Today in History - December 30
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39CE Dec 30,
Titus, 10th Roman emperor (79-81) and conqueror of Jerusalem, was
987 Dec 30, French King Hugh
Capet crowned his son Robert the Compassionate.
1460 Dec 30, Richard
Plantagenet (b.1411), English Duke of York, was killed by
Lancastrians at the Battle of Wakefield. Queen Margaret hung his
head from Micklegate Bar, one of the original entries to the city of
12/18/10, p.111)(SSFC, 4/13/14, p.Q4)
1525 Dec 30, Jacob Fugger
(b.1459), German banker and merchant, died. In 2015 Greg Steinmetz
authored “The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jakob_Fugger)(Econ, 8/1/15, p.71)
1566 Dec 30, Alessandro
Piccinini, composer, was born.
1572 Dec 30, Galeazzo Alessi
(60), Italian architect (Palazza Marino, Milan), died.
1689 Dec 30, Henry Purcell's
opera "Dido and Aeneas," premiered in Chelsea.
1703 Dec 30, Tokyo was hit by
Earthquake and some 37,000 people died.
1741 Dec 30, Bartolomeo
Giacometti, composer, was born.
1788 Dec 30, Francesco
Zuccarelli (86), Italian rococo painter and etcher, died.
1796 Dec 30, Jean-Baptiste
Lamoyne (45), composer, died.
1809 Dec 30, Wearing masks at
balls was forbidden in Boston.
1813 Dec 30, The British burned
Buffalo, N.Y., during the War of 1812.
1835 Dec 30, Cherokees were
forced to move across the Mississippi River after gold was
discovered in Georgia. A minority faction of Cherokee agreed to the
emigration of the whole tribe from their lands by signing the Treaty
of New Echota. The Treaty of New Echota resulted in the cession of
all Cherokee land to the U.S. and provided for the transportation of
the Cherokee Indians to land beyond the Mississippi. The removal of
the Cherokee was completed by 1838.
(NG, 5/95, p.86)(HNQ, 6/21/98)(MC, 12/30/01)
1835 Dec 30, HMS Beagle and
Charles Darwin sailed from NZ to Sydney.
1847 Dec 30, John Peter
Altgeld, US Gov-Ill, was born in Germany. He pardoned some of the
1851 Dec 30, Asa Griggs
Candler, developer of Coca-Cola, was born.
1852 Dec 30, Future U.S.
president Rutherford B. Hayes married Lucy Ware Webb in Cincinnati.
1853 Dec 30, The United States
bought some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal
known as the Gadsden Purchase. It included parts of Arizona and New
Mexico (29,640 sq. miles) south of the Gila River. The purchase was
ratified by Congress on April 25, 1854.
(AWAM, Dec. 94, p.31)(HFA, '96, p.28)(AHD,
1861 Dec 30, Banks in the
United States suspended the practice of redeeming paper money for
metal currency, a practice that would continue until 1879.
1862 Dec 30, The draft of the
Emancipation Proclamation was finished and circulated around
Lincoln's cabinet for comment.
1865 Dec 30, Rudyard Kipling
(d.1936), British author and poet, best known for "Jungle Book" and
"Soldiers Three," was born in Bombay, India. "There are only two
classes of mankind in the world -- doctors and patients." He won the
Nobel prize for literature in 1907.
(AP, 12/30/97)(HN, 12/30/98)(AP, 2/7/00)(MC,
1877 Dec 30, Joseph Stevens
Jones (b.~1809-1811), physician, Boston actor and playwright, died.
He authored some 100 patriotic melodramas.
1877 Dec 30, Johannes Brahms'
2nd Symphony in D, premiered in Vienna.
1879 Dec 30, Gilbert &
Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance," premiered in London.
1884 Dec 30, Tojo Hideki,
Japanese Prime Minister during WWII, was born.
1884 Dec 30, Anton Bruckner's
7th Symphony in E, premiered in Leipzig.
1894 Dec 30, Amelia Jenks
Bloomer (76), suffragist, died in Council Bluffs, Iowa; she had
gained notoriety for wearing a short skirt and baggy trousers that
came to be known as "bloomers."
1899 Dec 30, The New York Times
listed the most significant advances of the Industrial Revolution.
1st item on the list was friction matches (1827).
(SFEC, 8/13/00, Z1 p.2)
1899 Dec 30, In the Philippines
the Spanish army executed nationalist author Jose Rizal (b.1861) for
the crime of rebellion after an anti-colonial revolution, inspired
in part by his writings, broke out.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Rizal)(Econ, 5/14/16, p.15)
1903 Dec 30, The Iraquois
Theater Fire of Chicago killed 602 people. Matinee patrons for “Mr
Bluebeard” panicked despite efforts by comedian Eddie Foy (47) to
calm the crowd. In 2003 Anthony P. Hatch authored “Tinder Box,” an
account of the fire.
(HFA, '96, p.70)(AP, 12/30/97)(PCh, 1992,
p.652)(WSJ, 3/28/03, p.W9)
1904 Dec 30, Dmitri B.
Kabalevsky, composer, was born in St Petersburg, Russia.
1905 Dec 30, Governor Frank
Steunenberg of Idaho was killed by an assassin's bomb. The former
Gov. of Idaho, was blown up by a booby-trapped gate in front of his
home in Caldwell, Idaho. Three Western Federation of Miners leaders
in Colorado, Charles Moyer, George Pettibone and William Haywood,
were “legally kidnapped” to Idaho and put on trial for the murder.
The event and surrounding circumstances were described by J. Anthony
Lukas in his 1997 book: “Big Trouble.”
(SFEC, 10/5/97, BR p.1,6)(HN, 12/30/98)
1906 Dec 30, Sir Carol Reed
(d.1976) British movie director ("The Third Man," "Our Man in
Havana," "Oliver!") was born in London.
1907 Dec 30, The Mills
Commission issued its final report, concluding that Abner Doubleday
was the inventor of the sport of baseball, a claim Doubleday himself
had never made. Few, if any, sports historians take this finding
1911 Dec 30, Sun Yat-sen was
elected the first president of the Republic of China.
1914 Dec 30, Bert Parks,
[Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), was born in Atlanta, Ga.
1918 Dec 30, John E. Hoover
decided to be called J. Edgar Hoover.
1922 Dec 30, Vladimir I. Lenin
proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics. Soviet Russia was renamed the Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics. The Soviet Union was organized as a federation of RSFSR,
Ukrainian SSR, Belorussian SSR and Transcaucasian SSR.
(AP, 12/30/97)(HN, 12/30/98)
1928 Dec 30, Bo Didley, blues
composer and singer famous for his Mockingbird song, was born in
McComb, Mississippi. His music included “Pretty Thing,” “Diddy Wah
Diddy,” “Who Do You Love,” “Hey Bo Didley,” and “Hush Your Mouth.”
The Bo came from boxing.
(SFEC, 8/25/96, DB p.71)(HN, 12/30/98)
1929 Dec 30, Cole Porter's
musical "Wake Up & Dream," premiered in NYC.
1930 Dec 30, In Russia the
Industrial Party trial came to a conclusion. The tribunal accused a
group of Soviet engineers and economists of forming the “Industrial
Party,” which in collusion with France had supposedly plotted
against the Bolshevik government. The entire case was fabricated.
1931 Dec 30, Richard Christ,
writer, was born.
1932 Dec 30, The USSR barred
food handouts for housewives under 36 years of age. They would now
have to work to eat.
1935 Dec 30, Sandy Koufax, Hall
of Fame left-handed pitcher with the LA Dodgers, was born.
1935 Dec 30, Italian bombers
destroyed a Swedish Red Cross unit in Ethiopia.
1936 Dec 30, The United Auto
Workers union staged its first sit-down strike, at the Fisher Body
Plant No. 1 in Flint, Mich.
1937 Dec 30, John Robb, actor,
was born in Los Angeles.
1937 Dec 30, Paul Stookey,
singer and musician (Peter, Paul, & Mary), was born.
1938 Dec 30, Joseph Bologna,
actor (Citizen Cohn, My Favorite Year), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
1938 Dec 30, An electronic
television system was patented by V.K. Zworykin. [see Dec 20]
1940 Dec 30, In California the
Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, officially
opened as the first freeway in the Western US.
(AP, 12/30/97)(SFC, 3/7/98, p.A18)
1944 Dec 30, King George II of
Greece proclaimed a regency to rule his country, virtually
renouncing the throne.
1947 Dec 30, Romania's King
Michael was exiled when the Soviet backed Communists took over. King
Michael of Romania agreed to abdicate, but charged he was being
forced off the throne by Communists.
(SFC, 6/27/97, p.A16)(AP, 12/30/97)(HN, 12/30/98)
1948 Dec 30, The Cole Porter
musical "Kiss Me, Kate" opened on Broadway at the New Century
Theater and ran for 1,077 performances. It was based on
Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and was written by Bella
Spewack (d.1990 at age 91), who helped originate the Girl Scout
cookie. The songs “Too Darn Hot” and “I Hate Men” were featured.
(WSJ, 5/8/97, p.A20)(WSJ, 6/3/98, p.CA1,4) (AP,
1950 Dec 30, Vietnam, Laos and
Cambodia became independent states in a French Union.
1952 Dec 30, Tuskegee Institute
reported 1952 as the 1st yr in the last 71 with no US lynchings.
1953 Dec 30, The first color TV
sets went on sale. An Admiral color set was priced about $1,175 in
1953 dollars! Color TV sets did not become affordable to the masses
until the late 1960s.
(TMC, 1994, p.1953)(MC, 12/30/01)
1956 Dec 30, The New York
Giants defeated the Chicago Bears, 47-to-7, to win the NFL
1959 Dec 30, Tracey Ullman,
singer and actress (Tracey Ullman Show), was born in Slough,
1963 Dec 30, Alessandra
Mussolini, actress (Ferragosto OK), was born in Naples, Italy.
1963 Dec 30, Congress
authorized the Kennedy half dollar.
1964 Dec 30, Edward Albee's
"Tiny Alice," premiered in NYC.
1965 Dec 30, Ferdinand E.
Marcos was sworn in as the Philippine Republic's sixth president.
(SFC, 8/23/96, p.A26)(HN, 12/30/98)
1966 Dec 30, Trygve Halvdan Lie
(72), 1st UN sect-general (1946-53), died.
1967 Dec 30, Beatles' "Hello
Goodbye," single went #1 for 3 weeks.
1967 Dec 30, Bert Berns
(b.1929), American songwriter and record producer, died in NYC. He
made numerous contributions to popular music, including "Twist and
Shout", "Piece of My Heart", "Brown Eyed Girl" (as a producer),
"Here Comes the Night", "Hang On Sloopy", "Under the Boardwalk" and
"Everybody Needs Somebody to Love". In 2017 the documentary “Bang:
The Bert Berns Story” was produced under the direction of his son,
Brett Berns, and Bob Sarles.
1969 Dec 30, Pres. Nixon signed
the Tax Reform Act of 1969. The US Congress had enacted legislation
that created a minimum tax (later known as the Alternative Minimum
Tax, AMT) after the IRS revealed that about 155 high-income
households had paid no tax in 1966. It was part of the Tax Reform
Act of 1969 and became operative in 1970. The AMT was designed to
make sure everyone pays some tax.
1969 Dec 30, The US Federal
Aviation Administration certified the Boeing 747-100 for commercial
1969 Dec 30, In the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos (1917-1989) won an unprecedented second term as
1972 Dec 30, After two weeks of
heavy bombing raids on North Vietnam, President Nixon halted the air
offensive and agreed to resume peace negotiations with Hanoi
representative Le Duc Tho.
(AP, 12/30/97)(HN, 12/30/98)
1973 Dec 30, British
millionaire Edward Sieff, whose family owns Marks and Spencers
stores in London, was wounded. The attack was attributed to Carlos
the Jackal, aka Ilich Ramirez Sanchez.
1975 Dec 30, Tiger Woods, later
professional golfer, was born as Eldrick Woods in Cypress,
1976 Dec 30, Governor Carey of
New York pardoned seven inmates to close the book on the Attica
1977 Dec 30, Ted Bundy
(1946-1989), serial killer, escaped from jail in Colorado. His
absence was not noticed until the next day. He was re-captured in
Florida on February 15, 1978, after 3 more murders.
1978 Dec 30, Ohio State
University fired Woody Hayes as its football coach, one day after
Hayes punched Clemson University player Charlie Bauman during the
Gator Bowl after Bauman intercepted an Ohio pass.
1979 Dec 30, Richard Rodgers
(b.1902), composer (Rodgers & Hammerstein), died in NYC. His
Broadway shows included "Oklahoma" and other classics.
1983 Dec 30, A 7.2 earthquake
killed 26 people in Afghanistan (14) and Pakistan (12).
(SFC, 3/5/02, p.A10)
1987 Dec 30, Manufacturers of
all-terrain vehicles agreed to withdraw the three-wheel model from
dealers' inventories, but stopped short of a recall, as demanded by
groups who felt the ATV's were dangerous.
1988 Dec 30, President Reagan
and President-elect Bush were subpoenaed to testify as defense
witnesses in the pending Iran-Contra trial of Oliver North. The
subpoenas were subsequently quashed.
1988 Dec 30, Isamu Noguchi
(b.1904), Japanese-American sculptor, died. Noguchi designed sets
for choreographer Martha Graham for 40 years. “We are a landscape of
all we have seen.” In 1997 Hiro Narita made a film of the artist for
PBS: "Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper."
1989 Dec 30, A Northwest
Airlines DC-10, target of a telephoned threat, flew safely from
Paris to Detroit amid extra-tight security.
1990 Dec 30, Iraq’s information
minister (Latif Nussayif Jassim) said President Bush “must have been
drunk” when he suggested Iraq might withdraw from Kuwait, and added:
“We will show the world America is a paper tiger.”
1991 Dec 30, The remains of two
American hostages slain in Lebanon, William Buckley and Marine Col.
William R. Higgins, arrived in the United States for burial.
1991 Dec 30, Leaders of the
Commonwealth of Independent States agreed to establish unified
command over nuclear weapons, while allowing member states to form
their own armies.
1992 Dec 30, President Bush
embarked on the final foreign trip of his term in office, heading to
a Black Sea summit with Russian President Boris Yeltsin, with a
stopover in Somalia to visit U.S. troops helping famine victims.
1993 Dec 30, Hollywood agent
Irving "Swifty" Lazar died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 86.
1993 Dec 30, Israel and the
Vatican agreed to recognize one another.
1994 Dec 30, US Army helicopter
pilot Bobby Hall walked to freedom 13 days after he was captured by
North Korea in a shootdown that claimed the life of co-pilot David
Hilemon. [see Dec 29]
1994 Dec 30, John Salvi opened
fire at two abortion clinics in suburban Boston and killed 2 clinic
receptionists, Lee Ann Nichols and Shannon Lowney. He was convicted
on two accounts of first-degree murder in Mar, 1996. Salvi committed
suicide in prison on Nov 29, 1996. His conviction was voided in 1997
because he died before his appeal was heard.
(WSJ, 3/19/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 11/30/96,
p.A1,15)(SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A3)(AP, 12/30/99)
1995 Dec 30, A US military
policeman, Martin John Begosh, became the first American injured in
NATO’s fledgling Bosnia peace mission when his Humvee hit an
1995 Dec 30, The Salem Baptist
Church in Gibson Co., Tenn., burned down. Arson was suspected and
investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1995 Dec 30, In China’s Inner
Mongolia over 200 people demonstrated at the bookstore of Hada,
founder of the Southern Mongolia Democratic Alliance. Hada was
jailed in 1996 on charges of separatism and spying and sentenced to
15 years in jail.
(SFC, 12/14/10, p.A2)
1996 Dec 30, The Clinton
administration said that doctors who prescribe marijuana could be
excluded from Medicare and Medicaid programs and lose the right to
prescribe drugs. Voters in California and Arizona had approved
measures for medical use of marijuana.
(SFC, 12/31/96, p.A1)
1996 Dec 30, Lew Ayres (88),
screen actor (Salem's Lot, State Fair), died.
1996 Dec 30, In Eritrea it was
reported that five Belgians were killed on an outing near Filfil
along with their native driver.
(SFC, 12/31/96, p.A11)
1996 Dec 30, In India a bomb
exploded on the Brahmaputra Express train out of Gauhati in the
state of Assam. About three dozen people were killed. Bodo
insurgents were suspected.
(SFC, 12/31/96, p.A10) (AP, 12/30/97)
1996 Dec 30, From Turkey a raid
by 5,000 troops into Iraq left 72 Kurdish guerrillas and 2 Turkish
(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.1)
1997 Dec 30, In Algeria
marauders slit the throats of 34 people in Ain Boucif. Later reports
raised the number killed near the city of Relizane to over 400 for
this first day of Ramadan. The single deadliest massacre in
Algeria's insurgency began in four mountain villages as armed men
killed 412 men, women and children in an attack that lasted from
dusk until dawn.
(SFC,12/31/97, p.A8)(SFC, 1/3/98, p.A8)(AP,
1997 Dec 30, China adopted new
rules restricting the use of the Internet. Details forbade
defamation of government agencies, the promotion of separatist
movements, and the divulgence of state secrets. Also forbidden was
pornography and prowling by hackers.
1997 Dec 30, In Italy Danilo
Dolci, advocate of nonviolent social reform, died at age 73. His
writings and poetry chronicled Sicily’s beauty and despair. His
books include: “Report From Palermo,” “Waste,” and “Sicilian
(SFC, 1/1/98, p.A25)
1997 Dec 30, Russia signed an
agreement to build a $3B nuclear power plant in China.
1997 Dec 30, In Serbia riot
police dispersed thousands of Albanian students protesting in
Pristina, who demanded the right to study in their own language.
1997 Dec 30, South Africa
established diplomatic ties with China and ended formal ties with
1997 Dec 30, In Spain a judge
accused 36 Argentine military and police officers of involvement in
torture and the disappearance of 600 Spaniards during the dirty war
from 1976-1983. Most of those named served in the ESMA, a torture
center used by the military regime.
1997 Dec 30, In Vietnam
hard-line Gen’l. Le Kha Phieu (66) replaced Do Muoi as the general
secretary of the communist party, the country’s top leader.
1998 Dec 30, Weak but radiant,
Nkem Chukwu, mother of the Houston octuplets, was released from the
1998 Dec 30, In Angola rebels
bombarded Huambo and killed 5 people.
(SFC, 12/31/98, p.D2)
1998 Dec 28, In Argentina Ruben
Franco, a former Admiral, was arrested on charges of being a central
organizer of the baby kidnappings during the dirty war.
(SFC, 12/31/98, p.D2)
1998 Dec 30, In Colombia
officials found at least 11 burned and dismembered bodies in El
(SFC, 12/31/98, p.D2)
1998 Dec 30, Iraq again fired
at US warplanes the missile site was destroyed in response.
(SFC, 12/31/98, p.A1)
1998/99 Dec 30-Jan 1, Some 500 people were
massacred in eastern Congo during the 3 day New Year holiday. The
killings were by soldiers aligned with rebels led by Tutsi, but the
victims were not Hutu.
(SFC, 1/6/99, p.A7)
1999 Dec 30, In Tampa, Fla.,
Silvio Izquierdo-Leyva, an employee at the Radisson Bay Harbor Inn,
shot and killed 4 co-workers and a motorist as he tempted to steal a
car before police arrested him. Izquierdo-Leyva later pleaded guilty
and was sentenced to life.
(SFC, 12/31/99, p.A1)(AP, 12/30/04)
1999 Dec 30, In Oregon an
80-foot power-line tower was toppled 26 miles east of Bend. It was
described as an isolated case of criminal mischief. 2 suspects were
arrested in 2005.
(SFC, 1/1/00, p.D4)(SFC, 12/9/05, p.A6)
1999 Dec 30, Sarah “Sadie”
Clark Knauss, listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest
person with a verifiable date of birth, died in Allentown,
Pennsylvania, at age 119.
1999 Dec 30, In England former
Beatle George Harrison was stabbed in his home in Henley-on-Thames
after Michael Abram (33), a mentally ill former heroin addict, broke
in. Abram was later acquitted of attempted murder by reason of
(SFC, 12/31/99, p.A1,18)(AP, 12/30/00)
1999 Dec 30, In Indonesia
strife between Christians and Muslims left some 74 people killed
after 4 days of violence.
(SFC, 12/31/99, p.D6)
1999 Dec 30-31, A rubber raft
with some 59 refugees capsized while trying to cross the Adriatic
between Albania and Italy. One body was found in Jan.
(SFC, 1/19/00, p.A14)
2000 Dec 30, A record snow fall
covered the US northern East Coast.
(SFC, 12/31/00, p.A3)
2000 Dec 30, Hollywood
screenwriter Julius J. Epstein, who co-wrote the script for
“Casablanca,” died in Los Angeles at age 91.
2000 Dec 30, In the Philippines
5 bomb blasts hit Manila and at least 22 people were killed. Muslim
rebels were blamed. One of bombs was on a train and killed at least
13. Police arrested 17 men on Jan 4. 7 Muslim guerrillas were
indicted including Salamat Hashim, chairman of the Moro Liberation
Front. The Jemaah Islamiyah, an militant group linked to al Qaeda,
was involved in the train bombing. In 2009 three men, including one
of the Philippines' top terror suspects, were sentenced to life in
prison for one of the bombings that killed 11 people. The attacks
revealed close coordination among militants across the region.
(SFC, 12/30/00, p.A1)(SFC, 12/31/00, p.A1)(SFC,
1/5/01, p.D3)(SFC, 1/9/01, p.A15)(WSJ, 8/13/02, p.A14)(AP, 1/23/09)
2000 Dec 30, Russia’s Pres.
Putin endorsed the new national anthem with words by poet Sergei
Mikhalkov (1913-2009) and the original Soviet music. Mikhalkov
adjusted the text again, replacing references to Lenin and the
Soviets with a paean to Russia's "divinely protected" forests and
meadows that span from "southern seas to the polar lands."
(SFC, 12/31/00, p.B5)(AP, 8/27/09)
2001 Dec 30, Rev. Jack Brock of
the Christ Community Church and his wife Sharon burned Harry Potter
books in Alamogordo, NM, after calling them “a masterpiece of
(SFC, 1/1/02, p.A2)
2001 Dec 30, Ralph Sutton (79)
stride pianist, died in Aspen, Colo. He was a founding member of the
World’s Greatest Jazz Band (1968-1975).
(SFC, 1/1/02, p.A10)
2001 Dec 30, Four Afghan
soldiers were killed near Herat as they stacked boxes of ammunition.
(SFC, 12/31/01, p.A6)
2001 Dec 30, In Argentina Pres.
Saa resigned after one week in office. Senate leader Ramon Puerta
resigned his post so as not to become interim president again.
Eduardo Camano, Peronist lawmaker, was next in line. Saa returned to
San Luis province and with his brother began producing films with
financing from the San Luis Ministry of Progress.
(SFC, 12/31/01, p.A3)(WSJ, 2/24/05, p.A1)
2001 Dec 30, Colombia seized
$41 million in counterfeit US currency.
(WSJ, 12/31/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 30, Israeli forces
killed 6 Palestinians in 2 incidents in the Gaza Strip.
(SFC, 12/31/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 30, Pakistan arrested
Hafiz Saeed, leader of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (Army of the Pure) as India
moved more troops to the border.
(SFC, 12/31/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 30, Russian troops
mounted an offensive south of Grozny after 6 Russian soldiers were
killed by rebels.
(WSJ, 12/31/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 30, In South Africa an
open truck carrying families on a pilgrimage to ancestral graves,
overturned on a steep hill and 48 people were killed.
(SFC, 1/1/02, p.A7)
2002 Dec 30, Mary Brian (96),
film star born as Louise Byrdie Dantzler, died. She had appeared in
82 films between 1924 and 1947.
(SFC, 1/4/03, p.A15)
2002 Dec 30, China launched its
Shenzhou IV spacecraft in a test launch to prepare for manned space
(SFC, 12/30/02, p.A8)
2002 Dec 30, In England Mary
Wesley (90), who published her first novel when she was 70 and went
on to produce a string of slightly racy best sellers, died. Her
books included "The Camomile Lawn" and "A Sensible Life." In 2006
Patrick Marnham authored “Wild Mary: The Life of Mary Wesley.”
(AP, 12/31/02)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.87)
2002 Dec 30, In Greece Dora
Bakoyianni (48) was sworn in as the mayor of Athens, the first woman
ever to hold the post.
2002 Dec 30, A fire broke out
in an Iranian prison, killing 27 prisoners and injuring 50 others.
2002 Dec 30, British and US
warplanes flying multiple missions attacked Iraq air defense
facilities after an Iraqi fighter jet penetrated the southern no-fly
2002 Dec 30, In Chechnya rebels
staged attacks on pro-Moscow forces and killed 4 people in Grozny.
(SFC, 12/31/02, p.A7)
2002 Dec 30, Israeli soldiers
killed three Palestinians, including a gunman, while Israel's
Supreme Court ruled that reserve soldiers have no right to refuse
service in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Border policemen Shahar
Botbeka and Denis Alhazov and 2 others abducted several Hebron
residents, among them 17-year-old Amran Abu Hamadiya, and took them
for a ride in their jeep. They abused the men and beat them with
truncheons and rifles. They hurled Abu Hamadiya out of the moving
vehicle, causing his death. In 2008 Botbeka and Alhazov were
convicted of manslaughter for their part in the kidnapping and
wrongful death of Hamadiya.
2002 Dec 30, In the Ivory Coast
a rebel helicopter bombing killed 12 civilians and injured several
2002 Dec 30, Turkmenistan's
high court rapidly convicted and sentenced Boris Shikhmuradov, a
former foreign minister, to 25 years in prison for plotting an
attempt to kill Pres. Niyazov. Loyalists increased the sentence to
2002 Dec 30, The UN passed a
resolution by a 13-0 vote with Russia and Syria abstaining that put
new limits on Iraq for purchases of certain communications equipment
2002 Dec 30, In Yemen a
suspected Muslim extremist, hiding his gun cradled like a baby,
slipped into the Jibla Baptist Hospital and opened fire, killing
three American missionaries: Dr. Martha Myers (57), William Koehn
(60), and Kathleen Gariety (53). A 4th was seriously wounding. Abed
Abdul Razak Kamel was sentenced to death in May for killing the
missionaries. Kamel was executed on Feb 27, 2006.
(AP, 12/30/02)(SFC, 12/31/02, p.A4)(AP,
2003 Dec 30, The Bush
administration banned the use of meat from all sick or lame animals.
(SFC, 12/31/03, p.A1)
2003 Dec 30, The US FDA banned
the dietary supplement ephedra. Some 16,000 adverse reactions had
been reported along with 155 deaths.
(WSJ, 12/30/03, p.A1)(SFC, 12/31/03, p.A1)
2003 Dec 30, The Pentagon said
it will end an arrangement with Halliburton to import fuel into Iraq
due to recent government audits.
(SFC, 12/31/03, p.A9)
2003 Dec 30, FedEx agreed to
acquire Kinko's for $2.2 billion.
(WSJ, 12/31/03, p.A3)
2003 Dec 30, John Gregory Dunne
(b.1932), author, screenwriter and husband of Joan Didion, died in
NYC at age 71. His novels included "True Confessions" (1977).
(SFC, 1/1/04, p.A23)(SFC, 1/2/04, p.D1)
2003 Dec 30, In Cambodia former
Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan (72) acknowledged for the
first time that his regime committed genocide.
2003 Dec 30, In northeast China
an explosion at a fireworks factory in Tieling, Liaoning province,
killed at least 29 people. Authorities soon ordered more than 2,000
fireworks factories closed after a series of fatal explosions
"sounded warning bells for the industry."
(AP, 12/30/03)(AP, 1/3/04)
2003 Dec 30, In northern
Colombia leftist rebels attacked Pozo Azul, a village in Bolivar
state controlled by right-wing paramilitaries, killed 39 militia
fighters and a villager.
2003 Dec 30, Haiti police
hurled tear gas and fired warning shots in Port-au-Prince to break
up a protest by thousands of government opponents, wounding at least
2003 Dec 30, Anita Mui (40),
Canto pop diva and film actress, died in Hong Kong of cervical
(SFC, 1/1/04, p.A23)(SFC, 1/10/04, p.D3)
2003 Dec 30, At least 34 Indian
soldiers were wounded in Kashmir when militants detonated a bomb in
a shop as the bus carrying the troops passed by.
2003 Dec 30, Miriam Naveira was
sworn in as the new chief justice of Puerto Rico's Supreme Court,
making her the first woman to hold the post.
2003 Dec 30, The Russian Tax
Ministry slapped a $3.3 billion bill for back taxes, fines and other
penalties on the oil giant Yukos.
(SFC, 12/31/03, p.B6)
2003 Dec 30, Ukraine's
Constitutional Court ruled that President Leonid Kuchma can run for
a third five-year term next year.
2004 Dec 30, The death toll
from the Dec 26 earthquake-tsunami catastrophe rose to more than
114,000. Indonesia estimated deaths in Aceh at over 80,000.
(AP, 12/30/04)(SFC, 12/31/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 30, Arkansas vowed to
appeal after a judge struck down a 1999 rule barring the state from
placing a foster child in any household with a gay member.
(WSJ, 12/31/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 30, Washington Sec. of
State Sam Reed certified Democratic candidate Christine Gregoire as
winner in the governor’s race by 129 votes over Republican opponent
(SFC, 12/31/04, p.A2)
2004 Dec 30, In Tennessee 2
couples were charged with defrauding Wal-Mart of $1.5 million in 19
states by switching UPC bar codes.
(SFC, 12/31/04, p.C3)
2004 Dec 30, Artie Shaw (94),
jazz clarinetist, died in Thousand Oaks, Ca. His 8 wives included
film stars Lana Turner and Ava Gardner. In 1952 he authored the
autobiography: “The Trouble with Cinderella: An Outline of
Identity.” In 2010 Tom Nolan authored “Three Chords for Beauty’s
Sake: The Life of Artie Shaw.”
(SFC, 12/31/04, p.A1)(SSFC, 5/2/10, p.F5)
2004 Dec 30, In Argentina a
flare lit during a rock concert ignited the foam ceiling of a Buenos
Aires nightclub packed with teenagers, starting an inferno that
killed 194 people. Omar Chaban, owner of the club, later faced
charges of manslaughter. In 2006 the Buenos Aires city council
sacked Mayor Anibal Ibarra for failing to root out a culture of
bribery and bureaucratic sloth. In 2009 judges convicted the concert
promoter, three city officials and a band manager in the fire. The
court absolved the Callejeros band of criminal responsibility for
the blaze caused by fans' fireworks.
(AP, 12/31/04)(AP, 12/30/05)(Econ, 3/11/06,
2004 Dec 30, Mikhail Marinich,
Belarus opposition figure and former economic affairs minister, was
sentenced to 5 years in prison for stealing computers owned by the
US Embassy. The embassy did not report any thefts and the charges
were considered spurious.
(SFC, 12/31/04, p.A3)
2004 Dec 30, Bolivia’s
government under Carlos Mesa announced a 23% increase in the cost of
diesel fuel and a 10% rise for petrol. Protests soon followed.
(Econ, 1/22/05, p.35)
2004 Dec 30, Officials said
Canada has found what may be a second case of mad cow disease, just
a day after the US said it planned to reopen its border to Canadian
2004 Dec 30, China accused the
US of pressuring Israel not to return armed drone aircraft that were
sent back for upgrades following their purchase in the 1990s.
(WSJ, 12/31/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 30, In Iraq all 700
employees of the electoral commission in Mosul resigned following
threats by militant groups.
(SFC, 12/31/04, p.A3)
2004 Dec 30, In southern Gaza 2
Palestinians were killed in an Israeli missile strike, the 2nd day
of an army raid to stop Palestinian rocket fire from the Khan Younis
2004 Dec 30, King Mohammed VI
of Morocco met with Canadian PM Paul Martin and ambassador Carmen
Sylvain for talks about cooperation between their two countries.
2004 Dec 30, Pakistan President
Pervez Musharraf reiterated his intention to retain his dual role of
army chief and called on the opposition to accept the decision of
2004 Dec 30, Russia said it
would form a new state oil company base on the core operations of
Yukos and that it would offer a minority stake to China.
(WSJ, 12/31/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 30, Spain approved new
guidelines on immigration, including a partial amnesty aimed at
giving papers to some of the 800,000 illegal immigrants estimated to
be living in the country.
2004 Dec 30, South Korea's
parliament approved extending the mission of its 3,600 troops in
Iraq for another year.
2004 Dec 30, Taiwan increased
interest rates by .125% pushing the discount rate to 1.75%.
(WSJ, 12/31/04, p.A6)
2005 Dec 30, President Bush,
unhappy with Congress for not permanently extending the U.S.A.
Patriot Act, signed a bill renewing the anti-terrorism law for a few
2005 Dec 30, It was revealed
the Justice Department had opened an investigation into the leak of
classified information about President Bush's secret domestic spying
2005 Dec 30, The US FDA said
contaminated dog food, sold in 23 states by Diamond Pet Foods,
killed nearly two dozen dogs and sickened 18 more.
2005 Dec 30, US stock markets
finished the year flat with the DJIA down 49.48 for the year,
closing at 10717.50.
(WSJ, 12/31/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 30, In Florida 87
Cubans reached shore in a series of landings that made police
(WSJ, 12/31/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 30, A bankruptcy judge
ruled that an Oregon archdiocese cannot shield parish assets to
settle compensation cases of sex-abuse victims.
(WSJ, 12/31/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 30, Tory Dent
(b.1958), American poet, died at age 47 of the AIDS-associated
infection PML. In 2006 her sheep meadow Press published “Black
2005 Dec 30, Rona Jaffe (74),
American writer, died in London. Her 1958 novel “The Best of
Everything” was made into a 1959 film starring Hope Lange and Joan
Crawford. It was directed by Jean Negulesco.
(SSFC, 1/1/06 p.B6)
2005 Dec 30, Tropical Storm
Zeta formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean; it was the 27th storm of
a record-breaking hurricane season.
2005 Dec 30, In Argentina Pepe
Eliaschev, radio broadcaster and government critic, was informed
that management had ordered his show to be dropped.
(Econ, 1/14/06, p.44)
2005 Dec 30, Across southeast
Australia firefighters battled to contain scores of wildfires in
scorching, tinder-dry conditions and were bracing for more blazes in
the days ahead.
2005 Dec 30, In Chile former
dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet was stripped of his legal immunity to
face charges of diverting public funds to personal bank accounts.
2005 Dec 30, State media said
Chinese police have closed 598 Web sites in a crackdown on
pornography, but online gambling and fraud are growing.
2005 Dec 30, Egyptian police
turned water cannons on Sudanese war refugees and beat them with
sticks, clearing out a squatters camp in a city park. At least 10
people were killed.
2005 Dec 30, Europe's second
snowstorm this week piled drifts on tracks and roads, slowing rail
service, stranding motorists and causing hundreds of traffic
accidents. At least four deaths were attributed to a week of icy
2005 Dec 30, It was reported
that more than 150,000 Germans packed their bags and left in 2004
due to unemployment, the greatest exodus in any single year since
the late 1940s.
2005 Dec 30, In Germany the US
Air Force handed over the keys to Rhein-Main Air Base to the
operator of Frankfurt International Airport in a final act of
closure for the base, which for 60 years hosted American forces.
2005 Dec 30, Long lines formed
at gas stations in Baghdad as word spread that Iraq's largest oil
refinery had shut down in the face of threats against truck drivers,
and fears grew of a gas shortage. A suicide car bomber and a mortar
killed six people and injured 23 people in separate attacks in
2005 Dec 30, Two Indian
soldiers were killed when they stepped on a land mine near the
heavily fortified frontier that divides Kashmir between longtime
rivals India and Pakistan.
2005 Dec 30, In northwestern
Pakistan an avalanche killed at least 25 people who were digging for
2005 Dec 30, Palestinian
policemen angry over the killing of a fellow officer stormed the
Gaza-Egypt border crossing, firing in the air and forcing European
monitors to flee and close the terminal for several hours.
2005 Dec 30, In Sierra Leone
the last soldiers, in what was once the United Nations' biggest
peacekeeping force, packed up old refrigerators and fax machines,
striking camp after six years helping end the civil war there.
2005 Dec 30, Sudan said it will
close its embassy in Baghdad in an effort to win the release of six
kidnapped employees. Al-Qaida in Iraq threatened to kill the
captives if the diplomatic mission remained.
2005 Dec 30, Sudanese security
forces jailed without charge Zuheir Sirraj, a columnist for the
al-Sahafa daily paper. He was accused of slandering President Omar
Hassan al-Bashir in a move some parliamentarians called
2006 Dec 30, The body of Gerald
Washington (57), mayor-elect of Westlake, Louisiana, was found shot
to death in the parking lot of a former school. He was the first
black man elected to lead the largely white town. On Jan 2
investigators ruled his death a suicide.
(AP, 1/2/07)(SFC, 1/3/07, p.A2)
2006 Dec 30, In Brazil Rio
police killed six suspected criminals as authorities vowed to
restore order ahead of a huge New Year's Eve bash on Copacabana
Beach, deploying officers across the city two days after
gang-initiated violence left 19 dead.
2006 Dec 30, Saddam Hussein
(b.1937) was executed at a former military intelligence headquarters
in Baghdad's Shiite neighborhood of Kazimiyah. Within hours of his
death, bombings killed at least 80 people, including one planted on
a minibus that exploded in a fish market in a mostly Shiite town
south of Baghdad. 12 bodies were found dumped in Baghdad.
(AP, 12/30/06)(SFC, 12/30/06, p.A8)(AP, 12/31/06)
2006 Dec 30, At least 14 people
were killed and seven injured when a bus collided with an oil tanker
amid heavy morning fog in central Pakistan.
2006 Dec 30, Thousands of
Somali and Ethiopian troops set off for a showdown with Islamic
forces who have regrouped at a southern seaport since abandoning the
2006 Dec 30, A car bomb
exploded in a parking lot at Madrid's glittery new airport terminal,
and the government blamed the Basque separatist group ETA. 26 were
slightly injured. The bodies of two people from Ecuador were later
recovered. This signaled the apparent end of a nine-month ceasefire.
(AP, 12/31/06)(AP, 1/6/07)
2006 Dec 30, Maria del Carmen
Bousada (66) of Spain became the world's oldest mother after she
gave birth to twins in the northern city of Barcelona. She had
previously undergone in vitro fertilization in Los Angeles. Bousada
(69) died of cancer on July 11, 2009, leaving behind her twin
(AP, 12/30/06)(AP, 7/15/09)
2007 Dec 30, In Uruzgan
province four Afghan soldiers were killed in a mine explosion. One
soldier was killed in Paktia province in another blast.
2007 Dec 30, Belgian officials
said traditional New Year's Eve fireworks in central Brussels have
been canceled due to a continuing terror threat in the capital.
2007 Dec 30, President Nicolas
Sarkozy said France will have no more contact with Syria until
Damascus shows its willingness to let Lebanon end its current crisis
and appoint a new president.
2007 Dec 30, Ivory Coast's New
Forces rebel group, now part of the unity government, accused
Ibrahim Coulibaly, one of its former leaders, of trying to stage a
2007 Dec 30, President Mwai
Kibaki was declared the winner of the closest presidential election
in Kenya's history, a contest marked by allegations of rigging and
two days of deadly violence. Kibaki beat Raila Odinga by 231,728
votes. Kivuitu, the electoral commission chairman, acknowledged
problems, including a constituency where voter turnout added up to
115 percent and another where a candidate ran away with ballot
2007 Dec 30, Former communist
rebels rejoined Nepal's government, ending a political crisis that
began when the ex-guerrillas walked out of a ruling coalition three
2007 Dec 30, Bilawal Zardari
(19), Benazir Bhutto's son, was chosen to succeed her as chairman of
her opposition party, while her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, will
serve as co-chairman, extending Pakistan's most famous political
dynasty to another generation. Zardari, who became investment
minister in Bhutto's second government, was nicknamed "Mr. 10
Percent" for allegedly skimming off commissions on government
contracts. 3 days of unrest left more than 40 dead and tens of
millions of dollars in damage. In eastern Pakistan 2 suspected
suicide bombers died when they prematurely detonated their bomb near
the residence of a senior leader of the ruling party.
2007 Dec 30, In Somalia a
mother and her five children were killed by a mortar round fired
during fighting in Mogadishu between insurgents and Ethiopian
2007 Dec 30, Spain’s Catholic
bishops called some 150,000 people onto the streets of Madrid for a
rally dubbed “Christian Family Day,” in opposition to Socialist PM
(Econ, 1/12/08, p.46)
2007 Dec 30, Local media
reported dozens of people have been killed in fighting between Arab
tribesmen and ex-rebel south Sudanese forces along the line
separating north and south Sudan.
2007 Dec 30, Bert Bolin (82), a
Swedish climate scientist and co-founder of the Nobel Peace-winning
UN panel on climate change, died in Stockholm. His last book, "A
History of the Science and Politics of Climate Change: The Role of
the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change" was published in
2007 Dec 30, Turkmenistan
turned off gas supplies to Iran, citing technical problems, after
Iran balked at a price increase to $140 per thousand cubic meters,
almost double the contracted rate. The move had a domino effect
causing Iran to halt gas shipments to Turkey, which in turn cut off
gas to Greece.
(WSJ, 2/4/08, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/3xmzam)
2007 Dec 30, Ukrainian
President Viktor Yushchenko signed off on Ukraine's 2008 budget,
which he hailed as proof that the country's razor-tight
parliamentary majority was functioning effectively.
2008 Dec 30, US President
George W. Bush signed a nuclear inspection agreement with the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which will boost
international monitoring of nuclear activities,
2008 Dec 30, A US federal judge
on awarded more than $65 million to several men who were captured
and tortured by North Korea after the communist country seized the
U.S. spy ship USS Pueblo on Jan 23, 1968. North Korea never
responded to the lawsuit filed by William Thomas Massie, Donald
Raymond McClarren, Dunnie Richard Tuck and the estate of Lloyd
Bucher. U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. entered the
judgment against the country.
2008 Dec 30, Illinois Gov. Rod
Blagojevich named former state Attorney General Roland Burris (71)
to replace Barack Obama as state senator. The surprise move put
opponents in the uncomfortable position of trying to block Burris
from becoming the Senate’s only black member.
(SFC, 12/31/08, p.A3)
2008 Dec 30, The Bahamas'
foreign affairs minister said China will help build a national
sports stadium. Construction will start early next year in the
capital of Nassau. China will send the Bahamas a $7.3 million grant
as well as Chinese construction workers who will build the stadium.
2008 Dec 30, Belgium's Flemish
Christian Democrat Herman Van Rompuy reached agreement on a new
coalition government of five parties, opening the way for his
nomination as prime minister by King Albert II. A new government
took office that is nearly a replica of the quarrelsome alliance of
Christian Democrats, Liberals and Socialists that quit earlier this
month in a bank bailout scandal.
2008 Dec 30, A Chinese
state-run newspaper said the companies, whose tainted milk products
sickened nearly 300,000 children and were blamed in the deaths of
six, will likely pay 1.1 billion yuan ($160 million) in compensation
to victims' families.
2008 Dec 30, China’s state
press said paleontologists in east China have dug up what they
believe is one of the world's largest group of dinosaur fossils
including the remains of an enormous "platypus."
2008 Dec 30, Congo’s health
minister said An Ebola virus outbreak has killed 11 people in
western Congo. Caritas, a Catholic charity, reported that over 400
people have been killed in northeaster Congo since Christmas day.
(AP, 12/30/08)(SFC, 12/31/08, p.A3)
2008 Dec 30, Coup leaders in
Guinea named Kabine Komara, a civilian banker, as prime minister,
making good on a key promise a week after seizing power upon the
death of the country's dictator.
2008 Dec 30, Iraqi forces
arrested Arshad Abid Dayem, a leader of the "Soldiers of Heaven"
cult, along with 4 of his aides. The cult has carried out bloody
attacks during the Shiite Ashura holiday the past two years. Ashura
this year falls on Jan 7.
2008 Dec 30, In Indian Kashmir
the National Conference, which with 28 seats won more than any other
party, and the Congress party, which won 17, struck an agreement to
form a new coalition, giving them a majority in the state
2008 Dec 30, Paul Hofmann (96),
Austria-born writer, died in Rome. During WWII he informed on his
Nazi commanders in occupied Rome and later became a New York Times
correspondent. Hofmann authored over a dozen books, including "That
Fine Italian Hand," "The Seasons of Rome: A Journal" and "O Vatican!
A Slightly Wicked View of the Holy See."
2008 Dec 30, Libya asked oil
companies to slash production by 270,000 barrels per day from Jan.
1, the latest such reduction by an OPEC member as the producer group
struggles to boost faltering oil prices.
2008 Dec 30, Pakistan closed
the main route used to ferry supplies to US and allied troops in
Afghanistan after launching a fresh offensive against militants in
2008 Dec 30, Palestinian
militants, armed with deadlier missiles than ever before, kept up
rocket assaults against Israel, despite relentless air attacks
against Gaza's Hamas rulers and unwelcome word from Egypt that it
would not bail them out. More than 370 Palestinians have died since
the Israeli air onslaught against Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers began
on Dec 27.
2008 Dec 30, The Kremlin said
President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a law extending presidential
terms from four years to six, a move seen as paving the way for
Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency.
2008 Dec 30, Russia's natural
gas company Gazprom said it will stop energy shipments to Ukraine
and sharply raise the price for future deliveries if it doesn't pay
a $2 billion debt by New Year's Eve. The Ukrainian government issued
a decree saying two state banks would lend state energy company
Naftogaz Ukrainy up to $2 billion to pay its arrears to Russia’s
Gazprom. Disagreements remained on future gas costs.
(AP, 12/30/08)(WSJ, 12/31/08, p.A5)
2008 Dec 30, In Somalia mortars
slammed into a busy market in Mogadishu, as the country's weak
government crumbled and the impending pullout of allied Ethiopian
troops raised fears that Islamic insurgents might seize the
opportunity to take over.
2008 Dec 30, Sri Lanka's Tamil
Tiger separatists said are open to restarting peace talks with the
government, despite the continuing military offensive aimed at
crushing the group.
2008 Dec 30, In Thailand
anti-government protesters abandoned their siege of the Foreign
Ministry building, easing a standoff that threatened to re-ignite a
long-running political crisis.
2009 Dec 30, A US trade panel
gave final approval to duties ranging from about 10 to 16% on
Chinese-made steel pipe in the biggest US trade case to date against
2009 Dec 30, The US government
gave GMAC Financial Services an additional $3.8 billion in cash and
took a majority stake in the auto lender.
(SFC, 12/31/09, p.D1)
2009 Dec 30, In Afghanistan
bombings killed 14 people, including 8 Americans and an Afghan in a
suicide attack at a CIA base at the edge of Khost city, and 4
Canadian soldiers and a journalist by a roadside bomb in the
southern Kandahar province. Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi (32), a
physician from Jordan, was an Al-Qaida triple agent. 7 CIA employees
and a Jordanian intelligence officer were among the victims. An
airstrike by international forces in Helmand province killed 7
civilians, 2 Taliban and wounded another civilian. The attack took
place after an international patrol came under fire from insurgents
and called for air support. Suspected Taliban militants kidnapped 2
French journalists, Stephane Taponier and Herve Ghesquiere, working
for France's public television and 3 Afghan companions in Kapisa
province. The release of Taponier and Ghesquiere was announced on
June 29, 2011.
(AP, 12/31/09)(AFP, 12/31/09)(AP, 1/1/10)(AP,
2009 Dec 30, In Antarctica 7
women on a 562-mile trek reached the South Pole, 38 days after they
began their adventure to mark the 60th anniversary of the
(SFC, 12/31/09, p.A2)
2009 Dec 30, An Argentine judge
convicted former Santa Fe Roman Catholic Archbishop Edgardo Storni
of sexually abusing a seminarian in 1992.
2009 Dec 30, In Burundi the
last South African soldiers from the African Union Special Task
Force still operating in Burundi completed their mission and left
the country for good to return to South Africa.
2009 Dec 30, Canada’s spokesman
for PM Stephen Harper announced that Parliament would remain closed
until March 3, instead of returning in the last week of January. The
prorogation meant that all committees in both houses are disbanded
and all bills become dead.
(Econ, 1/9/10, p.39)
2009 Dec 30, An unknown amount
of oil poured from a China National Petroleum Corp. pipeline into
the Wei River in Shaanxi province following a construction accident.
The pipeline links the capitals of northwest Gansu province and
central Henan province. Shaanxi TV later said 20 miles (33 km) along
the Wei were polluted by the leak, estimated at 40,000 gallons.
2009 Dec 30, Leon Yao Liang
(87), a bishop in China's underground church, died in the northern
township of Xiwanzi, where he had been auxiliary bishop since 2002.
He had been imprisoned for more than 28 years under the communists.
2009 Dec 30, It was reported
that Karsten Nohl (28), a German security expert, and group of
researchers posted a how-to guide for cracking the encryption that
keeps the phone calls of millions of people secret. GSM encoding
keeps most of the world's mobile phones safe from prying ears.
2009 Dec 30, Former Indonesian
President Abdurrahman Wahid (69) died. He briefly ruled during the
nation's first tumultuous years of democracy (1999-2001) and sought
peace in far-flung secessionist provinces.
2009 Dec 30, In Iran tens of
thousands of hard-line government supporters turned out for
state-sponsored rallies, some of them calling for the execution of
opposition leaders as Iran's police chief threatened to show "no
mercy" in crushing any new protests by the pro-reform movement.
2009 Dec 30, In Iraq staggered
explosions killed at least 26 people in Ramadi, 13 of them
policemen, and wounded Anbar provincial governor Kassim Mohammad
Fahdlawi as well as some 100 others. Peter Moore, a British hostage
held for over two years by militants, was released safely in
Baghdad. In the town of Khalis, about 50 miles (80km) northeast of
Baghdad, a bomb killed 7 pilgrims taking part in a procession to
commemorate the death of a Shiite revered saint.
(AP, 12/30/09)(Reuters, 12/30/09)(SFC, 12/31/09,
2009 Dec 30, An Iraqi official
said the Angolan national oil company Sonangol has signed
preliminary deals to develop two small oil fields in northern Iraq.
2009 Dec 30, Irish Roman
Catholic Cardinal Cahal Daly (92), a philosopher who led the church
in Ireland during some of the worst years of IRA violence, died in
2009 Dec 30, It was reported
that Israel's Supreme Court has ordered the military to let
Palestinians travel on the part of Route 443 that runs through the
West Bank, which was closed in 2002. The court gave the military
five months to implement the ruling.
2009 Dec 30, Mexican police
captured alleged drug lord Carlos Beltran Leyva, just two weeks
after his even more powerful brother was killed in a shootout with
troops. The bound, beaten bodies of two men were found hanging by
their necks from a highway overpass in Los Mochis, northern Sinaloa
state, along with a handwritten message from a drug cartel. The
message written on a piece of cardboard said in part that "this
territory already has an owner." In Ciudad Juarez 12 people,
including a 3-year-old child, were slain in shootings. Linea Directa
radio station reporter Jose Luis Romero was forced at gunpoint out
of a Los Mochis restaurant. Romero’s body was found on Jan 16, 2010.
(AP, 12/30/09)(AP, 1/3/10)(AP, 1/16/10)
2009 Dec 30, The Netherlands
announced it will immediately begin using full body scanners for
flights heading to the United States, issuing a report that called
the failed Christmas Day airline bombing a "professional" terror
2009 Dec 30, A Nigerian
official says the nation will purchase 3-D, full body scanners after
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab passed through Nigeria's biggest airport
before trying to bring down a US-bound flight on Christmas Day.
2009 Dec 30, In Pakistan's
tribal belt, Taj Mohammad (38), a key anti-Taliban elder, was shot
dead and his bullet-riddled body found dumped on a roadside in the
district of Bajaur.
2009 Dec 30, Somali pirates
attacked the 105,000-ton MV Album, a Kuwaiti-flagged oil tanker, but
failed to seize it.
2009 Dec 30, Spain's socialist
government approved a 1.5% increase in the national minimum wage to
633.3 euros ($911.2) from 624 euros a month during its last cabinet
meeting of the year.
2009 Dec 30, Yemeni security
forces stormed an al-Qaida hide-out in a principle militant
stronghold in the country's west, setting off clashes, as a security
chief vowed to fight the group's powerful local branch until it was
2010 Dec 30, In southern
Afghanistan 14 Afghan civilians were killed and four others injured
when a minivan struck a roadside bomb in Helmand province. Several
insurgents and a child were killed in fighting during a joint
operation with Afghan forces targeting a Taliban logistics officer
in a compound in Wardak province. Afghan and coalition troops killed
Maulvi Bahadar (Bahadur), the Taliban "shadow governor" of northern
(AFP, 12/30/10)(AP, 12/31/10)(AP, 1/2/11)
2010 Dec 30, Reporters Without
Borders said that since Dec. 25, the Belarus KGB had searched the
offices of 3 news outlets and an opposition party, the homes of 2
journalists, 2 human rights activists, 2 former presidential
candidates and 4 of their advisers. The homes of 2 more journalists
were searched the next day.
2010 Dec 30, In Bolivia
protests against sharp increases in gas prices turned violent as
thousands demanded that Pres. Morales’ government repeal the hike.
(SFC, 12/31/10, p.A2)
2010 Dec 30, Brazil's state-run
Petrobras confirmed that oil fields recently discovered offshore
contained 8.3 billion barrels of recoverable crude and gas, and said
the biggest field was being renamed "Lula."
2010 Dec 30, Cambodia charged
seven Thais, including a ruling party politician, with illegal entry
and put them in jail awaiting possible trial, despite strong
protests from Thailand. The detainees were inspecting contested
territory from Thailand's eastern Sa Kaeo province when they were
captured a day earlier by Cambodian soldiers.
2010 Dec 30, In China Zeng
Jinchun was shot to death for taking more than $4.7 million in
bribes. He was the ruling Communist party's top corruption inspector
for Chenzhou city in the central province of Hunan. Zeng was found
guilty of taking the 31 million yuan in bribes in return for handing
out mining contracts and job promotions over a decade ending in
2010 Dec 29, China’s Xinhua
News Agency reported that a fire at a factory belonging to the
Quanxin Pharmaceutical Co. in southwestern China's Yunnan province
caused a blast that killed at least five people and injured eight
2010 Dec 30, In Croatia the
leading daily Sata published only good news for today. A huge smiley
face appeared on the front page, and politics and crime were
banished. The horoscope still forecast trouble for people with some
2010 Dec 30, In Greece a
powerful bomb hidden on a parked motorcycle exploded outside two
court buildings in central Athens and a small bomb went off outside
the Greek embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but neither caused
2010 Dec 30, Iran media
reported the arrest of seven Al-Qaeda militants in the northwestern
province of West Azerbaijan.
2010 Dec 30, In Iraq at least
four Christian homes in Baghdad were hit in the first string of
attacks since al-Qaida-linked militants last week renewed their
threats of violence against Christians. 2 people were killed when a
bomb exploded outside a Christian family's house in Baghdad's
eastern neighborhood of al-Gahdir.
2010 Dec 30, In Israel former
President Moshe Katsav (65) was convicted of raping an employee when
he was a Cabinet minister in 1998. "Relax, you'll enjoy it." He held
the largely ceremonial office of president from 2000-2007.
2010 Dec 30, Israeli troops
seized Khalil al-Rabai, a Hamas member of the Palestinian
parliament, the fifth to be rearrested recently after serving
previous prison terms. With Rabai's arrest the number of Hamas MPs
in Israeli custody is now believed to be 13.
2010 Dec 30, In Poland Anders
Hogstrom, a Swedish man, was sentenced to two years and eight months
in prison for instigating the December 2009 theft of the notorious
"Arbeit Macht Frei" ("Work Sets You Free") sign from the former
Auschwitz death camp.
2010 Dec 30, In southwestern
Poland 3 miners were killed by falling rocks after a minor
earthquake at a copper mine.
2010 Dec 30, In Qatar Mathaf,
the first Arab Museum of Modern Art, opened.
(Econ, 1/1/11, p.74)
2010 Dec 30, Jailed Russian oil
tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was sentenced to six more years in
prison following a trial seen as payback for his defiance of
2010 Dec 30, A Spanish court
convicted four Civil Guard police officers of torturing members of
the armed Basque group ETA who were arrested for bombing Madrid's
airport in 2006. The officers were found guilty of beating and
threatening Mattin Sarasola and Igor Portu after they were taken
into custody in 2008.
2010 Dec 30, A Thai court
ordered prison terms for 79 members of the right-wing, nationalist
"Yellow Shirt" movement who stormed a state television station two
years ago armed with guns, knives and clubs.
2010 Dec 30, Turkey’s the
state-run Anatolia news agency said police have detained 10 people
suspected of links to the al-Qaida terror network and accused of
preparing to stage an attack before New Year's Eve.
2010 Dec 30, The United Nations
accused Ivory Coast incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo's security
forces of blocking access to mass graves, saying investigators
believe as many as 80 bodies may be in one building that UN
personnel are being kept from entering.
2010 Dec 30, The Independent
Human Rights Defenders Group said at least 39 people have died of
torture in prisons of authoritarian Uzbekistan this year amid a
spiraling crackdown on religious groups and government critics.
2010 Dec 30, Pope Benedict XVI
issued new norms governing the Vatican’s banking system.
(SFC, 12/31/10, p.A2)
2010 Dec 30, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez's government devalued its bolivar currency for
the second time in 12 months, abolishing the lowest exchange rate as
the OPEC member fights to revive its economy.
2010 Dec 30, Yemen released
hundreds of detained Shiite rebels as part of a ceasefire in their
years long conflict.
2010 Dec 30, Cyber activists
said they have brought down Zimbabwean government websites after the
president's wife sued a newspaper for publishing a WikiLeaks cable
linking her with illicit diamond trading.
2011 Dec 30, Afghan security
forces took control of Nad Ali, Nawa and Marjah as part of the
second wave of security transition. A roadside bomb killed four
civilians in Uruzgan province. A suicide bomber and his accomplice
were killed on a motorbike in Trinkot city. A British ISAF service
member was killed by an IED in Helmand province.
(AFP, 12/30/11)(AFP, 12/31/11)
2011 Dec 30, Thousands of
Bahrainis, mostly Shiites, marched in the capital city of Manama to
demand the immediate resignation of the government.
2011 Dec 30, In Britain
administrator Deloitte said around 1,600 jobs are to go at shoe
retailer Barratts Priceless after attempts to find a buyer for the
concessions business failed. The Bradford-based Barratts collapsed
into administration earlier this month.
2011 Dec 30, Britain’s National
Health Service (NHS) Information Center reported that the use of
anti-depressant drugs in England has soared by 28 percent in the
past three years, coinciding with the country's fall into recession
and the global economic crisis.
2011 Dec 30, Ronald Searle
(b.1920, British artist and satirical cartoonist, died in France. He
survived the notorious Death Railway while a prisoner of war of the
Japanese during World War II. He is perhaps best remembered as the
creator of St Trinian's School and for his collaboration with
Geoffrey Willans on the Molesworth series.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Searle)(Econ, 1/14/12, p.94)
2011 Dec 30, Chinese
prosecutors in the eastern city of Xiamen indicted Lai Changxing for
allegedly masterminding a network that smuggled everything from
cigarettes to cars and oil and bribed dozens of government workers
between 1996 and 1999. Lai became China's most-wanted man after he
fled to Canada in 1999 and fought extradition for 12 years until he
was deported in July.
2011 Dec 30, China’s food
safety regulator in Shenzhen said it had found excessive levels of
aflatoxin in peanuts sold in three stores, and in cooking oil in
2011 Dec 30, In northern China
Muslim villagers in Taoshan, Ningxia region, clashed with police
after their mosque was demolished. At least 2 people were killed.
The Hui villagers were part of a Mandarin speaking community of some
10 million descended from Silk Road traders.
(SFC, 1/4/12, p.A4)
2011 Dec 30, In southern
Colombia a bomb exploded at a police station in Orito, killing the
wife and son of a police officer and injuring at least six other
2011 Dec 30, The Republic of
Congo said it has banned 69 Chinese fishing boats from its waters
for illicit activities.
2011 Dec 30, In India a severe
cyclone packing winds of 135 km (83 miles) an hour tore into the
southeastern coast. At 42 people died when Cyclone Thane hit coastal
southern India near the former French colony of Pondicherry.
(AFP, 12/30/11)(Reuters, 12/31/11)(AP, 1/1/12)
2011 Dec 30, Israel said its
warplanes killed a senior jihadist militant in Gaza thwarting a
rocket fire attempt. Palestinians said that Moamen abu-Daff, known
locally as a fundamentalist Islamic Salafi militant, was killed in a
raid east of Gaza City that also wounded another man.
2011 Dec 30, The Maldives
government said it has decided to close massage parlors and spas,
following an opposition-led religious protest last week calling for
their closure. Sunni Islam is the official religion in the Maldives
and practicing any other faith is forbidden.
2011 Dec 30, In Nigeria gunmen
killed two civilians in Maiduguri, a town plagued by attacks from a
radical Muslim sect.
2011 Dec 30, In Pakistan a car
bomb killed eight people and injured at least 18 others in the
southwestern city of Quetta, which is riven by ethic and sectarian
violence. 7 more bodies were found in the rubble the next day
bringing the death toll to 15.
(AFP, 12/30/11)(AFP, 12/31/11)
2011 Dec 30, Philippine police
arrested a member of an Al-Qaeda-linked extremist group. The suspect
allegedly took part in the kidnapping of guests and workers of a
resort in the western Philippines in 2001 including an American
couple, Martin and Gracia Burnham, and a Chilean-born American,
2011 Dec 30, At midnight on Dec
29 Samoa leaped to Dec 31 to align itself with trading partners. For
the country’s 186,000 citizens, Dec 30, 2011 will simply not exist.
(SFC, 12/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Dec 30, Senegal's Interior
Minister Ousmane Ngom banned the carrying of firearms for a period
of four months which will include presidential elections, after
recent violent political clashes.
2011 Dec 30, Spain’s new PM
Mariano Rajoy announced tax rises on income, savings and property.
The top tax rate will jump 7 points to 52%.
(Econ, 1/7/12, p.44)
2011 Dec 30, In Sudan all six
crewmen aboard a military helicopter were killed when it
crash-landed and burned in North Kordofan state.
2011 Dec 30, Hundreds of
thousands of Syrians poured into the streets across the nation in
the largest protests in months, shouting for the downfall of the
regime in a defiant display invigorated by the presence of Arab
observers. Activists said at least 35 people were killed across the
country, most of them shot during anti-government protests. Syrian
forces were accused of firing nail bombs to disperse protesters. The
rebel Free Syrian Army said it has stopped its offensive against
government targets during a month-long mission by Arab League
monitors, saying it wants to expose how the regime is killing
peaceful protesters. 5 members of the security forces were reported
shot dead in a clash in Homs.
(AP, 12/30/11)(AFP, 12/30/11)(Reuters,
12/31/11)(SFC, 12/31/11, p.A3)
2011 Dec 30, Syria's two
largest opposition groups signed an agreement in Cairo on setting up
a democracy after President Bashar Assad's regime falls.
2011 Dec 30, Tens of thousands
of Yemenis held demonstrations around the country to demand their
longtime president face trial for the killings of hundreds of
unarmed protesters in the pro-democracy uprising that began 10
2012 Dec 30, In Oakland Ca.,
Jubrille Jordan (15) was shot dead near 66th Ave. while standing
near a boy (14), who was the intended victim. In 2015 Lilron Jones
(19) and Vijay Bhushan (22) were convicted of murder.
(SFC, 3/6/15, p.D7)
2012 Dec 30, In Oregon a tour
bus careened through a guardrail on an icy part of I-84 and several
hundred feet down a steep embankment, killing five people and
injuring about 20 others.
2012 Dec 30, In London Mary
Konye (22) disguised herself with a veil and attacked Naomi Oni
(22), leaving her with disfiguring burns on her face, a hand and a
thigh. On March 21, 2014, Konye was sentenced to 12 years in jail
for throwing acid on her friend's face following an argument.
2012 Dec 30, French
reinforcements arrived in the Central African Republic from nearby
Gabon, bringing the total French military force in the capital,
Bangui, to nearly 600.
2012 Dec 30, In eastern India a
passenger train struck and killed 5 elephants in a herd crossing
railroad tracks in the Rambha forest area.
(SFC, 12/31/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 30, In western Iraq
gunshots wounded at least two people at demonstrations when
bodyguards protecting a senior Sunni politician opened fire to
disperse protesters near Ramadi.
2012 Dec 30, Israel's Justice
Ministry filed its indictment against former Foreign Minister
Avigdor Lieberman in a Jerusalem court, charging him with breach of
trust and fraud. He was accused of trying to advance the career of a
former diplomat after the envoy relayed information to him about a
criminal investigation into business dealings.
2012 Dec 30, The Israeli
military began allowing shipments of gravel to Gaza's private sector
because the Israeli attacks on Hamas' military operations in
November cowed the militant group into quiet.
2012 Dec 30, Rita Levi
Montalcini (b1909), Italian scientist and Nobel Prize winner, died.
She shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1986 with American
Stanley Cohen for discovering mechanisms that regulate the growth of
cells and organs.
(Econ, 1/5/13, p.74)
2012 Dec 30, In Libya an
explosion at an Egyptian Coptic church in Misrata has killed two
people and wounded two others.
2012 Dec 30, In New Zealand
Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins (53), who worked on the
"Lord of the Rings" trilogy and other Peter Jackson films, died in a
2012 Dec 30, In southwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber driving a vehicle packed with explosives
rammed into a bus carrying Shiite Muslim pilgrims, killing 19 people
in Baluchistan's Mastung district. Early today 21 tribal policemen,
believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban, were found shot dead
in the Jabai area of Frontier Region Peshawar. 2 army soldiers were
killed by a roadside bomb in the North Waziristan tribal area.
2012 Dec 30, State-owned South
African Broadcasting Corporation reported that several tens of
thousands of people took a traffic officer fitness test late last
week and that many collapsed from dehydration and heat exhaustion. 7
deaths were reported.
2012 Dec 30, Spain's Interior
Ministry said police have arrested 17 people on suspicion of
smuggling Nigerian women into Spain and forcing them into
prostitution using threats including claims they would cast Voodoo
spells on them if they didn't comply.
2012 Dec 30, Syrian rebels
captured an oil pumping station and a military post that used to
protect the station in the province of Raqqa after days of fighting.
2013 Dec 30, The US FAA
selected six states (Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas
and Virginia) to test how drones can be more widely used in US
airspace. 24 states had competed for selection.
(SFC, 12/31/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 30, In North Dakota a
mile-long train carrying crude oil derailed 5 miles from Casselton.
As many as 20 cars caught fire.
(SFC, 12/31/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 30, Afghanistan
rejected as baseless a US intelligence forecast that the gains the
United States and allies have made in the past three years will be
significantly rolled back by 2017.
2013 Dec 30, Bahraini
authorities said they have seized a boat smuggling explosives made
in Iran and Syria into the Sunni-ruled kingdom, which quashed a
Shiite-led uprising in 2011.
2013 Dec 30, In Central African
Republic heavy weapons fire rang out in the north of Bangui early
today in what the government said were clashes with Christian
2013 Dec 30, China published
results of an August-September audit on local government
liabilities. It show a total local debt of $1.8 trillion at the end
of June. The addition of explicit and implict debt guarantees raised
the total to $2.95 trillion, about a third of the country’s GDP.
(Econ, 1/4/14, p.32)
2013 Dec 30, Chinese police
shot dead eight people during a "terrorist attack" in the western
region of Xinjiang, raising the death toll from violent clashes
there to at least 35 since November.
2013 Dec 30, Congolese security
forces repelled a wave of coordinated attacks against symbols of
power in the capital Kinshasa and other cities, leaving dozens of
assailants dead in a day of fierce gunbattles. Congo's army clashed
with followers of religious leader Paul Joseph Mukungubila Mutombo
in the eastern mining city of Lubumbashi. The clashes left over 100
people dead and Mutombo went on the run.
(AFP, 12/30/13)(Reuters, 12/30/13)(AFP, 12/31/13)
2013 Dec 30, An Egyptian court
sentenced 139 Islamist supporters of ousted Pres. Morsi to two years
in jail over violence that erupted in July. Egyptian security
arrested Anas Beltagi, the son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader, along
with two other on charges of inciting violence.
(AFP, 12/30/13)(Reuters, 12/31/13)
2013 Dec 30, In Greece
unidentified assailants opened fire on the German ambassador's
residence in Athens with a Kalashnikov assault rifle in an attack
seen as an attempt to sour relations between debt-laden Greece and
its biggest creditor nation. Michalis Liapis (62), a former
transport minister, received a four-year suspended sentence for
driving an uninsured luxury car with fake license plates in an
apparent tax dodge.
(Reuters, 12/30/13)(AP, 12/30/13)
2013 Dec 30, In Indonesia
Islamic police in the sharia stronghold of Banda Aceh seized
thousands of firecrackers and cardboard trumpets after the city
administration banned New Year's Eve celebrations for the first
2013 Dec 30, Iraqi security
forces killed 10 gunmen in clashes that broke out in the Ramadi area
as they tore down a year-old Sunni Arab protest camp. Iraqi forces
battled militants in Fallujah as clashes spread after an
anti-government protest camp was demolished.
2013 Dec 30, Lebanese forces
fired on Syrian aircraft that violated the country's airspace, the
first time they have done so since Syria's uprising broke out three
2013 Dec 30, Libyan forces in
Misrata captured Saifallah Benahssine, the leader of Tunisia's
Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia. Benahssine had declared
loyalty to al Qaeda and was accused of inciting an attack on the US
embassy in Tunisia in September 2012.
2013 Dec 30, In Madagascar,
Hery Rajaonarimampianina, the candidate supported by strongman Andry
Rajoelina, held a seemingly unassailable 53% lead in the island's
run-off presidential poll, with ballots from over 96% of the voting
2013 Dec 30, A Mauritania
judicial committee, chaired by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz,
met and decided to create a court to try crimes of slavery.
2013 Dec 30, Myanmar's
reformist President Thein Sein granted a pardon to people convicted
of or charged with a variety of political offenses. It wasn't
immediately clear how many people are covered by the pardon.
2013 Dec 30, Pakistan's
national sharia court, which hears cases under the country's Islamic
legislation, appointed a female judge for the first time in its
33-year history. Ashraf Jehan (56) made history as she took the oath
2013 Dec 30, In Russia a
suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded trolleybus in the
southern city of Volgograd, killing 15 people. It was the second
bloody terrorist attack to hit Volgograd in as many days and the
third in recent months.
(AP, 12/30/13)(Reuters, 12/30/13)
2013 Dec 30, In Senegal Sidy
Lamine Niass, founder and CEO of Walfadjri, one of the country’s
largest media groups, was detained after accusing President Macky
Sall of building up wealth through corruption.
2013 Dec 30, Disarmament teams
returned Scandinavian escort vessels to port as they accepted an
end-of-year deadline for the removal of Syrian chemical weapons
could no longer be met. Norway and Denmark were providing ships to
transfer the the chemical weapons to the Cape Ray, an American-owned
ship fitted with equipment to break down lethal chemical agents to
an industrial toxic waste.
(AFP, 12/31/13)(Econ, 12/14/13, p.58)
2013 Dec 30, Thai police staged
a protest to show their frustration after weeks of dealing with
aggressive and often violent anti-government demonstrators, with
officers saying that the order for them to show restraint has left
them vulnerable and humiliated.
2013 Dec 30, The UN appealed
for the Syrian army and rebel fighters to allow urgent aid to reach
a Palestinian district of southern Damascus where it said 15 people
have died of malnutrition in recent months.
2013 Dec 30, In southern Yemen
5 soldiers and 3 militants were killed during an attack on an army
position in which the assailants also abducted four troops.
2013 Dec 30, Venezuela’s Pres.
Nicolas Maduro acknowledged that annual inflation had hit 56%.
(SFC, 12/31/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 30, In Zimbabwe the
owners of mainly small businesses selling cheap consumer goods said
they were informed of a weekend statement by empowerment minister
Francis Nhema that they have been allowed to continue trading as
authorities reversed an ultimatum for them to close their businesses
by Jan 1.
2014 Dec 30, The United States
imposed sanctions on nine new targets, saying the entities and
people targeted had supported Iran's efforts to avoid sanctions and
backed the government's human rights abuses, including censorship.
2014 Dec 30, The United States
and its allies conducted 15 air strikes against Islamic State
militants in Syria and Iraq, hitting several units of fighters and
2014 Dec 30, The US Pentagon
said three Yemenis and two Tunisians held for more than a decade at
Guantanamo have been flown to Kazakhstan for resettlement.
2014 Dec 30, In Denver,
Colorado, Wayne Sperling (67), the father of four young sons, was
sentenced to five years in prison for neglecting the boys to the
point that they could not recognize food. The boys (2-6) could only
communicate in grunts when they were found in October, 2013.
(SFC, 12/31/14, p.A6)
2014 Dec 30, In Idaho Veronica
Rutledge (29) was killed while shopping at a Walmart in Hayden when
her two-year-old son pulled a gun from her purse and shot her in the
(SFC, 1/1/15, p.A7)
2014 Dec 30, Bahrain security
forces clashed with demonstrators outside the home of Sheikh Ali
Salman, the detained head of al-Wefaq, the main Shi'ite Muslim
2014 Dec 30, In Bangladesh a
special tribunal sentenced A.T.M. Azharul Islam, a senior Islamist
party leader, to death after convicting him of leading the Al-Badr
militia that committed mass killings and rape during the country's
1971 independence war against Pakistan.
2014 Dec 30, Luise Rainer
(b.1910), a star of cinema's golden era, died in London. She won
best actress prizes for the 1936 film "The Great Ziegfeld" and "The
Good Earth" in 1937, but then walked away from a glittering
2014 Dec 30, Chinese state
media reported that a man, identified as a rich businessmen surnamed
Xu, has been jailed for 13 years for buying and eating endangered
tigers and making wine made out of their blood.
2014 Dec 30, A court in eastern
China issued the country's biggest environmental fine resulting from
public interest litigation against polluters. The Jiangsu provincial
high court ordered six companies to pay 160 million yuan ($26
million) for discharging waste chemicals into rivers.
2014 Dec 30, Cuban officials
detained dozens of members of the political opposition ahead of a
protest art performance seen as a test of tolerance for dissent.
2014 Dec 30, In Gambia gunfire
erupted around the presidential palace in Banjul overnight and
soldiers blocked a bridge leading to the center of town but the
government denied reports of an attempted coup. President Yahya
Jammeh (40) was on a private visit to Dubai. 3 suspects including
the alleged ringleader, identified as Lamin Sanneh, were killed.
(Reuters, 12/30/14)(AFP, 1/1/15)
2014 Dec 30, In central Germany
a bus crash on a highway killed at least 4 people and injured
2014 Dec 30, Greek PM Antonis
Samaras formally requested that Parliament be dissolved following
the failure by lawmakers to elect Greece's new president after three
rounds of voting.
2014 Dec 30, Indonesian
rescuers searching for AirAsia Flight QZ8501 pulled bodies and
wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo. The plane was
carrying 162 people when it disappeared on Dec 28.
2014 Dec 30, In Libya a suicide
car bomber rammed his vehicle into the outer gate of the
headquarters of the internationally recognized parliament in Tobruk.
18 people were lightly injured including a lawmaker and three
2014 Dec 30, Officials said
Malaysia, parts of the Philippines, and southern Thailand have been
battered by heavy rain and flash floods in recent days. 21 were
reported killed in Malaysia, 31 in the Philippines and 15 in
(Reuters, 12/30/14)(AP, 12/30/14)
2014 Dec 30, Mexican
authorities announced the arrest of six suspected gang members tied
to crimes including extortion, an increasingly organized and
lucrative side-business for drug cartels in Guerrero state.
2014 Dec 30, In Mexico the
leaders of two rural vigilante groups and 35 of their members
surrendered to authorities following a Dec 16 clash that left 11
dead in the western state of Michoacan.
2014 Dec 30, Pakistani police
rearrested Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, the main suspect in the 2008
Mumbai terror attacks, quashing expectations that he might soon be
freed. Someone had filed a complaint saying Lakhvi had abducted his
brother-in-law to wage "jihad" six and a half years ago.
2014 Dec 30, Puerto Rico police
seized a record 110 weapons as part of a one-day crackdown on crime
across the US territory. Authorities also seized 47 cars during the
2014 Dec 30, In Morocco some
200 African migrants stormed border fences separating Spain's North
African enclave of Melilla from Morocco, with 102 managing to avoid
police interception and make it across.
2014 Dec 30, Peruvian Attorney
General Carlos Ramos Heredia was suspended from his post for six
months while authorities investigate his alleged ties to a case of
corruption. He faced in at least six legal processes for allegedly
impeding prosecutors investigating alleged corruption in Ancash
2014 Dec 30, A Russian court
gave Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a suspended sentence for
embezzling money but jailed his brother for three and a half years
in a case seen as part of a campaign to stifle dissent.
2014 Dec 30, A South Korean
court approved the arrest of Cho Hyun-ah (40), the daughter of
Korean Air Lines’ chairman and a former Korean Air Lines Co.
executive, who delayed a Dec 5 flight over a bag of macadamia nuts.
2014 Dec 30, The UN Security
Council rejected their motion to end Israeli occupation of the West
Bank and East Jerusalem and establish a Palestinian state by 2017.
2015 Dec 30, The US-led
coalition carried out 24 strikes against Islamic State militants, in
Iraq and Syria.
2015 Dec 30, Missouri Governor
Jay Nixon said at least 13 people have died since the weekend, when
days of downpours from a massive winter storm system triggered the
state's worst flooding in two decades.
2015 Dec 30, In London a
husband Mohammed Rehman (25) and his ex-wife (Sana Ahmed Khan (24),
convicted of planning a major attack to mark the 10th anniversary of
the London suicide bombings, were both sentenced to life in prison.
The couple were accused of planning their attack for around May 28.
2015 Dec 30, Thousands in
Central African Republic's capital voted in national elections with
hope that a new president will lead to greater stability after years
of violence. Anicet-Georges Dologuele won 23.74 percent of votes
cast followed by Faustin-Archange Touadera with 19.05 percent.
(AP, 12/30/15)(Reuters, 1/25/16)
2015 Dec 30, Chinese rescuers
in Shandong province using infrared cameras to peer into darkness at
a wrecked mine found eight surviving miners who were trapped for
five days after a collapse so violent it registered as a seismic
event. Nine others remained missing.
2015 Dec 30, A China-Taiwan
hotline went into service connecting the heads of the two
Cabinet-level agencies responsible for their relations.
(SFC, 12/31/15, p.A2)
2015 Dec 30, In Egypt a program
that had been giving free basic Internet services to over three
million Egyptians was shut down. Facebook said it hoped to "resolve
this situation soon" so the program, which it had launched with
Etisalat Egypt some two months ago, could be restored.
2015 Dec 30, Guyana's
parliament approved anti-terrorism legislation that includes the
death penalty for certain offenses and would allow rendition of
suspects to other countries.
2015 Dec 30, In Hong Kong Lee
Bo (65), chief editor of a publisher which produces books critical
of the Chinese government, went missing. He was a colleague of the
four others who had also disappeared last autumn. Bo returned to
Hong Kong on March 24, 2016, but did not provide thorough
information about his undocumented departure.
(AFP, 1/1/16)(AP, 3/24/16)
2015 Dec 30, India asked
authorities in and around its capital to crack down immediately on
overloaded trucks, illegally parked cars and vehicles emitting
visible smoke in the world's most polluted city.
2015 Dec 30, Italian
prosecutors said Apple has agreed to pay Italy about $350 million in
taxes for years 2008-2013.
(SFC, 12/31/15, p.A5)
2015 Dec 30, An Italian
parliament-mandated health survey confirmed higher-than-normal
incidents of death and cancer among residents in and around Naples,
thanks to decades of toxic waste dumping by the local Camorra mob.
2015 Dec 30, Palestinian police
said Islamist group Hamas has banned public New Year's Eve parties
in the Gaza Strip because they offend the territory's "values and
2015 Dec 30, Philippine troops
clashed with about 100 Abu Sayyaf gunmen suspected of plotting
attacks on New Year's Eve, leaving 8 militants and one soldier dead.
2015 Dec 30, A Russian court
sentenced blogger Vadim Tyumenstev (35), from the Siberian region of
Tomsk, to five years in jail for what it said was his extremist
activity on the Internet after he urged people to attend a protest
against high transport fares and criticized Russian intervention in
2015 Dec 30, Russia said its
air force made 121 sorties and hit 424 targets in Syria during
2015 Dec 30, Rwanda's high
court said Pastor Jean Uwinkindi (64), accused of leading and
coordinating attacks on minority Tutsis during Rwanda's 1994
genocide, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
2015 Dec 30, A Spanish judge
named Jordi Pujol (80), former longtime leader of Spain's powerful
northeastern Catalonia region, as a suspect in a money-laundering
2015 Dec 30, Syrian authorities
arrested Ahmad al-Asrawi and Munir al-Bitar, prominent members of
the country's domestic opposition, as they traveled to Riyadh to
meet other regime opponents.
2015 Dec 30, In northeastern
Syria two restaurants were bombed in a predominantly Kurdish city of
Qamishli. The attack killed at least 16 people and wounded more than
2015 Dec 30, Syrian troops
fought their way into a rebel-held town in the southern province of
Deraa in an assault which rebels said was supported by the heaviest
Russian aerial bombing campaign so far in the south.
2015 Dec 30, Venezuela’s
Supreme Court barred four recently elected lawmakers from taking
their seats in the National Assembly. No legal justification was
(SFC, 1/1/16, p.A4)
2016 Dec 30, Huston Smith
(b.1919), renowned scholar of religion, died at his home in
Berkeley, Ca. He is best known for his book “Religions of Man”
(1958). It was later abridged and retitled “The World’s Religions”
(SFC, 1/3/17, p.A10)
2016 Dec 30, A divided
Connecticut Supreme Court reinstated the murder conviction of
Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel in the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley.
(SFC, 12/31/16, p.A7)
2016 Dec 30, Hawaii’s last
sugar mill shut down after 145 years of state production. The
refinery will remain open, but the sugar will come from foreign and
domestic cane fields other than Hawaii.
(SSFC, 1/15/17, p.A2)
2016 Dec 30, Massachusetts Gov.
Charlie Baker signed a bill aimed at delaying the opening of
marijuana shops by six months to mid-2018.
(SFC, 12/31/16, p.A6)
2016 Dec 30, Pennsylvania state
Trooper Landon Weaver (23) was shot and killed while responding to a
domestic complaint in Huntingdon County. Jason Robison (32) was
arrested the next day at a mobile home in the area.
(SSFC, 1/1/17, p.A7)
2016 Dec 30, Vermont’s
Burlington Electric Department confirmed it had found on one of its
laptops the malware code used in Grizzly Steppe, the name Homeland
Security has applied to a Russian campaign linked to recent hacks.
2016 Dec 30, Austrian police
said they have arrested 50 people and seized cocaine, heroin,
marijuana and amphetamines following a three-year investigation into
a suspected drug-smuggling ring.
2016 Dec 30, Former British pub
owner Allan Williams (86), the first manager of The Beatles, died.
He drove the band on their formative trip to Hamburg in 1960.
2016 Dec 30, China’s government
said it will ease restrictions on foreign investment in sectors
ranging from banking and internet services to rail equipment and
motorcycles, in response to mounting complaints from foreign
business groups and governments.
2016 Dec 30, Central China
Television (CCTV) unveiled several new mobile apps under the China
Global Television Network (CGTN) brand, and visitors to CCTV's
non-Chinese language websites were directed to a new
http://www.cgtn.com site. The broadcaster says it made the move to
"integrate resources and to adapt to the trend of media
convergence," with foreign language channels, video content and
digital media falling under the new group.
2016 Dec 30, China’s government
said it will ban all ivory trade and processing by the end of 2017,
in a move hailed by conservationists as a "game changer" for African
2016 Dec 30, A Chinese court
said Disney has won a copyright dispute over a Chinese knock-off of
its animated movie 'Cars', a rare victory for a foreign firm in a
country famous for counterfeits.
2016 Dec 30, In China the
Beipanjiang Bridge, the world's highest, opened to traffic,
connecting two provinces in the mountainous southwest. The bridge
cut travel times between Xuanwei in Yunnan to Shuicheng in Guizhou
from more than four hours to around one.
2016 Dec 30, Indian PM Narendra
Modi announced a slew of incentives to the poor, farmers, women and
small businesses in a special New Year's address. He defended his
shock decision to abolish high denomination bank notes as the window
to exchange old notes closed.
(Reuters, 12/31/16)(Econ, 1/7/17, p.53)
2016 Dec 30, In western India
six migrant workers, who had been locked inside a bakery by their
employer, suffocated to death in a fire. This triggered calls for
decades-old labor laws to be implemented to crack down on worker
exploitation and abuse.
2016 Dec 30, Iraqi forces faced
car bombs and fierce resistance from Islamic State militants in
southern Mosul, the second day of a renewed push to take back the
city after fighting stalled for several weeks.
2016 Dec 30, In Israel a
Palestinian woman was shot and wounded after approaching an Israeli
security checkpoint near Jerusalem with a knife.
2016 Dec 30, Italy said it will
seek to deport more migrants who have no right to be in the country
and will open new detention centers to hold them before their
2016 Dec 30, Puerto Rico
Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla came under fire for pardoning
several convicted criminals including two politicians found guilty
of lewd acts and sexual harassment against female employees. Padilla
urged Governor-elect Ricardo Rossello to demand that a federal
control board overseeing government finances move immediately to
restructure much of its nearly $70 billion in debt.
(AP, 12/30/16)(AP, 12/31/16)
2016 Dec 30, Romania's Pres.
Klaus Iohannis named social-democrat Sorin Grindeanu (43) as the
nation's new prime minister, bringing to a close weeks of
uncertainty since the left won a parliamentary vote on December 11.
2016 Dec 30, In western Syria
clashes shelling and air raids marred a Russian- and Turkish-backed
ceasefire. Syrian government warplanes carried out nearly 20 raids
against rebels in several towns along the provincial boundary
between Idlib and Hama. Warplanes and helicopters also struck
northwest of Damascus in the rebel-held Wadi Barada valley, where
government troops and allied forces clashed with rebels.
2016 Dec 30, A Turkish
parliamentary commission cleared a set of draft constitutional
amendments that would greatly expand the powers of Pres. Recep
2016 Dec 30, In southern Turkey
police detained some 40 suspected Islamic State group militants in
raids in Adana.
2016 Dec 30, The Turkish
military said Russian fighter jets have hit three Islamic State
targets around the northern Syrian town of al-Bab over the past 24
2017 Dec 30, Connecticut
restaurant manager James Goolsby shot and killed cook Norris Jackson
inside the Bonchon Chicken restaurant in Manchester during an
argument about a negative Yelp review.
(SFC, 6/15/18, p.A5)
2017 Dec 30, In Las Vegas two
security guards were fatally shot Arizona Charlie’ Hotel and Casino
on Decatur Blvd. Gunman Christopher Olague fled the seen but was
soon found at a residence with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
(SSFC, 12/31/17, p.A7)
2017 Dec 30, China’s official
Xinhua news agency reported that court in southern China has
sentenced 36 people to prison terms of up to 25 years for gang
crimes including homicide, assault and setting up illegal casinos.
Hainan gang leader Huang Tuwang was sentenced to 25 years for gang
activity dating back to 2005.
2017 Dec 30, China’s official
Xinhua news agency reported that authorities have recouped 730
million yuan ($112.20 million) in misappropriated funds as part of
an investigation into the country's national poverty-reduction
2017 Dec 30, Chinese
authorities announced tightened rules on how much cash cardholders
can withdraw overseas in a bid to clamp down on money laundering,
terrorist financing and tax evasion.
2017 Dec 30, Colombia said it
has shipped around 55 tons of ham to Venezuela after protests broke
out over shortages of the traditional holiday staple.
2017 Dec 30, Congolese
authorities ordered all internet and SMS services cut until further
notice as police banned demonstrations saying that all gatherings of
more than five people would be dispersed to ensure public order.
Catholic activists called for protests against President Joseph
Kabila's refusal to step down from office.
2017 Dec 30, An Egyptian court
convicted former Islamist Pres. Mohammed Morsi and 19 others of
insulting the judiciary, sentencing them to three years in prison in
a court session aired on TV. Another court sentenced prominent
activist and rights lawyer Mahinour el-Masry (31) to two years in
prison over participating in an illegal protest against the
government's transfer of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi
2017 Dec 30, Two senior Western
European security sources said Russian tankers have supplied fuel to
North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by
transferring cargoes at sea. The Russian Foreign Ministry denied
claims that UN sanctions against North Korea had been breached by
Russian tankers transferring fuel to North Korean tankers at sea.
(Reuters, 12/30/17)(AP, 12/30/17)
2017 Dec 30, In Iran a wave of
spontaneous protests over a weak economy swept into Tehran, with
college students and others chanting against the government. The
relatively small protest erupted at the University of Tehran but was
vastly outnumbered by a pro-regime demonstration. Two demonstrators
were shot dead late today in the western town of Dorud.
(AP, 12/30/17)(AFP, 12/30/17)(Reuters, 12/31/17)
2017 Dec 30, In Iran a Sunni
jihadist group claimed to have blown up an oil pipeline in southern
Khuzestan province, the scene of other attacks by Arab separatists.
2017 Dec 30, In Japan Tatsuro
Toyoda (88), the former Toyota Motor Corp. president, died. He led
the company's climb to become one of the world's top automakers.
2017 Dec 30, Malaysia’s
Terengganu state officials said they plan to run a conversion
therapy course aimed at transgender women, sparking alarm among LGBT
activists in the conservative Muslim-majority country.
2017 Dec 30, Palestinian Jamal
Musleh (20), injured in clashes with Israeli forces along the
border, succumbed to wounds sustained from a gunshot to the chest a
2017 Dec 30, In Peru 239
writers released a signed open letter denouncing Pres. Pedro Pablo
Kuczynski's pardon granted to former Pres. Alberto Fujimori.
2017 Dec 30, Russia's Supreme
Court dismissed an appeal by Russian opposition leader Alexei
Navalny against a decision by the country's central election
commission to bar him from taking part in next year's presidential
2017 Dec 30, Russia's main
domestic security agency said it has arrested a man suspected of
setting off the Dec. 27 explosion at a supermarket in St.
2017 Dec 30, Sudan's SUNA news
agency said Pres. Omar al-Bashir has announced a 6-month state of
emergency in the states of Kassala and North Kurdufan.
2017 Dec 30, Dozens of Syrian
militants and their families departed aboard buses from an area
besieged by government forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan
Heights early today, part of a deal to clear yet another district of
2017 Dec 30, Syrian regime
forces advanced against jihadists on the edge of the northwestern
province of Idlib, the last outside government control. Since Dec.
28 the clashes have killed 32 soldiers and allied members of
paramilitary units, as well as 29 rebels from Islamist groups or
from former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham.
2017 Dec 30, In Ukraine a man
believed to be strapped with explosives took nine adults and two
children hostage in a post office in the city of Kharkiv. Police
soon freed the remaining hostages, and arrested the hostage taker
after an hours-long standoff.
2018 Dec 30, A senior US
Republican senator said Pres. Donald Trump had promised to stay in
Syria to finish the job of defeating the Islamic State group, also
known as ISIS.
2018 Dec 30, In North Carolina
a lion killed Alexandra Black (22) after it got loose from a locked
space at a wildlife conservatory in Burlington. The lion was killed
after attempts to tranquilize it failed.
(SFC, 12/31/18, p.A5)
2018 Dec 30, In Texas a driver
fired several shots into a car carrying a family, killing Jazmine
Barnes (7) and wounding the child's mother in the Houston area. A
tip implicated two black men in a case of mistaken identity. Suspect
Eric Black Jr. was arrested on Jan. 5 during a traffic stop. Black
and Larry Woodruffe (24) were soon charged with capital murder.
(SFC, 1/2/19, p.A4)(SFC, 1/8/19, p.A6)(SFC,
2018 Dec 30, Bangladesh voters
went to the polls to decide whether to give PM Sheikh Hasina a third
consecutive term, in an election seen as a referendum on what
critics call Hasina's increasingly authoritarian tendencies.
Opposition leader Kamal Hossain said a few hours after voting ended
that about 100 candidates from the alliance had withdrawn from their
races during the day amid allegations of vote rigging. Hasina's
ruling alliance won 288 out of 300 parliamentary seats in the
general election. Transparency International later said its
investigation into the Bangladesh election found irregularities at
47 of the 50 constituencies surveyed, including fake votes, ballot
stuffing, and voters and opposition polling agents barred from
entering polling centers.
(AP, 12/30/18)(Reuters, 12/30/18)(AP,
2018 Dec 30, CongoDRC struggled
with hundreds of reports of malfunctioning voting machines, missing
voters' lists, vote-buying and other problems. The election in Beni
ended on time, and the vote-counting began. Officially, voting in
Beni and Butembo was to take place in March, months after Congo
inaugurates its new president in mid-January.
2018 Dec 30, In Germany an
18-year-old driver trying to evade a highway patrol crashed into a
stationary vehicle near Heppenheim, killing a woman (39) and
injuring her son (10).
2018 Dec 30, In western Germany
Edgar Hilsenrath (92), a German-Jewish writer whose fictional
account of the Holocaust from the perspective of a Nazi perpetrator
became a best-seller, died. His first novel, "Night," recounting the
horrors of trying to survive in a Jewish ghetto, was published in
1954. His 1971 novel "The Nazi and the Barber," a grotesque story
about an SS member who pretends to be Jewish after the war to escape
prosecution, sold millions of copies worldwide.
2018 Dec 30, Hundreds of
Iranian students held protests for a second day, calling for
university officials to resign over the Dec. 25 bus crash that
2018 Dec 30, In Mexico Maria
Asuncion Torres Cruz, an alderwoman-elect, was shot and killed
outside her home in Mazatepec, Morelos stae, by a hooded man.
(SFC, 1/1/18, p.A2)
2018 Dec 30, Five Nigerien and
five Nigerian" troops and 11 enemy fighters were killed over the
last 24 hours in an operation launched against gangs in the Maradi
2018 Dec 30, Philippine
authorities said least 22 people died from a storm that swept
through the central islands at the weekend, with rescue operations
under way in flood-inundated communities.
2018 Dec 30, Russia's Defence
Ministry said it will deploy in 2019 the S-350 Vityaz new generation
short-to-mid range surface-to-air defence missile complex, in a
long-planned move to replace its ageing S-300 system.
2018 Dec 30, In Sudan an
umbrella of independent professional unions called on people to
march on the presidential palace in Khartoum, to demand that
autocratic President Omar Bashir step down. Bashir told police to
abstain from using excessive force against anti-government
demonstrators as the UN called for a probe into deaths during the
violent protests. At least 19 people have been killed since December
(AP, 12/30/18)(AFP, 12/30/18)
2018 Dec 30, Syria's state news
agency said President Bashar Assad has authorized Iraqi forces to
attack the Islamic State group inside Syria without waiting for
permission from authorities in Damascus.
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