Return to homeFor Asia History: https://www.asiaobserver.org/category/news/on-this-day-in-asian-history 753BC Apr 21, Rome was
founded. The traditional date for founding by Romulus as a refuge
for runaway slaves and murderers who captured the neighboring Sabine
women for wives. Archeological evidence indicates that the founders
of Rome were Italic people who occupied the area south of the Tiber
p.28)(V.D.-H.K.p.61)(http://eawc.evansville.edu, p.7)(HN, 4/21/98)
43 BC Apr 21, Marcus Antonius was defeated by
Octavian near Modena, Italy.
953 Apr 21, Otto I, the Great,
granted Utrecht fishing rights.
1073 Apr 21, Pope Alexander II,
born as Anselmo da Baggio, died. He had begun serving as Pope in
1142 Apr 21, Pierre Abelard
(62), French philosopher (priestly lover of Heloise), died.
1509 Apr 21, Henry VII
(b.1457), 1st Tudor king of England (1485-1509), died. In 2011 Allen
Lane authored “Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England."
1526 Apr 21, Mongol Emperor
Zahir-ud-din Babur annihilated Indian Army of Ibrahim Lodi at the
Battle of Panipat. Babar, King of Kabul, established in this year
the Mughal dynasty at Delhi.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.13)(SFEC, 5/21/00, p.T8)(WSJ,
1574 Apr 21, Cosimo d' Medici
(~54), Italian duke of Toscane, died.
1649 Apr 21, The Maryland
Toleration Act, which provided for freedom of worship for all
Christians, was passed by the Maryland assembly.
(AP, 4/21/97)(HN, 4/21/98)
1689 Apr 21, (NS) William III
and Mary II were crowned joint king and queen of England, Scotland
(HN, 4/21/98)(HNQ, 12/28/00)
1699 Apr 21, Jean Racine (59),
French playwright (Phèdre), died.
1713 Apr 21, Louis Duke de
Noailles, marshal of France, was born.
1729 Apr 21, Catharina II, the
Great, writer, empress of Russia (1762-96), was born. [see May 2]
1782 Apr 21, Friedrich Froebel,
German educator and founder of kindergarten, was born.
(HN, 4/21/98)(MC, 4/21/02)
1785 Apr 21, Russian Tsarina
Catharina II ended nobility privileges.
1789 Apr 21, John Adams was
sworn in as the first vice president of the United States.
(AP, 4/21/97)(HN, 4/21/98)
1792 Apr 21, Jose da Silva
Xavier, aka Tiradentes (teeth puller), considered by many to be
Brazil's George Washington, was drawn and quartered by the
Portuguese. He was hung in Rio de Janeiro. His body was broken to
pieces. A document was written With his blood declaring his memory
infamous. His head was exposed in Vila Rica. Pieces of his body were
exposed in the cities between Vila Rica and Rio, in an attempt to
scare the people who had listened to his independence ideas.
1795 Apr 21, Vincenzo Pallotti,
Italian saint, was born.
1801 Apr 21, Saudi Arabs led
Sunni raids into Karbala, Iraq, killing about 5,000 people.
(Econ, 10/11/08, p.65)(http://tinyurl.com/5qdnf3)
1816 Apr 21, Charlotte Bronte
(d.1855), English novelist, writer of "Jane Eyre," was born in
Thornton, England. Her sister Emily wrote “Wuthering Heights":
"Better to be without logic than without feeling."
(WP, 1952, p.37)(AP, 9/13/99)(HN, 4/21/98)
1828 Apr 21, Hippolyte Taine,
French philosopher, historian (Voyage in Italy), was born.
1832 Apr 21, Abraham Lincoln
(23) assembled with his New Salem neighbors for the Black Hawk War
on the Western frontier. Illinois Governor John Reynolds had called
for volunteers to beat back a new Indian threat. Black Hawk, chief
of the Sac and Fox Indians, had returned to his homeland at the head
of a band of 450 warriors, intent on forcibly reversing the treaty
he had signed 28 years earlier that ceded control of the tribe’s
ancestral home in northwestern Illinois to the U.S.
1836 Apr 21, Some 910 Texians
led by Sam Houston, the former governor of Tennessee, defeated the
Mexican army under Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna at San Jacinto.
The victory in the 18 minute battle sealed Texan independence from
Mexico. Houston counted 9 fatalities. 630 Mexicans were killed out
of some 1,250 troops. Some 700 were taken prisoner.
(AP, 4/21/97)(HN, 4/21/98)(AH, 2/03, p.22)(ON,
1838 Apr 21, John Muir
(d.1914), naturalist, was born in Dunbar, Scotland. He discovered
glaciers in the High Sierras of California.
(HN, 4/21/98)(SFEC, 1/2/00, DB p.23)(SFC, 2/2/00,
1849 Apr 21, Oskar Hertwig,
embryologist, discovered fertilization, was born.
1855 Apr 21, The 1st train
crossed the Mississippi River's 1st bridge.
1857 Apr 21, Alexander Douglas
patented the bustle.
1861 Apr 21, The Gosport Navy
Yard on the Elizabeth River near Norfolk, Va., was burned and U.S.
Navy ships destroyed by Federal troops carrying out the orders of
Commodore Hiram Paulding. With the Confederate noose tightening
around Gosport following Virginia‘s secession, and Union defenders
dispatched by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles unable to reach
the yard, Paulding determined he must destroy and abandon the
installation. Considered the most extensive and valuable naval
shipyard in the Union, the loss of Gosport and 10 ships docked
there, including the Merrimack—later refitted by the rebels and
known as the CSS Virginia—was called by Horace Greeley as "The most
shameful, cowardly, disastrous performance that stains the annals of
the American Navy."
1861 Apr 21, In Australia the
Burke party of 3 reached Cooper’s Creek and found a message that the
4-man depot party under William Brahe had left earlier the same day
for Darling with 6 camels and 12 horses. The Burke party departed
Cooper’s Creek for the police station at Mount Hopeless, 150 miles
(ON, 12/01, p.3)
1862 Apr 21, Ellen Price Wood's
"East Lynne," premiered in Boston.
1862 Apr 21, Congress
established the U.S. Mint.
1864 Apr 21, Max Weber
(d.1920), German sociologist and political economist, was born.
Weber drew strong connection between Protestantism and the rise of
capitalism in “The Protestant and the Spirit of Capitalism" (1904).
“He was the first sociologist to grasp that the universe has no true
meaning." In 1996 “Max Weber: Politics and the Spirit of Tragedy" by
John Patrick Diggins was published.
(V.D.-H.K.p.167)(WSJ, 9/3/98, p.A1)(HN, 4/21/01)
1865 Apr 21, Abraham Lincoln's
funeral train left Washington.
1866 Apr 21, Jane Walsh Carlyle
(b.1801), the wife of Scottish essayist Thomas Carlyle, died.
1871 Apr 21, Leo Blech,
composer, conductor, was born.
1878 Apr 21, Ship Azor left
Charleston with 206 blacks for Liberia.
1884 Apr 21, Potters Field
reopened as Madison Square Park in NYC.
1894 Apr 21, George Bernard
Shaw's "Arms & the Man," premiered in London.
1898 Apr 21, The
Spanish-American War began. The U.S. North Atlantic Fleet, under the
command of Rear Admiral William T. Sampson, was ordered to begin the
blockade of Cuba on April 21, 1898. The fleet with the armored
cruiser New York steamed out of Key West, Fla., at 6:30 a.m. the
next morning. The fleet had hardly left port when it pursued and
captured a Spanish merchant vessel, Buenaventura. The
Spanish-American War had begun. In 1998 David Traxel published
“1898: The Birth of the American Century," a history of the
(HN, 4/21/98)(SFEC, 7/5/98, BR p.6)(HNPD,
1899 Apr 21, Randall Thompson,
composer, was born.
1899 Apr 21, American Tobacco,
Standard Rope & Twine and Laclede Gas Light Co. were removed as
components of the Dow Jones. General Electric was re-instated and
Continental Tobacco, American Steel & Wire and Federal Steel
(WSJ, 5/28/96, p.R-45,46)
1900 Apr 21, Heinrich Vogl
(55), composer, died.
1905 Apr 21, Edmund G "Pat"
Brown, (Gov-D-Calif), was born.
1908 Apr 21, Arctic explorer
Frederick A. Cook claimed to have discovered the North Pole a year
ahead of Peary. Many historians suspect that neither explorer
succeeded. The term “Dr. Cook weather" refers to an incident where
Dr. Cook once left a chilly New York baseball game after which the
city papers trumpeted; “Game called, even too cold for Dr. Cook."
Cook's assertion was later proved false. In 2005 Bruce Henderson
authored “True North: Peary, Cook, and the Race to the Pole." [see
Apr 6, 1909]
(SFC, 8/18/96, p.B8)(SFC, 10/2/99, p.A20)(SSFC,
1909 Apr 21, Rollo May,
psychologist, was born.
1910 Apr 21, Author Mark Twain
(b.1835), born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, died in Redding, Conn.
His work included "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,"
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Adventures of Tom
Sawyer," and "More Tramps Abroad." His short story "The War Prayer"
was published after his death. In 1912 Albert Bigelow Paine authored
"Mark Twain: A Biography." In 1959 Charles Neider authored "The
Autobiography of Mark Twain." In 1966 Justin Kaplan authored "Mr.
Clemens and Mark Twain: A Biography." In 1997 Andrew Hoffman
authored "Inventing Mark Twain, The Lives of Samuel Langhorn
Clemens. In 2005 Ron Powers authored “Mark Twain: A Life." In 2007
Peter Krass authored “Ignorance, Confidence, and Filthy Rich
Friends: The Business Adventures of Mark Twain." In 2010 Jerome
Loving authored “Mark Twain: The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens."
In 2010 Volume I of Twain’s dictated autobiography was published. In
2013 Volume II was published.
7/13/01, p.D5)(SSFC, 9/30/01, p.D6)(SSFC, 11/27/05, p.M2)(WSJ,
3/13/07, p.D5)(Econ, 4/17/10, p.93)(SSFC, 11/7/10, p.F1)(SSFC,
1910 Apr 21, Halley’s Comet was
visible in the night sky. Entrepreneurs peddled "comet gas masks"
for people worried about the Earth's passage through poisonous
cyanogen gas in the comet's tail.
(AP, 4/21/97)(SFEC, 10/3/99, p.B10)
1911 Apr 21, Leonard Warren,
baritone, Met 1939-60, was born in NYC.
1912 Apr 21, Marcel Camus,
French film director (Black Orpheus), was born.
1913 Apr 21, Gideon Sundback of
Sweden patented the zipper. [see Apr 29]
1914 Apr 21, U.S. marines
occupied Vera Cruz, Mexico. They stayed for six months.
1915 Apr 21, Anthony Quinn
(d.2001), film star, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Frank Quinn
and Manuella Oaxaca.
(HN, 4/21/98)(SFC, 6/4/01, p.A17)
1916 Apr 21, Bill Carlisle, the
infamous ‘last train robber,’ robbed a train in Hanna, Wyoming.
1918 Apr 21, In California's SF
Bay Area 148 women raced seven miles from Mill Valley to Stinson
Beach in what was called the "Dipsea Hike," to get around a ban on
female participation in footraces. Women were not allowed to run in
any race approved by the Amateur Athletic Union until 1971.
(SFC, 4/21/18, p.A1)
1918 Apr 21, Baron Manfred von
Richthofen (25), the cousin of Frieda Lawrence and the
highest-scoring German ace of World War I with 80 victories, was
killed in a dogfight over France's Somme Valley over Amiens. As he
pursued a Canadian pilot with jammed guns, von Richthofen, flying a
red Fokker triplane, broke one of his own flying rules by following
his prey too long, too far and too low. Two miles behind Allied
lines, Richthofen was mortally wounded when he was fired upon
simultaneously by another Canadian pilot and Australian ground
troops. The following day, the Red Baron was buried by his enemies
with full military honors. He was replaced with Hermann Goering.
(WSJ, 5/15/95, p. A-16)(AP, 4/21/97)(HNPD,
1920 Apr 21, Bruno Maderna,
conductor, composer, Hyperion), was born in Venice, Italy.
1923 Apr 21, John Mortimor,
British barrister and playwright, was born. He created Rumpole of
1924 Apr 21, Eleanora Duse
(b.1858), Italian actress (La Gioconda, La Locandiera), died in
Pittsburgh at age 64. In 2003 Helen Sheehy authored "Eleonora Duse:
(WSJ, 8/22/03, p.W10)(http://tinyurl.com/6x59r)
1926 Apr 21, Elizabeth
Alexandra Mary Windsor II (Elizabeth II), queen of England (1952-),
1927 Apr 21, Robert Brustein,
dean, Yale School of Drama, was born in NYC.
1930 Apr 21, Margaret Rose,
Princess of York, was born in London, England.
1930 Apr 21, Silvana Mangano,
actress (Death in Venice, Barabbas), was born in Rome, Italy.
1930 Apr 21, In Columbus, Ohio,
322 people were killed at the Ohio Penitentiary after a fire started
on scaffolding. Most died of smoke inhalation when breakdown in
command kept guards from unlocking cell doors. This was the worst
prison fire in US history.
1930 Apr 21, Robert S. Bridges
(85), poet laureate (Testament of beauty), died.
1932 Apr 21, Elaine May, comedy
writer, was born.
1934 Apr 21, Moe Berg, Senators
catcher (and later US spy), played an AL record 117th consecutive,
1935 Apr 21, Charles Grodin,
actor, Woman in Red, Lonely Guy, Heartbreak Kid), was born in
1935 Apr 21, King Boris of
Bulgaria forbade all political parties.
1936 Apr 21, James Clayton
Dobson, Christian conservative leader, was born in Shreveport,
Louisiana. He became an American psychologist and chairman of the
board of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit organization founded in
1977 and based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2007 his radio show
pulled in 6 million listeners a week.
1939 Apr 21, In Texas the new
San Jacinto Monument was dedicated following 3 years of
construction. It stood over 14 feet taller than the Washington
Monument. The monument is topped with a 220-ton star that
commemorates the site of the Battle of San Jacinto, the decisive
battle of the Texas Revolution.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Jacinto_Monument)(AH, 2/03, p.24)
1940 Apr 21, The quiz show that
asked the "$64 question," "Take It or Leave It," premiered on CBS
1941 Apr 21, Greece surrendered
to Nazi Germany.
1943 Apr 21, President
Roosevelt announced that several Doolittle pilots were executed by
1945 Apr 21, Allied troops
occupied a German nuclear laboratory.
1945 Apr 21, German Field
Marshal Walther Model, known as the “Fuhrer‘s Fireman," shot himself
near Dusseldorf. Hitler, who called Model “the Savior of the Eastern
Front," sent him to shore up the perceived failings of others and to
faithfully carry out his most ignorant and impossible orders. A
sycophant to the end, Model sent Hitler a note commending his
survival of the July bomb plot. Model‘s army was eventually
enveloped in the Ruhr in 1945 and, although offered terms for
surrender, Model chose to commit suicide.
1945 Apr 21, He Shima, Okinawa,
was conquered in 5 days with 5,000 dead.
1945 Apr 21, Russian army
arrived at outskirts of Berlin.
1946 Apr 21, John M. Keynes
(62), English economist, died. He had recently negotiated a
loan from the US to keep Britain afloat. One condition of the $5
billion loan was that Britain make sterling fully convertible into
dollars. In 1983 Robert Skidelsky authored "John Maynard Keynes:
Hopes Betrayed, 1883–1920," the first of a 3-volume biography.
Volume II "The Economist as Savior, 1920–1937" came out in 1992.
Vol. III "Fighting for Britain, 1937–1946" came out in 2000. In 2009
Peter Clarke authored “Keynes: The Twentieth Century’s Most
Influential Economist." In 2015 Richard Davenport-Hines
authored “Universal Man: The Lives of John Maynard Keynes." In 2020
Zachary Carter authored "The Price of Peace," focusing on the
development of Keynes' ideas following his death.
p.A11)(Econ, 10/3/09, p.103)(Econ, 10/31/09, p.84)(Econ, 9/25/10,
p.85)(Econ, 5/9/15, p.80)(Econ., 5/9/20, p.67)
1948 Apr 21, The 1st Polaroid
camera was sold in US.
1949 Apr 21, Patti LuPone,
actress, singer (Evita, Life Goes On), was born in Northport, NY.
1952 Apr 21, BOAC began 1st
passenger service with jets from London to Rome.
1954 Apr 21, USAF flew a French
battalion to Vietnam.
1954 Apr 21, Gyorgy Malenkov
became premier of USSR.
1955 Apr 21, The Jerome
Lawrence-Robert Lee play "Inherit the Wind," loosely based on the
Scopes trial of 1925, opened at the National Theatre in New York.
1956 Apr 21, Elvis Presley's
1st hit record, "Heartbreak Hotel," became #1. [see Apr 25]
1957 Apr 21, In the 11th Tony
Awards: Long Day's Journey into Night and My Fair Lady won. Edie
Adams won a Tony award for supporting actress as Daisy Mae in “Li’l
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Tony_Awards)(SFC, 10/17/08, p.A2)
1960 Apr 21, Brazil inaugurated
its new capital, Brasilia, transferring the seat of national
government from Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s National Bank for Economic
and Social Development (BNDES), founded in 1952, helped fund its
(USA Today, OW, 4/22/96, p.3)(AP, 4/21/97)(HN,
4/21/98)(Econ, 4/18/09, p.81)
1961 Apr 21, The French army
revolted in Algeria.
1961 Apr 21, James Melton (57),
opera tenor died.
1965 Apr 21, New York World's
Fair reopened for a 2nd and final season.
1966 Apr 21, Pfc. Milton Lee
Oliver was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for bravery
during the Vietnam War.
1966 Apr 21, Emperor Haile
Selassie (Ethiopia) visited Kingston, Jamaica.
1967 Apr 21, Northern Illinois
was struck by 17 tornadoes, including several in the Chicago
metropolitan area. One violent tornado moved through Belvidere (east
of Rockford), killing 24 people and injuring another 450, including
13 deaths at the local high school. Damage to Belvidere totaled
about $20 million, including destruction of 400 cars at the local
Chrysler plant. A second violent tornado touched down in Elgin
and moved northeast to Lake Zurich, causing $10 million damage. A
third violent tornado touched down near Palos Hills and moved across
the south side of Chicago to Lake Michigan. This tornado struck
during Friday rush hour, and many of the 33 deaths and 500 injuries
occurred in vehicles stopped at traffic lights. Over $50 million
damage was reported from the tornado outbreak.
1967 Apr 21, In Greece "The
Colonels" led by Colonel George Papadopoulos (1919-1999) took power
in a bloodless military coup. Papadopoulos, Stylianos Pattakos, and
Nikolaos Makarezos (1919-2009) imposed martial law and cracked down
heavily on political opponents, imprisoning or exiling thousands of
mostly left-wing supporters, many of whom were tortured by military
(SFC, 4/23/98, p.B4)(SFC, 6/28/99, p.A19)(AP,
1968 Apr 21, In the 22nd Tony
Awards: “Rosencranz & Guildenstern" and “Hallelujah Baby" won.
1968 Apr 21, The First Baptist
Church of Oxford Mississippi voted to exclude black people from
(Econ, 10/24/15, p.29)
1970 Apr 21, Bruno Kreisky
(1911-1990) became the 1st socialist chancellor of Austria.
1971 Apr 21, In SF the 710-ton
Vaillancourt Fountain, sculpted by French-Canadian artist Armand
Vaillancourt, was unveiled on Justin Herman Plaza. The fountain put
out 30,000 gallons of water per minute.
(SFC, 3/17/04, p.B4)(SFC, 8/5/17, p.A8)
1971 Apr 21, In Haiti Francois
"Papa Doc" Duvalier (b.1907) died. He was succeeded by his teenage
son Jean-Claude "Baby-Doc" Duvalier (19), under the guidance of
Simone Duvalier, aka "Mama Doc."
1972 Apr 21, Apollo 16
astronauts John Young and Charles Duke explored the surface of the
moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2.
1973 Apr 21, The song "Tie a
Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree" by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
reached the top of the charts.
1973 Apr 21, Merian C. Cooper
b.1893), film producer, died in San Diego, Ca. His films included
“King Kong" (1933). In 2005 Mark Cotta Vaz authored “Living
Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper.
1975 Apr 21, Bill Rodgers won
the Boston Marathon, the 1st local winner in 30 years.
1975 Apr 21, Members of the SLA
robbed the Carmichael Bank in suburban Sacramento, Ca. Myrna Opsahl,
a mother (42) of four, was shot dead. Patty Hearst drove the getaway
car. Emily Harris shot Opsahl with a 12-gauge shotgun. 4 SLA members
were arrested for the murder of Opsahl in 2002. Michael Bortin,
William Harris, Sara Jane Olson and Emily Montague all pleaded
guilty. Fugitive James Kilgore was arrested in South Africa Nov 8,
2002. In 2003 Montague was sentenced to 8 years, Harris to 7 years,
Olson and Bortin to 6 years. In 2004 Kilgore was sentenced to 4 ½
years. Kilgore was paroled in 2009.
(SFC, 2/4/99, p.A8)(SFC, 1/23/01, p.A13)(SFC,
1/18/02, p.A22)(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A1)(SFC, 11/8/02, p.A1)(SFC,
11/9/02, p.A1)(SFC, 2/15/03, p.A3)(SFC, 4/27/04, p.B1)(SFC, 5/11/09,
1975 Apr 21, Nguyen Van Thieu,
the last South Vietnamese President, resigned after 10 years in
office condemning the United States.
(AP, 4/21/97)(HN, 4/21/99)
1976 Apr 21, Full-scale testing
of the swine flu vaccine began in Washington, D.C.
1977 Apr 21, The musical play
"Annie" opened on Broadway, the 1st of 2,377 performances. Laurie
Beechman (d.1998) made her debut in the show based on the “Little
Orphan Annie" comic strip. Beechman later played Grizabella for 5
years in “Cats."
(SFC, 3/10/98, p.A17)(AP, 4/21/08)
1980 Apr 21, At the Boston
Marathon, Rosie Ruiz was the first woman to cross the finish line;
but she was disqualified as a fraud when officials discovered she
had jumped into the race about a mile from the finish.
1981 Apr 21, Pres. Reagan
called for support for the sale of AWACS to Saudi Arabia. The
proposed AWACS sale was just the beginning of a secret $50 billion
plan to build surrogate military bases in Saudi Arabia.
1983 Apr 21, Walter Slezak
(b.1902), Austrian-born actor (Bedtime For Bonzo), committed suicide
1985 Apr 21, The Public Theater
staged Larry Kramer’s play about AIDS: “The Normal Heart." In 2011
the show made its debut on Broadway.
1985 Apr 21, Rudi Gernreich
(b.1922), US designer (miniskirt), died.
1985 Apr 21, Tancredo Neves,
elected president of Brazil on Jan 15, died. José Sarney became
1986 Apr 21, A vault in
Chicago's Lexington Hotel that was linked to Al Capone was opened
during a live TV special hosted by Geraldo Rivera; aside from a few
bottles and a sign, the vault was empty.
1987 Apr 21, The Senate panel
investigating the Iran-Contra affair voted to grant limited immunity
to President Reagan's former national security adviser, Rear Adm.
John M. Poindexter.
1987 Apr 21, In Sri Lanka Tamil
Tigers exploded a car bomb at the Colombo central bus stand and 113
people were killed.
(SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)(http://tinyurl.com/mvxnv)
1988 Apr 21, Tennessee Sen. Al
Gore gave up his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination,
assuring supporters that "there will be other days for me and for
the causes that matter to us."
1989 Apr 21, Tens of thousands
of people crowded into Beijing's Tiananmen Square, cheering students
who waved banners demanding greater political freedoms.
1989 Apr 21, In the Philippines
there was a communist guerrilla ambush on Col. James Nicolas Rowe.
His car was raked with bullets near his office in the Manila suburb
of Quezon City, killing him and wounding his driver. Donato
Continente and co-defendant Juanito Itaas, who admitted being a
member of the communist New People's Army, were convicted and
sentenced to life in prison in 1991. The Supreme Court later
affirmed Itaas' sentence and reduced Continente's to 14 years after
establishing he was an accomplice. Continente was released in 2005.
1990 Apr 21, Bob Engel, a
National League umpire was arrested in Bakersfield, Ca., for
stealing baseball cards.
1990 Apr 21, Pope John Paul II
was greeted by hundreds of thousands of people as he visited
Czechoslovakia to help celebrate the nation's peaceful overthrow of
1991 Apr 21, US Marines in
northern Iraq began building the first safe-haven settlement for
Kurdish refugees. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf arrived at MacDill
Air Force Base in Florida to a hero’s welcome.
1991 Apr 21, Willi Boskovsky
(81), Vienna Philharmonic conductor (New Year's concerts), died.
1992 Apr 21, Robert Alton
Harris became the first person executed at San Quentin by the state
of California in 25 years as he was put to death in the gas chamber
for the 1978 murder of two San Diego teen-age boys. Harris left some
art that was later put on sale at Expressions Art Gallery in
(SFEC, 11/17/96, p.C17)(AP, 4/21/97)(SFC, 2/6/99,
1993 Apr 21, An 11-day siege at
the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville, Ohio, ended
after rioting inmates reached an agreement with prison officials.
One guard and nine inmates were killed during the siege.
(AP, 4/11/98)(AP, 4/21/98)
1993 Apr 21, Brazil voted
against a monarchy.
1994 Apr 21, The U.S. House of
Representatives passed a $28 billion get-tough-on-crime bill.
1995 Apr 21, The FBI arrested
former soldier Timothy McVeigh at an Oklahoma jail where he had
spent two days on minor traffic and weapons charges; he was charged
in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing two days earlier in
which over 200 people were killed by a truck bomb that exploded in
front of a Federal building.
(AP, 4/21/00)(HN, 4/21/99)
1996 Apr 21, President Clinton
and Boris Yeltsin traded warm compliments and played down nagging
differences, insisting their election-year summit in Moscow was not
being influenced by presidential politics.
1996 Apr 21, Odds maker Jimmy
"The Greek" Snyder died at age 76.
1997 Apr 21, Pres. Clinton
approved a ban on new American investment in Burma due to human
rights abuses. It also banned visas for senior Burmese government
(SFC, 4/22/97, p.A6)(WSJ, 3/25/04, p.A15)
1997 Apr 21, Police in
Franklin, N.J., arrested 2 teen-agers they say lured two pizza
deliverymen on April 19 to an abandoned house before opening fire,
killing both men. Thomas Koskovich and Jayson Vreeland were
convicted in 1999 of murdering Jeremy Giordano and Giorgio Gallara.
Thomas Koskovich and Jayson Vreeland were later convicted of
murdering Jeremy Giordano and Giorgio Gallara and sentenced to life
1997 Apr 21, A federal court
blocked Oregon’s 1994 approved law on doctor assisted suicide.
(SFC, 4/22/97, p.A15)
1997 Apr 21, A report on the
new Digital Versatile Disks indicated a price of $19.99 for the
disks and a DVD player for as low as $500.
(WSJ, 4/21/97, p.A16)
1997 Apr 21, Some 12,500
workers for Goodyear Tire went on strike.
(WSJ, 4/21/97, p.A1)
1997 Apr 21, The swollen Red
River, which had flooded 75 percent of Grand Forks, N.D., reached a
projected crest of 54 feet -- or 26 feet above flood stage.
1997 Apr 21, The ashes of
Timothy Leary, Gene Roddenberry and 22 others were fired into space
aboard a rocket that carried the first Spanish satellite,
MINI-SAT-01, into orbit. This marked the beginning of the space
(SFC, 4/22/97, p.A3)
1997 Apr 21, In Algeria rebels
butchered 93 people including 43 women and girls in the Baouch
Boukhelef-Khemisti farming community.
(SFC, 4/23/97, p.A5)
1997 Apr 21, In Japan drilling
on the world’s longest stretch of undersea highway (about 6 miles)
was completed across Tokyo Bay to link the cities of Kawasaki and
(SFC, 4/22/97, p.A8)
1997 Apr 21, Andres Rodriguez
(b.1923), Paraguayan president (1989-93), died.
1998 Apr 21, It was reported
that Microsoft planned its first retail store, an 8,500-sq. foot
site, in the Yerba Buena Gardens complex of SF with plans to open in
(SFC, 4/21/98, p.A1)
1998 Apr 21, It was reported
that the US and Britain had begun a secretive removal of nuclear
materials near Tbilisi. Britain volunteered to accept the material
and had already taken 270 pounds. The unused highly enriched uranium
was to be processed by a Scottish plant.
(SFC, 4/21/98, p.A18)(SFC, 4/23/98, p.A16)
1998 Apr 21, Astronomers
announced in Washington they had discovered possible signs of a new
family of planets orbiting a star 220 light-years away, the clearest
evidence yet of worlds forming beyond our solar system. The dust
structures were thought to be new solar systems forming around 3
(SFC, 4/22/98, p.A1)(AP, 4/21/99)
1998 Apr 21, French and New
Caledonian rival factions agreed to hold a referendum on whether the
territory should move to independence. The territory holds about 30%
of the world’s nickel reserves. The Noumea Accord set out a path for
potential independence for New Caledonia. It agreed to three
referendums to determine the future of the country and to help end a
decade of conflict that resulted in 80 deaths.
(SFC, 4/22/98, p.A9)(Reuters, 12/10/21)
1998 Apr 21, Khmer Rouge rebels
drove a large government force back in 2 days of fighting along the
(SFC, 4/22/98, p.A9)
1998 Apr 21, Skydivers from
Malaysia parachuted the national car, the Proton Wira sedan, onto
the North Pole this week.
(SFC, 4/23/98, p.A13)
1998 Apr 21, A special court
sentenced Recep Erdogan, the mayor of Istanbul, to 10 months in
prison for a 1997 speech that the military said incited hatred of
the secularist army.
(WSJ, 4/22/98, p.A1)(Econ, 7/19/08, p.33)
1999 Apr 21, The National Rifle
Association scaled back its annual meeting in Denver from 3 days to
one in response to the Littleton killings.
(SFC, 4/22/99, p.A6)
1999 Apr 21, Vice Pres. Al Gore
announced that 20,000 Kosovo refugees would be brought to the US
mainland rather than the Guantanamo base in Cuba.
(SFC, 4/22/99, p.A12)
1999 Apr 21, A day after the
mass killing at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.,
investigators continued their work, while memorial services were
held across the city and dozens of counselors offered support to
grieving students, parents, friends and family.
1999 Apr 21, Actor and
bandleader Charles "Buddy" Rogers died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at
1999 Apr 21, NATO and the US
agreed to renew planning for ground troops in Kosovo as leaders
converged on Washington to begin summit talks.
(SFC, 4/22/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 21, The EU prepared an
oil embargo against Yugoslavia.
(WSJ, 4/22/99, A1)
1999 Apr 21, NATO warplanes hit
a Serbian refugee camp near Djakovica. 4 Serbs were reported killed
in the camp where 200-300 Serb refugees from the Krajina region
lived. A NATO spokesman said NATO planes were not operating in that
area. NATO bombs hit transmitters for radio and TV along with other
business and party offices of people close to Milosevic.
(SFC, 4/22/99, p.A14)
1999 Apr 21, In Benin police
arrested Yacoubou Adam Fassassi, the Benin ambassador to the UN, for
alleged involvement in drug trafficking.
(SFC, 4/22/99, p.A15)
1999 Apr 21, In Colombia
retired Col. Bernardo Ruiz was arrested for arranging the 1995
murder of opposition politician Alvaro Gomez.
(SFC, 4/22/99, p.D12)(WSJ, 4/22/99, A1)
1999 Apr 21, In Jamaica at
least 6 people were killed and 2 dozen injured in Kingston during
protests against new tax increases.
(SFC, 4/22/99, p.D12)(WSJ, 4/22/99, A1)
1999 Apr 21, Macedonia allowed
another 3,000 Kosovo refugees to enter from the frontier.
(SFC, 4/22/99, p.A14)
1999 Apr 21, Romania and the
IMF reached a preliminary agreement for a $500 million loan.
(SFC, 4/22/99, p.A15)
1999 Apr 21, In East Timor the
warring factions signed an agreement to end violence.
(SFC, 4/22/99, p.D3)
2000 Apr 21, Scientists
reported that the 66 million-year-old plant-eating dinosaur,
Thescelosaurus, had a 4-chambered heart and was likely warm-blooded.
(SFC, 4/21/00, p.A1)
2000 Apr 21, Jerry Andrew Amaro
III (36) of Oakland, Ca., died of pneumonia due to fractured ribs.
He had been beaten kicked on March 23 in the chest by Capt. Ed
Poulson following his arrest by undercover cops for buying drugs. In
2009 the FBI opened in inquiry in the case. In 2011 Amaro’s family
brought legal action against Oakland.
(SFC, 1/24/09, p.B3)(SSFC, 5/10/09, p.A1)(SFC,
2000 Apr 21, In Bosnia NATO
troops arrested Dragan Nikolic (42) for war crimes at the Susica
detention camp in 1992.
(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.C17)
2000 Apr 21, In Russia the
lower house of parliament ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test
Ban Treaty, which the US Senate rejected in 1999. It would oblige
Russia to end all nuclear test explosions.
(SFC, 4/22/00, p.A1)(AP, 4/21/01)
2000 Apr 21, The Russian Coast
Guard fired on a Japanese fishing boat near the disputed Kuril
Islands and took it back to Yuzhno-Kurilsk island.
(SFC, 4/22/00, p.A8)
2000 Apr 21, Zimbabwe Pres.
Mugabe met with Presidents Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Joaquim
Chissano of Mozambique and Sam Nujoma of Namibia at Victoria Falls
concerning the crises in Zimbabwe.
(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.C12)
2001 Apr 21, The Los Angeles
Xtreme beat the San Francisco Demons 38-to-6 in the first and last
XFL championship game.
2001 Apr 21, In Hoisington,
Kansas, a tornado killed 1 person and injured 28.
(SFC, 4/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 21, Claude Clark
(b.1915), African American painter and printmaker, died in Oakland,
Ca., following a long illness. He was a nationally renowned artist
and teacher. Clark wrote the first curriculum for African and
African American art, shortly after he began a 13-year stint at
Merritt College in Oakland.
2001 Apr 21, Western hemisphere
leaders meeting in Quebec ratified a plan barring undemocratic
nations from a massive free trade zone they hoped would expand
prosperity across their 34 nations. For a second day, protesters
clashed with nightstick-wielding police who fired water cannons and
2001 Apr 21, Luiz Fernando da
Costa (33), a Brazilian drug lord, was arrested in Colombia after
his plane was forced down by the Colombian air force. He was accused
of selling arms to FARC in exchange for cocaine.
(SFC, 4/23/01, p.A12)
2002 Apr 21, The annual
environmentalist Goldman Prize winners included: Gwich’in natives
Jonathan Solomon, Sarah James and Norman Kassi for their work to
prevent oil drilling in the Arctic Nat’l. Wildlife Refuge; Fatima
Jibrell of Somalia for her resistance to the charcoal trade
threatening the local rain forests; Psit Charnsnoh of Thailand for
helping to restore coastal ecosystems; Jean La Rose of Guyana for
organizing resistance to mining and logging on native Arawak lands;
Alexis Massol-Gonzalez of Puerto Rico for converting a mining zone
to a forest reserve; and Jadwiga Lopata of Poland for promoting
(SFC, 4/22/02, p.A3)
2002 Apr 21, In France the 1st
round of presidential elections put Jean-Marie Le Pen, a right wing
extremist, into a runoff with Pres. Jacques Chirac. Le Pen took 17%
of the vote vs. 16% for PM Lionel Jospin. Chirac ended up winning.
(SFC, 4/22/02, p.A1)(AP, 4/21/03)
2002 Apr 21, In Germany
opposition conservatives won elections in the Saxony-Anhalt. The
Christian Democrats 15% gain was a boost to Edmund Stoiber, the
Bavarian governor seeking to beat Schroeder Sep 22.
(SFC, 4/22/02, p.A5)
2002 Apr 21, In Hungary the
Socialists and allies won elections over the governing center-right
coalition, the Fidesz-Hungarian Civic Party (188 seats), with 198 of
386 seats in parliament. Peter Medgyessey became prime minister.
(SFC, 4/22/02, p.A5)
2002 Apr 21, In the Philippines
3 explosions killed at least 14 people in General Santos. Abu Sayyaf
rebels claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 4/22/02, p.A1)
2003 Apr 21, The Coalition
Provisional Authority (CPA) was established as the temporary
governing body of Iraq. Retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, Pres. Bush’s
appointed post-war administrator, arrived in Baghdad. His priority
was to restore basic services such as water and electricity.
(AP, 4/21/03)(WSJ, 4/19/04, p.A14)
2003 Apr 21, In San Francisco
charges were filed against Marcus Armstrong, former information
systems manager for the Dept. of Building Inspection, for bribes of
close to $450,000. City attorney Dennis Herrera had filed fraud and
kickback charges against Government Computer Sales and Armstrong in
February. Cobra Solutions and TeleCon were added to the suit in
April. On Feb 15, 2012, a SF jury awarded the city $24,000 in
damages against Cobra Solutions and TeleCon.
(SFC, 4/22/03)(SFC, 2/14/12, p.A7)(SFC, 2/16/12,
2003 Apr 21, In the Boston
marathon Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya won for the men (2:10:11) and
Svetlana Zakharova of Russia won for the women (2:25:20).
(WSJ, 4/22/03, A1)
2003 Apr 21, In Cleveland
Amanda Berry (16) went missing. In 2013 she and two other kidnapped
women were found alive in a residential area just south of downtown.
3 brothers were arrested.
2003 Apr 21, AOL Time Warner
sold its 50% stake in Comedy Central to Viacom for about $1.2 bil.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R9)
2003 Apr 21, Ninone Simone
(b.1933), dubbed the high priestess of soul, died in France. She was
born as Eunice Waymon in Tryon, NC., and had her 1st hit in 1959
with "I Loves You, Porgy." In 1992 Simone had authored her own
memoir: “I Put a Spell on You." In 2010 Nadine Cohodas authored
“Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone."
(SFC, 4/22/03, A21)(AP, 4/21/08)(SSFC, 2/14/10,
2003 Apr 21, Luis Moreno Ocampo
of Argentina, currently a visiting professor at Harvard Law School,
was elected as the chief prosecutor of the world's first permanent
war crimes tribunal, headquartered in The Hague.
2003 Apr 21, In Bangladesh two
ferry boats capsized during tropical storms on different rivers, and
hundreds of people were missing. MV Mitali, went down in the
Buriganga River, and the ML Majlishpur ferry, carrying about 90
members of a wedding party, capsized in the Meghna River.
2003 Apr 21, State-run media in
China reported the government had dismissed Beijing's mayor
following the disclosure of a steep increase in SARS cases in the
2003 Apr 21, China (13) and
Hong Kong (6) reported 19 new deaths from SARS.
(SFC, 4/22/03, A3)
2003 Apr 21, Estonia was
reported to rank No. 2 in Internet banking and 3rd in e-government.
(SFC, 4/21/03, p.E3)
2003 Apr 21, Muhammad Hamza
al-Zubaydi (queen of spades), was captured by the Iraqi opposition.
He was known as Saddam's "Shiite Thug" for his role in Iraq's bloody
suppression of the Shiite Muslim uprising of 1991.
(AP, 4/22/03)(SFC, 4/26/03, A14)
2003 Apr 21, In Uruapan,
western Mexico, gunmen disguised as police killed six members of a
family in a suspected drug gang dispute.
2004 Apr 21, Alan Greenspan, US
Federal Reserve Chairman, set the stage for an interest rate
increase in congressional testimony.
(SFC, 4/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 21, In California
Scott Peterson pleaded innocent in the deaths of his pregnant wife
and unborn son.
2004 Apr 21, Mary McGrory (85),
Washington Post columnist, died.
2004 Apr 21, U.S. forces
battled Taliban holdouts in a forbidding mountain range in southern
Afghanistan, killing two fighters and arresting two others.
2004 Apr 21, Chile said it
would begin negotiating a free-trade pact with India beginning in
August. It would at first be limited to commerce in goods.
(WSJ, 4/22/04, p.A17)
2004 Apr 21, Two German fighter
jets collided and crashed in the country's north, police said. The
two-person crew of one plane died and the other crew parachuted to
2004 Apr 21, The Iranian film
“Marmulak" (Lizard) premiered. It was a comedy about a fugitive
criminal disguised as a mullah.
(Econ, 5/8/04, p.45)
2004 Apr 21, In Basra, Iraq, 5
suicide attackers detonated simultaneous car bombs against 3 police
buildings during rush hour, killing at least 74 people, including 23
(AP, 4/21/04)(SFC, 4/22/04, p.A1)(AP, 4/21/05)
2004 Apr 21, U.S Marines backed
by tanks and helicopter gunships battled insurgents in northern
Fallujah, killing nine.
2004 Apr 21, In Israel
Mordechai Vanunu walked out of prison after serving 18 years for
spilling Israel's nuclear secrets. He was later indicted on charges
of violating the terms of his release.
(AP, 4/21/04)(AP, 4/21/05)
2004 Apr 21, Israeli troops
killed 9 Palestinians after rocket attacks were fired at Israel for
a 2nd day.
(WSJ, 4/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 21,
Karl Hass (92), a former Nazi officer convicted of the wartime
massacre of 335 Italian civilians, died in a rest home near Rome,
where he had been serving a life sentence under house arrest.
2004 Apr 21, Otto Herrera (39),
a Guatemalan man described by U.S. authorities as Central America's
most-wanted drug smuggler, was captured by Mexican agents at Mexico
City's Juarez Int'l. Airport. Mexico made the arrest at the request
of U.S. authorities who had offered a $5 million reward for his
2004 Apr 21, President Sam
Nujoma assured Namibians that a land expropriation program would be
conducted in a legal and orderly manner.
2004 Apr 21, Two car bombs
blasted the Saudi security headquarters, killing at least 4 people
and wounding 148.
(AP, 4/21/04)(SFC, 4/22/04, p.A16)
2004 Apr 21, Refugees in Chad
reported that Sudanese and Arab militias were conducting a "reign of
terror" to push blacks out of western Sudan.
(WSJ, 4/22/04, p.A1)
2005 Apr 21, Army Sgt. Hasan
Akbar was convicted by a military jury at Fort Bragg, N.C., of
premeditated murder and attempted murder in an attack that killed
two of his comrades and wounded 14 others in Kuwait.
2005 Apr 21, Anna Ayala, the
woman who claimed she found a finger in her bowl of Wendy's chili on
Mar 22 in San Jose, Ca., was arrested at her home in Las Vegas.
(AP, 4/22/05)(SFC, 4/22/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 21, US and Afghan
soldiers backed by warplanes and artillery battled suspected
insurgents in clashes near the border with Pakistan. 4 fighters and
1 Afghan soldier were killed.
2005 Apr 21, Police in
Melbourne seized 18 million dollars (14 million US) worth of the
party drug ecstasy a week after announcing a world-record haul of
2005 Apr 21, Canada’s PM Paul
Martin apologized to the nation for a corruption scandal that has
shaken his Liberal Party, delivering a rare televised address aimed
at rescuing his minority government.
2005 Apr 21, Tradeable shares
on China’s 2 stock exchanges were reportedly worth $150 billion,
about the same as Denmark’s stock exchange.
(WSJ, 4/21/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 21, In China a
chemical plant blast in Chongqing left 19 people missing.
(WSJ, 4/22/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 21, Zhang Chunqiao
(88), a member of The Gang of Four, died. Beginning around 1965 the
Gang of Four were able to manipulate the Chinese media and youth to
leverage their positions over party moderates, such as Deng
Xiaoping. Mao’s death in 1976 ended their influence and led to their
imprisonment and trial in 1980-81 for their role in the Cultural
Revolution, during which some 34,800 people died.
(SFC, 5/11/05, p.B7)(Econ, 5/21/05, p.90)
2005 Apr 21, Haiti's Supreme
Court overturned the convictions of 38 army and paramilitary leaders
who were sentenced for their roles in a mass slaying a decade ago.
The men had been sentenced in 2000 in connection with a 1994 raid on
the seaside shantytown of Raboteau.
2005 Apr 21, It was reported
that the US has quietly given thousands of guns to the Haitian
National Police and was moving to approve the sale of thousands more
despite a 14-year arms embargo and allegations the force is corrupt,
brutal and responsible for unjustified killings.
2005 Apr 21, In western India a
passenger train departing from a pilgrimage site slammed into a
parked cargo train, throwing cars off the tracks and killing at
least 24 people.
2005 Apr 21, A commercial
helicopter contracted by the US Defense Department was shot down by
missile fire north of Baghdad. 11 people aboard, including 6
American bodyguards, were killed. A roadside bomb exploded on the
highway leading to Baghdad's airport morning, heavily damaging 3
SUVs carrying civilians. Police said 2 foreigners were killed and 3
(WSJ, 4/22/05, p.A1)(AP, 4/21/06)
2005 Apr 21, Saudi authorities
extended their limited experiment in democracy to the holiest cities
of Islam with elections for some local council seats in Mecca and
Medina, in the third and final round of the kingdom's first
2005 Apr 21, Islamic militants
clashed with Saudi security forces in Islam's holiest city of Mecca
and nearby Jiddah, killing two militants and two policemen.
2005 Apr 21, In western Turkey
a gas explosion caused a coal mine to collapse, killing at least 17
workers deep underground.
2005 Apr 21, Health officials
said a polio outbreak in Yemen may be due to pilgrims returning from
2005 Apr 21, In Vietnam 31 war
veterans including 14 women and a driver were killed in a bus crash
while en route to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the end of the
(AP, 4/21/05)(WSJ, 4/22/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 21, In Zambia at least
51 people were killed in a blast at a Chinese-owned
mining-explosives factory in Chambisi.
(WSJ, 4/22/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/2/07, p.A1)
2006 Apr 21, Pres. Bush began a
4-day visit to California. He denied Gov. Schwarzenegger’s request
for federal funds to repair Bay Area levees.
(SFC, 4/22/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 21, Chinese President
Hu Jintao wrapped up his US tour with a visit to Yale University in
New Haven, Conn.
2006 Apr 21, Crude oil futures
closed at $75.17 a barrel in New York for the first time, amid
increasing concerns about the Iranian nuclear crisis and a US
gasoline supply crunch.
(AP, 4/22/06)(WSJ, 4/22/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 21, G-7 ministers met
in Washington DC. They said the world economy remains buoyant but
cited threats from oil market developments, global imbalances and
(WSJ, 4/22/06, p.A4)
2006 Apr 21, The US Justice
Dept. gave assent to a Georgia law requiring photo IDs to vote.
(WSJ, 4/22/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 21, Miss Kentucky was
crowned Miss USA in the 55th annual pageant. Tara Elizabeth Conner
(20) of Russell Springs, was crowned by Chelsea Cooley of North
Carolina, who is Miss USA 2005.
2006 Apr 21, In western
Bangladesh dozens of people were feared to have drowned when a bus
packed with about 50 wedding guests plunged into a river.
2006 Apr 21, The Cambodian PM
Hun Sen ruled out sending troops to Iraq, rejecting a request by the
US for non-combat forces to assist with humanitarian work.
2006 Apr 21, Canada said 2 RCMP
members are heading to Sudan to assist the UN mission there in
training and supporting Sudanese police and, where possible,
advising them on policing methods.
2006 Apr 21, A bomb exploded on
a roadside in Chechnya where schoolchildren were cleaning up trash,
killing a boy and wounding five other children.
2006 Apr 21, In China Tong
Daning, an official from the social security fund, was executed on
charges of spying for rival Taiwan. Government employees were then
required to watch a video about the case. Tong had passed
information to the island's leaders about China's currency regime,
allowing them to avoid massive losses due to exchange rate changes.
2006 Apr 21, In Haiti polling
stations were nearly empty in a crucial legislative runoff. Hundreds
of candidates from more than a dozen parties sought 127 legislative
2006 Apr 21, Shiite politicians
nominated Nouri al-Maliki as Iraq's prime minister after outgoing PM
Ibrahim al-Jaafari gave up his bid for another term. 6 off-duty
Iraqi soldiers were captured and shot execution-style outside a
restaurant in Beiji in northern Iraq. In Baghdad, a Shiite baker was
killed in a drive-by shooting as he headed to work, and the
bullet-riddled bodies of four other Iraqis were found in the
capital. A senior UN official said some 15,000 detainees are being
held in Iraq by government ministries in violation of Iraqi law, and
nearly as many are being held by US-led multinational forces.
(AP, 4/21/06)(AP, 4/22/06)
2006 Apr 21, A senior military
commander said Israel is actively preparing to reoccupy the Gaza
Strip and a powerful lawmaker said the entire Palestinian Cabinet
could be targeted for assassination after the appointment of a
wanted militant to head a new security force.
2006 Apr 21, Nepal's king vowed
to return power to the people of this Himalayan kingdom after weeks
of massive protests and increasing international pressure. King
Gyanendra called on the seven main political parties to name a prime
minister as soon as possible.
2006 Apr 21, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas blocked Hamas' plans to set up a shadow
security force, which was to be made up of militants and to be
headed by the No. 2 on Israel's wanted list.
2006 Apr 21, Russia began
delivering advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Belarus.
2006 Apr 21, US aviation
authorities upgraded Venezuela's safety ranking, averting a ban that
would have blocked most US airlines from flying to the country.
2007 Apr 21, A US Navy Blue
Angel jet went down during an air show in South Carolina, plunging
into a neighborhood of small homes and trailers and killing the
2007 Apr 21, Police in Las
Vegas raided illegal brothels as part of “Operation Dollhouse," a
sting aimed at prostitution and human trafficking with suspected
links to Asia. Prostitution is legal in most counties of Nevada, but
not in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas.
(SFC, 4/25/07, p.B5)
2007 Apr 21, Reid Stowe (55)
and his girlfriend, Soanya Ahmad (23), set off from Hoboken, NJ, on
a sailing voyage planned to last 1,000 days and nights with no port
calls for supplies. Ahmad abandoned the cruise in February 2008,
(SSFC, 4/22/07, p.A9)(AP, 4/21/08)
2007 Apr 21, Rep. Juanita
Millender-McDonald (b.1938), a 7-term congressman from Southern
California, died of cancer.
(SFC, 4/23/07, p.A2)
2007 Apr 21, Taliban insurgents
vowed a new round of attacks against Afghan and foreign troops in
the war-torn country, promising to focus more attention on the
relatively-peaceful north. Suspected Taliban militants ambushed a
police patrol in eastern Afghanistan in a clash that left five
militants and one police officer dead. NATO-led troops shot and
killed a suspected militant and wounded another in the south. In
Nangarhar province US and Afghan troops killed one person and
detained nine others during a raid on a compound.
(AFP, 4/21/07)(AP, 4/21/07)(AP, 4/22/07)
2007 Apr 21, An earthquake in
remote southern Chile shook free a landslide of rocks, sending them
smashing into a narrow fjord and causing massive 25-foot waves that
swept away 10 beachgoers. Three bodies were recovered the next day.
2007 Apr 21, In Cairo an
Egyptian-Canadian man was convicted of spying for Israel and
sentenced to 15 years in prison by a special security court.
2007 Apr 21, Eritrean President
Issaias Afeworki arrived in Sudan determined to kick-start talks to
end the violence in Darfur.
2007 Apr 21, Iran signed a
major gas development and production agreement with Austrian energy
2007 Apr 21, A wall US troops
are building around a Sunni enclave in Baghdad came under increasing
criticism, with residents calling it "collective punishment" and a
local leader saying construction began without the neighborhood
council's approval. A bomb left on a bus exploded in Baghdad's Sadr
City neighborhood, killing at least three people. A roadside bomb
killed the mayor of Musayyib. 2 bullet-riddled dead bodies were
discovered in Musayyib. Gunmen stormed a house in Kirkuk killing a
mother, father and their two teenage daughters. One American soldier
was killed and two were wounded by a roadside bomb southwest of
Baghdad. Sami Abdul-Amir al-Jumaili, the chairman of Fallujah's city
council, an outspoken critic of al-Qaida who took the job in the
former Sunni insurgent stronghold after his three predecessors were
assassinated, was killed in a drive-by shooting.
2007 Apr 21, Israeli troops
killed four Palestinians in clashes in the West Bank, including
three militants who died when troops opened fire at their vehicle. A
Palestinian policeman was killed when he climbed on the roof of his
home during an Israeli arrest operation in the village of Kafr Dan.
Palestinian officials said a 17-year-old girl, identified as Bushra
Wahash, was shot by Israeli gunfire as she peered out the window of
her home in the Jenin refugee camp. Palestinian militants in Gaza
fired three homemade rockets into southern Israel. One of the
rockets scored a direct hit on a house in the Israeli border town of
Sderot, causing no injuries. Minutes later, an Israeli aircraft
fired a missile at a Palestinian car near the rocket launch site. A
37-year-old man in the car was killed and a second occupant was
2007 Apr 21, In Indian-held
Kashmir police found the bodies of 2 Hindus with their throats slit,
as hundreds protested the killing of a Muslim woman.
2007 Apr 21, Charles Simonyi,
an American billionaire who paid $25 million for a 13-day trip to
outer space, returned to Earth in a space capsule that also carried
a cosmonaut and an American astronaut, making a soft landing on the
2007 Apr 21, In Mexico a
Durango state police commander was kidnapped and killed and two
other officers were shot dead in a gun battle with his abductors.
2007 Apr 21, A truck bomb aimed
at Nigeria's electoral commission headquarters ran into barriers and
failed to explode. Polls opened despite the attack for a
presidential vote already shadowed by charges of fraud and a
last-minute ballot hitch. Voting in Nigeria's parliamentary
elections was suspended in most of central Lagos, the economic
capital, because of errors on the ballot papers.
(AP, 4/21/07)(AFP, 4/21/07)
2007 Apr 21, In Somalia heavy
fighting between Islamic insurgents and Ethiopian troops backing the
government left at least 52 civilians dead in Mogadishu.
2007 Apr 21, In Sri Lanka
suspected Tamil Tiger rebels set off a landmine targeting troops on
patrol in Batticaloa. A civilian was killed and three others
2007 Apr 21, Venezuelans
marched amid heavy security in the opposition's largest show of
support yet for a television station targeted by President Hugo
Chavez, whom they accuse of suppressing freedom of speech and
2007 Apr 21, A Zimbabwe cabinet
minister said the Chinese government has given Zimbabwe a 58 million
dollars financing facility that will be used to purchase farming
equipment, implements and tools.
2008 Apr 21, A US judge in
California sentenced Tai Mak (58) to 10 years in federal prison for
attempting to take unclassified but sensitive information about US
naval technology to China in 2005.
(SFC, 4/22/08, p.A3)
2008 Apr 21,
It was reported that the 4th generation Oqo Model 02 personal
computer, which weighed one pound and clipped onto a belt, was
available for a starting price of $1,300. It had been developed over
the last 8 years in SF in a venture begun by former Apple and IBM
(SFC, 4/21/08, p.D1)
2008 Apr 21, Crude oil futures
settled at a record $117.48 per barrel.
(WSJ, 4/21/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 21,
Resources Minister Martin Ferguson announced that Australia
has extended control of its continental shelf by nearly 1 million
square miles under an agreement with the UN.
2008 Apr 21, The 6-member Gulf
Cooperation Council met in Bahrain, along with representatives from
Egypt, Jordan and Condoleezza Rice for the US, to discuss diplomatic
support for Iraq as well as other issues. Rice failed to secure firm
commitments on debt relief for Iraq.
(SFC, 4/22/08, p.A10)(WSJ, 4/22/08, p.A10)
2008 Apr 21,
The Bank of England announced a 50-billion-pound plan, the
special Liquidity Scheme, to free up Britain's home loan market in
one of the biggest moves by a major central bank to combat the
global credit crunch.
(AFP, 4/21/08)(Econ, 4/26/08, p.96)
2008 Apr 21,
The Ethiopian government announced it was severing diplomatic
relations with Qatar, accusing the Gulf Arab state of destabilizing
the Horn of Africa region.
2008 Apr 21, The Paris city
council bestowed the title of "honorary citizen" on the Dalai Lama.
2008 Apr 21,
In Indonesia Self-proclaimed Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leaders Abu
Dujana and Zarkasih, blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings, were
sentenced to 15 years each at separate trials in the South Jakarta
2008 Apr 21, Iraq’s PM Nouri
al-Maliki urged other Arab countries to reopen their embassies in
the capital as a show of support for his government as it cracks
down on Shiite militias in Iraq. 6 people died in clashes in
Baghdad's embattled Shiite enclave of Sadr City. They included 3
policemen and 3 civilians. In Baqouba a woman wearing an explosive
vest blew herself up at the headquarters of group of US-allied Sunni
fighters. The blast killed 3 people and wounded 4. An unmanned drone
killed two gunmen in Baghdad's embattled Sadr City district. US
troops were hit by a roadside bomb and then attacked with small-arms
fire. They returned fire and killed 3 attackers. 2 US soldiers were
killed by a bomb in Salahuddin province. A US Marine was killed by a
roadside bomb in Basra.
(AP, 4/21/08)(AP, 4/22/08)(SFC, 4/22/08,
p.A10)(SFC, 4/23/08, p.A2)
2008 Apr 21, Israeli military
forces killed three Palestinian militants who were trying to
infiltrate into Israel from Gaza. Former President Carter said that
Hamas, the Islamic militant group that has called for the
destruction of Israel, is prepared to accept the right of the Jewish
state to "live as a neighbor next door in peace." Hamas said it
would accept a Palestinian state with pre-1967 borders.
(AP, 4/21/08)(WSJ, 4/21/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 21, In Japan PM Yasuo
Fukuda met with South Korea’s Pres. Lee Myung-bak and both declared
a new era of closer cooperation.
(WSJ, 4/22/08, p.A10)
2008 Apr 21, Pirates in the
Gulf of Aden fired on a Japanese oil tanker, unleashing hundreds of
gallons of fuel into the sea. The attack took place 170 miles off
the coast of Yemen while the 150,000-ton tanker was heading to Saudi
2008 Apr 21, Malaysia's leg of
the Olympic torch relay passed off largely without incident with a
heavy police presence netting just five protesters and thousands of
well-wishers braving torrential rain.
2008 Apr 21, A rebel group from
Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta said it attacked two major oil
pipelines there in what it called a message to the United States to
stop supporting "injustice" in the troubled region.
2008 Apr 21, A prison official
says Pakistan has ordered the release of Sufi Muhammad, a
pro-Taliban leader who sent thousands of fighters against the US-led
invasion of Afghanistan.
2008 Apr 21, In South Korea an
Agriculture Ministry official said at least 5.3 million birds will
be slaughtered to contain its latest outbreak of bird flu.
(WSJ, 4/22/08, p.A10)
2008 Apr 21, In Sudan gunmen
killed a second driver delivering food aid for the UN's World Food
Program in the Darfur region, where banditry has forced vital
rations to be halved.
2008 Apr 21, Thailand’s
government said more than 10 million people in parts of its rice
bowl region have been hit by drought causing further concerns as
prices of the staple grain soared.
2009 Apr 21, President Barack
Obama signed a $5.7 billion national service bill to foster and
fulfill people's desire to make a difference, such as by mentoring
children, cleaning up parks or building and weatherizing homes for
the poor. Under the bill the AmeriCorps program started by President
Bill Clinton will triple in size over the next eight years.
2009 Apr 21, Daniel Andreas San
Diego (31), a computer specialist from Berkeley, Ca., was added to
the FBI's list of "Most Wanted" terror suspects. Authorities
described him as an animal rights activist who had turned to bomb
attacks. San Diego became the 24th person on the list, and the only
domestic terror suspect.
2009 Apr 21, In a New York
court Somali pirate Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse (18) was charged with
piracy and other crimes relating to the Apr 8-Apr 12 siege of the
(WSJ, 4/22/09, p.A3)
2009 Apr 21, San Francisco
Mayor Gavin Newsom formally declared his 2010 campaign for
(SFC, 4/22/09, p.A1)
2009 Apr 21, In NYC real estate
baroness Leona Helmsley's estate gave away $136 million to
hospitals, foundations and the homeless and left $1 million to
animal charities, prompting one advocate to accuse the estate of
failing to honor the hotel tycoon's wishes.
2009 Apr 21, The Boston
Marathon was won by Ethiopia’s Deriba Merga for the men and Salina
Kosgei of Kenya for the women.
(WSJ, 4/21/09, p.A1)
2009 Apr 21, National libraries
and the UN education agency put some of humanity's earliest written
works online, from ancient Chinese oracle bones to the first
European map of the New World. The World Digital Library project is
modeled on the Library of Congress' American Memory project, which
debuted in the 1990s.
2009 Apr 21, In Afghanistan
police in southern Uruzgan province clashed with militants in the
Khas Uruzgan district, killing seven suspected insurgents.
2009 Apr 21, Scientists
attending a conference in England said that a planet named Gliese
581 e, has been located in a galaxy outside our solar system. The
new planet is probably too hot for human life because it sits very
close to the sun-like star it orbits. A 2nd planet, Gliese 581 d
found in 2007, was said to be in a zone habitable for potential
(AP, 4/21/09)(SFC, 4/22/09, p.A10)
2009 Apr 21, Jack Jones (96),
Britain union leader, died. He became a household name in Britain
through his battles to secure better rights for workers.
2009 Apr 21, The Bank of Canada
cut its benchmark interest rate to an historic low of 0.25% and made
no explicit commitment on taking nonconventional measures to spur
the economy even as it predicted a deeper-than-expected recession.
2009 Apr 21, In China three
people were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for deadly arson
attacks during last year's rioting in the Tibetan capital.
2009 Apr 21, French police
detained around 200 undocumented migrants in a major operation in
the Channel port of Calais.
2009 Apr 21, Egyptian
antiquities authorities announced that archaeologists exploring the
"Way of Horus," an old military road in the Sinai, have unearthed
four new temples amidst the 3,000-year-old remains of an ancient
fortified city that could have been used to impress foreign
delegations visiting Egypt. Early studies suggested the fortified
city had been Egypt's military headquarters from the New Kingdom
(1569-1081 BC) until the Ptolemaic era, a period lasting about 1500
2009 Apr 21, India's central
bank cut two key short-term interest rates by 25 basis points each,
in a bid to kickstart the Asian giant's slowing economy. The Reserve
Bank of India (RBI) lowered the repo, the rate at which it lends to
commercial banks, to a record low of 4.75%, from a peak of 9.0% last
year. It also reduced the reverse repo, the rate at which it borrows
from banks, to 3.25%.
2009 Apr 21, In Iran Roxana
Saberi (31), dual American-Iranian citizen convicted on April 13 of
spying for the United States, went on a hunger strike. She was
sentenced to eight years in prison after a swift, closed door trial.
Saberi ended her hunger strike on April 5 and waited for her appeal
process to move forward.
(AP, 4/25/09)(AP, 5/6/09)
2009 Apr 21, Japan's highest
court upheld the death sentence of a woman convicted of murdering
four neighbors and sickening dozens more with arsenic-laced curry
more than a decade ago. A district court had convicted Masumi
Hayashi (47) in 2002 of deliberately lacing a pot of curry with
arsenic and serving it to neighbors at a festival in July 1998 in
2009 Apr 21, In central Kenya
villagers clashed overnight with an outlawed criminal gang using
machetes, axes and clubs, killing about 40 people. Residents near
the town of Karatina fought Mungiki members because the gang had
been extorting money from them.
(AP, 4/21/09)(Econ, 4/25/09, p.53)
2009 Apr 21, Madagascar’s
military-backed Pres. Andry Rajoelina banned demonstrations one day
after a policeman was killed.
(SFC, 4/25/09, p.A2)
2009 Apr 21, In Mexico soldiers
captured Isaac Manuel Godoy Castro, an alleged top member of the
Arellano Felix cartel, along with six other alleged members of his
2009 Apr 21, In Myanmar
authorities arrested Chit Pe, the pro-democracy deputy chairman, and
party member Aung Saw Wei in Twante township. Both took part in a
prayer service for the release of political prisoners which was held
at a pagoda, about 20 miles south of Yangon. The two were charged
with insulting religion, which carries a possible two-year jail
2009 Apr 21, In Nigeria
officials said a strike by petrol truck drivers has caused a
scarcity of fuel in the commercial capital Lagos, leading to long
queues at petrol stations. The strike began at the weekend following
a dispute between the tanker drivers and officials of the Lagos
state traffic management authority LASMA. Gunmen in Nigeria attacked
an oil tanker off the coast of the Niger Delta, kidnapping the
ship's captain and an engineer. The Turkish vessel Ilena Mercan,
chartered by French oil company Total, was attacked on its way to
Onne port in Nigeria's southeastern Rivers state.
(AFP, 4/21/09)(Reuters, 4/21/09)
2009 Apr 21, North and South
Korea held their first formal talks for more than a year but
discussions ended without agreement after just 22 minutes.
2009 Apr 21, Sierra Leone sent
three men convicted of drug smuggling to the US, where they are
wanted on similar charges, shortly after they were sentenced to
five-year prison terms along with five other foreign nationals.
2009 Apr 21, Somali pirates
freed a chemical tanker and its 23 Filipino crew members after
holding them hostage in the Gulf of Aden for more than five months.
The MT Stolt Strength was seized Nov. 10, 2008.
2009 Apr 21, Sri Lanka’s
military said 52,000 had escaped the war zone.
2009 Apr 21, Sudanese President
Omar al-Beshir arrived in Ethiopia, on his sixth foreign trip since
an international arrest warrant for alleged war crimes was issued
2009 Apr 21, In Geneva over 100
countries agreed on a declaration to combat racism and related forms
of intolerance worldwide. The US was not among them, prompting sharp
criticism from African-American groups participating in the UN's
second global conference on racism.
2009 Apr 21, Turkish
anti-terror police detained 37 suspects accused of links to the
al-Qaida terror network.
(AP, 4/21/09)(WSJ, 4/22/09, p.A10)
2010 Apr 21, US Treasury
officials unveiled a new $100 bill at a news conference.
2010 Apr 21, In Arizona the
Havasupai Indian tribe ended a 7-year legal fight with Arizona State
Univ. over blood samples members gave to university researchers for
diabetes research that were also used to study schizophrenia,
inbreeding and ancient population migration. Tribal members called
it a case of genetic piracy.
(SFC, 4/22/10, p.A6)
2010 Apr 21, In Florida Nevin
Shapiro (41), a leading Univ. of Miami athletics patron, was put
under federal custody on charges of running a $900 million Ponzi
scheme in which he duped investors into thinking they were paying
into a successful grocery brokerage business.
(SFC, 4/22/10, p.A6)
2010 Apr 21, In Mississippi
Richard Barrett (67), a white supremacist lawyer, was fatally
stabbed and beaten at his home in Pearl. The next morning the house
was set on fire and Vincent McGee (22), a black neighbor, was
charged with murder. On April 23 three others were charged with
accessories after the fact and arson. In 1966 Barrett had founded a
supremacist group called the Nationalist Movement, but it never
amounted to much.
(SFC, 4/24/10, p.A7)
2010 Apr 21, Afghan and NATO
officials announced that authorities captured a local Taliban
commander, Mullah Faqir, earlier this month after a gunbattle in
2010 Apr 21, The Algerian
Defense Ministry said Algeria, Mauritania, Mali and Niger are
opening a joint military headquarters in the Algerian city
Tamanrasset, in a united effort to combat terrorism and kidnapping
in northwestern Africa. The Committee of Joint Chiefs (CEMOC) was
based in Tamanrasset.
(AP, 4/21/10)(AP, 12/20/11)
2010 Apr 21, In Bosnia war
veterans protested proposed cuts in state benefits and set fire to a
regional government building before being dispersed by riot police.
(SFC, 4/22/10, p.A2)
2010 Apr 21, Egypt charged five
leading members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, including a Saudi,
Awadh al-Qarani, with money laundering and raising funds abroad, in
the latest government effort targeting the country's largest
(AP, 4/21/10)(AP, 4/26/10)
2010 Apr 21, Germany recognized
14 US soldiers serving in Afghanistan for risking their lives to
help German soldiers in a firefight on April 2, Good Friday,
awarding them the country's Gold Cross medal.
2010 Apr 21, In Iraq US
diplomats visited a Baghdad prison that PM al-Maliki has ordered
closed. The prison on the grounds of the Old Muthanna military
airfield had been undisclosed and held hundreds of detainees from
(SFC, 4/22/10, p.A5)
2010 Apr 21, In Mexico police
found the bound bodies of two men in Cuernavaca, alongside a banner
that threatened to kill 25 more drug cartel members. The message
said 25 of Beltran Leyva's henchmen are being held and interrogated
in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco and would be executed soon.
Dozens of gunmen burst into a Holiday Inn and another hotel in the
northern city of Monterrey, searching from room-to-room and
abducting at least six people. Troops battled a suspected drug gang
in a wealthy neighborhood on the outskirts of Mexico City and
captured Jose Gerardo Alvarez Vazquez, an alleged major trafficker
with a $2 million US bounty on his head. 14 other suspected drug
traffickers were arrested in the shootout that left 3 people dead
and two alleged traffickers wounded.
(AP, 4/21/10)(AP, 4/22/10)
2010 Apr 21, In Paraguay an
attack by suspected leftist guerrillas killed a police officer and
three laborers at a farm. Deputy Interior Minister Carmelo Caballero
blamed the attack on the Paraguayan People's Army, a leftist group
that has been linked to bank robberies and kidnappings in the past
decade. He said guerrillas apparently were trying to steal animals.
2010 Apr 21, In the Philippines
an electrical fire forced a cargo plane's pilots to attempt an
emergency landing in a Philippine rice field when the Russian-made
Antonov-12 aircraft burst into flames, killing three of its six
crew. The dead included two Russian ground engineers and a
2010 Apr 21, Rwandan opposition
leader and presidential hopeful Victoire Ingabire was arrested on
charges of denying the 1994 genocide and "collaborating with a
terrorist organization." Ingabire was handed conditional freedom the
next day, but was barred from travelling out of the capital city,
(AP, 4/21/10)(AFP, 4/22/10)
2010 Apr 21, In Somalia
residents said 5 headless bodies have been found in a rebel-held
area of Mogadishu. They suspected the Islamist militant group
al-Shabab killed the men because they had helped construct the
parliament building. The men had been missing for the last five
days. Residents said clashes in central Somalia killed 12 people,
2010 Apr 21, Four suspected
Somali pirates carrying AK-47s and a rocket-propelled grenade seized
the Panamanian-flagged, Liberian-owned Voc Daisy, a bulk carrier
with 21 crew on board, the fourth ship pirates have seized in less
than a week.
2010 Apr 21, A South African
luxury train carrying foreign tourists, most of them Americans, sped
out of control downhill and derailed near Pretoria, killing two
Rovos Rail crew members as coaches flipped and crumpled against one
another. A 3rd crew member soon died from injuries in a
(AP, 4/21/10)(AP, 4/22/10)
2010 Apr 21, In Sri Lanka
veteran politician Dissanayake Mudiyansalage Jayaratne took the oath
of office as the country’s 20th prime minister.
2010 Apr 21, In Syria a smoking
ban that few are expected to abide by went into effect. The law,
which also forbids the sale of cigarettes to minors, was approved
six months ago by President Bashar Assad, a British-trained eye
doctor. A 1996 decree issued by Assad's late father, President Hafez
Assad, had banned smoking in government offices, hospitals and the
airport. A 2004 law banned smoking in internet cafes and another law
in 2006 made buses, railway stations, movie theaters, parks and
cultural centers smoke-free, with violators facing a fine of about
$10 and three months in jail. But the bans were often flouted and
not strictly enforced.
2010 Apr 21, The presidents of
Ukraine and Russia agreed to extend the stay of Russia's Black Sea
Fleet in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol to 2042 after the existing
lease expires in 2017. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that
Kiev will receive large discounts on gas shipments in return for
certainty over the base's future, $100 for every 1,000 cubic meters
of gas or 30 percent if the benchmark price falls below $330.
(AP, 4/21/10)(SFC, 4/22/10, p.A2)
2011 Apr 21, The US Justice
Department indicted 3 US citizens and their two companies for
illegally exporting millions of dollars worth of computers to Iran
2011 Apr 21, The United States
started flying armed drones to bolster NATO firepower and try to
break a battlefield stalemate with Moammar Gadhafi's forces.
2011 Apr 21, Mattel Inc, after
waging a seven-year legal war against a tiny California company,
suffered a surprise defeat after a US jury decided that MGA
Entertainment Inc is the rightful owner of the once-billion dollar
line of pouty-lipped Bratz dolls.
2011 Apr 21, US helicopter
maker Sikorsky Aircraft won a Turkish contract worth $3.5 billion
(2.4 billion euros).
2011 Apr 21, San
Francisco-based PG&E CEO Peter Darby (58) said he would retire
at the end of the month in a bid to give his embattled business a
(SFC, 4/22/11, p.A1)
2011 Apr 21, Nevada Sen. John
Ensign (52) announced that he will resign amid an ethics
investigation revolving around and extramarital affair with Cynthia
Hampton, a member of his campaign staff and providing lobbying work
to her husband. In April, 2008, Ensign’s parents had paid Douglas
and Cynthia Hampton $96,000. In 2009 Douglas Hampton said it was
(SFC, 4/22/11, p.A6)(SFC, 4/23/11, p.A4)
2011 Apr 21, Jess Stonestreet
Jackson (81), lawyer turned winemaker, died in Geyserville, Ca. He
and his first wife, Jane Kendall, produced their first wine under
the Kendall-Jackson label in 1982. His brand soon became synonymous
with Chardonnay, the nation’s most favored grape.
(SFC, 4/22/11, p.A1)
2011 Apr 21, In Afghanistan a
bomb blast killed three Afghan policemen on a bus in Nangarhar
province. The nephew of a militant network run by Gulbuddin
Hekmatyar was killed in fighting in Wardak province. In Khost
province 3 Afghan men, who were part of a civilian police force
guarding a road construction project, were killed by coalition
forces in Spera district.
(AP, 4/21/11)(AP, 4/22/11)
2011 Apr 21, In Brazil a small
plane crashed in the Amazon soon after taking off from Manaus,
killing seven people. 8 others on the air taxi survived.
2011 Apr 21, The African Union
lifted sanctions on Ivory Coast, ending four months of diplomatic
isolation, but fighting between armed groups underscored the
challenges facing the new president.
2011 Apr 21, In eastern
Bangladesh a crowded ferry carrying about 100 passengers capsized in
a river, leaving at least 28 people dead and more feared missing.
2011 Apr 21, Burkina Faso’s
President Blaise Compaore announced he will remain president and
named himself as defense minister, becoming a member of his
2011 Apr 21, Chinese police
raided the Kirti monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery where
tensions have run high over the March 17 death of a monk named
Phuntsog. Police took 300 monks to an unknown location and two
villagers trying to block the monks' removal were killed.
2011 Apr 21, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy hosted Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in Paris as
Europe reflects more and more openly on the prospect of recognizing
an independent Palestine.
2011 Apr 21, French police
began exhuming five bodies from a freshly dug grave at a house in
the northwestern city of Nantes. They are believed to be those of
Agnes Dupont de Ligonnes (49), and her four children, aged 13-21.
The family went missing almost three weeks ago. The father, Xavier
Dupont de Ligonnes, remained unaccounted for.
2011 Apr 21, Haiti's
president-elect Michel Martelly urged the international community to
"not recognize the results of legislative elections" tainted by
fraud to benefit the ruling party.
2011 Apr 21, In Indonesia
police arrested 19 terror suspects who then led them to five massive
bombs buried beneath a gas pipeline near a church just outside the
capital. The explosives had been set to detonate by cell phone at
around 9 a.m. on Good Friday.
2011 Apr 21, Iranian security
forces killed four members of "extreme religious groups" who were
behind deadly attacks in the western province of Kurdistan. The four
belonged to a Wahhabi group. Wahhabism is the austere form of Sunni
Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia.
2011 Apr 21, An Iraqi court
sentenced three members of Saddam Hussein's regime to death for
their involvement in the assassination of a Saddam opponent, Shiite
dissident Talib al-Suhail, in 1994. The court acquitted Tariq Aziz,
who has already been sentenced to death for persecuting members of
Shiite religious parties under the former regime.
2011 Apr 21, Italian automaker
Fiat, closing in on its goal of taking a majority stake and full
control of Chrysler LLC by the end of the year, announced a deal to
buy another 16 percent share sooner than expected at a price of $1.3
2011 Apr 21, A group of
Japanese internet service providers started blocking access to child
porn websites as part of efforts to crack down on the spread of
sexually explicit images of children.
2011 Apr 21, Libyan government
troops pounded the rebel-held city of Misrata overnight, undeterred
by Western threats to step up military action against Muammar
Gaddafi's forces. Mortar fire killed at least three rebels and
wounded 17 in attacks on Tripoli Street. State television said NATO
forces had struck the Khallat al-Farjan area of the capital Tripoli,
killing seven people and wounding 18 others. Rebels overran a post
on the Tunisian border, marking their first advance in weeks against
Moamer Kadhafi's forces.
(Reuters, 4/21/11)(AFP, 4/21/11)
2011 Apr 21, In Mexico
prosecutors reported that further excavations at a vacant lot in the
state capital of Durango yielded 11 more bodies, 10 men and one
woman, in addition to 26 badly decomposed bodies found a day
2011 Apr 21, Somali pirates
captured an Italian cargo ship headed for Iran with 21 crew members
on board, including 6 Italians and 15 Filipinos, in the Arabian Sea
near Oman. The Rosalia D'Amato was released on Nov 25 after a ransom
was dropped onto the ship.
(AFP, 7/24/11)(AFP, 11/26/11)
2011 Apr 21, Sri Lankan
authorities repudiated a UN report that said as many as 40,000
civilians were killed in the 2008-2009 military offensive against
the Tamil Tigers, and that most of them were killed by
(SFC, 4/22/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 21, Rebels in south
Sudan's oil-rich Unity state continued for a third day to attack
southern army positions.
2011 Apr 21, Syria's President
Bashar Assad ratified an end to the country's 50-year-old state of
emergency. The move was a formality after the government abolished
the emergency laws two days ago.
2011 Apr 21, Ugandan opposition
leader Kizza Besigye was detained on charges relating to a fourth
round of protests against high prices that left two police officers
and one child dead. A Ugandan court on Aug. 9 dropped two cases
against Besigye for his anti-government protests.
(Reuters, 4/21/11)(AFP, 8/9/11)
2012 Apr 21, US DEA agents in
San Diego raided a house for drugs and detained 9 people including
engineering student Daniel Chong (23). The DEA forgot about Chong
and left him in a holding cell for 4 days with no food or water.
Chong planned to seek damages. On July 30, 2013, his attorney said
Chong had agreed to settle claims for $4.1 million.
(SFC, 5/3/12, p.A9)(SFC, 7/31/13, p.A6)
2012 Apr 21, The New York Times
reported that Wal-Mart (Walmart) failed to notify law enforcement
officials even after its own investigators found evidence of
millions of dollars in bribes by top executives of its Mexican
subsidiary carried out to build stores across that country. The
payments were said to be made in 2005.
(AP, 4/21/12)(Econ, 4/28/12, p.71)
2012 Apr 21, Charles "Chuck"
Colson (b.1931), described as the "evil genius" of the Nixon
administration, died. Colson had pleaded guilty in 1974 to
obstruction of justice in connection with attempts to discredit
Daniel Ellsberg. He served 7 months in prison. Royalties from all
his books have gone to his ministry program, as did the $1 million
Templeton prize, which he won in 1993.
(AP, 4/22/12)(SSFC, 4/22/12, p.A8)(Econ, 4/28/12,
2012 Apr 21, An Afghan official
said security forces arrested five militants on April 13 with 10,000
kilograms (22,000 pounds) of explosives that they smuggled in from
Pakistan to carry out a massive attack in Kabul, as well as another
three suspects, arrested on April 15, allegedly planning to
assassinate the vice president.
(AP, 4/21/12)(AFP, 4/21/12)
2012 Apr 21, In Australia 2
Aboriginal teenagers were shot by police in central Sydney after
mounting a crowded footpath in a stolen car and hitting a bystander.
2012 Apr 21, Bahrain's
opposition reported the first death in protests timed for this
weekend's controversial Grand Prix as rising fears prompted tighter
security around the Formula One race circuit. The body of Salah
Abbas Habib (36) was found in Shakhura village, where security
forces overnight had "attacked peaceful protesters.
2012 Apr 21, The EU missions in
Jerusalem and Ramallah condemned the recent eviction of a
Palestinian family from its east Jerusalem home, ahead of its
inhabitation by Jewish settlers.
2012 Apr 21, Gambia's President
Yahya Jammeh warned foreign diplomats his country would not be
"bribed" with aid to accept homosexuality.
2012 Apr 21, In India Maoist
guerrillas shot the two guards dead and captured Alex Paul Menon
(32), a district collector, as he toured a village in Sukma
district, 320 km (200 miles) from the state capital Raipur. Menon
was freed on May 3.
(AFP, 4/22/12)(AFP, 5/3/12)
2012 Apr 21, In India 10 French
nationals, including 6 women were thrown out of the Indian state of
Bihar after they were alleged to be working with a charity linked to
Maoist rebel fighters.
2012 Apr 21, Indonesian
authorities questioned more than 70 mostly Afghan asylum seekers
bound for Australia after their boat was hit by a powerful wave,
forcing them to swim to shore. There were between 83 and 100 people
on the boat. Police made no connection between this case and another
reported on April 14.
2012 Apr 21, In Iraq bombs
exploded in two minibuses in Baghdad, killing three people and
wounding at least 12, while a bomb attack on a governor's convoy
wounded two guards.
2012 Apr 21, Japan said it will
take steps to forgive about 300 billion yen ($3.7 billion) of
Myanmar's debt and resume full-fledged development aid as a way to
support the country's democratic and economic reforms.
2012 Apr 21, Kenyan rangers
shot dead five suspected elephant poachers overnight in a firefight
at Chepareria in West Pokot County.
2012 Apr 21, In Libya fresh
fighting flared in the desert town of Kufra overnight leaving three
people dead and 17 others wounded. The fighting erupted after Zwai
tribesman shot dead a Toubu man.
2012 Apr 21, In the Netherlands
two trains in Amsterdam were involved in a head-on collision that
seriously wounded 42 people. One passenger died the next day.
2012 Apr 21, In northern
Nigeria 5 suspected Islamist militants were killed when bombs they
were assembling exploded during a shootout with government troops.
2012 Apr 21, Philippine army
troops killed 6 communist guerrillas near the village of Bayawel.
(SFC, 4/23/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 21, The third World
Investment Forum opened in Doha, Qatar. Leaders and officials
attending called for channeling more investments to poor nations and
for introducing regulatory guidelines to help foster investments.
2012 Apr 21, In Sudan a Muslim
mob has set ablaze a Catholic church frequented by Southern Sudanese
in the capital Khartoum.
2012 Apr 21, In Syria a group
of UN cease-fire observers toured a rebel-held neighborhood in the
central city of Homs as residents chanted loudly for a military
intervention to protect them from President Bashar Assad's regime
forces. State media said Syria has released 30 people who were
detained for their alleged role in an anti-regime uprising, but who
have "no blood on their hands." Fighting and government shelling
stopped in Homs and troops hid tanks in advance of the visit by the
UN observers. A huge explosion rocked a Syrian military airport on
the outskirts of the capital.
(AP, 4/21/12)(AFP, 4/21/12)
2012 Apr 21, In Yemen Benjamin
Malbrancke (28), a French staff member of the international Red
Cross, was kidnapped in the coastal province of Hudayda. He was
freed on July 13.
2013 Apr 21, The US said that
it will double its non-lethal assistance to Syria's opposition as
the rebels' top supporters vowed to enhance and expand their backing
of the 2-year battle to oust President Assad's regime.
2013 Apr 21, Stephen A.
Schwarzman, founder of the private equity firm Blackstone, said he
would give $100 million as a personal gift and raise another $200
million to endow the Schwarzman Scholars program at Beijing's
2013 Apr 21, In Federal Way,
Washington, Dennis Clark III (28) killed his live-in girlfriend at
an apartment complex and then fatally shot 3 other men. Clark was
shot by police and died at the scene.
(SFC, 4/23/13, p.A3)
2013 Apr 21, In Afghanistan
insurgents shot 6 police officers dead at a checkpoint in Ghazni
province. A suicide bomber killed 3 civilians at a shopping bazaar
in Paktika province. Among the dead was Asanullah Sadat, who stepped
down as the district's governor two years ago.
2013 Apr 21, In eastern
Afghanistan a Turkish civilian helicopter was forced to make an
emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled area of Logar province.
Insurgents took all 11 people aboard the aircraft hostage, including
8 Turks, one Afghan translator and 2 foreign pilots. Four of the
Turks were freed on May 12.
(AP, 4/22/13)(AP, 5/13/13)
2013 Apr 21, China slammed the
human rights record of the US in response to Washington's April 19
report on rights around the world, saying that US military
operations have infringed on rights abroad and that political
donations at home have thwarted the country's democracy.
2013 Apr 21, The Chinese
factory fishing ship Kai Xin, that burned last week off Antarctica,
sank without anyone on board.
2013 Apr 21, Egypt's state news
agency says that a government legal agency representing President
Mohammed Morsi has lost an appeal to reverse a court-ordered
suspension of parliamentary elections. Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki
submitted his resignation, in a move that signaled strong
disapproval of the president's handling of a prolonged showdown with
the country's judiciary.
2013 Apr 21, In Egypt a
provincial prosecutor ordered a man flogged 80 times for public
drunkenness. Police officers in the southern province of Minya
refused to carry out the order. The country's top attorney soon
ordered Hussein Anani's decision cancelled and referred him to a
2013 Apr 21, In France tens of
thousands of demonstrators took to sunny Paris boulevards to protest
the expected passage this week of a bill legalizing gay marriage.
2013 Apr 21, Iraqi election
monitors reported multiple irregularities in the country's first
provincial vote since US troops left, but were unclear as to whether
results would be affected. A bomb went off in a popular kebab shop
in Fallujah, killing eight and wounding 25.
2013 Apr 21, A Jordanian
security official said police have arrested eight Syrians on
suspicion of inciting riots at a refugee camp near the Jordan-Syria
2013 Apr 21, Libyan military
officers demanded the dismissal of Maj. Gen. Youssef al-Mangoush,
the army chief of staff, pledging to go on strike if he is not
replaced. They gave the government 10 days to comply with their
demands, threatening to walk away from their posts.
2013 Apr 21, Nigerian officials
said fighting between the military and Boko Haram Islamic extremists
killed at least 185 people in Baga, a fishing community in the
nation's far northeast. An attack that began April 19 saw insurgents
fire rocket-propelled grenades and soldiers spray machine-gun fire
into neighborhoods filled with civilians. A day later the Red Cross
said 187 people had been killed.
(AP, 4/21/13)(AP, 4/22/13)
2013 Apr 21, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up outside a meeting of the ANP in the
northwestern city of Peshawar, killing 16 people.
2013 Apr 21, Paraguay held
presidential elections to replace Federico Franco, who served out
Fernando Lugo's term and is not eligible to seek a new one. Tobacco
magnate Horacio Cartes of the Colorado Party was elected with 46% of
the vote, returning the conservative Colorado Party to the
presidency. Sen. Efrain Alegre of Franco's Liberal Party won 37%.
2013 Apr 21, A South Korean
news agency reported that North Korea has moved two short-range
missile launchers to its east coast, apparently indicating it is
pushing ahead with preparations for a test launch.
2013 Apr 21, Syrian troops
backed by pro-government gunmen pounded rebel-held areas near the
Lebanese border. In Idlib province at least 5 people, including
children, were killed in an airstrike on a village school.
2013 Apr 21, In Syria over
1,000 people were killed by sarin gas in the Damascus suburb of
Ghouta. The government denied responsibility.
(Econ, 4/26/14, p.46)
2013 Apr 21, In Yemen a
US drone strike killed two suspected al-Qaida militants east of
Sanaa. A few hours later al-Qaida fighters attacked a military
checkpoint in the same area, killing two soldiers. A militant was
killed in the shootout.
2014 Apr 21, In Massachusetts
more than 32,000 hit the streets in the first Boston Marathon since
last year’s deadly bombing.
(SFC, 4/22/14, p.A6)
2014 Apr 21, In Afghanistan
Esmatullah, a prominent campaign worker in the presidential
election, was shot dead outside his home in Logar province. He had
worked as an election observer for presidential candidate Abdul Rab
2014 Apr 21, In
India-controlled Kashmir suspected rebels gunned down two village
elders and one victim's son in attacks that police said were aimed
at scaring off voters in the country's general election.
2014 Apr 21, In Iraq suicide
bombings and other attacks across the country killed at least 19
people and wounded 36.
2014 Apr 21, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe sent a religious offering to a Tokyo shrine that honors the
dead, including executed war criminals — long a source of tension
with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea.
2014 Apr 21, Seven rockets
fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel during the
Jewish Passover holiday, drawing retaliatory air strikes from the
2014 Apr 21, In Myanmar Win Tin
(84), one of the founders of Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition and
its longest-serving political prisoner (1989-2008), died. He strove
for decades to bring freedom to a nation under military
2014 Apr 21, In Nigeria parents
of kidnapped girls told the governor of Borno state that officials
would not listen to them when they drew up their list of names of
missing children and that the total reached 234.
2014 Apr 21, In the Philippines
Gonzaga town Mayor Carlito Pentecostes Jr. and his bodyguards died
following an attack by at least 15 suspected communist rebels
disguised as police. A firefight ensued but the gunmen escaped in a
commandeered police car. The attackers scattered leaflets denouncing
mining in northern Cagayan province.
2014 Apr 21, Romanian
authorities said 3 people have died and 250 were evacuated after
heavy rain and flooding hit over the weekend. Worst affected were
three southern counties that lie along the River Vedea.
2014 Apr 21, Russian President
Vladimir Putin signed a decree to rehabilitate Crimea's Tatars and
other minorities who suffered under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin,
courting a group that largely opposed Moscow's annexation of the
region from Ukraine.
2014 Apr 21, Saudi media
reported that a court has sentenced to death five people over deadly
2003 attacks that marked the start of a wave of Al-Qaeda violence.
2014 Apr 21, Saudi Arabia
announced 17 new cases of MERS, bring the total number of Saudi
infections to 261, of whom 81 have died. King Abdullah fired health
minister Abdullah al-Rabiah.
(SFC, 4/22/14, p.A2)(Reuters, 4/22/14)
2014 Apr 21, In Somalia Isaq
Mohamed Rino, a legislator in parliament, was killed after a bomb
planted under his car exploded in Mogadishu.
2014 Apr 21, In Sri Lanka Naomi
Coleman, a British tourist, was detained at Colombo's airport after
she arrived from India when authorities spotted the tattoo of Buddha
seated on a lotus flower. She was sent before a magistrate, who
ordered her deportation.
2014 Apr 21, Syria’s parliament
speaker announced that presidential elections will be held on June
3. Five people were reported killed when two mortar shells struck
2014 Apr 21, Turkey's energy
minister said an oil pipeline carrying crude from Iraq's Kirkuk oil
fields to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan is unusable because
of persistent militant attacks.
2014 Apr 21, In southern Yemen
3 militants, one of whom may have been a senior commander, were
killed in a drone strike. Fares al-Suwaydi, who worked in security
at Sanaa airport, was shot dead in front of the terminal by gunmen
on a motorbike. An intelligence officer died of wounds he sustained
in an attack that killed a colleague earlier today.
(AFP, 4/21/14)(AP, 4/22/14)
2015 Apr 21, The US Center for
Disease Control (CDC) said they are now aware of ten cases of
listeria linked to ice cream and other products produced by Blue
Bell Creameries of Texas since 2010. The outbreak killed three
people. Blue Bell has recalled all of its products. In 2020 Blue
Bell pleased guilty to distributing contaminated goods. Former CEO
Paul Kruse was charged with conspiracy and attempted wire fraud.
(SFC, 4/22/15, p.A9)(SSFC, 5/3/20, p.A4)
2015 Apr 21, The New York-based
Committee to Protect Journalists issued its annual list of the
world's top 10 most censored countries: Eritrea tope the list
followed by North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan,
Vietnam, Iran, China, Myanmar and Cuba.
2015 Apr 21, In Hayward, Ca.,
former police sergeant Michael Scott Beal was charged with nine
felony accounts for victimizing a mentally ill woman he once
arrested for prostitution. He reportedly stole over $450,000 from
her while promising to jointly invest in a house with promises of
(SFC, 4/22/15, p.D3)
2015 Apr 21, In southern
Afghanistan a bomb blast near a police station in Kandahar city
killed 3 people and wounded 17. In the north a bomb killed one
person and wounded five in Kunduz.
2015 Apr 21, Greenpeace East
Asia released a report saying that Chinese government data shows
that 90% of Chinese cities have failed to meet national air quality
standards for the first three months of this year.
(SFC, 4/22/15, p.A5)
2015 Apr 21, Danish lawmakers
in a 91-75 vote approved banning sex with animals.
2015 Apr 21, In Egypt Muslim
Brotherhood leader Mohamed Mursi was sentenced to 20 years in prison
without parole on charges arising from the killing of protesters,
nearly three years after he became the country’s first freely
elected president. 12 other Brotherhood members were also sentenced
to 20 years on charges of violence, kidnapping and torture stemming
from the killing of protesters in 2012.
2015 Apr 21, In Guinea eleven
people were sentenced to life in prison for murdering eight Ebola
workers in Womey last September. Another 15 were acquitted.
2015 Apr 21, India said it has
intercepted a Pakistani boat with what appeared to be 500 pounds of
heroin valued at some $100 million. Eight Pakistanis were arrested.
(SFC, 4/22/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 21, In India a fire
engulfed a public bus killing 7 people and burning another 16
passengers in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh state.
2015 Apr 21, In India a storm
struck Bihar state late on today, uprooting trees and electricity
poles, ripping through farmland and destroying over 25,000
mud-and-thatch homes. The storm killed at least 48 people and left
thousands more homeless.
2015 Apr 21, An Indonesian
court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder on the
resort island of Bali. The Denpasar District Court sentenced Tommy
Schaefer (21) to 18 years in prison and Heather Mack (19) to 10
years for intentionally killing Sheila von Wiese-Mack while
vacationing last August.
2015 Apr 21, In Iran Hamid Reza
Kamali, a one-time national racing champion, and two of his friends
died at high speed accident in a BMW. A second deadly crash, also
early this morning, saw a young girl killed when she lost control of
a Porsche Boxster sports car and smashed into trees lining Shariati
Avenue in northern Tehran.
2015 Apr 21, An Israeli court
sentenced an Iranian-born Belgian to seven years in prison after
convicting him of spying for Tehran posing as a businessman. Ali
Mansouri (56) was arrested at Ben Gurion airport in 2013 as he
attempted to leave the country carrying photographs of the US
embassy in Tel Aviv and other sites.
2015 Apr 21, Japan’s maglev
train set a world speed record during a test run near Mount Fuji,
clocking 375 mph.
(SSFC, 4/26/15, p.A4)
2015 Apr 21, In Macedonia a
group of about 40 people wearing uniforms of the disbanded Kosovo
Liberation Army, or UCK, attacked a police watchtower in Gosince on
the country's northern border with Kosovo. Four police officers were
released after 30 minutes.
2015 Apr 21, In New Zealand
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd (60) pleaded guilty in court to a charge of
threatening in 2014 to kill a man who used to work for him. He also
pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine and marijuana.
2015 Apr 21, In Norway five
wolf hunters were sentenced to jail in an unprecedented
environmental crackdown to protect a tiny stock of about 35 of the
predators living in eastern pine forests despite widespread local
2015 Apr 21, Puerto Rican
officials said they have arrested two firefighters, Aneudy Colon
Dominguez (35) T Jose Manuel Fajar Marrero (40), on charges of
smuggling heroin and cocaine into a prison near the San Juan.
2015 Apr 21, Saudi Arabia
announced that it would end almost a month of air strikes against
the Iranian-allied Houthis. Hours later Houthi fighters captured an
army brigade base loyal to the government in Yemen's central city of
Taiz following heavy fighting. A Saudi air strike hit the brigade
headquarters shortly afterwards.
2015 Apr 21, In Somalia at
least 10 people were killed and over a dozen wounded in a car bomb
blast outside a popular restaurant in the center of Mogadishu.
2015 Apr 21, South Africa
deployed the army in "volatile areas" to curb a wave of
anti-immigrant violence that has killed at least seven people this
2015 Apr 21, One Ukrainian
serviceman was reported killed and one wounded in attacks by
pro-Russian separatists in the east of Ukraine in the past 24 hours.
2015 Apr 21, Pope Francis
accepted the resignation of US Bishop Robert Finn (62), who pleaded
guilty in 2012 to failing to report a suspected child abuser,
answering calls by victims to take action against bishops who cover
up for pedophile priests.
2016 Apr 21, The White House
said the US and Gulf Arab allies have agreed to various security
initiatives designed to defeat the Islamic State group as well as to
counter Iran's actions in the region as Pres. Obama continued
meeting with top officials from six Arab nations in Saudi Arabia.
2016 Apr 21, In San Francisco
sex trafficker Jamar Geeter (29) was sentenced to 97 years to life
in prison for sexually trafficking two girls ages 14 and 16.
(SFC, 4/22/16, p.D1)
2016 Apr 21, Ride-hailing app
Uber settled two class-action lawsuits by drivers in California, and
Massachusetts. The drivers remained as independent contractors but
would be able to form a “driver’s association" to air concerns.
(Econ, 4/30/16, p.61)
2016 Apr 21, The Swiss-made
Solar Impulse took off from Hawaii on course to land in Mountain
View, Ca. in about 3 days on the 9th leg of its circumnavigation.
(SFC, 4/22/16, p.A8)
2016 Apr 21, Massachusetts Gov.
Charlie Baker unveiled a plan to offer rebates to qualifying
students who begin their studies at a community college and go on to
earn a bachelor’s degree at a state university.
(SFC, 4/22/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 21, Prince Rogers
Nelson (57), singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist, died
at his home in Minnesota. His records sold more than 100
million copies and earned him Grammys and an Academy Award.
2016 Apr 21, Former Albanian PM
Sali Berisha called on citizens to arm themselves, saying the
government is failing to confront crime.
2016 Apr 21, In Brazil a new
elevated bike path collapsed in Rio de Janeiro killing at least 2
(SFC, 4/22/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 21, China’s ruling
Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog said Gong Qinggai, a former
deputy head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, will be prosecuted for
"serious discipline violations".
2016 Apr 21, Egyptian security
forces rounded up dozens of activists, journalists, and lawyers
ahead of demonstrations called for April 25 against President
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's policies, including the transfer of two Red
Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
2016 Apr 21, The militant Hamas
group deployed forces along the Egypt-Gaza border to counter Cairo's
concerns that it is aiding Islamic State extremists in Egypt's
lawless Sinai Peninsula.
2016 Apr 21, Ethiopian troops
were operating in South Sudan after crossing the border to rescue
some 125 Ethiopian children who were kidnapped during a bloody
cattle raid. Top officials from both countries sought to coordinate
2016 Apr 21, European Union
Commissioner Johannes Hahn said on a visit to Kiev that the new
Ukrainian government must use its first 100 days in office to
implement reforms needed to secure 600 million euros in new aid.
2016 Apr 21, In Greece two men
who were among 41 people picked up over the weekend from a boat
found adrift in the Mediterranean Sea described surviving what they
say was a shipwreck last week that might have killed up to 500
2016 Apr 21, In Libya military
forces loyal to the eastern government said they had carried out air
strikes overnight against Islamist fighters in Derna after Islamic
State militants retreated from positions close to the city.
2016 Apr 21, Malian security
arrested Mauritanian man in Bamako suspected of planning and
carrying out deadly attacks on popular tourist venues in Mali last
2016 Apr 21, Pakistan arrested
al Qaeda operative Abdur Rehman Sindhi in a joint operation between
police and intelligence agencies in Karachi.
(AP, 4/22/16)(AP, 4/25/16)
2016 Apr 21, In Syria at least
40 pro-Syrian government fighters surrendered to Kurdish forces in
the city of Qamishli in mostly Kurdish-controlled Hasaka province.
2016 Apr 21, Turkey's supreme
court of appeals overturned the convictions of 275 people, including
a former military chief, who allegedly plotted to overthrow the
country's Islamist-leaning government. The decision opens the way
for a re-trial and their possible acquittal.
2016 Apr 21, Turkish warplanes
struck militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in
2016 Apr 21, Vietnam said it
was investigating whether pollution is to blame for a spate of
mysterious mass fish deaths along the country's central coast after
huge amounts of marine life washed ashore in recent days.
2017 Apr 21, A federal judge in
Detroit sentenced Volkswagen AG to three years' probation over the
German automaker's diesel emissions scandal as part of a $4.3
billion settlement announced in January. US District Judge Sean Cox
ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty for
cheating on diesel emissions tests.
(Reuters, 4/21/17)(SFC, 4/22/17, p.D1)
2017 Apr 21, A US federal judge
in Seattle handed down the longest sentence ever imposed in the US
for a cybercrime case to the son of a member of the Russian
Parliament convicted of hacking into more than 500 US businesses and
stealing millions of credit card numbers, which he then sold on
special websites. Roman Seleznev was sentenced to 27 years in prison
and ordered to pay nearly $170 million in restitution. Seleznev's
parents divorced when he was 2; his alcoholic mother died when he
was 17; he suffered a severe head injury in a terrorist bombing in
Morocco in 2011; and his wife divorced him while he was in a coma.
2017 Apr 21, The new Samsung
Galaxy S8 phone started shipping for about $750 — $100 more than the
iPhone 7 and last year's Galaxy S7 when it launched. A larger
sibling, the S8 Plus, goes for about $850.
2017 Apr 21, It was reported
that a fungus that causes “vomitoxin" has been found in some US corn
harvested last year, forcing poultry and pork farmers to test their
grain, and giving headaches to grain growers already wrestling with
massive supplies and low prices.
2017 Apr 21, In northern
Afghanistan at least eight army soldiers were killed and several
wounded when 10 Taliban gunmen, dressed as Afghan soldiers, attacked
a military headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif, Balkh province. The toll
soon rose to some 170 recruits killed and at least 80 others
(AP, 4/21/17)(AP, 4/22/17)(CSM, 4/26/17)
2017 Apr 21, In Albania the
Tirana Court of Serious Crimes sentenced Mark Frroku (44) to 7½
years in prison for money laundry, illegal construction and hiding
property. The court rejected a murder charge against Frroku related
to a 1999 killing in Belgium.
2017 Apr 21, In Cambodia Evrard
Nicolas Sarot (53) of the Netherlands was formally charged for
taking nude photos of boys and possessing at least 1,300
pornographic pictures. Sarot was arrested April 18 while
photographing naked boys aged 11-15.
2017 Apr 21, Police in Ontario,
Canada, said more than 100 men have been arrested for allegedly
trying to buy sex from underage girls following an investigation and
sting operation that took place over four years.
(SFC, 4/22/17, p.A2)
2017 Apr 21, In China a woman,
surnamed Ma, died in a traffic accident in the city of Zhumadian.
Two drivers who hit her were held under investigation. A video later
emerged showing a speeding taxi knocking the pedestrian off her feet
and sending her hurtling through the air. Dozens of people stand
gawking or walk past. A full minute passes, and another speeding
vehicle, this time an SUV, trampled the prone woman.
2017 Apr 21, German police
arrested a man suspected of detonating three bombs that targeted the
Borussia Dortmund soccer team bus on April 11. The dual German and
Russian national identified as Sergei V., had bought options on
Borussia Dortmund's stock before the attack.
2017 Apr 21, In southern India
at least 20 people were killed and several others seriously injured
after a truck driver lost control and plowed into a group of
protesting farmers. The farmers were gathered outside the main
police station in the town of Yerpedu protesting against illegal
sand mining in their area.
2017 Apr 21, Iraq released 26
hostages, including members of Qatar's ruling family. The group was
kidnapped December 16, 2015, from a desert camp for falcon hunters
in southern Iraq. They apparently had permits to hunt in that area
inside Muthanna province. Qatar reportedly paid a billion dollars to
Iran and to the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee and
Ahrar al-Sham, which are involved in the evacuation and transfer of
(AP, 4/21/17)(Econ 6/10/17, p.14)
2017 Apr 21, Italy handed the
Libyan coast guard the first two of 10 boats to rescue migrants from
foundering smugglers' boats, as part of a strategy Rome hopes will
reduce the huge numbers of the rescued from reaching Italian shores.
2017 Apr 21, A Japanese
government panel endorsed Emperor Akihito's apparent desire to
abdicate as an exception, but avoided a key question of succession
amid a declining royal population.
2017 Apr 21, Kenyan troops
killed 52 al Shabaab fighters in an attack on the militants' camp in
2017 Apr 21, Kuwait's most
prominent opposition figure, Musallam al-Barrak (61), was released
after serving a two-year prison sentence for insulting the ruler in
a speech critical of the country's sheikh.
2017 Apr 21, Dutch timber
trader Guus Kouwenhoven (74) was convicted as an accessory to war
crimes for selling weapons to Liberia's then-President Charles
Taylor between 2000 and 2003 in violation of a UN embargo. He was
sentenced to 19 years in prison. Kouwenhoven was initially sentenced
to eight years by the Dutch district court for Den Bosch in 2008 on
weapons smuggling charges, but was acquitted on appeal.
2017 Apr 21, In North Korea car
users in Pyongyang scrambled to fill up their tanks as gas stations
began limiting services or even closing amid concerns of a spreading
shortage. Beijing has reportedly been tightening its enforcement of
international sanctions aimed at getting Pyongyang to abandon its
development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.
2017 Apr 21, Magdalena
Abakanowicz (86), Poland's leading visual artist, renowned sculptor
and fiber artist, died.
2017 Apr 21, PEN, a Norwegian
press advocacy group, finally gave an award to Edward Snowden in
Moscow after several failed attempts to win a legal guarantee in
Norway that the former National Security Agency contractor could
travel freely without risk of being extradited to the United States.
2017 Apr 21, In far eastern
Russia an armed man killed two people and injured another before he
was shot dead at the office of the FSB intelligence agency in
2017 Apr 21, In Russia the
leader of an Islamic State "sleeper cell" and one of the cell's
members was killed late today in a shootout with police in the
2017 Apr 21, In South Africa a
driver and 19 school children were killed when the minibus they were
travelling in collided with a truck and exploded in a ball of fire
in Mpumalanga province.
2017 Apr 21, The Military Human
Rights Center for Korea said South Korea's army is hunting down and
prosecuting gay servicemen after a video of two male soldiers having
sex was posted on the internet earlier this year.
2017 Apr 21, Turkey’s main
opposition party took its petition to annul the referendum on
boosting the president's powers to the nation's highest
2017 Apr 21, Two Turkish
soldiers died and two more were wounded in a clash with Kurdish
militants in a rural area of southeast Turkey near the Iraqi border.
The military said six militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party
(PKK) had been "neutralized" in the ensuing operation in Sirnak
2017 Apr 21, Ukrainian
authorities detained former lawmaker Mykola Martynenko and Sergiy
Pereloma, the deputy chief of state energy firm Naftogaz, in a case
related to the embezzlement of $17.3 million through selling uranium
concentrate at inflated prices.
2017 Apr 21, Venezuela was
rocked by a night of fresh violence during anti-government protests.
A man was shot and killed during one protest. The death toll in
three weeks of violence at anti-government protests jumped to 20
people after a night of clashes and pillaging left 12 people dead in
2018 Apr 21, In Armenia
thousands of demonstrators closed off streets in Yerevan during a
march pressing demands for the prime minister to resign. At least 70
demonstrators were detained, including two people suspected of
2018 Apr 21, The Azeri
parliament appointed Novruz Mamedov as the country's new prime
minister. He has been a foreign policy assistant to Pres. Ilham
Aliyev since last year.
2018 Apr 21, China's state news
agency Xinhua cited comments from President Xi Jinping underlining a
hardening attitude towards online content in comments made at a
cyber security conference in Beijing.
2018 Apr 21, In southern China
five people were killed and multiple others were missing after two
dragon boats capsized, causing 60 people to fall into Taohua River
in the city of Guilin.
2018 Apr 21, In El Salvador the
body of journalist Karla Lisseth Turcios (33) was found on a highway
northeast of San Salvador. Her domestic partner Mario Huezo Portillo
was soon arrested for the killing. Cameras had traced Portillo when
he went to dump the woman's body.
2018 Apr 21, The EU agreed to a
sweeping new trade deal with Mexico. The preliminary deal, to be
finalized later this year, removes tariffs on cheese, chocolate,
pasta and other foods. It updates and expands a two-decade-old
agreement to include financial services and online commerce, among
2018 Apr 21, India's government
prescribed the death penalty for people convicted of raping children
under 12 to help combat an increase in violent crime against women.
The ordinance will require the approval of Parliament within six
months in order to become law. In the meantime, suspects can be
prosecuted using the ordinance.
2018 Apr 21, It was reported
that Ireland-based Smyths Toys has reached a deal to take over more
than 90 Toys R Us stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
2018 Apr 21, In southern Japan
Nabi Tajima (117), the world's oldest person, died in the town of
2018 Apr 21, Libya's foreign
ministry said Tunisia has reopened its consulate, the latest mission
to return to Tripoli.
2018 Apr 21, In Libya three
airstrikes by the self-styled Libyan National Army targeted an
al-Qaida-linked group and destroyed dozens of weapons and vehicles
in the town of Sadada, some 76 km (47 miles) east of Misrata.
2018 Apr 21, In Madagascar at
least 16 were wounded after clashes between thousands of opposition
activists and security forces in a public square in Antananarivo.
Police fired teargas at an opposition demonstration held in protest
against new electoral laws, where one person died. A 2nd person died
the next day from injuries during the unrest. Demonstrators claimed
new electoral laws could stop some candidates from standing in
upcoming presidential elections.
(AFP, 4/22/18)(Reuters, 4/23/18)
2018 Apr 21, In Malaysia two
unidentified men shot dead a Palestinian man in Kuala Lumpur. The
victim was soon identified as Palestinian engineer Fadi al-Batsh
(35), a "loyal" member and a "scientist of Palestine's youth
scholars" and a member of Hamas.
(Reuters, 4/21/18)(AP, 4/21/18)
2018 Apr 21, Myanmar police
evicted the family of a police officer who had testified a day
earlier that he and others were ordered to entrap two Reuters news
agency reporters facing charges that could get them up to 14 years
2018 Apr 21, In Nicaragua two
university student protesters were killed in clashes over a social
security reform pushed by President Daniel Ortega's government.
Journalist Angel Gahona was shot dead while filming a confrontation
between demonstrators and the police, amid a wave of protests
against the government which have left at least 25 people dead over
the last four days.
(AP, 4/21/18)(AFP, 4/22/18)(AP, 4/22/18)
2018 Apr 21, North Korea said
it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to
close its nuclear test site.
2018 Apr 21, In Poland several
thousand teachers rallied in Warsaw demanding wage hikes a week
after the right-wing government announced a raft of generous
spending measures in other sectors ahead of local elections this
2018 Apr 21, Russia said the
United States was trying to fence off Russians with a "visa wall"
after two Bolshoi ballet dancers were refused visas to perform in
2018 Apr 21, In Syria
International experts from the global agency for the monitoring of
chemical weapons (OPCW) set off to the site in Douma of a suspected
April 7 gas attack.
2018 Apr 21, In Syria heavy
regime bombardment pounded a southern district of Damascus. The
Islamic State still held large parts of the Palestinian refugee camp
of Yarmouk and the adjacent Hajar al-Aswad and Tadamun districts on
the southern edge of Damascus. A family of three was killed late
today in a wave of regime shelling on Yarmuk. Rebels began
evacuating three towns in the eastern Qalamoun region in the
(AFP, 4/21/18)(AP, 4/21/18)(AFP, 4/22/18)
2018 Apr 21, In Yemen Hanna
Lahoud of Lebanon was killed in the southwestern province of Taiz
when gunmen shot at a vehicle carrying ICRC staff members.
2018 Apr 21, In Yemen the
Saudi-led coalition reportedly detained without charge Mohsen Saleh
Saadoun Al-Karbi of Qatar as he visited relatives. Yemeni security
sources said Yemen's own forces arrested the Qatari man on the
border with Oman, on suspicion he was an intelligence officer
working with the Houthis.
2019 Apr 21, The Arab League
pledged to pay $100 million a month to the Palestinian Authority to
plug the gap left when Israel blocked tax transfers earlier in the
2019 Apr 21, Two rescuers
drowned off the coast of Australia's Victoria state when their boat
flipped over during an attempt to help a man who was swept into the
ocean from a rock ledge.
2019 Apr 21, Bahrain's King
Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa reinstated the citizenship of 551 people
convicted and stripped of their nationality amid a series of mass
trials conducted during the island nation's years long crackdown on
2019 Apr 21, In China a fire
erupted in a Tesla car in an underground garage in Shanghai. Tesla
later said the fire was caused by the failure of a single battery
module and investigators found no defects in the car's systems.
2019 Apr 21, Georgian police
used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up a protest by residents
of a mountainous region against the construction of a hydropower
2019 Apr 21, An Iraqi court
sentenced four people to death by hanging for belonging to the
Islamic State militant group and committing terrorist crimes in Iraq
2019 Apr 21, Macedonians vote
in a presidential election. The ruling Social Democrat party's
favored candidate Stevo Pendarovski garnered 42.85 percent of the
votes and the opposition-backed Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova 42.24
percent. Only 41.8 percent of the state's 1.8-million registered
voters cast ballots, barely passing the 40-percent threshold that
will also be required to make the runoff on May 5 valid.
(Reuters, 4/21/19)(AFP, 4/22/19)
2019 Apr 21, In central Mali
suspected jihadists killed at least 12 soldiers in an attack on a
military outpost at Guire.
2019 Apr 21, Pakistani PM Imran
Khan began his first official visit to Iran for talks set to focus
on strengthening ties and countering terrorism.
2019 Apr 21, Saudi Arabia and
the United Arab Emirates announced three billion dollars (2.7
billion euros) in financial support for Sudan following the
overthrow of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir.
2019 Apr 21, In Saudi Arabia
four gunmen were killed and three security officers were wounded in
an attack on a security building in Zulfi north of Riyadh. The
assault was soon claimed by the jihadist Islamic State group. Saudi
authorities arrested 13 "terrorist" suspects the next day.
(AP, 4/21/19)(AFP, 4/23/19)
2019 Apr 21, In Sri Lanka at
least 257 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in bomb
blasts that rocked 3 churches and 3 luxury hotels in or near Colombo
on Easter Sunday. The bombings were carried out by seven suicide
bombers from a militant group named National Thowfeek Jamaath. Two
bomb experts were among the suicide attackers. The government
declared a curfew with immediate effect. Major social media networks
and messaging apps were blocked inside the country to prevent
misinformation and rumors. The dead included 39 foreigners from 9
countries. Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen lost three of his
four children in the attacks. The number killed was later set at
(AP, 4/21/19)(Reuters, 4/21/19)(AP, 4/22/19)(AFP,
4/22/19)(AP, 5/07/19)(Econ., 8/15/20, p.36)
2019 Apr 21, Sudan's military
leader vowed the army was committed to handing power to the people,
as a protesters' deadline for unveiling a rival civilian council
loomed. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan pledged to respond to
demonstrators' demands within a week.
2019 Apr 21, Ukrainians cast
ballots in a presidential runoff. Opinion surveys ahead of the
election showed President Petro Poroshenko (53) trailing far behind
comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy (41). Zelenskiy won 73% of the vote
compared to incumbent President Petro Poroshenko's 24%. Zelenskiy, a
Russian speaker from central Ukraine, vowed to step up efforts to
bring the east back under Kiev's wing, but offered no details on
what that entailed.
(AP, 4/21/19)(AP, 4/22/19)
2019 Apr 21, It was reported
that the price of bread almost doubled for Zimbabweans last week, as
the inflation nightmare that marked the rule of long-time
authoritarian leader Robert Mugabe returns to haunt his successor
2020 Apr 21, President Trump
provided details on a tweet in which he vowed to "suspend
immigration," saying that he would order a 60-day halt in issuing
green cards to keep people seeking permanent residency from
immigrating to the United States during the coronavirus crisis.
(The Week, 4/22/20)
2020 Apr 21, The Trump
administration barred most international students and all students
who entered the US illegally from receiving emergency college grants
approved by Congress as part of nearly $2 trillion coronavirus
rescue package. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued the
restriction in new guidelines telling colleges how to distribute
more than $6 billion in grants meant to help students cover
unexpected costs triggered by the pandemic.
2020 Apr 21, The Trump
administration ordered Chevron Corp. to "wind down" operations in
Venezuela by Dec. 1, barring the California-based oil giant in the
meantime from drilling or exporting. Chevron's investments in
Venezuela were estimated at $2.6 billion.
(SFC, 4/22/20, p.A2)
2020 Apr 21, The US Congress
approved the spending of $25bn on testing for COVID-19.
(Econ, 4/25/20, p.72)
2020 Apr 21, The US Senate
Intelligence Committee released a bipartisan report confirming its
conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election aiming to
help Donald Trump win the presidency.
(The Week, 4/22/20)
2020 Apr 21, Deutsche Bank in a
letter declined a request by prominent US senators to provide
information about the German lender's recent business dealings with
President Donald Trump and his family. Deutsche's counsel rejected
the senators' request on privacy grounds.
2020 Apr 21, US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield warned that
a second coronavirus wave in winter could be "even more difficult
than the one we just went through".
(The Week, 4/22/20)
2020 Apr 21, California to date
had 35,450 cases of coronavirus and 1,280 deaths. The SF Bay Area
had 6,715 cases and 211 deaths. The US coronavirus cases rose to
2020 Apr 21, US federal
prosecutors in Boston said Jorge Salcedo (47), a former UCLA men's
soccer coach, has pleaded guilty to taking $200,000 in bribes as
part of a college admissions cheating scheme.
(SFC, 4/22/20, p.A4)
2020 Apr 21, In Michigan a
judge tossed the conviction of Kevin Harrington (37) and threw out
his life sentence after prosecutors determined the lead detective
coerced a key witness into implicating him and a second man.
Harrington had spent 17 years behind bars for a murder he had always
insisted he did not commit.
(NBC News, 4/26/20)
2020 Apr 21, Missouri's top
state prosecutor announced a lawsuit, which alleges that Chinese
officials are to blame for the pandemic that has sickened around 2.5
million worldwide, thrown tens of millions out of work and
devastated local economies, including in China. US law generally
prohibits such suits. The number of Missouri deaths from the
coronavirus rose by 16 to 215.
2020 Apr 21, It was reported
that spike in prison coronavirus infections sent Ohio's broader
tally of cases to nearly 14,000, including more than 550 deaths and
over 2,600 hospitalizations.
2020 Apr 21, Milwaukee's top
public health officials said that at least seven people appear to
have been infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus during activities
associated with Wisconsin's April 7 election.
(The Week, 4/22/20)
2020 Apr 21, Hundreds of Amazon
and Target workers started a nationwide wave of sickouts to call
attention to what they described as inadequate efforts to protect
employees from the coronavirus pandemic.
(The Week, 4/22/20)
2020 Apr 21, Microsoft joined a
fledgling movement to liberate the world's data. Microsoft planned
to launch 20 data-sharing groups by 2022 and give away some of its
digital information, including data it has gathered on COVID-19.
(Econ, 4/25/20, p.57)
2020 Apr 21, Global stocks
fell, a day after US crude oil prices turned negative for the first
time ever, as dismal corporate earnings underlined worries about
economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. Reported cases of the
coronavirus have crossed 2.46 million globally and 169,863 people
2020 Apr 21, Police in Bosnia
began moving hundreds of migrants and refugees off the streets of
the northwestern city of Bihac and transferring them into a nearby
emergency tent camp set up amid the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Apr 21, Britain's health
ministry data a total of 17,337 people who tested positive for
coronavirus have died in hospitals in Britain, an increase of 828 on
the figure published 24 hours earlier. The number of confirmed cases
of the new coronavirus has risen to 129,044.
2020 Apr 21, In Cameroon a
statement broadcast on state radio said soldiers and vigilantes
stormed the rebel base in February and then discovered "that three
women and 10 children were killed" in the gun battle in Ntumbo. A
tally by Human Rights Watch (HRW) said 21 civilians were killed,
including 13 children and a pregnant woman, and blamed the attack on
at least 10 troops from an elite army unit who were backed by "at
least 30 armed Fulani" militiamen.
2020 Apr 21, China's
agriculture ministry said it had detected the deadly African swine
fever virus in pigs transported to the southwestern province of
Sichuan, the latest in a dozen such cases in the last two months.
2020 Apr 21, France expanded
its list of drugs that face export restrictions through the
coronavirus crisis despite repeated calls from the European Union to
lift curbs that could cause shortages in other countries. The
European Commission sent a letter on April 7 to the French
government urging it to lift export restrictions on dozens of vital
medicines to treat coronavirus patients. Manufacturers are exempted
from the export curbs.
2020 Apr 21, In Greece dozens
of migrants in a hostel tested positive for the novel coronavirus,
hours after the government said it would open some public services
on April 27 as part of a gradual easing of the nation's coronavirus
lockdown. Greece has registered 2,245 infections since its first
case surfaced in late February. The death toll is 116.
2020 Apr 21, Indian authorities
said they have arrested 29 people who participated in an Islamic
missionary meeting last month in New Delhi that resulted in a large
cluster of coronavirus cases. India has 18,601 confirmed cases of
the virus. More than 4,200 cases were linked to the meeting.
(SFC, 4/22/20, p.A6)
2020 Apr 21, Indian government
forces killed four rebels late today in a gun battle in the southern
Shopian district of disputed Kashmir.
(SFC, 4/23/20, p.A2)
2020 Apr 21, Indonesia's Pres.
Joko Widodo announced a national ban on mudik, the return home of
vast numbers of migrants for the holiday that marks the end of
Ramadan. The ban went into effect three days later, by which time
many were already on the move.
(Econ., 5/2/20, p.29)
2020 Apr 21, Iran announced 88
new deaths from the novel coronavirus as the country said it had
released more than 1,000 foreign prisoners over the outbreak. The
latest fatalities brought the country's total to 5,297. An
additional 1,297 cases of COVID-19 infection detected in the past 24
hours brought the overall total to 84,802.
2020 Apr 21, Kenya has
confirmed almost 300 cases of COVID-19. It was reported that village
chiefs in Kenya will make house-to-house checks after reports some
rural communities were taking advantage of school closures due to
the coronavirus to perform female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls.
2020 Apr 21, In Kenya as many
as 50 people escaped a quarantine area as a meal was being served at
the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC). Kenya has recorded 296
cases of Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus,
including 14 deaths.
2020 Apr 21, In Lebanon the
bodies of seven persons, including five Syrians, were found shot
dead in three separate locations in the mountain village of
(AP, 4/21/20)(SFC, 4/22/20, p.A2)
2020 Apr 21, Mexico registered
a jump of more than 700 confirmed cases, to reach a total of 9,501.
2020 Apr 21, Montenegrin health
authorities said they would shorten a curfew and allow shops to work
longer hours. The country has reported 313 infections among a
population of 630,000. Five people have died and 90 recovered so
2020 Apr 21, Moroccan prison
authorities said 68 people, mostly staff, have come down with the
coronavirus at a prison in the southern city of Ouarzazate. Morocco
has confirmed 3,186 cases of the COVID-19 lung disease including 144
2020 Apr 21, The Netherlands's
Supreme Court ruled that doctors can carry out ehthanasia in
patients with advanced dementia if the patient had earlier made a
written directive. The ruling solidified a law already in practice.
(SFC, 4/22/20, p.A2)
2020 Apr 21, Nigeria's Daily
Trust newspaper reported the recent deaths of around 150 people in
the northern commercial city of Kano, prompting investigations to
determine if they were related to the coronavirus pandemic. The
state government acknowledged the deaths but said they were caused
by complications from hypertension, diabetes, meningitis and acute
malaria and not the COVID-19 pandemic. Nigeria has 1,182 coronavirus
cases and a national death toll of 35.
2020 Apr 21, Reports surfaced
that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was in fragile condition
following heart surgery.
(SFC, 4/21/20, p.A2)
2020 Apr 21, Singapore has
reported 9,125 coronavirus cases, a tenfold increase in just three
weeks, though it has reported just 11 fatalities.
2020 Apr 21, Spain unveiled a
series of measures aimed at helping prostitutes and victims of
trafficking and sexual exploitation survive the country's
coronavirus lockdown. Under the new measures, victims will be able
to access improved support services.
2020 Apr 21, Sri Lanka ordered
all liquor stores to close indefinitely as part of its measures
aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus. Liquor stores and
bars were opened April 20 in some parts of the country, after the
government partially lifted a monthlong curfew during which all
liquor shops remained close.
2020 Apr 21, Thailand stepped
up efforts to tackle sexual harassment, pledging to protect victims
who come forward and to investigate complaints of abuse experienced
by one in five Thais.
2020 Apr 21, Yemeni medical and
security officials reported that rain and flooding killed more than
35 people in northern, central and western provinces over the last
10 days, and sent 10,000 people fleeing flooded refugee camps.
Officials and tribal leaders said heavy fighting between
pro-government forces and Houthi rebels has killed hundreds of
people this month in several parts of the country.
2021 Apr 21, US Attorney
General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department is launching a
civil investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department to
determine whether it "engages in a pattern or practice of
unconstitutional or unlawful policing".
(NY Times, 4/21/21)
2021 Apr 21, US regulators said
that the Emergent Biosciences Baltimore factory, contracted to make
Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, was dirty, didn’t follow
proper manufacturing procedures and had poorly trained staff,
resulting in contamination of material that was going to be put in
2021 Apr 21, It was reported
that the US State Department has added about 100 countries this week
to its "Level Four: Do Not Travel" advisory list, putting the United
Kingdom, Canada, France, Mexico, Germany and others on the list,
citing a "very high level of COVID-19".
2021 Apr 21, California's Gov.
Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency for Sonoma and Mendocino
counties, but resisted a call for a statewide emergency for now.
(SFC, 4/22/21, p.B1)
2021 Apr 21, California to
date had 3,699,503 cases of coronavirus and 60,768 deaths. The SF
Bay Area had 432,621 cases and 6,163 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 31,808,533 with the death toll at 568,572.
2021 Apr 21, Missouri state’s
House of Representatives voted 153-0 to expel legislator Rick Roeber
after an investigation by fellow lawmakers concluded that he had
physically and sexually abused his children.
(NY Times, 4/21/21)
2021 Apr 21, Manhattan district
attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced that his office would stop
prosecuting prostitution. A New York judge agreed to dismiss
thousands of prostitution-related offenses dating to the 1970s at
the request of the Manhattan district attorney.
(NY Times, 4/21/21)(AP, 4/21/21)
2021 Apr 21, North Carolina
police shot and killed Andrew Brown Jr. (42), a Black man, as deputy
sheriffs tried to serve a drug-related search and arrest warrant.
Brown tried to drive away, but was shot dead in his car. An
independent autopsy later showed he was shot five times and died
from a 'kill shot' to his head as he tried to drive away.
(SFC, 4/23/21, p.A7)(Reuters, 4/27/21)
2021 Apr 21, In Virginia Isaiah
Brown (32) survived more than six rounds fired at him and was in a
hospital "fighting for his life. Body camera video showed a deputy
shooting the Black man, who was holding a cordless phone. Brown had
just received a ride home by the same law enforcement officer.
2021 Apr 21, Johnson &
Johnson said that it would resume the rollout of its coronavirus
vaccine in Europe after the EU’s drug regulator said that a warning
should be added to the product indicating a possible link to rare
blood clots, but that the shot’s benefits outweigh the risks.
(NY Times, 4/21/21)
2021 Apr 21, Pfizer confirmed
that fake doses of the vaccine Pfizer developed with BioNTech have
been found in Mexico and Poland.
2021 Apr 21, The 27th bi-annual
Iberoamerican Summit opened in Andorra with representatives of 22
countries meeting, mostly virtually. A final declaration was
expected to call for universal and equitable access to coronavirus
(SFC, 4/22/21, p.A4)
2021 Apr 21, Australia
cancelled two deals struck by its state of Victoria with China on
Beijing's flagship Belt and Road Initiative, prompting the Chinese
embassy in Canberra to warn that already tense bilateral ties were
bound to worsen.
2021 Apr 21, A Canadian judge
granted Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s request to delay the final
leg in her extradition hearings, days before they were set to begin.
2021 Apr 21, It was reported
that researchers in China are testing the safety and efficacy of
mixing two different Covid-19 shots amid questions over the
effectiveness of Chinese-made coronavirus vaccines.
(NY Times, 4/21/21)
2021 Apr 21, The EU reached a
tentative climate deal that is intended to make the 27-nation bloc
climate-neutral by 2050, with member states and parliament agreeing
on new carbon emissions targets on the eve of a virtual summit
hosted by US President Joe Biden.
2021 Apr 21, German's lower
house of parliament approved a proposal by Chancellor Angela
Merkel’s government to mandate uniform restrictions in areas where
the coronavirus is spreading too quickly.
2021 Apr 21, A German woman,
Nurten J. (35), accused of joining the Islamic State group in Syria
after traveling there with her young daughter, was convicted of
participating in a terrorist organization and other offenses.
2021 Apr 21, Guatemalan
prosecutors requested that former President Jimmy Morales be
stripped of his immunity so he can be prosecuted for violating the
mandate of the United Nations-backed anti-corruption mission then
working in the country. Morales, who led Guatemala from 2016 to
2020, has immunity because after his term he immediately became a
representative to the Central American Parliament.
2021 Apr 21, In Haiti Roman
Catholic institutions including schools and universities closed
across the country in a three-day protest to demand the release of
five priests, two nuns and two other people kidnapped more than a
2021 Apr 21, India’s Health
Ministry reported 295,041 new cases with 2,023 deaths, taking total
fatalities to 182,553. 22 COVID-19 patients on ventilators died in a
hospital in Nashik, Maharashtra state, when their oxygen supply was
interrupted by a leak in a supply line.
2021 Apr 21, Unknown gunmen
suspected of terrorism killed two members of Iran’s paramilitary
Revolutionary Guard. Guard members also killed two gunmen and
wounded several of their accomplices late today near Kurdish town of
2021 Apr 21, In Pakistan five
people were killed and about a dozen wounded in a suicide bombing in
the parking lot of the Serena hotel, in the southwestern city of
Quetta. The Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, said
it targeted a meeting of Pakistani and foreign officials. The
Chinese ambassador was in Quetta at the time of the attack.
2021 Apr 21, Russian President
Vladimir Putin announced new social support measures for families
with children and hinted at more tax changes, saying the corporate
sector was on course for record profits this year. Putin also said
he wanted Russia to reach collective COVID-19 immunity by the autumn
and called on Russians to get vaccinated against the new
(AP, 4/21/21)(Reuters, 4/21/21)
2021 Apr 21, Russian police
rounded up scores of protesters as allies of hunger-striking Kremlin
critic Alexei Navalny staged nationwide protests over his failing
health in jail. Security forces arrested more than 1,700 people.
(Reuters, 4/21/21)(Reuters, 4/22/21)
2021 Apr 21, It was reported
that Saudi Arabia's daily coronavirus cases have soared to 1,070
infections. Total confirmed cases have reached 407,000 and 6,846
(SFC, 4/21/21, p.A5)
2021 Apr 21, A South Korean
court rejected a claim by victims of Japanese wartime sexual slavery
and their relatives who sought compensation from Japan's government.
(SFC, 4/22/21, p.A2)
2021 Apr 21, President Bashar
Assad formally announced he will run for reelection in war-torn
Syria, and was expected to win a fourth seven-year term in the
largely symbolic May 26 vote.
2021 Apr 21, Syria's last
rebel-held enclave received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines
with a refrigerated truck offloading over 50,000 UN-secured jabs in
the overcrowded province.
2021 Apr 21, It was reported
that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has signed a law
allowing to call up reservists for military service without
announcing a mobilization.
2021 Apr 21, It was reported
that the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu has paused outbound travel
from its main island after a body that washed ashore tested positive
for the coronavirus. The body, identified as a Filipino man, was
found last week after a tanker ship leaving the capital, Port Vila,
reported one of its crew members missing.
(NY Times, 4/21/21)
2022 Apr 21, US President Joe
Biden pledged $800 million in more weaponry for Ukraine and said he
would ask Congress for more money to help bolster support for the
Ukrainian military as it faces a fresh onslaught by Russia on its
eastern flank. Biden also announced that the United States will ban
Russian-affiliated ships from American ports, joining Canada and
European nations, in the latest step to pressure Russia over its
invasion of Ukraine.
2022 Apr 21, The Biden
administration said it was extending a requirement that non-US
citizens crossing land or ferry terminals at the US-Mexico and
US-Canada borders must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
2022 Apr 21, The US Supreme
Court ruled that Congress can prevent people in the US territory of
Puerto Rico from participating in a federal program that provides
benefits to low-income elderly, blind and disabled people.
2022 Apr 21, The US Department
of Agriculture said it will put $420 million of funds from the
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law towards rehabilitating dams,
preventing floods, and restoring watersheds in 31 states.
2022 Apr 21, The
Washington-based Syria Justice and Accountability Center said in a
new report that some 6,000 bodies have been exhumed from dozens of
mass graves dug by the Islamic State in northeast Syria and
retrieved from buildings destroyed by air strikes of the US-led
coalition during the 2013-2017 military campaign that eventually
brought down the IS, and that this may amount to about half of the
total number of missing people in the area.
(SFC, 4/22/22, p.A2)
2022 Apr 21, Congresswoman
Ilhan Omar made a rare visit by a US lawmaker to Pakistan's part of
the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir and said the issue should
get more attention from the United States, prompting an angry
response from India.
2022 Apr 21, Total US COVID-19
cases reached over 80,843,796 with the death toll at 990,573.
2022 Apr 21, In San Francisco a
US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler approved a settlement whereby Zoom
will pay $85 million to users and their lawyers and adopt procedures
seeking to curb disruptive "Zoom bombing".
(SFC, 4/23/22, p.C4)
2022 Apr 21, The Florida House
voted to revoke Disney World’s designation as a special tax district
after a dispute with Gov. Ron DeSantis over a new education law. The
Reedy Creek Improvement District was established in 1967 effectively
allowed the company to self-govern its 25,000-acre theme park
(NY Times, 4/22/22)
2022 Apr 21, Republicans in
Florida's House approved a new congressional map backed by Governor
Ron DeSantis that gives the party a major advantage in November's
elections while eliminating two majority-Black districts.
2022 Apr 21, Cynthia Albritton,
better known as Cynthia Plaster Caster, died at a care facility in
Chicago. In 1968 she made a plaster cast of Jimi Hendrix’s
(NY Times, 4/28/22)
2022 Apr 21, A federal judge
temporarily blocked Kentucky officials from enforcing a sweeping new
abortion law that Planned Parenthood said would force abortion
clinics to stop offering the procedure until they can meet certain
2022 Apr 21, New Jersey
residents 21 and older could now lawfully buy marijuana, after a
decade-long effort by advocates to legalize recreational use and end
years of racially unbalanced criminal prosecution.
2022 Apr 21, In NYC Brian
Kolfage, a decorated US Air Force veteran who helped lead a
fundraising campaign to build former President Donald Trump's
promised wall along the US-Mexican border, pleaded guilty to
conspiring to defraud donors.
2022 Apr 21, Health officials
said Philadelphia is ending its indoor mask mandate reversing its
decision just days after imposing the order.
2022 Apr 21, G7 finance
ministers said they have provided and pledged together with
international community additional support to Ukraine exceeding $24
billion for 2022 and beyond, adding that they were prepared to do
more as needed.
2022 Apr 21, In Afghanistan 11
people were killed or wounded in a blast in the northern city of
Kunduz. Earlier today another blast tore through a Shi'ite mosque in
the northern city of Mazar-E-Sharif, killing at least five. Islamic
State claimed responsibility for the Mazar-e-Sharif attack. An
attack on the Abdul Rahim Shadeed school in Kabul killed seven
(Reuters, 4/21/22)(SSFC, 4/24/22, p.A8)
2022 Apr 21, Brazilian
President Jair Bolsonaro said that he would pardon Daniel Silveira,
an allied federal congressman, a day after he was convicted by
Brazil's top court. Silveira was sentenced to nearly nine years in
prison by the Supreme Court.
2022 Apr 21, Britain set out 26
new sanctions targeting Russian military generals responsible for
what it called atrocities in Ukraine, as well as individuals and
businesses supporting the Russian armed forces. Britain ramped up
trade sanctions on Russia, targeting luxury goods including caviar,
silver and diamonds through import bans and higher tariffs, seeking
to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine. Lt. Colonel Azatbek
Omurbekov, a commanding officer in the Russian army involved in the
Bucha massacre, was among those named.
(Reuters, 4/21/22)(The Telegraph, 4/21/22)
2022 Apr 21, British finance
minister Rishi Sunak and his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland
walked out of an International Monetary Fund meeting in Washington
when Russia's delegate spoke.
2022 Apr 21, Cambodia reported
29 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the nation's total since the
pandemic began to 136,146 cases, including 3,056 deaths. Cambodia
reduced its required quarantine period from two weeks to one for
arriving travelers who are not fully vaccinated.
(SFC, 4/22/22, p.A6)
2022 Apr 21, Chinese President
Xi Jinping proposed a "global security initiative" that upholds the
principle of "indivisible security", a concept also endorsed by
Russia, although he gave no details of how it would be implemented.
2022 Apr 21, A Chinese court
sentenced US citizen Shadeed Abdulmateen to death for intentional
homicide of his former girlfriend (21) in June, 2019.
2022 Apr 21, Shanghai
authorities said tough restrictions would remain in place for now
even in districts which managed to cut COVID-19 transmission to
zero, prolonging the agony for many residents who have been stuck at
home for most of this month.
2022 Apr 21, Judges at the
International Court of Justice ruled that Colombia must "immediately
cease" patrolling and trying to control fishing in parts of the
Caribbean that the ICJ said are within Nicaragua's exclusive
2022 Apr 21, Costa Rican
President Carlos Alvarado said that recent cyberattacks on state
computer systems are aimed at destabilizing the Central American
country as it transitions to the new government of president-elect
Rodrigo Chaves. The Russia-based cyber crime group Conti claimed
responsibility, demanding $10 million in exchange for releasing
stolen or encrypted data. The ransom demand was later raised to $20
(Reuters, 4/21/22)(SFC, 5/17/22, p.A3)
2022 Apr 21, An Egyptian court
sentenced Alaa Hassanein, a former member of parliament, and others
to ten years in prison for smuggling antiquities out of the country,
as part of a campaign to stop the trade.
2022 Apr 21, Honduras' Congress
unanimously repealed a law overnight which allowed for the creation
of special economic zones exempt from some national laws and taxes
throughout the country, known as Zones for Employment and Economic
2022 Apr 21, Hong Kong reopened
gyms, beauty parlors, theme parks and cinemas for the first time in
more than four months, as authorities relaxed some of the world's
toughest COVID-19 curbs, which have weighed on people and
2022 Apr 21, Regional rivals
Iran and Saudi Arabia held a fifth round of "positive" talks in
Baghdad on normalizing bilateral relations.
2022 Apr 21, Iranian state TV
reported that intelligence officers have arrested three people
belonging to a group linked to Israel’s Mossad agency and charged
with involvement in releasing classified information.
2022 Apr 21, Italy's energy
group Eni said it has signed a deal to increase gas supplies from
the Congo Republic by more than 4.5 billion cubic meters a year.
2022 Apr 21, Kenya said the
seven countries of the East African Community (EAC) have agreed to
set up a regional military force to try to end decades of bloodshed
caused by militant activity in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
2022 Apr 21, One of Libya’s
rival administrations convened for the first time in the southern
province of Sabha, vowing to end deepening political divisions.
2022 Apr 21, Mexico's president
said that an elite unit which worked on narcotics investigations
with the United States was closed last year, confirming a Reuters
report, and alleging the group had been infiltrated by criminals.
2022 Apr 21, Myanmar officials
sought to counter worries over sanctions, energy shortages and
currency controls that are adding to the military-led government's
challenges in managing the economy.
2022 Apr 21, In North Korea a
fire erupted at a now-shuttered inter-Korean industrial park,
established in 2004, but it wasn't immediately clear if any South
Korean property was damaged.
2022 Apr 21, Militants in Gaza
fired several rockets toward Israel overnight and early today and
the Israeli Air Force said it retaliated by striking two military
sites in Gaza, the most intense fighting between the two sides since
the end of an 11-day war in May last year.
(NY Times, 4/21/22)
2022 Apr 21, Portuguese
prosecutors said a man had been formally identified as a suspect in
the 2007 disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann. German
police said in June 2020 that Madeleine was assumed dead and that
convicted child abuser and drug trader Christian Brueckner was
likely responsible for it.
2022 Apr 21, Russian President
Vladimir Putin claimed victory in the biggest battle of the war in
Ukraine, declaring the port of Mariupol "liberated" after nearly two
months of siege although hundreds of defenders were still holed up
inside a steel works. Putin ordered his forces not to storm the
(Reuters, 4/21/22)(NBC News, 4/21/22)
2022 Apr 21, Russia expanded an
entry ban on US officials to include US Vice-President Kamala Harris
and 28 other American officials, businesspeople and journalists.
2022 Apr 21, Russia's foreign
ministry announced sanctions against 61 Canadian officials,
journalists and military experts for supporting what it called the
"Russophobic" stance of the Canadian administration.
2022 Apr 21, In Russia seven
people were killed after a blaze broke out at a defence research
institute in the city of Tver.
2022 Apr 21, South Korea's top
court overturned a 2019 military court conviction of two soldiers
sentenced to suspended prison terms for a same-sex relationship, in
a ruling hailed by a rights group as a milestone step against a
2022 Apr 21, In Turkey
Republican People's Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader
of Turkey's main opposition party, said that power had been cut at
his home, after he refused to pay his bills for two months in
protest at steep hikes in subsidized energy prices.
2022 Apr 21, A series of
satellite images show what appeared to be a growing mass grave site
on the outskirts of Mariupol, the southern port city where Ukrainian
officials say tens of thousands have been killed during a two-month
long siege by Russian forces.
(NY Times, 4/21/22)
2022 Apr 21, It was reported
that the United Arab Emirates has frozen the assets of Ireland's
Kinahan drug trafficking gang. Daniel Kinahan, one of the three
leaders named, has been involved in organizing high-profile boxing
fights in recent years.
2022 Apr 21, At the Vatican
Canada's Red River Métis indigenous people met Pope Francis and
accepted his apology for the Roman Catholic Church's role in
Canada's residential schools, which sought to erase their cultures
and where many children suffered abuse.