Today in History - December 28

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248 Dec 28, Saint Dionysius (d.264) of Alexandria, named "the Great," 14th Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, began serving as Pope.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Dionysius_of_Alexandria)

1065 Dec 28, Westminster Abbey opened in London.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1598 Dec 28, Richard and Cuthbert Burbage led a crew to begin the demolition of the Theater in London. They and partners that included William Shakespeare used the timbers to build a new theater. The Globe opened in 1599.
(ON, 11/03, p.2)

1622 Dec 28, Francois de Sales (55), French bishop of Geneva, writer and saint, died.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1673 Dec 28, Joan Blaeu (77), Dutch cartographer, publisher (Atlas Major), died.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1694 Dec 28, George I of England got divorced. [He was crowned in 1714]
(HN, 12/28/98)
1694 Dec 28, Queen Mary II (32) of England died after five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III. The new style calendar puts her death on Jan 7, 1695.
(AP, 12/28/97)

1706 Dec 28, Pierre Bayle (59), French theologist (History of Criticism), died.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1731 Dec 28, Christian Cannabich, German composer and royal chaplain master, was born.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1732 Dec 28, The first Poor Richard's Almanac was published along with the 1st known ad in the Pennsylvania Gazette. The Almanack was published by Richard Saunders (really Ben Franklin). [see Dec 19]
(HFA, '96, p.20)(MC, 12/28/01)

1763 Dec 28, John Molson, founder of the Montreal Molson brewery, was born.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1789 Dec 28, Lydia Darrragh (b.1729), American spy, died in Philadelphia. Her exploits in 1777 did not become public until the publication of an anonymous article in 1827.
(ON, 8/07, p.8)(www.lexidigital.com/bcdarwomen4.htm)

1817 Dec 28, Benjamin Robert Haydon (d.1846), British painter, threw a dinner party in London to show his nearly completed painting “Christ’s Entry Into Jerusalem" and to introduce poet John Keats to William Wordsworth. Other guests included essayist Charles Lamb. In 2002 Penelope Hughes-Hallett authored “The Immortal Dinner."
(WSJ, 9/13/02, p.W10)

1821 Dec 28, Gioacchino Rossini moved to Bologna.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1822 Dec 28, William Booth Taliaferro (d.1898), Brig Gen (Confederate Army), was born.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1825 Dec 28, US General James Wilkinson (b.1757) died in Mexico City. He was generally regarded as an American patriot, but historians in the 1850s found evidence that he had worked as a spy on behalf of Spanish officials while serving as governor of the Louisiana Territory (1805-1806).
(ON, 12/08, p.7)(www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1B1-382718.html)

1831 Dec 28, Samuel Sharp (1801-1832) led a slave uprising that was put down at great cost by the British. The Rebellion lasted for eight days and resulted in the death of around 186 Africans and 14 white planters or overseers. The white vengeance convicted over 750 rebel slaves, of which 138 were sentenced to death.
(Econ, 2/24/07, p.73)(http://tinyurl.com/3cu2ds)

1832 Dec 28, John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down over differences with President Jackson.
(AP, 12/28/97)

1836 Dec 28, Spain recognized the independence of Mexico.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1846 Dec 28, Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union.
(AP, 12/28/97)(HN, 12/28/98)

1848 Dec 28, A 4-man emergency relief party from the Fremont expedition reached the valley of the Rio Grande. On Jan 17 three remaining men met with 4 horsemen including John Fremont, who had found help from Ute Indians.
(ON, 12/06, p.7)

1849 Dec 28, M. Jolly-Bellin discovered dry-cleaning. He accidentally upset a lamp containing turpentine and oil on his filthy clothing and saw a cleaning effect.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1850 Dec 28, Rangoon, Burma, was destroyed by fire.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1856 Dec 28, Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States (1912-1921), who brought the country into World War I, was born in Staunton, Va. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919. "The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation."
(AP, 12/28/97)(HN, 12/28/98)(AP, 7/2/99)(MC, 12/28/01)

1859 Dec 28, Thomas Babington Macaulay (b.1800), English essayist, historian and politician, died. He was one of the first to advocate Indian independence, albeit on the grounds of English commercial self interest. In 2012 Zareer Masani authored “Macaulay: Pioneer of India’s Modernization.
(www.britannica.com)(Econ, 10/30/04, p.48)(Econ, 11/10/12, p.86)

1869 Dec 28, William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patented chewing gum.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1870 Dec 28, Alexey Fyodorovich L'vov (72), composer, died.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1872 Dec 28, A U.S. Army force defeated a group of Apache warriors at Salt River Canyon, Arizona Territory, with 57 Indians killed but only one soldier.
(HN, 12/28/98)
1872 Dec 28, James Van Ness (b.1808), the 7th mayor of San Francisco (1855-1856), died in San Luis Obispo, Ca.
(SSFC, 8/25/13, p.G3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Van_Ness)

1877 Dec 28, John Stevens applied for a patent for his flour rolling mill.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1879 Dec 28, The new Tay Bridge in Scotland, opened in 1877 over the Firth of Tay, collapsed during a storm as a train was crossing. Some 75 people were killed.
(AFP, 5/16/08)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tay_Rail_Bridge)

1882 Dec 28, Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, English astronomer who confirmed Einstein's theory of relativity, was born.
(HN, 12/28/98)

1895 Dec 28, The French Lumiere Brothers showed the first commercial moving pictures in Paris to a small audience of around 40 people. This event is considered to mark the birth of the movie industry.
(NPR, 12/28/95)

1897 Dec 28, Edmond Rostand’s play on Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655), French poet, was unveiled at the Theatre de la Porte-Saint-Martin in Paris. Cyrano’s noted nose was an invention of the poet Theophile Gautier introduced in an 1844 book.
(SFEC, 4/27/97, DB p.3)(AP, 12/28/97)

1902 Dec 28, Mortimer J. Adler, American philosopher, educator and writer, was born. He helped design the "Great Books" program, which popularized the great ideas of Western civilization in 54 volumes.
(HN, 12/28/99)

1903 Dec 28, John Von Neuman, Hungarian-born mathematician, was born. He gave to the mathematic community the new axiomatic foundation for set theory and high-speed calculations.
(HN, 12/28/99)

1904 Dec 28, Farmers in Georgia burned two million bales of cotton to prop up falling prices.
(HN, 12/28/98)
1904 Dec 28, The 1st daily wireless weather forecasts were published in London.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1908 Dec 28, Some 70,000-100,000 people died in the Messina earthquake in Sicily. The government hired a number of steamships, including the Florida, to ship survivors to America.
(http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eqlists/eqsmosde.html)(WUD, 1994, p.899)(WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A21)

1909 Dec 28, The first manned, controlled, powered flight in the whole continent of Africa and the entire southern hemisphere was successfully carried out by the Frenchman Albert Kimmerling (d.6/12/1912) at East London, South Africa using a Voisin bi-plane.
(http://tinyurl.com/o7cropv)

1912 Dec 28, The SF Mayor James Rolph piloted the city-owned Municipal Railway’s first streetcar. The Geary Street Line, from Geary and 39th to Kearney and Market, was the 1st municipally built railway in the US to compete with the private United Railroads. The double-ended streetcar was built by W.L. Holman Car Co. of SF. Service began the next day.
(www.streetcar.org/mim/streetcars/fleet/antique/1/index.html)(SSFC, 4/15/07, p.B5)(SFC, 4/14/09, p.B1)

1915 Dec 28, San Francisco Mayor James Rolph Jr. dedicated the "new" $3.5 million City Hall. The French Renaissance Revival building, was designed by Arthur Brown Jr.
(www.inetours.com/Pages/SFNbrhds/Civic_Center.html)(SFEM,7/28/96, p.38)(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W4)

1917 Dec 28, The New York Evening Mail published "A Neglected Anniversary," a facetious essay by H. L. Mencken supposedly recounting the history of bathtubs in America. For example, Mencken "claimed" the first American bathtub made its debut in the Cincinnati home of grain dealer Adam Thompson on Dec. 20, 1842, and that the first White House bathtub was installed in 1851 at the order of President Millard Fillmore.
(AP, 12/28/99)

1919 Dec 28, Johannes Robert Rydberg (b.1854), Swedish physicist, died. He is mainly known for devising the Rydberg formula, in 1888, which is used to predict the wavelengths of photons (of light and other electromagnetic radiation) emitted by changes in the energy level of an electron in an hydrogen atom.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Rydberg)

1920 Dec 28, U.S. resumed the deportation of communists and suspected communists.
(HN, 12/28/00)

1923 Dec 28, George Bernard Shaw's "St. Joan," premiered in NYC.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1925 Dec 28, George and Ira Gershwin's musical "Tip-Toes," premiered in NYC.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1927 Dec 28, George Kaufman and Moss Hart's "Royal Family," premiered in NYC.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1928 Dec 28, The last recording of Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues," was made.
(MC, 12/28/01)
1928 Dec 28, Louis Armstrong made 78 rpm recording of "West End blues."
(MC, 12/28/01)

1933 Dec 28, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, "The definite policy of the U.S. from now on is one opposed to armed intervention."
(HN, 12/28/98)

1936 Dec 28, Benito Mussolini sent planes to Spain to support Francisco Franco’s forces.
(HN, 12/28/98)

1937 Dec 28, French composer Maurice Ravel (b.1875) died in Paris.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Ravel)
1937 Dec 28, In the Soviet Union Olimpiy Kvitkin, a statistician in charge of this year’s census, was shot for finding that the country contained fewer people than Dictator Joseph Stalin had announced. His younger brother Aristarch was killed in 1939.
(http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-20157891)

1938 Dec 28, Florence Lawrence (b.1890), silent movie film star, committed suicide in Beverly Hills, Ca.
(ON, 4/06, p.6)(http://cemeteryguide.com/lawrence.html)
1938 Dec 28, France ordered the doubling of forces in Somaliland; two warships were sent.
(HN, 12/28/98)

1942 Dec 28, Ober Kommando Wehrmacht ordered strategic flights out of the Caucasus.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1944 Dec 28, The Broadway musical “On the Town" was produced on Broadway. The music was composed by Leonard Bernstein while Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote the book and lyrics. Jerome Robbins did the choreography.
(WSJ, 8/21/97, p.A12)(AP, 12/28/97)

1945 Dec 28, Congress officially recognized the "Pledge of Allegiance."
(AP, 12/28/97)
1945 Dec 28, Max Hastings, British editor-in-chief (Daily Telegraph), historian, was born.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1946 Dec 28, The French declared martial law in Vietnam as a full-scale war appeared inevitable.
(HN, 12/28/00)

1947 Dec 28, Victor Emmanuel (b.1869-1947), also known as Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy (1900-1946), Emperor of Ethiopia (1939-1943) and King of Albania (1939-1943), died.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Emmanuel_III_of_Italy)

1948 Dec 28, Premier Nokrashy Pasha of Egypt was assassinated by a member of the outlawed Moslem Brotherhood because of his failure to achieve victory in the war against Israel.
(HN, 12/28/98)

1949 Dec 28, 20th Century Fox announced it would produce TV programs.
(MC, 12/28/01)
1949 Dec 28, Hungary decreed the nationalization of all major industries and announced the start of a 5-year plan.
(EWH, 1968, p.1188)

1950 Dec 28, Chinese troops crossed the 38th Parallel into South Korea.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1951 Dec 28, The U.S. paid $120,000 to free four fliers convicted of espionage in Hungary.
(HN, 12/28/98)

1958 Dec 28, At Yankee Stadium the Baltimore Colts beat the NY Giants in the NFL championship game 23-17, after the game went into overtime for the first time. In 2008 Mark Bowden authored “The Best Game Ever: The Birth of the Modern NFL."
(WSJ, 6/9/08, p.A15)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1958_NFL_Championship_Game)
1958 Dec 28, A Chipmunks song (Alvin, Simon & Theodore with David Seville) hit #1. "The Chipmunk Song" went on to win 3 statues in the Grammys.
(SFEC, 2/21/99, DB p.38)(SFC, 12/24/99, p.C3)(MC, 12/28/01)

1961 Dec 28, Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana," premiered in NYC.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1963 Dec 28, Abbott Joseph Liebling (b.1904), American journalist and writer, died. “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one." In 1980 Raymond Sokolov authored the biography “Wayward Reporter."
(www.jewishsports.net/BioPages/AbbottJoseph.htm)(SSFC, 11/21/04, p.E3)
1963 Dec 28, Paul Hindemith (b.1895), German composer (Composer's World) and violist, died. His work included “Cardillac."
(WUD, 1994, p.672)(WSJ, 8/20/96, p.A8)(MC, 12/28/01)

1964 Dec 28, The principal filming of "Dr Zhivago," began.
(MC, 12/28/01)

1965 Dec 28, U.S. barred oil sales to Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe).
(HN, 12/28/98)

1968 Dec 28, The Beatles' "White Album," went #1 in the US, beginning this week, and stayed at the top for 9 weeks.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles_(album))
1968 Dec 28, Israel attacked the Beirut Int’l. Airport, destroying 13 civilian planes. This was in response to an attack on an Israeli airliner in Athens by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_Israeli_raid_on_Lebanon)

1969 Dec 28, Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," premiered in NYC.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_of_the_Red_Hot_Lovers)

1971 Dec 28, Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner (b.1888), Austrian-born American composer, died. He is known best for the score he composed for the classic film “Gone with the Wind" and for the score and hugely popular theme song for the film “A Summer Place."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Steiner)

1972 Dec 28, The skeleton of Martin Bormann, Hitler's deputy, was allegedly found in Berlin.
(MC, 12/28/01)
1972 Dec 28, A North Korean navy ship seized 25 South Korean fishermen aboard two boats. In 2013 Jeon Wook-Pyo, one of the 25, escaped an d made it back to South Korea.
(AFP, 9/13/13)

1973 Dec 28, Pres. Nixon signed into law the Endangered Species Act. The first list of endangered species contained Gray whales. The Gray whale was removed from the list in 1994 when the population climbed back to about 22,000.
(PacDis, Fall/’96, p.24)(SFC, 10/2/98, p.A6)(SFC, 12/28/98, p.A1)
1973 Dec 28, Alexander Solzhenitsyn published "Gulag Archipelago," an expose of the Soviet prison system.
(AP, 12/28/97)

1974 Dec 28, The 6.0 Patan earthquake in Pakistan killed some 5,300 people.
(http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/world/events/1974_12_28.php)

1976 Dec 28, In Albania the People’s Assembly approved a new constitution and the country became a "people's socialist republic."
(http://bjoerna.dk/dokumentation/Albanian-Constitution-1976.htm)

1980 Dec 28, Mexico ended a bilateral fishing agreement with US in a dispute over tuna.
(http://eightiesclub.tripod.com/id106.htm)

1981 Dec 28, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first American test-tube baby, was born in Norfolk, Va. Dr. Mason Andrews (1919-2006) performed the delivery by cesarean section.
(AP, 12/28/97)(SFC, 10/16/06, p.B6)

1982 Dec 28, Nevell Johnson Jr., a black man, was mortally wounded by a police officer in a Miami video arcade, setting off 3 days of race-related disturbances that left another man dead.
(AP, 12/28/97)

1983 Dec 28, Dennis Wilson (b.1944), a founding member of the Beach Boys, died in a swimming accident (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Wilson).
(SFEC, 2/8/98, p.D8)

1985 Dec 28, A Syrian sponsored peace agreement was signed in Damascus between warring Lebanese Moslem and Christian leaders.
(www.lebanese-forces.org/lebanon/agreements/damascus85.htm)

1987 Dec 28, The bodies of 14 relatives of R. Gene Simmons were found at his home near Dover, Ark., following a shooting spree by Simmons in Russellville that claimed two other lives. Simmons was later executed.
(AP, 12/28/97)

1988 Dec 28, British authorities investigating the explosion that destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, concluded that a bomb caused the blast aboard the jumbo jet.
(HN, 12/28/98)

1989 Dec 28, Alexander Dubcek, former Czechoslovak Communist leader deposed in 1968 in a Soviet-led Warsaw Pact invasion, was named chairman of the country's parliament.
(AP, 12/28/99)

1990 Dec 28, The US government reported that its Index of Leading Indicators plunged 1.2% the previous month, the 5th consecutive monthly drop.
(AP, 12/28/00)
1990 Dec 28, Two people died in a subway fire in New York City
(AP, 12/28/00)
1990 Dec 28, 33 people were injured in a trolley collision in Boston.
(AP, 12/28/00)

1991 Dec 28, Nine people died in a crush to get into a basketball game at City College in New York. The game was promoted by rapper Sean “Puff Daddy" Combs. Combs later testified that security at the Nat Holman facility was supposed to be provided by NYCC.
(AP, 12/28/97)(SFC, 3/24/98, p.A3)
1991 Dec 28, A 6x8 inch wooden picture of Irene, the Icon of the Greek Orthodox church, was returned, stripped of its jewels, to NYC after being stolen on Dec 23.
(www.skepticfiles.org/skep2/iconstol.htm)
1991 Dec 28, In Colombia Henry Rojas (36), a correspondent for the Bogota newspaper El Tiempo, was killed in the northeastern city of Arauca after reporting on alleged corruption in the mayor's office and military. Wilson Daza, the soldier who fatally shot Rojas, later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1995. In 2009 Colombia’s high court ruled that the government is to blame for Rojas’ shooting and ordered it to pay damages to his family.
(AP, 3/26/09)(www.cidh.oas.org/countryrep/Colombia93eng/chap.9.htm)
1991 Dec 28, Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered state land privatized as he pushed ahead with his reforms.
(AP, 12/28/01)

1992 Dec 28, Katie Beers (9) disappeared in Bay Shore, New York, two days before her tenth birthday. On January 13, 1993, she was found alive in a 6-foot-by-7-foot concrete bunker under the garage of John Esposito. Beers later said Esposito had raped her during her captivity. On July 27, 1994, Esposito was sentenced to 15 years to life. He was found dead in his cell of apparently natural causes on September 4, 2013, just after a parole hearing.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katie_Beers_kidnapping)
1992 Dec 28, Somalia's two main warlords, Mohamed Farrah Aidid and Ali Mahdi Mohamed, promised an end to their hostilities.
(AP, 12/28/97)

1993 Dec 28, US Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary told CNN that people wrongfully exposed to radiation through federally funded experiments more than 40 years ago deserved to be compensated.
(HN, 12/28/98)
1993 Dec 28, Journalist William Shirer, author of "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," died in Boston at age 89.
(HN, 12/28/98)

1994 Dec 28, President Clinton nominated Dan Glickman as agriculture secretary, succeeding Mike Espy.
(AP, 12/28/99)
1994 Dec 28, CIA Director R. James Woolsey resigned, ending a tenure shadowed by the Aldrich Ames spy scandal.
(AP, 12/28/99)
1994 Dec 27, Four Roman Catholic priests -- three French and a Belgian -- were shot to death in their rectory in Algiers, a day after French commandos killed four radicals who had hijacked an Air France jet from Algiers to Marseilles.
(AP, 12/27/99)

1995 Dec 28, President Clinton vetoed a $265 billion defense bill, saying it would waste money on an unneeded missile defense system. Congress failed to override the veto.
(AP, 12/28/00)
1995 Dec 28, CompuServe obeyed a German order to suspend member access to 200 Internet newsgroups deemed pornographic.
(AP, 12/28/00)

1996 Dec 28, Leftist rebels in Peru released 20 more hostages, including two ambassadors, from Japan's embassy residence, following the first face-to-face talks between guerrillas and the government's negotiator.
(SFC, 12/29/96, p.A1)(AP, 12/28/97)

1997 Dec 28, One woman was killed, more than 100 other people hurt, when a United Airlines jumbo jet en route from Tokyo to Honolulu encountered severe turbulence over the Pacific.
(HN, 12/28/98)
1997 Dec 28, In Medford, Mass., a fire in a 3-story building left 6 people dead including 4 children.
(SFC,12/30/97, p.A9)
1997 Dec 28, In Algeria assailants cut the heads off a man and his 2 sons in the village of Djelfa. They then kidnapped his wife and 3 young daughters. At Hassi Bahbah an armed group killed a mother and 2 children and left the father in critical condition.
(SFC,12/31/97, p.A8)
1997 Dec 28, In Brazil inmates of the prison in Sorocaba took over and held over 600 hostages. They later dropped escape demands and agreed to be transported to less crowded prisons.
(SFC,12/31/97, p.A8)
1997 Dec 28, James Lees-Milne (b.1908), British biographer, architectural historian and watercolorist, died. His work included a biography of British politician Harold Nicolson. In 2001 Milne’s "Deep Romantic Chasm: Diaries 1979-1981" was published. The final installment of his diaries, The Milk of Paradise," was published in 2006. In 2009 Michael Bloch authored “James Lees-Milne: The Life."
(SSFC, 8/12/01, DB p.63)(WSJ, 7/1/06, p.P6)(Econ, 11/21/09, p.86)
1997 Dec 28, In Egypt the Health Ministry banned government certified doctors and health workers from performing female circumcision.
(SFC, 12/29/97, p.A7)

1998 Dec 28, American aircraft patrolling the no-fly zone in Iraq destroyed an air defense site after the battery opened fire on them. President Clinton said there would be no letup in American and British pressure on Saddam Hussein.
(SFC, 12/29/98, p.A1)(AP, 12/28/99)
1998 Dec 28, In the SF Bay Area fog closed all the major airports and stranded thousands of travelers.
(WSJ, 12/29/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 28, In Riverside, Ca., Tyisha Miller (19) was killed by a hail of police bullets as she sat in her car with a gun. Her car had some 27 bullet holes. Miller died from bullets to her head and chest with a total of 12 bullets in her body. A coroner's report later said that she was legally drunk with traces of marijuana present. In May, 1999, four police officers were cleared of criminal charges in the killing. The case remained under FBI investigation for civil rights violations. In July officers Paul Bugar (24), Wayne Stewart (26), Daniel Hotard (23) and Michael Alagna( 27) were fired. Sgt. Gregory Preece (38), supervisor of the 4 officers, was told he would be fired July 27. Riverside agreed to pay Miller’s family $3 million in 2000.
(SFC, 12/30/98, p.A1)(SFC, 1/1/99, p.A5)(SFC, 1/8/99, p.A12)(SFC, 5/7/99, p.A7)(SFC, 7/14/99, p.A3)(SFC, 7/28/99, p.A3)(SFC, 7/27/00, p.A5)
1998 Dec 28, At least 6 sailors were feared dead from a gale that struck off Australia during the Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison skippered the Sayonara to victory.
(SFC, 12/29/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 28, In Yemen Islamic militants kidnapped 16 Western tourists. The demanded the release of Saleh Haidara al-Atwi and another top militant arrested 2 weeks ago.
(SFC, 12/29/98, p.A8)

1999 Dec 28, Officials in Seattle canceled a public New Year's Eve celebration due to security concerns.
(SFC, 12/29/99, p.A3)
1999 Dec 28, The death toll from storms across Western Europe reached 120.
(SFC, 12/29/99, p.A12)
1999 Dec 28, Clayton Moore, TV star of the Lone Ranger series, died at age 85. His 169 [221] episodes ran from 1949-1957, featured Jay Silverheels as Tonto and Fred Foy as the announcer: "Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear…" His 1996 autobiography was titled "I Was That Masked Man."
(SFC, 12/29/99, p.A1,11)

2000 Dec 28, Pres.-elect Bush picked Donald Rumsfeld (68) as Sec. of Defense. Rumsfeld had served in the same position under Pres. Ford.
(SFC, 12/29/00, p.A3)
2000 Dec 28, The US FCC approved 255 applications nationwide for low-watt FM radio stations.
(SFC, 12/29/00, p.A5)
2000 Dec 28, US 2000 census results set the population at 281,421,906, a gain of 13.2% since 1990. In 2003 the Bureau said it over-counted by some 1.3 million.
(SFC, 12/29/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/13/03, p.A1)
2000 Dec 28, GE Capital Corp. announced the closure of Montgomery Ward & Co. following 128 years of retail operations.
(SFC, 12/29/00, p.A1)
2000 Dec 28, In the US recent bad weather was blamed for 41 deaths: including 22 in Texas and 11 in Oklahoma.
(SFC, 12/29/00, p.A6)
2000 Dec 28, In Argentina government officials announced plans to spend $20 billion on public works programs.
(SFC, 12/29/00, p.B5)
2000 Dec 28, In Burundi Hutu rebels ambushed a commuter bus outside Bujumbura and killed 20 passengers.
(SFC, 12/30/00, p.A10)
2000 Dec 28, In Ghana runoff elections were held with sporadic violence. John Agyekum Kuffour won with 56.7% of the vote.
(SFC, 12/29/00, p.B3)(SFC, 12/31/00, p.B9)
2000 Dec 28, Iran and Russia announced an expanded military and security partnership.
(SFC, 12/29/00, p.A18)
2000 Dec 28, In Israel bombs exploded in Tel Aviv and Gaza shortly after a peace summit was cancelled. 2 Israeli soldiers were killed.
(SFC, 12/29/00, p.A1)
2000 Dec 28, In Mexico the Congress voted to register millions of 2nd hand vehicles imported illegally in past years.
(SFC, 12/29/00, p.B3)
2000 Dec 28, In Sri Lanka a cyclone hit and killed 8 people.
(SFC, 12/29/00, p.B5)

2001 Dec 28, A WSJ editorial pointed out how the IMF systematically impoverished foreigners and suggested how it might promote growth.
(WSJ, 12/28/01, p.A16)
2001 Dec 28, The US consumer confidence index rose to 93.7% from 84.9% in Nov, the 1st gain in 6 months.
(SFC, 12/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 28, The FDA informed ImClone Corp. that its application for the cancer drug Erbitux would not be accepted. The stock had fallen 8.4% the previous day and sellers included Martha Stewart (3,928 shrs), and ImClone insiders including Sam Waksal and family members.
(WSJ, 6/19/02, p.A8)
2001 Dec 28, Buffalo, NY, dug out from a 5-day storm that left nearly 7 feet of snow.
(SFC, 12/29/01, p.A6)
2001 Dec 28, In Pennsylvania a 30-50 car crash on snow-slickened I-80 left 5 people dead near Williamsport. Another 50 cars were involved in 2 pileups that left at least 2 people dead.
(SFC, 12/29/01, p.A6)
2001 Dec 28, Lawrence Singleton (74), rapist, died at a Florida prison hospital where he was awaiting execution for a 1997 murder. Singleton had raped Mary Vincent (15) in 1978 and chopped off her forearms. He was paroled in 1987.
(SFC, 1/1/02, p.A1)
2001 Dec 28, Gen. Mohammad Fahim, Afghanistan’s new defense minister, called for an end to US bombing. Meanwhile al Qaeda remnants in the Tora Bora region fired missiles at a joint Afghan-American command base.
(SFC, 12/29/01, p.A16)
2001 Dec 28, In Argentina thousands of people flooded banks as the government eased a 5-day bank holiday. Demonstrations ensued and riot police used rubber bullets and tear gas to quell violence at the Government House known as Casa Rosada.
(SFC, 12/29/01, p.A5)
2001 Dec 28, In Australia bush fires reached within 12 miles of Sidney. Some 150 home were already destroyed by over 100 fires across new South Wales. 80% of the Royal National Park had burned. A number of blazes were due to arson, and 3 teenagers and 2 men had been arrested.
(SFC, 12/29/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 28, The EU expanded its list of terrorist organizations to include Irish, Basque, Greek and Middle Eastern extremist groups.
(SFC, 12/29/01, p.A11)
2001 Dec 28, Israeli troops killed a suspected Palestinian bomber in the Gaza Strip. The blockade of Bethlehem was eased. The body of a Jewish settler, missing for over a week, was found in a West Bank cave near the village of Jaba.
(SFC, 12/29/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 28, Japan’s Nikkei closed at its lowest year-end mark since 1983: 10,542.
(SFC, 12/29/01, p.B1)
2001 Dec 28, Pakistan arrested some 50 leading members of 2 Islamic militant groups: Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and Jaish-e-Mahammed.
(SFC, 12/29/01, p.A1)

2002 Dec 28, US federal unemployment benefits ended for nearly 800,000.
(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A5)
2002 Dec 28, In Yerevan, Armenia, Tigran Nagdalian, chief of the leading TV station was shot and killed. In October, Mark Grigorian, deputy head of the Caucasus Institute for Mass Media, suffered lung and head injuries in a grenade attack.
(AP, 12/29/02)
2002 Dec 28, Iraq delivered a list to UN officials naming over 500 scientists who have worked on nuclear, chemical, biological and missile programs.
(AP, 12/28/02)
2002 Dec 28, Israeli troops clashed with Palestinian university students, a day after four Israelis died in a Palestinian attack on Jewish seminary students.
(AP, 12/28/02)
2002 Dec 28, Libyan soldiers ended a yearlong deployment to protect the Central African Republic government against a string of coup attempts. They were to be replaced by troops from Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Gabon and Mali.
(AP, 12/31/02)
2002 Dec 28, The U.N. nuclear agency said its inspectors would leave North Korea early next week after the communist state said it would expel them and press on with its nuclear plans.
(Reuters, 12/28/02)
2002 Dec 28, In Yemen a gunman shot and killed Jarallah Omar, a senior politician, after Omar spoke as a guest at an Islamic party's congress at San'a.
(AP, 12/28/02)

2003 Dec 28, A motorhome carrying 10 people went off I-15 near SLC, Utah, and 5 people were killed including 4 children.
(SFC, 12/29/03, p.A3)
2003 Dec 28, Five Afghan security officials were killed in Kabul when a suicide bomber they had detained blew himself up.
(Reuters, 12/28/03)
2003 Dec 28, Guatemala's presidential polls opened in a runoff featuring a former Guatemala City mayor popular with the country's elite facing an engineer backed by former leftist rebels.
(AP, 12/28/03)
2003 Dec 28, A roadside bomb killed an American soldier and two Iraqi children in Baghdad.
(AP, 12/28/03)
2003 Dec 28, In Serbia parliamentary elections Slobodan Milosevic and Vojislav Seselj, along as well as 2 others indicted for war crimes, contended for seats.
(SSFC, 12/28/03, p.A18)

2004 Dec 28, The US Agency for International Development said it was adding 20 million dollars to an initial 15 million-dollar contribution for Asian tsunami relief as Secretary of State Colin Powell bristled at a UN official's suggestion the United States was being "stingy."
(AP, 12/28/05)
2004 Dec 28, The death toll from the Dec 26 earthquake-tsunami catastrophe rose to more than 55,000.
(AP, 12/28/04)
2004 Dec 28, The US FDA approved a new drug for severe pain to be marketed by Elan as Prialt. It was part of a new class known as N-type calcium channel blockers.
(SFC, 12/29/04, p.A5)
2004 Dec 28, Jerry Orbach (b.1935), actor, died of prostate cancer. He played a sardonic, seen-it-all cop on TV's "Law & Order" and scored on Broadway as a song-and-dance man.
(AP, 12/29/04)(SFC, 12/30/04, p.A2)
2004 Dec 28, Susan Sontag (71), writer, filmmaker and social critic, died of leukemia in NYC. Her 17 books included “Against Interpretation, and Other Essays." In 2011 Sigrid Nunez authored “A Memoir of Susan Sontag."
(SFC, 12/29/04, p.A1)(Econ, 1/8/05, p.77)(SSFC, 4/3/11, p.G1)
2004 Dec 28, Albania, Bulgaria and Macedonia gave political support to a $1.2 billion private trans-Balkan pipeline that will allow Russian and Caspian crude oil to avoid Turkish waters.
(WSJ, 12/29/04, p.A7)
2004 Dec 28, In Colombia police captured a reputed leader of the Norte del Valle drug cartel.
(AP, 12/28/04)
2004 Dec 28, Haiti’s government agreed to give 10 years back pay to rebel soldiers, who helped overthrow Aristide, in a bid to end their insurrection.
(WSJ, 12/29/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 28, India and Pakistan concluded a 2-day dialogue on their dispute over Kashmir.
(SFC, 12/29/04, p.A3)
2004 Dec 28, Insurgents launched multiple attacks on Iraqi police across the dangerous Sunni Triangle, killing at least 33 police officers and national guardsmen. 12 of the policemen near Tikrit had their throats slit.
(AP, 12/28/04)(SFC, 12/29/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/29/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 28, Insurgents lured police to a house in west Baghdad with an anonymous tip about a rebel hideout, then set off explosives, killing at least 29 people and wounding 18.
(AP, 12/29/04)(SFC, 12/29/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 28, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip suffered a setback after a parliamentary committee failed to approve a set of guidelines for dealing with Jewish settlers in the evacuation.
(AP, 12/28/04)
2004 Dec 28, In Saudi Arabia security forces killed three suspected militants in a raid on their hideout in Riyadh.
(AP, 12/29/04)
2004 Dec 28, The Spanish government has reached an agreement with unions and employers to raise the minimum monthly wage by 4.5% to euro512.90 ($699) on Jan. 1.
(AP, 12/28/04)

2005 Dec 28, US officials said the number of indictments for bilking victims of Hurricane Katrina has grown to 49 at a Bakersfield, California, call center used by the Red Cross.
(WSJ, 12/29/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 28, Richard Causey (45), former accounting chief for Enron Corp., pleaded guilty to criminal conduct preceding the company’s collapse into bankruptcy.
(SFC, 12/29/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 28, In Cleveland an immigration judge renewed the order that John Demjanjuk (85), a retired auto worker accused of being a Nazi concentration camp guard at Sobibor in Poland (1943), be deported to his native Ukraine. Demjanjuk appealed the deportation order. In 2009 Demjanjuk was set to be deported to stand murder charges in Munich, Germany, but won a last minute stay on his 89th birthday. The stay was revoked a few days later.
(SFC, 12/29/05, p.A3)(WSJ, 12/29/05, p.A1)(SFC, 4/4/09, p.A6)(SFC, 4/7/09, p.A6)
2005 Dec 28, Firefighters searched for missing people and hoped for cooler, calmer weather after deadly wildfires raced across thousands of acres of grassland in Texas and Oklahoma. Fires due to the worst drought in decades destroyed dozens of homes.
(AP, 12/28/05)(WSJ, 12/29/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 28, Patrick Cranshaw (86), who achieved cult-like status as fraternity brother "Blue" in the 2003 comedy "Old School," died in Texas.
(AP, 12/31/05)
2005 Dec 28, A remote-control bomb exploded on a mountainous road in eastern Afghanistan, killing one US service member and wounding two.
(AP, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, Australian investment bank Macquarie Bank Ltd. said it had bought an 81 percent interest in two Canadian healthcare projects, nine months after acquiring a Canadian aged care housing provider.
(Reuters, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, Jamaat Islami Bangladesh, the main Islamic partner of Bangladesh's coalition government, staged a huge rally (some 100,000) in the capital Dhaka to rebut opposition claims that it supports Muslim militants.
(AFP, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, Officials said UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has nominated Serge Brammertz, a Belgian prosecutor, to lead the next stage of a probe into the assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri.
(AP, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, Rebellious inmates at a prison in Brazil's remote Amazon jungle ended a four-day uprising and released more than 200 hostages after authorities met their principal demand by returning one of their leaders from another prison.
(AP, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, Chilean police took fingerprints and mugs shots of Gen. Augusto Pinochet following his indictment for the killing and disappearance of 9 dissidents during his dictatorship.
(AP, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, Two members of a secretive German colony in Chile were indicted on abuse allegations in connection with the alleged torture of eight children.
(AP, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, Police blocked a Chinese family from holding a news conference in Beijing to publicize complaints of police brutality in their village. The Fengs and a fellow villager complained that police in Xiong County, 50 miles from Beijing in Hebei province, beat two of them and refused to pursue complaints of rape and assault.
(AP, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, In China 17 coal miners working at the Fanjiasi mine in Dianwan town, Zuoyun county, were trapped by flooding. On Dec 31 eight were confirmed dead.
(AFP, 12/31/05)
2005 Dec 28, A group of 131 detained Ethiopian opposition figures and journalists refused en masse to plead on treason and other serious charges.
(AFP, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, The EU launched the first satellite in its Galileo navigation program, which officials expect one day will end the continent's reliance on the US Global Positioning System. A Soyuz rocket, launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, carried the 1st of an expected 30 satellites.
(AP, 12/28/05)(Econ, 7/15/06, p.53)
2005 Dec 28, The German state of Bavaria banned the Multi-Kultur-Haus (MKH) association, a radical Islamist group, saying materials seized from its offices urged Muslims to murder Jews and Christians.
(AP, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, In Bangalore, India, gunmen fired toward a crowd outside a leading science institute, killing a retired professor and wounding four other people. On Dec 17, 2011, six people were convicted for their involvement in the shooting.
(AP, 12/28/05)(AP, 12/17/11)
2005 Dec 28, A bus collided with a truck on a highway in western India and burst into flames, killing at least 30 people.
(AP, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, An inmate in a Baghdad prison grabbed an assault rifle from a guard and opened fire. 9 Iraqis died in a failed jailbreak after storming the armory at a high-security prison.
(AP, 12/28/05)(AFP, 12/29/05)
2005 Dec 28, Israeli jets blasted a Palestinian militant group's base a few miles outside Beirut, hours after rockets fired from Lebanon hit a northern Israeli border town.
(AP, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, Japanese harpooners slipped away from Greenpeace anti-whaling activists under cover of a storm in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica. Greenpeace vessels stuck with the Japanese whaling fleet's mother ship.
(AFP, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, Dozens of masked Palestinian gunmen took over election offices in the Gaza Strip, exchanging fire with police and demanding spaces for the ruling Fatah Party's military wing on a list for Jan. 25 parliamentary elections.
(AP, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, Russia’s parliament concluded the local officials contributed to the Sep 3, 2004, death toll in Beslan in contradiction to a prosecutor’s report the previous day.
(WSJ, 12/29/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 28, Saudi police shot dead a militant on Saudi Arabia's most-wanted list, the second major terror suspect to die in the country in 24 hours.
(AP, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, Sudan denied Chadian accusations it was supporting dissidents trying to oust Pres. Idriss Deby and said an African Union summit would go ahead in Khartoum in January.
(Reuters, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, The head of Turkey’s broadcasting board said Turkish TV stations will be allowed to broadcast programs in Kurdish and other minority languages beginning next month.
(SFC, 12/29/05, p.A3)
2005 Dec 28, Uzbekistan's highest court sentenced 11 policemen, soldiers and prison doctors to up to 11 years in prison in connection with the May uprising in the eastern city of Andijan.
(AP, 12/29/05)
2005 Dec 28, Armed men kidnapped a former German diplomat and his family touring the mountains of eastern Yemen and pressed the Yemeni government for the release of jailed members of their tribe.
(AP, 12/28/05)
2005 Dec 28, In Yemen a mountain avalanche swept away 23 houses in the tiny village of Dhafeer, killing at least 56 people.
(AP, 12/31/05)

2006 Dec 28, President Bush worked nearly three hours at his Texas ranch to design a new US policy in Iraq as Saddam Hussein's lawyer made a last-ditch effort to impede his client's execution.
(AP, 12/28/07)
2006 Dec 28, A delegation of six US senators led by incoming Majority Leader Harry Reid met with Bolivian President Evo Morales, seeking to smooth relations with the South American country's left-leaning government.
(AP, 12/29/06)
2006 Dec 28, Senators of the US Virgin Islands passed Act 6905 in a special session. It raised the governor’s salary from $80,000 to $150,000 and senators’ salaries from $65,000 to $80,000. The average income on St. Croix was $26, 548.
(WSJ, 1/13/07, p.A14)
2006 Dec 28, In Brazil at least 18 people were killed in gang attacks on buses and police posts in Rio de Janeiro.
(AP, 12/28/06)
2006 Dec 28, Four men accused of organizing and participating in the Rwandan genocide in 1994 were arrested in Britain on warrants issued by the Rwandan government.
(AP, 12/29/06)
2006 Dec 28, Vital Kamerhe, an advisor to President Joseph Kabila, was named head of the Democratic Republic of Congo's new National Assembly, in a ballot that saw presidential allies sweep key parliamentary posts.
(Reuters, 12/29/06)
2006 Dec 28, Ecuador’s President-elect Rafael Correa appointed seven women to his Cabinet, including the country’s first female defense minister, saying he wanted to promote gender equality.
(AP, 12/28/06)
2006 Dec 28, Guyana police said they had shot and killed Neil Bovell (37), the country's most wanted fugitive after he refused to surrender when they tracked him to his father's house in Georgetown.
(AP, 12/29/06)
2006 Dec 28, The Tri Star I, a passenger ferry, capsized in rough waters off Indonesia’s coast of Sumatra, leaving one dead and 36 missing.
(AP, 12/29/06)
2006 Dec 28, Israeli security officials said Egypt has sent a large shipment of weapons through Israeli territory to shore up forces loyal to the embattled Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, an extraordinary show of support by both countries for his efforts to renew peacemaking with Israel.
(AP, 12/28/06)
2006 Dec 28, In Indian Kashmir 9 people including five Islamic rebels were killed and 10 injured in separate incidents over the last 2 days.
(AP, 12/28/06)
2006 Dec 28, Italy’s PM Romano Prodi vowed to deliver "shock therapy" to spur growth in Italy after years of a sluggish economy, outlining an ambitious 2007 agenda he hopes will reverse his decline in popularity.
(AP, 12/28/06)
2006 Dec 28, Tallies by government agencies, humanitarian groups and The Associated Press said more than 1,000 Lebanese civilians and combatants died during the summer war between Israel's army and Hezbollah guerrillas.
(AP, 12/28/06)
2006 Dec 28, In central Mexico a passenger bus collided with a freight train, killing 22 people.
(AP, 12/28/06)
2006 Dec 28, Nearly 3 million Muslims from around the world, chanting and raising their hands to heaven, marched through a desert valley outside Mecca on the first day of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
(AP, 12/28/06)
2006 Dec 28, Somali government troops rolled into Mogadishu unopposed, the prime minister said, hours after an Islamic movement that tried to establish a government based on the Quran abandoned the capital.
(AP, 12/28/06)
2006 Dec 28, Togo became one of few African countries to legalize abortion if the pregnancy is the result of rape or an incestuous relationship.
(Reuters, 12/28/06)
2006 Dec 28, Zimbabwean police said they had arrested at least 16,000 suspected gold panners and seized more than three kilogram’s of gold in a sweeping crackdown on illegal miners. The operation, codenamed "Chikorokoza Chapera" (The End of Illegal Gold Dealings), was launched last month.
(AFP, 12/28/06)

2007 Dec 28, Azerbaijan's president issued a decree granting amnesty to 119 prison inmates, including several journalists whose convictions drew protests from international rights groups.
(AP, 12/28/07)
2007 Dec 28, In Chad 6 French aid workers sentenced to eight years' forced labor for trying to kidnap 103 children left for France, boarding a plane in handcuffs as security officers looked on.
(AP, 12/28/07)
2007 Dec 28, China and Japan made no major breakthroughs in resolving a row over natural resources in the East China Sea, but a visit by Japanese PM Yasuo Fukuda signaled a new warmth in bilateral relations.
(AP, 12/28/07)
2007 Dec 28, Sun Daolin (b.1921), Chinese actor and director, died in Shanghai. He appeared in over 100 movies and plays during a career that was interrupted by the Cultural Revolution, when he was sent to work in the countryside for 6 years.
(SFC, 1/5/08, p.B3)
2007 Dec 28, Iran received the second shipment of nuclear fuel from Russia for a power plant being constructed in the southern Iranian town of Bushehr.
(AP, 12/28/07)
2007 Dec 28, A car bomb detonated in a busy Baghdad market killing at least 14 people and ending what had been a relatively quiet holiday period in the Iraqi capital. The US military said it had killed four gunmen tied to al-Qaida in Iraq in an operation near Muqdadiyah in Diyala. Another was killed in a predominantly Sunni area south of Baghdad. 2 senior insurgents linked to al-Qaida were arrested. Ahmed Turky Abbas, the "defense minister" of the Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaida front group, was arrested in a village near Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad. In Latifiyah the Iraqi army arrested Hussein Ali Turky, considered a local religious leader for al-Qaida in Iraq.
(AP, 12/28/07)(AP, 12/29/07)
2007 Dec 28, Unknown assailants fatally shot two Israeli settlers hiking in the West Bank. The attack followed an Israeli operation overnight in which troops killed a bodyguard for the Palestinians' chief negotiator.
(AP, 12/28/07)
2007 Dec 28, Nepal's parliament voted in favor of abolishing the centuries-old monarchy and turning this Himalayan nation into a republic.
(AP, 12/28/07)
2007 Dec 28, In Pakistan hundreds of thousands of mourners, weeping and chanting for justice, thronged the mausoleum of Pakistan's most famous political dynasty in a raw outpouring of grief for Benazir Bhutto. The government blamed al-Qaida and the Taliban for the assassination of the opposition leader, who was buried alongside her father. Furious supporters rampaged through several cities in violence that left at least 23 dead. The government said that Benazir Bhutto was not killed by gunshots or shrapnel as originally claimed but by a skull fracture suffered when her head slammed against her car during a suicide attack. A transcript released by the Pakistani government of a purported conversation between militant leader Baitullah Mehsud, who is referred to as Emir Sahib, and another man identified as a Maulvi Sahib, or Mr. Cleric. The government alleges the intercepted conversation proves al-Qaida was behind the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
(AP, 12/28/07)(AP, 12/29/07)
2007 Dec 28, Serigne Saliou Mbacke (92), Senegal's spiritual leader, died. Mbacke was the leader of the Mourides, the most powerful Muslim brotherhood in Senegal, and his image was ever-present in the homes of his millions of followers.
(AP, 12/29/07)
2007 Dec 28, Jacob Zuma (65), the newly elected leader of South Africa's ruling party, was ordered to stand trial on corruption and other charges next year, raising doubts about whether the party would back his candidacy for the 2009 presidential election.
(AP, 12/29/07)
2007 Dec 28, Tanzania's ambassador to South Africa and his wife were attacked by armed robbers at a farewell dinner hosted for them in the capital Pretoria.
(AFP, 12/29/07)
2007 Dec 28, South Korea's parliament voted to extend the country's troop deployment in Iraq for another year, amid protests by activists opposed to the decision. South Korea has 650 troops in Iraq.
(AP, 12/28/07)
2007 Dec 28, Taiwan's High Court cleared opposition presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou of graft charges, securing a place for the former Taipei mayor in the March presidential race.
(AP, 12/28/07)
2007 Dec 28, In Zimbabwe junior doctors and nurses at major state hospitals went on strike to press for higher pay and improved working conditions.
(AFP, 12/30/07)

2008 Dec 28, In Michigan strong winds knocked down tree limbs and power lines eliminating power to nearly 230,000 homes and businesses, mostly in Wayne and Oakland counties.
(AP, 12/29/08)
2008 Dec 28, Thomas Boklund (b.1939), former head of Oregon Steel Mills Inc., died. In 2007 the company merged with Russia’s Evraz Group SA in a deal valued at $2.35 billion.
(WSJ, 1/31/09, p.A4)
2008 Dec 28, In Afghanistan 14 children were among 20 Afghans killed in new extremist attacks in Khost province. A remote-controlled bomb exploded outside a music shop in the southern town of Tirin Kot, killing one person and wounding two.
(AFP, 12/28/08)
2008 Dec 28, In northern Bangladesh a truck loaded with iron rods veered off a road, killing 24 hitchhikers riding in the back and injuring 13 others.
(AP, 12/28/08)
2008 Dec 28, In Canada eight snowmobilers were killed as they were hit by a pair of avalanches in southeast British Columbia. 3 men survived.
(AP, 12/30/08)(AP, 12/31/08)
2008 Dec 28, Ghanaians turned out to choose a successor to outgoing president John Kufuor in the second round of an election seen as a test of just how stable the west African nation is. Opposition leader John Atta Mills won Ghana's presidential ballot by less than half a percentage point. He inherited a fiscal deficit of 14.5%.
(AP, 12/28/08)(AP, 12/29/08)(Econ, 1/2/10, p.36)
2008 Dec 28, Coup leaders demoted Guinea's many military generals, setting up a possible struggle with battalions no longer under central command.
(AP, 12/29/08)
2008 Dec 28, Indian PM Manmohan Singh called the higher than expected turnout in elections in disputed Kashmir a "vote for democracy," as results showed no one party dominated the polls.
(AP, 12/28/08)
2008 Dec 28, Iran's supreme leader issued a religious decree that said anyone killed while defending Palestinians in Gaza would be considered a martyr.
(AP, 12/29/08)
2008 Dec 28, In Iraq a suicide bomber on a bicycle blew himself up amid a crowd of demonstrators in Mosul, who were protesting Israel's airstrikes on Gaza. One demonstrator was killed with 16 others wounded. A bomb exploded on the outskirts of Fallujah, killing two civilians and wounding four others. A roadside bomb killed a US soldier in Baghdad’s Sadr City.
(AP, 12/28/08)(SFC, 12/29/08, p.A12)
2008 Dec 28, Israeli warplanes pressing one of Israel's deadliest assaults ever on Palestinian militants dropped bombs and missiles on a top security installation, smuggling tunnels and dozens of other targets across Hamas-ruled Gaza. Some 280 Palestinians died in the first 24 hours of the campaign against Gaza rocket squads. Prisoners fled Gaza's central prison after it was damaged by an Israeli airstrike. 17 of them were later numbered among 32 dead in extra-judicial killings by Hamas.
(AP, 12/28/08)(AP, 2/14/09)
2008 Dec 28, In Jamaica Vincent Ford (68), songwriter, died. He is credited with composing the Bob Marley reggae classic "No Woman, No Cry" (1974).
(AP, 12/31/08)
2008 Dec 28, Kuwait decided to scrap a deal to form a $17.4 billion petrochemical joint venture with US company Dow Chemical.
(Reuters, 12/29/08)
2008 Dec 28, Malaysia reported that it is zooming in on forests with a satellite in order to fight illegal logging, which its government says is harming the major timber exporting country.
(AFP, 12/28/08)
2008 Dec 28, In Mexico 7 people were killed in a series of shootings in the border city of Tijuana over the last 2 days.
(AP, 12/28/08)
2008 Dec 28, In northwest Pakistan 36 people were killed and 15 hurt in a suspected suicide car bomb attack in Shalbandi, in the Swat valley, where villagers 4 months earlier had killed 6 Taliban fighters.
(AFP, 12/28/08)(SFC, 12/29/08, p.A11)
2008 Dec 28, In Sri Lanka a suspected Tamil rebel suicide bomber killed at least seven troops and one civilian in a blast at a guard post near the Sri Lankan capital. Another 17 people, including four civilians, were wounded.
(AP, 12/28/08)
2008 Dec 28, In Thailand thousands of supporters of exiled former PM Thaksin Shinawatra began converging on Parliament, vowing to stage demonstrations until the new government holds elections.
(AP, 12/28/08)
2008 Dec 28, The UN Security Council has issued a statement expressing serious concern at the escalating violence in Gaza and is calling on Israel and the Palestinians to immediately halt all military activities.
(AP, 12/28/08)
2008 Dec 28, Zimbabwe’s state media said the government will prosecute 140 white landowners on charges of failing to vacate their farms under the country's controversial 2000 land reform program.
(AP, 12/28/08)

2009 Dec 28, In Oakland, Ca., Dreshawn Lee lured Gary Jackson to the corner of 51st Ave. and Int’l. Blvd. and sprayed him with gunfire from an AK-47 assault rifle. Jackson, working as a security guard, had earlier identified Lee for carrying a sawed-off shotgun near a taco truck. In 2011 Lee was sentenced to 65 years in prison for gunning down Jackson.
{SF Bay Area, Murder, USA}
(SFC, 12/21/11, p.C3)
2009 Dec 28, In Mississippi a fire in an apartment in Starkville killed 6 children and 3 adults.
(SFC, 12/29/09, p.A8)
2009 Dec 28, In northern Nevada federal officials began a 2-month roundup of some 2,500 wild horses due to overpopulation. Federal managers on Feb 5 said the roundup was completed with 1,922 mustangs removed from the Calico Mountains Complex. 86 horses died in the government roundup, mostly from stress and trauma.
(SFC, 12/29/09, p.A8)(SFC, 2/6/10, p.A6)(SFC, 4/20/10, p.A6)
2009 Dec 28, In Afghanistan 5 people died in an explosion inside a house where militants were making homemade explosives near Khost city. In the north 6 militants were killed and 8 wounded in a clash with Afghan forces in Old Baghlan town. Two Afghan National Army soldiers and a member of the Afghan National Police also were killed in the fighting.
(AP, 12/29/09)
2009 Dec 28, In Argentina two men succeeded in becoming Latin America's first same-sex married couple. Gay rights activists Jose Maria Di Bello (41) and Alex Freyre (39) took their civil ceremony to the capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, where a sympathetic governor backed their bid to make Latin American history.
(AP, 12/29/09)
2009 Dec 28, Chinese authorities started administering health checks on all children living near a battery factory in the south of the country and closed the plant after more than 40 children were found with lead poisoning.
(AP, 12/28/09)
2009 Dec 28, Chinese state media reported that a coal mine explosion has killed 12 people in northern China, while five other miners were killed and six trapped in an accident in the southwest of the country.
(AP, 12/28/09)
2009 Dec 28, Iranian security forces rounded up at least seven prominent activists, stepping up a crackdown on the country's pro-reform movement a day after eight people, including the nephew of the chief opposition leader, were killed in anti-government protests. Journalist Emadeddin Baghi was among those arrested. In July, 2010, he was sentenced to a year in prison and banned from political activities for five years.
(AP, 12/28/09)(AFP, 7/26/10)
2009 Dec 28, An Iraqi government official said around 40 Iranians held in an Iraqi prison in Nasiriyah are on a hunger strike to demand meetings with Iranian officials about their cases. The prisoners were convicted of illegally crossing the border to commit terrorist acts and were sentenced to between five and seven years behind bars.
(AP, 12/28/09)
2009 Dec 28, Israel said that it will build nearly 700 new apartments in east Jerusalem, drawing tough criticism from both the Palestinians and the United States, which denounced the plan as an obstacle to peacemaking.
(AP, 12/28/09)
2009 Dec 28, In central Kenya poachers killed an endangered southern white rhino in a privately owned ranch and cut off its horns. Wildlife Service rangers tracked down the suspected poachers and suspected buyers on Dec 3 and caught them with two rhino horns weighing more than 7 kg (16 pounds) and 647,000 Kenyan shillings ($8,500) in cash. 12 suspects, all of them Kenyans, were arrested as other suspects escaped.
(AP, 1/4/10)
2009 Dec 28, New Zealand’s supermaxi Alfa Romeo yacht was first across the finish line in the Sydney to Hobart ocean race, ending a four-year winning streak by Australian favorite Wild Oats XI.
(AFP, 12/28/09)
2009 Dec 28, In Niger unidentified gunmen in the remote western desert shot dead 3 tourists from Saudi Arabia.
(SFC, 12/29/09, p.A2)
2009 Dec 28, In northern Nigeria fighting between Islamic militants and security forces in Bauchi state left at least 70 people dead as Kala Kato sect members armed with spears and arrows ransacked a neighborhood and set homes ablaze.
(AP, 12/29/09)(AFP, 12/30/09)(Econ, 1/30/10, p.56)
2009 Dec 28, In Pakistan a suicide bomber in Karachi targeted Pakistan's largest procession of Shiite Muslims on their holiest day, killing 44 people and wounding dozens more in defiance of a major security crackdown. In Pakistan-administered Kashmir a suicide bomber attacked a Shiite procession in Muzaffarabad, killing 8 people and wounding another 80.
(AFP, 12/28/09)(AP, 1/1/10)(AP, 1/6/10)
2009 Dec 28, Slovakia said that Russia had warned it might halt oil supplies through Ukraine to three European Union countries over a price dispute.
(AFP, 12/28/09)
2009 Dec 28, Somali pirates seized the UK-flagged chemical tanker St James Park, the first merchant vessel to be hijacked there in nearly six months. 3 hours later the Navios Apollon, a Panamanian-flagged carrier with 19 crew members, was seized by pirates 370km east of the Seychelles, over 1,300km from Somalia. A ransom for the Navios Apollon was dropped to the ship on Feb 27, 2010.
(AP, 12/29/09)(Econ, 1/9/10, p.47)(AP, 2/27/10)
2009 Dec 28, Police in Suriname arrested 15 more suspects as they searched for anti-migrant rioters accused of rape, arson and looting in an explosion of violence that sent hundreds fleeing for their lives from a border town.
(AP, 12/28/09)
2009 Dec 28, Thailand sent army troops with shields and batons to evict more than 4,000 ethnic Hmong asylum-seekers and send them back to Laos despite strong objections from the US and rights groups who fear they will face persecution.
(AP, 12/28/09)
2009 Dec 28, A Vietnamese court convicted Tran Anh Kim (60), a former army officer who had pressed for democratic reforms of subversion, and sentenced him to 5.5 years in prison. Kim was accused of "working to overthrow the state" by joining the Democratic Party of Vietnam, publishing pro-democracy articles on the Internet, and joining Bloc 8406, an organization that promotes a multiparty state.
(AP, 12/28/09)

2010 Dec 28, The US Postal Service unveiled its first-class commemorative stamps for 2011. All were marked with the word "forever" instead of the current rate of 44 cents.
(AP, 12/29/10)
2010 Dec 28, In New Orleans, La., a fire in an abandoned warehouse killed 8 homeless squatters.
(SFC, 12/29/10, p.A5)
2010 Dec 28, Dr. Billy Taylor (b.1921), jazz pianist and composer, died in Manhattan. His work included the ambitious “Suite for Jazz Piano and Orchestra" (1973).
(SFC, 12/30/10, p.C6)(www.nojazzfest.com/chat/showthread.php?t=14270)
2010 Dec 28, An Afghan soldier was killed in a suicide attack in the eastern Paktika province. NATO said that it, in conjunction with Afghan forces, had killed more than 15 insurgents over the past 24 hours.
(AP, 12/29/10)
2010 Dec 28, In Australia drenching rains pounded communities across the northeast, flooding major highways and prompting hundreds of evacuations.
(AP, 12/28/10)
2010 Dec 28, Belarus Pres. Lukashenko appointed Mikhail Myasnikovich (60), the official head of the Belarussian Academy of Sciences, as the new prime minister.
(SFC, 12/29/10, p.A2)
2010 Dec 28, West African leaders Boni Yayi of Benin, Sierra Leone's Ernest Bai Koroma and Pedro Pires of Cape Verde met with incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo to deliver an ultimatum from the ECOWAS regional bloc to step down or face removal by force. But Gbagbo's government signaled he was unlikely to agree to cede power to Alassane Ouattara.
(Reuters, 12/28/10)(SFC, 12/29/10, p.A4)
2010 Dec 28, China said it is reducing the amount of rare earths it will export for the first half of the year by more than 10 percent, likely to be an unpopular move worldwide since the minerals are vital to the manufacture of high-tech products.
(AP, 12/29/10)
2010 Dec 28, A Chinese journalist died from injuries sustained in a gang beating that some say was linked to his investigative work. Sun Hongjie, a senior reporter at the Northern Xinjiang Morning Post, died at a hospital in the city of Kuitun 10 days after he was beaten by six men at a construction site.
(AP, 12/28/10)
2010 Dec 28, Cuba's Supreme Court commuted the death sentence against a Cuban-American who was the last person remaining on death row in the island nation. The court sentenced Humberto Eladio Real to 30 years in prison instead. On Oct. 15, 1994, Real and six other members of a Florida-based exile group came ashore in northern Cuba, armed with assault rifles and other weapons. A man was killed, and the group was captured shortly thereafter.
(AP, 12/28/10)
2010 Dec 28, German engineering group Siemens said it has won a contract that could be worth some €600 million ($790 million) to supply 258 wind turbines to a US power company.
(AFP, 12/28/10)
2010 Dec 28, In Honduras radio reporter Henry Suazo (36) was gunned down outside his home in La Masica, the 10th journalist killed in the Central American country this year.
(AP, 12/28/10)
2010 Dec 28, Project developer Bashar Masri said about 20 Israeli suppliers will help build Rawabi, the first modern Palestinian city in the West Bank, but only after promising they will not use products or services from Israeli settlements.
(AP, 12/28/10)
2010 Dec 28, Iran hanged Ali Akbar Siadat, an Iranian convicted of spying for Israel. Another Iranian was hanged for membership in an exile opposition movement.
(AP, 12/28/10)
2010 Dec 28, Veteran Israeli journalist Dov Yudkovsky (89) died. He had fled the Nazi Holocaust and later became editor of Israel's best-selling newspaper. In 2002, Yudkovsky was awarded the Israel Prize, the Jewish state's highest honor, for his work in the media.
(AP, 12/29/10)
2010 Dec 28, Japan postponed the creation of a greenhouse gas emission trading system by a year until after April 2014 in the face of strong resistance from the business lobby.
(AFP, 12/30/10)
2010 Dec 28, In Mexico gunmen battled police in the northern state of Durango, leaving two bystanders, a federal agent and two drug cartel suspects dead. 13 suspects were detained, including several former state policemen who allegedly worked for the Sinaloa cartel headed by fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman," which is fighting the Zetas gang for control of the region. The navy captured four suspects linked to drug-cartel activities, including two females under the age of 18. A raid by a feared drug gang burned down half of the isolated village of Tierras Coloradas, Durango state, leaving more than 150 people, mostly children, homeless in the raw mountain winter.
(AP, 12/29/10)(AP, 12/30/10)(Reuters, 2/17/11)
2010 Dec 28, In Nigeria members of the radical Muslim sect Boko Haram shot and wounded a retired senior police officer and two civilians in the city of Maiduguri. Boko Haram also claimed responsibility for the Christmas Eve bomb blasts in Jos that left at least 32 dead.
(AP, 12/29/10)
2010 Dec 28, In Pakistan a barrage of US missiles killed at least 15 militants in the North Waziristan tribal district, obliterating compounds and vehicles used by Islamist fighters.
(AFP, 12/28/10)
2010 Dec 28, A former Russian senator was sentenced to life in jail for ordering multiple killings and financing a criminal group. The Moscow City Court said that Igor Izmestyev, a former senator and oil trader from the central region of Bashkiriya, financed a mob that killed 14 people between 1992 and 2004. The court sentenced 4 more mobsters to up to 23 years in jail. Their so-called Kingisepp mob was known for finishing their victims off with a shot in the eye.
(AP, 12/28/10)
2010 Dec 28, In Russia robbers carrying assault rifles in a baby carriage fatally shot two guards outside a commercial bank and a man walking his dog and got away with more than $800,000 worth of cash in St. Petersburg.
(AP, 12/28/10)
2010 Dec 28, An aging Russian military cargo plane crashed, killing all 12 people aboard. The An-22 plane was on a flight from the southwestern region of Voronezh region when it crashed in the Tula region, about 120 miles (190 km) south of Moscow.
(AP, 12/29/10)
2010 Dec 28, South Korean education officials said almost 30 robots have started teaching English to youngsters in a South Korean city, in a pilot project designed to nurture the nascent robot industry.
(AP, 12/28/10)
2010 Dec 28, In Thailand US and Thai officials arrested a group of 12 Chinese nationals accused of obtaining fake visas to try to gain entry to the United States. The visas bore the same numbers as authentic ones issued by the US Embassy in Warsaw to Polish citizens.
(AP, 12/29/10)

2011 Dec 28, The US State Dept. said Congress has freed up a little more than 20 percent of $187 million in US assistance to the Palestinians that had been frozen over the Palestinian bid for UN membership.
(AP, 12/29/11)
2011 Dec 28, A spokeswoman said the commander of the Guantanamo Bay prison has signed an order that would require a security review of legal mail to prisoners facing war crimes charges, rejecting arguments the new rule would violate attorney-client privilege and undermine long-delayed tribunals for five men charged in the Sept. 11 attacks.
(AP, 12/28/11)
2011 Dec 28, Two out-of-state doctors who traveled to Maryland to perform late-term abortions were arrested and charged with multiple counts of murder. Dr. Steven Brigham, of Voorhees, N.J., was taken into custody and held in the Camden County jail. Authorities also arrested Dr. Nicola Riley in Salt Lake City. Each was awaiting an extradition hearing.
(AP, 12/31/11)
2011 Dec 28, In New Jersey Patrick Lott appeared in court for videotaping teenage boys at Immaculata High School in Somerville for nearly 3 years.
(SFC, 12/29/11, p.A4)
2011 Dec 28, Bosnia’s six main parties managed to form a new government.
(Econ, 1/7/12, p.45)
2011 Dec 28, In China police in Xinjiang province opened fire and killed seven suspects, and wounded and arrested four others. The Xinjiang government said that a "violent terrorist group" had kidnapped two people in the northwestern region's remote Pishan county, prompting a stand-off with police. An exile group, described the incident as a protest by local Uighurs prompted by mounting discontent over a police crackdown and religious repression in the area.
(AFP, 12/29/11)
2011 Dec 28, Colombian authorities said seven soldiers have been charged in the killing of a comrade who had deserted. In 2006 the troops reported they had killed a rebel in combat near the northern town of Majagual. Investigators determined the victim wasn't a rebel but rather a soldier who had deserted from the same infantry unit.
(AP, 12/29/11)
2011 Dec 28, Greek authorities jailed Abbot Efraim (55), the abbot of a 1,000-year-old Greek Orthodox monastery, pending trial for his alleged key role in a land swap with the state that blew up into a major political scandal. Investigators have said the deal was weighted in favor of Vatopedi Monastery and cost taxpayers about euro100 million ($131 million).
(AP, 12/28/11)
2011 Dec 28, Guinea-Bissau security forces executed police officer Major Yaya Dabo as he turned himself in over his role in what the regime describes as a coup bid.
(AFP, 12/30/11)
2011 Dec 28, In southern Kyrgyzstan a Soviet-built jet operated by a Kyrgyz carrier broke its wing, overturned and caught fire as it tried to land in deep fog in Osh, leaving 31 people injured.
(AP, 12/28/11)
2011 Dec 28, Mauritania issued an international warrant for the arrest of Moustapha Ould Limam Chavi (53), an opponent of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, for supporting terror groups in the Sahel region. Chafi soon announced plans to sue the president for defamation.
(AFP, 12/28/11)(AFP, 12/30/11)
2011 Dec 28, Senegal's army said that five soldiers who went missing after a rebel attack last week in the troubled southern Casamance region were being held by separatist rebels.
(AFP, 12/28/11)
2011 Dec 28, Spain's scandal-hit royals revealed their detailed income for the first time, showing King Juan Carlos received a salary plus expenses of €292,752 ($382,600) in 2011.
(AFP, 12/28/11)
2011 Dec 28, Syrian security forces reportedly fired guns and tear gas at thousands of anti-government protesters in the central city of Hama and killed at least six people. At least four soldiers were killed in an ambush carried out by a group of military defectors in the country's south. Activists said two people died in the Baba Amr district of Homs. The Syrian government released 755 prisoners detained over the past nine months in the regime's crackdown on dissent as observers toured a flashpoint city to see whether authorities were complying with an Arab plan to stop the bloodshed that has killed thousands.
(AP, 12/28/11)
2011 Dec 28, Turkish warplanes killed at least 34 people and 59 mules in an air strike on the Iraq border in an attack which a pro-Kurdish political party described as a "massacre" of civilians. Ankara's joint military command said in a statement that its jets bombed an area inside Iraq "regularly used" by PKK rebels. Those killed were smugglers aged 18-28, who routinely brought in Iraqi fuel and cigarettes with the full knowledge of local authorities. On Jan 2 Turkey said it will compensate the families of the civilians mistakenly killed in the airstrike in Uludere township.
(AFP, 12/29/11)(AP, 1/3/12)(Econ, 1/7/12, p.46)(Econ, 6/9/12, p.59)(Econ, 5/9/15, p.49)
2011 Dec 28, In Yemen labor strikes spread through the country as workers demanded reforms and dismissal of managers over alleged corruption linked to the outgoing president. A civilian was shot dead in a shootout between the Republican Guard and gunmen loyal to dissident tribal chief Sadiq al-Ahmar.
(AP, 12/28/11)(AFP, 12/28/11)

2012 Dec 28, In Mississippi an SUV crashed into a creek in Neshoba County killing 5 children and one adult. Driver Duane John (34) was later charged with with 6 counts of DUI manslaughter.
(SFC, 1/2/13, p.A5)
2012 Dec 28, Three New Jersey police officers were shot at their police station, and one was in surgery for his wounds. The suspected gunman, who had been brought to the Gloucester Township Police station for a domestic incident, was killed in the exchange of gunfire.
(AP, 12/28/12)
2012 Dec 28, In Central African Republic renewed fighting between government forces and rebels seeking to overthrow the president broke out in Bambari, CAR’s third largest city. Representatives from the 10-nation Economic Community of Central African States, or ECCAS, agreed at a meeting in Gabon to send forces to CAR
(AP, 12/28/12)(AP, 12/31/12)
2012 Dec 28, China’s national legislature amended its law on the elderly to require that adult children visit their aged parents "often" — or risk being sued by them.
(AP, 12/28/12)
2012 Dec 28, China passed a new law requiring real-name registration of internet subscribers.
(Econ, 1/5/13, p.33)
2012 Dec 28, In China an overloaded minibus fell into a ravine killing 5 children and 5 adults in the Guangxi region.
(SSFC, 12/30/12, p.A6)
2012 Dec 28, Tens of thousands of Iraqi Sunnis angry over perceived second-class treatment by the Shiite-led government massed along a major western highway and elsewhere in the country for the largest protests yet in a week of demonstrations.
(AP, 12/28/12)
2012 Dec 28, In India authorities in Punjab state took action when an 18-year-old woman killed herself by drinking poison a month after she told police she was gang-raped. Authorities suspended one police officer and fired two others on accusations they delayed investigating and taking action in the case. The woman was raped Nov. 13 and reported the attack to police on Nov 27. The three accused in the rape were arrested only on the previous night night, a month after the crime was reported.
(AP, 12/29/12)
2012 Dec 28, Mexico City lawmakers approved prison terms for animal cruelty, previously considered a civil offense sanctioned with fines and detentions.
(AP, 12/29/12)
2012 Dec 28, In northeast Nigeria gunmen suspected to belong to the radical Boko Haram Islamist sect attacked the village of Musari on the outskirts of Maiduguri, tying up men, women and children before slitting their throats, killing at least 15. Boko Haram gunmen also attacked another village in Adamawa state on its border with neighboring Cameroon. At least 35 prisoners were released from a prison in the attack, though 11 were been recaptured. A civilian and a police officer were killed during the fighting. Authorities said at least seven people have been killed in recent days around Christian villages in the rural plateau around Jos.
(AP, 12/29/12)
2012 Dec 28, In Romania influential banker Bogdan Baltazar (73) died. He became Romania's first government spokesman in 1990 after the collapse of communism.
(AP, 12/28/12)
2012 Dec 28, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, abruptly terminating the prospects for more than 50 youngsters preparing to join new families and sparking critics to liken him to King Herod.
(AP, 12/28/12)
2012 Dec 28, The only official charged with the 2009 death of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian whistleblowing lawyer, walked free after a Moscow court acquitted prison doctor Dmitry Kratov of negligence. The case has become a rallying point for human rights advocates and sparked escalating legislation in the US and Russia.
(AP, 12/28/12)
2012 Dec 28, Syrian rebels stepped up their siege of a military base in north of the country as government warplanes bombed surrounding areas to support the defenders. A government airstrike on al-Safira killed 14 people, including 2 woemn and 8 children.
(AP, 12/28/12)
2012 Dec 28, Officials at Turkey's Foreign Ministry said two Syrian air force generals have defected and crossed the border.
(AP, 12/28/12)
2012 Dec 28, In Yemen an airstrike killed two suspected al-Qaida militants, while tribesmen with links to the group were believed to be behind an attack on an oil pipeline elsewhere in the country.
(AP, 12/28/12)

2013 Dec 28, In the US the most recent extension of unemployment insurance expired leaving some 1.3 million Americans suddenly cut off from federally funded benefits.
(Econ, 1/4/14, p.19)
2013 Dec 28, In Alabama Kimberle Johnson (21) and Glenn Thomas (22) died in an early morning shooting in Montgomery. Six others were wounded. Thomas was an up-and-coming rapper known as Doe B. Jason Quan Williams (25) was arrested after turning himself in to police.
(SSFC, 12/29/13, p.A14)(SFC, 12/31/13, p.A5)
2013 Dec 28, Arizona police in Phoenix shot and killed Mario Edward Garnett (40) following an attempted bank robbery. He is believed to be the same man accused in the Dec 23 killing of a police officer in Tupelo, Miss.
(SFC, 12/30/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 28, In Oklahoma Harry Carl Mapps (59) was arrested in a motel in Roland. He was suspected of killing 3 people and setting fire to a home in Colorado on Nov 27.
(SFC, 12/30/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 28, Harold Simmons (82), Dallas billionaire and major GOP political donor, died. He had made his fortune in buying drugstores and as an investor in publicly traded companies.
(SFC, 1/1/14, p.E5)
2013 Dec 28, Australian media reported that Jacqueline Zwambila, Zimbabwe's ambassador to Australia, has asked for political asylum just days before her term ends saying she fears for her safety at home.
(Reuters, 12/28/13)
2013 Dec 28, Bahrain’s police arrested Ali Salman (48), head of the main Shiite opposition bloc Al-Wefaq that has spearheaded protests against the authorities in the Sunni-ruled kingdom. Salman was freed the next day but he was forbidden from any travel.
(AFP, 12/28/13)(AFP, 12/29/13)
2013 Dec 28, China formally allowed couples to have a second child if one parent is an only child, the first major easing of its 3-decade-old restrictive birth policy.
(AP, 12/28/13)
2013 Dec 28, China's national legislature voted to abolish a much-criticized penal system that allowed police to lock up people for up to four years without due process.
(AP, 12/28/13)
2013 Dec 28, Chinese state media said 512 lawmakers in Hengyang city, Huana province, have resigned after being implicated in a bribery scandal, while another 56 provincial legislators have been sacked. Xinhua said the total amount of the bribes was more than 110 million yuan ($18.1 million) and the money was used to swing the results of elections.
(Reuters, 12/28/13)
2013 Dec 28, In Colombia the bodies of 5 men were found at the mouth of the Atrato River. Police believed the men had traveled from a Caribbean island in an attempt to reach Central America.
(SFC, 12/30/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 28, Croatia state prosecutors said some 300 doctors and pharmacists are among 364 suspects who have been charged with offering and taking bribes in exchange for prescribing certain drugs. The operation, code-named Hippocratus, was launched by the USKOSK anti-graft police in November 2012.
(Reuters, 12/29/13)
2013 Dec 28, In Egypt riot police moved into eastern Cairo's Al-Azhar campus, claiming that striking students were disrupting end-of-term exams. They fired tear gas and battled demonstrators in a melee that left one protester dead and an administration building torched.
(AP, 12/28/13)
2013 Dec 28, In India tens of thousands of jubilant supporters watched as Arvind Kejriwal, a mild-mannered former tax official, was anointed chief minister of Delhi. Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party, or AAP, has emerged as a force to be reckoned with barely a year since it was created.
(Reuters, 12/28/13)
2013 Dec 28, In southern India a fire engulfed a coach of an express train, killing at least 26 passengers.
(AP, 12/28/13)
2013 Dec 28, Iraqi security forces raided the Ramadi home of Sunni MP Ahmed al-Alwani, who backs anti-government protesters, arresting him and sparking clashes that killed his brother and five guards. An Iraqi soldier was also killed in the raid.
(AFP, 12/28/13)
2013 Dec 28, In Malawi a lightning bolt struck a Seventh Day Adventist church, killing 8 worshippers and injuring several others in Lilongwe. It was not immediately clear whether they were injured by the lightning or in the panic to escape.
(Reuters, 12/29/13)
2013 Dec 28, Mexican authorities found 5 decapitated bodies in two locations in Michoacan state, with letters left with the corpses purportedly signed by a drug cartel.
(AFP, 12/28/13)
2013 Dec 28, In Nigeria few voters straggled to polls to elect local councils in northeastern Yobe state battling Islamic militants who say democracy in corruption-riddled Nigeria is an enemy of the people. The opposition All Progressives Congress swept every seat in the Yobe state elections. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen shot dead 8 people and injured five more in an attack on a wedding party in Tashan Alade village, Borno state. Nigerian government forces reportedly killed at least 56 Islamist Boko Haram fighters in a combined air and ground offensive in the northeast Alafa forest.
(AP, 12/28/13)(AP, 12/30/13)(AFP, 12/30/13)(Reuters, 12/30/13)
2013 Dec 28, In northwest Pakistan gunmen attacked an anti-polio vaccination center on the outskirts of Peshawar and killed a medic on duty, then fled the scene.
(AP, 12/28/13)
2013 Dec 28, Saudi police pulled over a woman minutes after she got behind the wheel in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after activists called for a new challenge to a driving ban.
(AFP, 12/28/13)
2013 Dec 28, In South Sudan some 25,000 young men, who make up a tribal militia known as the "White Army," began marching on Bor. The youths are from the Lou Nuer sub-clan — the same tribe as opposition leader former VP Riek Machar. Nuer community leaders in Jonglei state soon persuaded the "White Army" fighters to go home.
(AP, 12/28/13)(AP, 12/29/13)
2013 Dec 28, A Syrian army air strike on a vegetable market in the northern city of Aleppo killed at least 25 people.
(Reuters, 12/28/13)
2013 Dec 28, In Thailand gunmen killed an anti-government activist and wounded two others in Bangkok, while protesters elsewhere blocked candidates from registering for upcoming elections.
(AP, 12/28/13)
2013 Dec 28, Yemeni tribesmen blew up a pipeline in the eastern Hadramout province, disrupting oil flow two days after they seized an oil ministry building in the region.
(Reuters, 12/28/13)

2014 Dec 28, The US-led coalition in Afghanistan formally ended its combat mission. About 13,000 foreign troops, mostly Americans, will remain in the country under a new, two-year mission named "Resolute Support." 4 Afghan soldiers were killed while repelling a Taliban attack on an army checkpoint in southern Helmand province. 8 insurgents were reported killed.
(Reuters, 12/28/14)(AP, 12/29/14)
2014 Dec 28, US-led forces conducted eight air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and five strikes on IS targets in Iraq.
(Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014 Dec 28, In Texas 5 people died after a fire broke out at a senior living apartment building in the San Antonio suburb of Castle Hills.
(SFC, 12/29/14, p.A7)
2014 Dec 28, In Bahrain scattered clashes broke out between protesters and government forces after Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary general of the Shiite opposition al-Wefaq, was detained by the Interior Ministry for inciting hatred against the government.
(SFC, 12/29/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 28, In northern Cameroon some 1,000 suspected Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria attacked five towns over the weekend and briefly occupied a military camp today before being removed by the air force.
(Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014 Dec 28, In Canada Phu Lam (53) killed his wife Tien Truong (35), her eight-year-old son, her parents, her sister, her three-year-old niece and an acquaintance of Truong's at a home in northeast Edmonton. The next day Lam shot and killed Cindy Duong (37) in a home in south Edmonton. He was found dead by his own hand in a restaurant in the Edmonton bedroom community of Fort Saskatchewan.
(AP, 12/31/14)(AFP, 1/3/15)
2014 Dec 28, Croatia held presidential elections. Incumbent Ivo Josipovic, a composer and law expert, won 38.5% of the votes and will face conservative opponent Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who won 37%, in a runoff on Jan 11.
(AP, 12/28/14)(SFC, 12/30/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 28, Egypt said it has banned Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus: Gods & Kings" because the Hollywood blockbuster distorts Egypt's history and presents a "racist" image of Jews.
(AP, 12/28/14)
2014 Dec 28, An Egyptian appeals court upheld the conviction of 23 activists, including prominent rights defender Sanaa Seif, for staging an illegal protest, but reduced their sentences from three years to two.
(AP, 12/28/14)
2014 Dec 28, Long queues of vehicles lined routes to French ski slopes for a second day after snow, ice and heavy traffic forced some 15,000 people into emergency overnight accommodations.
(Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014 Dec 28, Guyana authorities searched for a small cargo plane that vanished with two people aboard while flying over remote jungles.
(AP, 12/28/14)
2014 Dec 28, In India a crude bomb exploded outside a busy restaurant in Bengaluru, killing a woman and wounding a man. Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, has been on a general alert since police picked up Mehdi Masoor Biswas, an engineer, for allegedly running a pro-Islamic State Twitter account that had tens of thousands of followers worldwide.
(Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014 Dec 28, Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501, an Airbus 320-200 with 162 people on board, went missing after pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from Surabaya city to Singapore. It was later found that the plane had climbed at excessive speeds to an unusually high altitude before plunging and disappearing.
(AP, 12/28/14)(SFC, 1/21/15, p.A3)
2014 Dec 28, In Iran 3 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), sent to reinforce border police, were killed in an attack in the southeast, an area rife with drug and arms traffickers.
(Reuters, 12/29/14)
2014 Dec 28, Iran media reported that a sniper has killed Revolutionary Guards commander Brigadier General Hamid Taqavi. He was training Iraqi troops and Shi'ite militia fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in the Iraqi city of Samarra.
(Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014 Dec 28, The Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry radioed for help after fire broke out on its lower deck 44 nautical miles northwest of the Greek island of Corfu. Italy's Coast Guard later said 477 people were rescued. At least 11 people were killed. On Dec 30 two Albanian seamen were killed during an operation to salvage the multideck car ferry. An Italian prosecutor later said up to 98 were unaccounted for while Greece put that number at 18 saying Italy's list is full of duplications and misspellings.
(AP, 12/28/14)(Reuters, 12/29/14)(AP, 12/30/14)(AP, 1/1/15)(SFC, 1/6/15, p.A2)
2014 Dec 28, In Libya forces loyal to the recognized government staged air strikes on targets in Misrata in the first such attacks on the city allied to an armed group. The internationally recognized PM Abdullah al-Thinni has been forced to run a rump state in the east since a group known as Libya Dawn took control of Tripoli in August.
(Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014 Dec 28, In eastern Pakistan gunmen killed Luqman Shahzad as he walked to an agriculture field near his village in the Gujranwala district of Punjab. Shahzad became the 11th member of the Ahmedi community killed in Pakistan this year.
(AP, 12/28/14)
2014 Dec 28, Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip prevented a group of Palestinian children who lost parents in the July-August war with Israel from making a rare goodwill visit to the Jewish state.
(Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014 Dec 28, Sri Lanka officials said 24 people have been killed and eight others left missing due to floods and mudslides caused by incessant rain around over the past week.
(AP, 12/28/14)
2014 Dec 28, The Turkish ship Gokbel with 11 crew members sank after the collision with the Belize flagged Lady Aziza in poor visibility a mile from the Italian Adriatic port of Ravenna. Two people drowned and four were missing at sea and feared dead.
(Reuters, 12/28/14)
2014 Dec 28, In Uganda Sheikh Mustafa Bahiiga, a Muslim scholar and the head of Tablig Muslim sect in Kampala district, was assassinated in the outskirts of Kampala. Police said he had refused to cooperate with the Allied Democratic Forces, a Uganda extremist group based in Congo.
(AP, 12/30/14)

2015 Dec 28, The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State with 31 air strikes in their latest daily operations against the militant group in Iraq and Syria.
(Reuters, 12/29/15)
2015 Dec 28, Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister (70), the hell-raising frontman of pioneering British heavy metal band Motorhead, died of cancer in Los Angeles, bringing to an end the story of a band dubbed the loudest in the world.
(AFP, 12/29/15)(Econ, 1/9/16, p.78)
2015 Dec 28, In Afghanistan two gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed a female polio vaccination campaigner and seriously wounded her granddaughter. A suicide car bomb attack killed at least one civilian near the Kabul international airport.
(Reuters, 12/28/15)(AP, 12/28/15)
2015 Dec 28, Burundi's government and opposition kicked off peace talks in Uganda.
(Reuters, 12/28/15)
2015 Dec 28, In northern Cameroon two female suicide bombers blew themselves up while trying to carry out attacks for Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
(Reuters, 12/28/15)
2015 Dec 28, China fined seven foreign shipping companies that carry vehicles for automakers a total of $65 million on price-fixing charges in its latest effort to end anti-competitive behavior in the auto industry.
(AP, 12/28/15)
2015 Dec 28, In eastern Cuba 13 people were killed and 34 more injured when two trucks retrofitted as passenger buses collided in Santiago de Cuba province.
(AFP, 12/29/15)
2015 Dec 28, France opened police and legal archives from the collaborationist Vichy regime from WWII.
(SFC, 12/25/15, p.A2)
2015 Dec 28, In France DNA traces helped police identify and arrest a Frenchman (40) suspected of 33 rapes or attempted rapes in a suburban Paris forest from 1995 to 2001.
(AP, 12/30/15)
2015 Dec 28, Gambian lawmakers passed a bill criminalizing female circumcision and introducing prison terms of up to three years for anyone flouting the ban.
(AFP, 12/29/15)
2015 Dec 28, Greek police in Thessaloniki said they have arrested Simon Dutton (39), a man wanted in Britain on suspicion of running a large cocaine trafficking ring.
(AP, 12/28/15)
2015 Dec 28, Iran media reported that a swine flu outbreak has killed 112 people since mid-November and the country's first medical worker has died of the virus.
(AFP, 12/28/15)
2015 Dec 28, Milan, Italy, began a 3-day ban for six hours per day in a bid to alleviate persistent smog.
(SFC, 12/25/15, p.A2)
2015 Dec 28, In western Mexico the bullet-ridden bodies of 4 people including the co-founder of a violent drug cartel were found early today on a highway. The prosecutors' office later confirmed in a statement that one of the victims was Carlos Rosales Mendoza (53) alias "El Tisico." Rosales was considered one of the founders and leaders of La Familia Michoacana cartel and the Knights Templar.
(AP, 12/28/15)
2015 Dec 28, Authorities in Mexico detained a wealthy Texas teenager sought in the United States after he disappeared while serving probation for killing four people in a high-profile drunk-driving case. Ethan Couch (18) and his mother Tonya were arrested in the Pacific resort city of Puerto Vallarta. On April 13, 2016, Couch (19) was sentenced to 180 days in jail for each of the four deaths in the June 2013 crash. In 2018 Couch was released after serving nearly two years.
(AFP, 12/29/15)(SFC, 4/14/16, p.A10)(SFC, 4/3/18, p.A5)
2015 Dec 28, A Myanmar court jailed a woman for six months for a Facebook post "ridiculing" the country's army chief and the color of a new uniform.
(Reuters, 12/28/15)
2015 Dec 28, In Nigeria Boko Haram Islamic extremists struck Maiduguri for the first time in months with rocket-propelled grenades and multiple suicide bombers. At least 50 people were killed and the death toll could go higher. Another twin suicide bombing killed at least 30 people in Madagali, a town 150 km (95 miles) southeast of Maiduguri.
(AP, 12/28/15)
2015 Dec 28, Poland's President Andrzej Duda approved controversial legislation that regulates the Constitutional Tribunal. This required the tribunal to approve all verdicts by a two-thirds margin.
(AP, 12/28/15)(Econ, 1/2/16, p.41)
2015 Dec 28, A Puerto Rico policeman fatally shot two high-ranking officers and a policewoman following an argument at the station where they worked in Ponce. On Dec 20, 2016, Guarionex Candelario was sentenced to more than 200 years in prison for the fatal killing of Lt. Luz Soto, Cmdr. Frank Roman and policewoman Rosario Hernandez.
(AP, 12/28/15)(AP, 12/20/16)
2015 Dec 28, South Korea and Japan reached a landmark agreement to resolve the issue of "comfort women", as those who were forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels were euphemistically known.
(Reuters, 12/28/15)
2015 Dec 28, In Syria at least 32 people were killed and 90 wounded in two bomb explosions in Homs. It was the second major attack in the city since a ceasefire deal took effect earlier this month. Homs-based activist Bebars Al-Talawy later said Abu Bilal al-Homsi most likely carried out one of the bombings.
(Reuters, 12/28/15)(AP, 1/1/16)
2015 Dec 28, In Syria buses and ambulances carrying around 450 fighters and civilians evacuated from two besieged areas crossed into Turkey and Lebanon.
(Reuters, 12/28/15)
2015 Dec 28, A Turkish court remanded in custody a 17-year-old construction worker on charges of "insulting" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Facebook.
(AFP, 12/28/15)

2016 Dec 28, Pres. Obama designated two new national monuments. The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah encompassed 300,000 acres. Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada protected 1.35 million acres.
(SFC, 12/29/16, p.A5)(Econ, 1/14/17, p.27)
2016 Dec 28, The New York City Police Dept. announced new rules allowing Sikh officers to wear turbans and grow beards up to a half-inch long.
(SFC, 12/30/16, p.A6)
2016 Dec 28, Debbie Reynolds (84), the "Singin' in the Rain" actress who tap-danced her way into American hearts as a star of Hollywood's Golden Age, died in Beverly Hills of a stroke, grief-stricken over daughter Carrie Fisher's death a day earlier.
(AFP, 12/29/16)
2016 Dec 28, In Bahrain Nabeel Rajab, a leading human rights activist on trial for tweets alleging rights abuses, was freed on bail after months in detention, but was immediately re-arrested in a separate case.
(Reuters, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, The British Home Office said immigration officers have raided nearly 300 nail salons and arrested 97 people, mostly from Vietnam, for suspected immigration offences as part of a drive to tackle modern slavery.
(Reuters, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, Oil company BP said it has agreed to buy the fuel business of Australian supermarket chain Woolworths Ltd for $1.3 billion as part of its efforts to rebuild itself.
(AP, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, In China attackers drove a car into a government building in the far western region of Xinjiang and set off an explosive device killing one person. All four of the attackers were shot dead.
(Reuters, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, In China companies running 605 coal-fired power plants were fined a total of 328 million yuan ($47 million) by the country's economic planning agency for breaching environmental rules and falsifying data to claim green subsidies.
(Reuters, 12/29/16)
2016 Dec 28, Colombia's Congress passed a law granting amnesty to Marxist FARC rebels as part of the country's peace deal.
(AFP, 12/29/16)
2016 Dec 28, French President Francois Hollande pardoned Jacqueline Sauvage, who had been convicted for the murder of her violent husband. She had been sentenced to 10 years in jail for shooting dead her husband in 2012 after he beat her up for decades.
(Reuters, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, German authorities approved government funding for more than 54,000 migrants to return to their homelands this year, paving the way for a significant increase in voluntary departures.
(AP, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, Israel released some 200,000 documents online from past government inquiries into the disappearance of about 1,000 children, mostly Jewish immigrants from Yemen and other Arab countries who disappeared in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
(AP, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, In Israel a Jerusalem municipal panel approved construction of a four-storey building for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem after postponing a vote on permits for hundreds of other homes in the Israeli-annexed area.
(Reuters, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, In Japan government authorities filed papers demanding prosecutorial charges against an unidentified Dentsu employee suspected of driving Matsuri Takahashi (24) to suicide from overwork. Takahashi was clocking 100 hours of overtime a month before she jumped from her company dorm balcony in December 2015.
(AP, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, In Latvia US senators visiting eastern European allies to discuss security issues called for sanctions against Russia for interfering in the presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts.
(AP, 12/29/16)
2016 Dec 28, Lebanon's parliament overwhelmingly approved a national unity Cabinet headed by PM Saad Hariri.
(AP, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, Mexico’s federal consumer protection agency announced that it was investigating whether some gas stations may be hoarding fuel until January, as is widely rumored. Gasoline shortages in many parts of the country have forced grumbling customers to contend with hours-long lines.
(AP, 12/31/16)
2016 Dec 28, In southwest Nepal a herd of elephants attacked a village, killing one person and wounding two others. The elephants attacked Praseni village at dawn, when there was not much light and poor visibility due to winter fog.
(AP, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, Nigerian police said a plot to blow up a major bridge in Lagos has been foiled following the arrest of a 43-year-old man suspected of being part of a gang that planned to carry out the attack.
(Reuters, 12/29/16)
2016 Dec 28, International observer body the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) confirmed being the victim of a "major" cyber-attack in early November. The Russian hacker’s group APT28 was believed to be behind the attack.
(AFP, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif inaugurated a 340 MW nuclear power plant built with Chinese aid, the third of four such projects aimed at addressing longtime energy shortages.
(AP, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, Qatar Airways said it has purchased a 10-percent stake in Chile's LATAM Airlines Group for $608 million.
(AP, 12/29/16)
2016 Dec 28, Russian investigators said they had opened a criminal case into a group of men who filmed themselves crushing a bear to death by repeatedly driving over it in off-road vehicles in the Siberian tundra.
(Reuters, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, South Korea's antitrust regulator slapped a 1.03 trillion won ($865 million) fine on Qualcomm Inc. for allegedly violating competition laws.
(AP, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, Madrid said all privately-owned cars with even-numbered registration plates will be banned from the Spanish capital's roads tomorrow to curb rising air pollution.
(Reuters, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, Sudanese lawmakers voted to bring back the post of prime minister, a position abolished after President Omar al-Bashir came to power in a 1989 Islamist-backed coup.
(AFP, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, In eastern Syria air strikes carried out by unidentified aircraft killed at least 22 civilians, including 10 children, in a village held by the Islamic State group.
(AFP, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, In Syria Leila Shuweikani, a Syrian-American woman, died shortly after being detained. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported her death in 2018 and said that she had been tortured.
(AP, 11/29/18)
2016 Dec 28, In Tunisia at least five people were killed and more than 50 injured on when a train slammed into a public bus before dawn near Tunis.
(AFP, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, Turkish state media said Turkey and Russia have agreed a ceasefire for all of Syria that should come into force at midnight, but rebel groups said no such official truce had been agreed.
(AFP, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, Turkish security said one Turkish soldier and two Kurdish militants died as a result of clashes overnight in the eastern province of Tunceli.
(Reuters, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, Uruguay's last military dictator, General Gregorio "El Goyo" Alvarez (91), died of heart failure. He was serving a 25-year prison sentence for human rights violations committed during his 1981-1985 dictatorship.
(AFP, 12/28/16)
2016 Dec 28, Pope Francis sent a letter to bishops around the world saying they must adhere to a policy of zero tolerance for clergy who sexually abuse children.
(Reuters, 1/2/17)

2017 Dec 28, President Donald Trump criticized China following reports that Chinese ships transferred oil to North Korean vessels at sea in violation of UN sanctions over the North's nuclear weapons program.
(AP, 12/29/17)
2017 Dec 28, The United States and Turkey lifted all visa restrictions after Washington said Ankara had kept to assurances no further US mission staff would be targeted for performing official duties, following detention of two earlier this year.
(Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 28, US federal prosecutors said a seventh person has been charged with participating in a scheme to smuggle teenagers into the US and force them to work at an egg farm in central Ohio.
(SFC, 12/29/17, p.A5)
2017 Dec 28, American novelist Sue Grafton (77) died in Santa Barbara, Ca. Her best-selling alphabet series of mystery novels reached “Y Is for Yesterday," published last August.
(SFC, 12/30/17, p.E1)
2017 Dec 28, In Kansas Andrew Finch (28) was killed by a SWAT team in Wichita following the fake 911 call about a shooting and killing at the victim’s address. Police in southern California arrested Tyler Barriss (25) the next day, suspected of making the hoax call that resulted in the fatal shooting. On Nov. 13, 2018, Barriss pleaded guilty to making the hoax call following a dispute between two online gamers over a $1.50 bet in a Call of Duty WWII video game. On March 31, 2019, Barriss was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
(SSFC, 12/31/17, p.A7)(SFC, 11/14/18, p.A5)(SFC, 3/30/19, p.A7)
2017 Dec 28, In NYC a fire in the Bronx left 12 people dead and four more fighting for their lives.
(SFC, 12/29/17, p.A7)
2017 Dec 28, In Afghanistan suicide attackers struck a Shiite Muslim cultural center in Kabul leaving at least 41 people dead and 84 wounded. A roadside mine exploded in northern Balkh province, killing six children.
(AP, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 28, China’s deputy director at the National Environmental Inspection Office said more than 18,000 Chinese officials failed to take any action or performed badly in protecting the environment since 2016, according to a national crackdown that saw Beijing inspectors visit some of the world's most polluted cities.
(Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 28, China blocked a US effort at the United Nations to blacklist six foreign-flagged ships following reports of illicit sales of oil products to North Korea.
(Reuters, 12/31/17)
2017 Dec 28, In Egypt militants killed two people including a policeman at a bank in the North Sinai region and wounded several others.
(Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 28, In Germany four men used a hammer to break down part of a concrete wall at the Ploetzensee prison before climbing over a barbed-wire fence. On Jan. 2 one of the escapees turned himself in.
(AP, 12/28/17)(AP, 1/2/18)
2017 Dec 28, India's lower house of parliament passed a bill aimed at prosecuting Muslim men who divorce their wives through the "triple talaq", or instant divorce. The bill moved to the upper house of parliament, where it was likely to be approved.
(Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 28, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency said people have been detained following protests in the northeastern city of Mashdad over price hikes. The prices of many basic goods, including eggs, have increased by 30-40 percent in recent days.
(AP, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 28, Israel's parliament passed legislation curbing a police practice of recommending indictments in high-profile cases before charges are pressed. The bill was pushed by Benjamin Netanyahu's party as he faces corruption allegations and critics said it was designed to shield the long-ruling prime minister.
(AP, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 28, Japanese authorities indicted the North Korean captain of a boat that drifted to its coast on charges of stealing a generator, appliances and other equipment from an uninhabited island. The captain and his nine crewmembers on a dilapidated boat were rescued near a tiny island off of Hokkaido, in late November.
(AP, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 28, It was reported that Macedonia has taken emergency measures against dense smog enveloping its cities, an annual winter scourge in the Western Balkans blamed on a mix of coal burning, aging industry and high-polluting emissions from older vehicles.
(Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 28, In Mexico a state legislator was shot to death on a highway in the western state of Jalisco. He was the second politician killed in Jalisco in a week.
(AP, 12/29/17)
2017 Dec 28, Nepal’s cabinet endorsed a revision to the Himalayan nation's mountaineering regulations, banning solo climbers from its mountains in a bid to reduce accidents.
(AFP, 12/30/17)
2017 Dec 28, Ten Philippine police officers mistakenly shot at a vehicle and killed two of its passengers late today. The officers were soon relieved of their duties and Manila's police chief ordered an investigation into the incident.
(AP, 12/29/17)
2017 Dec 28, In Russia Andrei Rudomakha, head of the Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus NGO, and a group of activists were assaulted late today in Krasnodar upon returning from the Black Sea coastal city of Gelendzhik where they were documenting the illegal construction of a mansion for high-ranking officials.
(AP, 12/29/17)
2017 Dec 28, It was reported that a Singapore court rejected this week a gay Singaporean doctor's bid to adopt his biological child because he was born by a surrogate mother in the US through a procedure not available for local unmarried couples.
(Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 28, Singapore detained Phan Van Anh Vu (42), wanted by Vietnam in connection with a corruption crackdown and for revealing state secrets, as he tried to leave for Malaysia.
(Reuters, 1/2/18)
2017 Dec 28, South Korea said it "humbly accepts" there is no evidence North Korea diverted wages paid to its workers by South Korean firms in a now-closed border industrial park to bankroll its weapons programs as the previous government asserted.
(Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 28, Bitcoin fell more than 11 percent after South Korea said it would ban anonymous trading of virtual currencies and crack down on money laundering activities using them.
(AFP, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 28, South Sudanese troops raided the home of exiled former army commander Paul Malong, after his rival was named to command troops in his home region to counter any threats he might pose to the government.
(Reuters, 12/29/17)
2017 Dec 28, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denied that his country is constructing a naval base on Sudan's Red Sea coast, saying Turkey plans to restore Ottoman-era ruins in the area.
(AP, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 28, Turkey’s state media said police have detained 120 people with suspected links to Islamic State (IS) in the countdown to New Year's Eve, part of a tightening of security one year after a gunman killed 39 people in an Istanbul night club.
(Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 28, The UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen said Saudi-led airstrikes have killed 109 civilians over the past 10 days.
(AP, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 28, Hundreds of Venezuelans took to the streets in poor parts of Caracas overnight to protest a shortage of pork for traditional Christmas meals in the latest symptom of social discontent during a brutal economic crisis.
(Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017 Dec 28, Zimbabwe state media reported that ousted president Robert Mugabe will get a residence, a car fleet and private air travel as part of a new government-funded retirement package for former leaders.
(AFP, 12/28/17)

2018 Dec 28, Pres. Donald Trump threatened to close the southern US border and cut off aid to Central America if Congress refuses to fund a border wall.
(SFC, 12/29/18, p.A5)
2018 Dec 28, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $575 million to resolve investigations by all 50 US states and Washington, DC, related to unauthorized accounts in customers' names. More than a quarter of the settlement will go to the state of California.
(SFC, 12/29/18, p.D1)
2018 Dec 28, Afghanistan's attorney general slapped a travel ban on five top football officials, hours after graphic details emerged of alleged sexual and physical abuse against members of the women's national team.
(AFP, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, Albania's PM Edi Rama shuffled his Cabinet in response to a students' protest and complaints of corruption and inefficiency from the opposition.
(AP, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, Bangladesh's telecoms regulator ordered mobile operators to shut down high-speed mobile internet services until midnight Dec 29, the day of a national election, to prevent rumors and propaganda surrounding the vote.
(Reuters, 12/29/18)
2018 Dec 28, In Brazil Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed what he said would be a "new era" in ties with "great power" Brazil ahead of meeting with the Latin America's country's incoming far-right leader, Jair Bolsonaro.
(AFP, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, In Britain three men were found guilty of murdering five people in an explosion as part of a plot to claim over 300,000 pounds ($380,000) from an insurance policy. Arkan Ali, Hawkar Hassan and Aram Kurd were convicted in Leicester Crown Court for an arson attack in February.
(AP, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, British music retailer HMV (His Master's Voice), which was launched by English composer Edward Elgar in 1921 and helped propel the Beatles to fame, collapsed into administration as consumers switch to digital streaming in droves.
(AFP, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, A Canadian teacher detained in China over a problem with her work permit returned home. Albertan Sarah McIver was arrested earlier this month for issues related to her teaching job.
(AP, 12/29/18)
2018 Dec 28, Chinese police detained a group of students who protested against a crackdown on the Peking University Marxist Society.
(Reuters, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, In CongoDRC protests flared for a second straight day in eastern cities in response to the decision to cancel voting in Beni and Butembo in the east and Yumbi in the west. New polling showed opposition candidate Martin Fayulu favored to win the Dec. 30 elections.
(AP, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, It was reported that cash-strapped Cuba plans fresh austerity measures and will pressure the sluggish bureaucracy to tighten its belt and cut red tape to address weak growth, falling export earnings and rising debt.
(Reuters, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, Ecuador's government banned most fireworks in the Galapagos archipelago due to damage caused to the islands' wildlife from the sounds of explosions, including heart problems and nervous stress.
(AP, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, In Egypt a roadside bomb hit a tourist bus near the Giza Pyramids, killing three Vietnamese and their Egyptian guide.
(AP, 12/29/18)
2018 Dec 28, In India a top official at Purvanchal University urged his students to "murder" fellow students if confronted instead of complaining to him, amid a wave of violence being reported from across Uttar Pradesh where the school is based.
(Reuters, 12/30/18)
2018 Dec 28, It was reported that steep price drops in India in recent weeks for onions and potatoes have badly hit the rural economy in large states.
(Reuters, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, Indonesia's disaster agency said that 426 people died in the Dec. 22 Sunda Strait tsunami. That was slightly lower than previously announced due to some victims being recorded twice. It said 23 are missing and more than 40,000 displaced.
(AP, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, Israeli fire killed Karam Fayyad (26) during protests on the border east of the city of Khan Yunis. Witnesses said Fayyad had Down syndrome. An Israeli aircraft hit a Hamas position in the Gaza Strip late today in response to the first fire from the territory since a November flare-up.
(AFP, 12/29/18)(SFC, 12/29/18, p.A2)
2018 Dec 28, Amos Oz (b.1939), celebrated Israeli novelist and passionate peace advocate, died of cancer. His stirring memoir "A Tale of Love and Darkness" (2002) became a worldwide bestseller.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amos_Oz)(AFP, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, Mexican authorities confirmed the kidnap-murder of a medical student who was the daughter of a Cuernavaca university administrator. The woman was reported missing Dec. 13 and her body was later discovered in Yautepec. Two suspects were reported detained in Cuernavaca.
(AP, 12/29/18)
2018 Dec 28, In Mexico 7 children died in a house fire in the poor Iztapalapa neighborhood of Mexico City.
(AP, 12/29/18)
2018 Dec 28, Shehu Shagari (93), Nigeria's second president (1978-1983), died. His civilian tenure was sandwiched between two military rulers in an era rocked by coups.
(AP, 12/29/18)
2018 Dec 28, Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, approved death sentences for 22 militants convicted by military courts of involvement in attacks that killed 176 security forces and civilians in recent years.
(AP, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, Russia's FSB state security service detained an American citizen suspected of spying in Moscow. This was only announced on Dec. 31. The English-language service of TASS news agency then named him as Paul Whelan (48). The Canadian-born former US Marine with triple UK, US and Irish citizenship, was charged with espionage. His lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov later said Whelan was handed a USB drive containing state secrets but he had thought it was information about Russian culture.
(Reuters, 12/31/18)(AP, 1/4/19)(AFP, 1/22/19)
2018 Dec 28, The South Korean Unification Ministry said the personal information of 997 North Koreans who defected to South Korea has been leaked after unknown hackers got access to a resettlement agency's database.
(Reuters, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, A Spanish aid boat carrying 313 migrants rescued at sea docked at the Spanish port of Algeciras, ending a weeklong journey across the western Mediterranean.
(AP, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, In Sudan thousands of people demonstrated in a string of neighborhoods of Khartoum, calling for President Omar Bashir to step down, keeping up the pressure on the autocratic general-turned-president who has been in power for nearly 30 years. Security agents arrested a top opposition leader following calls for more demonstrations against a rise in bread prices.
(AP, 12/28/18)(AFP, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, Syrian troops deployed in support of Kurdish forces around Manbij, a strategic northern city, in a shift of alliances hastened by last week's announcement of a US military withdrawal. The deployment creates a regime buffer arching across northern Syria that fully separates the Turkish army and its proxies from the Kurds.
(AFP, 12/28/18)
2018 Dec 28, In southern Thailand four people in Narathiwat were wounded by one of several bombs suspected of being planted by the Muslim insurgents. There was a shootout between security forces and suspected insurgents who attacked a defense outpost at a small rural village.
(AP, 12/29/18)
2018 Dec 28, Venezuela launched a complaint at the World Trade Organization to challenge US sanctions, saying that a ban on travel by blacklisted individuals and trade restrictions break WTO rules.
(Reuters, 1/8/19)

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