Return to homeTraditional St. Patrick's Day toast. : "May the
enemies of Ireland never eat bread nor drink whisky, but be
tormented with itching without benefit of scratching."
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180CE Mar 17, Antonius Marcus Aurelius (58),
[Marcus Verus], Emperor of Rome, died.
c389 Mar 17, St. Patrick
(d.461), the patron saint of Ireland, was born. Calpurnius, his
father, was a deacon and local official who lost his son to Irish
raiders when Patrick was 16. Patrick allegedly drove all the snakes
(i.e. pagans) out of Ireland.
(HN, 3/17/99)(HNQ, 3/17/01)(WSJ, 3/12/04, p.W13)
461 Mar 17, According to
tradition, St. Patrick (b.c389), the patron saint of Ireland, died
in Saul, County Down. Some sources say he died in 493AD. He was an
English missionary and bishop of Ireland. In 2004 Philip Freeman
authored "St. Patrick: A Biography."
(SFC, 3/15/97, p.A16)(WSJ, 3/12/04, p.W13)(AP,
1394 Mar 17, Sir John Hawkwood
(b.~1323), English soldier who served as a mercenary leader or
condottiero in Italy, died at his home in Florence.
1516 Mar 17, Giuliano de'
Medici (37), monarch of Florence, died.
1753 Mar 17, The 1st official
St Patrick's Day was celebrated.
1756 Mar 17, St. Patrick's Day
was 1st celebrated in NYC at Crown & Thistle Tavern.
1762 Mar 17, 1st St Patrick's
Day parade was held in NYC.
1775 Mar 17, Richard Henderson,
a North Carolina judge, representing the Transylvania Company, met
with three Cherokee Chiefs (Oconistoto, chief warrior and first
representative of the Cherokee Nation or tribe of Indians, and
Attacuttuillah and Sewanooko) to purchase (for the equivalent of
$50,000) all the land lying between the Ohio, Kentucky and
Cumberland rivers; some 17 to 20 million acres. It was known as the
Treaty of Sycamore Shoals or The Henderson Purchase. The purchase
was later declared invalid but land cession was not reversed.
1776 Mar 17, British forces
evacuated Boston to Nova Scotia during the Revolutionary War. In
some of the bloodiest fighting of the Revolutionary War, American
and French troops failed to take Savannah.
(AP, 3/17/97)(HN, 3/17/98)
1780 Mar 17, Thomas Chalmers,
1st moderator (Free Church of Scotland 1843-47), was born.
1799 Mar 17, Napoleon Bonaparte
and his army reached the Mediterranean seaport of St. Jean d'Acra,
only to find British warships ready to break his siege of the town.
1800 Mar 17, English warship
Queen Charlotte caught fire and 700 people died.
1828 Mar 17, Maj. Gen. Patrick
R. Cleburne, the "Stonewall" of the West, was born.
1832 Mar 17, Daniel Conway
Moncure, U.S. clergyman, author, abolitionist, was born.
1836 Mar 17, David G. Burnet
(1788-1870) became interim president of Texas and continued to Oct
22, 1836. he became the second Vice President of the Republic of
Texas (1839-41), and Secretary of State (1846) for the new state of
Texas after it was annexed to the United States of America.
1837 Mar 17, Stephen Grover
Cleveland was born in Caldwell, N.J. He was the 22nd (1885-1889) and
24th (1893-1897) president of the United States, the only President
elected for two nonconsecutive terms.
1845 Mar 17, The rubber band
was patented by Stephen Perry of London. [see May 17]
1846 Mar 17, Kate Greenway,
painter and illustrator (Mother Goose), was born.
1860 Mar 17, The Japanese ship
Kanrin Maru, under Admiral Yoshitake Kimura, entered the Golden Gate
after a 37-day voyage, on a diplomatic mission to San Francisco. It
was the first Japanese ship to cross the Pacific. 3 sailors died
while the ship was in SF. It set sail to return to Japan on May 8.
(SFC, 3/17/10, p.C2)
1861 Mar 17, Victor Emmanuel,
the King of Piedmont, Savoy, and Sardinia, proclaimed the foundation
of the kingdom of Italy. The Risorgimento movement resulted in
Italian unification. The Carbonari was a secret society in early
19th century Italy who advocated liberal and patriotic ideas and
opposed the conservative regimes imposed on Italy by the Allies who
had defeated Napoleon in 1815. As with other secret societies of the
age, the Carbonari had an initiation ceremony, complex symbols and a
hierarchical organization though its exact origins are left to
conjecture. They recruited primarily among nobility, small
landowners and officeholders and may have been an offshoot of the
Freemasons. Their influence is credited with preparing the way for
the Risorgimento movement.
1863 Mar 17, The Battle of
Kelly's Ford, Va., was fought.
1868 Mar 17, Postage stamp
canceling machine patent was issued.
1870 Mar 17, The Massachusetts
Legislature authorized the incorporation of Wellesley Female
Seminary. It later became Wellesley College.
1874 Mar 17, Kincsem, a horse
that never lost a race, was born.
1876 Mar 17, Gen. Crook
destroyed Cheyenne and Ogallala-Sioux Indian camps.
1884 Mar 17, John Joseph
Montgomery made the first glider flight in Otay, Calif.
1886 Mar 17, The Carrollton
Massacre in Mississippi occurred and 20 African Americans were
1891 Mar 17, The British
steamer Utopia sank off the coast of Gibraltar.
1902 Mar 17, Bobby Jones was
born. He was the first American golfer to win the U.S. and British
championships in the same year in 1930.
1894 Mar 17, US and China
signed a treaty preventing Chinese laborers from entering US.
1895 Mar 17, Shemp Howard,
comedian (3 Stooges, Bank Dick), was born in Brooklyn.
1901 Mar 17, Eisaku Sato,
premier of Japan (Nobel 1974), was born.
1905 Mar 17, Anna Eleanor
Roosevelt, niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, married her fifth
cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt in New York and by 1916, they had
become the parents of six children.
(AP, 3/17/97)(HN, 3/17/98)(HNPD, 10/11/99)
1906 Mar 17, President Theodore
Roosevelt first likened crusading journalists to a man with "the
muck-rake in his hand" in a speech to the Gridiron Club in
Washington, DC, as he criticized what he saw as the excesses of
1908 Mar 17, The 225-foot long
steamship Pomona, en route to Eureka from San Francisco, sank after
hitting rocks near Fort Ross, Ca. All 146 people aboard made it
safely to shore.
(SFC, 7/28/18, p.A1)
1910 Mar 17, The Camp Fire
Girls organization was formed in Lake Sebago, Maine. It was formally
presented to the public exactly two years later.
(AP, 3/17/97)(HN, 3/17/01)
1914 Mar 17, Russia increased
the number of active duty military from 460,000 to 1,700,000.
1917 Mar 17, Czar Michael
abdicated after one day in favor of a provisional government under
Prince George Evgenievich Lvov (55).
(PCh, 1992, p.722)
1919 Mar 17, Nat “King" Cole,
American jazz pianist and singer, was born. He is famous for
"Unforgettable" and "Mona Lisa."
1920 Mar 17, John La Montaine,
composer (Pulitzer 1959), was born in Oak Park, Ill.
1921 Mar 17, Dr Marie Stopes
opened Britain's 1st birth control clinic in London.
1924 Mar 17, Four Douglas army
aircraft left Los Angeles for an around the world flight.
1929 Mar 17, General Motors
purchased an 80% stake in Opel, a German car manufacturer, for $33.3
million. GM raised the stake to 100% in 1931.
1930 Mar 17, James Benson
Irwin, Col. USAF, astronaut (Apollo 15), was born in Pittsburgh,
1930 Mar 17, Mob boss Al Capone
was released from jail.
1931 Mar 17, Stalin threw
Krupskaja Lenin out of the Central Committee.
1932 Mar 17, German police
raided Hitler's Nazi headquarters.
1934 Mar 17, Thousands of
blacks battled the police in New York in protest of the Scottsboro
1934 Mar 17, The Rome Protocols
allied Hungary with Italy, Austria and Germany.
(WUD, 1994, p.1682)
1935 Mar 17, Hitler reviewed
the military parade in Berlin.
1937 Mar 17, Amelia Earhart
took off from Oakland, Ca., in an attempt to become the first pilot
to fly around the globe at the equator.
(SFC, 3/1/97, p.A8)
1938 Mar 17, Rudolf Nureyev,
ballet dancer, choreographer (Kirov), was born in Russia.
1938 Mar 17, The Polish
government presented an ultimatum to Lithuania to establish
diplomatic ties. (LHC, 3/17/03)
1941 Mar 17, The National
Gallery of Art opened in Washington, DC.
(AP, 3/17/98)(HN, 3/17/98)
1942 Mar 17, John Wayne Gacy,
serial killer (32 boys), was born in Chicago, Ill.
1942 Mar 17, Gen. Douglas
MacArthur arrived in Australia to become supreme commander of Allied
forces in the southwest Pacific theater during World War II.
(AP, 3/17/97) (HN, 3/17/98)
1942 Mar 17, Belzec
Concentration Camp opened. 30,000 Lublin Polish Jews were
1942 Mar 17, The Nazis began
deporting Jews to the Belsen camp.
1943 Mar 17, The German
occupation authority closed Lithuanian schools of higher education
and the Academy of Education.
1944 Mar 17, Danny DeVito,
actor (Louie-Taxi, Twins), was born in Neptune, NJ. [see Nov 17]
1944 Mar 17, The US Eighth Air
Force bombed Vienna.
1945 Mar 17, In Germany the
bridge at Remagen, weakened by shelling and the passage of some
50,000 Allied troops, fell taking 28 US soldiers to their deaths.
1945 Mar 17, Allied ships
bombed North Sumatra.
1948 Mar 17, The International
Maritime Organization (IMO) was established following agreement at a
UN conference held in Geneva and came into existence ten years
later, meeting for the first time in 1959. Preventing pollution was
one of its original aims. The original name was the
Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization, or IMCO, but
the name was changed in 1982 to IMO.
1990 The Marshall Islands
first president signed a deal with a company, International
Registries Inc., to create a tax-friendly, low-cost way for ships to
sail under the Marshall Islands flag.
(NY Times, 6/4/21)
1991 Frances 'Franco'
Stevens (23) launched "Denueve," a glossy lifestyle magazine for
lesbians, after raising funds by taking cash out on credit cards and
betting on the horses. The magazine had to change its name following
a lawsuit from French actress Catherine Deneuve and in 2010 Stevens
sold the magazine after an accident left her disabled. She bought it
back 10 years later.
2021 Jun 3, Pres. Joe Biden
issued a new executive order barring Americans from investing in
Chinese firms that are linked to the country’s military or that sell
surveillance technology used to repress dissent or religious
minorities, both inside and outside China.
(NY Times, 6/3/21)
2021 Jun 3, The US Ambassador
to the UN announced nearly $240 million in humanitarian funding to
support the people of Syria, Syrian refugees and countries hosting
them, and called for access through international crossings to allow
the delivery of aid.
2021 Jun 3, California to date
had 3,766,071 cases of coronavirus and 63,002 deaths. The SF Bay
Area had 444,761 cases and 6,609 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 33,326,054 with the death toll at 596,401.
2021 Jun 3, Criminal lawyer F.
Lee Bailey (87) died in Atlanta. He had invited juries into the
twilight zone of reasonable doubt in defense of Patricia Hearst,
O.J. Simpson, the Boston Strangler, the army commander at the My Lai
Massacre in Vietnam and other notorious cases.
(NY Times, 6/3/21)
2021 Jun 3, Denmark said it has
withdrawn permission for a planned pipeline that was designed to
bring Norwegian gas to Poland, citing the need to assess if the
project would harm the habitats of certain mice and bat species.
Baltic Pipe was designed to bring Norway’s offshore natural gas from
the North Sea through Denmark to Poland.
2021 Jun 3, In Egypt a fire
broke out at a juvenile detention center in Cairo, killing at least
2021 Jun 3, France said it is
halting joint military operations with Mali over last week's coup in
the West African country. It said the suspension would continue
until it received guarantees about a return to civilian rule in
2021 Jun 3, In Iraq a gas
cylinder explosion at a crowded restaurant in a northwestern Baghdad
neighborhood killed three people and injured 16.
2021 Jun 3, Spain’s PM Pedro
Sánchez was in the Libyan capital of Tripoli to reopen his country’s
embassy and show support for Libya’s new interim authorities
entrusted with leading the nation out of years of civil war.
2021 Jun 3, The head of the
international chemical weapons watchdog told the UN Security Council
that its experts have investigated 77 allegations against Syria, and
concluded that in 17 cases chemical weapons were likely or
2021 Jun 4, A US State
Department spokesman said the US is shipping one million doses of
Johnson & Johnson's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine to South Korea.
2021 Jun 4, It was reported
that the US health regulator has authorized a lower dose of
Regeneron Pharmaceutical's COVID-19 antibody cocktail that can be
given by injection, a move that could ease logistical challenges
stemming from administering a higher dose intravenously.
2021 Jun 4, It was reported
that JPMorgan Chase & Co will resume making political donations
to US lawmakers but will not give to Republican members of Congress
who voted to overturn President Joe Biden's election victory.
2021 Jun 4, The Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said it and the European Union have
concluded the world's first bloc-to-bloc air transport agreement, to
allow their airlines to easier expand services to and within the
2021 Jun 4, Britain's health
ministry said the estimated reproduction "R" number in England
remains at over 1 and the epidemic could be growing by as much as 3%
each day. Britain's medicines regulator said it had approved the
COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for use on 12- to
2021 Jun 4, The UK announced a
post-Brexit trade deal with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
2021 Jun 4, Denmark’s
Parliament voted in favor of building Lynetteholmen, a
20-billion-kroner ($3.3 billion) artificial island in Copenhagen,
that will house at least 35,000 people who will be connected to
downtown by a harbor tunnel and a subway line.
2021 Jun 4, The European Union
submitted a plan to the World Trade Organization that it believes
will more effectively broaden supply of COVID-19 vaccines than the
intellectual property (IP) rights waiver backed by the United
2021 Jun 4, Cardinal Reinhard
Marx, a leading German cardinal and confidant of Pope Francis,
offered to resign over the Catholic Church's “catastrophic"
mishandling of clergy sexual abuse cases, declaring that the
scandals had brought the church to “a dead end".
2021 Jun 4, Italy reported 73
coronavirus-related deaths against 59 the day before, while the
daily tally of new infections rose to 2,557 from 1,968. Italy has
registered 126,415 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak
emerged in February last year.
2021 Jun 4, Pakistan has
started producing the single dose Chinese CanSinoBio COVID-19
vaccine to be able to deliver 3 million doses a month. An initial
batch of 118,000 doses of the vaccine was ready to be delivered to
1950 Mar 17, Scientists at the
University of California at Berkeley announced they had created a
new radioactive element, which they named "californium."
1952 Mar 17, A US ban on the
word “tornado" was lifted. The ban had started in 1886 when the US
Army, which handled weather forecasting, determined that the harm
done by predicting a tornado would be greater than that done by the
(SFC, 3/17/09, p.D6)
1956 Mar 17, Fred Allen
(b.1894), American comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), died.
(TOH, 1982, p.1956)(AP, 3/17/06)
1957 Mar 17, In the Philippines
a plane crash on Mt. Manunggal in Cebu killed Pres. Ramon Magsaysay
(b.1907). 25 of the 26 passengers and crew aboard were killed.
1958 Mar 17, The U.S. Navy
launched the Vanguard 1 satellite.
1959 Mar 17, The USS Skate
became the 1st submarine to surface at the North Pole. The ships
crew held a funeral service and scattered the ashes of explorer
Hubert Wilkins (d.1958), who had attempted the feat in 1931.
(ON, 1/02, p.9)
1960 Mar 17, Eisenhower formed
anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA.
1961 Mar 17, The U.S. increased
military aid and technicians to Laos.
1962 Mar 17, The Soviet Union
asked the U.S. to pull out of South Vietnam.
1963 Mar 17, In Indonesia
eruptions of Mount Agung volcano on Bali killed 1,184 people.
(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)(AP, 12/3/17)
1966 Mar 17, A U.S. midget
submarine located a missing hydrogen bomb which had fallen from an
American bomber into the Mediterranean off Spain.
(AP, 3/17/97)(HN, 3/17/98)
1968 Mar 17, A peaceful
anti-Vietnam War protest in London was followed by a riot outside
the US Embassy; more than 80 people were reported injured. Some
20,000 people at the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign in London were
mowed down by police on horses as they marched.
1969 Mar 17, Golda Meir
(d.1978) became the 4th prime minister of Israel. She held the
office to 1974.
(AP, 3/17/97)(AP, 12/8/97)
1970 Mar 17, The US Army
charged 14 officers with suppression of facts in the My Lai massacre
1970 Mar 17, The United States
cast its first veto in the UN Security Council. The US killed a
resolution that would have condemned Britain for failure to use
force to overthrow the white-ruled government of Rhodesia.
1972 Mar 17, Nixon asked
Congress to halt busing in order to achieve desegregation.
1973 Mar 17, Queen Elizabeth II
opened the new London Bridge.
1973 Mar 17, Twenty people were
killed in Cambodia when a bomb went off that was meant for the
Cambodian President Lon Nol.
1973 Mar 17, First POWs were
released from the "Hanoi Hilton" in Hanoi, North Vietnam.
1974 Mar 17 Arab oil ministers,
with the exception of Libya, announced the end the oil embargo on
1974 Mar 17, Louis Kahn (1901),
Estonia-born architect, died. His designs included the capital
building of Bangladesh, completed in 1983. In 2004 his son Nathaniel
Kahn directed the documentary film "My Architect: A Son's Journey."
(PBS, Internet)(SFC, 2/6/04, p.D5)
1978 Mar 17, In Zaire 13
opponents of Pres. Mobutu were executed.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)
1879 Mar 17, The US Supreme
Court in Wilkerson v. Utah ruled that Utah could use a firing squad
for capital punishment.
1980 Mar 17, The United States
Refugee Act (Public Law 96-212) became effective. It was an
amendment to the earlier Immigration and Nationality Act and the
Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, and was created to provide a
permanent and systematic procedure for the admission to the United
States of refugees of special humanitarian concern to the US, and to
provide comprehensive and uniform provisions for the effective
resettlement and absorption of those refugees who are admitted.
1983 Mar 17, Laura Marie
Purchase was murdered in southeast Texas. In 2021 police in Kansas
arrested Thomas Elvin Darnell (75), following DNA evidence that
linked him to her sexual assault and murder.
1985 Mar 17, President Reagan
agreed to a joint study with Canada on acid rain.
1987 Mar 17, A US federal
appeals court cleared the way for the perjury indictment of former
White House aide Michael Deaver (b.1938). He was later convicted of
three of five perjury counts and fined $100,000.
1987 Mar 17, Antonio Lopez
(b.1943), fashion illustrator, died in Los Angeles from AIDS. In
2018 the documentary "Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion &
Disco," directed by James Crump, was released.
1988 Mar 17, Planeloads of U.S.
soldiers arrived at Palmerola Air Base in Honduras in a show of
strength ordered by President Reagan.
1988 Mar 17, Apple filed suit
against Microsoft, alleging copyright infringement in the Windows
(Wired, 12/98, p.196)
1988 Mar 17, Ethiopia and
Eritrea engaged at the Battle at Afabet. Fighting continued through
March 20. It was a watershed battle in the Eritrean War of
Independence. This was Mengistu Haile Mariam's first humiliating
defeat at the hands of the Eritreans.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Afabet)(SSFC, 4/15/12, p.P3)
1989 Mar 17, The Senate
unanimously confirmed Wyoming Congressman Dick Cheney to be
secretary of defense, following the failed nomination of former Sen.
1990 Mar 17, The president of
Lithuania, Vytautas Landsbergis, rejected a deadline set by Moscow
for renouncing the republic's independence.
1991 Mar 17, Allied commanders
from the Gulf War held a second round of cease-fire talks with Iraqi
officers; the Iraqis were told they could not move their warplanes
inside Iraq for any reason.
1991 Mar 17, Millions of people
voted in a landmark referendum on whether to preserve the
splintering Soviet Union.
1992 Mar 17, Democrat Bill
Clinton scored big primary victories in Illinois and Michigan. In
Illinois, Sen. Alan Dixon was defeated in his primary re-election
bid by Carol Moseley-Braun, who went on to become the first black
woman in the U.S. Senate.
1992 Mar 17, Three of President
George Bush's cabinet secretaries disclosed that they had overdrawn
their accounts at the scandal-ridden House of Representatives bank
when they were in Congress.
1992 Mar 17, Grace Stafford
Lantz (87), cartoon voice (Woody Woodpecker), died.
1992 Mar 17, A truck
bombing at the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killed 29
people. Iran denied any role. Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyeh was
suspected of involvement. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
(AP, 3/17/97)(WSJ, 11/24/97, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/19/01,
p.A14)(NYT, 10/8/04, p.A12)
1992 Mar 17, The whites of
South Africa voted in a referendum to endorse the “continuation of
the reform process" by a margin of 68.73% to 31.27%. They supported
the negotiated reforms begun by State President F.W. de Klerk two
years earlier, in which he proposed to end the apartheid.
1993 Mar 17, Helen Hayes (92),
the "First Lady of the American Theater," died in Nyack, N.Y. Hayes
quit the theater in 1971 due to severe asthma.
(AP, 3/17/98)(SSFC, 12/2/07, Par p.4)
1993 Mar 17, A bomb attack in
Calcutta, India, killed 60 people.
1994 Mar 17, Secretary of State
Warren Christopher, just back from China, told a House subcommittee
that reports the trip was a failure were "rather misleading," and
said Beijing had made "solid improvements" in areas of prison labor
1994 Mar 17, Mae Zetterling
(b.1925), Swedish director and actress (Night Games), died.
1995 Mar 17, The White House
hosted a St. Patrick's Day reception for Irish Prime Minister John
Bruton which was attended by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.
1995 Mar 17, The federal
government approved the nation's first chicken pox vaccine, Varivax
by Merck & Co.
1995 Mar 17, Flor
Contemplacion, a Filipino maid, was hanged in Singapore for murder,
despite international pleas to spare her.
1996 Mar 17, The $16 mil Museum
of Television and Radio was christened in Beverly Hills.
(SFC, 7/9/96, p.B4)
1996 Mar 17, In Dunblane,
Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II came with flowers and sympathy as
residents paused in silence to mourn 16 murdered children and their
1997 Mar 17, Anthony Lake asked
President Clinton to withdraw his nomination to be CIA director,
saying the partisan confirmation process had "gone haywire."
1997 Mar 17, The US Supreme
Court declined to hear San Francisco’s argument that the cross on
Mt. Davidson is a cultural landmark. The cross would now have to be
torn down or sold to a private owner.
(SFC, 3/18/97, p.A1)
1997 Mar 17, It was reported
that China was upgrading the city of Chongqing in Sichuan to the
status of province. It would be directly controlled by the central
government but operate as a province.
(WSJ, 3/17/97, p.B9D)
1997 Mar 17, In Germany ten
drunk soldiers beat up 2 Turks and an Italian during a rampage in
(SFC, 3/19/97, p.A12,14)
1997 Mar 17, In Mexico army
Brigadier Gen’l. Alfredo Navarro Lara was arrested for trying to buy
off authorities in Baha. He offered payments of $1 million a month
to Gen’l. Jose Luis Chavez Garcia to allow cocaine to pass into the
(SFC, 3/18/97, p.A10)
1997 Mar 17, In Papua New
Guinea the government fired army commander Brigadier Gen’l. Jerry
Singirok. He refused to accept the hiring of the British mercenary
firm Sandline Int’l.
(SFC, 3/18/97, p.A12)
1997 Mar 17, In southern Russia
a Stavropol Airlines AN-24 airplane crashed and all 50 aboard were
(SFC, 3/19/97, p.A14)
1998 Mar 17, In Alaska Jeff
King battled through blowing snow and poor visibility to earn his
third victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
1998 Mar 17, In Mississippi
after a 21-year court fight the state unsealed over 124,000 pages of
secret files of the State Sovereignty Commission that revealed
numerous illegal methods to thwart the civil rights workers of the
‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.
(SFC, 3/18/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 17, Washington Mutual
announced it had agreed to buy H.F. Ahmanson and Co. for $9.9
billion dollars, creating the nation's seventh-largest banking
1998 Mar 17, In Texas Joe
Collins (64) was killed during a break-in at his home outside
Nagadoches. In 2009 Khristian Oliver (32) was executed for beating
and shooting Collins.
1998 Mar 17, From Brazil it was
reported that a 3-month-old fire was raging out of control in the
state of Roraima, home of the Yanomani Indians.
(SFC, 3/17/98, p.B2)
1998 Mar 17, More than 10,000
Catholics marched in the first-ever St. Patrick’s Day parade in
(SFC, 3/18/98, p.A11)
1998 Mar 17, In Zambia the
state of emergency imposed last Oct. was lifted.
(WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A1)
1999 Mar 17, Instant replay was
voted back in the NFL for the 1999 season.
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
(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
(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, 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
(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)
2000 Mar 17, The United States
lifted a ban on imports of Iranian luxury goods.
2000 Mar 17, Smith and Wesson
signed an unprecedented agreement with the Clinton administration
to, among other things, include safety locks with all of its
handguns to make them more childproof; in return, the agreement
called for federal, state and city lawsuits against the gun maker to
2000 Mar 17, Boeing Co. agreed
to settle a 38-day strike by its engineers. It was the largest
white-collar walkout in US history.
(SFC, 3/18/00, p.A2)
2000 Mar 17, Ford Motor Co.
acquired Land Rover from BMW.
(WSJ, 3/17/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 17, A bankruptcy plan
for Iridium Corp. was approved. Its satellites would be allowed to
burn up in the atmosphere.
(WSJ, 3/17/00, p.B8)
2000 Mar 17, Denmark informed
the 18 Faeroe Islands that they would have to give up subsidies in 4
years if they wanted independence.
(SFC, 3/18/00, p.C1)
2000 Mar 17, In Dominica it was
reported that Elizabeth Israel, the daughter of a freed slave, was
living at age 125.
(SFC, 3/17/00, p.A14)
2000 Mar 17, Old East German
Stasi files revealed that radioactive material was used to mark
opponents, their papers and money. East German dissident writer
Rudolf Bahro, who died of Leukemia, may have been a victim.
(SFC, 3/18/00, p.C16)
2000 Mar 17, Lebanon granted
asylum to Kozo Okamoto, one of the terrorists in the May 30, 1972
massacre at an Israeli airport. 4 other Japanese Red Army members
were deported to Japan.
(SFC, 3/18/00, p.A3)
2000 Mar 17, In Uganda some 330
followers of the Movement for the Restoration of Ten Commandments of
God, led by Joseph Kibweteree, burned to death in a mass suicide in
Kanungu. Children were involved and it was not clear if Kibweteree
was killed. More bodies were found at the house of Kibweteree. Foul
play was later suspected instead of suicide. 448 other victims were
later found. The dead at Kanungu have never been officially
remembered. Those who lost family members have never got any
(SFEC, 3/19/00, p.A19)(SFC, 3/20/00, p.A13)(SFC,
3/24/00, p.A18)(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A13)(AP, 3/17/20)
2001 Mar 17, Ray Rice, one of
the founders of the Art and Architecture movement, died at age 85 in
Mendocino. His work include 40 short films.
(SFC, 4/9/01, p.A17)(http://tinyurl.com/23geum)
2001 Mar 17, In Angola a small
plane crashed into a mountain near Lubango and all but one of 17
people on board were killed.
(SSFC, 3/18/01, p.S2)
2001 Mar 17, Colombia suspended
meat and livestock imports from Argentina for 60 days due to fears
of foot-and-mouth disease. Only Israel and Russia still imported
(SFC, 3/19/01, p.A9)
2001 Mar 17, In Italy
protesters demonstrated at the third Global Forum in Naples. They
clashed with police and 50 officers and 70 protesters suffered minor
(SSFC, 3/18/01, p.D4)
2001 Mar 17, OPEC decided to
curtail its official output by 4 percent, or 1 million barrels of
oil a day, in an effort to halt a recent slide in oil prices, a
decision the Bush administration called “disappointing."
(SSFC, 3/18/01, p.D1)(AP, 3/17/02)
2001 Mar 17, In Spain Santos
Santamaria Avedano (32), a police officer, was killed when a car
bomb went off as he evacuated guests from a hotel in Roses.
(SFC, 3/19/01, p.A9)
2002 Mar 17, After nearly a
year's run, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick left the Broadway hit
musical "The Producers." They later returned for a limited
2002 Mar 17, US troops killed
16 al Qaeda fighters in the Gardez region.
(WSJ, 3/19/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 17, It was reported
that McDonald’s Corp. had agreed to give 410 million to vegetarian
groups, Hindu and Sikh organizations and to pay $4,000 to 12
plaintiffs to settle a suit over the use of beef tallow in french
(SSFC, 3/17/02, p.A22)
2002 Mar 17, Israeli and
Palestinian officials met to prepare for a cease-fire following
meetings with US envoy Adm. Zinni. A Palestinian gunman opened fire
in Kfar Saba. He killed an Israeli high school student (18) and was
shot dead. A suicide bomber detonated himself in Jerusalem.
(SSFC, 3/17/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/18/02, p.A3)
2002 Mar 17, In Karadzigach,
Kyrgyzstan, 4 people were killed during a protest over the
sentencing of lawmaker Azimbek Beknazarov.
(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A7)
2002 Mar 17, In Islamabad,
Pakistan, 2 attackers hurled grenades into a Protestant Int’l.
Church and 5 people were killed including a US Embassy employee,
Barbara Green, and her daughter Kristen Wormsley (17). Investigators
later believed that the attack was by a lone suicide bomber, one of
(SFC, 3/18/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A10)
2002 Mar 17, In Portugal the
Social Democrats won elections with 40% of the vote to 37.85% for
the Socialists. The SD gained 102 seats and the Popular Party won 14
giving them a majority in the 230-seat parliament. Jose Manuel Durao
Barroso became prime minister.
(SFC, 3/18/02, p.A5)(Econ, 3/27/04, p.51)
2003 Mar 17, Pres. Bush gave
Saddam Hussein 48 hours to go into exile or face military onslaught.
(SFC, 3/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 17, Berlin Plus
agreement, a short title for a comprehensive package of agreements
between NATO and EU, was based on conclusions of the NATO Washington
2003 Mar 17, In Washington,
D.C., tobacco farmer Dwight Ware Watson, claiming to be carrying
bombs, drove a tractor and trailer into a pond on the National Mall;
the threat disrupted traffic for two days until Watson surrendered;
there were no bombs.
2003 Mar 17, Herbert Aptheker
(87), historian, died. His work included a multi-volume "Documentary
History of the Negro People," and the editing of 3 volumes of
letters from W.E.B. DuBois.
(SFC, 3/21/03, p.A21)
2003 Mar 17, Pen Hadow, 41,
began a 478-mile trek from Ward Hunt Island in northern Canada to
the geographic North Pole. He reached the Pole unsupported on May
19, but a plane has been unable to retrieve him because of broken
ice and thick clouds.
2003 Mar 17, Chinese police
found 28 baby girls hidden in suitcases aboard a long-distance bus
in southern Guangxi, apparently being smuggled for sale. Police
later arrested 10 people involved in the scheme.
(AP, 3/22/03)(WSJ, 3/24/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 17, In Soro, Denmark,
Nizar Al-Khazraji (65), former Iraqi general, disappeared.
(WSJ, 4/9/03, p.A1)(SFC, 4/16/03, p.A11)
2003 Mar 17, Iraq rejected
Bush's ultimatum, saying that a U.S. attack to force Saddam from
power would be "a grave mistake."
2003 Mar 17, Israeli forces
invaded 2 communities in the Gaza Strip and gun battles left 10
Palestinians dead including a 4-yer-old girl.
(SFC, 3/18/03, p.AA6)
2003 Mar 17, In the Netherlands
a law went into effect that allowed pharmacies to fill prescriptions
(SFC, 3/18/03, p.A8)
2003 Mar 17, In Nigeria ethnic
clashes left 8 people dead, including an employee of ChevronTexaco.
2003 Mar 17-May 25, Iraq was
scheduled to take over as chairman of the UN disarmament
organization, but declined the position.
(SSFC, 2/9/03, p.A16)
2004 Mar 17, Charles A. McCoy
Jr., suspected in a series of highway shootings in central Ohio, was
arrested in Las Vegas.
2004 Mar 17, Major league
Baseball banned THG, a steroid at the center of a criminal probe
involving a SF-area lab.
(WSJ, 3/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 17, Harvard
researchers reported that an enzyme in the brain appears to regulate
appetite and weight.
(WSJ, 3/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 17, John "J.J."
Jackson (62), former MTV personality, died in Los Angeles.
2004 Mar 17, Angola decided to
reject genetically modified food aid. The decision threatened to
disrupt distributions to hundreds of thousands of people.
2004 Mar 17, It was reported
that locusts have swarmed through the Australian Outback,
devastating crops just as farmers had begun recovering from a
2004 Mar 17, In Iraq a car bomb
tore apart the five-story Mount Lebanon Hotel in central Baghdad,
killing 7 people. In northeastern Iraq gunmen opened fire on a
minibus, killing three Iraqi journalists and wounding nine other
employees of a coalition-funded TV station. Insurgents killed two
U.S. Marines who were on patrol in al-Anbar province. In Mosul 4 US
Baptist missionaries were killed in a drive-by shooting.
(AP, 3/18/04)(SFC, 3/18/04, p.A1)(AP,
3/19/04)(WSJ, 4/1/04, p.A10)
2004 Mar 17, Israeli
helicopters fired two missiles into a crowd of suspected gunmen in a
Palestinian refugee camp, killing four people in a stepped-up
campaign to root out militants in the Gaza Strip. 2 teenage boys
were killed in an air strike at the Rafah refugee camp.
(AP, 3/17/04)(SFC, 3/18/04, p.A2)
2004 Mar 17, Israel's Supreme
Court imposed an open-ended freeze on construction of a 15-mile
section of the country's controversial West Bank separation barrier.
2004 Mar 17, The Maldives ferry
Enamaa was carrying far more than its capacity of up to 100 when a
wave overturned it. At least 18 people were killed. More than 50
others were missing.
2004 Mar 17, In Kosovo ethnic
Albanians traded gunfire with Serbs after blaming them for the
drownings of two boys. The clashes left eight dead and more than 300
2005 Mar 17, US Congressional
hearings began on steroid use among baseball players. Baseball
players told Congress that steroids were a problem in the sport;
stars Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa testified they hadn't used them
while Mark McGwire refused to say whether he had.
(SFC, 3/18/05, p.A1)(AP, 3/17/06)
2005 Mar 17, Rapper Lil' Kim
was convicted of lying to a grand jury about a shootout outside a
New York radio station. Lil' Kim started serving her 366-day
sentence just before her fourth album was released in September
2005 Mar 17, Toys R Us agreed
to become a privately owned company in a $6.6 billion buyout deal
that included 2 equity firms and a real estate developer.
(SFC, 3/18/05, p.C1)
2005 Mar 17, George F. Kennan
(b.1904), former US diplomat and historian, died. In 1947 Kennan
wrote an article that would guide US postwar policy (containment)
for decades. He proposed in the piece signed "X" that the US stop
the global spread of Communism through ideology and politics, not
war. His books included "Russia Leaves the War" (1956). In 2007 John
Lukacs authored “George Kennan: A Study of Character." In 2009
Nicholas Thompson authored “The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze,
George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War." In 2011 John Lewis
authored “George F. Kennan: An American Life."
(AP, 3/18/05)(SFC, 3/18/05, p.A2)(Econ, 3/26/05,
p.85)(SSFC, 4/8/07, p.M3)(Econ, 10/17/09, p.98)(Econ, 11/12/11,
2005 Mar 17, In Afghanistan a
bomb exploded near a taxi carrying women and children in the
southern city of Kandahar, killing at least five people and
2005 Mar 17, President Fidel
Castro announced a 7 percent revaluation of Cuba's national
currency, giving Cubans slightly more buying power as the
communist-run island moves to reassert greater control over its
2005 Mar 17, Italian airline
Alitalia SpA said that the latest strike by flight attendants could
plunge the struggling carrier into bankruptcy.
2005 Mar 17, In Pakistan’s
Baluchistan province 17 minority Hindus were killed when their
temple was hit by rockets during fighting between renegade tribesmen
and security forces in Dera Bugti. Officials later said up to 45
people, including eight soldiers, were killed in the clashes between
the Frontier Corps troops and Bugti tribesmen. Of the 67 people
killed about half died when the ghetto was shelled by government
(AP, 3/21/05)(Econ, 5/7/05, p.37)
2005 Mar 17, Palestinian
militants declared a halt to attacks on Israel for the rest of this
year, their longest cease-fire promise ever and a victory for
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
2005 Mar 17, Anatoly Chubais,
head of Russia’s state-controlled Unified Energy Systems power grid,
was ambushed on his way to work near his country home outside Moscow
by assailants who detonated a bomb and raked his armored car with
automatic weapons fire. No one was hurt. In September prosecutors
indicted 3 former servicemen in connection with the attempted
assassination. Formal charges were filed against retired military
intelligence colonel, Vladimir Kvachkov, and former paratroopers
Robert Yashin and Alexander Naidyonov.
2005 Mar 17, Stephane Lambiel
of Switzerland won the men's title at the World Figure Skating
Championships in Moscow.
2005 Mar 17, Zimbabwe's highest
court barred 3.4 million citizens living abroad, over 20 percent of
the country's population, from voting in this month's parliamentary
2006 Mar 17, A US federal
appeals court blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from
easing clean air rules on aging power plants, refineries and
factories, one of the regulatory changes that had been among the top
environmental priorities of the White House.
2006 Mar 17, US Federal
regulators reported the deaths of two more women who had taken the
abortion pill RU-486; Planned Parenthood, which had provided the
pills to the women, said it would immediately stop disregarding the
approved instructions for the drug's use.
2006 Mar 17, The new Kavli
Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology opened in Menlo
Park, Ca., as part of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
Researchers there planned to focus on investigations on the dark
matter and dark energy components of the universe.
(SFC, 3/18/06, p.B4)
2006 Mar 17, Oleg Cassini (92),
who designed the dresses that helped make Jacqueline Kennedy the
most glamorous first lady in history, died on Long Island, NY.
2006 Mar 17, Former US Federal
Reserve Chairman and former treasury secretary G. William Miller
died at age 81.
2006 Mar 17, In Vienna,
Austria, ethnic Albanian and Serbian officials laid out their
demands at UN-mediated talks on the future of Kosovo, one of the
most intractable disputes left over from the disintegration of
2006 Mar 17, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a convoy carrying the bodies of four
men believed to be kidnapped Macedonians, a day after the remains
were recovered. Five police were killed and three wounded.
2006 Mar 17, Bangladesh
confirmed the country's first case of polio in nearly six years,
prompting plans to resume mass vaccinations against the crippling
disease next month.
2006 Mar 17, Britain’s PM Tony
Blair's Labour Party revealed it had received 24.5 million dollars
in loans from individual supporters as a furor over the party's
secret funding deepened.
(AP, 3/17/06)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.65)
2006 Mar 17, Mohammed Ajmal
Khan (31), a British man who bought equipment which might have been
used in attacks on coalition troops in Afghanistan, was jailed after
he admitted being a "terrorist quartermaster." He had been trying to
buy night vision and thermal imaging equipment when arrested in 2003
and also worked closely with Masaud Khan and Seifullah Chapman, both
given long jail terms in the US in 2004 for terrorism-related
2006 Mar 17, Statistics Canada
reported that the nation's net worth hit $4.5 trillion, or $137,000
a head, at the end of 2005.
2006 Mar 17, A Chinese court
dropped charges against a Chinese researcher for The New York Times
who was accused of leaking state secrets, about a month ahead of a
visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao to Washington. Zhao Yan, who
worked for the Times' Beijing bureau, was detained in September
2006 Mar 17, A Chinese court
jailed teacher Ren Ziyuan (27) for 10 years for publishing
anti-government views on the Internet, continuing an official
crackdown on Web-based dissidents.
2006 Mar 17, Yuan Baojing, a
Chinese tycoon once worth more than $360 million, and two
accomplices were executed by lethal injection. Yuan (40) was
convicted last year of hiring a hit man in a failed plot to kill a
business partner who had caused Yuan's company to lose $11 million
in futures trading.
2006 Mar 17, Thomas Lubanga
Dyilo, a Congolese militia leader accused of conscripting and
enlisting children aged under 15 for warfare (1998-2002), became the
first suspect sent for trial at the International Criminal Court
(ICC) in the Netherlands.
(Reuters, 3/17/06)(WSJ, 3/18/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 17, Nearly 1,000
Egyptian judges held a half-hour silent protest to demonstrate for
full judicial independence and against the government's order to
interrogate six of their colleagues who criticized recent elections.
2006 Mar 17, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh thanked Russia for its decision to supply uranium to two
fuel-starved Indian nuclear reactors, during a visit to New Delhi by
Russian Premier Mikhail Fradkov.
2006 Mar 17, Some 93 whales
began beaching themselves in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.
About 50 died as local villagers dragged at least 40 back to the
2006 Mar 17, Akbar Ganji (46),
an Iranian dissident journalist, was freed after spending most of
his six-year prison term in solitary confinement. He vowed to keep
criticizing the hard-line clerical regime. Ganji was jailed in 2000
after reporting on the killings of five dissidents by Intelligence
2006 Mar 17, In Iraq the Muslim
pilgrims' road to the holy city of Karbala was a highway of bullets
and bombs for Shiites. Drive-by shootings and roadside and bus bombs
killed or wounded 19 people.
2006 Mar 17, Israel set up a
quarantine and destroyed flocks after bird flu was found at 2 turkey
(WSJ, 3/18/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 17, Officials in Japan
said they have confirmed the country's first case of mad cow disease
in cattle raised to provide meat.
2006 Mar 17, Liberia said it
has asked Nigeria to hand over former Pres. Charles Taylor, who is
living there in exile and wanted on war crimes charges for his role
in Sierra Leone's civil war.
2006 Mar 17, A bus carrying
dozens of teenagers on a school field trip toppled off a bridge on
the outskirts of Mexico's capital, killing 7 people and injuring at
2006 Mar 17, A helicopter
evacuated the five conservation workers from Raoul Island, a nature
reserve in New Zealand's remote Kermadec Islands. An erupting
volcano forced the conservation team to abandon a missing colleague
on the South Pacific island. The last known eruption on Raoul
Island, about 625 miles northeast of the New Zealand city of
Auckland, was on Nov. 21, 1964, from a vent close to Green Lake.
2006 Mar 17, Exiled Syrian
opposition figures in Belgium formed a united front, calling for a
transitional government to prepare for the overthrow of President
Bashar Assad's regime.
2006 Mar 17, In Uruguay 7
residents of Young were killed when they were run over by a train
they were pushing as part of a reality television show aimed at
raising funds for a local hospital.
2007 Mar 17, An estimated 10-20
thousand protesters marched in Washington DC marking the 4th
anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq and demanding an end to the
(SSFC, 3/18/07, p.A10)
2007 Mar 17, John Backus
(b.1924), programmer, died in Oregon. His development of the Fortran
programming language in the 1950s changed how people interacted with
computers and paved the way for modern software. Fortran, short for
Formula Translation, reduced the number of programming statements
necessary to operate a machine by a factor of 20. The Association
for Computing Machinery gave Backus its 1977 Turing Award, one of
the industry's highest accolades. Backus also won a National Medal
of Science in 1975 and got the 1993 Charles Stark Draper Prize, the
top honor from the National Academy of Engineering.
2007 Mar 17, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber targeting a Canadian military convoy
killed a child and wounded a NATO soldier and three other people.
More than 1,400 artifacts, protected from looters and the Taliban
since 1999 at a museum-in-exile in Switzerland, were returned to the
National Museum of Afghanistan. In western Afghanistan a two-hour
clash between suspected Taliban militants and police left two
officers dead. Taliban guerrillas chopped noses and ears of at least
five truck drivers in eastern Afghanistan as punishment for
transporting supplies to US-led troops.
(AP, 3/17/07)(AP, 3/18/07)(Reuters, 3/18/07)
2007 Mar 17, China's central
bank said it will raise key interest rates by more than a quarter
point to control a surge in bank lending and investment and to
prevent consumer prices from rising. The 0.27% point hike in
one-year deposit and lending benchmark rates will go into effect Mar
18. This was the 3rd rate hike in a year.
(SSFC, 3/18/07, p.A18)(AP, 3/19/07)
2007 Mar 17, Two cargo ships
collided in the East China Sea, killing at least eight people. The
collision occurred off Zhejiang province between a cargo ship from
China and a Hong Kong-registered vessel. The Hong Kong ship, with 29
crew aboard, sank immediately.
2007 Mar 17, In France tens of
thousands of people filled the streets of five cities to protest
plans to build the next generation of nuclear reactors.
2007 Mar 17, Officials in
Guatemala City said China is seeking to join the Inter-American
Development Bank, Latin America's largest financing institution, as
a way to fuel its economic development and increase its influence in
2007 Mar 17, India’s West
Bengal state government said it is dropping plans for an industrial
zone after deadly riots by farmers furious that their land was being
taken for the project.
2007 Mar 17, In Iraq bombings
and shootings targeted police patrols, killing five policemen,
including two who died after a suicide car bomber struck the
checkpoint they were manning near a Sunni mosque in western Baghdad.
7 US troops were killed, including four by a roadside bomb while
patrolling western Baghdad.
(AP, 3/17/07)(AP, 3/18/07)
2007 Mar 17, Lithuanian
musicians, drum-beating Punjabis and West African dancers used
Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade to celebrate their place in a
booming Ireland that has become a land of immigrants.
2007 Mar 17, The Arenitas waste
water treatment plant, that Mexican officials say will help prevent
pollution of US waterways, was inaugurated in the city of Mexicali,
across the border from Calexico, Calif.
2007 Mar 17, In Nigeria retired
general Adetunji Olurin, who runs Ekiti State, warned he could
invoke State of Emergency Laws against politicians bent on causing
violence as April general elections draw near. Newspapers next day
reported that he threatened to have troublemakers shot on sight to
curb political violence. In central Nigeria 2 Asians and one
Nigerian were kidnapped.
(AFP, 3/18/07)(AP, 3/19/07)
2007 Mar 17, North Korea warned
it would not shut a nuclear plant until the United States lifted
banking curbs, while Washington's envoy maintained the bank issue
would not kill a budding disarmament deal.
2007 Mar 17, Authorities eased
restrictions on Pakistan's chief justice and sacked 15 police for
attacking a private news channel that had criticized the
government's handling of the judge's dismissal.
2007 Mar 17, The new
Hamas-Fatah coalition won overwhelming parliamentary approval,
clearing a final formal hurdle before taking on the challenge of
persuading a skeptical world to end a crippling yearlong boycott of
the Palestinian government. Fatah counted 6 ministers, Hamas had 12,
and 7 more went to independents and small, centrist parties.
(AP, 3/16/07)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.51)
2007 Mar 17, A Russian Tu-134
airliner crash landed in heavy fog in the central Russian city of
Samara, killing 6 people and injuring 26.
2007 Mar 17, In Spain film
director Pedro Almodovar joined tens of thousands of people in a
march through Madrid to protest the war in Iraq and to demand the
closure of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
2007 Mar 17, In southern
Thailand attackers hurled explosives and opened fire on an Islamic
school, killing three students and sparking a riot by angry Muslim
villagers. Shortly after the attack, three Buddhists were shot dead
in the same district.
2007 Mar 17, Half of Uganda’s
28 million population was reported to be under age 15.
(Econ, 3/17/07, p.50)
2007 Mar 17, Three Zimbabwean
opposition activists were arrested as they tried to leave the
country, including two who were allegedly beaten by police and were
going to South Africa to seek medical treatment. The African Union
(AU) expressed "great concern" about Zimbabwe's crisis and called
for human rights to be respected, after opposition members said they
were beaten after an anti-government protest.
2008 Mar 17, The US
administration signed deals with Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia
paving the way for visa-free travel for their citizens despite
concerns in Brussels over the bilateral agreements.
2008 Mar 17, In New York David
Paterson was sworn in almost exactly a week after allegations first
surfaced that former Gov. Eliot Spitzer was "Client 9" of a
high-priced call girl service. Paterson tried to come clean about
his own skeletons just hours after assuming office by acknowledging
a years-old affair.
2008 Mar 17, Hannaford Bros., a
grocery store chain in the Northeast US and Florida owned by
Belgium’s Delhaize Group SA, disclosed that as many as 4.2 million
customer account numbers had been stolen between Dec 7 and Mar 10.
The intrusion was not discovered until Feb 27 and occurred over a
network system that experts had believed to be secure.
(WSJ, 3/31/08, p.B4)
2008 Mar 17, The commodities
markets staged a broad sell off after climbing for months. Most
commodities recovered the next day.
(Econ, 3/22/08, p.85)
2008 Mar 17, The first
carbon-linked derivatives contracts began trading on the Green
Exchange, a joint venture between the NY Mercantile Exchange,
Evolution Markets and Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and others.
Carbon permits this year reached nearly $47 a ton.
(Econ, 3/15/08, p.91)(Econ, 3/3/12, p.82)
2008 Mar 17, Roland Arnall
(b.1939), founder of Ameriquest Mortgage Co., died. He was also the
co-founder of the Holocaust memorial Simon Wiesenthal Center. In
2006 he began serving as US ambassador to the Netherlands.
2008 Mar 17, in Afghanistan 4
NATO soldiers, 2 Danes, a Canadian and a Czech with the
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), were killed in new
attacks, including a Taliban suicide bomb that also took the lives
of three Afghan civilians.
2008 Mar 17, A judge awarded
Heather Mills a total of $48.6 million in the financial settlement
of her divorce from former Beatle Paul McCartney. This was a fifth
of what she had demanded.
(AP, 3/17/08)(Econ, 3/22/08, p.65)
2008 Mar 17, An EU force of
3,700 troops still deploying in Chad and the Central African
Republic (CAR) announced the official start of its year-long mission
to protect refugees and displaced people. The EU force in Chad was
known as EUFOR, and the UN Mission there and the CAR was called
(AFP, 3/17/08)(Econ, 5/31/08, p.52)
2008 Mar 17, China denounced
attacks on its embassies by pro-Tibetan activists hours before a
deadline for rioters in Lhasa to turn themselves in and said it
would do all in its power to protect its territorial integrity.
2008 Mar 17, In India 7 migrant
workers believed to be from northern Uttar Pradesh state were shot
and killed on the outskirts of Impala, the capital of Manipur state.
2008 Mar 17, Indonesia and
South Africa agreed to reduce obstacles to trade and business and
jointly explore new avenues for electricity generation.
2008 Mar 17, In Iraq police
said they found the bodies of three members of a US-allied group
fighting al-Qaida in Udaim. Sen. John McCain stressed the importance
of a US commitment to Iraq during talks with Iraq's prime minister.
Explosions struck Baghdad during twin visits by the presumptive
Republican presidential nominee and Vice President Dick Cheney. A
female suicide bomber struck Shiite worshippers in Karbala, killing
at least 32 people with 51 wounded. The blast was the deadliest in a
series of attacks that left at least 78 Iraqis dead.
(AP, 3/17/08)(AP, 3/18/08)(AP, 3/19/08)
2008 Mar 17, The Mozambican
government made an urgent appeal to the UN World Food Program to
help more than 60,000 people left destitute when cyclone Jokwe hit
northern and central parts of the country.
2008 Mar 17, UN forces pulling
Serb demonstrators from a UN courthouse were attacked by hundreds of
furious protesters who massed outside, setting off an hours-long
battle with rocks, grenades and live ammunition. One UN policeman
(AP, 3/17/08)(WSJ, 3/19/08, p.A1)
2009 Mar 17, New York Attorney
General Andrew Cuomo said AIG, the troubled insurance giant, paid
bonuses of $1 million or more to 73 employees, including 11 who no
longer work for the company.
2009 Mar 17, US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton said Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir
will be responsible for "every single death" caused by the expulsion
of 13 foreign aid groups from Sudan.
2009 Mar 17, The Seattle Post
Intelligencer, owned by the Hearst Corp., printed its last newspaper
edition. It will become exclusively Web-based as Seattlepi.com,
making it the nation’s largest daily newspaper to move to online
(SFC, 3/17/09, p.A8)
2009 Mar 17, In Utah Chiew Chan
Saevang (37), a suspected opium trafficker, killed himself and his
girlfriend, Yer Yang (40), after sheriff’s deputies chased them down
on a state highway. Saevang was also wanted in the March 12 slaying
of four Conover, NC, family members.
(SFC, 3/19/09, p.A5)
2009 Mar 17, Afghanistan called
for more international help to develop its fledgling and embattled
security forces so that it can take on a larger role in "the fight
2009 Mar 17, Pope Benedict XVI
arrived in Cameroon to start his first visit to Africa as pontiff.
Benedict, arriving in Africa, said that condoms "increase the
problem" of AIDS. The comment, made to reporters aboard his plane,
caused a worldwide firestorm of criticism.
2009 Mar 17, In Canada more
than 100 protesters chanted "war criminal" and flung shoes in
Calgary, angry that former US President George W. Bush was in the
city to give his first speech since leaving the White House.
2009 Mar 17, In Colombia Erik
Roland Larsson (69), a partially paralyzed Swede, was released by
leftist rebels after nearly two years of captivity. He was the last
known foreign hostage held in Colombia by the Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia (FARC).
2009 Mar 17, Egyptian security
officials caught 2 Hamas officials returning to Gaza with nearly
$850,000 stuffed into candy tins.
(SFC, 3/18/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 17, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy's government won a parliamentary confidence vote
prompted by his plans to rejoin NATO's military command, which many
legislators fear would compromise France's independence.
2009 Mar 17, Police in the
Republic of Ireland made public-order arrests from St. Patrick’s Day
festivities that easily exceeded 200, typical for recent years.
Inebriated mobs annually turned districts of Dublin and Belfast into
2009 Mar 17, Madagascar's Pres.
Marc Ravalomanana ceded power to the military, instead of rival
Andry Rajoelina, who plunged the island nation into weeks of turmoil
with his bid for power. The military installed opposition leader
(AP, 3/17/09)(SFC, 3/18/09, p.A4)
2009 Mar 17, In Malaysia a
battle for senior leadership posts in the ruling party was hit with
a bombshell as 15 members including several top figures were found
guilty in an anti-corruption probe.
2009 Mar 17, Authorities in
Myanmar were reported to have arrested five members of detained
pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's political party from March
6-13. the report came a day after the UN called for the release of
more than 2,000 political prisoners in the military-run country.
2009 Mar 17, In the Netherlands
the UN criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia reduced the jail
sentence of Bosnian Serb leader Momcilo Krajisnik from 27 to 20
years, quashing some convictions from a 2006 judgment.
2009 Mar 17, North Korea fully
reopened its border to South Koreans commuting to jobs at factories
in a northern economic zone after four days of restrictions. North
Korean soldiers detained two American journalists near the country's
border with China. Laura Ling and Euna Lee, reporters for former
Vice President Al Gore's San Francisco-based online media outlet
Current TV, were taken into custody near the Tumen River in
northeastern North Korea. They had crossed into the country while
reporting about the sex trade. Both journalists were formally
indicted in April. After 140 days in custody, the reporters were
granted a pardon.
(AP, 3/17/09)(AP, 3/19/09)(SFC, 4/24/09,
p.A2)(SFC, 5/18/10, p.A4)(AP, 8/5/09)
2009 Mar 17, In Pakistan
Islamic courts started work in the Swat valley under a controversial
deal that the government hopes will end two years of bitter
2009 Mar 17, Philippine marines
and al-Qaida-linked militants holding three Red Cross workers
clashed for a second day, leaving three troops and up to 7 Abu
Sayyaf militants dead.
(AP, 3/17/09)(AP, 3/18/09)
2009 Mar 17, Portuguese police
said they have captured more than 7.7 tons (7 metric tons) of
hashish from Morocco with an estimated street value of more than
euro70 million (US$91 million). Police said they netted the drug in
a series of coordinated operations over three days beginning last
2009 Mar 17, Russia's defense
minister charged that the US and NATO were beefing up their military
presence near Russia's borders in a bid for natural resources that
could ignite new conflicts.
2009 Mar 17, In Sudan a
UN/African Union peacekeeper was killed in an ambush in Darfur.
2010 Mar 17, US federal
authorities won a court order requiring officials in the US Virgin
Islands to repair sewage plants that have dumped raw waste at
beaches renowned for snorkeling and surfing.
2010 Mar 17, In California US
Border patrol agents seized 580 pounds of marijuana inside a
tractor-trailer near Blythe in Riverside County.
(SFC, 3/20/10, p.A5)
2010 Mar 17, McAfee Inc.
reported that hackers have flooded the Internet with virus-tainted
spam that targets Facebook's estimated 400 million users in an
effort to steal banking passwords and gather other sensitive
2010 Mar 17, Alex Chilton (59),
singer and guitarist, died in New Orleans. His song “The Letter"
(“Gimme a ticket for an airplane…") reached the top of the charts in
(SFC, 3/19/10, p.C5)
2010 Mar 17, In Abu Dhabi Hissa
Hilal, only her eyes visible through her black veil, delivered a
blistering poem against Muslim preachers "who sit in the position of
power" but are "frightening" people with their fatwas, or religious
edicts, and "preying like a wolf" on those seeking peace. She
presented her 15-verse poem on the live TV “The Million's Poet"
2010 Mar 17, In Afghanistan 2
suicide attackers dressed in burqas were shot dead as they attempted
to enter the compound of a US-linked aid organization in southern
Lashkar Gah. Up to 35 people died when a bus carrying passengers
taking home gas canisters collided with a truck on a treacherous
mountain pass in northern Afghanistan.
2010 Mar 17, The Congolese army
said more than 600 Rwandan Hutu rebels have been killed or captured
since January in an operation backed by the UN mission to the
2010 Mar 17, Uniformed Cuban
security agents prevented the mothers and wives of dissidents from
marching on the outskirts of Havana to demand release of their loved
ones, shoving them into a bus when they lay down in the street in
2010 Mar 17, A Guatemalan court
approved the extradition of former President Alfonso Portillo
(2000-2004) to the US to face money laundering charges. He is
charged in a New York federal court with embezzling $1.5 million in
foreign donations intended to buy school library books in Guatemala.
He allegedly endorsed checks drawn from a New York bank and
deposited them in a Miami account.
2010 Mar 17, Iran released
Mohsen Mirdamadi, the leader of the country's biggest reformist
party, the Islamic Iran Participation Front. He was temporarily
freed on $450,000 bail. Authorities also released filmmaker Mohammad
Rasoulof, journalist Ali Akbar Montajabi and female activist
Farzaneh Qassemi, all of whom were detained in recent weeks.
2010 Mar 17, Israel lifted its
tight restrictions on Palestinian access to Jerusalem's holiest
shrine and called off an extended West Bank closure after days of
clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces.
2010 Mar 17, In Kyrgyzstan
thousands of demonstrators rallied in the capital Bishkek to protest
recent sharp increases in heating and electricity tariffs and
alleged oppression of government opponents.
2010 Mar 17, The African Union
slapped sanctions on Madagascar's rulers for failing to implement
accords to end a long political crisis, as fresh violence erupted in
the island's capital.
2010 Mar 17, Nigeria's Acting
President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved the Cabinet, purging top
officials loyal to the nation's ill president in his first major act
since taking over the young democracy's highest office more than a
month ago. Suspected Muslim Fulani herdsmen disguised as soldiers
butchered and then burned around a dozen Christians, mostly women
and children, in the Riyom region of Plateau state, close to the
site of a recent sectarian massacre.
(AFP, 3/18/10)(AFP, 3/17/10)
2010 Mar 17, In northwest
Pakistan 2 US missile strikes killed at least 10 militants in North
Waziristan. Attackers armed with rockets and petrol bombs killed
five policemen in a pre-dawn ambush near the Khyber tribal district.
an Afghan was killed in an explosion while making a bomb on the
outskirts of Quetta. Militants fixed a bomb to the tail end of a
tanker with a magnet and the explosion burnt some 40,000 liters of
fuel it was carrying for NATO forces in Afghanistan. A Pakistani
court formally charged 5 young Americans of plotting terrorism in
the country, in a case that has raised alarm over the danger posed
by militants using the Internet.
(AFP, 3/17/10)(AP, 3/17/10)
2010 Mar 17, In Ramallah
Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva placed a wreath on the
tomb of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and sharply
criticized Israeli policies, leading Israeli officials to suggest he
was not being evenhanded. The visit came a day after Israel's
hawkish foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said he boycotted
meetings with Silva because the Brazilian did not pay a similar
visit to the grave of Zionist founder Theodor Herzl.
2010 Mar 17, In southern Sudan
at least 13 people were killed in fighting between northern nomads
and the southern army.
2010 Mar 17, Ugandan security
forces fatally shot three people in the capital during clashes with
rioters angry after the tombs of five traditional kings were
destroyed overnight by fire. On March 30 man turned himself saying a
vision told him the tombs were Satanic.
(AP, 3/17/10)(AP, 3/31/10)
2010 Mar 17, In Zimbabwe South
African President Jacob Zuma began talks with Zimbabwe's political
leaders on his first trip as chief regional mediator to patch up
differences in the troubled coalition government.
2011 Mar 17, The US Justice
Dept. accused the New Orleans Police Dept. of systematic misconduct
that violated the Constitution. A report said officers had engaged
in racial profiling against the city’s black majority from January
2009 to May 2010 and used deadly force against 27 people.
(SFC, 3/18/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 17, In southern
California Huy Pham (29) jumped off roof of City Hall in Costa Mesa
at 3:20 pm and was pronounced dead at the scene. The maintenance
worker jumped to his death an hour after he was called in to get his
layoff notice. He was on a list of more than 200 people, nearly half
of the city's workforce, targeted for layoffs in a drastic move to
plug a $15 million budget hole.
2011 Mar 17, In Minneapolis,
Min., one teen died and teenagers and young adults were hospitalized
following an apparent overdose on a designer hallucinogen, 2C-E (aka
Europa), which they had ordered legally over the Internet for a
spring break party.
(SFC, 3/18/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 17, American actor
Danny Glover arrived in South Africa to escort former Haitian
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide home.
2011 Mar 17, In northern
Afghanistan gunmen on motorcycles kidnapped six road engineers and
their driver as they were traveling to a work site.
2011 Mar 17, In Australia a pod
of long-finned pilot whales beached themselves at Bruny Island,
south of the Tasmanian state capital Hobart. 21 whales died but 11
2011 Mar 17, Bahrain's Sunni
monarchy detained at least seven prominent opposition activists.
Iran recalled its ambassador to protest the Gulf troops backing the
government against the Shiite protests. Dr. Ali al-Iqri, one of
Bahrain's acclaimed surgeons who had spoken to media at the height
of the unrest, was taken from an operating theater. On Sep 29
al-Iqri was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
(AP, 3/17/11)(AP, 9/29/11)
2011 Mar 17, Colombia’s Chief
Prosecutor's Office said it has convicted Vicente Castano, head of
Colombia's paramilitary umbrella group. He was sentenced to 40 years
in prison for the 2004 slaying of his brother.
2011 Mar 17, Iran sent the
country's first space capsule that is able to sustain life into
orbit as a test for a future mission that may carry a live animal.
2011 Mar 17, In Ivory Coast
mortars from a military police base controlled by Pres. Gbagbo
killed up to 30 people in Abidjan.
(SFC, 3/18/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 17, Japan tried
high-pressure water cannons, fire trucks and even helicopters that
dropped batches of seawater in increasingly frantic attempts to cool
an overheated nuclear complex as US officials warned the situation
was deteriorating. More than 5,300 people were officially listed as
dead, but officials believed the toll will climb to well over
2011 Mar 17, Libyan rebels shot
down at least two bomber planes that attacked the airport in Benina,
a civil and military airport just outside Benghazi. The Red Cross
said it was leaving Benghazi because of deteriorating security and
moving to the city of Tobruk.
2011 Mar 17, In Mexico police
found the body of a 4-year-old girl who had been shot in the chest,
the fifth child killed in drug-related violence in Acapulco in less
than a week. Police also found the bullet-ridden body of a man
outside a state prison in Acapulco. Police in Michoacan state found
two bodies hanging from the neck in two different towns. In Jalisco
state marines found the bodies of two men and two women buried in
two clandestine graves. US citizen, Josue Reyes Castro (26), was
killed by gunmen while visiting relatives in Ciudad Juarez. A
neighbor also was killed, and two of Reyes Castro's relatives were
wounded including a girl (4).
2011 Mar 17, In Pakistan US
drone aircraft fired four missiles at a building in a militant
sanctuary in North Waziristan, killing 42 people in an unusually
deadly strike. At least 24 were later said to be civilians from
tribes asking the Taliban to mediate a dispute. The most senior
militant killed in the attack was Sharabat Khan, Hafiz Gul Bahadur’s
top commander for the Datta Khel area.
(AP, 3/17/11)(SFC, 3/18/11, p.A2)(SFC, 3/19/11,
p.A4)(AP, 3/21/11)(AP, 4/13/11)(AP, 2/25/12)
2011 Mar 17, South Sudan's army
fought heavy battles with militia in the oil-producing Unity state.
At least 59 soldiers and militiamen were killed and dozens wounded
in clashes between the South Sudan army and local militia groups in
three oil-producing states.
(Reuters, 3/17/11)(Reuters, 3/18/11)
2011 Mar 17, Rigzin Phuntsog
(16), a Tibetan monk at the Kirti monastery in China’s Sichuan
province, died one day after he set himself on fire in an
anti-government protest. He was beaten and kicked by police,
prompting hundreds of monks and others to rally. In August
authorities said they will charge three Buddhist monks with murder
over the death of Phuntsog.
p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/4nsxj9p)(AFP, 4/13/11)(AP, 8/26/11)
2011 Mar 17, The UN Security
Council voted to permit "all necessary measures" to establish a
no-fly zone, protect civilian areas and impose a ceasefire on
Kadhafi's military. Five countries on the 15-strong council
abstained, including China, Russia, India, Brazil and Germany.
Resolution 1973 outlined the "responsibility of the Libyan
authorities to protect the Libyan population.
2011 Mar 17, A Venezuelan
government official said one person has died of swine flu and six
others have been diagnosed with the virus.
2011 Mar 17, Yemeni government
supporters attacked a protest camp in Manama, hurling stones and
opening fire. At another rally government loyalists struck as police
fired tear gas.
2012 Mar 17, NYC police broke
up an Occupy Wall Street rally at Zucotti Park and detained 73
(SFC, 3/19/12, p.A5)
2012 Mar 17, Belarus state
television reported that both Vladislav Kovalyov (26) and Dmitry
Konovalov (26) had been put to death, which in Belarus is done with
a shot to the back of the head. Two men were convicted of carrying
out a deadly subway bombing last year in Minsk. Belarus is the only
country in Europe that still puts people to death, and rights
activists claim that around 400 people have been executed since the
1991 Soviet collapse.
2012 Mar 17, In China Tibetan
farmer Sonam Thargyal (44) fastened cotton padding to his body and
doused himself with kerosene before setting himself on fire in
Tongren, a monastery town in western China's Qinghai province. He
had been close friends with a monk who survived a self-immolation
attempt on March 14, also in Tongren. The monk, Jamyang Palden, was
believed to be alive but critically injured.
2012 Mar 17, In Colombia 11
government soldiers were killed in Arauca state in an attack blamed
on the FARC.
2012 Mar 17, East Timor voted
for a new president. Incumbent Jose Ramos Horta, a Nobel Peace Prize
laureate (1996), faced off against 11 other candidates. Francisco
"Lu Olo" Guterres, of the traditionally strong leftist Fretilin
party, won with 29% of the vote, followed by former military chief
Jose Maria Vasconcelos, aka Taur Matan Ruak, with 25%. A runoff was
scheduled for mid-April.
(AP, 3/17/12)(AP, 3/19/12)(Econ, 3/24/12, p.42)
2012 Mar 17, In Egypt Pope
Shenouda III (b.1923), the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church
since 1971, died. He led Egypt's Christian minority for 40 years
during a time of increasing tensions with Muslims.
2012 Mar 17, John Demjanjuk, a
retired US autoworker, died in the southern Bavarian town of Bad
Feilnbach. He was convicted last May of being a guard at the Nazis'
Sobibor death camp despite steadfastly maintaining over three
decades of legal battles that he had been mistaken for someone else.
His conviction helped set new German legal precedent, being the
first time someone was convicted solely on the basis of serving as a
camp guard, with no evidence of being involved in a specific
(AP, 3/17/12)(Econ, 3/24/12, p.98)
2012 Mar 17, Guinean police
arrested dozens of people in Conakry and sealed off access to a
stadium where opposition groups planned to rally in a call for clean
elections in July. At least 15 people were injured when opposition
supporters stoned the headquarters of the Guinean ruling party.
(AFP, 3/17/12)(AFP, 3/18/12)
2012 Mar 17, A senior Iranian
military commander, Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, urged Afghans to use force
to kick American troops out of their country, hinting that "new
resistance groups" could launch attacks on US interests in
2012 Mar 17, In Iraq wearing a
US Army uniform and flanked by Iraqi lawmakers, an American citizen
announced that he was being released from more than nine months of
imprisonment by a Shiite militia that for years targeted US troops.
US-issued military and contractor ID cards identified him as Randy
Michael Hultz (59). He said the kidnappers were from the Promised
Day Brigade, a branch of the Mahdi Army, a militia controlled by the
anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
2012 Mar 17, In Ireland an
estimated 500,000 people crowded into central Dublin to view the St.
Patrick's Day parade, a focal point for Irish celebrations
2012 Mar 17, Ivory Coast in a
ceremony started a month of mourning and "purification" after
post-election violence a year ago left about 3,000 people dead.
2012 Mar 17, Malawi's leading
rights activist John Kapito, who was detained by police for
possession of foreign currency, was released on bail. Police
conducted a two-hour search at his home looking for guns and
T-shirts he had printed that had words promoting the overthrow of
2012 Mar 17, Mauritania
arrested Abdullah al-Senoussi, Moammar Ghadafi's former intelligence
chief, accused of attacking civilians during the uprising in Libya
last year and the 1989 bombing of a French airliner. The
International Criminal Court, France and Libya all said they want to
2012 Mar 17, In Nigeria
respected cleric Ibrahim Datti Ahmad, who was mediating in peace
talks between the government and the Boko Haram Islamist sect,
announced he was quitting the talks, accusing the government of
2012 Mar 17, Pakistani acid
attack victim Fakhra Younus (33) jumped from the sixth floor of a
building in Rome, where she had been living and receiving treatment.
She had endured more than three dozen surgeries since May 2000 to
repair her severely damaged face and body when she finally decided
life was no longer worth living.
2012 Mar 17, In Syria twin car
bombs struck intelligence and security buildings in Damascus,
killing at least 27 people and wounding nearly 100. A third blast
went off near a military bus at the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk
in Damascus, killing the two suicide bombers. On March 21 an
Islamist group called the Al-Nusra Front to Protect the Levant
claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings.
(AP, 3/17/12)(AP, 3/18/12)(AP, 3/21/12)
2012 Mar 17, In Taiwan Lin
Mei-heng (31) posted messages on Facebook saying she wanted to take
her life after growing suspicious that her boyfriend was having an
affair. 9 of her friends attempted to dissuade her from taking her
life, but none alerted the police. She was found dead the following
day by her boyfriend at her flat in a suburb of Taipei.
2012 Mar 17, Thailand
billionaire Chaleo Yoovidhya (89), the co-founder of energy drink
Red Bull and the second richest man in Thailand, died. Chaleo had
founded T.C. Pharmaceuticals. In the 1970s, it formulated an energy
drink prototype called Krathing Daeng, or Red Bull in English. He
co-founded a company with Austrian marketing whiz Dietrich
Mateschitz in 1984, who helped turn Red Bull into a global brand.
Mateschitz had become aware of "tonic drinks" while traveling in
Asia. They started selling the drink in Austria in 1987.
(AFP, 3/17/12)(AP, 3/17/12)
2012 Mar 17, In Venezuela the
daughter of Chilean diplomat Fernando Berendique was shot to death
by police at a road checkpoint. The young woman (19) was hit by
three bullets after her brother tried to evade an illegal unmarked
(AP, 3/18/12)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.48)
2012 Mar 17, Yemeni security
forces and unknown gunmen clashed in the southern port city of Aden,
wounding two policemen and a civilian. A day earlier a member of the
Al-Qaeda-linked Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law) was arrested in
the same district.
2013 Mar 17, In Indiana a small
plane crashed in South Bend killing 2 men including Steve Davis
(60), former Oklahoma quarterback.
(SFC, 3/19/13, p.A7)
2013 Mar 17, In Ohio 2 members
of the Steubenville high school football team were found guilty of
raping a drunken 16-year-old girl after a drinking party last August
11. On Nov 25 a superintendent and two coaches were charged with
lying or failure to report possible child abuse.
(SFC, 3/18/13, p.A5)(SFC, 11/26/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 17, It was reported
that Lake Erie is sick and that a dead zone covers a large portion
of the lake bottom due to a poisonous blue-green algae called
Microcystis enhanced by high levels of phosphorous from fertilizer
runoff. The problem was compounded by the zebra mussel, a foreign
invader discovered in 1988, which excretes phosphorous providing
Microcystis a ready-made meal.
(SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A15)
2013 Mar 17, A boulder slammed
into the Moon, creating the biggest explosion scientists have seen
there since they started monitoring it.
2013 Mar 17, In Bahrain 17
suspected anti-government protesters were sentenced to 15-year
prison sentences for links to a bombing last year that injured four
policemen. 8 of the defendants were in custody, and the others were
tried in absentia.
2013 Mar 17, Britain's Treasury
chief said the government will compensate UK troops who lose money
to Cyprus's bailout tax, a levy of 6.75 to 9.9 percent on all bank
balances as part of a deal with creditors for €10 billion ($13
billion) in rescue money. British residents of Cyprus not working
for the UK military or government could be out of pocket.
2013 Mar 17, China’s National
People’s Congress came to a close.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.45)
2013 Mar 17, Cyprus Pres. Nicos
Anastasiades urged lawmakers to approve a tax on bank deposits to
save the country from bankruptcy.
(SFC, 3/18/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 17, In Egypt dozens of
journalists protested in Cairo against alleged assaults the previous
evening on their colleagues by members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood
from which President Mohammed Morsi hails.
2013 Mar 17, Egyptian
vigilantes beat two men accused of stealing a motorized rickshaw,
stripped them half-naked and hung them by their feet in a crowded
bus station in the Nile Delta. Both men died.
2013 Mar 17, In Greece police
lobbed chemicals inside a central prison, trying to smoke out
Albanian Alket Rizaj, a convicted murderer who was holding five
hostages. After a 24-hour standoff Rizaj surrendered to police at
2013 Mar 17, In Iraq 2 car
bombs went off in Basra, killing 9 and wounding 24 in a rare attack
in the Shiite-dominated south of the country.
2013 Mar 17, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Moshe Yaalon, a hard-line former
military chief (2002-2005), as the country's new defense minister.
2013 Mar 17, Japanese architect
Toyo Ito (71) won the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
(SFC, 3/18/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 17, Libya's health
minister said the death toll from drinking homemade alcohol that
contained poisonous methanol has risen to 87. The deaths were first
reported a week ago.
2013 Mar 17, Pakistani
paramilitary Ranges arrested Qari Abdul Hayee, a leader of the
Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. He was accused of
involvement in the 2002 slaying of US journalist Daniel Pearl.
(SFC, 3/20/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 17, Ayman Sharawneh
(53), a freed Palestinian prisoner, was given a hero's welcome in
the Gaza Strip after ending his hunger strike in an Israeli jail and
agreeing to a plea bargain that will confine him to the Hamas-run
territory for the next 10 years.
2013 Mar 17, Palestinian
lawmaker Mariam Farhat (64), aka “the mother of martyrs," died in a
Gaza hospital of health complications including lung ailments and
kidney failure. She had lost three sons in militant activities
2013 Mar 17, Zimbabwe police
arrested rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, the country's most prominent
rights lawyer and four senior officials of PM Tsvangirai’s party and
held them at the capital's main police station. Mtetwa was accused
of "obstructing or defeating the course of justice." Police also
raided and searched a suburban office of Tsvangirai's media and
communications department. On March 18 police ignored a judge’s
order to release Mtetwa.
(AP, 3/17/13)(SFC, 3/19/13, p.A4)
2014 Mar 17, The
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced that the
BICEP2 team of scientists has spotted signs of gravitational waves
that formed when the universe was but a trillionth of a second old.
In 2015 the scientists retracted their findings.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.78)(Econ, 2/7/15, p.77)
2014 Mar 17, In Afghanistan
gunmen killed district judge Abdul Latif and his bodyguard in an
attack in western Herat province.
2014 Mar 17, A British judge
ruled that Domenico Rancadore (65), a convicted Mafia boss, will be
allowed to return to his comfortable home in west London rather than
sent back to Italy and put in prison. The judge cited concerns about
conditions in Italian prisons.
2014 Mar 17, British
telecommunications company Vodafone agreed to buy Spain's Ono for
7.2 billion euros ($10 billion) as it seeks to expand operations
2014 Mar 17, In London fashion
designer L'Wren Scott, the girlfriend of Mick Jagger, died of an
apparent suicide. Her LS Fashion Ltd. company was heavily in debt at
the time it filed its most recent accounts.
2014 Mar 17, It was reported
that Egypt’s crackdown on Islamists has jailed some 16,000 people
over the last eight months.
(SFC, 3/17/14, p.A4)
2014 Mar 17, Ten Egyptians,
including a journalist working for a Muslim Brotherhood newspaper,
were each sentenced to a year in jail for protesting against a
2014 Mar 17, Paris, France,
imposed drastic measures to combat its worst air pollution in years.
2014 Mar 17, A senior Iranian
official said that an alleged attempt to sabotage one of Tehran's
nuclear facilities involved foreign intelligence agencies who
tampered with imported pumps.
2014 Mar 17, Toyota said it has
shut down production at its two auto-assembly plants in India,
locking out 6,400 workers amid testy wage negotiations and
allegations of threats against management.
2014 Mar 17, In Libya A car
bomb targeting a military academy in Benghazi killed at least 7
soldiers and wounded twelve.
2014 Mar 17, Lithuania's
domestic intelligence department accused a Russian diplomat of
spying, saying he had sought to gain access to classified
information during the Baltic state's presidency of the European
Union last year.
2014 Mar 17, Russia's
government acknowledged for the first time on that the economy was
in crisis, undermining earlier attempts by officials to suggest
albeit weakening growth could weather sanctions over Ukraine.
2014 Mar 17, In Somalia a
suicide bomber rammed a car packed full of explosives into a hotel
in Buulo Berde, days after it was recaptured from the
Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab. At least 8 people were killed. 4 attackers
were also reported killed.
2014 Mar 17, South Africa’s
government said 32 people had died because of the rains over the
past two weeks in the northern and eastern provinces of North West,
Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. The toll included 25
drownings and six people killed by lightning.
2014 Mar 17, South Africa's
state-owned rail freight firm Transet said it was ordering 1,064 new
locomotives, in what it hailed as the country's biggest single
corporate infrastructure investment. It ordered 599 electric
locomotives from China's Zhuzhou and the South African subsidiary of
Canada's Bombardier, as well as 465 diesel trains from General
2014 Mar 17, In Palm Springs,
South Africa, Sizwe Kubheka (16) returned home complaining of a
headache following a beating by a teacher at school. Kubheka died at
a hospital a week later and his teacher faced a possible murder
2014 Mar 17, Sri Lanka’s
military said Ruki Fernando, a human rights adviser, and Praveen
Mahesahn, a pastor and director of a rights group, have been
arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), anti-terrorism
legislation that was used to crush Tamil Tiger rebels during the
final phase of a 26-year war. Both were released on March 18.
(Reuters, 3/17/14)(AP, 3/19/14)
2014 Mar 17, Tunisia police
shot and killed three suspected Islamist militants and arrested six
others in a raid near the Algerian border.
2014 Mar 17, Ukraine's Crimean
peninsula declared itself independent after its residents voted
overwhelmingly to secede and join Russia, while the United States
and the European Union slapped sanctions against some of those who
promoted the divisive referendum. Ukraine recalled its ambassador to
Russia for consultations on the international ramifications of the
situation in its Crimea region. Armed men came to the Ukrainian
Belbek military airfield in the Crimean peninsula, fired shots in
the air and took away the base’s commanding officer.
(AP, 3/17/14)(Reuters, 3/17/14)(Reuters, 3/18/14)
2014 Mar 17, Mining magnate
Andrew Forrest launched the Global Freedom Network, an organization
to end modern slavery, with the support of the Pope and the senior
Islamic authority. In 2013 Mr. Forrest, Pierre Omidyar and the
Legatum Foundation had launched the Freedom Fund to finance research
into ways to reduce bonded labor.
2015 Mar 17, Illinois Rep.
Aaron Schock (33) resigned after weeks of mounting media reports
about questionable expenditures and personal finances.
(SFC, 3/21/15, p.A6)
2015 Mar 17, In North Carolina
3 Burmese children — ages 1, 5, and 12 — were stabbed to death and
two other people were hurt in an attack at a home in New Bern.
Police identified the suspect as Eh Lar Doh Htoo (18).
2015 Mar 17, Britain announced
a three percent rise in the minimum wage, the largest real terms
increase since 2008.
2015 Mar 17, British officials
said three judges who looked at pornography on their work accounts
have been fired. A fourth judge who was also found to have viewed
similar material at work resigned before the inquiry had concluded.
2015 Mar 17, Germany, France
and Italy followed Britain in announcing that they plan to join the
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a proposed Chinese-led Asian
regional bank, swinging Europe's biggest economic powers behind a
project that is viewed with concern in Washington.
2015 Mar 17, Greek officials
said police raids across the country last week smashed an
international people trafficking ring that made $8 million in profit
from smuggling Syrian migrants into Europe. 16 suspects were
2015 Mar 17, Iraq's offensive
to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State group was stalled because of
streets and buildings rigged with booby trap bombs and by the
several hundred jihadists still holding out there. Separate attacks
in and outside Baghdad killed at least 9 people.
(AFP, 3/17/15)(AP, 3/17/15)
2015 Mar 17, Israel held
elections. PM Benjamin Netanyahu (65) faced an uphill battle to
defeat a strong campaign by the center-left opposition to deny him a
fourth term in office. Netanyahu's Likud had won 30 seats in the
120-member Knesset, comfortably defeating the center-left Zionist
Union opposition on 24 seats.
(Reuters, 3/17/15)(Reuters, 3/18/15)
2015 Mar 17, In Kenya 4 people
were shot dead in a shop Wajir town by unknown gunmen who wounded
three others. Al-Shabab Islamic extremists soon claimed
responsibility, bringing the total number of those killed by the
militants since March 13 to 12.
2015 Mar 17, In Myanmar Philip
Blackwood, a New Zealand bar manager, and his two Myanmar colleagues
were jailed for two and a half years with hard labor by a Yangon
court for using a Buddha image to promote a cheap drinks night.
2015 Mar 17, Pakistan hanged 12
convicts. This was the largest number of people executed on the same
day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted
2015 Mar 17, In Pakistan
Samiullah Khan Afridi, a former lawyer for a doctor who helped the
US find Osama bin Laden, was killed by a gunman in Peshawar.
(SFC, 3/18/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 17, In Poland rioting
by some 300 young people in Sosnowiec follows two nights of
disturbances near Warsaw over the death of another young man
apprehended by the police. Two officers were hurt as police detained
14 people. They blamed the police for the death last week of a
23-year-old man, apprehended in the street and taken to a sobering
center, where he lost consciousness.
2015 Mar 17, Puerto Rico Police
Chief Jose Caldero said that officers found 2,535 pounds (1,150 kg)
of cocaine, worth an estimated $32 million, aboard a boat and
detained 14 people from the Dominican Republic.
2015 Mar 17, Swiss officials
said they are returning to Nigeria some $380 million linked to the
country's former dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha. The money, confiscated
on the basis that the Abacha family was a criminal organization,
will now be returned to Nigeria under World Bank supervision.
2015 Mar 17, A Syrian army
statement said dozens of militants were killed in other areas of
Idlib province overnight in clashes and attacks. A monitoring group
said government forces carried out a poison gas attack that killed
six people in the northwest. Medics posted videos of children
suffering what they said was suffocation.
2015 Mar 17, The Syrian army
shot down a US drone over Latakia province, part of the western
region where Damascus has been consolidating state control.
2015 Mar 17, Tunisia said it
had dismantled 4 recruiting cells sending jihadis to fight in Libya
and arrested dozens in part of tighter security and border controls
to counter Islamist militants.
2015 Mar 17, Ukraine said 3
government servicemen were killed in fighting in the east in the
past 24 hours despite a ceasefire agreement with Russian-backed
2016 Mar 17, The United States
declared that the Islamic State group's slaughter of Christians,
Yazidis and Shiites amounts to a genocide and vowed to halt it.
2016 Mar 17, The United States
and its allies conducted 20 strikes against Islamic State militants
in Iraq and Syria.
2016 Mar 17, The American
Islamic State group fighter, Muhammad Jamal Amin, who handed himself
over to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on March 14 said he made "a
bad decision" in joining the IS, according to a heavily edited
interview he gave to an Iraqi Kurdish television station.
2016 Mar 17, In Louisiana Khang
Nguyen Le, a Buddhist monk, pleaded guilty to embezzling more than
$200,000 from his temple to feed a casino gambling habit.
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 17, In New York
Yemen-born Mufid Elfgeeh (32) was sentenced in Rochester to 22.5
years in prison for attempting to provide material support to the
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A12)
2016 Mar 17, Organizers of New
York's storied St. Patrick's Day Parade opened the lineup more
broadly to include activists who protested a ban on gay groups for
2016 Mar 17, In Texas Nika (5)
and Michaela (1), the daughters of Ukraine-born concert pianist
Vadym Kholodenko (b.1986), were found smothered to death in their
Fort Worth suburban home. In 2018 a judge ruled that his estranged
wife, Sonya Tsygankova, was not guilty by reason of insanity.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vadym_Kholodenko)(SFC, 7/16/18, p.A4)
2016 Mar 17, Sea World said
that it would stop breeding killer whales in captivity.
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.D1)
2016 Mar 17, In Brazil a
federal judge in Brasilia issued an injunction suspending the
appointment of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as
minister. Supporters of da Silva clashed briefly with opponents of
his Workers' Party outside the presidential palace, where he was due
to be sworn in as President Dilma Rousseff's chief of staff.
2016 Mar 17, China expressed
its opposition to unilateral sanctions against North Korea saying
they could raise tension, a day after the United States imposed new
curbs on the isolated country in retaliation for its nuclear and
2016 Mar 17, In Egypt
explosions rocked the northern Sinai town of Rafah as militants
struck a weapons depot, killing at least 5 soldiers and injuring 10
2016 Mar 17, Egypt’s
antiquities minister said scans of King Tut’s burial chamber have
revealed two hidden rooms.
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 17, Egypt’s
antiquities minister said scans of King Tut’s burial chamber have
revealed two hidden rooms.
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 17, French unions said
the government will lift a six-year-old freeze on civil servants'
pay, but that the resulting wage increase was too little.
2016 Mar 17, In France
thousands of youths held street protests to reject the government's
new labor changes.
2016 Mar 17, French lawmakers
approved plans for a total ban on some widely used pesticides blamed
for harming bees, going beyond EU restrictions in a fierce debate
that has pitched farmers and chemical firms against beekeepers and
2016 Mar 17, Germany’s dpa news
agency reported that Markus R., whose last name wasn't given in line
with privacy laws, was found by the Munich state court to have sold
some 200 highly classified documents to the CIA between 2008 and
2014 for 80,000 euros ($91,000).
2016 Mar 17, In Israel Meir
Dagan (71), a former Israeli general and longtime director of the
country's spy agency, died.
2016 Mar 17, A Macau court
sentenced Alan Ho, the nephew of former kingpin Stanley Ho, to 13
months in prison for helping to facilitate a high-profile
prostitution ring in the world's biggest gambling hub.
2016 Mar 17, Mexican officials
lifted a four-day air pollution alert in the nation's
densely-populated capital after ozone levels dropped to acceptable
2016 Mar 17, Myanmar's incoming
government announced plans to create a ministry for ethnic affairs,
marking the importance it places on relations with minorities in a
country scarred by festering civil wars and sectarian tensions.
2016 Mar 17, Pakistani soldiers
carried out a raid in the Tarel valley, killing 3 militants involved
in attacks on tourists and security forces. The exchange of fire
also killed two security personnel.
2016 Mar 17, Two Palestinian
assailants stabbed a female Israeli soldier in the northern West
Bank before Israeli security forces killed them.
2016 Mar 17, Polish President
Andrzej Duda led the formal opening of the Ulma Family Museum of
Poles Saving Jews, in the village of Markowa.
2016 Mar 17, President Vladimir
Putin honored Fyodor Zhuravlyov (27), a Russian soldier killed in
Russia's military operation in Syria, breaking four months of
official silence about his death.
2016 Mar 17, Saudi Arabia said
its military coalition will scale down operations in Yemen, an
announcement that came as the death toll from an airstrike by the
alliance on a market north of the Yemeni capital this week nearly
doubled, reaching 119.
2016 Mar 17, Syria's three
Kurdish-controlled autonomous regions voted to approve the
establishment of a federal system in the north of the country,
defying warnings from Damascus and neighboring Turkey against any
such unilateral move.
2016 Mar 17, Venezuela's
Supreme Court approved President Nicolas Maduro's request for a
60-day extension of an economic emergency decree that had been
rejected by the opposition-controlled congress.
2016 Mar 17, Vietnamese
officials said the country is experiencing its worst drought and
saline intrusion in recent history. The world’s third-largest
exporter of grain feared the loss of up to 1 million tons of rice.
(SFC, 3/18/16, p.A2)
2017 Mar 17, US Secretary of
State Rex Tillerson directed US diplomatic missions to identify
"populations warranting increased scrutiny" and toughen screening
for visa applicants in those groups. In cables dated March 10 and
March 15, Tillerson had issued detailed instructions to consular
officials for implementing Trump's travel order, which was due to
take effect on March 16.
2017 Mar 17, In San Francisco
George Martinez (44) was killed as he celebrated his birthday in the
Mission District. In 2019 two members of the MS-13 street gang were
convicted of executing Martinez. The gang members mistook Martinez
for a rival gang member.
(SFC, 12/21/19, p.C1)
2017 Mar 17, Results were
published of a $1 billion study on Repatha, a cholesterol drug made
by Amgen, that indicated the drug can make cholesterol tumble and
cut the risk of heart attack and stroke. The list price for the drug
was $14,523 a year.
(SFC, 3/18/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 17, In Afghanistan a
suicide truck bomber struck a military checkpoint, killing one
soldier and wounding 10 in Khost province. Another suicide bomber
elsewhere in the country killed the brother of a local religious
leader he had targeted for assassination.
2017 Mar 17, An avalanche in
Austria's western region of Tyrol killed two people.
2017 Mar 17, In Bangladesh two
policemen were wounded in the apparently botched attack when a man
blew himself up at an elite forces camp near Dhaka's international
airport. The Islamic State Group soon claimed responsibility.
2017 Mar 17, Brazilian federal
police raided dozens of meatpacker offices, including industry
giants JBS SA and BRF SA, following a two-year investigation into
alleged bribery of regulators to subvert inspections of their
plants. "Operation Weak Flesh" had already uncovered about 40 cases
of meatpackers who had bribed inspectors and politicians to overlook
2017 Mar 17, Former British
Treasury chief George Osborne was appointed editor of the Evening
Standard newspaper, touching off a torrent of criticism about
whether a sitting lawmaker should be able to run a London-based
2017 Mar 17, Security forces in
Congo Republic said they have killed around 15 rebel fighters during
a military operation in the restive Pool region.
2017 Mar 17, The Organization
for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said governments
need to do more to create growth that benefits everyone, and the US
should spend more on roads, highways, bridges and airports.
2017 Mar 17, Txetx Etcheverry,
a prominent figure in the French Basque community, said the Basque
separatist group ETA will complete its disarmament by April 8.
2017 Mar 17, Brazilian federal
police raided dozens of meatpacker offices, including industry
giants JBS SA and BRF SA, following a two-year investigation into
alleged bribery of regulators to subvert inspections of their
plants. "Operation Weak Flesh" had already uncovered about 40 cases
of meatpackers who had bribed inspectors and politicians to overlook
2017 Mar 17, In China poultry
trading in Hunan’s provincial capital of Changsha went into effect.
An outbreak of H7N9 bird flu virus originated from a farm with about
29,760 infected birds. Over 170,000 birds were culled as a result.
At least 162 deaths have been reported since last October.
2017 Mar 17, The European Union
re-imposed a fine on 11 air cargo companies totaling $835 million
after the original decision was thrown out by a high court on a
2017 Mar 17, A visit of
Segolene Royal, the French minister of ecology, to French Guiana was
cut short after masked demonstrators from the collective stormed
into a regional conference on biodiversity she was attending in the
department's capital city of Cayenne.
2017 Mar 17, In Germany a G20
official said opposition from the United States, Saudi Arabia and
others has forced Germany to drop a reference to financing programs
to combat climate change from the draft communique at a G20 finance
and central bankers meeting.
2017 Mar 17, In Iraq an
airstrike hit the residential area in Mosul for the 2nd time in four
days. Many residents were later reported killed. US officials
acknowledged the airstrike on March 25 that witnesses said killed at
least 100 people. On May 25 the US military acknowledged the bombing
saying it set off explosive materials that militants had planted
inside causing the structure to collapse.
(AP, 3/24/17)(SSFC, 3/26/17, p.A6)(SFC, 5/26/17,
2017 Mar 17, Israeli warplanes
struck several targets in Syria overnight, prompting retaliatory
missile launches, in the most serious incident between the two
countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.
2017 Mar 17, Japan’s Maebashi
district court held the government and the Tokyo Electric Power Co.
(TEPCO) liable for neglecting tsunami safety measures at the
Fukushima nuclear plant and ordered them to pay more money to dozens
out of the thousands of people who fled radiation released during
the March 2011 disaster.
2017 Mar 17, Kenya's President
Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the military to deploy to the volatile
counties of Baringo and Laikipia in the Rift Valley to calm deadly
violence fueled by drought that affects roughly half the country.
2017 Mar 17, In Libya gunmen
opened fire at demonstrators protesting against militias in Tripoli.
2017 Mar 17, Morocco’s MAP
state news said King Mohammed VI has named Saad Eddine El Othmani of
the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) as the country's
new prime minister and asked him to form a government.
2017 Mar 17, SWIFT, a messaging
network for cross-border payments, suspended services for four
remaining North Korean banks. Earlier this month SWIFT was obliged
to exclude three North Korean banks that were under UN sanctions.
(Econ, 3/25/17, p.63)
2017 Mar 17, In Peru El
Nino-fueled flash floods and landslides hit parts of Lima, leaving
some communities cut off from roads. This year's El Nino shut down
northern Peru's sugar-cane business.
(AFP, 3/18/17)(Econ., 10/10/20, p.72)
2017 Mar 17, The Philippines
said it would strengthen its military facilities on islands and
shoals in the disputed South China Sea and announced initial plans
to build a new port and pave an existing rough airstrip.
2017 Mar 17, Portugal's
attorney general granted investigators another extension to conclude
their 2 1/2-year investigation into former PM Jose Socrates (59),
who is suspected of corruption, money laundering and tax fraud.
Socrates was the center-left Socialist prime minister from 2005 to
2017 Mar 17, South Africa's
Constitutional Court ordered the government to pay social grants on
April 1 via its current service provider, seeking to end a fiasco
that had threatened the payment of benefits to 17 million people.
2017 Mar 17, In South Korea US
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said US policy of strategic
patience with North Korea's nuclear and missile programs has ended,
warning that military action would be "on the table" if Pyongyang
elevated the threat level.
2017 Mar 17, In St. Lucia Derek
Walcott (87), a Nobel-prize winning poet, died. He was known for
capturing the essence of his native Caribbean and became the
region's most internationally famous writer.
(AP, 3/17/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.82)
2017 Mar 17, In Tanzania Dar es
Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda stormed into the offices
of the Clouds FM Media Group with six armed men to demand the airing
of a muckraking video aimed at undermining a popular local pastor
with whom Makonda has a dispute.
2017 Mar 17, In Uganda senior
police official Andrew Felix Kaweesi was shot and killed in his car
along with two other officers as he left his home in Kampala.
President Yoweri Museveni condemned the killing and directed the
immediate installation of cameras in all major towns of Uganda and
along the highways.
(AFP, 3/17/17)(Reuters, 5/12/17)
2017 Mar 17, In Yemen 22 people
were killed in an attack on a mosque during prayers inside a
military base in Marib province.
2018 Mar 17, The US
government's road safety agency said air bags in some Hyundai and
Kia cars failed to inflate in crashes and four people are dead.
2018 Mar 17, In Florida Cirque
du Soleil performer Yann Arnaud died after falling during a show in
(SFC, 3/19/18, p.A4)
2018 Mar 17, In Minnesota a man
(53) was arrested for fatally stabbing two men at a Salvation Army
apartment building in Rochester.
(SFC, 3/20/18, p.A6)
2018 Mar 17, In New York a Fly
Jamaica Airways crew member Hugh Hall was arrested at JFK airport
and agents seized about 9 pounds of cocaine taped to his legs, with
a street value of about $160,000.
2018 Mar 17, In Afghanistan a
Taliban car bomb killed at least three people and wounded two in
2018 Mar 17, Albania police
said they have arrested 39 people in a crackdown on crime rings
illegally sending about 1,000 Albanians to Britain, the United
States and Canada.
2018 Mar 17, Angola saw its
first authorized anti-government protest in decades with about 10
people demonstrating in the capital against an amnesty those who
have stashed vast wealth abroad.
2018 Mar 17, In Australia
Southeast Asian leaders (ASEAN) said they will sign an agreement on
regional cooperation against violent extremism as the risk to the
region grows due to militants fleeing Islamic State group losses in
the Middle East.
2018 Mar 17, China's Xi Jinping
was reappointed as president with no limit on the number of terms he
can serve. China's largely rubber-stamp parliament chose former top
graft-buster Wang Qishan, a key ally of President Xi Jinping, as
(AP, 3/17/18)(Reuters, 3/17/18)
2018 Mar 17, China announced
the formation of the State Administration for Market Regulation
(SADR). It was formed by combining the offices of three regulators.
2018 Mar 17, Greek coast guard
officials said at least 16 people, including five children, drowned
when the small boat they were on capsized off Agathonisi island.
(Reuters, 3/17/18)(SSFC, 3/18/18, p.A4)
2018 Mar 17, It was reported
that more than half of Bangalore's estimated 10 million inhabitants
have to rely on borewells and tankers for their water because there
isn't enough mains supply to go round. An ecologist with the Indian
Institute of Science has predicted the Karnataka state capital could
be the first Indian city to follow Cape Town in running out of
2018 Mar 17, In eastern India a
speeding bus plunged into a dry river bed, killing at least 12
people and injuring 35 in Bihar state.
2018 Mar 17, Indonesia's
normally bustling Bali shut down social media, turned away flights
and shuttered all shops for a Day of Silence that marks New Year on
the predominantly Hindu island.
2018 Mar 17, Maldivian
authorities arrested more than 140 activists who defied a ban on
rallies and demonstrated against a state of emergency imposed by
Pres. Abdulla Yameen.
2018 Mar 17, The president of
Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, resigned from the ceremonial
position, amid accusations of financial impropriety that triggered a
dispute between her and the prime minister.
2018 Mar 17, In Pakistan
militants ambushed a polio vaccination team in a remote tribal
region, killing two of the medical workers and seriously wounding
another two. The gunmen also attacked tribal police and the
paramilitary Frontier Corps when they responded to the attack.
2018 Mar 17, Hamas closed the
Gaza offices of a major telecommunications firm, accusing it of
failing to cooperate in a probe into the apparent assassination
attempt against the Palestinian premier.
2018 Mar 17, In the Philippines
ten people died when a Piper-23 Apache plane crashed into a house
north of Manila. The dead included five people in the plane and five
people on the ground.
(Reuters, 3/17/18)(SSFC, 3/18/18, p.A4)
2018 Mar 17, Russia expelled 23
British diplomats. Russia also suspended the British Council, a
network of cultural and linguistic institutes, amid escalating
tensions over the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and
his daughter in England.
2018 Mar 17, South African
supermarket chain Shoprite said it has withdrawn a third brand of
sausages after the world's worst listeria outbreak which has claimed
at least 183 lives since January last year.
2018 Mar 17, Tens of thousands
of Spaniards rallied across the country to demand better pensions as
unions accused the government of seeking to privatize retirement
2018 Mar 17, In Switzerland
four people were killed after an avalanche hit the ski area of
Vallon d'Arbi. Two bodies were soon recovered and rescue workers
searched for two missing.
(AFP, 3/17/18)(SFC, 3/19/18, p.A2)
2018 Mar 17, Syria's regime
retook two more towns in Eastern Ghouta. Regime air strikes on
Eastern Ghouta killed at least 30 civilians. Thousands of civilians
streamed out of their towns to escape battles in the north and
(AP, 3/17/18)(Reuters, 3/17/18)(AFP, 3/17/18)
2018 Mar 17, In Turkey
prominent journalist Sahin Alpay (74), accused of supporting
Turkey's failed coup, was released from prison after a court ruling.
The Anadolu news agency said he has been banned from leaving his
house and the country.
2018 Mar 17, Phan Van Khai
(84), Vietnam's former prime minister (1997-2006) died in his home
district of Cu Chi on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. He was an
architect of Vietnam's economic rise and in 2005 became the
country's first prime minister to visit the United States after the
end of the war.
2018 Mar 17, Yemen's president
Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi assigned Ali Saleh al-Ahmar, the half
brother of ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, as commander of the
country's reserve force.
2018 Mar 17, The World Health
Organization said a diphtheria outbreak in war-torn Yemen has spread
rapidly nationwide and infected more than 1,300 people.
2019 Mar 17, The Missouri River
reached a record 30.2 feet in Iowa's Fremont County. Heavy rainfall
and snowmelt caused flooding in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska
with at least two deaths reported.
(SFC, 3/18/19, p.A8)
2019 Mar 17, Afghan officials
said an overnight Taliban assault on checkpoints in northern Faryab
province killed 22 troops.
2019 Mar 17, Algeria's Ministry
of Religious Affairs informed clerics that they are no longer
required to submit texts of their sermons to authorities for
2019 Mar 17, The French
government faced heavy criticism over failing to maintain law and
order during an arson and looting rampage by "yellow vest"
protesters along the famous Champs-Elysees in Paris.
2019 Mar 17, France's BEA air
accident investigation said data from the flight data recorder of
the Ethiopian jet that crashed last week has been successfully
downloaded. BEA said the information has been transferred to
Ethiopian investigators and that its technical work on the flight
data recorder and cockpit voice recorder was now done.
2019 Mar 17, Indonesian
disaster officials said flash flood and mudslides triggered by days
of torrential downpours have torn through mountainside villages in
Papua province, killing at least 58 people and injuring 59 others.
2019 Mar 17, In Indonesia a
magnitude 5.5 earthquake triggered a landslide that hit a popular
waterfall on the tourist island of Lombok, killing at least two
people and injuring dozens.
2019 Mar 17, Iran's President
Hassan Rouhani inaugurated a new phase in the development of a
massive natural gas field. The development will allow Iran to
overtake Qatar in the production of natural gas.
2019 Mar 17, In Mali gunmen
attacked and briefly seized an army base overnight, killing at least
16 soldiers and destroying five vehicles in the central Mopti
region. Central Mali is the locus of the Macina Liberation Front,
led by Salafist preacher and militant leader Amadou Koufa.
2019 Mar 17, In Northern
Ireland two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old died after a crowd of
revelers trying to get into a St. Patrick's Day event caused what
appears to be a crush at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown.
2019 Mar 17, In Pakistan four
people were killed and 10 injured when a bomb went off on a train
track in the resource-rich province of Baluchistan.
2019 Mar 17, A Palestinian
stabbed an Israeli soldier to death in the occupied West Bank and
used his rifle to wound another soldier and a Jewish settler before
2019 Mar 17, Serbia's Pres.
Aleksandar Vucic pledged to defend the country's law and order a day
after opposition supporters stormed the national TV station
protesting what they said is his autocratic rule and firm control of
the media. Thousands of demonstrators rallied around the
presidential palace in Belgrade to protest the speech by Vucic.
(AP, 3/17/19)(AFP, 3/17/19)
2019 Mar 17, In Somalia a US
air strike killed four people near the town of Afgoye. The US Africa
Command (AFRICOM) later said it carried out the air strike and that
three militants had died in the attack.
2019 Mar 17, In eastern Syria
Lorenzo Orsetti (33), an Italian fighting alongside the Kurdish-led
YPG force, was killed in battle as he fought diehard jihadists in
the village of Baghouz.
2019 Mar 17, Hundreds of
Sudanese took part in anti-government protests in the capital and
other cities as the government announced it had secured $300 million
in loans to address the economic crisis that triggered the unrest.
2019 Mar 17, In eastern Syria
the SDF admitted to facing difficulties defeating the IS extremists,
saying they were being slowed by mines, tunnels and concerns over
harming women and children still in Baghouz. The SDF said it would
no longer estimate how many people remained, but said recent
evacuees told the fighting forces that another 5,000 were still
2019 Mar 17, In Turkey Kurdish
activist Zulkuf Gezen died late today. He was one of scores of
detainees on hunger strike in support of a Kurdish lawmaker in
Diyarbakir. He reportedly hanged himself after 12 years in prison on
charges of membership of the PKK Kurdish militant group.
2020 Mar 17, The Trump
administration called for $1 trillion in spending, including $250
billion for direct payments to Americans, as the federal government
prepares to fight the coronavirus pandemic and an almost certain
(NY Times, 3/18/20)
2020 Mar 17, The US Federal
Reserve said it would reinstate a funding facility used during the
2008 financial crisis to get credit directly to businesses and
households as fears over a liquidity crunch due to the coronavirus
have grown in recent days.
2020 Mar 17, Former US vice
president Joe Biden easily defeated Bernie Sanders in Arizona,
Florida and Illinois state primaries.
2020 Mar 17, Former California
Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced to 11 months in prison
after pleading guilty to stealing campaign funds and spending the
money on everything from outings with friends to his daughter's
(Miami Herald, 3/17/20)
2020 Mar 17, San Francisco's
Mayor London Breed announced plans to ban commercial evictions for
small and medium-sized businesses impacted by the coronavirus. City
officials said canabis businesses may remain open as non-essential
businesses were told to shut down.
(SFC, 3/18/20, p.B5)
2020 Mar 17, In the SF Bay Area
Xuehua "Edward" Peng (56) of Hayward was sentenced to four years in
federal prison for smuggling purported national security information
to China for more than two years.
(SFC, 3/18/20, p.B1)
2020 Mar 17, Jerry Slick
(b.1939), drummer and founder of the San Francisco-based Great
Society rock band, died in his Mill Valley, Ca., home. He founded
the band with his wife Grace Slick in 1965. Grace Slick joined the
Jefferson Airplane in 1966 and Jerry moved on as a cinematographer
(SSFC, 3/29/20, p.B8)
2020 Mar 17, In Florida
Colombian brothers Pedro Nel Rincon-Castillo (53) and Omar
Rincon-Castillo (50) were sentenced to about 20 years and 17-1/2
years, respectively, on cocaine-trafficking charges by a federal
judge in Fort Lauderdale.
2020 Mar 17, In Michigan a
Wayne County jury convicted Devon Kareem Robinson (19) of
first-degree premeditated murder, assault with intent to murder and
felony firearm in the May 2019 killings of Alunte Davis (21),
Timothy Blancher (20) and Paris Cameron (20). Police believed the
victims were targeted for their sexual orientation.
2020 Mar 17, New York state
closed all schools for two weeks. The state has 1,374 cases of
coronavirus and 12 people have died. The US had 5,124 cases of
coronavirus with 96 deaths.
2020 Mar 17, It was reported
that a TSA officer at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has
tested positive for COVID-19. This marked the 8th TSA officer to
test positive for COVID-19. The other cases were in California,
Florida and Georgia.
(Good Morning America, 3/17/20)
2020 Mar 17, Ohio's primary,
planned for today, was cancelled. Governor Mike DeWine postponed his
state's primary until June 2 because of the growing coronavirus
2020 Mar 17, Texas confirmed
its first death due to coronavirus.
(The Independent, 3/17/20)
2020 Mar 17, West Virginia
reported its first confirmed coronavirus infection. There are now
known coronavirus cases in all 50 US states.
(NY Times, 3/18/20)
2020 Mar 17, Regeneron
Pharmaceuticals Inc said it had identified hundreds of antibodies
that could treat or prevent the coronavirus and was preparing to
begin clinical trials by early summer, sending the drugmaker's
shares up nearly 12%.
2020 Mar 17, Brazil's
government called for a state of emergency to loosen fiscal rules as
it faced challenges from the coronavirus pandemic and oil price war.
Brazil reported its first death due to the virus and closed its
border to Venezuelans for an initial 15 days, citing strains on the
public health system and what its president described as Venezuela's
inability to respond.
2020 Mar 17, Brazil's Sao Paulo
state prison authority said more than 500 prisoners have been
recaptured who fled four jails ahead of a planned lockdown of the
facilities over the coronavirus pandemic. Local officials had
cancelled temporary leaves because of fears that prisoners could
bring the new coronavirus back with them.
(AP, 3/17/20)(SFC, 3/18/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 17, Britain's health
ministry said cases of coronavirus rose 26% to 1,950 from 1,543 the
day before. The National Health Service (NHS) announced plans to
cancel all routine surgery for three months and to send home as many
patients as possible to free up staff and beds to deal with the
spread of the coronavirus.
2020 Mar 17, The BBC reported
that Hashem Abedi, the brother of the bomber who blew himself up at
the end of an Ariana Grande concert in the English city of
Manchester in May 2017, has been found guilty of murdering the 22
2020 Mar 17, Bulgaria banned
all foreign and domestic holiday trips until April 13 as part of
efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The Balkan country
had 81 confirmed cases of the new virus and two deaths.
2020 Mar 17, In Bulgaria
investigative journalist Slavi Angelov, editor-in-chief of the
weekly 168 Hours, was attacked by unknown assailants and
hospitalized in Sofia with serious injuries.
(SFC, 3/19/20, p.A2)(https://tinyurl.com/rrjhy5u)
2020 Mar 17, Canadian PM Justin
Trudeau said his government would provide financial support to
people during the coronavirus outbreak as he urged them to stay at
home to slow the spread of COVI0D-19.
2020 Mar 17, It was reported
that Chad is repaying Angola a debt of $100m (£82m) with cattle.
More than 1,000 cows have arrived by ship in Luanda as the first
2020 Mar 17, The Chinese
Foreign Ministry said that it was revoking the press credentials for
American journalists from three newspapers, The New York Times, The
Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, requiring them to
return their media passes within 10 days and essentially expelling
them from the country. All three US media outlets have reported
politically sensitive stories in China, a long-term taboo with the
Chinese Communist Party.
2020 Mar 17, Chinese doctors
reported that Avigan (favipiravir), a drug used against influenza in
Japan, led to clinical improvements in coronavirus patients.
(Econ, 3/21/20, p.18)
2020 Mar 17, Croatia's
government proposed to postpone tax payments for at least three
months and make loans available to struggling business in response
to the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Croatia has so far
reported 65 cases of coronavirus. Four people have recovered and no
one has yet died from COVID-19.
2020 Mar 17, Egypt, which has
166 confirmed cases of the new virus including four fatalities,
announced the lockdown of the Red Sea province that includes the
popular resort town of Hurghada. Egypt lowered the price of natural
gas for industrial use to $4.5 per mmbtu and cut a tax on dividends
for companies listed on its stock exchange to 5% in an attempt to
soften the impact of the spread of the coronavirus on the economy.
(AP, 3/17/20)(Reuters, 3/17/20)
2020 Mar 17, European Union
leaders agreed to restrict most travel into the continent in an
unprecedented move aimed at slowing down the spread of a deadly
coronavirus and mitigating its effects on the bloc. Europe logged
10,560 new COVID-19 infections, with 3,590 of the cases diagnosed in
(Bloomberg, 3/17/20)(Business Insider, 3/17/20)
2020 Mar 17, French President
Emmanuel Macron declared "war" on Covid-19 with a raft of measures
to keep citizens in lock-down mode, including a ban on non-essential
travel, just a few days after ordering business closures and
2020 Mar 17, Indian authorities
expanded the population eligible for testing to health care workers
with symptoms who are treating patients with severe respiratory
illnesses. Authorities have confirmed 126 cases linked to foreign
travel or direct contact with someone who caught the disease abroad.
Indian authorities said that they would not widely expand testing
for the virus, despite mounting criticism from some experts that the
limited tests could mask the true toll of the disease in the world's
second most populous country.
2020 Mar 17, Iran issued its
most dire warning yet about the outbreak of the new coronavirus
ravaging the country, suggesting “millions" could die in the Islamic
Republic if the public keeps traveling and ignoring health guidance.
Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said the virus had
killed 135 more people to raise the total to 988 amid over 16,000
cases. In efforts to curb the spread of the virus, Iran has released
85,000 prisoners on temporary leave.
2020 Mar 17, Iran temporarily
released Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (41), a British-Iranian woman
serving a five-year prison term in Tehran for sedition, from jail
for two weeks. Nazanin had warned last month that was in danger of
contracting the new coronavirus inside Evin Prison.
2020 Mar 17, Iraq's President
Barham Saleh named Adnan al-Zurfi, a former governor of the city of
Najaf, as prime minister-designate, following weeks of political
2020 Mar 17, Peace Now, an
Israeli monitoring group that opposes West Bank settlements, said
that Israel's average annual construction rate has risen 25% since
President Donald Trump took office in 2017.
2020 Mar 17, Official data in
Italy showed that 31,506 people have been confirmed as positive for
the coronavirus. The official death toll passed 2,500.
(AP, 3/18/20)(Reuters, 3/18/20)
2020 Mar 17, A Lebanese
military judge appealed a verdict by the military tribunal that
ordered the release of Amer Fakhoury, a Lebanese-American held since
September on charges of working for an Israeli-backed militia two
decades ago. Lebanon released Amer Fakhoury (57) on March 19.
(AP, 3/17/20)(AP, 3/19/20)
2020 Mar 17, The Lithuanian
parliament voted to the raise borrowing limit by 4.5 billion euros,
and to allow the government to borrow over the limit to fight
effects of the coronavirus. Lithuania had 22 cases of coronavirus
with no deaths.
2020 Mar 17, A Moroccan court
handed a four-month suspended sentence and a 500 dirham fine to
Moroccan journalist and rights activist Omar Radi (33) on charges of
insulting a judge on Twitter, in a case that outraged advocates of
free speech in the country.
2020 Mar 17, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Un acknowledged that his country lacks modern
medical facilities and called for urgent improvements.
2020 Mar 17, Pakistani PM Imran
Khan declared that there would be no national lockdown to block the
spread of the coronavirus.
(Econ, 3/28/20, p.36)
2020 Mar 17, In Peru miners
halted operations and girded for extended supply chain disruptions
in neighboring Chile as governments tightened curbs due to
2020 Mar 17, Qatari authorities
announced the closure of several square km of the industrial area in
the capital Doha, which also contains labor camps and other housing
units, due to the coronavirus. Qatar relies on about 2 million
migrant workers for the bulk of its labor force.
2020 Mar 17, Russian President
Vladimir Putin ordered a vote on changes to the constitution which
could allow him to extend his rule to be held next month as planned,
but warned it could be delayed if the coronavirus situation worsens.
2020 Mar 17, Senegal has
recorded 27 cases of coronavirus. Medical staff said they had
received limited protective equipment beyond extra gloves and masks.
2020 Mar 17, In South Africa Lt
Col Leroy Brewer, a top rhino poaching investigator, was driving to
work when he was shot dead by gunmen with high-caliber weapons. He
died on the spot.
2020 Mar 17, South Africa's
national ports operator Transnet said it is holding the cruise
liner, MV AidAmira, and a cargo vessel off Cape Town's port limits
after a crew member onboard one of the vessels showed signs of
coronavirus. The MV Aidamira, with 1,240 passengers and 486 crew on
board, had returned to Cape Town from Namibia’s Walvis Bay.
(Reuters, 3/17/20)(BBC, 3/18/20)
2020 Mar 17, Spanish PM Pedro
Sanchez announced a package of measures worth a total 200 billion
euros ($219 billion), between loans, credit guarantees, benefits and
direct aid, to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on
2020 Mar 17, It was reported
that Spain's King Felipe VI has renounced any future personal
inheritance he could receive from his father, King Emirat Jaun
Carlos I, over the alleged financial irregularities involving the
former monarch. Felipe (52) was also strippimng Juan Carlos of his
(SFC, 3/17/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 17, In southern
Thailand bombers attacked a major government office as hundreds of
local officials and Muslim clerics met to discuss fighting COVID-19.
At least 20 people were reported hurt.
(SFC, 3/18/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 17, Ukrainian shops,
restaurants and transport shut down as the country tightened
restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Police
arrested five people suspected of trying to rob 100,000 surgical
masks at gunpoint in Kiev.
2020 Mar 17, The United Nations
and nine countries called on Libya's warring parties to cease
hostilities to allow health authorities to fight against the new
2020 Mar 17, The UN refugee
agency and the International Organization for Migration announced a
temporary pause in refugee resettlement to slow the spread of the
new coronavirus. That led the US to pause its admissions until at
least April 6.
(The Week, 3/18/20)
2020 Mar 17, Yemeni officials
said heavy fighting between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels
killed more than three dozen people in the previous 24 hours. Houthi
officials said the Saudi-led coalition had carried out at least 15
airstrikes against their fighters.
2021 Mar 17, President Joe
Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin will face consequences
for directing efforts to swing the 2020 US presidential election to
Donald Trump, and that they would come soon.
2021 Mar 17, The US government
said it is investing $12.25 billion on ramping up COVID-19 testing
in the country to help schools reopen safely and promote testing
equity among high-risk and underserved populations. The funds will
be taken from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that was signed
into law last week.
2021 Mar 17, The US State Dept.
announced sanctions on 24 Chinese officials for undermining Hong
Kong's democratic freedoms.
(SFC, 3/18/21, p.A4)
2021 Mar 17, The IRS said
filers will have until May 17 to file their tax returns. The extra
time is intended to ease the burden on Americans dealing with the
economic upheaval caused by the pandemic.
(NY Times, 3/17/21)
2021 Mar 17, US Federal Reserve
officials signaled that they are in no rush to dial back support for
a pandemic-damaged economy, releasing a fresh set of projections
that showed the central bank’s policy interest rate on hold at near
zero for years to come.
(NY Times, 3/17/21)
2021 Mar 17, California to
date had 3,605,719 cases of coronavirus and 56,097 deaths. The SF
Bay Area had 415,829 cases and 5,701 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 29,602,809 with the death toll at 537,945.
2021 Mar 17, Sean Lannon (47)
was arrested in St Louis, Missouri driving the stolen car of his
alleged New Jersey victim, Michael Dabkowski. Lannon said Dabkowski
had sexually abused him as a child. Lannon soon claimed
responsibility for 15 killings in New Mexico.
(The Independent, 3/20/21)
2021 Mar 17, Abbvie Inc said
the US Food and Drug Administration has extended the review period
for expanded use of its rheumatoid arthritis drug Rinvoq by three
months, citing the need for more time to assess the drug's
2021 Mar 17, CNBC reported that
Morgan Stanley has become the first big US bank to offer its wealth
management clients access to bitcoin funds.
2021 Mar 17, Facebook Inc said
it is starting to remove the recommendations it gives global users
for political and social issue Facebook groups, a move it has billed
as turning down tension on the site.
2021 Mar 17, Australia said it
will send COVID-19 vaccines from its own supply to Papua New Guinea
and will ask AstraZeneca to send 8,000 doses to contain a concerning
wave of infections.
(SFC, 3/18/21, p.A5)
2021 Mar 17, It was reported
that interest in cybersex is soaring as the pandemic has left people
subject to lockdowns and travel bans and unable to seek intimacy in
the usual ways. In London Angelina Aleksandrovich runs a collective
called Raspberry Dream Labs which creates multi-sensory cybersex
experiences which allow people to enjoy intimate moments together
even when they are not in same place.
2021 Mar 17, Cape Verde’s
Supreme Court ruled that Alex Saab, a businessman close to
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro who was arrested last year in
the West African country, can be extradited to the United States to
face money-laundering charges.
2021 Mar 17, Researchers in a
large study from Denmark reported that the vast majority of people
who recover from Covid-19 remain shielded from the virus for at
least six months.
(NY Times, 3/18/21)
2021 Mar 17, An Egyptian court
convicted prominent human rights activist Sanaa Seif of spreading
false news, and insulting a police officer, sentencing her to 18
months in prison.
2021 Mar 17, The European Union
criticized Turkish authorities for stripping a prominent pro-Kurdish
legislator of his parliamentary seat and seeking to shut down his
political party, saying these moves add to concerns over the
“backsliding of rights" in Turkey.
2021 Mar 17, It was reported
that Finland-based Nokia plans to cut up to 10,000 jobs as it tries
to cement its role as a key supplier of 5G technology. Nokia said
the restructuring should reduce costs by $715 million by 2023.
(SFC, 3/17/21, p.B2)
2021 Mar 17, Greece launched a
30-year government bond auction, hoping to take advantage of low
interest rates to improve its debt profile and offset some of the
impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the country’s public finances.
2021 Mar 17, Indian health
officials said about 6.5% of coronavirus vaccine doses in India are
going to waste, urging states to manage their immunization drives
better to optimize use of what one called "this elixir-like precious
2021 Mar 17, Iran's state TV
reported that mishaps during the annual Nowruz fire festival have
left at least 10 people dead and hundreds more injured around the
country. The deaths happened over a period of several weeks.
2021 Mar 17, In Italy Eni SpA,
Royal Dutch Shell Plc and several of their current and former
executives were acquitted of corruption charges related to a
Nigerian oil deal by a court in Milan. Sentences in Italy aren’t
definitive until appeals are exhausted. It could take years before a
2021 Mar 17, A Japanese court
for the first time ruled that same-sex marriage should be allowed
under the country's constitution, a moral victory that does not have
any immediate legal consequence but could bolster efforts for
2021 Mar 17, Kenya's high court
upheld a ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) in a landmark ruling
welcomed by campaigners seeking to eradicate the internationally
2021 Mar 17, Two Polish
government websites were hacked today and used briefly to spread
false information about a non-existent radioactive threat, in what a
Polish government official said had the hallmarks of a Russian
2021 Mar 17, Syria has
registered 16,656 cases of coronavirus, including 1,110 deaths in
government-held areas. The numbers are believed to be much higher
because of limited testing being done. President Bashar Assad’s
office said the first couple are on their way to recovery nine days
after testing positive for the coronavirus.
2021 Mar 17, Tanzania's Pres.
John Magufuli (61) died from reported heart complications at a
hospital in Dar es Salaam. Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan (61)
will be sworn in as the new president within 24 hours and should
serve the remainder of Mr Magufuli's five-year term which he began
2021 Mar 17, Tunisia’s
president met with Libya's newly appointed government officials in
Tripoli, becoming the first head of state to visit the war-torn
country a day after an interim administration took power.
2021 Mar 17, Turkish
authorities stripped Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, a prominent legislator
and human rights advocate, of his parliamentary seat and took a step
toward disbanding the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party. On
March 21 around 100 police officers entered parliament to detain
him. He was released after questioning several hours later.
(AP, 3/17/21)(AP, 3/21/21)
2021 Mar 17, A UN spokesman
said human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has agreed to Ethiopia's
request for a joint investigation into the humanitarian consequences
of the conflict in the country's northern Tigray region.
2021 Mar 17, The United
Nations' nuclear watchdog (IAEA) said it has confirmed that Iran has
begun operating a cascade of advanced centrifuges at an underground
2021 Mar 17, A UN team of
investigators on Myanmar appealed for people to collect and preserve
documentary evidence of crimes ordered by the military since a Feb.
1 coup, in order to build future cases against its leaders.
2021 Mar 17, A World Health
Organization (WHO) vaccine safety panel said that it considers that
the benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its risks
and recommends that vaccinations continue.