1511 Sep 1, Council of Pisa
opened. Louis XII of France called the council to oppose the Holy
League of Pope Julius II.
(PTA, 1980, p.432)(MC, 9/1/02)
1557 Sep 1, Jacques Cartier,
French explorer, died in St. Malo, France.
1571 Sep 1, Famagusta, Cyprus,
surrendered to Mustafa Pasha commander of the Turkish forces after
nearly a one year siege. The terms of surrender appeared agreeable
to Venetian Gov. Marcantonio Bragadino (b.1523), but Mustafa Pasha
turned on Bragadino and had him violently tortured and finally
1598 Sep 1, Spanish king Philip
II ("Scourge of Heretics") received his last rites sacrament. [see
1608 Sep 1, Giacomo Torelli,
composer, was born.
1614 Sep 1, Vincent Fettmich
expelled Jews from Frankfurt-on-Main, Germany.
1653 Sep 1, Johann Pachelbel
(d.1706), German organist and composer, was born. He is best known
for his “Canon in D."
(WUD, 1994, p.1034)(SI-WPC, 1997)(MC, 9/1/02)
1689 Sep 1, Russia began taxing
1676 Sep 1, Nathaniel Bacon led
an uprising against English Governor William Berkeley at Jamestown,
Virginia, resulting in the settlement being burned to the ground.
Bacon's Rebellion came in response to the governor's repeated
refusal to defend the colonists against the Indians. [see May 10,
1715 Sep 1, Louis XIV (b.1638),
"the Sun King," king of France (1643-1715), died of gangrene. His
wife was Madame de Maintenon, founder of the convent academy Maison
St. Cyr. In 2006 Antonia Fraser authored “Love and Louis XIV."
1730 Sep 1, Benjamin Franklin
married Miss Read.
1739 Sep 1, 35 Jews were
sentenced to life in prison in Lisbon, Portugal.
1751 Sep 1, Emmanuel Johann
Joseph Schikaneder, actor, librettist (The Magic Flute), was born.
1752 Sep 1, The Liberty Bell
arrived in Philadelphia.
1772 Sep 1, Mission San Luis
Obispo de Tolosa formed in California. Father Junipero Serra held
the 1st Mass at San Luis Obispo. He left Father Jose Cavalier the
task of building the state’s 5th mission.
(SFEC, 10/11/98, p.T6)(MC, 9/1/02)(SSFC,
1773 Sep 1, Phillis Wheatley, a
slave from Boston, published a collection of poetry, "Poems on
Various Subjects, Religious and Moral," in London.
1785 Sep 1, Mozart published
his 6th string quartet opus 10 in Vienna.
1789 Sep 1, Lady Marguerite
Blessington, beautiful English socialite and author, was born. She
wrote a biography of Lord Byron.
1791 Sep 1, Lydia Sigourney, US
religious author (How to Be Happy), was born.
1795 Sep 1, James Gordon Bennet
was born. He later served as the editor of the New York Sun, the
first tabloid-sized daily newspaper.
1799 Sep 1, Bank of Manhattan
Company opened in NYC. It was the forerunner to Chase Manhattan.
1807 Sep 1, Former Vice
President Aaron Burr was found innocent of treason. [see 1806] Burr
had been arrested in Mississippi for complicity in a plot to
establish a Southern empire in Louisiana and Mexico. Burr was then
tried on a misdemeanor charge, but was again acquitted.
1821 Sep 1, William Becknell
led a group of traders from Independence, Mo., toward Santa Fe on
what would become the Santa Fe Trail.
1836 Sep 1, Protestant
missionary Dr. Marcus Whitman led a party to Oregon. His wife,
Narcissa, was one of the first white women to travel the Oregon
1836 Sep 1, Reconstruction
began on Synagogue of Rabbi Judah Hasid in Jerusalem.
1838 Sep 1, William Clark (68),
2nd lt. of Lewis and Clark Expedition, died.
1849 Sep 1, Elizabeth Harrison,
US educator (Natal Congress of Parents and Teachers), was born.
1849 Sep 1, California
Constitutional Convention was held in Monterey.
1854 Sep 1, Engelbert
Humperdinck, German opera composer (Hansel & Gretel), was born.
1859 Sep 1, The 1st Pullman
sleeping car went into service. George M. Pullman began outfitting
railroad cars. His company was incorporated in 1867.
(SFC, 7/1/98, Z1 p.6)(MC, 9/1/02)
1859 Sep 1, British astronomers
Richard C. Carrington (33) and R. Hodgson (1804-1872) independently
made the 1st observation of a solar flare, aka coronal mass
ejection. A day later auroras lit up all of the British Isles.
Telegraph communication was disrupted in every technically advanced
(ON, 4/12, p.5)(Econ, 2/25/17, p.67)
1861 Sep 1, Ulysses Grant
assumed command of Federal forces at Cape Girardeau, MI.
1862 Sep 1, A federal tax was
levied on tobacco, especially that grown in Confederate states.
1862 Sep 1, Battle at Chantilly
(Ox Hill), Virginia, left 2100 casualties. One-armed Union Gen.
Philip Kearny was shot and killed as he inadvertently rode into
Confederate lines at Chantilly.
(AM, 11/04, p.24)(AH, 2/03, p.35)
1862 Sep 1, Oliver Tilden of
the Bronx was killed in the Civil War in Virginia.
1863 Sep 1, RR and ferry
connections between SF and Oakland were inaugurated. Southern
Pacific had begun running steam trains in the East Bay this year.
(SC, 9/1/02)(SFC, 3/22/14, p.D2)
1863 Sep 1, 6th Ohio Cavalry
ambush at Barbees Crossroads, Virginia.
1864 Sep 1, Roger David
Casement, Irish nationalist (Easter uprising 1916), was born.
1864 Sep 1, Confederate forces
under General John Bell Hood evacuated Atlanta in anticipation of
the arrival of Union General William T. Sherman's troops.
1864 Sep 1, 2nd day of battle
at Jonesboro, Georgia, left some 3,000 casualties.
1864 Sep 1, Battle of
1864 Sep 1, The Charlottetown
Conference, convened in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, was the
first of a series of meetings that ultimately led to the formation
of the Dominion of Canada.
1865 Sep 1, Joseph Lister
performed his 1st antiseptic surgery.
1866 Sep 1, James J. Corbett,
"Gentleman Jim," heavyweight champion boxer (1892-97), was born. He
was the boxer who beat the legendary John L. Sullivan. After his
boxing career he became an actor and lecturer.
(MC, 9/1/02)(SC, 9/1/02)
1866 Sep 1, Manuelito, the last
Navaho chief, turned himself in at Fort Wingate, New Mexico.
1868 Sep 1, In San Francisco
the Daily Dramatic Chronicle with widened coverage became the Daily
(SFC, 8/7/99, p.A8)(SSFC, 6/7/09, p.W2)(SFC,
1870 Sep 1, The Prussian army
crushed the French under Marshal MacMahon at Sedan, the last battle
of the Franco-Prussian War.
(HN, 9/1/99)(PCh, 1992, p.516)
1874 Sep 1, In Australia Sydney
General Post Office opened.
1875 Sep 1, Edgar Rice
Burroughs, novelist, was born in Chicago. He created Tarzan, the Ape
1876 Sep 1, The Ottomans
inflicted a decisive defeat on the Serbs at Aleksinac.
1878 Sep 1, Emma M. Nutt became
the first female telephone operator in the United States, for the
Telephone Despatch Co. of Boston.
1882 Sep 1, The first Labor Day
was observed in New York City by the Carpenters and Joiners Union.
[see Sep 5]
1890 Sep 1, The 1st baseball
tripleheader was between Boston and Pittsburgh.
1894 Sep 1, By an act of
Congress, Labor Day was declared a national holiday.
(WSJ, 9/25/95, p.A-1)(HN, 9/1/99)
1894 Sep 1, The Great Hinckley
Fire destroyed Hinckley, Minn., and five other communities and
killed over 400 people.
(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(AP, 9/1/08)
1897 Sep 1, The first section
of Boston’s subway system was opened. The Park St. Station in Boston
was the nation’s first subway station. The Boylston Street subway
opened in 1897.
(AP, 9/1/97)(BS, 5/3/98, p.5R)(HNQ, 5/17/99)
1898 Sep 1, Lord Kitchener's
army bombed Omdurman, Sudan. Lt. Winston Churchill approached
Omdurman, the rebel capital, as a scout in the cavalry along with
the rest of Gen. Kitchener's army of 25,000 men. [see Sep 2]
(ON, 10/99, p.2)(MC, 9/1/02)
1900 Sep 1, Richard Arlen,
actor (Alice in Wonderland) was born.
1900 Sep 1, Andrei Vlasov,
Russian general (Red Army, Wehrmacht), was born.
1902 Sep 1, The
Austro-Hungarian army was called into the city of Agram to restore
the peace as Serbs and Croats clashed.
1904 Sep 1, Helen Keller with
the faithful help of teacher Annie Mansfield Sullivan, graduated cum
laude from Radcliffe College at age 24. This accomplishment was
particularly remarkable because Keller had lost both sight and
hearing at age 2 after contracting scarlet fever. Sullivan, who
broke through Helen’s childhood isolation to teach her Braille and
sign language, accompanied Helen to every class at Radcliffe,
spelling lectures and books into her hand. After graduation, Keller
embarked on a career of writing on behalf of woman suffrage,
socialism and the rights of the handicapped. Helen Keller died on
June 1, 1968, 32 years after the death of her beloved teacher, Annie
(SFEC, 8/16/98, BR p.3)(HNPD, 9/3/98)
1905 Sep 1, Alberta and
Saskatchewan became the 8th and 9th Canadian provinces.
(Econ, 9/10/05, p.37)(AP, 9/1/06)
1906 Sep 1, Papua New Guinea
was placed under Australian administration, which continued to 1973.
5/28/11, SR p.17)
1907 Sep 1, Walter Reuther,
labor leader, was born in Wheeling, W.Va. He merged the American
Federation of Labor with the Congress of International Organizations
(HN, 9/1/99)(AP, 9/1/07)
1908 Sep 1, The first railway
in modern Saudi Arabia, the Hejaz railway from Jordan's border to
Medina, reached Medina. This narrow gauge railway was shut down in
1910 Sep 1, Jack Hawkins, actor
(Ben-Four Just Men) was born in London, England.
1911 Sep 1, M. Fourny set a
world aircraft distance record of 720 km.
1912 Sep 1, Samuel
Coleridge-Taylor (b.1875), Afro-British composer, died.
1913 Sep 1, George Bernard
Shaw’s "Androcles and the Lion," premiered in London.
1914 Sep 1, Russia renamed St.
Petersburg to Petrograd.
1914 Sep 1, Martha, the last
known passenger pigeon, died at the Cincinnati Zoo.
(AH, 10/04, p.14)
1915 Sep 1, In the SF Bay Area
2 men were killed when eight tons of dynamite exploded on a train
car being unloaded from magazines of the Hercules Powder Works to
the steamer Century.
(SSFC, 8/30/15, DB p.58)
1916 Sep 1, The US Congress
passed the Keatings-Owen Act, which banned child labor from
interstate commerce. In 1918 it was declared unconstitutional by the
(http://tinyurl.com/2gx7pm)(ON, 2/07, p.6)
1916 Sep 1, Bulgaria declared
war on Romania as the First World War expanded.
1922 Sep 1, Yvonne De Carlo,
actress (10 Commandments, Munsters) was born in Vancouver, BC.
1922 Sep 1, Vittorio Gassman,
actor (War and Peace) was born.
1922 Sep 1, Melvin R. Laird
(Rep-R-Mich), US Secretary of Defense (1969-73) was born.
1922 Sep 1, A NYC law required
all "pool" rooms to change their name to "billiards."
1923 Sep 1, Rocky Marciano,
world heavyweight boxing champion (1952-56), was born. He began
boxing at the relatively advanced age of 24, but rose to the
heavyweight title in 1952 with a perfect record. He retained his
crown for 7 years, winning all six of his title defense prizefights,
then retired undefeated in 1959.
(HN, 9/1/99)(MC, 9/1/02)(SC, 9/1/02)
1923 Sep 1, The Japanese cities
of Tokyo and Yokohama were devastated by the Great Kanto earthquake
that claimed 99,000-143,000 lives. The 7.9-8.3 quake off Tokyo's
shoreline killed some 99,300 people.
1928 Sep 1, US Boy Scouts
planted 3,000 Lincoln Highway posts at one mile intervals across the
US. The 1st was at Times Square and the last in San Francisco at the
Legion of Honor.
(SFCM, 9/1/02, p.6)
1928 Sep 1, Albania became a
kingdom. Ahmed Zogu, a Muslim chieftain, proclaimed Albania to be a
monarchy and established himself as “His Majesty King Zog I." Zogu
pressured the parliament to dissolve itself, and a new constituent
assembly declared Albania a kingdom with Zogu as Zog I, "King of the
Albanians." He obtained Italian aid for modernization and weakened
the constitution to arrange for his son to succeed him. The National
Assembly gave him a title that translates into “prince."
(CO, Grolier’s / Albania)(SFC, 6/27/97,
p.A16)(www, Albania, 1998)(AP, 12/3/11)
1929 Sep 1, Maddux Air began
the 1st direct aerial passenger service from SF to NY. The 48 hour
trip included 2 nights on trains.
(SSFC, 8/22/04, p.F8)
1930 Sep 1, NY World reported
the disappearance of Supreme Court Justice Joseph Crater. He was
last seen leaving a restaurant on August 6, 1930 and entering a
taxi. Crater was officially declared dead “in abstentia" in 1939,
and his case, Missing Persons File No 13595, was officially closed
1932 Sep 1, New York City Mayor
James "Gentleman Jimmy" Walker resigned following charges of graft
and corruption in his administration.
1933 Sep 1, Ann Richards,
Gov-Tx., was born.
1933 Sep 1, Conway Twitty
[Harold Jenkins], country singer (Hello Darlin'), was born in Miss.
1934 Sep 1, Jose Maria Velasco
(1893-1979) began serving as president of Ecuador. He served 5
terms, but only one (1952-1956) without being ousted by the army.
1935 Sep 1, Seiji Ozawa,
conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra), was born in Hoten, Manchuria
(now Shenyang, Liaoning, China).
1937 Sep 1, Ron O'Neal, actor
(Superfly), was born in Utica, NY.
1938 Sep 1, Alan Dershowitz,
attorney (Claus Von Bulow, OJ Simpson), was born in NYC.
1938 Sep 1, George Maharis,
actor (Buz-Route 66, Most Deadly Game), was born in Astoria, NY.
1938 Sep 1, Mussolini cancelled
the civil rights of Italian Jews.
1939 Sep 1, Lily Tomlin,
comedienne, actress (9 to 5, Laugh-in, All of Me), was born in
1939 Sep 1, Physical Review
published the 1st paper to deal with "black holes." UC Berkeley
physicist Robert Oppenheimer (b.1904) spelled out the inevitable
fate of a massive star.
1939 Sep, 1, At 4:40 a.m.,
World War II began. The Germans attacked Poland with their strategy
of Blitzkrieg, or lightning war. The war started at dawn with salvos
from the cruiser Schleswig-Holstein at the Polish garrison in
Gdansk. In 1989 Donald Cameron Watt authored “How War Came."
(WSJ, 4/26/95, p.A-16)(AP, 9/1/97)(WSJ, 1/14/07,
1939 Sep 1, A transport train
carrying 250 children from Czechoslovakia disappeared as Germany
invaded Poland. It was the last transport organized by English
stockbroker Nicholas Winton (1909-2015).
(Econ, 7/11/15, p.82)
1939 Sep 1, Hitler ordered the
extermination of mentally ill.
1939 Sep 1, Switzerland
1940 Sep 1, Gen. George
Marshall was sworn in as chief of staff of US army.
1941 Sep 1, Jews living in
Germany were required to wear a yellow Star of David. [see Oct 24,
1942 Sep 1, A federal judge in
Sacramento, Calif., upheld the wartime detention of
Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.
1944 Sep 1, Leonard Slatkin,
conductor, was born in LA, Calif.
1945 Sep 1, Americans received
word of Japan's formal surrender that ended World War II. Because of
the time difference, it was Sept. 2 in Tokyo Bay, where the ceremony
1946 Sep 1, Barry Gibb, singer
(BeeGees-Stayin' Alive), was born.
1946 Sep 1, The SF 49ers under
coach Lawrence “Buck" Shaw, played their first home game at Kezar
Stadium before a crowd of 45,000. They beat the Chicago Rockets
1948 Sep 1, Chinese
Communists formed the North China People's Republic.
1950 Sep 1, West Berlin was
granted a constitution.
1950 Sep 1, In South Korea the
USS DeHaven received an order from its Shore Fire Control Party to
open fire on a large group of refugee personnel located on Pohang
beach. Witnesses said 100 to 200 civilians were killed in the Navy
1950 Sep 1, US Company C, 1st
Battalion of the 23rd Infantry Regiment, was almost completely
annihilated as North Korean divisions opened an assault on UN lines
on the Naktong River. Only Company C and other elements of the 2nd
Infantry Division stood in the path.
(SSFC, 11/7/04, Par p.4)
1951 Sept. 1, At the Presidio
in San Francisco, the US, Australia, and New Zealand signed the
Anzus Pact, a joint security alliance to govern their relations.
(Park, Spring/95, p.2)(AP, 9/1/97)
1951 Sep 1, PM Ben-Gurion
ordered the establishment of Mossad, the Israeli secret service.
1952 Sep 1, Sutro Baths in SF
was purchased by developer George Whitney. He sold it to the
National Parks Service in 1977.
(SFC, 4/14/99, Z1 p.4)(SC, 9/1/02)
1953 Sep 1, Henry Molaison
(1926-2008) of Connecticut, suffering from severe epilepsy,
underwent surgery in which most of his brain’s medial temporal lobes
were removed. The procedure failed to cure him, but from that point
on he was unable to form a new long-term memory. In 2016 Luke
Dittrich authored “Patient H.M.: A Story of memory, Madness, and
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Molaison)(Econ, 8/20/16, p.71)
1954 Sep 1, Martin Luther King
Jr. (1929-1968) became pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in
(SFEM, 2/2/97, p.8)(ON, 4/2011, p.2)
1955 Sep 1, Philip Loeb (61),
actor (Jake-The Goldbergs), died.
1956 Sep 1, Indian state of
Tripura became a territory.
1957 Sep 1, Gloria Estefan,
singer (Miami Sound Machine-Conga, 1-2-3), was born in Cuba.
1960 Sep 1, Robert Bolt's "A
Man For All Seasons," premiered in London.
1961 Sep 1, TWA Flight 529, a
Lockheed Constellation L-049 propliner, crashed shortly after
takeoff from Midway Airport in Chicago, killing all 73 passengers
and 5 crew on board; it was at the time the deadliest single plane
disaster in US history.
1961 Sep 1, The Soviet Union
ended a moratorium on atomic testing with an above-ground nuclear
explosion in central Asia.
1961 Sep 1, Eero Saarinen (51),
Finnish-US architect (Dulles Airport), died.
1962 Sep 1, UN announced
Earth’s that human population has hit 3 billion.
1962 Sep 1, Some 10,000 died in
an earthquake in western Iran.
1963 Sep 1, Turkey moved
politically closer to Europe with the Treaty of Ankara. It reduced
duties and implicitly recognized Turkey’s right to join the European
p.A10)(WSJ, 10/6/04, p.A17)
1965 Sep 1-19, Indian gains led
to a major Pakistani counterattack in the southern sector, in
Punjab, where Indian forces were caught unprepared and suffered
heavy losses. The sheer strength of the Pakistani thrust, which was
spearheaded by seventy tanks and two infantry brigades, led Indian
commanders to call in air support. Pakistan retaliated on September
2 with its own air strikes in both Kashmir and Punjab.
(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A12)(SFEC, 8/3/97, p.A15)(HN,
9/6/98)(SFC, 6/8/02, p.A20)(MC, 9/1/02)(Encyclopaedia.com, 2002)
1967 Sep 1, New York state’s
Taylor Law went into effect. It severely curtailed the ability of
public employees in the state to strike.
(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.E2)
1967 Sep 1, James Dunn (65),
actor (Uncle Earl-It's a Great Life), died.
1967 Sep 1, Siegfried Sassoon
(b.1886), WW I English soldier poet, died. His books included
“Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man" (1928). In 2005 Max Egremont authored
the biography: “Siegfried Sassoon."
1968 Sep 1, Pirate Radio Marina
in the Netherlands began transmitting.
1969 Sep 1, There was a race
riot in Hartford, Connecticut.
1969 Sep 1, A coup in Libya
overthrew the monarchy of King Idris and brought Moammar Gadhafi
(27) to power. Gadhafi emerged as leader of the revolutionary
government and ordered the closure of a U.S. Air Force base.
(AP, 9/1/99)(SFEC, 4/9/00, p.C12)(AP, 12/30/03)
1969 Sep 1, Drew Pearson
(b.1897), Washington Post columnist and newscaster, died.
1970 Sep 1, Dr. Hugh Scott of
Washington, D.C., became the first African-American superintendent
of schools in a major U.S. city.
1972 Sep 1, American Bobby
Fischer won the international chess crown in Reykjavik, Iceland,
defeating Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union. In 2004 David Edmonds
and John Eidinow authored "Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How the
Soviets Lost the Most Extraordinary Chess Match of All Time."
(AP, 9/1/97)(SSFC, 2/07/04, p.M1)
1973 Sep 1, In Copenhagen,
Denmark, the 74-year-old Hafnia Hotel burned, killing 35.
1974 Sep 1, Jack Shelley
(b.1905), former SF mayor (1964-1968), died.
1974 Sep 1, In the Netherlands
laws prohibiting pirate radio came into effect.
1975 Sep 1, NYC transit fares
rose from 35 cents to 50 cents.
1975 Sep 1, Bougainville Island
announced the formation of the "Republic of the North Solomons," but
failed in its bid to secede from Papua New Guinea.
1975 Sep 1, Israel and Egypt
initialed the Sinai II agreement on disengagement. A ceremonial
signing was held in Geneva on Sep 4.
1976 Sep 1, U.S. Rep. Wayne L.
Hays, D-Ohio, resigned in the wake of a scandal in which he admitted
having an affair with secretary Elizabeth Ray.
1976 Sep 1, The New Jersey
Meadowlands racetrack opened.
1977 Sep 1, Ethel Waters
(b.1896), African-American blues and jazz vocalist, died.
1979 Sep 1, A Los Angeles court
ordered Clayton Moore (1914-1999), born as Jack Carlton Moore, to
stop wearing the Lone Ranger mask.
1979 Sep 1, Pioneer 11 made the
1st fly-by of Saturn and discovered new moon rings. Ring F of Saturn
was discovered by Lonny Baker at NASA's Ames Research Center from
data sent by Pioneer 11.
1981 Sep 1, Albert Speer, a
close associate of Adolf Hitler who ran the Nazi war machine, died
at a London hospital at age 76.
1981 Sep 1, In the Central
African Republic army chief Andre Kolingba (d.2010 at 73) took over
power in another coup that deposed independence leader David Dacko.
Kolingba agreed to re-instate a multi-party system in 1991, but
continued to rule until 1993.
1981 Sep 1, In Uruguay Gregorio
Alvarez (b.1926), commander-in-chief of the army (1978-1979), became
the country’s de facto president and continued until Feb 12, 1985.
1982 Sep 1, The US Congress
created the 110,000 acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic
(SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)
1982 Sep 1, The evacuation of
the PLO from Lebanon ended.
1982 Sep 1, Mexico’s President
Lopez Portillo nationalized the private banks. There was an economic
catastrophe that has been labeled the Mexican debt crisis. Mexicans
sent hundreds of millions of dollars abroad amid devaluations and
1983 Sep 1, The KAL flight 007
was downed by a Soviet jet fighter after the airliner entered Soviet
airspace. 269 people were killed aboard the Korean Air Lines Boeing
747 including sixty-one Americans, among them Georgia Representative
Larry McDonald. The order was given by Soviet Gen’l. Anatoly
Kornukov who held that the plane was part of a hostile US operation.
In 2005 the History Channel featured a TV documentary on the
(SFC, 5/29/96, A3)(AP, 9/1/97)(WSJ, 1/23/98,
1983 Sep 1, Henry "Scoop"
Jackson (b.1912), Sen-D-Wash., died.
1984 Sep 1, Howland Chamberlain
(b.1911), American film actor, died in Oakland, Ca.
1985 Sep 1, A US-French
expedition located the wreckage of the Titanic, sunk in 1915, about
560 miles off Newfoundland, Canada. Oceanographer Robert Ballard
used the ship Knorr to pinpoint the location of the Titanic. The
Knorr was decommissioned in 2014 and in 2016 was transferred to the
1986 Sep 1, Paul McCartney
released his "Press to Play" album.
1986 Sep 1, Murray Hamilton
(b.1923), film, theater and TV actor, died in North Carolina.
1987 Sep 1, In California S.
Brian Wilson (46), Vietnam veteran, had his legs sliced off when a
munitions train at the Concord Naval Weapons Station ran him over
during the Nuremberg Actions protest against weapons shipments to
(SFC, 6/10/97, p.A19)(AP, 9/1/97)
1987 Sep 1, After Jewish
leaders met with the Pope at Castel Gandolfo it was announced that a
document would be produced on the Holocaust. The document was made
public Mar 16, 1998.
(SFEC, 3/15/98, p.A24)
1989 Sep 1, A. Bartlett
Giamatti (51), Baseball Commissioner, died of heart attack at his
summer home in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
1990 Sep 1, President Bush
announced that he and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev would
meet in Helsinki, Finland, for a “free-flowing" one-day summit on
the Persian Gulf crisis and other issues.
1991 Sep 1, The Burning Man
Festival came to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada from Baker’s Beach
in San Francisco.
(SFC, 8/30/97, p.A15)
1991 Sep 1, Yugoslavia's
presidency and the country's feuding republics accepted a European
Community plan designed to stop months of fierce fighting among
Croats, Serbs and the army.
1992 Sep 1, Defying a U.S.
government warning, Bobby Fischer announced he would play his
one-time rival, Boris Spassky, in a $5 million chess match in
Yugoslavia despite United Nations-imposed sanctions.
1993 Sep 1, The Pentagon
unveiled a five-year defense plan to further shrink the U.S.
military in favor of a lean, high-tech force.
1993 Sep 1, Louis Freeh was
sworn in as director of the FBI.
1994 Sep 1, Chicago police
found the body of 11-year-old Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, a suspect in
a gang-related killing who apparently became a victim of gang
1994 Sep 1, Morocco established
low-level diplomatic relations with Israel.
1995 Sep 1, The 716-acre
Limekiln State Park on the California Big Sur coast opened.
(SFEC, 3/30/97, p.T3)
1995 Sep 1, A ribbon-cutting
ceremony was held for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland,
1995 Sep 1, The death penalty
in NY State, signed into law on March 7, became effective.
1995 Sep 1, Moammar Khadafy of
Libya announced the expulsion of all 30,000 Palestinians from Libya.
More than 1,200 ended up in a border camp between Libya and Egypt.
(SFC, 8/22/96, p.E1)
1996 Sep 1, A day after Iraqi
forces moved into a Kurdish safe haven, U.S. officials were warning
the Baghdad government that the incursion would not go unpunished.
That same day, Iraq ordered its troops to withdraw from Irbil.
1996 Sep 1, In India wolves
were reported to have killed 33 children in the area of Banbirpur in
the state of Uttar Pradesh. Some reports had it that at least some
of the killings were by disguised human beings.
(SFC, 9/1/96, p.A16)
1997 Sep 1, The 32nd annual
Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, led by Jerry Lewis, ended with a record
$50.5 million pledged.
(SFC, 9/3/97, p.E5)
1997 Sep 1, The 2nd phase of
the minimum wage raise to $5.15 per hour went into effect
1997 Sep 1, Scientists
announced in the Physics Review Letters that evidence was found for
an exotic meson subatomic particle. It is supposed to be composed of
an unusual quark combination and only exists for a trillionth of a
trillionth of a second. The experiment supports the current standard
model of physics in which 3 quarks make a proton or a neutron and 2
quarks can combine to make a meson.
(SFC, 9/1/97, p.A7)
1997 Sep 1, In Bosnia several
hundred Bosnian Serbs attacked some 300 armed US troops in an effort
to take back a key TV transmitter that was seized by the Americans
last week. The melee was a standoff.
(SFC, 9/2/97, p.A10)
1997 Sep 1, As Britain
continued to mourn the untimely death of Princess Diana, came word
from a source in the Paris prosecutor's office that Diana's driver,
Henri Paul, was legally intoxicated at the time of the crash.
1997 Sep 1, In Switzerland
robbers made off with $37 million in cash from a Zurich post office.
By Sep 8 Swiss and Italian police had detained 13 suspects. A total
of 19 people in five countries were arrested in connection with the
(WSJ, 9/2/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/9/97, p.A11)(AP,
1998 Sep 1, Mark McGwire of the
St. Louis Cardinals hit his 56th and 57th home runs, breaking the
one-season record set by Hack Wilson in 1930.
1998 Sep 1, The DJIA rebounded
288 points and the stock market set an all-time trading volume
record with 1.201 billion shares traded on the NYSE.
(SFC, 9/2/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 1, The California
Legislature salvaged the Headwaters forest deal by one vote and
approved $425 million to acquire 9,400 acres of redwood forest. The
federal government already approved $250 million.
(SFC, 9/2/98, p.A3)
1998 Sep 1, A federal appeals
court in NY ruled that the Million Youth March in NYC may take place
with a reduced duration to 4 hours from 12, and a limited range to 6
blocks from 29.
(SFC, 9/2/98, p.A3)
1998 Sep 1, Pilots for Air
Canada went on strike for the first time in the association’s 61
(SFC, 9/2/98, p.A10)
1998 Sep 1, China imposed a ban
on logging upstream on the Yangtze effective by this date due to the
excess flooding following a half-century of clear-cutting.
(SFEC, 9/27/98, p.A20)(WSJ, 12/23/03, p.A1)
1998 Sep 1, In Malaysia capital
controls were imposed on the stock market. Foreigners holding stocks
were not allowed to take their money out of the country for one
(WSJ, 9/8/98, p.A14)
1998 Sep 1, During a Kremlin
summit overshadowed by Russian economic and political upheaval,
President Clinton offered Boris Yeltsin a prescription for tough
reforms to lift the country from its crisis.
1998 Sep 1, In Russia the Duma
rejected the nomination by pres. Yeltsin for Viktor Chernomyrdin as
premier. Chernomyrdin said he would form a government without
waiting for parliamentary approval.
(WSJ, 9/3/98, p.A1)(SFC, 9/2/98, p.A8)
1998 Sep 1, Vietnam freed 5,000
(SFC, 9/2/98, p.A9)
1999 Sep 1, Twenty-two of
baseball’s 68 permanent umpires found themselves jobless, the
fallout from their union’s failed attempt to force an early start to
negotiations for a new labor contract.
1999 Sep 1, Attorney General
Janet Reno ordered US marshals to FBI headquarters to seize an
infrared videotape containing a recording of FBI communications made
during the 1993 FBI assault of the Branch Davidian sect in Waco,
Texas. FBI officials had stated that no tape of that stage of the
(SFC, 9/2/99, p.A3)(SFC, 9/3/99, p.A3)
1999 Sep 1, Researchers
reported that a strain of mice was genetically engineered with an
extra gene for a brain protein called NR2B that helped the mice
remember objects longer that normal mice.
(WSJ, 9/2/99, p.B12)
1999 Sep 1, The 8th biennial
summit of Francophone nations was scheduled to open in Moncton, New
(WSJ, 8/30/99, p.B1)
1999 Sep 1, Colombia took
delivery of 6 refurbished Vietnam-era US military helicopters for
use in the drug war.
(WSJ, 9/2/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 1, In East Timor
pro-Indonesia militia shot and hacked to death Jorges Francisco
Bonaparte (19), a pro-independence activist, a few yards from the
gate of the UN compound in Dili.
(SFC, 9/2/99, p.A14)
1999 Sep 1, In East Timor
pro-independence campaigner Guido Alves Correia in Dili was
murdered. In 2004 Beny Ludji, an Indonesian citizen who was formerly
a commander of the pro-Jakarta Aitarak militia, was sentenced to
eight years in prison for the murder. Jose Gusmao, one of Ludji's
men, was sentenced to 30 months.
1999 Sep 1, Israeli shelling in
southern Lebanon left 2 Lebanese civilians dead after a roadside
bomb killed 2 Israeli-allied militiamen.
(SFC, 9/2/99, p.A16)
1999 Sep 1, In Jerusalem
disagreement over the release of 30 Palestinians, jailed for killing
Israelis, was the only issue holding up the signing of a
(SFC, 9/2/99, p.A14)
1999 Sep 1, The Venice Film
(SFEC, 8/15/99, DB p.48)
1999 Sep 1, In Kashmir
Pakistani soldiers attacked Indian posts over the last 2 days and
left 22 soldiers dead.
(SFC, 9/2/99, p.A16)
1999 Sep 1, In Panama Mireya
Moscoso began serving as the 1st female president.
(SFC, 9/1/99, p.A14)
1999 Sep 1, In Tanzania a
charter plane carrying 10 American tourists from Serengeti National
Park crashed on Mount Meru. 12 people were confirmed dead.
(SFC, 9/2/99, p.A15)(WSJ, 9/3/99, p.A1)
2000 Sep 1, Pres. Clinton put
the anti-missile national defense system on hold and passed the
decision for moving the project forward to his successor.
(SFC, 9/2/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 1, It was reported
that an experimental antioxidant extended the lives of nematode
worms by an average 44%.
(WSJ, 9/1/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 1, In Afghanistan the
mine-clearing operations were scheduled to be cut by 50% after the
UN reported lack of funds. 300 people were reported injured by mines
every month. Estimates of mines varied from 5-10 million.
(SFC, 9/2/00, p.C16)
2000 Sep 1, In Argentina a
judge moved to strip immunity from 8 senators who allegedly received
bribes from the administration of Pres. Fernando de la Rua for votes
on labor reform. A three-judge panel later ruled that $5 million was
paid to a group of senators in exchange for their votes to remove
worker protections as the International Monetary Fund was making
workforce flexibility a requirement for extending loans to
(SFC, 9/2/00, p.C16)(AP, 8/14/12)
2000 Sep 1, In Bangladesh 13
boats with 130 fishermen were reported sunk during rainstorms.
(SFC, 9/2/00, p.C16)
2000 Sep 1, Typhoon Maria
struck 2 southern provinces between Huizhou and Shanwei and killed
47 people with $223 million in damages.
(WSJ, 9/6/00, p.A1)(SFC, 9/9/00, p.A22)
2000 Sep 1, In Indonesia
prosecutors named 19 people, including 3 generals as possible
suspects in the killings and destruction in East Timor in Sept.
(SFC, 9/2/00, p.A12)
2000 Sep 1, In Mexico Pres.
Zedillo gave his last State of the Nation address.
(SFC, 9/2/00, p.A12)
2000 Sep 1, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf rebels demanded $10 million for the release of Jeffrey
Schilling and later said that Schilling had begun a hunger strike.
(SFC, 9/2/00, p.A12)
2001 Sep 1, In Durban, South
Africa, a variety of African leaders at the UN World Conference
Against Racism demanded apologies, and in some cases financial
reparations, from Western countries that benefited from slavery and
colonization of African countries for over 3 centuries. Activists at
the conference developed a strategy, later known as “BDS," that
included boycotts, divestments and sanctions, to push their agenda.
(SSFC, 9/2/01, p.A12)(Econ, 9/15/07, p.74)
2000 Sep 1, South Korea
repatriated 63 North Korean spies as a gesture of reconciliation.
(SFC, 9/2/00, p.A13)
2001 Sep 1, The Los Angeles
Sparks won the WNBA championship, defeating the Charlotte Sting
2001 Sep 1, The US issued a 34
cent stamp featuring Arabic calligraphy that says “Eid Mubarek," a
greeting used to celebrate the 2 holiest Islamic holidays, Aid
al-Fitr for the end of Ramadan fasting, and Eid al-Adha for the end
of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
(SFC, 11/30/01, p.A8)
2001 Sep 1, Anthony Romero (36)
assumed the office of executive director for the ACLU, the 1st
Latino and openly gay man to head the organization.
(SFC, 3/11/02, p.A3)
2001 Sep 1, Scientists gathered
in the French Alps to discuss a medicine called ivermectine given to
livestock to protect them from parasites. Dung from the animals was
toxic and virtually indestructible and threatened the survival of
insects, birds and bats.
(SSFC, 9/2/01, p.A20)
2001 Sep 1, In Angola gunmen
ambushed 2 passenger buses 185 miles south of Luanda, sprayed them
with gunfire and ransacked them. 38 people were killed.
(SFC, 9/4/01, p.B1)
2001 Sep 1, In Gaza Col. Tayser
Khattab (52), Palestinian intelligence aide, was killed by a car
bomb. Near Tulkarem a Palestinian woman (22) was killed from a blast
in a taxi.
(SSFC, 9/2/01, p.A20)
2001 Sep 1, In Russia Pres.
Putin promised to double salaries for teachers as children began
school on “Knowledge Day." Current pay was about $35 per month.
(SSFC, 9/2/01, p.A16)
2001 Sep 1, In Tokyo, Japan, an
early morning explosion in a mah-jongg parlor killed at least 44
people. The Kabukicho district building was crammed with sex clubs
and gambling parlors.
(SFC, 9/1/01, p.A6)(SFC, 11/16/01, p.E6)
2001 Sep 1, At the UN World
Conference Against Racism a variety of African leaders demanded
apologies, an in some cases financial reparations, from Western
countries that benefited from slavery and colonization of African
countries for over 3 centuries.
(SSFC, 9/2/01, p.A12)
2002 Sep 1, Secretary of State
Colin Powell said the US should first seek a return of UN weapons
inspectors to Iraq before taking any further steps.
2002 Sep 1, The California
Legislature approved a $99 billion budget, ending a 2-month-old
2002 Sep 1, President Alfonso
Portillo announced plans to cut the size of Guatemala's armed forces
by 20% and convert the extra military installations into schools.
2002 Sep 1, Indonesian soldiers
battled an armed band in Papua and killed one insurgent, near where
gunmen shot dead three people, including two U.S. school teachers,
and wounded at least 10 in an ambush the previous day.
(Reuters, 9/1/02)(SFC, 9/2/02, p.A9)
2002 Sep 1, Israeli troops shot
dead four Palestinians not far from a Jewish gravesite near the West
Bank city of Hebron, adding to an already bloody weekend in which
seven other Palestinians, including two children, were killed.
(AP, 9/1/02)(SFC, 9/2/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep 1, Israel and Jordan
announced their largest joint project ever, an $800 million pipeline
intended to save the shrinking Dead Sea from environmental
2002 Sep 1, Typhoon Rusa, the
worst typhoon to hit South Korea in 40 years, left at least 119
2002 Sep 1, In Liberia rebel
forces shelled the northern town of Voinjama in a push to recapture
their former stronghold from government forces.
2002 Sep 1, Mauritania appealed
for international aid, saying lack of rain was causing a food crisis
that has put at risk nearly 1 million people and half of the desert
2002 Sep 1, Some 600 Russian
specialists began work on a key phase of an $800 million project to
build a nuclear reactor at Bushehr, Iran.
(SFC, 9/2/02, p.A9)
2003 Sep 1, During a Labor Day
trip to Richfield, Ohio, President Bush announced he was creating a
high-level government post to nurture the manufacturing sector.
2003 Sep 1, Actor Rand Brooks
(84), who played Scarlett O'Hara's first husband in "Gone With the
Wind," died in Santa Ynez, Calif.
2003 Sep 1, Suspected Taliban
fighters attacked a government checkpoint and ambushed another group
of Afghan soldiers along the main road linking the south with the
capital, killing at least eight soldiers over the last 2 days.
2003 Sep 1, State media
reported that China will cut an additional 200,000 soldiers as part
of efforts to modernize its armed forces.
2003 Sep 1, The U.S.-picked
Iraqi Governing Council named a new Cabinet.
2003 Sep 1, Arab TV broadcast
an audiotape purportedly from Saddam Hussein denying any involvement
in a bombing in Najaf, Iraq, that killed a beloved Shiite cleric.
2003 Sep 1, Israeli helicopters
fired four missiles at a car carrying Hamas militants, killing at
least one of them and wounding 26 on a crowded Gaza City.
2003 Sep 1, A rebel group
trying to win independence for the Western Sahara has released 243
Moroccan prisoners, some of whom have been held for nearly three
decades. It was the first prisoner release since the UN Security
Council voted in July to urge Morocco and the Polisario to accept a
new plan to settle the long-running dispute over the Western Sahara.
2003 Sep 1, Marijuana went on
sale Monday at Dutch pharmacies to help bring relief to thousands of
patients suffering from cancer, AIDS or multiple sclerosis.
2004 Sep 1, VP Cheney and
Democrat Zell Miller were featured as prime-time speakers at the
Republican Convention in NYC.
(SFC, 9/2/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 1, It was reported
that for about $10 million, Philadelphia city officials planned to
turn all 135 square miles of the city into the world's largest
wireless Internet hot spot. EarthLink was given the contract and
planned to rent 4,000 city light posts for its equipment. Completion
of the network was expected in Spring 2007.
(AP, 9/1/04)(SFC, 3/2/06, p.C2)
2004 Sep 1, Accused U.S. Army
deserter Charles Jenkins said he will surrender to the US to face
charges that have dogged him since he vanished from his unit in
South Korea in 1965. After expressing a desire to put his conscience
at rest, Jenkins reported on September 11, 2004 to Camp Zama in
Japan. He reported in respectful military form, saluting the
receiving military police officer. On November 3, 2004, Jenkins
pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and aiding the enemy, but
denied making disloyal or seditious statements – the latter charges
were dropped. He was sentenced to 30 days' confinement and received
a dishonorable discharge, being released six days early, on November
27, 2004, for good behavior. Jenkins and his family settled on Sado
Island in Japan.
2004 Sep 1, In Colorado the
criminal trial against LA basketball player Kobe Bryant (26) ended
in a dismissal after the woman (20), who filed a rape charge,
decided not to testify. This saved Bryant’s $136 million contract
with the Lakers. Bryant still faced civil charges.
(SFC, 9/2/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 1, In the 5th annual
Latin Grammys Alejandro Sanz won 4 awards and jazz songstress Maria
Rita of Brazil won 2.
(SFC, 9/2/04, p.A2)
2004 Sep 1, An Argentine
Supreme Court justice resigned rather than face Senate impeachment
proceedings, the 4th judge targeted in a high court purge led by
Pres. Nestor Kirchner.
2004 Sep 1, In Germany
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Cabinet agreed to forego a 4.4
percent pay raise for itself and top civil servants in an attempt to
help fight the country's burgeoning budget deficit.
2004 Sep 1, The U.N. atomic
watchdog agency said Iran has announced plans to turn tons of
uranium into a substance that can be used to make nuclear weapons.
2004 Sep 1, In Fallujah, Iraq,
US bombing reportedly killed 17 people.
(WSJ, 9/2/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 1, Militants in Iraq
freed seven employees of a Kuwaiti trucking firm after their
employer paid $500,000 in ransom.
2004 Sep 1, Capping a day of
angry street protests and a strike by some 200,000 health care
workers, President Vicente Fox spent much of his state-of-the-nation
speech urging Mexicans to not give up on democracy, saying its
"inherent problems are not cause for discouragement.
2004 Sep 1, Nepal's government
imposed an indefinite curfew and appealed for calm after thousands
of demonstrators ransacked a mosque and clashed with police in the
capital to protest the slaying of 12 Nepalese hostages by Iraqi
2004 Sep 1, Pakistani officials
said security forces have arrested two "important" al Qaeda
operatives, including an Egyptian and a Saudi national.
2004 Sep 1, Martin Torrijos,
the son of a former dictator, took office as Panama's president
promising jobs, better relations with Cuba and a referendum on a
proposed $8 billion expansion of the Panama Canal.
2004 Sep 1, In Beslan, Russia,
more than a dozen militants wearing suicide-bomb belts seized a
school in North Ossetia, a region bordering Chechnya, taking hostage
over 1100 people, many of them children. They threatening to blow up
the building if police storm it and at least eight people were
(AP, 9/1/04)(SFC, 9/2/04,
2004 Sep 1, In Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia, 3 people were killed in a stampede to a newly opened Ikea
(SFC, 9/2/04, p.C2)
2004 Sep 1, Rebels released six
Sudanese aid workers in Darfur, four days after they went missing
during a trip to register refugees.
2004 Sep 1, A U.N. report
called for a quick increase in the international monitoring force in
Sudan, saying the government has not stopped attacks against
civilians or disarmed marauding militias.
2005 Sep 1, The United States
slapped extra curbs on Chinese imports, hours after talks on a
formula to deal with China's surging textile shipments ended in
2005 Sep 1, The California
Senate approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
(SFC, 9/2/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 1, A SF jury awarded
$27 million to the family of Elizabeth Dominguez (4), who was killed
on Feb 11, 2003, when she was hit by a Muni truck at Potrero Ave and
24th. SF appealed and settled the case in 2008 for $21 million.
(SFC, 9/2/05, p.B1)(SFC, 3/6/08, p.B2)
2005 Sep 1, New Orleans Mayor
Ray Nagin issued "a desperate SOS" as anger mounted across the
ruined city, with thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims
increasingly hungry, desperate and tired of waiting for buses to
take them out. New Orleans descended into anarchy, as corpses lay
abandoned in street medians, fights and fires broke out and storm
survivors battled for seats on the buses that would carry them away
from the chaos. Fights and trash fires broke out at the hot and
stinking Superdome and anger and unrest mounted across New Orleans,
as National Guardsmen in armored vehicles poured in to help restore
order across the increasingly lawless and desperate city.
(AP, 9/1/05)(AP, 9/1/06)
2005 Sep 1, In Louisiana
three young black men, identified as D.H., M.A. and C.C., attempted
to enter the Algiers Point neighborhood of New orleans by crossing a
barricade formed with fallen trees that was set up by the vigilante
group. They were met with shotgun blasts when Roland Bourgeois fired
at them, wounding all three men. In 2018 Roland Bourgeois (55)
pleaded guilty to two federal criminal counts.
2005 Sep 1, It was reported
that 13% (64 of 490) of the female students at Timken Senior High
School in, Canton, Ohio are pregnant. One girl, eight months
pregnant, said she believes the school's abstinence-based sex
education program isn't enough.
2005 Sep 1, The Swiss firm
Novartis AG said it is offering $4.5 billion in cash for the
remaining stake in Chiron Corp. to complete its takeover of the
US-based biotech company.
2005 Sep 1, In Afghanistan the
bodies of 2 Japanese tourists were found. The two Japanese teachers,
technical arts teacher Jun Fukusho (44), and female English teacher
Shinobu Hasegawa (30), had been missing for 3 weeks.
2005 Sep 1, in Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents stabbed to death Mullah Amir Akhund, a
pro-government Islamic cleric, in Helmand province.
2005 Sep 1, Opposition leader
Sali Berisha's coalition was officially declared winner of Albania's
July 3 parliamentary elections, following weeks of delays in
confirming final results.
2005 Sep 1, Al-Qaida's No. 2
made the terror group's first direct claim of responsibility for the
July 7 bombings in London in a videotape.
2005 Sep 1, Nearly 600,000
people were evacuated as Typhoon Talim plowed into southern China,
forcing authorities to shut down schools, highways and airports.
2005 Sep 1, The European
Commission proposed new rules for the 25 European Union nations to
establish common standards on immigration and asylum.
2005 Sep 1, A Hong Kong jury
convicted Nancy Kissel of murdering her wealthy investment banker
husband in Nov, 2003, by drugging him with a milkshake laced with
sedatives and beating him to death in their luxury apartment. She
received a mandatory life sentence.
2005 Sep 1, Iraq hanged three
convicted murderers, the first executions since the 2003 ouster of
Saddam Hussein. 2 US soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in
(AP, 9/1/05)(SFC, 9/3/05, p.A3)
2005 Sep 1, In Japan Tokyo’s
Keio University Hospital received a bomb threat linked to demands
that its medical school increase their admissions. 10 other major
university hospitals received similar threats but no explosives were
2005 Sep 1, Libyan authorities
pardoned 1,675 Libyan and foreign prisoners serving time for minor
crimes to mark the 36th anniversary of the revolution, which brought
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to power.
2005 Sep 1, President Vicente
Fox, in his last state-of-the-nation address, urged citizens to stay
committed to Mexico's newfound democracy and to remind them that
they are in charge of the nation's future.
2005 Sep 1, The foreign
ministers of Israel and Pakistan, a Muslim country that has long
taken a hard line against the Jewish state, met publicly for the
first time, a diplomatic breakthrough that both ministers linked to
Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
2005 Sep 1, In Italy a summer
music hit has sparked a war of words between left-wingers and
neo-fascists who claim the Colombian pop song, "La camisa negra"
("The black shirt"), as their anthem.
2005 Sep 1, In Peru Wilbert
Elqui Meza was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison for a
2002 car bombing that killed 10 people outside the U.S. Embassy.
Meza was the only one of eight defendants convicted of carrying out
the attack. 2 women received 20-year sentences and a third women was
handed a 25-year sentence for belonging to the Shining Path,
Maoist-oriented rebel group. Four others were acquitted of all
2005 Sep 1, Typhoon Talim left
Taiwan leaving 3 people killed and 59 injured. Strong winds and
heavy rains, forced offices, schools and financial markets to close.
2005 Sep 1, Turkey insisted
that it has fulfilled conditions for EU membership, as foreign
ministers of the 25-nation group started meeting in Wales to assess
the predominantly Muslim nation's efforts to join the bloc.
2005 Sep 1, Vadim Kouznetsov,
the chair of a powerful UN budget committee, was arrested by the FBI
on money laundering charges. Kouznetsov, who heads the General
Assembly panel that oversees the UN budget, was the 2nd Russian UN
official to be arrested by the FBI for alleged money laundering in
recent weeks. On Aug. 8, Alexander Yakovlev, a Russian who worked in
the UN procurement office, was arrested for allegedly soliciting a
bribe from a company seeking an oil-for-food contract.
2005 Sep 1, The UN said a
cholera epidemic spreading across West Africa has sickened tens of
thousands of people this year and killed nearly 500 amid a long-term
deterioration in health services in one of the world's poorest
2005 Sep 1, Venezuelan leader
Hugo Chavez offering planeloads of soldiers and aid workers to help
American victims of Hurricane Katrina, while at the same time taking
aim at the US government for its handling of the crisis. He called
Bush "the king of vacations" and noted he had been at his Texas
ranch and when the storm hit and didn't provide leadership.
2006 Sep 1, US military forces
launched a rocket interceptor that destroyed a mock warhead in outer
(SFC, 9/2/06, p.A5)
2006 Sep 1, US federal agents
began rounding up illegal immigrants in Stillmore, Georgia. More
than 120 illegal immigrants were loaded onto buses bound for
immigration courts in Atlanta. Hundreds more fled Emanuel County.
The Crider poultry plant was left scrambling for workers.
2006 Sep 1, Disrupting the
start of the Labor Day weekend, the remnants of Tropical Storm
Ernesto drenched the Mid-Atlantic region, cut power to more than
400,000 customers and forced evacuations. 3 people were reported
killed in North Carolina and Virginia.
(AP, 9/2/06)(SFC, 9/2/06, p.A8)
2006 Sep 1, Nellie Connally
(87), the former Texas first lady who was riding in President
Kennedy's limousine when he was assassinated, died in Austin, Texas.
2006 Sep 1, In Afghanistan
fighting across the volatile south killed nine Afghan policemen, at
least 13 suspected Taliban and a British soldier.
2006 Sep 1, Brazil pressured
Google to turn over data from Web sites that the government said
were used by criminals. Authorities gave Google 15 days to comply or
face a daily fine of $23,000.
(SFC, 9/2/06, p.C1)
2006 Sep 1, Cambodia’s PM Hun
Sen pushed a bill through the lower house of parliament banning
extra-marital affairs. The legislation could get adulterers up to a
year in jail.
(Econ, 9/9/06, p.46)
2006 Sep 1, In Chad US Senator
Barack Obama held talks with President Idriss Deby Itno on the
crisis in Sudan's Darfur region and on Chad's oil production, on the
final stop of the African-American politician's tour of the
2006 Sep 1, In Colombia Jesus
Ignacio Roldan led special prosecutors and investigators to the
alleged grave of Carlos Castano, former right-wing paramilitary
leader, near the town of Valencia. Roldan says he killed Castano in
April 2004 on the order of Castano's older brother, Vicente Castano.
2006 Sep 1, Greece beat the
Americans 101-95 in the semifinals of the world championships in
2006 Sep 1, Hungarian poet
Gyorgy Faludy (95), a legend of resistance to the rise of Nazism and
Communism, died at his home in Budapest. He spent 1950-1953 in the
Stalinist concentration camp at Recsk. Faludy won international fame
with his autobiographical novel "My Happy Days in Hell" in the
1960s, which related his escape from fascist Hungary and his return,
and imprisonment, in a country under communist rule.
(Reuters, 9/2/06)(Econ, 9/16/06, p.96)
2006 Sep 1, Iran underlined its
disregard for the UN deadline to halt uranium enrichment, now
expired, when its president vowed never to give up its nuclear
program and accused the West of misrepresenting Tehran's nuclear
2006 Sep 1, In northeastern
Iran a Russian-made Tupolev 154 airplane with 148 people on board
skidded off the runway and caught fire, killing 29 people.
2006 Sep 1, Kurdish leader
Massoud Barzani ordered the Iraqi national flag to be replaced with
the Kurdish one in his northern autonomous region. Gunmen fatally
shot one policeman in each of two towns outside of Baghdad in
separate incidents. Police said they found the body of a Saddam
Hussein-era intelligence officer who had been kidnapped and shot. A
US soldier died from wounds sustained during action in Anbar
(AP, 9/1/06)(AP, 9/3/06)
2006 Sep 1, Shinzo Abe, the
front-runner to be Japan's next prime minister, announced his
candidacy, promising to defend Japan's interests and maintain the
security alliance with the US.
2006 Sep 1, In Mexico City riot
police, steel barriers, and water cannons surrounded Mexico's
Congress as protesters vowed to stop President Vicente Fox from
delivering his final state-of-the-nation address. Mexican lawmakers,
protesting conservative Felipe Calderon's victory in the July 2
presidential election, stormed the congressional stage and refused
to yield, making Fox the first president in modern Mexican history
not to deliver his annual address to Congress. Fox handed in a
written copy of his report and delivered it over television.
(AP, 9/1/06)(AP, 9/2/06)
2006 Sep 1, Morocco’s Interior
Ministry said security agents broke up a group planning terrorist
attacks on tourist sites and government facilities, arresting 56
people who included soldiers and the wives of two pilots at the
2006 Sep 1, A strike paralyzed
Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province after the controversial
burial of a top rebel leader whose killing sparked days of deadly
rioting. Partial strikes also hit southern Sindh and central Punjab
2006 Sep 1, World donors
pledged $500 million in aid for Palestinians, including $55 million
for a UN emergency appeal for humanitarian help. Carin Jamtin,
Sweden's aid minister and host of the donors' conference held in the
Swedish capital, said a total of $114 million of the money pledged
will go toward humanitarian aid, with the rest going to rebuilding
infrastructure and other projects.
2006 Sep 1, Spain's Cabinet
approved sending 1,100 troops to the UN peacekeeping force in
Lebanon, calling it a "legitimate" mission to help maintain peace in
2006 Sep 1, In Spain
self-contained, nonsmoking areas with their own ventilation systems,
became requisite for larger restaurants and bars.
2006 Sep 1, Sri Lanka's navy
said it sank 12 Tamil rebel boats overnight, including five suicide
craft, and killed as many as 100 rebel fighters during a fierce
six-hour sea battle off the country's northern coast.
2006 Sep 1, Human rights
activists and African Union officials said the Sudanese government
has launched a major offensive against rebels in war-torn Darfur.
2006 Sep 1, UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that Syria had pledged to step up
border patrols and work with the Lebanese army to stop the flow of
weapons to Hezbollah.
2006 Sep 1-2006 Sep 2,
Separatist Kurdish guerrillas killed 7 Turkish soldiers and wounded
two in stepped-up attacks against the military in southeastern
2007 Sep 1, The Mountaineers of
Boone, North Carolina, pulled off one of the greatest upsets in
college football history as Appalachian State beat No. 5 Michigan
2007 Sep 1, Clay Buchholz threw
a no-hitter in his second major league start, just hours after being
called up by the Boston Red Sox. Buchholz struck out nine, walked
three and hit one batter to give the Red Sox a 10-0 victory over
2007 Sep 1, Idaho Sen. Larry
Craig announced his resignation, saying he would leave office on
Sept. 30, 2007, in the wake of fallout over his arrest and guilty
plea in a Minnesota airport gay sex sting. However, Craig later
reversed his decision, saying he would serve out the rest of his
2007 Sep 1, It was reported
that it is now more expensive to execute someone in the US that to
jail him for life. In North Carolina each capital case was said to
cost some $2 million to legal fees.
(Econ, 9/1/07, p.21)
2007 Sep 1, In eastern
Tennessee a small plane carrying 5 Jehovah’s Witness ministers
crashed in the Cherokee National Forest killing all 5 aboard.
(SFC, 9/3/07, p.A3)
2007 Sep 1, The industry
ministry of Algiers announced that Algeria is inviting bids to
privatize 13 companies in the electronics, iron, and public works
2007 Sep 1, Life expectancy in
Andorra was reported to be longer than in any other world country,
while the same in Swaziland was reported to be the shortest.
(Econ, 9/1/07, p.14)
2007 Sep 1, Police arrested
four suspected members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA in
south-west France, believed to be linked to the deadly Madrid
airport bomb in December.
2007 Sep 1, A US Navy hospital
ship Comfort brought state-of-the-art medical care to Haiti during a
regional goodwill mission aimed at countering leftist Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez's influence.
2007 Sep 1, It was reported
that Mumbai, India, had a population of 14 million, making it the
largest city in south Asia. The UN said it expected Mumbai to reach
25 million by 2015.
(Econ, 9/1/07, p.33)
2007 Sep 1, In Basra gunmen on
a motorcycle assassinated Muslim al-Batat, an aide to the country's
top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. US National
Public Radio said a draft report from the US embassy in Baghdad says
PM Maliki's government is failing to stop officials from committing
fraud and is undermining its own watchdog agency, preventing it from
carrying out effective investigations. The Hunter unmanned aerial
vehicle, or UAV, dropped a precision bomb on two suspected
insurgents believed to be preparing to plant roadside bombs. This
was the US Army's first-ever use of a drone aircraft to kill enemy
fighters in Iraq.
(AP, 9/1/07)(AFP, 9/1/07)(AP, 9/8/07)
2007 Sep 1, Takehiko Endo,
Japan's latest agricultural minister, acknowledged that a private
farming group he leads exaggerated weather damage to the 1999 grape
harvest in order to receive government compensation, which amounted
2007 Sep 1, In Mexico Tropical
Storm Henriette dumped heavy rains on Acapulco, flooding streets and
prompting officials to close more than 1,000 schools, while Tropical
Storm Felix formed in the Caribbean.
2007 Sep 1, In Morocco
Renault-Nissan head Carlos Ghosn signed a deal to build an assembly
plant in Tangiers, with a planned investment of one billion euros
(1.36 billion dollars) and final capacity of 400,000 vehicles.
2007 Sep 1, North Korea and the
US began face-to-face talks in Geneva aimed at reaching an agreement
on how to proceed with Pyongyang's denuclearization pledge.
2007 Sep 1, Former Pakistani PM
Benazir Bhutto said in London that talks on a power sharing deal
with President Pervez Musharraf had stalled but she would return to
Pakistan very soon even without an agreement. A suicide bombing
killed four Pakistani troops near the Afghan border, as tribal
elders met with Islamic militants elsewhere to seek the release of
at least 120 Pakistani soldiers. In Karachi a section of a newly
constructed highway bridge came crashing down. At least 6 people
were killed and 13 others injured. Authorities suspended six
officials from the state-run National Highway Authority, which is
responsible for supervising highways in Pakistan, and the National
Logistic Cell, a military-run construction company that built the
(Reuters, 9/1/07)(AP, 9/1/07)(AP, 9/2/07)
2007 Sep 1, Hamas gunmen opened
fire on their own supporters, killing a teenager at a protest on the
Gaza-Egypt border, as tens of thousands of flag-waving Hamas
supporters gathered at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt to
demand it be reopened.
2007 Sep 1, In Panama Pedro
Miguel Gonzalez Pinzon, a man wanted in the US on charges of
involvement in the killing of an American soldier 15 years ago in
Panama, was elected president of that country's congress.
2007 Sep 1, In Poland 2 small
planes collided during an acrobatic display at the Radom Air Show
killing both pilots.
2007 Sep 1, The population of
Tanzania was about 39 million, with a GDP per head of $860.
(Econ, 9/1/07, p.44)
2007 Sep 1, In Venezuela more
than two dozen Colombian prisoners arrested three years ago in an
alleged plot against President Hugo Chavez were freed in a goodwill
gesture he hopes will help facilitate a prisoner exchange in
2007 Sep 1, The World Health
Organization (WHO) confirmed five human bird flu cases in Vietnam,
four of them fatal. The four, including two women, died between June
21 and August 3 while a fifth person, a 29-year-old man, had
2007 Sep 1, Hundreds of riot
police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse thousands of retired
officers and soldiers in southern Yemen who were demanding to be
allowed back into the military. The protesters were largely members
of the army of south Yemen who were ousted after being defeated by
2007 Sep 1, State media
reported that Zimbabwe's government will allow hotels, restaurants
and bars to raise their rates by up to 50 percent. A woman and a
child were killed in stampedes at an agriculture show in Harare
packed with people lured by scarce snack foods and cheap Chinese
toys and exhibitors hoping to skirt a government price freeze and
sell their animals.
(AP, 9/1/07)(AP, 9/2/07)
2008 Sep 1, The GOP convention
opened at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., in an
abbreviated session due to Hurricane Gustav. Alaska’s Gov. Palin,
GOP candidate for the vice-presidency, disclosed that her daughter,
Bristol (17), is 5 months pregnant. Over 250 demonstrators were
arrested as splinter groups smashed department store and police car
windows. On March 11, 2009, Levi Johnson (19) announced he and
Bristol Palin had decided to end their relationship.
(SFC, 9/2/08, p.A1,5)(WSJ, 9/2/08, p.A4)(SFC,
2008 Sep 1, Hurricane Gustav
smashed into the Gulf coast as a Category 2 storm with 110-mph winds
just southwest of New Orleans, where levees held as waves splashed
over. Some 750,000 people were left without power in Louisiana. It
was later estimated that the storm caused at least $372 in damage to
(SFC, 9/2/08, p.A1)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.36)(Econ,
2008 Sep 1, Roz Savage arrived
in Waikiki, Ha., after rowing 99 days from SF, Ca. The English-born
woman hoped to become the first woman to row alone across the
Pacific Ocean with the goal of raising awareness of the amount of
plastic pollution in the ocean.
(SFC, 9/2/08, p.B2)
2008 Sep 1, In Fairfield, Ca.,
councilman Matt Garcia (21) was critically wounded outside a
friend’s house. He was declared brain dead the next day. There were
no suspects and police had no idea why he was shot. Garcia was taken
off life support on Sep 5. On Sep 13 police announced the arrest of
2 suspects. On Sep 16 murder charges were filed against Henry Don
Williams (32), who remained at large. On Sep 18 murder charges were
filed against Gene Allen Combs (45). Police released Nicole Stewart
(33), who was pregnant by Williams and remained a witness. Garcia
appeared to be the innocent victim of an attempt to collect drug
debts. On May 28, 2010, Williams was convicted of first degree
murder. On Aug 30 Williams was sentenced to 50 years to life in
(SFC, 9/3/08, p.A1)(SFC, 9/6/08, p.B3)(SSFC,
9/14/08, p.B1)(SFC, 9/19/08, p.B6)(SFC, 5/29/10, p.C2)(SFC, 8/31/10,
2008 Sep 1, In Nevada an air
tanker being used to drop retardant on a wildfire in the Sierra
Nevada crashed after taking off for its last flight of the day,
killing all three crew members.
2008 Sep 1, Jerry Reed (71), US
singer and actor, died of complications from emphysema. He became a
good ol' boy actor in car chase movies like "Smokey and the Bandit."
2008 Sep 1, Foreign and Afghan
forces killed five children in two separate incidents, further
inflaming tensions over the killings of civilians by troops from the
US and other countries. The US military said US-led coalition and
Afghan troops killed more than 220 suspected Taliban militants in
strikes in southern Afghanistan last week.
(AP, 9/1/08)(Reuters, 9/1/08)
2008 Sep 1, Australian actor
Michael Pate (b.1920) died of respiratory failure. He had appeared
in more than 50 films and was a regular guest star on American TV
shows in the 1950s and 60s.
2008 Sep 1, Brazil's Pres. Lula
da Silva suspended the entire leadership of Abin, the nation’s
intelligence agency, after it was accused of tapping the phones of
the Supreme Court chief and members of Congress.
(AP, 9/2/08)(WSJ, 9/2/08, p.A14)(Econ, 9/6/08,
2008 Sep 1, Thomas Bata (93),
the Czech-born industrialist who headed the global shoe empire
bearing his family's name from the 1940s to the 1980s, died in
Toronto. The company's headquarters were moved to Toronto under
Bata's leadership when the family's Czech factories were
nationalized by the communists. The company returned to the Czech
Republic in 1989 after the end of communist rule.
2008 Sep 1, In China the
128-meter Spring Temple Buddha, the tallest statue in the world, was
completed in Henan province. Construction had begun in 1997.
2008 Sep 1, In China a new tax
on gas guzzling cars took effect in an effort to reduce fuel
consumption and fight pollution. In June the tax on fuel was
increased by almost 20%.
(Econ, 8/23/08, p.54)
2008 Sep 1, In Colombia a car
bomb has exploded in front of the palace of justice in Cali, killing
at least four people and injuring 20 others.
2008 Sep 1, In east Democratic
Republic of Congo a humanitarian plane carrying 17 passengers and
crew crashed into a mountain with no sign of survivors.
2008 Sep 1, The top UN aid
official John Holmes called for greater international efforts to
help millions of Ethiopians suffering from a severe drought.
2008 Sep 1, Hundreds of
thousands of Georgians joined together in anti-Russian protests.
(Econ, 9/6/08, p.32)
2008 Sep 1, The US military
handed over control of once brutally violent Anbar province to Iraqi
forces, marking a major milestone in America's plan to eventually
send its troops home.
2008 Sep 1, Most of the Muslim
Mideast began the first day of Ramadan, but Iraqi Shiites, some
Lebanese Shiites and Iran will start observing the holy month of
fasting on Sep 2.
2008 Sep 1, Japan's chronically
unpopular PM Yasuo Fukuda (72), suddenly announced his resignation
after less than a year in office, throwing the world's
second-largest economy into political confusion.
2008 Sep 1, In Myanmar Saw
Myint Than, a magazine journalist, was arrested on a charge of
violating the Electronics Law, which regulates all forms of
electronic communication and carries a maximum five-year prison
term. He was freed on Oct 20 after police determined he had not
provided information to The Irrawaddy, a Thailand-based Web site run
by Myanmar exiles.
2008 Sep 1, North Korea began
reassembling its Yongbyon reactor that can make material for atomic
bombs in violation of US conditions for improved diplomatic
relations. Japan's Kyodo news agency reported the restart on Sep 3
citing sources in Beijing close to six-party nuclear talks on North
2008 Sep 1, Pakistani officials
said that their forces had killed some 560 Pakistani and foreign
fighters and thwarted a push to make Bajur into a militant fortress.
Pakistan’s government opened an investigation into the killings of
five women who tried to choose their own husbands, after a
provincial lawmaker defended their deaths as a "centuries-old
2008 Sep 1, In the southern
Philippines a homemade bomb exploded at a bus terminal, killing four
people and injuring more than a dozen in Digos city in Davao del Sur
2008 Sep 1, Some three weeks
before the Slovenian parliamentary elections, allegations were made
in Finnish TV in a documentary broadcast by the Finnish national
broadcasting company YLE that Slovenia’s PM Jansa had received
bribes from the Finnish defense company Patria (73.2% of which is
the property of the Finnish government) in the so-called Patria
case. Jansa rejected all accusations as a media conspiracy concocted
by left-wing Slovenian journalists, and asked YLE to provide
evidence or to retract the story. Jansa's naming of individual
journalists, including some of those behind the 2007 Petition
Against Political Pressure on Slovenian Journalists, and the
perceived use of diplomatic channels in an attempt to coerce the
Finnish government into interfering with YLE editorial policy, drew
criticism from media freedom organizations such as the International
2008 Sep 1, A Spanish judge
began gathering information about people who disappeared during
Spain's civil war and subsequent dictatorship, seeking to produce a
reliable list of victims slain away from the battlefield during the
vicious fight between left and right.
2008 Sep 1, Sri Lanka’s defense
ministry said 33 rebels and four of its own troops were killed in
fighting across the north of the island. It said 49 guerrillas and
11 soldiers were also wounded in the fighting. Government troops
marched into Mallavi, a key LTTE bastion.
2008 Sep 1, A US-Vietnam
adoption agreement expired with the two sides unable to resolve
disagreements over fraud and corruption, disappointing hundreds of
prospective parents who will have to seek children elsewhere.
2008 Sep 1, Zimbabwe's main
opposition called on regional powers to pressure President Robert
Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party to be more flexible in power-sharing
2009 Sep 1, A top State
Department official said the US has released $214 million of an aid
package to help Mexico fight drug trafficking, including funds for
five helicopters for the military to be delivered by year's end.
2009 Sep 1, In San Francisco
charges were filed against 5 workers of the Public Utilities
Commission and 2 workers at city approved vendors in a scam that
bilked the city of over $200,000 in goods from 2003-2007. Donnie
Alan Thomas and Miles Bonner, line workers making over $95,000 a
year, masterminded the scam. In 2011 Thomas pleaded guilty to 4
felony charges. Hatim Mansori (11) was stabbed on his first MUNI
ride by himself. No footage of his assailant was captured. Mansori
suffered life-threatening wounds, but was recovering.
(SFC, 9/2/09, p.D2)(SSFC, 11/15/09, p.A13)(SFC,
2009 Sep 1, In Southern
California the Station wildfire continued to rage with 53 homes up
in smoke, thousands more threatened and new rounds of evacuations as
towering flames crackled close to foothill neighborhoods just 15
miles north of downtown Los Angeles. On Sep 3 investigators said the
fire was an act of arson. On Oct 17 the US Forest Service said the
250-square-mile Station fire was 100% contained, 52 days after it
(AP, 9/1/09)(SFC, 9/4/09, p.A7)(SFC, 10/20/09,
2009 Sep 1, Idaho hunters began
stalking gray wolves, following their removal from the federal
endangered species a few months earlier. The quota for this season
was 220. The quota in Montana was set at 75.
(SFC, 9/2/09, p.A8)
2009 Sep 1, In southern
Afghanistan an American service member died of wounds suffered in a
bombing the day before.
2009 Sep 1, In the Bahamas an
amended fisheries laws took effect to give full protection to all
sea turtles found in the Atlantic archipelago's waters by banning
the harvest, possession, purchase and sale of the endangered
reptiles, including their eggs.
2009 Sep 1, A Chilean judge
ordered the arrests of 129 former security officers on charges tied
to the disappearance of leftists and the slaying of the communist
party leadership during the Pinochet dictatorship.
2009 Sep 1, The 53-nation
Commonwealth says it has suspended Fiji automatically after it
failed to respond to a demand to begin restoring democracy to the
2009 Sep 1, Ammar al-Hakim
(38), the son of the late leader of Iraq's largest Shiite political
party, acknowledged setbacks and reached out to political rivals as
he formally replaced his father at the helm of the Iranian-backed
Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council. Two American soldiers were killed in
a vehicle accident in northern Iraq.
(AP, 9/1/09)(AP, 9/3/09)
2009 Sep 1, In Japan dolphin
hunting season opened in Taijii. Over the next 6 months fishermen
were expected to catch about 2,300 of Japan’s annual quota of 20,000
dolphins, to be sold for meat and to aquariums.
(SSFC, 9/20/09, p.A20)
2009 Sep 1, Malaysian police
arrested Alain Robert (47), a French climber nicknamed "Spiderman,"
after he scaled the iconic 88-story Petronas Twin Towers.
2009 Sep 1, Pakistani
government forces destroyed four militant bases and killed 40
insurgents of Lashkar-e-Islam in a new offensive near the Khyber
Pass, the main route for supplies to US and NATO troops in
Afghanistan. 43 militants were arrested.
2009 Sep 1, Mohammed Nayef (14)
one of three Palestinians who hurled Molotov cocktails at a guard
post near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, died of gunshot
shots from Israeli troops inflicted the previous evening. The Hamas
militant group said two of its fighters have been killed in the Gaza
2009 Sep 1, In Slovakia a new
language law was scheduled to come into force to promote the use of
Slovak in public. Hungarian speakers, who numbered about a fifth of
the population, viewed this as a direct attack on their right to
speak their mother-tongue.
(Econ, 8/1/09, p.47)
2009 Sep 1, South Africa’s
defense ministry said it has issued around 2,000 letters of
dismissal to soldiers who last week staged an illegal march and
tried to storm the seat of government.
2009 Sep 1, In Taiwan the wife
and adult children of Taiwan's former Pres. Chen Shui-bian were
convicted of perjury and sentenced to prison for lying to
investigators in a high-profile corruption case against the
ex-leader. Chen (58) was accused of embezzling $3.15 million during
his 2000-2008 presidency from a special presidential fund, receiving
bribes worth at least $9 million in connection with a government
land deal, and laundering some of the money through Swiss bank
2009 Sep 1, Ukrainian PM Yulia
Tymoshenko said Russia and Ukraine have resolved a long standing
dispute over natural gas supplies, after meeting her Russian
counterpart Vladimir Putin at a resort on the Baltic coast in
2010 Sep 1, The United States
changed commanders in Iraq, beginning the final phase of American
military involvement in the country despite political uncertainty
and persistent violence.
2010 Sep 1, The US government
designated the Pakistani Taliban a terrorist group and accused its
leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, of involvement in a December suicide
bombing that killed 7 Americans at a CIA post in eastern
(SFC, 9/2/10, p.A2)
2010 Sep 1, In Maryland police
shot and killed James J. Lee after he took 2 employees and a
security officer hostage at the headquarters of the Discovery
Channel. Lee had demanded that the network ask “the public for
inventive solution ideas to save the planet and the remaining
wildlife on it." All 3 hostages escaped unharmed.
(SFC, 9/2/10, p.A8)
2010 Sep 1, Apple CEO Steve
Jobs introduced Ping as the social network of music.
2010 Sep 1, US newspapers
reported that the Afghan central bank had replaced the bank's two
top executives, Khalillulah Ferozi and chairman Sher Khan Farnud --
and ordered Farnud to hand over 160 million dollars' worth of luxury
property purchased in Dubai for himself and for cronies. Anxious
Afghan customers withdrew 80 million dollars.
2010 Sep 1, In Afghanistan
NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) reported
September's first death, another American, in an insurgent attack in
the south. A Muslim leader, Mohammad Hassan Taimuri, was killed in
Kandahar city by a remote-detonated bomb hidden on a motorcycle that
exploded in a downtown square. One other person was killed in the
attack and two people were wounded. The Afghan Health Ministry said
blood samples taken from Afghan schoolgirls who collapsed in
apparent mass poisonings showed traces of toxic chemicals found in
herbicides, pesticides and nerve gas.
2010 Sep 1, In Algeria 2
soldiers were killed and dozens injured after a suicide bomber blew
up a vehicle packed with explosives by a military convoy near the
2010 Sep 1, A court in Botswana
charged former defense minister Ramadeluka Seretse for failing to
disclose his position as a shareholder in a company that was awarded
a government contract. Seretse, a cousin of President Seretse Ian
Khama, resigned Aug 30 after months of corruption allegations from
2010 Sep 1, In southern China
44 people were missing after a landslide hit Wama village, Yunnan
province, killing at least four people.
2010 Sep 1, In southern
Colombia suspected leftist rebels killed 14 police officers and
wounded seven in an ambush of a five-truck convoy.
2010 Sep 1, Gunmen in eastern
Congo fired on a private plane carrying international aid workers
who escaped into the forest. The aid workers were rescued later in
the day by peacekeepers. A Congolese soldier and two militiamen were
killed in the firefight. 2 pilots in another plane were captured
after an attack by Mai Mai and Rwandan Hutu rebels shortly after
landing at Kilambo. The pilots and 2 injured people were released on
(AP, 9/1/10)(AP, 9/25/10)
2010 Sep 1, In Greece a smoking
ban went into effect outlawing smoking in enclosed public areas and
prohibiting tobacco advertising. 42% of the Greek population over
age 15 smoked, well above the European average of 29%.
(SFC, 9/1/10, p.A2)
2010 Sep 1, India's government
began allocating third-generation (3G) bandwidth for cellphone
services to mobile operators after a multi-billion-dollar auction of
2010 Sep 1, In western India
wave after wave of tar balls floated ashore on the renowned Goa
beaches after a ship dumped tons of waste oil, about three days
after officials believe a ship dumped burnt oil at sea.
2010 Sep 1, Mozambique's state
utility company implemented a 13.4 percent rate increase, while the
state water supplier has also raised prices in and around the
capital. Police opened fire on stone-throwing mobs who were
protesting rising prices. 6 people were killed and 288 wounded.
Another person died the next day. The UN noted that international
food prices have risen to their highest in two years, a level that
could see unrest spread.
(AP, 9/1/10)(AFP, 9/2/10)
2010 Sep 1, In Pakistan 3
suicide bombs ripped through a Shiite Muslim religious procession in
the eastern city of Lahore, killing at least 35 people and wounding
2010 Sep 1, Palestinian
security forces arrested more than 250 Hamas members in an overnight
sweep throughout the West Bank after the Islamic militant group
claimed responsibility for shooting dead four Israelis on the eve of
new Mideast peace talks.
2010 Sep 1, In Senegal
Television Futurs Medias (TFM), run by pop star Youssou N’dour (50),
began broadcasting but only in Dakar and its immediate suburbs. Its
government license, issued earlier this year, limited it to cultural
programming and forbade the station from doing newscasts. A request
to broadcast to the rest of the country has so far been denied.
2010 Sep 1, A South Korean news
report and an intelligence official said North Korea has changed the
names of its trading companies and falsified trade documents to
avoid international sanctions and continue exporting weapons.
2010 Sep 1, A senior Swedish
prosecutor reopened a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder
Julian Assange, the latest twist to a puzzling case in which
prosecutors of different ranks have overruled each other.
2010 Sep 1, Thailand long
running high school gang violence was highlighted when students
opened fire on a public bus in Bangkok. 4 stray bullets killed a boy
(9), shaking parents and educators.
2011 Sep 1, The World Economic
Forum pronounced Reputation.com, founded in 2006 as
ReputationDefender, as one of 31 “technology pioneer" companies. In
October the Redwood City, Ca., company posted an advertisement on
KCSM TV, a public TV channel in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a
focus on gathering users interested in the validity of their
2011 Sep 1, The New York Times
said the US Federal Housing Finance Agency is filing lawsuits
against major banks, accusing them of bundling subprime home loans
into bonds that never should have been sold to investors, and
causing mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to lose billions.
2011 Sep 1, Santa Cruz, Ca.,
attorney Celestial Cassman (35) was murdered while vacationing on
the island of Maui. The next day Geral Galaway of Santa Cruz was
arrested for the murder. In 2012 he pleaded no contest under a plead
deal to manslaughter and kidnapping.
(SFC, 6/9/12, p.C3)
2011 Sep 1, Ohio officials said
the Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Ashtabula county has been
sold to Corrections Corporation of America for $72.7 million. This
was the first US prison to be sold to a private company.
(SFC, 9/2/11, p.A8)
2011 Sep 1, Abdulrahman
al-Nuaimi (67), founder of one of Bahrain's leading opposition
groups, died after more than four years in a coma. From abroad, he
founded an underground resistance group known as the Popular Front
for the Liberation of Bahrain, which was inspired by Arab
nationalist movements in the 1970s.
2011 Sep 1, Brazilian officials
said wildfires have burned about 930 square miles (2,400 square km)
of land inside 17 national reserves since the start of the dry
2011 Sep 1, The British-based
Economist Intelligence Unit rated Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, as the
worst of 140 world cities to live in.
2011 Sep 1, Congo DRC police in
Kinshasa fired tear gas at hundreds of stone-throwing opposition
supporters demonstrating against alleged fraud in the run up to
2011 Sep 1, In Iraq 35 terror
suspects tunneled their way out of a detention facility in northern
Ninevah province. 21 were quickly recaptured. Within days police
arrested two fugitive prisoners and found four others drowned.
(AP, 9/1/11)(AFP, 9/4/11)
2011 Sep 1, Italian police
arrested businessman Giampaolo Tarantini and his wife Angela
Devenuto on charges of allegedly extorting money from Premier Silvio
Berlusconi to ensure his cooperation in a probe over recruiting
prostitutes to attend wild parties at Berlusconi's home. Tarantini
has admitted he paid a high-end prostitute, Patrizia D'Addario, and
other women to attend parties at Berlusconi's residences, but
insisted the premier didn't know. Between September 2008 and May
2009 Tarantini recruited women of "young age, slender frame," and
told them what to wear and how to behave at the parties.
(AP, 9/1/11)(AP, 9/16/11)
2011 Sep 1, Libyan rebels
extended the deadline for the surrender of Gadhafi's hometown of
Sirte, originally set for Sep 3, giving the loyalist forces there
one more week to surrender. Rebels said they have captured Foreign
Minister Abdul Ati al-Obeidi. 60 world leaders and top-level envoys
met in Paris on Libya's future.
2011 Sep 1, Mexico’s President
Calderon delivered his annual national report to Congress, saying he
has strengthened the rule of law and fought against drug gangs like
never before. Federal police said they have arrested a state police
officer in connection with the Aug 25 arson fire at a Monterrey
casino that killed 52 people. Five alleged members of the Zetas drug
cartel have been arrested in connection with the fire. Police have
said at least 12 people were involved. Joggers discovered the nude
bodies of 2 women near a cemetery in El Mirador park in Iztapalapa,
Mexico city. Autopsies showed that Rocio Gonzalez (48) and Marcela
Yarce (45) were strangled with rope and later shot. Their hands were
tied behind their backs. Two men were later detained in the case
with robbery as the motive.
(AP, 9/1/11)(AP, 10/4/11)
2011 Sep 1, Mexican police
found a tunnel was found in the border city of Nogales, across the
border from Nogales, Arizona. It was presumably used to smuggle
people into the US. Police found it acting on information they
received after discovering another tunnel in Nogales on Aug. 16.
2011 Sep 1, Pakistani Taliban
in Afghanistan kidnapped more than 30 Pakistani boys who had
mistakenly crossed the unmarked border from the country's lawless
northwest. Gunmen killed 7 Shiite Muslims in the Kurram tribal
region. Two people died in a suicide car bomb attack on a police
(AFP, 9/2/11)(SFC, 9/2/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 1, Poland’s
government, Jewish community and Holocaust survivors all strongly
condemned the desecrated Jedwabne monument marking the spot where
hundreds of Jews were burned alive during World War II. Police
discovered the desecration a day earlier during a patrol and sought
2011 Sep 1, Russia recognized
Libya's rebels as the governing authority in the country.
2011 Sep 1, Senegalese
opposition parties said the doubling of the fee required to take
part in presidential elections was unfair and undemocratic. The 65
million CFA francs (100,000 euros, $145,000) was declared in a
ministerial decree issued on Aug 29, and is more than double the 25
million CFA francs required in 2007.
2011 Sep 1, South Sudan
completed the swift circulation of its new currency, a move matched
by Khartoum, but strengthening the south's formal independence from
the north less than two months ago.
2011 Sep 1, Sri Lanka said it
will still detain hundreds of terror suspects and outlaw the
defeated rebel Tamil Tiger group despite lifting wartime emergency
2011 Sep 1, In Sudan 17
civilians were killed in attacks by the SPLA in the areas of Um
Dahilib and Murung, in the Kalugi region of South Kordofan state.
2011 Sep 1, In Syria 2
civilians were killed as government security forces moved into a
district of the central city of Homs and a village in the northwest.
2011 Sep 1, Ukraine opened
shale gas development to Western giants, assigning its first
exploration contract to the Anglo-Dutch firm Shell in a deal worth
up to $800 million (555 million euros).
2011 Sep 1, Yemeni military and
medical officials say 30 al-Qaida suspects have been killed over the
last 24 hours in US airstrikes and clashes with Yemeni soldiers in
al-Qaida-held cities in the south. 4 Yemeni military officers were
also killed in the clashes.
2012 Sep 1, In Iowa a pilot was
killed at an air show in Davenport after his Soviet Cold War era jet
crashed into a nearby field.
2012 Sep 1, It was reported
that drought-related home damage has been found in 40 of the 48
contiguous US states and that experts said damage could exceed $1
(SFC, 9/1/12, p.F1)
2012 Sep 1, American lyricist
Hal David (91) died in Los Angeles. He worked with composer Burt
Bacharach on numerous top 40 hits.
(SSFC, 9/2/12, p.D11)
2012 Sep 1, In eastern
Afghanistan 2 suicide attackers, one driving a fuel tanker, blew
themselves up near a US base, killing at least 12 people in Wardak
province. The dead included 8 civilians and 4 Afghan police. 2 US
soldiers were killed in Ghazni province.
2012 Sep 1, Chad warned that
flooding of vast fields of crops and locust infestations had added
to a severe food crisis in a country already battling chronic
2012 Sep 1, Egyptian
authorities arrested Hamada Abou Shita, a militant wanted for his
alleged role in planning and carrying out deadly attacks last year
on a police station and a bank in the Sinai Peninsula. A court
sentenced Abu Shita to death in absentia on Aug. 14 for his alleged
part in the 2011 attacks.
2012 Sep 1, Iran and North
Korea signed a scientific and technological cooperation agreement,
bringing the two nations deeply at odds with the US closer together.
2012 Sep 1, Israel launched
airstrikes at training camps in the Gaza Strip wounding 2
2012 Sep 1, Jordan and the UN's
refugee agency issued an urgent call to international donors for
$700 million to handle the rapidly rising number of Syrian refugees
seeking safe haven in the country.
2012 Sep 1, In Mali Islamist
extremist rebels seized control of Douentza, 190 km (120 miles)
north of Mopti, a central town held by the Mali army.
2012 Sep 1, In Pakistan US
drones fired a barrage of missiles at a vehicle and a house in North
Waziristan, killing at least five suspected militants. A group of
gunmen on motorcycles in the southwestern province of Baluchistan
killed seven Muslims of the Shiite Hazara community.
2012 Sep 1, Somalia's
Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants put on show the bodies of four
"enemy" soldiers (2 Somalis and 2 Kenyans) killed in combat in
Kismayo, southern Somalia.
2012 Sep 1, Syrian rebels
launched deadly attacks on the military in a campaign increasingly
targeting its air power. 18 unidentified bodies were found in the
Damascus area. Summary executions by both sides in the conflict were
on the increase. State media said that a "terrorist" group had
killed five members of a family in the central Marjeh district of
Aleppo. In Idlib province rebels attacked an army roadblock in the
Harem district, killing or wounding 9 soldiers. In Hama province
rebels killed at least four soldiers in a similar attack. A car bomb
near a Palestinian refugee camp in a suburb of Damascus killed at
least 15 people.
(AFP, 9/1/12)(AP, 9/2/12)
2013 Sep 1, The new eastern
half of the SF Bay Bridge opened for traffic following a shutdown
that began Aug 28.
(SFC, 9/3/13, p.A1)
2013 Sep 1, New York City
officials cancelled the last day of the Electric Zoo music festival
on Randall Island following 2 deaths the previous evening due to use
of the drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy.
(SFC, 9/2/13, p.A7)
2013 Sep 1, In NYC Antiq Hennis
(1) was shot and killed in his stroller as 2 gunmen fired multiple
shots at his father, Anthony Hennis (21). On Sep 6 two men were
arrested in Pennsylvania in connection with the shooting.
(SFC, 9/7/13, p.A4)
2013 Sep 1, In Afghanistan the
badly beaten, bullet-riddled bodies of 7 Afghan soldiers were found
dumped in Ghazni province, apparent victims of insurgents. In
Ghazni's Qarabagh district 2 Afghans, involved in civilian militias
that resist the Taliban, were killed during a gunfight with
2013 Sep 1, China announced
investigation proceedings for Jiang Jiemin, the government minister
responsible for state owned assets, for “discipline violations," a
party euphemism for corruption.
(Econ, 9/7/13, p.47)
2013 Sep 1, Dominican Rep.
officials uncovered an underground lab for processing cocaine near
Saban Toro. 2 Colombians faced drug charges.
(SFC, 9/3/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 1, In India Asaram
Bapu, a controversial spiritual guru, was arrested on a rape charge
filed by a teenage girl in the northwestern state of Rajasthan.
2013 Sep 1, In Iraq members of
an Iranian dissident group were killed at Camp Ashraf, home to about
100 members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. MEK spokesman, Shahin Gobadi,
said 52 were killed and some of them were found handcuffed behind
(AP, 9/1/13)(SFC, 9/2/13, p.A6)
2013 Sep 1, Mexican police
launched tear gas at protestors who threw rocks and firebombs in
Mexico City, leaving two officers injured during a demonstration
against President Nieto's education reform agenda.
2013 Sep 1, Mexican authorities
said police have detained a 47-year-old man known as "Ugly Betty,"
the alleged leader of the New Juarez Cartel.
2013 Sep 1, At least 9
Pakistani servicemen were killed when a roadside bomb hit an army
convoy passing through North Waziristan.
2013 Sep 1, In Romania
thousands of people took to the streets to protest against shale gas
exploration and a controversial Canadian gold mine project using
2013 Sep 1, In Syria at least
42 were killed after regime forces retaliated for a rebel attack on
army positions around the town of Rouhayba, northeast of
2013 Sep 1, In Yemen thousands
of protesters held a protest in the southern city of Aden to renew
calls for independence from the north and reject the Sanaa
government's apology for a 1994 civil war.
2014 Sep 1, In Atlantic City,
NJ, the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel. Its
casino was due to close Sep 2, a little over two years after
2014 Sep 1, A top Afghan leader
said talks on a power sharing deal between rival presidential
candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, have collapsed.
2014 Sep 1, In Albania the main
opposition Democrats started a boycott. This was triggered by a
fistfight in Parliament in July when two governing Socialist
lawmakers allegedly attacked a Democrat colleague. The Democrats
demanded that all legislation of major significance require more
than a simple majority of votes.
2014 Sep 1, Australia ratcheted
up sanctions against Russia in line with the United States and EU in
response to Russian soldiers openly violating Ukraine sovereignty.
2014 Sep 1, In Belarus
pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence,
saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for
autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at
a new round of peace talks.
2014 Sep 1, In Canada Jacobus
Marinus van Nierop, a fugitive Dutch dentist, was arrested in
Nackawic, New Brunswick, following an int’l. manhunt. He was accused
of mutilating dozens of French patients.
2014 Sep 1, In central China a
man (40) stabbed students and teachers with a knife at the Dongfang
primary school in Chengguan, Hubei province, killing 3 children and
injuring 6 people before jumping to his death.
(AP, 9/1/14)(SFC, 9/2/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 1, The Cuban
government enacted new rules sharply limiting the amount of
goods people can bring into the country and raising customs
duties of many items that are still allowed.
(SFC, 9/2/14, p.A5)
2014 Sep 1, In India a
16-year-old went missing after trying to save her father from being
attacked by village elders as punishment for failing to repay a
loan. Her body was found the next morning. Police soon arrested
three people after the girl's father lodged a complaint that she was
raped and murdered in West Bengal state.
2014 Sep 1, In Iraq a suicide
bomber crashed an explosives-laden Humvee into a construction site,
killing 37 people in Anbar province. A government airstrike hit the
town of al-Alam near Tikrit, killing 31 civilians including 24
(Reuters, 9/1/14)(SFC, 9/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 1, Japan and India
agreed to step up their economic and security cooperation as
visiting PM Narendra Modi won pledges of support for his effort to
revitalize the lagging Indian economy.
2014 Sep 1, Japan urged local
authorities to be on the lookout for further outbreaks of dengue
fever, after confirming another 19 cases contracted at a popular
local park in downtown Tokyo. The health ministry earlier reported
three local cases, the first in nearly 70 years.
2014 Sep 1, Liberia's president
ordered most civil servants to stay home another month in an effort
to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Scores of healthcare
workers at the country’s main hospital in Monrovia went on strike
over unpaid wages.
(AP, 9/1/14)(AFP, 9/1/14)
2014 Sep 1, Libya's parliament
reappointed PM Abdullah al-Thinni as the government lost control of
ministries in the capital where armed groups have taken over and a
separate parliament has claimed legitimacy. Islamist militants
launched a new attempt to seize Benghazi's civilian and military
airport from army forces allied to a renegade general. 31 fighters
on both sides were reported killed.
(Reuters, 9/1/14)(AP, 9/2/14)
2014 Sep 1, In New Zealand John
Tully (48), suspected of killing two unemployment-office workers and
critically injuring a third, was taken into custody following a
manhunt that lasted seven hours in the South Island town of
2014 Sep 1, Nigeria confirmed a
third case of Ebola disease in the oil hub of Port Harcourt,
bringing the country's total confirmed infections to 16 with some
200 under surveillance.
2014 Sep 1, In northeastern
Nigeria Islamists launched an attack on the town of Bama, 70 km (45
miles) from Maiduguri. Several Nigerian troops were killed at the
Bama armory by a fighter jet targeting the insurgents.
2014 Sep 1, North Korea gave
foreign media access to detained Americans Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey
Fowle and Mathew Miller). The three called for Washington to send a
high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.
2014 Sep 1, Pakistani
anti-government protesters stormed the state TV building, forcing
the channel briefly off the air as they clashed with police and
pushed further into a sprawling government complex in Islamabad, in
an effort to reach the prime minister's residence.
2014 Sep 1, Peruvian police
displayed 8.5 tons of cocaine in a Lima airport hangar seized in a
raid last week in a rural home near Trujillo. Officials said it was
the largest cocaine haul ever in the country.
(SFC, 9/2/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 1, A Saudi Arabian
court jailed 17 men for up to 26 years for seeking to fight in Iraq
and funding militants.
2014 Sep 1, In southern Somalia
US military forces targeted Al Shabab leader Ahmed Godane in an
operation in the Lower Shabelle region. 6 militants were reported
killed. On Sep 5 the Pentagon confirmed that Godane was killed in
(Reuters, 9/2/14)(AP, 9/2/14)(Reuters, 9/5/14)
2014 Sep 1, In Syria heavy
fighting erupted between the Syrian army and Islamist rebels on the
Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji were being held by
2014 Sep 1, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said raids by government forces hunting
suspected Islamic State infiltrators in the northeast town of
Hasakeh have sparked an exodus of more than 60,000 civilians in
2014 Sep 1, Turkish authorities
detained at least 20 police officers in new nationwide raids over an
alleged plot to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan. Istanbul prosecutors announced they were dropping all legal
proceedings against 96 people probed as a result of the corruption
allegations, including Erdogan's son Bilal. Turkey's top judge
issued a thinly-veiled warning to Erdogan to refrain from
interfering in the judiciary.
2014 Sep 1, Ukrainian President
Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of "direct and undisguised
aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield
balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war
with pro-Moscow separatists. Ukrainian forces were forced to retreat
from Lugansk airport in the face of a Russian troop attack as Moscow
soldiers moved into key eastern cities.
(Reuters, 9/1/14)(AFP, 9/1/14)
2014 Sep 1, A Yemen security
official said Al-Qaeda militants have executed 3 men they accuse of
planting electronic chips in the network's vehicles to help US
drones target them.
2015 Sep 1, Pres. Obama visited
the Exit Glacier in Alaska, which has receded 1.25 miles since 1815
and 187 feet since last year alone, and called it a signpost of
(SFC, 9/2/15, p.A8)
2015 Sep 1, California’s prison
officials reached a settlement with inmates who filed a class-action
suit in 2012 over solitary confinement. Changes will return as many
as 1,800 inmates to the general population, allow access to
vocational and educational programs, phone calls, mail deliveries
and family visits.
(SFC, 9/2/15, p.A1)
2015 Sep 1, In Illinois three
armed suspects reportedly shot dead police officer Lt. Charles
Joseph Gliniewicz (52) in the Chicago suburb of Fox Lake. On Nov 4
it was announced that Gliniewicz had staged his suicide after
stealing and laundering money over the course of years.
(YahooNews, 9/2/15)(SFC, 11/5/15, p.A9)
2015 Sep 1, In Missouri Jeff
Mizanskey, sentenced to life in prison without parole on a
marijuana-related charge, walked out of prison a free man. He had
been sentenced in 1996 after police said he conspired to sell 6
pounds of marijuana to a dealer connected to Mexican drug cartels.
2015 Sep 1, Afghan Pres. Ashraf
Ghani called for a national jihad (holy war) against corruption.
(SFC, 9/2/15, p.A6)
2015 Sep 1, Azerbaijan
sentenced award-winning investigative journalist and anti-graft
campaigner Khadija Ismayilova (39) to seven and a half years in jail
on corruption charges. Ismayilova has denounced her prosecution as
politically motivated and an attempt to stop her critical reporting.
Freedom House says there are now more than 80 political prisoners in
2015 Sep 1, The Lizard Squad of
hackers claimed they had downed the website of Britain's lead law
enforcement agency. The attack came four days after the NCA arrested
six hackers, accusing them of buying code from Lizard Squad that
enables DDoS attacks.
2015 Sep 1, Statistics Canada
said the national economy shrank again in the second quarter,
putting the country in recession for the first time since the
2015 Sep 1, Chinese President
Xi Jinping welcomed Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, an
accused war criminal, as an "old friend", as China's foreign
ministry defended his invite to a military parade to mark the end of
World War Two.
2015 Sep 1, Greek authorities
said a coast guard special unit raid has found a shipment of weapons
on board a foreign-flagged cargo ship sailing near Crete.
2015 Sep 1, Guatemala’s
Congress lifted Pres. Otto Perez Molina’s immunity of office opening
up to possible prosecution in a widening customs corruption scandal.
(SFC, 9/2/15, p.A2)
2015 Sep 1, In Hungary hundreds
of angry migrants demonstrated outside Budapest's Eastern Railway
Terminus demanding they be allowed to travel on to Germany, as EU
asylum rules came close to collapse under the strain of
2015 Sep 1, In Iraq a series of
suicide attacks by the Islamic State group outside a town in Anbar
province west of Baghdad killed 12 soldiers and allied Sunni
militiamen. Airstrikes by the US-led alliance destroyed six IS
vehicles and killed 13 militants as they approached the site.
2015 Sep 1, Kuwait state news
said 26 people have been charged with possessing weapons and having
contacts with Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group in order to plot
attacks against the Gulf state.
2015 Sep 1, In Lebanon of
protesters marched into the Environment Ministry in Beirut, staging
a sit-in outside the minister’s office and demanding his resignation
over the country’s snowballing trash crisis.
(SFC, 9/2/15, p.A2)
2015 Sep 1, In Mali suspected
Islamic extremists attacked an army checkpoint in Timbuktu, killing
at least 2 soldiers by slashing their throats.
2015 Sep 1, Nepali police shot
dead at least 4 protesters and killed a fifth as demonstrators threw
stones and petrol bombs, angry at a new planned constitution.
2015 Sep 1, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber killed at least 6 people and wounded 31
others when blowing himself up outside a local government office.
2015 Sep 1, In Sierra Leone a
food trader (67) died of Ebola in Sella Kafta village in the
northern district of Kambia, after being sick for up to 10 days
without the authorities' knowledge. The entire village of almost
1,000 was soon placed under quarantine.
2015 Sep 1, In southern Somalia
Al-Shabab overran an African Union base early today in the small
farming town of Janale. Al-Shabab said it killed about 50 AU troops
from Uganda at the base. Another 50 troops were missing. A Uganda
later said 12 soldiers were killed in the attack.
(AP, 9/1/15)(AFP, 9/2/15)(SFC, 9/4/15, p.A2)
2015 Sep 1, Thailand police
arrested a second foreign suspect in connection with the August 17
attack that killed 20 people.
2015 Sep 1, Turkish police
raided the offices of the Koza Ipek group, a conglomerate linked to
a US-based cleric accused of plotting against President Tayyip
2015 Sep 1, A Turkish soldier
vanished and another was killed in cross-border shooting with
Islamic State fighters near the town of Kilis, close to Syrian
territory that has been under Islamic State control for months.
2015 Sep 1, In Ukraine a
fragile truce between government forces and pro-Russian separatists
appeared to be holding as both sides made a renewed effort to
silence their guns and make the much-abused ceasefire work.
2015 Sep 1, The UN said 95
civilians have been killed in the past two weeks in Yemen's
southwestern city of Taiz where a collapsing health care service and
outbreak of dengue fever are compounding a dire humanitarian
2015 Sep 1, At the Vatican Pope
Francis called on priests to pardon women who have abortions, and
the doctors who perform them, during the upcoming Jubilee year --
overruling hardline traditionalists within the Catholic Church.
2015 Sep 1, In Yemen 17 rebels
were killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes that also
"mistakenly" left 3 pro-government fighters dead over the past 24
hours in Baihan, a region between the provinces of Shabwa which is
government-held, and oil-rich Marib which both sides are fighting to
2016 Sep 1, President Barack
Obama visited Midway Atoll, the remote coral reef that serves as a
reminder of both modern global climate challenges and the dominance
the United States has held in the Pacific since its World War Two
2016 Sep 1, Florida authorities
said tests have found the Zika virus in mosquitoes from Miami, the
first detected on continental US, confirming local transmission of
2016 Sep 1, An unmanned SpaceX
Falcon 9 rocket exploded during a test in Florida, destroying the
Israeli-built and -owned Amos 6 satellite that Facebook planned to
use to beam high-speed internet to sub-Saharan Africa.
2016 Sep 1, Tim Cook, Apple's
chief executive, said his company has put aside "several billion
dollars" to pay tax liabilities in the United States as it
repatriates some of its huge overseas earnings. Apple held nearly
$215 billion in cash and securities outside the US, much of that
generated by its Irish subsidiaries.
2016 Sep 1, In Afghanistan 2
people were killed in a bomb attack in front of the district
governor's office in Logar province. The bomber was on foot and
wearing police uniform. A firefight then broke out and 6 militants
were killed and eight wounded. 2 policemen were wounded.
2016 Sep 1, Australian
scientists unveiled fossils dating back 3.7 billion years. Tiny
structures called stromatolites were found in ancient rock along the
edge of Greenland's ice cap. The earliest evidence of life on Earth
ahead of the Greenland discovery came from near-3.5 million-year-old
stromatolites found in western Australia in 2006.
2016 Sep 1, In Brazil Michel
Temer (75) was sworn in as presient to replace Dilma Rousseff
following a bitter impeachment fight.
2016 Sep 1, The European Union
said that the official announcement of election results in Gabon had
plunged the African country into a "deep crisis" and said that
verification of each polling station result was required. Clashes
across Libreville led to at least 3 deaths and up to 1,100 arrests.
(Reuters, 9/1/16)(Reuters, 9/2/16)
2016 Sep 1, German officials
said archaeologists in Berlin have unearthed a large number of human
bones from a site close to where Nazi scientists carried out
research on body parts of death camp victims sent to them by
sadistic SS doctor Josef Mengele.
2016 Sep 1, Iran said
operations to build two new nuclear power plants in Bushehr with
assistance from Russia will start on 10 September and it will take
10 years for the power plants to be completed.
2016 Sep 1, Malaysia reported
its first suspected case of Zika, a 58-year-old woman believed to
have contracted it in neighbouring Singapore where more than 100
cases have been confirmed.
2016 Sep 1, In central Mongolia
the body of British tourist Steve Nash (53) was found in Arkhangai
province. He had been stabbed in the chest and died of blood
loss. On Sep 14 police announced the arrest of a suspect in the
2016 Sep 1, Pakistan's military
said the Chaman border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan has
reopened nearly two weeks after it was closed in response to Afghan
protesters burning the Pakistani flag at a border rally.
2016 Sep 1, The Pakistani army
announced that it had arrested 309 alleged IS operatives and
(Econ, 11/19/16, p.34)
2016 Sep 1, In Syria opposition
fighters seized several areas in a rapid advance against government
forces in central Hama province, prompting a wave of regime air
strikes. At least 25 civilians, including children, were killed in
the strikes early today as fighting raged in parts of Hama.
2016 Sep 1, A coalition of NGOs
led by Human Rights Watch (HRW) said evidence is growing that Russia
is behind a significant increase in the use of cluster bombs in
Syria. More than 400 people were reported killed or maimed by the
banned munitions in the world last year.
2016 Sep 1, Malaysia reported
its first suspected case of Zika, a 58-year-old woman believed to
have contracted it in neighbouring Singapore where more than 100
cases have been confirmed.
2016 Sep 1, Russia’s new
data-localization law went into effect. It requires that personal
information from Russian citizens is kept in databases located
(Econ, 9/24/16, p.16)
2016 Sep 1, In western Slovenia
a small plane crashed in rainy weather, killing 3 people on board.
2016 Sep 1, Turkey's NTV
television reported that the country’s top judicial board has
dismissed 543 more judges and prosecutors, the latest purge of
officials suspected of sympathizing with those behind a July 15
failed coup. The government's Official Gazette announced that nearly
43,000 people have been expelled from their jobs in public
institutions for alleged ties to terror organizations endangering
national security since the failed coup.
(Reuters, 9/1/16)(AP, 9/2/16)
2016 Sep 1, At the Vatican Pope
Francis proposed that caring for the environment be added to the
traditional seven works of mercy that Christians are called to
perform, taking his green agenda to a new level by supplementing
Jesus' Gospel call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit
2016 Sep 1, Venezuelan
opposition supporters descended on Caracas to press for a recall
referendum this year against unpopular Socialist President Nicolas
2017 Sep 1, US President Donald
Trump announced he plans to appoint James Bridenstine, a former navy
pilot and Oklahoma Republican congressman, to head the US space
(AFP, 9/1/17)(SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A8)
2017 Sep 1, US President Donald
Trump agreed with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to revise a
joint treaty capping the development of the South's ballistic
missiles, amid a standoff over North Korea's missile and nuclear
2017 Sep 1, The United States,
Mexico and Canada dove into the details of revamping the North
American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) at a second round of talks,
amid threats from President Donald Trump to axe the deal.
2017 Sep 1, The US-led
coalition fighting Islamic State militants said it had confirmed
another 61 likely civilian deaths caused by its strikes in Iraq and
Syria, raising to 685 the number of civilians it has acknowledged
killing since the conflict began.
2017 Sep 1, California Governor
Jerry Brown issued an emergency declaration for a wildfire burning
in the northern part of the state, the same day the man accused of
starting the blaze was charged with arson.
2017 Sep 1, San Francisco
recorded a record 106 degrees as the Bay Area sweltered in record
(SFC, 9/2/17, p.A1)
2017 Sep 1, San Francisco
settled a suit with the Pacific Rod and Gun Club for the cleanup of
lead shotgun pellets and clay pigeons at Lake Merced. The gun club’s
insurers will pay $8.25 million as the city transforms the area into
(SFC, 9/2/17, p.A1)
2017 Sep 1, American comedian
Shelley Berman died at his home in Los Angeles County. His first
album “Inside Shelley Berman" was produced in 1959 and received the
first ever Grammy Award for spoken word.
(SSFC, 9/3/17, p.C8)
2017 Sep 1, In Texas rescuers
searched painstakingly through flooded neighborhoods across the
southeast for people stranded by Hurricane Harvey's deluge as
President Donald Trump asked Congress for $7.85 billion in federal
disaster relief. 50 people were feared dead from flooding that
2017 Sep 1, In Texas a raging
fire and thick black smoke erupted this evening from Arkema SA's
flood-damaged chemical plant, 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Houston,
for the second time this week.
2017 Sep 1, In Argentina tens
of thousands demonstrated in cities across the country holding
photos of missing indigenous rights activist Santiago Maldonado. He
was detained by state forces on August 1 after joining in a protest
march by the Mapuche indigenous group.
2017 Sep 1, Brazilian President
Michel Temer visited China as his country seeks investments to shore
up its flagging economy. Temer met with Chinese President Xi Jinping
in Beijing ahead of next week's summit of BRICS nations in the
southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen.
2017 Sep 1, Britain’s RAF
started taking applications from women interested in joining its
ground-fighting force, a 2,000-strong regiment that protects bases
and airfields around the world. It became the country's first
military service to open up all roles to women.
2017 Sep 1, In Cameroon dozens
of activists from the English-speaking community were freed from
jail as the mainly French-speaking nation's president moved to ease
months of tension in its minority regions. On Aug 30 President Paul
Biya ordered a military court to drop its prosecution of the
detainees, who were arrested following protests launched late last
year by anglophones demanding equal treatment.
2017 Sep 1, China's parliament
passed a new nuclear safety law aimed at improving regulation in the
nuclear power sector as new projects are built across the country.
2017 Sep 1, In China anyone who
mocks the national anthem now faces up to 15 days in police
detention after parliament criminalized such acts in a new law that
covers Hong Kong and Macau.
2017 Sep 1, In Colombia
thousands members and supporters of FARC gathered in the central
square of Bogota to hail the launch of its new political party.
(Econ, 9/9/17, p.32)
2017 Sep 1, In Croatia city
authorities in Zagreb voted to change the name of "Marshal Tito
Square" to "Republic of Croatia Square".
2017 Sep 1, Egypt's Ministry of
Civil Aviation said British authorities have lifted a ban on
carry-on electronic devices on planes arriving from Cairo airport.
2017 Sep 1, In Germany the
world's largest X-ray laser wen t online and will help them capture
images of structures and processes at an atomic level. Scientists
hoped the European XFEL project will open up new areas of research.
2017 Sep 1, German’s Cologne
Zoo said German-born Elizabeth Reichert (93), an American widow of a
Holocaust survivor, is leaving it $22 million (18.5 million euros)
in her will. Reichert has already started transferring $6,000 per
month to the zoo. The entire sum is to be donated upon her death.
2017 Sep 1, In India at least
two people were killed when part of a huge mountain of garbage came
crashing down in a landfill on the eastern outskirts of New Delhi.
Media reports said about 2,800 tons of garbage are dumped at the
site every day. The garbage comes from east Delhi, home to more than
4 million of the capital's 21 million people.
2017 Sep 1, In Italy Chinese
artist Ai Weiwei’s documentary "Human Flow," premiered at the Venice
Film Festival. He used the film to make viewers see both the scale
and the humanity of the migrant crisis.
2017 Sep 1, Tuna fishing
countries reached an agreement to gradually rebuild severely
depleted bluefin stocks, while still allowing nations like Japan to
catch and consume the fish following a week-long meeting in South
(SFC, 9/2/17, p.A4)
2017 Sep 1, Kenya's Supreme
Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's election win citing
irregularities and ordered a new poll within 60 days, a rare move in
Africa where judicial power is often seen as an extension of
2017 Sep 1, Tropical Storm
Lidia left at least five people dead as it marched up Mexico's Baja
California Peninsula, dumping heavy rains on the region.
(AP, 9/2/17)(SFC, 9/2/17, p.A2)(SSFC, 9/3/17,
2017 Sep 1, Myanmar's military
dropped criminal charges it had filed against six journalists in
cases that drew international criticism for discouraging freedom of
2017 Sep 1, Myanmar officials
said nearly 400 people have died in fighting that has rocked the
northwest for a week, making it probably the deadliest bout of
violence to engulf the country's Rohingya Muslim minority in
decades. All but 29 of 399 dead were said to be insurgents.
(AFP, 9/1/17)(SFC, 9/2/17, p.A5)
2017 Sep 1, Myanmar soldiers
and some villagers detained a group of 10 Rohingya. The military
said the men were "terrorists"; their family members said they were
farmers, high school students and an Islamic teacher. The next
morning, witnesses said, Buddhist villagers hacked some of the
Rohingya men with swords. The rest were shot by Myanmar troops and
buried in a shallow grave. In April 2018, after launching an
investigation into the killings, the military announced that four
officers and three soldiers of other ranks had been dismissed from
the military and sentenced to 10 years with hard labor. The soldiers
were freed in Nov. 2018. They served less jail time than two Reuters
reporters who uncovered the killings.
2017 Sep 1, Nigeria's president
said more than 100,000 people have been displaced by flooding in the
central part of the country. It was not immediately known whether
anyone has died in the flooding in Benue state.
2017 Sep 1, Russian vowed to
respond to a US order to shut the Russian Consulate in San Francisco
and offices in Washington and New York, but also indicated that
Moscow was not inclined to raise the stakes in the diplomatic
tit-for-tat between the two countries.
2017 Sep 1, Muslims around the
world are celebrated the Eid al-Adha holiday as some 2 million
Muslim pilgrims carry out the final rites of the annual hajj in
Saudi Arabia. The pilgrims performed a symbolic stoning of the devil
as Saudi Arabia deployed more than 100,000 security forces and
medics as well as modern technology including drones and fiber
optics to ensure a safe pilgrimage.
(Reuters, 9/1/17)(AP, 9/1/17)
2017 Sep 1, In Somalia's
Puntland region an al Shabaab bomb attack killed 12 people,
including five soldiers.
2017 Sep 1, In central Syria a
military media unit run by Hezbollah captured Uqairabat, described
as Islamic State's stronghold in that region.
2017 Sep 1, Thailand's
government announced $2.2 billion in loans and handouts to help
stabilize prices for rice farmers, a politically influential group
whose heartland is in regions where opposition to the military junta
2017 Sep 1, It was reported
that Thailand's prestigious Chulalongkorn University has removed the
head of its student council, a vocal critic of military rule, after
he was accused of disrupting a royalist initiation ceremony. But
Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal (20) and the student council said they
refused to accept the university order against him and four other
members, and would appeal against the decision.
2017 Sep 1, In Vietnam Ninh Van
Quynh (59), the deputy head of the country’s largest oil firm,
state-run PetroVietnam, was arrested as part of a massive fraud case
involving dozens of bankers and businessmen, according to the
2017 Sep 1, In Yemen Abdullah
al-Khamessi, the founder of Yemen's Red Crescent, died in Ibn Sinaa
hospital in Sanaa.
2018 Sep 1, The Pentagon said
it is seeking to reallocate $300 million in assistance to Pakistan
due to Islamabad's lack of "decisive actions" in support of regional
2018 Sep 1, In Arizona Oralia
Nunez (24) and renter Omar Gonzalez were found dead at Nunez's home
in Phoenix. Nunez was seven months pregnant. Police sought her
estranged husband, Dimas Coronado (47), who fled with their two
(SFC, 9/3/18, p.A6)
2018 Sep 1, Two boats collided
head-on on the Colorado River in a region of Moabi Regional Park
marking the border between the Arizona and California. At least 4
people were missing.
(SFC, 9/3/18, p.A6)(SFC, 9/4/18, p.A5)
2018 Sep 1, In Indiana four
people were killed in a crash on I-90 involving wrong-way driver
Tiara Davis (25) of Indiana.
(SSFC, 9/2/18, p.A10)
2018 Sep 1, In Michigan the
body of Brica Flores-Rivera (42) was found in Buel Township, 85
miles (135 km) north of Detroit. Leobardo Torres-Castillo and his
sister, Francisca Vargas-Castillo, were later charged with murder.
The three Mexicans worked at a dairy farm and did not have
permission to be in the country.
2018 Sep 1, In Minnesota the
founder and chief executive of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc,
Richard Liu (45), was released after being arrested on a charge of
criminal sexual conduct. The charge against Liu was made the
previous evening just before midnight local time.
2018 Sep 1, Randy Weston
(b.1926), award-winning jazz pianist, died at his home in New York
2018 Sep 1, In Texas O'Shea
Terry (24), a black man, was shot and killed during a traffic stop.
In 2019 police Officer Bau Tran was fired and charged with negligent
homicide in the case.
(SFC, 5/20/19, p.A4)
2018 Sep 1, Brazilian justices
voted 6-1 barring former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from
the October presidential election. Da Silva's left-leaning Workers'
Party issued a statement vowing to appeal, but there appeared to be
scant chance it would succeed.
2018 Sep 1, A Chinese state
news agency said torrential rains in southern China killed at least
two people and forced 127,000 to evacuate.
2018 Sep 1, A bus crash in
Ecuador's Andes mountains left 11 people dead, bringing the
country's death toll from such accidents to 46 in the past three
2018 Sep 1, Egypt's official
gazette said President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a law
granting authorities the right to monitor social media users in the
country as part of tightening internet controls.
2018 Sep 1, In Germany 18
people were injured as the anti-migrant far-right and
counter-protesters held opposing rallies in the city of Chemnitz,
which was hit by xenophobic demonstrations last week. Police brought
an early close Saturday to the anti-migrant march that far-right
activists hoped would launch a nationwide movement to challenge the
(AFP, 9/1/18)(AP, 9/2/18)
2018 Sep 1, In Germany Hesse
state police arrested a 17-year-old on suspicion of preparing a
serious act of violence. The suspect was reportedly planning to
attack a gay nightclub in Frankfurt and a Catholic church in the
2018 Sep 1, President Joko
"Jokowi" Widodo said Indonesia will bid to host the 2032 Olympics
following the success of the Asian Games held there over the past
2018 Sep 1, Mauritania, a
frontline state in the fight against Islamic extremism, voted on in
legislative, regional and local elections that will test head of
state Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz's record seven months before a
2018 Sep 1, Mexico's Federal
Electoral Tribunal revoked a $10 million fine imposed on the
political party of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for
the allegedly fraudulent use of a trust fund raised for victims of
the September 19, 2017 earthquake that devastated central Mexico,
killing 360 people.
2018 Sep 1, Several thousand
Moldovans gathered in the capital Chisinau to call for reunification
with Romania. Moldova united with Romania in 1918 and was annexed to
the Soviet Union in 1940. It gained independence in 1991.
2018 Sep 1, Dutch former
defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (45) was appointed as
the United Nation's envoy to Iraq, to head a mission which plays an
essential role in the country's political and economic spheres.
2018 Sep 1, In Russia a
supervisor at Sochi airport died during an emergency response early
today after a landing plane careered off the end of the runway into
a riverbed and caught fire. 18 people were injured in the accident.
2018 Sep 1, A car bomb killed
at least one person in a region of north Syria controlled by
Turkey-backed Syrian rebel groups.
2018 Sep 1, In southeastern
Syria an air strike near a US base killed at least eight
pro-government fighters near Al-Tanf base. Four Syrians, one Iranian
national and three other non-Syrian fighters were killed in the
2018 Sep 1, The United Nations
human rights mission left Nicaragua after being ordered out by a
government it criticized over its heavy-handed response to
2018 Sep 1, Pope Francis called
for people to work together to stop the world's oceans filling up
with plastic waste.