Today in History - September 3
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Sep 3, St. Gregory I began his reign as Pope. Gregory the Great
reigned until 604 and established the popes as the de facto rulers
of central Italy, and strengthened the papal primacy over the
Churches of the West.
(CU, 6/87)(MC, 9/3/01)
1189 Sep 3, After the death of
Henry II, Richard Lionheart, King Richard I, was crowned king of
England in Westminster. Richard was the 2nd son of Henry II and
Eleanor of Aquitaine.
(AP, 9/3/97)(HN, 9/3/98)(ON, 6/12, p.5)
1189 Sep 3, Jacob of Orleans,
Rabbi, was killed in the London anti Jewish riot in which 30 Jews
1154 Sir Thomas Becket was
given the high office of Chancellor to the King, Henry II.
1260 Sep 3, Mamelukes under
Sultan Qutuz defeated Mongols and Crusaders at Ain Jalut.
1346 Sep 3, Edward III of
England began the siege of Calais, along the coast of France.
1402 Sep 3, Gian Galeazzo
Visconti, duke and tyrant of Milan (1395-1402), died at 51.
1485 Sep 3, Henry Tudor entered
London following his Aug 22 victory at Bosworth.
(ON, 12/06, p.4)
1543 Sep 3, Cardinal Beaton
replaced Earl Arran as regent for Mary of Scotland.
1596 Sep 3, Nicolo Amati
(d.1684), Italian violin maker, was born. He was the grandson of
violin maker Andrea Amati and taught Antonio Stradivari and Andrea
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R53)(MC, 9/3/01)
1609 Sep 3-4, Henry Hudson
discovered the island of Manhattan. The exact date is not known.
1632 Sep 3, Battle at
Nuremberg: Duke Wallenstein beat Sweden.
1650 Sep 3, The English under
Cromwell defeated a superior Scottish army under David Leslie at the
Battle of Dunbar.
1651 Sep 3, In the Battle at
Worcester Oliver Cromwell destroyed English royalists. Charles II
led the Scots Covenanters to a disastrous defeat at the battle of
Worcester. Some 3,000 of his soldiers were killed and 10,000 taken
(WSJ, 2/28/00, p.A36)(ON, 12/00, p.1)
1658 Sep 3, Oliver Cromwell,
Lord Protector of the New Commonwealth, i.e. ruler over England’s
Puritan parliament (1653-58), died at age 59. Richard Cromwell had
succeeded his father as English Lord Protector. Cromwell was
responsible for shipping Romanichal Gypsies (i.e., Gypsies from
Britain) as slaves to the southern plantations; there is
documentation of Gypsies being owned by freed black slaves in
9/3/97)(http://tinyurl.com/q7kfjwn) (ON, 12/00, p.5)
1683 Sep 3, Turkish troops
broke through the defense of Vienna.
1695 Sep 3, Pietro Antonio
Locatelli, Italian violinist and composer, was born.
1709 Sep 3, The 1st major group
of Swiss and German colonists reached the Carolinas.
1752 Sep 3, The Gregorian
Adjustment to the calendar was put into effect in Great Britain and
the American colonies followed. At this point in time 11 days needed
to be accounted for and Sept. 2 was selected to be followed by Sept.
14. People rioted thinking the government stole 11 days of their
lives. [see Oct 5, 1582]
(K.I.-365D, p.97)(SFEC, 9/27/98, BR p.5)(MC,
1757 Sep 3, Charles X, Duke of
Prussia, was born in Versailles, France.
1759 Sep 3, Pope Clement XIII
officially placed the French Encyclopedie on the Vatican’s Index of
(ON, 4/05, p.9)
1777 Sep 3, The American flag
(stars & stripes), approved by Congress on June 14th, was
carried into battle for the first time by a force under General
1778 Sep 3, Jean Nicolas
Auguste Kreutzer, composer, was born.
1783 Sep 3, The Treaty of Paris
between the United States and Great Britain officially ended the
Revolutionary War. The Treaty of 1783, which formally ended the
American Revolution, is also known as the Definitive Treaty of
Peace, the Peace of Paris and the Treaty of Versailles. Under the
treaty, Great Britain recognized the independence of the United
States. The treaty bears the signatures of Benjamin Franklin, John
Adams and John Jay.
(AP, 9/3/97)(HNQ, 7/19/98)(HN, 9/3/98)(MC,
1783 Sep 3, Mackinac Island,
Michigan, passed into US hands following the Paris Peace Treaty,
(SSFC, 7/27/03, p.C5)
1791 Sep 3, The French National
Assembly passed a French Constitution passed.
1792 Sep 3, In France Princess
de Lamballe (b.1749), the best friend of Marie Antoinette, was
killed and her body mutilated by an angry mob. Her head was
displayed under the window of Marie Antoinette, interned in Temple
1811 Sep 3, John Humphrey Noyes
was born in Vermont. He founded the Oneida Community
(Perfectionists) in 1848.
(MC, 9/3/01)(SSFC, 12/29/02, p.A6)
1826 Sep 3, USS Vincennes left
NY to become 1st warship to circumnavigate globe.
1833 Sep 3, The first
successful penny newspaper was published. Benjamin H. Day issued the
first copy of "The New York Sun". By 1826, circulation was the
largest in the country at 30,000. New York’s population was over
250,000, but its 11 daily newspapers had a combined circulation of
1838 Sep 3, Frederick Douglass,
American Negro abolitionist, escaped slavery disguised as a sailor.
He would later write “The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass,” his
memoirs about slave life.
(HFA, '96, p.38)(HN, 9/3/98)
1840 Sep 3, Jacob Fabricius,
composer, was born.
1849 Sep 3, Sarah Orne Jewett,
author of “Tales of New England,” was born.
1852 Sep 3, Anti Jewish riots
broke out in Stockholm.
1855 Sep 3, General William
Harney defeated Little Thunder's Brule Sioux at the Battle of Blue
Water in Nebraska.
1856 Sep 3, Louis H. Sullivan,
architect who gained fame for his design of the Chicago Auditorium
Theater, was born in Boston, Mass. The leading figure in the
so-called Chicago style of architecture, Louis Sullivan is regarded
as the spiritual father of modern U.S. architecture and is
particularly identified with the aesthetics of skyscraper design.
Born in 1856, Sullivan attended MIT and was among the first to
stress the vertical lines of steel skeleton construction.
(HN, 9/3/98)(HNQ, 6/11/99)(MC, 9/3/01)
1856 Sep 3, The Royal British
Bank announced a suspension of business. In 1858 eight directors of
the bank were put on trial for conspiracy to defraud the public. A
jury found each of the defendants guilty of the charges. They were
given sentences ranging from a nominal fine of one shilling to
imprisonment for up to one year.
1857 Sep 3, John McLoughlin
(b.1784), Hudson's Bay Co. pioneer at Fort Vancouver and in Oregon
Country, died in Oregon City. In the late 1840s his general store in
Oregon City was famous as the last stop on the Oregon Trail.
1860 Sep 3, Edward Albert
Filene, merchant, was born. He established the US credit union
1861 Sep 3, Confederate forces
entered Kentucky, thus ending its neutrality.
1864 Sep 3, Battle of
1865 Sep 3, Army commander in
SC ordered Freedmen's Bureau to stop seizing land.
1875 Sep 3, Ferdinand Porsche,
German automotive engineer, was born. He designed the Volkswagen in
1934 and the Porsche sports car in 1950.
(HN, 9/3/00)(MC, 9/3/01)
1877 Sep 3, Adolphe Thiers, 1st
president of the 3rd French Republic (1871-77), died at 80.
1881 Sep 3, Anton Bruckner
completed his 6th Symphony.
1882 Sep 3, The French,
Vietnamese and Chinese battled at Hanoi; hundreds died.
1883 Sep 3, Ivan Turgenev
(b.1818), Russian novelist and playwright, died in France. His best
play was “A Month in the Country.” In 1977 V.S. Pritchett authored
the biography “The Gentle Barbarian: The Life and Work of Turgenev.”
In 2005 Robert Dessaiz authored “Twilight of Love: Travels With
Turgenev,” an exploration of Turgenev’s work.
p.A-14)(www.nndb.com/people/697/000055532/)(SSFC, 9/18/05, p.F2)
1891 Sep 3, Cotton pickers
organized a union & strike in Texas.
1894 Sep 3, Richard Niebuhr,
theologian, was born.
1895 Sep 3, The first
professional American football game was played in Latrobe,
Pennsylvania between the Latrobe Young Men’s Christian Association
and the Jeannette Athletic Club. Latrobe wins 12-0.
1901 Sep 3, Eduard A. van
Beinum, musician and conductor (Amsterdam Concertgebouw), was born.
1901 Sep 3, Miss Ellen Stone, a
Protestant missionary from Haverhill, Mass., was kidnapped in
Bulgaria by a Macedonian revolutionary gang, who demanded $110,000
in gold. Katerina Tsilka, her pregnant Bulgarian companion, was also
kidnapped and gave birth during her captivity to a baby girl. In
2003 Teresa Carpenter authored "The Miss Stone Affair: America's
First Modern Hostage Crisis."
(SSFC, 6/22/03, p.M4)
1901 Sep 3, Boer General Smuts
entered Kiba Drift in Cape Colony.
1902 Sep 3, Start of Sherlock
Holmes "Adventure of Illustrious Client."
1906 Sep 3, Joe Gans
(1874-1910), born as Joseph Gant, defended his lightweight boxing
title against Battling Nelson in Goldfield, Nevada. He was the first
African-American World Boxing Champion, reigning continuously as
World Lightweight Champion from 1902 to 1908. In 2012 William Gildea
authored “The Longest Fight: In the Ring with Joe Gans, Boxing’s
First African-American Champion.”
1907 Sep 3, Carl Anderson,
physicist, was born in NYC. He won the 1936 Nobel prize for his
discovery of the positron.
1907 Sep 3, Loren Eiseley,
professor of Anthropology (Animal Secrets), was born in Lincoln,
1908 Sep 3, James Barries "What
Every Woman Knows," premiered in London.
1908 Sep 3, Orville Wright
began two weeks of flight trials that impressed onlookers with his
complete control of his new Type A Military Flyer. In addition to
setting an altitude record of 310 feet and an endurance record of
more than one hour, he had carried aloft the first military
observer, Lieutenant Frank Lahm.
1912 Sep 3, World's 1st cannery
opened in England to supply food to the navy.
1913 Sep 3, In northern
California the Sacramento Northern began operating a new electric
train from Oakland to Sacramento. Its morning Comet and afternoon
Meteor made the run in 2 hrs and 41 minutes. The railroad never made
money and passenger service stopped in 1941.
(SFC, 9/3/13, p.A1)
1914 Sep 3, Dixie Lee Ray,
Chairperson of the Atomic Energy Commission who received the U.N.
Peace Prize in 1977, was born.
1914 Sep 3, The French capital
was moved from Paris to Bordeaux as the Battle of the Marne began.
The British expeditionary army under general Lanrezacs army attacked
the Marne. French troops vacated Reims.
(HN, 9/3/98)(MC, 9/3/01)
1914 Sep 3, The air defense of
Great Britain was assigned to Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS).
Winston Churchill, the new first lord of the Admiralty, and the RNAS
were assigned the task of stopping the Zeppelins.
1916 Sep 3, The German Somme
front was broken by an Allied offensive. Allies turned back the
Germans in the Battle of Verdun.
(HN, 9/3/98)(MC, 9/3/01)
1917 Sep 3, The 1st night
bombing of London by German fighter planes.
1917 Sep 3, German troops
overran Riga Latvia.
1917 Sep 3, Fanya Kaplan, the
Russian who shot at Lenin on Aug 30th, was executed.
1918 Sep 3, The United States
recognized the nation of Czechoslovakia.
1918 Sep 3, Five soldiers were
hanged for alleged participation in the Houston riot of 1917.
1918 Sep 3, Allies forced
Germans back across Hindenburg Line.
1923 Sep 3, Mort Walker,
cartoonist (Beetle Bailey, Hi & Lois), was born.
1924 Sep 3, "What Price
Glory?", written by Maxwell Anderson and Lawrence Stallings
premiered in NYC. It was turned into a film in 1926 and again in
5/30/99, DB p.37)
1925 Sep 3, The dirigible
"Shenandoah" crashed near Caldwell Ohio, 13 die. The 682-foot
Shenandoah, a dirigible built by the U.S. Navy in 1923, broke apart
in mid-air, killing 14 persons aboard.
(HNQ, 1/2/00)(MC, 9/3/01)
1927 Sep 3, Hugh Sidey, news
correspondent and author of John F. Kennedy, President, was born.
1928 Sep 3, Scottish
bacteriologist Alexander Fleming (1881-1955) discovered, by
accident, that the mold penicillin has an antibiotic effect.
1929 Sep 3, The Dow Jones
industrial average closed at 381.17. It was the peak of the bull
market of the 1920s.
1930 Sep 3, In the Dominican
Republic a hurricane killed 2,000 and injured 4,000.
1932 Sep 3, In Soviet Russia
Pavel Morozov (13) was allegedly killed by his relatives in
Gerasimovka for having reporting his father to the state
authorities. In 2005 Catriona Kelly authored “Comrade Pavlik: The
Rise and Fall of a Soviet Boy Hero.”
1934 Sep 3, Tunisia began its
move for independence.
1935 Sep 3, Sir Malcolm
Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300
MPH. Campbell drove the Bluebird Special on the Bonneville Salt
Flats in Utah at a speed of 304.331 MPH.
1938 Sep 3, The 1940 Olympic
site was changed from Tokyo, Japan, to Helsinki, Finland.
1939 Sep 3, British envoy Sir
Neville Henderson delivered Britain’s final ultimatum to the Reich’s
(DrEE, 10/26/96, p.4)
1939 Sep 3, Britain and France
declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.
After Germany ignored Great Britain's ultimatum to stop the invasion
of Poland, Great Britain declares war on Germany, marking the
beginning of World War II in Europe. France follows 6 hours later
quickly joined by Australia, NZ, South Africa & Canada.
(AP, 9/3/97)(HN, 9/3/98)(MC, 9/3/01)
1939 Sep 3, The British
passenger ship Athenia was sunk by a German submarine in the
Atlantic, with 30 Americans among those killed. American Secretary
of State Cordell Hull warns Americans to avoid travel to Europe
unless absolutely necessary.
1940 Sep 3, Artie Shaw and his
Gramercy Five recorded "Summit Ridge Drive," "Special Delivery
Stomp," "Keepin' Myself for You" and "Cross Your Heart" in Hollywood
for RCA Victor.
1940 Sep 3, The 1st showing of
high definition color TV.
1940 Sep 3, US gave Britain 50
destroyers in exchange for Newfoundland base lease.
1940 Sep 3, In France more than
700,000 books were seized from bookshops and destroyed. The “Otto
lists,” or liste Otto, were comprised of books banned by the German
occupying authorities in Vichy France. By September, 1940, 1,060
titles were on the list. The list aimed to ban anti-German,
antifascist, pro-Marxists books, works by Jewish authors and British
and American books.
(HNQ, 8/16/98)(AP, 8/15/98)
1940 Sep 3, In Germany the SS
banned Free Masons, Rotary & Red Cross.
1941 Sep 3, Nazis made the 1st
use of Zyclon-B gas in Auschwitz on Russian prisoners of war.
1943 Sep 3, The British Eighth
Army invaded Italy, landing at Calabria, during World War II. Italy
signed a secret armistice with the Allies, but it was not announced
until Sep 8.
(AP, 9/3/97)(HN, 9/3/98)
1944 Sep 3, US forces entered
Belgium at Peruwelz led by reconnaissance scout James W. Carroll on
his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
(WSJ, 12/18/97, p.A1)
1944 Sep 3, The U.S. Seventh
Army captured Lyons, France. French troops liberate Lyon.
(HN, 9/3/98)(MC, 9/3/01)
1944 Sep 3, The 68th & last
transport of Dutch Jews, which included Anne Frank, left for
1944 Sep 3, A tank division of
British Guards freed Brussels.
1945 Sep 3, George Biondo
(musician-Steppenwolf: Born to Be Wild), was born.
1945 Sep 3, General Tomoyuki
Yamashita, the Japanese commander of the Philippines, surrendered to
Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright at Baguio.
1948 Sep 3, Donald Brewer,
musician-drums, songwriter-Silver Bullet Band, Flint, Grand Funk
Railroad, was born. We're an American Band, Walk like a Man, Shinin'
On, Some Kind of Wonderful, Bad Time.
1951 Sep 3, The television soap
opera "Search for Tomorrow" made its debut on CBS. From 1953 to 1955
it featured Don Knotts as the neurotic Wilbur Peterson. The show
ended in 1986 after 4 years on NBC. Larry Haines (1918-2008) played
the neighbor Stu Bergman for most of the show’s run.
(AP, 9/3/98)(SSFC, 2/26/06, p.B7)(SFC, 7/31/08,
1951 Sep 3, On the eve of the
San Francisco conference, Premier Stalin and Mao Tse-tung, in an
exchange of personal messages, reaffirmed the unity and "unbreakable
friendship" of the Soviet Union and Communist China in the "just
cause of the struggle against Japanese imperialism and in defense of
peace in the Far East."
1954 Sep 3, The US Espionage
& Sabotage Act of 1954 signed.
1954 Sep 3, China began
artillery bombing on Quemoy. Despite warnings from the US against
any attacks on the Republic of China, the People's Liberation Army
unleashed a heavy artillery bombardment of Quemoy, and intensified
its actions in November by bombing the Tachen Islands.
1956 Sep 3, Tanks were deployed
against racist demonstrators in Clinton, Tennessee.
1960 Sep 3, Niger became
independence from France.
(PC, 1992, p.973)
1962 Sep 3, Edward E. Cummings,
aka E.E. Cummings (b.1894), US poet, died in New Hampshire. In 1958
Charles Norman authored “E.E. Cummings: The Magic Maker.” In 1980
Richard S. Kennedy authored a biography of Cummings “Dreams in the
Mirror.” In 2014 Susan Cheever authored “E.E. Cumming: A Life.”
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._E._Cummings)(SSFC, 3/9/14, p.F7)
1963 Sep 3, Louis MacNeice
(b.1907), northern Irish poet, died. His name was often subsumed
under the collective name of Macspaunday, which referred to the
generation of politically-committed 1930s poets: MacNeice, Stephen
Spender, W.H. Auden and C. Day-Lewis. MacNeice’s collected poems
were published in 2007.
1964 Sep 3, Pres. Johnson
signed the Wilderness Act and designated 9 million acres as an area
"where the Earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man,
where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." It allowed for
roadless federal lands to qualify for wilderness protection. In 1999
the act sheltered over 100 million acres. Conservationists stopped a
dam in Echo Park in Dinosaur National Monument and persuaded
Congress to pass the Wilderness Act to provide permanent protection
to wilderness areas.
(NG, May 1985, p.669)(SFC, 8/6/93, p.C4)(SFEC,
8/29/99, Z1 p.6)
1964 Sep 3, US attorney general
Robert Kennedy resigned.
1964 Sep 3, In Singapore a
second race riot occurred following incidents in July. 13 people
were killed and 106 people were injured.
1965 Sep 3, Preparing a move to
Anaheim, the LA Angels baseball team change their name to California
1966 Sep 3, The 24th World
Sci-Fi Convention honored Gene Roddenberry.
1967 Sep. 3, The original
version of the television game show "What's My Line?," hosted by
John Charles Daly, broadcast its final episode after more than 17
years on CBS.
1967 Sep 3, James Dunn, actor
(Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 6 Gun Law), died at age 61.
1967 Sep 3, Muhammad Bin Laden
(b.1908), a Yemeni immigrant to Saudi Arabia, died in a plane crash.
He made a fortune in the construction business and left King Faisal
in charge of some 55 of his children.
1967 Sep. 3, Motorists in
Sweden began driving on the right-hand side of the road instead of
1967 Sep. 3, Lieutenant General
Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam under a new
(AP, 9/3/97)(HN, 9/3/98)
1970 Sep 3, Vince Lombardi
(57), Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins football coach, died
in Washington, D.C. In 1999 David Maraniss authored "When Pride
Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi."
(AP, 9/3/97)(WSJ, 10/7/99, p.A28)(MC, 9/3/01)
1971 Sep 3, The Watergate team
broke into Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office.
1971 Sep 3, The Quadripartite
Agreement on Berlin, between the United States, the Soviet Union,
the United Kingdom and France. ended a long time source of tension.
(WUD, 1994, p.
1971 Sep 3, Qatar declared
independence from Britain.
1976 Sep 3, The unmanned U.S.
spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars to take the first close-up, color
photographs of the planet's surface.
1977 Sep 3, The "Mary Tyler
Moore Show" was last broadcast on NBC-TV.
1977 Sep 3, In Cyprus Spyros
Kyprianou (1932-2002) was elected president with no opposition in
order to serve the remaining term of Archbishop Makarios.
1977 Sep 3, Japan's Sadaharu Oh
hit his 756th HR to surpass Hank Aaron's total.
1978 Sep. 3, Pope John Paul I
was installed as the 264th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
1978 Sep 3, An Air Rhodesia
Vickers 782D Viscount passenger airliner crash-landed after being
hit by a MANPAD, fired by forces from the Zimbabwe People's
Revolutionary Army, killing 34 of the 56 passengers.
1979 Sep. 3, Hurricane David
struck along the central Florida coast, leaving several people dead
and millions of dollars in damage.
1980 Sep 3, Prof. W. Jackson
Davis of UC Santa Cruz uncovered a report that indicated government
officials had been aware for almost 20 years that nuclear waste
containers, dumped off the California coast, were damaged and
(SFC, 9/2/05, p.F2)
1981 Sep 3, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a law making Martin Luther King’s birthday a
state holiday. The legislation was the result of 4 years of efforts
by students at Oakland Tech High School.
(SFC, 7/16/08, p.E1)(http://tinyurl.com/5lc58v)
1982 Sep 3, Frederic Dannay
(b.1905), US detective writer, died. He collaborated with Manfred
Lee under the joint pseudonym Ellery Queen.
1986 Sep 3, In Connecticut
Barbara Pelkey (30) of Wallingford, a New Haven suburb, was raped
and murdered. Kenneth Ireland (20) was convicted in 1989 and
sentenced to 50 years in prison. In 2009 Ireland was released from
prison and granted a new trial after DNA testing showed he could not
have committed the crime.
1987 Sep 3, Morton Feldman,
composer, died in Buffalo, NY. His work included a six hour String
Quartet, "Why Patterns," "Triadic Memories," "Three Voices" and
1987 Sep. 3, A Soviet
prosecutor accused West German pilot Mathias Rust of seeking "cheap
popularity" by landing a private plane in Moscow's Red Square, and
demanded that Rust be sentenced to eight years at hard labor. Rust
was convicted, but freed the following August.
1988 Sep 3, On the presidential
campaign trail, Democrat Michael Dukakis paid a visit to Ellis
Island in New York, while Republican George Bush met reporters at
his official Washington residence.
1989 Sep 3, "Into the Woods"
closed at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 764 performances.
1989 Sep 3, The United States
began shipping a $65 million package of military aircraft and
weapons to help Colombia's war against drug lords.
1989 Sep 3, In Brazil a Varig
737-300 plane crashed in the Amazon jungle with 52 people aboard. 14
died and 34 were injured.
1989 Sep 3, A Cubana de
Aviacion jetliner crashed after takeoff in Havana, killing all 126
aboard and 26 people on the ground.
1990 Sep 3, President Bush
returned to Washington from his Maine vacation home to prepare for
his summit in Finland with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
1990 Sep 3, Dr. David Acer, a
Florida dentist, died of AIDS after apparently infecting five of his
patients with the HIV virus.
1991 Sep 3, Twenty-five people
were killed when fire broke out at the Imperial Food Products
chicken-processing plant in Hamlet, N.C.
1991 Sep 3, Frank Capra (94),
Academy Award-winning director, died in La Quinta, Calif. His 1971
autobiography was titled “The Name Above the Title.”
(AP, 9/3/01)(WSJ, 1/7/07, p.P8)
1992 Sep 3, Baseball owners
voted 18-9-1 to ask commissioner Fay Vincent to resign.
1992 Sep 3, An Italian relief
plane was shot down by ground-to-air missiles outside of Sarajevo,
1993 Sep 3, The US Labor
Department reported the nation's unemployment rate edged down to a
two-year low of 6.7 percent the previous month.
1994 Sep 3, China and Russia
proclaimed an end to any lingering hostilities, pledging they would
no longer target nuclear missiles or use force against each other.
1995 Sep 3, Testing Serb will,
the United Nations reopened a route to Sarajevo and threatened more
air attacks if the rebel stranglehold of the Bosnian capital didn’t
1996 Sep 3-1996 Sep 4, The
United States launched 27 cruise missiles at "selected air defense
targets" in Iraq as punishment for Iraq's invasion of Kurdish safe
havens. Pres. Clinton extended the no-fly zone to the suburbs of
(AP, 9/3/97)(SFC,10/30/97, p.A12)
1996 Sep 3, Pakistan shot down
4 Indian helicopters over the last few weeks that entered its air
space over the disputed Siachin Glacier. The glacier is at 22,000
feet and lies between the Karakoram and Himalayan mountain ranges.
(SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)
1996 Sep 3, In Russia Alexander
Lebed said that about 80,000 people had died in the fighting in
Chechnya during the 21 months of the war.
(SFC, 4/9/96, A10)
1997 Sep 3, The U.S. Senate
voted to ban most federal financing for abortions provided by the
1997 Sep 3, Arizona Gov. Fife
Symington, the great-grandson of steel baron Henry Clay Frick, was
found guilty by a jury on 7 counts of lying to get millions in loans
to shore up his collapsing real estate empire. He was later
sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, charged a fine of $60,000, and
ordered to serve 5 years of probation. Symington's conviction was
overturned in 1999; he was pardoned by President Clinton in January
2001 as prosecutors again pursued the case.
(WSJ, 9/4/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/97, p.A3)(SFC,
2/3/98, p.A2)(AP, 9/3/02)
1997 Sep 3, Belarus tax
officials emptied the bank account of the Soros foundation and
forced it to close down.
(SFC, 9/4/97, p.A12)
1997 Sep 3, It was reported
that Catania, Sicily, (pop. 378,000) has some 100 gangland killings
(SFC, 9/3/97, p.C2)
1997 Sep 3, In Cambodia a
Vietnam Airlines, Tupelov 134, Soviet jet crashed on approach to
Phnom Penh airport and killed 65 people. One child, 1-year-old
Chanayuth Nim-Anong, survived. A 2nd child about 4 also survived.
(WSJ, 9/3/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/97, p.A12)(SFC,
1997 Sep 3, In Columbia workers
joined protests across the country to protest government
privatization plans, for better wages, respect for human rights and
an end to the guerrilla war.
(SFC, 9/4/97, p.A12)
1998 Sep 3, President Clinton
visited Omagh, Northern Ireland, walking down the street where a car
bomb had killed 29, and offered his condolences to the families of
1998 Sep 3, In St. Paul Khoua
Her (24), a Hmong refugee from Laos, reported that she had strangled
her 6 children ages 5-11. Police took her into custody after finding
the 6 bodies. During the course of the investigation, police learned
that Her had her first child at age 13 in a Thai refugee camp. In a
plea deal, Khoua Her received 50 years in prison on six counts of
(SFC, 9/5/98, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/r6pje)
1998 Sep 3, Moody’s downgraded
Brazil’s foreign-currency bonds to single B-2. This led to an 8.6%
drop in Brazil’s stock market.
(WSJ, 9/4/98, p.A9)
1999 Sep 3, NASA temporarily
grounded its space shuttle fleet after inspections had uncovered
damaged wires that could endanger a mission.
1999 Sep 3, In Afghanistan the
Taliban dropped cluster bombs on Taloqan and 9 people were reported
(SFC, 9/4/99, p.A13)
1999 Sep 3, In Canada at least
7 people were killed on a foggy patch of Highway 401 between Windsor
and London as over 60 vehicles piled up.
(SFC, 9/4/99, p.A12)
1999 Sep 3, The East Timor
election results were reported with 78.5% in favor of independence.
(SFC, 9/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 3, A French judge
closed a two-year inquiry into the car crash that killed Princess
Diana, dismissing all charges against nine photographers and a press
motorcyclist, and concluding the accident was caused by an
1999 Sep 3, Israel and the
Palestinians, prodded by Madeleine Albright, agreed to a peace deal
that called for finalizing borders in one year, the completion of
Wye River land-for-security, and the release of 350 Palestinian
(SFC, 9/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 3, In Kosovo the UN
announced that the German mark would be the official currency.
(SFC, 9/4/99, p.A13)
1999 Sep 3, In Russia Boris
Yeltsin and his daughters were reported to be under investigation
for taking bribes from Mabetex, an Italian firm that renovated the
(SFC, 9/4/99, p.A12)
2000 Sep 3, The presidential
candidates squabbled over debate schedules as Republican George W.
Bush announced he had accepted three prime-time sessions. Democrat
Al Gore rejected the plan, saying the formats proposed by Bush could
limit the audience and amount of face-to-face debate time.
2000 Sep 3, In California 5.2
earthquake was centered in Napa and injured over 40 people.
(SFC, 9/4/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 3, In Egypt a 2-day
meeting of Arab League foreign ministers opened. Yasser Arafat said
he would not accept a peace deal without control of Jerusalem.
(SFC, 9/4/00, p.B10)
2000 Sep 3, In Israel Arjey
Deri, former leader of the Shas Party, began a 3-year term for
bribery and fraud.
(SFC, 9/4/00, p.A8)
2000 Sep 3, In Lebanon
elections were held for the remaining 65 seats of parliament.
Hezbollah had agreed to accept only 12 seats in a coalition with the
Shiite Amal Party. Parliamentary seats were apportioned according to
religious denomination based on a census from 1932. Candidates
backed by former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri gained a powerful
(SFEC, 9/3/00, p.A18)(SFC, 9/4/00, p.B10)
2000 Sep 3, In Sri Lanka the
government began “Operation Sunrise” against rebels in the Jaffna
(SFC, 9/4/00, p.A12)
2000 Sep 3, At the Vatican Pope
John Paul II beatified Pope Pius IX and Pope John XXIII.
(SFC, 9/4/00, p.A8)
2001 Sep 3, St. Louis Cardinals
pitcher Bud Smith became the 16th rookie in modern history to throw
a no-hitter, shutting down San Diego in a 4-0 win.
2001 Sep 3, Four days into a
world conference against racism, the United States and Israel walked
out of the U.N. meeting in South Africa, accusing Arab nations of
hijacking the summit as a platform to embarrass the Jewish state.
(SFC, 9/4/01, p.A1)(AP, 9/3/02)
2001 Sep 3, Hewlett-Packard
announced plans to buy Compaq Computer in a $25 billion stock swap.
The bid was expected to eliminate as many as 15,000 jobs.
(SFC, 9/4/01, p.A1)(SFC, 9/5/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 3, FBI snipers shot
and killed Grover T. Crosslin (47) at his Rainbow Farms campground
in Vandalia, Mich., following a 4-day standoff. Crosslin was burning
buildings on his property, which was the target of civil forfeiture
proceedings. In 2006 Dean Kuipers authored “Burning Rainbow Farm:
How a Stoner Utopia Went Up in Smoke.”
2001 Sep 3, In North Carolina a
man died from a shark attack off the Outer Banks.
(SFC, 9/4/01, p.A3)
2001 Sep 3, Pauline Kael (82),
film critic, died in Great Barrington, Mass. Her first 1953 movie
review was published in City Lights, a small SF magazine. In 2011
Brian Kellow authored “Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark.” In 2020
Rob Garver directed the documentary: "What She Said: The Art of
(SFC, 9/4/01, p.A16)(SFC, 12/30/01, p.D5)(AP,
9/3/02)(SSFC, 10/30/11, p.F1)(SFC, 2/14/20, p.E6)
2001 Sep 3, In Chechnya an
explosion tore through the headquarters of the Russian-backed
government during a Cabinet meeting. One woman was killed.
(SFC, 9/4/01, p.B1)
2001 Sep 3, In France COGEMA, a
state-owned uranium mining and fuel recycling firm led by Anne
Lauvergeon, became Areva in a merger with Framatome, a maker of
2001 Sep 3, It was reported
that scientists at the Max Planck Inst. for Biochemistry in Germany
had affixed snail neurons to transistor chips and demonstrated
(SFC, 9/3/01, p.A4)
2001 Sep 3, In Jerusalem 4
bombs exploded on the streets and Israelis fired missiles into a
Palestinian security building. Two Palestinians were killed during
fighting in Hebron. In Jerusalem a suicide bomber, dressed as an
Orthodox Jew, blew himself up on the Street of the Prophets.
(SFC, 9/4/01, p.A8)(SFC, 9/5/01, p.A8)
2001 Sep 3, The Mexican
government announced the expropriation of 27 of 60 privately owned
sugar mills from some $110 million. All were on the brink of
(SFC, 9/4/01, p.A7)
2001 Sep 3, In Northern Ireland
rioting broke out after Protestants screamed abuse and threw bottles
at Catholic girls walking to Holy Cross Primary School through their
Glenbryn-Ardoyne neighborhood. The 12-week protests ended Nov 24.
(WSJ, 9/4/01, p.A1)(SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A16)
2001 Sep 3, In Sierra Leone
Pres. Ahmed Tejan Kabbah shook hands with RUF Gen. Issa Sesay in
Koidu and declared himself convinced that the war was over.
(SFC, 9/4/01, p.B1)
2001 Sep 3, In South Korea the
National Assembly passed a no confidence vote on Unification
Minister Lim Dong Won, the chief architect of the “sunshine policy”
towards North Korea, for being too conciliatory toward the North.
(WSJ, 9/5/01, p.C1)
2002 Sep 3, Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld said the Bush administration had secret
information supporting its claims that Saddam Hussein was close to
developing nuclear weapons.
2002 Sep 3, The US Senate
opened debate on legislation creating a new Homeland Security
2002 Sep 3, McDonald's
announced it will use a new soy-corn oil to reduce the levels of
trans fat and increase polyunsaturated fat in its fried products.
(SFC, 9/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 3, Louisiana State
Univ. fired Dr. Steven J. Hatfill after the Justice Dept. said the
school could not use him on grants funded by the agency. The firing
came following FBI investigations of Hatfill and naming him as a
"person of interest."
(SFC, 9/5/02, p.A6)(WSJ, 9/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 3, The DJIA fell 355
to 8308. Nasdaq fell 51 to 1263.
(WSJ, 9/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 3, W. Clement Stone
(100), insurance tycoon who bankrolled former Pres. Nixon's races,
died. Stone's self-help books included "The success system That
(WSJ, 9/5/02, p.A1)(SFC, 9/13/02, p.A27)
2002 Sep 3, Iraq said it was
ready to discuss a return of U.N. weapons inspectors, but only in a
broader context of ending sanctions and restoring Iraqi sovereignty
over all its territory.
2002 Sep 3, Israeli tank shells
killed Bahir Eid (22) and Hussein Najar (22) residents of the
village of Burin, a West Bank village.
2002 Sep 3, Russia and China
gave their backing to the Kyoto Protocol on cutting greenhouse-gas
(AP, 9/3/02)(WSJ, 9/4/02, p.A1)
2003 Sep 3, President Bush
signed legislation to begin free trade with Singapore and Chile.
2003 Sep 3, US federal
authorities raided the Bay Area laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) for
suspected steroids. On Oct 16 Olympic drug-testing officials
announced that they believed the lab was a source for the steroid
(SSFC, 10/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 3, NY Attorney General
Eliot Spitzer charged hedge fund Canary Capital with illegal mutual
fund trading. Other funds were also named.
(WSJ, 10/29/03, p.C1)
2003 Sep 3, Paul Hill, a former
minister who said he murdered an abortion doctor and his bodyguard
to save the lives of unborn babies, was executed in Florida by
injection, becoming the first person put to death in the United
States for anti-abortion violence.
2003 Sep 3, The Bank of Canada
cut interest rates by 25 basis points to 2.75 percent on because of
lower-than-expected inflation as well as sagging growth.
2003 Sep 3, In China Typhoon
Dujuan killed at least 32 people.
(WSJ, 9/4/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 3, North Korea's
parliament re-elected Kim Jong Il as the isolated country's top
leader and approved his government's decision to "keep and increase
its nuclear deterrent force" to counter what it calls a hostile U.S.
2003 Sep 3, In southern Russia
at Pyatigorsk two bombs exploded under a student-filled commuter
train, killing at least 4 people and wounding 44.
(AP, 9/3/03)(SFC, 9/4/03, p.A6)
2004 Sep 3, US Medicare
announced a 17.4% increase in premiums for doctor visits.
(WSJ, 9/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 3, Former President
Clinton was hospitalized in New York with chest pains and shortness
of breath; he ended up undergoing heart bypass surgery.
2004 Sep 3, A California
federal judge found Alvaro Rafael Saravia, a retired Salvadoran air
force captain living in Modesto, liable in the 1980 slaying of
Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero and ordered him to pay $10
million in damages.
(AP, 9/4/04)(SFC, 9/4/04, p.B7)
2004 Sep 3, Economic ministers
from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed to
liberalize 10 sectors as a first step toward the creation by 2020 of
a regional economic community akin to the European Union.
2004 Sep 3, Libya signed an
agreement to pay a total of $35 million US in compensation for 168
non-U.S. victims of a 1986 Berlin disco bombing.
2004 Sep 3, Commandos stormed a
school in southern Russia and battled Chechen separatist rebels
holding hundreds of hostages, as crying children, some naked and
covered in blood, fled through explosions and gunfire. Ultimately
334 people, including 186 children, were killed in the violence that
ended a hostage standoff with militants in Beslan, Russia. 31 of 32
hostage takers were killed. 6 Chechens and 4 Ingush were identified
among the hostage takers. In 2006 a woman died from her injuries in
Beslan bringing the total deaths to 334.
(SFC, 9/4/04, p.A1)(SFC, 9/7/04, p.A3)(WSJ,
9/10/04, p.A1)(AP, 12/9/07)
2004 Sep 3, In South Africa
Johan Meyer (53), head of an engineering company, was charged with
trafficking in nuclear-related materials that could be used to make
weapons of mass destruction.
2005 Sep 3, President Bush
ordered more than 7,000 active duty forces to the Gulf Coast as his
administration intensified efforts to rescue survivors and send aid
to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast in the face of criticism it did
not act quickly enough.
2005 Sep 3, In Nevada over
35,000 people gathered in the Black Rock Desert for the 20th burning
of the Burning Man.
(SFC, 9/3/05, p.A25)
2005 Sep 3, US Chief Justice
William H. Rehnquist (80), 33 years on the Supreme Court died in
Arlington, Va. He oversaw the high court's conservative shift and
presided over the impeachment trial of President Clinton.
(AP, 9/4/05)(Econ, 9/10/05, p.83)
2005 Sep 3, Chinese President
Hu Jintao postponed his official visit to Washington next week due
to Hurricane Katrina.
2005 Sep 3, An Egyptian court
ruled that non-governmental groups will be allowed to monitor the
nation's first multi-candidate presidential election next week.
2005 Sep 3, Volkswagen said it
plans to cut 10,000 jobs from its workforce over the next few years
as it reduces production.
2005 Sep 3, In eastern India 23
policemen and a civilian were killed in a powerful landmine blast
triggered by suspected Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh state.
2005 Sep 3, Insurgents launched
a series of assaults in Baquba, Kirkuk and Samarra, killing at least
(AP, 9/3/05)(SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A22)
2005 Sep 3, In Tlacotepec,
Mexico, 75 miles north of Acapulco, fireworks stored at a building
that also illicitly sold gasoline exploded, killing seven people and
2005 Sep 3, Communist rebels in
Nepal said that they were unilaterally suspending attacks for the
next three months.
2005 Sep 3, Hamas' secretive
military wing emerged from hiding, naming commanders and detailing
how they attacked Israelis as part of a competition with the
Palestinian Authority over who will get credit for Israel's pullout
2005 Sep 3, The Gulf emirate of
Qatar announced it will donate 100 million dollars to relief efforts
for the US victims of Hurricane Katrina. The funds included a $17.5
million grant to Xavier University in New Orleans, which serves
mostly black Americans.
(AFP, 9/3/05)(Econ, 9/9/06, p.48)
2005 Sep 3, It was reported
that Venezuela’s worker co-operatives under Pres. Chavez had
increased from less than 1000 in 1998 to an estimated 67,000.
(Econ, 9/3/05, p.34)
2006 Sep 3, It was reported
that 47% of US development aid is spent on overpriced technical
assistance. 70% of US aid was contingent upon the recipient spending
it on American stuff including American-made armaments. In total 86
cents of every dollar of US aid was said to be phantom aid, in that
it never shows up in recipient countries.
(SSFC, 9/3/06, p.E1)
2006 Sep 3, Andre Agassi
retired after losing the third-round match at the US Open.
2006 Sep 3, An apartment fire
in Chicago killed six children ages 3 to 14.
2006 Sep 3, Nina Reiser (31) of
Oakland, Ca., went missing. On Oct 10 police arrested Hans Reiser
(42), her estranged husband on suspicion of murder. In 2008 Reiser
confessed to strangling Nina in exchange for a reduced sentence and
was sentenced 15 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 10/11/06, p.B1)(SFC, 8/30/08, p.B1)
2006 Sep 3, NATO and Afghan
forces hit the Taliban with air strikes and artillery in Operation
Medusa in southern Afghanistan. Four NATO soldiers, including 3
Canadians, and more than 200 insurgents were killed in the first two
days of a major anti-Taliban operation under way in the Panjwayi
district, about 10 miles from the city of Kandahar.
2006 Sep 3, Another 4 boats
carrying 522 migrants from Mauritania reached the Canary Islands.
This brought the total for 2 days to nearly 1200.
2006 Sep 3, The SMART-1
spacecraft, Europe's first moon probe launched Sep 27, 2003, signed
off its mission on schedule by crashing into the lunar surface,
completing a project scientists hope will tell them more about the
(Reuters, 9/3/06)(SSFC, 9/3/06, p.A5)
2006 Sep 3, Indonesia reported
that 18% of its population of some 220 million are officially poor.
The government benchmark was based on an income of $16.80 per month.
Use of a $1 a day benchmark would raise the poverty number to over
2006 Sep 3, Iraq's national
security adviser said that Iraqi and coalition forces had arrested
the second most senior figure in al-Qaida in Iraq. Hamed Jumaa Farid
al-Saeedi, known as Abu Humam or Abu Rana, was captured north of
Baghdad "along with another group of his aides and followers. A
later report dated his capture to June 19. At least 16 Iraqis and
two US soldiers were killed in bomb attacks and shootings
nationwide. A US soldier died from wounds in Anbar province and 2
Marines were killed while fighting there.
(AP, 9/3/06)(AP, 9/5/06)(AP, 9/6/06)
2006 Sep 3, In Pakistan Abdul
Rahim Muslim Dost and his brother, Badruz Zaman Badar Dost,
published “The Broken Shackles of Guantanamo,” an account of their 3
years in detention at the US prison. On Sep 29 Abdul was jailed by
the Pakistani intelligence service in apparent response to criticism
of the agency’s role in the US-led war on terrorism.
(SFC, 12/28/06, p.A17)
2006 Sep 3, A bomb damaged a
gas pipeline in southwestern Pakistan, cutting supplies to thousands
of homes in the region.
2006 Sep 3, In southeastern
Turkey a remote-controlled bomb exploded in a tea garden, killing
two people and wounding seven.
2007 Sep 3, The Financial
Times, citing unnamed officials, reported that the People's
Liberation Army hacked into a computer system in the office of
Defense Secretary Robert Gates in June. China denied the
2007 Sep 3, Jerry Lewis raised
nearly $64 million during his annual Labor Day Telethon.
2007 Sep 3, Steve Fossett
(b.1944), tycoon turned record seeker, disappeared in Nevada after
flying from the Flying M Ranch, owned by billionaire Baron Hilton.
In 2002 Fosset became the 1st person to fly around the world in a
balloon. In 2006 Fossett authored his autobiography “Chasing the
Wind.” A search was formally suspended on Oct 2. On Feb 15, 2008, an
Illinois court declared him legally dead. In 2008 wreckage of his
plane was found on Oct 1 in the rugged eastern mountains of
(SFC, 9/5/07, p.A8)(SFC, 9/15/07, p.A1)(SFC,
2/16/08, p.B5)(Econ, 2/23/08, p.106)(Reuters, 10/2/08)
2007 Sep 3, The SF Bay Bridge
reopened 11 hours earlier than scheduled following the replacement
of a section of the upper deck east of Treasure Island.
(SFC, 9/4/07, p.A1)
2007 Sep 3, A fire began east
of Morgan Hill, Ca., that burned 47,760 acres in and around Henry W.
Coe State Park. Margaret Pavese was later charged with a misdemeanor
for accidentally starting the fire when burning trash enar her
(SFC, 9/27/07, p.B2)
2007 Sep 3, Hurricane Felix,
having passed the Dutch islands of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire with
little damage, rapidly strengthened into a dangerous Category 5
storm and churned toward Central America, where forecasters said it
could arrive as a "potentially catastrophic" storm.
(AP, 9/3/07)(SFC, 9/3/07, p.A17)
2007 Sep 3, In California
temperatures headed back toward triple digits, the seventh day of a
heat wave that has contributed to blackouts leaving thousands
without air conditioning.
2007 Sep 3, Climate change
activists staged a break-in at an Australian power station as a
pattern of guerrilla-style raids emerged ahead of a summit of
Asia-Pacific leaders in Sydney.
2007 Sep 3, Former Bangladesh
PM Khaleda Zia and one of her sons were arrested on charges of
corruption and misuse of power.
2007 Sep 3, A woman joined the
protectors of the Crown Jewels as one of the famed Beefeaters of the
Tower of London, becoming the first female Yeoman Warder since the
corps of Tower guards was created in 1485.
2007 Sep 3, Bulgaria donated
$56.6 million in Soviet-era debt owned by Libya as its contribution
to a deal that led to the release of 6 medics convicted of infecting
Libyan children with HIV.
2007 Sep 3, In eastern China
about 2,000 ex-soldiers took part in riots that began and spread
over a 775-mile stretch in the cities of Baotou, Wuhan, and Baoji.
Demobilized soldiers are frequently rewarded for their service with
government jobs, and 6,000 of them were sent to 12 different railway
schools in July for two years of training. However, they were
angered by run-down dormitories, bad but expensive food and a lack
of study materials, At least 20 people were injured and five
arrested when riot police moved in to quell the disturbances.
2007 Sep 3, Congolese officials
reported killing 28 soldiers loyal to Gen. Nkunda, a renegade army
officer, in exchanges of machine gun and heavy weapons fire lasting
2007 Sep 3, President Nicolas
Sarkozy said France and Jordan want to work "hand-in-hand" to help
resolve crises in the Middle East, following talks with King
2007 Sep 3, The French
government tied up the long-delayed merger of Suez and state-owned
Gaz de France, giving the country another world energy champion in a
sector that Paris was eager to protect from foreigners.
2007 Sep 3, Iraqi soldiers
hoisted the nation's flag over the Basra palace compound after
British troops withdrew from their last garrison in the city,
leaving the country's second biggest city largely in the hands in
the hands of Iranian-backed Shiite militias. In a statement posted
on an Islamic Web site, the Islamic State of Iraq, made up of 8
insurgent groups, including al-Qaida in Iraq, said its leader Abu
Omar al-Baghdadi chose Mohammed Khalil al-Badria for the education
position. The so-called 10-member "Islamic Cabinet" was set up in
April to challenge the Iraqi government. President Bush made a
surprise visit to al-Asad Air Base west of Baghdad, hoping to
bolster his case that the buildup of US troops is helping to
stabilize the country.
2007 Sep 3, Ireland’s
government said almost all the children who could not find
elementary school places in a Dublin suburb this year were black.
2007 Sep 3, Jamaica's main
opposition won a narrow election victory, according to preliminary
results, but Portia Simpson Miller, the country's first female prime
minister, said the race was too close to call and the ruling party
would not concede defeat.
2007 Sep 3, Takehiko Endo,
Japan's scandal-hit farm minister, resigned dealing a fresh blow to
PM Shinzo Abe just a week after he reshuffled his cabinet in the
hope of cleaning up the government's image.
2007 Sep 3, In Lebanon troops
exchanged fire with fleeing militants killing 4 and capturing 2.
(SFC, 9/4/07, p.A14)
2007 Sep 3, A Lithuanian
research center launched a Web site that allows the public to access
original KGB documents online. The site kgbdocuments.eu contains
working documents from various KGB departments, as well as
descriptive articles on the activities of Soviet state security
agencies in Lithuania from 1940 to 1991.
2007 Sep 3, In southwestern
Nigeria at least 20 people were killed when a bus collided with a
2007 Sep 3, A spokesman for
North Korea's Foreign Ministry said the US has decided to remove
North Korea from a list of terrorism-sponsoring states and lift
sanctions against it.
2007 Sep 3, Panamanian
President Martin Torrijos celebrated the start of construction on
two wider sets of locks being added to both sides of the Panama
2007 Sep 3, UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Sudan in a bid to jumpstart the peace
process in strife-torn Darfur ahead of a massive joint UN-African
Union peacekeeping operation.
2007 Sep 3, A Thai court issued
arrest warrants for former PM Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife over
their alleged violations of stock-trading laws.
2007 Sep 3, The Zimbabwean
government completed its takeover of the country's leading cooking
oil manufacturer by acquiring US food giant H.J Heinz's 49% stake
for 6.8 million dollars.
2008 Sep 3, In St. Paul, Minn.,
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her Republican supporters held back
little as they issued dismissive attacks on Barack Obama and
flattering praise on her credentials. Palin seduced many on
television who had spent days doubting her VP candidacy.
2008 Sep 3, Albert J. Stanley
(65), former Halliburton executive, pleaded guilty in Houston to
orchestrating over $180 million in bribes to senior Nigerian
government officials from 1995-2004 for the construction of
liquefied natural gas facilities. The bribes began when Stanley
worked for M.W. Kellogg, a unit of Dresser Industries that was
acquired by Halliburton in 1998, when Dick Cheney served as CEO.
Stanley also pleaded guilty to taking $10.8 million in kickbacks
from a consortium of construction firms involved in the LNG
contracts between 1992-2003. Stanley was sentenced to 7 years in
prison and ordered to repay Halliburton $10.8 million.
(WSJ, 9/4/08, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/5/08, p.B1)
2008 Sep 3, Coca-Cola Co.
announced a bid to acquire China Huiyuan Juice Group in a $2.4
(WSJ, 9/4/08, p.B1)
2008 Sep 3, In Pasadena, Texas,
a suburb of Houston, Dannette Gillespie (38) orchestrated her
daughter (15) and Vanessa Anne Ocampo (19) in the robbery and
killing of Eugene Palma (75), which netted them $15. On Sep 7 all
three were charged with murder.
2008 Sep 3, US Vice President
Dick Cheney assured Azerbaijan of America's "abiding interest" in
the region's stability. It was the first stop on a tour of three
ex-Soviet republics that are wary of Russia's intentions after its
war with Georgia last month.
2008 Sep 3, A US Navy ship
loaded with humanitarian aid steamed through the Dardanelles on its
way to Georgia, as the Bush administration prepared to roll out a $1
billion economic aid package for the ex-Soviet republic.
2008 Sep 3, In Australia police
arrested a 66-year-old Catholic brother in connection with their
probe into St. Stanislaus and a 63-year-old former teacher of
another religious school in Bathurst that is also under
2008 Sep 3, Cyprus' rival Greek
and Turkish leaders, Demetris Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat,
started new peace talks and said they hoped for a deal soon aimed at
reuniting an island divided by war 34 years ago.
(AP, 9/3/08)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.68)
2008 Sep 3, In Dagestan
journalist Abdullah Alishayev died one day after he was attacked by
2008 Sep 3, A helicopter
carrying foreign contractors crashed into an oil platform off the
coast of Dubai, killing all seven people on board and halting
production in one of the emirate's four offshore oil fields.
2008 Sep 3, An Egyptian cargo
ship with 25 crew was hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden near
Somalia, making it the 10th vessel to be hijacked in the area since
2008 Sep 3, In Ethiopia an
explosion rocked a bar in Addis Ababa, killing 4 people. 2 more died
the next day.
2008 Sep 3, Tropical Storm
Hanna drenched flood-plagued Haiti, adding to the miseries of a
country that has lost more than 100 lives to mudslides and flooding
2008 Sep 3, A friendly fire
shootout between Iraqi security forces and American soldiers killed
six Iraqis in Tarmiyah, 30 miles north of Baghdad.
2008 Sep 3, Pakistan's
government says a cross-border raid involving US-led or NATO forces
killed several civilians. Women and children were among at least 20
people reportedly killed in the attack in Musa Nika village in South
Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan.
(AP, 9/3/08)(SFC, 9/4/08, p.A8)
2008 Sep 3, In Somalia mortar
shells slammed into Mogadishu as insurgents vowed to intensify
attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. At least 4 people
2008 Sep 3, Spanish authorities
found 13 bodies and 46 survivors on a packed migrant boat near one
of Spain's Canary Islands.
2008 Sep 3, In Sri Lanka
fighter jets bombed two rebel boats off the northeast coast in the
rebel stronghold of Mullaitivu, destroying one and causing heavy
damage to the other.
2008 Sep 3, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy encouraged Syria to pursue face-to-face peace talks
with Israel during his first trip to the Arab nation, a visit also
aimed at undercutting Iranian influence in Damascus.
2008 Sep 3, Swiss prosecutors
said police have broken up an Internet child pornography ring
operating in at least four European countries where men exchanged
details about their contacts with young girls. In all investigators
said they had identified 600 people in Germany, 40 in Austria, 13 in
Switzerland and four in Liechtenstein using the forum.
2008 Sep 3, Ukraine's Pres.
Yushchenko ordered the creation of a new governing coalition and
threatened fresh elections, accusing his rival prime minister and
opposition parties of attempting a "constitutional coup."
2009 Sep 3, Washington cut off
millions of dollars in aid to Honduras. Interim Pres. Roberto
Micheletti vowed that ousted Pres. Zelaya would not return to power
despite increasing international pressure.
2009 Sep 3, The San Francisco
Bay Bridge was completely shut down at 8pm to replace a 300-foot
section of the bridge as part of the project to replace the entire
eastern span by 2013. The bridge was expected to reopen on Sep 8.
The original estimated cost of $132 million was now projected at
(SSFC, 8/30/09, p.A14)(SFC, 9/3/09, p.A1)
2009 Sep 3, The Ford Motor Co.
settled a lawsuit filed by residents of a northern New Jersey town
over toxic waste dumped there in the 1960s and '70s. Thousands of
tons of paint sludge and other toxic material from Ford's old Mahwah
factory were dumped in Ringwood, and residents sued in 2006 claiming
that the waste led to illnesses ranging from skin rashes to cancer,
and threatened the Wanaque Reservoir. The Record of Bergen County
reported that residents of Ringwood will receive about $10 million.
2009 Sep 3, In the US Virgin
Islands two ticket agent contractors who worked for Delta Airlines
and an airport employee were arrested after being indicted by a
federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy to smuggle illegal
immigrants into the US.
2009 Sep 3, Sergio Saucedo
(30), a drug trafficker, was taken from his home in Horizon City,
outside of El Paso, Texas. He was murdered and mutilated in Ciudad
Juarez in retaliation for the loss of 700 pounds (315 kilos) of
marijuana seized by border patrol agents. His body was found on Sep
8. On April 1, 2011, the West Texas Federal Court jury found Cesar
Obregon-Reyes and Rafael Vega guilty of abducting Sergio Saucedo
from his home.
2009 Sep 3, SpaceX signed a
contract worth $50 million with ORBCOMM, a satellite communications
firm, to launch 18 satellites.
(Econ, 9/12/09, p.87)
2009 Sep 3, The US Embassy in
Afghanistan said it has banned alcohol and assigned American
personnel to watch over the embassy's security guards following
allegations of lewd behavior and sexual misconduct at their living
2009 Sep 3, In Australia
millionaire Michael McGurk (45), a Scottish-born property developer,
was gunned down in front of his son (10) outside their exclusive
Sydney home. In 2007 McGurk had unsuccessfully tried to sue the
Sultan of Brunei over an alleged eight million US dollar agreement
to buy a 400-year-old gold-lined miniature Koran.
2009 Sep 3, Hundreds of Chinese
protested deteriorating public safety after a series of mysterious
syringe attacks further unnerved residents in the western Chinese
city of Urumqi where ethnic rioting in July killed nearly 200
2009 Sep 3, EU regulators
launched an antitrust probe into US software maker Oracle Corp.'s
takeover of Sun Microsystems Inc., saying they wanted to make sure
Oracle was committed to developing Sun's rival open-source database
2009 Sep 3, The government of
Gabon declared the eldest son of the late dictator Omar Bongo the
winner of weekend presidential elections, triggering a rampage in a
coastal city and allegations of fraud. Interior Minister
Jean-Francois Ndongou said Ali Bongo, the country's defense minister
who campaigned from a private jet and plastered the capital with
billboards, won with 41.7% of the vote. The top two opposition
leaders — Andre Mba Obame and Pierre Mamboundou — were nearly tied,
receiving 25.8% and 25.2% of the vote respectively.
2009 Sep 3, In India heavy rain
triggered a landslide in Sakinaka, a densely populated suburban
Mumbai slum killing at least 12 people and injuring 25 others. Many
others remained trapped under piles of mud and stones.
2009 Sep 3, In Iraq a car bomb
apparently targeting Osama al-Tikriti, the leader of Iraq's largest
Sunni political party (the Iraqi Islamic Party), wounded four people
in Baqouba. The politician escaped unharmed. Police arrested Adnan
al-Obeidi, the deputy transport minister, after he was allegedly
filmed taking a bribe in a sting operation. Police had filmed
al-Obeidi accepting a $100,000 bribe from a company doing work at
the Baghdad airport.
2009 Sep 3, In Iraq Ahmed
Hashim Abed, suspected of masterminding the March 31, 2004, attack
on Blackwater guards, was captured in a covert operation by US Navy
SEALs. Abed later alleged that he was beaten by US Navy SEALs. In
2010 two of the 3 accused Navy SEALs were acquitted. Petty Officer
2nd Class Matthew McCabe, of Perrysburg, Ohio, the SEAL charged with
assaulting Abed, was scheduled to be court-martialed May 3, 2010, in
2009 Sep 3, Japan’s Dainippon
Sumitomo Pharma Co. said it is acquiring US drug maker Sepracor
Inc., which makes insomnia drug Lunesta, for about $2.6 billion in
an effort to expand in the US market.
2009 Sep 3, In Kazakhstan a
court convicted Yevgenii Zhovtis of vehicular manslaughter and
sentenced him to 4 years in prison. Zhovtis, Kazakhstan’s best known
human rights activists, claimed he had been blinded by the lights of
an oncoming car when he hit a hit and killed a pedestrian on a
country road late at night.
(Econ, 9/12/09, p.46)
2009 Sep 3, Myanmar-born Kyaw
Zaw Lwin, an American citizen also known as Nyi Nyi Aung, was
arrested when he arrived at Yangon airport. Lwin started a hunger
strike on Dec. 4 to protest conditions of political prisoners in
Myanmar. He ended his hunger strike Dec. 15 and was subsequently
placed in solitary confinement. On Jan 1, 2010, Lwin was charged for
forgery and violation of the foreign currency act. Lwin (40) was
released on March 18, 2010.
(AP, 12/29/09)(AP, 1/1/10)(AFP, 3/18/10)
2009 Sep 3, Russian’s Foreign
Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko warned Georgia that attempts to
block ships from reaching a Moscow-aligned separatist region of
Georgia could end in military intervention.
2009 Sep 3, Rwanda's state
radio reported that Alfred Mukezamfura, former speaker of
parliament, was sentenced in absentia to life in prison for inciting
hatred during the 1994 genocide in which some 800,000 people died.
Mukezamfura fled the country in March to Belgium where he has sought
2009 Sep 3, In central Serbia a
series of explosions at an underground ammunition factory in Uzice
killed at least seven people and injured 15.
2009 Sep 3, In Thailand a bomb
hidden in a motorcycle parked outside a row of open-air shops and
restaurants in Pattani city exploded, killing a Buddhist man and
wounding 24 others.
2009 Sep 3, A water rights
battle over the historic Tigris and Euphrates rivers simmered, as
Iraq and Syria appealed for increased water flows to cope with
severe drought but Turkey said it was already too overstretched.
2010 Sep 3, A weakened
Hurricane Earl delivered only a glancing blow to North Carolina's
Outer Banks on its way up the East Coast, flooding roads on the
narrow vacation islands and knocking out power but staying farther
offshore than feared.
2010 Sep 3, BP Plc successfully
replaced a failed blowout preventer from atop its ruptured Gulf of
Mexico oil well.
2010 Sep 3, SF-based Craigslist
yielded to pressure and removed its controversial adult services
section. On Sep 15 Craigslist said the shutdown was permanent.
Backpage.com soon became the market leader in sex adverts.
(SSFC, 9/5/10, p.A1)(AFP, 9/16/10)(Econ, 7/18/15,
2010 Sep 3, The Basel Committee
of int’l. bank regulators agreed on a new set of rules, known as
Basel 3, with requirements for banks liquidity and capital.
(Econ, 10/9/10, SR p.16)
2010 Sep 3, In Barbados 2 men
burst into a clothing store in downtown Bridgetown and demanded
money before setting the building on fire and killing at least 6
people. On Sep 13 Police said 2 men, Renaldo Anderson Alleyne (21)
and Jamar Bynoe (19), had been arrested and charged with six counts
of murder, aggravated burglary, and arson in the attack. The island
has not executed anyone since 1984. On June 1, 2011, Alleyne pleaded
guilty to six counts of manslaughter. Bynoe faced similar charges
but his case had not yet gone to trial.
(AP, 9/5/10)(AP, 9/13/10)(AP, 6/2/11)
2010 Sep 3, In Belarus the
editor a popular opposition website was found dead amid an ongoing
crackdown on government critics and independent media. The body of
Oleg Bebenin (36) was found in his country house outside Minsk.
2010 Sep 3, Brazil's state-run
oil company Petrobras unveiled a huge share offering which could
raise 64 billion dollars to help finance new exploration projects in
2010 Sep 3, Britain and France
announced they are talking about sharing the cost of military
aircraft programs, but rejected reports that they plan to merge
their aircraft carrier fleets.
2010 Sep 3, In southern England
cellist Mike Edwards (62), a founding member of the Electric Light
Orchestra (ELO) band, died after the 600 kg (1,323 lb) bale rolled
down a steep field in Devon, smashed through a hedge and careered on
to the road.
2010 Sep 3, Chad health
officials said an outbreak of cholera in the Central African nation
has killed at least 41 people.
2010 Sep 3, A UPS Boeing
747-400 cargo plane with two crew members on board crashed shortly
after takeoff outside Dubai. The 2 crew members, Captain Doug Lampe
(48) of Louisville, Kentucky, and First Officer Matthew Bell (38) of
Sanford, Florida. were killed. On Nov 5 al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing
claimed responsibility for the crash, even though the United Arab
Emirates' civil aviation authority said that there was no evidence
of an explosive device aboard the jet.
(AP, 9/4/10)(AP, 9/5/10)(Reuters, 11/5/10)
2010 Sep 3, A court in Essen,
Germany, that has been overseeing months of wrangling over the rent
to be paid for 120 Karstadt stores, agreed that investor Nicolas
Berggruen (49) could snap up the iconic chain, saving it from
bankruptcy and safeguarding 25,000 jobs.
2010 Sep 3, Finland and Sweden
urged the European Union to create an independent peace institute to
broaden the scope of the bloc's peacekeeping efforts around the
2010 Sep 3, In Accra, Ghana,
Standard Bank Africa announced at an agricultural forum a 100
million dollar scheme to reach some 750,000 small scale farmers in
Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda in a bid to boost output.
2010 Sep 3, In eastern India
police found the body of a policeman in a remote forested district
150 km (100 miles) from the Bihar state capital Patna. A handwritten
note found near the body said: "We will kill the three other
policemen and send their bodies soon." The rebels had seized 4 men
during a raid on security forces last week that left 10 policemen
2010 Sep 3, The Iraqi National
Alliance, a powerful Iranian-backed Shiite bloc, added a third man
to the political wrangling by naming Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Iraq's Shiite
vice president, their candidate for the job.
2010 Sep 3, Japan imposed new
sanctions against Iran, including an assets freeze on people and
entities linked to its contentious nuclear program and tighter
restrictions on financial transactions.
2010 Sep 3, Kenya allowed the
International Criminal Court to open an office in the country, a
development that comes after Kenya's commitment to the court came
into question when the nation hosted Sudan's indicted leader last
2010 Sep 3, In southern Lebanon
explosions ripped through a building that might have been used to
store weapons by the militant group Hezbollah.
2010 Sep 3, In Lesotho Thomas
Maresco (24), a US Peace Corps volunteer, was shot and killed in an
apparent robbery attempt.
2010 Sep 3, In Mexico five
suspected cartel members were killed in Nuevo Leon state, during a
shootout on a highway leading to the border.
2010 Sep 3, Two members of
Mexico’s Congress were among six people killed on when their private
plane crashed near a popular Pacific beach resort. Guillermo
Zavaleta and Juan Huerta, members of President Felipe Calderon's
National Action Party, or PAN, died in the crash in Huatulco in the
state of Oaxaca.
2010 Sep 3, Police in
Mozambique fired rubber bullets and live ammunition to quell more
demonstrations against rising food prices. The death toll from the
unrest soon climbed to 13 with more than 440 injured. The government
said the economy has lost more than $3 million because of the deadly
riots, as state media reported new protests in two other towns.
(AFP, 9/3/10)(AFP, 9/6/10)
2010 Sep 3, In Pakistan a
suicide bombing targeting religious minorities killed at least 65
people in Quetta. A suicide attack on a mosque belonging to the
minority Ahmadi sect killed at least one person and wounded several
others in the northwest town of Mardan. Suspected US missiles killed
five people in a tribal region near the Afghan border. A bomb was
detonated by remote control as officers patrolled in Peshawar, the
capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
(AP, 9/3/10)(AP, 9/4/10)
2010 Sep 3, A Portuguese court
found six men and one woman guilty of crimes relating to child sex
abuse in a major trial that lasted nearly six years. All seven
defendants were found guilty of crimes including sexually abusing
minors and adolescents, raping children and running a pedophile ring
at the Casa Pia, a state-run children's home in Lisbon during the
2010 Sep 3, Russia’s
Emergencies Ministry said 8 people have been killed and 400 houses
set ablaze in the latest wave of the forest fires plaguing the
country. The fires were most intense in the Volgograd region, where
380 houses were burned in 20 populated areas. In Saratov, 20 houses
2010 Sep 3, An AU official said
African Union peacekeepers have established nine new bases in
Somalia's capital in recent months and will help develop Somali
government forces to defeat al-Qaida-linked Islamist insurgents.
2010 Sep 3, In Tajikistan a
suicide car bomb blast tore through police offices in Khujand, the
country’s second-largest city, killing one policeman and injuring 25
2011 Sep 3, Heavy rains from
Tropical Storm Lee were falling in southern Louisiana and pelting
the Gulf Coast as the storm's center trudged slowly toward land,
where businesses were already beginning to suffer on what would
normally be a bustling holiday weekend.
2011 Sep 3, Oakland, Ca.,
hosted its first Int’l. Cannabis & Hemp Expo and offered an area
for those with a valid cannabis card to ingest, smoke or vaporize
(SFC, 9/2/11, p.C2)
2011 Sep 3, In Afghanistan
officials said NATO forces killed a child and a shopkeeper who were
caught up in a firefight between a military patrol and a gunman in
Kandahar. NATO said that one of its service members was killed in an
insurgent attack in the south but did not say if it was the same
incident. , Afghan and NATO troops assaulted the house of former
Guantanamo inmate Sabar Lal Melma in Jalalabad. Malma was shot dead
by soldiers after he confronted them with an AK-47. 3 visiting
Afghan men were arrested.
(AP, 9/3/11)(AP, 9/10/11)
2011 Sep 3, English Defense
League far-right protesters clashed with London police during a
demonstration held despite a ban on marches in six parts of
2011 Sep 3, Chile's Pres.
Sebastian Pinera met with student, university and teachers' union
leaders for nearly four hours in the government palace, and all
those involved decided to keep negotiating in search of a solution
to the country's conflicts over education reform.
2011 Sep 3, Cuba’s Gen. Julio
Casas Regueiro (b.1936), the defense minister since 2008, died. The
former accountant fought in Cuba's revolution, then used his
training to run the military's lucrative economic enterprises for
two decades before becoming defense minister.
2011 Sep 3, Witnesses said
Egypt's military has started to close smuggling tunnels to Gaza,
amid Israeli warnings of plans by Gazan militants to attack the
Jewish state through Egyptian territory.
2011 Sep 3, German police in
the western city of Dortmund moved in after members of a roughly
1,000-strong group of "left-wing extremists" attacked officers and
police vehicles. Thousands of demonstrators had turned out in
Dortmund to protest against a planned march by far-right supporters.
Police said about 400 people turned out for the far-right event.
2011 Sep 3, A Greek official
said at least four people died on a half-sunk inflatable craft
carrying illegal migrants off the country's western coast. Eleven
others were found alive.
2011 Sep 3, The Indian
government signed a pact with the United Liberation Front of Asom
(ULFA) one of its oldest rebel groups to end militant violence in
the restive northeastern state of Assam and pave the way for peace
2011 Sep 3, Typhoon Talas cut
across western Japan leaving at least two people dead and five
missing after heavy rains and fierce winds.
2011 Sep 3, A Jordanian father
shot and killed his 24-year-old widowed daughter in hospital after
she gave birth to twins.
2011 Sep 3, A young Kurdish
shepherd was killed by an Iranian sniper on the Iraq-Iran border.
Iran also shelled the border area, appearing to target bases of the
Iranian Kurdish rebel group PEJAK, which has been involved in
sporadic cross-border clashes with Iranian forces in recent years.
2011 Sep 3, Libya’s new
civilian leaders put all military commanders in Tripoli under their
control in an effort to reign in Islamist influence and paper over
(SSFC, 9/4/11, p.A6)
2011 Sep 3, In Nigeria unknown
gunmen stormed a mainly Christian-dominated community overnight and
hacked eight members of a family to death in Tatu.
2011 Sep 3, In the Philippines
villagers and veteran hunters in Bunawan township in Agusan del Sur
province captured a one-ton saltwater crocodile which they plan to
make the star of a planned ecotourism park.
2011 Sep 3, Sudan's government
shut down all the offices of the country's largest opposition party,
the SPLM-North, charging that it was not a legally represented
political party. The SPLM-North vowed to fight for regime change
through armed struggle and mass protests, and called for
international support. The UN refugee agency said some 16,000 people
have fled across the Sudan’s border to Ethiopia since fighting
erupted on Sep 1.
(AFP, 9/3/11)(AP, 9/3/11)
2011 Sep 3, The Swaziland
government sought a court injunction to block a week of planned
pro-democracy protests in the southern African kingdom where
political parties are banned.
2011 Sep 3, Syrian security
forces searching for an alleged high-profile defector from President
Bashar Assad's regime killed two people near the town of Maaret
al-Numan in the northern province of Idlib.
2011 Sep 3, Around 50
expatriated Syrian Kurds gathered in Sweden for a two-day conference
on how to strengthen Kurds inside Syria and get them more involved
in efforts to overthrow Bashar al-Assad's regime.
2011 Sep 3, In Tajikistan
leaders from eight former Soviet states (Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan)
gathered to celebrate enduring cooperation over the two decades
since their nations collectively gained independence, but mutual
acrimony and recriminations cast a shadow over the event.
2012 Sep 3, Democrats unveiled
a party platform at their national convention in Charlotte, North
Carolina, that echoes President Barack Obama's call for higher taxes
on wealthier Americans while backing same-sex marriage and abortion
2012 Sep 3, In Minnesota the
Black Bear Casino Resort near Carlton cooked up a world-record bacon
cheeseburger that's 10 feet in diameter and weighed a record 2,014
pounds. It included 60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50
pounds of sliced onions, 40 pounds of pickles and 40 pounds of
2012 Sep 3, Valero Energy Corp.
announced that it will convert its shuttered oil refinery on the
southern Caribbean island of Aruba into a fuel storage facility,
leaving hundreds of employees jockeying for positions at the
2012 Sep 3, African-American
actor Michael Clarke Duncan (b.1957) died in Los Angeles, where he
was being treated for a heart attack. His dozens of films included
an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in "The Green
Mile" and such other box office hits as "Armageddon," ''Planet of
the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda.”
(AP, 9/3/12)(SFC, 9/4/12, p.A7)
2012 Sep 3, In Afghanistan the
international military coalition said one of its service members has
died in a bomb attack.
2012 Sep 3, Algeria's water
resources minister, Abdelmalek Sellal, was named prime minister by
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
2012 Sep 3, Argentina's tax
agency imposed more rules on purchases outside the country.
2012 Sep 3, In Burundi Aloys
Nzabampema, ex-leader of the former rebel National Liberation
Forces, claimed responsibility for a weekend attack near the capital
and announced the creation of a new FNL faction.
2012 Sep 3, CAR officials said
that Gen. Baba Ladde, a rebel leader from Chad known by his nickname
"The Father of the Bush," has turned himself in to authorities in
the capital of the Central African Republic.
2012 Sep 3, In Colombia
Griselda Blanco (69), a convicted drug trafficker who was once known
as the "Godmother" and the "Queen of Cocaine," was shot to death by
an unidentified gunman at a butcher shop in Medellin.
2012 Sep 3, Cuba raised import
duties on cargo shipments, as well as on many bulk goods brought in
by airline passengers. The steep hike in customs duties took effect,
catching many air travelers unaware and leaving some shocked at the
2012 Sep 3, A Hong Kong-owned
company, National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), said it has
completed the acquisition of bankrupt car maker Saab and will move
ahead with its business plan to make electric cars under the Swedish
2012 Sep 3, In Lebanon a
smoking ban in all closed public spaces, including coffee shops,
restaurants and bars, went into force under new legislation that
promises hefty fines for lawbreakers.
2012 Sep 3, Madagascar
officials said villagers have killed nearly 100 cattle thieves in a
wave of weekend attacks in southern areas of the Indian Ocean island
plagued by rustling.
2012 Sep 3, Police in Northern
Ireland fired plastic bullets and water cannon on rioters late today
in a second night of sectarian clashes between Catholics and
Protestants. 47 officers were injured in the overnight clashes.
(Reuters, 9/4/12)(SFC, 9/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 3, In Pakistan a
suicide car bomber rammed a US consulate vehicle in Peshawar,
killing at least two people in the deadliest attack targeting
Americans in the country in more than two years.
2012 Sep 3, South African
police and security guards fired rubber bullets and tear gas at
sacked gold miners who were attacking colleagues to block them from
working. Police said four people were wounded at the Gold Fields
mine that used to be partially owned by the president's nephew.
Lonmin warned that a nearly four week strike at its mine was
threatening 40,000 jobs, as the government moved to calm jitters in
2012 Sep 3, South Korean
Unification Church patriarch Sun Myung Moon (92) died near his home
in Gapyeong County.
2012 Sep 3, In Syria Government
warplanes bombed the northern town of al-Bab killing at least 19
2012 Sep 3, Tanzania journalist
Daudi Mwangosi of Channel Ten TV was reported killed in a
confrontation with police who were clashing with rallying supporters
of the country's biggest opposition party.
2012 Sep 3, In Thailand
Vorayuth Yoovidhya (27), a grandson of the creator of the Red Bull
energy drink, was arrested for driving a Ferrari that struck a
police officer and dragged his dead body down a Bangkok street in an
2013 Sep 3, In northern
California the supervisors of Siskiyou County voted 4-1 to secede
from the rest of the sate. They hoped to revitalize the 1941
regional secessionist movement to form the new state of Jefferson.
(SFC, 9/5/13, p.A1)
2013 Sep 3, In Ohio Ariel
Castro, sentenced to life in prison for the kidnapping, rape and
beatings of three Cleveland women he held captive in his house for a
decade, was found hanged in his prison cell. Authorities later said
his death may have been due to autoerotic asphyxiation. Consultants
later said he committed suicide by hanging.
(Reuters, 9/4/13)(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A4)(SFC,
2013 Sep 3, Former NBA star
Dennis Rodman flew to North Korea to hang out with authoritarian
leader Kim Jong Un, have a good time and bridge some cultural gaps —
but not to be a diplomat.
2013 Sep 3, Ronald Coase,
British-born US economist, died in Chicago. He was awarded the Nobel
prize in 1991. His 1960 article, "The Problem of Social Cost," was
the basis for the famous Coase Theorem. It suggests that
well-defined property rights could overcome non-market forces.
2013 Sep 3, In northern Bosnia
some 140 miners barricaded themselves 250 meters below ground at a
mine and threatened to go on hunger strike in a row over recruitment
2013 Sep 3, Egypt’s interim
Pres. Adli Mansour, in his first televised interview, said “the era
of pharaonic rule is over” as he explained why he has lifted a legal
ban against insulting Egypt’s leader.
(Econ, 9/7/13, p.51)
2013 Sep 3, Egyptian helicopter
gunships fired rockets at militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula,
killing at least 8 and injuring 15 others in an ongoing campaign to
put down Islamic radicals who have escalated attacks in the largely
2013 Sep 3, An Egyptian
military official says a military tribunal has sentenced 11
supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to life
imprisonment and 45 others to five years in prison over charges of
assaulting army troops during riots on Aug 14 and 16 in Suez city.
2013 Sep 3, A Cairo court
ordered the closure of four television channels, including
Al-Jazeera Egypt and Ahrar 25, a network belonging to the Islamist
2013 Sep 3, An Indian report
said a woman dies at the rate of almost one an hour in disputes over
how much her family has paid in dowry for her marriage.
(SFC, 9/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 3, In Iraq
shootings and a car bombing in and south of Baghdad killed at least
(AP, 9/4/13)(SFC, 9/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 3, Japan’s government
announced that it will spend $470 mikllion on a subterranean ice
wall and other steps to stop leaks of radioactive water from the
crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. One of the country’s two remaining
working nuclear reactors was taken offline, with the other to be
shut down later this month and no restarts in sight amid public
hostility to nuclear power.
(SFC, 9/4/13, p.A4)(AFP, 9/3/13)
2013 Sep 3, Romania launched a
criminal inquiry against Alexandru Visinescu (88), a communist jail
commander from the 1960s, who is accused of crimes against humanity.
2013 Sep 3, Syrian forces
seized the strategic northern town of Ariha, in a move that would
open the supply line between the coastal stronghold and pockets of
army control in a region that is largely rebel controlled.
2013 Sep 3, The Syrian
opposition said a Syrian forensic medicine expert with evidence that
Pres. Bashar al-Assad's administration used chemical weapons in an
attack near Aleppo in March has defected to Turkey.
2013 Sep 3, Former Syrian
Defense Minister General Ali Habib, a senior member, a prominent
member of President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect, defected and
crossed into Turkey.
2013 Sep 3, Ukrainian President
Viktor Yanukovich urged parliament to pass laws to underpin the
country's pro-Europe drive, even as Russia renewed pressure on Kiev
to halt its westward course.
2013 Sep 3, In Venezuela a
blackout hit much of the country including the capital Caracas, but
the oil industry was not affected and the government said it
expected power to be restored within hours.
2013 Sep 3, In Yemen 6
suspected al-Qaida militants and 2 citizens fighting them were
killed in separate clashes between members of the terror group and
armed residents who repelled attempts to retake their communities in
Yafaa and Lawder in southern Lahj and Abyan province.
2014 Sep 3, Pres. Obama said
the United States plans to fight Islamic State until it is no longer
a force in the Middle East and will seek justice for the killing of
American journalist Steven Sotloff.
2014 Sep 3, President Barack
Obama arrived in Estonia in a show of solidarity with NATO allies.
He vigorously vowed to come to the defense of NATO allies that fear
they could be Vladimir Putin's next target.
2014 Sep 3, In New Jersey
hundreds of newly laid off Atlantic City casino workers began filing
for unemployment as over 5,000 workers lost their jobs following the
closures of the Showboat and Revel.
(SFC, 9/4/14, p.A7)
2014 Sep 3, In NYC Andrew
Madoff (48), the son of convicted swindler Bernie Madoff, died of
cancer. Andrew and his brother Mark (d.2010) reported the fraud to
authorities in 2008.
(SFC, 9/4/14, p.D2)
2014 Sep 3, US giant Noble
Energy said Israel is to supply Jordan with natural gas from its
vast Leviathan offshore gas field over a period of 15 years in a
deal valued at $15 billion.
2014 Sep 3, In Afghanistan an
overnight attack by Taliban fighters wearing Afghan army uniforms
killed 5 Afghan soldiers and wounded 14 in the country's west. 6
Taliban fighters were killed.
2014 Sep 3, Australia banned
uranium sales to Russia over its actions in Ukraine while announcing
it will set up an embassy in Kiev and may offer military assistance.
2014 Sep 3, Bosnian police
detained 16 people suspected of having fought in Syria and Iraq or
of recruiting and funding other Balkan men to join the Islamic
2014 Sep 3, An Egyptian
policeman was shot dead and two colleagues wounded in attacks in the
restive Sinai Peninsula.
2014 Sep 3, The EU said it is
deploying dozens of experts to Ukraine to help reform police forces
and bolster the new West-leaning government's commitment to the rule
2014 Sep 3, Former Guatemalan
army captain Byron Lima, sentenced to 20 years in prison for the
1998 slaying of a Roman Catholic bishop, was charged with money
laundering and organized crime for allegedly building an illicit
business empire behind bars.
2014 Sep 3, President Francois
Hollande's office said France is suspending the delivery of a
hulking warship to Russia amid security concerns about Moscow's
actions in neighboring Ukraine. The Vladivostok, the first of two
Mistral-class helicopter carriers ordered by Russia, was to be
delivered by late October.
2014 Sep 3, Japan's PM Shinzo
Abe picked five women for his Cabinet, matching the past record.
2014 Sep 3, Lesotho's embattled
PM Tom Thabane, who fled to South Africa at the weekend after an
apparent bid to oust him, returned safely to his home country.
2014 Sep 3, Libyan government
forces and helicopters belonging to a renegade general bombed
ammunition sites of suspected Islamist militants in the eastern city
2014 Sep 3, Nigeria announced
that a seventh person had died from Ebola and another person was
confirmed as having the virus.
2014 Sep 3, Russian President
Vladimir Putin said a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine could
be reached this week. The announcement was timed by the Kremlin to
wrong-foot NATO on the eve of a summit that will discuss the crisis
and to sow doubt in the European Union over imposing new sanctions
2014 Sep 3, The Philippine
Health Secretary said a nurse who flew home from Saudi Arabia last
week has been confirmed as the Philippines' second case of Middle
East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
2014 Sep 3, Romania said it has
given the green light to NATO to base fighters there as the crisis
in neighboring Ukraine deepens.
2014 Sep 3, A court in Saudi
Arabia sentenced an American and 23 other people to prison on
charges they created a terrorist cell and planned attacks on
foreigners and oil pipelines.
2014 Sep 3, Somali and African
troops captured Jalalaqsi from Shebab Islamists during a major
2014 Sep 3, In eastern Syria 16
people, among them 10 children, were reported killed as a government
air strike hit a bus on the road between eastern Deir Ezzor province
and Damascus as it passed through the Shula area. State television
said that the jihadist Islamic State group had killed the
passengers, putting the death toll at 13.
2014 Sep 3, Turkish policeman
Ahmet Sahbaz was jailed for seven years and nine months after being
convicted of shooting dead protester Ethem Sarisuluk (26), during
2013 anti-government protests. The court had agreed he was provoked
by the protesters.
2014 Sep 3, A Ukrainian
official said the bodies of 87 soldiers had been retrieved from
southeastern Ukraine, killed over the weekend near the eastern city
2014 Sep 3, Yemeni Shiite
rebels (Huthis) and activists took to the streets of Sanaa to reject
a presidential overture to replace the government and reduce a
disputed fuel price hike.
2015 Sep 3, In San Francisco
James Thomas (61) was fatally stabbed on Sixth Street. In 2018
Carlos Argueta (35), a tenants' rights attorney, was acquitted
of three possible charges in the stabbing.
(SFC, 12/19/18, p.C1)
2015 Sep 3, In Kentucky Rowan
County Clerk Kim Davis was jailed for contempt after she insisted
that her conscience would not allow her to follow federal court
rulings on gay marriage.
(SFC, 9/4/15, p.A8)
2015 Sep 3, Part of the
Mississippi River was closed after two tow boats collided near
Paducah, Kentucky, damaging at least one barge carrying clarified
slurry oil, which is heavier than water. The coast Guard said a
little more than 120,000 of 250,000 gallons spilled into the river.
(SFC, 9/4/15, p.A8)(SFC, 9/5/15, p.A8)
2015 Sep 3, In NYC protests
took place outside of Trump Tower over negative comments made by
Donald Trump about Mexico and Mexican immigrants. Six protesters
later filed a lawsuit saying they had been assaulted during the
(SSFC, 9/22/19, p.A14)
2015 Sep 3, In Afghanistan
officials from more than 30 nations and 40 international
organizations gathered in Kabul for a regional economic conference
to explore ways of rebuilding the country after more than 40 years
2015 Sep 3, Bolivian
authorities working on a corruption case arrested Adolfo Chavez, a
top indigenous leader, who has been critical of President Evo
Morales' push to drill for oil and develop mining on traditional
native lands in the eastern lowlands. On Sep 5 Chavez was released
from detention by a judge who threw out the corruption case.
(AP, 9/4/15)(AP, 9/6/15)
2015 Sep 3, PM David Cameron
promised Britain would fulfil its "moral responsibilities" in the
migrants crisis but resisted growing pressure at home and abroad to
accept a bigger share of Syrian refugees.
2015 Sep 3, In northern
Cameroon least 30 people were killed in two successive suicide
2015 Sep 3, China unveiled new
"carrier-killer" missiles and announced a 300,000 cut in troop
numbers at a spectacular WWII anniversary parade.
2015 Sep 3, An Egyptian court
said that female singers Bardis and Shakira promoted indecency in
their music videos and sentenced both to six months in prison.
(SFC, 9/4/15, p.A2)
2015 Sep 3, France and Germany
agreed that the European Union, facing an unprecedented influx of
migrants, should impose binding quotas on the numbers member states
2015 Sep 3, In France more than
1,000 tractors descended on Paris in a boisterous protest by farmers
who blocked highways to express their anger over falling prices for
their goods and high taxes.
2015 Sep 3, Guatemala’s Pres.
Perez Molina (64) appeared in court after submitting his
resignation. A judge had issued an order to detain him in a customs
fraud case. Congress met in an emergency session to hand power to
the vice president.
(AP, 9/3/15)(Reuters, 9/3/15)
2015 Sep 3, Hungarian police
halted a train packed with migrants bound for the Austrian border
and tried to force them to disembark in a town with a detention
camp, a confrontation that has become a focus of Europe's migration
2015 Sep 3, An overloaded
wooden boat believed to be carrying about 70 Indonesian illegal
immigrants sank off the coast of Malaysia, killing 61 people, among
them 23 women. The number of survivors stood at 19.
(Reuters, 9/3/15)(AP, 9/7/15)
2015 Sep 3, In Iraq at least 12
people were killed in bomb attacks in commercial and residential
neighborhoods across Baghdad.
2015 Sep 3, The Israeli
military said its air force had attacked a Hamas military position
in the Gaza Strip overnight from which gunfire had hit homes in
2015 Sep 3, The WHO announced
that Liberia, recently ravaged by Ebola, was free of the virus, 42
days after the last confirmed case passed a second negative test.
2015 Sep 3, Libya's coastguard
said it rescued 104 African migrants on an overloaded rubber dinghy
bound for Europe that was about to sink off the coast of Tripoli.
About 30-40 people migrants drowned in the Mediterranean after a
dinghy carrying 120-140 Somalis, Sudanese and Nigerians deflated
after sailing from Misrata. The International Organization for
Migration said there were 91 survivors.
(AFP, 9/3/15) (AP, 9/4/15)
2015 Sep 3, Some 5,600 people
crossed into Macedonia from Greece.
2015 Sep 3, NATO inaugurated a
military center in the Lithuanian capital amid growing concerns in
the Baltic countries over Russia's military presence.
2015 Sep 3, The Sudan
Liberation Army – Abdul Wahid, a Darfur-based rebel group, released
18 government soldiers over the last 24 hours who were being held as
prisoners. The release was assisted by the Red Cross.
2015 Sep 3, PM Ahmet Davutoglu
said Turkey will continue to keep its doors open to refugees and
urged European countries to take their share of the burden.
2015 Sep 3, Four Turkish police
were killed in a bomb attack on their vehicle in the country's
southeast blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
2016 Sep 3, In Oklahoma a 5.6
earthquake, one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded in the
state, rattled the area northwest of Pawnee, fueling growing concern
about seismic activity linked to energy production.
(Reuters, 9/3/16)(SSFC, 9/4/16, p.A8)
2016 Sep 3, Argentina's richest
man according to Forbes, energy mogul Carlos Bulgheroni (71), died
in the United States, where he was hospitalized following a surgical
procedure in June. Bulgheroni, along with his brother Alejandro,
owned Pan American Energy, Argentina's second-biggest oil company,
behind state-run YPF.
2016 Sep 3, In Ethiopia as many
as 23 people died in a fire at the Kilinto prison on the outskirts
of Addis Ababa.
(http://tinyurl.com/hbgnw44)(SFC, 9/6/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 3, Israel’s PM
Benjamin Netanyahu, under pressure from ultra-Orthodox partners,
ordered routine railway repairs scheduled today, the Jewish Sabbath,
to be halted.
2016 Sep 3, Myanmar’s
government ended four days of peace talks with 17 insurgent groups.
Days before the peace talks began Myanmar’s army had attacked Kachin
Independence Army (KIA) positions.
(Econ, 9/10/16, p.32)
2016 Sep 3, Singapore confirmed
26 more cases of locally-transmitted Zika infections bringing the
tally to 215.
2016 Sep 3, Venezuela named
publicly 18 military commanders to oversee the production and
distribution of food and basic goods in an effort to alleviate
severe shortages affecting the country.
2017 Sep 3, It was reported
that California’s Dept. of Public health has confirmed three recent
deaths from West Nile virus. In all 87 cases from 13 California
counties have been recorded this year.
(SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A8)
2017 Sep 3, Walter Becker
(b.1950), guitarist, bassist and co-founder of Steely Dan, died in
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Becker)(SFC, 9/5/17, p.E6)
2017 Sep 3, John Ashbery (90),
American poet, died at his home in Hudson, NY. In 1976 he became the
only writer to win the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and
the National Book Critics Circle Award in the same year for his
collection “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.”
(SFC, 9/5/17, p.A5)
2017 Sep 3, In California Aaron
Joel Mitchell (41) died at UC Davis after he ran through two layers
of security the previous evening and into flames of the Burning Man
in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
(SFC, 9/4/17, p.A5)
2017 Sep 3, Texas Governor Greg
Abbott said damage from Hurricane Harvey would exceed that of epic
hurricanes Katrina or Sandy, likely reaching $150 billion to $180
billion. It was later reported that Harvey caused an estimated $125
billion in damage statewide.
(Reuters, 9/3/17)(SSFC, 10/14/18, p.A10)
2017 Sep 3, Relief camps were
reaching full capacity as thousands of Rohingya refugees continued
to pour into Bangladesh fleeing violence in western Myanmar. Some
73,000 people have crossed the border since violence erupted Aug. 25
in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
2017 Sep 3, A Belgian army
helicopter pilot disappeared in a mysterious midair incident at an
airshow. The pilot had fallen from the aircraft after three
skydivers had jumped from the helicopter but the co-pilot, alone on
board, landed it safely.
2017 Sep 3, The United States
embassy in Burkina Faso said the Peace Corps has evacuated 124
volunteers due to security concerns.
2017 Sep 3, Cambodian
authorities overnight arrested Kem Sokha, the leader of the main
opposition party, accusing him of conspiring with the United States
to topple the government.
2017 Sep 3, The Cambodia Daily,
which is often critical of the government, said its Sep 4 edition
would be its last after it was slapped with a multi-million dollar
tax bill that its publishers said was politically motivated.
2017 Sep 3, Chinese President
Xi Jinping called for the world to reject protectionism even as
American and European pressure mounts on Beijing to lower market
barriers, speaking at the start of a Chinese-led summit of business
representatives of the BRICS nations.
2017 Sep 3, China’s state news
agency Xinhua said President Xi Jinping and Russian President
Vladimir Putin agreed to "appropriately deal with" the latest
nuclear test by North Korea. Putin was in China for the summit of
business representatives of the BRICS nations.
2017 Sep 3, The leader of the
opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi,
returned to Kinshasa just as police arrested some of his supporters
during a demonstration.
2017 Sep 3, In Germany a
political website of Julia Kloeckner, vice chairman of Merkel's
Christian Democratic Union (CDU), saw some 3,000 attacks before a
debate between Merkel and Social Democratic leader Martin Schulz.
2017 Sep 3, German explosives
experts started to defuse a massive WW II bomb in Frankfurt after
tens of thousands of people evacuated their homes.
2017 Sep 3, Guyanese
authorities said they're seeing a significant increase in
Venezuelans crossing the border seeking treatment for malaria and
other ailments. Guyana's Indigenous Affairs Ministry said Venezuelan
soldiers recently crossed the border and stole food, telling locals
they hadn't been resupplied for 45 days.
2017 Sep 3, The Iranian
judiciary said a court has re-imposed the death penalty on Mohammad
Ali Taheri, founder of Erfan Halgheh which calls itself
"Interuniversalism" in English, after the first sentence was struck
down by the supreme court. He was sentenced to death by a
Revolutionary Court in 2015 for "corruption on earth" but the
Supreme Court later quashed the sentence.
2017 Sep 3, In Italy Guerlin
Butungu (20), Congolese asylum-hopeful who was rescued at sea and
brought to Italy in 2015, was nabbed aboard a train by police as the
last of a gang of four young males suspected of raping a Polish
tourist on a beach, beating her companion unconscious and raping a
Peruvian woman barely an hour later in the resort town of Rimini.
Three others were arrested a day earlier.
2017 Sep 3, In Kenya Raila
Odinga, the main rival of President Uhuru Kenyatta, called for the
ousting of members of the country's election commission, likening
them to "hyenas", while judges slammed "veiled threats" by the
president after the shock annulment of his re-election victory.
2017 Sep 3, Two Kenyan police
officers were killed by gunmen on a motorbike as they were guarding
a church near the Indian Ocean, in an attack police believe could be
the work of Shabaab militants.
2017 Sep 3, East Libyan forces
launched air strikes on Islamic State fighters after the militants
made incursions south and east of their former coastal stronghold of
2017 Sep 3, North Korea
released photos of leader Kim Jong Un next to what it described as a
H-bomb for an ICBM, then actually detonating a device underground in
its sixth and by far most powerful nuclear test to date. Chinese
seismologists later concluded that North Korea's underground nuclear
test site partially collapsed following the massive bomb blast,
making it unusable. The blast triggered a 6.3-magnitude earthquake
that was felt across the northern border with China.
(AP, 9/3/17)(Econ, 9/9/17, p.36)(AP, 4/24/18)
2017 Sep 3, In Somalia Al
Shabaab militants attacked a military base near the southern port
city of Kismayu early today. Shabab said 26 Somali soldiers were
killed in the incident, but that could not be confirmed by other
2017 Sep 3, Sri Lanka's Pres.
Maithripala Sirisen vowed to protect his former ambassador to six
South American nations, an ex-army chief accused of crimes in the
bloody final phase of the country's civil war. A week earlier rights
groups filed criminal lawsuits in South America against Jagath
Jayasuriya, who until last week served as the country's envoy to
Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Suriname.
2017 Sep 3, Syria's army and
its allies advanced towards their enclave in Deir al-Zor, besieged
by Islamic State forces, taking al-Kharata oil field. Fierce clashes
between the Islamic State group and pro-regime forces in and around
the town of Uqayribat in the eastern Hama countryside left over 150
fighters dead over the last 24 hours, mostly jihadists.
(Reuters, 9/3/17)(AFP, 9/3/17)
2017 Sep 3, In eastern Syria an
Islamic State evacuation convoy trying to reach IS territory has
split in two, with some buses remaining in the open desert after
others turned back into government-held areas. The US-led coalition
fighting IS has blocked the convoy from entering Islamic State
territory in east Syria, near the border with Iraq, by cratering
roads and destroying bridges.
2017 Sep 3, In Uruguay Rocco
Morabito (51), a top crime syndicate boss convicted of drug
trafficking and on the run from Italy since 1994, was arrested in
Montevideo. He was living in a luxury villa in a seaside resort town
under an alias and using a false Brazilian passport.
2018 Sep 3, In Afghanistan
Jalaluddin Haqqani (71), founder of the much-feared Haqqani network
and a former US ally turned fierce enemy, died. Haqqani's network
has been led by his son Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is also deputy head
of the Taliban.
2018 Sep 3, In eastern
Afghanistan the Taliban attacked a district police headquarters late
today in Paktia province, killing four police and wounding six. More
than 20 insurgents were reported killed in the battle. An American
service member was killed in an apparent insider attack.
(AP, 9/4/18)(Reuters, 9/4/18)
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 3, Argentina's Pres.
Mauricio Macri announced new taxes on exports and the elimination of
several ministries in a bid to halt economic turmoil.
(SFC, 9/4/18, p.A2)
2018 Sep 3, Scientists in
Australia warned that a superbug resistant to all known antibiotics
that can cause "severe" infections or even death is spreading
undetected through hospital wards across the world. The bacteria,
known as Staphylococcus epidermidis, is related to the better-known
and more deadly MRSA.
2018 Sep 3, Chinese President
Xi Jinping pledged $60 billion in financing for projects in Africa
in the form of assistance, investment and loans, as China furthers
efforts to link the continent's economic prospects to its own.
2018 Sep 3, China's agriculture
ministry said new case of African swine fever has been confirmed in
Wuxi in eastern Jiangsu province.
2018 Sep 3, The ruler of Dubai
announced the names of two astronauts from the United Arab Emirates
who will be heading to the International Space Station next year, a
first for the Gulf nation.
2018 Sep 3, Estonian officials
arrested former military officer Deniss Metsavas (b.1980) and his
father Pjotr Volin (b.1953) on suspicion of treason and spying for
2018 Sep 3, In Germany a
migrant was convicted of murdering his 15-year-old German
ex-girlfriend in Kandel in December 2017 and was sentenced to 8.5
years in prison.
2018 Sep 3, Greek ships
remained docked at the country's ports as seamen started a strike to
demand the restoration of wages and labor rights, following the
expiry of Greece's third bailout program last month. The strike has
left tens of thousands of travelers stranded on the country's
popular island destinations.
(Reuters, 9/3/18)(AP, 9/3/18)
2018 Sep 3, Iran called for
militants to be "cleaned out" of Syria's Idlib province, as it
prepared for talks with Syria and Russia about confronting the last
major enclave held by rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.
2018 Sep 3, The Iranian rial
hit another all-time low against the US dollar in spite of central
bank efforts to stem the decline.
2018 Sep 3, In Lebanon UN
schools for Palestinian refugees started the new school year on
time, despite the US decision to cancel funding to the international
body's Palestinian relief agency.
2018 Sep 3, In Malaysia two
Muslim women convicted under Islamic laws of attempting to have sex
were caned in a rare public whipping that was slammed by lawmakers
and rights activists as a form of torture. The women, aged 22 and
32, were seated on stools facing the judges and given six strokes
from a light rattan cane on their backs by female prison officers.
2018 Sep 3, Mauritius tried to
persuade judges at the World Court to find that it was illegally
stripped by Britain of another Indian Ocean archipelago, the Chagos
Islands, now home to a major US air base. Britain apologized for the
"shameful way" it evicted residents of the disputed Chagos islands
but insisted Mauritius was wrong to bring the increasingly bitter
dispute to the UN's top court.
(AP, 9/3/18)(AFP, 9/3/18)
2018 Sep 3, Mexico's outgoing
Pres. Enrique Pena Nieto gave his last state of the union address
and blamed state and local police for the surge in violent crime.
2018 Sep 3, In Myanmar
journalists Wa Lone (32) and Kyaw Soe Oo (28) were found guilty of
breaching the Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in
2018 Sep 3, In northern Niger
some 347 people from 13 countries, including Mali, Guinea and
Senegal, were found in Assamaka after arriving on foot overnight. A
further 92 were rescued the next day.
2018 Sep 3, In Nigeria eleven
people were shot dead in the Lopandet Dwei Du area of Plateau state
in a long-running resource conflict between farmers and herders.
2018 Sep 3, Rwandans voted in
parliamentary elections that are expected to shore up the power of
President Paul Kagame's ruling party a year after he was re-elected
with 98 percent of the vote.
2018 Sep 3, Spain's PM Pedro
Sanchez proposed holding a referendum in Catalonia on greater
autonomy for the wealthy region but ruled out allowing a vote on
independence as demanded by Catalan leaders.
2018 Sep 3, In South Africa
workers from the mainly-white Solidarity union staged a go-slow
protest at the petrochemicals firm Sasol over a share scheme offered
exclusively to black staff, and said they would begin a full strike
on September 6.
2018 Sep 3, Turkey reported its
highest inflation rate in 15 years fuelled by a spectacular drop in
the Turkish lira, as analysts predicted that worse is probably to
2018 Sep 3, Zimbabwe's wildlife
authority said it is donating 10 white rhinos to Democratic Republic
of Congo to re-establish a population driven to extinction by
poachers a decade ago.
2019 Sep 3, The Trump
administration revealed that it would be paying for a border wall by
diverting funds meant for the construction of elementary schools,
hazardous waste warehouse facilities, and fire stations, among other
Department of Defense initiatives.
(The Daily Beast, 9/4/19)
2019 Sep 3, Alabama deputies
found one adult and two minors dead at a scene in Elkmont. Another
adult and minor were hospitalized with critical injuries and later
died. A teenager (14) admitted to killing five members of his
family. He had called 911 about hearing gunshots.
2019 Sep 3, A California
appeals court ruled that restaurants, hotels and other businesses
that serve the public in California must make their websites
accessible to the blind. The court cited a 1990 federal law
prohibiting discrimination against the disabled in any place of
(SFC, 9/4/19, p.C4)
2019 Sep 3, It was reported
that gun violence over the Labor Day weekend has left seven people
dead and another 34 wounded in Chicago.
2019 Sep 3, It was reported
that authorities have arrested at least 58 people at this year's
Burning Man festival in the northern Nevada desert, 14 more than
last year. The counter-culture gathering wrapped up on Sept. 2 after
attracting more than 70,000 people about 100 miles (160 km) north of
2019 Sep 3, A North Carolina
trial court rejected state legislative district maps, saying
lawmakers took extreme advantage from drawing districts to help
elect a maximum number of Republicans. An appeal was expected.
(SFC, 9/4/19, p.A5)
2019 Sep 3, In Pennsylvania the
body of Nalani Johnson, who was to turn 2 this month, was found in
Pine Ridge Park in Blairsville, about 37 miles (60 km) east of Penn
Hills, where authorities allege the girl was kidnapped the evening
of August 31. Sharena Islam Nancy (25), who authorities say had been
romantically involved with the child's father, remained in custody
in Allegheny County on charges of kidnapping of a minor, custodial
interference and concealment of the whereabouts of a child, all
2019 Sep 3, Walmart said it
will discontinue the sale of handgun and short-barrel rifle
ammunition and also publicly request that customers refrain from
openly carrying firearms in stores even where state laws allow it.
(SFC, 9/4/19, p.D1)
2019 Sep 3, Hurricane Dorian
grew in size and picked up speed, and was forecast to come
"dangerously close" to Florida's coast after pounding Grand Bahama
Island for about a day, killing at least five people.
2019 Sep 3, British Labour
leader Jeremy Corbyn said opposition parties were working on ways to
stop PM Boris Johnson from using an early election to force through
a no-deal Brexit. Johnson suffered a defeat in parliament when he
lost his wafer thin majority and rebel Conservatives joined
opposition MPs in voting against a no-deal departure.
(Reuters, 9/3/19)(AFP, 9/4/19)
2019 Sep 3, Chinese President
Xi Jinping urged the ruling Communist Party to brace for a “long
term” struggle against a variety of threats, the latest in a series
of warnings to a nation facing a slowing economy and a more
2019 Sep 3, German fashion
photographer Peter Lindbergh (74), credited with inventing the
concept of the supermodel in the 1980s, died.
2019 Sep 3, Guinea-Bissau
authorities said police have seized more than 1.8 tons of cocaine
hidden in flour bags in the biggest seizure in the country's
history. Police said the shipment was on its way to Islamist
militants of the Arab Maghreb.
2019 Sep 3, Hong Kong Chief
Executive Carrie Lam said she never asked China for permission to
resign over the historic unrest rocking the city, while
acknowledging that she discussed her struggles in a closed-door
2019 Sep 3, Iran's President
Hassan Rouhani ruled out holding any bilateral talks with the US and
threatened to further cut Iran's commitments to a nuclear deal
within days. Iran said it is capable of resuming production of 20%
enriched uranium within two days.
(AFP, 9/3/19)(Reuters, 9/3/19)
2019 Sep 3, Iranian oil tanker
Adrian Darya, pursued by the US, turned off its tracking beacon,
leading to renewed speculation that it will head to Syria.
2019 Sep 3, A spokesman for the
Kurdish-led US-backed force in Syria says they have carried out a
patrol near a border town with Turkey to select fortifications to be
2019 Sep 3, In central Mali at
least eight people were killed when a makeshift bomb exploded under
a passenger bus travelling in the violence-plagued region of Mopti.
2019 Sep 3, Nigerian youths
took to the streets this evening in some Nigerian cities to attack
South African owned businesses, amid a growing outcry about the
attacks on many Nigerians living in South Africa.
2019 Sep 3, Russian police
detained Sergey Boiko, the head of Russia’s Libertarian Party, and
civil activist Mark Galperin. The powerful Investigative Committee
said it has dropped charges against five men who attended a July 27
protest and were accused of participating in “mass disorder.”
Protesters Ivan Podkopaev and Danila Beglets, were sentenced to
prison for assaulting police officers.
2019 Sep 3, It was reported
that Saudi Arabia has deployed more troops in southern Yemen to try
to contain clashes between nominal allies in the Saudi-led military
coalition fighting the Houthis that risk further fragmenting the
2019 Sep 3, In Slovakia
far-right lawmaker Milan Mazurek lost his parliament seat after the
country's Supreme Court upheld his conviction for racism. Mazurek
had made illegal racist comments about the Roma community during a
2016 radio broadcast.
(SFC, 9/4/19, p.A2)
2019 Sep 3, South Africa's
President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned days of widespread looting and
arson attacks on foreign-owned businesses across Johannesburg and
the capital Pretoria, calling the violence "totally unacceptable."
Police have arrested more than 90 people in five areas impacted by
2019 Sep 3, In Syria at least
one civilian was killed and more than 16 wounded by two bombs hidden
in motorbikes in the border town of Azaz, which is controlled by
2019 Sep 3, It was reported
that US online streaming service Netflix has applied for a license
to continue operating in Turkey under new online broadcasting rules
that have raised fears over possible censorship in the future.
2019 Sep 3, A report the UN
trade agency UNCTAD said leaving the European Union without a trade
deal would cost Britain at least $16 billion in lost exports, and
would probably cost far more after indirect effects are taken into
2019 Sep 3, Experts backed by
the UN's top human rights body flagged allegations of rape, sexual
assault and gender-based violence committed by all sides in Yemen's
civil war, now in its fifth year.
2019 Sep 3, Zimbabwean public
sector doctors went on strike for the second time in less than a
year to demand a further salary increase amid soaring living costs,
as President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government struggles with a
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