Today in History - July 9
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118 Jul 9,
Hadrian, Rome's new emperor, made his entry into the city.
455 Jul 9, Avitus, the Roman
military commander in Gaul, became Emperor of the West.
869 Jul 9, In Japan the Sanriku
earthquake (Jogan quake) and associated tsunami struck the area
around Sendai in the northern part of Honshu. The earthquake had an
estimated magnitude of at least 8.4 on the moment magnitude scale,
but may have been as high as 9.0.
1536 Jul 9, French navigator
Jacques Cartier returned to Saint-Malo from Canada.
1540 Jul 9, England's King
Henry VIII had his 6-month-old marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of
1553 Jul 9, Maurice of Saxony
was mortally wounded at Sievershausen, Germany, while defeating
Albert of Brandenburg-Kulmbach.
1572 Jul 9, In Gorinchem,
Netherlands, 19 Catholics were executed during the Dutch war for
independence. They became known as “The Martyrs of Gorkum.”
1595 Jul 9, Johannes Kepler
inscribed a geometric solid construction of universe.
1737 Jul 9, Gian Gastone
b.1671), the last Medici to rule Tuscany, died. With his death
Florence ended its era as an independent state. Tuscany fell to
Francis of Lorraine (later Holy Roman Emperor Francis I), husband of
Maria Theresa of Austria, in exchange for Lorraine, which went to
Stanislaus I of Poland.
p.T3)(AM, 7/05, p.39)
1747 Jul 9, Giovanni Battista
Bononcini (76), Italian opera-composer, died.
1755 Jul 9, General Edward
Braddock was mortally wounded when French and Indian troops ambushed
his force of British regulars and colonial militia, which was on its
way to attack France's Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh). Gen. Braddock's
troops were decimated at Fort Duquesne, where he refused to accept
George Washington's advice on frontier style fighting. British
Gen'l. Braddock gave his bloody sash to George Washington at Fort
Necessity just before he died on Jul 13.
(A & IP, ESM, p.11)(HN, 7/9/98)(WSJ, 1/5/98,
1764 Jul 9, Ann Radcliffe,
novelist who wrote Gothic romances set in Italy, was born.
1766 Jul 9, J. Schopenhauer,
writer, was born.
1776 Jul 9, The Declaration of
Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington's troops in
1776 Jul 9, New York was the
13th colony to ratify the Declaration of Independence.
(SFC, 7/7/96, T1)
1789 Jul 9, In Versailles, the
French National Assembly declared itself the Constituent Assembly
and began to prepare a French constitution.
1790 Jul 9, The Swedish navy
captured one third of the Russian fleet at the naval battle of
Svensksund in the Baltic Sea.
1795 Jul 9, James Swan paid off
the $2,024,899 US national debt.
1797 Jul 9, Edmund Burke
(b.1729), Irish-born British statesman, parliament leader, died. His
writing included “Reflections on the Revolution in France” (1790).
In 2013 Jesse Norman authored “Edmund Burke: The First
Conservative.” In 2014 David Bromwich authored “The Intellectual
Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American
5/25/13, p.85)(Econ, 7/5/14, p.69)
1802 Jul 9, Thomas Davenport,
invented 1st commercial electric motor, was born.
1808 Jul 9, A leather-splitting
machine was patented by Samuel Parker of Billerica, MA.
1815 Jul 9, The 1st US natural
gas well was discovered.
1815 Jul 9, King Louis XVIII
left Ghent for France.
1816 Jul 9, Argentina declared
independence from Spain.
1819 Jul 9, Elias Howe
(d.1867), inventor of the sewing machine, was born in Spencer, Mass.
Howe, a machinist, developed his sewing machine in 1843-45 and
patented it in 1846. Although Howe's machine sewed only short,
straight lines, tailors and seamstresses saw it as a threat to their
jobs. Unable to market his machine in America, Howe took it to
Britain where he sold the rights to an English manufacturer in 1847.
Upon his return to the United States, Howe discovered that his
patent had been infringed upon by other sewing machine
manufacturers, such as Isaac Singer. After a lengthy court battle,
Howe's patent was upheld and royalties from sewing machine sales
made him a wealthy man.
(WUD, 1994, p.689)(HN, 7/9/99)(MC, 7/9/02)
1846 Jul 9, Captain J.B.
Montgomery raised the American flag over San Francisco. Montgomery
claimed Yerba Buena (SF) for the US.
1850 Jul 9, Zachary Taylor
(b.1784), the 12th president of the United States, died of cholera
at the age of 65 after serving only 16 months. He was succeeded by
Millard Fillmore. Taylor was a Southerner, a slaveholder and the
hero of the Mexican War in 1848 when he was nominated by the Whig
Party as a candidate for president of the United States. He was an
inoffensive candidate in the anxious years leading up to the Civil
War because he had never taken a position on a political issue or
even cast a vote in his life. During his 16 months as president,
Congress addressed the explosive issue of slavery's expansion to the
west with the Compromise of 1850, but Taylor himself never had the
opportunity to act on this issue.
(WUD,1994,p.1679)(SFC, 9/26/96, p.E10)(AP,
7/9/97)(HN, 7/9/98)(HN, 7/11/99)
1850 Jul 9, Bb, Bahi prophet,
was executed in Tabriz, Iran.
1856 Jul 9, Nikola Tesla,
electrical engineer, inventor (Tesla Coil), was born in Croatia.
1858 Jul 9, Franz Boas,
anthropologist, was born.
1861 Jul 9, Confederate cavalry
led by John Morgan captured Tompkinsville, Kentucky. "The Yankees
will never take me a prisoner again," vowed Confederate General John
1862 Jul 9, Gen. John Hunt
Morgan captured Tompkinsville, Ky.
1864 Jul 9, An informal force
of Union troops was defeated by Jubal Early at Monocacy, Maryland.
Gen’l. Lew Wallace was able to detain Confederate Lt. Gen’l. Jubal
from an early advance on Washington. Federal casualties numbered
1959 vs. 400 Confederate.
(HT, 3/97, p.66)(AP, 7/11/97)(HN, 7/9/98)(MC,
1878 Jul 9, H.V. Kaltenborn,
newscaster (Who Said That?), was born in Milwaukee, Wisc.
1878 Jul 9, An improved corncob
pipe was patented by Henry Tibbe in Washington, Mo.
1879 Jul 9, Ottorino Respighi,
composer (Pines of Rome), was born in Bologna, Italy.
1883 Jul 9, Adrien Louis Victor
Boieldieu (67), composer, died.
1887 Jul 9, Samuel Eliot
Morison (d.1976), American biographer and historian (Admiral of the
Ocean Sea), was born. "If the American Revolution had produced
nothing but the Declaration of Independence, it would have been
(AP, 7/4/97)(HN, 7/9/01)(MC, 7/9/02)
1892 Jul 9, A stray 500-pound
shell from the Sandy Hook, New Jersey, testing range sank the
schooner Henry R. Tilton.
(AM, 7/04, p.35)
1893 Jul 9, Daniel Hale
Williams (1858-1931), an African-American surgeon, performed
successful heart surgery on a teenager in Chicago.
(WSJ, 11/17/07, p.W11)(http://tinyurl.com/37gnkk)
1894 Jul 9, Dorothy Thompson,
journalist, writer and radio commentator, was born.
1900 Jul 9, Queen Victoria
signed The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, uniting 6
separate colonies under a federal government, effective Jan 1, 1901.
1908 Jul 9, Minor White,
abstract photographer, was born.
1916 Jul 9, Edward Heath
(d.2005), later PM of England (1970-1974, was born in Kent county.
(SFC, 7/18/05, p.B6)
1916 Jul 9, The 1st cargo
submarine to cross Atlantic arrived in US from Germany.
1917 Jul 9, US Naval officers
and Federal agents cooperated in seeking out the responsibility for
an explosion of a black powder magazine at the Mare Island Navy
Yard, in San Francisco Bay, today, which killed 6 persons and
injured thirty-one others. Agents of US Military Intelligence tied
the blast to roving German saboteur Lothar Witzke, who was caught
and imprisoned in 1918.
1917 Jul 9, British warship
"Vanguard" exploded at Scapa Flow killing 804.
1918 Jul 9, The US
Distinguished Service Cross was established by an Act of Congress.
1918 Jul 9, 101 people were
killed as an inbound local train collided with an outbound express
in Nashville, Tenn.
1926 Jul 9, Mathilde Krim,
geneticist, founder of the AIDS foundation, was born.
1926 Jul 9, Chiang Kai-shek was
appointed to national-revolutionary supreme commander.
1932 Jul 9, The Dow Jones
Industrial Average closed at 41.63, down 91% from its level exactly
3 years earlier. Trading volume for the day was 235,000 shares.
(WSJ, 10/11/08, p.W1)
1932 Jul 9, John Paul Getty II,
US-British oil magnate, billionaire (Getty Oil), was born.
1933 Jul 9, Oliver Sachs,
neurologist, was born. In 2001 he authored "Uncle Tungsten: Memories
of a Chemical Boyhood," a memoir of his years from 1943-1947.
(SFC, 7/14/96, Z1 p.3)(WSJ, 10/12/01, p.W13)
1934 Jul 9, SS-Reichs Fuhrer
Heinrich Himmler assumed command of German Concentration Camps.
1936 Jul 9, June Jordan, poet
and author, was born.
1936 Jul 9, David Joel Zinman,
composer, conductor (Balt Symphony-1983), was born in NYC.
1937 Jul 9, David Hockney,
painter, was born in Bradford, England. He moved to LA in 1978.
(HN, 7/9/01)(SFC, 8/18/01, p.B3)
1938 Jul 9, Brian Dennehy,
actor (Check is in the Mail, F/X, Cocoon, Death of a Salesman), was
born in Ct.
1938 Jul 9, Supreme Court
Justice Benjamin Cardozo died in Port Chester, NY, at age 68.
1940 Jul 9, German Evangelist
Church protested against euthanasia programs.
1942 Jul 9, Anne Frank (13),
her family and 4 other Jews went into hiding in the attic above her
father's office in an Amsterdam warehouse.
(HN, 7/9/01)(MC, 7/9/02)
1943 Jul 9, American and
British forces made an amphibious landing on Sicily. The 'man who
never was' pulled off one of the greatest deceptions in military
history--after his death. In April Britain’s Operation Mincemeat had
landed the dead body of an itinerant Welsh laborer, Glyndwr Michael,
disguised as a Major Martin, on the shore of Spain near Huelva.
False papers on the body led the Germans to believe the allies would
attack Greece and Sardinia rather than Sicily. The idea had been
originally devised in 1939 as one of 51 submitted by Lt. Commander
Ian Fleming. Operation Mincemeat was kept secret until 1953, the
same year that “Casino Royale,” Fleming’s first James Bond novel was
(ON, 10/10, p.5)
1944 Jul 9, American forces
secured Saipan as the last Japanese defenses fell during WW II.
1944 Jul 9, Raoul Wallenberg, a
Swedish National Guardsman, arrived in Budapest to head the local
office of the US-sponsored War Refugee Board. He had been recruited
in June by a US Embassy official in Stockholm and sent to
Nazi-controlled Budapest under Swedish diplomatic cover. He used US
funds to bribe Nazi officials and saved over 20,000 Hungarian Jews
from Nazi death camps.
(SFC, 5/5/96, p.A-7)(MT, Spg. ‘99, p.18)(WSJ,
1945 Jul 9, Dean R[ay] Koontz,
US author (Star Quest, Beastchild), was born.
1945 Jul 9, A 3rd big Tillamook
fire occurred near the Salmonberry River, and was joined two days
later by a second blaze on the Wilson River, started by a discarded
cigarette. This fire burned 180,000 acres before it was put out. The
cause of the blaze on the Salmonberry River was mysterious, and many
believed it had been set by an incendiary balloon launched by the
Japanese, and brought to Oregon by the jet stream.
1947 Jul 9, The engagement of
Britain's Princess Elizabeth to Lt. Philip Mountbatten was
1947 Jul 9, Spain voted for
1948 Jul 9, Satchel Paige (42)
debuted in majors pitching 2 scoreless inning for Cleveland.
1951 Jul 9, President Truman
asked Congress to formally end the state of war between the United
States and Germany.
1953 Jul 9, The 1st helicopter
passenger service began in NYC.
1955 Jul 9, Jimmy Smits, actor
(Victor-LA Law, Running Scared, NYPD Blue), was born in Brooklyn.
1955 Jul 9, Scientists in
London issued a manifesto declaring that researchers must take
responsibility for their creations, such as the atomic bomb.
Bertrand Russel, British pacifist philosopher, drafted the
manifesto, which served as the philosophical origin for the 1957
Pugwash Conference (Nova Scotia) against nuclear arms. It was signed
by ten other scientists that included as Joseph Rotblat (1995 Nobel
Peace Prize), Albert Einstein, Linus Pauling and Frederic
(WSJ, 10/16/95, p.
1956 Jul 9, Tom Hanks, actor
(Bossom Buddies, Forrest Gump, Phila), was born in Concord, Calif.
1956 Jul 9, Fred (d.1983) and
Pat Cody (d.2010 at 87) opened Cody’s bookstore in Berkeley, Ca. In
1977 they sold the operation to Andy Ross. In 2005 Ross planned to
open a store in Union Square, SF. In 2006 Ross sold the company to a
Japanese firm. Cody’s closed its last store in Berkeley on June 20,
(SFC, 1/7/05, p.C1)(SFC, 6/23/08, p.A7)(SFC,
6/23/08, p.A7)(SFC, 10/6/10, p.C5)
1955 Jul 9, Scientists in
London issued a manifesto declaring that researchers must take
responsibility for their creations, such as the atomic bomb.
Bertrand Russel, British pacifist philosopher, drafted the
manifesto, which served as the philosophical origin for the 1997
Pugwash Conference (Nova Scotia) against nuclear arms. It was signed
by ten other scientists that included as Joseph Rotblat (1995 Nobel
Peace Prize), Albert Einstein, Linus Pauling and Frederic
(WSJ, 10/16/95, p. A-15)
1960 Jul 9, Roger Woodward (7)
and his sister, Deanne Woodward (17), were rescued from the Niagara
River after being tossed from family friend James Honeycutt's
12-foot aluminum boat. New Jersey tourists John Hayes and John
Quattrochi pulled Deanne Woodward to shore just before the brink.
Honeycutt was swept with Roger Woodward over the Horseshoe Falls and
died. Roger survived the 162-foot plunge.
1960 Jul 9, Khrushchev
threatened to use rockets to protect Cuba from the US.
(PC, 1992, p.973)
1965 Jul 9, Adelaide Hiebel
(b.1879), American artist, died. Many of her paintings were used for
advertising and calendar prints.
1969 Jul 9, Howard Luck Gossage
(b.1917), American ad man, died of leukemia. He wrote the essays:
Understanding Marshall McLuhan, Our Fictitious Freedom of the Press,
How to Look at a Magazine and How to Look at a Billboard. In 1995
"The Book of Gossage," ed. by Bruce Bendinger, was published by The
Dec. '95, p.192)
1971 Jul 9, The United States
turned over complete responsibility of the Demilitarized Zone to
South Vietnamese units. In 1998 Jerry Lembcke authored "The Spitting
Image: Myth, Memory and Legacy of Vietnam.
(HN, 7/9/98)(SFEC, 10/11/98, BR p.7)
1971 Jul 9, Henry Kissinger
secretly visited China and met with Premier Zhou Enlai. The
Forbidden City in Beijing reopened for the Kissinger visit.
1972 Jul 9, The body Kwame
Nkrumah (1909-1972), former head of Ghana (1952-1966), was returned
to Nkroful, Ghana, for burial.
1974 Jul 9, Earl Warren (83),
former California governor and US Chief Justice (1953-68) died in
Washington D.C. In 1997 Ed Cray authored the Warren biography "Chief
Justice." In 2006 Jim Newton authored “Justice for All: Earl Warren
and the Nation He Made.”
(AP, 7/9/99)(SFC, 2/28/01, p.A18)(SSFC, 12/3/06,
1975 Jul 9, California’s
Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that reduced the penalty for
possession of marijuana to a $100 fine. The bill was sponsored by
Sen. George R. Moscone and written with the help of attorney Leo
Paoli (d.1997 at 65).
1976 Jul 9, Uganda asked UN to
condemn Israeli hostage rescue raid on Entebbe.
1978 Jul 9, Nearly 100,000
demonstrators marched on Wash DC for ERA.
1978 Jul 9, American Nazi Party
held a rally at Marquette Park, Chicago.
1980 Jul 9, In Brazil at least
3 and as many as 7 died in a stampede to see the Pope at a stadium
1980 Jul 9, Pieter Menten (81),
Dutch war criminal and art collector, was sentenced to 10 years in
1982 Jul 9, A Pan Am Boeing 727
crashed in Kenner, La., killing all 145 people aboard and eight
people on the ground.
1982 Jul 9, Michael Fagan
(b.1951) broke into the Buckingham Palace bedroom of Queen Elizabeth
II. Fagan was initially charged with the theft of some wine from the
palace but the charges were dropped.
1984 Jul 9, A fire destroyed
the roof in the south transept of the 12th century York Minster.
Around £2.5 million was spent on repairs. Restoration work was
completed in 1988, and included new roof bosses to designs which had
won a competition organized by BBC Television's Blue Peter program.
1986 Jul 9, The Attorney
General's Commission on Pornography released the final draft of its
2,000-page report, which linked hard-core porn to sex crimes.
1987 Jul 9, In his third day of
testimony on Capitol Hill, Lt. Col. Oliver North said he had
shredded evidence as part of a planned cover-up of his role in the
1988 Jul 9, Teamsters President
Jackie Presser died in Lakewood, Ohio, at age 61.
1988 Jul 9, Dog trainer Barbara
Woodhouse died in Buckinghamshire, England, at age 78.
1989 Jul 9, West German tennis
players Steffi Graf and Boris Becker won the women's and men's
singles titles at Wimbledon.
1989 Jul 9, President Bush
began a visit to Poland.
1989 Jul 9, Two bombs explode
in Mecca, killing one pilgrim, wounding 16. Saudi authorities blame
Iranian-inspired terrorists and later beheaded 16 Kuwaiti Shiite
Muslims for bombings. Iran denied involvement.
1991 Jul 9, The American League
defeated the National League, 4-to-2, in the All-Star Game in
1991 Jul 9, Former CIA officer
Alan D. Fiers pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges in the
1991 Jul 9, The International
Olympic Committee readmitted South Africa.
1992 Jul 9, Poet Adrienne Rich
rejected the US government National Medal for the Arts award due to
radical disparities of wealth and power in America.
(SFC, 7/10/97, p.A10)
1992 Jul 9, Democrat Bill
Clinton tapped Tennessee Sen. Al Gore to be his running mate.
1992 Jul 9 The space shuttle
Columbia landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending a
1992 Jul 9 Eric Sevareid (79),
CBS news commentator, died in Washington.
1993 Jul 9, Leaders of Bosnia's
Muslim-led government rejected a plan to divide the country into
three ethnically separate republics.
1993 Jul 9, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin met with Group of Seven leaders as they concluded
their three-day summit in Tokyo.
1994 Jul 9, Members of the
Group of Seven (G-7) nations concluded their economic summit in
1994 Jul 9, Planned talks
between North Korea and South Korea were put on hold following the
death of North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung.
1995 Jul 9, Pete Sampras won
the men’s singles title at Wimbledon by defeating Boris Becker, 6-7
(7-5), 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.
1995 Jul 9, The Dutch in Bosnia
again asked for air support but it was refused.
(SFC, 6/4/96, p.A12)
1995 Jul 9, French commandos
boarded the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior Two in the South
1996 Jul 9, The National League
won the All-Star game, defeating the American League 6-0 in
1996 Jul 9, Former Colorado
Gov. Richard Lamm began a drive for the presidential nomination of
Ross Perot's fledgling Reform Party.
1996 Jul 9, Attorney Melvin M.
Belli (b.7/29/07), King of Torts, died at 88 in San Francisco. He
authored the 5-volume work "Modern Trials," a classic on the
demonstrative method of presenting evidence.
(SFC, 7/10/96, p.A1)
1996 Jul 9, "The Iranians:
Persia, Islam and the Soul of a Nation" by Sandra Mackey was
reviewed and panned by Abbas Milani, author of "Tales of Two Cities:
A Persian Memoir."
(SFC, 7/9/96, p.B4)
1996 Jul 9, In Chechnya the
pre-election truce was shattered and the war has resumed.
(WSJ, 7/10/96, p.A1)
1996 Jul 9, The Bosnian
federation approved the merger of the Muslim and Croat armies. This
clears the way for the US to begin training and shipping arms to
(WSJ, 7/10/96, p.A1)
1996 Jul 9, Mexico City’s
police chief announced that every top official in his department was
replaced with military officers. The move was made to break up
corruption and abuse in the old "brotherhood."
(SFC, 7/10/96, p.A7)
1996 Jul 9, Turkey announced a
50% raise for its 1.5 million civil servants.
(SFC, 7/10/96, p.A8)
1996 Jul 9-1996 Jul 10, In
Rwanda the Tutsi dominated army carried out an operation against
Hutu insurgents in Karago and Giciye villages and 62 people were
killed. The area was the home of the late Hutu president Juvenal
(SFC, 7/15/96, p.A12)
1997 Jul 9, Boxer Mike Tyson
was banned from the ring and fined $3 million for biting opponent
Evander Holyfield's ears.
1997 Jul 9, In Hawaii medical,
insurance and pension benefits began to be allowed to any 2 adults
who could not legally marry under a law enacted to ward off
(SFC, 7/9/97, p.A3)
1997 Jul 9, Louise Woodward
failed to respond to a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of
Matthew Eappen, the baby she was convicted of killing, and this
allowed a federal court to automatically rule against her.
1997 Jul 9, Leaders of 16 NATO
nations met with 25 other countries in an unprecedented security
summit in Madrid, Spain.
1997 Jul 9, In Algeria
Adbelkader Hachani, Muslim fundamentalist leader, was freed hours
after a court sentenced him to 5 years in prison. He had been held
without trial since 1991 when the military voided a vote that his
group was set to win.
(WSJ, 7/10/97, p.A1)
1997 Jul 9, In Cambodia some 30
opposition officials were arrested in Pray Veng Province, 13 in
Battambang, and 20 in Kompong Speu. Prince Ranariddh was in
consultation with the United Nations for support.
(SFC, 7/10/97, p.E3)
1997 Jul 9, Cypriot Pres.
Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash were
scheduled to meet in a 4-day session in New York to resolve their
(SFC, 6/12/97, p.A14)
1997 Jul 9, In India half of
the Asian elephant population of 60,000 lived in an area of just
168,000 sq. miles.
(SFC, 7/9/97, p.A7)
1997 Jul 9, In Kenya armed
police shut down the Univ. of Nairobi and clubbed students who
demanded free and fair elections.
(SFC, 7/10/97, p.C2)
1997 Jul 9, From Thailand it
was reported that elephants were dying around pineapple orchards,
possibly from chemical poisoning. Only some 500 elephants remained
in the country.
(SFC, 7/9/97, p.A7)
1997 Jul 9, In Venezuela a 6.7
earthquake hit the northeast coastal region and killed at least 59
people including 27 students trapped inside a collapsed school
(SFC, 7/10/97, p.E3)(SFC, 7/11/97, p.A11)
1998 Jul 9, Congress sent
President Clinton an election-year bill overhauling the Internal
Revenue Service; Clinton said he would sign it.
1998 Jul 9, Former high school
sweethearts Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson were sentenced in
Wilmington, Del., to prison for killing their newborn son at a
motel. Grossberg received 2 1/2 years; Peterson, who cooperated with
prosecutors, got two years. Grossberg ended up serving nearly two
years; Peterson, 1 1/2 years.
1998 Jul 9, In Algeria a bomb
exploded in a flea market in Algiers and killed 10 people and
(SFC, 7/10/98, p.A18)
1998 Jul 9, A 5.8 earthquake
hit the Azores Islands and killed 10 people and injured about a 100.
Some 1000 were left homeless.
(SFC, 7/10/98, p.A18)
1998 Jul 9, Nigeria’s junta
commuted the death sentence of Gen’l. Oladipyo Diya and five other
men convicted of plotting to overthrow Abacha. The rioting continued
and the death toll was raised to 60. Northern Hausa Muslims were
(SFC, 7/10/98, p.A14)(WSJ, 7/10/98, p.A1)(SFC,
1998 Jul 9, An explosion in
Istanbul left 7 people dead and many injured at a spice bazaar.
Pinar Selek was arrested by police two days after the explosion.
Four expert reports said the explosion was caused by a gas leak and
there was no evidence of a bomb. Selek was tortured and spent 2.5
years in prison, but was later acquitted when a Court for Serious
Crimes in Istanbul determined there was no evidence linking her to
the blast. In a separate trial, however, the court found her guilty
under Article 169, which covers the aiding and abetting of a crime
ring, on charges of carrying explosive material used to make a bomb
and keeping a bomb in her workshop. The court later dropped the
charge because of the length of the trial. In 2011 Selek (40) was
acquitted for a 3rd time. Selek was sentenced to life in prison in
January, 2013, despite three previous acquittals. On June 11, 2014,
a top Turkish court overturned the life sentence.
1999 Jul 9, In LA a jury
ordered GM to pay $4.9 billion to 6 people burned when their 1979
Chevrolet Malibu fuel tank exploded Dec 24, 1993 following a rear
end collision. In Aug a judge reduced the award to $1.2 billion. A
judge later reduced the punitive damages to $1.09 billion, while
letting stand $107 million in compensatory damages; GM continued to
(SFC, 7/10/99, p.A1)(SFC, 8/27/99, p.A3)(AP,
1999 Jul 9, In China the number
of AIDS cases was reported to have climbed past 400,000. A
government report in 2000 said 20,711 people had tested positive for
AIDS with 397 having died. Health officials estimated 500,000
(SFC, 7/10/99, p.C1)(SSFC, 12/17/00, p.D2)
1999 Jul 9, In Iran police and
vigilantes attacked a student rally protesting a ban of the daily
Salam in Tehran.
(SFC, 7/10/99, p.A10)
1999 cJul 9, In Jamaica Vivian
Blake, alleged leader of the Shower Posse, was extradited to Miami.
His gang was blamed for 1,400 murders in several US states during
(SFC, 7/14/99, p.C10)
1999 Jul 9, In Kosovo NATO
peacekeepers identified a site in Ljubenic containing the remains of
as many as 350 victims.
(SFC, 7/10/99, p.A10)
2000 Jul 9, Top-seeded Pete
Sampras won his seventh Wimbledon title as he defeated Patrick
Rafter, 6-7 (10), 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2.
(WSJ, 7/11/00, p.A1)(AP, 7/8/01)
2000 Jul 9, In Afghanistan Mary
MacMakin was arrested for violating the Taliban ban on employing
women. She led the ngo: "Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Support
for Afghanistan," (PARSA). MacMakin was released 3 days later
ordered to leave the country with accusations of spying and trying
to convert Muslims to Christianity.
(SFC, 7/10/00, p.A8)(SFC, 7/13/00, p.A13)
2000 Jul 9, In Fiji rebels
signed a deal to return their captives in exchange for an end to the
country’s multiracial democracy.
(SFC, 7/10/00, p.A8)
2000 Jul 9, Voters in Haiti
cast ballots for 44 seats of the 83-member Chamber of Deputies. Most
voters ignored the balloting and int’l. observers called the
elections "fundamentally flawed."
(SFC, 7/10/00, p.A9)(WSJ, 7/14/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 9, In Northern Ireland
some 2000 Orange Order marchers held a peaceful march at Drumcree.
(SFC, 7/10/00, p.A8)
2000 Jul 9, In the Philippines
government troops captured the headquarters of the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front at Camp Abubakar in Maguindanao province.
(SFC, 7/10/00, p.A10)
2000 Jul 9, In Russia a bomb
attack at a food market in Vladikavkaz in North Ossetia left 5
people dead. Another bomb in a department store at the port of
Rostov-on-Don on the Black Sea left 2 people dead.
(SFC, 7/10/00, p.A9)
2000 Jul 9, The 13the Int’l.
AIDS Conference convened in Durban, South Africa. Pres. Thabo Mbeki
opened the conference and insisted that poverty was a greater enemy
than the AIDS virus. Hundreds of delegates walked out.
(SFC, 7/7/00, p.A1)(SFC, 7/10/00, p.A1)(AP,
2000 Jul 9, In Zimbabwe 12
people died in a soccer stampede set off when police fired tear gas
at bottle-throwing fans during a World Cup qualifier between
Zimbabwe and South Africa in Harare. South Africa’s 2-0 victory over
Zimbabwe was ruled official.
(WSJ, 7/10/00, p.A1)(AP, 7/8/01)
2001 Jul 9, The Bush
administration announced that it opposed a UN draft to restrict the
sale of small arms. The US was the leading exporter of small arms.
(SFC, 7/10/01, p.A8)
2001 Jul 9, Wildcard entrant
Goran Ivanisevic won the men's title at Wimbledon by beating Patrick
2001 Jul 9, In Chile an appeals
court ruled that Gen. Augusto Pinochet could not be tried on human
rights charges because of his deteriorating health and mental
condition, a ruling that effectively brought the 85-year-old former
dictator's legal troubles to an end.
(SFC, 7/10/01, p.A7)(AP, 7/9/02)
2001 Jul 9, In Jamaica PM
Patterson ordered the army deployed across the island to restore
calm following 3 days of violence that killed at least 28 people.
(SFC, 7/10/01, p.A7)(SFC, 7/11/01, p.A8)(SFC,
2001 Jul 9, The UN ranked
Norway as the country with the world’s highest standard of living.
PM Jens Stolenberg credited the nation’s welfare system. Norway was
followed by Australia and Canada. The US ranked 6th.
(SFC, 7/10/01, p.A8)
2002 Jul 9, To the boos of
disappointed fans, the All-Star game in Milwaukee finished in a 7-7
tie after 11 innings when both teams ran out of pitchers.
2002 Jul 9, Speaking in New
York, President Bush called for doubled prison terms and aggressive
policing to combat fraud and corruption in corporate America.
(SFC, 7/10/02, p.A1)(AP, 7/9/03)
2002 Jul 9, The US Senate
approved a nuclear waste burial site at Yucca Mountain in the Nevada
desert. The Senate voted to entomb thousands of tons of radioactive
waste inside Yucca Mountain, rejecting the state's fervent protests.
Gov. Kenny Guinn vowed to continue fighting the plan.
(SFC, 7/10/02, p.A3)(AP, 7/9/03)
2002 Jul 9, The Women's Health
Initiative announced that estrogen-progestin pills, taken by
millions of women as a hormone replacement therapy, do more harm
(SSFC, 7/14/02, p.A3)
2002 Jul 9, WWF Int'l. released
its 4th Living Planet Report and said humans are using 20% more
natural resources each year than can be regenerated.
(SFC, 7/10/02, p.A12)
2002 Jul 9, Rod Steiger (77),
actor, died. His films included "On the Waterfront" and "In the Heat
of the Night."
(SFC, 7/10/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 9, African leaders in
Durban, SA, launched the African Union, an ambitious new body
intended to pull the beleaguered continent out of poverty and
2002 Jul 9, Thousands of
unemployed Argentines, university students and labor activists
marched on the presidential palace to protest the government's
failure to end the country's deep economic crisis.
2002 Jul 9, A Palestinian
gunman opened fire on Israeli police officers just outside the
walled Old City of Jerusalem, wounding one, and a passer-by was
killed in the ensuing gunbattle.
2002 Jul 9, Philippine
officials said they had arrested a Filipino Muslim suspected of
helping to procure more than a ton of explosives for al Qaeda-linked
Islamic radicals accused of plotting to bomb U.S. targets in
Singapore. A U.S-trained Philippine soldier and an undetermined
number of Muslim rebels were killed in fierce fighting on southern
2002 Jul 9, NATO troops
arrested Radovan Stankovic (33), a former member of an elite Serb
paramilitary unit, for allegedly running a house where women and
girls were raped during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war.
(AP, 7/9/02)(SFC, 7/10/02, p.A8)
2003 Jul 9, Pres. Bush met with
South African President Thabo Mbeki in Pretoria for discussions on
AIDS, the war on terror, trade issues and to seek common ground in
their attempts to deal with the political and economic crisis in
neighboring Zimbabwe. Pleading for patience, President Bush,
continuing his Africa tour, said the United States would "have to
remain tough" in Iraq despite attacks on U.S. soldiers. Bush said he
was "absolutely confident" in his actions despite the discovery that
one claim he'd made about Saddam Hussein's weapons pursuits was
based on false information.
(AP, 7/9/03)(SFC, 7/10/03, p.A3)(AP, 7/9/04)(AP,
2003 Jul 9, Karl Rove, senior
advisor to Pres. Bush, spoke with syndicated columnist Robert Novak
about diplomat Joseph Wilson and his wife Valerie Plame. About this
same time Rove also spoke with Matthew Cooper, Time’s White House
correspondent, and mentioned Wilson and Plame. In 2006 Novak
acknowledged that 3 administration sources, including Rove and CIA
spokesman Bill Harlow, had provided him information.
(SFC, 7/16/05, p.A4)(SFC, 12/12/05, p.A3)(SFC,
2003 Jul 9, US Defense Sec.
Rumsfeld increased the estimate of military costs in Iraq to $3.9
billion a month.
(SFC, 7/9/03, p.A1)
2003 Jul 9, The US cleared $20
million in direct aid to the Palestinians.
(WSJ, 7/10/03, p.A1)
2003 Jul 9, Research was
released that said PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), commonly
used in flame retardants, posed a health hazard.
(SFC, 7/9/03, p.A1)
2003 Jul 9, Winston Graham
(93), author of the hugely popular Poldark novels, died in Sussex,
England. His other novels included "Marnie" (1961).
2003 Jul 9, Canada became the
1st country in the world to start selling marijuana to several
hundred seriously ill people but said the pot project could be
halted at any time.
2003 Jul 9, Haiti paid $32
million in arrears to the Inter-American Development Bank, nearly
wiping out its foreign reserves in its effort to resume frozen
2003 Jul 9, It was reported
that occupation authorities had eliminated all import taxes in Iraq
and accelerated the closure of hundreds of local factories unable to
compete with foreign goods. At the same time hundreds of millions of
dollars was pumped in as cash payments to government workers. 2 U.S.
soldiers were killed and a third wounded in separate attacks on
their convoys near Mahmudiyah and Tikrit.
(SFC, 7/9/03, p.A1)(AP, 7/10/03)
2003 Jul 9, In northwestern
Somalia 3 days of fighting among hundreds of gunmen from rival
clan-based factions killed more than 40 people and wounded 90.
2004 Jul 9, A US Senate
committee report said that flawed prewar intelligence fueled the
Bush administration position that Saddam Hussein’s regime posed a
serious threat to the US.
(SFC, 7/10/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 9, An appeals court
rejected Nevada’s claim against the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste
repository, but ordered leak plans beyond 10,000 years.
(WSJ, 7/12/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 9, Cpl. Wassef Ali
Hassoun (24) arrived in Germany from Lebanon, where he had turned up
at the US Embassy in Beirut a day earlier. He had been missing since
June 20 from his base near the troubled Iraqi city of Fallujah. The
Pentagon announced that Hassoun would be charged with desertion,
larceny and wrongful disposition of military property in connection
with his service-issued M9 pistol that disappeared with him and
never turned up. On January 4, 2005, he was again labeled a deserter
after failing to return to his base at Camp Lejeune in North
Carolina from authorized leave. He was reportedly in Lebanon.
(AP, 7/10/04)(SFC, 7/9/04,
2004 Jul 9, Geraldine Williams
(67) of Lowell, Mass., accepted a lump sum payment of $168 million
for her July 3 win in the $294 million lotto.
(SFC, 7/10/04, p.A2)
2004 Jul 9, Isabel Sanford
(86), actress, died Los Angeles.
2004 Jul 9, A U.N.-backed body
barred the Republic of Congo from the legitimate world diamond
trade, accusing it of blatantly sending millions of dollars in
smuggled gems onto the global market.
2004 Jul 9, In Egypt President
Hosni Mubarak's cabinet resigned and the longtime leader appointed
technocrat Ahmed Nazief (Nazif), a relative outsider, to replace
Atef Obeid as prime minister, further consolidating his power at a
time of growing calls for political, social and economic change.
Half of the 26 regional governors were also replaced.
(AP, 7/9/04)(Econ, 7/17/04, p.47)
2004 Jul 9, In Baghdad, Iraq, 2
mortar shells targeting a hotel housing foreigners in the capital
hit a house instead, killing a child and wounding three others.
2004 Jul 9, The Int’l. Court of
Justice ruled that Israel’s separation barrier in the occupied West
Bank violates freedom of movement and should be demolished.
(SFC, 7/10/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 9, Paul Klebnikov
(41), the American editor of Forbes Magazine's Russian edition and
author of a book about tycoon Boris Berezovsky, was shot to death.
Klebnikov was also the author of “Conversation with a Barbarian,”
about organized crime in Russia’s continuing war in Chechnya. In
Nov. Muslim Ibragimov, aka Kazbek Dukuzov, was arrested in Belarus.
He was later extradited to Moscow in 2005 and accused of involvement
in the slaying. Russian prosecutors later determined that
Khozh-Akhmed Nukhayev, a former separatist Chechen official who was
the subject of a book by U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov, ordered the
(AP, 7/9/04)(SFC, 7/10/04, p.A8)(WSJ, 2/24/05,
2004 Jul 9, In Peru 2 passenger
buses collided head-on on a coastal highway, killing at least 36
people and injuring two dozen.
2005 Jul 9, Pres. Bush signed
the Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2005, supported by business
interests, which made it easier for companies to send out junk
(SFC, 7/13/05, p.C1)
2005 Jul 9, Minnesota Gov. Jim
Pawlenty signed a temporary spending plan and lawmakers agreed on
the outline of a 2-year budget.
(SSFC, 7/10/05, p.A3)
2006 Jul 9, A panda cub, later
named Tai Shan, was born at the National Zoo in Washington.
2005 Jul 9, It was reported the
world’s 439 nuclear reactors produce about 16% of the world’s
electricity. US reactors numbered 103 plants with capacity
utilization at over 90%.
(Econ, 7/25/05, p.59)
2005 Jul 9, Hurricane Dennis
left at least 32 people dead in the Caribbean and moved toward
(SSFC, 7/10/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 9, The US military
released another batch of 76 Afghan prisoners as part of ongoing
efforts to promote national reconciliation. A purported Taliban
spokesman said that the group has beheaded a missing American
commando, but he offered no proof. The body of the commando was
found the next day.
2005 Jul 9, Suspected Taliban
gunmen ambushed an Afghani government border patrol in the desert
near the frontier with Pakistan, killing 10 soldiers and beheading
2005 Jul 9, The leader of
Brazil's governing Workers Party stepped down, the third ally of
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to resign this week amid charges
of buying votes in Congress.
2005 Jul 9, In Congo DRC
Rwandan rebels burned 39 people alive, mostly women and children,
when they torched the village of Mtulumamba in eastern Congo in what
some locals said was punishment for supporting UN peacekeepers.
2005 Jul 9, It was reported
that a recent Internet announcement said that Ibrahim Youssef
al-Shammari would serve as official spokesman for the Islamic Army
of Iraq and the Army of the Mujahideen, 2 groups thought to be
linked to the former Baath Party.
(Econ, 7/25/05, p.39)
2005 Jul 9, Khamis Farhan
Khalaf Abd al-Fahdawi (known as Abu Seba), a senior lieutenant of
al-Qaida in Iraq, was arrested following operations in the Ramadi.
He was a key suspect in the kidnap-slaying of an Egyptian envoy and
attacks on senior diplomats from Pakistan and Bahrain.
2005 Jul 9, North Korea said it
will rejoin six-nation nuclear arms talks on July 25.
2005 Jul 9, The 110-ton barge
left Magadan, Russia, on a two-day journey to Okhotsk, sent out a
distress signal during severe weather, then lost communication. 6 of
10 sailors were rescued 3 days later.
2005 Jul 9, In Sudan John
Garang, the former rebel leader who spent 21 years fighting
Khartoum's government, was sworn in as first vice president. Garang
and Pres. Omar el-Bashir signed into being Sudan's new constitution.
(AP, 7/9/05)(AP, 7/10/05)
2005 Jul 9, In southeastern
Turkey a land mine believed to have been planted by Kurdish rebels
killed 3 soldiers. Two other land mines injured seven people in
2006 Jul 9, Freescale
Semiconductor, a former division of Motorola, announced the
commercial availability of a chip called Magnetoresistive
random-access memory (MRAM), which is fast to read and write and can
keep data without power. In September the Blackstone Group offered
$17.6 billion for Freescale.
(SFC, 7/10/06, p.A3)(Econ, 9/23/06, p.73)
2006 Jul 9, In Washington DC
Alan Senitt (27), a British volunteer for the potential presidential
campaign of former Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner, was killed in the
Georgetown neighborhood by robbers who slashed his throat and tried
to rape his female companion. Within three hours of the attack,
police arrested and charged two men, and two other suspects
surrendered a few hours later. On May 21, 2007, Christopher Piper
and Jeffery Rice pleaded guilty to robbing and killing Alan, and
committing other robberies in the city. They were sentenced August
24, 2007, to 37 and 52 years respectively in prison.
2006 Jul 9, In Missouri 5
youths (10-17) including 4 siblings drowned in the Meramtec River
during a church outing at Castlewood State Park. One had become
caught in an undertow and the others jumped in to help.
(SFC, 7/11/06, p.A3)
2006 Jul 9, In southern
Afghanistan a Canadian coalition officer died of wounds suffered in
fighting near an opium-rich insurgent stronghold. At least 15
militants were killed. A coalition patrol found the bodies of 10
militants killed in an airstrike in Panjwayi.
(AP, 7/9/06)(SFC, 7/10/06, p.A4)
2006 Jul 9, Roger Federer ended
a five-match losing streak to Rafael Nadal, winning 6-0, 7-6 (5),
6-7 (2), 6-3 to earn his fourth straight Wimbledon title.
2006 Jul 9, India test-fired
its nuclear-capable Agni III missile for the first time. The missile
plunged into the Bay of Bengal short of its target. 14 more people
were reported to have died in rain-related incidents in northern
India, taking the nationwide death toll since the beginning of the
monsoon season in May to 286. Supporters of Shiv Sena, a Hindu
fundamentalist party, went on a rampage in Mumbai protesting the
defacing of a statue of Meenatai, the wife of the movement’s
founder, Balasaheb Thackeray.
(AFP, 7/9/06)(AP, 7/10/06)(Econ, 7/15/06, p.39)
2006 Jul 9, Masked Shiite
gunmen stopped cars in western Baghdad and grabbed people off the
streets, singling out the Sunni Arabs among them and killing at
least 42. Gunmen killed an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Shiite
city of Karbala, one of several deadly shootings targeting security
forces. Iraqi troops launched a pre-dawn raid on Kadhimiya, a mainly
Shi'ite district next to Shula, killing nine militants and capturing
(Reuters, 7/9/06)(AP, 7/9/06)
2006 Jul 9, Top officials said
Israel will push forward with its offensive in the Gaza Strip until
Palestinian militants release a captured Israeli soldier and halt
their rocket attacks.
2006 Jul 9, Italy beat France
5-3 in a shootout following a 1-1 tie in the World Cup final.
Zinedine Zidane, captain of the French team, was sent off for
head-butting an Italian player.
(SFC, 7/10/06, p.A1)(Econ, 7/15/06, p.49)
2006 Jul 9, A Russian Airbus
310 passenger plane skidded off a rain-slicked Siberian runway and
plowed through a concrete barrier, bursting into flames. At least
125 of 203 people on board were killed.
(AP, 7/9/06)(AP, 7/9/07)
2006 Jul 9, In Somalia 20
people were killed in bloody fighting as Islamic fighters fought
supporters of Abdi Awale Qaybdiid, who refused to disarm.
2007 Jul 9, President Bush
directed former aides to defy congressional subpoenas, claiming
executive privilege in resisting Congress' investigation into the
firings of US attorneys.
2007 Jul 9, Alaska’s former
state Rep. Tom Anderson was convicted of taking thousands of dollars
from a corrections company consultant in exchange for his help in
2007 Jul 9, US Sen. David
Vitter, R-La., acknowledged that he was on the list of phone records
just released by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the alleged “D.C. Madam.”
(SFC, 7/11/07, p.A6)
2007 Jul 9, The NAACP meeting
in Detroit held a public burial for the N-word (nigger) racial slur.
In 1944 the NAACP held a symbolic funeral in Detroit for Jim Crow.
(SFC, 7/10/07, p.A3)
2007 Jul 9, Northwest
Biotherapeutics, a US-based biotech company, said it had won
approval for commercial use of the world's first vaccine against
brain cancer in Switzerland.
2007 Jul 9, Researchers said a
pill developed by Pfizer to help people stop-smoking appears to also
help curb heavy drinking by targeting a pleasure center in the
brain. The drug called varenicline, began selling in the US last
August under the brand name Chantix.
(SFC, 7/10/07, p.A2)
2007 Jul 9, Novartis said the
first skin patch to treat the dementia that can plague Alzheimer's
patients has gained federal approval. The drug in the patch, called
Exelon or rivastigmine, is the same as that now available in capsule
form but provides a regular and continuous dose throughout the day.
2007 Jul 9, Charles Lane
(b.1905), film actor, died in Santa Monica. He appeared in well over
250 roles on film and TV. His final screen appearance was in the
1995 TV movie “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.”
(SFC, 7/11/07, p.A2)
2007 Jul 9, Afghan troops and
the US-led coalition conducting a nighttime raid killed a Taliban
leader but also two children caught in the crossfire. An exchange of
small arms fire at an army base in Herat killed four Afghan
(AP, 7/9/07)(Reuters, 7/9/07)
2007 Jul 9, A London jury
convicted four Muslim militants of plotting to bomb London's public
2007 Jul 9, Buenos Aires
experienced its first major snowfall since June, 1918.
(WSJ, 1/10/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 9, Canada announced
plans to increase its Arctic military presence in an effort to
assert sovereignty over the Northwest Passage, a potentially
oil-rich region the United States claims is international territory.
2007 Jul 9, The UN-backed Okapi
radio station said that Floribert Chui Bin Kositi, a former
Congolese rebel leader, was beaten to death in Congo’s restive
eastern Kivu region. He held a senior position in a state-run body
monitoring food imports and recently ordered a large consignment of
rice to be destroyed on the grounds that it was unfit for human
2007 Jul 9, The EU's top
justice official said EU citizens will be protected by the US
Privacy Act under an anti-terror deal with Washington on the sharing
of trans-Atlantic air passenger data.
2007 Jul 9, In India’s
Chattisgarh state an hours-long battle between police and Maoist
rebels armed with machine guns and mortars ended with the deaths of
25 rebels and 24 police. The Maoist insurgency is now spread across
13 of India's 28 states and the rebels are believed to have
10,000-15,000 fighters in an increasingly well-armed force.
2007 Jul 9, In Indonesia
prosecutors filed a civil lawsuit against former dictator Suharto
(1921-2008), toppled in 1998, seeking $1.54 billion in damages and
funds allegedly stolen from the state during his 32 years in power.
He allegedly forced state banks and others to contribute millions to
the Supersemar Foundation, much of which was siphoned off to
companies run by members of his family and cronies.
(AP, 7/9/07)(Econ, 7/14/07, p.48)
2007 Jul 9, Attacks in Baghdad
killed 13 people as prominent Shiite and Sunni politicians called on
Iraqi civilians to take up arms to defend themselves after a weekend
of violence that claimed more than 220 lives. A roadside bomb
exploded near an Iraqi military bus north of Baghdad, killing 9
Iraqi soldiers and injuring 21. British warplanes struck the
southern town of al-Majar al-Kabir near the Iranian border, killing
three militants suspected of smuggling weapons into Iraq.
(AP, 7/9/07)(AP, 7/10/07)
2007 Jul 9, An appeals court
freed Moldova's former defense minister, overturning his conviction
for abusing his position in the 1997 sale of 21 fighter planes to
the United States.
2007 Jul 9, In Nigeria gunmen
attacked two southern oil installations, kidnapping two senior
Nigerian employees of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and two foreigners.
2007 Jul 9, Pakistan’s
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf gave clerics more time to persuade
defiant militants to lay down their arms and surrender a mosque they
have defended against thousands of government troops.
2007 Jul 9, Poland’s PM
Jaroslaw Kaczynski fired his deputy, Andrzej Lepper, over corruption
allegations, throwing the future of Poland's conservative governing
coalition into doubt and raising the possibility of early elections.
Kaczynski also fired Sports Minister Tomasz Lipiec, of his own Law
and Justice party.
2007 Jul 9, Zimbabwe police
said more than 1,300 shop owners and business managers have been
arrested as part of a crackdown on firms accused of flouting
government-imposed price controls. Thousands of students were
evicted from Zimbabwe's main university campus after they protested
at the weekend against a decision to deny them food for not paying
2008 Jul 9, A grand jury in
Anchorage indicted Sen. John Cowdery, an Alaska legislator, on
bribery and conspiracy counts in a federal investigation of
corruption that already has led to convictions against three former
state lawmakers. Federal prosecutors allege that Cowdery conspired
with executives of oil field services company VECO Corp. to bribe
another unnamed state senator for votes to support oil and gas
2008 Jul 9, The California
state Board of Education voted to make algebra mandatory in the
eighth grade beginning in 2011, in order to bring the state into
compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind program.
(SFC, 7/10/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 9, Michigan Gov.
Jennifer Granholm signed legislation approving a compact by 8 states
surrounding the Great Lakes. Michigan was last of the 8 states to
approve the agreement, which outlaws diversions of Great lakes water
from natural drainage basins with rare exceptions.
(WSJ, 7/10/08, p.A2)
2008 Jul 9, In western
Pennsylvania the bodies of 22-year-old Ashley Guarino, her
2-year-old daughter Dreux and 11-month-old son Orlando Jr. were
found by relatives. Orlando Maurice Guarino (38) was arrested the
next day and charged with the murders of his wife and children.
2008 Jul 9, US electronic games
publisher Activision under Bobby Kotick closed its merger with the
gaming arm of Vivendi, a French media conglomerate, in a deal valued
at $18.8 billion.
2008 Jul 9, It was announced
that the Abu Dhabi Investment Council had purchased a 90% stake in
NYC’s Chrysler Building for $800 million.
(WSJ, 7/10/08, p.C3)
2008 Jul 9, In northwestern
Afghanistan a group of villagers used a machine gun, sticks and
stones to kill two Taliban militants and chase 10 others away.
NATO-led forces in central Logar province killed a Taliban militant
involved with suicide bombing networks. 9 British soldiers were
injured in Helmand province when an Apache helicopter opened fire
after mistaking them for the enemy.
2008 Jul 9, China convicted and
then executed two ethnic Uighur men and imprisoned another 15 for
alleged terrorist links in the western region of Xinjiang.
2008 Jul 9, German
investigators carried out raids on 600 homes in Austria, Switzerland
and Germany seeking chemicals used to produce an illicit date-rape
2008 Jul 9, In Grenada Tillman
Thomas, former political detainee, was sworn in as the new prime
2008 Jul 9, Iran test-fired
nine long- and medium-range missiles during war games that officials
said aimed to show the country can retaliate against any US and
2008 Jul 9, In Iraq a suicide
bomber killed 8 civilians in an attack on a military convoy in
Mosul. A bomb in Fallujah killed four police officers and one
civilian. A bomb killed a US soldier in Samarra. In total bombs and
bullets killed 20 Iraqis.
(AP, 7/9/08)(SFC, 7/10/08, p.A7)
2008 Jul 9, In Ingushetia
police said three officers have been killed and four kidnapped in
2008 Jul 9, An Israel-Hamas
truce has boiled down to a simple trade-off: For a day of calm,
Israel adds five truckloads of cows and 200 tons of cement to the
barest basics it ships to Gaza, but rocket fire from the territory
reseals the border for a day.
2008 Jul 9, In Italy police in
Naples arrested 44 suspected mobsters in a crackdown on drug
trafficking. The latest raids led to the confiscation of apartments,
cars, motorcycles, farmland and companies worth nearly $480 million.
2008 Jul 9, In Japan G8 leaders
reiterated their commitment for doubling aid to Africa by 2010 and
instituted new accountability procedures to ensure that wealthy
countries fulfill their promises of aid there. They also agreed to
combat global warming but developing nations declined o endorse
(SFC, 7/10/08, p.A7)(WSJ, 7/10/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 9, In northern Lebanon
heavy fighting erupted between government supporters and Hezbollah's
allies, killing at least 4 people and shattering a truce that lasted
just two weeks.
2008 Jul 9, Tribal elders and
Pakistani authorities struck a deal aimed at bringing peace to a
militant-infested northwest region where a paramilitary offensive
has tried to flush out insurgents. Police captured Rafiuddin, an
aide to top commander Baitullah Mehsud, along with four associates
they traveled in a vehicle through the town of Hangu in the South
(AP, 7/9/08)(AP, 7/10/08)
2008 Jul 9, In Peru tens of
thousands of union workers took to the streets across the country to
protest rising food and fuel prices they blame on the free market
policies of President Alan Garcia.
2008 Jul 9, A Spanish patrol
boat rescued 33 people and recovered one body from the boat off the
coast of southern Almeria province. 15 African migrants, most of
them small children, died of hunger, thirst or exposure as they
drifted across the Mediterranean on the small, overcrowded boat.
2008 Jul 9, In Istanbul,
Turkey, men armed with pistols and shotguns attacked a police guard
post outside the US consulate, sparking a gunbattle that left 3
attackers and 3 officers dead.
(AP, 7/9/08)(Reuters, 7/9/08)
2009 Jul 9, In Florida Byrd and
Melanie Billings were killed at their sprawling home near Pensacola.
The wealthy Florida couple had 4 children and adopted 12 others with
developmental disabilities and other problems. Three men were soon
arrested in connection with the slayings. In 2010 a jury found
Patrick Gonzalez Jr. guilty of 2 counts of 1st degree murder and one
count of robber. He had led a group of men dressed as ninjas in the
(AP, 7/13/09)(SFC, 7/14/09, p.A5)(SFC, 10/29/10,
2009 Jul 9, An Afghan
government spokesman said President Hamid Karzai has pardoned five
heroin smugglers, at least one of them a relative of a man who heads
Karzai's campaign for re-election next month. A truck rigged with
explosives blew up near Kabul killing 25 people including 13 primary
school students. Militants attacked a district headquarters in the
southern province of Zabul, sparking a clash in which 15 Taliban
were killed. 30 insurgents planting bombs in a road in Zabul were
killed in an Afghan military ambush. Overnight clashes with troops
killed 27 suspected militants in Helmand.
(Reuters, 7/9/09)(AFP, 7/9/09)
2009 Jul 9, An African Union
panel said former UN chief Kofi Annan handed the International
Criminal Court the names of key suspects in Kenya's post-poll
violence which he helped end last year.
2009 Jul 9, The US deported
Luis Arce Gomez (71), a key figure in Bolivia's last military
dictatorship, back home to serve a 30-year prison sentence for
crimes including genocide and political assassinations. Gomez, known
as "the minister of cocaine," took part in the July 1980 coup led by
then-Gen. Luis Garcia Meza and backed by drug traffickers.
2009 Jul 9, In China a 6.0
earthquake rocked Yunnan province, killing one person and destroying
thousands of houses. More than 400,000 people left their homes
following the tremor that left at least one person dead.
2009 Jul 9, Egypt’s Interior
Ministry said authorities have arrested 25 militants with links to
al-Qaida on suspicion of plotting attacks on oil pipelines and ships
in the Suez Canal.
2009 Jul 9, In Iran hundreds of
young men and women chanted "death to the dictator" and fled
baton-wielding police in Tehran as opposition activists sought to
revive street protests despite authorities' vows to "smash" any new
2009 Jul 9, In Iraq 2 suicide
bombings in Tal Afar, in Nineveh province, killed 38 people and
wounded 66. Tal Afar is mainly home to minority Turkmen of the
Shiite Muslim faith. In Baghdad, 8 people were killed and 30 wounded
by two bombs in a market in Sadr City, a poor, Shiite Muslim area.
10 more people were killed by bombs elsewhere in Baghdad. US forces
released five Iranian officials detained in January 2007 in northern
Iraq on suspicion of aiding local Shiite militants. An Iranian
television report identified the men as Mohsen Bagheri, Mahmoud
Farhadi, Majid Ghaemi, Majid Dagheri and Abbas Jami. A car driver
was killed in a head-on collision with a US Army Stryker vehicle,
the lead vehicle of a US-Iraqi convoy in western Diyala province.
(Reuters, 7/9/09)(AP, 7/9/09)(AP, 7/10/09)(AP,
2009 Jul 9, In Italy the G8
opened their summit to include the G5, which made their fifth
straight appearance at the annual summit, albeit as guests, to
discuss climate change, development aid, global economic growth and
2009 Jul 9, Mexican police
found four mutilated bodies in plastic bags on the side of a highway
in La Huacana, Michoacan state.
2009 Jul 9, In Nigeria Henry
Okah, a key militant in Nigeria's southern Niger Delta detained
since September 2007, accepted President Umaru Yar'Adua recent offer
of unconditional amnesty. Armed robbers killed six police officers
as they fled after a raid on a commercial bank at Idi-Iroko, a
Nigerian border town with Benin.
2009 Jul 9, Pakistan’s
government announced a plan to allow some 2 million people who fled
the offensive to return home next week, saying the region was now
secure and essential services restored. A landmine killed five
paramilitary soldiers and wounded four others in the
insurgency-plagued province of Baluchistan. Dozens of militants
overran a police post and killed four officers in the northwest city
(AFP, 7/9/09)(AP, 7/10/09)
2009 Jul 9-2009 Aug 2, Saudi
Arabian authorities arrested 44 suspected militants who sought to
recruit youths and finance their "deviant activities" through
2009 Jul 9, In South Africa
World Cup organizers said a strike by construction workers entered
its second day as negotiators meet to try and resolve the standoff.
2009 Jul 9, South Korean Web
sites were attacked again after a wave of Web site outages in the US
and South Korea that several officials suspect North Korea was
2009 Jul 9, The Swedish
government said it will expel Sylvere Ahorugeze (53) within three
weeks, fulfilling a request from authorities in Rwanda and marking
the first time an EU nation has sent back a suspect to face charges
in the 1994 genocide.
2009 Jul 9, The UN passed a
resolution extending the lifetime of the International Criminal
Tribunal for Rwanda to next year. The latest extension is the second
for the Tanzania-based court which had originally been scheduled
wind up its lower court cases by December 2008, but had its life
extended to December 2009.
2009 Jul 9, In Venezuela’s top
telecommunications official said President Hugo Chavez's government
is imposing new regulations on cable television while revoking the
licenses of more than 200 radio stations.
2010 Jul 9, The US and Russia
orchestrated the largest spy swap since the Cold War, exchanging 10
spies arrested in the US for four convicted in Russia in a tightly
choreographed diplomatic dance at Vienna's airport.
2010 Jul 9, US regulators shut
down 2 banks in Maryland, bringing to 88 the number of failed US
banks this year.
(SFC, 7/10/10, p.D3)
2010 Jul 9, US Presbyterian
leaders strongly backed a proposal that included a call to end US
aid to Israel unless the country stops settlement expansions in
disputed Palestinian territories.
2010 Jul 9, Google said China
has renewed its license to operate a website, preserving the search
giant's toehold in the most populous Internet market after it gave
up an attempt to skirt Beijing's Web censorship.
2010 Jul 9, In California scuba
divers began killing invasive Asian clams in Lake Tahoe. Long rubber
mats were laid over half an acre in a test effort starve the clams
(SFC, 7/10/10, p.C2)
2010 Jul 9, Aid agency Oxfam
warned that the food crisis gripping the Sahel region of Africa was
reaching disastrous levels and called on governments and the
international community to act now. The crisis stretched across the
region taking in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and northern
2010 Jul 9, In Afghanistan an
explosion ripped into a convoy of NATO and Afghan forces in eastern
Nangarhar province, killing one civilian and wounding nine others.
Australian Pvt. Nathan Bewes was killed just before midnight by a
homemade bomb, the 6th Australian soldier to die in Afghanistan in
just over a month.
2010 Jul 9, Chinese state media
said authorities have seized 76 tons of milk powder tainted with
melamine, the same chemical responsible for the deaths of six babies
two years ago.
2010 Jul 9, In Iraq a suicide
bomber drove an explosives-laden car into an Iraqi army check point
in western Baghdad, killing six people and injuring 20.
2010 Jul 9, Italy's Fiat, which
controls Chrysler Group LCC, said it will proceed with a euro700
million ($886 million) investment to move production of its new
Panda compact from Poland to a plant near Naples despite an
unresolved dispute with an Italian union.
2010 Jul 9, In Indian-ruled
Kashmir thousands of residents defied a strict curfew prompting
police to fire rubber bullets and lob tear gas as fresh rebel
attacks injured two policemen. Government forces arrested dozens of
suspected separatists in an attempt to stem civil unrest.
2010 Jul 9, Libyan organizers
said a charity headed by Saif Al-Islam Kadhafi, the second son of
Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi, is sending an aid boat from Greece to
Gaza to break the Israeli "siege." Organizers of the initiative had
earlier said the 25-year-old ship, owned by Piraeus-based ACA
Shipping Corporation, was called Hope. The ship set sail from Greece
on July 10 and headed for Egypt.
(AFP, 7/9/10)(AFP, 7/10/10)
2010 Jul 9, Prosecutors at the
Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague cited Ratko Mladic's
diaries, seized in a raid on his wife's Belgrade home in February,
in a motion to reopen the trial of former Bosnian Croat political
leader Jadranko Prlic and five other political and military Croat
officials that ended two months ago.
2010 Jul 9, In Pakistan a pair
of suicide bombers struck outside a government office in the Mohmand
tribal region, killing 102 people and wounding 168 near the
Yakaghund village office of Rasool Khan.
(AP, 7/9/10)(AP, 7/10/10)
2010 Jul 9, In Puerto Rico
hundreds of US drug agents and local police swept through public
housing projects at dawn on the island's west coast in what
officials described as the largest operation of its kind in the
2010 Jul 9, Slovakia’s Pres.
Ovan Gasparovic appointed a new center-right government led by Iveta
Radicova, the country’s first female prime minister.
(SFC, 7/10/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 9, South Korean
prosecutors raided the office of PM Chung Un-chan over allegations
that its ethics officials illegally investigated a businessman two
years ago over the posting of an Internet video critical of the
2010 Jul 9, South Sudan's army
killed seven militia fighters in a raid on their camps. Youths led
an SPLA division to two hideouts used by a militia loyal to Akol's
SPLM- DC (Democratic Change) party in Upper Nile.
2011 Jul 9, In Maryland Barry
Landau’s assistant Jason Savedoff (24) was caught stealing documents
for the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore. Multiple searches
of Landau's NYC West 57th Avenue apartment by the FBI turned up
thousands more documents. In 2012 Landau was sentenced to 7 years in
2011 Jul 9, The Afghan defense
ministry said military officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan have
agreed to hold more high-level talks to defuse a row over a series
of attacks across their porous border. Four Taliban fighters were
killed in daylong fighting in Ghazni province. In central Uruzgan
province, a raid on insurgents sparked fighting that left 10
militants and three Afghan police officers dead.
(AFP, 7/9/11)(AP, 7/10/11)
2011 Jul 9, An Afghan guard,
Amanullah, opened fire at a NATO-escorted reconstruction convoy
after an argument, killing a service member and a civilian working
for the coalition before being killed by return fire. Amanullah
worked as a bodyguard for the second-ranking official in
Afghanistan's intelligence service, Gen. Assam Din Assam, the deputy
director for National Directorate for Security.
2011 Jul 9, Argentine singer
Facundo Cabral (b.1937), one of Latin America's most admired folk
singers, was killed in Guatemala when three carloads of gunmen
ambushed the vehicle in which he was riding. By 1970 became
internationally known through his song "No soy de aqui ni alla" (I'm
Not From Here Nor There). Authorities later said the target of the
attack was Nicaraguan businessman Henry Farinas, who was driving the
singer to the airport when they were ambushed.
(AP, 7/9/11)(AP, 7/31/11)
2011 Jul 9, British author Alan
Shadrake (76), who spent five weeks in Singapore’s new Changi Prison
for contempt after publishing a book questioning executions in the
city-state, was deported to London, hours after being released.
2011 Jul 9, In Colombia nearly
simultaneous attacks in three towns killed three people and wounded
more than 20. President Manuel Santos blamed the FARC rebel group.
2011 Jul 9, Prosecutor in
Egypt's second city Alexandria ordered the arrest of 12 police
officers accused of torturing to death Sayed Belal, a Salafi
fundamentalist and suspect in a deadly New Year's church attack. PM
Essam Sharaf pledged to meet the demands of protesters with a series
of measures. Sharaf soon called for Interior Minister Mansour
el-Issawi to fire 400 police officers accused of killing protesters.
El-Issawi balked saying firing them would be illegal.
(AFP, 7/9/11)(AFP, 7/10/11)(SFC, 7/12/11, p.A3)
2011 Jul 9, In Georgia Irakli
Gedenidze, Zurab Kurtsikidze and another photographer were charged
with espionage. Natia Gedenidze was released without charge.
Gedenidze, the personal photographer to the Georgian president,
confessed to giving another photographer, Zurab Kurtsikidze, details
of the president's itinerary, motorcade route and offices for
2011 Jul 9, An Indian wildlife
official said 3 wild elephants were electrocuted after they toppled
a high-tension electricity line near Dudhwa National Park, Uttar
2011 Jul 9, In Italy a Milan
court ordered Fininivest, one of PM Berlusconi’s family holding
companies, to pay $798 million as compensation for corrupt
activities in a takeover battle.
(SSFC, 7/10/11, p.A6)
2011 Jul 9, Malaysian police
fired tear gas and detained hundreds of activists as more than
20,000 demonstrators massed across Kuala Lumpur demanding electoral
reforms in the country's biggest political rally in years. Police
said that they detained 1,667 people in a clampdown called
"Operation Erase Bersih," referring to the Bersih coalition of civic
groups that organized the rally.
2011 Jul 9, In Mexico 10 people
were found dead in various parts of the northern city of Torreon,
where the Zetas fought the Sinaloa cartel headed by Joaquin "El
Chapo" Guzman. Federal police killed three more riflemen after
confronting them on a highway where they were trying to pull
motorists out of their cars in Michoacan state.
2011 Jul 9, Mexican federal
police captured Armando Villareal Heredia (33), a US-born drug
lieutenant. He had joined the Tijuana cartel after a crackdown on
the notorious Arellano Felix brothers caused the group to splinter
and emerge with a younger leadership.
2011 Jul 9, Interpol, at the
request of the Netherlands-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon,
issued its highest-level international alerts against four Hezbollah
men indicted in the 2005 slaying of Lebanon's former prime minister.
2011 Jul 9, Nigerian special
military forces in Niger Delta arrested four suspects after troops
raided sites where stolen oil was illegally being "refined." More
than 1,000 the sites were destroyed during the operation. At least
25 people, including a 13-year-old boy, were killed during a
military and police operation against a radical Muslim sect in
Maiduguri. Security forces launched a search operation after two
suspected members threw two homemade bombs at patrol cars from a
moving bus. The blasts wounded five soldiers.
(AFP, 7/9/11)(AP, 7/10/11)(AFP, 7/15/11)
2011 Jul 9, Pakistani forces
regained control over trouble spots in Karachi, the nation's largest
city, where five days of political and ethnic violence killed at
least 93 people and forced many to stay at home in fear. Many of the
killings appeared linked to political and ethnic turf battles.
2011 Jul 9, In Singapore a
rally for electoral reform in Kuala Lumpur led to the arrest of over
(Econ, 7/16/11, p.46)
2011 Jul 9, South Sudan raised
the flag of its new nation for the first time, as thousands of South
Sudanese citizens and dozens of international dignitaries swarmed
the new country capital of Juba to celebrate the country's birth.
Salva Kiir was sworn in as South Sudan's president. South Sudan
expected to become the 193rd country recognized by the United
Nations next week and the 54th UN member state in Africa.
2011 Jul 9, Human Rights Watch,
in a report citing defectors from President Bashar Assad's regime,
said Syrian commanders have told security forces they were fighting
terrorists and ordered them to open fire on anti-regime
demonstrations even after they found unarmed protesters instead.
2011 Jul 9, Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez announced a new $4 billion loan from China and
discussed his health in a televised appearance.
2012 Jul 9, Afghan suicide
bombers in Kandahar city killed 2 children and wounded 6 others,
when their explosive vests detonated prematurely as they went to
attack police. 3 insurgents were killed after they launched an
attack on Kandahar city police headquarters. A suicide bomber on a
bicycle tried to attack a police vehicle in Shibirghan, the capital
of Jawzjan province. The explosive-laden bicycle detonated before
reaching its target and wounded 24 civilians and 2 police. Gunmen
assassinated a chief prosecutor in Ghazni province.
(AFP, 7/9/12)(AP, 7/9/12)
2012 Jul 9, Some 40,000
Algerian police auxiliaries, who once helped in the fight against
armed Islamist groups, tried to march on the capital to demand pay
rises and other benefits but were blocked by police.
2012 Jul 9, Boeing Co. clinched
the first big deal of this year's Farnborough Airshow with a firm
order from Air Lease Corp. for 75 of its redesigned 737 aircraft
worth $7.2 billion.
2012 Jul 9, A British judge
ruled that Samsung's Galaxy tablet was not "cool" enough to be
confused with Apple's iPad giving South Korea's Samsung a patent
battle win against US rival Apple.
2012 Jul 9, British police
found Eva Rausing (48) dead at her multimillion-pound (dollar)
London home. Initial post-mortem examinations failed to establish a
formal cause of her death. Her husband Hans Kristian Rausing (49) is
an heir to the Tetra Pak fortune his father built in Sweden as a
globally successful manufacturer of laminated cardboard drink
containers. British media later reported that she had been dead for
several days. On August 1 Rausing pleaded guilty to preventing her
proper burial and was given a 10-month suspended jail sentence. On
Dec 14 a coroner said she died from cocaine abuse.
(AFP, 7/11/12)(SFC, 7/18/12, p.A2)(AP,
2012 Jul 9, Nabeel Rajab, a
prominent Bahraini human rights activist, was found guilty and
sentenced to three months in jail on charges linked to
anti-government comments he made on social media.
2012 Jul 9, Canadian nuclear
engineers at the Candu Energy subsidiary of the SNC-Lavalin Group
Inc went on strike in a contract dispute and no talks to end the
walkout are scheduled. About 700 engineers joined 144 others who
have been on strike for five weeks.
2012 Jul 9, Egypt's highest
court insisted that its ruling that led to the dissolution of the
Islamist-dominated parliament was final and binding, setting up a
showdown with the country's newly elected president. Egypt's MENA
state news agency said speaker Saad el-Katatni has called for
parliament to meet on July 10.
2012 Jul 9, Abbes Settou of
Eritrea, who drank sea water to survive, was spotted clinging to a
jerry can and the remains of the stricken boat off the Tunisian
coast by fishermen who alerted the coast guard. 54 migrants trying
to reach Italy died of thirst when their inflatable boat ruptured in
2012 Jul 9, Indian officials
said devastating floods in the northeast have killed around 600
animals in Kaziranga National Park, Assam state, including 14
threatened one-horned rhinos.
2012 Jul 9, A spokeswoman for
Italian oil major Eni SpA said in a statement that repair work was
ongoing on its Nembe-Obama pipeline and blamed sabotage for the
spill from one of its pipelines in Nigeria's oil-rich southern
2012 Jul 9, An Ivory Coast
official said 12 inmates have escaped from Abidjan's main prison, in
the second prison break in two months. He said an alarm failed to
function because of an electricity outage and that four inmates
remained on the run after the weekend escape.
2012 Jul 9, A Malaysian
official said customs officers have made the country's biggest drug
bust so far this year, seizing nearly three million party drug pills
worth 58.28 million ringgit ($18.4 million). The Erimin 5 pills were
hidden in 20 boxes along with some goods including chewing tobacco.
5 people including a woman and her Bangladeshi husband have been
arrested and faced a possible death sentence on suspicion of drug
2012 Jul 9, In Morocco a bus
speeding on a mountainous road along the Mediterranean crashed
outside the city of Nador, killing 10 people and injuring 33 others.
Another bus flipped over on the highway as it traveled between the
Atlantic coast tourist destinations of Essaouira and Agadir, killing
17 people including those of a German and a Dutch tourist.
2012 Jul 9, In Pakistan gunmen
killed 7 soldiers and a policeman in an attack on an army camp near
(SFC, 7/10/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 9, Palestinian
militants in Gaza fired a rocket which crashed into an uninhabited
area of southern Israel without causing casualties or damage. The
Israeli air force carried out an air raid on the Gaza Strip
overnight, in retaliation for a Palestinian rocket attack.
2012 Jul 9, In Saudi Arabia 2
Shiites were killed in overnight clashes with police in the eastern
province of Qatif following the arrest of a prominent Shiite cleric
and government critic. The new deaths bring to nine the number of
people killed in clashes between Saudi authorities and protesters in
the Shiite-populated region.
2012 Jul 9, In Yemen two
protesters were killed and a man was left "clinically dead" during
clashes in the Mansoura district of Aden which for months has been
controlled by southern separatists who have their own militia.
2013 Jul 9, Illinois became the
last state in the US to allow public possession of concealed guns.
(SFC, 7/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Jul 9, In NYC nine reputed
members of the Bonanno crime family were charged in a 158-page
indictment of mob activity.
(SFC, 7/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Jul 9, An Afghan soldier
opened fire on NATO troops at the Kandahar airfield. One Slovakian
soldier was killed and 6 others wounded. A roadside bomb struck a
motorcyle-drawn cart killing 17 civilians, including 4 children, in
the Obi district of western Herat. A roadside bomb in Helmand
province killed 3 civilians.
(AP, 7/9/13)(Reuters, 7/9/13)(SFC, 7/10/13, p.A3)
2013 Jul 9, EU finance
ministers in Brussels officially agreed to make Latvia the 18th
member of the eurozone currency union. Latvia will start using the
new currency on Jan 1, 2014.
2013 Jul 9, In western China
rescuers in Sichuan province pulled 3 people from a raging river
following the collapse of the Qinglian bridge amid heavy flooding
that has forced thousands to evacuate their homes. The two-lane
bridge was built in 1967 and a replacement span was under
2013 Jul 9, A Cyprus criminal
court found former defense minister Costas Papacostas guilty of
manslaughter in the explosion of confiscated Iranian munitions in
2011 that killed 13 people and wrecked his country's main power
station. On Aug 2 Papacostas was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
(AP, 7/9/13)(AP, 8/2/13)
2013 Jul 9, Dagestan journalist
Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev, who wrote about alleged human rights
abuses, was shot dead on the outskirts of Makhachkala.
2013 Jul 9, Egypt's Muslim
Brotherhood rejected a new timetable announced by the
military-backed interim leadership that sets a fast track for
amending the Islamist-drafted constitution and holding new
parliamentary and presidential elections by early next year.
2013 Jul 9, Iranian security
forces killed a man suspected of wanting to carry out a suicide
bombing on a police headquarters in the southeastern city of of
2013 Jul 9, In Lebanon a car
bomb rocked a stronghold of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group
south of Beirut, setting several cars on fire and wounding at least
(AP, 7/9/13)(SFC, 7/10/13, p.A3)
2013 Jul 9, A Nigerian court
sentenced 4 of 8 alleged Islamic extremists to life in prison for
two bombings that killed 19 people last year. The eight had been
found guilty of masterminding and carrying out an April 8, 2012,
bombing on an electoral commission office that killed 16 people and
a July 10, 2012, bombing of a church that killed three.
2013 Jul 9, In Russia Anatoly
Iksanov (61), the chief of Moscow's Bolshoi Theater, was fired after
months of infighting following an acid attack on its artistic
director that has stained the reputation of one of the legendary
names in world ballet.
(AP, 7/9/13)(SFC, 7/10/13, p.A2)0
2013 Jul 9, Saudi Arabia and
the United Arab Emirate promised $8 billion in grants, loans and
badly needed gas and oil to Egypt.
2013 Jul 9, In Somalia a bomb
exploded inside Bakara market in Mogadishu, wounding at least 5
government soldiers aboard a military vehicle.
2013 Jul 9, In Turkey Gezi Park
in Istanbul, at the center of protests against PM Tayyip Erdogan's
government, reopened after a night of clashes between police and
protesters, but the mood among the small groups of visitors was
2014 Jul 9, The US Treasury
Department sanctioned three companies suspected of aiding the Syrian
government: Pangates International Corp., a petroleum company based
in the United Arab Emirates, Expert Partners and Megatrade, two
2014 Jul 9, The United States
and China vowed to improve their economic and security cooperation,
saying they wouldn't let persistent differences over maritime
claims, cyberhacking and currency hamper a relationship critical to
global peace and prosperity.
2014 Jul 9, A California jury
ruled that the Los Angeles Dodgers were partly responsible for the
March 31, 2011, beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow. The $18 million
award would cost the Dodgers $15 million and his two attackers $3
(SFC, 7/10/14, p.A1)
2014 Jul 9, A Colorado judge
ruled that the state’s 2006 voter-approved ban on gay marriage
violates the state and federal constitutions. The ruling was
immediately put on hold pending appeal.
(SFC, 7/10/14, p.A8)
2014 Jul 9, Former New Orleans
Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in prison for bribery,
money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms.
(SFC, 7/10/14, p.A14)
2014 Jul 9, In Texas Ronald Lee
Haskell (33) killed 2 adults and their 4 children at a suburban
Houston home. A girl (15) was wounded. Haskell was estranged from a
woman related to the couple and soon surrendered following a police
(SFC, 7/10/14, p.A9)(SFC, 7/11/14, p.A7)
2014 Jul 9, In southern
Afghanistan insurgent suicide bombers and gunmen staged a deadly
assault on government compounds in Kandahar. All 22 attackers were
killed as well as 5 police and 4 civilians.
(AP, 7/9/14)(SFC, 7/10/14, p.A4)
2014 Jul 9, In Brazil some 200
Ghanaian Muslim tourists, who entered the country to watch World Cup
games, asked for asylum. Ghana’s government rejected their claims.
(SFC, 7/11/14, p.A2)(SSFC, 7/20/14, p.A4)
2014 Jul 9, In Dagestan Said
Amirov, the former mayor of Makhachkala (1988-2013), was sentenced
to 10 years in jail on charges of plotting a "terrorist" attack to
kill a political rival. He was long relied on by President Vladimir
Putin to rule one of Russia's most violent cities.
2014 Jul 9, In Egypt a soldier
was killed and four others wounded after an armored tank drove over
an explosive device in Rafah, near the border with Israel.
2014 Jul 9, In France Yoo
Somena, daughter of billionaire Yoo Byung-eun, faced extradition to
South Korea based on suspicions of embezzling $8 million between
2004 and 2013. Yoo Byung-eun is the South Korean fugitive
businessman believed linked to a deadly April ferry disaster.
2014 Jul 9, Greece's public
sector workers began a 24-hour strike, shutting down public services
and leaving state-run hospitals accepting only emergency cases to
protest austerity policies imposed in return for the country's
bailout. Public transport was not affected.
2014 Jul 9, In Indonesia some
190 million voters headed to the polls in a hotly contested election
for president in Indonesia. Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo and ex-army
general Prabowo Subianto both declared a win after the quick count
results were released. The election commission, which began tallying
the votes, will produce the official results by July 22.
(AP, 7/9/14)(AP, 7/10/14)
2014 Jul 9, Iraqi officials
discovered 53 bodies, many of them blindfolded and with their hands
bound, in in the predominantly Shiite village of Khamissiya outside
the city of Hillah, 95 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad.
(AP, 7/9/14)(Reuters, 7/9/14)
2014 Jul 9, Israel stepped up
its offensive “Operation Protective Edge” on the Hamas-run Gaza
Strip, pummeling scores of targets. Militants continued to fire
rocket salvos deep into Israeli territory, and Israel mobilized
thousands of forces along the Gaza border ahead of a possible ground
operation. Palestinian officials said Israel’s offensive has killed
at least 38 people over the last two days. By August 1 some 17,000
homes were destroyed.
(AP, 7/9/14)(Reuters, 7/9/14)(SSFC, 7/13/14,
p.A4)(Econ, 7/11/15, p.45)
2014 Jul 9, In Mexico 6 gunmen
and a Guerrero state police officer died following an attack on a
police station in Chilapa. Two days of gunbattles left a total of 13
people dead in the area known for growing opium poppies.
(SFC, 7/11/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 9, Nicaragua’s
government and HKND Group of Hong Kong unveiled the route for a
proposed $40 billion canal to compete with the Panama Canal.
Construction was expected to start this December.
(SFC, 7/10/14, p.A6)
2014 Jul 9, Puerto Rico’s
Senate announced the launch of an investigation into the payment of
millions of dollars for overtime in government agencies.
2014 Jul 9, Russian officials
said Ukrainian air force pilot Nadezhda Savchenko (31), has been
arrested in Russia and charged with abetting the June 17 killing of
two Russian journalists. She was captured by separatist rebels last
2014 Jul 9, Somalia's
government fired the police and intelligence chiefs a day after
Islamic militants attacked the heavily guarded presidential palace
2014 Jul 9, Spain’s Interior
Ministry said police in Madrid have arrested 32 suspected members of
Italy's Camorra crime group involved in drug trafficking, extortion,
fraud and money laundering. Four arrests were also reported in
2014 Jul 9, A Swiss prosecutor
brought charges against former Julius Baer private banker Rudolf
Elmer for allegedly handing over confidential data to WikiLeaks
founder Julian Assange and attempting to pass on files to German
2014 Jul 9, Syria's
Western-backed opposition, the National Coalition, elected Hadi
al-Bahra, chief negotiator at the Geneva peace talks, as its new
president after a three-day meeting in Istanbul.
2014 Jul 9, Syrian rebels
rampaged through a Sunni village in the central province of Hama,
firing indiscriminately at civilians and killing 14 people,
including 7 women. At least 20 Islamic State fighters were reported
killed as a result of Syrian government airstrikes targeting a
training base for the group in the city of Raqqa.
2014 Jul 9, In northern Syria
the Islamic State group captured three Kurdish villages near Kobani
and pressed forward toward the border town. 18 Kurdish fighters were
2014 Jul 9, Turkmenistan
President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov announced that a university
entrance exam based on the Ruhnama, or "Book of the Soul," by former
president Saparmurat Niyazov, would be abolished.
2014 Jul 9, Three Ukrainian
soldiers were killed in two night attacks in different parts of the
2015 Jul 9, America’s Office of
Personnel Management admitted that hackers had stolen the sensitive
personal information of 22 million government employees.
(Econ, 7/18/15, p.10)
2015 Jul 9, In Pennsylvania
Gary Machinshok (29) of Wilkes-Barre was sentenced to up to 27 years
in prison for raping his wife's daughter (15) in an effort to
conceive a baby the couple could raise. Machinshok testified against
his wife, who was sentenced in April to 15 to 30 years in prison.
She pleaded guilty in January to charges including rape, assault,
endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy.
2015 Jul 9, As today
Backstage.com users posting advertisements of an adult nature, such
as escort services, must use Bitcoin, Litecoin or Dogecoin to pay
any posting fees. The move makes Backpage the first mainstream
resource of its type to experiment with a cryptocurrency-only
2015 Jul 9, In Bolivia Pope
Francis rallied tens of thousands of flag-waving Bolivians during
his first public Mass.
2015 Jul 9, In England a
24-hour strike by staff and drivers brought London’s underground
rail network to a halt and left millions struggling to get to work.
2015 Jul 9, China began
rounding up civil-rights lawyers and support staff for
interrogation. By mid-July many of around 120 detainees were
released but 31 were still missing or believed to be in custody.
(Econ, 7/18/15, p.37)
2015 Jul 9, European Union
chairman Donald Tusk joined growing international calls for Greece
to be granted debt restructuring as part of any new loan deal if it
delivers convincing reforms to avert imminent bankruptcy.
2015 Jul 9, German space agency
DLR made contact with the Philae space probe that landed on a comet
last year for the first time in more than two weeks.
2015 Jul 9, India and the
United States signed a tax information sharing agreement, under a
new US law meant to combat offshore tax dodging by Americans.
2015 Jul 9, India's top court
ordered a federal investigation into a multimillion-dollar college
admission and government job recruitment scandal in central India
said to be linked to dozens of mysterious deaths.
2015 Jul 9, Iraqi
paramilitaries exchanged fire with police in Baghdad, the latest
sign of tension between the government and the country's Shiite
2015 Jul 9, Honda said it is
recalling 4.5 million vehicles in Japan and other markets outside
North America to replace airbags supplied by Takata. Some 40 million
vehicles have been affected in what has become the world’s most
extensive auto-safety recall.
(SFC, 7/10/15, p.C3)
2015 Jul 9, In Mexico gunmen
believed to belong to a local drug cartel killed 5 members of a
family near the border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas.
2015 Jul 9, In western Mexico
the Colima Volcano, also known as the Volcano of Fire, began
erupting and continued into the next morning.
2015 Jul 9, A New Zealand judge
sentenced AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd (61) to eight months of home
detention after the musician pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a
man who used to work for him, along with possession of
methamphetamine and marijuana.
2015 Jul 9, In southeast Niger
Boko Haram militants slit the throats of 5 civilians in Dagaya
during a targeted attack by the Islamist group wreaking havoc in the
2015 Jul 9, Nigeria said its
troops have arrested the mastermind of bombings in the central
cities of Jos and Zaria this week that killed at least 69 people.
2015 Jul 9, In Nigeria an
accidental explosion on an oil pipeline operated by Italian energy
giant Eni left 12 people dead and three injured in the southern
Niger delta region.
2015 Jul 9, Poland offered to
accept 2,000 refugees from Africa and the Middle East as part of a
European Union plan. This thrown into doubt the next day when the
junior partner in its coalition government complained of not being
2015 Jul 9, In Portugal Armando
Vara (61), a deputy minister in two Socialist governments between
1995-2000, was arrested on suspicion of corruption, tax fraud and
money-laundering. A court last year sentenced Vara to five years in
prison for influence-peddling in a major corruption case but, as is
usual in Portugal, he was set free while he awaits the outcome of
2015 Jul 9, South African
police destroyed more than 14,000 firearms to mark International Gun
Destruction Day in the furnace of a steel manufacturing plant
2015 Jul 9, South Korean
officials said young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed 70
officials since taking power in late 2011 in a "reign of terror"
that far exceeds the bloodshed of his dictator father's early rule.
2015 Jul 9, Switzerland said it
has paid out $4.9 million to hundreds of people who as children were
taken from their parents and sent to work on Swiss farms or placed
in homes. The practice of sending poor children, aka “slave
children,” to farms started in the early 1800s and was in full swing
until the 1960s.
(SFC, 7/10/15, p.A5)
2015 Jul 9, Syrian army troops
backed by war planes advanced to within several kilometers of
Palmyra, battling Islamic State group fighters outside the ancient
city. New UN figures said the number of people who have fled Syria
has surpassed 4 million.
(AFP, 7/9/15)(SFC, 7/10/15, p.A3)
2015 Jul 9, Thailand sent back
to China more than 100 ethnic Uighur refugees, drawing harsh
criticism from the UN refugee agency and human rights groups over
concerns that they face persecution by the Chinese government.
2015 Jul 9, Tunisia said its
army is building a 105-mile barrier along the border with Libya to
keep out extremists.
(SFC, 7/10/15, p.A3)
2015 Jul 9, In Turkey
protesters stormed the Thai Consulate in Istanbul early today to
denounce Thailand's decision to deport 109 ethnic Uighur migrants
back to China.
2015 Jul 9, Ugandan police
detained three-time presidential candidate Kizza Besigye and former
PM Amama Mbabazi, two of the president's top challengers.
2015 Jul 9, In Yemen an air
strike late today hit a school where internally displaced people
have taken refuge in the southern province of Lahj, killing 9 people
and wounding 14 others.
2016 Jul 9, Thousands of people
rallied in cities across the US to protest killings by police
(SFC, 7/11/16, p.A4)
2016 July 9, In Missouri an
off-duty police officer shot and killed Tyler Gebhard (20), who had
broken into his home after throwing a 50-pound planter box through a
window. The officer and Gebhard had argued online over the Black
Lives Matter movement.
(SFC, 2/17/17, p.A5)
2016 Jul 9, Sydney H. Schanberg
(82), a former correspondent for The New York Times, died in
Poughkeepsie, NY. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage
of the genocide in Cambodia in 1975. The film "The Killing Fields"
(1984) was inspired by the story of the survival of his assistant.
2016 Jul 9, In Afghanistan
Taliban commander Omar Mansoor, aka Umar Naray, was killed in an
airstrike in Nangarhar province. He was responsible for the 2014 on
a Pakistani school that left more than 130 children dead.
(SFC, 7/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 9, Thousands of
Bosnians raised their hands in prayer as a truck bearing 127 coffins
passed through the capital on its way to Srebrenica, where the newly
identified victims of Europe's worst massacre since World War II
will be buried July 11 on the 21th anniversary of the crime.
2016 Jul 9, British lawyers
signed a letter saying: Our legal opinion is that the June 23
referendum is advisory." The letter was signed by 1054 prominent
2016 Jul 9, In China the
remains of super typhoon Nepartak made landfall in eastern Fujian
province, bringing high winds and heavy rain, and forcing the
relocation of hundreds of thousands of people.
2016 Jul 9, In India’s Jammu
and Kashmir state at least 9 protesters died as crowds angered by
the killing of a separatist militant clashed with armed police,
torching buildings and blocking streets. Over 20,000 people had
gathered for the funeral of Burhan Wani, killed a day earlier.
(AP, 7/9/16)(Econ, 7/16/16, p.33)
2016 Jul 9, Gunmen kidnapped
three Indonesian members of a tugboat crew off Malaysia's eastern
state of Sabah. Four other crew members were left behind by the
kidnappers who came in a speedboat.
2016 Jul 9, Iraqi government
forces recaptured an air base in Qayara from the Islamic State
group, a victory hailed by the prime minister as a key step ahead of
the long-awaited operation to push the militants from the northern
city of Mosul.
2016 Jul 9, In central Mali
unidentified gunmen killed 2 soldiers in the Koro region near the
border with Burkina Faso.
2016 Jul 9, In Mexico a series
of attacks by gunmen in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas state, killed 15
people over the last 24 hours.
(SSFC, 7/10/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 9, NATO allies agreed
to help fund Afghan security forces to the tune of around $1 billion
annually over the next three years, despite public fatigue in
Western countries about their involvement in the long-running
2016 Jul 9, The Pacific island
of Nauru held elections, with international observers invited to
monitor the polls for the first time in more than a decade after
criticism over human rights in the world's smallest republic. 67
candidates vied for support from just under 8,000 registered voters
for the 19 seats in parliament.
2016 Jul 9, North Korea fired a
ballistic missile from a submarine but according to South Korea it
appeared to have failed soon after launch.
2016 Jul 9, In Spain a man from
Valencia died after being gored in a late-night bull run near the
southern town of Alicante. Two men were gored and 12 others injured
in the more popular morning bull-run race in Pamplona.
2016 Jul 9, Syria's military
said it would extend its own cease-fire for three days, even as
pro-government forces advanced against rebels in the north. Syrian
regime forces repelled a fierce assault by opposition fighters
seeking to reopen their only supply route into Aleppo city, killing
at least 29 rebels.
(AP, 7/9/16)(AFP, 7/10/16)
2016 Jul 9, In southeastern
Turkey Kurdish militants carried out a car bomb attack on a military
outpost and then opened fire on the facility, killing two soldiers
and a civilian and wounding dozens in the town of Cevizlik.
2017 Jul 9, US President Donald
Trump pledged to work "constructively" with Russia but ruled out an
immediate easing of sanctions while the countries remain at odds
over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.
2017 Jul 9, US Secretary of
State Rex Tillerson told Russia that it must take the first steps to
reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine and that American and European
sanctions would remain in place until Moscow reversed course in the
2017 Jul 9, California the Wall
Fire in butte County burned 5,00 acres. In Santa Barbara County the
Whittier Fire burned 7,800 acres. At least 14 large fires propelled
some 5,00 firefighters statewide under record breaking heat
(SFC, 7/10/17, p.A5)
2017 Jul 9, In Ohio Ryan Probst
(29) shot a police officer responding to a domestic violence call in
Uniontown. Probst was killed when another officer returned fire.
Sgt. David White was shot four times and underwent surgery. Police
said he faced a long recovery.
(SFC, 7/11/17, p.A6)
2017 Jul 9, In Oklahoma
hundreds of prisoners began rioting late today at the federal Great
Plains Correctional Facility in Hinton. Authorities gained control
the next morning after about eight hours.
(SFC, 7/11/17, p.A7)
2017 Jul 9, Connie Yates and
Chris Gard, the parents of a terminally-ill British baby boy,
delivered a petition of over 350,000 signatures demanding they be
allowed to take him to the US for treatment for a rare form of
2017 Jul 9, In Burundi a
grenade attack late today killed eight people and wounded 50 others
in a village in northern Kayanza province.
2017 Jul 9, Two foreign
specialists who visited Liu Xiaobo said that the cancer-stricken
Nobel Peace Prize laureate can safely travel abroad for treatment,
apparently contradicting statements by Chinese experts who say a
medical evacuation would be unsafe for China's best-known political
2017 Jul 9, Egypt’s Pres.
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas met in
Cairo amid signs of a rapprochement between Cairo and the Islamic
militant Hamas group. Abbas had requested the meeting to seek
clarifications on what appears to be an emerging power-sharing
agreement between Gaza's Hamas rulers and an exiled Abbas rival,
former Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan.
2017 Jul 9, A storm lashed
Paris late today with the highest rainfall ever recorded in the
French capital, while other areas of France's center-west saw as
much rain as would normally fall in the entire month of July.
2017 Jul 9, In Germany
anti-globalization activists rioted for a third consecutive night in
Hamburg early today even after Group of 20 leaders had already left
the city. Germans expressed anger over violence that hit the G20
world leaders' July 7-8 summit, raising awkward questions for
Chancellor Angela Merkel less than three months before an election.
Police said they had arrested 186 people and took 225 into custody.
(AP, 7/9/17)(Reuters, 7/9/17)
2017 Jul 9, Germany began to
pull its troops out of Turkey’s Incirlik air base where they have
supported international operations against Islamic State following a
row with Ankara over access.
2017 Jul 9, The owners of Hong
Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) announced its sale
to COSCO, a state-owned Chinese shipping giant, for $6.3 billion.
(Econ 7/15/17, p.58)
2017 Jul 9, Iraq's PM Haider
al-Abadi celebrated with troops after they drove Islamic State
militants from some of their last strongholds in Mosul, even as
heavy fighting continued in a small portion of the Old City
2017 Jul 9, Iraq’s oil minister
said drilling has started at the first well in the Huwaiza oil field
near the Iranian border, which may contain one billion barrels in
2017 Jul 9, It was reported
that Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has compiled a blacklist of overseas
rabbis whose authority they refuse to recognize when it comes to
certifying the Jewishness of someone who wants to get married in
2017 Jul 9, Israel's ambassador
to Hungary issued a statement denouncing Hungary’s campaign against
US billionaire George Soros, saying it "evokes sad memories but also
sows hatred and fear." Hours later Israel's foreign ministry issued
a statement denouncing Soros, a move that appeared designed to align
Israel more closely with Hungary ahead of a visit to Budapest next
week by PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
2017 Jul 9, Japan’s tiny
landmass of Okinoshima, where women are banned and male visitors
must bathe naked in the sea before visiting its shrine, was declared
a UNESCO World Heritage.
2017 Jul 9, Jordan’s national
airline joined other Middle Eastern countries in lifting a ban on
laptops in airplane cabins after complying with US security
2017 Jul 9, In Libya armed
groups opposed to the UN-backed government in Tripoli tried to
approach the capital and met resistance from rival groups that have
aligned themselves with the government.
2017 Jul 9, In Mali two
soldiers escaped and eight went missing after clashes with
terrorists near Menak. On July 17 the bodies of the missing soldiers
were found killed by bullets in Inkadogotane, 60 km from Menak.
2017 Jul 9, Qatar's government
said it is forming a committee to pursue compensation for damages
stemming from its isolation by four Arab countries.
2017 Jul 9, Pakistan summoned
India's deputy high commissioner in Islamabad after five civilians
were killed by "unprovoked" Indian fire across the Line of Control
in the disputed Kashmir region. In a separate 'goodwill gesture' it
also released scores of Indian fishermen held for illegal fishing in
its territorial waters.
2017 Jul 9, Portugal’s PM
Antonio Costa said he has accepted the resignations of three
officials: his secretaries of state for tax affairs, industry and
business internationalization, who accepted trips from energy
company Galp to watch Portugal's national soccer team play at last
year's European Championship in France.
2017 Jul 9, The leaders of
Sweden and Japan demanded that North Korea halts missile tests, and
pledged increased cooperation in the UN as PM Shinzo Abe met with PM
Stefan Lofven in Helsinki.
2017 Jul 9, In Syria a
US-Russian brokered ceasefire for southwest Syria was holding hours
after it took effect.
2017 Jul 9, In Turkey hundreds
of thousands of people rallied in Istanbul at the culmination of
25-day march that has grown into the biggest protest against a
government crackdown following last July's failed military coup.
2017 Jul 9, The United Nations'
cultural agency added to its list of World Heritage sites six caves
in west Germany with art dating back to the Ice Age and old silver
ore mines in southern Poland.
2017 Jul 9, UNESCO added Mbanza
Kongo in northwest Angola as a world heritage site. It was the
capital of the Kongo kingdom, a largely independent state between
the 14th and 19th centuries.
2017 Jul 9, UNESCO added the
Khomani cultural landscape at South Africa's border with Botswana
and Namibia saying it testifies to the way of life of the
once-nomadic San people that influenced the area over thousands of
2017 Jul 9, In Yemen a court in
Sanaa sentenced to death four Saudis convicted of belonging to al
Qaeda and beheading 14 Yemeni soldiers in a 2014 attack.
2018 Jul 9, US Pres. Donald
Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, to
succeed retiring Supreme Court Judge Anthony Kennedy.
(SFC, 7/10/18, p.A1)
2018 Jul 9, In California the
Klamathon fire at the northern Oregon border grew to 36,500 acres
and was 40% contained.
(SFC, 7/10/18, p.C2)
2018 Jul 9, San Francisco
police raided an ICE protest camp on Sansome St. early today and
arrested 39 people. Demonstratorts had pitched tents at the ICE
headquarters on July 2 to protest Prs. Trump's "zero-tolerance"
(SFC, 7/10/18, p.C3)
2018 Jul 9, In Minnesota Karen
Christiansen (67) and her daughter Jena Christiansen (32) were
killed in suburban St. Paul when an 800-pound boulder fell from a
truck driven by Joseph Czeck (33), who was soon arrested on
suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.
(SFC, 7/14/18, p.A6)
2018 Jul 9, Brazil's Attorney
General Grace Mendonca said corruption scandal-tainted construction
giant Odebrecht has agreed to pay a multi-million dollar settlement
to the Brazilian government for bribing public officials. The deal
gives Odebrecht 22 years to complete the 2.7 billion reis ($700
2018 Jul 9, Lord Peter
Carington (99), a long-serving British politician and former NATO
secretary-general (1984-1987), died. He was the last survivor of PM
Winston Churchill's government.
2018 Jul 9, British PM Theresa
May's government imploded as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
followed Brexit minister David Davis in resigning over her
masterplan for Britain's future outside the EU.
2018 Jul 9, A court in Chechnya
ruled to keep human rights activist Oyub Titiyev in custody despite
international criticism of his arrest. The head of Chechnya's branch
of Russian human rights group Memorial has been in jail since his
arrest in January on drug possession charges.
2018 Jul 9, Eritrean and
Ethiopian leaders formally restored relations, ending 20 years of
enmity. Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed (42) and Eritrean President Isaias
Afwerki (72) also signed agreements in Asmara to open embassies in
their respective capitals, restore flight services and use port
facilities in Eritrea.
2018 Jul 9, An Egyptian court
ordered the release on bail of Adel Sabri, the editor of an
independent news website. He was accused of an array of charges,
including membership in the banned Muslim Brotherhood group.
2018 Jul 9, Egypt's highest
anti-graft agency, the Administrative Control Authority, said that
Gamal Abdel-Azim, head of the country's customs authority, was
arrested while taking bribes from an unnamed businessman.
2018 Jul 9, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel and Chinese PM Li Keqiang stressed their commitment to
a multilateral trade system. German companies signed a raft of
agreements with Chinese partners at their meeting in Berlin.
(AP, 7/9/18)(Reuters, 7/9/18)
2018 Jul 9, Iranians on social
media mocked clerical rulers after the hardline judiciary arrested a
teenage girl for posting on Instagram videos of herself dancing in
2018 Jul 9, An Iraqi military
spokesman said a US coalition airstrike has killed 20 Islamic State
militants outside the northern city of Mosul.
2018 Jul 9, Israel closed its
only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip, except for humanitarian
equipment, over weeks of fires at farms caused by kites and balloons
carrying firebombs from the Palestinian enclave.
2018 Jul 9, In southwestern
Japan rescuers dug up more bodies as they searched for dozens still
missing after heavy rains caused severe flooding. More than 100
people were now confirmed dead in the disaster.
2018 Jul 9, A court in Myanmar
charged jailed Reuters journalists reporters Wa Lone (32) and Kyaw
Soe Oo (28) with breaching the colonial-era Official Secrets Act,
which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison, moving the
landmark press freedom case into its trial stage after six months of
2018 Jul 9, Pakistan opposition
leader Imran Khan, a former cricket star who hopes to become the
next prime minister, unveiled his party's manifesto: "Road to New
Pakistan," ahead of this month's July 25 parliamentary elections.
(AP, 7/9/18)(SFC, 7/10/18, p.A2)
2018 Jul 9, Philippine Catholic
bishops called for fasting and prayers after President Rodrigo
Duterte called God "stupid" and questioned God's existence in
profane remarks that set the foul-mouthed leader on a collision
course with Asia's largest Catholic church.
2018 Jul 9, Romania's chief
anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi was fired over
misconduct and incompetence accusations by her own government
ministry, raising concerns at home and abroad about the country's
commitment to fight corruption. Kovesi hit out at politicians who
are currently passing laws that critics say will make it harder to
2018 Jul 9, In South Africa
Duduzane Zuma (34), the son of scandal-hit former South African
president Jacob Zuma, appeared in ankle shackles in a Johannesburg
court on corruption charges before being released on bail.
2018 Jul 9, Spain's National
Court convicted Ahmed Samsam (29), a Syrian-born Danish citizen, of
being a foreign fighter with the Islamic State group in Syria and
sentenced him to eight years in prison.
2018 Jul 9, The Syrian army and
allied troops laid siege to the rebel-held enclave in Deraa and were
poised to gain complete control of the city where the uprising
against President Bashar Assad's rule first erupted.
2018 Jul 9, In Thailand four
more boys were brought out of a flooded cave by divers bringing to
eight the number extracted in the ongoing high-stakes rescue
operation. Four boys and their coach remained inside the labyrinth
2018 Jul 9, In Thailand new
information showed there were 89 tourists, 87 of them Chinese, on
the boat that sank off island of Phuket on July 5, instead of the
previous figure of 93. Five people reported to have been missing
were reported alive.
2018 Jul 9, In Turkey Recep
Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as the first president under a new
governing system that gives him sweeping executive powers. Under the
new system, Erdogan will run the executive branch and also lead his
party in parliament.
2019 Jul 9, President Donald
Trump gave a warm White House welcome to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al
Thani, the leader of Qatar, amid a bitter rift between the tiny,
energy-rich nation and its fellow American allies in the Persian
Gulf and rising tensions with Iran.
2019 Jul 9, The US Treasury
Department said it is targeting two Hezbollah lawmakers in Lebanon
and a security official suspected of using their positions to
further the aims of the Iran-backed group as well as bolster
Tehran's "malign activities".
2019 Jul 9, Commerce Secretary
Wilbur Ross said the United States will allow American companies to
sell technology to the blacklisted Chinese telecommunications giant
Huawei Technologies where there is no threat to US national
(South China Morning Post, 7/10/19)
2019 Jul 9, Governors of 23 US
states and Puerto Rico, most of them Democrats, signed a pledge
backing California leaders to stick broadly to pre-Pres. Trump
mileage goals in a showdown with the Trump administration over its
plans to relax vehicle mileage standards.
(SFC, 7/10/19, p.A7)
2019 Jul 9, A New York federal
appeals court ruled that Pres. Trump cannot deny access to his
tweets. In June 2017 then press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters
that tweets on @realDonald Trump should be considered "official
statements by the president".
(SFC, 7/10/19, p.A7)
2019 Jul 9, H Ross Perot (89),
Texas technology billionaire who rattled US politics with two
independent presidential campaigns in the 1990s that struck a chord
with disgruntled voters, died of leukemia at his home in Dallas.
(SFC, 7/10/19, p.A7)
2019 Jul 9, American actor Rip
Torn (b.1931) died at his home in Los Angeles. His film debut came
in 1956 in an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "Baby Doll."
(SFC, 7/10/19, p.A6)
2019 Jul 9, All-Afghan talks in
Doha, that brought together Afghanistan's warring sides, ended with
a statement that appeared to push the country a step closer to
peace, by laying down the outlines of a roadmap for the country's
future and ending nearly 18 years of war. The Taliban will not
attack public institutions such as schools, universities and markets
under the confidence-building agreement.
2019 Jul 9, Britain's main
opposition Labour party for the first time conditionally backed
holding another Brexit referendum, in which it would support
remaining in the European Union.
2019 Jul 9, China demanded the
US halt its plan to sell $2.2 billion (£1.8bn) in arms to Taiwan,
warning the deal could damage US-China relations at a time the two
countries are seeking to resolve a longstanding trade dispute. US
lawmakers were notified of the possible sale a day earlier, and
could still vote to block it.
(The Telegraph, 7/9/19)
2019 Jul 9, European powers
urged Iran to reverse its move to increase uranium enrichment, as a
French envoy was due in Tehran to boost efforts to save a landmark
2015 nuclear deal.
2019 Jul 9, Hong Kong
demonstrators issued new calls for people to join their rallies
despite Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s acknowledgment that
legislation, which would for the first time allow extraditions to
China, wouldn’t get passed. She stopped short of agreeing to
protesters’ demand to withdraw the bill.
2019 Jul 9, An ambush by
Kurdish militants killed three Revolutionary Guard members in
2019 Jul 9, Director-General
Fernando Arias of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical
Weapons (OPCW), based in the Netherlands, said traces of what could
be a byproduct of a nerve agent or poison gas were found late last
year at Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center in Barzah.
2019 Jul 9, Russian lawmakers
adopted a resolution in favor of introducing economic sanctions
against Georgia. President Vladimir Putin said he was against
imposing sanctions on Georgia after MPs backed economic measures
with the neighboring Caucasus country.
2019 Jul 9, Russian officials
raised an alarm about massive bee deaths in at least seven regions
across the country. Experts attributed the deaths to a careless and
excessive use of pesticides.
(SFC, 7/10/19, p.A2)
2019 Jul 9, Turkey's state-run
news agency said prosecutors have issued warrants for the detention
of 176 serving military officers over suspected links to the
US-based Muslim cleric who is blamed by Ankara for a failed coup
attempt in 2016.
2019 Jul 9, The UN said the
battle between rival militias for the Libyan capital has killed more
than 1,000 people since it began in April.
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