1429 Apr 29, Joan of Arc led
French troops to victory over the English at Orleans during the
Hundred Years’ War. Legend has it that King Charles VII of France
had a suit of armor made for Joan at a cost of 100 war horses. In
1996 a suit of armor was found and proposed to be Joan’s armor.
(ATC, p.107) (SFC, 6/19/96, p.A10) (AP,
1522 Apr 29, Emperor Charles V
named Frans van Holly inquisitor-gen of Netherlands.
1535 Apr 29, John Houghton,
English, was executed.
1550 Apr 29, Emperor Charles V
gave inquisitors additional authority.
1553 Apr 29, A Flemish woman
introduced to England the practice of starching linen.
1584 Apr 29, Melchior Teschner,
composer, was born.
1623 Apr 29, 11 Dutch ships
departed for the conquest of Peru.
1624 Apr 29, Louis XIII
appointed Cardinal Richelieu chief minister of the Royal Council.
1636 Apr 29, Esaias Reusner,
composer, was born.
1661 Apr 29, Chinese Ming
dynasty occupied Taiwan.
1667 Apr 29, John Arbuthnot
(d.1735), Scottish mathematician, was born. With Alexander Pope,
Jonathan Swift, John Gay and Thomas Parnell he founded the
Scriblerus Club in 1714, whose purpose was to satirize bad poetry
and pedantry. The club was short-lived.
1672 Apr 29, King Louis XIV of
France invaded the Netherlands. A French army of 100,000 crossed the
Rhine and invaded the Dutch Republic. The Dutch Golden Age fell
apart when England, France and a pair of German principalities
teamed up to attack the Netherlands and seize its colonies.
(HN, 4/29/99)(PC, 1992ed., p.255)(Econ, 4/18/20,
1676 Apr 29, Michiel A. de
Ruyter (69), Dutch rear-admiral, (Newport), was killed.
1707 Apr 29, English-Scottish
parliament accepted Act of Union and formed Great Britain. [see May
1727 Apr 29, Jean-Georges
Noverre, French dancer, choreographer (ballet d'action), was born.
1745 Apr 29, Oliver Ellsworth,
third Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born.
1769 Apr 29, The Duke of
Wellington (1769-1852) was born.
(CFA, '96, p.44)
1771 Apr 29, Francesco
Bartolomeo Rastrelli (b.1700), Italian architect, died in St.
Petersburg. He was born in Paris and spent his entire career in
Russia. His work included the Winter Palace (1754-1762) in St.
Petersburg, which later became the Hermitage Museum.
1781 Apr 29, French fleet
stopped Britain from seizing the Cape of Good Hope.
1783 Apr 29, David Cox
(d.1857), English watercolorist, was born. He books included
“Treatise on Landscape Painting" (1813).
1793 Apr 29, John Michell
(b.1724) English clergyman and natural philosopher, died in
Yorkshire. He provided pioneering insights in a wide range of
scientific fields, including astronomy, geology, optics, and
gravitation. Michell was the first person to propose that black
1784 Apr 29, Premiere of
Mozart's Sonata in B flat, K454 (Vienna).
1798 Apr 28, Joseph Haydn's
oratorio "The Creation" was rehearsed in Vienna, Austria, before an
1813 Apr 29, Rubber was
1834 Apr 29, Charles Darwin's
expedition saw the top of Andes from Patagonia.
1842 Apr 29, Karl Millocker,
conductor, composer (Beggar Student), was born in Austria.
1852 Apr 29, The first edition
of Peter Mark Roget’s Thesaurus was published. Roget (1779-1869) was
a London physician of French-Swiss ancestry who began to collect and
organize English words to improve his public speaking.
(HN, 4/29/98)(WSJ, 9/3/98, p.B1)
1854 Apr 29, Henri Poincare
(1912), French mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, was born. He
investigated the idea of space and led to the notion that space is
too complex for mathematics. Rather space is an assumption, and it
can be described and controlled only so far as we assume it. In
other words there is no such thing as space. Instead, there are as
many spaces as there are people... for every person can assume an
indefinite number of different spaces.
1855 Apr 29, Anatol K. Liadov,
Russian composer (Bewitched Lake) [OS], was born.
1856 Apr 29, During the Tule
River War Yokut Indians repelled a second attack by the 'Petticoat
Rangers,' a band of civilian Indian fighters-some wearing body
armor-at Four Creeks, California. The Yokuts lived along the shores
of Tulare Lake in the Central Valley, which disappeared by 1900 due
to water diversion and farming.
(HN, 4/29/00)(WW, 6/99)
1856 Apr 29, A peace treaty
between England and Russia was signed.
1859 Apr 29, In the Italian
Campaign some 150,000 Piedmontese troops invaded Piedmontese
territory as the French army raced to support them and the Austrian
army mobilized to oppose them.
1860 Apr 29, Lorado Taft, US
sculptor (Black Hawk), was born.
1861 Apr 29, The Maryland House
of Delegates voted against seceding from the Union.
(AP, 4/29/98)(HN, 4/29/98)
1861 Apr 29, In Australia the
Burke party shot one of their last 2 camels after it got stuck in
mud. Supplies were divided between the 3 men and one camel.
(ON, 12/01, p.4)
1862 Apr 29, Forts Philip and
Jackson surrendered to Union forces under Admiral Farragut outside
(AP, 4/29/98)(HN, 4/29/98)
1862 Apr 29, 100,000 federal
troops prepared to march into Corinth, Miss.
1863 Apr 29, William Randolph
Hearst (d.1951), American newspaper publisher, was born. He helped
launch the Spanish-American War. "Any man who has the brains to
think and the nerve to act for the benefit of the people of the
country is considered a radical by those who are content with
stagnation and willing to endure disaster." In 1998 Ben Proctor
authored “William Randolph Hearst – The Early Years, 1863-1910."
(HN, 4/29/99)(SFEM, 12/12/98, p.8)(AP, 5/1/99)
1868 Apr 29, The US government
and the Sioux Indians signed a treaty that ended Red Cloud’s War.
The 1868 treaty at Fort Laramie (Wyoming Territory) made the Black
Hills part of the Great Sioux Reservation.
p.37)(AH, 6/03, p.36)
1877 Apr 29, Tad Dorgen,
cartoonist and columnist, was born.
1879 Apr 29, Sir Thomas
Beecham, founder of London Philharmonic, was born.
1893 Apr 29, Harold C. Urey,
physicist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), was born in Indiana.
1883 Apr 29, Franz Hermann
Schulze-Delitzsch (b.1808), German economist, died. He was
responsible for organizing of the world's first credit unions.
1894 Apr 29, The Commonweal of
Christ, called Coxey's Army, arrived in Wash, DC, 500 strong to
protest unemployment; Coxey was arrested for trespassing at Capitol.
1895 Apr 29, Malcolm Sargent,
English conductor (Promenade Concerts), was born.
1899 Apr 29, Edward Kennedy
"Duke" Ellington (d.1974), jazz composer and musician was born in
(SFEC, 2/21/99, DB p.32)(AP, 4/29/99)
1901 Apr 29, Hirohito, emperor
of Japan (1926-1989), was born.
(HN, 4/29/99)(MC, 4/29/02)
1901 Apr 29, In the 27th
Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on His Eminence won in 2:07.75.
1901 Apr 29, Anti Semitic riot
took place in Budapest.
1907 Apr 29, Fred Zinnemann
(d.3/14/97), Hollywood film director, was born in Vienna. His films
included “A Hatful of Rain," “The Sundowners," “The Nun’s Story,"
“From Here to Eternity," “Julia" and “A Man for All Seasons" (1966)
with Paul Scofield.
(SFC, 3/15/97, p.A19)(AP, 4/29/07)
1909 Apr 29, Tom Ewell, [S
Yewell Tompkins], actor (Tom Ewell Show, 7 Yr Itch), was born in Ky.
1913 Apr 29, Gideon Sundback of
Hoboken patented an all-purpose zipper. The name was coined by B.F.
Goodrich, who used it to fasten rubber galoshes. [see Apr 21]
(HN, 4/29/98)(SFEC, 5/23/99, p.B7)
1916 Apr 29, The Easter Rising
in Dublin collapsed as Irish nationalists surrendered to British
authorities. Irish nationalists set post office on fire in Dublin
during Easter Uprising.
(AP, 4/29/98)(HN, 4/29/98)
1916 Apr 29, The British 6th
Indian Division under General Townshend surrendered to Ottoman
Forces at the Siege of Kut after a siege of 147 days. Around 13,000
Allied soldiers survived to be made prisoners.
1918 Apr 29, America's WWI Ace
of Aces, Eddie Rickenbacker, scored his first victory with the help
of Captain James Norman Hall. He eventually racked up 26 victories
before the end of the war.
1919 Apr 29, A parcel bomb
aimed at US Senator Thomas Hardwick and designed to explode on May
day, exploded unsuccessfully. It was one of nearly 30 devices sent
by anarchist groups to politicians, judges and businessmen.
(Econ, 11/6/10, p.74)
1922 Apr 29, A 100-mile-long
battle raged near Peking, China.
1924 Apr 29, Open revolt broke
out in Santa Clara, Cuba.
1927 Apr 29, Construction of
the Spirit of St Louis was completed. B.F. Mahoney was the ‘mystery
man’ behind the Ryan Aeronautical Company that built Lindbergh’s
Spirit of St. Louis. Engineer Donald Hall designed the $10,580 plane
to carry 400 gallons of fuel.
(HN, 4/29/98)(ON, 2/08, p.1)
1927 Apr 29, With concern that
Mississippi flood waters could overflow the city of New Orleans the
levee at Caernarvon, Louisiana, was dynamited downstream of the
city, with the intention of increasing the speed of the river as it
passed New Orleans and hence reducing the height of the anticipated
1930 Apr 29, The film “All
Quiet on the Western Front," based on Erich Maria Remarque's novel
“Im Western Nichts Neues," premiered.
1930 Apr 29, Telephone
connection England-Australia went into service.
1933 Apr 29, Constantine Cavafy
(b.1863), Greek poet, died in Alexandria, Egypt. The 1996 Greek film
"Cavafy" was a profile of the Greek homosexual poet, and a winner of
Greece’s National Film Award for best feature of the year. Cavafy
spent 30 years working as a clerk in the Ministry of Irrigation. In
2006 “The Collected Poems of C.P. Cavafy," translated by Aliki
Barstone, was published.
(SFC, 6/18/98, p.E4)(SSFC, 6/24/01, DB
1935 Apr 29, It was reported
that live rabbits were being sewn onto dog-track racing machines in
the San Francisco Bay Area counties of San Mateo and Santa Clara.
(SSFC, 4/25/10, DB p.54)
1936 Apr 29, Zubin Mehta,
conductor (NY Philharmonic 1976), was born in Bombay, India.
1940 Apr 29, Robert Sherwood's
"There Shall be No Night," premiered in NYC.
1940 Apr 29, Norwegian King
Haakon and government fled to England.
1942 Apr 29, Japanese troops
marched into Lashio and cut off the Burma Road.
1943 Apr 29, Noel Coward's
"Present Laughter," premiered in London.
1943 Apr 29, Internationally
prominent theologian Dietrich Bonhoffer was arrested by Nazis.
1943 Apr 29, Karl Adrian
Wohlfart (68), composer, died.
1945 Apr 29, American soldiers
liberated 31,601 in the Dachau, Germany, concentration camp; that
same day, Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun (b.1912) and designated
Adm. Karl Doenitz his successor. Hitler and Braun committed suicide
the next day. In 2011 Heike B. Gortemaker authored “Eva Braun: Life
(AP, 4/29/98)(HN, 4/29/98)(SSFC, 10/30/11, p.F5)
1945 Apr 29, The German Army in
Italy surrendered unconditionally to the Allies. Venice and Mestre
were captured by the Allies. In 1956 Norman Kogan, historian at the
Univ of Connecticut, wrote "Italy and the Allies."
(HN, 4/29/99)(SFC, 9/21/99, p.E4)(MC, 4/29/02)
1945 Apr 29, Japanese army
1946 Apr 29, In Japan 28 former
leaders were indicted in Tokyo as war criminals; seven ended up
being sentenced to death.
(HN, 4/29/98)(AP, 4/29/07)
1947 Apr 29, Irving Fisher
(b.1867), American economist, died. His Fisher hypothesis is the
proposition that the real interest rate is independent of monetary
measures, especially the nominal interest rate.
1951 Apr 29, Ludwig
Wittgenstein (b.1889), Austrian-born philosopher, died in Cambridge,
England. His “Tractatus Logico-Philosophicos" (1921) purported to
address all of philosophy’s major problems. His posthumous work was
edited by Elizabeth Uncombed (d.2001), and included his
"Philosophical Investigations" (1953).
p.C4)(WSJ, 2/28/09, p.W10)
1954 Apr 29, India’s Jawaharla
Nehru and China’s Zhou Enlai signed the “Five Principles of Peaceful
Coexistence." In India this became known as the as the as the
Panchsheel Treaty. It entered into force on June 3.
1957 Apr 29, The 1st military
nuclear power plant was dedicated at Fort Belvoir, Va.
1958 Apr 29, Daniel Day-Lewis,
actor (Last of the Mohicans, My Left Foot), was born in England.
1958 Apr 29, Michelle Pfeiffer,
actress, was born in Midway City, Calif.
1959 Apr 29, Premier Castro
denied any Cuban role, direct or indirect, in a Panamanian invasion.
1961 Apr 29, ABC's "Wide World
of Sports made its debut.
(SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.38)(MC, 4/29/02)
1961 Apr 29, The diesel-powered
aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk was commissioned at the Philadelphia
Naval Shipyard. In 1976 the ship was drydocked in Bremerton, Wa.,
for a year-long overhaul.
1962 Apr 29, In the 16th Tony
Awards: Man For All Seasons and How to Succeed won.
1965 Apr 29, Seattle
experienced an earthquake. 7 people were killed and damage was
estimated at $12.5 million.
1965 Apr 29, Australian
government announced it would send troops to Vietnam.
1968 Apr 29, The counterculture
musical "Hair" opened on Broadway following limited engagements
1968 Apr 29, Dr. Ralph
Abernathy led The Poor People's Campaign in Washington D.C., less
than a month after the assassination of King. It concluded on June
23. The campaign was for reforms in welfare, employment and housing
policies. Abernathy was the successor to Rev. Martin Luther King as
head of the Southern Christian Leadership conference.
1970 Apr 29, Andre Agassi,
tennis star and winner of an Olympic gold medal in 1996, was born in
Las Vegas, Nev.
1970 Apr 29, Uma Thurman,
actress, was born in Boston, Mass. Her films included “The
Adventures of Baron Munchausen" (1988) and “Pulp Fiction" (1994).
1970 Apr 29, In Australia a
large wooden log was placed on the winding track in front of a royal
train carrying Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip to the
town of Orange. The train did not derail as it was traveling too
slowly. The incident was only revealed in 2009 by a retired
1970 Apr 29, 50,000 US and
South Vietnamese troops invaded Cambodia [see Apr 30].
1971 Apr 29, Bill Graham
announced the close of the Fillmore in SF and the Fillmore East in
NYC along with his retirement from concert promotion. He was angered
by his perceived greed of rock bands and the anger and distrust of
his audience. He soon relented and put on shows with Led Zeppelin,
the Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd, the Who and the Grateful Dead. The
final concert at Fillmore East took place on June 27.
1974 Apr 29, President Nixon
announced he was releasing edited transcripts of some secretly made
White House tape recordings related to Watergate.
1975 Apr 29, US forces pulled
out of Vietnam. The US embassy was evacuated as North Vietnamese
forces fought their way into Saigon. Just hours after the last
American was lifted out by helicopter from the roof of the embassy,
James Reston of the NY Times issued an apologia for the press. NVA
shelled Tan Son Nhut air base in Saigon, killing two US Marines at
the compound gate. The last C-130A Hercules at Tan Son Nhut Air Base
carried 452 people to Thailand. South Vietnamese civilians looted
the air base. President Ford ordered Operation Frequent Wind, the
helicopter evacuation of 7000 Americans and South Vietnamese from
Saigon. At Tan Son Nhut, frantic civilians begin swarming the
helicopters. The evacuation then shifted to the walled-in American
embassy, secured by US Marines in full combat gear. Thousands of
civilians attempted to get into the compound. Three US aircraft
carriers stood by off the coast to handle incoming Americans and
South Vietnamese refugees. Many South Vietnamese pilots also landed
on the carriers, flying American-made helicopters which were then
pushed overboard to make room for more arrivals.
1975 Apr 29, The last four
Americans killed in action in Vietnam included two Marines: Lance
Corporal Darwin Judge of Marshalltown, Iowa, and Corporal Charles
McMahon Jr. of Woburn, Massachusetts, by rocket and artillery
bombardment following an air raid on Tan Son Nhut. Two Marine
helicopter pilots died when their chopper crashed into the sea near
an aircraft carrier taking part in the evacuation: Captain William
Craig Nystul of Coronado, California, and First Lieutenant Michael
John Shea of El Paso, Texas.
1977 Apr 29, Donald Evans
(b.1945), American artist, died in a fire in the Netherlands. His
work included the creation of postage stamp series for imaginary
1979 Apr 29, Democracy was
restored in Ecuador. Jaime Roldos Aguilera was elected as president
in a 2nd round of voting. He was killed in plane crash in 1981.
(AP, 4/21/05)(Econ, 10/14/06,
1980 Apr 29, Alfred Joseph
Hitchcock (b.1899), British director (Psycho, Birds), died in Los
1981 Apr 29, Truck driver Peter
Sutcliffe (b.1946) admitted in a London court to being the
"Yorkshire Ripper," the killer of 13 women in northern England
during a five-year period. He was convicted on May 22 and sentenced
to serve a minimum of 30 years.
(AP, 4/29/00)(AP, 1/13/04)
1981 Apr 29, In Sydney,
Australia, 16 patients died in a nursing home fire in suburban
1982 Apr 29, The Dance
Committee of the International Theatre Institute, UNESCO, created
International Dance Day to be celebrated every year on the 29th of
April. The aim of International Dance Day is to celebrate dance as
an art form and to bring people together in peace and friendship
through the shared language of dance. The date was chosen in
commemoration of the death of the greatly influential dancer,
choreographer and innovator Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810).
1982 Apr 29, Alfredo Magana was
elected president of El Salvador.
1983 Apr 29, Harold Washington
was sworn in as the first black mayor of Chicago.
(AP, 4/29/98)(HN, 4/29/98)
1986 Apr 29, Some 350,000 books
were damaged by fire and water in the LA Central Library.
1986 Apr 29, Raul Prebisch
(b.1901), Argentine policy maker and economic diplomat, died in
Santiago, Chile. In 2009 Edgar J. Dosman authored “The Life and
Times of Raul Prebisch."
(Econ, 3/7/09, p.90)(http://tinyurl.com/cgd359)
1986 Apr 29, Seamus McElwaine
(25), Irish IRA-terrorist, was killed by undercover members of the
British Army in County Fermanagh.
1988 Apr 29, Molloko, the 1st
California condor chick conceived in captivity, was born in the San
1988 Apr 29, McDonald's
announced it would open its first restaurants in Moscow.
1988 Apr 29, James McCracken
(61), US tenor, died.
1988 Apr 29, In Pakistan Pres.
Zia-ul Haq dismissed the government Mohammed Khan Junejo on charges
(SFC, 1/30/97, p.A9)
1989 Apr 29, In a sign that
student demonstrators in Beijing had gained influence, China's
government conducted informal talks with leaders of the democracy
protests, and then televised the discussions.
1990 Apr 29, The space shuttle
Discovery landed safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California
after a mission which included deploying the Hubble Space Telescope.
1991 Apr 29, US troops
continued airlifting Iraqi refugees from a camp in southern Iraq to
1991 Apr 29, George Sperti
(91), inventor of Preparation H, died.
1991 Apr 29-1991 Apr 31, A
cyclone in Bangladesh killed an estimated 131,000 people. 9 million
were left homeless. Thousands of survivors died from hunger and
water borne disease.
1991 Apr 29, More than 100
people were killed and some 100,000 were left homeless when a strong
earthquake struck Soviet Georgia.
1992 Apr 29, "Falsettos" opened
at John Golden Theater in NYC for 487 performances.
1992 Apr 29, Exxon executive
Sidney Reso was kidnapped outside his Morris Township, N.J., home by
Arthur Seale, a former Exxon security official, and Seale's wife,
Irene, and held for ransom; Reso died in captivity. Arthur Seale is
serving a 95-year prison term, while his wife is serving a 20-year
1992 Apr 29, Deadly rioting
erupted in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley acquitted four
Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the
videotaped beating of Rodney King. White truck driver Reginald Denny
was beaten by a mob in south Central LA angered by the acquittal of
4 police officers caught on video tape in the beating of black
motorist Rodney King. Three days of violence ensued with 55 people
killed, 2,300 injured and an estimated $1 billion [$717 million] in
property damages. Rioters tore through the city following the not
guilty verdicts on state charges for Los Angeles Police Department
Sergeant Stacey C. Koon and officer Laurence M. Powell for beating
Rodney King. 1093 buildings were damaged or destroyed. Of these, 764
retail stores were owned by Koreans. The US Congress later
authorized $1 billion to revitalize south central Los Angeles.
(TMC, 1994, p.1992)(SFC, 6/14/96, p. A4)(SFC,
1/1/97, p.A16)(SFC, 4/29/97, p.A8)(WSJ, 6/4/97, p.CA1)(AP,
4/29/98)(SFC, 2/5/00, p.A3)
1993 Apr 29, Britain's Queen
Elizabeth II announced that, for the first time, Buckingham Palace
would be opened to tourists to help raise money for repairs at
fire-damaged Windsor Castle.
1994 Apr 29, Israel and the PLO
signed an agreement in Paris granting Palestinians broad authority
to set taxes, control trade and regulate banks under self-rule in
the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
1994 Apr 29, A ferry boat
capsized near Mombasa, Kenya, and 272 people were killed.
1994 Apr 29, Hundreds of
thousands of refugees fleeing the terror of ethnic massacres in
Rwanda were pouring into Tanzania.
1995 Apr 29, 10 days after the
blast, rescue workers in Oklahoma City continued the grim task of
searching for bodies and pulling debris from the Alfred P. Murrah
Federal Building, where 168 people died.
1996 Apr 29, "Rent" opened at
Nederlander Theater in NYC.
1996 Apr 29, Opening ceremonies
were held for The Stratosphere Tower of Robert Stupak in Las Vegas.
The structure rises 1,149 feet. The last 149 feet consist of a
needle perched atop a swollen bulb.
(SFC, 5/26/96, T-3)
1997 Apr 29, The Global
Anti-Golf Movement, GAG’M, proclaimed a World No-Golf Day.
(Hem., 1/97, p.47)
1997 Apr 29, Staff Sgt. Delmar
Simpson, a drill instructor at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland,
was convicted of raping six female trainees. He was sentenced to 25
years in prison and dishonorably discharged.
1997 Apr 29, Astronaut Jerry
Linenger and cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev went on the first
U.S.-Russian space walk.
1997 Apr 29, It was reported
that a monster fountain of antimatter was discovered erupting from
the core of the Milky Way. Observations from the Compton Gamma Ray
Observatory launched by NASA in 1991 made the observations since
(SFC, 4/29/97, p.A5)
1997 Apr 29, Newspaper
columnist Mike Royko died in Chicago at age 64.
(WSJ, 4/30/97, p.A1)(AP, 4/29/98)
1997 Apr 29, In Brazil a court
injunction stopped the privatization of the Companhia Vale do Rio
Doce, the huge state-owned mining company. Some 1,000 demonstrators
protested the attempted privatization in downtown Rio de Janeiro.
(SFC, 4/30/97, p.A11)
1997 Apr 29, In China at
Rongjiawan in Hunan province a train crash killed at least 67 and
injured 260 people.
(WSJ, 4/30/97, p.A1)
1997 Sep 29, The French oil
company Total signed a $2 billion contract to explore for gas in
Iran despite warnings from the Clinton administration.
(SFC, 9/30/97, p.A14)
1997 Apr 29, In Indonesia
police broke up a demonstration and 5 activists were given 7-13 year
prison terms on charges of subversion.
(SFC, 4/29/97, p.A10)
1997 Apr 29, The UN ban on
chemical weapons went into effect. The Organization for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was formed this year to
enforce the Chemical Weapons convention.
1998 Apr 29, The United States,
Canada, and Mexico agreed to eliminate tariffs on items accounting
for $1 billion in trade at a meeting in Paris of the North American
Free Trade Agreement.
1998 Apr 29, The US and
European powers decided to impose new sanctions and agreed to freeze
the assets of Yugoslavia. A ban on investments would follow in 10
days if security police was not withdrawn from Kosova.
(SFC, 4/30/98, p.A8)
1998 Apr 29, The US Supreme
Court called for ending judicial delays of execution in a 5-4 vote.
This reversed the US Court of Appeals Aug, 1997, reprieve for Thomas
Thompson, accused of the 1981 murder of Ginger Fleischli in
California and reinstated his death penalty.
(SFC, 4/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Apr 29, In England it was
reported that Nicholas van Hoogstraten was building the largest and
most expensive house of the century in Sussex, named Hamilton Place
at a cost of $50 million. The palace was to include a gallery for
his French furniture and a mausoleum for his future.
(WSJ, 4/29/98, p.A20)
1998 Apr 29, British writer
Douglas Adams, author of the 1979 classic “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to
the Galaxy," began marketing his CD-ROM game “Starship Titanic."
(SFC, 4/29/98, p.E1)
1998 April 29, Israel formally
opened the celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding.
According to the Gregorian calendar, the anniversary fell on May
(WSJ, 4/30/98, p.A1)(AP, 4/29/03)
1998 Apr 29, In the Philippines
Imelda Marco withdrew from the presidential race.
(SFC, 4/30/98, p.A8)
1999 Apr 29, Rev. Jesse Jackson
and a delegation of religious leaders arrived in Belgrade to talk
with Pres. Milosevic concerning the release of 3 captured Americans.
(SFC, 4/30/99, p.A13)
1999 Apr 29, The US decided to
sell an early-warning radar system to Taiwan.
(SFC, 4/30/99, p.D4)
1999 Apr 29, US planes bombed
sites in the no-fly zone of northern Iraq after being attacked by
missiles and anti-aircraft fire. Iraq said 20 civilians were injured
in Mosul and 4 in separate attacks in the south.
(SFC, 4/30/99, p.D8)
1999 Apr 29, NATO jets struck
Yugoslav army headquarters in Belgrade and the federal interior
ministry. A telecommunications tower was hit and knocked Serbian TV
off the air.
(SFC, 4/30/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 29, In Bulgaria an
errant NATO HARM missile hit a home in Gorna Banya on the outskirts
of Sofia. There were no casualties.
(SFC, 4/30/99, p.A13,D2)
1999 Apr 29, China announced
that 1.6 million people would be allowed to move to Hong Kong over
the next 10-13 years.
(SFC, 4/30/99, p.D7)
1999 Apr 29, In Colombia a
2,500 member group of the Embera-Katio Indians called for a safe
haven in Europe due to the civil war in their homeland.
(SFC, 4/30/99, p.B1)
1999 Apr 29, In India Jessica
Lall, a young New Delhi bartender, was shot and killed by Manu
Sharma (24), after she refused him a drink at closing time. On Feb
21, 2006, Sharma the son of a powerful and wealthy politician with
interests in sugar mills, and 8 friends were acquitted. Protesters
took to the streets, holding candlelight vigils and waving signs
calling for justice; officials from the president to the capital's
police chief called for a review of the investigation. Courts
convicted Sharma in 2006 and sentenced him to life in prison. In
2011 the Hindi film “No One Killed Jessica" was based on this story.
(AP, 3/10/06)(Econ, 1/15/11,
1999 Apr 29, In Macedonia
another 6,500 refugees arrived. 3 refugees were killed by a mine as
they attempted to cross the border northwest of Blace.
(SFC, 4/30/99, p.A13)
1999 Apr 29, In Japan Honda
announced that its last EV Plus electric car was built in March.
(SFC, 4/30/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 29, In Russia Pres.
Yeltsin approved a plan for upgrading thousands of short-range or
tactical nuclear weapons.
(SFC, 4/30/99, p.D5)
1999 Apr 29, Yugoslavia filed
World Court cases against 10 countries, including the United States,
claiming their bombing campaign breached international law.
2000 Apr 29, Lennox Lewis
knocked out Michael Grant in the second round at Madison Square
Garden in New York to retain his WBC and IBF heavyweight titles.
2000 Apr 29, Tens of thousands
of angry Cuban-Americans marched peacefully through Miami’s Little
Havana, protesting the raid in which armed federal agents yanked
six-year-old Elian Gonzalez from the home of relatives.
2000 Apr 29, In Washington DC
some 1000 gay and lesbian couples proclaimed their love at the
Lincoln Memorial as part of the events leading to the 4th annual
Millennium March the next day.
(SFEC, 4/30/00, p.A13)
2000 Apr 29, In Chechnya Alman
Mesiyev, the mayor of Khattuni, was shot at close range by rebels
for cooperating with Russian troops.
(SFC, 5/4/00, p.A16)
2000 Apr 29, In Malaysia a
court upheld the 1999 corruption conviction against former finance
minister Anwar Ibrahim.
(SFEC, 4/30/00, p.A17)
2000 Apr 29, In Pakistan it was
reported that the worst drought in 100 years ravaged southern Sindh
and Baluchistan provinces. Up to 500 people were dead from diseases
related to the drought.
(SFC, 4/29/00, p.A14)
2000 Apr 29, In the Philippines
fighting on Basilan Island left 4 soldiers dead and 27 wounded. On
Sulu Island kidnappers made a written demands that included the
return of barter trade to the southern Philippines, a ban on large
fishing boats to protect local fishermen, and full implementation of
a 1976 agreement that called for a 13-province Muslim autonomous
(SFEC, 4/30/00, p.C14)
2000 Apr 29, In Vietnam Pham
Van Dong, former revolutionary and prime minister, died at age 94.
(SFC, 5/3/00, p.A24)
2001 Apr 29, Nasa scientists
reported that they had contacted the Pioneer 10 spacecraft, launched
in 1972, after 8 months of no communication.
(SFC, 4/30/01, p.A7)
2001 Apr 29, The International
Monetary Fund endorsed a program to establish better procedures to
prevent a repeat of the 1997-98 Asian currency crisis that plunged
two-fifths of the world into recession.
2001 Apr 29, China offered to
allow US officials to inspect the US Navy spy plane on Hainan
(SFC, 4/30/01, p.A1)
2001 cApr 29, Sri Lanka
appealed for peace talks following bloody battles and retreats in
(WSJ, 4/30/01, p.A1)
2001 cApr 29, In Uganda Pres.
Museveni withdrew from a peace pact in anger over a UN report on
(WSJ, 4/30/01, p.A1)
2002 Apr 29, A year after the
loss of a seat it had held for over 50 years, the United States won
election to the UN Human Rights Commission.
(WSJ, 4/30/02, p.A1)(AP, 4/29/03)
2002 Apr 29, US forces in
Afghanistan engaged al Qaeda fighters near the Pakistan border and
(SFC, 4/30/02, p.A14)
2002 Apr 29, The 1st 20 of some
2000 US soldiers landed in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
(SFC, 4/30/02, p.A14)
2002 Apr 29, Two suits were
filed against Cardinal Roger Mahoney of LA for violation of
racketeering laws by protecting priests who molested children.
(SFC, 4/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 29, Britain decided to
treat al Qaeda and Taliban fighters as prisoners of war and turn
them over to the interim Afghan government.
(SFC, 4/30/02, p.A15)
2002 Apr 29, Israeli forces
went into Hebron and at least 9 people were killed and dozens
arrested. It was a retaliation for the Apr 27 attack.
(SFC, 4/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 29, In Liberia Pres.
Taylor suspended all political activity. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf,
leader of the opposition Unity Party, returned to Liberia to gear up
(SFC, 4/30/02, p.A13)
2002 Apr 29, In Madagascar the
High Court ruled that opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana received
over 51% of the vote in December and that Pres. Ratsiraka won close
to 36%. Ratsiraka said he would not abide by the vote.
(SFC, 5/1/02, p.A13)
2002 Apr 29, Turkey officially
agreed to take command of the peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan.
(SFC, 4/30/02, p.A15)
2003 Apr 29, Pres. Bush
embraced a plan for a $15 billion AIDS initiative that included
money for groups that promote birth control and abortion.
(SFC, 4/29/03, A3)
2003 Apr 29, The US said it
would withdraw all combat forces from Saudi Arabia.
(SFC, 4/29/03, A14)
2003 Apr 29, The governor of
Virginia signed a tough anti-spam law that called for prison and
(WSJ, 4/30/03, A1)
2003 Apr 29, Tyco Corp.
reported some $1.2 billion in fresh accounting problems on top of
some $265-325 million reported in March. [See Sep 29]
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R9)
2003 Apr 29, The World Health
Organization ended its warning that travelers avoid Toronto, Canada.
2003 Apr 29, China reported 9
more deaths and more than 200 new cases, most of them in the capital
2003 Apr 29, In Colombia the
high court has stripped President Alvaro Uribe of the emergency
powers he assumed last year to battle leftist rebels.
2003 Apr 29, Croatian wartime
army chief Janko Bobetko (84), hailed at home as a hero of Croatia's
1991 struggle for independence but charged with war crimes by a UN
2003 Apr 29, The leaders of
France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, all critics of the U.S.-led
war on Iraq, agreed to beef up their military cooperation in an
effort to make Europe's defense less reliant on the US.
2003 Apr 29, Indian troops
raided a base of suspected Islamic militants in Kashmir, sparking a
firefight that lasted more than five hours and resulted in 17
2003 Apr 29, Pakistani police
arrested six men linked to al-Qaeda, including a Yemeni man, Tawfiq
Attash Khallad (Waleed bin Attash), wanted in connection with the
Sept. 11 attacks and the bombing of the USS Cole.
(AP, 4/30/03)(WSJ, 5/1/03, A1)(AP, 4/29/04)
2003 Apr 29, The Palestinian
parliament approved Mahmoud Abbas as prime minister, clearing the
final obstacle to the launch of a U.S.-backed "road map" to peace.
2003 Apr 29, A Palestinian
suicide bombing killed 3 Israelis in a crowded Tel Aviv nightclub.
The bomber, Asif Hanif (21), grew up in Britain. A 2nd bomber
(AP, 4/30/03)(SFC, 5/2/03, p.A8)
2003 Apr 29, Qataris voted on
their first permanent constitution.
2004 Apr 29, The US Sep 11
panel held a joint interview behind closed doors with Pres. Bush and
(WSJ, 4/29/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 29, A national
monument to the 16 million U.S. men and women who served during
World War II opened to the public in Washington DC. Official
dedication was set for May 29.
(AP, 4/29/04)(SFC, 4/30/04, p.A3)
2004 Apr 29, GM ended
production of its Oldsmobile line (b.1897), named after Ransom E.
Olds. The last Olds Alero rolled of a GM assembly line in Lansing,
(SFC, 4/28/04, p.C1)
2004 Apr 29, Google unveiled an
IPO that could raise as much as $2.7 billion.
(SFC, 4/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 29, Cleanup crews
arrived at Suisun Marsh in the SF Bay area to tackle an estimated
60,000 gallon diesel fuel spill from a pipeline operated by Kinder
Morgan Energy Partners of Houston, Texas.
(SFC, 4/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 29, Thousands of
Cubans, young and old, played their favorite game into the night to
break the world record for most people playing chess simultaneously.
2004 Apr 29, US Marines
announced an agreement to end a bloody, nearly month long siege of
Fallujah, saying American forces will pull back and allow an
all-Iraqi force commanded by one of Saddam Hussein's generals to
take over security. Elsewhere 10 U.S. soldiers were killed, 8 of
them from a car bomb south of Baghdad.
(AP, 4/29/04)(WSJ, 4/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 29, In Peru 800 people
in a village near Lake Titicaca took five aldermen hostage Thursday
after their mayor fled in fear of his life.
2004 Apr 29, A Russian court
acquitted 4 commando officers in the shooting deaths of 6 Chechen
civilians, after the officers admitted in court that they mistakenly
opened fire on their vehicle and set the car on fire to conceal the
incident based on orders from superiors.
(SFC, 4/30/04, p.A3)
2005 Apr 29, NASA again delayed
the first space shuttle launch since the Columbia disaster, worrying
that ice falling off fuel tank could doom Discovery.
2005 Apr 29, Apple began
selling the Tiger operating system, OS X version 10.4, for the Mac
(SFC, 4/30/05, p.C1)
2005 Apr 29, Afghan security
forces opened fire during a celebration in a western city, killing a
mother and her daughter. In central Afghanistan an airstrike on a
suspected insurgent camp killed three civilians and four militants.
A bomb tore through a jeep carrying Afghan anti-drug police in
eastern Afghanistan, killing 3 officers and injuring two more, in
the first deadly attack on the country's new counter-narcotics
(AP, 4/30/05)(AP, 5/1/05)
2005 Apr 29, In Colombia
government troops consolidated their grip on Tacuejo, a mountain
town retaken from leftist rebels, and the town's Indian residents
slowly began to return despite fears of more violence.
2005 Apr 29, The German
government finally scaled back its 2005 growth forecasts,
acknowledging that its earlier prognosis had been too optimistic in
face of high oil prices and an unexpected economic contraction at
the end of last year.
2005 Apr 29, An audiotape
purportedly by America's most-wanted insurgent in Iraq, Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi, posted on the Internet and threatened more attacks
against U.S. forces and urges followers to be wary of any American
attempts at dialogue.
2005 Apr 29, Insurgents staged
a series of car bombings and other attacks, killing at least 41
people, including three US soldiers, a day after the country's first
democratically elected government was approved.
(AP, 4/29/05)(AP, 4/29/06)
2005 Apr 29, India signed a
pact with the United Nations to combat HIV infections among military
personnel after defense authorities sounded a health alert last
2005 Apr 29, The head of
India's new task force, fighting to save the nation's dwindling
stock of tigers, said the big cats were on the verge of extinction,
because of rampant poaching for their body parts.
2005 Apr 29, Insurgents set off
at least 17 bombs in Iraq, killing at least 50 people, including 5
US soldiers, in a series of attacks aimed at shaking Iraq's newly
(SFC, 4/30/05, p.A1)(AP, 5/1/05)
2005 Apr 29, Italy and the
United States said they had failed to agree on whether U.S. soldiers
were at fault in the death of an Italian intelligence agent in Iraq.
2005 Apr 29, Italy slashed its
2005 growth forecast by almost half to 1.2 percent and warned its
budget deficit could hit 4 percent of gross domestic product.
2005 Apr 29, Japanese PM
Junichiro Koizumi wooed India, aiming to build a partnership with
New Delhi to cope with the growing clout of China in a changing
2005 Apr 29, Heavy rains in
western Romania have flooded hundreds of villages, forcing 3,700
people to abandon their homes and disrupting rail and road traffic.
2005 Apr 29, Russian President
Vladimir Putin laid a wreath on the late-Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat's tomb and held talks with Arafat's successor, Mahmoud Abbas,
but Palestinians held out little hope for concrete results.
2005 Apr 29, Sri Lanka's
government ordered a "full-scale investigation" into the slaying of
a senior Tamil journalist who was abducted overnight as he left a
2005 Apr 29, The UN health
agency reported 18 new cases of polio in Yemen and said more people
are believed infected, sparking fears of an epidemic in the Middle
Eastern country with a low immunization rate among children.
2005 Apr 29, Vietnam marked the
30th anniversary of war's end.
2006 Apr 29, Thousands of US
anti-war demonstrators converged on lower Manhattan to call for an
immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
2006 Apr 29, A rock slide at
Ferguson Ridge, 8 miles west of El Portal, Ca., shut down the
Highway 140 connection to Yosemite National Park.
(SSFC, 6/25/06, p.B1)
2006 Apr 29, John Kenneth
Galbraith (97), an influential liberal Canadian-born economist and
author, died in Massachusetts. His more than 40 works included
“American Capitalism" (1952), "The Affluent Society" (1958), in
which he argued that the US had become rich in consumer goods but
poor in social services and “The New Industrial State" (1967).
(Reuters, 4/30/06)(Econ, 5/6/06, p.86)
2006 Apr 29, Afghan security
forces clashed with Taliban militants hiding in a cave complex in
the southern Helmand province, killing 11 insurgents after militants
killed three policemen and wounded another in an ambush. An Afghan
cell phone company confirmed that an Indian contractor was being
held hostage by the Taliban. Afghan soldiers and police attacked a
Taliban camp co miles north of Lashkar Gah and killed at least 2
(AP, 4/30/06)(SSFC, 4/30/06, p.A3)
2006 Apr 29, Bolivia's new
left-leaning president, Evo Morales, signed a pact with Cuba and
Venezuela on rejecting US-backed free trade and promising a
socialist version of regional commerce and cooperation. Bolivia
became the 3rd member of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas
(AP, 4/29/06)(Econ, 5/6/06, p.38)
2006 Apr 29, A cyclone hit
Burma with 150 mph winds. Scattered deaths and injuries were
(SSFC, 4/30/06, p.A3)
2006 Apr 29, A coalition of
Chinese Web activists launched a petition decrying censorship of the
Internet and challenging the legality of government information
controls on China's more than 100 million net users.
2006 Apr 29, In northwestern
China a gas explosion at a coal mine killed at least 30 miners and
left eight missing at the Wayaobao Coal Mine in Shaanxi province.
(AP, 4/30/06)(AP, 5/1/06)
2006 Apr 29, It was reported
that just over 8% of workers in France belonged to a trade union
compared with 12% in America and nearly 30% in Britain.
(Econ, 4/29/06, p.54)
2006 Apr 29, In Hong Kong while
riding a bus Elvis Ho asked Roger Chan to lower his voice while
talking on his cellphone. Chan proceeded to berate Ho for nearly 6
minutes and the encounter was captured on video camera by another
passenger, Jon Fong. The video became famous as “Bus Uncle." Some
phrases in the video, such as “I’ve got pressure" and “It’s not
over," quickly became part of Hong Kong’s lexicon.
(WSJ, 6/6/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 29, In central India
13 people abducted by insurgents were found dead but 37 others were
freed. 2 people were found dead a day earlier. Rebels had abducted
52 people from a single village in the district of Dantewada in
Chhattisgarh state on April 25.
2006 Apr 29, In Iraq 6 people
were killed in scattered violence. A top Iraqi official said
sectarian violence has forced about 100,000 families across Iraq to
flee their homes. A US Army soldier died when a roadside bomb hit
his convoy near Baghdad.
2006 Apr 29, In Kyrgyzstan
thousands of protesters demanding reform gathered in the main square
in Bishkek but dispersed peacefully after President Bakiyev and PM
Felix Kulov addressed the crowd.
2006 Apr 29, Newly returned
Nepalese legislators demanded that King Gyanendra be stripped of
control over the 90,000-strong army, fearing he could use it to
regain power after his recent concession to weeks of pro-democracy
2006 Apr 29, A car bombing in
the Nigerian oil city of Warri destroyed at least five tanker
trucks. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND),
which demands more local control over the southern delta's oil
wealth, said it had used a mobile phone to detonate 30 kg (66 lb) of
dynamite in the bombing.
2006 Apr 29, North Korea
claimed that the US conducted about 160 spy flights against the
communist state this month.
2006 Apr 29, Peru recalled its
ambassador from Venezuela over what it called President Hugo
Chavez's "persistent and flagrant interference" in its upcoming
2006 Apr 29, In the Philippines
military intelligence agents captured Abdasil Malangka Dima, an
alleged member of the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf group, in Isabela,
the capital of the southern island province of Basilan. He was
allegedly involved in the abduction of three Americans, including a
missionary couple, from a resort five years ago.
2006 Apr 29, A Qatar newspaper
reported that Qatar has frozen bilateral free trade talks with the
US, saying Washington was imposing preconditions that were not in
2006 Apr 29, Russian Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr
Mottaki to suspend enriching uranium and ensure full-scale
cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA.
2006 Apr 29, The UN said
reports of a Ugandan army incursion into Congo were "credible" after
peacekeepers conducted a verification mission in the remote
northeastern border region.
2006 Apr 29, Scientists tried
to discover why some 400 dolphins washed up dead on a beach popular
with tourists on the northern coast of Zanzibar.
(AP, 4/29/06)(WSJ, 4/29/06, p.A1)
2007 Apr 29, A stretch of
highway near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed after a
gasoline tanker crashed and burst into flames, leaving one of the
nation's busiest spans in a state of near paralysis. Officials said
traffic could be disrupted for months. Driver James Mosqueda (51)
managed to away with 2nd degree burns.
(AP, 4/29/07)(SFC, 5/1/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 29, In Kansas City,
Mo., David W. Logsdon, driving a dead woman’s car, was shot and
killed by police after he killed 2 people in the parking lot of a
(SFC, 4/30/07, p.A3)(AP, 4/29/08)
2007 Apr 29, St. Louis
Cardinals relief pitcher Josh Hancock, 29, was killed in the crash
of his sport utility vehicle.
2007 Apr 29, Hundreds of angry
protesters chanting "Death to Bush" demonstrated in eastern
Afghanistan after six people, including a woman and a teenage girl,
were reportedly killed when US-led coalition and Afghan forces
raided a suspected car bomb cell. Afghanistan's education minister
said at least 85 students and teachers were killed last year in
attacks blamed on insurgents who oppose education for girls and
teaching boys anything other than religion. In western Afghanistan
coalition and Afghan forces attacked the insurgents and called in an
airstrike, destroying seven Taliban positions and killing 87
fighters during a 14-hour engagement in Herat province.
(AP, 4/29/07)(AP, 4/30/07)
2007 Apr 29, Octavio Frias de
Oliveira (94), who published Brazil's biggest newspaper and Web site
and helped modernize the country's media, died of kidney failure.
2007 Apr 29, In China 7
suspects went on trial in the beating death of a reporter at an
illegal coal mine in northern Shanxi province. Lan Chengzhang was
attacked along with a colleague when they went to interview Hou
Zhenrun, the owner of the small unlicensed coal mine outside the
northern city of Datong on Jan 10. He died the next day from head
2007 Apr 29, Colombia's navy
made the largest drug seizure in the nation's history as it
uncovered up to 27 tons of cocaine buried along the Pacific coast.
2007 Apr 29, In Ethiopia 7
Chinese oil workers and two Africans kidnapped during a rebel attack
on a Chinese oil field near the Somali border were released.
2007 Apr 29, In Egypt police
arrested two lawmakers and at least 10 other members of the banned
Muslim Brotherhood group as part of an ongoing campaign against the
country's strongest opposition group.
2007 Apr 29, American troops
also detained 72 suspected insurgents and seized nitric acid and
other bomb-making materials during raids targeting al-Qaida in Iraq
in Anbar province. Britain said one of its soldiers was shot to
death while on patrol in southern Iraq. In Basra 5 people were
reported killed by an explosion. Iraqi police initially said it was
a car bomb, but the British military said it appeared the blast
accidentally occurred while explosives and weapons were being moved.
A roadside bomb killed 3 American soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter
on a combat patrol in eastern Baghdad. A Marine was killed during
combat operations in Anbar province.
(AP, 4/29/07)(AP, 4/30/07)
2007 Apr 29, Japan and the
resources-rich United Arab Emirates agreed to launch a high-level
dialogue aimed at boosting economic ties and to speed up talks on a
free trade pact. Officials of the governmental Japan Bank for
International Cooperation decided to extend massive loans to Abu
Dhabi National Oil Co. in exchange for securing a stable oil supply
2007 Apr 29, Saudi Arabia's
King Abdullah held an unannounced meeting with Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the recent escalation in
Israeli-Palestinian tensions. Saudi Arabia banned the sale of
concentrated fertilizer, a favorite component of homemade terrorist
(AP, 4/30/07)(Econ, 5/5/07, p.60)
2007 Apr 29, Tamil Tiger rebels
bombed a fuel refinery and gasoline storage facility near the Sri
Lankan capital, and authorities cut power to the city. Hours later,
the military pounded rebel positions in the north.
2007 Apr 29, Protests took
place around the world to demand that world leaders act to prevent
further bloodshed in Darfur on the fourth anniversary of the
2007 Apr 29, Suspected Muslim
insurgents in southern Thailand killed two Buddhist villagers,
beheading one of them, and left a note saying the attack was revenge
for a deadly weekend bombing at a mosque.
2007 Apr 29, Some 700,000 Turks
waving the red national flag flooded central Istanbul to demand the
resignation of the government, saying the Islamic roots of Turkey's
leaders threatened to destroy the country's modern foundations.
2007 Apr 29, President Hugo
Chavez said that Venezuela hopes to gradually sell off its
refineries in the United States and build a new network of
refineries in Latin America, part of a plan to offer his leftist
allies in the region a stable oil supply.
2008 Apr 29, Sen. Barack Obama,
US presidential candidate, angrily repudiated Rev. Jeremiah Wright,
his former pastor, for his recent remarks on race and US foreign
(WSJ, 4/30/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 29, California’s Gov.
Gov. Schwarzenegger said the state deficit could grow to as much as
(SFC, 4/30/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 29, James Woodward
(55) walked out of a Dallas court after DNA testing overturned his
conviction over 27 years ago for the murder and rape of his
2008 Apr 29, The videogame
“Grand Theft Auto IV," produced by Take-Two Interactive Software,
hit the stores with expectations of record sales. First week sales
topped $50 million.
(WSJ, 4/29/08, p.B7)(WSJ, 5/8/08, p.B8)
2008 Apr 29, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomb tore through a team preparing to eradicate opium poppy
fields, killing at least 19 people and injuring over 40 others in
eastern Nangarhar province. 12 police officers were among the dead.
(AFP, 4/29/08)(SFC, 4/30/08, p.A2)
2008 Apr 29, Australia's
government promised to spend about $2.9 billion to buy river water
from farmers in a bid to address the country's worst drought in a
2008 Apr 29, A Chinese court
jailed 30 people for terms ranging from three years to life for
their roles in Tibet's deadly riots, which triggered anti-China
protests across the globe ahead of the Beijing Olympics.
2008 Apr 29, In China a
newspaper reported that thousands of children in southwest China
have been sold into slavery like "cabbages," to work as laborers in
more prosperous areas such as the booming southern province of
2008 Apr 29, Colombia police
killed Victor Manuel Mejia in a raid at his ranch hideout. The
government initially said it was his brother Miguel Angel. Both were
wanted for extradition to the United States, with US$5 million
rewards for their capture. In 2009 Miguel Angel Mejia was extradited
to the US on drug trafficking charges.
(AP, 4/30/08)(SFC, 3/5/09, p.A2)
2008 Apr 29, Gastao Salsinha,
the leader of a group of East Timor rebels accused of trying to
assassinate President Jose Ramos-Horta, surrendered with 12 of his
men, raising hopes that the troubled young nation can find some rare
2008 Apr 29, European nations
failed to convince Lithuania to allow the EU to launch talks on a
new partnership pact with Russia.
2008 Apr 29, EU nations signed
a premembership trade-and-aid pact with Serbia to help pro-Western
parties win elections. The deal would only be implemented if
Belgrade fully cooperates with the Yugoslav war-crimes tribunal.
(WSJ, 4/30/08, p.A11)
2008 Apr 29, A $7 billion gas
pipeline that would link Iran and India topped the agenda as the
Islamic republic's president made his first visit to New Delhi,
despite strong US objections to the project.
2008 Apr 29, In Iraq a roadside
bomb hit Dhia Jodi Jaber, director general at the Ministry of Labor
and Social Affairs, as he left his Baghdad home in his car.
Militants killed the nephew of Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, an
Interior Ministry spokesman, and hanged the body from an electric
pole in Baghdad. The attack was in apparent retaliation for the
spokesman's role in a government crackdown against Shiite militias.
US soldiers killed 28 militants during a four-hour firefight in
Baghdad's Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City. 2 US were killed
soldiers in separate attacks in Baghdad.
(AP, 4/29/08)(AP, 4/30/08)(SFC, 5/1/08, p.A2)
2008 Apr 29, Migrant rights
activists applauded a vote by Mexico's Congress to remove
long-standing criminal penalties for undocumented migrants found in
the country. President Felipe Calderon's office declined to say
whether he would sign the popular measure into law.
2008 Apr 29, Human rights
watchdog Amnesty International accused Mozambique police of killing
and torturing people with impunity as the country struggles to deal
with growing crime.
2008 Apr 29, The International
Criminal Court in The Hague published an arrest warrant for Bosco
Ntaganda (35), known as "the Terminator," a Congo militia leader
wanted for allegedly using child soldiers.
2008 Apr 29, Russia announced
it was beefing up its peacekeeping force in Georgia's breakaway
Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions, saying it had evidence Tbilisi
was readying its forces for an attack.
2008 Apr 29, Workers returned
to the Grangemouth refinery in central Scotland after a 48-hour
strike that forced the closure of a major North Sea pipeline system.
2008 Apr 29, An explosion in
southwestern Somalia killed four Ethiopian troops and the subsequent
gunfire killed two civilians.
2008 Apr 29, Albert Hofmann
(102), the father of the mind-altering drug LSD, died. His medical
discovery inspired, and arguably corrupted, millions in the 1960s
hippie generation. The Swiss chemist discovered lysergic acid
diethylamide-25 in 1938 while studying the medicinal uses of a
fungus found on wheat and other grains at the Sandoz pharmaceuticals
firm in Basel. He became the first human guinea pig of the drug when
a tiny amount of the substance seeped onto his finger during a
laboratory experiment on April 16, 1943. Hofmann to LSD for the last
time when he was 97.
(AP, 4/30/08)(Econ, 5/31/08, p.21)
2008 Apr 29, In Taiwan the de
facto US envoy assured incoming president Ma Ying-jeou that
Washington will continue to back Taiwan militarily while it pushes
for peace talks with China.
2008 Apr 29, A power outage
left wide swaths of Venezuela without electricity, including much of
the capital. The blackout was caused by a forest fire that
overheated power lines in the central state of Guarico.
2009 Apr 29, The Obama
administration joined a federal judge in urging Congress to end a
racial disparity by equalizing prison sentences for dealing and
using crack versus powdered cocaine.
2009 Apr 29, It was reported
that more than 50 million American retirees can expect to receive
$250 payments from the government in the next few weeks as their
share of the economic stimulus package enacted in February.
2009 Apr 29, In Florida Juwhan
Yun, a Korean American who had served prison time for attempting to
broker the sale of nerve gas bombs to Iran, was indicted in Miami on
charges of trying to help South Korea obtain advanced Russian rocket
(SFC, 4/30/09, p.A4)
2009 Apr 29, In New York Teresa
Tambunting of Scarsdale was charged with grand larceny and criminal
possession of stolen property. Prosecutors said she had stolen over
$12 million in gold over six years from the Queens jewelry
manufacturer where she worked. Police found 450 pounds of gold at
(SFC, 4/30/09, p.A4)
2009 Apr 29, The WHO raised its
alert for swine flu from level 4 to level 5, its 2nd highest alert
level. Austria and Germany confirmed cases of swine flu, becoming
the third and fourth European countries hit by the disease. US
health officials reported that a 23-month-old child in Texas has
died from the disease. The World Health Organization called an
emergency meeting to consider its pandemic alert level.
(AP, 4/29/09)(SFC, 4/30/09, p.A8)
2009 Apr 29, In Afghanistan
US-led troops battled militants and announced they killed 42
suspected insurgents. Two attacks on German forces killed one
soldier and wounded nine as Germany's foreign minister began a
two-day visit to the country.
(AFP, 4/29/09)(AP, 4/29/09)
2009 Apr 29, Australia
announced it will increase by almost one half its troops in
Afghanistan to about 1,550 as part of the US-led surge of
international forces to bolster the faltering fight against Taliban
2009 Apr 29, Two boats carrying
almost 80 people were intercepted off Australia's northern coast as
the conservative political opposition called for an independent
inquiry into refugee policy.
2009 Apr 29, Britain’s PM
Gordon Brown said it will boost its troops in Afghanistan to 9,000
to help the country through upcoming elections, unveiling a new
strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
2009 Apr 29, Britain and Libya
ratified a prisoner transfer deal that could potentially allow Abdel
Basset Ali al-Megrahi (57), the man convicted of the Lockerbie
bombings, to serve out the remainder of his sentence in the North
2009 Apr 29, The prime
ministers of China and Japan pledged to lay a stronger foundation
for cooperation between the historic Asian rivals amid global
economic and health crises.
2009 Apr 29, China Mobile said
it would buy 12% of Far EasTone Telecommunications, a big Taiwanese
(Econ, 5/9/09, p.65)
2009 Apr 29, A Boeing 737 on a
test flight from Brazzaville crashed southeast of Kinshasa, killing
2009 Apr 29, In Cuba a
statement published in state newspapers said that effective
midnight, flights from Cuba to Mexico would be grounded due to swine
flu. After that, airlines can fly presumably empty planes to the
island and pickup Mexico travels. This amended a blanket 48-hour ban
on flights between Mexico and Cuba announced a day earlier.
2009 Apr 29, Egypt began
slaughtering the roughly 300,000 pigs in the country as a
precautionary measure against the spread of swine flu even though no
cases have been reported here yet.
2009 Apr 29, An Iraqi-US patrol
was ambushed while distributing grants to Iraqi businesses near the
northern city of Kirkuk. Iraqi officials said two civilians were
killed when the Americans returned fire, but the US military said
those killed were enemy fighters. Five bombs hit various
neighborhoods of Baghdad, killing at least 48 people in another
powerful strike by suspected Sunni insurgents seeking a return to
(AP, 4/29/09)(SFC, 4/30/09, p.A2)
2009 Apr 29, Youssef Magied
al-Molqui, one of the 4 Palestinians who hijacked the Achille Lauro
cruise ship and killed an American passenger in 1985, left prison in
Palermo, Sicily, after more than 23 years in jail. Ibrahim Fatayer
Abdelatif, another convicted Achille Lauro hijacker, was released
2009 Apr 29, Lebanon released
four generals held for nearly four years in the 2005 truck-bomb
assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri after a UN-backed tribunal
in the Netherlands ordered them freed, setting off celebrations with
fireworks and dancing.
2009 Apr 29, Mexican police
arrested suspected Zeta gang leader Gregorio Sauceda Gamboa, one of
Mexico's 24 most-wanted drug traffickers.
2009 Apr 29, NATO and Russia
resumed formal contacts eight months after they were suspended
because of last year's war with Georgia.
2009 Apr 29, Pakistani
airstrikes killed dozens of Taliban fighters in a fierce struggle to
drive them from the Buner district, within 60 miles (100 kilometers)
of Islamabad. Troops faced an estimated 450-500 militants in Buner
and forecast that the operation to drive them out would take about a
week. Gun attacks in the mega-city of Karachi killed at least 34
people and threatened to ignite ethnic tension. 2 Muttahida Quami
Movement (MQM) activists were gunned down by unknown shooters,
sparking street violence.
(AP, 4/29/09)(AP, 4/30/09)
2009 Apr 29, A South Korean
presidential advisory committee announced that South Korea will lift
a three-year ban on human stem cell research.
2009 Apr 29, In Sri Lanka the
visiting French and British foreign ministers urged Sri Lanka to
accept a cease-fire in its war with ethnic Tamil rebels, saying it
needed to act quickly to save the lives of civilians in the war
2009 Apr 29, Taiwan said it had
persuaded China to allow it to participate in a key UN body,
offering a victory for President Ma Ying-jeou's campaign to win
greater international recognition for the democratic island. China
confirmed that Taiwan will attend next month's meeting of the World
Health Assembly in Geneva as an observer.
2009 Apr 29, In Tanzania huge
blasts rocked an ammunition dump at an army camp in the coastal city
of Dar es Salaam. More than a dozen people were killed.
(AP, 4/29/09)(SFC, 2/18/11, p.A2)
2009 Apr 29, In southeastern
Turkey suspected Kurdish rebels detonated a roadside bomb that
killed nine soldiers in a US-made armored personnel carrier.
2009 Apr 29, Zimbabwe's
teachers vowed to go on strike when the new school term begins next
week after government reneged on a pledge to increase their
2010 Apr 29, The US Navy said
the first US women allowed to serve aboard submarines will be
reporting for duty by 2012.
2010 Apr 29, Alabama shrimpers
filed a class-action lawsuit against oil giant BP Plc and owners of
the drilling platform that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, as claims
for economic losses anticipated from the disaster began to mount.
2010 Apr 29, ChronoZoom was
first publicly announced and demonstrated at the University of
California, Berkeley during the 97th Annual Faculty Research Lecture
series. On Apr 12, 2011, Professor Alvarez introduced ChronoZoom, a
free interactive zoomable timeline for the history of everything
being developed at UC Berkeley. By 2012 there were about 30 people
working on the project at Microsoft Research, Moscow State Univ. and
the Univ. of Calif.
6/2/12, TQ p.10)
2010 Apr 29, In Oakland, Ca.,
Parking director Noel Pinto issued a memo curtailing nighttime
parking enforcement, effecting as of May 13. The recently begun
practice had enraged local residents.
(SFC, 5/11/10, p.C3)
2010 Apr 29, Australia said it
will force tobacco companies to strip all logos and color from their
packaging, in a move aimed at driving people away from smoking.
(SFC, 4/30/10, p.A2)
2010 Apr 29, A giant NASA
science balloon crashed during take-off in Australia, destroying its
multi-million-dollar payload, toppling a large car and narrowly
missing frightened observers.
2010 Apr 29, NATO troops in
Nangarhar province raided the home of a prominent Afghan lawmaker
overnight, killing one of her relatives. In Laghman province a
suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near an Afghan
army training facility, killing a soldier.
2010 Apr 29, Belgium's lower
house of parliament banned burqa-type Islamic dress in public, but
the measure faced a challenge in the Senate which will delay early
enactment of the law. There were two abstentions. No one voted
2010 Apr 29, The president of
the Central African Republic scrapped plans to hold polls May 16
after the elections commission told him it would be unable to
organize them in time.
2010 Apr 29, In eastern China a
knife-wielding jobless man, Xu Yuyuan (47), attacked a kindergarten
class of 4-year-olds, slashing 29 children and 3 teachers in what an
expert said was a copycat rampage of two other episodes at Chinese
schools in the past month. On May 15 Xu Yuyuan was sentenced to
death. He appealed the death sentence, saying the punishment was too
severe considering no one was killed.
(AP, 4/29/10)(AP, 5/15/10)
2010 Apr 29, Colombian
authorities detained Congressman Luis Carlos Restrepo Orozco on
allegations of receiving drug money.
2010 Apr 29, Avigdor Arikha
(b.1929), Holocaust surviving artist, died in Paris. He was perhaps
the best painter from life in the last decades of the 20th century.
2010 Apr 29, The prime
ministers of India and Pakistan agreed to resume peace talks between
their top diplomats and work toward rebuilding trust shattered by
the deadly 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that New Delhi blamed on
2010 Apr 29, Iraq's election
commission said recounting all the ballots from the key Baghdad
province will take around 2 to 3 weeks, further delaying the
formation of a long awaited new government. 8 people were killed and
20 injured in car bomb outside a Baghdad liquor store. Iraq's banned
Baath party, booted out of power in the 2003 US-led invasion, held
its first public meeting in the Syrian capital.
(AP, 4/29/10)(AFP, 4/30/10)
2010 Apr 29, Mexican police
said that a crowd of villagers in Guerrero state chased down a group
of alleged kidnappers, freed their victims and shot 3 men to death.
The men had apparently entered the hamlet of La Union, near the
coastal resort of Zihuatanejo, and abducted a man and two boys. They
allegedly also shot another man to death.
2010 Apr 29, In Myanmar
pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi filed a lawsuit with the
country’s Supreme Court in an attempt to prevent the dissolution of
her party under a controversial new election law.
2010 Apr 29, Thailand's "Red
Shirt" protesters called on the European Union to send observers to
prevent a crackdown by the army, but the government warned others
not to meddle in its internal affairs. Theo-establishment activists
demanded military action against anti-government protesters and an
end to "anarchy" in the capital.
(AFP, 4/29/10)(AP, 4/29/10)
2010 Apr 29, In Venezuela
Father Esteban Woods (68), an American priest, was slain inside his
apartment in the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz.
2010 Apr 29, In Vietnam a Javan
rhino, one of the world's rarest large mammals, was found shot dead
with its horn chopped off in a southern national park, a suspected
victim of poachers. There were only three to five Javan rhinos
believed left in Vietnam. The animal was first caught on camera at
the park in 1999.
2011 Apr 29, The US Federal
Transit Administration determined that New Jersey must repay the
federal government the entire $271 million it spent on early design
and engineering work for a New Jersey - New York train tunnel that
was scrapped by Gov. Chris Christie.
(SFC, 4/30/11, p.A6)
2011 Apr 29, Benjamin Arellano
Felix, one of the first Mexican drug kingpins to oversee mass
shipments of cocaine, was extradited to the United States to face
drug-trafficking charges. Benjamin was captured by the Mexican
military in 2002 in central Mexico.
2011 Apr 29, The state of Utah
filed a lawsuit against the federal government over an Obama
administration plan to make millions of acres of undeveloped land in
the West eligible for federal wilderness protection.
2011 Apr 29, In Australia a
gunman killed three neighbors then shot a police officer in the face
during a shootout and siege in the normally sleepy city of Adelaide.
2011 Apr 29, Brazil's
population climbed to more than 190.7 million people in 2010,
according to initial results of the decennial census released by the
country's official institute of geography and statistics.
2011 Apr 29, In London Kate
Middleton married Prince William in a union that promised to
revitalize the British monarchy.
2011 Apr 29, In Northampton,
England, university lecturer Jifeng Ding (46), his wife Helen Chui
(47), and their daughters Xing (18) and Alice (12) were stabbed to
death. Anxiang Du (53), a former business associate of the family
who lived in Coventry, was named as the only suspect in the case
shortly after the bodies were discovered. On July 7, 2012, a man
believed to be Anxiang Du was arrested in Tangiers.
2011 Apr 29, Cambodian and Thai
troops broke a brief cease-fire and clashed for an eighth day,
shattering hopes of a quick end to a long-running border conflict
that has forced nearly 100,000 villagers to flee. The death toll
rose to 16.
2011 Apr 29, An Egyptian
soldier of the border guard unit was killed in an exchange of
gunfire with tunnel smugglers near the border with Gaza.
2011 Apr 29, In Egypt at least
20 people drowned in the Nile while on a trip to visit the grave of
a relative. 5 people were also missing after a minibus hired for the
traditional graveyard visit slipped from the ferry that carried it
across the river in Beni Suef province.
2011 Apr 29, In Germany 3
suspected members of the al-Qaida terror organization were arrested.
The suspects had been under surveillance since April 15.
2011 Apr 29, In eastern India
villagers protesting a noisy stone crushing plant burned to death
its three owners and four employees in Orissa state's remote
2011 Apr 29, In Iraq attacks
around the country killed six people, including the 8-year-old
daughter of an imam who preached against violence and three brothers
who fought al-Qaida. In southern Iraq an American soldier was killed
while conducting military operations.
(AP, 4/29/11)(AP, 4/30/11)
2011 Apr 29, In Japan senior
nuclear advisor Toshiso Kosako resigned saying the government was
not adequately protecting the public from radiation.
(SSFC, 5/1/11, p.A7)
2011 Apr 29, In Libya Moammar
Gadhafi's forces holed up inside the airport in the key western city
of Misrata have been shelling a civilian neighborhood around it.
Rebels said at least two men died in the morning fighting. NATO
warships intercepted several boats laying anti-shipping mines
outside the harbor of Misrata. Forces loyal to Gaddafi fought a gun
battle with Tunisian troops in a frontier town.
(AP, 4/29/11)(Reuters, 4/29/11)
2011 Apr 29, Mexican federal
police discovered a basement arsenal hidden behind the mirrors of a
home gym in Ciudad Juarez that included three anti-aircraft guns,
dozens of grenades, a grenade launcher, AK-47s and other
2011 Apr 29, Philippines’s
Pres. Benigno Aquino forced the resignation of ombudsman Merceditas
Gutierrez, the state’s chief prosecutor of official corruption. She
was accused of failing to prosecute cases of alleged corruption
within the administration of former president Gloria Arroyo, who had
(Econ, 5/7/11, p.46)
2011 Apr 29, Thousands of
Syrians called for the toppling of President Bashar al-Assad and
pledged support for the city of Deraa where tanks and troops have
tried to crush resistance to his authoritarian rule. At least 65
people were killed with 36 of the deaths in the Daraa province, 27
in the central Homs region, one in Latakia and another in the
Damascus countryside. Tamer Mohammed al-Sharei (15) disappeared in
Daraa. Activists on June 9 released video of his dead body and said
he was tortured by security forces.
(AP, 4/29/11)(AP, 4/30/11)(SFC, 6/10/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 29, In Tunisia more
than 800 prisoners escaped from prisons in Kasserine and Gafsa after
fires were started in cells. Some 11,000 inmates have escaped since
Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled into exile in January.
(SFC, 4/30/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 29, Ugandan army
troops and police fired live bullets at rioting demonstrators, and
at least two people were killed and 120 wounded in the largest
anti-government protest in sub-Saharan Africa this year.
Demonstrations over the last three weeks left eight people dead and
wounded more than 250 others.
(AP, 4/29/11)(AP, 5/1/11)
2011 Apr 29, Yemeni activists
said police in plainclothes opened fire at protesters calling for
President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ouster in the western port city of
Hodeida ahead of mass demonstrations nationwide.
2012 Apr 29, In NYC an out of
control SUV flew off an elevated portion of the Bronx River Parkway,
falling more than 50 feet before landing in a horrific crash that
left seven people dead.
(SFC, 4/30/12, p.A5)
2012 Apr 29, Thomas Preston
(83), Texas gambler also known as Amarillo Slim, died in Amarillo.
His 1972 win in the fledgling World Series of Poker in Las Vegas
helped make him an ambassador for the game.
(Econ, 5/12/12, p.98)(http://tinyurl.com/8xlfd8l)
2012 Apr 29, In eastern
Afghanistan a buried bomb killed two children who triggered the
explosive when they were playing outside near their village in
2012 Apr 29, Algerian security
forces killed 20 members of an al-Qaida splinter group who were
allegedly about to attack two fuel tankers.
2012 Apr 29, In Austria the
body of former Libyan oil minister Shukri Ghanem (69), was found
floating in the Danube river. Police said he died from drowning.
2012 Apr 29, In Bangladesh 9
small bombs exploded in Dhaka, after an opposition supporter was
shot dead the previous evening in clashes ahead of a 4th nationwide
strike in eight days.
2012 Apr 29, British police
arrested James Allen (36), of Lothian Road, Middlesbrough, for the
deaths of Colin Dunford (81) from Middlesbrough, and Julie Davison
(50) from Whitby, North Yorkshire. Their bodies were discovered last
2012 Apr 29, The CongoDRC
military launched an offensive against Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted
by The Hague for alleged war crimes. On May 5 the army announced a
five-day cease-fire to give army defectors a chance to return.
Defections began early this month, with ex-CNDP members claiming
that the government had failed to implement the provisions in the
2009 accord. On May 6 they formed a new group taking the name -
March 23 - from the date of the 2009 peace accord signed by rebel
groups and the Congolese government.
(AFP, 5/9/12)(AFP, 5/28/12)
2012 Apr 29, Egypt's
Islamist-dominated parliament decided to suspend sessions for a week
in protest at the ruling military refusing to sack the government
and name the Muslim Brotherhood's party to head a new one. One
person was killed and 119 injured in clashes between Abu Ismail
supporters and residents of the Abbassiya neighborhood in Cairo,
where the defense ministry is located.
(AFP, 4/29/12)(AFP, 5/2/12)
2012 Apr 29, In India a head-on
collision between two buses killed 20 passengers and injured at
least 18 others in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
2012 Apr 29, In Japan a bus
carrying dozens of vacationers to Tokyo Disneyland has crashed on a
highway, killing 7 passengers.
2012 Apr 29, In Kenya one
person died and 15 people were wounded when a grenade was thrown at
God's House of Miracles International Church in Nairobi during
Sunday service. A church elder said his church may have been
targeted by neighbors who claim to own the land on which it is
built. On May 15 police charged Ibrahim Kibe Kagwa, a Kenyan, with
six counts of causing grievous body harm during the grenade attack.
(AP, 4/29/12)(AP, 5/16/12)
2012 Apr 29, Libya's National
Transitional Council decided that the interim government should stay
in place, notably to ensure the success of June elections for a
2012 Apr 29, Malaysian police
freed all 471 people arrested a day earlier during a demonstration
for free and fair elections, including senior opposition lawmaker
2012 Apr 29, Myanmar state
media said a series of attacks in the conflict-hit north have left
at least four officials dead in Kachin state, in rare
acknowledgement of ethnic unrest that has marred the regime's
2012 Apr 29, In northern
Nigeria gunmen attacked church services on the Bayero University
campus in Kano, using small explosives to draw out and gun down
panicking worshippers in an assault that killed around 20 people. On
May 18 police arrested Augustine Effiong (25), aka Abubakar Garba, a
Boko Haram Islamist. He confessed to have participated in a series
of attacks including the attack and killings in Bayero University
(AP, 4/29/12)(AFP, 4/30/12)(AFP, 5/21/12)
2012 Apr 29, In Pakistan the
beheaded body of a kidnapped British doctor working for the
International Committee of the Red Cross was found by the roadside
in the southwestern city of Quetta. Khalil Rasjed Dale (60) was
abducted by suspected militants on January 5 while on his way home
2012 Apr 29, In Pakistan 3
militants were killed and two others wounded in a US drone attack in
Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan. A remote-controlled
car bomb in the Khyber tribal region killed two people and wounded
2012 Apr 29, In the Philippines
clashes between army troops and communist guerrillas in two
provinces left 10 people dead.
(SFC, 4/30/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 29, In Spain tens of
thousands of people protested against education and health care cuts
as the country suffered its 2nd recession in three years.
(SFC, 4/30/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 29, In Syria Maj. Gen.
Robert Mood, head of the UN observer mission, arrived in Damascus to
take charge of an advance team of 16 UN monitors. The Britain-based
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government snipers shot
dead two people in the Homs neighborhood of Joret al-Shayah. The
group also said one civilian was killed and four wounded in random
gunfire by security forces in the village of al-Saliha in the
central Hama province.
2012 Apr 29, In the northern
United Arab Emirates security agents in the emirate of Ras
al-Khaimah detained Saleh al-Dhufairi, a rights activist, as part of
an apparent widening crackdown on perceived opposition figures.
2012 Apr 29, In southern Yemen
Al-Qaeda freed 73 soldiers captured in battles on March 4, as three
suspected militants were killed in an air strike in the north of the
2012 Apr 29, In Zimbabwe Benias
Gwenhamo Madhakasi, who works as a street vendor in South Africa,
was arrested at the Beit Bridge border post on charges of insulting
or undermining the authority of the president. He had cartoons on
his cell phone that showed a bony-looking Robert Mugabe in the nude.
On July 24 a magistrate tossed out the case.
2013 Apr 29, Colorado Gov. John
Hickenlooper signed legislation allowing immigrant students to pay
at the tuition rate other in-state students pay at state colleges.
Colorado became the 14th state to allow such payments.
2013 Apr 29, NBA beteran
basketball player Jason Collins (34) announced that he was gay,
smashing through one of the final frontiers in US sports with a
frank personal statement and winning warm praise as a groundbreaker.
2013 Apr 29, A California jury
in Santa Ana convicted Catherine Kieu (50) of torture and aggravated
mayhem. She was accused of drugging her husband (60) and then
severing his penis and tossing it into the garbage disposal. She was
jealous of his plans to divorce her because he was seeing his
ex-girlfriend. On June 28 she was sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 4/30/13, p.A4)(SFC, 6/29/13, p.A4)
2013 Apr 29, It was reported
that 62 prisoners have died in California from 2006 through 2013
after coming down with a fungal infection called valley fever. The
highes rates were reported at Pleasant Valley and Avenal prisons.
The federal manager of health care in the state’s prisons ordered
officials to transfer 3,300 inmates out of Pleasant Valley and
(SFC, 4/29/13, p.C4)(SFC, 4/30/13, p.C1)
2013 Apr 29, SpaceShipTwo made
its first powered flight. A special jet climbed to 48,000 feet over
the Mojave Deset, released the craft and pilots triggered the ship’s
(SFC, 4/30/13, p.A4)
2013 Apr 29, In Afghanistan a
civilian cargo plane owned by an American company crashed at Bagram
Air Field, north of Kabul, soon after takeoff, killing all seven
2013 Apr 29, The Catholic
Church in Brazil said it has excommunicated Father Roberto Francisco
Daniel for defending homosexuality, open marriage and other
practices counter to Church teaching in online videos.
2013 Apr 29, Mohammed Saleem
(82), a grandfather, was stabbed to death as he walked home from his
mosque in the Small Heath area of Birmingham. On July 22 Pavlo
Lapshyn (25), a Ukrainian in the UK on a sponsored work placement
scheme, was charged with Saleem’s murder. On Oct 21 Lapshyn pleaded
to stabbing Saleem and planting bombs near three British mosques. On
Oct 25 Lapshyn was sentenced to 40 years.
2013 Apr 29, Cameroon’s Supreme
Court announced that the party of entrenched ruler Paul Biya won 56
of the 70 contested seats in the nation's first-ever senatorial
2013 Apr 29, In the Czech Rep.
a powerful explosion badly damaged an office building in the center
of Prague, injuring up to 40 people. Authorities believed people may
still be buried in the rubble. Police later confirmed that the
explosion was caused by a natural gas leak.
(AP, 4/29/13)(AP, 5/9/13)
2013 Apr 29, A Dubai court
sentenced three British tourists to four years in prison on drug
charges in a case that drew international scrutiny over claims of
abuses in custody. Suneet Jeerh, Grant Cameron and Karl Williams,
were arrested last July with what police said was the synthetic drug
known as Spice.
2013 Apr 29, France’s Pres.
Hollande announced a clutch of pro-business measures, such as
cutting the capital gains tax he had raised just six months earlier.
(Econ, 5/4/13, p.67)
2013 Apr 29, France said it
will effectively freeze its military spending for the next several
years, cutting nearly 10% of defense jobs. A defense review white
paper opted to keep air, ground and sea capabilities, while freezing
defense budgets over 6 years and cutting 34,000 mioitary posts
between 2014 and 2019.
(SFC, 4/30/13, p.A2)(Econ, 5/4/13, p.55)
2013 Apr 29, German federal
prosecutors say they have charged three German-Iranian dual
nationals and a German man with breaking export laws for allegedly
supplying Iran with parts needed to build a nuclear reactor in
violation of the country's trade embargo.
2013 Apr 29, A cargo ship, the
Pirireis, sank off southern Greece within minutes of colliding with
another freighter in fair weather, leaving two Syrian seamen dead
and 8 others missing. 7 sailors were rescued. It was not clear
exactly why the Antigua- and Barbuda-flagged Consouth collided with
the Cook Islands-flagged Pirireis.
2013 Apr 29, In central and
southern Iraq 5 car bombs struck in predominantly Shiite cities and
districts, killing 36 people and wounding dozens in the latest wave
of violence roiling the country.
2013 Apr 29, Ireland's Supreme
Court ruled that a paralyzed Irish woman, who wants to die, cannot
legally commit suicide with her partner's help. Judges said
lawmakers could pass such a law to permit Marie Fleming (59) to die
at a time of her choosing, but no such statute existed yet.
2013 Apr 29, A Kosovo court
found two citizens guilty of human trafficking and organized crime
in a trial against 7 people suspected of running an int’l. organ
(SFC, 4/30/13, p.A2)
2013 Apr 29, A Kuwait appeals
court said online activist Sager al-Hashash must serve a jail
sentence for Twitter posts deemed offensive to the Gulf nation's
ruler, but the prison term was reduced from two years to one.
2013 Apr 29, In Mauritania a
group calling for the rights of the Haratines was launched. The
Haratins are oasis-dwellers in the Sahara, especially in southern
Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania and Western Sahara, who make up a
socially and ethnically distinct group of largely settled,
non-nomadic workers, with relatively dark complexions, speaking
either Berber or Arabic.
2013 Apr 29, Mexico said all
contact for US law enforcement will now go through "a single
window," the federal Interior Ministry, the agency that controls
security and domestic policy. The new policy was a dramatic shift
from the direct sharing of resources and intelligence between US and
Mexican law enforcement under former President Felipe Calderon.
2013 Apr 29, A Nigerian
military official said at least 17 people have been killed in
fighting between Islamic extremists and security forces in Bama,
2013 Apr 29, North Korea
approved the withdrawal of most of the remaining South Korean
personnel at a jointly run industrial park in the North, with a
final seven set to stay behind to negotiate unpaid wages for North
2013 Apr 29, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber targeting a police van killed at least 8
people in Peshawar, including the son and nephew of an Afghan
official involved in peace negotiations with the Taliban.
2013 Apr 29, Syria’s PM Wael
al-Halqi was unhurt in a bombing near his convoy in Damascus. At
least 5 people were reported killed.
(AP, 4/29/13)(AP, 4/30/13)
2014 Apr 29, Washington's
deadline for reaching a peace deal between Israel and Palestine
expired today with the sides bitterly divided.
2014 Apr 29, The US targeted
companies from China and Dubai for allegedly helping Iran evade
weapons and oil sanctions, a signal Washington will keep pressure on
Tehran over its nuclear program.
2014 Apr 29, US Attorney
General Eric Holder said the United States is determined to help
Ukraine find and recover billions of dollars of assets it says were
stolen by its former president and his aides. Holder spoke at the
start of a two-day international meeting in London, jointly
organized by Britain and the United States and attended by
representatives from 35 countries, which is aimed at helping
Ukraine's government recover money from President Viktor Yanukovich.
2014 Apr 29, A federal judge
struck down Wisconsin’s voter ID law declaring that it imposes an
unfair burden on poor and minority voters.
(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)
2014 Apr 29, Laws in Chicago
and NYC went into effect subjecting electronic cigarettes to the
same regulations as tobacco.
(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)
2014 Apr 29, NBA Commissioner
Adam Silver announced that Donald Sterling (80), the owner of the LA
Clippers, would be banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5
million for his recent racist comments. Additional punishment
included barring Sterling from any NBA games or practices.
(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A1)
2014 Apr 29, In Georgia a FedEx
employee wearing ammunition draped across his chest opened fire at a
packaging sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before
apparently committing suicide.
(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)
2014 Apr 29, Oklahoma halted a
double execution after Clayton Lockett (38) appeared to twitch and
gag after being declared unconscious. Vein failure was cited.
Locket, convicted of shooting a woman in 1999 and having buried her
alive, soon died of a heart attack. The execution of Charles Warner
(46) was stayed for 14 days. He had been convicted of the rape and
murder of an 11-month-old girl in 1997.
(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A9)
2014 Apr 29, US payment-card
firm Visa said it would suspend network services to Russian banks
SMP and InvestCapitalbank, which were sanctioned a day earlier by
the US, in order to comply with US law.
2014 Apr 29, In Bahrain female
activists Nafisa al-Asfoor and Rayhana al-Musawi were convicted,
along with three male accomplices in connection with what
authorities say was an attempt to bomb last year's Formula One race.
No explosives were detonated at the 2013 race.
2014 Apr 29, CongoDRC officials
said nearly 40,000 Congolese citizens have been deported over the
last two weeks from neighboring Republic of Congo because they did
not have immigration papers.
(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 29, An Egyptian court
sentenced 29 people, described as Islamist supporters of ousted
Pres. Morsi, to five years imprisonment on charges that included
(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 29, In Egypt Bassem
Sabry (31), one of the country’s most respected bloggers who
campaigned for civil rights and against repression, died. Security
officials said Sabry accidently fell from a balcony under unclear
2014 Apr 29, Ethiopian police
said they have arrested several people for "serious criminal
activities." Rights groups said they were journalists and “Zone 9"
bloggers detained in a sweeping crackdown against free speech. On
Oct 16, 2015, Four of the bloggers and journalists were acquitted of
terrorism after 18 months in jail. Journalist Befekadu Hailu, while
being acquitted of terrorism charges, remained in custody on charges
of inciting violence. Soleyana Gebremichael, in exile in the US, was
acquitted of all charges in absentia.
(AFP, 4/29/14)(AFP, 10/16/15)
2014 Apr 29, The EU released
the names of 15 new people it is targeting for sanctions because of
their roles in the Ukraine crisis.
2014 Apr 29, Indian police and
paramilitary officers said they have detained more than 600 Kashmiri
residents over the last five days in a crackdown on suspected
separatists ahead of voting in a general election.
2014 Apr 29, In Indonesia Rudi
Rubiandin, the former head of energy regulator SKKMigas, was
sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in a major graft
scandal that reached the top levels of the oil ministry.
2014 Apr 29, In Iraq a pair of
back-to-back bombs ripped through an outdoor market in al-Saadiyah,
140km northeast of Baghdad, killing at least 17 people and wounding
2014 Apr 29, In Mexico gunmen
in homemade armored vehicles engaged in a day of running gunbattles
that left 14 people dead in the border city of Reynosa, across the
border from McAllen, Texas.
2014 Apr 29, Moldova's PM Iurie
Leanca said neighboring Romania will export gas to his country this
year, reducing the former Soviet republic's dependence on Russia for
2014 Apr 29, A
Palestinian-built protest boat, Gaza's Ark, which was preparing to
run Israel's naval blockade of the territory, was badly damaged in
an explosion that organizers blamed on Israel.
2014 Apr 29, In the Philippines
Muslim militants launched a surprise attack to regain control of a
jungle training camp in a southern province. 25 Abu Sayyaf militants
were killed and 24 wounded. One Philippine marine had died and 19
2014 Apr 29, In Russia 10
people died after a fire broke out at a military warehouse in the
Siberian Baikal region.
2014 Apr 29, Turkey’s PM Tayyip
Erdogan said he would ask the United States to extradite Islamic
cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom he accuses of plotting to topple him
and undermine Turkey with concocted graft accusations and secret
wire taps. Gulen has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania
2014 Apr 29, In Syria two car
bombs exploded in a pro-government neighborhood, killing at least 40
people just hours after one of the deadliest mortar strikes in the
heart of Damascus killed at least 14. The Organization for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it will send a team to Syria to
investigate recent allegations about the use of chlorine gas in the
(AP, 4/29/14)(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A4)
2014 Apr 29, Thailand's state
anti-corruption body indicted 36 senators for alleged misconduct in
attempting to amend the constitution to make the Senate fully
elected, which a court ruled was unconstitutional last year.
2014 Apr 29, In Ukraine
demonstrators demanding more power for eastern regions stormed the
regional administration building in Luhansk, one of the largest
cities in the troubled east.
2014 Apr 29, The UAE convicted
American drummer James Kottak of insulting Islam and being under the
influence of alcohol while in transit at Dubai airport and sentenced
him to one month in jail.
(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 29, Yemeni troops,
backed by air force planes, launched a major offensive against al
Qaeda strongholds in the south of the country to try to eradicate
the Islamist militant group that had killed hundreds since 2011.
2015 Apr 29, US health
officials said German measles, aka rubella, is officially gone from
North and South America. It has been over five years that the last
case originated in the Americas. Vaccines against the disease were
first licensed in 1969.
(SFC, 4/30/15, p.A6)
2015 Apr 29, Russell Taylor,
executive director of the Jared Foundation, was arrested at his home
in Wayne Township, Indiana, after investigators found child
pornography. The Jared Foundation to prevent childhood obesity was
started in 2004 by Jared Fogle, spokesperson for sandwich chain
(http://tinyurl.com/pby9uyk)(SFC, 7/8/15, p.A14)
2015 Apr 29, Burundi took the
controversial question of President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term
bid to the constitutional court but opposition supporters dismissed
the move and said demonstrations would go on.
2015 Apr 29, China's biggest
lender by assets, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, said it
has signed an infrastructure pact worth $2 billion with the oil-rich
west African nation of Equatorial Guinea.
2015 Apr 29, The leaders of
Cyprus, Egypt and Greece agreed to step up cooperation on combatting
terrorism amid fears that worsening security conditions in
neighboring countries such as Libya could threaten the region.
2015 Apr 29, An Egyptian court
jailed 69 Islamists for life for torching a church near Cairo in
August 2013, as anger flared over a crackdown on supporters of
ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
2015 Apr 29, A report in the
Guardian newspaper said fourteen French soldiers are implicated in a
probe into the alleged rape of children in the Central African
Republic, in what could be a potentially devastating scandal for the
(AFP, 4/30/15)(SFC, 4/30/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 29, An Indonesian
firing squad executed 8 drug traffickers, including seven
foreigners, in the early hours, sparking condemnation from Australia
and Brazil who had made final, desperate pleas to save their
nationals. Mary Jane Veloso from the Philippines was spared at the
last minute as part of a deal between Jakarta and Manila to seek
more information and go after drug syndicates operating in the
(Reuters, 4/29/15)(SSFC, 5/3/15, p.A4)
2015 Apr 29, Iran’s Labor and
Social Welfare Minister Ali Rabiei said that 200,000 wealthy
Iranians — as well as Iranians living abroad — have been eliminated
last week from the list of those getting handouts. Iran began
handing out a monthly $15 in cash to all Iranians in 2010 as
compensation for cuts in food and energy subsidies.
2015 Apr 29, Japan’s PM Shinzo
Abe sought support for a trans-Pacific trade pact that has divided
US lawmakers as he made the first address by a Japanese leader to a
joint meeting of Congress. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would
encompass 12 countries in Asia and the Americas and apply to 40% of
the world’s economy.
(AP, 4/29/15)(Econ, 10/10/15, p.71)
2015 Apr 29, In northern Mali 2
soldiers and a civilian were killed when gunmen attacked the village
of Goundam. In central Mali 10 militants and nine soldiers died in
clashes between the army and the main Tuareg rebel alliance in Lere.
(Reuters, 4/29/15)(AFP, 4/30/15)
2015 Apr 29, Mexico published a
new rule requiring officials to declare potential conflicts of
interest in their private life and financial dealings, a step that
President Enrique Pena Nieto had promised after it came to light his
wife bought a mansion from a government contractor.
2015 Apr 29, Nepalese
authorities said 5,016 people died and more than 10,000 were injured
as a result of the massive earthquake that struck April 25. But
officials have warned the death toll is expected to rise. India and
China, have reported totals of 72 and 25 deaths from the quake,
2015 Apr 29, In Norway three
football players received prison sentences for rigging matches in
the country’s third division. The Oslo District Court convicted them
of corruption and fraud for colluding with a Swedish gambler to fix
two matches that their teams lost on June 24, 2012. The Swede, who
made 340,000 kroner ($57,000) on the results, was sentenced to 1 1/2
years in prison.
2015 Apr 29, Polish authorities
accused Russian journalist Leonid Sviridov of posing a threat to
Poland's security, saying that he should lose his right to reside in
Poland and the European Union.
2015 Apr 29, A Russian supply
capsule that went into an uncontrollable spin after launch was
declared a total loss.
2015 Apr 29, Saudi King Salman
appointed a new heir and made his young son second in line to rule,
a major shift in power toward two princes who have overseen a more
assertive stance at a time of almost unprecedented regional turmoil.
Muhammad bin Nayef (55) was named the new crown prince.
(Reuters, 4/29/15)(Econ., 5/2/15, p.41)
2015 Apr 29, Syrian government
air raids in Aleppo and its suburbs killed 11 civilians, including
at least one child.
2015 Apr 29, Togo's main
opposition coalition CAP 2015 rejected results of the West African
nation's weekend presidential election after the election commission
declared incumbent Faure Gnassingbe the winner.
2015 Apr 29, A Turkish court
acquitted 26 activists who helped launch mass protests in May-June
2013 against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after a trial slammed
by rights campaigners.
2015 Apr 29, The United Arab
Emirates pulverized a mound of confiscated elephant tusks and ivory
carvings to send a message against poaching and ivory trafficking.
(SFC, 4/30/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 29, Pope Francis added
his voice to the feminist anthem of equal pay for equal work.
2015 Apr 29, Yemen's Shiite
rebels and their allies advanced in the southern city of Aden,
capturing parts of an upscale neighborhood and seizing men they
accuse of fighting them from their homes.
2015 Apr 29, Zimbabwe shut down
the country's second largest mobile phone service provider, Telecel
Zimbabwe, partly for breaching black empowerment laws. International
telecom firm VimpelCom, based in the Netherlands, has a 60 percent
stake in Telecel Zimbabwe, making it the major shareholder.
2016 Apr 29, US Vice President
Joe Biden came to the Vatican to call for a global commitment to
fund cancer research that benefits everyone, not just the
"privileged and powerful."
2016 Apr 29, The United States
and Russia agreed on a "freeze" in fighting along two major fronts
in Syria, but not in war-ravaged Aleppo as of midnight.
2016 Apr 29, US Customs and
Border protection said seven tons of marijuana have been seized
inside a truck at the Otay Mesa port of entry in San Diego.
(SSFC, 5/1/16, p.A7)
2016 Apr 29, In Michigan former
Roman Catholic priest James Rapp (75) was sentenced to at least 20
years in prison for sexually abusing students at Lumen Christi High
School in Jackson in the 1980s. Rapp was in prison in Oklahoma for
similar crimes when he was charged in Michigan last year.
2016 Apr 29, A former head of
Brazil's forestry service said Brazil was still losing tropical
forests the size of two soccer fields every minute, despite attempts
to tackle illegal logging and improve local land rights.
2016 Apr 29, In China a
roadside activity center was crushed by stones from an overturned
truck, leaving 14 people dead in the southern province of Guizhou.
The accident was apparently caused by the failure of the truck's
2016 Apr 29, Cuban officials
said visiting British Foreign Secretary Anthony Hammond has reached
an agreement on restructuring Cuban debt payments in a meeting with
President Raul Castro.
2016 Apr 29, The European Union
said it was giving an additional 38 million euros in cash aid to
Haiti, which is combatting drought and a migration crisis with
neighboring Dominican Republic.
2016 Apr 29, An expert panel
told the Finnish government that Finland could expect "harsh"
reactions from Russia if it decided to join NATO, but would be
better off doing so together with neighboring Sweden.
2016 Apr 29, French riot police
arrested 27 people during overnight clashes with dozens of youths in
central Paris, following a day of protest marches over labor law
reforms that turned violent.
2016 Apr 29, French Defense
Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France will increase the number of
its troops in Ivory Coast from 500 to 900, on a trip to the African
nation which hosts a regional base for French forces.
2016 Apr 29, Germany's federal
and local governments reached agreement with public sector workers
on a pay rise, settling a dispute that grounded hundreds of flights
during a warning strike two days earlier.
2016 Apr 29, In Guyana four
gunmen raided a hotel casino in Georgetown, leading to a shootout in
which five people were wounded. One of the attackers was arrested.
2016 Apr 29, Honduran officials
fired more than two dozen top police officers in an aggressive move
to purge security forces that have been accused of being infiltrated
by organized crime.
2016 Apr 29, Iranians voted in
the country's parliamentary runoff elections for 68 seats where no
candidate had won decisively in the first round. Reformist and
moderate politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani won twice
as many seats as their conservative rivals in the second round of
(AP, 4/29/16)(AFP, 4/30/16)
2016 Apr 29, Kenyan President
Uhuru Kenyatta demanded a total ban on trade in ivory to end
trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild.
2016 Apr 29, In Kenya a
six-story building in Nairobi collapsed late today following heavy
rain. A woman was rescued on May 5 after being trapped for six days
in the rubble. Over the next days the death toll rose to 49 people
with dozens still missing.
(Reuters, 4/30/16)(AP, 5/5/16)(Reuters, 5/8/16)
2016 Apr 29, In Mauritania
thousands of people marched for the rights of former slaves and to
denounce injustice against them in the west African nation where
slavery persists despite being officially abolished decades ago.
Australia-based Walk Free Movement estimated in its 2014 Global
Slavery Index that there were 156,000 slaves in Mauritania, or some
four percent of the population.
2016 Apr 29, North Korea's
Supreme Court sentenced Kim Dong Chul (62), a Korean American man,
to 10 years hard labor for subversion.
2016 Apr 29, Off western Norway
a helicopter traveling from a North Sea oil field to Bergen, 120 km
(74 miles) away on the Norwegian mainland, crashed into a tiny
island killing all 13 aboard. In 2017 the country's Accident
Investigation Board (AIBN) said metal fatigue in the aircraft's
gearbox caused the crash.
(AP, 4/29/16)(Reuters, 4/28/17)
2016 Apr 29, In Pakistan the
charred body of Ambreen Riasat (17) was found in a burned van in the
tourist resort of Donga Gali. On May 5 police said they have
arrested 13 members of a local tribal council who strangled a local
girl and set her body on fire for helping one of her friends elope.
2016 Apr 29, Saudi Arabia's
Interior Ministry said security forces have killed two militants
before they were able to detonate a car bomb in the southwestern
town of Bisha.
2016 Apr 29, A South African
court ruled President Jacob Zuma (74) should face 738 corruption
charges that were dropped in 2009.
2016 Apr 29, South Sudan's
leaders formed a transitional coalition government bringing together
politicians from the government and the armed opposition who have
been at war for two and a half years.
2016 Apr 29, In Sri Lanka
hundreds of journalists and media rights activists protested to
demand the new government start a fresh investigation into the
abduction and killing of a prominent ethnic Tamil journalist 11
years ago, during the country's civil war.
2016 Apr 29, Syria called local
truces near Damascus and in a northern province but no halt to
combat on the main battlefield in Aleppo. Crude barrel bombs crashed
into residential neighborhoods of Aleppo amid wailing ambulances. At
least 17 people were killed in regime bombardment of the city's
eastern districts. Rebel groups fired a barrage of rockets on
government-controlled western neighborhoods. At least 15 people were
killed when rockets struck the Malla Khan mosque in the government
held Bab al-Faraj district.
(Reuters, 4/29/16)(AFP, 4/29/16)(SFC, 4/30/16,
2016 Apr 29, Two Ukrainian
soldiers were killed in fresh fighting between government forces and
pro-Russian rebels in the east even as a new truce took effect.
2016 Apr 29, The UN Security
Council voted to restore the UN mission in disputed Western Sahara
but was divided over the steps demanded from Morocco to bring the
peacekeeping force back to full operations.
2016 Apr 29, Thousands of
Yemenis took to the streets to call for an end to the fighting in
the country's conflict.
2017 Apr 29, Tens of thousands
of protesters turned out in Washington, DC, to voice concern over
climate change in a mass demonstration dubbed the “Peoples Climate
March" and also marking the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency.
2017 Apr 29, Multiple tornadoes
ripped through Canton, a town in eastern Texas late today, killing
at least four people and injuring dozens of others. Authorities
warned the number of casualties could rise.
2017 Apr 29, In Texas Jordan
Edwards (15), a black youth, was killed by police fire as he and
other teenagers were driving away from a party in a Dallas suburb.
Police Officer Roy Oliver (37), who fired into the car full of
teens, turned himself in on May 5 after being charged with murder.
He was released after posting a $300,000 bond. On August 28, 2018,
Oliver was convicted of murder.
(SFC, 5/2/17, p.A5)(AFP, 5/6/17)(SFC, 8/29/18,
2017 Apr 29, In Texas three
people were killed when an air ambulance crashed in Amarillo.
(SSFC, 4/30/17, p.A6)
2017 Apr 29, In Afghanistan US
Marines returned to the volatile Helmand province, where American
troops faced heated fighting until NATO's combat mission ended in
2014, as embattled Afghan security forces struggle to beat back the
2017 Apr 29, Belarus police
informed the wife of leading opposition figure Nikolai Statkevich
that he had been arrested and jailed for five days. An unusually
widespread wave of protests broke out in Belarus this year and
another has been called for May 1 in the capital.
2017 Apr 29, In Congo DRC three
days of rioting began when protesters angered by a string of
unsolved murders threw up roadblocks and mobbed government offices
in the restive gold-rich Ituri region.
2017 Apr 29, A Cuban military
plane crashed into a hillside in the western province of Artemisa,
killing eight troops on board.
2017 Apr 29, European Union
leaders approved guidelines for their chief Brexit negotiator,
Michel Barnier, setting priorities that the Union of 27 governments
staying in the bloc wants to achieve in talks on Britain's
2017 Apr 29, In Germany a
gold-and-platinum tiara adorned with 367 diamonds was discovered
missing from the Badisches Landesmuesum in Karlsruhe. It was valued
at $1.31 million and once belonged to Grand Duchess Hilda von Baden
2017 Apr 29, In Indonesia
torrential rain triggered flooding in the villages in the Central
Java district of Magelang. Thirteen people died in flash floods that
inundated five villages on Java island.
2017 Apr 29, In Iraq a US
service member was killed by an explosive device outside Mosul.
(SSFC, 4/30/17, p.A3)
2017 Apr 29, A North Korean
mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch.
The third test-fire flop just this month was a clear message of
defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.
2017 Apr 29, Several hundred
Russians lined up in central Moscow under the gaze of riot police to
hand over handwritten appeals for President Vladimir Putin to quit,
as similar protests took place in other cities. Police detained
dozens of activists in Saint Petersburg.
(Reuters, 4/29/17)(AFP, 4/29/17)
2017 Apr 29, The South African
president’s office said Jacob Zuma has signed the anti-money
laundering bill FICA, which allows increased scrutiny of the bank
accounts of "prominent individuals", including himself, into law.
2017 Apr 29, Syria's military
said its troops and allied fighters have repelled an attack by the
Islamic State group on a government-held area south of Aleppo
province. IS-affiliated Aamaq news agency claimed IS fighters killed
30 government soldiers in the attack on Um Mayal village east of
Khanaser. Fighting between rebel groups in the biggest insurgent
stronghold near Damascus entered a second day. The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the deaths of at
least 38 fighters in the first 24 hours of fighting between rebel
groups. It also reported civilian casualties.
(AP, 4/29/17)(Reuters, 4/29/17)
2017 Apr 29, In Syria air
strikes killed eight White Helmet rescuers in the rebel-held area of
(SSFC, 4/30/17, p.A3)
2017 Apr 29, Thai authorities
arrested Prawet Prapanukul (57), an activist lawyer, and five other
people. On May 3 they were charged with defaming the monarchy,
pushing the tally of people charged with lese majeste to more than
100 since the military seized power in 2014.
2017 Apr 29, Turkey's military
reportedly killed 14 members of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party
(PKK) in air strikes in northern Iraq.
2017 Apr 29, Turkey Blocks, an
internet censorship monitor, said users in Turkey have been unable
to access all language editions of Wikipedia since 8 a.m. (0500 GMT)
today. Access to Wikipedia was blocked in Turkey for content
presenting the country as supporting terror.
2017 Apr 29, In Turkey the head
of an Iranian satellite television network was shot dead in Istanbul
together with a business partner. GEM TV founder Saeed Karimian was
sentenced last year in absentia to six years in prison by a Tehran
court. Karimian and an associate were driving in Istanbul's Maslak
neighborhood after 8 p.m. (1.00 p.m. ET) when their car was blocked
by a jeep and shots were fired.
2017 Apr 29, The United Nations
called for a halt to fighting in South Sudan after the government
launched a new offensive earlier this week.
2018 Apr 29, US border
authorities said some people associated with a caravan of asylum
seekers from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador were caught trying
to slip through the border fence in Tijuana, and encouraged the rest
to hand themselves in to authorities. About 50 people from a Central
American migrant caravan including women, children and transgender
individuals tried to seek US asylum but were not allowed to cross
the Mexico border because officials said the facility was full.
(Reuters, 4/29/18)(Reuters, 4/30/18)
2018 Apr 29, Sprint and
T-Mobile announced that they had reached a deal to merge. Deutsche
Telekom would own roughly 43 percent of the combined businesses.
(SFC, 4/30/18, p.A7)
2018 Apr 29, In eastern
Afghanistan a group of children set off an unexploded mortar round
in a residential area, causing a blast that killed a woman and two
children in Nangarhar province.
2018 Apr 29, In Albania Russian
Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (71) celebrated mass in Tirana, the
highlight of his first visit to the mainly Muslim country.
2018 Apr 29, In Armenia
supporters of protest leader Nikol Pashinyan rallied in Yerevan,
hoping that a massive show of force two days ahead of a key election
will help propel the opposition leader to power.
2018 Apr 29, Australia pledged
half a billion dollars to restore and protect the
Great Barrier Reef in what it said would be a game-changer for the
embattled natural wonder, but conservationists were not convinced.
2018 Apr 29, Austria's OMV
signed a deal worth $1.5 billion for a 20 percent stake in two
offshore concessions in the United Arab Emirates' capital, Abu
2018 Apr 29, In Bangladesh
Rohingya refugees made emotional pleas to the UN Security Council
for help to return safely to their homes in neighboring Myanmar and
for justice over the reason they fled - accusations of killings,
rapes and arson.
2018 Apr 29, Luis Garcia Meza
Tejada (b.1929), former Bolivian dictator (1980-1981) died at a
military hospital in La Paz, where he was serving the remainder of a
30-year prison term.
(SFC, 5/4/18, p.D6)
2018 Apr 29, In India
bridegroom Sunil Verma (25) was hit in the chest late today as he
performed Hindu wedding rituals. Indian police on May 1 arrested a
man accused of killing Verma when he marked his friend's wedding
2018 Apr 29, At least 15
African migrants died when their boat, which had departed from
Morocco, capsized off the Algerian coast while trying to reach
2018 Apr 29, Iraq sentenced 19
Russian women to life in prison for joining the Islamic State group.
Six women from Azerbaijan and four from Tajikistan were also
condemned to life in prison on the same charge.
2018 Apr 29, Kuwait said it
stands ready to cooperate with the Philippines to address labor
issues facing Filipino workers, but would also "act decisively"
against attempts to breach its sovereignty.
2018 Apr 29, A Libyan transport
plane crashed at an airfield at El Sharara oilfield, killing three
2018 Apr 29, A Myanmar police
spokesman said the police officer who testified that police framed
two Reuters reporters has been sentenced to an undisclosed prison
term for violating Myanmar's Police Disciplinary Act. Captain Moe
Yan Naing had told the court on April 20 that a senior officer had
ordered police to "trap" one of the two journalists arrested in
December. During that hearing, Moe Yan Naing told the court he had
been under arrest since the night of Dec. 12, the date the Reuters
reporters were arrested.
2018 Apr 29, Pakistani lawyer
Jalila Haider began a hunger strike to bring attention to the
killing of Shiites in the city of Quetta. She planned to continue
the strike until the army chief visits the city and details concrete
steps to bring the killers to justice and protect the religious
2018 Apr 29, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said that a ban on Filipino workers from
heading to Kuwait that's been in effect since February would now be
2018 Apr 29, Saudi national oil
giant Aramco said that five new members had been appointed to its
board of directors, including the first woman in the firm's history.
Lynn Laverty Elsenhans (60) is the former head of US oil company
Sunoco Inc. and has been director of oil services company Baker
Hughes since July last year.
2018 Apr 29, Syrian government
forces captured four villages east of the Euphrates River in the
eastern province of Deir el-Zour after rare clashes with US-backed
Kurdish-led fighters. Six SDF fighters were reported killed. Syrian
troops tightened the noose around a major Palestinian refugee camp
held by Islamic State militants in southern Damascus where hundreds
of civilians face an uncertain future. State media said the
government and rebels have reached a deal to evacuate opposition
fighters from an area of southern Damascus near the site of a regime
offensive against jihadists.
(AP, 4/29/18)(Reuters, 4/29/18)(AFP, 4/29/18)
2018 Apr 29, In central Syria
missile strikes late today killed 26 pro-regime fighters, most of
them Iranians, in a raid that bore the hallmarks of Tehran's archfoe
Israel. The missile strikes hit two military targets in Aleppo and
2018 Apr 29, In Thailand over a
thousand people gathered in the northern city of Chiang Mai to
protest against the building of a government luxury housing project
on forested land, in one of the largest demonstrations under
2018 Apr 29, In Tunisia police
and military personnel voted in the country's local elections for
the first time.
2018 Apr 29, Zimbabwe held
primary elections. The voting was extended to May 1 in some
constituencies due to disagreements over who should vote, late
ballot deliveries and accusations of bribery and cheating by some
candidates. Seven government ministers and several allies of
President Emmerson Mnangagwa were defeated in the primary elections
2019 Apr 29, President Donald
Trump proposed charging asylum seekers a fee to process their
applications as he continues to try to crack down on the surge of
Central American migrants seeking to cross into the US.
2019 Apr 29, Stanford
biochemist Ron Davis published a description of a biomarker that
could be developed as the first simple blood test for chronic
(SFC, 4/30/19, p.A1)
2019 Apr 29, John Singleton
(51), director of "Boyz N the Hood" (1991) died in Los Angeles after
being taken off of life support following a major stroke.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Singleton)(SFC, 4/30/19, p.C3)
2019 Apr 29, In Hawaii a
helicopter crash in suburban Honolulu killed three people.
(SFC, 4/30/19, p.A5)
2019 Apr 29, A US federal judge
in Oregon blocked a Trump administration attempt to prevent
federally funded health care providers from referring pregnant women
to abortion clinics.
(SFC, 4/30/19, p.A5)
2019 Apr 29, Linda Garcia of
Vancouver, Washington, was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize.
She rallied local communities to successfully prevent the
construction of North America's largest oil terminal.
2019 Apr 29, Nearly 30
hospitals in West Virginia and 10 affiliates in Kentucky signed on
to a suit against some of the country's largest opioid companies,
saying they flooded Appalachia with powerful painkillers and forced
medical centers to deal with the financial repercussions.
(SFC, 5/1/19, p.A6)
2019 Apr 29, Afghanistan's
Pres. Ashraf Ghani opened a grand council of more than 3,200 Afghans
seeking to agree on a common approach to peace talks with the
Taliban. Government forces launched attacks late today in a bid to
clear rival militants who have been battling each other for
territory in Nangarhar province near the Pakistan border in fighting
that has forced thousands of villagers from their homes.
(AP, 4/29/19)(Reuters, 4/30/19)
2019 Apr 29, Bangladesh
security forces killed at least two people suspected of belonging to
an Islamist militant group behind a deadly cafe attack in Dhaka in
2019 Apr 29, Human Rights Watch
said that Bolivia has undermined judicial independence by
arbitrarily dismissing nearly 100 judges since 2017 and it asked the
Organization of American States to address the issue.
2019 Apr 29, Alberto Curamil of
Chile was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize. The jailed
indigenous activist had protested several hydroelectric projects in
the country. His efforts were credited with halting two projects and
protecting a critical ecosystem surrounding the Cautin River.
2019 Apr 29, Congo's health
ministry confirmed 27 cases of Ebola today, the highest number since
the outbreak was declared in August.
2019 Apr 29, Jacqueline Evans
of the Cook Islands was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize. Her
work led to the conservation and sustainable management of all
763,000 square miles (1.98 million square km) of the Cook Islands'
ocean territory and creation of 15 marine protected areas.
2019 Apr 29, Thousands of
Czechs rallied in Prague and elsewhere to protest the proposed
replacement of the justice minister.
(SFC, 4/30/19, p.A2)
2019 Apr 29, A strike among
pilots at Scandinavian Airlines, flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and
Sweden, entered its fourth day.
2019 Apr 29, An Ethiopian
official revealed his country has finalized preparations to
extradite a double-murder suspect to the US. Yohannes Nesibu (25),
an Ethiopia-born US national, is accused of killing two other
people, who were also Ethiopia-born individuals, in Virginia in
2019 Apr 29, In Ethiopia dozens
of civilians were dead in ethnic clashes in northern Amhara state.
The attacks appeared to be retribution for the killing of at least
21 people in separate clashes last weekend between the Gumuz and
Amhara ethnic groups in Benishangul Gumuz state.
2019 Apr 29, The European Union
said it is prolonging by a year an embargo on any arms that could be
used in security crackdowns in Myanmar as well as sanctions against
14 top military and border officials.
2019 Apr 29, The French
government opened a suicide prevention unit for police officers
after a sharp rise in the number taking their own lives since the
start of this year.
2019 Apr 29, In France
diplomats from 130 nations gathered in Paris to validate a grim UN
assessment of the state of Nature and lay the groundwork for a
rescue plan for life on Earth.
2019 Apr 29, French authorities
seized half a ton of cocaine worth around 40 million euros ($44.9
million) in the northern port of Dunkirk in a container ship
carrying bananas that had traveled from the small South American
nation of Suriname.
2019 Apr 29, The fourth phase
of India's staggered national election was marred by multiple
clashes that injured at least seven people and led to security
forces firing warning shots outside one polling station.
2019 Apr 29, Indonesia's
disaster agency confirmed 29 deaths and said at least 13 more people
were missing in Sumatra island's Bengkulu province following floods
sparked by torrential rains.
2019 Apr 29, Islamic State
group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared in a video. He was the
latest in a series of most-wanted figures to use the medium to
communicate with the outside world.
2019 Apr 29, Alfred Brownell
was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for exposing alleged
abuse by palm oil company Golden Veroleum Liberia and helping to
prevent it from converting about 20 square miles (about 50 square
km) of forest that is home to elephants, pygmy hippopotamuses and
chimpanzees. He was forced to flee Liberia in 2016 after the
government threatened to arrest him for his activism.
2019 Apr 29, In Libya forces
loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter intensified their airstrikes
on Tripoli, where heavy fighting and blocked roads have left
civilians trapped in their homes.
2019 Apr 29, Bayarjargal
Agvaantseren of Mongolia was awarded the Goldman Environmental
Prize. She led the fight to create the 2,800 square miles (7,300
square km) Tost Tosonbumba Nature Reserve.
2019 Apr 29, In northern
Mozambique rains grounded aid flights for a second day, hampering
efforts to reach survivors of Cyclone Kenneth as the death toll
there jumped to 38.
2019 Apr 29, Myanmar State
Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Cambodia for an official
visit to strengthen ties between the countries.
2019 Apr 29, In Nigeria
jihadists, packed into four trucks and flanked by gunmen on
motorbikes, swept into Kuda in Adamawa state late today, shooting
down villagers as they ran away killing at least 21 people. Nine
more bodies were soon found, taking the total massacred to 30.
2019 Apr 29, Ana Colovic
Lesoska of North Macedonia was awarded the Goldman Environmental
Prize. Her seven-year campaign helped stop hydroelectric projects
from being built in the country's largest national park and home to
the endangered Balkan lynx.
2019 Apr 29, A Pakistani
military spokesman said Pakistan plans to take control of a network
of over 30,000 madrasas as part of a drive to "mainstream" the
Islamic schools by bringing them under state control.
2019 Apr 29, In the Philippines
a fire raged through the top floors of a 21-story residential
building in Manila in the middle of a scorching summer, killing an
elderly woman and injuring five other people.
2019 Apr 29, In Somalia a
victim relative said an air strike near the town of Afgoye killed
four people. US Africa Command (AFRICOM) said it carried out an air
strike and that three militants had died in the attack.
2019 Apr 29, Authorities in Sri
Lanka banned women from wearing face veils under an emergency law
put in place after deadly Easter Sunday attacks by Islamist
2019 Apr 29, In Sudan six
security personnel were killed in clashes with protesters across the
2019 Apr 29, In northern Syria
a US service member died in a non-combat incident.
2019 Apr 29, In Tunisia about
5,000 people protested in central Sidi Bouzid city against
marginalization and deteriorating conditions, two days after the
deaths of 12 female rural workers in a traffic accident.
2019 Apr 29, In Turkey police
in Ankara detained 17 Iraqis and five Syrians, suspected of links to
the Islamic State group, in simultaneous raids as part of a security
sweep ahead of Labor Day festivities.
2019 Apr 29, Ugandan pop star
and opposition politician known as Bobi Wine was remanded to jail
after being charged over his role in a street protest last year
against a tax on social media.