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768        Sep 24, Pepin the Short (54) of Gaul died. His dominions were divided between his sons Charles (Charlemagne) and Carloman.
    (PC, 1992, p.67)

786        Sep 24, Al-Hadi, Arabic caliph of Islam (185-86), died.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

787        Sep 24, The 2nd Council of Nicaea (7th ecumenical council) opened in Asia Minor.

1046        Sep 24, In Hungary Gerard Sagredo (b.980), an Italian bishop from Venice (also known as Gellert or Gerhard), was placed on a 2-wheel cart, hauled to a hilltop and rolled down the later named Gellert Hill, and still being alive at the bottom was beaten to death. He operated in the Kingdom of Hungary (specifically in Budapest), and educated Saint Emeric of Hungary, the son of Saint Stephen of Hungary). Gellert played a major role in converting Hungary to Christianity. He was canonized in 1083 along with St. Stephen and St. Emeric and became one of the patron saints of Hungary.

1501        Sep 24, Gerolamo Cardano, mathematician, was born. He authored “Games of Chance," the first systematic computation of probabilities.
    (HN, 9/24/00)

1541        Sep 24, Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus (b.1493), Swiss alchemist, physician and theologian, died. The 1835 poem "Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim" by Robert Browning was based on the life of Paracelsus. In 2006 Philip Ball authored "The Devil’s Doctor: Paracelsus and the Renaissance World of Magic and Science."
    (, 1/21/06, p.81)

1542        Sep 24, Thomas Wyatt (b.1503), British poet, died. He is credited with introducing the sonnet into English. In 2011 Nicola Shulman authored “Graven With Diamonds: The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt, Courtier, Poet, Assassin."
    (Econ, 5/7/11, p.91)(

1545        Sep 24, Albrecht von Brandenburg, archbishop, monarch, founder of The Brandenburg Concerts of Mainz, died at 55.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1583        Sep 24, Albrecht Eusebius Wenzel von Wallenstein, German general, was born.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1625        Sep 24, The Dutch attacked San Juan, Puerto Rico.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1645        Sep 24, The Battle of Rowton Heath took place during the English Civil War between the Parliamentarians, commanded by Sydnam Poyntz, and the Royalists under the personal command of King Charles I. The result was a significant defeat for the Royalists, with heavy losses and Charles prevented from relieving the Siege of Chester. William Lawes (b.1602), Cavalier composer, died at the Battle of Rowton Heath.
    (, 4/16/11, p.90)

1657        Sep 24, The 1st autopsy and coroner's jury verdict was recorded in the state of Maryland.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1667        Sep 24, Jean-Louis Lully, composer, was born.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1683        Sep 24, King Louis XIV expelled all Jews from French possessions in America.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1716        Sep 24, Medici Grand Duke Cosimo III passed a law limiting and regulating the area of wine production in Tuscany, thus creating the 1st "Appelation Controlee" wine.
    (Carmignano, 1997)

1717        Sep 24, Horace Walpole (1797), son of Robert Walpole, author and Fourth Earl of Orford, was born. He was a life time collector of bibelots and authored one of the first Gothic novels: "The Castle of Otranto" (1764). "The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well." Wilmarth Lewis (d.1979) later edited Yale's 48-volume edition of Walpole's correspondence. He created the Gothic novel genre.
    (AP, 1/13/98)(WSJ, 10/19/99, p.A24)(HN, 9/24/00)

1732        Sep 24, 21 homosexuals were burned in South Horn.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1739        Sep 24, Grigorij A. Potemkin (d.1791), Monarch of Tauris and friend of Catherine II, was born. [see Sep 13]
    (MC, 9/24/01)(WSJ, 2/14/02, p.A18)

1748        Sep 24, Philipp Meissner, composer, was born.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1755        Sep 24, John Marshall, fourth chief justice of the Supreme Court (1801-35), and U.S. secretary of state, was born.
    (HN, 9/24/98)(MC, 9/24/01)

1788        Sep 24, After having been dissolved, the French Parliament of Paris reassembled in triumph.
    (HN, 9/24/98)

1789        Sep 24, President George Washington appointed John Jay as the 1st Chief Justice.
    (MC, 9/24/01)
1789        Sep 24, The US Federal Judiciary Act was passed. It created a six-person Supreme Court and provided for an Attorney General.
    (AP, 9/24/97)(AH, 10/04, p.14)

1813        Sep 24, Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry, composer, died at 72.
    (MC, 9/24/01)   

1848        Sep 24, Branwell Bronte, brother of the Bronte sisters and the model for Hindley Earnshaw in Emily's novel "Wuthering Heights," died of tuberculosis.

1852        Sep 24, Henri Giffard, a French engineer, flew over Paris in the 1st dirigible flight.

1856        Sep 24, John Marsh, Harvard graduate and pioneer California settler, was murdered on the road between Pacheco and Martinez while traveling to SF. Marsh was the 1st non-Hispanic to live in Contra Costa County. He had made a fortune attracting settlers to Contra Costa and selling them land. His new 7,000 stone mansion in Brentwood was later made the center-piece of the John Marsh/Cowell Ranch State Park.
    (SSFC, 9/24/06, p.B3)

1862        Sep 24, President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus against anyone suspected of being a Southern sympathizer.
    (HN, 9/24/98)
1862        Sep 24, The Confederate Congress adopted the confederacy seal.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1865        Sep 24, James Cooke walked a tightrope from the San Francisco Cliff House to Seal Rocks.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1869        Sep 24, Thousands of businessmen were ruined in a Wall Street panic, dubbed Black Friday, after financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market.
    (AP, 9/24/97)(Econ, 9/5/09, p.91)

1870        Sep 24, George Claude, French engineer, was born. He invented the neon light.
    (HN, 9/24/00)

1876        Sep 24, Mary Newton (2), the daughter of US Army Engineer Lt. Col. John Newton, triggered a huge blast to clear rocks in the Hell Gate channel of the East River. Newton had been authorized to begin work to deepen the channel in 1867.
    (ON, 2/08, p.8)

1881        Sep 24, Henry Morton Stanley signed a contract with Congo monarch. [see May 8]
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1894        Sep 24, E. Franklin Frazier, first African-American president of the American Sociological Society, was born.
    (HN, 9/24/98)

1896        Sep 24, American author F. Scott Fitzgerald (d.1940) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He wrote about the "Jazz Age" between World War I and World War II. He published his first novel in 1920, "This Side of Paradise," and gained instant acclaim and celebrity, marrying Zelda Sayre shortly afterward. In 1924, Fitzgerald wrote what has become his best-known novel, "The Great Gatsby." Although it was not especially popular at the time, as more readers began to appreciate the novel for its perspective of how materialism drives people, it became an American classic. As years passed, Fitzgerald battled alcoholism and his wife sought treatment for her mental illness. He died in Hollywood at age 45 in 1940. "If you're strong enough, there are no precedents."
    (HFA, ‘96, p.38)(AP, 9/24/97)(HNPD, 9/24/98)(HN, 9/24/98)(AP, 8/16/99)

1898        Sep 24, Howard W Florey, pathologist, was born in Australia. He purified penicillin and won a Nobel Prize 1945.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1904        Sep 24, Sixty-two died and 120 were injured in head-on train collision in Tennessee.
    (HN, 9/24/98)

1906        Sep 24, Victor Herbert’s musical "Red Mill," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 9/24/01)
1906        Sep 24, Devils Tower, the first US National Monument, was designated by President Theodore Roosevelt. Devils Tower is a volcanic rock formation, rising 867 feet over a base of gray igneous rock at 1,700 feet, located in the Black Hills of Wyoming.
    (SSFC, 6/18/06, p.G5)(

1911        Sep 24, Konstantin Chernenko, president of the Soviet Union 1984-1985, was born.
    (HN, 9/24/98)

1914        Sep 24, In the Alsace-Lorraine area between France and Germany, the German Army captured St. Mihiel.
    (HN, 9/24/98)

1915        Sep 24, Bulgaria mobilized troops on the Serbian border.
    (HN, 9/24/98)

1922        Sep 24, Cornell MacNeil, US, operatic baritone (La Traviata), was born.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1924        Sep 24, Boston, Massachusetts, opened its airport.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1929        Sep 24, U.S. Army pilot Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY2 Biplane over Mitchel Field in New York in the first all-instrument flight.
    (AP, 9/24/97)(HN, 9/24/98)

1930        Sep 24, G. Kaufman & M. Hart's "Once in a Lifetime," premiered in NY.
    (MC, 9/24/01)
1930        Sep 24, Noel Coward's comedy “Private Lives" opened in London starring Gertrude Lawrence and Coward himself.
    (HN, 9/24/00)

1931        Sep 24, Anthony Newley, actor (Dr Doolittle, Garbage Pail Kids, Stop the World) and composer, was born in England.
    (MC, 9/24/01)
1931        Sep 24, The DJIA dropped 7.1%
    (SFC, 10/17/97, p.B2)

1934        Sep 24, Babe Ruth made his farewell appearance as a regular player with the New York Yankees in a game against the Boston Red Sox. The Sox won, 5-0.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
1936        Sep 24, Jim Henson, Greenville Miss, muppeteer, was born. Puppeteer Henson created the "Muppets" in 1954. (Sesame Street, Muppet Show)-18 Emmys, 17 Grammys, 4 Peabody Awards and 5 Ace Awards (National Cable Television Association) The famous voice of Kermit the Frog, died suddenly in May 1993.
    (HN, 9/24/98)(MC, 9/24/01)

1940        Sep 24, Luftwaffe bombed the Spitfire factory in Southampton.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1941        Sep 24, There was a bomb explosion in German headquarters in Hotel Continental in Kiev.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1943        Sep 24, German forces executed 117 Italian officers on the Greek island of Cephalonia (Kefalonia). The massacre became the basis for the 1994 bestseller Captain Corelli's Mandolin by British writer Louis de Bernieres. On Oct 18, 2013 an Italian court handed a life sentence in absentia to former German army corporal Alfred Stork (90) for his role in the execution.
    (AFP, 10/18/13)
1943        Sep 24, Soviet forces reconquered Smolensk. [see Sep 25]
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1947        Sep 24, The World Women's Party met for the first time since WW II.
    (HN, 9/24/98)

1948        Sep 24, Mildred Gillars, accused of being Nazi wartime radio propagandist "Axis Sally," pleaded innocent in Washington, D.C., to charges of treason. (Gillars ended up serving 12 years in prison.)
    (AP, 9/24/97)

1951        Sep 24, The Soviet Union conducted its 2nd nuclear test.

1955        Sep 24, President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Denver. The illness didn't prevent Eisenhower from being re-elected to a second term the following year.
    (AP, 9/24/97)(MC, 9/24/01)

1956        Sep 24, The first transatlantic telephone cable system from Newfoundland to Scotland began operation.
    (HN, 9/24/98)(MC, 9/24/01)

1957        Sep 24, The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-to-0.
    (AP, 9/24/97)
1957        Sep 24, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent federal troops into Little Rock, Arkansas, to protect nine black students entering its newly integrated high school.
    (HN, 9/24/98)

1958        Sep 24, “The Donna Reed Show" premiered on ABC-TV.
    (AP, 9/24/08)

1960        Sep 24, The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News, Va.
    (AP, 9/24/97)(HN, 9/24/98)

1962        Sep 24, US Circuit Court of Appeals ordered James Meredith admitted to the Univ. of Miss. The University of Mississippi agreed to admit James Meredith as the first black university student, sparking more rioting.
    (HN, 9/24/98)(MC, 9/24/01)

1963        Sep 24, The U.S. Senate ratified a treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union limiting nuclear testing.
    (AP, 9/24/99)

1964        Sep 24, The TV situation comedy "Munsters" premiered on CBS with Al Lewis (d.2006) as the family patriarch.
    (AP, 9/24/04)(SSFC, 2/5/06, p.A2)

1968        Sep 24, The CBS news magazine "60 Minutes" premiered on CBS-TV on a Tuesday night. Don Hewitt created and produced the TV news show “60 Minutes." He wrote his book “Minute by Minute" in 1985.
    (SFEM, 2/8/98, Par p.26)(AP, 9/24/98)
1968        Sep 24, The TV show "Mod Squad" premiered on ABC and continued to 1973. It was about 3 hip young cops who worked undercover in LA. A film version was begun in 1998.
    (AP, 9/24/98)(SFC, 8/27/99, p.C14)(

1969        Sep 24, The trial of the "Chicago Eight" (later seven) began. Demonstrations began outside the court house, with the "Weatherman" group proclaiming the "Days of Rage" in protest of the trial. The Chicago Eight staged demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago to protest the Vietnam War and its support by the top Democratic presidential candidate, Vice President Hubert Humphrey. These anti-Vietnam War protests were some of the most violent in American history as the police and national guardsmen beat antiwar protesters, innocent bystanders and members of the press. Five defendants (Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Rennie Davis) were convicted of crossing state lines to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention; the convictions were ultimately overturned. In 1970 Harold Jacobs authored "Weatherman." In 2004 Jeremy Varon authored "Bringing the War Home: The Weather Underground, the Red Army Faction and Revolutionary Violence in the Sixties and Seventies."
    (AP, 9/24/99)(SFEC, 11/7/99, p.A5)

1970        Sep 24, The TV show “The Odd Couple" premiered with Jack Klugman (1922-2012), Tony Randall (1920-2004) and Al Molinaro (1919-2015). The show continued to 1975.
    (, 11/1/15, p.A14)
1970        Sep 24, Moon Landrieu (b.1930) began serving as the mayor of New Orleans and continued to 1978. From 1979-1981 he served as the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Pres. Jimmy Carter.
    (Econ, 2/13/10, p.34)(
1970        Sep 24, The Soviet Luna 16 landed in Kazakhstan, completing the first unmanned round trip to the moon.

1973        Sep 24, The PAIGC (African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde) declared the independence of Guinea-Bissau from Portugal. This became national day for Guinea-Bissau.
    (, 9/22/13, p.M3)

1976        Sep 24, US District Judge William Orrick sentenced newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. She was released after 22 months after receiving clemency from President Carter.
    (SFC, 9/21/01, WB p.5)(AP, 9/24/07)
1976        Sep 24, In California Frances Mays was kidnapped at knifepoint by Richard Allen Davis at the South Hayward Bart station. She was able to break free and flagged down a passing patrol car. Harris was caught and served five years. He later kidnapped Polly Klaas on 10/1/93.
    (SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-15)

1977        Sep 24, ABC launched the TV series “The Love Boat." The series continued to 1986 with Gavin MacLeod as the commander of the Pacific Princess.
    (, 3/9/08, p.D3)

1979        Sep 24, CompuServe began operation as the 1st computer information service.
1979        Sep 24, Hilla Limann 1934-1998) was elected president of Ghana. She served until 1981.
1979        Sep 24, Russian ice skaters Protopopov and Belousova asked for asylum in Switzerland.

1981        Sep 24, Four Armenian gunmen seized the Turkish consulate in Paris, holding 60 hostages for 15 hours before surrendering.
    (AP 9/24/01)

1982        Sep 24, US, Italian and French peacekeeping troops began arriving in Lebanon. Some 400,000 Israelis gathered at the first of many demonstrations to protest the Lebanon War.
1982        Sep 24, British PM Margaret Thatcher visited Beijing. Deng refused her request for continued British administration of Hong Kong after 1997, but agreed to open negotiations on handover.
1982        Sep 24, Sarah Churchill (b.1914), actress (Royal Wedding, Spring Meeting), died. She was the 2nd daughter of Winston Churchill and Clementine Churchill: the third of the couple's five children.

1983        Sep 24, In North Carolina Sabrina Buie (11) went missing. Days later her body was found. Forensic tests showed she had been raped and suffocated. Henry McCollum (19) and his half-brother Leon Brown (15) were arrested and convicted following confessions that were coerced. In 2014 McCollum and Brown were freed after DNA evidence pointed to another man who lived near where Buie’s body was found. On June 4, 2015, McCollum and Brown were pardoned by Gov. Pat McCrory. On Sep 2, 2015, the two brothers were awarded $750,000 each for their wrongful conviction.
    (, 9/4/14, p.A8)(SFC, 6/5/15, p.A7)(SFC, 9/3/15, p.A6)

1984        Sep 24, San Francisco's Hard Rock Café opened at 1699 Van Ness Ave. This was the chain's third outpost in the US and the sixth in the world. In 2002 it moved to Pier 39.
    (SFC, 3/7/02, p.B1)(SFC, 9/22/18, p.C1)

1987        Sep 24, President Reagan rebuffed congressional calls to limit U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf, and defended the recent U.S. attack on an Iranian mine-laying vessel.
    (AP, 9/24/97)

1988        Sep 24, Members of the eastern Massachusetts Episcopal diocese elected Barbara C. Harris the first female bishop in the church's history.
    (AP, 9/24/98)
1988        Sep 24, In Burma Win Tin (1929-2014) and Aung San Suu Kyi formed the National League for Democracy (NLD) party.
    (SFC, 5/7/02, p.A9)(Econ, 5/3/14, p.82)
1988        Sep 24, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson won the men's 100-meter dash in 9.79 seconds at the Seoul Summer Olympics. He was disqualified three days later for using anabolic steroids.
    (AP, 9/24/98)(Econ, 8/2/08, SR p.15)

1989        Sep 24, Residents of Charleston, S.C., attended church services as they faced a third day of recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Hugo. Hugo caused 56 deaths in the Caribbean and 29 in the United States. The storm hit Guadeloupe, Montserrat, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico before striking South Carolina.
    (AP, 9/24/99)(AP, 9/11/04)

1990        Sep 24, South African President F.W. de Klerk met at the White House with President Bush.
    (AP, 9/24/00)
1990        Sep 24, East Germany signed a treaty with the Soviet Union ending its membership in the Warsaw Pact.
1990        Sep 24, The Supreme Soviet voted to give preliminary approval to a plan for switching the Soviet Union to a free-market economy.
    (AP, 9/24/00)

1991        Sep 24, Children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, died in La Jolla, Calif., at age 87.
    (AP, 9/24/97)
1991        Sep 24, Kidnappers in Lebanon freed British hostage Jack Mann after holding him captive for more than two years.
    (AP, 9/24/97)

1992        Sep 24, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton promised to press for a national health-care system for all Americans; the Bush campaign countered that the plan would be too expensive for average Americans.
    (AP, 9/24/97)
1992        Sep 24, Acting US Navy Secretary Sean O'Keefe stripped three admirals of their jobs for failing to investigate aggressively the Tailhook sex abuse scandal.
    (AP, 9/24/97)

1993        Sep 24, Addressing the United Nations, Nelson Mandela asked the world community to lift economic sanctions against South Africa, saying huge foreign investments would help prevent unrest and build a multiracial democracy.
    (AP, 9/24/98)
1993        Sep 24, Norodom Sihanouk was reinstalled as king of Cambodia.
    (HN, 9/24/98)(MC, 9/24/01)
1993        Sep 24, The 1st Israeli was killed by Islamics after PLO signed the peace accord.
1993        Sep 24, Imelda Marcos, wife of the late Ferdinand Marcos, former dictator of the Philippines, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment after being found guilty on charges of widespread corruption. Imelda was also noted for her vast shoe collection.

1994        Sep 24, In Texas Orlando Hall and three others abducted Lisa Rene (16) in Dallas after Hall was stiffed by her two bothers in a drug deal. Rene was killed two days later in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Hall (49) was executed in 2020.
    (    (SFC, 11/21/20, p.A4)
1994        Sep 24, A firefight erupted between U.S. Marines and a group of armed Haitians outside a police station in the northern coastal city of Cap-Haitian; 10 of the Haitians were killed.
    (AP, 9/24/99)

1995        Sep 24, Israel’s Rabin and the PLO under Arafat, signed a pact, Oslo II, in Taba, Egypt, ending nearly three decades of Israeli occupation of West Bank cities. They scheduled a 9/7/97 date for Israel’s departure from the West Bank, except for Jewish settlements and certain military locations. A final accord was scheduled for 5/7/99. The Oslo Accords stipulated that 80% of the water from the “mountain aquifer" beneath land occupied by Israel in 1967 should go to Israel, and the rest to the Palestinians.
    (SFC, 1/9/96, p.A10)(AP, 9/24/00)(SFC, 4/30/02, p.A8)(Econ, 7/30/16, p.38)
1995        Sep 24, A 16-year-old boy in Cuers, France, killed 13 people before turning a gun on himself.
    (AP, 9/24/00)

1996        Sep 24, The United States, represented by President Clinton, and the world's other major nuclear powers signed a treaty to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 9/24/97)

1997        Sep 24, Garth Brooks was named best entertainer by Country Music Association.
    (AP, 9/24/98)
1997        Sep 24, President Clinton urged the annual convention of the AFL-CIO not to try to punish Democratic lawmakers who stood with him on his request for stronger authority to negotiate new free-trade treaties.
    (AP, 9/24/98)
1997        Sep 24, The Islamic Salvation Army (AIS) declared a truce and blamed recent killings on a splinter fundamentalist group, the Armed Islamic Group (GIA).
    (WSJ, 9/25/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/27/97, p.A10)
1997        Sep 24, It was reported that drought has destroyed crops across the Indonesian archipelago and could force up to 1 million villagers into a famine diet. Forest and scrub fires continued to burn out of control. 750,000 acres of bush land had burned. It was the worst drought in 50 years.
    (SFC, 9/24/97, p.A12)(SFC, 9/25/97, p.A11)(SFC, 7/6/98, p.A8)
1997        Sep 24, In the Republic of the Congo it was reported that the Cobras, the private militia of former military dictator Gen’l. Denis Sassou-Nguesso, had taken control of more than three-quarters of the country.
    (SFC, 9/24/97, p.A10)

1998        Sep 24, The US government began releasing the new, harder-to-counterfeit $20 bill.
    (SFC, 8/5/98, p.A6)(AP, 9/24/99)
1998        Sep 24, Eddie DeBartolo, co-owner of the SF 49ers, struck a deal with federal prosecutors to keep out of jail. He will pay a fine and testify against former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.
    (SFC, 9/25/98, p.A1)
1998        Sep 24, Long Term Capital Investment, a hedge fund, received a $3.5 billion bailout by fifteen financial institutions orchestrated by the Federal Reserve.
    (WSJ, 9/25/98, p.A8)
1998        Sep 24, NATO instructed its generals to begin preparing for air strikes on Yugoslavia unless pres. Milosevic ends his attacks on ethnic Albanians.
    (SFC, 9/25/98, p.A12)
1998        Sep 24, Hurricane Georges charged toward Florida Keys. The death toll from Hurricane Georges reached 443. The Dominican Republic toll was later set at 265; 172 in Haiti; 6 in Cuba; 11 in Puerto Rico; 2 in Antigua; 4 in St. Kitts and Nevis and 1 in the Bahamas.
    (SFC, 9/25/98, p.A16)(WSJ, 9/28/98, p.A1)(SFC, 10/3/98, p.A11)(SFC, 10/7/98, p.A12)(AP, 9/24/99)
1998        Sep 24, French doctors performed a hand transplant on a New Zealand man, Clint Hallam (48). He had lost his hand in a sawing accident in a New Zealand prison where he was serving a 2-year sentence for fraud.
    (SFC, 10/16/98, p.D2)
1998        Sep 24, In Sierra Leone troops from the ECOMOG peacekeeping force killed at least 50 traditional Kapra hunters after the hunters opened fire on them. The hunters claimed to have mistaken the troops for rebels.
    (SFC, 9/28/98, p.A10)

1999        Sep 24, Oregon teenager Kip Kinkel, who killed his parents and gunned down two classmates at school, abandoned an insanity defense and pleaded guilty to murder. He was later sentenced to 112 years without parole.
    (AP, 9/24/00)
1999        Sep 24, In Burundi the government reported that Hutu rebels had hacked to death 11 civilians in 2 separate attacks.
    (SFC, 9/25/99, p.A14)
1999        Sep 24, In Chechnya tens of thousands of civilians fled Grozny as Russian planes continued to bomb the capital to wipe out Islamic militants accused of terrorizing Russia.
    (SFC, 9/25/99, p.A13)
1999        Sep 24, In Honduras two weeks of torrential rain left 6 people dead and flood gates were opened to save the El Cajon dam.
    (SFEC, 9/26/99, p.A21)
1999        Sep 24, In Indonesia the government suspended a new law that gave the armed forces expanded emergency powers following serious protests and 2 days of rioting in Jakarta. The Parliament recommended that a number of officials tied to the Golkar Party be yanked from office over the disappearance of some $70 billion from Bank Bali.
    (SFC, 9/25/99, p.A12)(SFC, 9/28/99, p.A16)
1999        Sep 24, A jury acquitted former Italian Premier Giulio Andreotti of the 1979 killing of a journalist.
    (AP, 9/24/00)
1999        Sep 24, In Japan typhoon Bart hit wreaked havoc in the south and killed at least 26 people.
    (SFC, 9/25/99, p.A14)
1999        Sep 24, In Serbia some 30,000 protested in Belgrade against Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFC, 9/25/99, p.A14)

2000        Sep 24, Janice Brustlein, painter aka Biala, died in Paris at age 97.
    (SFC, 10/14/00, p.A24)
2000        Sep 24, In Bangladesh flooding forced some 60,000 to flee their homes and at least 9 people sere killed.
    (WSJ, 9/25/00, p.A1)
2000        Sep 24, In France voters approved a reduction in the president’s term of office to 5 years from 7.
    (SFC, 9/25/00, p.A12)
2000        Sep 24, In India 6 days of rain left 370 people dead or missing.
    (WSJ, 9/25/00, p.A1)
2000        Sep 24, Vladimiro Montesinos, Peru’s ousted spy chief, fled to Panama.
    (SFC, 9/25/00, p.A12)
2000        Sep 24, For the first time the citizens of the Yugoslav federation, Serbia and Montenegro, voted directly for president. Supporters of opposition candidate Vojislav Kostunica declared victory the next day, but the election commission said a runoff was needed, prompting massive protests that toppled President Slobodan Milosevic.
    (SFC, 9/26/00, p.A1)(AP 9/24/01)

2001        Sep 24, President Bush ordered a freeze on the assets of 27 people and organizations with suspected links to terrorism, including Islamic militant Osama bin Laden, and urged other nations to do likewise.
    (SFC, 9/25/01, p.A1, 9)(AP, 9/24/02)
2001        Sep 24, The US rewarded Jordan for its role in the anti-terrorist coalition with the passage of a free trade treaty.
    (SFC, 9/25/01, p.A1)
2001        Sep 24, The US received from Russia an essential go-ahead to use 3 former republics as bases for attacks on Afghanistan.
    (SFC, 9/25/01, p.A1,6)
2001        Sep 24, The US agreed to pay $582 million in overdue dues to the UN.
    (SFC, 9/25/01, p.A1)
2001        Sep 24, US crop-dusters were grounded for a 2nd day amid fears of a terrorist chemical attacks.
    (SFC, 9/25/01, p.A3)
2001        Sep 24, In Maryland 2 college students, sisters, were killed by tornadoes at College Park. Gov. Parris Glendening toured the area the next day.
    (SFC, 9/26/01, p.C3)
2001        Sep 24, In Afghanistan Taliban officials said they were dispatching 300,000 fighters to defend their borders. Analysts estimated Taliban strength at 45,000 fighters with 20,000 in action against the Northern Alliance.
    (SFC, 9/25/01, p.A5)
2001        Sep 24, The Taliban occupied the offices of the UN World food Program and seized 1,400 metric tons of food.
    (SFC, 9/25/01, p.A1)
2001        Sep 24, In Colombia Consuelo Araujo (62), the wife of the attorney general, was kidnapped along with 10 others near Valledupar. Araujo was found shot to death on Sep 30.
    (SFC, 9/25/01, p.A12)(SFC, 10/1/01, p.A8)
2001        Sep 24, Kazakstan offered air and military bases to the US for attacks on Afghanistan. Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were said to be negotiating use of their territory by the US.
    (SFC, 9/25/01, p.A6)
2001        Sep 24, It was reported that at least 16 Syrian, Jordanian and Lebanese citizens were arrested in Paraguay in the wake of the Sep 11 terrorist attacks in the US.
    (SFC, 9/24/01, p.B1)
2001        Sep 24, Russia pledged support for US efforts and arms for anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan.
    (WSJ, 9/25/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/26/01, p.A16)
2001        Sep 24, The UN announced that it is withdrawing its int’l. staff from Somalia after losing insurance coverage on flights in and out of the country.
    (SFC, 9/25/01, p.A12)

2002        Sep 24, The US Census Bureau reported a rise in the poverty rate to 11.7%, with 32.9 million people classified as poor. It was the 1st rise in 8 years.
    (WSJ, 9/25/02, p.A1)
2002        Sep 24, The annual $500,00 "genius award" MacArthur grants were given to 24 men and women including David B. Goldstein, energy specialist at the Natural Resources Defense Council in SF for his work on energy-efficient refrigerators.
    (SFC, 9/25/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 9/25/02, p.B1)
2002        Sep 24, The Dow Jones industrials dropped nearly 190 points to hit a four-year low. The Federal Reserve voted to keep U.S. interest rates steady for now despite rare dissent within its ranks.
    (AP, 9/24/02)(Reuters, 9/24/02)
2002        Sep 24, British Prime Minister Tony Blair asserted that Iraq had a growing arsenal of chemical and biological weapons and planned to use them, as he unveiled an intelligence dossier to a special session of Parliament.
    (AP, 9/24/03)
2002        Sep 24, Youssouf Togoimi, rebel head of the Movement for Democracy and Justice in Chad and a former minister in the government of President Idriss Deby, died from wounds suffered after his vehicle struck a land mine Aug 28. Togoimi died in a hospital in neighboring Libya where he was flown for treatment.
    (AP, 9/26/02)
2002        Sep 24, The Danish government announced that the US will return to Denmark a section of the U.S. air base at Thule in northern Greenland that was created in 1953.
    (AP, 9/24/02)   
2002        Sep 24, In India commandos stormed the Swaminarayan Hindu temple in Gandhinagar to try to flush out gunmen who killed 32 Hindus and wounded over 70. Two attackers were killed the next day after a 14-hour siege.
    (Reuters, 9/24/02)(SFC, 9/25/02, p.A11)(WSJ, 9/26/02, p.A1)
2002        Sep 24, Iraq dismissed a British government report that said Saddam Hussein is pursuing chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 9/24/02)
2002        Sep 24, Allied aircraft struck Iraqi air defense facilities again in a double strike at two southeastern installations. Precision-guided weapons were aimed at a radar facility near Al Amarah about 165 miles southeast of Baghdad and a defense communications facility at Tallil, about 170 miles southeast of the capital.
    (AP, 9/25/02)
2002        Sep 24, Israel defied a U.N. Security Council demand to end its six-day siege of Yasser Arafat's devastated West Bank headquarters. 9 Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike against alleged munitions factories and other targets in Gaza City. Israeli troops demolished three houses of Palestinian terror suspects, while Jewish settler leaders inaugurated a new Jewish settlement near the Palestinian city of Nablus.
    (AP, 9/24/02)(AP, 9/25/02)
2002        Sep 24, In Spain a booby-trapped sign bearing the logo of the armed Basque separatist group ETA exploded, killing one police officer and wounding three others.
    (AP, 9/24/02)
2002        Sep 24, Tropical Storm Lili unleashed a mudslide that buried a woman and three of her children in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
    (AP, 9/25/02)

2003        Sep 24, After four turbulent months, three special legislative sessions and two Democratic walkouts, both houses of the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature adopted redistricting plans favoring the GOP.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
2003        Sep 24, In Cold Spring, Minn., Jason McLaughlin (15), a high school freshman, shot and killed senior Aaron Rollins (17) and wounded Seth Bartell (14) before surrendering. Bartell died from his wounds on Oct 10. On August 30, 2005, McLaughlin was sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility for parole until he’s well over 50. He was convicted of first degree murder in the shooting death of Bartell and second-degree murder for killing Rollins.
    (SFC, 10/11/03, p.A3)(
2003        Sep 24, Herb Gardner (68), Tony-winning playwright, died in New York.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
2003        Sep 24, In Israel 27 reserve pilots refused to take part in targeted killings.
    (WSJ, 9/25/03, p.A1)
2003        Sep 24, India rejected Pakistan's invitation to negotiate a settlement concerning the disputed province of Kashmir.
    (AP, 9/25/03)
2003        Sep 24, Families of people killed when US jets bombed Libya urged Tripoli to suspend payments to relatives of the victims of the 1988 downing of a Pan Am airliner until they receive compensation from the United States.
    (AP, 9/24/03)   
2003        Sep 24, Swedish police arrested a new suspect in the murder of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, and released a man they had held for more than a week.
    (AP, 9/24/03)

2004        Sep 24, The California Air Resources Board backed sweeping reductions in auto emissions.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2004        Sep 24, Nova Scotia became the sixth Canadian province or territory to allow gay marriages when the provincial Supreme Court ruled that banning such unions was unconstitutional.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
2004        Sep 24, French author Francoise Sagan (69), who shot to fame with her first novel "Bonjour Tristesse" (1954) at the age of 18 and courted controversy throughout her life, died. She was a longstanding friend of late President Francois Mitterrand and was convicted of taking drugs and for tax evasion.
    (Reuters, 9/24/04)(SSFC, 9/26/04, p.B5)
2004        Sep 24, Iraq's interim PM Ayad Allawi appealed to world leaders at the UN General Assembly to unite behind his country's effort to rein in spiraling violence, lighten the foreign debt and improve security ahead of the January elections. PM Allawi and President Bush declared that Iraq is on the road to stability, with the Iraqi leader saying elections would be possible in all but 3-4 of Iraq's 18 provinces.
    (AP, 9/24/04)(AP, 9/24/05)
2004        Sep 24, Palestinians shelled a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip and killed an Israeli-American woman just ahead of Yom Kippur.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
2004        Sep 24, An uprising by some 800 gang members at two Salvadoran prisons ended peacefully on Friday following government promises to study complaints by inmates.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
2004        Sep 24, The UN High Commissioner for Refugees proposed autonomy for the troubled Darfur region of Sudan. The government has resisted this but said it would be willing to discuss it anew in an effort to end the violence that has killed 50,000 people.
    (CP, 9/24/04)

2005        Sep 24, The 184-nation International Monetary Fund and the World Bank opened their annual meetings in Washington DC. They were ready to act on a breakthrough deal that would forgive more than $40 billion owed by the poorest nations.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 24, The US deficit was reported to be over $700 billion. The growing deficit put negative pressure on the dollar causing foreign lenders to demand higher interest rates.
    (Econ, 9/24/05, Sur. p.22)
2005        Sep 24, The anti-war march in Washington DC drew tens of thousands. In SF an anti-war march from Dolores park to Jefferson Square drew 20-50 thousand people.
    (SSFC, 9/25/05, A1)
2005        Sep 24, The 2nd annual Love Parade began at Market and Second streets in SF and was followed by a celebration at the Civic Center Plaza. 24 floats carried some 200 DJs.
    (SSFC, 9/25/05, A21)
2005        Sep 24, Hurricane Rita, reduced to Category 3, made landfall east of Sabine Pass, on the Texas-Louisiana line, smashing windows, sparking fires and knocking power out to more than 1 million customers, but largely sparing vulnerable Houston and already reeling New Orleans. Within hours it weakened to Category 2.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 24, Thomas Ross Bond (b.1926), child star, died in Los Angeles. He played Butch the bully in the "Our Gang" and "The Little Rascals" serials of the 1930s. In the 1940s, Bond played Jimmy Olsen in two Superman movies and appeared as Joey Pepper in several installments of the "Five Little Peppers" serial.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
2005        Sep 24, Monica Lozada-Rivadineira (26), an immigrant from Bolivia, disappeared in NYC. Her daughter, Valery, was found in the evening wandering barefoot in Queens. On Oct 6 Police found her body in a Pennsylvania landfill and police said she was killed by her boyfriend. In 2006 Cesar Ascarruna (32) pleaded guilty to manslaughter and reckless endangerment. He was sentenced to 32 years in prison.
    (AP, 10/7/05)(SFC, 3/16/06, p.A3)
2005        Sep 24, Aruba election board officials reported that the ruling party kept its majority in parliament in legislative elections for all 21 seats.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 24, Thousands of people marched through central London demanding that British PM Tony Blair withdraw British troops from Iraq. Marches also took place in the US and Europe.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 24, India's western state of Gujarat was on flood alert after two days of lashing monsoon rains that killed at least 15 people.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 24, A suicide car bomber driving at high speed exploded his vehicle near an Iraqi army checkpoint in downtown Baghdad, killing three soldiers and an Iraqi civilian.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 24, In Iraq 2 insurgents from al-Qaida in Iraq were captured during raids in the Baghdad. They were identified as Walid Muhammad Farhan Juwar al-Zubaydi, also known as "the Barber," and Ibrahim Muhammad Subhi Khayri al-Rihawi.
    (AP, 10/15/05)
2005        Sep 24, Israel killed at least two Hamas militants in a missile strike and moved artillery cannons to the Gaza border, launching what it vowed would be a "crushing" response to a Hamas rocket barrage on Israeli towns. An air strike caused heavy damage to the Al-Arkam school run by Hamas.
    (AP, 9/24/05)(SSFC, 9/25/05, A3)
2005        Sep 24, Turkish scholars at a twice-canceled conference on the massacre of Armenians in the early 20th century cautiously discussed the politically charged topic, avoiding inflammatory language as protesters denounced the gathering as traitorous.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
2005        Sep 24, The 35-nation board of the U.N. atomic watchdog agency approved a resolution that could lead to Iran's referral to the U.N. Security Council for violating a nuclear arms control treaty, something the United States has been urging for years.
    (AP, 9/24/05)

2006        Sep 24, In a combative interview on "Fox News Sunday," former President Clinton defended his handling of the threat posed by Osama bin Laden, and accused host Chris Wallace of a "conservative hit job."
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2006        Sep 24, Democrats seized on an intelligence assessment that said the Iraq war had increased the terrorist threat, saying it was further evidence Americans should choose new leadership in upcoming elections.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2006        Sep 24, A survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project said machines after 2020 will become intelligent, evolve rapidly, and could end up treating humans as pets.
    (SFC, 9/25/06, p.F1)
2006        Sep 24, Residents in Richmond, Ca., set up a tent city to protest violence, homicides and drug dealing in their Iron Triangle neighborhood.
    (SFC, 10/11/06, p.A7)
2006        Sep 24, Inco, one of Canada’s two largest mining companies, agreed to be acquired by Companhia Vale do Rio Doce of Brazil for $17.8 billion and absorbing Inco's debt of $1.2 billion. The deal was closed in October.
    (, 4/25/08, p.A1)(
2006        Sep 24, In China Chen Liangyu, the Communist Party boss of Shanghai, was sacked for corruption, toppling the highest leader so far in national party chief Hu Jintao's drive to root out abuse and enforce loyalty.
    (Reuters, 9/25/06)(Econ, 9/30/06, p.49)
2006        Sep 24, In Copenhagen, Denmark, youths angered at a court decision to evict squatters from a downtown building hurled stones, bottles and eggs at police during a protest. More than 200 were detained.
    (AP, 9/25/06)
2006        Sep 24, In Ecuador a speeding bus overturned on a curving mountain road near Quito, killing 47 people and injuring five children.
    (AP, 9/25/06)
2006        Sep 24, India's federal government called off a six-week truce with separatist rebels in Assam and ordered the resumption of military operations in the northeastern state.
    (AP, 9/24/06)
2006        Sep 24, Iraq’s PM Nouri al-Maliki called for Shiites and Sunnis to use the Islamic holy month of Ramadan to put aside their differences. Iraq's parliamentary groups agreed to open debate on a contentious Shiite-proposed draft legislation that will allow the creation of federal regions in Iraq. Authorities reported that at least 20 people were killed in scattered violence across the country. Authorities reported that 45 bodies were received at the morgue, the apparent victims of sectarian death squads.
    (AP, 9/24/06)(SFC, 9/25/06, p.A9)
2006        Sep 24, In Indian Kashmir 4 suspected Islamic militants were shot dead by troops in northern Uri district in a gunbattle with troops. 2 more were killed in nearby Bandipora.
    (AP, 9/24/06)
2006        Sep 24, In Lebanon Samir Geagea, an anti-Syrian Christian leader, dismissed Hezbollah's claims of victory in its war with Israel as tens of thousands of his supporters rallied in a show of strength that highlighted the country’s sharp divisions.
    (AP, 9/24/06)
2006        Sep 24, In St. Petersburg, Russia, attackers stabbed to death Nitesh Kumar Singh, an Indian medical student, in the latest in a series of hate crimes there.
    (AP, 9/25/06)
2006        Sep 24, In Somalia hundreds of Islamic militiamen in heavily armed trucks took over the southern town of Kismayo, one of the last seaports that had been outside their control.
    (AP, 9/24/06)
2006        Sep 24, Swiss voters in a national referendum backed tougher asylum rules put forth by justice minister Christoph Blocher, despite fears that the new rules will deny refugees a fair hearing. 68% approved a new immigration law which was meant to tackle what authorities say is the lack of integration of many foreigners into Swiss society.
    (AP, 9/24/06)(Econ, 9/30/06, p.61)
2006        Sep 24, Thailand's military council issued new orders intended to stave off any possible opposition to their coup, banning political activities at the district and provincial levels.
    (AP, 9/24/06)

2007        Sep 24, The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) said that its 10-month “Operation Raw Deal" had resulted in 124 arrests in 27 states and 9 foreign countries. 56 steroid labs were seized along with $6.5 million and 232 kilograms of steroid powder produced in China.
    (SFC, 9/25/07, p.A1)(
2007        Sep 24, More than 73,000 General Motors Corp workers walked off the job after marathon contract talks between the United Auto Workers union and GM stalled and the union called the first national strike since 1970 against the top U.S. automaker.
    (Reuters, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 24, In SF union-represented security officers at 14 buildings in the Financial District went on strike protesting contract negotiations that have been fruitless for 3 months. Workers returned to their jobs on Sep 27 following some progress in negotiations.
    (SFC, 9/25/07, p.C1)(SFC, 9/28/07, p.C1)
2007        Sep 24, In Huntsville, Texas, two inmates wrested guns from guards, stole a pickup truck then ran over and killed a female guard. John Ray Falk (40) and Jerry Martin (37) were both arrested within hours following a huge manhunt.
    (SFC, 9/25/07, p.A6)
2007        Sep 24, The annual $500,000 "genius award" MacArthur grants were given to 24 men and women. Bay Area winners included Claire Kremen for her studies on honey bees, and inventor Saul Griffith for his work to bring corrective eyewear to people in the Third World.
    (SFC, 9/25/07, p.B1)
2007        Sep 24, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in NYC for a speech at Columbia University followed by a scheduled address to the UN General Assembly. Ahmadinejad defended Holocaust revisionists and raised questions about who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks in a tense showdown at Columbia University.
    (AP, 9/24/07)(AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 24, Dell Inc. announced a deal to launch a retail presence in China by selling computers through the country's biggest chain of electronics stores as it struggles to capture a bigger share of the booming market.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, A US navy MH60 helicopter crashed into a lake on the Pacific island of Guam, killing one crew member.
    (Reuters, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 24, Wolfgang K.H. Panofsky (b.1919), German-born Stanford physicist, died. He led the construction of the Stanford Linear Accelerator following approval by Congress in 1961.
    (SFC, 9/26/07, p.B7)
2007        Sep 24, In western Afghanistan Italian special forces rescued two captive Italian intelligence agents from a militant convoy, killing at least eight kidnappers. Both kidnapped Italians were wounded in the raid, but one died from his wounds in Rome on Oct 4. In southern Afghanistan a Canadian soldier was killed and four were wounded during a military operation.
    (AP, 9/24/07)(Reuters, 9/25/07)(AP, 10/4/07)
2007        Sep 24, An Australian man was conscious and spoke to his medical team during life-saving brain surgery in what doctors are claiming as a world-first procedure with cutting-edge technology.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, Two Congolese troops and a Ugandan soldier were killed in clashes on the flashpoint border of Lake Albert where oil was recently discovered. Six civilians were killed when Ugandan soldiers opened fire on a Congolese passenger boat on Lake Albert.
    (AFP, 9/25/07)(Reuters, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 24, French PM Francois Fillon warned that the country's public finances were in a "critical" state and need drastic action to reduce worrying deficits.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, Hungarian officials said that in an effort to bring prostitutes into the legal economy, they will allow sex workers to apply for an entrepreneur's permit, a move that could generate government revenues from an industry worth an estimated $1 billion annually.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, Iran closed major border crossings with northeastern Iraq to protest the US detention of an Iranian official the military accused of weapons smuggling. The International Atomic Energy Agency technical officials began talks with Iran to resolve remaining issues surrounding the country's controversial nuclear program. Iran released from jail peace activist Ali Shakeri, the last of four Iranian-Americans imprisoned in recent months after being accused of stirring up a revolution.
    (AP, 9/24/07)(AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 24, Iraq’s Pres. al-Maliki spoke in NYC at the Council on Foreign Relations. When asked about the country's various problems, took a jab at the Bush administration, saying that the build-up of Iraq's forces after the collapse of Saddam's regime, was not handled properly. A suicide attacker struck a unity meeting of about 800 people in Baqouba, killing at least 24, including the city's police chief and other top officials.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 24, Israel’s Supreme Court gave the country’s main land distributor 3 months to change its policy of selling property only to Jews.
    (SFC, 9/25/07, p.A3)
2007        Sep 24, A powerful blast ripped through a shopping mall in the center of Pristina, Kosovo's capital, killing two and injuring 10 others.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, In Myanmar as many as 100,000 protesters led by a phalanx of barefoot monks marched through Yangon. The movement has grown in a week from faltering demonstrations to one rivaling the failed 1988 pro-democracy uprising.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, Pakistani police intensified a crackdown that opposition parties say has left hundreds of activists in custody while the Supreme Court dismissed three challenges to the re-election bid of Pakistan's military leader.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin named a new government, tapping new economics and health ministers and retaining his foreign and defense ministers in an expected but largely cosmetic shuffle before parliamentary and presidential elections.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
2007        Sep 24, A group of UN experts monitoring Darfur said that serious human rights violations appeared to be continuing in the strife-torn western Sudanese region.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, The Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG said that the European Commission had approved its Exelon skin patch to treat Alzheimer's disease.
    (AP, 9/24/07)

2008        Sep 24, Pres. Bush went on national TV to support the economic bailout plan.
    (WSJ, 9/25/08, p.A1)
2008        Sep 24, A US federal appeals court ruled Ivory Coast plantation workers, who claimed they were sterilized by a US-made pesticide, cannot sue the manufacturers and distributors of the chemical in the US, because they can’t show that the companies intended them harm. Some 700 workers accused US companies of genocide for marketing DBCP abroad after the pesticide was banned in the US.
    (SFC, 9/25/08, p.B3)
2008        Sep 24, California’s Gov. Schwarzenegger began signing bills including legislation that bans text messaging while driving and a law that forbids companies that do business with the state from having investments in Sudan.
    (SFC, 9/25/08, p.B1)
2008        Sep 24, In California a mercury spill at Searles Valley Minerals in San Bernardino County released some 90 pounds during a demolition project. Another 90 pounds was released in a 2nd spill at the site on Oct 10.
    (SSFC, 2/8/09, p.A21)
2008        Sep 24, In NYC police Lt. Michael Pigott ordered a fellow officer to fire a taser at Imam Morales, who had threatened to kill himself and stood naked on a window ledge. Morales fell about 10 feet and died. A distraught Pigott committed suicide on Oct 2.
    (SFC, 10/3/08, p.A6)
2008        Sep 24, Google introduced a $10 million project to reward 5 winners in an Internet competition for an idea making the world a better place.
    (SFC, 9/25/08, p.C1)
2008        Sep 24, Oracle unveiled a joint project with Hewlett Packard for a storage server for data warehousing: the HP Oracle Database Machine.
    (SFC, 9/25/08, p.C1)
2008        Sep 24, In Afghanistan a bomb blast in the capital has wounded Kabul's chief criminal investigator. Gen. Ali Shah Paktiawal was investigating the overnight killing of three officers at the checkpoint in Kabul's western outskirts when a blast struck his team. A remote-controlled bomb struck a police vehicle in Spin Boldak district, killing two officers.
    (AP, 9/24/08)(AP, 9/25/08)
2008        Sep 24, Britain pledged 26.9 million pounds for drought-hit Ethiopia, where some 9.6 million people are in need of emergency food aid.
    (AP, 9/24/08)
2008        Sep 24, Typhoon Hagupit plowed into south China, killing at least 13 people, closing schools, canceling flights, uprooting trees and bringing down billboards in several cities. Torrential rain isolated more than 20,000 people in an area of southwest China still recovering from a devastating earthquake in May. Flash floods and landslides unleashed by heavy rains killed at least 16 people in Sichuan province.
    (Reuters, 9/25/08)(AP, 9/26/08)
2008        Sep 24, The European Union warned that Iran is nearing the ability to arm a nuclear warhead even if it insists its atomic activities are peaceful.
    (AP, 9/24/08)
2008        Sep 24, French power provider EDF said it has agreed to acquire British Energy Group PLC for about $23.2 billion in cash in a deal that would create a powerhouse in nuclear energy.
    (AP, 9/24/08)
2008        Sep 24, Iraq's parliament overwhelmingly approved a provincial elections law, overcoming months of deadlock and giving a boost to US-backed national reconciliation efforts. An ambush against Iraqi forces raiding Othmaniyah, a Sunni village northeast of Baghdad killed 35, most of them commandos sent to the area as part of a US-backed military crackdown. A suicide bomber killed a US soldier in Diyala province.
    (AP, 9/24/08)(AP, 9/25/08)
2008        Sep 24, Taro Aso (68), former foreign minister and flamboyant conservative of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), took charge as Japan's new prime minister, pledging to work for a "cheerful" nation by reviving an economy in the doldrums.
    (AP, 9/24/08)(Econ, 9/27/08, p.53)(Econ, 11/1/08, p.51)
2008        Sep 24, In Morocco at least 12 people were killed and 43 injured when a bus overturned in the southern province of Taroudannt.
    (AFP, 9/25/08)
2008        Sep 24, In Nicaragua Russia's ambassador to Managua said that his country will replace the Nicaraguan army's aging weaponry.
    (AP, 9/25/08)
2008        Sep 24, North Korea barred UN nuclear inspectors from its main nuclear reactor and within a week plans to reactivate the plant that once provided the plutonium for its atomic test explosion.
    (AP, 9/24/08)
2008        Sep 24, The Pakistani army said it found the wreckage of a suspected US spy plane near the Afghan border, but denied claims that it had been shot down. A suicide bomber killed an 11-year-old girl and wounded 11 troops in the frontier city of Quetta. Security forces killed 20 militants in the Bajur border region.
    (AP, 9/24/08)
2008        Sep 24, Ruslan Yamadayev (46), a former Russian lawmaker and brother of a Chechen warlord, was assassinated as he was stopped at a traffic light just outside the British Embassy in Moscow.
    (AP, 9/25/08)(
2008        Sep 24, Sudanese forces were laying siege to a remote desert hideout where bandits held 19 people captive, including European tourists, but said they did not plan to storm the area. Negotiations were continuing with the kidnappers, who have reportedly demanded a ransom of up to 15 million dollars.
    (AFP, 9/24/08)
2008        Sep 24, In Tanzania the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) sentenced Simeon Nchamihigo, Rwanda’s former deputy prosecutor, to life in prison for his role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
    (Reuters, 9/24/08)

2009        Sep 24, Massachusetts’ Gov. Deval Patrick named former Democratic Party chairman Paul G. Kirk Jr. to temporarily fill the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat. The appointment will let Kirk, who was close friends with the senator, serve in the post until voters pick a permanent replacement in a Jan. 19 special election.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
2009        Sep 24, A US federal jury rejected a New Orleans family’s claims that a FEMA issued trailer they lived in after Hurricane Katrina was defective and exposed them to dangerous fumes. The trailer made by Gulf Stream Coach Inc. had been occupied for 19 months by Alana Alexander and her son (12).
    (SFC, 9/25/09, p.A8)
2009        Sep 24, In California thousands of students, professors and workers at UC campuses across the state poured out of classrooms to rally against deep cuts to public education.
    (SFC, 9/25/09, p.A1)
2009        Sep 24, In Chicago Derrion Albert (16), a sophomore at Christian Fenger Academy High School, was beaten to death as 2 groups of students from different neighborhoods engaged in a fight following a shooting earlier in the day. 4 teenagers were charged with murder. The melee was caught on video. On Dec 8, 2010, a 15-year-old boy was convicted of first-degree murder. 4 suspects were still awaiting trial. In 2011 the last of 5 convicted suspects was sentenced to 32 years in prison.
    (SFC, 9/29/09, p.A7)(, 12/9/10)(SFC, 8/30/11, p.A6)
2009        Sep 24, In Pennsylvania US Pres. Obama hosted a 2-day meeting of the G20 as it opened in Pittsburgh.
    (SFC, 9/26/09, p.A4)
2009        Sep 24, In Texas Hosam Maher Husein Smadi (19) parked what he thought was an explosive laden truck in a parking garage beneath the 60-story Fountain Place office tower in Dallas. FBI agents had provided Smadi with the truck. Smadi was indicted the next day.
    (SFC, 9/26/09, p.A6)
2009        Sep 24, Susan Atkins (61), a follower of cult leader Charles Manson, died at a prison facility in Chowchilla, Ca. Her remorseless witness stand confession to killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate in 1969 shocked the world. She had been suffering from brain cancer.
    (AP, 9/25/09)
2009        Sep 24, Emile Norman (b.1918), pioneering gay artist, died in Monterey, Ca.
    (SFC, 9/26/09, p.A12)
2009        Sep 24, Afghan officials started a partial vote recount from last month's presidential election in a long-awaited procedure due to bring to an end weeks of uncertainty over the ballot. The process was expected to take about two weeks. Four US soldiers died in southeastern Zabul province, three of them killed when their Stryker vehicle hit a bomb, and the fourth shot to death in an insurgent attack.
    (Reuters, 9/25/09)(AP, 9/25/09)
2009        Sep 24, Australia said it has created a massive nature reserve in the country's far north that will be managed by Aborigines. The so-called Indigenous Protected Areas in the Northern Territory contain rock art sites that are 50,000 years old and wilderness areas rivaling the nearby World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.
    (AFP, 9/24/09)
2009        Sep 24, In Belgium 2 armed robbers made off with a $1.1 million painting by Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte, “Olympia" (1948), in a morning heist at a small museum in Brussels.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
2009        Sep 24, In the Central African Republic 2 local employees of the Italian Coopi NGO were killed when Lord's Resistance Army rebels attacked their vehicle.
    (AFP, 9/25/09)
2009        Sep 24, The Colombian military discovered a mass grave holding 16 rebels believed killed in combat, including a nephew of a top guerrilla commander. the FARC fighters were believed killed during fighting in July and included a nephew of the rebel band's No. 2 leader, Jorge Briceno.
    (AP, 9/25/09)
2009        Sep 24, Two French military fighter Rafale jets crashed into the Mediterranean Sea during a training mission and one pilot was missing.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
2009        Sep 24, The Clinton Global Initiative announced $258 million in aid projects for Haiti. The 21 projects included a $2 million pledge by actor mat Damon’s to get water and sanitation to 50,000 people.
    (SFC, 9/25/09, p.A2)
2009        Sep 24, In Honduras the national curfew was lifted, but hundreds of troops and police continued to ring the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, where an increasingly exhausted President Manuel Zelaya, his family and about 70 supporters, have been sheltered since he sneaked back into Honduras on Sep 21.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
2009        Sep 24, Ireland, the first nation to tax plastic bags as a way to stop them littering the countryside, announced plans to double its levy to a 44 euro cents (59 US cents) per bag.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
2009        Sep 24, Japan’s Tokyo Game Show, billed as the world's largest computer entertainment fest, kicked off with hopes that depressed sales of game consoles will enjoy a holiday resurrection.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
2009        Sep 24, In Mexico Chihuahua state prosecutor Arturo Chavez, criticized for failing to solve dozens of rapes and murders of women in his northern border state, was confirmed as Mexico's attorney general and leader of the nation's war on vicious drug cartels.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
2009        Sep 24, In northwestern Pakistan militants ambushed a convoy of prominent anti-Taliban tribal elders, spraying their cars with gunfire and killing nine people. Tribesmen killed two militants in the gunbattle. In a separate attack militants killed two members of another anti-Taliban committee in the Swat Valley to the northeast. Soldiers killed at least six militants in the nearby Malakand region after insurgents ambushed a vehicle carrying Pakistani troops near an Afghan refugee camp. 10 suspects were arrested in operations over the past 24 hours and 15 militants surrendered to security forces. A suspected US missile strike killed 4 people near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 9/24/09)(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A7)
2009        Sep 24, In Puerto Rico police officer Luis Martinez was killed in the northern coastal city of Manati. In 2011 suspect Anthony Rivera Morales (23) was arrested at a homeless shelter in New York and extradited back to the US island territory to face murder charges.
    (AP, 4/16/11)
2009        Sep 24, Spain said it has disqualified a group of Israeli academics from a solar power design competition because their university is in the West Bank, the latest in a series of low-level European sanctions against Israel over its settlement policy.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
2009        Sep 24, In Spain Garry Kasparov soundly defeated Anatoly Karpov in an exhibition chess match marking the 25th anniversary of their first title bout.
    (AP, 9/25/09)
2009        Sep 24, Swiss lawmakers decided not to join the European Union's anti-piracy efforts, amid concern that participating in the mission off Somalia could violate the Alpine nation's long-standing neutrality.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
2009        Sep 24, In Thailand an experimental combination of two previously unsuccessful vaccines cut the risk of becoming infected with HIV by more than 31%, in the world's largest AIDS vaccine trial of more than 16,000 volunteers. This was the first time an experimental vaccine has prevented infection with the AIDS virus.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
2009        Sep 24, The UN Security Council unanimously approved a historic resolution aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons at a summit-level meeting chaired by President Barack Obama.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
2009        Sep 24, Venezuela’s Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said the animated television series "Family Guy." should be pulled from the airwaves because it promotes the use of marijuana. He said that cable networks that broadcast "Family Guy" would be fined by Venezuela's telecommunications regulator if they refuse to dump the program.
    (AP, 9/25/09)
2009        Sep 24, In Vietnam 9 North Koreans took refuge in Denmark's embassy in Hanoi seeking political asylum and passage to Seoul. On Oct 20 they left the mission and were on their way to South Korea.
    (Reuters, 10/20/09)(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A2)

2010        Sep 24, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced a $100 million donation to Newark, N.J., public schools in a move that could enhance his reputation just before the opening on an unflattering movie about him, "The Social Network."
    (AP, 9/24/10)
2010        Sep 24, In Florida 3 thieves in Coral Gables put an alleged bomb on a bank teller and ordered him to steal as much money as possible while they held his father as hostage.
    (SFC, 9/25/10, p.A6)
2010        Sep 24, The Texas State Board of Education adopted a resolution that seeks to curtail references to Islam in Texas textbooks, as social conservative board members warned of what they describe as a creeping Middle Eastern influence in the nation's publishing industry.
    (AP, 9/24/10)
2010        Sep 24, Three Afghan journalists (Hojatullah Mujadadi, Mohammad Nadir and Rahmatullah Naikzad), arrested by coalition forces over the past week, were released. NATO had said it had information linking the men to networks that act as a mouthpiece for the Taliban and spread insurgent propaganda. A suicide bomber in a car targeted a NATO convoy on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif city in Balkh province in the north. One child was killed and 28 people were wounded in a wedding party bus that was passing by. In Khost province and more than 30 insurgents died in an airstrike following an attack on an Afghan National Security Force outpost.
    (AP, 9/24/10)(AP, 9/26/10)
2010        Sep 24, Agathon Rwasa, a former rebel chief in Burundi, appealed by letter to UN chief Ban Ki-moon to intervene and prevent the east African nation from falling again into violent conflict. Rwasa headed the ex-rebel National Liberation Forces, which became a political party in 2009 after a peace deal ended Burundi's 13-year civil war.
    (AFP, 9/24/10)
2010        Sep 24, Cambodia's opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, said he has filed a criminal lawsuit in the United States against PM Hun Sen, accusing him of being behind a deadly 1997 attack on a political rally.
    (AFP, 9/24/10)
2010        Sep 24, The Central African Republic's government in a broadcast statement accused main opposition leader and former prime minister Martin Ziguele of heading a rebel movement.
    (AFP, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 24, A Chilean court froze all 9.7 million dollars in assets belonging to a troubled mining company to fund the huge rescue operation for 33 miners trapped below ground since early August.
    (AFP, 9/24/10)
2010        Sep 24, European coastal nations agreed to review rules for offshore drilling, but said each country should decide individually on how to improve safety oil rig safety to avoid disasters like the Gulf of Mexico spill.
    (AP, 9/24/10)
2010        Sep 24, In Guyana a teenager (16) was reported missing. Police found her body Oct. 3 inside a suitcase that had been weighted down with dumbbells and tossed in a creek in the capital of Georgetown. On Oct 8 police charge the girl’s mother Bibi Sharmina Gopaul and her lover Jarvis Small with murder.
    (AP, 10/8/10)
2010        Sep 24, In Haiti a freak storm blasted through the capital, killing at least five earthquake survivors as it tore down trees, billboards and tent homes.
    (AP, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 24, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told reporters that Iran would consider ending higher level uranium enrichment, the most crucial part of its controversial nuclear activities, if world powers send Tehran nuclear fuel for a medical research reactor.
    (AP, 9/24/10)
2010        Sep 24, Japan said it would free Zhan Qixiong (41), a Chinese fishing boat captain, whose arrest in disputed waters over two weeks ago sparked the worst row in years between the Asian giants.
    (AFP, 9/24/10)
2010        Sep 24, In Kuwait US Army Spc. Marc C. Whisenant (23) of Holly Hill, Fla., died in a military vehicle roll-over.
    (AP, 9/28/10)
2010        Sep 24, A Malaysian political cartoonist said he has been arrested under the Sedition Act and his offices raided by police over his new book, "Cartoon-O-Phobia," just hours before its planned launch. Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, used cartoons to highlight contentious issues such as the sodomy trial of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and police shootings.
    (AFP, 9/24/10)
2010        Sep 24, In Mexico Ricardo Solis, the recently elected mayor of the small town of Gran Morelos' in the northern state of Chihuahua, was shot in the head and chest by gunmen who drove up in two SUVs. Soldiers near Monterrey came under fire when they went to look into a tip that a local ranch had been taken over by members of a drug gang. The soldiers fired back, killing two alleged assailants, and then seized 12 rifles and over 2,000 rounds of ammunition. Mexican soldiers detained Jose Angel Fernandez, the Zetas drug cartel's alleged operations chief for the resort city of Cancun, along with three alleged accomplices. Fernandez was suspected in last month's fire-bombing of a bar that killed eight people.
    (Reuters, 9/25/10)(AP, 9/25/10)(AP, 9/26/10)
2010        Sep 24, Pakistan's PM Yousuf Raza Gilani called Aafia Siddiqui, a female scientist convicted of trying to kill US interrogators in Afghanistan, "the daughter of the nation" and vowed to campaign for her release from an American jail.
    (AP, 9/24/10)
2010        Sep 24, In Peru hundreds of student protesters toppled a perimeter wall at Cuzco's airport, prompting flight suspensions and cancellations that stranded about 500 tourists. The students backed peasants who have been blocking roads in the region for nearly two weeks, protesting government plans to build a reservoir in the municipality of Espinar.
    (AP, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 24, In Romania some 6,000 police officers protested plans to cut their wages by 25 percent, part of government's austerity measures to reduce the budget deficit. Pres. Basescu asked the interior ministry to withdraw his police protection shortly after the protest.
    (AP, 9/26/10)
2010        Sep 24, Spain's government approved an "austere" budget for 2011 aimed at reassuring nervous markets over its ability to rein in a massive public deficit and fix its battered economy.
    (AFP, 9/24/10)
2010        Sep 24, Sudan’s information minister said South Sudanese people will lose the right to be citizens in the north if their region votes for independence in a referendum, raising fears for southerners living in northern settlements.
    (Reuters, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 24, A Thai court ordered the ex-wife of deposed PM Thaksin Shinawatra to return a valuable plot of land she bought from the government while her husband was the country's leader. The Civil Court ruled that the 2003 purchase by Potjaman na Pombejra was void because it violated an anti-corruption law.
    (AP, 9/24/10)
2010        Sep 24, The UN atomic watchdog threw out an Arab-backed resolution urging Israel to accede to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The International Atomic Energy Agency, on the last day of its annual general conference, voted against the resolution, with 51 votes against, 46 votes for and 23 abstentions.
    (AFP, 9/24/10)
2010        Sep 24, Yemeni forces, backed by tanks and heavy artillery, drove al-Qaida militants from the town of Hawta in Shabwa province after five days of fighting.
    (AP, 9/25/10)
2010        Sep 24, Investigators of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, who visited an animal reserve near the southern border town of Beit Bridge and the Limpopo river, reported that occupiers slaughtered 300 zebra for their skins in the last two months. 7 African antelope were killed this week.
    (AP, 9/24/10)

2011        Sep 24, NASA’s 20-year-old, 6-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) fell back to Earth. NASA calculations later showed the satellite entered Earth's atmosphere generally above American Samoa. But falling debris as it broke apart didn't start hitting the water for another 300 miles to the northeast, southwest of Christmas Island, just after midnight.
    (AP, 9/24/11)(AP, 9/28/11)
2011        Sep 24, In San Francisco 40 or so naked men and one woman staged a nude-in at Castro and 17th streets to support their right to wander in the buff.
    (SSFC, 9/25/11, p.D3)
2011        Sep 24, In Florida Bob Ward, a millionaire developer who lived in Isleworth, was convicted of murdering his wife in their mansion. Ward was accused of shooting of his wife, Diane, in September 2009.
    (AP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 24, In Utah thousands of people stripped to their underwear and ran through Salt Lake City to protest what they called the "uptight" laws of Utah. Guiness World Records later said 2,270 people participated breaking a previous record of 550 set last year in Great Britain.
    (AP, 9/25/11)(SFC, 10/7/11, p.A6)
2011        Sep 24, In Afghanistan an insurgent attack killed one NATO service member. 4 Afghans were wounded in suicide bombings in the east and north. A German tourist was shot dead and two Afghan companions were injured when they were attacked by armed men while traveling in Ghor province.
    (AP, 9/24/11)(AFP, 9/24/11)
2011        Sep 24, Bahraini by-elections, boycotted by the Shiite opposition after it walked out of parliament over violence against pro-democracy activists, registered a poor turnout.
    (AFP, 9/24/11)
2011        Sep 24, In Britain thousands of Muslims rallied at London’s Wembley arena to promote a moderate version of Islam. The rally was led by Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, a Pakistani-born Islamic scholar.
    (SSFC, 9/25/11, p.A4)
2011        Sep 24, In Britain a mother and five of her children were killed when a fire tore through a house in the Neasden district of northwest London.
    (AFP, 9/24/11)
2011        Sep 24, In Chile a massive power blackout affected 9 million people across the country, forcing thousands in the capital to be evacuated from trains or subway cars.
    (AP, 9/24/11)
2011        Sep 23, French oil giant Total said it had restarted production from an offshore oil platform off Libya, making it the first major to return to work since the fall of Kadhafi.
    (AFP, 9/26/11)
2011        Sep 24, Kurdish rebels attacked a Turkish army outpost, killing 5 soldiers and wounding 10 in the country's southeast. Three rebels also were killed.
    (AP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 24, In Libya hundreds of revolutionary fighters pushed into Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte in the first significant assault in about a week as the new rulers try to rout remaining loyalists of the fugitive leader. 7 men were killed and 152 wounded, 17 seriously. Gunmen loyal to Gadhafi crossed the Libyan border from Algeria and attacked revolutionary forces in Ghadamis near the frontier, killing six people.
    (AP, 9/24/11)(AFP, 9/24/11)(AP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 24, In Malawi Robert Chasowa (25), a pro-democracy activist, allegedly jumped from a five-story building and left a note saying he was killing himself because politics are dangerous. Chasowa's family and fellow activists said his injuries are not consistent with such a fall. His death raised suspicions amid attacks on anti-government critics.
    (AP, 9/26/11)(Econ, 10/8/11, p.62)
2011        Sep 24, Hundreds of black Mauritanians rallied against a census they see as racist, in protests that turned violent in some cities, and several arrests were made.
    (AFP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 24, Mexican police found a woman's decapitated body in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, alongside a handwritten sign saying she was killed in retaliation for her postings on a social networking site. She was identified as Marisol Macias Castaneda, a newsroom manager for the Nuevo Laredo newspaper Primera Hora.
    (AP, 9/24/11)
2011        Sep 24, Russia’s PM Vladimir Putin (58) declared he planned to reclaim the presidency at March elections that could open the way for the former KGB spy to rule until 2024.
    (Reuters, 9/24/11)
2011        Sep 24, In Somalia at least one person was killed by a powerful explosion at the offices of the UN Mine Action Service in Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 9/24/11)
2011        Sep 24, Sri Lanka’s UN diplomat, Major General Shavendra Silva, was served with a summons at his New York residence. A civil case has been filed against Silva on behalf of two people whose relatives were killed in the final days of the conflict, which ended in a military onslaught against Tamil separatists in 2009. The Sri Lankan foreign ministry said Silva is protected by relevant international treaties on diplomatic relations.
    (AP, 9/27/11)
2011        Sep 24, In the UAR voters chosen by the rulers of the United Arab Emirates began casting their ballots in only the second-ever polls to elect half of the members of the powerless Federal National Council. Some 129,000 Emirati citizens were eligible to elect 20 representatives out of 450 candidates, including some 85 women, in 13 voting centers across the Gulf state whose leadership has promised gradual political participation.
    (AFP, 9/24/11)
2011        Sep 24, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez launched his presidential campaign, challenging President Hugo Chavez to accept him in the race after a human rights court overturned a ban on his candidacy.
    (AP, 9/24/11)
2011        Sep 24, The World Bank said it would nearly quadruple its aid for the drought and famine-struck Horn of Africa to $1.9 billion, saying more than 13 million people require immediate assistance.
    (AFP, 9/24/11)
2011        Sep 24, In Yemen fighting raged in Sanaa, leaving at least 40 dead as forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh battled pro-opposition soldiers and moved to clear the protest camp at Change Square that has been the epicenter of the country's uprising.
    (AP, 9/24/11)

2012        Sep 24, A federal appeals court reversed itself ruling that the US Army Corps of Engineers is not liable for devastation caused in Hurricane Katrina from a government-built navigation canal. The same court had ruled in march that the government was liable for some of the flooding, affirming a 2009 ruling.
    (SFC, 9/26/12, p.A5)
2012        Sep 24, In San Francisco the Purple Onion Comedy Club featured its final show. All items from the “dungeon" club were scheduled to be auctioned off the following day.
    (SSFC, 9/16/12, p.A1)
2012        Sep 24, In Brazil a judge ordered the arrest of the president of Google’s local operations for failure to remove YouTube videos that attacked a mayoral candidate.
    (SFC, 9/26/12, p.A2)
2012        Sep 24, The British government said it would allocate 1 billion pounds towards a new state-backed business bank designed to expand lending to smaller firms.
    (Reuters, 9/24/12)
2012        Sep 24, Czech Rep. officials said 2 people have been arrested in the wave of methanol poisoning that has killed at least 25 people.
    (SFC, 9/25/12, p.A2)
2012        Sep 24, An Egyptian court sentenced 14 Salafists to death by hanging and four to life imprisonment for attacks last year on army and police in the Sinai.
    (Reuters, 9/24/12)(Economist, 9/29/12, p.55)
2012        Sep 24, A court in southwestern France convicted a factory chief and a subsidiary of oil giant Total of manslaughter for an explosion at a chemical plant in September, 2001, that killed 31 people.
    (AP, 9/24/12)
2012        Sep 24, In India Ranjit Singh, an alleged drug kingpin, escaped from police custody while being transported back by train to Delhi’s Tihar Jail from a hearing in northern Punjab state. He was suspected of running a $40 million heroin and methamphetamine network. His escape was not made public until Sep 25.
    (SFC, 9/28/12, p.A4)
2012        Sep 24, In Iraq a suicide car bomb went off near a school in western Anbar province, killing four children.
    (AP, 9/24/12)
2012        Sep 24, An Israeli court spared former PM Ehud Olmert (66) a prison term for breach of trust, opening the door to a political comeback. Olmert was ordered to pay an $18,000 fine and serve a one year suspended sentence.
    (Reuters, 9/24/12)(SFC, 9/25/12, p.A3)
2012        Sep 24, Kazakhstan’s PM Karim Masimov resigned after leading the oil-rich Central Asian nation for more than five years and shepherding its economy through the global financial crises.
    (AP, 9/24/12)
2012        Sep 24, The Pakistani government distanced itself from an offer by one of its Cabinet ministers to pay $100,000 for anyone who kills the maker of an anti-Islam film. A pair of missiles from a US spy aircraft hit North Waziristan killing 5 militants.
    (AP, 9/24/12)(SFC, 9/25/12, p.A2)
2012        Sep 24, Palestinian officials said Khaled Mashaal, the supreme leader of the Palestinian Islamic militant group Hamas, has decided to step down, clearing the way for the movement to choose a new head for the first time.
    (AP, 9/24/12)
2012        Sep 24, Syrian warplanes bombed two buildings in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least five people including three children from the same family.
    (AP, 9/24/12)
2012        Sep 24, A Vietnamese court issued jail sentences from 4 to 12 years to three bloggers who wrote about human rights abuses, corruption and foreign policy.
    (SFC, 9/25/12, p.A2)
2012        Sep 24, In Yemen gunmen killed a senior intelligence officer in a drive-by shooting as he emerged from his office in the capital. Col. Abdullah al-Ashwal was the most senior official to be assassinated in Sanaa.
    (AP, 9/24/12)

2013        Sep 24, Pres. Obama addressed the opening of the UN General Assembly in NYC. Obama and Iran's new Pres. Hassan Rowhani made very tentative moves to end decades of hostility between their countries but could not break the deadlock enough to organize a meeting.
    (SFC, 9/24/13, p.A3)(AFP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 24, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to create the first-state-wide early-warning system to alert residents of dangerous earthquakes. The system was expected to cost at least $80 million.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.D5)
2013        Sep 24, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named 24 winners as this year’s MacArthur Fellows. Each will receive no-string fellowships and $625,000 to be paid out over five years.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.A9)
2013        Sep 24, Burger King introduced “Satisfries," a new crinkle-cut french fry with about 20% fewer calories and a slightly higher price.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.A5)
2013        Sep 24, America’s Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron of Japan said they were creating a new semiconductor company worth $29 billion.
    (Econ, 9/28/13, p.62)
2013        Sep 24, Afghan security forces fired a mortar round across the border, killing 2 Pakistanis and wounding one person. Pakistan summoned a top Afghan official to lodge a strong protest over the incident.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 24, In Bahrain Taqi al-Maidan (25), an American citizen, was among four suspects sentenced on charges that include trying to kill a policeman. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, A member of staff at London's Metropolitan Police (MPS) headquarters was one of two people arrested as part of a bribery investigation sparked by the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World tabloid. A total of 74 people have now been arrested under Operation Elveden, the investigation into illegal payments to police and public officials by journalists.
    (AFP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, Cambodia's parliament reappointed premier Hun Sen for another five-year term, extending his nearly three-decade rule as the opposition threatened to mount fresh protests over the disputed elections.
    (AFP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, China published a list that included military-like hardware and chemical substances that would be banned from export to North Korea for fear they could be used in the construction of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 24, Greek public sector workers went on strike for the second time in a week, shutting schools and leaving hospitals with skeleton staff, as inspectors from Greece's foreign lenders checked whether the country was meeting its bailout targets.
    (Reuters, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, In western Iraq militants launched a coordinated assault against police and military sites with car bombs, rockets and machine guns, killing at least 9 policemen in Anbar province. Separately  2 Iraqi soldiers and 3 militants were killed during clashes in the Himreen basin northeast of Baghdad, where army units were launching a big operation. Gunmen tried to take over Ana, a small Sunni town in the county's west, sparking battles that left 11 people including six attackers dead.
    (Reuters, 9/24/13)(AP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, Kenyan officials said 3 soldiers have died and 8 others have been injured in a fight with militants who attacked The Westgate mall in Nairobi. Fighting there continued for a 4th day with at least 62 people killed.
    (AP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, In the Netherlands the commission that vets cases of euthanasia said cases rose by 13% in 2012 from 2011, the sixth consecutive year of increases. 4,188 cases were recorded in 2012.
    (AP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, In Pakistan a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the southern part of Baluchistan province.
    (Reuters, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, In Peru Michaella McCollum Connolly (20) of Ireland and Melissa Reid (19) of Britain, pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle 11 kilograms of cocaine out of Peru. Both were arrested on August 6 at the international airport in Lima and initially claimed to have been kidnapped by a drug cartel.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
2013        Sep 24, In the Republic of Congo a rail crash killed 3 people and injured 28 others, when a passenger train hit one laden with oil tankers.
    (AFP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, Russian investigators said they will file piracy charges against Greenpeace activists who tried to climb onto an offshore drilling platform in the Arctic owned by Gazprom. 30 activists from 18 countries were aboard the Arctic Sunrise seized last week.
    (AP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, In Syria a car bomb killed at least 7 civilians when it exploded in a southern Damascus neighborhood.
    (Reuters, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, In Yemen a lone attacker on a motorcycle gunned down Col. Ali al-Deilami, head of finance at the city's military hospital, while he was on his way to work in Sanaa.
    (AP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, Zimbabwean authorities said at least 81 elephants have been killed for their ivory tusks by poachers using cyanide poison in water holes in Hwange National Park. The elephant toll soon rose to 91.
    (AP, 9/24/13)(AP, 10/1/13)

2014        Sep 24, American warplanes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria for a 2nd day at a strategic post on the Iraqi border, but the campaign did nothing to halt the fighters' advance on the Kurdish town of Kobani where nearly 140,000 refugees have fled. Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front, evacuated its bases in populated areas of the Idlib region after US-led forces carried out air strikes on the group.
    (Reuters, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, Arkansas-based Walmart introduced a service to be operated by Green Dot Corp. It will be called GoBank and provide low cost mobile checking accounts linked to a debit card.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.C4)
2014        Sep 24, In the SF Bay Area a Superior Court judge ruled that venture capitalist Vinod Khosla must reopen the gate to popular Martins Beach, a crescent shaped inlet five miles south of Half Moon Bay. He had purchased the surrounding property in 2008 for $32.5 million and closed access to the beach in Sep 2010 citing maintenance and liability costs.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.A1)
2014        Sep 24, In Missouri Army Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez (30) was found guilty of sexually assaulting and harassing eight female soldiers.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.A8)
2014        Sep 24, Fred Branfman (b.1942), author of “Voices from the Plain of Jars" (1972), died His book exposed details of America’s secret war in Laos going back to 1964.
    (Econ, 10/18/14, p.94)
2014        Sep 24, The Algerian group Jund al-Khilifa (Soldiers of the Caliphate) beheaded Herve Pierre Gourde (55), a French national.
    (Econ, 10/4/14, p.53)
2014        Sep 24, Deborah Devonshire (94), the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire and the youngest of the six Mitford sisters, died.
    (Econ, 10/4/14, p.102)
2014        Sep 24, Canada-based BlackBerry introduced its new Passport smartphone, a square-shaped device with a keyboard.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.C3)
2014        Sep 24, In China Liu Tienan (59), the former deputy head of China's top planning agency, confessed in court to extensive bribery involving several companies including a Toyota Motor Corp. joint venture.
    (Reuters, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, Europol Director Rob Wainwright said law enforcement agencies across the EU have arrested more than 1,000 people in a closely coordinated nine-day sweep. Operation Archimedes targeted almost all kinds of crime ranging from drug trafficking to illegal immigration, tax fraud, counterfeiting and theft.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, A German federal court ruled that church-run institutions are within their rights to refuse to allow Muslim employees to wear headscarves at work.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, India's top court said that private companies will have to return most of the coal fields allocated to them by the government since 1993 under a corruption prone bidding system.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, India won Asia's race to Mars when its unmanned Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully entered the Red Planet's orbit after a 10-month journey on a tiny budget.
    (AFP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, In India the death toll from flash floods and landslides in the northeast rose to 73.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, In Indonesia Anas Urbaningrum, a former top leader of the ruling Democratic Party, was sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption and money laundering.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, In Indonesia scientists released some 3,000 tiny wasps in a secure tent-like habitat to monitor their success in an effort to halt an infestation of cassava crops by mealybugs. Scientists hoped their number would multiply to 450,000 prior to release in a month following government approval.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 24, In Iraq jihadists controlling the city of Tikrit blew up a Muslim shrine and rigged the Green Church, one of the region's oldest churches, with explosives. Sunni militants killed 19 Shiite militiamen in an ambush in Babilan village, north of Baghdad.
    (AFP, 9/25/14)(SFC, 9/25/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 24, In Israel clashes broke out at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound as Palestinians protested against Jews visiting the flashpoint holy site on the eve of Jewish New Year.
    (AFP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, Japan said that it has stepped up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine to be in line with other Group of Seven nations before their upcoming meeting in New York.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, Japan’s economy minister stormed out of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks in Washington DC. The TPP involved a dozen countries on a proposed free trade area. 
    (Econ, 10/4/14, p.47)
2014        Sep 24, A Jordanian court acquitted radical Muslim preacher Omar Mahmoud Othman (aka Abu Qatada), known for his fiery pro-al-Qaida speeches, of involvement in a plot to target Israeli and American tourists and Western diplomats in Jordan more than a decade ago.
    (AP, 9/24/14)(SFC, 9/25/14, p.A4)
2014        Sep 24, In Nigeria a woman (20), one of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted last April by Islamist Boko Haram rebels in Chibok, was reportedly "dropped off by suspected Boko Haram militants" at Mubi in Adamawa state.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
2014        Sep 24, In Pakistan a suspected US drone fired four missiles at a vehicle carrying Uzbek and local militants in North Waziristan, killing 10 of them.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, In Poland some 200 coal miners blocked railway tracks on the border with Russia to protest imports of cheap Russian coal, saying it threatens their jobs.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, Nurses in Portugal began a 48-hour strike over pay, working hours and what they say is an acute shortage of staff in the public health service.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, In South Korea Qatari basketballers forfeited a women's match against Mongolia and considered withdrawing from the Asian Games competition after being refused permission to wear a hijab.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, South Korea said it will buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin for about $7 billion.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 24, In Sweden fugitive US intelligence agent Edward Snowden was jointly awarded Sweden’s 2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award for his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights.
    (AFP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, Ukrainian peace efforts stalled after pro-Russian insurgents called their own elections in defiance of a deal under which they and the Ukrainian army began withdrawing heavy weapons after 5 months of war.
    (AFP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, In Zimbabwe a white family was evicted from their land in the eastern Goromonzi district by security agents. Media soon reported that Bona Mugabe (24), the daughter of Pres. Mugabe (90), was involved in the eviction.
    (AFP, 9/26/14)

2015        Sep 24, The United States and its coalition partners targeted Islamic State with 22 fresh airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 24, Kuang Wanfang, a Chinese woman who served a US prison term for money laundering was returned to China, just ahead of a meeting between President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Wanfang, the wife of a former official of the state-owned Bank of China, was wanted in a bribery investigation.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, In Washington, DC, Pope Francis issued a ringing call to action on behalf of immigrants, urging US lawmakers to embrace "the stranger in our midst" as he became the first pontiff in history to address a joint meeting of the legislators.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, In south Texas an SUV crammed with at least 15 people rolled during a police chase leaving 6 people dead in Edna.
    (SFC, 9/25/15, p.A9)
2015        Sep 24, In Seattle, Wa., a “Ride the Duck" amphibious tour vehicle and a charter bus carrying foreign college students collided on the Aurora Avenue bridge killing 4 foreign students.
    (SFC, 9/25/15, p.A9)(SFC, 9/26/15, p.A6)
2015        Sep 24, In Virginia David W. Landersman, a senior navy intelligence officer, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of theft and conspiracy as part of a long-running investigation into a secretive military operation. His brother, Mark S. Landersman, was convicted in October, 2014, on conspiracy charges for building untraceable silencers and shipping them across state lines without a proper firearms license.
    (SSFC, 10/4/15, p.C3)
2015        Sep 24, In Burundi unidentified gunmen raided a police station in Bujumbura. One of the attackers was killed with no other casualties.
    (Reuters, 9/25/15)   
2015        Sep 24, In Congo DRC at least 8 people were killed in an attack on an army camp late today in Rumangabo village, North Kivu province, that local sources blamed on Rwandan Hutu rebels targeted by a Congolese army operation.
    (Reuters, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 24, German customs investigators said they had seized their largest-ever haul of illegal pharmaceuticals -- 3.5 million pills from India, mostly slimming and sexual potency "lifestyle drugs". The seizures were carried out in some 20 raids on homes, flats and garages earlier this month.
    (AFP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, It was reported that Matthias Mueller, the head of German luxury sports car maker Porsche, has been picked to succeed Martin Winterkorn as the chief executive of scandal-battered auto giant Volkswagen.
    (AFP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, Indonesia pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent by 2030, relative to a business-as-usual scenario without climate action. It pledged to raise that target to 41 percent with international support, including access to finance and clean technology.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, Israel approved harsher measures to combat the practice of stone throwing amid a recent surge in Palestinian violence. A Palestinian man died from wounds after being shot by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank last week.
    (SFC, 9/25/15, p.A2)
2015        Sep 24, Japan's PM Shinzo Abe announced an updated plan for reviving the world's third-largest economy, setting a GDP target of 600 trillion yen ($5 trillion).
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, In Nepal nearly 400 protesters clashed with police in Birgunj, a town on the border with India. They belonged to ethnic and religious groups dissatisfied with Nepal's constitution adopted on Sep 20, and demanded more territory and rights for ethnic federal states.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, Hamas accused Egypt of further besieging the Gaza Strip by flooding the border area to the south of the Palestinian enclave, which is already under an Israeli blockade.
    (AFP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, The International Criminal Court unveiled at least 60 new war crimes charges against Dominic Ongwen, the deputy leader of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army, including the use of child soldiers and keeping sex slaves.
    (AFP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, New Zealander lawmakers amended rules to add a fifth new flag design called "Red Peak" to the original four finalists, following a popular campaign for the geometric design.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, In southeastern Niger 15 civilians were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on a border village.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 24, In Saudi Arabia at least 717 pilgrims were killed in a stampede at Mina outside of Mecca, the worst disaster to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage in 25 years. On October 8 an AP count put the number killed to at least 1,313. On Oct 14 the death toll was raised to 1,621. On Oct 19 the death toll was raised to at least 2,121.
    (Reuters, 9/24/15)(SFC, 10/9/15, p.A2)(SFC, 10/15/15, p.A2)(SFC, 10/20/15, p.A4)
2015        Sep 24, In northern Saudi Arabia gunmen opened fire at two police checkpoints in Hail province, killing at least 3 people.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 24, In Saudi Arabia an Islamic State loyalist and his brother allegedly killed their cousin, a Saudi soldier, and 3 other people after luring them to a desert area. On Sep 26 Saudi forces tracked the brothers to a mountainous area where Abdul-Aziz Radi Ayash al-Anzi (18) was killed in an ensuing gunfight. His brother, Saad Radi Ayash al-Anzi (21), was wounded and arrested.
    (AP, 9/26/15)
2015        Sep 24, Serbia banned imports from Croatia to protest Croatia's decision to close the border to cargo as the two countries criticized each other for their handling of migrants. Croatia responded by banning all Serbian-registered vehicles from entering the country.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, Singapore ordered emergency school closures as air pollution reached "hazardous" levels due to suffocating smoke from agricultural fires raging on a nearby Indonesian island.
    (AFP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, The South African military said it is withdrawing about 50 peacekeepers from a United Nations mission in Congo because they violated disciplinary codes.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, South Korea-based Samsung Semiconductor dedicated its new 1.1 million-sq.-foot North American headquarters in San Jose, Ca.
    (SFC, 9/26/15, p.D1)
2015        Sep 24, Syrian government planes carried out several airstrikes and dropped barrel bombs on the IS-controlled city of Palmyra for the third straight day, forcing hundreds of civilians to flee their homes in the ancient city.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, Two Turkish soldiers and 34 Kurdish rebels were killed in fighting in Sirnak province.
    (AFP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 24, The United Nations' highest court ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear a case focusing on Bolivia’s access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia asked the International Court of Justice in 2013 to order Chile to negotiate over Bolivia's claim to at least part of the 240-mile (400-km) strip of the Pacific coast.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, In Yemen as many as 25 Muslim worshippers performing Eid al-Adha prayers were killed when Islamic State suicide bomber Abu Omar al-Hadidi, disguised as a woman, blew himself up at the al-Balili mosque, run by the Houthi group, just outside the Old City of Sanaa. 4 children and an adult were killed when Houthis and their allies fired mortar shells into a residential neighborhood in the city of Taiz.
    (Reuters, 9/24/15)(AP, 9/24/15)

2016        Sep 24, Pres. Barack Obama opened National Museum of African-American History & Culture in Washington, DC. It had been approved by Pres. George W. Bush in 2003.
    (Econ, 1/14/17, p.77)
2016        Sep 24, In southern California 3 adults were found dead in Fullerton after a child called police to report that her parents had died. Two children were found unharmed.
    (SSFC, 9/25/16, p.A11)
2016        Sep 24, Louisiana accordionist Stanley Dural Jr. (b.1947), head of the Buckwheat Zydeco band, died in Lafayette of lung cancer.
    (SSFC, 9/25/16, p.A15)
2016        Sep 24, The African Union, European Union, UN and the 57 International Organization of La Francophonie made a joint appeal to the government and opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo to exercise restraint amid violent political unrest.
    (AFP, 9/24/16)
2016        Sep 24, India's PM Narendra Modi said he'll work to isolate Pakistan internationally, accusing India's archrival of trying to destabilize Asia by exporting terrorism.
    (AP, 9/24/16)
2016        Sep 24, Iran's state TV said the country has started its first web-based national general census.
    (AP, 9/24/16)
2016        Sep 24, In Iraq 12 people were killed when militants attacked a police checkpoint north of Tikrit and then detonated a car bomb at the entrance to the city. One militant was killed at the checkpoint after shooting dead four police officers in the attack.
    (Reuters, 9/24/16)
2006        Sep 24, In Mexico thousands marched in Mexico City against same-sex marriage, which President Enrique Pena Nieto supports, while hundreds of gay rights supporters rallied nearby.
    (AFP, 9/25/16)
2016        Sep 24, In South Africa thousands of conservationists and top government officials went into talks in Sandton, a suburb of Johannesburg, for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to thrash out international trade regulations on elephant ivory, rhino horn and hundreds of endangered wild animals and plants.
    (AFP, 9/24/16)(Econ, 10/1/16, p.48)
2016        Sep 24, In Spain Asian cinema dominated awards at the San Sebastian film festival, with veteran Chinese director Feng Xiaogang's "I am not Madame Bovary" taking the top Golden Shell prize while Fan Bingbing won the best actress gong for her role in the same film.
    (AFP, 9/25/16)
2016        Sep 24, It was reported that war crimes investigators collecting evidence of the Islamic State group's elaborate operation to kidnap thousands of women as sex slaves say they have a case to try IS leaders with crimes against humanity but cannot get US or global backing to bring current detainees before an international tribunal.
    (AP, 9/24/16)
2016        Sep 24, Syrian government forces captured a rebel-held area on the edge of Aleppo. A monitoring group said 49 people were killed. The UN said nearly 2 million people in Aleppo are without running water following an escalation in fighting over the past few days.
    (AP, 9/24/16)

2017        Sep 24, President Donald Trump’s ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expired, 90 days after it went into effect. Trump signed a proclamation imposing strict new restrictions, effective on October 18, on travelers from a handful of countries, including five that were covered by his expiring travel ban.
    (AP, 9/24/17)(AP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 24, US federal immigration authorities began a national sweep targeting cities that prohibit cooperation between local law enforcement and ICE. Over the next few days 498 people from 42 countries were arrested in eight states and Washington, DC.
    (SFC, 9/29/17, p.A8)
2017        Sep 24, At UC Berkeley ultraconservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos showed up for about 15 minutes on the steps of Sproul Hall one day after the conservative student group that had invited him withdrew its invitation for him to speak at a planned Free speech Week. The university estimated that police presence cost it some $80,000.
    (SFC, 9/25/17 p.A1)
2017        Sep 24, In California a large riot erupted at the Men’s Colony Prison in San Luis Obispo, leaving one inmate dead and several injured.
    (SFC, 9/25/17 p.C4)
2017        Sep 24, In Tennessee Emmanuel Kidega Samson (25) stormed into a church in Antioch with a gun before he was subdued by church usher Robert Engle (22). Samson killed one woman in the church parking lot before entering the church where he wounded six people. In 2019 Samson was found guilty of murder and faced a life sentence.
    (SFC, 9/25/17 p.A5)(SSFC, 5/26/19, p.A10)
2017        Sep 24, In Afghanistan a car bomber attacked a Danish convoy belonging to the NATO-led military mission in Kabul, wounding a number of civilians but leaving international forces unharmed.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, In Australia hundreds of people attended rallies in major cities to protest an advertisement the Indian community described as "highly insulting" in its depiction of the Hindu deity Lord Ganesha. The ad featured various religious figures including the Hindu god, considered vegetarian by followers, sitting down to a meal of lamb.
    (AP, 9/24/17)   
2017        Sep 24, Refugees left one of Australia's offshore detention centers for the United States, as part of a swap brokered by former US president Barack Obama last year. About 25 men left the Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, Bangladesh banned telecommunication companies from selling mobile phone connections to Rohingya refugees, citing security concerns for the latest restrictions. Bangladesh has already prohibited the sale of SIM cards to its own citizens who cannot provide an official identity card, in a bid to frustrate the organizational capacity of homegrown militants.
    (AFP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, Brexit negotiator David Davis dismissed a report that Britain was prepared to pay a £40 billion ($54 billion, 45 billion euros) divorce bill on leaving the EU.
    (AFP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, In London several players from the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars knelt during the playing of the US national anthem, in the first NFL game since President Donald Trump condemned players who are protesting against racial inequality.
    (AFP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, A petition by more than 600,000 people asked London transport authorities to reverse their decision not to renew Uber's license when it expires.
    (AFP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office but faced the prospect of forming a coalition with two disparate new partners. The rightwing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) poached one million votes from Merkel's conservatives, leaving her without an obvious coalition.
    (AP, 9/24/17)(AFP, 9/25/17)(SFC, 9/25/17 p.A3)
2017        Sep 24, Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard launched a military exercise in its northwestern Kurdish region one day ahead of Iraqi Kurds voting in an independence referendum, in a sign of Tehran's concerns over the vote. Iran also closed its airspace to flights taking off from Iraq's Kurdish region following an Iraqi request.
    (AP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, Iraq executed 42 Sunni Muslim militants convicted on terrorism charges ranging from killing members of security forces to detonating car bombs.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 24, Kurdish region’s Pres. Masoud Barzani said that while the Sep 25 vote will be the first step in a long process to negotiate independence, the region's "partnership" with the Iraqi central government in Baghdad is over.
    (AP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, In northern Mali three UN soldiers from Bangladesh were killed by an explosive device that detonated as they were escorting a convoy.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, In Mexico a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck off the west coast. The epicenter of the quake was 99 km south-southwest of Tonala, in Chiapas state.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, In Mexico the search continued in a ruined office building in Mexico City's hip Roma neighborhood and a five-story apartment in historic Tlalpan after the Sep 19 magnitude 7.1 quake toppled dozens of buildings and killed over 300 people. Economic losses were estimated at $4 billion to $8 billion.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, The Russian Defence Ministry said that Russian Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov had been killed by Islamic State shelling near Deir al-Zor.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 24, In South Africa thieves in a vehicle with police markings robbed 36 Dutch tourists who were traveling in a bus after leaving Johannesburg's main international airport.
    (AP, 9/26/17)   
2017        Sep 24, In Spain demonstrators calling for Catalan independence gathered in hundreds of towns across the region following Madrid's actions last week to try to block a referendum on self rule that it considers illegal. The grassroots groups driving Catalonia's separatist movement defied Spanish authorities by distributing one million ballots for an Oct. 1 independence vote that the central government in Madrid has called illegal and vowed to halt.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)(AP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, A court in Sudan sentenced university student Asim Omer to death after convicting him of killing a policeman during protests in Khartoum last year. Students at Khartoum University demonstrated several times last year against an alleged plan to sell off buildings belonging to the institution.
    (AFP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, Swiss voters rejected raising women's retirement age to 65 in a referendum on shoring up the wealthy nation's pension system as a wave of Baby Boomers stops working.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, In northern Syria US-allied militias announced the formation of a civilian council to govern the oil rich eastern province of Deir al Zor where they are racing with the Syrian army to capture territory held by Islamic State. Warplanes continued to pound Syria's rural Idlib and Hama, where insurgents led by an al-Qaida-linked group began an offensive against government troops in the area.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)(AP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, The Vatican said it had been forced to oust its former auditor general, who resigned without explanation in June, because he had been spying on senior officials. Libero Milone had accused the Vatican of getting rid of him because his investigations into possible illegal activity had hit too close to home.
    (AFP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, Zimbabwean activist pastor Evan Mawarire was arrested during a church service after he posted a video bemoaning the country's worsening economic troubles.
    (AFP, 9/24/17)

2018        Sep 24, Donald Trump arrived at the UN for a meeting on the global drug trade, ahead of a sit-down with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who comes bearing a personal message to Trump from Kim after their inter-Korean talks last week. Some 129 countries at the UN signed on to a US-drafted pledge to fight the global drug problem.
    (AP, 9/24/18)(Reuters, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, The US State Department approved the sale to Taiwan of spare parts for F-16 fighter planes and other military aircraft worth up to $330 million.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 24, The US and China officially put new tariffs on each other's goods. China also reportedly pulled out of a meeting to discuss trade. Oil prices jumped after OPEC decided not to produce more oil.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, In Montana a US judge in Billings restored protections to grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains and blocked the first hunts in the lower 48 states planned in almost three decades.
    (SFC, 9/25/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 24, The New York-based Open Society Foundations (OSF) said in a statement that it had submitted a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, calling on it to "defend Hungarian democracy" and urge a repeal of Hungary's controversial "Stop Soros" laws adopted last June.
    (AFP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, In Texas the Dallas police chief dismissed Officer Amber Guyger, who was charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting of Botham Jean (26).
    (SFC, 9/25/18, p.A7)
2018        Sep 24, A federal judge in Texas sentenced John Portillo (59), the national vice-president of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Prganization, to two consecutive life terms  and another 20 years for directing a violent racketeering and drug trafficking enterprise.
    (SFC, 9/26/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 24, Two Saudi Arabian sisters, Tala Farea (16) and Rotana Farea (22), were last seen in Virginia, where they lived. Police later said they appeared to have traveled to NYC. On Oct. 24 their bound bodies washed up on NYC's waterfront.
    (SFC, 11/1/18, p.A7)
2018        Sep 24, Brexit advocates unveiled a new economic plan for Britain's departure from the European Union as official figures emerged showing the country's increasingly deteriorating trade in goods relationship with the bloc.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, ELN Marxist rebels in Colombia said they will not suspend their insurgency until President Ivan Duque names a new team of peace negotiators to restart Cuban-hosted talks.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, In CongoDRC the death toll from a weekend attack in the restive east rose to 21, with the violence prompting aid groups to suspend their Ebola work in the area.
    (AFP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, In Costa Rica American businessman William Sean Creighton Kopko  was kidnapped. On Jan 12, 2019, police in Costa Rica and Spain said they have arrested 12 people alleged to have been involved in the kidnapping. The victim was still missing.
    (AP, 1/12/19)
2018        Sep 24, The EU referred Poland to its top court for an alleged breach of the independence of its supreme court, the latest showdown between Brussels and populist member state governments.
    (AFP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Authorities in Hong Kong took an unprecedented step to quash separatist voices by banning the Hong Kong National Party, led by Andy Chan (27).
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, India's army said five suspected militants and a soldier have been killed in two days of fighting near the highly militarized de facto frontier that divides the disputed region of Kashmir.
2018        Sep 24, Italy tightened criteria for migrants receiving humanitarian protection as its populist government deepened its crackdown on those seeking asylum.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Kenyan police charged Migori province Gov. Okoth Obado with the murder of a university student who claimed he had impregnated her in an extramarital affair. Sharon Otieno was kidnapped along with journalist Barack Oduor last month when they were due to meet with the governor. Otieno's body was later found in a forest.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Kenya's military said it's killed 10 rebels from the al-Shabab extremist group in an ambush in the south where several soldiers have died from roadside bombs.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Pope Francis traveled to Latvia and praised Latvians for persevering through the horrors of Soviet and Nazi occupation, persecution and exile.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Moldova's Constitutional Court temporarily stripped the country's pro-Moscow President Igor Dodon of his duties for refusing to endorse new ministers in a political standoff.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Myanmar's army chief warned against foreign interference as world leaders gather at the UN to find ways to hold the country's powerful generals accountable for atrocities against Rohingya Muslims last year.
    (Reuters, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, In Norway a man (51) was convicted of terror offenses for providing online instructions on how to carry out attacks and sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison. The man had denied calling for acts of terror, adding that he had wanted to infiltrate IS to destroy it from the inside.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Staff at the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees went on strike in the Gaza Strip to protest against job losses and US funding cuts.
    (AFP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Russia announced it will supply an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria in two weeks against strong Israeli objections, a week after Moscow blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria.
    (Reuters, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Swedish authorities said they had temporarily halted the deportation of Muslim minority Uighurs to China due to concerns over the situation there.
    (AFP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, The UN World Food Program took its campaign to fight world hunger to a global cinema audience with an innovative, interactive advertisement.
    (AFP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, A court in southern Vietnam sentenced activist Doan Khanh Vinh Quang (42) to 27 months in prison for Facebook posts that judges said insulted the ruling Communist Party and government and called for anti-government protests.
    (AP, 9/25/18)

2019        Sep 24, US Pres. Donald Trump addressed the UN and used his speech to single out Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela for criticism at the UN General Assembly. Trump delivered a roaring defense of nationalism and American sovereignty even as he tried to rally a multinational response to Iran's escalating aggression. In remarks to reporters Trump said he held up aid to Ukraine to fight corruption and urge European nations to share in helping out Ukraine.
    (AP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, President Trump announced in a pair of tweets that he's authorizing the release of the full transcript of his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
    (CBS News, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, Democrats launched a formal US House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. At issue was whether Trump abused his presidential powers and sought help from Ukraine to undermine a Democratic foe, former Vice President Joe Biden, and help his own re-election.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 24, US stocks fell, after President Donald Trump delivered a stinging rebuke to China's trade practices, while disappointing consumer confidence data raised concerns over the impact of a prolonged trade war between the two nations.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, Requests from more than 15,000 internet addresses throughout China flooded the website of the Inter-American Development Bank, knocking part of it intermittently offline. To unclog the network, the Washington, DC, bank took the drastic step of blocking all traffic from China. In 2020 more than 10 million similar distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks were observed throughout the world, according to digital security firm NETSCOUT.
    (AP, 3/21/21)
2019        Sep 24, The US Coast Guard said a cutter seized a "narco" submarine carrying cocaine worth a street value of more than $165 million while patrolling in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 24, Former Illinois congressman and rightwing radio host Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld debated in NYC as Republican candidates for the US presidency. Only 50 people came out to watch. The debate was live-streamed on Facebook, where an average of 900 people tuned in through the night.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 24, In Boston Devin Sloane (53), a Los Angeles business executive, was sentenced to four months in prison for paying $250,000 to get his son admitted to USC as a fake water polo recruit. He was the 2nd parent sentenced in the college admissions scandal.
    (SFC, 9/25/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 24, In NYC $258,000 was stolen at JFK Int'l. Airport. Quincy Thorpe, a Delta Airlines baggage handler, was soon arrested on charges of stealing the cash in one of eight bags being loaded onto a Miami-bound Delta flight.
    (SFC, 9/28/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 24, Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg shot back at US President Donald Trump's attempt to mock her on Twitter by changing her profile on the social media site to reflect Trump's taunting remark.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, The US Treasury targeted four additional maritime companies and tankers they own or operate for transporting Venezuelan oil to Cuba in violation of sanctions.
    (AP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, The Federal Reserve injected longer-term cash into the US banking system in an effort to meet the funding needs of banks and Wall Street following a bout of turbulence in money markets last week.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, The Trump administration escalated its fight with California, accusing the state of failing to enforce the US Clean Air Act and threatening to withdraw billions of dollars in federal highway funds to the country's most populous state.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, The US Department of Labor issued a long-awaited rule extending mandatory overtime pay for 1.3 million US workers, far fewer than an Obama administration rule that was struck down by a federal judge.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, Alex Whipple (22), a Utah man who pleaded guilty to killing and sexually assaulting his niece, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Whipple killed Elizabeth "Lizzy" Shelley (5) on May 25, after his sister let him spend the night at the family home.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 24, Far-right Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro blamed the international media and environmental organizations for spreading “lies" about the fires that are ravaging the Amazon rainforest during a nationalist speech that opened the 2019 United Nations General Assembly.
    (Huffpost, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, Britain's Supreme Court stamped its authority on UK politics with a thundering repudiation PM Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament.
    (AP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, Egyptian security forces said they have killed six suspected members of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in a shootout in Cairo.
    (AP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Google will not have to apply Europe's "right to be forgotten" law globally in a landmark case that has pitted personal privacy rights against freedom of speech.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, In Indonesia police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse rock-throwing students protesting a new law that they said has crippled the country's anti-corruption agency.
    (SFC, 9/25/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 24, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he was open to discuss small changes, additions or amendments to a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers if the United States lifted sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, Italy's government announced a new crackdown on tax evasion as part of its 2020 budget, but it will have a hard time breaking a bad habit that costs the state more than 100 billion euros ($109.34 billion) a year.
    (Reuters, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 24, Lebanese millers said wheat stocks had fallen to a dangerous level, warning the country may face a supply crisis unless dollars needed to import the grain are supplied at the official rate.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, In Libya a US military carried out an airstrike against the Islamic State group, the second US airstrike in the North African country in less than a week. 11 militants were killed in the vicinity of the town of Murziq.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 24, A court in Nigeria's capital Abuja ordered the State Security Service to release activist and former presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore while charges of treason against him are pending.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, In Pakistan-held Kashmir a magnitude 5.8 earthquake destroyed buildings, cracked roads and killed 22 people. Nearly 200 more people were injured. The death toll soon rose to 37.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)(SFC, 9/26/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep 24, Saudi Arabia's cabinet renewed the kingdom's call for the international community "to put a limit" to what it described as Iran's aggressive behavior and "sabotage acts".
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, Slovenia's Adria Airways cancelled almost all of its flights for today and tomorrow, potentially affecting around 3,700 passengers, because it has been unable to access cash to continue flying.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, The Spanish Supreme Court ruled that the country's caretaker government can exhume Francisco Franco's remains from a gigantic mausoleum the military dictator had built outside Madrid, a decision that could settle a decades-old controversy.
    (AP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, It was reported that Turkish artist Vahit Tuna has mounted 440 pairs of high heels on the facade of a building on a busy Istanbul street, to symbolize the number of women murdered in domestic or sexual violence in Turkey in 2018.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, The United Nations warned that air pollution from Indonesian forest fires is putting nearly 10 million children at risk. Scientists said the blazes were releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases.
    (AFP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, Yemeni tribal leaders said airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 11 civilians including children, when they hit a residential building earlier today in southern Dhale province.
    (AP, 9/24/19)

2020        Sep 24, President Donald Trump launched what aides termed a “vision" for health care heavy on unfulfilled aspirations. He signed an executive order on a range of issues, including protecting people with preexisting medical conditions from insurance discrimination. But that right is already guaranteed in the Obama-era health law his administration is asking the Supreme Court to overturn.
    (AP, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, A US federal judge stopped the 2020 census from finishing at month's end and suspended a year-end deadline for delivering the numbers needed to decide how many seats each state gets in Congress.
    (AP, 9/25/20)
2020        Sep 24, A US State Department official said the United States has renewed a waiver for Iraq to import Iranian electricity imports, this time for 60 days.
    (AP, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, Michael Pack, President Donald Trump's appointee as head of US government broadcasting operations, failed to appear at a House of Representatives hearing, defying a committee subpoena amid concern over editorial independence at the agency.
    (Reuters, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, The US Attorney's Office in the Middle District of Pennsylvania said that nine ballots had been found in a dumpster next to the elections building with seven cast for Trump and the other two resealed inside their envelopes. A day later Luzerne County Manager said a temporary independent contractor, who was assigned to sort mail at the elections bureau "incorrectly discarded into the office trash UMOVA ballots," which is an acronym for ballots from military and overseas voters.
    (ABC News, 9/25/20)
2020         Sep 24, California to date had 799,875 cases of coronavirus and 15,401 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 100,494 cases and 1,458 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 6,975,087 with the death toll at 202,738.   
    (, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, In California Christopher Michael Straub (38), a known member of a white supremacist gang, died during a shootout with police in Templeton, San Luis Obispo County.
    (Insider, 9/26/20)
2020        Sep 24, California-based photorealist painter Robert Bechtle (b.1932) died at a hospice in Berkeley.
    (SFC, 9/25/20, p.B1)
2020        Sep 24, In Indiana Christopher Vialva (40), a Black man, was executed by the federal government for a crime he committed at age 19, even though his attorney said prosecutors used inflammatory racial stereotypes during the trial 20 years ago to land her client on death row.
    (NBC News, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, Carol Paumgarten (76), NYC dance studio founder, died in Glen Cove, NY. She had founded the Steps on Broadway dance studio in 1979.
    (SFC, 10/10/20, p.C15)
2020        Sep 24, It was reported that four former senior eBay employees, who participated in an intimidation campaign aimed at silencing a Massachusetts couple who ran a newsletter criticizing the E-commerce giant, have agreed to plead guilty to cyberstalking charges.
    (The Independent, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, Three US states reported record one-day increases in new COVID-19 cases. Montana reported 330 new coronavirus cases, South Dakota recorded 463 new cases. Utah's governor said the state set a one-day record with 1,198 new cases.
    (Reuters, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, It was reported that the Open Technology Fund (OTF) has had to stop all its operations in Belarus, and many of its activities supporting civil society in Hong Kong and Iran, because a congressionally-mandated grant of nearly $20m has been withheld by a new Trump appointee, Michael Pack.
    (The Guardian, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, In Belarus anti-government rallies continued this morning despite the previous night's crackdown. Hundreds of people in Minsk formed human chains of solidarity in different parts of the city and obstructed vehicle traffic by driving slowly or stopping altogether, honking in protest. Authorities detained Lyudmila Kazak, a lawyer representing Maria Kolesnikova, a top opposition activist who was jailed this month amid mass protests against the country's authoritarian president.
    (AP, 9/24/20)(AP, 9/25/20)
2020        Sep 24, Britain recorded its highest number of daily cases of COVID-19 at 6,634, reflecting a second wave of infections sweeping through the country but also a much higher level of testing than during the first wave.
    (Reuters, 9/25/20)
2020        Sep 24, Europe's top court (ECJ) issued a ruling that should ensure Germany can keep in prison Christian Brueckner, a new suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the British toddler who vanished from a Portuguese resort 13 years ago.
    (AP, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, Prominent Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was arrested for "unlawful assembly" related to a 2019 protest against a government ban on face masks - the latest in a series of high-profile arrests as the authorities seek to crack down on the Chinese-ruled city’s pro-democracy movement. Mr Wong was soon released, with a trial date set for September 30.
    (The Telegraph, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, Indonesia reported 4,634 coronavirus cases, its biggest daily rise for a second consecutive day as new clusters appeared.
    (Reuters, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, Iran's death toll from the coronavirus rose by 175 to 25,015, the highest in the Middle East, with the total number of identified cases spiking to 436,319.
    (AP, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, Israel moved to further tighten its 2nd countrywide lockdown as coronavirus cases continued to soar, ordering all nonessential businesses to close and requiring people to stay within 1,000 meters of their homes. Israel is currently reporting nearly 7,000 new daily cases.
    (AP, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, Italy allowed a rescue ship with 125 migrants aboard to dock in Sardinia to escape rough seas and said the migrants could eventually disembark in Italy before being sent to other European countries.
    (AP, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, The Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague said former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Salih Mustafa, an ethnic Albanian, has been arrested as part of a war crimes against humanity probe from the 1998-1999 war with Serbia.
    (SFC, 9/25/20, p.A2)
2020        Sep 24, At least 16 migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when their small dinghy capsized off the coast of Libya. Libyan fishermen spotted the sinking boat and managed to pull 22 people from the water.
    (AP, 9/25/20)
2020        Sep 24, Amnesty International said that thousands of Europe-bound migrants who were intercepted and returned to Libyan shores this year were forcefully disappeared after being taken out of unofficial detention centers run by militias allied with the UN-supported government in the capital, Tripoli.
    (AP, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, In Russia official daily data showed that new cases of COVID-19 have risen to 6,595, the biggest rise in over two months, and new infections in Moscow surpassed 1,000 for the first time since late June.
    (Reuters, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, Russia's sovereign wealth fund and its partner Chemrar said the COVID-19 drug Avifavir will be supplied to 17 additional countries.
    (Reuters, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said North Korea shot and burned the body of a South Korean official who disappeared from a government boat earlier this week.
    (NBC News, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, It was reported that the International Monetary Fund has signed off on Sudan's economic reform program, a move that can eventually allow the highly-indebted African country to get debt relief and move ahead with rebuilding its battered economy as it transitions to democratic rule.
    (AP, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, Swedish archaeologists reported finding the remains of a dog from more than 8,400 years ago at a human burial site in southern Sweden. The dog was buried with a person near the town of Solvesborg.
    (AP, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, A UN migration official said the number of migrants and refugees who are sleeping rough in Bosnia keeps rising because of the persistent refusal by authorities at different levels of government in the country to coordinate their work and embrace “rational" solutions.
    (AP, 9/24/20)
2020        Sep 24, Zimbabwe's Pres. Emmerson Mnangagwa appealed at the United Nations for support to end Western sanctions, saying that they set back development goals.
    (AFP, 9/24/20)

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