Timeline 1999 January - March

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1999        Jan 1, Doris Haddock (d.2010), began walking from California more than 3,200 (5,150 km) miles across the United States. Fourteen months later, she (88) arrived in Washington DC to draw attention to the need for campaign finance reform.
    (AP, 8/3/19)
1999        Jan 1, The Maastricht Treaty specified that a monetary union will be established by this date, and laid down several criteria that EU nations must fulfill in order to join. Some of the criteria included: maximum budget deficits of 3% of GDP, a cap on government debt of 60% of GDP. The European economic and monetary union (EMU) was scheduled to start with a new "Euro" currency. Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain made the transition. Public use was set for Jan 1, 2002. [see Jan 4]
    (WSJ, 9/25/95, p.A-12)(WSJ, 12/5/95, p.A-14)(SFC, 11/16/96, p.A1)(SFC, 1/1/99, p.A8)
1999        Jan 1, When the euro was launched the US dollar-euro ($:€) exchange rate stood at $1.16:€1.
1999        Jan 1, In Canada an avalanche, possibly triggered ceremonial gunfire, hit the Inuit village of Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec, and 9 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/2/99, p.C12)(SFEC, 1/3/99, p.A17)
1999        Jan 1, Congo rebels massacred at least 500 civilians over the last 3 days. Six Red Cross workers were among the dead.
    (WSJ, 1/6/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/11/98, p.A1)
1999        Jan 1, President Fidel Castro, marking 40 years as Cuba's leader, portrayed his socialist nation as a defender of humanity against rapacious capitalism.
    (AP, 1/1/00)
1999        Jan 1, Weimar, Germany, will hold one year’s title as the European Union’s "city of culture."
    (SFEC, 7/27/97, p.T1)
1999        Jan 1, In Mongolia new legislation liberated the news media.
    (SFC, 1/2/99, p.C12)
1999        Jan 1, The UN designated Int'l. Year of Older Persons began.
    (SFC, 1/16/99, p.A12)

1999        Jan 2, In Chicago about 22 inches of snow fell on the city and across the northern Midwest. In Detroit some 4,000 travelers were stranded in planes on the tarmac for as long as 9 hours.
    (SFC, 1/4/99, p.A5)(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A3)
1999        Jan 2, Rolf Liebermann, Swiss composer, died in Paris. He led the Hamburg Opera from 1959-1972 and the Paris Opera from 1973-1980. His work included "Eleonore 40/45," "Penelope," "L'Ecole des Femmes" and "La Foret."
    (SFC, 1/4/99, p.D2)
1999        Jan 2, In Angola rebel forces shot down a UN plane with 9 people shortly after takeoff from Huambo; there were no survivors. The plane was later found with bullets in the tail section and the flight recorders removed.
    (SFEC, 1/3/99, p.A23)(SFC, 1/27/99, p.C10)(AP, 1/2/00)
1999        Jan 2, In Egypt police arrested 71 suspected Muslim militants over the last 3 days on suspicion of plotting to kill senior government officials.
    (SFEC, 1/3/99, p.A19)
1999        Jan 2, In the Philippines rebels lobbed a grenade into a crowd watching firemen fight a fire on Jolo Island and at least 10 people were killed and 74 injured. The Abu Sayyaf guerrillas were believed to be responsible.
    (SFC, 1/4/99, p.A22)(WSJ, 1/4/99, p.A1)

1999        Jan 3, The Mars Polar Lander was launched. Landing was scheduled for Dec 3 with probes designed to burrow 3 feet into the Mars surface.
    (SFC, 12/11/98, p.D6)(SFC, 1/4/99, p.A2)
1999        Jan 3, Chicagoans dug out from their biggest snowstorm in more than 30 years.
    (AP, 1/3/00)
1999        Jan 3, In Wyoming Cindy Thompson Dixon (40) was found dead near a road about 5 miles north of Laramie. She was reported to have frozen to death after leaving a bar. She was the mother of Russell Henderson (21), who was waiting in jail for trial in the death of Matthew Shepard. Henderson pleaded guilty to murder in 1999 to avoid a trial and possible death sentence. He was sentenced to 2 consecutive life terms without eligibility for parole.
    (SFC, 1/5/99, p.A3)(SFC, 1/6/99, p.A3)(SFC, 4/6/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 3, In NYC Andrew Goldstein (29) pushed Kendra Webdale (32) into the path of an oncoming train at Manhattan's 23rd St. and Broadway station. Goldstein, a schizophrenic who refused to take his anti-psychotic medicine, was later convicted for 2nd degree murder. This led to "Kendra's Law,"  which allows violent patients to be medicated by force.
    (SFC, 1/5/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/24/00, p.A5)
1999        Jan 3, In Indonesia 6 people died following a riot touched off by a military raid in Aceh province. The military sought Ahmad Kandang, leader of the separatist Free Aceh movement.
    (SFC, 1/4/99, p.A8)
1999        Jan 3, Israeli warplanes attacked Hezbollah positions in southern Lebanon and wounded 6 people including a woman (55) and her 4 daughters.
    (SFC, 1/4/99, p.A22)
1999        Jan 3, In Israel police detained 8 adults and 6 children belonging to the Concerned Christians sect from Denver, Colo. Police said the group under Monte Kim Miller planned violent acts to hasten the 2nd coming of Christ. 11 of the members were ordered to be deported.
    (SFC, 1/4/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/5/99, p.A8)(SFC, 1/6/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 3, In Pakistan a bomb intended for Prime Minister Sharif killed 3 civilians and a police official. The Muttahida Qami Movement (MQM) was suspected. The MQM represented Urdu-speaking people who immigrated from British India in 1947.
    (SFC, 1/4/99, p.A8)

1999        Jan 4, The US stance towards Cuba was reported to be easing following the completed report by the Council on Foreign Relations. It was proposed to restore mail service, increase flights, permit food sales to non-government entities, and allow more Americans to send money.
    (SFC, 1/5/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/5/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 4, The US mint began distributing a new series of commemorative state quarters. The first one from Delaware marked the 1776 ride of Caesar Rodney from Dover to Philadelphia to vote for the Declaration of Independence. Rep. Michael Castle of Delaware dreamed up the program in 1996.
    (SFC, 1/5/99, p.A2)(WSJ, 12/29/03, p.A4)
1999        Jan 4, Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Minnesota's 37th governor.
    (AP, 1/4/00)
1999        Jan 4, Elizabeth Dole quit as the head of the American Red Cross and it was speculated that she might run as the Republican candidate for president.
    (SFC, 1/5/99, p.A2)
1999        Jan 4, A sniper hit at least 4 vehicles on I-80 between Reno and the California border. Police arrested Christopher Lee Merritt (20) of Mankato, Minn., who hoped to rob the drivers after they crashed. Merritt pleaded guilty in 1999 and was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison in 2000.
    (SFC, 1/5/99, p.A3)(SFC, 1/6/99, p.A2)(SFC, 11/6/99, p.A6)(SFC, 1/12/00, p.A7)
1999        Jan 4, The euro, the new money of 11 European nations, got off to a strong start on its first trading day, rising against the dollar on world currency markets and closed in New York at $1.181. A founding principal of the euro area held that national central banks be independent of their governments.
    (SFC, 1/5/99, p.C2)(AP, 1/4/00)(HN, 1/4/01)(Econ, 2/25/06, p.77)
1999        Jan 4, In Angola UNITA rebels denied shooting down 2 UN planes and claimed that there were no survivors.
    (WSJ, 1/5/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 4, A footbridge in Chongqing, China, collapsed and killed 40 people. A week later another bridge in Fujian province collapsed and killed 7. Bridge officials were arrested on suspicion of graft or using shoddy materials. A Party official in Chongqing was later convicted of taking bribes and sentenced to death.
    (SFC, 3/2/99, p.D1)(WSJ, 4/5/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 4, Chevron received word of an attack on its Searrex oil rig in Nigeria. Soldiers dispatched to the rig allegedly fired on Opia village from a helicopter and 2 villagers were killed. 2 more villagers were killed a short time later at Ikenyan. A day later Chevron was invoiced $109.25 for the services of the soldiers.
    (SFC, 8/4/05, p.A4)
1999        Jan 4, In Sha Jamal, Pakistan, in the eastern Punjab gunmen on motorcycle opened fire on Shiite Muslim worshipers and killed 16 people and wounded at least 25.
    (SFC, 1/4/99, p.A22)(SFC, 1/5/99, p.A8)
1999        Jan 4, In Sierra Leone Nigerian troops repelled a rebel attack on Freetown's airport. Gambia and Mali agreed to send troops to join the Nigerian forces.
    (WSJ, 1/5/99, p.A1)

1999        Jan 5, A federal judge approved settlement in a class-action suit filed by African-American farmers. The agreement to compensate for years of racial bias could total $400 million. The farmers will get $50,000 tax-free and their government debts forgiven.
    (SFC, 1/6/99, p.A4)(WSJ, 1/6/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 5, A new theory on how HIV attacks cells was reported. The production and survival time of T cells was said to be shortened by HIV.
    (SFC, 1/5/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 5, New research showed that dendritic spines on the nerve branches of the brain sprouted and changed form within fractions of a second.
    (SFC, 1/5/99, p.A6)
1999        Jan 5, In Angola Unita rebels shelled Malanje for a 2nd day. 25 people were killed and 100 wounded.
    (WSJ, 1/6/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 5, In Iran the Intelligence Ministry said that rogue intelligence officers were responsible for 5 killings last year of government critics.
    (SFC, 1/6/99, p.A6)
1999        Jan 5, Four U.S. Air Force and Navy jets fired at Iraqi MiGs testing the "no-fly" zone over southern Iraq in the first such confrontation in more than six years. 6 missiles fired by 2 US F-15s missed the 4 MiG 25s of Iraq.
    (SFC, 1/6/99, p.A6)(AP, 1/5/00)
1999        Jan 5, It was reported that Iraqi security forces killed hundreds of people in the Shiite Muslim south in summary executions directed by Saddam Hussein's 2nd son over the last 6 weeks.
    (WSJ, 1/5/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 5, Malaysia admitted that former Deputy Premier Anwar was beaten by police after his arrest in September.
    (WSJ, 1/6/99, p.A1)

1999        Jan 6, The NBA players agreed to a new contract and a shortened season was scheduled to begin in Feb. Club owners won a salary cap.
    (SFC, 1/7/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/7/98, p.A1)
1999        Jan 6, The federal government predicted a $76 billion surplus for 1999.
    (SFC, 1/7/99, p.A3)
1999        Jan 6, The 106th Congress convened with Dennis Hastert as the new House speaker.
    (AP, 1/6/00)
1999        Jan 6, It was reported that UN Sec. Gen'l. Kofi Annan had evidence that UN arms inspectors helped collect intelligence used in American efforts to undermine the Iraqi regime. Kofi Annan, the chief UN arms inspector and State Dept. officials all denied the spying allegations. An electronic eavesdropping system was put into place in March by a US spy with the UN inspection team.
    (SFC, 1/6/99, p.A6)(SFC, 1/7/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 1/7/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/8/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 6, The Dow Jones closed at a record 9,544.97.
    (SFC, 1/7/99, p.B1)
1999        Jan 6, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Edward, youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, would marry his longtime friend, public relations executive Sophie Rhys-Jones, later in the year.
    (AP, 1/6/00)
1999        Jan 6, Congo rebel leader Ernest Wamba dia Wamba said his forces killed about 400 Burundi Hutu rebels fighting with the Congolese government troops and promised to investigate the alleged New Year murder of 500 civilians.
    (SFC, 1/7/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 6, The Dominican Republic considered sending soldiers into parts of Santo Domingo where fighting between police and drug gangs had left 48 people dead since late Dec.
    (WSJ, 1/7/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 6, In Israel former military chief of staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak announced his candidacy for prime minister. Separately a man with a toy gun was killed by soldiers.
    (SFC, 1/7/99, p.A10)(WSJ, 1/7/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 6, In Kosovo Nebojsa Denic, a Serbian security guard, was killed by ethnic Albanian rebels during an attack on a power plant outside of Pristina.
    (SFC, 1/8/99, p.A16)
1999        Jan 6, In Mexico police chief Alejandro Gertz fired 6 of his top 8 subordinates for failing to reduce crime and corruption.
    (SFC, 1/7/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 6, In Sierra Leone rebels shot their way into Freetown and captured the presidential state house.
    (SFC, 1/7/99, p.A8)
1999        Jan 6, In Turkey the Justice Ministry said authorities will no longer be allowed to force women and girls to undergo virginity tests.
    (SFC, 1/7/99, p.A10)

1999        Jan 7, For the 2nd time in history, an impeached American president went on trial before the Senate. Chief Justice William Rehnquist was sworn in to preside over the trial. Pres. Bill Clinton was ultimately acquitted of charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
    (SFC, 1/8/99, p.A1)(AP, 1/7/05)
1999        Jan 7, A US jet fired on an air defense station in Iraq after it was targeted on radar.
    (WSJ, 1/8/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 7, The new Encarta Africana contained 3,000 scholarly articles on black culture and history as part of a 2-CD ROM set by Microsoft. It included a timeline that combines events in Africa and America.
    (SFC, 1/7/99, p.A13)
1999        Jan 7, In Brazil Minas Gerais state declared a 90-day moratorium on debt owed to the central government. Former Pres. Itamar Franco, the new governor of Minas Gerais, had vowed to stop payment on over $15 billion to force a renegotiation of payment terms. 24 of 27 states had fixed debt agreements with the federal government.
    (WSJ, 1/6/99, p.A17)(WSJ, 1/7/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 7, In China police arrested Song Xianggui (36) in Linghai city for setting off explosives on a bus. 19 people were killed when his plan to stun passengers to rob them went awry.
    (SFC, 1/8/99, p.A16)
1999        Jan 7, In Colombia Manuel Marulanda, leader of FARC, was scheduled to come down from the mountains to talk peace with Pres. Pastrana at San Vicente del Caguan. Marulanda failed to show but sent 3 top commanders in his place.
    (SFC, 1/7/99, p.A8)
1999        Jan 7, In Sierra Leone rebels rampaged through Freetown as Pres. Kabbah announced an agreement with jailed rival leader, Foday Sankoh, for a cease-fire.
    (SFC, 1/8/99, p.A13)

1999        Jan 8, By a unanimous vote, the U.S. Senate formally ratified the rules for President Clinton's impeachment trial.
    (AP, 1/8/00)
1999        Jan 8, Two top organizers of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt lake City resigned in a mushrooming bribery scandal amid disclosures that civic boosters had given cash to members of the International Olympic Committee.
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A1)(AP, 1/8/00)
1999        Jan 8, In Bridgeport, Conn., Leroy Brown Jr. (8) and his mother Karen Clarke (30) were found murdered. They had been killed the previous day. The boy had witnessed a drive-by shooting and identified Russell Peeler (27) as the gunman. Adrian Peeler (22) was arrested in North Carolina on Jan 21. He had escaped from a halfway house in April and was sought for questioning. In 1999 Russell and Adrian Peeler were charged with murder, conspiracy and other charges.
    (SFC, 1/12/99, p.A2)(SFC, 1/22/99, p.A3)(SFC, 4/15/99, p.A3)
1999        Jan 8, In Azerbaijan the first part of an oil pipeline across Georgia to the Black Sea was opened.
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A14)
1999        Jan 8, George Skiadopoulos (25), a Greek seaman, murdered and mutilated his American girlfriend, former model Julie Scully (31) of Mansfield, N.J. Scully's body was found burned and beheaded. A Greek appeals court in 2002 reduced his life sentence to 23 years in prison.
    (AP, 10/8/02)
1999        Jan 8, In Indonesia some 2,000 people rampaged in Karawang and 2 people were shot dead by police.
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A9)
1999        Jan 8, In Kosovo ethnic Albanians killed 3 Serbian police officers in separate ambushes. Ethnic Albanians also seized 8 Yugoslav soldiers (Serbian policemen).
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A9)(SFC, 1/12/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 8, In Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir named Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (59) as his heir apparent.
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A14)
1999        Jan 8, In Mexico 5 dissident army officers of the Patriotic Command to Raise the People's Consciousness were arrested. They had tried to present Pres. Zedillo with a letter complaining of abuses of soldiers by army commanders.
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A14)
1999        Jan 8, In Pakistan it was reported that some 50,000 Pakistanis were being kept as slaves by powerful landlords in the Sindh province. Gov. Moinuddin Haider acknowledged the problem and promised to investigate.
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A14)
1999        Jan 8, In Sierra Leone Sam Bockarie of the rebel army rejected a cease-fire and pushed to the western parts of Freetown.
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A9)

1999        Jan 9, Presidential advisers prepared a public and legal defense in President Clinton's impeachment trial on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice; Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, meanwhile, pledged "above all, fairness" to the president.
    (AP, 1/9/00)
1999        Jan 9, New postal rates took effect. The H stamp, for Uncle Sam’s hat, represented the 33 cent rate, a one cent increase.
    (SFC, 11/9/98, p.A2)(SFC, 1/8/99, p.A5)
1999        Jan 9, Near Foca, Bosnia, French troops shot and killed Dragan Gagovic (38), the former police chief of Foca and a war crimes suspect.
    (SFEC, 1/10/99, p.A17)
1999        Jan 9, In Colombia The United Self-Defense Forces, right-wing death squads, killed 27 people in Playon de Orozco, and 14 people in San Pablo. Meanwhile leftist rebels released Norbert Reinhart, a Canadian mining executive, and Osmar Brohha, a German tourist.
    (SFC, 1/11/99, p.A8)
1999        Jan 9, In Indonesia 4 separatist supporters were beaten to death in Aceh province.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.A1)

1999        Jan 10, Republicans and Democrats disagreed over whether to call witnesses in President Clinton's impeachment trial, with Republicans pressing to hear testimony from Monica Lewinsky and others, and Democrats saying such testimony could unnecessarily prolong the proceedings.
    (AP, 1/10/00)
1999        Jan 10, In Chechnya Pres. Aslan Maskhadov planned to adopt a constitution based on the Koran and phase in sharia law over 3 years.
    (SFC, 1/11/99, p.A10)(USAT, 9/2/04, p.13A)
1999        Jan 10, In Colombia The United Self-Defense Forces, right-wing death squads, killed 8 people in Toluviejo, and 20 people in La Hormiga.
    (SFC, 1/11/99, p.A8)
1999        Jan 10, Congo allies bombed Kisangani and aid workers said 40 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 1/12/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 10, In New Delhi 3 rich young men crashed into seven people standing along an empty street. They were charged with barreling down a street and hitting 3 police officers and 3 laborers while driving home after an all-night party in what became called the BMW case . In 2008 a court convicted Sanjeev Nanda (30), the son of a wealthy Indian arms dealer, of manslaughter and sentenced him to 5 years in prison. 3 other defendants faced charges of destroying evidence.
    (SFC, 5/5/99, p.C5)(AP, 9/5/08)
1999        Jan 10, In Kazakstan presidential elections were scheduled. Nazarbayev won another 7-year term in rigged elections tinged with repression.
    (WSJ, 1/7/99, p.A16)(SFC, 1/11/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 10, In Sierra Leone Myles Tierney (34), an AP TV producer, was killed in Freetown by a rebel fighter. AP journalist Ian Stewart was wounded. In 2002 Stewart authored "Ambushed: A War Reporter's Life on the Line."
    (SFC, 1/11/99, p.A10)(SSFC, 12/1/02, p.M3)
1999        Jan 10, In Zimbabwe journalists Ray Choto and Mark Chavunduka wrote that 23 officers had been arrested for plotting a coup.
    (SFC, 2/8/99, p.A10)

1999        Jan 11, President Clinton and House Republicans clashed in impeachment trial papers, with the White House claiming the perjury and obstruction allegations fell short of high crimes and misdemeanors and GOP lawmakers rebutting: "If this is not enough, what is?"
    (AP, 1/11/00)
1999        Jan 11, Hillary Clinton unveiled a new silver commemorative dollar in honor of Dolly Madison. The coin, designed by Tiffany, was the first to honor a first lady but was not legal tender.
    (SFC, 1/12/99, p.A3)
1999        Jan 11, Brian Moore (59), Irish born writer, died in California. His books included the novel “Catholics" (1973).
1999        Jan 11, US planes fired missiles at 2 Iraqi defense installations after determining that they were about to be attacked by surface to air missiles.
    (SFC, 1/12/99, p.A8)
1999        Jan 11, In Haiti Pres. Preval announced that he would bypass the Parliament and appoint a new government by decree.
    (SFC, 1/13/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 11, In Kosovo Enver Maloku, the head of the Kosovo Information Center, was shot and killed by 3 assassins in Pristina.
    (SFC, 1/12/99, p.A8)

1999        Jan 12, The Mark McGwire 70th home run ball was auctioned off for $3.005 million. The high bid was $2.7 million plus commission. Todd McFarlane, creator of "Spawn" comic books, was the buyer.
    (SFC, 1/13/99, p.A3)(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A2)
1999        Jan 12, The Supreme Court limited state regulation of voter initiatives, striking down several methods used by Colorado to police such measures.
    (AP, 1/12/00)
1999        Jan 12, Leo Cherne, American humanitarian activist, died. He founded the Int’l. Rescue Committee as well as the Research Institute of America, one of the 1st companies to produce economic and tax analysis. In 2002 Andrew F. Smith authored a biography of Cherne: "Rescuing the World."
    (WSJ, 11/5/02, p.D8)
1999        Jan 12, In Haiti 2 gunmen on motorcycle opened fire on a vehicle carrying the sister of Pres. Rene Preval. She was seriously wounded and her driver was killed.
    (SFC, 1/13/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 12, In Iraq a US F-16 jet encountered an active radar site and fired a HARM anti-radiation missile at it.
    (SFC, 1/13/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 12, In Zimbabwe military police detained a newspaper editor who printed an article saying 23 soldiers were arrested for plotting to overthrow Pres. Mugabe last month. The government denied any coup attempt.
    (WSJ, 1/13/99, p.A1)

1999        Jan 13, 60 Minutes II premiered on TV.
    (WSJ, 1/18/99, p.A16)
1999        Jan 13, Michael Jordan announced his retirement from basketball and the Chicago Bulls.
    (SFC, 1/13/99, p.A1)(AP, 1/13/00)
1999        Jan 13, President Clinton's legal team dispatched a formal trial brief to the Senate, arguing that neither "fact or law" warranted his removal from office; House officials sent the Senate all public evidence in the case.
    (AP, 1/13/00)   
1999        Jan 13, Lawyers filed suit against major garment retailers for inhumane working conditions for thousands of Asian women on Saipan, a US commonwealth island.
    (SFC, 1/14/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 13, The expedition to reach the South Pole by Jon Muir, Peter Hillary and Eric Phillips, called in outside support for food.
    (SFC, 1/14/99, p.C2)
1999        Jan 13, An explosion on Smackover, Ark., killed 3 men working on a naphtha tank valve.
    (SFC, 1/14/99, p.A3)
1999        Jan 13, A KC-135 refueling tanker crashed while landing near Geilenkirchen, Germany, and 4 US airmen were killed. They were attached to an Air national Guard unit based in Spokane.
    (WSJ, 1/14/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 13, Brazil was forced to allow its currency to slide and global markets fell in response. Gustavo Franco, head of the central bank, quit and was replaced by Francisco Lopes ('Chico'). Lopes announced a new trading range for the real between 1.2 and 1.32 to the dollar.
    (SFC, 1/14/99, p.A10)(WSJ, 1/14/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 13, Dozens of illegal refugees on Crete went on a hunger strike to support their demand for political asylum. A boat that was to take them to Italy ran aground in a storm Nov 27. The refugees were Kurds, Indians and Sudanese.
    (SFC, 1/14/99, p.A6)
1999        Jan 13, In Kosovo rebels freed 8 Yugoslav soldiers after getting private incentives from int'l. officials.
    (SFC, 1/14/99, p.A11)

1999        Jan 13-14, In Moscow agreements were signed with Iraq to reinforce air defenses and upgrade squadrons of MiG fighters. The $160 million deal had been reportedly approved by Prime Minister Primakov on Dec 7.
    (SFC, 2/15/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 13-25, Marvin Kalb covered this period of the Monicagate story in his 2001 book: "One Scandalous Story: Clinton, Lewinsky, and 13 Days That Tarnished American Journalism."
    (WSJ, 10/22/01, p.A17)

1999        Jan 14, The Clinton administration planned to propose that the UN lift all limits on Iraq's ability to export oil to pay for food and medicine.
    (SFC, 1/14/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 14, The Senate began opening arguments its trial of Pres. Clinton. Before a jury of 100 silent senators, House prosecutors demanded President Clinton's removal from office, charging he had "piled perjury upon perjury" and obstructed justice.
    (SFC, 1/14/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/15/99, p.A1)(AP, 1/14/00)
1999        Jan 14, In Brazil the markets slumped for a 2nd day and closed down 10%.
    (SFC, 1/15/99, p.A12)
1999        Jan 14, In Colombia right-wing paramilitary groups announced they were willing to begin peace talks.
    (SFC, 1/15/99, p.A15)
1999        Jan 14, The EU voted against censure after EU Pres. Jacques Santer of Luxembourg pledged to impose a reform program to prevent fraud.
    (SFC, 1/15/99, p.A15)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Santer)
1999        Jan 14, In Italy police arrested 9 people in Milan who allegedly rigged the Milan Lotto using children and tampered balls for drawing wining numbers.
    (SFC, 1/16/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 14, In Japan the ruling Liberal Democrats under prime Minister Keizo Obuchi formed a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, a conservative rival.
    (SFC, 1/15/99, p.A15)
1999        Jan 14, Mexican officials authorized the first extradition of a major drug suspect to the US. Jesus Amezcua faced federal indictments for methamphetamine smuggling in California.
    (SFC, 1/15/99, p.A15)
1999        Jan 14, In Sierra Leone the rebel alliance was prepared for a cease-fire after Nigerian led forces took control of Freetown.
    (SFC, 1/15/99, p.A15)

1999        Jan 15, House prosecutors prodded senators at President Clinton's impeachment trial to summon Monica Lewinsky, Vernon Jordan and others for testimony and "invite the president" to appear as well.
    (AP, 1/15/00)
1999        Jan 15, SF based AirTouch was sold to Vodafone Group PLC of Britain for $56 billion.
    (SFC, 1/16/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 15, Off of Argentina a Liberian tanker collided with a German vessel and leaked over 65,000 gallons of crude oil near the Rio de la Plata, 50 miles north of Buenos Aires.
    (SFC, 1/23/99, p.C1)
1999        Jan 15, In Brazil the real was allowed to float and the Bovespa index moved up 33%. The real closed at 1.43 to the dollar.
    (SFC, 1/16/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 15, China asserted its sovereignty over the potentially oil-rich Spratly Islands and rejected a Philippine proposal to discuss the disputed islands.
    (SFC, 1/16/99, p.A11)
1999        Jan 15, In Greece some 30,000 people protested new education reforms that would base university entrance on course work rather than a single exam.
    (SFC, 1/16/99, p.A11)
1999        Jan 15, In southern India a stampede by Hindu pilgrims left 51 dead after a hill collapsed near the Sabarimala shrine.
    (WSJ, 1/15/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 15, In Iraq the US again fired at an air-defense site.
    (WSJ, 1/15/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 15, In Kosovo Yugoslav army units killed 15 Albanian rebels. Later reports indicated that 45 Albanians were massacred at Racak (Recak). The mass killing soon sparked international anger
    (SFC, 1/16/99, p.A10)(SFC, 1/22/99, p.A10)(AP, 1/15/19)
1999        Jan 15, The Sudanese government and rebels agreed to a 3-month extension of a cease-fire in a southwestern province.
    (SFC, 1/16/99, p.A11)

1999        Jan 16, Closing three days of opening arguments, House prosecutors demanded President Clinton's removal from office, telling a hushed Senate that otherwise the presidency itself may be "deeply and perhaps permanently damaged."
    (AP, 1/16/00)
1999        Jan 16, Methodist ministers in Sacramento, Ca., blessed the union of 2 lesbians in contradiction to Church law.
    (SFEC, 1/17/99, p.C1)
1999        Jan 16, The US and North Korea opened talks on inspections of a suspected underground nuclear facility.
    (SFEC, 1/17/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 16, In Kosovo 45 ethnic Albanians were found massacred at Racak. It was later reported that the killing was ordered by senior Serbian officials, who attempted to orchestrate a cover-up.
    (SFEC, 1/17/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/22/99, p.A10)(SFC, 1/28/99, p.A1)

1999        Jan 17, The defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos defeated the New York Jets, 23-10, to win the American Football Conference title; the Atlanta Falcons upset the Minnesota Vikings, 30-27, to win the National Football Conference championship.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
1999        Jan 17, As White House lawyers met to work on President Clinton's impeachment defense, their client spent the day preparing for his State of the Union address.
    (AP, 1/17/00)
1999        Jan 17, In Bryan, Ohio, 3 freight trains crashed into each other and 2 crew members were killed.
    (SFC, 1/18/99, p.A5)
1999        Jan 17, In Tennessee tornadoes left 9 people dead and 100 injured with extensive damage in 28 counties.
    (SFC, 1/18/99, p.A5)(WSJ, 1/19/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 17, US talks with North Korea over inspection of an underground nuclear site were adjourned. North Korea demanded $300 million in compensation to inspect the Kumchangni site.
    (SFC, 1/18/99, p.A14)
1999        Jan 17, In Chile a forest fire had destroyed 24,000 acres near San Fernando, some 80 miles south of Santiago. It was the worst fire in 25 years.
    (SFC, 1/18/99, p.A17)
1999        Jan 17, In Pakistan Islamic laws were imposed in tribal areas of the northwest with punishments to include lashings, amputations of hands and feet, and executions.
    (SFC, 1/18/99, p.A14)
1999        Jan 17, In Turkey the parliament voted in a new minority government under Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit.
    (WSJ, 1/18/99, p.A15)
1999        Jan 17, In Yemen 2 British and 4 Dutch citizens were kidnapped.
    (SFC, 1/18/99, p.A10)

1999        Jan 18, The UN reported that the Parliament of Senegal banned the tradition of female genital mutilation.
    (SFC, 1/18/99, p.A14)
1999        Jan 18, UN leader Kofi Annan recommended that UN military observers leave Angola due to their targeting by the warring sides.
    (SFC, 1/19/99, p.A6)
1999        Jan 18, In Brazil the real was allowed to float and interest rates were raised from 29 to 41%.
    (SFC, 1/19/99, p.A6)
1999        Jan 18, In Grenada Keith Mitchell's New National party won all 15 parliamentary seats. His government had collapsed 7 weeks previous under allegations of corruption.
    (SFC, 1/20/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 18, The end of Ramadan was marked by prisoner releases in Egypt, Palestine and Afghanistan.
    (WSJ, 1/18/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 18, In Kosovo defying global outrage over the massacre of 45 ethnic Albanian civilians, Serb forces pounded villages with artillery. Pres. Milosevic also ordered the expulsion of Ambassador William Walker within 48 hours. Walker had accused Serbian forces in the recent massacre of 45 people in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 1/19/99, p.A1)(AP, 1/18/00)
1999        Jan 18, In Zimbabwe former Pres. Canaan Banana was sentenced to 10 years in jail for sodomy and indecent assault. Nine of the years were suspended.
    (SFC, 1/19/99, p.A7)
1999        Jan 19, Pres. Clinton gave his State of the Union address and proposed a number of new policies that included infusions of cash to bolster Social Security and Medicare. He also said that the Justice Dept. will sue cigarette makers for smoking-related health care costs and wanted to tie federal education funds to improvements in local schools. Hours earlier, at the president's impeachment trial in the Senate, White House Counsel Charles Ruff opened the defense with ringing statements of Clinton's innocence.
    (SFC, 1/20/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/20/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/21/99, p.A1)(AP, 1/19/00)
1999        Jan 19, In Brazil the Senate voted to double the tax on all financial transactions. The measure, expected to yield $9.6 billion a year, then went to the Chamber of Deputies.
    (SFC, 1/20/99, p.A8)
1999        Jan 19, In Burundi rebels based in Tanzania killed 59 civilians in Makamba. In Muresi Hill 76 civilians were killed.
    (SFC, 1/29/99, p.E9)
1999        Jan 19, In Colombia rebels suspended peace talks and accused the government of backing recent massacres by right-wing death squads.
    (SFC, 1/20/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 19, In France 8 men were sentenced to prison for providing arms and logistics to the banned Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) in Algeria.
    (SFC, 1/20/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 19, Indian and Pakistani troops clashed in Kashmir and 4 Pakistani soldiers were killed.
    (WSJ, 1/20/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 19, In Jordan King Hussein returned home following cancer treatment at the Mayo Clinic.
    (SFC, 1/20/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 19, From Kenya it was reported that Pres. Daniel arap Moi ordered the prohibition of new political parties.
    (SFC, 1/19/99, p.A6)
1999        Jan 19, In Romania ten thousand coal miners clashed with police on the 15th day of a strike to protest low wages and possible layoffs.
    (USAT, 1/20/99, p.8A)(SFC, 1/20/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 19, In Serbia Gen'l. Wesley Clark and Gen'l. Klaus Naumann met with Pres. Milosevic and threatened him with NATO airstrikes due to the massacre of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A3)
1999        Jan 19, From the Ukraine it was reported that the number of HIV cases had risen to between 38,000 and 110,000. In 1994 44 people tested positive.
    (SFC, 1/19/99, p.A6)

1999        Jan 20, For a second day, President Clinton's legal team argued its case before the Senate, saying that House-passed articles of impeachment were "flawed and unfair."
    (AP, 1/20/00)
1999        Jan 20, The Clinton administration pledged $6.6 billion over 5 years for a national missile defense system.
    (SFC, 1/21/99, p.A3)
1999        Jan 20, The Malcolm X postage stamp, the 22nd in the Black heritage series, went on sale.
    (SFC, 1/21/99, p.A3)
1999        Jan 20, In China Lin Hai, a software entrepreneur, was sentenced to 2 years in jail for giving e-mail addresses to dissidents abroad.
    (SFC, 1/21/99, p.A12)
1999        Jan 20, In Indonesia rioting extended for a 3rd day on Ambon Island where at least 22 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/21/99, p.A14)
1999        Jan 20, NATO moved forces within striking distance of Yugoslavia and warned Belgrade to stop its repression in Kosovo.
    (WSJ, 1/21/99, p.A15)
1999        Jan 20, The UN announced that it would release over $81 million to Iraq to buy electricity generating equipment. This included $6.5 million for oil industry spare parts.
    (SFC, 1/21/99, p.A14)

1999        Jan 21, Former Sen. Dale Bumpers, an Arkansas Democrat, told the Senate impeachment trial of Bill Clinton that the president was guilty of a "terrible moral lapse" but not of conduct warranting or even permitting his removal from office.
    (AP, 1/21/00)
1999        Jan 21, In Arkansas twisters led to 4 deaths and over a dozen injuries across the state.
    (SFC, 1/22/99, p.A3)
1999        Jan 21, In Texas LaTausha Curry (25) was abducted while trying to make a call at a pay phone. Derrick Lamone Johnson later confessed that he and an accomplice had raped and murdered her. In 2009 Johnson (25) was executed.
    (SFC, 5/1/09, p.A8)(www.cca.courts.state.tx.us/opinions/73765.htm)
1999        Jan 21, Charles Brown (b.1922), African-American rhythm and blues pioneer, died. In 1947 his song “Merry Christmas Baby" became a perennial hit.
    (SFC, 2/21/08, p.E8)(http://elvispelvis.com/charlesbrown.htm)
1999        Jan 21, The UN voted to maintain at least a token presence in Angola.
    (SFC, 1/22/99, p.A12)
1999        Jan 21, In Telagakodok, Indonesia, at least 40 Christian villagers were killed by a mob of Muslims.
    (SFC, 1/26/99, p.A14)
1999        Jan 21, In Mexico Raul Salinas de Gortari, brother of a former Mexican president, was convicted and sentenced to 50 years for the 1994 assassination of Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu.
    (SFC, 1/22/99, p.A10)(AP, 1/21/00)
1999        Jan 21, In Romania striking miners stormed through police lines, killed one officer and took 50 captive. The interior minister was fired.
    (WSJ, 1/22/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 21, In Russia Grigory Pasko (37), in jail for 14 months, was put on trial for selling classified information. He had reported on the disposal of radioactive waste in the Sea of Japan.
    (SFC, 1/22/99, p.A12)
1999        Jan 21, In Sierra Leone the rebels were killing and mutilating civilians as they fell back before Nigerian led troops.
    (WSJ, 1/22/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 21, Yugoslav Pres. Milosevic postponed the expulsion of US envoy William Walker.
    (SFC, 1/22/99, p.A10)

1999        Jan 22, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va, abruptly called for dismissal of charges against President Clinton to "end this sad and sorry time for our country." President Clinton called for spending $2.8 billion to protect the nation from cyber terrorism and chemical and germ warfare.
    (AP, 1/22/00)
1999        Jan 22, More twisters hit the South and 3 more people were killed in Arkansas and one in Tennessee. The 100 year-old Quapaw district of Little Rock was hit hard as was the historic district of Clarksville, Tenn.
    (SFC, 1/23/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/25/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 22, Charles Brown, blues legend, died in Oakland, Ca., at age 78.
    (SFC, 1/23/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 22, Pope John Paul II began a 5-day pilgrimage to Mexico and St. Louis. He was greeted by Pres. Zedillo some 2 dozen official sponsors who would help defray the $2 million costs of the 4-day visit.
    (SFC, 1/22/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/23/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 22, A 2nd member of the Int'l. Olympic Commission resigned as part of the bribery scandal on the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
    (SFC, 1/23/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 22, The International Monetary Fund (IMF) determined that members having more than 85% of the total of Fund quotas have consented to increases in their quotas under the Eleventh General Review of Quotas.
1999        Jan 22, In Argentina a federal judge indicted 7 former military officials for the disappearances of over 200 babies during the 1976-1983 dictatorship.
    (SFC, 1/23/99, p.C1)
1999        Jan 22, In Beijing telecommunications authorities issued a circular clamping down on the use of phone lines for telephone sex.
    (SFC, 1/25/99, p.A7)
1999        Jan 22, In eastern Congo government and rebel authorities accepted UN care for hundreds of thousands displaced by war.
    (SFC, 1/23/99, p.A11)
1999        Jan 22, France convicted 107 people for supporting insurgents in Algeria.
    (SFC, 1/23/99, p.C1)
1999        Jan 22, In Manoharpur, India, Graham Stewart Staines (58), an Australian missionary, and his 2 sons (10 & 8) were burned to death by activists of the radical Bajrang Dal. Dara Singh led some 30 men in the attack. Singh was captured in Jan 2000. In 2003 Mahendra Hembram (23), a security guard, stood by the statement he gave in a lower court in 2002 that he burned the missionary's jeep, killing the missionary and young sons as they slept. In 2003 13 men were convicted for the murders. A trial court later sentenced Dara Singh to death but in 2011 it was reduced to life in prison on appeal.
    (SFEC, 1/24/99, p.A14)(SFC, 2/2/00, p.A17)(AP, 3/24/03)(AP, 9/15/03)(AP, 1/21/11)
1999        Jan 22, In Indonesia order was restored on the island of Ambon after 45 people died in 4 days of rioting.
    (SFC, 1/23/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 22, In Jordon King Hussein informed his brother Hassan that he would be removed as successor and would be appointed as a deputy. Hussein desired to move his own sons in line for the Crown.
    (SFC, 1/23/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 22, In Mongolia the parliament repealed its law authorizing casinos.
    (WSJ, 1/25/99, p.A18)
1999        Jan 22, In Romania miners halted a violent strike after reaching a settlement with Prime Minister Rady Vasile.
    (SFC, 1/23/99, p.C1)

1999        Jan 23, US Chief Judge Norma Holloway ordered Monica Lewinsky to submit to questioning from House Republican managers or Kenneth Starr.
    (SFEC, 1/24/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 23, US jets attacked 2 Iraqi surface-to-air missile batteries after encountering anti-aircraft fire and MiG jets in the southern no-fly zone.
    (SFEC, 1/24/99, p.A16)
1999        Jan 23, Satellites detected a cosmic explosion that occurred some 9 billion light-years away in the direction of the constellation Bootes. The gamma ray burster, GRB 990123, was the largest since the first detected event in 1967.
    (SFC, 3/26/99, p.A2)
1999        Jan 23, Jay Pritzker, founder of the Hyatt hotel chain, died at age 76. He was listed in 1998 as the 20th richest man in America and created the $100,000 Pritzker Architectural Prize in 1979.
    (SFEC, 1/24/99, p.D8)
1999        Jan 23, In his visit to Mexico, Pope John Paul II urged his flock in the Americas to make the region a "continent of life."
    (AP, 1/23/00)
1999        Jan 23, In South Africa Sifiso Nkabinde, leader of the small United Democratic Movement party, was shot and killed in Richmond. Later gunmen in the same town killed 11 people who backed the ANC.
    (SFC, 1/25/99, p.A7)
1999        Jan 23, The Yugoslav government released 9 ethnic Albanians, captured Dec 14, while the KLA released 5 elderly Serbian civilians, captured Jan 21.
    (SFEC, 1/24/99, p.A20)

1999        Jan 24, In the 56th Golden Globe Awards "Saving Private Ryan" was named best dramatic film of 1998, Spielberg won for directing it. "Shakespeare in Love" was named best musical or comedy.
    (SFC, 1/25/99, p.E1)
1999        Jan 24, House prosecutors interviewed Monica Lewinsky, a move that triggered fresh partisan convulsions in President Clinton's impeachment trial.
    (AP, 1/24/00)
1999        Jan 24, US jets attacked 2 Iraqi surface-to-air missile batteries after encountering radar detection in the northern no-fly zone.
    (SFC, 1/25/99, p.A6)
1999        Jan 24, The executive board of the IOC moved to expel 6 members for unethical behavior in response to allegations of payoffs by host cities in their successful bids for the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney and 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. The board recommended drastic changes for the host cities ar chosen for the Olympic Games.
    (SFC, 1/25/99, p.A1)(AP, 1/24/00)
1999        Jan 24, In India police arrested 47 members of a Hindu militant group in Orissa state for the burning of Graham Staines and his 2 sons.
    (SFC, 1/25/99, p.A7)

1999        Jan 25, The US planned to notify the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it planned sanctions on the European Union and 100% tariffs on a wide range of products due to a dispute over EU banana import laws.
    (SFC, 1/13/99, p.A11)
1999        Jan 25, A US warplane missile reportedly misfired and Iraq asserted that 11 civilians were killed and 59 injured at al-Jumhuriya. The Pentagon confirmed that an AGM-130 missile had gone off mark.
    (SFC, 1/26/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/27/99, p.A7)(SFC, 2/13/99, p.A9)
1999        Jan 25, The US Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that the 2000 census could not use statistical sampling to enhance its accuracy.
    (AP, 1/25/00)
1999        Jan 25, The US Supreme Court upheld rules to let new local phone companies connect to the Bell companies at low cost.
    (SFC, 1/26/99, p.A3)
1999        Jan 25, Jury selection began in Jasper, Texas, in the trial of John William King, charged in the dragging death of James Byrd Jr.
    (AP, 1/25/00)
1999        Jan 25, William J. McCorkle (30), "King of the Infomercials," and his wife, Chantal, were sentenced to 24 years in prison for fraud and money-laundering.
    (SFC, 1/26/99, p.A3)
1999        Jan 25, Abecnego Monje Ortiz (18) was shot in the back by a US DEA agent as he crossed the Rio Grande in an inner tube with 14 others near Eagle Pass, Texas. In 2001 the DEA agreed to pay Ortiz $1.75 million to help pay medical costs. The DEA agent was sentenced in 2000 to 15 years in prison.
    (SFC, 2/7/01, p.A14)
1999        Jan 25, In Louisville doctors transplanted a left hand to Matthew Scott in a 14 1/2 hour operation. It was the first hand transplant in the United States.
    (SFC, 1/29/99, p.A2)(AP, 1/25/00)
1999        Jan 25, In China an explosion in Yizhang killed 8 people and injured over 60. The area was the site of recent worker and farmer protests over corruption, unpaid wages and taxes.
    (SFC, 1/29/99, p.E9)
1999        Jan 25, In Colombia a 6.0 earthquake hit in western Valle del Cauca state and at least 273 people were killed and 900 injured. The cities of Armenia, Pereira, and Calarca were hardest hit. The death toll went up and it was predicted that 2,000 died in Armenia alone.
    (SFC, 1/26/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/26/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/27/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 25, In Rakovina, Kosovo 5 ethnic Albanians, including 2 children, were found riddled with bullets.
    (SFC, 1/26/99, p.A12)
1999        Jan 25, In Jordon King Hussein named his eldest son, Abdullah, as heir to the throne.
    (SFC, 1/26/99, p.A12)
1999        Jan 25, In Sierra Leone a mortuary worker reported that at least 2,000 men, women and children were killed in Freetown.
    (SFC, 2/13/99, p.A8)
1999        Jan 25, In Zimbabwe 3 Supreme Court justices wrote Pres. Mugabe a letter asking that he confirm that the army has no power to arrest civilians and that the government will not tolerate torture.
    (SFC, 2/8/99, p.A10)

1999        Jan 26, Pope John Paul II arrived in St. Louis and began his seventh pilgrimage to the United States. He was greeted by Pres. Clinton at Lambert Int'l. Airport and called on the president to protect unborn children and end armed conflict abroad. He was later scheduled to bless the 33-foot steel statue of the Virgin Mary commissioned by Carl Demma and made by Charles Parks.
    (SFC, 1/26/99, p.A15)(SFC, 1/27/99, p.A1)(AP, 1/26/00)
1999        Jan 26, Some 700 US troops were ordered by NATO to be pulled from Bosnia in a 10% force reduction.
    (WSJ, 1/27/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 26, In Germany Chancellor Schroeder abandoned an ambitious timetable for the planned shutdown of nuclear power plants.
    (SFC, 1/27/99, p.C10)
1999        Jan 26, In Honduras the legislature voted to end 41 years of military autonomy and to put the military under civilian control.
    (SFC, 1/27/99, p.C10)
1999        Jan 26, US jets again fired on air-defense sites in Iraq and Pres. Clinton approved more aggressive rules of engagement.
    (WSJ, 1/27/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 26, In Jordan King Hussein left to the United States for urgent medical care at the Mayo clinic. His son Abdullah was sworn in to run the country in his absence.
    (SFC, 1/27/99, p.A7)(AP, 1/26/00)
1999        Jan 26, A Palestinian man was killed by an Israeli rubber bullet when he threw stones to protest the demolition of an Arab-owned home in East Jerusalem.
    (SFC, 1/27/99, p.C10)

1999        Jan 27, The Clinton administration announced a plan to end fighting in Kosovo. It called for NATO air strikes if autonomy to the region is not accepted by Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFC, 1/28/99, p.A12)
1999        Jan 27, In 2 votes the Senate voted along party lines, 56-44, to reject a Democratic proposal to dismiss the impeachment case against Pres. Clinton and to subpoena 3 witnesses including Monica Lewinsky. Wisconsin Democrat Feingold made the only crossover vote.
    (SFC, 1/28/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/28/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 27, Over 100,000 people gathered at the Trans World Dome in St. Louis to see Pope John Paul II.
    (SFC, 1/28/99, p.A3)
1999        Jan 27, Angola admitted that UNITA rebels had taken the northern city of Mbanza Congo.
    (WSJ, 1/28/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 27, In Colombia the death toll from the Jan 25 earthquake went up to 878 with over 3,400 injured and survivors began looting markets for food.
    (SFC, 1/28/99, p.A12)
1999        Jan 27, In Indonesia legislators announced that independence for East Timor would be considered. Also Chief Xanana Gusmao was to be released from prison but kept in confinement.
    (SFC, 1/28/99, p.C3)
1999        Jan 27, In Japan the Health Ministry approved Viagra in 6 months but still held back approval for the birth control pill, which has been waiting 9 years.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.A16)
1999        Jan 27, From Japan it was reported that thousands of fans welcomed back a hitchhiking duo who traveled from the Cape of Good Hope to a lighthouse in Norway along with a TV cameraman. The exploits began in 1998 and were aired weekly on the show "Susunu."
    (WSJ, 1/27/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 27, In Mexico Jorge Aguirre Meza (39), president of the Sinaloa state bar and a human rights activist, was shot to death in Novalato.
    (SFC, 1/30/99, p.A14)
1999        Jan 27, In Northern Ireland Eamon Collins, author of the 1997 book "Killing Rage," was found beaten to death near Newry. He had been the IRAs intelligence officer from 1980-1985 and offended his associates with the book.
    (SFC, 1/28/99, p.C4)

1999        Jan 28, The Senate voted 54-44 to allow the video-taping of witness depositions for the Clinton impeachment trial.
    (SFC, 1/29/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 28, Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan honored a personal request for mercy from Pope John Paul II and commuted the death sentence of triple murderer Darrel Mease (52) to life without parole.
    (SFC, 1/29/99, p.A1)(AP, 1/28/00)
1999        Jan 28, Ford Motor Co, confirmed the acquisition of the passenger car division of Volvo AB for $6.47 billion.
    (SFC, 1/28/99, p.B1)(WSJ, 1/3/00, p.R12)
1999        Jan 28, Scientists announced the creation of Element 114 with about 184 neutrons in its nucleus.
    (SFC, 1/29/99, p.A9)
1999        Jan 28, The council of the American Geophysical Union, an int'l. organization with 35,000 members, issued a warning that the pace of global warning was increasing due to greenhouse gases.
    (SFC, 1/29/99, p.A3)
1999        Jan 28, NATO allies warned Pres. Milosevic that they were ready to use immediate force, and Britain and France said they were prepared to send in ground troops to enforce a peace settlement in Kosovo.
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A3)
1999        Jan 28, In Burundi officials reported that at least 178 civilians had been killed over the last 2 weeks in clashes between rebels and government troops.
    (SFC, 1/29/99, p.E9)
1999        Jan 28, In Colombia Pres. Pastrana ordered in 2,700 soldiers and police to restore order. 2 human rights activists were kidnapped by right-wing militia. They were released Feb 18.
    (WSJ, 1/29/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 28, From Iraq a UN official reported that hoof-and-mouth disease had crippled 1 million sheep and cattle in the country and that 50,000 kids and calves had died from the viral disease. The vaccine supply was exhausted due to the 1993 destruction of a vaccine laboratory by the UN commission.
    (SFC, 1/29/99, p.E9)
1999        Jan 28, In Cape Town, South Africa, a bomb exploded at the main police station and wounded 11 people. It was the 3rd bombing in 5 months.
    (SFC, 1/29/99, p.E9)

1999        Jan 29, The Senate delivered subpoenas for Monica Lewinsky and two presidential advisers for private, videotaped testimony in the impeachment trial.
    (AP, 1/29/00)
1999        Jan 29, Attorney General Janet Reno rejected a special prosecutor investigation of Harold Ickes, saying there was clear and convincing evidence that the former White House aide did not intend to lie to a Senate committee looking into campaign finances.
    (AP, 1/29/00)
1999        Jan 29, In Virginia Paul Warner Powell (20) stabbed and killed Stacie Reed (16). He also raped and attempted to kill her sister (14). Powell was executed on March 18, 2010.
    (SFC, 3/19/10, p.A8)
1999        Jan 29, The US and major European allies set Feb 19 as a deadline for Serbia to accept a peace plan in Kosovo or face NATO bombing.
    (SFC, 1/30/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 29, From China it was reported that police were ordered to arrest people posting anti-government remarks on computer networks.
    (SFC, 1/30/99, p.A14)
1999        Jan 29, Amnesty Int'l. reported that Ethiopia had forcefully deported 52,000 Eritreans since the eruption of war in 1998.
    (SFC, 1/30/99, p.A12)
1999        Jan 29, In Kosovo Serbian police killed 24 ethnic Albanians following the death of one Serbian officer.
    (SFC, 1/30/99, p.A10)

1999        Jan 30, Huntz Hall (78), comedian and actor, died in North Hollywood, Ca. He was in 120 films of which 87 were with the "Dead End Kids," "East Side Kids," and the "Bowery Boys."
    (SFC, 2/2/99, p.A19)(www.imdb.com/name/nm0355653/)
1999        Jan 30, The UN Security Council agreed to establish panels to assess Iraqi disarmament and adherence to other UN resolutions.
    (SFEC, 1/31/99, p.A17)
1999        Jan 30, NATO authorized its secretary general to launch military action in Yugoslavia if the warring parties failed to negotiate an agreement for autonomy in Kosovo.
    (AP, 1/30/00)

1999        Jan 31, In Florida the Denver Broncos, led by quarterback John Elway, beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-19 in Super Bowl XXXIII. There were 127.5 million viewers for Fox Broadcasting.
    (WSJ, 2/2/99, p.B7)
1999        Jan 31, Scientists from the University of Alabama at Birmingham reported that the AIDS virus originated from a subspecies of chimpanzee in western Africa and that it jumped to humans in the last 50 years.
    (SFC, 2/1/99, p.A1)(AP, 1/31/00)
1999        Jan 31, Kofi Annan called on large corporations to enact and uphold standards of conduct for themselves and sub-contractors for investments and operations in poor countries.
    (SFC, 2/1/99, p.A6)
1999        Jan 31, From Azerbaijan it was reported that Vafa Gulkuzade, chief foreign affairs advisor, had asserted that the country needed a military protector. He said Turkish or American military bases would be welcomed.
    (SFEC, 1/31/99, p.A20)
1999        Jan 31, Marshall Islands foreign minister, Phillip Muller, said his government would seek a rent increase from the US for the use of the Kwajalein Atoll.
    (SFC, 3/8/99, p.A16)
1999        Jan 31, In Sierra Leone rebels freed 11 Indian nationals abducted a week ago. The government said that as many as 3,000-5000 people died during the fighting in Freetown. The number of dead was raised to 6,350.
    (WSJ, 2/1/99, p.A1)(SFC, 2/12/99, p.A8)(SFC, 3/26/99, p.A14)

1999        Jan, The US Catholic Family Radio Network began broadcasting in response to programming dominated by evangelical Protestants.
    (SFEC, 8/15/99, p.A2)
1999        Jan, Doris Haddock (1910-2010) began walking from Pasadena to Washington, DC, in order to “sweep the scoundrels away." She arrived in Feb, 2000, becoming known as “Granny D," and later campaigned to persuade women to register to vote.
    (Econ, 3/27/10, p.95)
1999        Jan, Shawn Fanning (18), a computer science student at Boston's Northeastern Univ., wrote Napster, a software program to share music files over the Internet. He and Sean Parker founded the Napster file-sharing service.
    (SFC, 3/3/00, p.A7)(WSJ, 9/9/03, p.B1)
1999        Jan, The Deep Space I probe was expected to shoot past the asteroid named McAuliffe.
    (SFC, 8/28/97, p.A1)
1999        Jan, The Deep Space 2 probe was to be launched. It will carry a basketball-size shell to Mars with a lipstick-size microprobe that will drill 6 feet into the soil to test for water.
    (USAT, 8/29/97, p.12A)
1999        Jan, The Alpha int’l. space station was scheduled to begin operation. Its operation would coincide with the destruction of the Soviet Mir space station. Delays in the space station pushed the life of Mir out to late 1999.
    (SFC, 9/4/97, p.A12)(WSJ, 4/29/98, p.A1)

1999        Jan, Tulay Goren (15), a London schoolgirl, disappeared. In 2009 her father Mehmet Goren (49), a Turkish Kurd, was found guilty of murdering his daughter, in what prosecutors said was an honor killing. Her body had not yet been found.
    (AFP, 12/17/09)
1999        Jan, In China a government audit was released that showed state companies lost over $10 billion last year from graft and plunder.
    (WSJ, 1/26/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan, Tata Motors, known at this time as Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company (Telco), launched the Tata Indica, a modern hatchback car with a diesel engine. It was styled by IDEA in Italy.
    (Econ, 11/15/08, SR p.9)
1999        Jan, In Iraq opposition groups claimed that 81 prisoners were executed in Abu Ghraib prison.
    (USAT, 3/24/99, p.18A)
1999        Jan, In Macedonia Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski took office after an alliance led by his center-right Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity ousted the former Communists, who had been in power for 8 years.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.A14)
1999        Jan, UNSCOM reported to the UN Security Council that biological weapons sites in Iraq had produced such biological agents as: Clostridium botulinum, Clostridium perfringens, Wheat smut, Bacillus anthracis, Ricin and Aflatoxin.
    (SFEC, 3/7/99, p.A18)

1999        Jan-Jul, Congo soldier’s under Pres. Kabila fled advancing rebel troops and killed numerous inhabitants in their path in the Equateur region. An estimated 300-900 people were killed and graves began to be uncovered in 2000.
    (SFC, 4/15/00, p.A15)

1999        Feb 1, Pres. Clinton presented a $1.77 trillion budget that he said will help rescue Social Security and Medicare. He proposed to use federal surpluses for the next 15 years to pay down the national debt.
    (SFC, 2/2/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/2/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 1, Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave a deposition that was videotaped for senators weighing impeachment charges against President Clinton.
    (AP, 2/1/00)
1999        Feb 1, The Morse code SOS was officially retired and replaced by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System.
    (SFC, 2/1/99, p.A7)
1999        Feb 1, In Dearborn, Mich., an explosion at a Ford River Rouge power station killed one worker and injured 12 others. The Rouge power plant explosion killed 6 workers and shut it down for 3 months.
    (SFC, 2/2/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 6/9/04, p.A8)
1999        Feb 1, Paul Mellon, philanthropist, died at age 91. He left the National Gallery of Art $75 million and over 100 works of art.
    (SFC, 6/25/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 1, In Guinea-Bissau thousands fled the capital as fighting intensified between rebels and loyalists. At least 15 people were reported killed. Most of the 6,000 member army joined the rebellion to depose Pres. Joao Bernardo Vieira.
    (SFC, 2/2/99, p.A9)
1999        Feb 1, In Nairobi, Kenya students protested for a 3rd day against plans for construction in a virgin forest.
    (SFC, 2/2/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 1, In India officials agreed to sign a nuclear test ban if economic sanctions are lifted.
    (SFC, 2/1/99, p.A7)
1999        Feb 1, In Mexico Hector Alejandro Galindo, film director, died at age 93. He directed or scripted over 70 films and won at least 8 Ariels, the Mexican equivalent of the Oscar.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.A25)
1999        Feb 1, In Moldova Ion Ciubuc announced his resignation as prime minister. He blamed parliament and the ruling coalition for not supporting his efforts to implement market reforms.
    (SFC, 2/2/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 1, In Gaza a Palestinian security agent was killed in a shootout with 3 members of Hamas, who then sped away and ran over an 8-year-old girl. The girl died. Raed Attar, Osama Abu Taha, and Mohammed Abu Shamala were later arrested in Shati refugee camp.
    (SFC, 2/2/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 1, In Russia Prime Minister Primakov promised to double subsidies to the coal industry to $520 million to placate angry miners.
    (SFC, 2/2/99, p.A9)
1999        Feb 1, In Switzerland the IOC adopted its first ethics commission and code of conduct.
    (SFC, 2/2/99, p.A10)

1999        Feb 2, A federal jury in Portland, Oregon, ordered abortion foes who had created "wanted" posters and a Web site listing the names and addresses of "baby butchers" to pay $107 million in damages; the defendants said they would appeal. In 2004 the case was before the U.S. Supreme Court.
    (AP, 2/2/04)
1999        Feb 2, In Angola a chartered Antonov crashed in a Luanda residential area and 28 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 2/3/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 2, In Brazil Pres. Cardoso fired Central Bank chief Francisco Lopes. He appointed Arminio Fraga (42), an investment strategist and former associate of George Soros, to the post.
    (SFC, 2/3/99, p.A9)
1999        Feb 2, In Guinea-Bissau a grenade destroyed a church and killed 3 people. 35 people were reported killed since fighting began Jan 31.
    (SFC, 2/3/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 2, In Kosovo members of the KLA agreed to attend peace talks in France.
    (SFC, 2/3/99, p.A9)
1999        Feb 2, In Iraq US pilots operated under broader rules of attack and targeted a newly assembled missile site.
    (SFC, 2/3/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 2, In Russia the top court banned the death penalty until a jury system is adopted throughout the nation. Police commandos also raided the Moscow headquarters of Sibneft, an oil company believed to be controlled by financier Boris Berezovsky.
    (WSJ, 2/3/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 2/7/99, p.A22)
1999        Feb 2, In Venezuela Hugo Chavez was sworn in as president. He soon began Plan Bolivar 2000, a national effort to refurbish schools and clinics using military forces.
    (SFC, 2/3/99, p.A9)(SFC, 6/14/99, p.A12)
1999        Feb 2, In Yemen kidnappers freed 4 Dutch and 2 British nationals.
    (WSJ, 2/3/99, p.A1)

1999        Feb 3, Pres. Clinton signed an executive order to establish a council of scientists and bureaucrats to combat zebra mussels, leafy spurge, long-horned beetles and other invasive pests.
    (SFC, 2/4/99, p.A6)
1999        Feb 3, The Clinton administration told Congress a NATO-led peacekeeping force could be needed in Kosovo for three to five years and might include up to 4,000 American troops.
    (AP, 2/3/00)
1999        Feb 3, In Switzerland 60 of the 105 members of the IOC met to formulate an assault on performance enhancing drugs.
    (WSJ, 2/4/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 3, In Guinea-Bissau Pres. Joao Bernardo Vieira agreed to a cease fire with rebel leader Ansumane Mane.
    (SFC, 2/4/99, p.A12)
1999        Feb 3, In Indonesia police fired on a crowd listening to separatist speeches in Aceh and 2 people were killed. The death toll from Christian-Muslim clashes on Ambon was raised to 94.
    (WSJ, 2/4/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 3, In Kosovo members of the KLA demanded that peace talks include a guaranteed vote for independence.
    (SFC, 2/4/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 3, Moscow reported that its year 2000 problems will cost $3 billion to repair.
    (WSJ, 2/4/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 3, A boatload of refugees from Sierra Leone sank near Guinea and 50 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 2/4/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 3, In Zimbabwe officials said that 70,000 people will die of AIDS this year. 1.6 million of the nation's 12 million people were infected.
    (WSJ, 2/4/99, p.A1)

1999        Feb 4, Senators at President Clinton's impeachment trial voted to permit the showing of portions of Monica Lewinsky's videotaped deposition.
    (AP, 2/4/00)
1999        Feb 4, In NYC plainclothes police officers fired 41 shots at Amadou Diallo (22), a Bronx street peddler and immigrant from Guinea, who was unarmed in front of his Bronx home. Police were searching for a rapist and Daillo was killed with 19 gunshot wounds. Officers Kenneth Boss, Sean Carroll, Edward McMellon and Richard Murphy were later indicted for 2nd degree murder. All 4 officers were acquitted by a jury in 2000. Further litigation under civil rights was planned.
    (SFC, 2/5/99, p.A3)(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/26/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/31/99, p.A3) (SFC, 2/26/00, p.A1)
1999        Feb 4, The 693-foot cargo ship New Carissa ran aground in Coos Bay and began leaking oil.
    (SFC, 2/10/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 4, In China dissidents set up 5 new branches of the banned China Democratic opposition political party.
    (SFC, 2/5/99, p.A13)
1999        Feb 4, Gravely ill with lymphatic cancer, Jordan's King Hussein left the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and was flown home.
    (AP, 2/4/00)
1999        Feb 4, The Mexican government revealed a new high-tech strategy against drug trafficking.
    (SFC, 2/5/99, p.A12)
1999        Feb 4, Philippine Pres. Estrada signed a document as “Jose Velarde" to withdraw $10 million from an undeclared account. In 2000 Clarissa Ocampo, vice president of Equitable Bank, testified to the false papers before an impeachment court.
    (SFC, 12/23/00, p.A12)
1999        Feb 4, In the Philippines Leo Echegaray, a house painter convicted of raping his 10-year stepdaughter, was executed by lethal injection. It was the first execution there in 23 years.
    (SFC, 2/5/99, p.A15)
1999        Feb 4, Russian astronauts on Mir attempted to deploy a fan-like mirror made of plastic and coated with aluminum for an 18 hour test. The test failed and another attempt was planned. They failed again and abandoned the test.
    (SFEC, 1/31/99, p.A23)(SFC, 2/5/99, p.A7)(WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 4, From South Africa it was reported that a $650 flame-thrower, invented by Charl Flourie, was available for installation on cars to protect against carjackers.
    (SFC, 2/4/99, p.A11)

1999        Feb 5, The US Bureau of ATF planned to allow California winemakers to attach new labels promoting the health benefits of wine.
    (SFC, 2/5/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 5, Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was sentenced in Maryland to a year in jail for assaulting two motorists following a traffic accident. He ended up serving 3 1/2 months.
    (AP, 2/6/00)
1999        Feb 5, The Dupont Co., based in Wilmington, Del., agreed to a $90 million settlement with environmentalists to abandon plans to mine titanium along the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.
    (SFC, 2/6/99, p.A9)
1999        Feb 5, It was reported that Bill and Melinda Gates (Microsoft Corp.) gave $3.3 billion to their foundations, 2.2 billion to the William H. Gates Foundation and 1.1 billion to the Gates Learning Foundation.
    (SFC, 2/6/99, p.A2)
1999        Feb 5, In Jordan King Hussein was pronounced clinically dead but his heart continued and his family kept him on life support systems.
    (SFC, 2/6/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 5, Serbian authorities refused to grant re-entry travel documents to Albanian guerrilla members for the peace conference in Paris. The 13 Serbian negotiators appointed by Milosevic said they would not sit down with members of the KLA.
    (SFC, 2/6/99, p.A10)

1999        Feb 6, The public finally got to see and hear Monica Lewinsky as excerpts of the former White House intern's videotaped testimony were shown at President Clinton's impeachment trial.
    (AP, 2/6/00)
1999        Feb 6, President Clinton requested legislation to require background checks on buyers at gun shows.
    (AP, 2/6/00)
1999        Feb 6, The Stardust spacecraft lifted off aboard a Delta II rocket for its 7-year journey to gather particles from the Wild-2 comet.
    (SFC, 2/6/99, p.A8)(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A2)
1999        Feb 6, Wassily Leontief, Russian-born US economics Nobel winner, died at age 93.
    (WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 6, The Harta Rimba, a ship not licensed for passenger use, sank in the South China Sea, killing about 325 people.
    (AP, 2/3/06)
1999        Feb 6, In Cuba the Health Ministry said 14 people died from food poisoning in Manguito. They had all eaten products from a food vendor who also died.
    (SFC, 2/8/99, p.A11)
1999        Feb 6, Ethiopia and Eritrea resumed their clash after an 8-month lull. Heavy casualties were reported.
    (WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 6, In Paris the 16-member Albanian delegation sat down with the 13-member Serbian delegation at Rambouillet. Robin Cook, British foreign secretary, co-chaired the talks designed to last a maximum of 2 weeks. The Albanians were to be asked to accept less autonomy in exchange for protection by NATO ground troops.
    (SFEC, 2/7/99, p.A17)(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A10)

1999        Feb 7, Delegates at the Kosovo peace talks agreed on principles that would keep the province within Yugoslavia for at least 3 more years.
    (WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 7, In Germany the Christian Democrats won elections in Hesse state elections putting the Schroeder government short of a majority in the Bundesrat upper house.
    (SFC, 2/8/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 7, In Indonesia a passenger ship sank between Borneo and Sumatra with 332 people aboard. 19 were reported rescued.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.C2)
1999        Feb 7, In Jordan King Hussein (63) officially died from Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was succeeded by his eldest son, who takes the throe as Abdullah II. In 2008 “Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace," by Avi Shlaim was published.
    (SFC, 2/8/99, p.A1)(AP, 2/7/00)(Econ, 11/24/07, p.88)(AP, 1/23/13)
1999        Feb 7, In Mexico the state governorship election in Baja California Sur elected Leonel Cota of the PRD to a landslide victory. The PRD lost in Guerrero and clamed fraud and campaign spending violations.
    (SFC, 2/9/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/09/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 7, Serbian police seized ICN Pharmaceuticals in Belgrade.
    (WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A1,19)
1999        Feb 7, In Zimbabwe Pres. Mugabe suggested that the supreme court resign. He defended the actions of the army which had arrested and tortured 2 journalists.
    (SFC, 2/8/99, p.A10)

1999        Feb 8, The Senate heard closing arguments at President Clinton's impeachment trial, with House prosecutors challenging senators to "cleanse the office" and the president's attorney dismissing the case as one of partisan retribution.
    (AP, 2/8/00)
1999        Feb 8, American Airlines cancelled 400 flights as pilots called in sick. There was pilot concern over pay rates and new pilots coming from the recently merged Reno Air. In April a federal judge fined the pilots' union $46 million.
    (SFC, 2/9/99, p.A3)(SFC, 4/16/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 8, Nevada lawmakers voted to oppose federal plans for a nuclear storage dump northwest of Las Vegas.
    (SFC, 2/9/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 8, Iris Murdoch (b.1919), Dublin-born novelist, died. Her husband, John Bayley, published "Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch" in 1998. It was published in the US as "Elegy for Iris."
    (SFC, 2/9/99, p.A20)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_Murdoch)
1999        Feb 8, A French helicopter crashed in Antarctica and 3 people were killed.
    (SFC, 2/9/99, p.A7)
1999        Feb 8, Jordan's King Hussein was laid to rest during a five-hour funeral in Amman attended by dignitaries from all over the world, including President Clinton and former presidents Bush, Carter and Ford.
    (AP, 2/8/00)
1999        Feb 8, In Sudan an independent scientist hired by the owner of the pharmaceutical plant bombed by the US in August found no traces of chemical weapons.
    (SFC, 2/9/99, p.A8)

1999        Feb 9, The Senate began closed-door deliberations in President Clinton's impeachment trial, even though members from both parties acknowledged that the two-thirds margin for conviction could not be attained.
    (AP, 2/9/00)
1999        Feb 9, It was reported that USA Networks would merge its cable-television AT Home Shopping Network with the Lycos Internet portal.
    (WSJ, 1/3/00, p.R12)
1999        Feb 9, In Cambodia some 1,700 guerrillas of the Khmer Rouge were inducted into the Cambodian military.
    (SFC, 2/10/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 9, An Ethiopian plane bombed an Eritrean village and at least 5 civilians were killed. Eritrea reported that a large number of Ethiopian forces were killed near Tsorena, but Ethiopia denied the Eritrean version of the fighting.
    (SFC, 2/10/99, p.C2)
1999        Feb 9, In Europe heavy snows caused avalanches that killed at least 5 people. Ten people were killed in the French Alps.
    (WSJ, 2/10/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/11/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 9, In Iran the head of the intelligence ministry, Qorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi, resigned along with 3 deputies due to last year's killings of dissident writers and politicians.
    (SFC, 2/10/99, p.A10)

1999        Feb 10, Resigned to losing their case, US House prosecutors said public opinion polls had made a stronger impression on senators than any evidence that President Clinton committed high crimes and misdemeanors.
    (AP, 2/10/04)
1999        Feb 10, A federal judge ordered American Airlines pilots to end a sickout that had grounded 2,500 flights, stranded 200,000 travelers and left businesses scrambling for cargo carriers.
    (AP, 2/10/00)
1999        Feb 10, Mitt Romney, a venture capitalist son of George Romney, was proposed as the new chief of the Olympic Committee for the 2002 games in SLC.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 10, Timothy Schultz (21) and Sarah Elder (20) of Des Moines, Iowa, split a $10.6 million Powerball lottery prize.
    (SFC, 3/6/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 10, US and British jets again hit Iraqi air defense sites. It was reported that Saddam Hussein has offered $14,000 to air defense troops who shoot down a US or British plane.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.A15)
1999        Feb 10, A Vietnamese shopkeeper in Westminster, Orange County, Ca., was assaulted and began a riot when he displayed a poster of Ho Chi Minh in his shop window.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 10, In Afghanistan Taliban officials exchanged fire with bodyguards of bin Laden in Kandahar.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.A12)
1999        Feb 10, In Germany it was announced that work on the nuclear waste storage dump near Gorleben would be halted. The site had been planned to store waste from the country's 19 nuclear reactors.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.A17)
1999        Feb 10, In Mexico 4 armed seized teacher Roberto Mejia Guzman from a classroom at San Pedro Petlacala and killed him.
    (SFC, 2/13/99, p.A18)
1999        Feb 10, In Russia police headquarters in Samara burned down and killed at least 23 people. Organized crime was suspected.
    (SFC, 2/13/99, p.A17)(WSJ, 2/12/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 10, In Kosovo Serbian authorities returned the bodies of 40 civilian Albanians who were killed at Racak.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.A14)
1999        Feb 10, In South Africa a helicopter crashed on the roof of an office building in Cape Town and all 4 people aboard were killed.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.C2)
1999        Feb 10, In Syria Pres. Hafez Assad (68) was elected to a 5th 7-year term.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.C2)
1999        Feb 10, A UN panel eased a trade ban on ivory. It allowed Namibia and Zimbabwe to sell nearly 34 tons to Japan.
    (WSJ, 2/11/99, p.A1)

1999        Feb 11, US jets struck 7 Iraqi air defense sites.
    (SFC, 2/12/99, p.A14)
1999        Feb 11, A federal jury in New York found several gun makers responsible in three area shootings for letting guns fall into the hands of criminals; other manufacturers were cleared. Several gun manufacturers were found negligent for marketing and distribution practices but awarded limited damages. The plaintiffs suffered a setback in 2001 when the New York Court of Appeals invalidated such claims.
    (SFC, 2/12/99, p.A3)(AP, 2/11/04)
1999        Feb 11, On the Oregon coast the New Carissa cargo ship was set on fire with explosives to burn off some 400,000 gallons of fuel oil to prevent its spillage.
    (SFC, 2/12/99, p.A5)
1999        Feb 11, Jaki Byard (76), jazz pianist, saxophonist and teacher, was shot dead in his home in Queens.
    (SFC, 2/16/99, p.A18)
1999        Feb 11, In Bangladesh opposition parties called general strikes and 5 people were killed.
    (SFEC, 3/7/99, p.T14)
1999        Feb 11, In India a private army of upper-caste landlords shot and killed 12 low-caste villagers in Bihar.
    (SFC, 2/12/99, p.A18)
1999        Feb 11, In Iran Pres. Khatami marked the 20th anniversary of the revolution that toppled the shah and called for reduction of tensions with the outside world.
    (SFC, 2/12/99, p.A17)
1999        Feb 11, In Italy angry female lawmakers wore jeans to protest an appeals court ruling that said rape is impossible if the victim is wearing jeans.
    (SFC, 2/12/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 11, In Paraguay the Congress voted to begin impeachment proceedings against Pres. Raul Cubas for freeing Lino Oviedo.
    (SFC, 2/12/99, p.A18)

1999        Feb 12, Pres. Clinton was acquitted by the Senate 55-45 on the perjury charge and 50-50 on the obstruction of justice charge. He once again apologized for burdening the nation with his conduct. Clinton told Americans he was "profoundly sorry" for what he had said and done in the Monica Lewinsky affair that triggered the impeachment drama.
    (SFC, 2/13/99, p.A1)(AP, 2/12/00)
1999        Feb 12, Eric Stein (41) was arrested for bilking some 1,800 investors out of $34 million. He had operated the Sterling Group, a Las Vegas firm that used TV commercials to sell products directly to viewers. The operations were essentially a Ponzi scheme.
    (WSJ, 8/9/04, p.R1)   
1999        Feb 12, Swarms of anxious travelers were left stranded when American Airlines again scrubbed more than 1,000 flights after its pilots defied a court order and continued their mass sickout.
    (AP, 2/12/00)
1999        Feb 12, A 5.5 earthquake hit Afghanistan and at least 60 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 2/16/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 12, In Finland the parliament voted 171 to 4 to reduce the president's influence on foreign affairs and government formation.
    (SFC, 2/13/99, p.A5)
1999        Feb 12, In India Pres. K.R. Narayanan dismissed the state government of Bihar due to the recent killings.
    (SFC, 2/13/99, p.A5)
1999        Feb 12, In Hebron, Yasser Arafat again proposed that a confederation be made between Jordan and a future Palestinian state.
    (SFC, 2/13/99, p.A3)

1999        Feb 13, Pres. Clinton announced that he would send some 4,000 troops to Kosovo as part of a NATO peacekeeping force if warring Serbs and ethnic Albanians reached a political settlement.
    (SFEC, 2/14/99, p.A1)(AP, 2/13/00)
1999        Feb 13, A federal judge held American Airlines' pilots' union and two top board members in contempt and promised sizable fines against them, saying the union did not do enough to encourage pilots to return to work after a court order. A federal judge fined the American Airlines pilot's union at least $10 million for ignoring his back-to-work order.
    (AP, 2/13/00)(SFEC, 2/14/99, p.A2)
1999        Feb 13, In Afghanistan the Taliban leadership replaced bin Laden's bodyguards with members of their intelligence service and Foreign Ministry.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.A12)

1999        Feb 14, Pres. Clinton, accompanied by his wife, Hillary,  traveled to Merida,  Mexico, for talks with Pres. Ernesto Zedillo to encourage the struggle against narcotics and government corruption, and to grow markets for U.S. products.
    (SFC, 2/15/99, p.A8)(AP, 2/14/00)
1999        Feb 14, John D. Ehrlichman, President Nixon's domestic affairs adviser imprisoned for his role in the Watergate cover-up that ultimately led to Nixon's resignation, died in Atlanta at age 73. He wrote at least 4 novels and the memoir "Witness to Power: The Nixon Years."
    (SFC, 2/15/99, p.A18)(AP, 2/14/00)   
1999        Feb 14, In Argentina a blackout began in south and central Buenos Aires. At the height of the outage some 500,000 people were without power.
    (SFC, 2/23/99, p.A9)
1999        Feb 14, Eritrea shot down an Mi-24 Ethiopian helicopter gunship at Bure and the crew was killed. Eritrea said that 16 civilians had been killed by Ethiopian aircraft since Feb 6.
    (SFC, 2/15/99, p.A9)
1999        Feb 14, In Hungary the death toll from the Feb 10 snow storm reached 19 and army helicopters were used to drop food snow-bound villages.
    (SFC, 2/15/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 14, In Indonesia Megawati Sukarnoputri officially introduced the PDI Struggle Party for her presidential bid in the Jun 7 elections. On Haruku and Saparua Islands in Maluku province at least 20 people were killed in rioting as troops dispersed gangs of Muslims and Christians.
    (SFC, 2/15/99, p.A10)(WSJ, 2/16/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 14, Iraq said that air attacks had killed 5 people and wounded 22 and threatened Kuwait and Saudi Arabia with missile attacks for permitting US warplanes to fly from their countries.
    (SFC, 2/15/99, p.C2)
1999        Feb 14, In Israel some 250,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered to protest the supreme court's supposed anti-religious judicial "tyranny." Some 50,000 gathered for a counter rally.
    (SFC, 2/15/99, p.A9)
1999        Feb 14, In Kosovo a bomb explosion in Urosevac wounded at least 9 people. Serbian police rounded up about 40 independence activist Albanians.
    (SFC, 2/15/99, p.A8)
1999        Feb 14, In Rambouillet, France, Madeline Albright brought together the Serb and Albanian sides in the Kosovo peace talks and the talks were extended one week. The plan for a 3-year interim settlement included a NATO force of some 25,000 troops, who would collect the weapons of the Albanian rebels. In the plan the KLA was given 120 days to surrender its arms.
    (SFC, 2/15/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 6/16/99, p.A20)
1999        Feb 14, In Uganda 2 bombs exploded in Kampala bars and 5 people were killed and 35 injured.
    (WSJ, 2/16/99, p.A1)

1999        Feb 15, President Clinton continued his whirlwind visit to Mexico, where he conferred with President Ernesto Zedillo. Clinton and Pres. Zedillo signed several accords on economic measures and the drug war.
    (AP, 2/15/04)(WSJ, 2/16/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 15, Carole Sund (42), Julie Sund (15) and Silvina Pelosso were last seen at the Cedar Lodge motel in Portal. The trio were visiting the area from Eureka. Carole Sund's wallet and credit cards were found in Modesto on Feb 19. The FBI acknowledged Feb 21 that the disappearance was being treated as a kidnapping and a $250,000 reward was offered. Their rented Pontiac was found burned near Long Barn in Tuolemne County on Mar 18 and 2 burned bodies were found in the trunk. Cary Staynor, a motel maintenance man, later admitted to the murders and faced trial in 2002. He was convicted on Aug 26 and was sentenced to Dec 12.
    (SFC, 2/23/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/18/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/20/99, p.A1)(SFC, 7/25/02, p.A17)(WSJ, 8/27/02, p.A1)(SFC, 12/13/02, p.A1)
1999        Feb 15, Tracey Biletnikoff (20) was strangled to death at Project Ninety, a drug treatment center in San Mateo, Ca. Her boyfriend, Mohammed Haroon Ali,  was convicted of her murder in 2001 and sentenced 55 years to life in prison. The conviction was overturned in 2009 after an appeals court ruled that a prosecutor had removed at least one juror for racial reasons. In 2012 Ali (36) was convicted a 2nd time. On June 15 he was sentenced to 55 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 8/14/01, p.A13)(SFC, 3/16/12, p.C3)(SFC, 6/16/12, p.C2)
1999        Feb 15, The body of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African gunned down by New York City police, was returned to his native Guinea.
    (AP, 2/15/00)
1999        Feb 15, Scientists announced that a new vaccine against malaria would be tested in monkeys.
    (SFC, 2/16/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 15, In Colombia a right-wing paramilitary group kidnapped 9 officials sent to investigate reports of a mass grave near Ceja.
    (WSJ, 2/16/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 15, Eritrea reported that Ethiopia had begun a new round of shelling southwest of Assab.
    (SFC, 2/16/99, p.C2)
1999        Feb 15, Abdullah Ocalan was captured in Kenya while being transferred from the Greek embassy to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, in an operation by the Turkey’s Milli İstihbarat Teskilatı reportedly with the help of CIA. George Costoulas, the Greek consul who protected him, said that his life was in danger after the operation. By 2015 Ocalan authored some 40 books including “To Kill a Man," which became something of a feminist bible.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdullah_%D6calan)(Econ., 3/7/15, p.53)
1999        Feb 15, In Nigeria Gen'l. Olusegun Obasanjo (61) won the nomination for president by the People's Democratic Party.
    (SFC, 2/16/99, p.A8)
1999        Feb 15, In Romania the Supreme Court sentenced in absentia Miron Cozma, leader of the coal miners, to an 18 year prison term.
    (SFC, 2/16/99, p.A8)
1999        Feb 15, It was reported that cholera in Bandera, Somalia, has killed at least 60 people and infected over 250.
    (WSJ, 2/16/99, p.A1)

1999        Feb 16, In LA a number of possessions of O.J. Simpson were auctioned off to cover his 1997 legal suit. A conservative Christian group purchased his Hall of Fame plaque and other memorabilia and burned it the following day.
    (SFC, 2/18/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 16, The body of Tracy Biletnikoff (20), daughter of football player star Fred Biletnikoff, was found at Canada College in Redwood city, Ca. Her boyfriend, Mohammad Haroon Ali (23) fled to Mexico, but was later arrested as he tried come back over the border.
    (SFC, 2/17/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/16/12, p.C3)
1999        Feb 16, Testimony began in the Jasper, Texas, trial of John William King, charged with murder in the gruesome dragging death of James Byrd Jr. King was accused of beating Byrd with a bat and then dragging him behind a truck until the African-American man died from decapitation. King was later convicted and sentenced to death.
    (AP, 2/16/00)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Byrd)
1999        Feb 16, The Chinese Lunar New Year began the Year of the Rabbit.
    (SFC, 2/12/99, p.C1)(SFC, 2/16/99, p.A8)
1999        Feb 16, The Northern Ireland Assembly voted 77 to 29 to create a 12-member executive council to help pave the way for the transfer of some powers from the British government.
    (SFC, 2/17/99, p.A8)
1999        Feb 16, Romanian miners began a fresh march on Bucharest.
    (WSJ, 2/17/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 16, In South Africa the 4 policemen charged with the fatal beating of Steve Biko were denied amnesty.
    (WSJ, 2/17/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 16, Turkish commandoes reported the capture of Abdullah Ocalan in Kenya. Kurds seized Greek missions around Europe and took hostages. It was later reported that US data helped the Turks capture Ocalan.
    (SFC, 2/17/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/17/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/22/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 16, In Uzbekistan six car bombs exploded in Tashkent in an assault aimed at Pres. Islam Karimov. 13-16 people were killed and at least 120 injured. Tahir Yuldash (IMU co-leader) was sentenced to death in absentia. A crackdown followed with nearly 8,000 people imprisoned.
    (SFC, 2/17/99, p.A8)(SFC, 11/3/00, p.D2)(WSJ, 5/3/01, p.A8)(SFC, 12/7/01, p.F1)

1999        Feb 17, In a satellite-linked address to college campuses across the country, President Clinton made his case for shoring up Social Security and Medicare.
    (AP, 2/17/00)   
1999        Feb 17, In Berlin Israeli security guards shot and killed 3 Kurds who forced their way into the Israeli consulate. The protesters were enraged by reports that Israel aided in the arrest of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan.
    (SFC, 2/18/99, p.A1)(AP, 2/17/00)
1999        Feb 17, Andy Elson (45) and Colin Prescot (48) of England launched a balloon attempt to circle the globe from Almeria in southern Spain.
    (SFC, 2/19/99, p.A13)
1999        Feb 17, In Ecuador legislator Jaime Hurtado was shot dead along with 2 aides in Quito.
    (WSJ, 2/18/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 17, In Mexico armed men kidnapped Alvaro Campos, the father of soccer star Jorge Campos, near Acapulco. Campos was released after 6 days.
    (SFC, 2/19/99, p.A15)(SFC, 2/24/99, p.A9)
1999        Feb 17, In the Philippines Brigadier Gen'l. Victor Obillo was kidnapped by rebels of the New People's Army in the Baguio district of Davao City.
    (SFC, 2/18/99, p.A12)
1999        Feb 17, In Romania police crushed a coal miners protest and arrested Miron Cozma. One person was killed and a hundred were injured.
    (SFC, 2/18/99, p.A12)

1999        Feb 18, The Clinton administration warned Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to choose peace with ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, or face a devastating military strike.
    (AP, 2/18/00)
1999        Feb 18, Transamerica was bought by Aegon NV of the Netherlands in a deal valued at $9.7 billion. The assessed value of the Transamerica Pyramid in SF was set at $190 million.
    (SFC, 2/19/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/29/04, p.C2)
1999        Feb 18, Scientists reported a way to slow down the speed of light by a factor of 20 million using a cluster of "Bose-Einstein" atoms chilled to 50 billionths of a degree above absolute zero.
    (SFC, 2/18/99, p.A7)
1999        Feb 18, In Chile Lee Pope of California and 27 demonstrators against the Ralco Dam project on the Bio Bio River were arrested.
    (SFEC, 3/14/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 18, Israeli troops seized the southern Lebanon village of Arnoun to prevent guerrilla attacks from the Crusader Castle of Beaufort.
    (WSJ, 2/19/99, p.A1)

1999        Feb 19, President Clinton posthumously pardoned Henry O. Flipper, the first black graduate of West Point, whose military career was tarnished by a racially motivated discharge.
    (AP, 2/19/00)
1999        Feb 19, The US Commerce Dept. reported that the 1998 trade deficit soared to $168.8 billion.
    (SFC, 2/19/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 19, OSHA proposed an ergonomics standard after 8 years of study.
    (SFC, 2/19/99, p.A6)
1999        Feb 19, Ohio inmate Wilford Berry, "The Volunteer", became the first inmate to be executed in Ohio since 1963.
1999        Feb 19, It was reported that Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon helped reduce the risk of cancer due to its high content of flavonols.
    (SFC, 2/19/99, p.A12)
1999        Feb 19, In Allentown, Pa., An explosion at a chemical processing plant in the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park killed 5 people and injured 14.
    (SFEC, 2/21/99, p.A7)(WSJ, 2/22/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 19, In Sylacauga, Alabama, Billy Jack Gaither (39), a textile warehouse worker, was abducted, beaten to death with an ax handle and burned on a pyre of tires due to a sexual advance. Steven Eric Mullins (25) and Charles Monroe Butler Jr. (21) were later arrested and charged with murder. Butler was convicted in 1999 and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
    (SFC, 3/5/99, p.A1)(SFC, 6/25/99, p.A3)(SFC, 8/6/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 19, In Najaf, Iraq, Shiite Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sader was killed with his 2 sons in a drive-by shooting. Dissidents blamed the government and said riots followed the killings. The government denied any disturbances.
    (SFEC, 2/20/99, p.A23)
1999        Feb 19, In Japan the lower house passed a record $682.5 billion budget with huge spending increases and tax cuts.
    (SFC, 2/20/99, p.B1)
1999        Feb 19, The Ukraine Parliament withdrew the immunity of former prime minister Lazarenko and issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of embezzlement and misuse of government funds.
    (SFC, 2/23/99, p.A14)

1999        Feb 20, The United States and five other nations agreed to extend by three days the deadline for a Kosovo peace agreement. NATO had threatened airstrikes against the Serbs if they did not reach an agreement with Albanian insurgents.
    (AP, 2/20/00)
1999        Feb 20, Gene Siskel (53), movie critic, died in Evanston, Ill., of complications from brain surgery.
    {film, usa}
    (SFEC, 2/20/99, p.D8)(SFC, 7/16/03, p.A19)(AP, 2/20/00)
1999        Feb 20, In France the peace talks between Serbs and ethnic Albanians of Kosovo were extended for 2 days.
    (SFEC, 2/20/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 20, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee of India rode to Pakistan by bus to meet with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for 2 days of talks.
    (SFEC, 2/20/99, p.A17)
1999        Feb 20, In Nigeria National Assembly elections were scheduled. 469 seats in a bicameral legislature were vied for by 3 parties. 360 members were for the House of Representatives and 109 were for senators.
    (WSJ, 2/19/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 2/20/99, p.A20)

1999        Feb 21, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright reported little progress toward a Kosovo peace settlement during talks in Rambouillet, France.
    (AP, 2/21/00)
1999        Feb 21, US and British warplanes attacked a missile base and 2 military communication sites after Iraqi jets violated the no-fly zone.
    (SFC, 2/22/99, p.A8)
1999        Feb 21, Ethiopian planes struck the airport at Assab but Eritrean officials said the 12 bombs dropped by 2 planes failed to hit their targets.
    (SFC, 2/22/99, p.A14)
1999        Feb 21, In Pakistan PM Atal Behari Vajpayee of India and Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif signed documents and a joint statement to reduce the risk of nuclear war and to resolve conflicts in Kashmir. The diplomatic journey inaugurated the first regular bus service between the two nations.
    (SFC, 2/22/99, p.A8)(AP, 8/16/18)
1999        Feb 21, In Ireland and Northern Ireland police arrested 7 men associated with the 1998 Omagh car bombing that killed 29 people.
    (SFC, 2/22/99, p.A14)
1999        Feb 21, In Nigeria the People's Democratic Party, led by Gen'l. Obasanjo, won 169 of 360 seats in the House. Lola Abiola-Edowar won a seat in the House of Representatives. She was the daughter of Moshood Abiola, the billionaire politician who died in military detention in 1998.
    (SFC, 2/22/99, p.A10)(SFC, 2/24/99, p.C3)

1999        Feb 22, In NYC Mayor Giuliani put into effect a plan that allowed police to seize the vehicles of drunken drivers.
    (SFEC, 2/20/99, p.A2)
1999        Feb 22, IBM planned to unveil a new microchip that included both logic functions and memory functions.
    (SFC, 2/22/99, p.B2)   
1999        Feb 22, Levi Strauss, falling victim to a fashion generation gap, announced that it would close 11 of 22 US plants and lay off 5,900 factory workers.
    (SFC, 2/23/99, p.A1)(AP, 2/22/00)
1999        Feb 22, The Pinkerton detective agency was sold to the Swedish company Securitas AB for $384 million.
    (SFC, 2/23/99, p.C4)
1999        Feb 22, In Austria it was reported that McDonald's had opened new experimental sites dubbed McCafe to compete with the local coffeehouses.
    (SFC, 2/22/99, p.A8)
1999        Feb 22, In Bangladesh strikes began during municipal elections and violence was widespread.
    (SFEC, 3/7/99, p.T14)
1999        Feb 22, In Brussels, Belgium, some 30,000 farmers rallied to demand that EU agricultural ministers shield them from farm subsidy cuts.
    (SFC, 2/23/99, p.A14)
1999        Feb 22, In Iraq security forces fought demonstrations for a 3rd day over the slaying of Muslim cleric Sadeq Sadr. There were unconfirmed reports that as many as 300 people were killed in the riots.
    (SFC, 2/23/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/23/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 22, Governor elections in Quintana Roo, Mexico, were held to replace Gov. Mario Villanueva, whose term was scheduled to end Apr 5. Federal authorities wished to charge the governor with drug money laundering, but he was immune while holding office. His Swiss bank account was said to hold $73 million. The PRI won the statehouse with just over 43% of the vote. In Hidalgo the PRI took the governorship with a 50% of the vote. Joaquin Hendricks won the election in Quintana Roo.
    (SFEC, 2/21/99, p.A23)(SFC, 2/23/99, p.A14)(SFC, 4/1/99, p.C2)
1999        Feb 22, From Mexico it was reported that fisherman found 9 dead gray whales in the Magdalena Bay.
    (SFC, 2/22/99, p.A14)

1999        Feb 23, A jury in Jasper, Texas convicted white supremacist John William King of murder in the gruesome dragging death of a black man, James Byrd Jr.; King was sentenced to death two days later.
    (SFC, 2/24/99, p.A1)(AP, 2/23/00)
1999        Feb 23, Federal authorities reported that Jay Scott Ballinger (36) of Indiana had admitted to burning as many as 50 churches in the last 5 years. He was charged with arson in 7 burnings in southern Indiana. In 2000 Ballinger pleaded guilty to setting 26 church fires in Alabama, California, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee.
    (SFC, 2/24/99, p.A5)(SFC, 7/12/00, p.A2)
1999        Feb 23, In Brazil the $5 billion Sergio Motta Dam on the Parana River, 370 miles northwest of Sao Paulo, was inaugurated. Full power to 18 turbines was expected in 2003.
    (SFC, 2/24/99, p.C3)
1999        Feb 23, The Disney film "Mulan" premiered in China. Only 10 foreign films per year were allowed into China so as to protect its own industry.
    (SFC, 2/24/99, p.E3)
1999        Feb 23, Heavy rain and snow in the Alps left 5 people dead and 13 missing in Austria, Switzerland, France and Germany. An avalanche in the Austrian Alps at Galtuer killed 9 people and at least 30 were missing. The death toll in Austria rose to 33 by Feb 25.
    (WSJ, 2/23/99, p.A1)(SFC, 2/24/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/26/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 23, Ethiopian troops attacked Eritrea with tanks and aircraft.
    (WSJ, 2/24/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 23, In France the Kosovo Albanians agreed in principle to a peace settlement but asked for 2 more weeks for consultations at home.
    (SFC, 2/24/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 23, In Indonesia police fired on warring Christians and Muslims on the island of Ambon and at least 5 people were killed and 12 wounded.
    (WSJ, 2/24/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 23, In Lebanon Hezbollah guerrillas ambushed an Israeli commando squad and killed the commander and 2 officers.
    (SFC, 2/24/99, p.C3)
1999        Feb 23, Serbs agreed in principle to give limited self-rule to majority ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, thereby temporarily heading off NATO air strikes, but during their talks in Rambouillet, France, the two sides failed to conclude a deal for ending their yearlong conflict.
    (AP, 2/23/00)
1999        Feb 23, In Somalia militiamen loyal to Hussein Aidid reported that they had killed 60 civilians in the Baidoa town and the village of Daynunay.
    (SFC, 2/24/99, p.C3)
1999        Feb 23, In Khartoum, Sudan, health officials reported that some 140 people had died from meningitis and that another 1000 suffered from the disease.
    (SFC, 2/24/99, p.C3)
1999        Feb 23, Turkey formally arrested Abdullah Ocalan on treason charges.
    (SFC, 2/24/99, p.A8)

1999        Feb 24, The US Senate voted overwhelmingly to give the nation's military the biggest benefits increase since the early 1980s.
    (AP, 2/24/00)
1999        Feb 24, Lauryn Hill won a record five awards at the 41st annual Grammys, including album of the year and best new artist, on the strength of her solo debut album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
    (SFC, 2/25/99, p.D1)(AP, 2/24/00)   
1999        Feb 24, The US and 5 other agricultural countries (Canada, Australia, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay) rejected a proposal supported by 130 nations that would have required countries to approve in advance any imports of agricultural commodities that had been genetically altered.
    (SFC, 2/25/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 24, Andre Dubus, short story writer, died in Haverhill, Mass., at age 62. His work included the novel: "The Lieutenant" (1967), the short story collection "Dancing after Hours" and essays "Meditations from a Movable Chair." Dubus became crippled in 1986 when he stopped to help a motorist and was hit by a passing car.
    (WSJ, 2/26/99, p.A1)(SFC, 2/27/99, p.C2)
1999        Feb 24, In Arizona Karl LaGrand (35), a German citizen, was executed by lethal injection for the 1982 murder of a bank manager.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 24, In Kosovo ethnic Albanians planned a provisional government, but Adem Demaci, a leader in the rebel army, said that he would not recognize it.
    (SFC, 2/25/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 24, China announced that it would veto a Security Council resolution to renew a UN peacekeeping force in Macedonia, which had recently established relations with Taiwan.
    (SFC, 2/25/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 24, A China Southwest Airlines jet crashed near Ruian and all 61 people onboard were killed. The jet was a Russian-made Tupelov-154.
    (SFC, 2/25/99, p.A11)
1999        Feb 24, In England a government report that found London's police force to be "riven with pernicious and institutionalized racism" was made public. The report was born out of the 1993 killing of Stephen Lawrence and a subsequent trial.
    (SFC, 2/23/99, p.A8)
1999        Feb 24, Eritrea said that it had destroyed 31 Ethiopian tanks, captured 3 others and shot down a Mi-24 helicopter gunship.
    (SFC, 2/27/99, p.A14)
1999        Feb 24, In Iran 3 Kurds died while fighting police during a protest over the capture of Ocalan.
    (WSJ, 2/25/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 24, Latvia became the first Baltic state to be a full member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
    (BN, 3/99, p.1)

1999        Feb 25, A 100-page summary of a 3,600 page report by the UN mandated Historical Clarification Committee was released. It indicated that the US government and US corporations played a key role in maintaining the right-wing military governments during most of the 36 years of civil war in Guatemala. The report documented a genocide against Mayan Indians with a death toll of some 200,000. The Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (UNRG) was responsible for 3% of the atrocities. The Guatemalan Army was blamed for 93% of the human rights abuses.
    (SFC, 2/26/99, p.A1,17)(WSJ, 2/26/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/13/99, p.A13)
1999        Feb 25, A jury in Jasper, Texas, sentenced white supremacist John William King to death for chaining James Byrd Jr., a black man, to a pickup truck and dragging him to pieces in 1998.
    (SFC, 2/26/99, p.A3)(AP, 2/25/00)   
1999        Feb 25, Glenn Seaborg, Nobel physicist, died at age 86. He and Edwin Mullen discovered plutonium in 1940 and together received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1951. In 2002 Eric Seaborg completed his father’s autobiography: "Adventures in the Atomic Age."
    (SFC, 2/27/99, p.A1,19)(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.M2)
1999        Feb 25, In Colombia 3 Americans were kidnapped.
    (SFC, 3/6/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 25, Cuba cut phone service to AT&T and MCI WorldCom for $19 mil in unpaid bills. The phone companies were withholding payments pending a lawsuit by relatives of 4 Cuban Americans, whose aircraft were shot down in Feb 1996.
    (SFC, 2/26/99, p.A14)(WSJ, 2/26/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 25, In Ghana Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware II, the king of the Ashanti people, died at the palace in Kumasi. The Asantehene was born Matthew John Kwaku Adusei-Poku and ascended to the Golden Stool to become the 18th King of Ashanti in 1970.
    (SFC, 3/1/99, p.A19)
1999        Feb 25, In Iran Pres. Khatami supported 50 candidates that hard-liners attempted to disqualify from local elections.
    (SFC, 2/26/99, p.E3)
1999        Feb 25, In a move that threatened to revive a strain on U.S.-Israeli relations, Israel's Supreme Court blocked the extradition of American teenager Samuel Sheinbein to the United States to face charges stemming from a slaying in Maryland.
    (AP, 2/25/00)
1999        Feb 25, South Korea granted amnesty to 1,508 people including a convicted North Korean spy jailed for 41 years. Civil rights were also to be restored to 7,304 people out on parole.
    (WSJ, 2/23/99, p.A1)

1999        Feb 26, President Clinton, outlining foreign policy goals for the final two years of his administration, urged continued American engagement in the quest for peace and freedom abroad.
    (AP, 2/26/00)
1999        Feb 26, The Clinton administration issued a condemnation of China for its human rights policy.
    (SFC, 2/27/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 26, The UN Security Council voted to close its peacekeeping mission in Angola due to the renewed civil war.
    (SFC, 2/27/99, p.A16)
1999        Feb 26, In Landeck, Austria, the death toll from recent avalanches reached 37.
    (SFC, 2/27/99, p.A16)
1999        Feb 26, In Japan int'l. donors at a 2 day conference pledged to provide $470 million in aid to Cambodia, if the country takes steps to reduce its army and promote democracy.
    (SFC, 2/27/99, p.A16)
1999        Feb 26, Ethiopia claimed to have shot down a 2nd Eritrean MiG-29.
    (SFC, 2/27/99, p.A14)
1999        Feb 26, In Iran elections were planned for cities, towns and village councils. These were the first elections since the 1979 revolution.
    (WSJ, 12/29/98, p.A1)
1999        Feb 26, Mexico was certified as a US partner in the drug war by Pres. Clinton.
    (WSJ, 3/1/99, p.A1)   

1999        Feb 27, Rev. Henry J. Lyons, president of the National Baptist Convention USA, was convicted in Largo, Florida, of racketeering, grand theft and swindling millions of dollars from companies seeking to do business with his followers. He announced his resignation Mar 15. Lyons was sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison and ordered to repay almost $2.5 million.
    (SFEC, 2/28/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/16/99, p.A3)(SFC, 4/1/99, p.A3)(AP, 2/27/00)
1999        Feb 27, Western planes bombed targets in southern Iraq and Baghdad claimed that 23 people were wounded.
    (SFEC, 2/28/99, p.A23)
1999        Feb 27, Brazilian poet Haraldo de Campos (b.1929) won the Mexican Octavio Paz Prize for poetry and essay writing. His major works include "Chess Game of the Stars" and "The Education of the Five Senses."
    (SFC, 3/1/99, p.E5)
1999        Feb 27, Eritrea agreed to accept an African sponsored proposal to end its border dispute with Ethiopia. This followed an Ethiopian breakthrough at Badme.
    (SFEC, 2/28/99, p.A23)
1999        Feb 27, Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon detonated 2 roadside bombs and killed Israeli Brig. Gen'l. Erez Gerstein, 2 soldiers and a reporter.
    (SFC, 3/1/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 27, The $60 billion bid by Olivetti for Telecom Italia was ruled legally admissible by Italian stock market regulators.
    (SFEC, 2/28/99, p.A24)
1999        Feb 27, From Niger it was reported that a mass grave containing 149 old men, women and children had been found in eastern Niger. The victims were Toubou refugees displaced by fighting several years ago.
    (SFC, 2/27/99, p.A16)
1999        Feb 27, In Nigeria Presidential elections were held. Nigerians voted to elect Olusegun Obasanjo their new president as the country marked the final phase of its return to democracy. Also it was reported that some 1,200 soldiers had died in fighting the rebels of the Revolutionary United Front in Sierra Leone.
    (SFC, 2/27/99, p.A14)(WSJ, 2/26/99, p.A1)(AP, 2/27/00)

1999        Feb 28, A US air strike in Iraq was said to have damaged an oil pipeline, stopped the flow of oil and killed one Iraqi. The US denied the charges. Iraq claimed that a communications center for a major oil pipeline into Turkey was struck.
    (SFC, 3/1/99, p.A12)(SFC, 3/2/99, p.A8)
1999        Feb 28, In Colombia 3 US citizens, Terence Freitas, Ingrid Washinawatok and Lahe'ena'e Gay, were kidnapped by FARC rebels. The 3 belonged to a group that worked to defend the rights of the Uwa Indians in a dispute with Occidental Petroleum. 3 FARC rebels, wanted for the kidnapping, were captured Nov 28, 2002. [see Mar 4]
    (SFC, 3/1/99, p.A12)(AP, 11/29/02)
1999        Feb 28, Ethiopia claimed victory over Eritrea and said that it had killed, wounded and captured tens of thousands of Eritrean soldiers.
    (SFC, 3/1/99, p.A12)
1999        Feb 28, Israel sent warplanes against guerrilla targets in Lebanon in retaliation for the death of Brig. Gen'l. Erez Gerstein and 3 others. Guerrillas had detonated two bombs beside a military convoy in southern Lebanon, killing a brigadier general and three other Israelis.
    (SFC, 3/1/99, p.A1)(AP, 2/28/00)
1999        Feb 28, Japanese doctors performed their first legal organ transplant from a brain-dead patient. A 1997 law allowed the standard for death to be the cessation of brain activity. The last heart transplant was done in 1968.
    (SFC, 3/1/99, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/1/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 28, In Nigeria retired Gen'l. Obasanjo led the presidential vote with 62%. Serious concern over vote-rigging was expressed.
    (SFC, 3/1/99, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/1/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 28, In Zambia a bomb exploded at the Angolan Embassy and 4 other locations in Lusaka.
    (SFC, 3/1/99, p.A12)

1999        Feb, South Carolina removed its provision against interracial marriages.
    (SFC, 4/17/99, p.A4)
1999        Feb, The Stardust satellite was to be launched to check out the comet Wild 2 and catch some dust from its tail and return it to Earth.
    (USAT, 8/29/97, p.12A)
1999        Feb, In China Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui authored a report on ways to defeat the US. It stated: "American are slaves to technology in their thinking… a single man-made market crash, a single computer virus invasion, or a single rumor or scandal that results in a fluctuation in the enemy country’s exchange rates… all can be included in the ranks of new-concept weapons." In 2002 it was published in English as “Unrestricted Warfare: China's Master Plan to Destroy America."
    (http://cryptome.org/cuw.htm)(SFC, 4/20/01, p.A16)
1999        Feb, An Iraqi opposition group claimed that Saddam Hussein executed 24 army officers.
    (WSJ, 3/10/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb, In Rome delegates from almost every fishing nation agreed on a plan to reduce fishing capacity starting within the next 6 years.
    (SFC, 3/9/99, p.A6)
1999        Feb, In Libya health workers including 5 Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor were arrested on charges they intentionally infected some 393 children with the AIDS virus as part of an experiment to find a cure. The defendants were tortured daily for their 1st 3 months of captivity. On May 6, 2004, the nurses and doctor were sentenced to death.
    (www.wsws.org/articles/2004/sep2004/liby-s02.shtml)(AP, 5/6/04)(SSFC, 6/6/04, E3)

1999        Mar 1, The US General Accounting Office released an audit of the Internal Revenue Service which found chronic problems in the agency's record-keeping.
    (AP, 3/1/00)
1999        Mar 1, Minutes before a midnight deadline Pacific Lumber agreed with government negotiators on a $480 million deal to preserve the Headwaters Forest in northern California. 10,000 acres of old growth forest was to be sold and protection was imposed on 211,000 acres of adjacent lands.
    (SFC, 3/2/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 1, The Service Employees Int'l. Union announced a major campaign to organize salaried physicians.
    (SFC, 3/2/99, p.A6)
1999        Mar 1, New York Univ. announced that its journalism professors and others had compiled a list of the top 100 works of 20th century American journalism.
    (WSJ, 3/12/99, p.W18)
1999        Mar 1, The 1997 Ottawa Treaty, banning the use, production, transfer and storage of land mines, went into effect. 133 countries honored the treaty but the US and China had not signed it. Participating nations agreed to destroy anti-personnel land mines within 4 years and to get them out of fields within 10.
    (SFEC, 1/3/99, Par p.13)(SFC, 2/19/99, p.A3)
1999        Mar 1, A US report on policy with North Korea indicated that North Korea was involved in the production and distribution of narcotics. An area 10-17 thousand acres was estimated to be under poppy cultivation with opium production at 30-44 annual metric tons.
    (SFC, 3/27/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 1, Balloonists Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland and Brian Jones of Britain took off from the Swiss Alps in an attempt to circle the globe.
    (SFC, 3/15/99, p.A9)
1999        Mar 1, In Colombia a far-right death squad killed 8 people and kidnapped 3 in Barrancabermeja, a stronghold of the National Liberation Army (ELN).
    (SFC, 3/2/99, p.A9)
1999        Mar 1, In Haiti Senator Jean-Yvon Toussaint (47) was shot in the head in Delmas.
    (SFC, 3/2/99, p.A9)
1999        Mar 1, In Indonesia 9 people were killed when police opened fire on a crowd outside a mosque at Ambon.
    (SFC, 3/2/99, p.A9)
1999        Mar 1, US warplanes dropped over 30 laser-guided bombs on military targets in northern Iraq.
    (SFC, 3/2/99, p.A8)
1999        Mar 1, In Nigeria a gasoline bombing of 2 police stations left 2 people dead including one policeman and 4 injured. The attack was blamed on a group called Odudua, which wants a separate country for the Yoruba tribe of southwest Nigeria.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.C4)
1999        Mar 1, About this time Serb municipal and police officials provided paramilitaries lists with the names and assets of wealthy Albanians and lists of people slated for execution. At least 5 paramilitary groups were in operation and included Arkan's Tigers led by Zeljko Raznatovic and Frenki's Boys led by Franko Simatovic. In 2013 Simatovic and Jovica Stanisic, allies of Pres. Milosevic, were acquitted of setting up and arming Serb paramilitary gangs in Bosnia and Croatia during the Balkan wars.
    (WSJ, 9/1/99, p.A18)(SFC, 5/31/13, p.A3)
1999        Mar 1, In Uganda Hutu rebels kidnapped 13 tourists and an unknown number of Ugandans at the Bwindi Nat'l. Park. Linda Adams of Alamo, Ca., escaped, the rebels by faking an asthma attack. An attack by Rwandan Hutu rebels left eight foreign tourists, including two Americans, and a park guard dead. Separately rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces killed 5 people in a camp near Ntotoro village.
    (SFC, 3/2/99, p.A8)(SFC, 3/4/99, p.A1,C5)(AP, 3/1/00)

1999        Mar 2, Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan launched a third presidential bid.
    (AP, 3/2/00)
1999        Mar 2, Texas Governor George W. Bush announced he was forming a presidential exploratory committee.
    (AP, 3/2/00)
1999        Mar 2, Hewlett-Packard announced that it would split its non-computer business into a separate company.
    (SFC, 3/3/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 2, In England Dusty Springfield (59), pop-soul singer, died from breast cancer. Her hits included ""You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself" and "Son of a Preacher Man."
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.D2)
1999        Mar 2, Israeli leaders made campaign promises to leave Lebanon within a year.
    (SFC, 3/3/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 2, In Atyrau, Kazakstan, 26 inmates stabbed themselves in the stomach in an attempted mass suicide to protest prison conditions. All survived.
    (SFC, 3/5/99, p.D2)
1999        Mar 2, In Kosovo KLA leader Adem Demaci announced that he would step down but would continue to oppose the peace plan. Meanwhile Yugoslav tank and mortar fire pounded rebel positions in the hillsides of the Macedonian border. Demaci was replaced by Hashim Thaci (29).
    (SFC, 3/3/99, p.A8)(SFC, 3/4/99, p.A12)
1999        Mar 2, In Sierra Leone the Kamajors militia won the battle for Moyamba after 6 days of heavy fighting. They reported that 200 rebels were killed.
    (SFC, 3/3/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 2, In Uganda Hutu rebels killed 8 hostages and 4 Ugandans. Among the dead were Americans Robert Haubner and Susan Miller of Hillsboro, Ore. They were there to track the mountain gorillas. Uganda insisted that the 2 Americans, 4 Britons and 2 New Zealanders died in a police rescue bid.
    (SFC, 3/3/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/3/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 3/7/99, p.T14)

1999        Mar 3, Monica Lewinsky, in an ABC interview, the 20/20 TV show, timed to coincide with the publication of her book, recounted for Barbara Walters some of the fondest, as well as most painful, aspects of her relationship with President Clinton.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.A1) (AP, 3/3/00)
1999        Mar 3, The Supreme Court ruled that public schools had to finance one-on-one nursing care for some disabled students throughout the school day.
    (AP, 3/3/00)
1999        Mar 3, The New England Forestry Foundation announced a conservation deal that banned development on over 754,673 acres of prime Maine woods owned by the Pingree family. Gov. Angus King said the $28 million agreement would allow managed logging while preserving the wilderness character of the forestland.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/4/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 3, In Arizona Walter LaGrand (37), a German citizen, was executed with cyanide gas for the 1982 murder of a bank manager. Germany later filed a complaint with the World Court for human rights violations because neither he nor his brother were not informed of their right to assistance from the German consulate.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.A3)(USAT, 9/17/99, p.13A)
1999        Mar 3, In North Carolina a plastic trash bag was tossed from a moving vehicle onto the side of a road in a rural area south of the town of Hope Mills. Some hours later, a soldier driving down the same road spotted the bag and what he thought was a doll inside. A dead baby boy was found with his umbilical cord still attached. In 2020 using the DNA results, detectives identified Deborah Riddle O'Conner (54) as the likely mother of the baby. O'Conner said she was in fact the baby's mother.
    (Good Morning America, 2/21/20)
1999        Mar 3, In Ecuador the sucre fell 14% and the Banco del Occidente closed due to liquidity problems.
    (WSJ, 3/4/99, p.A9)
1999        Mar 3, In Japan the short term interest rate fell to .02% as the central bank flooded the interbank market with cash.
    (WSJ, 3/4/99, p.A9)
1999        Mar 3, In Kosovo the KLA reverted to its earlier guerrilla tactics and killed 2 Serbians.
    (SFC, 3/5/99, p.D3)
1999        Mar 3, In Nigeria 8-14 people were killed in post-election violence.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.C4)
1999        Mar 3, From South Africa it was reported that 3.6 million people, one in eight adults, were carrying the AIDS virus by the end of 1998. This compared with 2.7 million in 1997.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.C5)(SFC, 4/27/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 3, Turkey called US raids on Iraq that cut off oil flow to Turkey unacceptable. The US planes were based in Turkey.
    (WSJ, 3/4/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 3, The Ugandan army killed 15 of the Rwanda Hutu rebels who butchered 8 foreign tourists Mar 1. Another 100 rebels escaped into the bush inside the Republic of the Congo.
    (SFC, 3/5/99, p.A12)

1999        Mar 4, In North Carolina a military jury acquitted Captain Richard J. Ashby of all charges in the 1998 death of 20 people, who died when his jet cut the cable of their ski gondola in the Italian Alps. Italian authorities were outraged.
    (SFC, 3/5/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/4/00)
1999        Mar 4, Manuel Noriega's sentence was reduced from 40 years to 30 by a federal judge in Florida. He would be eligible for parole in 2007.
    (WSJ, 3/5/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 4, Retired Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, who wrote the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide, died in Arlington, Va., at age 90.
    (SFC, 3/5/99, p.A1) (AP, 3/4/00)
1999        Mar 4, In Brazil Arminio Fraga, the new Central Bank president, raised the interest rates to 45%.
    (SFC, 3/5/99, p.D2)
1999        Mar 4, Congo rebels who served under Mobutu Sese Seko took the town of Bolobo, upstream from Kinshasa.
    (SFC, 3/5/99, p.D2)
1999        Mar 4, In Nigeria the outgoing military government freed 47 political prisoners including Gen'l. Oladipo Diya.
    (SFC, 3/5/99, p.D2)
1999        Mar 4, In Russia Pres. Yeltsin ordered Boris Berezovsky to be fired from his job with the Commonwealth of Soviet States.
    (WSJ, 3/5/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 4, In Turkey a female suicide bomber killed herself and wounded 3 civilians in the town of Batman.
    (SFC, 3/5/99, p.A14)
1999        Mar 4, Ugandan soldiers killed 10 more Rwandan rebels inside Congo for the killing of foreign tourists.
    (SFC, 3/8/99, p.A16)
1999        Mar 4, In Venezuela the bodies of 3 Americans, who were kidnapped Feb 25 in Colombia, were found shot to death. Ingrid Washinawatok (41), Lahe'ena'e Gay (39) and Terence Freitas (24) were coordinating a campaign for the U'wa Indians when they were abducted. Raul Reyes, senior commander of FARC, later said that local commander Gildardo and 3 rebels seized and executed the 3 Americans without authorization. In Dec. German Briceno, a FARC officer, was indicted in absentia on murder charges along with Gustavo Bogota, a member of the U'wa Indian tribe. In 2000 Nelson Vargas was captured in Saravena and identified as the guerrilla commander responsible for the kidnap-slayings. Police later said Gildardo Gomez was the commander suspected in the killings, but still held Vargas on suspicion of rebel membership.
    (SFC, 3/6/99, p.A10)(SFC, 3/11/99, p.A10)(SFC, 12/22/99, p.A18)(SFC, 3/24/00, p.D3)(SFC, 3/27/00, p.A13)

1999        Mar 5, Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema met at the White House with President Clinton, a day after a military jury in North Carolina acquitted a Marine pilot in the Italian cable car accident that killed 20 people; D'Alema demanded justice, while Clinton expressed profound regret.
    (AP, 3/5/00)
1999        Mar 5, A federal appeals court in Virginia struck down the 1994 Violence Against Women Act which let rape victims sue for civil-rights violations.
    (WSJ, 3/8/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 5, Actor Richard Kiley died in Warwick, N.Y., at age 76.
    (AP, 3/5/00)
1999        Mar 5, In Bosnia the town of Brco was removed from ethnic Serb control and proclaimed a neutral zone under int'l. supervision. Nikola Poplasen, president of the Bosnian Serb Republic, was removed from office for not cooperating with the int'l. community.
    (SFC, 3/5/99, p.A12)(SFC, 3/6/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 5, In China the annual 2-week plenary session was scheduled to amend the Constitution. The preamble will mention the goal of developing a "socialist market economy" and acknowledge the late Deng Xiaoping. Revisions were also planned to protect private enterprise and recognize multiple forms of ownership.
    (SFEC, 1/31/99, p.A22)(WSJ, 2/1/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 5, Denmark's parliament voted 81-27 to legalize prostitution, effective Jul 1.
    (SFC, 3/6/99, p.A14)
1999        Mar 5, Indonesia enacted Law No. 5 Concerning the Prohibition of Monopolistic Practices and Unhealthy/Unfair Business Competition (popularly know as the Competition Law or the Law), after the IMF required Indonesia to pass laws that ensure fair competition. The Commission to Monitor Business Competition (KPPU) was charged with enforcing the Law.
    (Econ, 4/9/11, p.76)(http://tinyurl.com/3b2rty9)
1999        Mar 5, From Sudan it was reported that southern rebels had kidnapped 7 people working with the Int'l. Committee of the Red Cross near the town of Bentiu, 500 miles south of Khartoum.
    (SFC, 3/8/99, p.A16)
1999        Mar 5, In Cankiri, Turkey, a car bomb attack killed 3 people and wounded provincial governor Ayhan Cevik. The Maoist guerrillas of the Turkish Workers and Peasants Liberation Army (TIKKO) claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 3/6/99, p.A14)

1999        Mar 6, A New York Times story reported that nuclear secrets had been stolen from Los Alamos and passed to China. The charges were later found to be based on false allegations by former intelligence officer, Notra Trulock. [see Mar 8]
    (SFEC, 9/10/00, p.C19)
1999        Mar 6, The emir of Bahrain, Sheik Issa bin Salman Al Khalifa (65), a key Western ally who had ruled for nearly four decades, died shortly after a meeting with Defense Secretary William Cohen. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Crown Prince Hamed ibn Issa Khalifa (49). King Hamed al-Khalifa soon ended a 25-year-long state of emergency.
    (SFEC, 3/7/99, p.D8)(AP, 3/6/00)(WSJ, 10/25/01, p.A1)(Econ, 11/25/06, p.46)
1999        Mar 6, From Brazil it was reported that heavy flooding had hit Sao Paulo. 27 people were killed and 10,000 left homeless.
    (SFC, 3/6/99, p.A8)
1999        Mar 6, In Cambodia Ta Mok (72), aka "the butcher," the one-legged last senior leader of the Khmer Rouge, was arrested.
    (SFEC, 3/7/99, p.A17)(SFC, 3/8/99, p.A12)
1999        Mar 6, From El Salvador it was reported that extermination squads were killing gang members at the rate of 1-2 a week.
    (SFC, 3/6/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 6, Some 40 Haitians were apparently drowned when 2 boats loaded with refugees sank. There were 3 survivors.
    (SFC, 3/8/99, p.A4)
1999        Mar 6, From Kiribati it was reported that state of emergency had been declared after a prolonged drought nearly exhausted the underground fresh water supply of the 81,000 inhabitants.
    (SFC, 3/6/99, p.A8)

1999        Mar 7, Movie director Stanley Kubrick, whose films included "Dr. Strangelove," "A Clockwork Orange" and "2001: A Space Odyssey," died in Hertfordshire, England, at age 70.
    (SFC, 3/8/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/7/00)
1999        Mar 7, In Austrian state elections the anti-immigration Freedom Party of Joerg Haider won 42.1% of the vote in Carinthia.
    (SFC, 3/8/99, p.A12)
1999        Mar 7, In El Salvador presidential elections were scheduled. FMLN candidate Facundo Guardado was expected to lose to ARENA candidate Francisco Flores (39). Flores and his Republican National Alliance won with about 52% of the vote.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.A12)(SFC, 3/8/99, p.A12)(SFC, 3/9/99, p.B10)
1999        Mar 7, An Antonov 32 Indian air force plane crashed near New Delhi airport killing all 18 onboard and 3 people on the ground.
    (WSJ, 3/8/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 7, Ukraine restarted nuclear reactor No. 3 at Chernobyl following repairs that began Dec 15.
    (SFC, 3/8/99, p.A16)

1999        Mar 8, Alice Munro of Canada won the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction for her short-story collection "The Love of a Good Woman." Philip Gourevitch won the nonfiction award for "We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families," a work on the Rwandan genocide. Sylvia Nassar won the biography award for her work on John Forbes Nash Jr., Nobel laureate in mathematics. Gary Giddins won the award for criticism for "Visions of Jazz: The First Century."
    (SFC, 3/9/99, p.C2)
1999        Mar 8, Women around the world took part in ceremonies and protests marking Int'l. Women's Day.
    (SFC, 3/9/99, p.B10)
1999        Mar 8, The Clinton administration directed the firing of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee from his job at the Los Alamos National Laboratory because of alleged security violations. Lee was exonerated in 2000. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson fired Wen Ho Lee, a Los Alamos weapons designer, who was under suspicion of handing nuclear secrets to China in 1988.
    (SFC, 3/9/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/8/00)(SFC, 7/1/00, p.A4)(SFEC, 9/10/00, p.C19)
1999        Mar 8, Pres. Clinton began a 4-day tour of Central America and the region's efforts to recover from Hurricane Mitch. Clinton toured Posoltega, Nicaragua, by the Casita Volcano where a wall of mud took 2,000 lives.
    (SFC, 3/8/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/9/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 8, US warplanes dropped laser-guided bombs on northern and southern Iraq.
    (SFC, 3/9/99, p.B10)
1999        Mar 8, Intel settled an antitrust suit with charges that it had abused monopoly power in the computer chip industry.
    (SFC, 3/9/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 8, Joe DiMaggio, New York Yankees baseball star known as the "Yankee Clipper," died at age 84 in Hollywood, Florida. In 1975 Maury Allen authored "Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio." In 1995 Joseph Durso authored the biography "DiMaggio: The Last American Knight." In 2000 Richard Ben Cramer authored "Joe DiMaggio: The Hero’s Life."
    (SFC, 3/9/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/9/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/18/00, p.A24)
1999        Mar 8, William Wrigley (b.1933), CEO of Chicago-based Wrigley Gum, died. His son William Wrigley Jr. took over the company.
    (WSJ, 3/11/06, p.A10)(www.thememoryhole.org/foi/apbnews-list/)
1999        Mar 8, Brazil sealed a deal with the IMF for a currency injection in exchange for more belt tightening.
    (SFC, 3/9/99, p.B10)
1999        Mar 8, Britain and Ireland signed 4 treaties for the Northern Ireland peace accord. Formation of a new government was postponed.
    (WSJ, 3/9/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 8, In China 148 people were poisoned in Luoyang after nitric acid was put into the donkey meat soup. 5 people were later arrested. Chi Jianguo, the owner of a competing restaurant, hired 4 farmers to poison the soup. He was later sentenced to death, but the sentence was suspended for 2 years.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A11)(SFC, 4/7/99, p.C12)
1999        Mar 8, In Ecuador the government declared a banking holiday to deal with the plunging currency.
    (WSJ, 3/9/99, p.A17)
1999        Mar 8, Guinea said that it had reinforced its border with Sierra Leone following the fall of Kambia to rebels and raids by rebels against Guinean villages.
    (SFC, 3/9/99, p.B10)
1999        Mar 8, Kosovo KLA leaders agreed to accept a peace plan but commander Ramush Hajredinaj insisted that they would not give up their arms.
    (SFC, 3/9/99, p.A12)

1999        Mar 9, Pres. Clinton visited Honduras and paid tribute to US military efforts in rebuilding roads, bridges, schools and clinics following Hurricane Mitch.
    (SFC, 3/10/99, p.A12)
1999        Mar 9, Amtrak unveiled a new high speed train for travel between Boston and New York in 3 hours. A New York to Washington run was expected to take 2 ½ hours. The new Acela service was planned to begin in Nov or Dec.
    (SFC, 3/10/99, p.A4)(WSJ, 3/10/99, p.B1)
1999        Mar 9, RJR Nabisco Holdings Corp., the food-and-tobacco conglomerate, announced that it would split its tobacco business from its food operations.
    (SFC, 3/10/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 9, A late winter storm dumped snow from the upper Midwest to the East Coast and caused 3 deaths. 4 motorists died the next day.
    (WSJ, 3/10/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/11/99, p.A6)
1999        Mar 9, The Antigua Labor Party won the elections and Prime Minister Lester Bird extended his rule for another 5 years.
    (SFC, 3/11/99, p.A11)
1999        Mar 9, Ecuador declared a 60-day state of emergency prompted by the economic crises.
    (WSJ, 3/10/99, p.A14)
1999        Mar 9, French police arrested Javier Arizcuren-Ruiz, aka Kantauri, leader of the military wing of the Basque ETA along with 5 other ETA members.
    (SFC, 3/10/99, p.A14)
1999        Mar 9, Serb tanks attacked ethnic Albanian villages near Macedonia.
    (WSJ, 3/10/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 9, A Sierra Leone rebel leader made a radio appeal to his followers for a cease-fire and peace talks.
    (WSJ, 3/10/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 9, In South Africa a gunman killed Patata Nqwaru, vice chairman of the local United Democratic Movement in Cape Town.
    (SFC, 3/10/99, p.A13)
1999        Mar 9, The UN announced a program for India to set up schools in the eastern Punjab to get children out of the carpet weaving industry. The US planned to contribute $2 million to the $2.9 million program.
    (SFC, 3/10/99, p.A13)

1999        Mar 10, Pres. Clinton visited Guatemala and acknowledged the U.S. role in Central America's "dark and painful period" of civil wars and repression. He apologized for US support of rightist regimes that ruled the country for 3 decades.
    (SFC, 3/11/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/10/00)
1999        Mar 10, Physicist Ian Barbour (75) won the $1.24 million Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. He promised to donate $1 million to the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences in Berkeley.
    (SFC, 3/11/99, p.A2)
1999        Mar 10, In Ecuador two days of general strikes were scheduled.
    (WSJ, 3/10/99, p.A14)
1999        Mar 10, In Iceland the parliament passed a resolution to resume whale hunting within its territorial waters.
    (SFC, 3/12/99, p.A15)
1999        Mar 10, In Indonesia troops fired on rioting Christians and Muslims on Ambon and at least 7 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 3/11/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 10, In Mexico a power failure at the Penitas hydroelectric plant cause a blackout across the Yucatan for several hours.
    (SFC, 3/11/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 10, In Mozambique officials reported 12 deaths due to flooding and some 200,000 people stranded following 3 months of rain.
    (SFC, 3/11/99, p.A11)
1999        Mar 10, In Palestine security forces shot and killed 2 teenagers during protests in Gaza after Raed al-Attar was sentenced to die for killing police captain Rifat Joudah in Feb. Two others were sentenced to jail.
    (SFC, 3/11/99, p.A12)
1999        Mar 10, In Serbia Pres. Milosevic met with Richard Holbrooke and stood firm against NATO troops in his country.
    (SFC, 3/11/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 10, In Sierra Leone rebels rejected a cease fire plea by their jailed leader.
    (WSJ, 3/11/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 10, In Spain 9 Basque separatists were arrested.
    (WSJ, 3/11/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 10, In Thailand Michael Wansley (58), an auditor for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, was shot to death on his way to the Kaset Thai sugar mill. The murder was traced to Pradit Siriviriyakul, one of the brothers running the family mill.
    (WSJ, 4/2/99, p.A9)

1999        Mar 11, The House voted 219-191 to conditionally support President Clinton's plan to send U.S. troops to Kosovo if a peace agreement was reached. 
    (AP, 3/11/00)
1999        Mar 11, Defense Sec. William Cohen announced $3.2 billion in subsidized arms sales to Egypt.
    (SFC, 3/12/99, p.A16)
1999        Mar 11, The US Rodman naval base in Panama was transferred to Panama.
    (WSJ, 3/12/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 11, Pope John Paul II met with Mohammad Khatami of Iran.
    (SFC, 3/12/99, p.A14)
1999        Mar 11, In Germany Oskar Lafontaine, the finance minister, resigned following an apparent power struggle with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. Hans Eichel. Governor of Hesse, was expected to succeed him.
    (SFC, 3/12/99, p.A15)(WSJ, 3/12/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 11, In Ecuador Pres. Mahuad announced tax increases and other harsh measures to fight the economic crises.
    (SFC, 3/12/99, p.A14)
1999        Mar 11, In northern Italy an avalanche killed 3 German skiers.
    (SFC, 3/12/99, p.A15)
1999        Mar 11, In Kosovo fighting spread as Yugoslav forces shelled villages near Prizren.
    (SFC, 3/12/99, p.A14)
1999        Mar 11, Norway approved a $57.7 million package to compensate the nation's Jews for suffering during WW II.
    (SFC, 3/12/99, p.A15)
1999        Mar 11, In Palestine at least 85 people were injured in a 2nd day of clashes in the Gaza Strip.
    (SFC, 3/12/99, p.A15)

1999        Mar 12, It was reported that scientists had developed a device to shoot streams of atoms in any direction. Atoms from a Bose-Einstein condensate were propelled with pulsating lasers.
    (SFC, 3/12/99, p.A6)
1999        Mar 12, Yehudi Menuhin, violinist, died at age 82 in Berlin.
    (SFC, 3/13/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 12, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic formally joined NATO in a ceremony at Independence, Mo., where Pres. Truman announced in 1949 the formation of the Atlantic alliance for defense against the Soviet bloc.
    (SFC, 3/11/99, p.C14)

1999        Mar 13, Evander Holyfield, the WBA and IBF champion, and Lennox Lewis, the WBC champion, kept their respective titles after fighting to a controversial draw in New York.
    (AP, 3/13/00)
1999        Mar 13, It was reported that NASA measurements showed ice sheets in the low-lying areas of Greenland were melting at the rate of 3-feet per year.
    (SFC, 3/13/99, p.A6)(AP, 3/13/00)
1999        Mar 13, Garson Kanin, playwright and film director, died in New York at age 86.
    (SFEC, 3/14/99, p.D8)
1999        Mar 13, In Indonesia the National Front Party of prime minister Mahathir Mohamad won elections in oil-rich Sabah state with 25 of the 48 seats.
    (SFEC, 3/14/99, p.A8)
1999        Mar 13, In Kosovo 2 bombs struck in Podujevo and 1 in Kosovska Mitrovica killing 6 people and wounding 58. The state TV blamed the Albanians, who in turn blamed the Serbs.
    (SFEC, 3/14/99, p.A17)
1999        Mar 13, Serb government forces destroyed more than 25 homes of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, apparently in retaliation for the killing of Serb civilians.
    (AP, 3/13/00)
1999        Mar 13, In Turkey 13 people were killed in a bomb attack on a shopping center in the Goztepe section of Istanbul.
    (SFEC, 3/14/99, p.A24)
1999        Mar 13, In Zimbabwe three Americans appeared in court on charges of terrorism, espionage and sabotage against Pres. Kabila. They had been tortured and pictures with the names: Gary George Blanchfield, Jona Lamonte-Dixon, and Joseph Pettijohn were displayed. The men were associated with Harvestfield Ministries in Indianapolis.
    (SFC, 3/13/99, p.A13)(SFC, 3/15/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 3/15/99, p.A1)

1999        Mar 14, Pi day.
    (SFEC, 3/14/99, p.C5)
1999        Mar 14, The Clinton administration conceded the Chinese had gained from technology allegedly stolen from a federal nuclear weapons lab but insisted the government responded decisively; Republicans demanded a comprehensive review of U.S. policy toward China. [see Mar 6]
    (AP, 3/14/00)
1999        Mar 14, In southeastern Congo rebels reportedly killed over 100 villagers in retaliation for an attack by pro-government militia. Moise Nyarugabo, head of the rebel Congolese Democratic Coalition said his forces killed at least 150 Zimbabwean soldiers allied to Kabila at Kabinda. Zimbabwe denied the report.
    (SFC, 3/15/99, p.A9)(SFC, 3/17/99, p.C3)
1999        Mar 14, In India a fire swept a New Delhi shantytown and at least 22 people were killed in the Vijay Ghat district.
    (SFC, 3/15/99, p.A9)
1999        Mar 14, In Kosovo heavy fighting preceded the resumption of peace talks in Paris.
    (SFC, 3/15/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 14, In Turkmenistan the warring factions of Afghanistan agreed in principle to a peace deal.
    (SFC, 3/15/99, p.A8)
1999        Mar 14, In Venezuela Irene Saez, a former Miss Universe, won the governorship of Margarita Island.
    (SFC, 3/15/99, p.A9)

1999        Mar 15, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Dusty Springfield were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 3/15/00)
1999        Mar 15, The US prison population was reported at 1.8 million with 668 inmates per 100,000 residents.
    (SFC, 3/15/99, p.A2)
1999        Mar 15, In Bourbonnais, Ill., the "City of New Orleans" Amtrak train derailed after hitting a truck loaded with steel. The truck was driven by John Stokes and 11 people were killed and 119 injured. A witness testified that Stokes tried to go around the crossing gates to beat the train, but the testimony was later reported as mistaken.
    (SFC, 3/16/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/17/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/17/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/17/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/18/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/20/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 15, In Ecuador the banks reopened as taxi drivers protested the doubling of gas prices.
    (SFC, 3/16/99, p.A9)
1999        Mar 15, Eritrea claimed to have shot down an Ethiopian MiG-23 and to have destroyed 19 tanks. Ethiopia denied the claims.
    (SFC, 3/16/99, p.A9)
1999        Mar 15, All 20 members of the EU executive body, the European Commission led by Jacques Santer, resigned in the wake of charges of fraud, corruption and mismanagement.
    (SFC, 3/16/99, p.A1)(Econ, 9/13/03, p.50)
1999        Mar 15, In Haiti a UN helicopter crashed in the mountains and 13 people were killed. They included 6 Argentines, 6 Russians and 1 American.
    (SFC, 3/16/99, p.A9)
1999        Mar 15, In Indonesia the government closed 38 banks, took over 7, and agreed to bail out 9 in an attempt to revitalize the financial system.
    (WSJ, 3/15/99, p.A13)
1999        Mar 15, The Kosovar Albanian delegation to peace talks in Paris said it was ready to sign an international accord for Kosovo. In Kosovo the ethnic Albanians gave a written pledge to sign a peace proposal.
    (SFC, 3/16/99, p.A8)(AP, 3/15/00)   
1999        Mar 15, In Northern Ireland Rosemary Nelson (40), a Catholic human rights lawyer, was killed by a car bomb in Lurgan. In 2000 William Thompson, a former British soldier, was arraigned on terrorist charges following an inquiry into Nelson's death.
    (SFC, 3/16/99, p.A8)(SFC, 3/17/00, p.D4)

1999        Mar 16, The Nebraska Cornhuskers beat Chicago State 50-3 in an NCAA baseball game.
    (AP, 3/16/00)
1999        Mar 16, The Dow Jones industrial average briefly topped the 10,000 level, reaching a high of 10,001.78 before retreating.
    (AP, 3/16/00)
1999        Mar 16, Cuban Americans, whose sons were in custody by the INS, began a hunger strike outside the gates of the Krome Detention Center at the edge of the Everglades.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.A11)
1999        Mar 16, Retired Major General David Hale (53) pleaded guilty to charges of sexual affairs with the wives of subordinate officers. Hale was ordered to pay $22,000 in penalties. He was the highest officer to be court-martialed since 1952. Hale was demoted in Sept. to a one-star brigadier general.
    (SFC, 3/17/99, p.A2)(SFC, 3/17/99, p.A8)(SFC, 9/3/99, p.A2)
1999        Mar 16, It was reported that the world's 300 right whales faced extinction.
    (SFC, 3/16/99, p.A2)
1999        Mar 16, The US National Marine Fisheries Service announced the addition to the endangered species list of 9 salmon species from the Pacific Northwest.
    (SFC, 3/16/99, p.A2)
1999        Mar 16, In northern Argentina a team of archeologists discovered 3 frozen mummies on Mount Llullaillaco. The mummies were of children sacrificed about 500 years ago.
    (SFC, 4/7/99, p.A11)
1999        Mar 16, In Ecuador former Pres. Fabian Alarcon was arrested on charges that he loaded the state payroll with phantom employees while serving as the head of Congress.
    (SFC, 3/17/99, p.C3)
1999        Mar 16, The first passenger bus service between India and Pakistan was scheduled to begin.
    (SFEC, 3/14/99, p.A22)
1999        Mar 16, In Kosovo Serbia moved in heavy tanks and thousands more troops as their negotiators insisted on major changes in the Paris peace talks.
    (SFC, 3/17/99, p.A8)
1999        Mar 16, North Korea agreed to allow US inspectors to visit a suspected nuclear weapons site in exchange for assistance to increase potato yields.
    (SFC, 3/17/99, p.A8)
1999        Mar 16, In Sri Lanka a suicide bomber killed 2 people in a Colombo assassination attempt.
    (WSJ, 3/17/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 16, In Turkey 2 people were killed in a car explosion in Hatay.
    (SFC, 3/17/99, p.A8)

1999        Mar 17, Instant replay was voted back in the NFL for the 1999 season.
    (AP, 3/17/00)   
1999        Mar 17, A US science panel commissioned by the Clinton administration called for clinical trials of medical marijuana. Medical experts concluded that marijuana has medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS.
    (SFC, 3/17/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/17/00)
1999        Mar 17, In Nebraska a large prairie fire around Thedford burned tens of thousands of acres and killed one volunteer firefighter.
    (SFC, 3/18/99, p.A2)
1999        Mar 17, The Int'l. Olympic Committee expelled 6 members in the wake of a bribery scandal, but gave a vote of confidence to IOC pres. Juan Antonio Samaranch.
    (SFC, 3/18/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/17/00)
1999        Mar 17, Eritrea said it repulsed Ethiopian troops after a 3-day battle. 300 Ethiopian soldiers were reported dead and 57 tanks destroyed. Ethiopia said the results of the battle were staged.
    (SFC, 3/18/99, p.C3)
1999        Mar 17, Iraqi pilgrims flew to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj. It was the 2nd day of flights violating UN prohibitions.
    (SFC, 3/18/99, p.C2)
1999        Mar 17, In Belfast gunmen killed Frankie Curry, a Protestant extremist recently paroled from prison.
    (SFC, 3/18/99, p.A12)
1999        Mar 17, In Israel Rabbi Aryeh Deri, head of the Shas party of religious Sephardim, was convicted on bribery charges.
    (SFC, 3/18/99, p.A12)
1999        Mar 17, In Russia the Federal Council, the upper house of parliament, defied Pres. Yeltsin's attempt to oust Yuri Skuratov, the prosecutor general. Skuratove exposed the Central Bank's secret transfer of hard currency reserves to the FIMAKO company in the Channel Islands.
    (SFC, 3/18/99, p.C3)
1999        Mar 17, In South Africa Allan Boesak (53), a leading anti-apartheid activist, was convicted of stealing money from foreign donors intended for the Foundation for Peace and Justice. He was later sentenced to 6 years in prison for theft and fraud.
    (SFC, 3/18/99, p.A13)(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 17, The Vatican and Sony announced the release of the first music video, "Abba Pater," by Pope John Paul II.
    (SFC, 3/17/99, p.C3)

1999        Mar 18, A US federal judge ordered US telephone companies to pay $6.2 million owed to Cuba to the families of 3 Cuban Americans killed in 1996.
    (SFC, 3/19/99, p.A12)
1999        Mar 18, In Afghanistan fighting continued for a 2nd day and 12 people were reported killed by Taliban bombing in Parwan province.
    (SFC, 3/19/99, p.A14)
1999        Mar 18, In China the Grand Hyatt Shanghai opened on the top 35 stories of the new $540 million Jin Mao Tower, the 3rd tallest in the world.
    (WSJ, 3/17/99, p.B1)
1999        Mar 18, In Ecuador Pres. Mahuad revoked the decree doubling gas prices under protests from taxi drivers.
    (SFC, 3/19/99, p.A14)
1999        Mar 18, In Paris the ethnic Albanians signed the peace proposal, which the Serbian delegation rejected. The Kosovar Albanian delegation signed a U.S.-sponsored peace accord following talks in Paris; the Clinton administration warned NATO would act against Serb targets if Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic didn't accept the agreement.
    (SFC, 3/19/99, p.A12)(AP, 3/18/00)
1999        Mar 18, In India 35 upper-caste villagers of Senari in Bihar state were killed by members of the Maoist Communist Center.
    (SFC, 3/19/99, p.A14)
1999        Mar 18, In Indonesia at least 59 people were killed on Borneo as ethnic groups clashed for a 3rd day.
    (SFC, 3/19/99, p.A14)
1999        Mar 18, In Malaysia an outbreak of encephalitis caused an order for the extermination of 64,000 pigs and the evacuation of 11,000 people.
    (SFC, 3/19/99, p.A14)

1999        Mar 19, At a White House news conference, President Clinton prepared the nation for airstrikes against Serbian targets following the collapse of Kosovo peace talks in Paris.
    (AP, 3/19/00)
1999        Mar 19, Balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones were expected to complete their circumnavigation of the globe and planned to land in Egypt. [see Mar 20]
    (SFC, 3/20/99, p.A3)
1999        Mar 19, In Colombia Marxist rebels were reported to have abducted over 90 people in 3 provinces. 25 people were taken in Hormiga, over 50 were taken in northern Cesar province, and 19 were seized in Cauca.
    (SFC, 3/20/99, p.A11)
1999        Mar 19, In Russia at least 56 people were killed in an explosion in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia, at an outdoor bazaar. This was 2 days following a blast in neighboring Ingushetia that destroyed 2 homes. The Federal Security Service put the death toll at 63 with 104 injured.
    (SFC, 3/20/99, p.A3)(SFEC, 3/21/99, p.A20)(AP, 3/19/02)
1999        Mar 19, Saudi Arabia permitted some 18,000 destitute Iraqis to cross the border for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
    (SFC, 3/20/99, p.A8)

1999        Mar 20, Balloonists Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland and Brian Jones of Britain became the first aviators to fly a hot-air balloon around the world nonstop. They established an around the world record after floating over Mauritania at 1:54 a.m. PST and won a $1 million prize from Anheuser-Busch as the first aviators to fly a hot-air balloon around the world nonstop.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, p.A21)(AP, 3/20/00)
1999        Mar 20, A war crimes tribunal at the Hague recommended that 3 Croatian generals be indicted for war crimes for "Operation Storm" in Aug, 1995.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, p.A17)
1999        Mar 20, In Paris thousands of French teachers marched to demand a greater say in educational reform.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, p.A22)
1999        Mar 20, Serb forces in Kosovo launched a new offensive along a 20-mile arc west and northwest of Pristina. The Yugoslav army, taking advantage of the departure of international monitors from Kosovo, launched a furious offensive against outgunned ethnic Albanian rebels.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/20/00)
1999        Mar 20, In Spain some 60,000 people marched in Bilbao to protest recent arrests of members and supporters of the ETA.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, p.A23)

1999        Mar 21, At the Academy Award Oscar ceremonies "Shakespeare in Love" won 7 awards and "Saving Private Ryan" won 5 with Steven Spielberg as best director. Roberto Benigni won best actor for "Life Is Beautiful" and Gwyneth Paltrow won best actress for "Shakespeare in Love." Steven Spielberg won best director for "Saving Private Ryan."
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/21/00)
1999        Mar 21, Balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones landed their Breitling Orbiter 3 north of Mut, Egypt, a day after setting their around the world record.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, p.A21)
1999        Mar 21, It was reported that the Space Laser Energy group, SELENE, proposed to transmit energy to satellites by 2004.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, p.D1)
1999        Mar 21, In Alaska an avalanche killed at least 4 snowmobilers at the Turnagain Pass in Chugach National Forest.
    (WSJ, 3/23/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 21, In Chechnya one person was killed as a bomb exploded in the motorcade of Pres. Maskhadov.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 21, On the 2nd day of Serb attacks against Kosovo, envoy Richard Holbrooke met with Pres. Milosevic with serious threats of NATO air strikes.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 21, In Finland the ruling social Democrats under Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen lost 12 seats but kept 51 in the 200-member Eduskunta. The Center Party gained 4 seats with voter frustration over unemployment.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/22/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 21, In Indonesia at least 96 immigrant Madura were killed by ethnic Malay, Dayak and Bugis men on the island of Borneo.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A11)
1999        Mar 21, Israel's Supreme Court rejected a final effort to have American teen-ager Samuel Sheinbein returned to the United States to face murder charges. Under a plea agreement with Israeli prosecutors, Sheinbein was later sentenced to 24 years in prison for the murder of Alfred Tello Jr.
    (AP, 3/21/00)
1999        Mar 21, In Northern Ireland masked men beat a 13-year-old boy with baseball bats at Newtownards.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 21, In Malaysia soldiers began killing the pig population to control an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A11)
1999        Mar 21, In Turkey the Kurdish New Year began with unrest and police arrested 1,500 people across the country with the southeast under a virtual state of siege. A pipeline explosion halted the flow of oil from Iraq.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/22/99, p.A1)

1999        Mar 22, The Clinton administration announced new food deals for North Korea to total $60 million.
    (WSJ, 3/23/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 22, Acting as his own lawyer, Dr. Jack Kevorkian went on trial on murder charges for the first time, telling a jury in Pontiac, Mich., he was merely carrying out his professional duty in a videotaped assisted death shown on "60 Minutes." Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder.
    (AP, 3/22/00)
1999        Mar 22, A woman, held as a sex hostage, escaped from David Ray and Cindy Hendy near Elephant Butte Lake, NM. Ray and Hendy were arrested on charges of kidnapping and torture and then other reports emerged that 4-6 other victims had been mutilated and dumped into the lake.
    (SFC, 3/31/99, p.A6)
1999        Mar 22, The Volantor, a flying car, was described. It was designed by Paul Moller of Davis, Ca., and estimated to have range of 900 miles.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A15)
1999        Mar 22, In Congo Mai Mai warriors hired by Rwanda were reported to have killed 100 people. Rwanda denied the report.
    (WSJ, 3/24/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 22, Serb attacks on ethnic Albanians continued after envoy Richard Holbrooke failed to convince Pres. Milosevic to stop.
    (WSJ, 3/23/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 22, In Sierra Leone at least 150 people drowned when an overloaded motorized canoe capsized near Tasso.
    (SFC, 3/26/99, p.A14)

1999        Mar 23, The US Senate voted 58-41 to support US participation in a NATO bombing of Serbia.
    (WSJ, 3/24/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 23, NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana gave the formal go-ahead for airstrikes against Serbian targets following the failure of Kosovo peace talks.
    (AP, 3/23/00)
1999        Mar 23, Japanese navy ships fired warning shots at 2 suspected North Korean spy vessels that entered its waters 180 miles northwest of Tokyo.
    (WSJ, 3/24/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 23, In Paraguay vice president Luis Maria Argana was shot to death in Asuncion. Paraguay later tried without success to extradite Lino Oviedo from Argentina for involvement in the assassination. In 2000 Fidencio Vega Barrios and Luis Alberto Rojas were ordered to be extradited from Argentina for their role in the killing.
    (WSJ, 3/24/99, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/99, p.A13)(WSJ, 4/6/00, p.B1)
1999        Mar 23, Russia's Prime Minister Primakov turned his plane home and cancelled talks in Washington following the NATO decision to bomb Serbia.
    (WSJ, 3/24/99, p.A21)

1999        Mar 24, The US Supreme Court ruled to uphold an 1837 treaty with the Chippewa Indians for hunting and fishing on 13 million acres of public land in Minnesota.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.A8)
1999        Mar 24, The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that Boeing 737 rudder problems caused two fatal airline crashes and nearly triggered a third.
    (AP, 3/24/00)
1999        Mar 24, The US Operations Allied Force, Noble Anvil, Shining Hope and Falcon began in Kosovo. About $5 billion was appropriated and left 4 US casualties.
    (WSJ, 9/22/99, p.A8)
1999        Mar 24, In California a robber managed to steal $2.3 million from a Loomis armored truck as it traveled on I-80 between SF and Sacramento. The heist was not reported until May 6.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.A21)(SSFC, 7/15/01, p.A19)
1999        Mar 24, The EU leaders in Berlin chose Romano Prodi, former prime minister of Italy, as the new chief executive.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.A5)
1999        Mar 24, In Algeria Muslim rebels slashed the throats of 9 people and kidnapped 2 women near Blida. The victims included a mother and her 2 children.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 24, In Britain the high court rejected the claim of Pinochet for immunity from prosecution, but reduced the charges that could be brought against him to offenses after Sep 29, 1988. 27 of the 30 charges in the Spanish warrant were thrown out.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.A3)
1999        Mar 24, In Congo a massacre of 250 people in the Kivu region was reported. The slayings by Rwandan troops appeared to be in retaliation for earlier attacks by Congolese Mai Mai tribesmen.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 24, In the 7-mile Mt. Blanc tunnel between France and Italy a fire erupted from a truck transporting flour. The death toll was raised to 9 with 24 injured. The fire was extinguished after 3 days and the death toll rose to 35. Identification of the remains of at least 40 people began Mar 28. Thirty-nine people were killed when fire erupted in the Mont Blanc tunnel in France and burned for two days. It re-opened in 2002. In 2005 a French court convicted 10 people and 3 companies for safety lapses in the 2-day fire.
    (SFC, 3/26/99, p.A14)(SFC, 3/27/99, p.A10)(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A8)(AP, 3/24/00)(SSFC, 3/17/02, p.C4)(AP, 3/24/04)(WSJ, 7/28/05, p.A1)
1999        Mar 24, In Kenya a train enroute to Mombasa derailed at high speed in Tsavo East National Park and at least 32 people were killed.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.A9)
1999        Mar 24, In Paraguay legislators began impeachment proceedings against Pres. Raul Cubas, a bitter rival of slain vice president Argana. Meanwhile the 3rd day of a labor strike continued.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.A4)(SFC, 3/26/99, p.A12)
1999        Mar 24, In Romania tens of thousands of workers in Bucharest and other cities protested for lower taxes and a cut in utility rates.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 24, Russia denounced the NATO attack on Serbia.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 24, In Serbia NATO forces sent a broad wave of air attacks against Yugoslav forces in an attempt to halt the Serbian offensive in Kosovo. Cruise missiles and planes targeted military sites near Belgrade and some 40 sites in total. Initial reports said 10 people were killed and 38 wounded in the bombing. The airstrikes marked the first time in its 50-year existence that NATO had ever attacked a sovereign country.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/25/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/26/99, p.A6)(AP, 3/24/00)

1999        Mar 25, NATO forces struck Serbian air defenses and other sites as Serb forces stepped up their efforts to crush resistance in Kosovo. The village of Goden was burned by Serb forces and 174 residents were forced to leave. 20 men were kept back and presumed killed.
    (SFC, 3/26/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 4/4/99, p.A1, 8)
1999        Mar 25, Alexei Yagudin won the men's title for the second time at the World Figure Skating Championships held in Helsinki, Finland.
    (AP, 3/25/00)   
1999        Mar 25, NATO forces struck Serbian air defenses and other sites for a second night as Serb forces stepped up their efforts to crush resistance in Kosovo. The village of Goden was burned by Serb forces and 174 residents were forced to leave. 20 men were kept back and presumed killed.
    (SFC, 3/26/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 4/4/99, p.A1,8)(AP, 3/25/00)
1999        Mar 25, Some 70 men were reported massacred at the village Bellacerk in Kosovo. In the village of Velika Krusa 14 ethnic Albanians were killed and burned by Serb police and paramilitaries. Selami Elshani played dead escaped to tell the story.  Investigators in Bela Crkva later found the bodies of 12 people including 7 children, all shot in the back of the head, killed during the rampage. Serb paramilitaries along with the Serb army attacked the village of Krushe e Vogel, 90 km (55 miles) southwest of Pristina. The civilian population suffered brutal and illegal murders. In 2018 a Kosovo prosecutor brought war crime charges against a Serb man (D.T.) his role in the Krushe e Vogel attack.
    (SFC, 4/6/99, p.A8)(SFEC, 4/18/99, p.1,4)(AP, 4/26/18)
1999        Mar 25, In Nerodimlje, Kosovo, 8 male members of the Berisha family were executed in front of a wall by a Serb gunman.
    (SFC, 6/21/99, p.A8)
1999        Mar 25, In Colombia an arrest warrant was issued for German Briceno, aka Grannobles, for the kidnapping and killing of 3 Americans. Briceno was the brother of Jorge Briceno, No. 2 leader of FARC.
    (SFC, 3/27/99, p.C1)
1999        Mar 25, In Kosovo Serbian police officers took away Bajram Kelmendi, a human rights lawyer, and his 2 sons. Their bodies were found the next day.
    (SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A17)
1999        Mar 25, In Haiti Pres. Preval appointed a new government by decree.
    (WSJ, 3/26/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 25, In South Africa Wouter Basson, the former head of chemical and biological warfare dubbed "Doctor Death," was indicted on 64 charges that included murder, theft and fraud. Conspiracy charges for offenses in Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Britain were later dismissed. 61 charges remained. Basson was acquitted of 46 counts of murder, fraud and drug dealing in 2002.
    (SFC, 3/26/99, p.A16)(SFC, 10/13/99, p.A12)(SFC, 4/12/02, p.A8)

1999        Mar 26, Hillary Clinton continued her 12-day African tour with a speech in Tunis at a women's rights conference.
    (SFC, 3/27/99, p.C1)
1999        Mar 26, Right-to-die advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted in Pontiac, Mich., of second-degree murder for giving Thomas Youk, a patient with Lou Gehrig's disease, a lethal injection. His action was videotaped and broadcast on television.
    (SFC, 3/27/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/26/00)   
1999        Mar 26, The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M. received its first shipment of nuclear waste. The facility was completed in 1988.
    (SFC, 3/26/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/27/99, p.A2)
1999        Mar 26, A computer virus named "Melissa" began infecting computers across the country.
    (AP, 3/26/00)
1999        Mar 26, American-led NATO forces launched a third night of airstrikes against Yugoslavia and 2 MiG-29 fighters were shot down as Serbian troops continued to sweep ethnic Albanian villages in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 3/27/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/26/00)
1999        Mar 26, In Bulgaria some 10,000 people protested NATO strikes; in Greece some 15,000 marched on the US embassy in protest; in Bosnia some 3,000 Serb youths turned violent in Banja Luka over the NATO strikes.
    (SFC, 3/27/99, p.A11)
1999        Mar 26, The EU declared that the creation of a Palestine state was the best way to resolve the Middle East conflict, and the action could not be vetoed by Israel.
    (SFC, 3/27/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 26, In Jordan security authorities released more than 20 activists of an illegal Islamic party who were sentenced to different jail terms over the past year. The decision to release Al Tahrir Party activists followed a public amnesty signed by His Majesty King Abdullah last week under which more than 2,500 prisoners and detainees are expected to be freed.
1999        Mar 26, Serbian forces rounded up ethnic Albanian villages in Krushe e Vogel, Kosovo. Serb forces herded 114 men and boys into a barn, including a disabled man whose wheelchair was used to block one of the exits. The Serbs then riddled the barn with bullets from automatic weapons before torching it and all those inside. In 2011 a UN court sentenced former Serbian police chief Vlastimir Djordjevic to 27 years in prison for orchestrating the murder of hundreds of ethnic Albanians.
    (SSFC, 9/8/02, p.F1)(AP, 2/23/11)
1999        Mar 26, The UN Security Council defeated a Russian resolution demanding an immediate end to NATO attacks on Yugoslavia.
    (SFC, 3/27/99, p.A11)
1999        Mar 26, In Uganda it was reported that wheat stem-rust fungus had appeared on a crop. The fungus killed nearly half the world's crop before the green revolution of the 1950s. The black rust disease was named Ug99 and by 2007 had jumped to Yemen. In 2008 it was confirmed in Iran. In 2008 Cornell Univ. received a $26.8 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help combat the new strains of rust disease.
    (WSJ, 3/26/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/3/08, p.A16)

1999        Mar 27, This was the 1st day of the Muslim feast day Id al-Lahma, feast of meat, or Id al-Adha, feast of sacrifice.
    (SFC, 3/29/99, p.A7)
1999        Mar 27, Maria Butyrskaya of Russia won the World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland; defending champion Michelle Kwan of the United States finished second.
    (AP, 3/27/00)
1999        Mar 27, Chinese Pres. Jiang Zemin in a speech to Swiss business leaders criticized NATO airstrikes in Yugoslavia.
    (SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A16)
1999        Mar 27, NATO expanded its air assault on Yugoslavia in the 4th straight day of attacks. A $42 million US F-117A stealth fighter was downed over Yugoslavia during continued NATO airstrikes. The American pilot was rescued by US forces. The wreckage was later believed to have been sold. In 2005 it was reported that Col. Zoltan Dani of Serbia was behind the shooting down of the stealth fighter. Dani said the F-117 was detected and shot down during a moonless night, just three days into the war, by a Soviet-made SA-3 Goa surface-to-air missile.
    (SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A1,16)(SFC, 9/17/99, p.A10)(AP, 3/27/00)(AP, 10/26/05)
1999        Mar 27, In Paraguay at least 5 people were killed and some 100 injured in Asuncion as protestors called for the resignation of Pres. Cubas.
    (SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A21)
1999        Mar 27, Serbian troops ordered villagers of Mamusa, Kosovo, to drive refugees to the border. 3 Turks and 4 ethnic Albanians were killed and 30 houses were burned.
    (SFC, 3/12/02, p.A10)
1999        Mar 27, In Turkey a young woman set off grenades strapped to her body in a suicide that wounded 10 others in Istanbul.
    (SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A25)

1999        Mar 28, Venus Williams beat kid sister Serena 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to win the Lipton Championships in the first all-sister women's final in 115 years.
    (AP, 3/28/00)   
1999        Mar 28, The Sea Launch Co. successfully fired a Ukrainian and Russian built rocket from their Odyssey, marine based, self-propelled platform.
    (SFC, 3/29/99, p.A2)
1999        Mar 28, It was reported that Amnesty Int'l. placed the US on its list of human rights violators on the 1st day of the 1st week of the UN annual meeting on global democratic rights in Geneva.
    (SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A25)
1999        Mar 28, In SF the 15-story Verducci Hall of California State Univ. on Lake Merced Drive was blown up. It was to be replaced by a new apartment complex. The building, which opened in 1969, was named after Joe Verducci, a former CSU athletic director, and had been vacant since 1991.
    (SFC, 3/17/99, p.A12)(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A1,5)
1999        Mar 28, In Cuba the Baltimore Orioles beat a Cuban baseball all-star team 3:2 in 11 innings. A rematch in Baltimore was scheduled for May 3.
    (SFC, 3/29/99, p.A1)   
1999        Mar 28, Ethiopia claimed to have killed tens of thousands of Eritrean soldiers since Feb 23. Eritrea made equally high and unconfirmed claims of enemy casualties.
    (WSJ, 3/29/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 28, In Israel hundreds of government and public service workers resumed their nationwide strike against a decision to cap wage increases.
    (SFC, 3/29/99, p.A8)
1999        Mar 28, In Japan the exploits of Nasubi, a 23-year-old comedian, came to an end as his producers revealed him naked to a studio audience. For over a year he had been shown on weekly TV, without his knowledge, trying to survive on prizes from magazine competitions. He never won any clothes.
    (SFC, 4/1/99, p.E5)
1999        Mar 28, NATO broadened its attacks on Yugoslavia to target Serb military forces in Kosovo in the fifth straight night of airstrikes. UN officials reported that some 500,000 ethnic Albanians had fled Kosovo. NATO officials raised the possibility of using ground troops in Yugoslavia as low-level strikes against tanks began. It was feared that anger over the war would spill over to Bosnia.
    (SFC, 3/29/99, p.A1,10)(AP, 3/28/00)
1999        Mar 28, The notorious Scorpions unit stormed the northern Kosovo town of Podujevo. In 2004 a Belgrade court convicted Sasa Cvjetan, a member of the unit, of killing 14 ethnic Albanian civilians, mostly women and children. The verdict was overturned but in 2005 a re-trial confirmed his guilt and 20-year sentence. In 2008 four members of the Scorpions paramilitary group were tried by a Belgrade court for allegedly gunning down 19 civilians in Podujevo. On June 18, 2009, they were convicted sentenced to between 15 and 20 years in prison. 
    (AP, 6/17/05)(AP, 12/11/08)(AP, 6/18/09)(www.hlc-rdc.org/Saopstenja/1712.en.html)
1999        Mar 28, An American Stealth F117 Nighthawk is shot down over northern Yugoslavia during the NATO air strikes against Serbs attacking Kosovo.
    (HN, 3/28/00)
1999        Mar 28, In Paraguay Pres. Raul Cubas resigned and ended a week of political turmoil. Senator Luis Gonzalez Macchi was sworn in as president. Gen'l. Lino Oviedo was granted asylum in Argentina.
    (SFC, 3/29/99, p.A9)(SFC, 3/30/99, p.F2)

1999        Mar 29, Connecticut beat top-ranked Duke, 77-to-74, for its first NCAA basketball championship.
    (AP, 3/29/00)
1999        Mar 29, It was reported that the US government knowingly risked the lives of thousands of workers over the last 50 years by allowing them to be exposed to dangerous levels of beryllium, a metal critical to the military.
    (SFC, 3/29/99, p.A6)
1999        Mar 29, The Dow Jones broke the 10,000 level and closed at 10,006.
    (SFC, 3/30/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 29, The Melissa computer virus, first reported Mar 26, was spreading and infecting E-mail in tens of thousands of computers. In Dec. David L. Smith, a New Jersey programmer, pleaded guilty to creating the virus and spreading it through a sex Web site. It was reported to have caused $80 million in damage.
    (SFC, 3/29/99, p.A3)(SFC, 12/10/99, p.B1)
1999        Mar 29, In Michigan 5 people died in Osseo following an explosion and fire at the Independence Professional Fireworks Co.
    (SFC, 3/30/99, p.A2)
1999        Mar 29, Legendary jazz singer Joe Williams died in Las Vegas at age 80.
    (AP, 3/29/00)
1999        Mar 29, NATO airstrikes against Yugoslavia continued for a sixth night.
    (AP, 3/29/00)
1999        Mar 29, Albania and Macedonia appealed for help as thousands of refugees fled Kosovo on the 6th day of bombing. NATO said Serbs were targeting ethnic Albanian leadership for executions and the US accused Milosevic of "crimes against humanity."
    (WSJ, 3/30/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/30/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 29, In India at least 51 people were killed following a 6.8 earthquake in the Kumaon Hills in Uttar Pradesh. The quake struck just after midnight and the death toll rose to at least 87. The toll was raised to 110 at Chamoli on the Alaknanda River.
    (SFC, 3/29/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 3/30/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/30/99, p.F2)(SFC, 3/31/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 29, In Mexico 2 of the largest banks agreed to plead guilty to laundering millions of dollars for the Cali and Juarez drug cartels. Bancomer will pay $9.9 million in fines while Banca Serfin will pay $4.7 million.
    (SFC, 3/30/99, p.F2)
1999        Mar 29, In Montenegro Pres. Milo Djukanovic made a plea for an end to NATO attacks on Yugoslavia. The country reported that over 30,000 refugees had taken asylum there.
    (SFC, 3/30/99, p.A10)
1999        Mar 29, Paraguay's ousted president, Raul Cubas, was given asylum by Brazil.
    (WSJ, 3/30/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 29, In Moscow the IMF agreed in principle to a loan for Russia. The loan was estimated to be about $4.8 billion.
    (SFC, 3/30/99, p.F8)
1999        Mar 29, Rwanda began voting in local elections. Candidates were not allowed to run as representatives of any ethnic or political group due to continued Hutu-Tutsi hostility.
    (WSJ, 3/30/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 29, In Uganda officials reported that the army had killed another 18 of the Rwandan Hutu rebels who had murdered 8 foreign tourists.
    (SFC, 3/30/99, p.F8)

1999        Mar 30, A jury in Oregon hit Philip Morris with an $81 million verdict for damages in the lung cancer death of Jesse Williams who died of lung cancer after smoking Marlboros for four decades. $821,000 was for compensatory damages and the rest for punitive damages. The Supreme Court threw out the verdict in October 2003, saying it should be reviewed by lower courts to ensure it was not unconstitutionally excessive. In 2007 the Supreme Court rejected the original $79.5 million punitive payout, but declined to lay down numerical limits for such damages. By 2008 damages due to interest reached $143 million. In 2009 the Supreme Court decided not to a challenge by Philip Morris.
    (SFC, 3/31/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/30/04)(Econ, 2/24/07, p.76)(SFC, 4/1/09, p.A8)
1999        Mar 30, Olusegun Obasanjo, pres. elect of Nigeria, met with Pres. Clinton and vowed to build democracy.
    (WSJ, 3/31/99, p.A1)   
1999        Mar 30, It was reported that Wal-Mart agreed to buy 74 Interspar supermarkets from Germany's Spar Handels chain.
    (SFC, 3/30/99, p.F2)
1999        Mar 30, Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic insisted that NATO attacks stop before he moved toward peace, declaring his forces ready to fight "to the very end." The US called the offer "woefully inadequate." NATO moved to step up the air war and Serbian forces continued unopposed in Kosovo as refugees streamed out. NATO answered with new resolve to wreck his military with a relentless air assault.
    (AP, 3/30/00)(WSJ, 3/31/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 30, Tanzania arrested a former Rwanda army officer suspected in the killing of 10 Belgian peacekeepers in 1994. The officer was freed Mar 29 by a UN war crimes tribunal.
    (WSJ, 3/31/99, p.A1)

1999        Mar 31, A federal judge was expected to approve a settlement by black United Parcel Service (UPS) workers for over $8 million for racial discrimination.
    (SFEC, 3/7/99, p.D2)
1999        Mar 31, Four New York City police officers were charged with murder for killing Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant, in a hail of bullets. They were acquitted in Feb 2000.
    (AP, 3/31/04)
1999        Mar 31, Three peacekeeping US soldiers were captured by Serb forces near the Yugoslav-Macedonia border. Sgt. James Stone (25), Spec. Steven Gonzales (21) and Sgt. Andrew Ramirez (24) were shown on Serbian TV and were released more than a month later. Azen Syla, founder of the KLA, said that his guerrilla supply lines from Albania were cut off when the bombing began. Yugoslav soldiers herded ethnic Albanians onto trains bound for the Macedonian border as NATO bombing continued for the 8th day.
    (SFC, 4/1/99, p.A1,12)(SFC, 4/2/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/31/00)
1999        Mar 31, NATO bombs destroyed the Sloboda household utilities plant in Cacak, Serbia. It had employed some 5,000 people. Allied leaders said they would bomb government buildings in Belgrade.
    (SFC, 4/1/99, p.A14)(WSJ, 4/1/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 31, In the village of Dzakovo, Kosovo, a witness reported the Serbian paramilitary forces invade a mosque during morning prayers and killed some 80 people.
    (SFC, 4/6/99, p.A8)
1999        Mar 31, On Serbian TV Ibrahim Rugova appealed for an end to NATO bombings. He had recently been quoted by a German magazine that chaos would result if NATO does not send in ground troops immediately. Serbs put Rugova under house arrest and ordered him to appear on TV.
    (SFC, 4/2/99, p.A15)(SFC, 4/17/99, p.A9)
1999        Mar 31, In England the House of Lords passed a bill that stripped aristocrats with inherited seats from voting in the upper chamber of Parliament.
    (SFC, 4/1/99, p.C2)
1999        Mar 31, In Zambia the high court declared former leader Kenneth Kaunda,  born to Malawian missionaries, a non-citizen.
    (WSJ, 4/1/99, p.A1)

1999        Mar, The ABC TV show "The Century" was scheduled to begin a 27 hour documentary of the 20th century.
    (WSJ, 4/28/98, p.A1)
1999        Mar, Legoland California, a children’s theme park, was scheduled to be completed in San Diego by the Danish toy company.
    (USAT, 5/7/98, p.1D)
1999        Mar, US Congress passed the Air 21 law at the urging of the Department of Transportation to increase competition and expand services to smaller cities by lifting restrictions on flights in some major airports. The law caused increased flight delays due to over-crowded airport traffic.
    (WSJ, 12/4/00, p.A1)
1999        Mar, At Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Wen Ho Lee tried to delete evidence of his transfer of over 1000 files containing nuclear secrets. Between 1994 and 1995 he had transferred millions of lines of computer code from a classified computer to an unclassified system that were a distillation of over half a century of research on how to perfect nuclear weapons.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A24)
1999        Mar, In Belgium Aleksander Kurti was murdered in Brussels. The murder was later believed to have come after disputes over a prostitution racket that is thought to have been run by Arben Frroku of Albania.
    (http://tinyurl.com/na5hfrl)(AP, 4/2/15)
1999        Mar, PM Tony Blair spoke at Toynbee Hall in east London and pledged to end child poverty within 20 years.
    (Econ, 6/17/06, p.61)
1999        Mar, Jack Ma (b.1964), a former English teacher, launched Alibaba.com to support small business people in China. In 2005 Yahoo agreed to pay $1 billion in cash and turn over its Chinese operations to Alibaba in return for a 40% stake in the Chinese e-commerce company. On Nov 6, 2007, Alibaba became listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange. In 2009 Liu Shiying and Martha Avery authored “Alibaba: The Inside Story Behind Jack Ma and the Creation of the world’s Biggest Online marketplace."
    (WSJ, 8/12/05, p.A1,B1)(SFC, 11/5/07, p.A15)(WSJ, 3/4/09, p.A13)
1999        Mar, Serbian police rounded up members of a Kosovo Albanian family in their village of Suva Reka, killing several men with machine-gun fire before forcing the rest into a pizza restaurant and throwing hand-grenades at them. In 2009 four former Serbian policemen were found guilty of the massacre of 48 Kosovo Albanians. They were sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
    (AP, 4/23/09)
1999        Mar, In Turkey the Virtue Party member Erdogan was imprisoned for four months for reading pro-Islamic poem at rally.
    (AP, 11/4/02)

1999        Mar-1999 Jun, A US State Dept. report in Dec. estimated that 10,000 Albanians were killed in Kosovo during this period with 1.5 million expelled from their homes.
    (SFC, 12/10/99, p.D6)

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