Timeline 2002 July - September
Return to home
2002 Jul 1, It
was reported that the Bush administration had designated 33 toxic
waste sites for funding cuts.
(SFC, 7/1/02, p.A5)
2002 Jul 1, A US district judge
in NY ruled that the federal death penalty is unconstitutional
because it creates undue risk of executing innocent defendants.
(SFC, 7/2/02, p.A3)
2002 Jul 1, A US federal
magistrate recommended a $73 million penalty against Zimbabwe's
ruling party for allegedly torturing and killing political
2002 Jul 1, Tennesseans found
their government in a partial shutdown after lawmakers failed to
pass a balanced budget over the weekend in a stalemate over how to
cover an $800 million deficit.
2002 Jul 1, Northrup Grumman
agreed to pay $7.8 billion in stock for TRW Corp. [see Feb 22]
(SFC, 7/2/02, p.B1)
2002 Jul 1, In Afghanistan US
Air Force gunship killed 44-48 members of a wedding party in
Kakarak, Uruzgan province, during a major operation to track down
Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.
(Reuters, 7/2/02)(SFC, 7/2/02, p.A1)(SFC, 7/4/02,
2002 Jul 1, A Canadian climber
who had scaled Alaska's Mount McKinley alone died after he fell
about 1,000 feet (300 meters) while descending from the peak's upper
2002 Jul 1, Chile's Supreme
Court ruled that former dictator General Augusto Pinochet was
suffering from dementia and dropped all charges against him for
human rights violations during his regime.
2002 Jul 1, In the Hague the
world's first permanent war crimes tribunal officially came into
existence. It was vehemently opposed by the United States.
2002 Jul 1, In southwestern
Hungary a bus carrying Polish pilgrims to a shrine in Bosnia struck
a stone barrier and overturned in a ditch killing 19.
2002 Jul 1, Indonesian police
fired water cannon at about 500 demonstrators who knocked down the
gates of parliament to protest against a decision by MPs to reject
an inquiry into a graft scandal.
2002 Jul 1, Jordan reported
that 11 people, including a Palestinian-Jordanian who fled the
American bombing on Osama bin Laden's stronghold in Afghanistan,
have been detained in connection with an alleged plot to attack
2002 Jul 1, In Mozambique
health officials reported that at least 62 people have died of
cholera in the northern province of Cabo Delgado since the latest
outbreak of the disease in February.
2002 Jul 1, In Peru Vladimiro
Montesinos, once one of the country's most feared men, was convicted
of usurping office, the first of more than 70 criminal charges
ranging from arms smuggling to homicide that the ex-spymaster faces.
2002 Jul 1, Philippine
government forces using bomber planes and helicopters attacked
suspected Muslim rebel positions in the southern Philippines,
inflicting an undetermined number of casualties.
2002 Jul 1, Bashkirian flight
2937 with 45 Russian children headed for a beach vacation in Spain
were among 71 people killed when their chartered Tupolev airliner
slammed into a Boeing 757 DHL cargo plane over southern Germany. The
flights were under Swiss air control. An onboard device told the
pilot to climb but he followed a controller’s order to dive instead.
In 2007 four employees of a Swiss air traffic control company were
convicted of negligent homicide for the crash of flight 2937.
(AP, 7/2/02)(SFC, 7/2/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/2/02,
p.A1)(SFC, 7/3/02, p.A6)(WSJ, 7/9/02, p.A1)(AP, 9/4/07)
2002 Jul 2, A trial court in
Florida ruled that the state's capital sentencing statute in
(SFC, 7/3/02, p.A5)
2002 Jul 2, The Hayman fire in
Colorado was declared under control. It had burned 137,760 acres
over 24 days.
(SFC, 7/3/02, p.A5)
2002 Jul 2, Steve Fossett
became the 1st person to fly a balloon solo around the world. On his
6th attempt he completed the journey in 13 days, 12 hours, 16
minutes and 13 seconds. He departed from Australia Jun 19 and
covered an estimated 19,428 miles.
(SFC, 7/3/02, p.A3)
2002 Jul 2, Ray Brown (b.1926),
jazz bassist, died in Indianapolis.
(SFC, 7/4/02, p.A21)(WSJ, 7/9/02, p.D6)
2002 Jul 2, In Chile the
highest court halted prosecution of dictator Augusto Pinochet ruling
that he was mentally unfit to stand trial for dozens of political
killings by the notorious "Caravan of Death."
2002 Jul 2, East Timor
President Xanana Gusmao and his Indonesian counterpart Megawati
Sukarnoputri opened a new chapter in ties between the world's newest
nation and its former foe, establishing formal diplomatic links and
pledging to work together.
2002 Jul 2, Malaysia said it
had not reached any new agreements with Singapore on the sale of
water to the island state and other issues after two days of talks.
2002 Jul 2, Philippine Vice
President Teofisto Guingona resigned as foreign minister, settling
but perhaps not ending a public row with President Gloria Macapagal
Arroyo over U.S. military exercises in the south of the country.
2002 Jul 2, A former South
African policeman killed four people and wounded nine during a
shooting rampage in a small town in the Northern Cape province.
2002 Jul 3, The Tennessee
Legislature passed a 1-cent sales tax increase, the highest in state
history, and ended a partial government shutdown.
(SFC, 7/4/02, p.A4)
2002 Jul 3, It was reported
that Operation Xtermination, a drug investigation at Camp Lejeune,
NC, seized over $1.4 million in drugs and convicted over 80 marines
(SFC, 7/3/02, p.A5)
2002 Jul 3, Jean-Marie Messier,
the much-maligned chairman of Vivendi Universal, was formally
removed from his post and replaced by Jean-Rene Fourtou of the
pharmaceutical company Aventis.
2002 Jul 3, Over Australia
balloonist Steve Fossett was forced to spend an extra night in the
air as the winds that helped him become the first person to fly solo
around the world bedeviled the final stage of his voyage.
2002 Jul 3, Brazil and Mexico
signed a trade agreement that reduced import duties on some 800
(WSJ, 7/5/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 3, Chinese police
found Wang Bingzhang, a pro-democracy activist and US resident, in
Guangxi Province. He had been recently kidnapped with 2 others in
(SFC, 12/21/02, p.A10)
2002 Jul 3, It was reported
that up to 40,000 companies might collapse in Germany this year.
(SFC, 7/3/02, p.A12)
2002 Jul 3, In Georgetown,
Guyana, police opened fire on demonstrators who broke into the
presidential compound, killing two people and wounding six others
during a protest timed to coincide with the start of a Caribbean
2002 Jul 3, An oil tanker was
reported to have run aground in stormy seas on a reef near Fiji's
popular tourist islands, threatening an ecological disaster if the
2002 Jul 3, In western Mexico 5
people returning from a political rally, among them a 101-year-old
man, were ambushed and shot to death.
2002 Jul 3, At least 39 people
were killed and more feared dead when landslides caused by Typhoon
Chata'an destroyed houses on the western Pacific island of Chuuk in
(Reuters, 7/3/02)(WSJ, 7/5/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 3, In Pakistan
security forces killed 4 al Qaeda fighters near the Afghan border at
Germa. 3 security men were killed. A land dispute broke out in
Northern Waziristan near the Afghan border and 21 people were
(SFC, 7/4/02, p.A10)(SFC, 7/6/02, p.A14)
2002 Jul 3, Peru temporarily
suspended programs to eradicate coca fields and encourage farmers to
grow alternative crops, moves that jeopardize U.S.-backed efforts to
fight the cocaine trade.
(AP, 7/3/02)(SFC, 7/4/02, p.A12)
2002 Jul 3, Swiss authorities
said a collision-warning system was out of service in the Zurich
tower when it took control of a Russian airliner and a cargo jet
shortly before they collided on July 1 at 35,000 feet, killing 71
people, including 45 children headed for an end-of-school beach
holiday. One of 2 required air controllers was on a break.
(AP, 7/3/02)(SFC, 7/4/02, p.A8)
2002 Jul 3, Turkey's jittery
stock market fell again following reports that officials discussed a
moratorium on the nation's $30 billion foreign debt.
2002 Jul 4, Hesham Mohamed
Hadayet (41), an Egyptian-born 10-year resident of Irvine, opened
fire at Israel’s El Al airline ticket counter in Los Angeles'
airport. Victoria Hen and Yaakov Aminov were killed before Hadayet,
born July 4, 1961, was shot to death by a guard.
(AP, 7/5/02)(Reuters, 7/5/02)(SFC, 7/5/02,
p.A1)(SFC, 7/6/02, p.A12)
2002 Jul 4, In central Texas
70,000 cubic feet of water gushed down a spillway from Canyon Lake
toward the Guadalupe River for three days, scraping off vegetation
and topsoil and leaving only limestone walls. The
mile-and-a-half-long Canyon Lake Gorge, up to 80 feet deep, was dug
out from what had been a nondescript valley covered in mesquite and
2002 Jul 4, A Cessna 310 plane
crashed at Frank G. Bonelli Regional County Park at San Dimas and 3
people were killed.
(SFC, 7/5/02, p.A24)
2002 Jul 4, General Benjamin
Oliver Davis, Jr. (b.1912), the first black general in the US Air
Force and commander of the World War II Tuskegee Airmen, died in
Washington. In 1991 he published his autobiography “Benjamin O.
Davis, Jr., American: An Autobiography.”
2002 Jul 4, Winnifred Quick Van
Tongerloo (98), one of the four known survivors of the Titanic
sinking, died in East Lansing, Mich.
2002 Jul 4, In Australia Steve
Fossett launched Independence Day celebrations early when his Spirit
of Freedom balloon ended its record-breaking flight around the
2002 Jul 4, In Bangui, CAR, a
Boeing 707 cargo plane crashed in a sparsely populated residential
area in this central African capital, killing at least 20 people.
(AP, 7/4/02)(SFC, 7/5/02, p.A14)
2002 Jul 4, In Chile Augusto
Pinochet resigned as senator-for-life.
(SFC, 7/5/02, p.A14)
2002 Jul 4, In China a blast in
the Fuqiang mine in Songshu trapped 39 miners. There was little hope
(SFC, 7/6/02, p.A14)
2002 Jul 4, American warplanes
bombed an Iraqi air defense system after coming under attack from
Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery.
2002 Jul 4, Italian
photographer Angelo Frontoni (76), known for his work with stars
such as Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot and Ava Gardner, died in Rome.
2002 Jul 4, A British ship left
Takahama, Japan, with 550 pounds of defective, near weapons-grade
plutonium, for return to its British supplier.
(SFC, 7/5/02, p.A12)
2002 Jul 4, The Palestinian
police chief Ghazi Jabali decided to resign and run for president
following a controversy over whether Yasser Arafat had tried to oust
both him and security commander Jibril Rajoub.
(Reuters, 7/4/02)(SFC, 7/5/02, p.A7)
2002 Jul 4, An explosion
shattered a white Mercedes, killing two people including Jihad
Amerin (38), a Gaza leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.
Palestinian police said their initial suspicions were Israeli agents
had planted a bomb.
(AP, 7/4/02)(SFC, 7/5/02, p.A7)
2002 Jul 4, In Spain AIDS
experts announced a $4.8 billion prevention plan.
(SFC, 7/5/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 5, Pres. Bush
telephoned Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai to express condolences for the
deaths of Afghan civilians killed in a US bombing 4 days earlier
that killed 48 civilians.
2002 Jul 5, The Arkansas state
Supreme Court ruled that a law banning sexual relations between
people of the same sex was an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.
(SFC, 7/6/02, p.A5)
2002 Jul 5, The Medina River
near San Antonio, Texas, overflowed along with the Guadalupe River
and flooding left at least 7 people dead.
(SFC, 7/6/02, p.A3)
2002 Jul 5, Ted Williams (83),
baseball Hall of Famer, died in Florida. In 2013 Ben Bradlee Jr.
authored “The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams.”
(SFC, 7/6/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.F3)
2002 Jul 5, A bomb ripped
through an open-air market in Larba, 15 miles SE of Algiers on
Algeria's independence day, killing 49 people and wounding 36
(AP, 7/5/02)(SFC, 7/6/02, p.A6)(AP, 7/7/02)
2002 Jul 5, Twenty vehicles
piled up in early morning fog in southeastern Brazil, killing at
least 13 people, including a pregnant woman and six police officers.
2002 Jul 5, Croatian Prime
Minister Ivica Racan resigned in a political maneuver apparently
aimed at forcing a rival party out of his coalition government.
2002 Jul 5, In Chechnya rebel
ambushes killed 11 Russian soldiers and police officers.
(SFC, 7/6/02, p.A7)
2002 Jul 5, In southern Egypt a
minibus and a truck collided head-on, killing all 18 people aboard
2002 Jul 5, In Guyana the
Caribbean Community trading bloc wrapped up a summit that was marred
early on by violence and admitted Haiti as its 15th member.
2002 Jul 5, Former Madagascar
President Didier Ratsiraka fled to the Seychelles with his family,
apparently ending more than six months of turmoil in his island
2002 Jul 5, In Mexico Katy
Jurado (78), the actress who played a sultry wildcat in some of the
top American films of the 1950s and gained an Academy Award
2002 Jul 5, In Somalia a mutiny
against a prominent faction leader entered a second day, with street
fighting in the city of Baidoa leaving eight militiamen dead and
injuring 25 others, including civilians.
2002 Jul 5, In Spain a judge
froze all bank accounts of Batasuna, the radical Basque political
(SSFC, 7/7/02, p.A18)
2002 Jul 5, The United States
has forgiven all of the remaining $21.3 million in debt owed by the
Tanzanian government, the U.S embassy said.
2002 Jul 5, In Turkey 3 police
officers and a suspected Islamic militant were killed in a shootout
during a raid on an apartment in the southeastern Turkish city of
2002 Jul 6, Serena Williams
beat older sister Venus 7-6 (4), 6-3 to win her first Wimbledon
title and second straight Grand Slam tournament.
2002 Jul 6, In Ingleside, Ca.,
police officer Jeremy Morse was caught on video tape beating Donovan
Jackson (16), who was already subdued and handcuffed. Jackson's
father, Coby Chavis, was being investigation for expired
registration tags. The video led to federal involvement in the case.
Mitch Crooks (27), the man who made the tape, was arrested July 11
on an outstanding warrant for petty theft. Officers Morse and Bijan
Darvish were indicted July 17. Morse was dismissed Oct 14.
(SFC, 7/11/02, p.A3)(SFC, 7/12/02, p.A2)(SFC,
7/18/02, p.A1)(SFC, 10/26/02, p.A5)
2002 Jul 6, Nation of Islam
leader Louis Farrakhan arrived in Baghdad for a two-day visit
Saturday to discuss steps that could be taken to avert a possible
U.S. military campaign against Iraq.
2002 Jul 6, Former President
Carter launched a Venezuela peace mission sanctioned by leftist
President Hugo Chavez but met with skepticism by many of Chavez's
2002 Jul 6, John Frankenheimer
(72), film director, died in LA.
(SSFC, 7/7/02, p.A23)
2002 Jul 6, Gunmen assassinated
Afghan Vice President Haji Abdul Qadir (48) and his driver in broad
daylight in the capital Kabul. Qadir was a prominent Pashtun
businessman and was suspected of being involved in the opium trade.
(Reuters, 7/6/02)(SSFC, 7/7/02, p.A1)(SFC,
2002 Jul 6, Asian and European
finance ministers meeting in Copenhagen were presented a study that
called for the creation of a currency basket system and ultimately a
single Asian currency. The study was part of the Kobe Research
Project, an initiative launched by ASEM in 2001.
2002 Jul 6, Greek police,
assisted by American and British agents, raided an apartment and
found dozens of anti-tank rockets they believe were stolen from the
army in the late 1980s by the elusive November 17 terrorist group.
2002 Jul 6, Rebels in
Indonesia's troubled Aceh province freed all 18 hostages held since
last month, including crew from a boat carrying supplies to an Exxon
2002 Jul 6, In Indian-ruled
Kashmir 2 soldiers and two separatist rebels were killed in
2002 Jul 6, Residents of the
Ivory Coast voted in local elections seen as a test of whether
President Laurent Gbagbo's government has turned the page on two
years of ethnic and political turbulence.
2002 Jul 6, In Latvia hopes
were high at a summit of 10 former communist countries aspiring to
join NATO, and many delegates already were looking ahead to the
responsibilities of membership.
2002 Jul 6, Randi Hindi (44), a
Palestinian woman, and her 2-year-old daughter were shot to death
while riding in a taxi in the Gaza Strip. Palestinians claimed
Israeli troops were responsible. But the Israeli army said its
soldiers did not fire anywhere in the area.
(AP, 7/6/02)(SSFC, 7/7/02, p.A9)
2002 Jul 6, Trinidad and Tobago
announced plans to run an undersea natural gas pipeline throughout
the Caribbean, saying the project would open new markets in the
2002 Jul 7, Lleyton Hewitt
crushed David Nalbandian in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2, in the
Wimbledon final to win his second Grand Slam title.
2002 Jul 7, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry saw by helicopter the devastation days of torrential rain had
brought to central and southern Texas.
2002 Jul 7, Afghanistan's vice
president, Abdul Qadir, was buried with full military honors one day
after being assassinated.
2002 Jul 7, Nearly two dozen
people were killed and thousands left homeless as torrential monsoon
rains lashed large parts of Asia over the weekend, worsening floods
and triggering fresh storms and landslides. Monsoon flooding killed
at least 11 in Bangladesh.
(Reuters, 7/7/02)(Reuters, 7/8/02)
2002 Jul 7, In southern China
13 people were killed when a wall being demolished at a vegetable
market crumbled after heavy rain, burying vendors and workers under
a mound of rubble.
2002 Jul 7, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of civil servants staged a huge street protest against
a government plan to pass a law that would cut their pay by up to
2002 Jul 7, In Indonesia 53
people burned alive or jumped to their deaths when fire ripped
through a crowded Palembang karaoke bar on Sumatra island but the
final death toll could be double that.
(AP, 7/8/02)(Reuters, 7/9/02)(WSJ, 7/9/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 7, In Northern Ireland
Protestant hard-liners battled riot police after being barred from
parading through the main Catholic section of Portadown.
2002 Jul 7, The 14th Int'l.
AIDS Conference opened in Barcelona. Estimates said AIDS had claimed
20 million lives to date and threatened 40 million currently
infected. African cases were estimated at 28.5 million.
(SFC, 7/5/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 7/7/02, p.A6)
2002 Jul 7, In eastern Ukraine
rescue workers found the bodies of 35 miners killed in one of two
fires over the weekend in mines.
(AP, 7/7/02)(AP, 7/8/02)
2002 Jul 8, WorldCom and its
former auditors clashed over responsibility for nearly 4 billion
dollars in accounting improprieties, as WorldCom's former CEO and
finance chief, Scott Sullivan, refused to testify to a House panel
investigating the debacle.
2002 Jul 8, African leaders
gathered in South Africa to form the new African Union and to bid
farewell to the Organization of African Unity (OAU), a
much-criticized regional body formed nearly four decades ago to
usher the continent out of colonialism.
2002 Jul 8, In China a gas
explosion at a coal mine killed 44 miners at the Dingsheng mine in
northeastern Heilongjiang province.
(Reuters, 7/9/02)(SFC, 7/9/02, p.A10)
2002 Jul 8, Ralph Nader
attended a dinner with Cuban leader Fidel Castro as the consumer
advocate began a three-day visit to the communist nation.
2002 Jul 8, Cuban poet and
writer Cintio Vitier was named winner of Mexico's Juan Rulfo Prize
2002 Jul 8, In the Ivory Coast
local elections meant to close the door on years of turbulence ended
with complaints by angry crowds that they were not allowed to vote.
2002 Jul 8, Typhoon Chata'an
headed towards southern Japan after battering the Philippines, where
officials said it had killed 17 people -- including three South
Korean tourists who died when their boat capsized.
2002 Jul 8, In Nigeria unarmed
women, from the Arutan and Igborodo communities occupied a
Chevron-Texaco oil terminal, preventing 700 workers, including
Americans, Britons, and Canadians, from leaving. Their number soon
reached as many as 2,000.
2002 Jul 8, Peter Friedrich,
Switzerland's ambassador to Luxembourg, was arrested on suspicion of
2002 Jul 8, In southern
Thailand a bomb tore through a parked passenger railway coach
injuring a policeman and a security guard.
2002 Jul 8, In Turkey 3
ministers resigned in a growing push for early elections.
(WSJ, 7/9/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 9, To the boos of
disappointed fans, the All-Star game in Milwaukee finished in a 7-7
tie after 11 innings when both teams ran out of pitchers.
2002 Jul 9, Speaking in New
York, President Bush called for doubled prison terms and aggressive
policing to combat fraud and corruption in corporate America.
(SFC, 7/10/02, p.A1)(AP, 7/9/03)
2002 Jul 9, The US Senate
approved a nuclear waste burial site at Yucca Mountain in the Nevada
desert. The Senate voted to entomb thousands of tons of radioactive
waste inside Yucca Mountain, rejecting the state's fervent protests.
Gov. Kenny Guinn vowed to continue fighting the plan.
(SFC, 7/10/02, p.A3)(AP, 7/9/03)
2002 Jul 9, The Women's Health
Initiative announced that estrogen-progestin pills, taken by
millions of women as a hormone replacement therapy, do more harm
(SSFC, 7/14/02, p.A3)
2002 Jul 9, WWF Int'l. released
its 4th Living Planet Report and said humans are using 20% more
natural resources each year than can be regenerated.
(SFC, 7/10/02, p.A12)
2002 Jul 9, Rod Steiger (77),
actor, died. His films included "On the Waterfront" and "In the Heat
of the Night."
(SFC, 7/10/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 9, African leaders in
Durban, SA, launched the African Union, an ambitious new body
intended to pull the beleaguered continent out of poverty and
2002 Jul 9, Thousands of
unemployed Argentines, university students and labor activists
marched on the presidential palace to protest the government's
failure to end the country's deep economic crisis.
2002 Jul 9, A Palestinian
gunman opened fire on Israeli police officers just outside the
walled Old City of Jerusalem, wounding one, and a passer-by was
killed in the ensuing gunbattle.
2002 Jul 9, Philippine
officials said they had arrested a Filipino Muslim suspected of
helping to procure more than a ton of explosives for al Qaeda-linked
Islamic radicals accused of plotting to bomb U.S. targets in
Singapore. A U.S-trained Philippine soldier and an undetermined
number of Muslim rebels were killed in fierce fighting on southern
2002 Jul 9, NATO troops
arrested Radovan Stankovic (33), a former member of an elite Serb
paramilitary unit, for allegedly running a house where women and
girls were raped during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war.
(AP, 7/9/02)(SFC, 7/10/02, p.A8)
2002 Jul 10, A unified US
Senate approved harsh new penalties for corporate fraud and
document-shredding as part of an accounting oversight bill. The
House approved, 310-113, a measure to allow pilots to carry guns in
the cockpit to defend their planes against terrorists. President
George W. Bush later signed the measure into law.
2002 Jul 10, The Dow Jones fell
282 to 8,813.5 and Nasdaq closed down 35 to 1,346.
(SFC, 7/11/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 10, The first summit
of the African Union ended with lofty promises of a new era of
economic development and good government on a continent plagued by
poverty and oppression.
2002 Jul 10, It was reported
that Britain planned to downgrade marijuana possession to a Class C
(SFC, 7/10/02, p.A12)
2002 Jul 10, In Cyprus a
military helicopter crashed during a nighttime training exercise,
killing the commander of the east Mediterranean island's military
and the air force chief. Two crew members and a navy officer on
board were also killed.
2002 Jul 10, Palestinian gunmen
shot and killed an Israeli army lieutenant on patrol in the southern
Gaza Strip, and Israeli troops fatally shot a 19-year-old
Palestinian in the West Bank.
2002 Jul 10, In the Russian
Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad a man was killed when a sign with an
offensive slogan exploded as he tried to remove it from a park.
2002 Jul 10, Two people were
hacked to death and a police station was overrun by armed tribesmen
who stole ballot boxes and freed prisoners in the latest
election-related violence in Papua, New Guinea.
2002 Jul 11, Lawmakers balked
at moving the Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management
Agency into a new Homeland Security Department despite pleas from
senior Cabinet officials to stick to President Bush's blueprint.
Both agencies did end up being included in the new department.
2002 Jul 11, US scientists
financed by the Pentagon announced that they had synthesized a virus
from scratch for the 1st time. They built a polio virus relying only
on genetic sequence information publicly available.
(SFC, 7/12/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 11, Bernardas
Brazdzionis (95), Lithuanian émigré poet, died in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 7/19/02, p.A27)
2002 Jul 11, Former Argentina
junta leader Leopoldo Galtieri was arrested for the torture and
execution of leftists during the military dictatorship (1976-1983).
(SFC, 7/12/02, p.A10)
2002 Jul 11, Lawmakers in
Ontario passed back-to-work legislation to end a two-week strike by
Toronto garbage collectors that covered the country's biggest city
in mounds of rotting waste.
2002 Jul 11, In Colombia
authorities confirmed that the mayors of 28 cities and towns
resigned this week after leftist rebels threatened to kill mayors if
they didn't step down.
2002 Jul 11, Typhoon Chata'an
left 5 dead in Japan and moved north.
2002 Jul 11, President Kim
Dae-jung picked South Korea's first female prime minister and
replaced six other ministers in a reshuffle seen as a bid to boost
the government's image before December presidential polls.
2002 Jul 11, Three members of
the Lebanese army intelligence service were killed while trying to
make arrests near Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp, the
Lebanese army said.
2002 Jul 11, Moroccan soldiers
planted a national flag on Perejil Island (parsley in Spanish), 200
yards off the coast near Ceuta. Spain had claimed control since the
17th century. Moroccans called the 0.58-square mile rocky outcrop
Leila (night in Arabic). Spanish troops swiftly dislodged the
Moroccans without a shot being fired. Under a diplomatic resolution,
both sides agreed to leave it as a no man's land.
(SSFC, 7/14/02, p.A20)(SFC, 7/20/02, p.A10)(AP,
2002 Jul 11, Peru's prime
minister and finance minister said they resigned Thursday as part of
a Cabinet shake-up designed to stem the plummeting popularity of
President Alejandro Toledo's year-old government.
2002 Jul 11, Solomon Islands
police reported that 10 men who went in search of a rebel warlord to
capture him for a bounty payment had all been killed.
2002 Jul 11, Turkey's foreign
minister resigned, dealing a harsh blow to Prime Minister Bulent
Ecevit, who was struggling to stay in power despite ill health and
mass resignations from his party.
2002 Jul 11, In Venezuela an
estimated 600,000 people marched demanding that Pres. Chavez abandon
(AP, 7/12/02)(SFC, 7/12/02, p.A9)
2002 Jul 12, The Bush
administration expected a $165 billion deficit mainly due to a
falloff in tax revenues from stock market capital gains.
(SFC, 7/13/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 12, The US Senate
adopted a ban on personal loans from companies to their top
officials, a practice that had benefited executives from Enron to
2002 Jul 12, The IRS named Bill
Simon, GOP candidate for California state governor, in a case
involving potentially illegal offshore tax shelters. Dozens of other
wealthy investors were also named.
(SFC, 7/13/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 12, In Canada an
Ontario court ruled that refusing legal recognition to gay and
lesbian marriages is unconstitutional.
(SFC, 7/13/02, p.A14)
2002 Jul 12, Chinese officials
reported that nearly 1,000 schoolchildren in northeast China were
rushed to hospital after being vaccinated in late June for
encephalitis and two senior officials were arrested and charged with
2002 Jul 12, A Colombia army
spokesman said clashes across Colombia this week left at least 52
rebels and government soldiers dead.
2002 Jul 12, In India's Kashmir
region at least 10 people were killed and 15 wounded, some
critically, in a shootout. Shops and businesses downed shutters in
Srinagar, the summer capital of India's disputed state of Jammu and
Kashmir, in response to a strike call by separatists to honor
(Reuters, 7/13/02)(SFC, 7/13/02, p.A14)
2002 Jul 12, In Indonesia a
woman was killed and four men were wounded when a bomb exploded near
Poso, Central Sulawesi.
2002 Jul 12, In Mexico farmers
desperate to keep their land from being seized for a new Mexico City
airport threatened to kill about a dozen hostages and spark
uprisings across the country.
2002 Jul 12, Palestinian
free-lance photographer Imad Abu Zahra died of a gunshot wound in
the northern West Bank, and a fellow photographer said the shots
came from a machine gun on an Israeli tank July 11. 2 Palestinians
were killed in an exchange of gunfire in the Gaza Strip.
(AP, 7/12/02)(SFC, 7/13/02, p.A9)
2002 Jul 12, Ismail Cem,
Turkey's former foreign minister, launched a new political party to
topple Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, who is fighting to stay in
power despite poor health and a mutiny within his Cabinet.
2002 Jul 12, The UN Security
Council agreed to exempt US peacekeepers from war crimes prosecution
for a year, ending a threat to UN peacekeeping operations.
2002 Jul 13, US governors
opened their summer meeting in Boise, Idaho, with high health care
costs the main topic.
2002 Jul 13, Yousuf Karsh (93),
photographer, died in Boston.
2002 Jul 13, A family of 4 were
found stabbed to death in their home near Whittier, Ca. Jasmine Ruiz
(8) was sexually assaulted before being killed. Alfonso Ignacio
Morales (23) was arrested July 15.
(SSFC, 7/14/02, p.A7)(SFC, 7/16/02, p.A4)
2002 Jul 13, A unanimous UN
Security Council vote to exempt American peacekeepers from
prosecution by the new war crimes tribunal for a year ended a U.S.
threat to halt U.N. peacekeeping but angered many court supporters.
2002 Jul 13, Dominican
lawmakers voted to reform the country's constitution to allow
presidents to serve two consecutive terms in office.
2002 Jul 13, Outside Jammu,
Kashmir, a grenade and gun attack on a Hindu slum that left 27
people dead, dozens wounded and rekindled fears of war with nuclear
(Reuters, 7/14/02)(SSFC, 7/14/02, p.A12)
2002 Jul 13, It was reported
that Dr. P.V. Rajiv in southern India saved three sick newborn
babies using a cloned version of the anti-impotence drug Viagra. "We
saved the babies by giving sildenafil citrate, also called Viagra,"
he said. Dr. Rajiv first gave the drug orally to a baby suffering
pulmonary hypertension, after consulting international journals
which reported its use to treat adults in a similar condition. Blue
babies have a condition that contracts vessels carrying oxygen-rich
blood to the lungs.
2002 Jul 13, In southern
Iraq 7 civilians were reported injured in U.S. air raids.
2002 Jul 13, Police in northern
Kenya opened fire on protesters outside a U.N. refugee camp, killing
2002 Jul 13, Morocco's
King Mohammed VI publicly celebrated his marriage to a 24-year-old
computer engineer during two days of festivities that showed the
38-year-old king's desire to modernize the monarchy.
2002 Jul 13, In Mansahra,
northern Pakistan, 9 foreigners and three Pakistanis were hurt when
an unidentified assailant hurled a hand grenade at a tourist party.
(Reuters, 7/13/02)(SSFC, 7/14/02, p.A20)
2002 Jul 13, President
Alejandro Toledo declared a state of emergency Saturday in southeast
Peru, where snow and freezing weather has killed at least 18 people
in less than two weeks.
2002 Jul 14, Joaquin Balaguer
(95), who ruled the Dominican Republic for 22 years and dominated
his country's politics for years after leaving office, died.
(AP, 7/14/02)(SFC, 7/15/02, p.B6)
2002 Jul 14, Maxime Brunerie, a
man described as an emotionally disturbed neo-Nazi, tried to
assassinate French President Jacques Chirac. He pulled a rifle from
a guitar case and fired off a shot before being wrestled to the
ground during a Bastille Day parade. Brunerie, sentenced to 10
years, was released from prison in 2009.
(AP, 7/14/02)(AP, 8/22/09)
2002 Jul 14, Mexican state
officials freed 10 prisoners in hopes of winning freedom for
hostages held by farmers protesting construction of a new Mexico
2002 Jul 14, A Palestinian man,
on trial for allegedly collaborating with Israel, was killed by
Palestinian militants after an Israeli airstrike disrupted court
proceedings. Israeli aircraft fired missiles and destroyed a
building in the southern Gaza Strip, injuring about 10 Palestinians.
2002 Jul 14, A bus with 52
passengers, mostly Polish students, crashed in western Romania,
killing five people and injuring 26.
2002 Jul 14, A passenger bus
overturned and burst into flames after hitting a cow, killing at
least 18 people in South Africa's Eastern Cape province.
2002 Jul 15, The US Senate
voted 97-0 for a bill to crack down on corporate accounting
(WSJ, 7/16/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 15, John Walker Lindh
agreed to serve 20 years in prison for fighting in Afghanistan in a
plea bargain with the government. He was sentenced to 20 years in
prison on Oct 4.
(WSJ, 7/16/02, p.A1)(SFC, 10/5/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 15, A federal agency
approved Navy plans for a sonar system to search out enemy
submarines despite potential injury to whales and dolphins.
(SFC, 7/16/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 15, In Stanton, Ca.,
Samantha Runnion (5) was kidnapped. Her body was found the next day
in Riverside county. An autopsy revealed that she had been sexually
abused and died from a crushed abdomen. A sample of DNA was also
found under her fingernail. On July 19 police arrested Alejandro
Avila (27), previously acquitted for child molestation. In 2005
Avila was convicted of kidnapping, murder and sexual assault. On May
16 a jury called for the death penalty. He was sentenced to death on
(SFC, 7/17/02, p.A2)(SFC, 7/20/02, p.A1)(SFC,
4/29/05, p.A4)(SFC, 5/17/05, p.B8)(SFC, 7/23/05,
2002 Jul 15, A Canadian
National freight train derailed and caught fire near Allenton,
Wisc., and 34 of 107 cars jumped the tracks.
(SFC, 7/16/02, p.A4)
2002 Jul 15, Osama bin Laden is
alive and planning another attack on the United States, said an Arab
journalist with close ties to the militant's associates.
2002 Jul 15, Pfizer Corp.
agreed to buy Pharmacia Corp. for stock valued at $60 billion.
(WSJ, 7/15/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 15, In Mexico farmers
ended their protest of a proposed new airport for Mexico City and
released 19 hostages after the government promised to reconsider
(SFC, 7/16/02, p.A5)
2002 Jul 15, In Nigeria women
occupying a ChevronTexaco oil terminal agreed to end their eight-day
siege after the company offered to hire at least 25 villagers and to
build schools, electrical and water systems.
2002 Jul 15, A court in
Pakistan sentenced British-born Islamic militant Sheikh Ahmed Omar
Saeed to death for the kidnap and murder of U.S. reporter Daniel
Pearl, drawing a threat of reprisals and calls for Muslims to
respond. A Pakistani judge convicted four Islamic militants in the
kidnap-slaying of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl.
(Reuters, 7/15/02)(SFC, 7/15/02, p.A1)(AP,
2002 Jul 15, Nationwide
demonstrations in Paraguay called for the ouster of Pres. Luis
Gonzalez Macchi, who imposed a state of emergency.
(SFC, 7/16/02, p.A4)(SFC, 7/17/02, p.A9)
2002 Jul 15, Philippine gunmen
shot dead four supporters of candidates as Filipinos voted in local
community elections after a bloody campaign that left scores of
people dead. The 90 day election campaign left 71 people dead.
2002 Jul 16, The body of
Samantha Runnion (5), who had been kidnapped a day earlier from her
home in Stanton, Calif., was found in a heavily forested area about
50 miles away.
2002 Jul 16, Belgian banks
signed agreements to pay some $54 million to the country's Jewish
community for property lost during the Nazi occupation.
(SFC, 7/17/02, p.A9)
2002 Jul 16, In Chechnya
separatist fighters attacked Russian army convoys and checkpoints
and 6 people were killed.
(WSJ, 7/17/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 16, In Ecuador Julia
Butterfly Hill was arrested with 7 other demonstrators in Quito for
protesting a proposed oil pipeline from the Amazon Basin to the port
of Esmeraldas that would run through the Mindo-Nambillo Reserve.
Hill was deported July 18.
(SFC, 7/18/02, p.A12)(SFC, 7/19/02, p.A14)
2002 Jul 16, In Ecuador rains
caused a landslide that buried 11 vehicles including a bus with 40
(SFC, 7/18/02, p.A15)
2002 Jul 18, Greek police
reported the capture of Alexandros Giotopoulos (58), the alleged
head of the November 17 terror group. Police also reported
confessions from other members to bombings and assassinations.
(SFC, 7/19/02, p.A14)
2002 Jul 16, In
India-controlled Kashmir a grenade wounded at least 13 people in
(SFC, 7/17/02, p.A7)
2002 Jul 16, The Irish
Republican Army issued an unprecedented apology for hundreds of
civilian deaths over 30 years.
2002 Jul 16, In the West Bank
Palestinian gunmen ambushed a bus at the Emmanuel settlement left 8
(SFC, 7/17/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/18/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 17, Sen. Charles
Grassley of Iowa reported that some 200 Army personnel had used
government charge cards to get cash to spend at strip clubs near
military bases. Soldiers ran up a $38,000 bill.
(WSJ, 7/18/02, p.A1)(SFC, 7/18/02, p.A6)
2002 Jul 17, The National
Cancer Institute published a report that linked estrogen used for
hormone replacement to ovarian cancer.
(SFC, 7/17/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 17, In Britain, a
one-day strike by 750,000 municipal employees closed schools,
libraries and recreation centers in their first national walkout in
more than two decades.
2002 Jul 17, In Israel a double
suicide bombing in Tel Aviv killed two foreign workers and one
Israeli. Over 40 people were injured.
(WSJ, 7/18/02, p.A1)(SFC, 7/18/02, p.A1)(AP,
2002 Jul 17, In Nigeria
hundreds of unarmed women of the Ijaw tribe seized control of at
least 4 more ChevronTexaco facilities in the Niger Delta.
(SFC, 7/18/02, p.A17)
2002 Jul 17, In Paraguay Pres.
Macchi announced the lifting of a state of emergency following 2
days of protests over his economic policies.
(SFC, 7/18/02, p.A15)
2002 Jul 17, Spanish troops
reclaimed the island of Perejil off the coast of Morocco, a week
after it was occupied by Moroccan troops.
(WSJ, 7/18/02, p.A1)(SFC, 7/18/02, p.A17)
2002 Ju 17, Switzerland
formally requested membership to the United Nations.
(SFC, 7/18/02, p.A15)
2002 Jul 18, Accused Sept. 11
conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui tried to plead guilty to charges that
could have brought the death penalty, but a federal judge in
Alexandria, Va., insisted he take time to think about it.
2002 Jul 18, US Army Sec.
Thomas White defended his sale of $12 million in Enron stock before
the company went bust. Records showed that he had made 77 phone
calls to Enron in the 10 months ending Feb 2002.
(SFC, 7/19/02, p.A3)
2002 Jul 18, The California
Supreme Court ruled that the state's marijuana law can help pot
smokers avoid being tried for drug offenses.
(SFC, 7/19/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 18, It was reported
that drought in western US states was causing the biggest
grasshopper invasion in 50 years. Nebraska was among the hardest
(SFC, 7/18/02, p.A2)
2002 Jul 18, Bob Pittman
stepped down as chief operating officer of AOL Time Warner in a
shake-up at the world's largest media company.
2002 Jul 18, A Canadian Forces
helicopter crashed in a remote region of Labrador, killing two
pilots and injuring two other helicopter personnel.
2002 Jul 18, Rebels attacked a
central Colombian town and clashed with police in an hours long
battle, leaving four civilians and four rebels dead and destroying
dozens of houses and government buildings.
2002 Jul 18, In Germany
Chancellor Schroeder fired defense minister Rudolf Scharping for
accepting some $72,000 in payments from a public relations firm.
(SFC, 7/19/02, p.A18)
2002 Jul 18, Greek police
reported the capture of Alexandros Giotopoulos (58), the alleged
head of the November 17 terror group. Police also reported
confessions from members Christodoulos Xiros and brother Vassilis
Xiros to bombings and assassinations.
(SFC, 7/19/02, p.A14)
2002 Jul 18, In India
legislators elected Abdul Kalam, father of their nuclear missile
program, as the country's 12th president.
(WSJ, 7/19/02, p.A9)
2002 Jul 18, In India
separatist guerrillas ambushed a police convoy in Dijungmukh, Assam
state, and 7 police officers were killed.
(SFC, 7/19/02, p.A16)
2002 Jul 18, In Pakistan Anwar
Kenneth (40), a Christian, was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced
to death by hanging. He had called Islam a fake religion and said he
was Jesus Christ.
(SFC, 7/19/02, p.A16)
2002 Jul 18, In western Uganda
a fuel truck and a bus collided, killing more than 60 people in a
fiery explosion near Lutoto.
(AP, 7/19/02)(SFC, 7/19/02, p.A16)
2002 Jul 19, The Dow Jones
industrials dipped below their post-terrorist attack lows in a
2002 Jul 19, Alejandro Avila
was arrested in connection with the slaying of 5-year-old Samantha
Runnion of Stanton, Calif.
2002 Jul 19, ConAgra Beef Co.
began recalling 19 million pounds of beef, manufactured in Greeley,
Colo., over the last 3 months, due to possible E. coli
(SFC, 7/20/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 19, US and British
warplanes destroyed a military communications facility in southern
Iraq. Iraq said the strike killed 5 people including a couple and
(SFC, 7/20/02, p.A11)
2002 Jul 19, Alexander I.
Ginzburg (65), Russian-born poet, died in Paris. In 1959 he created
the 1st samizdat (self-published journal) of the post-Stalin period.
He was flown to the US in 1979 as part of an exchange for Soviet
(SSFC, 7/21/02, p.A27)
2002 Jul 19, Alan Lomax (87),
musicologist and son of folklorist John A. Lomax, died in Safety
Harbor, Fla. His books included the book "The Land Where the Blues
Began." In 2010 John Szwed authored “Alan Lomax: The Man Who
Recorded the World.”
(SFC, 7/20/02, p.A20)(SSFC, 1/23/11, p.G5)
2002 Jul 19, In Australia
Evdokia Petrov (88), former Soviet Union spy, died in Melbourne. She
lived under the name Maria Anna Allyson. Her husband Vladimir Petrov
(1991) was the third secretary at the Soviet embassy in Australia
and also covertly served as a KGB spy. They defected in 1954.
2002 Jul 19, Britain's
government said it would pay $7 million in compensation to more than
220 Kenyans who say they are victims of unexploded ammunition left
behind by British troops.
2002 Jul 19, In Britain
authorities reported that family doctor Harold Shipman, Britain's
worst serial killer, murdered 215 of his patients in 23 years as a
trusted small-town practitioner. [see Jun, 1998]
(AP, 7/19/02)(SFC, 7/20/02, p.A8)
2002 Jul 19, In Bolivia a
crowded bus plunged into a ravine in an Andean road near La Paz,
killing 19 and injuring 15.
2002 Jul 19, In central China a
downpour of giant hailstones, some the size of eggs, killed 15
people and left hospitals overflowing with head-wound victims.
2002 Jul 19, In eastern
Guatemala a passenger bus slammed head-on into a semi truck, killing
2002 Jul 19, Tens of thousands
of Iranians took to the streets of the capital condemning President
Bush for criticizing their government with calls of "Death to
America" and "Death to Bush."
2002 Jul 19, Israel introduced
collective punishment on the family of Ali Ajouri, following his
role in the July 17 suicide bombing.
2002 Jul 19, Italy took steps
to return the prized Axum obelisk to Ethiopia. The 1,700-year-old
monument was hauled off by Italian forces after their 1937 invasion
of the African country.
2002 Jul 19, In Abiteye,
Nigeria, unarmed women occupying at least four ChevronTexaco
facilities took two hostages in a bid to meet with oil executives.
2002 Jul 19, In Saudi
Arabia a passenger bus collided head on with a truck and caught fire
outside the holy city of Mecca, killing 26 people and injuring 24
2002 Jul 20, Omar Bernal, rebel
commander of the 63rd front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia, or FARC, surrendered Saturday to soldiers in southern
Colombia, saying he had lost faith in the decades-old guerrilla
2002 Jul 20, In Greece police
arrested two more alleged November 17 terrorists, Iraklis Kostaris
and Costas Karatsolis, both 36-year-old real estate agents. One was
believed to be a hit man in four assassinations including those of a
U.S. Air Force sergeant and a British brigadier.
2002 Jul 20, A car exploded
near a mosque in an Israeli Arab neighborhood of Tel Aviv, killing
2002 Jul 20, The number of
Japanese who have died after taking diet pills imported from China
has risen to four and 124 have fallen ill, Kyodo news agency
reported quoting a Health Ministry report.
2002 Jul 20, Refugees in flight
from Liberia's war surged to 200,000, and those reaching safety in
neighboring Guinea spoke of worsening atrocities by President
Charles Taylor's forces: looting, raping, burning and killing
trapped villagers. Jubilant government troops strutted through
heavily looted Tubmanburg after driving away rebel forces who had
controlled it for close to three months.
(AP, 7/20/02)(AP, 7/21/02)
2002 Jul 20, In southeastern
Nigeria unarmed women occupying at least four ChevronTexaco
facilities said they had freed their two hostages in return for a
promise from oil executives to meet with them.
2002 Jul 20, In Nigeria a huge
fire broke out Saturday at ChevronTexaco's main oil terminal, days
after unarmed village women ended a 10-day siege that crippled the
oil giant's local operations.
2002 Jul 20-2002 Jul 22, In
Nigeria dozens of villagers have been killed, many hacked to death,
in three days of clashes between rival political factions battling
for influence in an oil-rich area of the Niger Delta.
2002 Jul 20, In Lima, Peru, 29
people, a lion and a tiger that were part of the show, died in a
blaze started by bartenders who were doing tricks with fire at
Utopia, an unlicensed night club.
2002 Jul 20, In northeastern
Sicily a passenger train derailed and apparently crashed into an
abandoned house, killing at least eight people and injuring some 30
2002 Jul 20, Sudan signed a
peace deal with southern rebels in Kenya.
(WSJ, 7/22/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 21, WorldCom filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy about a month after disclosing it had inflated
profits by nearly $4 billion through deceptive accounting. With $107
billion in assets, it was the largest US bankruptcy ever.
(SFC, 7/22/02, p.A1)(AP, 7/21/03)
2002 Jul 21, In south central
Oregon an 87,000 acre wildfire burned along a mile-long front.
(SFC, 7/22/02, p.A3)
2002 Jul 21, Ernie Els won the
British Open in the first sudden-death finish in the 142-year
history of the tournament.
2002 Jul 21, In Iraq executions
of 15 political dissidents took place in the Abu Gharib prison, west
of Baghdad, and the bodies were buried at night in a mass grave at
al-Karkh cemetery in Baghdad. The Iraqi opposition group Center for
Human Rights reported this Sep 30.
2002 Jul 21, In Israel an
explosion under a moving passenger train near Tel Aviv moderately
injured one Israeli.
2002 Jul 21, In the Philippines
3 people drowned in floods and a landslide buried alive a family of
three as heavy rains pummeled the main island of Luzon, including
2002 Jul 21, In Russia fighting
started when a vendor at the Moscow Orion market opened fire at a
group of wholesale buyers who allegedly refused to pay him for his
goods. The armed vendor was from the Dagestan region in southern
Russia, and the buyers were from the former Soviet republic of
2002 Jul 21, A methane gas
explosion tore through a Ukrainian coal mine, killing at least six
miners and leaving more than 28 missing.
2002 Jul 22, The Bush
administration said it would not contribute to a UN program that it
contends provides aid to the Chinese government to coerce women in
getting abortions. $34 million was withheld under the 1985
(SFC, 7/23/02, p.A3)
2002 Jul 22, Gov. Davis signed
a bill for California air regulators to enact measures by 2009 to
cut vehicle emissions of greenhouse gases believed to contribute to
(SSFC, 7/21/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 22, North Dakota's
Gov. John Hoeven was headed to Cuba to promote trade of peas, wheat
and other foods to the communist island from his state. It was only
the 2nd visit to Cuba by a sitting American governor in some 40
2002 Jul 22, Factory worker
Alejandro Avila was charged with murder and kidnapping in the
abduction and slaying of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion of Stanton,
2002 Jul 22, The DJIA fell
almost 234 points to 7,785. Nasdaq fell 3% to 1,283.
(SFC, 7/23/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 22, At least 12 people
have been killed in clashes between rival Afghan factions fighting
for control of the Sheen Dend district in the western province of
2002 Jul 22, In Bosnia forensic
experts discovered a mass grave in the northeast that may contain up
to 100 bodies of Muslims killed at the end of the country's 1992-95
2002 Jul 22, In Brazil
assailants tortured and killed Bartolemeu Morais da Silva (44), a
prominent activist who had been organizing land occupations by the
poor in a southern Amazon state.
2002 Jul 22, Congolese and
Rwandan leaders said that they've reached an agreement to end a
four-year war in Congo, a fight that has defied resolution as it
drew in eight African countries and claimed more than two million
2002 Jul 22, In Northern
Ireland Gerald Lawlor (19), a Catholic man, was shot to death after
a night of gun attacks left two others wounded in north Belfast. The
Ulster Defense Assoc. claimed responsibility. UDA attackers selected
Lawlor because he was walking through a predominantly Catholic area
and wearing the green-and-white shirt of Glasgow Celtic, a Scottish
soccer club supported exclusively by Catholics in Northern Ireland.
(AP, 7/22/02)(SFC, 7/23/02, p.A6)(AP, 7/26/02)
2002 Jul 22, In Indian Kashmir
4 suspected separatist rebels were killed in a shootout with troops
while a policeman and a civilian were wounded in separate blasts.
2002 Jul 22, Israeli troops
killed 2 Islamic Jihad members in a clash near the Gush Katif
(SFC, 7/23/02, p.A10)
2002 Jul 22, Morocco and Spain,
prodded by the US, agreed to leave Perejil Island empty and free of
symbols of sovereignty and planned for future talks on the issue.
(SFC, 7/23/02, p.A8)
2002 Jul 22, Ahmed bin Salman
bin Abdulaziz (43), the genial Saudi prince who dominated racing the
last two years with Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem and 2001 horse
of the year Point Given, died.
2002 Jul 22-24, Flooding in
southeastern Venezuela killed 5 people and left as many as 50,000
homeless in Apure state.
(AP, 7/23/02)(SFC, 7/25/02,
2002 Jul 23, Pres. Bush signed
legislation designating Nevada's Yucca Mountain as the nation's
nuclear waste repository.
(WSJ, 7/24/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 23, In California the
Davis administration and Oracle Corp. agreed to cancel a $95 million
DB software contract.
(SFC, 7/24/02, p.A18)
2002 Jul 23, In California a
growing fire in Sequoia Nat'l. Park consumed 48,200 acres in 3 days.
(SFC, 7/24/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 23, The DJIA fell 82
to 7702. The Nasdaq fell 53 to 1229.
(WSJ, 7/24/02, p.C1)
2002 Jul 23, Leo McKern (82),
Australian actor, died in Bath, England. He played the barrister in
the TV show "Rumpole of the Bailey."
(SFC, 7/24/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 23, Chaim Potok (73),
rabbi and author of novels that included "The Chosen," died at his
home in suburban Philadelphia. "Literature presents you with
alternative mappings of the human experience."
(SFC, 7/24/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 23, William Pierce
(d.2002), white supremacist author of the 1978 "Turner Diaries,"
died in Hillsboro, West Virginia.
(WSJ, 7/24/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 23, Maria Adela Gard
de Antokoletz (90), one of the founding members of the Argentine
human rights group Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, died.
2002 Jul 23, Welsh archbishop
Rowan Williams was chosen to be the 104th archbishop of Canterbury,
spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans.
2002 Jul 23, A frail Pope John
Paul II walked down the steps of his plane instead of using a lift
after arriving in Canada to join thousands of young Catholic
pilgrims for World Youth Day. Tens of thousands of exuberant young
Catholics massed in Toronto to greet the Pope.
(AP, 7/23/02)(Reuters, 7/23/02)
2002 Jul 23, In Colombia a bomb
exploded in front of a Medellin restaurant where politicians and
journalists traditionally gather, killing a former congressman and
injuring nine other people.
2002 Jul 23, An Israeli F-16
warplane dropped a one ton bomb that flattened a Gaza City apartment
building, killing Salah Shehadeh, the leader of Hamas' military
wing, and at least 14 other Palestinians, including nine children.
Shehadeh was at the top of Israel's most wanted list. The dead
included Shehadeh’s wife and 3 kids. In 2009 a Spanish judge began
an investigation into seven current or former Israeli officials over
the 2002 bombing. In 2011 an Israeli inquiry ruled the air strike
legal and blamed faulty intelligence for the civilian deaths.
(AP, 7/23/02)(SFC, 7/23/02, p.A1)(AP,
1/29/09)(SFC, 2/28/11, p.A2)
2002 Jul 23, In Nepal floods
and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains killed at least 11
people over the last 2 days, bringing to 67 the number of deaths
caused by bad weather over the past two weeks.
2002 Jul 23-24, In Turkey
floods and lightning caused by summer storms have killed at least 18
people. Three other people were missing.
2002 Jul 23, In Zimbabwe at
least 15 people illegally mining gold were killed when an abandoned
mine shaft in Mhondoro caved in.
2002 Jul 24, The US House voted
420-1 to oust Rep. James Traficant, an Ohio Democrat. On July
30 Traficant was sentenced to 8 years in prison for bribery and
(SFC, 7/25/02, p.A1)(SFC, 7/31/02, p.A4)(SFC,
2002 Jul 24, John Rigas (78),
CEO of Adelphia Comm. Corp., was arrested with his 2 sons on charges
of that they looted the company of more than $1 billion.
(SFC, 7/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 24, The DJIA rose 488
to 8,191 and Nasdaq rose 61 to 1,290.
(SFC, 7/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 24, In Pennsylvania 9
coal miners were trapped by a flood 240 feet underground. All 9 were
rescued Jul 27.
(WSJ, 7/26/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 7/28/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 24, In Houston, Texas,
Clara Harris ran over her cheating husband with her Mercedes after
catching him with his mistress. Harris (45) was convicted of murder
Feb 13, 2003.
(SFC, 2/15/03, p.A5)
2002 Jul 24, A truck bomb
exploded in San Juan de Rioseco, Colombia, and 2 police officers
(SFC, 7/25/02, p.A13)
2002 Jul 24, In Congo Hutu
rebels rejected a peace deal that would force them back to Rwanda.
(WSJ, 7/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 24, The European Union
will give an extra $32 million to the U.N. Population Fund to help
replace the U.S. money being withheld because of concerns about
2002 Jul 24, Indonesian
prosecutors demanded that parliament speaker Akbar Tandjung be
jailed for four years over the alleged misuse of $4 million in a
politically sensitive graft scandal.
2002 Jul 24, In Russia PM
Mikhail Kasyanov ordered all businesses to adopt international
accounting standards by 2004.
(WSJ, 7/25/02, p.A9)
2002 Jul 24, In northern Uganda
a group of Lord's Resistance Army rebels entered Muchwini, 285 miles
north of Kampala, and killed at least 42 people.
2002 Jul 24, The UN voted 35-8
on a plan to enforce a convention on torture that called for
independent visits to prisons. The US failed to block the vote.
(SFC, 7/25/02, p.A10)(WSJ, 7/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 25, Encouraged by a
tinny tapping sound coming up from the depths, rescuers in Somerset,
Pa., brought in a huge drill in a race to save nine coal miners
trapped 240 feet underground by a flooded shaft.
2002 Jul 25, Zacarias Moussaoui
declared he was guilty of conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks, then
dramatically withdrew his plea at his arraignment in Alexandria, Va.
2002 Jul 25, In Canada Pope
John Paul made his first appearance at a Catholic youth festival
before as many as 200,000 young faithful eager to welcome the aging
Pontiff with prayer and song.
2002 Jul 25, Chinese police
have formally arrested Liu Xiaoqing, one of the country's most
famous film stars and 2-time winner of the prestigious Hundred
Flowers Best Actress award, on suspicion of large-scale tax evasion.
Liu was queen of Chinese cinema in the 1980s and is best remembered
for playing Qing Dynasty Empress Dowager Cixi in the film "The Reign
Behind the Curtain."
2002 Jul 25, Some 5,000 women
gathered from all over Colombia, traveling hours by bus, all with
one message: They wanted an end to 38 years of civil war.
2002 Jul 25, Israeli police
said an Israeli policeman has been arrested on suspicion of selling
ammunition to Palestinians, raising to ten the number of suspects
detained in the case.
2002 Jul 25, Torrential monsoon
rains and overflowing rivers worsened flooding in eastern India,
Nepal and Bangladesh and officials said 270 people have died and
more than six million people have been left homeless during the last
2002 Jul 25, Hundreds of
Nigerian women left ChevronTexaco pumping stations in canoes and on
foot following an agreement with company executives.
2002 Jul 25, Palestinian gunmen
shot dead a Jewish rabbi settler in what militants called the first
response to an Israeli air strike that killed 15 Palestinians
including a top militant.
2002 Jul 25, In Russia Pres.
Putin signed into law a bill that allowed the sale of farmland, but
not to foreigners.
(SFC, 7/26/02, p.A17)
2002 Jul 25, The Spanish
government welcomed a British proposal to turn its military base in
Gibraltar into a NATO facility, a move that would open it to all
alliance members including Spain. Spain and Britain came up with the
idea of sharing sovereignty over the Rock. This was rejected
resoundingly in a nonbinding referendum in Gibraltar.
(AP, 7/25/02)(AP, 9/19/06)
2002 Jul 25, In Vietnam the
National Assembly approved a 2nd term for PM Phan Van Khai (68).
(SFC, 7/26/02, p.A17)
2002 Jul 26, The US
Republican-led House voted, 295 to 132, to create an enormous
Homeland Security Department, the biggest government reorganization
2002 Jul 25, Cassandra
Williamson (6) vanished from a suburban St. Louis home; her body was
found hours later at an abandoned glass factory. Johnny Johnson
(24), an acquaintance of Cassandra's father who had spent the night
at the house was later indicted for murder.
(SFC, 7/27/02, p.A3)(AP, 7/26/03)
2002 Jul 26, The SF-based Texas
Pacific Group agreed to buy Burger King from Diageo PLC for $2.26
(SFC, 7/26/02, p.B1)
2002 Jul 26, Hershey Foods in
Hershey, Pa., announced that it would put itself up for sale under
directions by the Hershey Trust Co.
(SFC, 7/26/02, p.B3)
2002 Jul 26, In Argentina an
new Evita Museum opened in Buenos Aires on the 50-year anniversary
of her death.
(SFC, 7/26/02, p.A16)
2002 Jul 26, In Brazil the new
$1.4 billion Amazon Radar Surveillance (SIVAM), developed by
Raytheon, was unveiled. It was to be used to curb crime and gather
(SFC, 7/26/02, p.A16)
2002 Jul 26, The Burundian army
claimed it has killed at least 500 Hutu rebels during fighting over
the last two weeks, while suffering only 15 losses.
2002 Jul 26, It was reported
that the regional Chinese governments of Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan
had agreed to develop an area to be called "The China Shangri-La
Ecological Tourist Zone" across 50 counties next to Meili Snow
(SFC, 7/26/02, p.A15)
2002 Jul 26, In Guayaquil,
Ecuador, South American presidents gathered for a 2nd region-wide
summit in the face of political instability and economic turmoil.
2002 Jul 26, Indian Vice
President Krishan Kant, 75, died of a heart attack.
2002 Jul 26, An Indonesian
court sentenced former President Suharto's son Tommy to a total of
15 years in jail for paying a hitman to kill a Supreme Court judge
and other offences.
2002 Jul 26, In Indonesia
bomb-like explosions hit the troubled city of Ambon, injuring 51
people, 10 of them seriously.
2002 Jul 26, Israel sent tanks
and troops into Gaza City. Troops fatally shot a Palestinian man as
he stood in his kitchen in Qalqilya. Palestinian security officials
said Israeli soldiers were firing live ammunition as they searched
houses, and that the man had been hit in the head.
2002 Jul 26, Liberian attackers
crossed into eastern Sierra Leone and abducted 18 villagers, in the
second such raid in just over a week.
2002 Jul 26, Jose Juan Palafox,
a regional director of Mexico's main intelligence agency was slain
in the border city of Tijuana, the 11th person killed this week in
what authorities say is an escalating drug war.
2002 Jul 26, Palestinian gunmen
waiting in ambush fired on two passing Israeli cars near a Jewish
settlement in the southern West Bank, killing four people and
injuring two children before fleeing.
2002 Jul 26, In Peru 2 buses
collided on a slick highway on the coast and another bus slammed
into them, killing at least 12 people and injuring 37.
2002 Jul 27, John Ruiz retained
the WBA heavyweight title in Las Vegas after his opponent, Kirk
Johnson, was disqualified for hitting low blows.
2002 Jul 27, Five US soldiers
were wounded during a joint recon patrol east of Khost. 2 allied
Afghan militiamen were killed. On Aug 7 Sgt. Christopher James Speer
(28) of Albuquerque died from his wounds. Omar Khadr (15) was
arrested for throwing the grenade that mortally wounded Speer and
sent to Guantanamo. Khadr was born in Canada to a family with deep
ties to al-Qaida. In 2007 a military judge dismissed charges against
(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A6)(SSFC, 6/3/07, p.A4)(AP,
2002 Jul 27, Nearly 60 false
killer whales stranded on an Australian beach died or were
euthanized after failed attempts to return them to the water.
2002 Jul 27, In Austria a hand
grenade exploded in the X-Large Disco makeshift discotheque in Linz,
frequented by young Serbian and Croatian immigrants, wounding 27
2002 Jul 27, In Iran a
hard-line court outlawed the leading reform-minded opposition party,
the Freedom Movement, and gave its leaders jail terms of up to 10
years and fines of more than $6,000. The court said Freedom Movement
leaders acted against national security with the intention of
"overthrowing the establishment."
2002 Jul 27, New Zealanders
gave Prime Minister Helen Clark a historic second term after she
called early elections to capitalize on a strong economy that pulled
the country through the global slump largely untouched.
2002 Jul 27, In Pakistan a
court sentenced Wajihul Hassan (27) to death for making derogatory
comments about the prophet Mohammed and Islam.
(SSFC, 7/28/02, p.A14)
2002 Jul 27, South American
leaders ended a two-day summit with an agreement to strengthen
cooperation to better negotiate with the United States a free-trade
zone for the hemisphere. In a document called the "Guayaquil
Consensus," the 10 presidents said it was important to fortify
cooperation between the region's two major trade blocs (Mercosur,
made up of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, with Chile and
Bolivia as associated members, and the Andean pact, composed of
Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia) to permit South
America to proceed successfully with negotiations for a
hemispheric-wide free-trade zone.
2002 Jul 27, In Lviv, Ukraine,
a fighter jet slammed onto the tarmac and sliced through a crowd
watching an air show, killing 85 people and injured 116.
(AP, 7/28/02)(WSJ, 8/8/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 28, Aircraft from
U.S.-British air patrols over southern Iraq bombed an Iraqi
communications site, the sixth strike this month in retaliation for
what the Pentagon says were hostile actions by Iraq.
2002 Jul 28, Cycling champion
Lance Armstrong won his fourth straight Tour de France.
2002 Jul 28, In Somerset,
Pennsylvania 9 coal miners, trapped July 24 by a flood 240 feet
underground, were rescued after 77 hours underground in the Quecreek
(SSFC, 7/28/02, p.A1)(AP, 7/28/03)
2002 Jul 28, Police in Dallas
found 2 bodies in a tractor trailer from which some 40 suspected
illegal immigrants had escaped earlier.
(SSFC, 7/28/02, p.A9)
2002 Jul 28, In Algeria Rachid
Abou Tourab, the head of a violent Islamic group believed to have
killed scores of civilians during a decade-long rebellion, was
killed with 15 associates in a confrontation with government troops.
2002 Jul 28, In Canada Pope
John Paul ended the celebrations of World Youth Day for 800,000
people in Toronto's massive Downsview Park. Speaking publicly on the
church abuse scandal for the first time, Pope John Paul II told
young Catholics that sexual abuse of children by priests "fills us
all with a deep sense of sadness and shame."
(Reuters, 7/29/02)(AP, 7/28/03)
2002 Jul 28, Myanmar's military
government released 32 political prisoners, among them 14 members of
the opposition, ahead of the visit next month of top U.N. envoy
2002 Jul 28, Jewish settlers
went on a rampage as they returned home from the funeral of an
Israeli soldier, shooting dead a 14-year-old girl and wounding
several other Palestinians.
(AP, 7/28/02)(SFC, 7/31/02, p.A12)
2002 Jul 28, Torrential
overnight rains set off more floods in eastern India as the death
toll from floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh passed 300.
2002 Jul 28, A Russian
Il-86 cargo plane crashed into a forest shortly after taking off
from Moscow's Sheremetyevo-1 airport, killing 14 people. There were
two survivors, officials said.
2002 Jul 28, Serbs and ethnic
Albanians voted for new, power-sharing local governments in a tense
region near Kosovo.
2002 Jul 29, The Capitol
Limited Amtrak train derailed outside Washington DC and over 100
people were injured.
(SFC, 7/30/02, p.A4)(AP, 7/29/03)
2002 Jul 29, The DJIA rose 447
points to 8,711. It was the 3rd largest point gain in Dow history.
Nasdaq rose 73 to 1,335.
(SFC, 7/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 29, On a mission to
stamp out Islamic militancy in Southeast Asia, U.S. Secretary of
State Colin Powell held talks with Thai leaders, who deny their
country is facing a Muslim insurgency.
2002 Jul 29, Charles Wysocki
(73), popular painter of early Americana, died in southern
(SFC, 8/6/02, p.A20)
2002 Jul 29, In Afghanistan, a
man identified by authorities as a would-be suicide bomber with more
than a half-ton of explosives in his car was stopped by a chance
traffic accident just 300 yards from the U.S. Embassy.
2002 Jul 29, In Canada at least
23 young Cubans from a group who traveled to see Pope John Paul II
decided not to return to the communist-ruled island.
2002 Jul 29, In Colombia a
small bomb exploded outside a hardware store in downtown Bogota,
killing a 17-year-old girl and injuring 10 other people.
2002 Jul 29, Pope John Paul II
arrived in Guatemala. Thousands of young people packed into a soccer
stadium and spent the night waving candles and chanting "John Paul
II, Guatemala loves you.
2002 Jul 29, The United Nations
indefinitely suspended aid operations in Chechnya after the
kidnapping last week of a Russian aid worker in the breakaway
2002 Jul 29, In Nigeria
presidential bodyguards opened fire on young men who were throwing
stones near the rear of Obasanjo's mile-long motorcade. Some people
were seen falling with multiple gunshot wounds, and at least six
limp bodies were seen being hauled away.
2002 Jul 29, Thousands of
Palestinians defied the Israeli army's around-the-clock curfew for
the second straight day, and took to the streets of Nablus as shops
and banks opened to accommodate them.
2002 Jul 29, Serbia's ruling
coalition moved to oust all 45 members of Yugoslav President
Vojislav Kostunica's party from parliament, the latest threat to
Yugoslavia's political stability.
2002 Jul 29, Sudanese
government-backed forces killed a foreign aid worker and abducted
three others in an oil-rich area of Sudan. A rebel leader said the
government killed some 1,000 civilians in a separate attack in the
2002 Jul 30, WNBA player Lisa
Leslie became the first woman to dunk in a professional game on a
breakaway in the first half of the Los Angeles Sparks' 82-73 loss to
the Miami Sol.
2002 Jul 30, President Bush
signed into law the most far-reaching government crackdown on
business fraud since the Depression. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, named
after sponsors Paul Sarbanes and Mike Oxley, was signed into law in
response to corporate scandals. Its rules included the independence
of corporate directors requirements for better internal monitoring.
The law curbed stock option backdating by requiring prompt reporting
of stock option grants. The Public Company Accounting Oversight
Board (PCOAB) was established as part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. In
2006 the Free Enterprise Fund filed a suit claiming that the PCOAB
(AP, 7/30/03)(WSJ, 7/22/03, p.B1)(Econ, 2/18/06,
p.70)(WSJ, 12/27/06, p.A6)
2002 Jul 30, Expelled from
Congress a week earlier, an unrepentant Ohio Democrat James A.
Traficant Jr. was sentenced to eight years behind bars for
corruption and made it clear he intended to run for re-election from
his prison cell — and expected to win. He didn't. Traficant was
released from prison in Rochester, Minnesota, on Sep 2, 2009.
(AP, 7/30/03)(SFC, 9/3/09, p.A6)
2002 Jul 30, At Cape Cod, Mass.
46 pilot whales beached themselves a 2nd time one day after rescuers
managed to return most of a pod back to sea. All the animals died.
(SFC, 7/31/02, p.A3)
2002 Jul 30, In Brazil the real
fell 3.3% to 3.3 to the dollar, its 7th consecutive record low.
(WSJ, 7/31/02, p.A12)
2002 Jul 30, The leaders of
Congo and Rwanda signed a peace agreement, proclaiming it a key step
in efforts to end a war that has embroiled six African nations and
left 2.5 million people dead.
2002 Jul 30, In Egypt a
military court convicted 16 members of the outlawed Muslim
Brotherhood group, mostly academics and professionals, on charges of
conspiring against the government and sentenced them to up to five
years in prison.
2002 Jul 30, In Guatemala City
Pope John Paul II canonized his 463rd saint, Pedro de San Jose
Betancur, a 17th century Spanish missionary and Central America's
(SFC, 7/31/02, p.A2)(AP, 7/30/07)
2002 Jul 30, Rome decided to
have the coins collected from the Trevi fountain every day and not
just on Mondays. The next day Roberto Cercelletta (50), a
self-described unemployed Roman resident, self-inflicted razor cuts
on his stomach in a protest and asked if the money collected has
really gone to the Catholic charity Caritas in past years.
2002 Jul 30, Pope John Paul II
began a three-day visit to Mexico to canonize Juan Diego, the first
Indian saint. He arrived from Guatemala to a greeting by President
Vicente Fox and tens of thousands of people lining Mexico City's
2002 Jul 30, In the Philippines
some 2,000 leftist protestors slammed a U.S.-led anti-terror
exercise, ahead of a visit by Secretary of State Colin Powell for
talks on combating terrorism.
2002 Jul 30, A Palestinian
suicide bomber blew himself up at a central Jerusalem fast-food
stand popular with police, wounding four Israelis. In the West Bank,
gunmen killed two Israeli settlers who had entered a Palestinian
2002 Jul 31, The US Senate
rejected a Medicare drug-benefit bill but passed a bill to speed
generic drugs to market.
(WSJ, 8/1/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 31, US court papers
alleged that Russia's Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov (53) used his influence
with members of the Russian and French skating federations to fix
the outcome of the pairs and ice dancing competitions at the Salt
Lake City Winter Olympics last February. Tokhtakhounov was arrested
in Italy. Italy’s highest court denounced an extradition bid and
(Reuters, 7/31/02)(SFC, 8/1/02,
2002 Jul 31, In Chicago a mob
beat Anthony Stuckey (49) and Jack Moore (62) to death after their
van veered into over a curb and injured 3 women on the South Side.
One woman later died from her injuries. On August 3, seven people
were charged with 1st degree murder. In 2003 Antonio Fort (16) was
cleared of 34 charges, including first-degree murder. Fort had been
charged as an adult.
(SFC, 8/1/02, p.A3)(SSFC, 8/4/02,
2002 Jul 31, In Brunei U.S.
Secretary of State Colin Powell met his North Korean counterpart for
an informal chat, as easing inter-Korean tensions stole the
spotlight at an Asia-Pacific security forum.
2002 Jul 31, Southeast Asian
nations signed an anti-terror pact on with U.S. Secretary of State
Colin Powell ahead of his visit to Indonesia.
2002 Jul 31, In Israel a bomb
exploded in a crowded cafeteria at Hebrew University during
lunchtime, killing 9 people including 5 Americans and wounding more
than 70. Hamas claimed responsibility. The dead included a peace
activist named Dafna, who was a close friend of Israeli novelist
Avraham Yehoshua. His novel “A Woman in Israel,” translated to
English in 2006, was dedicated to Dafna.
(SFC, 8/2/02, p.A1)(AP, 7/31/03)(Econ, 8/5/06,
2002 Jul 31, An Israeli man,
his hands and feet bound, was found shot and killed in his factory
office near the West Bank town of Tulkarem.
2002 Jul 31, In Lebanon a
disgruntled Education Ministry employee opened fire at colleagues at
a ministry office in Beirut, killing eight people and wounding five
before he was apprehended by police.
2002 Jul 31, Thousands of
illegal immigrants headed for Malaysia's ports to meet a midnight
deadline for them to leave the country or risk a caning.
2002 Jul 31, Pope John Paul II
canonized Juan Diego, an Indian peasant to whom church tradition
says the Virgin Mary appeared 500 years ago, in a ceremony in Mexico
that drew more than 1 million believers into the streets.
2002 Jul 31, In Mexico 6 masked
gunmen kidnapped a federal congressman from a town in the Pacific
coast state of Guerrero.
2002 Jul 31, In eastern
Niger disgruntled soldiers began a mutiny in N'gourti to protest
months of unpaid salaries, seizing senior officials in the region
and taking control of a radio station.
2002 Jul 31, South Korean
lawmakers vetoed the country's first female prime minister, dealing
a blow to President Kim Dae-jung, who had nominated her to boost his
beleaguered government's image in an election year.
2002 Jul 31, Sudanese rebels
claimed that government troops using bombers and helicopter gunships
attacked areas of a town in Sudan's oil-producing Western Upper Nile
2002 Jul 31, Uruguay prepared
to keep banks closed for a second day in an attempt to stanch the
flow of capital in the midst of a growing financial crisis.
2002 Jul 31, In Ukraine a coal
mine blast killed 19 miners, 3,557 underground.
(SFC, 8/1/02, p.A14)
2002 Jul, Alexander Downer,
Australia’s foreign minister, accused Saddam Hussein of developing
weapons of mass destruction. Iraq soon after announced that it would
cut its wheat purchases from Australia. Directors of AWB,
Australia's wheat exporter, flew to Iraq and struck a new deal for
(Econ, 1/28/06, p.42)
2002 Jul, Customs inspectors in
Belgium noted irregularities in medical shipments from Senegal. It
was determined that some 3 million doses of Glaxo HIV drugs worth
$18 million had been diverted from Africa back to Europe for sale.
(SFC, 10/3/02, p.A10)
2002 Jul, A German police
investigation linked Muhammad Sultan to an alleged terror-attack
(WSJ, 1/31/06, p.A6)
2002 Jul, Government-endorsed
cooperative banks collapsed across Haiti, losing the life savings of
thousands, amid allegations the accounts were used to launder drug
money. Violent protests ensue and more Haitians try to reach U.S.
2002 Jul, North Korea
introduced some economic reforms that included the withdrawal of
state subsidies to state-owned enterprises and the legalization of
farmers’ markets. Kim Jong Il declared that farmers could sell any
extra produce in small-scale markets. Pak Pong Ju was the architect
of these reforms and in 2013 became prime minister under Kim Jong
(Econ, 3/13/04, p.41)(Econ., 2/28/15, p.33)
2002 Jul, Minatom, Russia's
atomic energy agency, announced a 10-year, $10-billion plan to build
5 more reactors in Iran.
(SSFC, 9/1/02, p.A1,17)
2002 Aug 1, The United States
and a bloc of Southeast Asian nations signed a sweeping
2002 Aug 1, Two former WorldCom
executives were arrested on charges of falsifying the books at the
now-bankrupt long-distance company. David Myers, controller, was
charged with securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud
and false filings.
(AP, 8/1/03)(WSJ, 3/24/05, p.A1)
2002 Aug 1, In California 2
girls (one 16 and Jacqueline Marris, 17) were rescued in Kern County
12 hours after being kidnapped and raped near Lancaster by Roy
Ratliff (37). Police shot Ratliff dead. Police credited the new
Amber alert system, named after a Texas girl abducted and killed in
(SFC, 8/2/02, p.A1,8)(SFC, 8/3/02, p.A5)
2002 Aug 1, In NYC the alleged
ringleader of a massive identity theft operation was indicted along
with 3 associates.
(SFC, 8/2/02, p.A6)
2002 Aug 1, In Atlanta,
Georgia, a 35,000 pound billboard collapsed at a suburban shopping
center and 3 construction workers were killed.
(SFC, 8/2/02, p.A6)
2002 Aug 1, In Colombia a
helicopter crashed while on an army medical evacuation mission in a
rebel zone killing six people. Also a 14-year-old girl died and five
other people were wounded when suspected rebels threw a grenade at a
bakery in the village of Venecia, 40 miles south of Bogota.
2002 Aug 1, In Ghana the
government raised the cost of electricity by 60%.
(SSFC, 12/8/02, p.D6)
2002 Aug 1, In Iran the
Education Ministry relaxed dress codes for girls in all-female
schools for the 1st time in 23 years.
(SFC, 8/3/02, p.A7)
2002 Aug 1, Opponents of Iraqi
leader Saddam Hussein shot and wounded his younger son, Qusai (35),
in an assassination attempt in Baghdad. The Iraqi National Congress
opposition group reported the event 2 weeks later.
2002 Aug 1, In Northern Ireland
a Protestant construction worker was killed with a booby-trap bomb.
Police blamed the IRA.
(SFC, 8/2/02, p.A17)
2002 Aug 1, In Mexico Pope John
Paul II beatified Juan Bautista and Jacinto de los Angeles (d.1700)
as part of a trip reaching out to Indians across the Americas, who
have been increasingly converting to rival Protestant faiths.
Beatification is a necessary step on the path to sainthood. Bautista
and Angeles had informed Spanish authorities of an Indian religious
rite and were killed by fellow Indians. Christian officials in
response decapitated and quartered 15 men and staked their body
parts by the roadside as a warning.
2002 Aug 1, In Mexico the
government decided to yield to protests by machete-wielding farmers
and radicals and cancelled plans to build a new international
airport on the eastern outskirts of Mexico City.
2002 Aug 2, A federal judge
ruled the U.S. government had to reveal the names of people detained
in the investigation of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; an appeals
court later sided with federal authorities.
2002 Aug 2, In Louisiana Gov.
Mike Foster declared a state of emergency after West Nile virus
killed 4 residents and infected another 58.
(SFC, 8/3/02, p.A3)
2002 Aug 2, The Angolan
government and UNITA rebels declared the official end to their
nearly three-decade old civil war.
2002 Aug 2, Australia and
Malaysia signed a counter-terrorism pact which pledged them to work
together to fight suspected Islamic militants in the region.
2002 Aug 2, In Greece a cache
of weapons, including automatic rifles, was stolen from a military
armory after thieves tunneled through a wall.
2002 Aug 2, In Gonaives, Haiti,
gunmen broke through the wall of a prison, freeing Amiot
Metayer, a former presidential supporter and head of the Cannibal
Army, a militant communal group. 159 of 221 inmates escaped.
2002 Aug 2, Facing an
increasing possibility of U.S. military action, Iraq gave the first
solid indication in nearly four years that it will allow U.N.
weapons inspectors to return and invited the chief inspector to
Baghdad for talks.
2002 Aug 2, The Israeli army
blew up two buildings with explosives labs and arrested at least 50
Palestinians in house to house searches as troops took control of
Nablus, a city Israel called "the main factory of suicide bombings."
Israelis killed 3 people in Nablus and 3 Palestinians in Gaza
including a woman (85) and a girl (9).
(AP, 8/2/02)(SFC, 8/3/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 2, A government plan
to buy Swaziland's King Mswati III a $250 million luxury jet, a
price five times the nation's national deficit, drew protests in
this South African nation, which has been plagued by severe food
2002 Aug 2, In Uruguay the
government sent thousands of police to guard shopping districts, a
day after looters hit stores and supermarkets as the national
economic crisis deepened.
2002 Aug 2, Pope John Paul II
returned to Rome after ending an 11-day pilgrimage to Canada,
Guatemala and Mexico.
2002 Aug 2, In Venezuela gunmen
with high-caliber weapons ambushed a police patrol in a Caracas
slum, wounding at least five people and raising tensions ahead of a
Supreme Court ruling on alleged coup leaders.
2002 Aug 3, The American
Service-Members' Protection Act (ASPA), a United States federal law
introduced by US Senator Jesse Helms as an amendment to the National
Defense Authorization Act, was passed by Congress. The stated
purpose of the amendment was "to protect United States military
personnel and other elected and appointed officials of the United
States government against criminal prosecution by an international
criminal court to which the United States is not party." It became
known as the “Hague invasion act.”
2002 Aug 3, Barbara Jean Laney
(67), former model and actress (TV’s Sky King), was beaten,
strangled and stabbed to death at her Bradenton, Florida, condo. In
2006 Gary Michael Cloud (49) was sentenced to life in prison for her
(SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/hosx8)
2002 Aug 3, In Indonesia some
5,000 Muslims marched peacefully through Jakarta, calling for the
nationwide imposition of Shariah, or Islamic law, to rescue the
country from its many ills.
2002 Aug 3, In Londonderry,
Northern Ireland, Catholic mail carriers went on strike, over fears
they could be targeted in revenge for the latest killing of a local
Protestant. Chris Whitson (20), a Catholic, was pummeled outside of
Kelly's nightclub in Belfast. He died Aug 13.
(AP, 8/3/02)(AP, 8/13/02)
2002 Aug 3, North and South
Korea opened a fresh round of talks amid moves by the communist
North to improve ties with the United States and Japan and
revitalize its faltering economy.
2002 Aug 3, In Nigeria amid
political wrangling and fears of violence, President Olusegun
Obasanjo said nationwide municipal elections would be postponed for
the second time in six months.
2002 Aug 3, Philippine troops
captured seven suspected members of the Muslim Abu Sayyaf guerrilla
group said to be linked to al Qaeda.
2002 Aug 3, Taiwanese President
Chen Shui-bian declared in a speech that Taiwan was "not someone
else's province" but rather an independent country separate from
China. Chen's comments sparked an uproar both in China and at home,
prompting him to back away from his pointed rhetoric.
2002 Aug 3, Turkey's parliament
approved a reform package aimed at boosting its chances of joining
the European Union by abolishing the death penalty and granting
greater rights to the nation's Kurds.
2002 Aug 4, US Treasury Sec.
Paul O'Neill arrived in Uruguay and announced a $1.5 billion
temporary loan to stabilize the financial crises.
(SFC, 8/5/02, p.A10)
2002 Aug 4, It was reported
that low-grade inflammation is worse for human health than high
cholesterol levels. Increases of C-reactive protein from the
inflammation could trigger the release of lumps of plaque and cause
arterial clots leading to heart attacks. Associated factors included
high blood pressure, smoking and chronic gum disease.
(SSFC, 8/4/02, p.A9)
2002 Aug 4, In Dallas, Tx., a
man, woman and 3 children were shot to death. The woman's husband
was taken into custody.
(SFC, 8/5/02, p.A7)
2002 Aug 4, In Bolivia Gonzalo
Sanchez de Lozada (72), a wealthy businessman who grew up in the
United States and former president (1882-1997), was voted by
Congress (84-43) to the presidency for a second time.
2002 Aug 4, Britain's Queen
Elizabeth closed Manchester's hugely successful Commonwealth Games
after 11 days of sport and ceremony.
2002 Aug 4, Holly Wells and
Jessica Chapman vanished while walking near their homes in Soham, 12
miles northeast of Cambridge, England. [see Aug 16] On August 17,
2002 a game warden found their partially burned bodies in a
six-foot-deep ditch close to the RAF Lakenheath airbase in Suffolk.
2002 Aug 4, India's federal
government planned to distribute 7.142 billion rupees ($147 million)
to 12 states to tackle problems arising out of a failed monsoon.
Much of India was facing the worst drought in a decade due to
erratic monsoon rains. An outbreak of encephalitis in India's remote
northeastern state of Assam rose to 100 on Sunday, as heavy monsoon
rains wreaked havoc in large parts of the region.
2002 Aug 4, In northern Israel
a Palestinian suicide bomber blew apart a bus during rush hour,
killing at least nine people, wounding dozens. 3 more people died in
a gun battle outside the Damascus Gate. 7 Arabs with Israeli
citizenship were later arrested for assisting the bomber.
(AP, 8/4/02)(SFC, 8/5/02, p.A1)(SFC, 8/27/02,
2002 Aug 4, In southeastern
Spain 2 people, including a 6-year-old girl, were killed and several
others were injured when a car bomb exploded in front of a military
police barracks. Twenty-five others were injured.
2002 Aug 5, Donald L. Kohn and
Ben S. Bernanke took the oath of office as members of the Board of
Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The oath was administered
by Chairman Alan Greenspan in the Board Room. Bernanke put aside his
book in progress, “Age of Delusion: How politicians and central
bankers created the Great Depression,” as a condition of government
(http://tinyurl.com/d7qy6)(WSJ, 12/7/05, p.A15)
2002 Aug 5, Shell Oil agreed to
pay $28 million to the Tahoe Public Utility District to help cleanup
contamination from the gasoline additive MTBE.
(SFC, 8/5/02, p.A17)
2002 Aug 5, The coral-encrusted
150-ton gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor was raised
from the floor of the Atlantic off Cape Hatteras, NC, nearly 140
years after the historic warship sank during a storm. Two skeletons
and the remains of their uniforms were found. They were interred in
Arlington National Cemetery on March 8, 2013.
(AP, 8/5/03)(SFC, 2/13/13, p.A6)
2002 Aug 5, Joshua Ryan Evans
(20), soap opera actor, died.
2002 Aug 5, Chick Hearn (85),
Los Angeles Lakers play-by-play announcer, died.
2002 Aug 5, Dr. Sanford L.
Palay (83), neuroscientist and author of "The Cerebral Cortex" and
other books, died in Concord, Mass.
(SFC, 9/3/02, p.A20)
2002 Aug 5, Matt Robinson (65),
former "Sesame Street" cast member, died.
2002 Aug 5, Winifred Watson
(95), a popular writer of the 1930s who found a new readership in
the 21st century, died in England. His work included the humorous
and risqué novel "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day" (1938).
2002 Aug 5, Israel announced a
"total ban" on Palestinian travel in much of the West Bank and
sealed off a chunk of the Gaza Strip with tanks in response to
Palestinian attacks on Israelis that killed 13 people over 24 hours.
Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a suspected weapons factory in
(AP, 8/5/02)(AP, 8/5/07)
2002 Aug 5, Japan launched a
compulsory ID system aimed at bringing government into the
electronic age in the face of stiff protests calling it a violation
of privacy and a temptation to hackers.
2002 Aug 5, In Niger a military
revolt spread to the capital, with mutinous soldiers opening fire
inside three garrisons in Niamey. Prime Minister Hama Amadou said
the city was under control after hours of gunfire.
2002 Aug 5, Six Pakistanis were
killed and at least three people wounded when masked men burst into
the compound of a Christian missionary school near the town of
Murree and opened fire.
2002 Aug 5, In Papua New Guinea
lawmakers elected founding father Michael Somare as the new prime
minister, as armed riot police surrounded Parliament.
2002 Aug 5, In northern Uganda
rebels overran a camp for Sudanese refugees, killing an undetermined
number of people and destroying equipment and supplies. Authorities
have found 30 more bodies at a refugee camp attacked and burned by
rebels in northern Uganda, bringing the death toll to 55.
(AP, 8/5/02)(AP, 8/7/02)
2002 Aug 5, The Vatican
excommunicated 7 women who claimed to have been recently ordained as
priests, because they had attacked the fundamental structure of the
Catholic Church. The 7 women, from Germany, Austria and the United
States, had defied an earlier Vatican warning to repent over their
participation in a June 29 ceremony which they claimed made them
(AP, 8/6/02)(WSJ, 8/6/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 6, President Bush
signed legislation restoring broad trade negotiating authority to US
presidents. Bush signed the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act
(TAA) offering wage insurance to any trade displaced worker over 50.
2002 Aug 6, Surgeons in LA
completed a 22-hour operation on Guatemalan twins, Maria de Jesus
Quiej Alvarez and sister Maria Teresa, joined at their heads. UCLA
doctors donated their services in the $1.5 million operation. They
returned to Guatemala Jan 13, 2003.
(SFC, 8/7/02, p.A1)(SFC, 8/8/02, p.A3)(SFC,
2002 Aug 6, In northeastern
Congo fighting began between rebels and tribesmen for control of
Bunia, an important trading center, and killed at least 48 people,
2002 Aug 6, In eastern India 20
people were feared drowned when a boat overturned in Bihar state.
(SFC, 8/7/02, p.A12)
2002 Aug 6, In Jakarta,
Indonesia, thousands of protesters stormed parliament to demand
constitutional reforms including direct presidential elections.
(SFC, 8/7/02, p.A12)
2002 Aug 6, Israeli troops
killed the suspected mastermind of a Tel Aviv suicide bombing, while
U.S. diplomats said the United States was considering moving
consular offices out of traditionally Arab east Jerusalem due to
2002 Aug 6, Israel agreed to
buy about 1.75 billion cubic feet of water from Turkey annually for
the next 20 years to alleviate the nation's growing water shortage
and ensure the success of an arms deal with Ankara.
2002 Aug 6, In Kashmir
suspected Islamic militant lobbed a grenade and opened fire on a
group of Hindu pilgrims 175 miles north of Jammu.
(SFC, 8/6/02, p.A7)
2002 Aug 6, In western Mexico
the brakes apparently failed on a 26-year-old bus before it plowed
through a highway toll booth and slammed into a concrete wall,
killing at least 33 people, 10 of them children, headed for a
re-enactment of the Last Supper. About 20 people were injured.
2002 Aug 6, U.N. officials said
over 24,000 Sudanese refugees will be moved out of northern Uganda
due to rebel attacks. A Ugandan army spokesman raised the death toll
in the attack to 23 people.
2002 Aug 7, Destiny Wright
disappeared at a sleepover with other children in Philadelphia.
Abdul El-Shabazz (18) was arrested the next day and led police to
(SFC, 8/10/02, p.A5)
2002 Aug 7, Former ImClone
Systems chief executive Samuel Waksal was indicted in New York on
charges of obstruction of justice and bank fraud in addition to
previous securities fraud and perjury charges. Waksal later pleaded
guilty to securities fraud and was sentenced to more than seven
years in prison.
2002 Aug 7, Ford Motor Co. and
Canadian fuel cell developer Ballard Power Systems Inc. jointly
unveiled a hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine-driven
generator they said could help pave the way toward the
commercialization of fuel cell technology.
2002 Aug 7, A U.S. Air Force
cargo plane crashed on a Puerto Rican mountaintop with at least 10
military personnel on board, and all were feared dead.
2002 Aug 7, Treasury Secretary
Paul O'Neill urged Argentina to adopt a sound recovery strategy. As
O'Neill prepared to leave Argentina, more than 5,000 people rallied
near the president's downtown offices to protest his visit.
2002 Aug 7, In Afghanistan at
least 15 people were killed south of Kabul in a shootout between
police and recently escaped Pakistani members of al Qaeda.
(Reuters, 8/7/02)(SFC, 8/9/02, p.A14)
2002 Aug 7, The first British
Cabinet minister to visit this country in two decades met with
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, saying Libya was making a serious
attempt to move away from its international pariah status.
2002 Aug 7, The IMF agreed to
lend Brazil $30 billion to stem a financial panic. This was its
biggest loan to date.
(SFC, 8/8/02, p.A10)
2002 Aug 7, In Colombia a
remote-controlled mortar attack killed 21 people during the
inauguration of Pres. Alvaro Uribe. 69 people were wounded.
(AP, 8/8/02)(SFC, 8/8/02,
2002 Aug 7, About 30 Israeli
tanks firing heavy machineguns raided the northern Gaza Strip in a
sweep for militants and troops shot dead a Palestinian policeman.
2002 Aug 7, The Palestinian
Cabinet accepted Israel's proposal for a troop withdrawal from some
areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in exchange for Palestinian
security guarantees, even as Israeli troops hunting terror suspects
killed five Palestinians in three raids.
2002 Aug 7, In the Philippines
Marxist rebels vowed all-out resistance against the government's
renewed campaign to crush their revolt after President Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo ordered the deployment of troops in their
2002 Aug 7, Saudi Arabia's
Foreign Minister Prince Saud said his country had made it clear to
Washington, publicly and privately, that the U.S. military will not
be allowed to use the kingdom's soil in any way for an attack on
Iraq. Saud said the longtime U.S. ally does not plan to expel
American forces from an air base used for flights to monitor Iraq.
(AP, 8/7/02)(AP, 8/8/02)
2002 Aug 7, In eastern
Tajikistan a dam holding water in a lake in the Pamir Mountains
broke and flooded a village and killing 20 people.
2002 Aug 8, The FCC ordered TV
manufacturers to install tuners for digital signals in new TV sets
(SFC, 8/9/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 8, Bankrupt
telecommunications firm WorldCom said it had uncovered another $3.3
billion in bogus accounting, adding to the $3.85 billion fraud it
revealed in June.
2002 Aug 8, In Oregon the
Florence and Sour Biscuit fires merged and formed the largest active
fire in the nation. The fire soon covered 308,000 acres.
(SFC, 8/9/02, p.A9)(SFC, 8/10/02, p.A5)
2002 Aug 8, Australia's highest
court ruled that Aborigines do not have rights to oil or minerals
found under tribal land now being used by mining companies.
2002 Aug 8, The Chinese
government awarded an Australian consortium a 25-year natural gas
supply contract in Australia's biggest-ever foreign trade deal.
2002 Aug 8, In Colombia
President Alvaro Uribe pressed ahead with Plan Meteor to equip 1
million citizens with radios to report on rebel activity.
(AP, 8/9/02)(SFC, 8/9/02, p.A20)
2002 Aug 8, In Indonesia
Lorenzo Taddei (34), an Italian tourist, was shot dead in Central
Sulawesi when gunmen fired on the bus he was traveling in.
2002 Aug 8, In Northern
Ireland gunmen shot the son of Protestant extremist Johnny
"Mad Dog" Adair in both legs, an act known as kneecapping.
(WSJ, 8/9/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 8, Saddam Hussein
organized a big military parade and then warned "the forces of evil"
not to attack Iraq as he sought once more to shift the debate away
from world demands that he live up to agreements that ended the Gulf
2002 Aug 8, Israeli troops and
tanks briefly swept into a town in the northern Gaza Strip for the
second time in two days, killing a youth and wounding three others
in a clash with Palestinian stone throwers. Negotiators failed to
reach agreement, but scheduled more talks on a gradual Israeli troop
pullback from some Palestinian areas.
2002 Aug 8, In Nigeria police
freed 46 captives many of them chained and badly beaten in raids on
five "torture centers" run by a feared vigilante group.
2002 Aug 8, South Korea said 10
people were dead after four days of torrential rains that North
Korea reported had also caused scores of casualties and destroyed
crops in the hungry communist state.
2002 Aug 8, Taiwan said it may
forge ahead with legislation for a referendum on formal independence
from China, but sought to soften the blow with an assurance it would
not hold a vote unless forced into a corner.
2002 Aug 8, The bodies of two
Uzbek prisoners, Muzafar Avazov and Khusnuddin Olimov, who died in
custody while jailed for alleged religious extremism were returned
to their families for burial. Both men were jailed for membership in
the banned Islamic group Hizb-ut-Tahrir.
2002 Aug 9, Oscar-winning actor
and National Rifle Association president Charlton Heston, 78,
revealed that doctors had told him he had symptoms consistent with
2002 Aug 9, Barry Bonds of the
SF Giants hit his 600th homerun and joined the ranks of Henry Aaron
(660), Babe Ruth (714) and Willie Mays (755).
(SFC, 8/10/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 9, The Bush
administration said the 1969 National Environmental Policy Act does
not extend beyond the few miles of territorial waters.
(SFC, 8/10/02, p.A3)
2002 Aug 9, US officials said
they broke up an int'l. child pornography ring headquartered in
Clovis, Ca. 10 Americans were arrested in Operation Hamlet. Lloyd
Alan Emmerson (45), chiropractor, was arrested Jan 26 on a tip from
(SFC, 8/10/02, p.A1,11)(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A13)
2002 Aug 9, Kris Eggle (28),
Arizona park ranger, was killed by a gunman at the Mexican border of
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
(WSJ, 1/22/03, p.A1)
2002 Aug 9, In eastern
Afghanistan a powerful explosion ripped through an Afghan
construction firm's building in the city of Jalalabad, killing 21
people and injuring 85 others.
(AP, 8/9/02)(SFC, 8/10/02, p.A8)
2002 Aug 9, China reported 70
people dead from landslides and flooding in Hunan province.
(SFC, 8/10/02, p.A9)
2002 Aug 9, In Colombia
fighting among outlaw groups for control of a gold mine and cocaine
crops in the mountainous north killed 50 fighters. 4 policemen were
killed in a rebel ambush in central Colombia in the town of Paz de
Ariporo. Army soldiers killed two rebels in the southern town of San
Vicente del Caguan.
2002 Aug 9, In central Colombia
hundreds of soldiers attacked the Metro Block right-wing
paramilitary force, killing and capturing dozens of fighters outside
Segovia. Paramilitary commander Rodrigo later said that an army
soldier executed 24 paramilitary men along a roadside near Segovia.
(AP, 8/10/02)(SSFC, 8/11/02, p.A16)(AP, 8/18/02)
2002 Aug 9, In northeastern
Congo United Nations observers discovered a grave containing the
hacked bodies of 38 women and children outside Bunia.
2002 Aug 9, Makiko Tanaka,
former Japanese foreign minister, resigned as a member of parliament
after failing to clear up allegations she had misused state funds.
2002 Aug 9, Myanmar's junta
freed 14 political prisoners, but the move was far short of the
release of all prisoners of conscience that opposition leader Aung
San Suu Kyi has demanded as a precondition for national
2002 Aug 9, Three Pakistani
nurses were killed when militants lobbed two grenades at a crowd of
women leaving a missionary hospital chapel, the second assault on a
Christian target in Pakistan in less than a week.
2002 Aug 9, President Kim
Dae-jung named the head of South Korea's largest business newspaper
as prime minister, the day after the opposition took control of
parliament in a by-election landslide.
2002 Aug 9, Rescue workers
found the bodies of 19 people killed swept away by rushing water
near Russia's Black Sea coast after some of Europe's worst flooding
in decades turned rivers and streets into torrents. At least 27
people died, 21 of them in Russia.
2002 Aug 9, In Zimbabwe a
government deadline for the white farmers to give up their land
passed without incident, and it remained uncertain if police would
try to forcibly evict them.
2002 Aug 10, It was reported
that the Bush administration had begun warning foreign diplomats
that they could lose US military assistance if they join the Int'l.
Criminal Court without pledging to protect Americans from its reach.
Article 98 allowed nations to negotiate immunity on a bilateral
(SFC, 8/10/02, p.A12)
2002 Aug 10, Leaders of Roman
Catholic religious orders, meeting in Philadelphia, approved details
of their plan to keep sexually abusive clergy away from children,
while retaining them in the priesthood, creating review boards to
monitor how their communities handle offenders.
2002 Aug 10, In China rescue
crews pulled the bodies of 7 workers from a flooded mine in the
central Chinese province of Henan. One more was recovered the next
2002 Aug 10, China's Science
and Technology Daily reported approval of a home-grown AIDS drug for
the first time that will end the dependence of Chinese with the
disease on imported medicine. Jiduo Fuding was developed by the
Northeast General Pharmaceutical Factory.
2002 Aug 10, In rural Upper
Egypt 3 gunmen ambushed two vehicles, killing 22 members of a rival
2002 Aug 10, Indonesia's top
legislature approved direct presidential elections for the world's
most populous Muslim country, marking a major step in the nation's
messy transition to democracy.
2002 Aug 10, Israeli soldiers
shot dead a Palestinian electricity department worker as he sat in
his city-owned truck and the army expressed its sorrow and said it
had opened an investigation. Gunfire in a Jordan Valley settlement
killed a suspected Palestinian militant and an Israeli woman.
2002 Aug 10, In Mali a
Constitutional Court reversed the outcome of last month's
parliamentary elections, giving an opposition alliance a comfortable
2002 Aug 10, In northwestern
Mexico a bus crashed through a railing and into a shallow river near
Hermosillo, killing 16 passengers and injuring two dozen others.
2002 Aug 10, Kemal Dervis,
Turkey's economy minister and the architect of a $16 billion,
foreign-backed recovery program, to run for parliament and called on
bickering politicians to join forces for a strong government.
2002 Aug 10, A UNICEF report
said about 2,500 Haitian children are smuggled illegally into the
Dominican Republic each year to work as manual laborers or beggars.
2002 Aug 11, Dr. Steven J.
Hatfill, a bioweapons expert under scrutiny for anthrax-laced
letters, fiercely denied any involvement and said he had cooperated
with the investigation. He was eventually exonerated and given a
$5.8 million settlement from the US government after years of their
harassing him. Investigators on June 27, 2008, announced that the
anthrax attacks had been carried out by another government
scientist, Bruce Edwards Ivins, whom they concluded had acted alone.
2002 Aug 11, US Airways, the
6th largest US airline, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
(SFC, 8/12/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 11, Karrie Webb won
her third Women's British Open title.
2002 Aug 11, Jiri Kolar (87), a
Czech poet and artist known mainly for his pioneering work in the
art of collage, died in Prague. His poetry books included "Birth
2002 Aug 11, In Congo fighting
around Bunia ended and at least 110 civilians were killed and more
than 70 injured. More than 10,000 families were displaced during the
2002 Aug 11, In eastern Congo
renovation work uncovered the remains of 38 people buried in a
communal grave at the site where the United Nations began building
new headquarters for its peacekeeping force.
2002 Aug 11, In northern India
monsoon rains killed at least 43 people in Uttaranchal state.
(SFC, 8/12/02, p.A8)
2002 Aug 11, Israeli troops
shot and killed Basil Naji (22), a Palestinian gunman, after he
opened fire on Israeli road workers in the northern Gaza Strip,
wounding one of them.
(AP, 8/11/02)(SFC, 8/12/02, p.A10)
2002 Aug 11, In southwestern
Uganda a minibus and a fuel tanker collided near Omukabale, killing
at least 17 people and injuring two others.
2002 Aug 11, Yemen reported
that 6 suspected Muslim militants were arrested for planning a
bombing attack in the capital San'a. Two more were arrested in
connection with a previous blast.
2002 Aug 12, The INS reported
that a child-smuggling ring, in operation since 1994, had been
broken up. Children from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras were
smuggled to the US to be united with parents residing illegally.
(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 12, US Catholic
bishops and rabbis issued a statement that declared that the
Biblical covenant between Jews and God is valid, and therefore Jews
do not need to be saved through faith in Jesus.
(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A5)
2002 Aug 12 It was reported
that a 2-mile thick cloud of pollution covered South Asia and that
it was suspected for causing drought, flooding and the premature
deaths of a half-million people in India each year.
(SFC, 8/12/02, p.A7)
2002 Aug 12, In Chile hundreds
of thousands of Santiago residents had to walk to work as a strike
took virtually all the buses off the streets in this capital city of
5.5 million people.
2002 Aug 12, In Colombia Pres.
Alvaro Uribe, declared a limited state of emergency to fight what
the government described as a "regime of terror" following an
upsurge of violence that has left 100 people dead since he took
2002 Aug 12, Arjan Erkel, a
Dutch aid worker for Doctors Without Borders, was kidnapped and
beaten in Dagestan. He was released Easter Sunday in 2005 following
a $1 million ransom.
(WSJ, 9/22/05, p.A1)
2002 Aug 12, In northeastern
Iran torrential rains began and at least 35 people were drowned in
flash floods that washed away roads and swamped farm land.
2002 Aug 12, Iraq's information
minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf told the Arabic satellite
television station Al-Jazeera that there was no need for U.N.
weapons inspectors to return to Baghdad and branded as a "lie"
allegations that Saddam Hussein still had weapons of mass
2002 Aug 12, In Japan
protesters ripped up and threw away documents printed with new ID
numbers. A new database that stores personal data, names, addresses,
dates of birth, gender and the new ID numbers, for each of Japan's
126 million citizens, was implemented days earlier.
2002 Aug 12, Palestinian
factions met to create a "national unity leadership" to include all
major groups, including militant ones such as Hamas. They endorsed a
continuation of their uprising and rejected language to end attacks
on civilians inside Israel.
2002 Aug 12, In Peru Pres.
Alejandro Toledo defended his wife, Eliane Karp, in a nationally
televised address, trying to head off a political storm sparked by
the revelation that Peru's first lady earns $10,000 a month as a
2002 Aug 13, President Bush
hosted a half-day economic forum at Baylor University in Waco,
Texas, where he assured Americans that his administration had a
steady hand on the economy.
2002 Aug 13, American Airlines
said it would eliminate 7,000 and cut flights.
2002 Aug 13, Angola reported
the capture of Augustin Bizimungu, a key figure in the 1994 Rwandan
(SFC, 8/14/02, p.A13)
2002 Aug 13, Deaths from
flooding in Bangladesh (157), India (265) and Nepal (422) and
reached at least 874.
(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A15)
2002 Aug 13, In Chechnya
explosions rocked a bus in Grozny and Shali, killing at least five
people and wounding several others.
2002 Aug 13, Vltava River
floodwaters poured into a historic part of Prague, despite the
frantic efforts of rescue workers to save the ancient Czech capital
from rising river levels, which have forced tens of thousands to
(Reuters, 8/13/02)(AP, 8/13/02)
2002 Aug 13, In India
separatist guerrillas ambushed a truck in Meghalaya state and killed
at least 15 people.
(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A13)
2002 Aug 13, In Nigeria the
lower house called for the resignation of Pres. Obasanjo.
(WSJ, 8/14/02, p.A10)
2002 Aug 13, Turkmenistan's
Pres. Saparmurat Niyazov issued a decree that extends adolescence
until age 25 and postpones old age until 85. His edict divides life
into 12-year cycles. Childhood lasts until age 12. Next comes
adolescence which will now last to age 25. Turkmen aged between 25
and 37 are considered youthful, while those aged between 27 and 49
years are mature. The next 12-year cycles are divided into periods
labeled as prophetic, inspirational and wise.
2002 Aug 14, Aircraft from the
U.S.-British coalition patrolling southern Iraq bombed two Iraqi air
2002 Aug 14, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry denied a reprieve for Javier Suarez Medina and authorities in
Huntsville gave Suarez a lethal injection as he sang the hymn
2002 Aug 14, Larry Rivers (78),
pop artist pioneer, died in Southampton, N.Y.
2002 Aug 14, Terry Jupp (46)
died during weapons tests on a remote island used as a military
facility off England's eastern coast. Investigations later
established that part of his team's work involved attempts to
construct bombs from widely available ingredients including hydrogen
peroxide. Similar bombs were later used in the 2005 suicide attacks
on London mass transit, which killed 52 commuters.
2002 Aug 14, In southwest China
a massive wall of mud and rock unleashed by heavy rains slammed into
villages, burying 67 people in the second deadly landslide to strike
the area this week.
2002 Aug 14, Republic of Congo
President Denis Sassou-Nguesso promised to fight corruption as he
was sworn after winning this central African nation's first
elections since back-to-back civil wars.
2002 Aug 14, An Indonesian
court sentenced a former East Timor governor to three years in jail
over violence linked to the territory's 1999 independence vote.
2002 Aug 14, Israel's military
intelligence chief told parliament that Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat has amassed a personal fortune of about $1.3 billion.
2002 Aug 14, Mexican President
Vicente Fox angrily canceled a scheduled meeting with President Bush
hours after Texas executed a Mexican national for killing a Dallas
police officer despite pleas from the Mexican leadership. Javier
Suarez Medina, a Mexican national, was never told he could contact
the Mexican consulate for help after his 1988 arrest, a violation of
the 1963 Vienna Convention of Consular Relations.
(AP, 8/14/03)(AP, 8/15/02)
2002 Aug 14, Black militants
armed with clubs and stones began evicting a white farmer from his
land in northeastern Zimbabwe, the first seizure since a government
eviction order expired last week.
2002 Aug 15, President Bush,
using Mount Rushmore as a dramatic backdrop, pressed Congress to
give him a flexible, fast-moving homeland security department.
2002 Aug 15, Some 600 families
of 9/11 victims files a $3 trillion lawsuit against Saudi princes,
foreign banks, charities and the government of Sudan for funding the
terrorist networks that launched the 2001 attacks.
(SFC, 8/16/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/15/03)
2002 Aug 15, In NYC WNEW-FM
radio shock jocks Gregg Hughes and Anthony Cumia aired an eyewitness
account of a couple having sex in the vestibule of St. Patrick's
Cathedral. Their show was cancelled Aug 23.
(SFC, 8/24/02, p.D4)
2002 Aug 15, In Virginia the
bodies of Michael and Mary Short were found shot to death south of
Roanoke. Bones of their daughter Jennifer (9) were found Sep 25 in
Stoneville, NC, some 30 miles away.
(SFC, 8/17/02, p.A3)(SFC, 10/5/02, p.A5)
2002 Aug 15, Larry Rivers (78),
painter, sculptor, jazz musician and poet, died in Southampton, NY.
Rivers was born as Yitzroch Grossberg in Bronx, NY.
(SFC, 8/16/02, p.A25)(NW, 8/26/02, p.9)
2002 Aug 15, In Afghanistan
Ghulam Sakhi Bashi, deputy head of Gen. Dostum's 70th division, was
shot and killed during his son's wedding ceremony in Charbolak,
about 30 kilometers to the west of Mazar-I-Sharif.
2002 Aug 15, An Indonesian
court acquitted a former East Timor police chief and five other
security officers of crimes against humanity over East Timor's
bloody independence vote in 1999.
2002 Aug 15, Israeli soldiers
strapped a bulletproof vest on a Palestinian teenager and ordered
him to approach a house where a Hamas militant was hiding, with
instructions to bring out everyone inside. As Nidal Daraghmeh (19)
neared the house in the West Bank village of Tubas he was shot in
the back of the head and killed, though it's not clear who pulled
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a
5-year-old boy in Khan Younis in the central Gaza Strip near an
Israeli settlement. His grandfather and another Palestinian man were
Israeli soldiers shot and killed two armed
Palestinians who were approaching the fence around Gaza, apparently
planning to attack soldiers or infiltrate into Israel, the military
said. The two were carrying a large bomb, the military said.
2002 Aug 15, Heavy rains caused
the San Luis Potosi and Los Dolores dams to burst, sending a wave of
floodwaters roaring over villages in central Mexico, where
authorities said at least eight people were killed and six others
were missing and feared dead.
2002 Aug 15, A train in
Tlaxcala, Mexico, struck and killed six young people (13-25) as they
were walking along railroad tracks during a religious procession.
2002 Aug 15, Peru's first lady,
Eliane Karp, resigned from a $10,000-a-month consulting job with a
Peruvian bank after the revelation of the contract raised suspicions
of influence peddling.
2002 Aug 15, Uganda has agreed
to withdraw its troops from neighboring Congo, where they were sent
four years ago to support Congolese rebels and root out Ugandan
2002 Aug 15, The U.N. Security
Council voted unanimously to strengthen the U.N. presence in Angola
to help consolidate peace in the southwest African nation after 27
years of civil war.
2002 Aug 16, Major League
Baseball players set a strike deadline of Aug. 30. The two sides
finally reached an agreement with just six hours to spare.
2002 Aug 16, Jeff Corey (88),
blacklisted actor, died in Santa Monica. Corey developed a post
blacklist career teaching and then appeared in over 70 films or TV
(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A19)
2002 Aug 16, Stephen P. Yokich
(66), former United Auto Workers president died in Detroit.
(SFC, 8/19/02, p.B6)(AP, 8/16/03)
2002 Aug 16, In Algeria Islamic
insurgents reportedly killed 26 people, including women and
children, in a rural western hamlet.
2002 Aug 16, In Soham,
Cambridgeshire, England, police arrested two people on suspicion of
murdering a pair of 10-year-old girls, Holly Wells (b. 10-4-1991)
and Jessica Chapman (b. 9-1-1991), who vanished from a rural village
on August 4th. On December 17, 2003 Ian Huntley (28), a caretaker at
the local secondary school, was convicted by two eleven-to-one
majority jury verdicts, and on that day began serving two concurrent
life sentences. On September 29, 2005, the High Court announced that
Huntley must remain in prison until he has served at least 40 years,
a minimum term which will not allow him to be released until at
least 2042, by which time he will be 68 years old. His girlfriend
Maxine Carr (25), a classroom assistant, was charged with attempting
to pervert the course of justice. She was given three-and-a-half
years for conspiring to pervert the course of justice but cleared of
two counts of assisting an offender. She was freed and
electronically tagged within 30 days, because she had already spent
16 months in jail.
2002 Aug 16, In Germany
authorities evacuated thousands of people near Dresden's historic
center as floodwaters in the Elbe River rose to a record high and
spilled into a square close to some of the city's cultural
2002 Aug 16, Sabri al-Banna,
aka Abu Nidal (65), Palestinian guerrilla commander and head of the
Fatah-Revolutionary Council, died from gunshot wounds in his Baghdad
home. Iraqi officials said he killed himself.
(Reuters, 8/19/02)(WSJ, 8/20/02, p.A18)(AP,
2002 Aug 16, In central Nigeria
gunmen killed Ahmad Ahman Pategi, Kwara state chairman of the
Peoples Democratic Party and a senior official of President Olusegun
Obasanjo's ruling party, along with his police bodyguard.
2002 Aug 16, Russia and Iraqi
officials planned to sign a 5-year $40 billion economic cooperation
(SFC, 8/17/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 16, Pope John Paul II
returned to Poland for a 3-day visit.
(SFC, 8/17/02, p.A10)
2002 Aug 16, President Hugo
Chavez railed against a Supreme Court decision to absolve four
military officers accused of leading an April coup but urged
Venezuelans to accept it.
2002 Aug 16, The Zambian
government has rejected donations of genetically modified corn from
the United States, even though a massive food shortage threatens
nearly 2.3 million of its people with starvation.
2002 Aug 16, The Zimbabwean
government appeared to be cracking down on white farmers who defied
orders to leave their land, charging seven in court and detaining at
least 27 others across the country.
2002 Aug 17, The new $ 1
billion Navy destroyer McCampbell, completed in July at the Bath
Iron Works in Maine, was commissioned in SF.
(SSFC, 8/18/02, p.A2)
2002 Aug 17, In China 3 days of
floods and landslides caused by mountain torrents swept through
southeastern Zhejiang province, killing at least 21 people.
2002 Aug 17, In Indonesia a
home-made bomb wounded 13 people, including two children, as they
gathered to mark Independence Day in Aceh province.
2002 Aug 17, In Mexico 8 men
and a woman were lined up against a wall and gunned down with
assault rifles and pistols at a ranch in the western state of
Michoacan in what reports said may have been a drug-related
2002 Aug 17, In Krakow, Poland,
tens of thousands of adoring Poles gave the ailing Pope John Paul II
a joyous welcome home as began his 9th papal visit to his native
2002 Aug 17, Russia troops
battled with Chechen rebels who attacked a number of villages in
southern Chechnya in fighting that has left nine soldiers and five
2002 Aug 18, Rich Beem beat
Tiger Woods to capture the PGA Championship.
2002 Aug 18, US federal agents
said they had seized over 2,300 unregistered missiles at a
counter-terrorism school, High Energy Access Tools (HEAT), in
Roswell, New Mexico, that was training students from Arab countries
and arrested its Canadian leader.
(Reuters, 8/18/02)(WSJ, 8/19/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 18, In Britain
detectives announced that two bodies found in a nature reserve
almost certainly belong to a pair of missing 10-year-olds. Holly
Wells and Jessica Chapman had been missing since August 4.
2002 Aug 18, Turpal-Ali
Atgeriyev (b.1969), a former Chechen rebel commander and top
official in the region's rebel government, died of complications
from leukemia while serving a 15-year prison term for terrorism in
2002 Aug 18, Israel agreed to a
partial withdrawal from Palestinian territory in exchange for
reduced tensions in the areas.
(SFC, 8/19/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 18, In a tearful,
farewell Mass in his beloved Krakow, Pope John Paul II told more
than 2 million Poles that he would like to return one day — but that
"this is entirely in God's hands."
2002 Aug 18, In central Russia
a bus drove into a ditch in the republic of Chuvashia and
overturned, killing 22 people and injuring 38.
2002 Aug 19, In San Jose, Ca.,
an 8-alarm fire consumed about 25% of the new $500 million Santana
Row shopping and residential complex along S. Winchester Blvd.
(SFC, 8/20/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 19, In Colombia rebels
kidnapped over 2 dozen tourists inside Ensenada Utria national park.
The ELN was blamed.
(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A10)
2002 Aug 19, Japan has launched
a diplomatic offensive to foil South Korea's attempt to rename the
ocean separating the Asian neighbors from "Sea of Japan" to the
"East Sea", saying the weight of history is on the Japanese side.
2002 Aug 19, An Islamic high
court in northern Nigeria rejected an appeal by Amina Lawal, a
single mother sentenced to be stoned to death for having sex out of
(AP, 8/19/02)(WSJ, 8/20/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 19, A Russian Mi-26
military helicopter loaded with troops crashed in Chechnya. 127 were
killed and 32 injured when the troop transport fell into a minefield
in what Russian media called the nation's biggest military
helicopter crash and the biggest single-day casualty count in the
Chechen war. Chechen rebels claimed to have shot the helicopter
(AP, 8/20/02)(WSJ, 8/23/02, p.A1)(AP,
2002 Aug 19, Eduardo Chillida
(78), Basque sculptor, died. He created monumental works and
promoted peace in the Basque region. His work included "The Comb of
the Winds," an iron tangle in San Sebastian.
(SFC, 8/21/02, p.A19)
2002 Aug 19, Swedish financier
Jan Stenbeck (59), who developed an extensive network of media and
telecommunications companies, died in Paris.
2002 Aug 20, In Bangladesh the
swollen Jamuna River broke through its mud embankments, flooding a
dozen villages and cutting off thousands of residents.
2002 Aug 20, In Germany 5
members of the Iraqi Opposition of Germany took over the Iraqi
embassy. German police commandos freed two senior diplomats from
armed men who had stormed the Iraqi embassy, bringing a bloodless
end to a five-hour hostage drama by a previously unknown group
opposed to Saddam Hussein.
(SFC, 8/20/02, p.A7)(AP, 8/20/03)
2002 Aug 20, Indian troops
killed 14 Muslim rebels trying to sneak into Kashmir from Pakistan.
(WSJ, 8/21/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 20, Indonesian police
have arrested Ramli, a former soldier, and accused him of
masterminding a series of deadly bombings in the capital over the
past few years.
2002 Aug 20, An Israeli soldier
was killed by a Hamas sniper. Hamas vowed to undermine the new
(WSJ, 8/21/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 20, Choking smoke from
forest fires shrouded Indonesia's side of Borneo island, grounding
planes and pushing air quality way above hazardous levels in parts
of the vast region.
2002 Aug 20, In Nepal army
soldiers reportedly killed at least 30 Maoist rebels at a remote
(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A10)
2002 Aug 20, Palestinian police
were back on the streets of Bethlehem after Israeli forces left the
town as part of a trial that could lead to further Israeli
withdrawals in the West Bank.
2002 Aug 20, In Russia an
explosion tore through a residential building in Moscow, blowing
open a 50-foot-wide section and collapsing five stories of
apartments. At least 7 people were killed, and as many as 5 others
were feared trapped in the rubble. A natural gas leak was suspected.
2002 Aug 20, The Swiss
government returned to Peru about $77.5 million linked to former
Peruvian spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos, saying the money came from
corrupt arms deals. The money includes assets of Gen. Nicolas de
Bari Hermoza Rios, Peru's former armed forces chief, who also faces
corruption charges. $33 million linked to Montesinos remained
blocked in Swiss banks.
2002 Aug 21, President Bush
told reporters at his Texas ranch that ousting Iraq's Saddam Hussein
was "in the interests of the world" but indicated the United States
was in no hurry.
2002 Aug 21, A jury in San
Diego convicted David Westerfield of kidnapping 7-year-old Danielle
van Dam from her home and killing her. Westerfield was later
sentenced to death.
2002 Aug 21, Michael Kopper,
former Enron financial executive, pleaded guilty to charges related
to wire fraud and money laundering. He admitted to large kickbacks
to the CFO, Andrew Fastow, and agreed to return $12 million.
(SFC, 8/21/02, p.A1)(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 21, Weldon Spring,
Missouri, was reported open to the public as tourist attraction. The
radioactive site opened after a $1 billion, 16-year cleanup.
(SFC, 8/21/02, p.A2)
2002 Aug 21, A new Lockheed
Martin Atlas V rocket launched a 4-ton French communications
satellite into orbit.
(WSJ, 8/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 21, In Canada Pres.
Chretien, amid growing rifts within his Liberal Party, said he will
not seek a 4th term and will resign in Feb 2004.
(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A8)
2002 Aug 21, Israeli troops
blew up two apartment buildings in a Gaza Strip refugee camp, just
hours after undercover forces killed the brother of a radical
Palestinian leader during an arrest raid in the West Bank. Israeli
security officials announced the breakup of a Hamas cell in East
(AP, 8/21/02)(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A7)
2002 Aug 21, In east Nepal a
massive landslide triggered by monsoon rains wiped out a village,
killing at least 60 people.
2002 Aug 21, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Il toured the shop floor of a Russian defense plant,
getting a firsthand glimpse of how Russia's Sukhoi fighter jets are
2002 Aug 21, In Pakistan Pres.
Musharraf announced sweeping changes to the Constitution that
boosted the power of his authoritarian regime. His decrees included
a security council that institutionalized the military's role in
government; power to fire the prime minister and dissolve the
legislature; a requirement for all candidates to have university
(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 10/12/02, p.A20)(SSFC,
2002 Aug 22, In Oregon
President Bush proposed to end the government's "hands-off" policy
in national forests and ease logging restrictions in fire-prone
(WSJ, 8/23/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/22/03)
2002 Aug 22, The US and Russia
took away 100 pounds of weapons-grade uranium from an aging nuclear
reactor in Belgrade to Russia for re-processing.
(SFC, 8/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 22, Two US helicopter
pilots were reported lost in South Korea. Their bodies were found
the next day 13 miles south of Camp Page.
(SFC, 8/24/02, p.A9)
2002 Aug 22, Researchers
reported a new enzyme to treat victims of an anthrax attack and to
help detect the spores.
(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 22, In Brazil
President Fernando Henrique Cardoso signed a decree creating the
Tumucumaque (the rock on top of the mountain) Mountains National
Park bigger than Maryland covering a region of virgin rainforest in
Amapa state, along Brazil's northern borders with Surinam and
(AP, 8/22/02)(SFC, 8/23/02, p.A2)
2002 Aug 22, China evacuated
some 600,000 people around the swollen Lake Dongting in Hunan
(WSJ, 8/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 22, In Nepal a small
plane carrying 18 people, including tourists from Germany, the
United States and Britain, crashed into a mountain in bad weather,
killing all aboard.
(Reuters, 8/22/02)(AP, 8/22/03)
2002 Aug 22, In Peru officials
reported that police had destroyed 57 crude drug laboratories in the
Peruvian jungle and burned 38 tons of coca leaf.
2002 Aug 22, In the Philippines
the heads of two Jehovah's Witnesses were found at Patikul on Jolo
island, two days after the Abu Sayyaf rebels seized the two male
preachers and six other hostages.
(Reuters, 8/22/02)(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 23, U.S. warplanes
bombed an air defense site in northern Iraq after being targeted by
an Iraqi missile guidance radar system.
2002 Aug 23, The United States
imposed symbolic sanctions on a North Korean company and the North
Korean government for exporting medium or long-range missile
2002 Aug 23, New York publicist
Lizzie Grubman pleaded guilty in a hit-and-run crash that injured 16
people outside a Hamptons nightclub. Grubman ended up serving 37
days of a 60-day sentence at the Suffolk County, N.Y., Jail, with
time off for good behavior.
2002 Aug 23, Canada confirmed
prairie farmers' worst fears in a report that slashed crop
production forecasts after one of worst growing seasons since the
dust bowl of the 1930s.
2002 Aug 23, In southern
Colombia a bus veered off a mountain road in Papagayo after one of
its tires burst, plunging 1,000 feet and killing at least 12 people.
2002 Aug 23, An anti-graft
court in the Philippines froze the assets of former president Joseph
Estrada in connection with charges that he illegally amassed over
four billion pesos ($76.48 million) during his 31-month rule.
2002 Aug 23, Pres. Shevardnadze
accused Russia of bombing inside Georgia's border. One person was
(SFC, 8/24/02, p.A7)
2002 Aug 23, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Il capped his second visit to Russia in a year with
a long meeting with President Vladimir Putin and a taste of the
consumer delights that are in short supply in his country. Putin
pressed North Korea on Friday to forge a new Asia-Europe freight
route by extending Russia's trans-Siberian railway across the Korean
peninsula to bypass China.
(AP, 8/23/02)(Reuters, 8/23/02)
2002 Aug 23, Pakistan accused
India of launching a heavy ground an air attack on northern Kashmir.
(SFC, 8/24/02, p.A8)
2002 Aug 23, Russian troops
battled rebels for the fourth straight day outside a Chechen
village, while eight soldiers were killed in the last 24 hours.
2002 Aug 23, In Venezuela
subway and bus workers in Caracas unexpectedly walked off the job,
forcing more than a million people to find other ways to work.
2002 Aug 23, In Yugoslavia
thousands of ethnic Albanians gathered in Pristina to protest the
recent arrests of rebel leaders who fought during Kosovo's 1998-1999
2002 Aug 24, In Oregon City,
Ore., the FBI uncovered human remains in an outbuilding behind the
house of Ward Weaver III, a suspect in the case of two missing girls
who lived across the street. Authorities recovered the remains of
Ashley Pond (12) and Miranda Gaddis (13). In 2004 Weaver pleaded
guilty to aggravated murder and no contest to other charges of
sexual abuse. A plea bargain allowed him to avoid the death penalty
and he was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison.
2002 Aug 24, It was reported
that Algerian elite soldiers, backed by artillery and helicopters,
killed 16 suspected Islamist rebels during a week-long operation
against guerrillas east of Algiers.
2002 Aug 24, Azerbaijani voters
overwhelmingly approved changes to the constitution in a referendum
the opposition charged was marred by fraud.
2002 Sep 24-2002 Sep 25, In the
Canary Islands over a dozen beaked whales beached themselves
following NATO exercises that involved a cluster of warships and
submarines. 9 of the whales washed ashore dead and showed lesions in
the brain and hearing system, consistent with acoustic impact.
(SFC, 9/26/02, p.A20)(SFC, 10/7/02, p.A6)
2002 Aug 24, Suspected rebels
shot dead eight Muslim villagers, including three women, in Indian
Kashmir as a U.S. envoy took his peace mission to Islamabad to try
to cool tensions on the subcontinent.
2002 Aug 24, A Palestinian
militia shot and killed a Palestinian woman suspected of
collaborating with Israel, then dumped her bullet-riddled body on a
street in the West Bank town of Tulkarem. The next day her son said
that Palestinian gunmen tortured him until he invented a story about
his mother's involvement.
(AP, 8/24/02)(AP, 8/26/02)
2002 Aug 25, Louisville, Ky.,
beat Sendai, Japan, 1-0 to win the Little League World Series in
South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
2002 Aug 25, Acclaimed
bass-baritone William Warfield (82), best known for his rendition of
"Ol' Man River" in the musical "Show Boat," died in Chicago.
2002 Aug 25, In England
Investigators said they had found items of clothing they believed
were worn by two slain girls the day they disappeared from their
2002 Aug 25, Iran's parliament
approved a bill giving women the right to sue for divorce, a similar
right already guaranteed for men.
2002 Aug 25, Iraq said US and
British bombing killed 8 people near Basra. A U.S.-British air raid
in southern Iraq destroyed a major military surveillance site that
monitors American troops in the Persian Gulf.
(WSJ, 8/26/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/27/02)
2002 Aug 25, Philippine troops
shot dead a notorious leader of a gang of kidnappers and rescued a
girl (4) and her nanny from a week-long captivity.
2002 Aug 25, Up to 10
guerrillas from a Philippine Marxist rebel group blacklisted by the
United States were killed when the military clashed with a 40-man
New People's Army (NPA) band in Rodriguez town, a Manila suburb.
2002 Aug 25, Former Swedish
diplomat Per Anger (88), who'd worked with Raoul Wallenberg in
shielding thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi death camps, died in
2002 Aug 25, In the UAR the
roof of a Dubai warehouse that was under construction collapsed,
killing seven people and injuring 19.
2002 Aug 25, In Zimbabwe
President Robert Mugabe announced his new Cabinet, firing the
moderate finance minister and keeping hard-liners who have
spearheaded harsh media controls and seizures of white-owned farms.
2002 Aug 26, US VP Cheney,
speaking at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Tennessee,
warned that there is "no doubt" that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is
amassing weapons of mass destruction for use against America and its
(SFC, 8/27/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/26/03)
2002 Aug 26, In Bangui, Central
African Republic, former military ruler Gen. Andre Kolingba was
convicted in absentia of taking part in a failed 2001 coup and was
sentenced to death.
2002 Aug 26, In San Antonio,
Honduras, Jose Callejas (46), director of a Human Rights Committee,
was killed. Organized crime was blamed.
(SFC, 8/29/02, p.A12)
2002 Aug 26, Israeli troops
arrested Jamal Abdel Salam Abu el-Heijah, leader of Hamas in the
Jenin region in a West Bank raid as Israel's defense minister said a
security deal to ease violence was still in force.
2002 Aug 26, In Nigeria an
Islamic court has sentenced a couple to death by stoning for having
an affair, marking the first time in Nigeria that a man has been
sentenced to death for adultery.
2002 Aug 26, The 4th UN World
Summit on Sustainable Development opened in Johannesburg, SA, with a
call from South African President Thabo Mbeki for coordinated
international action to fight poverty and protect the world's
natural resources. Pres. Bush sent Colin Powell as his stand-in. The
3rd gathering was in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
(SSFC, 8/25/02, p.A3)(AP, 8/26/03)
2002 Aug 26, As Zimbabwean and
Ethiopian activists staged protests, South African security
officials promised to clamp down on any protesters demonstrating at
the U.N. development summit without government approval.
2002 Aug 27, Pres. Bush met
with Prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia, who said war with
Iraq was not acceptable and that Saudi Arabia would not cooperate.
Bush told the Saudi diplomat he had not yet decided whether to
(SFC, 8/28/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/27/03)
2002 Aug 27, Stanley R.
Greenberg (74), writer, died. His work included over 40 plays for
stage, film and TV including the screenplay for the 1973 film
(SFC, 8/28/02, p.A19)(MoTV, 1977, p.667)
2002 Aug 27, In northern
Colombia government forces clashed with rebels, killing eight
guerrillas. The eight were among 14 people killed in scattered
fighting across the insurgency-plagued nation.
2002 Aug 27, A Tokyo court
acknowledged for the first time Japan's use of biological weapons
before and during World War II, but rejected demands for
compensation by 180 Chinese who claimed they were victims of the
germ warfare program.
2002 Aug 27, In Macedonia 2
policemen were killed ahead of Sep 15 elections.
(WSJ, 8/27/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 27, Two Russian border
guards were arrested and confessed to killing eight of their
comrades in Ingushetia to avenge hazing. President Vladimir Putin
called for better discipline and combat-readiness amid a string of
2002 Aug 27, In South Africa
delegates to the World Summit on Sustainable Development called for
increased global efforts to bring new agricultural technologies to
poor farmers to help feed the developing world.
2002 Aug 27, In Sudan more
members of the opposition Popular National Congress, including two
former government ministers, were arrested on suspicion of creating
2002 Aug 28, Federal grand
juries charged six men in Detroit with conspiring to support
al-Qaeda's terrorism as members of a sleeper cell.
(AP, 8/28/03)(SFC, 8/29/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 28, Prosecutors
indicted WorldCom's former chief financial officer, Scott Sullivan,
and Buford Yates Jr., WorldCom's former director of general
accounting. Sullivan, accused of overseeing a long-running
conspiracy to hide operating expenses in order to boost WorldCom's
earnings, later pleaded innocent; Yates later pleaded guilty to
securities fraud and conspiracy and agreed to help prosecutors.
(WSJ, 8/29/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/28/03)
2002 Aug 28, Amiri Baraka, poet
known as LeRoi Jones until 1968, was proclaimed the poet laureate
for New Jersey. Gov. Jim McGreevey later regretted the proclamation
following Baraka's poem "Somebody Blew Up America."
(WSJ, 10/3/02, p.D6)
2002 Aug 28, In Texas Toronto
Patterson was executed for the 1995 killing of a cousin when he was
(SFC, 8/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 28, Canadian police
arrested a man in the rape and killing of an 11-year-old aboriginal
boy who was found in a basement storage room in Winnipeg.
2002 Aug 28, Germany awarded
its Goethe Prize to Marcel Reich-Ranicki, literary critic and
Polish-born Holocaust survivor.
(SFC, 9/2/02, p.D5)
2002 Aug 28, Police in India
reported that 14 people, including 10 Muslim militants, were killed
in clashes between Indian security forces and separatist rebels in
India's Jammu and Kashmir state.
2002 Aug 28, Nepal's government
announced that it was lifting a state of emergency imposed in Nov,
(SFC, 8/29/02, p.A12)
2002 Aug 28, Nigeria renewed
warnings that it cannot pay its debt service payments for the year
because of falling oil revenue.
2002 Aug 28, Delegates at the
World Summit on Sustainable Development focused on ways to bring
fresh water and sanitation to hundreds of millions of people who
lack access to either. Negotiators hailed their first breakthrough:
a deal to protect the world's oceans and marine life.
2002 Aug 28, The United Nations
confirmed that Uganda and Zimbabwe have begun their pledged troop
withdrawals from Congo.
2002 Aug 28, U.N. Sec.-Gen.
Kofi Annan urged the United States to resist attacking Iraq, joining
calls from leaders in Germany, China, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain for
restraint in considering military action to topple Saddam Hussein.
2002 Aug 29, The federal
government approved a plan to store Colorado River water under the
Mohave Desert and tap it for use by Southern California during times
(SFC, 8/30/02, p.A10)
2002 Aug 29, A judge in
Norwalk, Conn., sentenced Michael Skakel, a Kennedy cousin, to 20
years to life in prison for the 1975 murder with a golf club of
Connecticut neighbor Martha Moxley.
(WSJ, 8/30/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/29/03)
2002 Aug 29, Assailants entered
a home in Artemisa, a village in western Cuba and killed five
people, including four members of a family, apparently by cutting
2002 Aug 29, Indian soldiers
killed 5 guerrillas after they crossed into the India-controlled
portion of Kashmir.
(SFC, 8/30/02, p.A19)
2002 Aug 29, Israeli tank
shells slammed into a Bedouin encampment in Gaza, killing four
members of a Palestinian family and wounding four others.
2002 Aug 29, Hezbollah
guerrillas shelled Israeli positions in a disputed border area,
wounding 3 soldiers and drawing fire from Israeli warplanes and
2002 Aug 29, In western
Macedonia police killed two ethnic Albanians after gunmen abducted
at least five people from a bus, as tension soared. The 5 abducted
people were released after 2 days.
(AP, 8/30/02)(AP, 8/31/02)
2002 Aug 29, In Russia a small
plane disappeared in the Far East region of Khabarovsk. The plane
crashed into a cliff and 16 people were killed.
(AP, 8/29/02)(AP, 9/2/02)
2002 Aug 29, Kerim Sadok
Chatty, 29, of Tunisian origin was arrested with a gun in his
carry-on luggage at a Swedish airport as he headed to an Islamic
conference in Birmingham, England. He had flunked out of a flight
school in South Carolina in 1996. Chatty was charged with attempted
hijacking on Sep 2.
(AP, 9/1/02)(SFC, 9/3/02, p.A6)
2002 Aug 29, A joint force of
Thai police and soldiers killed six armed drug traffickers and
seized a million methamphetamine pills after ambushing a drug convoy
near the Golden Triangle.
2002 Aug 29, The World Summit
on Sustainable Development focused on ways business and governments
could work together to spread prosperity in the developing world
while protecting the environment.
2002 Aug 29, Uzbek Pres.
Karimov urged democratic changes.
(SFC, 8/30/02, p.A18)
2002 Aug 29, In Venezuela
thousands of opponents of President Hugo Chavez took to the streets
in Maracay to protest tax increases they say will further impoverish
Venezuelans in this recession-ridden country.
2002 Aug 29, In Zimbabwe a bomb
attack gutted the office of a radio station critical of President
Robert Mugabe's government, and authorities raided a human rights
group and a camp for displaced farm workers run by a private
2002 Aug 30, Major League
Baseball players reached agreement with team owners on a four-year
labor deal, narrowly averting a strike that threatened to drive away
the sport's already embittered fans. It was the first time since
1970 that players and owners had agreed to a new collective
bargaining agreement without a work stoppage.
(Reuters, 8/30/02)(AP, 8/30/03)
2002 Aug 30, In Washington, DC,
some 35,000 gathered for the 39th annual meeting of the Islamic
Society of North America.
(SFC, 8/31/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 30, J. Lee Thompson
(88), movie director ("The Guns of Navarone"), died in Sooke,
British Columbia, Canada.
2002 Aug 30, For the 6th time
in a week, coalition aircraft bombed an Iraqi defense facility in
one of the no-fly zones patrolled by U.S. and British pilots.
2002 Aug 30, A twin-engine
plane with 31 people crashed while trying to land in heavy rains
near Rio Branco, a northwestern Brazilian city, killing 23 people.
2002 Aug 30, In Burundi the
army reportedly killed 48 Hutu rebels in clashes outside Bujumbura.
(SFC, 9/5/02, p.A11)
2002 Aug 30, Floodwaters along
the lower stretches of the Mekong have wreaked havoc in Laos,
Cambodia (18), Thailand (12) and Vietnam (25), claiming at least 55
lives and leaving thousands homeless across the region.
2002 Aug 30, In the Netherlands
8 men were detained for providing financial and logistical services
to al Qaeda and for recruiting fighters.
(SFC, 9/3/02, p.A6)
2002 Aug 30, It was reported
that North Korea has made changes in its economic system that
included a phase out of its public distribution system, price
increases and salary increases.
(SFC, 8/30/02, p.A14)
2002 Aug 30, The WTO ruled that
the EU can impose $4 billion in penalties on the US because of an
American tax break that promotes exports. The EU planned to give the
US time to change the law.
(SFC, 8/31/02, p.A7)
2002 Aug 31, The Los Angeles
Sparks beat the New York Liberty 69-66 to defend their WNBA
2002 Aug 31, The Burning Man
was put to flames at Black Rock, Nev. Some 29,000 people attended
the event, which featured a 78-foot Temple of Joy, created by David
Best, that was burned down Sep 1.
(SFC, 8/31/02, p.A3)(SFC, 9/2/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 31, Lionel Hampton
(94), American jazz icon, died in New York City. He pioneered and
popularized the vibraphone as a jazz instrument in a musical career
that spanned six decades beginning in the 1920s.
2002 Aug 31, George Porter
(81), who shared the 1967 Nobel Prize for chemistry for his work on
light-driven chemical reactions, died in London. He had built a
device to study gaseous free radicals and combustion. Among the
practical results of his research was the development of ways to
stop dyes from fading.
2002 Aug 31, Sheldon H. Harris,
historian, died. His work included the 1994 book: "Factories of
Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932-1945, and the American
(SFC, 9/9/02, p.A22)
2002 Aug 31, In Indonesia
unidentified gunmen shot dead three people, including two Americans,
and wounded up to 14 others in an attack on a vehicle convoy near a
giant gold mine in Papua province. Killed in the 30-minute assault
were Rick Spier, 44, of Littleton, Colo., Ted Burgon, 71, of
Sunriver, Ore., and an Indonesian teacher. Indonesian soldiers were
later implicated in the attack. In 2006 Antonius Wamang (31), a
separatist rebel, was sentenced to life in prison and his
accomplices up to seven years.
(Reuters, 8/31/02)(SSFC, 10/27/02, p.A20)(AP,
2002 Aug 31, At least 13 people
died and scores more were rescued when an Indonesian ferry carrying
more than 100 passengers caught fire and exploded after leaving
Baubau in southern Sulawesi province.
2002 Aug 31, Israeli soldiers
arrested Hasan Yousef, the Islamic militant group Hamas' top
political leader, in the West Bank town of Ramallah. An Israeli
helicopter fired three missiles at a Palestinian car, killing three
men inside and two children standing nearby.
2002 Aug 31, Five Kurdish
migrants were found dead in the back of a cargo truck after they
apparently suffocated during a harrowing ferry crossing from Greece
2002 Aug 31, Kuwait will buy 16
attack helicopters from Boeing in a deal worth $886 million. Defense
Minister Sheik Jaber Mubarak Al Hamad and U.S. Ambassador Richard
Jones signed the deal.
2002 Aug 31, Malaysia said it
has agreed to temporarily halt deportation of Filipino workers and
their families amid public outrage over reports of their
2002 Aug 31, It was reported
that Mexican police had arrested Juan Heriberto Carrillo Olivas, a
Mexican citizen. He headed a gang in El Paso, Texas, that used a
fleet of tractor-trailers to transport cocaine to other U.S. cities.
2002 Aug 31, The justice
minister of the Netherlands Antilles said Colombian assassins are
behind a series of execution-style slayings in Curacao, which has
seen drug seizures soar in recent years. There have been 28 killings
since the beginning of the year.
2002 Aug 31, A Palestinian
gunman opened fire in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank,
seriously wounding two people before being shot dead.
2002 Aug 31, A Russian
helicopter was downed by a missile in Chechnya, killing two.
2002 Aug 31, In South Africa
some 10,000 people marched from a township of tin shacks and open
sewers to the glittering venue of a U.N. development summit to
protest that world leaders are not doing enough to fight poverty.
2002 Aug, The US resumed aerial
spraying to eradicate coca growing in Colombia and hoped to destroy
some 300,000 acres of coca growth. The US state Dept. said the
spraying does not endanger people or the environment.
(SFC, 9/4/02, p.A13)(SFC, 9/6/02, p.A18)
2002 Aug, In Idaho fishermen
found the abandoned, burned-out shell of a car that Lopez Orozco had
been driving near the Snake River in a remote area of Elmore County.
The charred remains of his girlfriend Rebecca Ramirez and her two
boys, Ricardo and Miguel, were inside. Investigators later
determined they had been shot. In 2009 Mexican police captured
2002 Aug, Muhammed Zahrani
arrived as a prisoner at the US base in Guantanamo, Cuba. He was
then held without charges until 2014, when he was approved for
release to his native Saudi Arabia. Zahrani had trained with
al-Qaida in Afghanistan in the two years prior to the Sept.11, 2001
(http://tinyurl.com/p9adb7f)(SFC, 10/22/14, p.A2)
2002 Aug, Prosecutors in
Suriname charged Dino Bouterse with stealing 50 guns from the
government intelligence service. Police at the time accused Bouterse
of fleeing to Curacao to avoid arrest, although his father said
Bouterse had traveled there for personal business. The father Desi
Bouterse, a former coup leader and convicted drug trafficker, was
elected president of Suriname in July 2010.
2002 Sep 1, Secretary of State
Colin Powell said the US should first seek a return of UN weapons
inspectors to Iraq before taking any further steps.
2002 Sep 1, The California
Legislature approved a $99 billion budget, ending a 2-month-old
2002 Sep 1, President Alfonso
Portillo announced plans to cut the size of Guatemala's armed forces
by 20% and convert the extra military installations into schools.
2002 Sep 1, Indonesian soldiers
battled an armed band in Papua and killed one insurgent, near where
gunmen shot dead three people, including two U.S. school teachers,
and wounded at least 10 in an ambush the previous day.
(Reuters, 9/1/02)(SFC, 9/2/02, p.A9)
2002 Sep 1, Israeli troops shot
dead four Palestinians not far from a Jewish gravesite near the West
Bank city of Hebron, adding to an already bloody weekend in which
seven other Palestinians, including two children, were killed.
(AP, 9/1/02)(SFC, 9/2/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep 1, Israel and Jordan
announced their largest joint project ever, a $800 million pipeline
intended to save the shrinking Dead Sea from environmental
2002 Sep 1, Typhoon Rusa, the
worst typhoon to hit South Korea in 40 years, left at least 119
2002 Sep 1, In Liberia rebel
forces shelled the northern town of Voinjama in a push to recapture
their former stronghold from government forces.
2002 Sep 1, Mauritania appealed
for international aid, saying lack of rain was causing a food crisis
that has put at risk nearly 1 million people and half of the desert
2002 Sep 1, Some 600 Russian
specialists began work on a key phase of an $800 million project to
build a nuclear reactor at Bushehr, Iran.
(SFC, 9/2/02, p.A9)
2002 Sep 2, The $195 million
Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles was dedicated. It
was designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.
(SFC, 9/2/02, p.A2)
2002 Sep 2, Glenn Tilton was
named chairman, president and chief executive officer of United
Airlines parent UAL Corp.
2002 Sep 2, Consolidated
Freightways Corp. of Vancouver, Wa., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
and laid off 15,500 people nationwide.
(SFC, 9/3/02, p.A4)
2002 Sep 2, In New Hampshire 7
people were killed when their small plane crashed near Swanzey.
(SFC, 9/3/02, p.A10)
2002 Sep 2, Jerry Boyd
(b.1930), boxing trainer and author (pen name F.X. Toole), died. Two
of his short stories were adopted for the 2004 film “Million Dollar
2002 Sep 2, In Bolivia a bus
slid off a muddy shoulder on one the most dangerous highways and
plunged into a ravine, killing at least 20 people.
2002 Sep 2, Thousands of
illegal Indonesian workers and their families are living in dire
conditions in camps near the country's border with Malaysia and one
relief worker said a few are selling their babies to raise cash.
2002 Sep 2, Tens of thousands
of South Koreans heaved shovels to clear mud and debris from homes
devastated by Typhoon Rusa, the worst typhoon to hit the country in
40 years. The death toll from South Korea's worst typhoon in 40
years rose to 113 as soldiers led a desperate search for 71 people
still missing after the weekend devastation.
(AP, 9/2/02)(Reuters, 9/3/02)(SFC, 9/3/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep 2, Russia urged Iraq
to admit U.N. weapons inspectors to avoid a war that could
jeopardize multibillion-dollar economic deals between the trading
2002 Sep 2, The Sudanese
government suspended peace talks with southern rebels because of the
rebel takeover of Torit.
2002 Sep 2, At least 14 people
were killed and more than 20 were missing after their makeshift
houses on the banks of an overflowing stream collapsed after heavy
rain in northern Thailand.
2002 Sep 2, Tunisia's highest
court upheld jail terms against opposition leader Hamma Hammami,
head of the outlawed Communist Workers Party, and two officials of
his political party.
2002 Sep 2, At the UN Earth
Summit in South Africa negotiators agreed on a global plan to reduce
the use of oil and switch to other cleaner and more efficient forms
(SFC, 9/3/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 3, Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld said the Bush administration had secret
information supporting its claims that Saddam Hussein was close to
developing nuclear weapons.
2002 Sep 3, The US Senate
opened debate on legislation creating a new Homeland Security
2002 Sep 3, McDonald's
announced it will use a new soy-corn oil to reduce the levels of
trans fat and increase polyunsaturated fat in its fried products.
(SFC, 9/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 3, Louisiana State
Univ. fired Dr. Steven J. Hatfill after the Justice Dept. said the
school could not use him on grants funded by the agency. The firing
came following FBI investigations of Hatfill and naming him as a
"person of interest."
(SFC, 9/5/02, p.A6)(WSJ, 9/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 3, The DJIA fell 355
to 8308. Nasdaq fell 51 to 1263.
(WSJ, 9/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 3, W. Clement Stone
(100), insurance tycoon who bankrolled former Pres. Nixon's races,
died. Stone's self-help books included "The Success System That
(WSJ, 9/5/02, p.A1)(SFC, 9/13/02, p.A27)
2002 Sep 3, Iraq said it was
ready to discuss a return of U.N. weapons inspectors, but only in a
broader context of ending sanctions and restoring Iraqi sovereignty
over all its territory.
2002 Sep 3, Israeli tank shells
killed Bahir Eid (22) and Hussein Najar (22) residents of the
village of Burin, a West Bank village.
2002 Sep 3, Russia and China
gave their backing to the Kyoto Protocol on cutting greenhouse-gas
(AP, 9/3/02)(WSJ, 9/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 4, President Bush
promised to seek Congress' approval for "whatever is necessary" to
oust Saddam Hussein including using military force.
2002 Sep 4, Secretary of State
Colin Powell was heckled by dozens of activists on the closing day
of the World Summit in South Africa as he defended America's record
on the environment and helping the developing world.
2002 Sep 4, Texas cocktail
waitress and aspiring pop star Kelly Clarkson was voted the first
"American Idol" at the conclusion of the Fox TV series.
2002 Sep 4, In California it
was reported that the Phytophthora ramorum microbe, responsible for
sudden oak death, had infected the coastal redwood saplings.
(SFC, 9/5/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 4, In Afghanistan
Pres. Karzai announced a new currency to replace the array of
inflated banknotes issued by the Taliban and regional warlords.
Warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former US ally, called for a jihad
against US forces.
(SFC, 9/5/02, p.A11)(WSJ, 9/5/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 4, China reported that
flooding had killed 1,532 people this year.
(SFC, 9/5/02, p.A11)
2002 Sep 4, Colombian
authorities reported the break up of an international kidnapping
ring organized by the nation's second-largest rebel group to fund
its insurgency. The leader of the ring was captured in July, and
authorities have arrested his successor and other rebels within the
last couple of days, said Gen. Reynaldo Castellanos. The crime
network was run out of Bogota by members of the National Liberation
Army. It included leftist groups from Chile, Ecuador, Peru and
Mexico that kidnapped people and stole cars, among other crimes.
2002 Sep 4, In Puerto Rico US
Navy security officers fired tear gas at protesters who hurled rocks
over a fence during bombing exercises on the island of Vieques.
2002 Sep 4, The World Summit on
Sustainable Development closed with just a handful of small
victories and some promising new initiatives. Colin Powell was
heckled and the US was viewed as a key obstacle to setting firm
targets on many issues. The Extractive Industries Transparency
Initiative (EITI), an anti-corruption scheme to oversee oil
production, was launched by UK PM Tony Blair, at the World Summit on
Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, SA.
(AP, 9/5/02)(SFC, 9/5/02,
2002 Sep 5, The U.S. military
stated that American and British planes attacked an air defense
command and control facility at a military airfield 240 miles
southwest of Baghdad.
2002 Sep 5, In Illinois Judge
Harold Frobish of Livingston County ruled that prison inmates can
choose to starve themselves rather than endure years of solitary
confinement and that right outweighs the state's duty to keep them
(SFC, 9/7/02, p.A4)
2002 Sep 5, Actor Cliff Gorman
(65), who'd won a Tony for portraying comedian Lenny Bruce in the
1971 play "Lenny," died in New York.
2002 Sep 5, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai survived an assassination attempt in the southern city
of Kandahar. The attack, by a man dressed in military uniform,
occurred shortly after a powerful car bomb in the capital killed at
least 26 people and wounded 150.
(Reuters, 9/6/02)(SFC, 9/6/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 5, In Gabon US Sec. of
State Colin Powell talked into the night with the Pres. Omar Bongo
about the country's commitment to preserve its lush forests, peace
efforts and the IMF.
2002 Sep 5, The Canadian
government said it will spend C$105 million ($66.9 million) in the
first stage of a plan to connect the country's rural residents to
high-speed Internet service by 2005.
2002 Sep 5, In Colombia gunmen
on motorcycles killed Fernando Mancilla, the new chief of secret
police for Antioquia province, as he drove his car in Medellin.
(AP, 9/6/02)(SFC, 9/6/02, p.A17)
2002 Sep 5, In Congo some
6,000 Ngiti and Lendu tribe tribal fighters and their allies
attacked the mission hospital in Nyankunde, slaughtering patients in
their beds. They killed some 650 people from the Bira, Hema and 16
other tribes on the 1st day of the attacks.
2002 Sep 5, In Greece Dimitris
Koufodinas (44), a main hit man for the November 17 terror
group, surrendered to police.
(SFC, 9/6/02, p.A13)
2002 Sep 5, Palestinian
fighters blew up an Israeli tank in Gaza, killing the driver
instantly. Another Palestinian, linked to the Al Aqsa Martyrs
Brigade, killed an Israeli officer and wounded another soldier
before he was shot dead.
(SFC, 9/6/02, p.A14)
2002 Sep 5, In Somalia
militiamen tied white flags to their weapons as an informal
cease-fire halted two days of fierce fighting in a capital area that
has left more than 25 people dead and 50 wounded.
2002 Sep 6, Meeting outside
Washington D.C., for only the second time since 1800, Congress
convened in New York to pay homage to the victims and heroes of
Sept. 11, 2001.
2002 Sep 6, US officials
reported that the assets of Wa'el Hamza Julaidan, alleged al Qaeda
financier, had been frozen, and that he had been located in Saudi
(SFC, 9/7/02, p.A8)
2002 Sep 6, A US Navy
helicopter crashed in the Persian Gulf, killing an American
television cameraman and injuring four sailors.
2002 Sep 6, Salvatore Gravano,
mob turncoat aka Sammy the Bull, was sentenced to 20 years in
prison. In 1998 Gravano, took over his son's failing Arizona
drug-dealing operation, an ecstasy drug ring. Gravano pleaded guilty
(SFC, 5/26/01, p.A6)(SFC, 9/7/02, p.A4)
2002 Sep 6, A jury in
Pensacola, Fla., convicted 13- and 14-year-old brothers of murdering
their sleeping father with a baseball bat in an unusual case in
which an adult friend was acquitted of the crime under a different
prosecution theory. The judge threw out the convictions and ordered
mediation; Alex and Derek King later pleaded guilty to third-degree
murder. Alex was sentenced to seven years and Derek to eight years.
2002 Sep 6, Iran reported the
successful test fire of a Fateh 110 A ballistic missile.
(SFC, 9/7/02, p.A5)
2002 Sep 6, Israel
attacked a factory in the Gaza Strip with missiles fired from
helicopters after a Palestinian "mega" bomb attempt was thwarted a
(AP, 9/6/02)(SFC, 9/6/02, p.A14)
2002 Sep 6, In India the film
"Ek Chhoti Si Love Story" (A Short Love Story) was released across
India despite a court order and attacks on some theatres, has kicked
up a controversy over its explicit sexual content.
2002 Sep 6, In Indian Kashmir
suspected Muslim rebels shot dead Sheikh Abdul Rehman, a politician
contesting state elections, in the first killing of a candidate
since the campaign began.
2002 Sep 6, Jews began Rosh
Hashanah at sunset. This ended their year 5762 and began year 5763.
(SFC, 9/7/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 6, Mexico said it was
withdrawing from the 1947 Inter-American Reciprocal Defense Treaty
designed to protect the Americas against communism, a year after
President Vicente Fox called the agreement obsolete.
2002 Sep 6, A Yemeni man died
when a bomb he was carrying exploded in a crowded market in San'a,
injuring two bystanders.
2002 Sep 7, Serena Williams
easily beat Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3 to win the U.S. Open and a third
straight Grand Slam title.
2002 Sep 7, Pres. Bush met with
British PM Tony Blair at Camp David, Md., to work out a strategy for
taking action against Iraq's Saddam Hussein. They said the world had
to act against Saddam Hussein, arguing that the Iraqi leader had
defied the United Nations and reneged on promises to destroy weapons
of mass destruction.
(SSFC, 9/8/02, p.A3)(AP, 9/6/03)
2002 Sep 7, U.S. Navy fighter
jets dropped dummy bombs and inert missiles on Vieques in military
exercises that have divided this outlying Puerto Rican island for
2002 Sep 7, Uzi Gal (79), the
German-born inventor of Israel's Uzi submachine gun, died in
Philadelphia of a long illness. [see 1954]
(AP, 9/9/02)(SFC, 9/10/02, p.A16)
2002 Sep 7, In Paris over 6,000
people marched through to demand residency permits for France's
illegal immigrants in the largest of a series of recent rallies.
2002 Sep 7, Indonesian
officials say 35 deportees from Malaysia have died at sprawling
makeshift camps in Borneo as they await the arrival of a navy vessel
bringing medical help.
2002 Sep 7, In Nepal over one
thousand Maoist rebels, fighting to topple Nepal's constitutional
monarchy, attacked a police post in the east of the country and
killed 49 police officers.
2002 Sep 7, In Portugal the
town of Reguengos de Monsaraz openly flouted a new bullfighting law,
killing a bull in the ring without government permission, and
selling the beef for human consumption afterward. The matador and
the festival organizers will be arraigned in the first legal test of
the new anti-bullfighting law. Killing in the bullring had been
banned since 1928. However, Parliament voted in July to allow bulls
to be put to death, but only in cities and towns that have carried
on the bullfighting tradition for 50 years or more.
2002 Sep 7, In Turkey 17 people
were killed in separate bus crashes Saturday, including two members
of a professional Turkish soccer team.
2002 Sep 7, The U.N. Security
Council has decided to keep U.N. peacekeepers in Ethiopia and
Eritrea six more months to give the countries time to mark their
2002 Sep 7, Katrin Cartlidge
(41), the spirited English actress who distinguished herself in the
movies of Mike Leigh and in the London theater, died of septicemia
resulting from pneumonia.
2002 Sep 8, Pete Sampras beat
Andre Agassi (news) 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to win his 14th Grand Slam
title and the U.S. Open for the fifth time.
2002 Sep 8, The US government
reported that violent crime rate had dropped by 10 percent the
previous year, reaching lowest level since 1973.
2002 Sep 8, In San Francisco
Ray D. Jimmerson Jr. (25), a key witness in a case against the Big
Block gang, was shot to death on Buchanon St. In 2005 Dennis Cyrus
Jr., a leader of the Page Street Mob, was indicted for the slaying.
In May, 2009, Cyrus was convicted of murdering 3 men. In 2010 he was
sentenced to 3 life terms in prison without parole.
(SFC, 9/10/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/27/05, p.B4)(SFC,
6/27/09, p.B1)(SFC, 11/20/10, p.C2)
2002 Sep 8, Authorities closed
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
indefinitely following weeks of student unrest.
2002 Sep 8, In southeast China
typhoon Sinlaku was weakening as it churned inland after triggering
fierce winds and heavy rain that killed 23 people, toppled homes and
2002 Sep 8, In Guatemala local
media reported that anthropologists digging under a school in
Rabinal, in Guatemala's northern highlands, had unearthed the
remains of 47 people killed during the country's 1960-1996 civil
2002 Sep 8, The leaders of the
two main Kurdish factions, KDP and PUK, that control northern Iraq
signed a reconciliation agreement as the United States tries to
forge a united front against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
2002 Sep 8, In eastern Pakistan
4 suspected militants, including two linked to a bloody attack on a
church last year, were killed in a shootout with the police.
2002 Sep 8, Philippine troops
shelled retreating Muslim guerrillas after capturing two rebel camps
in fighting on southern Jolo island that left at least 22 dead.
2002 Sep 8, A Russian
prosecutor said that the bodies of seven Chechen residents who
disappeared several months ago were found in a common grave near
2002 Sep 8, Georges-Andre
Chevallaz (87), a former Swiss president (1980) and member of the
ruling cabinet for 10 years, died in Lausanne.
2002 Sep 9, The US State
Department cleared the way for giving $41.6 million in arms and
equipment to Colombia, certifying that the country's military has
met human rights requirements in three areas.
2002 Sep 9, Allied aircraft
struck Iraq for the third time in a week, bombing a military
facility southeast of Baghdad.
2002 Sep 9, In Burundi 183
civilians were killed by uniformed men in an area of heavy fighting
between government troops and rebels. On Sep 18 the government
promised an investigation.
2002 Sep 9, In El Salvador a
small plane crashed into the slopes of a mountain, killing four
prominent Guatemala businessmen and the pilot.
2002 Sep 9, In Egypt a military
court convicted 51 men in one of the country's biggest cases against
Muslim militants in years and sentenced them to two to 15 years in
prison. The group was dubbed al-Wa'ad (the Promise).
(AP, 9/9/02)(SFC, 9/10/02, p.A11)
2002 Sep 9, The Rajdhani
Express train derailed in Bihar state and fell into a river, killing
at least 118 people. An Indian railway official said that it was an
act of sabotage.
(AP, 9/10/02)(WSJ, 9/10/02, p.A1)(Reuters,
2002 Sep 9, Iraq challenged the
United States to produce "one piece of evidence" that it was
producing weapons of mass destruction. UN Secretary-General Kofi
Annan said the Security Council must be allowed to have its say on a
possible attack against Iraq.
2002 Sep 9, In Nepal Maoist
rebels launched an overnight attack on a remote Nepali town
targeting several government offices. At least 57 soldiers and
police were killed and a counterattack was launched.
(Reuters, 9/9/02)(SFC, 9/10/02, p.A11)
2002 Sep 9, An earthquake
struck just off Papua New Guinea's north coast, killing 3 people and
causing a tidal wave that washed away at least 40 homes.
2002 Sep 9, Tens of thousands
of Sri Lankans rallied in the capital Colombo in a show of support
for peace talks with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels aimed at ending
one of Asia's longest-running wars.
2002 Sep 10, The Bush
administration raised the nationwide terror alert to yellow, its
second-highest level, closed nine U.S. embassies overseas and
heightened security at federal buildings and landmarks in America on
the eve of the Sept. 11 anniversary.
2002 Sep 10, It was reported
that US forces in Afghanistan had launched Operation Champion Strike
in the Bermel Valley aimed at re-entering al Qaeda.
(SFC, 9/10/02, p.A5)
2002 Sep 10, Martin Strel of
Slovenia finished swimming the 2,360-mile length of the Mississippi.
He began July 4 and covered 11-12 miles per day.
(WSJ, 9/11/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 10, In the Florida
Democratic primary Bill McBride won over former Attorney General
Janet Reno by some 8,196 votes for a chance to unseat Gov. Jebb
Bush. McBride was certified as winner on Sep 17. Polling stations
opened late and problems cropped up with new touchscreen voting
(SFC, 9/13/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 9/13/02, p.A1)(WSJ,
9/18/02, p.A1)(AP, 9/10/03)
2002 Sep 10, In Argentina
thousands of people staged a 10-minute demonstration in Buenos Aires
to protest a crime wave that has engulfed this country as it falls
deeper into economic crisis.
2002 Sep 10, Colombia stepped
up its emergency powers to battle growing insurgency violence,
announcing it can detain people without warrants, restrict travel
and impose curfews.
2002 Sep 10, In southeastern
France authorities said flooding and heavy rain had claimed the
lives of 26 people. Rescuers were searching for dozens of others
2002 Sep 10, In Indonesia
soldiers arrested nurse Joy Lee Sadler (57) and academic Lesley
McCullough (40) in Aceh province on charges of violating tourist
visas by meeting with Aceh rebels. Sadler struck a commander who
tried to take her friend's computer. Sadler was released Jan 10,
(SFC, 12/18/02, p.A21)(SFC, 1/10/03, p.A17)
2002 Sep 10, Radical farmers in
San Salvador, Mexico, have declared this town outside Mexico City to
be autonomous, two months after they forced the government to
abandon plans for a new airport.
2002 Sep 10, In South Africa
the highest court ruled that gay couples have the right to adopt
children and laws that prevent them from doing so violate their
2002 Sep 10, Switzerland became
the 190th member of the UN, preserving its historic neutrality but
stepping more actively onto the world stage.
2002 Sep 11, With words of
comfort and resolve, President Bush joined the nation in remembering
"how it began and who fell first" in the terrorist attacks one year
earlier. Memorial ceremonies were tinged with fear the anniversary
could spark repeat attacks.
(Reuters, 9/11/02)(AP, 9/11/03)
2002 Sep 11, Kim Hunter (79),
film actress, died. She won a 1951 supporting Oscar for her role as
Stella in "A Streetcar Named Desire."
(SFC, 9/12/02, p.A26)
2002 Sep 11, Johnny Unitas
(b.1933), Hall of Fame football quarterback, died in Baltimore. In
2006 Tom Callahan authored “Johnny U, The Life and Times of John
(SFC, 9/12/02, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/06, p.F3)
2002 Sep 11, George Shiynyuy
(38), a prominent Cameroon separatist leader, died in state custody,
hospital. Newspapers reported he was tortured to death.
2002 Sep 11, The Guatemala
Congress enacted a law that prohibited racial discrimination.
(SFC, 9/13/02, p.A11)
2002 Sep 11, The 21-member
Palestinian Cabinet resigned after Yasser Arafat lost a showdown
with parliament, the most serious challenge to the Palestinian
leader since he returned from exile in 1994.
2002 Sep 11, In Karachi,
Pakistan, 2 al Qaeda suspects were killed and 5 captured after
police stormed an apartment. Key al Qaeda member Ramzi Binalshibh,
who is wanted by Germany for his alleged role in planning and
carrying out the hijacked plane attacks on the US, was arrested
after a long running gun battle in Pakistan.
(SFC, 9/12/02, p.A3)(AP, 9/14/02)
2002 Sep 11, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir Islamic militants killed Mushtaq Ahmad
Lone (44), a state law minister and legislative candidate. 15 others
were killed in 2 other attacks.
(SFC, 9/12/02, p.A5)
2002 Sep 11, In Russia Pres.
Putin threatened military strikes on Georgia to defend itself from
(SFC, 9/12/02, p.A7)
2002 Sep 12, Pres. Bush
addressed the UN and laid out his case against Iraq's Pres. Saddam
Hussein. Bush told skeptical world leaders at the United Nations to
confront the "grave and gathering danger" of Saddam Hussein's Iraq,
or to stand aside as the United States acted. Bush was expected to
announce US plans to rejoin Unesco, headquartered in Paris. France
favored a demand for weapons inspectors in Iraq along with force if
(WSJ, 9/12/02, p.A1,4)(SFC, 9/13/02, p.A1)(AP,
2002 Sep 12, L. Dennis
Kozlowski (55), former CEO of Tyco Int'l. was indicted along with
Mark Swartz, financial adviser, for a $600 million racketeering
scheme. 3 former Tyco International executives were charged with
looting the conglomerate of hundreds of millions of dollars; all
three pleaded innocent at their arraignment in New York.
(SFC, 9/13/02, p.B1)(AP, 9/12/03)(WSJ, 10/30/03,
2002 Sep 12, In Union City,
Ca., 3 people were found slain at a rented home in Compton Court.
Arrests in 2006 linked the triple slaying to a feud over ecstasy
(SFC, 8/14/06, p.B2)
2002 Sep 12, Tahitian
authorities found a 55-foot catamaran, the Hakuna Matata, that
belonged to former NBA star Bison Dele (b.1969 as Brian Carson
Williams). His brother, Kevin Williams (Miles Dabord) was seen
docking the catamaran on July 16 in Taravao, Tahiti. Williams met
his girlfriend on July 8 in Papeete and described a scuffle that
left 3 people dead. He was last seen Sept. 5 in Phoenix, when he
tried to pick up an order for $500,000 in American Double Eagle
coins using his brother's passport. A comatose Williams was arrested
Sep 19 at a San Diego hospital and died Sep 27.
(SFC, 9/14/02, p.A15)(SFC, 9/17/02, p.A1)(SFC,
9/19/02, p.A7)(SFC, 9/20/02, p.A1)(SFC, 9/21/02, p.A1)(SFC, 9/28/02,
2002 Sep 12, In Maine 14 guest
workers from Honduras and Guatemala were drowned when their van fell
off a bridge into the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.
(SFC, 9/13/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep 12, The World Bank
pledged $120 million to help Angola rebuild after more than two
decades of civil war, but told its leaders they must take measures
to dispel suspicion of high-level corruption.
2002 Sep 12, In western
Guatemala heavy rains loosened a mountainside, burying about 30
homes and killing at least 17 people. Officials said that nearly two
dozen others were missing.
2002 Sep 12, In Nicaragua
prosecutors have filed new corruption charges against Amelia Aleman,
sister of former President Arnoldo Aleman, accusing her of
embezzling funds from a state-owned construction company and
ordering its work force to handle her private home-improvement
2002 Sep 13, President Bush
said it was "highly doubtful" that Saddam Hussein would comply with
demands that he disarm and avoid a confrontation with the world
community. And he mocked Democrats and other lawmakers who wanted UN
action before a congressional vote on confronting Saddam.
2002 Sep 13, Argentine police
arrested Luis Ramirez Pineda (77), a retired Chilean army general,
at a Buenos Aires hotel on an international warrant for alleged
involvement in human rights abuses stemming from the 1973 coup in
2002 Sep 13, It was reported
that political theater in Brazil had taken on a new grass-roots form
called the Theater of the Oppressed, wherein spectators stepped into
scenes in "interventions" to take the part of the underdog.
(WSJ, 9/13/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 13, In Guatemala
Miguel Angel Orozco (33), a policeman who had shot a woman, was
seized and burned to death by an angry mob in Coatepeque. Radio
stations quoted witnesses as saying Orozco had been drunk at the
2002 Sep 13, Four Palestinians
were killed in Gaza, including three in an explosion at a home
believed to harbor a bomb workshop. Elsewhere, a Palestinian gunman
died in a firefight with Israeli soldiers.
2002 Sep 13, Iraq will pay up
to $5,000 each to Palestinians whose home is demolished in the
Israeli campaign against suspected militants, a pro-Iraqi group said
Friday, hinting also that Iraq is supplying weapons to the
2002 Sep 13, A top Iraqi
official said Baghdad opposes the return of U.N. weapons inspectors
and President Bush's speech to the United Nations was "full of
lies." Iraq will attack Israel if it takes part in a U.S. strike
against President Hussein's government, an Iraqi minister said in
2002 Sep 13, In Nepal 9 police
officers were killed when their jeep drove over a land mine. The
6-year Maoist insurgency has left nearly 5,000 people dead.
(SFC, 9/14/02, p.A10)
2002 Sep 13, Peru's Pres.
Alejandro Toledo signed a $50 million loan agreement with World Bank
to provide fresh water and sanitation facilities to more than a
million people in rural areas of Peru.
2002 Sep 13, Foreign ministers
of the U.N. Security Council's permanent five nations said that
Iraq's refusal to obey past U.N. resolutions "is a serious matter
and that Iraq must comply." Russia, Europe and key Arab states piled
pressure on Iraq on Friday to readmit U.N. weapons inspectors to
avert possible U.S.-led military action.
(AP, 9/13/02)(Reuters, 9/13/02)
2002 Sep 13, In South Africa
the Italian ship, the Jolly Rubino, that ran aground within
the boundaries of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, began leaking
oil and was in danger of breaking up, according to conservation
officials and a salvage company.
2002 Sep 14, President Bush
said the United States was willing to take Iraq on alone if the
United Nations failed to "show some backbone" by confronting Saddam
2002 Sep 14, In Lackawanna, New
York, 5 men of Yemeni descent were charged with supporting foreign
terrorist organizations. They trained in an al Qaeda camp run by
Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network in the spring of 2001. A 6th
member of the cell was arrested in Bahrain. All 6 were indicted Oct
21. In 2003 Mukhtar al-Bakri was sentenced to 10 years, Yasein Taher
to 9 years. All terms ranged from 7-10 years.
(AP, 9/15/02)(SFC, 9/17/02, p.A12)(SFC, 10/22/02,
p.A7)(SFC, 12/5/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 12/18/03, p.A1)
2002 Sep 14, Lolita Torres
(72), a singer and one of the top actresses of Argentina's golden
era of cinema, died of complications from a lung infection.
2002 Sep 14, In China 38 (49)
people died and hundreds were hospitalized with food poisoning after
eating breakfast snacks, sesame cakes, fried dough sticks and fried
glutinous rice balls, in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing. A man
jealous of a business rival later confessed to spiking his
competitor's breakfast snacks with rat poison.
(Reuters, 9/14/02)(Reuters, 9/17/02)(WSJ,
2002 Sep 14, In Congo DRC it
was reported that some 1,200 people had died from a cholera epidemic
and that another 18,000 were infected.
(SFC, 9/14/02, p.A20)
2002 Sep 14, In Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic, demonstrators threw homemade firebombs at police
who retaliated with tear gas during a fourth day of violent protests
over electricity blackouts that have left 2 dead.
2002 Sep 14, In France Tim
Montgomery, American sprinter, set a 9.78 second record in the
100-meter dash at the IAAF Grand Prix in Paris. In 2004 he admitted
to using steroids and a growth hormone. In 2005 he was banned from
track for 2 years and his 2001-2005 records were expunged.
(SFC, 6/24/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/14/05, p.A1)
2002 Sep 14, In Italy tens of
thousands of protesters rallied in central Rome, accusing
conservative Premier Silvio Berlusconi of using political power for
his personal benefit, and saying opposition parties were not doing
enough about it.
2002 Sep 14, In Ivory Coast’s
Azagny National Park there were only 39,000 western chimpanzees left
of an original 600,000. The western chimpanzee, one of four
subspecies of the common chimpanzee, was already extinct in the wild
in Benin, Gambia and Togo. It was almost extinct in Senegal, Burkina
Faso, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Ghana.
2002 Sep 14, President Emile
Lahoud said Lebanon will start pumping water from a shared border
river for its southern villages despite Israeli military threats.
2002 Sep 14, In Liberia Pres.
Charles Taylor lifted the state of emergency he imposed eight months
ago, declaring that the rebel insurrection against his government
had been all but crushed.
2002 Sep 14, In Macedonia an
ethnic Albanian was killed and two were wounded in a clash with
police, as tensions soared on the eve of key elections.
2002 Sep 14, South and North
Korea have set a date to begin mine clearing and establish a
military hotline during reconstruction of railway links across their
fortified border divided for 50 years.
2002 Sep 14, In Syria 2 buses
collided in the northeast, killing 13 people and injuring four
2002 Sep 15, U.S. and British
warplanes bombed Iraqi installations in the southern no-fly zone.
Major air defense sites were being targeted.
(AP, 9/15/02)(SFC, 9/17/02, p.A12)
2002 Sep 15, In Knoxville,
Tennessee, a Norfolk Southern train derailed near and one car with
93,000 pounds of sulfuric acid ruptured. The liquid acid vaporized
creating a toxic cloud.
(SFC, 9/16/02, p.A7)
2002 Sep 15, Thousands of
Muslims gathered at a radical Islamic conference in London to
confront what organizers said was a choice between accepting life
under a "colonialist world view" or being labeled terrorists.
2002 Sep 15, Jews in Israel
marked Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year.
2002 Sep 15, In Macedonia the
opposition led by Branko Crvenkovski swept the ruling coalition from
power in the country's first elections since last year's armed
uprising. Premier Ljubco Georgievski confirmed the nationalists'
(AP, 9/16/02)(WSJ, 9/16/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 15, At least 5 Iraqi
agents graduated from a 2-week course in surveillance techniques at
the "Special Training Center" in Moscow.
(SSFC, 4/13/03, p.A1)
2002 Sep 15, Sweden's voters
bucked the conservative trend in Europe, reaffirming support for the
country's generous welfare system. The ruling Social Democrats
claimed victory in the national elections.
2002 Sep 15, Derek Davies (71),
who ran the Far Eastern Economic Review for 25 years and turned the
magazine into a leading source of English-language news and analysis
about Asia died in France.
2002 Sep 16, In Argentina a bus
filled with Catholic pilgrims fell into a deep gorge some 50 miles
from Catamarca, killing 38 and injuring 27.
2002 Sep 16, In Chechnya a land
mine planted at a busy intersection in the capital Grozny exploded
as a passenger bus drove by, and 19 people were killed and 20 others
wounded. 3 suspects in the blast were detained.
(AP, 9/16/02)(AP, 9/17/02)
2002 Sep 16, European political
and business officials gathered for a two-day summit on the lagging
economy and the last snags to expanding the European Union into
2002 Sep 16, Indian-ruled
Kashmir ended the first stage of state assembly elections against a
backdrop of violence and in the shadow of a tense confrontation
between nuclear powers India and Pakistan. Indian troops killed 9
suspected Islamic rebels in a border sweep hours before the
elections. A 44% turnout was reported.
(Reuters, 9/16/02)(WSJ, 9/16/02, p.A1)(SFC,
2002 Sep 16, Iraq said it would
allow UN weapons inspectors unconditional access to suspected
weapons sites. Naji Sabri, Iraq's minister of foreign affairs,
addressed the letter to UN Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan. The inspection
commission, headed by Hans Blix, is responsible for overseeing the
destruction of Iraq's chemical and biological weapons and the
long-range missiles to deliver them. Core staff: 63 people from 17
(SFC, 9/17/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/17/02, p.A3)(AP,
2002 Sep 16, In Lagos, Nigeria,
an accidental factory fire complex fire left at least 15 dead.
Thousands of rioters soon burned and looted the factory. 45 bodies
were later recovered.
(AP, 9/17/02)(WSJ, 9/19/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 16, In Singapore
authorities announced the arrests of 21 men they identified as
members of an extremist Islamic organization. The men were initially
detained in August and linked to Riduan Isamuddin, an Indonesian
(SFC, 9/17/02, p.A12)(SFC, 9/20/02, p.A14)
2002 Sep 16, Sri Lanka's
government and Tamil Tiger rebels began peace talks brokered by
Norway in Thailand.
(Reuters, 9/16/02)(SFC, 9/16/02, p.A7)(WSJ,
2002 Sep 16, In Ukraine, some
15,000 demonstrators marched in Kiev and tens of thousands of others
gathered in public squares around the country, demanding that
President Leonid Kuchma resign or call new elections.
2002 Sep 17, US Constitution
Day: Article 1, Section 8: "The power to declare war rests with
(SFC, 9/15/02, p.D4)
2002 Sep 17, The United States
and its key global partners in Middle East peacemaking agreed to try
to establish a provisional Palestinian state next year.
2002 Sep 17, The US "Religious
Congregations & Membership: 2000" study was released. It counted
some 62 million Catholics as the top of 15 faiths and listed the
Mormons as the fastest growing with 4.2 million members.
(SFC, 9/18/02, p.A3)
2003 Sep 17, NBA star Patrick
Ewing announced his retirement as a player.
2002 Sep 17, Elizabeth Coblentz
(66), Amish cooking columnist, died. Her cook books included "The
Amish Cook Cookbook" and "An Amish Christmas."
(SFC, 9/23/02, p.B5)
2002 Sep 17, The foreign
secretaries of Belize and Guatemala announced a proposed border
settlement in their countries. The proposal retains the border
between the two countries established in a 1959 treaty, which
Guatemala has rejected, and suggests a series of measures aimed at
2002 Sep 17, UN Weapons
inspectors and Iraqi officials agreed to meet in Vienna in 10 days
to complete arrangements for the inspectors' return. The UN said
Iraq had abandoned its illegal surcharges in the oil-for-food
(AP, 9/17/02)(WSJ, 9/18/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 17, Kim Jong-il
apologized to Japanese PM Junichiro Koizumi for abductions of
Japanese citizens and offered concessions on security issues of
global concern. Both leaders exchanged apologies. Of 11 Japanese on
an official North Korea list of those who were kidnapped in the
1970s and 1980s, only 4 were still alive. Details of the kidnapped
were made public Oct 2. North Korea announced that it will
indefinitely extend its moratorium on missile testing as part of the
North Korea-Japan Pyongyang Declaration signed during a meeting
between Japanese PM Junichiro Koizumi and North Korean leader Kim
(AP, 9/17/02)(SFC, 10/3/02,
2002 Sep 17, In Paraguay police
fired tear gas and water cannons to clear thousands of
anti-government demonstrators from the capital's main square,
injuring at least 40 protesters.
2002 Sep 17, Rwanda began
withdrawing troops from eastern Congo as part of an agreement signed
with the Congolese government to end the four-year civil war in
Africa's third-largest nation.
2002 Sep 18, The Bush
administration pressed Congress to take the lead in authorizing
force against Iraq, with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld
asserting, "It serves no U.S. or U.N. purpose to give Saddam Hussein
excuses for further delay."
2002 Sep 18, Bob Hayes (59),
former Olympic gold medal sprinter (1964) and Dallas Cowboy, died.
(WSJ, 9/20/02, p.A1)(NW, 9/30/02, p.15)
2002 Sep 18, A French appeals
court ordered wartime collaborator Maurice Papon freed, accepting
his lawyers' arguments that the 92-year-old is too sick to finish
his 10-year sentence for helping send Jews to Nazi death camps.
2002 Sep 18, In Srinagar,
Kashmir, 2 ruling party workers were gunned down and a ruling
lawmaker was attacked ahead of the second round of voting in a state
election dogged by anti-poll violence that left 13 people dead.
(Reuters, 9/18/02)(SFC, 9/19/02, p.A10)
2002 Sep 18, A Palestinian
suicide bomber blew himself up at a bus stop in the Arab-Israeli
village of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel, wounding several people.
2002 Sep 18, Abu Salem, alleged
terrorist mastermind, Mafia boss and one of India's most wanted men,
was arrested in Portugal. Salem is accused by Indian police of being
involved in the country's worst bombing attack, which killed 257
people in Bombay in 1993, as well as a string of murder and
2002 Sep 18, The World Bank
reported that the Vietnamese natural environment, which supports one
of the world's most biologically diverse ecosystems, has
deteriorated rapidly over the past 10 years.
2002 Sep 19, President Bush
asked Congress for authority to "use all means," including military
force if necessary, to disarm and overthrow Iraqi leader Saddam
Hussein if he did not quickly meet United Nations demands to abandon
all weapons of mass destruction.
2002 Sep 19, Kansas City first
base coach Tom Gamboa was attacked without warning by two fans, a
father and son, who came out of the seats at Comiskey Park. The
father, 34-year-old William Ligue Jr., and his 15-year-old son later
2002 Sep 19, Scientists urged
stronger warning labels for acetaminophen, a painkiller used in
numerous products including Tylenol. Overdose caused liver damage
and annual deaths numbered some 100.
(SFC, 9/20/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep 19, In Colombia Army
troops killed 21 guerrillas on 23 fronts and freed 2 kidnapped
civilians. A 3rd hostage died in the fighting.
(SFC, 9/20/02, p.A12)
2002 Sep 19, German police
stormed homes and froze bank accounts across the country after
outlawing 16 more groups linked to a jailed Islamic militant accused
of plotting an airplane attack in Turkey.
2002 Sep 19, Ivory Coast's
former junta leader, Gen. Robert Guei, was killed after heavily
armed forces attacked government and security installations in
Abidjan and other cities in the West African country.
2002 Sep 19, In Nigeria Ijaw
tribe militants captured seven foreign-owned oil facilities and
threatened to invade dozens more in a bid to force the government to
change election boundaries they say favor a rival tribe.
(AP, 9/20/02)(SFC, 9/21/02, p.A6)
2002 Sep 19, North Korea
announced it had made the city of Sinuiju on its border with China a
"special administrative region," a move South Korean media said was
the first step towards creating a new economic zone. The project was
soon mothballed after its first governor, Yang Bin, was jailed in
China for tax evasion. Yang Bin was formally sentenced in July 2003
for 18 years, and was fined for 2.3 million renminbi.
(Reuters, 9/19/02)(Econ, 10/2/10,
2002 Sep 19, A Palestinian blew
himself up on a crowded bus in downtown Tel Aviv, killing at least
five other people and wounding 49. It was the second suicide bombing
in two days after a six-week lull.
2002 Sep 19-20, The Colombian
air force bombarded two rebel camps in northwest Colombia, killing
an estimated 200 insurgents.
2002 Sep 20, President Bush
appealed to a reluctant Russian President Vladimir Putin to back a
new U.N. resolution that would threaten Iraq with war if it did not
disarm; Russian officials indicated there might be room for
2002 Sep 20, It was reported
that cancer in Melanoma patients went into remission following
injections of their own T-cells.
(WSJ, 9/20/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 20, Scientists urged
stronger warning labels for aspirin, ibuprofen and similar
painkillers due to the risk of ulcers.
(SFC, 9/20/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep 20, William Rosenberg
(86), founder of the Dunkin' Donuts chain, died in Mashpee, Mass.
2002 Sep 20, A riot in an
overcrowded Dominican prison left 30 inmates dead and 48 others
injured, 12 critically. Most of the deaths were by smoke inhalation.
(AP, 9/20/02)(AP, 2/16/12)
2002 Sep 20, In India one man
was killed and 5 others injured when police opened fire to disperse
groups of Hindus and Muslims fighting in western Gujarat state.
2002 Sep 20, Israel tightened
its siege on Yasser Arafat, using tanks to destroy a stairwell in
his compound, digging a deep trench and running coils of barbed wire
around his offices.
2002 Sep 20, Rebel soldiers dug
in at two Ivory Coast cities, reinforcing positions with heavy
weapons and handing out uniforms and guns to recruits, a day after
the government said it had crushed a bloody coup attempt.
2002 Sep 20, In southern Russia
a collapsing glacier triggered an avalanche of ice and mud, burying
the village of Nizhny Karmadon in the southern republic of North
Ossetia, and killing as many as 100 people.
2002 Sep 20, Necdet Kent (91),
Turkish diplomat in France (1941-1944), died in Istanbul. He gave
Turkish citizenship to dozens of Turkish Jews living in France who
did not have proper identity papers to save them from deportation to
the Nazi gas chambers.
2002 Sep 20, In Yemen 2
suspected members of al-Qaida were killed in a gunbattle and three
others were arrested after security forces raided several homes
looking for members of the terrorist network.
2002 Sep 21, Erika Harold, Miss
Illinois, was crowned in Atlantic City, NJ, as Miss America 2003.
(SSFC, 9/22/02, p.A2)
2002 Sep 21, Angelo Buono Jr.,
whose gruesome killing of young Los Angeles women in the 1970s
earned him the nickname Hillside Strangler, died in a California
prison; he was 67.
2002 Sep 21, In Indonesia 10
people were killed and 15 wounded in an explosion at a fireworks
factory in the town of Slawi in Central Java province.
2002 Sep 21, Iraq rejected U.S.
efforts to secure a U.N. resolution threatening war, with Iraqi
state-run radio announcing Baghdad will not abide by unfavorable new
resolutions adopted by the U.N. Security Council.
2002 Sep 21, In Liberia
government forces and rebels battled for at least three northern and
northwestern towns in a new outbreak of fighting near the border
2002 Sep 21, Explosions rocked
Yasser Arafat's compound, including one that showered him with
debris, as the Israeli army systematically blew up or bulldozed
nearly every building around him in the Palestinian Authority's
2002 Sep 21, In Slovakia
Vladimir Meciar, the authoritarian former prime minister, appeared
to edge out his rivals in elections, but he was without the support
needed to catapult him to power in the face of united opposition.
2002 Sep 22, The White House
drama "The West Wing" won its third consecutive Emmy as best drama
series; Jennifer Aniston won for best actress in Friends, which won
for the best comedy series.
(SFC, 9/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 22, Gerhard
Schroeder's Social Democrats held onto power in Germany's closest
postwar election, but the chancellor will face a tougher opposition
as he tries to reduce unemployment and revive the economy. The
parliamentary elections pitted center-left Chancellor Gerhard
Schroeder against conservative challenger, Bavarian governor Edmund
(Reuters, 9/22/02)(AP, 9/23/02)
2002 Sep 22, In the Ivory Coast
thousands of angry civilians marched through a rebel-held city of
Bouake, screaming anti-government slogans and cheering the
insurgents behind this West African nation's bloodiest military
2002 Sep 22, In Kashmir 6
police were wounded and one Muslim militant killed following an
attack on a police compound in Srinagar.
(SSFC, 9/22/02, p.A12)
2002 Sep 22, In Nepal Maoist
rebels fighting the constitutional monarchy have called for a
three-day countrywide strike aimed at disrupting general elections
slated to begin on November 13. The army killed 76 rebels over the
last 2 days.
(Reuters, 9/22/02)(SFC, 9/23/02, p.A8)(SFC,
2002 Sep 22, Thousands of
Palestinians, many defying military curfews, poured into West Bank
and Gaza streets to protest Israel's assault on Yasser Arafat's
headquarters, and 5 demonstrators were killed by army fire.
(AP, 9/22/02)(WSJ, 9/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 22, Switzerland held a
referendum on the use of tons of "excess" gold sold weekly from the
vaults of Switzerland's central bank. The government wants to split
the money three ways: a third to Swiss cantons, or states, a third
to its social security program exclusively for Swiss residents and a
third to be divided evenly between self-help projects for use at
home and abroad.
2002 Sep 23, The Bush
administration asked a federal appeals court to strike down Oregon's
(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep 23, A 24-count
indictment charging conspiracy, securities fraud and wire fraud was
filed against the founding family and two executives of bankrupt
cable company Adelphia Communications Corporation.
2002 Sep 23, Governor Gray
Davis signed a law making California the first state to offer
workers paid family leave.
(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A1)(AP, 9/23/03)
2002 Sep 23, Hong Im Ballenger,
a beauty shop manager in Baton Rouge, La., was shot to death. Her
murder was later attributed to John Allen Muhammed, the Washington
(SFC, 11/1/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep 23, Rachel Burkheimer
(18) of Marysville, Wa., was shot to death by her boyfriend John
Anderson. On Oct 5 Matthew Durham led police to her body. 8 people
were later arrested for her murder. In 2004 Yusef Jihad, head of a
gang involved in the killing, was convicted of 1st degree murder.
Anderson was convicted of aggravated 1st degree murder on May 19,
2004. In 2004 Tony Williams (22) was sentenced to 9 years in prison
and Maurice Rivas (20) to 26 years.
(ST, 4/6/04, p.B5)(ST, 5/20/04, p.B1)(ST,
2002 Sep 23, In Inner Mongolia,
China, a staircase guardrail gave way at a school, killing 21
2002 Sep 23, Georgia's
president sought to defuse an explosive war of words with Russia,
offering to let Moscow send unarmed military observers to the
mountain valley where Russia says terrorists are operating.
2002 Sep 23, War fever drove
U.S. oil prices to a new 19-month high as dealers took fright at the
growing threat of a U.S. assault on Iraq.
2002 Sep 23, Twenty five
leaders from Asia and the European Union gathered for a two-day
summit expected to focus on North Korea, the fight against
international terrorism and economic cooperation.
2002 Sep 23, Hurricane Isidore
left two dead and 300,000 homeless in Mexico's Yucatan and moved
toward the U.S. Gulf coast.
2002 Sep 23, In Kashmir Muslim
separatists killed 10 people in grenade attacks on polling stations
to frighten voters.
(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A13)
2002 Sep 23, Nepali troops
fought a fierce battle with Maoist rebels and killed 24 guerrillas.
The death toll from the fighting took the number of insurgents
killed in the last five days to 143.
2002 Sep 23, A defiant Yasser
Arafat dug in at his besieged West Bank compound, rejecting Israel's
demand to hand over the names of all those holed up inside.
2002 Sep 23, A Palestinian
gunman opened fire on visitors attending Jewish holiday celebrations
In Hebron, killing a man and wounding three of his sons.
2002 Sep 24, The US Census
Bureau reported a rise in the poverty rate to 11.7%, with 32.9
million people classified as poor. It was the 1st rise in 8 years.
(WSJ, 9/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 24, The annual $500,00
"genius award" MacArthur grants were given to 24 men and women
including David B. Goldstein, energy specialist at the Natural
Resources Defense Council in SF for his work on energy-efficient
(SFC, 9/25/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 9/25/02, p.B1)
2002 Sep 24, The Dow Jones
industrials dropped nearly 190 points to hit a four-year low. The
Federal Reserve voted to keep U.S. interest rates steady for now
despite rare dissent within its ranks.
(AP, 9/24/02)(Reuters, 9/24/02)
2002 Sep 24, British Prime
Minister Tony Blair asserted that Iraq had a growing arsenal of
chemical and biological weapons and planned to use them, as he
unveiled an intelligence dossier to a special session of Parliament.
2002 Sep 24, Youssouf Togoimi,
rebel head of the Movement for Democracy and Justice in Chad and a
former minister in the government of President Idriss Deby, died
from wounds suffered after his vehicle struck a land mine Aug 28.
Togoimi died in a hospital in neighboring Libya where he was flown
2002 Sep 24, The Danish
government announced that the US will return to Denmark a section of
the U.S. air base at Thule in northern Greenland that was created in
2002 Sep 24, In India commandos
stormed the Swaminarayan Hindu temple in Gandhinagar to try to flush
out gunmen who killed 32 Hindus and wounded over 70. Two attackers
were killed the next day after a 14-hour siege.
(Reuters, 9/24/02)(SFC, 9/25/02, p.A11)(WSJ,
2002 Sep 24, Iraq dismissed a
British government report that said Saddam Hussein is pursuing
chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
2002 Sep 24, Allied aircraft
struck Iraqi air defense facilities again in a double strike at two
southeastern installations. Precision-guided weapons were aimed at a
radar facility near Al Amarah about 165 miles southeast of Baghdad
and a defense communications facility at Tallil, about 170 miles
southeast of the capital.
2002 Sep 24, Israel
defied a U.N. Security Council demand to end its six-day siege of
Yasser Arafat's devastated West Bank headquarters. 9 Palestinians
were killed in an Israeli strike against alleged munitions factories
and other targets in Gaza City. Israeli troops demolished three
houses of Palestinian terror suspects, while Jewish settler leaders
inaugurated a new Jewish settlement near the Palestinian city of
(AP, 9/24/02)(AP, 9/25/02)
2002 Sep 24, In Spain a
booby-trapped sign bearing the logo of the armed Basque separatist
group ETA exploded, killing one police officer and wounding three
2002 Sep 24, Tropical Storm
Lili unleashed a mudslide that buried a woman and three of her
children in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
2002 Sep 25, The annual Alaska
oil dividend was announced to be $1,540.76.
(SFC, 9/27/02, p.A7)
2002 Sep 25, US military C-130s
and US troops landed in Ivory Coast to rescue Americans. American
schoolchildren escaped a rebel-held Ivory Coast city that was under
siege as US special forces and French troops moved in to rescue
Westerners caught in the West African nation's bloody uprising.
(AP, 9/25/02)(AP, 9/25/07)
2002 Sep 25, Tropical Storm
Isidore drenched the Gulf Coast.
2002 Sep 25, Explosives
(pentrite) were discovered on a Moroccan jet after passengers left
the flight at an airport in eastern France. There was no detonator
attached to the 3 1/2 ounces of explosives discovered in the
passenger section of a Royal Air Maroc airplane after it landed at
the Metz-Nancy-Lorraine airport.
2002 Sep 25, Indian forces
killed five suspected Islamic militants trying to cross into Indian
Kashmir from Pakistan as new tensions were stoked between the
nuclear rivals over an attack on an Indian temple.
2002 Sep 25, Italian Premier
Silvio Berlusconi urged the United Nations to come up with a "new,
strongly worded, unambiguous and exacting" resolution on Iraq that
could authorize the use of force if Baghdad fails to comply with it.
2002 Sep 25, In Pakistan the
Islamic Martyrs Brigade (Lashkar Fedayan-e-Islami) held a secret
meeting in Peshawar and announced planned suicide attacks against
American troops in Afghanistan.
(SFC, 9/27/02, p.A18)
2002 Sep 25, In Pakistan 2
gunmen burst into the offices of a Christian welfare organization in
the city of Karachi and opened fire, killing six people, three of
them Christians, and wounding two others.
(Reuters, 9/25/02)(SFC, 9/26/02, p.A22)
2002 Sep 25-2002 Sep 26, Over
800 passengers and crew were believed to have perished when the
Senegal’s crowded MS Joola, a state-run ferry, heaved to its side
shortly before midnight in a fierce storm off the coast of Gambia.
The toll was later raised to 1,863 dead. The ship had been pushed
into service while still needing vital repairs. The ferry was
licensed to carry 550 people but had 1,927 passengers on board, of
whom only 64 survived.
(WSJ, 9/30/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/24/06, p.A12)(Econ,
2/24/07, p.58)(AFP, 3/19/12)
2002 Sep 26, WorldCom former
controller David Myers pleaded guilty to securities fraud, saying he
was told by "senior management" to falsify records in what became
the largest corporate accounting scandal in US history. Myers was
later sentenced to one year and one day in prison.
2002 Sep 26, Gap Inc, 6 other
US firms and 23 local manufacturers settled a class-action lawsuit
over alleged sweatshop abuses on Saipan. The deal created a $20
million fund for back wages and a monitoring system.
(SFC, 9/27/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 26, In Norfolk,
Nebraska, 3 men shot and killed 4 bank employees and a customer at a
US Bank branch. Jose Sandoval, Jorge Galindo and Erick Fernando Vela
were arrested after a few hours 75 miles away. A 4th suspect was
arrested later. 3 were convicted of first-degree murder while a
fourth pleaded guilty.
(SFC, 9/27/02, p.A4)(AP, 9/26/07)
2002 Sep 26, US immigration
officials seized Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian, after his name
popped up on a watch list at JFK. US officials refused to allow
legal council or a phone call. The CIA questioned him and then
handed him over to Syrian intelligence where he was held and
tortured for 10 months before being released. The case came to be
called an instance of "torture by proxy." In 2006 a Canadian
government report said the US "very likely" sent the software
engineer to Syria, where he was tortured, based on the false
accusation by Canadian authorities that he was suspected of links to
(SSFC, 1/4/04, p.D1)(AP, 9/19/06)
2002 Sep 26, A new edition of
the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary was published and contained
such new words as: Jedi, Klingons, Grinches, gearheads,
bunny-huggers and bunny-boilers.
2002 Sep 26, In Colombia
prosecutors accused 71 police officers, including a former top
anti-drug official, of taking more than $2 million in U.S. aid.
2002 Sep 26, In Guyana gunmen
opened fire at a bar popular with some ruling party members, killing
three people and injuring seven others, including the country's
chief prosecutor who was involved in a high-profile treason trial.
2002 Sep 26, Israeli helicopter
gunships fired missiles into Gaza City, killing two Palestinians in
an escalation of violence. The attack was bid to kill Hamas bomb
maker Mohammed Deif.
(AP, 9/26/02)(WSJ, 9/27/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 26, Zerah Warhaftig
(96), a signer of Israel's declaration of independence and a rescuer
of Jewish refugees during World War II, died.
2002 Sep 26, In Mexico Martha
Sahagun de Fox launched a conference of first ladies of the Americas
with a promise to forge creative answers to the problem of child
2002 Sep 26, NATO planned to
issued invitations in November to Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Expansion would commit
the current 19 members to defend the borders of the new members.
(SFC, 9/26/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 26, In Pakistan a
passenger train derailed as it crossed a weakened bridge in the
southwest, killing 16 people and injuring 70 others.
2002 Sep 26, A Russian military
helicopter was shot down in the Russian republic of Ingushetia near
the border with Chechnya, killing two crewmen. At least 14 Russian
servicemen were killed in fierce fighting with rebels.
(AP, 9/26/02)(SFC, 9/27/02, p.A10)
2002 Sep 26, In Venezuela
thousands took to the streets of Caracas to protest a decree giving
the government the authority to ban protests in several areas.
2002 Sep 27, President Bush
said the UN should have a chance to force Saddam Hussein to give up
his weapons of mass destruction before the US acted on its own
against Iraq, but told a Republican fund-raising event in Denver
that action had to come quickly.
2002 Sep 27, In Washington DC
some 1,500-2,000 activists protested the start of the annual
meetings of the World Bank and IMF. About 650 were arrested.
(SFC, 9/28/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep 27, Three U.S.
lawmakers, all Democrats, arrived in Baghdad to gauge the possible
effects of war on ordinary Iraqi citizens. The visit by Rep. Jim
McDermott of Washington and fellow House Democrats David Bonior of
Michigan and Mike Thompson of California followed a Sept. 14 visit
by a delegation led by Rep. Nick Rahall, a West Virginia Democrat.
2002 Sep 27, The federal
government increased the flow of water into the Klamath River from
Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon following the die-off of some 12,000
salmon in northern California.
(SFC, 9/28/02, p.A2)
2002 Sep 27, The DJIA fell 295
to 7701.45. Nasdaq fell 22.45 to 1199.16.
(SFC, 9/28/02, p.B1)
2002 Sep 27, All West Coast
ports shut down when the Pacific Maritime Assoc. locked out some
10,500 longshoremen in retaliation for work slowdowns. Contract
negotiations had recently deteriorated.
(SFC, 9/28/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 27, Charles Henri Ford
(94), poet and novelist, died in Manhattan. His work included "The
Young and Evil" (1933), considered by some as the 1st gay novel, and
"Water From a Bucket: A Diary, 1947-1957."
(SFC, 10/1/02, p.A18)
2002 Sep 27, In Australia a
federal judge formally gave control of a remote chunk of the
northwest slightly bigger than Greece to an Aboriginal tribe,
marking the end of six years of negotiations.
2002 Sep 27, Lord Ashdown
(b.1941) began serving as the international community's High
Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He ended his term May 30,
2002 Sep 27, East Timor, the
first country to be born in the 21st century, gained a seat at the
United Nations, swelling the membership roll to 191.
2002 Sep 27, In Lebanon tens of
thousands marched through the streets of Beirut chanting "death to
Israel" and "death to America," in support of Palestinians' third
year of uprising.
2002 Sep 27, Police in Lebanon
arrested Muhammad Sultan on charges of forging passports and
supporting a terrorist group based on German police investigations.
Sultan was released in 2004 after serving a 3½ year sentence.
(WSJ, 1/31/06, p.A6)
2002 Sep 27, A Mexican military
court charged three army officers (Gen. Francisco Quiros Hermosillo,
Brig. Gen. Mario Arturo Acosta Chaparro and Maj. Francisco
Barquin) with homicide in the killings of 143 leftist
activists and revolutionaries, the first prosecution of soldiers for
crimes committed during the so-called "dirty war" of the 1970s.
(AP, 9/27/02)(SFC, 9/28/02, p.A6)
2002 Sep 27, In Morocco 26
parties, nearly a dozen of them formed in the past two years,
contested parliamentary in elections. A fundamentalist party that
wants to apply Islamic law, performed strongly in elections. The
socialists of Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi finished first
with 50 seats, Jettou said. The conservative Istiqlal Party, the
socialists' coalition partner in the previous parliament, won 48
(AP, 9/26/02)(AP, 9/28/02)(AP, 9/29/02)(AP,
2002 Sep 27, Russian troops
used artillery overnight to block suspected rebels from crossing
into Chechnya through a forested part of the republic of Ingushetia
after firefights that left at least 17 Russian servicemen dead.
2002 Sep 27, In Sudan a thunder
storm killed 26 people in two separate accidents in Khartoum when a
Ferris wheel collapsed and a pleasure boat sank.
2002 Sep 28, In Washington DC
the World Bank and IMF agreed to speed efforts to develop a new
"sovereign bankruptcy" procedure for countries in debt crises.
Thousands demonstrated, but only 5 arrests were reported.
(SSFC, 9/29/02, p.A1,9)
2002 Sep 28, U.S. jets raided
the Basra civilian airport for the second time inside a week,
targeting its radar systems and the passenger terminals.
2002 Sep 28, Patsy Mink (74),
12-term Hawaii state representative, died in Honolulu.
(WSJ, 9/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 28, In India at least
14 people died when they thousands stampeded to board a train
following a political rally in Lucknow.
(SSFC, 9/29/02, p.A24)
2002 Sep 28, Iraq rejected a
U.S.-British plan for the United Nations to force President Saddam
Hussein to disarm and open his palaces for weapons searches.
2002 Sep 28, Kuwait closed its
last fiscal year with a $1.94 billion surplus, the National Bank of
2002 Sep 28, In South Africa a
commuter bus veered off a road and flipped several times down a
mountain pass, killing 21 people and injuring 52 in the Eastern
2002 Sep 28, In South Korea
torches from 44 diverse lands converged and rival South and North
Korean teams marched together as Asia kicked off its biggest
festival of sport.
2002 Sep 28, Sri Lanka and
Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged prisoners of war as part of the ongoing
peace process, and the rebels claimed they had no more prisoners in
2002 Sep 28, About 50,000
Taiwan teachers marched through the capital to demand the right to
form labor unions in the island's biggest protest in years.
2002 Sep 28, In Turkey
paramilitary police reported the seizure of 35 pounds of uranium
near the Syrian border and arrested two Turks who they said planned
to sell the weapons-grade substance. The amount was later changed to
3 ounces and then found to be inert.
(AP, 9/29/02)(SSFC, 9/29/02, p.A12)(AP, 9/30/02)
2002 Sep 28, Zimbabweans in
rural areas voted in elections for local councils, and the main
opposition party said hundreds of its candidates were barred from
running for office.
2002 Sep 29, West Coast ports
faced the 2nd lockout in 2 days as talks failed between the Pacific
Maritime Assoc. and the ILWU.
(SFC, 9/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 29, In Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, Charlie Young Jr. (36) was beaten to death by a mob of
youths after he punched and knocked out the tooth of a 14-year-old
who hit him with an egg.
(ADN, 10/8/02, p.A4)
2002 Sep 29, In Cambodia 2 nuns
and a monk burned to death in bathtubs of gasoline and three
suffered multiple stab wounds in Wat Thmar Sar. Police later
detained Dem Mam the leader of an extremist Buddhist cult.
2002 Sep 29, Cuba struck deals
to buy more than $66 million of American food during a mammoth
agribusiness show aimed at bringing more U.S. farm products to the
communist island. More contracts were expected.
2002 Sep 29, In Guatemala a bus
carrying at least 45 passengers plunged into the Selegua River, and
23 of them drowned.
(AP, 9/30/02)(AP, 10/3/02)
2002 Sep 29, Israel withdrew
forces from Yasser Arafat's headquarters compound Responding to U.S.
pressure, but said the hunt for men inside whom it accuses of
terrorism would continue. Some 250 Palestinian militiamen were
granted conditional freedom.
(AP, 9/29/02)(SFC, 9/30/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep 29, Hurricane
Lili killed 3 people in Jamaica and headed for Cuba.
2002 Sep 29, Serbian voters
picked a new president from among 11 candidates. Vojislav Kostunica
(31%) will face Deputy PM Miroljub Labus (28%), a pro-Western
candidate, in a runoff vote Oct 13 in Serbia's 1st presidential
election since the ouster of Slobodan Milosevic.
(AP, 9/29/02)(AP, 9/30/02)(SFC, 9/30/02, p.A16)
2002 Sep 29, A Saudi prince
signed deals worth $330 million to export Sudanese livestock and
build a five-star hotel in Sudan's capital.
2002 Sep 29, Rafael Santos
Torroella (88), an art historian and one of the world's leading
experts on Salvador Dali, died in Barcelona.
2002 Sep 29, Hans Peter Tschudi
(88), twice Swiss president (1965, 1970) and interior minister for
14 years, died.
2002 Sep 30, Sen. Robert
Torricelli, D-N.J., withdrew from his race for re-election over
allegations of accepting expensive gifts. NJ law barred parties from
replacing candidates less than 51 days before elections. Gov. James
E. McGreevey announced on Oct 1 that former Sen. Frank Lautenberg
(78) would replace Torricelli. The state Supreme Court ok'd the
replacement Oct 2.
(SFC, 10/1/02, p.A3)(SFC, 10/2/02, p.A7)(SFC,
2002 Sep 30, The DJIA fell 109
to 7591.90. The Nasdaq fell 27.1 to 1,172.
(SFC, 10/1/02, p.B1)
2002 Sep 30, The National
Intelligence Council said China, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and Russia
will have 50-75 million HIV-infected people by 2010, more than any
other 5 countries.
(SFC, 10/1/02, p.A5)
2002 Sep 30, It was reported
that asparagine, a naturally occurring amino acid, formed
acrylamide, a suspected carcinogen, when heated with certain sugars.
This reaction was believed to occur in the making of fried foods
such as potato chips and french fries.
(SFC, 9/30/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep, In Austria the Ars
Electronica Center in Linz held its annual 6-day festival with
prizes, installations, lectures, seminars and concerts featuring the
latest in digital and electronic media.
(WSJ, 9/25/02, p.D8)
2002 Sep, Hungary’s governing
coalition swept elections, winning the mayoral races in 17 of 23 big
cities, including Budapest, and a majority in 15 of 19 county
2002 Sep, In Ivory Coast a
nine-month civil war began. It pitted northern rebels, led by
Guillaume Soro, against President Laurent Gbagbo and fueled
anti-foreigner hatred in the south. Fighting killed more than 3,000
people, uprooted more than 1 million others and split the country
into the rebel-held north and loyalist south.
(AP, 4/14/04)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.43)
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