Today in History - January 30
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Jan 30, Henry II held a council at the Clarendon hunting lodge and
presented a document called the Constitutions of Clarendon. In
sixteen constitutions he sought less clerical independence and a
weaker connection with Rome. Thomas Becket, the archbishop of
Canterbury, refused to sign.
1384 Jan 30, Vytautas handed
over Samogitia to the Knights of the Cross and promised to serve as
a vassal to the order following receipt of Trakai.
1607 Jan 30, A sudden flood
around the Bristol Channel in southwest Britain killed at least
2,000 people. It was the worst natural disaster ever recorded in
(Econ, 5/5/07, p.101)
1647 Jan 30, King Charles I was
handed over to the English parliament.
1649 Jan 30, King Charles I of
England, who ruled from 1625-1649, was beheaded for treason at
Banqueting House, Whitehall, by the hangman Richard Brandon. He lost
his capital trial by one vote, 68-67. "For the people, and I truly
desire their liberty and freedom as much as anybody whomsoever, but
I must tell you that their liberty and their freedom consists in
having of government those laws by which their life and their goods
may be most their own. It is not for having a share in government,
sirs; that is nothing pertaining to them. A subject and a sovereign
are clean different things." Charles I was canonized by the church
of England 13 years later. Parliament became the supreme power under
the rule of Oliver Cromwell, who ruled over Parliament as Lord
Protector of the New Commonwealth from 1649-1658. He argued against
his soldiers having a voice in government because they owned no
property. He stated in so many words that government "has always
been, and should always continue to be, of property, by property,
and for property."
(SFEC, 8/11/96, p.T7)(V.D.-H.K.p.218)(WSJ,
5/6/97, p.A20)(HN, 1/30/99)(SFEC, 7/2/00, Z1 p.2)(WSJ, 2/7/03,
1649 Jan 30, Jester Muckle John
lost his job when King Charles 1 was beheaded.
1667 Jan 30, Lithuania, Poland
and Russia signed a 13.5 year treaty at Andrusov, near Smolensk.
Russia received Smolensk and Kiev.
1717 Jan 30, Surrounded by the
Russian army the Lithuanian-Polish parliament reduced its army by
half and acknowledged Russian protection.
1788 Jan 30, No. 47 of the
Federalist Papers, written by James Madison, was published: "The
Particular Structure of the New Government and the Distribution of
Power Among Its Different Parts." Here Madison wrote that each
branch of the government must exercize a measure of control or
agency over its fellow branches.
1798 Jan 30, A brawl broke out
in the House of Representatives in Philadelphia. Matthew Lyon of
Vermont spat in the face of Roger Griswold of Connecticut, who
responded by attacking him with a hickory walking stick. Lyon was
re-elected congressman while serving a jail sentence for violating
the Sedition Acts of 1798.
(AP, 1/30/98)(SFC, 4/27/00, p.A5)(WSJ, 10/29/04,
1799 Jan 30, The US Logan Act
was enacted. It prohibited citizens from working against the
government’s foreign policy.
1800 Jan 30, US population was
reported at 5,308,483; Black population 1,002,037 (18.9%).
1815 Jan 30, The burned Library
of Congress was reestablished with Jefferson's 6,500 volumes.
1820 Jan 30, Edward Bransfield
discovered Antarctica and claimed it for the UK.
1844 Jan 30, Richard Theodore
Greener became the first African American to graduate from Harvard
1847 Jan 30, The California
Star, founded by Sam Brannon, published the official name change of
Yerba Buena to San Francisco on this day. Mayor Washington Bartlett
had the town council approve the change. Lt. Bartlett's proclamation
changing the name Yerba Buena to San Francisco took effect.
1862 Jan 30, The USS Monitor, a
Union ironclad ship designed by John Ericsson, was launched into the
East River at Greenpoint, Long Island, under Captain John L. Worden.
It was the first warship equipped with a revolving turret. On March
6 it left NY Harbor and headed for Virginia to face the Confederate
(HN, 1/30/99)(AH, 12/02, p.8)(ON, 10/08, p.1)
1882 Jan 30, Franklin D.
Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945), was born
in Hyde Park, N.Y. He led the country out of the Great Depression
and through most of World War II.
(AP, 1/30/98)(HN, 1/30/99)(MC, 1/30/02)
1883 Jan 30, James Ritty and
John Birch received a U.S. patent for the first cash register.
1885 Jan 30, John Henry Towers,
naval and aviation hero, was born.
1889 Jan 30, Rudolf (b.1858),
Archduke of Austria, and his mistress, Marie Vetschera, were found
dead having committed a double suicide overnight. Their story was
later depicted by Hungarian filmmaker Miklos Jancso in his film
"Vices and Pleasures" (1976).
1894 Jan 30, Boris III
(d.1943), czar of Bulgaria (1918-43), was born.
(SFC, 9/6/00, p.A10)(MC, 1/30/02)
1894 Jan 30, Pneumatic hammer
was patented by Charles King of Detroit. [see May 19, 1892]
1900 Jan 30, John P. Parker
(b.1827), Ohio-based inventor and conductor on the Underground
Railway, died. His autobiography “His Promised Land: The
Autobiography of John P. Parker, Former Slave and Conductor on the
Underground Railway” was recounted in a series of interviews and
later edited by Stuart Seely Sprague and published in 1996.
1901 Jan 30, Women
Prohibitionists smashed 12 saloons in Kansas.
1903 Jan 30, Here is a live
operatic performance recording of the opening scene excerpt from Act
2 of Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci". It was recorded Live by Lionel
Mapleson at Metropolitan Opera House, New York, on a two minute Wax
1912 Jan 30, Barbara Tuchman,
U.S. historian best remembered for her book "The Guns of August,"
1912 Jan 30, The British House
of Lords opposed the House of Commons by rejecting home rule for
1916 Jan 30, In San Francisco
police Chief D.A. White issued orders to all commanders to carry out
a Police Commission program to clean out the Tenderloin. Chief White
said he will create a Moral Squad to enforce rules regulating
dancing and drinking throughout the city.
(SSFC, 1/29/17, DB p.50)
1916 Jan 30, Sir Clements
Markham (b.1830), English explorer and geographer, died.
1922 Jan 30, Dick Martin,
actor, comedian (Laugh-In), was born in Detroit, Mich.
1925 Jan 30, Turkish government
threw out Constantine VI, the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople.
1927 Jan 30, Olof Palme
(d.1986), PM of Sweden (1969-76, 1982-86), was born in Stockholm.
1931 Jan 30, Gene Hackman,
actor (Bonnie & Clyde, Under Fire, Superman), was born in Calif.
1931 Jan 30, The United States
awarded civil government to the Virgin Islands.
1933 Jan 30, The first episode
of the “Lone Ranger” radio program was broadcast on station WXYZ in
Detroit. The show was created by George Washington Trendle and Fran
Striker. The show ran for 21 years on ABC radio.
(AP, 1/30/98)(SFC, 12/29/99, p.A11)(MC, 1/30/02)
1933 Jan 30, German President
Paul von Hindenburg made Adolf Hitler chancellor. After World War I,
Germany fell into disarray and looked for a leader to strengthen it
again. Hitler had emerged after joining the Nazi Party in 1919 and
taking it over in 1921. In 1932 Hitler ran against von Hindenburg
and lost--but not by a wide margin. The Nazis won 230 seats in the
German parliament and continued to gain influence, stifling
democracy and communism by force and by making laws against them.
After Hindenburg's death in 1934, Hitler proclaimed himself Der
Führer of the Third Reich and continued as Germany's leader through
World War II. Gen. Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord tried to block the
appointment of Hitler as chancellor but was overruled by Pres.
(AP, 1/30/98)(HN, 1/30/99)(HNPD, 1/31/99)(SFC,
1936 Jan 30, Governor Harold
Hoffman ordered a new inquiry into the Lindbergh kidnapping.
1939 Jan 30, Felix Frankfurter
(1882-1965), Harvard law professor, was sworn in as the 80th US
Supreme Court Justice (1939-62). He retired in 1962. "There is no
inevitability in history except as men make it."
1941 Jan 30, Dick Cheney was
born in Lincoln, Neb. He served as chief of staff for Pres. Ford
from 1975-1977. He was a US Rep. From 1979-1989 and served as the
Sec. of Defense for pres. George H.W. Bush from 1989-1993. From 1995
to 2000 he served as the CEO of Halliburton Corp. and in 2000 was
chosen by Gov. George W. Bush as a running mate.
(WSJ, 7/26/00, p.A28)
1943 Jan 30, Fieldmarshal
Friedrich von Paulus surrendered himself and his staff to Red Army
troops in Stalingrad.
1944 Jan 30-1944 Feb 2, At
Cisterna, Italy, some 250-300 US Rangers died as part of the battle
of Anzio. 8 rangers escaped and hundreds were captured.
1945 Jan 30, US Army Rangers
and Filipino guerrillas executed a flawless rescue of 486 POWs from
Camp Cabanatuan north of Manila. In 2001 Hampton Sides authored
“Ghost Soldiers,” an account of the rescue.
(WSJ, 5/24/01, p.A20)(SSFC, 6/17/01, DB p.70)(AH,
1945 Jan 30, The Allies
launched a drive on the Siegfried line in Germany.
1945 Jan 30, Nazi SS guards
shot down an estimated 4,000 Jewish prisoners on the Baltic coast at
Palmnicken, Kaliningrad. The town was later renamed by the Russians
to Yantarny. Some 7,000 prisoners had been marched 25 miles from
Koenigsberg to a vacant lock factory at Palmnicken where they were
mowed down with machine guns. The prisoners had been vacated from a
network of 30 camps that made up Poland's Stutthoff concentration
camp. 90% of the Jews were women from Lithuania and Hungary.
(SFC, 1/31/00, p.C1)
1945 Jan 30,
The German liner "Wilhelm Gustloff" sank in the Baltic Sea between
the Bay of Danzig and the Danish island of Bornholm. An estimated
7000-8000 people, civilian refugees from East Prussia and wounded
German soldiers, drowned in the icy waters. Three torpedoes fired
from a Russian submarine had scored direct hits on the ship. The
result was the largest and most horrible naval disaster of all time.
1946 Jan 30, The 1st issue of
Franklin Roosevelt dime.
1948 Jan 30, Orville Wright
(b.1871), US aviation pioneer, died. In 1953 McGraw Hill published 2
volumes edited by Marvin W. McFarland: "The Papers of Wilbur and
(WUD, 1994, p.1647)(ON, SC, p.4)(MC, 1/30/02)
1948 Jan 30, Mohandas
Karamchand Gandhi (78) was assassinated by Nathuram Godse, a fellow
Hindu while walking to a prayer meeting in New Delhi a few minutes
after five o'clock in the evening. Godse felt that in trying to
achieve reconciliation between Hindus and Muslims, Gandhi had
betrayed the Hindu cause. Born into a family of merchants, Gandhi
studied law in England, where he was inspired by Henry David
Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" and developed his own philosophy of
peaceful resistance. After residing and practicing law in South
Africa for 20 years, Gandhi returned to India to campaign for home
rule and reconciliation of all classes and religious groups.
Convinced that India would never be free as part of the British
Empire, he demanded independence as payment for helping Britain win
World War II. Indian independence was achieved in 1947, but riots
broke out between Hindus and Muslims seeking the partition of the
country into India and Pakistan. Mahatma ("Great Soul") Gandhi was
on a hunger strike demanding an end to the violence when he was
murdered. The book “Gandhi the Man” by Eknath Easwaran was published
(AHD, 1971, p.542)(HFA, '96, p.40)(SFC, 1/31/97,
p.A13)(SFC,12/24/97, p.C6) (HNPD, 1/309)
1948 The seven sins according
to Mahatma Gandhi were: 1) wealth without work. 2) Pleasure without
conscience. 3) Knowledge without character. 4) Commerce without
morality. 5) Science without humanity. 6) Worship without sacrifice.
7) Politics without principal.
(SFEC, 1/23/00, Z1 p.2)
1949 Jan 30, In India, 100,000
people prayed at the site of Gandhi's assassination on the first
anniversary of his death.
1951 Jan 30, Ferdinand Porsche
(b.1875), German car inventor (Porsche), died.
1953 Jan 30, President Dwight
Eisenhower announced that he would pull the Seventh Fleet out of
Formosa to permit the Nationalists to attack Communist China.
1955 Jan 30, Jill Kinmont
Boothe (1936-2012), Los Angeles native and national women's slalom
champion, crashed and broke her neck in Alta, Utah, while trying to
make the US Olympic team. She was paralyzed below her shoulders and
would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair. Her skiing career
over, she learned to write, type and paint using her neck and
shoulder muscles with the aid of a hand brace.
1956 Jan 30, Elvis Presley
recorded his version of "Blue Suede Shoes."
1958 Jan 30, The play "Sunrise
at Campobello," by Dore Schary about Franklin D. Roosevelt's
struggle against polio, opened on Broadway with Ralph Bellamy as
1961 Jan 30, Dorothy Thompson
(b.1893), American journalist and radio broadcaster, died in Lisbon,
Portugal. In 1939 she was recognized by Time magazine as the second
most influential women in America next to Eleanor Roosevelt. In 2011
Susan Hertog authored “Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy
Thompson, New Women in Search of Love and War.”
1962 Jan 30, Two members of the
"Flying Wallendas" high-wire act were killed when their seven-person
pyramid collapsed during a performance in Detroit.
1964 Jan 30, The United States
launched Ranger 6 from Cape Canaveral. It was an unmanned spacecraft
carrying six television cameras that was to crash-land on the moon.
(AP, 1/30/98)(HN, 1/30/99)
1965 Jan 30, The state funeral
of Winston Churchill took place.
1968 Jan 30, The Viet Cong and
North Vietnamese Communist forces launched a surprise offensive on
the lunar New Year Tet holiday truce that became known as the Tet
Offensive. They struck in a coordinated attack on 36 of South
Vietnam’s 44 provincial capitals, and 70 other towns in the country.
Although the Communists were beaten back, the offensive was seen as
a major setback for the US and its allies.
1969 Jan 29, Allan Welsh Dulles
(b.1893), US diplomat, director (CIA 1953-61), died.
1972 Jan 30, In Londonderry
(Derry), Northern Ireland, British troops fired on a civil rights
march in the Bloody Sunday massacre. 13 people were killed by
soldiers of the First Parachute Regiment, six of whom were only 17.
The British embassy in Dublin was burned down. One man who was
photographed being arrested and taken into a British army Saracen
was later found shot dead. The march, which was called to protest
internment, was "illegal" according to British government
authorities. Internment without trial was introduced by the British
government on August 9, 1971. The British government-appointed
Widgery Tribunal found soldiers were not guilty of killing the 13
marchers. The 1997 book “Eyewitness Bloody Sunday” by Don Mullan
included 113 accounts by participants and bystanders. In 1998 an
independent commission said that the identities of the soldiers
would not be protected. In 2001 Martin McGuinness admitted that he
was 2nd in command of the IRA at the time of the massacre. The
Saville Inquiry heard its last oral testimony in 2004. A report in
2010, 12 years in the making, blamed British soldiers for the
killings. In 2019 a former British soldier was charged for the
killings of James Wray and William McKinney.
(SFEC, 12/22/96, Z1p.7)(SFC, 1/30/97,
p.A18)(SFEM, 1/18/98, p.11)(SFC, 12/18/98, p.D4)(SFC, 5/1/01,
p.A8)(Econ, 2/14/04, p.51)(SFC, 6/16/10, p.A2)(SFC, 3/15/19, p.A5)
1973 Jan 30, A jury found
Watergate defendants Liddy & McCord guilty on all counts.
1976 Jan 30, The play
"Streamers” by David Rabe (b.1940) premiered at the Long Wharf
Theater in New Haven, Connecticut.
(SFEC, 5/30/99, DB
1976 Jan 30, George Bush became
the 11th director of the CIA replacing William E. Colby. Bush
revived the reputation of the organization and left it Jan 20, 1977.
(SFEC, 1/16/00, Par
1976 Jan 30, The US Supreme
Court in Buckley v Valeo upheld a federal law which set limits on
campaign contributions and established that campaign contributions
is a protected form of expression. The court also ruled candidates
can give unlimited amounts of money to their own campaigns.
1979 Jan 30, The civilian
government of Iran announced it had decided to allow Ayatollah
Ruhollah Khomeini, who'd been living in exile in France, to return.
1980 Jan 30, The first-ever
Chinese Olympic team arrived in New York for the Winter Games.
1980 Jan 30, Professor Longhair
(61), legendary New Orleans Blues musician, died. He was born as
Henry Roeland Byrd in 1918.
1981 Jan 30, An estimated two
million New Yorkers turned out for a ticker-tape parade honoring the
freed American hostages from Iran.
1988 Jan 30, Israeli troops
fired on hundreds of demonstrators in the West Bank while protests
also rocked the Gaza Strip, shattering three weeks of relative quiet
in the occupied territories.
1989 Jan 30, Former criminal
defense lawyer Joel Steinberg was convicted in NYC of first-degree
manslaughter in the 1987 death of his illegally adopted 6-year-old
daughter, Lisa. On March 24 he was sentenced from 8 1/3 to 25 years
1989 Jan 30, Ilene Misheloff
(13) disappeared in Dublin, Ca., while walking home from school.
(SFC, 1/29/99, p.A18)(SFC, 1/29/09, p.A1)
1990 Jan 30, A federal judge
ordered former President Reagan to provide excerpts of his personal
diaries to John M. Poindexter for the former national security
adviser's Iran-Contra trial. The judge later reversed himself,
deciding the material was not essential.
1981 Jan 30, an estimated two
million New Yorkers turned out for a ticker-tape parade honoring the
freed American hostages from Iran.
1991 Jan 30, The first major
ground battle of the Gulf War was fought at the frontier port of
Khafji in Saudi Arabia; eleven US Marines were killed, seven of them
by “friendly fire.”
1992 Jan 30, President George
H.W. Bush and other world leaders gathered for an unprecedented U.N.
Security Council summit to coordinate policy on peacekeeping,
disarmament and quelling aggression.
1992 Jan 30, The space shuttle
Discovery landed in California, ending an eight-day mission.
1992 Jan 30, Irish Prime
Minister Charles Haughey announced his resignation. The 8-year rule
by PM Haughey ended. Later allegations arose that he had accepted
cash from Dunnes Stores while in office. There were also allegations
that Dunnes had given members of Parliament more than $5 million
over 10 years.
(SFC, 4/23/97, p.A5)(AP, 1/30/02)
1993 Jan 30, Los Angeles
inaugurated its Metro Red Line, the city's first modern subway.
1993 Jan 30, A car bombing in
Bogota, Colombia, killed at least 20 people.
1993 Jan 30, On the 60th
anniversary of Hitler's swearing-in as chancellor of Germany, more
than 300,000 Germans carried candles to denounce the Nazi era.
1994 Jan 30, The Dallas Cowboys
repeated as NFL champions as they defeated the Buffalo Bills, 30-13,
in the Super Bowl. It was the fourth straight Super Bowl loss for
1994 Jan 30, Pierre Boulle
(b.1912), French writer (Executioner), died.
1995 Jan 30, The Smithsonian
Institution abandoned plans for a major exhibit on the atomic
bombing of Hiroshima, yielding to critics who charged the exhibit
would have portrayed America as the aggressor and Japan as the
victim in World War II.
1995 Jan 30, At least 42 people
were killed and nearly 300 wounded when a car bomb blamed on Muslim
insurgents exploded in downtown Algiers.
1996 Jan 30, In an election
billed as an early barometer for the national political season, Ron
Wyden won a close race to become Oregon’s first Democratic US
senator in 30 years, replacing Bob Packwood.
1996 Jan 30, The FDA licensed
indinavir, viracept, Abbott Lab’s ritonavir (trade name Norvir) and
saquinavir based on short term clinical data between 1995-1997. The
new protease-blocking drugs were effective in combating AIDS
especially when used in combination with current medicines. The
drugs were later found to cause metabolism problems related to fats.
(WSJ, 1/30/96, p.A-16)(SFC, 2/5/98, p.A7)(WSJ,
1996 Jan 30, Iran tested a
Chinese missile designed to attack ships by flying under their radar
and could be fired from boats with a range of miles.
(WSJ, 1/30/96, p.A-12)
1997 Jan 30, The US Marine
Corps opened an investigation of two videotaped hazing incidents in
1991 and 1993 known as "blood pinings" in which elite paratroopers
had golden jump pins beaten into their chests. The 1993 incident led
to a recommended discharge for a sergeant.
1997 Jan 30, The GPS (Global
Positioning System) satellites detected unusual crustal movements of
the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii.
(SFC, 2/17/97, p.A4)
1997 Jan 30, In Columbia police
seized 8 tons of cocaine and shut down a large cocaine processing
plant in the state of Guaviare.
(SFC, 1/31/97, p.A15)
1997 Jan 30, In Guatemala more
than 1,000 military police seized their own headquarters and
demanded at least $7,000 severance pay each when the 4,000 member
military police is dissolved later in the year.
(SFC, 1/31/97, p.A12)
1997 Jan 30, In Jamaica it was
reported that NAFTA has had devastating effects on the economy.
Garment exports were down 7% and 7,000 jobs were lost.
(SFC, 1/30/97, p.A10)
1997 Jan 30, In southern
Lebanon a roadside bomb killed 3 Israeli soldiers.
(SFC, 1/31/97, p.A15)
1998 Jan 30, In Washington the
creation of The National First Ladies’ Library was announced at the
Renwick Gallery. Physical materials would be located in Canton,
Ohio, in the childhood home of Ida Saxton McKinley, the 20th first
(SFC, 2/5/98, p.A8)
1998 Jan 30, An aviation pact
was reached between Washington and Tokyo, enabling American
travelers to fly to Japan and other Asian points from several more
1998 Jan 30, In Sarasota,
Florida, a 14-year-old girl was found staggering along a road. She
had been raped and stabbed nearly 30 times and beaten badly four
days earlier. She hid in the woods in fear of her assailant, Scott
Christopher Malsky (22), who was arrested in Delaware the next day.
(SFC, 2/2/98, p.A3)
1998 Jan 30, In Columbia
paramilitary gunmen descended on the city of Puerto Asis and
proceeded to kill 48 civilians thought to be guerrilla sympathizers.
Mayor Nestor Hernandez warned army commanders at a local garrison
but received no assistance.
(SFC, 2/14/98, p.A8)
1998 Jan 30, From Hong Kong it
was reported that real estate prices were diving down. Prices were
reported down 25% since August.
(SFC, 1/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 30, From India it was
reported that over the past 2 months over 50 cotton farmers in
Andhra Pradesh state had committed suicide due to farming losses
caused by cluster caterpillars.
(SFC, 1/30/98, p.A13)
1998 Jan 30, It was reported
that Iraq had executed 10 people for stealing the huge bearded head
of a large winged-bull dating from 700 BC.
(SFC, 1/31/98, p.A9)
1998 Jan 30, In Lebanon the
army clashed with supporters of Sheik Sob Tufaili in Baalbek and at
least 50 people were killed. Tufaili had been expelled a week
earlier from the Muslim fundamentalist Hezbollah.
(SFEC, 2/1/98, p.A21)
1998 Jan 30, In Spain Alberto
Jimenz Becerril, a Popular Party Councilman, and his wife, Asuncion
Garcia Ortiz, were assassinated in Seville.
(SFEC, 2/1/98, p.A12)
1998 Jan 30, In the Sudan the
city of Wau fell to rebels who pretended to defect and then attacked
(SFC, 1/31/98, p.A9)
1999 Jan 30, Huntz Hall (78),
comedian and actor, died in North Hollywood, Ca. He was in 120 films
of which 87 were with the "Dead End Kids," "East Side Kids," and the
1999 Jan 30, The UN Security
Council agreed to establish panels to assess Iraqi disarmament and
adherence to other UN resolutions.
(SFEC, 1/31/99, p.A17)
1999 Jan 30, NATO authorized
its secretary general to launch military action in Yugoslavia if the
warring parties failed to negotiate an agreement for autonomy in
2000 Jan 30, In Atlanta the St.
Louis Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans 23-16 in Super Bowl XXXIV.
(SFC, 1/31/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 30, Elian Gonzalez’s
grandmothers returned home to a hero’s welcome in Cuba, vowing to
continue the struggle to wrest the six-year-old shipwreck survivor
from relatives in Miami.
2000 Jan 30, A Kenyan Airbus
310 crashed into the sea after takeoff from Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Kenya Airways Flight 431 carried 179 people. 10 survivors were
pulled from the water.
(SFC, 1/31/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/31/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 30, In Lebanon Col.
Akl Hashem, 2nd in command of the Israeli-backed South Lebanese
Army, was killed in a Hezbollah bomb at his home attack in Dibel
(SFC, 1/31/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 30, In Romania a dam
at the Baia Mare gold mine overflowed and caused cyanide to pout
into the Lapus River and then into the Somes River. It flowed into
Hungary and within weeks into the Tisa (Tisza) River in Yugoslavia.
(SFC, 2/12/00, p.A9)(SFC, 2/18/00, p.A1)
2001 Jan 30, Republicans pushed
John Ashcroft's attorney general nomination to the Senate floor by a
narrow 10-8 Judiciary Committee vote; all but one Democrat voted
2001 Jan 30, Chrysler announced
production cuts of 15% and work force cuts to 20% in the biggest US
auto industry retrenchment in nearly a decade.
(WSJ, 1/2/02, p.R12)
2001 Jan 30, In France
thousands of teachers, hospital workers and police marched to demand
pay increases. Some 17,000 marched in Paris.
(SFC, 1/31/01, p.A12)
2001 Jan 30, In the Netherlands
a Scottish court convicted Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, a Libyan
intelligence officer, of murder in the 1998 bombing of Pan Am Flight
103. A 2nd Libyan, Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, was acquitted.
(SFC, 1/31/01, p.A11)(SFC, 2/1/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 30, In Turkey Mehmet
Fevzi Sihanlioglu (55), member of parliament, was beaten by fellow
lawmakers in the Grand National Assembly and died of a heart attack.
The attack followed a debate on whether time for speeches should be
(SFC, 2/14/01, p.D18)
2002 Jan 30, Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld said the United States would watch closely to see
what Iraq, Iran and North Korea did next, a day after President Bush
singled them out as part of a dangerous "axis of evil."
2002 Jan 30, Congressional
investigators and the GAO planned to sue the White House to obtain a
list of executives who met with the Cheney task force that developed
Bush’s energy policy in 2001. Enron officials were on the list.
(WSJ, 1/31/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 30, The US Federal
Reserve finished a 2-day meeting and did not change short-term
interest rates. The DJIA rose 144 to 9,762. Nasdaq rose 20 to 1,913.
(SFC, 1/31/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 30, The 3.5-ton
satellite Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUNE), launched in 1992,
broke up in Earth’s atmosphere over Egypt. It had surveyed the
entire Milky Way and beyond and transmitted date until Jan 31 2001.
2002 Jan 30, Inge Morath (78),
Austrian-born photographer and wife of Arthur Miller, died in NYC.
(SFC, 2/4/02, p.B5)
2002 Jan 30, Interim Afghan
leader Hamid Karzai visited the World Trade Center site and placed a
wreath of yellow roses by a memorial wall as he surveyed the ruins
of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.
2002 Jan 30, In Afghanistan war
lords Padsha Khan Zadran and Saifullah led fighting for the control
of Paktia province.
(SFC, 1/31/02, p.A6)
2002 Jan 30, In Chile it was
reported that the remains of some 10 victims of the Pinochet regime
had been found at Fuerte Arteaga, an army base north of Santiago.
(SFC, 1/31/02, p.A9)
2002 Jan 30, In Ireland the
Roman Catholic Church agreed to pay $110 million in cash and
property to Irish children sexually abused by priests, nuns and
other church officials in past decades. There were as many as 7,000
potential claimants for payouts ranging from $43k to 260k.
(SFC, 1/31/02, p.A9)(SFC, 2/1/02, p.A16)
2002 Jan 30, In Italy Samuele
Lorenzi (3), was found bludgeoned to death in the family's Alpine
home. His mother Anna Maria Franzoni, who denied the murder, was
convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison. In 2007 a Turin
appeals court upheld the conviction but reduced her sentence to 16
2002 Jan 30, A Palestinian
suicide bomber, Murad Abu Asal (23), killed himself and wounded 2
Israeli Shin Bet officers near Taibe.
(SFC, 1/31/02, p.A8)
2003 Jan 30, President Bush put
allies on notice that diplomacy would give way to a decision on war
with Iraq in "weeks, not months." Wary world leaders and
congressional critics urged patience and demanded proof of Iraq's
2003 Jan 30, Spencer Abraham,
US Energy Secretary, said the US would rejoin the $5 billion int'l.
project to build an experimental fusion reactor. The US had left the
project in 1998.
(SFC, 1/31/03, p.A6)
2003 Jan 30, John Snow won
confirmation as US Treasury secretary.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R8)
2003 Jan 30, Richard Reid, the
British citizen and al-Qaida follower who'd tried to blow up a
trans-Atlantic jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoes, was
sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Boston.
2003 Jan 30, In Afghanistan 4
American soldiers were killed when special operations UH-60 Black
Hawk helicopter went down seven miles east of the Bagram Air Base
while on a training mission.
(AP, 1/31/03)(SFC, 1/31/03, p.A11)
2003 Jan 30, Belgium officially
recognized gay marriages.
(SFC, 1/31/03, p.A9)
2003 Jan 30, Brazil's President
Lula da Silva launched his anti-hunger program with a move to
provide $14 a month to 1.5 million families, most from the country's
2003 Jan 30, An Israeli
undercover unit shot dead two Palestinian militants in Tulkarem,
including a militia leader. Army bulldozers demolished a Palestinian
vegetable market and closed Palestinian police and TV stations in
2003 Jan 30, Italian police
arrested 28 Pakistanis during a routine sweep for illegal
immigrants. The arrested possessed explosives, hundreds of forged
documents and maps of the Naples area with "sensitive" targets
2003 Jan 30, Sweden said it
will contribute $5.9 million to help Afghanistan repay debts to the
International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
2003 Jan 30, Thailand sealed
its border with Cambodia, recalled its ambassador and sent military
planes to evacuate hundreds of terrified Thais after rioters looted
and torched its embassy in the Cambodian capital.
2004 Jan 30, NASA’s Mars rover
Opportunity spied hints of a mineral that typically forms in water,
a finding that could mean Mars was once wetter and more hospitable
2004 Jan 30, The Chinese
government said audits aimed at ferreting out corruption in China
uncovered $8 billion in misused or embezzled funds and widespread
irregularities that produced "serious losses" of state assets.
2004 Jan 30, In remote
southwestern Ethiopia tribal fighting, sparked by a raid on a gold
mine, began. Over the following week nearly 200 people were killed
and some 10,000 others were forced to flee their homes.
2004 Jan 30, Alain Juppe,
former French PM (1995-1997), was found guilty in a party financing
scandal and declared ineligible for public office for 10 years.
2004 Jan 30, Iliad, a French
broadband firm founded by Xavier Niel, made a successful IPO. Niel
was briefly jailed a few months after its IPO, when it was
discovered that one of his sex shops was a front for prostituion.
Niel was fully exonerated, but was fined for receiving money from
(Econ, 9/12/09, p.74)
2004 Jan 30, Iran's hard-line
Guardian Council reinstated a third of the candidates it had
disqualified from next month's legislative elections.
2004 Jan 30, In Japan a judge
ruled that Shuji Nakamura, inventor of the blue light-emitting diode
(LED), should share in the profits of his former employers. He was
awarded $190 million in a case against Nichia Corp.
(Econ, 2/7/04, p.60)
2004 Jan 30, A 25-30 seat
passenger plane plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off Lagos, Nigeria.
2004 Jan 30, In Peru VP Raul
Diez Canseco resigned amid allegations that he gave a tax break to
his girlfriend's father, a scandal that had forced him to step down
as trade minister two months earlier.
2004 Jan 30, It was reported
that Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange had filed their 1st suit
against the US companies that produced the toxic defoliant used by
American forces during the Vietnam War.
2005 Jan 30, In Georgia more
than 300,000 customers had no electricity as crews worked to repair
power lines snapped by an ice storm.
2005 Jan 30, SBC Communications
agreed to acquire AT&T in a $16 billion transaction.
(WSJ, 1/31/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 30, Researchers at the
University of Wisconsin in Madison reported that they've whipped up
a new recipe that could someday treat spinal cord injuries or
provide a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as
Lou Gehrig's disease.
2005 Jan 30, In much of
Bangladesh traffic ground to a halt and shops closed as a nationwide
strike, protesting a deadly grenade attack on the main opposition
party, entered a 2nd day.
2005 Jan 30, In Colombia a
126-member unit of the United Self-Defense Forces (AUC) disbanded in
Ciudad Bolivar, 155 miles northeast of Bogota, bringing to at least
4,700 the number of fighters who have demobilized in the past two
2005 Jan 30, Iraqis voted to
elect 275 members of a transitional national assembly, which will
write a constitution; 111 members of the Kurdish legislature; and
local councils in Iraq’s 18 provinces. Insurgents struck polling
stations with a string of suicide bombings and mortar volleys,
killing at least 44 people, including 9 attackers. 5 people were
killed and 17 injured when a suicide attacker blew himself up aboard
a minibus bound for a polling station in central Iraq. 260 attacks
left 34 people dead. Security problems in Mosul kept some 15,000
(AP, 1/30/05)(SFC, 2/1/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/8/05,
2005 Jan 30, A British C-130
military transport plane crashed north of Baghdad in Iraq killing 10
troops. An Iraqi insurgent group claimed responsibility for shooting
down the plane in an Internet statement.
2005 Jan 30, More than 100,000
demonstrators gathered in Jerusalem to protest PM Ariel Sharon's
plan to evacuate all 21 Jewish settlements from Gaza and four from
the West Bank, demanding it be put to a national referendum.
2005 Jan 30, Israeli troops
killed a 65-year-old man who entered an unauthorized area near an
2005 Jan 30, Kuwaiti security
forces stormed a building in a residential part of the capital and
exchanged gunfire with suspected terrorists, killing one suspect in
a battle that also left a security officer and a bystander dead.
2005 Jan 30, In Northern
Ireland’s Catholic enclave of Short Strand Robert McCartney (33), a
Catholic forklift driver, was stabbed to death outside a pub crowded
with Provisional IRA men. On June 3 Terence Davison (49), a reputed
IRA veteran, was charged in the murder. In 2008 Davison was
acquitted. In 2012 McCartney’s sisters decided to testify against
Padraic Wilson (53), an IRA veteran and Sinn Fein activist.
(Econ, 2/26/05, p.55)(SFC, 6/4/05, p.A3)(SSFC,
6/5/05, p.A3)(AP, 1/30/08)(AFP, 6/27/08)(AP, 11/3/12)
2005 Jan 30, OPEC warned that
oil prices, already hovering near $50 a barrel, would remain high
through the spring, even as the cartel decided to keep its
production ceiling at 27 million barrels a day.
2005 Jan 30, In Karachi,
Pakistan, gunmen riding three motorcycles opened fire outside a
Sunni Muslim mosque, killing a Sunni cleric who once belonged to an
outlawed group suspected of committing sectarian violence and his
2005 Jan 30, UN Secretary
General Kofi Annan, at a summit of the 53-member African Union in
Abuja, Nigeria, urged pan-African cooperation to resolve conflicts.
2005 Jan 30, The World Economic
Forum ended 5 days of talks in Davos, Switz. Chinese Vice Premier
Huang Ju said Chinese per capita income will triple during the next
15 years and there was no reason for the world to fear his country's
emergence as a global giant. During the forum Nicholas Negroponte,
founder of the MIT Media Lab, proposed providing personal laptops
for under $100 to school children in the poorest parts of the world.
(AP, 1/30/05)(Econ, 10/1/05, p.62)
2006 Jan 30, Pres. Bush
nominated Edward Lazear, Stanford Univ. prof. of economics, as his
chief economics adviser, replacing Ben Bernanke, the new
chairman-select of the Federal Reserve.
(SFC, 1/31/06, p.E1)
2006 Jan 30, The Smithsonian
Institute selected a space on the National Mall near the Washington
Monument as the site of Its National Museum of African American
History and Culture.
(SFC, 1/31/06, p.A2)
2006 Jan 30, Exxon Mobil posted
record profits for any US company: $10.71 billion for the fourth
quarter of 2005 and $36.13 billion for the year.
2006 Jan 30, In Goleta, Ca.,
Jennifer San Marco, a female ex-postal worker, opened fire at a mail
processing plant, killing 5 people before committing suicide. A
former neighbor was found slain the next day and a critically
wounded worker died Feb 1.
(AP, 1/31/06)(SFC, 2/2/06, p.A4)
2006 Jan 30, Playwright Wendy
Wasserstein (55) died. She celebrated women confronting feminism,
careers, love and motherhood in such works as "The Heidi Chronicles"
and "The Sisters Rosensweig." She was the first woman to win both a
Tony and Pulitzer prize. In 2011 Julie Salamon authored “Wendy and
the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein.”
(AP, 1/30/06)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.78)
2006 Jan 30, Australian Gas
Light Company (AGL) announced that it would build the country's
largest wind farm as part of efforts to meet its legal obligation to
invest in renewable energy. The 95 megawatt facility would cost 236
million dollars (177 million US dollars) and use 45 wind turbines
over an area of 14 square kilometers (5.6 square miles) near the
town of Hallett in South Australia.
2006 Jan 30, The University of
Vienna announced that it plans to build a new Holocaust research
center in honor of the late Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal.
2006 Jan 30, Music retailers
said the Rock band Arctic Monkeys have smashed the British record
for the fastest-selling debut album of all time.
2006 Jan 30, Chile’s
President-elect Michelle Bachelet unveiled a Cabinet that fulfilled
her campaign promise to give half the jobs to women and kept a
balance among the four parties in her center-left coalition.
2006 Jan 30, Feng Xiliang (86),
a US-trained journalist, died in Beijing. In 1978 he helped to
launch the China Daily, the communist government's main
2006 Jan 30, The controversy
over Danish caricatures of Prophet Muhammad escalated as gunmen
seized an EU office in Gaza and Muslims appealed for a trade boycott
of Danish products. Denmark called for its citizens in the Middle
East to exercise vigilance. A roadside bomb targeted a joint
Danish-Iraqi military patrol near the southern city of Basra.
2006 Jan 30, Iran’s Interior
Ministry said 7 Iranian soldiers kidnapped last month by Jundallah,
(God's Brigade), have been freed. No word was given on the fate of 2
other kidnapped soldiers.
2006 Jan 30, European Union
foreign ministers called on Hamas to recognize the state of Israel,
renounce violence and disarm. “It is the view of the Quartet (UN,
EU, American and Russia) that all members of a future Palestinian
government must be committed to nonviolence, recognition of Israel,
and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the
Roadmap. We urge both parties to respect their existing agreements,
including on movement and access."
2006 Jan 30, Iraqi and UN
health officials said a 15-year-old girl who died this month was a
victim of the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus, the first
confirmed case of the disease in the Middle East.
2006 Jan 30, In Iraq US
soldiers backed by warplanes killed two militants in Ramadi, while
at least one Iraqi policeman died and dozens were wounded in a
suicide car bomb attack on their base south of Baghdad.
2006 Jan 30, In Nigeria 4
foreign oil workers were released after being held hostage for more
than two weeks by a militia demanding that residents in southern
Nigeria benefit more from its energy wealth.
2006 Jan 30, In Adana, Turkey,
a bomb exploded at a Turkish-American friendship association in a
southern city that hosts a US air base, wounding five Turks.
2007 Jan 30, The Windows Vista
computer operating system from Microsoft went on sale in the
consumer retail market.
(SFC, 1/30/07, p.C1)
2007 Jan 30, The draft of a new
global climate report said rising temperatures will leave millions
more people hungry by 2080 and cause critical water shortages in
China and Australia, as well as parts of Europe and the United
2007 Jan 30, In Florida 2
people shot and killed a sheriff's wife and a deputy before officers
killed the suspects at the sheriff's home in Jackson County.
2007 Jan 30, A propane tank
explosion leveled the Little General Store in Ghent, W.Va., killing
2007 Jan 30, Jeanne Kane, a
member of the 1960s singing group the Kane Triplets, was shot and
killed by her ex-husband John Galtieri, a retired NYC police
officer. In 2009 Galtieri was sentenced to 32 years to life in
(http://tinyurl.com/lhbevm)(SFC, 5/28/09, p.A5)
2007 Jan 30, Gordon S. Macklin
(79), a founder of the Nasdaq stock exchange (1971) and a board
member for Worldcom during its notorious accounting fraud, died of
2007 Jan 30, Sidney Sheldon
(89), American writer, died. He won awards in three careers,
Broadway theater, movies and television, then at age 50 turned to
writing best-selling novels about stalwart women who triumph in a
hostile world of ruthless men.
2007 Jan 30, In Australia
Malcolm Turnbull took office as Minister of the Environment and
2007 Jan 30, Britain shut down
Northern Ireland's legislature and planned a new election to
determine the fate of power-sharing, the central goal of the peace
2007 Jan 30, Manchester was
chosen as the site for Britain's first Las Vegas-style supercasino.
2007 Jan 30, China’s Pres. Hu
Jintao set out on an eight-nation tour of Africa. Foreign ministry
spokeswoman Jiang Yu said: “On the arms exports to Africa, China
takes a cautious and responsible attitude.”
(AP, 1/30/07)(AFP, 1/30/07)
2007 Jan 30, Colombia’s Supreme
Court opened preliminary investigations into four more politicians
for alleged ties to illegal right-wing militias after it was
revealed they signed a 2001 letter of understanding with the
2007 Jan 30, Supporters of
Ecuador’s leftist President Rafael Correa armed with sticks and
stones fought their way into the Congress building, demanding
lawmakers call a referendum on whether the country's constitution
should be rewritten.
2007 Jan 30, The African Union
summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ended with a proposed peacekeeping
force for Somalia still lacking firm commitments for thousands of
2007 Jan 30, Thousands of
German workers took part in protests against a government plan to
raise the retirement age to 67.
2007 Jan 30, The United Nations
said it will send 350 more peacekeepers to Haiti in the latest
effort to flush out armed gangs from the capital's slums.
2007 Jan 30, In Hong Kong Cheng
Siwei, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National
People's Congress, told the Financial Times in an interview: "There
is a bubble going on. Investors should be concerned about the
risks." He said 70% of the domestically traded companies were
worthless and should be delisted.
(Econ, 2/10/07, p.81)(http://tinyurl.com/2ubmjk)
2007 Jan 30, Reliance
Industries opened 9 shops in and around Delhi. They were among the
first supermarkets to appear in India.
(Econ, 2/3/07, p.64)
2007 Jan 30, Assailants struck
Shiite worshippers in three Iraqi cities, killing at least 39 people
in bombings and ambushes during the climax of ceremonies marking
Ashoura, the holiest day in the Shiite calendar. Mortar shells
slammed into predominantly Sunni neighborhoods in Baghdad hours
later, killing at least five people and wounding 20. Bloodshed
killed at least 58 people despite heightened security surrounding
Ashoura ceremonies. A morgue official in the city of Kut said his
facility received six more bodies from previously unreported
Ashoura-related violence. Two US soldiers and one Marine died of
wounds sustained due to enemy action in Anbar province.
(AP, 1/30/07)(AP, 1/31/07)
2007 Jan 30, Another outbreak
of bird flu was suspected in southern Japan after 23 chickens were
found dead at a farm.
2007 Jan 30, The first
all-female UN peacekeeping unit, made up of 103 women from India,
arrived in Liberia to help the West African nation recover from 14
years of on-and-off civil war.
2007 Jan 30, Jamal Khalifa, a
Saudi citizen married to a sister of Osama bin Laden, was killed
when gunmen broke into his house in village in Madagascar in an
2007 Jan 30, Nigeria's Vice
President Atiku Abubakar accused President Olusegun Obasanjo of
buying arms to suppress unrest in the oil-rich Niger delta rather
than pacifying the region with development.
2007 Jan 30, Pakistan's PM
Musharraf appealed to the European Union to help repatriate some 3
million Afghan refugees, a move he said would help clear his country
of militants blamed for attacks in border regions. A rocket or a
grenade exploded at a Shiite procession, sparking violence in Hangu
in which two Sunni Muslims were fatally shot and 13 other people
were wounded, many of them policemen.
(AP, 1/30/07)(AP, 1/31/07)
2007 Jan 30, Palestinian PM
Ismail Haniyeh appealed to all Palestinians to prevent a resurgence
in the internal violence that killed 36 people in recent days as a
tenuous cease-fire took hold in the Gaza Strip. Gunmen killed a
Hamas militant, but the cease-fire seemed to hold.
(AP, 1/30/07)(WSJ, 1/31/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 30, The Saudi foreign
minister said Saudi Arabia and Iran are working together to try to
calm the crises in Iraq and Lebanon.
2007 Jan 30, Somalia's
president agreed to a national reconciliation conference to try to
end 16 years of anarchy in the war-ravaged country.
2007 Jan 30, Researchers said
South Africa's AIDS epidemic, often regarded by health workers as a
disease of the poor, is in fact spreading quickly among the
country's richest and best educated people.
2007 Jan 30, In Sweden former
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Darfur human rights activist
Mossaad Mohamed Ali won the Olof Palme Prize for their work to
protect human rights.
2007 Jan 30, Borys Tarasyuk,
Ukraine's pro-Western foreign minister, resigned saying a monthlong
struggle between him and the government dominated by a
Russia-leaning party risked damaging the country's international
2007 Jan 30, Venezuela said it
plans to obtain air defense missiles to guard strategic sites such
as oil refineries and major bridges against any air strike.
2008 Jan 30, The US Federal
Reserve cut its federal funds rate by half a point to 3%, and left
the door open to further cuts. The 1.25 point cut in 8 days was the
largest since it began disclosing rate moves two decades ago.
(SFC, 1/31/08, p.C1)(WSJ, 1/31/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 30, Democrat John
Edwards exited the presidential race, ending a scrappy underdog bid
in which he steered his rivals toward progressive ideals while
grappling with family hardship that roused voters' sympathies.
2008 Jan 30, Following his
third place finish in Florida, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani
dropped out of the presidential race and endorsed Sen. John McCain.
2008 Jan 30, In Philadelphia
Nurse Lee Cruceta (35) admitted he cut body parts from 244 corpses
and helped forge paperwork so the parts, some of them diseased,
could be used in unsuspecting patients. Cruceta has also pleaded
guilty to related charges in New York and negotiated pleas to serve
concurrent sentences of 6 1/2 to 20 years.
2008 Jan 30, Using DNA, the
blueprint of life, US researchers said they have made a
three-dimensional structure from particles of gold in a development
that could lead to a host of custom-designed materials.
2008 Jan 30, It was reported
that bats were dying off by the thousands as they hibernated in
caves and mines around New York and Vermont, sending researchers
scrambling to find the cause of mysterious condition dubbed "white
nose syndrome." Up to 11,000 bats were found dead last winter and
many more were showing signs of illness this winter.
2008 Jan 30, Fr. Marcial Maciel
Degollado (b.1920), Mexican Roman Catholic priest who founded the
Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi movement (1941), died in
2008 Jan 30, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber in a vehicle tried to attack a NATO convoy in
Kandahar province's Zhari district, but instead hit a private car
wounding 4 civilians.
2008 Jan 30, The Bangladesh
government said an unidentified person has donated $130 million to
help rebuild hundreds of schools and storm shelters destroyed by a
cyclone along Bangladesh's southwest coast.
2008 Jan 30, In Brazil heavily
armed police cracking down on crime ahead of Rio's famed carnival
celebrations engaged in shootouts with criminals in two slums,
killing at least seven suspects.
2008 Jan 30, China’s government
deploy nearly 500,000 army troops to assist areas troubled by winter
storms. 15 sailors drowned and another was missing after two ships
collided on China's Yangtze river.
2008 Jan 30, Wilber Varela, one
of Colombia's most-wanted drug lords, was found slain in Merida,
Venezuela. Varela's war with his rival within the Norte del Valle
cartel, Diego Montoya, plagued the city of Cali and much of
southwestern Colombia, killing more than 1,000 people in several
2008 Jan 30, Thousands of
striking taxi drivers drove at a snail's pace around France as part
of a protest against government plans to open up their business to
2008 Jan 30, Police in India
said they broke up an illegal organ transplant ring spanning five
Indian states and involving at least four doctors, several
hospitals, two dozen nurses and paramedics and a car outfitted as a
laboratory (see Feb 7).
(AP, 1/30/08)(WSJ, 1/31/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 30, The final Winograd
Commission report was announced in Binyanei HaUma in Jerusalem. It
had been commissioned to inquire into Israel’s 2006 war in Lebanon.
2008 Jan 30, Ao Man-long,
Macau's highest-level official ever convicted of corruption, was
sentenced to 27 years in prison for taking contract kickbacks in the
construction boom that's turning the Chinese gambling enclave into a
Las Vegas-style vacation destination.
2008 Jan 30, Mozambique’s
interior ministry said police intercepted a lorry carrying 39
youngsters as they were about to be smuggled across the border into
Zimbabwe by suspected child traffickers. Rights groups warned late
last year that trafficking of Mozambican children across to
neighboring countries, mostly South Africa, has risen tenfold in the
last two years.
2008 Jan 30, In southern Nepal
34 people were wounded in a bomb attack at a political rally.
2008 Jan 30, In Pakistan 3
suspected militants allegedly planning suicide attacks died when a
bomb detonated early in Miran Shah.
2008 Jan 30, In the southern
Philippines a homemade bomb ripped through a fish processing plant,
killing three and injuring 27 workers.
2008 Jan 30, President Vladimir
Putin and his likely successor called for sweeping environmental
improvements, saying cleaning up Soviet-era pollution and reducing
industrial waste are crucial for Russia's economy and public health.
2008 Jan 30, Imprisoned Russian
oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky launched a hunger strike to protest
authorities' refusal to give his jailed ex-lawyer AIDS medication.
2008 Jan 30, South African
police raided a downtown Johannesburg church late at night where
hundreds of Zimbabweans had taken refuge, hauling people in pajamas
to a police station in scenes reminiscent of apartheid-era raids.
2008 Jan 30, Auto giant Ford
announced a multi-million dollar investment in South Africa,
brushing aside fears about an electricity crisis which has alarmed
other international investors.
2008 Jan 30, In Sri Lanka
troops overran at least 25 bunkers and killed 10 guerrillas.
2008 Jan 30, Subprime-related
problems at UBS AG mounted as the Swiss bank unveiled $4 billion in
new write-downs in a surprise statement and sank deep into the red
for the year, depressing its shares.
2008 Jan 30, Tunisia hosted the
25th session of the meeting of Arab Ministers of the Interior.
Security chiefs agreed to toughen rules on material that might
2008 Jan 30, The United
Nation's disaster relief agency announced that a meningitis outbreak
that has claimed some 52 lives in Burkina Faso by mid-month has
spread to three other west African countries. A spike in the number
of meningitis cases has also been reported in Mali, Niger and
Nigeria since the end of 2007.
2008 Jan 30, The UN Security
Council renewed the mandate of the struggling UN peace force on the
Eritrea-Ethiopia border for six months despite a request from
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for just one month.
2008 Jan 30, Vietnam’s central
bank raised official interest rates up 1.5% to fight inflation which
had reached 14.1%, the highest since 1995.
(Econ, 2/2/08, p.46)
2009 Jan 30, President Barack
Obama signed a series of executive orders that he said should "level
the playing field" for labor unions in struggles with management.
2009 Jan 30, The Republican
Party chose former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele as the first
black national chairman in its history.
2009 Jan 30, US Senator Claire
McCaskill (D., Mo.) introduced legislation that would limit the
salary, bonuses and stock options of executives of financial
companies getting federal bailout aid to no more than what the US
president earns: $400,000 a year, excluding benefits.
(WSJ, 1/31/09, p.B1)
2009 Jan 30, Exxon Mobil Corp.
reported a profit of $45.2 billion for 2008, breaking its own record
for a US company, even as its fourth-quarter earnings fell 33
percent from a year ago. Chevron reported a record $23.93 billion
(AP, 1/30/09)(SFC, 1/31/09, p.C1)
2009 Jan 30, Scientists
reported that serotonin, a brain chemical that affects people’s
moods, can also transform dessert locusts into swarms that ravage
the countryside. Serotonin, a messenger molecule, carries signals
between nerve cells.
(SFC, 1/30/09, p.A9)(Econ, 2/28/09, p.85)
2009 Jan 30, A trip to the
Grand Canyon turned deadly when a bus carrying Chinese tourists
overturned on an Arizona highway near the Hoover Dam, killing seven
people and injuring 10 others, several critically.
2009 Jan 30, In West Virginia a
small plane crashed in snowy weather killing all six on board.
(SSFC, 2/1/09, p.A8)
2009 Jan 30, In Algeria at
least 27 people were wounded and several buildings torched during
clashes among Muslim worshippers outside a mosque in Ghardaia.
2009 Jan 30, Melbourne,
Australia's second-largest city, struggled to cope with a
once-in-a-century heatwave as temperatures hit 109 degrees. The heat
wave has claimed dozens of lives and sparked wildfires that have
razed up to 20 homes.
(AFP, 1/31/09)(WSJ, 1/31/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 30, Bahrain’s riot
police in Manama used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse
protesters angry with perceived government discrimination against
the Shiite majority.
2009 Jan 30, At least two
million worshippers gathered north of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka
for the Bishwa Ijtema, or World Muslim Congregation, a three-day
event billed as the largest annual Islamic event after the hajj. It
was first held in the 1960s and was launched by Tablig Jamaat, a
non-political group that urges people to follow Islam in their daily
2009 Jan 30, In Brazil
officials in Rio Grande do Sul state said 10 victims had drowned in
the city of Pelotas, and that floods had driven thousands from their
2009 Jan 30, In Britain wildcat
strikes against foreign workers spread through oil refineries and
other energy facilities, fuelled by fears of rising job cuts due to
the global slowdown.
2009 Jan 30, Ethiopia said that
4.9 million of its people will need emergency food aid in the first
six months of 2009 due to drought and appealed for $390 million from
donors to pay for it.
2009 Jan 30, In Libreville,
Gabon, leaders of the six Central African states (Cameroon, Chad,
Gabon, CAR, Congo, Equatorial Guinea), began meeting to discuss
closer economic ties, including the creation of a new regional
airline. The Economic and Monetary Union of Central Africa, known as
CEMAC, planned discussions on such issues as monetary reform and the
free movement of citizens.
2009 Jan 30, Hans Beck (79),
creator of the colorful plastic Playmobil toy figures that sold by
the millions around the world, died in Germany. Beck had created and
developed the 3-inch (7.5-centimeter) tall line of figures for the
company in 1971. they were dubbed Playmobil and brought to market in
2009 Jan 30, Georgia's PM
Grigol Mgaloblishvili (35) resigned, citing health reasons after
just three months on the job as President Mikhail Saakashvili's
2009 Jan 30, Guatemala's
government filed 3,350 criminal complaints accusing former soldiers,
paramilitaries and others of human rights violations against more
than 5,000 civilians during the country's 1960-1996 civil war.
2009 Jan 30, Indian officials
said tigers have killed at least three children and four adults in
northern Uttar Pradesh in recent weeks, forcing frightened villagers
to stay indoors while forest rangers search for the wild cats.
2009 Jan 30, Indonesia said it
will repatriate 174 "economic migrants" who fled Myanmar claiming
persecution, as new accounts emerged of their harrowing sea journey
and alleged abuse by the Thai navy. The 174 Rohingya and 19
Bangladeshis being kept at an Indonesian naval base landed in Weh
Island off northern Sumatra on January 7.
2009 Jan 30, An Israeli rights
group said it to use a database detailing the complicity of Israel's
government in widespread illegal construction in West Bank
settlements to help Palestinians file lawsuits over their lost land.
2009 Jan 30, Kuwait’s National
Assembly passed a law banning women from working between 8 pm and 7
am except in hospitals. Legislation also limited the workweek to 48
hours and required accommodation for expatriate workers. New
penalties for begging carried a 6-month sentence and a fine of 500
Kuwaiti dinars followed by deportation.
(SSFC, 2/1/09, p.A4)
2009 Jan 30, Nigerian militants
called off a cease-fire after clashing with government forces.
(WSJ, 1/31/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 30, North Korea
announced that it is scrapping agreements with South Korea on easing
military tensions, accusing Seoul of pushing relations to the brink
2009 Jan 30, A roadside bomb
hit a Pakistani army convoy near a Taliban stronghold in the Swat
valley, killing three soldiers and wounding another six.
2009 Jan 30, In Gaza City some
5,000 people rallied as Hamas lawmaker Khalil al-Hayeh emerged from
hiding and declared victory in the 23-day Israeli offensive in Gaza.
(SFC, 1/31/09, p.A5)
2009 Jan 30, Russia moved to
rebuild ties with Cold War ally Cuba, granting it loans and signing
deals on energy and industrial cooperation.
2009 Jan 30, South African
President Kgalema Motlanthe signed legislation that disbands the
country's elite anti-crime investigating unit, known as the
Scorpions. The unit will now be part of the standard police forces.
2009 Jan 30, Sri Lanka rejected
growing international calls for a ceasefire amid fears for the
safety of 250,000 civilians trapped as the military pushed for
victory against Tamil rebels.
2009 Jan 30, Turkmenistan's
authoritarian President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov ordered members
of his government to go back to school or lose their jobs. He said
that officials are under qualified to implement the necessary
reforms in the energy-rich Central Asian nation.
2009 Jan 30, In Venezuela an
armed group vandalized Caracas' oldest synagogue, shattering
religious objects and spray-painting walls in what Jewish leaders
called the worst attack ever on their community. On March 26
prosecutors filed charges against eight police officers and three
other people, accusing them of involvement in the attack.
(AP, 2/1/09)(AP, 3/26/09)
2009 Jan 30, Zimbabwe's
opposition decided to join a government with President Robert Mugabe
next month, ending a paralyzing political deadlock that has worsened
the desperate economic and humanitarian crisis. WHO reported that
the death toll in Zimbabwe’s cholera outbreak had reached 3,161, out
of 60,401 recorded cases.
(Reuters, 1/30/09)(AP, 1/30/09)
2010 Jan 30, In Las Vegas
Caressa Cameron (22) of Virginia became the nation's newest Miss
America, emerging from a field of 53 contestants picked for their
beauty, compassion and interview savvy. Cameron, the first black
Miss America since Ericka Dunlap in 2005, said she wants to get a
master's degree and eventually become a news anchor.
2010 Jan 30, In NYC a fire
housing Guatemalan immigrants killed at least 5 people in Brooklyn.
Arson was suspected.
(SSFC, 1/31/10, p.A16)
2010 Jan 30, A joint US-Afghan
force clashed with Afghan troops manning a snow-covered outpost and
called in an airstrike, killing four Afghan soldiers. Both sides
called the clash a case of mistaken identity.
2010 Jan 30, China suspended
military exchanges with the United States and threatened sanctions
against American defense companies, just hours after Washington
announced $6.4 billion in planned arms sales to Taiwan.
2010 Jan 30, The European Union
said Italy is to stop fishing for bluefin tuna, the lucrative but
over-exploited species beloved of Japanese sushi fans, for 12
2010 Jan 30, In Haiti about 20
armed men blockaded a street and attacked UN a convoy carrying food
from the airport. Ten American Baptists were detained for
trying to take 33 children across the border into the Dominican
Republic without documentation.
(AP, 2/2/10)(AP, 2/5/10)
2010 Jan 30, Ashes of Indian
independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, kept for decades by a family
friend after his assassination, were scattered off South Africa's
2010 Jan 30, Thousands of
Iranians gathered at dusk against a snowy mountain backdrop to light
giant bonfires in an ancient mid-winter festival. Sadeh was the
national festival of ancient Persia when Zoroastrianism was the
dominant religion, before the conquest of Islam in the 7th century.
2010 Jan 30, In Iraq a suicide
bomber detonated an explosives belt at a restaurant popular with
security forces in Samarra, a city that was once a flash point for
sectarian slaughter, killing at least two people.
2010 Jan 30, In Italy hundreds
of judges walked out of nationwide ceremonies held to mark the start
of the judicial year in protest at "destructive legislation"
introduced by PM Silvio Berlusconi.
2010 Jan 30, In Japan thousands
of protesters from across Japan marched in central Tokyo to protest
the US military presence on Okinawa, while a Cabinet minister said
she would fight to move a Marine base Washington considers crucial
out of the country.
2010 Jan 30, In the Marshall
Islands the government considered invoking special powers of
quarantine as an outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis has been
declared a public health emergency.
2010 Jan 30, In Mexico armed
men stormed a party, killing 15 high school and college students in
Ciudad Juarez in what witnesses thought was an attack prompted by
false information. Ten people were found dead at the scene and six
died at hospitals. An official later said gunmen were directed to
the neighborhood by a resident who said members of a rival gang were
planning a party.
(AP, 2/2/10)(AP, 2/4/10)
2010 Jan 30, Nigeria's main
rebel group called off a truce in the oil-rich Niger Delta,
threatening an "all-out onslaught" and adding to the country’s
political and economic woes. A leak was observed on the Anglo-Dutch
Trans-Ramos pipeline. The leak was stopped and an investigation
confirmed the leak was due to a sabotage. Anglo-Dutch oil group
Shell shut down some oil production following the sabotage.
(AFP, 1/30/10)(AFP, 2/1/10)
2010 Jan 30, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed 16 people at a police checkpoint in the
northwest Bajur tribal area. 3 suspected US missiles hit a compound
and a bunker in the Mohammad Khel area of North Waziristan. 2
missiles hit the compound being used by the militants, killing 7 of
them. The third killed two more insurgents in a bunker.
2010 Jan 30, Russian PM
Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying that Libya has signed an arms
deal with Russia worth 1.3 billion euros ($1.8 billion).
2010 Jan 30, Russia opened its
first new casino, under a plan to limit legalized gambling to 4
comparatively remote areas, since it closed all casinos a half year
earlier. Along with the opening in Azov city, the new law limits
legalized gambling to the Kaliningrad enclave on the Baltic Sea, the
Altai region of Siberia, and the Primorski region of the Far East.
(SSFC, 1/31/10, p.A6)
2010 Jan 30, In Sri Lanka
police shut down the offices of an opposition newspaper, as
international rights groups accused the authorities of a vendetta
against critical media. The chief editor was arrested. A court
lifted a ban on the paper on Feb 1. On Feb 16 the chief editor of
the pro-opposition Lanka newspaper, Chandana Sirimalwatte, was
ordered to be released from police custody because there was no
evidence against him.
(AFP, 1/30/10)(AFP, 2/16/10)
2010 Jan 30, In Davos,
Switzerland, government regulators from the US and Europe laid out
their financial reform plans before a skeptical banking industry,
asking financiers for input but adamant that change was coming with
or without their support.
2010 Jan 30, In Yemen militant
Saleh al-Shaoush was arrested as he prepared to carry out a suicide
bombing in the southeastern port of Mukalla. He had been stopped on
his motorbike and found to be wearing an explosives belt and
carrying two bombs. His trial began in October.
2011 Jan 30, John Barry (77),
English-born composer, died in NY. He wrote the music for a dozen
James Bond films and many other films. He won 2 Oscars in 1966 for
best song and best score for the film “Born Free.”
(SFC, 2/1/11, p.C4)
2011 Jan 30, Ernest Borgnine
(94), known for roles in such films as "From Here to Eternity" and
"Marty," received a lifetime achievement award from the Screen
Actors Guild and reminded his cohorts that "there are millions of
those in the world who would love to be in our shoes."
2011 Jan 30, In southern
California over 2 dozen protesters were arrested for protesting
against Charles and David Koch, brothers who have used millions from
their energy conglomerate to finance conservative causes. 11
busloads of protesters converged on a political retreat run by the
Kansas billionaires at a resort in Rancho Mirage.
(SFC, 1/31/11, p.A4)
2011 Jan 30, In San Francisco
shopkeeper Hong Ri Wu shot and killed fellow merchants Qiong Han Chu
(30) and Fen Ping Ou (30) on Fisherman’s Wharf because they refused
to stop selling the same knockoff purses that he was trying to sell.
In 2014 Wu (59) was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 6/12/14, p.D6)
2011 Jan 30, Albanian police
said they detained three people suspected of conspiring to murder a
top opposition leader at Jan 28 anti-government protest, as the
opposition said it would not back down from its campaign against the
ruling party for alleged corruption.
2011 Jan 30, Egyptian fighter
jets swooped low over Cairo in what appeared to be an attempt by the
military to show its control of a city beset by looting, armed
robbery and anti-government protests. Gangs of armed men attacked at
least four jails before dawn, helping to free hundreds of Muslim
militants and thousands of other inmates. The official death toll
from five days of growing crisis stood at 74, with thousands
injured. Al-Jazeera said that Egyptian authorities ordered the
closure of its Cairo news hub.
2011 Jan 30, Equatorial
Guinea’s Pres. Teodoro Obiang assumed the African Union chairmanship
at the organization’s annual summit, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
2011 Jan 30, In eastern Germany
a head-on collision between a cargo train and a passenger train
killed 10 people and injured 23 others. Authorities said they
believe the death toll in one of the country's worst train accidents
ever could still rise.
2011 Jan 30, In India at least
5,000 people marched through central New Delhi to show their anger
over recent scandals that hit PM Manmohan Singh's government. This
was the anniversary of the death of independence leader Mohandas K.
Gandhi, who was known for his scrupulous honesty.
2011 Jan 30, Iranian courts
sentenced two people to death for running porn sites.
2011 Jan 30, Israeli officials
agreed to allow Egypt to move several hundred troops into the Sinai
peninsula for the first time since the countries reached peace three
2011 Jan 30, Israel sentenced a
prominent Arab-Israeli human rights activist to nine years in jail
after pleading guilty to spying for Lebanon's Hezbollah. Ameer
Makhoul was convicted last October of espionage and aggravated
espionage on the basis of a plea bargain in which the prosecution
dropped a charge of assisting the enemy in time of war.
2011 Jan 30, Israel signed an
agreement with the European Space Agency for cooperation on space
technology and exploration of the solar system.
2011 Jan 30, In Mexico the
state of Guerrero, populated by 3.3 million people, held elections.
Voters gave the leftist Party of Democratic Revolution, or PRD,
victory over the powerful Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI,
in one of six state elections ahead of next year's presidential
(AP, 1/30/11)(Reuters, 1/30/11)
2011 Jan 30, In Mexico six
bodies were found outside the city of Monterrey. They were burned so
badly that investigators couldn't determine the cause of death or
the victims' gender.
2011 Jan 30, The Myanmar
opposition group led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi launched its
first official website: http://www.nldburma.org/.
2011 Jan 30, In northern
Nigeria gunmen attacked a police checkpoint, killing a policeman and
leading police to shoot dead two Boko Haram gunmen in Maiduguri.
Police said they have arrested 19 people over the slaying of the
region's dominant gubernatorial candidate.
2011 Jan 30, Oman said it has
dismantled an Emirati spy ring that was targeting the government and
the military in the Gulf sultanate. An official the cell was
uncovered five months ago, before it was watched and dismantled by
Omani security services.
2011 Jan 30, An unmanned
Russian cargo spacecraft docked at the Int’l. Space Station
delivering 2.6 tons of supplies to the US-Russian-Italian crew.
(SFC, 1/31/11, p.A2)
2011 Jan 30, In north Sudan
students clashed with police as youths heeded calls to take to the
streets for a day of nationwide anti-government protests, despite a
heavy security presence on the ground. Mohammed Abdulrahman, a
student beaten by police during the demonstrations in Khartoum, died
of his wounds in Omdurman hospital.
(AFP, 1/30/11)(AFP, 1/31/11)
2011 Jan 30, Sudan’s government
welcomed the preliminary results of the southern Sudan referendum
but said there was a "huge amount" to do before it becomes an
independent nation. Southern Sudan's referendum commission said
close to 99 percent of south Sudanese chose to secede from the north
in the landmark January 9-15 referendum.
2011 Jan 30, Thousands of
Tunisians turned out to welcome Islamist leader Rached Ghannouchi
(69) after more than 20 years in exile, as he eyed a political
future for his Ennahda movement after the fall of the government.
Ghannouchi was persecuted in Tunisia ever since founding his
Islamist movement in 1981.
2011 Jan 30, In Venezuela a
fire set off a series of explosions at a military arms depot in the
city of Maracay, killing one person and leading authorities to
evacuate around 10,000 people from the area.
2012 Jan 30, US federal
regulators approved the first drug for people with advanced forms of
basal cell carcinoma. It was made by Genentech, a subsidiary of
(SFC, 1/31/12, p.C1)
2012 Jan 30, Global Financial
Integrity, a Washington-based advocacy organization, issued a report
saying Mexico lost $872 billion between 1970 and 2010 because of
money laundering, tax evasion and other forms of corruption.
(SFC, 1/31/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 30, California’s
Claremont College acknowledged that that the school had submitted
false SAT scores to publications since 2005 to inflate the school’s
(SFC, 2/1/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 30, A new study said a
burgeoning population of huge pythons, many of them pets that were
turned loose by their owners when they got too big, appears to be
wiping out large numbers of raccoons, opossums, bobcats and other
mammals in the Florida Everglades.
2012 Jan 30, A Riyadh-based
Afghan diplomat said Afghan officials and representatives of the
Taliban insurgents are to hold peace talks in Saudi Arabia.
2012 Jan 30, Afghan police said
a woman has been strangled to death, apparently by her husband, who
was upset that she gave birth to a second daughter rather than the
son he wanted. Sher Mohammad fled the Khanabad district in Kunduz
province last week, about the time a neighbor found Estorai, his
22-year-old wife, dead in their house.
2012 Jan 30, The World Trade
Organization ruled that China’s policies to restrict exports of
several metals, like bauxite and magnesium, violated its WTO
(Econ, 2/4/12, p.75)
2012 Jan 30, In CongoDRC a
plane crashed after takeoff in South Kivu. There were at least five
people on board.
2012 Jan 30, In the Dominican
Republic a tourist bus crashed down a hill, killing the driver and
injuring 10 people, including seven from the United States.
2012 Jan 30, In Ethiopia a vote
by African leaders for the head of their African Union executive
ended in deadlock amid a drive by southern Africa to wrest influence
from the continent's French-speaking countries. Gabon's Jean Ping
(69), who has headed the African Union Commission since 2008 and was
seeking a new term, was challenged by South Africa's Nkosazana
Dlamini-Zuma, a former foreign minister. The AU extended the mandate
of Jean Ping until fresh polls are held during the next summit in
2012 Jan 30, Across eastern
Europe heavy snow and a severe cold snap have killed at least 36
people and many areas were under emergency measures as schools
closed down, roads became impassible and power supplies were cut
2012 Jan 30, In Egypt 7 gunmen
charged into the New Cairo branch of HSBC Bank on the city's
outskirts, firing their weapons in the air, and took money from
tellers. 3 gunmen robbed an armored car as it unloaded money at
another bank in southern Cairo, fleeing with over 3 million Egyptian
pounds ($542,000 dollars).
2012 Jan 30, An Indonesian
court indicted five activists for treason in the restive Papua
region after they raised an outlawed Papuan flag on Oct 19 and
declared its independence.
2012 Jan 30, Iran's top
diplomat offered to extend the current visit of UN nuclear
inspectors and expressed optimism their findings would help ease
tensions despite international claims that Iran is trying to build
nuclear weapons. Iran's state TV reported the development of
laser-guided artillery shells capable of hitting moving targets.
2012 Jan 30, Iraq said interior
ministry security forces have detained 16 members of Vice President
of the Republic Tareq al-Hashemi's guard, who were said to be
practicing assassinations with silenced rifles and pistols targeting
interior ministry officers and judges.
2012 Jan 30, In Mexico several
officers were ambushed at a Ciudad Juarez gas station. Three
assailants were killed and three other policemen were wounded.
2012 Jan 30, Myanmar’s Pres.
Thein Sein began a 3-day visit to Singapore. During the visit he
signed agreements on cooperation in areas from tourism to the law.
2012 Jan 30, In Nigeria a Court
of Appeals ruled that Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha, the right-hand man for
the feared military dictator Sani Abacha, should be hanged. He was
accused of orchestrating the 1996 machine-gun killing of the wife of
Moshood Abiola, a flamboyant businessman widely believed to be have
won an annulled 1993 presidential election. Gunmen on motorcycles
attacked a police station in Kano but were repelled by police. Boko
Haram gunmen attacked an air force barracks, a police station and an
army checkpoint, about 90 miles (150 km) north of Maiduguri, killing
(AP, 1/30/12)(AFP, 1/30/12)(AP, 1/31/12)
2012 Jan 30, In Norway 2 men
were found guilty Monday of involvement in an al-Qaida plot to
attack a Danish newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. A
third defendant, David Jakobsen, who assisted police in the
investigation, was convicted on an explosives charge and sentenced
to four months in prison. The Oslo district court sentenced alleged
ringleader Mikael Davud, to seven years in prison and co-defendant
Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak to three and a half years. The three men
were arrested in July 2010.
2012 Jan 30, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber killed Haji Akhunzada, an Islamist
militant commander, who had escaped two previous assassination
attempts, and three other people on the outskirts of Peshawar.
2012 Jan 30, In western Panama
members of the Ngobe-Bugle Indian tribe began blocking the
Pan-American Highway to protest changes that the government made to
a mining law and its plans to build dams in their territory.
2012 Jan 30, In Peru some 112
people were treated for injuries after a magnitude-6.3 earthquake
struck the country's central coast at 11 minutes after midnight.
2012 Jan 30, In the Philippines
an accidental grenade blast killed a communist rebel and wounded 11
civilians, including 7 children, in southern Bukidnon province's
2012 Jan 30, Romania's highest
court sentenced former PM Adrian Nastase (2000-2004) to two years in
prison after convicting him of illegally raising funds for a failed
2012 Jan 30, Russia's Foreign
Ministry said it has invited Syrian authorities and opposition for
talks in Moscow.
2012 Jan 30, In northern
Senegal paramilitary police opened fire on men and women protesting
the president's plan to run for a third term, killing a woman in her
60s and a high school student in Podor.
2012 Jan 30, Somalia's Islamist
Shebab rebels banned the International Committee of the Red Cross
(ICRC), ordering it to close its emergency relief operations in the
war-torn regions it controls.
2012 Jan 30, Sudanese officials
said the army has freed 14 Chinese road construction workers, part
of a group reportedly abducted by militants on Jan 28 in a remote
region in the country's south.
2012 Jan 30, The World Food
Program estimated that as many as a half million people could be
forced to flee Sudan if the government in Khartoum does not allow
humanitarian aid into the country. A top US official said that a
humanitarian crisis is looming.
2012 Jan 30, Swaziland police
fired teargas at university students, when they protested the
government's failure to open the school for classes this year.
2012 Jan 30, Syrian forces
heavily shelled the restive city of Homs and troops pushed back
dissident troops from some suburbs on the outskirts of Damascus in
an offensive trying to regain control of the capital's eastern
doorstep. Activists reported the discovery of a family of six, a
couple and their four children, who had been killed by gunfire
several days earlier in the Karm el-Zeitoun district of Damascus.
SANA state news reported that a "terrorist group" blew up a gas
pipeline in the province of Homs. The Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights said almost 100 people, including 55 civilians, were killed
during a regime assault on Homs.
(AP, 1/30/12)(AFP, 1/30/12)(AFP, 1/31/12)
2012 Jan 30, In Yemen US
airstrikes targeting leaders from the active al-Qaida branch killed
four suspected militants, including a man suspected of involvement
in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.
2013 Jan 30, In Alabama Jimmy
Lee Dykes (65) holed up in a bunker with a 5-year-old hostage kept
law officers at bay in an all-night, all-day standoff that began
when he killed a school bus driver and dragged the boy away. Bus
driver Charles Albert Poland Jr. (66) was hailed by locals as a hero
who gave his life to protect 21 students.
(AP, 1/30/13)(AP, 2/1/13)
2013 Jan 30, A massive storm in
the southeast US left at least 2 people dead in Georgia.
(SFC, 1/31/13, p.A5)
2013 Jan 30, Former Illinois
Gov. George Ryan (78) was released from federal prison. He will
remain under house arrest until his 6½-year sentence officially ends
(SFC, 1/31/13, p.A9)
2013 Jan 30, In Afghanistan a
bomb exploded in an open-air market in Khost province, killing two
2013 Jan 30, In Argentina an
attempt by Chevron Corp. to unfreeze its assets was dismissed by an
appeals court. Winners of a $19 billion environmental judgment in
Ecuador have filed suits in Canada, Brazil and Argentina.
2013 Jan 30, In north-central
Chile a magnitude-6.8 earthquake shook offices, toppled supermarket
shelves and broke windows.
2013 Jan 30, China’s Beijing
government put into place emergency measures to try to combat thick
smog which has encased the city.
(SFC, 1/31/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 30, In Egypt two
protesters were killed in clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square and its
surroundings. Mohamed ElBaradei, Egypt's liberal opposition leader,
called for a broad national dialogue with the Islamist government,
all political factions and the powerful military.
2013 Jan 30, Egypt's Islamist
Pres. Morsi, on a one-day visit to Berlin to seek support to rebuild
a crumbling Egyptian economy, turned aside repeated criticism of his
past comments referring to Jews as "the descendants of apes and
pigs," insisting that the remarks were taken out of context and were
aimed at criticizing Israeli attacks on Palestinians.
2013 Jan 30, At a conference in
Kuwait Gulf nations answered UN calls to boost humanitarian aid for
Syria with $900 million in pledges even as more refugees poured into
neighboring Jordan and its leader warned resources were strained to
2013 Jan 30, Israel said it is
transferring some $100 million in last month’s tax revenues to the
Palestinian Authority that were frozen last year.
2013 Jan 30, Israeli jets
bombed a convoy near Syria's border with Lebanon, apparently
targeting weapons destined for Hezbollah in what some called a
warning to Damascus not to arm Israel's Lebanese enemy.
2013 Jan 30, The Lebanese
military said that Israeli warplanes have sharply increased their
activity over Lebanon in the past week, including at least 12
sorties in less than 24 hours in the country's south.
2013 Jan 30, In Mali French
forces took control the airport in Kidal, seizing a key position in
the last remaining urban stronghold of Islamist extremists, whose
fighters escaped with their weapons into a desert region the size of
Texas. 4 Malian soldiers died and 5 others were wounded when their
vehicle hit a land mine in the town of Gossi.
(AP, 1/30/13)(AP, 1/31/13)
2013 Jan 30, Russia pulled out
of an anti-crime accord with the United States in a move the US
called "self-defeating," the latest sign of rising tensions between
Moscow and Washington.
2013 Jan 30, South Korea
launched a satellite into space from its own soil for the first
time. The satellite is designed to analyze weather data, measure
radiation in space, gauges distances on earth and test how
effectively South Korean-made devices installed on the satellite
operate in space.
2014 Jan 30, Royal Dutch Shell
said it will suspend drilling in offshore Alaska after a US court
decision and as the oil major streamlines operations following a
slump in annual profits.
2014 Jan 30, In Napa, Ca.,
Kayleigh Slusher (3) died. Her body was found in her bed on Feb 1.
On Feb 4 her mother Sara Kreuger (23) and boyfriend Ryan Scott
Warner (26) were charged with the child’s murder. In May 2017,
separate juries found Ryan Warner and Sara Krueger guilty of
first-degree murder. In 2019 the city of Napa and Napa County
settled a suit in the case agreeing to pay $2.5 million to
Kayleigh's father and his parents.
p.E1)(http://tinyurl.com/y8ssbr4n)(SFC, 1/3/19, p.C1)
2014 Jan 30, In western
Kentucky 8 children and their mother, LaRae Watson (35), were killed
in a house fire.
(SFC, 1/31/14, p.A8)
2014 Jan 30, In Utah Jose Angel
Garcia (27) shot and killed Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride following a
50-mile chase near Eagle Mountain. A 2nd deputy was wounded. Garcia
was also wounded and died the next day. Garcia’s girlfriend Meagan
Grunwald (17) survived the shootout and faced nearly a dozen charges
in the crime rampage. In April she pleaded innocent to all charges.
(SFC, 2/1/14, p.A6)(SFC, 5/13/14, p.A5)
2014 Jan 30, A Bangladesh court
sentenced Motiur Rahman Nizami (70), leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami
party, and 13 others to death over a huge 2004 arms smuggling
racket, sparking fears of new political unrest.
2014 Jan 30, Leaders of the
54-member African Union met in Ethiopia for a two-day summit with
the conflict in the Central African Republic and South Sudan
dominating the agenda.
2014 Jan 30, England-based
Oxfam confirmed accepting US actress Scarlett Johansson's decision
to step down, saying her promotion of Israeli drinks firm
SodaStream, which has a factory in a settlement east of Jerusalem,
was "incompatible" with her role at the international aid agency.
2014 Jan 30, A small socialist
party quit Denmark's coalition government amid discord over plans to
sell a stake in state-controlled Dong Energy to Goldman Sachs and
2014 Jan 30, Egyptian security
forces arrested 11 Muslim Brotherhood members accused of running
Facebook pages inciting violence against the police. A government
air raid in the Sinai Peninsula hit militants linked to the Muslim
Brotherhood of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. 7 militants were
(AP, 1/30/14)(AFP, 1/31/14)
2014 Jan 30, In France about 20
percent of flights in and out of Paris' airports were canceled
because air traffic controllers are on strike over plans to combine
European air space. Controllers in several other European countries
also plan work stoppages.
2014 Jan 30, Greek police
detained dozens of people during a protest at the merchant marine
minister's office over the deaths of immigrants whose boat sank as
it was being towed by the Coast Guard.
2014 Jan 30, In Iraq at least 6
gunmen burst into the state-run Company for Transportation ministry
building in Baghdad and killed at least 2 people. Police shot and
killed 4 of the militants while two others blew themselves up.
Officials blamed the Sunni Muslim ISIL (ISIS) rebels. Attacks across
the city left 11 dead.
(Reuters, 1/30/14)(SFC, 1/31/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 30, In Italy Amanda
Knox (26) and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted
a 2nd time for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher (21)
in 2007 while the two were students together in the Italian
university town of Perugia. Neither her 28½-year sentence nor the
25-year prison term handed to Sollecito will have to be served
pending further appeals.
2014 Jan 30, In Japan about
1,400 people filed a joint lawsuit against three companies that
manufactured reactors at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant,
saying they should be financially liable for damage caused by their
2014 Jan 30, Nature published
two papers by a team led by Haruko Obokata of the Riken Center for
Developmental Biology in Japan. The team claimed to have found a
simple way to reprogram ordinary mouse cells, persuading them to
transform themselves into pluripotent cells.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.79)
2014 Jan 30, In Libya gunmen
kidnapped the son of the army's special forces commander, the latest
high-profile abduction in the eastern city of Benghazi where the
military has been battling Islamist militants.
2014 Jan 30, Panama’s judicial
authorities ordered the release of 32 of 35 crew members of a North
Korean ship detained last July for carrying hidden arms from Cuba.
The Chon Chon Gang was carrying Cuban fighter jects and missiles.
Owners this month agreed to pay a $670,000 fine.
(SFC, 1/31/14, p.A2)
2014 Jan 30, In the Philippines
nearly 200 inmates complaining of hunger and squalid conditions
escaped from a provincial jail in an eastern province that was
devastated by a monster storm in November. Authorities recaptured
148 of the 182 escapees hours after they stormed out of the Leyte
provincial jail in Palo town.
2014 Jan 30, Romania’s National
Center of Cinematography viewed Danish director Lars von Trier's
movie "Nymphomaniac II" for a second time and decided to lift the
ban it had imposed the day before.
2014 Jan 30, Russia’s
Anti-Terrorism Committee identified the Dec 29 Volgograd bombers as
Asker Samedov and Suleiman Magomedov and called them members of the
"Buinaksk Terrorist Group.” It also said two suspected accomplices
have been arrested in Dagestan province.
2014 Jan 30, In Syria at least
11 people, including three children, were killed by explosive-packed
barrels dropped from government army helicopters over the town of
2014 Jan 30, Tunisia's central
bank expressed "optimism" after the IMF released a delayed $506
million loan to support the fragile economy following major steps
this week to end months of political turmoil.
2014 Jan 30, In Turkey hundreds
of police were transferred from their posts in Ankara and Izmir, and
dozens more were affected in Istanbul and the southeastern city of
Gaziantep. Altogether, more than 5,000 police officers have been
dismissed or transferred since the graft inquiry became public on
December 17 with the arrest of businessmen close to PM Tayyip
Erdogan and three cabinet ministers' sons.
2014 Jan 30, Uganda's
government said it is planning to double expenditure on
anti-retroviral drugs in an effort to reverse a worsening trend in
2014 Jan 30, Ukraine's
embattled President Viktor Yanukovych took sick leave, leaving it
unclear how involved he may be in efforts to resolve the country's
political crisis in which protesters are calling for his
2014 Jan 30, In Ukraine Dmytro
Bulatov (35) a member of Automaidan, a group of car owners that has
taken part in the protests against President Viktor Yanukovych, was
discovered outside Kiev. His face and clothes were covered in
clotted blood, his hands were swollen and bore the marks of nails.
He had gone missing on Jan 22.
2014 Jan 30, A Yemeni cargo
ship ran aground and sank off the coast of Yemen killing all 12
2015 Jan 30, It was reported
that Clarke Howatt, the public finance director of the Association
of Bay Area Governments, is under scrutiny for orchestrating the
theft of $1.3 million in bond money meant for public parks and
street improvements in San Francisco’s south of Market area. A
routine audit uncovered the missing cash last month.
(SFC, 1/30/15, p.A14)
2015 Jan 30, In southern
California Marion “Suge” Knight, founder of Death Row Records, was
booked on suspicion of murder after hitting and killing Terry Carter
(55) with his pickup truck and fleeing the scene a day earlier. On
Feb 2 Knight was charged with murder.
(SFC, 1/31/15, p.A10)(SFC, 2/3/15, p.A6)
2015 Jan 30, Carl Djerassi
(b.1923), Stanford chemist, died of complications of cancer at his
home in San Francisco. He was a key contributor to the invention of
the birth control pill.
(SSFC, 2/1/15, p.D1)(Econ, 2/7/15, p.86)
2015 Jan 30, Shares of Shake
Shack, a hamburger chain, rose to $45.90 on the NYSE in an IPO with
5 million shares sold at $21.
(SFC, 1/31/15, p.D2)
2015 Jan 30, African Union
leaders opened a two-day annual summit in the Ethiopian capital
Addis Ababa. The 54-member bloc called for a regional five-nation
force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of Nigeria's
Boko Haram Islamist militants.
2015 Jan 30, Austrian police
arrested 54 people after violence broke out as thousands protested
against a ball organized by far-right groups and politicians in
2015 Jan 30, Zhelyu Zhelev
(b.1935), Bulgaria’s first non-communist president (1990-1997),
died. He was hailed as a hero of freedom and democracy.
2015 Jan 30, In northern
Cameroon 3 soldiers and 123 Boko Haram militants were killed when
the Islamist group attacked a Chadian army contingent over the last
24 hours near the border town of Fotokol.
2015 Jan 30, Canada's spy
agency was granted new powers to thwart terror plots in a security
overhaul precipitated by recent jihadist attacks.
2015 Jan 30, Egyptian President
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia for an African
Union summit after the Islamic State's Egyptian wing claimed the
killing of at least 30 soldiers and police officers in the Sinai
Peninsula. An interior ministry employee was killed in North Sinai.
(Reuters, 1/30/15)(AFP, 1/31/15)
2015 Jan 30, France pledged
tanks and armored vehicles to bolster NATO forces in Poland, where
leaders are increasingly uneasy about Russia.
2015 Jan 30, Greece's finance
minister Yanis Varoufakis said the government will not cooperate
with the EU and IMF mission bankrolling the country and will not
seek an extension to the bailout program. PM Alexis Tsipras'
government sacked the heads of the state privatization agency after
halting a series of state asset sales
(Reuters, 1/30/15)(Reuters, 1/31/15)
2015 Jan 30, Iraqi Kurdish
forces repelled a major attack by the Islamic State group in Kirkuk
province. Brigadier General Shirko Rauf and 5 other members of the
Kurdish peshmerga forces were killed and 46 more were wounded.
Violence elsewhere left at least 19 dead. Kurdish Brig. Gen. Hussein
Mansour was killed by a sniper shot near Kirkuk.
(AFP, 1/30/15)(AP, 1/31/15)
2015 Jan 30, The US-led
coalition said it launched six air strikes against Islamic State in
Iraq and Syria over the last 24 hours.
2015 Jan 30, Israel published
bids for the building of 450 new housing units in West Bank
(SFC, 1/31/15, p.A2)
2015 Jan 30, At least 8 people
died when a boat carrying illegal migrants sank amid gales off
Morocco, near the Spanish enclave of Melilla.
2015 Jan 30, NATO said it will
deploy small units in six Eastern European nations to help
coordinate a spearhead force set up in response to Russia's actions
in Ukraine. The units in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland,
Bulgaria and Romania will be the first of their kind there.
2015 Jan 30, In southern
Pakistan a powerful bomb tore through a busy Shiite mosque, killing
at least 61 people in Shikarpur, Sindh province.
2015 Jan 30, Qatar Airways said
it has bought nearly 10 percent of the parent company of British
Airways and Spain's Iberia, deepening its business ties to Europe.
2015 Jan 30, Russia's top
general said a strong nuclear arsenal will ensure military
superiority over the West as Moscow forges ahead with a
multi-billion dollar plan to modernize its forces by 2020. Gen.
Valery Gerasimov said the Russian military would receive more than
50 new intercontinental nuclear missiles this year.
2015 Jan 30, In a decree
published online Russia’s government said that a company owned by
Arkady Rotenberg, a longtime ally of President Vladimir Putin, would
be given the commission to build a bridge linking Crimea to mainland
2015 Jan 30, In Russia the
Institute for Scientific Information on Social Sciences, one of the
country’s largest public libraries, went up in flames in south-west
Moscow. The main storage which contained rare medieval Slavic texts
didn't seem to be affected.
2015 Jan 30, In Saudi Arabia
two US citizens came under gunfire, and one of them was wounded but
in stable condition.
2015 Jan 30, Saudi Arabia
postponed for a third week in a row the flogging of blogger Raef
2015 Jan 30, The South African
government granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of a covert
unit for the apartheid state responsible for dozens of deaths,
saying it is in the interest of national reconciliation.
2015 Jan 30, Syria's Al-Qaeda
affiliate Al-Nusra Front fought Western-backed rebels as the
jihadists pressed to take control of a northern area. Syrian
opposition fighters detonated a cache of explosives in a tunnel
under an army post in the northwestern province of Idlib, inflicting
heavy casualties among government troops. The government denied the
casualties and said the targeted post was empty.
(AFP, 1/30/15)(AP, 1/30/15)
2015 Jan 30, In eastern Ukraine
at least 24 people, mostly, civilians were reported killed on both
sides in heavy fighting. An attempt to reopen peace talks in
neighboring Belarus was aborted before it began. Kiev's military
said 5 of its servicemen had been killed in fighting in the past 24
(Reuters, 1/30/15)(AFP, 1/30/15)
2015 Jan 30, In Ethiopia
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (90) took over the post of
African Union chairman, replacing Mauritania's President Mohamed
Ould Abdel Aziz.
2016 Jan 30, In Oregon four
people continued to occupy a wildlife refuge. Eleven others,
arrested last week, remained in custody.
(Boston Globe, 1/31/16, p.A6)
2016 Jan 30, African leaders
met in Addis Ababa in a bid to end armed crises, including in
troubled Burundi, with an unprecedented vote on deploying a
5,000-strong peacekeeping force despite Burundi's vehement
2016 Jan 30, Colombia announced
that more than 2,000 pregnant women have been infected with Zika,
amid growing concern about the spread of the virus suspected of
causing irreversible brain damage in newborns.
2016 Jan 30, In Egypt a
homemade bomb in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula
killed 2 soldiers and wounded two other military men.
2016 Jan 30, In France
thousands of people marched through Paris and in other cities to
decry the proposed extension of a state of emergency imposed after
the November Paris attacks.
2016 Jan 30, The Islamic State
group released a video purporting to show a French-speaking jihadist
threatening attacks against the West and executing so-called
apostates and spies in Iraq. At the end of the almost eight-minute
video, the speaker and other IS fighters shoot dead five kneeling
men in orange jumpsuits.
2016 Jan 30, Hundreds of
thousands of people protested in Rome's Circus Maximus arena against
a civil unions bill for same-sex couples, a hot-potato issue for PM
Matteo Renzi's government.
2016 Jan 30, In Nigeria Boko
Haram extremists firebombed huts in Dalori village and two nearby
camps husing 25,000 refugees. 3 female suicide bombers blew
themselves up among people who managed to flee to neighboring Gamori
village, killing 86 people.
(AP, 1/31/16) (AP, 2/1/16)
2016 Jan 30, Pakistani forces
killed five suspected separatists overnight near Quetta, Baluchistan
2016 Jan 30, In Pakistan
notorious Lyari gang war leader Uzair Baluch, the alleged mastermind
of a string of murders of local politicians and policemen, was
arrested in the country's crime-ridden commercial capital of
2016 Jan 30, In Russia 12
people were killed after a fire in a sewing room in Moscow. The dead
were all workers from Central Asia and included 3 kids.
(Reuters, 1/31/16)(AP, 2/1/16)
2016 Jan 30, In South Korea the
education ministers of South Korea, Japan and China held the first
three-way meeting among the countries that often spar over how their
wartime past is described in textbooks.
2016 Jan 30, Sri Lanka's police
arrested Yoshitha Rajapaksa, a son of the country's former strongman
leader, over an alleged financial offense.
2016 Jan 30, Doctors Without
Borders said 16 recent deaths have brought the number of people
reported to have died of starvation in Madaya, Syria, to 46 since
2016 Jan 30, A delegation from
Syria's main opposition group arrived in Geneva to join UN-mediated
peace talks, demanding President Bashar al-Assad's government be
made to comply with a UN resolution on humanitarian aid and human
2016 Jan 30, In Syria suspected
Russian air strikes killed at least 10 civilians in a village held
by the Islamic State group in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.
2016 Jan 30, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan embarked on a major tour of Latin American
countries in a bid to expand Ankara's ties outside its traditional
sphere of influence.
2016 Jan 30, Turkey said
another Russian warplane violated its airspace a day earlier despite
several warnings President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Moscow that
it would be forced to "endure the consequences" if its jets continue
to violate Turkish airspace, after Ankara reported a new border
infringement incident by a Russian plane.
2016 Jan 30, At least 37 people
drowned and 75 others were rescued after a boat carrying migrants to
Greece sank off Turkey's western coast.
2017 Jan 30, US President
Donald Trump fired top federal government lawyer Sally Yates after
she took the extraordinarily rare step of defying the White House
and refused to defend new travel restrictions targeting seven
2017 Jan 30, Pres. Trump signed
an executive action aimed at cutting regulations for small
businesses. White House officials called the directive a "one in,
two out" plan, requiring government agencies requesting a new
regulation to identify two others they will cut. Trump also denied
his recent immigration order was to blame for the chaos at the
nation's airports over the weekend.
2017 Jan 30, General Motors Co
(GM) and Honda Motor Co Ltd said they will jointly produce hydrogen
fuel cell power systems in the United States from around 2020, to
cut costs and ramp up output in the hope of increasing take-up of
the zero-emission cars.
2017 Jan 30, Researchers said
nearly one in four US children suffers from chronic bullying at
school, a problem that may lead to poor academic performance and low
confidence over time.
2017 Jan 30, Harold Rosen (90),
a driving force in the development of modern satellite
communications, died at his home in Los Angeles County.
(SSFC, 2/5/17, p.C13)
2017 Jan 30, Argentina changed
its immigration law to make it easier to deport foreigners who
commit crimes and to prohibit individuals with criminal records from
entering the country.
2017 Jan 30, Austria's
coalition government promised to ban Muslim face-covering veils and
to restrict eastern European workers' access to the labor market, in
a package of policies aimed at countering the rise of the far-right
2017 Jan 30, Bosnia indicted
Visnja Acimovic (44), known as 'Beba', a Bosnian Serb woman for
taking part in the killing of 37 Muslim Bosniak prisoners of war in
the eastern town of Vlasenica in June 1992. The bodies were found in
a mass grave in 2000.
2017 Jan 30, The head of
Brazil's Supreme Court validated 77 plea bargains with officials
from a construction giant targeted by a major corruption probe, a
step that is likely to significantly widen investigations into top
politicians and businessmen.
2017 Jan 30, In Brazil fallen
tycoon Eike Batista (60) was arrested at Rio de Janeiro's airport
after returning to face corruption charges. He personified Brazil's
economic boom and once boasted he'd become the world's richest man.
2017 Jan 30, Chad's foreign
minister Moussa Faki Mahamat was named as the new AU Commission
chairperson, beating four others to succeed South Africa's Nkosazana
2017 Jan 30, In Greece a
migrant was found dead in his tent on Lesbos island, the third death
there in a week, raising alarm about the grim living conditions in
2017 Jan 30, Iraq's lawmakers
backed a non-binding "reciprocity measure" that would bar Americans
from entering Iraq in retaliation for Pres. Donald Trump's banning
of Iraqis and citizens of six other majority-Muslim countries from
traveling to the US.
2017 Jan 30, Former Israeli
chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, was found guilty of taking bribes on
multiple occasions, as well as fraud and obstructing justice. He
faced three-and-a-half years in prison and a fine $1.3 million.
Metzger stepped down in July 2013 after 10 years in office.
2017 Jan 30, Italian police
said they had dismantled a major people smuggling network
responsible for trafficking hundreds of people across Europe.
2017 Jan 30, Mexico’s medical
oversight agency reported the seizure of almost 47,000 Chinese-made
HIV testing kits in Veracruz that it said could give false negative
2017 Jan 30, Myanmar police
arrested Myint Swe in southeastern Karen state. Police alleged he
hired the suspected gunman, Kyi Lin, who was arrested right after he
shot Ko Ni in the head at close range at the Yangon airport on
Sunday and tried to flee.
2017 Jan 30, Norway's Lutheran
Church voted in favor of new ceremonial language that will allow its
pastors to conduct same-sex marriages, bringing it into line with
several other mainstream Protestant denominations abroad.
2017 Jan 30, The Philippine
police chief stopped the use of the national police force in
anti-drug operations and disbanded all police anti-narcotics units
after the president's brutal crackdown was used as a cover by rogue
officers to kidnap and kill a South Korean man for money.
2017 Jan 30, In the Philippines
Iris Mittenaere (23), a dental student from Lille city, France, won
the Miss Universe crown in a pageant, saying her triumph will make
the beauty contest more popular in Europe and help her efforts to
put more underprivileged children in school.
2017 Jan 30, It was reported
that historians in Poland have put online what they say is the most
complete list of Nazi SS commanders and guards at the Auschwitz
concentration camp in hopes some of them can still be brought to
2017 Jan 30, Puerto Rico's
governor signed a fiscal emergency law that in part aims to pay some
of the US territory's nearly $70 billion public debt.
2017 Jan 30, Syria warned of
safe zones for civilians that US President Donald Trump has
expressed interest in creating, saying it would have to come in
coordination with the Syrian government, otherwise it would be
unsafe and violate the Arab nation's sovereignty.
2017 Jan 30, In Syria six
long-range Russian bombers launched an air strike against Islamic
State positions in Deir al-Zor province, destroying two command
points and several arms storehouses.
2017 Jan 30, In Ukraine a
sudden surge in clashes between government forces and Russian-backed
rebels killed at least six people despite a tattered truce in
Ukraine's war-scarred east.
2017 Jan 30, In central Yemen a
suspected US drone strike killed two al-Qaida militants in Shabwa
2017 Jan 30, Yemeni rebel
"suicide" boats attacked a Saudi warship on patrol in the Red Sea,
killing two sailors in what the Saudi-led coalition called an
escalation of the nearly two-year-old war.
2018 Jan 30, US Pres. Donald
Trump signed an executive order to keep open the US military prison
at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
(SFC, 2/1/18, p.A6)
2018 Jan 30, Pres. Donald Trump
gave his State of the Union address. Trump put the spotlight on the
guests his team had invited to sit in the gallery with first lady
Melania Trump and called on Congress to lift budgetary caps and
boost spending on the military.
2018 Jan 30, The US Treasury
Department slapped sanctions on a gambling empire hacked from the
Laotian jungle which it said was involved in drug, human and
wildlife trafficking and child prostitution.
2018 Jan 30, The United States
and Qatar inked a deal to resolve a years-old quarrel over alleged
airline subsidies, as Qatar's government works to defuse tensions
with the Trump administration.
2018 Jan 30, American actor
Mark Salling (35) died of an apparent suicide in Los Angeles, weeks
after pleading to guilty to possession of child pornography. He
played bad-boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman in the musical comedy “Glee.”
(SFC, 1/31/18, p.A5)
2018 Jan 30, In San Francisco a
photograph captured a man breaking into a van on Lombard Street. On
Feb. 23 suspect Delon Terrance Barker (21) was captured along with
Charles Bradshaw (18) and Derriun Riggins (21) following a car
break-in in Vacaville. In 2017 there were 30,000 reported car
break-ins in San Francisco with a 1.6% arrest rate.
(SFC, 2/28/18, p.A8)
2018 Jan 30, In southern
California a 4-seat Robinson R44 helicopter crashed in Orange County
killed three people.
(SFC, 1/31/18, p.A7)
2018 Jan 30, In Texas William
Rayford (64) of Dallas was executed by lethal injection for the 1999
slaying of his ex-girlfriend while on parole for killing his
(SFC, 1/31/18, p.A6)
2018 Jan 30, In Afghanistan two
US drone strikes hit a building where dozens of Taliban were meeting
in southeastern Ghazni province, killing 26 insurgents and wounding
2018 Jan 30, Australia's
military said that a fitness tracking application did not breach
security despite revelations that an interactive, online map using
its data can show troop locations around the world.
2018 Jan 30, British PM Theresa
May and 50 business leaders flew to China for a three-day visit
seeking a key economic partner for post-Brexit Britain.
2018 Jan 30, A British judge
handed a prison sentence to Chris Parker (33), a homeless man, who
admitted stealing from victims of the May 22, 2017, Manchester Arena
bombing while pretending to help them.
2018 Jan 30, Cameroonian troops
crossed into neighboring Nigeria in pursuit of separatist rebels.
More than 43,000 Cameroonians have fled as refugees to Nigeria to
escape the government crackdown on the separatists.
2018 Jan 30, A coalition of
eight Egyptian opposition parties and some 150 pro-democracy public
figures called on voters to boycott the March presidential election.
2018 Jan 30, In Egypt the Cairo
Criminal Court sentenced six alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to
life in prison over charges including the attempted murder of
soldiers and police. The court sentenced four other defendants to 15
years on similar charges, including belonging to a terrorist group,
murder and planning attacks against the state. Another two
defendants got five years in prison.
2018 Jan 30, Three Egyptian
security sources said that in recent months up to 30 more captains
and lieutenants in the security forces have joined the al Qaeda
linked Ansar al-Islam network, which is headed by one of the
country's most wanted men, former special forces officer Hisham
2018 Jan 30, An Egyptian court
imposed a $22 million fine on Qatari-owned sports broadcaster BeIN
Sports and its chief executive for violating anti-trust regulations.
2018 Jan 30, In France workers
and some residents at nursing homes protested around the country in
anger over staff shortages and cost cuts, pressing President
Emmanuel Macron's government to rethink care for the elderly.
2018 Jan 30, Germany's would-be
coalition parties reached a compromise on the divisive question of
family reunions for migrants, clearing a major hurdle in talks on a
ruling alliance, although both sides immediately presented varying
interpretations of it.
2018 Jan 30, German police and
customs officers searched 140 properties in western Germany and
arrested eight people as part of an investigation into organized
illegal work in the construction industry.
2018 Jan 30, In Greece Israel's
Pres. Reuven Rivlin and Greece's PM Alexis Tsipras attended a
foundation ceremony for a Holocaust memorial museum in Thessaloniki,
which lost 97 percent of its Jewish community in German World War II
2018 Jan 30, Dublin-based
Ryanair said it has signed an agreement to recognize the British
Airline Pilots Association that reverses its historic hostility
towards trade unions.
2018 Jan 30, Israel's Yad
Vashem memorial awarded a posthumous medal for heroism to three
Poles who risked their lives to protect Jewish neighbors during the
Nazi Holocaust. Jan Dziadosz, his wife Sabina and their son
Aleksandr were honored as "Righteous Among the Nations," for risking
their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.
2018 Jan 30, The Japan Prize
Foundation announced that Emory pediatrician Dr. Max Cooper and
Australian Professor Jacques Miller have been awarded the Japan
Prize for research in immunology. A third winner was Japanese
inventor Akira Yoshino, recognized for work that is the foundation
of the lithium ion battery.
2018 Jan 30, A coalition of aid
groups in Jordan said about 8,500 Syrians are still locked up behind
barbed wire in Village 5 of the Azraq refugee camp. Some 20% of
Jordan's 665,000 registered Syrian refugees lived in three camps,
the rest in host communities.
(SFC, 1/31/18, p.A4)
2018 Jan 30, The Kenyan
government declared the opposition's 'National Resistance Movement'
a criminal group. Independently owned Citizen TV and Radio, KTN News
and NTV were switched off as supporters of opposition leader Raila
Odinga watched him take a symbolic presidential oath in a Nairobi
park in a direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
(Reuters, 1/30/18)(Reuters, 1/31/18)
2018 Jan 30, In Lebanon German
Pres. Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with Lebanese PM Saad Hariri in
Beirut, where they discussed Berlin's participation in upcoming
international conferences aimed at shoring up Lebanon's security
forces and boosting its economy. Steinmeier also met with local
Christian and Muslim spiritual leaders on the second day of his
2018 Jan 30, Macedonian customs
officers said they have seized more than 300 kg of cannabis in a
truck, hidden in pallets loaded with sacks of rice, at a border
crossing with Greece.
2018 Jan 30, Montenegro signed
a 30 million euro ($37 million) deal to buy three helicopters made
by Bell Helicopter, part of Textron Inc, in a drive by NATO's newest
member to bolster its defenses.
2018 Jan 30, Amnesty Int'l.
said Nigeria's military has killed at least 35 people in air raids
during attempts to combat growing violence between farmers and
herdsmen over land in five states.
(SFC, 1/31/18, p.A2)
2018 Jan 30, In northeastern
Nigeria Boko Haram jihadists killed at least five loggers, in the
latest attacks against civilians in the violence-hit region.
2018 Jan 30, Polish President
Andrzej Duda signed into law a bill that largely limits trade on
Sundays, saying it will benefit family life. Large Western
supermarket chains were the main target of the law.
2018 Jan 30, Saudi Arabia's
attorney general said $107 billion has been recovered so far in a
major crackdown on high-level corruption and that 56 suspects were
still being investigated.
2018 Jan 30, A Syrian peace
conference in Russia was marred by discord after the Russian foreign
minister was heckled, an opposition delegation refused to leave the
airport on arrival, and delegates squabbled over who should preside
over the event.
2018 Jan 30, It was reported
that Thailand's ruling military junta has filed charges against
seven democracy activists for calling for elections and an end to
2018 Jan 30, Turkey detained 11
top members of the country's main medical association, including its
chief, in a nationwide sweep after they criticized Ankara's
offensive against Kurdish militia in Syria.
2018 Jan 30, The Turkish
Football Federation (TFF) said German-Kurdish player Deniz Naki
(28), previously convicted of support for Kurdish separatists in
Turkey, has been banned for life and charged 273,000 liras ($72,000)
for "separatist and ideological propaganda".
2018 Jan 30, The United Nations
Children's Fund (UNICEF) said an estimated 60,000 children face
potential starvation in North Korea, where international sanctions
are exacerbating the situation by slowing aid deliveries.
2018 Jan 30, The head of the UN
agency for Palestinian refugees said that Russia, Kuwait and nine
European countries have agreed to speed up their contributions to
help fill a shortfall left by the Trump administration's decision to
greatly reduce crucial US funding.
2018 Jan 30, The Vatican said
that Maltese Bishop Charles Scicluna would travel to Chile to
investigate Bishop Juan Barros, accused by victims of covering up
for the country's most notorious pedophile pries.
(SFC, 1/31/18, p.A2)
2018 Jan 30, In Yemen al-Qaida
militants attacked a checkpoint in the southern Shabwa province,
killing at least 12 soldiers in an area where Yemeni troops had
claimed victory against the extremist group. PM Ahmed Obaid Bin
Daghar prepared to flee to Saudi Arabia after separatists backed by
the United Arab Emirates seized the area around the presidential
palace in the southern city of Aden in fierce battles.
2019 Jan 30, US and Chinese
negotiators start two days of high-level talks aimed at settling a
six-month trade war that has weakened both sides, shaken financial
markets and clouded the outlook for the global economy.
2019 Jan 30, Texas inmate
Robert Jennings (61) was executed for the July 1988 fatal shooting
of Officer Elston Howard during a robbery at an adult bookstore.
(SFC, 1/31/19, p.A5)
2019 Jan 30, An Amnesty
International report said digital tourism giants Airbnb,
Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor are profiting from "war crimes"
by offering services in Israeli settlements. Israel threatened a day
earlier to bar Amnesty International from access to the Jewish state
over its charges.
2019 Jan 30, In Brazil three
state and federal agencies asked that residents refrain from using
water directly from the Paraopeba River or 100-meters (109 yards)
around it following the Jan. 18 Vale mining dam collapse in
2019 Jan 30, An Egyptian court
sentenced Souad el-Kholy, the deputy governor of the Alexandria, to
12 years in prison on corruption charges. The Cairo criminal court
also sentenced her to a one-year suspended sentence for bribery,
profiteering and squandering public funds.
2019 Jan 30, A rights lawyer
said Egypt has rounded up at least six activists in the last couple
of days in a wave of arrests coinciding with the anniversary of the
2019 Jan 30, Ethiopian
prosecutors charged Abdi Mohammed Omer, the former president of the
Somali Region, and 46 others with instigating ethnic violence there
2019 Jan 30, European
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told British PM Theresa May
that the bloc's Brexit divorce deal with London cannot be
2019 Jan 30, German authorities
arrested three Iraqi refugees on allegations they were planning an
Islamic extremist bombing attack, and searched properties in three
states in connection with their investigation.
2019 Jan 30, A German appeals
court in Koblenz rejected the complaint of a Jewish man against a
decision by the town of Herxheim am Berg to allow a bell dedicated
to Adolf Hitler to continue to hang in a church tower.
2019 Jan 30, Israeli forces
shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who tried to carry out a
stabbing attack at a checkpoint between the occupied West Bank and
2019 Jan 30, Italy's PM
Giuseppe Conte said that 47 rescued migrants aboard the Sea Watch
NGO vessel could finally disembark after Italy and six other
countries (France, Germany, Malta, Portugal, Romania and Luxembourg)
agreed to take them in.
2019 Jan 30, In the Netherlands
a round-the-clock prayer service to stop an Armenian family being
deported was ended after 96 days, after the government agreed to
make an exception to immigration rules. Hundreds of supporters of
the Tamrazyan family have held rites non-stop at the Bethel church
in The Hague since Oct. 26 to block their deportation.
2019 Jan 30, In the southern
Philippines a grenade was thrown into a mosque where Muslim teachers
were sleeping early today, killing two of them and injuring four in
2019 Jan 30, Russian lawmaker
Rauf Arashukov (32) was arrested during a session of the upper house
of parliament and was led away to face questions over two murders
after failing in a bid to flee the chamber.
2019 Jan 30, In Somalia a US
airstrike killed 24 al-Shabab extremists near Shebeeley in the
central Hiran region.
2019 Jan 30, In South Korea Kim
Kyoung-soo, the governor or South Gyeongsang and a political ally of
President Moon Jae-in, received a two-year prison term for his
involvement in an online opinion rigging scandal.
2019 Jan 30, Spanish police
said they have arrested 37 people as part of a drug bust in southern
Spain and the capital of Madrid.
2019 Jan 30, Spanish
authorities seized more than three tons of cocaine and arrested 11
people off Portugal's Atlantic coast, dismantling a drug smuggling
gang that operated across international waters from a cargo vessel.
2019 Jan 30, Sweden's state
employment agency said it would lay off a third of its own workers,
in the first sign of budget cuts and reforms under a newly-formed
government propped up by two center-right parties.
2019 Jan 30, Taiwan-based
Foxconn Technology Group said it is shifting the focus of its
planned Wisconsin campus away from blue-collar manufacturing to a
research hub, while insisting it remains committed to creating
13,000 jobs as promised.
2019 Jan 30, Tanzania's home
affairs minister said a manhunt has been launched for suspects in
the abduction and murder of up to 10 children this month in cases
believed to be linked to witchcraft. Local media this week reported
at least four dead bodies of missing children had been found
abandoned near bushes with missing body parts, believed to be used
2019 Jan 30, In Thailand more
than 400 schools in Bangkok were shut for the rest of the week due
to increasing concern over dangerously unhealthy air pollution.
2019 Jan 30, Turkish citizen,
Hamza Ulucay, who worked as a translator for the US Consulate in
Adana, was convicted in Turkey's Mardin province on terror charges
and sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison, but will be freed from prison
with credit for the nearly two years he spent in pre-trial
2020 Jan 30, US officials said
the United States will allow Russian, Chinese and European firms to
continue work at Iranian nuclear sites to make it harder for Iran to
develop a nuclear weapon, but will impose sanctions on its nuclear
entity and top official.
2020 Jan 30, The Pentagon
confirmed late today that a total of 64 US service members have been
diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injuries in the wake of the
Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq earlier this month.
(Business Insider, 1/30/20)
2020 Jan 30, The American
Postal Workers Union (APWU) announced that its executive board has
endorsed US Senator Bernie Sanders to be the Democratic presidential
nominee on behalf of its 200,000 members nationwide.
2020 Jan 30, Fotis Dulos (52),
a Connecticut man charged with murdering his wife who went missing
amid a contentious divorce case, died in New York City following an
apparent suicide attempt. The body of Jennifer Dulos has not been
found despite extensive searches. On March 2 a Connecticut judge
decided to drop the murder and kidnapping case against the late
Fotis Dulos over the objections of his attorney, who said he wished
to pursue a trial to prove that his client did not kill his
(AP, 1/30/20)(NBC News, 3/4/20)
2020 Jan 30, In Pennsylvania a
boy (4) apparently shot himself with a gun found in the home of his
father Edward Williams (28). Williams told police that robbers had
invaded the house. He was soon charged with involuntary
(SSFC, 2/1/20, p.A8)
2020 Jan 30, Biogen Inc said it
was preparing for the launch of its experimental treatment for
Alzheimer's as the drugmaker races to become the first to bring a
treatment for the memory-robbing disease to market.
2020 Jan 30, Eli Lilly and Co
posted a higher-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on strong demand
for diabetes drug Trulicity and psoriasis treatment Taltz, helping
ease investor concerns over the impact of fierce competition for its
2020 Jan 30, A San Diego judge
ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay nearly $344 million in
penalties for deceptively marketing pelvic mesh devices for women.
(SFC, 1/31/20, p.A7)
2020 Jan 30, NASA pulled the
plug on the Spitzer Space Telescope after it spent 16 years scanning
the universe with infrared eyes. It had been designed to last 2½ to
(SFC, 1/30/20, p.A6)
2020 Jan 30, A Burundian court
jailed four journalists for 2-1/2 years for offences including
undermining state security in a ruling criticized by Amnesty
International as a sad day for press freedom in the central African
2020 Jan 30, China raised the
death toll from the coronavirus to 170 and more countries reported
infections from a new virus, including some spread locally, as
foreign evacuees from China's worst-hit region returned home to
medical tests and even isolation.
2020 Jan 30, In eastern Congo
DRC rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) killed at least 36
people in overnight attacks on villages in Beni territory.
(SFC, 1/31/20, p.A2)
2020 Jan 30, Egyptian
prosecutors said a 12-year-old girl died this week in southern Egypt
after her parents brought her to a doctor who performed female
genital mutilation, a criminal practice that remains widespread in
the region. Egypt's public prosecutor ordered the arrests of her
parents and the physician who preformed the procedure.
2020 Jan 30, Ethiopian Airlines
said that its flights to China are operating normally, hours after
its passenger call center told Reuters that all flights were
2020 Jan 30, In France Imran
Aliev (44), a blogger from Chechnya vocally opposed to both Vladimir
Putin and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, died after his throat was
cut in Lille. Aliev's traveling companion disappeared shortly after
the murder. French police later said they believe the murder was
2020 Jan 30, Berlin’s
legislature backed measures including a five-year rent freeze, more
than six months after they were proposed by the left-leaning
administration. A property boom has caused rents to double over the
2020 Jan 30, Amnesty
International criticized Greece's plans to deploy a floating barrier
as a way to prevent migrants from reaching the Greek islands from
2020 Jan 30, Tokyo prosecutors
issued an arrest warrant for Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn,
who skipped bail while awaiting trial in Japan. Prosecutors also
issued arest warrants for three Americans they say planned and
helped Ghosn escape.
(SFC, 1/31/20, p.A2)
2020 Jan 30, State news agency
Petra said Jordan has signed a new 4-year, $1.3 billion program with
the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
2020 Jan 30, Kenya's high court
said the government could go ahead with a new digital ID scheme, as
long as it brought in stronger regulations and did not use it to
collect citizens' DNA and geo-location data.
2020 Jan 30, The UN's refugee
agency in Libya announced it is suspending its operations at a
jam-packed migrant facility over safety concerns as deadly fighting
near the capital intensifies.
2020 Jan 30, Brexit cleared its
final formal hurdle as the 27 European Union member states that
Britain will leave behind approved the withdrawal agreement reached
last October after more than three years of tortuous negotiations.
2020 Jan 30, North Korea said
it is intensifying efforts to prevent the spread of a new virus from
China into the isolated country by blocking tourists, reducing
flights and mobilizing more screening efforts.
2020 Jan 30, Russia said it is
closing its land border with China, effective tomorrow, similar to
steps taken by Mongolia and North Korea, to guard against a new
2020 Jan 30, Naama Issachar, a
US-Israeli woman jailed for drug trafficking in Russia, was released
and flew out with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu after she was
pardoned by President Vladimir Putin.
2020 Jan 30, Cash-strapped
state carrier South African Airways (SAA) said it would "cancel and
consolidate selected flights" to lower costs, days after it received
a 3.5 billion rand ($244 million) government bailout to ease a
mounting cash-flow crunch.
2020 Jan 30, In Sweden two
thieves stole items from the Couleur art gallery in Stockholm that
included 10 to 12 table-size bronze sculptures by Spanish artist
(SFC, 1/31/20, p.A2)
2020 Jan 30, Swiss authorities
announced that they had processed a pilot transaction through the
Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), a new payment channel
that intends to ease the sale of food and medicine to Iran by Swiss
2020 Jan 30, The UN said the
worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70
years needs some $76 million to help control and the money is
“required by, actually, now”.
2020 Jan 30, The UN Security
Council called for an immediate end to a “significant” escalation in
fighting in Yemen between Houthi Shiite rebels and the Saudi-led
military coalition supporting the government.
2020 Jan 30, The World Health
Organization (WHO) declared a global public health emergency over
the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, citing the potential of the
virus to spread to countries not prepared to deal with the
(South China Morning Post, 1/31/20)
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