537 Dec 27, The Haghia Sophia
Byzantine cathedral in Constantinople was consecrated. St. Sophia
(meaning "the holy wisdom" in Greek) was built by Emperor Justinian.
It remained a symbol of Byzantine grandeur until Istanbul was
conquered by Muslim armies.
1512 Dec 27, The laws of Burgos
gave New World natives legal protection against abuse and authorized
1571 Dec 27, Johannes Kepler
(d.1630), German astronomer known as the “father of modern
astronomy," was born. Working with the data gathered by Tycho Brahe,
he established the three laws of planetary motion:
a) The planets do not travel in concentric
circles, but in ellipses, with the sun at one of the two foci of the
b) A radius vector joining a planet to the sun
sweeps out equal areas in equal times.
c) The third law asserted a mathematical relation
between the periods of revolution of the planets and their distance
from the sun.
1603 Dec 27, Thomas Cartwright
(~68), English Presbyterian publicist, died.
1773 Dec 27, George Cayley,
founder of the science of aerodynamics, was born in England.
1794 Dec 27, The Portuguese
slave ship Sao Jose--Paquete de Africa sank off the coast of South
Africa’s Cape Town. Some 400-500 African slaves from Mozambique were
on board the vessel bound for Brazil. About half of them perished.
Wreckage of the ship was found in 2015.
1822 Dec 27, Louis Pasteur
(d.1895), French chemist and microbiologist, was born in Dole,
France. One of his several monumental contributions to science and
industry was pasteurization, the process of heating wine, beer and
milk to kill microorganisms that cause fermentation and disease.
Pasteur also developed important vaccines and his work on molecular
asymmetry led to the science of stereochemistry. He was the first to
vaccinate animals for anthrax and chicken cholera, and in 1885 he
proved that his rabies vaccine could be used successfully on humans
when he saved the life of a 9-year-old boy who had been bitten by a
rabid dog. The Pasteur Institute was formed in Paris in 1888 for
research on rabies. Pasteur ran the institute until his death in
(WUD, 1994, p.1055)(AP, 12/27/97) (HNPD,
1825 Dec 27, The 1st public
railroad using steam locomotive was completed in England.
1829 Dec 27, Hinton Helper,
southern abolitionist, was born. He wrote "The Impending
Crisis," the most stinging indictment of slavery.
1831 Dec 27, HMS Beagle
departed from Plymouth. Naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a
voyage to the Pacific aboard the HMS Beagle. Darwin's
discoveries during the voyage helped formed the basis of his
theories on evolution.
(HN, 12/27/98)(AP, 12/27/97)
1834 Dec 27, Charles Lamb
(b.1775), English critic, poet, essayist, died. "No one ever
regarded the first of January with indifference. It is the nativity
of our common Adam."
1836 Dec 27, Stephen Fuller
Austin (43), founder of state of Texas, died.
1845 Dec 27, Ether was 1st used
in childbirth in US at Jefferson, Ga.
1855 Dec 27, Paul Ehrenreich,
German ethnologist and mythologist, was born.
1862 Dec 27, Rosecrans’ army
moved slowly toward General Bragg at Murfreesboro.
1862 Dec 27, Battle of
Chickasaw Bluffs, Miss. (Chickasaw Bayou), began.
1862 Dec 27, Battle of
1871 Dec 27, World's 1st cat
show took place at the Crystal Palace, London.
1887 Dec 27, Start of Sherlock
Holmes "Adventure of Blue Carbuncle."
1888 Dec 27, Tito Schipa
(d.1965), tenor (La Rondine), was born in Italy. His birthday was
recorded as January 2, 1889 for military conscription purposes.
1900 Dec 27, Militant
prohibitionist Carry Nation carried out her first public smashing of
a bar, at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kan. She published the Smasher
in Topeka. Advertisers boycotted and the paper failed.
(AP, 12/27/97)(SFEC, 3/8/98, BR p.6)
1901 Dec 27, Marlene Dietrich
(d.1992), German-born singer and actress best known for her roles in
"Shanghai Express" and "Witness for the Prosecution," was born. “I’m
a realist and so I think regretting is a useless occupation. You
help no one with it. But you can’t live without illusions even if
you must fight for them, such as ‘love conquers all.’ It isn’t true,
but I would like it to be."
(SFC, 5/8/96, p.D-2)(HN, 12/27/98)(AP, 11/23/00)
1904 Dec 27, Duke of York
Theatre opened in London with the 1st performance “Peter Pan: The
Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up," a dream-play written by J.M. Barrie.
1906 Dec 27, Oscar Levant,
American composer and actor, was born in Pittsburgh.
1913 Dec 27, In San Francisco
over 25,000 people gathered at Lotta’s Fountain to celebrate the
postponed Christmas Eve festival.
(SSFC, 12/22/13, DB p.42)
1913 Dec 27, Charles Moyer,
president of the Miners Union, was shot in the back and dragged
through the streets of Chicago.
1915 Dec 27, William Howell
Masters, sex author and physician, was born.
1915 Dec 27, In Ohio, iron and
steel workers went on strike for an eight hour day and higher wages.
1923 Dec 27, Alexandre-Gustave
Eiffel (b.1832), engineer (Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty), died in
1925 Dec 27, In Los Angeles
Hilario Camino Moncado founded the Filipino Federation of America
(FFA), one of the country’s first and largest Filipino
1927 Dec 27, The musical play
"Show Boat," with music by Jerome Kern and libretto by Oscar
Hammerstein the Second, opened at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York.
1927 Dec 27, Stalin's faction
won All-Union Congress in USSR. Trotsky was expelled.
1932 Dec 27, Radio City Music
Hall was opened in New York City. The new acoustics proved
unpopular. In 2002 Emily Thompson authored “The Soundscape of
Modernity," a look at the early era of modern acoustics.
(HFA, '96, p.44)(AP, 12/27/97)(WSJ, 4/24/02,
1933 Dec 27, Josef Stalin
called tensions with Japan a grave danger.
1934 Dec 27, The 1st youth US
hostel opened at Northfield, Mass.
1936 Dec 27, Lee Salk, doctor
(CBS TV), was born.
1937 Dec 27, Mae West performed
an Adam and Eve skit that got her banned from NBC radio.
1938 Dec 27, Osip Mandelstam
(b.1891), Russian poet born in Poland to Jewish parents, died while
in transit to a labor camp. In 1998 Emma Gerstein authored “Moscow
Memoirs: Memories of Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam and Literary
Russia Under Stalin." An English translation by John Crowfoot became
available in 2004.
1939 Dec 26-27, In Turkey a
series of vicious earthquakes in Erzincan province, magnitude 7.9,
took some 33,000 lives in Turkey.
(HN, 12/27/98)(MC, 12/27/01)(SFEC, 8/22/99,
1941 Dec 27, Japanese bombers
attacked Manila, despite its claim as an open city.
1942 Dec 27, The 1st Japanese
women camp at Ambarawa went into use.
1943 Dec 27, Cokie Roberts,
American political broadcaster for NPR and ABC, was born.
1943 Dec 27, President Franklin
Roosevelt ordered the U.S. Army to take temporary possession of all
railroads in order to prevent a strike by railway workers. The
action was taken under the wartime Labor Disputes Act. The railroads
were returned to private management on January 18, 1944.
1944 Dec 27, General Patton’s
Third Army, spearheaded by the 4th Armored Division, relieved the
surrounded city of Bastogne in Belgium.
1944 Dec 27, Sister Sara
Salkahazi was killed by the Arrow Cross, the Hungarian allies of the
Nazis, for hiding Jews in a Budapest building used by her religious
order, the Sisters of Social Service. In 2006 she was beatified by
Pope Benedict XVI.
1945 Dec 27, Arthur Laurent's
"Home of the Brave," premiered in NYC.
1945 Dec 27, Foreign ministers
from the former Allied nations of the United States, the Soviet
Union, and Great Britain agreed to divide Korea into two separate
occupation zones and to govern the nation for five years.
1945 Dec 27, The International
Monetary Fund and the Int’l. Bank for Reconstruction and Development
(World Bank) were created. 28 nations signed an agreement creating
the World Bank. The IMF was created to promote healthy international
trade and began transactions in 1947. The World Bank was designed by
Englishman John Maynard Keynes and American Harry Dexter White. The
IMF and WB were originally intended to part of the UN, but this link
was abandoned under American pressure. WB chronology @
(AP, 12/27/97)(HN, 12/27/98)(HNQ, 12/27/00)(Econ,
7/24/04, p.63)(Econ, 6/22/13, p.18)
1945 Dec 27, The Dutch formally
relinquished sovereignty to Indonesia.
(WSJ, 7/24/01, p.B4)
1947 Dec 27, Buffalo Bob Smith
(1917-1998) and puppet Howdy Doody starred on the first nationally
broadcast children’s TV show. It ran to Sep. 30, 1960. The
children’s television program “Howdy Doody," hosted by Bob Smith,
made its debut on NBC. The show was produced by Martin Stone. The
characters Clarabell the Clown (Bob Keeshan later Captain Kangaroo),
Chief Thunderthud, Princess Summerfall, Phineas T. Bluster and
Flub-a-Dub were featured. The theme song was based on the French
(SFC, 9/9/96, p.A18)(AP, 12/27/97)(SFC, 6/19/98,
p.B6)(SFC, 7/31/98, p.D7)
1947 Dec 27, The new Italian
constitution was promulgated in Rome.
1948 Dec 27, Gerard Depardieu,
actor (Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, Danton, Green Card), was born in
1949 Dec 27, Queen Juliana of
the Netherlands granted sovereignty to Indonesia after more than 300
years of Dutch rule. The Netherlands retained control of Irian Jaya,
inhabited by Melanesians, until 1963.
(EWH, 1968, p.1168)(SFC, 9/8/99, p.A17)(AP,
1950 Dec 27, U.S. and Spain
resumed relations for the first time since the Spanish Civil War of
1954 Dec 27, Gian Carlo
Menotti's opera "Saint of Bleecker Street" premiered in NYC.
1956 Dec 27, Segregation on
Tallahassee, Fla., buses was outlawed.
1960 Dec 27, France exploded a
3rd atom bomb in the Sahara Desert, code-named Gerboise Rouge (“red
1961 Dec 27, Styne-Comden-Green
musical "Subways are for Sleeping," premiered.
1961 Dec 27, Tony Bennett,
starring in the Venetian Room of the SF Fairmont Hotel, made his 1st
solo public performance of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco."
The song was written by George Cory and Douglass Cross in 1954 and
had languished in obscurity for years.
(SSFC, 2/4/07, p.F1)(SFC, 1/25/12, p.A11)(SFC,
1967 Dec 27, Singer Bob Dylan
(b.1941 as Robert Allen Zimmerman) released his "John Wesley
1968 Dec 27, The US agreed to
sell fifty F-4 Phantom jets to Israel.
1968 Dec 27, Apollo 8, the 1st
manned mission to the moon, and its three astronauts made a safe,
nighttime splashdown in the Pacific.
1970 Dec 27, "Hello, Dolly!"
closed at the St. James Theater on Broadway after a run of 2,844
1974 Dec 27, Amy Vanderbilt
(b.1908), American etiquette expert, died. "One face to the world,
another at home makes for misery." In 1952 she published the best
selling book Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Book of Etiquette.
1978 Dec 27, Algerian President
Houari Boumediene, one of the Third World's most prominent and
outspoken leaders, died after 40 days in a coma.
1978 Dec 27, King Juan Carlos
ratified Spain's 1st democratic constitution. A parliamentary
monarchy was established with power in the hands of the legislative
branch. Many powers centralized under Franco were devolved to the 17
autonomous regions. Manuel Fraga (1922-2012) helped write the
country's post-Franco, democratic Constitution. Catalonia was
granted more self-government than almost any other part of Europe.
p.17)(AP, 1/16/12)(Econ, 1/7/17, p.44)
1978 Dec 27, The Basque
Country's fiscal privileges, granted during the 19th century and
then partially abolished during General Francisco Franco's 1939-75
dictatorship, were finally restored this year in Spain’s democratic
1978 Dec 27, In South Yemen the
Supreme Council elected a new president. He reversed moves toward
reconciliation with North Yemen and acquiesced to a continued Soviet
(PC, 1992, p.1065)
1979 Dec 27, "Knots Landing,"
premiered on CBS-TV.
1979 Dec 27, Soviet forces
seized control of Afghanistan after a 2nd leftist coup. The Soviet
backed coup ousted leftists and put a more pro-Moscow regime in
power in Kabul. Babrak Karmal (1929-1996) became the new puppet
leader and Soviet troops bolstered his rule against Muslim
resistance fighters. Hafizullah Amin, who was overthrown, was
executed and replaced by Babrak Karmal. Some 15,000 Soviet soldiers
reportedly died along with 1 million Afghans.
(SFC, 9/23/96, A9)(SFC, 9/28/96, p.A8)(WSJ,
12/6/96, p.A1) (WA, 1997,p.737) (AP,
1981 Dec 27, Hoagy Carmichael
(b.1899), US actor, songwriter (Stardust), died in California at age
82. His songs included "Stardust" and over 600 other melodies.
(WSJ, 9/9/99, p.A24)(SFC, 11/25/99,
1983 Dec 27, President Reagan
took all responsibility for the lack of security in Beirut that
allowed a terrorist on a suicide mission to kill 241 Marines on Oct
1983 Dec 27, Pope John Paul II
pardoned Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot him. The Pope visited
Mehmet Ali Agca at Rome’s Rebibbia prison and personally pardoned
him for the 1981 assassination attempt.
1983 Dec 27, A propane gas fire
devastated 16 blocks of Buffalo, NY. The fire killed five
firefighters, two civilians, destroyed about a million in fire
equipment, and leveled several city blocks, as well as the infamous
fire alarm box # 29 also known as the Hoodoo Box.
1984 Dec 27, Geologist Roberta
Score found the Martian meteorite labeled Allan Hills (ALH) 84001
while snowmobiling in the Antarctic. The 4.5 billion year old rock
was knocked of Mars by an asteroid some 16 million years earlier and
landed in Antarctica some 13,000 years before Score’s find.
(PacDis, Winter ’97, p.29)(SSFC, 2/19/06, p.M6)
1984 Dec 27, Four Polish
officers were tried for the slaying of Reverend Jerzy Popieluszko.
1985 Dec 27, Palestinian
guerrillas opened fire inside the Rome and Vienna airports; a total
of twenty people were killed, including five of the attackers, who
were slain by police and security personnel. Abu Nidal was
considered responsible. President Reagan blamed Libyan leader
(AP, 12/27/97)(SFC, 8/25/98, p.A6)(NYT, 10/8/04,
1985 Dec 27, American
naturalist Dian Fossey, who had studied gorillas in the wild, was
found hacked to death at a research station in Rwanda.
1987 Dec 27, Scores of
Palestinian prisoners appeared before Israeli military courts in the
first trials of several hundred protesters arrested in the
"intefadeh," or uprising, in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
1988 Dec 27, Bulgaria stopped
jamming Radio Free Europe after more than 3 decades.
1988 Dec 27, Hundreds of
residents of Lockerbie, Scotland, paid silent tribute to five of the
Americans killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, as coffins
containing victims' remains began the journey home.
1989 Dec 27, President Bush, on
a visit to Beeville, Texas, said he was determined to bring deposed
Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega to justice "for poisoning the
children of the United States" with illegal drugs.
1991 Dec 27, The United States
and the Philippines announced that the United States would abandon
the Subic Bay naval base by the end of 1992.
1991 Dec 27, Muslim
fundamentalists in Algeria won a major victory in free legislative
elections; however, the military ended up canceling the election
1992 Dec 27, The United States
shot down an Iraqi fighter jet during what the Pentagon described as
a confrontation between a pair of Iraqi warplanes and U.S. F-16 jets
in U.N.-restricted airspace over southern Iraq.
1993 Dec 27, U.S. officials
said that Strobe Talbott, who had served as the Clinton
administration's chief Russia policy architect, would take over the
number-two spot at the State Department.
1993 Dec 27, In Egypt, a gun
and bomb attack on a tourist bus in old Cairo wounded 8 Austrians
and 8 Egyptians. The militant group Gama’a al-Islamiya claimed
(WSJ, 10/11/04, p.A17)
1995 Dec 27, France set off a
fifth nuclear bomb at a South Pacific Atoll.
(WSJ, 12/28/95, p. A-1)
1995 Dec 27, Israeli jeeps sped
out of the West Bank town of Ramallah, capping a seven-week pullout
giving Yasser Arafat control over 90 percent of the West Bank's 1
million Palestinian residents and one-third of its land.
1996 Dec 27, Officials of NBC
and Panasonic activated the new 891 sq. foot Astrovision screen near
the base of One Times Square, New York.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A6)
1996 Dec 27, Officials in Las
Vegas announced that the 12-story, 900-room, 10-year-old Hacienda
Hotel would be blown up on New Year’s Eve. A new 4,000 room resort
owned by Circus Circus would replace it.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A6)
1996 Dec 27, In South Bend,
Ind., Annie Fulford was shot and killed during a drug-related
robbery. Her boyfriend, Leif O’Connell, began a rampage and after 2
months began drive-by shootings of black men that left 1 dead and
five injured. He and accomplice, Jerred Kahlenbeck, faced murder and
attempted murder charges.
(SFC, 5/13/97, p.A2)
1996 Dec 27, In France the
foreign ministry said that it would no longer participate in the
Operation Provide Comfort after the end of the year. The operation
was a multi-national air reconnaissance effort to safeguard Kurdish
civilians in northern Iraq.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A12)
1996 Dec 27, In Peru Pres.
Fujimori declared a 60-day state of emergency.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A12)
1996 Dec 27, Russia and China
agreed to remove troops along their border and to build a nuclear
power plant in eastern China’s Jiangsu province with a $2.5 billion
loan from Russia.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A12,13)
1996 Dec 27, Some 300 people
were trapped in the Roksky Pass tunnel in the Caucasus between North
Ossetia and the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia. Also
Alexander Lebed announced the new Russian Popular Republican Party.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A12,13)
1996 Dec 27, In Rwanda the
first trial was held in connection with the 1994 genocide. Deo
Bizimana was accused of killing 20 people and ordering the massacre
of thousands of others.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A12)
1996 Dec 27, In Tibet Ngawang
Choepel, a musician on a Fullbright scholarship, was sentenced to 18
years in prison for espionage. He had arrived as a Chinese citizen
in 1995 to make a documentary on folk music and dance.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A13)
1996 Dec 27, The Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), led by former Spanish
Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, recognized the Yugoslavia opposition
victories in the Nov 17 local elections.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A1)
1996 Dec 27, In Belgrade,
Yugoslavia, about 60,000 opposition supporters defied riot police
and rallied in celebration of an international report backing their
triumph over Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic in recent local
1997 Dec 27, Lower level talks
between Turkish and Greek Cypriot officials were suspended by the
Turkish Cypriots to protest the inclusion of the Greek side in EU
1997 Dec 27, In Egypt Hussein
Khalifa was sentenced to death for the 1993-94 murders of 26
policemen and 8 Romanian nationals. Rifaat Zeidan and Abdul-Hamid
Othman, all members of al-Gama’a al-Islamiya, were sentenced to
death in absentia.
1997 Dec 27, In Italy Some 825
illegal immigrants, mostly Kurds, were rescued by Italian tugboats
from the Turkish ship Ararat. They were attempting to smuggle into
Italy from Turkey.
1997 Dec 27, The Laos kip
plunged to about half its value since July when the Thai baht was
1997 Dec 27, In Mexico
authorities charged Jacinto Arias Cruz, the mayor of Chenalho, and
23 supporters with murder of the villagers in Acteal.
1997 Dec 27, In Northern
Ireland inmate Billy Wright (37), aka King Rat and Northern
Ireland's most notorious Protestant militant, was shot and killed by
another inmate of the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), an IRA
splinter group at the Maze prison. In 1998 3 Irish extremists,
Christopher McWilliams, John Kennaway and John Glennon, were
sentenced to life in prison for the killing.
(SFEC,12/28/97, p.A1)(SFC, 10/21/98, p.C2)(AP,
1997 Dec 27, In Northern
Ireland masked killers shot and killed Seamus Dillon (45), a
Catholic security guard at the Glengannon Hotel. Two other bouncers
and a 14-year-old bar worker were wounded. The attack was a response
to the killing of Billy Wright.
(SFC, 12/29/97, p.A6)
1998 Dec 27, Six inmates,
including four convicted killers, escaped from Riverbend Maximum
Security Institution in Tennessee. All were recaptured by the end of
1998 Dec 27, A vaccine for AIDS
by VaxGen Inc. of South San Francisco was reported to be in Phase
III clinical trials. It was derived from g-120, a genetically
engineered protein copied from a protein found in the HIV virus.
Other vaccines were also under development.
(SFEC, 12/27/98, p.A3)
1998 Dec 27, In Michigan 6
children of Femeeka O'Steen (27) died of smoke inhalation in Detroit
as their mother recovered in a hospital after giving birth.
(SFC, 12/28/98, p.A2)
1998 Dec 27, A week after she
was born weighing just 10.3 ounces, the smallest of the Houston
Chukwu octuplets, Chijindu Chidera, died.
(SFC, 12/28/98, p.A1) (AP, 12/27/99)
1998 Dec 27, In Algeria armed
groups attacked 2 villages and killed at least 30 people at Khenis
Miliana and Ain N'Sour.
(SFC, 12/29/98, p.A8)
1998 Dec 27, In China a 4th
dissident for democracy received a 10 year prison sentence for
speaking to a reported by telephone about farmer's protests.
(SFC, 12/28/98, p.A6)
1998 Dec 27, In Colombia a
natural gas pipeline exploded in Arroyo de Piedra and killed 12
(SFC, 12/28/98, p.B1)
1998 Dec 29, In Colombia rebels
claimed to have killed a right-wing paramilitary leader in a weekend
capture of his northern stronghold.
(WSJ, 12/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 27, In the Congo
Republic troops from Angola, allied to Pres. Sassou-Nguesso, killed
dozens of people in a weekend attack on Nkayi.
(WSJ, 12/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 27, Iraq said it would
reject any extension of a UN monitored food program and would
require monitors to leave.
(SFC, 12/28/98, p.A6)
1998 Dec 27, In Mexico 2
Huichol Indians, Juan Chivarrer Lopez and Miguel Hernandez de la
Cruz, were arrested for the murder of reporter Philip True.
(SFC, 12/28/98, p.B1)
1998 Dec 27, In Russia the
first group of 10 solid-fuel Topol-M missiles was to be inaugurated
by Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev. They were designed to replace the
multiple warhead missiles banned by START II.
(SFEC, 12/27/98, p.A20)
1998 Dec 27, In Sierra Leone
Nigerian jets killed some 50 rebels in Makeni and ECOMOG forces took
control following fierce fighting.
(SFC, 12/28/98, p.B1)
1998 Dec 27, In Tonga Cyclone
Cora hit the islands and destroyed all the banana trees.
(SFC, 12/28/98, p.B1)
1999 Dec 27, Six inmates,
including four convicted killers, escaped from Riverbend Maximum
Security Institution in Tennessee. All were recaptured by the end of
1999 Dec 27, A week after she
was born weighing just ten-point-three ounces, the smallest of the
Houston octuplets (Chijindu Chidera) died from heart and lung
1999 Dec 27, Space shuttle
Discovery landed at Cape Canaveral, Fla., following a successful
repair of the Hubble Space Telescope.
(SFC, 12/28/99, p.A3)
1999 Dec 27, In Indonesia rival
mobs of Muslims and Christians clashed in Maluku province and at
least 39 people were killed.
(SFC, 12/28/99, p.A10)
1999 Dec 27, In northeast
Pakistan Salamat Shah, a Shiite Muslim, opened fire and killed 12
members of a rival Sunni Muslim group, Sipa-e-Sahaba, during a
funeral procession in Sikunder Pur.
(SFC, 12/28/99, p.A10)
2000 Dec 27, Pres. Clinton
appointed Roger Gregory as the 1st African American judge to the US
Court of appeals in Richmond, Va.
(SFC, 12/28/00, p.A3)
2000 Dec 27, Software engineer
Michael McDermott pleaded innocent to 7 counts of murder in the
shooting deaths of seven co-workers the day before at an Internet
consulting company in Wakefield, Mass. McDermott was later convicted
and sentenced to life without parole.
2001 Dec 27, Pres. Bush
permanently normalized trade relations with China.
(WSJ, 12/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 27, The US announced
plans to hold Taliban and al Qaeda prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay
naval base in Cuba.
(SFC, 12/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 27, US warplanes
destroyed a compound in eastern Afghanistan believed used by a
Taliban intelligence chief. Local villagers said as many as 40
civilians were killed. Qari Ahmadullah (40), former Taliban chief of
intelligence, was killed while fleeing US bombardment near Naka
village in Paktia province.
(SFC, 12/28/01, p.A22)(SFC, 1/3/02, p.A1)
2001 Dec 27, In NYC a van
lurched out of control in Herald Square at 34th ST. and 6th Ave. and
killed 6 pedestrians. A 7th died the next day.
(SFC, 12/28/01, p.A3)(SFC, 12/29/01, p.A6)
2001 Dec 27, In El Salvador
forensic scientists found human bones buried under the national
police headquarters. The were believed to belong to people who
disappeared during the 1980s civil war.
(WSJ, 12/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 27, India banned
Pakistan’s national airline from entering its airspace and ordered
Pakistan to withdraw half of its diplomats from New Delhi. Pakistan
(SSFC, 12/30/01, p.A22)(AP, 12/27/02)
2001 Dec 27, In Israel defense
minister Gen. Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (65) took over leadership of the
Labor Party. Israeli troops raided Palestinian territory for a 2nd
day and arrested 7 suspected militants.
(SFC, 12/28/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 27, Zambia held
national elections. Early returns showed a virtual tie between Levy
Mwanawasa of the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy and
Anderson Mazoka of the United Party for National Development.
Mwanawasa won the elections with 29% of the vote.
(SSFC, 12/30/01, p.A21)(Econ, 7/2/05, p.43)
2002 Dec 27, Gov. Engler of
Michigan signed a bill eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for
(WSJ, 12/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Dec 27, The hamlet of
Bridgeville on Highway 36 in Humboldt County, Ca., was sold on Ebay
for $1.77 million. The Ebay deal failed and in 2004 Southern
California investor purchased the 82-acre town for $700,000.
(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A3)(SFC, 5/21/04, p.B3)
2002 Dec 27, George Roy Hill
(81), film director, died. His films included "The Sting" and "Butch
Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A1)
2002 Dec 27, Argentine
lawmakers approved the 2003 budget and ratified a new central bank
chief, helping President Eduardo Duhalde's efforts to secure an aid
agreement with the IMF.
2002 Dec 27, Chechen rebel
suicide bombers rammed vehicles packed with a ton of explosives into
the local government headquarters in Grozny, gutting the building
and killing at least 83 people.
(Reuters, 12/27/02)(AP, 12/28/02)(SFC, 12/31/02,
2002 Dec 27, In Indonesia at
least 9 people including two children were killed and 50 injured
when heavy rain triggered a mud slide on Sumatra island.
2002 Dec 27, Palestinian gunmen
killed 4 Israelis at the Otniel religious community near Hebron.
(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A9)
2002 Dec 27, In Kenya political
veteran Mwai Kibaki (71), head of an opposition alliance that
promised to fight corruption and revive Kenya's ailing economy, won
the elections over Uhuru Kenyatta 62% to 31%. The opposition
alliance won 125 of 210 elective seats in the National Assembly,
breaking the ruling party's 39-year grip on power. Kibaki promised
to curb corruption.
(AP, 12/28/02)(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A11)(AP,
1/2/03)(Econ, 12/18/04, p.65)
2002 Dec 27, In Bishkek,
Kyrgyzstan, 7 people were killed and 26 injured when a container of
fireworks exploded, detonating a gas tank in the Dordoi market.
2002 Dec 27, A defiant North
Korea ordered U.N. nuclear inspectors to leave the country and said
it would restart a laboratory capable of producing plutonium for
nuclear weapons. But the U.N. nuclear watchdog said its inspectors
were "staying put" for the time being.
2002 Dec 27, Poland
announced it will buy 48 U.S.-made F-16 jet fighters from Lockheed
Martin for $3.5 billion to upgrade its air force to NATO standards
2002 Dec 27, Russia said it
will no longer accept US Peace Corps volunteers, after suggesting
the workers were spying.
(AP, 12/27/02)(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A11)
2002 Dec 27, Uruguay's Congress
approved a plan to merge 3 major banks verging on insolvency amid
the country's economic crisis.
2003 Dec 27, In Afghanistan
suspected al Qaeda fighters ambushed Afghan security forces near the
Pakistani border. A senior Afghan intelligence official was killed
along with 6 attackers.
(SSFC, 12/28/03, p.A14)
2003 Dec 27, Alan Bates (69),
British stage and film actor, died. His films included "Zorba the
Greek" and "Georgy Girl."
(SFC, 12/29/03, p.A12)
2003 Dec 27, China announced
its first suspected SARS case since July.
2003 Dec 27, An Indonesian army
tank accidentally ran over a public minibus on Java island, killing
18 people and injuring at least five.
2003 Dec 27, Governments around
the world rushed medical experts, rescue teams, water-purification
systems and tea to the earthquake-ravaged Iranian city of Bam.
2003 Dec 27, In Iraq insurgents
launched 3 coordinated attacks in the southern city of Karbala,
killing 13 people, including six Iraqi police officers, 2 Thai
soldiers and 5 Bulgarians.
(AP, 12/28/03)(SSFC, 12/28/03, p.A3)(WSJ,
12/29/03, p.A1)(AP, 12/27/04)
2003 Dec 27, Israeli troop
staged a huge raid in Nablus that left a Palestinian teenager dead
and 17 others wounded.
(SSFC, 12/28/03, p.A18)
2003 Dec 27, Juan Garcia Ponce
(71), a renowned Mexican art critic, translator and prize-winning
novelist, died. Ponce was born in Merida, the capital of Yucatan
state, on Sept. 22, 1932. The author of at least 50 books, Ponce
wrote novels, plays, screenplays and essays and was considered a
master of erotic literature.
(AP, 12/28/03)(SFC, 12/29/03, p.A12)
2003 Dec 27, Russia removed all
Soviet-built anti-aircraft missiles from its vast arms depots in a
Moldova province to prevent them from falling into the hands of
terrorists. The missiles were flown from Transdniestria Province to
2004 Dec 27, In southern Asia
the death toll from the Dec 26 earthquake-tsunami catastrophe rose
to more than 23,000.
2004 Dec 27, The Central Africa
Republic (CAR) established a new Constitution.
2004 Dec 27, The euro reached
an intraday high of $1.364.
(WSJ, 12/28/04, p.C2)
2004 Dec 27, A massive burst of
energy from a neutron star, SGR 1806-20, was detected in the
constellation Sagittarius. It was the equivalent of what the sun
emits every 150,000 years.
(SFC, 2/19/05, p.A2)
2004 Dec 27, Honduras' security
minister pledged to eliminate violent youth gangs, nine of whose
members have been charged with homicide in connection with a Dec. 23
shooting attack on a public bus that killed 28 people.
2004 Dec 27, The foreign
secretaries of nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan began two-day
talks that will include their first formal dialogue on disputed
Kashmir since they launched a peace process a year ago.
2004 Dec 27, In an audiotape, a
man purported to be Osama bin Laden endorsed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as
his deputy in Iraq and called for a boycott of January's elections
in the country.
2004 Dec 27, A suicide bomber
detonated his car at the gate of the home of the leader of Iraq's
biggest political party and most powerful Shiite political group,
killing 15 people and injuring dozens. Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, head of
the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the
country's, was unharmed.
2004 Dec 27, The Iraqi Islamic
Party, the biggest Sunni political group, pulled out of the Jan. 30
elections citing the deteriorating security situation.
2004 Dec 27, Poisonous liquor
sold by an illegal alcohol bar in India's financial capital killed
at least 51 people and sent nearly 100 others to hospital over two
days, prompting citywide raids on alcohol vendors.
2004 Dec 27, Israel released
159 Palestinian prisoners as a gesture to the new Palestinian
2004 Dec 27, Jordan's military
court on acquitted 13 Muslim militants, including three Saudi
fugitives, of conspiring to commit terror attacks against U.S.
targets in Jordan, but sentenced 11 of them to prison terms ranging
from six to 15 years for possessing explosives.
2004 Dec 27, In western Sudan
rebel forces attacked the market town of Ghubaysh and the government
retaliated. The UN World Food Program suspended food convoys to the
Darfur region following the attacks.
2004 Dec 27, Ukraine election
officials said opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko won 51.99 percent
to 44.19 percent for Moscow-backed PM Viktor Yanukovych. Supporters
of the pro-Russian PM vowed to challenge the results in court.
2004 Dec 27, Ukrainian
Transport Minister Heorhiy Kirpa, a supporter of the trailing
candidate in the presidential election, was found dead in his house
from a gunshot wound. Opposition figures claimed that Kirpa
allocated trains to ferry Yanukovych supporters to vote at multiple
polling sites in Nov. 21 presidential balloting that eventually was
annulled by the Ukraine Supreme Court.
2005 Dec 27, The US State Dept.
announced sanctions against 9 foreign companies, 6 Chinese, for
selling missile and chemical-arms goods to Iran.
(WSJ, 12/28/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 27, In NYC the
executive board of the transit workers approved a tentative contract
that included a 10.9% raise over 3 years and a requirement for
workers to contribute to their health care plans.
(SFC, 12/28/05, p.A3)
2005 Dec 27, A reported
inversion with long-term interest rates dropping below short-term
rates prompted a sell-off on Wall Street. The trend often precedes
an economic downturn.
(WSJ, 12/28/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 27, Grass fires burned
in drought-stricken Texas and Oklahoma. Over three days, nearly 200
homes were lost and the fires blamed for at least four deaths.
2005 Dec 27, A close aide said
Bolivia’s President-elect Evo Morales will reject US economic and
military aid if the US requires continued coca-eradication efforts
to get the money.
2005 Dec 27, Inmates at a
prison in Brazil's remote Amazon jungle held more than 200 people
hostage, demanding the return of their leader from another prison.
Authorities agreed to bring him back, but both sides remained at an
impasse, waiting for the other to make the first move.
2005 Dec 27, In China Tian
Fengshan, former minister of land and resources, was sentenced to
life in prison on charges of taking $545,000 in bribes from
2005 Dec 27, US financial
services giant Citigroup Inc. said it plans to increase its stake in
China's Shanghai Pudong Development Bank to 19.9 percent, the
maximum legal holding for a single foreign bank in a local lender.
2005 Dec 27, Leftist rebels
ambushed a group of soldiers who were protecting civilians in
southern Colombia, killing 28.
2005 Dec 27, East Timor's
president formally opened a consulate in Indonesia's neighbouring
West Timor province in an effort to strengthen relations between the
2005 Dec 27, A conference
underlining the gravity of Egypt's landmines problem kicked off in
Cairo, with delegates appealing for international support in the
mine clearing effort. Egypt is one of the most heavily-mined regions
in the world, a legacy of World War II and the Arab-Israeli wars,
which left the northwestern desert infested with an estimated 22
million mines and other unexploded ordnance (UXOs).
2005 Dec 27, In Indonesia a
year after the tsunami destroyed their battlefield, Aceh rebels
formally disbanded their armed wing, effectively ending their
30-year separatist insurgency.
2005 Dec 27, Clashes erupted
between gunmen and Iraqi police in Baghdad, killing two policemen
and two bystanders. South of Baghdad, a roadside bomb targeting a
police patrol killed two officers, and gunmen in southern Baghdad
killed another. Gunmen southeast of Kirkuk, killed one police
2005 Dec 27, The Israeli
military fired a barrage of artillery and missiles at the Gaza
Strip, hitting two offices of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and a
bridge the army said was used by militants to reach areas where they
2005 Dec 27, Three rockets
landed in a residential area of a northern Israeli town near the
Lebanese border, damaging some property but causing no injuries.
2005 Dec 27, The Japanese
government endorsed measures that would put more women in top
government posts and provide more support for working mothers at a
time when the country is facing low birth rates and a looming labor
2005 Dec 27, In Kuwait 6 men
were convicted and sentenced to death on charges they belonged to a
terrorist group that planned to attack US troops in Kuwait. They
were among 37 Kuwaitis and other nationals accused of joining the
Lions of the Peninsula, a group the prosecution claims was planning
attacks. The defendants were captured after clashing with Kuwaiti
police in January 2005.
(AP, 12/27/05)(AP, 3/9/06)
2005 Dec 27, Abdel-Qadar Abdel
Qader, a Syrian, was arrested in Lebanon on suspicion of involvement
in the assassination of Gibran Tueni, the anti-Syrian general
manager and columnist of Lebanon's leading newspaper.
2005 Dec 27, Philippine
prosecutors charged four US Marines with rape in what is seen as a
test case for a bilateral accord allowing American troops to train
2005 Dec 27, Andrei Illarionov,
an outspoken economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin,
announced that he was resigning, saying he could no longer work in a
government that had done away with political freedoms.
2005 Dec 27, Saudi police
arrested Mohammed Abdel-Rahman Mohammed al-Suwailmi, a terror
suspect on the country's list of most wanted militants.
2005 Dec 27, In Spain a new law
that took effect ordering government ministries to close no later
than 6 p.m., part of a broad package of measures that are geared to
help Spaniards juggle their jobs and families.
2005 Dec 27, In Sri Lanka a
land mine killed at least 10 soldiers on the northern Jaffna
peninsula. A police officer patrolling the eastern town of Kalmunai
was killed. Tiger rebels were blamed.
(SFC, 12/28/05, p.A5)
2005 Dec 27, Official Syrian
news reported that Syria has signed a $2.7 billion memorandum of
understanding with a Russian company for construction of a refinery
and petrochemical plant in northeast Syria.
2005 Dec 27, Turkey reported an
outbreak of avian influenza in chickens in the eastern area of
Igdir, less than a month after declaring its territory free of the
virus, and said it had culled 359 birds as a precautionary measure.
2005 Dec 27, Ukraine and
Bulgaria said all their troops had left Iraq. Poland said it would
remain but reduce its number of troops by 600 next year.
2006 Dec 27 Former Democratic
vice presidential nominee John Edwards jumped into the presidential
race a day earlier than he had planned after his campaign
accidentally went live with his election Web site a day before his
2006 Dec 27, A Florida doctor
pleaded guilty to securities fraud in connection with a life
insurance scam that cost 28,000 investors nearly $1 billion. Clark
Mitchell, the former director of a prominent AIDS clinic who was
arrested more than five years ago on insurance fraud charges, agreed
to be responsible for restitution of $367 million to investors in
Mutual Benefits Corp., a Fort Lauderdale company that sought
investors in life insurance policies held by elderly or ill people.
2006 Dec 27, Ohio’s state
Supreme Court publicly reprimanded Gov. Bob Taft for his ethics
violations in office, a black mark that will stay on his permanent
record as an attorney.
2006 Dec 27, It was reported
that the SF Dept. of Parking and Traffic had begun a 90-day test run
using cameras to scan license plates in search of cars with unpaid
citations. Metal boots were immediately attached to cars with at
least 5 outstanding tickets.
(SFC, 12/27/06, p.B1)
2006 Dec 27, A 2-day storm with
60 mph winds hit the SF Bay Area. In Marin County the main hall of
Manka’s Inverness Lodge, built in 1917, burned down when wind
knocked a tree into a water heater. A woman was killed when a tree
crashed through her cottage in Lagunitas.
(SFC, 12/28/06, p.A1, B1)
2006 Dec 27, In southern
Afghanistan a bomb explosion caused a NATO vehicle to crash, killing
one British soldier and wounding three.
2006 Dec 27, Angry protesters
attacked government offices and damaged vehicles in northern
Bangladesh after authorities rejected applications by former army
ruler Hossain Mohammad Ershad to contest next month's elections.
2006 Dec 27, Belarus issued an
implicit threat that it could stop Russian gas deliveries through
its pipelines to western Europe unless Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom
relented on demands Minsk pay steep price increases in 2007.
2006 Dec 27, Brazilian
travelers incensed about an overbooked flight stormed a runway to
prevent a commercial jet from taking off. A tourism industry leader
said two months of chronic flight delays have been a "disaster" for
2006 Dec 27, A helicopter
carrying natural gas workers crashed off the northwest English
coast, killing six people and leaving the only other person aboard
2006 Dec 27, Central African
President Francois Bozize ordered the army to set fire to the homes
of two leaders of a dissident Baptist church, after they did the
same to a pastor's house, to teach them a lesson.
2006 Dec 27, China’s state
media reported that temperatures in China will rise significantly in
coming decades and water shortages will worsen, citing the
government's first national assessment of global climate change.
2006 Dec 27, Colombia's
second-largest rebel group (ELN) released two police officers taken
hostage earlier this month, a move that could revive slow-moving
peace talks with the government. Gunmen shot and killed Jaime Andres
Angarita (33), a paramilitary leader, as he was dining at a
restaurant in the western city of Medellin. Angarita was considered
the right-hand man of warlord Salvatore Mancuso, the architect of a
2003 peace deal with the government that has led to the
demobilization of 31,000 militia fighters.
(AP, 12/27/06)(AP, 12/28/06)
2006 Dec 27, Fighting broke out
in eastern Congo between government troops and forces loyal to a
dissident general, killing at least 19 people. A group of Congolese
soldiers went on trial for war crimes, a month after UN
investigators found mass graves inside their eastern army camp with
some 30 bodies including women and children.
(AP, 12/27/06)(Reuters, 12/28/06)
2006 Dec 27, A 26-year-old
Egyptian man died of bird flu, the third member of his extended
family to die of the virus.
2006 Dec 27, Ethiopian and
Somali government troops drove Islamic fighters out of the last
major town on the road to Mogadishu, the Islamist-held capital.
2006 Dec 27, Gabon's
Constitutional Court confirmed President Omar Bongo Ondimba's camp
as official winner of the nation's general elections held December
17 and 24.
2006 Dec 27, A new report said
a third of India’s rural population, or more than 200 million
people, still live on 12 rupees (26 cents) a day or less.
2006 Dec 27, Saddam Hussein's
Baath Party threatened to retaliate if the ousted Iraqi leader is
executed, warning in an Internet posting it would target US
interests anywhere. Saddam Hussein urged Iraqis to embrace
"brotherly coexistence" and not to hate U.S.-led foreign troops in a
goodbye letter posted on a Web site a day after Iraq's highest court
upheld his death sentence. A car bomb explosion killing 8 civilians
and wounding 10 near an Iraqi army checkpoint in Baghdad. Police
found the bodies of 51 people apparent victims of sectarian
killings. US and Iraqi troops in Najaf killed Sahib al-Amiri, a top
deputy of Muqtada al-Sadr. 2 Latvian soldiers were killed and 3 were
wounded when a roadside bomb exploded under their Humvee in
Diwaniyah. 3 US soldiers were killed by roadside bombs in and around
(AP, 12/27/06)(AP, 12/28/06)(SFC, 12/28/06,
p.A12)(WSJ, 12/28/06, p.A1)(AP, 12/27/07)
2006 Dec 27, Israel decided to
resume pinpoint attacks against Palestinian rocket-launching cells
in Gaza, jeopardizing what is already a shaky, month-old truce with
2006 Dec 27, A Taiwanese court
convicted Chao Chien-min, the son-in-law of President Chen
Shui-bian, of insider trading and sentenced him to six years in
2006 Dec 27, Telephone lines
and Internet service went dead across much of Asia after two
powerful earthquakes off Taiwan damaged undersea cables used by
several countries to route calls and online traffic.
2006 Dec 27, Yemeni authorities
opened fire on boats filled with refugees fleeing the fighting in
Somalia and at least 17 people drowned when one of the vessels
2007 Dec 27, Bayron Jimenez
Castaneda (44), suspected Colombian cocaine trafficker, was arrested
in Orlando, Florida, for the kidnapping of an undercover US agent.
Three other suspects in the kidnapping of a US Immigration and
Customs Enforcement agent on Dec. 14, 2005 remain at large.
Traffickers initially demanded a $2 million ransom, but released him
after half a day when they realized he was a US government agent.
2007 Dec 27, In Richmond, Ca.,
2 gunmen shot and killed Ravinder (30) and Paramjit (42) Kalsi as
they closed their restaurant. In 2009 police named Rajesh Kumar of
Fiji, as a suspect in the case. Kumar was wanted for allegedly
defrauding a woman connected to the restaurant.
(SFC, 1/2/09, p.B2)
2007 Dec 27, Steven Florio
(b.1949), former CEO of Conde Nast, died in NYC.
(SFC, 12/29/07, p.B5)
2007 Dec 27, The Afghan
government expelled UN advisor Mervyn Patterson and EU official
Michael Semple, on accusations they held unauthorized meetings with
Taliban militants. A spokesman for the UN mission said the diplomats
had traveled to Musa Qala, a former Taliban stronghold in southern
Helmand province on Dec 24, where they met with local leaders.
2007 Dec 27, In Bahrain more
than a dozen people detained during recent Shiite protests were
charged with attempted murder, illegal assembly and rioting.
2007 Dec 27, In Chechnya
unidentified gunmen shot and killed a police officer in Grozny.
2007 Dec 27, Shawn Wang, the
chief financial officer of leading Chinese search engine Baidu.com,
died in an accident while on holiday.
2007 Dec 27, In eastern India
Hindu extremists burned down the house of a prominent Christian
politician, as violence by gangs from both sides continued despite a
curfew imposed after two days of attacks against Christians by Hindu
hard-liners. In Orissa state at least three people were killed when
they opened fire on a group of hard-line Hindus who set fire to a
police station during ongoing clashes between Hindus and Christians.
(AP, 12/27/07)(AP, 12/28/07)
2007 Dec 27, In Ingushetia
several militants ambushed a border guards' vehicle, killing two
officers and wounding two other servicemen.
2007 Dec 27, In Iraq a bomb
left inside a bus in eastern Baghdad exploded and killed two
passengers and wounded 12 others. US troops allegedly killed 11
members of a Mahdi Army splinter group in Kut. A local official said
4 people were killed and that they were innocent. Kut police said 6
suspected militiamen were killed. The military announced that it had
detained two more suspects in the capture of 3 US soldiers on May
12. The US military said in a statement that troops killed 12
suspected al-Qaida in Iraq terrorists and detained 37 others during
a Dec 22-25 operation near Muqdadiyah.
(AP, 12/27/07)(AP, 12/28/07)(SFC, 12/28/07, p.A3)
2007 Dec 27, Israeli PM Ehud
Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held their first
summit since they agreed last month to renew peace talks, seeking to
resolve a dispute over planned Israeli construction in east
2007 Dec 27, Kenya held
elections. President Mwai Kibaki tried to fend off fiery opposition
leader Raila Odinga. In Nairobi monitors from the EU saw tens of
thousands of votes pinched for Kibaki. In 2009 Philip Alston, a UN
investigator, published a report documenting around 500 death-squad
executions in the months leading up the elections. Post-election
violence eventually left some 1,400 people dead.
(AP, 12/27/07)(Econ, 1/5/08, p.37)(Econ, 3/14/09,
p.49)(Econ, 8/19/17, p.42)
2007 Dec 27, Nigeria reported
that Nuhu Ribadu, head of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC), was being forced to resign in order to attend a
one year course at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic
Studies at Jos.
(Econ, 1/5/08, p.38)
2007 Dec 27, Pakistan’s
opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a suicide
attack in Rawalpindi that also killed at least 20 others at the end
of a campaign rally. Doctors reported that Bhutto died from a bullet
wound. Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif announced his party was
boycotting next month's elections following the assassination. He
demanded that President Pervez Musharraf resign immediately. Within
hours Sindhis began to rampage. After the 1st frenzy over 50 people
were killed and damages were later estimated at $200 million. In
February, 2008, her book “Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the
West," was published. In it she alleged that Qari Saifullah Akhtar
was involved in an October bombing in Karachi that killed some 150
(AP, 12/27/07)(SFC, 12/31/07, p.A3)(Econ, 1/5/08,
p.22)(Econ, 2/16/08, p.93)(AP, 8/6/08)
2007 Dec 27, In northern Sri
Lanka Air force jets destroyed a Tamil naval base.
2007 Dec 27, South Sudanese
former rebels rejoined the national government, two months after
walking out because of disputes over the implementation of a peace
deal that ended two decades of war.
2007 Dec 27, In Thailand
officials said deposed PM Thaksin Shinawatra would be arrested if he
returns home from a self-imposed exile as planned, even if his
victorious allies form a government following last weekend's general
2007 Dec 27, In southern
Zimbabwe floodwaters swept a truck down a raging river, killing 7
people. Their deaths bring the number of drownings in Zimbabwe to 21
in the past month.
2008 Dec 27, It was reported
that the mountain pine beetle was expected to kill virtually every
mature lodgepole pine in Colorado. The beetle had already destroyed
pine forests from Mexico to Canada.
(WSJ, 12/27/08, p.A2)
2008 Dec 27, Sculptor Robert
Graham (b.1938) died in Santa Monica, Ca. His massive bronze works
mark civic monuments across America, included the Franklin Delano
Roosevelt Memorial in Washington.
(AP, 12/28/08)(SFC, 12/29/08, p.A2)
2008 Dec 27, In northern Nevada
a 13 rail cars containing grain were involved in a derailment along
the Humboldt River. The derailment triggered the collapse of a
102-year-old bridge spanning the river.
(SSFC, 12/28/08, p.B2)
2008 Dec 27, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at a police
checkpoint, killing three policemen and two civilian men on a
motorbike. 2 Canadian soldiers were killed in a blast in southern
Kandahar province. An Afghan policeman and an interpreter also died
in the attack in Panjwayi district, a Taliban stronghold about 25
kilometers (15 miles) west of Kandahar city. A member of the
Kandahar provincial council was shot dead in a mosque. US troops
killed five militants and detained six in operations against
(AP, 12/27/08)(AFP, 12/28/08)
2008 Dec 27, An explosion in
central China's Henan province killed 15 people and injured nine
others. Explosives, used for small-scale demolition, were illegally
stored at a home when they ignited, destroying more than 10
neighboring houses. At least 17 workers were killed and one
seriously injured when an elevator suddenly dropped to the ground at
a construction site in central Hunan province.
2008 Dec 27, Guinea's coup
leader said he would allow the opposition and union leaders to help
choose a prime minister. The military junta was boosted by the
endorsement of neighboring Senegal as it attempted to garner
international backing, and, after meeting political parties,
promised to stamp out the burgeoning drugs trade.
(AP, 12/27/08)(Reuters, 12/27/08)
2008 Dec 27, In Iraq a bomb
tore through a busy square in Baghdad at midday, killing at least 24
people and wounding 54. A suspected al-Qaida in Iraq fugitive was
killed in a gun battle with police in the western city of Ramadi. He
was one of four suspected al-Qaida in Iraq members who escaped
during a jailbreak and ensuing riot at a Ramadi police station a day
earlier that left six policemen and seven insurgents dead. An Iraqi
soldier and two other people were killed when a car bomb exploded as
they were trying to defuse it in Musayyib. Police in the northern
city of Kirkuk also arrested six suspected insurgents, including the
former driver of Hassan al-Majid — Saddam Hussein's cousin who is
also known as "Chemical Ali."
(AP, 12/27/08)(SSFC, 12/28/08, p.A4)
2008 Dec 27, Israel began
“Operation Cast Lead" as its warplanes retaliating for rocket fire
from the Gaza Strip pounded dozens of security compounds across the
Hamas-ruled territory in waves of airstrikes, killing nearly 200
people and wounding 270 others in the single bloodiest day of
fighting in years. Gaza militants fired 30 rockets and mortars after
the air offensive began. A missile hit the town of Netivot, killing
an Israeli man and wounding four people.
(AP, 12/27/08)(Econ, 1/10/09, p.24)
2008 Dec 27, In Malaysia Tuanku
Ja'afar Tuanku Abdul Rahman (86), a royal state ruler, died. He
became Malaysia's king for five years (1994-1999) under the
country's unique monarchal system.
2008 Dec 27, Turkey's
parliament reduced the budget allocations of most ministries by up
to 16 percent to cut overall spending as the country seeks a loan
deal with the International Monetary Fund.
2008 Dec 27-2009 Jan 21, In
Egypt security forces arrested at least 860 activists of the Muslim
Brotherhood as public demonstrations mounted during the Israeli
assault on Gaza.
(Econ, 1/17/09, p.48)
2009 Dec 27, The New York Times
reported that the United States has quietly opened a third, largely
covert front against the Al-Qaeda terror network in Yemen. The paper
said the Pentagon will be spending more than 70 million dollars over
the next 18 months, and using teams of special forces, to train and
equip Yemeni military, Interior Ministry and coast guard forces.
2009 Dec 27, In Afghanistan 10
civilians, including 8 students, were killed in fighting involving
international forces in eastern Kunar province. Pres. Karzai
condemned the deaths and called for an investigation. Afghan and
international security forces captured militants in Kandahar
province in southern Afghanistan and in Wardak and Khost provinces
in the east. On Dec 30 Asadullah Wafa, a senior adviser to Pres.
Karzai, said that 8 schoolchildren between the ages of 12 and 14
were among the dead discovered in a village house in the Narang
district of Kunar province.
(AP, 12/28/09)(AP, 12/30/09)
2009 Dec 27, Croatians went to
the polls amid a deepening economic crisis and concerns over
high-level corruption to elect a president to steer the Balkans
country into the EU. Centrist Stipe Mesic (75) stands down in
February after serving the maximum two five-year terms and
successfully transforming the country from a nationalist autocracy
into a parliamentary democracy. Social Democrat lawmaker Ivo
Josipovic garnered 32.4% of votes and Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic, who
ran as independent candidate, got 14.8% of votes. The top two
finishers will face each other in a Jan. 10 runoff.
(AFP, 12/27/09)(AP, 12/28/09)
2009 Dec 27, In Iran Ali
Mousavi, a nephew of Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi,
was killed in fighting between protesters and security forces.
Security forces fired on anti-government protesters in Tehran,
killing 8 people in the fiercest clashes in months.
(AP, 12/27/09)(AP, 12/28/09)
2009 Dec 27, In Iran
authorities detained two German diplomats and accused them of
playing a role in organizing deadly anti-government protests. Iran's
state media only reported this on Jan 27, 2010. Germany's Foreign
Ministry said it had no knowledge about any diplomats being detained
and dismissed accusations that German officials had a hand in the
demonstrations and clashes that left eight people dead.
2009 Dec 27, In northeast Iraq
a bomb killed five Shiite pilgrims in a procession in the town of
Tuz Khormato. Blasts in Baghdad killed 2 more pilgrims as millions
of people marched to commemorate Ashoura, the most important Shiite
religious observance. The 10-day religious ceremonies culminated
today with huge processions.
(AP, 12/27/09)(SFC, 12/28/09, p.A4)
2009 Dec 27, Italian officials
said 7 people, including a German teenager, have been killed by
weekend avalanches in northern Italy.
2009 Dec 27, Japanese PM Yukio
Hatoyama arrived in India on a three-day visit aimed at
strengthening economic and security cooperation with the emerging
2009 Dec 27, In Lebanon
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah called on Egypt to stop
building a steel wall along the Gaza border that could obstruct
tunnels which provide a lifeline for the blockaded enclave.
2009 Dec 27, In Malawi
officials arrested 2 men for celebrating their engagement to each
other in a ceremony on Dec 26. Stevem Monjeza (26) and Tiwonge
Chimbalanga (20) were charged with indecency and could get 5 to 14
years in jail if convicted.
(SFC, 12/30/09, p.A2)(SFC, 1/19/10, p.A2)
2009 Dec 27, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside a large gathering of
Shiite Muslims in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled
Kashmir, killing five people and wounding 80. Another blast in
Karachi wounded 30, but it was attributed to a buildup of gas in a
(AP, 12/27/09)(AP, 12/29/09)
2009 Dec 27, Isaac Schwartz
(b.1923), Russian composer, died at his home just outside St.
Petersburg. His music adorned some of the most popular movies of the
Soviet era. Schwartz wrote the music for a total of 110 movies and
35 theatrical performances.
2009 Dec 27, Sudan, angling to
become Africa's leading exporter of ethanol, sent out its first
shipment of the bio-fuel to the Netherlands. Kenana's plant, located
in the White Nile State south of Khartoum, was built by the
Brazilian ethanol supplier Dedini.
2009 Dec 27, Syrian security
agents detained Tal al-Mallohi (19), a high school student blogger,
after summoning her for questioning. Authorities have not allowed
al-Mallohi's family to communicate with her since she was picked up.
On Sep 20, 2010, The New York-based Human Rights Watch called for
her immediate release. On Feb 14, 2011, she was sentenced to 5 years
in prison on charges of spying for a foreign country.
(AP, 9/20/10)(SFC, 2/15/11, p.A2)
2009 Dec 27, Human rights
groups warned that the Thai government's planned expulsion of 4,000
ethnic Hmong to Laos could turn violent.
2009 Dec 26, Turkey's military
arrested eight of its officers in connection with an alleged plot to
assassinate Bulent Arinc, the country's deputy prime minister.
(http://tinyurl.com/yhgzlkp)(Econ, 1/2/10, p.38)
2010 Dec 27, Hundreds of
passengers were stuck at airports up and down the US East Coast as a
blizzard menaced travelers trying to get home after the holidays.
2010 Dec 27, Alfred Kahn (93),
US airline deregulator, died. In 1977 he took over the Civil
aeronautics Board for Pres. Carter. His academic efforts included
the 2-volume work: “The Economics of Regulation: Principles and
(Econ, 1/22/11, p.101)
2010 Dec 27, In Afghanistan a
Taliban car bomb targeted a bank where police queued for salaries in
Kandahar, killing three people. NATO said one of its service members
was killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan.
(AP, 12/27/10)(AFP, 12/27/10)
2010 Dec 27, In China 14
children died when the vehicle taking them to school plunged into a
creek in the central province of Hunan. In Guizhou province 7 people
died and 15 were injured after a truck crashed into a gas station in
fog, causing a pileup involving more than 100 cars.
2010 Dec 27, An Egyptian
Ministry of Health official said a resurgent H1N1 swine flu virus
has infected 1,172 people in Egypt and killed 56 since October 8.
2010 Dec 27, In Guatemala men
claiming to belong to the Zetas drug gang forced radio stations to
broadcast a threat of war in a northern Guatemalan province where
the government declared a state of siege last week.
2010 Dec 27, In Iraq 2 suicide
bombers blew themselves up, killing nine people at the government
compound in Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar province. 43
people were injured by the blasts. 3 members of the same family were
killed when a roadside bomb hit their car outside the town of
Dujail, 50 miles (80km) north of Baghdad.
2010 Dec 27, A Tel Aviv
University team excavating a cave in central Israel said teeth found
in the cave are about 400,000 years old and resemble those of other
remains of modern man, known scientifically as Homo sapiens, found
in Israel. The earliest Homo sapiens remains found until now are
half as old. The prehistoric Qesem cave was discovered in 2000, and
excavations began in 2004.
2010 Dec 27, In Italy bomb
squad experts defused a package bomb that was delivered to the Greek
Embassy in Rome, four days after similar mail bombs exploded at two
other embassies, wounding two people.
2010 Dec 27, In Mexico police
in Guerrero state found the remains of three people in a clandestine
grave in the town Teloloapan. A police report said the three unknown
people were believed to have been killed about four months ago. In
the Gulf coast state of Veracruz one policeman was killed, and a
local police commander was wounded when a man opened fire on
municipal offices in the town of Otatitlan. The Defense Department
said troops patrolling the mountainous area of Tamazula, Durango,
discovered a cache of weapons and 770 kg (1,697 pounds) of marijuana
in 191 bales.
2010 Dec 27, Morocco’s interior
ministry said security forces have arrested six Moroccans suspected
of planning attacks in the country and abroad.
2010 Dec 27, In Pakistan
intelligence officials and tribal elders say the Pakistani Taliban
have kidnapped 23 tribesmen who recently met the army chief in South
Waziristan. Suspected US missiles struck two vehicles in a Taliban
stronghold on Pakistan's side of the border with Afghanistan,
killing 25 suspected militants.
(AP, 12/27/10)(SFC, 12/28/10, p.A3)
2010 Dec 27, In the Philippines
US Lt. Cmdr. Scintar Buenviaje Mejia (35) died of head injuries
after jumping from a second-floor staircase while a security guard
escorted him to the bathroom. He was arrested a day earlier with
what was thought to be cocaine. Tests later showed the white powder
wasn't an illegal drug.
2010 Dec 27, In Russia jailed
ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was found guilty of money laundering
and theft of billions of dollars at a trial that has renewed doubts
about the Kremlin's commitment to the rule of law.
2010 Dec 27, In Serbia a series
of explosions damaged the Sloboda ammunition factory in Cacak.
(Econ, 1/8/11, p.51)
2010 Dec 27, Somali pirates
seized a ship with eight crew onboard. The MV EMS River was seized
approximately 175 miles (280 km) northeast of the port of Salalah,
2010 Dec 27, Venezuela said it
has detained 12,376 people for drug-related crimes this year, about
40 percent more than in 2009.
2011 Dec 27, Sears Holdings
Corp. said it will close up to 120 stores in its Kmart and namesake
chains, blaming poor sales of consumer electronics so far this
holiday season and saying it would focus its energy on its better
2011 Dec 27, China announced a
cut in its rare earths export quota as it tries to shore up sagging
prices for the exotic metals used in mobile phones and other
2011 Dec 27, Colombian FARC
rebels announced plans to release six hostages who have been held
captive for more than a decade. They included police officers Jorge
Trujillo, Jorge Romero and Jose Libardo Forero, who were kidnapped
in southern Colombia on July 11, 1999.
2011 Dec 27, An Egyptian court
ordered the Egyptian army to stop forced virginity tests on female
detainees, months after the practice sparked a national outcry and
stained the ruling military's reputation.
2011 Dec 27, Guinea Bissau's
army clashed with renegade forces overnight, leaving at least two
dead as they combed the capital for suspects after thwarting an
alleged coup attempt. Navy Chief Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto, who
has previously been accused of involvement in coup plans and in the
drugs trade, was arrested for plotting a coup. Tchuto and 18 other
co-accused were released on June 20, 2012.
(AFP, 12/27/11)(AFP, 6/21/12)
2011 Dec 27, UN human rights
officials in Haiti issued a report accusing the national police
department of excessive force, saying there is evidence officers may
have killed at least nine people in the capital.
2011 Dec 27, Hungarian media
officials say two employees, who have been on hunger strike for over
two weeks in protest at alleged political meddling with journalists'
work in state-funded media, have been fired. The state Media Service
Support and Asset Management Fund (MTVA, said that Balazs Nagy
Navarro and Aranka Szavuly were dismissed because their fast — in
which they have only been ingesting liquids since Dec. 10 — is
illegal and a "provocation" of their employer.
2011 Dec 27, India and Pakistan
tentatively agreed to renew an agreement designed to reduce the risk
of an accidental nuclear war.
(SFC, 12/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Dec 27, In eastern
Indonesia mudflows streaming from a volcano killed four villagers
and about 1,000 others have fled their homes. Mount Gamalama in the
Molucca Islands sprang to life this month with a powerful, non-fatal
2011 Dec 27, Iran warned that
it would block the Strait of Hormuz if Western powers attempt to
impose an embargo on Iranian petroleum exports in their effort to
isolate the country over its suspect nuclear energy program.
(SFC, 12/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Dec 27, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded near a police station in the town of Hawija, 150 miles (240
km) north of Baghdad, killing two civilians and injuring another.
2011 Dec 27, Israeli strikes
overnight killed a Palestinian and wounded 10 others, as the
military struck what it described as "global jihad" targets who were
planning cross-border attacks on southern Israel from the Egyptian
(AFP, 12/29/11)(AFP, 12/30/11)
2011 Dec 27, Kuwait's public
prosecutor released 32 stateless people on bail after holding them
for nine days for taking part in a protest to demand citizenship.
2011 Dec 27, Mexican police in
the northern state of Nuevo Leon said that information provided by
arrested members of a kidnapping gang has led them to at least seven
bodies found buried in shallow graves or dumped in a well. The
Attorney General's Office said that former regional police security
coordinator Herrera Valles, arrested in 2008 for aiding the Sinaloa
drug cartel, has been convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Federal police detained one of the United States' most-wanted drug
traffickers, Luis Rodriguez Olivera, aka "Blondie," at Mexico City's
(AP, 12/27/11)(AP, 12/28/11)
2011 Dec 27, In southern
Nigeria attackers threw homemade explosives inside an Islamic school
in a predominantly Christian city where some 50 children had
gathered for an Arabic class, wounding six pupils and a teacher in
Delta state. Gunmen in a late night attack shot dead a
three-year-old girl and her parents near the volatile central city
of Jos. The attackers were suspected to be Fulani tribesmen, a
mostly Muslim group which has been blamed for previous raids on the
2011 Dec 27, The governor of
Puerto Rico signed 4 laws that he said will help track suspects and
provide aid to crime victims as the island struggles with a record
number of killings.
2011 Dec 27, Somali pirates
hijacked the Enrica Ievoli, an Italian ship carrying 15,000 tons of
caustic soda from Iran to Turkey. A ransom was paid on April 22,
2012, and the 18 crew members and ship were freed.
2011 Dec 27, Syria's army
suspended days of attacks on the restive city of Homs and began
withdrawing its tanks just as Arab League monitors visited the area.
The Sudanese head of the mission to Syria, Gen. Mohamed Ahmed
Mustafa al-Dabi, was leading the team of at least 12 observers to
Homs. Security forces shot dead two people in the Damascus suburb of
Douma, one in the southern province of Daraa and one in the
northwestern province of Idlib. The Local Coordination Committees
(LCC) said 23 people were killed, including six in Homs. A student
at Damascus University opened fire with a pistol inside a classroom
at the medical department killing one student and wounding four. He
was said to be a former anti-regime detainee who had been recently
beaten by the pro-regime students, including the one he shot dead.
2012 Dec 27, In NYC Sunando Sen
(46) was shoved in ront of a subway train and crushed to death in
Queens. On Dec 30 Erika Menendez (31) was charged in the death.
Menendez said she has hated Muslims since Sept. 11 and thought he
2012 Dec 27, Retired US Gen. H.
Norman Schwarzkopf (b.1934) died in Tampa, Fl. He topped an
illustrious military career by commanding the US-led international
coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991
but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gulf
War against Iraq.
2012 Dec 27, Former Argentine
economy minister Felisa Miceli was sentenced to four years in prison
for corruption. Miceli was forced to quit in 2007 when a bag of
money holding $32,000 was found in her office toilet.
2012 Dec 27, In Colombia Lorena
Henao, the sister of Orlando Henao (d.1998), founder of the Northern
Valley drug cartel, was shot to death by gunmen on the outskirts
Armenia. 4 suspects were arrested in the attack.
(SFC, 12/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 27, Egypt's chief
prosecutor ordered an investigation into the leaders of the
country's opposition after a lawyer accused them of incitement to
overthrow the regime of newly elected Islamist President Mohammed
2012 Dec 27, Iranian state TV
reported that the country's president has dismissed the health
minister after her ministry put out a statement criticizing
authorities for not providing money to import medicine.
2012 Dec 27, Mexican
authorities discovered a sophisticated smuggling tunnel, as long as
a football field, equipped with electricity and ventilation not far
from the Nogales port of entry into Arizona.
2012 Dec 27, In northwest
Pakistan dozens of militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades
and automatic weapons attacked two tribal police posts in the town
of Darra Adam Khel, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, killing two
policemen. 21 other policemen were missing and presumed kidnapped.
2012 Dec 27, Russian President
Vladimir Putin said he will sign a controversial bill barring
Americans from adopting Russian children, as the Kremlin's
children's rights advocate recommended extending the ban to the rest
of the world.
2012 Dec 27, Russia and Lakhdar
Brahimi, UN envoy for Syria, both said that they want to revive a
long-shelved peace initiative that would call for a transitional
government to run the country until elections can be held.
2012 Dec 27, In Saudi Arabia a
man was killed in clashes with police in an oil-rich eastern region,
where the country's Shiite minority has been holding protests
against the Sunni ruling monarchy.
2012 Dec 27, In Thailand
leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy, also known as the
Yellow Shirts, were indicted for storming the prime minister's
office compound and sealing off Parliament during massive
anti-government rallies in 2008 at the height of political turmoil,
which left the country deeply divided to this day.
2012 Dec 27, Vietnamese police
detained Le Quoc Quan (41), a well-known dissident lawyer,
escalating a crackdown on those who speak out against the country's
one-party, authoritarian rule.
2013 Dec 27, The A&E
channel said it is reversing its decision to drop “Duck Dynasty"
patriarch Phil Robertson from the show set in Louisiana for his
remarks on gays.
(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 27, In Los Angeles
Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen (24) pleaded guilty to federal terrorism
charges after admitting that he attempted to assist al-Qaida by
providing weapons training in Syria.
(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 27, In Colorado the
first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational
marijuana received their licenses.
(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 27, In Afghanistan 3
NATO personnel were killed in a Taliban suicide car bomb attack on a
military convoy in Kabul.
2013 Dec 27, China’s
environment ministry said it will raise standards for the production
of cement, batteries, leather and heavy metals as part of its
efforts to cut air, water and soil pollution.
2013 Dec 27, A Chinese court in
Hunan province sentenced four municipal security officers to prison
for a clash that left Deng, a watermelon seller, dead and triggered
a public outcry.
2013 Dec 27, Danish drugmaker
Lundbeck said it has received marketing authorization from the
European Commission for its antidepressant Brintellix following
approval in the United States in September.
2013 Dec 27, In Egypt Muslim
Brotherhood supporters and police clashed across the country,
leaving at least 5 dead in protests after the army-backed government
declared the group a terrorist organization.
2013 Dec 27, Henri Rechatin
(82), aka Henry’s, the celebrated French tightrope walker who
balanced above high the Alps, the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls,
2013 Dec 27, In Indonesia Ambar
Arianto Mulyo (59), a Bali Hyatt hotel security employee, was
strangled to death after he tried to capture a 15-foot python.
(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 27, In Iraq violence
across the country left six people dead.
2013 Dec 27, An Israeli
official said Israel plans to build 1,400 homes in its settlements
in the occupied West Bank and will announce the projects next week
after releasing a group of Palestinian prisoners.
2013 Dec 27, In Japan the
governor of Okinawa gave the go-ahead for land reclamation to begin
for a new US military base, advancing the effort to consolidate the
massive US troop presence on the southern Japanese island but also
making protests from residents likely.
2013 Dec 27, In Lebanon a
powerful car bomb tore through a business district in the center of
Beirut killing Mohammed Chatah (Shatah), a former finance minister
and senior aide to former PM Saad Hariri. 7 others were also killed
in the blast. Hariri blamed Hezbollah for the assassination. A
Lebanese teenager seen posing for a group "selfie" in front of the
bomb-laden car moments before it exploded died of his injuries the
(AP, 12/27/13)(AFP, 12/28/13)(Econ, 1/4/14, p.34)
2013 Dec 27, In Libya 3 gunmen
shot to death Maj. Mohammed Faraj al-Ziwi from the military's air
defense unit in the al-Salam district of Benghazi.
2013 Dec 27, In Montenegro an
overnight bomb blast shook the offices of the leading daily Vijesti
in the latest attack on a newspaper known for its criticism of the
authorities under long-term leader Milo Djukanovic.
2013 Dec 27, Morocco and Qatar
signed an aid deal worth $1.25 billion, part of a five-year package
of financial assistance extended by wealthy Gulf states to the North
African kingdom to help it weather 'Arab Spring' protests.
2013 Dec 27, Lack of fuel from
Israel brought Gaza's lone power plant to a halt, days after it was
fired back to life following a seven-week shutdown.
2013 Dec 27, Two Russian
astronauts began a spacewalk to install cameras and perform other
work on the International Space Station. This was the third
spacewalk in a week at the orbiting laboratory.
2013 Dec 27, In Russia at least
two people were killed in the explosion of an automobile in
Pyatigorsk in the restive North Caucasus region.
2013 Dec 27, An oil platform
belonging to Saudi oil giant Aramco sank as it was being used to
carry out maintenance work at an oil well in Safaniya. The bodies of
3 Asian workers who went missing were recovered over the next 24
2013 Dec 27, In Somalia at
least 10 people were killed in an explosion in a restaurant in
(AFP, 12/27/13)(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 27, Regional leaders
said South Sudan's government has agreed to end hostilities, at the
end of a crisis summit, raising hopes for a potential breakthrough
in efforts to cease violence that has displaced more than 120,000
people in the world's newest country. An army spokesman said South
Sudanese rebels loyal to former VP Riek Machar have been defeated in
Malakal, the capital of major oil producing Upper Nile state, after
four days of intense fighting.
(AP, 12/27/13)(Reuters, 12/27/13)
2013 Dec 27, Syrian state TV
and opposition activists say government forces have ambushed members
of an al-Qaida-linked group, killing dozens of the Nusra Front
rebels near Maaloula, a historic Christian village north of
Damascus. A monitoring group said 5 people, including an elderly
man, a woman and a disabled man, have died of hunger in a besieged
Palestinian refugee camp south of Damascus.
(AP, 12/27/13)(AFP, 12/27/13)(SFC, 12/28/13,
2013 Dec 27, The Thai
government appealed to the military to provide security for February
elections after violent clashes between police and opposition
protesters left two people dead and more than 150 wounded.
2013 Dec 27, In Turkey three
lawmakers, including a former minister, resigned from the ruling
Justice and Development Party (AKP). A Turkish court blocked a
government attempt to force police to disclose investigations to
(AFP, 12/27/13)(Reuters, 12/27/13)
2013 Dec 27, In Yemen an army
tank shelled a funeral tent erected by the Southern Movement at a
school in Sanah, Daleh province, killing 19 people, including 4
(AFP, 12/27/13)(AFP, 12/28/13)
2014 Dec 27, In Arizona police
officer Tyler J. Stewart (24) died in Flagstaff after he was shot
multiple times by Robert W. Smith (28), a domestic violence suspect.
Smith walked away and fatally shot himself.
(SFC, 12/29/14, p.A7)
2014 Dec 27, In Maryland
bicyclist Tom Palermo (41), a father of two, was killed in a
hit-and-run accident. Episcopal Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook (58)
was later charged with manslaughter and drunken driving.
(SFC, 1/10/15, p.A4)
2014 Dec 27, Bahrain's main
opposition movement Al-Wefaq handed its leader, Sheikh Ali Salman
(49), a new four-year stint at the helm of the Shiite group. Wefaq
activities have been banned in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.
2014 Dec 27, Belarus'
authoritarian president replaced his prime minister, the head of the
national bank and an array of other top officials as the country
weathers economic troubles.
2014 Dec 27, In southeastern
Brazil at least 8 people were killed after a passenger bus plunged
into a ravine while trying to avoid an oncoming truck in Espirito
2014 Dec 27, In Brazil a
helicopter crashed in marshland near the coastal city of Bertioga,
Sao Paulo state, killing 5 people.
2014 Dec 27, Snow and icy
weather swept through parts of Europe, stranding drivers overnight
and leaving thousands of homes without power in Britain.
2014 Dec 27, China's capital
received its first flows from the South-North Water Diversion
Project, one of the most ambitious engineering projects in Chinese
2014 Dec 27, In Egypt gunmen on
a motorbike killed a policeman and wounded another in a drive-by
shooting in Cairo.
2014 Dec 27, An Egyptian
appeals court reduced the sentences of eight men convicted on
charges of "inciting debauchery" for taking part in an alleged
same-sex wedding party from three years to one year in prison.
2014 Dec 27, In India a fire
broke out in a timber shop on the outskirts of Mumbai early today,
burning eight people to death.
2014 Dec 27, Iran's army said
it has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive
ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the
entrance to the Persian Gulf.
2014 Dec 27, Japan's Cabinet
approved 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus for the
2014 Dec 27, Libya said it has
called on Italy to send firefighters to prevent a fire spreading out
of control at Es Sider, the country's biggest oil port. The fire had
spread to a total of five oil tanks. The fire was reported
extinguished on Jan 2.
(Reuters, 12/27/14)(Reuters, 1/2/15)
2014 Dec 27, North Korea's
Internet and 3G mobile networks were paralyzed again this evening.
North Korea called US President Barack Obama a "monkey" and blamed
Washington for Internet outages that it has experienced during a
confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film
studio Sony Pictures.
2014 Dec 27, Russia said it has
agreed on a new deal to supply coal and electricity to Ukraine,
which is struggling with a lack of raw fuel for power plants due to
a separatist conflict in the industrial east.
2014 Dec 27, A Somali
government source said Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, a leader of
Somali Islamist group al Shabaab with a $3 million US bounty on his
head, has surrendered.
2014 Dec 27, Sweden's
mainstream parties reached a deal that will allow the minority
center-left government to remain in office and sideline the
anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in
2014 Dec 27, In Turkey 3
people, including a teenager (15), died and three others were
wounded in clashes between Islamists and Kurdish youths in the
southeastern town of Cizre.
(Reuters, 12/27/14)(Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014 Dec 27, Vietnamese police
detained Nguyen Dinh Ngoc (48), the third blogger in a month in the
latest crackdown on dissent in the communist country.
2014 Dec 27, In Yemen 12 people
were killed in clashes between tribesmen and Shiite rebels north of
the capital Sanaa.
2015 Dec 27, The United States
and its allies conducted 37 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2015 Dec 27, Ellsworth Kelley
(b.1923), American abstract painter, sculptor and printmaker, died
in Spencertown, NY.
2015 Dec 27, Meadowlark Lemon
(83), “clown prince" of the Harlem Globetrotters, died in
(SFC, 12/25/15, p.C2)
2015 Dec 27, An Afghan official
said the local Islamic State affiliate and a rival militia
controlled by a prominent lawmaker have killed 8 fighters from both
sides, captured a day earlier, in a brutal killing spree in the
eastern border province of Nangarhar.
2015 Dec 27, In western
Australia a train was carrying around 200,000 liters (53,000
gallons) of the sulfuric acid when it derailed near the small town
of Julia Creek in Queensland state.
2015 Dec 27, Burkina Faso said
authorities have arrested around 20 soldiers for plotting to free
from prison a prominent general who has been charged with staging a
2015 Dec 27, Rival Burundi
factions traveled to Uganda ahead of talks aimed at ending months of
violence, as the African Union pushed the government to accept a
2015 Dec 27, China officially
ended its one child policy with the signing into law of a bill
allowing all married couples to have a second child as it attempts
to cope with an ageing population and shrinking workforce.
2015 Dec 27, China's
rubber-stamp national legislature approved the country's first
anti-terrorism law, amid concerns that its requirements that tech
companies share information with the government could hurt business
interests and further infringe upon human rights.
2015 Dec 27, China’s ruling
Communist Party announced that Chang Xiaobing, chair of China
Telecom, has been placed under investigation on suspicion of
2015 Dec 27, China's
legislature approved the country’s first national anti-domestic
violence law. It will take effect in March.
2015 Dec 27, In China Xu
Yuan'an, head of the City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement
Bureau for Shenzhen's Guangming New District, where a Dec 20 huge
landslide left scores of people missing, killed himself.
2015 Dec 27, An Egyptian
military spokesman says that security forces chased two militants as
they fled on a motorcycle, killing one and injuring another in the
provincial capital of el-Arish. In another incident military forces
pursued a third militant near Mount Halal, leading to his death amid
2015 Dec 27, In Egypt an
explosion in Cairo's twin city of Giza killed 3 people, including a
senior judge, and injured 11 believed to be the result of a gas
2015 Dec 27, France banned
demonstrations in part of the Corsican capital Ajaccio following two
days of anti-Arab protests and sectarian tensions.
2015 Dec 27, In Indonesia a
group of about 15 gunmen attacked a police station in Sinak town,
Papua province, killing 3 officers and wounding two others.
2015 Dec 27, Iran postponed two
premier league football matches, as air pollution more than twice
the acceptable level persisted in Tehran.
2015 Dec 27, Iraqi forces took
control of the government complex in central Ramadi, the last
Islamic State stronghold in the western city.
2015 Dec 27, Israeli ministers
endorsed contentious draft legislation to toughen rules on rights
groups receiving funds from abroad. Left-wing NGOs called the move a
2015 Dec 27, Israeli forces
shot dead two Palestinians who stabbed and wounded an Israeli
soldier in the occupied West Bank.
2015 Dec 27, In northeastern
Kenya gunmen killed 2 policemen and wounded two others in Mandera
2015 Dec 27, In northeastern
Nigeria an attack blamed on Boko Haram killed 21 people in
Maiduguri, Borno state.
2015 Dec 27, In Turkey 3
soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing by the outlawed Kurdistan
Workers' Party (PKK) in the town of Cizre in the Kurdish majority
2015 Dec 27, In Turkey Naji
Jerf, a Syrian journalist and filmmaker who documented atrocities by
the Islamic State, was killed in Gaziantep. On Jan 10 state media
reported the arrest of three people in relation to the killing.
(SFC, 12/25/15, p.A2)(AFP, 1/10/16)
2015 Dec 27, Ukraine said at
least 3 people were killed over the last 24 hours as government
forces and pro-Russian separatists clashed in the first violation of
a holiday truce.
2016 Dec 27, US President-elect
Donald Trump announced that Thomas Bossert, former deputy homeland
security adviser to President George W. Bush, would be his White
House adviser on security and counterterrorism issues.
2016 Dec 27, In Hawaii Japanese
PM Shinzo Abe met with President Obama to pay their respects at the
site of the surprise Japanese attack against Pearl Harbor over 75
years ago that drew the United States into World War II.
2016 Dec 27, US electric car
maker Tesla and Japanese electronics company Panasonic said they
plan to begin production of solar cells at a factory in Buffalo, NY.
2016 Dec 27, Carrie Fisher
(b.1956), the 1977 "Star Wars" character Princess Leia, died in Los
Angeles following a massive heart attack. An autopsy later revealed
that Fisher had cocaine and other drugs in her system.
(AP, 12/28/16)(SFC, 6/20/17, p.A5)
2016 Dec 27, In Argentina
former Pres. Cristina Fernandez was indicted in a corruption case
involving public works. Two aides and businessman Lazaro Baez were
(SFC, 12/28/16, p.A4)
2016 Dec 27, The British
government announced plans to crack down on voter fraud by requiring
voters to show official identification at polling stations,
tightening rules on absentee ballots and preventing political
activists from handling absentee ballots.
(SFC, 12/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Dec 27, Research led by
the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) said the Cheetah, the world's
fastest land animal, is in danger of extinction because it is
running out of space. The study said there are now just 7,100
cheetahs in the world.
2016 Dec 27, Brazil's Foreign
Ministry said it's trying to find Brazilian migrants who disappeared
during an attempt to reach the United States by way of the Bahamas.
Families of the missing migrants lost contact with them on Nov 6,
and reported the issue to authorities on Nov 15.
2016 Dec 27, A court in
Cambodia sentenced the exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy to five
years in prison after finding him guilty of conspiring to incite
chaos by posting misleading documents on his Facebook page.
2016 Dec 27, In southwestern
Congo floods triggered by two days of heavy rains and a river
bursting its banks killed at least 50 people and left thousands more
2016 Dec 27, Egyptian President
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi approved a law, passed a day earlier, to set up
a council headed by his appointees that oversees the media and
ensures compliance with "national security" requirements.
2016 Dec 27, In Estonia US Sen.
John McCain pledged US support to the security of Russia's three
Baltic neighbors amid worries that the US may not be fully committed
to the defense of NATO allies following statements by
President-elect Donald Trump.
2016 Dec 27, Iran’s media said
Mehdi Karroubi (79), a leading member of the opposition National
Trust, announced he is quitting his party. He has been under house
arrest for almost six years.
2016 Dec 27, Iraqi journalist
Afrah Sawqi al-Qaisi was kidnapped after gunmen broke into her
Baghdad home. The veteran journalist and employee of the Iraqi
Culture Ministry is a leading critic of the country's endemic
corruption. Al-Qaisi was released on Jan 3.
(AP, 12/27/16)(AP, 1/4/17)
2016 Dec 27, In Iraq an air
strike disabled the last bridge linking eastern and western Mosul, a
city Iraqi forces are fighting to retake from jihadists.
2016 Dec 27, Israel's foreign
ministry said the country was "reducing" ties with nations that
voted for last week's UN Security Council resolution demanding a
halt to settlement building in Palestinian territory.
2016 Dec 27, Mozambique's
opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama said Renamo will cease all
military operations against government forces for the next seven
days to allow the public to enjoy New Year festivities.
2016 Dec 27, Nigerian minister
Mohamed Bazoum said 31 young people from Diffa, who were enrolled a
few years ago in Boko Haram, have decided to surrender.
2016 Dec 27, Pakistan reported
that at least 31 people have died from drinking tainted liquor over
the Christmas holiday. A total of 19 people died today, and 12 a day
earlier in eastern Punjab province.
2016 Dec 27, Philippine
authorities said they have seized about 6 billion pesos ($120
million) worth of methamphetamines in a series of anti-narcotics
operations this month that have yielded the biggest haul in the
country's history. The anti-narcotics operations have led to the
arrest of 10 suspects, including three Chinese nationals.
(Reuters, 12/27/16)(AP, 12/27/16)
2016 Dec 27, Romania's
president sparked fresh political turmoil after blocking a proposal
by the leftist Social Democrats (PSD) party that won elections this
month to appoint Sevil Shhaideh (52), as the EU country's first
female and first Muslim prime minister.
2016 Dec 27, Representatives of
Russia, China and Pakistan met in Moscow and warned that the
influence of Islamic State (IS) was growing in Afghanistan and that
the security situation there was deteriorating.
2016 Dec 27, Russian rescuers
the clock found the main black box from the Syria-bound military
plane that crashed Dec 25 into the Black Sea with 92 people on
2016 Dec 27, Russia activated a
pipeline carrying Russian gas to Crimea with President Vladimir
Putin hailing it as a step that would power economic growth on a
peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
2016 Dec 27, Russia said that a
US decision to ease restrictions on arming Syrian rebels had opened
the way for deliveries of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, a
move it said would directly threaten Russian forces in Syria.
2016 Dec 27, Somalia swore in
new lawmakers after weeks of voting in a complex political process
seen as its most democratic election in nearly five decades, despite
2016 Dec 27, South Korea said
26 million head of poultry will be culled over the next 24 hours
after the H5N6 strain of avian influenza was found in farms and
(SFC, 12/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Dec 27, In Syria a
US-backed alliance of militias said it has made unexpectedly rapid
gains against Islamic State near its Syrian headquarters in Raqqa,
advancing to within a few kilometers of a major dam.
2016 Dec 27, Thai police put
more pressure on the wealthy, politically influential Buddhist
Dhammakaya temple where the leader is wanted for alleged money
laundering and related crimes involving millions of dollars of
2016 Dec 27, Ukrainian female
combat pilot Nadya Savchenko, who served time in a Russian prison,
launched her own opposition movement: RUNA, an acronym for the
Movement of Ukraine's Active People. She said the movement would be
transformed into a political party when the time was right.
Ukraine's pro-Moscow insurgents released two women they had held
captive thanks to the intervention of Nadya Savchenko.
2016 Dec 27, In southern Yemen
at least 28 Huthi insurgents and 12 Yemeni soldiers were killed in
Shabwa province as government forces pushed to capture a rebel
2017 Dec 27, The United
States-led international coalition fighting ISIS, the hardline Sunni
militant group, said fewer than 1,000 Islamic State fighters remain
in Iraq and Syria, a third of the estimated figure only three weeks
2017 Dec 27, American
neuroscientist Ben Barres (63), a brain cell pioneer and advocate
for equal opportunity, died at his home in Palo Alto. Bares had
transitioned from female to male in 1997.
(SFC, 1/1/18, p.C2)
2017 Dec 27, In Afghanistan a
Taliban car bomb carried out by a suicide bomber went off near a
military base in the southern city of Lashkar Gah, wounding 15
2017 Dec 27, In Argentina an
explosion at a grains terminal owned by China's COFCO International
killed one employee, injured others and affected shipping activities
from one of the world's top food suppliers.
2017 Dec 27, Bosnia's war
crimes court convicted Azra Basic, a former fighter of crimes
committed against Bosnian Serb civilians during the country's
1992-95 war. It comes a year after she was extradited from the US,
where she had become a naturalized citizen. She was sentenced to 14
years in prison for stabbing a man in the neck.
2017 Dec 27, Cambodian PM Hun
Sen vowed to extend his more than 30 years in power by at least
another decade, weeks after the highest court dissolved the main
opposition party ahead of a 2018 general election.
2017 Dec 27, Cameroon arrested
38 heavily-armed men on the border with Equatorial Guinea. On Jan. 3
Equatorial Guinea said it had thwarted "a coup" in late December
mounted by mercenaries who sought to attack President Teodoro Obiang
Nguema, Africa's longest-serving leader.
2017 Dec 27, Cameroon released
New York Stony Brook University literature Professor Patrice Nganang
(37). He had been held in the Central African nation since early
this month for writing an article that criticized the government.
2017 Dec 27, China's parliament
said part of a high-speed railway station being built in Hong Kong
would be regarded as mainland territory governed by mainland laws,
an unprecedented move that critics say further erodes the city's
2017 Dec 27, China’s Xinhua
news agency said the government will bring its paramilitary police
force, the People's Armed Police, under the control of the Central
Military Commission which controls the country's armed forces from
2017 Dec 27, China’s State
Council said it will allow local government to keep all the
environment tax revenues raised from polluting firms, in an attempt
to encourage local authorities to enforce environmental protection
2017 Dec 27, China’s Geely
Holding Group, the owner of Sweden's Volvo Cars, said it is buying
an 8.2% stake in truck manufacturer AB Volvo from Cevian Capital, a
fund manager. Geely will get 15.6 percent of voting rights.
2017 Dec 27, Officials said the
Congolese army has stepped up arrests of South Sudanese refugees and
tightened the border in a bid to block rebels from seeking sanctuary
in its country.
2017 Dec 27, In Germany an
Afghan asylum-seeker (15) fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend, a
German of the same age, in a drugstore in Kandel. The suspect was
taken into custody on suspicion of manslaughter.
2017 Dec 27, Tehran's police
chief said Iranian police are taking a softer approach to breaches
of Islamic rules, opting for education over punishment. Police will
no longer arrest women for failing to observe the Islamic dress code
imposed since 1979. Violators will be made to attend classes.
(AFP, 12/27/17)(SFC, 12/29/17, p.A2)
2017 Dec 27, A Dutch court said
that the government could not be accused of doing too little to
improve the quality of the air, although emissions in various parts
of the country are in breach of European rules.
2017 Dec 27, In Russia
opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced a series of rallies
across the country in January to press home his call for a boycott
of next year's presidential election, a move likely to draw a sharp
response from the Kremlin and police.
2017 Dec 27, Russia said it
will supply Turkey with four batteries of S-400 surface-to-air
missiles for $2.5 billion under a deal that is almost complete. The
deal has caused concern in the West because Turkey is a member of
NATO, but the Russian missile system cannot be integrated into
NATO's military architecture.
2017 Dec 27, In Russia an
explosion injured 18 people in a branch of the Perekrestok
supermarket chain. Investigators opened a criminal case into the
blast, which they say was caused by a homemade bomb packed with
pieces of metal.
(Reuters, 12/28/17)(SSFC, 12/31/17, p.A4)
2017 Dec 27, In Russia Ilya
Averyanov, a factory's former director, opened fire in the Moscow
pastry factory, wounding a guard. He reportedly shot in self defence
to stop people taking the factory from him. Averyanov fled the scene
but was arrested the next day.
(Reuters, 12/27/17)(Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 27, Russia’s RIA news
agency reported that Moscow will limit the scope of US military
observation flights over Russia from Jan. 1 next year in retaliation
for US curbs on similar Russian flights over the United States.
2017 Dec 27, In Syria a dozen
more patients and their families were evacuated from eastern Ghouta,
a besieged rebel-held suburb of Damascus.
2017 Dec 27, Turkish President
Tayyip Erdogan called Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad a terrorist and
said it was impossible for Syrian peace efforts to continue with
2017 Dec 27, Turkish
prosecutors said they will review legal cases against 11,480 people
after finding they had been re-directed unwittingly to the ByLock
messaging app linked to suspects in last year's failed coup.
2017 Dec 27, Turkey’s state-run
Anadolu news agency said police had arrest warrants for a total of
171 academics and staff from Istanbul's former Fatih University,
which was regarded as having close ties to US-based Islamic preacher
2017 Dec 27, Uganda’s military
said its forces have killed more than 100 rebels in eastern Congo
accused of carrying out the Dec. 7 attack on a UN base.
(SFC, 12/28/17, p.A2)
2017 Dec 27, Ukraine and
Russian-backed rebels swapped hundreds of prisoners in the war-torn
east of Ukraine, one of the largest such exchanges since the
outbreak of an insurgency almost four years ago. The Ukrainian army
reported the death of one soldier in the renewed fighting, the first
casualty after the latest Christmas ceasefire came in force on
2017 Dec 27, Uzbekistan's state
news agency UzA reported that the Finance Ministry has sacked 562
employees after President Shavkat Mirziyoyev ordered it to root out
inefficiency and get rid of what he had called "rats" tarnishing its
2017 Dec 27, A Vietnamese court
sentenced 15 people to multiple years in jail for plotting to bomb
the country's biggest airport in the southern city of Ho Chi Minh.
2017 Dec 27, Zimbabwe state
media reported that new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed
Constantino Chiwenga. the country's former military commander, as
one of his two vice presidents.
2018 Dec 27, In Brazil Gen.
Walter Souza Braga Netto, the man in charge of military intervention
into Rio de Janeiro's public security, called the operation an
unmitigated success with all its objectives reached. The operation
officially ends Dec. 31.
2018 Dec 27, China's former
deputy intelligence chief was sentenced to life in prison for
corruption. Ma Jian was found guilty of crimes including accepting
bribes and insider trading. He was also ordered to pay more than 50
million yuan ($7.26 million) in penalties.
2018 Dec 27, Security forces in
eastern Democratic Republic of Congo fired live rounds and tear gas
to scatter demonstrators who burned tires and attacked Ebola centers
in protest at their exclusion from the presidential election. 24
patients fled an Ebola treatment center in Beni when it came under
attack by people protesting the cancellation of Sunday's
presidential election in the eastern city.
2018 Dec 27, Egyptian
authorities released Amal Fathy, a prominent activist who had
criticized the government and decried sexual harassment, after more
than seven months of detention.
2018 Dec 27, In Egypt a German
man (23) was detained at Cairo airport. On Jan. 7 German news agency
dpa reported that he still had not been heard from.
2018 Dec 27, French
conglomerate Vinci said it had bought control of Gatwick airport,
Britain's second-busiest, for nearly three billion pounds only
months before Brexit.
2018 Dec 27, German authorities
said customs officials in the Hamburg area destroyed nine tons of
drugs last week with an estimated total street value of about 520
million euros ($592 million).
2018 Dec 27, In southern
Iceland an SUV carrying seven members of a British family plunged
off a high bridge, killing three people and critically injuring four
2018 Dec 27, India's lower
house of Parliament approved a bill to implement the Supreme Court's
ruling that found the Muslim practice of instant divorce was
2018 Dec 27, Iraqi lawmakers
demanded US forces leave the country in the wake of a surprise visit
by President Donald Trump that politicians denounced as arrogant and
a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.
2018 Dec 27, Former Israeli
armed forces chief Benny Gantz, who opinion polls show poses the
toughest challenge to PM Benjamin Netanyahu's bid for reelection
next year, formally established the Israel Resilience Party.
2018 Dec 27, In southern Libya
a Chadian armed group attacked a military camp of forces loyal to
General Khalifa Haftar, killing one and injuring 13 others near
Traghen, about 400 km north of the border with Chad.
2018 Dec 27, The Madagascar
electoral commission said former president Andry Rajoelina (44) has
beaten his rival and predecessor Marc Ravalomanana in the Dec. 19
election beset by allegations of fraud from both sides. Results
showed that Rajoelina had won 55.66 percent of the vote against
44.34 percent for Ravalomanana.
(AFP, 12/27/18)(AFP, 12/29/18)
2018 Dec 27, In Mongolia some
25 thousand people took to the streets to protest against corruption
in the top echelons of politics, braving temperatures that dropped
below minus 20 degrees Celsius in the capital, Ulaanbaatar.
2018 Dec 27, In southwestern
Niger a French air raid mounted by French and Nigerian fighters and
Tiger attack helicopters struck" jihadists gathered near Tongo
Tongo. Some 15 suspected jihadists were reported killed.
2018 Dec 27, Pakistan announced
a travel ban on former President Asif Ali Zardari and 171 other
individuals while authorities complete an investigation into alleged
2018 Dec 27, Saudi Arabia's
King Salman ordered a sweeping government reshuffle, replacing key
security and political figures including the foreign minister, as
the kingdom grapples with the international fallout over critic
Jamal Khashoggi's murder.
2018 Dec 27, A network of
Sudanese journalists went on strike in the wake of deadly protests
sparked by a hike in bread prices, while opposition groups called
for further rallies.
2018 Dec 27, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said 11,500 people have fled the
Islamic State group's last stronghold in eastern Syria since
Kurdish-led forces broke IS defenses and took the jihadists' main
hub of Hajin two weeks ago.
2018 Dec 27, Thousands of
Taiwanese, taking a page from France's yellow vest movement,
protested for the third time in a week to demand lower taxes and the
fair handling of tax disputes.
2018 Dec 27, It was reported
that Thailand investigators have found Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, the
deputy prime minister, innocent of failing to declare assets a year
after he was discovered to have several luxury watches that would
have been out of reach of his government salary.
2018 Dec 27, In Tunisia
protesters clashed with police for a third consecutive night in six
different towns including Kasserine, where journalist Abderrazak
Zorgui set himself ablaze earlier this week.
2018 Dec 27, Turkey detained
Adnan Sutcu (56) of Germany shortly after his arrival in Ankara to
attend his mother's funeral. He was barred from leaving Turkey after
the authorities accused him of supporting a terrorist organization
on social media.
2018 Dec 27, The United Arab
Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus, the latest sign of
efforts to bring the Syrian government back into the Arab fold.
2018 Dec 27, In Venezuela a
magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted people from their sleep early today,
forcing residents in the capital to evacuate buildings in their
pajamas before sunrise. There were no immediate reports of
2019 Dec 27, A US federal judge
denied an attempt to restore about 98,000 voters in Georgia to the
state's electoral rolls after they were removed earlier this month
upon being classified as "inactive".
2019 Dec 27, A US federal
appeals court said that a 17-year sentence for a New York City man
who sought to aid the Islamic State group by trying to kill an FBI
agent is “shockingly low," as it ordered a judge to re-sentence him.
Fareed Mumuni (25), a US-born citizen, was sentenced in April 2018
after pleading guilty to charges that he planned to aid the
extremist organization and tried to kill the agent who was searching
his Staten Island home.
2019 Dec 27, In southern
California a fire in an apartment in Riverside County killed Juan
Moreno and two daughters. Moreno had gotten his wife and two
children out of the apartment and then returned to save his other
children. An injured son (8) died the next day.
(SFC, 12/31/19, p.A4)
2019 Dec 27, In the SF Bay Area
Phillip Carl Jablonski (73), a serial killer whose five victims
included two wives, was found unresponsive in his San Quentin State
Prison cell and pronounced dead within minutes. A San Mateo County
jury sentenced him to death in 1994 for the first-degree murders of
his wife, Carol Spadoni (46) and her mother, Eva Petersen (72).
2019 Dec 27, It was reported
that Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses have paid nearly $84
million to 564 victims of sexual abuse. The tally was expected to
grow as backlog claims are processed.
(SFC, 12/27/19, p.A7)
2019 Dec 27, US disc jockey Don
Imus (b.1940) died in Texas. His radio stardom crashed in April 2007
after describing the mostly black Rutgers women's basketball team as
"nappy headed hos." He was yanked 8 days later by CBS Radio, but
reportedly collected a multimillion dollar settlement of his
five-year contract with the company.
(SFC, 12/28/19, p.A7)
2019 Dec 27, In Afghanistan a
Taliban attack on an army checkpoint in southern Helmand province
killed at least 10 soldiers.
(SSFC, 12/29/19, p.A4)
2019 Dec 27, In Australia the
temperature in Adelaide hit 108º F prompting the South Australian
government to declare a code red alert.
(SFC, 12/28/19, p.A2)
2019 Dec 27, A court in Bosnia
sentenced Bosnian man Ibro Cufurovic (24) to four years in prison
for fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria. Some 260 Bosnian
citizens remain in the camps in Syria, including approximately 100
men and 160 women and children.
2019 Dec 27, In Chile clashes
between protesters and police left one man dead, raising the death
toll during protests that started in October to 27. The man
was electrocuted after falling into a pit in Plaza Italia, Santiago.
(SFC, 12/30/19, p.A2)
2019 Dec 27, China, Iran and
Russia started four days of joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean
and the Gulf of Oman.
(The Telegraph, 12/27/19)
2019 Dec 27, It was reported
that Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the
world’s longest-serving ruler, should declare his assets before the
nation receives more financial support, according to the
International Monetary Fund. Under a program agreed to last week,
the state will be required to increase transparency, improve
governance and implement reforms to fight corruption.
2019 Dec 27, In India a group
of protesters in New Delhi was beaten and shoved into buses by
police as they attempted to demonstrate against a new citizenship
law that has triggered nationwide protests in recent weeks.
2019 Dec 27, A rocket attack on
an Iraqi military base in Kirkuk killed an American contractor and
wounded several US and Iraqi military personnel.
2019 Dec 27, Japan approved a
contentious plan to send its naval troops to the Middle East to
ensure the safety of Japanese ships transporting oil to the
energy-poor country that heavily depends on imports from the region.
2019 Dec 27, In Kazakhstan a
jetliner with 98 people aboard struggled to get airborne and crashed
shortly after departing from Almaty, killing at least 12 people.
2019 Dec 27, Montenegro’s
Parliament adopted a contested law on religious rights after chaotic
scenes that saw the detention of all pro-Serb opposition lawmakers.
The government pushed through parliament a bill that requires
religious groups to prove ownership over land and places of worship
they had before 1918, or see the property become state-owned.
(AP, 12/27/19)(Bloomberg, 3/7/20)
2019 Dec 27, Nigeria's
government condemned extremists linked to the Islamic State group
after a video circulated of 11 hostages, most of them Christians,
being executed. They were thought to be killed on Christmas Day.
2019 Dec 27, Russia's defense
minister reported that a new intercontinental weapon that can fly 27
times the speed of sound became operational, bolstering the
country's nuclear strike capability. Pres. Putin has described the
Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle as a technological breakthrough
comparable to the 1957 Soviet launch of the first satellite.
2019 Dec 27, Russian Energy
Minister Alexander Novak said in an interview broadcast on Russian
state television that Russia and Ukraine are withdrawing all of
their lawsuits against each other after they agreed on a gas transit
deal last week.
(The Telegraph, 12/27/19)
2019 Dec 27, A Syrian
opposition leader called on the international community to help
millions of civilians in the country's last rebel-held stronghold
amid a crushing government offensive, calling it a "disaster area".
2019 Dec 27, A Turkish court
convicted six journalists and one other employee of an independent
newspaper of aiding the network of a US-based cleric who is accused
of masterminding the failed coup in 2016. The seven were accused of
supporting the coup through their work for the newspaper Sozcu,
which has been extremely critical of the government of President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
2019 Dec 27, Turkey unveiled
its first fully domestically-produced car, saying it aimed to
eventually produce up to 175,000 a year of the electric vehicle in a
project expected to cost 22 billion lira ($3.7 billion) over 13
years. The vehicle sported the TOGG label of the consortium that is
2019 Dec 27, The UN General
Assembly approved a Russian-led resolution that will start the
process of drafting a new international treaty to combat cybercrime
over objections from the European Union, the United States and other
(AP, 12/27/19)(AFP, 12/28/19)
2019 Dec 27, The UN General
Assembly approved a resolution strongly condemning human rights
abuses against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and other minorities,
including arbitrary arrests, torture, rape and deaths in detention.
2020 Dec 27, Unemployment
benefits for millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet
lapsed overnight as President Donald Trump refused to signed an
end-of-year COVID relief and spending bill that had been considered
a done deal before his sudden objections. Trump continued to demand
larger COVID relief checks and complained about “pork" spending.
Late today Trump signed the coronavirus stimulus package and a
massive spending measure needed to prevent a government shutdown
just ahead of a Dec. 28 deadline.
(AP, 12/27/20)(Reuters, 12/28/20)
2020 Dec 27, The FBI identified
the Nashville bombing suspect as Anthony Q. Warner (63) and said he
died in the blast, which damaged more than 40 businesses in the
2020 Dec 27, Warner Bros.
announced that Wonder Woman 1984 brought in $16.7 million at the box
office in the US and Canada over weekend.
(The Week, 12/28/20)
2020 Dec 27, California to
date had 2,048,213 cases of coronavirus and 24,224 deaths. The SF
Bay Area had 246,923 cases and 2,432 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 19,132,446 with the death toll at
2020 Dec 27, New Mexico began
providing COVID-19 vaccinations to 15,000 people who work or live at
long-term care facilities.
(SFC, 12/28/20, p.A5)
2020 Dec 27, Azerbaijan army
units were reportedly attacked by “an illegal Armenian armed group"
in Nagorno-Karabakh, killing one Azerbaijani serviceman and wounding
2020 Dec 27, Hurricane-force
winds reaching up to 106 mph (170 kph) and heavy rainstorms battered
parts of Britain, disrupting train services and stranding drivers in
2020 Dec 27, The head of
drugmaker AstraZeneca, which is developing a coronavirus vaccine
widely expected to be approved by UK authorities this week, said
that researchers believe the shot will be effective against a new
variant of the virus driving a rapid surge in infections in Britain.
2020 Dec 27, In Cameroon more
than 37 people were killed and 18 others seriously injured after a
bus crash early today in the western village of Nemale.
2020 Dec 27, Central African
Republic held presidential and legislative elections amid fears of
violence after a campaign period marked by fighting between rebels
and government forces.. President Faustin-Archange Touadera is
seeking a second term in office and has accused his predecessor,
François Bozizé, of fomenting a coup with rebel groups.
2020 Dec 27, Beijing tightened
COVID-19 curbs over concerns that China's mass travel during the
holiday period could cause cases to spike in the capital, as it
reported locally transmitted cases for a fourth straight day.
2020 Dec 27, It was reported
that China has lowered the age of criminal responsibility for murder
and some other serious crimes from 14 to 12 after some high-profile
killings by children.
(The Telegraph, 12/27/20)
2020 Dec 27, It was reported
that drugmakers have agreed to cut prices by around 50% on average
for more than 100 medicines in order to have them included in
China's state medical insurance scheme from March, potentially
heralding a massive leap in sales.
2020 Dec 27, Cyprus started
vaccinating its population against COVID-19 as part of a concerted
drive across the EU. Cyprus has reported 19,391 cases and 111
2020 Dec 27, Czech PM Andrej
Babis became the first person in the country to be given a vaccine
against the new coronavirus.
2020 Dec 27, Europe rolled out
a huge COVID-19 vaccination drive to try to rein in the coronavirus
pandemic but many Europeans are skeptical about the speed at which
the vaccines have been tested and approved and reluctant to have the
2020 Dec 27, It was reported
that BMW wants roughly every fifth car it sells to be powered by an
electric engine by 2023. Chief Executive Oliver Zipse said 15,000
private and about 1,300 public charging points would have to be put
into operation every week as of today.
2020 Dec 27, Iran informed
Iraq’s electricity ministry that it plans to cut gas shipments
further to three million cubic meters. Iran reduced gas exports to
Iraq to five million cubic meters from 50 million cubic meters two
weeks ago citing unpaid bills.
2020 Dec 27, Israel became the
first country to enter a third coronavirus lockdown as officials
ramped up vaccinations to a pace PM Benjamin Netanyahu said may
allow an emergence from the pandemic by March.
(Reuters, 12/27/20)(Econ., 1/2/21, p.34)
2020 Dec 27, Italy vaccinated
the first residents against COVID-19 as it reported 298
coronavirus-related deaths up from 261 the day before. The daily
tally of new infections was 8,913 down from 10,407 the day before,
taking the total number of cases since Italy's epidemic began to
2020 Dec 27, Hassan Nasrallah,
the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah, said his group now has twice as
many precision-guided missiles as it had a year ago, saying Israel's
efforts to prevent it from acquiring them have failed.
2020 Dec 27, Niger held
presidential and legislative elections that could see the West
African country's first democratic transition of power since
independence amid a growing threat from jihadists in the region.
President Mahamadou Issoufou, who has served two terms, is stepping
down, paving the way for the first peaceful transfer of power
between two elected presidents since Niger became independent from
France in 1960. None of the 28 candidates won a majority. Former
foreign affairs minister Mohamed Bazoum of the ruling party will
face off against former president Mahamane Ousmane on Feb. 21.
(AP, 12/27/20)(SSFC, 1/3/21, p.A4)
2020 Dec 27, Norway's Institute
of Public Health said that the new variant of the coronavirus
circulating in Britain has been detected in two people who came to
Norway from the UK.
2020 Dec 27, It was reported
that nearly 1,000 girls from religious minorities are forced to
convert to Islam in Pakistan each year, largely to pave the way for
marriages that are under the legal age and non-consensual.
2020 Dec 27, The regional civil
protection authority of Portugal's Madeira Island said the new
variant was "detected in travelers who arrived in Madeira from the
United Kingdom" but it did not specify how many people were infected
or when the cases were found. Portugal has reported 6,619 deaths and
a total of 394,573 infections.
2020 Dec 27, South Africa
confirmed 1,004,413 Covid-19 infections and 26,735 deaths since the
outbreak began in March.
2020 Dec 27, South Korea said
it will extend social distancing measures introduced to try to curb
the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic for another six days,
to Jan. 3, even as it continues to report near-record numbers of new
cases each day.
2020 Dec 27, In Sudan
Abdel-Rahman Nour-el-Daem al-Tom, the governor Blue Nile province,
was killed in a car crash in the country's southeast that also
injured four others.
2020 Dec 27, Thailand confirmed
121 new infections of the novel coronavirus, up from the 103 cases
reported earlier in the day. the new cases included 94 domestic
transmissions and 18 in migrant workers connected to an outbreak at
a seafood market in Samut Sakhon, a province southwest of Bangkok.
Infections connected to this cluster have spread to 38 provinces.
Thailand has reported a total of 6,141 cases and 60 deaths.
2020 Dec 27, Turkey’s
parliament approved a law that would increase government monitoring
of civil society groups, which rights groups have warned would
violate the freedom of association.
2020 Dec 27, In Uganda a
bodyguard for Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine was killed and two
journalists injured amid violent confrontations between security
forces and followers of the singer and lawmaker who is challenging
the country’s long-time leader.