one-star general to investigate the strike.
(AP, 8/22/08)(AFP, 8/24/08)(WSJ, 8/29/08,
p.A1)(AFP, 9/2/08)(AP, 9/14/08)
2008 Aug 22, Brazil extradited
Colombian drug lord Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia to the United States
to face racketeering charges.
2008 Aug 22, Aon Corp., the
world's biggest insurance broker, said it has agreed to buy
Britain's Benfield Group Ltd. for almost $1.6 billion in cash.
2008 Aug 22, Canadian health
officials said 3 people in Ontario have died in a food poisoning
outbreak that may be linked to listeria bacteria in sandwich meat
from one of the country's largest meat processors.
2008 Aug 22, Two Beijing
grandmothers remained defiant and in good spirits despite being
sentenced to one year of reeducation through labor for applying to
protest during the Olympics.
2008 Aug 22, Hong Kong issued
its highest storm warning in five years as Typhoon Nuri brought
hurricane-force winds and heavy rain, halting trade on financial
markets and shutting down most of the city.
2008 Aug 22, Supporters of
Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr said Iraqi troops have raided an
al-Sadr stronghold, killing one of his guards and arresting another.
2008 Aug 22, Japanese
scientists said they had derived stem cells from wisdom teeth,
opening another way to study deadly diseases without the ethical
controversy of using embryos.
2008 Aug 22, In Indian Kashmir
hundreds of thousands of Muslims marched in Srinagar in the largest
protest against Indian rule in over a decade. Police estimated the
crowd at 275,000.
(AP, 8/22/08)(SFC, 8/23/08, p.A8)
2008 Aug 22, Mexican police
captured a man believed to be Ruben Rios Estrada, a key gunman for
the Arellano-Felix cocaine cartel, at the Caliente racetrack casino
in Tijuana after a chase through the city streets. Another suspected
gang member also was arrested. The bullet-riddled body of Jesus
Blanco Cano (40) was found at a ranch near Villa Ahumada in
Chihuahua state. He had just been on the job for one day as police
chief of Villa Ahumada.
(AP, 8/23/08)(SFC, 8/23/08, p.A3)
2008 Aug 22, Peru’s congress
voted to repeal two laws facilitating the sale of Indian lands that
had generated protests by dozens of tribes in the Amazon rain
forest. The laws had been passed by presidential decree in May to
promote private investment.
(SFC, 8/23/08, p.A3)(Econ, 8/30/08, p.37)
2008 Aug 22, A Russian armored
column moved away from a base in western Georgia and Russian forces
also were leaving the key central city of Gori, the day that
Russia's president had said a pullback would be complete.
2008 Aug 22, In Somalia
fighting between the Islamic militia and a clan militia killed 10
people in the southern port of Kismayo. Witnesses said a radical
Islamic militia controlled most of Somalia's third-largest city
after three days of fighting in which some 70 people died.
(AP, 8/22/08)(WSJ, 8/23/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 22, Sri Lankan troops
captured two strategic towns from Tamil Tigers as they closed in on
the rebels' political capital. With the fall of Thunukkai and
Uyilankulam, the military was just 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) south
2009 Aug 22, Vicki Cruse (40)
from Santa Paula, Calif., died in an accident during the World
Aerobatic Championships at Britain's Silverstone motor racing
circuit. She was a former member of the US national aerobatics team
and was the first woman to qualify to race in her class at the Reno
National Championship Air Races.
2009 Aug 22, The West
Australian town of Broome, with deep historical ties to Japan, voted
to sever its sister city relationship with the Japanese village of
Taiji to protest an annual dolphin slaughter near there. At an
extraordinary meeting on October 13 Broome rescinded the decision,
which it said was made in haste and without wide consultation, and
issued an apology to the Japanese community in Broome and Taiji,
their families and friends for any disrespect caused by council's
resolution. But it noted that it did not condone the harvest of
dolphins in Taiji, with which it forged sister-city relations in
(AP, 8/24/09)(AFP, 10/16/09)
2009 Aug 22, Colombian
authorities said police have captured Jose Armando Cadena Cabrera, a
guerrilla suspected of killing a US military contractor and a
Colombian soldier after their surveillance plane crashed in the
jungle in 2003.
2009 Aug 22, The EU published a
list of nearly 4,000 airlines that it says should reduce their
impact on the environment from 2012 or face being banned from
2009 Aug 22, Cologne
prosecutors said they are investigating 100 professors across
Germany on suspicion they took bribes to illegally help students
with their doctorates. The investigation has been going on for more
than a year after it emerged that a law professor at Hannover
University had organized degrees for 61 students whose exam results
were otherwise insufficient.
2009 Aug 22, India and Nepal
agreed to a new trade treaty as PM Madhav Kumar Nepal ended a
five-day official visit to the regional giant that both countries
hailed a great success.
2009 Aug 22, In Indonesia a
group of thieves killed an endangered Sumatran tiger in a zoo in
Jambi province on Sumatra island and stole most of its body. Police
suspected the theft was motivated by the animal's valuable fur and
bones. The number of Sumatran tigers has dwindled to about 250 from
about 1,000 in the 1970s, according to the Washington DC-based World
2009 Aug 22, In Iraq an attack
on a police checkpoint in the Azamiyah district of Baghdad left two
2009 Aug 22, In Italy a lucky
lotto player in Tuscany won Italy's record euro147.8 million ($211.8
million) state lottery, pocketing what has been billed as Europe's
2009 Aug 22, In Tijuana,
Mexico, at least three police officers were in critical condition
after gunmen opened fire on their patrol cars.
2009 Aug 22, In Nigeria a top
militant commander and nearly 1,000 of his followers surrendered to
the government, handing over rocket launchers, gunboats, guns and
bullets in the biggest move since a government amnesty began two
weeks ago. Ebikabowei "Boyloaf" Victor Ben, state commander for the
region's biggest armed group, the Movement for the Emancipation of
the Niger Delta (MEND), and 25 commanders under his leadership
delivered weapons to police overnight.
2009 Aug 22, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up to evade capture during a raid in
Kanju town in the troubled northwestern Swat Valley. Local media
said two security officials were killed and two others were wounded.
2009 Aug 22, In Somalia Islamic
insurgents attacked a government checkpoint in Mogadishu, sparking a
gunbattle that killed at least five people on the first day of the
Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
2009 Aug 22, In Tanzania a fire
ripped through a dormitory in the rural Iringa district, killing 12
schoolgirls and wounding 23 others. Preliminary investigations
indicated the fire was caused by a candle after a student fell
2009 Aug 22, Venezuelan police
dispersed opponents of Pres. Chavez's government as thousands
demonstrated both for and against an education law that critics fear
will lead to political indoctrination in schools.
2010 Aug 22, Thousands of fish
turned up dead at the mouth of Mississippi River, prompting
authorities to check whether oil was the cause of mass death. Crabs,
sting rays, eel, drum, speckled trout and red fish were among the
species that turned up dead.
2010 Aug 22, In Louisa,
Virginia, Charles Steadman (52) shot and killed his son and nephew
and wounded 4 others in an apparent property dispute. Steadman then
shot at officers arriving on the scene and was killed.
(SFC, 8/24/10, p.A4)
2010 Aug 22, In Afghanistan
President Hamid Karzai defended his decision to disband private
security contractors, charging that they loot and steal, have links
to criminal groups and might even fund insurgents. 2 US soldiers
died in insurgent attacks in the east and 2 others died in separate
incidents in the south. The second-in-command of security for the
inter-provincial Kandahar-Uruzgan highway was shot dead by
unidentified gunmen. At least 9 insurgents, including a commander,
were killed in a joint 24-hour operation in Kandahar between NATO
and Afghan security forces. 6 men, one woman, and one child were
reportedly killed during a coalition raid in the village of
(AFP, 8/22/10)(AP, 8/23/10)(AP, 8/24/10)
2010 Aug 22, Australian PM
Julia Gillard vowed to keep the country stable after a voter
backlash produced a rare hung parliament, raising fears of political
paralysis and economic pain. Gillard and Tony Abbott, leader of the
conservative Liberal Party, said they had initiated talks with three
independents in the House of Representatives as well as the Greens
party in a bid to secure their votes in the House of
2010 Aug 22, A Bangladesh
lawyer said high court judges have passed an order directing that
wearing religious attire should be the personal choice of the
students or the employees. No one can be forced to wear them.
2010 Aug 22, In Chile an
intense rescue effort finally reached 33 miners trapped since Aug 5.
After weeks of missteps, new cave-ins and other false starts, it
could take months to carve a tunnel big enough for them to get out.
2010 Aug 22, In Dagestan a
Russian border guard was found killed and another who disappeared
with him remained missing.
2010 Aug 22, Iran’s Pres.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated the country's first domestically
built unmanned bomber aircraft, calling it an "ambassador of death"
to Iran's enemies.
2010 Aug 22, In Tehran, Iran,
the headquarters of Sweden-based Oriflame, a direct-sales cosmetics
firm, were "searched and sealed" and "four top managers were
arrested on accusations of 250,000 cases of fraud" linked to a
70-million-dollar (55-million-euro) pyramid scheme.
2010 Aug 22, In southern Iraq
an American solider was killed in a rocket attack, marking the first
American fatality since the last combat unit in Iraq pulled out of
the country. A bomb struck a popular cafe in the capital's
southwest. The explosion killed one person and wounded 15 people. A
late night grenade attack on an Iraqi army checkpoint in Amariyah, a
Sunni area in western Baghdad, killed one soldier and injured 2
(AP, 8/22/10)(AP, 8/23/10)
2010 Aug 22, In Mexico the
decapitated bodies of four men were hung from a bridge in
Cuernavaca, a city besieged by fighting between two drug lords.
Police found the body of a US citizen inside a car along the highway
between the Pacific resorts of Acapulco and Zihuatanejo. A Mexican
soldier said that Joseph Proctor (32) attacked an army convoy with
an AR-15 rifle and was killed when troops shot him in self-defense.
Proctor had told his girlfriend he was popping out to a convenience
store in Acapulco where the couple had just moved. The next morning
the New York native was dead inside his crashed van on a road
outside the town. Three soldiers were later charged with his
(AP, 8/22/10)(AP, 8/23/10)(AP, 12/25/10)
2010 Aug 22, Pakistani
authorities evacuated tens of thousands from flood-threatened areas
in the south, but insisted that the 2.5 million people of Hyderabad
were safe from the nation's worst-ever inundation.
2010 Aug 22, In Tajikistan a
group of 25 Islamic militants serving time on terrorism charges
escaped from a prison in Dushanbe after dramatic assaults that left
at least five guards dead. The fugitives included Abdurasul
Mirzoyev, the brother of a jailed former head of the presidential
guards, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison last month on
charges of involvement in a plot to overthrow the government. Among
the others who escaped were some of the 46 people sentenced to
lengthy prison terms last week for involvement with an illegal armed
gang led by Mirzo Ziyoyev, a commander of the United Tajik
Opposition, a rebel group in the civil war.
2011 Aug 22, San Francisco
police and BART authorities arrested 45 people in connection with
protests and demonstrations at Civic Center over the July 3 killing
of knife-wielding man and a wireless blackout on August 11. The
Civic Center and Powell stations were closed 4 times during the
afternoon commute hours.
(SFC, 8/23/11, p.A1)
2011 Aug 22, The Cherokee
nation, the USA’s second-largest Indian tribe, formally booted from
membership thousands of descendants of black slaves who were brought
to Oklahoma more than 170 years ago by Native American owners.
2011 Aug 22, Motown composer
Nick Ashford (69) died in NYC. He and wife Valerie Simpson had
written some of Motown’s biggest hits including “Ain’t No Mountain
High Enough" and “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand."
(SFC, 8/23/11, p.A8)
2011 Aug 22, Jerry Lieber
(b.1933), songwriting partner of Mike Stoller, died in Los Angeles.
His lyrics included such songs as “Hound Dog," “Love Potion No. 9,"
“Charlie Brown," “Down in Mexico," and “Kansas City."
(SFC, 8/24/11, p.C4)
2011 Aug 22, Samuel Menashe
(85), New York City poet, died.
(Econ, 9/3/11, p.87)
2011 Aug 22, In southern
Afghanistan a bomb hidden in a scrap metal shop blew up in a market,
killing two civilians in Helmand province. An Australian soldier was
killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Uruzgan
province with members of the Afghan National Army.
2011 Aug 22, Bosses at
Australia's BlueScope steel were attacked for pocketing "obscene"
bonuses worth Aus$3.0 million (US$3.1 million), after they sacked
1,000 workers and abandoned their export business.
2011 Aug 22, John Howard Davies
(72), a BAFTA award winning comedy director, died in Oxfordshire. He
produced TV comedy classics including "Fawlty Towers" and the "Good
Life." He won his first BAFTA for best director for the first series
of "Monty Python's Flying Circus."
2011 Aug 22, In Canada Jack
Layton (61), the charismatic leader of the New Democratic Party,
died of prostate cancer just months after guiding his party to its
strongest ever performance in the May federal election.
2011 Aug 22, Liu Qi, China’s
party secretary for Beijing, told Internet companies to tighten
control over material online as Beijing cracks down on dissent and
tries to block the rise of Middle East-style protests. He issued the
warning following a visit to Sina Corp., which operates a popular
2011 Aug 22, Cuba succeeded
North Korea as chair of the world's main forum against nuclear arms
that has been stalemated since it wrote the nuclear test ban treaty
in 1996. The leadership role rotates through the body's members
alphabetically (in French).
2011 Aug 22, In Hong Kong
hearings arguments began in a case where Evangeline Banao Vallejos,
a Filipino woman, challenged a legal provision denying permanent
residency to the hundreds of thousands of foreign maids in a
landmark court case that sees them fighting for equal treatment with
the city's other foreign residents.
2011 Aug 22, In northern India
a flatbed trailer carrying pilgrims to a Hindu temple overturned and
fell into a roadside pond, killing at least 40 people in Uttar
2011 Aug 22, Libyan rebels
claimed to be in control of most of Tripoli after their lightning
advance heralded the fall of Moammar Gadhafi's nearly 42-year
regime. Scattered battles erupted, and the mercurial leader's
whereabouts remained unknown. NATO said it will continue its combat
air patrols over Libya until all pro-Gadhafi forces surrender or
return to barracks.
2011 Aug 22, Royal Dutch shell
said sabotage in Nigeria has led to six oil spills from one Shell
pipeline since the start of the month, while damage to another line
has caused a temporary production halt.
2011 Aug 22, North Korea vowed
to scrap all South Korean property at a joint mountain resort could
end what was once a rare haven for curious southern tourists within
North Korea. The South immediately expressed regret about the
North's comments on Diamond Mountain and planned to seek
2011 Aug 22, In Pakistan gunmen
killed four people in Karachi, taking the death toll to 18 in two
days. At least 85 people have been killed in Karachi in the past
week. A suspected US missile strike killed 4 alleged insurgents in
(AP, 8/22/11)(SFC, 8/23/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 22, Atiyah abd
al-Rahman, the Al-Qaeda second-in-command, was reportedly killed in
the northwest tribal area of Waziristan. A senior US official
announced his death on Aug 27. Pakistani security officials
expressed doubt over the report.
2011 Aug 22, Palestinian
militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip fired rockets and mortar
shells into southern Israel, despite an unofficial truce meant to
defuse days of escalating violence.
2011 Aug 22, In Puerto Rico
Hurricane Irene, the first hurricane of the Atlantic storm season,
cut power to more than a million people, downing trees and flooding
streets, before heading out over warm ocean water on a path that
could take it to the US mainland by the end of the week.
2011 Aug 22, Russian military
officers flew to North Korea for talks about renewing military ties
as North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's armored train rolled through
the resource-rich far east of Russia on his secretive journey to a
summit with President Dmitry Medvedev.
2011 Aug 22, An International
Monetary Fund delegation began a two-week visit to cash-strapped
Swaziland to see if the country is doing enough to win the fund's
blessing to secure foreign loans.
2011 Aug 22, Syria's state-run
news agency said Assad formed a committee to pave the way for the
formation of political groups other than his Baath party, which has
held a monopoly in Syria for decades. Thousands of anti-government
protesters took to the streets across the country after a televised
appearance by President Bashar Assad, shouting for him to step down
and chanting "Gadhafi is gone, now it's your turn Bashar!" Syrian
security forces killed at least 7 people in Homs soon after a UN
humanitarian assessment team left the area because the security
situation was deteriorating.
(AP, 8/22/11)(AP, 8/23/11)
2011 Aug 22, A UN human rights
expert said Arab nations have agreed to demand that Syria allow an
international probe within its borders to see whether crimes against
humanity have been committed. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
criticized Assad for failing to halt a military crackdown.
(AP, 8/22/11)(AP, 8/23/11)
2011 Aug 22, In Yemen 6
suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen were killed in the southern province of
Abyan in an air raid by government forces.
2012 Aug 22, Minnesota Democrat
state Rep. Kerry Gauthier (56) dropped his re-election bid following
reports of his sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy.
(SFC, 8/22/12, p.A6)
2012 Aug 22, In China students
at Shanghai’s Sheshan Catholic seminary learned that classes would
be suspended indefinitely.
(Economist, 9/8/12, p.42)
2012 Aug 22, India's opposition
vowed to block parliamentary proceedings until the prime minister
resigned over a coal scandal, raising the prospect of more
legislative deadlock and stalled reforms.
2012 Aug 22, In India up to one
million public sector bank employees started a two-day nationwide
strike, protesting against reforms they fear could lead to mergers
and job losses.
2012 Aug 22, In southeast Kenya
at least 52 people were killed in clashes over land between pastoral
and farming communities. Another 50 were missing. Last week the
Orma, a pastoralist community, attacked Pokomo
(AP, 8/22/12)(AP, 8/23/12)
2012 Aug 22, The 8-month old
government of Kyrgyzstan collapsed as a coalition partner defected
citing corruption and failure to turn the economy around. Kyrgyzstan
ranked 164th out of 183 countries in Transparency International’s
corruption perception index.
(Economist, 9/1/12, p.41)
2012 Aug 22, Lebanese security
sources said at least eight people have been killed in clashes
between rival pro- and anti-Damascus gunmen in the city of Tripoli.
\2012 Aug 22, In Mexico
adherents of a religious sect in western Mexico were physically
blocking school teachers from entering their walled community,
setting up one of the most high-profile confrontations between
religious and civil authorities in Mexico since the 1930s. The New
Jerusalem community prohibits formal schooling, television, radio,
modern music, dress and fashion. The church does not recognize the
sect, which was founded in 1973 by a renegade Catholic priest who
objected to the abandonment of Latin masses and other modernization
2012 Aug 22, Moroccan police
violently broke up a protest demanding more political freedoms and
denouncing an annual ceremony honoring the king.
2012 Aug 22,
Senegal and the African Union finalized a deal on how to try Hissene
Habre, a former Chadian dictator, who is accused of ordering
thousands of political opponents to be tortured or killed.
2012 Aug 22, In South Sudan 24
soldiers were killed in clashes with a militia group that the
southern government accuses of subverting a disarmament campaign. 12
soldiers remained missing in Jonglei State.
2012 Aug 22, Syrian regime
forces shelled two Damascus districts before troops backed by tanks
swept through to carry out house-to-house raids in search of
opposition fighters, killing at least 41 suspected rebels. The
United States and France again pushed for the embattled Assad to
stand down quickly after a top Syrian official said Damascus was
ready to discuss his departure as part of a negotiated settlement to
the 17-month conflict. Some 200 were killed across the country.
(AP, 8/22/12)(AFP, 8/22/12)(AFP,
2012 Aug 22, Tajikistan
government troops opened fire on a crowd protesting the unexplained
killing of an influential local leader in Gorno-Badakhshan
autonomous province. Hundreds had gathered in front of Khorog
regional headquarters to demand an explanation for the overnight
death of Imumnazar Imumnazarov, a former warlord during the
country's civil war in the 1990s.
2012 Aug 22, Togolese security
forces clashed with protesters in the capital Lome for a second
straight day, with officers firing tear gas on demonstrators who
responded by throwing rocks and burning tires.
2013 Aug 22, The US Justice
Dept. said it will sue Texas over the state’s voter ID law and seek
to intervene in a lawsuit over the state’s redistricting laws.
(SFC, 8/23/13, p.A4)
2013 Aug 22, The 9th US Circuit
Court of Appeals upheld the fraud convictions and 22-year prison
sentence of Samuel Cohen of Belvedere, Ca. He had been found guilty
in April, 2012, of 29 counts of fraud, money laundering and tax
evasion in a $30 million investment scam.
(SFC, 8/23/13, p.D4)
2013 Aug 22, In San Francisco
the Maxfield Parrish painting “The Pied Piper of Hamelin,"
commissioned in 1909, returned to the Palace Hotel after owners
decided not to auction it off.
(SFC, 8/23/13, p.D1)
2013 Aug 22, Sources said that
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (70) will resign as part of a mediation
deal reached in his sexual harassment lawsuit. At least 18 women
have accused Filner of sexual harassment.
(SFC, 8/23/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 22, The Rim Fire in
California’s Tuolumne County raged out of control and covered over
98 square miles.
(SFC, 8/23/13, p.A1)
2013 Aug 22, NYC’s City Council
voted to override Mayor Bloomberg’s earlier vetoes of two measures
designed to curtail the city’s use of stop-and-frisk. The bills will
create an outside watchdog for the police dept.
(SFC, 8/23/13, p.A4)
2013 Aug 22, In Spokane, Wa.,
Delbert Belton (88), a WWII veteran, died a day after he was robbed
and beaten in his car by two 16-year-old boys. Suspect Demetrius
Glenn surrendered. Suspect Kenan Adams-Kinard was arrested on Aug
(SFC, 8/24/13, p.A12)(SFC, 8/27/13, p.A6)
2013 Aug 22, Brazil said it
will import thousands of Cuban doctors to work in areas where
medical services and doctors are scarce. Foreign Minister Antonio
Patriota defended the plan as a way to give "the best possible
medical services for the Brazilian population."
2013 Aug 22, Egypt's ousted
leader Hosni Mubarak was released from prison and transported to a
military hospital in a Cairo suburb where he will be held under
2013 Aug 22, The Honduran
Congress approved the creation of a new military-style police force,
aimed at countering violence spawned by Mexican drug cartels that
use the country to transport cocaine.
2013 Aug 22, In India a young
photojournalist was repeatedly raped by five men in a deserted
textile mill in Mumbai. One suspect was arrested the next day. On
April 4, 2014, three of the men were sentenced to death and a 4th
was sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 8/24/13)(SFC, 8/24/13, p.A5)(SFC, 4/5/14,
2013 Aug 22, In Iraq insurgent
attacks across the country killed at least 24 people. One suicide
bombing targeted a Shiite wedding party.
(SFC, 8/23/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 22, Mexican
authorities said they have found a mass grave east of Mexico City.
Tests were made to see if it holds some of the 12 people who
vanished from the Heaven Club on May 26. All 12 bodies were soon
identified as members of the group. A 13th body was recovered from
the grave, but officials have not indicated whom it might be.
(SFC, 8/23/13, p.A2)(AFP, 8/24/13)(AFP, 8/27/13)
2013 Aug 22, Syrian government
forces pressed on with a military offensive in eastern Damascus,
bombing rebel-held suburbs where the opposition said the regime had
killed over 100 people the day before in a chemical weapons attack.
2013 Aug 22, A Thai court
sentenced Saeid Moradi (29), an Iranian man, to life in prison and
his compatriot, Mohammad Kharzei (43), to 15 years in jail for their
roles in a Feb, 2012, botched bomb plot that was exposed when an
accidental explosion blew apart the Bangkok villa where they were
2013 Aug 22, The UN said
Australia’s indefinite detention of 46 recognized refugees amounts
to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Many have been held as
security threats for over two years.
(SFC, 8/23/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 21, Yemen’s government
apologized to southern seccessionists 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.
(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 22, Zimbabwe’s
President Robert Mugabe (89) was sworn in for another five-year term
after disputed elections in which the opposition alleged widespread
2014 Aug 22, The Obama
administration accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a
"dangerous intercept" of a US Navy surveillance and reconnaissance
aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.
2014 Aug 22, The US imposed
sanctions on Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al Sharekh, a Saudi
citizen and allegedly the head of Al-Qaeda operations in Syria, and
Hamid Hamad Hamid al-Ali of Kuwait.
2014 Aug 22, Robert Singleton
(77), the co-owner of a shuttered Petaluma, Ca., slaughterhouse,
pleaded guilty to charges that he helped sell adulterated meat.
Three other defendants with ties to Rancho Feeding Corp. were
indicted last week for conspiring to distribute the meat. In
November foreman Felix Cabrera pleaded guilty to conspiring to
distribute adulterated meat. On Feb 18, 2015, four managers pleaded
guilty to the charges. In 2016 Cabrera was sentenced to three months
in federal prison.
(SFC, 8/23/14, p.C4)(SFC, 2/19/15, p.E2)(SFC,
2014 Aug 22, Scientists in
Hawaii began warning the public on the lava flow at Pahoa on the Big
Island. The lava was flowing at 2-20 yards per hour and in late
October was 510 yards from Pahoa Village Road, which goes through
(SFC, 10/29/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 22, Oregon filed a
$200m suit against Oracle Corp. and several executives over the
company’s role in creating the troubled website for the state’s
online health insurance exchange.
(SFC, 8/23/14, p.D2)
2014 Aug 22, It was reported
that scientists have discovered a living ecosystem of microbes under
2,500 feet of ice in Antarctica’s subglacial Lake Whillans.
(SFC, 8/21/14, p.D3)
2014 Aug 22, The Central
African Republic unveiled a new government representing a fresh
attempt to put an end to more than a year of ethnic and religious
bloodshed that has killed thousands and forced around a million from
2014 Aug 22, Chinese President
Xi Jinping told Mongolia that Beijing respected its independence and
integrity as he concluded a visit looking to forge closer ties with
China's resource-rich but often suspicious neighbor.
2014 Aug 22, Iraqi Shi'ite
militiamen opened fire on minority Sunni Muslims in a village
mosque, killing dozens. Over 70 people were killed in the sectarian
attack. This attack led two major Sunni parliamentary blocs to pull
out of talks on forming a new government.
(Reuters, 8/22/14)(AP, 8/23/14)(SFC, 8/23/14,
2014 Aug 22, In Israel Aharon
Sofer (23) of Lakewood, New Jersey, disappeared after hiking with a
friend in a hilly, forested area on the outskirts of Jerusalem. On
Aug 28 Israeli police said they have found Sofer’s body near the
area where he disappeared and that no criminal motive was suspected.
(AP, 8/28/14)(Reuters, 8/28/14)
2014 Aug 22, Ivory Coast closed
its land borders with Ebola-affected West African neighbors Guinea
and Liberia in an attempt to prevent the world's deadliest outbreak
of the virus from spreading onto its territory.
2014 Aug 22, A boat of migrants
sank about a km off the coast east of Tripoli, Libya. 16 people were
rescued but more than 250 migrants were believed killed.
(AP, 8/24/14)(SSFC, 8/24/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 22, Nigeria confirmed
two new cases of Ebola. 213 people were under surveillance. A
Nigerian a doctor died in Port Harcourt after treating a patient who
had contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer. This brought to
six the number of people who have died from the haemorrhagic fever
in Nigeria. 15 people have been confirmed to have the disease.
(AP, 8/22/14)(AP, 8/26/14)(AFP, 8/28/14)
2014 Aug 22, In Pakistan the
party of famed cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who has led a
week of anti-government protests in the capital, resigned from
parliament in its latest bid to drive PM Nawaz Sharif from power
over alleged election fraud. The government retained the support of
a 190-member majority.
2014 Aug 22, Asma Shirazi,
Pakistan's first female war correspondent and host of popular TV
talk shows, was named 2014 Winner of Peter Mackler Award for
Courageous and Ethical Journalism.
2014 Aug 22, A Pakistani
paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) soldier was killed in an exchange
of fire with militants who entered southwestern Baluchistan province
from Afghanistan. Paramilitary Frontier Corps killed at least 12
separatists in an exchange of fire in Dasht area, 1,150 km (714
miles) southwest of Quetta.
2014 Aug 22, Hamas executed 18
Palestinian men it had suspected of collaborating with Israel. A
four-year-old Israeli boy was killed by a mortar attack from Gaza.
(AP, 8/22/14)(Reuters, 8/23/14)
2014 Aug 22, Serbia said it
would not subsidize exports to Russia, after the European Union
urged the Balkan country - a candidate for accession to the bloc -
not to exploit the Kremlin's ban on Western food imports.
2014 Aug 22, Sierra Leone
passed a new law imposing possible jail sentences for anyone caught
hiding an Ebola patient.
(SSFC, 8/24/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 22, In Thailand 26
people accused of plotting an attack were indicted by a military
court on charges including weapon possession and conspiring to
commit terrorism. Most of them were seized in an apartment a day
after army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha overthrew an elected government
allied to Thaksin.
2014 Aug 22, Ukraine declared
that Russia had launched a "direct invasion" of its territory after
Moscow sent a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern
Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting government forces.
Ukrainian officials said only 34 or 35 of over 100 trucks had been
2014 Aug 22, The UN reported
that the death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen
to more than 191,000 people.
2014 Aug 22, In Yemen tens of
thousands demonstrated in Sanaa in a protest called for by the
Shi'ite Houthi movement, which wants the government to resign and
reverse a decision on cutting fuel subsidies.
2015 Aug 22, It was reported
that an infestation of Melacoryphus lateralis bugs has hit towns in
California’s Inyo and Kern counties on the eastern slopes of the
Sierra Nevada. Outbreaks of the fingernail-size bugs had not been
seen before in California.
(SFC, 8/22/15, p.C3)
2015 Aug 22, In Afghanistan a
car bomb targeting a vehicle carrying foreign citizens killed 12
people, including 3 US contractors, outside a hospital on a busy
Kabul street. Security sources said the target was a group of
foreign security contractors working for DynCorp International.
2015 Aug 22, In Afghanistan
three US air strikes killed up to 40 militants, but they regrouped
and chased government officials out of Musa Qala, Helmand province.
2015 Aug 22, Algerian soldiers
killed 2 Islamist gunmen in an operation in the Ain Laksar area near
Skikda, east of Algiers.
2015 Aug 22, Azerbaijan police
detained 21 people after they held a protest to demand justice for a
man who died in police custody in the western town of Mingachevir.
The Interior Ministry said Bahruz Hajiyev (27) had "unexpectedly
jumped out of a third-floor window during questioning" on Aug 20 and
died of his injuries.
2015 Aug 22, Clashes erupted
between troops from Azerbaijan and the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh
region. 5 Armenian soldiers were killed and eight wounded.
2015 Aug 22, Belarusian
President Alexander Lukashenko unexpectedly pardoned six political
prisoners in the former Soviet republic, including former opposition
presidential candidate Nikolai Statkevich (59), who spent nearly
five years in prison.
2015 Aug 22, In southern
England a single-seater jet, participating in the Shoreham Airshow,
crashed near Brighton. 11 people died when the jet plowed into
several cars on a busy road near the air show. In 2019 Pilot Andrew
Hill (54), whose plane crashed at the airshow, was cleared of
(AP, 8/22/15)(AFP, 8/23/15)(AP, 3/8/19)
2015 Aug 22, In Cambodia Ieng
Thirith (83), a Khmer Rouge leader, died. She was the
highest-ranking woman in the genocidal regime that oversaw the death
of nearly 2 million Cambodians in the late 1970s. She had served as
minister of social affairs and was married to Ieng Sary, the
regime's former foreign minister, who died in 2013.
2015 Aug 22, In eastern China
an explosion at a chemical plant killed one person and injured nine
others. The facility, owned by Shandong Runxing Chemical Technology
Co., produced adiponitrile, which can give off toxic fumes when
2015 Aug 22, In El Salvador at
least 14 gang members held at a prison were killed in violence
authorities blamed on a conflict within a faction of the Barrio 18
2015 Aug 22, Egypt's state-run
news agency said Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and 16
others have been sentenced to life in prison on charges related to
the killing of five people in an attack on a police station in 2013.
2015 Aug 22, In Germany at
least 31 police officers were hurt in scuffles with about 600
protesters, many hurling bottles and stones, angry about the arrival
of asylum seekers in the eastern town of Heidenau near Dresden.
2015 Aug 22, Indian officials
said monsoon flooding killed at least 14 people and forced around
200,000 to leave their water-logged homes and take shelter in
state-run camps this past week in northeastern Assam state.
2015 Aug 22, Iran unveiled a
short-range solid fuel ballistic missile, an upgraded version that
the government says can more accurately pinpoint targets.
2015 Aug 22, Italy's coastguard
said it was coordinating the rescue of up to 3,000 migrants from
waters off Libya after receiving SOS calls from 18 different crowded
vessels. Operation Triton rescued some 4,400 migrants on this day
(AFP, 8/22/15)(Econ, 8/29/15, p.41)
2015 Aug 22, Japan lodged a
protest over Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev's visit to one of four
disputed Pacific islands which have strained ties between the two
countries since the end of World War Two. The islands are known in
Russia as the Southern Kuriles and referred to as the Northern
Territories in Japan.
2015 Aug 22, In Macedonia
thousands of rain-soaked, mostly Syrian migrants stormed across the
border as police lobbed stun grenades and beat them with batons,
struggling to enforce a decree to stem their flow through the
Balkans to western Europe. Macedonian police finally re-opened the
border with Greece, allowing thousands to travel north towards
Serbia in the next stage of their bid to enter the European Union.
(Reuters, 8/22/15)(AFP, 8/23/15)
2015 Aug 22, In northeastern
Nigeria suspected Boko Haram fighters ambushed a convoy carrying the
head of the Nigerian army, sparking a firefight in which 10
militants and a soldier were killed in Faljari village.
2015 Aug 22, North Korea and
South Korea held their first high-level talks in nearly a year at a
border village to defuse mounting tensions that have pushed the
rivals to the brink of a possible military confrontation.
2015 Aug 22, In North Korea
some 1,070 houses and 99 public buildings such as schools and
hospitals were destroyed by torrential rains over the last 24 hours.
2015 Aug 22, In Pakistan
Chinese bicyclist Hong Xudong, kidnapped near Dera Ismail Khan by
the Taliban in May, 2014, was freed.
(Reuters, 8/23/15)(AP, 8/24/15)
2015 Aug 22, Philippine
officials said the death toll from Typhoon Goni has risen to 9 after
five more people were buried by landslides in mountainous areas.
2015 Aug 22, Russia published a
government resolution affirming the country's claim to the seabed
and natural resources in the central part of the Okhotsk Sea between
the Kuriles and the Russian mainland, adding more than 50,000 square
km (19,000 square miles) to Russia's territory.
2015 Aug 22, In Somalia Islamic
extremist suicide bombers killed at least 10 soldiers in an
explosion at a military camp in the southern port city of Kismayo.
Two militants in the attack were killed and two more suspected
militants were arrested.
2015 Aug 22, Syrian airstrikes
on the Damascus suburb of Douma killed 34 civilians and wounded
dozens in the latest wave of government attacks on the crowded
(AP, 8/22/15) (AFP, 8/23/15)
2015 Aug 22, Turkey's military
said warplanes have conducted new air strikes against Kurdish rebel
targets in northern Iraq, killing 29 militants on Aug 20-21.
2015 Aug 22, Turkey said its
security forces have detained 435 migrants and Syrian refugees along
with three suspected people smugglers, before they embarked on an
attempt to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece.
2015 Aug 22, In Yemen al-Qaida
militants took Tawahi district, home to a presidential palace and
Aden's main port, and were patrolling the streets, some carrying
black banners. The militants also took Crater, Aden's commercial
center, and parts of Dar Saad town, just north of Aden, including an
army base that they turned into a training camp.
2016 Aug 22, In Texas a woman
was killed after a truck carrying airbag parts made by Japan's
troubled Takata exploded in a massive fireball on a highway in
Maverick County. The woman was in a house 30 feet (9m) away from the
explosion. It appeared that the supply truck was in a road accident
that caused a fire and then the deadly explosion.
2016 Aug 22, Belgian harmonica
player Toots Thielemans (b.1922) died. His illustrious career
included playing with jazz greats like Miles Davis and whose solos
have figured on numerous film scores.
2016 Aug 22, Britain announced
plans to house imprisoned Islamist extremists in separate units from
other inmates, after a review found that some charismatic convicts
were radicalizing the wider Muslim population in prisons.
2016 Aug 22, A Canadian
conservation officer said that authorities have killed nine bears in
three days in Revelstoke, British Columbia. He warned that the death
toll will rise if unsecured trash continues to draw the animals into
residential areas. 23 bears were killed there in 1995, but in recent
years the average annual number had been fewer than seven.
2016 Aug 22, Indian officials
said at least 40 people have died and hundreds of thousands have
been evacuated as floods hit vast swathes of central and eastern
India in recent days.
2016 Aug 22, The Kurdish YPG
militia launched a major assault to seize the last
government-controlled parts of the northeastern Syrian city of
Hasaka after calling on pro-government militias to surrender.
2016 Aug 22, In Japan Typhoon
Mindulle struck near Tokyo, the first in 11 years to come ashore in
the densely populated region, temporarily shutting down a major city
airport and grounding more than 500 flights nationwide.
2016 Aug 22, Jordan signed
grant agreements for the school program with Britain, the US, Norway
and Switzerland. Donor countries pledged close to $100 million to
help Jordan enroll all Syrian refugee children in the kingdom in
schools next month.
2016 Aug 22, Libya's parliament
passed a 'no confidence' vote in UN-backed government in blow to
efforts to unite country.
2016 Aug 22, Lithuania signed a
deal for German-made armoured vehicles intended to boost its defence
capabilities, as it seeks to allay concerns of a military resurgence
of Russia on its doorstep.
2016 Aug 22, A Myanmar court
indicted Hla Phone (38) for insulting the military chief and former
president on social media, under a controversial telecommunications
law that activists have urged the new government to repeal.
2016 Aug 22, At The Hague
Islamic extremist Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi pleaded guilty to
orchestrating the destruction of historic mausoleums in the Malian
desert city of Timbuktu. Al Mahdi advised Muslims around the world
not to commit similar acts.
2016 Aug 22, In northern
Nigeria a Muslim mob killed 8 people after torching the house of a
man who tried to save a Christian student accused of blasphemy. A
mob of Muslim students in the town of Talata Mafara were enraged
over alleged derogatory comments about the Prophet Mohammed by their
Christian schoolmate, who they attacked.
2016 Aug 22, Officials said the
Chaman border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan remains
closed for the fourth consecutive day after Afghan protesters burned
a Pakistani flag.
2016 Aug 22, Peru’s interior
ministry said a so-called "death squad" established within the
Peruvian National Police has executed at least 20 criminals
extrajudicially, amid a growing wave of insecurity in the South
American country. The government identified nine officers, including
a general, who purportedly masterminded the disappearance of at
least 20 civilians since 2012.
(AFP, 8/23/16)(AP, 8/23/16)
2016 Aug 22, Philippine
government and Maoist-led guerrillas opened peace talks in Oslo,
seeking to end nearly five decades of conflict that has killed more
than 40,000 people. Both sides announced ceasefires at the weekend
to buoy the talks.
2016 Aug 22, In Singapore
former Pres. Sellapan Ramanathan (1999 to 2011), widely known as
S.R. Nathan, died at age 92.
2016 Aug 22, Turkish officials
said 2 security force members and 5 PKK militants were killed in
clashes and attacks in three eastern areas over the last 24 hours.
2016 Aug 22, Ukraine said it
has launched a criminal investigation of 20 senior Russian
officials, alleging their involvement in crimes against Ukraine's
2017 Aug 22, President Donald
Trump opened his political rally in Phoenix with calls for unity and
an assertion that "our movement is about love." Then he erupted in
anger and blamed the media for the widespread condemnation of his
response to violence at a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest
organized by white supremacists.
2017 Aug 22, US Treasury
officials said the United States is imposing sanctions on Chinese
and Russian companies and individuals for supporting North Korean
weapons programs, including those dealing in Pyongyang's energy
trade and helping North Korean entities gain access to the US and
international finance system.
2017 Aug 22, Missouri Gov. Eric
Greitens halted the scheduled execution of Marcellus Williams after
DNA testing raised questions about whether he actually killed Lisha
Gayle during a robbery in 1998. Williams maintained his innocence
and said the case against him is based entirely on the word of a
former girlfriend and a former cellmate who he insists were only
looking for a piece of the $10,000 reward offered in the case.
(SFC, 8/23/17, p.A7)
2017 Aug 22, The NYC Village
Voice, founded in 1955, announced that it will end print publication
and concentrate on other forms to reach its audience every day.
(SFC, 8/23/17, p.C6)
2017 Aug 22, The City Council
of Charlottesville, Va., decided to shroud the statues of
Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in black
following the chaos at the white nationalist rally last week.
(SFC, 8/23/17, p.A5)
2017 Aug 22, Austria's
Transport Minister Joerg Leichtfried said he had agreed with
carmakers to update the software of 600,000 diesel cars to reduce
pollution following a similar deal struck in Germany after a
large-scale emissions scandal.
2017 Aug 22, Three Bahraini
human rights groups accused the Gulf Arab monarchy's National
Security Agency of systematic use of torture, and a security
official said it would investigate their allegations.
2017 Aug 22, A Bangladesh court
upheld death sentences on Nur Hossain, a leading politician, and 14
members of an elite military force, including a senior officer, for
the abduction and murder of seven people in 2014.
2017 Aug 22, In western Bosnia
Zdravko Mamic (58), the former boss of Croatian football club Dinamo
Zagreb and one of country's richest men, was shot and wounded in the
leg by two attackers. Mamic, a powerful figure in Croatian football,
was currently on trial for tax evasion.
2017 Aug 22, In northern Brazil
a boat carrying 70 people sank late today on the Xingu River in Para
state. 15 people made it to shore and 10 bodies were recovered.
(SFC, 8/24/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 22, Cambodia's PM Hun
Sen said he has rescinded his decision to expel Agape International
Missions, an American-led Christian organization that seeks to
rescue and rehabilitate women working in the sex trade, accepting
its apology and explanation that it did not intend to demean
2017 Aug 22, Cambodian PM Hun
Sen denounced the media, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and
the United States, amid growing government impatience with criticism
ahead of a general election next year. Hun Sen directed much of his
anger at the English-language Cambodia Daily newspaper, saying it
had to pay taxes accrued over the past 10 years by Sept. 4 or face
2017 Aug 22, Chile said it has
granted diplomatic asylum to five Venezuelans who took refuge in its
embassy in Caracas, amid political turmoil as President Nicolas
Maduro moves to consolidate power.
2017 Aug 22, Dubai’s
state-owned Al-Bayan newspaper said a man has been charged with
trying to smuggle 5.7 million amphetamine pills into the sheikdom
hidden inside sheep intestines.
(SFC, 8/23/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 22, India's Supreme
Court struck down “triple talaq" as unconstitutional. The Muslim
practice allowed men to instantly divorce their wives by saying “I
divorce you" three times. The judgement did not ban other forms of
Muslim divorce that favor men.
(AP, 8/22/17)(Econ, 8/26/17, p.34)
2017 Aug 22, McDonald's India
announced it will close nearly 170 McDonald's outlets in northern
and eastern India after the American fast food giant decided to
terminate a franchise agreement with its Indian partner.
2017 Aug 22, Iraqi forces
breached the city limits of Tal Afar, an Islamic State stronghold
west of Mosul.
2017 Aug 22, In Mexico crime
reporter Candido Rios was shot and killed along with a local rancher
and a former police inspector in Covarrubias, Veracruz state. Rios
had been enrolled in a federal protection program for journalists
since 2013 and was the first journalist enrolled in the program to
(SFC, 11/22/17, p.A5)
2017 Aug 22, In Romania about
200 disabled people, some in wheelchairs, others with crutches,
protested outside the labor ministry against a measure they say
could leave them jobless. A government emergency decree, effective
September 1, means companies with more than 50 employees no longer
have to hire a certain number of disabled people or use a department
that hires special-needs personnel.
2017 Aug 22, Russia detained
and charged the theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov (47)
with fraud in a move that critics denounced as the latest sign of
increasing censorship of the arts. In recent years Serebrennikov has
fallen out of favor with the authorities and has criticized a
government clampdown on artistic works, warning last year that
"everything is returning to the most pathetic Soviet practices". On
Dec 4 a court ruled that Serebrennikov should stay under house
arrest at least until late January, rejecting a plea for bail.
(AFP, 8/22/17)(AP, 12/4/17)
2017 Aug 22, In Spain suspects
Houli Chemlal (21) and Driss Oukabir (28) identified imam Abdelbaki
Es Satty, who died on August 16, as the ideological leader of a
12-man cell responsible for the attacks in Barcelona that killed 15
people. Oukabir and two others denied being part of the cell.
(http://tinyurl.com/y7dlropq)(SFC, 8/23/17, p.A3)
2018 Aug 22, The US State Dept.
said it has rejected an invitation to join Russia-led talks on
Afghanistan because they are unlikely to help bring peace. Russia
said the Taliban will be joining the Sept. 4 talks in Moscow along
with representatives of several neighboring countries.
(SFC, 8/23/18, p.A2)
2018 Aug 22, Bulgaria's
government approved an action plan that envisages the country
entering the "waiting room" for euro membership and also joining the
European Union's banking union by the end of June next year.
2018 Aug 22, Cambodia's Supreme
Court denied a bail request for Kem Sokha, the leader of the
now-dissolved main opposition party who has been detained for nearly
a year without trial on a treason charge.
2018 Aug 22, Thirty Cambodians
who had been living in the United States arrived in Cambodia after
being deported under a 2002 bilateral agreement and US law that
allows the repatriation of immigrants who have been convicted of
felonies and have not become American citizens.
2018 Aug 22, In Croatia some
4,500 workers at the country's largest shipbuilding group Uljanik
went on strike and called for management to step down in protest
over late payment.
2018 Aug 22, The German
government said it will compensate thousands of farmers whose
harvests have suffered as a result of this year's extreme drought,
which many experts have linked to climate change.
2018 Aug 22, A man (26) in
Germany died after a AA battery-charging device exploded, firing an
object into the man's chest.
2018 Aug 22, Athens-based Lotus
Shipping said a tanker vessel has gone missing off the coast of
Gabon in West Africa, an area notorious for piracy, and no word has
been heard from its crew for a week. The Georgian government said 17
of its citizens were on board the Pantelena serving as crew.
2018 Aug 22, In India a fire in
the financial hub of Mumbai killed four people and injured 16, as
the blaze spread quickly through a tall, residential building.
2018 Aug 22, Iran's Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said it will continue increasing
the country's defensive capabilities, and will not surrender to
pressure over its missile program.
2018 Aug 22, Islamic State
group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on Muslims to wage "jihad"
in a purported recording released late today.
2018 Aug 22, An Israeli
watchdog group said the government has advanced plans to build over
1,000 new homes in West Bank settlements.
2018 Aug 22, In Morocco 116
African migrants managed to force their way into the Spanish enclave
of Ceuta when some 300 hundred tried to storm the highly fortified
border. More than 3,800 migrants have crossed the Moroccan border
into the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla so far this year.
(Reuters, 8/22/18)(AP, 8/22/18)
2018 Aug 22, A Pakistani
official said at least two anglers drowned and five others were
missing after their boat sank in rough waters in the Arabian Sea off
the coast of southwestern Baluchistan province.
2018 Aug 22, Singapore's
government said the author of the book that inspired the hit film
"Crazy Rich Asians" failed to register for national service as
required. According to his bio, writer Kevin Kwan was born in
Singapore and left when he was 11, living in the US since then.
2018 Aug 22, The head of Hayat
Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Syria's leading jihadist alliance, warned
opposition factions in Idlib against taking part in any talks with
the regime towards a government takeover of the province.
2018 Aug 22, In Ukraine intense
fighting killed four troops and injured seven in the east of the
rebel-held Luhansk region. The defense ministry said the fighting
erupted when the rebels began to shell government troops with
mortars The rebels accused government troops of attacking them
2018 Aug 22, A court in
Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City sentenced James Nguyen and Angle Phan,
both Americans of Vietnamese descent, to 14 years in jail after
finding them guilty of attempting to overthrow the government. Ten
local members of the California-based Provisional Central Government
of Vietnam were convicted on the same charges in the two-day trial
and sentenced to between five and 11 years in prison.
2018 Aug 22, In Zimbabwe crowds
gathered around screens outside the top court to watch a legal
showdown challenging Pres. Emmerson Mnangagwa's July 30 election