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Apr 16, Otho (32-69) committed suicide after he was defeated by
Vitellius' (15-69) troops at Bedriacum. Otho had declared himself
emperor of Rome after he killed Galba, who had been acclaimed
emperor by his legions in Spain.
(WUD, 1994, p.1667)(HN, 4/16/98)
556 Apr 16, Pelagius I began
his reign as Catholic Pope.
1065 Apr 16, The Norman Robert
Guiscard took Bari, ending five centuries of Byzantine rule in
1346 Apr 16, King Stefanus IX
of Serbia proclaimed himself czar of Greece.
1446 Apr 16, Filippo
Brunelleschi (69), architect, sculptor and goldsmith, died and was
buried in the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Flower in Florence. In
the 1490s Antonio di Tuccio Manetti authored “The Life of
Brunelleschi." In 1974 Isabelle Hyman authored “Brunelleschi in
(ON, 9/00, p.8)(MC, 4/16/02)
1503 Apr 16, Christopher
Columbus abandoned the garrison at Rio Belen (Panama) and sailed for
home (Hispaniola) with 3 ships. On the way he was shipwrecked in
1521 Apr 16, Martin Luther
arrived at Diet of Worms.
1529 Apr 16, Louis de Berquin,
French humanist, reformer, heretic, was burned at stake.
1605 Apr 16, New Mexico’s Gov.
Don Juan de Onate y Salazar passed by the sandstone bluff of El
Morro where he left his mark in the stone. He was returning from an
expedition to the Gulf of California, which he called the South Sea.
(SSFC, 4/10/05, p.F9)(Econ., 3/14/15, SR p.3)
1632 Apr 16, Albrecht von
Wallenstein was appointed supreme commander of Holy Roman Empire
1635 Apr 16, Frans van Mieris,
the Elder, Dutch painter, was born.
1648 Apr 16, John Luyken, poet,
etcher (Duytse Lyre), was born.
1660 Apr 16, Hans Sloane,
founder of British Museum, was born.
1687 Apr 16, George Villiers
(b.1628), the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, died. The English statesman
was a poet, an amateur chemist and one of England’s richest men.
1697 Apr 16, Johann Gottlieb
Gorner, composer, was born.
1705 Apr 16, Queen Anne of
England knighted Isaac Newton at Trinity College.
(HN, 4/16/98)(MC, 4/16/02)
1728 Apr 16, Joseph Black,
Scottish chemist and physicist, was born.
1746 Apr 16, Bonnie Prince
Charles was defeated at the battle of Culloden, the last pitched
battle fought in Britain. King George II won the battle of Culloden.
Bonnie Prince Charlie used English rifleman and virtually
annihilated the sword-wielding, rebellious, Highlander clans of
Scotland at Culloden. It was the last major land battle fought on
British soil. The Battle of Culloden was a crushing defeat for
Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Highlander clans that backed him.
About 50 English soldiers were killed. The Highlanders lost about
(PCh, 1992, p.297)(SFC, 6/25/95, p.T-7)(SFC,
12/4/96, p.B1)(SFEC,12/797, p.T4)(SSFC, 7/6/14, p.L6)
1760 Apr 16, In England
Laurence, 4th Earl Ferrers, was executed for the murder of his
steward. [see May 5]
1777 Apr 16, New England's
minute men, Green Mountain Boys, routed British regulars at the
Battle of Bennington.
(HN, 4/16/98)(MC, 4/16/02)
1786 Apr 16, Sir John Franklin,
arctic explorer, was born. He discovered the North-West Passage.
1789 Apr 16, George Washington
left Mount Vernon, Va., for the first presidential inauguration in
(AP, 4/16/97)(HN, 4/16/98)
1800 Apr 16, George Charles
Bingham, British soldier, was born. He commanded the Light Brigade
during its famous 1854 charge. [see Oct 16, 1797, Lord Cardigan]
1818 Apr 16, U.S. Senate
ratified the Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada
border. The Rush-Bagot Agreement between Great Britain and the U.S.
had to do with mutual disarmament on the Great Lakes. In the
exchange of notes between British minister to the U.S. Charles Bagot
and Richard Rush, Acting Secretary of State, the countries agreed to
limits on their inland naval forces. A sequel to the Treaty of
Ghent, the agreement was approved by the U.S. Senate on April 16,
(HN, 4/16/98)(HNQ, 6/7/00)
1825 Apr 16, John Henry Fuseli
(aka Johan Heinrich Fussli b.1741), Swiss born British Romantic
painter, died. His paintings included “Nightmare" (1782).
(www.artnet.com/library/03/0302/T030268.asp)(Econ, 2/18/06, p.78)
1828 Apr 16, Francisco Josd
Goya y Lucientes (b.1746), Spanish painter, cartoonist, died at age
82 in France. He had served 3 generations of Spanish kings as court
painter. In 2002 Julia Blackburn authored "Old Man Goya." In 2003
Robert Hughes authored "Goya."
(WSJ, 4/16/99, p.W2)(WSJ, 5/10/02, p.W8)(MC,
4/16/02)(Econ, 10/18/03, p.81)
1828 Apr 16, Francisco Jose
Goya y Lucientes (b.1746), Spanish painter, cartoonist, died at age
82 in France. He had served 3 generations of Spanish kings as court
painter. In 2002 Julia Blackburn authored "Old Man Goya." In 2003
Robert Hughes authored "Goya." See link for Goya timeline.
(WSJ, 5/10/02, p.W8)(Econ, 10/18/03,
1844 Apr 16, Anatole France
(d.1924), French novelist and essayist, was born. He won the Nobel
Prize in literature in 1921. His love for Madame de Caillavet, whose
salon helped make him famous, formed the backdrop for his novel “Le
Lys Rouge," (The Red Lily). “All the historical books which contain
no lies are extremely tedious."
(WSJ, 2/20/96, p.A-14)(AP, 10/11/98)(HN, 4/16/01)
1849 Apr 16, Giacomo
Meyerbeer's Opera "Le Prophete," premiered in Paris. [see Apr 6]
1850 Apr 16, Thomas Sidney
Gilchrist, British metallurgist and inventor, was born.
1850 Apr 16, Marie [Gresholtz]
Tussaud (89), Swiss-born maker of wax figures, died.
1853 Apr 16, India's 1st steam
locomotive pulled 14 cars and 400 people 34 km. from Bombay to
Thane. The government of India, directed by the Britain’s East India
Company, had begun construction of a vast rail network this year.
(NG, 5/95, p.140)(Econ, 12/6/03, p.61)(Econ,
1854 Apr 16, Franz Liszt's
1854 Apr 16, San Salvador was
destroyed by an earthquake.
1859 Apr 16, Alexis de
Tocqueville (b.1805), French writer, died in Cannes. His collected
writings filled 17 volumes and included "Democracy in America"
(1835) and "The Old Regime and the French Revolution" (1856). In
2001 a new English translation by Harvey C. Mansfield and Delba
Winthrop was published. In 2001 Sheldon S. Wolin authored
"Tocqueville Between Two Worlds." In 2006 Hugh Brogan authored
“Alexis de Tocqueville: Prophet of Democracy in the Age of
Revolution – A Biography."
p.A18)(www.tocqueville.org/chap1.htm)(Econ, 11/25/06, p.85)
1861 Apr 16, US president
Lincoln outlawed business with confederate states.
1862 Apr 16, Confederate
President Jefferson Davis approved conscription act for white males
between 18 and 35.
1862 Apr 16, President Lincoln
signed the April 3 bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia
(HN, 4/16/98)(AP, 4/16/08)
1866 Apr 16, Karakozov
attempted to assassinate Tsar Alexander II of Russia.
1867 Apr 16, Wilbur Wright
(d.1912), aeronautical inventor, was born in Dayton, Ohio.
1871 Apr 16, John Millington
Synge (d.1909), dramatist and poet, was born in Ireland.
1871 Apr 16, German Empire
ended all anti-Jewish civil restrictions.
1874 Apr 16, Dr. David
Livingstone's corpse arrived in Southampton.
1879 Apr 16, Saint Bernadette,
who had described seeing visions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, died
in Nevers, France.
1883 Apr 16, Paul Kruger was
chosen president of Transvaal.
1885 Apr 16, Leo Weiner,
composer (Fasching), was born in Hungary.
1888 Apr 16, Drentse and Friese
peat cutters went on strike.
1889 Apr 16, Charlie Chaplin
(d.1977), actor, director, composer and silent movie comedian, was
born in London into a family of music hall performers. He is best
remembered for his character “Little Tramp." He was a British
motion-picture actor, producer, writer, director and composer and
worked in America from 1913-1952. In 1997 his biography “Charlie
Chaplin and His Times" by Kenneth S. Lynn was published.
(HFA, '96, p.28)(AHD, p.225)(WUB, 1994,
p.247)(WSJ, 3/7/97, p.A12)(HN, 4/16/99)(AP, 4/16/00)
1900 Apr 16, US Post Office
issued its 1st books of postage stamps.
1904 Apr 16, Lily Pons, soprano
diva, was born in Draguignan, France.
1907 Apr 16, Joseph-Armand
Bombardier, inventor of the snowmobile, was born in Valcourt,
1912 Apr 16, Harriet Quimby
became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.
1917 Apr 16, Vladimir Ilyich
Lenin returned to Russia after years of exile to start the Bolshevik
(AP, 4/16/97)(HN, 4/16/98)
1919 Apr 16, Merce Cunningham,
American dancer and choreographer, was born.
1921 Apr 16, Peter Ustinov
(d.2004), actor (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), was born
1922 Apr 16, Kingsley Amis
(d.1995), novelist and poet, was born. He wrote more than 20 novels
and 6 volumes of verse. His work included “The King’s English: A
Guide to Modern Usage." In 1998 Eric Jacobs published the biography
(WSJ, 10/23/95, p.A-1)(SFEC, 7/19/98, BR p.3)(HN,
1922 Apr 16, Annie Oakley shot
100 clay targets in a row, to set a women's record.
1922 Apr 16, A German-Russia
treaty was signed in Italy. It recognized the Soviet Union.
1924 Apr 16, Henry Mancini,
composer and conductor of such songs as “Moon River."
1926 Apr 16, The new Book of
the Month Club sent out its 1st selection: "Lolly Willows or The
Loving Huntsman" by Sylvia Townsend Warner. It went to nearly 5,000
members who had joined the Club, which had just been established in
New York City.
1935 Apr 16, The radio comedy
program "Fibber McGee and Molly" premiered on the NBC Blue Network.
1939 Apr 16, Toni Matt on Mt.
Washington in New Hampshire’s White Mountains raced down the
headwall on wooden skis in a record 6 min. and 29.4 sec.
(WSJ, 4/17/97, p.A1,10)
1939 Apr 16, Stalin requested a
British, French and Russian anti-Nazi pact.
1940 Apr 16, The 1st televised
baseball game on WGN-TV featured the White Sox vs. Cubs in
1942 Apr 16, In San Francisco
US federal agents arrested seaman Fred Shirer (30) in a tavern at
301 Turk Street for possession of hashish, the first time the
narcotic as found in this country.
(SSFC, 4/16/17, p.54)
1942 Apr 16, The Japanese
occupying army on Java installed film censorship.
1942 Apr 16, The Island of
Malta was awarded the George Cross in recognition for heroism under
constant German air attack. It was the first such award given to any
part of the British Commonwealth.
1942 Apr 16, Swiss Nazis in
Payerne killed Jewish cattle trader Arthur Bloch. In 2009 novelist
Jacques Chessex (1934-2009) recounted the event in his novel “A Jew
1943 Apr 16, Swiss chemist
Albert Hoffman (1906-2008) felt the first rush of LSD when a tiny
amount of the substance seeped onto his finger during a laboratory
1944 Apr 16, Dennis Russell
Davies, composer, was born.
1944 Apr 16, The destroyer USS
Laffey survived horrific damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft
1944 Apr 16, Germany’s U-550
torpedoed the gasoline tanker SS Pan Pennsylvania, which had lagged
behind its protective convoy as it set out with 140,000 barrels of
gasoline for Great Britain. One of the tanker's three escorts, the
USS Joyce, saw it on sonar and severely damaged it by dropping depth
charges. The crew abandoned the submarine, but not before setting
off explosions to scuttle it in waters off Nantucket. On July 23,
2012, divers discovered the submarine.
1944 Apr 16, The Belgrade Zemun
airdrome was bombed by Allied forces for the 3rd day in a row. The
bombing was carried out by the 414th Bomb Squadron stationed at
(SFC, 4/1/99, p.A12)
1945 Apr 16, In his first
speech to Congress, President Truman pledged to carry out the war
and peace policies of his predecessor, President Roosevelt.
Apr 16, After a 2-day fight US troops liberated the German POW camp
at Colditz Castle.
1945 Apr 16, U.S. troops
reached Nuremberg, Germany, during World War II.
(AP, 4/16/98)(HN, 4/16/98)
1945 Apr 16, US troops landed
on He Shima, Okinawa.
1946 Apr 16, On opening day for
Baseball in Boston with the Braves vs. the Brooklyn Dodgers, the
newly painted seats had not yet dried when guests seated themselves.
The Braves management picked up the cleaning tab for all.
(SFEC, 4/6/97, Z1 p.5)
1946 Apr 16, 1st US launch of
captured V-2 rocket was at White Sands, NM. It reached 8 km.
1947 Apr 16, Lew Alcinder
(Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), professional basketball player, was born. He
made his career with the Los Angeles Lakers
1947 Apr 16, Carol Mosely
Braun, later US Senator for Illinois (1992-1998), was born in
(SFC, 1/14/04, p.A2)
1947 Apr 16, Financier and
presidential confidant Bernard Baruch, in a speech given during the
unveiling of his portrait in the South Carolina House of
Representatives, coined the term "Cold War" to describe relations
between the United States and the Soviet Union: "Let us not be
deceived -- we are today in the midst of a cold war."
1947 Apr 16, A lens that
provided zoom effects was demonstrated in New York City.
1947 Apr 16, The French ship
Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and
blew up, devastating Texas City, Texas. It was America's worst
harbor explosion. Another ship, the Highflyer, exploded the
following day. The final death toll was 576, and more than 3,000
Texas City residents were left homeless. Property damage ran into
(SFC, 5/4/96, p.E-4)(AP, 4/16/97)(HNPD, 4/17/00)
1955 Apr 16, Abdullah Seif
el-Islam, brother of Yemenite king Ahmed, was beheaded.
1958 Apr 16, Arnold Palmer won
his first Masters golf tournament.
1958 Apr 16, Rosalind Franklin
(b.1920), English chemist and one of the four scientists who
discovered the structure of DNA, died in London of ovarian cancer.
She made the 1st x-ray image that revealed the double helix
structure of DNA (1953). In 2002 Brenda Maddox authored "Rosalind
Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA."
1960 Apr 16, In Texas teacher
and ex-beauty queen Irene Garza (25) was killed following her
confession at a Roman Catholic church in McAllen. On April 21 police
found Garza's body face down in a McAllen canal, along with a
candelabra from Sacred Heart and a Kodak slide photograph viewer
that police said belongs to priest John Bernard Feit. An autopsy
revealed that she had been raped. In 2016 pleaded guilty to her
murder. On Dec. 8, 2017, a jury sentenced Feit (85) to life in
3/15/16, p.A6)(SFC, 12/9/17, p.A5)
1961 Apr 16, Selena, Latina
singer (Grammy-1994), was born in Texas.
1961 Apr 16, In the 15th Tony
Awards: Becket & Bye Bye Birdie won.
1961 Apr 16, Fidel Castro
declared that Cuba is now a socialist state. Pres. Kennedy called
off the CIA air strikes in Cuba. The message did not reach the 1,511
commandos headed for the Bay of Pigs.
(SFEC, 2/22/98, p.A19)(SFC, 2/202/08, p.A3)
1962 Apr 16, Walter Cronkite
succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News."
1962 Apr 16, Brazil
nationalized US businesses.
1966 Apr 16, Rhodesian PM Ian
Smith broke diplomatic relations with Britain.
1968 Apr 16, The Pentagon
announced the “Vietnamization" of the war; troops will begin coming
1968 Apr 16, Edna Ferber
(b.1885), US author (Giant, Showboat), died. Her novels included
“Show Boat" (1926), which was produced on Broadway in 1927 and later
adopted 4 times as a movie.
1972 Apr 16, Apollo 16 blasted
off on a voyage to the moon.
1972 Apr 16, The Republic of
China presented two Pandas to the US National Zoo: Hsing-Hsing and
Ling-Ling. Ling-Ling died in 1992.
(SFC, 4/16/97, p.C14)(HN, 4/16/98)
1978 Apr 16, Lucius D. Clay
(b.1897), US General and governor of the US zone in West Germany
during the airlift, died.
1978 Apr 16, A tornado struck
in Orissa, India, and killed 173 people.
1980 Apr 16, Arthur Ashe
(1943-1993) retired from professional tennis following quadruple
bypass surgery. He contracted the HIV virus from a blood transfusion
after a second bypass operation in 1983.
1984 Apr 16, In San Francisco
nearly 200 people were arrested as some 1,000 demonstrators
protested the noon speech by Henry Kissinger as the SF Hilton Hotel.
“I believe that, within the next 12 to 15 months, there is every
possibility that significant negotiations with the Soviet Union will
4/12/09, DB p.43)
1986 Apr 16, Dispelling rumors
he was dead, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appeared on television to
condemn the US raid on his country.
1987 Apr 16, The Federal
Communications Commission put broadcasters on notice it would impose
a broader definition of indecency over the airwaves.
1987 Apr 16, Winners of the
1987 Pulitzer Prizes included August Wilson's "Fences" for drama and
Peter Taylor's "A Summons to Memphis" for fiction.
1987 Apr 16, Iraqi forces
attacked the Kurdish villages of Basilan and Sheik Wasan. This is
believed to be the first time Saddam's regime used chemical weapons
on Iraqi citizens.
1987 Apr 16, Swedish Radio
claimed that Swedish arms company AB Bofors paid kickbacks to top
Indian politicians and key defense officials to secure a deal.
1988 Apr 16, Abu Jihad, [Khalil
al-Wazzir], PLO-leader, was murdered by Israeli assassins in
Tunisia. They left the chief strategist of the Palestinian uprising
with 170 bullets in his body. The Palestine Liberation Organization
accused Israel of assassinating al-Wazir, a top PLO military figure.
Palestinians reacted angrily, and at least 14 were shot and killed
by Israeli troops during clashes in the occupied Gaza Strip and West
Bank. In 2012 Israel admitted responsibility for the killing of Abu
(AP, 4/16/98)(AP, 1/22/06)(AP, 11/1/12)
1988 Apr 16, In Forli, Italy,
the Red Brigades-PCC killed Italian senator Roberto Ruffilli, an
advisor of Italian PM Ciriaco de Mita. After that, the group
activities all but ended after massive arrests of its leadership.
1989 Apr 16, Spain's ambassador
to Lebanon (Pedro Manuel de Aristegui) was killed by shellfire that
broke out between Christian militiamen and an alliance of Syrian and
1990 Apr 16, The US Supreme
Court rejected appeals by Dalton Prejean, a nearly retarded man, who
was condemned to die for the 1977 murder of a Louisiana state
trooper. Prejean was executed the following month.
1990 Apr 16, The US Supreme
Court let stand a ban on school dances in the Bible Belt town of
1990 Apr 16, In San Francisco
some 950 shops and restaurants in Chinatown shut down in protest
over Mayor Art Agnos’ proposal to demolish the embarcadero Freeway.
(SSFC, 4/12/15, DB p.42)
1991 Apr 16, President Bush
announced that US forces would be sent into northern Iraq to assist
1991 Apr 16, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev began a visit to Japan.
1991 Apr 16, Sir David Lean,
director of the movies “The Bridge on the River Kwai," “Lawrence of
Arabia" and “Doctor Zhivago," died in London at age 83.
1992 Apr 16, The US House
ethics committee listed 303 current and former lawmakers who had
overdrawn their House bank accounts.
1992 Apr 16, Neville Brand,
actor (Stalag 17), died of emphysema.
1993 Apr 16, President Clinton
received gay and lesbian activists in the Oval Office for a one-hour
1993 Apr 16, At the White
House, President Clinton pressed Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi
Miyazawa to help ease Japan's persistent trade surplus with the
1993 Apr 16, A jury reached
guilty verdict in the Federal case against cop who beat Rodney King,
but the verdict was not read until April 17th.
1993 Apr 16, Bosnian Croats
took part in a killing spree in the village of Ahmici and 116
Muslims were massacred and the village set fire. 6 Bosnian Croats
went on trial in 1998 in the Hague on charges of war crimes. In 2000
Vladimir Santic, head of the Croat Jokers police unit, was sentenced
to 25 years in prison; Drago Josipovic was sentenced to 15 years;
Zoran and Mirjan Kupreskic were sentenced to 10 and 8 years, and
Vlatko Kupreskic received 6 years. In 2001 the tribunal overturned
the convictions, released 3 defendants and reduced the sentences of
2 others. In 2001 an indictment was opened against Pasko Ljubicic, a
former Bosnian-Croat military police officer, for war crimes in
(SFC, 8/19/98, p.C2)(SFC, 1/15/00, p.A11)(SFC,
10/24/01, p.C2)(SFC, 11/1/01, p.C7)
1993 Apr 16, A Bosnian army
unit massacred 16 Croatian civilians and at least 4 disarmed
soldiers in the village of Trusina.
1993 Apr 16, In Israel 20
soldiers and civilians were injured in Hamas's first suicide attack
against Israelis. Shahar al-Nabulsi, detonated a car, rigged by
bombmaker Yahya Ayyash, between two buses at Mehola Junction. The
blast killed al-Nabulsi and a Palestinian who worked in the rest
1994 Apr 16, Ralph Ellison
(b.1914), author of "Invisible Man" (1952), died in NYC of
pancreatic cancer at age 80. His unfinished novel "Juneteenth" was
published in 1999. His books also included "Living With Music." In
2002 Lawrence Jackson authored "Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius."
In 2007 Arnold Rampersad authored “Ralph Ellison."
(AP, 4/16/99)(WSJ, 6/18/99, p.W13)(WSJ, 6/14/02,
p.W11)(SFC, 5/14/07, p.C2)
1994 Apr 16, Bosnian Serbs
downed a British Sea Harrier jet near Gorazde; the pilot ejected and
was rescued by Bosnian government troops.
1994 Apr 16-1994 Apr 17, In
Rwanda at least 4,500 Tutsi, including women and children, were
slaughtered in the Kibuye Stadium. About 12,000 Tutsi were murdered
at Kibuye’s church, in the stadium, and in the surrounding
1995 Apr 16, In his Easter
Sunday message, Pope John Paul II sent a message of peace to victims
of unrest, including the Palestinians and Kurds.
1996 Apr 16, President Clinton
and his wife, Hillary, arrived in Japan for a three-day visit after
a brief stopover in South Korea.
1996 Apr 16, Oprah Winfrey
hosted her evening show and included a segment on mad cow disease. A
group of Texas cattle ranchers later sued her for her comments. The
case was initially a test of the state’s 1995 "veggie libel" law
that protected perishable food products from false and defamatory
statements, but was ruled to proceed as a common-law business
defamation case. Texas jury selection in the trial of Oprah began
Jan 20 and she was acquitted by the jury on Feb 26, 1998.
1996 Apr 16, Britain's Prince
Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced they were
in the process of getting a divorce.
1996 Apr 16, Guerillas attacked
a military convoy in Columbia. They killed 31 soldiers and wounded
18 near the border of Ecuador outside the town of Puerres. The
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, the largest and oldest rebel
group (12,000 men) having fought for 34 years, were believed to be
(SFC, 4/17/96, p.A-8)
1996 Apr 16, Khmer Rouge
guerillas attacked a group of tourists near Kompot, 85 miles
southwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Reports have it that they killed
and wounded a number of people and kidnapped about 20.
(SFC, 4/17/96, p.A-10)
1996 Apr 16, Moscow said 70 of
its soldiers were killed in a rebel ambush in Chechnya.
(WSJ, 4/19/96, p.A-1)
1996 Apr 16, In Trinidad an
American was shot and killed in the Toco area of Port of Spain.
(SFC, 5/5/96, p.T-9)
1996 Apr 16, Anatoly Onoprienko
was arrested in western Ukraine. He later admitted to the murder of
some 52 people in a serial killing spree from 1989 to 1996 that
first came to attention in 1995. He went on trial in 1998. In 1999
the former sailor was sentenced to death.
11/24/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/2/99, p.A1)
1997 Apr 16, African leaders of
7 nations eased their embargo on Burundi to alleviate local
(SFC, 4/16/97, p.A12)
1997 Apr 16, Police in Israel
recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for breach
of trust in an influence-trading scandal. Prosecutors later decided
not to pursue charges against Netanyahu, citing a lack of proof.
1997 Apr 16, In Portugal gunmen
burst into the Mea Culpa topless bar in Amarante and set it on fire
killing 12 people.
(SFC, 4/16/97, p.A12)
1998 Apr 16, Paula Jones
announced she would ask an appeals court to reinstate her sexual
harassment lawsuit against President Clinton after it was thrown out
by a federal judge.
1998 Apr 16, Tornadoes claimed
11 lives in Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky.
(SFC, 4/17/98, p.A1)(AP, 4/16/08)
1998 Apr 16, A Russian army
convoy was ambushed near the Chechnya border. A general, 2 colonels
and 3 soldiers were killed and Chechen militants were blamed.
(WSJ, 4/17/98, p.A1)
1999 Apr 16, Wayne Gretzky,
hockey star of the New York Rangers, announced his retirement.
(SFC, 4/17/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 16, President Clinton
defended NATO airstrikes against Serbian targets during visits to
Michigan and Massachusetts, saying U.S. involvement in Kosovo was a
1999 Apr 16, In Algeria
protests broke out in Algiers, Tizi Ouzou and Bejaia over the
elections. Abdelmalek Sellal, the Interior Minister, said Bouteflika
received over 7.4 million votes, 70% of the 10.5 million votes cast.
Sellal said 60% of the eligible voters cast ballots, but others said
the turnout was under 25%.
(SFC, 4/17/99, p.A10)
1999 Apr 16, It was reported
that Albanian bandits were victimizing refugees and had robbed
border monitors and foreign journalists at gunpoint.
(SFC, 4/16/99, p.A18)
1999 Apr 16, Thousands of
refugees poured out of Kosovo as NATO blasted oil refineries,
military barracks and airports around Yugoslavia. At least 5,000
refugees crossed into Macedonia, and 8,000 into Albania. Some
100,000 were believed to be enroute to Macedonia.
(SFC, 4/17/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 16, NATO troops began
to pull out of refugee camps in Macedonia. Management of the camps
was turned over to Macedonian NGOs supervised by the UNHCR. Refugees
were reported to be in fear of the Macedonian police.
(SFC, 4/16/99, p.A17)
1999 Apr 16, In Sierra Leone
rebel troops fled Songo and killed over 100 men, women and children
as the ECOMOG West African and loyalist militia entered the town.
(SFC, 4/22/99, p.D12)
2000 Apr 16, In Washington DC
police blocked some 10,000 protesters from disrupting the meetings
of the World Bank and the IMF. Finance ministers and central bankers
issued a statement that pledged to seek greater debt relief for the
poorest countries and to reform the IMF to prevent future financial
(SFC, 4/17/00, p.A1)(AP, 4/16/01)
2000 Apr 16, The rest of the
winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize were announced: Nat
Quansah (46), an ethnobotonist in Madagascar; Oscar Rivas (45) and
Elias Diaz (54) of Paraguay for their work in defeating government
plans to reconfigure the Paraguay and Parana rivers for shipping at
environmental expense; Vera Mischenko (47) for environmental legal
work in Russia; Oral Ataniyazova (43), for founding a clinic and
fighting pesticide contamination in Karakalpakstan, an autonomous
region of Uzbekistan; and Alexander Peal (55), for environmental
work and founding a national park in Liberia.
(SFC, 4/17/00, p.A2)
2000 Apr 16, In the Philippines
at least 4 people were killed when gunmen threw a grenade at police
near a crowded church following a mall robbery.
(WSJ, 4/17/00, p.A1)
2000 Apr 16, In Portugal 7
people were killed in a stampede at the Luanda nightclub in Lisbon
after canisters thought to contain pepper gas were released.
(SFC, 4/17/00, p.A12)
2001 Apr 16, The Oregonian of
Portland won two Pulitzer Prizes, including public service for its
examination of widespread abuses by the Immigration and
Naturalization Service. In breaking news reporting, The Miami Herald
won for its coverage of the pre-dawn raid by federal agents who took
custody of Elian Gonzalez; the story also produced the breaking news
photography award for Alan Diaz of The Associated Press. Michael
Chabon won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel "The Amazing Adventures
of Kavalier and Clay"; David Auburn won for his play "Proof."
(SFC, 4/17/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/17/01, p.A1)(AP,
2001 Apr 16, Lee Bong-ju of
South Korea won the 105th Boston Marathon in 2:09:43. Catherine
Ndereba of Kenya won the women's race in 2:23:53 for the second
(WSJ, 4/17/01, p.A1)(AP, 4/16/02)
2001 Apr 16, In Afghanistan
Mullah Mohammed Rabbani, the 2nd most powerful man of the Taliban
militia, died of cancer.
(SFC, 4/17/01, p.A8)
2001 Apr 16, In Colombia a
leftist rebel group seized some 100 contract employees of a US oil
firm. All the workers were later released.
(SFC, 4/18/01, p.A13)(WSJ, 4/20/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 16, Iran and Saudi
Arabia signed a pact to fight terrorism and drug trafficking.
(SFC, 4/18/01, p.A13)
2001 Apr 16, Israeli warplanes
struck deep in Lebanon and attacked a Syrian radar site. 3 Syrians
were killed. In the evening Israeli helicopters hit Palestinian
positions in Gaza in retaliation for a mortar attack on an Israeli
town. Bulldozers were sent to tear up farmland near Beit Hanoun, the
suspected source of the mortar fire.
(SFC, 4/16/01, p.A9)(WSJ, 4/16/01, p.A1)(SFC,
2001 Apr 16, In Russia Gazprom
closed down Sevodnya, the independent daily newspaper of Vladimir
Gusinsky, as well as his weekly magazine.
(SFC, 4/17/01, p.a10)
2002 Apr 16, The US Supreme
Court ruled as unconstitutional a ban on simulated depictions of
child sex. The Court overturned 2 major provisions of the 1996 Child
Pornography Prevention Act, saying the government went too far in
trying to ban "virtual" child pornography.
(WSJ, 4/17/02, p.A1)(AP, 4/16/03)
2002 Apr 16, Paul Georges (77),
American artist, died in Normandy, France. His work included “Diana
and Actaeon" (1987-1988).
(SFC, 4/30/02, p.A24)
2002 Apr 16, Actor Robert Urich
(55) died in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
2002 Apr 16, The Dutch
government resigned in response to a damning report on the 1995
slaying of over 7,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, who were under
the ostensible protection of Dutch troops.
(SFC, 4/17/02, p.A8)
2002 Apr 16, In Italy millions
of workers staged the biggest strike in decades to protest
government plans to make it easier to fire workers.
(SFC, 4/17/02, p.A8)
2003 Apr 16, During a visit to
a fighter jet factory in St. Louis, President Bush called for
lifting economic sanctions against Iraq as commanders of both the
U.S. military and the reconstruction effort prepared to move into
2003 Apr 16, The Bush
administration lowered the terror alert level from orange to yellow.
(SFC, 4/17/03, p.A3)
2003 Apr 16, Michael Jordan
played his last NBA game with the Washington Wizards, who lost to
the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-87.
2003 Apr 16, In the 29th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom Shooting in Mosul killed three people and
wounded at least 11 and some Iraqis blamed US troops. War casualties
totaled 121 US soldiers with 16 from friendly fire; 31 British
troops with at least 4 from friendly fire; at least 3,160 Iraqi
soldiers dead along with over 1,250 Iraqi civilians.
(AP, 4/16/03)(WSJ, 4/16/03, p.A8)
2003 Apr 16, Colorado
Republican Gov. Bill Owens signed a law that established the 1st
state school voucher program.
(SFC, 4/17/03, p.A10)
2003 Apr 16, NATO agreed to
take command of the UN peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan. The NATO
stabilization force soon started in Kabul and then spread across the
(AP, 4/16/03)(Econ, 3/28/09, p.69)
2003 Apr 16, In Afghanistan
Romanian troops found a large stash of weapons. Two caves there were
stuffed with thousands of rockets and more than 1.25 million rounds
2003 Apr 16, In Jahangir,
Brazil, 4 young men were killed by police in the Borel shantytown on
Rio's poor north side. The community was unanimous that they were
not gang members and had no involvement in crime. More than 800
civilians died from police bullets in Rio during the first eight
months of this year. In 2006 Capt. Marcos Duarte Ramalho was the
third police officer to stand trial and the first to be convicted in
connection with the killings. Two more officers awaited trial for
(AP, 11/10/03)(AP, 10/20/06)
2003 Apr 16, US, Chinese and
North Korean officials announced talks in Beijing to try to resolve
standoff over North's nuclear program.
2003 Apr 16, Leaders of 25
European nations gathered in Athens to sign treaties sweeping away
the 20th century's Iron Curtain divide. The 10 new EU members will
formally join May 1, 2004 following ratification of treaties.
2003 Apr 16, SARS deaths
totaled some 154 with at least 3,412 affected in 22 countries. A
World Health Organization team disclosed that there were unreported
cases of the SARS virus in Beijing's military hospitals and that
investigators have been barred from releasing details.
(SFC, 4/16/03, p.A3)(AP, 4/17/03)
2003 Apr 16, Greek Cypriots
signed a treaty to join the European Union.
(SSFC, 4/27/03, A6)
2003 Apr 16, Scientists
announced that the US military sprayed roughly 1.8 million more
gallons of dioxin-containing herbicides like Agent Orange in Vietnam
(1961-1971) then had been previously estimated. 3,181 villages were
sprayed directly with herbicides. "At least 2.1 million but perhaps
as many as 4.8 million people would have been present during the
2004 Apr 16, Pres. Bush said he
is handing over the lead role in the Iraqi political transition to
the UN's top envoy. Pres. Bush and British PM Tony Blair, meeting in
Washington, endorsed giving the UN broad control over Iraq's
(SFC, 4/17/04, p.A1)(AP, 4/16/05)
2004 Apr 16, On Nov 22, 2005,
London’s Daily Mirror reported that Pres. Bush spoke of targeting
Al-Jazeera's headquarters in Doha, Qatar, when he met PM Blair at
the White House on April 16, 2004. A civil servant was charged under
Britain's Official Secrets Act for allegedly leaking a government
memo that described the meeting.
2004 Apr 16, Videotape
broadcast on the Arab TV station Al-Jazeera showed Army Pvt. 1st
Class Keith M. Maupin, abducted during an attack on a fuel truck
convoy near Baghdad a week earlier. Arab television reported June
29, 2004, that Maupin had been killed; he is listed as missing by
the U.S. military.
2004 Apr 16, California
lawmakers passed legislation aimed at reforming the nation's most
expensive workers' compensation program, a move that businesses
applauded but critics derided as a sellout to insurance companies.
2004 Apr 16, After analyzing
730 confirmed cases of gout from among a group of 47,000 men over 12
years, London researchers demonstrated that drinkers are more likely
to get gout, and that beer is worse and wine is best. Gout is caused
by deposits of crystals of a chemical called uric acid in joints.
Alcohol consumption leads to "hyperuricaemia" -- when the body
produces too much uric acid.
2004 Apr 16, In Afghanistan
suspected Taliban rebels fired rockets and machine-guns at a
checkpoint in a remote southwestern region, killing 8 Afghan
soldiers in a nighttime attack.
2004 Apr 16, In Recife, Brazil,
thousands of militant farmers converged to press the government for
speedier land reform.
2004 Apr 16, Abu Walid,
Saudi-born rebel commander also known as Abdul Aziz al-Ghamdi, was
killed by Russian government forces in Chechnya.
2004 Apr 16, Yu Zhendong, a
fugitive Chinese banker accused of helping embezzle $485 million
from his state-owned bank, was returned to China by U.S.
2004 Apr 16, A Chinese
newspaper reported that China over the last few months had arrested
nearly a dozen military officers — including at least four generals
— on charges of spying for rival Taiwan.
2004 Apr 16, In Chongqing,
China, leaking chlorine gas exploded at a chemical plant, killing at
least 7 people and forcing 150,000 to flee their homes.
(AP, 4/17/04)(WSJ, 4/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 16, In Iraq U.S.
military and civilian officials met with leaders from Fallujah, the
first known direct negotiations between Americans and city
representatives since the siege of Fallujah began April 5.
2004 Apr 16, Two Iraqi
civilians were killed and four wounded when 122 mm rockets fired by
insurgents fell short of a military camp and hit a civilian area.
2004 Apr 16, In Italy Premier
Silvio Berlusconi's corruption trial resumed in Milan.
2004 Apr 16, In Ivory Coast
journalist Guy-Andre Kieffer (b.1949), a dual citizen of France and
Canada, was kidnapped. He was working in the commercial capital,
Abidjan, as an independent journalist, writing articles about
2004 Apr 16, Jose Luis
Rodriguez Zapatero, Spain's young and largely untested Socialist
leader, won parliamentary Friday as prime minister.
2005 Apr 16, Authorities in
Hillsborough County, Fla., found the body of missing 13-year-old
Sarah Michelle Lunde. A suspect, David Lee Onstott, was later
charged with her murder.
2005 Apr 16, It was reported
that Laszlo Kish and Maria King of Texas A&M had devised a new
technique for identifying small quantities of bacteria in minutes
using a combination of virology and microelectronics.
(Econ, 4/16/05, p.70)
2005 Apr 16, A Bangladesh court
sentenced 22 people to death and six others to life in jail for
killing an opposition lawmaker on May 7, 2004. 18 of the accused
were tried and sentenced in absentia.
2005 Apr 16, The Brazilian
government created "Raposa Serra do Sol" reserve in Roraima state,
which borders Venezuela and Guyana. The 1.7-million-hectare
(4.2-million-acre) reserve was set aside for the 15,000 people of
the Macuxi, Taurepang, Wapixana and Ingariko indigenous populations
that had demanded the territory for 30 years.
2005 Apr 16, Actress Kay Walsh
died in London at age 90.
2005 Apr 16, Protesters in
Shanghai threw stones and broke windows at Japan's consulate and
Japanese restaurants as tens of thousands of people defied
government warnings and staged demonstrations against Tokyo's bid
for a permanent UN Security Council seat.
2005 Apr 16, Ecuador’s Pres.
Lucio Gutierrez revoked the one-day-old state of emergency as
thousands of people took to Quito's streets in defiance of the ban
2005 Apr 16, A Finnish mediator
said Aceh rebels and Indonesian government delegates have made a
"breakthrough" at peace talks on the tsunami-ravaged province, and
will continue negotiations in Finland May 26-31.
2005 Apr 16, Indian troops shot
dead 7 Muslim rebels, including 2 commanders of Kashmir's main rebel
group as Pakistani Pres. Pervez Musharraf visited India for the
first time in 4 years.
2005 Apr 16, Bombings around
Iraq killed 24 people. 11 detainees upset about their treatment by
US captors escaped from the military's largest detention center in
Iraq by climbing through a hole in the fence. Armed militants tried
to force their way into Camp Blue Diamond near Ramadi and some
(AP, 4/16/05)(AP, 4/17/05)
2005 Apr 16, Marla Ruzicka
(28), California-based founder of CIVIC (Campaign for Innocent
Victims of Conflict), died in a car bombing in Iraq, where she had
been on and off since the March 2003 invasion began, conducting
door-to-door surveys to determine the number of civilian casualties.
(AP, 4/18/05)(SFC, 4/18/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 16, Lebanon's
president Emile Lahoud named moderate pro-Syrian lawmaker Najib
Mikati (49) as prime minister.
2005 Apr 16, Pakistan's Pres.
Gen. Pervez Musharraf arrived in India to discuss the Kashmir
dispute in an effort to ease five decades of hostility.
2005 Apr 16, Pakistani
authorities seized nearly two tons of morphine worth millions of
dollars from a remote southwestern village near the Afghan border.
2005 Apr 16, Caribbean leaders
in Trinidad inaugurated a court that will serve as the highest
judicial body for much of the region, a step toward shedding their
170-year-old dependence on Britain's Privy Council that many have
resented as a vestige of colonialism.
(AP, 4/16/05)(Econ, 4/16/05, p.34)
2005 Apr 16, Cardinals meeting
at the Vatican destroyed the late Pope John Paul II's ring and lead
seal to formally end his reign.
2005 Apr 16, Yemen's PM
Bajammal said underground religious schools that promote extremist
forms of Islam are drawing in many young students across the
country. He promised to eliminate the underground schools, which he
estimated numbered about 4,000 and drew about 330,000 students.
2006 Apr 16, Kohlberg Kravis
Roberts (KKR), an American private equity firm, announced that it
was buying 85% of Flextronics Software Systems (FSS) for $600
million in cash and $250 million in interest due in 8 years.
(Econ, 4/22/06, p.62)
2006 Apr 16, Stephen Marshall,
a Canadian man suspected of murdering two registered sex offenders
in their Maine homes, took his own life with a gun on a crowded bus
2006 Apr 16, Canada confirmed a
new case of mad cow disease. Canadian cattle ranchers were still
recovering from a two-year ban on their beef in the US.
2006 Apr 16, Chad's Pres. Deby
promised the UN that refugees from Sudan's Darfur region will not be
2006 Apr 16, In Egypt police
fired live ammunition into the air and lobbed tear gas into rioting
crowds of Christians and Muslims in a third day of sectarian
violence in Alexandria. Egyptian police detained 43 university
students on suspicion of membership in the banned Muslim
Brotherhood, the country's largest Islamic fundamentalist group.
2006 Apr 16, A 37-year-old
Ethiopian-born German man suffered life-threatening head and brain
injuries in a beating at a tram stop in Potsdam. On April 19 a
15-strong Nigerian delegation was to check into Potsdam's Voltaire
Hotel and stay for a week, but pulled out after hearing about the
2006 Apr 16, In northern Greece
a passenger train crashed into a truck at a crossing and derailed,
killing four people and injuring at least 40.
2006 Apr 16, In India heavily
armed Maoist rebels (Naxalites) killed 10 police officers in an
attack in eastern Chhattisgarh state. The Maoists, who have bases in
11 of India's 29 states, say they are fighting to restore the rights
of neglected tribes and landless farmers.
2006 Apr 16, State-run
television reported that Iran will give the financially strapped
Palestinian Authority $50 million in aid.
2006 Apr 16, In Iraq 6 people
were killed during a raid as American troops hunted down an al-Qaida
suspect at a safehouse south of Baghdad. In Baghdad, a bomb hidden
in a shopping bag on a minibus killed 4 passengers. A car bombing
near a market in the town of Mahmudiyah, 30 kilometers (20 miles)
south of Baghdad left 10 dead and 25 wounded.
2006 Apr 16, The Rev. Cesar
Torres (42) killed Veronica Andrade Salinas (22), who was pregnant,
at his parish on Mexico City's eastern outskirts. He used a kitchen
knife to cut off her head and hack her body to pieces, which he
packed the pieces into plastic bags and dumped near a cemetery in
Chimalhuacan. The couple had an 18-month-old daughter. Torres
admitted to the murder on April 19.
2006 Apr 16, Nepal's sidelined
political parties called for a massive pro-democracy protest in the
capital on April 20 and urged citizens to stop paying taxes and
utility bills to help bring down the royal government.
2006 Apr 16, Gloria Macapagal
Arroyo, president of the Philippines, said in an Easter announcement
that she would commute the death sentences of some 1,200 convicts,
including about a dozen al-Qaida-linked militants.
2006 Apr 16, Suspected
pro-Taliban militants beheaded two tribesmen in a remote part of
Pakistan for allegedly working for US forces across the border in
2006 Apr 16, In Spain a bus
carrying Boy Scouts overturned on a northern highway, killing at
least four people, including three minors.
2006 Apr 16, In his first
Easter message as pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI urged nations to use
diplomacy to defuse nuclear crises and prayed that Palestinians
would one day have their own state alongside Israel.
2007 Apr 16, Carrie Underwood's
dark hit "Before He Cheats" won video of the year, female video and
best video director at the fan-voted CMT Music Awards.
2007 Apr 16, Shootings in a
dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech left 32 people dead. Two people
died in a dorm room, and 31 others were killed in Norris Hall,
including the gunman, who put a bullet in his head. At least 15
people were hurt, some seriously. Two professors from India and
Israel were among the dead at the Virginia Tech shooting, the
deadliest in US history. The gunman was a South Korean national
named Seung-Hui Cho (23). Cho was an undergraduate student in his
senior year majoring in English who lived on campus. His residence
was in Centerville, Virginia, and he had resident alien status.
Between shootings Seung-Hui took time to e-mail videos, photos and
writings to NBC. Virginia law allowed Cho to buy one gun each month.
In 2009 Lucinda Roy, head of English at Virginia Tech, authored “No
Right To Remain Silent: The Tragedy at Virginia Tech."
(AP, 4/16/07)(AP, 4/17/07)(AFP, 4/17/07)(WSJ,
4/19/07, p.A1)(Econ, 4/21/07, p.27)(Econ, 4/11/09, p.32)
2007 Apr 16, The board
overseeing operations at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International
Airport ruled that taxi drivers who refuse service to travelers
carrying alcohol face tougher penalties despite protests from Muslim
cabbies who sought a compromise for religious reasons.
2007 Apr 16, Robert Cheruiyot
of Kenya won his 3rd Boston Marathon in 2:14:13. Russia’s Lidiya
Grigoryeva won in 2:29:18.
(WSJ, 4/17/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 16, A consortium of
financial companies agreed to acquire Sallie Mae, America’s leading
provider of student loans and administrator of college savings
plans, for $25 billion. In a recent settlement Sallie Mae agree to
adopt a code of conduct and to pay $2 million into a fund to educate
students about loans.
(SFC, 4/17/07, p.B1)(Econ, 4/14/07, p.86)
2007 Apr 16, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber ran onto a police training field in
Kunduz and blew himself up, killing up to 10 policemen and wounding
dozens of others.
2007 Apr 16, Hassan Hattab, the
founder of the group that claimed responsibility for last week's
deadly Algiers bombings, called on militants to put down their
weapons under a government amnesty and stop trying to turn Algeria
into a "second Iraq." Hattab made the comments in a published letter
to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
2007 Apr 16, Indians from
across Brazil pitched black plastic tents in front of government
buildings to demand that officials discuss with them infrastructure
projects they claim could have a negative impact on their ancestral
2007 Apr 16, Thousands of BBC
staff across Britain held a silent vigil to remember its kidnapped
Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston after a Palestinian group said it
had killed him. Johnston was snatched at gunpoint on March 12 as he
returned to his Gaza City home. Johnston was not killed and was
freed on July 4.
(AFP, 4/16/07)(AP, 7/5/07)
2007 Apr 16, Scientists
reported that Britain once had around 25 native species of
bumblebee, but three of those have been wiped out in the past 50
years and 10 more are now severely threatened.
2007 Apr 16, In southwest China
about 450 people, including 135 school students, were hospitalized
after a fertilizer plant discharged a "huge amount" of sulfur
dioxide. A state-run newspaper said China's massive Yangtze river, a
lifeline for tens of millions of people, is seriously polluted and
the damage is almost irreversible.
(AP, 4/16/07)(AFP, 4/18/07)
2007 Apr 16, A top rebel leader
of Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group (ELN) said the group is
ready to "immediately" begin talks to reach a cease-fire with the
2007 Apr 16, Most of Cuba's
leading opposition groups issued a joint statement declaring they
were united in their struggle for peaceful change toward democracy
on the island.
2007 Apr 16, The staff of an
Indian news channel in Mumbai was attacked and its offices ransacked
by dozens of Hindu protestors after it broadcast an interview with a
runaway couple, a teenage Hindu girl and a young Muslim man. In
southern India a passenger train crashed into a minibus carrying
local council officials at an unmanned rail crossing, killing 11
people and injuring another 12 in the vehicle.
(AP, 4/16/07)(Reuters, 4/16/07)
2007 Apr 16, In Iran 2 Swedish
construction workers, who had been convicted of espionage and
imprisoned for taking photographs of military installations, were
released after being pardoned.
2007 Apr 16, Six Iraqi cabinet
ministers loyal to the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr
resigned to protest the prime minister's refusal to set a timetable
for an American withdrawal. In Mosul a university dean, a professor,
a policeman's son and 13 soldiers died near there in attacks that
bore the marks of al-Qaida. In Ramadi US forces mistakenly killed
three Iraqi police officers during a raid targeting al-Qaida in Iraq
members. Thousands of Iraqis upset about poor city services marched
peacefully through the streets of Basra, demanding the provincial
governor's resignation. Nationwide, at least 51 people were killed
or found dead. 3 US soldiers and two Marines were killed. One Marine
died in a "non-hostile incident" while on patrol in western Anbar
(AP, 4/16/07)(AP, 4/17/07)
2007 Apr 16, Four Iraqi men
were blindfolded, shot in the head and dumped in a Baghdad canal. In
2008 the US Army charged 7 soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 18th
Infantry Regiment, for their role in the alleged retribution
killings. In August the Army held Article 32 hearings investigating
the involvement of Staff Sgt. Jess Cunningham and Sgt. Charles
Quigley in the incident. They have been charged with conspiracy to
commit murder. In September, 2008, Spc. Belmor Ramos (23), of
Clearfield, Utah, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder and was
sentenced to seven months in prison and given a dishonorable
discharge. Spc. Steven Ribordy (25) of Salina, Kansas, pleaded
guilty on Oct 1, 2008, to charges of accessory to murder and was
sentenced to eight months in prison. In 2008 Sgt. Michael P. Leahy
Jr. (26) was court-martialed on charges of murder in the killings.
Two remaining soldiers said to be involved in the incident, Sgt.
John E. Hatley (40) and Sgt. 1st Class Joseph P. Mayo (27) faced
charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and obstruction of
justice. On Feb 20, 2009, Leahy was convicted of murder and
sentenced to life in prison. In March 2009 Sgt. Mayo pleaded guilty
to charges of premeditated murder and conspiracy and was sentenced
to 35 years in prison. On April 15, 2009, John Hatley was convicted
of murder. He was sentenced the next day to life in prison with the
possibility of parole. In August the army reduced Hatley’s sentence
to 40 years; the sentences against Leahy and Mayo were reduced to 20
(AP, 9/17/08)(AP, 9/18/08)(AP, 10/2/08)(AP,
11/12/08)(AP, 1/13/09)(AP, 2/20/09)(AP, 3/30/09)(AP, 4/16/09)(AP,
2007 Apr 16, Five young
Japanese were found dead inside a sealed van in an apparent group
2007 Apr 16, A quarter of the
1.5 million women in Mauritania a barren, dune-enveloped country
more than twice the size of Texas, are obese, according to the World
Health Organization. That's lower than the 40 percent of American
women who the WHO says are obese, but surprisingly high in a country
that has not a single fast-food franchise. Obesity is popular across
much of the Arab world. Nomadic peoples struggling to survive the
harsh desert came to prize fatness as a sign of health.
2007 Apr 16, Police found 17
bodies stuffed in cars or dumped on streets in garbage bags across
Mexico in the latest wave of violence apparently triggered by
warring drug gangs.
2007 Apr 16, Nepal's Maoists
demanded that the country immediately scrap the monarchy and declare
itself a republic amid probable delays in an election over the
2007 Apr 16, Nicaraguan police
announced the arrest of more than two dozen local members of
Mexico's powerful Sinaloa drug cartel but said they were still
seeking the group's leader.
2007 Apr 16, Nigeria's Supreme
Court ruled that the country's electoral commission unlawfully
disqualified a top opposition politician once allied with the
president from running to replace his former mentor.
2007 Apr 16, A World Bank study
said that Palestinian industry is "bound to fail" unless Israel
lifts tight restrictions on trade and movement of people and goods
in the Palestinian territories. , The Palestinian information
minister said China and Switzerland said they will deal with the new
Palestinian unity government made up of the moderate Fatah movement
and the Islamic militant Hamas group.
2007 Apr 16, Foreign Minister
Lam Akol said Sudan will accept UN attack helicopters in its Darfur
region as part of a support package for the African Union force
struggling to maintain peace in its vast west. US Deputy Secretary
of State John Negroponte said the janjaweed militia, accused of
widespread atrocities in Darfur, is actively supported by the
2008 Apr 16, The US government
reported plans to begin collecting DNA samples from anyone arrested
by a federal law enforcement agency, a move intended to prevent
violent crime but which also is raising concerns about the privacy
of innocent people.
2008 Apr 16, The US Supreme
Court ruled that the combination of drugs used in the death chambers
of most states does not create a substantial risk of sever pain and
therefore is constitutional.
(SFC, 4/17/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 16, Computer
consultant John Schiefer (26) pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to
raiding hundreds of thousands of computers with spyware to steal
users' identities and commit fraud.
2008 Apr 16, In Colorado
firefighters hoped rain and snow would help them stop wildfires that
blazed through thousands of acres of grass, forced hundreds of
residents to evacuate and left three people dead.
2008 Apr 16, In Oklahoma Custer
County Sheriff Mike Burgess (56) resigned just as state prosecutors
filed 35 felony charges against him, including 14 counts of
second-degree rape, seven counts of forcible oral sodomy and five
counts of bribery by a public official. On March 24, 2009, Burgess
was sentenced to 79 years in prison for forcing drug defendants to
have sex with him.
(AP, 4/18/08)(SFC, 3/25/09, p.A7)
2008 Apr 16, Edward Lorenz
(90), the father of chaos theory, died of cancer. He showed how
small actions could lead to major changes in what became known as
the "butterfly effect."
2008 Apr 16, In southern
Afghanistan 2 NATO soldiers were killed and two others were wounded
in an explosion.
2008 Apr 16, Britain’s PM
Gordon Brown, on the first of a 3-day visit to the US, met with
bankers to discuss solutions to the credit crisis.
(WSJ, 4/17/08, p.A12)
2008 Apr 16, In Cambodia an
attacker hurled a hand grenade into a crowd of people dancing at a
Buddhist temple to celebrate the traditional New Year, killing one
villager and wounding 25.
2008 Apr 16, China’s state
media reported that over the last 2 days police in northeastern
Gansu province have found guns, dynamite, bullets and satellite
receivers hidden in 11 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.
2008 Apr 16, The euro struck an
all-time peak of 1.5969 dollars as eurozone inflation spiked to a
2008 Apr 16, A security
official said Egypt's ruling party has won 92 percent of the votes
in April 8 municipal elections boycotted by the main opposition
group the Muslim Brotherhood.
2008 Apr 16, A military plane
belonging to Equatorial Guinea crashed off its coast with at least
13 people on board. There are no survivors.
2008 Apr 16, Mount Egon volcano
on Flores island in eastern Indonesia spewed ash and smoke 2 1/2
miles into the sky, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of nearby
2008 Apr 16, In western India
at least 44 people, nearly all children heading to school for final
exams, drowned when their bus plunged off a bridge into a canal in
Bodeli, Gujarat state.
2008 Apr 16, The Iraqi
government said 33,121 detainees have been released since a general
amnesty went into effect in February. The US military released
Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein after holding him for
more than two years without filing formal charges. An unmanned US
drone fired two Hellfire missiles at militants attacking Iraqi
soldiers in a Shiite militia stronghold in Basra, killing four of
the gunmen. In Baghdad, clashes between US-backed Iraqi troops and
Shiite militiamen in the Sadr City district killed two men and
wounded 18 others. A mortar shell slammed into a house in eastern
Baghdad, killing at least three civilians and wounding three others.
Gunmen opened fire on a minibus near Muqdadiyah, killing two women
and wounding three men.
2008 Apr 16, Libyan leader
Moamer Kadhafi hailed Russian President Vladimir Putin's official
visit as "historic and strategic" during a state dinner at the Bab
2008 Apr 16, The Malaysian
government shut down the Tamil-language Makkal Osai, or People's
Voice, a newspaper catering to ethnic minority Indians. The next day
the daily's news editor slammed the move as punishment for its
critical coverage of social and political issues.
2008 Apr 16, Palestinian
militants ambushed an Israeli ground force in northern Gaza, killing
three soldiers. The army responded with an airstrike and identified
hitting militants in the Bureij area. Fadel Shana (23) a cameraman
with the Reuters news agency, was struck, along with two bystanders,
as he filmed Israeli tank movements in the distance during the
bloodiest day in Gaza in more than a month. He had been in the area
to film the aftermath of a deadly Israeli airstrike that killed 12
Palestinians, including five children aged 12-15. Israeli airstrikes
left at least 19 Palestinians dead.
(AP, 4/17/08)(SFC, 4/17/08, p.A9)
2008 Apr 16, In Pakistan
runners carried the Olympic flame around the outside of a sports
stadium, an invitation-only event in front of an elite, sparse crowd
with heavy security to deter any anti-China protesters or terrorist
2008 Apr 16, South Korea
dispatched 200 soldiers to chicken farms to slaughter poultry
infected with bird flu, as the government confirmed another outbreak
of the disease.
2008 Apr 16, Turkish warplanes
hit a group of Kurdish rebels reportedly trying to infiltrate Turkey
from the Avasin-Basyan region of northern Iraq. A clash between
Turkish troops and Kurdish rebels near Turkey's southeastern border
with Iraq left a Turkish soldier dead.
2008 Apr 16, President Mugabe's
security forces clamped down hard on unrest during a general strike,
arresting dozens of opposition supporters before the stoppage
fizzled out. A coalition of Zimbabwean doctors said its members had
seen and treated more than 150 patients who had been beaten and
tortured since the elections at the end of March. A court acquitted
an American and a British reporter who had been charged with
covering Zimbabwe's March 29 election without official
(AFP, 4/16/08)(AP, 4/16/08)
2009 Apr 16, President Barack
Obama announced his decision not to prosecute CIA operatives who
used interrogation practices described by many as torture. He
condemned the aggressive techniques, including waterboarding,
shackling and stripping, used on terror suspects while promising not
to legally pursue the perpetrators.
2009 Apr 16, Pres. Obama
committed at least $13 billion to launch a new era of high speed
passenger rail transportation.
(WSJ, 4/17/09, p.A5)
2009 Apr 16, It was reported
that during the past few weeks, at least nine universities have
received gifts totaling more than $45 million, and the schools had
to promise not to try to find out the giver's identity.
2009 Apr 16, PEMGroup with
assets of $4 billion said its board had appointed a special
committee to look into allegations of a Ponzi scheme by money
manager Danny Pang, who temporarily stepped aside while visiting
Taiwan. The SEC soon filed a civil lawsuit against Pang and froze
the assets of his firm, Private Equity Management Group Inc.
(WSJ, 4/17/09, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/28/09, p.A1)
2009 Apr 16, Rosetta Stone, an
American language instruction company, went public. It sold
6,250,000 shares at IPO price of $18. The stock traded as high as
$26.27 before closing at $25.12.
(Econ, 1/5/13, p.52)
2009 Apr 16, In Sacramento,
Ca., a tent city of some 150 homeless people was closed. It had been
around for close to a decade on a strip of land between the American
River and a power company.
(Econ, 4/25/09, p.39)(http://obrag.org/?p=6660)
2009 Apr 16, In California
pharmacy worker Mario Ramirez (50) showed up at the Long Beach
Memorial Medical Center and shot Hugo Bustamante (46) and Kelly
Hales (56) before turning the gun on himself and pulling the
2009 Apr 16, General Growth
Properties Inc, the second largest US mall owner, filed for
bankruptcy protection in one of the biggest real estate failures in
2009 Apr 16, Drug makers
GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Pfizer Inc. said they plan to create a new
company to invest in the research and development of HIV treatments.
2009 Apr 16, In Middletown,
Maryland, Christopher Alan Wood (34) killed his wife (33) and 3
children, then himself, in their home, leaving a gruesome scene that
authorities said was found by the children's' grandfather on April
2009 Apr 16, In Afghan a
policeman was killed and one wounded in Helmand province. 3
"terrorists" were killed while the bomb they were planting on a road
in the Nad Ali district of Helmand went off prematurely. Taliban
militants attacked an Afghan counternarcotics police convoy in the
Shindand district of western Herat province, sparking a battle which
left one policeman dead and two wounded.
2009 Apr 16, Five people were
killed and dozens wounded when a blast tore apart a boat carrying
more than 40 Afghan refugees off Australia's northwest coast. The
Australian Broadcasting Corporation later said it was told the
refugees had doused the boat in petrol to try to force the navy to
land them in Australia and not turn them back to Indonesia, but that
the blast was an accident. On Oct 28 two Indonesian fishermen were
jailed for five years for smuggling the boat full of Afghan
(AFP, 4/20/09)(AFP, 10/28/09)
2009 Apr 16, The British
government promised a multimillion pound investment to try to
jumpstart the market for environmentally friendly electric cars.
(SFC, 4/17/09, p.A2)
2009 Apr 16, Ethiopian
opposition protesters staged a rare demonstration in Addis Ababa,
demanding the release of an official jailed for life in January.
2009 Apr 16, French fishermen
allowed traffic to resume to three English Channel ports after
receiving a government promise of euro4 million ($5.27 million) in
aid, but they vowed to keep up their fight against European fishing
2009 Apr 16, Indians voted in
their tens of millions as the world's largest democracy kicked off
month-long, five-stage elections, with little hope of a clear winner
emerging at the end of it all. Attacks at 14 polling stations left
17 people dead in eastern and central India.
(AFP, 4/16/09)(SFC, 4/17/09, p.A3)
2009 Apr 16, Indonesia's top
court cleared Time Magazine of charges it had defamed former
dictator Suharto in a cover story that alleged his family amassed
billions of dollars during his decades-long rule.
2009 Apr 16, In Iraq a suicide
bomber dressed in an army uniform detonated an explosives belt among
Iraqi soldiers lined up for lunch at a base in Habbaniyah, killing
at least 16 and wounding 50. Officials later maintained no one died
but the attacker. An American Marine died as a result of a noncombat
related incident in western Anbar province.
(AP, 4/16/09)(AP, 4/17/09)
2009 Apr 16, Japan promised to
pledge up to $1 billion in aid for cash-strapped Pakistan at a
donors conference as allies pressed the country for commitments to
fight an Islamist insurgency and implement economic reforms.
2009 Apr 16, Hotel service in
Monaco was limited and casino roulette wheels were expected to stop
spinning as employees in the wealthy Mediterranean principality went
on strike to protest job cuts.
2009 Apr 16, In northern
Nigeria a Canadian woman was seized in the city of Kaduna where she
had been attending an international conference. Julie Mulligan (45)
was freed unharmed in the northern city of Kaduna on April 29.
(AP, 4/18/09)(Reuters, 4/30/09)
2009 Apr 16, UN nuclear
inspectors left North Korea after the hardline communist state
ordered them out and announced plans to restart production of
2009 Apr 16, In Pakistan
Maulana Abdul Azi, the deposed chief cleric of Islamabad's radical
Red Mosque, was freed on bail, nearly two years after he was
captured during a bloody siege. An international human rights group
urged Pakistan to reverse its decision to enforce Islamic law in a
northwestern valley in a peace pact with the Taliban, saying the
deal threatens women and takes the region back to the "Dark Ages."
2009 Apr 16, Russia ordered an
end to its counterterrorism operation in Chechnya, a move that could
lead to the withdrawal of tens of thousands of troops from the
southern republic battered by two separatist wars in the past 15
2009 Apr 16, Sri Lankan troops
backed by helicopter gunships attacked Tamil Tiger defenses in the
northeast, a rebel-allied Web site reported, as international
pressure grew for a new cease-fire to allow civilians to escape the
2009 Apr 16, In Sudan US
Senator John Kerry said after talks with senior officials that
Khartoum would allow some foreign aid to be restored in its western
Darfur region but that it was not sufficient.
2009 Apr 16, Thailand’s former
PM Thaksin was reported to have received a Nicaraguan passport.
(WSJ, 4/16/09, p.A1)
2009 Apr 16, Turkey’s central
bank cut is interest rate to 9.75% from 10.5% in a bid to combat a
record surge in unemployment.
(WSJ, 4/17/09, p.A8)
2010 Apr 16, The US government
accused Wall Street's most powerful firm of fraud, saying Goldman
Sachs & Co. sold mortgage investments without telling the buyers
that the securities were crafted with input from a client who was
betting on them to fail. Lloyd Blankfein, chairman of Goldman Sachs
& Co., called this day: “One of the worst of my professional
life." Fabrice Tourre, a charged employee, denied misleading
investors. Tourre had helped Paulson & Co., a hedge fund, create
a complex security named Abacus out of mortgage-backed bonds in
order the fund to profit from an anticipated collapse in the housing
(AP, 4/17/10)(Econ, 5/1/10, p.77)(Econ, 7/20/13,
2010 Apr 16, US federal
prosecutors in North Carolina charged Gary Jackson, the former
president of Blackwater Worldwide, and 4 other senior company
officials with weapons violations and making false statements. A 15
count indictment charged that they tried to hide purchases of
weapons and trying to hide gifts of expensive weapons to Jordanian
officials as the company tried to win contracts.
(SFC, 4/17/10, p.A5)
2010 Apr 16, US banking
regulators shut down 8 banks, including 2 in northern California, 3
in Florida, one in Washington state, one in Massachusetts, and one
in Michigan, bringing the total this year to 50. In 2009 140 banks
failed in the US compared to 25 in 2008 and 3 in 2007.
(SFC, 4/19/10, p.D3)
2010 Apr 16, Arizona Gov. Jan
Brewer signed into law a bill making Arizona the third state
allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without requiring a
2010 Apr 16, In Oakland, Ca.,
Tian Sheng Yu (59) was beaten to death on the 1800 block of
Telegraph Ave., after he confronted 2 teenagers for punching his son
(27). Suspect Lavonte Drummer (18) turned himself in on April 19 and
suspect Dominic Davis (18) was arrested the same afternoon. Yu died
from his injuries on April 20. On March 27, 2012, both men pleaded
guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
(SFC, 4/21/10, p.A1)(SFC, 3/28/12, p.C5)
2010 Apr 16, Daryl Gates (83),
the blunt former Los Angeles police chief best known for his
handling of the Rodney King beating and 1992 race riots, died.
2010 Apr 16, Renowned
management thinker Coimbatore Krishnarao Prahalad (b.1941), aka
C.K., died in San Diego. His books included “Competing for the
Future" (1996), which was co-written with his former pupil, Gary
Hamel and “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating
Poverty Through Profits" (2004).
(Econ, 4/24/10, p.69)
2010 Apr 16, Argentina offered
to swap defaulted bonds at a third of their nominal value in a bid
to regain access to financial markets after defaulting on them in
2001. The proposed restructuring involves 20 billion dollars in debt
and nine billion dollars in interest accumulated since 2005 and
should be completed within 40 days.
2010 Apr 16, Brazil arrested
Nestor Caro Chapparro, said to be one of Colombia's top four drug
traffickers. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has
accused Chapparro of smuggling more than 5,000 kg of cocaine from
Brazil to the US in the late 1990s.
2010 Apr 16, A judge in the
capital of Brasilia reversed a decision to suspend contract bidding
scheduled for next week and also overturned the suspension of the
environmental license for the 11,000-megawatt Belo Monte dam.
2010 Apr 16, Officials in the
Central African Republic said armed attackers have shot dead a
soldier escorting electoral commission staff.
2010 Apr 16, A Chinese court
jailed three people who posted material on the Internet to help an
illiterate woman pressure authorities to reinvestigate her
daughter's death, in a trial that attracted scores of supporters.
2010 Apr 16, Volcanic ash
blanketed parts of rural Iceland and left a widening arc of grounded
aircraft across Europe, as thousands of planes stayed on the tarmac
to avoid the hazardous cloud. Travel chaos engulfed major European
cities and the UN warned of possible health risks from falling ash.
2010 Apr 16, A German court
convicted ultraconservative British Bishop Richard Williamson of
incitement for denying the Holocaust in a television interview. The
court ordered the Roman Catholic bishop to pay a fine of euro10,000
2010 Apr 16, In eastern Haiti 4
soldiers died in the fiery crash of a Spanish military helicopter in
the rugged mountains of the Fond Verrettes area.
2010 Apr 16, India banned some
phone users in insurgency-hit Kashmir from sending SMS text
messages, causing anger on the streets and provoking the wrath of
the volatile region's chief minister. Kashmir chief minister Omar
Abdullah termed the ban "harassment."
2010 Apr 16, Renault announced
that it has pulled out of a joint venture with Indian car
manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra, which produced its first car for
the growing South Asian market, the Logan.
2010 Apr 16, In Iran cleric
Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, the acting prayer leader of Tehran, said
women who wear immodest clothing and behave promiscuously are to
blame for earthquakes.
(SFC, 4/20/10, p.A4)
2010 Apr 16, Israeli troops
killed a Palestinian militant along the border fence between Israel
and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip as he planted a bomb along the
fence. Palestinian residents and the Israeli military said Jewish
settlers vandalized property overnight in the Palestinian village of
Jen Safout in the West Bank. Raed Hamad (27), a Palestinian
prisoner, died in an Israeli prison. he had been in solitary
confinement for the last 18 months. Lawyer Tareq Barghouth said his
client required psychological help but none was provided during his
five years in detention.
(AP, 4/16/10)(AP, 4/17/10)
2010 Apr 16, Lebanese residents
dismantled a barbed wire fence set up by Israeli troops in a
disputed border area, leading to a call for restraint by UN
peacekeepers in the tense region. Army clashes with a powerful clan
in the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek wounded 10 people, including
2010 Apr 16, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber attacked a hospital emergency room where Shiite
Muslims were mourning a slain bank manager, killing 10 people
including a journalist and two policemen in Quetta. A suspected US
missile strike killed four alleged militants in the Toorkhel area in
(AP, 4/16/10)(AP, 4/17/10)
2010 Apr 16, In South Africa 7
suspects waived their right to bail in a case in which they are
accused of recruiting women and at least one 16-year-old from across
South Africa and bringing them to Ermelo, where they were treated
like slaves and forced into prostitution.
2011 Apr 16, A report by three
US House Democrats said millions of gallons of potentially hazardous
chemicals and known carcinogens were injected into wells by leading
oil and gas service companies from 2005-2009.
2011 Apr 16, Vicious storms and
howling winds smacked the deep South, killing at least 7 people in
Alabama including three family members whose homes were tossed into
nearby woods. Combined with earlier reported fatalities in Arkansas
and Oklahoma, the confirmed death toll over 3 days rose to 16.
2011 Apr 16, In Sarasota,
Florida, British tourists James Cooper (25) and Thomas Kouzaris (24)
were found shot to death. A boy (16) was soon charged with the
killing. On March 28 Shawn Tyson (17) was sentenced to life in
(SFC, 4/19/11, p.A4)(SFC, 3/29/12, p.A7)
2011 Apr 16, In Oak Harbor,
Ohio, deputies found the bodies of Alan Atwater (31), his wife Dawn
(30), and their 3 children, ages 1-4, all dead with gunshot wounds.
Atwater had just called 911 to say he had killed his wife and 3
children and was getting ready to kill himself.
(SSFC, 4/17/11, p.A10)
2011 Apr 16, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai and visiting Pakistani PM Yusuf Raza Gilani agreed to
boost joint peace efforts with Taliban insurgents. In eastern
Laghman province a suicide bomber wearing an Afghan army uniform
blew himself up inside a military base, killing five NATO soldiers
and four Afghan soldiers. Two bomb blasts in the south killed three
(AFP, 4/16/11)(AP, 4/16/11)(AP, 4/17/11)
2011 Apr 16, Bahrain detained
Mohammed al-Tajer, a human rights lawyer, and at least two doctors
as part of a crackdown on pro-democracy protestors in the Gulf Arab
kingdom. Tareq al-Fursani, a gold medalist in several Asian
championships, was arrested at his home in a village east of the
(Reuters, 4/16/11)(Reuters, 4/17/11)
2011 Apr 16, Burkina Faso
police in the capital fired tear gas on thousands of angry merchants
protesting a second night of looting by soldiers, the latest of
several recent episodes of unrest in the small West African nation.
2011 Apr 16, Several thousand
Croats protested against The Hague convicting two former Croatian
generals whose trial was a condition of Croatia's attempt to join
the European Union.
2011 Apr 16, Cuba kicked off a
crucial 4-day Communist Party congress with a big military and
civilian parade to mark 50 years since the defeat of CIA-backed
exiles at the Bay of Pigs. Pres. Raul Castro (79) proposed term
limits for Cuba's leaders, admitted that errors have left the
country with no obvious successor and promised to rejuvenate the
island's political class.
(AP, 4/16/11)(AP, 4/17/11)
2011 Apr 16, Leavy Nin Batista
(33), the ex-wife of a reputed Caribbean drug kingpin, was returned
to the Dominican Republic to face accusations she laundered money
for her former husband's alleged trafficking network. Jose Figueroa
Agosto, the so-called "Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean," was captured
last year in Puerto Rico. On May 9 Batista acknowledged her guilt in
a plea deal with prosecutors.
(AP, 4/17/11)(AP, 5/10/11)
2011 Apr 16, An Egyptian court
ordered the dissolving of the country's former ruling party and the
confiscation of its assets, meeting a major demand of the protest
movement that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
2011 Apr 16, In India Brigadier
Sawai Bhawani Singh (79), the last maharaja of Jaipur, died. Singh
served as the maharaja or hereditary ruler of Jaipur after his
father Sawai Man Singh's death in June 1970.
2011 Apr 16, A senior Iranian
military official said experts have determined the United States and
Israel were behind a mysterious computer worm known as Stuxnet that
has harmed Iran's nuclear program.
2011 Apr 16, In Iraq gunmen
late at night stormed the home of a Shiite family living in a mostly
Sunni neighborhood of Baghdad and killed all four family members.
2011 Apr 16, Ivory Coast
officials began drawing up a list of ministers, generals and
journalists to be charged with blood crimes, corruption and hate
speech, as shooting erupted between residual forces of a pro-Gbagbo
militia and forces of democratically elected President Ouattara.
2011 Apr 16, TEPCO, the
Japanese operator of a stricken nuclear plant, said it has started
dumping a mineral into the sea that absorbs radioactive substances,
aiming to slow down contamination of the ocean.
2011 Apr 16, A strong
earthquake of magnitude 5.8 hit central Japan.
2011 Apr 16, In Libya forces
loyal to Muammar Gaddafi fired at least 100 Grad rockets into
Misrata, in a third day of heavy bombardment of the rebel-held city.
A rights watchdog said Kadhafi's forces were using cluster bombs.
Rebels made it into the outskirts of Brega but many fled back to
Ajdabiyah after six were killed by rockets fired by Gaddafi
loyalists on the exposed coastal road joining the two towns.
(Reuters, 4/16/11)(AP, 4/16/11)(AFP,
2011 Apr 16, Nigeria held
elections on whether to keep their accidental president, Goodluck
Jonathan, in power. An explosion hit a police station in the
northeastern city of Maiduguri just as presidential elections were
(AP, 4/16/11)(Reuters, 4/16/11)
2011 Apr 16, A Qatari
state-controlled gas producer said it has agreed to send Japan more
than 60 extra tanker shipments of liquefied natural gas to help
power the Asian nation in the wake of its tsunami disaster.
2011 Apr 16, In the Philippines
army Scout Rangers encountered about 15 Abu Sayyaf gunmen in a
remote village of Al Barka township on Basilan island. The clash
killed 2 al-Qaida-linked gunmen and left three soldiers wounded.
2011 Apr 16, In Serbia tens of
thousands of nationalist supporters demanded the pro-Western
government call early elections in Serbia at a rally, as their
leader announced he was launching a hunger strike until the request
is met. Tomislav Nikolic ended his hunger strike on April 24.
(AP, 4/16/11)(AP, 4/24/11)
2011 Apr 16, Spain’s labor
minister warned in a published interview that the number of
unemployed could reach a record of more than five million. Spain
already had the highest jobless rate among developed countries.
2011 Apr 16, Thousands of
Syrians took to the streets for the funeral of a slain protester,
shouting for freedom just hours before President Bashar Assad was
expected to appear in a televised speech. Assad spoke to government
insiders acknowledging economic woes.
(AP, 4/16/11)(Econ, 4/23/11, p.49)
2011 Apr 16, Thousands of
Yemenis demonstrated against the president after he criticized the
participation of women in anti-government protests.
2012 Apr 16, Jim Yong Kim, a
Korean-American physician and head of Dartmouth College, NH, was
appointed to head the World Bank. Challenger and Nigerian Finance
Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala congratulated Kim, but called for
changes to the US-dominated selection process.
(AFP, 4/16/12)(Econ, 4/21/12, p.87)
2012 Apr 16, In San Francisco
the annual Goldman Environmental Prizes were presented 6
individuals. They included Sofia Gatica of Argentina work on
diseases related to agrochemicals; Caroline Canon of Alaska for her
village efforts against oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean; Ma Jun of
China for his efforts on air and water violations by major
manufacturers; Ikal Angelei of Kenya for her efforts to protect Lake
Turkana; Evgenia Chirikova of Russia for her efforts to protect the
Khimki Forest; and Father Edwin Gariguez of the Philippines for
advocating against mining developments on indigenous lands.
(SFC, 4/16/12, p.A10)
2012 Apr 16, The space shuttle
Discovery was flown on its final journey to Washington’s Smithsonian
(SFC, 4/17/12, p.A6)
2012 Apr 16, In Afghanistan an
18-hour attack, allegedly carried out by Pakistan-based militants on
targets in the Afghan capital, including the US Embassy, ended today
killing 11 people. 36 insurgents were also killed. A gunman arrested
in the attacks told authorities the simultaneous strikes in Kabul
and three other cities were carried out by the Haqqani network.
2012 Apr 16, Argentina’s
President Cristina Fernandez pushed forward a bill to renationalize
the country's largest oil company despite fierce criticism from
abroad and the risk of a major rift with Spain.
2012 Apr 16, Australia said it
will lift sanctions against Myanmar's president and more than 200
others who are currently under travel and financial bans, after a
series of reforms in the past year.
2012 Apr 16, In northeastern
Brazil inmates armed with guns and knives seized control of the
Advogado Antonio Jacinto Filho prison in Aracaju. They took 80
visitors and 2 guards hostage. The uprising ended after 26 hours and
131 hostages were released after officials agreed to investigate
(SFC, 4/17/12, p.A2)(SFC, 4/18/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 16, The Canadian mint
launched glow-in-the-dark quarters. They featured a dinosaur whose
skeleton shines at night from beneath its scaly hide. The mintage
was limited to 25,000, and would cost collectors $29.95.
2012 Apr 16, Half of England
was officially in drought after the Environment Agency declared
another 17 counties short of water, and warned the situation may
continue until the end of the year.
2012 Apr 16, Cameroon police
arrested former PM Inoni Ephraim (2004-200) as part of an
investigation into corruption. Former minister Marafa Amidou Yaya
was also taken into custody in relation to alleged misuse of public
funds that had been meant for a presidential airplane, purchased at
great expense in 2004 and which turned out to have serious technical
2012 Apr 16, A strong
magnitude-6.7 earthquake shook central Chile late today, prompting
authorities to order the evacuation of a stretch of coastline and
causing hundreds of people in the capital to flee buildings in
panic. A least one death was attributed to the quake.
2012 Apr 16, In Denmark Arnold
Maersk McKinney Moeller (98), the country’s richest man, died. He
turned two small shipping companies that his father had created into
a global giant with 108,000 workers across 130 countries.
(SFC, 4/17/12, p.C4)
2012 Apr 16, In East Timor 2
former guerrilla leaders vied for the presidency. Jose Maria
Vasconcelos, known by his nom de guerre, Taur Matan Ruak, received
61% of the vote defeating Francisco "Lu Olo" Guterres.
(AP, 4/16/12)(AP, 4/17/12)
2012 Apr 16, Equatorial
Guinea's public prosecutor launched a probe into whether Daniel
Lebegue, the head of the French wing of corruption watchdog
Transparency International, slandered the country.
2012 Apr 16, Haiti, the United
States and international partners launched a nationwide vaccination
campaign seeking to curb or prevent infectious diseases.
2012 Apr 16, Sex experts urged
Hong Kongers to strip off their reputation as some of the least
active lovers in Asia to get more out of their sex lives and
overcome challenges of privacy in a cramped city.
2012 Apr 16, Iran officially
launched a $1-billion first phase of an ambitious project to pump
water from the Caspian Sea to a city in its vast and expanding
2012 Apr 16, Oil prices slipped
after nuclear talks over the weekend between major crude producer
Iran and world powers eased concerns over Middle East supplies.
2012 Apr 16, In Iraq gunmen
shot dead four Shiite farmers working in an orchard in the
predominantly Sunni village of Rashidiyah, just north of Baghdad.
2012 Apr 16, Kenyan priest John
Webootsa was awarded a French-German human rights prize for his work
in Korogocho slum, one of the most overcrowded slums in Kenya.
2012 Apr 16, In Norway Anders
Behring Breivik admitted to the July 22, 2011, bomb-and-shooting
massacre that killed 77 people but pleaded not guilty to criminal
charges, saying he was acting in self-defense.
2012 Apr 16, Sudan's parliament
voted unanimously to brand the government of South Sudan an enemy,
after southern troops invaded the north's main oilfield. The Sudan
Media Center reported that Sudan's army took control of Mugum, a
stronghold of the southern army in Blue Nile state. Officials said
clashes have spread along the border of Sudan and South Sudan.
Sudan's military bombed an oil well outside Heglig.
(AFP, 4/16/12)(AP, 4/16/12)(AP, 4/17/12)
2012 Apr 16, Syrian forces
fought with rebels in Idlib and shelled Homs, hours after UN
peacekeepers arrived to oversee a truce aimed at ending a year of
bloodshed. At least 26 people were reported killed. The Local
Coordination Committees said at least 55 people were killed,
including 26 in Idlib.
(AFP, 4/16/12)(AP, 4/17/12)
2012 Apr 16, Taiwan kicked off
its biggest annual war game, testing its ability to defend of the
capital Taipei against a Chinese attack and ward off a blockade of
its main naval base.
2012 Apr 16, The UN Security
Council tightened sanctions against North Korea over its failed
rocket launch and warned of new "action" if the isolated state
stages a new nuclear test.
2012 Apr 16, In Yemen a
suspected US drone strike late today in the southeastern Shabwa
province killed five Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants.
2012 Apr 16, In southern
Zimbabwe at least 21 people were killed early today when a speeding
bus overturned while traveling towards Beitbridge.
2012 Apr 16, Zimbabwean police
arrested a journalist from New Zealand for reporting without
accreditation. Hammond Robin Nicholas (37) was arrested together
with Zimbabwean charity worker Bertha Chiguvare (31) in the border
town of Beitbridge.
2013 Apr 16, A letter was
intercepted in Washington DC, postmarked from Memphis and mailed to
Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker's office. It contained the
toxic substance ricin, forcing the temporary closure of a Senate
post office and prompting a federal investigation.
(SFC, 4/18/13, p.A9)
2013 Apr 16, Rhode Island held
a gun buy-back day and netted 186 firearms.
(Econ, 4/27/13, p.31)
2013 Apr 16, In Texas Kim Lene
Williams, the wife of a former judge, was arrested. She confessed to
being involved in the shooting deaths of Kaufman County
District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia, and one of his
prosecutors, Mark Hasse.
2013 Apr 16, In Afghanistan
insurgents ambushed a convoy of trucks in Wardak province, killing
five members of a government guard force. 6 Afghan soldiers, two
officers and four enlisted men, were shot to death on a main highway
that crosses Jowzjan province.
(AP, 4/16/13)(AP, 4/17/13)
2013 Apr 16, Bahrain police
raided a boys' high school in Manama and fired tear gas in clashes
with students angry over the arrest of fellow student Hassan Humidan
(17) the day before.
2013 Apr 16, Belgian police
conducted searches at 46 locations over the recruitment of fighters
to help rebels trying to overthrow Syrian leader Bashar Assad.
2013 Apr 16, China's defense
ministry made a thinly veiled attack on the United States for
increasing tensions in the Asia-Pacific by ramping up its military
presence and alliances in the region.
2013 Apr 16, An Egyptian court
sentenced policeman Osama el-Kounayassi to 15 years imprisonment for
manslaughter for torturing an ultraconservative Salafi Muslim to
death. The Salafi was arrested along with other suspects in the
aftermath of the bombing on Jan 1, 2011, when at least 21
worshippers were killed while leaving a New Year's Eve mass in
2013 Apr 16, In Egypt gunmen
opened fire on a security convoy in central Sinai, killing a police
lieutenant and seriously injuring another policeman before fleeing.
2013 Apr 16, A European court
blocked Britain from extraditing a mentally ill suspect accused of
trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon. The European
Court of Human Rights ruled that sending Haroon Aswat to a prison in
the United States would breach his human rights due to the "severity
of his mental condition." Aswat was arrested on a US warrant in
2005, and has been fighting extradition ever since.
2013 Apr 16, EU officials said
that over 7,000 tests of food products across the EU have shown that
nearly 5% of food labeled as beef contained horse meat.
(SFC, 4/17/13, p.A2)
2013 Apr 16, A 7.7 earthquake,
described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than half a century,
flattened homes and offices on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan
border, killing at least 34 people in in a single village in
Pakistan and swaying skyscrapers and buildings as far away as New
2013 Apr 16, In Iraq a car bomb
went off targeting an army patrol north of Baghdad, killing 2
soldiers and wounding 7 people, 5 of them civilians. Another car
bomb exploded near a car repair shops in Aziziyah town, killing 7
people with 20 wounded.
2013 Apr 16, A majority of
Irish public sector workers rejected a new pay deal and warned the
government against unilaterally cutting wages, giving it a headache
as it seeks to exit an EU-IMF bailout later this year.
2013 Apr 16, Nigerian
prosecutors filed criminal charges against journalists Tony Amokeodo
and Chibuzo Ukaibe over a story they published on alleged plans by
the nation's presidency to disrupt opposition parties. The charges
are a sign of growing government pressure on the media.
2013 Apr 16, North Korea issued
new threats against South Korea, vowing "sledge-hammer blows" of
retaliation if South Korea did not apologize for anti-North Korean
protests the previous day when the North was celebrating the birth
of its founding leader.
2013 Apr 16, Pakistani judges
disqualified Pervez Musharraf from running in the upcoming
parliamentary election. The former military ruler recently returned
from self-imposed exile to make a political comeback.
2013 Apr 16, In southwest
Pakistan a bomb in Baluchistan province hit a convoy of vehicles
carrying a candidate in the country's upcoming parliamentary
election, killing three people and wounding seven others. In the
northwest bomb targeting members of an anti-Taliban political party
killed four people and wounded 20 in Peshawar.
2013 Apr 16, Syria's Pres.
Assad slashed prison terms by three quarters for an unspecified
number of rebels convicted as "terrorists," as rebels and troops
fought fierce battles in the country's south and north.
2013 Apr 16, The UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights said the security situation in Central
African Republic is deteriorating and expressed concern about "a
wide range of alleged grave violations" including rape, torture,
kidnappings and targeted killings.
2013 Apr 16, Venezuela's chief
prosecutor said that 7 people have been killed and 61 injured in
widespread protests following presidential elections in which the
opposition candidate is demanding a recount. Diosdado Cabello,
speaker of the Natioanl Assembly, said legislators who do not
recognize Maduro as president would not be allowed to speak.
(AP, 4/16/13)(Econ, 4/20/13, p.40)
2014 Apr 16, Aaron Kushner,
head of Freedom Communications Inc., launched the Los Angeles
Register, an expansion of his Orange County Register.
2014 Apr 16, A Kentucky jury
convicted James Schook (66), a former Catholic priest, of three
counts of sodomy in a case stemming from the 1970s.
2014 Apr 16, US District Judge
Daniel Hovland overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions when
a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into
pregnancy, and before many women know they’re pregnant. On May 14
the state filed an appeal on the ruling.
(SFC, 4/17/14, p.A5)(SFC, 5/15/14, p.A7)
2014 Apr 16, A US federal judge
said Ohio officials must immediately recognized the same-sex
marriages of four couples who sued over the state’s gay marriage
(SFC, 4/17/14, p.A5)
2014 Apr 16, In Texas Jose
Villegas (39) was executed for fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend,
her young son and her mother 13 years earlier in Corpus Christi.
(SFC, 4/17/14, p.A5)
2014 Apr 16, The ultra-deep
Angolan offshore oil project called Kaombo generated the third huge
contract in three days when French group Total picked two firms to
carry out underwater engineering worth $3.5 billion.
2014 Apr 16, In Afghanistan a
group of policemen were kidnapped while travelling in civilian
clothes. The Taliban soon claimed to have killed at least 4 of them
in Wardak province.
(SFC, 4/17/14, p.A2)(SFC, 4/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 16, British food bank
operator Trussell Trust reported that the number of people in
Britain using food banks has nearly tripled to more than 900,000
over the past 12 months.
2014 Apr 16, An Egyptian court
sentenced 119 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood of former
president Mohamed Mursi to three years each in prison in connection
with protests last October 6 against his overthrow. Hazem Salah
Abu-Ismail, an ultraconservative Islamist and ally of ousted
President Morsi, was convicted of forging official documents to
conceal that his mother was a US citizen, receiving a seven-year
(Reuters, 4/16/14)(AP, 4/16/14)
2014 Apr 16, Jacques Servier
(92), the founder of France's second-largest pharmaceutical group,
died. He and his lab were ensnared in a scandal in which the
diabetes drug Mediator was alleged to be responsible for the deaths
of hundreds of people.
2014 Apr 16, In southern India
6 people were burned to death and another 12 seriously injured early
today when a bus caught fire in Karanataka state.
2014 Apr 16, In Iraq two
suicide bombers rammed their explosives-laden cars into security
checkpoints leading to the military operation command in the city of
Ramadi, killing 5 soldiers and 3 police officers.
2014 Apr 16, Japanese small-car
maker Suzuki Motor Corp said it will introduce an affordable,
simplified gas-electric hybrid technology in its cars, joining
rivals in the race for fuel efficiency.
2014 Apr 16, Mt. Gox said the
Tokyo District Court decided the company, which was a trading
platform and storehouse for the bitcoin virtual currency, would not
be able to resurrect itself under a business rehabilitation process
filed for in February.
2014 Apr 16, Jordanian
warplanes hit and destroyed several vehicles trying to cross the
border from Syria. The targets appeared to have been Syrian rebels
with machine guns mounted on civilian vehicles who were seeking
refugee from fighting with government forces.
2014 Apr 16, In northeastern
Nigeria suspected Islamic militants struck for a fourth time in
three days, killing 18 people in Wala, Gwoza district.
2014 Apr 16, Dozens of
Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli police that
erupted when Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound was
opened to Jewish visitors.
2014 Apr 16, In the Philippines
at least 5 people including a 2-year-old boy were killed and 15
others were injured when a passenger bus rammed a stalled truck
along the highway in eastern Camarines Sur province.
2014 Apr 16, Slovak police said
they have arrested two men after they allegedly produced counterfeit
Czech and Swiss banknotes of "exceptionally" high quality and spent
at least 1.2 million koruna ($60,000) of the fake cash in shopping
malls over the past three years.
2014 Apr 16, South Africa's
central bank fined four of the country's biggest commercial banks
for weak controls against money laundering and financing for
2014 Apr 16, In South Korea
some 274 people were missing after the sinking of the Sewol
passenger ferry in the Yellow Sea. It carried 475 passengers and
crew, mostly high school students from Danwon High School in Ansan,
on an overnight trip to Jeju island. Only 174 were rescued. On July
18 the confirmed death toll was 294 with 10 still missing. A body
recovered on Oct 28 raised the toll to 295.
(AP, 4/16/14)(AP, 4/17/14)(SSFC, 4/20/14,
p.A4)(Econ, 4/19/14, p.37)(AFP, 7/18/14)(AP, 10/28/14)
2014 Apr 16, Syrian military
airstrikes killed at least four people in Zabadani, a rebel-held
town along the Lebanese border.
2014 Apr 16, In Ukraine a
column of 6 armored vehicles flying Russian flags drove into
Slovyansk, a city controlled by pro-Russian insurgents. Ukraine's
defense ministry said pro-Russia separatists had seized the six
armored personnel carriers from Ukrainian armed forces with the help
of Russian agents. Ukraine's security service said it had
intercepted communications showing that Russian commanders in the
separatist east had issued pro-Kremlin militants with
(AP, 4/16/14)(Reuters, 4/16/14)(AP, 4/16/14)
2014 Apr 16, The United Nations
and aid groups launched an appeal for $274 million to help people
who have fled the Central African Republic because of the sectarian
2015 Apr 16, Pres. Obama signed
legislation permanently changing how Medicare pays doctors.
(SFC, 4/17/15, p.A6)
2015 Apr 16, Washington state
Auditor Troy Kelley pleaded not guilty to an indictment that charged
him with filing false tax returns, attempting to obstruct a lawsuit
and possessing more than $1 million in stolen property related to
his former business.
(SFC, 4/18/15, p.A5)
2015 Apr 16, Apple said it is
investing in Chinese solar power and preserving forests that make
environmentally friendly paper.
2015 Apr 16, Angola police
raided the Seventh Day Light of the World Church in central Huambo
province. Police said 13 civilians and 9 policemen were killed
during the raid that led to the arrest of sect leader Jose Julino
Kalupeteka. The opposition party, UNITA later accused the police of
2015 Apr 16, British
prosecutors said they will not charge former lawmaker Greville
Janner (86) with alleged sex crimes due to his severe dementia. More
than a dozen people had accused Janner of abusing them in the
1960s-1980s. Janner died on Dec 19, days after a court ruled him
unfit because of ill health to stand trial.
(SFC, 4/17/15, p.A2)(AP, 12/20/15)
2015 Apr 16, Recent satellite
images from Airbus Defense and Space were published showing China
has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for
military use in contested territory in the South China Sea's Spratly
Islands and may be planning another.
2015 Apr 16, In Cameroon Boko
Haram militants killed 19 people in attacks on two villages on the
northern border with Nigeria. Most of the victims were beheaded.
(AP, 4/17/15)(AFP, 4/18/15)
2015 Apr 16, Stanislav Gross
(45), who became the Czech Republic's youngest prime minister, died.
Gross became premier at the age of 34 in July 2004 and took over as
chairman of the leftist Social Democrats. He resigned nine months
later after weeks of political crisis sparked by a scandal over the
financing of his luxury apartment.
2015 Apr 16, In Ecuador Clever
Jimenez, a congressman for a left-wing party, was sentenced to 18
months in jail for accusing Pres. Corea of responsibility for 5
deaths during a police mutiny on Sep 30, 2010.
(http://tinyurl.com/p59shbz)(Econ, 8/1/15, p.32)
2015 Apr 16, An Egyptian
soldier was killed and three others wounded when a roadside bomb hit
an armored vehicle in the Northern Sinai.
2015 Apr 16, France's top
administrative court overturned a ban on the display in a pastry
shop of "racist" cakes in the shape of a naked man and woman coated
in dark chocolate.
2015 Apr 16, Italian police
said they had arrested 15 African migrants after witnesses said they
had thrown 12 passengers overboard following a brawl between Muslims
and Christians on a boat heading to Italy. Four survivors told
Italian police that their inflatable vessel carrying 45 people sank
on the crossing from Libya.
2015 Apr 16, In Pakistan Debra
Lobo (55), an American teacher, was shot in the head and critically
wounded in an apparent terrorist attack in Karachi.
(SFC, 4/17/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 16, Russia plans to
build its own orbiting space station by 2023, President Vladimir
Putin said during a marathon call-in session with the nation. Russia
and NASA recently agreed to keep operating and financing the
International Space Station at least until 2024.
2015 Apr 16, Russian masked
police raided the Moscow offices of a civil society organization
funded by former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Police said they
suspected the group, Open Russia, was preparing banners, leaflets
and posters that contained calls for "extremist activity" and
planned to distribute them at an opposition protest April 19, which
2015 Apr 16, Saudi Arabia's
stock market regulator said foreign investors will be allowed to
trade shares on the oil-rich kingdom's exchange beginning on June
2015 Apr 16, South African
police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse a crowd of
anti-immigrant protesters in an eastern suburb of Johannesburg.
2015 Apr 16, In Ukraine
activist Oles Buzyna (45), known for his pro-Russian views, was
gunned down in broad daylight in Kiev. Buzyna was a key witness in a
criminal case related to pro-Russian activists who in early 2014
attacked the pro-Western protests on Kiev's main square.
2015 Apr 16, The Vatican
unexpectedly ended its controversial takeover of the main umbrella
group of US nuns. A six-year row between activist American nuns
(LCWR) and Vatican officials, who had branded them radical
feminists, ended with the nuns conceding to demands that they keep
within the doctrine of the Roman Catholic church. The umbrella group
“Leadership Conference of Women Religious" represented 80 percent of
(AP, 4/16/15) (Reuters,
2015 Apr 16, In central Yemen
heavy fighting broke out in and around Taiz, pitting an army brigade
and tribesmen against the Shi'ite Houthi militia and allied army
units. In the south Al Qaeda seized control of the Riyan airport
outside Mukalla as well as the city’s seaport and oil terminal.
(Reuters, 4/16/15)(SFC, 4/17/15, p.A2)
2016 Apr 16, The US Pentagon
said nine more prisoners have been released from Guantanamo Bay and
sent to Saudi Arabia for resettlement. 80 prisoners were now left
including 26 men cleared and expected to be released by the end of
(SSFC, 4/17/16, p.A3)
2016 Apr 16, Bernie Sanders, US
Democratic presidential hopeful, held a private meeting with Pope
Francis just before the pope traveled to meet migrants on the Greek
island of Lesbos.
2016 Apr 16, Afghan security
forces drove back Taliban insurgents attacking areas around the
northern city of Kunduz, after heavy fighting overnight in which 40
Taliban fighters were killed and around 50 wounded.
2016 Apr 16, In Burundi 4
members of the country's ruling party were killed in an attack in
continuing violence associated with the extended tenure of Pres.
2016 Apr 16, In Ecuador a
magnitude 7.8 earthquake killed 660 people, caused devastation in
coastal towns and left an unknown number trapped in ruins. More than
700 aftershocks soon followed.
(Reuters, 4/17/16)(AFP, 4/23/16)(SFC, 5/17/16,
2016 Apr 16, In southern Egypt
8 people were killed when a vehicle crashed into a passing train in
2016 Apr 16, French President
Francois Hollande arrived in Beirut at the start of a regional tour
that will take him to Egypt and Jordan.
2016 Apr 16, The French and
German foreign ministers arrived in Libya for talks with the head of
the unity government Fayaz Seraj to offer support as he seeks to
stabilize the North African state.
2016 Apr 16, French police
arrested twenty-two people in Paris during overnight clashes at a
demonstration over labor reforms seen as threatening workers'
2016 Apr 16, Pope Francis
brought a message of hope to thousands of people facing expulsion
from Greece as he slammed the world community for failing to end the
wars fueling the crisis. Francis returned hom with three families of
(AFP, 4/16/16)(Reuters, 4/16/16)
2016 Apr 16, Just 41 people
were saved by a passing merchant ship and brought to Greece. Up to
500 people are believed to have died, when an overcrowded boat sank
in the southern Mediterranean.
2016 Apr 16, Conservationists
said representatives from 13 Asian countries, meeting in New Delhi
this week, have agreed to do more to protect tiger habitats.
(SFC, 4/16/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 16, Iraqi lawmakers
postponed a vote to oust speaker Selim al-Jabouri after failing to
reach a quorum in their second failed attempt this week, part of a
stalled effort to remove top officials who the parliamentarians
accuse of failing to combat corruption and mismanagement.
2016 Apr 16, In southern Japan
a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed at least 32 people just two days
after a 6.2 quake. The death from the two quakes rose to 41 and
scores of people were feared buried alive. 11 people remained
(AFP, 4/16/16)(Reuters, 4/17/16)
2016 Apr 16, Mali's special
forces arrested Alou Doumbia (32), the suspected "Number Two" of a
group of Islamists accused of carrying out an attack last month on
Ivory Coast's Grand Bassam resort that left 19 dead. The brains of
the operation, Kounta Dallah, was still at large, and is suspected
of both organizing and taking part in the attack, as well as
appointing Doumbia to his role.
2016 Apr 16, Pakistan's army
took over an operation to dislodge a criminal gang holding 24
hostages from a 10 kms (6 mile) long island in the center of the
Indus River in Punjab province. The security operation involving
more than 1,600 security forces was now in its eleventh day. At
least 6 police officials have been killed in the battle for the
2016 Apr 16, In Papua New
Guinea Matthew Damaru, the head of the police anti-corruption unit,
was sacked after arresting several high-profile figures close to the
government. Officers from his unit last week arrested the attorney
general and a Supreme Court judge on charges of corruption. A lawyer
working for PM Peter O'Neill was also arrested on charges of
perverting the course of justice.
2016 Apr 16, In Saudi Arabia a
fire at a chemical plant in al-Jubail killed 12 people.
(SSFC, 4/17/16, p.A3)
2016 Apr 16, In Somalia the
African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) accidentally killed 4
civilians after soldiers mistook them for Shebab fighters when they
failed to stop at a roadblock in the area of Buulo Mareer in the
Lower Shebelle region.
2016 Apr 16, In northern Syria
the Islamic State group captured more than a dozen villages and
hills during a fresh offensive. IS also clashed with rival insurgent
groups near the border with Turkey where they have been on the
offensive for days, forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee
toward safer areas near Turkey. 22 civilians were killed in an
exchange of fire in Aleppo.
(AP, 4/16/16)(AFP, 4/17/16)
2016 Apr 16, Taiwan released 20
fraud suspects just one day after they were deported from Malaysia,
citing a lack of evidence.
2016 Apr 16, A 6.1 magnitude
quake struck southeast of the Pacific island nation of Tonga, with
no immediate reports of damage.
2016 Apr 16, In Turkey Iranian
President Hassan Rouhani met with Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They
vowed to boost trade between their two countries at talks following
the lifting of most international sanctions on Tehran.
2016 Apr 16, Local Yemeni
committees tasked to monitor a week-old cease-fire between Yemen's
internationally recognized government and Shiite rebels, agreed to
begin their work on the ground at six front-lines.
2017 Apr 16, US Vice President
Mike Pence began a 10-day, four-nation tour of the Asia-Pacific,
arriving in South Korea hours after the North conducted a failed
2017 Apr 16, In Ohio suspect
Steve Stephens (37) shot and killed Robert Godwin Sr. (74) on
Facebook Live in a seemingly random Easter Sunday attack in
Cleveland, and then vowed to continue killing. "I killed 13, so I'm
working on 14 as we speak," Stephens said in a second video clip.
2017 Apr 16, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants stoned a man and a woman accused of adultery to
death in Logar province.
2017 Apr 16, China's Tianjin
Port Co Ltd said it will impose measures to curb the trucking and
storage of coal months earlier than expected. The port said by April
19 it will stop receiving coal by truck and by the end of the month
it will clear its storage warehouses of the fuel as it complies with
government orders in its war on smog.
2017 Apr 16, In Egypt a Cairo
court acquitted Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American woman, and seven
others who worked with street children and had been detained for
nearly three years on human trafficking charges. She and her husband
Mohamed Hassanein had founded Belady, an NGO that promotes a better
life for street children.
2017 Apr 16, Iraqi forces
launched a new attack on Islamic State in Mosul's Old City, trying
to break the stalemate in attempts to seize the militants' last
stronghold. Some 400,000 people were trapped in the Old City.
2017 Apr 16, At least 20
migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean off the
coast of Libya.
2017 Apr 16, A North Korean
medium-range missile exploded seconds after it was launched and
hours before the arrival of US Vice President Mike Pence in South
2017 Apr 16, Somali security
forces shot dead two Islamic extremist fighters who were involved in
a mortar attack in Mogadishu early today.
2017 Apr 16, A Somali official
said foreign naval forces in international waters off Somalia's
coast shot dead two pirates and wounded another when the bandits
attempted to hijack a ship. Six other pirates survived the attack
and escaped. Residents found two dead bodies left by the pirates
near the coast.
2017 Apr 16, Turkey held a
bitterly-contested referendum on whether to give Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan expanded powers. Final results later showed
51.41 percent of voters had backed the referendum with an 87.45%
(AFP, 4/16/17)(AP, 4/17/17)(SFC, 4/28/17, p.A2)
2017 Apr 16, In southeastern
Turkey Kurdish militants killed a guard in an overnight attack on a
vehicle carrying a district official from the ruling AK Party.
2017 Apr 16, Pope Francis
denounced "oppressive regimes" in his Easter message, but in an
apparent call for restraint urged world leaders to prevent the
spread of conflicts, as tensions rose in North Korea and Syria.
2018 Apr 16, A US study showed
that China is slightly ahead of South Korea and the United States in
the race to develop fifth generation wireless networks, or 5G.
2018 Apr 16, The US Government
Accounting Office said the EPA violated federal spending laws by
purchasing a $43,000 soundproof privacy booth for Administrator
Scott Pruitt to make private phone calls in his office.
(SFC, 4/17/18, p.A5)
2018 Apr 16, At the request of
Speaker Paul Ryan, House Chaplain Rev.Patrick Conroy resigned, with
May 24 being his last day in office. US Republicans later said Ryan
fired Rev. Patrick Conroy (b.1950) because he didn't do a very good
job, and not because of Conroy's political leanings.
2018 Apr 16, Oklahoma officials
said wildfires have killed two people and burned over 625 square
miles in the western part of the state.
(SFC, 4/17/18, p.A5)
2018 Apr 16, Afghan tribesmen
returned a Pakistani soldier they captured a day earlier in a deadly
skirmish along the countries' border, as well as the bodies of five
2018 Apr 16, In Armenia an
opposition leader and several dozen other protesters were injured as
thousands of people rallied against a move by ex-president Serzh
Sarkisian to maintain a chokehold on power. The pro-Moscow
politician ended his second and final presidential term last week
but has been nominated by the ruling party for the post of prime
2018 Apr 16, Weibo.com, one of
China's top social networking sites, announced that it will no
longer be censoring content related to gay issues after the plan
triggered a loud public outcry.
2018 Apr 16, Guinea-Bissau's
President Jose Mario Vaz appointed veteran politician Aristides
Gomes as new prime minister.
2018 Apr 16, Hong Kong
authorities said that a South Korean businessman accused of
murdering his wife and son in a five-star hotel killed himself while
in pre-trial custody. Media identified the man as Kim Min-ho (43),
the chief executive officer of the South Korean franchise of the
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Police had arrested Kim in January
for allegedly killing his wife and son at Hong Kong's Ritz-Carlton
2018 Apr 16, Japan and China
took another step toward mending their troubled relations, resuming
high-level economic talks in Tokyo for the first time in nearly
eight years. Foreign Minister Wang Yi led the Chinese delegation,
becoming the first foreign minister to visit Japan for bilateral
talks since 2009.
2018 Apr 16, In Kenya three
commissioners from the electoral commission said they've resigned
over the suspension of the chief executive officer who was sent on
compulsory leave to pave way for wider investigations into the
conduct of the commission in last year's elections.
2018 Apr 16, The Human Rights
Commission of Pakistan issued a report card saying people continue
to disappear, sometimes because they criticize the military or
advocate better relations with neighboring India.
2018 Apr 16, The Qatar National
Library opened as part of the gas-rich country's drive to reduce
dependence on hydrocarbons and pivot to a knowledge-based economy.
2018 Apr 16, In Romania health
workers protested pay cuts following government promises to hike
salaries in the health care sector amid a general tax and wage
2018 Apr 16, Russia's
communications watchdog said it has begun enforcing a nationwide ban
for the popular messaging app Telegram. Entrepreneur and app
developer Pavel Durov said last week the latest version would have
"built-in" features that would be able to circumvent the ban.
2018 Apr 16, Slovak new
Interior Minister Tomas Drucker resigned after resisting public
demand to sack the chief of police following an investigative
2018 Apr 16, South African
police raided the compound of former president Jacob Zuma's allies
the Guptas, who were accused two years ago in a report by a
corruption watchdog of using their influence to gain control of
state companies and contracts.
2018 Apr 16, In South Korea
Korean Air Lines said it has suspended Cho Hyun-min, aka Emily Cho,
one of its chairman's daughters from her marketing work after she
threw a tantrum at a business meeting last month, triggering public
outrage and a police investigation. She is the younger sister of
another Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" outburst
delayed a flight in 2014.
2018 Apr 16, Tanzanian
authorities reported that at least nine people have died in Dar es
Salaam after three days of heavy rains flooded homes and roads.
2018 Apr 16, Tanzania briefly
detained two musicians, including one of the country's most popular
singers, after they posted video clips deemed obscene by the
authorities, in the latest crackdown on social media users.
2018 Apr 16, Supporters of
Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) staged
sit-in demonstrations across all of the country's 81 provinces to
protest the state of emergency that was declared after a coup
attempt in 2016.
2018 Apr 16, The United Nations
said it has provided the "necessary clearances" for a fact-finding
mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical
Weapons (OPCW) to investigate a suspected chemical attack in the
Damascus suburb of Douma.
2019 Apr 16, President Donald
Trump vetoed a Congressional resolution directing him to end support
for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
2019 Apr 16, In the SF Bay Area
the governing board of the Cow Palace in Daly City voted not hold
gun shows after 2019, when a contract with the exhibitor Crossroads
of the West expires.
(SFC, 4/17/19, p.C1)
2019 Apr 16, In Algeria
thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Algiers
and in cities across the country calling for political change in the
eighth week of mass protests. Tayeb Belaiz, the controversial head
of the country's constitutional council, quit bowing to weeks of
anger from protesters.
(AP, 4/16/19)(AFP, 4/16/19)
2019 Apr 16, A Bahraini court
sentenced 69 people to life in prison and revoked the citizenship of
138 defendants on terrorism-related charges. All appeared to be
Shiite Bahrainis and 60 were tried in absentia in one of the largest
mass trials ever held in the country.
2019 Apr 16, In Congo DRC eight
government soldiers were killed in North Kivu province by assailants
who appeared to belong to the Allied Democratic Forces, a rebel
group with origins in Uganda.
(SFC, 4/20/19, p.A2)
2019 Apr 16, Egypt's 596-member
parliament stacked with supporters of Pres. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
voted on amendments allowing the president to extend his current
term by two years and stand for another six-year mandate.
2019 Apr 16, An Egyptian court
sentenced 36 people convicted of joining the outlawed Muslim
Brotherhood organization to five years in prison. They were arrested
in Alexandria in 2017 and were also sentenced to five years of
2019 Apr 16, Pledges from
French billionaires, businesses and the public sector to help
rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral reached nearly 700 million euros (790
million dollars) amid an outpouring of public support for one of
Europe's most iconic monuments.
2019 Apr 16, Speaking at the EU
Parliament in Strasburg, France, Swedish teenage environmental
activist Greta Thunberg said time is running out to halt climate
change and urged European politicians "to panic".
2019 Apr 16, Germany officially
switched on the biggest offshore wind park in the Baltic Sea, which
will supply some 400,000 households with electricity. Last year more
than 40% of Germany's electricity was generated using renewable
2019 Apr 16, In Germany
pro-euthanasia doctors and patients petitioned the Constitutional
Court to overturn 2015 legislation that outlaws commercial assisted
suicide. Germany does allow assisted dying - but not when money is
2019 Apr 16, India's Supreme
Court agreed to consider a petition from a Muslim couple to allow
women into mosques, seeking to overturn a centuries-old practice
that largely bars women from the places of worship.
2019 Apr 16, Indian airline Jet
Airways' stock fell sharply after its former chairman reportedly
withdrew plans to bid for a controlling stake in the company and
news media said its flight operations might be temporarily halted.
Naresh Goyal had founded Jet Airways in 1992. Etihad Aviation Group
purchased a 24% stake in Jet Airways in 2013.
2019 Apr 16, In central and
western India a powerful storm bringing dust, lightning and
unseasonal rain has killed at least 47 people in Madhya Pradesh,
Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan states.
2019 Apr 16, Indonesia's
Election Supervision Agency said about 320,000 overseas voters in
neighboring Malaysia's biggest city should vote again in
presidential and legislative elections after finding evidence that
postal ballots had been tampered with.
2019 Apr 16, Iran's lawmakers
overwhelmingly approved a bill labeling US forces in the Middle East
2019 Apr 16, In Libya dozens of
"yellow vest" protesters rallied in Tripoli to denounce what they
said was France's support for military strongman Khalifa Haftar who
has launched an offensive on the capital.
2019 Apr 16, In Libya rocket
fire on the south Tripoli neighborhoods of Abu Salim and Al-Antisar
late today killed six people including three women. At least 189
people have been killed, 816 wounded and more than 18,000 displaced
since Haftar ordered his forces on April 4 to march on Tripoli.
2019 Apr 16, North Macedonia's
health authorities declared a nationwide measles epidemic in the
small Balkan country after more than 960 cases were registered since
the beginning of this year.
2019 Apr 16, Pakistani security
forces raided a militant hideout in the northwestern city of
Peshawar, triggering an 18-hour shootout in which a police officer
and all five suspected militants at the site were killed.
2019 Apr 16, Philippine police
arrested four women they said were wives of Abu Sayyaf commanders
who took care of their financial transactions, helped procure guns
and bomb parts and arranged the travels of foreign militants to the
2019 Apr 16, Portugal declared
an emergency crisis late today, ordering drivers to get back on the
road immediately to ensure supplies to essential services. PM
Antonio Costa's government ordered striking fuel-tanker drivers to
supply essential services such as hospitals and airports, and to
provide a minimum amount to fuel stations, but the decree did not
seem to be fully heeded.
2019 Apr 16, Qatar called for a
blocking of foreign arms supplies to eastern Libyan forces commander
Khalifa Haftar, whose push to seize the capital Tripoli is causing
rifts around the Gulf and Europe. Recent clashes between rival
Libyan militias for control of the capital Tripoli have displaced
more than 18,000 people.
(Reuters, 4/16/19)(AP, 4/16/19)
2019 Apr 16, A Moscow court
convicted a retired Norwegian border guard on spying charges and
sentenced him to 14 years in prison. Frode Berg (63) was detained in
Moscow in 2017 following a sting operation by Russia's FSB security
2019 Apr 16, Syria and Iran
said the United States is waging "economic terrorism" against
countries that have different opinions and should pursue its aims
through diplomacy instead.
2019 Apr 16, Turkish President
Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party submitted its promised appeal for the
annulment and rerun of Istanbul's municipal elections, over what it
said were irregularities that marred the March 31 vote.
2019 Apr 16, Ukrainian media
called on comedian Volodymyr Zelensky (41) to answer their questions
ahead of a weekend presidential election he is expected to win
despite minimum engagement with mainstream outlets.
2019 Apr 16, The Red Cross
confirmed that the first shipment of humanitarian aid from the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has
arrived in Venezuela.