Today in History - September 27

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70CE        Sep 27, The walls of upper city of Jerusalem were battered down by Romans.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1130        Sep 27, Roger II (1095-1154) became King of Sicily.

1259        Sep 27, Ezzeline III da Romano, gentleman of Verona, "cruel monster", died.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1404        Sep 27, William of Wykeham, chancellor and Bishop of Winchester, died.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1540        Sep 27, The Society of Jesus, a religious order under Ignatius Loyola, was approved by the Pope. The Jesuits were recognized by Pope Paul III. They were to become the chief agents of the Church of Rome in spreading the Counter-Reformation.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.16)(HN, 9/27/98)

1601        Sep 27, Maria de Medicis (1575-1642), the 2nd wife of King Henry IV of France, gave birth to Louis XIII, who later became king of France (1610-43). Henry IV, in honor of the birth, revived a tapestry scheme by poet Nicholas Houel and artist Antoine Caron, that had been conceived in honor of Caterina de Medici (1519-1589). Louis ascended to the throne at the age of nine following the assassination of his father. At 17, he seized control of the empire from his mother Marie de' Medici. Louis XIII proved to be a strongly pro-Catholic ruler.
    (, 11/1/08, p.98)

1605        Sep 27, Jan Karol Chodkiewicz (1560-1621), Lithuanian Hetman (Jonas Karolis Katkevičius-Katkus), led Lithuanian and Polish forces to victory against a Swedish army at Kircholm, Latvia. Chodkiewicz carried the day in a victory that, taking into account the disparity of power and strategic result, was huge. It is estimated that 6000 Swedes died. Sweden’s King Charles IX was wounded.

1660        Sep 27, St. Vincent de Paul, Vincentian founder, died.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1696        Sep 27, Alfonsus M. de' Liguori, Italian theologian, bishop, and religious order founder, was born.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1722        Sep 27, Samuel Adams (d.1803), American propagandist, political figure, revolutionary patriot and statesman who helped to organize the Boston Tea Party, was born. He was Lt. Gov. of Mass from 1789-94.
    (AHD, 1971, p.14)(HN, 9/27/98)(MC, 9/27/01)

1779        Sep 27, John Adams was named to negotiate the Revolutionary War's peace terms with Britain.
    (AP, 9/27/97)

1787        Sep 27, The US Constitution was submitted to states for ratification. [see Sep 28]
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1791        Sep 27, Jews in France were granted French citizenship. Jews were granted religious and civic rights in 1791.
    (HN, 9/27/98)(WSJ, 8/7/00, p.A13)

1792        Sep 27, George Cruikshank, London, caricaturist (Oliver Twist), was born.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1803        Sep 27, Samuel Francis DuPont (d.1865), Rear Admiral (Union Navy), was born.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1809        Sep 27, Raphael Semmes (d.1877), Rear Admiral (Confederate Navy), was born.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1821        Sep 27, The Mexican Empire declared its independence. Revolutionary forces occupied Mexico City as the Spanish withdraw.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1825        Sep 27, The first locomotive to haul a passenger train was operated by George Stephenson in England. [see Sep 28]
    (AP, 9/27/97)

1833        Sep 27, Charles Darwin rode a horse to Santa Fe.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1834        Sep 27, Charles Darwin returned to Valparaiso.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1840        Sep 27, Alfred T. Mahan, navy admiral, was born. He wrote “The Influence of Seapower on History" and other books that encouraged world leaders to build larger navies. Although a brilliant naval historian and noted theorist on the importance of sea power to national defense, Alfred Thayer Mahan hated the sea and dreaded his duties as a ship's captain.
    (HN, 9/27/98)
1840        Sep 27, Thomas Nast, caricaturist, was born. He created the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant.
    (HN, 9/27/00)

1850        Sep 27, The US Donation land Act was enacted. It allowed Americans to stake claims that would become valid after treaties were negotiated with Indian tribes and ratified by Congress.
    (SSFC, 2/27/11, p.G2)(

1852        Sep 27, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," premiered in Troy, NY.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1854        Sep 27, The first great disaster involving an ocean liner in the Atlantic occurred when the steamship Arctic sank off the coast of Newfoundland with 300 people aboard. It had collided in heavy fog with the French ship Vesta.
    (AP, 9/27/97)(Arch, 7/02, p.7)(Arch, 9/02, p.6)

1855        Sep 27, George F. Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle," 2nd American opera, opened in NYC.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1862        Sep 27, Louis Botha, commander-in-chief of the Boar Army against the British and first president of South Africa, was born.
    (HN, 9/27/98)

1863        Sep 27, Jo Shelby's cavalry in action at Moffat's Station, Arkansas.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1864        Sep 27, Confederate guerrilla Bloody Bill Anderson and his henchmen, including a teenage Jesse James, massacred 20 unarmed Union soldiers at Centralia, Mo.
    (HN, 9/27/98)
1864        Sep 27, Battle at Pilot Knob (Ft Davidson), Missouri. 1700 were killed or injured.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1869        Sep 27, Wild Bill Hickok, sheriff of Hays City, Kan., shot down Samuel Strawhim, a drunken teamster causing trouble.
    (HN, 9/27/98)

1870        Sep 27, Henry T.P. Comstock (50), Canadian silver prospector, died.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1892        Sep 27, Book matches were patented by Diamond Match Company.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1896        Sep 27, Sam Ervin, (Sen-D-NC), Watergate committee chairman, was born.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1898        Sep 27, Vincent (Miller) Youmans, songwriter, was born. He is best known for “Tea for Two" and musical scores such as “No, No Nanette" and “Flying Down to Rio."
    (HN, 9/27/00)(MC, 9/27/01)

1905        Sep 27, Annalen der Physik published a fourth paper by Albert Einstein, "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?," in which Einstein developed an argument for arguably the most famous equation in the field of physics: E = mc². Einstein considered the equivalency equation to be of paramount importance because it showed that a massive particle possesses an energy, the "rest energy", distinct from its classical kinetic and potential energies.

1910        Sep 27, 1st test flight of a twin-engined airplane was made in France.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1912        Sep 27, W C Handy published "Memphis Blues," the 1st Blues Song.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1916        Sep 27, Constance of Greece declared war on Bulgaria.
    (HN, 9/27/98)

1917        Sep 27, Louis Auchincloss (d.2010), novelist, was born in Lawrence, NY. His work included “Portrait in Brownstone, The Embezzler," and "Watchfires.
1917        Sep 27, Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas (b1834), French impressionist painter died in Paris. His fascination with horses was covered in the 1998 book "Degas at the Races" by Jean Sutherland.
    (WSJ, 10/2/96, p.B5)(SFEC, 6/21/98, BR p.8)(

1918        Sep 27, President Woodrow Wilson opened his fourth Liberty Loan campaign to support men and machines for World War I.
    (HN, 9/27/98)

1919        Sep 27, British troops withdrew from Archangel.
    (MC, 9/27/01)
1919        Sep 27, Adelina [Adela JM] Patti, Italian soprano (Lucio), died at 76.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1920        Sep 27, Eight Chicago White Sox players were charged with fixing the 1919 World Series. [see Sep 28]
    (HN, 9/27/98)

1921        Sep 27, Engelbert Humperdinck, German opera composer (Hansel & Gretel), died.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1924        Sep 27, Bud Powell, jazz pianist, was born.
    (HN, 9/27/00)

1825        Sep 27, The Stockton and Darlington rail line opened in England. The first locomotive to haul a passenger train was operated by George Stephenson in England. The British engineers Richard Trevithick and George Stevenson were the first innovators of the technology.
    (AP, 9/27/97)(

1927        Sep 27, Red Rodney, trumpeter, was born.
    (HN, 9/27/00)

1928        Sep 27, The United States said it was recognizing the Nationalist Chinese government. [see Sep 28]
    (AP, 9/27/97)

1930        Sep 27, Igor Kipnis, harpsichordist and professor (Fairfield), was born in Berlin, Germany.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1936        Sep 27, Franco troops conquered Toledo.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1937        Sep 27, The 1st Santa Claus Training School opened in Albion, NY.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1938        Sep 27, Ocean liner Queen Elizabeth was launched at Glasgow. The RMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest passenger liner built to that date, boasted a 200,000-horsepower engine and beautiful art deco style. The elegant ocean liner was named to honor Queen Elizabeth, a consort of King George VI of England and mother to Queen Elizabeth II. 
    (MC, 9/27/01)
1938        Sep 27, Jewish lawyers were forbidden to practice in Germany.
    (MC, 9/27/01)
1938        Sep 27, League of Nations declared Japan the aggressor against China.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1939        Sep 27, Germany occupied Warsaw. Poland surrendered after 19 days of resistance to invading forces from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Poland had endured a brutal 3 day bombing campaign by the German Luftwaffe.
    (AP, 9/27/97)(HN, 9/27/98)

1940        Sep 27, Black leaders protested discrimination in US armed forces.
    (MC, 9/27/01)
1940        Sep 27, 55 German aircrafts were shot down above England.
    (MC, 9/27/01)
1940        Sep 27, Nazi-Germany, Italy and Japan signed a formal alliance called Tripartite Pact, a 10 year military and economic alliance strengthening the Axis alliance.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1942        Sep 27, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra performed together for the last time, at the Central Theater in Passaic, N.J., prior to Miller's entry into the Army.
    (AP, 9/27/97)
1942        Sep 27, The S.S. Stephen Hopkins, a Liberty Ship with an all-San Francisco crew, engaged the German raider Stier and her tender, Tannenfels. It shelled and brought down the Stier and hit the Tannenfels before it was sunk. Of a crew of 58, only 15 survived. They reached the shore of Brazil after a 31-day voyage in an open lifeboat.
    (SFC, 9/27/96, p.B1)
1942        Sep 27, Australian forces defeated the Japanese on New Guinea in the South Pacific.
    (HN, 9/27/98)
1942        Sep 27, Heavy German assault in Stalingrad.
    (MC, 9/27/01)
1942        Sep 27, Reinhard Heydrich, "Butcher of Prague," was appointed SS-general.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1943        Sep 27, Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra recorded "Pistol Packin' Mama" and "Jingle Bells" for Decca Records.
    (AP, 9/27/98)

1944        Sep 27, Aimee Semple McPherson (b.1890), Canadian and US evangelist and faith healer, died at age 53.
1944        Sep 27, Aristide Maillol, French sculptor and graphic artist, died in car crash at 82.
    (MC, 9/27/01)
1944        Sep 27, Thousands of British troops were killed as German forces rebuffed their massive effort to capture the Arnhem Bridge across the Rhine River in Holland.
    (HN, 9/27/98)

1945        Sep 27, Misha Dichter, pianist (Tchaikovsky 2nd prize-1966), was born in Shanghai, China.
    (MC, 9/27/01)
1945        Sep 27, Stephanie Pogue, artist and art professor, was born.
    (HN, 9/27/98)

1949        Sep 27, HUAC held hearings on alleged communist infiltration of the Radiation Laboratory at UC Berkeley.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F2)

1950        Sep 27, U.S. Army and Marine troops liberate Seoul, South Korea.
    (HN, 9/27/98)

1951        Sep 27, Persian troops occupied oil refinery at Abadan.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1953        Sep 27, A typhoon destroyed 1/3 of Nagoya, Japan.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1954         Sep 27, "Tonight!" hosted by Steve Allen, made its debut on NBC-TV.
    (AP, 9/27/97)(

1956        Sep 27, Mildred E "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias (b.1911), track and field gold medalist (1932) and Hall of Fame golfer, died in Galveston, Texas. Six years earlier the Associated Press had named her the Greatest Female Athlete of the First Half of the 20th Century.
    (, 9/27/06)
1956        Sep 27, The U.S. Air Force Bell X-2, the world's fastest and highest-flying plane, crashed, killing the test pilot.
    (HN, 9/27/98)
1956        Sep 27, Gerald Raphael Finzi, composer, died at 55.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1959        Sep 27, Beth Heiden, 3000m speed skater (Olympic-bronze-1980), was born in Madison, Wisc.
    (MC, 9/27/01)
1959        Sep 27, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev concluded his visit to the United States. During the visit he debated with Richard Nixon. He also saw the filming of Can Can and the found the dance immoral. Bassetts produced 50 tubs of borscht sorbet in honor of Premier Nikita Khrushchev’s visit to Philadelphia.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1959)(SFEC, 9/15/96, C10)(WSJ, 8/1/00, p.A24)(AP, 9/27/00)
1959        Sep 27, Typhoon Vera battered the main Japanese island of Honshu, killing nearly 5,000 people.
    (AP, 9/27/97)(MC, 9/27/01)

1960        Sep 27, Europe's 1st "moving pavement," (travelator), opened at Bank station.
    (MC, 9/27/01)
1960        Sep 27, Sylvia Pankhurst, feminist, died. She with her mother, Emmeline Pankhurst, had established the militant Women's Social and Political Union in 1903. These British suffragettes employed controversial, even violent methods to win the right to vote. In 1918, women over thirty were granted the vote, and in 1928, the voting age was lowered to 21, the voting age of men.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1961        Sep 27, Hilda Doolittle (b.1886), American poet, died in Zurich. In 1984 poet Barbara Guest (d.2006) authored the biography “Herself Defined: The Poet H.D. and Her World."
    (SFC, 2/20/06, p.B3)(

1963        Sep 27, Lee Harvey Oswald visited the Cuban consulate in Mexico.
    (MC, 9/27/01)
1963        Sep 27, At 10:59 AM census clock, the US population was recorded at 190,000,000.
    (MC, 9/27/01)

1964        Sep 27, The Warren Commission, investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, announced that according to its findings Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone as did Jack Ruby in the assassination. Later evidence indicated a Mafia contract killing. In 1965 Harold Weisberg (d.2002) authored “Whitewash: The Report on the Warren Report."
    (WSJ, 5/17/95, p.A-18)(AP, 9/27/97)(HN, 9/27/98)(HC)(SFC, 2/25/02, p.B6)

1965        Sep 27, Clara Bow (b.1905), silent film star, died in Los Angeles. David Stenn later authored "Clara Bow: Runnin’ Wild."
    (SFC, 6/21/02, p.D6)(

1967        Sep 27, Felix Yusupov (b.1887), Russian aristocrat, died in Paris. He is best known for participating in the 1916 assassination of Grigori Rasputin. In 1927 Yusupov published his memoir detailing the killing of Rasputin.
    (, 12/24/16, p.115)

1968        Sep 27, Portugal’s President Americo Thomaz replaced PM Antonio de Oliveira Salazar with Marcelo Caetano after Salazar suffered a major stroke, caused by his falling from a chair in his summer house.

1969        Sep 27, The California Zodiac killer pulled a gun on two teenagers at Lake Berryessa. He stabbed them repeatedly and killed Cecelia Shepard.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W20)(SFC, 12/12/20, p.A7)

1971        Sep 27, Pamela Churchill Harriman (1920-1997), English-born socialite, married her former lover and former New York Governor Averell Harriman (79). She was the former wife (1939-1946) of Randolph Churchill, the son of Winston Churchill. From 1993-1997 she served as the US ambassador to France.
    (SFC, 10/23/96, p.E6)(

1977        Sep 27, Japan Airlines Flight 715, a DC-8, crashed into a hill in bad weather while attempting to land at the Kuala Lumpur Subang Airport. 34 people, including 8 of the 10 crew members and 26 of the 69 passengers, were killed when the aircraft broke on impact.

1979        Sep 27, Congress gave final approval to forming the Department of Education, the 13th Cabinet agency in U.S. history.
    (AP, 9/27/97)

1981        Sep 27, In Iran the Mojahedin used machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers against units of the Pasdaran. Smaller left-wing opposition groups, including the Fadayan, attempted similar guerrilla activities.

1985        Sep 27, Hurricane Gloria, having come ashore at North Carolina with winds of 130 mph, proceeded to head up the Atlantic coast toward New England. The NYSE closed for one day due to the storm
    (AP, 9/27/97)(SFC, 10/29/12, p.D2)

1986        Sep 27, The US Senate joined House of Reps voting for "sweeping tax reforms."
1986        Sep 27, Ohio's city of Cleveland released 1.5 million helium-filled balloons over the city as part of a fundraiser for United Way. The balloons were promptly brought down by a storm wreaking havoc on the city for weeks to come.

1987        Sep 27, Football fans suffered through their first Sunday without football since players went on strike. NFL owners soon organized games with replacement and nonstriking players.
    (AP, 9/27/97)

1988        Sep 27, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson left for home in disgrace 3 days after placing first in the men's 100-meter dash at the Seoul Summer Olympics. He was stripped of his gold medal by officials who said he had used anabolic steroids.
    (AP, 9/27/98)
1988        Sep 27, Grand jury evidence showed Tawana Brawley fabricated her rape story.

1989        Sep 27, Columbia Pictures Entertainment Inc. agreed to a $3.4 billion buyout by Sony Corporation.
    (AP, 9/27/99)

1990        Sep 27, The US Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Supreme Court nomination of David H. Souter.
    (AP, 9/27/00)
1990        Sep 27, The deposed emir of Kuwait delivered an emotional address to the UN General Assembly in which he denounced the “rape, destruction and terror" inflicted upon his country by Iraq.
    (AP, 9/27/00)

1991        Sep 27, President Bush announced in a nationally broadcast address that he was eliminating all U.S. battlefield nuclear weapons, and called on the Soviet Union to match the gesture.
    (AP, 9/27/01)
1991        Sep 27, The US Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked, 7-7, on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the US Supreme Court.
    (AP, 9/27/01)
1991        Sep 27, Oona Chaplin (b.1926), daughter of Eugene O'Neill and wife of Charlie Chaplin, died in Switzerland at age 66.

1992        Sep 27, Texas billionaire Ross Perot spoke with his supporters in Dallas on the eve of a meeting with representatives of President Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton, both of whom were hoping Perot would stay on the campaign sidelines.
    (AP, 9/27/97)

1993        Sep 27, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, was indicted on charges that, as Texas state treasurer, she'd misused state facilities and employees. The indictment was dismissed for technical reasons; Hutchison was reindicted and later acquitted.
    (AP, 9/27/98)
1993        Sep 27, Retired Gen. James H. Doolittle died in Pebble Beach, Calif., at age 96.
    (AP, 9/27/98)

1994        Sep 27, More than 350 Republican congressional candidates gathered on the steps of the Capitol to sign the "Contract with America," a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House.
    (AP, 9/27/99)

1995        Sep 27, The US government unveiled its redesigned $100 bill, featuring a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
    (AP, 9/27/97)
1995        Sep 27, At the O.J. Simpson trial, the prosecution and defense presented dueling summations.
    (AP, 9/27/00)
1995        Sep 27-1995 Oct 6, Hurricane Opal caused at least 50 deaths in Guatemala and Mexico and 20 deaths in the United States. The storm hit Central America before striking Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina.
    (AP, 9/11/04)(
1995        Sep 27, Azzam Rahim, a naturalized US citizen, was arrested during a visit to the West Bank by intelligence officers of the Palestinian Authority. He was imprisoned in Jericho and was reportedly tortured and killed there on Sep 29.
    (SFC, 4/19/12, p.A5)(

1996        Sep 27, Texan Charles Hurwitz of Maxxam Inc. agreed to exchange his hold on the Headwaters forest in California in exchange for cash, land or other government assets.
    (SFC, 9/28/96, p.A1)
1996        Sep 27, John G. Bennett Jr., head of the defunct Foundation for New Era Philanthropy since 1989, was indicted on 82 counts of fraud, money laundering, tax crimes and false statements. He was allegedly responsible for bilking charities of $135 million in a scheme that collapsed in 1995. In 1997 he was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He helped to reduce losses from 100 to 20 million
    (SFC, 9/28/96, p.A3)(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A3)(SFC, 9/23/97, p.A2)
1996        Sep 27, US Defense Sec. William Perry said the 3 Baltic nations would not be among the first new NATO members drawn from Eastern Europe.
    (SFC, 9/28/96, p.A8)
1996        Sep 27, The Taliban militia, a band of former seminary students, forced President Burhanuddin Rabbani and his government out of Kabul.
    (AP, 9/27/97)(
1996        Sep 27, In Gambia Yahya Jammeh defeated 3 civilian rivals in national elections. Observers said that the elections were severely flawed. Jammeh’s government had outlawed opposition parties, muzzled the press, forbade meetings between rival candidates and foreign diplomats, and used soldiers to attack opposition rallies.
    (SFC, 9/28/96, p.A11)
1996        Sep 27, In Milan, Italy, 50,000 metal workers marched on strike.
    (SFC, 9/28/96, p.A8)
1996        Sep 27, In Japan the Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto dissolved the parliament and set new elections for Oct. 20.
    (SFC, 9/28/96, p.A8)
1996        Sep 27, In Mexico PRI deputies presented a final report on government corruption and voted to end the commission of corruption. A separate government panel said $1.34 billion was missing from the 1990 privatization of Telefonos de Mexico.
    (SFC, 9/28/96, p.A9)
1996        Sep 27, Rwandan Pastor Elizaphan Ntakirutimana (73) was charged with ordering the slaughter of hundreds of Tutsis in Kibuye in 1994. It was charged that he had arranged that they seek refuge in his Seventh Day Adventist Church, whereupon he called in Hutus to kill them.
    (SFC, 9/28/96, p.A11)

1997        Sep 27, The space shuttle Atlantis, docked with the problem-plagued Russian Mir station to drop off American David Wolf and pick up Michael Foale.
    (AP, 9/27/98)
1997        Sep 27, In Algeria witnesses said armed men killed 11 female teachers at Ain Adden School in Sfisef while shouting “Blood, blood, blood, destruction, destruction, destruction," the rallying cry of the Armed Islamic Group.
    (SFC, 9/30/97, p.A12)
1997        Sep 27, In Indonesia two cargo ships collided in the strait of Malacca and at least 28 crew members were missing. Smog from fires impacted visibility.
    (SFEC, 9/28/97, p.A21)
1997        Sep 27, In Hong Kong lawmakers approved an election law that reduced the number of people who could vote and increased the power of big business.
    (SFC, 9/29/97, p.A12)
1997        Sep 27, In North Korea Kim Jong Il ordered the establishment of the “9-27" camps for orphaned and homeless children to “normalize" the country.
    (SFC, 9/30/98, p.A10)
1997        Sep 27, In Thailand the parliament passed a constitution intended to fight government corruption and rejected a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Chavilit.
    (WSJ, 9/29/97, p.A1)

1998        Sep 27, In Holmdel, N.J., the nation’s first Vietnam Museum opened as the Vietnam Era Educational Center.
    (SFC, 9/28/98, p.A7)
1998        Sep 27, St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire hit his 69th and 70th home runs in his last game of the season against the Montreal Expos at Busch Stadium. The ball was later sold at auction for $3.005 million to Todd McFarlane, creator of "Spawn" comic books.
    (SFC, 9/28/98, p.A1)(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A2)
1998        Sep 27, Gerhard Schroeder and his Social Democrats won national elections in Germany, following 16 years of conservative rule under Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
    (SFC, 9/28/98, p.A1) (AP, 9/27/99)
1998        Sep 27, In Malaysia about 10,000 people gathered in Kuala Lumpur to protests a crackdown on dissent by the Mahathir regime.
    (WSJ, 9/28/98, p.A1)
1998        Sep 27, Serbian troops bombarded and burned villages in southern Kosovo.
    (SFC, 9/28/98, p.A10)
1998        Sep 27, In Slovakia opposition leaders claimed victory after 2 days of elections for a new parliament. Prime Minister Meciar’s Movement for a Democratic Slovakia won 27% of the vote. Slovak Democratic Coalition leader Mikulas Dzurinda was seen as Meciar’s successor
    (SFC, 9/28/98, p.A9)
1998        Sep 27, In Sri Lanka government troops clashed with Tamil rebels and at least 49 people were killed.
    (SFC, 9/28/98, p.A10)

1999        Sep 27, Tiger Stadium closed in grand fashion after 87 years as the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals, 8-to-2.
    (AP, 9/27/00)
1999        Sep 27, Senator John McCain of Arizona officially opened his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, the same day former Vice President Dan Quayle dropped his White House bid.
    (WSJ, 9/28/99, p.A1)(AP, 9/27/00)   
1999        Sep 27, Afghanistan's rulers protested a UN decision to reseat the former Rabbani government, which was driven from Kabul in 1996.
    (WSJ, 9/28/99, p.A1)
1999        Sep 27, In Algeria attackers killed 7 people at a fake roadblock at Hamman Salhine.
    (SFC, 9/30/99, p.D14)
1999        Sep 27, In Chechnya Russian jets dropped bombs for a 5th day and thousands of civilians fled to towns and villages in the region. Some 300 people were reported killed in the air strikes around Grozny.
    (SFC, 9/28/99, p.A1)
1999        Sep 27, In South Africa a bus of British tourists overturned as it approached Lydenburg and 27 people were killed.
    (SFC, 9/28/99, p.C16)

2000        Sep 27, In Sydney, Australia, the U.S. Olympic baseball team beat Cuba 4-0 to capture its first baseball gold medal.
    (AP, 9/27/01)
2000        Sep 27, Venus Williams became only the second player to win Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Olympics in the same year with her 6-2, 6-4 victory over Elena Dementieva. The first was Steffi Graf, in 1988.
    (AP, 9/27/01)
2000        Sep 27, It was reported that the Asian swamp eel, Monopterus albus, was within a mile of the fragile Florida Everglades National Park.
    (WSJ, 9/27/00, p.A1)
2000        Sep 27, In China an explosion at the Muchonggou Coal Mine in Shuicheng, Guizhou province, killed 118 miners.
    (SFC, 9/28/00, p.A1)
2000        Sep 27, In the Czech Republic IMF and World Bank officials ended their meetings a day early due to disruptions by protestors. Some 600 demonstrators were arrested from an estimated total of 12,000.
    (SFC, 9/28/00, p.C2)
2000        Sep 27, In Egypt Shereef Fawzi Mohammad el-Falali (35), a civil engineer, was arrested in Heliopolis for providing intelligence information to Israel.
    (SFC, 11/29/00, p.C7)
2000        Sep 27, Jordan planned a flight to Iraq regardless of clearance from the UN sanctions committee.
    (SFC, 9/27/00, p.A15)
2000        Sep 27, In the Philippines Jolo Island villagers in Lapu dumped 3 Abu Sayyaf rebel bodies at a police station. 3 villagers were also killed in the fight with rebels.
    (SFC, 9/28/00, p.C2)
2000        Sep 27, In the Philippines 10 people died after some 50 rebels of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front attacked farmers and soldiers in Carmen village, North Cotabato province.
    (SFC, 9/29/00, p.D2)
2000        Sep 27, In Syria 99 intellectuals published a demand for more democracy and freedom of expression.
    (SFC, 9/29/00, p.D5)
2000        Sep 27, OPEC’s top leaders gathered in Caracas for a 2-day meeting. OPEC speakers called on Western countries to reduce taxes levied on oil to ease prices.
    (SFC, 9/27/00, p.A1)(SFC, 9/28/00, p.A1)

2001        Sep 27, Pres. Bush announced enhanced airport security measures that included national guard soldiers at checkpoints and armed air marshals on planes as a first step toward federal control of airline security.
    (SFC, 9/28/01, p.A1)(AP, 9/27/02)
2001        Sep 27, US and British warplanes struck 2 artillery sites in Iraq’s southern no-fly zone.
    (SFC, 9/28/01, p.D6)
2001        Sep 27, Def. Sec. Donald Rumsfeld displayed the new Medal for the Defense of Freedom to be awarded to all Defense Dept. civilian employees killed or wounded in the sep 11 terrorist attacks.
    (SFC, 9/28/01, p.A16)
2001        Sep 27, The WTO issued a blueprint for a new round of talks scheduled for Nov 9 in Qatar. It called for concessions from the US, EU and Japan in opening markets for textiles, steel and agriculture.
    (WSJ, 9/28/01, p.A12)
2001        Sep 27, In Afghanistan the Taliban said it had delivered an official request for Osama bin Laden to leave the country.
    (WSJ, 9/28/01, p.A1)
2001        Sep 27, In India the central government banned the Student’s Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). This triggered a day of riots and led to 4 deaths in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
    (WSJ, 10/1/01, p.A21)
2001        Sep 27, Israeli-Palestinian fighting left 5 Palestinians dead. Israel demolished some houses in a Gaza camp in response to a Hamas attack.
    (WSJ, 9/28/01, p.A1)
2001        Sep 27, In Jakarta, Indonesia, protesters burned US flags outside the US Embassy and threatened to kill Americans.
    (SFC, 9/28/01, p.A9)
2001        Sep 27, In Macedonia ethnic Albanian rebels declared that they had formally disbanded and were returning to civilian life.
    (SFC, 9/28/01, p.D4)
2001        Sep 27, In Romania Gellu Naum, surrealist poet, playwright and translator, died at age 86. His work included 20 poetry books, of which the 1st was “The Incendiary Traveler" (1936) and the novel “Zenobia" (1985).
    (SFC, 10/6/01, p.A18)   
2001        Sep 27, In Switzerland Friedrich Leibacher went on a shooting rampage in the local parliament of Zug, killing 14 people before taking his own life.
    (SFC, 9/28/01, p.D2)(AP, 9/27/02)
2001        Sep 27, In Turkey 2 more prisoners died from a hunger strike against the new high-security prisons. This raised the total to 38.
    (SFC, 9/28/01, p.D6)

2002        Sep 27, President Bush said the UN should have a chance to force Saddam Hussein to give up his weapons of mass destruction before the US acted on its own against Iraq, but told a Republican fund-raising event in Denver that action had to come quickly.
    (AP, 9/27/03)
2002        Sep 27, In Washington DC some 1,500-2,000 activists protested the start of the annual meetings of the World Bank and IMF. About 650 were arrested.
    (SFC, 9/28/02, p.A3)
2002        Sep 27, Three U.S. lawmakers, all Democrats, arrived in Baghdad to gauge the possible effects of war on ordinary Iraqi citizens. The visit by Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington and fellow House Democrats David Bonior of Michigan and Mike Thompson of California followed a Sept. 14 visit by a delegation led by Rep. Nick Rahall, a West Virginia Democrat.
    (AP, 9/27/02)
2002        Sep 27, The DJIA fell 295 to 7701.45. Nasdaq fell 22.45 to 1199.16.
    (SFC, 9/28/02, p.B1)
2002        Sep 27, All West Coast ports shut down when the Pacific Maritime Assoc. locked out some 10,500 longshoremen in retaliation for work slowdowns. Contract negotiations had recently deteriorated.
    (SFC, 9/28/02, p.A1)
2002        Sep 27, The federal government increased the flow of water into the Klamath River from Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon following the die-off of some 12,000 salmon in northern California.
    (SFC, 9/28/02, p.A2)
2002        Sep 27, Charles Henri Ford (94), poet and novelist, died in Manhattan. His work included "The Young and Evil" (1933), considered by some as the 1st gay novel, and "Water From a Bucket: A Diary, 1947-1957."
    (SFC, 10/1/02, p.A18)
2002        Sep 27, In Australia a federal judge formally gave control of a remote chunk of the northwest slightly bigger than Greece to an Aboriginal tribe, marking the end of six years of negotiations.
    (AP, 9/27/02)
2002        Sep 27, Lord Ashdown (b.1941) began serving as the international community's High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He ended his term May 30, 2006.
2002        Sep 27, East Timor, the first country to be born in the 21st century, gained a seat at the United Nations, swelling the membership roll to 191.
    (Reuters, 9/27/02)
2002        Sep 27, In Lebanon tens of thousands marched through the streets of Beirut chanting "death to Israel" and "death to America," in support of Palestinians' third year of uprising.
    (AP, 9/27/02)
2002        Sep 27, A Mexican military court charged three army officers (Gen. Francisco Quiros Hermosillo, Brig. Gen. Mario Arturo Acosta Chaparro and Maj. Francisco Barquin) with homicide in the killings of 143 leftist activists and revolutionaries, the first prosecution of soldiers for crimes committed during the so-called "dirty war" of the 1970s.
    (AP, 9/27/02)(SFC, 9/28/02, p.A6)
2002        Sep 27, In Morocco 26 parties, nearly a dozen of them formed in the past two years, contested parliamentary in elections. A fundamentalist party that wants to apply Islamic law, performed strongly in elections. The socialists of Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi finished first with 50 seats, Jettou said. The conservative Istiqlal Party, the socialists' coalition partner in the previous parliament, won 48 seats.
    (AP, 9/26/02)(AP, 9/28/02)(AP, 9/29/02)(AP, 10/2/02)
2002        Sep 27, Russian troops used artillery overnight to block suspected rebels from crossing into Chechnya through a forested part of the republic of Ingushetia after firefights that left at least 17 Russian servicemen dead.
    (AP, 9/27/02)
2002        Sep 27, In Sudan a thunder storm killed 26 people in two separate accidents in Khartoum when a Ferris wheel collapsed and a pleasure boat sank.
    (AP, 9/28/02)

2003        Sep 27, President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Iran and North Korea to abandon suspected nuclear weapons programs, but disagreed over how to deal with both countries; Putin also declined at the end of a two-day summit at Camp David to pledge any postwar help for Iraq.
    (AP, 9/27/04)
2003        Sep 27, Donald O'Connor (78), film star and composer, died in Calabasas, Calif. His films included "Singing in the Rain" (1952).
    (SSFC, 9/28/03, p.A1)   
2003        Sep 27, The Algerian army reported that it had killed 150 armed Islamic militants in a two-week operation in the eastern foothills of this north African country.
    (AP, 9/27/03)
2003        Sep 27, Brazil and Cuba signed $200 million in new business deals in Cuba by private Brazilian enterprises.
    (AP, 9/27/03)
2003        Sep 27, Europe's first mission to the moon blasted off aboard a European Ariane rocket from French Guiana. The SMART-1 probe made it to within 3,100 miles of the moon on Nov 15, 2004, and proceeded to move into an elliptical orbit. The spacecraft ended its mission Sep 3, 2006, when it crashed into the lunar surface.
    (AP, 9/28/03)(SFC, 11/17/04, p.A3)(SSFC, 9/3/06, p.A5)
2003        Sep 27, In western Iran a bus plunged from a mountain road into a river, killing 21 passengers and injuring 11.
    (AP, 9/28/03)
2003        Sep 27, A Palestinian militant was killed when a bomb he was making blew up on as Israel maintained a high alert over a New Year holiday weekend.
    (Reuters, 9/27/03)
2003        Sep 27, A Russian rocket brought two Russian and four foreign satellites, including Nigeria's first, into orbit. Nigeria's $13 million craft, to be used for taking photos, was built by a British firm.
    (AP, 9/27/03)(Econ, 9/13/03, p.42)
2003        Sep 27, In northeast Uganda rebels of the LRA fighting a 17-year insurgency raided a village, killing at least 22 people.
    (AP, 9/28/03)

2004        Sep 27, President Bush asked Congress for more than $7.1 billion to help Florida and other Southeastern states recover from their lashing by four hurricanes.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2004        Sep 27, A US Justice Department audit said the FBI had a backlog of hundreds of thousands of hours of untranslated audio recordings from terror and espionage investigations.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2004        Sep 27, NBC announced that "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno would be succeeded by "Late Night" host Conan O'Brien in 2009.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2004        Sep 27, John Kamm (53), the businessman-turned-rights lobbyist behind the release of scores of dissidents from Chinese prisons, was one of 24 people awarded 500,000-dollar MacArthur Foundation grants. 7 of the winners, including Kamm, were from the SF Bay Area.
    (AP, 9/28/04)(SFC, 9/28/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 27, Operation Black Widow, a local, state and federal investigation in San Francisco, ended as 8 top members of the Nuestra Familia prison gang entered guilty pleas to federal racketeering charges.
    (SFC, 9/28/04, p.B3)
2004        Sep 27, San Francisco renamed its sports stadium "Monster Park", in a 4-year deal that trades $6 million from an electronics cable company for the name to Candlestick Park.
    (AP, 9/28/04)(SFC, 9/28/04, p.B1)
2004        Sep 27, The body of Maxina Danner (17), a student at Lincoln High, was found wrapped in a blanket near Visitacion Ave. and Mansell. She had disappeared that morning on her way to school. In 2005 Royce Miller (21), a youth councilor at a group home, was arrested in connection with the murder. In 2007 Miller was convicted of 2nd degree murder.
    (SFC, 9/30/04, p.A1)(SFC, 2/12/05, p.B2)(SFC, 3/21/07, p.B2)
2004        Sep 27, In Brazil a strike by bank workers entered its 2nd full week.
    (WSJ, 9/28/04, p.A20)
2004        Sep 27, In Dubai a wall collapsed at an airport construction site, killing more than eight workers and injuring many more.
    (AP, 9/27/04)
2004        Sep 27, Galapagos park rangers ended a 17-day protest after Ecuador's government fired a new park director the rangers claimed favored commercial fishing over the islands' unique environment.
    (AP, 9/27/04)
2004        Sep 27, U.S. jets pounded suspected Shiite militant positions in the Baghdad slum of Sadr City, killing at least five people and wounding 40. Elsewhere, insurgents detonated car bombs and fired rockets, killing at least 7 National Guardsmen, in separate attacks.
    (AP, 9/27/04)(WSJ, 9/28/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 27, An Israeli helicopter fired a missile at a Palestinian vehicle traveling in the southern Gaza Strip, killing one person and wounding three others. 7 Palestinians were killed in several incidents across the West Bank and Gaza. In Gaza City gunmen kidnapped a CNN TV producer and released him the next day.
    (AP, 9/27/04)(SFC, 9/28/04, p.A8)(WSJ, 9/29/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 27, Lebanon said Ismail Katib, a local al Qaeda operative captured a week earlier, died “of a heart attack" while in police custody.
    (WSJ, 9/28/04, p.A1)(Econ, 10/2/04, p.47)
2004        Sep 27, In Nigeria militiamen trying to wrest control of the oil-rich Niger Delta threatened to launch a "full-scale armed struggle" on petroleum-pumping operations in Africa's largest crude oil producing nation.
    (AP, 9/28/04)(WSJ, 9/28/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 27, In Thailand officials announced that a case of avian-flu was possibly caused by human-to-human transmission.
    (SFC, 9/28/04, p.A3)

2005        Sep 27, Former FEMA director Michael Brown angrily blamed the Louisiana governor, the New Orleans mayor and even the Bush White House that appointed him for the dismal response to Hurricane Katrina in a fiery appearance before Congress; in response, lawmakers alternately lambasted and mocked the former official.
    (AP, 9/27/06)
2005        Sep 27, New Orleans Police Superintendent Eddie Compass stepped down from his post 4 weeks after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city.
    (AP, 9/27/06)
2005        Sep 27, Army reservist Lynndie England was sentenced to three years behind bars for her role in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.
    (AP, 9/27/06)
2005        Sep 27, NASA and other institutions reported a huge galaxy, HUDF-JD2, dating from about 800 million years after the Big Bang. Odds on the date were given at 75%. The galaxy was said to be unusually massive and mature for its place in the young universe.
    (SFC, 10/10/05, p.A4)
2005        Sep 27, A research team from Hong Kong reported that the horseshoe bat is the source of the SARS virus. A 2nd team from China, Australia and the US reported similar findings 2 days later. The syndrome 1st appeared in China in 2002 and killed 774 people worldwide.
    (SFC, 9/30/05, p.A12)
2005        Sep 27, In Afghanistan Ali Ahmad Jalali, the Interior Minister, resigned and said some senior officials were involved in drugs and corruption.
    (SFC, 9/28/05, p.A14)
2005        Sep 27, An American supervisor for USPI, a Houston-based security firm, allegedly shot to death his Afghan interpreter after a quarrel. Officials said Noor Ahmad (37) was shot in the head at a compound of his employer, U.S. Protection and Investigations, at Tut village in Farah province's Gulistan district in western Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 27, Australian PM John Howard won unanimous support from state premiers for tough new counter-terrorism laws, including detention without charge and electronic tagging of suspects.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 27, In Colombia government spraying of coca plant killer was reported to be driving growers and traffickers out of their usual territory into national parks where spraying is banned. Here they are burning thousands of acres of virgin rain forest and poisoning rivers with chemicals.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 27, A suicide bomber attacked Iraqis applying for jobs as policemen in Baqouba, 30 miles north of Baghdad, killing nine and wounding 21. US and Iraqi authorities said their forces had killed Abdullah Abu Azzam, the No. 2 official in the al-Qaida in Iraq organization, in a weekend raid in Baghdad, claiming to have struck a "painful blow" to the country's most feared insurgent group.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 27, In Iraq NATO's top brass opened a long-awaited training academy for the Iraqi military that the alliance say will significantly increase its role in the country.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 27, In southern Iraq police found the bodies of 22 Iraqi men who had been shot in the head and dumped in a deserted area of Badrah district northeast of Kut and 100 miles southeast of Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 27, Protestant politicians rejected the Irish Republican Army's disarmament as inadequate, and said they would not share power in Northern Ireland's government with the IRA's political party Sinn Fein for years, if ever.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 27, Israel hit Gaza with shells and airstrikes to suppress rocket fire and detained 379 West Bank militants in an overnight sweep against Hamas and Islamic Jihad activists.
    (AP, 9/27/05)(WSJ, 9/28/05, p.A1)
2005        Sep 27, Andre Rieu introduced violinist, Akim Camara (b.10/27/2001), during his 'Flying Dutchman Concert' at Parkstad Stadium in the Netherlands. Akim played Concerto G Major op.11 with the Johan Strauss Orchestra.
2005        Sep 27, At least 18 people were killed and 40 others injured when two passenger buses crashed head on along Peru's coastal Panamerican highway.
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 27, The leader of Poland's Law and Justice party (PiS) said he would begin talks to form a new center-right coalition government after the final count confirmed its election victory. PiS won by promising to uproot the uklad, a network of ex-spies, corrupt businessmen and political insiders, who have dominated Poland since 1989.
    (AP, 9/27/05)(Econ, 9/29/07, p.54)
2005        Sep 27, In Russia Pres. Putin fielded questions on live coast-to-coast television and rebuffed the idea of holding on to the presidency past 2008.
    (SFC, 9/28/05, p.A10)
2005        Sep 27, Russia’s navy said it successfully test-launched a newly-developed intercontinental ballistic missile.
    (AP, 9/28/05)
2005        Sep 27, In South Africa Brett Kebble (41), a mining entrepreneur, African National Congress supporter and cultural philanthropist, was found shot to death in Johannesburg. His business dealings had come under scrutiny. Drug trafficker Glen Agliotti was implicated in the murder. Jackie Selebi, South Africa’s chief of police, later admitted to being a friend to Agliotti. In 2010 a judge dropped murder charges against Agliotti.
    (AP, 9/28/05)(Econ, 1/19/08, p.50)(Reuters, 11/25/10)
2005        Sep 27, A senior US State Department official said the president of Uzbekistan made it clear that American forces must leave their air base in the Central Asian country, and the U.S. intends to do so "without further discussion."
    (AP, 9/27/05)
2005        Sep 27, After killing at least 31 people in China and the Philippines, Typhoon Damrey slammed ashore in Vietnam, forcing the evacuation of nearly 300,000 people.
    (AP, 9/27/05)

2006        Sep 27, President Bush hosted a peacemaking dinner at the White House for the bickering leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Hamid Karzai.
    (WSJ, 9/28/06, p.A1)(AP, 9/27/07)
2006        Sep 27, Republicans announced they would hold their 2008 presidential convention in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
    (Econ, 1/13/07, p.30)(AP, 9/27/07)
2006        Sep 27, Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, the former chief and founder of Comverse Technology Inc., was arrested in Namibia, where he awaited extradition to the US to face criminal fraud charges related to stock options. Alexander had recently transferred tens of millions of dollars to Namibia. He was released after 6 days on $1.4 million bail.
    (Reuters, 9/27/06)(WSJ, 9/28/06, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/17/06, p.A1)
2006        Sep 27, The US FDA approved Vectibix (panitimumab), a new colon cancer drug developed by Amgen and Abgenix.
    (SFC, 9/28/06, p.C1)
2006        Sep 27, In Bailey, Colorado, Duane Morrison (53) held 6 girls hostage at Platte Canyon High School for hours before fatally wounding Emily Keyes (16). He sexually molested the girls and then killed himself as authorities stormed in.
    (AP, 9/28/06)(SFC, 9/28/06, p.A3)(AP, 9/29/06)(SFC, 10/6/06, p.A3)
2006        Sep 27, In Charleston, South Carolina, a video store was held up by a group of children, including a 14-year-old girl suspected of wielding a BB gun that looked like a pistol. City Council member Larry Shirley, reacting later to the video store holdup, said parents who can't properly care for their kids should be sterilized.
    (AP, 10/1/06)
2006        Sep 27, Afghan security forces killed 25 suspected insurgents during a clash in southern Afghanistan, while a suicide bombing targeting a NATO convoy wounded one civilian.
    (AP, 9/27/06)
2006        Sep 27, British billionaire Richard Branson proposed changes to aircraft movements at busy airports and the way planes land under a plan he said would cut the world's aviation emissions by up to 25%.
    (Reuters, 9/27/06)(Econ, 9/30/06, p.65)
2006        Sep 27, EU air safety officials backed tightened rules on the amount of liquids and size of carry-on baggage passengers can bring onto commercial flights.
    (AP, 9/27/06)
2006        Sep 27, France ended a decades-old system of inequality by bringing lagging pensions of war veterans from former colonies into line with those of their French counterparts whose retirement payment is two-thirds higher. The decision was not retroactive.
    (AP, 9/28/06)
2006        Sep 27, A team of French doctors said they successfully operated on a man in near zero-gravity conditions on a flight looping in the air like a roller coaster to mimic weightlessness.
    (AP, 9/27/06)
2006        Sep 27, Germany opened a conference in Berlin on opening a 2-year dialogue separating Islamic fundamentalism from Islam.
    (Econ, 9/30/06, p.62)
2006        Sep 27, Indonesia’s government said it will resettle more than 3,000 families whose houses have been swamped by mud surging from a gas exploration site and will dump the sludge into the sea to avoid more destruction. The eruption took place 4 months earlier 150 meters from where PT Lapindo Brantas was drilling an exploratory well. The company was controlled by the family of Aburizal Bakrie, Indonesia’s welfare minister.
    (AP, 9/27/06)(Econ, 10/7/06, p.51)
2006        Sep 27, In Iraq the US military said it killed four suspected terrorists and four civilians, including a pregnant woman, in a raid in Baqouba. An investigation followed as surviving family members said the attack was unprovoked. Gunmen killed 10 people near a Sunni mosque at Ramadan prayers.
    (AP, 9/27/06)(SFC, 9/28/06, p.A19)(WSJ, 9/28/06, p.A1)
2006        Sep 27, An Israeli court released the Palestinian deputy prime minister, the highest ranking Hamas official to be freed following a crackdown on the Islamic militant group. But the court temporarily banned him from going to his government office in the city of Ramallah. Israeli airstrikes on a house in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah killed a 14-year-old girl and wounded seven other people.
    (AP, 9/27/06)
2006        Sep 27, Jordan's military court convicted five men of plotting attacks against US troops in Iraq, including a cousin of slain al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
    (AP, 9/27/06)
2006        Sep 27, At the Hague, Netherlands, a UN tribunal sentenced Momcilio Krajisnik (61), the former speaker of the Bosnian Serb parliament, to 27 years in prison for war crimes, but acquitted him of the harsher charge of genocide.
    (AP, 9/27/06)
2006        Sep 27, In northwestern Pakistan drive-by gunmen killed two militants and wounded three in another car. The militants who came under attack were believed to be loyal to a pro-Taliban tribesman known only as Hanan, who had started a campaign to oust Uzbek militants living in the Shakai mountain valley region north of Wana.
    (AP, 9/27/06)
2006        Sep 27, Russia's chief election body dismissed a petition aimed at allowing President Vladimir Putin to run for a third term.
    (AP, 9/27/06)
2006        Sep 27, The Sri Lanka government revealed that Tamil Tigers have agreed to resume face-to-face negotiations and end a seven-month deadlock in talks.
    (AFP, 9/27/06)
2006        Sep 27, The Ugandan army accused rebels of violating the increasingly fragile truce, which was signed last month, by leaving neutral assembly points.
    (AP, 9/28/06)
2006        Sep 27, In Venezuela’s Los Roques islands Elena Vecoli (34), a newly married Italian woman, was murdered and her husband, Riccardo Prescendi (46) beaten inside an inn popular with foreign tourists. Police identified 3 suspects the next day.
    (AP, 9/29/06)

2007        Sep 27, President Bush promised to take steps to reduce air traffic congestion and long delays that were leaving travelers grounded.
    (AP, 9/27/08)
2007        Sep 27, The US Supreme Court halted the execution of Carlton Turner Jr. (28), a man convicted of killing his parents in Texas, after already agreeing to review lethal injection procedures in Kentucky. Turner was 19 when he shot Carlton Turner Sr., (43) and Tonya Turner (40) several times in the head. Turner was executed on Jul 10, 2008.
    (AP, 9/28/07)(SFC, 7/10/08, p.A4)
2007        Sep 27, The Cleveland adult toy firm GVA-TWN said they would acquire Good Vibrations, a SF sex toy retailer.
    (SFC, 9/28/07, p.C1)
2007        Sep 27, In Oakland, Ca., 4 people were charged with growing marijuana that since 2001 was used in cookies and other packaged food made by Tainted Inc.
    (SFC, 9/28/07, p.B3)
2007        Sep 27, In Florida a spacecraft named Dawn blasted off aboard an unmanned Delta rocket on a mission to explore two giant asteroids between Mars and Jupiter. Dawn was powered by a trio of solar-powered electric engines that ionize and expel xenon gas. It could serve as a blueprint for future interplanetary transport.
    (Reuters, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, Miles Cooper (27), a caretaker at a primary school in Cambridge, was convicted of sending a spate of letter bombs that hurt eight people in England and Wales earlier this year.
    (AFP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, China issued an evenhanded plea for calm in Myanmar, calling on all sides to show restraint.
    (AP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, Irakli Okruashvili, Georgia's hawkish former defense minister, was detained on corruption charges, days after he alleged that President Mikhail Saakashvili had ordered him to kill a prominent businessman.
    (AP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled stopped in Bolivia, where he pledged $1 billion in investment. He pledged investment over the next five years to help the poor Andean nation tap its vast natural gas reserves, extract minerals, generate more electricity and fund agricultural and construction projects. He then visited Venezuela to meet President Hugo Chavez. Chavez embraced the Iranian leader, calling him "one of the greatest anti-imperialist fighters" and "one of the great fighters for true peace."
    (AP, 9/28/07)
2007        Sep 27, Iraq's Sunni vice president held a rare meeting with the country's top Shiite cleric to seek support for a 25-point blueprint for political reform. A parked car bomb struck a predominantly Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding two others.
    (AP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, In Iraq a road bomb exploded under a US armored vehicle killing US Sergeant First Class Randy Johnson. Fingerprints were later found on adhesive tape used to make two bombs leading to the arrest and May 21, 2015, conviction in London of Anis Sardar. Sardar argued that he had become involved in the conflict in Iraq to protect Sunni villages from attack by Shi'ite militias.
    (Reuters, 5/22/15)
2007        Sep 27, Israeli forces killed two Gaza militants in a missile strike.
    (AP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, In Myanmar troops cleared protesters from the streets of central Yangon, giving them 10 minutes to leave or be shot as the Myanmar junta intensified a two-day crackdown on the largest uprising in 20 years. At least nine people were killed, including a Japanese national. In December a UN investigator documented 31 people killed by the end of the crackdown in October.
    (Reuters, 9/27/07)(AP, 12/7/07)
2007        Sep 27, In Nigeria gunmen disguised as soldiers killed a Colombian oil worker and abducted two other foreigners in a raid on the construction yard of oil services company Saipem.
    (Reuters, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, Pakistan's chief justice ordered the immediate release of detained opposition members as President Gen. Pervez Musharraf formalized his disputed candidacy for a new five-year term.
    (AP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, Somali and Ethiopian troops ordered thousands to vacate their homes in Mogadishu to allow the forces to search for arms and insurgents.
    (AP, 9/29/07)
2007        Sep 27, In northern Sri Lanka the military said artillery fire, gunbattles and a bombing had killed 25 rebels, three civilians and a soldier. The civilian casualties occurred when a remote-control bomb went off in a government-controlled town.
    (AP, 9/27/07)
2007        Sep 27, A UN tribunal convicted Mile Mrksic (60), a Serb army officer, of clearing the way for the torture and killing of 194 Croats seized from a hospital in a 1991 massacre. Veselin Sljivancanin (54), the area's chief security officer, was sentenced to five years for failing to protect the Croats from beatings and torture by the local Serb paramilitary forces and Territorial Defense units. Officer Miroslav Radic (45) was acquitted of any wrongdoing.
    (AP, 9/27/07)(WSJ, 9/28/07, p.A1)

2008        Sep 27, Taliban militants released the last 30 of approximately 150 Afghan laborers they had abducted for almost a week after suspecting the workers of being Afghan soldiers. 118 were released a day earlier. 3 had been released earlier in the week due to illness.
    (AP, 9/27/08)
2008        Sep 27, According to an estimate by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC), up to A$12 billion ($10 billion) in illicit drug money could be flowing out of Australia every year.
    (Reuters, 9/27/08)
2008        Sep 27, Mission commander Zhai Zhigang floated, a Chinese astronaut, performed the nation's first-ever spacewalk, the latest milestone in an ambitious program that is increasingly rivaling the United States and Russia in its rapid expansion. Fellow astronaut Liu Boming also emerged briefly from the capsule to hand Zhai a Chinese flag that he waved for an exterior camera filming the event. The third crew member, Jing Haipeng, monitored the Shenzhou 7 from inside the re-entry module.
    (AP, 9/27/08)
2008        Sep 27, It was reported that the elephant population in Congo’s Virunga National Park had dropped to under 200, mostly due to poaching. In 1964 there were an estimated 2,900. In 2006 the number had dropped to 400.
    (Econ, 9/27/08, p.62)
2008        Sep 27, In India one child was killed and 18 people were wounded in a bomb attack in a crowded shopping area in New Delhi. A young boy was killed instantly when he picked up a bag containing the bomb to return it to suspects who fled the market before the explosion. A 2nd man died the next day from his injuries.
    (AFP, 9/27/08)(AP, 9/28/08)
2008        Sep 27, The UN Security Council unanimously approved a new resolution reaffirming previous sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment program and offering Tehran incentives to do so.
    (AP, 9/27/08)
2008        Sep 27, Iraqi police fatally shot Riya Qahtan, a Kurdish politician, in Diyala province, a killing that underlines the growing tensions between Kurds and Arabs in parts of the north. The US military arrested five Iranian-backed Shiite extremists, in 3 separate locations in eastern Baghdad. accused in recent rocket attacks on Iraqi and American forces. The extremists were suspected of links to the Hezbollah Brigades, a Shiite extremist group that the US believes is backed by Iran.
    (AP, 9/27/08)
2008        Sep 27, The AIDS virus was reported to afflict some 5.5 million of South Africa’s 49 million population.
    (Econ, 9/27/08, p.19)
2008        Sep 27, The population of Seoul, South Korea, was reported to be about 23 million.
    (Econ, 9/27/08, SR p.3)
2008        Sep 27, Sri Lankan fighter jets bombed a rebel base in Kilinochchi district. The government it said was used to train suicide bombers. The pro-rebel Tamilnet website said the bombs fell on a civilian town, killing one person and injuring two, including a child. Clashes between government soldiers and rebels left 17 dead in the country's war-ravaged north.
    (AFP, 9/27/08)(AFP, 9/28/08)
2008        Sep 27, In Damascus, Syria, a car packed with explosives detonated on a crowded residential street, killing 17 people and wounding more than a dozen others.
    (AP, 9/27/08)
2008        Sep 27, A Ukrainian ship, sailing under a North Korean flag, sank in the Black Sea and all crew members were missing. the 5,000-ton Tolstoy was carrying a cargo of scrap metal to the Turkish port of Nemrut.
    (AP, 9/27/08)
2008        Sep 27, Zimbabwe's main opposition leader and designated prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai said it was "urgent" the country form a new government to ensure food supplies and prevent starvation.
    (AP, 9/27/08)

2009        Sep 27, Donald Fisher, co-founder of the Gap Inc. (1969), died in SF. He and his wife began collecting art as they founded their blue jeans outlet and by 2009 the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection had become one of the world’s largest private holdings of late 20th and early 21st century art.
    (SFC, 9/28/09, p.A1)
2009        Sep 27, William Safire (b.1929), conservative columnist for the NY Times, died. Safire had authored over a dozen books and won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1978, for his scathing articles on the financial affairs of Carter White House budget director Bert Lance.
    (SFC, 9/28/09, p.A4)
2009        Sep 27, In Afghanistan a suicide car bomb explosion targeting Afghanistan's energy minister killed four civilians in Herat province. In southern Afghanistan a roadside explosion killed a British soldier on a vehicle patrol in Helmand province. Taliban militants ambushed a truck convoy in eastern Kunar province, killing six drivers and burning their vehicles. A private van hit a roadside bomb in northern Faryab province. Six of the people inside were killed and another seven injured.
    (AP, 9/27/09)(AP, 9/28/09)
2009        Sep 27, Germans voted on whether to give Chancellor Angela Merkel a second term, as the country faces rising unemployment and threats by Islamic extremists over Germany's role in Afghanistan. Voters ended the conservative Merkel's right-left "grand coalition" and gave her a comfortable center-right majority, thanks to a strong performance by her new government ally, the business-oriented Free Democrats.
    (AP, 9/27/09)(AP, 9/28/09)
2009        Sep 27, In Guatemala Adolfo Ich, a Maya Q’eqchi’ teacher and community leader who opposed the Fenix mine outside the town of El Estor, was killed. Bystander German Chub was shot and paralyzed by mine security personnel. In 2021 Mynor Padilla, ex-security chief at a mine, pleaded guilty to homicide.
2009        Sep 27, Iran said it successfully test-fired short-range missiles during military drills by the elite Revolutionary Guard, a show of force days after the US warned Tehran over a newly revealed underground nuclear facility it was secretly constructing.
         (AP, 9/27/09)(AP, 9/28/09)
2009        Sep 27, In Iran a consortium of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and a multi-billion dollar business empire known as Setad, that is controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, bid on a controlling stake in Telecommunication Co of Iran, or TCI, which had a near monopoly on landline telephone services. They won the stake for $7.8 billion, Iran's largest privatization ever.
    (AP, 9/28/09)(Reuters, 12/24/13)
2009        Sep 27, Two Uzbeks, including Oybek Jabbarov (31), freed from the Guantanamo Bay prison arrived in Ireland. Amnesty International appealed to other EU nations to deliver on pledges to give new homes to US terror detainees.
    (AP, 9/27/09)
2009        Sep 27, Israeli police used stun grenades to disperse Palestinian rioters at a volatile Jerusalem site holy to Jews and Muslims. The compound is home to the gold-capped Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa mosque, and Muslims see it as their religion's third-holiest site after the Saudi Arabian holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The site has been under Israeli control since 1967, but is administered by a Muslim religious body known as the Waqf.
    (AP, 9/27/09)
2009        Sep 27, A New Zealand teen, Cherelle May Dudfield (18), flashed her breasts at passing cars and ended with up in a hospital after a distracted driver ran into her. In Dec she was found guilty of disorderly behavior for the prank and was fined $198.
    (AP, 12/18/09)
2009        Sep 27, In the northern Philippines rescuers plucked bodies from muddy floodwaters and saved drenched survivors from rooftops. The death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Ketsana reached 246 with 42 missing. The economic cost was nearly $100 million.
    (AP, 9/27/09)(AP, 9/30/09)
2009        Sep 27, Portugal voted in parliamentary elections that are predicted to keep the Socialist Party in power despite the highest jobless rate in over 20 years. The center-left Socialist Party of PM Jose Socrates retained power winning 36.5% of the vote compared with 29% for the center-right Social Democratic Party. Turnout was about 60%.
    (AP, 9/27/09)(SFC, 9/28/09, p.A2)(Econ, 10/3/09, p.65)
2009        Sep 27, It was reported that some 300,000 Syrian farmers, herders and their families have been forced by drought to abandon their homes for makeshift urban camps.
    (SSFC, 9/27/09, p.A18)
2009        Sep 27, Sudan’s President Omar al-Beshir announced the immediate lifting of state censorship on the press, meeting a key demand of the media ahead of Sudan's first elections in almost 25 years.
    (AFP, 9/27/09)
2009        Sep 27, In Venezuela Pres. Hugo Chavez proposed that South American and African nations unite to create a cross-continental mining corporation to keep control of their resources. Chavez made diplomatic inroads in Africa at a summit of South American and African leaders where he offered Venezuela's help in oil projects, mining and financial assistance. Venezuela signed agreements to work together on oil projects with South Africa, Mauritania, Niger, Sudan and Cape Verde.
    (Reuters, 9/27/09)(AP, 9/28/09)

2010        Sep 27, President Barack Obama signed a $30 billion small business lending bill into law, claiming a victory on economic policy for his fellow Democrats ahead of November congressional elections.
    (Reuters, 9/27/10)
2010        Sep 27, Sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security, Cyber Storm III kicked off for a 3-day series of simulated events designed to exploit holes in the nation's cybersecurity system. It was Washington's first chance to test the new National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, which was set up last fall to act as a hub for coordinating cybersecurity.
2010        Sep 27, Six US Air Force officers and one researcher assembled at the prestigious National Press Club in Washington, DC, to give their intriguing testimony of personal involvement in a major UFO cover-up. The officers planned to discuss UFOs and nuclear missiles, including an alleged incident in March, 1967, at a Montana missile base where 10 Minuteman missiles were mysteriously deactivated as a UFO allegedly hovered overhead.
2010        Sep 27, In a videotaped statement US Spec. Jeremy Morlock (22) admitted involvement in a plan to kill 3 Afghan civilians in Kandahar between January and May this year. He sought to shift blame for the plot on his squad’s staff sergeant, who he said planted the idea. In March 2011 Morlock was sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of murder, as well as conspiracy and other charges. He said the killings were part of a deliberate plan to murder Afghan civilians. Dan Krauss directed the documentary film “The Kill Team" (2014) featuring Adam Winfield, Andrew Holmes and Jeremy Morlock," the soldiers involved in the Maywand District murders of Afghan civilians.
    (SFC, 9/28/10, p.A6)(AP, 3/30/11)
2010        Sep 27, Downtown Los Angeles, Ca., recorded a record 113 degrees.
    (SFC, 9/29/10, p.A1)
2010        Sep 27, In Florida Patrick Dell (41) shot and killed his wife, Natasha Whyte-Dell (36) and 4 step children before killing himself. A 5th stepchild survived the rampage in Riviera Beach.
    (SFC, 9/28/10, p.A7)
2010        Sep 27, In Georgia Brandon Joseph Rhode (31) was executed by lethal injection for the 1998 murders of a trucking company owner and his 2 children. He was convicted in 2000 of the killings of Steven Moss (37), his 11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin during a burglary of their Jones County home in central Georgia.
    (SFC, 9/28/10, p.A6)
2010        Sep 27, George Blanda (83), former American football star, died. He played longer than anyone in pro football history and racked up the most points in a career that spanned four decades, mostly with the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders.
    (AP, 9/27/10)
2010        Sep 27, In Afghanistan a Polish soldier died of injuries sustained when a land mine exploded under his patrol vehicle in the eastern province of Ghazni. US General David Petraeus said many small insurgent groups had already made "overtures" to NATO forces about quitting the fight.
    (AP, 9/27/10)(SFC, 9/28/10, p.A4)
2010        Sep 27, Police in Brazil’s state of Rio Grande do Sul arrested Rev. Avelino Backes (70) after finding him in a hospital in the town of Santa Rosa. Backes disappeared in 2008 after being sentenced to seven years in jail for molesting girls aged 9 and 10 in the neighboring state of Santa Catarina in the 1990s.
    (AP, 9/29/10)
2010        Sep 27, Cambodia laid out plans to tackle graft in one of the world's most corrupt nations, in an attempt to reassure foreign investors.
    (AFP, 9/27/10)
2010        Sep 27, In eastern China 2 men were sentenced to death for abducting and trafficking 40 infants. They were sentenced for their involvement in a ring that abducted dozens of baby boys from Sichuan and Yunnan provinces and sold them to villagers in neighboring Fujian for up to $6,000 each.
    (AP, 9/28/10)
2010        Sep 27, Colombia's inspector general ousted Sen. Piedad Cordoba (55), an outspoken opposition senator, barring her from public service for 18 years for allegedly "promoting and collaborating" with Latin America's last remaining rebel army.
    (AP, 9/27/10)
2010        Sep 27, In Colombia a mudslide swept over people changing from one bus to another because an earlier slide was blocking a mountain road, and at least 20 people were buried.
    (AP, 9/27/10)
2010        Sep 27, Indonesia and France served as co-chairs of the Group of 20 Working Group on Anti-corruption during a 2-day meeting in Jakarta. The WGAC was among the most significant outcomes of the G20 summit in Toronto in June 2010.
2010        Sep 27, Iran’s IRNA news agency reported that the Stuxnet worm is mutating and wreaking further havoc on computerized industrial equipment in Iran where about 30,000 IP addresses have already been infected.
    (AFP, 9/27/10)
2010        Sep 27, Iraqi police officials said a bomb exploded as Alaa Muhsen, a news anchor for Iraqiya television, drove through southern Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/27/10)
2010        Sep 27, Settlement building resumed across the West Bank just hours after a 10-month freeze expired, but Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held back on a threat to quit peace talks with Israel over the move. Abbas said he would wait at least a week before deciding whether to quit Mideast peace talks, giving US mediators precious time to broker a compromise.
    (AFP, 9/27/10)
2010        Sep 27, In Jamaica hundreds of medical technicians, nurse's aides and other support staff at major public hospitals went on strike to demand pay raises and allowances they say haven't been paid by the government.
    (AP, 9/27/10)
2010        Sep 27, In Mexico the bodies of Tancitaro Mayor Gustavo Sanchez and city adviser Rafael Equihua were discovered in a pickup truck abandoned on a dirt road near the city of Uruapan, the fifth city leader to be slain in Mexico since mid-August. Also in Michoacan state, five gunmen and a marine were killed in a shootout in Coahuayana on the Pacific coast. Another gunbattle in the Gulf coast state of Tamaulipas left eight gunmen and one marine dead in the border city of Reynosa. In the border state of Chihuahua, gunmen broke into a police complex, subdued the guards and stole at least 40 automatic rifles and 23 handguns.
    (AP, 9/27/10)
2010        Sep 27, In Nigeria gunmen hijacked a school bus in Abia state and kidnapped 15 children on board in the oil-rich south. The next day they demanded a $130,000 ransom for their release. On Oct 1 a joint military and police taskforce "rescued" the children and no ransom was paid.
    (AFP, 9/28/10)(AP, 10/1/10)
2010        Sep 27, Pakistan was chosen to head the UN atomic agency's governing body, despite its refusal to accept the nonproliferation treaty and its link to the nuclear black marketer who supplied Iran and North Korea.
    (AP, 9/27/10)
2010        Sep 27, Pakistani intelligence officials said two NATO helicopters carried out a third strike inside Pakistani territory, killing five militants and wounding nine others. A suspected US missile strike killed four people near Mir Ali, North Waziristan. Pakistan's Frontier Corps paramilitary said it had recovered a huge hoard of military equipment stolen from NATO supply convoys travelling to Afghanistan. The equipment was looted during the last five to six months.
    (AP, 9/27/10)(AFP, 9/27/10)
2010        Sep 27, The Romanian government was in an uproar over austerity protests. The interior minister resigned, the opposition demanded the prime minister go as well and top police officials held emergency talks with the president.
    (AP, 9/27/10)
2010        Sep 27, In Serbia basketball player Miladin Kovacevic (23) pleaded guilty to beating a fellow American student into a coma in the case that has strained relations between the United States and Serbia. In November he was sentenced to two years and three months for the beating of Bryan Steinhauer (24) in May 2008 near Binghamton University in upstate New York.
    (AP, 9/27/10)(AP, 1/21/11)
2010        Sep 27, Representatives of 45 nations and international bodies met in Madrid to consider plans to strengthen an African Union peacekeeping force in war-torn Somalia.
    (AFP, 9/27/10)
2010        Sep 27, Sudan’s government promised to inject almost two billion dollars into conflict-stricken Darfur, but again demanded war crimes charges against its president be dropped.
    (AFP, 9/27/10)
2010        Sep 27, A boat with 85 African migrants capsized off Yemen drowning at least 13 people. It was being towed by the US Navy back to Somalia a day after being discovered.
    (SFC, 9/28/10, p.A2)(

2011        Sep 27, Anthony Mangione (50), the chief of US Immigration and Customs in South Florida, was indicted on child pornography charges. US federal investigators had found child pornography images on his computer last April.
    (SFC, 9/29/11, p.A8)
2011        Sep 27, The US Census Bureau released figures indicating that same-sex households had increased by 80% over the past decade.
    (SFC, 9/28/11, p.A1)
2011        Sep 27, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 72 illnesses were linked to tainted Colorado cantaloupe. Colorado state and local officials said they are investigating three additional deaths that may be connected. Cantaloupes from Jensen Farms were recalled on Sep 10. The listeria outbreak left 33 people dead. On Sep 26, 2013, Eric and Ryan Jensen were arested on charges of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. On Oct 22, 2013, Eric and Ryan pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.
    (AP, 9/28/11)(SFC, 10/1/11, p.A6)(SFC, 9/27/13, p.A7)(SFC, 10/22/12, p.A5)
2011        Sep 27, In Utah Uta von Schwedler (49) was found dead in her bathtub in Salt Lake City. On March 12, 2015 her ex-husband, pediatrician John Brickman Wall (51), was convicted of her murder.
    (, 3/14/15, p.A7)
2011        Sep 27, In western Afghanistan 16 wedding guests, including 11 children, were killed when a bus hit a roadside bomb in Herat province. 5 people were killed in a suicide car bombing near the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, southern Helmand province. Police claimed pro-government forces killed 25 Taliban insurgents who attacked a logistics convoy in Ghazni province. NATO captured Haji Mali Khan, a senior Haqqani leader inside Afghanistan along with other insurgents. Khan’s arrest was later described as a "significant milestone" in disrupting the terror group's operations.
    (AFP, 9/27/11)(AFP, 9/28/11)(AP, 10/1/11)
2011        Sep 27, Algerian residents and security officials said troops have killed five militants in a large operation against hideouts used by Al-Qaeda's regional franchise east of the capital.
    (AFP, 9/27/11)
2011        Sep 27, In Australia thousands of international air travelers faced delays as Customs and Border Protection officers walked off the job at airports across the country after workers rejected a 9 percent pay rise over three years.
    (AP, 9/27/11)
2011        Sep 27, Protesters demanding that Brazil's legislators sweep out corruption planted 594 brooms in front of Congress so the 513 members of the House and the 81 senators could see them the next morning.
    (AP, 9/28/11)
2011        Sep 27, Police in northeastern Brazil began arresting members of three families who are believed to have killed 95 people as part of a feud that stretches back years. The Oliveira, Veras and Suassuna families are suspected of murdering 64 members of rival clans. They're also suspected of executing 31 people within their own families.
    (AP, 9/28/11)
2011        Sep 27, In Brazil a Guarani Indian, Teodoro Ricardi, was beaten and stabbed to death near the town of Paranhos, Mato Grosso do Sul state. The area has been the scene of much violence against indigenous people. Activists said his killers were apparently hired by a local rancher occupying land claimed by the Guarani tribe.
    (AP, 9/31/11)
2011        Sep 27, BAE Systems, Europe's biggest defense contractor, said it will cut nearly 3,000 jobs in Britain as smaller global defense budgets hit orders for its fighter jets.
    (AP, 9/27/11)
2011        Sep 27, In China a Shanghai subway train crashed into a stopped train during a signal failure, injuring more than 270 people.
    (AP, 9/27/11)
2011        Sep 27, In Egypt assailants in two pickup trucks struck a pumping station on a gas pipeline to Israel about 15 miles (25 km) west of the region's main city of el-Arish before, causing a loud explosion and fire.
    (AP, 9/27/11)
2011        Sep 27, In Germany an artist identified as Wolfgang B. (60), admitted in court that he faked 14 modern paintings that sold for millions of dollars. 4 people were accused of fraud totaling $22 million in the case in Cologne.
    (SFC, 9/28/11, p.A4)
2011        Sep 27, In Guinea clashes between police and opposition demonstrators left at least 2 dead and several injured, after the opposition, demanding electoral reform, defied a government ban on rallies.
    (AFP, 9/27/11)(AFP, 9/28/11)
2011        Sep 27, Indian air force helicopters dropped food parcels and hundreds of boats shuttled stranded people to safer ground as surging floodwaters hit eastern India. 5 people were missing in addition to the 79 killed in Orissa state since Sep 23. Flooding also killed at least 44 since Sep 23 in northern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states.
    (AP, 9/27/11)(AFP, 9/28/11)
2011        Sep 27, In Iraq a late night car bomb killed three people and wounding 10 others near a popular restaurant in a Shiite neighborhood in southwestern Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/28/11)
2011        Sep 27, Israel's government granted the go-ahead for construction of 1,100 new housing units in occupied east Jerusalem, raising already heightened tensions fueled by last week's Palestinian move to seek UN membership.
    (AP, 9/27/11)
2011        Sep 27, The 6th annual Internet Governance Forum opened in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme this year was “Internet as a catalyst for change: access, development, freedoms and innovation."
    (Econ, 10/1/11, p.63)(
2011        Sep 27, Kyrgyzstan officials said Gazpromneft-Aero Kyrgyzstan, a Russian-controlled company, will soon start supplying 20 percent of the aviation fuel to the Manas Transit Center, strategically vital US air base, and it could eventually increase that share. Family members of the two previous Kyrgyz presidents, both of whom were overthrown in popular uprisings, have been accused of profiting from dealings with the base.
    (AP, 9/27/11)
2011        Sep 27, Libyan revolutionary forces battled their way into the eastern outskirts of Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, in a bid to link up with anti-Gadhafi fighters besieging the city from the west and tighten the noose around the loyalist stronghold. Anti-Kadhafi fighters overran Sirte's port. A member of the NTC said that formation of a transitional government, already delayed by squabbling over power-sharing, has been postponed until the entire country is liberated.
    (AP, 9/27/11)(AFP, 9/27/11)
2011        Sep 27, Mexican police found five severed heads in front of a primary school in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco.
    (AP, 9/28/11)
2011        Sep 27, NATO troops shot at Serb protesters after the military alliance's troops were attacked near Kosovo's border with Serbia.
    (AP, 9/27/11)
2011        Sep 27, Typhoon Nesat smashed into the Philippines, leaving at least 35 people dead, with the capital Manila enduring waist-deep floods, blackouts and dramatic storm surges.
    (AFP, 9/27/11)(AP, 9/29/11)
2011        Sep 27, In Saudi Arabia Shaima Jastaina was sentenced to be lashed 10 times with a whip for defying the kingdom’s prohibition on driving.
    (SFC, 9/28/11, p.A2)
2011        Sep 27, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond announced a new 35-million-pound offshore wind technology fund at the start of a two-day Scottish low carbon investment conference.
    (Reuters, 9/27/11)
2011        Sep 27, Spanish police arrested five Algerians suspected of helping finance an al-Qaida-linked terror group in North Africa. On Oct 1 they were freed by a judge who said there was no significant evidence against them.
    (AP, 9/27/11)(AP, 10/2/11)
2011        Sep 27, Syrian government troops firing machine guns mounted on tanks stormed the rebellious town of Rastan as part of military operations aimed at crushing the six-month-old uprising against President Assad. Security operations also took place in the northwestern region of Jabal al-Zawiya with at least two people killed.
    (AP, 9/27/11)
2011        Sep 27, Sudanese security officers shut down the independent Al-Jarida newspaper, in what rights groups say is the latest sign of increasing political repression. Sudanese riot police used tear gas to disperse youths demonstrating in Khartoum against unaffordable food prices, in the second incident of its kind in just two days.
    (AFP, 9/27/11)
2011        Sep 27, The UN refugee agency said some 25,000 people have fled Sudan's troubled Blue Nile state to Ethiopia in the last three weeks amid fighting between the Sudanese army and rebels.
    (AFP, 9/27/11)
2011        Sep 27, In southern Thailand 16 militants in two pick up trucks and motorcycles opened fire on a military outpost in Narathiwat, killing a 21-year-old private and injuring two other troops. A 47-year-old Muslim man was gunned down in a drive-by attack.
    (AFP, 9/28/11)
2011        Sep 27, In Yemen a suicide attacker driving an explosives-laden car blew himself up next to the passing convoy of Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Mohammed Nasser Ahmed, who escaped the attack unharmed. At least 10 were wounded in the blast. Attackers in the south struck a major oil pipeline in the city of Marib, causing a disruption in oil exports.
    (AP, 9/27/11)

2012        Sep 27, In Minnesota Andrew Engeldinger (38) killed 5 people before shooting himself at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, where he had recently been fired.
    (SFC, 9/29/12, p.A5)
2012        Sep 27, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled plans to build a $230 million, 625-foot-tall Ferris wheel on the Staten Island waterfront.
    (SFC, 9/28/12, p.A12)
2012        Sep 27, The top 4 US car rental companies agreed to ban rentals and sales of recalled cars. They also agreed to support legislation by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., to codify the ban.
    (SFC, 9/28/12, p.A9)
2012        Sep 27, The man behind the crudely produced anti-Islamic video that sparked violence in the Middle East was arrested in Los Angeles after authorities said he violated his probation from a 2010 check fraud conviction. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula told a judge his real name was Mark Basseley Youseff. He said he'd been using that name since 2002, even though he went by Nakoula in his fraud case.
    (AP, 9/28/12)
2012        Sep 27, Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency said Chevron has paid a $17.3 million fine for 24 of 25 irregularities detected in the spill of some 155,000 gallons of crude oil in Nov, 2011.
    (SFC, 9/29/12, p.D2)
2012        Sep 27, In London Russian billionaires Oleg Deripaska and Michael Cherney reached an 11th-hour settlement in a dispute over a billion dollar slice of aluminium giant RUSAL, shortly before they were due to give evidence in a drawn-out London court case.
    (Reuters, 9/27/12)
2012        Sep 27, Kareem Serageldin, a former Credit Suisse executive facing extradition to the U.S. on fraud charges for his handling of mortgage-based securities during the financial crisis, was freed on bail after an appearance before a British court. He was slated to receive more than $7 million in compensation in 2007 before the company learned about the alleged fraud and withheld $5.2 million of his pay.
    (AP, 9/27/12)
2012        Sep 27, An Egyptian court upheld a six-year jail sentence for Michelle Bishoy, also known as Bishoy el-Behiri, a Coptic Christian school teacher convicted of insulting Islam and the country's Islamist president in postings on Facebook.
    (AP, 9/27/12)   
2012        Sep 27, Greece's coalition government reached a "basic agreement" on a new round of harsh austerity cuts demanded by its international lenders.
    (AP, 9/27/12)
2012        Sep 27, Mexican officials said they have struck a major blow against a faction of the hyper-violent Zetas cartel, arresting one of the country's most-wanted drug traffickers, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, known as "El Taliban," and placing him on display in a morning press conference. Also known as "Z-50," Velazquez Caballero had a 30 million peso ($2.3 million) reward on his head.
    (AP, 9/27/12)
2012        Sep 27, Leading Russian non-government organizations said they would defy a new Kremlin law requiring those who receive funding from abroad to register as "foreign agents."
    (AP, 9/27/12)
2012        Sep 27, Spain outlined plans to reduce government spending and raise taxes to convince international lenders and financial markets it is on track to cut deficits. Spain’s government warned it will stop a Catalonia referendum on self-determination after the regional parliament voted to stage such a referendum with a view of possibly seceding.
    (AP, 9/27/12)(SFC, 9/28/12, p.A2)
2012        Sep 27, In Syria fighters from the main rebel group known as the Free Syrian Army began a new push to drive regime forces from Aleppo, Syria's commercial capital, calling it the "Decisive Battle." The Syrian military sent text message on cellular telephones to members of the armed rebellion reading: "Game over."
    (AP, 9/28/12)
2012        Sep 27, Venezuelan and Russian officials signed eight agreements to boost cooperation in energy projects. Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia's state-controlled Rosneft oil company, was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying he also gave Chavez a 3-month-old black terrier puppy as a present from Putin.
    (AP, 9/27/12)

2013        Sep 27, President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani had a 15-minute phone conversation reflecting wide support for a peace initiative that has the backing of both reformists and the country's conservative clerical leadership. They discussed ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran's nuclear program.
    (AFP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, The executive director of President Barack Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness was named to manage more than $300 million in federal, state and private aid packages given to Detroit, which has filed for bankruptcy.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, In San Francisco Kevin San (16) was killed after Jennie Zhu (58) crashed her speeding Mercedes into a minivan. On Dec 16 Zhu was charged with felony gross vehicular manslaughter.
    (SFC, 12/17/13, p.D1)
2013        Sep 27, In Florida Joseph Jenkins (34), a convicted killer, was mistakenly released from Carabelle prison after forced documents reduced his sentence. On Oct 8, Charles Walker (34), another convicted killer, was also mistakenly released from prison after forced documents reduced his sentence. Both prisoners were re-captured on Oct 19.
    (SFC, 10/18/13, p.A7)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A9)
2013        Sep 27, Louisiana Pastor Ronald Harris Jr. was fatally shot as he preached to some 65 people during a revival service in Lake Charles. Woodrow Karey (53) was charged with the murder.
    (SFC, 9/30/13, p.A4)
2013        Sep 27, A New Jersey judge ordered state officials to allow same-sex couples to marry starting on October 21, saying the current civil union system unfairly deprived them of federal benefits available to married couples.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, In NYC two former US soldiers and a German ex-soldier were charged with plotting to kill a US drug-enforcement agent and an informant for $800k. Joseph Hunter (48), described as a contract killer and the leader of the group, was flown in from Thailand.
    (SFC, 9/28/13, p.A9)(SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A11)
2013        Sep 27, In Virginia George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate formally opened the new $47 million Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.
    (SFC, 9/28/13, p.A5)
2013        Sep 27, CongoDRC customs officers seized 375 kg of coltan, a precious mineral used in electronics, en route to Rwanda.
    (AFP, 9/29/13)
2013        Sep 27, Cuba announced 18 new categories of independent employment under Pres. Raul Castro’s economic reforms. These included real estate agents and raised the total to 199.
    (SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A19)
2013        Sep 27, Cuba announced that its athletes will be allowed to sign contracts to compete in foreign leagues, a shift from decades of policy that held professional sports to be anathema to socialist ideals.
    (AP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, In Egypt unidentified gunmen shot dead a policeman in the city of El-Arish in North Sinai, near the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip and Israel. In Alexandria dozens of people were hurt when pro-Morsi protesters clashed with residents.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, French police arrested six men in and around Paris over their suspected involvement in the theft of gold bars worth about 1.6 million euros ($2.1 million) from an Air France plane flying to Zurich. The bars were stolen from the plane just before it left Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport on September 19.
    (AFP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, Gambia's Pres. Yahya Jammeh warned the UN General Assembly that gays were a threat to human existence, along with excessive greed and obsession with world domination, and criticized other countries for regarding homosexuality as a human right.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, Ghana said it has resolved a dispute with Argentina that began with last year's seizure of an Argentinian naval ship over a massive debt claim.
    (AP, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 27, In India rescuers pulled a small girl alive from a collapsed apartment building in Mumbai nearly 12 hours after the structure caved in, and leaving dozens trapped under the rubble. At least 45 people were killed. It was owned by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corp., the city's municipal government, and that most of the people who lived in its 22 apartments were city employees.
    (AP, 9/27/13)(AFP, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 27, At least 22 people, mostly children, drowned and scores were missing after an Australia-bound boat, carrying asylum-seekers from Lebanon, Pakistan and Iraq, sank off Indonesia in rough seas.
    (AFP, 9/27/13)(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 27, Iran resumed payments on old loans to the World Bank.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, Iraq ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), an accord that however cannot enter into force until the United States, China and six other states follow suit. This raised the number of countries that have adhered fully to the treaty to 161.
    (AFP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, Israeli troops clashed with stone-throwing protesters in Hebron as Palestinians marked the 13th anniversary of their 2nd uprising against Israeli occupation.
    (SFC, 9/28/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 27, Japan's coastguard searched for six crew of the Eifukumaru No.18 cargo ship that capsized after colliding with a Sierra Leone-registered vessel.
    (AFP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, In central Nigeria a boat overloaded with passengers and goods travelling on the Niger River capsized, killing 42 people with 100 others missing.
    (AFP, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 27, In Pakistan 19 people were killed when a remote-controlled bomb exploded on a bus carrying government officials in Peshawar.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 27, Pakistani officials said the death toll from the Sep 24 earthquake in Baluchistan province has reached 515.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, Philippine forces said they have rescued the last civilians held by Muslim rebels on Mindanao island after nearly three weeks of fighting. About 200 people, including 166 rebels, were killed and more than 100,000 residents Zamboanga city were displaced.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, Russian security forces killed five suspected militants in the North Caucasus province of Dagestan including one believed to be a local Islamist insurgent leader.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, A Saudi diplomat, involved in a fatal road accident, left Iran. An Iranian citizen was killed mid-March when the diplomat's car reportedly hit another vehicle on a expressway in Tehran while speeding at 130 kph (80 mph). Iranian authorities said the accident happened because the diplomat had been driving while drunk.
    (AFP, 10/30/13)
2013        Sep 27, Serbia's government banned a weekend gay pride march for the third consecutive year, citing the threat of violence from right-wing hooligans, in a move that sparked protests by gay activists and criticism from the EU.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, Sudanese security forces opened fire on protesters as thousands marched through the streets of Khartoum in an opposition push to turn a wave of popular anger over fuel price hikes into an outright uprising against the 24-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir.
    (AP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, In Sweden top climate scientists of a UN-backed climate change panel formally endorsed an upper limit on greenhouse gases for the first time.
    (SFC, 9/28/13, p.A3)
2013        Sep 27, The Swiss government urged voters to reject a Nov 24 proposal to limit monthly executive pay to no more than what the company's lowest-paid staff earn in a year, saying it could hurt the attractiveness of Switzerland as a business destination.
    (Reuters, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, In Syria a car bomb exploded near the al-Sahel mosque in the town of Rankous north of Damascus as worshippers emerged from prayers. At least 30 people were killed.
    (AP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, Tanzania authorities suspended the privately-owned Mwananchi and MTanzania newspapers for 14 and 90 days respectively for publishing "hostile articles aimed at inciting the people to lose confidence in state institutions and thus endanger peace and national unity."
    (AFP, 10/1/13)
2013        Sep 27, A Uganda official said China's state-owned CNOOC has secured a $2-billion deal to develop a petroleum field in Uganda and help propel the east African nation into the club of oil-producing countries.
    (AFP, 9/27/13)
2013        Sep 27, The UN Security Council adopted a resolution that demands the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons but does not threaten automatic punitive action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government if it does not comply.
    (Reuters, 9/28/13)

2014        Sep 27, James Traficant (b.1941), former Ohio politician, died in Youngstown. He was expelled from the US Congress in 2002 following conviction on charges of racketeering and corruption. 
    (SSFC, 9/28/14, p.C11)
2014        Sep 27, California introduced the first US ban in the use of the "gay-panic," a legal strategy in which a defendant claims they acted in a state of violent, temporary insanity, committing assault or murder, because of unwanted same-sex sexual advances.
    (, 11/28/20, p.25)
2014        Sep 27, In Utah the bodies of two parents and three of their children were found in a home in Springfield. Cause of death was yet unknown.
    (SFC, 9/29/14, p.A6)
2014        Sep 27, Afghanistan said it will delay paying salaries to hundreds of thousands of civil servants next month because it does not have enough money. Villagers of Arzakai hanged 4 captured Taliban militants from a tree as security forces battled the insurgents for a sixth day in a district of Ghazni province.
    (Reuters, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, In Hong Kong tens of thousands of people massed in the heart of the city to demand more democracy, as tensions grew over Beijing's decision to rule out free elections in the former British colony. Riot police arrested dozens of students who stormed the government headquarters compound during a night of scuffles.
    (Reuters, 9/27/14)(AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, In India Jayaram Jayalalitha, a charismatic former actress who later joined politics and became the top elected official in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, was sentenced to four years in prison after a court found her guilty of corruption in a case filed 18 years ago.
    (AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, In Indonesia lawmakers in Banda Aceh, a conservative Muslim province, passed a law that punishes gay sex by public caning and subjects non-Muslims to strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.
    (AP, 9/27/14) 
2014        Sep 27, In central Japan the Mount Ontake volcano erupted in spectacular fashion, catching mountain climbers by surprise. At least 51 people were killed with 63 injured.
    (AP, 9/27/14)(Reuters, 10/1/14)(AP, 10/4/14)
2014        Sep 27, Liberia's chief medical officer, Bernice Dahn, placed herself under quarantine for 21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola.
    (AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, In southwestern Mexico 6 people were reported killed overnight in a series of violent incidents in Iguala, Guerrero state. 22 police officers were arrested in the aftermath of the deaths. 58 students went missing after protests turned deadly in Iguala. On Sep 30 fourteen students turned up alive but relatives feared for those still missing as authorities searched for them.
    (AP, 9/27/14)(AFP, 9/28/14)(SFC, 9/29/14, p.A2)(AP, 10/1/14)
2014        Sep 27, In Peru a shallow 4.9-magnitude earthquake killed at least 8 people whose crudely constructed homes collapsed in a remote Andean village near Cuzco.
    (AP, 9/28/14)
2014        Sep 27, In Spain tens of thousands of people gathered in Madrid for the beatification of Alvaro del Portillo (1914-1994), an early leader of the Roman Catholic organization Opus Dei. Del Portillo succeeded Opus Dei founder Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer as leader of the organization.
    (AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, In Spain Artur Mas, the president of the Catalonia region, signed a decree calling for a referendum on independence on Nov. 9, putting the local government on a collision course with Madrid, which says such a vote is illegal.
    (Reuters, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, Spanish director Carlos Vermut won this year's top award for his film "Magical Girl" and also claimed the best director prize at Spain's San Sebastian Film Festival.
    (AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, Air strikes hit Islamic State and other Islamist groups in eastern Syria. US strikes hit the besieged area around Kobani and forces from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UAE contributed to strikes around the country. 
    (Reuters, 9/27/14)(SSFC, 9/28/14, p.A8)
2014        Sep 27, Three Turkish police were killed after an ambush in the overwhelmingly Kurdish southeast, in an attack claimed by armed Kurdish militants despite a one-and-a-half-year ceasefire.
    (AFP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, A Ukrainian security official said that one serviceman and one civilian have been killed in the past day as rebels in the east continue attacks despite a cease-fire declared three weeks ago.
    (AP, 9/27/14)
2014        Sep 27, In Venezuela hard-line opponents of Pres. Nicolas Maduro began collecting signatures seeking to force a constitutional assembly and remove the socialist leader before presidential elections in 2019.
    (AP, 9/27/14)
 2014        Sep 27, In Yemen Shi'ite Muslim rebels (Houthis or Hawthis) signed a security deal that stipulated disarmament and withdrawal from areas they have seized in recent months. Meanwhile Hawthi rebels attacked the home of the intelligence chief in Sanaa. One soldier and two insurgents were killed in the fighting.
    (Reuters, 9/27/14)(SSFC, 9/28/14, p.A5)

2015        Sep 27, In Philadelphia, Pa., Pope Francis met with victims of child sexual abuse on the final day of his US visit and promised to hold accountable those responsible for the scandal in the church.
    (AP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, In eastern Afghanistan Islamic State gunmen attacked checkpoints in Nangarhar province, killing 3 police in the group's first attack on the country's security forces. Afghanistan responded to the pre-dawn attack with a wave of airstrikes that killed 85 IS militants. All the terrorists killed were reportedly Pakistani citizens under the command of Hafiz Saeed, who was also killed.
    (AP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Brazil pledged to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent by 2030 as its contribution to a UN climate agreement, but said it will include reductions from past efforts against deforestation to help it reach the target. Pres. Dilma Rousseff presented the country's pledges during a speech at the UN General Assembly in NYC.
    (Reuters, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, In Congo DRC 13 people were killed in the restive in an attack on a convoy transporting some $40,000 in salaries for teachers in South Kivu province.
    (AFP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 27, France launched its first air strikes against Islamic State in Syria in an act of "self-defense" to stop to the militant group from carrying out attacks inside France.
    (AP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Paris, France, held its first car-free day.
    (Econ, 9/26/15, p.53)
2015        Sep 27, India’s PM Modi concluded a diplomatic visit to California with a visit to San Jose. He has promised to turn India into the next Silicon Valley.
    (SFC, 9/27/15, p.C1)
2015        Sep 27, An Iraqi spokesman said Iraq, Russia, Iran and Syria have agreed to set up an intelligence committee in Baghdad aimed at sharing and analyzing information.
    (AFP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli security forces at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, with further trouble feared in the week ahead as Jews celebrate the Sukkot holiday.
    (AFP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Christian schools in Israel said they would end a nearly month-long strike over cuts in government funding after reaching an agreement with the Education Ministry.
    (AP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, In Moldova some 20,000 people protested against the government, days after the International Monetary Fund said it would not negotiate a new loan agreement with the pro-European leadership which says it needs the money to pay salaries and pensions.
    (AP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Nepal started imposing restrictions on the movement of vehicles as a blockade of cargo trucks trying to enter the country from neighboring India continued to severely limit supplies of fuel and other essential commodities.
    (AP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Ten fishermen died and three were missing after the crew of a fishing trawler abandoned their vessel in rough seas off the South African coast.
    (AP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 27, In Spain separatists won a clear majority of seats in Catalonia's parliament in an election that sets the region on a collision course with the central government over independence.
    (Reuters, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Rebels in Sudan's Darfur region ambushed a South African unit that is part of a UN-African Union peacekeeping mission, killing one soldier and seriously injuring another.
    (AP, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Syrian regime air strikes killed 4 civilians in Kfarbatna. 2 people died inside Damascus when opposition fighters fired shells onto the Adwa district.
    (AFP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 27, Seventeen migrants drowned when their boat sank off the Turkish coast while headed for the Greek island of Kos. 20 people were rescued.
    (Reuters, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Yemen’s Pres. Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi urged Shiite rebels to lay down their arms and resume dialogue to end conflict, as he left for the UN General Assembly. Air strikes by helicopters from a Saudi-led alliance killed 25 civilians in the village of Bani Zela.
    (AFP, 9/27/15)(Reuters, 9/27/15)

2016        Sep 27, In southern California police in El Cajon shot and killed Alfred Olango (38), a refugee from Uganda, after he drew an object from his pocket that turned out to be an electronic cigarette device. Olango was reportedly distraught over the recent death of his best friend.
    (SFC, 9/29/16, p.A7)
2016        Sep 27, In Afghanistan at least 13 army soldiers were killed  in a Taliban attack on their checkpoint in Kunduz province. Two of the fifteen soldiers at the checkpoint had links to the insurgents and facilitated the attack.
    (SFC, 9/28/16, p.A2)
2016        Sep 27, China’s state media said members of what the government calls a cult for causing deaths, organizing the group and illegally collecting money, have been jailed, part of a crackdown on what Beijing views as dangerous religious movements. Yao Xiangzhi, a member of Mentuhui, or "Disciples Sect" in the central province of Hubei, caused the death of another cult member by denying him freedom, food and drink for a week while people prayed for his recovery from schizophrenia.
    (Reuters, 9/27/16)
2016        Sep 27, In Iraq two suicide bombings in Baghdad killed at least 17 civilians. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 9/28/16, p.A2)
2016        Sep 27, Pakistan's Supreme Court upheld the death penalty against Imdad Ali, a mentally ill man convicted of murder in 2001, overturning a previous appeal and a court decision staying his execution.
    (AP, 9/27/16)
2016        Sep 27, In Saudi Arabia activists said thousands of Saudis have signed a petition urging an end to the guardianship system that gives men control over the study, marriage and travel of female relatives.
    (AFP, 9/27/16)
2016        Sep 27, Syrian government forces captured a central rebel-held neighborhood in Aleppo. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 11 people were killed in airstrikes on eastern Aleppo, and that insurgents shelled the nearby government-held villages of Nubal and Zahraa, killing a baby girl.
     (AP, 9/27/16)

2017        Sep 27, The Trump administration outlined its new tax plan, which included a sharp reduction in the taxation of business income, elimination of the estate tax and eliminating the alternative minimum tax.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A4)
2017        Sep 27, The Trump administration defended its decision to sharply curtail the number of refugees allowed into the US to 45,000 next year.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A4)
2017        Sep 27, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to move that state’s primary elections from June to March, to maximize the state’s relevance in presidential primaries.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A1)
2017        Sep 27, In California a large rockfall killed a climber on the Waterfall Route up El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A7)
2017        Sep 27, In the SF Bay Area Richmond and Fairfield police shot Demilo Trayvon Hodge (45) of San Leandro after he disobeyed commands to surrender. Hodge was wanted on suspicion of murder in connection with the shooting of William Freeman (68) in Fairfield on Dec 10, 2015. Hodge died of his wounds the next morning.
    (SFC, 9/29/17, p.D1)
2017        Sep 27, Baltimore prosecutors said nearly 300 cases have been dropped due to four allegations of police misconduct and a federal indictment of eight officers on racketeering and fraud charges.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A4)
2017        Sep 27, Hugh Hefner (b.1926), co-founder of Playboy Magazine (1953), died in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A5)
2017        Sep 27, In Afghanistan one woman was killed and 11 other civilians were wounded when Taliban rockets hit the Kabul airport targeting the plane of US Defense Sec. Jim Mattis. Afghan special forces killed four attackers. The attack on the airport, claimed by both Islamic State and Taliban insurgents, came just hours after Mattis touched down to pledge support for the government of President Ashraf Ghani.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)(AP, 9/27/17)(SFC, 9/28/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 27, Brazil’s Supreme Court voted 6-5 to authorize state schools to promote specific religions. Students however cannot be compelled to attend religious classes.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 27, British police arrested 11 men, including five on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts, as part of an investigation into the banned far-right group National Action. Christopher Lythgoe, the leader of a banned neo-Nazi group, and five other men were later charged under the Terrorism Act.
    (AFP, 9/27/17)(SFC, 10/27/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 27, Avocet Mining Plc said unknown attackers in northern Burkina Faso killed two paramilitary police officers and wounded two others in an assault on a convoy carrying fuel to the Inata gold mine.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Cameroon has broken international law by forcibly deporting at least 100,000 Nigerians who had fled there to escape Islamist Boko Haram militants. HRW said the expulsions reported since 2015 were one of the largest illegal forced repatriations it had seen in recent years, and were in "flagrant breach" of global and Cameroonian law.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, A mining association official said China will cancel about a third of its iron ore mining licenses, mostly belonging to small polluting mines as part of Beijing's efforts to improve air quality.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Meeting in China Interpol voted to admit the State of Palestine as a member over Israeli objections at the international police organization's general assembly in Beijing.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Egyptian courts sentenced 30 people to terms ranging between three years and life in prison on violence-related charges.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, The European Union unveiled a new plan to resettle at least 50,000 refugees, the majority of them from northern Africa.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Finnish energy group Fortum offered to buy all the shares in German utility Uniper in an 8.05 billion-euro ($9.5 billion) deal that aims to boost Fortum's gas, hydroelectric and nuclear assets. Fortum offered to buy the 46.65 percent stake that Germany's E.ON holds and the rest of the shares for 22 euros each. E.ON has until early 2018 to decide whether to sell its stake.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, French President Emmanuel Macron's business-friendly government unveiled its first annual budget. The government confirmed it plans to cut taxes on high-earning finance sector jobs as part of efforts to make Paris more attractive for firms shifting operations out of London due to Brexit.
    (AFP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Indian troops exchanged gunfire with separatist guerrillas in a remote northeastern region bordering Myanmar, killing or wounding several of the insurgents.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, In Indonesia the exodus from the menacing Mount Agung volcano on Bali neared 100,000 people, as hundreds of tremors from the mountain were recorded daily.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Iran's supreme leader and thousands of others mourned Mohsen Hojaji (25), a Revolutionary Guard soldier beheaded by the Islamic State group. His killing struck a nerve within Iran as its forces continue to suffer casualties in Iraq and Syria.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Baghdad piled pressure on Iraq's Kurds, demanding they cancel their vote for independence while parliament urged the Iraqi central government to send troops to take control of vital oil fields held by Kurdish forces. Final results released today showed nearly 93 percent in favor of independence, and 7.3 percent against.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Irish budget airline Ryanair cancelled another 18,000 flights, deepening its woes over its mismanagement of pilots' holiday schedules.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, In northern Mexico gunmen killed 15 people in a mass shooting at a drug rehabilitation center in Chihuahua state in an apparent feud between drug gangs.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 27, A Myanmar minister said burned land becomes government-managed land. Refugees arriving in Bangladesh have accused the army and Buddhist vigilantes of mounting a campaign of violence and arson aimed at driving Rohingya out of Myanmar. Security forces and local administrators have been collecting livestock left behind and bringing the animals by foot, truck and sometimes boat to Buddhist-controlled areas.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)(AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, It was reported that hundreds of vultures in Namibia died after feeding on an elephant carcass that poachers had poisoned. Poachers in Zimbabwe used cyanide to kill dozens of elephants for their ivory tusks. In Mozambique three lions died after eating bait infused with a crop pesticide.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Pakistan's army said Indian troops have fired across the frontier in the disputed region of Kashmir, killing a young man and wounding four people.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was destroying its last chemical weapons, hailing the move as a "historic event" and accusing the United States of not following suit.
    (AFP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, A Russian court found Ilmi Umerov (60), a Crimean dissident opposed to Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea, guilty of separatism and sentenced him to two years in a prison colony. Umerov, who suffers from Parkinson's disease and attacks of high blood pressure, was deputy head of the Crimean Tatars' semi-official Mejlis legislature before it was suspended by Moscow after it took control of the peninsula in 2014.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, In South Africa thousands marched in anti-corruption protests, in a rallying cry against scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma and his powerful allies three months before a new ANC leader is chosen.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir ordered police to cooperate with a new 4,000-strong United Nations force being deployed in the capital Juba.
    (AFP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, A Thai court sentenced former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, whose government was ousted in a 2014 military coup, in absentia to five years in prison for alleged negligence in a money-losing rice subsidy program.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Turkey said it will suspend flights to the northern Iraqi cities of Erbil and Sulaimaniya starting on 1500 GMT on Sep 29, in response to a Kurdish independence referendum held earlier this week.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, In Uganda a government-backed lawmaker introduced a measure to extend the long-time president's rule, following a fight in which opposition lawmakers were forcibly evicted from the legislative chamber. At least five lawmakers received hospital treatment for injuries sustained while being dragged out of the parliament by plain-clothes security guards that opposition MPs said were really soldiers from Pres. Yoweri Museveni's special forces.
    (AP, 9/27/17)(Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 27, Ukrainian authorities evacuated more than 30,000 people from the central Vinnytsia region after a huge arms depot storing missiles caught fire and exploded in what prosecutors said was a possible act of sabotage.
    (AFP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, In Uzbekistan Nurulloh Muhammad Raufkhon, the first prominent dissident to return since the death of its long-time leader Islam Karimov, was detained on arrival. Raufkhon had been charged in absentia and put on a wanted list after a criminal investigation launched in May. Raufkhon was in exile in Turkey after publishing in the spring of 2016 a book critical of Karimov who had run the former Soviet republic with an iron fist since 1989.
    (Reuters, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 27, Vanuatu authorities have declared an emergency on Ambae island, where activity at the Manaro volcano has increased recently, raising fears of a major eruption. More than 7,000 people have fled their homes.
    (AP, 9/27/17)

2018        Sep 27, Speaking before members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee University Prof. Christine Blasey Ford (51) said she believed she was going to be raped or accidentally killed during an alleged assault 36 years ago by Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's embattled nominee for the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh (53) furiously refuted the testimony of Ford.
    (AFP, 9/27/18)(AFP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 27, The magazine of the Jesuit religious order in the United States publicly withdrew its endorsement of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice following testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by the Jesuit-educated Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her decades ago.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 27, The US Justice Department announced that US and Brazilian authorities have fined Brazil's state oil giant Petrobras more than $853 million for covering up a massive bribery scheme involving Brazilian politicians and political parties. Brazil will receive 80 percent and the other 20 percent will be divided between the US Dept. of Justice and the SEC.
    (AP, 9/27/18)(SFC, 9/28/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 27, US Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke said 76 people have been arrested over the last few weeks on drug charges in a sweep of traffickers on reservation land in western North Carolina of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 27, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said police have busted a group of 17 people responsible for a series of Apple store robberies in 19 state counties.
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.D1)
2018        Sep 27, Marty Balin (b.1942), co-founder of the San Francisco-based Jefferson Airplane rock group (1965), died in Florida.
    (SFC, 9/29/18, p.A1)
2018        Sep 27, It was reported that the Atlanta-based CDC has estimated that 80,000 Americans died of flu last winter.
    (SFC, 9/27/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 27, North Carolina police said search crews have found the body of Maddox Ritch (6). The autistic boy had disappeared Sept. 22 after running after a jogger.
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 27, US Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow (b.1934) died in Pinehurst, NC. He had escaped a Nazi labor camp in Lithuania as a boy and rose through the ranks of the US Army. His 2004 autobiography, "Hope and Honor," was written with Jan Robbins.
    (SFC, 10/15/18, p.C12)
2018        Sep 27, In Tennessee Philip Trenary (64), president of the Greater Memphis chamber of Commerce, was shot and killed near Beale St. Three people, ages 22, 18 and 16, were later charged in the shooting.
    (SFC, 10/1/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 27, Texas executed Daniel Acker (46) for fatally running over his girlfriend, Marquetta George, in 2000.
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 27, The chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corp. resigned over allegations that he pressured the independent national broadcaster to fire two political journalists because the ruling conservative government disliked them.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Burundi's government suspended the operations of non-governmental organizations for three months, saying that "many of them do not respect the law."
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 27, Beijing urged the United States to stop slandering China after President Donald Trump accused the Asian giant of trying to interfere in upcoming American congressional elections.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Mustafa el-Nagar (38), a former Egyptian lawmaker, went missing. His wife later said he may have been detained by security forces.
    (AP, 10/17/18)
2018        Sep 27, The European Union said it has approved 100 million euros ($116 million) in its first-ever budget support to Somalia's government in the latest sign of confidence in a country long shattered by conflict.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, In France Pascal Filoe, a city hall official in the southern city of Rodez, was stabbed to death in a daylight attack. A suspect was arrested. Local media reported that he acted out of vengeance days after his unregistered attack dog was confiscated.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, German steel company and industrial equipment maker Thyssenkrupp said it plans to split into two separate entities that will be run as independent, listed companies.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, India's Chief Justice Dipak Misra and the rest of the five-member court struck down a 158-year-old law that treated adultery in certain cases as a criminal offense punishable by up to five years in prison. The court called the law unconstitutional and noted that a "husband is not the master of woman." The law did not allow wives to prosecute adulterous husbands.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in several places in disputed Kashmir after Indian troops killed a young shepherd who was tending his sheep. An Indian soldier and three rebels were killed in two separate gunbattles.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, In Iraq Tara Fares (22), a former beauty queen, was shot and killed at the wheel of her Porsche on a busy Baghdad street. The fashion model and social media star had expressed outspoken opinions  on personal freedom.
    (, 10/4/18, p.A3)
2018        Sep 27, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu described to the UN General Assembly what he said was a secret atomic warehouse in Tehran and accused Europe of appeasing Iran as he sought to rally support for US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
    (Reuters, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 27, Israel's defense minister said the country's Quneitra border crossing with Syria is reopening for UN personnel and will resume operating as before the civil war erupted next door.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Mexican prosecutors said that Javier Duarte, the former governor of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, has pleaded guilty to charges of organized crime and money laundering. Duarte got a nine-year sentence and had 41 properties seized as part of the plea deal.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Mexican officials said two detectives have been shot to death in Puebla state while trying to detain a suspect in the 2012 slaying of a youth soccer coach in New York City. Orlando Orea is accused of slashing Michael Jones (25) to death in Manhattan's Union Square. Jones worked in the New York Red Bulls system.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, In central Mexico a mob of about 100 people in the town of Metepec, Hidalgo state, doused a detective with gasoline and burned him to death. Three other men were beaten. The mob was reportedly roused by rumors that the men were planning to abduct children.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 27, In the Netherlands anti-terror units found a large quantity of bomb-making materials including fertilizer likely to be used in a car bomb following the arrest of seven terror suspects in the cities of Arnhem and Weert.
    (AFP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 27, The UN said the cholera outbreak in Niger has killed 67 people since July out of thousands of recorded cases.
    (AFP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Nigerian authorities said the death toll from large-scale flooding in recent weeks has jumped to nearly 200 people.
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 27, Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad selected a new leader for the first time in more than 20 years. Syria-based Ziad al-Nakhala (b.1953) will take over as the movement's secretary general from Ramadan Shalah, who has been suffering from serious health issues for months.
    (AFP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, In the Philippines Pres. Duterte said in a speech to government executives that he had told the military they could remove him if they were unsatisfied with his rule, and asked what "sins" he had committed. "Did I steal even a peso?" he said. "My only sin is the extrajudicial killings."
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 27, Polish Catholic Bishop Romuald Kaminski apologized to those who were sexually abused by priests in his Warsaw diocese and vowed to take steps to win back their trust.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Romania's education minister resigned over a political dispute involving the teaching of the Romanian language in schools serving the country's ethnic Hungarian minority. Valentin Popa said he disagreed with a demand by the party representing the interests of Romania's 1.3 million Hungarians to allow Hungarian-speaking teachers to keep teaching Romanian.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, In Rwanda a new law took effect making the drawing of cartoons or producing writing that "humiliates" a government official a criminal offense.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 27, The Swiss-based World Trade Organization lowered its global trade growth forecasts, citing increased trade tensions between large economies and heightened uncertainty.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, A court in Thailand convicted a local businessman of fraud for selling fake bomb detectors to the Thai government, five years after a court in the United Kingdom sentenced the British head of the company that supplied them to seven years in prison in a scandal that was worldwide in scale.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Germany for a controversial three-day state visit that both sides hope will help rebuild relations that have been battered in recent years.
    (AFP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, The UN's top human rights body agreed to set up a team to collect evidence of alleged crimes committed in Myanmar since 2011 that could one day be used to prosecute violators in court.
    (AP, 9/27/18)

2019        Sep 27, A US judge blocked new Trump administration rules that would enable the government to keep immigrant children in detention facilities with their parents indefinitely.
    (SFC, 9/28/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 27, More than 300 former officials from US security and foreign policy agencies, including a former director of the National Counterterrorism Center and a one-time deputy secretary of state, endorsed the congressional impeachment inquiry of Pres. Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, In the SF Bay Area Xuehua Peng (56) was arrested in Hayward on a charge of acting as an illegal foreign agent. He had smuggled "national security" information to China for more than two years.
    (SFC, 10/1/19, p.C1)
2019        Sep 27, US federal agents conducted a search of Clio Laboratories in Lawrenceville, Georgia, as part of a nationwide crackdown into genetic-testing fraud against federal health insurance programs. Operation "Double Helix" targeted telemarketing companies, doctors and labs that enticed seniors to get their cheeks swabbed for unneeded DNA tests.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)(SSFC, 9/29/19, p.A7)
2019        Sep 27, Columbus, Ohio, reached a $450,000 settlement with Stormy Daniels over the porn actress' arrest last year at a strip club.
    (SFC, 9/28/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 27, Joseph C. Wilson (b.1949), long-serving US diplomat, died at his home in New Mexico. He had undercut Pres. George W. Bush's claim in 2003 that Iraq had been trying to build nuclear weapons. This led to the unmasking of his wife at the time, Valerie Plame, as a CIA agent.
    (SSFC, 9/29/19, p.B10)
2019        Sep 27, An Ohio man was suspected of setting a fatal fire in his home before killing a delivery man at a gas station and then taking his own life at the end of a police chase. Police identified Brandon Carter (44) of Seaman, Ohio, as the suspect in the crime spree that left at least three people dead and one injured.
    (ABC News, 9/28/19)
2019        Sep 27, Texas Officer Sandeep Dhaliwal was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in Houston. Robert Solis (47) was arrested and charged with capital murder following the incident.
    (ABC News, 9/28/19)   
2019        Sep 27, It was reported that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and its US unit will pay $40 million for misleading investors about its monthly sales figures and will resolve a lengthy probe by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, It was reported that Mylan NV has agreed to pay a $30 million fine to settle US Securities and Exchange Commission charges it hid from investors the impact of a federal probe into the drug maker's overbilling the government for its EpiPen allergy treatment.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, It was reported that Bangladesh is planning to install barbed-wire fencing, guard towers and cameras around Rohingya refugee camps, raising fears of prison-like conditions in the already bleak settlements.
    (The Telegraph, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, In northwest Bosnia hundreds of people rallied against plans by neighboring Croatia to store part of the waste from the region's only nuclear plant near its border with Bosnia and a main river known for its natural beauty.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Canadian gold miner Banro Corporation said it has suspended operations at several of its sites in Democratic Republic of Congo because the company can no longer ensure their security from armed rebels.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Police in China's Jiangsu province arrested Alyssa Peterson, the director of of an Idaho-based organization called China Horizons, an English teaching program. Two days later Jacob Harlan, the owner of China Horizons, was also arrested on suspicion of organizing others to illegally cross the border.
    (SFC, 10/18, p.A2)
2019        Sep 27, Egyptian security forces sealed off Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the so-called Arab Spring uprising in 2011, to prevent possible protests against the country's president.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, The EU slapped sanctions on seven members of Venezuela's security and intelligence services on suspicion that they are involved in torture and other abuses, as the UN's top rights body set up a fact-finding missions to look into human rights violations in the country.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, The International Union for the Conservation of Nature said that more than half of the European tree species that exist nowhere else in the world are threatened with extinction.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, The French government said it has pledged to cut taxes for households next year to the tune of 9 billion euros ($9.8 billion), a spending boost that has its roots in the yellow vest movement that broke out last winter.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Greek authorities said boat carrying migrants sank in the eastern Aegean Sea, killing seven people.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Iran released the British-flagged oil tanker held since July 19. The Stena Impero left Iran and was heading to the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Iraqi PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi removed Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi from his post as the commander of the country's elite counterterrorism forces and transferred him to the Defense Ministry, without providing an explanation.
    (AP, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 27, Israel's centrist Blue and White party, which won the most seats in elections earlier this month, rejected what it said were demands from PM Benjamin Netanyahu to form a unity government under his leadership with his right-wing and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Thousands of Dutch children skipped school to join a global climate strike, blocking traffic and asking their leaders "how dare you?" in a reference to Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg's speech at the United Nations.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Pakistani PM Imran Khan has denounced India's crackdown in Kashmir and warned of a "bloodbath" in the disputed region. Indian PM Narendra Modi earlier denounced terrorism but avoided any mention of Kashmir.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, The Russian military said it has downed dozens of drones and rockets launched by militants this year targeting Russia's air base in Syria. Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that so far in 2019 the military has shot down 58 drones and 27 rockets that targeted the Hemeimeem air base in Syria's Mediterranean province of Latakia.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Russia detained three North Korean vessels and more than 200 crew in the second such incident in two weeks as part of a clampdown on poaching by the secretive nation's fishermen.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Russia urged the United States not to publish Donald Trump's conversations with Vladimir Putin after a growing scandal led the White House to release a transcript from a call with Ukraine's leader.
    (AFP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Saudi Arabia said it has agreed to a limited cease-fire in several areas of Yemen including the capital Sana’a, which is controlled by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, as part of broader efforts to end a four-year conflict that has threatened to escalate into regional war.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Saudi Arabia said it will offer tourist visas for the first time, opening up the ultra-conservative kingdom to holidaymakers as part of a push to diversify its economy away from oil.
    (AFP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Three Senegalese crew were killed and a fourth was injured when a combat helicopter used by UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic crashed in the west of the country.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Slovenia's debt-laden Adria Airways said it was cancelling most of its weekend flights and many scheduled for Sept. 30 as it battles to hang on to its operating license.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, In Ukraine Oleksandr Danylyuk, a popular reformer, resigned as head of the National Defense and Security Council. An International Monetary Fund mission left Kiev without the preliminary deal for $5 billion of funding that the government had sought.
    (Bloomberg, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, The UN Human Rights Council agreed to set up an international fact-finding mission to document violations in Venezuela, including torture and thousands of summary executions.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, It was reported that the UN has suspended Sri Lankan troops from peacekeeping duties after Colombo ignored repeated warnings and appointed a general accused of war crimes to head its army. Major General Shavendra Silva was promoted last month despite the allegations against him. Some 490 Sri Lankan troops are currently deployed for peacekeeping operations in Mali, Lebanon and Sudan.
    (AFP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau said it was investigating activity at Burisma, a gas company, between 2010-2012, but that it was not looking into changes to its board in 2014 when Hunter Biden joined. Hunter Biden was a director on Burisma's board from 2014 until at least 2018. Mykola Azarov, former prime minister 2010-2014, said Ukraine must investigate the activities of Joe Biden's son to establish whether his role in the gas company complied with the country's laws.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, The UN said worsening violence has doubled the number of people displaced from northwest Nigeria to some 40,000 over the past four months.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, A UN human rights envoy said Zimbabwe's political and economic environment is deteriorating, causing anxiety as hopes fade for a long-awaited improvement in people's living conditions.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)

2020        Sep 27, A US federal judge temporarily halted a Trump administration order that would have blocked new downloads of TikTok in the United States, granting the Chinese-owned app a reprieve.
    (NY Times, 9/27/20)
2020        Sep 27, A federal appeals court temporarily blocked a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in the battleground state of Wisconsin ordered by a lower court to accommodate an expected historic surge in voting by mail due to the coronavirus crisis. For now ballots are due by 8 p.m. on Election Day, a provisional win for Republicans and President Trump. On Sept. 29 the appeals court upheld the six-day extension.
    (The Week, 9/28/20)(SFC, 9/30/20, p.A4)
2020        Sep 27, The NY Times published an investigation of Donald Trump's finances, based on thousands of pages of documents that had not previously been public. They showed that Trump paid no taxes in 11 of the 18 years between 2000 and 2017. In both 2016 and 2017, he paid only $750.
    (NY Times, 9/27/20)
2020        Sep 27, It was reported that US military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to the same period in 2019, and some incidents of violent behavior have spiked as service members struggle under COVID-19, war-zone deployments, national disasters and civil unrest.
    (AP, 9/27/20)
2020        Sep 27, It was reported that experts are warning of a "feral swine bomb" that could go off at any time, as the numbers of hybrid wild pigs have soared to six million and spread from 17 to 39 US states over the last three decades.
    (SSFC, 9/27/20, p.B10)
2020        Sep 27, In California the Zogg Fire started in Shasta County and soon spread to neighboring Tehama County. By the next day 4 people were killed. On Oct. 9 PG&E said fire investigators have taken possession of equipment belonging to the company. The fire ended up covering 56,338 acres and destroyed 204 buildings.
    (AP, 10/9/20)(SSFC, 11/8/20, p.D1)
2020         Sep 27, California to date had 809,414 cases of coronavirus and 15,607 deaths. The SF Bay Area had 102,027 cases and 1,490 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached over 7,110,781 with the death toll at 204,750.   
    (, 9/27/20)
2020        Sep 27, In Florida Brad Parscale, President Donald Trump's former campaign chief, was tackled to the ground by SWAT officers when he didn't obey commands and was taken into custody under state guidelines allowing for an involuntary mental illness commitment. Officers seized 10 firearms, which included two shotguns, two rifles and several handguns.
    (NBC News, 9/28/20)
2020        Sep 27, It was reported that Afghanistan’s dwindling community of Sikhs and Hindus is shrinking to its lowest levels. With growing threats from the local Islamic State affiliate, many are choosing to leave the country of their birth to escape the insecurity and a once-thriving community of as many as 250,000 members now counts fewer than 700.
    (AP, 9/27/20)
2020        Sep 27, Fighting erupted anew between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, within Azerbaijan, and a top territorial official said 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.
    (AP, 9/27/20)
2020        Sep 27, Belarus detained 350 protesters as anti-government protests spanned 22 cities. About 100,000 demonstrators marched in Minsk demanding the resignation of Pres. Lukashenko.
    (AP, 9/28/20)
2020        Sep 27, In southwestern China 16 people died in a coal mine in Chongqing due to high levels of carbon monoxide.
    (SFC, 9/28/20, p.A2)
2020        Sep 27, Indonesia reported 3,874 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of cases to 275,213, official data from the COVID-19 task force showed. The country also reported 78 new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 10,386.
    (Reuters, 9/27/20)
2020        Sep 27, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard unveiled a new ballistic missile with a range of up to 430 miles, in the latest escalation of tensions between Tehran and Washington.
    (The Telegraph, 9/28/20)
2020        Sep 27, The solemn Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur began in a nation already under a sweeping coronavirus lockdown. Israelis have been ordered to stay within 1,000 meters (yards) of their homes throughout the High Holidays, which began last week with the Jewish New Year and continue to mid-October.
    (AP, 9/27/20)
2020        Sep 27, In northern Lebanon gunmen in a car opened fire on an army post, triggering a shootout in which two soldiers and one gunman were killed. The shootout occurred as the army was engaged in a heavy exchange of fire with a group of militants linked to Sunni extremists.
    (AP, 9/27/20)
2020        Sep 27, Mali’s transitional Pres. Bah N'Daw appointed former minister of foreign affairs, Moctar Ouane, as the West African nation’s prime minister days after being sworn into office.
    (AP, 9/27/20)(SFC, 9/29/20, p.A2)
2020        Sep 27, In Mexico the bullet-ridden bodies of 11 people, including four women, were found at a bar near Jaral del Progreso, Guanajuato state.
    (SFC, 9/29/20, p.A2)
2020        Sep 27, In Nigeria militants linked to the Islamic State group (IS) used a donkey strapped with explosives to ambush the convoy of the governor of north-eastern Borno state. A number of insurgents were killed in the ensuing shoot-out.
    (BBC, 9/28/20)
2020        Sep 27, In Romania about 19 million registered voters chose local officials, council presidents and mayors to fill more than 43,000 positions across the nation. The left-leaning Social Democrat Party, known as PSD, lost the most closely watched contest — the one for the mayor of the capital, Bucharest.
    (AP, 9/28/20)
2020        Sep 27, Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected a Eurosceptic party’s attempt to restrict immigration from the EU in a referendum seen as a key test of attitudes towards foreigners.
    (The Telegraph, 9/27/20)
2020        Sep 27, Yemen’s warring sides agreed to exchange more than 1,000 prisoners, marking the first phase of a prisoner-release plan reached earlier this year.
    (AP, 9/27/20)

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