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Aug 26, Roman forces under Julius Caesar invaded Britain.
1071 Aug 26, Seljuk Turks under
King Alp Arslan defeated the Byzantine army under Emperor Romanus IV
at Manzikert (later Malazkirt), Eastern Turkey. Romanus was taken
(PCh, 1992, p.85)(Ot, 1993, p.4)(Econ, 9/9/17,
1346 Aug 26, During the Hundred
Years War, King Edward III's 9,000-man English army annihilated a
French force of 27,000 under King Philip VI at the Battle of Crecy
in Normandy. The battle is regarded as one of the most decisive in
history. [see Aug 25]
(PC, 1992, p.128)(WSJ, 11/4/04, p.D10)
1429 Aug 26, Joan of Arc makes
a triumphant entry into Paris.
1648 Aug 26, There was a
people's uprising, the Fronde, against Anna of Austria, regent for
Louis XIV of France, and Cardinal Mazarin (d.1661), the effective
(PC, 1992, p.241)(MC, 8/26/02)
1676 Aug 26, Sir Robert Walpole
(d.1745), the first and longest serving prime minister of England,
was born. He was not then called the prime minister as the king held
all honors. He collected a large number of paintings by old masters
at his Houghton Hall home in Norfolk.
1723 Aug 26, Anton van
Leeuwenhoek (b.1632), Dutch biologist, inventor (microscope), died
in Delft, Netherlands. [some sources say Aug 30]
1740 Aug 26, Joseph-Michel
Montgolfier, French inventor, born. He and his brother
Jacques-Etienne invented the hot air balloon in 1783.
1743 Aug 26, Antoine Laurent
Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was born. He discovered
"dephlogisticated air" which he called oxygen and was executed by
the revolution in 1794.
(HN, 8/26/99)(RTH, 8/26/99)
1768 Aug 26, Capt James Cook
departed from Plymouth with Endeavour to the Pacific Ocean. Daniel
Solander and Joseph Banks accompanied Cook to catalog plants and
animals of Australia and New Zealand on the 3-year journey.
4/19/09, Books p.J7)
1789 Aug 26, The Constituent
Assembly in Versailles, France, approved the final version of the
Declaration of Human Rights.
1791 Aug 26, John Fitch and
James Rumsey, rival inventors, were both granted a US patent for a
(MC, 8/26/02)(WSJ, 7/27/04, p.D10)
Aug 26-1813 Aug 27, The Battle of Dresden was Napoleon’s last major
victory against the allied forces of Austria, Russia and Prussia.
1819 Aug 26, Albert "Bertie"
von Saxon-Coburg-Gotha (d.1861), husband of queen Victoria, was born
at Schloss Rosenau, near Coburg, Bavaria.
1839 Aug 26, The slave ship La
Amistad was captured off Long Island. The USS Washington, an
American Navy brig, seized the Amistad, and escorted it to New
1843 Aug 26, Charles Thurber
patented a typewriter.
1846 Aug 26, Felix
Mendelssohn's "Elijah," premiered.
1847 Aug 26, Liberia was
proclaimed an independent republic. Freed American slaves founded
Liberia. They modeled their constitution after that of the US,
copied the US flag, and named their capital Monrovia, after James
Monroe, who financed early settlers. Over the decades 16,400 former
slaves made the voyage. They assumed that the 16 native tribes were
there to be exploited.
(AP, 8/26/97)(SFC, 4/10/96, p.A-4)(SFC, 4/16/96,
1850 Aug 26, Charles Richet,
French physiologist (anaphylaxis-Nobel 1913), was born.
1862 Aug 26, Confederate
General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson encircles the Union Army under
General John Pope at the Second Battle of Bull Run.
1863 Aug 26, Battle of Rocky
Gap, WV, (White Sulphur Springs).
1873 Aug 26, Lee De Forest
(d.1961), inventor of the Audion vacuum tube, was born in Council
bluffs, Iowa. He is considered the father of radio.
(WUD, 1994 p.379)(www.britannica.com)
1875 Aug 26, John Buchan
(d.1940), Lord Tweedsmuir, was born in Perth, Scotland. He became a
writer and governor general of Canada (1935), and was famous for his
spy story "The Thirty-Nine Steps" (1915). "There may be Peace
without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make
(HN, 8/26/99)(WSJ, 12/9/06, p.P12)(AP, 1/7/98)
1883 Aug 26, The island volcano
Krakatoa in Indonesia began erupting with increasingly large
explosions and killed some 36,000 people, both on the island itself
and from the resulting 131-foot tidal waves that obliterated 163
villages on the shores of nearby Java and Sumatra. A book by Ian
Thornton: "Krakatau: The Destruction and Reassembly of an Island
Ecosystem" was published in 1996 [see Aug 27].
(AP, 8/26/97)(Nat. Hist, 3/96, p.6)(HN, 8/26/02)
1884 Aug 26, Earl Biggers,
author ("Charlie Chan" detective series), was born.
1898 Aug 26, Peggy Guggenheim,
art patron and collector, was born.
1901 Aug 26, Maxwell Taylor,
U.S. general and diplomat, born. As commanding general of the 8th
Army in 1953, he directed U.N. forces during the latter stages of
the Korean War.
1906 Aug 26, Christopher
Isherwood, English-US novelist and playwright, was born. He wrote
"Goodbye to Berlin" (Berlin Stories), the inspiration for the play
"I am a Camera" and the musical and film "Cabaret." [1904 also given
as birth year]
(WUD, 1994 p.755)(HN, 8/26/00)
1906 Aug 26, Albert Bruce
Sabin, U.S. virologist, born in Poland. In 1955, he developed an
oral vaccine against polio.
1907 Aug 26, Harry Houdini
escaped from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 sec.
1908 Aug 26, Tony Pastor
(b.1837), singer and actor, died. He is considered to be the father
of American vaudeville.
1910 Aug 26, William James
(b.1842), American psychologist and philosopher, died. His work
included “the Principles of Psychology" (1890) and “The Varieties of
Religious Experience" (1902). William James was the older brother of
novelist Henry James. In 2006 Robert D. Richardson authored the
biography: “William James."
1910 Aug 26, Agnes Gonxhe
Bojaxhiu (d.1997), later known as Mother Teresa and care-taker of
the poor in Calcutta, was born to an ethnic Albanian family in Uskub
(later Skopje, Macedonia). In 1950 she founded the Missionaries of
Charity in Calcutta and in 1979 was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.C3)(AP,
1914 Aug 26, The French
government appointed Gen. Joseph Simon Gallieni (65) as military
governor of Paris. He had been called out of retirement at the onset
of war to serve in the Ministry of War in Paris.
(ON, 8/08, p.4)
1915 Aug 26, Gre [Gerarda D]
Brouwenstijn, Dutch opera soprano, was born.
Aug 26, US Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified
ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. The amendment had been
first introduced in Congress in 1878, setting in motion supporters
who demonstrated, lobbied, marched and spoke out for woman suffrage.
They were often met with venomous opposition. Early on, the two main
factions of the movement disagreed about how to achieve their goal,
but they ultimately united in 1890 to form the National American
Woman Suffrage Association and worked together to get the amendment
passed. By August 18, 1920, three-fourths of the United States had
agreed to the bill.
(AP, 8/26/97)(HNPD, 8/26/99)
1921 Aug 26, Ben Bradlee,
editor, journalist, executive (Washington Post), was born in Boston.
1929 Aug 26, The 1st US roller
coaster was built.
1930 Aug 26, Lon Chaney (47),
actor (Thunder, Big City, Unholy 3), died.
1935 Aug 26, Geraldine Ferraro,
(Rep-D-NY) 1st female dem VP candidate (1984), was born.
1935 Aug 26, The US Public
Utilities Act gave federal agencies powers to regulate gas and
(SSFC, 1/18/09, p.D6)
1936 Aug 26, The Anglo-Egyptian
Treaty, calling for most British troops to leave Egypt, except those
guarding the Suez Canal, was signed in Montreux, Switzerland. It was
abrogated by Egypt in 1951.
1937 Aug 26, President
Roosevelt signed the Judicial Procedure Reform Act, a compromise on
his judicial reorganization plan.
(SSFC, 1/18/09, p.D6)
1939 Aug 26, The first
televised major league baseball games were shown on experimental
station W2XBS, a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the
Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. The Reds won first, 5-2; the
Dodgers, second, 6-1.
1942 Aug 26, 7,000 Jews were
rounded up in Vichy, France.
1942 Aug 26, Japanese troops
landed on New Guinea, Milne Bay.
1942 Aug 26, A Russian counter
offensive began in Moscow.
1943 Aug 26, The United States
recognizes the French Committee of National Liberation.
1944 Aug 26, US 12th Army Corps
crossed the river Seine East of Paris.
1944 Aug 26, In World War Two,
Bulgaria announced that it had withdrawn from the war and that
German troops in the country were to be disarmed.
1945 Aug 26, Japanese diplomats
boarded the Missouri to receive instructions on Japan's surrender at
the end of WW II.
1945 Aug 26, Franz Werfel (54),
Czech-German-US poet, writer (Mirror Man), died.
1949 Aug 26, The US submarine
Cochino (SS-345) sank off Norway following an electrical fire and
battery explosion a day earlier. A 2nd battery explosion made
"Abandon Ship" the only possible order, and Cochino sank. The crew
of the Tusk rescued all of Cochino's men except for Robert
Wellington Philo, a civilian engineer. 6 sailors from Tusk were lost
during the rescue.
1957 Aug 26, Ford Motor Company
revealed the Edsel, its latest luxury car.
1957 Aug 26, The Soviet Union
announced it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic
1958 Aug 26, Alaskans went to
the polls to overwhelmingly vote in favor of statehood.
1958 Aug 26, Ralph Vaughan
Williams (85), English composer (Fantasia on Themes of Thomas
1960 Aug 26, Knud Jensen (23),
Danish cyclist, collapsed while riding in a 100-km team trial at the
Olympics in Rome. He fractured his skull and died. An autopsy
revealed amphetamines in his blood. His death would led the
International Olympic Committee to begin a program of drug testing
beginning with the 1968 Games held in Grenoble, France and Mexico
1961 Aug 26, The official
International Hockey Hall of Fame opened in Toronto.
1964 Aug 26, President Johnson
was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the
Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.
1968 Aug 26, The Democratic
National Convention opened in Chicago. Thousands of antiwar
demonstrators took to Chicago's streets to protest the Vietnam War
during the Democratic National Convention.
(AP, 8/26/08)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F6)
1969 Aug 26, Donald
“Shorty" Shea (b.1933), a Hollywood stuntman, was murdered about
this time. The location of his body was not discovered until 1977.
Manson family leader Charles Manson and family members Tex Watson,
Steve Grogan aka Clem and Bruce Davis were eventually convicted of
1970 Aug 26, NOW Pres. Aileen
Clarke 1926-2017) Hernandez led the Women’s Strike for Equality.
(SFC, 3/2/17, p.D5)
1971 Aug 26, New Jersey Gov.
William T. Cahill announced that the New York Giants football team
had agreed to leave Yankee Stadium for a new sports complex to be
built in East Rutherford.
1972 Aug 26, In southern Chile
the Calbuco volcano erupted for four hours. It is considered one of
the top three most potentially dangerous among Chile's 90 active
1972 Aug 26, The XX Olympiad
opened in Munich, Germany. The IOC had withdrawn Rhodesia’s
invitation to the summer Olympics after several African nations
threatened a boycott.
1972 Aug 26, Sir Francis
Chichester (b.1901), English adventurer, died. In 1966-67 he sailed
around the world alone in his 53-foot yacht, Gypsy Moth IV.
1973 Aug 26, The Univ. of Texas
at Arlington became the 1st accredited school to offer belly
1974 Aug 26, Charles Lindbergh
(72), the first man to fly solo, nonstop across the Atlantic, died
at his home in Hawaii. Lindbergh had 3 illegitimate children in
Germany with Brigitte Hesshaimer, a Munich hat maker. In 1998 A.
Scott Berg authored "Lindbergh." Earlier Lindbergh's daughter
authored her memoir "Under a Wing."
(AP, 8/26/97)(SFEC, 11/15/98, Par p.29)(SSFC,
10/24/04, Par p.2)
1975 Aug 26, An international
plan began to show significant results to stop Venice from sinking
into the sea. Venice was built on 118 small islands. By the early
1960s, rising seawater and floods threatened Venice. Scientists
determined that Venice was sinking, and that much of the city would
disappear if swift measures were not taken.
1976 Aug 26, In France Raymond
Barre (1924-2007) began serving as prime minister and continued to
1976 Aug 26, Prince Bernhard,
husband of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, agreed to resign his
positions with the Dutch armed forces and industry following severe
criticism of his behavior by a commission of enquiry into a Lockheed
bribery scandal. Bernhard had allegedly received $1.1 million as a
gift from Lockheed.
(RTH, 8/26/99)(SFC, 12/24/08, p.B7)
1978 Aug 26, Charles Boyer
(b.1897), French-born film actor (Gaslight, Rogues), committed
suicide in Phoenix, Az., 2 days after his wife's death from cancer.
Boyer and actress Pat Robertson lost their only child in 1965, when
their son shot himself playing Russian roulette.
(http://www.imdb.com)(SSFC, 1/21/07, Par p.2)
1978 Aug 26, Cardinal Albino
Luciani of Venice was elected the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic
Church following the death of Paul VI. The new pontiff took the name
John Paul I. He served only 33 days before dying of a heart attack
on September 28.
(AP, 8/26/97)(RTH, 8/26/99)
1978 Aug 26, Sigmund Jahn
became the first German in space when he blasted off aboard Russia’s
1979 Aug 26, Alvin Karpis
(1907-1979), Canadian-born US gangster, died. His autobiography,
“The Alvin Karpis Story," was completed in 1971.
1979 Aug 26, In Idaho a family
hunting for arrowheads in Buffalo Cave near Dubois found headless
human remains wrapped in burlap and buried in a shallow grave. In
2019 the remains were identified as belonging to Joseph Henry
Loveless (b.1870), a bootlegger, counterfeiter and general outlaw in
the state. Investigators believe he died shortly after he escaped
from the St. Anthony jail on May 18, 1916, where he was being held
for the murder of his 2nd wife Agnes Octavia Caldwell Loveless on
May 5, 1916.
1981 Aug 26, Roger Nash Baldwin
(b.1884), one of the founders of the ACLU, died.
1982 Aug 26, The Argentine
government lifted a ban on political parties.
1985 Aug 26, Thirteen-year-old
AIDS patient Ryan White began "attending" classes at Western Middle
School in Kokomo, Indiana, via a telephone hook-up at his home.
School officials had barred Ryan from attending classes in person.
1985 Aug 26, French government
claimed no knowledge of assault on Rainbow Warrior.
1986 Aug 26, In the so-called
"preppie murder" case, 18-year-old Jennifer Levin was found
strangled in New York's Central Park; Robert Chambers later pleaded
guilty to manslaughter for strangling Jennifer Levin during a tryst
in Central Park. Chambers was released from prison in 2003 after
serving a 15-year sentence. He owed the Levin family $25 million
from a wrongful death suit [see Mar 25, 1988]. In 2007 Chambers was
arrested for dealing cocaine. He pleaded guilty and faced another
long term in prison.
(SFC, 2/15/03, p.A4)(AP, 8/26/04)(SFC, 8/12/08,
1986 Aug 26, Ted Knight
(b.1923), [Tadeus Konopka], actor (Mary Tyler Moore), died.
1987 Aug 26, The US stock
market began a 2 month decline of 41%.
1987 Aug 26, In an attempt to
eliminate a superpower stumbling block, West German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl said his country would destroy its 72 Pershing 1A
rockets if Washington and Moscow scrapped all their
intermediate-range nuclear weapons.
1988 Aug 26, Republican
presidential nominee George Bush denounced Democrat Michael Dukakis'
criticism of Reagan administration drug policies as "an insult," one
day after the Massachusetts governor called U.S. dealings with
Panamanian General Manuel Noriega "criminal."
1989 Aug 26, A team from
Trumbull, Conn., became the first American team since 1983 to win
the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
1989 Aug 26, Irving Stone, US
writer born as Irving Tennenbaum (Love is Eternal, Lust for Life),
died in Los Angeles.
1990 Aug 26, Fifty-five
Americans, who had been evacuated from the US Embassy in Kuwait,
left Baghdad by car and headed for the Turkish border.
1990 Aug 26, The bodies of two
slain college students were found in their off-campus apartment in
Gainesville, Florida; three more bodies were discovered in the days
that followed, setting off a wave of panic.
1991 Aug 26, In an address to
the Supreme Soviet, President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised national
elections in a last-ditch effort to preserve his government, but
leaders of Soviet republics told him the hour of central power had
1992 Aug 26, A federal judge
declared a mistrial in the Iran-Contra cover-up trial of former CIA
spy chief Clair George. George was convicted of perjury in a
retrial, but was then pardoned by President H.W. Bush.
1992 Aug 26, The United States,
Britain and France imposed a 2nd no-fly zone south of the 32nd
parallel, the southern one-third of Iraq aimed at protecting Iraqi
(AP, 8/26/97)(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A11)
1992 Aug 26, Arthur Leigh Allen
(b.1933) of Vallejo, a convicted child molester and alleged Zodiac
killer, died in Vallejo, Ca. In 1985 Robert Graysmith authored
"Zodiac" in which he identified the killer with the pseudonym of
"Robert Starr." Graysmith authored "Zodiac Unmasked" in 2002. In
2009 lawyer Robert Tarbox said a merchant seaman had identified
himself as the Zodiac killer as a walk-in client at his SF
Montgomery Street office in the early 1970s.
(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W20)(SSFC, 5/12/02, p.M6)(SSFC,
1993 Aug 26, Sheik Omar
Abdel-Rahman and 14 co-defendants entered innocent pleas in federal
court in New York, a day after their indictment on charges of
conspiring to wage terrorism against the United States.
1993 Aug 26, Landlady Dorothea
Puente was convicted in Monterey, Calif., of murdering three of her
boardinghouse tenants; she was later sentenced to life without
1993 Aug 26, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin signed a friendship treaty with the Czech Republic
after condemning the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.
1994 Aug 26, US Congressional
leaders and White House officials all but conceded that a health
reform bill was dead.
1994 Aug 26, In Egypt a
13-year-old Spanish boy was killed and 3 others injured in a tour
bus attack by Islamic extremists at Nag Hammadi.
(SFC, 11/19/97, p.C2)
1995 Aug 26, In his weekly
radio address, President Clinton explained his decision to impose a
two-year moratorium on mining claims on 4500 acres of federal land
near the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park, saying the
land was "more priceless than gold."
1995 Aug 26, John Costello
(b.1943), British historian, died.
1995 Aug 26, Evelyn Wood (86),
speed reading guru, died in Tucson, Arizona. The Salt Lake City
school teacher, began popularizing her “Evelyn Wood Reading
Dynamics" in the late 1950s after seeing her graduate-school
professors speed-read through a paper.
1996 Aug 26, There was a review
of Public Television’s new program "Adventures from the Book of
Virtues" based on the anthology by William J. Bennett "The Book of
Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories."
(WSJ, 8/26/96, p.A10)
1996 Aug 26, Democrats opened
their 42nd national convention in Chicago.
(SFC, 8/26/96, p.A4)(AP, 8/26/97)
1996 Aug 26, A new fake fat,
Z-trim, was announced. It was developed by a researcher of the US
Dept. of Agriculture.
(SFC, 8/26/96, p.A4)
1996 Aug 26, Barbara Jewell,
mother of security guard Richard Jewell, tearfully called on
President Clinton to clear her son's name in connection with the
Centennial Olympic Park bombing. Jewell was later cleared by the
1996 Aug 26, A Cuban court
convicted fugitive U.S. financier Robert Vesco of economic crimes.
He was sentenced to 13 years in prison for economic crimes against
(AP, 8/26/97)(SFC, 8/27/96, p.A8)
1996 Aug 26, In Seoul, South
Korea, former Pres. Chun Doo Hwan was sentenced to death for mutiny,
treason and corruption. His successor, Roh Tae Woo, was sentenced to
22 1/2 years in prison. Nine leading businessman were also
convicted. They included Lee Kun Hee, chairman of Samsung Group, and
Kim Woo Choong, chairman of Daewoo Group. The death sentence was
later commuted, and Chun was freed as part of an amnesty in 1997.
(SFC, 8/26/96, p.A1)(AP, 8/26/06)
1996 Aug 26, In Sierra Leone
rebels killed 31 villagers and 7 soldiers in the eastern village of
(SFC, 8/29/96, p.A14)(AP, 8/26/97)
1996 Aug 26, In South Africa
Eugene de Kock, former police colonel, was found guilty of 5 counts
of murder. He still face 116 charges that included 3 for murder.
(WSJ, 8/27/96, p.A1)
1997 Aug 26, It was announced
that researchers at Johns Hopkins had found a gene that causes colon
cancer in some people of Jewish ancestry.
(WSJ, 8/26/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 26, In Columbia Mayor
Mauricio Guzman of Cali was arrested for allegedly accepting money
from a drug cartel.
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.C3)
1997 Aug 26, It was reported
that China executed at least 4,367 people in 1996.
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.A9)
1997 Aug 26, It was reported
that Israel planned to proceed with the building of a dam on the
Yarmuk River. The territory is claimed by Syria.
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.A10)
1997 Aug 26, Two defectors and
their families from North Korea were accepted by the US. One was
Chang Sung Gil, the ambassador to Egypt, the other was his brother
Chang Sung Ho, a commercial councilor at the North Korean mission in
Paris. High level arms talks were immediately terminated.
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 26, Former South
African President F.W. de Klerk, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize
for helping to end apartheid, announced his retirement from politics
and his leading role in the National Party which had created the
practice of apartheid.
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.C2)(AP, 8/26/98)
1998 Aug 26, Attorney General
Janet Reno reopened the investigation of the assassination of civil
rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., focusing on two allegations of
a conspiracy beyond James Earl Ray. A Justice Department
investigation later rejected allegations that conspirators had aided
or framed James Earl Ray in King's assassination.
1998 Aug 26, American U.N.
weapons inspector Scott Ritter, at the center of several standoffs
with Iraq, resigned his U.N. post.
1998 Aug 26, In NYC a judge
ruled to allow a Million Youth March for Sep 5. It was being
organized by Khalid Abdul Muhammad and was opposed by Mayor Rudolph
(SFC, 8/28/98, p.A3)
1998 Aug 26, Hurricane Bonnie
drifted ashore in North Carolina and began creeping up the coast,
packing heavy rains and high winds.
1998 Aug 26, A Yemeni national,
Mohammed Rashed Daoud Owhali, aka Khalid Salim, suspected in the
bombing of the US embassy at Nairobi, was flown to the US from
(SFC, 8/27/98, p.A14)(SFC, 8/28/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 26, A $225 million
rocket and communication satellite exploded after take-off at Cape
(SFC, 8/27/98, p.A3)
1998 Aug 26, In China the
government revised its death toll from the floods to over 3,000
(SFC, 8/27/98, p.a14)(SFC, 8/6/99, p.A12)
1998 Aug 26, In Congo
Rwandan-backed rebels attempted an assault on Kinshasa but were held
off by government soldiers and troops from Zimbabwe and Namibia.
(SFC, 8/27/98, p.A10)
1998 Aug 26, Libya indicated
that it would accept an American and British proposal that 2
suspects of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet be tried in the
Netherlands by Scottish judges.
(SFC, 8/27/98, p.A10)
1998 Aug 26, The Russian ruble
fell another 5% as government attempts to support it failed.
(SFC, 8/27/98, p.A1)
1999 Aug 26, Attorney General
Janet Reno pledged that a new investigation of the 1993 Waco, Texas,
siege would "get to the bottom" of how the FBI used potentially
flammable tear gas grenades against her wishes and then took six
years to admit it.
1999 Aug 26, US officials
reported that its permanent military presence in Haiti would be
replaced by temporary missions.
(SFC, 8/27/99, p.A14)
1999 Aug 26, American Home
Products, the parent company of Wyeth-Ayerst was reported to have
agreed to pay over $50 million to over 36,000 women to settle claims
against the Norplant implantable contraceptive.
(SFC, 8/27/99, p.A5)
1999 Aug 26, In Australia the
Parliament recognized 200 years of injustice to its indigenous
(SFC, 8/27/99, p.D3)
1999 Aug 26, In Senegal the
army reported 29 dead fisherman from recent storms and that another
100 were missing.
(SFC, 8/27/99, p.D3)
1999 Aug 26, In East Timor
anti-independence militiamen left 6 people dead in Dili.
(SFC, 8/27/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 26, In Tibet Tashi
Tsering, a carpenter, lowered the Chinese flag in the capital and
attempted to put up the banned Tibetan flag. He was arrested and
died on Oct 13 from beatings while under Chinese police custody.
(SFC, 10/14/99, p.A14)
1999 Aug 26, The Turkey quake
death toll was lowered to 13,040 with 26,630 injured. The parliament
passed a law to give amnesty to Kurdish rebels with no criminal
record. The death toll was later raised to over 17,000.
(SFC, 8/27/99, p.A14)(SFC, 10/15/99, p.A19)
2000 Aug 26, The Houston Comets
won their fourth straight WNBA championship by defeating the New
York Liberty 79-73.
2000 Aug 26, Maracaibo,
Venezuela, won the Little League World Series title, defeating
Bellaire, Texas, 3-2.
2000 Aug 26, Pres. Clinton
visited Nigeria. Pres. Obasanjo, head of 110 million people, pressed
Clinton to help reduce the country’s $32 billion debt. Clinton
appealed to the leaders of the oil-rich nation to set aside
political acrimony so that their citizens could lift themselves from
poverty and isolation.
(SFEC, 8/27/00, p.A14)(AP, 8/24/01)
2000 Aug 26, United Airlines
signed a tentative accord with its 10,000 pilots following 20 months
(SFEC, 8/27/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 26, In Israel 3
Israeli soldiers were killed in a West Bank shootout with
Palestinian militants of Hamas. The Israeli raid was an attempt to
capture Mahmoud Abu Hanoud near Nablus. Hanoud was wounded and
(SFEC, 8/27/00, p.C12)(SFC, 8/28/00, p.A11)
2000 Aug 26, In Sierra Leone 11
British soldiers were seized by the "West side Boys," a faction of a
former pro-government alliance.
(SFEC, 8/27/00, p.C11)
2000 Aug 26, In Somalia
Abdiqasim Salad Hassan, a former interior minister, won the
(SFEC, 8/27/00, p.C12)
2000 Aug 26, In Sasolburg,
South Africa, black employee John Mosoko Rampuru (37) died after
being dragged behind a pickup for over 3 miles by white building
contractor Pieter Odendaal (44). On November 12, 2001, the
Bloemfontein High Court sentenced Odendaal to 10 years in jail after
finding him guilty of culpable homicide but not murder with intent.
Judge AP van Coller suspended 3 years of Odendaal's sentence and
freed him on bail pending appeal.
2001 Aug 26, The Tokyo Kitasuna
beat Apopka, Fla., 2-1 to win the Little League championship in
South Williamsport, Pa.
2001 Aug 26, President Bush
admitted he was worried about the economy's "paltry" growth and,
without making promises, assured steel company executives and
workers that protecting domestic steel was a national security
2001 Aug 26, IBM computer
scientists reported that they had constructed a working logic
circuit within a single molecule of carbon fiber known as a carbon
(SSFC, 8/26/01, p.A20)(SFC, 8/27/01, p.D1)
2001 Aug 26, The San Francisco
Board of Supervisors proclaimed the City Lights Bookstore at 261
Columbus Ave. as Landmark No. 228.
2001 Aug 26, In the French Alps
a hot-air balloon caught fire after apparently hitting a high
voltage wire and 6 people were killed.
(WSJ, 8/27/01, p.A1)(AP, 2/26/13)
2001 Aug 26, In Iran film
director Tahmineh Milani was arrested on charges of supporting
counterrevolutionary and armed opposition groups. A relative said it
was due to her stand on the clerical oppression of women.
(WSJ, 8/31/01, p.A1)(SFC, 9/1/01, p.A10)
2001 Aug 26, Israeli jets
flattened the Palestinian Gaza City police headquarters in
retaliation for the shooting ambush of a settler family. Other
Palestinian police buildings and checkpoints were bombed.
(SFC, 8/27/01, p.A6)
2001 Aug 26, In Macedonia an
explosion at a hotel in Celopek killed 2 Macedonian Slavs.
(SFC, 8/27/01, p.A6)
2001 Aug 26, In Taiwan Pres.
Chen Shui-bian endorsed an economic council’s proposals to expand
commercial ties with China.
(SFC, 8/27/01, p.A6)
2002 Aug 26, US VP Cheney,
speaking at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Tennessee,
warned that there is "no doubt" that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is
amassing weapons of mass destruction for use against America and its
(SFC, 8/27/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/26/03)
2002 Aug 26, In Bangui, Central
African Republic, former military ruler Gen. Andre Kolingba was
convicted in absentia of taking part in a failed 2001 coup and was
sentenced to death.
2002 Aug 26, In San Antonio,
Honduras, Jose Callejas (46), director of a Human Rights Committee,
was killed. Organized crime was blamed.
(SFC, 8/29/02, p.A12)
2002 Aug 26, Israeli troops
arrested Jamal Abdel Salam Abu el-Heijah, leader of Hamas in the
Jenin region in a West Bank raid as Israel's defense minister said a
security deal to ease violence was still in force.
2002 Aug 26, In Nigeria an
Islamic court has sentenced a couple to death by stoning for having
an affair, marking the first time in Nigeria that a man has been
sentenced to death for adultery.
2002 Aug 26, The 4th UN World
Summit on Sustainable Development opened in Johannesburg, SA, with a
call from South African President Thabo Mbeki for coordinated
international action to fight poverty and protect the world's
natural resources. Pres. Bush sent Colin Powell as his stand-in. The
3rd gathering was in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
(SSFC, 8/25/02, p.A3)(AP, 8/26/03)
2002 Aug 26, As Zimbabwean and
Ethiopian activists staged protests, South African security
officials promised to clamp down on any protesters demonstrating at
the U.N. development summit without government approval.
2003 Aug 26, In the face of
criticism, President Bush defended his handling of the war and
reconstruction of Iraq, telling an American Legion conference in St.
Louis the fight was essential to the U.S. campaign against
2003 Aug 26, Investigators
concluded that NASA's overconfident management and inattention to
safety doomed the space shuttle Columbia as much as did damage to
2003 Aug 26, The CBO forecast a
US deficit of $401 billion this year and $480 billion in 2004.
(WSJ, 8/27/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 26, The toll of U.S.
troops killed in postwar Iraq surpassed the number killed in major
combat, reaching 139.
2003 Aug 26, In northern Iraq
the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Iraqi Turkmen Front signed
an agreement in Kirkuk aimed at preventing ethnic violence after
clashes left 11 people dead last week.
2003 Aug 26, A hidden cache of
fireworks exploded in a town in China's southeast, killing at least
20 people in the 2nd such disaster to strike the same county in one
2003 Aug 26, Two Russian
military helicopters collided over an airfield in Russia's Far East,
killing five people and injuring one.
2004 Aug 26, The US supply of
vaccine for the impending flu season took a big hit when Chiron
Corp. announced it had found tainted doses in its factory, and would
hold up shipment of about 50 million shots.
2004 Aug 26, MIT named Yale
neuroscientist Susan Hockfield as its new president, the 1st woman
to ever hold that job.
(WSJ, 8/27/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 26, Laura Branigan
(b.1952), a Grammy-nominated pop singer best known for her 1982
platinum hit "Gloria," died in East Quogue, N.Y.
2004 Aug 26, Australia
announced a cruise missile program to give it the region's "most
lethal" air combat capacity, a move that further strained awkward
relations with Indonesia.
2004 Aug 26, Chile’s Supreme
Court stripped Pinochet of his immunity.
(WSJ, 8/27/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 26, Typhoon Aere
crashed into mainland China prompting the evacuation of nearly a
million people, as the death toll climbed to 35 after a mudslide
killed 15 villagers in Taiwan.
2004 Aug 26, In Colombia a bomb
exploded in front of a beauty salon in Bogota as a police car drove
by, killing two officers and wounding two other people.
2004 Aug 26, Cuba broke
diplomatic ties with Panama after the outgoing Panamanian president
Mireya Moscoso pardoned four Cuban exiles, including Luis Posada
Carriles, the communist government accuses of trying to assassinate
President Fidel Castro.
(AP, 8/27/04)(SFC, 5/18/05, p.A9)
2004 Aug 26, At the Athens
Olympics, the US women's soccer team won the gold medal by beating
Brazil, 2-1, in overtime; Shawn Crawford led a U.S. sweep of the 200
2004 Aug 26, In India a
passenger bus and another carrying paramilitary soldiers and their
families were blown up in separate explosions in the
insurgency-wracked Assam state, killing four people and wounding 39.
2004 Aug 26, Grand Ayatollah
Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani arranged a peace pact with Muqtada
al-Sadr. The 5-point plan called for Kufa and Najaf to be declared
(SFC, 8/27/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/27/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 26, A mortar barrage
hit a mosque in Kufa filled with Iraqis preparing to join a march in
Najaf by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, killing 27
people and wounding 63.
2004 Aug 26, The Arabic TV
network Al-Jazeera reported it had received a video that appeared to
show the killing of Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni (56).
2004 Aug 26, In northern
Vietnam a boat capsized in heavy winds on a river, killing 16
2005 Apr 26, Florida’s Gov.
Bush signed legislation giving people the right to meet “force with
force," effective Oct 1. Utility crews in South Florida scrambled to
restore power to more than 1 million customers blacked out by
Hurricane Katrina, which continued to churn in the Gulf of Mexico.
(SFC, 4/27/05, p.A5)(AP, 8/26/06)
2005 Aug 26, In SF the new
Int’l. Hotel, with 88 studio and 16 one-bedroom apartments,
re-opened at 848 Kearny Street. Over 50 tenants from the original
“I-Hotel" were evicted Aug 4, 1977. 12 people from the original
hotel were 1st in line as 7,500 applicants vied for apartments.
(SFC, 8/27/05, p.B1)
2005 Aug 26, In eastern
Afghanistan a bomb killed a US service member and wounded four when
it exploded near their armored vehicle in Paktika province.
2005 Aug 26, Fire raced through
a crowded Paris apartment building housing African immigrants,
trapping residents in their sleep and killing 17 people, most of
them believed to be children.
2005 Aug 26, India’s
Maharashtra government planned to ban most plastic bags, blaming
them for choking drains and causing floods a month ago that left
more than 1,000 people dead.
2005 Aug 26, In India nearly
5,000 people held a rally as shops and businesses shut down in
Amritsar, the hometown of Sarabjeet Singh facing death by hanging in
Pakistan for allegedly spying. They demanded clemency and his
immediate return home.
2005 Aug 26, In India 24 people
were drowned when flash floods inundated hundreds of villages around
a commercial town in Uttar Pradesh.
2005 Aug 26, In Indian Kashmir
at least 15 people, including three soldiers, were wounded when
suspected Islamist rebels threw five grenades at different places in
Sopore. 4 people, including 2 militants, were killed in separate
shootouts across the region in the past 24 hours.
2005 Aug 26, An Iranian
daredevil died while attempting to break the world record for
jumping over buses on a motorcycle. Javad Palizbanian (44) was
trying to leap over 22 buses parked side-by-side when his motorbike
came down on the 13th bus.
2005 Aug 26, Shiite
negotiators, prodded by Pres. Bush, offered what they called their
final compromise proposal to Sunnis Arabs to try to break the
impasse over Iraq's new constitution.
2005 Aug 26, In Iraq US
warplanes launched multiple airstrikes against a suspected
"terrorist safe house" in the western Anbar province, destroying the
building where up to 50 militants were believed to be hiding.
2005 Aug 26, A Pakistani
military court sentenced five men to death for their roles in a 2003
suicide plot to kill President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
2005 Aug 26, Jailed Russian
tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky ended his nearly weeklong hunger strike
after hearing that his business partner Platon Lebedev was
transferred from solitary confinement to a regular cell.
2005 Aug 26, In Kazan, Russia,
tens of thousands of Tatars, Russians and others packed the main
square for a gala concert to celebrate the millennial anniversary of
the Volga River city.
2005 Aug 26, The first South
Korean tourists visited historic sites in Kaesong, North Korea, set
to become only the 2nd destination in the communist nation that can
be visited by ordinary citizens of its southern neighbor.
2005 Aug 26, Sri Lanka's
Supreme Court ruled that President Chandrika Kumaratunga's final
term expires in December, ending her controversial 11-year reign and
clearing the way for a vote before November 21.
2005 Aug 26, The UN food relief
agency said that it's battling to feed 90,000 Eritrean and Ethiopian
refugees displaced in eastern Sudan mainly due to a serious funding
2006 Aug 26, Tropical Storm
Ernesto strengthened over the Caribbean as it headed toward Jamaica
and the Cayman Islands, threatening to become the first hurricane of
the 2006 Atlantic season.
2006 Aug 26, In Afghanistan a
large number of militants attacked the Musa Qala district government
compound in Helmand, provoking a clash with police that left 10
2006 Aug 26, Thousands of
farmers took to the streets across northern Bangladesh over the
fatal shooting of at least five people protesting against an
open-pit coal mine.
2006 Aug 26, Chad ordered US
energy giant Chevron and Malaysia's Petronas to leave the country
within 24 hours for failing to honor tax obligations, a move
apparently aimed at increasing control over its oil output. Chad's
president Idriss Deby suspended the oil minister and two other
Cabinet members who negotiated deals with the two foreign oil firms.
2006 Aug 26, Iran's hard-line
president inaugurated a heavy-water production plant, a facility the
West fears will be used to develop a nuclear bomb, as Tehran
remained defiant ahead of a UN deadline that could lead to
2006 Aug 26, Iraq's PM Nouri
al-Maliki urged hundreds of tribal leaders to join his efforts to
end sectarian strife and terrorism Kidnapped Sunni lawmaker Tayseer
al-Mashhadani was released after being held for nearly two months.
Al-Mashhadani and 7 of her bodyguards were seized July 1 by gunmen
in a Shiite area of east Baghdad. Gunmen in a speeding car opened
fire on two sisters working as translators for the British
consulate, killing one of them and seriously wounding the other. 26
people were killed in dozens of attacks across Iraq. One US soldier
was killed by a roadside bomb.
(AP, 8/26/06)(AP, 8/27/06)(AP, 8/28/06)
2006 Aug 26, In Nepal a
landslide in a mountainous western village killed at least 10 people
and injured three others.
2006 Aug 26, In Pakistan
government forces killed Nawab Akbar Bugti (79), the most prominent
leader in the rebellion by Baluch tribesmen, in a raid on his cave
hideout in the mountainous area of the southwestern provinces of
Baluchistan. A top security official said at least 16 security
forces, including four officers, were killed.
2006 Aug 26, In the West Bank,
Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen traded heavy fire during a
standoff at a fugitives' hideout and doctors said a 16-year-old
Palestinian was killed. Twenty Palestinians were wounded in the
clashes in the West Bank city of Nablus.
2006 Aug 26, In Russia's
Dagestan region police surrounded a home and exchanged gunfire with
suspected militants, killing four and wounding a woman who was with
2006 Aug 26, In Sri Lanka
police found a large weapons cache hidden in a house on the
outskirts of Colombo, and arrested 17 people suspected of planning a
major attack. Sporadic fighting left 12 rebels killed and 20 injured
during a battle in the northeastern Batticaloa district. A
bomb killed six Sri Lankan soldiers and wounded 11 as they cleared
up after fierce fighting with Tamil Tiger rebels in the besieged
northern Jaffna peninsula.
(AP, 8/26/06)(AFP, 8/27/06)
2006 Aug 26, A Sudanese court
charged reporter Paul Salopek (44) with espionage. He was detained
by pro-government forces in Darfur on Aug 6. Salopek was on
freelance assignment for National Geographic magazine.
(SSFC, 8/27/06, p.A19)
2006 Aug 26, An international
rights groups said a court in tightly controlled Turkmenistan has
sentenced three rights defenders to jail terms of six to seven
2006 Aug 26, Officials said
Uganda and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army have signed a truce to
end a 19-year conflict that killed thousands of people.
2007 Aug 26, In northern
California the 17th annual Cotati Accordion Festival ended with some
5,000 people and 30 bands attending the 2-day event. Day tickets
rose to $17.50.
(SFC, 8/27/07, p.D2)
2007 Aug 26, The $95 million
Hawaii Superferry made its maiden run from Honolulu to Maui as
environmentalists protested. The 349-foot giant catamaran, named
Alakai, carried over 500 passengers and 150 cars for the 3-hour
trip. The special one-way $5 fares will soon rise to over $240 for
one passenger and a car.
(SFC, 8/27/07, p.A4)
2007 Aug 26, Afghan police
killed six suspected militants during a one-hour gunbattle in
Paktika province, which borders Pakistan. Unidentified assailants
shot and killed a soldier from the 37-nation strong security
assistance force during a foot patrol in eastern Afghanistan. A
Dutch soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.
In southern Zabul province, Afghan and coalition troops clashed with
insurgents in Daychopan district, killing four suspected Taliban and
wounding four others. Afghan troops destroyed a heroin laboratory in
Helmand province after battling Taliban fighters guarding the
2007 Aug 26, A road bridge
linking Tajikistan and Afghanistan paid for by the US was officially
opened at a ceremony attended by the presidents of the two Central
2007 Aug 26, Australia released
a new draft citizenship test. The 40-page document outlining
citizenship application procedures said migrants who want to become
Australian citizens will have to be able to correctly identify the
country's prime minister and national flower.
2007 Aug 26, Massive fires
consuming large areas of southern Greece for a third day raced
toward the site of the ancient Olympics, engulfing villages and
forests as the flames reached one of the most revered sites of
2007 Aug 26, Iran vowed to use
a new 2,000-pound "smart" bomb against its enemies and unveiled mass
production of the new weapon.
2007 Aug 26, Iraqi PM Nouri
al-Maliki lashed out at American critics, saying Sen. Hillary
Clinton and other Democrats who had called for his ouster should
"come to their senses." A US helicopter attacked two Kurdish police
outposts, killing four policemen and wounding eight. A spokesman for
the Kurdish Peshmerga militia believed the attack was mistaken
friendly fire. Waves of Shiite pilgrims descended on Karbala for the
Shabaniyah festival marking the birth of the 9th century Hidden
Imam. A woman making the 50-mile trek from Baghdad was shot to death
by men in a passing car in the southwest of the capital.
(AP, 8/26/07)(AP, 8/26/08)
2007 Aug 26, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber in a car killed four policemen and wounded
two in an attack in Swat.
2007 Aug 26, The moderate
Palestinian government began implementing the closure of 103
institutions in the West Bank and Gaza in an apparent crackdown
against the Islamic Hamas.
2007 Aug 26, In Manila,
Philippines, economic ministers of Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN)
and China agreed to strengthen product standards and safety. The
move follows recalls of several tainted Chinese products from
2007 Aug 26, In Somalia
bombings and grenade attacks killed two schoolboys and three other
people in Mogadishu.
2007 Aug 26, In eastern Uganda
a truck carrying soldiers and their families overturned, killing 72
people and injuring 40 others.
2008 Aug 26, The Pentagon said
two men were cleared for release to Algeria from Guantanamo, Cuba,
where about 260 detainees remained.
2008 Aug 26, In the 2nd day of
the Democratic Convention in Denver Sen. Hillary Clinton endorsed
Sen. Barack Obama for the US presidential nomination.
(SFC, 8/27/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 26, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed a measure for a statewide bullet train system
to be placed on the November ballot.
(SFC, 8/27/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 26, California
Attorney General Jerry Brown said he expected raids on medical pot
clubs that sell for big profits in the Bay Area. He had recently
issued guidelines on sales of medical marijuana and state officials
over the weekend raided a club in Los Angeles County.
(SFC, 8/27/08, p.B1)
2008 Aug 26, An Ohio jury
convicted Andrew Siemaszko, a former nuclear plant engineer, of
hiding information in 2001 about reactor corrosion at the
Davis-Besse plant along Lake Erie. Siemaszko’s attorney’s said the
plant’s owner set him up as a scapegoat because he spoke out about
(WSJ, 8/27/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 26, A UN team in
Herat, Afghanistan, said it found "convincing evidence" that 90
civilians, including 60 children, were killed in US-led air strikes
last week. Aerial bombardment was clearly evident with some 78
houses having been totally destroyed and serious damage to many
others. Kazuya Ito (31), a Japanese aid worker, was kidnapped at
gunpoint with his driver near Jalalabad. Ito was found killed the
next day. A group of Taliban fighters attacked a police checkpoint
in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, sparking a clash that
killed 18 militants. An air strike killed 30 Taliban in southeastern
Afghanistan close to the border with Pakistan.
(AP, 8/26/08)(AP, 8/27/08)(Reuters, 8/27/08)
2008 Aug 26, Brazil asked the
WTO for the right to impose $4 billion in annual sanctions against
US goods and services to penalize the US for handing out illegal
(WSJ, 8/27/08, p.A9)
2008 Aug 26, In Brazil Olavo
Egydio Setubal (b.1923), industrialist and former mayor of Sao
Paulo, died. His industrial and financial empire, which grew up from
a metal shop, included Banco Itau Holding Financiera SA, Brazil’s
2nd largest bank.
2008 Aug 26, In southwest China
explosions ripped through a chemical plant, killing at least 11
people, injuring dozens and forcing the evacuation of thousands of
2008 Aug 26, In Dubai a fire in
a building packed with foreign laborers killed 11 people. 10 of the
victims were Indian.
2008 Aug 26, Hurricane Gustav
hit Haiti and triggered flooding and landslides that killed 15
people before weakening to a tropical storm.
(AP, 8/27/08)(SFC, 8/28/08, p.A2)
2008 Aug 26, In India
Christians clashed with Hindu mobs who attacked churches, and eight
people died in the violence in Kandhamal district of Orissa state, a
region known for deadly religious fighting.
2008 Aug 26, Andhra Chiranjeevi
(53), Indian film star, launched his People’s Rule Party
(Prajarajyam) in southern Andhra Pradesh state.
(Econ, 3/14/09, p.43)
2008 Aug 26, In Iraq a suicide
bomber attacked police recruits in Jalula in Diyala province killing
28 people and wounding 25. A bomb planted in a parked car killed 5
people and wounded 8, including three policemen, in the city of
(AP, 8/26/08)(SFC, 8/27/08, p.A7)
2008 Aug 26, Israel ordered the
Gaza Strip's border crossings closed after militants violated a
cease-fire by launching two rockets the previous evening, bringing
to 46 the number of rockets launched by militants since the truce
2008 Aug 26, Malaysia's
opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim won a "landslide" victory in a
by-election to return him to parliament, and said he was on track to
oust a weakened government. The Malays National Organization (UMNO)
and its allies had ruled since independence in 1957.
(AFP, 8/26/08)(Econ, 8/30/08, p.39)
2008 Aug 26, A Maltese fishing
trawler rescued the migrants. Authorities said the survivors first
told the fishermen that 10 people were missing, but later said as
many as 70 people from Somalia, Eritrea and Sudan made the sea
voyage with them.
2008 Aug 26, In Mexico 3
decapitated bodies were found in an empty lot on the eastern
outskirts of Tijuana. The bodies had messages written on their backs
in permanent marker saying they worked for "the weakened
'engineer,'" a nickname for Francisco Sanchez Arellano, a top
lieutenant in Tijuana's powerful Arellano Felix drug cartel. A day
earlier 2 bodies were found in Tijuana, one with the head placed on
the upper back.
(AP, 8/27/08)(SFC, 8/27/08, p.A11)
2008 Aug 26, North Korea said
it has suspended work on disabling its nuclear facilities as of
August 14 and is considering restoration of the Yongbyon reactor
that can make material for atomic bombs, accusing the US of
violating a disarmament deal by failing to delist North Korea as a
state sponsor of terrorism.
2008 Aug 26, In Pakistan an
explosion on the outskirts of Islamabad killed at least seven people
and wounded 20. Around midnight 75-100 militants attacked the Tiarza
Fort in South Waziristan. The attack was repulsed with 11 militants
(AP, 8/27/08)(SFC, 8/28/08, p.A5)
2008 Aug 26, Russia formally
recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the breakaway Georgian
territories at the heart of its war with Georgia, heightening
tensions with the West as the US dispatched a military ship bearing
aid to a port city still patrolled by Russian troops. In a direct
challenge to Russia, the US announced it intends to deliver
humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Georgian port city of Poti,
which Russian troops still control through checkpoints on the city's
2008 Aug 26, In Sri Lanka
ground battles in the northern regions of Jaffna, Vavuniya,
Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Welioya killed 27 rebels and two
2008 Aug 26, Sudanese hijackers
commandeered the Boeing 737 jetliner, which was carrying 95
passengers and crew, soon after it took off from the southern Darfur
town of Nyala, not far from a refugee camp that the Sudanese
military attacked a day earlier.
2008 Aug 26, In Thailand
thousands of anti-government demonstrators pushed into the Thai
prime minister's office compound and rallied outside several
ministries. A violent masked mob from the same protest group forced
a state-run TV station off the air.
2008 Aug 26, Zimbabwe's
opposition heckled Robert Mugabe in an unprecedented show of
defiance when the president opened parliament with traditional pomp
and his familiar denunciations of the West.
2009 Aug 26, In California
Phillip Garrido (58) and his wife Nancy (55) were arrested for their
1991 kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard (11) from a bus stop
outside her home in South Lake Tahoe. Police freed Dugard and her 2
children who were fathered by Dugard, who had kept them in tents in
a fenced, backyard compound in Antioch, Ca.
2009 Aug 26, In southern
California the Station Fire began in Los Angeles County and soon
grew to become the largest wildfire in county history. It did not
get contained until Sep 1.
(SFC, 11/14/09, p.A4)
2009 Aug 26, Dominick Dunne
(b.1925), novelist and Vanity Fair columnist, died. His books
included “The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" (1985), based on the 1955
Woodward murder case.
(SFC, 8/27/09, p.A9)
2009 Aug 26, Ellie Greenwich
(b.1940), songwriter, died. Her string of hits in the 1960s included
“Da Doo Ron Ron" (1963), “Chapel of Love" (1964) and “Be My Baby"
(1963). Many of her songs were done in collaboration with producer
Phil Spector and her husband Jeff Barry.
(SFC, 8/28/09, p.D5)
2009 Aug 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai widened his lead after officials released more partial
vote results. The latest returns boosted Karzai's standing to 44.8%
and Abdullah’s at 35.1%. The count was based on returns from 17% of
polling stations nationwide. In eastern Afghanistan a firefight left
as many as 12 militants dead. Reports of the death toll varied
widely. A spokesman of the governor of Paktika province said 12
militants died, while police said two were killed. The US military
did not report any deaths. 7 insurgents, including a wounded
commander, were detained.
(AP, 8/26/09)(AP, 8/27/09)
2009 Aug 26, Australia's
highest court ruled that the country's military justice system is
unconstitutional because its judges are not independent of the
military command, throwing into doubt 171 cases judged in the past
2009 Aug 26, A Brazilian
prosecutor in Amazonas state accused Wallace Souza, a former police
officer and TV crime show host, of attempting to have a federal
judge assassinated in 2007. Souza was already accused of setting up
at least 5 killings to boost his TV ratings. Souza was soon kicked
out of the state legislature and on Oct 5 police issued a warrant
for his arrest.
(SFC, 8/27/09, p.A2)(AP, 10/7/09)
2009 Aug 26, In Cambodia a
Phnom Penh Municipal Court Judge found Michael James Dodd of
Washington, DC, guilty of soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl. He
was arrested in October 2008 at his rented house in Phnom Penh, in
the girl's company. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and
ordered to pay 20 million riel ($4,878) in compensation to the
2009 Aug 26, China’s state
media reported that the majority of transplanted organs in China
come from executed prisoners in a rare disclosure about an industry
often criticized for being opaque and unethical.
2009 Aug 26, In China six
members of an alleged "terror gang" were detained in the suburbs of
the city of Aksu, 675km (420 miles) southwest of Urumqi. The
Ministry of Public Security later said a "large quantity" of
materials and tools needed to make explosive devices was seized.
2009 Aug 26, In Colombia hooded
men in uniforms without insignias shot and killed 12 members of the
Awa indigenous group, including five children, on a reserve in a
region plagued by the cocaine trade.
2009 Aug 26, In the Republic of
Congo 7 people, including five Russian crew members, were killed
when a cargo plane crashed on the outskirts of Brazzaville.
2009 Aug 26, In Greece the
fires around Athens were put out or contained to small areas after
razing 80 square miles (210 square km) of forest and hillside scrub,
an area more than three times the size of Manhattan. It was the most
destructive blaze in decades in the Attica region, and the worst in
Greece since wildfires in 2007 killed 76 people and blackened 1,060
square miles (2,750 square km).
2009 Aug 26, Central America's
development bank said it is freezing credits to Honduras following
the June 28 coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Many other
multilateral agencies and foreign governments have put Honduras aid
projects on hold, in the face of the interim government's refusal to
2009 Aug 26, A small Indonesian
ferry sank off the resort island of Bali, killing nine people while
three others are still missing.
2009 Aug 26, Abdul-Aziz
al-Hakim (b.1950), the scion of a revered clerical family, died of
lung cancer in Iran, the country that was long his key ally. He
channeled rising Shiite Muslim power after the fall of Saddam
Hussein to become one of Iraq's most influential politicians.
2009 Aug 26, In Mexico gunmen
in Ciudad Juarez killed Pablo Pasillas (33), the aide of a Mexican
federal agent investigating the death of a crime reporter, a month
after the first agent assigned to the case was shot dead. In a
separate attack, gunmen in the western town of Tlaquepaque wounded
Maximiano Barbosa, the founder of Mexico's most influential debtors
group, as well as his son.
2009 Aug 26, Nigerian
authorities arrested two dozen people wanted over massive debts owed
to troubled banks in a scandal that has rocked the country's
2009 Aug 26, In Bucharest,
Romania, fans at first politely applauded the Roma performers
sharing a stage with Madonna. Then the pop star condemned widespread
discrimination against Roma, or Gypsies, and the cheers gave way to
jeers. Official Romanian data put the local Roma population at
2009 Aug 26, Top Russian
officials acknowledged for the first time that the Arctic Sea, a
ship hijacked last month in the Baltic Sea, might have been carrying
a suspicious cargo, deepening the mystery around its seizure.
2009 Aug 26, Russia, worried
about North Korean missile and nuclear tests, said it has deployed
sophisticated air defenses in its Far East region to protect against
any potential test mishap.
2009 Aug 26, Somali pirates in
the Gulf of Aden fired at a US Navy helicopter as it made a
surveillance flight over the Win Far, a Taiwanese-flagged fishing
vessel seized in April, the first such attack by pirates on an
American military aircraft.
2009 Aug 26, In South Africa
soldiers, demanding higher wages, tried to scale the fence at the
Union Buildings where President Jacob Zuma has his office. Police
used teargas, rubber bullets and water cannons to disperse the
soldiers, who marched despite a court order barring their protest.
2009 Aug 26, In Spain Bunol's
town hall estimated more than 40,000 people, some from as far away
as Japan and Australia, took up arms with 100 tons of tomatoes in
the yearly food fight known as the "Tomatina," now in its 64th year.
2009 Aug 26, In Thailand
suspected Muslim insurgents detonated a car bomb outside a crowded
open-air restaurant during lunchtime, wounding 26 people.
(SFC, 8/26/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 26, Doctors at
Zimbabwe's state hospitals called off a crippling two-week strike,
broken by the reality that the government had no money to meet their
northern city of Kunduz. Police suspected the attackers were
jihadists from Russia's Chechnya region who are active in the
surrounding province, also called Kunduz. The attack killed 8 Afghan
police. A roadside blast tore through a crowded market, killing 3
police and 2 civilians in Archi town, Kunduz province. In eastern
Ghazni province's Andar district, two Afghan guards working for a
private security company were killed in a Taliban attack on a supply
convoy. Two attackers were killed, including a senior regional
commander, Mullah Mohmmadi.
(AP, 8/26/10)(AP, 8/27/10)
2010 Aug 26, Bolivia’s
government said it has confiscated 280,000 more acres of allegedly
fallow or ill-gotten land. The seizure included 51,000 acres from
the ranching company of prominent opposition figure Osvaldo
(SFC, 8/27/10, p.A2)
2010 Aug 26, Interpol said
police have seized about 10 metric tons of counterfeit medicines and
arrested 80 people in a sweep across eastern Africa. Authorities
across Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar took
part in the bust.
2010 Aug 26, Asil Nadir (69), a
Turkish Cypriot businessman, returned to London to face charges of
fraud. He had fled Britain almost two decades ago following the
spectacular collapse of his business empire. Nadir fled the country
in May of 1993, four months before he was scheduled to face trial.
2010 Aug 26, Canada-based
Research in Motion said it was willing to work with India to support
the country's needs to lawfully access encrypted services on the
company's Blackberry smartphone.
2010 Aug 26, The archbishop of
Paris joined the tide of criticism over France's crackdown on
Gypsies, calling it a "circus," while the EU's justice commissioner
denounced French officials' discriminatory tone about the vulnerable
2010 Aug 26, In Germany Nadja
Benaissa (28), a member of girl group No Angels, broke down in tears
after a German court handed her a two-year suspended sentence for
infecting a former sex partner with the AIDS HIV virus.
2010 Aug 26, Two Greek fighter
jets crashed in mid-air during a training exercise south of the
island of Crete, killing one of the three crew members and leaving
the other two injured.
2010 Aug 26, An Iranian
government newspaper reported that 5 rebels and 2 members of the
Revolutionary Guards have been killed in clashes in Iran's Kordestan
province near the Iraqi border.
2010 Aug 26, In Iraq insurgents
killed six members of a government-allied Sunni militia using a
roadside bomb and ambush near the town of Muqdadiyah.
2010 Aug 26, A Malaysian man
was arrested after his bag bursting with 95 live boa constrictors
broke open on a luggage conveyer belt at Kuala Lumpur International
Airport. Keng Liang "Anson" Wong (52), who had been previously
convicted of wildlife trafficking in the United States, later
pleaded guilty to wildlife smuggling.
2010 Aug 26, In Mexico at least
16 people were injured, some seriously, after a grenade was thrown
into a crowded bar in the internationally-popular beach resort of
Puerto Vallarta. 5 of the injured were detained as part of an
investigation. Four of those detained each lost a leg in the
(Reuters, 8/26/10)(AP, 8/26/10)
2010 Aug 26, North Korea's
reclusive leader Kim Jong Il was in China on his second visit this
year to his country's biggest source of diplomatic and financial
2010 Aug 26, Nigerian President
Goodluck Jonathan laid out plans to privatize most of the country's
power sector, as corruption and mismanagement continued to cause
daily outages in the oil-rich nation.
2010 Aug 26, Pakistani Taliban
spokesman Azam Tariq claimed that the United States and other
countries were not really focused on providing aid to flood victims
but had other "intentions" he did not specify. The death toll in the
floods stood around 1,500 people. Officials ordered nearly half a
million people to evacuate towns as rising floods threaten further
(AP, 8/26/10)(AFP, 8/26/10)
2010 Aug 26, In the Philippines
fire broke out late at night, possibly when gasoline a man was
pouring into a container near an open stove caught alight, in two
crowded villages in Navotas city, north of the capital Manila. 2
people were killed and thousands left homeless.
2010 Aug 26, Puerto Rican
teachers walked off their jobs in a one-day strike over staff and
funding levels, giving students a day off barely 3 weeks into the
new academic year.
2010 Aug 26, In South Africa
thousands of civil servants took to the streets across the country
in a peaceful demonstration for higher wages. Police management
tried to bar officers from joining the nationwide strike entering
its second week.
2010 Aug 26, A Sri Lankan
housemaid, L. T. Ariyawathi (49), was admitted to a hospital and
planned to undergo surgery to remove 24 nails embedded in her body.
Ariyawathi said her employer in Saudi Arabia had inflicted the
injuries on her as a punishment. The woman traveled to Saudi Arabia
in March and returned home last week, complaining of abuse by her
2010 Aug 26, Venezuelan
authorities seized more than 4.4 tons (4 metric tons) of cocaine at
a ranch after F-16 fighter jets intercepted a plane that was flying
to pick up the load.
2010 Aug 26, Yemeni Shiite
rebels signed an agreement with the government laying out a
timetable for implementing previous accords. The agreement was
signed in Doha, Qatar.
2011 Aug 26, Former Delaware
pediatrician Earl Bradley (58) was sentenced 14 life sentences
without parole for committing horrific acts of sexual abuse against
scores of young patients over more than a decade.
2011 Aug 26, In Missouri a
medical helicopter crashed in Mosby killing a female patient, a
pilot and two medical workers.
(SSFC, 8/28/11, p.A10)
2011 Aug 26, Abkhazia, once
dubbed the Soviet Riviera, held elections for a new president, with
three veterans of the early 1990s separatist war against Georgia
vying for the post. Candidates Vice President Alexander Ankvab (59),
PM Sergei Shamba (60) and opposition leader Raul Khadjimba (53)
fiercely rejected reunification with Georgia. Alexander Ankvab
obtained 55 percent of the vote.
(AP, 8/26/11)(AP, 8/27/11)
2011 Aug 26, In northwest
Afghanistan a bomb exploded at an outdoor mosque, killing four
worshippers in Faryab province. In western Herat a bomb placed on a
small cart exploded, killing an Afghan woman and wounding seven
other civilians. A NATO airstrike reportedly killed six civilians,
including four women, in Logar province.
(AP, 8/26/11)(AP, 8/27/11)
2011 Aug 26, In Algeria a bomb
explosion followed by a suicide attack outside a military academy
killed 16 officers in training and 2 civilians in Cherchell. Two
Syrian officers were among 18 people killed in the twin suicide
bombing. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb soon claimed
(AP, 8/26/11)(AFP, 8/28/11)(SFC, 8/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 26, In Britain the
makers of painkiller Nurofen Plus recalled the tablets after
anti-psychotic and epilepsy drugs were found to have been placed in
packets in acts of suspected sabotage.
2011 Aug 26, Cameroon
authorities charged four people aged 17 to 46 with homosexuality and
remanded them in custody. Homosexuality is outlawed in Cameroon and
those arrested risk five years in prison.
2011 Aug 26, Chilean President
Sebastian Pinera agreed to negotiate with students and teachers
demanding more state funding for education and profound changes in
2011 Aug 26, A Chilean official
commission posted its final report online naming each additional
victim that Chile recognizes as being killed, tortured or imprisoned
for political reasons by the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
The addition of 30 slayings raises the death toll to 3,095, and the
total victim list stands at 40,048.
2011 Aug 26, Haitian notary
Emile Giordani was snatched while driving his BMW on a sidestreet
near downtown Port-au-Prince. Passers-by found his body the next
morning dumped on a hilly road in the Canape Vert neighborhood of
(AP, 8/27/11)(AP, 8/31/11)
2011 Aug 26, Israel said it is
allowing Jewish settlers to expand a building in Hebron, one of the
West Bank's most volatile cities. Hebron is holy to Muslims and
Jews. Today, more than 600 Jews live there in fortified enclaves
amid 170,000 Palestinians. Gaza militants called their second truce
in less than five days in an attempt to keep more than a week of
hostilities with Israel from escalating.
2011 Aug 26, Japanese PM Naoto
Kan announced he would resign after almost 15 months in office amid
plunging approval ratings over his government's handling of the
tsunami disaster and nuclear crisis. He would officially quit as
prime minister after the ruling party votes on Aug 29 to pick a new
leader, the country's sixth prime minister in five years.
2011 Aug 26, Japan's nuclear
agency said the amount of radioactive cesium that has leaked from a
tsunami-hit nuclear plant is about equal to 168 of the atomic bombs
dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II.
2011 Aug 26, In Libya British
warplanes struck a large bunker in Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of
Sirte, his largest remaining stronghold, as NATO turned its
attention to loyalist forces battling advancing Libyan rebels in the
area. The two main tribes in Sirte, the Gadhadhfa and the Urfali,
remained loyal to the Libyan leader. About 80 decomposing bodies
were found in an abandoned hospital in Tripoli.
(AP, 8/26/11)(AFP, 8/26/11)
2011 Aug 26, Mali's most
radical Tuareg rebel chief Ibrahim Ag Bahanga, who never agreed to
disarm, died in an accident.
2011 Aug 26, In Mexico about
700 soldiers, federal police and Treasury Department agents began
raiding casinos in Monterrey seizing slot machines and putting them
in moving trucks. The tax agency said the continuing operation was
meant to verify whether casinos had paid taxes or introduced slot
2011 Aug 26, In Mexico 4 miners
were killed in an explosion that caved in part of a coal mine in the
northern Mexico border state of Coahuila.
2011 Aug 26, In Nigeria a
suicide bomber in car laden with explosives rammed through two gates
and blew up at the UN offices in Abuja shattering part of the
4-story concrete structure. 23 people were killed and 116 wounded.
The radical Muslim sect known locally as Boko Haram claimed
responsibility for the attack. Two of the injured died later
bringing the death toll to 25.
(AP, 8/26/11)(AP, 8/27/11)(AP, 9/15/11)(AP,
2011 Aug 26, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Il renewed a push to restart talks on swapping aid
for his country's nuclear disarmament during a stop in northeastern
China on his return journey from Russia.
2011 Aug 26, Senegal's army
clashed with suspected rebels in the southern province of Casamance.
2011 Aug 26, It was reported
that Somali Islamist rebels have beheaded at least 11 civilians in
the capital in the past two weeks.
2011 Aug 26, In South Korea
Seoul mayor Oh Se-hoon's stepped down after losing a referendum on
free school lunches for 50% of all schoolchildren. His resignation
came two days after a citywide referendum that drew few of Seoul's 8
million eligible voters. The turnout of 25.7% didn't meet the legal
requirement for counting ballots. The referendum's defeat means the
100% option takes effect.
2011 Aug 26, Syrian security
forces fired on tens of thousands of anti-government protesters,
killing at least two people in Deir el-Zour more than five months
into the country's uprising. Another person was killed when
protesters emerged from a mosque in Daraa province.
(AP, 8/26/11)(AFP, 8/26/11)
2011 Aug 26, The UN wildlife
trade regulator said it was lifting its 2005 suspension on wildlife
commerce with Nigeria, citing the country's improved efforts to
combat illegal trade.
2011 Aug 26, It was reported
that the Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory Commission (ZERC) has
increased electricity rates from 7.53 US cents to 9.83 US cents per
kilowatt hour, effective next week, to help the regulator fund an
expansion program that will boost electricity production.
2012 Aug 26, In Afghan
insurgents attacked a large party in a Taliban-controlled area of
Helmand province and beheaded 17 people. 10 Afghan soldiers were
killed in an attack on a checkpoint in the south, and five were
either kidnapped or joined their assailants. In Ghor province in the
east, officials said three students were killed in what looked like
a revenge killing by the family of a Taliban commander who died
recently in an explosion.
2012 Aug 26, Britain’s Scotland
Yard arrested 96 people during the annual Children's Day of the
Notting Hill Carnival, mainly for drug and public order offences as
well as robbery and assault.
2012 Aug 26, Canadian health
officials said eight people have died in a rare outbreak of
Legionnaires' disease in the province of Quebec, having identified
more than 100 cases of the dangerous strain of pneumonia since July.
2012 Aug 26, In northern China
a double-decker bus rammed into a tanker loaded with highly
flammable methanol, causing both vehicles to burst into flames and
killing 36 people close to the city of Yan'an in Shaanxi province.
In the southwest 11 people were killed and another was seriously
hurt when a van crashed into a truck Sichuan province.
(AP, 8/26/12)(AP, 8/27/12)
2012 Aug 26, In Egypt Ibrahim
Madhan, a suspected militant, was killed while riding a motorcycle
in the Sinai Peninsula some 15 km (9 miles) from the Israeli border.
2012 Aug 26, An Egyptian
security official says Egypt has reopened its passenger terminal
with the Gaza Strip and resumed normal operations there after nearly
three weeks of disruption following a deadly attack on Egyptian
soldiers by Islamic militants.
2012 Aug 26, In India hundreds
of Indian protesters angry at a controversial allocation of coal
fields were baton charged by police and sprayed with tear gas during
a demonstration in the capital New Delhi.
2012 Aug 26, In Indonesia a
Sunni mob attack on Shiites in Sampang, East Java province, saw two
men killed with sickles and dozens of homes torched.
2012 Aug 26, Iran opened a
120-nation gathering of self-described nonaligned nations with a
slap at the UN Security Council and an appeal to rid the world of
nuclear weapons even as Tehran faces Western suspicions that it is
seeking its own atomic arms.
2012 Aug 26, In Iraq gunmen
with silenced weapons killed five people in two attacks in Baghdad.
2012 Aug 26, Israeli
authorities refused entry to about 100 pro-Palestinian activists,
including 3 Americans, attempting to cross overland to the West Bank
2012 Aug 26, In Japan Typhoon
Bolaven, one of the most powerful typhoons in decades, hit Okinawa,
with meteorologists warning it could bring record rain and wind to
the southern region and waves of up to 13 meters (43 feet).
2012 Aug 26, In northwest
Pakistan dozens of militants from Afghanistan attacked an
anti-Taliban militia post in the Bajur tribal area for the third
day, sparking fighting that killed one soldier and 20 militants.
Locals and officials said thousands of people have fled North
Waziristan in recent days, fearing a military offensive against
(AP, 8/26/12)(AFP, 8/26/12)
2012 Aug 26, In Russia members
of the punk band Pussy Riot said two members have fled the country
to avoid prosecution for a protest that sent 3 bandmates to prison.
(SFC, 8/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 26, Saudi authorities
announced they had foiled a "terror" plot by elements suspected of
links to Al-Qaeda, mostly Yemenis, and broken up two extremist cells
in Riyadh and Jeddah.
2012 Aug 26, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said that 32 dead bodies were found in
the streets of Daraya and they had been killed by "gunfire and
2012 Aug 26, In Togo women in
the civil rights group "Let's Save Togo" said they will have a week
long sex strike to demand the resignation of President Faure
2012 Aug 26, In Zimbabwe a
consortium of wildlife ranchers said tens of thousands of animals
face annihilation in a wave of land takeovers in the southeast after
hunting permits and land were granted to 25 leaders of the ZANU-PF
party in a black empowerment program.
2013 Aug 26, In California the
Rim Fire expanded to 150,000 acres on the western edge of Yosemite
Nat’l. Park. The fire began on Aug 17 and now covered over 250
square miles. Officials said it was 20% contained.
(SFC, 8/27/13, p.A12)
2013 Aug 26, In Montana
defendant Stacey Rambold (54) received a 15 year sentence with all
but one month suspended for the rape of student Cherice Moralez (14)
in 2008. Morales committed suicide in 2010, a few weeks before her
seventeenth birthday and before the case went to trial. On Sep 4
state prosecutors said they are appealing the sentence. Rambold was
released on Sep 26. On April 30, 2014, the state Supreme Court ruled
that the one month sentence was too short. On Sep 26, 2014, Rambold
was sentenced to ten years in prison.
p.A4)(SFC, 9/27/13, p.A7)(SFC, 5/1/14, p.A8)(SFC, 9/27/14, p.A6)
2013 Aug 26, Amgen agreed to
buy Onyx Pharmaceuticals in a $10.4 billion transaction. Onyx’s
Kyprolis drug was approved last year for a rare blood cancer.
(SFC, 8/27/13, p.D1)
2013 Aug 26, In eastern
Afghanistan 5 Taliban suicide bombers killed 2 Afghan soldiers and
wounded several others when they attacked an army base in the Tagab
district of Kapisa province. 10 other attackers were wounded but
managed to flee. NATO said one its soldiers was killed by a bomb in
(AP, 8/26/13)(SFC, 8/27/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 26, Greenpeace said
that Russian authorities have boarded their ship which is in the
Arctic to protest against oil drilling. The Greenpeace ship entered
the waters of the Kara Sea on Aug 24.
2013 Aug 26, Argentina’s Pres.
Cristina Fernandez offered new bonds to be paid in dollars in Buenos
Aires to anyone still holding defaulted debt.
(SSFC, 9/1/13, p.A4)
2013 Aug 26, Bolivia’s cultural
patrimony chief, Lupe Meneses, said local churches have been robbed
38 times of 447 objects since 2009 — of highly stylized decorative
silverwork, canvases, polished gold and silver altar pieces and
2013 Aug 26, China announced
that Wang Yongchun, the deputy general manager of China Nat’l.
Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), was under investigation for “severe
(Econ, 9/7/13, p.48)
2013 Aug 26, Chinese media said
the Amur River, which marks the border between China and Russia, has
experienced its worst flooding in a century, cutting off roads to
2013 Aug 26, India's parliament
passed a flagship 18-billion-dollar program to provide subsidized
food to the poor that is intended to "wipe out" endemic hunger and
malnutrition in the aspiring superpower.
2013 Aug 26, In Iraq militants
in police uniforms claiming to be carrying out a security operation
kidnapped and killed 6 men in a pre-dawn attack north of Baghdad.
2013 Aug 26, In eastern Mexico
mudslides crashed through several homes, killing at least 13 people
after a tropical storm pelted the state of Veracruz with heavy
2013 Aug 26, Nepal commissioned
a group of former Maoist rebel fighters as officers in the national
army, fulfilling a main component of a fragile peace deal that ended
civil war but has failed to bring political stability.
2013 Aug 25, Nigerian Islamists
killed 14 pro-government youth vigilantes in an attack on the
northeastern town of Bama.
2013 Aug 26, Palestinian
negotiators called off a planned round of peace talks after Israeli
soldiers killed 3 protesters during clashes following an arrest raid
in the West Bank.
2013 Aug 26, In the Philippines
tens of thousands angry at official corruption marched through the
center of Manila and other cities to demand the abolition of a
misused fund for legislators' pet projects, the biggest protest
aimed at Benigno Aquino's government.
2013 Aug 26, Qatar health
authorities announced the 2nd confirmed case in a week of the MERS
coronavirus in the Gulf state, with a 29-year-old man infected and
in intensive care.
2013 Aug 26, In South Africa
tens of thousands of construction workers downed tools, adding to
strike chaos that has crippled output and disrupted air traffic
while fanning fears of new violence.
2013 Aug 26, Zurich,
Switzerland, launched publicly funded, drive-in, open wooden garages
to make prostitution less of a public nuisance and safer for women.
2013 Aug 26, In Syria snipers
opened fire at a UN vehicle carrying a team investigating the
alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus. The Syrian government
accused the rebels of firing at the team, while a rebel
representative said a pro-government militia was behind the attack.
Rebel forces took control of Khanasir, a strategic town in northern
Syria, killing more than 50 pro-government fighters and cutting off
government forces' only supply route out of the city of Aleppo. The
Britain-based Observatory said it had obtained a photograph showing
the execution of Alawite cleric Badr Ghazal by hardline Islamist
rebels earlier this month.
(AP, 8/26/13)(Reuters, 8/26/13)
2013 Aug 26, In Turkey Western
powers meeting in Istanbul told the Syrian opposition to expect a
strike against President Bashar al-Assad's forces within days.
2013 Aug 26, The UN mission in
the Democratic Republic of Congo said it has opened a probe after
residents accused its peacekeepers of killing 2 people who tried to
storm a UN base in Goma.
2014 Aug 26, Officials said the
US has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barack
Obama gave the OK.
2014 Aug 26, Bankrupt Detroit
resumed shutting off water to people who have not paid bills after a
month long suspension. Nearly 45% of the3 city’s 173,000 residential
water accounts were considered past due.
(SFC, 8/27/14, p.A8)
2014 Aug 26, Burger King said
it has agreed to buy Canada's coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons in
an $11 billion deal that would create the world's third-largest fast
food company and be based in Canada.
2014 Aug 26, In Belarus Russian
President Vladimir Putin met with Ukrainian President Petro
Poroshenko, urged him not to escalate an offensive against
pro-Moscow rebels, and threatened economic retaliation for signing a
trade accord with the EU. Poroshenko replied by demanding a halt to
arms shipments from Russia to the separatist fighters.
2014 Aug 26, A new report by
Alexis Jay, a former chief social work adviser to the Scottish
government, concluded that from 1997-2013 some 1,400 children were
sexually exploited in Rotherham, northern England.
2014 Aug 26, Cameroon's army
killed 27 members of Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists near the
northern town of Fotokol over the last two days.
2014 Aug 26, In China a bus
collided head-on with a truck in the country's northwest, killing 13
people and injuring many others in Gansu province.
2014 Aug 26, In Colombia John
Jairo Velasquez (52), better known by his nickname "Popeye," was
paroled this evening despite protests from relatives of his many
alleged victims. He has confessed to hundreds of murders as head of
drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's army of assassins. He spent 22 years
behind bars for plotting the 1989 murder of former presidential
candidate, Luis Carlos Galan.
2014 Aug 26, In Egypt two
microbuses racing down a narrow rural road in near the ancient city
of Luxor collided and plunged into a canal early, killing 18
passengers including 8 children.
2014 Aug 27, The European
Commission agreed to Italian demands to replace the “Mare Rostrum"
refugee rescue operation with an EU-wide project.
(SFC, 8/28/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 26, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded in a busy Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least
2014 Aug 26, A spokesman said
Malawian President Peter Mutharika has shot down a proposal to hike
cabinet ministers' pay to almost triple his own salary, amid
austerity measures following foreign aid flight.
2014 Aug 26, Malaysian police
arrested 42 men after a riot by up to 1,000 mostly Nepalese workers
sparked fires and destroyed parts of an electronics export factory.
2014 Aug 26, Pakistani PM Nawaz
Sharif met the country's powerful army chief as a political deadlock
over mass protests to demand the government's resignation showed no
signs of resolution.
2014 Aug 26, Senior Pakistani
militant figure Commander Maulana Qasim Khurassani said he and
several of his associates have split from the Pakistani Taliban and
formed their own group, inspired by the Afghan Taliban and their
fight against US troops in Afghanistan. Khurassani said the new
group is named Jamaat-ul-Ahrar.
2014 Aug 26, Palestinian
officials said a Gaza ceasefire deal with Israel has been reached
under Egyptian mediation and a formal announcement of an agreement
was imminent. Israel bombed more of Gaza's tallest structures,
bringing down a 13-storey apartment and office tower and destroying
most of a 16-floor residential building. 6 Palestinians were killed
in other Israeli strikes. Israel's military said 70 rockets were
fired from Gaza and that one damaged a house in Ashkelon.
2014 Aug 26, In South Sudan a
UN mission Mi-8 cargo helicopter crashed near Bentiu, a hotly
contested between the government and rebel fighters. A South Sudan
government spokesman blamed the rebels for shooting down the
helicopter. 3 people were reported killed with one survivor.
2014 Aug 26, Yemeni prisoners
Amin al-Bakri and Fadi al-Maqaleh were transferred from
Afghanistan’s Bagram prison back to Yemen. They had been detained
since 2002 when they were arrested in Pakistan.
(SFC, 8/27/14, p.A2)
2015 Aug 26, In the SF Bay Area
Michael James Pipkin Tyree, a mentally ill inmate, died in a Santa
Clara County jail of multiple blunt force injuries, visceral
lacerations, and internal bleeding. Officers Rafael Rodriguez (27),
Jereh Lubrin (28), and Matthew Farris (27) were arrested on Sep 3 on
suspicion of murder. In 2016 Santa Clara County settled a wrongful
death suit and civil rights violation claim by agreeing to pay $3.6
million to Tyree’s family. On June 1, 2017, the three officers were
convicted of second-degree murder. On Jan. 5, 2018, all three guards
received sentences of 15 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 9/4/15, p.A1)(SFC, 12/10/16, p.C6)(SFC,
6/2/17, p.A1)(SFC, 1/6/18, p.C1)
2015 Aug 26, In Colorado James
Holmes (28), the man convicted of killing 12 people on July
20, 2012, at a movie theater in Centennial, was ordered to serve 12
consecutive life sentenced in prison without parole.
(SFC, 8/27/15, p.A6)
2015 Aug 26, A Tennessee judge
upheld the state’s lethal injection process for executing inmates.
(SFC, 8/27/15, p.A6)
2015 Aug 26, In Virginia WDBJ
reporter Alison Parker (24) and cameraman Adam Ward (27) were shot
dead while conducting an on-air interview in Moneta, near Roanoke.
Television footage captured a fuzzy image of the gunman. Vester Lee
Flanagan II died soon after of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He
had been terminated from WDBJ in 2013.
(AFP, 8/26/15)(SFC, 8/27/15, p.A1)
2015 Aug 26, Walmart confirmed
that it will no longer carry assault rifles in its US stores. It
will continue to sell shotguns and other hunting weapons.
(SFC, 8/27/15, p.C4)
2015 Aug 26, In Afghanistan two
men in military uniforms opened fire in the former British base of
Camp Bastion, killing 2 NATO soldiers. In southern Afghanistan US
forces launched multiple air strikes on Musa Qala, seized by the
Taliban a day earlier.
(AFP, 8/26/15)(SFC, 8/28/15, p.A2)
2015 Aug 26, Algeria said its
armed forces have mounted operations against Islamist militants in
the eastern coastal regions of Jijel and Skikda and killed 5
fighters in the past few days.
2015 Aug 26, In Egypt three
gunmen in a speeding car shot and killed 2 policemen in the restive
northeastern part of the Sinai Peninsula.
2015 Aug 26, Hungary made plans
to reinforce its southern border with helicopters, mounted police
and dogs, and was also considering using the army as record numbers
of migrants, many of them Syrian refugees, passed through coils of
razor-wire into Europe. Over 140,000 have been caught entering so
far this year.
2015 Aug 26, Israel released a
second group of around 600 African migrants from a desert detention
center after a court order.
2015 Aug 26, Myanmar's Pres.
Thein Sein signed two laws restricting religious conversion and
2015 Aug 26, Northern Ireland’s
Ulster Unionist Party said it intended to pull out of office
following the August 12 gangland murder of Kevin McGuigan.
(Econ, 8/29/15, p.47)
2015 Aug 26, In Pakistan Asim
Hussain, a petroleum minister in the previous PPP-led government,
was arrested. A day later he was accused in court of financing
2015 Aug 26, Panama's top court
canceled a $120 million government contract to purchase a radar
system from Italian industrial giant Finmeccanica due to corruption
concerns. A government lawsuit argued that the contract signed by
former President Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) was the product of
bribes and kickbacks.
2015 Aug 26, Romania's PM
Victor Ponta hiked doctors' and nurses' wages, among the lowest in
Europe, by 25 percent after medics threatened to strike following a
court ruling that they could no longer accept informal payments and
2015 Aug 26, The Saudi-owned
Asharq al-Awsat daily reported that Ahmad Ibrahim al-Mughassil (48),
a key suspect in the bombing of a housing complex in Saudi Arabia
that killed 19 US airmen almost two decades ago, was detained in
Beirut and sent to Saudi Arabia where he is being interrogated.
2015 Aug 26, The Swedish ship
Poseidon, working with the European Union's border control agency
Frontex, found 52 migrants dead in the hold of a boat off the coast
of Libya. Rescue operations saved over 700 other people. On Aug 28
prosecutors in Sicily detained crew included seven Moroccans, two
Syrians and a Libyan on suspicion of smuggling and murder.
(Reuters, 8/26/15)(SFC, 8/27/15, p.A4)(AP,
2015 Aug 26, South Sudan’s
President Salva Kiir signed a peace deal to end a 20-month conflict
with rebels. Kiir also issued a list of "serious reservations"
warning the deal might not last.
2015 Aug 26, Thailand destroyed
over two tons of ivory, a victory for animal rights groups fighting
against the trade in a country renowned for being a hub for illegal
2015 Aug 26, Turkish PM Ahmet
Davutoglu invited three lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish Peoples'
Democratic Party (HDP) to join an interim government to take Turkey
to November 1 elections.
2015 Aug 26, In Turkey Jamil
Raadoun, the commander of Sukour al-Ghab from the rebel Free Syrian
Army, died in a bomb attack on his car in the southern province of
Hatay. Raadoun, who defected from the Syrian army early on in the
four-year-old civil war, had been in Turkey for about a year.
2015 Aug 26, UN peacekeepers
said they would have to cut rations for 6,800 ex-rebels and their
families left in limbo in government camps in the Democratic
Republic of Congo, blaming a shortage of funds and calling for the
state to step in.
2015 Aug 26, In Yemen al-Qaeda
militants blew up an army headquarters and set up checkpoints in the
jihadist network's southeastern stronghold of Mukalla, Hadramawt
province. Yemeni army units allied to the Houthi militia fired a
ballistic missile toward southern Saudi Arabia but the Saudi
military said it intercepted it and retaliated with air strikes on
(AFP, 8/26/15)(Reuters, 8/26/15)
2016 Aug 26, Minnesota's Gov.
Mark Dayton ordered the broadest restrictions yet in a US state on
the use of agricultural pesticides that have been blamed for hurting
bees, fueling concerns that farmers there will not be able to
protect crops from insects.
2016 Aug 26, Belgium-based AB
Inbev said it expects to cut about 3 percent of its total workforce
— equivalent to thousands of jobs — once it completes its huge
takeover of its closest rival, SABMiller.
2016 Aug 26, China’s corruption
watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, charged
Wang Baoan, head of the National Bureau of Statistics (2015-2016),
with a variety of sins including moral decay and superstitious
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.61)
2016 Aug 26, In Colombia a
judge ordered the arrest of the top ELN leaders for crimes that
include their role in the destruction of oil pipelines. ELN rebels
have yet to meet the government's precondition for peace talks of
releasing all of their hostages and stop all kidnapping.
2016 Aug 26, Hong Kong’s South
China Morning Post reported that Wang Jianping (62), deputy chief of
the joint staff department under the powerful Central Military
Commission, has been taken into custody in Chengdu in southwestern
Sichuan province for violating party discipline. Wang's wife and
secretary were also detained.
2016 Aug 26, A top French court
suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits that has angered
Muslims, feminists and civil liberties campaigners.
2016 Aug 26, PM Viktor Orban
said Hungary will build a new, "more massive" fence on its southern
borders to defend against a possible surge in the number of
2016 Aug 26, Police in India's
portion of Kashmir arrested Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, one of the key
separatist leaders spearheading protests against Indian rule.
Farooq, already under house arrest, was locked up in a government
facility in Srinagar. A young man was killed and dozens of civilians
were wounded when Indian government forces fired bullets and
shotguns to quell unrest in over a dozen places including Srinagar.
(AP, 8/27/16)(SFC, 8/27/16, p.A2)
2016 Aug 26, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed an apparently unarmed Palestinian who ran toward
their position in a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank.
The incident was under review.
2016 Aug 26, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe arrived in Kenya to launch the Tokyo Int’l. Summit on African
Development which 35 heads of state are expected to attend.
2016 Aug 26, In Kenya Francis
Paul, secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya
(NOCK), was arrested as investigators probed allegations of
mismanagement and corruption at the Rio Games. His deputy James
Chicha and Stephen Ara Sou, who headed the Kenyan delegation to Rio,
were both arrested at Nairobi airport on their return from the
2016 Aug 26, In Mexico Edgar
Juvanny Parra Zambada (42), the nephew of Sinaloa cartel leader
Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, was shot dead alongside another victim in
the streets of Culiacan, Sinaloa state.
2016 Aug 26, Nicaraguan
officials said the first baby with the birth defect of microcephaly
has been born to a mother infected with the Zika virus.
2016 Aug 26, In Nepal at least
20 people were killed and another 17 hurt when bus drove off a
highway and plunged into the Trishuli river near Chandibhanjyang.
2016 Aug 26, In central Norway
323 wild reindeer werre killed by lighting on the Hardangervidda
2016 Aug 26, Philippine Maoist
rebels announced an indefinite cease-fire in peace talks in a joint
statement with government officials at the end of weeklong talks in
Norway. Government troops killed at least 11 Abu Sayyaf militants,
including an influential commander, in an assault on the extremists
following their beheading of a captive whose family was too poor to
2016 Aug 26, Singapore's air
quality deteriorated to unhealthy levels as winds blew smoke from
fires on Sumatra, where millions of people are already affected by
haze, across the city-state and into southern Malaysia. Six
Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency.
2016 Aug 26, Somalia's security
forces ended an overnight siege of the Benadir Beach restaurant in
Mogadishu by al-Shabab gunmen. The dead included six civilians, two
members of the security forces and two of the attackers.
2016 Aug 26, In South Korea
Lotte Group's vice chairman Lee In-won (69) was found dead as
authorities widened a probe into corruption at the country’s
fifth-largest business group.
2016 Aug 26, In Syria besieged
residents and rebels began leaving the Damascus suburb of Daraya,
beginning an an evacuation to end one of the longest stand-offs in
the five-year war.
2016 Aug 26, Tunisia's
Parliament approved Youssef Chahed (41) as prime minister along with
a new government focused on boosting the economy and fighting
2016 Aug 26, In Turkey 11
police officers were killed and 78 people injured in a suicide truck
bombing in Cizre. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed
2016 Aug 26, Turkish
counterterrorism police conducted simultaneous operations at 20
locations early today, detaining 17 suspected IS members. Police
"liberated" over two dozen students in one of their schools.
2016 Aug 26, Istanbul
inaugurated the $3 billion Selim Bridge, named after the
16th-century Ottoman sultan. The third bridge spanning the Bosphorus
Strait was touted as the world's widest suspension bridge, featuring
10 lanes including two rail lines and spanning over 1,400 meters.
2016 Aug 26, Yemen’s rebel news
media said overnight airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition in the
northern city of Saada killed 11 civilians, including women and
2016 Aug 26, Zimbabwe police
battled anti-government protesters in Harare with batons, tear gas
and water cannons, despite a court order that police should not to
interfere with the demonstration.
2017 Aug 26, US border patrol
agents discovered a smuggling tunnel near San Diego’s Otay Mesa
border crossing that allowed dozens of people from Mexico into
California. Agents detained 23 Chinese nationals and seven Mexican
citizens they believe crossed into the US illegally.
(SFC, 8/28/17, p.A3)
2017 Aug 26, In San Francisco
thousands of counter-protesters gathered at Crissy Field and found
themselves with no one to protest against when a planned right-wing
rally failed to materialize.
(SSFC, 8/27/17, p.A1)
2017 Aug 26, In Las Vegas Conor
McGregor lost his match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. as referee
Robert Byrd stopped the bout in the 10th round. Mayweather secured
his place in boxing history to head into retirement with a record
50th straight victory.
(AP, 8/27/17)(AFP, 8/27/17)
2017 Aug 26, In Michigan David
Grimes (15) was shot with a stun gun while driving an all-terrain
vehicle on a Detroit street by state police Trooper Mark Bessner.
The teenager crashed and was killed after being shot. On Dec. 20
Bessner was charged with 2nd degree murder. On April 17, 2019,
Bessner was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the Grimes
(15). In December the Grimes family reached a $12 million settlement
in a lawsuit against state troopers.
(SFC, 12/21/17, p.A6)(SFC, 4/18/19, p.A6)(AP,
2017 Aug 26, A second person
was killed as Harvey, the most powerful storm to hit Texas in more
than 50 years, roared inland, knocking out power to more than
230,000 people and threatening catastrophic flooding.
2017 Aug 26, In Albania prime
ministers from Western Balkans countries agreed on a road map to
deepen their regional economic cooperation as part of the process
for joining the European Union. Albanian PM Edi Rama hosted his
counterparts from Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Macedonia
2017 Aug 26, In Australia
thousands of people rallied for marriage equality in Melbourne ahead
of a postal survey on same-sex marriage which could lead to its
2017 Aug 26, Belarusian
opposition figure Nikolai Statkevich was sent to jail for 15 days
after being seized by police in Minsk. He had been sentenced in
absentia about two weeks ago on charges of organizing a
demonstration in July against the massive military exercises that
are planned for next month with Russia.
2017 Aug 26, In England eight
people died and four were injured early today after a collision on
the southbound carriageway of the M1 motorway involving two lorries
and a minibus.
2017 Aug 26, French Foreign
Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France is to grant a 430-million
euro loan to Iraq and will help reconstruction and reconciliation
efforts as it emerges from the war against Islamic State.
(Reuters, 8/26/17)(AFP, 8/26/17)
2017 Aug 26, Iranians were
joined by a minister in protest after Apple recently removed popular
apps from its store, which the American company says has been done
to comply with US sanctions.
(AFP, 8/26/17)(SFC, 8/26/17, p.D1)
2017 Aug 26, Iraqi forces
announced the ouster of Islamic State group jihadists from central
Tal Afar and its historic citadel, leaving them poised to fully
recapture one of the last IS urban strongholds in the country.
2017 Aug 26, A Japanese SH-60J
anti-submarine warfare helicopter lost contact around 90 km (56
miles) off the coast of Aomori Prefecture. One crew member was soon
rescued, but three remained missing.
2017 Aug 26, In Kashmir four
police officials, four paramilitary soldiers and two suspected
militants were killed after anti-India rebels stormed a heavily
guarded police camp in the disputed Himalayan region, triggering
2017 Aug 26, In western Myanmar
thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims tried to cross into Bangladesh,
following an attack by Rohingya militants that left 89 people dead
in a dramatic escalation of communal violence that has plagued the
2017 Aug 26, North Korea fired
several rockets into the sea in the continuation of its rapid
nuclear and missile expansion, prompting South Korea to press ahead
with military drills involving U.S. troops that have angered
2017 Aug 26, Qatar said that
Turkey has arrested five people in connection with the alleged hack
of Doha's state news agency, an incident which sparked the current
Gulf political crisis. The alleged hack of the QNA website took
place on May 24, attributing explosive political remarks to Qatar's
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
2017 Aug 26, In South Korea
thousands of supporters of ousted President Park Geun-hye marched in
Seoul to protest a court ruling that appeared to support key
corruption charges against her.
2017 Aug 26, In South Sudan
American freelance journalist Christopher Allen was killed while
covering clashes between government and rebel forces in Kaya. The
fighting also killed 18 others.
2017 Aug 26, In Spain hundreds
of thousands marched in Barcelona in a show of unity amid chants of
'I am not afraid' after two Islamist militant attacks in the Spanish
region of Catalonia last week.
2017 Aug 26, Venezuela kicked
off two days of military drills in response to US President Donald
Trump's threat of military action and newly announced sanctions on
the crisis-stricken nation.
2017 Aug 26, Yemeni Colonel
Khaled al-Rida, loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and two
Huthi rebels, were killed late today in Sanaa in clashes between
supporters of Saleh and Abdul Malik al-Huthi.
2018 Aug 26, In Florida David
Katz (24) opened fire at a video game tournament in a Jacksonville
mall killing two people and then fatally shooting himself. Nine
other people were wounded by the gunfire.
(SFC, 8/27/18, p.A4)
2018 Aug 26, In southwest
Chicago a fire early today killed eight people including six
children in the Little Village area.
(SFC, 8/27/18, p.A5)
2018 Aug 26, American
playwright Neil Simon (b.1927) died at New York Presbyterian
Hospital. He is the only playwright to have four plays running on
Broadway simultaneously: "Barefoot in the Park," "The Odd Couple,"
"Sweet Charity" and "The Star-Spangle Girl" all played in the
(SFC, 8/27/18, p.C1)
2018 Aug 26, Afghan President
Ashraf Ghani rejected the resignations of the intelligence chief and
the interior and defence ministers, as the government faces fierce
criticism over an increasingly deadly insurgency.
2018 Aug 26, Austria said it
will no longer allow asylum seekers to take up apprenticeship
opportunities while their claims are being assessed, a policy
reversal by the country's anti-immigration government criticized by
2018 Aug 26, In Bosnia BNTV
reporter Vladimir Kovacevic was hospitalized following a beating
attack late today by two masked assailants outside his home in Banja
Luka as he was returning home from reporting on an anti-government
2018 Aug 26, China's transport
ministry slammed Didi Chuxing's safety lapses as the ride-hailing
giant said it would suspend its Hitch service after the rape and
murder of a passenger, the second such killing this year.
2018 Aug 26, Colombians voted
on seven anti-corruption measures in a referendum, including a
reduction in lawmakers' salaries and term limits for public posts,
as graft scandals continue to spark outrage. Colombians failed to
approve the rules that hardened punishment for corrupt officials.
(Reuters, 8/26/18)(AFP, 8/26/18)
2018 Aug 26, In France Moroccan
singer Saad Lamjarred (33) was arrested on suspicion of committing a
rape in the town of Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera. Lamjarred
was previously arrested in October 2016 for having assaulted a
French woman in a luxury hotel on the Champs-Elysee avenue.
2018 Aug 26, The European
Society of Cardiology, meeting in Munich, discussed new research
indicating that aspirin fails to avert first strokes or heart
attacks in people at moderate risk. Research also indicated that
aspiring did not help prevent cancer as had been hoped.
(SFC, 8/28/18, p.A10)
2018 Aug 26, A German man was
stabbed after a street festival early today in Chemnitz, Saxony
state. Police soon arrested a Syrian (22) and an Iraqi (21) on
suspicion of manslaughter. Prosecutors later said the killing was
preceded by a verbal confrontation that escalated.
2018 Aug 26, German journalist
Mesale Tolu, who was on trial in Turkey on terror-related charges,
returned to Germany after a Turkish court ruled that she could leave
2018 Aug 26, Indonesia detained
Jakub Fabian Skrzypski of Poland as a suspect in a conspiracy to
smuggle arms to separatists in Papua. He was later charged along
with three Papuans under the law governing treason, which carries a
maximum sentence of life in jail.
2018 Aug 26, In Indonesia a
crew comprising South Koreans and North Koreans won the 500-meter
dragon boat final at the Asian Games co-host city of Palembang. This
was the first gold medal by a combined Koreas team at a major
2018 Aug 26, Iran's defense
minister said his country will continue its support of the Syrian
government to ensure improved security in the region.
2018 Aug 26, Iran's parliament
sacked Masoud Karbasian, the minister of economic affairs and
finance, amid a sharp fall in the rial currency and a deterioration
in the economic situation.
2018 Aug 26, A strong
6.0-magnitude earthquake struck western Iran's Kermanshah province
early today, killing two people and injuring more than 250. There
were three apparent aftershocks until sunrise, all at least
(AFP, 8/26/18)(AP, 8/26/18)
2018 Aug 26, An Iranian F-5
fighter jet crashed in southern Iran killing its pilot. Iran bought
its F-5 fighters from the United States before the 1979 Islamic
revolution and still has 48 in service, according to the latest
estimates by Jane's IHS Markit.
2018 Aug 26, In Ireland Pope
Francis asked for forgiveness for the "scandal and betrayal" felt by
victims of sexual exploitation by Catholic clergy as he toured he
country where years of abuse scandals have shattered the Church's
former dominant role in society.
2018 Aug 26, In Ireland
hundreds of protesters marched through the town of Tuam, reciting
the names of the 796 babies and young children who died while
residents of the former church-run Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home
in Tuam, County Galway. Most were buried in the 1950s.
2018 Aug 26, North Korea's
state-controlled newspaper accused the United States of
"double-dealing" and "hatching a criminal plot" against Pyongyang,
after Washington abruptly canceled a visit by Secretary of State
2018 Aug 26, Spanish police
arrested Joseph Brech (55) in a mountainous area near the town of
Castelltercol some 50 km (30 miles) from Barcelona for the brutal
1998 rape and killing of Dutch boy Nicky Verstappen (11). The boy
vanished two decades ago on August 9 at a summer camp in southern
2018 Aug 26, Nearly 140
migrants who had been stranded on a boat at a port in Sicily were
allowed to disembark after Ireland and Albania agreed to take some
of them in. The migrants, mainly Eritreans and Somalis, were rescued
in the Mediterranean on Aug. 15 but waited 10 days while Italy's
anti-immigrant government refused to let them disembark, until
Ireland, Albania and the Vatican agreed to accept them.
(AFP, 8/26/18)(Reuters, 8/28/18)
2018 Aug 26, In Tajikistan
10-12 men armed with a hand-held grenade launcher and automatic
rifles opened fire on three forest rangers, killing two of them and
injuring one as they crossed the Panj River separating the country
from Afghanistan. An air attack followed the clash in the Durqad
district of Takhar province. Eight Taliban were killed and six
wounded in the air strike.
(AP, 8/27/18)(Reuters, 8/27/18)
2018 Aug 26, Turkish President
Tayyip Erdogan vowed to bring peace and safety to Iraq and areas in
Syria not under Turkish control and said terrorist organizations in
those areas would be eliminated.
2018 Aug 26, Yemen's Houthi
group said it fired two Zelzal-1 missiles in the direction of Saudi
Arabian provinces alongside the joint border.
2018 Aug 26, Zimbabwe
inaugurated President Emmerson Mnangagwa (75) for the second time in
nine months. He faced the mammoth task of rebuilding a worsening
economy and uniting a nation divided by a vote that many hoped would
2019 Aug 26, US President
Donald Trump offered an olive branch to China after days of intense
feuding over trade and opened the door to diplomacy on Iran, easing
tension on the last day of a strained G7 summit.
2019 Aug 26, US Pres. Donald
Trump failed to attend a meeting about climate change and
biodiversity attended by other world leaders at the G7. UN
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the world faces "a
dramatic climate emergency." He urged leaders at a Sept. 23 summit
in New York to agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than
they promised in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Guterres said that
Greenland's ice cap was melting "dramatically" and that 2015 through
2019 were "the five hottest years on record".
2019 Aug 26, US President
Donald Trump said that he had agreed to the Iranian foreign minister
flying in for a G7 summit and insisted he was not seeking regime
change in Tehran -- a change of tone that could lower tensions.
2019 Aug 26, Arizona couple
Blane Barksdale (56) and Susan Barksdale (59), suspected of murder,
apparently overpowered guards and escaped a transport vehicle n USA
bringing them across the country and evaded a two-day manhunt. The
Barksdales were arrested May 24 near Rochester, New York, on
suspicion of first-degree murder and other crimes. On Sept. 11 the
US Marshals Service in Arizona announced that Blane and Susan
Barksdale were in custody but provided no details.
(AP, 8/28/19)(AP, 9/12/19)
2019 Aug 26, Newark, New
Jersey, announced a plan to cut the time it will take to replace
pipes that are causing elevated lead levels in drinking water. The
city will borrow $120 million an reduce pipline work to under 30
(SFC, 8/27/19, p.A4)
2019 Aug 26, In North Carolina
federal prosecutors announced long sentences for the wife and mother
of a jailed man. All three pleaded guilty to trafficking underage
girls for sex to raise money for Zerrell Fuentes’ bond. Brianna
Leshay Wright was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex
trafficking a minor. Her mother-in-law, Tanya Fuentes, was sentenced
to two years for conspiracy.
2019 Aug 26, In Ohio a suspect
in a stabbing stole a police SUV and crashed it into a van carrying
children, killing two girls (6). In all, 10 people, including the
suspect, were sent to hospitals. The suspect had been released on
parole two weeks earlier.
(AP, 8/27/19)(SFC, 8/28/19, p.A6)
2019 Aug 26, An Oklahoma judge
ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572.1 million to the state for
its part in fueling an opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing
addictive painkillers, a sum that was substantially less than
investors had expected, driving up J&J's shares.
2019 Aug 26, Amgen Inc said it
would buy Celgene Corp's psoriasis drug Otezla for $13.4 billion in
cash, clearing the way for Bristol-Myers Squibb to go ahead with its
$74 billion deal for Celgene.
2019 Aug 26, British shale gas
exploration firm Cuadrilla said another earth tremor has occurred
near its fracking site in northwest England, bigger than a 2011
quake which suspended operations at the site for seven years.
2019 Aug 26, It was reported
that Chile was facing one of its driest years in six decades. The
goverment has declared an agricultural emergency to try to
fast-track relief measures.
(SFC, 8/26/19, p.A2)
2019 Aug 26, China said the US
government can do more to reduce demand for fentanyl and should stop
shifting the blame onto others, in another riposte to Trump
administration criticism that China is not helping resolve the drug
2019 Aug 26, China said it was
relaxing drug laws to give greater leniency to people who import
small amounts of medicines unapproved in China but sold legally
2019 Aug 26, In China the
Unirule Institute of Economics, which advocated free-market economic
theories and is well known in US academic circles, said it has
decided to shut down after district officials in Beijing declared
that it was operating without authorization.
2019 Aug 26, Costco Wholesale
Corp was forced to shut its first store in China early on its
opening day, after large crowds flocked through the door and caused
traffic jams in the Shanghai neighborhood.
2019 Aug 26, Congo's PM Illunga
Illunkamba announced a new government, eight months after President
Felix Tshisekedi's election victory, with about two thirds of posts
going to allies of former president Joseph Kabila.
2019 Aug 26, It was reported
that French and US negotiators have reached a compromise agreement
on France's digital tax, a levy which prompted US President Donald
Trump to threaten a separate tax on French wine imports.
2019 Aug 26, France issued a
short statement at the end of a meeting of G7 leaders on several
issues, but it was not a communique along the lines of those usually
drawn up at the annual summit, reflecting divisions.
2019 Aug 26, PM Kyriakos
Mitsotakis said Greece is fully lifting its remaining capital
controls, in a move signaling the economy's continuing return to
stability after the tumult of three international bailouts since
2019 Aug 26, Hong Kong’s
government said that illegal violence is pushing the city to the
brink of great danger, after a weekend of clashes that included the
first gun-shot and the arrest of 86 people, the youngest just 12.
2019 Aug 26, Indonesia revealed
the long-awaited site for its new $33-billion capital on the
forested island of Borneo to replace the crowded, polluted megacity
of Jakarta, which is slowly sinking into the sea.
2019 Aug 26, In Indonesia
thousands of Papuans staged another series of rallies in several
towns of the easternmost region, after protests that erupted last
week over perceived ethnic discrimination provoked some calls for
2019 Aug 26, The Fatah
Coalition, a powerful bloc in Iraq's parliament, called for the
withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, following a series of airstrikes
targeting Iran-backed Shiite militias in the country that have been
blamed on Israel.
2019 Aug 26, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the military to cut fuel transfers to
Gaza in half, in response to rocket attacks from the coastal strip,
raising tensions along Israel's southern border. Netanyahu also
instructed his staff to prepare plans for building a new
neighborhood in a West Bank settlement near where a teenage Israeli
girl was killed in an explosion last week.
2019 Aug 26, The Israeli air
force struck a Palestinian base in eastern Lebanon near the border
with Syria early today amid rising tensions in the Middle East. The
strike was reportedly carried out by Israeli drones and did not
inflict any casualties.
2019 Aug 26, Israel's elections
committee ruled against a plan by the prime minister's party to have
cameras at polling stations in Arab communities during parliamentary
elections next month.
2019 Aug 26, Talks on forming a
new Italian government ran into trouble as the ruling 5-Star
Movement and the opposition Democratic Party (PD) traded accusations
over key jobs, including that of interior minister.
2019 Aug 26, The self-styled
Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Hifter, advanced to wrest
control of Gharyan late today, capturing areas adjunct to the town,
located around 100 km, or 62 miles from Tripoli.
2019 Aug 26, Russia's state
weather agency said it had found the radioactive isotopes of
strontium, barium and lanthanum in test samples after a mysterious
accident on August 8 during a test at a military site.
2019 Aug 26, Saudi Arabia and
the United Arab Emirates pledged to keep their floundering coalition
war against Yemen's Houthi rebels together after an Emirati troop
pullout and the rise of the southern separatists they supported.
2019 Aug 26, In Syria
airstrikes targeted the last major rebel stronghold in the
northwestern province of Idlib, killing at least four people,
including a woman and her child. Government forces turn their focus
on another rebel-held town in Idlib, Maaret al-Numan, following
gains they made last week.
2019 Aug 26, Zambia’s state
registrar effectively shut down the opposition National Democratic
Congress (NDC) party by declaring its constitution flawed.
2019 Aug 26, A Zimbabwean court
freed Amos Chibaya, a senior opposition official, on bail after
charging him with failing to stop an anti-government protest that
authorities had banned.
2020 Aug 26, Republicans used
the third night of their convention to continue warning about
violence and lawlessness, trying to capitalize on the unrest in
Wisconsin. Vice President Mike Pence formally accepted his party's
2020 vice presidential nomination. Pence condemned the "violence and
chaos in the streets of our major cities" but did not directly
mention Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot in the back by
police in Kenosha, sparking ongoing protests over racial injustice.
(NY Times, 8/27/20)(Yahoo News, 8/27/20)
2020 Aug 26, Two federal health
officials said officials in the Trump administration told the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to begin discouraging
people without coronavirus symptoms from being tested.
(NY Times, 8/27/20)
2020 Aug 26, The Trump
administration added 24 Chinese companies to a government list that
bans them from purchasing certain sensitive US products, citing
their role in helping the Chinese military construct artificial
islands in the disputed South China Sea.
(SFC, 8/27/20, p.A2)
2020 Aug 26, The US government
warned that North Korean hackers are tapping into banks around the
globe to make fraudulent money transfers and cause ATMs to spit out
2020 Aug 26, The Justice
Department executed Lezmond Mitchell (38) at the federal
penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. He was the only Native American
man on federal death row and was executed against the wishes of
Navajo leaders. He had been sentenced to death for the 2001 murder
of a grandmother, Alyce Slim, and her 9-year-old granddaughter,
Tiffany Lee. Mitchell was the fourth person to be executed since the
Trump administration resumed federal capital punishment last year.
(NY Times, 8/27/20)
2020 Aug 26, The US Department
of Energy said it will provide $625 million over the next five years
for five newly formed quantum information research hubs as it tries
to keep ahead of competing nations like China on the emerging
2020 Aug 26, US professional
sports seasons seemed in doubt, as athletes staged walkouts to
protest the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was partly
paralyzed after a white police officer shot him in Kenosha, Wis.
(NY Times, 8/27/20)
2020 Aug 26, The US FDA
authorized the first rapid coronavirus test that doesn't need any
special computer equipment to get results. The 15-minute test from
Abbot Laboratories will sell for $5.
(SFC, 8/28/20, p.A6)
2020 Aug 26, In Oakland, Ca.,
600 to 700 people took part in the protests where “numerous fires
(were) set, dozens of windows broken, (and) multiple businesses
vandalized." The police Dept. said protesters threw objects at
officers but none were injured. Several people were arrested.
2020 Aug 26, California to
date had 683,928 cases of coronavirus and 12,461 deaths. The SF Bay
Area had 81,919 cases and 1,091 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 5,816,968 with the death toll at 179,565.
2020 Aug 26, A chaotic night in
Minneapolis began in the afternoon when police responded to a fatal
shooting and began searching for a man and a woman suspected of
being involved in the homicide and fled the scene on foot. A male
suspect was spotted by officers outside the Nicollet Mall in
downtown Minneapolis. As officers approached the suspect, he
produced a handgun and shot himself in the head. Unrest followed and
people broke windows and stole merchandise. At least 33 people were
arrested as Gov. Tim Walz mobilized the National Guard at the
request of Mayor Jacob Frey.
(ABC News, 8/27/20)(SFC, 8/28/20, p.A4)
2020 Aug 26, Former Minnesota
college student Tnuza Jamal Hassan (22), pleaded guilty in US
District Court to attempting to provide material support to a
designated foreign terrorist organization. Hassan tried to travel to
Afghanistan on Sept. 19, 2017, making it as far as Dubai, United
Arab Emirates, before she was stopped because she lacked a visa.
2020 Aug 26, In Mississippi a
drone carrying marijuana, cigarette lighters and cell phones was
caught in a net above the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility
in Pearl. Two men were soon arrested on charges of conspiracy and
(SFC, 9/11/20, p.A4)
2020 Aug 26, In Nebraska police
investigator Luis “Mario" Herrera was shot in Lincoln as he sought
to serve an arrest warrant on Felipe Vazquez (17) in the March
stabbing death of Edward Varejcka (36). Herrera died on Sept. 7 and
a second degree assault charge against Vazquez was raised to first
2020 Aug 26, Dallas-area
taxicab driver Yaser Abdel Said (63), wanted for the Jan. 1, 2008,
slayings of his two teenage daughters, was arrested in a small North
Texas town. The teenage sisters were found shot multiple times in a
cab outside a motel in Irving, a Dallas suburb.
2020 Aug 26, Hurricane Laura
rapidly gained strength, forecast to become a “catastrophic"
Category 4 hurricane before striking Texas and Louisiana. Officials
implored coastal residents to flee before it's too late.
2020 Aug 26, Wisconsin
authorities arrested Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old white Illinois
resident, and charged him with first-degree intentional homicide in
the shooting of two protesters on August 25. Police said Rittenhouse
shot three people, killing two and injuring one.
(Yahoo News, 8/27/20)
2020 Aug 26, Moderna Inc said
that an analysis of the early-stage data of its experimental
COVID-19 vaccine showed it induced immune responses in older adults
that were similar to younger participants.
2020 Aug 26, VBI Vaccines Inc
said it expected to begin human testing of two of its experimental
COVID-19 vaccine candidates at the end of the year.
2020 Aug 26, In Afghanistan
overnight flash floods killed over 100 people and injured scores of
others in Charikar, home to nearly 200,000 people and the capital of
Parwan Province, just north of Kabul. The death toll soon rose to at
(SFC, 8/27/20, p.A3)(SFC, 8/28/20, p.A2)
2020 Aug 26, Belarus' Nobel
Prize-winning author Svetlana Alexievich was summoned for
questioning and police detained dozens of demonstrators in a
continuing crackdown on protests challenging the re-election of the
country's authoritarian ruler. She is a member of an opposition
council created to facilitate talks on a transition of power.
2020 Aug 26, Authorities in
Bosnia's Krajina region, which borders European Union-member
Croatia, had to dispatch special police forces late today to a
UN-run migrant camp near the town of Bihac to calm a protest by
1,000 migrants who live there, sparked by the alleged police beating
of an unhoused migrant.
2020 Aug 26, Egypt’s election
commission said it would refer to prosecutors about 54 million
people who did not vote in elections earlier this month for
two-thirds of the Senate, the upper and mainly powerless chamber of
the country’s Parliament. Lasheen Ibrahim, the commission’s
chairman, had vowed to enforce a law penalizing any boycotter with a
fine of up to 500 Egyptian pounds ($32).
2020 Aug 26, It was reported
that French prosecutors have opened an investigation after national
television broadcast social media video showing drug dealers openly
carrying assault rifles in Grenoble. The video sparked outrage as
concern rose over a crime wave in French holiday towns this summer.
(The Telegraph, 8/26/20)
2020 Aug 26, Greece and Turkey
vowed to defend their competing claims in the eastern Mediterranean
as the NATO allies remained locked in a tense dispute over offshore
energy exploration rights.
2020 Aug 26, Hong Kong police
arrested 16 people on charges related to ant-government protests
last year, including opposition lawmakers Ted Hui and Lam
(SFC, 8/27/20, p.A2)
2020 Aug 26, The IAEA said Iran
has agreed to allow inspectors in to two sites where the country is
suspected of having stored or used undeclared nuclear material.
2020 Aug 26, Japanese
researchers said that low concentrations of ozone can neutralize
coronavirus particles, potentially providing a way for hospitals to
disinfect examination rooms and waiting areas.
2020 Aug 26, In Jordan
cartoonist Emad Hajjaj was arrested for criticizing the agreement
between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations.
2020 Aug 26, It was reported
that Mali has been suspended from a global body of French-speaking
countries after a military junta overthrew the West African
country's democratically elected president.
2020 Aug 26, It was reported
that at least 13 dead dolphins have been found on the seashore in
Mauritius, more than a month after the huge oil spill caused by a
2020 Aug 26, Trading on New
Zealand's stock exchange was halted for several hours after what
appeared to be a second offshore cyber attack in as many days.
2020 Aug 26, Gaza’s Hamas
rulers extended a full lockdown in the Palestinian enclave for three
more days as coronavirus cases climbed following the detection this
week of the first community transmissions of the virus in the
densely populated, blockaded territory.
2020 Aug 26, A Palestinian man
(46) fatally stabbed an Israeli man (39) near Petah Tikva. The
suspect had entered Israel on a work permit and fled the scene, but
was soon arrested.
(SFC, 8/27/20, p.A2)
2020 Aug 26, Scotland said it
is buying 300 COVID-19 testing machines that can give results in 12
minutes, helping to locate potential outbreaks in remote locations.
2020 Aug 26, In South Africa
Nathaniel Julius (16), who had Down's syndrome, was shot dead after
going out to buy biscuits in Johannesburg's Eldorado Park suburb. A
day later hundreds of local residents took to the streets to
protest, leading to violent clashes with police. Two police officers
were soon arrested over the deadly shooting.
2020 Aug 26, In South Africa
well-known conservationist West Mathewson died after he was mauled
by two white lions as he was taking them for a walk.
2020 Aug 26, In South Korea
doctors in the greater Seoul area joined physicians in other parts
of the country in a 3-day strike against government plans to boost
the number of medical students. Health officials ordered the doctors
of return to work.
(SFC, 8/27/20, p.A6)
2020 Aug 26, In Yemen fighting
resumed overnight between the separatists and government forces in
Abyan, after the separatists suspended participation in talks to
implement a Saudi-brokered peace deal.