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Mar 22, Jogaila gave Vilnius the rights of Magdeburg. Vilnius became
the 1st self-governed Lithuanian city.
1471 Mar 22, George van
Podiebrad, king of Bohemia (1458-71), died.
1556 Mar 22, Cardinal Reginald
Pole became archbishop of Canterbury.
1599 Mar 22, Sir Anthony Van
Dyck, Flemish artist, was born. He gave his name to the Vandyke
beard. [See Feb 22]
1622 Mar 22, The Powhattan
Confederacy massacred 347-350 colonists in Virginia, a quarter of
the population. On Good Friday over 300 colonists in and around
Jamestown, Virginia, were massacred by the Powhatan Indians. The
massacre was led by the Powhatan chief Opechancanough and began a
costly 22-year war against the English. Opechancanough hoped that
killing one quarter of Virginia’s colonists would put an end to the
European threat. The result of the massacre was just the opposite,
however, as English survivors regrouped and pushed the Powhattans
far into the interior. Opechancanough launched his final campaign in
1644, when he was nearly 100 years old and almost totally blind. He
was then captured and executed.
(WSJ, 10/19/98, p.A24)(HNPD, 10/23/98)(AP,
1630 Mar 22, First legislation
prohibiting gambling was enacted in Boston.
1638 Mar 22, Religious
dissident Anne Hutchinson was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay
1659 Mar 22, The Warsaw
parliament decided to issue metal currency, shillings, for Lithuania
1664 Mar 22, Charles II gave
large tracks of land from west of the Connecticut River to the east
of Delaware Bay in North America to his brother James, the Duke of
York and Albany. The entire Hudson Valley and New Amsterdam was
given to James.
(AP, 3/22/99)(ON, 4/00, p.2)
1685 Mar 22, Composer Johann
Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany. [see Mar 21]
(CFA, '96,Vol 179, p.42)(AP, 3/21/97)
1719 Mar 22, Frederick William
abolished serfdom on crown property in Prussia.
1752 Mar 22, Johann Georg
Joseph Spangler, composer, was born.
1758 Mar 22, Jonathan Edwards
(b.1703), US colonial theologian, philosopher (Great Awakening,
Original Sin), died in New Jersey following an inoculation for
1765 Mar 22, Britain enacted
the Stamp Act to raise money from the American Colonies. This was
the first direct British tax on the colonists. The Act was repealed
the following year. The tax covered just about everything produced
by the American colonists and began the decade of crisis that led to
the American Revolution. The Stamp Act taxed the legal documents of
the American colonists and infuriated John Adams.
(AP, 3/22/97)(HN, 3/22/97)(A&IP, p.13,18)
1775 Mar 22, British statesman
Edmund Burke made a speech in the House of Commons, urging the
government to adopt a policy of reconciliation with America.
1778 Mar 22, Captain Cook
sighted Cape Flattery in Washington state.
1786 Mar 22, Joachim Lelevelis
was born in Warsaw. He became a renowned historian and Prof. at
Vilnius Univ. He died May 29, 1861 in Paris.
1790 Mar 22, Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826) became the first US Secretary of State. As Secretary of
State, he served on the first Board of Arts, the body that reviewed
patent applications and granted patents. Jefferson was one of a
triumvirate that served as both America’s first patent commissioner
and first patent examiner.
1794 Mar 22, Congress passed
laws prohibiting slave trade with foreign countries, although
slavery remained legal in the United States. Congress banned US
vessels from supplying slaves to other countries.
(HN, 3/22/01)(MC, 3/22/02)
1795 Mar 22, A Lithuanian
delegation under L. Tiskevicius went to Jekaterina II in Petersburg
and declared that Lithuania’s union with Poland was ended.
(Voruta #27-28, Jul 1996, p.5)
1797 Mar 22, Kaiser Wilhelm I,
German Emperor (1871-88), was born.
1817 Mar 22, Braxton Bragg
(d.1876), Gen (Confederate Army), was born.
1820 Mar 22, The Decatur-Barron
Duel. U.S. naval hero Stephen Decatur (b.1779) was killed in a duel
with Commodore James Barron near Washington, D.C.
(HFA, ‘96, p.26)(AP, 3/22/97)
1822 Mar 22, Gioacchino Rossini
married Isabella Colbran in Bologna.
1834 Mar 22, Horace Greeley
published “New Yorker,” a weekly literary and news magazine and
forerunner of Harold Ross' more successful “The New Yorker.”
1841 Mar 22, Cornstarch was
patented by Orlando Jones.
1842 Mar 22, Mykola
Vytal'yevich Lysenko, composer, was born.
1846 Mar 22, Randolph
Caldecott, illustrator, was born.
1865 Mar 22, Theophile Ysaye,
composer, was born.
1865 Mar 22, Raid at Wilson's:
Chickasaw, AL, to Macon, GA.
1868 Mar 22, Robert A.
Millikan, US physicist (photoelectric effect; Nobel 1923), was born.
1871 Mar 22, William Holden of
NC became the 1st US governor removed by impeachment.
1872 Mar 22, Illinois became
1st state to require sexual equality in employment.
1873 Mar 22, Slavery was
abolished in Puerto Rico.
1874 Mar 22, Young Men's Hebrew
Association was organized in NYC.
1882 Mar 22, US Congress
outlawed polygamy. The Edmunds-Tucker Act was adopted by the US to
suppress polygamy in the territories. [see Morrill Act 1862]
President Chester Arthur signed a measure outlawing polygamy.
(SFEM, 6/28/98, p.39)(AP, 3/22/08)
1887 Mar 22, Chico Marx,
[Leonard Martin], comedian (Marx Brothers), was born in NYC.
1894 Mar 22, Hockey's first
Stanley Cup championship game was played; the home team Montreal
Amateur Athletic Association defeated the Ottawa Capitals, 3-1.
1895 Mar 22, Auguste and Louis
Lumiere showed their first movie to an invited audience in Paris;
this is generally regarded as the first-ever public display of a
movie projected onto a screen. [see Dec 28]
1901 Mar 22, Japan proclaimed
that it was determined to keep Russia from encroaching on Korea.
1902 Mar 22, Great Britain and
Persia agreed to link Europe and India by telegraph.
1903 Mar 22, Niagara Falls ran
out of water because of a drought. [see Feb 22]
1904 Mar 22, The first color
photograph was published in the London Daily Illustrated Mirror.
1905 Mar 22, Ruth Page, US
choreographer, ballet leader (Diaghilev, Pygmalion), was born.
1907 Mar 22, James Gavin, U.S.
Army General, was born. He commanded the 82nd Airborne Division on
D-Day, Operation Market-Garden and the Battle of the Bulge.
(HN, 3/22/97)(AP, 3/22/99)
1907 Mar 22, Russians troops
completed the evacuation of Manchuria in the face of advancing
(HN, 3/22/97)(AP, 3/22/99)
1908 Mar 22, Louis L’Amour
(d.1998), American author, was born in Jamestown, North Dakota. He
wrote 116 western novels.
(HN, 3/22/97)(USAT, 6/10/98, p.1D)(MC, 3/22/02)
1912 Mar 22, Karl Malden
(d.2009), later film and TV star, was born as Mladen Sekulovich in
(AP, 7/2/09)(SFC, 7/1/09, p.A8)
1913 Mar 22, Karl Malden, actor
(Mike-Streets of SF, American Express), was born in Chicago.
1913 Mar 22, Martha Modl,
German singer, soprano (Wagner), was born.
1913 Mar 22, In China Song
Jiaren (30), a leader of the new Nationalist Party, died following a
March 20 attack at the Shanghai railway station. All those involved
in his killing died or went missing within a year.
(Econ, 12/22/12, p.66)
1915 Mar 22, A German Zeppelin
made a night raid on Paris railway stations.
1917 Mar 22, The U.S. became
the first to recognize the Kerensky Government in Russia.
1917 Mar 22, In Brazil Caixa
Economica de Sao Paulo first opened its doors. In 2008 the bank was
bought by Banco do Brazil.
(http://tinyurl.com/2wkhujw)(Econ, 5/15/10, SR
1918 Mar 22, Ukrainian mobs
massacred the Jews of Seredino Buda.
1919 Mar 22, The first
international airline service was inaugurated on a weekly schedule
between Paris and Brussels.
1922 Mar 22, A British court
sentenced Mahatma Gandhi to 6 years in prison. [see Mar 18]
1923 Mar 22, Marcel Marceau,
French mime, was born. "I do not get my ideas from people on the
street. If you look at faces on the street, what do you see?
Nothing. Just boredom." He devised over 100 pantomimes, including
The Creation of the World.
(HN, 3/22/97)(AP, 3/22/99)
1927 Mar 22, Federico Garcia
Lorca's "El Maleficio," premiered in Madrid.
1928 Mar 22, Dmitri Antonovitch
Volkogonov, soldier, historian, was born.
1928 Mar 22, Noel Coward's
musical "This Year of Grace," premiered in London.
1928 Mar 22, Peasants in the
Soviet Union protested food shortages there.
1929 Mar 22, A US Coast Guard
vessel sank a Canadian schooner suspected of carrying liquor.
1930 Mar 22, Stephen Sondheim,
American composer and lyricist (A Little Night Music, Passion), was
1933 Mar 22, During
Prohibition, President Roosevelt signed a measure to make wine &
beer containing up to 3.2 percent alcohol legal. [see Feb 20, Apr 7,
(AP, 3/22/97)(HN, 3/22/97)
1934 Mar 22, Philippine
independence was granted by the US and was guaranteed to begin in
(WUD, 1994, p.1682)
1934 Mar 22, Orrin Hatch, U.S.
senator from Utah, was born.
1935 Mar 22, Michael Emmet
Walsh, actor (Wildcats, War Party), was born in Ogdensburg, NY.
1935 Mar 22, Blood tests were
authorized as evidence in court cases in NY.
1935 Mar 22, Persia was renamed
(SFC,11/19/97, Z1 p.7)(HN, 3/22/97)
1935 Mar 22, Russia sold the
Chinese Eastern Railway to Japan.
1936 Mar 22, May Britt, actress
(Young Lions), wife of Sammy Davis Jr., was born in Sweden.
1936 Mar 22, Roger Whittaker,
country singer (Durham Town), was born in Nairobi, Kenya.
1936 Mar 22, In Alameda, Ca.,
Chief Engineer George W. Alberts was found murdered aboard the
freighter S.S. Point Lobos. District Attorney Earl Warren prosecuted
the case and 4 defendants were convicted and sentenced to prison.
(SFEM, 6/1/97, p.16-21)
1937 Mar 22, Ray Woods, a
professional diver from St. Louis, leaped from the San
Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in an attempt to set a new world record
for high dive. He suffered 6 broken vertebrae, but survived.
(SSFC, 3/18/12, DB
1938 Mar 22, Officials at San
Quentin Prison tested the new gas chamber using a little pig. The
warden had refused to permit the use of a dog.
(SSFC, 2/17/13, DB p.42)
1939 Mar 22, Germany marched
into Klaipeda (Memel), Lithuania. The Lithuanian warship Prezidentas
Smetona was left without a harbor. The ship soon settled at Latvia’s
port of Liepaja. In December Ltn. P. Labanauskas was named captain.
In 1940 Soviet occupiers called for the ship to raise the Soviet
flag, but Captain Labanauskas sailed the ship out of Soviet
territory. The ship was later handed over to the Soviet Baltic
fleet. On Jan 11, 1945, it hit a mine and sank off the coast of
(Voruta #27-28, Jul 1996,
1941 Mar 22, The Grand Coulee
Dam in Washington state went into operation.
1942 Mar 22, There was a heavy
German assault on Malta (3rd day).
1943 Mar 22, SS police chief
Rauter threatened to kill half Jewish children.
1944 Mar 22, Over 600 8th Air
Force bombers attacked Berlin.
1945 Mar 22, The Arab League
was formed with the adoption of a charter in Cairo, Egypt. Saudi
Arabia became a founding member of the UN and the Arab League.
(AP, 3/22/97)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)
1945 Mar 22, The US 3rd Army
crossed the Rhine at Nierstein.
1946 Mar 22, First U.S. built
rocket to leave the earth's atmosphere reached a 50-mile height.
1946 Mar 22, The British
mandate in Transjordan came to an end. Britain signed a treaty
granting independence to Jordan.
(AP, 3/22/97)(HN, 3/22/97)
1948 Mar 22, Andrew Lloyd
Webber, Broadway composer, was born. His works include "Phantom of
the Opera" and "Cats."
(AP, 3/22/99)(HN, 3/22/97)
1948 Mar 22, The U.S. announced
a land reform plan for Korea.
1950 Mar 22, A one-page memo
was addressed to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover from Guy Hottel, then
head of the FBI's Washington, D.C., field office. It relayed some
information from an informant. The subject: FLYING
SAUCERS INFORMATION CONCERNING: "An investigator for the Air Force
stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New
Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised
centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by
three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall, dressed in
metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a
manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed fliers and test
pilots.” The file was released in April 2011 under the Freedom of
Information Act. The memo is dated nearly three years after the
infamous events in Roswell in July 1947.
1952 Mar 22, Bob Costas,
sportscaster and talk show host, was born in Queens, NY.
1952 Mar 22, US Navy pilot
Kenneth Schechter (d.2013) was among a group of pilots ordered to
bomb North Korean rail and truck lines. Schechter’s plane was hit
and he was blinded, but managed to make a landing guided by group
leader Lt. Howard Thayer.
(SFC, 12/25/13, p.D2)
1953 Mar 22, UC Pres. Robert
Gordon Sproul addressed a Charter Day banquet and contended that
faculty members who support the Communist Party do not deserve
membership in a university faculty.
(SFC, 1/21/02, p.E3)
1954 Mar 22, The 1st shopping
mall opened in Southfield, Mich.
1954 Mar 22, The London gold
market reopened for the first time since 1939.
1955 Mar 22, Linda Stout became
the first person at Mayo Clinic, and the second person in the world,
to have open-heart surgery with the aid of a heart-lung bypass
1956 Mar 22, Musical "Mr.
Wonderful" with Sammy Davis Jr. premiered in NYC.
1957 Mar 22, An earthquake,
centered in Daly City, Ca., hit the SF Bay Area and caused extensive
damage to Mary’s Help Hospital.
(Ind, 8/11/01, 5A)(CW, Winter 04, p.45)(DCFD,
1958 Mar 22, Movie producer
Mike Todd (56) and three other people were killed in the crash of
Todd's private plane near Grants, N.M.
1960 Mar 22, The 1st patent for
lasers was granted to Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes. Schawlow
and Townes developed their laser, light amplification by stimulated
emission of radiation, while working at Bell labs in 1958.
1963 Mar 22, British Minister
of War John Profumo denied having sex with Christine Keeler. The
Profumo call girl scandal almost toppled the government. Profumo, a
leading British Conservative and minister for war, was discovered to
have been involved with Keeler, a call girl who was also dealing
with a Soviet attaché. Valerie Hobson (d.1998 at 81), his actress
wife, stood by him after the scandal. A 1995 Masterpiece Theater TV
play was based on these events.
(TMC, 1994, p.1963)(WSJ, 12/28/95, p. A-5)(SFEC,
11/15/98, p.D5)(MC, 3/22/02)
1965 Mar 22, US confirmed its
troops used chemical warfare against the Vietcong.
1968 Mar 22, Gen'l. William
Westmoreland (1914-2005) was relieved of his duties in the wake of
the Tet disaster. Troop strength under Westmoreland had reached over
500,000 and he wanted more. He was succeeded by Gen'l. Creighton
Abrams. Abrams reversed Westmoreland's strategy. He ended major
"search and destroy" missions and focused on protecting population
centers. William Colby took charge of the pacification campaign.
President Lyndon B. Johnson named Gen. William C. Westmoreland to be
the Army's new Chief of Staff.
(HN, 3/22/97)(WSJ, 6/23/99, p.A24)(Econ, 7/30/05,
1968 Mar 22, In southern
Thailand Tuanku Biyo Kodoniyo set up the Pattani United Liberation
Organization (PULO). It called for an independent Islamic country.
1972 Mar 22, The US Congress
passed the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution and sent it to
the states for ratification. The amendment died in 1982 when it fell
three states short of the 38, two-thirds, needed for approval.
1972 Mar 22, The Supreme Court
Eisenstadt vs. Baird decision struck down a law that banned the
distribution of birth control devices to unmarried people.
1974 Mar 22, The Viet Cong
proposed a new truce with the United States and South Vietnam, which
includes general elections.
1975 Mar 22, In Alabama a fire
at the Browns Ferry Unit 1 nuclear power plant caused $10 million in
damage and knocked the reactor out of service for over a year. A
worker checking for air leaks with a candle ignited insulation near
the control room. The reactor was mothballed in 1985. It was
scheduled to reopen in 2007 following a 5 year, $1.8 billion
(SFC, 5/5/07, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/33l4hc)
1977 Mar 22, President Carter
proposed the abolition of the Electoral College.
1977 Mar 22, Indira Gandhi
revoked emergency rule and resigned as PM of India.
1978 Mar 22, Karl Wallenda, the
73-year-old patriarch of "The Flying Wallendas" high-wire act, fell
to his death while attempting to walk a cable strung between two
hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1979 Mar 22, The opera "Miss
Havisham’s Fire" by Dominick Argento premiered at the NYC Opera with
two 80-minute acts. It was based on a character in the 1861 novel
“Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens.
1979 Mar 22, Israeli parliament
approved a peace treaty with Egypt.
1980 Mar 22, In Bolivia the
bullet-riddled body of Rev. Luis Espinal (48), a Jesuit priest, was
found in la Paz. Espinal was the editor of the weekly newspaper
1981 Mar 22, Postage rates went
from 15 cents an ounce to 18 cents an ounce.
1982 Mar 22, The US submarine
Jacksonville collided with a Turkish freighter near Virginia.
1986 Mar 22, World financier
Michele Sindona died two days after ingesting cyanide in his Italian
prison cell in what authorities later ruled a suicide.
1987 Mar 22, A garbage barge,
carrying 3,200 tons of refuse, left Islip, N.Y., on a six-month
journey in search of a place to unload. The barge was turned away by
several states and three countries until space was found back in
1988 Mar 22, Both houses of
Congress overrode President Reagan's veto of a sweeping civil rights
1988 Mar 22, In Angola the
battle of Cuito Cuanavale changed the region's political landscape,
accelerating the independence of Namibia and the fall of apartheid
in South Africa. While the Cuban and Angolan forces claimed victory,
South Africa claimed it lost only 31 soldiers against 4,785 who fell
on the other side.
1988 Mar 22, Iraqi jets dropped
a variety of chemical weapons on the Kurdish town of Sewsenan, where
militiamen had fled following attacks on Halabja.
(SFC, 8/21/06, p.A6)
1989 Mar 22, US Supreme Court
upheld 1 person 1 vote rule of NYC Board of Estimate.
1989 Mar 22, National Football
League Commissioner Pete Rozelle announced plans to retire.
1989 Mar 22, Fawn Hall, Oliver
North's former secretary, began two days of testimony at North's
Iran-Contra trial in Washington.
1989 Mar 22, Ann Harrison (15)
was abducted as she waited for a school bus in front of her home in
Raytown, Missouri. African-Americans Roderick Nunley and Michael
Taylor forced her into a stolen car, raped and stabbed her to death.
They left her body in the boot of the car. Taylor and Nunley were
convicted and sentenced to death. In 2006 their execution was
postponed pending a decision on whether lethal injection constitutes
cruel and unusual punishment. On Feb 26, 2014, Taylor was executed.
7/22/06, p.36)(SFC, 2/27/14, p.A8)
1990 Mar 22, A jury in
Anchorage, Alaska, found former tanker captain Joseph Hazelwood
innocent of three major charges in connection with the Exxon Valdez
oil spill, but convicted him of a minor charge of negligent
discharge of oil.
(HN, 3/22/97)(AP, 3/22/00)
1991 Mar 22, Law enforcement
officers raided fraternities at Univ. of Virginia seizing drugs.
1991 Mar 22, High school
instructor Pamela Smart, accused of manipulating her student-lover
into killing her husband, was convicted in Exeter, New Hampshire, of
murder-conspiracy. She was sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 3/22/01)(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.A10)
1991 Mar 22, A US warplane shot
down a second Iraqi jet fighter that had violated the cease-fire
ending the Persian Gulf War.
1992 Mar 22, The show
"Conversations with My Father" opened at the Royale Theatre in NYC
for 462 performances.
1992 Mar 22, President Bush and
German Chancellor Helmut Kohl wrapped up a weekend of informal talks
by reiterating their resolve to break a deadlock on global trade
1992 Mar 22, Twenty-seven
people were killed when a USAir jetliner crashed on takeoff from New
York's La Guardia Airport; 24 people survived.
1992 Mar 22, France's governing
Socialist Party was rebuffed in regional elections.
1993 Mar 22, Microsoft began
shipping its Encarta encyclopedia on CD-ROM. It had licensed content
from Funk & Wagnalls after being rebuffed by Britannica.
(Wired, 12/98, p.198)(WSJ, 3/18/09, p.A13)
1993 Mar 22, Intel introduced
its Pentium processor (80586): 64 bits-60 MHz-100+ MIPS.
1993 Mar 22, The launch of the
space shuttle Columbia was scrubbed with three seconds left in the
1993 Mar 22, Cleveland Indians
pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews were killed when the boat they
were riding in slammed into a Florida pier; pitcher Bob Ojeda was
1993 Mar 22, The 1st World
Water Day. On Dec 22, 1992, the UN General Assembly adopted
resolution A/RES/47/193 by which 22 March of each year was declared
World Day for Water, to be observed starting in 1993.
1994 Mar 22, The US Federal
Reserve for fear of inflation announced it was raising short-term
interest rates from 3.25 to 3.5%, the second such boost of the year.
By Nov the 10-year bond rate rose to 8% from about 5.4% the previous
(AP, 3/22/99)(SSFC, 7/6/03, p.I1)
1994 Mar 22, Walter Lantz,
"Woody Woodpecker" creator, died in Burbank, Calif., at age 93.
1995 Mar 22, Shouting erupted
in the U.S. House of Representatives as Democrats bitterly accused
majority Republicans of trying to ram through a mean-spirited
welfare overhaul bill.
1995 Mar 22, Convicted Long
Island Rail Road gunman Colin Ferguson was sentenced to life in
prison for killing six people.
1996 Mar 22, Shannon Lucid,
astronaut, went into space on the shuttle Atlantis. She transferred
to the Russian Mir space station and broke the US space endurance
record of 115 days on 7/15/96.
(SFC, 7/13/96, p.A7)(AP, 3/22/97)
1997 Mar 22, The show "Sunset
Boulevard" closed at Minskoff in NYC after 977 performances.
1997 Mar 22, In Lausanne,
Switz., Tara Lipinski, at age 14 years and 10 months, became the
youngest women's world figure skating champion.
1997 Mar 22, The Hale-Bopp
comet made its closest approach to Earth at 122 million miles. On
Apr 1 it will make its closest approach to the sun, perihelion, at
some 85 miles distance.
(SFC, 3/28/97, p.A12)
1997 Mar 22, In Canada five
Solar Temple cult members died in an apparent mass suicide in
Quebec. Devotees believed that suicide transports them to a new life
in a place called Sirius.
(WSJ, 3/24/97, p.A1)(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A19)
1997 Mar 22, In France Etienne
Bacrat, “the Mozart of Chess,” became a grand master at the age of
(SFEC, 3/23/97, p.A13)
1997 Mar 22, A day after a
suicide bomber killed three women in Tel Aviv, Israeli troops
clashed with hundreds of Palestinians in Hebron.
1997 Mar 22, In Tanzania the
worst drought in 40 years was reported.
(SFC, 3/22/97, p.A4)
1998 Mar 22, President Clinton
departed Washington for an historic 12-day tour of Africa.
1998 Mar 22, A deeply divided
United Auto Workers union approved a new contract with Caterpillar
Inc., ending a 6 1/2-year contract battle.
1998 Mar 22, In Miles Township,
Pa., 11 students were killed in a cabin fire while on a camping
(SFC, 3/23/98, p.A2)(AP, 3/22/99)
1998 Mar 22, Kosovo Albanians
elected Ibrahim Rugova as president. Serb officials pronounced the
(SFC, 3/23/98, p.A9)
1998 Mar 22, In Moldova
elections were held and the Communist party received about 30% of
the vote. Political parties scrambled to form a coalition to keep
the Communists out of power.
(SFC, 3/24/98, p.A14)
1998 Mar 22, A Philippine
Airbus 320 jetliner overshot its runway on landing and hit a row of
houses and a disco in Bacolod. 3 people were killed and a hundred
(WSJ, 3/23/98, p.A1)
1999 Mar 22, The Clinton
administration announced new food deals for North Korea to total $60
(WSJ, 3/23/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 22, Acting as his own
lawyer, Dr. Jack Kevorkian went on trial on murder charges for the
first time, telling a jury in Pontiac, Mich., he was merely carrying
out his professional duty in a videotaped assisted death shown on
"60 Minutes." Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder.
1999 Mar 22, A woman, held as a
sex hostage, escaped from David Ray and Cindy Hendy near Elephant
Butte Lake, NM. Ray and Hendy were arrested on charges of kidnapping
and torture and then other reports emerged that 4-6 other victims
had been mutilated and dumped into the lake.
(SFC, 3/31/99, p.A6)
1999 Mar 22, The Volantor, a
flying car, was described. It was designed by Paul Moller of Davis,
Ca., and estimated to have range of 900 miles.
(SFC, 3/22/99, p.A15)
1999 Mar 22, In Congo Mai Mai
warriors hired by Rwanda were reported to have killed 100 people.
Rwanda denied the report.
(WSJ, 3/24/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 22, Serb attacks on
ethnic Albanians continued after envoy Richard Holbrooke failed to
convince Pres. Milosevic to stop.
(WSJ, 3/23/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 22, In Sierra Leone at
least 150 people drowned when an overloaded motorized canoe capsized
(SFC, 3/26/99, p.A14)
2000 Mar 22, The US Senate
voted to abolish the Social Security income penalty for people aged
65-69. Pres. Clinton promised to sign the bill. The penalty had
reduced benefits by $1 for every $3 eared above $17,000.
(SFC, 3/23/00, p.A3)
2000 Mar 22, The federal
government agreed to pay a record $508 million to settle a sex
discrimination lawsuit filed by some 1,100 women at the now-defunct
US Information Agency in 1977. Another $23 million was for back pay,
interest and retirement benefits. It was the largest-ever settlement
of a federal sex discrimination case.
(SFC, 3/23/00, p.A1)(AP, 3/22/01)
2000 Mar 22, Four Florida
counties were declared agricultural disaster areas due to a
spreading citrus canker. Half the lime crop was already destroyed in
the southern part of the state.
(WSJ, 3/23/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 22, Gunmen ambushed
Arkady Gukasyan, the president of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian
enclave in Azerbaijan. 28 suspects were arrested.
(SFC, 3/23/00, p.D2)
2000 Mar 22, In Nepal Girija
Prasad Koirala began his 3rd term as prime minister. He succeeded
Krishna Prasad Bhattarai.
2000 Mar 22, In Bethlehem Pope
John Paul II affirmed support for a Palestinian homeland.
(SFC, 3/23/00, p.A1)(AP, 3/22/01)
2000 Mar 22, In Nigeria a
pipeline fire killed 50 people siphoning off gas in Abia state.
(SFC, 3/23/00, p.D2)
2001 Mar 22, Pres. Bush met
with Chinese Deputy Premier Qian Qichen and said the US would
support Taiwan’s military needs.
(WSJ, 3/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 22, In California
Jason Hoffman (18) opened fire at Granite Hills High School in El
Cajon, San Diego County. 10 people were injured. Hoffman reached a
plea agreement and faced at least 27 years in prison. Hoffman hanged
himself and was found dead in his cell Oct 29.
(SFC, 3/23/01, p.A1)(SFC, 3/24/01, p.A3)(SFC,
9/14/01, p.A28)(SFC, 10/30/01, p.E10)
2001 Mar 22, William Hanna
(b.1910), animation pioneer, died in Los Angeles. Cartoon characters
that he helped create included Fred Flintstone, Quick Draw McGraw,
Yogi Bear, Papa Smurf, as well as Tom and Jerry.
(SFC, 3/23/01, p.D7)(AP, 3/22/02)(NW, 12/31/01,
2001 Mar 22, Yevgeny
Plushchenko captured the World Figure Skating Championships crown in
Vancouver, British Columbia.
2001 Mar 22, Two Albanians were
killed by Macedonian police at a checkpoint when they appeared to
pull grenades. The EU urged Macedonia to show restraint and
intensify discussions with Albanian militants.
(SFC, 3/23/01, p.D4)
2001 Mar 22, Pedro Verona
Rodrigues Pires began ruling as the President of Cape Verde and
continued to September 2011. He was Prime Minister from 1975 to
2001 Mar 22, In Ireland a case
of foot-and-mouth disease was confirmed in County Louth, on the
border with Northern Ireland. 40,000 cattle were destroyed.
(SFC, 3/23/01, p.D5)(WSJ, 3/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 22, In Mexico the
Chamber of Deputies voted to allow Zapatista leaders to speak before
an informal session of Congress.
(SFC, 3/23/01, p.D2)
2001 Mar 22, Russia threatened
to expel 50 American personnel in response to US expulsions of
Russian intelligence agents.
(SFC, 3/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 22, The Russian Duma
was expected to pass a bill to allow the storage of spent nuclear
fuel for projected earnings of some $20 billion.
(WSJ, 3/22/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 22, Sabiha Gokcen,
Turkey's 1st woman pilot and the adopted daughter of Ataturk, died.
Armenians held that she was Armenian by birth.
(Econ, 3/27/04, p.52)
2001 Mar 22, UN Sec.-Gen. Kofi
Annan said that he agreed to seek a 2nd five-year term.
(SFC, 3/23/01, p.D5)
2002 Mar 22, The TV show “Wall
Street Week” with Louis Rukeyser, begun in 1970, was scheduled for
its last show on Jun 28, but PBS dropped Mr. Rukeyser after this
(SFC, 3/22/02, p.B5)(WSJ, 4/1/02, p.A10)
2002 Mar 22, Pres. Bush
addressed the UN meeting in Monterey, Mexico, and called on wealthy
nations to link foreign aid to economic reform. Bush had already
proposed an extra $10 billion over 3 years starting in 2004. US aid
was about .01% of GDP as compared to 1% of GDP for Denmark.
(SFC, 3/23/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/24/02, p.D3)
2002 Mar 22, The US State Dept.
ordered all non-essential Embassy and Consulate personnel in
Pakistan to return home.
(SFC, 3/23/02, p.A13)
2002 Mar 22, A US postal panel
approved a 3 cent increase in first-class stamps to 37 cents around
(WSJ, 3/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 22, A Portland,
Oregon, jury ordered Philip Morris to pay $150 million in punitive
damages for falsely representing low-tar cigarettes as healthier
than regular cigarettes.
(SFC, 3/23/02, p.A4)
2002 Mar 22, Thomas Kelly (72),
the Grumman engineer who had overseen the building of the 1969 lunar
(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A24)
2002 Mar 22, The Argentine peso
closed down 18% to 3.1 to the dollar. IMF loans appeared distant.
(WSJ, 3/25/02, p.A12)
2002 Mar 22, Israelis and
Palestinians resumed cease-fire negotiations despite another suicide
bombing outside Jenin. Only the bomber was killed.
(SFC, 3/23/02, p.A10)
2002 Mar 22, It was reported
that the Taiwan government had seized copies of Next magazine that
included details of a secret $100 million fund used by former pres.
Lee Teng-hui and current officials for diplomatic missions and
policy initiatives. Some 220,000 copies did get distributed.
(SFC, 3/22/02, p.A10)(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A5)
2003 Mar 22, Many thousands of
people marched in cities around the world or demonstrated outside
U.S. military bases, but the demonstrations were far smaller than
2003 Mar 22, U.S. forces
reported seizing a large weapons cache in Afghanistan.
2003 Mar 22, Scientists believe
they have found the virus responsible for the mystery SARS virus and
announced a test to diagnose it.
2003 Mar 22, In the 4th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom intermittent explosions were heard
throughout the day in Baghdad and by late afternoon at least 12 huge
columns of smoke could be seen rising from all along the southern
horizon of the city. US and British forces reached half way to
Baghdad and British forces were left surrounding Basra.
(AP, 3/22/03)(SSFC, 3/23/03, p.W1)
2003 Mar 22, A 4-man ITN TV
crew drove into a war zone near Az Zubayr, Iraq, and reporter Terry
Lloyd (50) was killed. 2 men went missing and one escaped.
(WSJ, 5/2/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 22, Two British Royal
Navy helicopters collided over the Persian Gulf, killing all 7 on
board including a US Navy officer.
2003 Mar 22, Burundi's
hard-line Hutu rebel group expressed satisfaction with its first
round of peace talks in Switzerland.
2003 Mar 22, Dozens of Chechen
rebels surrendered their weapons in a ceremony apparently designed
to promote harmony on the eve of a constitutional referendum.
2003 Mar 22, A gas explosion
killed 28 people and trapped 45 others in a coal mine in northern
2003 Mar 22, In eastern Congo
an overloaded ferry traveling between rebel-held ports sank in Lake
Tanganyika, killing 111 people. It was sailing in Burundian waters
to avoid rival tribal fighters.
2003 Mar 22, Thousands of angry
protesters from Japan to Greece marched Saturday against the US-led
war in Iraq.
2003 Mar 22, Sgt. Hasan Akbar,
a US soldier, threw grenades into 3 tents at Camp Pennsylvania, a
101st Airborne command center in Kuwait, killing one fellow
serviceman and wounding 13. In 2005 Akbar was convicted of
premeditated and attempted murder. On April 28, 2005, Akbar was
sentenced to death.
(AP, 3/23/03)(SFC, 4/22/05, p.A13)(SFC, 4/29/05,
2003 Mar 22, In Nigeria ethnic
militants threatened to blow up 11 multinational oil installations
they claimed to have captured in retaliation for military raids.
2004 Mar 22, Terry Nichols went
on trial for his life in the Oklahoma City bombing. Nichols was
already serving a life sentence for his conviction on federal
charges. On May 26 he was found guilty of 161 state murder charges,
but was again spared the death penalty when the jury couldn't agree
on his sentence.
2004 Mar 22, Afghan soldiers
deployed to the western city of Herat after some of the fiercest
factional fighting since the 2001 fall of the Taliban killed a
Cabinet minister and as many as 100 others.
2004 Mar 22, A car bomb blew up
near a U.S. Air Force base north of Baghdad, killing two Iraqi
civilians and wounding 25 others. The U.S. military said a bomb
killed a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi interpreter in Baghdad.
2004 Mar 22, The Finnish
Foreign Ministry said two Finnish businessmen were shot and killed
2004 Mar 22, Israel killed
Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin and 7 other Hamas members in a helicopter
missile strike outside a Gaza City mosque, prompting threats of
unprecedented revenge by thousands of Palestinian. Sheik Ahmed
Yassin, a quadriplegic preacher, founded the Islamic militant group
Hamas in 1987 and presided over its rise to a violent, radical
alternative to Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority.
(AP, 3/22/04)(USAT, 3/23/04, p.1A)
2004 Mar 22, In Malaysia
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was sworn in as prime minister, a day after
scoring a landslide election victory that handed the fundamentalist
Islamic opposition its worst defeat in more than a decade. The
national Front Coalition won 199 out of 219 seats in parliament.
(AP, 3/22/04)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.53)
2004 Mar 22, Oil giant Royal
Dutch/Shell said it plans to streamline its operations in Nigeria.
An estimated 1,500 people, or about 30 percent of its work force of
about 5,000, will be laid off.
2004 Mar 22, In Pakistan
assailants launched two rocket attacks on government forces on the
edge of a bloody offensive against al-Qaeda militants and 15
soldiers were killed near Sarwakai. A mile-long tunnel from a tribal
compound toward the Afghan border was discovered.
(AP, 3/23/04)(WSJ, 3/23/04, p.A1)(SFC, 4/2/04,
2005 Mar 22, World Water Day.
The UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/47/193 of 22
December 1992 by which 22 March of each year was declared World Day
for Water, to be observed starting in 1993.
2005 Mar 22, The US Federal
Reserve raised its fed funds rate a quarter point to 2.75%.
(SFC, 3/23/05, p.C1)
2005 Mar 22, A federal judge in
Florida refused to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding
tube, denying an emergency request from the brain-damaged woman's
2005 Mar 22, Iowa enacted a law
requiring an ID check and signature before the sale of cold remedies
containing an ingredient for methamphetamine.
(WSJ, 3/23/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 22, Anna Ayala of Las
Vegas claimed that she bit into a piece of human finger while eating
chili at a Wendy’s restaurant in San Jose, Ca. Ayala was arrested on
Apr 21 on suspicion of attempted grand theft. Police later reported
the finger came from an acquaintance of Ayala’s husband, who lost it
in an industrial accident. Ayala and her husband Jaime Placencia
pleaded guilty to all charges on Sep 9. In 2006 both were sentenced
to 9 years in prison and ordered top pay $21.2 million in
restitution to Wendy’s Int’l.
(SFC, 3/25/05, p.A1)(SFC, 5/14/05, p.A1)(SFC,
9/10/05, p.A1)(SFC, 1/19/06, p.B1)
2005 Mar 22, IBM unveiled new
anti-span technology called FairUCE. It used a giant database to
identify computers sending spam and returned e-mails from those
listed back to the sending machine.
(WSJ, 3/22/05, p.B1)
2005 Mar 22, Officials from the
ministry of health and the World Health Organization (WHO) said a
deadly haemorrhagic fever that has claimed the lives of 96 people,
mainly children, in Angola's northern Uige province has been
identified as the rare Marburg virus.
2005 Mar 22, Astronomers
reported a faint heat glow from giant planets circling distant
(SFC, 3/23/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 22, In Afghanistan US
warplanes killed five suspected Taliban or al-Qaida militants near
the Pakistani border after guerrillas launched an overnight rocket
and gun attack on American and Afghan military positions.
2005 Mar 22, In Afghanistan
US-led forces trying to capture a suspected Taliban militant got
into a firefight that left seven people dead, including two children
and a woman.
2005 Mar 22, French lawmakers
voted to dismantle the 35-hour workweek.
(SFC, 3/23/05, p.A10)
2005 Mar 22, Gunmen in
Port-au-Prince opened fire on the house of Haiti's justice minister,
killing a police officer in a brazen attack that underscored the
country's shaky security climate.
2005 Mar 22, India said it has
reached a basic agreement with Japan on the joint development of
natural gas off the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.
2005 Mar 22, Militants targeted
a US patrol with a roadside bomb that killed four nearby civilians
in the northern city of Mosul. In Baghdad private citizens struck an
insurgent patrol carrying grenades and killed 3 in a gun battle.
(AP, 3/22/05)(SFC, 3/23/05, p.A3)
2005 Mar 22, Iraqi and US
forces killed 80 militants in a battle west of Tikrit.
2005 Mar 22, Israel completed
its handover of the West Bank town of Tulkarem to Palestinian
2005 Mar 22, Kenzo Tange (91),
Japanese architect, died. His work included the stadiums for the
1964 Tokyo Olympics.
(SFC, 3/23/05, p.B7)
2005 Mar 22, A Jordanian
military court convicted three Iraqis of smuggling rockets and hand
grenades into the kingdom in connection with a plot to attack U.S.
and Israeli targets.
2005 Mar 22, Kyrgyzstan
President Askar Akayev's spokesman said protests sweeping are part
of a "coup" designed by criminals. The government signaled it has no
intention of accepting election fraud charges that have fueled the
2005 Mar 22, Nigeria’s Pres.
Olusegun Obasanjo fired his education minister, Fabian Osuji,
accusing him of bribing lawmakers including the Senate leader
Adolphus Wabara and a string of other named senators of taking
bribes totaling $398,550.
2005 Mar 22, North Korea's
Premier Pak Pong Ju began a visit to China at a time of American
calls for Beijing to use its influence to prod the North back into
2005 Mar 22, Pakistan released
564 Indians, mostly fisherman, from its prisons in a goodwill
gesture toward neighboring India.
2006 Mar 22, The US government
announced charges against 50 leftist Colombian guerrilla leaders in
connection with shipments of $25 billion in cocaine to the US and
(SFC, 3/23/06, p.A9)
2006 Mar 22, In Tennessee,
Matthew Winkler (31), a minister at Selmer's Church of Christ, was
found dead in the parsonage after he missed an evening service and
church members went searching for him. On March 24 Tennessee
authorities said they would charge Mary Winkler, the minister's wife
with first-degree murder. In 2007 Mary Winkler was sentenced to 3
years in prison. She had testified that her husband abused her
physically and emotionally.
(AP, 3/24/06)(AP, 6/9/07)
2006 Mar 22, General Motors
Corp. and the auto parts supplier it once owned, Delphi Corp.,
announced deals with the United Auto Workers that would offer
buyouts to 13,000 hourly Delphi employees and up to 100,000 hourly
GM workers represented by the United Auto Workers.
2006 Mar 22, In Bolivia bombs
exploded inside two low-budget hotels in La Paz overnight, killing
two people and wounding seven. Triston Jay Amero (24), an American
from Placerville, Ca., and Alda Ribeiro (45), of Uruguay, were
arrested in connection with the bombings. Amero had earlier
described himself as “the Superman of Loosers.”
(AP, 3/22/06)(SFC, 3/24/06, p.B12)
2006 Mar 22, In Brazil the US
Embassy said agents from the US Department of Homeland Security will
soon be helping Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay combat money
laundering and terrorism financing.
2006 Mar 22, A ferry carrying
150 passengers sank off the coast of Cameroon, and 23 people were
rescued. The rest were feared dead. The ferry was bound for Gabon
from Nigeria with passengers from Burkina Faso, Nigeria and the
(AP, 3/23/06)(SFC, 3/24/06, p.A12)
2006 Mar 22, In Canada a BC
Ferries sank in the middle of the night after hitting Gil Island
near the village of Hartley Bay, on its scheduled route down the
rugged British Columbia coast. 99 passengers and crew made it to
lifeboats, but 2 passengers failed to escape.
2006 Mar 22, In northern Chile
a tour bus swerved to avoid an approaching truck and tumbled 300
feet down a mountainside, killing 12 American tourists and injuring
2006 Mar 22, An Ethiopian court
dropped charges of treason, attempted genocide and other crimes
against 18 people, including five Voice of America journalists,
accused of attempting to overthrow the government.
2006 Mar 22, The EU approved a
first-ever joint blacklist of nearly 100 mostly African airlines
considered to be unsafe, in a move spurred by a spate of fatal
crashes last year. The list, effective March 25, bans 92 airlines
from plying EU skies all together and puts restrictions on another
three from flying certain types of airplanes into the 25-nation
2006 Mar 22, Pierre Clostermann
(85), French fighter pilot and WW II hero, died. In 1948 he
published the story of his exploits under the title “Le Grand
Cirque.” The English version was titled “The Big Show.”
(Econ, 4/8/06, p.85)
2006 Mar 22, Indonesia's Papua
remained tense with hundreds of students hiding in the jungle to
evade a police manhunt, as the death toll from riots over a US-run
mine rose to six.
2006 Mar 22, Insurgents
attacked a police station for a second day in a row, but US and
Iraqi forces captured 50 of them after a two-hour gunbattle.
2006 Mar 22, Israeli troops
raided the Aqwar Jaba West Bank refugee camp, killing a wanted
Palestinian militant and forcing two others to surrender.
2006 Mar 22, In Mexico Omar
Pimentel (38), the police chief of the border city of Nuevo Laredo,
resigned. He said he was tired from the stress of working in a city
dominated by drug cartels fighting a bloody turf war.
2006 Mar 22, In the Netherlands
an appeals chamber of the UN war crimes court dropped the life
sentence of Bosnian Serb Milomir Stakic and instead sentenced him to
40 years for overseeing detention camps in Bosnia.
2006 Mar 22, In Nigeria heavy
winds ripped away much of the top nine floors of a fire-weakened
building in Lagos, raining debris on mostly empty streets and
leaving people on lower floors waving frantically for help.
2006 Mar 22, The Basque
separatist group ETA announced a permanent cease-fire, ending a
decades-long campaign of violence and closing the door on one of
Western Europe's last active armed separatist movements.
2006 Mar 22, In Thailand a
truck crashed through a railroad crossing barrier and slammed into a
passenger train in Ratchaburi, causing a derailment and killing at
least six people.
2006 Mar 22, The UN gave a
green light to abolish the discredited Human Rights Commission on
June 16, clearing the way for the new Human Rights Council to become
the UN's main rights watchdog.
2006 Mar 22, World Water Day.
The 1st WWD was designated 13 years ago by the UN General Assembly.
2007 Mar 22, North Carolina
Sen. John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth made a joint announcement
that he will continue his bid for the White House despite the
recurrence of her breast cancer.
(SFC, 3/23/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 22, A US federal judge
dealt another blow to government efforts to control Internet
pornography, striking down a 1998 US law that makes it a crime for
commercial Web site operators to let children access "harmful"
2007 Mar 22, In southern
California authorities said 5 people had been arrested for running a
prostitution ring that offered sex with immigrant Chinese women.
(SFC, 3/23/07, p.B6)
2007 Mar 22, In Hawaii
Dorie-Ann Kahale and her five daughters moved from a homeless
shelter to a mansion, courtesy of billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto, a
Japanese real estate mogul, who is handing over eight of his
multimillion-dollar homes to low-income Native Hawaiian families.
Asked whether he was concerned about losing money on the effort, he
laughed and said: "This is pocket money for me."
2007 Mar 22, Missouri’s state
board of education voted to take over the St. Louis school district,
effective in mid-June.
(Econ, 3/31/07, p.38)
2007 Mar 22, Fighting between
Afghan forces and Taliban militants in Helmand province killed at
least 49 militants and 7 police in what appears to be the biggest
independent operation yet by Afghan forces. Taliban commanders tried
to negotiate an end to four days of battles between Pakistani
tribesmen and foreign Al-Qaeda militants that have left at least 120
(AP, 3/22/07)(AFP, 3/22/07)(AP, 3/23/07)
2007 Mar 22, Rafik Khalifa
(40), the head of a bank at the centre of Algeria's biggest
corruption scandal, was sentenced in absentia to life in prison.
Khalifa has been exiled in London since 2003, when hundreds of
millions of dollars was discovered missing from the Khalifa Bank.
Algeria has been seeking his extradition. The exiled former governor
of the central bank, Abdelawahab Keramane, and five others were also
sentenced in abstentia to 20 years in prison.
2007 Mar 22, Gordon Brown,
Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, said the government will
grant 35 billion pounds to Northern Ireland over the next four
2007 Mar 22, Counter-terrorist
police in England arrested three men in connection with the 2005
suicide attacks on the London transit system. London police said a
man held hostage for nine days following a dispute between drugs
gangs has been freed in Liverpool in what was the longest-running
kidnap they have ever dealt with.
(AFP, 3/22/07)(AP, 3/22/08)
2007 Mar 22, In Congo heavy
gunfire broke out in Kinshasa near the home of a former warlord who
placed second in last fall's presidential vote. Soldiers deployed
throughout the city, and residents fled in vehicles and on foot.
2007 Mar 22, The EU approved an
aviation deal with the US that opens up restricted trans-Atlantic
routes to new rivals, but bowed to British concerns in delaying when
the agreement takes effect. The EU said Boeing has benefited from
$23.7 billion in illegal state aid, hitting back at the US in a
tit-for-tat row at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over plane
(AP, 3/22/07)(Reuters, 3/22/07)
2007 Mar 22, France became the
first country to open its files on UFOs when the national space
agency unveiled a website documenting more than 1,600 sightings
spanning five decades.
2007 Mar 22, In Iraq a rocket
landed near the prime minister's office during the first visit to
Iraq by the head of the UN in nearly a year and a half, sending
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ducking unharmed behind a podium at a
news conference. The US military announced that it had captured the
leaders of a Shiite insurgent network "directly connected" to the
killing in January of five American soldiers in Karbala by gunmen
speaking English, wearing US military uniforms and carrying American
weapons. The arrests of Qais Khazaali, his brother Laith Khazaali
and several other members of the network took place over the past
three days. In Baqouba the bullet-ridden body of a kidnapped local
official and mother of three was found dumped on a city street, one
day after masked gunmen stormed her house and took her away
handcuffed. A US soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in the
western section of Baghdad while his unit was engaged in "route
(AP, 3/22/07)(AP, 3/23/07)
2007 Mar 22, A Japanese court
sentenced Ryoji Miyauchi, former chief financial officer of dot-com
company Livedoor, to 20 months in prison for inflating earnings
2007 Mar 22, Brian Joubert
became the first Frenchman in 42 years to win the world title by
taking the men's event at the World Figure Skating Championships in
2007 Mar 22, Malaysia and
Thailand agreed to map out a series of socio-economic measures to
end rising sectarian tensions and violence in the kingdom's
2007 Mar 22, In Mozambique an
explosion at a weapons depot in a densely populated neighborhood of
Maputo killed at least 96 people and left more than 400 injured,
many of them children.
2007 Mar 22, Talks on halting
North Korea's nuclear program broke down abruptly on with the
country's chief nuclear envoy flying home after a dispute over money
frozen in a Macau bank could not be resolved.
2007 Mar 22, In Pakistan
lawyers held fresh protests over the removal of the chief justice,
as an inquiry into the beating of attorneys by police at another
demonstration got under way. Pakistan successfully test-fired a
nuclear-capable cruise missile with the capability to avoid radar
(AFP, 3/22/07)(AP, 3/22/07)
2007 Mar 22, South Korea said
it would build a park in memory of victims of the U.S. Army's mass
killing of South Korean refugees at the village of No Gun Ri.
2007 Mar 22, Somali and
Ethiopian troops battled insurgents for a second day in Mogadishu.
The Somali government said Al-Qaeda has named Aden Hashi Ayro, a
ruthless Islamist commander, as its leader in Mogadishu.
(AP, 3/22/07)(AFP, 3/22/07)
2007 Mar 22, Smugglers taking
illegal migrants from Somalia to Yemen forced hundreds of Africans
overboard in stormy seas in an effort to make a fast getaway from
security forces. 31 bodies were found and nearly 90 people remained
2007 Mar 22, Sudan temporarily
suspended 52 non-governmental organizations working in Darfur as the
new UN humanitarian chief began his first visit to the country,
hoping to win aid groups better access to the region.
2007 Mar 22, Zimbabwe's
Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube urged his countrymen to stand up to
the iron-fisted government of President Robert Mugabe. State-media
reported that the Zimbabwean government has urged African nations to
join hands to fight domination by powerful Western countries. A
Harare court ruled that injured activists could seek treatment
(AFP, 3/22/07)(Reuters, 3/22/07)
2008 Mar 22, Michael Kassel
(54), San Francisco blues musician (the Hellhounds) poet known as
Vampyre Mike, died after a long illness. His books included
“Graveyard Golf” and “Going for the Low Blow.”
(SSFC, 4/20/08, p.B6)
2008 Mar 22, Israel Lopez,
Cuban bassist and composer known as “Cachao,” died in Miami. He is
credited with pioneering the mambo style of music (1937). In 1993
Andy Garcia, a Cuban American actor, made a documentary of Cachao’s
(SSFC, 3/23/08, p.A2)
2008 Mar 22, Afghan and
international forces killed over 40 Taliban militants in an air and
ground strike in Uruzgan province. 2 coalition soldiers were killed
by a roadside bomb in Kandahar province.
(AP, 3/23/08)(SFC, 3/24/08, p.A12)
2008 Mar 22, In Bangladesh an
emergency official said a tropical storm has killed at least five
people. The storm also leveled around 3,000 huts.
2008 Mar 22, The population of
Botswana numbered about 1.8 million.
(Econ, 3/22/08, p.74)
2008 Mar 22, China said 19
people died in riots in the Tibetan capital last week and official
media warned against the unrest spreading to the northwest region of
Xinjiang, where Uighur Muslims bridle under Chinese control. Exiled
Tibetans claim as many as 100 have died in the protests which
spilled over this week into neighboring ethnic-Tibetan areas.
2008 Mar 22, More than 500
African Union troops arrived on the Comoros island of Moheli to join
local forces massed for a military offensive to retake the rebel
island of Anjouan.
2008 Mar 22, The population of
the Union of Comoros was about 840,000.
(Econ, 3/22/08, p.55)
2008 Mar 22, Population if
Djibouti was about 800,000.
(Econ, 3/22/08, p.55)
2008 Mar 22, Egyptian and
European archeologists announced they had discovered a giant statue
of Queen Tiy, the wife of 18th dynasty Pharaoh Amenhotep III, on the
south Egypt site of the Colossi of Memnon.
2008 Mar 22, Eighteen Ukrainian
sailors were missing after their tug boat sank off the Hong Kong
coast following a collision with a cargo ship. 7 people were
rescued. On Dec 13, 2010, a Hong Kong court convicted four seamen
over the deaths of the 18 Ukrainian sailors.
(Reuters, 3/23/08)(AFP, 1/13/10)
2008 Mar 22, A US airstrike
struck two checkpoints manned by US-allied Sunni fighters in
Samarra, killing six and injuring two. A suicide bomber drove a
truck laden with explosives into the home of the mayor in Samarra. 3
security guards were killed and four others injured. A bomb exploded
on a minibus in a predominantly Shiite area of eastern Baghdad,
killing at least one passenger and injuring 8. An awakening council
member in western Baghdad's Mansour neighborhood was killed and four
others were injured in a mortar blast. A roadside bomb targeting a
police patrol killed one passer-by and injured 7, in the northern
city of Kirkuk. A roadside bombing northwest of Baghdad killed 3 US
soldiers and two Iraqi civilians.
(AP, 3/22/08)(AP, 3/23/08)
2008 Mar 22, Magdi Allam (55),
Italy's most prominent Muslim, converted to Catholicism in a baptism
by the pope at a Vatican Easter service. The iconoclastic writer has
condemned Islamic extremism and defended Israel.
2008 Mar 22, US Vice President
Dick Cheney completing a two-day stay in Saudi Arabia, discussed
ways to stabilize the energy market with Saudi King Abdullah.
2008 Mar 22, In southern Sudan
two World Food Program (WFP) drivers on their way to the oil-rich
Abyei state were stabbed to death by six assailants.
2008 Mar 22, Ma Ying-Jeou (57),
Taiwan's opposition candidate of the KMT, cruised to victory in the
presidential election, promising to expand economic ties with China
while protecting the island from being swallowed up politically by
its giant communist neighbor. Ma, a Harvard-educated lawyer and a
former mayor of Taipei, won 58% of the votes compared to 41.5% for
DPP challenger Frank Hsieh. The official Central Election Commission
said Taiwan's two referendums on joining the UN have failed.
(AP, 3/22/08)(Econ, 3/29/08, p.54)
2008 Mar 22, In Turkey dozens
of people were injured and scores detained as police used truncheons
and tear gas to break up violent Kurdish protests in several eastern
2009 Mar 22, In Montana a
single-engine turboprop airplane crashed just short of Butte’s Bert
Mooney Airport, killing all 14 people aboard, including 7 children.
The aircraft had departed from Oroville, Calif., and the pilot had
filed a flight plan showing a destination of Bozeman.
2009 Mar 22, Frank Bogert
(1910), long time mayor of Palm Springs, Ca., died. He was elected
to the City Council as a Republican in 1958 and was appointed major.
He stepped down after 9 years in office and in 1992 became the
city’s first elected mayor.
(WSJ, 4/4/09, p.A4)
2009 Mar 22, Afghan and US-led
coalition troops killed five suspected militants during a raid in
northern Kunduz province. But the local mayor said his house was
targeted and that the dead included his cook and driver. A rocket
slammed into the main NATO military base at Kandahar airfield,
killing a contractor and wounding six others. 2 NATO soldiers were
killed in a "hostile incident" in the same region.
(AP, 3/22/09)(AP, 3/23/09)
2009 Mar 22, In Australia
warring bikers brawled through the Sidney airport, beating one
suspected gang member to death and brandishing metal poles "like
swords" as they rampaged through the main domestic terminal in front
of terrified travelers. Anthony Zervas (29) was bludgeoned to death
with a crowd control barrier pole during the fracas. On June 30
Mahmoud "Mick" Hawi (29), head of the Comanchero motorcycle gang,
was charged with murder.
(AP, 3/22/09)(AFP, 6/30/09)
2009 Mar 22, In England a
murder hunt started with the discovery of a victim's left leg and
foot on the side of a Hertfordshire road. By Apr 11 all other body
parts were found except for the man’s hands.
2009 Mar 22, British reality
television star Jade Goody (27) died in her sleep, after a very
public battle with cervical cancer.
(AFP, 3/22/09)(Econ, 3/28/09, p.98)
2009 Mar 22, In India the
Election Commission found Varun Gandhi (29), the great-grandson of
India's first prime minister, guilty of hate speech and inciting
violence against Muslims. He was filmed on March 16 comparing a
rival Muslim politician to Osama Bin Laden and threatening to cut
the throats of Muslims during two political rallies earlier this
(AP, 3/23/09)(Econ, 4/4/09, p.46)
2009 Mar 22, Macedonia held
elections. The governing party's Gjorgje Ivanov (49) emerged as
favorite to win the presidency in an April 5 runoff vote against
51-year-old Social Democrat Ljubomir Frckoski.
2009 Mar 22, In Mexico gunmen
killed Edgar Garcia, a state police commander in charge of
investigating kidnappings and extortion in the western state of
2009 Mar 22, In Pakistan
Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, the chief justice whose ouster spurred
waves of protests that led to a president's downfall, returned to
work, while the ruling party and opposition resolved to cooperate
despite their own clash over his reinstatement.
2009 Mar 22, A group of Saudi
clerics urged the kingdom's new information minister to ban women
from appearing on TV or in newspapers and magazines, making clear
that the country's hardline religious establishment is skeptical of
a new push toward moderation.
2009 Mar 22, Off the coast of
Somalia pirates fired rocket-propelled grenades and automatic
weapons at Japanese, Greek and Hong Kong cargo ships but fled after
the ships took evasive maneuvers.
2009 Mar 22, In South Africa
the Sunday Independent said the Chinese embassy in South Africa had
confirmed its government had appealed to South Africa not to allow
the Dalai Lama into the country for a peace conference on March 27.
Archbishop Tutu threatened to pull out of the meeting and to demand
an explanation from the authorities. On March 24 organizers
postponed the South African peace conference of Nobel laureates
after the government denied a visa to Tibet's spiritual leader the
(AP, 3/22/09)(AP, 3/24/09)
2009 Mar 22, In Sri Lanka the
military said it had killed two rebel leaders during fighting in the
northeast of the island, where the LTTE guerrillas are cornered.
2009 Mar 22, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez, who has for years funneled state oil income
into sweeping social programs, vowed to cut nonessential state
spending and order a review of top officials' salaries as oil income
plunges. Chavez also called President Barack Obama "ignorant,"
saying he has a lot to learn about Latin America.
2010 Mar 22, In Maryland Renee
Bowman (44) was sentenced to 2 consecutive life terms for killing
her two adopted daughters and storing their bodies in a freezer. She
had continued to collect subsidies paid to adoptive parents of
special needs children.
(SFC, 3/23/10, p.A7)
2010 Mar 22, Google announced
that its China search engine, google.cn, would automatically
redirect queries to its service in China's semiautonomous territory
of Hong Kong, where Google is not legally required to censor
2010 Mar 22, US scientist Rita
Colwell (76) won the $150,000 Stockholm Water Prize for her research
on the prevention of cholera and other waterborne diseases.
2010 Mar 22, The radio of
Spirit, NASA’s Mars rover, fell silent. In 2011 engineers gave up
trying to re-establish contact.
(SFC, 5/26/11, p.A10)
2010 Mar 22, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai met a senior delegation from the insurgent group
Hezb-i-Islami in Kabul, an unprecedented step toward peace that may
signal divisions within the insurgency. NATO reported two more
service members were killed in separate explosions in southern
2010 Mar 22, West African
farmers appealed for help as drought and famine menaced people and
livestock, with malnutrition already affecting nearly a third of the
population. Leaders of the nine countries in the Permanent
Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS)
planned to meet in N’Djamena on March 25.
2010 Mar 22, British Airways
cabin crew held a 3rd day of strike action, prolonging travel misery
for thousands. A business group warned the action threatens
Britain's global reputation.
2010 Mar 22, In China four
executives of Australia mining giant Rio Tinto pleaded guilty in
Shanghai to taking bribes.
(SFC, 3/23/10, p.D3)
2010 Mar 22, Sandstorms
whipping across China shrouded cities in an unhealthy cloud of sand
and grit, with winds carrying the pollution outside the mainland as
far as Hong Kong and Taiwan.
2010 Mar 22, Dubai Media
reported that authorities planned to step up enforcement of a 2003
law prohibiting restaurants from using booze in food preparation.
2010 Mar 22, Former US
Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton visited Haiti’s capital
to raise aid and investment in the country reeling from the Jan 12
(SFC, 3/23/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 22, In Iraq 4 people
were killed, including two policemen, in shootings in Baghdad.
2010 Mar 22, Israeli forces
mistakenly shot and killed a fellow soldier while looking for three
Palestinians who crossed the border from the Gaza Strip.
2010 Mar 22, Japan deported
Abubakar Awudu Suraj, a Ghanaian who had lived illegally in Japan
for 22 years and was married to a Japanese citizen. Suraj was forced
onto a plane for Cairo and died shortly after his forced boarding.
(Econ, 5/15/10, p.48)
2010 Mar 22, In Mexico the
pre-dawn discovery of two bodies cut into pieces and shoved into two
black bags brought a tragic end to a search for two missing police
officers in southern Guerrero state. In the nearby resort of
Acapulco, police later found another two mutilated bodies and a
threatening message outside the house of the city's former deputy
traffic police chief.
2010 Mar 22, In Mexico Paulette
Gebara Farah (4), a disabled girl, was reported missing by her
parents. On March 30 Her body was found under the mattress of her
bed at her wealthy parents' apartment on the outskirts of Mexico
City. On May 21 federal investigators she had smothered accidentally
and was there the whole time police and family were hunting for her.
(AP, 4/1/10)(AP, 5/21/10)
2010 Mar 22, In Nigeria the
Magajin Gari Sharia court in the northern city of Kaduna ordered the
Civil Rights Congress (CRC), one of the country's leading rights
groups, to suspend its Twitter and Facebook online debates on Malam
Buba Bello Jangebe’s wrist amputation for theft, which was carried
out in 2000.
2010 Mar 22, In southwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb exploded in Quetta, killing one person and
injuring three more in an attack that police blamed on ethnic
2010 Mar 22, In Venezuela
former Zulia state Gov. Oswaldo Alvarez Paz, an outspoken opponent
of President Hugo Chavez, said that police have taken him into
custody while he awaits trial on conspiracy charges for saying
Venezuela has become a haven for drug trafficking.
2011 Mar 22, World Water Day.
The int’l observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew
out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The web site
www.worldwaterday.org started in 2001 as a community space and
repository where people can upload their WWD event activities and
(Econ, 3/26/11, p.52)(www.worldwaterday.org/)
2011 Mar 22, US President
Barack Obama wrapped up a visit to Chile and departed for El
Salvador, the third and final stop of his Latin America tour. In El
Salvador Obama promised increasing trade and economic growth,
fighting drug trafficking and creating work opportunities. In 2012
it was reported that Secret Service employees took prostitutes to
their hotel rooms ahead of Obama’s visit to El Salvador.
(AFP, 3/22/11)(SFC, 3/23/11, p.A3)(SFC, 4/27/12,
2011 Mar 22, US census data
showed that Detroit’s population plunged by 25%, 237,500 people,
over the past decade.
(SFC, 3/23/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 22, In Georgia officer
Elmer Christian was shot and killed as he tried to apprehend Jamie
Hood (33) in connection with a carjacking and kidnapping in West
Athens. Hood released 5 hostages and was arrested on March 25 in an
operation that was broadcast live.
(SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A14)
2011 Mar 22, In Kentucky the
bodies of Gary and Barbara Holloway were found in Edmonton. They
were shot and killed by a related boy (15) whose mother could not
control him. The boy stole their car and fled with a girlfriend (12)
before he was caught by police.
(SFC, 3/24/11, p.A6)
2011 Mar 22, In central
Pennsylvania 5 people were killed in an apartment fire in Altoona.
(SFC, 3/23/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 22, Afghan Pres.
Karzai said that his nation's security forces will take over from
the US-led coalition in seven parts of the country, a first step
toward his goal of having Afghan police and soldiers in charge by
the end of 2014 so foreign combat troops can go home.
2011 Mar 22, The British
government said it would opt in a European Union directive on human
trafficking, days after the country saw its first case of
"modern-day slavery" involving a woman trafficked from Tanzania.
2011 Mar 22, China called for
an immediate cease-fire in Libya.
2011 Mar 22, In Egypt the
Interior Ministry in Cairo was set on fire during a protest by
police officers demanding more pay and better working conditions.
The fire largely gutted one wing of the 7-story building.
(SFC, 3/23/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 22, France's foreign
ministry said that NATO would provide support to military
intervention by the Western-led coalition in Libya when the US
scales back its participation.
2011 Mar 22, A German court
jailed Detlef Spies, a former lorry driver, for 14 and a half years
for sexually abusing his daughter, stepson and stepdaughter, with
whom he fathered eight children. Spies was arrested on August 10,
2011 Mar 22, An Israeli court
ordered former Israeli President Moshe Katsav to prison for seven
years following a rape conviction, rejecting his attorneys' request
for leniency and making him the highest-ranking Israeli official
ever sentenced to jail.
2011 Mar 22, The Israeli
military struck a series of Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza
Strip, damaging smuggling tunnels and suspected weapons sites.
Palestinian officials said 19 people were wounded. The shelling
killed 3 children and their uncle and wounded 13 other family
members as they played soccer in a backyard.
(AP, 3/22/11)(SFC, 3/23/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 22, Japanese crews
connected all six reactors at the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi
nuclear plant to the electrical grid, a day after smoke triggered an
evacuation from the facility. But the plant's operator cautioned
that pumps, motors and other equipment must be checked before the
power can be turned on. It's likely to be days or weeks before
cooling systems can resume functioning. A Japanese nuclear safety
official said a pool for storing spent fuel at the crippled nuclear
plant is heating up, with temperatures around the boiling point.
Police said nearly 9,100 people are dead after an earthquake and
tsunami with almost 13,800 are missing.
2011 Mar 22, In Libya Moammar
Gadhafi's forces shelled rebels regrouping in the desert dunes
outside Ajdabiya, a strategic eastern city. Gadhafi's snipers and
tanks roamed the streets of Misrata, the last major opposition-held
city in the west, signaling a prolonged battle ahead. 2 dozen
Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from US and British
submarines in the last 24 hours.
2011 Mar 22, In Mexico’s
western state of Michoacan unidentified gunmen killed Jose Luis
Guerrero, the police chief of the town of La Piedad as he headed
home. He was the third police chief killed so far this year in
2011 Mar 22, Philippine
lawmakers overwhelmingly impeached Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez,
the country's chief corruption investigator, long accused of
protecting former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from
2011 Mar 22, Somalia said that
pro-government troops have made "remarkable" gains during an
offensive in Mogadishu over the last 2 days, where the latest
fighting killed at least 7 people.
2011 Mar 22, Spain's Parliament
overwhelmingly approved the prime minister's decision to take part
in the US-led coalition enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya.
2011 Mar 22, In Syria Gov.
Faisal Kalthoum was fired from his position in Daraa. A deadly
government crackdown in the southern city of has Daraa left 7 people
dead in 3 days of unrest.
2011 Mar 22, In Venezuela new
rules authorizing the military to distribute weapons to
pro-government militias took effect, raising concern among critics
who say the armed groups could be used by President Hugo Chavez to
cement his hold on power.
2011 Mar 22, Yemen's embattled
US-backed President Ali Abdullah Saleh pledged to step down more
than a year early but refused to immediately resign, infuriating
tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding his ouster. More
military and political defections increased the pressure on Saleh to
(AP, 3/22/11)(AFP, 3/22/11)
2012 Mar 22, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said the West will subsidize Afghan security forces by
more than $4 billion a year after US-led troops leave in 2014,
implicitly accepting a cut in the planned size of his military.
Western officials said no final agreements had been reached. In
Kandahar a suicide car bomber blew himself up at a security
checkpoint outside a police station, killing two children nearby.
(AFP, 3/22/12)(AP, 3/22/12)
2012 Mar 22, Australia police
captured Malcolm Naden (38) just after midnight at a remote house
near the town of Gloucester. The former slaughterhouse worker has
been charged with the 2005 strangling death of a cousin and other
2012 Mar 22, Britain’s ruling
Conservatives were pilloried as a party pandering to millionaires
and slapping a "Granny Tax" on pensioners in a budget they defended
as a spur to economic growth.
2012 Mar 22, Deaths from liver
disease have risen 25 percent in England in less than a decade,
mainly due to increased alcohol consumption, a study revealed.
Alcohol-related liver disease accounted for over a third (37
percent) of the deaths, according to the National End of Life Care
Intelligence Network report.
2012 Mar 22, China said it will
abolish the transplanting of organs from executed prisoners within
five years and try to spur more citizens to donate.
2012 Mar 22, In China 17 miners
were trapped in a northeast colliery following a gas blast that left
five dead in Liaoning province. Last week, 13 people died after a
capsule plunged into a pit at an iron ore mine in eastern China
after a steel rope holding it broke.
2012 Mar 22, A dispute between
Egypt and Gaza's Hamas government has produced the worst energy
crisis here in years: Gazans are enduring 18-hour-a-day blackouts,
fuel is running low for hospital backup generators, raw sewage pours
into the Mediterranean Sea for lack of treatment pumps and gas
stations have shut down. The Gaza power plant shut down on Feb. 10
and has been mostly offline since.
2012 Mar 22, In France Mohamed
Merah shot at police with a Colt .45 handgun and was killed with a
bullet to the head as he jumped from a balcony following a 32-hour
siege in Toulousse.
2012 Mar 22, The Indian
government scrapped plans to hike most rail fares, underscoring the
Congress-led coalition's growing difficulties in implementing tough
2012 Mar 22, India said it has
barred its airlines from complying with the EU’s carbon taxation
scheme, with the government saying no Indian carrier would share
emissions data with the EU. The EU has directed Indian carriers to
submit emission details of their aircraft by March 31, 2012. China
decided last month to ban its airlines from complying with the EU
directive. Over two dozen countries, including Russia and the United
States, have opposed the EU move, calling it a violation of
2012 Mar 22, In Indian Kashmir
a suspected rebel died and 25 by-standers were injured when
explosives that he was carrying in his car detonated by accident.
2012 Mar 22, In Ireland the
Mahon Tribunal published a 3,270 page report on corruption in the
planning process in Dublin. It said corruption was endemic up to the
(Econ, 3/31/12, p.62)
2012 Mar 22, Libya restored
full diplomatic relations with Iraq and plans to send an ambassador
to Baghdad more than eight years after cutting off ties.
2012 Mar 22, In Mali rebel
soldiers calling themselves the National Committee for the
Establishment of Democracy seized control of the capital overnight
because of the government's "inability" to tackle terrorism and put
down a Tuareg-led insurrection in the north. The coup sparked wide
international condemnation and calls for reinstatement of the
elected government of President Amadou Tomani Toure. Captain Amadou
Sanogo declared a national curfew as the rebels announced all
borders had been closed until further notice. The World Bank and the
African Development Bank said they were suspending development aid
(AFP, 3/22/12)(AFP, 3/23/12)
2012 Mar 22, The hacker group
Anonymous in Mexico crashed at least two of the websites for Pope
Benedict XVI's upcoming visit, claiming the papal visit is a
political move to support the conservative National Action party.
2012 Mar 22, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb hidden inside a radio exploded on a military base in
South Waziristan, killing a paramilitary soldier and his 10-year-old
son as they were listening to the Asia Cup cricket final between
Pakistan and Bangladesh. 3 other children were wounded.
2012 Mar 22, Russia’s Lukoil
signed a $1 billion deal with South Korea's Samsung Engineering to
develop Iraq's second-biggest oil field, in which the energy giant
has a majority stake.
2012 Mar 22, Saudi Arabia media
reports said single men in Riyadh will be able to visit shopping
malls during peak hours after Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz eased
restrictions aimed at stopping harassment of women.
2012 Mar 22, In Syria fierce
clashes erupted with a busload of fleeing civilians among dozens
killed. The army attacked a string of towns, while rebel fighters
struck military posts in several provinces and announced a command
structure to coordinate hit-and-run strikes in and around Damascus.
2012 Mar 22, Turkish PM Recep
Tayyip Erdogan on urged UEFA to award his country the right to host
the 2020 European football championships.
2012 Mar 22, Ugandan police
restricted the movements of opposition leader Kizza Besigye after a
police officer died in a violent clash a day earlier between his
supporters and the police.
2012 Mar 22, UN envoy Michael
von der Schulenburg called on the impoverished Sierra Leone
government to explain why it imported several million dollars worth
of assault weapons last January for a police paramilitary wing. A
leaked shipping bill indicated the arms included machine guns and
even grenade launchers.
2012 Mar 22, The UN Human
Rights Council passed a resolution urging Sri Lanka to conduct a
credible investigation into alleged war crimes committed during its
battle against Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009.
2012 Mar 22, Yemeni navy ships
shelled suspected al-Qaida positions in the southern province of
Abyan, killing 29 militants around Zinjibar.
2013 Mar 22, The Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) said it will close 149 air traffic
control towers at small airports across the country beginning on
April 7 as it copes with automatic federal spending cuts.
2013 Mar 22, In Alabama Luke
Bresette (10) was killed at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Int’l.
Airport when a flight information panel fell on a family from
(SSFC, 3/24/13, p.A8)
2013 Mar 22, The owners of San
Francisco's Palace Hotel removed the famous 1909 Maxfield Parish
Pied Piper painting that has graced the hotel's main bar for over a
century and plan to sell it at auction.
2013 Mar 22, North Dakota
lawmakers took a step toward outlawing abortion altogether in the
state by passing a so-called personhood resolution that says a
fertilized egg has the same right to life as a person. The House's
approval sends the matter to voters, who will decide whether to add
the wording to the state's constitution in November 2014.
2013 Mar 22, In Belgium Kim De
Gelder (24) was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, despite
concerns about his mental condition, for four murders, including the
slashing deaths of two babies at a day care center in 2009.
2013 Mar 22, Brazilian police
surrounded an old Indian museum complex next to Rio de Janeiro's
legendary Maracana football stadium in a bid to expel a group of
indigenous people and their supporters to make way for works related
to the World Cup.
2013 Mar 22, A British judge
upheld a decision to ban a Christian group from placing adverts on
London buses that suggested people could be cured of homosexuality.
2013 Mar 22, US officials in
Beijing for two days of talks to lobby China on enforcement of new
UN sanctions against North Korea said that they were heartened by
Chinese expressions of resolve. Spurring Beijing to cooperate, the
US officials said, is a concern that North Korean behavior had begun
threatening China's interests in a region vital to its economic and
2013 Mar 22, Cyprus lawmakers
approved 3 key bills aiming to secure a broader bailout package and
stave off imminent bankruptcy.
(SFC, 3/23/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 22, Thousands of
Egyptian protesters clashed with riot police and backers of the
president's Muslim Brotherhood, ransacking several offices
nationwide as anger over allegations of beatings and power-grabbing
boiled over into the largest and most violent demonstrations yet on
the doorstep of the powerful group.
2013 Mar 22, In Egypt a Bedouin
taxi driver said he was driving two tourists, an Israeli-Arab
tourist and a Norwegian female, to the popular Red Sea diving site
of Dahab when gunmen ambushed his vehicle and captured them. Ingvild
Selvik Ask (31) and Amir Hassan were released on March 26.
(AP, 3/22/13)(AP, 3/26/13)
2013 Mar 22, In Greece at least
11 Albanian inmates escaped from a prison near Trikala after gunmen
brazenly attacked the site with grenades and automatic weapons,
kicking off a nightlong standoff between police and prisoners. Two
were soon captured.
2013 Mar 22, In Iraq a police
officer gunmen fatally shot Hussein Muslah, local leader of a
militia opposed to al-Qaida, and his sons as they left their house
in a village near Dujail.
2013 Mar 22, In Ireland Patrick
McCabe (77), a former Catholic priest who had worked in California,
was sentenced to 18 month in prison for assaulting two boys decades
ago in Ireland. McCabe was soon released based on his age and
statements of contrition and the fact that he had already served 21
months of a maximum 2-year sentence.
(SFC, 3/23/13, p.C2)(SFC, 3/26/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 22, Israel and Turkey
agreed to restore full diplomatic relations after PM Benjamin
Netanyahu apologized in a phone call for a deadly naval raid against
a Gaza-bound international flotilla in a dramatic turnaround partly
brokered by President Barack Obama.
2013 Mar 22, President Barack
Obama wrapped up a 3-day visit to Israel paying respects to the
nation's heroes and to victims of the Holocaust and solemnly
reaffirming the Jewish state's right to exist.
2013 Mar 22, Italy's Pres.
Giorgio Napolitano tapped center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani to
form a new government following national elections that produced no
2013 Mar 22, Italy returned
Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone to India to face
murder charges in the shooting deaths of two fishermen, reversing a
decision that escalated diplomatic tensions.
2013 Mar 22, Lebanon’s PM Najib
Mikati submitted his resignation.
(Econ, 3/30/13, p.47)
2013 Mar 22, In Lebanon gunmen
who support and oppose Syrian President Bashar Assad clashed in the
northern city of Tripoli, leaving six people dead and more than 20
2013 Mar 22, Myanmar's
president declared a state of emergency in the central city of
Meikhtila shaken by sectarian bloodshed that killed 44 people.
Thousands of minority Muslims fled and overwhelmed riot police
crisscrossed the still-burning town seizing machetes and hammers
from enraged Buddhist mobs.
(AP, 3/22/13)(SSFC, 7/21/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 22, In Nigeria gunmen
attacked the remote town of Ganye in the northeast freeing 120
inmates. The assailants also attacked a bank and a drinking spot
killing 25 people.
2013 Mar 22, Oman sate news
said Sultan Qaboos bin Said has pardoned all activists jailed for
offending the nation's ruler or joining protests.
2013 Mar 22, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb hidden in a rickshaw exploded outside a bus terminal
near a busy bazar in Jafarabad, killing at least nine people and
wounding 40. The explosion came hours after a US drone targeted a
vehicle in Datta Khel village, North Waziristan, killing three
2013 Mar 22, Rwandan-born
warlord Bosco Ntaganda was taken into custody by the International
Criminal Court (ICC) and was flown to The Hague to stand trial on
charges of overseeing atrocities in eastern Congo a decade ago.
2013 Mar 22, Spain’s
restructuring fund, the FROB, imposed haircuts of up to 61% as it
turned junior debt and preference shares in 4 nationalized banks
(Bankia, Catalunya Banc, Banco Gallego, and NCG Banco) into equity.
(Econ, 3/30/13, p.72)
2014 Mar 22, The US Navy handed
over to Libyan authorities the M/T Morning Glory oil tanker it
intercepted after the vessel took to sea with crude illegally loaded
at a rebel-held port.
2014 Mar 22, In southwestern
Colorado a small plane crashed into the Ridgeway Reservoir. On March
24 the bodies of 5 people were found in the wreckage.
(SFC, 3/24/14, p.A6)(SFC, 3/25/14, p.A5)
2014 Mar 22, In Texas a barge
began leaking oil into the Houston Ship Channel after colliding with
a bulk carrier near Texas City at the mouth of Galveston Bay.
2014 Mar 22, In Washington
state a rain-drenched landslide hit midday near the town of Oso,
about 55 miles north of Seattle. 27 people were believed killed with
30 left missing. At least six homes were destroyed when the slide
blocked the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River. On July 22
searchers pulled the last missing body from the landslide that
(Reuters, 3/23/14)(AFP, 3/24/14)(Reuters,
3/27/14)(AFP, 3/30/14)(SFC, 7/23/14, p.A7)
2014 Mar 22, In eastern
Australia 5 people were killed after a light plane used for
skydiving crashed at an airfield in Queensland.
2014 Mar 22, Britain’s Scotland
Yard arrested three boys after Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh (15) was shot
dead in east London. On March 24 one boy (15) was charged with her
murder. The two other boys (16) were released.
(AFP, 3/23/14)(AFP, 3/24/14)
2014 Mar 22, A satellite image
released by China offered the latest sign that wreckage from a
Malaysia Airlines plane lost on March 8 could be in a remote stretch
of the southern Indian Ocean.
2014 Mar 22, In France two
masked robbers wielding a pump gun and an axe burst into the Colette
boutique in the heart of Paris, making off with about 600,000 euros
worth of goods from the trendy concept store.
2014 Mar 22, Indian police
arrested Zia Ur Rahman, a Pakistani bomb maker, along with three
associates in Rajasthan. Police said Rehman helped the Indian
Mujahideen, an Indian terror group blamed for a series of bombings
in the nation's cities.
(AP, 3/23/14)(Reuters, 3/23/14)
2014 Mar 22, Indonesia police
said they arrested three suspected Islamic extremists last week
after intercepting a bomb shipment intended to attack brothels. The
arrests included Ambo Intang, who was sought for his alleged
involvement in the 2012 killings of two policemen in in the Central
Sulawesi district of Poso.
2014 Mar 22, In Iraq a series
of attacks killed 15 members of the security forces and civilians in
areas north of Baghdad. A police officer was killed in a relatively
rare attack in the port city of Basra, while security forces
reopened a key highway after retaking a village from militants.
(AP, 3/22/14)(AFP, 3/22/14)
2014 Mar 22, In Iraq a
presidential guard, a captain in the Kurdish peshmerga forces, shot
dead Mohammed Bidaiwi, a senior Iraqi journalist, during an argument
in Baghdad and then fled, briefly sparking a standoff in which PM
Nuri al-Maliki demanded he be handed over.
2014 Mar 22, Israeli forces
shot and killed Hamza Abu Alhija (24), a wanted Hamas Islamist
militant, and two other militants dead in a raid on a home in the
West Bank town of Jenin.
2014 Mar 22, Libyan rebels
occupying oil ports clashed with troops when they attacked an army
base, wounding 16 people before tribal leaders brokered an end to
2014 Mar 22, The
Netherlands-based ICC said Charles Ble Goude, wanted by the
International Criminal Court in connection with a wave of violence
after Ivory Coast's 2010 elections, is in its court's custody and is
on his way to its jail in The Hague.
2014 Mar 22, In Nigeria
suspected Islamist militants detonated a bomb late today in a
crowded northeastern marketplace killing at least 20 people in Bama,
2014 Mar 22, In Pakistan a
multi-vehicle collision involving two trucks and two passenger buses
on a coastal highway in the southwest killed 35 people and injured
2014 Mar 22, Philippines
security forces arrested the country's top communist leaders, a week
ahead of the 45th anniversary of the group's armed struggle when it
is expected to launch attacks on government targets.
2014 Mar 22, Spanish police
detained 24 people during street violence late today following a
large anti-austerity demonstration in Madrid in which dozens were
2014 Mar 22, In Sudan some 300
gunmen attacked and burned a camp for displaced people in the Darfur
region, adding to an upsurge of suspected militia violence which has
wreaked havoc. At least one person was killed.
2014 Mar 22, In Syria fighting
raged between rebels and loyalist forces in northern Latakia
province. Hilal al-Assad, a first cousin of the president and
president of the Syrian Arabian Horse Association, was killed in the
battle for a border crossing with Turkey in the north of Latakia.
2014 Mar 22, Turkish
authorities sought to tighten a clampdown on Twitter after social
media users easily evaded the government's attempt to block access
to the service.
2014 Mar 22, Uganda said at
least 107 people were killed and dozens of others were missing after
a boat carrying mostly Congolese refugees capsized on Lake Albert
that runs along the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of
Congo. An estimated 250 people were on the boat with 41 rescued.
(Reuters, 3/23/14)(AFP, 3/24/14)(AP, 3/25/14)
2014 Mar 22, Ukraine’s interior
minister said police have seized 42 kg of gold and $4.8 million in
cash during a search of the apartments of former Energy Minister
Eduard Stavytsky. His career had blossomed under the presidency of
ousted Viktor Yanukovich and was appointed energy minister in
2014 Mar 22, Ukraine Col. Yully
Mamchur, the commander of Belbek Air Force base in Crimea, was
seized by pro-Russian forces as they stormed the base near
(SFC, 3/24/14, p.A4)
2014 Mar 22, In eastern Ukraine
more than 5,000 pro-Russia residents of Donetsk demonstrated in
favor of holding a referendum on whether to seek to split off and
become part of Russia.
2014 Mar 22, The UN Commission
on the Status of Women approved a 45-page document to promote
equality for women that reaffirms the sexual and reproductive rights
of all women and endorses sex education for adolescents.
2014 Mar 22, Pope Francis named
the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse
policy, tapping lay and religious experts.
2014 Mar 22, In Venezuela
Police fired tear gas and made several arrests as 20,000 people
marched in Caracas against what they say is President Nicolas
Maduro's heavy-handed repression of dissent. At least 3 people were
killed pushing the death toll from almost two months of
anti-government demonstrations to 34.
(AFP, 3/22/14)(Reuters, 3/23/14)
2014 Mar 22, Yemeni tribesmen
bombed Yemen's main crude export pipeline, forcing oil flows to be
stopped. In the north 12 people were reported killed in clashes
between government forces and Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the
northern city of Amran.
(Reuters, 3/22/14)(AFP, 3/22/14)
2015 Mar 22, The US Marine
Corps urged "vigilance" after a group claiming to be Islamic State
hackers published what they said were the names and addresses of 100
military personnel and urged supporters to kill them.
2015 Mar 22, US Customs and
Border Protection officers arrested a 16-year-old Arizona girl and
two women in their 20s who were with her when she allegedly tried to
smuggle 185 pounds of marijuana into the United States from Mexico
through a checkpoint at the Port of Lukeville.
2015 Mar 22, Bahrain jailed 11
people for 15 years each over an attack on a police station in a
Shiite village that left four policemen wounded. A 12th defendant
was jailed for seven years The 12 were accused of taking part in an
attack in October in the village of Aaly.
2015 Mar 22, Central African
Republic villagers said a group of heavily armed Muslims attacked
several villages over the weekend, killing at least 11 people.
2015 Mar 22, Two Chadian army
helicopters bombed Nigerian Boko Haram positions killing several
dozen militants near a village on the border with Niger.
2015 May 22, It was announced
that China National Chemical Corp. (CNCC), a state-owned
conglomerate, would buy Pirelli, an Italian tire maker, for $7.7
(Econ., 3/28/15, p.70)
2015 Mar 22, France held the
first round of council elections. Victory will determine which
candidates can contest a second vote March 29.
2015 Mar 22, Israel's Shin Bet
internal security service said it has arrested six members of a
Hamas cell with explosive materials they planned to use in attacks
inside the Jewish state.
2015 Mar 22, Moroccan
authorities announced the dismantling of a militant network linked
to the Islamic State group across nine cities that had been planning
2015 Mar 22, Dozens of
Palestinians and foreign supporters protested in east Jerusalem's
walled Old City against the threatened eviction of a Palestinian
family to make way for Jewish settlers.
2015 Mar 22, Spain's two new
political newcomers faced their first real test in elections in
Andalusia, famous for its olive groves and sunny beaches. More than
one in three were unemployed here, above the national average of one
2015 Mar 22, Sudanese rebels
said they had launched a "lightning" assault on a government
garrison in the conflict-hit Blue Nile region, with the army saying
the attack was repulsed.
2015 Mar 22, In Syria Islamist
rebels captured four crew members when a regime helicopter crashed
in the northwest province of Idlib. Another airman survived the
crash, but was reported killed by his captors.
(AFP, 3/22/15)(SFC, 3/23/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 22, A Turkish
opposition lawmaker said he is helping the families of nine British
medical students and doctors of Sudanese origin believed to have
crossed into Syria from Turkey.
(AP, 3/22/15)(AFP, 3/22/15)
2015 Mar 22, In central
Venezuela at least 11 people were killed when a bus drove into a
ravine on Venezuela’s Central.
2015 Mar 22, In Yemen Houthi
fighters opposed to the president took over the central city of
Taiz. Huthis and their allies also seized the airport in Taez.
(Reuters, 3/22/15)(AFP, 3/22/15)
2016 Mar 22, Rita Gam (88),
film star, died in Los Angeles. Her films included “Night People”
(1954), “sign of the pagan” (1954), Hannibal (1959), “King of Kings”
(1961), “Shootout” (1971) and Klute “(1971).
(SFC, 3/25/16, p.D7)
2016 Mar 22, In Oklahoma a
wildfire began and spread to Kansas. By Easter it covered 620 square
miles making it the biggest wildfire in Kansas history.
(SFC, 3/28/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 22, In Texas Adam Ward
(33) was executed in Huntsville for shooting and killing code
enforcement officer Michael Walker (44) in 2005.
(SFC, 3/22/16, p.A6)
2016 Mar 22, In Bangladesh
election violence included vicious political clashes between rival
parties as well as security forces opening fire on rioters. At least
13 people died as a result.
2016 Mar 22, In Belgium attacks
on Zaventem airport and a rush-hour metro train in Brussels killed
35 people not including 3 suicide bombers. Khalid El Bakraoui (27)
detonated a bomb on a crowded rush-hour metro train near the
European Commission headquarters. Ibrahim El Bakraoui (29) was one
of two men who blew themselves up at the Brussels airport. Police
were hunting for a third. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
On March 25 Belgium's federal prosecutor confirmed that Najim
Laachraoui (24) was one of the two airport suicide bombers.
(Reuters, 3/22/16)(Reuters 3/23/16)(AFP,
2016 Mar 22, Brazilian police
arrested dozens of suspects in a massive anti-corruption sweep
across the country targeting what they called a "professional"
bribe-paying network at construction giant Odebrecht.
2016 Mar 22, In Burundi Maj.
Didier Muhimpundu was killed after being shot several times in a bar
2016 Mar 22, In Canada Rob Ford
(b.1969), embattled former mayor of Toronto, died from cancer. He
had gained global notoriety for admitting to smoking crack cocaine
while in office.
2016 Mar 22, In China Hilary St
John Bower (60), who had worked as an English language instructor at
the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, was killed. He had been
dead for more than a week by the time he was reported missing on
2016 Mar 22, In Cuba US Pres.
Barack Obama delivered an impassioned appeal for political
liberties, including freedom of expression and religion, as he spoke
directly to the people in a historic speech broadcast throughout the
2016 Mar 22, The ruler of Dubai
pledged $1.3 billion in assets to a new endowment agency that will
focus on a variety of causes. The Mohammed bin Rashid Global Center
for Endowment Consultancy would focus on issues like autism and
2016 Mar 22, Finland's Defense
Ministry said its website had come under a cyberattack that forced
it divert web traffic to a temporary site. The latest incident
coincided with talks in Moscow between Finnish President Sauli
Niinistö and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on cross-border
cooperation and international issues including Ukraine and Syria.
2016 Mar 22, Georgia’s
President Giorgi Margvelashvili stopped his motorcade and jumped to
rescue a pregnant woman stuck in an overturned car.
2016 Mar 22, Indonesian cabbies
clashed with motorbike drivers working for online apps, pulling them
off their bikes and assaulting them as thousands of drivers took to
the streets of Jakarta calling for a ban on ride-hailing apps like
Grab and Uber.
2016 Mar 22, Israel's military
says troops raided a Palestinian university in the West Bank and
seized militant propaganda linked to Hamas and other groups.
2016 Mar 22, A Russian court
sentenced Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko to 22 years in jail
after finding her guilty of involvement in the killing of two
Russian journalists during the separatist conflict in eastern
2016 Mar 22, In Singapore 2
maintenance staff working on elevated tracks in the mass transit
system were hit and killed by a train.
2016 Mar 22, In South Africa
anti-mining activist Sikhosiphi Rhadebe was killed at his home in
the Xolobeni area of Eastern Cape province. Rhadebe, also known as
"Bazooka," was the chairman of the Amadiba Crisis Committee, an
2016 Mar 22, Tanzanian
authorities said they have launched a national audit to find "ghost
workers" and remove them from civil service payrolls under a
corruption crackdown ordered by the president.
2016 Mar 22, In Turkey Kurdish
militants killed 5 members of government security forces in three
separate bomb attacks near the Syrian and Iranian borders.
2016 Mar 22, This year's United
Nations World Water Day focused on water and jobs and designed to
highlight how water can create paid and decent work and contribute
to a greener economy and sustainable development. Some 650 million
people, or one in 10 of the world's population, lacked access to
2016 Mar 22, In Yemen a US air
strike on an Al-Qaeda training camp killed at least 40 fighters in
Hajr, Hadramawt province, a major blow to the jihadists who have
been expanding their territory in the war-torn country.
2017 Mar 22, The US White House
acknowledged that Paul Manafort, Pres. Donald Trump’s former
campaign manager, had worked for a Russian billionaire to advance
the interests of Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin. Manafort had signed a
$10 million contract in 2006 with Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin
ally, in a business relationship that lasted to at least 2009.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A8)
2017 Mar 22, The US FDA said it
has received reports of nine deaths and more than 350 cases of a
rare blood cancer linked to breast implants.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 22, Arkansas Gov. Asa
Hutchinson signed a gun rights measure into law that will allow
concealed weapons at state colleges, some bars, government
buildings, and even the state Capitol effective September 1.
(SFC, 3/22/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 22, In Oakland, Ca.,
Redwood City-based Impossible Foods held a ceremony to open its
67,000 square-foot factory for the production of vegetarian burgers.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A1)
2017 Mar 22, An estimated
17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada went on strike to
protest the handling of work assignments. Technicians and call
center workers returned to work the next day following an agreement
on work assignments.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.C1)(SFC, 3/24/17, p.C1)
2017 Mar 22, Joanne Kyger (82),
a leading poet of the San Francisco Beat generation, died in
Bolinas, Ca. Her almost 30 collections of poetry began with “The
Tapestry and the Web” (1965).
(SFC, 3/24/17, p.D3)
2017 Mar 22, A federal judge
blocked a Louisiana law that prevents people without birth
certificates from marrying.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 22, In Massachusetts
Barry Cadden (50), former head of the New England Compounding
Center, was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy and fraud over a
2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people across the country
and was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs. On June 26 Cadden was
sentenced to nine years in prison.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A8)(SFC, 6/27/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 22, In northern
Wisconsin a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at
three locations. A police officer and two bank employees and an
attorney were shot and killed. Suspect Nengmy Vang was in custody.
Attorney Sarah Quirt Sann was his wife’s divorce lawyer. On April 1
Vang died of his wounds.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A8)(SFC, 3/24/17, p.A8)(SFC,
3/25/17, p.A5)(SSFC, 4/2/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 22, Save the Children
said more than 400,000 Afghan children are expected to drop out of
school this year due to growing instability and the forcible return
of Afghan refugees from Pakistan.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 22, Austria's interior
minister doubled the payment for some migrants who voluntarily
return to their home countries to 1,000 euros ($1,080).
2017 Mar 22, British police
shot and killed Khalid Masood (52) outside the Houses of Parliament
in London after an officer was stabbed in what police said was a
"terrorist" incident. Masood had just driven an SUV into a crowd of
pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring
approximately 40. Investigators soon carried out at least six raids
on addresses in London, Birmingham, and elsewhere. 12 people were
arrested over the next few days. Police on April 1 said all 12 have
been released. On April 7 police said a 4th victim in the attack had
died. Andreea Cristea (31) of Romania was knocked into the river
when Masood drove his rented SUV into pedestrians. She died two
weeks later, making her the 5th victim of the attack.
(AFP, 3/22/17)(Reuters, 3/23/17)(AP,
3/24/17)(Reuters, 4/1/17)(SFC, 4/8/17, p.A2)(AP, 5/13/17)
2017 Mar 22, Thames Water, one
of Britain's biggest water companies, was handed a record 20 million
pound ($25 million) fine for pumping sewage into the River Thames,
killing wildlife and spreading sickness among livestock and people.
2017 Mar 22, Chinese Premier Li
Keqiang arrived in the Australian capital, Canberra, on a mission to
expand bilateral ties.
2017 Mar 22, China's largest
real estate developers launched a green index to manage their
cement, steel and iron suppliers as the world's second-largest
economy steps up its fight against climate change.
2017 Mar 22, In central China
two students died and more than 20 others were injured in a stampede
during a morning bathroom break at an elementary school in Puyang
county, Henan province.
2017 Mar 22, The France-based
World Water Council said nearly a third of people from sub-Saharan
Africa do not have access to safe drinking water. It said clean
drinking water is available to less than 50% of the people in
Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Papua New Guinea.
(SFC, 3/23/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 22, In Germany
thousands of gay men prosecuted and jailed under an arcane 19th
century law were due to get compensation after the government passed
a draft bill to quash their convictions. Germany decriminalized
homosexuality in 1969.
2017 Mar 22, An Indian
court sentenced two Hindu hard-liners to life in prison for
triggering an explosion in Ajmer, a Muslim pilgrimage center in
Rajasthan, that killed three people and injured more than a dozen in
2017 Mar 22, In Syria US
aircraft ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allied forces behind
Islamic State lines to spearhead an assault on a strategic town
belonging to the extremist group outside its de facto capital,
2017 Mar 22, British police
shot a suspected attacker outside the Houses of Parliament in London
after an officer was stabbed in what police said was a "terrorist"
2017 Mar 22, In Iraq Islamic
State militants shelled areas recaptured by government forces in
western Mosul, hitting civilians fleeing the fighting. Heavy mortar
fire killed at least five civilians and wounded more than 20 in
Mosul Jadida and Rifak districts.
2017 Mar 22, In southern Italy
police in Calabria detained Santo Vottari (45), a fugitive mobster,
who authorities say is the boss of an 'ndrangheta crime clan
involved in a feud that culminated in a 2007 gangland-style massacre
2017 Mar 22, It was reported
that villagers in northern Kenya have begun to burn piles of animal
carcasses, hoping to head off an outbreak of disease as their
livestock starve to death in the region's worst drought in five
2017 Mar 22, At the Hague
International Criminal Court judges sentenced former Congolese VP
Jean-Pierre Bemba to a year in jail and fined him 300,000 euros for
bribing witnesses during his war crimes trial in an unprecedented
case before the ICC.
2017 Mar 22, In northeastern
Nigeria at least four suicide blasts rocked a camp for migrants
fleeing Boko Haram insurgents, killing at least three people and
2017 Mar 22, The International
Red Cross appealed for $400 million to help some 20 million people
facing famine or the risk of it in four conflict-ridden countries:
Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria.
(AP, 3/22/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.39)
2017 Mar 22, North Korea's
latest missile launch ended in failure.
2017 Mar 22, Norway granted
political asylum to a group of Turkish military officers based in
Norway who had refused to return home after the failed July 15 coup
2017 Mar 22, Pakistani troops
clashed with militants during a raid in a tribal region near the
Afghan border, with two soldiers and five "terrorists" killed. A
local Pakistani Taliban commander was among those reported killed in
the Orakzai tribal region.
2017 Mar 22, Romanian rail
workers staged a walk-out after unions and management failed to
agree about wage hikes. More than 150 trains were affected by the
2017 Mar 22, Tensions between
Russia and Ukraine spread to the May Eurovision Song Contest after
Kiev banned Russian contestant Yuliya Samoilova (27) from entering
the country over a past performance in Moscow-annexed Crimea.
2017 Mar 22, The Syrian army
sent reinforcements to face a major rebel offensive in Hama
province, as insurgents pressed an attack in a western area
critically important to President Bashar al-Assad.
2017 Mar 22, Turkey fired into
Kurdish-controlled Syria after saying one of its soldiers was killed
in Hatay province by a sniper from across the border in Afrin.
2018 Mar 22, The Trump
administration imposed sanctions on Joe Asperman, a French chemical
weapons expert, accused of making and using such munitions for the
Islamic State group in Syria.
2018 Mar 22, US Pres. Donald
Trump authorized initial exemptions for the EU, Australia,
Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, Canada and Mexico from looming steel
and aluminum tariffs.
2018 Mar 22, US Pres. Donald
Trump decided to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion worth of
Chinese imports amid rising concerns of a trade war.
2018 Mar 22, Donald Trump
appointed US Foreign policy hard-liner John Bolton as US national
security adviser replacing Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.
(AP, 3/23/18)(SFC, 3/23/18, p.A6)
2018 Mar 22, An updated US
embassy roster for Cuba listed only ten diplomats.
(SSFC, 4/8/18, p.A6)
2018 Mar 22, H. Wayne Huizinga
(80), founder of Waste Management, died at his home in Florida. He
had also founded the Blockbuster Video chain and AutoNation and at
one time owned the NFL's Miami Dolphins, the Florida Marlins
baseball team and NHL Florida Panthers.
(SFC, 3/24/18, p.C3)
2018 Mar 22, Cambodia's
ambassador to the UN's office in Geneva rejected a statement to the
UN Human Rights Council endorsed by 45 nations that urges
improvements in the Southeast Asia nation's rights situation ahead
of a general election this July.
2018 Mar 22, In western
Cameroon a government official was killed, and a district
administrator wounded in an ambush blamed on anglophone separatists.
2018 Mar 22, In the Czech Rep.
an explosion killed six people at Unipetrol's plant in Kralupy nad
Vltavou during cleaning of the storage tank.
2018 Mar 22, EU member states
agreed at a summit in Brussels to take further punitive steps
against Russia in the coming days for the nerve agent attack in
Salisbury, as Moscow accused the bloc of joining a London-driven
hate campaign against it.
2018 Mar 22, Europol, the
European Union's law enforcement agency, said police have smashed a
Nigerian organized crime ring in one of the largest European
operations against human trafficking. It says 89 people have been
arrested in Britain and Spain and 39 victims rescued. The gang had
trafficked victims to Europe through Libya and Italy, forcing women
into prostitution to pay for their journey.
2018 Mar 22, In France tens of
thousands of nurses, teachers and other public sector workers joined
forces to march against President Emmanuel Macron's reforms, causing
widespread travel disruption and bringing brief clashes with police
in some cities.
2018 Mar 22, A German court
sentenced Afghan migrant Hussein K. to life in prison for raping and
murdering a university student in Freiburg in 2016.
2018 Mar 22, India's health
minister said $1.54 billion has been allocated for an ambitious
health program aimed at providing insurance cover for about half the
population, labeling it the largest such scheme in the world.
2018 Mar 22, Ivory Coast riot
police arrested protestors and fired teargas to prevent an
opposition demonstration from going ahead. The opposition coalition
Together for Democracy and Sovereignty (EDS) called the march to
protest against the electoral commission which it accuses of
2018 Mar 22, The World Bank
said it will provide Ivory Coast $1 billion for development, in
particular to help it get more value out of its agricultural
2018 Mar 22, In Kashmir
officials said government forces have ended a two-day operation
against rebels fighting against Indian rule in which 10 combatants
2018 Mar 22, A Kenyan appeals
court ruled unlawful the use of forced anal exams to test whether
men had gay sex.
(SFC, 3/23/18, p.A2)
2018 Mar 22, Maldives Pres.
Yameen Abdul Gayoom lifted a 45-day state of emergency he declared
during an unprecedented court-triggered challenge to his political
control in the archipelago nation.
2018 Mar 22, A new study from
the Netherlands-based Ocean Cleanup Foundation said that the mass of
floating plastic between San Francisco and Hawaii contains 1.8
trillion pieces of trash and covers an area nearly four times the
size of California. This was sixteen time more than previous
(SFC, 3/23/18, p.A1)(SSFC, 4/1/18, p.C14)
2018 Mar 22, Hamas security
forces in Gaza shot dead Anas Abu Khoussa, the main suspect behind
an attempt to assassinate Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah last week.
Two members of the Hamas security forces and one accomplice of the
suspect also died in the shootout.
2018 Mar 22, Qatar said it had
placed 28 people and entities on a terrorism list, including several
Qatari nationals already blacklisted by rival Arab states who accuse
Doha of supporting militants.
2018 Mar 22, Top Russian media
outlets launched a rare boycott of parliament after it dismissed
claims from several journalists that a senior lawmaker had sexually
harassed them. Several reporters for Western and Russian independent
media have accused Leonid Slutsky, head of the State Duma's foreign
affairs committee, of making lewd sexual comments and groping.
2018 Mar 22, Slovak President
Andrej Kiska appointed a new cabinet and said it must work to win
back the public's trust, which was shattered by the murder of an
investigative journalist that led to mass protests and the
resignation of veteran leader Robert Fico.
2018 Mar 22, Somali officials
said at least 14 people were killed when an explosion followed by
gunfire went off near the Weheliye hotel in Mogadishu.
2018 Mar 22, A South Korean
court approved an arrest warrant for ex-President Lee Myung-bak over
a range of corruption allegations, making him the latest in a series
of leaders embroiled in scandals and other problems after leaving
2018 Mar 22, In Syria rebels
fired rockets from eastern Ghouta into Damascus, killing 6 people.
Government air strikes pummeled parts of eastern Ghouta, striking
Arbin and Zamalka and killing 19 people. Buses drove into the town
of Harasta and 600 to 700 fighters were expected to be among about
2,000 people leaving in them in the coming hours for opposition
areas in the northwest.
(AP, 3/22/18)(Reuters, 3/22/18)
2018 Mar 22, In northern Syria
three Turkish soldiers were killed in an explosion in the town of
Afrin during a mission to clear it of explosives believed to have
been left behind by retreating Syrian Kurdish fighters.
2018 Mar 22, Turkey's Hurriyet
newspaper reported that singer and actress Zuhal Olcay has been
sentenced to 10 months in prison for insulting President Tayyip
Erdogan during a performance in 2016.
2018 Mar 22, Turkish jets
attacked suspected Kurdish rebel camps across the border in northern
Iraq, in an operation that reportedly "neutralized" nine militants.
2018 Mar 22, The Ukrainian
parliament stripped celebrated former military pilot and
presidential hopeful Nadiya Savchenko of her immunity as a lawmaker,
sanctioning her arrest on charges of plotting an attack on
parliament with grenades and automatic weapons. Savchenko said she
was aware of being wiretapped, and that she talked about the attacks
as a "surrealist political provocation" to mock the government.
2018 Mar 22, The UN Security
Council in a unanimous statement said at least 13.1 million
Congolese are in need of humanitarian aid, including 7.7 million who
are severely food insecure.
2019 Mar 22, US President
Donald Trump met with five Caribbean leaders who have sided with the
United States and most Western countries in backing Venezuelan
opposition leader Juan Guaido as head of state. Trump met with
leaders from the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and
Saint Lucia at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.
2019 Mar 22, The Trump
administration hit Iran with new sanctions while Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo denounced Iran's growing influence on a visit to
2019 Mar 22, President Donald
Trump said he is reversing his administration's decision to slap new
sanctions on North Korea, ordering them withdrawn.
2019 Mar 22, US Attorney
General William Barr received special counsel Robert Mueller's
confidential report on the Russia investigation.
2019 Mar 22, In Arizona
Fernando Acosta (25) fatally stabbed Martha Tye in Peoria after
their car veered off a freeway and crashed in the Phoenix suburb. A
passer-by tackled the suspect and others helped to hold him until
(SFC, 3/25/19, p.A5)
2019 Mar 22, In Fresno, Ca., a
one-year-old boy was fatally mauled by two roaming rottweiler dogs
in the front yard of his home.
(SSFC, 3/24/19, p.A10)
2019 Mar 22, In Michigan an
agreement was announced between the state and attorneys for the ACLU
in which faith-based adoption agencies paid by the state will no
longer be able to turn away couples or individuals because of
(SSFC, 3/24/19, p.A13)
2019 Mar 22, A US federal judge
ruled that New York state's ban on personal ownership of stun guns
(SSFC, 3/24/19, p.A10)
2019 Mar 22, Texas sheriff's
Deputy Peter Herrera was critically wounded during a traffic stop in
San Elizario. Gunman Facundo Chavez (27) was arrested. Herrera died
of his wounds on March 24.
(SFC, 3/26/19, p.A6)
2019 Mar 22, In Texas benzene
and other contaminants seeped into a portion of the Houston Ship
Channel after a dike failed near a fire-ravaged petrochemical tank
(SSFC, 3/24/19, p.A10)
2019 Mar 22, In Afghanistan two
American service members were killed during an operation. A suicide
bomber killed one person and injured four, all members of the same
family, in an attack in the southern province of Kandahar. The
Taliban attacked two outposts in Sangin, killing 48 Afghan security
personnel. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the two
outposts were over-run, killing 52 Afghan troops and wounding 11
(AP, 3/22/19)(Reuters, 3/22/19)(Reuters, 3/24/19)
2019 Mar 22, Tens of thousands
of Algerians rallied to demand the immediate resignation of Pres.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is fighting for his political survival in
the face of relentless protests and the desertion of long-time
2019 Mar 22, Scott Walker (76),
the influential singer, songwriter and producer whose hits with the
Walker Brothers in the 1960s included "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine
Anymore," died in London.
2019 Mar 22, In Canada Vlad
Cristian Eremia (26) stabbed priest Claude Grou (77) in front of his
congregation live on television during mass at St Joseph's Oratory
2019 Mar 22, Chadian security
sources said Boko Haram militants killed at least 23 Chadian
soldiers overnight in the town of Dangdala, near the banks of Lake
2019 Mar 22, In Chile a group
of South American presidents formed Prosur, a new regional bloc to
replace Unasur, founded in 2008. The new bloc included Argentina,
Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru.
(SSFC, 3/24/19, p.A4)
2019 Mar 22, China said it will
look into charges against two Chinese firms sanctioned by the US
because they are suspected of helping North Korea evade sanctions.
2019 Mar 22, In China a
document by the Communist Youth League (CYL) said it aimed to
organize more than 10 million volunteering trips by 2022 for
students pursuing technical degrees, seeking to deepen a "rural
rejuvenation" drive christened by Xi.
2019 Mar 22, A Chinese court
fined the firm behind the now-defunct Fanya Nonferrous Metals
Exchange 1 billion yuan ($149.04 million) for illegal fundraising
and sentenced founder Shan Jiuliang 18 years in prison for crimes
2019 Mar 22, In central China a
fire on a tour bus traveling along a highway left 26 people dead and
as many as 30 injured in Changde, Hunan province.
2019 Mar 22, Egypt's Musicians
Union barred singer Sherine Abdel-Wahab, popularly known by her
first name, from performing after she suggested that Egypt does not
respect free speech. It also summoned her for questioning. The
singer apologized again after the latest remarks in a TV interview
saying she was joking.
2019 Mar 22, The European Union
underlined it does not recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan
Heights after US President Donald Trump moved to do so for the
territory viewed by European allies as occupied.
2019 Mar 22, The EU rejected PM
May's request to extend the Brexit deadline until June 30. Leaders
agreed to extend the date until May 22, on the eve of EU elections,
if she can persuade tne British Parliament to endorse her deal.
Failing that she would have until April 12 to choose a new path.
(SFC, 3/23/19, p.A3)
2019 Mar 22, In Germany police
arrested 11 people in raids around Frankfurt on a group suspected of
planning an Islamic extremist attack using a vehicle and firearms.
(SSFC, 3/24/19, p.A4)
2019 Mar 22, Hungarian
authorities detained a Syrian man accused of taking part in
beheadings in Syria as a member of Islamic State.
2019 Mar 22, Indian security
forces killed seven militants who they said belonged to
Pakistan-based groups during four gunbattles in Kashmir - the
highest number of clashes in a single day in recent years. Police
said the militants belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad
2019 Mar 22, Indonesian airline
Garuda said it plans to cancel a $6 billion order for Boeing 737 MAX
jets, saying some passengers would be frightened to board the plane
after two fatal crashes. Analysts said the deal had long been in
2019 Mar 22, Indonesian
authorities detained a Russian man at Ngurah Rai airport in Bali as
he was caught trying to smuggle a young orangutan in a suitcase.
Zhestkov Andrei also had two live geckos and five lizards in his
luggage and was scheduled to fly to Russia.
(Reuters, 3/23/19)(AFP, 3/23/19)
2019 Mar 22, Italy's Pres.
Sergio Mattarella told visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping that
China's new "Silk Road" linking Europe and Asia must be a "two-way
street," addressing concerns among Western allies that the colossal
infrastructure project is meant merely to amplify Beijing's global
2019 Mar 22, In Italy a
5-month-old baby was brought to a hospital in Bologna by helicopter
in cardiac arrest due to a home circumcision and soon died.
2019 Mar 22, The confirmed
death toll in Mozambique and neighboring Zimbabwe reached 432, with
293 killed in Mozambique, and around 1.7 million people affected.
Hundreds of thousands of people scrambled for shelter, food and
water across a swathe of southern Africa.
(AFP, 3/22/19)(Reuters, 3/22/19)
2019 Mar 22, New Zealand's
deputy prime minister Winston Peters said Brenton Harrison Tarrant,
the gunman accused of killing 50 people in two mosques in the South
Pacific nation, would spend the rest of his life in isolation in
2019 Mar 22, North Korea
abruptly withdrew its staff from a liaison office with South Korea,
a development that is likely to put a damper on ties between the
countries and further complicate global diplomacy on North Korea's
2019 Mar 22, In Pakistan gunmen
on motorcycles opened fire on a convoy carrying Maulana Taqi Usmani,
a prominent religious scholar, and his associates in the southern
port city of Karachi, killing the cleric's two guards and seriously
wounding his driver.
2019 Mar 22, Two Palestinians
were killed by Israeli fire in separate border clashes.
2019 Mar 22, Prosecutors said
Panama's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli faces up to 21 years in
jail for spying on political foes, reporters and business leaders
while in power.
2019 Mar 22, A Russian court
sentenced Pavlo Gryb (20), a Ukrainian teenager, to six years in
prison for plotting a bombing in a Russian school. He was kidnapped
in summer 2017 in Belarus where he had traveled to meet a girl he
met online. He later surfaced in a Russian prison. The girl turned
out to be an officer from the Russian intelligence services who was
messaging him on her behalf shortly before his trip. Gryb's family
said he suffers from cirrhosis of the liver and partial vision loss,
urgently needs surgery and may die in a Russian prison.
(AP, 3/22/19)(AFP, 3/22/19)
2019 Mar 22, The Swiss
government said Britons will be exempt from visa requirements to
enter Switzerland in case Britain leaves the EU without a withdrawal
2019 Mar 22, Turkey's lira
tumbled more than 4 percent against the US dollar, its biggest
one-day fall since a currency crisis took hold in August, raising
concerns that Turks are buying more foreign cash as ties with
2019 Mar 22, The UN Human
Rights Council criticized Israeli settlement expansion in the
occupied Syrian Golan Heights a day after US President Donald
Trump's decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the disputed
2019 Mar 22, Venezuelan
opposition leader Juan Guaido said Pres. Maduro had lost the ability
to "finance political blackmail" to retain power thanks to pressure
brought by foreign governments who have recognized him as the South
American country's rightful leader in the midst of a
hyperinflationary economic collapse.
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