1066 Sep 21, At the Battle at
Fulford Norway king Harald III Hardrada beat the British militia.
1327 Sep 21, Edward II of
England died. He was believed murdered by order of his wife, Queen
Isabella, and Baron Robert Mortimer.
1348 Sep 21, Jews in Zurich
Switzerland were accused of poisoning wells.
1372 Sep 21, Frederik I van
Hohenzollern, monarch of Brandenburg (1417-40), was born.
1415 Sep 21, Frederick III,
German Emperor (1440-1493), was born in Innsbruck Austria.
1435 Sep 21, Treaty of Atrecht.
Philippe le Bon of Burgundy and French king Charles VII signed a
treaty at Arras. Philippe broke with the English and recognized
Charles as France’s only king.
(PCh, 1992, p.145)
1451 Sep 21, Cardinal Nicholas
of Cusa ordered the Jews of Holland to wear a badge.
1452 Sep 21, Girolamo
Savonarola (d.1498), was born in Ferrara. He became a Dominican
monk, reformer, dictator of Florence (1494-98) and martyr. He was
best known for his bonfires of the vanities in which corrupt books
and images were set alight.
(Hem, 4/97, p.53)(WUD, 1994, p.1272,1672)(WSJ,
7/10/98, p.W11)(MC, 9/21/01)
1519 Sep 21, Hans Backofen
(Backoffen), German sculptor, died at about 49.
1520 Sep 21, Suleiman I (the
Magnificent), son of Selim, became the Ottoman sultan in
(TL-MB, 1988, p.12)(HN, 9/21/98)
1558 Sep 21, Charles V
(b.1500), King of Spain (Carlos I), former Holy Roman Emperor
(1519-1556), died. In 2006 lab tests showed that Charles suffered
(TL-MB, 1988, p.19)(http://tinyurl.com/kq9sq)
1575 Sep 21, A major hurricane
hit Puerto Rico on the feast day of St. Matthew and became known as
the San Mateo hurricane.
(SSFC, 8/6/06, Par p.24)
1588 Sep 21, Medina Sidonia's
Spanish Armada flagship, the San Martin, arrived at Santander,
Spain. Almost half of the 130 ships were lost. 20k of 30k men died.
1,500 died in battle, the rest from shipwreck, massacre, starvation
or disease. In 1981 David Howarth authored "The Voyage of the
Armada." In 1988 Peter Kemp authored "The Campaign of the Spanish
(ON, 3/02, p.6)
1589 Sep 21, The Duke of
Mayenne of France, head of the Catholic League, was defeated by
Henry IV of England at the Battle of Arques.
(HN, 9/21/98)(MC, 9/21/01)
1591 Sep 21, French bishops
recognized Henri IV as king of France.
1599 Sep 21, The Globe Theater
had its first recorded performance. The 20-sided timber building for
Shakespeare’s plays was constructed on the South Bank of the Thames,
England. The troupe Lord Chamberlain's Men built the Globe Theater.
Timbers came from a dismantled old theater and the new structure
held some 3,000 spectators in 3 galleries. In 2005 James Shapiro
authored “A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599."
(Hem, Mar. 95, p.138)(WSJ, 6/17/97, p.A16)(WSJ,
1/11/99, p.R34)(Econ, 11/5/05, p.92)
1621 Sep 21, King James of
England gave Canada to Sir Alexander Sterling.
1648 Sep 21, In Poland at the
Battle at Pilawce Bohdan Chmielricki beat John II Casimir.
(PCh, 1992, p.241)(MC, 9/21/01)
1673 Sep 21, James Needham
returned to Virginia after exploring the land to the west, which
would become Tennessee.
1676 Sep 21, Benedetto
Odescalchi was elected as Pope Innocent XI.
1677 Sep 21, John and Nicolaas
van der Heyden patented a fire extinguisher.
1692 Sep 21, Two men and seven
women were executed for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts.
1745 Sep 21, A Scottish
Jacobite army commanded by Lord George Murray routed the Royalist
army of General Sir John Cope at Prestonpans. At the Battle at
Preston Pans Bonnie Prince Charles beat the English army.
(HN, 9/21/98)(MC, 9/21/01)
1746 Sep 21, A French
expeditionary army occupied Labourdonnais and Dupleix Madras.
1756 Sep 21, John Loudon
McAdam, engineer who invented and gave his name to macadamized
roads, was born.
1761 Sep 21, King George III of
England was crowned. George was German and had been Elector of
Hanover. Coincidentally, the composer Handel, who was working in
London when King George was crowned, had gone to London after
skipping out on his last job...working for George in Hanover.
Fortunately for Handel, King George forgave him.
1776 Sep 21, Nathan Hale was
arrested in NYC by the British for spying for American rebels.
(SFC, 9/20/03, p.A2)
1776 Sep 21, NYC burned down in
the Great Fire 5 days after British took over.
1780 September 21-22, General
Benedict Arnold, American commander of West Point, met with British
spy Major John André to hand over plans of the important Hudson
River fort to the enemy. Unhappy with how General George Washington
treated him and in need of money, Arnold planned to "sell" West
Point for 20,000 pounds--a move that would enable the British to cut
New England off from the rest of the rebellious colonies. Arnold's
treason was exposed when André was captured by American militiamen
who found the incriminating plans in his stocking. Arnold received a
timely warning and was able to escape to a British ship, but André
was hanged as a spy on October 2, 1780. Condemned for his
Revolutionary War actions by both Americans and British, Arnold
lived until 1801.
1792 Sep 21, Collot D'Herbois
proposed to abolish the monarchy in France. The French National
Convention voted to abolish the monarchy. 1st French Republic formed
(AP, 9/21/97)(MC, 9/21/01)
1804 Sep 21, Another major
hurricane hit Puerto Rico on the feast day of St. Matthew and became
known as the San Mateo II hurricane [see 1575].
(SSFC, 8/6/06, Par p.24)
1814 Sep 21, "Star Spangled
Banner" was published as a poem.
1817 Sep 21, Carter Littlepage
Stevenson, Major General (Confederate Army), was born.
1823 Sep 21, The Angel Moroni
1st appeared to Joseph Smith (b.1823), according to Smith (founder
of Mormon Church). Smith in New York claimed that an angel named
Moroni led him to ancient golden plates that revealed the untold
story of America during biblical times.
(SFC, 4/8/96, p.A-1,6)(MC, 9/21/01)
1832 Sep 21, Sir Walter Scott
(b.1771), Scottish poet and novelist, died at Abbotsford near
Melrose in the Scottish Borders. His novels included "Ivanhoe" and
"Rob Roy." Scott was later credited with inventing the genre of
historical fiction. In 2010 Stuart Kelley authored “Scott-land: The
Man Who Invented a Nation."
3/11/07, p.G3)(Econ, 7/31/10, p.67)
1837 Sep 21, Charles Lewis
Tiffany (1812-1902) founded his jewelry and china stores.
(MC, 9/21/01)(SSFC, 9/7/03, p.I4)
1860 Sep 21, Arthur
Schopenhauer (b.1788), German philosopher known for his pessimism
and philosophical clarity, died. At age 25 he published his doctoral
dissertation," On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient
Reason," which examined the four separate manifestations of reason
in the phenomenal world.
1862 Sep 21, William Benjamin
Gould and 7 other black men stole a boat and rowed past Fort
Caswell, NC. They were picked up the next day by the Union warship
Cambridge. In 2002 Prof. W.B. Gould published his
great-grandfather’s diary "Dairy of a Contraband: The Civil War
Passage of a Black Sailor."
(SFC, 9/2/02, p.A1)
1862 Sep 21, 300 Indians were
sentenced to hang in Mankato, Minnesota.
1863 Sep 21, Union troops under
Major Gen’l. William S. Rosencrans defeated at Chickamauga sought
refuge in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which was then besieged by
Confederate troops. There they lost 10,000 horses and mules to
(HT, 4/97, p.52)(HN, 9/21/98)
1866 Sep 21, Charles Jean Henri
Nicolle, bacteriologist, was born. He discovered that typhus fever
is transmitted by body louse and was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1928.
(HN, 9/21/98)(MC, 9/21/01)
1866 Sep 21, H.G. Wells
(d.1946), English novelist and historian was born as Herbert George
Wells in Bromley, Kent, England. His work included the novel
"Marriage," "The Time Machine" (1895), "The Invisible Man" (1897)
and "The War of the Worlds" (1898).
1872 Sep 21, John Henry Conyers
of SC became the 1st black student at Annapolis.
1878 Sep 21, The obelisk of
Alexandria was erected upright at a public park in London.
(ON, 6/20/11, p.10)
1883 Sep 21, The 1st direct
US-Brazil telegraph connection was made.
1893 Sep 21, Frank Duryea drove
the 1st US made gas propelled car. [see Sep 22]
1895 Sep 21, Juan de la Cierva,
aeronautical engineer who invented the autogyro, was born.
1895 Sep 21, The Duryea Motor
Wagon Company, the 1st auto manufacturer, opened.
1896 Sep 21, General Horatio
Kitchener's army occupied Dongola, Sudan. Gen’l. Herbert Kitchener
led the British conquest of the Sudan. The "kit bag," another name
for a knapsack, was named after him.
(SFEC, 3/29/98, Z1 p.8)(WSJ, 8/25/98, p.A14)(MC,
1897 Sep 21, The New York Sun
ran its famous editorial that answered a question from 8-year-old
Virginia O'Hanlon: "Is there a Santa Claus?" Francis P. Church
wrote, in part: "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as
certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know
that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy."
1902 Sep 21, Allen Lake was
born. He founded Penguin Books in 1935.
1903 Sep 21, The 1st cowboy
film, "Kit Carson," premiered in US.
1904 Sep 21, Exiled Nez Perce
leader Chief Joseph died in Washington state reportedly of a "broken
heart." In 1984 “Chief Joseph’s Own Story" was published.
(HN, 9/21/98)(SFC, 6/13/97, p.A13)
1912 Sep 21, Chuck Jones,
animator and director of Warner Brothers cartoons Bugs Bunny and
Daffy Duck, was born.
(HN, 9/21/00)(MC, 9/21/01)
1913 Sep 21, The 1st aerobatic
maneuver, a sustained inverted flight, was performed in France.
1915 Sep 21, Anthony Comstock
(b.1844), former US Postal Inspector and politician dedicated to
ideas of Victorian morality, died. The anti-porn campaigner had used
his position to seize 50 tons of books and 4 million pictures.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Comstock)(Econ, 3/15/08, p.44)
1915 Sep 21, Stonehenge was
sold by auction for 6,600 pounds sterling ($11,500) to a Mr. Chubb,
who bought it as a present for his wife. He presented it to the
British nation three years later.
1920 Sep 21, Jay Ward,
cartoonist (Rocky & his Friends, Bullwinkle), was born.
1921 Sep 21, Pope Benedictus XV
donated 1 million lire to feed Russians.
1921 Sep 21, In Oppau, Germany,
an explosion at the Bradishe Aniline chemical works, a nitrate
manufacturing plant, destroyed the plant and a nearby village with
561 deaths and over 1500 persons injured.
(HSAB, 1994, p.46)(MC, 9/21/01)
1922 Sep 21, Pres Warren G.
Harding signed a joint resolution of approval to establish a Jewish
homeland in Palestine.
1922 Sep 21, The US passed a
tariff act. The Fordney-McCumber Tariff bill (named after Joseph
Fordney, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Porter
McCumber, chair of the Senate Finance Committee) was signed by
President Warren Harding. In the end, the tariff law raised the
average American ad valorem tariff rate to 38 percent.
1923 Sep 21, Gordon Battelle
(b.1883), industrialist and researcher, died following an
appendectomy at a Columbus, Ohio, hospital. In his will, he left the
bulk of his estate, about $1.6 million, to the establishment of
Battelle Memorial Institute, founded in 1929.
1926 Sep 21, San Francisco held
a benefit to raise money for victims of a Sep 17 Florida hurricane
that killed 374-600 people.
(SFC, 9/21/01, WB p.5)
1928 Sep 21, "My Weekly Reader"
magazine made its debut.
1929 Sep 21, Fighting between
China and the Soviet Union broke out along the Manchurian border.
1930 Sep 21, Johann Ostermeyer
patented the flashbulb.
1931 Sep 21, Larry Hagman, Fort
Worth Tx, actor (I Dream of Jeannie, JR-Dallas), was born.
1931 Sep 21, Britain went off
the gold standard. The pound devalued 20%.
(AP, 9/21/97)(WSJ, 1/10/09, p.W8)
1933 Sep 21, The trial against
Marinus der Lubbe opened. He was accused of starting the Feb 27
1934 Sep 21, A typhoon struck
Honshu Island, Japan, and killed 4,000.
1936 Sep 21, The German army
held its largest maneuvers since 1914.
1936 Sep 21, The Spanish
fascist junta named Franco generalissimo, supreme commander. [see
1937 Sep 21, "The Hobbit," by
J.R.R. Tolkien (b.1892), was first published.
(WSJ,2/11/97, p.A18)(AP, 9/21/97)
1937 Sep 21, San Francisco’s
worst fire since 1906 erupted in the plants of Standard Oil at 16th
and Arkansas Streets. Buildings for blocks around were shaken as
though by earthquakes.
(SSFC, 9/16/12, DB p.46)
1937 Sep 21, The women's
airspeed record was set at 292 mph by American pilot Jacqueline
1938 Sep 21, A Category 3
hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing
widespread damage and claiming up to 800 lives. Winds hit 183 MPH in
New England. The storm hit Long Island and Connecticut and caused
$308 million in damage.
(AP, 9/21/97)(WSJ, 5/31/06, p.B1)(Econ, 11/3/12,
1938 Sep 21, Winston Churchill
condemned Hitler's annexation of Czechoslovakia.
1939 Sep 21, In the SF Bay Area
temperatures reached an all time high of 99 degrees on Treasure
Island as a week of high temperatures left 13 people in the Bay
(SSFC, 9/21/14, p.42)
1939 Sep 21, Reinhard Heydrich
met in Berlin to discuss final solution of Jews.
1941 Sep 21, The US launched
its 1st Liberty-ship, "Patrick Henry."
1941 Sep 21, The German Army
cut off the Crimean Peninsula from the rest of the Soviet Union.
1942 Sep 21, British forces
attacked the Japanese in Burma.
1942 Sep 21, Nazis executed 116
hostages in Paris.
1943 Sep 21, Bishara al-Khuri
(1890-1964) was elected the first president of modern-day Lebanon.
Lebanon did not become fully independent from French rule until
1946. Khuri had previously been Secretary-General of Mount Lebanon
(a political predecessor to modern Lebanon administered by the
French) as well as its Prime Minister on several separate occasions.
The French held elections to fulfill their earlier promises of
Lebanese independence. The new government promptly passed
legislation to remove French influences in the constitution.
1944 Sep 21, U.S. troops of the
7th Army, invading Southern France, crossed the Meuse River.
1944 Sep 21, The last British
paratroopers at bridge of Arnhem surrendered.
1946 Sep 21, The Cleveland
Indians played their final game in League Park, ending a 55-year
1947 Sep 21, Stephen King,
author, was born in Portland, Maine. He is best known for
supernatural and horror tales including Carrie (1974), Shining
(1977) and Kujo (1981).
(HN, 9/21/00)(SSFC, 7/2/06, Par p.16)
1947 Sep 21, Marsha Norman,
playwright, was born. Her work included "Getting Out" and "'Night
1948 Sep 21, Milton Berle made
his debut as permanent host of "The Texaco Star Theater" on NBC
1949 Sep 21, The Communist
People’s Republic of China was proclaimed under Mao Tse Tung with
Chou En-Lai as Premier. "Today, the Chinese people have stood up."
Mao-Tse-Tung led his people to power after half a century (50 yrs.)
of civil strife. The Chinese Communists drove Chiang Kai-shek to
Formosa. The capitalist stronghold of Shanghai fell to Mao Tse-tung
Communist guerrillas. The Communist People’s Liberation Army brought
with them to Beijing a northeastern folk dance called yang ge.
(TOH, 1982, p.1949)(WSJ,12/10/93)(TMC, 1994,
p.1945)(WSJ, 10/26/95, p.A-12)(WSJ, 8/5/96, p.A1)(AP, 9/21/97)
1949 Sep 21, In Germany the
Allied Occupation Statute came into force. The functions of the
military government were transferred to the Allied high commission.
The Federal Republic of [West] Germany was created under the 3-power
(EWH, 1968, p.1180)(MC, 9/21/01)
1949 Sep 21, Manipur merged
with India. The former independent kingdom was strong-armed into
(http://manipuronline.com/Manipur/merger.htm)(Econ, 11/7/09, p.43)
1953 Sep 21, North Korean pilot
Lieutenant No Kum Sok defected and landed his aircraft at Kimpo
airfield outside Seoul. He collected a reward while denying any
knowledge of a bounty. American scientists were able to examine the
Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15, powered by a jet engine superior to
those then used in American fighter planes. It first saw combat in
Korea during November 1950, where its performance shifted the
balance of air power to Russian-backed North Korea.
1954 Sep 21, The 1st nuclear
submarine, USS Nautilus, commissioned. [see Sep 30]
1955 Sep 21, The last allied
occupying troops left Austria.
1956 Sep 21, Anastasio Somoza
Garcia (b.1896), Nicaraguan dictator, was shot by poet Rigoberto
Lopez Perez. He died on Sep 29 after being sent to a Panama Canal
1957 Sep 21, "Perry Mason,"
starring Raymond Burr, premiered on CBS-TV. The show ran to 1966 and
returned in 1985. Barbara Hale (1922-2017) played Della Street,
Perry Mason’s loyal secretary.
(AP, 9/21/97)(SFC, 8/20/99, p.D6)(SSFC, 1/29/17,
1957 Sep 21, Norway's King
Haakon VII died in Oslo at age 85.
1964 Sep 21, At UC Berkeley
United Front held its first rally to protest the banning of
political advocacy and information tables on campus.
(SSFC, 9/21/14, p.A13)
1964 Sep 21, Malta became an
independent member of the British Commonwealth.
(AP, 9/21/97)(Econ, 7/14/07,
1966 Sep 21, Jimmy Hendrix
changed the spelling of his name to Jimi.
1968 Sep 21, The Adam-12
television police drama premiered. It followed two police officers
of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Pete Malloy and Jim
Reed, as they rode the streets of Los Angeles in their patrol unit,
1-Adam-12. It starred Martin Milner and Kent McCord. William Boyett
(1927-2004) played Sgt. MacDonald. The series continued to 1975.
1968 Sep 21, Charles Jackson
(b.1903), American writer, died of barbiturate poisoning in NYC. He
was known for his novel “The Lost Weekend" (1944). In 2013 Blake
Bailey authored “Farther & Wilder: The Lost Weekends and
Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson."
(SSFC, 3/24/13, p.F2)
1970 Sep 21, "NFL Monday Night
Football" made its debut on ABC TV as the Cleveland Browns defeated
the visiting New York Jets, 31-to-21.
(SFC, 12/7/96, p.A1)(AP, 9/21/00)
1970 Sep 21, In Jordan King
Hussein sent a plea to Israel for air support via the British
embassy. Israel did not respond. The Black September crises left
2,000 people dead in 13 days of fighting.
(SFC, 1/3/01, p.A12)
1972 Sep 21, Ferdinand Marcos
declared martial law in Philippines.
1973 Sep 21, The painting "Blue
Poles" by Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) sold for $2,000,000 to the
Australian National Gallery.
1973 Sep 21, The US Senate
confirmed Henry Kissinger to be Secretary of State under Pres.
1973 Sep 21, A secret CIA
report indicated that severe repression was planned in Chile and
that 300 students were killed in the technical university when they
refused to surrender to the military. The report was made public in
(SFC, 7/1/99, p.C3)
1974 Sep 21, US Mariner 10 made
a 2nd fly-by of Mercury.
1974 Sep 21, Jacqueline Susann
(b.1918), author, died of cancer. Her books included "Valley of the
Dolls" (1966). In 1987 Barbara Seaman authored Susann's biography:
"Lovely Me." In 2000 the film "Isn't She Great" starred Bette Midler
1975 Sep 21, In Sacramento,
Ca., a psychiatric interview with Lynette “Squeaky" Fromme, arrested
for aiming a pistol at Pres. Ford on Sep 5, was recorded.
Fromme was later convicted of attempted assassination and remained
in prison until release on parole in 2009. The 132-minute recording
was released in April, 2014.
(SFC, 4/25/14, p.D4)
1976 Sep 21, Benjamin Graham
(b.1894), London-born economist and professional investor, died. He
is known as the father of value investing and founder of modern
security analysis. His books included “Security Analysis" written
with David Dodd (1934), and “The Intelligent Investor" (1949).
Warren Buffett studied under him at Columbia Univ. In 2012 Joe
Carlen authored “The Einstein of Money: The Life and Timeless
Financial Wisdom of Benjamin Graham."
p.90)(Econ, 7/7/12, p.79)
1976 Sep 21, Chilean exile
Orlando Letelier, one time foreign minister to Chilean President
Salvador Allende, was killed when a bomb exploded in his car in
Washington D.C. He was assassinated by order from Chile by Gen’l.
Manuel Contreras, head of the secret police known as DINA. Ronni
Moffitt (24), an American colleague of Letelier, was also killed.
Contreras was convicted of the order in 1993 and sentenced to a
7-year prison term. In 2000 Gen. Pinochet was linked to the killing.
In 2015 declassified US documents relating to the assassination
reportedly pointed to Pinochet's role in ordering the murder.
(SFC, 6/27/97, p.A14)(SFC, 7/1/99, p.C3)(SFEC,
5/28/00, p.A7)(AP, 9/21/01)(Reuters, 10/8/15)
1977 Sep 21, After weeks of
controversy over past business and banking practices, President
Carter's embattled budget director, Bert Lance, resigned.
1978 Sep 21, Two Soviet
cosmonauts set a space endurance record after 96 days in space.
1981 Sep 21, The US Senate
unanimously confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day O'Connor to
become the first female justice on the Supreme Court.
1981 Sep 21, Belize under
leader George Price (1919-2011) gained independence from Britain and
joined the UN under protests from Guatemala. As head of the centrist
People's United Party, Price served two terms as prime minister,
1981-84 and 1989-1993.
1982 Sep 21, National Football
League players began a 57-day strike, their first regular-season
1982 Sep 21, Amin Gemayel,
brother of Lebanon's assassinated president-elect, Bashir Gemayel,
was himself elected president. He stayed in office until 1988.
(WSJ, 9/12/96, p.A16)(AP,
1983 Sep 21, In a speech to the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Interior Secretary James G. Watt jokingly
described a special advisory panel as consisting of "a black ... a
woman, two Jews and a cripple." Although Watt later apologized, he
ended up resigning.
1983 Sep 21, The David Mamet
play "Glengarry Glen Ross" was first performed in London. It won a
Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and was made into a film in 1992.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glengarry_Glen_Ross)(SFEC, 5/30/99, DB
1983 Sep 21, In the Philippines
at least 7 people were killed in anti Marcos demonstrations in
1984 Sep 21, In Cleveland,
Ohio, Romell Broom (b.1956) raped a murdered Tryna Middleton (14)
after abducting her at knife-point as she walked home from a
football game with friends. His execution in 2009 was delayed as
executioners failed to find a good vein for lethal injection. In
2017 a court re-scheduled his execution for June 17, 2020.
1986 Sep 21, In the 38th Emmy
Awards the winners included Golden Girls, Cagney & Lacey and
Michael J. Fox.
1987 Sep 21, NFL players went
on strike at midnight mainly over the issue of free agency.
1987 Sep 21, A U.S. helicopter
gunship disabled an Iranian vessel, the "Iran Ajr," that was caught
laying mines in the Persian Gulf; four Iranian crewmen were killed,
26 wounded and detained.
1988 Sep 21, The Soviet women's
gymnastics team won the gold medal at the Seoul Summer Olympics,
with Romania placing second and East Germany third.
1989 Sep 21, General Colin
Powell was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff.
1989 Sep 21, Hurricane Hugo,
packing winds of up to 135 mph, crashed into Charleston, S.C.
1989 Sep 21, In Alton, Texas,
21 students died when their school bus collided with a truck and
careered into a water-filled pit.
1990 Sep 21, Italian judge
Rosario Livatino (b.1952) was killed by the Cosa Nostra in Sicily.
His story inspired a novel, Il giudice ragazzino ("The Boy Judge"),
written by Nando Dalla Chiesa in 1992, and this was made into a film
with the same title in 1994 by director Alessandro di Robilant. In
2020 Pope Francis said he was a martyr for the faith and could be
beatified, or declared "Blessed".
1990 Sep 21, During a meeting
of the Supreme Soviet, President Mikhail S. Gorbachev scolded
legislators for dragging its feet on an economic rescue plan, and
asked for sweeping new emergency powers to stabilize the economy.
1991 Sep 21, An 18-hour hostage
drama ended in Sandy, Utah, as Richard L. Worthington, who had
killed a nurse and seized control of a hospital maternity ward,
finally freed his nine captives, including a baby who was born
during the siege. Worthington committed suicide in prison in 1994.
1991 Sep 21, Armenia gained
independence and was immediately involved in a territorial dispute
with Azerbaijan over the Nagorny Karabakh region.
1991 Sep 21, The American
University of Armenia began instruction with 101 students enrolled.
1991 Sep 21, Yugoslav army
tanks and artillery began an invasion of eastern Croatia. The Croats
said that some 600 soldiers and 1200 civilians perished in the
3-month bombardment of Vukovar by rebel Serbs,
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14) (SFC,
1992 Sep 21, President Bush
addressed the U.N. General Assembly, offering U.S. support to
strengthen international peacekeeping.
1992 Sep 21, Former defense
secretaries Melvin Laird and James R. Schlesinger told a
congressional committee the Pentagon had known American airmen were
alive in Laos at the end of the Vietnam War and were not returned.
1993 Sep 21, The police drama
"NYPD Blue" premiered on ABC.
1993 Sep 21, The US National
and Community Service Trust Act became law under the Clinton
administration. It included AmeriCorps, a volunteer national service
program for young adults to teach children to read and to build
homes for those in need. A modest living allowance was provided
along with up to $4,725 in education vouchers for completing one
year of service. By 2002 there were some 50,000 participants earning
$9,300 per year with education benefits to $9,500.
p.A3)(SSFC, 1/6/02, p.A3)
1993 Sep 21, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin announced he was ousting the hard-line,
Communist-dominated Congress that had long opposed his reforms.
1994 Sep 21, Prosecutors from
Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties announced that Michael
Jackson would not face child molestation charges; however, the case
would remain open until 1999.
1995 Sep 21, US House
Republicans unveiled partial details of their plan for Medicare
aimed at achieving $270 billion in savings over seven years.
1996 Sep 21, President Clinton
and Republican rival Bob Dole agreed to face off in two debates
without Ross Perot.
1996 Sep 21, John F. Kennedy
Jr. married Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony on Cumberland
1996 Sep 21, The board of
all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.
1996 Sep 21, In Brazil the
first magazine dedicated to blacks, Raca Brasil, sold out 200,000
copies in 5 days.
(SFC, 9/21/96, p.A8)
1996 Sep 21, Thai Prime
Minister Banharn Silpa-archa resigned after 14 months in offices
under charges of corruption and ineptitude.
(SFC, 9/21/96, p.A10)
1997 Sep 21, Saying their
persistent demands for a special investigation had been vindicated,
senior Republicans insisted Attorney General Janet Reno seek
appointment of an independent counsel to look into White House
fund-raising activities, a day after the Justice Department revealed
it had begun a preliminary review.
1997 Sep 21, American
billionaire George Soros, vilified by Malaysian Prime Minister
Mahathir Mohammad as the cause of the national financial crises,
defended himself and called his accuser "a menace to his own
(SFC, 9/22/97, p.A10)
1997 Sep 21, In Algeria an
armed group killed 53 people in Beni-Slimane and then mutilated and
burned the bodies.
(SFC, 9/22/97, p.A9)
1997 Sep 21, From Chile it was
reported that the hantavirus had caused the death of 13 people in
(SFEC, 9/21/97, p.A27)
1997 Sep 21, From Poland
election results indicated that Solidarity won 189 of the 460 seats
of the parliament with about 34% of the vote.
(WSJ, 9/23/97, p.A1)
1998 Sep 21, Congress released
the video tape of Pres. Clinton’s grand jury testimony. President
Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony was publicly broadcast; in
it, Clinton tussled with prosecutors over "the truth of my
relationship" with Monica Lewinsky.
(SFC, 9/22/98, p.A1)(AP, 9/21/99)
1998 Sep 21, In New York Wadih
el Hage, a Texas American citizen who served as the personal
secretary for Osama bin laden in Sudan, was indicted for lying to a
Manhattan grand jury investigating bin Laden.
(SFC, 9/22/98, p.A6)
1998 Sep 21, Hurricane Georges
roared through Puerto Rico and the northeast Caribbean. Georges
threatened the islands of the Caribbean. The storm hit Puerto Rico
and killed at least 5 people as winds reached 130 mph. One woman was
killed on St. Kitts.
(SFC, 9/20/98, p.A13)(SFC, 9/22/98, p.A1) (AP,
1998 Sep 21, Florence Griffith
Joyner (38), winner of 3 gold medals in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul,
died of an apparent heart seizure at her home in Mission Viejo,
Calif. She held the women’s record in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
(SFC, 9/22/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/22/98, p.A1)(AP,
1998 Sep 21, In Afghanistan a
2nd day of rocket barrages killed at least 10 people in Kabul.
(WSJ, 9/22/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 21, In Bosnia Biljana
Plavsic conceded defeat to nationalist Nikola Poplasen. Nine
hard-line candidates were disqualified. For the presidency Serb
Zivko Radisic defeated Momcilo Karjisnik, Muslim leader Alija
Izetbegovic won, and Croat Ante Jelavic defeated Kresimir Zubak.
(SFC, 9/22/98, p.A8)(WSJ, 9/22/98, p.A1)(SFC,
1998 Sep 21, From China it was
reported that the government had begun cracking down on the efforts
of dissidents to organize the fledgling China Democratic Party.
(SFC, 9/20/98, p.A16)
1998 Sep 21, In Lesotho
opposition protestors clashed with South African and Botswanan
troops at the royal palace. A faction of the Lesotho army rebelled
11 days ago and deposed the new military leadership. They charged
that the May elections swept by the Lesotho Congress party were
(SFC, 9/22/98, p.A7)
1998 Sep 21, In Malaysia
thousands of protestors clashed with police as the finale to the
Commonwealth Games proceeded. The Suaram human rights group said
that 34 people were arrested.
(SFC, 9/22/98, p.A7)
1998 Sep 21, In Russia the
central bank began issuing 900 million new rubles valued at $55
(WSJ, 9/22/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 21, In Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania, Mustafa Mahmoud Said Ahmen of Egypt and Rashid Saleh Hemed
of Tanzania were charged with murder in connection with the bombing
of the US Embassy.
(SFC, 9/22/98, p.A6)
1999 Sep 21, The House Banking
Committee opened an inquiry into allegations of a huge
money-laundering scheme involving the Russian mob and the Bank of
1999 Sep 21, The FDA approved
Synercid, a new antibiotic from Rhone-Poulenc. Hoechst merged with
Rhone-Poulenc in 1999 to form Aventis.
(WSJ, 9/22/99, p.A1)(Econ, 7/10/04, p.58)
1999 Sep 21, Peter Singer, the
new DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton Center for Human
Values, held his first classes. Singer held that the notion of life
as sacred is a medieval concept and should be replaced with a
utilitarian calculus "aimed at reducing suffering and maximizing
(WSJ, 9/24/99, p.W21)
1999 Sep 21, In Columbia the
government gave approval to Occidental Petroleum to drill a test
well near the boundary of the 3,600 U'wa Indians.
(SFC, 9/22/99, p.A14)
1999 Sep 21, In London the new
Globe Theater was scheduled to open on the 400th anniversary of its
first recorded performance. On the same day the adjoining year-round
Inigo Jones theater will open.
(WSJ, 6/17/97, p.A16)
1999 Sep 21, Prime Minister
Ehud Barak of Israel was the 1st foreign leader to visit the new
capital in Berlin.
(SFC, 9/22/99, p.A14)
1999 Sep 21, Japan’s PM Keizo
Obuchi easily won re-election as head of his party. This ensured
that public money would continue to be used to spur economic
(SFC, 9/22/99, p.A14)
1999 Sep 21, In Taiwan a 7.6
earthquake killed estimated total of 2,161. The 12-story Sungshan
hotel collapsed and at least 73 people were killed. Prosecutors
later charged 5 people with negligence in the design and
construction of the building.
(SFC, 11/9/99, p.A14)(AP,
1999 Sep 21, In Serbia
demonstrations against Pres. Milosevic were led by the Alliance for
Change in Belgrade and 18 other cities with lower than expected
(SFC, 9/22/99, p.A16)
2000 Sep 21, In West Bengal,
India, the release of water from 2 dams left tens of thousands of
people stranded. Floods following torrential rains left at least 59
(WSJ, 9/22/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 21, A Belgrade court
found Pres. Clinton and other world leaders guilty of war crimes for
the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. 14 leaders were sentenced in
absentia to 20 years in prison. The 120-page indictment charged the
leaders for the deaths of 546 Yugoslav army soldiers, 138 Serbian
police officers and 504 civilians, including 88 children.
(SFC, 9/22/00, p.A16)
2000 Sep 21, An Iranian appeals
court reduced the prison terms for 10 Jews convicted of
"cooperating" with Israel, in a case that had drawn international
2000 Sep 21, In Spain Jose Luis
Ruiz Casado (42), a town councilor, was shot and killed in Sant
Adria de Besos outside of Barcelona. The ETA was blamed.
(SFC, 9/22/00, p.D2)
2000 Sep 21, In Southeast Asia
the death toll from floods reached 235. The Red Cross issued an
appeal for emergency aid to Cambodia.
(SFC, 9/22/00, p.D2)
2001 Sep 21, US entertainers
hosted a national telethon: "America: A Tribute to Heroes," to raise
money for the victims of the Sep 11 attacks that was carried on more
than 30 networks.
(SFC, 9/22/01, p.A1)(AP, 9/21/02)
2001 Sep 21, A US unmanned
reconnaissance plane was downed in Afghanistan.
(SSFC, 9/23/01, p.A14)(WSJ, 9/24/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 21, The US Congress
passed a $15 billion relief package for the nation’s air carriers.
(SFC, 9/22/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 21, The DJIA fell 140
to 8,235, while the Nasdaq fell 47 to 1,423, a 3 year low.
(SFC, 9/22/01, p.A1,11)
2001 Sep 21, Ana Belen Montes,
an employee of the US Defense Intelligence Agency since 1985, was
charged with spying for Cuba. She pleaded guilty in 2002 and was
sentenced to 25 years in jail. In 2013 it was reported that Marta
Rita Velazquez, a former legal officer at the State Department’s
Agency for Int’l. Development had introduced Montes to a Cuban
intelligence officer in Dec 1984, and then accompanied her on a
clandestine trip to Cuba for spy craft training. Charges against
Velazquez were announced on April 25, 2013.
(SFC, 9/22/01, p.A20)(WSJ, 3/20/02, p.A1)(SFC,
10/16/02, p.A9)(SFC, 4/26/13, p.A15)
2001 Sep 21, A US Taurus
rocket, made by Orbital Sciences, carrying a NASA satellite failed
to launch and probably plunged into the Indian ocean.
(SFC, 9/22/01, p.A20)
2001 Sep 21, Ronald C.
Sheffield, a federal security officer was shot and killed in the
Patrick V. McNamara building in Detroit. The gunman was seriously
(SFC, 9/22/01, p.A20)
2001 Sep 21, In Afghanistan the
ruling Taliban rejected Pres. Bush’s ultimatum and to give up Osama
bin Laden. The Taliban also threatened to hang Afghan aid workers if
they communicate with their int’l. counterparts.
(SFC, 9/22/01, p.A7)(SFC, 9/25/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 21, Terrorist suspects
were arrested in Britain (4), France (7), Germany (2 warrants), Peru
(3 detained) and Yemen (20 detained). Lofti Raissi, an Algerian
pilot arrested in Britain, was later described as the "lead
instructor" to 4 of the hijackers. Raissi was released Feb 12, 2002,
for lack of evidence.
(SFC, 9/22/01, p.A3)(SFC, 9/29/01, p.A1)(SFC,
2001 Sep 21, In Estonia Arnold
Ruutel (73), a former Communist leader, was chosen as president by a
special government assembly.
(SFC, 9/22/01, p.A20)
2001 Sep 21, In France a
suspected accidental explosion at a TotalFinaELF chemical fertilizer
plant in Toulouse killed 29 people and injured at least 650.
(SFC, 9/22/01, p.A20)(WSJ, 9/24/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 21-Oct 2, In Tehran
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards opened the First Universal Exhibition of
Sacred Culture and Defense with a theme of Islamic revolution and
holy war. It commemorated the 21st anniversary of the war with Iraq.
(WSJ, 9/27/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 21, Islamic groups
planned a general strike to protest Pakistan’s support of the
(SFC, 9/21/01, p.A20)
2002 Sep 21, Erika Harold, Miss
Illinois, was crowned in Atlantic City, NJ, as Miss America 2003.
(SSFC, 9/22/02, p.A2)
2002 Sep 21, Angelo Buono Jr.,
whose gruesome killing of young Los Angeles women in the 1970s
earned him the nickname Hillside Strangler, died in a California
prison; he was 67.
2002 Sep 21, In Indonesia 10
people were killed and 15 wounded in an explosion at a fireworks
factory in the town of Slawi in Central Java province.
2002 Sep 21, Iraq rejected U.S.
efforts to secure a U.N. resolution threatening war, with Iraqi
state-run radio announcing Baghdad will not abide by unfavorable new
resolutions adopted by the U.N. Security Council.
2002 Sep 21, In Liberia
government forces and rebels battled for at least three northern and
northwestern towns in a new outbreak of fighting near the border
2002 Sep 21, Explosions rocked
Yasser Arafat's compound, including one that showered him with
debris, as the Israeli army systematically blew up or bulldozed
nearly every building around him in the Palestinian Authority's
2002 Sep 21, In Slovakia
Vladimir Meciar, the authoritarian former prime minister, appeared
to edge out his rivals in elections, but he was without the support
needed to catapult him to power in the face of united opposition.
2003 Sep 21, At the 55th Annual
Emmy Awards "The West Wing" won for best drama.
(SFC, 9/22/03, p.D1)
2003 Sep 21, NYSE board of
directors announced the appointment of John S. Reed (64) as interim
chairman and CEO.
(WSJ, 9/22/03, p.C1)
2003 Sep 21, NASA’s $1.5
billion Galileo mission ended a 14-year exploration of the solar
system's largest planet and its moons with the spacecraft crashing
by design into Jupiter at 108,000 mph.
(SFC, 9/22/03, p.B8)(AP, 9/21/04)
2003 Sep 21, A US DynCorp plane
crashed while fumigating cocaine-producing crops in volatile
northern Colombia, killing the American pilot: "preliminary
information indicates the aircraft was struck by hostile ground
fire." The military contractor said it was the 5th shot down by
(AP, 9/22/03)(WSJ, 9/23/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 21, In Bolivia a rural
roadblock near Warista ended in a clash with police and soldiers
that left at least 4 people dead.
(SSFC, 9/28/03, p.C2)
2003 Sep 21, The latest
outbreak of fighting between Hutu rebels and the army in Burundi's
decade-long civil war has killed at least 12 people on the outskirts
2003 Sep 21, Paul Martin was
elected by Canada's Liberal Party to succeed Jean Chretien as prime
2003 Sep 21, In Germany
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's party suffered a bitter defeat in
state elections that focused on Germany's stagnating economy.
2003 Sep 21, In India's portion
of Kashmir a bomb hidden inside a videocassette recorder exploded in
a busy market, killing 3 people and wounding 28 others.
2003 Sep 21, In Iraq corporate
and personal income taxes were capped at 15%. All foreign government
entities and their employees were declared exempt.
(WSJ, 10/28/03, p.A4)
2003 Sep 21, The leader of the
Maldives appealed for calm after two days of rioting killed 3 people
and sent shock waves through this tiny Indian Ocean island nation.
2004 Sep 21, The new $219
million Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian opened in
Washington DC. It included some 800,000 artifacts collected by
George Gustav Heye (1874-1957).
(SFC, 9/16/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 21, President Bush,
defending his decision to invade Iraq, urged the U.N. General
Assembly to stand united with the country's struggling government.
2004 Sep 21, The US Federal
Reserve raised the overnight federal-funds interest rate a quarter
point to 1.75%.
(SFC, 9/22/04, p.C1)
2004 Sep 21, Yusuf Islam,
formerly known as singer Cat Stevens, was taken off a
London-to-Washington United Airlines flight because his name had
shown up on a government "no-fly" list.
2004 Sep 21, US forces killed 6
Afghan guerrillas following a rocket attack on a helicopter.
(WSJ, 9/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 21, China's PM Wen
Jiabao hailed a series of agreements with neighboring Kyrgyzstan
including an agreement on the thorny issue of the countries' common
2004 Sep 21, The UN Children's
Fund and the World Food Program launched a $123 million program to
reduce the mortality rate of children in Ethiopia.
2004 Sep 21, The death toll
across Haiti from Tropical Storm Jeanne topped 700, with some 500 of
them in Gonaives. Officials expected to find more dead.
2004 Sep 21, In India incessant
rains caused flash floods that knocked down houses and killed at
least 33 people in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
2004 Sep 21, Former General
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono took a seemingly unassailable lead in
Indonesia's presidential election.
2004 Sep 21, Iran revealed that
it started converting tons of raw uranium as part of a process that
could be used to make nuclear arms.
2004 Sep 21, A posting on an
Islamic Web site claimed that the al-Qaida-linked group led by Abu
Musab al-Zarqawi has slain US hostage Jack Hensley.
(AP, 9/21/04)(WSJ, 9/23/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 21, A Turkish
construction company announced that it was halting operations in
neighboring Iraq in a bid to save the lives of 10 employees
kidnapped by militants.
2004 Sep 21, Israeli military
officials said the US will sell them 4,500 smart bombs in a deal
valued as much as $319 million.
(SFC, 9/22/04, p.A15)
2004 Sep 21, Italian and
Lebanese authorities reported the arrest of 10 alleged terrorists,
thwarting plans to blow up the Italian Embassy in Beirut in a car
2004 Sep 21, Liechtenstein
ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, bringing to 116
the number of nations that have endorsed the pact.
2004 Sep 21, In northern
Nigeria Islamic militants fighting to create a Taliban-style state
launched their first attacks since January, assaulting two police
stations in the northeast and killing six people.
2004 Sep 21, In Paraguay
Cecilia Cubas (31), the daughter of former Pres. Raul Cubas, was
kidnapped. Her body was found stuffed down a well at a house on the
outskirts of Asuncion, in February 2005.
(Econ, 10/23/04, p.36)(AP, 4/5/08)
2004 Sep 21, Hundreds of Syrian
soldiers stationed in the hills near Lebanon's capital began
dismantling their bases in an effort to appease a U.N. Security
Council demand that all 20,000 Syrian troops leave the country.
2004 Sep 21, Inmates rioted at
a western Venezuela prison, killing at least six fellow inmates and
injuring 35 others before hundreds of national guardsmen restored
2004 Sep 21, Seeking more
influence over global decisions, Brazil, Germany, India and Japan
joined forces to lobby for a permanent UN Security Council seat and
pledged to work together to reform the United Nations.
2005 Sep 21, Hurricane Rita
intensified into a Category 5 storm with 140 mph winds and
threatened to devastate the Texas coast or already-battered
Louisiana by week's end. More than 1.3 million people in Texas and
Louisiana were evacuated The death toll from Katrina topped 1,000.
(AP, 9/21/05)(SFC, 9/22/05, p.A1)(AP, 9/21/06)
2005 Sep 21, A grand jury
report in Philadelphia charged 2 former Catholic leaders, Cardinal
John Krol and Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, with a coverup of sexual
abuse and named 63 priests with records of abusive behaviour. No
criminal charges could be filed because of limits of state law.
(SFC, 9/22/05, p.A7)
2005 Sep 21, In Salt Lake City,
Utah, Mayor Rocky Anderson signed an executive order granting
domestic partner benefits to city workers.
(SFC, 9/22/05, p.A3)
2005 Sep 21, A JetBlue Airbus
circled Southern California for hours, crippled by a faulty landing
gear, while inside the cabin, passengers were able to watch the
drama unfold on live television; the plane landed safely.
2005 Sep 21, Stephen M. Ressa
(27) of Rialto, Ca., drove a stolen car into a crowd on the Las
Vegas Strip killing 2 people and injuring dozens.
(SFC, 9/23/05, p.A6)
2005 Sep 21, Molly Yard (93),
former National Organization for Women president died in Pittsburgh.
2005 Sep 21, The speaker of
Brazil's lower house resigned amid charges he extorted bribes from a
local businessman, the latest casualty of corruption scandals that
have rocked Brazil's government.
2005 Sep 21, A court convicted
Rev. Denis Vadeboncoeur (65), a Canadian priest, of raping a teenage
member of his Normandy parish and sentenced him to 12 years in
prison, the second conviction for the clergyman who went to jail for
similar crimes in Quebec.
2005 Sep 21, EU nations agreed
that Turkey must recognize EU member Cyprus during its membership
talks, warning that non-recognition could lead to paralysis in the
2005 Sep 21, India said at
least 64 people have died and hundreds of thousands displaced after
powerful storms left a trail of devastation across the Indian and
Bangladeshi coasts in the Bay of Bengal.
2005 Sep 21, Indonesia
scrambled to calm public fears of a possible bird flu epidemic after
two more children suspected of having the disease died in the
capital of Jakarta.
2005 Sep 21, At least eight
people were killed in a gun battle in Baghdad between troops and
2005 Sep 21, Gunmen in Mosul
shot to death Ahlam Youssef, an engineer who works for al-Iraqiya
television, and her husband, said Bassem al-Fadli, a manager at the
station's headquarters in Baghdad.
2005 Sep 21, About 500
civilians and policemen, some waving pistols and AK-47s, rallied in
the southern city of Basra and denounced "British aggression"
following London's decision to use force to free two of its soldiers
being held by Iraqi police.
2005 Sep 21, The UN World Food
Program warned that its emergency operations in Iraq, which feed
about 3 million people, were at risk because donors have only come
up with 44 percent of the necessary money.
2005 Sep 21, Domenica
Siniscalco, Italy's economy minister, resigned in a row over the
Bank of Italy and the budget, dealing a major blow to PM Silvio
Berlusconi months before an election that polls say he is likely to
(AP, 9/22/05)(Econ, 9/24/05, p.61)
2005 Sep 21, Japan's Parliament
re-elected Junichiro Koizumi as prime minister following the ruling
coalition's landslide electoral victory last week, and he pledged to
plow ahead with privatization of the postal service and other
2005 Sep 21, Unidentified
gunmen in Bishkek killed Bayaman Erkinbayev (38), a Kyrgyz lawmaker
and wealthy businessman. He had survived an assassination attempt 5
2005 Sep 21, In Lebanon police
arrested four men who allegedly sold cell phone chips to members of
the plot to assassinate former PM Rafik Hariri.
2005 Sep 21, A cabinet minister
who helped lead Mexico's anti-drug fight, his deputy and seven
others died in a helicopter crash in the mountains west of Mexico
City. The helicopter, carrying Public Safety Secretary Ramon Martin
Huerta, Federal Preventive Police Chief Tomas Valencia, five other
passengers and a crew of two, had taken off from a military parade
ground in Mexico City.
2005 Sep 21, North Korea
accused the US of intending to disarm the communist country and then
"crush it to death with nuclear weapons," two days after a landmark
disarmament agreement that was expected to ease tensions.
2005 Sep 21, In eastern
Pakistan a fireworks explosion triggered a fire at a roadside
restaurant, leaving five people dead and fifteen injured.
2005 Sep 21, Pilots of a
chartered jet carrying 289 Gambian soccer fans faked the need for an
emergency landing in Peru so passengers could watch their nation's
team play a key match.
2005 Sep 21, The Kremlin issued
a letter from President Vladimir Putin to Jordanian King Abdullah
II, delivered personally by Moscow-backed Chechen President Alu
Alkhanov during his Middle Eastern tour. Putin said in the letter
that the situation in Chechnya was "steadily normalizing." Jordan
has a large Chechen Diaspora.
2005 Sep 21, Russian
authorities blamed a hepatitis A outbreak in Nizhny Novgorod,
Russia's third largest city, on an accident in the sewer network.
More than 790 people, including 149 children under age 14, remained
2005 Sep 21, In Saudi Arabia 2
men were beheaded in Riyadh, after being convicted of kidnapping and
raping a woman.
2005 Sep 21, South Korea
announced it was developing highly sophisticated combat robots that
could complement the roles of human soldiers on battlefields.
2005 Sep 21, UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the United States and 10 other
key countries to ratify the 1996 nuclear test-ban treaty so it can
finally take effect, but like Pakistan, India, Israel and North
Korea, the U.S. administration refuses to do so. It has been signed
by 175 countries and ratified by 123 countries. But it will only
take effect when 44 countries that participated in the Conference on
Disarmament in 1996 and possessed nuclear research and power
reactors have ratified it. To date, 33 of the 44 countries have
ratified the treaty, but there seems little prospects of getting all
11 holdouts to change their positions.
2005 Sep 21, In Venezuela Pres.
Chavez said his government would cancel existing mining concessions
and not award new ones.
(WSJ, 9/23/05, p.A15)
2006 Sep 21, The US White House
and rebellious Senate Republicans announced agreement on rules for
the interrogation and trial of suspects in the war on terror.
2006 Sep 21, The US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention announced it would recommend all
Americans ages 13 to 64 be routinely tested for HIV.
2006 Sep 21, In NYC Venezuela’s
Pres. Chavez visited the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Harlem and
promised to double the amount of discounted heating oil his country
is shipping to needy Americans. His offer included 100 gallons of
heating oil for each of 12,000 households in rural Alaska.
(SFC, 9/22/06, p.A3)(SSFC, 10/8/06, p.A27)
2006 Sep 21, In Santa Cruz,
Ca., Kirby Scudder (50), former bike messenger, set up 500 giant
flashlights to shine skyward every 30 feet along West Cliff Drive
overlooking the Pacific Ocean in his tribute to International Peace
Day. The lights came on at 9PM.
(SFC, 9/21/06, p.B1)(SFC, 9/22/06, p.B7)
2006 Sep 21, The US space
shuttle Atlantis returned safely to its Florida home port, capping a
successful mission to resume International Space Station
construction after the 2003 Columbia accident.
2006 Sep 21, Time Warner Inc.
said it would sell AOL France's Internet access unit to Neuf Cegetel
for $365 million as it overhauls its online business in Europe to
2006 Sep 21, In Afghanistan a
NATO helicopter killed 8 suspected insurgents in Helmand province.
2006 Sep 21, The death toll in
Bangladesh and India rose to at least 95 and nearly 1,000 remained
missing after storms capsized boats, toppled houses and washed away
2006 Sep 21, Chile's President
Michelle Bachelet said her decision to allow the government to
distribute free morning-after contraception pills to girls as young
as 14 was a matter of "equality" within Chilean society.
2006 Sep 21, Iraq’s Defense
Ministry said insurgents are no longer using just volunteers as
suicide car bombers but are instead kidnapping drivers, rigging
their vehicles with explosives and blowing them up. Italy formally
handed over security responsibility of the southern Dhi Qar province
to Iraqi forces, the second of the country's 18 provinces to be
handed over to local control. 2 people were killed and another nine
were wounded when a car bomb exploded near an electricity company
office in Baghdad. The number of Iraqi civilians killed in July and
August hit a record-high 6,599. An American soldier was killed after
his vehicle was hit by a roadside bombing in eastern Baghdad.
(AP, 9/21/06)(AP, 9/22/06)
2006 Sep 21, Israeli forces
killed at least 5 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as gunmen fired
rockets into Israel.
(SFC, 9/22/06, p.A13)
2006 Sep 21, A Japanese court
ruled that an order forcing Tokyo teachers to stand before Japan's
flag and sing an anthem to the emperor violated the constitution, a
rare victory for the country's waning pacifist movement.
2006 Sep 21, Jordan sentenced 7
people to death for triple hotel bombings that killed 60 people in
Amman last November. Sajida al-Rishawi (35), an Iraqi woman, was
sentenced to death. 6 others were sentenced to death in absentia.
2006 Sep 21, Vladimiro
Montesinos (61), Peru's former spymaster, was sentenced to 20 years
in prison for engineering a deal that sent 10,000 assault rifles to
2006 Sep 21, In Russia Gennady
Melikyan, deputy chairman of the Central Bank, was appointed top
regulator to replace the recently murdered Andrei Kozlov.
(WSJ, 9/22/06, p.A6)
2006 Sep 21, Thailand's new
military rulers said that four top members of deposed PM Thaksin
Shinawatra's administration had been detained. The regime also
assumed the duties of parliament, which was dissolved when the
government was ousted in a coup earlier this week, and banned
meetings by all political parties.
2006 Sep 21, Elif Shafak, one
of Turkey's leading authors, was acquitted of "insulting
Turkishness" in her novel "The Bastard of Istanbul," that touched on
the mass killings of Armenians during the final years of the Ottoman
Empire. The University of Arizona assistant professor gave birth to
a daughter on Sep 16 and did not attend her trial.
2006 Sep 21, Vietnam deported
an American pro-democracy activist, state-run television reported.
Cong Thanh Do (47) of San Jose, Ca., was accused of plotting to
overthrow the government.
2007 Sep 21, The United States
said it is donating 97 million dollars (69 million euros) to
Ethiopia in recognition of the Horn of Africa country's "strategic
2007 Sep 21, US Sec. of State
Condoleeza Rice said the US and France have agreed on increasing
diplomatic and economic pressure to force Iran to abandon its
(SFC, 9/21/07, p.A3)
2007 Sep 21, Google filed with
the EU competition regulator for permission to buy rival DoubleClick
for $3.1 billion.
2007 Sep 21, Chris Kavanagh,
Berkeley rent board member, was arrested in Oakland, Ca., and
charged with fraud for allegedly claiming a false residence in
Berkeley to hold office there.
(SFC, 9/21/07, p.B1)
2007 Sep 21, Mattel Inc,
apologized for damaging China's reputation after recent massive
recalls of its Chinese-made toys, admitting it targeted some goods
that were actually up to scratch.
2007 Sep 21, Kirby Archer (35)
and Guillermo Zarabozo (19) hired the yacht Joe Cool in Miami for a
ride to Bimini. Two days later the US Coast Guard found the yacht
drifting and 12 miles away a life raft, drifting northward with the
Gulf Stream current. In it were Archer and Zarabozo, with a supply
of water, their luggage, and some other curious objects: a blow gun,
darts, several knives, and 22 $100 bills. They said pirates had
attacked the yacht and killed the 4-person crew. Arkansas
prosecutors have accused Archer of robbing the Wal-Mart in
Batesville, where he worked for less than a year as a customer
service manager. On Oct 10 prosecutors charged the 2 men with
murder. Archer later pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping. On Feb
19, 2009, Zarabozo was convicted of murder.
(AP, 10/14/07)(SFC, 2/20/09, p.A10)
2007 Sep 21, One student was
mortally wounded, another injured, at Delaware State University, and
the campus was locked down as police searched for a gunman. On Sep
24 police arrested Loyer Braden (18), a DSU freshman on charges of
attempted murder. He was later indicted on a second-degree murder
(SFC, 9/25/07, p.A6)(AP, 9/21/08)
2007 Sep 21, Alice Ghostley
(b.1926), the Tony Award-winning actress, died in LA. She was best
known on television for playing Esmeralda on "Bewitched" (1969-1972
and Bernice on "Designing Women" (1987-1993).
2007 Sep 21, The Rev. Rex
Humbard (88), whose televangelism ministry once spanned the globe,
died in Atlantis, Fla.
2007 Sep 21, The Red Cross
warned that a massive aid effort is needed to cope with floods in 18
countries across Africa that have already affected at least 1.5
million people and killed at least 270 in Ghana, Kenya, Somalia,
Sudan, Togo, Uganda and other countries.
2007 Sep 21, A bomb attack in
western Kabul against a convoy of French troops killed one French
soldier and injured 8 Afghan civilians near the blast. Airstrikes
against "anti-coalition militants" in the Garmsir district of
Helmand province killed about 40 fighters.
2007 Sep 21, A bomb attack near
a city east of Algiers injured two French citizens, one Italian and
six Algerians, including five police.
2007 Sep 21, Australia’s
ex-senator Bob Collins (b.1946), who served as a minister in the
early 1990s, died, days before he was due to face a hearing on 21
charges of child sex abuse dating back three decades.
2007 Sep 21, Playboy opened its
first store in Europe at the heart of London's shopping district,
continuing its evolution from adult magazine to international
2007 Sep 21, A new case of
foot-and-mouth disease was confirmed in cattle on a farm in southern
2007 Sep 21, In Canada,
delegates from almost 200 countries agreed to eliminate
ozone-depleting substances faster than originally planned. The
agreement was reached at a conference in Montreal to mark the 20th
anniversary of the Montreal protocol, which was designed to cut
chemicals found to harm the ozone layer.
2007 Sep 21, Chile's Supreme
Court ruled that former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori must be
extradited to face human rights and corruption charges in Peru.
2007 Sep 21, Iraqi officials
said 25 people have been arrested linked to the assassination of Abu
Risha, the leader of the US-backed revolt by Sunni Arab tribesmen in
the western Anbar province against al-Qaida in Iraq. Cholera was
confirmed in a baby in Basra, the farthest south the outbreak has
been detected. American convoys under the protection of Blackwater
USA resumed, four days after the US Embassy suspended all land
travel by its diplomats and other civilian officials in response to
the alleged killing of civilians by the security firm. Followers of
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani refused to attend Friday sermons in
their mosques in the southern city of Basra, in protest of the
overnight assassination of two aides to the country's top Shiite
cleric, one in Diwaniyah province and the other in the southern
Basra area. A roadside bomb killed a Romanian soldier near Tallil in
2007 Sep 21, In Myanmar about
1,500 Buddhist monks marched through downtown Yangon to protest
against Myanmar's military government, beginning their fourth day of
demonstrations at a pagoda that has long served as a national symbol
2007 Sep 21, Sources said the
presumed head of the Nigerian armed group the Movement for the
Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), who goes under the name of
Jomo Gbomo, has been arrested in Angola.
2007 Sep 21, North Korea and
Syria held high-level talks in Pyongyang, amid suspicions that the
two countries might be cooperating on a nuclear weapons program.
2007 Sep 21, President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf appointed a new intelligence chief and promoted
five other generals in a staff shake up just days after signaling he
would quit the military if elected to a new five-year term. Outside
the Supreme Court, hundreds of flag-waving supporters of Pakistan's
biggest Islamic party held an anti-Musharraf rally as judges heard
petitions challenging his right to run for re-election. Police said
At least 27 people have died after consuming poisonous alcohol in
southern Pakistan. Around 25 soldiers were released after hectic
negotiations between a government-backed tribal jirga and rebels in
(AP, 9/21/07)(AFP, 9/22/07)
2007 Sep 21, Today was the
United Nations' International Day of Peace.
2008 Sep 21, At the 60th annual
Primetime Emmy Awards HBO led with 26 trophies.
2008 Sep 21, The US Federal
Reserve said it had granted a request by the country's last two
major investment banks, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, to change
their status to bank holding companies.
2008 Sep 21, Oracle’s 5-day
OpenWorld customer conference opened in SF with some 43,000 people
(SFC, 9/22/08, p.D1)
2008 Sep 21, NYC police
arrested more than a dozen people for stealing pieces of Yankee
Stadium during the 85-year-old ballpark's final game.
2008 Sep 21, Wallace N.
Rasmussen (b.1914), former head of Beatrice Foods (1976-1979), died
at his home in Nashville, Tenn.
(WSJ, 10/4/08, p.A12)
2008 Sep 21, The UN said guns
fell silent across much of Afghanistan for the 26th anniversary of
the International Day of Peace that saw pledges by the US, NATO, the
Afghan government and the Taliban to halt attacks. Taliban militants
attacked a security company guarding a road construction crew in the
southern province of Ghazni, killing two guards. In southwestern
Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants kidnapped about 156 civilian
laborers who were traveling in three buses in the Bala Buluk area.
(AP, 9/21/08)(AFP, 9/22/08)
2008 Sep 21, Egypt's foreign
ministry said an illegal migrant boat carrying 83 Egyptians headed
for Europe has gone missing off the coast of Greece after leaving
Egypt 3 days ago.
2008 Sep 21, Hermann Simm, a
middle ranking civil servant in Estonia’s defense ministry, was
arrested along with his wife and charged with spying for an unnamed
foreign power. He had set up and run a system for handling top
secret documents from NATO allies and handled security clearances
for Estonian officials in the military, security and intelligence
(Econ, 11/8/08, p.68)
2008 Sep 21, Hong Kong
authorities said they found traces of melamine in a batch of
Chinese-made Nestle commercial milk. The next day they forced Nestle
to recall the milk line.
(WSJ, 9/23/08, p.A22)
2008 Sep 21, Iraqi interior
ministry Brig. Adel Abbas was killed along with his driver in a
drive-by shooting in western Baghdad. A finance ministry director
was seriously wounded when a bomb exploded in his car, also in
western Baghdad. An American soldier was killed when his patrol came
under small-arms fire in Baghdad.
(AP, 9/21/08)(AP, 9/22/08)
2008 Sep 21, Israel’s PM Ehud
Olmert, crippled by a series of corruption investigations, announced
he would resign, clearing the way for his foreign minister to try to
succeed him as Israel's next leader.
2008 Sep 21, In southern
Nigeria MEND declared a ceasefire following a week of attacks on oil
2008 Sep 21, Pakistani troops
and tribesmen opened fire on two US helicopters that crossed into
the country from neighboring Afghanistan. The helicopters did not
return fire and re-entered Afghan airspace without landing.
2008 Sep 21, Pirates in
speedboats hijacked a Greek bulk carrier with 19 crew members off
eastern Somalia. On Dec 8 Somali pirates freed the 19-man crew and
MV Captain Stephanos, the Greek-owned and Bahamas-flagged bulk
(AP, 9/22/08)(AP, 12/10/08)
2008 Sep 21, Somali refugees
abandoned by smugglers in the dangerous waters of the Gulf of Aden
were rescued. They had drifted for 18 days, and at least 52 died
before the group was rescued off the Yemeni coast. Seventy-one
people survived the journey.
2008 Sep 21, In northeast Spain
suspected Basque separatists threw petrol bombs at a police station
in Ondorroa to lure officers outside before detonating a car bomb,
which injured 10 people. The attack came only hours after a car bomb
exploded in the regional capital of Vitoria. Nobody was injured.
Authorities suspected ETA.
2008 Sep 21, In western Turkey
13 newborn, premature babies died over the weekend at Izmir's
Tepecik hospital. In August, investigators looking into the deaths
of 27 newborns at an Ankara hospital concluded that a staff shortage
had increased the risk of infection. Tainted IV treatment was later
(AP, 9/22/08)(AP, 9/27/08)
2009 Sep 21, Bob Woodward
released an exclusive 66-page report from Gen. Stanley McChrystal to
President Barack Obama about Afghanistan policy, the first major
national security leak and a sure sign that the celebrated
Washington Post reporter has penetrated yet another administration.
The report was presented to US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on
August 30 and was being reviewed by the White House, with McChrystal
widely expected to make a formal request to increase the
62,000-strong US force.
2009 Sep 21, US prosecutors
said Hassan Nemazee, a fund-raiser for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton
and other Democrats, has been indicted for defrauding Bank of
America, HSBC and Citigroup Inc out of more than $290 million in
2009 Sep 21, The annual
MacArthur awards were announced with 24 recipients chosen as
winners. Each will receive $500,000, paid as quarterly installments
over five years. The grants, nicknamed the Genius Award, are given
by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
each year to typically 20 to 40 United States citizens or residents.
2009 Sep 21, The Philadelphia
Daily News reported that police officer Thomas Strain was put on
desk duty this month because of braids, even though the paper
reported dozens of black officers wear cornrows. The white officer,
who came to work with cornrows, was ordered by a black superior to
get a haircut because the braids violated department standards.
2009 Sep 21, In Illinois a
couple and their 3 children were found brutally slain in the central
farming community of Beason. On May 31, 2013, Christopher Harris
(34) was found guilty of beating 5 members of his ex-wife’s family
(SFC, 9/23/09, p.A10)(SFC, 6/1/13, p.A4)
2009 Sep 21, Coca Cola chose
the hip-hop song “Wavin’ Flag" by Somali-born singer K’naan (31) as
the anthem for the coming World Cup in South Africa. Born Keynaan
Warsame in Somalia’s seaside capital, Mogadishu, he is now a citizen
2009 Sep 21, Christian Rossiter
(49) an Australian quadriplegic died, ending an existence he had
described as a "living hell." On Aug 14 he had won a landmark legal
battle to starve himself to death by refusing food.
2009 Sep 21, Grant Kippen, the
Canadian head of the UN-backed panel investigating fraud in
Afghanistan's presidential vote, said the panel has agreed to allow
a recount of just a sampling of hundreds of thousands of suspect
ballots to speed the process. In southern Afghanistan a roadside
bomb killed an American service member.
(AP, 9/21/09)(AP, 9/22/09)
2009 Sep 21, A strong
6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the remote Himalayan kingdom of
Bhutan, killing at least 12 people and damaging monasteries and
(AP, 9/21/09)(AP, 9/22/09)
2009 Sep 21, Bisa Williams,
senior US diplomat in Cuba for the highest level talks in decades,
met with opposition activists in Havana. Williams led a delegation
with the USPS that held talks September 17 in a first round of talks
aimed at restarting bilateral mail service which was cut off in
2009 Sep 21, A Danish court
rejected the military's request to stop a book by a former special
forces soldier from being published. Denmark's armed forces had
asked the Bailiff's Court in Copenhagen to ban Thomas Rathsack's
book, "Ranger: At War With the Elite," for national security
reasons. It describes operations that he took part in as a member of
an army ranger unit in Afghanistan and Iraq.
2009 Sep 21, Gambian President
Yahya Jammeh warned that anyone who sought to destabilize the tiny
west African nation would be killed.
2009 Sep 21, In Honduras
deposed President Manuel Zelaya sneaked back into the country and
holed up at the Brazilian embassy to avoid threatened arrest.
2009 Sep 21, In Indonesia Akbar
Risuddin came into the world at a national record 19.2 pounds (8.7
kilograms). He was born to a diabetic mother in a 40-minute cesarean
delivery that was complicated because of his unusual weight and
size. Guinness World Records cites the heaviest baby as being born
in the US in 1879, weighing 23.75 pounds (10.4 kilograms). However,
it died 11 hours after birth. The book also cites 22.5-pound
(10.2-kilogram) babies born in Italy in 1955 and in South Africa in
2009 Sep 21, Gordon Wateridge
(78), a carer at the former Haut de la Garenne children’s home
during the 1970s on the Channel island of Jersey, was jailed for two
years for sexually assaulting teenage girls there.
2009 Sep 21, Mexican soldiers
raiding a drug gang safehouse in Monterrey found money-stuffed
envelopes earmarked for various police forces and one marked for
"press." Four people were arrested and $5 million in US and Mexican
currency was seized during the raid.
2009 Sep 21, In northwestern
Pakistan police officers foiled a plan to assassinate a regional
education minister when they took on four militants in a gunbattle
that ended with a teenage suicide bomber blowing himself up. Hafiz
Mohammed Saeed, founder of Laskhar-e-Taiba, was placed under house
arrest in Lahore for a 2nd time. His militant group was believed to
have masterminded the November, 2008, commando assault that left 171
dead in Mumbai.
(AP, 9/21/09)(SFC, 9/22/09, p.A3)
2009 Sep 21, Philippine marines
were ambushed by Abu Sayyaf fighters, as they were leaving a
newly-captured camp on Jolo Island, resulting in the deaths of 8
troopers and 5 guerrillas. Abu Sayyaf reinforcements had come in by
boat from the nearby islands of Basilan to help their comrades on
2009 Sep 21, Taiwan’s former
President Chen Shui-bian filed a petition to the US Court of Appeals
for the Armed Forces in Washington, DC, claiming that the US still
controls Taiwan because former colonial power Japan never officially
transferred the island to another nation after being defeated in
World War II.
2009 Sep 21, Zimbabwe teachers,
who went on strike over salaries at the start of the new school term
three weeks ago, returned to work after their union called off the
2010 Sep 21, In California
police arrested 8 current and former officials of the city of Bell,
including the mayor and ex-city manager, on charges of corruption.
Mayor Rizzo was booked on 53 counts of misappropriation of public
funds and conflict of interest.
(SFC, 9/22/10, p.C2)
2010 Sep 21, In Georgia lawyers
for 2 men filed suit in DeKalb County against Bishop Eddie Long of
New Birth Missionary Baptist Church of Lithonia alleging coercion
into a sexual relationship. A 2nd suit was filed the next day by a
3rd man. A 4th suit was filed on Sep 24.
(SFC, 9/23/10, p.A13)(SFC, 9/24/10, p.A4)
2010 Sep 21, Walter Breuning, a
Montana resident believed to be the world's oldest man, celebrated
his 114th birthday at a retirement home in Great Falls.
2010 Sep 21, AT&T started
selling its first phone that includes a backstop for AT&T's own
network, over a satellite. That means blanket coverage of the US,
even in the wilderness or hundreds of miles offshore.
2010 Sep 21, The Lasker
Foundation announced its Lasker Award winners. Dr. Napoleone Ferrara
(54) of Genentech won the clinical medical research award for his
discovery of a protein that led to the development of a drug to halt
vision loss in age-related macular degeneration. The award for basic
medical research went to Douglas Coleman (78) and Jeffrey Friedman
(56) for discovering the hormone leptin. David Weatherall (77) won
for his work in genetic diseases and clinical care for children with
the genetic blood disorder thalassemia.
(SFC, 9/21/10, p.C3)
2010 Sep 21, Grace Bradley Boyd
(b.1913), actress and widow of Western movie hero Hopalong Cassidy
(d.1972), died southern California. As Grace Bradley she appeared in
(SFC, 9/24/10, p.C7)
2010 Sep 21, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO helicopter crashed killing 9 international troops
in a region where forces are ramping up pressure on Taliban
insurgents. It was the deadliest chopper crash for the coalition in
four years. 5 Afghan road construction workers were killed and 4
wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Shinwari district
of Parwan province. In Khost province insurgents attacked a NATO and
Afghan army outpost near the Pakistan border and at least 25 of the
militants were killed in the resulting skirmish.
(AP, 9/21/10)(AP, 9/22/10)
2010 Sep 21, In Algeria a bomb
exploded in the centre of Bordj Menaiel town, as a police patrol
passed, killing two policemen and wounding three civilians.
2010 Sep 21, Greenpeace said
that its activists have climbed aboard a Chevron-operated ship to
protest drilling operations in the deep waters off Britain's
2010 Sep 21, Hurricane Igor hit
Newfoundland, Canada. Provincial Premier Danny Williams said it
caused tens of millions in damages and was the worst in recent
(SFC, 9/22/10, p.A2)
2010 Sep 21, Eighteen people
have died and 48 are missing after Fanapi churned through southern
China, while 65 people were killed in monsoon rain in India and
100,000 displaced after a lake burst in southern Pakistan. Two
people went missing and thousands of homes flooded when a record
rainstorm hit parts of South Korea during a national holiday.
2010 Sep 21, In India the Delhi
Commonwealth Games were plunged into crisis 12 days from the start
after the athletes' village was described as "uninhabitable" and a
footbridge collapsed at the main stadium. An avalanche hit army
mountaineers in northern India, killing two and injuring about 20.
(AFP, 9/21/10)(AP, 9/21/10)
2010 Sep 21, Iran’s ISNA news
agency reported that three men, who were found guilty of drug
trafficking, have been hanged in a prison in the central city of
2010 Sep 21, In Iraq blast
targeting an army patrol on the outskirts of Kirkuk killed 2 Iraqi
2010 Sep 21, Ireland sold
euro1.5 billion ($2 billion) in government bonds in a closely
watched test of whether international investors would keep buying
Irish treasuries despite the country's deficit, the biggest in
2010 Sep 21, Israel’s nuclear
chief Shaul Chorev said It is against Israel's interests to join a
global anti-nuclear arms treaty and the UN atomic watchdog is
overstepping its mandate in demanding it to do so.
2010 Sep 21, Italian
prosecutors launched an investigation into the Vatican bank's top
executives for allegedly violating money laundering legislation,
triggering a sharp rebuttal by the Vatican. The bank's top two
officials were under investigation for suspected money laundering
and police have frozen 23 million euros ($30.21 million) of its
(AFP, 9/21/10)(Reuters, 9/21/10)
2010 Sep 21, The International
Criminal Court (ICC) said it will launch cases against as many as
six suspected instigators of postelection violence in Kenya that
left more than 1,000 people dead in 2007-08.
2010 Sep 21, A new report,
"Mauritius: The trade in primates for research," said wild
long-tailed monkeys sustain broken limbs and other injuries when
trappers catch the primates and transfer them to breeding farms on
the island nation of Mauritius. The report said Mauritius justifies
the catching of wild monkeys on the grounds that the long-tailed
macaque is not native, is a pest and is not deserving of
2010 Sep 21, In Mexico a mob
beat two alleged kidnappers to death in the northern border state of
Chihuahua. The two men and three others were suspected in the
kidnapping of a 17-year-old girl from Asencion.
2010 Sep 21, In New Zealand a
pod of 74-80 pilot whales stranded themselves on a remote northern
beach, the second time in a month that a mass beaching has happened
in the region. 25 of the animals were already dead when officials
arrived at Spirits Bay beach. Only 24 of the stranded whales
(AP, 9/22/10)(SFC, 9/23/10, p.A2)
2010 Sep 21, In Pakistan-held
Kashmir a van carrying at least 30 schoolchildren plunged into a
river, and most of the passengers were confirmed or feared dead.
2010 Sep 21, Somali PM Omar
Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke resigned as fighting rattled across
Mogadishu. His resignation ended a dispute with Pres. Ahmed over a
(SFC, 9/22/10, p.A2)
2010 Sep 21, South African
police said 11 suspected members of an alleged rhino poaching
syndicate have been arrested, as part of an ongoing investigation.
The suspects included 2 veterinarians and a game farmer.
(AFP, 9/21/10)(SFC, 9/23/10, p.A2)
2010 Sep 21, In Turkey a gang
of several dozen men with sticks and pepper spray moved methodically
from one art gallery to the next, assaulting overflow crowds that
had spilled into the streets during the joint opening of several
exhibitions in the center of Istanbul. Half a dozen suspects were
2010 Sep 21, The UN’s World
Health Organization (WHO) said 40 young Europeans are murdered every
day, with Russia, Albania and Kazakhstan having the highest homicide
rates for people aged 10-29.
2011 Sep 21, President Barack
Obama publicly pushed for the Palestinians to drop a statehood bid
as he addressed the UN General Assembly.
2011 Sep 21, The US Federal
Reserve announced a plan, Operation Twist, to stimulate growth by
purchasing $400 billion in long-term Treasury securities with
proceeds from the sale of short-term government debt.
(SFC, 9/22/11, p.D1)(Econ, 10/1/11, p.81)
2011 Sep 21, The Washington
Post reported that the United States is building a ring of secret
drone bases in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part
of an aggressive campaign against al Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and
2011 Sep 21, California
prosecutors charged one police officer with murder and another with
manslaughter in the July 5 killing of an unarmed, mentally ill
homeless man who was pummeled, shocked with a Taser and slammed with
the butt of a stun gun in a beating that lasted nearly 10 minutes.
2011 Sep 21, Norielyn Bautista
of Daly City, Ca., a former Burlingame credit union employee, was
sentenced to 4 years and 8 months in prison for embezzling over
$428,000 from the Pacific Advantage Federal Credit Union between
(SSFC, 9/25/11, p.D2)
2011 Sep 21, The US state of
Georgia executed convicted murderer Troy Davis on in a case that
drew international attention because of claims by his advocates that
he may have been innocent.
2011 Sep 21, In Texas white
supremacist and gang member Lawrence Russell Brewer (44) was
executed for the infamous June 7, 1998, dragging death slaying of
James Byrd Jr.
2011 Sep 21, Australian beer
giant Foster's said it has accepted an improved takeover worth
Aus$9.9 billion (£6.5 billion) from British-based brewer SABMiller.
2011 Sep 21, In Bahrain traffic
was brought to a crawl on many highways after calls by pro-reform
groups to flood the roads with cars in a show of strength before
parliamentary elections later this week.
2011 Sep 21, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy called on the United Nations to admit Palestine as a
non-member state, upgrading its status as a simple observer but
opposing a Palestinian bid for full membership.
2011 Sep 21, Greece raised
taxes, made pension cuts and pledged to suspend 30,000 civil
servants in a scramble to keep bailout payments flowing and soothe
global markets as it faced running out of cash in mid-October.
(SFC, 9/22/11, p.A9)
2011 Sep 21, Iran publicly
hanged Alireza Molla-Soltani (17) convicted of killing Ruhollah
Dadashi, an athlete billed as "Iran's strongest man." He was sent to
the gallows at the scene of the crime in the city of Karaj. A
spokesman for the prosecution said the boy had reached "religious
maturity" and was over 18 years of age by the Islamic lunar
2011 Sep 21, Americans Shane
Bauer and Josh Fattal, jailed in Iran as spies, were released from
Tehran's Evin prison after more than two years in custody. A $1
million bail, $500,000 for each one, was posted by Oman.
2011 Sep 21, Migrants clashed
with police on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa a day after
setting their overcrowded holding center on fire to protest Italy's
policy of forced repatriations.
2011 Sep 21, Typhoon Roke
slammed into Japan, leaving at least 13 people dead or missing in
south-central regions and halting trains in Tokyo before grazing a
crippled nuclear plant in the tsunami-ravaged northeast. Over 1.2
million people were evacuated from the area.
(AP, 9/21/11)(SFC, 9/22/11, p.A6)
2011 Sep 21, In Libya NATO
airstrikes pounded an area in Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte as
revolutionary forces surrounding the city came under rocket fire.
NATO allies agreed to extend their air campaign in Libya by another
90 days. Rebel forces captured the base between Waddan and Hun at
dawn and took Hun during the day. Rebels began a 3-day attack on the
region of the al-Meshashya tribe, which had earlier pledged support
for Gadhafi. Public property was destroyed, private cars and farm
animals were stolen, and homes were burned.
(AP, 9/21/11)(AFP, 9/21/11)(AFP, 9/22/11)(AP,
2011 Sep 21, In Malawi shops,
banks and even some government offices closed across the country
beginning a three-day general strike called by the opposition.
2011 Sep 21, Mexican police
officers responding to a report of an armed robbery killed three
alleged bandits during a shootout at a restaurant an affluent
neighborhood of Mexico City.
2011 Sep 21, A court in Oman
ordered the one-month long closure of the prominent Azzaman
newspaper and sentenced two of its editors to jail after the
country's justice minister accused them of slander. Editor Ibrahim
al-Maamary and managing editor Yussuf al-Haj were each sentenced to
five months in prison for "insulting" Justice Minister Mohamed
al-Hanai in the May articles, which cited claims of embezzlement,
graft and other abuses within the ministry.
(AP, 9/21/11)(AFP, 1/1/12)
2011 Sep 21, The Pakistani
government placed Malik Ishaq, a founder of the banned Sunni
extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, under temporary house detention
because of his attempts to stoke conflict between Sunni and Shiite
Muslims since his release from prison 2 months ago.
2011 Sep 21, Thousands of
flag-waving Palestinians rallied in towns across the West Bank to
show support for their president's bid to win UN recognition of a
Palestinian state as the US pledged to block the Palestinians, if
necessary by a veto in the UN Security Council.
2011 Sep 21, In Puerto Rico the
FBI arrested six current and former employees of the Department of
Education on charges that include bribery and money laundering.
Agents arrested a total of 9 people and planned to arrest 4 more,
including a person in Tampa, Florida.
2011 Sep 21, Twenty aid
agencies warned that drought and famine-blighted Somalia is at a
"turning point" as conditions decline with hundreds of thousands
more people likely to die in coming months.
2011 Sep 21, Syrian security
forces moved against several schools around the country and detained
students who demonstrated against President Bashar Assad's regime,
while troops shot dead at least four people in Homs and Rastan.
2011 Sep 21, The Tunisian army
attacked an armed convoy near the Algerian border. 6 people were
killed as the Tunisian army neutralized vehicles fitted with
anti-aircraft guns that crossed over from the Algerian desert near
(AFP, 9/21/11)(AFP, 9/23/11)
2011 Sep 21, Turkey’s Pres.
Erdogan signed a deal with Turkish-controlled north Cyprus to begin
drilling for oil and gas.
(Econ, 9/24/11, p.63)
2011 Sep 21, Turkey reportedly
bombed the main Kurdish rebel base in northern Iraq and chased
rebels in a mountainous area in the southeast in response to
escalated attacks by the autonomy-seeking guerrillas.
2011 Sep 21, Yemeni government
forces fired mortars at a central district of the capital Sanaa
where tens of thousands of opposition supporters had gathered. 16
people were killed in two attacks. The violence breached a
cease-fire negotiated a day earlier.
(AP, 9/21/11)(SFC, 9/22/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 21, Zimbabwe said it
has reached a deal with insurance group Old Mutual on how the
company will comply with a law compelling foreign companies to sell
majority stakes to local blacks. The agreement allows British
insurer Old Mutual to conduct a "first phase" of compliance which
will see the firm place 25% of its local subsidiary in the hands of
2012 Sep 21, The Romney
campaign said Mitt and his wife, Ann, paid $1.94 million in federal
taxes on last year's income of $13.7 million, for an effective tax
rate of 14.1 percent. That's slightly above the 13.9 percent rate
the couple paid in 2010. Most of the 2011 income was from
2012 Sep 21, The US Justice
Department made public the names of 55 Guantanamo prisoners who have
been approved for transfer to the custody of other countries.
2012 Sep 21, US officials said
the Mujahedeen Khalq, an Iranian opposition group in Iraq, has been
removed from the state’s list of terrorist organizations.
(SFC, 9/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 21, In California it
was reported that the Yolo County district attorney has concluded a
12-page report saying UC Davis police did not commit a criminal act
when they pepper sprayed peaceful protesters on Nov 18, 2011. The
report said the 21 students had engaged in active resistance by
(SFC, 9/21/12, p.C4)
2012 Sep 21, Bahrain arrested
29 people in the commercial district of the capital Manama as
anti-government protesters marched in the city center.
2012 Sep 21, The shattered
opposition in Belarus urged people on Friday to boycott a
parliamentary election which they denounce as a sham.
2012 Sep 21, EDF Energy, the UK
arm of France's state-owned utility, started planning procedures to
build a second new nuclear plant in Britain.
2012 Sep 21, Chinese and
Venezuelan officials signed an agreement to jointly develop one of
the world's largest gold mines.
2012 Sep 21, A German court in
Baden-Baden said Aribert Heim, a Nazi concentration camp doctor,
died of cancer in Cairo in 1992. He was known as Dr. Death for his
(SFC, 9/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 21, In Georgia
thousands rallied to demand the prosecution of top officials fired
in a prison abuse scandal.
2012 Sep 21, In Guinea
anti-riot police dispersed protesters in the Medina market of the
capital, after a riot broke out between sellers from the Peul and
Malinke ethnic groups. At least one person was killed.
2012 Sep 21, An elite
Indonesian anti-terror squad arrested 8 Islamic militants and seized
a dozen homemade bombs from a group suspected of planning suicide
attacks against security forces and the government. 2 more were
arrested over the next 2 days.
(AP, 9/23/12)(SSFC, 9/23/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 21, Israeli troops
shot and killed three militants attempting to infiltrate the country
from Egypt, thwarting a major terror attack. An Israeli soldier was
killed in the shootout.
2012 Sep 21, In Libya tens of
thousands marched in Benghazi to the gates of one of the country's
strongest armed Islamic extremist groups, demanding it disband.
Protesters attacked the base of the jihadist militia known as Ansar
al-Sharia, which was responsible for the Sep 11 attack that killed
US ambassador Chris Stevens. Two Libyan protesters were killed and
dozens wounded as hundreds of demonstrators attacked militia
compounds in a surge of anger at armed groups.
(AP, 9/21/12)(AP, 9/22/12)(Economist, 9/29/12,
2012 Sep 21, Royal Dutch Shell
PLC said it is suing Greenpeace International in Dutch court in an
attempt to end protests against its plans to drill for offshore oil
in the Artic Sea.
2012 Sep 21, Nigeria's Central
Bank barred the nation's top two airlines from receiving any
additional loans over their massive outstanding debts.
2012 Sep 21, In Pakistan a “Day
of Love for the Prophet" ended with at least 19 people killed and
more than 160 wounded in clashes between police and people
protesting a film that denigrates Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
(AP, 9/21/12)(SFC, 9/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 21, South African
authorities issued an arrest warrant for ANC renegade Julius Malema,
President Jacob Zuma's most vocal critic and a key backer.
2012 Sep 21, In the Dutch
Caribbean territory of St. Maarten the bodies of Michael and Thelma
King of South Carolina were found in their condominium at the Ocean
Club Resort. A suspect was arrested on Sep 23.
(SFC, 9/24/12, p.A5)
2012 Sep 21, In southern
Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents detonated a car bomb that
killed six people in Pattani province's Sai Buri district after
businesses received warnings against opening on the Muslim holy day.
2012 Sep 21, A Turkish court
convicted 326 military officers, including the former air force and
navy chiefs, of plotting to overthrow the PM Erdogan’s Islamic-based
government in 2003.
(AP, 9/21/12)(Economist, 9/29/12, p.59)
2013 Sep 21, An Afghan wearing
a security forces uniform shot dead 3 American special forces
personnel and wounded another, in Gardez, Paktia province.
(Reuters, 9/21/13)(SSFC, 9/22/13, p.A6)
2013 Sep 21, In Iraq an
explosives-packed car driven by a suicide attacker has struck a
funeral in Sadr City, a Shiite part of Baghdad, killing at least 73
people and wounding over 200. The attack followed a suicide assault
on a police headquarters and other insurgent attacks in northern
Iraq earlier in the day that killed 11 members of the security
forces. Attacks across the country left a total of at least 96
(AP, 9/21/13)(AFP, 9/22/13)(SSFC, 9/22/13, p.A5)
2013 Sep 21, Iraq's Kurds voted
in their first election in four years as their autonomous region
grapples with disputes with Baghdad and as fellow Kurds fight bloody
battles in neighbouring Syria. The Kurdistan Democratic Party, led
by Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani, secured 38 seats in
the vote for the 111-seat regional parliament.
(AFP, 9/21/13)(AP, 10/2/13)
2013 Sep 21, The Italian
government announced that police in The Netherlands have arrested
Francesco Nirta, a senior mafia boss and one of Italy's 10 most
2013 Sep 21, Italy’s coast
guard said more than 400 refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war were
intercepted near Sicily in the past 14 hours, and one 22-year-old
woman died during the passage.
2013 Sep 21, In Kenya gunmen
threw grenades and opened fire killing dozens of people with at
least 175 wounded in an attack targeting non-Muslims at the upscale
Westgate mall in Nairobi that was hosting a children's day event. In
2020 two men were sentenced to 18 and 33 years in jail after they
were convicted of helping Islamist militants attack the shopping
(AP, 9/21/13)(AP, 9/22/13)(AFP, 9/23/13)(BBC,
2013 Sep 21, North Korea
ordered the indefinite postponement of a scheduled series of
reunions for families divided since the 1950-53 Korean War, dealing
a setback to months of efforts to improve ties between the Korean
2013 Sep 21, Pakistan released
former Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a man
Afghanistan believes could help tempt moderate Taliban leaders to
the negotiating table and bring peace after more than a decade of
2013 Sep 21, Thousands of
Romanians formed a human chain around parliament to protest against
a Canadian company's plan to open Europe's largest gold mine in a
picturesque Transylvanian village.
2013 Sep 21, Voters in Sri
Lanka thronged polling stations in an election that threatened to
rekindle animosity between the government and ethnic minority
Tamils, four years after the military crushed separatists and ended
a 26-year war. The main Tamil party won a whopping landslide in the
first semi-autonomous council elections in the island's north after
decades of ethnic war. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) swept all
five districts in the Northern Provincial Council
(Reuters, 9/21/13)(AFP, 9/22/13)
2013 Sep 21, The Hague-based
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical weapons (OPCW) said
Syria has handed over complete data on its chemical arsenal to the
world's watchdog, meeting a deadline to avert military strikes, as
regime aircraft pounded targets across the country.
2013 Sep 21, In Syria rebels
seized several villages south of Aleppo as part of their efforts to
cut Syria's biggest city off from Assad's forces and stop supplies
and reinforcements from Damascus.
2013 Sep 21, Super Typhoon
Usagi, the most powerful storm of the year, brought torrential rain
and ferocious winds to Taiwan, leaving tens of thousands without
power and throwing travel plans into disarray as it barreled towards
2014 Sep 21, California
Governor Jerry Brown signed several legislations to encourage the
electric car market in the state, which accounts for 40 percent of
all electric vehicles sold in the United States.
2014 Sep 21, NASA’s Maven
spacecraft entered orbit around Mars to study the planet’s
(SFC, 9/23/14, p.A10)
2014 Sep 21, Afghanistan’s
election commission named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as elected winner
and next president. Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was
declared Afghanistan's next president, hours after signing a
power-sharing deal with his rival Abdullah Abdullah.
(AP, 9/21/14)(AFP, 9/21/14)
2014 Sep 21, Pope Francis
visited Albania and warned that religion can never be used to
2014 Sep 21, The Algerian group
Jund al-Khilifa (Soldiers of the Caliphate) kidnapped Herve Pierre
Gourde (55), a French national. They threatened to kill the hostage
within 24 hours unless Paris halts air strikes on the Islamic State
in Iraq. On Sep 24 Jund al-Khilifa posted a video and claimed to
have beheaded Gourde.
(AFP, 9/23/14)(AFP, 9/24/14)
2014 Sep 21, Australians
rallied for climate action, from protesters chanting "Green energy"
outside G20 talks to forming a human chain message in Sydney as part
of an international day of action.
2014 Sep 21, In Australia
finance chiefs from the 20 largest economies said they are close to
reaching their goal of boosting world GDP by more than $2 trillion
over the next five years, and will focus on infrastructure
investment to help reach the target.
2014 Sep 21, China’s Xinhua
News Agency said three police officers and four other people have
been convicted of torturing suspects to obtain confessions. Multiple
explosions in Luntai county, Xinjiang, killed at least 2 people and
injured many others. 50 people, including 40 assailants, were killed
in what authorities called a terror attack.
(AP, 9/22/14)(AP, 9/25/14)
2014 Sep 21, China's police
ministry said 88 fugitives wanted on charges of corruption and other
economic offenses have been extradited or returned on their own from
the United States and other countries in the midst of an anti-graft
2014 Sep 21, In Cairo, Egypt,
at least 2 policemen were killed when a bomb exploded near a
checkpoint outside foreign ministry headquarters.
2014 Sep 21, Iraqi government
forces, backed by US air support, launched an operation to rescue an
army battalion which has come under repeated attack by militants
near the western city of Fallujah. Bomb and mortar fire attacks
killed 10 people in Shiite areas in and around Baghdad. Islamic
State fighters disguised in Iraqi army uniforms and driving stolen
Humvees attacked an Iraqi army camp in Sijir (Sichar), western Anbar
province, killing 40 troops and capturing 68.
(AFP, 9/21/14)(AP, 9/21/14)(SFC, 9/23/14, p.A3)
2014 Sep 21, In Israel Michael
Harari (b.1927), a former top spy in the shadowy Mossad intelligence
agency, died in Tel Aviv. After retiring from Mossad in the 1980s
Harari became an aide to Panama’s dictator Gen. Manuel Antonio
(AFP, 9/22/14)(SFC, 9/29/14, p.C3)
2014 Sep 21, Kurdish militants
in Turkey issued a new call to arms to defend the border town of
Kobani, Syria, from advancing Islamic State fighters. Turkish
authorities and the UN prepared for a surge in refugees. Clashes
overnight reportedly killed 10 insurgents, bringing the number of IS
fighters killed to at least 39. At least 27 Kurdish fighters have
2014 Sep 21, In Russia
thousands marched through Moscow to protest against the Kremlin's
involvement in the Ukraine crisis, in the country's first major
anti-war rally since fighting erupted in April.
2014 Sep 21, Saudi Arabia’s
official SPA news agency reported that four Saudi men have been
sentenced to death for their role in one of the kingdom's "bloodiest
terror cells." A special criminal court in Riyadh also jailed "as
many as 20" others for between two and 23 years for a variety of
crimes that included embracing "deviant" thinking contrary to the
2014 Sep 21, In South Africa a
ranger and two other employees of the country’s parks service were
arrested on suspicion of rhino poaching in Kruger National Park, the
country's flagship wildlife reserve.
2014 Sep 21, In South Korea a
small group of activists launched tens of thousands of leaflets by
helium balloon, just days after the North sent a letter to the
presidential office demanding such exercises be halted.
2014 Sep 21, Syrian government
air raids reportedly killed 19 people, including 6 children, outside
the city of Saraqeb, and another 23 people, among them 10 children,
in the town of Ehsim.
2014 Sep 21, The Ukrainian
military accused separatists and Russian troops of continuing to
shoot at government forces despite a Sept. 5 ceasefire and said Kiev
would not go ahead with setting up a proposed buffer zone until the
truce violations stopped.
2014 Sep 21, West Africa
intensified its response to the deadly Ebola epidemic, with Sierra
Leone uncovering scores of dead bodies during a 72-hour shutdown and
Liberia announcing 1,000 hospital beds.
2014 Sep 21, In Yemen Shiite
rebels (Huthis) seized the government headquarters and PM Mohamed
Basindawa stepped aside, accusing Pres. Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi of
being "autocratic." Violence raged despite a UN announcement of a
power-sharing deal to end days of fighting.
2015 Sep 21, The British
government said it will underwrite 2 billion pounds ($3.1 billion)
in Chinese financing for a new nuclear power plant in southwest
England, as it encourages major Chinese investment in the UK nuclear
2015 Sep 21, Burkina Faso Gen.
Gilbert Diendere, who seized power in a coup last week, apologized
to the nation and said he would hand over control to a civilian
transitional government after the military warned that its forces
would converge on the capital and forcibly disarm the soldiers
behind the power grab.
2015 Sep 21, China issued a
reform plan laying out the basis of future policy.
(Econ, 10/3/15, p.46)
2015 Sep 21, In the Czech Rep.
a gunpowder explosion took place in the Sellier & Bellot plant
in the town of Vlasim. At least 3 workers were killed.
2015 Sep 21, Egyptian troops
killed 10 militants near the Bahriyah Oasis in the country's western
desert — an area where Egyptian forces earlier this month mistakenly
attacked a group of Mexican tourists.
2015 Sep 21, French police
fired tear gas as they broke down several makeshift camps around the
port city of Calais, leaving nearly 400 people, mostly Syrian
refugees, without shelter.
2015 Sep 21, France's labor
court ordered the national railway to pay 150 million euros ($169
million) in compensation after finding that Moroccans had faced
discrimination in benefits compared with their French colleagues.
2015 Sep 21, In Germany
Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn came under pressure as the
company saw around 15 billion euros ($16.9 billion) wiped off its
market value following revelations that the German carmaker rigged
US emissions tests for about 500,000 diesel cars.
2015 Sep 21, Lebanon’s
education ministry said it is to provide schooling for tens of
thousands more children this year including Syrian refugees.
2015 Sep 21, In the southern
Philippines gunmen overnight kidnapped two Canadian tourists, a
Norwegian employee and a Filipina from yachts at Samal, a luxury
resort island. Hundreds of government troops launched an offensive
to capture at least six foreign Islamic militants and their Abu
Sayyaf rebel allies in Sulu province. In November Abu Sayyaf
demanded $21 million for each captive. In April, Abu Sayyaf
militants beheaded Canadian John Ridsdel, a former mining executive,
after a ransom demand of 300 million pesos ($6.3 million) was not
paid. On June 13, 2016, Canadian Justin Trudeau said his government
has "compelling reason to believe" that Robert Hall, the second
Canadian held hostage in the Philippines, has been killed by his
(AFP, 9/22/15)(AP, 9/22/15)(AP, 11/4/15)(AP,
2015 Sep 21, In Russia Israeli
PM Benjamin Netanyahu met Pres. Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss
ways of avoiding any unintended clashes in Syria between Israel and
Russian forces supporting President Bashar al-Assad.
2015 Sep 21, Lawyers for Sergei
Pugachev, a tycoon once dubbed "Putin's banker" because of his
influence in the Kremlin, said he has filed a claim against Russia
for more than $10 billion after his business empire was carved up
when he fell out of favor with President Vladimir Putin. The case
will likely to be heard in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The
2015 Sep 21, Russian radio
engineer Gennady Kravtsov, who once worked for military
intelligence, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for seeking work
with a Swedish company. The judge in the trial, which was held
behind closed doors, turned down all of the 23 motions the defense
filed and did not allow a single defense witness to testify.
2015 Sep 21, In Somalia 5
people were killed in a suicide car bombing at the presidential
palace in Mogadishu. The blast was claimed by the Islamic extremists
of al-Shabab. 2 Polish citizens were among the 3 foreigners killed.
2015 Sep 21, In Syria heavy
bombardment by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed at
least 18 civilians in a residential district of the northern city of
Aleppo. 4 people were reported killed in twin car bomb attacks on
the frontier town of Ras al-Ain. Kurdish security forces were among
the dead. At least 38 Islamic State group fighters were killed in
air strikes by the Damascus regime against Palmyra and two other
towns in Homs province.
(AFP, 9/21/15)(AFP, 9/22/15)
2015 Sep 21, In Syria the
Islamic State group executed 7 men in Rastan, Homs province, and 2
men and a boy in Hreitan, Aleppo province, it accused of being gay.
2015 Sep 21, Islamic State
militants released Massoud Aqeel, who was kidnapped last year in
northern Syria, as part of a prisoner swap with a Kurdish militia.
The IS group still held reporter Farhad Hamo.
2015 Sep 21, The Turkish
military said it has killed 5 Kurdish rebels in airstrikes on the
southeastern province of Hakkari.
2015 Sep 21, The head of the UN
nuclear watchdog said environmental samples have been taken at a
sensitive military site in Iran, citing "significant progress" in
its investigation of Tehran's past activities.
2015 Sep 21, In Yemen Saudi
alliance raids killed around 50 people.
2016 Sep 21, Pres. Obama met
with Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu in New York and expressed
concern about continued settlement construction in the West Bank.
(http://tinyurl.com/jhhq4j5)(SSFC, 9/25/16, p.A6)
2016 Sep 21, Two US supersonic
bombers flew over South Korea, with one of them landing at an air
base 40 km (25 miles) south of the capital, the second such flight
since North Korea's Sept. 9 nuclear test.
2016 Sep 21, A boat carrying
around 600 people capsized off Egypt's coast. 160 people survived.
Over the next two days 148 bodies were recovered. The boat was
carrying Egyptian, Syrian, and African migrants. The toll rose to
178 after the boat was raised on September 27.
(Reuters, 9/21/16)(Reuters, 9/22/16)(AP,
2016 Sep 21, Aviation sources
said the United States has started issuing license unblocking the
sale of Western passenger jets to Iran.
2016 Sep 21, Iraq's parliament
sacked Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari over corruption allegations,
a move that risks further destabilizing the major OPEC producer's
fragile economy as it struggles with a massive budget deficit.
2016 Sep 21, Israeli guards
shot and wounded an unarmed 13-year-old Palestinian girl after she
did not stop at a checkpoint. The Israeli defence ministry said the
girl was not carrying a weapon but told officers afterwards that she
had wanted to die.
2016 Sep 21, Italian
prosecutors said they have dropped a money laundering case against
the son of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. The allegation that
Bilal Erodogan, 35, was involved in money laundering while studying
in Italy last year was first made by Murat Hakan Uzan, an exiled
member of one of Turkey's richest families and an opponent of the
2016 Sep 21, Sudan said it is
hosting about 400,000 South Sudanese refugees who fled a brutal
civil war that erupted after it broke away in 2011.
2016 Sep 21, Syria’s President
Bashar Assad rejected US accusations that Syrian or Russian planes
struck an aid convoy in Aleppo or that his troops were preventing
food from entering the city's rebel-held eastern neighborhoods,
blaming the US for the collapse of a cease-fire many had hoped would
bring relief to the war-ravaged country.
2016 Sep 21, A Syrian warplane
crashed north of Damascus, but it was unclear if it had been shot
down or came down because of a technical fault. Islamic State
militants said in an online statement that the plane had been shot
2016 Sep 21, In Syria dozens of
air strikes battered Aleppo and its outskirts overnight. An
airstrike killed 5 medics responding to an earlier bombing raid on
the rebel-held town of Khan Touman, a day after an airstrike on a
humanitarian convoy prompted the UN to suspend desperately needed
(AFP, 9/21/16)(AP, 9/21/16)
2016 Sep 21, In Turkey Osman
Nuri Caliskan (41), reportedly mentally disturbed and wielding a
knife, tried to storm the Israeli embassy in Ankara but was shot
before reaching the building.
2016 Sep 21, Representatives of
Ukraine and separatist rebels agreed to pull back troops and weapons
from several areas in eastern Ukraine. The agreement signed in the
Belarusian capital, Minsk, applies to three specific areas and will
be monitored by observers from the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe.
2016 Sep 21, Venezuela’s
election board gave a timetable for a potential plebiscite to happen
in early 2017, meaning that should Maduro lose, the vice-president
would take over under constitutional rules on succession.
2016 Sep 21, A court in Vietnam
sentenced to death, a notorious drugs kingpin and eight associates,
delivering the maximum punishment in a single verdict over the
trafficking of more than half a ton of heroin. Trang A Tang (33) led
a network that trafficked drugs from the infamous Golden Triangle
area of northwestern Laos, northeastern Myanmar and northern
Thailand, and distributed them in Vietnam.
2017 Sep 21, President Donald
Trump approved a disaster declaration for Puerto Rico after
Hurricane Maria slammed into the US territory. Trump said that Maria
"totally obliterated" the US island territory with its electrical
(AP, 9/21/17)(Reuters, 9/21/17)
2017 Sep 21, President Donald
Trump said the United States would be adding more sanctions on North
2017 Sep 21, In Utah Brigham
Young Univ., owned by the Mormon church, ended a six-decade ban on
caffeinated soft drinks on campus.
(SFC, 9/22/17 p.A5)
2017 Sep 21, Facebook said it
will provide the contents of some 3,000 ads bought by a Russian
agency to congressional investigators. FB also said it will make
political advertising on its platform more transparent.
(SFC, 9/22/17 p.C1)
2017 Sep 21, Hewlett Packard
Enterprises said it is planning to cut about 10 percent of its
staff, or at least 5,000 workers, as part of an effort to pare
expenses under mounting competition.
(SFC, 9/22/17 p.C4)
2017 Sep 21, Africa's leading
anti-poaching coalition said the fight against poaching must be
treated as a war, as it called for the illicit wildlife trade to be
monitored like global conflicts. Enact, an EU-funded anti-poaching
analytical taskforce that includes Interpol, called for the
expansion of a media tracking system to track poaching incidents
similar to established conflict monitoring methods.
2017 Sep 21, In Bangladesh a
truck carrying relief supplies for Rohingya Muslim refugees skidded
off a hilly road and plunged into a paddy field, killing nine people
and injuring 10.
2017 Sep 21, Greenpeace
activists boarded a ship arriving in Britain to stop the delivery of
more than 1,000 Volkswagen cars from Germany while others sought to
immobilize vehicles at a port in anti-diesel protests.
2017 Sep 21, Category three
Hurricane Maria lashed the northeastern Dominican Republic and was
expected to pass near the Turks and Caicos later in the day.
2017 Sep 21, A landmark free
trade deal linking EU and Canada went into effect despite lingering
opposition from activists worried about the pact's consequences on
the environment and health.
2017 Sep 21, French labor
unions staged fresh protests against Pres. Emmanuel Macron's
contested labor law reforms, a day before he adopts them by
2017 Sep 21, In Iran an
explosion at a guesthouse near the Fatima Masumeh shrine in the city
of Qom left four dead and 15 wounded, most of them Iraqi pilgrims.
2017 Sep 21, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir suspected rebels lobbed a grenade at a
motorcade of a local government minister, killing three civilians
and wounding 30 others.
2017 Sep 21, Myanmar's army
chief called for people internally displaced by violence in Rakhine
State to go home and rebuild communities, but he made no mention of
422,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to escape his
2017 Sep 21, In the Philippines
thousands of protesters marked the anniversary of the 1972
declaration of martial law by late dictator Ferdinand Marcos with an
outcry against what they say are the current president's
authoritarian tendencies and his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs.
2017 Sep 21, In northern Poland
thousands of Polish and other NATO troops launched Dragon-17, a
major defensive exercise, amid security concerns raised by war games
recently held by neighboring Russia and Belarus.
2017 Sep 21, Russian police
said they had detained four men, including the leader of a radical
religious group, in connection with an arson attack related to the
film “Matilda," by award-winning director Alexei Uchitel. Three of
the men were charged with arson, including their alleged role in
setting fire to two cars parked outside the office of Uchitel's
2017 Sep 21, Russia filed a
counter-extradition request with Spanish authorities to stop the
extradition of Pyotr Levashov, a notorious spammer, to the US where
he is wanted on charges of fraud and unauthorized interception of
(SFC, 9/23/17 p.A2)
2017 Sep 21, In South Africa
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, an ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma, was
re-appointed a lawmaker in parliament, in what is being seen as her
latest step to secure the country's presidency in two years' time.
2017 Sep 21, African National
Congress (ANC) MP Makhosi Khoza (47), a strident critic of
scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma, quit South Africa's ruling
party, labeling Nelson Mandela's 105-year-old liberation movement
"alien and corrupt".
2017 Sep 21, In Spain Catalan
leaders acknowledged on that plans to hold a referendum independence
from Spain on Oct. 1 had been undermined by the arrest of senior
regional officials and the seizure of campaign material by national
2017 Sep 21, Federal
prosecutors in Switzerland announced indictments of the leader of a
prominent Swiss Islamic group and two other top members over alleged
al-Qaida propaganda videos posted on YouTube. The indictments
targeted ICCS President Nicolas Blancho, the group's cultural
production chief Naim Cherni, who is a German citizen, and spokesman
Abdel Azziz Qaasim Illi.
2017 Sep 21, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said at least 22 civilians have been
killed in 48 hours of heavy air strikes by Syria's regime and its
ally Russia in the provinces of Idlib and Hama.
2017 Sep 21, In Thailand
thirteen activists of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) were
ordered to pay a total of $16 million in compensation for shutting
down Bangkok's two main international airports during protests in
2017 Sep 21, A Turkish court
jailed on terror charges 14 lawyers representing two detained
teachers who have been on hunger strike for six months after being
sacked in a mass crackdown.
2017 Sep 21, The foreign
ministers of Turkey, Iran and Iraq voiced concerns that a Kurdish
referendum on independence would endanger gains Iraq has made
against Islamic state, and reiterated worries of potential new
conflicts in the region and agreed to consider counter-measures
against the planned independence referendum.
2017 Sep 21, Ugandan police
fired tear gas to disperse protesters and arrested dozens of people
opposed to plans to introduce legislation that could allow the
longtime president to extend his rule.
2017 Sep 21, The UN Security
Council unanimously decided to set up an investigation team to
collect evidence on the massacres of Iraq's Yazidi minority and
other atrocities committed by the Islamic State group in Iraq.
2017 Sep 21, Venezuelan
President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Cuba in a surprise visit to
bring a donation of goods after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the
2018 Sep 21, Pres. Donald Trump
reversed himself and said he was no longer demanding that documents
related to the Russia investigation be immediately declassified and
released to the public.
(SFC, 9/22/18, p.A6)
2018 Sep 21, Residents in
communities of North Carolina and South Carolina were still being
forced to flee to higher ground eight days after Hurricane Florence
hit with nearly 3 feet of rain. The death toll reached at least 42
(SFC, 9/22/18, p.A7)
2018 Sep 21, Fabrizio Stabile
(29) of New Jersey died of a rare "brain-eating amoeba" after
visiting the BSR Cable Park and Surf Resort in Waco, Texas. In 2019
his mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking more than $1
(SFC, 4/18/19, p.A5)
2018 Sep 21, Texas authorities
in Freeport found 540 packages of cocaine in 45 boxes of bananas
donated to a state prison.
(SFC, 9/24/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 21, Cody Wilson (30)
officially resigned from his Texas company that sells blueprints for
making untraceable 3-D printed guns.
(SFC, 9/26/18, p.A6)
2018 Sep 21, In Afghanistan at
least eight children were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in
northern Faryab province.
2018 Sep 21, British fashion
model George Koh (24) was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison
for murdering Harry Uzoka (25) a more successful rival during a
fight over a love interest.
2018 Sep 21, Cambodia granted a
royal pardon to Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, who was
sentenced last month to six years in prison on spying charges in a
trial widely criticized as unfair.
2018 Sep 21, Canada began
hosting a two-day summit bringing together more than half of the
world's top female foreign ministers in Montreal.
2018 Sep 21, In Canada a
tornado sparked chaos near the capital Ottawa, injuring dozens as
homes were damaged, cars flipped over, and over 130,000 people left
2018 Sep 21, China said it was
"outraged" over US economic sanctions against a Chinese military
agency and its director over the purchase of Russian fighter jets
and surface-to-air missile equipment, and demanded the US cancel the
2018 Sep 21, It was reported
that Chinese authorities are placing the children of Uighurs and
other ethnic minorities into dozens of state-run orphanages across
the far western Xinjiang region, as around 1 million adults in their
families are sent to internment camps.
2018 Sep 21, China placed Nur
Bekri, one of the country's most senior ethnic Uighur officials,
head of the energy administration and a former governor of the
restive region of Xinjiang, under investigation for suspected graft.
2018 Sep 21, Chinese Foreign
Minister Wang Yi inaugurated his country's embassy in the Dominican
Republic almost five months after the two nations established
2018 Sep 21, An appeals court
in Denmark said Wenceslas Twagirayezu (49) can be extradited to his
native Rwanda where he is suspected of committing crimes against
humanity in 1994.
2018 Sep 21, The International
Criminal Court at The Hague decided not to open a formal probe into
claims of violence in Gabon after a disputed 2016 presidential poll
in the country ruled by the same family for nearly 50 years.
2018 Sep 21, India called off a
planned meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani
counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in
New York this month following the killing of an Indian border guard
in Kashmir and Pakistan's glorification of insurgents fighting
Indian rule in the Himalayan territory.
2018 Sep 21, A Japanese
spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid in a mission
that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system. The two
Minerva-II-1 rovers were lowered from the unmanned spacecraft
Hayabusa2 to the asteroid Ryugu.
2018 Sep 21, In Kashmir nearly
two dozen anti-India rebels stormed the homes in two southern
villages, took away three off-duty officers and a fourth person who
had resigned from the police days earlier. The three were shot dead
and the former officer was released unharmed. Indian government
forces killed five suspected militants, ending a two-day gunbattle
in the northwestern Bandipora area.
2018 Sep 21, In Libya the
latest bout of fighting between rival militias in the capital
Tripoli left 10 people dead and 18 people missing. The fighting
further strained a cease-fire that has been in force since September
2018 Sep 21, In Malawi several
hundred anti-graft activists took to the streets to protest against
alleged corruption in the government of President Peter Mutharika.
2018 Sep 21, In Mexico gunmen
killed a journalist who had received threats after reporting on
corruption in the southern state of Chiapas, in what was at least
the ninth murder of a reporter in the country this year.
2018 Sep 21, Mexican
authorities released photos of victims from a mass grave in Veracruz
state where 174 human skulls have been found in recent weeks. It was
confirmed that children were among the victims.
(SFC, 9/24/18, p.A2)
2018 Sep 21, The Norwegian
Police detained a Russian citizen on suspicion of illegal
intelligence activities. The man had attended a seminar this week on
digitalization in the Norwegian Parliament.
2018 Sep 21, Women's rights
groups in Portugal reacted angrily to a court's suspended sentence
for two men found guilty of sexually assaulting an incapacitated
woman who had passed out drunk at a night club in 2016.
2018 Sep 21, In Somalia US
forces acting in self defense called in an airstrike on al Shabaab
militants in the southern province of Lower Juba, killing an
estimated 18 Islamist extremists. Somali government troops
accompanying the US unit killed two other fighters of the al
Qaeda-linked group with small arms fire during the clash.
2018 Sep 21, A top Turkish
official said Turkey will soon conduct joint patrols with US forces
in the strategic northern Syrian town of Manbij, once a stronghold
of the Islamic State group.
2018 Sep 21, The Vatican said
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of two more Chilean
bishops, in his latest move to confront a widening worldwide sexual
2018 Sep 21, Vietnamese
President Tran Dai Quang (61)(, the country's No. 2 after the ruling
Communist Party's leader, died after a serious illness.
2018 Sep 21, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said more than 3 million people died in 2016 due
to drinking too much alcohol, meaning one in 20 deaths worldwide was
linked to harmful drinking.
2019 Sep 21, US presidential
candidate Bernie Sanders released a plan to eliminate $81 billion in
Americans' existing medical debt, going beyond his Democratic White
House rivals and expanding on his signature proposal for a
government-run health insurance system.
2019 Sep 21, The Alaska
Republican Party passed a rule canceling the holding of a
presidential primary in 2020. Earlier this month, Republican leaders
in Nevada, South Carolina and Kansas voted to scrap their
presidential nominating contests in 2020, erecting more hurdles for
the long-shot candidates challenging President Donald Trump.
2019 Sep 21, In South Carolina
two men were fatally shot early today at a sports bar in Lancaster
and eight other people were wounded in the gunfire. A suspect was
2019 Sep 21, Youth leaders
gathered at the U&N to demand radical moves to fight climate
2019 Sep 21, An earthquake with
a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 and an aftershock only slightly
weaker shook the Albanian port town of Durres, rocking buildings
there and in the capital Tirana and sending residents rushing out
into the streets.
2019 Sep 21, Australia's PM
Scott Morrison said his country will invest A$150 million ($101
million) in its companies and technology to help US President Donald
Trump's bid for a moon landing by 2024 and subsequent US missions to
2019 Sep 21, China and former
Taiwan ally the Solomon Islands established diplomatic ties in a
sign of Beijing's growing influence in the Pacific that has angered
Washington, with a top Chinese diplomat saying the time was almost
up for the rest of Taiwan's friends.
2019 Sep 21, Colombia's Pres.
Ivan Duque compared Nicolás Maduro to Serbian war criminal Slobodan
Milosevic as he went on a diplomatic offensive to corral the
Venezuelan socialist, warning that he would be making a "stupid"
mistake if he were to attack his US-backed neighbor.
2019 Sep 21, Dr. Denis Mukwege,
the Nobel Peace Prize-winning surgeon whose hospital in war-torn
Congo has treated over 50,000 victims of sexual violence, said he
has launched a fund with the goal of providing reparations for
survivors of conflicts around the world.
2019 Sep 21, French police
fired tear gas and made over a hundred arrests in Paris as they
dispersed "yellow vest" protesters attempting unauthorized rallies
and black-masked demonstrators who disrupted a climate march.
2019 Sep 21, In Germany beer
started flowing as the 186th Oktoberfest got underway in the
southern city of Munich.
2019 Sep 21, It was reported
that the death toll this year from the dengue fever outbreak in
Honduras has reached 135.
(SFC, 9/21/19, p.A2)
2019 Sep 21, In Hong Kong
anti-government protesters burned a Chinese flag and police fire
pepper spray in renewed clashes.
(SSFC, 9/22/19, p.A6)
2019 Sep 21, Kazakhstan police
detained dozens in in Nur-Sultan and Almaty, the country's two
largest cities, as they took part in the latest protest against
China's influence in the Central Asian republic. The protests were
organized by supporters of Mukhtar Ablyazov, a fugitive banker
living in France who has been the fiercest critic of Kazakhstan’s
first president, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
2019 Sep 21, Somali pirates
released an Iranian man held since March 2015. Mohammad Sharif
Panahandeh had become increasingly ill and couldn't have survived
much longer. Three remaining hostages were still being held in
2019 Sep 21, Sudan's newly
appointed PM Abdalla Hamdok launched an independent investigation
into a deadly crackdown on protesters in June, which killed dozens
of people and threatened to crush the country's pro-democracy
2019 Sep 21, Syrian authorities
captured and dismantled a drone rigged with cluster bombs near the
border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
2019 Sep 21, The World Health
Organization issued an unusual statement raising questions about
whether Tanzania is covering up possible cases of the deadly Ebola
(The Telegraph, 9/22/19)
2019 Sep 21, Turkey's President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed frustration with what he said was the
United States' continued support for Syrian Kurdish militants.
2020 Sep 21, President Trump is
expected to issue an executive order on Monday spelling out how the
United States plans to punish businesses and individuals that
violate sanctions on Iran.
(The Week, 9/21/20)
2020 Sep 21, Some of the
world's biggest companies backed growing calls for governments to do
more to reverse the accelerating destruction of the natural world
and support broader efforts to fight climate change.
2020 Sep 21, A federal judge in
New York ordered the Postal Service to reverse operational changes
that have slowed mail delivery in recent months and to prioritize
election mail, the latest legal rebuke to Louis DeJoy’s management
of the agency.
(NY Times, 9/21/20)
2020 Sep 21, New York City
police officer Baimadajie Angwang (33) was arrested after allegedly
spying on China's behalf for the past six years. Angwang was born in
China and has Tibetan ancestry, and received asylum in the US
because he claimed he was persecuted for his ethnicity.
2020 Sep 21, California to
date had 788,960 cases of coronavirus and 15,056 deaths. The SF Bay
Area had 99,072 cases and 1,408 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 6,831,222 with the death toll at
2020 Sep 21, In Florida Charles
Alexander (15), a relative of Miami High football coach Corey Smith,
used the coach’s own 9mm handgun to shoot him dead inside a den and
then stole over $7,000 in cash belonging to the coach. Alexander was
arrested on Sept. 24. The teen is the son of Lamar Alexander (41)
the ex-con who last November hijacked a UPS driver, led cops on a
high-speed chase and died during a televised shootout on a busy
(Miami Herald, 9/24/20)
2020 Sep 21, Global banks faced
a fresh scandal about dirty money as they sought to limit the
fallout from a cache of leaked documents showing they transferred
more than $2 trillion in suspect funds over nearly two decades. The
reports were based on 2,100 leaked suspicious activity reports
(SARs), covering transactions between 1999 and 2017.
2020 Sep 21, The Abu Dhabi Film
Commission, the Israel Film Fund and the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film
and Television School said they have signed a cooperation agreement
for training and production. The agreement includes plans for an
annual regional film festival rotating between Abu Dhabi, the
capital of the United Arab Emirates, and Israel.
2020 Sep 21, In Australia
hundreds of pilot whales were discovered beached on the shore and
sand bars along the remote west coast of Tasmania state.
(SFC, 9/25/20, p.A6)
2020 Sep 21, Bahrain said it
broke up a plot by militants backed by Iran earlier this year to
launch attacks on diplomats and foreigners in the island nation home
to the US Navy's 5th Fleet.
2020 Sep 21, Wildlife officials
said a total of 330 elephants in Botswana are now known to have died
from ingesting cyanobacteria, a toxic bacteria which can occur
naturally in standing water and sometimes grow into large blooms
known as blue-green algae.
2020 Sep 21, A new study that
analyzed the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil has found a link between
the spread of the virus and past outbreaks of dengue fever that
suggests exposure to the mosquito-transmitted illness may provide
some level of immunity against COVID-19.
2020 Sep 21, Britain’s top
medical advisers painted a grim picture of exponential growth in
illness and death if nothing is done to control the second wave of
coronavirus infections, laying the groundwork for the government to
announce new restrictions later this week.
2020 Sep 21, It was reported
that Britain's government will fine people up to 10,000 pounds who
refuse to self-isolate if they test positive for the coronavirus or
are traced to a close conact. The rule goes into effet on Sept. 28.
(SFC, 9/21/20, p.A6)
2020 Sep 21, British drugmaker
AstraZeneca said the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended
approval for Lynparza in patients with a form of prostate cancer and
as a first-line maintenance treatment for a form of advanced ovarian
2020 Sep 21, A Bulgarian court
sentenced two men to life in prison for their involvement in the
July 18, 2012, bombing of a tourist bus that killed five Israeli
tourists and their Bulgarian bus driver and injured nearly 40
people. Meliad Farah, a dual Lebanese-Australian national, and
Hassan El Hajj Hassan, a dual Lebanese-Canadian national, were
sentenced in absentia as their whereabouts are unknown.
2020 Sep 21, It was reported
that four Cameroonian soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years for
their roles in shooting dead two women and two children in 2015. The
government had initially dismissed the footage as "fake news".
2020 Sep 21, Canadian health
officials warned COVID-19 infections have surged in Canada and if
people do not take stringent precautions, they could balloon to
exceed levels seen during the first wave of the pandemic.
2020 Sep 21, China reported six
new COVID-19 cases, down from 12 a day earlier. The total number of
confirmed infections for mainland China now stands at 85,297, while
the total death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.
2020 Sep 21, China's ByteDance
disputed "groundless rumors" about its partnership with Oracle and
Walmart to establish a subsidiary that will run its operations in
the United States. ByteDance emphasized that it would control 80
percent of TikTok Global.
(The Week, 9/21/20)
2020 Sep 21, It was reported
that paleontologists in China have discovered a brand new species of
burrowing dinosaur that dates back an estimated 125 million years
ago. The fossils of the Changmiania liaoningensis were discovered in
the Lujiatun Beds, located in northeast China in the Liaoning
Province, in the oldest layers of the famous Yixian Formation. The
Chinese word “Changmian" which means “eternal sleep".
(Good Morning America, 9/21/20)
2020 Sep 21, An Egyptian
officials said archaeologists have unearthed more than two dozen
ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo. They were
buried more than 2,500 years ago near the famed Step Pyramid of
Djoser in Saqqara.
2020 Sep 21, Greece reported
453 new cases of COVID-19 infections, a new daily record since the
start of the outbreak in the country. On the island of Lesbos 243
asylum seekers tested positive at the new camp at Kara Tepe.
(Reuters, 9/21/20)(SFC, 9/22/20, p.A6)
2020 Sep 21, India reopened its
famed monument to love, the Taj Mahal, with the first visitors
trickling in as authorities reported 86,961 new coronavirus
infections, with no signs of a peak yet.
2020 Sep 21, An Israeli court
approved the extradition of Malka Leifer, a former teacher wanted in
Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way
for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle.
2020 Sep 21, In Italy
preliminary results from the Interior Ministry indicated that 69% of
Italians voted “yes" on a constitutional referendum to reduce the
number of national lawmakers.
2020 Sep 21, Lebanon's
President Michel Aoun said that the crisis-hit country could be
going to “hell" if a new government was not formed, suggesting it
would require a “miracle" for that to happen at this point.
2020 Sep 21, Police in
Lithuania disclosed that Ahmad “Andy" Khawaja, a dual American and
Lebanese citizen charged in the US with conspiring to conceal the
source of more than $3.5 million in donations during the 2016 US
presidential election, has been jailed. His detention on Sept. 3 on
an international arrest warrant was kept secret. He will remain in
jail pending extradition hearings. Khawaja is married to a
Lithuanian citizen and has property in the Baltic country.
2020 Sep 21, Mexico's Pres.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, aka AMLO, attacked two small monthly
magazines, Nexos and Letras Libres, and singled out their editors,
hector Aguilar Camin and Enrique Krauze.
(Econ., 9/26/20, p.37)
2020 Sep 21, Nigerian health
workers who went on strike in mid-September for a hazard allowance
for treating coronavirus patients returned to work, without their
demands being met.
2020 Sep 21, It was reported
that Palestinian security forces have detained dozens of supporters
of UAE-based Mohammed Dahlan, a rival to President Mahmoud Abbas.
2020 Sep 21, The Federation of
St Kitts and Nevis acceded to the United Nations' Convention against
Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or
(PR Newswire, 9/28/20)
2020 Sep 21, The UN week opened
with a celebration of the global body's 75th birthday in the form of
a virtual summit where Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pleaded --
in person -- for more multilateral diplomacy.