Today in History - September 7
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0070 Sep 7,
The Roman army under Titus occupied and plundered Jerusalem.
1151 Sep 7, Geoffrey
Plantagenet, earl of Anjou and duke of Normandy, died at 38.
1497 Sep 7, Sailor Perkin
Warbeck became [briefly] England’s King Richard I.
1533 Sep 7, Elizabeth I, Queen
of England, was born in Greenwich. She led her country during the
exploration of the New World and war with Spain which destroyed the
Spanish Armada. Elizabeth Tudor (d.1603), the daughter of Henry VIII
and Anne Boleyn, reigned as Queen of England from 1558 to 1603. She
went bald at age 29 due to smallpox.
(WUD, 1994, p.463)(SFC,10/18/97, p.E4)(AP,
9/7/97)(HN, 9/7/98)(MC, 9/7/01)
1566 Sep 7, Suleiman I
(b.1494), Great Law Giver and sultan of Turkey (1520-66), died at
Szigetvar, Hungary, as his troops besieged a fortress defended by
Croatian-Hungarian nobleman Miklos Zrinyi. Suleiman’s great empire
began a gradual decline under his slothful son, Selim II. Suleiman
the Magnificent, during his reign, had commissioned the architect
Sinan to build the Suleymanye, perhaps the finest mosque ever
(TL-MB, 1988, p.21)(WSJ, 4/29/99, p.A24)(SFC,
1599 Sep 7, Earl of Essex and
Irish rebel Tyrone signed a treaty.
1630 Sep 7, The Massachusetts
town of Trimontaine (Shawmut), was renamed Boston, and became the
state capital. It was named after a town of the same name in
1635 Sep 7, Pal Esterhazy,
composer, was born.
1701 Sep 7, England, Austria,
and the Netherlands formed an Alliance against France.
1707 Sep 7, George-Louis
Leclerc (d.1788), Comte de Buffon, French naturalist and theoretical
biologist. He commented on the origins of marine invertebrate
fossils in the hills of France. He also wrote a 35 volume work
titled “Histoire Naturelle, Generale, et Particuliere," that was an
attempt to record all that was known of the world of nature.
(DD-EVTT, p.114)(WSJ, 8/28/97, p.A12)(MC, 9/7/01)
1714 Sep 7, In Baden,
Switzerland, Charles VI signed the Treaty of Baden, also called the
Peace of Baden, on behalf of the Holy Roman Empire. It was one of
the agreements that concluded the War of the Spanish Succession.
1726 Sep 7, Francois-Andre
Danican Philidor, French composer and chess champion, was born.
1739 Sep 7, Joseph Legros,
composer, was born.
1778 Sep 7, Shawnee Indians
attacked and laid siege to Boonesborough, Kentucky.
1887 Sep 7, Dame Edith Sitwell
(d.1964), English poet, was born.
1800 Sep 7, The NYC Zion AME
Church was dedicated.
1807 Sep 7, Denmark surrendered
to British forces that had bombarded the city of Copenhagen for four
1809 Sep 7, Rama I (b.1737),
King Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, died. He founded the Chakri
dynasty and established Bangkok as the capital of Siam, as Thailand
was known, in 1782. He ruled for 27 years and is best known for
repelling the last major Burmese attack on Siam, known as the Nine
Armies' Wars, from 1785 to 1786.
1812 Sep 7, On the road to
Moscow, Napoleon won a costly victory over the Russians under
Kutuzov at Borodino. This was the greatest mass slaughter in the
history of warfare until the Battle of the Somme in 1916. In 2004
Adam Zamoyski authored “Napoleon’s Fatal March on Moscow.”
(HN, 9/7/98)(Econ, 4/17/04, p.81)
1813 Sep 7, The earliest known
printed reference to the United States by the nickname “Uncle Sam”
occurred in the Troy Post. [see Oct, 1814]
1822 Sep 7, Brazil declared its
independence from Portugal.
1825 Sep 7, The Marquis de
Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution, bade farewell
to President John Quincy Adams at the White House.
1845 Sep 7, Isabella Colbran,
wife of Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini, died.
1860 Sep 7, Anna Mary Robertson
Moses (d.1961), American folk painter, was born in Greenwich, NY.
She began painting at the age of 78. She won worldwide fame in the
1950s with her paintings of rural American farm life.
1860 Sep 7, Edith Sitwell,
poet, was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England.
1860 Sep 7, The Excursion
steamer "Lady Elgin" sank and drowned 340 people in Lake Michigan.
1864 Sep 7, Union General Phil
Sheridan’s troops skirmished with the Confederates under Jubal Early
outside Winchester, Virginia.
1867 Sep 7, President Andrew
Johnson extended amnesty to all but a few of the leaders of the
1876 Sep 7, The James and
Younger gang botched an attempt to rob the First National Bank of
Northfield, Minn. Joseph Heywood, the bank teller, was shot and
killed when he refused to open the safe. The 3 Younger brothers,
Cole, Bob and Jim, were captured 2 weeks later in a swamp near
Madelia. 3 others were killed. Photos of all 6 were taken at the
time and identified by Cole Younger, who wrote the names on the
pictures. The pictures sold at auction in 1999 for $39,100. The raid
was reenacted in 1948 and became a regular event in 1970.
(HN, 9/7/98)(WSJ, 10/29/99, p.W16)(WSJ, 9/6/01,
p.A20)(MT, Summer 02, p.22)
1888 Sep 7, The 1st US
incubator was used on a premature infant, Edith Eleanor McLean. It
was built by Dr. William Champion Deming at the State Emigrant
Hospital, Ward's Island, NY.
1892 Sep 7, In New Orleans the
1st heavyweight-title boxing match, fought with gloves under the
rules of the Marquis of Queensbury [Queensberry], aka John S.
Douglas, ended when James J. Corbett (1866-1933) knocked out John L.
Sullivan (1858-1918) in the 21st round. In 1891 Corbett had
fought Peter Jackson to a draw after 61 rounds. Corbett lost his
title to Robert Fitzsimmons in 1897.
1892 Sep 7, John G. Whittier,
US poet and secretary of the Anti-Slavery Society, died.
1893 Sep 7, The Rhine river was
officially closed for bathing. It had been determined the Rhine was
infected with cholera.
1900 Sep 7, Taylor Caldwell,
novelist, was born.
1901 Sep 7, The Peace of Peking
(Beijing) ended the Boxer Rebellion in China.
1907 Sep 7, The British liner
RMS Lusitania set out on its maiden voyage, from Liverpool, England,
to New York, arriving six days later. The Lusitania was sunk by a
German submarine in 1915.
1908 Sep 7, Michael E. DeBakey,
heart surgery pioneer, was born in Lake Charles, La.
1909 Sep 7, Elia Kazan (d.2003)
was born as Alia Kazanjoglous in Constantinople to Anatolian Greek
parents. Kazan became a producer, screenwriter and director who won
directing Oscars for "Gentleman’s Agreement" and "On the
(HN, 9/7/98)(AP, 9/29/03)(SFC, 9/29/03, p.A18)
1912 Sep 7, French aviator
Roland Garros set an altitude record of 13,200 feet.
1914 Sep 7, James Alfred Van
Allen (d.2006), physicist, was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. In 1958
he discovered the two radiation belts surrounding the Earth, which
were named after him.
(HN, 9/7/98)(SFC, 8/10/06, p.B7)
1914 Sep 7, In the Battle of
Marne French Gen. Gallieni commandeered some 600 hundred Paris
taxicabs to deliver overnight 6,000 men of the 3rd army to reinforce
the 6th Army at the Battle of the Marne, which allowed the French
army to hold.
(ON, 8/08, p.5)
1915 Sep 7, John Gruelle
patented his Raggedy Ann doll.
1916 Sep 7, The U.S. Congress
passed the Workman’s Compensation Act.
1922 Sep 7, Dr. William Halsted
(b.1852), an American surgeon, died. He had emphasized strict
aseptic technique during surgical procedures, was an early champion
of newly discovered anesthetics, and introduced several new
operations, including the radical mastectomy for breast cancer.
Halsted had experimented with cocaine and injected himself with the
drug. Throughout his professional life, he was addicted to cocaine
and later also to morphine.
1922 Sep 7, Thomas
Cobden-Sanderson (b.1840), English printer and bookbinder, died. He
and Emery Walker had formed a printing partnership in 1900 and
created the Doves typeface. The partnership went sour and between
1913-1917 Cobden-Sanderson dropped a ton of the metal typeface into
the Thames to keep it out of the hands of Walker. In 2003 Marianne
Todcombe authored “The Doves Press.”
1924 Sep 7, Daniel Ken Inouye,
(Sen-D Hawaii, 1963- ), was born.
1927 Sep 7, American television
pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth (21) succeeded in transmitting an image
through purely electronic means by using a device called an image
dissector. When Philo T. Farnsworth was 13, he envisioned a
contraption that would receive an image transmitted from a remote
location—the television. Farnsworth submitted a patent in January
1927, when he was 19, and began building and testing his invention
that summer. He used an "image dissector" (the first television
camera tube) to convert the image into a current, and an "image
oscillite" (picture tube) to receive it. On this day his tests bore
fruit. When the simple image of a straight line was placed between
the image dissector and a carbon arc lamp, it showed up clearly on
the receiver in another room. His first tele-electronic image was
transmitted on a glass slide in his SF lab at 202 Green St. The New
York World’s Fair showcased the television in April 1939, and soon
afterward, the first televisions went on sale to the public.
(AP, 9/7/97)(HNPD, 9/7/98)(SFEC, 8/18/96, BR p.3)
1930 Sep 7, Sonny Rollins,
saxophonist, was born.
1934 Sep 7-8, The luxury liner
"Morro Castle," enroute from Havana to NYC, caught fire and ran
aground at Asbury Park, NJ. 134 people were killed. [see Sep 8]
1936 Sep 7, Rock legend Buddy
Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas.
1936 Sep 7, Some 60,000 workers
marched in the San Francisco Labor Day parade as some 250,000
(SSFC, 9/4/11, DB p.50)
1940 Sep 7, Nazi Germany began
its initial blitz on London during the World War II Battle of
Britain. The German Luftwaffe blitzed London for the 1st of 57
consecutive nights. Nazi Germany launched the aerial bombing of
London that Adolf Hitler believed would soften Britain for an
invasion. The invasion, "Operation Sea Lion," never materialized.
The Luftwaffe lost 41 bombers over England. The blitz only
strengthened Britain's resistance. The defense of London was for the
Royal Air Force what Churchill called "their finest hour."
(AP, 9/7/97)(HN, 9/7/98)
1942 Sep 7, The Red Army pushed
back the German line northwest of Stalingrad. The Krummer Lauf
allowed German infantry and motorized artillery units to actually
fire around corners.
1943 Sep 7, Fire in a decrepit
old Gulf Hotel killed 45 in Houston, Texas.
1944 Sep 7, Nazi SS-General
Kurt ("Panzer") Meyer took Durnal, Belgium.
1947 Sep 7, Battles took place
between Hindus and Moslems in New Delhi.
1952 Sep 7, The 369-foot
passenger liner Princess Kathleen, launched in 1924, ran aground and
sank near Juneau, Alaska. There was no loss of life.
1952 Sep 7, General Mohammad
Naguib (1901-1984) formed an Egyptian government and became premier.
Naguib served as Egypt’s 1st president. He was dismissed in Nov,
1954 Sep 7-8, Integration of
public schools began in Washington DC and Maryland.
1957 Sep 7, The original
version of the animated NBC peacock logo, used to denote pro-grams
"brought to you in living color," made its debut at the beginning of
"Your Hit Parade."
1963 Sep 7, The Beatles made
their 1st US TV appearance on ABC’s Big Night Out.
1963 Sep 7, American Bandstand
moved to California and aired once a week on Saturday.
1963 Sep 7, The National
Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, Ohio.
1967 Sep 7, The situation
comedy "The Flying Nun," starring Sally Field as a nun who finds
that she can fly, debuted on ABC.
1968 Sep 6, Feminists
protesting outside the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.,
tossed articles including cosmetics, girdles and bras into a trash
can ostensibly for burning, al-though nothing was actually set on
fire. Miss Illinois Judith Ford won the pageant.
1969 Sep 7, Senate Republican
leader Everett McKinley Dirksen (b.1896) of Illinois, ("The Wizard
of Ooze") died at 73 in Washington, D.C.
1970 Sep 7, Donald Boyles set a
record for the highest parachute jump from a bridge by leaping off
of 1,053 ft Royal George Bridge in Colorado.
1972 Sep 7, Pres. Nixon said
that he wanted Ted Kennedy covered by a Secret Service spy because
he saw him as a political threat.
(SFC, 2/8/97, p.A3)
1972 Sep 7, The Commissioner of
Indian Affairs in a memorandum extended federal recognition to the
Chippewa tribe of Sault Ste. Marie in Northern Michigan. The meaning
of this federal recognition was further clarified in a memorandum by
the Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs on February 27, 1974.
1974 Sep 7, The musical "Irene"
closed at Minskoff Theater NYC after 605 performances.
1975 Sep 7, The NBC drama “The
Family Holvak” featured Glenn Ford (1916-2006). The show aired for
the last time on Dec 28.
1977 Sep 7, Pres. Carter and
Gen'l. Torrijos signed the Panama Canal treaties (the
Torrijos-Carter Treaties) in Washington, DC. The 2 treaties
abrogated the Hay-Bunau Varilla Treaty of 1903 and called for the US
to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama. The US
Southern Command was scheduled to withdraw to new Miami headquarters
by the end of 1999. The US agreed to clean up its bases before
turning them over. The deal was negotiated by Sol Linowitz (d.2005).
(AP, 9/7/97)(WSJ, 3/21/05,
1977 Sep 7, Convicted Watergate
conspirator G. Gordon Liddy was released from prison after more than
1978 Sep 7, Keith Moon
(b.1946), English drummer for "The Who" rock group, died of drug OD
1978 Sep 7, Sri Lanka’s new
constitution went into effect. The new Constitution provided for a
unicameral Parliament with legislative power and an Executive
1979 Sep 7, The Entertainment
and Sports Programming Network, ESPN, made its cable TV debut. In
1984 it was bought by ABC, which was in turn bought by Disney in
(AP, 9/7/97)(Econ, 8/2/08, SR p.5)
1979 Sep 7, The Chrysler
Corporation petitioned the United States government for $1.5 billion
in loan guarantees to avoid bankruptcy.
1979 Sep 7, The Karoo National
Park in South Africa was proclaimed. It officially opened on
(Nat. Hist., 3/96,
1980 Sep 7, The 32nd Emmy
Awards were held. Winners included Taxi, Lou Grant, Ed Asner and
Barbara Bel Geddes.
1983 Sep 7, Irish people voted
in a referendum to amend the constitution to make abortion illegal.
The 8th amendment, banning abortion, was signed into law on Oct 7,
(http://tinyurl.com/cqtafxh)(Econ, 8/23/14, p.52)
1986 Sep 7, In Chile Gen’l.
Pinochet narrowly survived an assassination attempt involving 70
terrorists. 5 of his escorts were murdered.
(WSJ, 10/30/98, p.A19)(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A3)
1986 Sep 7, Desmond Tutu was
installed as the Anglican archbishop of Capetown, the first black to
lead the Anglican Church in southern Africa.
1987 Sep. 7, The Rev. Jesse
Jackson declared his candidacy for the Democratic presidential
1987 Sep 7, Erich Honecker
became the first East German head of state to visit West Ger-many as
he arrived for a five-day visit.
1988 Sep 7, Vice President
George Bush startled an American Legion audience in Louisville, Ky.,
by referring to Sept. 7 as "Pearl Harbor Day," which is actually
Dec. 7. Realizing his mis-take, Bush said, "Did I say Sept. 7? Sorry
1988 Sep 7, The Security &
Exchange Commission accused Drexel of violating security laws.
1988 Sep 7, Seymour (62) and
Arlene (54) Tankleff were bludgeoned to death in their Long Island
home. Their adopted son, Martin Tankleff (17), initially confessed
to the crime after a detective falsely told him the father had
implicated him. Martin quickly withdrew the confession, but was
sentenced to 50 years following one of the nation’s first televised
trials. In 2007 he was released after detectives turned up witnesses
that implicated a business partner of his father.
1989 Sep 7, The US Senate voted
76-8 to approve the Americans with Disabilities Act, forbid-ding
discrimination in employment, public accommodations, transportation
1989 Sep 7, In San Francisco a
robbery by 2 bandits took place at the BofA headquarters. A Brink’s
guard was killed and another wounded along with a passer-by. The
bandits escaped on mountain bikes with undisclosed sums that were
later believed to be bearer bonds.
(SFEC, 6/25/00, Z1 p.3)
1990 Sep 7, President Bush left
for his one-day Finland summit with Soviet President Mikhail S.
1990 Sep 7, Kimberly Bergalis
of Fort Pierce, Florida, came forward to identify herself as the
young woman who had been infected with AIDS, apparently by her late
dentist. Bergalis died the following year.
1990 Sep 7, A.J.P. Taylor
(b.1906), English historian, died in London. He specialized in 19th-
and 20th-century European diplomacy. His work included the
best-selling biography of Bismarck, titled “Bismarck: The Man and
the Statesman” (1955) and “The Origins of the Second World War”
(1961). His book: "From the Boer War to the Cold War: Essays on
Twentieth Century Europe," was published in 1995 and reviewed by Max
1991 Sep 7, Monica Seles won
the U.S. Open in New York, defeating Martina Navratilova 7-6, 6-1.
1991 Sep 7, The European
Community opened a peace conference in the Netherlands aimed at
bringing peace to Yugoslavia.
1992 Sep 7, Baseball
Commissioner Fay Vincent resigned, four days after a no-confidence
vote by club owners.
1992 Sep 7, Troops in South
Africa fired on African National Congress supporters near the
Transkei homeland, killing 28 and wounding 200. 29 ANC protestors
were killed in the Bisho massacre by troops of the homeland of
Ciskei. Major General Marius Oelschig radioed the “open fire”
command. He said that he was convinced by officers on the seen that
they were un-der danger of imminent attack.
(WSJ, 9/10/96, p.A1)(SFC, 9/12/96, p.A14)(AP,
1993 Sep 7, President Clinton
put forth an ambitious plan to "reinvent government" by reducing the
1993 Sep 7, Dr. Joycelyn Elders
was confirmed by the Senate to be surgeon general.
1993 Sep 7, Two white laborers
were convicted in West Palm Beach, Fla., of burning a black tourist
from New York; both were later sentenced to life in prison.
1993 Sep 7, Hall Bartlett
(b.1922), US director, writer and producer, died. His film
productions included “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” (1973).
1994 Sep 7, U.S. Marines began
training on a Puerto Rican island amid talk in Washington of a
U.S.-led intervention in Haiti.
1994 Sep 7, After a brief
meeting, the United States and Cuba temporarily suspended talks on
stemming the Cuban refugee exodus.
1994 Sep 7, James Clavell
(b.1924), Australian-born author and director (King Rat, Shogun),
died in Switzerland.
1995 Sep 7, After 27 years in
the Senate, Bob Packwood (Republican, Oregon) announced he would
resign, heading off a vote by colleagues to expel him for
allegations of sexual and official misconduct.
1995 Sep 7, John F. Kennedy Jr.
unveiled his new "George" magazine.
1995 Sep 7, The space shuttle
“Endeavour” thundered into orbit with five astronauts on a mission
to release and recapture a pair of science satellites.
1996 Sep 7, Isabel Correa
became the 40th person known to have died in the presence of Dr.
Jack Kevorkian, less than a day after police burst into a Michigan
motel room, interrupting a meeting between her and Kevorkian.
1996 Sep. 7, Rapper Tupac
Shakur was shot on the Las Vegas Strip; he died six days later.
1996 Sep 7, Emergency food from
the World Food Program reached Tubmanburg, Liberia, where half the
35,000 population suffered from extreme hunger.
(SFC, 9/9/96, p.A11)
1997 Sep 7, The US F-22 Raptor
stealth fighter took its first flight from Dobbins Air Reserve Base
north of Atlanta, Ga. The plane was estimated to cost $100 million.
(SFC, 9/8/97, p.A8)
1997 Sep 7, This was the
scheduled date for Israel’s departure from the West Bank,
except for Jewish settlements and certain military locations
according to a peace accord negotiated be-tween Arafat and Rabin on
Sep 24, 1995.
(SFC, 1/9/96, p.A10)
1997 Sep 7, Mobuto Sese Seko
(66), former dictator of Zaire, later Congo, died of prostate cancer
in exile in Rabat, Morocco. Mobutu began his career in the Belgian
Congolese army, rising to the highest rank available to Africans,
sergeant-major. However, after leaving the army in 1956, he began to
be involved with the independence movement, representing the
nationalists at some negotiations. Five years after independence, in
1965, Mobutu, then commander in chief of the army, exploited a power
struggle in the young government by assuming the presidency in a
coup. Mobutu managed to stay in power over the following decades
despite uprisings, coup attempts and Angola-backed rebels. In the
early 1970s, he began to Africanize names in the country, most
notably changing the name of the country from the Democratic
Re-public of the Congo to the Republic of Zaire and his own name
from Joseph-Désiré Mobutu to Mobutu Sese Seko Koko Ngbendu Wa Za
Banga (which means “The all-powerful warrior who, because of his
endurance and inflexible will to win, will go from conquest to
conquest, leaving fire in his wake”). The end of the Cold War meant
that, in 1991, Mobutu could no longer hold the same dictatorial
control he had held over the country nor keep his party, the MPR, as
the only legal political entity. With the beginnings of a multiparty
system and a lack of Western finance, Mobutu released control of the
government to the rebel leader Laurent Kabila in May 1997. Kabila‘s
rebels—backed by Rwanda and Uganda—had been gaining ground over the
past seven months. Mobutu died in exile several months later. In
2001 Michela Wrong authored “”In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living
on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu’s Congo.”
(SFC, 9/8/97, p.A8)(AP, 9/7/98)(HNQ,
2/15/01)(WSJ, 4/27/01, p.W10)
1997 Sep 7, In the disputed
Kashmir region Indian and Pakistani gunners exchanged artillery fire
and 14 villagers on the Pakistani side were reported killed and 5
were reported killed on the Indian side.
(WSJ, 9/8/97, p.A16)
1998 Sep 7, In baseball the St.
Louis Cardinal’s Mark McGwire hit his 61st home run at Busch Stadium
in St. Louis against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning. This tied
the 1961 record held by Roger Maris.
(SFC, 9/8/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 7, In Atlanta the
4-day Million Youth Movement ended with a march of less than 10,000
(SFC, 9/8/98, p.A3)
1998 Sep 7, Disneyland’s new
Tomorrowland was scheduled to open this Memorial Day in Anaheim,
Ca., with whirling orbs and speeding starships.
(SFC, 7/14/96, p.T3)
1998 Sep 7, In Colorado 6
people were found shot to death at 3 locations in Aurora. Two
teenagers killed 5 people and then one of the teens killed the
(SFC, 9/8/98, p.A3)(SFC, 9/9/98, p.A3)
1998 Sep 7, At the New York
State Fair in Syracuse two people were killed during a heavy storm.
Gov. George Pataki declared a disaster emergency in 9 counties.
(SFC, 9/8/98, p.A2)
1998 Sep 7, It was reported
that 20 million Bangladeshis had their homes swamped by monsoon
flood that lasted 2 months. Over 700 people were reported killed.
(SFC, 9/7/98, p.A9)
1998 Sep 7, In Phnom Penh,
Cambodia, Hun Sen ordered the arrests of his opponents and at least
one person was killed as police fired into a crowd of protestors.
(SFC, 9/8/98, p.A8)
1998 Sep 7, In Indonesia
students rallied in Jakarta and demanded that Pres. Habibie quit.
Rioters in Kebumen attacked ethnic Chinese shops and homes.
(WSJ, 9/8/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 7, In Kenya the
Central Bank took closed the Reliance Bank due to insufficient
de-posits. Five businessmen and 4 officials were charged with fraud.
(WSJ, 9/21/98, p.A22)
1998 Sep 7, In Malaysia the
market index rose 22.5%.
(WSJ, 9/8/98, p.A14)
1998 Sep 7, Russian lawmakers
rejected Boris Yeltsin's candidate for prime minister, Viktor
Chernomyrdin, for a second time, throwing the country into even
deeper political turmoil.
(SFC, 9/8/98, p.A1)(AP, 9/7/99)
1998 Sep 7, A summit in
Zimbabwe was scheduled to create conditions for a cease-fire in
Congo. A half dozen nations gathered to fashion a draft initiative
(SFEC, 9/6/98, p.A11)(SFC, 9/8/98, p.A8)
1999 Sep 7, Henry Cisneros,
former housing secretary for Pres. Clinton, pleaded guilty to a
misdemeanor count of lying to the FBI on payments to a former
mistress. He acknowledged payment of $250k. His investigation took 4
years and cost $10 million.
(SFC, 9/8/99, p.A3)
1999 Sep 7, The US threatened
the withdrawal of financial aid to Indonesia if violence in East
Timor was not curtailed.
(SFC, 9/8/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 7, In NY twelve Puerto
Rican prisoners agreed to accept Pres. Clinton's offer of
conditional amnesty. The House of Rep. Later condemned the offer in
a symbolic vote of 311-41.
(SFC, 9/8/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 9/10/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 7, Viacom Inc.
announced the acquisition of CBS Corp. for some $36 billion in
stock. It was the richest media merger in history.
(WSJ, 9/8/99, p.A1)(AP, 9/7/00)
1999 Sep 7, In Cambodia the
military court charged Ta Mok, a former Khmer Rouge guerrilla chief,
(SFC, 9/8/99, p.A15)
1999 Sep 7, In Egypt police
shot and killed 4 suspected Islamic militants including Farid
Kid-wan, leader of al-Gamaa al-Islamiya.
(SFC, 9/8/99, p.A14)
1999 Sep 7, In Greece a 5.9
earthquake hit Athens and 64 people were killed, 650 injured and 50
missing. The death toll later reached 143.
(SFC, 9/8/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/9/99, p.A1)(WSJ,
9/16/99, p.A1)(AP, 9/7/00)
1999 Sep 7, Indonesia imposed
martial law in East Timor, promising to crack down on ram-paging
pro-Indonesian militias after the territory’s vote for independence.
1999 Sep 7, In Vietnam
Madeleine Albright commissioned the new US consulate in Ho Chi Minh
(WSJ, 9/8/99, p.A1)
2000 Sep 7, In SF a US District
Judge ruled that federal authorities cannot strip doctors of their
license to prescribe medicine if the physicians advise their
patients to use marijuana.
(SFC, 9/8/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 7, A jury in Coeur
D'Alene, Idaho, awarded $6.3 million to a woman and her son who were
attacked by Aryan Nations guards outside the white supremacist
group's north Idaho headquarters.
2000 Sep 7, Scientists reported
that the ozone layer over Antarctica had grown to 11 million square
(SFC, 9/8/00, p.A7)
2000 Sep 7, In Chechnya 4
Russian soldiers were killed during a rebel ambush in Grozny.
(SFC, 9/9/00, p.A12)
2000 Sep 7, The UN Security
Council approved an organizational overhaul of UN peacekeeping.
(SFC, 9/8/00, p.A12)
2000 Sep 7, In France taxi
drivers began “Operation Escargot,” driving into cities at a snails
pace, to protest gasoline prices.
(SFC, 9/8/00, p.A14)
2000 Sep 7, In West Timor 20
people were reported killed in the village of Betun in another
rampage by militiamen.
(SFC, 9/9/00, p.A1)
2001 Sep 7, The final “Mister
Rogers’ Neighborhood” TV show aired as Fred Rogers (72) re-tired.
(SFC, 8/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 7, Venus Williams and
Serena Williams reached the finals of the U.S. Open, be-coming the
first sisters to play for a Grand Slam championship in more than 100
2001 Sep 7, The White House
budget chief warned top congressional Republicans the Social
Security surplus was on track to be tapped for other programs,
prompting a hastily called meeting to discuss ways of avoiding that
politically perilous scenario.
2001 Sep 7, The US State Dept.
issued a memo that warned Americans “may be the target of a
(SFC, 9/14/01, p.A13)
2001 Sep 7, The US jobless rate
for August was reported with a rise of .4%. The DJIA fell 235 to
9,605. The Nasdaq ended at 1,687.
(SFC, 9/8/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 7, In Miami 13 current
and former police officers were indicted for planting evidence,
coverups and multiple cases of misconduct from the mid 1990s. More
indictments were expected.
(SFC, 9/8/01, p.A3)
2001 Sep 7, Fabio Ochoa, former
leader of the Medellin cartel, was extradited from Colombia to the
US to stand trial for shipping cocaine to the US.
(SFC, 9/8/01, p.A8)
2001 Sep 7, Australia
intercepted a boat with 200 migrants and put them on the same ship
taking 433 Afghans to Papua New Guinea.
(SSFC, 9/9/01, p.A15)
2001 Sep 7, In Gaza City Yasser
Arafat was reported to be in discussions with Hamas on a
(SFC, 9/8/01, p.A8)
2001 Sep 7, In Nigeria violence
between Christians and Muslims erupted in Jos. Pres. Obasanjo called
out the military the next day with dozens dead. Thousands fled the
area and at least 70 people were killed.
(SSFC, 9/9/01, p.A18)(WSJ, 9/10/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 7, In South Africa the
UN Conference on Racism went into overtime and agreed on a deal. The
conference acknowledged that slavery and the salve trade were crimes
against humanity, expressed an apology and offered a package of
economic assistance to Africa. A deal on the Middle East was not yet
(SFC, 9/8/01, p.A8)
2002 Sep 7, Serena Williams
easily beat Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3 to win the U.S. Open and a third
straight Grand Slam title.
2002 Sep 7, Pres. Bush met with
British PM Tony Blair at Camp David, Md., to work out a strategy for
taking action against Iraq's Saddam Hussein. They said the world had
to act against Saddam Hussein, arguing that the Iraqi leader had
defied the United Nations and reneged on promises to destroy weapons
of mass destruction.
(SSFC, 9/8/02, p.A3)(AP, 9/6/03)
2002 Sep 7, U.S. Navy fighter
jets dropped dummy bombs and inert missiles on Vieques in military
exercises that have divided this outlying Puerto Rican island for
2002 Sep 7, Uzi Gal (79), the
German-born inventor of Israel's Uzi submachine gun, died in
Philadelphia of a long illness. [see 1954]
(AP, 9/9/02)(SFC, 9/10/02, p.A16)
2002 Sep 7, In Paris over 6,000
people marched through to demand residency permits for France's
illegal immigrants in the largest of a series of recent rallies.
2002 Sep 7, Indonesian
officials say 35 deportees from Malaysia have died at sprawling
makeshift camps in Borneo as they await the arrival of a navy vessel
bringing medical help.
2002 Sep 7, In Nepal over one
thousand Maoist rebels, fighting to topple Nepal's constitutional
monarchy, attacked a police post in the east of the country and
killed 49 police officers.
2002 Sep 7, In Portugal the
town of Reguengos de Monsaraz openly flouted a new bullfighting law,
killing a bull in the ring without government permission, and
selling the beef for human consumption afterward. The matador and
the festival organizers will be arraigned in the first le-gal test
of the new anti-bullfighting law. Killing in the bullring had been
banned since 1928. However, Parliament voted in July to allow bulls
to be put to death, but only in cities and towns that have carried
on the bullfighting tradition for 50 years or more.
2002 Sep 7, In Turkey 17 people
were killed in separate bus crashes Saturday, including two members
of a professional Turkish soccer team.
2002 Sep 7, The U.N. Security
Council has decided to keep U.N. peacekeepers in Ethiopia and
Eritrea six more months to give the countries time to mark their
2002 Sep 7, Katrin Cartlidge
(41), the spirited English actress who distinguished herself in the
movies of Mike Leigh and in the London theater, died of septicemia
resulting from pneumonia.
2003 Sep 7, President Bush
spoke on national TV and said he would ask Congress for $87 billion
to fight terrorism. He cautioned that the struggle "will take time
and require sacrifice."
2003 Sep 7, The top American
commander in Afghanistan said Taliban fighters, paid and trained by
al-Qaida, were pouring into Afghanistan from Pakistan.
2003 Sep 7, Goran Markovic's
"The Cordon", a film from Serbia and Montenegro about the behavior
of policemen during the demonstrations against president Slobodan
Milosevic in 1997, won the top prize at the Montreal film festival.
2003 Sep 7, The Russian drama
"The Return" won the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion for best
picture. Vladimir Girin (15), star of the film, drowned shortly
after the film was shot. Randa Chahal Sabbag, Lebanese filmmaker,
won the Silver Lion prize for her film “Le cerf-volant” (The Kite),
a love story between a Lebanese girl and an Israeli border guard.
(SFC, 9/8/03, p.D5)(WPR, 3/04, p.45)
2003 Sep 7, Warren Zevon (56),
songwriter, died in West Hollywood. His work included the 1970s rock
hit "Werewolves of London."
(AP, 9/8/03)(WSJ, 9/9/03, p.D6)
2003 Sep 7, Fighting in
northeast Colombia killed seven army soldiers and at least eight
2003 Sep 7, A ferry boat
traveling from Indonesia's Bali island sank, killing at least six
people and leaving dozens missing.
2003 Sep 7, Mamohato Bereng
Seeiso (62), the queen mother of the tiny mountain kingdom of
Lesotho, died after collapsing in a church outside the capital.
2003 Sep 7, Macedonian police
clashed with ethnic Albanian militants in the volatile north, and
reported killing several men in what they said was a major sweep
against groups that threaten the Balkan country's fragile peace.
2003 Sep 7, Palestinian Pres.
Yasser Arafat tapped the parliament speaker, Ahmed Qureia, to take
over as prime minister following the resignation of Mahmoud Abbas.
(SFC, 9/8/03, p.A1)(AP, 9/7/08)
2004 Sep 7, The Congressional
Budget Office said the US deficit would hit a record $422 bil-lion
(SFC, 9/8/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 7, Kirk Fordice (70),
former Mississippi Gov. (1992-2000) died in Jackson, Miss.
2004 Sep 7, In southwestern
China floods unleashed by torrential rains have killed at least 161
people and left dozens more missing, prompting authorities to put
the massive Three Gorges hydroelectric project on alert.
(AP, 9/7/04)(WSJ, 9/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 7, Hundreds of angry
farmers seized Guatemala's largest hydroelectric dam, threatening to
shut off power to large parts of the country unless the government
agrees to re-turn nearby lands to them.
2004 Sep 7, British oil
exploration firm Cairn Energy, which has announced a series of oil
discoveries in India, said that oil in place in the Mangala field
was estimated to reach one billion barrels, with recoverable
reserves of 100-320 million barrels.
2004 Sep 7, Munir Said Thalib
(b.1965), prominent Indonesian human rights activist, died of
arsenic poisoning aboard a Garuda Indonesia flight to the
Netherlands. In March, 2005, Garuda pilot Pollycarpus Budihari
Priyanto was taken into custody. In June it was reported that
Indonesia’s intelligence service was involved in Thalib’s death. In
December, 2005, Pollycarpus Priyanto was found guilty of Munir's
murder by an Indonesian court and sentenced to 14 years
imprisonment. In 2006 Indonesia’s Supreme Court quashed the murder
conviction citing insufficient evidence. In 2008 Indonesia’s supreme
court found Pollycarpus Priyanto guilty of poisoning Munir and
sentenced him to 20 years in prison. In 2008 Indonesian police
arrested Muchdi Purwoprandjono, a former top intelligence official,
for suspected involvement in the killing of Thalib.
10/4/06)(AFP, 1/25/08)(AP, 6/19/08)
2004 Sep 7, US forces battled
insurgents loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the Bagh-dad
slum of Sadr City, in clashes that killed 34 people, including one
American soldier. The US death toll in Iraq topped 1,000 since
military operation began in March 2003. In private estimates Iraqi
deaths ranged from 10,000 to 30,000 killed across the nation.
(AP, 9/7/04)(SFC, 9/8/04, p.A1)(AP, 9/9/04)
2004 Sep 7, An Italian aid
organization said that two Italian women were kidnapped from its
office in Baghdad.
2004 Sep 7, Israeli helicopters
attacked a Hamas training camp, killing at least 14 militants and
wounding 30 others.
2004 Sep 7, A Nepali labor
union with links to Maoist rebels asked 35 firms across the
embattled Himalayan kingdom to shut shop in a move aimed at
bolstering the guerrilla campaign to overthrow the monarchy.
2005 Sep 7, President Bush led
the nation in a final tribute to William H. Rehnquist, remembering
the 16th chief justice as the Supreme Court’s steady leader and a
man of lifetime integrity.
2005 Sep 7, Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger said he would veto a bill to legalize same-sex
marriage "out of respect for the will of the people." He cited
Proposition 22, a ballot measure passed in 2000 that defined
marriage in California.
(AP, 9/8/05)(SFC, 9/8/05, p.A5)
2005 Sep 7, Police and soldiers
went house to house in New Orleans to try to coax the last stubborn
holdouts into leaving the storm-shattered city. More than 30
patients were reportedly found dead overcome by floods at the St.
Rita’s nursing home in suburban New Orleans. Police in Gretna,
Louisiana, pushed back victims trying to leave New Orleans on the
Crescent City Connection, and refused passage.
(AFP, 9/8/05)(AP, 9/7/06)(SFC, 9/9/05, p.B10)
2005 Sep 7, Apple Computer Inc.
Chief Executive Steve Jobs introduced a long-anticipated
music-playing cell phone, the Motorola Rokr, and surprised the
faithful with the new iPod nano.
(AP, 9/8/05)(WSJ, 9/8/05, p.B1)
2005 Sep 7, Hundreds of Afghan
refugees attacked a UN refugee agency office in northwest Pakistan
in protest at delays in repatriating them. Pakistan has ordered the
closure of all refugee camps in its semi-autonomous tribal regions
because of security concerns. It originally gave an August 31
deadline but it has since given them until September 15.
2005 Sep 7, In Colombia leftist
rebels and right-wing paramilitary fighters battled in La Esmeralda
village, leaving 15 people dead, including two children, in a fight
over territory and the cocaine trade.
2005 Sep 7, Egyptians voted in
the country's first-ever contested presidential election, but
charges of fraud and a big boycott rally marred balloting that
longtime leader Hosni Mubarak portrayed as a major democratic
2005 Sep 7, European Union
governments backed a deal to unblock Chinese textiles held at EU
borders, ending a trade dispute that saw some 77 million garments
pile up after imports broke through 2005 limits.
2005 Sep 7, In India the
National Rural Employment Guarantee Act was notified. It guaranteed
all rural households 100 days of employment a year.
2005 Sep 7, Iran offered to
send the US 20 million barrels of crude oil to help it overcome the
devastation of Hurricane Katrina if Washington waives trade
2005 Sep 7, Iraqi and US forces
encircled the insurgent stronghold of Tal Afar, and the Iraqi
military announced the arrest of 200 suspected insurgents, most of
them foreign fighters. A roadside bomb struck a convoy of American
security guards in the southern city of Basra, killing four US
contractors. A suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden car
outside a takeout restaurant in Basra, killing at least 10 people
and wounding 15. US troops rescued American Roy Hallums, held
hostage 10 months.
(AP, 9/7/05) (AP, 9/8/05)
2005 Sep 7, About 100 masked
militants stormed the heavily guarded home of Moussa Arafat (65),
Gaza's former security chief, dragged him out in his pajamas and
killed him in a burst of gunfire days before Israel was to hand over
Gaza. The Popular Resistance Committees, a violent group made up
largely of former members of the Fatah movement of Palestinian
leader Mahmoud Abbas, claimed responsibility.
2005 Sep 7, Investigators
strongly criticized UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, his deputy and
the Security Council for allowing Saddam Hussein to bilk some $10.2
billion from the giant humanitarian operation.
2005 Sep 7, A powerful tropical
storm churned northward through the Sea of Japan, killing at least
16 people and leaving landslides and flooded towns in its wake.
2005 Sep 7, North Korea offered
to return the USS Pueblo, captured in 1968, if a top-level official
agrees to visit.
(WSJ, 9/8/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 7, In Trinidad Jason
Raymond-Guillen, the 19-year-old son of a newspaper editor, was
seized outside his home by kidnappers who demanded a $2 million
2005 Sep 7, Farmers and other
experts said Zimbabwe, once a regional breadbasket, is facing its
worst agricultural season since independence in 1980, with shortages
of seed, fertilizer and equipment threatening next year's harvest
before it even has been planted.
2006 Sep 7, American officials
said the US government has ordered Venezuela to close its military
purchasing office in Miami after suspending arms sales to the South
2006 Sep 7, Former Deputy
Secretary of State Richard Armitage confirmed he was the source of a
leak that had disclosed the identity of CIA employee Valerie Plame,
saying he didn't realize Plame's job was covert.
2006 Sep 7, Mohammad Khatami,
former president of Iran (1997-2005), spoke at Washington National
Cathedral as part of a 2-week speaking tour in the US. He urged
dialogue instead of threats. A group of Jewish Iranians, who say
their missing relatives were kidnapped and tortured by the Iranian
government, filed suit in Manhattan against Khatami. They delivered
the summons to him directly the next day as he visited the US.
(SFC, 9/8/06, p.A13)(AP, 9/10/06)
2006 Sep 7, BP America, the US
arm of British energy giant BP, said it will spend more than 550
million dollars (432 million euros) over the next two years on
improvements to its Alaskan oil fields, including pipeline repairs.
2006 Sep 7, Hewlett-Packard
disclosed that an investigator, hired by its board of directors, had
secretly obtained phone records of 9 journalists as part of an
effort to unmask information leaks to the media. Director George
Keyworth resigned after he was found to be the source of the leak.
Sub-contractors engaged in pretexting, the use of false pretences,
to obtain personal information. HP faced Congressional hearings over
the tactics used to unveil Keyworth.
(SFC, 9/8/06, p.A1)(Econ, 9/16/06, p.70)
2006 Sep 7, Britain’s PM Tony
Blair reluctantly promised to resign within a year, hoping that
revealing a general time frame for his departure will appease
critics who are calling for him to step down.
2006 Sep 7, Burundi's
government and the country's last rebel group, the National
Liberation Forces (FNL) signed a permanent cease-fire as the central
African nation emerges from 12 years of civil war.
(AP, 9/7/06)(Econ, 9/16/06, p.57)
2006 Sep 7, Chad Pres. Idriss
Deby and Chevron CEO David O’Reilly met in Paris for talks on oil
taxes. Chad said Chevron agreed to pay back taxes.
(SFC, 9/9/06, p.C1)
2006 Sep 7, Cyprus impounded a
Panama-flagged vessel on arms smuggling suspicion. It carried 18
North Korean mobile radar units and 3 command vehicles due for
delivery to Syria.
(WSJ, 9/8/06, p.A1)(Reuters, 9/11/06)
2006 Sep 7, Gunmen held up a
truck in a restricted area of Guatemala City's international
air-port and made off with $8 million of $22 million that was to be
shipped from the Bank of Guatemala to the U.S. Federal Reserve.
2006 Sep 7, Coalition forces
handed over control of Iraq's armed forces command to the
government. Initially, this would apply only to the 8th Iraqi Army
Division, the air force and the navy. The other nine Iraqi division
remain under US command, with authority gradually being transferred.
Six bomb attacks targeting police patrols in Baghdad killed at least
17 people and wounded more than 50. A British soldier died of
injuries sustained when his patrol came under fire in Qurnah.
(AP, 9/7/06)(AP, 9/8/06)
2006 Sep 7, Ivory Coast PM
Charles Konan Banny announced the resignation of his cabinet over
the Aug 19 toxic waste scandal.
2006 Sep 7, Workers at
Lebanon's only airport prepared to receive a full flow of commercial
flights. Israel began lifting its air blockade of Lebanon, but the
naval blockade will remain in place until troops from the new UN
international force are in place.
2006 Sep 7, In Mexico a
landslide buried buses and cars on a highway in the central state of
Puebla and killed at least four travelers.
2006 Sep 7, Russia's
state-owned nuclear power company said it was seeking to build
Morocco's first nuclear plant, as Russian President Vladimir Putin
signed cooperation deals with the Moroccan king as part of an
economic mission to expand Russia's African reach.
2006 Sep 7, In Siberia a blaze
broke out in the Darasun gold mine in the Chita region. 64 miners
were working underground when the fire broke out. 31 were rescued or
evacuated, including 15 who were hospitalized. Rescuers recovered 12
bodies. Eight miners emerged from the burning mine after two days.
The fate of at least nine others remained unknown in the accident
that killed at least 16. Rescuers on Sep 10 found the bodies of the
last four miners trapped deep underground at a remote Russian gold
mine, bringing the final death toll to 25. On Sep 11 Rescuers
recovered the bodies of the last of 25 miners.
(AP, 9/8/06)(AP, 9/9/06)(Reuters, 9/10/06)(AP,
2006 Sep 7, Medical experts
said a killer strain of drug-resistant tuberculosis has been found
in at least 28 hospitals across South Africa and that it jeopardized
efforts to deal with AIDS.
(SFC, 9/8/06, p.A3)
2006 Sep 7, A Thai court
decided to extradite a Vietnamese dissident to face charges of
violating airspace for a stunt that involved hijacking a plane and
dropping 50,000 anti-communist leaflets over Ho Chi Minh City. Ly
Tong, a South Vietnamese air force veteran who later became a US
citizen, hijacked the twin-engine plane from Thailand in November
2007 Sep 7, A US federal judge
said Iran must pay $2.65 billion to the families of the 241 US
service members killed in the 1983 bombing of the US Marine barracks
in Beirut, in a ruling that left survivors and families shedding
tears of joy. A day later Iran rejected the ruling.
2007 Sep 7, The California
Legislature, for the 2nd time in three years, approved a bill to
give same-sex couples the right to marry. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
(SFC, 6/27/15, p.A14)
2007 Sep 7, The Roman Catholic
Diocese of San Diego said it has agreed to pay $198.1 million to
settle 144 claims of sexual abuse by clergy, the second-largest
payment by a diocese. The agreement caps more than four years of
negotiations in state and federal courts.
2007 Sep 7, In a new video
released ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks,
Osama bin Laden made no overt threats but lectured Americans on the
Iraq war and criticized global capitalism, calling its leaders the
real terrorists. He also urged Americans to convert to Islam in
order to end the war in Iraq.
(AP, 9/8/07)(SFC, 9/8/07, p.A6)
2007 Sep 7, Bako Saakian, the
former security chief of Nagorno-Karabakh, was sworn as the new
president of the Armenian-controlled breakaway region.
2007 Sep 7, In Australia
Pacific Rim negotiators agreed on a joint statement on global
warming that would ask developing nations to commit to energy
efficiency targets and acknowledge that wealthy countries have
greater responsibility for the problem.
2007 Sep 7, Leaders of
Australia and Russia signed a deal to export Australian uranium to
fuel Russian nuclear reactors, but promised it would not be
transferred to Iran's disputed atomic program.
2007 Sep 7, UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Chad for talks with President Idriss
Deby Itno on the Darfur crisis in neighbouring Sudan, and the plight
of refugees who have fled to his country.
2007 Sep 7, China's securities
regulator said it has approved an application by China Construction
Bank, the nation's biggest mortgage lender, to issue shares in what
could be one of China's biggest initial public offerings. Chinese
stocks broke their winning streak, with the benchmark index falling
2.2 percent after the central bank raised the amount of reserves
banks are required to hold.
2007 Sep 7, Renegade Congolese
General Laurent Nkunda said the Congolese army had attacked his
position, breaking a fragile ceasefire negotiated by United Nations
mediators in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
2007 Sep 7, The government of
Gibraltar called a general election and dissolved the British
colony's parliament. Chief Minister Peter Caruana set the elections
for Oct. 11.
2007 Sep 7, Sunni, Shiite,
Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Christian, and Shinto leaders gathered in
Greenland for a 6-day coastal tour and symposium called "The Arctic:
Mirror of Life," designed to focus global attention on climate
2007 Sep 7, Guyana officials
said pirate attacks along its rivers and Atlantic coast have
prompted the South American country to set up an emergency radio
network for boaters and place special markings on engines to track
2007 Sep 7, In northwestern
India a large truck crammed with Hindu pilgrims crashed into a
gorge, killing at least 85 people and injuring 64.
2007 Sep 7, Grand Ayatollah
Mohammad Eshagh al-Fayyadh, one of the top four Shiite clerics in
Iraq, called on Muslims to keep religion out of politics and not use
mosques and religious events for the interest of political groups,
sects or personalities. A roadside bomb struck an Iraqi army patrol
near Baqouba, killing one soldier and wounding two, while another
roadside bomb killed one civilian and wounded four others southeast
of Baghdad. 3 men were killed in an operation targeting a suspected
al-Qaida in Iraq leader north of Baghdad. Gen. David Petraeus, the
top US commander in Iraq, conceded that the buildup of American
combat forces has fallen short of its goal of prompting Iraqi
political progress. A US Marine died in Iraq's Anbar province in a
(AP, 9/7/07)(AP, 9/9/07)
2007 Sep 7, The Kenya Wildlife
Service warned in a report that wild animals are vanishing from
Nairobi National Park, Kenya's oldest game reserve which borders the
airport at Nairobi.
2007 Sep 7, Moroccans began
voting in parliamentary elections likely to make the country's
leading political force an Islamist party that has tapped into
people's mounting disillusionment with the parties in power. The
main opposition Islamist party failed to make its hoped-for
break-through in legislative elections, marked by an historic low
turnout of only 41 percent. Voters handed power to a secular
conservative party that is a member of the ruling coalition.
(AP, 9/7/07)(AFP, 9/8/07)
2007 Sep 7, In Nicaragua
rescuers scooped bodies from the open sea as the death toll from
Hurricane Felix neared 100.
2007 Sep 7, In Pakistan lawyers
said government has reopened corruption cases against former PM
Nawaz Sharif. A court ordered the arrest of his brother in a murder
case, three days before their expected return to Pakistan to
challenge its Pres. Gen. Musharraf. In northwest Pakistan suspected
Islamic militants beheaded two women on the outskirts of Bannu after
accusing them of being prostitutes. In Mingora, a town south of
Bannu, a bomb blast destroyed 48 shops in a downtown market, 33 of
them selling music and movie CDs. Suspected militants shot dead the
son and a nephew of a progovernment tribal elder in Bajur, a
tribally governed region bordering Afghanistan.
2007 Sep 7, Hamas security
forces armed with rifles and clubs beat Fatah supporters trying to
hold street prayers to protest the Islamic group's rule in Gaza.
Hamas men also assaulted at least seven Palestinian journalists and
2007 Sep 7, Poland's parliament
voted to dissolve itself, forcing an election that the government
had sought to end persistent political turbulence. President Lech
Kaczynski set the vote for Oct. 21, two years ahead of schedule.
2007 Sep 7, Portuguese police
suggested that Kate McCann (39), the mother of a toddler whose
disappearance sparked international headlines, accidentally killed
her daughter Madeleine, who disappeared on May 3.
2007 Sep 7, Pope Benedict XVI
paid tribute to Holocaust victims, extending his "sadness,
repentance and friendship" to the Jewish people as he began a 3-day
pilgrimage to Austria.
2008 Sep 7, At the MTV Video
Music Awards on the show's 25th anniversary, the network threw its
full support behind Britney Spears' comeback. Spears won a leading
three awards, including video of the year for "Piece of Me."
2008 Sep 7, US Treasury
Secretary Henry Paulson announced plans to take control of troubled
mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and replace the
companies’ chief executives. This would effectively wipe out
shareholders' interest in the publicly traded companies. 27% of the
nation’s 8,500 banks lost a combined $10-15 billion from holdings in
preferred shares in Fannie and Freddie.
(Reuters, 9/7/08)(WSJ, 9/8/08, p.A1)(WSJ,
2008 Sep 7, In Afghanistan 2
suicide attackers detonated bombs inside the police headquarters in
Kandahar city, killing six policemen. In southern Afghanistan a
Canadian soldier was killed and seven wounded when their armored
vehicle struck an explosive device while on patrol.
(AP, 9/7/08)(Reuters, 9/8/08)
2008 Sep 7, The conservation
group WWF said Australian koalas are dying by the thousands as a
result of land clearing in the country's northeast, while millions
of birds and reptiles are also perishing. Queensland state last week
revealed that 375,000 hectares of bush were cleared in 2005-06, a
figure WWF said would have resulted in the deaths of two million
2008 Sep 7, In London an urgent
inquiry was underway after a disc containing the personal details of
5,000 justice staff went missing in yet another embarrassing data
loss blunder. Private contractor EDS told the Prison Service in July
that the hard drive had gone astray. The missing disc was last seen
in July 2007.
2008 Sep 7, Canada’s PM Stephen
Harper called an election for October 14 in a bid to strengthen his
grip on power after 2-1/2 years in charge of a minority Conservative
2008 Sep 7, In China a flood
swamped the mine in Yuzhou city of Henan province trapping 23
2008 Sep 7, In Haiti at least
58 people died as Ike's winds and rain swept the impoverished
Caribbean nation. Officials also found three more bodies from a
previous storm, raising Haiti's death toll from four tropical storms
in less than a month to 319. A Dominican man was crushed by a
falling tree. Ike damaged most of the homes on Grand Turk island as
it roared onto the Bahamas and threatened the Florida Keys on its
way to Cuba as a ferocious Category 4 storm.
(AP, 9/7/08)(AP, 9/8/08)
2008 Sep 7, Hong Kong's
pro-democracy politicians lost several legislative seats in
elections, but held onto their veto power over major legislation as
they push for greater political freedoms in the Chinese territory.
Democratic parties won 23 of 60 legislative seats in the voting,
down from their previous 26.
2008 Sep 7, Italy's foreign
minister, after meeting US Vice President Dick Cheney, said the EU
wants to work closely with the United States in resolving the
2008 Sep 7, Pakistan’s reserves
in the 1st week of September fell to $5.5 billion, enough to cover
just two months of imports. Reserves as of last November were about
(Econ, 9/13/08, p.48)
2008 Sep 7, South Korean police
arrested four people over the theft of data on 11 million customers
of a local oil refiner in what is being called the country's
largest-ever data leak.
2008 Sep 7-2008 Sep 8, Spanish
police said immigrants went on a rampage in the southern Spanish
town of Roquetas de Mar overnight, setting fire to homes and cars
and throwing stones at police, after a Senegalese man (28) was
stabbed to death in an apparent dispute over drugs. The Rampage
continued for a 2nd night.
(Reuters, 9/7/08)(AP, 9/8/08)
2008 Sep 7, A Darfur rebel
group says it has successfully repelled a government assault in
North Darfur, but the Sudanese government denies it carried out any
operations in the area.
2008 Sep 7, In the Virgin
Islands US federal agent William Clark (33) intervened in a couple's
drunken fight outside his apartment and shot Marcus Sukow to death.
Clark was charged with murder and faced trial. In 2010 the case was
dismissed on a technicality: that proper procedure was not followed
in identifying Sukow's body to the medical examiner.
(AP, 10/23/10)(AP, 10/28/10)
2008 Sep 7, Zimbabwean
opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said his party would rather
withdraw from power-sharing talks than sign an unsatisfactory deal
and challenged President Robert Mugabe to call a new poll.
2009 Sep 7, US snacks company
Kraft Foods launched a 10.2 billion pound bid for its British rival
Cadbury, with traders expecting the price to run higher as takeover
activity returns to the markets. Cadbury immediately rejected the
2009 Sep 7, In Tennessee 3
people were shot to death at a mobile home near Lafayette.
(SFC, 9/8/09, p.A6)
2009 Sep 7, Six American
tourists in Antigua were charged with assault and malicious damage
after refusing to pay a cab fare on Sep 4, which they thought was
excessive and later scuffling with police officers. They were
released on $5,000 bail each. Their Carnival Cruise Lines ship left
without them. On Oct 3 five New York tourists pleaded guilty to
fighting with plain-clothes police officers after disputing the $100
cab fare. Prosecutors dropped charges against a sixth tourist.
(AP, 9/8/09)(AP, 10/3/09)
2009 Sep 7, Three British
Muslims were convicted of conspiring to kill thousands of civilians
by blowing up trans-Atlantic flights in midair with liquid
explosives disguised as soft drinks. Abdulla Ahmed Ali (28), Assad
Sarwar (29), and Tanvir Hussain (28) were found guilty of conspiracy
to murder by detonating explosives on aircraft. The men's arrests in
August 2006 had led to huge travel chaos. 5 others were also tried.
Umar Islam was convicted of conspiracy to murder. The jury failed to
reach a verdict on 3 others. Donald Stewart-Whyte was cleared.
(AP, 9/7/09)(Econ, 9/12/09, p.62)
2009 Sep 7, Gabon's main
opposition parties demanded authorities conduct a recount of a
disputed election the government said was won by the son of the
country's long-ruling president.
2009 Sep 7, In Guatemala four
prison officials were shot to death in three separate attacks that
authorities believed were retaliation for a jail crackdown.
Officials over the weekend had seized cell phones and moved inmates
to different prisons to break up an extortion ring.
2009 Sep 7, A small Indonesian
military plane crashed on Borneo with nine passengers and crew
aboard, killing four.
2009 Sep 7, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said Iran will neither halt uranium enrichment nor
negotiate over its nuclear rights but is ready to sit and talk with
world powers over "global challenges."
2009 Sep 7, In western Iraq a
suicide car bomber targeted a line of vehicles stopped at a
checkpoint near Ramadi, killing eight people and wounding 16. In
Baghdad a bomb killed a driver as he approached a military
checkpoint in Sadr City district. Two children playing with a hand
grenade they found in a stream were killed when it exploded in the
northern city of Kirkuk. Abdul-Basit Turki, director general of the
Finance Ministry’s auditing department, was charged with wasting
public funds. Bombings killed at least 17 people nationwide.
(AP, 9/7/09)(SFC, 9/8/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 7, Israel officially
approved the construction of hundreds of new homes in the West Bank,
deepening an already unprecedented rift with the US over Israeli
settlement expansion. Israel PM Netanyahu vanished from public view
in Israel for most of the day. His office said he had visited a
secret security facility. It was later confirmed that he had made a
secret trip to Russia, which included a meeting with the Russia’s
Pres. Dmitry Medvedev.
(AP, 9/7/09)(AP, 9/20/09)
2009 Sep 7, Yukio Hatoyama,
Japan's next prime minister, vowed to slash greenhouse gas emissions
by 25% from 1990 levels by 2020.
2009 Sep 7, Mexican President
Felipe Calderon accepted the resignation of Attorney General Eduardo
Medina-Mora, who was leading the battle against drug cartels, making
the biggest shakeup yet in his offensive against organized crime.
Calderon said he will send the Senate the nomination of Arturo
Chavez, a little known lawyer who has worked as both a state and
federal prosecutor, to replace Medina-Mora. In the Pacific port of
Lazaro Cardenas, about 150 federal police officers assigned to fight
cartels went on strike, saying they have not been paid in two months
or received hazard bonuses.
(AP, 9/7/09)(AP, 9/8/09)
2009 Sep 7, Five Pakistani
soldiers were killed in a land mine blast in the Taliban bastion of
South Waziristan. A suspected US missile strike killed 5 people at
Machi Khel village in North Waziristan close to the Afghan border.
Al-Qaida operations chief Ilyas Kashmiri, a Pakistani national, was
later believed to be among the dead.
(AP, 9/7/09)(SFC, 9/8/09, p.A2)(AP, 9/17/09)
2009 Sep 7, A Sudanese judge
convicted Lubna Hussein, a woman journalist, for violating the
public indecency law by wearing trousers outdoors and fined her
$200, but did not impose a feared flogging penalty. Hussein said she
will not pay a penny while still in court custody, wearing the same
trousers that had sparked her arrest.
2009 Sep 7, UK-based
Global Witness said they had found serious discrepancies in reports
of Sudan's oil revenues which could mean Khartoum's government was
underpaying its strife torn south by hundreds of millions of
2009 Sep 7, Taiwan's Premier
Liu Chao-shiuan resigned amid strong criticism of the government's
slow response to the most devastating storm to hit the island in 50
years. Pres. Ma Ying-jeou named Nationalist Party Secretary General
Wu Den-yih (61) to replace Liu.
2009 Sep 7, The UN’s Children's
Fund reacted furiously to Sri Lanka's decision to expel its
spokesman over his allegedly pro-rebel stance in the final stages of
the island's ethnic war. James Elder, communications chief for
UNICEF in Sri Lanka, was accused by the government of issuing
"propaganda" in support of the Tamil Tiger separatists before their
defeat at the hands of government forces in May.
2009 Sep 7, Turkish military
police stormed an Istanbul villa to rescue nine captive women whose
scantily clad images were posted online after they were recruited
for a television reality show. The women had been held captive for
about two months. About 14 people had been working on the show for
the Istanbul Grup Bilisim Electronic, Trade, Communication and
2010 Sep 7, George Soros gave
$100 million to Human Rights Watch.
(Econ, 9/11/10, p.72)
2010 Sep 7, Hewlett-Packard
filed a lawsuit to stop former CEO Mark Hurd from working at Oracle
Corp. Hurd had signed several nondisclosure agreements at HP.
(SFC, 9/9/10, p.D1)
2010 Sep 7, In Michigan fires
swept through 85 structures in at least 3 Detroit neighborhoods as
50 mph winds downed 62 power lines.
(SFC, 9/8/10, p.A6)(SFC, 9/9/10, p.A10)
2010 Sep 7, The Rev. Lucius
Walker (b.1930) died of a heart attack in New York. He headed the
nonprofit Pastors for Peace, which since 1992 has brought tons of
supplies to Cuba via Mexico and Canada in defiance of Washington's
nearly half-century-old trade embargo.
2010 Sep 7, Australia’s PM
Julia Gillard will lead the country's first minority government in
67 years after two independent lawmakers threw their support behind
her center-left Labor Party, ending two weeks of uncertainty left by
national elections that ended on a knife-edge.
2010 Sep 7, Strikes hobbled
public transit in London and across France, forcing tourists and
commuters to alter their plans as they bore the brunt of a wave of
discontent over government cost-cutting measures, a wave expected to
soon prompt walkouts elsewhere on the continent. Some 1.2-2.7
million people in France took to the streets for the one-day strike.
(AP, 9/7/10)(Econ, 9/11/10, p.31)
2010 Sep 7, Two Chinese oil
workers went missing but more than 30 others were rescued from a
listing Sinopec rig off the northeast coast. The company insisted no
oil was spilled.
2010 Sep 7, A Chinese fishing
boat collided with two Japanese patrol vessels near a chain of
disputed islands. On Nov 1 Japanese lawmakers said a coast guard
video shows a Chinese trawler intentionally ramming Japanese vessels
in the incident, which sparked the worst row in years between the
2010 Sep 7, Police in
southeastern Congo say they have arrested three men carrying six
suitcases full of elephant tusks. 3 Chinese nationals were caught at
Lumumbashi's airport while trying to fly to Nairobi, Kenya. The men
said they bought the ivory from antique dealers.
2010 Sep 7, The EU condemned
the stoning to death sentence passed against Sakineh Mohammadi
Ashtiani, an Iranian woman convicted for adultery, saying it was
2010 Sep 7, Germany police
raided buildings used by the country’s largest neo-Nazi group in an
effort to find evidence to support banning it. The sweep targeted 30
buildings and houses across the country belonging to members of the
Aid Organization for National Political Victims and their Relatives
2010 Sep 7, In Honduras men
armed with assault rifles burst into a shoe factory in San Pedro
Sula and opened fire, killing at least 18 workers and wounding five.
The massacre was apparently carried out as part of a turf battle
between small-scale drug gangs.
2010 Sep 7, Indonesia’s Mount
Sinabung volcano shot a towering cloud of black ash high into the
air, dusting villages 15 miles (25 km) away in its most powerful
eruption since awakening last week from four centuries of dormancy.
2010 Sep 7, Iran said that it
was within its rights to vet UN inspectors who monitor its nuclear
facilities after the UN watchdog said its work was being hampered by
the barring of some of its staff.
2010 Sep 7, In Iraq Riad
al-Saray, a prominent state television anchorman, was shot dead as
he was driving in the capital. Reporters Without Borders has tallied
230 cases of journalists and media staff killed in the country since
the conflict broke out on 20 March 2003. An Iraqi soldier, Soran
Rahman Saleh Wali, opened fire on a group of American troops
protecting one of their commanders during a visit to an Iraqi army
base. Two American soldiers were killed and nine others were wounded
in the attack. Wali was killed and his brother, who works as a
policeman in Tuz Khurmatu, was arrested. A grenade attack on a US
military convoy in the Salaheddin provincial capital Tikrit wounded
two American soldiers and four Iraqi civilians. One of the attackers
(AFP, 9/7/10)(AP, 9/8/10)(AFP, 9/8/10)
2010 Sep 7, A Health Ministry
official said Japan has confirmed the nation's first case of a new
gene in bacteria that allows the microorganisms to become
drug-resistant superbugs, detected in a man who had medical
treatment in India.
2010 Sep 7, In Mexico pieces of
the dismembered bodies of two men were found scattered around a
children's park in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero. Gunmen
attacked a vehicle in Ciudad Juarez carrying inmates from the city's
prison, killing 2 guards and wounding a prisoner.
2010 Sep 7, In Mexico 7 women
serving prison terms of up to 29 years for the death of their
newborns were freed after a legal reform enacted in the state of
Guanajuato lowered their sentences.
2010 Sep 7, Mozambique Planning
Minister Aiuba Cuereneia said that the 20 percent increase in the
government-set price of bread — which had followed a year of steady
increases on the staple in this impoverished country — that went
into effect a day earlier would be reversed. He said an increase in
the price of water also would be reversed, but that higher
electricity tariffs were being maintained.
2010 Sep 7, Myanmar’s ruling
junta leader, Gen. Than Shwe, began a 4-day visit to China. This
year alone China had already invested over $8 billion in Myanmar.
(Econ, 9/11/10, p.52)
2010 Sep 7, Nigerian
authorities banned night time use of motorcycles in a northern state
after a spate of killings by bike-riding gunmen suspected of being
Islamist sect members. The radical Boko Haram Muslim sect used
assault rifles to launch a coordinated sunset raid on a prison in
Bauchi, freeing over 700 prisoners including more than 100 followers
and raising new fears about violence just months before elections.
Five people, a soldier, a police officer, two prison guards and a
civilian, died in the attack and six others were in critical
(AFP, 9/7/10)(AP, 9/8/10)
2010 Sep 7, In Pakistan at
least 17 people were killed and more than 20 wounded in a bomb
attack targeting a police headquarters in the northwestern city of
(AFP, 9/7/10)(SFC, 9/8/10, p.A3)
2010 Sep 7, The UN said more
than 10 million people have been left without shelter in Pakistan's
floods for the past 6 weeks, in "one of the worst humanitarian
disasters" in UN history.
2010 Sep 7, In Slovenia a
government expert said a mass grave has been discovered containing
bodies of about 700 victims killed by antifascists in the wake of
World War II. Researchers examined a pit in a forest near the town
of Prevalje in the country's northeast last week and discovered the
2011 Sep 7, The Obama
administration announced charges against 91 people for bilking
Medicare out of nearly $300 million and victimizing elderly and
disabled people dependent on the federal insurance program.
(SFC, 9/8/11, p.A12)
2011 Sep 7, The US federal
government tapped SolarCity of San Mateo, Ca., for a $1 billion
effort to install solar panels at 124 US military bases over the
next 5 years.
(SFC, 9/8/11, p.D1)
2011 Sep 7, The Afghan
government charged that a NATO decision to stop transferring
detainees to some Afghan-run detention centers is unjustified and
damages the handover of security to local forces. A French
paratrooper was killed by insurgent fire during an operation in the
eastern province of Kapisa. A roadside bomb in eastern Khost
province killed five Afghan soldiers. A Turkish engineer was killed
by a roadside bomb in Herat province.
(AP, 9/7/11)(AP, 9/8/11)
2011 Sep 7, An international
panel said more than 100 jailed Bahraini activists are on hunger
strike. They included doctors who treated injured protesters during
months of anti-government protests. Bahrain released 7 doctors and 3
ambulance drivers. All doctors and medical staff were now out on
bail "pending announcement of verdicts" on Sep 29.
(AP, 9/7/11)(AFP, 9/8/11)
2011 Sep 7, China’s Ministry of
Industry and Information Technology named Google's China website
operator, Beijing Guxiang Information Technology Co. Ltd., as one of
137 firms whose licenses were renewed following adjustments in their
2011 Sep 7, In Colombia a
leftist congressman presented video testimony from a jailed
far-right militia chief who accuses former President Alvaro Uribe of
sponsoring his illegal armed group in the mid-1990s. In the video
Pablo Hernan Sierra says he organized a militia that operated from
the Guacharacas ranch owned by Uribe's family in the northwestern
state of Antioquia in 1996 when Uribe was the state's governor.
2011 Sep 7, Congolese
authorities imposed a temporary ban on political protests in the
capital Kinshasa over fears of escalating violence in the run-up to
November elections. 8 gunmen attacked a prison in the southeast,
freeing a former militia leader and allowing close to 1,000 inmates
to escape. Two people were killed as police recaptured 152 of the
967 escaped prisoners. Kyungu Mutanga, also known as "Commander
Gedeon", took part in a spectacular jailbreak at the Kassapa prison
in Katanga's capital Lubumbashi. Authorities soon offered $100,000
dollars for information leading to Gedeon’s arrest.
(AFP, 9/7/11)(AP, 9/7/11)(AFP, 9/9/11)
2011 Sep 7, Egypt's military
rulers froze new licenses for private satellite TV stations, in a
restriction that activists say harkens back to the crackdown on
freedom of expression under ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
2011 Sep 7, Finland arrested
two Somali people, a man (34) and a woman (28), on suspicion of
financing terrorism and performing terror recruitment activities.
They had foreign backgrounds and their alleged actions were not
aimed at Finland. The woman, released in October, was ordered not to
leave the country.
(AP, 9/17/11)(AP, 10/7/11)
2011 Sep 7, In Honduras Mahadeo
Roopchand Sadloo, a fervent supporter of former Pres. Manuel Zelaya,
died after he was shot five times inside the tire shop he owned. A
truth commission has found that at least 20 Zelaya supporters have
been killed by security forces.
2011 Sep 7, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh said he would "intensify efforts" towards a deal to share
water from the Teesta river after failing to sign the key agreement
during a visit to Dhaka. A deal to share water from the river fell
through after opposition from the chief minister of India's West
2011 Sep 7, In India a powerful
bomb hidden in a briefcase ripped through a crowd of people waiting
to enter a New Delhi courthouse, killing 13 people and wounding 74
more in the deadliest attack in India's capital in nearly three
(AP, 9/7/11)(AP, 9/8/11)(SFC, 9/9/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 7, Israel’s Shin Bet
security service said security forces have arrested Hamas militants
accused in a March 23 bombing that killed British woman Mary Jean
Gardner and wounded dozens of civilians. A Palestinian militant from
the Islamic Jihad faction was killed by an explosion in a car in
central Gaza. Another militant in the car was badly wounded. Islamic
Jihad said the car was hit by an Israeli airstrike. The Israeli
military denied involvement.
2011 Sep 7, Kenya handed
two-time world marathon champion Abel Kirui a three-rank promotion
in the national administration police force in recognition for his
stunning weekend victory at the world athletics championships in
Daegu, South Korea.
2011 Sep 7, In Pakistan a pair
of suicide bombers attacked a top army officer in the southwestern
city of Quetta, missing him but killing his wife. At least 22 others
died, including several guards, a senior officer and two children.
2011 Sep 7, A Russian Yak-42
jet carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team crashed while
taking off near the city of Yaroslavl, killing 43 of 45 people. One
of the 2 survivors died on Sep 12. Flight crew member Alexander
Sizov remained in intensive care at Moscow's Sklifosovsky hospital.
The Kontinental Hockey League included 24 teams from Russia,
Belarus, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Slovakia.
(AP, 9/7/11)(AP, 9/10/11)(AP, 9/12/11)
2011 Sep 7, In Somalia the
al-Shabab Islamist militia said they have captured two Kenyan
soldiers near the country's shared border.
2011 Sep 7, The UN humanitarian
office said Sudan has denied it and other aid agencies access to
Blue Nile state, where at least 50,000 people have been displaced by
fighting that erupted last week. The armed forces clashed with
remnants of Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) near Bau town in
Blue Nile state, and reportedly inflicted heavy losses on them.
2011 Sep 7, In Syria a barrage
of gunfire by security forces in Homs killed at least 29 people,
wounded several others and left residents cowering in their homes.
State-run news agency SANA said a "terrorist group" kidnapped two
Baath party officials in Rastan. The embattled regime faced
surprising calls to end the violence from its closest ally, Iran.
(AP, 9/7/11)(AP, 9/8/11)(AFP, 9/8/11)
2011 Sep 7, Yemeni warplanes
hunting down al-Qaida suspects struck southern Abyan province.
Clashes in the south killed 8 soldiers, a teenager and at least 17
militants. The Defense Ministry said troops have recovered 14 bodies
of militants killed in a successful military offensive on the
southern village of Al-Kud.
(AP, 9/7/11)(AP, 9/8/11)(SFC, 9/8/11, p.A2)
2012 Sep 7, The United States
confirmed that it has suspended sharing of radar intelligence with
Honduras because the Central American nation's air force shot down
two suspected drug planes in violation of agreements with
Washington. The radar intelligence was blocked starting in
2012 Sep 7, The Obama
administration formally designated the Pakistan-based Haqqani
network as a foreign terrorist organization, in a complicated
political decision as the US withdraws from Afghanistan and pushes
for a reconciliation pact to end more than a decade of warfare.
2012 Sep 7, In a taped
interview in Colorado Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan
said the federal government shouldn't interfere with states that
have legalized medical marijuana.
2012 Sep 7, In NYC a police
officer shot and killed a convenience store worker who plowed into
him on a sidewalk while frantically fleeing an armed robbery, a
sudden encounter that the police department called a tragic
2012 Sep 7, The Int’l. Union
for the Conservation of nature said the Caribbean’s reefs are in
sharp decline with live coral coverage down to an average of 8%,
down from 50% in the 1970s.
(SFC, 9/8/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 7, In Bahrain riot
police fired tear gas during street clashes with anti-government
protesters in the heart of the Gulf kingdom's capital Manama.
2012 Sep 7, Bolivian President
Evo Morales said he has received word that Washington will not
extradite ex-President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, wanted in
connection with the deaths of 63 protesters in his home country in
2012 Sep 7, Canada said it has
closed its embassy in Iran and will expel all remaining Iranian
diplomats in Canada within 5 days, denouncing Tehran as the biggest
threat to global security.
2012 Sep 7, In southwest China
twin earthquakes collapsed houses and triggered landslides in a
remote mountainous part of the borders of Guizhou and Yunnan
provinces, killing at least 81 people and injuring over 800.
(AP, 9/7/12)(AP, 9/8/12)(AP, 9/9/12)
2012 Sep 7, Egypt's national
air carrier said it will resume international flights after the
airline's flight attendants suspended a 12-hour strike pending
negotiations to meet their grievances.
2012 Sep 7, Lufthansa canceled
hundreds of flights after flight attendants walked off the job at
airports around the country in an escalating battle with Germany's
largest airline. Signs emerged that the two sides may be prepared to
return to the negotiating table.
2012 Sep 7, It was reported
that hunger-striking Hong Kong students and their supporters have
taken control of a city plaza against the introduction of “national
education” courses aiming to boost a sense of shared identity with
(SFC, 9/7/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 7, In Iraq 3 separate
bomb attacks against Shiite mosques in Kirkuk killed eight civilians
and injured 70 others.
2012 Sep 7, Italian and NATO
rescue crews searched the waters off the small Mediterranean island
of Lampedusa for survivors of an apparently sunken migrant boat
after some of the 56 rescued passengers reported that dozens more
were missing. One body was recovered.
2012 Sep 7, In southeastern
Kenya fighting between a community of cattle herders and farmers
over land and water killed 12 people in Tana River delta.
2012 Sep 7, It was reported
that Mali’s interim president Dioncounda Traore has requested five
battalions and air support from neighboring countries to try to take
back the country's north from Islamist rebels linked to al-Qaida.
The request was made without the consent of the soldiers who led
Mali's recent coup.
2012 Sep 7, A lawyer
representing one of the sons of toppled Libyan leader Moammar
Gadhafi confirmed that Niger has given al-Saadi Gadhafi permission
to leave the country, so long as another nation is willing to
2012 Sep 7, In Nigeria more
than 60 workers from Air Nigeria protested at Lagos' Murtala
Muhammed International Airport's domestic wings, demanding
four-months-worth of unpaid salaries from the company. The airline's
owner, business tycoon Jimoh Ibrahim, fired nearly all of the
company's 800 employees for "disloyalty" earlier this month.
2012 Sep 7, South Africa said
it will allow fracking to explore for shale gas in the semi-desert
Karoo region known for its vast plains and tender lamb.
2012 Sep 7, In Syria a bomb
exploded near a mosque in the northern Damascus neighborhood of
Rukneddine, killing at least five people. A 2nd bomb exploded in
Damascus, hitting near two government ministries with no casualties.
The Observatory said the 16 bodies of men were found in the Damascus
suburb of Deir al-Asafir, which it said was subjected to a major
operation by the regime in the past few days. , activists and state
media reported that several people were either killed or wounded
when a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus was shelled. At least 60
people were killed in violence around the country.
2012 Sep 7, The UN nearly
doubled its humanitarian appeal for Syria, seeking $347 million for
people in need, including more than half a million children forced
to flee their homes.
2013 Sep 7, NASA launched the
unmanned LADEE spacecraft from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in
Virginia. It aimed to study the Moon's atmosphere was the US space
agency's third lunar probe in five years.
(AP, 9/7/13)(SSFC, 9/8/13, p.A8)
2013 Sep 7, Former US
basketball star Dennis Rodman returned from his second visit to
North Korea this year where he again met the reclusive country's
leader Kim Jong-un. "He is my friend for life. I don't care what you
guys think about him. I don't give a shit about what people around
the world think about him."
2013 Sep 7, In Afghanistan a
crowd of several hundred rallied outside the consulate in Herat city
to protest its failure to grant visas. Security forces opened fire,
killing one and wounding three. Female parliamentarian Fariba Ahmadi
Kakar was freed by the Taliban in exchange for four militants.
2013 Sep 7, In Afghanistan a
NATO airstrike targeting insurgents in Kunar province hit a pickup
truck carrying up to ten militants, amid reports that at least 8
civilians, including 7 women and children, were among the dead.
2013 Sep 7, Australia's
conservative opposition swept to power, ending six years of Labor
Party rule and winning over a disenchanted public by promising to
end a hated tax on carbon emissions, boost a flagging economy and
bring about political stability after years of Labor infighting.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott (55) will become PM in three months.
2013 Sep 7, British police
arrested more than 160 people in east London during rival protests
by hundreds of anti-Islamist activists and thousands of
counter-demonstrators near an area home to one of Britain's largest
2013 Sep 7, Thousands of
Cambodians, many holding lotus flowers symbolizing peace, joined a
mass protest in the capital Phnom Penh in a last-ditch bid to
challenge PM Hun Sen's disputed election win. The CPP took 68 seats
to 55 for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP),
according to the country's National Election Committee.
(AFP, 9/7/13)(AFP, 9/8/13)
2013 Sep 7, Egyptian helicopter
gunships and tanks pounded suspected hideouts of Islamic militants
in the northern Sinai Peninsula in a major new offensive in the
2013 Sep 7, The European
Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the EU's 28
nations agreed that available information seemed to show strong
evidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical attack on
civilians in August.
2013 Sep 7, The Indian army was
called in to contain communal violence pitting Hindu Jats against
Muslims that killed at least 10 people in northern Uttar Pradesh
state. 19 people were killed in Kawal village. The death toll in the
district of Muzaffarnagar rose to 31 by the end of the weekend.
(Reuters, 9/8/13)(AP, 9/9/13)(SFC, 9/9/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 7, In Iraq attacks
north of Baghdad, including a suicide bombing at a government
building and the detonation of a booby-trapped corpse, killed 4
2013 Sep 7, The Italian film
"Sacro GRA," a documentary about life along the highway that circles
Rome by director Gianfranco Rosi, won the Golden Lion for best film
at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival.
2013 Sep 7, The International
Olympic Committee selected Tokyo for the 2020 Games.
2013 Sep 7, The Maldives held
elections. Mohamed Nasheed, ousted from power last year, emerged as
the clear leader with 45% of the vote, short of the 50% needed to
avoid a Sep 28 runoff against Yaamin Abdul Qayyoom.
(SFC, 9/9/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 7, The Nigerian army
said it had tracked down and killed 50 members of Boko Haram, days
after the Islamist sect was blamed for killing 20 villagers in raids
in its northeastern stronghold.
2013 Sep 7, Pakistan freed
seven Afghan Taliban in an attempt to improve its troubled relations
with the South Asian neighbor, but risked angering Afghanistan by
not handing them over directly to the Kabul authorities.
(Reuters, 9/7/13)(SSFC, 9/8/13, p.A6)
2013 Sep 7, Somali militants
attacked a restaurant near Mogadishu's seat of government for the
second time in less than a year, detonating two large blasts that
killed at least 15 people and wounded nearly two dozen.
2013 Sep 7, In Syria heavy
government shelling of rebel positions near Damascus killed 16
2013 Sep 7, Thousands of
Tunisians took to the streets of Bardo, near the capital Tunis,
calling for the government led by the moderate Islamist Ennahda
party to step down.
2013 Sep 7, In Yemen a
suspected Islamist militant was killed when a bomb he was trying to
plant in the car of an intelligence officer in Sanaa exploded in his
2014 Sep 7, The United States
and Georgia moved to expand their defense relationship, including
the possible sale of US Black Hawk helicopters to the former Soviet
2014 Sep 7, The US expanded its
month-long air campaign to Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland, hitting
Islamic State fighters west of Baghdad as troops and allied
tribesmen launched a ground assault.
2014 Sep 7, In Tennessee the
partial remains of missing student Holly Bobo, a cousin of country
music singer Whitney Duncan, were found. Bobo (20), a nursing
student, was last seen in April 2011 by her brother.
2014 Sep 7, An Afghan judge
sentenced seven men to death for the August 23 gang-rape of four
women in a case that sparked nationwide outrage and highlighted the
violence women face despite reforms since the Taliban era.
2014 Sep 7, Cameroon's military
reportedly killed 100 Islamic militants who traveled from Nigeria to
attack Fotocol just across the border. The army fired mortars at the
extremists and pushed them back into Nigeria.
2014 Sep 7, China’s Xinhua News
Agency reported that authorities have killed some 4,900 dogs in
Baoshan, Yunnan province, after blaming five human deaths on rabies.
The city of vaccinated another 100,000 in its anti-rabies campaign
and issued an urgent order calling for authorities to tightly
regulate dogs and kill stray ones.
2014 Sep 7, Arab foreign
ministers meeting in Cairo agreed to take the "necessary measures"
and were prepared to cooperate internationally to confront Islamic
2014 Sep 7, Avraham Mengistu,
an Israeli of Ethiopian descent in his late 20s, disappeared after
he "independently" crossed the border fence into the Gaza Strip. On
July 9, 2015, Israeli authorities announced that Mengistu was being
held by Hamas. Authorities said another Israeli citizen was also
being held in Gaza.
2014 Sep 7, Four Japanese ships
left the northern island of Hokkaido to start the seasonal
"research" whaling hunt in Pacific coastal waters.
2014 Sep 7, Japanese film idol
Yoshiko Yamaguchi (94) died of heart failure. She was known as
Rikoran and symbolized Japan's wartime dreams of Asian conquest.
Known as Shirley Yamaguchi in the US she was one of biggest Japanese
film stars during and after World War II.
2014 Sep 7, In Mozambique six
suspected poachers were arrested in the Niassa National Reserve
wildlife reserve, home to about two-thirds of the country’s
2014 Sep 7, Scores of
Palestinians rioted in East Jerusalem after hearing that a youth
from their neighborhood had died of wounds suffered in a clash with
Israeli police last week. Mohammed Sinokrot (16) succumbed to a head
wound suffered during a protest a week ago but the circumstances of
how he sustained the wound were in dispute.
2014 Sep 7, In South Korea Kwon
Ri-sae (23) died at a hospital in Suwon, just south of Seoul. She
was the 2nd Ladies' Code band member to die following a car accident
on Sep 3.
2014 Sep 7, Sri Lanka President
Mahinda Rajapakse held talks with Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe. The two
leaders agreed to forge stronger maritime links between their
countries in a move seen as countering China's influence in the
2014 Sep 7, A senior aide to
Ukraine's Pres. Petro Poroshenko said an agreement was reached
during the NATO summit in Wales on the provision of weapons and
military advisers from five member states of the alliance.
2014 Sep 7, In eastern Ukraine
a woman died and at least four people were wounded when fighting
flared again overnight. Fighting broke out early today on the
northern outskirts of rebel-held Donetsk. Both the rebels and the
Ukrainian military insisted they were strictly observing the
ceasefire and blamed their opponents for any violations.
2014 Sep 7, In Yemen a Huthi
demonstrator was shot dead and a number of protesters received
gunshot wounds when police hurled tear gas canisters and deployed
water cannon against demonstrators.
2015 Sep 7, Pres. Obama in a
Labor Day speech in Boston announced a new executive order that will
require federal contractors to offer employees up to 7 paid sick
days a year.
(SFC, 9/8/15, p.A5)
2015 Sep 7, An Afghan official
said a NATO airstrike in southern Helmand province has killed at
least 11 police officers and employees of the Interior Ministry's
anti-narcotics department. US officials denied that a NATO strike
2015 Sep 7, Australia's PM Tony
Abbott said that his country will resettle a "significant" number of
refugees from Syria this year, while the opposition called for an
additional 10,000 refugee places to help the world cope with a
2015 Sep 7, President Dilma
Rousseff said Brazil will welcome Syrian refugees with open arms.
Brazil has already taken in more than 2,000 Syrian refugees since
the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011.
2015 Sep 7, PM David Cameron
said Britain will take 20,000 Syrian refugees from camps near the
war-torn country's borders over the next five years.
2015 Sep 7, British
archaeologists said they had found the buried remains of a
mysterious prehistoric monument close to the famous Stonehenge
heritage site dating back some 4,500 years. The discovery was made
at Durrington Walls -- a so-called "superhenge" located less than
three km (1.8 miles) from Stonehenge.
2015 Sep 7, In Burundi the
spokesman for an opposition party was shot and killed outside his
home in Bujumbura.
2015 Sep 7, President Michelle
Bachelet says Chile will welcome an important number of refugees.
2015 Sep 7, China said it would
remove personal income tax on dividends for shareholders who hold
stocks for more than a year.
2015 Sep 7, Cyprus said it
would be willing to take in up to 300 migrants fleeing upheaval in
the Middle East under new EU quotas, but would prefer them to be
2015 Sep 7, Egypt's agriculture
minister Salah el-Din Helal was detained shortly after tendering his
resignation amid a corruption investigation.
2015 Sep 7, In Egypt a roadside
bomb struck a military vehicle in the restive northern Sinai,
killing an officer and a conscript and wounding five soldiers.
2015 Sep 7, The EU announced it
will release 500 million euros to aid European farmers suffering
plunging milk and meat prices partly blamed on a Russian embargo, as
thousands of farmers protested outside EU headquarters in Brussels
to demand more aid and higher prices for their milk and pig meat.
(AFP, 9/7/15)(AP, 9/7/15)
2015 Sep 7, President Francois
Hollande said France is ready to take in 24,000 refugees as part of
EU plans to welcome more than 100,000 in the next two years.
2015 Sep 7, France’s culture
ministry agreed to demands by artist Anish Kapoor that anti-Semitic
graffiti not be cleaned off a giant sculpture, dubbed the “queen’s
vagina” at Palace of Versailles.
2015 Sep 7, German media
reported that Germany’s foreign intelligence agency BND has
collected evidence of mustard gas use in northern Iraq by the
Islamic State group.
2015 Sep 7, A Greek official
said the United States has asked Greece to deny Russia the use of
its airspace for supply flights to Syria.
2015 Sep 7, In Guinea at least
7 people were killed and 12 others injured following heavy rains in
an overnight mudslide in Tougnifili.
2015 Sep 7, In Libya 8 soldiers
were killed repelling an attack on their post by Islamist militants
eight km (five miles) southwest of the eastern city of Benghazi. One
soldier was missing and 10 were wounded.
(Reuters, 9/7/15)(AP, 9/8/15)
2015 Sep 7, North and South
Korea started talks at a border village on resuming the reunions of
families separated by the Korean War.
2015 Sep 7, Some 1,000 Qatar
ground troops arrived in Yemen, escalating Gulf Arab intervention in
Yemen's war ahead of a planned offensive against Iranian-backed
Houthis holding the capital Sanaa. At least 15 civilians were killed
in Saudi-led air strikes.
(Reuters, 9/7/15)(Reuters, 9/8/15)
2015 Sep 7, Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said Islamic State fighters have seized the Jazal
oil field, last major oilfield under Syrian government control
during battles over a vast central desert zone. The Observatory also
said US-led coalition bombing raids in areas in the militant's de
facto capital of Raqqa had killed at least 16 militants, including
five foreign jihadists.
2015 Sep 7, Trinidad and Tobago
held elections amid complaints about corruption and violent crime.
(SFC, 9/7/15, p.A2)
2015 Sep 7, Turkish warplanes
bombed Kurdish insurgent targets overnight after the militants
staged what appeared to be their deadliest attack since the collapse
of a two-year-old ceasefire in July. 16 Turkish soldiers were killed
in the Kurdish-dominated southeast of the country in an attack
blamed on the PKK.
(Reuters, 9/7/15)(AFP, 9/8/15)
2015 Sep 7, The head of the UN
atomic energy agency said satellite imagery of North Korea's main
nuclear site indicates that the country is expanding its atomic
2015 Sep 7, Venezuela's
President Nicolas Maduro said he has ordered more of his country's
vast border with Colombia closed amid a diplomatic crisis over
deportations and smuggling.
2016 Sep 7, A US federal judge
ordered wildlife managers to enlarge habitat protections in Idaho,
Montana and Colorado for the Canada lynx, a rare wild cat that roams
the Rockies and mountain forests of several other states.
2016 Sep 7, The city of
Oakland, Ca., fired four police officers and suspended seven others
in connection with a scandal involving a sex worker (19) from
Richmond who calls herself Celeste Guap. The teenager has said she
had sex with 29 law enforcement officers in the Bay Area in the past
two years. On Sept. 29 Guap, aka Jasmine, filed claims seeking tens
of millions of dollars in compensation from Richmond, San Francisco,
Livermore and Alameda County.
(SFC, 9/8/16, p.A1)(SFC, 10/1/16, p.C1)
2016 Sep 7, An Egyptian court
ordered the conditional release of four members of the satirical
street performance group “Street Children,” whose selfie-style video
clips mocked President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
2016 Sep 7, In Egypt a train
went off the tracks south Cairo killing five people.
2016 Sep 7, Hong Kong
politician Ken Chow of the pro-business Liberal Party said he was
pressured to bow out of a city election to clear the field for a
candidate favored by the Chinese government, which, if confirmed,
could offer rare evidence of interference by Beijing in city
2016 Sep 7, Iran state media
reported that 8 members of the rebel Kurdish Democratic Party of
Iran (KDPI) have been killed in overnight clashes with security
forces along the Iraqi border in the northwestern province of West
2016 Sep 7, Italian rescuers
brought more than 350 migrants to shore in Sicily, along with the
bodies of five women and two men who had died on the perilous
2016 Sep 7, In Laos the ASEAN
summit issued a mild rebuke of China over its expansionist
activities in the disputed South China Sea, and indirectly urged it
to show restraint and not raise tensions.
2016 Sep 7, Police in the
Maldives raided the office of one of the country's leading news
websites shortly after the broadcast of a television documentary
that accused the country's president of corruption, money laundering
2016 Sep 7, Mexico Pres.
Enrique Nieto Pena accepted the resignation of finance minister Luis
Videgaray Caso (b.1968). The minister had suggested Donald Trump’s
visit to Mexico. On Jan 4, 2017, Videgaray was brought back as
Secretary of Foreign Affairs.
(Econ, 9/10/16, p.27)(Econ, 1/14/17, p.29)
2017 Sep 7, US House Minority
Leader Nancy Pelosi urged President Donald Trump to tweet
reassurances to the immigrants who benefit from a program his
administration is ending. Trump obliged in the latest instance of
Trump doing the bidding of leaders of the opposition.
2017 Sep 7, The US Senate
Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill this evening that
included $10 million to help fund the UN climate change body that
oversees the Paris Climate Agreement, despite Pres. Donald Trump's
decision to stop funding it.
2017 Sep 7, Equifax, an
Atlanta-based credit monitoring company, said it been hit by a
high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other
sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting
victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities
stolen. Equifax discovered the hack on July 29.
2017 Sep 7, New York state’s
Court of Appeals ruled that state lawmakers had a rational reason
for passing a ban on assisted suicide and that the ban does not
violate the state Constitution.
(SFC, 9/8/17 p.A6)
2017 Sep 7, In NYC Erdal
Kuyumcu, the head of Global Metallurgy LLC, was sentenced to over 4½
years in prison for conspiring to send a steel company in Iran a
metallic powder that can be used in missiles.
2017 Sep 7, The lawyer of
Chinese real estate tycoon Guo Wengui, one of the ruling Communist
Party's most wanted exiles, said Wengui has applied for political
asylum in the United States, in a move that could keep him out of
Beijing's grasp for at least several more years. Guo was being
investigated by Chinese officials in at least 19 major criminal
cases that involve bribery, kidnapping, fraud, money laundering and
rape. Guo has attracted Beijing's ire by unleashing numerous
allegations of high-level corruption within the Communist Party that
have rocked Chinese politics.
2017 Sep 7, SpaceX stuck with
its long-planned launch of a super-secret Air Force space shuttle
and launched an unmanned Falcon rocket from Florida's Kennedy Space
Center. It's the fifth flight for one of these crewless mini
shuttles, known as the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. Officials would
not say what the spacecraft are doing up there.
2017 Sep 7, Britain, France and
the Netherlands sent water, emergency rations and rescue teams to
their stricken territories in the Caribbean hit by Hurricane Irma.
2017 Sep 7, Hurricane Irma
inflicted "severe and in places critical" damage to the British
overseas territory of Anguilla with one death reported. The British
Virgin islands also suffered "severe damage.
2017 Sep 7, China's cabinet
passed new rules to regulate religion to bolster national security,
fight extremism and restrict faith practiced outside organizations
approved by the state. Christian news site World Watch Monitor soon
reported that China’s provinces of Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangsu, Henan
and the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia have barred children
from faith activities including summer camp.
(Reuters, 9/7/17)(Reuters, 12/24/17)
2017 Sep 7, In southwestern
Denmark some 200,000 liters (52,00 gallons) of diesel fuel spilled
into a harbor. The oil spill reportedly came from a tank at the
harbor belonging to hydrocarbon storage and shipping company
2017 Sep 7, Hurricane Irma
flooded parts of the Dominican Republic as it roared by just off the
northern coast of the island it shares with Haiti. The hurricane was
headed for the Turks and Caicos Islands. Irma has cut a path of
devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 11 dead
and thousands homeless.
(AP, 9/7/17)(Reuters, 9/7/17)
2017 Sep 7, French Interior
Minister Gerard Collomb told Franc Info that at least eight people
died and another 23 were injured when Hurricane Irma walloped the
French Caribbean island territories of St. Martin and St.
2017 Sep 7, French President
Emmanuel Macron kicked off his first official visit to Greece with a
call for concerted efforts to tackle climate change.
2017 Sep 7, A study by wildlife
trade monitoring network Traffic said weak governance, corruption
and shifting trade dynamics are seriously undermining efforts to
control ivory trafficking throughout Cameroon, the Central African
Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of the Congo
2017 Sep 7, In Kosovo Ramush
Haradinaj, a former guerrilla fighter who has twice stood trial for
war crimes, was chosen to form a new government, ending a political
deadlock that has persisted since elections on June 11.
2017 Sep 7, An 8.1 earthquake
hit off the southern Pacific coast of Mexico late today, killing at
least 61 people with 45 dead in Oaxaca state, 12 in Chiapas and 4 in
Tabasco. It was the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in over
eight decades sending panicked people into the streets more than 650
miles (1,000 km) away. The death toll later rose to at least 96.
(AP, 9/8/17)(Reuters, 9/9/17)(AP,
9/9/17)(Reuters, 9/10/17)(Econ, 9/16/17, p.30)
2017 Sep 7, The Moldovan
government said it has sent 57 servicemen to Ukraine to participate
in military exercises starting this week, despite a veto by
pro-Russian President Igor Dodon.
2017 Sep 7, Mongolian lawmakers
voted to dismiss PM Jargaltulga Erdenebat and his 14-month-old
Cabinet for alleged incompetence and corruption related to the
signing of government contracts with companies linked to three
2017 Sep 7, In Myanmar
journalists saw new fires burning in a village that had been
abandoned by Rohingya Muslims, and pages ripped from Islamic texts
that were left on the ground. This intensifies doubts about
government claims that members of the persecuted minority have been
destroying their own homes.
2017 Sep 7, A Dutch court
ordered the government to take immediate action to limit air
pollution, as emissions in various parts of the country were in
breach of European rules.
2017 Sep 7, Niger launched a
campaign to destroy mosquito breeding sites in the capital in the
wake of heavy rains that have lashed the city since June.
2017 Sep 7, Hurricane Irma left
more than 1 million people in Puerto Rico without power, nearly 70
percent of customers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority.
2017 Sep 7, Spain’s PM Mariano
Rajoy vowed to take legal action to block an independence referendum
called for October 1 in Catalonia. Spain’s top court suspended the
call for a referendum on Catalonia’s independence after accepting an
appeal by central authorities in Madrid.
(AFP, 9/7/17)(SFC, 9/8/17 p.A2)
2017 Sep 7, Syria's army
accused Israeli warplanes of hitting one of its positions, killing
two people in an attack that a monitor said targeted a site where
the regime allegedly produces chemical weapons. The strike hit a
training camp and a branch of the Scientific Studies and Research
Center (SSRC), an institution that Washington has accused of helping
develop the sarin gas.
(AFP, 9/7/17)(Econ, 9/16/17, p.19)
2017 Sep 7, Prominent Syrian
opposition leader Riyad Hijab said UN mediation to end the country's
six-year conflict has failed and the revolution would continue.
2017 Sep 7, In Tanzania
opposition lawmaker Tundu Lissu, a fierce critic of President John
Magufuli's government, was seriously wounded in a gun attack.
2017 Sep 7, In Togo huge crowds
turned out in the capital for the second day running to demand
political reform, in the largest opposition protests against
President Faure Gnassingbe's regime.
2017 Sep 7, Venezuela’s
President Nicolas Maduro invited bondholders to unspecified
"negotiations" over its foreign debt in coming days in response to
recent US financial sanctions.
2018 Sep 7, US District Judge
Randolph Moss sentenced George Papadopoulos, a former advisor to US
President Donald Trump, to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI.
2018 Sep 7, The US Army Europe
said it's expanding its troop presence by adding 1,500 solders to
its forces in Germany.
2018 Sep 7, Rapper Mac Miller
(26) was found dead at his Los Angeles home. An autopsey later
showed his death was due to an accidental overdose of drugs and
(SFC, 11/6/18, p.A6)
2018 Sep 7, In Cameroon
hundreds of women gathered in Bamenda city for an angry protest in
against abuses committed in months of fighting between the
government and Anglophone separatists.
2018 Sep 7, In Colombia ELN
guerrillas abducted a girl (15) from her home in Orupa, in the
jungle region of Choco.
2018 Sep 7, Prosecutors in
Comoros issued an international arrest warrant for Jaffar Ahmed Said
Hassani, a former vice president, who opposed a series of
constitutional reforms enabling President Azali Assoumani to extend
his term in office.
2018 Sep 7, In the Czech Rep.
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind called on Czech defense firms to
come to India to create joint venture companies after meeting his
Czech counterpart Milos Zeman in Prague.
2018 Sep 7, An Egyptian colonel
was killed in central Sinai after explosives inside an empty vehicle
he was inspecting detonated.
2018 Sep 7, Eritrea and
Djibouti agreed to normalize relations after a decade of diplomatic
(SFC, 9/8/18, p.A2)
2018 Sep 7, In France jewels,
worth an estimated 800,000 euros ($930,000), were stolen from a
Saudi princess at the five-star Ritz Hotel on Place Vendome.
2018 Sep 7, Speaking in Germany
Qatar's emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said in Berlin his
country would invest some 10 billion euros ($11.6 billion) in
Germany, as he battled a policy of isolation by neighboring states.
2018 Sep 7, In Greece workers
at a camp for migrants on the island of Lesbos said they will go on
strike to protest overcrowding, as the government conceded
conditions were "near impossible." More than 8,300 people occupy the
Moria camp, which has room for only 3,100.
2018 Sep 7, The Hungarian
government granted ownership of a new Holocaust museum, called the
House of Fates, to the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH),
one of the three registered Jewish groups in Hungary. PM Viktor
Orban's right-wing government planned to open the museum next year
to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Hungarian
Jews to death camps in German-occupied Poland. The new museum has
divided Hungary's Jewish community and triggered international
concerns that it will downplay the wartime role of Hungarians in the
persecution and deportation of Jews.
2018 Sep 7, Meeting in Tehran
the presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia failed to agree on a
ceasefire that would forestall a Syrian government offensive in
rebel-held Idlib province. They agreed in a final statement that
there could be no military solution to the conflict and it could
only end through a negotiated political process. But as Syrian
government and Russian warplanes mounted air strikes in Idlib, Putin
and Rouhani pushed back against Erdogan's call for a truce.
2018 Sep 7, In Iran a 5.6
magnitude earthquake shook the southeast, killing at least one
person and damaging houses in several villages.
2018 Sep 7, Iraq's parliament
called an emergency session after a curfew was imposed in the
southern city of Basra following a fresh outbreak of deadly protests
over poor public services and as shells were fired into Baghdad's
fortified Green Zone. Iraqi security forces launched a search
operation to determine the source of three mortar shells that landed
inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.
(AFP, 9/7/18)(AP, 9/7/18)
2018 Sep 7, In Iraq protesters
broke into the Iranian consulate in Basra, shouting condemnation of
what many perceive as Iran's sway over Iraq's political affairs, and
set it alight. Three protesters died and 48 more were wounded.
(Reuters, 9/8/18)(SFC, 9/8/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 7, Starbucks opened
its first Italian café in Milan.
(SSFC, 9/9/18, p.D2)
2018 Sep 7, It was reported
that two companies in the Lesotho's tiny capital Maseru are now
using one of the world's first commercial 5G networks on the
long-awaited 3.5 GHz spectrum.
2018 Sep 7, The Maldives hit
out at the United States after the US warned of possible sanctions
against key officials of the island nation if upcoming elections are
not free and fair.
2018 Sep 7, Myanmar's
government rejected an International Criminal Court ruling that it
has jurisdiction to investigate allegations that its security forces
violated international law by driving hundreds of thousands of
Rohingya Muslims from their homes.
2018 Sep 7, In Nicaragua many
shops, banks and gas stations were closed in a 24-hour strike called
by the opposition in protest at "political prisoners" and the rule
of President Daniel Ortega's government.
2018 Sep 7, In northern Nigeria
Boko Haram extremists overran Gudumbali, a key crossroads and
military outpost. In June the government encouraged displaced people
to return to the town in Borno state.
(AP, 9/8/18)(Reuters, 9/8/18)
2018 Sep 7, North Korea and
South Korea asked the United Nations to circulate the "Panmunjom
Declaration on Peace, Prosperity and Reunification of the Korean
Peninsula" as an official UN document.
2018 Sep 7, It was reported
that Pakistan's new government has canceled the appointment of Atif
Mian (43), a renowned Princeton economist to its Economic Advisory
Council, after a strong backlash by the emergent ultra-right
Tehreek-e-Labbaik party against the choice of a member of the Ahmadi
2018 Sep 7, Hundreds of
Palestinians took part in protests along the border, burning tires
and hurling objects at troops on the Israeli side. A teenager (17)
was killed and 45 others were wounded. Ahmad Abu Tuyur (16) was
wounded from a single gunshot in the southern Rafah region and died
the next day.
(AP, 9/8/18)(SFC, 9/8/18, p.A2)
2018 Sep 7, It was reported
that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided not to seek
the arrest of opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who has taken
refuge in the Senate, without a court warrant after the defiant
lawmaker asked the Supreme Court to declare Duterte's order illegal.
2018 Sep 7, In Sri Lanka a leak
occurred late today in a pipeline carrying oil from tankers to a
storage facility on land, releasing about 25 tons of furnace oil.
The leak occurred off Uswetakeiyawa, a town about 14 km (9 miles)
north of Colombo.
2018 Sep 7, Hundreds of Syrians
took to the streets in the country's last major rebel bastion of
Idlib, calling on neighboring Turkey to help prevent a regime
assault on their region. Air strikes targeted positions belonging to
rebel groups in the northern Hama and southern Idlib provinces.
Russian air strikes killed five people in Idlib.
(AFP, 9/7/18)(Reuters, 9/7/18)
2018 Sep 7, Speaking in
Thailand on the sidelines of a six-day climate conference Amjad
Abdulla, the head negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States
(AOSIS), warned that island nations like Fiji and the Maldives are
almost at the "point of no return" because of rising sea levels.
2018 Sep 7, Turkey's foreign
ministry said the country and the Netherlands have taken a further
step in normalizing relations by re-appointing ambassadors to each
2018 Sep 7, A court in Istanbul
has convicted a former co-chairman of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish
political party of "engaging in terror propaganda." The court
sentenced Selahattin Demirtas to more than four years in prison
after finding him guilty.
2018 Sep 7, Turkish filmmaker
Ali Avci was convicted of membership of a terrorist group for a
feature film that portrayed President Tayyip Erdogan having a gun
pointed at his head as his family lay dead all around him.
2018 Sep 7, The Istanbul-based
Ecumenical Patriarchate said it is sending two bishops to Ukraine
"within the framework of the preparations for the granting of
autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine." The patriarchate's
leader is considered the "first among equals" of Eastern Orthodox
2018 Sep 7, The United
Nations-mediated peace talks on Yemen stalled pending the arrival of
the Shiite rebels to Geneva, who said they didn't attend because
they were not guaranteed safe return after the discussions.
2018 Sep 7, Zimbabwe's
President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed former banker Mthuli Ncube as
finance minister and kept Winston Chitando in charge of mining,
placing two technocrats at the helm of plans to rescue the country's
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