Today in History - September 2

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490BC        Sep 2, The Persians landed at Marathon, Greece about this time. Phidippides of Athens was sent to Sparta to request help following the Persian landing. He ran about 240 km (150 mi) in two days and back. The Spartans were unwilling to help, until the next full moon, due to religious laws. Phidippides returned to Marathon without Spartan troops.

31BC        Sep 2, The Naval Battle of Actium in the Ionian Sea, between Roman leader Octavian and the alliance of Roman Mark Antony and Cleopatra, queen of Egypt. Octavian soundly defeated Antony's fleet which was burned and 5000 of his men were killed. The rivals battled for control of the Roman Empire in the naval battle of Actium, where Cleopatra, seeing Antony's navy being outmaneuvered by Octavian's, ordered her 60 ships to turn about and flee to safety.

459        Sep 2, St. Simeon (b.~390), Syriac ascetic saint, died in Syria, He achieved notability for living 37 years on a small platform on top of a pillar near Aleppo.

911AD    Sep 2, Viking monarch Oleg of Kiev, Russia, signed a treaty with the Byzantines.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1031        Sep 2, In Hungary Emeric (b.1007), the son of King Stephen, was killed by a boar while hunting. On Nov 5, 1083, King Ladislaus I unearthed Emeric's bones in a large ceremony. Emeric was canonized for his pious life and purity along with his father and Bishop Gerhard by Pope Gregory VII.
    (, 9/19/15, p.48)

1192        Sep 2, Sultan Saladin and King Richard the Lion Hearted signed a cease fire.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1384        Sep 2, Louis I, duke of Anjou and king of Naples (Battle of Poitiers), died.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1547        Sep 2, Hernan Cortes, Spanish general who defeated Aztec Indians, died.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1644        Sep 2, At the Battle at Lostwithiel: Robert Devereux's infantry surrendered.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1666        Sep 2, The Great Fire of London, having started at Pudding Lane, began to demolish about four-fifths of London. It started at the house of King Charles II's baker, Thomas Farrinor, after he forgot to extinguish his oven. The flames raged uncontrollably for the next few days, helped along by the wind, as well as by warehouses full of oil and other flammable substances. Approximately 13,200 houses, 90 churches and 50 livery company halls burned down or exploded. But the fire claimed only 16 lives, and it actually helped impede the spread of the deadly Black Plague, as most of the disease-carrying rats were killed in the fire.
    (CFA, '96, p.54)(AP, 9/2/97)(HNPD, 9/2/98)(HNQ, 12/2/00)

1716        Sep 2, Johann Trier, composer, was born.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1732        Sep 2, Pope Clement XII renewed anti-Jewish laws of Rome.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1776        Sep 2-9, The Hurricane of Independence killed 4,170 people from North Carolina to Nova Scotia.
    (WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)

1779        Sep 2, Louis Napoleon Bonaparte (d.1844), French king of the Netherlands (1806-10), was born in Corsica. He was one of 3 younger brothers of Napoleon I.

1789        Sep 2, The US Congress created a permanent institution for the management of government finances. The Treasury Department, headed by Alexander Hamilton, was created in New York City and housed in Fraunces Tavern at 54 Pearl St.
    (, 9/2/97)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R43)

1792        Sep 2, Verdun, France, surrendered to the Prussian Army.
    (HN, 9/2/98)
1792        Sep 2, In the "September Massacres"- French mobs removed nobles and clergymen from jails, and some 1,600.
    (Econ, 7/18/09, p.80)

1798        Sep 2, The Maltese people revolted against the French occupation, forcing the French troops to take refuge in the citadel of Valetta in Malta.
    (HN, 9/2/98)

1807        Sep 2, British forces began bombarding Copenhagen for several days, until the Danes agreed to surrender their naval fleet.
    (AP, 9/2/07)

1820        Sep 2, China’s Emperor Jiaqing (b.1760) died.
    (, 3/19/11, p.93)

1838        Sep 2, Lydia Kamekeha Liliuokalani (d.1917), last sovereign before annexation of Hawaii by the United States, was born. Lili’uokalani, the last monarch of Hawaii (1891-1893). She composed Hawaii’s most famous song “Aloha Oe."
    (WSJ, 1/23/97, p.A12)(HN, 9/2/98)

1842        Sep 2, A letter by Abraham Lincoln (31) in the Sangamon Journal satirized the Illinois State Auditor’s call for state taxes to be paid in silver or gold. This in part led auditor James Shields to challenge Lincoln to a duel.
    (ON, 11/02, p.11)

1850        Sep 2, Eugene Field, author, poet and journalist, was born. His work included “Little Boy Blue."
    (HN, 9/2/00)(MC, 9/2/01)

1856        Sep 2, Paul Du Chaillu (1831-1903), French-American journalist and hunter, shot and killed his 1st gorilla in Gabon. Over the next 3 years he killed 31 gorillas. In 1861 he published “Explorations & Adventures in Equatorial Africa."
    (ON, 11/04, p.12)

1864        Sep 2, During the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman's forces occupied Atlanta.
    (AP, 9/2/97)

1865        Sep 2, William Rowan Hamilton, Ireland's greatest man of science who made contributions in the study of optics and applications of algebra to geometry, died.

1870        Sep 2, Samuel Augustus Maverick (b.1803), Texas lawyer, politician, land baron and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, died. His name is the source of the term "maverick", first cited in 1867, which means independent minded. Maverick was considered independent minded by his fellow ranchers because he refused to brand his cattle.
1870        Sep 2, Napoleon III with 80,000 men capitulated to the Prussians at Sedan, France.
    (PCh, 1992, p.516)(WSJ, 3/14/95, p.A-16)(HN, 9/2/98)

1873        Sep 2, San Francisco’s first cable car hit the tracks starting at Clay and Jones streets on Nob Hill.
    (, 2/1/14, p.C1)

1877        Sep 2, Frederick Soddy, named an isotope and received 1921 Nobel prize for chemistry, was born.
    (HN, 9/2/98)

1885        Sep 2, In Rock Springs, Wyoming Territory, 28 Chinese laborers were killed and hundreds more chased out of town by striking coal miners.
    (HN, 9/2/98)

1894        Sep 1-2, Forest fires ravaged over 160,000 acres and destroyed Hinckley, Minnesota. About 600 people died.
    (MC, 9/2/01)(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)

1897        Sep 2, "McCall's" magazine was 1st published.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1898        Sep 2, Anglo-Egyptian lines under Gen’l. Kitchener were charged by 50,000 fanatical Dervishes and were mowed down by howitzers, machine guns and rifles. Lt. Winston Churchill led one of the last (and most useless) cavalry charges in history. Sir Herbert Kitchener led the British to victory over the Mahdists at Omdurman and took Khartoum. The Dervishes left 11,000 dead and 16,000 wounded. The Anglo-Egyptian army suffered fewer than a dozen casualties. In 1899 Winston Churchill published "The River War, An Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan." This was the 1st use of the machine gun in battle.
    (WSJ, 8/25/98, p.A14)(HN, 9/2/98)(ON, 10/99, p.3)(MC, 9/2/01)

1901        Sep 2, Adolph Rupp, basketball coach at the University of Kentucky who achieved a record 876 victories, was born.
    (HN, 9/2/98)
1901        Sep 2, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.
    (AP, 9/2/97)

1904        Sep 2, Set Svanholm, tenor (Met Opera and London Convent Garden), was born in Vesteras, Sweden.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1906        Sep 2, Giuseppe Giacosa (b.1847), Italian songwriter (libretti opera Puccini), died.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1910        Sep 2, Alice Stebbins Wells was admitted to the Los Angeles Police Force as the first woman police officer to receive an appointment based on a civil service exam.
    (HN, 9/2/98)
1910        Sep 2, Henri "le Douanier" Rousseau (b.1844), French customs officer and painter, died in Paris. He had recently completed his masterpiece “The Dream."
    (, 9/13/06, p.D10)
1915        Sep 2, Austro-German armies took Grodno, Poland.
    (HN, 9/2/98)

1917        Sep 2, Cleveland Amory, conservationist and TV reviewer (TV Guide), was born in Nahant, Mass.
    (MC, 9/2/01)
1917        Sep 2, Admiral Tirpitz formed the Deutsche Vaterlands Party.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1918        Sep 2, Laurindo Almeida, composer and guitarist, was born.
    (MC, 9/2/01)
1918        Sep 2, Martha Mitchell, wife of Attorney General John Mitchell, was born.
    (MC, 9/2/01)
1918        Sep 2, Some 9,000 soldiers from California and the Philippines began arriving at Vladivostok under Gen. William S. Graves. His orders said to stay out of trouble. US President Woodrow Wilson sent the Polar Bear Expedition to Russia in response to requests from the governments of Great Britain and France to join the Allied Intervention in North Russia (also known as the North Russia Campaign). The Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War fought the Red Army in the surrounding region from September 1918 through to July 1919.
    (Ind, 5/4/02, 5A)(

1919        Sep 2, Marge Champion, dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), was born in LA, California.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1920        Sep 2, W. Somerset Maugham's "East of Suez," premiered in London.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1921        Sep 2, At the Battle of Blair Mountain in West Virginia an army of 10 to 15 thousand miners and their families faced a private army of some 2,000 men and 2,100 state and federal troops. The fledgling US Air Force dropped a few bombs as a demonstration meant to overawe the labor organizers and in the event. The death toll for the battle was estimated from fewer than 20 to more than 50. This was the largest confrontation between workers and the state in US history.
    (, 5/26/07, p.32)(AH, 4/07, p.67)(Econ 7/1/17, SR p.6)

1924        Sep 2, The Rudolf Friml operetta "Rose Marie" opened on Broadway and ran for 558 performances. Producer Arthur Hammerstein ordered that it be written for singer Mary Ellis (1897-2003).
    (AP, 9/2/99)(SFC, 2/3/03, p.B4)

1928        Sep 2, SF inventor Philo T. Farnsworth announced two major advances in television technology. He reportedly eliminated all moving parts and shortened the wave band length to keep broadcasts from interfering with each other. His work was funded by local capitalists headed by W.W. Crocker and Roy N. Bishop.
    (SSFC, 9/6/15, p.F3)

1930        Sep 2, The first non-stop airplane flight from Europe to the US was completed as Captain Dieudonne Coste and Maurice Bellonte of France arrived in Valley Stream, New York, aboard a Breguet biplane. The plane was known as "The Question Mark" because it bore a large question mark, instead of a name, on each side.
    (AP, 9/2/08)

1935        Sep 2, A hurricane slammed into the Florida Keys, claiming more than 400 lives. Estimates of the dead reached 500-800. Some 260 WW I veterans were killed in the Labor Day hurricane as well as over 160 permanent residents. In 2002 Willie Drye authored “The Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935."
    (WSJ, 4/2/07, p.B1)(AP, 9/2/07)(AH, 2/03, p.59)

1936        Sep 2, The 1st transatlantic round-trip air flight took place. [see Sep 6]
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1937        Sep 2, Peter Ueberroth, baseball commissioner, was born. He organized the 1984 LA Olympics.
    (MC, 9/2/01)
1937        Sep 2, Pierre de Coubertin (b.1863), French Baron and the major force behind the revival of the modern Olympics, died.
    (ON, 8/07, p.5)(

1939        Sep 2, Stutthof, a Nazi German concentration camp, became operational in a secluded, wooded area near the town of Sztutowo (German: Stutthof) 34 km (21 mi) east of the city of Danzig in the former territory of the Free City of Danzig. It continued operating until May 9, 1945, during which some 65,000 people were executed.
    (, 10/7/18, p.A9)
1939        Sep 2, Ireland’s Taoiseach de Valera told the lower house of parliament that neutrality was the best policy for the country. The Irish constitution was amended to allow the Government to take emergency powers, and then the Emergency Powers Act 1939 was passed that included censorship of the press and mail correspondence. In 2007 Clair Wills authored “The neutral Island: A cultural History of Ireland during the Second World War."

1940        Sep 2, The US Great Smoky Mountains National Park dedicated.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1942        Sep 2, German troops entered Stalingrad.
    (MC, 9/2/01)
1942        Sep 2, Eric Ravilious (b.1903), English painter, died when the aircraft he was on was lost off Iceland.
    (, 4/18/15, p.76)

1944        Sep 2, Troops of the U.S. First Army entered Belgium.
    (HN, 9/2/98)
1944        Sep 2, Navy pilot George Herbert Walker Bush was shot down by Japanese forces as he completed a bombing run over the Bonin Islands. Bush was rescued by the crew of the U.S. submarine Finback; his two crew members, however, died.
    (AP, 9/2/04)

1945        Sep 2, The Japanese surrender delegation boarded the USS Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay to formally sign documents of surrender, ending World War II.
    (WSJ, 8/31/95, p.A-10)(AP, 9/2/97)(HN, 9/2/98)
1945         Sep 2, Ho Chi Minh (55) promulgated the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence and unity from the north to the south. He was known to have written letters to President Truman asking for humanitarian assistance and advocated political rather than military action. His letters went unanswered.
    (WSJ, 11/30/95, p.A-23)(SFEM, 6/9/96, p.9)(AP, 9/2/97)

1946        Sep 2, Nehru formed a government in India.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1947        Sep 2, The Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (IACHR) was adopted by the original signatories in Rio de Janeiro (hence the colloquial name "Rio Treaty." It came into force on December 3, 1948, and was registered with the United Nations on December 20, 1948.

1948        Sep 2, Christa McAuliffe, the first civilian passenger on a space mission, was born in Boston, Mass. During that 1986 mission, she and the six other crew members on the space shuttle Challenger perished in an explosion shortly after launch.
    (HN, 9/2/98)

1950        Sep 2, In Oakland, Ca., the Children’s Fairyland opened at Lake Merritt. 6,000 children streamed through the instep of Old Mother Hubbard's Shoe. Walt Disney based his theme park on Fairyland and stole away the first director, Dorothy Manes, with a higher salary. It was reconstructed in 1998.
    (SFEC,12/21/97, p.B5)(SFC, 3/18/98, p.A15)(SFEC, 10/31/99, p.C1)

1951        Sep 2, Mark Harmon (actor Wyatt Earp, Till There Was You, Reasonable Doubts, People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive [1986]), was born.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1952        Sep 2, Jimmy Connors tennis champion, was born. His wins included: Australian Open [1974], Wimbledon [1974, 1982], U.S. Open [1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1983].
    (MC, 9/2/01)
1952        Sep 2, Dr. Floyd J. Lewis 1st used a deep freeze technique in heart surgery.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1956        Sep 2, Tennessee National Guardsmen halted rioters protesting the admission of 12 African-Americans to schools in Clinton.
    (HN, 9/2/98)

1957        Sep 2, Pres. Eisenhower signed the Price-Anderson Act, which limited firms’ liability in commercial nuclear disasters. The Price-Anderson Nuclear Industries Indemnity Act, a United States federal law, has since been renewed several times since its passage.
    (, 4/8/07, p.A18)
1957        Sep 2, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to prevent nine black students from entering Central High School in Little Rock. Pres. Eisenhower soon responded with Federal troops to enforce federal law for integration. The nine students, mentored by Daisy Gatson (d.1999 at 84) went on to lead very productive lives as detailed in a 1997 retrospective.
    (, 4/28/00, p.A11)

1958        Sep 2, President Eisenhower signed the National Defense Education Act, which provided aid to public and private education to promote learning in such fields as math and science.
    (AP, 9/2/08)

1963        Sep 2, "The CBS Evening News" was lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.
    (AP, 9/2/97)
1963        Sep 2, Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers.
    (AP, 9/2/97)(HN, 9/2/98)

1964        Sep 2, Keanu Reeves, film actor, was born. His films included Chain Reaction, Johnny Mnemonic, Speed, Little Buddha, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, My Own Private Idaho, Parenthood, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Dangerous Liaisons.
    (MC, 9/2/01)
1964        Sep 2, Indonesian paratroopers landed in Malaysia.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1965        Sep 2, The Treblinka trial in Dusseldorf ended.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1967        Sep 2, Paddy Roy Bates, retired British army major, landed on the island of Sealand, a WW II military fortress 6 miles off the coast of England, and declared it a sovereign nation, the Principality of Sealand.
    (SFEC, 6/4/00, p.A4)(

1969        Sep 2, The first Internet message was a packet switch delivered to UCLA from BBN Corp. (Bolt Beranek and Newman). The 1st 2 machines of ARPANET were connected at Prof. Len Kleinrock's lab at UCLA. The US Dept. of Defense’s Advanced Research and Projects Agency (ARPANET) launched a self-healing computer network with TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol). By the early 1980’s the military component became a separate network and the true birth of today’s Internet is marked. By 2007 some university researchers with the federal government's blessing want to scrap the Internet and start over.
    (, 3/16/97, z1 p.3)(SFC, 8/30/99, p.C10)(SFC, 9/3/99, p.C1)
1969        Sep 2, North Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh died. The son of a poor scholar, Ho Chi Minh led the nationalist movement of his country for three decades. Ho Chi Minh became an active socialist while in France where he petitioned for colonial reforms following World War I. His involvement with the international communist movement continued into the 1920s, meeting and working with communist leaders in Europe and the newly formed Soviet Union. He formed the Indochinese Communist Party in 1930 and its successor, the Viet-Minh, in 1941, going on to serve as president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam from 1945 until his death.
    (AP, 9/2/97)(

1972        Sep 2, Dave Wottle of the United States won the men's 800-meter race at the Munich Summer Olympics.
    (AP, 9/2/02)

1973        Sep 2, John R. R. Tolkien, British story writer, died of ulcer at 81. His work included "The Hobbit" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. In 2007 his son Christopher Tolkien edited “The Children of Hurin," compiled from notes and material left by his father.
    (WSJ, 7/15/96, p.B1)(Econ, 4/21/07, p.94)

1974        Sep 2, Pres. Ford signed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), to protect pension accounts. It was passed partly in response to Studebaker employee pension losses in 1963. The US Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) was set up to insure the bulk of corporate America’s pension plans. It was expanded to include 401(k) accounts in 1978.
    (, 6/5/96, p.A1,8)

1975        Sep 2, Joseph W. Hatcher of Tallahassee, Florida, became the state's first African-American supreme court justice since Reconstruction.
    (HN, 9/2/98)

1977        Sep 2, Italian journalist Indro Montanelli (1909-2001) was shot in the legs by the Red Brigades. In 1969 he acknowledged having had a 12-year-old Eritrean bride during Italy’s colonial occupation in the 1930s. Montanelli was one of Italy’s most revered journalists, honored by the Vienna-based International Press Institute in 2000 as among the 50 World Press Freedom Heroes.
    (, 6/14/20)

1978        Sep 2, Gen. Charles Blair (b.1909), pilot and the 3rd husband of actress Maureen O’Hara, died in a Grumman Goose seaplane crash in the Caribbean. 3 passengers were also killed and seven were severely injured.

1979        Sep 2, Charles Burton (1942-2002) led a small group down the Thames on a 3-year journey to follow the meridian line connecting Greenwich to the North and South Poles. Sir Ranulph Fiennes (b.1944) and his wife Ginnie also took part. Burton and Fiennes returned to Greenwich Aug 29, 1982.
    (SFC, 7/18/02, p.A26)(

1980        Sep 2, In the SF Bay Area US District Judge William Ingram found Mafia boss Joseph Bonanno guilty of conspiracy to influence witnesses before a federal grand jury investigating the Santa Clara Valley business affairs of his 2 sons.
    (SFC, 9/2/05, p.F2)

1981        Sep 2, In Florida Officer Nathaniel Broom (23) stopped a Volkswagen Beetle on a Miami street corner with three men inside suspected of taking part in a robbery. The men ran and Broom, only nine months on the job, gave chase. Robert Patton (24) shot and killed Broom in a rundown section of Miami called Overtown.
    (Miami Herald, 5/9/21)

1983        Sep 2, Yitzhak Shamir (68), the Foreign Minister of Israel, was elected to succeed PM Menachem Begin as leader of the governing Herut Party.

1984        Sep 2, "Zorba" closed at the Broadway Theater in NYC after 362 performances.

1986        Sep 2, A judge in Los Angeles sentenced Cathy Evelyn Smith to three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 1982 drug overdose death of comedian John Belushi. She served 18 months.
    (AP, 9/2/06)

1987        Sep 2, West German pilot Mathias Rust, who flew a private plane from Helsinki, Finland, to Moscow's Red Square, went on trial in the Soviet capital. Rust, who was convicted and given a four-year sentence, was released Aug. 3, 1988.
    (AP, 9/2/97)

1988        Sep 2, Democrat Michael Dukakis welcomed back former top aide John Sasso to his presidential campaign, nearly a year after Sasso resigned because of his role in torpedoing the campaign of Democratic Sen. Joseph Biden.
    (AP, 9/2/98)

1989        Sep 2, In Nicaragua, a 14-party opposition coalition chose Violeta Barrios de Chamorro as its presidential candidate. Chamorro went on to win the election the following February.
    (AP, 9/2/99)

1990        Sep 2, Dave Stieb of the Toronto Blue Jays hurled a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians, winning 3-0.
    (AP, 9/2/00)
1990        Sep 2, Brian Watkins (22), a tourist from Utah, was stabbed in the heart and died in NYC while defending his family from muggers. Seven young men were convicted in the case. In 2015 a judge overturned the conviction of Johnny Hincapie (43) and ordered a new trial. Hincapie had testified that a detective beat him to get a signed confession.
    (, 12/8/12, p.31)(SFC, 10/7/15, p.A7)
1990        Sep 2, Dozens of Americans reached freedom in the first major airlift of Westerners from Iraq during the month-old Persian Gulf crisis.
    (AP, 9/2/00)
1990        Sep 2, The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) entered into force. As of 2008 only the United States and Somalia had failed to ratify the document.
    (, 5/31/08, p.62)

1991        Sep 2, President Bush formally recognized the independence of the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
    (AP, 9/2/01)
1991        Sep 2, In Moscow, the Soviet Congress of People's Deputies opened its first session since the failed coup, taking up proposals aimed at drastically restructuring the country.
    (AP, 9/2/01)

1992        Sep 2, On the campaign trail, President Bush announced nearly $2 billion in new aid for US farmers and a $6 billion jet fighter sale that would largely benefit Texas. Democrat Bill Clinton, meanwhile, charged that Bush would short change middle-class students to finance tax cuts for the rich. Bush announced the agreement to sell Taiwan 150 F-16 jet fighters at the General Dynamics factory in Fort Worth, Texas.
    (AP, 9/2/97)(
1992        Sep 2, Michael Nguyen (9) was murdered in San Francisco. Two men were later found guilty of murdering the boy for profit based on insurance claims.
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.A13)

1993        Sep 2, The United States and Russia formally ended decades of competition in space by agreeing to a joint venture to build a space station.
    (AP, 9/2/98)

1994        Sep 2, The US government reported the nation's unemployment rate for August was unchanged from July, at 6.1 percent.
    (AP, 9/2/99)

1995        Sep 2, At a military cemetery on a hill high above Honolulu, President Clinton marked the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, saying it taught Americans that "the blessings of freedom are never easy or free."
    (AP, 9/2/00)
1995        Sep 2, Vaclav Neumann (74), Czech conductor, died.

1996        Sep 2, The US launched cruise missiles at selected air defense targets in Iraq to discourage Sadam Hussein’s military moves against a Kurd faction.
    (SFC, 9/3/96, p.A1)
1996        Sep 2, In Palestine stories of corruption were rife and Arafat was accused of pouring money into his 9 security forces rather than infrastructure.
    (SFC, 9/2/96, p.A14)
1996        Sep 2, In the Philippines an accord was signed between Pres. Ramos and Moro rebel leader Nur Misuari to end a 24-26 year Muslim rebellion during which some 120,000 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 8/20/96, p.A1)(SFC, 8/20/96, p.A9)(SFC, 9/2/96, p.A12)(AP, 9/2/97)
1996        Sep 2, The Ukraine government planned to introduce its new currency, the hyrvna. The old karbovanets would be swappable for only 2 weeks.
    (WSJ, 8/27/96, p.A10)

1997        Sep 2, It was reported that 52,000 books, fiction and non-fiction, would be published this year in the US.
    (WSJ, 9/2/97, p.A1)
1997        Sep 2, US troops in Bosnia relinquished control of the TV transmitter in exchange for agreements to permit opposition voices on the air and an end to inflammatory rhetoric.
    (SFC, 9/3/97, p.C2)
1997        Sep 2, The US demanded exemptions to a proposed global ban on land mines at an int’l meeting in Oslo, Norway. The exemptions were for mines on the Korean peninsula and for certain types of mines.
    (SFC, 9/3/97, p.C2)
1997        Sep 2, The US stock market made a record 257 point gain.
    (SFC, 9/3/97, p.B1)
1997        Sep 2, In Miami Beach, Florida US postal worker, Jesus Antonio Tamayo (64) shot and critically injured his former wife, Manuela Acosta (62) and a friend and then killed himself.
    (SFC, 9/3/97, p.A3)
1997        Sep 2, Rudolf Bing (95), opera manager (NY Met Opera), died.
1997        Sep 2, Viktor E. Frankl (b. 1905), psychotherapist, died in Vienna at age 92. He was the author of “Man’s Search for Meaning." He developed logotherapy, a theory whose primary belief is that man’s primary motivational force is his search for meaning. His teachings are called the 3rd Vienna School of Psychotherapy after Freud and Adler. He held that one can discover the meaning of life in 3 different ways: “by creating a work or doing a deed; by experiencing something or encountering someone; and by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering."
    (WSJ, 9/4/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/97, p.C4)
1997        Sep 2, Ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh elected Arkady Gukasian as president with an 89% vote. Azerbaijan called the vote invalid.
    (SFC, 9/3/97, p.C3)
1997        Sep 2, In London, a grieving human tide engulfed St. James's Palace, where Princess Diana's body lay in a chapel closed to the public, as the British monarchy and government prepared for her funeral. The White House announced that first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton would attend on behalf of the United States.
    (AP, 9/2/98)
1997        Sep 2, In Russia Space Agency officials blamed the cosmonauts for the Jun 25 crash on the Mir space station. Later ground controllers were also held partly responsible.
    (SFC, 9/3/97, p.C3)(SFC, 9/5/97, p.A12)

1998        Sep 2, President Clinton concluded his Moscow summit with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
    (WSJ, 9/3/98, p.A1)(AP, 9/2/99)
1998        Sep 2, It was reported that US officials acknowledged that they were not aware that Sudan’s Shifa factory produced human and veterinary medicines. The admitted that their only knowledge about what the plant produced came from its Web site.
    (SFC, 9/2/98, p.A9)
1998        Sep 2, Tropical Storm Earl hit the Florida Panhandle. It was expected to reach hurricane strength with winds over 74 mph.
    (SFC, 9/2/98, p.A2)(SFC, 9/3/98, p.A3)
1998        Sep 2, Tropical Storm Isis grew into a hurricane and hit the tip of Baja California.
    (SFC, 9/3/98, p.C2)
1998        Sep 2, Investigators in Poughkeepsie arrested Kendall Francois for the murder of Catina Newmaster (25), one of 8 women missing since 1996. The bodies of 3 women were pulled from his house.
    (SFC, 9/3/98, p.A3)
1998        Sep 2, A Swissair MD-11 jetliner crashed off Nova Scotia with 229 people aboard and all were feared dead. The New York to Geneva flight had 136 Americans on board.
    (SFC, 9/3/98, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/98, p.A17)(AP, 9/2/99)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)
1998        Sep 2, In Afghanistan a $415 million deal was signed with the Taliban government for telecommunications by Gary Breshinsky of Telephone Systems Int’l.
    (SFC, 9/16/98, p.A10)
1998        Sep 2, Colombia devalued its currency by 9% and the peso fell 5.3%.
    (SFC, 9/3/98, p.B1)(SFC, 9/11/98, p.D2)
1998        Sep 2, A new strain of HIV-1 was reported by French researchers from a Cameroonian woman who died if AIDS in 1995.
    (SFC, 9/1/98, p.A4)
1998        Sep 2, Indonesian police on Sumatra shot 2 people to death in Lhokseumawe on the 2nd day of rioting. Rioters freed 90 prisoners and hundreds of ethnic Chinese fled the town. Several thousand fresh troops were sent to the city in the province of Aceh.
    (WSJ, 9/3/98, p.A1)(SFC, 9/3/98, p.C18)
1998        Sep 2, Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad ousted deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim after the deputy disagreed with the free-spending policies of his boss.
    (SFC, 9/21/98, p.A12)(SFC, 9/22/98, p.A7)
1998        Sep 2, In Northern Ireland the IRA-allied Sinn Fein party announced that Martin McGuiness, its senior negotiator, would work with the Canadian-led commission charged with disarming paramilitary groups.
    (SFC, 9/3/98, p.A14)
1998        Sep 2, In Russia Yuri Timoshenkov, mayor of Nizhznevartovsk, was injured along with 2 bodyguards when a bomb exploded near his car.
    (SFC, 9/3/98, p.C2)
1998        Sep 2, In Rwanda prosecutors held Jean-Paul Akayesu, a former Hutu village mayor, guilty of 9 counts genocide. He was later sentenced to life in prison and 80 years for other violations.
    (SFC, 9/3/98, p.A14)(SFC, 10/3/98, p.A10)

1999        Sep 2, It was announced that President and Mrs. Clinton had signed a contract to purchase a $1.7 million house in Chappaqua, New York, ending a months-long guessing game over where the couple would live after leaving the White House.
    (AP, 9/2/00)
1999        Sep 2, US Sec. of State Albright and her top negotiators worked to restart Middle East peace negotiations stalled over the number of Palestinian prisoners to be released by Israel.
    (SFC, 9/3/99, p.A8)
1999        Sep 2, Genetic experts reported that Chardonnay and 15 other varietal wines have resulted from a coupling between Pinot and Gouais blanc grapes.
    (SFC, 9/3/99, p.A1)
1999        Sep 2, NATO and UN officials agreed to the formation of a civilian emergency force in Kosovo from the remnants of the KLA.
    (SFC, 9/3/99, p.A9)
1999        Sep 2, In East Timor pro-Indonesia militiamen killed 2 UN workers as the Indonesian government dispatched 500 riot police to maintain peace.
    (SFC, 9/3/99, p.A8)
1999        Sep 2, North Korea declared a new demilitarized zone with South Korea that placed 5 islands controlled by South Korea with North Korean territory.
    (SFC, 9/3/99, p.A9)
1999        Sep 2, In Russia a TV network was forced off the air by the new media ministry after a report on a political party led by Yeltsin and Boris Nemtsov.
    (WSJ, 9/3/99, p.A1)

2000        Sep 2, In Alaska Joshua Alan Wade killed Della Brown (33), a native Alaskan, by smashing her head with a rock in Anchorage. Wade was acquitted in 2003 in her killing, but was convicted of tampering with her body and served several years in prison. In 2010 Wade acknowledged her murder.
    (SFC, 2/17/10, p.A6)(
2000        Sep 2, The California opening for the 6,356 mile American Discovery Trail was celebrated at Crissy Field in SF. The 15-state trail is the result of an 11-year effort backed by Backpacker Magazine and the American Hiking Society.
    (SFEC, 9/3/00, p.C1)
2000        Sep 2, In Nevada some 28,000 people gathered for the finale of the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert.
    (SFEC, 9/3/00, p.A1)
2000        Sep 2, Curt Siodmak, novelist, screenwriter and film director, died at age 98. His autobiography “Wolf Man’s Maker" was published soon after his death.
    (SFC, 11/21/00, p.A25)
2000        Sep 2, In Colombia a US-made warplane crashed and 7 airmen were killed during heavy fighting with rebels. Another 8 soldiers were killed along with 12 rebels in the combat on Mount Montezuma, 155 miles west of Bogota. A rebel assault on a police station at Tomarrazon in Guajira state left 7 police officers dead.
    (SFEC, 9/3/00, p.A15)(SFC, 9/4/00, p.A9)
2000        Sep 2, Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans welcomed home 63 former spies and guerrillas released by South Korea.
    (AP, 9/2/01)

2001        Sep 2, The Nevada Burning Man festival came to a close. Also burned was “The Mausoleum," a plywood temple built over several weeks and dedicated to the dead.
    (SSFC, 9/9/01, p.B3)
2001        Sep 2, Dr. Christiaan Barnard (b.1922), South African cardiologist, died in Paphos, Cyprus. He performed the world’s 1st human heart transplant in 1967, authored a distinguished text on cardiology, a scandalous autobiography and 4 minor novels.
    (SFC, 9/3/01, p.A15)(AP, 9/2/02)(NW, 12/31/01, p.111)
2001        Sep 2, Troy Donahue (65), a one-time teen movie idol, died in Santa Monica, California.
    (SFC, 9/3/01, p.A15)(AP, 9/2/02)
2001        Sep 2, In Virginia David Peltier (10) died from a shark attack at Virginia Beach.
    (SFC, 9/3/01, p.A3)
2001        Sep 2, In Colombia Ramiro Carranza, director of the foreign branch of the secret police (DAS), was abducted near Quetame. 
    (SFC, 9/5/01, p.A9)
2001        Sep 2, The 2nd annual European Day of Jewish Culture was set in 23 European countries.
    (SSFC, 8/19/01, p.A10)
2001        Sep 2, North Korea announced a desire to reopen stalled peace talks with South Korea.
    (SFC, 9/2/01, p.A8)
2001        Sep 2, Namibia confirmed that it had pulled all its troops from all of Congo except the capital. Uganda said it had pulled 6 of 10 battalions.
    (SFC, 9/3/01, p.A10)
2001        Sep 2, In the Seychelles voting ended. Pres. France Albert Rene won another 5 year term.
    (SFC, 9/4/01, p.B1)

2002        Sep 2, The $195 million Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles was dedicated. It was designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.
    (SFC, 9/2/02, p.A2)
2002        Sep 2, Glenn Tilton was named chairman, president and chief executive officer of United Airlines parent UAL Corp.
    (AP, 9/2/03)
2002        Sep 2, Consolidated Freightways Corp. of Vancouver, Wa., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and laid off 15,500 people nationwide.
    (SFC, 9/3/02, p.A4)
2002        Sep 2, In New Hampshire 7 people were killed when their small plane crashed near Swanzey.
    (SFC, 9/3/02, p.A10)
2002        Sep 2, Jerry Boyd (b.1930), boxing trainer and author (pen name F.X. Toole), died. Two of his short stories were adopted for the 2004 film “Million Dollar Baby."
    (SSFC, 8/6/06, p.M1)
2002        Sep 2, In Bolivia a bus slid off a muddy shoulder on one the most dangerous highways and plunged into a ravine, killing at least 20 people.
    (AP, 9/2/02)
2002        Sep 2, Thousands of illegal Indonesian workers and their families are living in dire conditions in camps near the country's border with Malaysia and one relief worker said a few are selling their babies to raise cash.
    (Reuters, 9/2/02)
2002        Sep 2, Tens of thousands of South Koreans heaved shovels to clear mud and debris from homes devastated by Typhoon Rusa, the worst typhoon to hit the country in 40 years. The death toll from South Korea's worst typhoon in 40 years rose to 113 as soldiers led a desperate search for 71 people still missing after the weekend devastation.
    (AP, 9/2/02)(Reuters, 9/3/02)(SFC, 9/3/02, p.A3)
2002        Sep 2, Russia urged Iraq to admit U.N. weapons inspectors to avoid a war that could jeopardize multibillion-dollar economic deals between the trading partners.
    (AP, 9/2/02)
2002        Sep 2, The Sudanese government suspended peace talks with southern rebels because of the rebel takeover of Torit.
    (AP, 9/2/02)
2002        Sep 2, At least 14 people were killed and more than 20 were missing after their makeshift houses on the banks of an overflowing stream collapsed after heavy rain in northern Thailand.
    (Reuters, 9/3/02)
2002        Sep 2, Tunisia's highest court upheld jail terms against opposition leader Hamma Hammami, head of the outlawed Communist Workers Party, and two officials of his political party.
    (AP, 9/2/02)
2002        Sep 2, At the UN Earth Summit in South Africa negotiators agreed on a global plan to reduce the use of oil and switch to other cleaner and more efficient forms of energy.
    (SFC, 9/3/02, p.A1)

2003        Sep 2, A federal appeals court in San Francisco threw out more than 100 death sentences in Arizona, Montana and Idaho because the inmates had been sent to death row by judges instead of juries.
    (AP, 9/2/04)
2003        Sep 2, Typhoon Dujuan slammed into the southern Chinese coastal city of Shenzhen, killing at least 20 people and causing extensive damage to parts of the country's showcase economic development zone.
    (AP, 9/3/03)
2003        Sep 2, The official Xinhua News Agency reported that heavy flooding in northern China had killed 38 people with another 34 people missing since Aug 24.
    (AP, 9/2/03)
2003        Sep 2, In China's Inner Mongolia a locust plague, Oedaleus decorus asiaticus, was reported to have affected some 47 million acres of grasslands.
    (WSJ, 9/2/03, p.A1)
2003        Sep 2, Two South China tigers, the first ever to leave the country, arrived in South Africa as part of a project to save the endangered species.
    (AP, 9/3/03)
2003        Sep 2, Ptolemy Alexander Reid (85), former Guyanese Prime Minister, died after suffering a stroke. Reid was named prime minister under President Forbes Burnham, and held the post from 1980 to 1984.
    (AP, 9/5/03)
2003        Sep 2, In eastern India an overcrowded boat capsized in the swollen Kosi River of Bihar state, and at least 25 people were missing and feared drowned.
    (AP, 9/3/03)
2003        Sep 2, In Indonesia a court in Jakarta convicted radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir of inciting others to overthrow the government. He was sentenced to four years in prison for sedition. The court threw out charges that he belonged to al-Qaida's main Asian ally. His conviction was later overturned after he'd spent more than two years behind bars.
    (AP, 9/2/03)(AP, 9/2/08)
2003        Sep 2, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah met Russia's Pres. Putin on the first visit to post-Soviet Russia by a Saudi leader, aimed at coordinating oil exports and soothing Russian concerns about alleged funding of Chechen rebels by Saudi charities.
    (AP, 9/2/03)
2003        Sep 2, In northeastern Uganda rebels shot or clubbed to death 25 people on a bus and then set the vehicle ablaze.
    (AP, 9/2/03)

2004        Sep 2, Pres. Bush pledged "a safer world and a more hopeful America" as he accepted his party's nomination for a second term at the Republican National Convention in New York.
    (SFC, 9/3/04, p.A1)(AP, 9/2/05)
2004        Sep 2, A military jury at Camp Pendleton, Calif., convicted Marine Sgt. Gary Pittman of dereliction of duty and abuse of prisoners at a makeshift detention camp in Iraq. A jury at Fort Lewis, Wash., convicted a National Guardsman of trying to help al-Qaida; Spc. Ryan G. Anderson was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2004        Sep 2, Halliburton said an internal investigation has found that a consortium it later took over (1998) had once considered bribing Nigerian officials to win a 1995 energy contract.
    (AP, 9/2/04)
2004        Sep 2, Hurricane Frances raged through the sparsely populated southeastern Bahamas.
    (AP, 9/2/04)
2004        Sep 2, The first Chinese tourists to visit Paris, French, on an official tour group were treated to a full taste of its charms.
    (AP, 9/3/04)
2004        Sep 2, A controversial monument commemorating Estonians who fought in the German army against Soviet troops during World War II was removed, after the government said it damaged the Baltic state's image.
    (AP, 9/2/04)
2004        Sep 2, Egypt's antiquities chief revealed a 2,500-year-old hidden tomb under the shadow of one of Giza's three giant pyramids.
    (AP, 9/2/04)
2004        Sep 2, In Germany a fire in Weimar's Duchess Anna Amalia Library caused the loss or damage of thousands of irreplaceable books. Some 6,000 historical works were saved.
    (AP, 9/3/04)
2004        Sep 2, Kidnappers handed over two French journalists in Iraq to an Iraqi Sunni Muslim opposition group. A militant group in Iraq said it had killed three Turkish captives. Gunmen ambushed an Associated Press driver, riddling his car with bullets and killing him near his home in Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/2/04)
2004        Sep 2, Anwar Ibrahim was set free after his sodomy conviction was overturned by Malaysia's highest court. This was six years to the day after the one-time heir apparent to the country's premiership plunged into a divisive fight with his political mentor.
    (AP, 9/2/04)
2004        Sep 2, In Beslan, Russia, camouflage-clad commandos carried crying babies away from a school where gunmen holding hundreds of hostages freed at least 26 women and children.
    (AP, 9/2/04)
2004        Sep 2, In Saudi Arabia one policeman was killed and three others wounded in clashes with militants in a town northeast of Riyadh.
    (AP, 9/3/04)
2004        Sep 2, The UN Security Council narrowly approved a U.S.-backed resolution aimed at pressuring Lebanon to reject a second term for its pro-Syrian president and calling for an immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces.
    (AP, 9/2/04)(Econ, 9/11/04, p.43)

2005        Sep 2, Pres. Bush made a tour of damages from Hurricane Katrina in Alabama, Mississippi and New Orleans. He acknowledged that current relief results were not acceptable. A National Guard convoy packed with food, water and medicine rolled into New Orleans to bring relief suffering multitudes and put down the looting and violence. Scorched by criticism about sluggish federal help, President Bush acknowledged the government's failure to stop lawlessness and help desperate people during a daylong tour of the Gulf Coast. During a live TV benefit concert, rapper Kanye West went off-script to sharply criticize Bush.
    (SFC, 9/3/05, p.A1)(AP, 9/2/05)(AP, 9/2/06)
2005        Sep 2, FEMA signed a 6-month contract with Carnival Cruise Lines for 3 ships to help in relief operations from Hurricane Katrina at a cost of $236 million.
    (SFC, 9/28/05, p.A12)
2005        Sep 2, In New Orleans Henry Glover (31) was shot and killed by police, who then burned his body. In 2010 a US federal grand jury indicted 3 current and 2 former New Orleans police officers in the shooting of Henry Glover (31). On Dec 9, 2010, former officer David Warren was found guilty of manslaughter. Officer Gregory McRae was found guilty of burning Glover’s body in a car. In 2012 an appeals court overturned Warren’s conviction and scheduled a new trial. On Dec 11, 2013, a federal jury acquitted David Warren of a civil rights violation and a firearm charge. In 2014 Gregory McRae (53) already imprisoned for burning Henry Glover's body, was re-sentenced to 17-years, 3-month in prison. On April 1, 2015, Coroner Jeffrey Rouse classified Glover’s death as a homicide.
     (SFC, 6/12/10, p.A9)(SFC, 12/10/10, p.A14)(SFC, 12/12/13, p.A8)(AP, 8/15/14)(SFC, 4/2/15, p.A5)
2005        Sep 2, In New Orleans police Officer Ronald Mitchell shot and killed Danny Brumfeld (45) outside the city’s convention center. In 2011 Mitchell was convicted of lying about the aftermath of the deadly shooting.
    (, 12/10/11, p.A6)
2005        Sep 2, The US Labor Department reported the August unemployment rate was 4.9%, a four-year low.
    (AP, 9/2/06)
2005        Sep 2, Machinists at Boeing Co. went on a nearly monthlong strike.
    (AP, 9/2/06)   
2005        Sep 2, Davis Crippen (75), technical manual editor, died in Piermont, New York. From 1939 he had amassed a comic book collection that was valued in the millions.
    (WSJ, 8/5/06, p.A1)(
2005        Sep 2, Bob Denver (70), TV and film star, died. He played the beatnik Maynard G. Krebs on “The Many Loves of Dobbie Gillis" TV series (1959), and Willie Gilligan on “Gilligan’s Island" (1964-1967).
    (SFC, 9/7/05, p.B7)
2005        Sep 2, The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded the University of Hawaii a grant of nearly $25 million for the construction of a regional biocontainment laboratory. The lab will conduct biodefense and emerging infectious disease research.
    (AP, 9/3/05)
2005        Sep 2, Suspected Taliban gunmen kidnapped a district government chief, a candidate for legislature and three other people after ambushing their vehicle in southern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/3/05)
2005        Sep 2, The African Union said it is suspending peacekeeper deployments to Sudan's war-torn western Darfur region for nearly three weeks due to lack of jet fuel and heavy rains.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, A powerful storm packing winds of up to 70 mph slammed into southern Brazil, killing and least one person and injuring five others.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, Bulgaria said it has begun preparations to withdraw its 400 troops from Iraq.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, The US Embassy in Cambodia said the US has established a $2 million endowment (DC-Cam) to assist a Cambodian group researching crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge government in the late 1970s.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, China said it plans to end a 1998 prohibition on direct sales on Dec. 1, clearing the way for such companies as Avon Products Inc. to expand into its booming market for cosmetics and other consumer products.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, China’s government said torrential rains and flooding from Typhoon Talim killed at least 10 people and left 15 missing in eastern China.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, Provisional results indicated that Ethiopia's ruling party won all 31 seats being contested in repeat elections following fraud allegations.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, EU governments said Europe will dip into its emergency stocks of gasoline to help the US through an energy crisis due to Hurricane Katrina.
    (Reuters, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, French police evicted about 140 mainly African squatters, some sobbing or screaming, from two dilapidated buildings in Paris as authorities began a sweep of dwellings deemed fire hazards following two deadly blazes.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, Some 5,000 US and Iraqi troops launched an assault at Tal Afar and at least 30 insurgents were killed.
    (SFC, 9/3/05, p.A3)
2005        Sep 2, Israel's vice premier, Ehud Olmert, said Israel has frozen plans to expand its largest West Bank settlement and will only revive the project with US consent.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, Premier Silvio Berlusconi's Cabinet approved a reform program for Italy's central bank that includes a seven-year fixed term for the Bank of Italy governor.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, Former Nepali PM Girija Prasad Koirala vowed to intensify anti-king protests, a day after he won a 3rd term as chief of Nepal's oldest political party, the Nepali Congress.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said the Beslan school siege would be thoroughly investigated to establish whether official incompetence contributed to the deaths of 331 hostages.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, Two Russian citizens formerly held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were released from custody after investigators found no evidence of their involvement in terrorism-related activity.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, A bomb exploded in a pile of garbage in the capital of the southern Russian region of Dagestan, killing a serviceman and wounding five others who had been searching for explosives.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, In South Korea an apparent gas explosion sparked a fire at a public bathhouse building, killing at least five people and injuring 43 others.
    (AP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, A team of South Korean scientists said they have developed a new technology that could open the way to make new devices that could replace current silicon-based semiconductors. The team led by Kim Hyun-Tak of the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) said they had successfully manufactured a "Mott Insulator, named after Sir Nevill Mott, a British scientist who won the 1977 Nobel Physics Prize.
    (AFP, 9/2/05)
2005        Sep 2, Syrian troops clashed with members of the Jund al-Sham Islamic militant organization in the northern city of Hama. Five militants were killed.
    (AP, 9/3/05)

2006        Sep 2, USAID announced a new contract totaling $1.4 billion awarded to the joint venture of the Louis Berger Group, Inc. and Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. for work in Afghanistan. Two months earlier an employee for US contractor Lewis Berger had handed the government evidence of overbilling on contracts going back to the mid-1990s. In 2010 Berger agreed to pay tens of millions to settle allegations of overbilling.
    (, 11/5/10, p.A4)
2006        Sep 2, In Nevada’s Black Rock Desert the Burning Man art festival culminated with the burning of a 40-foot wooden man. It included a Belgian art installation titled “Uchronia" (aka the Belgian Waffle), a 250,000, 15-story wooden cavern funded by Jan Kriekels and constructed by 90 Belgium artists.
    (SSFC, 9/3/06, p.B1)
2006        Sep 2, Bob Mathias (b.1930), 2-time Olympic decathlon champion (1948, 1952), died at his home in Fresno, Ca. He also served in the US House of Representatives for 4 terms (1967-1976). He starred as himself in the film “The Bob Mathias Story" (1954).
    (SSFC, 9/3/06, p.A1)
2006        Sep 2, Walter Redman (75), aka Dewey Redman, tenor saxophonist and bandleader, died in NYC. He cut his 1st album in SF in 1966.
    (SFC, 9/7/06, p.B7)
2006        Sep 2, A NATO Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing 14 British servicemen. The alliance said there was no indication hostile fire was involved. The Nimrod MR2 exploded after an air-to-air refueling operation. A later investigation said that leaking fuel ignited by a hot pipe was the most likely cause of a fire that destroyed the plane. British patrol NATO and Afghan forces began Operation Medusa in southern Afghanistan. Dozens of insurgents were killed during the fighting.
    (AP, 9/2/06)(AP, 9/3/06)(AP, 12/4/07)
2006        Sep 2, The UN said opium cultivation in Afghanistan is spiraling out of control, rising 59% this year to produce a record 6,100 tons, nearly a third more than the world's drug users consume.
    (AP, 9/2/06)
2006        Sep 2, Bangladesh's trade shipments ground to a virtual halt as shipping companies refused to use the nation's main port in a protest over container fees. Operations began to resume the next day after 2 shipping companies agreed to withdraw their boycott.
    (AFP, 9/2/06)(AFP, 9/3/06)
2006        Sep 2, British police arrested 14 people in overnight raids and said they suspected the men had been involved in training and recruiting for terror attacks. Two others were arrested in an unrelated terror investigation in Manchester.
    (AP, 9/2/06)
2006        Sep 2, In Chile miners at Escondida returned to work following a 25-day strike that cost the company some $200 million in lost profits. Their new deal included a bonus of $12,000 on account of high copper prices.
    (Econ, 9/9/06, p.40)
2006        Sep 2, In China’s Guizhou Province a mine gas explosion killed at least 8 people. Six miners died when their pit in central Hubei province flooded.
    (Reuters, 9/3/06)
2006        Sep 2, A small boat of African migrants from Eritrea was intercepted off the coast of Sicily. They said eight people died during their grueling trip. They had left from Libya 10-12 days earlier.
    (AP, 9/3/06)
2006        Sep 2, Indonesia said it will send up to 1,000 troops to southern Lebanon by the month's end, after Israel dropped objections to its participation in the U.N. peacekeeping force.
    (AP, 9/3/06)
2006        Sep 2, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed Iran would defend the aims of its nuclear program during any negotiations as the EU gave Tehran extra time to show it was serious about talks. Iran offered to help support the cease-fire in Lebanon in talks with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and insisted that diplomacy is the only way to resolve Tehran's nuclear dispute with the West.
    (AP, 9/2/06)
2006        Sep 2, In Iraq attacks killed 13 Pakistani and Indian pilgrims south of Baghdad and three bombings left six people dead.
    (AP, 9/2/06)
2006        Sep 2, Italian soldiers poured into Lebanon, part of the first large contingent of international troops dispatched to boost the UN force keeping the peace between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas.
    (AP, 9/2/06)
2006        Sep 2, Hezbollah announced the death of Hajj Ali Mohammed Saleh Bilal, a military commander, from wounds suffered in monthlong fighting with Israel.
    (AP, 9/2/06)
2006        Sep 2, At least eight boats carrying 674 migrants from Mauritania reached the Canary Islands in the space of 24 hours.
    (AP, 9/3/06)
2006        Sep 2, The former Stella Polaris, a historic ocean liner (1927-1970), sank overnight off Japan's southeastern coast. The Swedish company Petro-Fast AB had planned to operate the ship, renamed the Scandinavia, as a hotel-restaurant in Stockholm.
    (AP, 9/2/06)
2006        Sep 2, Unpaid teachers shut down thousands of schools across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the first day of the school year, in a major challenge to the Hamas government.
    (AP, 9/2/06)
2006        Sep 2, In Romania liberal leaders expelled Mona Musca, one of the country's most popular politicians, from the party after she admitted to having collaborated with the Securitate secret police under the communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu.
    (AP, 9/2/06)
2006        Sep 2-2006 Sep 3, In northwestern Russia hundreds of people looted shops and burned a restaurant belonging to Caucasus businessmen in Kondopoga in Karelia. The outbreak of racial violence was triggered by the recent killing of two locals.
    (Reuters, 9/3/06)
2006        Sep 2, Sudan's president ordered the release of an envoy of Slovenia's president who was convicted of espionage in the war-torn region of Darfur and sentenced to two years in prison. Tomo Kriznar, the Slovenian president's envoy to Darfur, was arrested in July and convicted on Aug. 14 by a court in the North Darfur capital of el-Fasher.
    (AP, 9/2/06)

2007        Sep 2, In SF a free concert in Golden Gate Park celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love featuring dozens of veterans of the era. Boots Hughston bankrolled the $120,000 budget for the party.
    (SFC, 8/30/07, p.E1)(SFC, 9/3/07, p.A9)
2007        Sep 2, Hurricane Felix strengthened into a dangerous Category 4 storm as it toppled trees and flooded homes on a cluster of Dutch islands before churning its way into the open waters of the Caribbean.
    (AP, 9/2/08)   
2007        Sep 2, Detained former Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina Wajed was charged in a new graft case as part of the emergency government's corruption crackdown.
    (AFP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 2, In central Chinese 4 boats carrying the toxic chemical methanol caught fire in Wuhan, causing one boat to sink and prompting fears of drinking water contamination.
    (AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 2, In western Colombia 10 soldiers were killed in a clash with leftist FARC rebels. Five more were missing.
    (AP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 2, In Copenhagen, Denmark, a protest by hundreds of youth activists turned violent, with protesters setting fire to street barricades and cars and smashing shop windows. Officers used tear gas to disperse the crowd. The unrest started after a demonstration the previous day commemorating the Youth House, a makeshift cultural center for the city's anarchists and disaffected youth that was demolished in March.
    (AP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 2, Ethiopian rebels declared a ceasefire to allow a UN mission to tour the eastern Ogaden region and assess alleged rights violations and a worsening humanitarian situation.
    (AFP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 2, Dozens of Muslim clerics issued an edict against the construction of Indonesia's first nuclear power plant on seismically charged Java island, saying the potential dangers far outweighed the benefits.
    (AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 2, Iran's president claimed that his country is now running 3,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium for its controversial nuclear program. Haleh Esfandiari (67), an Iranian-American academic imprisoned for months and accused of trying to create a "soft revolution" in Iran was permitted to leave the country and rejoin her family.
    (AP, 9/2/07)(AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 2, It was reported that at least 1,809 civilians had been killed in August across Iraq, compared to 1,760 in July. This brought to 27,564 the number of civilians killed since the Associated Press began collecting data on April 28, 2005. A US soldier was killed and three others injured when a roadside bomb blew up next to their patrol outside of Baghdad.
    (SSFC, 9/2/07, p.A20)(AP, 9/3/07)
2007        Sep 2, Israeli police recommended that former Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson be indicted on charges of stealing millions from a union he headed in 2003.
    (AP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 2, In Lebanon the last militant stronghold of a Palestinian refugee camp devastated by more than 3 months of fighting fell to the army. The army killed 39 militants and captured at least 15 others as they tried to break out of the Nahr el-Bared camp. 5 soldiers were killed in the 2-day fight, raising to 158 the number of troops killed in the conflict that began May 20. The dead also included over 20 civilians and over 60 militants. Shaker Abbsi, leader of the Fatah al Islam militants, managed to escape.
    (AP, 9/2/07)(SFC, 9/3/07, p.A13)(SFC, 9/11/07, p.A4)
2007        Sep 2, In Nepal 3 bombs exploded almost simultaneously in and around Katmandu, killing at least two people and injuring 13 in the first attack on Katmandu since a communist insurgency ended last year.
    (AP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 2, Following two days of talks in Geneva, Christopher Hill, the chief US negotiator,  said North Korea had agreed to account for and disable its atomic programs by the end of the year; the head of the North Korean delegation said his country's willingness to cooperate was clear, but he did not cite any dates.
    (AP, 9/2/08)
2007        Sep 2, Pro-Taliban militants said they had abducted scores of Pakistani soldiers, demanding the withdrawal of troops from tribal areas near the Afghan border in exchange for their release.
    (AFP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 2, Temasek, Singapore’s state-owned investment company, said it would take an 8.3% stake in China Eastern Airlines and Singapore Airlines announced a 15.7% stake.
    (Econ, 9/29/07, p.68)(
2007        Sep 2, Sri Lanka said that troops captured a Tamil Tiger naval base during a weekend advance into rebel-held territory that the guerrillas said killed nine civilians.
    (AFP, 9/2/07)
2007        Sep 2, In Yemen riot police opened fire on a demonstration by retired officers and soldiers, killing two people and wounding more than 20 on the second day of protests demanding the right to rejoin the army.
    (AP, 9/3/07)

2008        Sep 2, Pres. Bush delivered a 6-minute televised speech to GOP delegates in St. Paul, Minn., as the convention returned to its pre-hurricane schedule.
    (WSJ, 9/3/08, p.A5)
2008        Sep 2, Google’s new Web browser, named Chrome, became available for download.
    (WSJ, 9/2/08, p.A1)
2008        Sep 2, New Orleans residents were blocked from returning home due to damage from Hurricane Gustav, but Mayor Nagin said they would be allowed back on Sep 4.
    (WSJ, 9/3/08, p.A1)
2008        Sep 2, In Oakland, Ca., police arrested 3 men involved in a spate of takeover robberies at East Bay restaurants and small businesses.
    (SFC, 9/4/08, p.A1)
2008        Sep 2, In SF, Ca., Mark Guardado (45), president of the San Francisco chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, was shot and killed during a fight in the Mission District. Christopher Ablett (37) of Modesto, a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, was later identified as a suspect in the killing. Ablett surrendered to police in Oklahoma on Oct. 4. On Feb 22, 2012, Ablett was convicted of murdering Guardado.
    (SFC, 9/4/08, p.B1)(SFC, 9/12/08, p.B1)(SFC, 10/7/08, p.B3)(SFC, 2/24/12, p.C4)
2008        Sep 2, In Washington state a shooting rampage in Skagit County left 6 people dead. The suspect, Isaac Zamora (28), was described as a person with a mental illness. He turned himself in at the sheriff’s office in Mount Vernon. Mental health experts later found Zamora to be incompetent to stand trial.
    (SFC, 9/3/08, p.A4)(SFC, 9/4/08, p.A7)(WSJ, 11/28/08, p.A10)
2008        Sep 2, In Afghanistan 22 Taliban were killed in a clash in Zabul province's Naw Bahar district. 7 Arab fighters were among the dead. Another 10 militants died in clashes with Afghan and foreign troops in Nad Ali district of Helmand province. NATO troops in Operation Oqab Tsuka (Eagle’s summit) delivered a Chinese-built turbine for the power station at Kajaki. Taliban insurgents opened fire on a patrol of Australian, US and Afghan troops, as it returned to base. More than a dozen coalition troops were wounded; none died. In 2009 Australian trooper Mark Donaldson was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military honor in the British Commonwealth, for his efforts to protect the wounded during the attack.
    (AP, 9/3/08)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.64)(AP, 1/16/09)
2008        Sep 2, Argentina’s Pres. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner promised to repay $6.7 billion that Argentina owed to the Paris Club of 19 foreign governments following its 2001 default, It will use part of its $47 billion in foreign currency reserves to pay the debts. The government still refused to negotiate with private holders of $20 billion of its bonds, who held out against the 2005 debt restructuring.
    (WSJ, 9/3/08, p.A12)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.45)
2008        Sep 2, Australia's central bank cut interest rates for the first time in over six-and-a-half years, pushing them down 25 basis points to 7% amid signs of cooling economic growth.
    (AP, 9/2/08)
2008        Sep 2, In Australia Brian Spillane, a 65-year-old ex-priest, was arrested and charged in Sydney with 60 counts relating to alleged sexual assaults against eight people. Spillane was originally charged in May with 33 child sex offenses against five people as a result of a police investigation into allegations of abuse in the 1980s at St. Stanislaus in the city of Bathurst.
    (AP, 9/3/08)
2008        Sep 2, Bolivia and Iran pledged cooperation and signed energy pacts, rebuffing US concerns over improved ties.
    (WSJ, 9/3/08, p.A1)
2008        Sep 2, The British government slashed stamp duty, meaning homes worth up to 175,000 pounds would be exempt from the land sales tax for the next year in a move aimed at reenergizing the housing market.
    (AFP, 9/2/08)
2008        Sep 3-2008 Sep 4, In China’s Hunan province, thousands of people demonstrated and clashed with police in Jishou about a property company they said cheated them of their money. News of the protests did not become public until after the Olympics.
    (Econ, 9/13/08, p.52)
2008        Sep 2, The Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness opened in Accra, Ghana, for a 3-day meeting. It aimed to record how much progress had been relative to the Paris 2005 declaration for making aid work better and targets set for 2010.
    (Econ, 9/6/08, p.69)(
2008        Sep 2, Iran sentenced four female activists to six months in prison for writings demanding equality for women. Sweden had awarded a human rights prize to Parvin Ardalan, one of the activists, earlier this year.
    (AP, 9/5/08)
2008        Sep 2, Iraq’s Cabinet approved an oil deal, signed August 27, with China National Petroleum Corp. An American soldier died of non-combat related causes in Baghdad. Ibrahim Jassam, an Iraqi freelance photographer working for Reuters, was detained during a raid on his home in the town of Mahmoudiya. A US military spokesman said Jassam was detained because he was "assessed to be a threat" to Iraq and coalition forces. Jassam was released after 17 months in detention.
    (AP, 9/2/08)(AP, 9/3/08)(AP, 2/10/10)
2008        Sep 2, In Mozambique 2 days of fires killed at least 32 people and injured hundreds more in blazes which devoured large swathes of arable land. The fires also displaced thousands and ravaged around 16,000 hectares (40,000 acres) in the three central provinces of Manica, Sofala and Zambezia.
    (AP, 9/5/08)
2008        Sep 2, Pakistani Taliban militants said they had kidnapped two Chinese telecoms engineers and their entourage and would soon issue a list of demands. The engineers went missing along with their local driver and a security guard four days ago near the Afghan border where they had been checking an installation.
    (AFP, 9/2/08)
2008        Sep 2, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that Russia will respond calmly to an increase in NATO ships in the Black Sea in the aftermath of the short war with Georgia, but promised that "there will be an answer."
    (AP, 9/2/08)
2008        Sep 2, In Russia's troubled North Caucasus journalist Telman Alishaev was shot in Dagestan. Islamic TV reporter Telman Alishaev died at a hospital in Makhachkala the next day. Journalist Miloslav Bitokov was left with a fractured skull after a beating in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkariya. Police and co-workers said the two men were likely targeted for their work.
    (AP, 9/3/08)
2008        Sep 2, Sierra Leone's President Ernest Koroma signed-off legislation to fight corruption, then fulfilled his obligations by handing over a declaration of his assets.
    (AFP, 9/2/08)
2008        Sep 2, South Africa signed an energy agreement with oil-rich Venezuela as President Hugo Chavez arrived on his first state visit. Political, trade and economic relations were on the agenda with President Thabo Mbeki.
    (AFP, 9/2/08)(AFP, 9/3/08)
2008        Sep 2, Sri Lanka's government said it had dealt a major blow to Tamil rebels by capturing the key northern town and guerrilla bastion of Mallavi after heavy fighting that left dozens dead. Government forces pounded rebel defenses with airstrikes, helicopter attacks and ground assaults as heavy fighting across northern Sri Lanka killed 47 Tamil Tiger fighters and left 13 soldiers dead or missing. A rebel affiliated Web site claimed the Tamil Tigers had killed as many as 75 government soldiers in the recent fighting.
    (AP, 9/2/08)(AP, 9/3/08)
2008        Sep 2, Thailand's prime minister declared a state of emergency in the capital Bangkok after a week of political tension exploded into violent street clashes between supporters and opponents of the government that left one person dead.
    (AP, 9/2/08)
2008        Sep 2, Ukraine lawmakers loyal to PM Yulia Tymoshenko sided with opposition parties to pass a law weakening presidential powers and boosting those of the prime minister.
    (AP, 9/3/08)

2009        Sep 2, US federal prosecutors hit Pfizer Inc. with a record-breaking $2.3 billion in fines for illegal drug promotions surrounding the marketing of 13 drugs.
    (SFC, 9/3/09, p.C1)
2009        Sep 2, BP announced the discovery of oil at its new Tiber Prospect oil reserve in the Gulf of Mexico. It later estimated the reserve held between 4 and 6 billion barrels of oil. Its Deepwater Horizon rig had drilled down 7 miles to reach the oil.
    (, 9/6/09, p.E4)
2009        Sep 2, A Taliban suicide bomber killed Abdullah Laghmani, Afghanistan's deputy chief of intelligence, during a visit to a mosque in Laghman province. The blast east of Kabul also killed the executive director of Laghman's governor's office, the head of Laghman's provincial council, two of Laghmani's body guards, and 18 civilians. An intelligence officer kidnapped a few days ago by Taliban militants in Kunduz province was found hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Baghlan city. 4 militants were killed overnight when a roadside bomb they were planting detonated. On Dec 20 Abdul Rahman, a Taliban military commander in Laghman, and three members of his insurgent network were arrested for the murder of Laghmani.
    (AP, 9/2/09)(AP, 12/29/09)
2009        Sep 2, In central Afghanistan American troops stormed through a hospital run by a Swedish charity in Wardak province, breaking down doors and tying up staff in a search for militants. The charity's country director later said this went against an agreement between NATO forces and charities working in the area, and was a clear violation of internationally recognized rules and principles.
    (AP, 9/7/09)
2009        Sep 2, In Algeria Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called for closer economic ties with Algeria, notably in the energy sector, during a two-day visit here.
    (AFP, 9/3/09)
2009        Sep 2, In Burkina Faso 5 people were killed and 150,000 left homeless as heavy rainfall triggered flooding across West Africa.
    (Reuters, 9/2/09)
2009        Sep 2, In Chile Judge Manuel Valderrama said the accounts of General Pinochet and his family reached a value of $25,978,602.79 shortly before his death in December 2006. The investigating judge said that more than $20 million of the funds have no justifiable origin.
    (AP, 9/2/09)
2009        Sep 2, In eastern China a chemical explosion near Linyi city in Shandong province killed 18 people and injured 10 others.
    (AP, 9/2/09)
2009        Sep 2, The IMF said China is buying the equivalent of $50 billion of the International Monetary Fund's first bond sale in a move that might boost Beijing's standing in the Fund and help its quiet campaign to expand the reach of its tightly controlled currency. Brazil, Russia and India have also agreed to participate in the $80 billion issue.
    (, 9/19/09, p.83)
2009        Sep 2, In El Salvador Christian Poveda (52), a French filmmaker who recently made a documentary about the lives of members of El Salvador's street gangs, was found shot dead in Tonacatepeque, a rural region north of San Salvador. Earlier this year, Poveda, made the documentary "La Vida Loca," which follows the lives of members La 18 street gang and received widespread attention in El Salvador. 4 Mara 18 members and a policeman were soon detained. On Dec 16 police arrested 10 more members of the Mara 18 gang. 9 other gang members already in prison have also been charged in the case. On Mar 9, 2011 a court sentenced 10 gang members and a police officer to prison terms ranging from four to 30 years. 20 additional defendants were acquitted, but 17 of them were serving time for other crimes.
    (AP, 9/3/09)(AP, 12/17/09)(AP, 3/10/11)
2009        Sep 2, In Germany 6 countries met for talks to try to address concerns about Iran's nuclear program. The German government said it has received no official word yet on new proposals that Tehran is pledging to make.
    (AP, 9/2/09)
2009        Sep 2, In Greece a van bomb exploded outside the Athens Stock Exchange, injuring a woman and causing extensive damage to the building in what police said was a coordinated double bombing that also targeted a government building in the northern city of Thessaloniki.
    (AP, 9/2/09)
2009        Sep 2, Authorities in Guinea banned live political chat shows, the latest sign of political unease after violent demonstrations and accusations of phone censorship deepened a row over delayed elections. The military junta that has run the world's top bauxite producer since a December 2008 coup is facing mounting opposition and criticism after it delayed until 2010 elections which the military leader has not ruled out standing in.
    (Reuters, 9/3/09)
2009        Sep 2, In India a helicopter carrying Y.S.R. Reddy (60), a powerful politician from southern Andhra Pradesh state, disappeared in heavy rains as it flew over a forested region largely controlled by Maoist rebels. Wreckage and the bodies of all 5 aboard were found the next day.
    (AP, 9/2/09)(AP, 9/3/09)
2009        Sep 2, A powerful 7.0 earthquake rattled southern Indonesia, killing at least 64 people crushed by falling rock or collapsed buildings and sending thousands fleeing outdoors for safety in the middle of the work day. More than 10,000 buildings were severely damaged.
    (AP, 9/2/09)(AP, 9/4/09)
2009        Sep 2, Liberia's Defense Minister Brownie Samukai said police had arrested six Pakistani men earlier in the week who tried to enter Liberia on fake US passports with possible intent to carry out terrorism.
    (AP, 9/3/09)
2009        Sep 2, In Mexico gunmen broke into a drug rehabilitation center in Ciudad Juarez, lined people against a wall and shot 18 dead. The brazen attack followed the killing of Jose Manuel Revuelta, the No. 2 security official in Michoacan, President Felipe Calderon's home state. 2 bodyguards and a truck driver were also killed in the crossfire. The federal Attorney General's Office announced the arrest of its two top officials in Quintana Roo, a state on the Yucatan Peninsula, for allegedly protecting the Gulf and the Beltran Levya drug cartels. Chihuahua state authorities said they were investigating reports that rehabilitation centers have turned into hideouts for drug smugglers being sought by police and hit men from rival gangs.
    (AP, 9/3/09)(AP, 9/4/09)
2009        Sep 2, Dutch prosecutors said they will charge an Arab cultural group under hate speech laws for publishing a cartoon that suggests the death of 6 million Jews during World War II is a fabrication.
    (AP, 9/2/09)
2009        Sep 2, In Pakistan government forces killed three suspected militants, captured 35 others and destroyed six of their bases on the second day of its new offensive near Pakistan's famed Khyber Pass. Suspected militants opened fire on a vehicle carrying the religious affairs minister, wounding him and killing his driver in a brazen attack in the heart of Islamabad. Hamid Saeed Kazmi had been critical of Muslim extremists blamed for scores of attacks in Pakistan over the last 2½ years.
    (AP, 9/2/09)
2009        Sep 2, In Peru drug-funded Shining Path rebels shot down an air force helicopter in the coca-growing highlands of Junin province, killing three troops and wounding five. The military said three rebels were arrested and another four killed.
    (AP, 9/3/09)
2009        Sep 2, In Thailand a number of drive-by shootings in the provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala left eight dead, including a Muslim teacher and his son (13). Security forces raided a rubber plantation in Yala and a house in Narathiwat, sparking separate gunbattles in which two suspected insurgents were killed.
    (AP, 9/3/09)
2009        Sep 2, Vietnamese authorities arrested blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (30), who writes under the pen name Me Nam, at her home in Nha Trang. Quynh's arrest was the latest in a series of police moves against writers who criticized government policies toward China. The government tightened its rules for bloggers earlier this year, saying they must restrict their writings to personal matters. Quynh was released on Sep 12.
    (AP, 9/4/09)(AP, 9/12/09)

2010        Sep 2, Israeli and Palestinian leaders met in Washington and cleared the first hurdle in what promises to be difficult negotiations, vowing to try to settle core differences within a year and meet every two weeks. Neither leader addressed the sensitive question of whether Israel would extend a moratorium on settlement building in the West Bank due to expire on September 26. The next round of talks was set for September 14-15 in Egypt.
    (AFP, 9/3/10)
2010        Sep 2, A US federal indictment charged 6 recruiters from Global Horizons manpower Inc. of luring 400 laborers from Thailand to the US with promises of lucrative jobs, then confiscated their passports and failed to honor their employment contracts.
    (SFC, 9/3/10, p.A4)
2010        Sep 2, The US Justice Dept. sued Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa county, for failing to turn over documents in an investigation of his aggressive operations against illegal immigrants.
    (SFC, 9/3/10, p.A7)
2010        Sep 2, The US Postal Service issued a new 44 cent stamp recognizing Mother Teresa (1910-1997) for her humanitarian work.
    (SFC, 9/3/10, p.A4)
2010        Sep 2, In California Robert Borrmann (91), founder of the R.E. Borrmann Steel Co., was killed along with his pilot and the pilot’s girlfriend when their small plane crashed in a lagoon in Redwood City shortly after takeoff from the San Carlos Airport.
    (SFC, 9/3/10, p.A1)
2010        Sep 2, It was reported that Miami-based Burger King Holdings has agreed to be acquired by 3G Capital for $3.3 billion, or $24 per share. The NY investment firm was backed by Brazilian investors.
    (SFC, 9/3/10, p.D6)
2010        Sep 2, Afghan financial authorities and the owners of Afghanistan's biggest bank said that Kabul Bank was in no danger of collapsing, as people across the country rushed to withdraw their money. Over the next few days withdrawals drained over half of the bank’s $500 million in liquid cash. Authorities soon barred the sale of Kabul properties held by the bank’s principal owners, but excluded Mahmoud Karzai, Pres. Karzai’s brother. Mahmoud, the bank’s 3rd largest shareholder, had purchased a $5.5 million home in Dubai with Kabul Bank funds. Mahmoud Karzai had bought his 7% share in Kabul Bank with a $5 million loan from the bank.
    (AFP, 9/2/10)(SFC, 9/6/10, p.A2)(Econ, 9/11/10, p.54)
2010        Sep 2, In Afghanistan 2 American troops died in fighting, while NATO and local officials said coalition and Afghan forces killed dozens of insurgents in a series of ground and air engagements. President Hamid Karzai said 10 Afghan civilians were killed in a NATO air strike on three vehicles carrying election campaign workers in the north. Candidate Abdul Wahid Khorasani was wounded and 10 relatives working on his campaign were killed in what appeared to be a mistaken NATO airstrike. Abdul Rahman, a candidate in this month's parliamentary elections, was wounded in a grenade attack in Ghazni.
    (AP, 9/2/10)(AFP, 9/2/10)(AP, 9/3/10)
2010        Sep 2, Australia’s PM Julia Gillard edged closer to retaining power when an independent lawmaker said he would support her center-left Labor Party to form Australia's first minority government in almost seven decades.
    (AP, 9/2/10)
2010        Sep 2, The London Times published extracts of a new book by the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in which he argues that God did not create the universe and the "Big Bang" was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics. "The Grand Design" was co-authored with US physicist Leonard Mlodinow.
    (Reuters, 9/3/10)
2010        Sep 2, In Colombia two separate mine blasts over the last 24 hours killed four soldiers and wounded six more.
    (AP, 9/3/10)
2010        Sep 2, El Salvador lawmakers approved a new law making gang membership punishable by four to six years in prison. Gang leaders would face up to 10 years. Police found an oil drum filled with money on a ranch in the town of Penitente Abajo, about 40 miles (62 km) from the capital. After three days counting the bundles of $100, $50 and $20 bills, authorities announced that it contained about $9 million in U.S. dollars. Another plastic drum was uncovered Sep 4 about 5 yards away, also crammed with money. A 3rd barrel was found on Sep 10 containing packets of $100 bills adding up to $4.2 million.
    (AP, 9/2/10)(AP, 9/4/10)(AP, 9/11/10)
2010        Sep 2, An international maritime group urged Indonesia to increase patrols in the South China Sea after pirates attacked nine vessels in less than three weeks.
    (AP, 9/2/10)
2010        Sep 2, In Iran pro-government militiamen attacked the home of opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi with homemade bombs and beat one of his bodyguards unconscious, in an apparent attempt to keep him from attending a key rally the next day.
    (AP, 9/3/10)
2010        Sep 2, Iraq signed an agreement to pay $400 million to Americans who say they were abused by Saddam Hussein's regime. The signing was made public on Sep 10. the money would be given to Americans who were affected by the Iraqi invasion of neighboring Kuwait in 1990. Generally such agreements have to be approved by the Cabinet, but this settlement would likely be extremely unpopular among Iraqis who survived years under Saddam only to suffer vicious sectarian fighting after the American invasion.
    (AP, 9/10/10)
2010        Sep 2, In Mexico soldiers killed at least 25 suspected cartel members in a raid and gunbattle in Tamaulipas state near the US border, that has become one of the most dangerous battlegrounds in the country's drug war.
    (AP, 9/3/10)
2010        Sep 2, Serbia's justice minister said authorities have confiscated euro200 million ($256 million) in property from organized crime bosses since gaining the authority last year.
    (AP, 9/2/10)
2010        Sep 2, South Africa's government said it is withdrawing the April, 2009, special status granted to illegal Zimbabwean immigrants who fled their country's economic meltdown and political violence. A government said South Africa will begin deportations after Dec 31.
    (AP, 9/2/10)
2010        Sep 2, Striking South African state workers staged a protest march after rejecting a revised wage offer aimed at ending their three-week strike that has the government and the labor movement at loggerheads.
    (Reuters, 9/2/10)
2010        Sep 2, Typhoon Kompasu struck South Korea, killing 5 people and toppling trees, streetlights and scaffolding in what was called the strongest storm to hit the Seoul area in 15 years. In North Korea the typhoon killed dozens of people and destroyed roads, railways and thousands of homes.
    (AP, 9/2/10)(AP, 9/15/10)
2010        Sep 2, In Sudan armed men attacked the settlement of Tabarat and reportedly killed 74 people in attacks on a busy market there and in surrounding villages in rebel-held territory of the Darfur region. Air force bombing continued to the next morning. The insurgent Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) accused the Sudanese army of attacking the settlements west of the town of Tawila in North Darfur state. The UNAMID force was later able to verify from eyewitnesses that 37 people were killed and 30 were injured.
    (Reuters, 9/3/10)(AFP, 9/3/10)(AP, 9/5/10)

2011        Sep 2, President Barack Obama scrapped his administration's controversial plans to tighten smog rules, bowing to the demands of congressional Republicans and some business leaders.
    (AP, 9/2/11)
2011        Sep 2, The US Federal Housing Finance Agency sued 17 lenders for misleading Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about residential mortgage-backed securities.
    (SFC, 9/3/11, p.D1)
2011        Sep 2, In California Kinde Durkee, a Democratic campaign manager based in Burbank, was arrested on suspicion of mail fraud. She was alleged to have misappropriated or stolen $670,000 from state Assemblyman Jose Solorio. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s campaign funds were also believed to be involved. On Sep 23 Feinstein’s campaign filed suit against Durkee and the First California Bank in Los Angeles county.  On March 30, 2012, Durkee pleaded guilty to 5 charges of mail fraud. On Nov 28, 2012, Durkee was sentenced to 8 years in prison for the largest embezzlement of political funds in California history. In 2017 Beverly Hills-based Pacific Western Bank paid $1.75 million to settle allegations that it had facilitated the embezzlement. Durkee had acknowledged defrauding clients of more than $7 million.
    (SSFC, 9/4/11, p.A8)(SFC, 9/14/11, p.A9)(SFC, 9/24/11, p.A1)(SFC, 3/31/12, p.C1)(SFC, 11/29/12, p.C3)(SFC, 10/7/17, p.A7)
2011        Sep 2, Anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks published its full archive of more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables unredacted and easily accessible online, drawing a furious response from its media partners.
    (AFP, 9/2/11)
2011        Sep 2, Afghan and NATO forces killed Saber Lal Melma, a former Guantanamo detainee. He had returned to Afghanistan after being released in 2007 to become a key al-Qaida ally.
    (AP, 9/3/11)
2011        Sep 2, Lebanese imam, Sheikh Maymun Zarzur, was killed after leading prayers at the Muslim Welfare House in London. Scotland Yard said they had made one arrest. The Muslim Welfare House was founded in 1970 functioning as a community center.
    (AFP, 9/3/11)
2011        Sep 2, A Chilean CASA 212 military plane crashed after two failed attempts to land in difficult weather on the Juan Fernandez islands, 400 miles (670 kilometers) from the Chilean mainland. All 21 aboard were believed killed. Among those aboard was popular Chilean television personality Felipe Camiroaga.
    (AP, 9/3/11)
2011        Sep 2, Officials announced a joint US-Colombian operation against a major trafficker, in which police arrested 30 people and seized 21 small planes that were ferrying cocaine to Central America. Most of the planes were seized this past week in Guatemala and Honduras. Officials also announced a $2.7 million reward for trafficker Daniel "Loco" Barrera.
    (AP, 9/2/11)
2011        Sep 2, The EU banned oil imports from Syria in a move that will cost the embattled regime millions of dollars each day as it uses deadly force to try to crush a 5-month-old uprising. At least 17 people were killed, most of them in suburbs of Damascus. Pro-regime thugs reportedly attacked the convoy of Hama province attorney general Adnan Bakkour in the Maaret Hirmeh area, Idlib province, killing 4 people accompanying him and wounding 3 others.
    (AP, 9/2/11)(AP, 9/3/11)(AP, 9/5/11)
2011        Sep 2, In Gabon 9 leaders of Conasysed (National Convention of Education Sector Trade Unions) went on hunger strike outside the Saint-Mary Cathedral in Libreville, to support wage claims. The Conasysed leaders had their salaries docked because of a strike in January.
    (AFP, 9/2/11)
2011        Sep 2, The Indian state of West Bengal will now be known as "Paschim Banga" after state lawmakers voted unanimously in favor of the name change.
    (AFP, 9/2/11)
2011        Sep 2, Israeli activists have called for a Sep 3 "demonstration of one million" people as part of their ongoing protest movement against rising costs of living in the Jewish state.
    (AFP, 9/2/11)
2011        Sep 2, In Mexico Samuel Flores Borrego (39), also know as "el Metro 3," was shot dead near Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas, in what appeared to be an attack by members of his own cartel. He was found inside a vehicle along with the body of a police officer. The US government had a reward of up to $5 million for the capture of Flores, who faced drug-trafficking charges north of the border. Hidalgo state police said they have arrested 31 suspected drug cartel members, including 16 police officers who allegedly were paid to protect the Zetas gang.
    (AP, 9/2/11)
2011        Sep 2, A Nigerian army spokesman said soldiers have shot dead a suspected Islamist and wounded another in northeastern Adamawa state where 16 people were killed last week in attacks on police stations and banks. 3 people were killed when armed fighters clashed with security forces in the city of Biu.
    (AFP, 9/2/11)(AP, 9/3/11)
2011        Sep 2, In the Philippines Joseph Balmer (54), a retired British policeman, and his Filipina girlfriend (26) were shot to death in the home of a friend on the northern city of Angeles. Witnesses later named Timothy Noah Kaufman, an American man, as one of three suspects. In 2014 Kaufman was extradited to the Philippines to stand trial for murder. On Aug 15, 2015, Kaufman (37) was found unconscious due to a heart attack and was declared dead on arrival at a hospital. Filipino Jesus Santos has been arrested and American, Joseph Tramontano, was at large.
    (, 11/18/14)(AP, 8/26/15)
2011        Sep 2, In Puerto Rico Raymar Lucena Rivera, president of a local trucking corporation, was arrested following accusations that he laundered more than $7 million in drug proceeds.
    (AP, 9/2/11)
2011        Sep 2, Puntland soldiers raided neighborhoods searching for gunmen linked to Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab militants. At least 21 people were killed and 31 others wounded in two days of heavy fighting on the border of Somalia proper and the breakaway state of Puntland.
    (AFP, 9/2/11)
2011        Sep 2, Sierra Leone said its tourism industry raked in $19 million in the first half of the year, as the country lures travellers to its white beaches after a brutal civil war.
    (AFP, 9/2/11)
2011        Sep 2, In Somalia Malaysian cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor was killed in Mogadishu by 4 Burundi peacekeepers. The 4 were later discharged from the force and faced trial in Burundi.
    (AP, 9/26/11)
2011        Sep 2, Sudan's president declared a state of emergency in Blue Nile state and fired elected governor Malik Agar after clashes broke out between armed forces and a rebel group. The SPLM-North's secretary general Yasser Arman met with leaders of the three main Darfuri rebel groups to form the nucleus of a united political and military movement for change.
    (AP, 9/3/11)(AFP, 9/4/11)
2011        Sep 2, South Sudan’s government decided to relocate its capital from Juba to a more central location in Ramciel, Lakes state. The new capital will have to be built from scratch.
    (AFP, 9/4/11)
2011        Sep 2, Tunisia imposed a curfew in two separate areas following a series of clashes that left a 17-year-old girl dead and dozens injured.
    (AFP, 9/2/11)
2011        Sep 2, Turkey said it has agreed to host an early warning radar as part of NATO's missile defense system aimed at countering ballistic missile threats from neighboring Iran.
    (AP, 9/2/11)
2011        Sep 2, Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador to Ankara and suspended all military ties with its one-time ally after a UN report slammed the "excessive" force used in the May 31, 2010, raid on a Gaza aid flotilla.
    (AFP, 9/2/11)
2011        Sep 2, In Yemen hundreds of thousands staged rival rallies, with massive crowds demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down and as many people turning out in support of the ailing leader.
    (AFP, 9/2/11)
2011        Sep 2, Zimbabwe state media reported that Pres. Mugabe has sworn in an anti-corruption commission in an effort to stem graft.
    (AFP, 9/2/11)
2011        Sep 2, In Zimbabwe an independent conservation group said a new influx of settlers at a nature preserve in the southeast is destroying the sanctuary of at least 70 elephants.
    (AP, 9/2/11)

2012        Sep 2, In Saratoga, Ca., Audrie Pott (15) went to a house party, where she drank and passed out. Teenage boys took advantage of her and took pictures, which were posted on Facebook. Eight days after the attack she hanged herself in shame. On April 11, 2013, police arrested 3 boys in connection with her death.
    (SFC, 4/13/13, p.A1)
2012        Sep 2, In New Jersey Osvaldo Rivera (31) stabbed to death Dominick Andujor (6) and wounded his sister (12). Police said Rivera was high on PVP-laced marijuana.
    (SFC, 9/4/12, p.A5)
2012        Sep 2, Algerian customs officials said nearly four tons of cannabis with a street value of around 1.6 million euros ($2 million) have been seized near border with Morocco.
    (AFP, 9/2/12)
2012        Sep 2, A wildlife rescue organization said 13 whales have died following a mass stranding off the Scottish coast. British Divers and Marine Life Rescue said that the mammals were among a group of 26 pilot whales stranded at Pittenweem in eastern Scotland.
    (AP, 9/2/12)
2012        Sep 2, Egypt's state TV lifted a decades-long ban on veiled female news presenters whom successive secular-leaning regimes have barred from going on air.
    (AP, 9/2/12)
2012        Sep 2, In Iraq two bomb attacks against security forces killed four people including two policemen and two soldiers in Tuz Khurmatu and the northern city of Kirkuk.
    (AFP, 9/4/12)
2012        Sep 2, Israel completed evacuation of the large unauthorized West Bank settlement of Migron, culminating years of legal wrangling.
    (AP, 9/2/12)
2012        Sep 2, In Gaza Ehab Abu al-Nada (17) died four days after setting himself alight in desperation over financial problems.
    (AFP, 9/3/12)
2012        Sep 2, South Africa's top public prosecutor said that controversial murder charges against 270 miners for the killing of fellow workers shot dead by police, will be provisionally dropped.
    (AFP, 9/2/12)
2012        Sep 2, In Syria 2 bombs exploded near the military's joint chiefs of staff's offices in central Damascus, lightly wounding four army officers and causing damage to a building and cars.
    (AP, 9/2/12)
2012        Sep 2, In south Yemen pro-government militias killed two suspected members of Al-Qaeda, a Pakistani and a Somali, in a raid on their hideout.
    (AFP, 9/2/12)

2013        Sep 2, US endurance swimmer Diana Nyad (64), on her 5th attempt, became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
    (SFC, 9/3/13, p.A5)
2013        Sep 2, Microsoft Corp. announced that it is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services for  5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion) in an attempt to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to capture a slice of the lucrative mobile computing market.
    (AP, 9/3/13)
2013        Sep 2, Verizon Communications agreed to pay $130 billion to buy Vodafone Group out of its US wireless business, signing history's third largest corporate deal announcement to bring an end to an often tense 14-year marriage. Verizon issued $49 billion in bonds to finance the deal.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)(Econ, 9/14/13, p.79)
2013        Sep 2, In Afghanistan militants attacked a US base near the border with Pakistan, setting off bombs, torching vehicles and shutting down a key road used by NATO supply trucks. At least three people, apparently all attacking insurgents, were killed in Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, Belarus authorities issued an arrest warrant for Suleyman Kerimov (47), a Russian billionaire who co-owns the Moscow-based potash company Uralkali, as a power struggle escalated over exports of the fertilizer.
    (AP, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, Cambodian staff at a Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal went on strike, as a funding crisis deepened at a court already bogged down by resignations, political interference and the frail health of its elderly defendants.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, In China people began noticing dead fish along a 19-mile stretch of the Fuhe River in Hubei province. High levels of ammonia pollution from a plant owned by the Hubei Shuanghuan Science and Technology Co. was blamed.
    (SFC, 9/5/13, p.A7)
2013        Sep 2, Sixteen members of Colombia's Cabinet presented their resignations to President Juan Manuel Santos o pave the way for changes he may want to make after a protest in the farming sector turned violent last week.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, A court in Cyprus ordered the extradition of Dinos Michaelides, a former Cypriot interior minister, to Greece for questioning related to corruption charges against Akis Tsohatzopoulos, a once-powerful Greek politician, who is now in jail.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, An Egyptian judicial panel advised a court to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood as a legally registered non-governmental organization, posing a legal challenge to the group as the army-backed government presses a crackdown.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, India's upper house of parliament approved a $20 billion scheme to distribute subsidized wheat and rice to 800 million people, backing an anti-malnutrition drive that investors fear will mean missing the fiscal deficit target.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, Iran's Foreign Ministry said that six Slovaks, arrested last June, were released from prison and handed over to Slovak Embassy officials in Tehran. Two others remained in detention.
    (AP, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, In Iraq two suicide bombers attacked the motorcade of Wisam al-Hardan, recently appointed head of the Sunni militia known as Sahwa, near his house in Baghdad's western Harthiyah neighborhood. He escaped the assassination attempt but 5 bodyguards were killed and four others wounded.
    (AP, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, Myanmar’s state Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee of monks, responsible for regulating the Buddhist clergy, prohibited the creation of formal organizations based around the 969 movement, led by Wirathu. The numerals 969, which refer to the attributes of the Buddha, his teachings and the monkhood, have come to symbolize a movement aimed at isolating Muslims, who make up 5% of Myanmar's 60 million people.
    (Reuters, 9/11/13)(Econ, 11/2/13, p.46)
2013        Sep 2, Senegal's new PM Aminata Toure named a cabinet, putting a veteran human rights campaigner in the key post of justice minister, suggesting high-profile graft and rights cases were likely to remain a priority.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, In South Africa industrial action paralysed construction and automotive sectors, but tens of thousands of petrol attendants delayed a strike.
    (AFP, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, Spanish police said they have arrested a gang of 10 bank robbers in Madrid who used the drains to enter and flee from bank branches.
    (AFP, 9/2/13)
2013        Sep 2, The first of more than 100 senior Turkish army officers began testifying in court over their alleged role in ousting Turkey's first Islamist-led government in 1997.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)

2014        Sep 2, In San Francisco Rashawn Williams (14), a freshman at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, was stabbed to death in front of a Mission District convenience store. In 2015 an accused teen (14) was released after a surveillance camera identified another assailant. 
    (SFC, 1/28/15, p.D1)
2014        Sep 2, In south Kansas City, Mo., Brandon Howell (34), a convicted felon, fatally shot 3 people and wounded two others. Howell was soon arrested and charged the next day.
    (SFC, 9/4/14, p.A7)
2014        Sep 2, In Ohio Donald Hoffman (41) was taken into custody as a person of interest in the deaths of 4 men in Bucyrus. He was being held on a probation violation.
    (Reuters, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 2, In Central African Republic at least 5 people were killed during an attack by armed men, believed to be ex-Seleka rebel fighters, in the northern town of Nana Bakassa.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 2, The American Chamber of Commerce in China said foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve.
    (AP, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, CongoDRC government said the death toll from an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the northern Djera region has risen to 31. The WHO confirmed there was no link with an epidemic in West Africa.
    (Reuters, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, Doctors Without Borders warned that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and that the organization is completely overwhelmed by the outbreak in four West African countries.
    (SFC, 9/3/14, p.A2)
2014        Sep 2, In Egypt 11 policemen were killed when a roadside bomb blast struck their armored vehicle in the restive Sinai Peninsula. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem), an Al-Qaeda-inspired group based in the Sinai, soon claimed responsibility.
    (AFP, 9/2/14)(AP, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 2, Fiji military commander Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said the Nusra Front has made three demands for the release of peacekeepers: to be taken off the UN terrorist list; the delivery of humanitarian aid to parts of the Syrian capital of Damascus; and payment for three of its fighters it says were killed in a shootout with UN officers.
    (AP, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, In Iraq angry relatives of soldiers missing in the Islamic State June assault on Mosul stormed the parliament building in Baghdad, attacked MPs and began a sit-in in its main chamber.
    (AFP, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, The Islamic State released a video showing the beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff in retaliation for US air strikes in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 2, Japanese researchers said they have developed a new method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in 30 minutes, with technology that could allow doctors to quickly diagnose infection.
    (AFP, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto an nounced a new Mexico City international airport in his State of the Union address. The estimated cost was 169 billion pesos ($11 billion)
    (, 5/2/15, p.29)
2014        Sep 2, Moscow declared NATO a "threat" to its security after the Western military alliance announced plans to reinforce defenses in eastern Europe because of Russia's alleged stoking of war in Ukraine.
    (AFP, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin cited a 1939 Soviet victory over the Japanese army as a foundation of relations with Mongolia during a visit to Ulan Bator.
    (AP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 2, Islamic State militants issued a threat to President Vladimir Putin, vowing to oust him and "liberate" the volatile North Caucasus over his support of the Syrian regime.
    (AFP, 9/4/14)
2014        Sep 2, A top Saudi security official said that police had arrested 88 men suspected of being part of an al-Qaida cell that was plotting attacks inside and outside of the kingdom.
    (AP, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, Somalia's government offered an amnesty to fighters with al-Shabab. Authorities gave al-Shabab militants 45 days to take up the offer.
    (AP, 9/3/14)
2014        Sep 2, Syrian government air strikes in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor killed 16 people, including 10 children.
    (AFP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 2, Thailand's ruling junta ordered that a rights talk at a journalists' club in Bangkok be shut down, further stoking concerns over freedom of expression in the country since a military power grab in May.
    (Reuters, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, Ukraine’s military said Russian troops were strengthening their positions in the east and using aid shipments to smuggle in arms and other supplies to separatist forces. 15 more Ukrainian servicemen were killed in fighting in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 9/2/14)
2014        Sep 2, Yemen’s President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi announced a 30 percent reduction in recent fuel price hikes to take effect Sep 4. Hadi also dismissed the country’s Cabinet and prime minister.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)(SFC, 9/3/14, p.A2)

2015        Sep 2, President Barack Obama secured a landmark foreign policy victory as US Senate Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives in Congress.
    (AP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In North Carolina Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lewis (31) was killed in a helicopter accident during night time training at Camp Lejeune.
    (SFC, 9/5/15, p.A7)
2015        Sep 2, In Dallas, Texas, pediatric dentist Kendra Hatcher was shot to death in a murder-for-hire. Crystal Cortes (23), accused of driving the shooter to the garage, was arrested Sep 5 and charged with capital murder. Kristopher Love (31) was later identified as the shooter and was charged with capital murder. Brenda Delgado (33), who reportedly planned the killing, remained a fugitive. Delgado was reported arrested in Torreon, Mexico, on April 8, 2016.
    (AP, 10/3/15)(SSFC, 4/10/16, p.A4)
2015        Sep 2, It was reported that malicious software targeting smartphones with the Android operating system is becoming more common, with some handsets already infected when they're bought.
    (AP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In Burundi anti-government protesters resumed in some neighborhoods in the capital after residents accused the police of harassment. At least 4 people were killed in the renewed clashes.
    (AP, 9/2/15)(AFP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, A cattle war was reported raging amid the sectarian violence in the Central African Republic. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said herd figures have dropped by 77 percent compared to levels before the crisis, due to mass slaughter and theft.
    (AFP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In France 8 people, including 2 children, were killed in a fire in a Paris apartment building that investigators believe may have been started deliberately. Police arrested a man in his 30s who might have been at the scene.
    (AFP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, Hundreds of migrants poured overnight onto the high-speed railway linking Paris with London near the French port of Calais, stranding thousands of passengers in darkness for hours aboard Eurostar trains.
    (Reuters, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In Iraq gunmen in military uniform seized 18 Turkish workers from a sports stadium they were building in northeastern Baghdad. Two of the workers were freed on Sep 15. The remaining sixteen were freed on Sep 30.
    (Reuters, 9/2/15)(AFP, 9/16/15)(AP, 9/30/15)
2015        Sep 2, In Iraq army Colonel Muthana al-Daini was shot dead near Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) east of Baghdad, in a killing his family said was politically motivated. Daini was the brother of Sunni lawmaker Nahida al-Daini, who has been outspoken in accusing Shi'ite militias of committing atrocities in Diyala province.
    (Reuters, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 2, In Kazakhstan the first Dane in space accompanied by 26 custom-made figurines from Danish toymaker Lego blasted off in a Soyuz spacecraft as part of a three-man team on an unusually long two-day mission to the International Space Station.
    (AFP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In Mali 19 people died when an overloaded canoe capsized on a stretch of the Niger river passing through the town of Bangou. 70 people survived and four were still missing.
    (AFP, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 2, Mexican authorities say a four-year search of a ranch in Nuevo Leone has turned up bone fragments belonging to at least 31 individuals.
    (AP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In northern Nigeria gunmen killed at least 5 villagers in a raid in Mainari village, Borno state, before being repelled by government troops. The Nigerian army said it has reinstated some 3,000 soldiers who were dismissed for alleged indiscipline in the battle against Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast.
    (Reuters, 9/3/15)(AFP, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 2, Pakistani warplanes bombarded the Shawal Valley, killing at least 17 suspected militants. More air strikes in the Khyber tribal area killed at least 14 militants and wounded six more. A suspected US drone strike on a militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan killed 6 men. In the northwestern city of Peshawar gunmen ambushed a police patrol, killing 3 police officers and wounding six.
    (Reuters, 9/2/15)(AP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, Puerto Rico’s troubled state-owned power company announced a restructuring plan with some of its creditors that would provide breathing room for an island staggering under the weight of its public debt.
    (AP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, Russia staged a military parade to commemorate seizing Sakhalin and the nearby Kurile islands chain from Japan in 1945, a move likely to inflame tensions over a long-running territorial dispute with Tokyo.
    (Reuters, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In South Sudan monitors of the regional bloc of East African states known as IGAD witnessed government "helicopter gunships flying towards and engaging the SPLM/A(IO) rebel forces on the west bank of the Nile. Machar's rebels also violated the August ceasefire by launching attacks in Unity state on August 23.
    (Reuters, 9/17/15)
2015        Sep 2, In Syria at least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded when a car bomb exploded in Latakia. Syrian air force strikes killed at least 14 people east of Damascus. A mortar attack on part of the campus of Damascus University killed at least 2 students and wounded several. Heavy shelling killed 3 civilians and wounded 45 in Jaramana city, east of Damascus.
    (Reuters, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, An image of Aylan Kurdi (2), a drowned toddler washed up on the beach in one of Turkey's prime tourist resorts, swept across social media, after at least 12 presumed Syrian refugees died trying to reach the Greek island of Kos. Aylan, his brother (5) and mother were among the dead. In 2020 three Turkish men were sentenced to 125 years in jail for their part in the drownings.
    (Reuters, 9/2/15)(SSFC, 9/6/15, p.A18)(SFC, 3/14/20, p.A4)
2015        Sep 2, In eastern Ukraine 2 civilians were killed undermining fresh efforts to end simmering violence as the EU agreed to extend sanctions against individuals deemed responsible for the conflict.
    (AFP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, The World Health Organization (WHO) said officials have found two children stricken by a mutated polio virus in Ukraine, the country's first cases of the paralytic disease in nine years. Health officials had warned Ukraine was at high risk of a polio outbreak due to its low vaccination rates.
    (AP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In Yemen 2 local Red Cross employees were shot dead in the northern province of Amran by an unknown attacker. At least 32 people were killed and dozens wounded in two bombings near a mosque in a northern district of Sanaa.
    (Reuters, 9/2/15)(AFP, 9/3/15)

2016        Sep 2, Hurricane Hermine made landfall early today near St. Marks, Florida, 20 miles south of Tallahassee, dumping heavy rains and packing winds of 80 mph (130 km/h) and leaving tens of thousands of households without power. It soon weakened to a tropical storm over land and plowed toward the Atlantic Coast.
    (Reuters, 9/2/16)
2016        Sep 2, In Denmark residents of Copenhagen's semi-autonomous Christiania neighborhood tore down the area's hashish market after an alleged drug dealer shot two police officers and a bystander. The 25-year-old gunman escaped after the attack but was arrested after a shoot-out with police.
    (AP, 9/2/16)
2016        Sep 2, In Gabon soldiers were deployed in Libreville as residents ventured back onto the streets, buying provisions and surveying damage after two days of riots sparked by a disputed presidential election. 2 people died after overnight post-election violence.
    (Reuters, 9/2/16)(AFP, 9/2/16)
2016        Sep 2, The Greek government said only two of the country's seven private TV stations survived a landmark license auction that raised 246 million euros ($275 million) for the cash strapped left-wing government. The new licenses will take effect in 90 days, but the government faced multiple legal challenges.
    (AP, 9/2/16)
2016        Sep 2, Indian PM Narendra Modi and visiting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi agreed to boost cooperation in security and anti-terror efforts calling terrorism one of the gravest threats their countries face.
    (AP, 9/2/16)
2016        Sep 2, In India millions of public sector workers across the country went on strike to protest economic reforms, saying the government's plan for raising the country's minimum wage for unskilled workers did not go far enough.
    (AP, 9/2/16)
2016        Sep 2, In Iraq a blast caused by a fire at a weapons storage depot in eastern Baghdad set off rockets that hit neighboring districts, killing at least 4 residents and injuring 14 others.
    (Reuters, 9/2/16)
2016        Sep 2, In northwest Pakistan two bombs killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens outside a court complex in the city of Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, hours after militants killed 2 people in a Christian neighborhood in the same region. Both attacks were claimed by Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a breakaway Pakistani Taliban faction.
    (Reuters, 9/2/16)
2016        Sep 2, In the Philippines a bombing at a Davao street market killed 15 people. Abu Sayyaf soon claimed responsibility for the attack but although police said they were still trying to authenticate the claim. On Oct 7 Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said troops have captured three suspects in the bombing. They were members of Maute, a small and relatively new Muslim militant group based in southern Lanao del Sur province that has wanted to align itself with the Islamic State movement.
    (Reuters, 9/3/16)(AP, 10/7/16)
2016        Sep 2, A Philippines foreign ministry official said Southeast Asian countries and China will establish hotlines and adopt communications protocols to avoid potential naval clashes in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 9/2/16)
2016        Sep 2, Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin had a rare meeting with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in Vladivastok but there was no breakthrough in a territorial dispute that has kept the two countries from signing a peace treaty formally ending their WWII conflict.
    (AP, 9/2/16)
2016        Sep 2, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched a major new survey on independence, saying the Brexit vote had changed the conditions that existed when Scotland voted against secession in 2014.
    (AFP, 9/2/16)
2016        Sep 2, South Korea-based Samsung Electronics said it is halting sales of its Galaxy Note 7 following battery explosions.
    (AP, 9/2/16)
2016        Sep 2, Turkey's Anadolu state-run news agency said one Turkish soldier was killed and six wounded in clashes with Kurdish militants. 20 Kurdish fighters were also reported killed during the clashes in Hakkari province that included Turkish airstrikes.
    (AP, 9/2/16)
2016        Sep 2, Uzbek President Islam Karimov (78) died after suffering a stroke, leaving no obvious successor to take over the Central Asian nation of 32 million people.
    (Reuters, 9/2/16)
2016        Sep 2, In Venezuela scores of people banged pots and pans and jeered Pres. Nicolas Maduro during a visit to inspect state housing projects. Authorities briefly rounded up more than 30 people on Margarita island for heckling Maduro. Some 500 thousand to one million protesters gathered in Caracas calling for a recall referendum on Pres. Maduro.
    (Reuters, 9/3/16)(SSFC, 8/7/16, p.A4)

2017        Sep 2, US Pres. Donald Trump returned to Texas for a 2nd time and visited with some of the victims of Hurricane Harvey. At least 44 deaths were blamed on the storm that damaged at least 156,000 dwellings in Harris County.
    (SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A11)
2017        Sep 2, Astronaut Peggy Whitson (57) returned to Earth late today, wrapping up a record-breaking flight that catapulted her to first place for US space endurance. Her 665 days off the planet, 288 days on this mission alone, exceeds that of any other American and any other woman worldwide.
    (AP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 2, A wildfire on the northwest edge of Los Angeles spread rapidly despite light rainfall, a day after it forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents and triggered the closure of a major highway.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 2, San Francisco’s record heat wave continued for a 2nd day with temperatures reaching 102 degrees. Oakland hit a record of 101 degrees and San Jose hit a record at 107. Eleven high temperature records were broken across the Bay Area. Six deaths were later attributed to the heat wave, three in SF, and three in San Mateo County.
    (SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A9)(SFC, 9/8/17 p.A8)
2017        Sep 2, It was reported that Australia and East Timor have reached a breakthrough agreement on a maritime border, ending a decade-old row between the two nations that has stalled a $40 billion offshore gas project.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 2, In Iraq at least three suicide bombers, disguised as workers, struck a state-run power station north of Baghdad early today, killing seven people and forcing the facility to shut down in an attack claimed by Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)(SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A4)
2017        Sep 2, Italian news agency ANSA said that about 800 Algerians had reached Sardinia aboard smugglers' boats directly from their homeland so far this year. Gov. Francesco Pigliaru has asked Italy's government to work with Algerian authorities to stop the flow.
    (AP, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 2, In Kenya seven teenage schoolgirls died and 10 more were hospitalized after a fire engulfed the Moi Girls School boarding dormitory in Nairobi early today. On Sep 13 a girl (14) was charged with multiple counts of murder for allegedly starting the fire at the Nairobi school dormitory that left nine other schoolgirls dead.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)(AFP, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 2, Lebanon's Hezbollah movement accused US-led forces of stranding a convoy of Islamic State fighters and civilians headed for Syria's Deir Ezzor province under an evacuation deal. Dozens of IS group members and their families have crossed into areas controlled by the extremists despite US threats to bomb the convoy.
    (AFP, 9/2/17)    (AP, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 2, Myanmar’s government said more than 2,600 houses have been burned down in Rohingya-majority areas of the northwest in the last week. The World Food Program (WFP) said it has suspended food aid in the violence-scorched Rakhine state, as the humanitarian situation deteriorates with a surging death toll and tens of thousands Rohingya Muslims and ethnic Buddhists on the move. Nearly 60,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar since last week.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)(AFP, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 2, Myanmar’s military conducted a "clearance operation" at the coastal village of Inn Din, about 50 km (30 miles) north of the state capital Sittwe when "200 Bengali terrorists attacked using sticks and swords." Ten of the attackers were captured and killed by the military after local Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave they had dug.
    (Reuters, 1/10/18)(Reuters, 1/11/18)
2017        Sep 2, In Pakistan two gunmen targeting an ethnic party lawmaker after Eid prayers instead shot down two others, including a child, in the port city of Karachi.
    (AP, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 2, In Russia a biplane flying in an airshow just outside Moscow crashed in front of spectators, killing both people aboard.
    (AP, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 2, Spanish police said they have arrested 14 people, including 12 British nationals, in an operation to bust a drug trafficking ring in a resort town on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.
    (AP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 2, The Syrian army and its allies were fought in Islamic State's last pocket in central Syria.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 2, Vietnam’s government said it has found faults with the central State Bank of Vietnam, including poor supervision of credit organizations and inefficiency in preventing corruption.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)

2018        Sep 2, Sen. John McCain was laid to rest at the US Naval Academy after a five-day procession that served as a final call to arms for a nation he warned could lose its civility and sense of shared purpose.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, In Afghanistan US Army Gen. Austin Scott Miller assumed command of the 41-nation NATO mission in a handover ceremony in Kabul.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, An Afghan official said a foreign pilot and two Afghan soldiers were killed when a helicopter contracted by NATO crashed inside an army base near the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, Brazil's National Museum in Rio de Janeiro caught fire and at least part of its collection of 20 million items was destroyed.
    (AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 2, In central China police detained 46 people who were part of a protest against a government plan to address overcrowded classrooms that escalated into violence in the city of Leiyang, Hunan province.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, China's agriculture ministry said more than 38,000 hogs have been culled as of Sept. 1 due to African swine fever outbreaks.
    (Reuters, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said a Neolithic site has been discovered in Tell el-Samara, about 140 km (87 miles) north of Cairo. Chief archaeologist Frederic Gio said his team found silos containing animal bones and food, indicating human habitation as early as 5,000 BC.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, In India there were nearly 200 confirmed cases of what is locally called rat fever in Kerala state following the worst flooding in a century. The waterborne disease leptospirosis is transmitted via the urine of infected animals, with symptoms including muscle pain and fever.
    (Reuters, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 2, In Indonesia the Asian Games closed in a ceremony emphasizing the country's diversity and the ties linking the 11,000 athletes who competed for 45 nations. The 2-week-long games ended with Indonesia fourth on the medal table behind China (289), Japan (205) and South Korea (177).
    (AP, 9/2/18)(AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 2, Iraqi police used tear gas to disperse around 150 protesters at the main entrance to the giant Nahr Bin Omar oilfield, amid growing unrest in southern cities over poor public services and corruption. Oil exports from Basra account for more than 95 percent of Iraq's state revenues.
    (Reuters, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, In Libya some 400 prisoners escaped from the Ain Zara prison in Tripoli, as fighting between rival militias that has killed dozens of people forced the UN-backed government to declare a state of emergency in and around the capital.
    (AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 2, In central Nigeria gunmen shot dead 11 people in an attack suspected to be part of ongoing communal violence in Lopandet Dwei Du village, Plateau state.
    (AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 2, Philippines's Pres. Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Israel for a four-day visit, the first presidential visit since the countries established diplomatic relations in 1957.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, In the southern Philippines suspected Muslim militants detonated a second bomb in less than a week, killing at least one and wounding 15 in Isulan town, Sultan Kudarat province.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, Thousands of people across Russia protested against a deeply unpopular pension reform despite President Vladimir Putin's announcement of several concessions this week.
    (AFP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, A Russian state-owned television channel began a new weekly current affairs program devoted to President Vladimir Putin. The first episode of "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin." aired this evening, stressing the Russian president's work to address various crises and stay in touch with ordinary Russians.
    (AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 2, In Somalia at least six people were killed, including two children, after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside a district headquarters in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, In Syria at least two military personnel were killed and 11 wounded in overnight explosions caused by suspected Israeli strikes on a military airport on the edge of Damascus. State media later quoted an unnamed Syrian military official as saying the explosions were caused by an electrical malfunction in a munition depot nearby.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, It was reported that Swiss company Climeworks AG has received a $31 million investment to suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in an expensive process that uses high tech filters and fans.
    (SSFC, 9/2/18, p.B14)
2018        Sep 2, Tens of thousands of mourners gathered in Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk to pay their final respects to separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko, while an aide to the Russian president praised him as a "brother" and a "hero".
    (AFP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, In Yemen hundreds of demonstrators protesting against the deteriorating economic situation and weakening currency blocked major roads and burned tires in the southern city of Aden, with shops and government offices closing. The Yemeni rial has lost more than half its value against the US dollar since the start of a civil war in 2015.
    (Reuters, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, A boat carrying at least 150 African migrants capsized off Yemen's southern Shabwa province, killing at least 30 people including five women and children.
    (AP, 9/4/18)

2019        Sep 2, A US envoy said the first 5,000 US troops would leave Afghanistan within five months' time under a deal with the Taliban that has been reached "in principle" but still needs President Donald Trump's approval. Zalmay Khalilzad showed the draft to the Afghan president after declaring that they are "at the threshold of an agreement" on ending America's longest war. Hours later at least 16 people were killed and 119 wounded in a large explosion in Kabul. Five other attackers were killed after the suicide bomber detonated a tractor packed with explosives.
    (AP, 9/2/19)(Reuters, 9/3/19)(SFC, 9/4/19, p.A3)
2019        Sep 2, The United States and Poland signed a joint declaration in belief that suppliers of 5G network equipment should be rigorously evaluated for foreign government control, as Washington pressured allies to exclude China from 5G networks.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, In southern California a search was under way for 34 missing in a pre-dawn fire that sank the Conception commercial diving boat about 20 yards off of Santa Cruz Island. Authorities soon recovered the bodies of 33 people. One remained missing. On  Sept. 11 divers recovered the body of the last missing victim. On Dec 2, 2020, a federal grand jury indicted the captain of the boat on 34 counts of manslaughter.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)(AP, 9/3/19)(AP, 9/4/19)(AP, 9/11/19)(SFC, 12/3/20, p.B1)
2019        Sep 2, In Indiana a flat-bottomed johnboat capsized late today on the White River killing two people and leaving three missing.
    (AP, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 2, Julie Andrews (83), the star of much-loved movies "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music", said she was "blessed" to have had a long, illustrious cinema career as she was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, Argentina's international bonds fell to record lows and its peso got slapped down again after President Mauricio Macri imposed capital controls a day earlier after announcing the government would "re-profile" its debt by extending maturities.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas, peeling off roofs and snapping power lines as rising floodwaters threatened to engulf houses, and forecasters said the storm would creep closer to the US coast, where more than a million people were ordered evacuated.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, A Burkina Faso military court sentenced two generals to 20 and 10 years in jail for masterminding a 2015 coup attempt against the interim government. Gen. Gilbert Diendere was sentenced to 20 years in prison for charges of murder and harming state security and Gen. Djibril Bassole was given a 10-year jail sentence for treason.
    (AP, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, China said it has lodged a complaint against the United States at the World Trade Organization over US import duties.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, In central China a man attacked an elementary school killing at least eight students and wounding two others in Chaoyangpo village, Hubei province.
    (SFC, 9/4/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 2, It was reported that Denmark is spending 11 million kroner ($1.6 million) to buy the country's last four circus elephants to give them a proper retirement as the government moves to ban wild animals in circuses.
    (AP, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, Dubai's ruler issued a directive to curb the pace of new real estate construction projects amid falling demand and property prices.
    (AP, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, French and Iranian experts huddled in Paris as the clock ticked on an end-of-the-week deadline for Europe to come up with a way for Iran to sell its oil despite US sanctions. Russia said it welcomed French efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal as Moscow and Tehran blamed US policies for Middle East tensions.
    (AP, 9/2/19)(AFP, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, France proposed offering Iran credit lines worth about $15 billion until the end of the year in return for Tehran coming fully back into compliance with its 2015 nuclear deal, an offer that hinges on Washington not blocking it.
    (Reuters, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 2, Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze announced his resignation after little more than a year in the job and said the country must not be riven by political divisions that could play into Russia's hands.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, Guatemalan police arrested former presidential candidate Sandra Torres at her home on charges of violating campaign finance rules, just hours before the departure of a UN anti-corruption commission that shook the political class.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, Thousands of Hong Kong university and school students boycotted class and rallied peacefully for democracy, the latest acts of defiance in an anti-government movement that has plunged the Chinese-ruled city into crisis.
    (AP, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, An Iranian woman set herself on fire outside a court in Tehran after being tried for resisting arrest by morality police for trying to enter a football stadium disguised as a male spectator. The woman taken to a local hospital with life-threatening burns. On Sept. 10 state news reported that Sahar Khodayari (29) has died.
    (The Telegraph, 9/4/19)(SFC, 9/11/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 2, Iraq suspended the license of Al Hurra television, a regional network funded by the US Agency for Global Media, after it ran an investigation alleging corruption within the country's religious institutions. In addition to the three-month suspension, Al Hurra was ordered to stop all activities until "they correct their position" and to issue a formal apology.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, Japan's nuclear policy-setting body adopted a report saying the country is entering an era of major nuclear plant decommissioning.
    (SFC, 9/3/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 2, Pakistan granted rare consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian man facing the death penalty after being convicted of spying.
    (AP, 9/2/19)
 2019        Sep 2, Hundreds of Palestinian women held a demonstration in the West Bank to demand an investigation into the death of a 21-year-old woman who many suspect was the victim of a so-called honor killing.
    (AP, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, Russian police detained Lyubov Sobol and Nikolai Lyaskin, who work at opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, and Ilya Azar, a journalist and local politician, and then released them pending hearings.
    (Bloomberg, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 2, In South Africa looting and violence spread across several neighborhoods in the major cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg, after a spate of overnight attacks that appeared to target foreign-owned shops. A pamphlet circulating on social media, attributed to a group called the Sisonke Peoples Forum, encouraged South Africans to chase foreigners out of their communities.
    (AP, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, In Tunisia a national guard chief and three extremists were killed in a clash in the Kef mountains, on the first day of the country's presidential campaign.
    (AP, 9/2/19)

2020        Sep 2, President Trump suggested that people in North Carolina stress-test the security of their elections systems by voting twice. Voting twice is illegal.
    (NY Times, 9/3/20)
2020        Sep 2, President Trump ordered federal agencies in a memo released today to find ways to slash funding to Democrat-run cities roiled by protests against systemic racism in policing, including Portland, Seattle, Washington, and New York.
    (The Week, 9/3/20)
2020        Sep 2, Republican President Donald Trump's re-election campaign sued Steve Bullock, the Democratic governor of Montana, in an attempt to halt an expansion of mail-in voting in the run up to November's election.
    (Reuters, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that senior Chinese diplomats based in the US will now be required to seek permission before meeting with local government officials or visiting university campuses.
    (South China Morning Post, 9/3/20)
2020        Sep 2, The United States said that it will not pay some $80 million it currently owes to the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) and will instead redirect the money to help pay its United Nations bill in New York. The United States currently owes the WHO some $18 million for financial year 2019 and $62 million for financial year 2020.
    (Reuters, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said the warrantless telephone dragnet that secretly collected millions of Americans’ telephone records violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and may well have been unconstitutional. This came seven years after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the mass surveillance of Americans’ telephone records.
    (Reuters, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the US government debt will exceed the size of the economy in the 2021 federal fiscal year for the first time since WW II.
    (AP, 9/3/20)
2020        Sep 2, In Washington DC a police officer, who has not been publicly identified, shot Deon Kay (18), an armed Black teenager, to death in the city’s Southeast section. Officers were called to the area because of a report of a man with a gun.
    (NBC News, 9/4/20)
2020        Sep 2, A police officer in San Leandro, California, was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a Black man wielding a baseball bat inside a Walmart. Officer Jason Fletcher shot and killed 33-year-old Steven Demarco Taylor on April 18.
    (CBS News, 9/3/20)
2020          Sep 2, California to date had 718,340 cases of coronavirus and 13,233 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 87,657 cases and 1,162 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 6,111,485 with the death toll at 185,669.
    (, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, A Mississippi commission voted to recommend new state flag featuring a magnolia to replace an old one seen as racist. Voters in November will make the final decision.
    (SFC, 9/3/20, p.A4)
2020        Sep 2, In New Jersey Karim Elkorany (37), who worked as a telecommunications specialist in Iraq, was arrested on two counts of making false statements to the FBI. The former UN official was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting several women.
    (AP, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, In New Jersey Princeton Univ. Pres. Christopher Eisgruber issued an open letter admitting that the school's educational system is and for decades has been racist.
    (SSFC, 9/20/20, p.A8)
2020        Sep 2, The family of Daniel Prude (41), a Black man from Rochester, N.Y., released graphic footage from a March incident in which officers placed a hood on him and pressed his face into the ground for two minutes. Prude died March 30 after he was taken off life support, seven days after the encounter with police in Rochester. Dozens of protesters gathered in the streets of Rochester after body camera footage became public.
    (NY Times, 9/3/20)(AP, 9/3/20)(The Week, 9/3/20)
2020        Sep 2, Ford Motor Co said it is targeting the elimination of 1,400 US salaried jobs by year end as part of a multiyear $11 billion restructuring.
    (Reuters, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, United Airlines said it is preparing to furlough 16,370 workers on Oct. 1 as the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the airline industry.
    (Reuters, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, Australia's Victoria state extended its state of emergency for another six months as it reported 90 new coronavirus cases and six deaths over the last 24 hours.
    (SFC, 9/3/20, p.A6)
2020        Sep 2, The British government re-imposed local COVID-19 restrictions on parts of the Greater Manchester area in northern England, just as they were being lifted, the latest in a series of abrupt reversals.
    (Reuters, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, In Belarus dozens of journalists gathered outside a police station in Minsk to protest the detention of colleagues covering a demonstration against the nation's authoritarian president and an election the opposition sees as rigged.
    (AP, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, In Cambodia Kaing Guek Eav (77), the former schoolteacher known as Duch who became the most notorious killer during the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror in the 1970s, died at a hospital in Phnom Penh.
    (NY Times, 9/2/20)(Econ., 9/12/20, p.78)
2020        Sep 2, It was reported that Congo is seeing an upsurge in cases of the plague, as the vast Central African nation also battles outbreaks of COVID-19 and Ebola. Since June, Congo has recorded at least 65 cases of the plague, including at least 10 deaths, in the eastern Ituri province.
    (AP, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, Egypt's Interior Ministry said local police have killed at least seven suspected criminals in separate firefights in the southern province of Aswan. The ministry did not elaborate on when the shootouts took place.
    (AP, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, French President Emmanuel Macron met Iraqi leaders on his first visit to Baghdad where he stressed the war-scarred country must assert its "sovereignty" despite being caught up in US-Iran tensions.
    (AFP, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, French drugmaker Sanofi and Britain's GlaxoSmithKline said they had started a clinical trial of their protein-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate, and aimed to reach the final testing stage by December.
    (Reuters, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, The German government said Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the same type of Soviet-era nerve agent that British authorities identified in a 2018 attack on a former Russian spy.
    (AP, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, Israel recorded a record-high 3,000 new cases in a day as the country’s coronavirus czar is set to submit a list of more detailed recommended restrictions where infection rates have been highest.
    (AP, 9/3/20)
2020        Sep 2, A livestock ship carrying 42 crew members sank during rough weather off a southern Japanese island. One Filipino crew member was rescued. The 11,947-ton Gulf Livestock 1 ship was carrying 5,800 cows west of Amami Oshima in the East China Sea when it sent a distress call early today in seas roughened by Typhoon Maysak.
    (AP, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, The top UN official for Libya warned that the coronavirus pandemic in the war-ravaged country appears to be “spiraling out of control".
    (AP, 9/3/20)
2020        Sep 2, LGBT rights activist Mireya Rodríguez Lemus was found dead in her home in the Chihuahua town of Aquiles Serdan. Official identification of the body was not made until Sept. 8. She was at least the seventh rights activist killed in Mexico so far in 2020.
    (AP, 9/10/20)
2020        Sep 2, Saudi Arabia announced that flights to and from the United Arab Emirates “from all countries" will now be able to use its airspace — a statement apparently allowing flyovers by Israel following a deal to normalize UAE-Israel relations.
    (AP, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, Singapore health authorities said they have detected new COVID-19 clusters at foreign worker dormitories previously found to be clear of the infection, highlighting the challenge in containing the spread of the highly infectious virus.
    (Reuters, 9/3/20)
2020        Sep 2, A Spanish court ordered the heirs of Gen. Francisco Franco to hand over to the state a 19th-century palace used by the late dictator as a summer retreat.
    (AP, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, Syrian state media said air defenses opened fire late today on missiles launched by Israeli warplanes at a military airbase in the central province of Homs, shooting down some of them.
    (AP, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, Tunisian lawmakers approved Hichem Mechichi as the country's new prime minister after pressing him for 11 hours over how he will bring the country out of an economic and social crisis that has driven a rise in migration to Europe and been worsened by the virus pandemic.
    (AP, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, Turkey's health ministry said the country is experiencing a second peak of the first wave of the coronavirus. More than 273,000 people have tested positive and 6,462 have died.
    (SFC, 9/3/20, p.A6)
2020        Sep 2, Ukraine registered a record 2,495 new coronavirus cases and 51 related deaths in the past 24 hours. The country has so far reported a total of 125,798 infections and 2,656 deaths.
    (Reuters, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, The United Arab Emirates recorded over 700 new coronavirus infections, its highest daily increase in more than three months. The UAE has recorded 71,540 infections and 387 deaths from COVID-19.
    (AP, 9/2/20)

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