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Apr 9, The distinguished Roman soldier Lucius Septimius Severus was
proclaimed emperor by the army at Carnuntum (Austria).
715 Apr 9, Constantine I,
Greek-Syrian Catholic Pope (708-15), died.
(HN, 4/9/98)(MC, 4/9/02)
1204 Apr 9, The Venetians began
their assault on Constantinople.
1241 Apr 9, In the Battle of
Liegnitz, Silesia, Mongol armies defeated the Poles and Germans. The
Mongols defeated the Germans and invaded Poland and Hungary. The
death of their leader Ughetai (Ogedei) forced them to withdraw from
1454 Apr 9, The city states of
Venice, Milan and Florence signed a peace agreement at Lodi, Italy.
1483 Apr 9, Edward IV (b.1442),
King of England (1461-70, 71-83) died. His young sons, Edward and
Richard, were left in the protection of their uncle Richard, Duke of
Gloucester. He housed them in the Tower of London where they were
probably murdered on his orders.
1588 Apr 9, Paolo Veronese
(b.1528), Italian painter, died in Venice. His paintings included
“The Choice Between Virtue and Vice.” He was the son of sculptor
1609 Apr 9, Spain’s King Philip
III decreed the expulsion of the Moriscos, descendants of the Muslim
population that converted to Christianity under threat of exile from
Ferdinand and Isabella in 1502.
1626 Apr 9, Francis Bacon
(b.1561), English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator,
and author, died. Bacon has been called the father of empiricism.
His works argued for the possibility of scientific knowledge based
only upon inductive reasoning and careful observation of events in
1649 Apr 9, James Scott, Duke
of Monmouth (d.1685), was born. He was the illegitimate son of
Charles II of England and pretender to the throne of James II
(HN, 4/9/98)(WUD, 1994, p.925)
1667 Apr 9, 1st public art
exhibition (Palais Royale, Paris).
1682 Apr 9, The French explorer
Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, reached the Mississippi
River. La Salle claimed lower Mississippi River and all lands that
touched it for France.
(AP, 4/9/97)(SFC, 11/30/96, p.A7)(HN, 4/9/98)
1730 Apr 9, The 1st Jewish
congregation in US formed the synagogue, "Sherith Israel, NYC."
1747 Apr 9, Simon Fraser, 12th
baron Lovat (Jacobite), became the last man to be officially
beheaded in England.
1770 Apr 9, Captain James Cook
discovered Botany Bay on the Australian continent.
1821 Apr 9, Charles Baudelaire
(d.1867), French poet, was born. His works were censored and he was
considered a pathetic psychopath; he also became the most acute
critic of his age in France. He was photographed by Felix Nadar in
(V.D.-H.K.p.278)(Smith., 5/95, p.72)(HN, 4/9/01)
1826 Apr 9, Chatham Roberdeau
Wheat was born in Alexandria, Va. He studied law at the University
of Nashville and then served in the 1st Tennessee Cavalry as a
lieutenant during the Mexican War. He became a Confederate commander
of the 1st Louisiana Special Battalion in the Civil War, also known
as Wheat's Tigers.
1830 Apr 9, Edward Muybridge,
pioneered study of motion, photography, was born in England. In 2002
Rebecca Solnit authored “River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and
the Technological Wild West.”
(MC, 4/9/02)(SSFC, 1/26/03, p.M1)
1833 Apr 9,
The nation's first tax-supported public library was founded in
1859 Apr 9, Realizing that
France had encouraged the Piedmontese forces to mobilize for
invading Italy, Austria began mobilizing its army.
1864 Apr 9, The Battle of
Pleasant Hill, LA, left 2,870 casualties.
1865 Apr 9, Erich Ludendorff,
German general during World War I, was born.
1865 Apr 9, Confederate Gen.
Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox
Court House, Virginia, and ended the Civil War. A lifelong friend
and trusted aide of Ulysses S. Grant, Seneca Indian Ely Parker was
at his general’s side at the surrender at Appomattox. The Union 20th
Maine Infantry Unit was designated as one of the regiments to
receive the surrender of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. One in
four Southern men of military age died vs. one in ten for the
Yankees. In 1998 Bevin Alexander published “Robert E. Lee’s Civil
War.” In 2001 Jay Winik authored “April 1865: the Month That Saved
(A&IP, p.92)(AP, 4/9/97)(WSJ, 4/2/98,
p.A20)(HN, 4/9/98)(WSJ, 7/24/98, p.W10)(WSJ, 4/2/01, p.A20)
1865 Apr 9, Federals captured
Ft. Blakely, Alabama.
1866 Apr 9, A Civil Rights Bill
passed over Pres Andrew Johnson's veto to secure for former slaves
all the rights of citizenship intended by the 13th Amendment. The
president was empowered to use the Army to enforce the law. This
formed the basis for the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
(MC, 4/9/02)(PC, 1992, p.502)
1869 Apr 9, The Hudson Bay
Company ceded its territory to Canada.
1870 Apr 9, The American
Anti-Slavery Society dissolved.
1870 Apr 9, Heinrich
Schliemann, German archeologist, with neither a permit nor the
consent of the Turkish landowners, had his hired men sink trenches
on the summit of the mound of Hissarlik, the spur of a limestone
plateau on the northwest coast, where he suspected that the ancient
ruins of Troy lay buried. Schliemann was hired by Frank Calvert
(1828-1908), US Consular Agent at the Dardanelles, to excavate at
Thymbra. In 1999 Susan Heuck Allen authored “Finding the Wall of
Troy: Frank Calvert and Heinrich Schliemann at Hisarlik.”
4/96, p.44)(Arch, 11/04, p.8)
1872 Apr 9, Samuel R. Percy
patented dried milk.
1879 Apr 9, W.C. Fields (Claude
William Dukinfield), comedian, was born.
1898 Apr 9, Paul Robeson
(d.1976), black athlete, actor and singer, was born. He is best
remembered for his role in Othello. Lloyd L. Brown later wrote the
biography “The Young Paul Robeson: On My Journey Now.”
(SFC, 3/26/98, p.A26)(HN, 4/9/99)
1900 Apr 9, British forces
routed the Boers at Kroonstadt, South Africa.
1903 Apr 9, Gregory Pincus,
inventor of the birth control pill, was born.
1905 Apr 9, J. William
Fulbright, U.S. senator from Arkansas, was born. He opposed the
1906 Apr 9, The third modern
Olympic games opened in Athens and marked the 10th anniversary of
the modern Olympics.
1914 Apr 9, The 1st full color
film: "World, Flesh & Devil" was shown in London.
1914 Apr 9, In the Tampico
incident a US ship crew was arrested in Mexico.
1916 Apr 9, The German army
launched its third offensive during the Battle of Verdun.
1917 Apr 9, Battle of Arras
began as Canadian troops launched a massive assault on Vimy Ridge in
France. The assault brought four Canadian divisions fought together
for the first time and cost 10,600 lives. The Canadians succeeded in
battling through snow and sleet to push out the Germans who had long
held the strategic post.
8/2/14, p.45)(AP, 4/8/17)
1917 Apr 9, Edward Thomas
(b.1878), British writer and poet, was killed in action during the
Battle of Arras. His travel books included “The Icknield Way.” In
2012 Matthew Hollis authored “Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last
Years of Edward Thomas.”
1921 Apr 9, Russo-Polish
conflict ended with the signing of the Riga Treaty.
1926 Apr 9, Hugh Hefner,
publisher of Playboy Magazine, was born in Chicago.
1927 Apr 9, In SF the new
Princess Apartments at Turk and Hyde offered a Kelvinator electric
refrigerator in every apartment. They were run from a central unit
in the basement.
(SFC, 4/5/02, p.G2)
1928 Apr 9, Mae West's NYC
debut in a daring new play "Diamond Lil."
1932 Apr 9, Paul Krassner,
founder and editor of The Realist, cartoonist (MAD mag.), was born.
1938 Apr 9, In Tunisia French
troops cracked down on nationalist-inspired rioting in Tunis. 122
Tunisians were killed by French troops. Tunisians remembered this as
1939 Apr 9, On Easter Sunday
Marion Anderson, at the invitation of Secretary of the Interior
Harold L. Ickes, sang a triumphant outdoor concert at the Lincoln
Memorial before a crowd of 75,000 and a radio audience of millions.
In early 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution denied the
internationally famed contralto the opportunity to sing at
Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., because of her race. First
Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was so dismayed by the injustice that she
resigned her own D.A.R. membership in protest.
(AP, 4/9/97)(WSJ, 7/24/98, p.W11)(HNPD, 4/9/99)
1940 Apr 9, The Nazi army
invaded and occupied Denmark and Norway. German forces landed along
the Norwegian coast and made a paratrooper assault on Oslo and
Stavanger. More than 300,000 German soldiers occupied neutral
Norway. After the Nazi invasion most of Denmark’s police were
(WSJ, 4/29/96, p.C-1)(SFEC, 1/26/97, p.A14)(AP,
4/9/97)(ON, 11/05, p.3)(AFP, 10/17/18)
1941 Apr 9, The PGA established
a Golf Hall of Fame.
1941 Apr 9, In Czestochowa,
Poland, a ghetto for Jews was created. By the end of WW II some
45,000 of Czestochowa's Jews were murdered by the Germans, almost
the entire Jewish community living there.
1942 Apr 9, In the Battle of
Bataan, some 70,000 soldiers gathered at the bottom of the Bataan
peninsula during World War II. American and Philippine defenders on
Bataan capitulated to Japanese forces; the surrender was followed by
the notorious 55-mile “Bataan Death March” which claimed nearly
10,000 lives. 12,000 American soldiers surrendered to the Japanese
and some 1000 died on the march. [see Apr 10]
(SFEC, 12/15/96, p.T7)(AP, 4/9/97)(HN,
4/9/98)(SSFC, 6/17/01, Par p.4)
1945 Apr 9, The Red Army was
repulsed at the Seelow Heights on the outskirts of Berlin.
1945 Apr 9, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(b.1906), a German Lutheran theologian and antifascist, was hanged
by the Nazis at Flossenburg prison. He had participated in the
failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Hitler. A TV documentary
on Bonhoeffer was aired in 2006.
(SFC, 2/15/03, p.A14)(WSJ, 2/3/06,
1945 Apr 9, Hans Oster, German
major-general, spy and participant in the "July 20th plot", was
hanged by Nazis.
1945 Apr 9, Hans von Dohnanyi,
"July 20th plotter", hanged by Nazis.
1945 Apr 9, Wilhelm Canaris,
Admiral, headed Germany Abwehr, was hanged by Nazis.
1947 Apr 9, The US Atomic
Energy Commission was confirmed.
1947 Apr 9, A series of
tornadoes struck Kansas, West Texas and Oklahoma. 181 were killed
and some 1,300 injured. The Woodward tornado ranked as the deadliest
ever to hit Oklahoma.
(AP, 4/9/08)(AH, 4/07, p.55)
1948 Apr 9, Chaim Weizmann,
head of the World Zionist Organization, wrote to Pres. Truman
saying: “The choice for our people, Mr. President, is between
statehood and extermination.”
(Econ, 1/13/07, p.53)
1948 Apr 9, In Colombia
politician Jorge Eliecer Gaitan Ayala (b.1903) was assassinated
during his 2nd presidential campaign.
1948 Apr 9, In Deir Yassin
about one-third of 750 Palestinians were killed by Jewish fighters
of the National Military Organization, an underground group better
known as the Irgun, and a splinter group called Lehi. The event is
called Al-Nakbah (catastrophe) by the Palestinians. 30 similar
massacres happened on other Palestinian villages. The death toll was
said to be inflated by Jewish forces to invoke fear and cause
(SFC, 3/18/98, p.A10)(SFC, 4/25/98, p.A1,11)
1950 Apr 9, Bob Hope made his
first television appearance. Hope began his career on an NBC
television special after years on radio. “I’d better get into
television before Milton Berle used up my material.”
(SFC, 10/24/96, p.D5)(HN, 4/9/98)
1952 Apr 9, A popular uprising
in Bolivia broke the grip by three families on the rich silver and
tin lodes of Oruto and Potosi in the altiplano. This led to the
state owned Minera de Bolivia known as Camibol. Hernan Siles Zuazo
led the revolution that brought far-reaching social and economic
reforms. Feudalism was replaced with universal suffrage. Every
business of note was passed into the hands of the state.
(WSJ, 5/23/96, p.A-9)(SFC, 8/8/96, p.A22)(WSJ,
8/15/95, p. A-6)
1954 Apr 9, Dennis Quaid, actor
(Big Easy, Dreamscape, Right Stuff), was born in Houston, TX.
1958 Apr 9, A Cuban general
strike was called but failed. Urban militias in Havana and Santiago
were put down by the police.
(WSJ, 7/10/02, p.D8)
1959 Apr 9,
NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts for
the US first orbital flight in 1962 under the Mercury program: Scott
Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra,
Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton.
(SFC, 3/10/97, p.A16)(AP, 4/9/97)
1959 Apr 9, Frank Lloyd Wright
(b.1869), American architect (Guggenheim Museum, NYC), died in
Arizona. In 1998 Ken Burns produced his video documentary "Frank
Lloyd Wright." An earlier British documentary of Wright was made
c1983. In 1987 Brendan Gill authored the Wright biography: "Many
Masks." In 2004 Ada Louise Huxtabel authored “Frank Lloyd Wright.”
(SFC, 9/25/97, p.B2)(SFEC, 11/8/98, DB
p.48)(SFEC, 2/20/00, p.T10)(WSJ, 11/9/04, p.D12)
1961 Apr 9, Zog I (65), [Ahmed
Zogu], King of Albania (1925-39), died in exile in France. His son,
Leka Zogu, was sworn in as king by the government in exile.
(SFC, 6/27/97, p.A16)(MC, 4/9/02)
1962 Apr 9, In the 34th Academy
Awards "West Side Story," Sophia Loren and Maximilian Schell won.
1962 Apr 9, JFK threw out the
1st ball at Washington's new DC Stadium.
1963 Apr 9, British statesman
Winston Churchill was made an honorary U.S. citizen.
(AP, 4/9/97)(HN, 4/9/98)
1965 Apr 9, The newly built
Houston Astrodome featured its first baseball game, an exhibition
between the Astros and the New York Yankees. Mickey Mantle hit the
1st indoor homerun, but the Astros won, 2-1 in 12 innings.
(WSJ, 10/15/98, p.B8)(AP, 4/9/09)
1965 Apr 9, India and Pakistan
engaged in a border fight.
1966 Apr 9, The statue of
Winston Churchill (d.1965) was dedicated at the British Embassy in
1967 Apr 9, The 1st Boeing
737-100 made its maiden flight.
1969 Apr 9, Students and police
clashed at Harvard Univ. In 1997 the incident was described by Roger
Rosenblatt in his book: “Coming Apart.”
(WSJ, 4/15/97, p.A16)
1969 Apr 9, The 1st flight of
Concorde 002 was from Filton to Bristol.
1970 Apr 9, Paul McCartney
announced the official split of the Beatles.
1976 Apr 9, Phil Ochs (b.1940),
American protest singer and musician, committed suicide.
1976 Apr 9, Vega Ceballos had
been detained in Buenos Aires, along with his pregnant Argentine
wife Laura Gladis Romero. His body was ashore later in the year off
the coast of Uruguay, but was not identified until 2012. Her body
has never been found. Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo later
believed she was among hundreds of dissidents killed after giving
birth in captivity, and whose babies were raised by military or
1978 Apr 9, David Leslie
Murtishaw (24) murdered three film students, James Lee Henderson
(24), Martha Bernice Soto (22) and Ingrid M. Etayo (22), in the
Mohave Desert. Murtishaw was convicted and sentenced to death in
1979. He died in 2011 while on death row at San Quentin.
(SFC, 11/24/11, p.C3)(http://tinyurl.com/7kb9mrx)
1978 Apr 9,
In Somalia a coup attempt failed.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)
1979 Apr 9, In the 51st Academy
Awards "Deer Hunter," Jon Voight and Jane Fonda won.
1981 Apr 9, The submarine USS
George Washington ran into the Japanese freighter Nisso Maru. 2
Japanese crewmen were killed.
1982 Apr 9, Robert H.G.
Havemann (b.1910), East German chemist and dissident, died.
1983 Apr 9,
The space shuttle Challenger, commanded by Astronaut Paul J. Weitz
(1932-2017), ended its first mission with a safe landing at Edwards
Air Force Base in California.
(AP, 4/9/97)(SFC, 10/25/17, p.D7)
1987 Apr 9,
Responding to charges of bugging at the new U.S. Embassy in Moscow,
Soviet officials displayed microphones and other gadgets they said
were found in Soviet missions in the United States.
1988 Apr 9, Pro-Iranian Shiite
Muslims who had seized a Kuwait Airways jetliner on April 5 killed
one hostage as the hijacked plane sat on the ground in Larnaca,
1989 Apr 9, Hundreds of
thousands of people marched in Washington, D.C, demanding continued
access to safe and legal abortion.
1989 Apr 9, Boxer Mike Tyson
struck a parking attendant when asked to move his car.
1989 Apr 9, Troops under Gen’l
Lebed killed 18 protestors, including 16 women and children, in
Tbilisi, Georgia. Colonel Gen’l. Igor Rodionov ordered troops to
break up anti-Kremlin protests in Tbilisi.
(WSJ, 6/18/96, p.A12)(SFC, 6/26/96, p.A11)(WSJ,
1990 Apr 9, The baseball season
opened a week late because of a labor dispute.
1990 Apr 9, Humorist John Henry
Faulk, who challenged his blacklisting in the entertainment industry
in the 1950s, died in Austin, Texas, at age 76.
1991 Apr 9, The 1991 Pulitzer
Prize for fiction was awarded to John Updike for “Rabbit at Rest”;
the drama prize went to Neil Simon for “Lost in Yonkers.” In
journalism, The Des Moines Register received the gold medal for
public service for its series about rape victim Nancy Ziegenmeyer,
who’d allowed her name and pictures to be used.
1991 Apr 9, Georgia SSR
declared independence from the USSR.
1992 Apr 9,
Former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega was convicted in Miami of
eight drug and racketeering charges; he is serving a 30-year prison
1992 Apr 9, Barbara Muszalski
disappeared from her Livermore, Ca., goat ranch. Her slashed body
was found 2 days later at the SF airport parking garage. Benjamin
Pedro Gonzales, who had stayed at the ranch for odd jobs, was
arrested in San Diego for the murder. He was also accused of the
murder of a Los Angeles college student and a New York stripper.
(SFC, 11/16/98, p.A15,19)
Apr 9, Britain's Conservatives came from behind to become the first
British political party to win four straight elections this century.
John Major (C) was elected PM of England.
1993 Apr 9, Four U.S. warplanes
fired at artillery in northern Iraq; the Baghdad government denied
provoking the attack with artillery fire at the planes.
1993 Apr 9, The Rev. Benjamin
Chavis was chosen to head the NAACP, succeeding Benjamin Hooks.
1994 Apr 9, The space shuttle
Endeavour blasted off on an 11-day mission that included mapping the
Earth's surface in three dimensions.
1994 cApr 9, The Bosnian Serbs
had mounted an aggressive assault on Gorazde and pounded its 65,000
citizens with heavy artillery.
(SFC, 7/15/96, p.A10)
1994 Apr 9, Secretary-General
Boutros Boutros-Ghali ordered U.N. troops to use "all available
means" to roll back Serb military gains in the Muslim enclave of
1994 Apr 9, In Kigali, Rwanda,
a crowd of neighbors tossed grenades and poured gasoline on the home
of the home of Thetime Nkaka and his pregnant wife Jeanette
Mukantwali (23). Matata Godefroid, a Hutu soldier, was later
identified as the ringleader. He was sentenced to life in prison in
Jan 23, 2001.
(SFC, 4/8/02, p.A6)
1995 Apr 9, Women’s rights
supporters rallied near the U.S. Capitol to protest violence against
1995 Apr 9, Two Palestinians
blew themselves up outside two Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip
and killed seven Israeli soldiers and an American, Alisa Flatow
(20). The Islamic Jihad and Hamas took responsibility. In 1998 a US
district court judge ordered the government of Iran to pay $247
million in damages to the family of Flatow.
(WSJ, 3/6/96, p. A-15)(G&M, 7/31/97, p.A8)
1995 Apr 9, Alberto Fujimori
was re-elected president of Peru in a landslide victory.
(Civilization, July-Aug, 1995, p. 14)(AP, 4/9/00)
1996 Apr 9,
In a dramatic shift of purse-string power, President Clinton signed
a line-item veto bill into law. However, the U.S. Supreme Court
struck down the veto as unconstitutional in 1998.
(WSJ, 4/10/96, p.A-1)(AP, 4/9/02)
1996 Apr 9, Former
representative Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.), the once-powerful House
Ways and Means chairman, pleaded guilty to two mail fraud charges in
a deal that brought with it a 17-month prison term. He was to pay
his own way at an average rate of $21,352/year. Rostenkowski served
15 months, and was pardoned by President Clinton in 2000.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A4)(AP, 4/9/06)
1996 Apr 9, Sandy Becker (74),
NYC Kiddie TV Show host (Sandy Becker Show), died.
1996 Apr 9,
Yugoslavia and Macedonia established diplomatic relations.
(WSJ, 4/9/96, p.A-1)
1996 Apr 9,
Turkish troops killed 90 Kurdish rebels in a 3-day offensive. 27 of
its own soldiers died. Rebels had declared a cease-fire in Nov., but
the government refused to abide.
(WSJ, 4/9/96, p.A-1)
1997 Apr 9, Amid privacy
concerns, Social Security officials pulled the plug on an Internet
site that provided records of individual earnings and retirements.
1997 Apr 9, The CIA announced
that its own errors may have led to demolition of an Iraqi
ammunition bunker filled with chemical weapons at Kamisiyah in 1991.
The CIA apologized to Gulf War veterans for failing to do a better
job in supplying information to U.S. troops who blew up an Iraqi
bunker later found to contain chemical weapons.
(SFC, 4/10/97, p.A1)(AP, 4/9/98)
1997 Apr 9, New images of
Jupiter’s moon Europa confirmed the 1996 revealed surface of massive
icebergs floating on an ocean more than 50 miles deep.
(SFC, 4/10/97, p.A1)
1997 Apr 9, UNICEF, The WHO,
and the UN Population Fund called for a global ban on female genital
(SFC, 4/10/97, p.A16)
1997 Apr 9, In Ecuador the
Supreme Court ordered the arrest of former president Abdala Bucaram
and his aide Marco Albuja on charges of misusing presidential funds.
(SFC, 4/10/97, p.A16)
1997 Apr 9, In Hong Kong the
future government unveiled plans to restrict political ties with
foreigners, require police approval for protests, allow political
parties to be banned and prohibit political groups from forming
links with foreign organizations.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1997 Apr 9, A War-era bomb
exploded on the grounds of a school in central Vietnam and killed 7
children. A teacher and 33 other children were wounded.
(WSJ, 4/10/97, p.A12)
1997 Apr 9, In Zaire Mobuto
dismissed prime minister Etienne Tshisekedo and installed a military
commander as prime minister.
(SFC, 4/10/97, p.A1)
1998 Apr 9, At Andersonville,
Ga., the National Prisoner of War Museum opened at the site of the
Civil War prison.
(SFC, 4/10/98, p.A7)(AP, 4/9/99)
1998 Apr 9, In Columbia a
Catholic priest and a lay worker died from a toxic cocktail of wine
mixed with cyanide. At least 10 Easter baskets with poisoned wine
were delivered to priests in the provinces of Meta and Cundinamarca.
(SFC, 4/13/98, p.A14)
1998 Apr 9, UN Sec. Kofi Annan
suspended the investigation in Congo of alleged massacres after a
team member was seized by local authorities.
(SFC, 4/10/98, p.A18)
1998 Apr 9, In Northern Ireland
this day was set as a deadline for peace talks. The talks continued
past the deadline.
(SFC, 3/26/98, p.B3)(WSJ, 4/10/98, p.A1)
1998 Apr 9, Japan abandoned
austerity policies and Prime Minister Hashimoto announced a $30
billion temporary cut in taxes to encourage consumer spending.
Pressure to change was exerted by the US, int’l. investors and elite
Japanese business leaders.
(SFC, 4/10/98, p.A14)
1998 Apr 9, Some 1 million
workers across Russia protested against the government and called
for the resignation of Pres. Yeltsin. Unpaid wages and pensions were
an admitted major problem of the government.
(SFC, 4/10/98, p.A14)
1998 Apr 9, In Rwanda attackers
thought to be Hutu rebels killed 28 people and wounded 36 in a
refugee camp. Soldiers intervened and killed 20 rebels. The UN
Security Council voted this same day to investigate illegal arms
sales to Rwanda.
(SFC, 4/10/98, p.A17)
1998 Apr 9, In Saudi Arabia it
was reported that 2.3 million Muslims made the pilgrimage, hajj, to
Mecca this year. Over 150 pilgrims died at the "stoning of the
devil" ritual during a stampede that occurred on the last day of the
annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
(SFC, 4/9/98, p.A10)(SFC, 4/10/98, p.A14)(SFC,
2/12/03, p.A9)(AP, 4/9/08)
1999 Apr 9, A US judge ordered
the federal government to pay $909 million to Glendale Federal Bank
in California for breach of contract. The ruling stemmed from a 1996
Supreme Court decision that said the government broke its contract
with Glendale and two other thrifts when it changed the rules on how
they must count their assets.
1999 Apr 9, A $250 million Air
Force satellite, intended to warn of missile launches, went into a
useless orbit after being launched aboard a Titan IV.
(WSJ, 4/12/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 9, A tornado hit the
Cincinnati area and 7 people were reported killed.
(SFC, 4/10/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 9, The Clinton
administration set $191.4 million worth of European products on a
sanction list. The figure was the estimated amount of lost sales by
American banana companies due to European import restrictions as
ruled by the WTO.
(SFC, 4/10/99, p.A2)
1999 Apr 9, NATO forces made
air strikes across Yugoslavia on Orthodox Good Friday. Military
industrial plants, fuel depots and communications facilities were
hit. Reports of the rape and murder of 20 ethnic Albanian women at
an army training camp near Djakovica was reported. The car and small
arms factory at Kragujevac was bombed and 100 workers were reported
injured. The Zastava plant in Kragujevac, where the Yugo car was
made, was hit by 20 missiles over 2 days and 36,000 workers were put
out of work.
(SFC, 4/10/99, p.A1,13)(SFC, 4/20/99, p.A7)(SFC,
1999 Apr 9, In Kacanik Yugoslav
troops massacred a number of ethnic Albanians. When NATO troops
arrive in June they found new graves with 81 markers.
(SFC, 6/15/99, p.A12)
1999 Apr 9, China's Premier Zhu
Rongji said that he would trade China's $57 billion surplus, which
he called exaggerated, for technology for a cleaner environment.
(SFC, 4/10/99, p.A10)
1999 Apr 9, It was reported
that the US planned to give $10 million in emergency aid to
(WSJ, 4/9/99, p.A10)
1999 Apr 9, The Larson B and
Wilkins ice shelves were reported to have lost 1,100 sq. miles due
to melting over the last year.
(SFC, 4/9/99, p.A16)
1999 Apr 9, In Lesotho Prime
Minister Pakalitha Mosisili announced that South Africa and Botswana
would soon pull their forces out of Lesotho following a 7 month
(SFC, 4/10/99, p.C14)
1999 Apr 9, In Namibia some
13.6 tons of elephant tusks were sold at auction to Japanese buyers
at the first legal sale since a 1989 int'l. ban on the sale of
(SFC, 4/10/99, p.C14)
1999 Apr 9, In Niger Pres.
Ibrahim Bare Mainassara (49) was shot to death by his own
presidential bodyguards at Niamey Airport.
(SFC, 4/10/99, p.C14)(AP, 4/9/00)(AFP, 10/23/15)
1999 Apr 9, Russia threatened
to take military action against NATO and considered an offer by
Serbia to form an alliance. Gennady Seleznyov, speaker of
parliament, said that a proposal was discussed to aim Russia's
nuclear weapons at NATO countries.
(SFC, 4/10/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/10/99, p.A13)
1999 Apr 9, In Sri Lanka
investigators found 16 human skeletons buried in the Durayappa
Stadium in Jaffna where it was alleged that hundreds of ethnic
Tamils were buried.
(SFC, 4/10/99, p.C14)
2000 Apr 9, Vijay Singh of Fiji
won the Masters Golf Tournament closing with a 3-under 69 for a
three-stroke victory over Ernie Els.
(WSJ, 4/10/00, p.A24)(AP, 4/9/01)
2000 Apr 9, Some 10-30 thousand
protesters began gathering in Washington DC for the meeting of the
WTO. They planned to target the World Bank and the IMF. The World
Bank’s 181 members accessed some $30 billion annually in loans
through 5 institutions: The Int’l. Bank for Reconstruction and
Development (IBRD), the Int’l. Development Assoc. (IDA), the Int’l.
Finance Corp. (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
(MIGA) and the Int’l. Center for settlement of Investment Disputes
(SFEC, 4/9/00, p.A12)
2000 Apr 9, In Bolivia
thousands of Aymara Indian farmers clashed with soldiers in
Achacachi and Batallas. The clashes over economic problems left 3
soldiers and 2 farmers dead.
(SFC, 4/10/00, p.A16)
2000 Apr 9, In Bosnia the
moderate Social Democratic party claimed victory in 20 cities of the
Muslim-Croat Federation. In the Serb Republic the Serbian Democratic
Party won 56.5% of the vote.
(SFC, 4/10/00, p.A14)
2000 Apr 9, In Georgia Pres.
Eduard Shevardnadze won re-election with some 82% of the vote.
Dzhumber Patiashvili, ex-Communist leader, trailed with 17% and
charged that there was widespread vote rigging.
(SFC, 4/10/00, p.A16)
2000 Apr 9, In Greece Premier
Costas Simitis declared a narrow victory over the New Democracy
(SFC, 4/10/00, p.A14)
2000 Apr 9, North and South
Korea agreed to a summit meeting in June.
(SFC, 4/10/00, p.A1)
2000 Apr 9, In Peru Pres.
Fujimori led Alejandro Toledo with 48% of the vote and a runoff was
(SFC, 4/10/00, p.A1)
2001 Apr 9, President George W.
Bush sent Congress details of his $1.96 trillion budget for fiscal
2002, in which he targeted scores of federal programs to make room
for his 10-year, $1.6 trillion tax cut.
2001 Apr 9, The WSJ noted that
his was the 10th time since WW II that the S&P 500 dropped by
20% or more. 9 of the previous occasions showed an average gain of
18% a year later. In 1973, however, stocks fell an additional 35%.
(WSJ, 4/9/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 9, The Nasdaq 4,880
stocks completed pricings to dollars and cents instead of fractions.
(WSJ, 4/9/01, p.C9)
2001 Apr 9, American Airlines
completed the acquisition of bankrupt Trans World Airlines (TWA) and
became the world’s largest air carrier.
(SFC, 4/10/01, p.C4)(AP, 4/9/02)
2001 Apr 9, Willie Stargell
(b.1940), baseball Hall-of-Famer (1987) died in Wilmington, N.C., at
(AP, 4/9/02)(NW, 12/31/01, p.108)
2001 Apr 9, In Burundi
villagers were caught in crossfire fighting between the army and
Hutu rebels. 11-30 people were killed and thousands were forced to
flee their homes.
(SFC, 4/12/01, p.C2)
2001 Apr 9, In Kosovo a British
helicopter crashed near the Macedonia border and 2 people were
killed with 5 injured.
(SFC, 4/10/01, p.A11)
2001 Apr 9, In Pakistan
hundreds of thousands of radical Muslims, followers of the Deoband
Dar-ul-Uloom brand of Islam, gathered for a rally in Peshawar.
(SFC, 4/10/01, p.A12)
2001 Apr 9, In Zimbabwe riot
police clashed with university students and one was killed with 30
injured. The students protested “sugar daddies” who pursued
impoverished female students.
(WSJ, 4/10/01, p.A1)
2002 Apr 9, Sec. of State Colin
Powell met with Pres. Mubarek in Egypt and stated that he would meet
with Yasser Arafat. Some 10,000 demonstrated in Alexandria and one
protester was killed by police.
(SFC, 4/10/02, p.A18)(SFC, 4/17/02, p.A14)
2002 Apr 9, Former Arthur
Andersen auditor David B. Duncan pleaded guilty in federal court in
Houston to ordering the shredding of Enron documents, and agreed to
cooperate with prosecutors. Duncan later withdrew his plea.
2002 Apr 9, Lynne Stewart,
lawyer for Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (in prison for seditious
conspiracy), and 3 of Rahman’s followers were indicted for violating
federal restrictions and passing covert messages. [see 1995]
(SFC, 4/10/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 9, Figure skater
Michelle Kwan won the 2001 Sullivan Award as the nation’s top
2002 Apr 9, The WSJ redesigned
the front page for the 1st time since 1942.
(WSJ, 4/9/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 9, In Dover Township,
New Jersey, Edward Lutes, a former police officer, killed 5 of his
neighbors and wounded 2 others. He wounded his boss in Barnegat
Township and then shot and killed himself.
(SFC, 4/10/02, p.A5)(SFC, 4/11/02, p.A5)
2002 Apr 9, Amnesty Int’l.
reported that at least 3,048 people were executed in 31 countries in
2001. China accounted for at least 1,781. 90% of the executed were
from China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the US.
(SFC, 4/10/02, p.A12)
2002 Apr 9, In Afghanistan some
20 thousand refugees, attempting to return from Pakistan refugee
camps, were blocked by poppy growers. Rival warlords hindered the
return of another 2 million.
(SFC, 4/10/02, p.A9)
2002 Apr 9, In Colombia a bomb
killed 2 policemen near Bogota.
(WSJ, 4/10/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 9, The 12 day Israeli
offensive continued and dozens of Palestinians were reported dead in
the fiercest fighting to date. An explosion in the Jenin refugee
camp killed 13 Israeli soldiers. PM Sharon declared Israel to be in
a struggle for survival.
(SFC, 4/10/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/10/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 9, In Mexico the
Senate voted 71-41 to deny Pres. Fox permission to travel to the US
and Canada next week. They wanted him to spend more time on domestic
(SFC, 4/10/02, p.A14)
2002 Apr 9, The 1-million
member Workers Confederation planned a strike to support protesting
oil executives of Petroleos de Venezuela, who were protesting
tightening controls by Pres. Chavez. Later reports indicated US cash
was used to support strike plans.
(SSFC, 4/7/02, p.A8)(SFC, 4/25/02, p.A9)
2003 Apr 9, In the 22nd day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom US commanders declared Saddam Hussein's rule
over Baghdad over and jubilant crowds swarmed into the streets here,
dancing, looting, cheering and bringing down images of the Iraqi
leader. No more than 150 Iraqis gathered in Farbus Square to watch
American Marines, not Iraqis, pull down a statue of Hussein.
(AP, 4/9/03)(SFC, 4/10/03, p.A1)(AP, 4/16/03)
2003 Apr 9, The US said it will
move its main military base in South Korea out of the capital as
soon as possible.
2003 Apr 9, James Smith (59), a
senior FBI counterintelligence agent, was arrested in LA along with
Katrina Leung (49), prominent venture capitalist, for the alleged
theft and transfer of a classified defense document to the Chinese
government. In 2004 Smith pleaded guilty failing to disclose his
2-year sexual relationship with Leung.
(SFC, 4/10/03, p.A9)(NW, 4/21/03, p.6)(SFC,
2003 Apr 9, A large shipment of
African rodents, including Gambian rats, dormice and sun squirrels,
arrived in Dallas aboard a commercial flight from Ghana. An
"unusually large number of sick and dead animals." Some of the
larger animals had consumed the smaller ones. African rodents
imported as pets caused a monkeypox outbreak in the Midwest that
sickened dozens of adults and children with a virus related to
2003 Apr 9, China closed the
People's Armed Police Hospital in Beijing due to SARS.
(SFC, 4/26/03, A3)
2003 Apr 9, The European
Union's parliament ratified a historic expansion, making it nearly
certain that 10 mostly eastern European countries will join the bloc
2003 Apr 9, Israeli forces in
the Gaza Strip killed 5 Palestinians following rocket fire on
(SFC, 4/10/03, p.A10)
2003 Apr 9, In Geneva
inventions from around the planet were presented during the world's
largest inventions fair.
(AP, 4/10/03)(SFC, 4/10/03, p.A2)
2003 Apr 9, Abraham Zabludovsky
(78), Polish-born Mexican architect, died. His projects included the
Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico City.
(SFC, 4/11/03, p.A28)
2004 Apr 9, Sein Lwin (81), who
served briefly as Myanmar's president in 1988, died.
2004 Apr 9, US forces partially
reoccupied Kut, the southern city seized by a rebellious Shiite
militia, but an American-declared halt in Fallujah was undercut by
bursts of gunfire on the first anniversary of the fall of Baghdad. 2
soldiers and a Marine died in separate incidents. Rebels attacked a
convoy near Baghdad's airport and kidnapped 2 US soldiers and 7
construction employees of Halliburton subsidiary KBR. 4 bodies were
found in the area a few days later. The body of civilian truck
driver William Bradley was found in January 2005; Thomas Hamill
escaped his captors in May 2004; Timothy Bell remains unaccounted
for. Army reservist Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin (20) of Batavia, Ohio,
was captured when his fuel convoy, part of the 724th Transportation
Co., was ambushed west of Baghdad. Maupin's remains were found in
March on the outskirts of Baghdad, about 12 miles from where the
convoy was ambushed.
(SSFC, 4/11/04, p.A22)(SFC, 4/13/04, p.A1)(SFC,
4/14/04, p.A15)(AP, 4/9/05)(AP, 6/17/06)(WSJ, 4/28/08, p.A2)
2004 Apr 9, In Nepal police
detained more than a thousand protesters for defying a ban on public
rallies, as an estimated 25,000 demonstrators flooded the streets of
the Katmandu to demand that the king restore democracy.
2004 Apr 9, Rival Tamil Tiger
guerrilla factions fought with mortars and guns, in a battle that
killed at least nine people, wounded 20.
2004 Apr 9, Investigators in
the Ukraine reported that the bodies of at least 50 people believed
to have been killed by Nazi troops have been unearthed from a mass
grave in the Crimean peninsula, 550 miles southeast of Kiev.
2005 Apr 9, Andrea Dworkin
(58), feminist author, died in Washington.
2005 Apr 9, The International
Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast the Bangladesh economy would grow at a
modest 5.2 percent in the 2004-2005 financial year despite floods
and high oil and commodity prices.
2005 Apr 9, Chinese PM Wen
Jiabao arrived in Bangalore on the last leg of a 4 nation South Asia
tour for talks with Indian leaders expected to boost trade and
2005 Apr 9, Czech PM Stanislav
Gross said he would resign and make way for a new coalition
government because of a scandal surrounding the financing of his
2005 Apr 9, Prince Charles and
Camilla Parker Bowles were married in a modest civil ceremony at the
17th century Guildhall, and the second marriage for each was blessed
by the Church of England.
2005 Apr 9, Haitian police shot
and killed Remissainthe Ravix, a prominent rebel leader, who helped
force former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide into exile last year.
2005 Apr 9-2005 Apr 10, In
India at least 58 Hindu pilgrims were drowned overnight during a
ritual bathing when the gates of a dam several kilometers upriver
were opened by officials unaware of the religious festival on the
Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh state.
2005 Apr 9, Tens of thousands
of Shiites marked the anniversary of the fall of Baghdad with a
protest against the American military presence at the square where
Iraqis and U.S. troops toppled a statue of Saddam Hussein two years
2005 Apr 9, Militants in Iraq
kidnapped Malik Mohammed Javed, a Pakistani diplomat, on his way to
a mosque for prayers. The Omar bin Khattab group, a previously
unknown group, claimed responsibility for the abduction.
2005 Apr 9, Israeli border
troops shot and killed 3 Palestinian youths in a southern Gaza Strip
refugee camp in violence that ended weeks of calm.
(AP, 4/9/05)(SSFC, 4/10/05, p.A5)
2005 Apr 9, In Nepal 2 Russian
tourists were injured, two Nepali citizens were killed and 13 others
wounded in separate bombings by Maoist rebels.
2005 Apr 9, In South Africa the
federal council of the New National Party, the successor to the
National Party that led apartheid, overwhelmingly approved the
party's dissolution at a meeting in Johannesburg. The National
Party, which came to power in 1948, presided over 48 years of
systematic and often brutal oppression of the country's black
majority, who were denied the right to vote or to mix with whites.
2005 Apr 9, A day after the
funeral for Pope John Paul II, cardinals began an intense period of
silence and prayer before their conclave to choose the next pope.
2006 Apr 9, The White House
sought to dampen the idea of a military strike on Iran, saying the
United States was conducting “normal defense and intelligence
planning” in response to Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
2006 Apr 9, More than half a
million people in 10 US states rallied for immigrant rights.
2006 Apr 9, In Afghan 2 bombs
exploded within minutes of each other in Kandahar, wounding 11
2006 Apr 9, In Austria a
gathering of Imams and Islamic leaders urged European governments to
launch affirmative action-style programs and streamline citizenship
paths to help ease integration for the continent's 33 million
2006 Apr 9, Paulo Mendes da
Rocha, Brazilian architect, was named winner of the 2006 Pritzker
Architecture Prize. His work included the Brazilian Sculpture Museum
in Sao Paulo.
(SFC, 4/10/06, p.A2)
2006 Apr 9, Croatia’s Pres.
Stjepan Mesic visited the SF Bay Area, home to some 50,000
Croatians, for economic support. Croatia’s population stood at about
4.5 million people.
(SFC, 4/10/06, p.A2)
2006 Apr 9, Hungary's ruling
Socialists appeared to hold a narrow lead in the first round of
2006 Apr 9, A Beauty pageant
was held in a Baghdad social club and the initial winner, Tamar
Goregian, gave back the crown four days later. Silva Shahakian, an
Iraqi Christian, received the title of Miss Iraq when the initial
winner stepped down after receiving death threats and two other
runners-up also bowed out. Shahakian soon went into hiding.
2006 Apr 9, Five roadside bombs
killed at least three people in Iraq, the three-year anniversary of
the Baghdad's fall to US forces. American troops killed eight
suspected insurgents during a raid north of Baghdad.
2006 Apr 9, Israel's security
Cabinet recommended that the government cut all ties with the
Hamas-led Palestinian Authority, including Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas, and declare it a "hostile entity." Israeli artillery
fire killed a Palestinian police officer and wounded 16 people in
Gaza, as Israel escalated its retaliation for militant rocket
strikes and put pressure on the new Hamas-led government that
refuses to stop the attacks.
2006 Apr 9-2006 Apr 10, Italy
held parliamentary elections. Conservative Premier Silvio Berlusconi
faced a strong challenge from his center-left opponent Romano Prodi
in a bitter campaign marked by disenchantment over Italy's stagnant
(AP, 4/9/06)(Econ, 4/8/06, p.28)
2006 Apr 9, A capsule carrying
a Russian, American and Brazilian landed in Kazakhstan following a
weeklong trip to the Int’l. Space Station.
(SSFC, 4/9/06, p.A3)
2006 Apr 9, In Nepal security
forces fired at anti-monarchy demonstrators in eastern Nepal,
killing at least one man.
2006 Apr 9, In Pakistan
provincial police chief Chaudhry Mohammad Yaqub said "The federal
government has declared Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) as
terrorist organization over its involvement in sabotage and
2006 Apr 9, In Pakistan at
least 29 women and children were suffocated or crushed to death in a
stampede at a religious gathering in southern Pakistan. More than 70
people were injured.
2006 Apr 9, Peruvians faced a
close, three-way presidential contest that put their Andean nation
on a leftist track akin to Venezuela and Bolivia. Ollanta Humala
(43), a former army officer, won with only 31% of the vote.
(AP, 4/9/06)(Econ, 4/15/06, p.42)
2006 Apr 9, A Swiss
investigator has issued an international arrest warrant for Iran's
former intelligence chief in the killing of an exiled Iranian
opposition leader. It demands the arrest of Ali Fallahian,
intelligence minister from 1989-1997, on grounds he "decided and
ordered the execution of Kazem Rajavi." Rajavi was shot to death in
Geneva in 1990.
2007 Apr 9, President Bush
visited the US-Mexico border to tout a guest worker program for
2007 Apr 9, Don Imus,
nationally syndicated shock jock, was suspended for 2 weeks by CBS
Radio and MSNBC due to his calling members of the Rutgers Univ.
women’s basketball team “nappy-headed ho’s.” On April 11 NBC News
decided to fire him; CBS followed the next day.
(SFC, 4/10/07, p.A1)(SFC, 4/12/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 9, Suspected Taliban
militants ambushed an Afghan army convoy with rocket propelled
grenades in southern Afghanistan, killing two soldiers and wounding
up to 14. Suspected Taliban attacked a police vehicle north of
Kandahar city, leaving a policeman dead.
2007 Apr 9, Thousands of
teachers walked out of public schools across Argentina in a daylong
strike to demand higher pay and justice for a slain colleague.
2007 Apr 9, Britain's
government beat a hasty retreat under withering criticism for
allowing sailors and marines to be paid large sums for their stories
about captivity in Iran.
2007 Apr 9, East Timor held
elections. A Nobel laureate squared off with two rivals in
presidential elections that could test East Timor's fragile calm a
year after one of the world's youngest and poorest nations reached
the brink of civil war.
2007 Apr 9, An Ethiopian judge
freed 25 journalists charged in a treason trial involving more than
100 opposition figures that has drawn international criticism as
being politically motivated.
2007 Apr 9, State press
reported that China's farmland is becoming increasingly polluted,
with coal-dependent factories and polluted waterways causing
billions of dollars in damages.
2007 Apr 9, China urged Sudan
to be more flexible on a plan put forward by former UN chief Kofi
Annan to bolster peacekeeping operations in the war-torn western
region of Darfur.
2007 Apr 9, Iran announced that
it has begun enriching uranium with 3,000 centrifuges, dramatically
expanding a program that the UN has demanded it halt. An Iranian
Revolutionary Guard general visited Russia despite a UN travel ban
over Tehran nuclear defiance. Russia denied any violation.
(AP, 4/9/07)(WSJ, 4/10/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 9, Tens of thousands
draped themselves in Iraqi flags and marched peacefully through the
streets from Kufa to Najaf to mark the fourth anniversary of
Baghdad's fall. Demonstrators were flanked by two cordons of police
as they called for US forces to leave, shouting "Get out, get out
occupier!" In southern Baghdad, a sniper killed a civilian and a
policeman, and a mortar round killed one person and wounded two
others. A total of 25 people were killed or found dead across Iraq.
4 US soldiers were killed, 3 by a roadside bomb and a secondary
explosion in southeastern Baghdad and another in combat in western
(AP, 4/9/07)(AP, 4/10/07)
2007 Apr 9, Japan lent some 850
million dollars to PM Nuri al-Maliki's government as the oil-hungry
Asian power looked to boost output from the war-torn country. Iraqi
PM Nouri al-Maliki met with Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress
Michiko, starting off a four-day visit that was delayed after Iran
refused to allow his plane to fly over its airspace.
2007 Apr 9, Pakistan’s army
announced that the Talibs had cleared foreigners from South
(Econ, 4/14/07, p.43)
2007 Apr 9, Puerto Rico seven
inmates, convicted of homicides, escaped from prison using
2007 Apr 9, Two Russian
cosmonauts and US billionaire Charles Simony bringing a gourmet meal
arrived at the international space station, to a warm welcome from
2007 Apr 9, Officials said the
yearly salaries of Singapore's well-paid government ministers are
headed higher, by 60 percent to more than $1.25 million by the end
of 2008. Premier Lee Hsein Lloong will now make $2.1 million a year.
(AP, 4/9/07)(WSJ, 4/10/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 9, A Sudanese army
spokesman said 17 Sudanese soldiers were killed in clashes with
Chadian troops inside Sudanese territory.
2007 Apr 9, In an Easter
message pinned to church bulletin boards around the country,
Zimbabwe's Roman Catholic bishops called on President Robert Mugabe
to leave office or face "open revolt" from those suffering under his
2008 Apr 9, In Washington US
commander Gen. David Petraeus called for an open-ended suspension of
US troop withdrawals this summer because of concern over the renewed
2008 Apr 9, The California
Supreme Court rejected San Francisco’s appeal of a lower court
ruling that limited its ability regulate handguns as approved by
voters in 2005.
(SFC, 4/10/08, p.B1)
2008 Apr 9, In SF officials
rerouted the rout of the Beijing Olympic torch at the last minute
avoiding most protestors and spectators.
(SFC, 4/10/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 9, In Afghanistan
international forces' warplanes dropped bombs on a group of Taliban
militants traveling by motorcycle overnight, killing 3 insurgents in
2008 Apr 9, State media said
China will ban smoking on school campuses as part of an effort to
cut down on tobacco use before the Olympics.
2008 Apr 9, In Haiti a
desperate appeal from Pres. Preval failed to restore order to
Port-au-Prince, and bands of looters sacked stores, warehouses and
2008 Apr 9, Oasis Hong Kong
Airlines cancelled all flights and went into liquidation as a result
of high fuel costs.
(SFC, 4/10/08, p.C4)
2008 Apr 9, Iraq’s PM Nouri
al-Maliki told Pres. Bush during a 20-minute telephone conversation
that Iraqi security forces are capable of carrying out their duties
and US troops should be pulled out as the situation permits. 23
people, including 3 children, died in Baghdad's Sadr City as clashes
between security forces and Shiite militiamen continued on the fifth
anniversary of the fall of Baghdad. 2 US soldiers died from
non-combat related injuries. 3 US soldiers died in a roadside
bombings in Baghdad.
(AP, 4/9/08)(AP, 4/10/08)(SFC, 4/10/08, p.A3)
2008 Apr 9, Japanese lawmakers
approved Masaaki Shirakawa as the new central bank chief, ending a
power vacuum that had left the nation's top economic job vacant for
weeks with global markets in disarray.
2008 Apr 9, Nepal was hit by
fresh violence, the eve of a landmark vote to decide the
impoverished country's political destiny and scrap the monarchy.
2008 Apr 9, In Pakistan a
street fight between pro- and anti-government attorneys broke out in
Karachi leaving 7 people dead.
(SFC, 4/10/08, p.A9)
2008 Apr 9, Palestinian
militants crossed into southern Israel and killed two Israeli
civilians in a surprise attack before fleeing back to the Gaza
Strip. At least one of the militants who attacked the Israeli
terminal delivering fuel to the Gaza Strip was killed. Israel sent
tanks, troops and aircraft into the Palestinian territory after the
raid, killing at least 8 Palestinians, including 3 civilians, and
warned that more reprisals could be coming.
(AP, 4/9/08)(AP, 4/10/08)
2008 Apr 9, In Peru 5 French
tourists visiting the Nazca lines were killed when their small plane
crashed after becoming tangled in power lines.
2008 Apr 9, Singapore's Media
Development Authority, which regulates and censors media and the
arts, said it fined StarHub S$10,000 (3,675 pounds) for airing a
commercial for a song that featured "romanticized scenes" of
lesbians kissing and portrayed the relationship as "acceptable."
2008 Apr 9, The conservative
party of South Korea's new president won an overall majority in
parliamentary elections, according to TV exit polls, giving him the
power to push through sweeping economic reforms. The GNP won 153
seats in the 299-member legislature.
(AP, 4/9/08)(Econ, 4/12/08, p.50)
2008 Apr 9, Spanish astronomers
announced the discovery of "GJ 436T," the smallest planet discovered
to date outside the solar system, located 30 light years from earth.
2008 Apr 9, In Sudan gunmen
attacked police from the African Union and UN peacekeeping force
(UNAMID) in Darfur for the first time, pistol whipping one officer
in the back of the neck. UNAMID police do not carry weapons and this
particular patrol was on duty without protection.
2008 Apr 9, Thai police dropped
charges against Viktor Bout (41), a Russian man accused of being one
of the world's most prolific black market arms dealers, saying they
will proceed with hearings to extradite him to the United States.
2008 Apr 9, President Hugo
Chavez's government said it will nationalize Sidor, Venezuela's
largest steel maker, bringing one more key industry under state
control in its drive toward a socialist economy.
2008 Apr 9, President Hugo
Chavez's government said it will nationalize Sidor, Venezuela's
largest steel maker and a unit of Ternium SA, bringing one more key
industry under state control in its drive toward a socialist
economy. Ternium, based in Luxembourg, was controlled by Argentine
(AP, 4/9/08)(SFC, 4/10/08, p.A9)
2008 Apr 9, International calls
for Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe to release long-delayed results from a
presidential vote mounted as ruling party militants continued to
overrun white-owned farms and the opposition accused the government
of waging a campaign of violence.
2009 Apr 9, Pres. Obama
submitted an $83.4 billion funding request to Congress, including
$80 million to close Guantanamo, as lawmakers were on break over the
2009 Apr 9, FBI hostage
negotiators joined US Navy efforts to free an American ship captain
held captive on a lifeboat by Somali pirates. A US destroyer and a
spy plane kept close watch in the high-seas standoff near the Horn
of Africa. Capt. Richard Phillips made a desperate escape attempt
but was recaptured.
(AP, 4/9/09)(AP, 4/10/09)
2009 Apr 9, The SEC charged
Atlanta attorney Robert P. Copeland (48) for running a Ponzi scheme
from about 2004-2009. He was alleged to have raised over $35 million
from at least 140 investors and owed over $28 million to the
2009 Apr 9, Vandals in the San
Jose, and San Carlos, Ca., chopped fiber optic cables disrupting
service for hundreds of thousands of people in Santa Clara, Santa
Cruz and San Benito counties.
(SFC, 4/10/09, p.A1)
2009 Apr 9, In Mena, Arkansas,
a tornado struck a "direct hit" on this mountain community, killing
at least three people, injuring at least 30 others and flattening
homes and businesses.
2009 Apr 9, In Fullerton, Ca.,
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart (22) was killed along with
2 others in a car accident with a suspected drunk driver.
(SFC, 4/10/09, p.C1)
2009 Apr 9, Dave Arneson (61),
co-creator of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy game (1974) and a
pioneer of role-playing entertainment, died after a two-year battle
(AP, 4/10/09)(SFC, 4/11/09, p.B3)
2009 Apr 9, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked a police drug eradication
unit, killing five people and wounding 17 others. The Taliban
claimed responsibility. Four people were shot dead in the raid
overnight in eastern Khost province. The US military later admitted
that they were not "armed combatants" as first announced. A
nine-months pregnant woman had survived the shooting that killed her
unborn child. US soldiers working with Afghan forces killed 15
militants in southern Afghanistan. Afghan and coalition forces
killed five "combatants" in Kandahar province's Maywand district. A
dozen more insurgents were killed in adjoining Uruzgan province
after another attack on an Afghan and coalition patrol.
(AP, 4/9/09)(AP, 4/10/09)(AFP, 4/10/09)
2009 Apr 9, Algerians voted in
a presidential election that is expected to give the incumbent
Abdelaziz Bouteflika another five years to try to quell terrorism
and reform the North African country's lackluster economy, which is
heavily dependent on oil and gas. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won
90.24% of the vote.
(AP, 4/9/09)(Reuters, 4/10/09)
2009 Apr 9, Amnesty
International said immigrants and ethnic minorities living in
Austria are more likely to be suspected of crimes than whites and
are regularly denied their right to equal treatment by the country's
police and judicial system.
2009 Apr 9, In southern
Bangladesh 2 speeding passenger buses crashed into each other,
killing at least 11 people and injuring another 50.
2009 Apr 9, Bob Quick, Scotland
Yard's Assistant Commissioner and Britain's most senior
counter-terrorism officer, quit after his security blunder forced
police to bring forward a major operation to thwart a suspected al
Qaeda plot involving Pakistani nationals.
2009 Apr 9, A Chinese court
executed two men from a Muslim minority group for killing 17 police
in an attack in China's far west that the government portrayed as an
attempt to sabotage the Beijing Olympics.
2009 Apr 9, A top human rights
group said in a report that at least 90 women have been raped and
180 villagers killed over the past two months by rebels as well as
government forces in volatile eastern Congo.
2009 Apr 9, Czech Pres. Vaclav
Klaus appointed nonpartisan Jan Fischer (58) as prime minister. He
will replace Mirek Topolanek on May 9.
(WSJ, 4/10/09, p.A8)
2009 Apr 9, A court in
coup-plagued Fiji declared the military government illegal and said
the president should immediately appoint an interim leader to
oversee a return to democracy.
2009 Apr 9, French lawmakers
rejected a tough new Internet piracy bill that would cut off illegal
downloaders, in a surprise setback for President Nicolas Sarkozy's
2009 Apr 9, In Georgia tens of
thousands of protesters thronged the streets in front of the
parliament, calling on Pres. Mikhail Saakashvili to step down in the
largest opposition demonstration since last year's war with Russia.
2009 Apr 9, Guatemala banned
more than one person from riding on motorcycles in a policy aimed at
stamping out attacks by cycle-mounted hit men.
2009 Apr 9, A prominent Indian
comedian took aim at the country's notoriously corrupt political
elite by starting up his own party with promises to bribe as many
voters as possible. Jaspal Bhatti, known for his biting satire on
Indian TV shows, unveiled his new party and field of candidates,
saying he hoped to give the big parties a run for their dirty money.
2009 Apr 9, Indonesians flooded
polling stations across the sprawling island nation, capping a
decade of democracy in a parliamentary election that boosted the
reform-minded president's chances of re-election. Pres. Yudhoyono’s
party won 20.8% of the popular vote. Nine parties appeared to have
passed the 2.5% threshold to win seats in the 560-member parliament.
(AP, 4/9/09)(SFC, 4/10/09, p.A2)(Econ, 4/18/09,
2009 Apr 9, Iran's president
inaugurated a new facility producing uranium fuel for a planned
heavy-water nuclear reactor. Pres. Ahmadinejad was attending
celebrations in Isfahan for Iran's National Day of Nuclear
Technology, which marks the day in 2006 when Iran enriched uranium
for the first time. Iran has been building the 40-megawatt
hard-water reactor in the central town of Arak for the past four
2009 Apr 9, In Iraq tens of
thousands of supporters of an anti-US Shiite cleric demanded an end
to the US military presence and burned effigy of ex-President George
W. Bush in a rally marking the sixth anniversary of the fall of
Baghdad to American forces. Police raided a cartoon exhibition in
the Shiite city of Karbala and seized a drawing depicting PM Nouri
al-Maliki with a long nose trying to repair a car labeled "sectarian
distribution of jobs." On Apr 12 a parliamentary committee
criticized police for raiding the exhibition.
(AP, 4/9/09)(AP, 4/12/09)
2009 Apr 9, Mexico City turned
off the tap to millions of residents because water reserves have
reached historic lows. The two-day shutdown of a main pipeline
affected at least 5 million of the 20 million people in the Mexico
2009 Apr 9, In Mexico a former
Guatemalan soldier, who allegedly procured weapons for a drug
cartel, was killed in a gunfight with federal police. Israel Nava
and two other gunmen were killed in northern Zacatecas state. Eight
police were wounded. Nava was a former member of the "kaibiles,"
Guatemalan soldiers trained in counterinsurgency. Mexico first
warned in 2005 that the Zetas were recruiting kaibiles.
2009 Apr 9, A Niger government
minister said Tuareg rebels have agreed to lay down their arms and
join a peace process in the desert West African nation.
2009 Apr 9, Nigeria's Central
Bank cut its benchmark lending rate to 8% from 9.75% and announced
measures aimed at boosting liquidity in the market.
2009 Apr 9, Kim Jong Il laid to
rest speculation about his health with a triumphant return to
parliament for his appointment to a third term as North Korea's
supreme leader. Legislators unanimously adopted a law "on revising
and supplementing the Socialist Constitution of the DPRK (North
Korea)" but gave no details.
(AP, 4/9/09)(AFP, 4/9/09)
2009 Apr 9, In Pakistan the
remains 3 politicians were discovered in Baluchistan province, six
days after they were reportedly abducted by armed men. They were
identified as the head of the Baluchistan National Party (BNP),
Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, his deputy Lala Munir Baloch, and Sher
Mohammad, deputy secretary general of the Baluchistan Republican
Party (BRP). Baloch played "an active role" in seeking the April 4
release of John Solecki, the UN refugee agency staffer. Rioting
students set fire to two banks in another southwestern town. One
policeman was killed and several others injured during the violent
(AP, 4/10/09)(AFP, 4/11/09)
2009 Apr 9, In Peru suspected
guerrillas killed 13 Peruvian soldiers in ambushes on two patrols in
the Apurimac-Ene river valley, a jungle region known for coca
production and lingering rebel activity. The body of a 14th soldier
was recovered on April 12.
(AP, 4/11/09)(SFC, 4/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Apr 9, In South Africa an
armed mob invaded a major land reform project in the eastern
Mpumalanga province. The invaders were unhappy with the progress of
the project, despite warnings that it would take up to three years
before a return from what had been badly neglected farms.
2009 Apr 9, Sri Lanka’s defense
ministry said at least 10 Tiger rebels were killed in overnight
fighting in Mullaittivu district, and accused the rebels of
positioning their heavy weapons near civilian shelters. The
pro-Tamil Tiger website Tamilnet.com said heavy shelling by the Sri
Lankan army of a designated safe area had left 129 civilians dead
and 282 wounded.
2010 Apr 9, US Supreme Court
Justice John Paul Stevens said he will step down when the court
finishes its work for the summer in late June or early July.
2010 Apr 9, Meinhardt Raabe
(94), who played the Munchkin coroner in "The Wizard of Oz" (1938)
and proclaimed in the movie that the Wicked Witch of the East was
"really most sincerely dead," died in Florida. He was about 3 1/2
feet tall when the movie was made but eventually grew to about 4 1/2
feet. He toured the country for 30 years in the Oscar Mayer
Weinermobile, promoting hot dogs as "Little Oscar, the World's
2010 Apr 9, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb struck a small bus in the Kushki Kuhna district of the
western province of Herat, killing three civilians and wounding
five. An international patrol discovered 2,500 pounds (1,130 kg) of
marijuana seeds in a vacant residential compound in Helmand's Reg
district. NATO said the seeds would be destroyed as part of efforts
to cut funding for insurgents from the drug trade.
2010 Apr 9, Australia suspended
refugee applications from Afghans for 6 months and 3 months for Sri
Lankans, citing improved conditions in those countries. Human rights
advocates expressed concern about the move and an immigrant group
(AP, 4/9/10)(Econ, 4/17/10, p.47)
2010 Apr 9, Antanas Mockus,
Colombian presidential candidate and popular former mayor of Bogota,
revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Mockus
said he is in the earlier stages of the degenerative disease and it
would not affect his ability to be president.
2010 Apr 9, In Congo 7
Congolese and one Swiss national, staff members of the Red Cross,
were seized near the town of Fizi in South Kivu province by the Mai
Mai Yakutumba rebels. The workers were released on April 16.
(AP, 4/13/10)(AP, 4/16/10)
2010 Apr 9, In Ethiopia
Communications Minister Bereket Simon announced that leaders of the
United Western Somali Liberation Front (UWSLF), a rebel group in the
southeastern Somali region, has agreed to lay down arms after
decades of guerrilla war.
2010 Apr 9, In Germany
delegates from 175 countries began a 3-day meeting in Bonn on a new
global warming agreement.
2010 Apr 9, France and Italy
agreed to cooperate more closely to increase nuclear power
generation and vowed to come to the aid of debt-laden Greece in
order to defend the euro.
2010 Apr 9, In Ingushetia a
female suicide bomber killed herself after shooting dead a policeman
in Ekazhevo. 3 other militants were killed in Ekazhevo in gunfights
2010 Apr 9, Iran unveiled a
third generation of domestically built centrifuges as the country
pushes ahead with plans to accelerate a uranium enrichment program
that has alarmed world powers fearful of the nuclear program's aims.
2010 Apr 9, In central Mexico
police found the bodies of two men hanging from a bridge in the city
of Cuernavaca, Morelos state, along with a message claiming that
federal authorities are protecting an alleged drug kingpin. A late
night attacker threw an explosive device over the wall around the US
consulate in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, breaking windows and
startling employees inside but causing no injuries.
2010 Apr 9, In the Netherlands
the Political Reformed Party, known by its Dutch acronym SGP, a
fundamentalist Christian political party led entirely by men, was
told by the Netherlands' Supreme Court that it must accept women in
2010 Apr 9, Nigerian gunmen
kidnapped three Syrian expatriates and one Lebanese worker near the
oil hub Port Harcourt. A police officer attached to the construction
firm was killed when gunmen launched the attack. The 4 kidnapped men
were released on April 12.
(AP, 4/9/10)(AFP, 4/14/10)
2010 Apr 9, Pakistani security
forces killed 29 militants in two troubled tribal regions near
Afghanistan, as troops pressed on with operations aimed at flushing
out insurgents who have threatened the state.
2010 Apr 9, In Somalia
witnesses said Islamists were seizing radio transmitters that let
the local population hear news programs from the British
Broadcasting Corporation. Al-Shabab said the BBC broadcasts
2010 Apr 9, Thai
anti-government protesters stormed into a telecom company compound
where authorities had shut down their vital TV channel, as soldiers
and riot police failed to hold them back with tear gas and water
2011 Apr 9, American film
director Sidney Lumet (86) died of Lymphoma. His films included “12
Angry Men” (1957), “Serpico” (1973), and “Before the Devil Knows
You’re Dead” (2007).
(SFC, 4/15/11, p.E2)
2011 Apr 9, In Las Vegas Elena
Caro (42) died after a botched buttocks enhancement surgery in the
back room of a tile business. Two Colombia nationals, Ruben Dario
Matallana-Galvas (55) and Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez (47), were
soon arrested as they tried to board a plane to return home.
(SFC, 4/11/11, p.A4)
2011 Apr 9, In Bahrain 2
supporters of the anti-government movement died in police custody.
Human rights blogger Zakariya al-Asheri died under police custody.
He was detained in March after authorities imposed martial law to
quell Shiite-led protests against Sunni rulers. On Jan 11, 2012, two
police officers were charged with beating the blogger with a water
hose. Three others were charged with hiding the beatings from prison
(SSFC, 4/10/11, p.A4)(AP,
2011 Apr 9, Egypt’s military
stormed Tahrir Square to disperse some 2000 protesters. At least one
demonstrator was shot dead and 71 others injured.
(SSFC, 4/10/11, p.A7)
2011 Apr 9, Honduras' defense
minister said that the country's armed forces will join the police
for the first time in the fight against drug trafficking.
2011 Apr 9, Icelanders voted in
a referendum on whether the nation will repay Britain and the
Netherlands in full for compensating their citizens who had deposits
in Icesave, a failed online bank. Voters rejected the
government-backed deal, sending the dispute to an int’l. court.
(SFC, 4/9/11, p.A2)(SFC, 4/11/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 9, In northern Iraq an
American soldier died in a non-hostile incident.
2011 Apr 9, In Libya rebels
captured 15 Algerian mercenaries and killed another three during
fierce fighting in Ajdabiya. At least 12 rebels were killed in and
2011 Apr 9, In the Netherlands
Tristan van der Vlis (24), opened fire at the Ridderhof mall in
Alphen aan den Rijn with an automatic rifle killing 6 people and
wounded least 17 others. He fired more than 100 rounds in a few
minutes and ended the rampage by shooting himself fatally in the
(AP, 4/10/11)(AP, 4/11/11)
2011 Apr 9, Nigeria held
parliamentary elections. The ruling party lost key parliament seats
in the first of three crucial elections this month.
2011 Apr 9, In Northern Ireland
a 500-pound van bomb was diffused near the border town of Newry.
(SSFC, 4/10/11, p.A4)
2011 Apr 9, Syrian security
forces fired on a funeral for protesters in Daraa. Some 37 people
were killed around the country with most of the deaths in Daraa as
the death toll in 3 weeks of protests climbed to over 170.
(SSFC, 4/10/11, p.A7)
2011 Apr 9, In the UAR
activist, Fahad Salem al-Shehhy was detained in Ajman, a federation
emirate north of Dubai.
2011 Apr 9, In Yemen security
forces shot and wounded 30 people in Sanaa, while 80 others suffered
injuries from beatings with batons. At least one anti-regime
protester died following clashes, while three other people were
killed, including an intelligence officer and a soldier, in violence
in Abyan province. An intelligence officer was killed in a drive-by
shooting outside his home in the Loder area of Abyan. A soldier and
a militant were killed in a clash between security forces and
suspected Al-Qaeda fighters in Jaar, also in Abyan.
2012 Apr 9, Pres. Obama met
with Brazil’s Pres. Dilma Rouseff. She called on the US to invest
more in the world’s 6th biggest economy. Obama confirmed that the US
would recognize cachaca, a sugarcane spirit, as a distinct product,
no longer calling it Brazilian rum.
(SFC, 4/10/12, p.A5)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.48)
2012 Apr 9, In Minnesota a
mother who had dropped her toddler at a day care center in Brooklyn
Park, soon returned and found 3 adults shot dead inside. Her child
was not hurt.
(SFC, 4/10/12, p.A7)
2012 Apr 9, In Pennsylvania 2
firefighters were killed while battling a massive blaze in an
abandoned warehouse in Philadelphia.
(SFC, 4/10/12, p.A7)
2012 Apr 9, Best Buy CEO Brian
Dunn resigned. It was soon reported that he had misused company
funds while carrying out a relationship with a female subordinate.
The 28-year company veteran had been head of Best Buy, the nation's
largest consumer electronics chain, since 2009. Co-founder and board
chairman Richard M. Schulze resigned on May 14 after it was
disclosed that he had been aware of Dunn’s affair and did not report
it to the board.
(http://tinyurl.com/7ut6549)(SFC, 5/15/12, p.D3)
2012 Apr 9, In Bahrain jailed
activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja was feared to have died after Bahraini
authorities turned down repeated requests to contact him. A blast
injured seven policemen and led to reprisals by Sunni mobs.
(AFP, 4/9/12)(AP, 4/11/12)
2012 Apr 9, Bruno Iksil, a
London-based JP Morgan Chase & Co trader of derivatives linked
to the financial health of corporations, was reported to have
amassed positions so large that he was driving price moves in the
$10-trillion market. Iksil lost the bank about $6 billion. In 2013
JP Morgan Chase was fined around $1 billion by various authorities
for failures related to trades by Iksil (aka the “London
(http://tinyurl.com/cdgofmx)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.84)
2012 Apr 9, China’s Supreme
People's Court clarified and tightened rules governing forced land
expropriations in a bid to "protect the public interest and
guarantee the legitimate rights and interests of expropriated home
2012 Apr 9, An Indian court
convicted 23 people over the “Ode massacre” of nearly two-dozen
Muslims during religious rioting in Gujarat state on March 1, 2002.
Another 23 people were acquitted for lack of evidence in the case.
Rioting at the time left more than 2,000 dead. On April 12 the court
sentenced 18 of the men to life imprisonment. Five other men were
handed seven-year jail terms.
(AFP, 4/9/12)(AFP, 4/12/12)
2012 Apr 9, Indonesia's only
province ruled by Islamic law went to the polls to elect its
powerful governor, testing a fragile peace following a 30-year war
by separatist rebels. Irwandi Yusuf (51), the incumbent who was
elected in December 2006, sought a second five-year term as governor
of Aceh. Challenger Zaini Abdullah (71) of the powerful Aceh Party
won 55% of the vote. Yusuf took 29%.
(AFP, 4/9/12)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.51)
2012 Apr 9, Japan’s Nikkei
business daily reported that Sony will cut 10,000 jobs worldwide
this year as it attempts to carry out sweeping reforms aimed at
reviving the iconic but loss-making Japanese electronics giant.
2012 Apr 9, Kyrgyzstan
authorities began testing members of the new anti-corruption agency
on live television in a bid to display an unusual level of
transparency in this corruption-riddled Central Asian nation.
2012 Apr 9, Libya's official
LANA news agency reported that interim authorities have stopped
paying bonuses to former rebels due to widespread fraud costing
millions of Libyan dinars.
2012 Apr 9, In Nigeria Boko
Haram gunmen killed a policeman, a civilian and a local politician
in coordinated attacks in Dikwa, Borno state. Three Boko Haram
terrorists were reportedly killed as others escaped with bullet
wounds. In the northeastern city of Potiskum, gunmen opened fire on
a policeman and his family, killing the policeman's 6-year-old
(AFP, 4/9/12)(AP, 4/9/12)
2012 Apr 9, In Pakistan gunmen
on a motorcycle opened fire on Shiite Muslims in Quetta killing 6
people in an apparent sectarian attack.
(SFC, 4/10/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 9, In Peru suspected
Shining Path gunmen seized 30 Skanska workers overnight but soon
freed 23 at the Kepashiato in the Camisea gas fields. The Swedish
construction company was building a natural gas plant in the Amazon
jungle. A rescue attempt soon left after left 8 soldiers and police
dead by rebels under the Quispe Palomino brothers, who led some 500
(AP, 4/9/12)(SFC, 5/30/12, p.A4)
2012 Apr 9, Russia's top
investigative body said it has dropped charges against a doctor
suspected of negligence in the case of Sergei Magnitsky, a prominent
lawyer who reported official corruption in Russia, then died in
custody in November, 2009, while suffering from untreated
2012 Apr 9, In Somalia a blast
rocked a vegetable market in Baidoa, the country’s third-largest
city, killing at least twelve people and wounding at least 30.
2012 Apr 9, In Spain four
people died in a fire that destroyed a makeshift hut in which they
were living in the northeastern city of Barcelona. Spanish National
Radio cited police at the scene as saying they were Romanians.
2012 Apr 9, Airlines cancelled
flights from Sudan to the newly independent South, after new rules
treating the route as international took effect.
2012 Apr 9, Syrian forces fired
across the border into a refugee camp in Turkey, wounding at least
five people. Lebanese journalist Ali Shaaban, who works as a
cameraman for Al Jadeed TV station, was shot and killed as he was
filming in the northern Wadi Khaled area on the Lebanese side of the
border. 12 members of the Syrian security forces were killed as
clashes ensued in several regions. Human Rights Watch said it has
documented the killings by Syrian forces of 85 civilians, including
women and children, and the summary executions of at least 16
wounded or captured opposition fighters. The Syrian rebel army said
it is ready to respect an April 10 truce brokered by UN-Arab League
envoy Kofi Annan if the regime of President Bashar al-Assad abides
by the peace deal.
(AP, 4/9/12)(AFP, 4/9/12)
2012 Apr 9, Tunisian police
fired tear gas to disperse a rally on Bourguiba Avenue in central
Tunis where demonstrations are banned. Hundreds of demonstrators,
marking Martyrs' Day (1938) and protesting against the ban imposed
on March 28, sought shelter in neighboring streets and shops. At
least 15 civilians and eight policemen were hurt. The journalists'
union called on its members to boycott Interior Minister Ali
Larayedh for a week over the crackdown.
(AFP, 4/9/12)(AFP, 4/10/12)
2012 Apr 9, Turkey's PM Erdogan
oversaw the signing of two nuclear agreements with China on a trip
to the Asian nation that also saw him make an unprecedented stop in
ethnically-tense Xinjiang. The two agreements paved the way for
deeper nuclear cooperation between the two countries, but few
concrete details were made available.
2012 Apr 9, In Yemen
Al-Qaida-linked militants staged a dawn attack on a government army
post in the south setting off clashes. At least 78 people were
killed in Lawder, Abyan province.
(AP, 4/9/12)(AFP, 4/10/12)
2013 Apr 9, Spelling whizzes
across the US learned that they will have to know the definitions of
some of the those tough words they've been memorizing in the
dictionary. For the first time, multiple-choice vocabulary tests
will be added to the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.
2013 Apr 9, The San Francisco
Housing Authority commission voted unanimously to terminate the
contract of its chief, Henry Alvarez.
(SFC, 4/10/13, p.A1)
2013 Apr 9, In Illinois former
state Rep. Robin Kelly (D) won the special election for Jesse
Jackson Jr.’s vacated congressional seat.
(SFC, 4/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Apr 9, In Maine
Christopher Knight (47), who lived like a hermit for decades in a
makeshift camp in the woods and may be responsible for more than
1,000 burglaries for food and other staples, was caught in a
surveillance trap at a camp for people with special needs, which he
treated as a "Walmart."
2013 Apr 9, In Texas Dylan
Quick (20), a student at the Cypress campus of Lone Star College,
went on a stabbing spree wounding at least 14 people before being
subdued and arrested.
(SFC, 4/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Apr 9, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO helicopter crashed in a field, killing two
American service members in Nangarhar province.
2013 Apr 9, Albania pledged to
hold a historic referendum on whether to scrap waste imports, a
money-making program strongly opposed by environmentalists who say
the poor Balkan country is already buried under its own trash.
2013 Apr 9, Australia’s PM
Julia Gillard capped a 6-day trip to China with the formation of a
“strategic partnershnip,” a commitment to hold annual talks between
(Econ, 4/20/13, p.44)
2013 Apr 9, Bahrain arrested
four suspects after homemade firebombs were hurled the previous
evening at the foreign ministry in a possible escalation of
2013 Apr 9, Britain’s Financial
Conduct Authority (FCA) announced sweeping changes in financial
regulation, telling banks they can no longer blame customers when
products go wrong and promising to study how consumers behave to
make sure they can make the right decisions.
2013 Apr 9, British supermarket
chain Asda said very low levels of the horse pain-killing drug
phenylbutazone, also known as bute, had been found in horsemeat
discovered in tins of corned beef. This was the first such case in
2013 Apr 9, In Colombia tens of
thousands marched in Bogota to show their supoort for peace talks
with FARC guerrillas.
(Econ, 4/13/13, p.42)
2013 Apr 9, Iran announced two
key nuclear-related projects that expand the country's ability to
extract and process uranium, which can be enriched for reactor fuel
but also potentially for atomic weapons.
2013 Apr 9, In Iran a 6.1
magnitude earthquake killed at least 37 people in a sparsely
populated area in the country's south.
2013 Apr 9, An Israeli court
sentenced Milad Khatib (26), an Arab citizen of Israel, to
seven years in prison for spying for the Lebanese militant group
2013 Apr 9, A judge in Tuscany
fined Italian cruise line Costa Crociere SpA 1 million euros in
administrative sanctions for the 2012 wreckage of the Concordia
cruise ship that killed 32 people.
2013 Apr 9, Uhuru Kenyatta was
sworn in as the Kenya's 4th president in a stadium filled with tens
of thousands and a dozen African leaders.
2013 Apr 9, A Libyan lawmaker
said parliament has approved a law that criminalizes torture and
(SFC, 4/10/13, p.A2)
2013 Apr 9, Mozambican
authorities say they have made some arrests after recent attacks and
fighting between police and alleged members of an opposition group
killed at least seven people and wounded 13 people in the violence
in Sofala province.
2013 Apr 9, Nigerian
authorities arrested 251 suspected illegal immigrants at a busy
market. Authorities were launching new immigration raids in the
country as it faced threats from Islamic extremists.
2013 Apr 9, North Korea urged
all foreign companies and tourists in South Korea to evacuate
because it says the rival Koreas are on the eve of a nuclear war.
2013 Apr 9, In Serbia veteran
Ljubisa Bogdanovic (60) gunned down 13 people in a pre-dawn,
house-to-house rampage in Velika Ivanca, killing his mother, his son
and a cousin (2) before shooting himself and his wife. Bogdanovic
died the next day. His wife remained hospitalized.
(AP, 4/9/13)(AP, 4/11/13)
2013 Apr 9, South African
officials said they have detected bird flu on an ostrich farm near
Oudtshoorn, but that it is unrelated to the strain that has killed 8
people in China. The EU imposed a ban on imports of South African
ostrich meat after a 2011 outbreak of the H5N2 strain.
(SFC, 4/10/13, p.A2)
2013 Apr 9, In South Sudan
armed rebels that South Sudan believes are backed by Sudan opened
fire on a UN convoy, killing five UN peacekeepers from India and at
least seven civilians.
2013 Apr 9, The United Nations
reopened food distribution centers in Gaza that closed last week
following a violent protest at a UN compound.
2014 Apr 9, It was reported
that a virus, never before seen in the US, has killed millions of
baby pigs since porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) first showed up in
(SFC, 4/9/14, p.A5)
2014 Apr 9, Stuart Parkin (58)
won the Finnish 1 million-euro ($1.3 million) Millennium Technology
Prize for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital
data storage on magnetic disks. The British-American physicist
directed the IBM-Stanford spintronic science center in California.
2014 Apr 9, An Alabama
prosecutor said Jose Manuel Martinez (51), arrested a year ago in
Arizona, has confessed to carrying out up to 40 slayings since 1980
as an enforcer for a drug cartel. Martinez was charged a day earlier
with murdering 9 people in Central California.
(SFC, 4/10/14, p.A9)
2014 Apr 9, In Florida the
driver of an SUV caused a car to crash into a day care center
killing a girl (4) and injuring 14 others. Robert Alex Corchado (28)
surrendered to police the next day.
(SFC, 4/11/14, p.A6)
2014 Apr 9, In Pennsylvania
Alex Hribal (16) stabbed and slashed 21 fellow students and a
security guard at the Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.
(SFC, 4/10/14, p.A7)
2014 Apr 9, In Texas Ramiro
Hernandez-Llanas (44) was executed for the 1997 slaying of Glen Lich
(49) a former Baylor Univ. history professor.
(SFC, 4/10/14, p.A6)
2014 Apr 9, In Vienna, Austria,
Iran and six major powers discussed all important issues on curbing
Tehran's nuclear program and planned to begin a new round of
negotiations in Vienna on May 13.
2014 Apr 9, Belgian authorities
destroyed over 1,500 kilos (3,300 pounds) of ivory that had been
seized by customs over the past three decades to serve as a warning
to international smugglers who kill elephants daily for their tusks.
2014 Apr 9, British Culture
Secretary Maria Miller, who was in charge of legislation on press
regulation and gay marriage, resigned after an embarrassing row over
her parliamentary expense account.
2014 Apr 9, In Colombia
Alejandro Correa (22) died after an unidentified person threw acid
over 90% of his body. More than 900 such attacks have been
documented in Colombia since 2004.
(SSFC, 4/13/14, p.A4)
2014 Apr 9, Egypt state news
said security forces have arrested a man who worked for Qatar's Al
Jazeera television network and accused him of inciting and taking
part in violence. Abdel Rahman Shaheen was described as a Muslim
2014 Apr 9, The EU published
new rules on green energy designed to replace subsidies with
market-based schemes. The rules take effect from July 1 this year
and from 2017 all member states will have to hold tenders to support
new green power facilities following a pilot phase from 2015-16.
2014 Apr 9, A French court
blocked the extradition of exiled Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov,
an opposition figure wanted on embezzlement charges. Russia alleges
Ablyazov embezzled $5 billion (3.6 billion euros). Ukraine accuses
him of pilfering another $400 million.
2014 Apr 9, German prosecutors
released more than 1,000 artworks found at the Munich apartment of
reclusive collector Cornelius Gurlitt, days after he agreed to
cooperate with authorities in determining which pieces were seized
by the Nazis. At least 458 works owned by the collector that are
being checked for a Nazi-era past remained in government hands.
2014 Apr 9, Greece announced it
was returning to international bond markets for the first time in
four years. Thousands of striking Greeks marched to parliament on to
protest against job cuts and austerity measures imposed by the
country's foreign creditors.
(AP, 4/9/14)(Reuters, 4/9/14)
2014 Apr 9, Indonesia held
parliamentary elections. 190 million citizens were eligible to vote.
Exit polls gave the opposition PDI-P 19% of the vote.
(Reuters, 4/9/14)(Econ, 4/5/14, p.33)
2014 Apr 9, Iran and Azerbaijan
signed deals to build a hydroelectric plant and boost environmental
and athletic cooperation as Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev
2014 Apr 9, In Iraq car bombs
hit several mostly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad and Numaniyah
south of the capital, killing at least 34 people and wounding
(AP, 4/9/14)(SFC, 4/10/14, p.A4)
2014 Apr 9, Japan-based Toyota
Motor Corp. said it is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for
a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the US,
Europe and other places.
2014 Apr 9, Kenya expelled over
80 Somalis as security forces maintained a major crackdown on
suspected Islamists that has seen thousands rounded up in the
(AFP, 4/9/14)(SFC, 4/10/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 9, Kuwait said three
of its citizens have been kidnapped in Syria and it has asked Turkey
for help in trying to secure their release. Kidnappers asked for a
ransom of 1 million euros ($1.38 million).
2014 Apr 9, Libya’s army
announced it has taken control of Al-Hariga and Zueitina ports under
a deal to end a crippling nine-month blockade by rebels seeking
autonomy in the country's east.
2014 Apr 9, In Libya air force
officer Abdel-Hamid al-Fetori died when a bomb attached to his car
exploded, seriously injuring his wife and toddler. In response
protesters took to the streets of Benghazi, burning tires and
chanting anti-militia slogans.
2014 Apr 9, Malaysia awarded a
manufacturing license to a $618 million venture that will assemble
fuel-efficient SUVs for China's Great Wall Motor Co. Privately owned
Go Automobile Manufacturing will invest 2 billion ringgit ($618
million) over the next four years to expand its manufacturing plant
in northern Kedah state.
2014 Apr 9, The Dutch
government scrapped a trade mission to Russia that was intended to
forge closer ties between the two countries' energy sectors, blaming
developments in eastern Ukraine.
2014 Apr 9, In North Korea Kim
Jong-Un was "re-elected" as leader. The new parliament also elected
members of the powerful National Defense Commission (NDC),
appointing Kim's close confidante Choi Ryong-Hae as one of three
vice chairmen of the top military decision-making body.
2014 Apr 9, In Pakistan a bomb
tore through a bustling fruit and vegetable market in Islamabad,
killing at least 22 people. The attack came as the government tried
to negotiate an end to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP)
seven-year campaign of violence.
2014 Apr 9, Pakistan's Election
Commission awarded a parliamentary seat to the leader of a banned
sectarian group that activists blame for the deaths of hundreds of
people. Ahmed Ludhianvi will represent the city of Jhang, in Punjab
2014 Apr 9, Radu Mazare, the
mayor of Romania's Black Sea port city of Constanta, was charged
with taking a bribe of 175,000 euros ($241,400) in 2011 in return
for awarding a company the tender to build 900 low-cost apartments
for socially deprived residents. Businessman Avraham Morgenstern was
also charged in the 10 million euro project.
2014 Apr 9, Saudi health
authorities said that 11 people in the western city of Jiddah have
contracted the Middle East respiratory syndrome, resulting in two
recent deaths, bringing to at least 66 the number of people who have
died of MERS in the kingdom.
2014 Apr 9, Two Saudi border
guards were killed by unidentified gunmen who fired shots from
2014 Apr 9, In Syria forces
loyal to President Bashar al-Assad recaptured the rebel-held border
town of Rankous. Two car bombs in Homs killed at least 25 people.
(Reuters, 4/9/14)(SFC, 4/10/14, p.A4)
2014 Apr 9, Thai police
arrested Englishman Michael Alan France (53), whom French police
accuse of masterminding a gang that sought to smuggle cocaine and
heroin through France into England six years ago.
2014 Apr 9, Ukrainian
authorities warned that they are prepared to use force to clear
several government buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists in
the east of the country. 56 hostages were allowed to leave the
Luhansk security services building overnight.
2015 Apr 9, Pres. Obama
announced a $70 million youth initiative for Jamaica after meeting
with PM Portia Simpson Miller.
(SSFC, 4/12/15, p.A4)
2015 Apr 9, US and Cuban
diplomats met in Panama City in the highest-level meeting between
the two governments in more than half a century one day ahead of the
opening of the Seventh Summit of the Americas.
2015 Apr 9, Joint Cybercrime
Action Taskforce, a coordination body created last year by the FBI,
Britain's National Crime Agency, Europol and host of other
international law enforcement agencies, claimed one of its first
kills, pulling the plug on malicious servers that hijacked at least
12,000 machines, most of them in the United States.
2015 Apr 9, The
Washington-based Center for Strategic and Int’l. Studies published
photos showing China’s construction efforts on Mischief Reef, where
it is building artificial islands in disputed waters.
(SFC, 4/10/15, p.A3)
2015 Apr 9, The Pentagon said
the US has begun daily aerial refueling for planes in the Saudi-led
coalition carrying out air strikes in Yemen.
(SSFC, 4/12/15, p.A4)
2015 Apr 9, The California
Public Utilities Commission levied a record $1.6 billion penalty
against PG&E for the 2010 deadly pipeline explosion in San
(SFC, 4/10/15, p.A1)
2015 Apr 9, In southern
California a TV news helicopter caught deputy sheriffs on video
kicking and beating Francis Pusok (30). The suspect was fleeing a
warrant in an identity theft investigation on a stolen horse. On
April 21 San Bernardino County approved a $650,000 settlement to
avoid a lawsuit by Pusok.
(AFP, 4/10/15)(SFC, 4/11/15, p.A6)(SFC, 4/22/15,
2015 Apr 9, Ali Elmezayen drove
his family off a Los Angeles pier, killing his two severely autistic
sons. In 2019 he was charged with capital murder after prosecutors
said the killings were carried out for financial gain. He had
purchased $6 million in insurance policies to cover his family in
the event of an accidental death.
2015 Apr 9, In northern
Illinois at least two people were killed and 20 others injured when
a powerful tornado rated as a rare EF-4 - the second highest
intensity - ripped through the small town of Fairdale.
2015 Apr 9, In Mississippi a US
District Judge sentenced Farah Adelia Graves to five years in
federal prison for her role in a Jackson group that searched for
black people to assault. Shelbie Brooke Richards was sentenced to 8
years in prison for her part in the 2011 death of James Craig
Anderson, who died after being beaten and run over by a truck in
which Graves and Richards were riding.
(SFC, 4/10/15, p.A6)
2015 Apr 9, Texas prison
officials executed Kent Sprouse (42) for the slaying of a
Dallas-area police officer in 2002. This was the state’s 5th
execution this year.
(SFC, 4/10/15, p.A6)
2015 Apr 9, In northern
Afghanistan militants stormed a government compound in
Mazar-i-Sharif, Balkh province, killing at least 10 people with
dozens wounded. 3 of the attackers were killed but two remained
inside the compound.
(AP, 4/9/15)(SFC, 4/10/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 9, Argentina
declassified files relating to the 1992 bombing outside the Israeli
embassy in Buenos Aires that left 29 dead and 200 wounded.
2015 Apr 9, Argentina and
Britain’s longstanding dispute over the Falklands escalated as
Buenos Aires took legal action against companies exploring for oil
off the islands and the countries summoned each other's ambassadors
for a dressing-down.
2015 Apr 9, Australia reported
that second case of the so-called Tropical Race 4 strain of Panama
disease affecting banana plants has been confirmed, dashing hopes
that a recently confirmed outbreak would be isolated and threatening
the country's A$550 million ($423 million) sector.
2015 Apr 9, in southwestern
Bangladesh a bus packed with passengers veered off the road, hit
trees and plunged into a ditch, killing at least 24 people and
injuring 22 others.
2015 Apr 9, China sketched out
plans for the islands it is creating in the disputed South China
Sea, saying they would be used for military defense as well as to
provide civilian services that would benefit other countries.
2015 Apr 9, Chinese state media
reported that Shi Tao, a former top executive at Volkswagen's China
joint venture with FAW Group Corp, was sentenced to life in prison
for accepting bribes. He accepted bribes from 48 individuals and
companies from 2006 and amassed 26.7 million yuan in property
derived from unclear sources before being discovered in a 2013
2015 Apr 9, Czech PM Bohuslav
Sobotka said the government plans to create a register of citizens
who could be called up for military service, in response to growing
concerns over threats from Islamic State and insecurity in Ukraine.
2015 Apr 9, In France the
Eiffel Tower closed, many school kids had no classes and air traffic
controllers were staying off work in a nationwide day of protests
and strikes to air an array of grievances against the government.
2015 Apr 9, France announced
the cancellation of $68.7 million (64.8 million euros) in debt owed
by Mali. The debt from 1984 was initially the equivalent of 229
million euros and was due to its rejoining the CFA franc backed by
the French treasury.
2015 Apr 9, Greece repaid a
roughly $485-million loan installment to the IMF.
(SFC, 4/10/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 9, In Honduras
prominent father-son lawyers Jose Eduardo Gauggel (70) and his son
Jose Eduardo Gauggel Medina (48), who had held a variety of
political positions, were killed in the city of San Pedro Sula.
2015 Apr 9, India said it has
blocked foreign funding to the local branch of Greenpeace and
restricted some activities, with New Delhi accusing the
environmental group of misusing funds. In recent months, Greenpeace
activists have accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government of
watering down environmental rules after it allowed industries to
operate closer to protected green zones.
2015 Apr 9, In Indonesia the
number of enslaved fishermen found on a remote island reached nearly
550, after a fact-finding team returned for a single day to make
sure no one had been left behind nearly a week after more than half
of the men were removed in a dramatic rescue.
2015 Apr 9, Iranian Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei demanded that all sanctions on Iran be
lifted at the same time as any final agreement with world powers on
curbing Tehran's nuclear program is concluded.
2015 Apr 9, In Iraq Islamic
State fighters launched an attack on government-held territory in
Anbar province. Over the next 24 hours 25 Iraqi police officers and
soldiers were killed and 15 family members of local police were
executed as IS fighters overran large parts of Albu Faraj.
(SFC, 4/11/15, p.A4)
2015 Apr 9, In Italy Claudio
Giardiello, on trial for bankruptcy, shot dead a judge, a lawyer and
a co-defendant in the Palace of Justice in central Milan. A fourth
person was found dead in the court buildings with no apparent sign
2015 Apr 9, A Japanese research
team said it has developed a field test for Ebola that gives results
in just over 11 minutes -- down from the 90-minute test used now.
2015 Apr 9, Lebanese security
forces killed militants Osama Mansour, nicknamed "Abu Omar," and
Ahmad Nazer, and arrested Sheikh Khaled Hoblos, an extremist cleric,
during a shootout in the north of the country.
2015 Apr 9, In Pakistan a
defense lawyer said a court has ordered the release of
Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attacks,
for the second time in less than a month. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was
released on bail late today.
(AP, 4/9/15)(AFP, 4/10/15)
2015 Apr 9, A group of 14
Palestinian factions said they backed a joint military operation
with the Syrian government to expel Islamic State group jihadists
from the Yarmouk camp in southern Damascus.
2015 Apr 9, Gaza police seized
a work by famed street artist Banksy from a man who bought it for
$200 from a family that later said it was duped.
2015 Apr 9, Philippine troops,
backed by attack helicopters and artillery fire, battled with at
least 250 Abu Sayyaf militants in the country's restive south,
leaving two soldiers and six militants dead.
2015 Apr 9, Slovenian Defense
Minister Janko Veber was sacked for using military intelligence to
monitor the state telecoms company ahead of its potential sale.
2015 Apr 9, In Sudan two top
political figures were freed from detention without explanation,
days before national elections. Farouk Abu Issa and Amin Makki
Madani were detained in December after signing an agreement to unite
opposition to President Omar al-Bashir.
2015 Apr 9, A Sudanese
airstrike on South Sudanese killed 4 people and wounded nine others.
(SFC, 4/10/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 9, Sweden said it will
send up to 120 troops to northern Iraq to train Iraqi and Kurdish
fighters as part of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State
2015 Apr 9, The Ukraine
parliament voted to ban all propaganda by the totalitarian Communist
and Nazi regimes. 254 members of the 450-member parliament voted in
favor of the legislation.
2015 Apr 9, Amnesty
International said that it has evidence that Russian-backed
separatists in east Ukraine have killed several captured government
soldiers in gross violation of international humanitarian law.
2015 Apr 9, In Yemen Shiite
rebels and allied military units defied Saudi-led airstrikes to
seize a provincial capital in a heavily Sunni tribal area as their
patron Iran called the two-week air campaign a "crime" and appealed
for peace talks. At least 20 Shiite Huthi rebels were killed in
southern Yemen by Saudi-led coalition air strikes and an ambush by
(AP, 4/9/15)(AFP, 4/9/15)
2015 Apr 9, The UN launched an
appeal for $174 million to give "life-saving aid" to the almost
200,000 Nigerians who have fled the country due to attacks by Boko
2015 Apr 9, A UN official said
children make up a third of fighters in the armed groups in
conflict-wracked Yemen, also warning that malnutrition levels in the
country were set to explode.
2016 Apr 9, The US Air Force
deployed B-52 bombers to Qatar to join the fight against Islamic
State in Iraq and Syria, the first time they have been based in the
Middle East since the end of the Gulf War in 1991.
2016 Apr 9, In Las Vegas Manny
Pacquiao, a candidate Senate candidate in the Philippines, returned
from the biggest loss of his career with a bang, knocking down
Timothy Bradley twice on his way to a unanimous 12-round decision in
their welterweight showdown.
2016 Apr 9, Egypt’s government
announced the signing of a maritime demarcation accord that puts two
islands at the southern entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba in Saudi
2016 Apr 9, In western France
clashes broke out between police and demonstrators in Rennes as
thousands took to the streets for a sixth day of nationwide protests
against a draft law that seeks to loosen some labor protections.
2016 Apr 9, Four migrant women
and a child drowned off the Greek island of Samos in the first
deaths in the Aegean Sea since a controversial EU-Turkey deal took
effect three weeks ago.
2016 Apr 9, Kenya deported a
group of 8 Taiwanese to China after they were acquitted in a
cybercrime case. On April 12 a 2nd group of 37 was deported in a
move that drew an angry reaction from Taipei.
2016 Apr 9, Nigerian secret
police accused a Biafra separatist group of killing 55 people after
discovering their bodies in shallow graves in a thick forest in the
country's southeast. The Department of State Service (DSS),
Nigeria's domestic spy agency, said the graves were found in Umuanyi
forest in Abia state, home to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
2016 Apr 9, Pakistan hanged two
brothers convicted of murdering six people from the same family in a
land dispute, just days after Amnesty International criticized the
country for becoming the world's third most prolific executioner
after China and Iran. Nasir Mehmood and Tahir Iqbal were hanged in
the eastern city of Sialkot for the 2002 murders.
2016 Apr 9, In central Peru 3
soldiers and a civilian were killed, and seven others wounded, in
two attacks by guerrillas, on the eve of presidential elections.
Authorities blamed remnants of the Shining Path communist guerrilla
2016 Apr 9, In the Philippines
at least 5 Abu Sayyaf militants, including a Moroccan fighter, were
killed after fierce fighting left 18 soldiers dead in the
hinterlands on Basilan island. This was the government's largest
single-day combat loss so far this year.
2016 Apr 9, In Somalia two
members of the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab jihadist group were executed
in Mogadishu by firing squad for the murder of a journalist killed
by a car bomb last year.
2016 Apr 9, In Somalia at least
3 people including a child were killed in a car bomb blast outside a
restaurant in Mogadishu.
2016 Apr 9, A Syrian opposition
monitoring group said the Islamic State group has released most of
the 300 cement workers it abducted near Damascus after questioning
them to find out who were Muslims and killing 4 who were members of
the minority Druze sect. The fate of 30 people who were guards at
the factory was unknown.
2016 Apr 9, In southern Yemen
suspected al Qaeda militants seized and executed 17 soldiers loyal
to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The local wing of Al Qaeda in
Yemen denied it had killed Yemeni soldiers in the Ahwar region.
2016 Apr 9, Ukraine reported a
sharp increase in attacks by Russia-backed separatists around the
government-held town of Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine, resulting in at
least one civilian death. Rebels in eastern Ukraine reported
increased shelling from government forces and the death of one of
2016 Apr 9, Venezuela’s Digitel
cell phone service suspended long-distance calling as the country
struggled to pay its bills. The Movistar cell phone service planned
to do the same on April 15.
(SFC, 4/12/16, p.A2)
2017 Apr 9, In southern
California an SUV slammed into a group of pedestrians as they were
leaving the East Sarang Community Church, killing two people and
injuring several others in Chino.
(SFC, 4/11/17, p.A4)
2017 Apr 9, Dr. David Dao (69)
was yanked out of Flight 3411 at Chicago O'Hare Int’l. Airport by
airport security to make way for United employees. Dao lost two
front teeth and suffered a broken nose and a concussion. Video of
the incident went viral. Worldwide backlash hit the airline's share
price and prompted an apology from the company chief executive.
(Reuters, 4/12/17)(SFC, 4/14/17, p.A6)
2017 Apr 9, In Egypt at least
45 people were killed in two bomb attacks on two Coptic churches on
Palm Sunday. The first bombing, in Tanta killed at least 27 people.
The second in Alexandria hit Saint Mark's Cathedral, the historic
seat of the Coptic Pope, killing 16 people. The Islamic State
claimed responsibility for the attacks.
(Reuters, 4/9/17)(AP, 4/9/17)
2017 Apr 9, The French
government published a decree for closing the country's oldest
nuclear plant at Fessenheim, fulfilling a campaign-trail pledge made
by President Francois Hollande who is now in the final weeks of
2017 Apr 9, In the
Indian-controlled part of Kashmir six people were killed and more
than 100 injured when police clashed with protesters during a
by-election in Srinagar.
2017 Apr 9, The navies of India
and China carried out a joint operation to rescue the bulk carrier,
OS 35, a merchant ship hijacked the previous evening by Somali
pirates in the Gulf of Aden. The pirates had fled overnight.
2017 Apr 9, In Italy Tomas
Yarrington, a former governor of Mexico’s northern state of
Tamaulipas (1999-2005), was arrested for alleged involvement in
laundering drug money after a five-year manhunt. He was also being
sought by the United States for alleged drug money laundering.
(AFP, 4/9/17)(Econ, 4/22/17, p.30)
2017 Apr 9, In Lebanon
Palestinian residents fled the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp in the
port city of Sidon as clashes between security forces and radical
Islamists intensified for the third day. The camp's radical groups
have regularly fallen afoul of Palestinian security forces for
hiding fugitives from the Lebanese law. A member of the Fatah
faction was killed in the clashes. The clashes have left at least
four people dead.
(AP, 4/9/17)(Reuters, 4/9/17)(SFC, 4/10/17, p.A2)
2017 Apr 9, Mexican police
found an unusual indoor operation for opium poppy cultivation at a
warehouse in the northern border state of Chihuahua.
2017 Apr 9, In Nigeria gunmen
shot dead four policemen, an army captain and a civilian in an
attack on a community outside Lagos.
2017 Apr 9, In southeastern
Nigeria two Turkish were kidnapped from a hotel room in the town of
Eket, Akwa Ibom state.
2017 Apr 9, In Somalia a car
bomb targeting senior officials leaving a military base in Mogadishu
killed at least 15 people and destroyed a minibus carrying
civilians, in an attack claim by Islamist al Shabaab militants.
2017 Apr 9, South Ossetia held
presidential elections. Anatoly Bibilov, speaker of the local
legislature, won nearly 58 percent of the presidential vote while
the incumbent got 30 percent after more than 90 percent of the
ballots were counted.
2017 Apr 9, In Syria Islamic
State militants launched two suicide attacks overnight on US-backed
Syrian rebels near the near the joint Syria-Iraq-Jordan al Tanf
border crossing, leaving at least 12 dead in the fighting and many
2017 Apr 9, Syrian or Russian
warplanes dropped more incendiary bombs on areas of Idlib and Hama
2017 Apr 9, Italian Gabriele
Del Grande (34) was clapped in cuffs by Turkish police during
interviews with people who had fled Syria for a book he is writing
on the conflict and the birth of the Islamic State (IS) group.
Grande was released after two weeks and returned home on April 24.
(AFP, 4/19/17)(AP, 4/24/17)
2017 Apr 9, In central Turkey a
hot air balloon hit a high-voltage transmission line and crashed in
Cappadocia, killing a French tourist and injuring at least seven
2018 Apr 9, The US
Congressional Budget Office reported that Pres. Trump's tax cuts and
last month's spending bill will push the deficit to $804 billion
this year and just under $1 trillion for the upcoming year.
(SFC, 4/10/18, p.D2)
2018 Apr 9, US federal agents
raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal attorney
Michael Cohen, seizing records on topics that include a $130,000
payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who says she had sex
2018 Apr 9, The Ninth US
Circuit Court of Appeals court ruled that employers can't set
different pay levels for women and men doing the same job by
relying, even in part, on their salary at a previous job.
(SFC, 4/10/18, p.C1)
2018 Apr 9, The Arizona Supreme
Court ruled that young immigrants in the program started by former
Pres. Barack Obama are not eligible for lower in-state college
2018 Apr 9, Arizona's GOP Gov.
Doug Ducey sent 225 members of its National Guard to the Mexican
border and pledged to deploy another 113 the following day to
support Pres. Trump's plan to use the military to help fight illegal
immigration and drug trafficking. The Republican governors of
Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have committed 1,600 Guard members to
(SFC, 4/10/18, p.A5)(SFC, 4/11/18, p.A4)
2018 Apr 9, San Francisco
police said ten suspects of a serial burglary crew have been
arrested in the past 90 days. They were responsible for some 60 home
burglaries over the last three months that netted $3 million worth
of goods. The suspects, all Bay Area residents, included nine men
and one woman. Four other arrests were pending.
(SFC, 4/10/18, p.C1)
2018 Apr 9, In western
Afghanistan a blast from explosives placed on a motorbike killed at
least six people, including four children, and wounded nine other
children in Herat province.
2018 Apr 9, Armenia's new
President Armen Sarkisian (64) was sworn in but power is expected to
remain with his predecessor, who will likely become premier as the
ex-Soviet republic shifts to a parliamentary form of government.
2018 Apr 9, In Bangladesh
thousands of students across the country staged protests and sit-ins
after clashes at the country's top university left at least 100
2018 Apr 9, London police shot
and killed a man after he reportedly claimed he had a weapon.
2018 Apr 9, China said that it
opposed the United States selling weapons to Taiwan.
2018 Apr 9, China's state media
reported that four popular Chinese news apps have been temporarily
removed from the Android store in China following an order from
regulators to tighten control over the spread of information.
2018 Apr 9, In Congo DRC six
rangers were killed in an ambush in the Virunga National Park, the
country's famed haven for gorillas and other endangered species.
2018 Apr 9, France's rail
operator said that the rolling strikes against plans to overhaul the
debt-laden company had already cost it around 100 million euros
($123 million) as the standoff between unions and the government
2018 Apr 9, In Germany six men
detained over concerns about a possible attack on Berlin's
half-marathon were released after investigators found no concrete
evidence to back their initial suspicions.
2018 Apr 9, In southern Germany
an employee at an airfield died after being hit by flying debris
when the rotor blades of a military helicopter collided with the
facility's control tower at the Hassfurt-Schweinfurt airfield.
2018 Apr 9, In India at least
27 children were killed when their school bus skidded off a mountain
road into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh state in the foothills of the
2018 Apr 9, In Indonesia Kiki
Muhamad Iqbal (38), the convicted mastermind of a deadly twin
bombing in Jakarta in May, 2017, claimed by the Islamic State group,
was sentenced to nine years in prison.
2018 Apr 9, Indonesian
officials said more than 50 people have died in little more than a
week after drinking bootleg liquor in western Indonesia, including
in the capital, Jakarta.
2018 Apr 9, In Japan a
magnitude 6.1 quake struck 12 km (7 miles) underground near Ohda
city, about 800 km (480 miles) west of Tokyo. Five people sustained
injuries, but most of them were minor and not life-threatening.
2018 Apr 9, Nigeria's President
Muhammadu Buhari departed for Britain for talks with PM Theresa May
after announcing that he would seek re-election in 2019.
2018 Apr 9, Pakistani
authorities launched a new polio vaccination drive, aiming to reach
38.7 million children under the age of 5.
2018 Apr 9, South Korean
prosecutors formally charged jailed ex-President Lee Myung-bak with
a range of corruption charges, making him the country's fourth
leader to face a criminal trial in about two decades.
2018 Apr 9, Sri Lankan police
arrested two army corporals for their suspected involvement in
anti-Muslim riots in the central highlands district of Kandy last
2018 Apr 9, Swiss
pharmaceuticals giant Novartis said it has agreed to buy the
US-based gene therapy company AveXis Inc. for $8.7 billion, part of
its goal to become a leader in the treatment of neurodegenerative
2018 Apr 9, In Yemen a
Saudi-led coalition airstrike killed at least 15 people, including
children, in the southwestern city of Taiz.
2019 Apr 9, President Donald
Trump said he'll put tariffs on $11 billion worth European Union
cheese, wine and other goods to retaliate for what Washington says
are improper subsidies to Airbus.
2019 Apr 9, US federal
authorities said they have broken up a $1.2 billion Medicare scam
that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of
seniors via foreign call centers.
(SFC, 4/10/19, p.A5)
2019 Apr 9, The International
Monetary Fund warned that global economic growth was slowing more
than expected and that a sharp downturn could require world leaders
to coordinate stimulus measures.
2019 Apr 9, Charles Van Doren
(93), the academic who accepted answers to beat competitors on NBS's
"Twenty-One" game show in 1956-1957, died in Connecticut. His books
included "The Idea of Progress" (1967) and "A History of Knowledge:
Past, Present, and Future" (1991).
(SFC, 4/12/19, p.C5)
2019 Apr 9, Pittsburgh Mayor
Bill Peduto signed legislation restricting military-style assault
weapons and banning most uses of armor-piercing ammunition and
high-capacity magazines, defying the state's prohibition on
municipal gun regulation.
(SFC, 4/10/19, p.A5)
2019 Apr 9, Bank of America CEO
Brian Moynihan said that bank plans to raise its minimum wage to $20
an hour from $15 over the next two years.
(SFC, 4/10/19, p.D1)
2019 Apr 9, Afghan officials
said the Taliban have stormed army checkpoints in southern Kandahar
province near the Pakistani border overnight, killing 20 troops.
2019 Apr 9, In Algeria
thousands of protesters rejected Abdelkader Bensalah, the upper
house chairman and parliament's choice as interim president, after
the resignation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, demanding immediate steps
to remove the old guard and introduce sweeping democratic reforms.
2019 Apr 9, In Brussels Chinese
Premier Li Keqiang promised his European Union hosts, at the annual
EU-China leaders meeting, that Beijing will no longer force foreign
companies to share sensitive know-how when operating in China and
was ready to address industrial subsidies.
2019 Apr 9, In Brazil flash
floods caused by overnight torrential rain killed at least three
people in Rio de Janeiro.
2019 Apr 9, In eastern Congo
DRC a boat sunk on a river. Sixteen survivors were found near the
spot and 37 bodies were later recovered near the village of Kata
lama. The vessel had capsized with nearly 130 people on board.
2019 Apr 9, Four Egyptian
policemen and three civilians, including a child, were killed in a
suicide bombing in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula.
2019 Apr 9, The European Court
of Human Rights ruled that Russia violated the rights of Russian
opposition leader Alexei Navalny by placing him under house arrest
in 2014 and imposing other restrictive measures on him.
2019 Apr 9, Frenchman Serge
Dieujuste (44), who received compensation over a 1995 terror attack
in Paris, was sent to jail after pretending he was at the scene of
the November 2015 assault on the city by Islamic State gunmen.
Around 15 people have been found guilty of fraud for trying to claim
compensation from the compensation fund set up to help people who
suffered physical or psychological injuries in the attacks.
2019 Apr 9, German prosecutors
searched over a dozen offices and homes across the country as part
of their investigation into a massive tax fraud going back more than
a decade. About 170 officers raided 19 premises in four German
2019 Apr 9, The Catholic Church
in Guam said it does not agree that its parishes and schools should
be sold to settle more than 200 clergy sexual abuse claims.
2019 Apr 9, A Japanese F-35A
fighter jet with one pilot disappeared from radar during a flight
exercise in northern Japan.
2019 Apr 9, Haiti's President
Jovenel Moise confirmed Jean-Michel Lapin as the country's new prime
minister. Lapin, the former culture and communications minister, was
named acting prime minister on March 21, three days after the
Chamber of Deputies voted to censure the government of former prime
minister Jean-Henry Ceant.
2019 Apr 9, A Hong Kong court
found nine leaders of the 2014 nonviolent "Occupy Central" campaign
guilty on public nuisance and other charges.
2019 Apr 9, It was reported
that a group of Hungarian business leaders and politicians close to
PM Viktor Orban have founded an international news agency in London
whose coverage will focus on central and eastern Europe. The new
company, called V4NA, was registered in London by Hungary's
ambassador to the UK, Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky, on Dec. 31, 2018.
Last month, Arpad Habony, Orban's main spin doctor and eminence
grise, acquired a 40 percent stake in V4NA via his London political
advisory firm, Danube Business Consulting Ltd. Subsequently, New
Wave Media Group, owned by KESMA, a foundation that controls most of
Hungary's pro-government media, acquired a 57 percent stake from
2019 Apr 9, In India at least
seven people including a state legislator for the ruling Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) were killed in two separate attacks, days before
India begins a general election.
2019 Apr 9, Israelis voted in a
high-stakes election that will decide whether to extend PM Benjamin
Netanyahu's long right-wing tenure despite corruption allegations or
to replace him with an ex-military chief new to politics. The
elections committee banned hidden cameras at polling stations
following an Arab party's complaints that it observed PM Benjamin
Netanyahu's Likud party deploying staffers who attempted to secretly
surveil predominantly-Arab polling stations. A final tally showed
Netanyahu's conservative Likud party capturing 36 seats in the
120-seat Knesset, edging past Blue and White, which got 35 seats.
(AFP, 4/9/19)(AP, 4/9/19)(Reuters, 4/10/19)(AP,
2019 Apr 9, Kazakhstan's
interim president ordered an early presidential election to be held
on June 9.
2019 Apr 9, In Libya casualties
from the battle for Tripoli mounted while Islamic State killed three
people in a desert town, illustrating how jihadists may exploit
renewed chaos. Medical facilities reported 47 people killed and 181
wounded in recent days as eastern forces seek to take Tripoli from
an internationally-recognized government.
2019 Apr 9, In western Myanmar
three people were killed and seven civilians abducted in an attack
on a police installation late today. Authorities blamed the attack
on the Arakan Army rebel group.
2019 Apr 9, Nigerian media
reported that 20 people had been massacred in the region of Kajuru,
in Kaduna state, in fighting between crop farmers and nomadic
2019 Apr 9, A Pakistani
anti-graft tribunal indicted opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif on
charges he misused his authority to benefit his family's factory
while he was chief minister in the eastern Punjab province. His son
Hamza Shahbaz was also indicted.
2019 Apr 9, Russia's President
Vladimir Putin put forward an ambitious program to secure the
country's foothold in the Arctic, including efforts to build new
ports and other infrastructure facilities and expand an icebreaker
2019 Apr 9, A bond sale by
energy giant Saudi Aramco that aims to help diversify the Saudi
economy attracted record demand of over $100 billion from investors.
2019 Apr 9, Spanish PM Pedro
Sánchez called on all political forces in the country to back a new
national cybersecurity fight against "attempts to hack democracy and
undermine citizens' trust in the political system".
2019 Apr 9, In Sri Lanka a top
secret memo from the chief of national intelligence warned the
country's police chief that Zahran Hashmi and associates of the
National Towheed Jamaat were planning to carry out a suicide
(SFC, 4/30/19, p.A3)
2019 Apr 9, In Sudan several
thousand protesters continued for a fourth day a sit-in outside the
compound in central Khartoum housing the defense ministry, Bashir's
residence and the country's security headquarters. Clashes between
security forces and protesters killed at least 11 people including
six security forces. Activists said at least 14 people were killed.
Sudan's police ordered its forces to avoid intervening against
(Reuters, 4/9/19)(AFP, 4/9/19)(AP, 4/10/19)
2019 Apr 9, In Syria Islamic
militants, disguised as farmers and wearing suicide belts, attacked
a military post belonging to government forces in the country's
northwest, setting off clashes that killed three soldiers. In the
northeast a suicide bomber was killed after attempting to use a
vehicle rigged with explosives to target a patrol convoy for the
US-led international coalition fighting the Islamic State group. A
bomb attack in Raqqa killed eight people, including four members of
the US-backed SDF.
(AP, 4/9/19)(Reuters, 4/9/19)
2019 Apr 9, In Turkey President
Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party (AKP) said it will demand a new vote in
Istanbul, after its bid was rejected for a citywide recount of March
31 election results that appeared to hand the party defeat.
2019 Apr 9, Uganda said some
suspects had been arrested in connection with the April 2 kidnap of
an American tourist and her tour guide in a national park.
2019 Apr 9, The UN Security
Council told the Central African Republic that it must make progress
in reintegrating rebels into the security forces as a condition to
review an arms embargo. The UN arms embargo was imposed in 2013 when
the country descended into bloodletting.
2019 Apr 9, Zimbabwe updated
its death toll from Cyclone Idai to 344 while Mozambique said
recorded fatalities stood at 602, taking the combined tally to 946.
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