Today in History - August 12
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3CE Aug 12,
Venus-Jupiter were in conjunction: alleged "Star of Bethlehem." [see
Feb 17, May 8, Jun 17, 2CE]
875 Aug 12, Louis II (~50),
king of Italy, emperor of France, died.
1093 Aug 12, In England the
foundation stone for Durham Cathedral was laid down. The main chapel
was completed in 1175. It served as the seat of the Bishop and the
church of the Benedictine monastery of Durham.
1099 Aug 12, At the Battle of
Ascalon 1,000 Crusaders, led by Godfrey of Bouillon, routed an
Egyptian relief column heading for Jerusalem. The Norman Godfrey,
elected King of Jerusalem, had assumed the title Defender of the
Holy Sepulcher. Disease starvation by this time reduced the
Crusaders to 60,000, down from an ititial 300,000, and most of the
survivors left for home.
(HN, 8/12/99)(PC, 1992, p.88)
1332 Aug 12, Battle of Dupplin
Moor; Scottish dynastic battle.
1484 Aug 12, Pope Sixtus IV
died. His rule was marked by nepotism and he was involved in a
conspiracy to overthrow the Medici in Florence.
(PTA, 1980, p.420)
1508 Aug 12, Ponce de Leon
arrived and conquered the island of Boriquen (Puerto Rico). Spain
had appointed him to colonize Puerto Rico. He explored Puerto Rico
and Spanish ships under his command began to capture Bahamanian
Tainos to work as slaves on Hispaniola. His settlement at Caparra, 2
miles south of San Juan Bay, was plagued by Taino Indians and
cannibalistic Carib Indians.
(NH, 10/96, p.23)(SC,
1553 Aug 12, Pope Julius III
ordered the confiscation and burning of the Talmud.
1612 Aug 12, Giovanni Gabrieli
(60), Italian composer (Madrigals), died.
1644 Aug 12, Heinrich Ignaz
Franz von Biber, composer, was born.
1644 Aug 12, Georg Christoph
Leuttner, composer, was born.
1658 Aug 12, The 1st US police
corps formed in New Amsterdam.
1676 Aug 12, Indian chief King
Philip, also known as Metacom, was killed by a Pocasset Indian named
Alderman in the swamps of Rhode Island. This ended the King Philip’s
War. Benjamin Church, a Plymouth volunteer, ordered that Philip be
beheaded and quartered. [see Aug 28]
(AH, 6/02, p.50)
1687 Aug 12, At the Battle of
Mohacs, Hungary, Charles of Lorraine defeated the Turks.
1753 Aug 12, Thomas Bewick
(d.1828), artist (British Birds, Aesop's Fables) was born in
1762 Aug 12, George IV, King of
England (1820-1830), was born. He was named Prince Regent in 1810
when his father was declared insane.
(HN, 8/12/98)(WSJ, 4/5/02, p.W12)
1762 Aug 12, The British
captured Cuba from Spain after a two month siege.
1774 Aug 12, Robert Southey,
English poet laureate (1813-1843) and biographer of Nelson, was
(HN, 8/12/98)(SC, 8/12/02)
1781 Aug 12, Robert Mills,
architect and engineer, was born. His designs include the Washington
Monument, the National Portrait Gallery and the U.S. Treasury
1811 Aug 12, John FE Acton
(77), cruel premier of Naples, died.
1812 Aug 12, British commander
the Duke of Wellington occupied Madrid, Spain, forcing out Joseph
1820 Aug 12, Oliver Mowat, a
founder of the Canadian Confederation, was born.
1827 Aug 12, William Blake
(b.1757), English visionary engraver and poet, died. “He who kisses
the joy as it flies / Lives in eternity’s sunrise.” In 2001 G.E.
Bentley Jr. authored "The Stranger From Paradise: A Biography of
(SSFC, 5/27/01, DB
1833 Aug 12, Chicago
incorporated as a village of about 350.
1848 Aug 12, George Stephenson,
locomotive engineer, died.
1851 Aug 12, Isaac Merritt
Singer was granted a patent on his lockstitch sewing machine. He
formed I.M. Singer & Co. in New York City and soon began selling
machines for $100 each. In 4 years he expanded to Scotland becoming
the first American int’l. company.
(AP, 8/12/97)(SSFC, 11/7/10, p.N1)
1856 Aug 12, Anthony Fass
patented an accordion.
1859 Aug 12, Katherine Lee
Bates (d.1929), educator, author and composer of "America the
Beautiful," was born.
(WUD, 1994 p.126)(HN, 8/12/01)
1861 Aug 12, Texas rebels were
attacked by Apaches.
1862 Aug 12, Gen John Hunt
Morgan and his raiders capture Gallatin, TX.
1863 Aug 12, 1st cargo of
lumber left Burrard Inlet in the Vancouver, BC area.
1864 Aug 12, After a week of
heavy raiding, the Confederate cruiser Tallahassee claimed six Union
1866 Aug 12, Jacinto Benavente
y Martinez, Spanish dramatist (Nobel 1922), was born.
1867 Aug 12, Edith Hamilton, US
writer (Mythology), was born.
1867 Aug 12, US House member
Thaddeus Stevens (1792-1868) led the Radical Republicans in a move
to impeach President Andrew Johnson. The move was sparked when
Johnson defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M.
(AP, 8/12/97)(AH, 2/06, p.12)
1869 Aug 12, In
Piribebuy, Paraguay, 1,600 poorly armed men, many of them mere
children, spent 5 hours resisting the assault of 20,000 allied
Brazilian, Argentine and Uruguayan forces intent on conquest, before
finally being overwhelmed. At the end of the battle, in which the
Hospital de Sangre was burnt down, along with all the wounded
inside, many prisoners were decapitated.
1875 Aug 12, Ettore Panizza,
composer, was born.
1876 Aug 12, Mary Roberts
Rinehart, mystery writer (Miss Pinkerton), was born.
1879 Aug 12, The 1st National
Archery Association tournament was held in Chicago.
1881 Aug 12, Cecil B. DeMille
(d.1959), pioneering motion picture director, was born in Mass.
Before becoming a household name in the early days of movie-making,
he attended the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts and in 1900 began
working on plays with his older brother William. The director,
producer and screenwriter was most famous for his movie "The Ten
(HNPD, 8/12/98)(HN, 8/12/98)(SC, 8/12/02)
1884 Aug 12, Frank Swinnerton,
novelist (Summer Storm, Sanctuary), was born in England.
1887 Aug 12, Erwin Schrodinger,
physicist, was born in Austria.
1888 Aug 12, Bertha, wife of
inventor Karl Benz, made the 1st motor tour.
1889 Aug 12, Zerna Sharp,
creator of the "Dick and Jane" reading books, was born.
1890 Aug 12, Al Goodman
Nikopol, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), was born in Russia.
1893 Aug 12, Howard Smith,
actor (Harvey Griffin-Hazel), was born in Attleboro, Mass.
1898 Aug 12, Hawaii was
formally annexed to the United States.
1898 Aug 12, The peace protocol
ending the Spanish-American War was signed after three months and 22
days of hostilities. 460 US soldiers died in battle. The US paid
Spain $20 million to vacate Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico and the
Philippines. Over the next 3 years US casualties in the Philippines
war totaled over 4,000. [see Dec 10]
(AP, 8/12/97)(WSJ, 2/23/98, p.A20)(HN,
8/12/00)(SSFC, 3/30/03, p.D1)(WSJ, 7/2/03, p.B1)
1900 Aug 12, Wilhelm Steinitz,
Chess champion (1866-1894), died in Prague.
1904 Aug 12, Aleksei N.
Romanov, son of tsar Nicolas II, was born.
1908 Aug 12, Henry Ford's first
Model T rolled off the assembly line.
1911 Aug 12, Cantinflas
(d.1993), comedian and film star, was born in Mexico City as Mario
(HFA, '96, p.36)(HN, 8/12/98)(MC, 8/12/02)
1912 Aug 12, Jane Wyatt,
actress (Father Knows Best, Star Trek), was born in Campgaw, NJ.
1913 Aug 12, Kurt Kaszner,
actor (Cmdr Fitzhugh-Land of the Giants), was born in Vienna,
1914 Aug 12, Great Britain
declared war on Austria-Hungary.
1915 Aug 12, The
autobiographical novel "Of Human Bondage," by William Somerset
Maugham, was first published.
(AP, 8/12/97)(SSFC, 1/4/04, p.M2)
1919 Aug 12, Peter Ambrose
Cyprian Luke, playwright, was born.
1919 Aug 12, Michael Kidd
[Milton Greenwald], choreographer (7 Brides for 7 Bros), was born.
1921 Aug 12, Marjorie Reynolds,
actress (Peggy-Life of Riley), was born in Buhl, Idaho.
1922 Aug 12, The home of
Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C. was dedicated as a memorial.
1923 Aug 12, Enrico Tiraboschi
became the 1st to swim English Channel westward.
1925 Aug 12, Norris McWhirter,
author (Guinness Book of World Records), was born.
1925 Aug 12, Ross McWhirter,
author (Guinness Book of World Records), was born.
1925 Aug 12, KMA-AM in
Shenandoah, IA, began radio transmissions.
1926 Aug 12, John Derek, actor,
director (10, Annapolis Story), was born in LA, Calif.
1927 Aug 12, Ralph Waite, actor
(John-Waltons, Roots), was born in White Plains, NY.
1928 Aug 12, The 9th Olympic
Games closed in Amsterdam. During the games several women collapsed
at the end of the 800-meter run. This led to a 32-year ban on women
running in Olympic races over 200 meters.
(SC, 8/12/02)(SSFC, 4/13/03, p.F1)
1928 Aug 12, Leos Janacek
(b.1854), Czech composer, conductor (Sly Little Fox), died. His work
included "The Diary of One Who Vanished" based on 22 poems by Josef
Kalda of a young farm boy seduced by a Gypsy girl.
(WSJ, 1/3/96, p.A-7)(WSJ, 6/12/01, p.A20)(MC,
1929 Aug 12, Buck Owens,
country singer (Hee Haw), was born in Sherman, Texas.
1932 Aug 12, Porter Wagoner,
country singer, discovered Dolly Parton (Y'All Come), was born.
1932 Aug 12, The DJIA dropped
1934 Aug 12, Augustus E. Thomas
(b.1857), American Playwright, died. He is often called the first
playwright to deal in thoroughly American themes.
1934 Aug 12, Hendrik Petrus
Berlage (b.1856), the father of modern Dutch architecture,
died at The Hague.
1936 Aug 12, Hans Haacke,
artist (Right to Life, Dripper Boxes), was born in Cologne, Germany.
1936 Aug 12, John Poindexter,
US Chief of Staff, was born.
1936 Aug 12, 120° F (49° C),
Seymour, Texas (state record).
1936 Aug 12, Diver Marjorie
Gestring became the youngest Olympic gold medalist (13y 268d).
1937 Aug 12, Kenichie Horie
(23), a Japanese auto parts salesman, sailed into the San Francisco
Bay aboard a 19-foot sloop, “The Mermaid,” after a 90 voyage from
Japan. He hailed a Coast Guard patrol boat and was towed to the St.
Francis Yacht Harbor.
(SSFC, 8/12/12, DB p.42)
1939 Aug 12, George Hamilton,
actor (Love at 1st Bite, Where the Boys Are), was born in Memphis,
1940 Aug 12, Luftwaffe bombed
British radar stations and lost 31 aircraft.
1941 Aug 12, Deborah Walley,
actress (Mothers-in-Law), was born in Bridgeport, Ct.
1941 Aug 12, Jennifer Warren,
actress (Slap Shot, Fatal Beauty, Mutant), was born in NYC.
1941 Aug 12, French Marshal
Henri Philippe Petain announced full French collaboration with Nazi
1942 Aug 12, British premier
Churchill arrived in Moscow to meet Stalin.
1944 Aug 12, Churchill and Tito
met in Naples.
1944 Aug 12, Joseph P. Kennedy
Jr., eldest son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, was killed
with his co-pilot when their explosives-laden Navy plane blew up
over England during World War II.
1949 Aug 12, Mark Knopfler,
guitar, vocals (Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing), was born.
1949 Aug 12, Four Geneva
Conventions were signed on this date. Signatories agreed that
occupiers would not settle occupied territory with their own people.
Protection of civilian life and property was added to the 4th Geneva
Conventions. The Convention for the Protection of Civilian Persons
in Time of War began on April 21. Two additional protocols were
signed in 1977.
(SFC, 8/11/00, p.A15)(Econ, 8/27/05,
1951 Aug 12, Charles E. Brady
Jr., USN Commander, astronaut, was born in, Pinehurst, NC.
1952 Aug 12, In the USSR 13
former members of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee (JAC) were
executed following mock trials.
1953 Aug 12, Ann Davidson, the
1st woman to sail solo across Atlantic, arrived Miami.
1953 Aug 12, The Soviet Union
conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb.
1954 Aug 12, Sam J. Jones,
actor (Chris-Code Red, The Highway Man), was born in Chicago, Ill.
1954 Aug 12, Pat Metheny, jazz
guitarist (As Wichita Falls), was born.
1955 Aug 12, Pres Eisenhower
raised the minimum wage from $0.75 to $1 an hour.
1955 Aug 12, Thomas Mann (80),
German writer (Dr. Faustus, Nobel 1929), died. Two biographies of
Mann were published in 1995: Thomas Mann: A Biography by Ronald
Hayman and Thomas Mann: A Life by Donald Prater.
(V.D.-H.K.p.367-368)(WSJ, 12/26/95, p. A-5)(MC,
1959 Aug 12, The 1st ship
firing of a Polaris missile was from Observation Island.
1960 Aug 12, Morty Black, heavy
metal rocker (TNT-7 Seas), was born.
1960 Aug 12, USAF Major Robert
M White takes X-15 to 41,600 m.
1960 Aug 12, The first balloon
satellite, the Echo 1, was launched by the US from Cape Canaveral,
Fla. It bounced phone calls from JPL in California to the Bell Labs
in New Jersey.
(AP, 8/12/97)(SFC, 4/9/02, p.A18)
1961 Aug 12, Pete De Freitas,
rocker (Echo and the Bunnymen-Heaven Up Here), was born.
1961 Aug 12, Roy Hay, guitarist
(Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me), was born.
1961 Aug 12, East German troops
began stringing barbed wire around East Berlin. In 2004 William F.
Buckley authored "The Fall of the Berlin Wall." [see Aug 15]
(WSJ, 3/18/04, p.D10)
1962 Aug 12, A day after
launching Andrian Nikolayev into orbit, the Soviet Union launched
Vostok 4 with cosmonaut Pavel Popovich; both men landed safely on
1964 Aug 12, Charles Ogle, land
investor, vanished after flying out of Oakland, Ca., en route to
(SFC, 9/10/07, p.A1)
1964 Aug 12, There was a race
riot in Elizabeth, NJ.
1964 Aug 12, Ian L. Fleming
(56), British spy, journalist, writer (James Bond), died. He had
recently sold a 51% share of the copyright of his books to Sir Jock
Campbell, who chaired the Booker Brothers. In 2000 Fleming’s heirs
bought back the copyright to the books.
1965 Aug 12, There was a race
riot in West Side of Chicago.
1966 Aug 12, Harry Roberts
(v.1936) and two accomplices were sitting in a van in west London
preparing for an armed robbery when they were approached by three
unarmed policemen, who they shot dead. In 2014 Roberts (78) was
released from prison.
1969 Aug 12, American
installations at Quan-Loi, Vietnam, came under Viet Cong attack.
1969 Aug 12, In Northern
Ireland the Apprentice Boys, a Protestant fraternal group, led a
parade that ignited rioting in the Bogside section of Londonderry,
that led to the bloody period known as The Troubles. Loyalist
attacks on Catholic areas set off rioting in Belfast. Eight people
died and British troops were sent in. The Provisional Irish
Republican Army began a 25-year sniping and bombing campaign.
(SFC, 8/10/96, p.A8)(SFEC, 12/22/96, Z1
1970 Aug 12, Curt Flood lost
his $41 million antitrust suit against baseball. On June 18, 1972,
the US Supreme Court upheld the lower court's rulings on Flood's
case. Baseball continued to be exempt from antitrust laws and its
reserve clause was upheld.
1971 Aug 12, Syrian Pres Assad
dropped diplomatic relations with Jordan.
1972 Aug 12, "Oh! Calcutta!"
closed at Belasco Theater in NYC.
1972 Aug 12, As the last U.S.
ground troops left Vietnam, B-52's made their largest strike of the
war. [see Aug 11]
(HN, 8/12/98)(AP, 8/12/01)
1976 Aug 12, Syrian backed
Christian militias completed their siege of the Tell al-Za'tar
Palestinian camp in Lebanon leaving some 2000 people killed.
1977 Aug 12, NASA launched the
High Energy Astronomy Observatory 1 into Earth orbit. It continued
operating until January 9, 1979.
1977 Aug 12, The space shuttle
Enterprise passed its first solo flight test by taking off atop a
Boeing 747, separating and then touching down in California's Mojave
1978 Aug 12, China’s Deng
Xiaoping and Japan normalized relations. Japan signed a Peace and
Friendship Treaty with China in Beijing.
8/23/03, p.34)(Econ, 8/25/12, p.11)
1978 Aug 12, Pope Paul VI, who
had died six days earlier at age 80, was buried in St. Peter's
1980 Aug 12, SF hotel workers
voted 1823 to 523 to accept a 3-year contract and end a 26-day
strike and lockout at 36 major hotels.
(SFC, 8/12/05, p.F2)
1980 Aug 12, The Latin American
Integration Association (ALADI) was created by the 1980 Montevideo
Treaty, replacing the Latin American Free Trade Association (LAFTA /
ALALC). Cuba joined the 11 founding members in 1999 and Panama
joined in 2011.
1981 Aug 12, President Reagan,
citing alleged Libyan involvement in terrorism, ordered U.S. jets to
attack targets in Libya.
1981 Aug 12, IBM introduced the
IBM 5150, better known as the PC, along with PC-DOS version 1.0. The
beige box with 16 kilobytes of memory was priced at $1,565.
1982 Aug 12, The US stock
market bottomed and rose 35% by the end of the year. Theorist Robert
S. Prechter predicted that the market would take off from its 800
1982 Aug 12, Henry Fonda (77),
film star (On Golden Pond), died from heart disease. Fonda was
married 5 times and his wives included actress Margaret Sullavan
(1931-1933), Frances Brokaw (1936-1950), Susan Blanchard
(1950-1956), Afdera Franchetti (1957-1961) and Shirlee Adams
(TMC, 1994, p.1982)(SC, 8/12/02)(SSFC, 7/3/05,
1982 Aug 12, Israel staged
heavy bombardment of Beirut. The UN Security council expressed its
most serious concern about continued military activities in Lebanon,
particularly in and around Beirut.
1983 Aug 12, General Manuel A.
Noriega (b.1938) assumed command of Panama’s National Guard.
1984 Aug 12, In San Francisco a
driver on an apparent suicide mission smashed head-on into a packed
cable car climbing the Hyde Street hill. The driver, an Iranian
alien, was killed and at least 23 people were injured.
(SSFC, 8/2/09, DB p.42)
1985 Aug 12, The world's worst
single-aircraft disaster occurred as a crippled Japan Air Lines
Boeing 747 on a domestic flight crashed into Mount Otsuka, 70 miles
northwest of Tokyo, killing 520 of 524 people onboard. A flawed
splice made by Boeing 7 years earlier was the probable cause. In
2006 Japan opened a museum to remember the crash. Boeing and JAL
paid undisclosed settlements to each victim’s family. Singer Kyu
Sakamoto, whose song "Sukiyaki" topped US hit charts in 1963, was
among the dead.
(AP, 8/12/97)(WSJ, 7/27/06, p.A1)(AFP, 8/12/10)
1987 Aug 12, President Reagan
addressed the nation on the Iran-Contra affair, saying his former
national security adviser, John Poindexter, was wrong not to have
told him about the diversion of Iran arms-sale money.
1988 Aug 12, The controversial
movie "The Last Temptation of Christ," directed by Martin Scorsese,
opened in nine cities despite objections by some Christians who felt
the film was sacrilegious.
1988 Aug 12, Richard Thornburgh
became US Attorney General.
1988 Aug 12, Sein Lwin resigned
from the presidency of Burma. He was succeeded by a civilian, Maung
Maung, who in turn was ousted by the military after just a month in
1988 Aug 12, Michel Basquiat
(b.1960), NY artist of Haitian descent, died of a drug overdose at
age 27. His work included "Academic Study of Male Figure" (1983) and
"Boy and Dog in a Johhnypump." In 1996 Julian Schnabel made a film
documentary titled "Basquiat." In 1998 Phoebe Hoban published
"Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art."
(SFC, 8/17/96, p.E1)(SFC, 8/16/96, p.D3)(SFEC,
7/26/98, BR p.4)
1989 Aug 12, The Pentagon said
it was stepping up efforts to find missing Texas Rep. Mickey Leland
and 15 companions in Ethiopia. The wreckage of the group's airplane,
with no survivors, was found the next day.
1990 Aug 12, Air Force Staff
Sergeant John Campisi of West Covina, California, died after being
hit by a military truck in Saudi Arabia, becoming the first US
casualty of the Persian Gulf crisis.
1990 Aug 12, Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein sought to tie any withdrawal of his troops from
Kuwait to an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied West Bank and Gaza
1991 Aug 12, The National
Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, began hosting a
two-day reunion of former Negro League players.
1991 Aug 12, A letter from
Lebanese kidnappers was made public; it offered to trade the release
of Western hostages for the freedom of "all detainees" worldwide.
1992 Aug 12, The North American
Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was announced in Washington, D.C. after
14 months of negotiations between the United States, Mexico and
Canada. It created the world's wealthiest trading bloc. [see Jan 1,
(AP, 8/12/97)(HN, 8/12/02)
1992 Aug 12, Avant-garde
composer John Cage died in New York at age 79.
(WSJ, 5/8/96, p.A-12)(AP, 8/12/97)
1993 Aug 12, President Clinton
signed a relief package for the flooded Midwest. Clinton also lifted
a ban on rehiring air traffic controllers fired for going on strike
1993 Aug 12, Pope John Paul II
began his third U.S. visit in Denver.
1993 Aug 12, The launch of
space shuttle Discovery was scrubbed at the last second.
1994 Aug 12, Woodstock '94
opened in Saugerties, N.Y.
1994 Aug 12, In baseball's
eighth work stoppage since 1972, players went on strike rather than
allowing team owners to limit their salaries.
1994 Aug 12, Supreme Court
Justice Stephen G. Breyer, already sworn in during a private
ceremony, took a public oath at the White House.
1995 Aug 12, In a methodical,
daylong procession, Republican presidential candidates courted Ross
Perot’s followers at a United We Stand America conference in Dallas.
1996 Aug 12, The Republican
Party opened its 36th national convention in San Diego by
celebrating Bob Dole as a tested, trustworthy leader who would lower
taxes and bring compassionate conservatism to the White House.
1996 Aug 12, "Inequality by
Design," due out in one month, was reviewed. It was produced as a
counter to the arguments of "The Bell Curve" and holds that social
policies, not IQ, are the main reasons for inequality.
(SFC, 8/12/96, p.A2)
1996 Aug 12, In Antioch, Ca.,
Christopher Henriquez (24) murdered his wife Carmen, her 8-month-old
fetus, and their 2-year-old daughter, Zuri. He feared that Carmen
would tell police of his role in a SF bank robbery. Henriquez was
sentenced to death in 2000. In 2017 the state Supreme Court upheld
his death sentence.
(SFC, 6/3/00, p.A20)(SFC, 12/8/17, p.D6)
1996 Aug 12, Stephen Kuttner
(1907-1996), Prof. of medieval church law, died. His life study
involved tracing the evolution of law from Roman to modern times.
(SFC, 8/15/96, p.C4)
1996 Aug 12, In Argentina
economy minister Roque Fernandez announced a new round of austerity
measures that included higher fuel prices and tax boosts on
everything. Cash will be raised by selling commercial airports,
military installations, nuclear power plants and cracking down on
(WSJ, 8/13/96, p.A7)
1996 Aug 12, On the shores of
Australia’s Cocos and North Keeling Islands thousands of thongs
(flip-flops) have been washing up on the shore as discards from
(WSJ, 8/12/96, p.B1)
1996 Aug 12, Iran and Turkey
agreed to connect their power networks.
(WSJ, 8/13/96, p.A7)
1996 Aug 12, In Somalia it was
reported that 2 Ethiopian businessmen were killed in retaliation for
an incursion by Ethiopia’s army.
(WSJ, 8/12/96, p.A1)
1996 Aug 12, In Rwanda the
Tutsi-led parliament passed a law allowing for trials of some 80,000
people on charges of genocide in the deaths of 500,000 people in
(WSJ, 8/12/96, p.A1)
1997 Aug 12, Steel workers in
West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania ended a 10-month strike at
Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. with a new contract. It was the
longest strike by a major steel company.
(SFC, 8/13/97, p.A3)(AP, 8/12/98)
1997 Aug 12, Two New York City
police officers were placed in desk jobs as authorities investigated
the charges of Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant who accused police
of sodomizing him after his arrest in a nightclub fight. Louima's
subsequent civil suit against the city resulted in a settlement of
$8.75 million on July 30, 2001, the largest police brutality
settlement in NYC history. After legal fees, Louima collected
approximately $5.8 million.
1997 Aug 12, A hamburger recall
issued to cover some 1.2 million pounds. The Hudson Foods Inc., of
Rogers, Ark., issued the recall due to E. coli poisonings in
Colorado. [see 8/21]
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A3)
1997 Aug 12, In Arizona a flash
flood from a storm 15 miles away killed ten hikers in the Lower
Antelope Canyon near Lake Powell. The group leader of the
Trek-America outfit, that catered mostly to Europeans, was the only
(SFC, 8/14/97, p.A3)(SFC, 8/15/97, p.A2)(AP,
1997 Aug 12, It was reported
that the World Bank joined the IMF in withholding credit from Kenya
due to government corruption.
(SFC, 8/12/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 12, It was reported
that Laos was promoting the development of the $1.44 billion Nam
Theun Two Dam. It would alter 2 major tributaries of the Mekong
River and flood an area the size of Singapore. The World Bank
contributed $130 million to the project, which was expected to begin
generating power in 2009. Environmentalists feared severe impact to
the Nakai Plateau and some 120,000 people downstream as one river
dries up and another swells.
(WSJ, 8/12/97, p.A1)(SFC, 12/17/07, p.A15)
1997 Aug 12, From Lithuania it
was reported that the country has become a favorite transit point
for smugglers. Cigarettes, alcohol, home appliances, oil, amber,
gas, cars and illegal narcotics were crossing the borders.
(SFC, 8/12/97, p.A10)
1998 Aug 12, A Lockheed Martin
Titan 4A rocket exploded after takeoff at Cape Canaveral. The $300
million rocket carried a spy satellite for the Air Force valued at
$800 to $1 billion. The explosion was blamed on a momentary loss of
(SFC, 8/13/98, p.A2)(SFC, 9/3/98, p.A3)
1998 Aug 12, In Bangladesh over
100 fisherman in trawlers and boats capsized in the Bay of Bengal
during a storm and were feared dead.
(SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A12)
1998 Aug 12, The flooding in
China, the worst in 4 decades, was estimated to surpass $24 billion
(SFC, 8/13/98, p.C5)
1998 Aug 12, Vincente Fox,
governor of Guanajuato, Mexico, announced plans, during a speech in
Oakland, to run for president in the year 2000 and to have every one
of his state’s 4,500 communities provided with potable water,
sewers, electricity, telephones and health services within a half
hour for everyone.
(SFC, 8/14/98, p.A10)
1998 Aug 12, In Pakistan
Benazir Bhutto was indicted on charges of illegally awarding a
contract to a Dubai-based company for the import of gold and silver
during her rule.
(SFC, 8/13/98, p.C5)
1998 Aug 12, Rwanda protested a
Congo crackdown on ethnic Tutsis and charged that Kabila was arming
Rwandan Hutus to put down a Tutsi-led revolt along the border. The
revolt in Congo was believed to be masterminded by Rwandan Major
Gen’l. Paul Kagame.
(WSJ, 8/13/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/17/98, p.A10)
1998 Aug 12, Representatives of
Swiss banks and holocaust survivors agreed to a settlement of $1.25
billion in reparations for victims of the Nazi regime.
(SFC, 8/13/98, p.A1)(AP, 8/12/99)
1998 Aug 12, In the Ukraine
Prime Minister Valery Pustovitenko called 1,500 executives to a
civil defense base to solve the question of their debts. A previous
summons had net 70 million, but was not sufficient to cover the $3.5
billion budget deficit.
(SFC, 8/14/98, p.A10)
1999 Aug 12, Los Angeles County
prosecutors charged white supremacist Buford O. Furrow (b.1961) with
murder and five counts of attempted murder, all filed as hate
crimes, in the August 10 wounding of five people at a Jewish
community center and the shooting death of a Filipino-American mail
carrier. Federal prosecutors already had charged Furrow in the
postman’s slaying. In 2001 Furrow pleaded guilty to all of the
counts against him. In exchange for pleading guilty, Furrow avoided
a possible death sentence, but was instead sentenced to life in
prison without the possibility of parole. Furrow expressed no
regrets for any of his crimes.
1999 Aug 12, In Porterville,
Ca., a man shot and killed his wife and 3 daughters (2,7,11). An
explosion resulted after the shooting when fire spread and ignited
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.C14)
1999 Aug 12, The invention of a
new rechargeable battery with a 50% longer life span was announced
by researchers in Israel.
(WSJ, 8/13/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 12, In Belgium a
McDonald's Restaurant was destroyed by fire. The Animal Liberation
Front was suspected.
(WSJ, 8/13/99, p.B8)
1999 Aug 12, Ethiopia claimed
to have almost eliminated 3 rebel groups based in Somalia which it
said were supported by Eritrea. Most of the 1,103 killed or captured
rebels were of the Oromo Liberation Front.
(SFC, 8/13/99, p.D2)
1999 Aug 12, In Indonesia
violence in Maluku province left 14 people dead and raised the death
toll since Aug 8 to 53.
(SFC, 8/13/99, p.D2)
1999 Aug 12, In Japan lawmakers
gave police the power to use wiretaps against crime suspects.
(SFC, 8/13/99, p.D3)
1999 Aug 12, In Kazakstan Pres.
Nazarbayev ordered the investigation of MiG sales to North Korea.
South Korea charged that 30 MiG-21 jets were sold this year.
(WSJ, 8/13/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 12, In the Philippines
a big explosion killed at least 7 people in Manila and damaged the
headquarters of the National Bureau of Investigation. Police later
blamed the explosion on dynamite that had been seized as evidence.
(WSJ, 8/13/99, p.A1)(SFC, 8/14/99, p.12)(WSJ,
1999 Aug 12, Pres. Milosevic
reshuffled his cabinet, sacked 7 ministers and named 12 new ones.
His Socialist Party dominated the 27-member cabinet.
(WSJ, 8/13/99, p.A9)
1999 Aug 12, In Venezuela the
Constitutional Assembly assumed sweeping powers and declared a state
of emergency for the courts.
(SFC, 8/13/99, p.D3)
2000 Aug 12, Evander Holyfield
won a 12-round unanimous decision over John Ruiz in Las Vegas for
the vacant WBA heavyweight title.
2000 Aug 12, Loretta Young,
film actress, died at age 87. She made nearly 100 movies in over 70
years. She had a daughter, Judy Lewis, by Clark Gable in 1935. Her
memoir "The Things I Had to Learn" was published in 1961. In 2000
Joan Wester Anderson authored "Forever Young."
(SFEC, 8/13/00, p.B10)(SFC, 11/18/00, p.B7)
2000 Aug 12, British and US
bombers struck southern Iraq for a 2nd day and Iraqi military
reported 3 people injured.
(SFC, 8/14/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 12, In Congo a
Russian-made Antonov crashed on approach to Tshikapa and 27 people
(WSJ, 8/14/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 12, A Russian nuclear
submarine, the Kursk, became trapped on the floor of the Barents Sea
during naval exercises. 118 sailors were trapped in the Oscar-II
class submarine that was thought to have suffered a torpedo-room
explosion. On August 21 Norwegian divers confirmed that all the
sailors had died. The Kursk was raised in 2001.
(SFC, 8/14/00, p.A13)(SFC, 8/15/00, p.A1)(WSJ,
8/15/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/16/00, p.A1)(SFC, 8/21/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/9/01,
2001 Aug 12, In Algeria
assailants attacked a convoy of farmers and slashed the throats of
17 people in Oule-d-Bouaza.
(SFC, 8/15/01, p.A7)
2001 Aug 12, In Iran flash
floods followed heavy rains and at least 181 people were killed.
Kalaleh in Golestan province was the hardest hit.
(SFC, 8/13/01, p.A12)(WSJ, 8/14/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 12, In Israel
Palestinian suicide bomber Muhammad Nasser (28) blew himself up at
the Wall Street Café in Kiryat Motzkin near Haifa. 21 other people
were injured. In Hebron a Palestinian girl died in a clash with
(SFC, 8/13/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/13/01, p.A1)(AP,
2001 Aug 12, Macedonia's
interior minister Ljube Boskovski watched from a distance as police
under his control rampaged through Ljuboten, killing seven ethnic
Albanian men and torching and blowing up houses. In 2007 defendants
Boskovski and a top police official faced a possible punishment of
life imprisonment. The policemen who allegedly carried out the
killings were not on trial.
2002 Aug 12, The INS reported
that a child-smuggling ring, in operation since 1994, had been
broken up. Children from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras were
smuggled to the US to be united with parents residing illegally.
(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 12, US Catholic
bishops and rabbis issued a statement that declared that the
Biblical covenant between Jews and God is valid, and therefore Jews
do not need to be saved through faith in Jesus.
(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A5)
2002 Aug 12 It was reported
that a 2-mile thick cloud of pollution covered South Asia and that
it was suspected for causing drought, flooding and the premature
deaths of a half-million people in India each year.
(SFC, 8/12/02, p.A7)
2002 Aug 12, In Chile hundreds
of thousands of Santiago residents had to walk to work as a strike
took virtually all the buses off the streets in this capital city of
5.5 million people.
2002 Aug 12, In Colombia Pres.
Alvaro Uribe, declared a limited state of emergency to fight what
the government described as a "regime of terror" following an
upsurge of violence that has left 100 people dead since he took
2002 Aug 12, In northeastern
Iran torrential rains began and at least 35 people were drowned in
flash floods that washed away roads and swamped farm land.
2002 Aug 12, Iraq's information
minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf told the Arabic satellite
television station Al-Jazeera that there was no need for U.N.
weapons inspectors to return to Baghdad and branded as a "lie"
allegations that Saddam Hussein still had weapons of mass
2002 Aug 12, In Japan
protesters ripped up and threw away documents printed with new ID
numbers. A new database that stores personal data, names, addresses,
dates of birth, gender and the new ID numbers, for each of Japan's
126 million citizens, was implemented days earlier.
2002 Aug 12, Palestinian
factions met to create a "national unity leadership" to include all
major groups, including militant ones such as Hamas. They endorsed a
continuation of their uprising and rejected language to end attacks
on civilians inside Israel.
2002 Aug 12, In Peru Pres.
Alejandro Toledo defended his wife, Eliane Karp, in a nationally
televised address, trying to head off a political storm sparked by
the revelation that Peru's first lady earns $10,000 a month as a
2003 Aug 12, The FBI arrested
Hemant Lakhani, an Indian-born British arms dealer, in a sting
operation in New Jersey and foiled a contrived plot aimed at
smuggling a shoulder-fired missile for some $80,000 to US-based
terrorists. It involved cooperation between the intelligence
services of the US and Russia.
(AP, 8/13/03)(WSJ, 8/13/03, p.A1)(SFC, 8/14/03,
2003 Aug 12, John Poindexter
submitted a 5-page letter of resignation from his position as
director of DARPA, the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects
(SFC, 8/13/03, p.A5)
2003 Aug 12, Some 8,000 US
doctors called for a government-financed national health insurance
as a single-payer system similar to an expanded version of Medicare.
(SFC, 8/13/03, p.A3)
2003 Aug 12, An Internet worm
targeting Microsoft Corp Windows users was spreading rapidly around
the world, triggering computer crashes and slowing Web connections.
Dubbed Blaster but also known as LoveSan or MSBlaster, carried a
message for the Microsoft chairman: "Billy Gates why do you make
this possible? Stop making money and fix your software!!"
2003 Aug 12, A balsa-mylar
model airplane set a long distance flight record of 1,888.3 miles as
it landed in Ireland from Newfoundland.
(WSJ, 8/13/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 12, At least 20
combatants died in a gunbattle between suspected Taliban fighters
and Afghan government soldiers.
2003 Aug 12, Legislators in
Argentina's lower house voted to throw out amnesty laws that
effectively ended trials over abuses during the country's military
2003 Aug 12, El Salvador sent
360 peacekeepers to Iraq.
2003 Aug 12, Two teenage
Palestinian suicide bombings less than an hour apart killed at least
2 Israelis at a shopping plaza in Israel and a bus stop in the West
2003 Aug 12, Liberia's leading
rebel movement agreed to lift its siege of the capital and vital
port within two days, allowing food to flow to hundreds of thousands
of hungry people.
2003 Aug 12, The Serbian
government said it wants to retake control of Kosovo but pledged to
give it "substantial autonomy." Serbia claimed UN officials have
failed to establish democracy there.
2004 Aug 12, New Jersey Gov.
James E. McGreevey, a one-time rising Democratic star and
twice-married father, announced his resignation with the startling
disclosure that he is gay and had an extramarital affair with a man
who threatened to undermine his "ability to govern."
2004 Aug 12, California’s
Supreme Court struck down San Francisco’s attempt to legalize
same-sex marriages, saying Mayor Newsome had illegally defied state
law. 3955 marriages recorded between Feb 12 and Mar 11 were voided.
(SFC, 8/13/04, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/15, p.A13)
2004 Aug 12, Terrance Kelly
(18), a De La Salle High School football star, was shot and killed
in Richmond, Ca., 2 days before flying to the Univ. of Oregon on a
football scholarship. Police arrested Larry Pratcher (18) Aug 14 on
suspicion of murder and searched for other suspects. Larry was
released on Aug 18 after his younger brother turned himself in. On
Aug 19 Darren Pratcher (15) was charged with murder. On Oct 11,
2006, Darren Pratcher was convicted of murder. In 2007 Pratcher was
sentenced 50 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 8/14/04, p.A1)(SFC, 8/20/04, p.B5)(SFC,
10/12/06, p.B1)(SFC, 1/20/07, p.B2)
2004 Aug 12, Dust storms on
I-10 in Arizona caused vehicle pile-ups that left 4 dead.
(WSJ, 8/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 12, It was reported
that a huge ant colony measuring 100 kilometers (62 miles) across
had been found under the southern Australian city of Melbourne. The
ants were a mutant variety of Argentine ants.
2004 Aug 12, Laboratory monkeys
that started out as careless procrastinators became super-efficient
workers after injections into their brains that suppressed a gene
linked to their ability to anticipate a reward.
2004 Aug 12, Greece’s $930
million, 3km Rion-Antirion bridge across the western end of the Gulf
of Corinth was set to open.
(Econ, 7/31/04, p.55)
2004 Aug 12, In Najaf thousands
of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers launched a major assault on militiamen
loyal to a radical Shiite cleric al-Sadr. Fighting in Kut left 72
(AP, 8/12/04)(WSJ, 8/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 12, The Iraqi soccer
team defeated Portugal in a preliminary match outside Athens.
(SFC, 8/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 12, The U.N. Security
Council unanimously approved a resolution extending the U.N. mission
in Iraq for a year.
2004 Aug 12, Japan’s Mitsubishi
Tokyo Financial Group (MTFG) announced that it had beaten the
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group for the acquisition of UFJ. [see Aug
(Econ, 8/14/04, p.66)
2004 Aug 12, A Nepali court
sentenced notorious criminal Charles Sobhraj, also known as the
"Serpent" and the "Bikini Killer", to life imprisonment in
connection with the killing of an American backpacker in 1975.
2004 Aug 12, In northeastern
Nigeria flash floods have submerged houses and farms, drowning at
least 23 people as they slept and forcing more than 1,000 to flee
2004 Aug 12, Pakistan
authorities said they had arrested five more suspected members of
Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network in the past 48 hours.
2004 Aug 12, In Peru a
double-decker tourist bus missed a bridge and plunged into a dry
riverbed along a highway, killing at least six people and injuring
2004 Aug 12, Lee Hsien Loong,
the son of Singapore's founding father (Lee Kuan Yew), took over as
prime minister of the city-state. Lee Kuan Yew continued service as
(AP, 7/17/04)(WSJ, 7/19/04, p.A1)(Econ, 7/24/04,
p.39)(Econ, 4/22/06, p.42)
2004 Aug 12, South Korea’s
central bank cut interest rates from 3.75% to 3.5%.
(Econ, 8/21/04, p.60)
2005 Aug 12, The US Agriculture
Dept. said it expected corn yields to be lower this year in 29 of 33
corn-producing states due to drought in the Midwest. This year’s
drought was more localized and farmers in Iowa, Minnesota and
Missouri had a good year.
(SFC, 8/15/05, p.A2)
2005 Aug 12, Patrick Sheehan
filed for divorce in Solano County, Ca., as his wife, Cindy Sheehan
(48), entered her 2nd week camping outside Pres. Bush’s retreat in
Crawford, Texas. Their son Casey (24) was killed in Iraq in 2004.
(SFC, 8/16/05, p.A3)
2005 Aug 12, It was reported
that Dr. Jan T. Vilcek donated an estimated $125 million to the NYU
School of Medicine through a percentage of future royalties from
sales of Remicade, which treats symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and
(WSJ, 8/12/05, p.W1)
2005 Aug 12, Oil for September
delivery closed at a record $66.86 per barrel.
(SFC, 8/13/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 12, Residents of
Wright, Wyoming, had just 5 minutes warning before a tornado tore
into a mobile home park, killing two people and destroying dozens of
2005 Aug 12, An Atlas V rocket
at Cape Canaveral, Fla., lifted the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on a
72 million-mile mission to study Mars.
(SFC, 8/13/05, p.A4)
2005 Aug 12, In Afghanistan
suspected Taliban guerrillas ambushed a vehicle carrying police in
southern Zabul province's Arghandab district, sparking a gunbattle
that killed 3 militants.
2005 Aug 12, Police detained
four men in connection with one of the world's biggest heists and
recovered more than $2 million of the $70 million stolen from
Brazil's Central Bank. The recovered cash was found hidden in 3
pickup trucks that were on a vehicle transporter truck located
several hundred miles from the Central Bank vault in Fortaleza. In
2008 police arrested Jossivam Alves dos Santos, the suspected leader
of the gang which carried out the heist. Less than $10 million of
the money has been recovered.
(AP, 8/13/05)(AP, 2/27/08)
2005 Aug 12, In Brazil Celio
Marcelo da Silva (32), a prison escapee believed to have
masterminded last year's abduction of the mother of a Brazilian
soccer star, was arrested. In 2003 da Silva tunneled his way out of
a Sao Paulo prison where he was serving a 38-year sentence for
murder and robbery.
2005 Aug 12, At least 70,000
travelers were left stranded as British Airways canceled all flights
to and from Heathrow Airport after catering staff, baggage handlers
and other ground crew walked off the job in wildcat strikes at the
height of the summer tourism season.
2005 Aug 12, Liu Jinbao, a
former president of state-owned Bank of China's Hong Kong branch
fired in May, 2003, received a suspended death sentence for
embezzlement in an apparent effort by Beijing to help restore faith
in its scandal-plagued banks as they prepare to sell shares abroad.
Mr. Liu was convicted of embezzling $1.8 million with others plus
and additional amount for himself.
(AP, 8/12/05)(WSJ, 8/15/05, p.A11)
2005 Aug 12, A small boat
overloaded with 113 illegal immigrants capsized and sank in rough
waters off Colombia's Pacific coast. An Ecuadoran fishing boat found
9 survivors 2 days later. In Nov. Ecuadoran police arrested a
married couple for being part of a gang of 11 human traffickers who
charged as much as $12,000 per person for passage to the US.
(AP, 8/18/05)(AP, 11/15/05)
2005 Aug 12, Leaders of Georgia
and Ukraine called for an alliance that would champion democracy in
the former Soviet lands.
2005 Aug 12, A German court
convicted Holger Pfahls, former deputy defense minister, of
accepting illegal payments and evading taxes while serving in the
government of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
2005 Aug 12, Victims of India's
1984 anti-Sikh riots rejected apologies from Premier Manmohan Singh
and vowed to intensify demands for the prosecution of politicians
blamed for the massacre that claimed 4,000 lives.
2005 Aug 12, Suspected Islamic
militants raided a remote mountain village in India's Jammu-Kashmir
state and attacked 2 Hindu families as they dined together, killing
2005 Aug 12, In Iraq Sunni Arab
leaders rejected calls for a Shiite federal region to be enshrined
in the constitution.
2005 Aug 12, In Iraq a US
soldier was found dead of a gunshot wound.
2005 Aug 12, Smoke from forest
fires in Indonesia spread to more cities in Malaysia, as millions
prayed in mosques and temples for rain to wash away the hazardous
2005 Aug 12, Lebanon freed the
radical Muslim cleric Omar Bakri, hours after Britain declared he
would not be allowed to return to its shores.
2005 Aug 12, A Mexican judge
issued an arrest warrant for Gen. Francisco Quiros, accused of
ordering the disappearance of leftist folk singer Rosendo Radilla on
Aug 25, 1974. Quiros was already in prison serving a drug sentence.
2005 Aug 12, New regulations in
Tijuana, Mexico, called for the city to issue electronic cards to
replace pink, pocket-size health history books given to Tijuana's
4,700 registered prostitutes. The new standards were modeled after
those in the Mexican cities of Monterrey and Acapulco.
2005 Aug 12, Peter Hommerson, a
fugitive charged with killing a wealthy Illinois couple on Jan 23,
1996, was captured at a Mexican resort after tourists recognized him
from a crime watch television program.
2005 Aug 12, The Nepali army
said faulty Indian assault rifles were partly responsible for its
heavy death toll in a gun battle with Maoist rebels as troops hunted
for 75 soldiers still missing after the fighting.
2005 Aug 12, In Sri Lanka
foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar (73), an ethnic Tamil, was shot
in the head and heart after finishing a swim at his home. Tamil
Tiger rebels denied involvement.
2005 Aug 12, Suriname's Pres.
Ronald Venetiaan (69) was inaugurated to a second term, calling for
national unity following elections that weakened his government's
hold on Parliament and swelled the ranks of a party led by a former
2005 Aug 12, Turkish PM Recep
Tayyip Erdogan pledged to give more rights to the Kurdish minority
in a speech in Diyarbakir.
(Econ, 8/20/05, p.40)(http://tinyurl.com/cmzxz)
2005 Aug 12, Venezuela’s Vice
President Jose Vicente Rangel said American citizens could be denied
visas to visit Venezuela in response to a US decision to revoke the
visas of three Venezuelan military officers.
2006 Aug 12, Thousands of
people gathered across from the White House, even though President
Bush was out of town, to condemn US and Israeli policies in the
Middle East. In SF thousands of protesters decried US Mideast policy
and Israel’s military actions in Lebanon and Palestine. A smaller
group demonstrated on behalf of Israel.
(SSFC, 8/13/06, p.B1)(AP, 8/12/07)
2006 Aug 12, Afghanistan's
Health Ministry said the worsening security situation contributed to
a fourfold rise in polio cases this year, almost entirely in the
insurgency-wracked south. A highway police commander was killed by a
blast on his way to work in eastern Lagman province.
2006 Aug 12, Rashid Rauf and
Tayib Rauf (22), brothers arrested in Pakistan and England, emerged
as key figures in the suspected plot to destroy US-bound aircraft
during flight. Prominent Muslims in Britain accused the government
of encouraging extremism through its foreign policy. In 2007 a court
in Rawalpindi ordered the release of Rashid Rauf, a British Muslim
of Pakistani origin, after the prosecution withdrew the case against
(AP, 8/12/06)(WSJ, 8/12/06, p.A1)(AP, 11/16/07)
2006 Aug 12, President Joseph
Kabila's share of the vote in Congo's historic elections rose above
50% as 1 million more votes were counted and certified.
2006 Aug 12, The government
said PM Nouri al-Maliki had banned the Kurdistan Workers Party, a
rebel group fighting for autonomy in southeastern Turkey, from
operating in Baghdad. Two people were killed in the southern city of
Basra when a bomb exploded at a shop selling CDs featuring sermons
and interviews of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Police
found a dozen bodies trapped in a grate in the Tigris River, and a
roadside bomb killed two US soldiers on a foot patrol south of
Baghdad as nearly 50 violent deaths were reported across Iraq.
(AP, 8/12/06)(AP, 8/13/06)
2006 Aug 12, Oil smuggling in
Iraq was said to be worth $4 billion a year.
(Econ, 8/12/06, p.40)
2006 Aug 12, Israel staged
wide-ranging airstrikes and sent commandos into the Hezbollah
heartland as the UN raced to begin enforcing its new cease-fire
blueprint and stop the heavy fighting still raging in southern
Lebanon. Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said the militant
organization would abide by the UN cease-fire resolution but would
keep fighting as long as Israeli troops remained in southern
Lebanon. Israel lost 24 soldiers, including five on a helicopter
shot out of the air by guerrillas.
(AP, 8/12/06)(AP, 8/13/06)
2006 Aug 12, In Indian Kashmir
7 people, including two civilians mistaken by the army for Islamic
guerrillas, died as a strike paralyzed life in the region's main
2006 Aug 12, In northern Italy
the stabbed body of Hina Saleem (21) was found in the garden of the
family home at Sarezzo. She was killed by her father because she
refused to conform to an Islamic lifestyle. News reports said the
family had been insisting on an arranged marriage with a cousin in
Pakistan. The father and three other men, including her uncle, were
charged with premeditated murder and hiding the body.
2006 Aug 12, A passenger bus
skidded off a highway in central Mexico and rolled down a 320-foot
slope, killing 13 people and injuring a dozen others.
2006 Aug 12, Nigeria pulled
thousands of troops out of the Bakassi peninsula ahead of an August
12 UN deadline for a complete withdrawal, but many residents said
they would resist a handover to Cameroon.
2006 Aug 12, In Northern
Ireland about 15,000 Protestants paraded through Londonderry,
predominantly Roman Catholic city, following a night of Catholic
2006 Aug 12, Hundreds of
paratroopers joined the struggle to control scores of forest fires
in northwestern Spain. A total of 24 people have been arrested since
Aug. 1 on suspicion of deliberately starting many of the fires.
2006 Aug 12, Sri Lankan rebels
attacked a key naval base as they mounted a fierce push to retake a
northeastern peninsula considered the traditional home of the
country's ethnic Tamils. Sri Lankan war planes bombed Tiger rebel
positions as the fiercest fighting since a 2002 ceasefire left at
least 127 people dead. A Sri Lanka government spokesman said the
Tamil Tiger rebels offered to renew peace talks. Weeks of intense
fighting brought Sri Lanka close to resuming its civil war. Ketheesh
Loganathan, a Tamil senior peace official, was assassinated. He was
deputy chief of the secretariat which coordinated the government's
side of a Norway-brokered peace process.
(AP, 8/12/06)(AFP, 8/12/06)(AP, 8/13/06)
2006 Aug 12, The Ugandan army
killed Raska Lukwiya, the third in command of the rebel Lord's
Resistance Army and war crimes fugitive, which could affect the
stalled south Sudan-mediated peace talks.
2006 Aug 12, The UN Security
Council adopted a resolution seeking a "full cessation" of violence
between Israel and Hezbollah, offering the region its best chance
yet for peace after a month of fighting that has killed more than
800 people and inflamed Mideast tensions.
2007 Aug 12, Tiger Woods
captured the PGA Championship to win at least one major for the
third straight season and run his career total to 13.
2007 Aug 12, Tommy Thompson,
former governor of Wisconsin, said he was dropping out of the
Republican presidential campaign following his 6th place finish in
Iowa’s straw poll.
(SFC, 8/13/07, p.A2)
2007 Aug 12, Ronald Bracewell
(86), retired Stanford professor, died. He co-wrote the first text
on radio astronomy and helped develop magnetic resonance imaging
(MRI) technology. The Australian-born engineer also led the 1961
construction of the 32-dish radio telescope at Stanford and authored
a book on 350 species of trees on the Stanford campus.
(SFC, 8/16/07, p.B11)
2007 Aug 12, A Canadian woman
(35) gave birth to rare identical quadruplets. Karen Jepp of
Calgary, Alberta, delivered Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia by
Caesarian section at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls, Montana.
2007 Aug 12, In southwest
Missouri a gunman opened fire at the First Congregational Church
killing three people and wounded five. The local Micronesian
congregation rented the church for its services and the gunman, also
Micronesian, deliberately targeted elders of the congregation.
Suspect Eiken Elam Saimon was charged with murder. On March 20,
2009, Saimon (54) pleaded guilty to 3 counts of murder.
(AP, 8/13/07)(AP, 8/12/08)(SFC, 3/21/09, p.A4)
2007 Aug 12, Merv Griffin (82),
television talk show host and entrepreneur, died. He created the TV
game show “Jeopardy” in 1964 and sold the rights for the show to
Coca-Cola for $250 million in 1986.
(AP, 8/13/07)(SFC, 8/13/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 12, Afghanistan and
Pakistan pledged to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries in their
respective tribal regions and fight the opium trade financing
Islamic militants. Pakistan’s President Gen. Pervez Musharraf told
more than 600 Afghan and Pakistani tribal leaders that the two
countries have been mired in the rise of militancy, extremism and
radicalism while the rest of the world races forward with economic
development. He spoke at the closing session of a four-day US-backed
cross-border jirga, or tribal council, aimed at finding ways to stem
Afghanistan's rising bloodshed. In southern Afghanistan police and
army soldiers battled militants in Kandahar province's Shohrawak
district. The joint Afghan forces thwarted a planned militant ambush
at the district chief's compound, and the ensuing clash left nine
militants dead. During a cleanup operation after the battle, a
roadside bomb hit a police vehicle in the same district, killing
five officers and wounding two others.
(AFP, 8/12/07)(AP, 8/12/07)(AP, 8/13/07)
2007 Aug 12, In England Gerry
Tobin was shot in the back of the head as he rode home from an
annual biker event, the Bulldog Bash, in Warwickshire. Police later
arrested 3 men in connection with the shooting death of the Canadian
Hells Angel biker on the M40 motorway.
2007 Aug 12, In Mansoura,
Egypt, Mohamed Mamdouh Abdel-Aziz (12) died days after he was
arrested and allegedly tortured by police after he was detained on
suspicion of having stolen four packs of tea.
2007 Aug 12, A Hong Kong-based
human rights group said a chemical plant leaked arsenic into a river
in southern China that supplies water to at least 20,000 people.
High levels of arsenic and other chemicals already have killed at
least 10,000 fish in the Chongan, a 43-mile river in Guizhou
2007 Aug 12, In India suspected
rebels killed four Hindi-speaking migrant workers before dawn and 3
more bodies were found from an earlier killing in the
insurgency-wracked northeast, bringing the death toll from a week of
violence to 30.
2007 Aug 12, In Indonesia
nearly 90,000 followers of Hizbut Tahrir, a hard-line Sunni
organization with an estimated million members, packed a stadium in
Jakarta, calling for the creation of an Islamic state.
2007 Aug 12, A woman (29) in
Bali died from infection with the H5N1 strain of bird flu.
2007 Aug 12, Up to five
militants were killed and 13 others detained during a raid on
Baghdad's Shiite slum of Sadr City. The US military claimed those
they rounded up in that raid were linked to Tehran’s elite Quds
2007 Aug 12, In southern
Nigeria a foreigner taken hostage amid increased lawlessness died of
an illness while being taken to a hospital.
2007 Aug 12, A video was posted
on Russian ultranationalist sites of the Internet showing the brutal
execution of two men from Central Asia and the Caucasus. The man who
posted the video turned himself on Aug 14 in Maikop, capital of the
southern Russian republic of Adygei.
2007 Aug 12, In Somalia 2
suspects were arrested in the deaths of two prominent Somali
journalists who were killed within hours of each other.
2007 Aug 12, In Sri Lanka
suspected Tamil Tiger rebels set off a powerful land mine against a
military patrol in the Jaffna peninsula, killing a soldier and
wounding at least 16 others. Another civilian was killed and four
others were injured when the LTTE fired mortars at a northeastern
village in Weli Oya.
2007 Aug 12, In southeast
Turkey 12 were injured, three of them seriously, when Kurdish
guerrillas detonated a roadside bomb.
2007 Aug 12, In north-eastern
Zimbabwe at least 9 people were killed and around 50 injured when a
bus collided with a car.
2008 Aug 12, Two-thirds of US
corporations paid no federal income taxes between 1998 and 2005,
according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office.
2008 Aug 12, The US Navy agreed
to restrict loud sonar blasts from anti-submarine vessels in large
areas of the world’s oceans to protect whales and other vulnerable
(SFC, 8/13/08, p.B4)
2008 Aug 12, In California
state and federal officials celebrated the official transfer of
3,300 acres from the US Army to the Fort Ord Reuse Authority, which
will oversee the redevelopment of the 28,000-acre base on Monterey
(SFC, 8/13/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 12, Chicago’s
archdiocese agreed to pay over $12.6 million to settle suits by 16
people who accused priests of sex abuse. This brought the total thus
far $65 million for some 250 claims over the last 30 years.
(WSJ, 8/13/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 12, It was reported
that Akron inventor Charlie Grispin, chief technical officer of
PolyFlow Corp., had developed a new process to recycle plastic and
that a demonstration plant in Akron showed how the process broke all
manner of plastics into their base chemicals.
2008 Aug 12, Michael Baxandall
(74), Wales-born renowned UC Berkeley art historian, died. His books
included “Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy”
2008 Aug 12, Donald Erb
(b.1927), avant garde composer, died in Ohio. His work included
“Reconnaissance,” one of the first chamber works for live
synthesizer and acoustic instruments. It premiered in 1967 with
synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog on the synthesizer.
(SFC, 8/19/08, p.B5)
2008 Aug 12, Dorothy Wiltse
Collins (b.1923), star pitcher in women’s professional baseball in
the 1940s, died in Fort Wayne, Indiana from a stroke. Pitching for
six seasons in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League,
created in 1943 to provide home front entertainment while many major
leaguers were off to war, Collins dazzled opposing batters. The
All-American league went out of business after the 1954 season.
2008 Aug 12, Tesco, the biggest
British retailer, announced plans to open wholesale grocery stores
in India that will supply goods to hypermarkets owned by Indian
conglomerate Tata Group.
2008 Aug 12, Cambodia's
genocide tribunal formally indicted Kaing Guek Eav (aka Duch), a
former prison chief of the country's notorious Khmer Rouge, paving
the way for a historic trial.
2008 Aug 12, Knife-wielding
assailants attacked a road checkpoint in China's troubled far west,
killing three guards and raising the death toll to 31 from a surge
in violence coinciding with the Beijing Olympics. A bus accident in
western China killed 24 students and parents.
(AP, 8/12/08)(WSJ, 8/13/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 12, In the Dominican
Republic former Pan American Games wrestling medalist Wilson
Santiago Rojas (31) was shot to death when he tried to prevent his
cousin from being robbed inside a Santo Domingo electronics store.
2008 Aug 12, Security forces in
Gambia arrested Rear Adm. Bubo Na Tchuto, the suspected leader of an
alleged plot to topple the government in nearby Guinea-Bissau.
2008 Aug 12, Georgia's Pres.
Mikhail Saakashvili said his government will declare that its
breakaway regions are occupied territories and will designate
Russian peacekeepers as occupying forces. Russia ordered a halt to
military action in Georgia, after five days of air and land attacks
sent Georgia's army into headlong retreat and left towns and
military bases destroyed. A Dutch television journalist was killed
overnight when Russian warplanes bombed the central Georgian city of
Gori. Russia later counted 133 civilian deaths in South Ossetia.
Rights activists later said fewer than 100 civilians were killed in
South Ossetia. The war cost some 850 lives and left over 35,000
displaced civilians, mot of the Georgian.
(AP, 8/12/08)(Econ, 8/23/08, p.43)(WSJ, 9/12/08,
p.A1)(Econ, 10/3/09, p.65)
2008 Aug 12, Indian security
forces shot dead 15 Muslim demonstrators in Kashmir amid a wave of
anger against New Delhi's control over the disputed region.
(AP, 8/12/08)(Econ, 8/23/08, p.33)
2008 Aug 12, A male suicide
bomber, dressed as a woman, struck an Iraqi army convoy carrying
senior officials in Baqouba, killing at least two people. US
soldiers over the last 24 hours captured nine suspected militants
linked to what the military called an Iranian-backed group known as
the Hezbollah Brigades in northern Baghdad.
(AP, 8/12/08)(SFC, 8/13/08, p.A6)
2008 Aug 12, The Lebanese
parliament overwhelmingly approved the country's national unity
Cabinet after a five-day debate on a controversial policy that
upholds Hezbollah's right to keep its weapons.
2008 Aug 12, Nigerian militants
claimed they had destroyed a pipeline supplying gas to a key oil
refinery in southern Rivers state.
2008 Aug 12, A roadside bomb
destroyed an air force truck on a bridge in Pakistan's volatile
northwest and killed up to 14 people. The Taliban claimed
responsibility for the attack, calling it "an open war" and
retaliation for recent military operations in the region. A
suspected American missile strike targeting an alleged militant
gathering point killed at least nine people, including foreigners
near Angore Adda in the South Waziristan. Two intelligence officials
said between 22 and 25 people died, including Arabs, Turkmen and
(AP, 8/12/08)(AP, 8/13/08)(SFC, 8/14/08, p.A2)
2008 Aug 12, Muslim guerrillas
began withdrawing from several occupied southern Philippine villages
following fierce fighting with government troops that has displaced
nearly 160,000 civilians during harvest time.
2008 Aug 12, Somali pirates
hijacked the Thor Star, a Thai cargo ship with 28 crew members
2008 Aug 12, South Korea
announced sweeping pardons for some of the country’s most powerful
businessmen, including Lee Myung-bak, the head of leading carmaker
Hyundai Motor, saying they were needed to help revive a troubled
economy. 341,863 others were also pardoned as South Korea celebrated
liberation from Japanese colonialism.
2008 Aug 12, Spanish officials
said local police acting on a tip-off from US authorities have
seized 1.4 tons of cocaine and arrested eight South American
suspects, 6 from Colombia and 2 from Venezuela.
2008 Aug 12, Sudan's army began
a massive operation to wipe out rebel bases in Darfur's far north.
The army attacked with more than 200 vehicles in Wadi Atron, near
the Sudanese-Libyan border and took control of areas which had for
years been under the control of rebels who want more autonomy for
the region. North Darfur is part of Sudan's oil Block 12A operated
by a consortium led by the Saudi Arabian company al-Qahtani. Chinese
companies dominate Sudan's budding oil sector which produces more
than 500,000 barrels per day of crude.
2008 Aug 12, Venezuela raised
the regulated prices of foods ranging from bread to beef by up to 50
percent and removed price controls from other goods in a bid to ease
sporadic shortages in supermarkets.
2009 Aug 12, Pres. Obama
awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest
civilian honor, to 16 “agents of change.”
(SFC, 8/13/09, p.A5)
2009 Aug 12, In Atlanta,
Georgia, Ehsanul Islam (23) was convicted of aiding terrorist groups
by sending videotapes of US landmarks overseas and plotting to
support “violent jihad.” He faced a maximum of 60 years in prison.
(SFC, 8/13/09, p.A4)
2009 Aug 12, In Montana a
grizzly bear named Maximus, one of the largest in the state, was
found shot to death on a ranch near Dupuyer. He had stood 7½ feet
tall and weighed 800 lbs.
(SSFC, 8/23/09, p.A7)
2009 Aug 12, In southern
Afghanistan helicopter-borne US Marines backed by Harrier jets
stormed a Taliban-held town before dawn, launching a new operation
(Eastern Resolve 2) to uproot Taliban fighters from a longtime base
and provide security for next week's presidential election. Marines
said they killed between seven and 10 militants in Dahaneh and
seized about 66 pounds (30 kilograms) of opium, which the militants
use to finance their insurgency. A blast on a road in the Gereshk
district of Helmand province ripped through a vehicle carrying a
family, killing 11 people, including two women and nine men. In
Kandahar province three children were killed after they started
playing with a bomb which they had found on the side of the road
west of the provincial capital.
(AP, 8/12/09)(AP, 8/13/09)
2009 Aug 12, Australian forces
shot 2 Afghan policemen on a motorcycle at the Dorafshan checkpoint
near Tarin Kowt. One of the Afghans was shot 16 times and died. The
other was wounded. The Australian military later said the soldiers
did not know the men were police and were acting in self-defense.
2009 Aug 12, In Argentina
Retired Gen. Santiago Riveros and four other members of the military
were convicted and sentenced to long prison terms in the 1976
killing of Floreal Avellaneda (14), the son of a communist activist.
2009 Aug 12, Argentina’s
customs service confiscated a total of 4.2 metric tons (4.6 tons) of
pseudoephedrine, chemical that can be used to make methamphetamine,
at several government warehouses at the port in Buenos Aires during
an investigation into drug traffickers with ties to Mexico.
2009 Aug 12, In La Paz,
Bolivia, exploding envelopes wounded 7 people, 3 of them severely.
2009 Aug 12, In Chile Mapuche
activist Fabian Facundo Mendoza Collio (24) was shot and killed by
police during a confrontation with Mapuche Indians outside
Collipulli. Hours after the Collio was killed, an agricultural
warehouse in the area was set on fire, destroying about $1 million
worth of equipment.
2009 Aug 12, China’s state
media reported that authorities in northern China have shut down the
Dongling Lead and Zinc Smelting Co. in Shaanxi province after it was
found to have caused lead poisoning that sickened more than 300
children. Media later reported that 851 children in Changqing
township had tested positive for lead poisoning.
(AP, 8/12/09)(AP, 8/14/09)(AFP, 8/19/09)
2009 Aug 12, The WTO upheld
American complaints that China breaks trade commitments by the way
it regulates the import and distribution of foreign publications,
films and music. The initial complaint was filed in 2007 and was
later joined by the EU, Japan, Australia and others.
(Econ, 8/15/09, p.36)
2009 Aug 12, A French teenager
(16) shot and killed his parents and twin brothers, apparently while
they were asleep in their home on the island of Corsica.
2009 Aug 12, In France a
35-year-old convert to Islam, identified only as Carole, complained
of religious discrimination after trying to go swimming in a
"burquini," a full-body swimsuit, in the town of Emerainville,
southeast of Paris. Officials insisted they banned the woman's use
of the Islam-friendly suit at a local pool because of France's pool
2009 Aug 12, In Honduras
supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya clashed with police in
Tegucigalpa and some of them attacked the second-ranking member of
2009 Aug 12, In Mexico’s border
city of Nuevo Laredo, city police found a bullet-ridden sport
utility vehicle belonging to the federal Communications and
Transportation Department crashed into a post on a street. There was
blood on the seats, and four department employees identified as
cargo inspectors were reported missing.
2009 Aug 12, In Nigeria US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encouraged the government to take
a firmer line on corruption and offered US help to implement badly
needed electoral reforms in Africa's biggest energy producer.
2009 Aug 12, In northwestern
Pakistan's tribal belt clashes between Taliban militants and
followers of pro-government Turkistan Bitani left at least 70
(AP, 8/12/09)(SFC, 8/13/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 12, Philippine troops
overran two jungle camps of al-Qaida-linked militants in their
deadliest clash in years, with 23 soldiers and 31 guerrillas killed.
The two camps served as a stronghold and a bomb factory for the Abu
Sayyaf on Basilan. Troops found several bombs, booby traps and 15
assault rifles and grenade launchers.
2009 Aug 12, Russian PM
Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Abkhazia and said Russia
will spend at least 15 billion rubles ($470 million) next year to
build Russian military bases in Abkhazia and tighten the separatist
Georgian region's borders.
2009 Aug 12, Chechen Interior
Ministry spokesman Magomed Deniyev said 2 policemen were killed in
separate attacks during the night as they returned to their homes.
2009 Aug 12, Ruslan
Amerkhanov, the construction minister in Russia's violence-plagued
Ingushetia, was shot to death in his office. Ingush Security Council
secretary Alexei Vorobyov said investigators believe the killing
could be related to recent audits of construction projects that
turned up building violations and misuse of funds.
2009 Aug 12, World Bank
President Robert Zoellick pledged to boost development aid to Rwanda
to help the rebuild the country ripped apart by genocide.
2009 Aug 12, In Somalia masked
gunmen killed five Pakistani preachers outside the Tawfiq Mosque in
Galkayo following morning prayers.
2009 Aug 12, Yemeni government
forces used artillery and aircraft to attack Shiite rebels near the
border with Saudi Arabia in an escalation of the five-year-old
conflict. A local government official said 20 rebels were killed. A
local Health Ministry official said 12 others died in fighting
across Saada and 51 were injured.
2009 Aug 12, Doctors at
Zimbabwe's state hospitals went on strike, demanding higher salaries
and payment of their monthly allowances.
2010 Aug 12, Officials in
Atlanta, Georgia, arrested Elias Abuelazam (33), a suspect in a
string of 18 stabbings that left 5 people dead, at the
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l. airport as he was about to board
an airplane to Tel Aviv. 14 of the stabbings had taken place in
Flint, Michigan. Abuelazam was extradited to Michigan where he faced
homicide charges. On June 25, 2012, Abuelazam was sentenced to life
(SFC, 8/13/10, p.A7)(SFC, 8/27/10, p.A6)(SFC,
2010 Aug 12, In Nevada 2 gold
miners were killed in an accident at the Meikle mine.
(SFC, 8/13/10, p.A6)(SSFC, 8/15/10, p.A9)
2010 Aug 12, In Oregon a small
plane crashed in the Steens Mountain killing 2 men, including
prominent California horse breeder Frank Vessels (58).
(SFC, 8/13/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 12, In eastern
Afghanistan a crowd of about 300 villagers yelled "Death to the
United States" and blocked a main road as they swore that US forces
had killed three innocent villagers. NATO forces rejected the claim,
saying they had killed several suspected insurgents and detained a
local Taliban commander in the overnight raid. Elders from Zarin
Khil village said American troops stormed into a family's house and
shot three brothers, all young men, and then took their father into
custody. In nearby Paktiya province NATO and Afghan troops killed
more than 20 armed insurgents in an ongoing operation to disrupt
insurgents in the area around Dazadran district. US and Afghan
forces stepped up operations against a Taliban faction linked to
al-Qaida, arresting several key figures in the network in raids in
two eastern provinces. A British serviceman, who was injured Aug 10
in an incident involving a helicopter at a patrol base in the Nahri
Sarraj district of Helmand, died at a hospital in Britain.
(AP, 8/12/10)(AP, 8/13/10)
2010 Aug 12, Leicester City,
the English Championship soccer club, announced that a consortium
led by Thai businessman Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn has bought the
2010 Aug 12, An Iranian man was
arrested in Brazil on suspicion of 11 murders allegedly aimed at
protecting his illegal electronics smuggling operation. Police in
the northeastern state of Ceara say Farhad Marvizi (46) hired two
rogue officers and other people to carry out the killings in the
last two years.
2010 Aug 12, In China 10,276
people in Inner Mongolia set a new world record for the longest
chain of human dominoes toppling a record set a decade earlier in
Singapore by more than several hundred.
2010 Aug 12, In Colombia a car
bomb exploded outside a major radio station and banks in Bogota,
shattering windows and injuring at least nine people. No deaths were
2010 Aug 12, Egypt’s religious
ministry launched an ambitious project to, neighborhood by
neighborhood, unify the timing and sound of the Islamic call to
prayer across Cairo, a sprawling city of 18 million. System glitches
and a communication breakdown delayed it by a day.
2010 Aug 12, French Interior
Minister Brice Hortefeux said that over 40 illegal gypsy camps have
been dismantled around the country in the last two weeks and that
700 people among those in the camps will be returned to Bulgaria and
(SFC, 8/13/10, p.A2)
2010 Aug 12, India ordered
telephone operators to allow security agencies access to BlackBerry
services carried on their networks by the end of the month.
2010 Aug 12, In India Cindy
Iannereli, an American from Cecil, Pa., was murdered near the Osian
resort in Rajasthan state. Her son teenager Joncarlo Patton (15) was
arrested as the prime suspect in the murder. On May 3, 2011, the boy
was sentenced to serve three years in an Indian juvenile detention
facility. On May 11, 2012, an Indian court overturned the conviction
and Patton was released.
2010 Aug 12, In Jamaica police
shot and killed Cedric Murray, otherwise called ‘Doggie’, a senior
member of the Montego Bay-based Stone Crusher gang, near the border
of Clarendon and Manchester. He was on Jamaica’s ‘Most Wanted List’
for the past five years.
2010 Aug 12, In Malaysia gold
coins came into circulation and could be purchased at various
locations in Kelantan state. Their worth is currently about $180 per
dinar and $4 per dirham. The gold dinar and silver dirham coins
provide an alternative to Malaysia's currency, the ringgit, in
northeastern Kelantan state, which is governed by the Pan-Malaysian
Islamic Party, a conservative opposition group that promotes
religious policies in its rule.
2010 Aug 12, Guido De Marco
(79), former president of Malta (1999-2004), died. He helped the
island nation win European Union membership (2004).
2010 Aug 12, In Mexico police
found the bodies of six people in two locations. The bodies of four
males, including two teenagers, were found with their hands and feet
bound inside a car in the town of Tepalcatepec, Michoacan state.
Minutes earlier police in Tepalcatepec found the body of a man and a
woman alongside a road.
2010 Aug 12, Demonstrators in
Morocco slapped a commercial blockade on Melilla, a Spanish enclave,
allowing in only some trucks in a dispute over alleged police
violence and racism against Moroccans entering the city. Besides a
bustling commercial flow, about 35,000 Moroccans cross daily into
Melilla, population 70,000, to work or shop.
2010 Aug 12, In Nigeria a
senior official said a cholera outbreak has killed 40 people while
115 others have been infected in northern Nigeria's Borno State in
the past week.
2010 Aug 12, President Dmitry
Medvedev said drought has destroyed a quarter of Russia's grain crop
this year, pushing some farmers to the brink of bankruptcy and
hurting Russia's bid to expand food exports.
2010 Aug 12, In Suriname Desi
Bouterse (64), a former coup leader, convicted drug trafficker and
accused murderer, was sworn in as president.
2010 Aug 12, Human Rights Watch
group said Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army rebels have abducted 697
people in central Africa in the past 18 months, killing at least 255
2010 Aug 12, In Zimbabwe a
wounded buffalo, known as one of the most aggressive animals in the
African bush, gored veteran Zimbabwean conservationist Steve Kok
(71) to death, ending his years of dedication to saving wild animals
from poachers' traps.
2011 Aug 12, The US warned it
would cut $100 million in American aid money if Hamas continues its
"unwarranted audits" of local American nonprofit organizations in
the Gaza Strip.
2011 Aug 12, A US federal
appeals court panel struck down a requirement in Pres. Obama’s
health care package requiring virtually all American to carry health
insurance or face penalties.
(SFC, 8/13/11, p.A4)
2011 Aug 12, In San Francisco
the 4th annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival opened in
golden Gate Park for a 3-day run.
(SFC, 8/13/11, p.C2)
2011 Aug 12, Albrecht Muth
called police saying he had discovered Viola Drath (91), his wife of
20 years, murdered at their Georgetown home. On Jan 16, 2014,
Albrecht Muth (49) was convicted of her murder.
(SFC, 1/17/14, p.A7)
2011 Aug 12, General Motors
said it is recalling 16,198 Chevrolet Impala and Buick LaCrosse cars
in the United States and Canada to address sensor and power steering
2011 Aug 12, In southern
Afghanistan 2 NATO service members were killed in separate roadside
bombings. Afghan security forces recovered the bodies of five
policemen and three intelligence agents who were kidnapped by
insurgents a day earlier in Wardak province.
(AP, 8/12/11)(AP, 8/13/11)
2011 Aug 12, Royal Dutch Shell
PLC said it is trying to stop oil leaking from a flow line at one of
its drilling platforms in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland.
On Aug 15 Shell estimated that 54,600 gallons had leaked from the
Gannet Alpha oil rig. On Aug 16 Shell said a 2nd smaller leak had
been found at the rig.
(AP, 8/13/11)(SFC, 8/16/11, p.A4)(SFC, 8/17/11,
2011 Aug 12, A Chinese bullet
train manufacturer recalled 54 trains in a new embarrassment for a
problem-plagued prestige project following a July crash that killed
2011 Aug 12, In Egypt hundreds
of protesters rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square, briefly scuffling
with riot police and defying the military rulers who are eager to
prevent any demonstrations in the iconic square since forcefully
clearing a weekslong sit-in by youth activists last week.
2011 Aug 12, The Italian
government approved $65 billion in additional emergency austerity
measures over the next two years in an effort to balance the budget
by 2013. Tax hikes and cuts to local government were included.
(SFC, 8/13/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 12, Libya's news
agency, JANA, reported that those carrying a satellite phone without
a permit could be sentenced to death as punishment for treason.
2011 Aug 12, Mexico’s official
National Human Rights Commission complained that Mexican police and
soldiers regularly burst into homes, plant evidence and take
people's possessions. It said the violations have increased as the
war against drug cartels has grown more intense.
2011 Aug 12, A Dutch court sent
two Somalis to jail for up to seven years for hijacking a South
African yacht last year and seizing a South African couple who are
still missing. Three others also were convicted of piracy. The five
men were caught by the Dutch navy in the Gulf of Aden in November,
heavily armed with machine guns and bazookas.
2011 Aug 12, In Nigeria cleric
Liman Bana (65) died after sustaining gunshot wounds while walking
home from conducting prayers at the main mosque in Ngala, a border
town with Chad. Police blamed the attack on the Boko Haram group.
2011 Aug 12, In Pakistan
Taliban militants ambushed a police van taking two of their comrades
back to jail after a trip to the dentist, freeing the captives.
Three police guards were killed in the incident in Peshawar.
2011 Aug 12, Poland's PM Donald
Tusk lambasted prosecutors for giving Belarusian police confidential
financial information on Ales Belyatsky, a prominent human rights
activist. The information contributed to his arrest and allowed
Belarusian authorities to file criminal charges against him.
2011 Aug 12, In the southern
Philippines two men were killed when a bomb they were allegedly
carrying exploded prematurely along a highway.
2011 Aug 12, Stockholm Film
Festival organizers say French actress Isabelle Huppert (53) will be
honored with its 2011 lifetime achievement award for a career in
movie and television spanning almost four decades.
2011 Aug 12, Syrian activists
said troops and tanks stormed the town of Khan Sheikhon in the
northern province of Idlib amid heavy gunfire. Syrian soldiers
opened fire on tens of thousands of protesters who flooded the
streets shouting "We will not kneel!" Security forces killed at
least 15 protesters. The US stepped up calls for a global trade
embargo on oil and gas from Syria. Four people were killed in Aleppo
as security forces attacked protesters.
(AP, 8/12/11)(AP, 8/13/11)(SFC, 8/13/11,
2011 Aug 12, A Tunisian court
handed down prison terms for members and collaborators of the former
first lady for trying to illegally flee with jewels and cash as the
regime collapsed. But it dismissed charges against Ali Seriati, the
once powerful head of presidential security.
2011 Aug 12, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands poured onto the streets of major cities and towns,
demanding the country's embattled president step down. Thousands of
Saleh loyalists gathered for prayers in a mosque near the
presidential palace in the capital Sanaa.
2012 Aug 12, The US Navy USS
Porter, a guided-missile destroyer, was left with a gaping hole on
one side after it collided with the Japanese-owned,
Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan just outside the
strategic Strait of Hormuz.
(AP, 8/12/12)(AP, 8/13/12)
2012 Aug 12, In Louisiana the
Bayou Corne sinkhole opened up. It stretched 325 feet across,
guzzled water from adjacent swamps and belched methane from beneath
the surface. By late 2013 it had expanded to 25 acres and continued
to grow. The Napoleonville salt dome, 700 feet below Bayou Corne,
had been used to store propane, butane and natural gas and to make
salt water for chemical factories in the area. The collapse of a
cavern wall was believed to cause the formation of Bayou
(SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A17)
2012 Aug 12, Joe Kubert,
American comic artist and teacher, died in New Jersey. He drew
figures in “Sgt. Rock,” “The Haunted Tank” and Enemy Ace.” In 1976
Kubert and his wife founded the Kubert School, the nation’s only
accredited trade school for comic book artists.
(SFC, 8/16/12, p.C4)
2012 Aug 12, Ruggiero Ricci
(b.1918), SF-born violin virtuoso, died at his home in Palm Springs.
(SFC, 8/13/12, p.C3)
2012 Aug 12, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed district government chief
Faridullah Niazi and three of his bodyguards in Laghman province.
2012 Aug 12, Bahrain sentenced
a 19-year-old man two-years in jail for defaming one of the Prophet
Muhammad's wives. The court heard how the unnamed man "posted filthy
and depraved comments" on a website that slandered Muhammad's wife
2012 Aug 12, Marathon man
Stephen Kiprotich delivered Uganda's second ever Olympics gold
medal, celebrating victory in the shadow of Buckingham Palace as the
curtain slowly dropped on the 2012 Games. Uganda’s last gold medal
came 40 years ago when 400m hurdler John Akii-Bua struck gold at the
Munich Games. The closing ceremony was billed as a diverse "Symphony
of British Music."
2012 Aug 12, Egypt's President
Morsi announced a surprise decision to retire the defense minister
and chief of staff and seize back the powers the military grabbed
from his office. Security forces killed 6 suspected militants during
raids on hideouts in two villages in northern Sinai. They seized
landmines, an anti-aircraft missile, heavy machine-guns and
grenades. Separately 3 policemen were killed and four others injured
when their car turned over while chasing a group of criminals in
2012 Aug 12, In Iraq twin
bombings and a shooting in and around Baghdad killed five people,
including three Iraqi policemen.
2012 Aug 12, In Italy Hundreds
of Wind Jet airline passengers became stranded due to the failure of
Alitalia's deal to purchase the Sicily-based low-cost carrier.
2012 Aug 12, In Kenya three
Russian-made Mi-24 combat helicopters from Uganda went down in a
remote mountainous region. One was found a day later, with all seven
servicemen on board rescued. 3 soldiers were later confirmed dead in
another crash. 8 surviving Ugandan servicemen were found on Aug 14.
The helicopters were flying to Somalia to support African Union
troops battling Shebab insurgents linked to Al-Qaeda.
(AFP, 8/14/12)(AP, 8/15/12)
2012 Aug 12, In Mali up to
60,000 people gathered for a giant peace rally in Bamako. The
country was split in two after Islamists wrested control of the vast
desert north following a March coup in the capital Bamako.
2012 Aug 12, In Mexico gunmen
shot dead Matehuala, San Luis Potosi state, Mayor-elect Edgar
Morales Perez and aide Francisco Hernandez Colunga as they returned
from a birthday party.
(SFC, 8/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 12, In Nigeria a
senior officer said troops killed 20 suspected Boko Haram Islamists
in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, an account quickly denied by
the militant group. Military commander Victor Ebhaleme said one
soldier had been killed and two others injured in the raid.
Suspected Islamists attacked a military patrol in the northeastern
city of Damaturu.
2012 Aug 12, In South Africa
violent clashes broke out at the mine run by Lonmin, the world's
third largest platinum producer, in a battle for dominance between
the leading National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the smaller
Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). 8 people
were killed in the clashes. The next day two police officers,
responding to the clashes, were hacked to death. In 2015 South
African prosecutors charged 17 miners with murder over the killing
of 10 people during a violent wildcat strike at Lonmin's Marikana
(AFP, 8/14/12)(Reuters, 10/21/15)
2012 Aug 12, In South Africa
Bulelani Mabhayi (39) was arrested after an elderly woman was
founded hacked to death the night before in the Eastern Cape village
of Tholeni. He was being charged with a string of unresolved rapes
and murders in the village where 19 women have been slain since
2012 Aug 12, Spain’s regional
governments reported 10 wildfires raging across the country,
including fires on the Canary islands of La Gomera and Tenerife.
2012 Aug 12, The Syrian army
pressed its assault on rebels in commercial capital Aleppo, while
both sides reported atrocities and Arab foreign ministers postponed
a planned meeting on the 17-month conflict.
2012 Aug 12, In Syria Austin
Tyce, an American journalist, disappeared while covering the
country’s civil war.
2012 Aug 12, UN chief Ban
Ki-moon announced an initiative to protect oceans from pollution and
over-fishing and to combat rising sea levels which threaten hundreds
of millions of the world's people, marking the 30th anniversary of
the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
2013 Aug 12, A US federal judge
said the NYC Police Dept. deliberately violated the civil rights of
twns of thousands of New Yorkers with its stop-and-frisk policy, and
an independent monitor is needed to oversee major changes.
(SFC, 8/13/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 12, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed AB1266, allowing transgender youth to sue school
facilities and join groups with their gender identity.
(SFC, 8/17/13, p.A8)
2013 Aug 12, Elon Musk, founder
of Tesla and SpaceX, proposed to revive the old science-fiction
vac-train concept to carry passengers from San Francisco to Los
Angeles at over 1,200kph.
(Econ, 8/17/13, p.65)
2013 Aug 12, A federal jury in
Boston found James "Whitey" Bulger guilty of conspiracy and
racketeering charges that will likely put him behind bars for the
rest of his life.
(SFC, 8/13/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 12, Algeria's chief
prosecutor said an international arrest warrant has been issued for
former OPEC president Chakib Khelil for his alleged role in a
bribery scandal involving Algeria's state oil company, Sonatrach. It
was issued two weeks ago but only announced today. The warrant also
named eight other people, including Khelil's wife, their two
children, and a nephew of a former Algerian foreign minister.
2013 Aug 12, The City of London
Corporation said it has demanded that ad-firm Renew pull the plug on
a network of high-tech trash cans, which measure the Wi-Fi signals
emitted by smartphones to follow commuters as they pass by.
2013 Aug 12, In Cambodia final
but unratified election results were released reaffirming the
victory by the ruling Cambodian People's Party. The angered
opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said they should
have been delayed until there was an impartial probe of alleged
electoral irregularities. Provisional results said the CPP won 68
seats while the CNRP gained 55.
(AP, 8/12/13)(Econ, 8/3/13, p.32)
2013 Aug 12, In China the
Xinjiang government said a court has sentenced two people to death
and another to life imprisonment over deadly violence last April.
Two defendants were given 9-year jail sentences.
2013 Aug 12, Egyptian
authorities postponed a move to disperse two Cairo sit-ins by
supporters of ousted Pres. Morsi to "avoid bloodshed." Islamist
supporters stepped up rallies to demand his return to power.
2013 Aug 12, India launced its
first home-built aircraft carrier, the Vikrant. It was expected to
enter service in 2018.
(SFC, 8/13/13, p.A2)(Econ, 8/17/13, p.36)
2013 Aug 12, In Iraq at least
16 people were killed and 41 wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a
crowded cafe in Balad. Hours later 6 people were killed and 17
others wounded in a bomb explosion near a restaurant in Baqouba.
Gunmen near Mosul intercepted a car carrying 3 soldiers and shot
them dead. A suicide car bomber drove his vehicle into an army
checkpoint near Fallujah, killing 5 soldiers.
2013 Aug 12, Israel named 26
Palestinian prisoners to be freed this week under a deal enabling
US-backed peace talks to resume. Palestinians said these have been
undermined by newly announced plans to expand Israeli settlements.
2013 Aug 12, In Mali Soumalia
Cisse, the opponent of former PM Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, conceded
defeat in an election aimed at restoring stability to a country
wracked by a rebellion, a coup and an Islamic insurgency.
2013 Aug 12, Nigeria became the
first African country to sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty marking
"resolute and unyielding" efforts to deny arms to terrorists,
pirates and bandits.
2013 Aug 12, Typhoon Utor
battered the northern Philippines, toppling power lines and dumping
heavy rain across cities and food-growing plains. The storm left at
least two people dead and 44 missing.
2013 Aug 12, Tunisia carried
out air strikes on Islamist militants holed up in the Mount Chaambi
area near the Algerian border.
2014 Aug 12, Another 130 US
troops arrived in Iraq on what the Pentagon described as a temporary
mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing
thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain
and evaluate options for getting them out to safety.
2014 Aug 12, The New-York based
Human Rights Watch called for an international commission of inquiry
into mass killings by Egyptian security forces last summer, saying
they likely amount to crimes against humanity.
2014 Aug 12, A US federal judge
upheld a Maryland ban on 45 assault weapons and a limit on gun
magazines to 10 rounds.
(SFC, 8/13/14, p.A8)
2014 Aug 12, In Waldo, Florida,
Police Chief Mike Szabo was suspended, apparently in response to an
investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into
suspected improprieties in the way officers write tickets. On Aug 26
at a Waldo City Council meeting, a group of police officers said
they had been ordered by Szabo to write at least 12 tickets per
12-hour shift or face repercussions. Ticket quotas are illegal under
2014 Aug 12, Lauren Bacall
(b.1924), American film and theater actress, died. She had starred
in over 40 films including “To Have and Have Not” (1940), “The Big
Sleep” (1946) and “Key Largo” (1948) with Humphrey Bogart, whom she
married in 1945.
(SFC, 8/13/14, p.A9)
2014 Aug 12, Argentina halted a
brief pilot strike that stranded thousands of passengers in Buenos
Aires as the Labor Ministry ordered the two sides to accept
(SFC, 8/13/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 12, Britain said it
will send Chinook helicopters to help refugees trapped in northern
Iraq, particularly on Mount Sinjar.
2014 Aug 12, Canada said it
will donate a small quantity of an experimental Ebola vaccine
developed in its government lab to the World Health Organization for
use in Africa.
2014 Aug 12, Chinese security
forces opened fire on unarmed Tibetan protesters, wounding at least
10 people, before they detained the protesters and rounded up more
male villagers in the southwestern province of Sichuan. One
protester identified as Lo Palsang committed suicide while in
custody while another unnamed person died from untreated wounds. 3
more protesters died later in jail after being denied medical
2014 Aug 12, In China actor Gao
Hu (40), who had a small part as a soldier in Zhang Yimou's 2011
movie "The Flowers of War," was detained by police for possession
and use of marijuana and methamphetamine, part of a wave of
detentions in China's sternest crackdowns on illegal drug use in two
2014 Aug 12, Danish officials
said a listeria outbreak caused by contaminated sausages may have
killed 10 people during the past few months. A small meat producer
in Copenhagen was closed down Aug 11.
2014 Aug 12, In Ecuador a 5.1
magnitude earthquake left at least 4 people dead in the Quito
(SFC, 8/13/14, p.A2)(SFC, 8/14/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 12, Egypt's top
religious authority condemned the armed group Islamic State which
has taken over parts of Iraq and Syria, describing it as a corrupt,
extremist organization that is damaging Islam.
2014 Aug 12, India’s PM
Narendra Modi ahead of a visit to Kargil, Kashmir, said Pakistan was
waging a "proxy war" in the disputed region.
2014 Aug 12, In Indonesia the
body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack (62), a Chicago-based woman, was found
in a bloodied suitcase on the resort island of Bali. Her daughter,
Heather Mack (19) and boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer (21) were arrested
on Aug 13 and detained as suspects. Schaeffer later confessed to the
murder and Heather Mack acknowledged helping him stuff the body into
(AP, 8/15/14)(AP, 9/19/14)
2014 Aug 12, Iraq's incumbent
PM Haider al-Abadi ordered the security forces not intervene in the
current political crisis over who will be the next prime minister,
amid fears that he might go to any lengths to stay in power.
2014 Aug 12, Kenya Wildlife
Direct chief executive Paula Kahumbu delivered a petition on this
World Elephant Day calling for the arrest of Feizal Ali Mohamed,
whom Wildlife Direct alleges is a Mombasa-based businessman evading
an arrest warrant in relation to a massive ivory seizure in June.
2014 Aug 12, In Liberia Fatu
Sherrif (12) died overnight of Ebola in the village of Ballajah. She
had been shunned and locked away with her mother's body for a week
after most residents fled to the forest to escape an outbreak of the
virus. In Liberia alone, some 599 cases have been diagnosed with 323
2014 Aug 12, Libya’s new
parliament agreed that the next president would be elected by a
popular vote as lawmakers sought to overcome a confrontation between
two armed factions. Tripoli police chief Col. Mohammed Sweissi, who
supported the battle against Islamist militias, was killed after he
came under attack by masked gunmen after leaving a meeting in the
Tajoura neighborhood. Two associates were abducted.
(Reuters, 8/12/14)(AP, 8/12/14)
2014 Aug 12, Mexico’s Buen Tono
newspaper reported that Octavio Rojas, a police beat reporter, was
shot and killed in Cosolapa, Oaxaca state.
(SFC, 8/13/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 12, Philippine
security forces captured Jovito Palparan (63), a fugitive former
army general. He had been on the run since December 2011 after a
court issued a warrant for his arrest in the kidnapping and
disappearance of left-wing student activists Karen Empeno and
Sherlyn Cadapan in Bulacan province north of Manila in 2006.
2014 Aug 12, Russian President
Vladimir Putin hosted his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
for talks about Cairo's purchase of advanced surface-to-air missiles
and membership in a Moscow-led free trade zone.
2014 Aug 12, Russia said it has
begun military exercises in the Kurile Islands in the Pacific Ocean,
a move likely to anger Japan, which also lays claim to them.
2014 Aug 12, A convoy of 280
Russian trucks reportedly packed with aid traveled some 500 km (300
miles) to the southwestern Russian town of Voronezh as it headed for
eastern Ukraine, but Kiev said it would only allow the goods through
under the close supervision of the international Red Cross.
(AP, 8/12/14)(Reuters, 8/13/14)
2014 Aug 12, South Africa said
around 250,000 Zimbabweans living in the country on temporary visas
due to expire this year can get three-year extensions, delaying a
possible mass expulsion of workers.
2014 Aug 12, The Spanish sea
rescue service said it has picked up more than 900 migrants trying
to enter Spain clandestinely by crossing the Strait of Gibraltar in
boats from north Africa over the past two days. Some 700 migrants
stormed border fences to try to enter Spain's northwest African
enclave city of Melilla from Morocco. Some 30 migrants managed to
enter the city.
2014 Aug 12, A Spanish
missionary priest being treated for Ebola died in a Madrid hospital
amid a worldwide debate over who should get experimental Ebola
treatments. Miguel Parajes (75) had worked for the San Juan de Dios
hospital order, a Catholic aid group, and had been helping to treat
people with Ebola in Liberia when he became ill and was evacuated.
2014 Aug 12, Sudanese security
agents arrested Mariam al-Mahdi, deputy leader of the opposition
Umma Party led by her father Sadiq al-Mahdi, after it reached a deal
in Paris to cooperate with rebels.
2014 Aug 12, In northern Turkey
a coal mine collapse trapped up to nine people inside.
2014 Aug 12, UN rights monitors
called for the global community to take urgent action to avoid a
potential genocide against the Yazidi community in Iraq.
20,000-30,000 Yazidi people were reported trapped on Mount Sinjar.
An Iraqi helicopter crashed while delivering aid to the displaced
(AFP, 8/12/14)(AP, 8/12/14)
2014 Aug 12, UN Security
Council envoys warned South Sudan's warring leaders they would face
sanctions if a civil war that has pushed the young nation to the
brink of famine does not stop.
2014 Aug 12, The Vatican called
on Muslim religious leaders to condemn "unspeakable criminal acts"
by Islamic State militants who have taken a series of cities in
2015 Aug 12, Redel Kentel Jones
(30), a black woman, was killed by police in the 4100 block of
Marlton Avenue in the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw neighborhood of Los
Angeles following an $80 robbery at a pharmacy. Courtyana Franklin,
a woman who said she witnessed the shooting, said she watched the
events unfold from the side view mirror of her car, and in her
version, Jones was running from officers when she was shot. On July
12, 2016, a police commission announced that the shooting was
2015 Aug 12, In northern
California the Jerusalem Fire running rampant through
drought-parched vegetation grew by several thousand acres overnight,
as firefighters worked to stop the flames from spreading.
(Reuters, 8/12/15)(SFC, 8/12/15, p.A5)
2015 Aug 12, Kraft Heinz said
it is cutting 2,500 jobs in the US and Canada, including about 700
in Northfield, Ill., where the company is headquartered.
(SFC, 8/13/15, p.C2)
2015 Aug 12, Texas executed
Daniel Lee Lopez (27) for fatally striking a police lieutenant with
an SUV during a chase in 2009.
(SFC, 8/13/15, p.A6)
2015 Aug 12, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters disguised in police uniforms infiltrated a security
forces compound in Helmand province and killed 14 security
personnel. The Taliban used US-built Humvees with mounted machine
(Reuters, 8/12/15)(Reuters, 9/22/15)
2015 Aug 12, British publishing
company Pearson said it has agreed to sell its 50-percent stake in
The Economist Group, owner of prestigious magazine The Economist,
for $730 million (663 million euros), split between The Economist
Group itself and Italian investment firm Exor, which is controlled
by the Agnelli family.
2015 Aug 12, Chad’s Pres.
Idriss Deby said Boko Haram has a new commander named Mahamat Daoud,
said to have replaced Abubakar Shekau, and that Daoud is willing to
negotiate with Nigeria’s new government.
(SFC, 8/13/15, p.A5)
2015 Aug 12, China cut the
yuan's value against the dollar for the second consecutive day. The
yuan hit a four-year low falling for a second day.
(Reuters, 8/12/15)(AFP, 8/12/15)
2015 Aug 12, In northern China
more than 60 people were missing after a landslide buried the living
quarters of a mining company under one million cubic meters of earth
in Shanyang county, Shaanxi province.
2015 Aug 12, In China two huge
explosions tore through an industrial area where toxic chemicals and
gas were stored in the northeastern port city of Tianjin. Tianjin
Dongjiang Port Ruihai International Logistics was identified as the
owner of the site. On Aug 15 police confirmed for the first time the
presence of deadly sodium cyanide at the site of the blast as a
series of new explosions were heard and small fires broke out. In
September the final death toll was set at 173 with no hope of
finding 8 missing. Residents whose homes were destroyed were offered
2,000 yuan ($312) for three months.
(Reuters, 8/13/15)(AP, 8/14/15)(Reuters,
8/15/15)(AP, 8/22/15)(AP, 8/31/15)(Econ, 8/22/15, p.38)
2015 Aug 12, Islamic State
sympathizers circulated an image that appears to show the grisly
aftermath of the beheading of Tomislav Salopek, a Croatian hostage
abducted in Egypt.
2015 Aug 12, Estonia’s
Agriculture ministry spokeswoman Karin Volmer said a total of 15,700
pigs have been killed to prevent the spread of African swine fever
since the first case was reported there on July 21.
2015 Aug 12, Guinea Bissau's
Pres. Jose Mario Vaz dismissed the government late today because of
a deepening power struggle with PM Domingos Simoes Pereira.
2015 Aug 12, Indonesia’s Pres.
Joko Widodo fired four Cabinet ministers in a much anticipated
reshuffle as the government struggles to improve the economy.
(SFC, 8/13/15, p.A2)
2015 Aug 12, Indonesian
authorities seized the Thai-owned Silver Sea 2, a massive
refrigerated cargo ship believed to be loaded with slave-caught
fish. It was escorted about 80 miles (130 km) to a naval base in
2015 Aug 12, In Iraq’s Kurdish
region Farhad Jaafar Mahmood and wives Khuncha Hassan Ismaeil and
Berivan Haider Karim were hanged following convictions in April last
year over the kidnapping and murder of two girls.
2015 Aug 12, Libya’s rival
factions met for a second day of UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva.
The warring factions ended two days with a pledge to end the
political crisis and military conflict in the country within weeks.
(AFP, 8/12/15)(Reuters, 8/12/15)
2015 Aug 12, A Malaysian
opposition party filed a civil lawsuit against PM Najib Razak for
alleged election offenses involving $700 million in his bank
2015 Aug 12, Myanmar's health
minister scrapped plans to fill more of the 300 vacancies at his
ministry with military personnel, after thousands of people joined a
rare online protest against eight initial appointments. The Black
Ribbon Movement, launched this week by medical workers and doctors
following the appointments, called on the government to end the
"militarization" of the ministry.
2015 Aug 12, In Nigeria a
helicopter, owned by Bristow Group of Houston, Texas, crashed as it
traveled from an oil rig into a lagoon in Lagos, killing 6 people.
2015 Aug 12, In Northern
Ireland Kevin McGuigan, a former Irish Republican Army militant, was
killed in East Belfast. The murder was widely seen as score-settling
within paramilitary ranks and revived fears that the IRA is still
operating in secret.
(AFP, 9/1/15) (SFC, 9/11/15, p.A5)
2015 Aug 12, In southern
Pakistan gunmen killed 4 policemen in Karachi. The military said it
has captured militants involved in a plot to attack Independence Day
celebrations on August 14. including Bakhat Zaman, the deputy chief
of the Pakistani Taliban.
2015 Aug 12, In South Korea
Choi Hyun-yeol (80) set himself on fire during a protest calling for
Japan to apologize for forcing Korean girls and women to work in
military brothels during World War II. He was in critical condition
with burns to his neck, face, and upper torso.
2015 Aug 12, A South Korean
media report said Choe Yong Gon (63), North Korea's vice premier,
was executed by firing squad this year after showing discontent with
the policies of the country's leader Kim Jong Un.
2015 Aug 12, In Syria heavy
rebel shelling and government airstrikes around Damascus killed at
least 36 people and wounded scores more in a surge in violence just
hours before the arrival of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad
2015 Aug 12, Syria's warring
parties declared a 48-hour ceasefire in two frontline areas after
unprecedented mediation from Turkey and Iran. The ceasefire halted
fighting in the rebel-held town of Zabadani and in a pair of Shi'ite
Muslim villages in Idlib province.
2015 Aug 12, A Turkish soldier
and two fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed
when militants attacked a military outpost in the southeastern
province of Diyarbakir.
2015 Aug 12, A UN report said a
measles outbreak in the copper-mining Katanga province in the
Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 315 people and infected at
2015 Aug 12, In Venezuela
Daniel Ceballos, the former mayor of the restive western city of San
Cristobal, was granted house arrest on medical grounds while
awaiting trial for his alleged role in inciting violence during last
year's anti-government protests.
2015 Aug 12, In eastern Yemen a
suspected US drone strike killed 5 al Qaeda men in their car while
they were traveling on a coast road east of the port of Mukalla.
2016 Aug 12, Democratic White
House candidate Hillary Clinton released her 2015 tax return and
criticized her Republican rival Donald Trump for bucking a
long-standing tradition by failing to do the same.
2016 Aug 12, In San Francisco
Emma Zhou was paralyzed from the waist down after limb fell from a
50-foot Canary Island pine tree in Washington Square Park. In 2018
The SF Board of Supervisors approved a $14.5 million settlement for
(SFC, 10/3/18, p.C5)
2016 Aug 12, Torrential
downpours in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi caused flooding that
killed at least two men, left two people injured and forced
residents to evacuate homes throughout the region.
2016 Aug 12, Lebron James
signed a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers giving the NBA
superstar $31 million next season.
2016 Aug 12, In Oklahoma
Stanley Vernon Majors (61) gunned down his Lebanese neighbor Khalid
Jabara (37) outside his Tulsa home after bombarding him with racial
insults in a feud that had lasted several years. On Feb. 20, 2018,
Majors was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of
(http://tinyurl.com/y7hmneoc)(SFC, 2/21/18, p.A6)
2016 Aug 12, In Virginia Lisa
Borinstein (52) of Indiana, two of her four children and a foreign
exchange student were among six people killed in a small plane
2016 Aug 12, Staff on the
Eurostar rail service between Britain and mainland Europe started
four days of strike action although the company insisted there would
be minimal disruption to services.
2016 Aug 12, The Chinese
Swimming Association said Chen Xinyi tested positive for the
diuretic hydrochlorothiazide after she finished fourth in the
women's 100-meter butterfly in the Rio Olympics on August 7, missing
a bronze medal by nine-hundredths of a second.
2016 Aug 12, In Congo DRC
security forces in Kasai Central province killed a tribal chief and
militia leader nicknamed Kamwina Nsapu (Kamuina Nsapu), meaning
2016 Aug 12, Fiji's men's
sevens rugby team won the country’s first ever Olympic medal with a
43-7 victory over Great Britain.
2016 Aug 12, India's Supreme
Court handed a reprieve to the auto industry, ruling that new diesel
vehicles can be allowed on the streets of the national capital as
long as a 1 percent "green" tax is paid.
2016 Aug 12, The UN's envoy to
Libya told a newspaper that support for the UN-backed unity
government is "crumbling" amid increased power outages and a
weakening currency that is hitting crucial imports.
2016 Aug 12, Mexican federal
police said they have arrested Luis Reyes Enriquez in a raid in the
Monterrey suburb of San Pedro Garza Garcia. Enriquez was arrested in
2007, and spent almost eight years in custody until a judge absolved
him of organized crime and drug charges in April 2015. Prosecutors
appealed that ruling, and a superior court re-instated his
conviction and a sentence of 47 ½ years in prison.
2016 Aug 12, In Mexico a
three-day conference called "ExpoWeed" opened in Mexico City,
promoting home-growing of marijuana. The practice was still not
legal in the country. Activists said the "grow" movement is an
antidote to antidote to Mexico's drug violence.
2016 Aug 12, In Mozambique 6
civilians burned to death in an attack by Renamo rebels, the latest
in a string of violent skirmishes between opposition fighters and
2016 Aug 12, In Nigeria
military helicopters rushed polio vaccines to dangerous parts of the
northeast, where Boko Haram operates and two paralyzed toddlers were
2016 Aug 12, Russian President
Vladimir Putin unexpectedly dismissed his close ally and powerful
chief of staff Sergei Ivanov, in the highest-level change inside the
Kremlin in several years. Ivanov was replaced by his deputy Anton
2016 Aug 12, Lawmakers in St.
Vincent and the Grenadines passed a bill allowing defamation on the
internet to be punished by prison sentences of up to two years.
2016 Aug 12, In northern Syria
Islamic State fighters seized around 2,000 civilians to use as
"human shields" as they fled their stronghold of Manbij.
2016 Aug 12, In Scotland two
Turkish sailors were jailed for a total of 42 years after their
attempt to smuggle a huge haul of cocaine into Europe was thwarted
in April 2015, partly due to some swift international co-operation
between Britain and Tanzania.
2016 Aug 12, In Syria a series
of airstrikes in opposition areas in northern Aleppo province killed
at least 18 people, including children and two hospital staffers,
when the missiles hit an open market in Urem al-Kubra, a women and
children's hospital in Kafr Hamra and the village of Hayan.
2016 Aug 12, In Thailand
attackers using firebombs and homemade explosives struck a series of
popular resort cities and beach towns across the country over the
last 24 hours. At least 4 people were killed and dozens wounded,
including 11 foreigners.
2016 Aug 12, A strong
earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck about 460 km (290 miles)
southwest of the South Pacific island nation of Tonga.
2016 Aug 12, Turkey said
thirty-two of 208 diplomats recalled by the government after a
failed coup last month are still at large and Ankara has received
information that they have fled to various countries.
2016 Aug 12, A major earthquake
with a magnitude of 7.2 struck about 535 km (330 miles) southeast of
the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. There were no immediate
reports of casualties or damage.
2017 Aug 12, US Pres. Donald
Trump signed an emergency spending bill that will pump more than $2
billion into a program that allows veterans to receive private
medical care at government expense.
(SSFC, 8/13/17, p.A8)
2017 Aug 12, US federal
officials arrested Jerry Drake Varnell (23) of Sayre, Okla., in
connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb in an alley
adjacent to BancFirst in downtown Oklahoma City.
(SFC, 8/1517, p.A5)
2017 Aug 12, In Virginia a car
plowed into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in
Charlottesville killing Heather Heyer (32), a legal assistant, and
injuring a dozen others. The driver was identified as James Alex
Fields Jr. (20) of Ohio. The US Dept. of Justice soon opened a
federal civil rights investigation into the attack. A state police
helicopter assisting in public safety crashed in a wooded area
killing Lt. H. Jay Cullen (48) and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates. A 2018
indictment charged Fields with federal hate crimes. On Dec. 7, 2018,
Fields was convicted of first-degree murder. On Dec. 11 a jury
recommended a sentence of life plus 419 years.
(SSFC, 8/13/17, p.A1,12)(SFC, 8/23/17,
p.A5)(Econ, 8/19/17, p.78)(SFC, 6/28/18, p.A6)(SFC, 12/8/18,
p.A7)(SFC, 12/12/18, p.A7)
2017 Aug 12, Cambodian PM Hun
Sen, who threatened a day earlier to use force over a border crisis
with neighboring Laos, announced that the situation had been
peacefully resolved after he made a lightning trip for face-to-face
talks with his Laotian counterpart.
2017 Aug 12, Scorching
temperatures and high winds fuelled huge wildfires on the French
island of Corsica, forcing holidaymakers to flee, and in Portugal
where firefighters have brought two major blazes under control.
2017 Aug 12, In Egypt two
policemen were killed and six were injured late today after their
vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in the town of
el-Arish in the northern Sinai Peninsula.
2017 Aug 12, Indian officials
said at least 64 children have died over six days at the government
run Baba Raghav Das Hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh state, as
it suffered oxygen shortages. State health minister Sidharth Nath
Singh denied that any of the deaths were linked to the oxygen
2017 Aug 12, In Iraq an Islamic
State suicide car bomb late today on Iraqi troops outside Karbala
left one person dead.
2017 Aug 12, Kenyan police
killed at least 11 people in a crackdown on protests as anger at the
re-election of Pres. Uhuru Kenyatta erupted in the western city of
Kisumu and slums surrounding the capital. The opposition accused the
security forces of killing more than 100 people. Stephanie Moraa (8)
died in the Nairobi slum of Mathare after being hit by a stray
bullet as police fired to disperse protesters, the day after
election results were announced. Six-month-old Samantha Pendo was
reportedly teargassed and clubbed by police who invaded a home in
Kisumu looking for protesters.
(Reuters, 8/12/17)(Reuters, 11/13/17)
2017 Aug 12, Kuwait said it has
arrested 12 people sentenced in the so-called Abdali cell. They had
been convicted in absentia of spying for Iran and Lebanese Shi'ite
Muslim group Hezbollah.
2017 Aug 12, Doctors Without
Borders (MSF) said it was suspending its migrant rescues in the
Mediterranean because it felt threatened by the Libyan coastguard
and the Italian government's policies have made its job harder.
2017 Aug 12, Mexican President
Enrique Pena Nieto endorsed a change to the Institutional
Revolutionary Party's (PRI) rules that allows outsiders to run for
president, a move that gives the embattled leader greater power to
anoint his successor.
2017 Aug 12, Nepalese
authorities said flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy
rains have left more than 30 people dead in the past 24 hours.
2017 Aug 12, In southwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a military truck
in Quetta killing eight soldiers and seven civilians.
(SSFC, 8/13/17, p.A4)
2017 Aug 12, A Palestinian
woman stabbed and wounded an Israeli man next to the Old City's
Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem, before she was arrested.
2017 Aug 12, In Poland five
people, including two teenage girl scouts, died and more than 30
were injured as a result of falling trees in a series of severe
2017 Aug 12, In Romania Tudor
Postelnicu (86), head of the Securitate secret police from 1978 to
1987, died. He suppressed dissent and was a top aide of former
Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu.
2017 Aug 12, South Sudan's
rebels said they had wrested control of Pagak, their stronghold town
near the country's border with Ethiopia, from government forces, a
day after launching an offensive to drive them out.
2017 Aug 12, In Spain around a
hundred Barcelona residents gathered along the city's beach to
protest the unchecked growth of mass tourism to the popular vacation
2017 Aug 12, In Switzerland
"Mrs. Fang", Chinese director Wang Bing's documentary about a family
waiting to say goodbye to their elderly Alzheimer's-stricken mother,
scooped the top prize at the Locarno film festival.
2017 Aug 12, In northwestern
Syria gunmen stormed an office of a paramedic group that is active
in opposition-controlled areas, killing seven of its members and
stealing two vehicles and other equipment in Sarmin. A suicide
attack in the south of the country killed at least 23 rebels.
2017 Aug 12, In central Syria a
commando operation backed by Russian warplanes and helicopters
killed 25 members of the Islamic State jihadist group. Six members
of the regime forces were also killed in the northeast of Homs
2018 Aug 12, The United States
urged Britain to ditch its support for a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran
and instead join forces with Washington to counter the global threat
it says Tehran poses.
2018 Aug 12, In Washington, DC,
a white supremacist rally outside the White House fizzled out after
only a handful of neo-Nazis showed up and were massively outnumbered
by hundreds of counter-protesters.
2018 Aug 12, San Francisco's
new $2 billion Transbay Transit Center officially opened.
(SSFC, 8/12/18, p.A13)
2018 Aug 12, In San Francisco
the 3-day Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival ended in Golden Gate
park with more than 200,000 people attending.
(SFC, 8/13/18, p.E1)
2018 Aug 12, NASA blasted off
its first-ever spaceship to explore the Sun, the $1.5 billion Parker
Solar Probe, on a strategic mission to protect the Earth by
unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms. The car-sized
probe was launched aboard a massive Delta IV-Heavy rocket early
today at Cape Canaveral.
2018 Aug 12, Afghan security
forces battled the Taliban for the third straight day after the
insurgents' massive attack into the key city of Ghazni.
2018 Aug 12, Azerbaijan, Iran,
Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan agreed in principle how to
divide up the potentially huge oil and gas resources of the Caspian
2018 Aug 12, In Ecuador at
least 12 people were killed and another 30 injured when a bus
carrying fans of the Ecuadorean soccer team Barcelona SC overturned
on a highway after a game.
2018 Aug 12, The head of
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, and other leaders of the banned group
were sentenced to life in prison, on charges of incitement to murder
and violence during protests five years ago. This was the latest of
several life sentences for Mohammed Badie, who has also been
sentenced to death in separate trials since his 2013 arrest.
(Reuters, 8/12/18)(AP, 8/12/18)
2018 Aug 12, Egyptian state
news reported that security forces have killed 12 suspected
militants in raids on their hideouts in north Sinai.
2018 Aug 12, It was reported
that a French theme park has trained six rooks to pick up cigarette
butts and other rubbish dropped by visitors in return for food.
2018 Aug 12, In southeastern
France a small glider plane crashed despite "excellent" weather,
killing two Austrians onboard on the mountainous Roche Rousse sector
of Orcieres in the Hautes-Alpes region.
2018 Aug 12, Iran's judiciary
said that 67 people have been arrested in recent weeks as part of a
corruption crackdown approved by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali
2018 Aug 12, Malaysian media
said two women have been charged under Islamic laws forbidding
lesbian sex at the Shariah High Court in Terengganu, a conservative
state ruled by the Islamist opposition party Pan-Malaysian Islamist
Party (PAS). They were sentenced to six strokes by caning for having
sex and fined 3,300 ringgit ($806).
2018 Aug 12, Malians voted in a
second round presidential election between incumbent Ibrahim
Boubacar Keita and opposition leader Soumaila Cissewill.
2018 Aug 12, In Nigeria
hundreds of soldiers protested in the airport of Maiduguri, the
capital of restive northeast Borno state, for several hours,
shooting into the air and disrupting flights. They were furious
about a planned redeployment to a battlefront in the remote Lake
Chad region after fighting Boko Haram jihadists for years without
2018 Aug 12, Pakistani police
detained eight Chinese nationals who tried to enter a power plant
with weapons in the eastern Punjab province. The eight men were
stopped at a checkpoint outside the Qadirabad power plant in Sahiwal
after a pump-action gun, a handgun, a rifle and ammunition were
found in their vehicle.
2018 Aug 12, In northwestern
Pakistan a collision between a bus and a truck left five members of
the security forces dead and 12 injured in the Dara Zinda area.
2018 Aug 12, In Pakistan a coal
mine caved in late today after a methane gas explosion. At least 8
workers were killed in the village of Sanjdi, Baluchistan province.
2018 Aug 12, In northern Syria
an explosion brought down two five-story apartment buildings and
killed at least 69 people, including 17 children, in the village of
Sarmada. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said
an arms depot in the basement of a building had detonated.
(AP, 8/12/18)(AP, 8/13/18)
2018 Aug 12, In Tajikistan a
helicopter carrying climbers crash-landed in the Central Asian
nation's Pamir Mountains, killing five of the 18 people on board.
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