Today in History - September 11
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1297 Sep 11,
Scots under William Wallace “Braveheart” defeated the English army
at Stirling Bridge, Scotland.
(WSJ, 9/9/97, p.A1)(HN, 9/11/98)
1297 Sep 11, Hugh de
Cressingham, English treasurer, died in battle.
1557 Sep 11, Catholic &
Lutheran theology were debated in Worms. Catholics and Protestants
met in Worms in a final effort to achieve reconciliation.
(MC, 9/11/01)(TL-MB, 1988, p.19)
1630 Sep 11, John de White,
Calvinist banker to Prague, committed suicide.
1649 Sep 11, Oliver Cromwell
seized Drogheda, Ireland in a siege that began September 3. The week
after the storming of Drogheda, the Royalist press in England
claimed that 2,000 of the 3,000 dead were civilian.
1695 Sep 11, Imperial troops
under Eugene of Savoy defeated the Turks at the Battle of Zenta.
1697 Sep 11, Prince Eugene of
Savoy led the Austrians to victory over the Ottoman Turks at Senta
(Serbia). This resulted in creating the conditions for the 1699
conclusion of the peace at Karlowitz.
1700 Sep 11, James Thomson,
Scottish poet and songwriter, was born. He wrote the song “Rule
(HN, 9/11/00)(MC, 9/11/01)
1709 Sep 11, John Churchill,
Duke of Marlborough, won the bloodiest battle of the 18th century at
great cost, against the French at Malplaquet.
1714 Sep 11, The Bourbon
monarchy suppressed Catalonia’s medieval institutions following the
end of the War of Spanish Succession. The Kingdom of Aragon troops
that fought in support of the Habsburg dynasty's claim to the
Spanish throne were finally defeated at the Siege of Barcelona by
the army of the Borbon king Philip V of Spain after 14 months of
siege. This became the National Day of Catalonia (Diada) first
celebrated in 1886.
1733 Sep 11, Francois Couperin,
French composer (Le Grand), died at 64. [see Sep 12]
1740 Sep 11, The first mention
of an African American doctor or dentist in the colonies was made in
the Pennsylvania Gazette.
1773 Sep 11, Benjamin Franklin
wrote "There never was a good war or bad peace."
1776 Sep 11, An American
delegation consisting of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Edward
Rutledge met with British Admiral Richard Lord Howe to discuss terms
upon which reconciliation between Britain and the colonies might be
based. The talks were unsuccessful. In 2003 Barnet Schecter authored
“The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American
1777 Sep 11, General George
Washington and his troops were defeated by the British under General
Sir William Howe at the Battle of Brandywine in Pennsylvania. Posing
as a gunsmith, British Sergeant John Howe served as General Gage's
eyes in a restive Massachusetts colony.
1783 Sep 11, Benjamin Franklin
drafted the Treaty of Paris. [see Sep 3]
1786 Sep 11, The US Convention
of Annapolis opened with the aim of revising the articles of
1789 Sep 11, Alexander Hamilton
was appointed the first U.S. secretary of the treasury.
1798 Sep 11, Franz E Neumann,
German mineralogist, mathematician and physicist, was born.
1802 Sep 11, Piedmont, Italy,
was annexed by France.
1814 Sep 11, An American fleet
led by Thomas Macdonough scored a decisive victory over the British
in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812.
(AP, 9/11/97)(HN, 9/11/98)
1838 Sep 11, John Ireland, US
archbishop of St Paul, was born in Ireland.
1847 Sep 11, Stephen Foster’s
“Oh! Susanna” was first performed in a saloon in Pittsburgh.
1848 Sep 11, Henri-Philippe
Gerard (b.1760), composer, died at 87.
1850 Sep 11, Jenny Lind, the
“Swedish Nightingale,” gave her first concert in the United States,
at Castle Garden in New York.
1851 Sep 11, Edward Gorsuch, a
wealthy slave owner from Maryland, confronted William Parker and
accused him of harboring 4 runaway slaves near the abolitionist
town, Christiana, Pennsylvania. This was one year after the second
fugitive slave law (first law was on February 12, 1793) was passed
by Congress, requiring the return of all escaped slaves to their
owners in the South. Gorsuch was killed during the skirmish and
Parker was forced to flee to Canada.
(AH, 10/02, p.49)
1857 Sep 11, The Mountain
Meadows Massacre of the Fancher emigrant wagon train in Utah
Territory was carried out by Mormons fearful of an impending
invasion by the US Army. Church patriarch and adopted son of Brigham
Young, John Doyle Lee, offered safe passage to the nearly 150 men,
women and children on the Fancher train from Arkansas crossing
Mormon Utah bound for California, if they left their weapons,
livestock and wagons behind-ostensibly to appease hostile Indians.
All but the youngest children were slaughtered. Lee, who first
blamed the massacre on Paiute Indians, was excommunicated in 1870
and tried, convicted and executed in 1877 for his role in the
killings. 120 settlers were killed; 17 children, all under 7, were
spared. In 2002 Will Bagley authored “Blood of the Prophets: Brigham
Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows.” In 2011 the site was
dedicated as a national historic landmark.
(SFC, 10/23/02, p.H4)(AP, 9/11/07)(SFC, 9/12/11,
1862 Sep 11, O. Henry was born.
This was the pen name of William Sydney Porter, short story writer,
who wrote “The Gift of the Magi,” and “The Last Leaf.” The name was
taken from a French chemist, Ossian Henry, that he noticed while
working at a pharmacy.
(HN, 9/11/98)(SFEC, 9/3/00, Z1 p.2)
1864 Sep 11, A 10-day truce was
declared between generals Sherman and Hood so civilians could leave
1871 Sep 11, The 1st passenger
train passed through the Mount Cenis Tunnel between France and
Italy. Work on the 8-mile tunnel had begun in 1861 under the
direction of French engineer Germain Sommeiller (d.7/11/1871).
(ON, 2/03, p.9)
1875 Sep 11, 1st newspaper
cartoon strip, "Professor Tigwissel’s Burglar Alarm" appeared in the
New York "Daily Graphics" newspaper.
1877 Sep 11, James Jeans
(d.1946), English physicist, mathematician and astronomer, was born.
He was the first to propose that matter is continuously created
throughout the universe.
1883 Sep 11, James Goold
Cutler, architect, patented the postal mail chute. The first one was
installed in Rochester N.Y. He later became the mayor of Rochester.
(SFC, 9/28/96, p.E4)(WSJ, 7/11/01, p.A1)(MC,
1885 Sep 11, D.H. Laurence
(David Herbert Lawrence d.1930), English novelist, author of “Lady
Chatterley's Lover” and “Sons and Lovers,” was born.
(WUD, 1994, p.812)(HN, 9/11/98)
1897 Sep 11, A strike by some
75,000 coal miners in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia ended
after 10 weeks. Concessions included an eight-hour work day,
semi-monthly pay, and the abolition of company stores (which were
famous for over charging workers). The day before, about 20 miners
were killed when sheriff's deputies opened fire on them in
(AP, 9/11/97)(MC, 9/11/01)
1904 Sep 11, The battleship
Connecticut, launched in New York, introduced a new era in naval
1906 Sep 11, Mohandas Gandhi
addressed a meeting in Johannesburg on social protest against
the Asiatic Law Amendment, a new law by the province of Transvaal
that made it compulsory for all Indians over age 8 to register with
the government and carry ID cards. In the India Opinion he published
articles on what he called Satyagraha (Truth Force): "the
vindication of truth not by infliction of suffering on the opponent
but on one's self."
(ON, 9/03, p.1)
1910 Sep 11, Gerhard Schroder,
German chancellor, was born.
1910 Sep 11, The 1st
commercially successful electric bus line opened in Hollywood.
1913 Sep 11, Hedy Lamarr,
actress, was born in Austria. She featured in numerous minor roles
in Austro-German film prior to her 1938 Hollywood arrival and gained
significant notoriety for her libidinous 10 nude scene in the Czech
film 'Ecstasy' (1932). She was cast in many romantic films
including 'Samson and Delilah' and 'My Favorite Spy' "Any girl can
be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid"--
1913 Sep 11, James Farley (39),
known across the US as the most successful leader of strikebreakers,
died in Plattsburg, NY.
(SSFC, 8/4/13, DB
1914 Sep 11, W.C. Handy
published his "St Louis Blues."
(SI-WPC, 12/6/96)(MC, 9/11/01)
1915 Sep 11, Sir William
Cornelius Van Horne, former president of the CPR, died in Montreal.
His mansion was on Minister’s Island in New Brunswick, Canada. The
American-born Van Horne had managed the construction of Canada’s
transcontinental railway (1881-1886). Van Horne was buried in
1916 Sep 11, The “Star Spangled
Banner” was sung at the beginning of a baseball game for the first
time in Cooperstown, New York.
1917 Sep 11, Jessica Mitford
(d.1996), writer who championed civil rights, best known for her
book “The American Way of Death,” was born.
1917 Sep 11, Ferdinand Marcos,
Philippines Pres. (1965-86), was born.
1918 Sep 11, The Boston Red sox
beat Chicago 4-2 to win the World Series in the 6th game.
1918 Sep 11, US troops landed
in Russia to fight the Bolsheviks.
1919 Sep 11, US marines invaded
1922 Sep 11, The British
mandate of Palestine began.
1923 Sep 11, ZR-1 (biggest
active dirigible) flew over NY's tallest skyscraper, Woolworth
1924 Sep 11, Tom Landry, coach
of the Dallas Cowboys professional football team, who won two Super
Bowls, was born.
1929 Sep 11, David S. Broder,
journalist (Pulitzer 1973), was born in Chicago Hgts., Ill.
1930 Sep 11, The Stromboli
volcano in Sicily threw 2-ton basaltic rocks 2 miles.
1932 Sep 11, Valentino, fashion
designer for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was born in Milan, Italy.
1935 Sep 11, Charles Norris
(b.1868), former NYC chief medical examiner and forensic pioneer,
died. He and toxicologist Thomas A. Gonzales (1878-1956) were
instrumental in developing forensics as an extension of clinical
medicine in which information derived from study of the dead was
applied to benefit the living. Their combined efforts between 1918
and 1954 represent the epitome of the application of scientific
expertise to medicolegal investigation of deaths in America. In 2010
Deborah Blum authored “The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth
of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York.”
(http://tinyurl.com/yz82jfc)(SSFC, 3/21/10, p.F7)
1936 Sep 11, President
Roosevelt dedicated Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) by pressing a key
in Washington to signal the startup of the dam’s first hydroelectric
generator in Nevada. The Dam was completed ahead of schedule. It was
the first and most important link in a chain of dams, canals and
aqueducts built to harness the Colorado River. The colossal mass of
concrete is wedged into Black Canyon on the Arizona-Nevada border,
32 miles SE of Las Vegas. Paul L. Wattis, headed the construction
company that built Boulder Dam.
(AP, 9/11/97)(HNQ, 4/3/02)(SFC, 6/6/02, p.A22)
1939 Sep 11, British submarine
Triton torpedoed British submarine Oxley.
1940 Sep 11, Brian DePalma,
film director (Body Double, Dressed to Kill), was born in Newark,
1941 Sep 11, FDR ordered any
Axis ship found in American waters be sunk on sight, in response to
submarine attacks on US vessels.
1941 Sep 11, Ground breaking
ceremonies were held for the Pentagon. The 38-acre Pentagon was
built in Arlington, Va., over the next 2 years. Construction was
ordered by Brig. Gen. Brehon B. Sommervell to consolidate the 17 War
Dept. buildings. It cost $83 million and was located on a plot known
as Arlington Farms, that was bordered by 5 roads. In 2006 James
Carroll authored “House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise
of American Power.”
(SFC, 9/12/01, p.A6)(Econ, 5/27/06, p.81)
1941 Sep 11, Charles A.
Lindbergh sparked charges of anti-Semitism with a speech in Des
Moines, Iowa, in which he blamed "the British, the Jewish and the
Roosevelt administration" for trying to draw the United States into
World War II. Lindbergh had joined the America First Committee which
opposed US entry into the war.
(SFEC, 11/15/98, Par p.29)(USAW, 5/19/02,
1942 Sep 11, Wheeler Bryson
Lipes (1921-2005), a US Navy pharmacist's mate, saved the life of
sailor Darrell Dean Rector (19) by operating, following a medical
manual, in the officer’s mess aboard the Seadragon below the surface
of the South China Sea. George Weller (d.2002), war correspondent,
won the Pulitzer in 1943 for his account of the operation. The films
“Destination Tokyo” (1943) and “Run Silent, Run Deep” (1958)
memorialized the surgery.
(AP, 12/20/02)(SFC, 4/19/05, p.B5)
1943 Sep 11, Jewish ghettos of
Minsk & Lida in Belorussia were liquidated.
1944 Sep 11, President
Roosevelt and British PM Winston Churchill met in Canada at the
second Quebec Conference.
1944 Sep 11, American troops
1945 Sep 11, Leo Kottke,
guitarist (Ice Water, Greenhouse), was born in Athens, Ga.
1946 Sep 11, The 1st mobile
long-distance car-to-car telephone conversation.
1948 Sep 11, Mohammed Ali
Jinnah (b.1876, 1st governor of Pakistan (1947-48), died.
1950 Sep 11, The 1st
typesetting machine to dispense with metal type was exhibited.
1950 Sep 11, Jan C. Smuts,
co-founder of British RAF and S. African PM (1919-48), died at 80.
1951 Sep 11, Stravinsky's opera
"Rake's Progress," premiered in Venice.
1951 Sep 11, Florence Chadwick
(1918-1995), American endurance swimmer, swam English Channel from
England to France in 16 hours & 22 minutes [see Aug 6, 1926].
This made her the first woman to swim the English Channel in both
directions, and set a record for the England-France journey. All
told, she swam the English Channel four times and the Catalina
Channel three times.
1952 Sep 11, Eritrean-Ethiopian
federation act was signed and Eritrea became an independent
(federated) nation. Washington, worried an emergent Eritrea would
come under Soviet influence, had arranged for it to be yoked in a
federation to U.S. client Ethiopia.
1954 Sep 11, The Miss America
pageant made its network TV debut on ABC; Miss California, Lee Ann
Meriwether, was crowned the winner.
1954 Sep 11, Category 3
Hurricane Edna made landfall at Martha’s Vineyard. This 2nd storm of
1954 hit NYC with $50 million damage and caused 21 deaths in the
1958 Sep 11, Responding to
Communist China's artillery attacks on the Taiwan-held islands of
Quemoy and Matsu, President Eisenhower said in a broadcast address
the US had to be prepared to fight to prevent a communist takeover
of the islands.
1958 Sep 11, India passed its
Armed Forces Special Powers Act. It conferred special powers upon
armed forces in what the language of the act calls "disturbed areas"
in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya,
Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. It allowed soldiers to search houses
without warrants and shoot anyone suspected of being a terrorist.
1959 Sep 11, The US Congress
passed a bill authorizing food stamps for poor Americans.
1960 Sep 11, The 17th Summer
Olympics closed in Rome. In 2008 David Maraniss authored “Rome 1960:
The Olympics That Changed the World.”
1962 Sep 11, Thurgood Marshall
was appointed a judge of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
1962 Sep 11, The Beatles
recorded their first single for EMI, "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love
You," at EMI studios in London. The recording contract was offered
by producer George Martin. Drummer Ringo Starr joined John, Paul and
George for his first recording session as a Beatles, replacing Pete
Best. "Love Me Do" was the result and it took 17 takes to complete.
(AP, 9/11/97)(SFC, 11/11/98, p.E3)(MC, 9/11/01)
1965 Sep 11, The US 1st Cavalry
Division (Airmobile), arrived in South Vietnam and was stationed at
1967 Sep 11, Harry Connick Jr.
was born. He became a Grammy Award-winning singer: We are in Love;
actor: Copycat, When Harry Met Sally.
1967 Sep 11, Charles Manson
(b.1934) recorded his album "Lie," which was produced by Dennis
Wilson (b.1944), drummer for the Beach Boys.
1967 Sep 11, "The Carol Burnett
Show" premiered on CBS.
1967 Sep 11, The Beatles drove
their Magical Mystery Bus around England.
1970 Sep 11, US Pres. Nixon’s
VP Spiro Agnew first used the term "nattering nabobs of negativism"
during his address to the California Republican state convention in
1970 Sep 11, In Laos the US
Operation Tailwind began with the objectives of reconnaissance,
intelligence collection, and a diversion for a larger operation to
the north. In 1998 it was reported that the secret raid called
Operation Tailwind by a Special Forces unit called the Studies and
Observations Group (SOG) used the nerve gas sarin in Laos to kill
American armed service members who had defected. A report in 1998
allegedly confirmed that over 100 people were killed including up to
20 American military defectors. Adm. Thomas Moorer (1912-2004), the
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time (1970-1974),
confirmed in 1998 that nerve gas was used. CNN and Time magazine
later recanted the story due to insufficient evidence.
p.A3)(WSJ, 6/26/98, p.W13)(SFC, 7/3/98, p.A1)(SFC, 2/7/04, p.A21)
1971 Sep 11, The body of a
woman was found in the Delta-Mendota Canal near Westley, Ca. she had
been stabbed 65 times. In 2008 DNA evidence identified her as Mary
Alice Willey (23) of San Francisco. It was suspected that she had
played a role in the Aug 29 black Panther attack at the Ingleside
police station that left one officer dead.
(SFC, 10/7/08, p.B2)(SSFC, 5/24/09, p.A1)
1971 Sep 11, Egypt adopted a
new constitution by public referendum. It called for the president
to be chosen by at least two-thirds of MPs, and then confirmed by
referendum. In 2007 a questionable referendum approved 34
p.61)(Econ, 3/31/07, p.57)
1971 Sep 11, Former Soviet
leader Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77. In 2003 William Taubman
authored "Khrushchev: The Man and His Era." In 2006 Aleksandr
Fursenko and Timothy Naftali authored “Khrushchev’s Cold War: The
Inside Story of an American Adversary.”
(WUD, 1994, p. 1688)(AP, 9/11/97)(SSFC, 4/27/03,
M3)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.88)
1972 Sep 11, The first trial of
serial killer Juan Corona began in Colusa County, Ca. It ended up
1972 Sep 11, Max Fleischer
(b.1889), Viennese-born cartoonist, died in California. In the 1930s
he introduced the character of 'Betty Boop' in the "Dizzy Dishes"
cartoons which brought him great fame.
1972 Sep 11, The troubled 20th
Olympic games closed at Munich, German FR.
1973 Sep 11, Pres. Salvadore
Allende of Chile was toppled in a bloody military coup in Santiago
led by 4 commanders: Gen’l Augusto Pinochet, Admiral Jose Toribio
Merino (d.8/31/96), air force Gen’l. Gustavo Leigh Guzman (d.1999 at
79) and police director Gen’l. Cesar Mendoza. Allende allegedly blew
his head off with an AK 47 given to him by Fidel Castro. The
government was taken over by Gen. Augusto Pinochet and his economic
managers dubbed the "Chicago boys," for their training at the Univ.
of Chicago and belief in free markets. The first 3 months of
fighting claimed 1261 victims. The air force bombarded the
presidential palace to put down resistance by Allende and a small
group of followers. In 2011 two forensics experts, citing a
long-lost, 300-page military summary of Allende's death, said they
were inclined to conclude that Allende was assassinated. On July 19,
2011, court officials announced that a scientific autopsy has
confirmed that Allende committed suicide.
(SFC, 8/31/96, p.A23)(WSJ, 10/30/98, p.A19)(SFC,
9/30/99, p.A31)(AP, 7/20/11)
1974 Sep 11, In North Carolina
an Eastern Airlines DC-9, Flight 212, crashed 3 miles from the
Douglas Municipal Airport. Of the 82 persons aboard the aircraft, 11
and two crewmembers survived the accident. One passenger died 3 days
after the crash, and another died 6 days after the crash. One
survivor died of injuries 29 days after the accident.
1977 Sep 11, Lou Ellen Burleigh
(21) of Walnut Creek, Ca., went missing. Roger Kibbe was later
identified as a suspect confessed to her rape and murder. In 2009
Kibbe, who had become known as the I-5 strangler, was convicted of
her murder and that of 5 others. In 2011 remains of Burleigh were
found in a dry riverbed near Lake Berryessa.
(SFC, 6/28/11, p.C6)
1977 Sep 11, In South Africa
Steve Biko was found by a guard to be semiconscious and foaming at
the mouth. A doctor ordered him transported to a prison hospital in
(WSJ, 2/6/97, p.A9)
1978 Sep 11, Kippi Vaught and
Rhonda Scheffler (17) were kidnapped from a shopping mall in
Sacramento. Their bodies were found 2 days later east of town.
Gerald Gallego (b.1946) and accomplice Charlene Williams (24) began
a rape and murder spree that left 9 women and one young man dead.
Williams served 17 years in prison. Gallego was sentenced to death
but was still alive with appeals.
1978 Sep 11, Georgi Markov, a
Bulgarian defector, died at a British hospital four days after being
stabbed by a man wielding a poisoned umbrella tip. British
investigative reporter Peter Earle (d.1997 at 71) revealed that
Markov was jabbed by an East German agent with a poison tipped
umbrella on Waterloo Bridge. The original report stated that Markov
died of a heart attack. In 1993 Danish authorities charged a Dane of
Italian origin, Francesco Guillino, with killing Markov. Guillino,
who reportedly had worked for the Bulgarian secret services since
1972, denied any wrongdoing and eventually was freed. In 2005
journalist Hristo Hristov authored “Kill Vagabond,” in which he
presented new evidence confirming that the hit was planned and
carried out by Bulgaria's communist-era secret service.
(SFEC, 4/27/97, p.B8)(AP, 9/11/98)(AP,
6/16/05)(SFC, 6/17/05, p.W5)
1980 Sep 11, Chicago mobsters
Arthur "The Brain" Rachel and Joseph "The Monk" Scalise staged a
daring daytime theft of the Marlborough Diamond. Both men were
convicted in Britain of threatening to use a hand grenade while
robbing London's posh Graff Jewelers of $3.6 million worth of goods,
including the diamond. They began serving 15-year prison terms in
1984 and were released in 1993.
1982 Sep 11, Wilfredo Lam
(b.1902), Cuban artist, died in Paris, France. He is best known for
“The Jungle” (1943), later acquired by NYC’s MOMA.
(WSJ, 4/29/08, p.D7)
1985 Sep 11, VP George Bush
visited San Francisco and gave the most extensive administration
comments on the AIDS epidemic to date. He sympathized with parents
afraid to send their children to school with victims of the disease.
(SSFC, 9/12/10, DB p.50)
1985 Sep 11, Pete Rose of the
Cincinnati Reds made his career hit 4,192 off Eric Show of San Diego
Padres, eclipsing Ty Cobb's record.
1985 Sep 11, A U.S. satellite
glided through the tail of the Giacobini-Zinner comet in the
first-ever on-the-spot sampling of a comet.
1986 Sep 11, The Dow Jones
Industrial Average (DJIA) suffered its biggest 1-day decline to
date, plummeting 86.61 points to 1,792.89. 237.57 million shares
were traded [see Oct 19, 1987]. It is believed that the drop was
accelerated, though not initiated, by computer-assisted
1986 Sep 11, Davey Rosenberg,
SF publicist, died. In 1964 he made the SF Condor Club famous after
persuading waitress Carol Doda to dance wearing a topless bathing
(SSFC, 9/11/11, DB p.46)
1986 Sep 11, Egypt's Pres
Mubarak received Israeli premier Peres.
1987 Sep 11, The CBS TV network
went black for six minutes after anchorman Dan Rather walked off the
set of "The CBS Evening News" because a tennis tournament being
carried by the network ran overtime. The tennis coverage had ended
abruptly, catching Rather off guard.
1987 Sep 11, Lorne Greene
(b.1915), actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica), died at 72.
1988 Sep 11, Mats Wilander of
Sweden won the men's U.S. Open title in New York.
1988 Sep 11, In Haiti 12 people
died when the San Juan Bosco Church was burned.
1989 Sep 11, The exodus of East
German refugees from Hungary to West Germany began, by way of
1990 Sep 11, President Bush
addressed Congress on the Persian Gulf crisis, vowing that “Saddam
Hussein will fail” in his takeover of Kuwait.
1990 Sep 11, In Guatemala City
sociologist Myrna Mack was stabbed 27 times to death. Gen’l. Edgar
Augusto Godoy and Colonels Juan Valencia Osorio and Juan Guillermo
Oliva ordered Noel de Jesus Beteta, a soldier, to kill Mack. Beteta
later received a 30 year sentence for the crime. The officers in
1997 sought amnesty under a new treaty. Myrna Mack was an
anthropologist working on the ecological effects of the nation’s
refugee policies and the genocide of Maya Indians. The officers were
ordered to stand trial in 1999. In 2002 Beteta recanted his
confession. In 2003 an appeals court freed Col. Juan Valencia.
(SFC, 1/7/97, p.A10)(SFC, 3/21/97, p.A18)(SFC,
4/28/98, p.A8)(SFC, 1/30/99, p.A14)(AP, 9/18/02)(SFC, 5/8/03, p.A14)
1991 Sep 11, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev announced the Kremlin would withdraw thousands
of troops from Cuba, a move bitterly denounced by the Havana
1991 Sep 11, In the Middle East
hopes grew for the release of Western hostages in Lebanon after
Israel freed 51 prisoners.
1992 Sep 11, President Bush
announced he was approving the sale of 72 F-15 jet fighters to Saudi
1992 Sep 11, Hurricane Iniki
struck Hawaii, leaving at least five people dead and more than
10,000 homes damaged or destroyed. Iniki caused some $1.6 billion in
damages on Kauai.
(Hem., 4/97, p.26)(AP, 9/11/97)(SSFC, 8/25/02,
1993 Sep 11, Antoine Izmery, a
prominent supporter of exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide, was shot and killed outside a church in Port-au-Prince;
the UN mission accused Haitian armed forces of involvement.
Louis-Jodel Chamblain was later convicted in absentia for his role
in the murder.
(AP, 9/11/98)(SFC, 3/24/04, p.A9)
1993 Sep 11, In India car bomb
exploded outside the offices of the Indian Youth Congress on Raisina
Road in New Delhi, killing nine people. In 2001 Sikh separatist
Devinderpal Singh Bhullar (b.1965) was convicted of triggering the
bomb and sentenced to death. In 2014 his sentence was commuted to
life in prison.
1993 Sep 11, Austrian born US
conductor and author Erich Leinsdorf died in Zurich, Switzerland, at
age 81. His work included “Cadenza.”
1994 Sep 11, In the 46th Annual
Primetime Emmy Awards the winners included Fraiser (comedy), Picket
Fences (best drama).
1994 Sep 11, Anthony Marceca
visited Craig Livingstone at the White House and secretly perused
his own personal FBI file. He obtained the names of 2 women, Lanny
Stephenson and Joyce L. Montag, who had provided the FBI background
information and sued them for slander.
1994 Sep 11, Frederick Rand
Weissman (b.1912, philanthropist, died. He funded a number of
American art galleries.
1994 Sep 11, Jessica Tandy
(85), actress (Driving Miss Daisy), died of cancer in Easton, Conn.
1995 Sep 11, The prosecution in
the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles reluctantly began its
rebuttal case, as ordered by Judge Lance Ito, after the defense
refused to rest.
1995 Sep 11, Jimmy Ryce (9) was
kidnapped, raped and murdered in south Florida. In 1998 Juan Carlos
Chavez, a Cuban ranch hand was convicted. His defense was that he
was framed by his bosses into a confession for fear of being
deported. The defense held that Edward Sheinhaus, the son of
Chavez’s bosses, was the killer. Chavez was executed on Feb 12,
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.A4)(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A15)
1996 Sep 11, Two top officials
with the Health and Human Services Department resigned over
President Clinton's signing of the Republican welfare overhaul bill.
Another official had resigned the month before.
1996 Sep 11, There was a review
of “Big Band Renaissance: The Evolution of the Jazz Orchestra,”
compiled by Bill Kirchner and released by The Smithsonian
(WSJ, 9/11/96, p.A20)
1996 Sep 11, The Union Pacific
merger with Southern Pacific took effect, forming the largest
railroad in the US.
1996 Sep 11, Grasshoppers
plagued North Dakota. The insects were a problem in Wyoming, Montana
and Nebraska. Another dry summer and it was predicted that they
would spread to Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
(SFC, 9/11/96, p.A2)
1996 Sep 11, Hurricane Hortense
left 14 dead in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. It then hit
the Turks and Caicos Islands with 90 mph winds.
(FB, 9/12/96, p.A7)
1996 Sep 11, In Bangladesh
Shanti Bahini guerrillas killed 30 Bengali-speaking settlers in the
southeastern Chittagong Hill Tracts.
(SFC, 9/12/96, p.A14)
1996 Sep 11, In Burundi Hutu
rebels killed Catholic archbishop Joachim Ruhunu and six others.
(SFC, 9/11/96, p.A9)
1997 Sep 11, In Manhattan Elie
Wiesel helped dedicate the new Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery
Park, designed by Kevin Roche. It was dubbed a Living memorial to
(SFC, 9/12/97, p.A10)(WSJ, 9/17/97, p.A12)
1997 Sep 11, The US Army issued
a searing indictment of itself, asserting that "sexual harassment
exists throughout the Army, crossing gender, rank and racial lines."
1997 Sep 11, In Kenya the
Parliament approved some constitutional reforms but opponents
charged the measures were only meant to diffuse protests. Detention
without trial was ended and greater media access to the opposition
was to be established.
(WSJ, 9/12/97, p.A1)
1997 Sep 11, In Scotland voters
went to the polls on a referendum for a separate Scottish
Parliament. In a two-part referendum, 74.3% of Scots voted for a
129-member parliament to administer many aspects of Scottish life.
63.5% said 'yes' to giving it modest tax changing powers. The
parliament controls schools, the health service, environmental
affairs and farm support programs.
(SFC, 9/11/97, p.A10)(SFC, 9/12/97,
1998 Sep 11, Congress released
Kenneth Starr's report that offered graphic details of President
Clinton's alleged sexual misconduct and leveled accusations of
perjury and obstruction of justice; the president's attorneys
quickly issued a rebuttal.
1998 Sep 11, Tropical Storm
Frances hit the middle of the Texas coast. In Louisiana one person
was killed and 6 were injured. In Houston the streets were flooded.
(SFC, 9/11/98, p.A3)
1998 Sep 11, Algeria’s Pres.
Liamine Zeroual (57) announced that he would step down by Feb 1999
following early elections.
(WSJ, 9/14/98, p.A28)
1998 Sep 11, In Brazil The
Bovespa index fell to an intraday low of 4575. By Nov 6 it moved
back up to 8214.
(WSJ, 11/9/98, p.C1)
1998 Sep 11, Divers off Nova
Scotia recovered the cockpit voice recorder from Swissair Flight
111, which had crashed Sept. 2, with 229 people aboard. The data
recorder was found Sep 6.
1998 Sep 11, In Chile the last
national holiday to celebrate the end of the Allende government in
1973 was held.
(WSJ, 9/14/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 11, In Guatemala
Ricardo Arnoldo Ramirez (67), aka Rolando Moran, a former leftist
guerrilla commander, died.
(SFC, 9/15/98, p.A22)
1998 Sep 11, In the West Bank
violent protests erupted over the Israeli killing of 2 Hamas
(SFC, 9/12/98, p.A3)
1998 Sep 11, The death toll in
Chiapas reached over 100 as 20,000 people were forced from their
homes due to the flooding from Tropical Storm Javier. The toll grew
to 162 and 450,000 were left homeless.
(SFC, 9/12/98, p.A2,C18)(SFC, 9/18/98, p.A13)
1998 Sep 11, In Russia the
parliament approved Yevgeny Primakov as Premier and Viktor
Gerashchenko, a Soviet-era banker, as chairman of the Central Bank.
Primakov appointed Yuri Maslyukov as his top deputy.
(SFC, 9/12/98, p.A3)
1998 Sep 11, In Russia near
Murmansk security forces stormed a nuclear powered submarine and
killed Alexander Kusminykh (19), a conscript who had killed 8 of his
fellow crew members.
(SFC, 9/12/98, p.C2)
1998 Sep 11, In Sri Lanka Tamil
separatists bombed City Hall in Jaffa and killed Mayor Ponnuthurai
Sivapalan and at least 11 others.
(SFC, 9/12/98, p.C2)
1999 Sep 11, Eric Milton
pitched a no-hitter for the Minnesota Twins in their 7-to-0 win over
the Anaheim Angels.
1999 Sep 11, Serena Williams
won the US Open women’s title, beating top-seeded Martina Hingis,
6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
1999 Sep 11, President Clinton,
attending a conference of Asia-Pacific leaders in New Zealand and
backed by the UN General Assembly, demanded that Indonesia allow an
international force to restore peace in East Timor.
(SFEC, 9/12/99, p.A1)(AP, 9/11/00)
1999 Sep 11, Pres. Clinton in
his weekly radio address announced grants of $106 million for 54 US
school districts to help reduce youth violence.
(SFEC, 9/12/99, p.A9)
1999 Sep 11, In India violence
was reported across the country as 77 million people chose members
of parliament in the 2nd part of a staggered 5 day poll. In
Maharashtra state Sharad Leve of the opposition National Congress
was killed in an attack by 30 BJP activists in Satara.
(SFEC, 9/12/99, p.A10)
1999 Sep 11, In New Zealand the
21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) opened for
its 7th annual session.
(SFC, 9/13/99, p.A14)
2000 Sep 11, The US FTC issued
a scathing 104-page report that found media producers systematically
marketed violent, adult fare to young consumers.
(SFC, 9/11/00, p.A3)
2000 Sep 11, In Australia some
5,000 protestors rallied against the Asia-Pacific Economic Summit
2000 in Melbourne.
(SFC, 9/11/00, p.A14)
2000 Sep 11, In Barbados
officials at a conference on AIDS in the Caribbean pledged $120
million to fight the disease.
(SFC, 9/13/00, p.A13)
2000 Sep 11, British farmers
and others protested fuel prices and blockades at refineries caused
shortages and panic buying. Prime Minister Blair refused to make
(SFC, 9/11/00, p.A13)(WSJ, 9/13/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 11, In Congo rebels
and Ugandan troops killed at least 30 pro-Kabila Mai-Mai fighters at
Butembo in the Masisi region.
(SFC, 9/13/00, p.A14)
2000 Sep 11, In central and
southern Japan torrential rains left 7 people dead. In Nagoya the
Shinkawa River overflowed.
(SFC, 9/13/00, p.A14)
2001 Sep 11, Two planes left
Boston’s Logan Airport. Both planes were hijacked and flown into the
twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. In the same
morning, another plane left Dulles International Airport in
Virginia. It was hijacked, turned around and flown into the Pentagon
building. A fourth plane from Newark Airport in New Jersey was
hijacked and steered back toward Washington, D.C. It crashed in
rural Pennsylvania after people on board tried to stop the
hijackers. Four groups of terrorists used knives, hijacked 4
airplanes, and were linked to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda
organization. The terrorist attacks threatened to prompt a global
recession. Thousands of people were stranded and air cargo was
paralyzed as the FAA grounded all US flights.
8:45 am EST: American Airlines Flight 11, a
Boeing 767 carrying 92 people, crashed into the North tower of the
World Trade Center in NYC. It was enroute from Boston to LA.
9:03 am EST: United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing
767 carrying 65 people, crashed into the South Tower of the WTC. It
was enroute from Boston to LA.
9:38 am EST: American Airlines Flight 77, a
Boeing 757 carrying 64 people, crashed into the Pentagon in
Arlington, Va. It was enroute from Washington DC to LA.
9:40 am EST The FAA grounded all domestic flights
and ordered all airborne craft to land immediately.
9:43 am EST: American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757 carrying 64
people, crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. It was
enroute from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, California
10:00 am EST The South Tower of the WTC
10:10 am United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757
carrying 45 people, crashed southeast of Pittsburgh. The plane had
left Newark for SF but was believed to be directed by hijackers to
Camp David. Passengers appeared to have overcome the hijackers. In
2002 it was reported that Congress was the target.
10:29 am EST The North Tower of the WTC
1:04 pm EST: President George W. Bush puts the U.S. military on
5:25 pm EST: Building 7 of the WTC complex
8:30 pm EST: President George W. Bush, in a televised address, vowed
to find those responsible for the attacks.
In 2005 NYC said it was unable to identify the
remains of 1,161 of the 2,749 people killed in the Sep 11 attacks.
The ultimate death toll would be: 2,797 at the World Trade Center
Towers, 189 killed at the Pentagon and 44 died in Pennsylvania … a
total of 3,030.
(SFC, 9/12/01, p.A6,10,12)(WSJ, 9/12/01,
p.A1)(SFC, 11/6/01, p.A6)(WSJ, 9/12/01, p.A1,3) (WSJ, 2/24/05, p.A1)
2001 Sep 11, Rick Rescorla,
security chief at Morgan Stanley, evacuated 2,700 MS employees from
the WTC and was killed trying to save others. In 2002 James B.
Stewart authored "Heart of a Soldier," a biography of Rescorla.
(WSJ, 9/11/02, p.D10)
2001 Sep 11, World leaders
expressed outrage at terrorist attacks in NYC and the Pentagon and
pledged solidarity with the US. In the West Bank town of Nablus,
some 3,000 people celebrated the attacks and chanted "God is great."
Later the estimates of the WTC dead dropped to 4,396. In 2004 the
count was reduced to 2,749.
(SFC, 9/12/01, p.A14)(SFC, 11/3/01, p.A3)(SFC,
11/21/01, p.A2)(USAT, 10/30/03, p.7A)(WSJ, 1/26/04,
2001 Sep 11, Peter Alderman
(25) was among those murdered by terrorists while attending a
conference at the World Trade Center. His parents later established
the Peter C. Alderman Foundation in his name to alleviate the
suffering of victims of terrorism and mass violence in post-conflict
countries by providing physicians and other indigenous caregivers
with the tools to treat mental anguish using Western medical
therapies combined with local healing traditions.
2001 Sep 11, In Afghanistan
explosions resounded north of Kabul near the airport just hours
following terrorist attacks in the US.
(SFC, 9/12/01, p.A15)
2001 Sep 11, Israeli tanks
moved into Jenin and tore down the Palestinian police headquarters.
This prompted fighting that killed 2 Palestinians.
(SFC, 9/12/01, p.C3)(WSJ, 9/12/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 11, The UAR emirate of
Ras al Khaimah was drawn into the international fallout as the
birthplace of hijacker Marwan al-Shehhi, who flew United flight 175
into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
2002 Sep 11, With words of
comfort and resolve, President Bush joined the nation in remembering
"how it began and who fell first" in the terrorist attacks one year
earlier. Memorial ceremonies were tinged with fear the anniversary
could spark repeat attacks.
(Reuters, 9/11/02)(AP, 9/11/03)
2002 Sep 11, Kim Hunter (79),
film actress, died. She won a 1951 supporting Oscar for her role as
Stella in "A Streetcar Named Desire."
(SFC, 9/12/02, p.A26)
2002 Sep 11, Johnny Unitas
(b.1933), Hall of Fame football quarterback, died in Baltimore. In
2006 Tom Callahan authored “Johnny U, The Life and Times of John
(SFC, 9/12/02, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/06, p.F3)
2002 Sep 11, George Shiynyuy
(38), a prominent Cameroon separatist leader, died in state custody,
hospital. Newspapers reported he was tortured to death.
2002 Sep 11, The Guatemala
Congress enacted a law that prohibited racial discrimination.
(SFC, 9/13/02, p.A11)
2002 Sep 11, The 21-member
Palestinian Cabinet resigned after Yasser Arafat lost a showdown
with parliament, the most serious challenge to the Palestinian
leader since he returned from exile in 1994.
2002 Sep 11, In Karachi,
Pakistan, 2 al Qaeda suspects were killed and 5 captured after
police stormed an apartment. Key al Qaeda member Ramzi Binalshibh,
who is wanted by Germany for his alleged role in planning and
carrying out the hijacked plane attacks on the US, was arrested
after a long running gun battle in Pakistan.
(SFC, 9/12/02, p.A3)(AP, 9/14/02)
2002 Sep 11, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir Islamic militants killed Mushtaq Ahmad
Lone (44), a state law minister and legislative candidate. 15 others
were killed in 2 other attacks.
(SFC, 9/12/02, p.A5)
2002 Sep 11, In Russia Pres.
Putin threatened military strikes on Georgia to defend itself from
(SFC, 9/12/02, p.A7)
2003 Sep 11, In Nogales, New
Mexico, federal agents discovered a 985-foot tunnel to Mexico
equipped to move drugs on railcars.
(SSFC, 9/14/03, p.A3)
2003 Sep 11, The Seattle
Archdiocese agreed to pay $7.87 million to settle lawsuits brought
by 15 men who said they were molested by the same priest.
(SFC, 9/12/03, p.A3)
2003 Sep 11, Actor John Ritter,
who gained fame playing bumbling and lovable characters in a pair of
hit TV comedies decades apart, collapsed while he was on the set of
his new series and died suddenly of a heart problem.
2003 Sep 11, In Britain Alesha
Ahmed (15) watched her parents, Iftikhar and Farzana, suffocate her
sister Shafilea (17) on to the sofa in their house in Warrington,
Cheshire. She had been missing for a week before her teachers
informed the police. In 2012 Alesh testified against her parents at
their murder trial. The Pakistani couple allegedly felt that
Shafilea was bringing shame on their family with her "Westernized"
conduct. On Aug 3, 2012, a court found the Pakistani-born couple
guilty of murdering their teenage daughter.
2003 Sep 11, In Canada 10
people were killed in two separate plane crashes in Northern
Ontario, police said on Friday.
2003 Sep 11, The Israeli
security Cabinet decided in principle to authorize the expulsion of
Yasser Arafat. The Cabinet also decided that the construction of the
security fence between Israel and the West Bank will be accelerated.
(AP, 9/11/03)(SFC, 9/12/03, p.A3)
2003 Sep 11, The Italian Health
Ministry said at least 4,175 more elderly Italians died in the
summer heat wave that scorched Europe this year compared with the
same period last year. The heat wave caused about 70,000 premature
deaths across Europe.
(AP, 9/11/03)(Econ, 5/9/15, p.54)
2003 Sep 11, In Russia the
36-card set "United Cards of America," featuring the key figures in
Washington, went up for sale.
(SFC, 9/15/03, p.A2)
2003 Sep 11, Swaziland's King
Mswati III selected his 12th bride, less than a week after he picked
bride No. 11 from thousands of young Swazi maidens.
2003 Sep 11, Sweden's Foreign
Minister Anna Lindh died after being stabbed Sep 10 by a mystery
2003 Sep 11, Weary and
trembling, Pope John Paul II struggled to greet Slovaks as he began
a four-day visit.
2004 Sep 10, Svetlana
Kuznetsova overwhelmed Elena Dementieva 6-3, 7-5 in the first
all-Russian U.S. Open final.
2004 Sep 10, Mike Leigh's "Vera
Drake" won the Golden Lion for best picture at the close of the
Venice Film Festival.
2004 Sep 10, Specialist Armin
Cruz became the first Military Intelligence soldier convicted in the
Abu Ghraib prison scandal as he admitted abusing inmates and
received a lighter sentence in return for his testimony against
2004 Sep 11, Songwriter Fred
Ebb (76) died of a heart attack in NYC. His songs included “New
York, New York,” written for the 1977 film of the same name.
(SFC, 9/13/04, p.B4)
2004 Sep 11, In Afghanistan
Pres. Karzai appointed Sayeed Mohammed Khairkhwa as governor of
Herat and offered Gov. Ismail Khan a post as minister of mines and
industry. Khan, the “Lion of Heart,” accepted the cabinet job in
(SFC, 9/13/04, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/14/05, p.A1)
2004 Sep 11, Egypt claimed that
its regional and international clout qualify it for a permanent seat
on an expanded U.N. Security Council.
2004 Sep 11, Petros VII, the
Christian Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria, was killed after an army
helicopter that was transporting him and his entourage to a monastic
enclave in northern Greece crashed in the sea. The helicopter
carried 12 passengers and 4 crew.
2004 Sep 11, In Iraq US Navy
Petty Officer 3rd Class David A. Cedergren (25) of South St. Paul,
Minn., died of electrocution while showering. As of 2009 his death
was one of among 18 electrocution deaths, 16 US service members and
two military contractors, under review as part of a Department of
Defense Inspector General inquiry.
2004 Sep 11, Hurricane Ivan
lashed Jamaica with monstrous waves, driving rain and winds nearing
155 mph, killing at least 15 people. Total deaths from the hurricane
(AP, 9/11/04)(SFC, 9/13/04, p.A3)
2005 Sep 11, Pres. Bush arrived
in New Orleans for a 3rd visit. The airport announced that it will
resume some commercial flights this week and the largest levee
breech was reported closed.
(SFC, 9/12/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 11, Chris Schenkel
(82), sportscaster, died in Fort Wayne, Ind.
2005 Sep 11, Typhoon Khanun
made a direct hit on Taizhou city in prosperous eastern China after
nearly a million villagers and farmers had been evacuated from
flimsy coastal and hillside huts to safety.
2005 Sep 11, About 5,000 Iraqi
soldiers, backed by a 3,500-strong American armored force, reported
156 insurgents killed and 246 captured. The force discovered a big
bomb factory, 18 weapons caches and the tunnel network in the
ancient Sarai neighborhood of Tal Afar. A US soldier was killed by a
roadside bomb near Samarra. US deaths to date since the start of the
war in March, 2003, numbered 1,897. Britain reported at least 96
(AP, 9/11/05)(SFC, 9/12/05, p.A3)
2005 Sep 11, A British
serviceman was killed and three injured in a late-morning bomb
attack in Iraq's southern Basra province.
2005 Sep 11, The German firm
Allianz, Europe’s biggest insurer, opted for pan-European status as
part of a merger and restructure.
(Econ, 9/17/05, p.64)
2005 Sep 11, Israel's Cabinet
voted unanimously to end its 38-year occupation of the Gaza Strip,
clearing the way to complete the country's withdrawal from the area
and turn it over to Palestinian control.
2005 Sep 11, Japanese voters
handed PM Junichiro Koizumi's ruling coalition a landslide victory
in elections for the lower house of parliament.
2005 Sep 11, A leading
newspaper said Japan plans to demand a cut in its contributions to
the UN budget from 2007 after the failure of its high-profile
campaign to win a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
2005 Sep 11, In Jordan 12
Islamic militants screamed praise for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as
a Jordanian court jailed them for up to three years for plotting
terrorist strikes against the American and Israeli embassies.
2005 Sep 11, Mexico's ruling
National Action Party gave former Energy Secretary Felipe Calderon a
surprise victory in the first round of its three-part presidential
2005 Sep 11, A Rwandan
community court charged Guy Theunis (60), a Belgian missionary, with
inciting and planning the 1994 genocide that left more than half a
million people dead.
2006 Sep 11, The nation paused
to remember the victims of 9/11 on the fifth anniversary of the
terrorist attacks. In a prime-time address, President Bush invoked
the memory of the victims as he argued for a continued military
campaign in Iraq.
2006 Sep 11, It was reported
that Florida’s St. Lucie County was planning a $425 million
plasma-arc gasification facility to vaporize its garbage. The plant
by Geoplasma, a subsidiary of Jacoby Development Inc., was expected
to go operational in 2 years.
(SFC, 9/11/06, p.C4)
2006 Sep 11, The memorial
statue titled, 'To the Struggle Against World Terrorism', by Russian
artist Zurab Tsereteli, was dedicated in Bayonne, N.J. The
100-foot-tall bronze monument with a 40-foot steel teardrop at its
center, a gift from the Russian government and Tsereteli, is
dedicated to victims of terrorism.
2006 Sep 11, In SF measures to
turn back a surge in violence included police enforcement of a
long-ignored curfew for young teenagers as well as more police in
high crime neighborhoods.
(SFC, 9/12/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 11, GlaxoSmithKline
agreed to pay $3.4 billion to settle a US tax dispute covering the
(SFC, 9/12/06, p.D6)
2006 Sep 11, The Pacifica,
California, town council voted to ban smoking on its public beaches
(SFC, 9/13/06, p.B10)
2006 Sep 11, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck in the Tani district of Khost
province at a funeral for Gov. Abdul Hakim Taniwal, a provincial
governor assassinated by the Taliban a day earlier. Five people were
killed and 30 wounded, but four Cabinet ministers at the service
2006 Sep 11, Osama bin Laden's
deputy warned that Persian Gulf countries and Israel would be
al-Qaida's next targets, according to a new videotape aired by Arab
broadcaster Al-Jazeera on the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11
2006 Sep 11, China said it will
send 1,000 peacekeeping troops to Lebanon.
(WSJ, 9/12/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 11, In Cuba a weeklong
summit of the Nonaligned Movement began with poverty, health care
and the Middle East at the top of the agenda. It will culminate with
the meeting of 50 heads of state, including anti-American leaders
from Iran and Venezuela.
2006 Sep 11, In Helsinki,
Finland, European and Asian leaders representing nearly half the
world's population promised to work to reduce global warming, to get
world trade talks back on track and to keep up the battle against
terrorism. They pledged to set new carbon dioxide emissions targets
that go beyond those now set for 2012 under the UN's Kyoto Protocol.
2006 Sep 11, Joachim Fest (79),
German journalist and historian, died. He worked closely with Adolf
Hitler's architect Albert Speer on his memoirs. Fest's biographical
portrait "Hitler," published in English in 1974 the year after its
German release, is widely regarded as the best, among many, on the
2006 Sep 11, Leaders of the
breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia said they would hold a
referendum on independence in November, a move likely to infuriate
the government in Tbilisi and stoke already spiraling tensions.
2006 Sep 11, In Haiti 3 gang
members surrendered their guns in the first handover of weapons in a
UN-led effort to disarm hundreds of Haitian criminals.
2006 Sep 11, Iran closed down
two opposition newspapers, one of which had recently poked fun at
hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the way his government
has handled nuclear talks with the West.
2006 Sep 11, In Iraq a mini bus
carrying a bomb exploded outside an army recruiting center in
Baghdad and killed 16 people, the deadliest of a string of attacks
that left 29 Iraqis dead. A US soldier also died over the weekend.
2006 Sep 11, Kazakhstan hosted
the Second Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in
2006 Sep 11, Nicaragua
officials said at least 35 people have died from drinking
methanol-laced sugarcane liquor in the past week and nearly 600 have
fallen ill, overwhelming hospitals in Nicaragua's worst health
crisis in recent history.
2006 Sep 11, Taxi drivers in
Sierra Leone went on strike, bringing the capital to a standstill
after police jailed 100 of their colleagues for driving with bald
tires, broken lights or without a valid license.
2006 Sep 11, In Lebanon an
angry protester accusing Tony Blair of complicity in the Israeli
bombardment of Lebanon disrupted a news conference. Thousands of
demonstrators shouted outside as the British prime minister visited
Beirut. Blair pledged help in rebuilding war-ravaged Lebanon.
2006 Sep 11, Pakistan's
government agreed to a compromise deal with hardline Islamic
lawmakers over proposed changes to a law that has long made
punishing rapists almost impossible in the country. Senator S.M.
Zafar said the government had agreed to compromise by letting rape
victims choose between prosecuting suspects under the four-witness
rule, the 1979 Hudood Ordinance, or under Pakistan's civil
2006 Sep 11, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas and PM Ismail Haniyeh agreed that their
moderate Fatah and militant Hamas parties would form a coalition
2006 Sep 11, President Vladimir
Putin gave final orders for a battalion of Russian engineers and
explosives experts to travel to Lebanon to help repair the damage
inflicted by Israel's campaign to uproot Hezbollah guerrillas.
2006 Sep 11, In southern Russia
a military helicopter crashed on the outskirts of Vladikavkaz, the
provincial capital of the republic of North Ossetia, killing at
least 10 servicemen and injuring another four.
2006 Sep 11, Sri Lankan troops
and Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged mortar and artillery fire across
their northern front lines. The military said the death toll from
five days of heavy fighting rose to 148.
2006 Sep 11, A top Ugandan
rebel leader, Lord's Resistance Army deputy Vincent Otti, arrived at
a neutral camp in southern Sudan as part of a truce to end 19 years
of conflict with the government.
2006 Sep 11, Uruguay arrested 7
former army and police officers in an investigation of dissidents
who disappeared during the South American country's military rule in
2007 Sep 11, Osama bin Laden
urged sympathizers to join the "caravan" of martyrs as he praised
one of the Sept. 11 suicide hijackers in a new video that emerged to
mark the sixth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center
2007 Sep 11, In northeast
Alabama a US Army helicopter on a training flight in foggy weather
struck a power line and crashed, killing all three soldiers on
2007 Sep 11, Douglas Eugene
"Gene" Savoy, explorer, died at age 80 in Reno, Nev. He discovered
more than 40 lost cities in Peru and led long-distance sailing
adventures to learn more about ancient cultures. Savoy wrote dozens
of books, including "Antisuyo: The Search for the Lost Cities of the
Amazon" (1970) about his early discoveries in Peru, and "On the
Trail of the Feathered Serpent" (1974) about some of his sea
2007 Sep 11, Keyboardist Joe
Zawinul (b.1932), who played with Miles Davis and helped shape jazz
fusion with his band Weather Report, died in his native city of
(Reuters, 9/11/07)(SFC, 9/21/07, p.B6)
2007 Sep 11, Six Congolese
soldiers were detained by the Burundian navy for repeatedly
attacking fishing boats on Lake Tanganyika and stealing their catch.
2007 Sep 11, China signed an
agreement to prohibit the use of lead paint on toys exported to the
2007 Sep 11, The World Health
Organization issued an alert urging more doctors to travel to Congo
to combat an outbreak of Ebola fever, which kills nearly all of
those it infects and has no cure or treatment.
2007 Sep 11, The European
Commission has ditched its attempt to impose the metric system on
Ireland and Britain, where a grocer was once convicted of selling
bananas by the pound rather than by the kilo. The EU said it will
lift all remaining restrictions on British meat and livestock next
month after veterinary experts agreed that the threat from a
foot-and-mouth disease outbreak was over.
(AP, 9/11/07)(AFP, 9/11/07)
2007 Sep 11, A militant group
called Islamic Jihad Union claimed responsibility for foiled
bombings that targeted Ramstein US Air Base as well as US and Uzbek
consulates in Germany.
2007 Sep 11, India's Supreme
Court gave permission for ship breakers to dismantle a former French
cruise liner, the Blue Lady, that environmentalists say is lined
with toxic asbestos.
2007 Sep 11, Iran opened the
doors of its most feared prison to journalists, allowing them to
interview Kian Tajbakhsh, a jailed Iranian-American academic in a
move seen as an effort to blunt criticism of the country's human
2007 Sep 11, Iraqi health
officials said the cholera epidemic in northern Iraq has infected
some 7,000 people and could reach Baghdad within a few weeks.
Insurgents fired rockets or mortars at the sprawling garrison that
houses the headquarters of American forces in Iraq, killing one
person and wounding 11 coalition soldiers.
(AP, 9/12/07)(SFC, 9/12/07, p.A14)
2007 Sep 11, A Palestinian
rocket exploded in an Israeli army base, wounding more than 40
soldiers as they slept in their tents and drawing calls for a major
military operation against militants launching rockets from the Gaza
2007 Sep 11, In Jamaica Bruce
Golding was sworn in as the new prime minister and pledged a tougher
approach to crime. He said he wants to resume executions, provide
officers with better forensic training and equipment, deploy more
police to trouble spots and modernize a backlogged judicial system.
Killings in 2005 placed Jamaica, with a population of about 2.8
million, among the most violent nations in the world.
2007 Sep 11, Mexican President
Felipe Calderon visited India's technology hub of Bangalore to get a
feel for the success of its outsourcing companies, and to encourage
them to invest more in Mexico.
2007 Sep 11, In Kashmir 20
people were hurt when thousands of Kashmiri protesters clashed with
Indian police over the killing of an alleged militant who they say
was just a college student. Police said Mohammed Ramzan Shah (20)
died during a gunfight Sep 11 in the state's northern Kupwara
district. Shah's brother said "He was arrested by the army Sep 10
when he was on his way to attend a function at his aunt's place."
2007 Sep 11, In Nigeria
journalist Tope Abiola was beaten unconscious by prison guards and
police as he photographed the bodies of some of the inmates killed
by police who used live bullets to foil a jail break attempt at
Agodi prison. At least eight inmates were killed and another 14
seriously injured in the riot.
2007 Sep 11, American, Russian
and Chinese nuclear experts began a rare visit to North Korea to
examine ways of disabling the country's main nuclear facilities so
they can no longer produce bombs.
2007 Sep 11, Lawyers for former
PM Nawaz Sharif filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging
his expulsion to Saudi Arabia, setting up another confrontation
between the judiciary and Pakistan's military ruler as he battles to
hold onto power. A suicide bomber killed 17 people in northwest
Pakistan as police tried to arrest him in Dera Ismail Khan. Islamic
militants tried to blow up a statue of the Buddha carved into a
mountainside in the small village of Jehanabad but did not damage
the structure. The statue was built around the 1st century, during
the Gandhara era.
(AP, 9/11/07)(AFP, 9/11/07)(AP, 9/12/07)
2007 Sep 11, State television
reported that the Russian military has successfully tested what it
described as the world's most powerful non-nuclear air-delivered
bomb. The Russian bomb is a "thermobaric" weapon that explodes in an
intense fireball combined with a devastating blast. It explodes in a
terrifying nuclear bomb-like mushroom cloud and wreaks destruction
through a massive shock wave created by the air burst and high
2007 Sep 11, Syria complained
to the UN about Israeli "aggression and violation of sovereignty"
after what a US official said was Sep 6 airstrike deep in Syria.
(AP, 9/11/07)(AP, 9/12/07)
2007 Sep 11, Turkish
authorities thwarted a bombing, possibly timed to coincide with the
sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, as police found and
defused more than 600 pounds of explosives in a minibus parked near
an Ankara market.
2007 Sep 11, In Zimbabwe
Archbishop Pius Ncube, a leading critic of President Robert Mugabe,
resigned after an adultery scandal but said he would not be silenced
by the "wicked regime."
2008 Sep 11, Pres. Bush
attended the dedication of a new memorial at the Pentagon in honor
of 9/11 attacks in 2001. In NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg led a
ceremony attended by presidential candidates Barack Obama and John
(SFC, 9/12/08, p.A3)
2008 Sep 11, Bert Langerwerf
(b.1944), Dutch born lizard breeder, died. In 1988 he moved to
Alabama and established his Agama International Herpetocultural
Institute, which grew to become the world’s biggest lizard-breeding
(WSJ, 9/20/08, p.A12)
2008 Sep 11, The US expelled
Bolivia’s ambassador following Bolivia’s expulsion of the American
ambassador for allegedly aiding the opposition. The Peace Corps
pulled all 113 of its volunteers out of Bolivia for alleged security
(WSJ, 9/12/08, p.A1)(AP, 10/11/08)
2008 Sep 11, Javier Sanchez
Perfino (30) pleaded guilty in San Diego to running a smuggling
organization from 2003 to 2006, which at its peak smuggled 60-80
people per day and charging $1,500 per person. The operation ran
through a live bombing range in southeastern California.
(SFC, 9/12/08, p.B12)
2008 Sep 11, In Afghanistan 10
militants were killed by US-led coalition troops north of Kabul. 2
US soldiers were killed in eastern Afghanistan. An insurgent attack
on a compound in eastern Afghanistan killed a US soldier and another
was killed by an explosive, making 2008 the deadliest for American
forces in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion.
(AP, 9/11/08)(AP, 9/12/08)
2008 Sep 11, In Bolivia’s Pando
state anti-government protesters fought backers of President Evo
Morales in the pro-autonomy east with clubs, machetes and guns,
killing at least eight people and injuring 20. Seven more bodies
were recovered the next day farther from the highway. The bodies of
three more marchers were later discovered, raising the death toll to
18. Lowland opposition leaders, guarding their region's frontier
capitalism and more Euro-centric heritage, said they lost two of
their own in the pitched battle. Protesters near Yacuiba closed gas
valves, resulting in a gas leak and explosion that interrupted gas
exports at a cost of $8-10 million a day.
(AP, 9/12/08)(AP, 9/28/08)(Econ, 9/20/08, p.51)
2008 Sep 11, In Brazil Daniel
Dantas, businessman, found $300 million of his money frozen by the
courts under accusations of laundering public money and offering
bribes. His fortune was estimated at over $1 billion. On Dec 2
Dantas was convicted of trying to bribe police officers. He was
fined $5 million and sentenced to 10 years in prison, but appealed
(Econ, 9/20/08, p.82)(Econ, 12/6/08, p.51)
2008 Sep 11, James Ashley
Nasmyth (b.1918), English oil journalist, died. In 1979 he launched
Argus Telex, the first daily oil market report.
2008 Sep 11, Chile’s Senate
unanimously passed a bill submitted by President Michelle Bachelet
that bans whale hunting off the country’s 3,400 mile (5,500 km)
2008 Sep 11, In Santiago,
Chile. clashes erupted as protesters erected burning barricades and
attacked police with firearms and rocks on the 35th anniversary of
the 1973 bloody military coup.
2008 Sep 11, China’s Sanlu
Group announced a nationwide recall of 700 tons of milk powder.
(Econ, 9/20/08, p.58)
2008 Sep 11, Amnesty Int’l.
reported that Egyptian security forces have killed at least 28
immigrants leaving Egypt for Israel, since the first killing in the
summer of 2007.
(SFC, 9/12/08, p.A12)
2008 Sep 11, A Paris court
convicted Didier Bourguet, a former UN employee, for the rape of
young Africans during his postings in Central African Republic and
Congo. Bourguet was sentenced to nine years in prison for having
committed about 20 rapes of teenage girls between 1998 and 2004
during his postings as a mechanic for the UN.
2008 Sep 11, Israeli divers
found a red suitcase containing a small skull, bones and clothes,
which police said may belong to Rose Pizem, a 4-year-old French girl
missing since May, whose grandfather is jailed in the slaying.
2008 Sep 11, Japan said it was
ending an air mission in Iraq, wrapping up a military deployment
which was historic for the pacifist nation but deeply unpopular
among the public.
2008 Sep 11, Nepalese officials
said Tibetan exiles living in Kathmandu illegally are to be deported
in a bid to curb anti-China protests threatening Nepal's ties with
its giant neighbor.
2008 Sep 11, New Zealand cut
its benchmark interest rate half a point to 7.5% in a bid to
engineer a quick recovery from a widely expected recession.
(WSJ, 9/12/08, p.A10)
2008 Sep 11, Pakistan's PM
Yousaf Raza Gilani backed a harsh rebuke of the US by Gen. Ashfaq
Parvez Kayani, the Muslim nation's military chief. This was in
response to news that President Bush during the summer had secretly
approved US military raids inside Pakistan against alleged terrorist
2008 Sep 11, Sheik Saleh
al-Lihedan (79), Saudi Arabia's top judiciary official, issued a
religious decree saying it is permissible to kill the owners of
satellite TV networks that broadcast immoral content. On Sep 14 he
adjusted his comments saying owners who broadcast immoral content
should be brought to trial and sentenced to death if other penalties
do not deter them.
(AP, 9/12/08)(SFC, 9/15/08, p.A3)
2008 Sep 11, Sri Lankan troops
killed 37 Tiger rebels during fresh fighting across the island's
2008 Sep 11, Venezuela
interrogated military officers named in recordings of an apparent
plan to kill President Hugo Chavez, in what may the firmest evidence
in years of a barracks plot to oust him. Chavez ordered the US
ambassador to leave Venezuela within 72 hours, accusing the diplomat
of conspiring against his government and saying he would also
withdraw his own envoy from Washington immediately.
(AP, 9/12/08)(Reuters, 9/12/08)
2008 Sep 11, President Robert
Mugabe and the opposition reached an accord in which they will wield
equal power in a unity government aimed at ending Zimbabwe's
protracted political crisis and economic meltdown. One source said
Mugabe will chair the cabinet, while Morgan Tsvangirai takes charge
of a national security council which consists of 31 cabinet
2008 Sep 11, Zimbabwe's health
minister said a cholera outbreak in a Harare suburb has killed at
least 11 people.
2009 Sep 11, Pres. Obama
slapped punitive tariffs on all car and light truck tires entering
the US from China as the rising tide of imported tires hurt American
(SFC, 9/12/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 11, The US said it
would accept Iran's offer of wide-ranging talks with major powers
despite the Islamic Republic's stated refusal to discuss its nuclear
2009 Sep 11, In Richmond, Ca.,
Kaneesha Mallard (19) of Hercules and her boyfriend, Alfred Thomas
(20) of Vallejo, were killed by a spray of bullets while parked at
the snack shop of a Union 76 gas station.
(SFC, 9/17/09, p.D2)
2009 Sep 11, In Owosso,
Michigan, Harlan James Drake (33) killed an abortion protester
outside a school along with the owner of a nearby gravel pit.
(SFC, 9/12/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 11, Jim Carrol (60),
poet, addict and author, died in Manhattan following a heart attack.
His books included “Basketball Diaries” (1978), which was turned
into a 1995 movie. His 1980 song “People who Died” became a punk
(SFC, 9/16/09, p.D5)
2009 Sep 11, Larry Gelbart
(b.1928, comedy writer, died in Los Angeles. His work included
developing the MASH TV series and co-writing the books for the
Broadway musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”
and the film “Tootsie.” His 1998 memoir was titled “Laughing
(SFC, 9/12/09, p.A5)
2009 Sep 11, Afghan former
foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, the chief challenger to
President Hamid Karzai, called for a full investigation of hundreds
of reports of fraud in the Aug. 20 presidential contest. 14
civilians were killed Uruzgan province when their vehicle hit a
roadside bomb in Churra district. In Kandahar six civilians were
killed by an improvised explosive device in the Maiwand district.
Four police were killed in Nangarhar when militants attacked a
border police checkpoint. In eastern Paktika province, a suicide
bomber detonated his explosives in Bermel district. Only the bomber
(AP, 9/11/09)(AP, 9/12/09)
2009 Sep 11, A risk consultancy
said Australians have overtaken Americans as the world's biggest
individual producers of carbon dioxide, which is blamed for global
warming. British firm Maplecroft placed Australia's per capita
output at 20.58 tons a year, some four percent higher than the
United States and top of a list of 185 countries.
2009 Sep 11, In Belgium the
Flemish education board banned religious symbols in all 700 secular
state schools under its control.
(Econ, 9/19/09, p.64)
2009 Sep 11, In Chile police
and hooded protesters clashed Santiago on the anniversary of the
1973 military coup that toppled elected President Salvador Allende.
State television reported one death amid the disturbances.
2009 Sep 11, Chinese officials
said mystery needle attacks appeared to spread in China's far
western region as authorities arrested nine new suspects in three
cities. Since last week, more than 500 people in Urumqi have
reported attacks, though only about 100 showed evidence of being
2009 Sep 11, In Colombia two
bombs being carried by donkeys exploded, killing two
coca-eradication workers and wounding six soldiers in Norte de
2009 Sep 11, In Cuba Juan
Almeida Bosque (b.1927), a comrade-in-arms of Fidel Castro since the
start of his guerrilla struggle more than a half-century ago, died
of a heart attack. Almeida was the only black commander among the
2009 Sep 11, In Germany 12
officers were injured in late night clashes with left-wing
demonstrators in Hamburg following a far-right rally.
2009 Sep 11, Europe's biggest
automaker Volkswagen said it planned to invest 4.0 billion euros
(5.8 billion dollars) to boost its presence in China over the next
2009 Sep 11, Authorities in
Guatemala arrested nine suspects, including five police officers, in
the May 10 killing of lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg, who accused
President Alvaro Colom of involvement in his death in a posthumously
2009 Sep 11, In Iraq prison
inmates at Abu Ghraib rioted for a 2nd day to demand better
conditions. The facility, now under Iraqi control, has been renamed
the Baghdad Central Prison.
(SFC, 9/12/09, p.A3)
2009 Sep 11, A Kenyan
magistrate sentenced Jon Cardon Wagner, an American who founded a
popular chain of coffee shops, to 15 years' imprisonment for the
statutory rape of three teenage Kenyan girls. Wagner's lawyer
Mohammed Nyaoga said his client is the victim of an extortion racket
and will appeal. Nairobi Java House began a culture of gourmet
coffee drinking nine years ago and now has eight coffee shops in the
2009 Sep 11, A senior Lebanese
military official said two rockets were fired toward Israel from the
town of Qlaileh inside Lebanon. Israel responded with a barrage of
14 rockets. No injuries or damage were reported.
(AP, 9/11/09)(SFC, 9/12/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 11, Malaysian
authorities seized a consignment of 10,000 copies of the Bible sent
from Jakarta to Kuching in Sarawak state, because the
Indonesian-language books contained the word "Allah," a translation
that has been banned in this Muslim-majority country. Another 5,100
Bibles, also imported from Indonesia, were reportedly seized in
March. Church officials said Allah is not exclusive to Islam but is
an Arabic word that predates Islam.
2009 Sep 11, Mexican
authorities found at least $5 million hidden in a shipment of
ammonium sulfate at a Pacific coast port.
2009 Sep 11, The Pakistani
Military said it had arrested the Swat Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan
and commanders Mahmood Khan, Fazle Ghaffar, Abdul Rehman and Sartaj
Ali in the suburbs of Mingora, striking its first direct blow
against the leadership of the insurgency in the one-time tourist
2009 Sep 11, In Peru lawyer
Alfredo Crespo announced the publication of a book of manuscripts
written in prison by Shining Path rebel leader Abimael Guzman. On
Sep 13 the justice minister asked a public prosecutor to file
"apology for terrorism" charges against Crespo.
2009 Sep 11, In Somalia mortars
slammed into Mogadishu, killing three civilians and at least 12 men
at a home for disabled veterans. Nearly a dozen other former
soldiers were wounded in the attack.
2009 Sep 11, In South Africa
reports on gender testing on running sensation Caster Semenya has
determined she has male and female sexual organs. This triggered
outrage and dealt a blow to her family, who may have been unaware of
the reported condition. There was worry about how the 18-year-old
will handle all this. Testing determined that Semenya has internal
testes, meaning the runner herself, who was raised in a poor
village, may have been unaware of such a condition. The condition is
generally referred to as intersexuality. The older term for someone
who has both male and female organs is hermaphrodite.
2009 Sep 11, South Africa and
the European Union started a summit expected to be dominated by
calls from African nations for sanctions against Zimbabwe to be
2009 Sep 11, Spain's government
agreed to send 220 more troops to Afghanistan, raising the total to
2009 Sep 11, In Spain
Venezuela’s Pres. Chavez paid a brief courtesy call on King Juan
Carlos and met briefly with PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to
discuss energy issues and Spanish investment in oil-rich Venezuela.
2009 Sep 11, Sri Lankan
authorities sent home nearly 10,000 war refugees amid growing
international concern for the nearly 300,000 Tamil civilians still
detained in government-run camps.
2009 Sep 11, A Taiwan court
sentenced ex-president Chen Shui-bian (58) to life in jail after a
corruption trial he claims was political revenge for his lifelong
push to declare independence from China. The court also handed a
life term to his wheelchair-bound wife Wu Shu-chen.
2009 Sep 11, In Uganda 3 people
including a child were shot dead in rioting in Kampala. Clashes
began on Sep 10 after the government prevented a representative of
the traditional ruler of the Buganda kingdom from traveling to a
region northeast of the capital for a political rally. The overall
death toll from the unrest rose to at least 24 following deaths in
(AP, 9/11/09)(AP, 9/12/09)(AP, 9/14/09)(Econ,
2009 Sep 11, Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez returned home from a world tour. He said he
has signed military agreements with Russia and is soon expecting the
arrival of some "little rockets," which reach up to 186 miles
(300km) and are strictly for defense purposes.
2009 Sep 11, In Vietnam the
Canadian environmental firm Hatfield Consultants said new
environmental tests confirm extremely high levels of dioxin, the
toxic ingredient of Agent Orange, in people, fish and soil near
Danang airport, a former US air base where American troops stored
the herbicide during the Vietnam War.
2010 Sep 11, In Kentucky
Stanley Neace (47) stormed across several lawns in his pajamas and
fired dozens of shots from a 12-gauge pump shotgun. When the rampage
ended, Neace and his wife lay dead, along with the gunman's
stepdaughter and three neighbors.
2010 Sep 11, American actor
Kevin McCarthy (1914) died at a hospital in Cape Cod. He is best
remembered for his role in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956).
(SFC, 9/13/10, p.C5)
2010 Sep 11, Afghans set fire
to tires in the streets and shouted "Death to America" for a second
day despite a decision by an American pastor to call off plans to
burn copies of the Islamic holy book. Four protesters were wounded
in Logar province. A Taliban commander who had been plotting rocket
attacks on polling stations was killed in eastern Nangarhar
(AP, 9/11/10)(Reuters, 9/12/10)
2010 Sep 11, Australia’s PM
Julia Gillard unveiled her new cabinet, with Wayne Swan retaining
his treasury portfolio and former climate minister Penny Wong moved
to the senior finance portfolio. Former PM Kevin Rudd was named as
the country’s new foreign minister, a high-profile and coveted
posting that will be seen as a consolation prize for being ousted
from the leadership.
(Reuters, 9/11/10)(AP, 9/11/10)
2010 Sep 11, China detained 9
Vietnamese fishermen near the disputed Paracel islands in the South
China Sea. Vietnam demanded their immediate release without
conditions, but China refused until the captain paid a fine for
having explosives aboard the boat. The fisherman returned home on
Oct 26 after an ordeal that included a month of detention by China
and a week lost on stormy seas.
2010 Sep 11, Congo’s President
Joseph Kabila extended indefinite mining suspensions to three more
provinces in the volatile east.
2010 Sep 11, In southern Egypt
a barge leaked some 100 tons of gasoline into the Nile River.
Captain Yasser Hussein told police that low water levels caused the
boat to tilt and partially submerge allowing the fuel to leak.
2010 Sep 11, In Finland Hossein
Alizadeh (45), a senior official at the Iranian embassy, said that
he has resigned from his post to join the political opposition
against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Alizadeh's mission in Finland
had ended on August 20.
(AP, 9/11/10)(AFP, 9/11/10)
2010 Sep 11, In Guinea at least
24 people were injured when members of rival political parties began
throwing rocks at each other following a campaign event.
2010 Sep 11, In central
Indonesia flash floods on Borneo Island killed 10 people and left 14
2010 Sep 11, Japan launched a
rocket carrying a satellite intended to improve global positioning
2010 Sep 11, In Kashmir police
fired warning shots and tear gas to disperse hundreds of
demonstrators who attacked a police post and burned government
offices, as tens of thousands of people took to the streets to
protest Indian rule in the Himalayan region.
2010 Sep 11, In Mexico’s
central state of Morelos police discovered nine bodies in
clandestine graves in the same area where four more were recently
found. A phone tip led authorities to a dead body in a car in a
shopping center parking lot in Ciudad Juarez. Police found a bomb in
a second car at the site and carried out a controlled detonation.
Federal authorities announced the arrest of two Colombian brothers,
Dario Emilio Valencia and Victor Espinosa Valencia, alleged to have
ties to Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez Villarreal and belonging to a group
responsible for buying cocaine in Colombia and smuggling it to the
2010 Sep 11, Serbia’s war
crimes prosecutors' office said it has indicted nine
ex-paramilitaries over the killing of 43 ethnic Albanians during the
1998-99 Kosovo conflict. The men who served with a paramilitary unit
known as The Jackals were indicted for the killing of the ethnic
Albanian civilians in the Kosovo village of Cuska on May 14, 1999.
2010 Sep 11, In Sudan a rare
three-day meeting of 30 religious and community leaders as well as
local government officials from the Democratic Republic of Congo
(DRC), south Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Uganda
criticized the "lack of a coordinated and comprehensive strategy" to
tackle the LRA rebels.
2011 Sep 11, In Colorado a
routine traffic stop led to the discovery of 220 pounds of cocaine
with a street value of $10 million in the rental car of a California
couple. Mark Bailey (37) and Lisa Calderon (35), both of Sylmar,
Ca., were arrested in Pueblo on suspicion of cocaine possession.
2011 Sep 11, In NYC the 9/11
memorial “Reflecting Absence” opened with two pools in the footprint
of the 2001 fallen twin towers of the World Trade Center.
(Econ, 9/3/11, p.27)
2011 Sep 11, In Massachusetts
Adam Hall (34), a senior member of a local Hells Angels chapter, was
charged with the murders of three men, including a key witness
scheduled to testify against him. The charges were announced a day
after a two-week search for three Pittsfield men ended with the
recovery of their bodies in the western part of the state. The men
had disappeared on Aug 28 under suspicious circumstances.
2011 Sep 11, In Massachusetts
Brendan Mess (25), Raffael Teken (37) and Eric Weissman (31) had
their throats slit and their bodies were left with cash and
marijuana placed on top of them. Authorites later said Tamerlan
Tsarnaev participated in the killing, based on information provided
by his friend Ibragim Todashev. Tsarnaev was killed by police in the
aftermath of the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombing. In May,
2013, Todashev was shot to death during questioning by FBI and
Florida state police. He was shot 7 times, once in the head.
(ABCNews, 5/22/13)(SFC, 10/24/13, p.A8)
2011 Sep 11, It was reported
that 14,000 rounds of ammunition has gone missing at Fort Bragg Army
base in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
(SSFC, 9/11/11, p.A8)
2011 Sep 11, In Australia Andy
Whitfield (39), who played the title role in the hit cable series
"Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010), died in Sydney of lymphoma
2011 Sep 11, British police
said they have freed 24 men believed to have been held against their
will, some for more than a decade. Four men and a woman were
arrested under a slavery act introduced last year after the
operation involving more than 200 police officers.
(AP, 9/11/11)(Reuters, 9/12/11)
2011 Sep 11, In the Central
African Republic clashes between rival armed groups erupted in the
central town of Bria, the country's main diamond mining hub.
2011 Sep 11, Chileans
commemorated the 38th anniversary of a military coup. Police
arrested 280 people and 45 people were injured, including a teenager
who is in critical condition with a bullet in his chest.
2011 Sep 11, Egypt's vice
president reached out to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and other
opposition groups as part of a new offer of sweeping concessions
including press freedom and an eventual end to hated emergency laws.
2011 Sep 11, Greece said it
would impose a new property tax on top of existing austerity
measures to compensate for a revenue shortfall threatening to
disrupt its int’l bailout program.
(SFC, 9/12/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 11, Guatemala held
presidential elections. Otto Perez Molina, a former military general
who softened his image as the "iron fist" to promote social programs
and democracy, appeared to be the leading candidate. Preliminary
results showed Otto Perez Molina of the Patriot Party with 36
percent support, followed by businessman Manuel Baldizon with 24
percent and Eduardo Suger with 16 percent. Molina and Baldizon faced
a November runoff.
(AP, 9/11/11)(AP, 9/13/11)
2011 Sep 11, In eastern
Indonesia clashes between Muslim and Christian gangs left 5 people
dead and more than a dozen injured in Ambon, Maluku province.
(AP, 9/11/11)(AP, 9/12/11)
2011 Sep 11, Iran media
reported that several Iranian banks have been targeted in one of the
biggest frauds in the Islamic republic's history, losing nearly $2.6
billion in more than two years. Iran hanged a convicted drug
trafficker in prison in the northwestern city of Meshkinshahr,
bringing to 187 the number of executions reported in Iran so far
2011 Sep 11, Iraq's autonomous
Kurdistan region halted crude exports, nearly a week after it
rejected a new oil and gas law approved by the central government.
2011 Sep 11, Kenya police said
armed men killed a British man and kidnapped his wife from a beach
resort in the north near the border with lawless Somalia. Publishing
executive David Tebbutt (58) was killed his wife Judith (56) was
taken hostage. On Sep 19 Kenyan Ali Babitu Kololo was charged with
robbery with violence and kidnapping with intention to murder in the
northern coastal town of Lamu. On Sep 21 Issa Sheikh Said was also
charged with robbery with violence and kidnapping with intention to
murder. On July 29, 2013, Kololo was sentenced to death.
(AP, 9/11/11)(Reuters, 9/19/11)(AP,
2011 Sep 11, Kuwaiti youth
activists called for major reforms to turn the oil-rich emirate into
a constitutional monarchy, including the appointment of a premier
from outside the Al-Sabah ruling family.
2011 Sep 11, In Libya NATO
warplanes struck several targets in areas still loyal to fugitive
leader Moammar Gadhafi. At least 12 people were killed and 16
wounded when a brigade from Gharyan and Kikla came under fire at the
western town of Asabah. Many people in Asabah were Kadhafi
supporters. 20 of his fighters were reported captured during the
fighting. Anti-Gadhafi forces in Tripoli captured the former head of
the regime's external intelligence service, Abu Zayd Dourda. Rebel
fighters pushed back into Bani Walid. A convoy carrying al-Saadi
Gadhafi (37), son of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi, crossed into
(AP, 9/11/11)(AFP, 9/11/11)
2011 Sep 11, Norway began 2-day
local elections. The ruling Labor Party won its best local election
result in more than two decades and the anti-immigrant Progress
Party plummeted in support two months after attacks by a right-wing
fanatic killed 77 people.
2011 Sep 11, Pakistani
intelligence officials said a suspected US missile strike killed
three people in an al-Qaida and Taliban safe haven in North
2011 Sep 11, Philippine army
troops killed three gunmen allied with the al-Qaida-affiliated Abu
Sayyaf group in a clash that also wounded a soldier on southern
2011 Sep 11, In Yemen 2
soldiers were killed and 4 wounded by a roadside bomb blast during a
battle for control of Zinjibar.
(SFC, 9/12/11, p.A2)
2012 Sep 11, A Los Angeles jury
doubled its verdict against “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis
ordering him to pay an additional $20 million in punitive damages to
Steve Wynn for claiming the casino mogul threatened to kill him. A
day earlier the jury awarded Wynn $20 million finding that Francis’
allegations had slandered Wynn. In November a judge cut the $40
million verdict by more than half.
(SFC, 9/12/12, p.A8)(SFC, 11/13/12, p.A5)
2012 Sep 11, It was reported
that Stanford Dr. James Spudich (70), UCSF Dr. Ronald Vale (53)
and NY’s Columbia Dr. Michael Sheetz (65) will receive this
year’s Lasker Foundation’s $250,000 award for discovering how
molecular motors work inside cells.
(SFC, 9/11/12, p.C3)
2012 Sep 11, In Afghanistan a
teenage suicide bomber walked into a shop in Herat province and blew
himself up, killing five people.
2012 Sep 11, Australia’s
federal sustainability minister announced a ban on the Abel Tasman,
a huge Dutch fishing vessel, from trawling in Australia’s waters. On
Sep 19 the Labor government banned the ship for 2 years.
(Economist, 9/22/12, p.48)
2012 Sep 11, In Bolivia
hundreds of miners were blocking 3 principal highways leading to La
Paz demanding that authorities grant them control over the lucrative
Colquira tin mine, rather than to a group working for a state-owned
(SFC, 9/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 11, Chile's Supreme
Court closed the book on a judicial review of Salvador Allende's
1973 death, confirming the conclusion of a lower court last December
that the socialist leader committed suicide. Activists marked their
own 9-11, the anniversary of the day in 1973 when Gen. Augusto
Pinochet seized power in a military coup that prompted socialist
President Salvador Allende to kill himself rather than surrender.
2012 Sep 11, China announced
that for the first time it is allowing foreigners to apply for
positions as government officials in tourism, transportation,
health, commerce and information technology.
2012 Sep 11, Egyptian
protesters scaled the walls of the US embassy in Cairo, tore down
the American flag and burned it during a protest over what they said
was a film being produced in the United States that insulted Prophet
2012 Sep 11, Japan's Cabinet
formally announced that the government will purchase several
disputed islands from a private Japanese family. China sent two
patrol ships to the waters near the disputed islands in a show of
its “undisputable sovereignty.”
(AP, 9/11/12)(SFC, 9/12/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 11, In Kenya armed
raiders killed four people in the southeast despite a dusk-to-dawn
curfew to prevent further clashes between two tribes that have left
more than 100 people dead.
2012 Sep 11, In Libya US
ambassador Chris Stevens died of severe asphyxiation in Benghazi.
Also killed were Sean Smith (34), information management officer,
Glen Doherty (42) and Tyrone Woods, security guards, died when the
US Consulate in Benghazi came under attack. It was initially
reported that the attack was due to a mob angry over an anti-Islam
film made in the US. Sam Bacile (56), a California real estate
developer who identifies himself as an Israeli Jew and who said he
produced, directed and wrote the two-hour film, "Innocence of
Muslims," said he had not anticipated such a furious reaction. The
jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia was later blamed for the attack.
(AP, 9/12/12)(SFC, 9/14/12, p.A2)(Econ, 9/22/12,
p.56)(SFC, 11/12/13, p.A8)
2012 Sep 11, Netherlands-based
Royal Philips Electronics NV, the largest maker of lights, said it
plans to cut another 2,200 jobs by 2014 to save €300 million ($383
million) a year.
2012 Sep 11, Norway's
government said it will create a carbon-emissions program to
compensate domestic manufacturers, in the hope of dissuading them
from moving their industries to countries with less stringent
2012 Sep 11, In eastern
Pakistan a fire broke out in a factory in Lahore killing 25 people
when sparks from a generator hit chemicals used to make shoes. In
the southern port city of Karachi 259 people were killed when a
blaze broke out in a garment factory. This was one of the worst
industrial accidents in Pakistan's 65-year history.
(AP, 9/11/12)(AP, 9/12/12)(AP, 9/14/12)(AP,
2012 Sep 11, Russia’s Gazprom
accused the European Commission of pressuring the Russian firm into
slashing gas prices for its customers soon after President Vladimir
Putin signed a decree that could hinder the EU probe. Putin signed a
decree barring strategic Russian enterprises from disclosing
information to foreign regulators, changing contracts and selling
property abroad without government permission.
2012 Sep 11, In South Africa
firebrand politician Julius Malema called for a national strike in
all of the nation's mines, encouraging a step-up of a strike that
has already halted production at several platinum and gold mines.
2012 Sep 11, In Spain some 1.5
million protesters flooded the streets of Barcelona to demand the
independence of the Catalonia region.
(SFC, 9/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 11, In Turkey a
suicide bomber threw a hand grenade and then blew himself up at the
entrance to a police station in a suburb of Istanbul. One police
officer was killed, and seven others were wounded. Police identified
the bomber as a member of the Revolutionary People's Liberation
2013 Sep 11, A court in Central
African Republic sentenced 17 Seleka fighters to eight years in
prison for theft, rape and pillage, the first ex-rebels to be
punished for a wave of violence that has gripped the country since
they seized power.
2013 Sep 11, In Egypt’s Sinai
area a pair of near-simultaneous suicide bombers rammed their
explosives-laden cars into military targets, killing 6 soldiers in
(AP, 9/11/13)(AFP, 9/12/13)
2013 Sep 11, The Hamas Islamist
group ruling Gaza sought to ease tensions with Cairo by ordering
Muslim preachers to mute their criticism of the Egyptian government
over what some of the clerics have called its war on Islam.
2013 Sep 11, The European Union
rejected Russian pressure to deter Ukraine and other former Soviet
republics from deepening trade ties with Europe, saying any kind of
retaliation was unacceptable.
2013 Sep 11, Attacks in Iraq
killed six people, including a school principal who was among
several victims in a spate of shootings in the north. A suicide
attacker stage a double bombing near a Shiite mosque in northern
Baghdad killing at least 35 people.
(AFP, 9/11/13)(SFC, 9/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 11, In Mali at least
two soldiers were wounded as the army exchanged fire with "bandits",
killing 3 during security operations near the Mauritanian border.
2013 Sep 11, In Mexico armed
men in Michoacan state hacked local congressman Osbaldo Esquivel
Lucatero to death with a machete while he was being interviewed by a
2013 Sep 11, Mozambique's bid
to end a conflict with former rebels that has unnerved investors hit
an impasse after the group's leader refused to leave his bush camp
2013 Sep 11, A Nigerian
spokesman said Pres. President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked nine
ministers in his first major cabinet reshuffle since winning an
election more than two years ago. Gunmen with explosives and
rocket-propelled grenades attacked a police station in Ga’anda
village, Adamawa state, killing two officers and injuring another.
(Reuters, 9/11/13)(AFP, 9/12/13)
2013 Sep 11, North and South
Korea agreed to restart operations at a jointly run factory park
that Pyongyang shut down in April during a torrent of threats, the
latest sign of easing animosity between the rivals.
2013 Sep 11, The Pakistani
Taliban and the army exchanged prisoners as a confidence building
measure ahead of possible peace talks.
2013 Sep 11, In the Philippines
rogue Muslim rebels, seeking to declare an independent state, put a
dozen civilians tied together by rope on display as a human shield
as a standoff with security forces in Zamboanga entered its third
2013 Sep 11, In eastern Romania
some 700 houses were flooded after 12 villages were hit by a
six-hour downfall. 8 people died and hundreds were evacuated as
torrential rains caused flash flooding.
2013 Sep 11, A Russian Soyuz
capsule carrying three astronauts touched down in Kazakhstan after
undocking from the International Space Station following 166 days in
2013 Sep 11, In Sierra Leone a
statement from the office of the president said Mamoud Tarawalie,
the country's deputy education minister, has been relieved of his
duties "with immediate effect" because he was facing "sexual assault
and rape" allegations.
2013 Sep 11, South African
police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters who took to
the streets in Johannesburg in anger over the lack of government
2013 Sep 11, Thousands of
Catalan separatists gathered to try to form a 400 Km (250 mile)
human chain across the region and renew pressure for a referendum on
breaking away from Spain.
2013 Sep 11, The disciplinary
panel of Taiwan's ruling party suspended the speaker of the
legislature, a move that could fracture the party and threaten its
efforts to develop closer ties with China. Wang Jin-pyng was
suspended for allegedly pressuring prosecutors not to appeal the
acquittal of an opposition lawmaker.
(AP, 9/11/13)(Econ, 9/21/13, p.41)
2013 Sep 11, Thai rubber
farmers called off demonstrations planned for the weekend after the
government doubled its subsidy for production and offered help for
people arrested in protests last week.
2013 Sep 11, UN rights
investigators reported that they have established that Syrian
government forces were almost certainly responsible for two
massacres last May in which up to 450 civilians were killed.
2013 Sep 11, The UN Food and
Agricultural Organization said one-third of all food produced in the
world gets wasted, amounting to a loss of $750 billion a year.
(SFC, 9/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 11, Yemen's president
ordered the reinstatement of hundreds of senior army and
intelligence officers sacked after a 1994 civil war, to hasten
reconciliation talks aimed at ending years of political turmoil.
2014 Sep 11, Bob Crewe
(b.1930), songwriter and producer, died in Scarborough, Maine. His
first hit was the 1957 song “Silhouttes,” a top ten tune for the
Rays written with Frank Slay. In 1962 he produced the hit “Sherry”
by Frankie Valli and went on to help write and produce “Walk Like a
Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.”
(SFC, 9/15/14, p.C4)
2014 Sep 11, Missouri lawmakers
voted to allow specially trained school employees to carry concealed
guns on campuses. The new legislation also allowed anyone with a
concealed weapons permit to carry guns openly.
(SFC, 9/12/14, p.A8)
2014 Sep 11, In Ohio T.J. Lane
(19), the killer of three students in 2012, escaped from the
Allen-Oakwood prison in Lima with two other inmates. They had spent
months building a ladder with materials stored in a maintenance
area. All three were caught within hours of escaping.
(SFC, 9/12/14, p.A12)(SFC, 11/15/14, p.A6)
2014 Sep 11, Utah police in
Saratoga Springs shot and killed Darrien Hunt (22), an African
American, as he ran away after swinging a samurai-style sword that
was part of his Japanese anime costume.
(SFC, 10/30/14, p.A6)
2014 Sep 11, The EU slapped
more sanctions on Russia for helping separatists in Ukraine.
(SFC, 9/12/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 11, In India and
Pakistan monsoon floods inundated more villages as the death toll in
both countries reached 461.
(SFC, 9/12/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 11, In Iraq car bombs
in three Shiite cities sought of Baghdad killed 17 people.
(SFC, 9/12/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 11, In Nigeria two
pilots and an Alpha jet went missing after it left the northeastern
town of Yola on a bombing mission against Boko Haram. On Oct 3 a new
Boko Haram video showed the beheading of a man identified as the
pilot of the missing Nigerian Air Force jet and burnt out parts of a
2014 Sep 11, In the Philippines
2 soldiers and 10 members of a Muslim rebel group opposed to a
government peace accord died in a clash in North Catabato province.
(SFC, 9/12/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 11, In Spain hundreds
of thousands marched in downtown Barcelona on Catalonia’s annual
National Day. This was seen as a prelude to an upcoming vote for
(SSFC, 9/14/14, p.A4)
2014 Sep 11, In Syria the
al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front released all 45 Fijian peacekeepers held
captive for the last two weeks.
(SFC, 9/12/14, p.A4)
2014 Sep 11, The Shanghai
Co-operation Organization (SCO) opened its 14th annual summit. The
2-day meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, included the groups six
member countries: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan
and Uzbekistan. The SCO agreed to adopt procedures for expansion
with India and Pakistan likely to join next year.
(Econ, 9/20/14, p.39)
2014 Sep 11, Turkey refused to
sign the “Jeddah Communique,” in which various Arab nations promised
to back America’s military action against the Islamic State. On Sep
23 Pres. Erdogan said his country was ready to give necessary
support to attacks on the IS.
(Econ, 9/27/14, p.24)
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