Today in History - August 23
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406 Aug 23, At
the Battle at Florence the Roman army under Stilicho beat the
Barbarians under Radagaisus.
(PC, 1992, p.50)
1244 Aug 23, Khwarezmian Turks
expelled the crusaders under Frederick II from Jerusalem.
Jerusalem’s citadel, the Tower of David, surrendered. The Turks
ruthlessly decimated the population, leaving only 2,000 people,
Christians and Muslims, still living in the city. This attack
triggered the Europeans to respond with the Seventh Crusade.
1305 Aug 23, Scottish patriot
William Wallace was hanged, drawn, beheaded, and quartered in
1514 Aug 23, Selim I (the
Grim), Ottoman Sultan, routed a Persian army in the Battle of
(TL-MB, p.10)(PCh, 1992, p.168)
1541 Aug 23, Jacques Cartier
landed near Quebec on his third voyage to North America and
established a short-lived community there.
(HN, 8/23/98)(TL-MB, 1988, p.16)
1553 Aug 23, John Dudley, the
Duke of Northumberland, English Lord Admiral, premier (1551-53), was
beheaded on Tower Hill in front of 10,000 onlookers.
(ON, 5/00, p.5)(Internet)
1593 Aug 23, Fulvio Testi,
Italian poet (Pianto d'Italia), was born.
1617 Aug 23, The 1st one-way
streets opened in London.
1711 Aug 23, A British attempt
to invade Canada by sea failed.
1754 Aug 23, Louis XVI
(d.1793), King of France (1774-1793), was born at Versailles. During
the French Revolution he met his fate at the guillotine. He was the
grandson of Louis XV and married Marie Antoinette.
(AP, 8/23/97)(HN, 8/23/98)
1755 Aug 23, Jean Baptiste
Lislet-Geoffroy, French geographer, was born.
1775 Aug 23, Britain's King
George III refused the American colonies' offer of peace and
proclaimed the American colonies in a state of "open and avowed
(HN, 8/23/98)(AP, 8/23/07)
1784 Aug 23, Eastern Tennessee
settlers declared their area an independent state and named it
Franklin; a year later the Continental Congress rejected it.
1813 Aug 23, At the Battle of
Grossbeeren Prussians under Von Bulow repulsed the French.
1813 Aug 23, Alexander Wilson
(b.1766), Scottish-born poet and naturalist, died in Philadelphia.
He had completed 7 volumes of “American Ornithology” and was working
on an 8th volume when he died.
1819 Aug 23, Oliver Hazard
Perry, naval hero, died on his 34th birthday.
1821 Aug 23, After 11 years of
war, Spain granted Mexican independence as a constitutional
monarchy. Spanish Viceroy Juan de O'Donoju signed the Treaty of
Cordoba, which approved a plan to make Mexico an independent
(HN, 8/23/00)(MC, 8/23/02)
1833 Aug 23, The British
Parliament ordered the abolition of slavery in its colonies by Aug
1, 1834. This would free some 700,000 slaves, including those in the
West Indies. The Imperial Emancipation Act also allowed blacks to
enjoy greater equality under the law in Canada as opposed to the US.
Some 46,000 people were paid a total of 20 million pounds in
compensation for freeing their slaves.
(V.D.-H.K.p.276)(MT, 3/96, p.14)(PC, 1992,
p.412)(AH, 10/02, p.54)(SFC, 2/28/13, p.A2)
1838 Aug 23, One of the first
colleges for women, Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley,
Mass., graduated its first students.
1839 Aug 23, British captured
Hong Kong from China.
1850 Aug 23, The 1st national
women's rights convention convened in Worcester, Mass.
1858 Aug 23, "Ten Nights in a
Bar-room," a play about the tragic consequences of consuming
alcohol, opened in New York.
1861 Aug 23, Union intelligence
chief Allan Pinkerton placed Rose O’Neal Greenhow (1813/1814-1864)
under house arrest for working as a southern spy working in
Washington DC. She was sent to the Old Capitol Prison and then was
banished to Richmond, Va., in May, 1963. She had supplied Gen.
P.G.T. Beauregard with a warning that Union General Irvin McDowell
was planning an attack on Manassas in July 1861. Greenhow, a
44-year-old widow with four daughters, was recruited in 1861 to be
the operating head of the Confederacy’s first spy ring. A Washington
socialite with many friends in high government circles, Rose was
perfectly placed to gather intelligence about Federal troop
strengths and movements. She drowned in a shipwreck on September 30,
1863 Aug 23, Union batteries
ceased their first bombardment of Fort Sumter, leaving it a mass of
rubble but still unconquered by the Northern besiegers.
1864 Aug 23, Union troops and
fleet occupied Fort Morgan, Alabama.
1866 Aug 23, Treaty of Prague
ended the Austro-Prussian war.
1868 Aug 23, Edgar Lee Masters
(d.1950), poet, novelist, was born in Garnett, Kansas.
1872 Aug 23, The 1st Japanese
commercial ship visited SF carrying tea.
1879 Aug 23, Governor-general
Charles Gordon of Sudan returned to Cairo.
1883 Aug 23, Jonathan
Wainwright, U.S. general who fought against the Japanese on
Corregidor in the Philippines and was forced to surrender, was born.
1889 Aug 23, The 1st
ship-to-shore wireless message was received in US in SF.
1899 Aug 23, Albert Claude
(d.1983), biologist, was born in Belgium. He never graduated from
high school and won the 1974 Nobel for his work on the sub-structure
of the cell.
1900 Aug 23, Booker T.
Washington formed the National Negro Business League in Boston,
1902 Aug 23, Fanny Farmer,
among the first to emphasize the relationship of diet to health,
opened her School of Cookery in Boston.
1902 Aug 23, Gold was
discovered in Goldfield, Nv., near Tonopah. By 1907 Goldfield grew
to 20,000 residents.
(SFC, 8/31/02, p.A2)
1903 Aug 23, William Primrose,
violist (Method for Violin & Viola), was born in Glasgow,
1912 Aug 23, Gene Kelly, dancer
and actor who starred in "An American in Paris" and "Singing in the
Rain," was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as Eugene Curan. Kelly
debuted on Broadway in 1938 musical "Pal Joey" and in the film "For
Me and My Gal" four years later
(HN, 8/23/98)(MC, 8/23/02)
1914 Aug 23, Gen. von Hausen
executed 612 inhabitants of Dinant, Belgium. Felix Fivet (3 weeks
old), Belgian baby, was among those executed by German troops.
1914 Aug 23, The Emperor of
Japan sided with the Allies and declared war on Germany in World War
(Jap. Enc., BLDM, p. 215)(AP, 8/23/97)(HN,
1915 Aug 23, Czar Nicolaas II
took control of the Russian Army.
1920 Aug 23, M.R. Rinehart and
A. Hopwood's "Bat," premiered in NYC.
1921 Aug 23, In the great
battle of Sakarya, which continued without interruption from the
23rd of August to the 13th of September, Turkey defeated the Greek
1923 Aug 23, Richard Adler,
composer, songwriter (Damn Yankees, Pajama Game), was born.
1923 Aug 23, Wolfgang
Sawallisch, conductor (Vienna Symph 1960-70), was born in Munich,
1926 Aug 23, The death of
silent film actor Rudolph Valentino caused a worldwide frenzy among
his fans. Valentino, who appeared in only 14 major films during his
brief seven-year movie career, was idolized by countless women as
the "Great Lover" of the 1920s. Born in 1895 in Castellaneta, Italy,
Rodolfo di Valentina D’Antonguolla came to America in 1913 and
worked as a gardener, dishwasher and vaudeville dancer until he
moved to Hollywood and obtained his first important film role in
1921. In films like 1921’s The Sheik, Valentino mesmerized female
fans with his sex appeal and exotic good looks. In New York for the
1926 premiere of Son of the Sheik, the 31-year-old Valentino became
ill on August 15 and died of peritonitis on August 23. Valentino’s
death caused worldwide hysteria, with several women reportedly
committing suicide and riots breaking out in New York as thousands
of fans tried to view the body. In 2003 Emily Leider authored "Dark
Lover: The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino."
(AP, 8/23/97)(HN, 8/23/98)(HNPD, 8/29/98)(SFC,
1927 Aug 23, Italian-born
anarchist immigrants Nicola Sacco (right) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti,
convicted of murder in 1921, were executed in Boston in spite of
worldwide protests. On April 15, 1920, a paymaster and his guard at
a shoe factory in Braintree, Massachusetts, were killed in a
robbery. In the national climate of suspicion of anarchists,
communists and foreigners in general, Sacco and Vanzetti, two
admitted radicals, were arrested for the crime and convicted on
flimsy circumstantial evidence in a trial presided over by the
openly prejudiced Judge Webster Thayer. For six years, the two
gained support as they attempted to obtain a new trial, but their
request was denied even after a convicted killer confessed to the
1920 murders. In April 1927, Judge Thayer sentenced Sacco and
Vanzetti to die in the electric chair. In 1977 Sacco and Vanzetti
were vindicated when Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis
established a memorial in the victims’ honor. In 2007 Bruce Watson
authored “Sacco & Vanzetti.”
(TMC, 1994, p.1927)(AP, 8/23/97)(HNPD,
8/23/98)(HN, 8/23/98)(WSJ, 8/18/07, p.P8)
1931 Aug 23, Hamilton O. Smith,
molecular biologist, was born in NYC. He is credited with helping
‘open the door’ on genetic engineering.
1933 Aug 23, Adolf Loos
(b.1870), Austrian and Czech architect and influential European
theorist of modern architecture, died in Vienna.
1934 Aug 23, Sonny (Christian)
Jurgensen, professional football player and sports announcer, was
born in North Carolina.
1935 Aug 23, The US Banking Act
of 1935 revised the operation of the Federal Reserve System.
(SSFC, 1/18/09, p.D6)
1937 Aug 23, Albert Charles
Paul Marie Roussel (68), French composer, died.
1939 Aug 23, Zane Grey
(b.1872), American novelist, died. He best known for his popular
adventure novels and stories that presented an idealized image of
the rugged Old West. He authored over 90 books, some published
posthumously and/or based on serials originally published in
magazines. Grey was one of the first millionaire authors.
1939 Aug 23, Sidney Coe Howard
(b.1891), US playwright and short story writer, died. He adapted
“Gone With the Wind” into the 1939 film. "Half of knowing what you
want is knowing what you have to give up to get it."
(SFEC, 2/6/00, Z1 p.2)(SFC, 1/27/05, p.E1)
1939 Aug 23, German Foreign
Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and Soviet Commissar for Foreign
Affairs Vyacheslav M. Molotov signed a Treaty of Non-Aggression, the
Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact freeing Hitler to invade Poland and Stalin
to invade Finland. Secret protocols, made public years later, were
added that assigned Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Bessarabia to be
within the Soviet sphere of influence. Poland was partitioned along
the rivers Narev, Vistula and San. Germany retained Lithuania
enlarged by the inclusion of Vilnius. Just days after the signing,
Germany invaded Poland, and by the end of September, both powers had
claimed sections of Poland.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A16)(AP, 8/23/97) (HNPD,
1940 Aug 23, German Luftwaffe
began night bombing on London.
1942 Aug 23, Patricia McBride,
ballerina (NYC Ballet Co), was born in Teaneck, NJ.
1942 Aug 23, The 1st US flights
landed on Guadalcanal.
1942 Aug 23, German forces
began an assault on the major Soviet industrial city of Stalingrad.
From Aug. to Feb. 1943, The Battle of Stalingrad, 600 miles
southeast of Moscow, was fought and ended with the encirclement and
destruction of the German 6th Army Group. Stalingrad has since been
renamed to Volgograd. In 1998 Antony Beevor published "Stalingrad:
The Fateful Siege." The German in charge was Gen’l. Friedrich
Paulus. 600 Luftwaffe bombers killed some 40,000 people in the first
week of fighting.
(WSJ, 2/21/96, p.A-15)(WSJ, 7/8/98, p.A13)(HN,
1944 Aug 23, Allied troops
captured Marseilles, France.
1944 Aug 23, General George
Leclerc's troops advanced towards Paris.
1944 Aug 23, A US B-24 crashed
into a school in Freckelton, England, and 76 were killed.
1944 Aug 23, German SS
engineers began placing explosive charges around the Eiffel Tower in
Paris. Adolf Hitler had decreed that Paris should be left a smoking
ruin, but Dietrich von Choltitz thought better of his Fuehrer’s
1944 Aug 23, Romanian PM Ion
Antonescu was dismissed by King Michael, paving the way for Romania
to abandon the Axis in favor of the Allies. King Michael organized a
coup against the pro-Nazi dictator, Marshal Ion Antonescu, but was
double-crossed by Joseph Stalin and betrayed by the Allies who ceded
the country to the Russians at the Yalta summit in 1945.
(SFC, 6/27/97, p.A16)(AP, 8/23/97)
1947 Aug 23, An audience at the
Hollywood Bowl heard President Truman's daughter, Margaret, give her
first public concert as a singer.
1948 Aug 23, Count Bernadotte
asked for aid for fugitives to Palestine. [see Sep 17]
1948 Aug 23, The World Council
of Churches (WCC) was formed in Amsterdam to help reconcile
differences among Christians. Delegates of 147 churches assembled to
merge the Faith and Order Movement and Life and Work Movement.
Church leaders had agreed in 1937 to establish a World Council of
Churches, based on a merger of the Faith and Order Movement and Life
and Work Movement organizations. Headquarters were later established
1950 Aug 23, Up to 77,000
members of the U.S. Army Organized Reserve Corps were called
involuntarily to active duty to fight the Korean War.
1952 Aug 23, Arab League
security pact went into effect.
1954 Aug 23, The small
community of Charleston, Arkansas, became the first in the South to
end segregation in its schools. This was in response to the May 17
US Supreme Court ruling on Brown vs. Board of Education.
1956 Aug 23, US Navy pilot Lt.
James B. Deane Jr. was shot out of the sky on a nighttime spy flight
off the coast of China. The Martin P4M-1Q Mercator in which Deane
and 15 other men were flying was shot down over the East China Sea.
China later acknowledged that its jet fighters attacked the Mercator
as it scooped up electronic intelligence on military radars and
other sensitive Chinese systems. The remains of four crew members
were recovered, two by the crew of a U.S. search vessel and two by
China, which returned the bodies through British authorities in
Shanghai. The other 12 were never found.
1958 Aug 23, China resumed fire
on Quemoi and Matsu.
1960 Aug 23, World's largest
frog (3.3 kg) was caught in Equatorial Guinea.
1960 Aug 23, Broadway
librettist Oscar Hammerstein II (65) died in Doylestown, Pa.
1961 Aug 23, East Germany
imposed new curbs on travel between West and East Berlin.
1962 Aug 23, A Colombian DC-3
plane crashed in the Choco jungle killing two Americans, the first
Peace Corps volunteers to die in service, as well as 36 Colombians.
(SFC, 8/25/11, p.A3)(SFC, 7/31/14, p.A14)
1963 Aug 23, Beatles released
"She Loves You" in UK.
1971 Aug 23, Shamu the Whale,
the 1st of a number of Shamus, died at Sea World in San Diego, Ca.,
after 6 years in captivity.
1971 Aug 23, South
Korea's Silmido Unit, organized in 1968 to kill North Korea's Kim Il
Sung, rebelled and murdered 18 of its 24 trainers. A film titled
"Silmido" was released Dec 24, 2003.
1972 Aug 23, The Republican
National Convention, meeting in Miami Beach, Fla., nominated Vice
President Spiro T. Agnew for a second term.
1973 Aug 23, The Intelsat 4 F-7
communications satellite was launched at Cape Canaveral.
1973 Aug 23, Gen'l. Augusto
Pinochet was named commander-in-chief of the Chilean army by Pres.
(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A3)
1973 Aug 23, A bank
robbery-turned-hostage standoff began in Stockholm, Sweden; by the
time the crisis ended, the four hostages had come to empathize with
their captors, an occurrence that came to be known as "Stockholm
1975 Aug 23, In Greece Col.
Papadopoulos (d.1999 at 80) was sentenced to death for insurrection
and high treason. He had refused to testify: "let history judge my
action." The sentence was later commuted to life in prison.
1975 Aug 23, In Laos Communists
took over the administration of Vientiane city.
1977 Aug 23, The Gossamer
Condor 2 flew the first figure-of-eight, a distance of 2,172 meters
winning the first Kremer prize at Minter Field in Shafter,
California. It was built by Dr Paul B. MacCready and piloted by
amateur cyclist and hang-glider pilot Bryan Allen.
1977 Aug 23, Marxist
philosopher Rudolf Bahro was imprisoned in German DR.
1979 Aug 23, Iranian troops
entered Iraqi Kurdish territory.
1979 Aug 23, Soviet dancer
Alexander Godunov defected while the Bolshoi Ballet was on tour in
1982 Aug 23, Lebanon's
parliament elected Christian militia leader Bashir Gemayel
president. His inauguration was scheduled for 23 September. Gemayel
was assassinated some three weeks later.
1986 Aug 23, Gennadiy Zakharov,
a Soviet physicist employed at the UN Secretariat, was arrested as
he handed classified documents to a US defense contractor.
1987 Aug 23, Seven Democratic
presidential hopefuls traded gentle barbs at a debate in Des Moines,
Iowa, with Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis repeatedly called
upon to defend his claims of economic revival in his state.
1987 Aug 23, Two teenagers in
Alexander, Arkansas, Kevin Ives and Don Henry were run over by a
train. Fahmy Malak, the medical examiner of Gov. Clinton, ruled the
Aug 23 deaths of the teenagers as accidental. Malak was investigated
and cleared of improprieties. Later investigations indicated that
they were murdered prior to being run over.
(WSJ, 4/15/97, p.A18)(WSJ, 4/18/96, p.A-18)
1988 Aug 23, Some striking
workers in Poland ended a walkout that had begun a week earlier, but
125 miners barricaded themselves in an underground shaft, vowing to
stay until they'd won their demands.
1989 Aug 23, In a case that
inflamed racial tensions in New York City, Yusuf Hawkins, a black
teen-ager, was shot dead after he and his friends were confronted by
white youths in a Brooklyn neighborhood.
1989 Aug 23, Approximately two
million people joined their hands to form an over 600 km (373 mi)
long human chain across the three Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia,
and Lithuania. This original demonstration was organized to draw the
world's attention to the common historical fate which these three
countries suffered. It marked the 50th anniversary of August 23,
1939, when the Soviet Union and Germany in the secret protocol of
the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact divided spheres of interest in Eastern
Europe, which led to the occupation of these three states.
1989 Aug 23, Hungary removed
its physical border defenses with Austria, and in September more
than 13,000 East German tourists in Hungary escaped to Austria.
1990 Aug 23, David Rose
(b.1910), composer (Holiday for Strings, Stripper), died.
1990 Aug 23, Armenia declared
1990 Aug 23, East and West
Germany announced that they would unite Oct 3.
1990 Aug 23, Iraqi state
television showed President Saddam Hussein meeting with a group of
about 20 Western detainees, telling the group—whom he described as
"guests"—that they were being held "to prevent the scourge of war."
1991 Aug 23, In the wake of a
failed coup by hard-liners in the Soviet Union, President Mikhail S.
Gorbachev and Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin acted to strip the
Communist Party of its power and take control of the army and the
1992 Aug 23, James A. Baker III
bowed out as secretary of state after three-and-a-half years to
become White House chief of staff.
1992 Aug 23, Hurricane Andrew
slammed into the Bahamas with 120 mph winds.
1993 Aug 23, Former Detroit
police officers Larry Nevers and Walter Budzyn were convicted of
second-degree murder in the fatal beating of black motorist Malice
Green. Both convictions were later overturned. On retrial, Budzyn
was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to time
served; Nevers was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in April
2000, but had that conviction reversed by an appeals court in March
1993 Aug 23, Los Angeles police
confirmed that pop star Michael Jackson was the subject of a
criminal investigation. Prosecutors began investigating Michael
Jackson after a 13-year-old boy said Jackson had sex with him. An
out of court settlement was reached for $15-20 mil. The boy’s father
later filed suit against Jackson for violating a promise not to
discuss the settlement.
(AP, 8/23/98)(SFC, 6/12/96, p.E3)
1994 Aug 23, Republican
senators threatened to thwart a $30 billion anti-crime bill unless
Democrats accepted changes in the House-passed measure; President
Clinton appealed for bipartisan cooperation.
1995 Aug 23, During a memorial
service at Fort Myer, Virginia, President Clinton eulogized three US
diplomats killed in a road accident near Sarajevo,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, and vowed to carry on the struggle for peace in
1995 Aug 23, Alfred Eisenstaedt
(96), "Life" magazine photographer, died on Martha’s Vineyard. His
picture of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square became one of
the best-known images of America's joy at the end of World War Two.
1996 Aug 23, President Clinton
imposed limits on peddling cigarettes to children as he unveiled
Food and Drug Administration regulations declaring nicotine an
addictive drug. The same day, a jury in Indianapolis found cigarette
companies were not responsible for the lung cancer death of a
52-year-old lawyer who began smoking at age 5.
1996 ~Aug 23, The Nation of
Islam applied to the US Treasury Dept. for permission to accept a $1
bil donation from Col. Moammar Gadhafi that was promised to Rev.
Louis Farrakhan in Jan. to help America’s black people.
(WSJ, 8/26/96, p.A1)
1996 Aug 23, It was reported
that British Petroleum signed a 3-year agreement with the defense
ministry of Columbia for $60 mil. for a battalion of soldiers
to protect expansion and construction of new drilling sites.
(SFC, 8/23/96, p.A20)
1997 Aug 23, In his weekly
radio address, President Clinton said he would ask Congress to renew
his authority for speedy negotiation of trade agreements, saying the
"fast track" approach would make U.S. companies more competitive
1997 Aug 23, In Iran Pres.
Khatami appointed the first woman vice-president and ended an
18-year ban on commercial flights to Saudi Arabia.
(WSJ, 8/25/97, p.A1)
1998 Aug 23, Retailers began
marketing computers with the new 450 MHz Intel Pentium II.
(SFC, 8/25/98, p.D3)
1998 Aug 23, In Congo rebels
appeared to have seized Kisangani while government soldiers
recaptured Kitona, a military base near the coast. Troops from
Zimbabwe fought rebels advancing on Kinshasa. The capture of
Kisangani effectively splitting Congo and cut off commerce with
government-held territory and Kinshasa, the capital 900 miles
(SFC, 8/24/98, p.A8)(WSJ, 8/24/98, p.A1)(AP,
1998 Aug 23, In North Korea
heavy flooding was reported with five times the annual rainfall. The
rice crop was expected to decrease by 60%.
(SFC, 8/24/98, p.A10)
1998 Aug 23, Russia’s Pres.
Yeltsin dismissed the government. He fired PM Kiriyenko (b.1962) and
replaced him with Viktor Chernomyrdin the Soviet-style leader he'd
fired five months earlier. The move was said to have been
orchestrated by Boris Berezovsky, a wealthy financier.
(SFC, 8/24/98, p.A1)(SFC, 8/28/98, p.A12)(AP,
1999 Aug 23, The Dow Jones
industrial average soared 199.15 to a new record of 11,209.84.
1999 Aug 23, US and British
warplanes killed 2 people in northern Iraq after being fired upon by
an Iraqi military radar station. The Pentagon later claimed that the
2 civilians were killed by Iraq's own anti-aircraft artillery.
(SFC, 8/24/99, p.A11)(SFC, 8/25/99, p.A16)
1999 Aug 23, It was reported
that the US was training a 950-man Colombian army counter narcotics
battalion to regain control of guerrilla controlled territory.
(SFC, 8/23/99, p.A10)
1999 Aug 23, In Bolivia fires
were reported to have destroyed 350,000 acres of farmland, at least
500 homes and much of the town of Ascencion de Guarayos. Thousands
of residents were left homeless.
(SFC, 8/24/99, p.A11)
1999 Aug 23, In Jordan the
National Popular Campaign for Ending So-Called Honor Crimes began
efforts to get rights for women and harsher laws against men who
kill female relatives for family honor.
(SFC, 8/24/99, p.A12)
1999 Aug 23, Fifty years after
the German government moved to the capital of Bonn, Berlin reclaimed
its role as a center of power in Germany with the arrival of
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
1999 Aug 23, Militants from
Tajikistan crossed into Kyrgyzstan taking hostages and claiming
control of several villages. Some 1,000 religious fighters took a
swath of land and 13 hostages that included a Kyrgyz general and 4
(SFC, 8/24/99, p.A11)(SFC, 10/21/99, p.AA5)
2000 Aug 23, The Clinton
administration released guidelines for federally funded scientists
to conduct research on human embryonic stem cells.
(SFC, 8/23/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 23, Pres. Clinton
ordered millions in relief funds for electricity users in southern
California and an investigation into the state’s power market.
(SFC, 8/24/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 23, The final winner
of the "Survivor" TV contest set on Pulau Tiga island was broadcast
to as many as 40-50 million viewers. Richard Hatch (39), a corporate
trainer from Newport, R.I., won the $1 million grand prize. In 2006
Hatch was convicted on three counts related to tax evasion and was
sentenced to 51 months in federal prison plus three years of
(SFC, 8/23/00, p.A1)(SFC, 8/24/00,
2000 Aug 23, Negotiators for
Verizon and more than 35,000 telephone workers reached tentative
agreement on a new contract, ending an 18-day strike.
2000 Aug 23, Boeing made the
first successful launch of its Delta III rocket.
(SFC, 8/24/00, p.A3)
2000 Aug 23, In Bahrain a Gulf
Air Airbus A320 crashed on approach to Manama and all 143 people
aboard were killed including 36 children.
(SFC, 8/24/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 23, A boat from
Indonesia capsized in the Strait of Malucca and Malaysian
authorities rescued 7 of 100 passengers.
(SFC, 8/26/00, p.A9)
2000 Aug 23, In Russia Pres.
Putin took responsibility for the Kursk nuclear submarine disaster.
(SFC, 8/24/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 23, A boat capsized on
the Blue Nile near Sinja and 35 people, mostly schoolchildren, died.
50 students drowned when their wooden barge overturned 350 km
southeast of Khartoum.
(SFC, 8/25/00, p.D8)(AFP, 8/15/18)
2001 Aug 23, Democratic Rep.
Gary Condit of Modesto, Ca., acknowledged on a TV interview with
Connie Chung that he had made mistakes but that he had nothing to do
with the disappearance of Chandra Levy.
(SFC, 8/24/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 23, Brian Regan (38),
retired US Air Force master sergeant and cryptanalyst, was arrested
by the FBI at Dulles Int’l. Airport on charges of spying. In 2002
Regan was accused of trying to spy for Iraq, Libya and China. On
February 20, 2003, Regan was found guilty of three charges of
attempted espionage. Regan was found guilty of two counts of
attempted espionage related to attempts to sell information to Iraq
and China, and one count of gathering national defense information.
He was acquitted of attempting to provide US secrets to Libya. On
March 20, 2003, Regan was sentenced to life in prison without
p.A6)(WSJ, 2/15/02, p.A1)
2001 Aug 23, Thierry Devaux
(41), a French stuntman, got snagged on the Statue of Liberty arm
while trying to land there using a motor-driven parachute. He was
rescued and arrested.
(SFC, 8/24/01, p.A3)(AP, 8/23/02)
2001 Aug 23, Boyd Jefferies
(70), founder of the Jefferies Group (1962) investment bank, died in
2001 Aug 23, Peter Maas,
novelist and non-fiction writer, died at age 72. His work included
"The Valachi Papers" (1969), "Serpico," "The King of Gypsies," and
"Underboss: Sammy the Bull Gravano’s Story of Life in the Mafia."
(SFC, 8/24/01, p.D7)
2001 Aug 23, Frank Emilio
Flynn, blind pianist and Latin jazz pioneer, died at age 80 in
(SFC, 8/30/01, p.C2)
2001 Aug 23, In Brazil
Francisco de Assis Santana (56), a Xukuru Indian leader aka Chico
Quele, was killed in an ambush near Pe de Serra in Penambuco state.
(SFC, 8/25/01, p.A9)
2001 Aug 23, The Chinese
government reported that some 600,000 people have been infected with
AIDS with nearly as many from selling their blood as from sexual
(SFC, 8/24/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/24/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 23, In Colombia a
suspected ELN car bomb killed a woman and wounded over 20 people in
Marinilla. Separately 15-20 suspected ELN members were killed when
explosives in their truck went off in Santander state.
(SFC, 8/24/01, p.D2)
2001 Aug 23, Israeli forces
raided Palestinian neighborhoods in Hebron following the shooting of
2 young Jewish brothers. One Palestinian was reported killed and a
dozen wounded. In Gaza Israeli forces killed Mahmoud Zourab (11), a
Palestinian boy throwing stones.
(SFC, 8/24/01, p.A16)
2001 Aug 23, Japanese Novelist
Ryu Murakami was featured in the WSJ and quoted to say: "Who cares
about fitting into the system? Think for yourself."
(WSJ, 8/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 23, NATO soldiers
streamed into Macedonia as part of a mission to help end 6 months of
ethnic hostilities by collecting and destroying rebel weapons.
2001 Aug 23, The Norwegian
government established the Abel Prize in mathematics in honor of the
Niels Henrik Abel (1802-1829).
2002 Aug 23, U.S. warplanes
bombed an air defense site in northern Iraq after being targeted by
an Iraqi missile guidance radar system.
2002 Aug 23, The United States
imposed symbolic sanctions on a North Korean company and the North
Korean government for exporting medium or long-range missile
2002 Aug 23, New York publicist
Lizzie Grubman pleaded guilty in a hit-and-run crash that injured 16
people outside a Hamptons nightclub. Grubman ended up serving 37
days of a 60-day sentence at the Suffolk County, N.Y., Jail, with
time off for good behavior.
2002 Aug 23, Canada confirmed
prairie farmers' worst fears in a report that slashed crop
production forecasts after one of worst growing seasons since the
dust bowl of the 1930s.
2002 Aug 23, In southern
Colombia a bus veered off a mountain road in Papagayo after one of
its tires burst, plunging 1,000 feet and killing at least 12 people.
2002 Aug 23, An anti-graft
court in the Philippines froze the assets of former president Joseph
Estrada in connection with charges that he illegally amassed over
four billion pesos ($76.48 million) during his 31-month rule.
2002 Aug 23, Pres. Shevardnadze
accused Russia of bombing inside Georgia's border. One person was
(SFC, 8/24/02, p.A7)
2002 Aug 23, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Il capped his second visit to Russia in a year with
a long meeting with President Vladimir Putin and a taste of the
consumer delights that are in short supply in his country. Putin
pressed North Korea on Friday to forge a new Asia-Europe freight
route by extending Russia's trans-Siberian railway across the Korean
peninsula to bypass China.
(AP, 8/23/02)(Reuters, 8/23/02)
2002 Aug 23, Pakistan accused
India of launching a heavy ground an air attack on northern Kashmir.
(SFC, 8/24/02, p.A8)
2002 Aug 23, Russian troops
battled rebels for the fourth straight day outside a Chechen
village, while eight soldiers were killed in the last 24 hours.
2002 Aug 23, In Venezuela
subway and bus workers in Caracas unexpectedly walked off the job,
forcing more than a million people to find other ways to work.
2002 Aug 23, In Yugoslavia
thousands of ethnic Albanians gathered in Pristina to protest the
recent arrests of rebel leaders who fought during Kosovo's 1998-1999
2003 Aug 23, Former priest John
Geoghan (67), a convicted child molester, died after being attacked
by Joseph L. Druce (37), a fellow inmate, at the Souza-Baranowski
state prison in Shirley, Mass. Druce was convicted of murder in
(SSFC, 8/24/03, p.A1)(SFC, 1/26/06, p.A3)
2003 Aug 23, Taliban fighters
ambushed a truck full of government soldiers in the southern
province of Zabul. Gov. Hafizullah Khan said five soldiers and three
Taliban were killed.
2003 Aug 23, In Iraq a
guerrilla attack killed 3 British soldiers and seriously wounded one
in the southern port city of Basra.
(AP, 8/23/03)(SSFC, 8/24/03, p.A6)
2003 Aug 23, Michael Kijana
Wamalwa (58), Kenya's 8th Vice President, died of an undisclosed
illness after several months of treatment in a hospital near London.
2003 Aug 23, Emergency
officials discovered the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed Aug
20 in the Russian Far East. All 20 people aboard were killed. Among
the dead were Igor Farkhutdinov, governor of the oil-rich Sakhalin
region, and top regional officials and business leaders.
2004 Aug 23, President Bush
criticized a commercial that had accused Democrat John Kerry of
inflating his own Vietnam War record, more than a week after the ad
stopped running, and said broadcast attacks by outside groups had no
place in the race for the White House.
2004 Aug 23, New US rules on
overtime pay went into effect. Under the new FairPay rules, workers
earning less than $23,660 per year, or $455 per week, were
guaranteed overtime protection.
2004 Aug 23, Researchers
presented results on genetically engineered mice capable of running
farther and longer than those bred naturally.
(SFC, 8/24/04, p.A2)
2004 Aug 23, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai arrived in Pakistan for talks with his Pres. Pervez Musharraf
on eradicating Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters from their common
2004 Aug 23, Antigua and
Barbuda's prime minister and American officials signed an agreement
extending the lease of the U.S. Air Force base in the Caribbean
country until 2008.
2004 Aug 23, Electricity went
out across Bahrain, snarling rush hour traffic and leaving residents
without air conditioning as temperatures climbed toward 130
2004 Aug 23, It was reported
that China recorded its 1st ever agricultural trade deficit, $3.73
billion, for the 1st half of this year.
(WSJ, 8/23/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 23, Azarias Ruberwa,
prominent Tutsi and one of Congo’s 4 vice-presidents, announced that
he and his party (RCD-Goma) were walking out of the transitional
(Econ, 8/28/04, p.40)
2004 Aug 23, Israel announced
plans for more than 500 new housing units in the West Bank,
following an apparent US policy shift on Jewish settlements that has
infuriated the Palestinians.
2004 Aug 23, In Athens, Jeremy
Wariner became the sixth consecutive American to win the Olympic
title in the 400 meters, leading a US sweep of the medals. The US
softball team won its third straight gold medal with a 5-1 victory
2005 Aug 23, President Bush
said he understood the anguish of war protester Cindy Sheehan, but
said fulfilling demands like hers for withdrawal from Iraq would
weaken the US.
2005 Aug 23, The Bush
administration announced new rules for the corporate Average Fuel
Economy (CAFE) standards, first created in the 1970s.
(SFC, 8/24/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 23, NYC said it will
install 1,000 surveillance cameras and 3,000 motion sensors in its
subways and rail stations in a new deal with Lockheed Martin.
(SFC, 8/24/05, p.A3)
2005 Aug 23, Brock Peters
(b.1927), who gave a heartbreaking performance as the black man
falsely accused of rape in "To Kill a Mockingbird," died. He began
his Hollywood career in the landmark productions of "Carmen Jones"
and "Porgy and Bess."
2005 Aug 23, In Arizona 2
employees were gunned down outside a Wal-Mart store in Glendale, a
Phoenix suburb. In 2009 Ed Liu, the accused gunman, was committed to
a mental hospital instead of a trial on murder charges. Liu was
accused of shooting Patrick Graham (35) and Anthony Spangler (18) as
they collected shopping carts.
(http://tinyurl.com/boc95v)(SSFC, 2/22/09, p.A8)
2005 Aug 23, In Richmond, Ca.,
Glenn Wilson (17) shot and killed Terence Lionel Martin, a
maintenance worker for the West Contra Costa School District, after
Martin tried to break up a fight between Wilson and his pregnant
girlfriend. In 2007 Wilson was convicted of 2nd degree murder and
faced up to 40 years in prison.
2005 Aug 23, In Aruba a court
ruled that lesbian couple has the right to register their marriage
rejecting a government appeal in a case that has exposed a cultural
rift between Holland and its former colony.
2005 Aug 23, Australians who
take drugs into Asia are stupid and should not expect to be bailed
out by the Australian government, PM John Howard said after another
two Australians were detained in Indonesia over drugs.
2005 Aug 23, Australia’s
government and moderate Muslim leaders pledged to join forces in the
fight against terrorism and blend Australian values with Islamic
teachings at mosques and schools.
2005 Aug 23, A British woman
who can only move her head, eyes and mouth sailed across the English
Channel and into the record books on board a modified boat she
controlled by sucking or blowing into straws.
2005 Aug 23, China submitted
legislation to cut income taxes on its poorest workers.
(WSJ, 8/24/05, p.A9)
2005 Aug 23, Egypt's President
Hosni Mubarak vowed to work towards a long-envisaged free trade
agreement with the US as he called for stronger economic ties with
2005 Aug 23, A week of heavy
flooding in Western and Central Europe left at least 26 people dead.
(WSJ, 8/24/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 23, India’s Lok Sabha
approved legislation which seeks to guarantee 100 days of employment
a year to every rural household across the country.
2005 Aug 23, In India an
apartment building collapse in downtown Bombay, killed 11 people,
injured 17 and left more than a dozen trapped under the rubble.
2005 Aug 23, Iraq's al-Qaida
wing claimed responsibility for the Aug 19 rocket attack that barely
missed U.S. warships docked in the Jordanian port of Aqaba.
2005 Aug 23, A US soldier, an
American contractor and five Iraqis were killed when a suicide
bomber detonated an explosive device in a city north of Baghdad.
2005 Aug 23, Israeli soldiers
cleared 2 militant strongholds without major violence, completing
the country's historic evacuation of 25 settlements in the Gaza
Strip and West Bank.
2005 Aug 23, Japanese
electronics giants Sony and Toshiba said they would go ahead with
incompatible formats for next-generation DVDs after talks to reach a
common standard failed.
2005 Aug 23, Stores across
Japan started taking orders for the Roborior, a watermelon-sized
eyeball on wheels that glows purple, blue and orange. Roborior can
function as a virtual guard dog that can sense break-ins using
infrared sensors, notify homeowners by calling their cellular
phones, and send the owner's cell phone videos from its digital
2005 Aug 23, Officials said
Nepal's main political parties will hold talks with Maoists on
forming a broad front against King Gyanendra provided the rebels
keep to their promise to stop killing civilians.
2005 Aug 23, TANS Peru Flight
204, a Boeing 737-200 with 100 people on board, split in two after
an emergency landing during a fierce storm, killing at least 41
people. The pilot tried to land in a marsh to soften the impact but
the landing split the aircraft in two. The plane was enroute from
Lima to Pucallpa and landed 20 miles from Pucallpa.
2005 Aug 23, UN officials
called on African ministers meeting in Mozambique to declare TB and
emergency in the area.
(WSJ, 8/24/05, p.A1)
2006 Aug 23, In Alaska
Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski finished last in a 3-day primary
election. Sarah Palin, a former Wasilla mayor, won with over 50% of
(SFC, 8/24/06, p.A3)
2006 Aug 23, Annie Donnelly
(38) of Long Island, NY, pleaded guilty to stealing $2.3 million
(1.2 million pounds) from her employers. She spent the money on
lottery tickets, buying as much as $6,000 worth of tickets a day in
a bid to hit the jackpot.
2006 Aug 23, The Citadel
released the results of a survey in which almost 20% of female
cadets reported being sexually assaulted since enrolling at the
South Carolina military college.
2006 Aug 23, In Washington
state Gov. Gregoire declared a state of emergency due to a group of
southeastern wildfires that had covered 70 square miles near Dayton.
(SFC, 8/25/06, p.A3)
2006 Aug 23, Maynard Ferguson
(78), Canadian-born jazz trumpeter, died in Ventura, Ca.
(SFC, 8/25/06, p.B11)
2006 Aug 23, The Afghan and
Pakistani armies agreed to conduct coordinated and simultaneous
patrols with the US alongside their volatile border. The accord was
reached during the 17th meeting of Tripartite Commission. In
southern Afghanistan 18 Taliban rebels and an Afghan soldier were
killed in a clash that erupted after the militants attacked an army
post in Zabul province.
(AP, 8/23/06)(AFP, 8/23/06)
2006 Aug 23, Argentina
announced an ambitious plan to expand its nuclear program to meet
rising energy demands, including extending the life of existing
plants and possibly resuming uranium mining.
2006 Aug 23, Vytautas Pociunas,
a top Lithuanian spy posted to Belarus, was found dead in Brest.
Some linked his death to feuds within the Lithuanian security
service (VSD) over freight contracts. A parliamentary committee
called for Arvydas Pocius, the VSD chief, to go.
2006 Aug 23, The Canadian Food
Inspection Agency confirmed that a mature beef cow in the Prairie
province Alberta tested positive for mad cow case. It was the 8th
case since 2003.
2006 Aug 23, In western India
17 people were killed when a truck overturned and fell into a deep
ditch. Victims were sitting on top of sacks of salt that the truck
was transporting when it overturned into a ditch flooded from recent
2006 Aug 23, Iran urged Europe
to pay attention to what it called "positive" signals in its
counterproposal to a nuclear incentives package aimed at persuading
Tehran to roll back its nuclear program. Russia and China backed
Iran's call for negotiations to end the standoff.
2006 Aug 23, A roadside bomb
exploded in Baghdad and narrowly missed the interior minister's
convoy, killing two civilians and wounding several traffic
policemen. A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a police
headquarters in Mosul, killing at least one person. An Iraqi army
officer, 1st Lt. Hassanein Saadi al-Zerjawi (29) was gunned down in
a drive-by shooting in Amarah. A roadside bomb missed a US military
convoy in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, killing two
pedestrians and injuring 12. One US soldier was killed during a raid
to capture "foreign terrorists." Two militants also were killed.
(AP, 8/23/06)(AP, 8/24/06)
2006 Aug 23, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir a crowded bus swerved off a steep mountain
road and plunged into a gorge, killing at least 16 people and
injuring 35 others.
2006 Aug 23, A leader of
Kurdish rebels battling Turkey's government said in a rare interview
that his guerrillas will not give in to US pressure to disarm
without a "political project" that fulfills their calls for
autonomy. PKK party officials met with a group of journalists in the
rugged, isolated Qandil Mountain in Iraq's northeast corner where
the group is based.
2006 Aug 23, In southern
Lebanon 3 Lebanese soldiers were killed while they dismantled an
unexploded missile. An Israeli soldier was killed and three others
wounded in southern Lebanon when their tank drove over a land mine.
2006 Aug 23, Assailants threw
grenades at the offices of a newspaper in the resort city of Cancun
in the latest in a series of attacks on news outlets across Mexico.
2006 Aug 23, In Oslo Villa
Grande, a sprawling mansion used by Norwegian Nazi collaborator
Vidkun Quisling during World War II, opened as a center to oppose
the intolerance, hatred and treachery he represented.
2006 Aug 23, A previously
unknown Palestinian group released the first video of two kidnapped
Fox News journalists and demanded that Muslim prisoners in US jails
be released within 72 hours in exchange for the men. Correspondent
Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig were later freed.
(AP, 8/23/06)(AP, 8/23/07)
2006 Aug 23, Russia’s Gazprom
threatened to cut off gas exports to Bosnia on Oct 1 if strides
toward repaying $104.8 million in debts, incurred during wars that
ended in 1995, were not met.
(WSJ, 8/24/06, p.A6)
2006 Aug 23, Somalia’s seaport
in Mogadishu reopened for the first time in 11 years, the latest
sign that the city's Islamic fundamentalist rulers are trying to
restore confidence after more than a decade of anarchy.
2006 Aug 23, Sudan's ruling
party rejected a proposed Security Council resolution to transfer
peacekeeping duties in conflict-wracked Darfur to a UN force, saying
it would violate national sovereignty.
2006 Aug 23, Syria opposed
deployment of an international force along its border to prevent
arms shipments to Hezbollah, and Israel called the situation in
Lebanon "explosive." In southern Lebanon 3 Lebanese soldiers were
killed while they dismantled an unexploded missile. An Israeli
soldier was killed and three others wounded in southern Lebanon when
their tank drove over a land mine.
(AP, 8/23/06)(AP, 8/24/06)
2006 Aug 23, Taiwan's cabinet
decided to increase military spending by nearly 30% next year as
President Chen Shui-bian warned of rival China's continuing
hostility towards the island.
2007 Aug 23, Ohio’s Gov. Ted
Strickland said more than 1,000 people were flooded out of their
homes after heavy rain that swamped communities across the Midwest
sent Ohio's rivers spilling over their banks.
2007 Aug 23, University of
Minnesota astronomers announced that they have stumbled upon a
tremendous hole in the universe. The cosmic blank spot has no stray
stars, no galaxies, no sucking black holes, not even mysterious dark
matter. The 1 billion light years across of nothing represented an
expanse of nearly 6 billion trillion miles of emptiness.
2007 Aug 23, In southern
Afghanistan a bomb dropped by a US fighter jet was believed to have
killed 3 British soldiers in Helmand province. Two other soldiers
2007 Aug 23, Bangladesh's
army-backed interim government briefly relaxed a curfew, allowing
residents of the capital the chance to stock up on essentials and
those stranded at airports and elsewhere to return home.
2007 Aug 23, In Ponte Nova,
Brazil, at least 25 prisoners died after inmates broke out of a
cellblock and set a fire in an apparent attempt to settle scores
with a rival gang.
2007 Aug 23, The Montreal World
Film Festival, which endured a near-death experience two years ago
when key government subsidies were suspended, kicked off its 31st
edition with a new lease on life.
2007 Aug 23, The government of
Chad said it will adhere to a program designed to put pressure on
countries to be open about revenues from exports of oil, natural gas
2007 Aug 23, The Bank of China
revealed that it held a $9.6 billion exposure to securities backed
by American subprime mortgages.
(Econ, 9/1/07, p.67)
2007 Aug 23, More than 800
Colombian refugees crossed over the border to Ecuador from the
violence-ravaged department of Narino. The UN estimated that about 3
million Colombians have been driven from their homes by violence
without leaving the country, making it the largest internal refugee
population in the world after Sudan.
2007 Aug 23, A shootout in
Chechnya's capital left two policemen and a rebel dead. A group of
about 30 camouflage-clad gunmen set on fire the houses of two police
officers and the local administration building in the Chechen
village of Yandi.
2007 Aug 23, In Dagestan,
Russia, gunmen ambushed security forces, killing three people and
2007 Aug 23, Hundreds of
rampaging youths torched dozens of houses and clashed across East
Timor, leaving at least two people dead, in violence sparked by the
appointment of independence hero Xanana Gusmao as prime minister.
2007 Aug 23, The EU relaxed a
ban on exports of British livestock, meat and dairy products that
was imposed after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in
southeastern England earlier this month.
2007 Aug 23, State-run TV
reported that Iran has developed a new 2,000-pound "smart" bomb, the
latest in a recent series of announcements heralding new weapons
2007 Aug 23, Suspected al-Qaida
fighters attacked the Sunni Ibrahim al-Yahya village east of Baqouba
and killed a leader who had led the community in an uprising against
the terrorist organization. A nearby Shiite village came under
attack, again by suspected al-Qaida fighters, and a total of 17
people, including seven women, were killed. 7 people were kidnapped.
Two of the abducted men were later found shot in the head on a road
leading out of town. The rest of the captives were women, and their
fate was unknown. 10 attackers were killed as villagers fought back.
A police vehicle rushing to the attack scene crashed and 2 policemen
were killed. 60 suspected al-Qaida in Iraq fighters hit national
police facilities in a coordinated attack in Samarra, sparking two
hours of fighting that saw three people killed and more than a dozen
(AP, 8/23/07)(Reuters, 8/23/07)(AP, 8/24/07)
2007 Aug 23, A cluster bomb
left over from last year's Hezbollah-Israel war exploded in southern
Lebanon, killing a Lebanese mine-clearing expert and wounding three
others who were trying to dismantle it.
2007 Aug 23, The remnants of
Hurricane Dean dumped heavy rain across central Mexico, drenching
mudslide-prone mountains as it pushed its way inland after slamming
into the nation's Gulf Coast as a Category 2 storm. Thousands of
Mayan Indians lost homes as Hurricane Dean blew through the Yucatan
peninsula, but their real wealth was the trees, now scattered and
broken in the storm's wake. Village after village is carpeted with
fallen mangoes, oranges, guanabanas and mameys that will never be
harvested. Across Mexico at least 10 people died from the storm.
(AP, 8/23/07)(WSJ, 8/24/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 23, In Myanmar defiant
pro-democracy activists took to the streets for the third time this
week, forming a human chain to try to prevent officers from dragging
them into waiting trucks and buses.
2007 Aug 23, In Pakistan a
Supreme Court ruling said former PM Nawaz Sharif, a key rival to
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, can return to Pakistan from exile.
2007 Aug 23, A Russian
scientist said that fresh test results back his country's legal bid
to take control of the Arctic. Russian geologists have previously
estimated the Arctic seabed has at least 9 to 10 billion tons of
fuel equivalent, about the same as Russia's total oil reserves.
2007 Aug 23, Rwanda's exiled
opposition groups dismissed as insulting the appointment of General
Kerenzi Karake, a Rwandan general, as deputy chief of a planned
peace force for Sudan's war-torn Darfur region.
2007 Aug 23, Sudan summoned the
envoy of the European Commission and the Canadian charge d'affaires
and informed them they were considered persona non grata because
they interfered in Sudanese affairs. The UN chief called on the
Sudanese military to remove troops remaining in southern Sudan,
expressing disappointment that a July 9 deadline was not met as
called for in a 2005 peace deal.
(AFP, 8/24/07)(AP, 8/24/07)
2008 Aug 23, Democrats
coalesced around Barack Obama's selection of Delaware Senator Joe
Biden (b.1942) as his running mate while Republicans quickly seized
on the Delaware senator's past criticism of the presidential
2008 Aug 23, In Utah a small
plane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff from Canyonlands
Field airport. All 10 aboard, including 9 employees of a Cedar City
dermatology company, who traveled to remote areas to provide medical
(SSFC, 8/24/08, p.A2)
2008 Aug 23, Dr. Thomas Weller
(b.1915) co-winner of the 1954 Nobel Prize in Medicine, died in
Massachusetts. He shared the Nobel Prize with 2 co-workers for their
discovery of the ability of poliomyelitis viruses to grow in
cultures of various types of tissue.
Spring, 2009, p.56)
2008 Aug 23, Azizabad villagers
threw stones at Afghan soldiers who tried to give them food and
clothes. The soldiers fired into the crowd and wounded eight people,
including one child critically wounded. This was the village in
Herat province where the day before a US-Afghan operation took place
leaving many civilians dead.
2008 Aug 23, Public health
officials in Canada said they have linked a deadly bacterial
outbreak to recalled meat products from Maple Leaf Foods. At least
12 people died out of 26 confirmed cases of food poisoning.
(AP, 8/24/08)(Reuters, 8/25/08)
2008 Aug 23, In Beijing Angel
Matos, a Cuban taekwondo athlete, and his coach Leudis Gonzalez were
banned for life after Matos kicked the referee in the face following
his bronze-medal match disqualification.
2008 Aug 23, The US military
released Ahmed Nouri Raziak (38), a cameraman for Associated Press
Television News, without charges after detaining him for nearly
three months. Gunmen in Basra killed Haider al-Saymari (38), a
Shiite cleric and outspoken critic of sectarian militias, in an
ambush on a car that also carried his wife, mother and sister, who
were not harmed.
(AP, 8/23/08)(AP, 8/24/08)
2008 Aug 23, In Italy a gang of
men badly beat a Dutch couple and raped the woman while they camped
in an isolated field outside Rome during a cycling tour of Europe.
The attackers also stole some US$2,200. Two Romanian men were soon
(AP, 8/23/08)(Reuters, 8/25/08)
2008 Aug 23, Environmental
experts said Nigeria and South Africa are the main emitters of
greenhouse gases in Africa, accounting for almost 90 percent of the
emissions in the continent.
2008 Aug 23, Pakistani troops
pounded Islamic militants in the volatile northwest, killing 37 in
retaliation for suicide attacks that have put pressure on the new
government to counter a growing extremist threat. 2 soldiers were
killed. A civilian and her four children were killed when security
forces fired a mortar that accidentally hit a home in Khar, near the
Afghan border. A car packed with explosives rammed into a police
station in Swat, a former tourist destination, killing six officers
and injuring several others. A roadside bomb in the nearby village
of Bari Kot killed one civilian and injured four.
2008 Aug 23, Two boats carrying
dozens of international activists sailed into the Gaza Strip in
defiance of an Israeli blockade, receiving a jubilant welcome from
thousands of Palestinians. Israel said it would permit the boats to
dock in Gaza after determining the activists did not pose a security
threat. The group delivered a symbolic shipment of hearing aids and
2008 Aug 23, The Philippine
government said at least 48 soldiers and civilians and scores of
Muslim rebels have been killed in the southern Philippines in a week
of fighting triggered by the collapse of a peace deal. Muslim rebels
urged the Philippine government to halt a military offensive they
say threatens a years-long peace process and escalates violence in
the archipelago's troubled south.
(Reuters, 8/23/08)(AP, 8/23/08)
2008 Aug 23, A top Russian
general said his country's forces will keep patrolling the key
Georgian Black Sea port of Poti even though it lies outside the
areas where Russia claims it has the right to station soldiers in
2008 Aug 23, Pirates fired on a
Japanese-operated cargo ship off Somalia and attempted to board the
vessel but failed to seize it.
2008 Aug 23, In Somalia 2
Western reporters were kidnapped near Mogadishu. The next day the
National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) named them as Amanda
Lindhout, a Canadian reporter based in Baghdad but freelancing for
French television and Canada's Global National News, and Nigel
Brennan, a freelance Australian photojournalist. Both were released
after 15 months and arrived in Kenya on Nov 25, 2009. Brennan’s
family mortgaged their house to raise his ransom.
(Reuters, 8/24/08)(AP, 11/26/09)(Econ, 3/16/13,
2008 Aug 23, Sri Lanka staged
local elections under tight security as troops pushed deeper into
Tamil Tiger territory, closing in on the rebel capital in the
war-ravaged north. The defense ministry said a total of 28 rebels
and two soldiers were killed in clashes over the last 24 hours
across the island's north.
2008 Aug 23, The Tibetan
spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, left Paris on a flight bound for
New Delhi after concluding a 12-day visit that fuelled tensions
between Paris and Beijing.
2008 Aug 23, A Tunisian court
convicted 13 Islamic militants on charges linked to plots to carry
out attacks in the north African country. 6 more were convicted on
Aug 26 for establishing a military camp in Tunisia's northeastern
Kef region designed to train fighters to be sent to Iraq.
2009 Aug 23, Afghan former
Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, President Karzai's main
challenger, said he had evidence last week's election had been
widely rigged by the incumbent and that he had lodged more than 100
complaints. The Election Complaints Commission (ECC) said it had
received 225 complaints of which 35 had been labeled a priority. An
American service member died in an insurgent attack. Two Estonian
soldiers were killed after their unit stumbled on a roadside bomb in
southern Helmand province.
(Reuters, 8/23/09)(AP, 8/24/09)
2009 Aug 23, NATO military
commanders told US President Barack Obama's envoy on that they
needed more troops and other resources to beat back a resurgent
Taliban, particularly in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan
2009 Aug 23, In the Bahamas
Stefania Fernandez (18), Miss Venezuela, was the fairest of them all
once again, winning the 2009 Miss Universe crown for the second year
straight and the sixth time since the pageant's creation.
2009 Aug 23, A Chinese state
news agency reported that a drought in the north has left nearly 5
million people short of drinking water and damaged crops, while dry
weather in the south could cause more shortages.
2009 Aug 23, In Greece a raging
fire bore down on Athens' northern suburbs, prompting panicked
residents to battle the flames with tree limbs and buckets, and
police to order 10,000 people to evacuate one town immediately. The
fires ignited late on Aug 21; by today they were reported across an
area more than 25 miles (40 kilometers) wide.
2009 Aug 23, The Iraqi military
broadcast the confession of a Sunni man, Wisam Ali Khazim Ibrahim
(57), identified as the mastermind of one of two Aug 19 suicide
truck bombings targeting government buildings in Baghdad. In
northern Iraq gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in Mosul, killing
one police officer. An American soldier died of injuries sustained
during an attack on a US patrol in the Iraqi capital.
2009 Aug 23, Mexican army
soldiers captured Luis Ricardo Magana. Prosecutors described him as
a leading member of the violent La Familia drug cartel. A team of
top US law enforcement officials began a three-day visit to Mexico
to explore ways to improve efforts against arms smuggling into
Mexico as part of joint efforts to combat drug gangs.
2009 Aug 23, In Pakistan a
suicide bombing on the outskirts in the northwestern city of
Peshawar killed three people and wounded 15 others. Police in
Karachi arrested seven members of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
movement in a raid. The al-Qaida-linked movement is blamed for two
failed assassination attempts against former President Pervez
Musharraf and the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel
(AP, 8/23/09)(AP, 8/24/09)
2009 Aug 23, In Zimbabwe a
cabinet retreat by the unity government collapsed this weekend as
President Robert Mugabe's ministers walked out after the deputy
prime minister said last year's polls were fraudulent.
2010 Aug 23, A US district
court issued a preliminary injunction stopping federal funding of
human embryonic stem cell research, in a slap to the Obama
administration's new guidelines on the sensitive issue.
2010 Aug 23, California
Attorney Gen’l. Jerry Brown sued Roni Deutch for $34 million for
allegedly swindling thousands of people. Deutch, who billed herself
as the “tax lady,” has appeared in nationwide TV ads to help people
with tax problems.
(SFC, 8/24/10, p.C3)
2010 Aug 23, In Las Vegas
Mexico's Jimena Navarrete (22) was crowned Miss Universe in an upset
victory that stunned a pageant world which had predicted a winner to
emerge from Ireland, Venezuela or the United States.
2010 Aug 23, In Afghanistan
roadside bombs killed four members of the international security
force in Afghanistan, including an American, two French marines, and
a Hungarian soldier. US troops fired warning shots to disperse a
protest near Bagram air base over the arrest of a religious leader
suspected of a rocket attack.
2010 Aug 23, Gareth Williams
(31), an employee of code-breaking agency GCHQ, was found dead at a
flat near the agency's headquarters in the upmarket Pimlico area of
London. His naked and decomposing body was found inside a padlocked
sports bag. Williams was working on attachment for Britain's Secret
Intelligence Service MI6 when he died. In 2012 a coroner concluded
at an inquest that another person was probably involved in
(Reuters, 8/25/10)(AP, 2/15/11)(AP, 3/30/12)(AFP,
2010 Aug 23, China cut 13
non-violent crimes from the list of 64 offences punishable by death.
State media said flooding has forced the evacuation of more than a
quarter-million people in northern China along its border with North
(Econ, 8/28/10, p.35)(AP, 8/23/10)
2010 Aug 23, President Raul
Castro ordered Max Marambio, a Chilean businessman, to return to
Cuba for questioning about bribery and fraud at Rio Zaza, which was
shut down earlier this year. For years the company had enjoyed a
near monopoly on sales of packaged fruit juice and milk. Marambio
declined the offer.
(Econ, 8/28/10, p.29)
2010 Aug 23, In Dagestan at
least 3 people were wounded in other attacks, while four suspected
militants died when explosives they were transporting by car
unexpectedly blew up.
2010 Aug 23, Iran media
reported the suspension of three senior judiciary officials over
last year's torture deaths of three imprisoned anti-government
protesters. On Aug 30 they were identified as former prosecutor
Saeed Mortazavi and two judges.
(AP, 8/23/10)(AP, 8/30/10)
2010 Aug 23, Iran kicked off
mass production of two high-speed missile-launching assault boats,
warning its enemies not to "play with fire" as it boosts security
along its coastline.
2010 Aug 23, In Iraq unknown
attackers in a speeding car threw a grenade in the mixed
Sunni-Shiite eastern neighborhood of New Baghdad. The blast killed
one policeman and wounded another.
2010 Aug 23, Mexican police in
the border city of Tijuana found two bodies on the outskirts of town
and were searching for more. Baja California state prosecutors said
recently arrested suspects told authorities at least four more
bodies had been buried in the same area. A judge ordered the
released of 13 Tijuana city police officers who were arrested by
soldiers and sent to prison more than a year ago on charges of
protecting drug traffickers. The judge ruled there wasn't enough
2010 Aug 23, In the Netherlands
the monumental chestnut tree that cheered Anne Frank while she was
in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam was toppled by wind and heavy
2010 Aug 23, Officials said the
United States has granted Nigerian airlines permission for direct US
2010 Aug 23, In Pakistan 3 bomb
attacks in the northwest killed at least 36 people. A bomb exploded
inside a school during a meeting of elders in Kurram tribal region,
killing seven people. An attack on the outskirts of Peshawar killed
the leader of an anti-Taliban militia, Israr Khan, and two aides as
he passed through a market in the village of Matni. The deadliest
blast was a suicide attack at a mosque inside a religious school in
South Waziristan that killed 26 people and injured 40 more.
2010 Aug 23, Philippine police
stormed a bus in downtown Manila after shots were heard from the
hostage-taker of 15 Chinese tourists. Former Senior Inspector
Rolando Mendoza (55), armed with a M16 rifle, had seized the busload
of Hong Kong tourists to demand his reinstatement in the force. 8
tourists were killed along with Mendoza. Ken Leung died trying to
subdue the gunman, who then killed his two daughters, Doris (21) and
Jessie (14). The only survivors were the mother, Amy, and son Jason
(18), who fell into a coma after suffering a head wound. Jason awoke
from his coma around mid October. On Dec 16 Manila said it will pay
compensation to the families of 8 Hong Kong tourists killed during
the botched hostage rescue.
(AP, 8/23/10)(AP, 8/24/10)(AP, 10/20/10)(AFP,
2010 Aug 23, Saudi low-cost
private airline Sama, launched in 2007 to serve Gulf and other Arab
states, said it is to suspend services from Aug 24 due to financial
2010 Aug 23, South African
President Jacob Zuma flew to China on a three-day trip aimed at
strengthening business ties. Zuma was accompanied by a delegation of
over 370 business representatives - the biggest ever for a South
African leader's visit abroad.
2010 Aug 23, South Africa
deployed soldiers to 37 hospitals to help keep basic health services
running, as a nationwide strike by more than one million public
workers entered its sixth day.
2010 Aug 23, Two Spanish aid
workers held by al Qaeda's North African wing were freed in Mali,
ending a kidnapping that lasted nearly nine months, the longest
period of captivity in the Sahara desert. Al Qaeda in the Islamic
Maghreb (AQIM) said it seized Albert Vilalta and Roque Pascual while
they were traveling through Mauritania with a relief aid convoy last
2010 Aug 23, The southern Sudan
finance minister said the fledgling economy is being "deliberately"
weakened by former civil war enemies in the north who are paying
Juba's share of oil revenues in local currency.
2011 Aug 23, The most powerful
earthquake to strike the East Coast in 67 years shook buildings and
rattled nerves from South Carolina to Maine. Frightened office
workers spilled into the streets in New York, and parts of the White
House, Capitol and Pentagon were evacuated. The magnitude 5.8
earthquake and was centered 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Va. The
Washington Monument obelisk closed indefinitely due to earthquake
(AP, 8/23/11)(SFC, 9/27/11, p.A7)
2011 Aug 23, A NYC judge
ordered the dismissal of all sexual assault charges against former
IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The order was stayed until an
appellate court decides whether a special prosecutor should be
appointed. The judge cited credibility issues with Nafisssatou
Diallo (33), the hotel housekeeper who had filed the initial
(SFC, 8/24/11, p.A5)
2011 Aug 23, In Afghanistan two
gunmen on a motorcycle fired at a member of the Nawa district
council in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand province.
The councilman was rushed to a hospital but died of his wounds. 2
Afghan policemen died when their vehicle hit a roadside mine in
Chimtal district of Balkh province.
2011 Aug 23, In China at least
15 people were killed when a blaze ripped through a dormitory
building belonging to a ceramics factory in the Shengfeng Ceramics
Factory in Foshan city.
2011 Aug 23, In China 15 people
were hurt and cars were damaged after more than 30 relatives of a
patient who died at the hospital in Jiangxi province forced their
way inside the building. Patient Fan Runyin was admitted to the
hospital on August 19 after suffering a brain hemorrhage. Relatives
said he died on the operating table.
2011 Aug 23, German police said
11 more cars were burned overnight in Berlin, the latest in a string
of attacks that have seen more-than 300 cars damaged since the
beginning of the year. 401 cars were torched in 2009 and 250 in
(AP, 8/23/11)(Econ, 8/27/11, p.45)
2011 Aug 23, The Indian
government opened talks with aides to fasting anti-graft activist
Anna Hazare, as Premier Manmohan Singh offered concessions to
persuade the 74-year-old to end his hunger strike.
2011 Aug 23, Liberia's first
constitutional referendum in 25 years was marred by error after the
National Election Commission said it had distributed defective
ballot papers. It failed to achieve the required two-thirds of votes
cast in a poll in which only 34 percent of registered voters showed
up and many ballots were invalid.
(AP, 8/23/11)(AFP, 9/1/11)
2011 Aug 23, In Libya fierce
fighting erupted around Moammar Gadhafi's main military compound in
Tripoli, hours after the Libyan leader's son and heir apparent
turned up free to thwart Libyan rebel claims he had been captured
and rally supporters. 64 NATO airstrikes turned the Bab al-Azizya
military compound to rubble. A representative from Sirte on the
rebels' National Transitional Council said that the situation in the
city was extremely volatile because Gadhafi brigades had retreated
to the city after fleeing the Brega oil terminal. Loyalist guards in
Tripoli opened fired at some 130 civilian detainees in a lockup, a
hangar, and fired again when prisoners tried to flee.
(AP, 8/23/11)(AP, 8/28/11)
2011 Aug 23, In Mexico gunmen
hung a man from a pedestrian bridge over a busy avenue in the city
of Monterrey and shot him to death in front of dozens of motorists.
In Acapulco two teenage boys of about 15 years of age were shot to
death by unidentified assailants. Police also found a man's
dismembered body in a car in another Acapulco neighborhood.
2011 Aug 23, In northern
Nigeria the flood-related death toll rose to 15 as a river in the
town of Numan overflowed during a five-hour rainstorm.
2011 Aug 23, Pakistani
politicians, industrialists and citizens stepped up calls for the
army to intervene to quell violence destabilizing Karachi, where
more than 100 have been killed in a week.
2011 Aug 23, The Philippines'
largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, rejected
a government proposal for autonomy in the country's south as
inadequate but said they will continue talks.
2011 Aug 23, Russian
investigators arrested Lt. Col. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, a retired
police officer, on suspicion of organizing the 2006 killing of
journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was gunned down in the elevator
of her Moscow apartment building.
2011 Aug 23, In southern Russia
an explosion of old ammunition at the Ashuluk military base in the
Astrakhan region killed six soldiers and wounded 12.
2011 Aug 23, Thousands of
Somalis attended a rally to celebrate the withdrawal of Islamist
rebels from bases in Mogadishu, Al-Shabab militants executed two men
and a 16-year-old boy by firing squad after accusing them of spying
in a de facto court.
(AP, 8/23/11)(AP, 8/26/11)
2011 Aug 23, In South Africa a
new study on the country’s renowned wine and fruit farms said
workers face unfit housing and exposure to pesticides and are
blocked from forming labor unions. Industry groups criticized HRW's
research methods, accusing the organization of bias.
2011 Aug 23, Sri Lanka police
carried out mass arrests in the northern Jaffna region after
residents clashed with troops alleged to have protected so-called
"grease devil" sex offenders.
2011 Aug 23, Sudanese President
Omar al-Bashir declared a two-week ceasefire in South Kordofan state
which has been rocked since June by violent clashes between the
Sudanese army and Nuba rebels.
2011 Aug 23, Swaziland King
Mswati III asked his Cabinet for a $57 million cut from a rescue
loan South Africa has extended to his country in exchange for his
efforts to secure the funds. While the national budget faced drastic
cuts, the king's budget was boosted in March from $24 million to $30
2011 Aug 23, The Geneva-based
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said it is
lifting the freeze on funding to China to ensure AIDS work in the
country continues while it works with government officials,
representatives from United Nations' agencies and private groups to
resolve the dispute.
2011 Aug 23, Turkey's military
said air strikes on suspected Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq
this week have killed an estimated 90 to 100 guerrillas and warned
that it would press ahead with offensives against the group both
inside Turkey and across the border.
2011 Aug 23, The UN's top human
rights body voted overwhelmingly to demand that Syria end its
crackdown and cooperate with an international probe into possible
crimes against humanity. The opposition took steps toward forming a
national council, but serious divisions and mistrust among the
members have prevented them from presenting a unified front against
(AP, 8/23/11)(AP, 8/24/11)
2011 Aug 23, In Venezuela a
judge ordered a weekly newspaper strongly critical of President Hugo
Chavez and his allies to temporarily stop publishing while
prosecutors proceed with slander charges against its director.
Dinorah Giron, director of Sexto Poder, was accused of committing
the crimes by allowing the Aug. 20 publication of photo montage that
ridiculed several female public officials by likening them to
2011 Aug 23, In Yemen the body
of a suspected suicide bomber was torn into pieces when a
booby-trapped motorbike he was riding exploded in Lawder.
2012 Aug 23, The US Anti-Doping
Agency said it will strip Lance Armstrong of his unprecedented seven
Tour de France titles after he dropped his fight against drug
charges that threatened his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists
of all time.
2012 Aug 23, In Illinois
authorities in Washington Park, a village next to East St. Louis,
raided a house where a teenage girl (17) had been held captive and
repeatedly sexually assaulted for over 2 years. Police took into
custody a 24-year-old man and his mother. They also recovered the
teen's young child, which the girl said was the result of rape by
2012 Aug 23, James Fogle,
author of “Drugstore Cowboy,” died in prison in Washington state.
His autobiographical crime novel led to a 1989 film starring Matt
(SFC, 8/25/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 23, In eastern
Afghanistan insurgents kidnapped three Afghan soldiers and another
man from a bus and killed all four in Paktia province. 6 civilians
were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb as they traveled
in the southern province of Kandahar.
2012 Aug 23, A Bahrain appeals
court acquitted activist Nabeel Rajab (48), who had been sentenced
to three months in jail for alleged insults issued via Twitter, but
he must still serve a three-year term for taking part in protests.
2012 Aug 23, Chile's
state-owned copper company Codelco and British firm Anglo American
PLC settled their long-running conflict over control of a promising
copper mine with a multi-billion dollar deal that includes major new
Japanese investments in Chile.
2012 Aug 23, A Cairo court
ordered Islam Afifi, the chief editor of the privately-owned
el-Dustour daily newspaper, detained pending trial on charges of
insulting Egypt’s president and "spreading lies." Afifi was released
from jail just hours later after Pres. Morsi issued a law banning
the imprisonment of journalists accused of media-related offenses.
(AP, 8/23/12)(AP, 8/24/12)
2012 Aug 23, In Germany more
than 900 police officers raided homes and clubhouses of suspected
neo-Nazis in a crackdown in North Rhine-Westphalia, seizing
far-right propaganda material, computer hard drives and a wide
variety of weapons.
2012 Aug 23, A cholera epidemic
in Guinea and Sierra Leone has left 250-300 people dead. 846 deaths
were reported this year in the 14 countries of West and Central
Africa. Sierra Leone's health ministry said that deaths from a
cholera outbreak had reached 220.
(SFC, 8/23/12, p.A5)(AFP, 8/23/12)
2012 Aug 23, Indian officials
said heavy rains over the past two days have killed at least 27
people and left thousands homeless in western Rajasthan state.
2012 Aug 23, Israel's foreign
ministry summoned South Africa's envoy to formally protest
Pretoria's decision to place "Occupied Palestinian Territory" labels
on goods from Jewish settlements.
2012 Aug 23, In Italy a gunman
shot and killed Gaetano Marino (48), a boss from the Neapolitan
Camorra, clad in a swimsuit as he walked from a beach to join his
family at a hotel in a resort town south of Rome. Marino had lost
both hands in an explosion while planting a bomb in the 1990s.
2012 Aug 23, Jordan's
Paralympic committee said it has withdrawn three members from a
pre-Games training camp in Northern Ireland over charges of sex
2012 Aug 23, Kenya's government
said it will conduct a countrywide operation to disarm all
communities with illegal weapons.
2012 Aug 23, In Lebanon fresh
fighting erupted in the northern city of Tripoli leaving one dead
and two wounded, despite a truce to halt days of violence between
pro- and anti-Damascus gunmen.
2012 Aug 23, A Libyan security
official said a conflict between 2 armed tribes in Zlitan left 12
people dead and dozens injured.
(SFC, 8/24/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 23, In Mexico a
falling out between the leaders of the hyper-violent Zetas cartel
appears to have put the gang in the hands of Miguel Angel Trevino
Morales. The brutal and feared gangster has been blamed for an
eruption of bloodshed in the once relatively calm central states.
2012 Aug 23, In Niger at least
44 people have been killed by severe flooding that has affected the
country since mid-July, according to the UN's humanitarian affairs
2012 Aug 23, Pakistani
officials said heavy monsoon rains that triggered flooding in the
country's north have caused at least 26 deaths.
2012 Aug 23, Philippine police
said they arrested more than 350 people over a major telephone scam
that swindled people out of millions of dollars in Taiwan and
2012 Aug 23, In Slovenia a hot
air balloon carrying 32 people, including children, was swept up in
a storm and crashed in a fireball outside Ljubljana. 6 people died
and 26 others were injured.
(AP, 8/23/12)(AP, 2/26/13)
2012 Aug 23, Sri Lanka’s
education minister shut down indefinitely the country’s state
universities and institutes following recent strikes. Academics were
angry that the country spent only 1.9% of GDP on schools and
(Economist, 9/1/12, p.43)
2012 Aug 23, In Sri Lanka the
rusting 15,000-ton Thmothrmopolyseara, a Cyprus-flagged carrier,
went down after remaining anchored outside a Colombo harbor since
2009 following a dispute over its cargo of steel. An oil slick from
the vessel reached the coast of Colombo on Aug 25 and threatened a
beach resort popular with foreign tourists.
2012 Aug 23, In Switzerland the
Green Climate Fund, which aims to channel $100 billion a year in aid
to poor countries, selected as leaders Zaheer Fakir, head of
international relations for South Africa's environment agency, and
Ewen McDonald, deputy head of Australia's international development
2012 Aug 23, Syrian military
planes crossed into Iraqi airspace in order to carry out air strikes
against the border town of Albu Kamal, which is held by rebel
forces. Rebels waged fierce battles with regime troops in a town
along the Iraqi border, capturing a string of security posts and the
local police headquarters despite heavy government shelling and
bombing runs by warplanes. The Syrian army recaptured Christian
areas in Aleppo. Artillery and helicopters hammered the Sunni Muslim
town of Daraya for 24 hours, killing 15 people and wounding 150,
before soldiers moved in and raided houses. A total of 149 people
were killed across the country, including 14 children.
(AFP, 8/23/12)(AP, 8/23/12)(Reuters,
2012 Aug 23, Turkish media
reported that Kurdish rebels have ambushed a military convoy in the
southeast, setting off clashes that killed 16 militants and five
2013 Aug 23, In Texas a jury of
military officers convicted Major Nidal Hasan (42) for the deadly
Nov 5, 2009, shooting rampage at Fort Hood. On Aug 28 Hasan was
sentenced to death.
(SFC, 8/24/13, p.A6)(AFP, 8/29/13)
2013 Aug 23, Thousands of
Bahrainis were allowed to march peacefully outside Manama calling
for democratic reforms, 10 days after police cracked down on
scattered protests organized by an online group inspired by recent
demonstrations in Egypt.
2013 Aug 23, The Belgian
prosecutor's office said a three-nation investigation (Belgium,
Netherlands, Poland) has led to one of the biggest seizures of
synthetic drugs in Europe, a haul of core products to create Ecstasy
pills with a street value of 1.3 billion euros ($1.75 billion).
2013 Aug 23, In Benin
kidnappers snatched Mike Ozekhome, a Nigerian human rights lawyer.
He was held and tortured for 20 days before being released During
his abduction 4 policemen who tried to squash the kidnappers’
mission were killed in a gun battle.
(Econ, 9/14/13, p.57)(http://tinyurl.com/o4zfhll)
2013 Aug 23, In Bolivia 30
people were killed, many burned to death, in a battle among rival
gangs for control of part of the overcrowded, maximum-security
Palmasola prison outside the city of Santa Cruz. Another inmate died
the next day raising the toll to 31.
(AP, 8/24/13)(SSFC, 8/25/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 23, Chinese security
forces killed at least 12 men and wounded 20 others during a raid on
an alleged terrorist facility in Jigdejay village near Kashgar in
the far western Xinjiang region.
(SFC, 9/19/13, p.A4)
2013 Aug 23, Congo's government
accused Rwanda of supporting a rebel attack on the eastern city of
2013 Aug 23, In Egypt several
thousand demonstrators joined at least three marches in different
parts of Cairo to protest the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed
2013 Aug 23, In Iraq violence
killed 37 people. This included a suicide bombing that killed 25
people in a Baghdad park.
(AFP, 8/24/13)(Reuters, 8/25/13)
2013 Aug 23, In Lebanon twin
explosions outside two mosques killed at least 47 people and wounded
hundreds in apparently coordinated attacks in the northern city of
Tripoli. Suspect Sheik Ahmad al-Ghareb was arrested the next day.
(Reuters, 8/23/13)(AP, 8/24/13)(SSFC, 8/25/13,
2013 Aug 23, The Lebanese
government said its troops captured a truck carrying gas masks near
the Syrian border.
2013 Aug 23, In Libya gunmen
killed an army colonel in a drive-by shooting after he left a mosque
2013 Aug 23, Philippines’ Pres.
Aquino said leaks will be plugged in a controversial fund set aside
for legislators' pet projects.
2013 Aug 23, Four people were
killed when a helicopter carrying 16 oil workers and two crew
crashed off Scotland's Shetland islands, the fourth incident in the
area involving different models of the widely used aircraft in just
over four years. The Super Puma L2, made by EADS unit Eurocopter,
was operated by CHC Helicopter for France's Total.
2013 Aug 23, Syrian troops and
opposition fighters clashed during fierce battles in suburbs of
2013 Aug 23, Tunisia's secular
opposition said that the governing Islamists must quit power before
they would join negotiations to resolve the country's worst crisis
since its Arab Spring revolt, declaring otherwise the talks would be
a waste of time.
2013 Aug 23, In eastern Yemen a
suicide bombing killed 2 soldiers and wounded six others. Al-Qaeda
militants were blamed for the attack.
2014 Aug 23, In California an
earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 shook the northern SF
Bay area early today. It was centered about 10 miles northwest of
American Canyon, about six miles southwest of Napa.
2014 Aug 23, Michael Pimente,
the police chief of Elmendorf, Texas, was shot dead during a traffic
stop. Joshua Manuel Lopez, 24, was taken into custody on charges of
capital murder of a police officer.
2014 Aug 23, In Bahrain
thousands of Shiites protested against what they say are attempts by
the Sunni authorities to tip the kingdom's demographic balance in
their favor by naturalizing foreigners.
2014 Aug 23, Chinese state
media reported the execution of eight people convicted on terrorism
charges in the restive western region of Xinjiang, including three
men authorities say were behind a deadly attack in the heart of
Beijing in which an SUV plowed through a crowd.
2014 Aug 23, Chinese
authorities blocked the annual Beijing Independent Film Festival
from opening, seizing documents and films from organizers and
hauling away two event officials in a sign that Beijing is stepping
up its already tight ideological controls.
2014 Aug 23, Egypt called on
Israel and the Palestinians to halt fire and resume peace talks, but
violence continued unabated with Israeli air strikes in the Gaza
Strip and Hamas militants firing rockets at the Jewish state. The
Israeli military said Palestinian gunmen had fired almost 500
rockets at Israel since the talks broke down and Gaza health
officials said 65 Palestinians had been killed in Israeli air
strikes since then. Israel took the Gaza war to a new level by
flattening a 13-storey apartment tower.
(Reuters, 8/23/14)(Reuters, 8/24/14)
2014 Aug 23, Several thousand
people formed a human chain across the German-Polish border to
protest the expansion of mining for brown coal, aka lignite, in the
(SSFC, 8/24/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 23, Iceland said its
Bardarbunga volcano has begun erupting under the ice of Europe’s
largest glacier, prompting the country to close the airspace over
the volcano. Iceland the next day said no eruption took place, but
that one remained imminent following increased seismic activity.
(SSFC, 8/24/14, p.A10)(SFC, 8/25/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 23, India and Pakistan
traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region, killing two villagers
on each side and wounding several others.
2014 Aug 23, In Iraq a suicide
bomber hit an Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad, killing
at least 11 people. Explosions rocked the northern city of Kirkuk,
killing at least 42 people and injuring dozens.
(AP, 8/23/14)(SSFC, 8/24/14, p.A7)
2014 Aug 23, A rocket fired
from Lebanese territory hit the Upper Galilee in northern Israel on
the 47th day of a war against the Islamist movement Hamas in and
2014 Aug 23, In Libya
unidentified war planes attacked positions of an armed faction in
Tripoli. They were later identified as aircraft based in Egypt and
flown by pilots from the UAE. 15 fighters were reported killed and
dozens wounded. Islamist fighters in the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn)
coalition said they have captured Tripoli's battered international
airport. Fighting erupted between renegade general Khalifa Haftar’s
troops and allied army special forces with Islamists in two Benghazi
suburbs, killing 8 soldiers and wounding 35. Egypt denied any air
operations in Libya.
(AP, 8/23/14)(AFP, 8/24/14)(Reuters,
8/24/14)(SFC, 8/25/14, p.A2)(Econ, 8/30/14, p.44)
2014 Aug 23, Niger's
agriculture minister, Abdou Labo, was arrested on suspicion of
involvement in a baby-trafficking network. 17 people, including his
wife and the spouses of other politicians, were arrested in June as
part of a police investigation.
2014 Aug 23, The Philippine
government said that it would bring home its 331 peacekeeping forces
from the Golan Heights amid the deteriorating security in the region
and withdraw its 115 troops from Liberia because of the Ebola
2014 Aug 23, Hundreds of trucks
from a disputed Russian aid convoy to rebel-held eastern Ukraine
rolled back across the border into Russia but questions about
alleged Russian artillery in Ukraine still remained.
2014 Aug 23, In Syria jihadists
from the Islamic State group seized Tabqa military airport. 346
Islamic State fighters were killed and more some 200 members of the
security forces died in five days of fighting over the base.
(Reuters, 8/27/14)(AFP, 8/28/14)
2014 Aug 23, Yemen's government
offered to resign within a month and to review an unpopular decision
to cut fuel subsidies, in an attempt to end protests by the Shi'ite
Houthi movement. Separate bomb attacks by Al-Qaeda suspects killed a
senior army officer and 3 soldiers across the south and southeast.
(Reuters, 8/23/14)(AFP, 8/23/14)
2015 Aug 23, An Afghan official
said the bodies of 3 border police officers, abducted last week in
Paktika province, have been found by local residents.
2015 Aug 23, Militants firing
from Afghan territory killed four Pakistani soldiers along the
border at the Akhandwala Pass.
2015 Aug 23, Britain's foreign
secretary reopened his country's embassy in Tehran in a long-awaited
step signaling better relations four years after a mob stormed the
compound, forcing its closure.
2015 Aug 23, German Vice
Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said the number of asylum-seekers in
Germany is expected to hit 800,000 in this year.
2015 Aug 23, In Iraq 17
soldiers and 6 Sunni militia fighters were killed in an attack by IS
militants in the rural district of Jaramshah, north of Anbar's
provincial capital, Ramadi.
2015 Aug 23, Lebanese security
forces fired water cannon at protesters demonstrating against the
government near PM Tammam Salam's offices in Beirut as protesters
mobilized over the government's failure to resolve a crisis over
2015 Aug 23, Malaysian police
said that they have found 24 more bodies of suspected human
trafficking victims this week in jungles bordering Thailand. 106
bodies had been found earlier.
2015 Aug 23, Maldives police
took former President Mohamed Nasheed back to jail even though his
13-year sentence was commuted to house arrest last month.
2015 Aug 23, North and South
Korea resumed top-level talks on avoiding a threatened military
clash, even as Seoul accused Pyongyang of undermining the process
with provocative naval and land deployments.
2015 Aug 23, Typhoon Goni blew
out of the northern Philippines after leaving at least 15 people
dead and several others missing, including a dozen miners whose work
camps were buried by a huge mudslide in a mountain village.
2015 Aug 23, In Switzerland two
light planes collided in flight at an air show in Dittingen, killing
one of the pilots.
2015 Aug 23, In Syria separate
rocket attacks killed 11 people in the regime-held, Eastern Ghouta
neighborhood northeast of Damascus. One person was killed in the
capital itself. Airstrikes hit the town of Arbin, killing 4
2015 Aug 23, In Syria the
Islamic State group blew up a famed temple in Palmyra, in an act the
UN condemned as a war crime and an "immense loss" for humanity.
2015 Aug 23, In Turkey Kurdish
militants armed with assault rifles attacked a hydroelectric power
station near the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, killing a soldier
and wounding three others.
2015 Aug 23, The United Arab
Emirates said that its military freed British hostage Robert Douglas
Semple (64) who was kidnapped 18 months ago by al-Qaida in Yemen.
The UAE has military forces in Aden and is part of a Saudi-led
coalition of mostly Arab countries that has been bombing the Houthis
and their allies since late March.
2015 Aug 23, In Venezuela Gov.
Jose Gregorio Vielma Mora of Tachira state said that 791 Colombians
living in Venezuela illegally had been handed over to Colombian
authorities as a result of a now five-day crackdown against
smugglers and criminal gangs operating along the 1,400 mile (2,200
2015 Aug 23, In Venezuela fire
broke out at a private senior facility in the upscale neighborhood
of La Castellana on the east side of Caracas, leaving 8 people dead.
2015 Aug 23, In Yemen the
Saudi-led coalition bombed rebel positions near the Bab el-Mandeb
strait to weaken them in preparation for a ground offensive there.
13 Houthi fighters reported were killed in the airstrikes. 4
suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed overnight in an apparent US
drone strike in Mukalla.
(AP, 8/23/15)(AFP, 8/23/15)
2015 Aug 23, In Yemen
Iran-backed Houthi rebels fired rockets into a residential district
of Taez, killing 14 civilians, mostly women and children.
2016 Aug 23, President Barack
Obama visited Louisiana to assess flood damage there, days after he
was criticized for not cutting short his vacation on Martha's
Vineyard to view the devastation in the Gulf Coast state.
2016 Aug 23, The NYC
Empire State Realty Trust Inc., which manages the 102-story,
1,454-foot (443-meter) -tall building, announced that the Qatar
Investment Authority has purchased a 9.9-percent stake in the
company for $622 million.
2016 Aug 23, In Australia
visiting Frenchman Smail Ayad (29) shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is
Greatest) as he stabbed a British woman to death and wounded two
people at a backpackers' hotel in in Home Hill, Queensland state.
The dead woman was identified as Mia Ayliffe-Chung (21) from the
English county of Derbyshire. On September 30 British backpacker
Thomas Jackson (30) died of his wounds.
(Reuters, 8/24/16)(AFP, 8/25/16)(Reuters,
2016 Aug 23, Bangladeshi police
arrested Moinul Islam Shamim, suspected of killing publisher Arefin
Deepan on Oct. 31 in his office in Dhaka, as part of a crackdown on
radicals blamed for violent attacks on foreigners, liberals and
minorities. Shamim is a key organizer of the banned group Ansarullah
2016 Aug 23, The European
Commission reimposed anti-dumping duties on three Chinese exporters
of solar modules and cells citing breaches to terms of an agreement
they had reached with Brussels not to sell below a minimum price.
2016 Aug 23, In France a
Sudanese migrant was killed overnight and another injured in clashes
with Afghan migrants outside the port of Calais.
2016 Aug 23, Government forces
in Indian-controlled Kashmir fired bullets and shotgun pellets to
break up protests demanding an end to Indian rule in the disputed
region, injuring at least 14 people.
2016 Aug 23, Iraqi special
forces led an operation aimed at retaking the jihadist-held town of
Qayyarah, a key staging base for operations to attack Mosul. Islamic
State militants abandoned Qayyarah after setting fire to many of the
region's oil wells.
(AFP, 8/23/16)(Reuters, 8/30/16)
2016 Aug 23, Israel uncovered
an illegal Palestinian weapons manufacturing network in the West
Bank overnight in one of its largest raids during a months-long
crackdown on illicit arms.
2016 Aug 23, Israeli security
forces rushed to the West Bank city of Nablus to rescue 60
ultra-Orthodox Hassids stoned by Palestinians as they visited
Joseph's Tomb in a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of the
city. Palestinians believe an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Yussef Dweikat,
was buried there two centuries ago.
2016 Aug 23, In Myanmar a
statement by the office of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi said an
agreement will be signed between her office and the Kofi Annan
Foundation to set up a nine-member advisory commission to resolve
protracted issues in the conflict in Rakhine state.
2016 Aug 23, New Zealand police
said former pharmaceutical executive William Yan (47), who Chinese
authorities accuse of embezzling money and fleeing to New Zealand,
has settled his case for $31 million in a deal that represents an
unusual level of cooperation between the two countries. Police said
the money would be split between the New Zealand and Chinese
governments, with the amount each would get still to be determined.
2016 Aug 23, Pakistan's
paramilitary Rangers shuttered the offices of the Muttahida Qaumi
Movement in the port city of Karachi, Hyderabad and elsewhere in the
country after overnight clashes in Karachi left one person dead and
2016 Aug 23, Palestinian Ahmed
Halawa, the alleged leader of the August 18 attack on security
police, was arrested by police overnight and taken to the city's
Jneid prison. Once there, he was severely beaten by security
personnel, lost conciousness and died.
2016 Aug 23, The Philippines'
national police chief said about 300 of his officers were suspected
to be involved in the drugs trade, warning these personnel will be
removed and charged in court if found guilty.
2016 Aug 23, The police chief
of the Philippines told a Senate hearing that China, Taiwan and Hong
Kong were major sources of illegal drugs, and Chinese triads were
involved in trafficking.
2016 Aug 23, South Korea’s
Yonhap news agency reported that North Korea has laid landmines in
the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas, after the start
of annual US-South Korean military exercises.
2016 Aug 23, Swiss prosecutors
said they've charged three people accused of illegally obtaining
data on at least 133,600 credit cards with computer fraud following
their extradition from Thailand.
2016 Aug 23, A Thai military
tribunal indicted eight people with sedition for running a Facebook
page that mocked the kingdom's junta chief, making them the latest
victims of the regime's crackdown on dissent.
2016 Aug 23, A Thai military
court rejected allegations by two Uighur defendants that they were
tortured in custody to confess to bombing a popular Hindu shrine in
Bangkok last year that left 20 people dead. The court then postponed
the rest of the hearing to next month because no Uighur-language
translator was available.
2016 Aug 23, In southern
Thailand two bombs exploded near a hotel in Pattani, killing one
employee and wounding 29 people.
2016 Aug 23, Turkish media
reported that a military vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive
device in southeast Sirnak province, killing two soldiers.
2016 Aug 23, Turkey's artillery
shelled Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria for a
second consecutive day. Two mortar shells fired from Syria hit the
border town of Karkamis. Three rocket shells fired from Syria hit
the border town of Kilis.
(AP, 8/23/16)(Reuters, 8/23/16)
2017 Aug 23, A US Energy
Department report called for incentives to boost coal-fired and
nuclear power plants following a slew of closures that it said
undermined reliable sources of electricity.
2017 Aug 23, The US Navy
dismissed Adm. Scott Swift, the commander of the Asia-based 7th
Fleet, after a series of warship accidents raised questions about
its operations in the Pacific.
2017 Aug 23, UC Berkeley energy
Professor Daniel Kammen resigned from his envoy position with the
Trump administration, citing the president’s “hate-filled-rally” in
Phoenix the night before. Kammen used the first letter in each of
seven paragraphs in his resignation letter to spell out
(SFC, 8/24/17, p.D1)
2017 Aug 23, The Univ. of San
Francisco (USF) announced that philanthropist Gordon Getty will give
it $15 million to establish a college, to be called the Honors
College, for top students to study the arts, sciences and
(SFC, 8/24/17, p.D3)
2017 Aug 23, In the SF Bay Area
San Leandro-based Memphis Meats announced that it has raised $17
million in funding to create slaughter-free meat. The new round of
investment was led by venture capital firm DFJ and included
agribusiness giant Cargill.
(SFC, 8/24/17, p.C12)
2017 Aug 23, In Iowa computer
programmer Eddie Tipton was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison
for rigging computers to make lottery numbers predictable. Tipton
gave the numbers to Robert Rhodes of Texas and others who won $2.2
million in four state jackpots. On Aug 25 Rhodes pleaded guilty to
fraud in Iowa and a computer crime in Wisconsin and was sentenced to
years of probation and six months of home confinement.
(SFC, 8/26/17, p.A5)
2017 Aug 23, Two Harvard
University researchers in a study published today said they had
collected scientific data proving Exxon Mobil Corp made "explicit
factual misrepresentations" in newspaper ads it purchased to convey
its views on the oil industry and climate science.
2017 Aug 23, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber targeting Afghan policemen and soldiers
collecting their pay killed at least seven people and wounded more
than 40 in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province.
2017 Aug 23, Angolans voted in
an election marking the end of Pres. Jose Eduardo dos Santos's
38-year reign, with his MPLA party set to retain power despite an
economic crisis. Joao Lourenco (63), a ruling-party loyalist and
former general who endured several years out of favor, was poised to
2017 Aug 23, Britain outlined
several escape routes from the "direct jurisdiction" of the European
Court of Justice after Brexit, one of PM Theresa May's key aims in
talks to unstitch 40 years of EU membership.
2017 Aug 23, Two independent
Cambodian radio stations that allowed rare criticism of the
government said they are being forced to shut down, further limiting
opportunities for political activity and expression ahead of next
year's general election. The closures were announced the same day
the foreign ministry ordered foreign staff members of the
Washington-based National Democratic Institute to leave the country
within a week and halt operations.
2017 Aug 23, Chad's government
says it is closing Qatar's embassy there and accuses the Gulf nation
of trying to destabilize the Central African country via neighboring
2017 Aug 23, Iraqi forces
recaptured several districts and advanced towards the center of Tal
Afar, one of the Islamic State group's last strongholds in the
2017 Aug 23, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russia to voice concern about Iran's
efforts to expand its foothold in Syria.
2017 Aug 23, In Jamaica Sean
O’Callaghan (62), former IRA assassin and police informant, drowned
in a pool while visiting his daughter. His popular memoir “The
Informer” was published in 1998.
(SSFC, 8/27/17, p.C9)
2017 Aug 23, In Lebanon two
members of the Palestinian group Fatah were killed in worsening
clashes with Islamist groups in the Ain el-Hilweh camp Palestinian
refugee camp, bringing the number of dead to six in nearly a week of
2017 Aug 23, In Libya at least
11 people were beheaded after an attack on a checkpoint controlled
by military strongman Khalifa Haftar south of Tripoli.
2017 Aug 23, Typhoon Hato left
five dead in the gambling hub of Macau as it brought chaos and
destruction to the enclave after sweeping through neighboring Hong
Kong, where one man also died. Thousands of cockroaches appeared to
flee the typhoon by marching along a seawall.
2017 Aug 23, Macedonian PM
Zoran Zaev and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke on the phone
and agreed to work to improve bilateral relations.
2017 Aug 23, A Dutch court
sentenced a 47-year-old woman to 40 hours of community service for
threatening the country's prime minister in a Facebook post. The
woman from Leiden posted an image of PM Mark Rutte with a noose
around his neck.
2017 Aug 23, In Nigeria Boko
Haram fighters entered villages in the Nganzai area, slitting
throats and using guns to kill at least 15 people while injuring two
others. Suspected Boko Haram fighters also attacked in the Guzamala
local council area, killing 12 people and injuring at least four.
2017 Aug 23, Poland’s defense
ministry said an additional 200 billion zlotys ($55 billion) will be
allocated on defense over the next 15 years to modernize the army
amid signs of growing aggression from Russia.
2017 Aug 23, Qatar restored
full diplomatic relations with Iran and promised to send its
ambassador back to Tehran, a move counter to the demands of Arab
nations trying to isolate Doha as part of a regional dispute.
(AP, 8/24/17)(Econ, 9/2/17, p.41)
2017 Aug 23, A Moscow court put
revered theater director Kirill Serebrennikov (47) under house
arrest on charges of embezzling $1.1 million, the latest step in a
case widely seen as part of a crackdown on freedom of expression in
2017 Aug 23, South Africa's
first legal auction of rhino horns opened for bids and 264 horns
went on sale after the owner of the world's biggest private rhino
herd won a court case against the government.
2017 Aug 23, In Switzerland up
to 14 people including Germans, Austrians and Swiss went missing
after a landslide struck the eastern canton of Grisons near the
2017 Aug 23, Venezuela's
fugitive former top prosecutor Luisa Ortega (59) resurfaced in
Brazil claiming to possess "a lot" of proof of President Nicolas
Maduro's corruption and to warn that her life remains in danger.
2017 Aug 23, In Yemen at least
41 people, including civilians, were reported killed in air raids on
the outskirts of Sanaa, where a Saudi-led coalition has been bombing
Iran-backed Huthi rebels.
2018 Aug 23, It was reported
that US immigration authorities had coerced dozens of parents
separated from their children at the border to sign documents they
did not understand. A complaint was filed with the Department of
Homeland Security by the American Immigration Lawyers Association
and the American Immigration Council.
2018 Aug 23, A US federal judge
sentenced former US intelligence contractor Reality Winner (26) to
more than five years in prison after she admitted leaking to a media
outlet a top secret report on Russian interference in US elections.
2018 Aug 23, The San Francisco
Superior Court announced that it has started waiving administrative
fees going back to early August.
(SFC, 8/23/18, p.D1)
2018 Aug 23, American composer
George Walker (96) died in Montclair, NJ. He was the first black
composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for music (1996).
(SFC, 8/29/18, p.D5)
2018 Aug 23, In Afghanistan the
Taliban raided three villages on the outskirts of Ghazni late today,
destroying some newly built checkpoints and cutting off power to
some parts of the city.
2018 Aug 23, In southern Bosnia
two freight trains collided head-on early today, killing two people
and seriously injuring one more in the town of Jablanica.
2018 Aug 23, Britain published
25 so-called technical notices advising companies and people how to
prepare for any disruption that might arise from a disorderly Brexit
where there is no deal with the European Union. The government
called for drug makers to build an additional six weeks of medicines
stockpiles to cope with potential supply disruption in the event of
a no-deal Brexit - a target the industry said would be challenging.
2018 Aug 23, British Airways
said it is suspending flights between London and Tehran because they
are not commercially viable.
2018 Aug 23, Chechnya's leader
Ramzan Kadyrov pledged to ban human rights activists from the
Russian region, after being repeatedly accused of overseeing
systematic rights abuses.
2018 Aug 23, The European
Commission unveiled a first tranche of 18 million euros ($21
million) to help bolster Iran's flagging economy — 8 million for the
private sector, 8 million to cope with environmental problems and 2
million for drug abuse.
2018 Aug 23, The European Court
of Human Rights (ECHR) said Hungary must provide food to asylum
seekers held in detention camps on its border with Serbia whose
applications have been rejected by Budapest but who are appealing
2018 Aug 23, Europol, the
European law enforcement agency, said police in Mallorca have seized
around 1,100 turtles and 750 eggs, including specimens of 14 of the
50 most endangered species in the world. Europol also said Spanish
police have shut down what they believe to be Europe's biggest
illegal turtle farm, selling endangered species worth 10,000 euros
2018 Aug 23, In France a man
(36) stabbed his mother and sister to death and seriously injured
another person in a town near Paris before being shot dead by
police. The man had serious mental health problems and had been on a
terror watch list since 2016.
2018 Aug 23, In Germany a
wildfire southwest of Berlin forced the evacuation of residents in
(SFC, 8/25/18, p.A2)
2018 Aug 23, In India the
ruling party in Kerala state, run by the Communist Party of India
(Marxist), protested the central government's refusal to accept $100
million in relief offered by foreign governments.
2018 Aug 23, In Iran
British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe left the
Evin prison for a three-day furlough, a breakthrough in the case
that her family hopes will lead to permanent freedom.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested during a holiday with her toddler
daughter in April 2016.
2018 Aug 23, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Lithuania for a Baltic summit saying
he hoped to deepen ties with eastern EU nations as Brussels blasted
Israel's plans for fresh settlements in the West Bank.
2018 Aug 23, In western Libya
militants suspected of links to the extremist Islamic State group
killed at least four people, including security forces, at a
checkpoint outside the town of Zliten.
2018 Aug 23, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed one soldier and wounded another three in the
northwest near Dand Kalay in North Waziristan.
2018 Aug 23, Russian Security
Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said he and his US counterpart
John Bolton have broadly agreed to re-open communication lines
between their respective foreign and defense ministries.
2018 Aug 23, The Russian
Central Bank said it will halt foreign currency purchases, a move
that helped the ruble to recover from its lowest level against the
dollar since 2016.
2018 Aug 23, Mount Etna in
Sicily roared back into spectacular volcanic action, sending up
plumes of ash and spewing lava.
2018 Aug 23, Tunisia’s coast
guard recovered the bodies of five migrants whose boat sank as they
tried to cross the Mediterranean to the Italian island of Lampedusa.
2018 Aug 23, Kyagulanyi
Ssentamu (36), also known as Bobi Wine, a Ugandan pop
star-turned-lawmaker who opposes the longtime president, was charged
with treason in a civilian court, minutes after a military court
dropped weapons charges.
2018 Aug 23, The United Nations
refugee and migration agencies called on Latin American countries to
ease entry for Venezuelan nationals fleeing economic hardship and a
deepening political crisis.
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