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22 years ( 1995 - 2017 ) worth of news scrapped from Wikipedia ( with dates )
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Current events of September 3, 1995 (1995-09-03) (Sunday) :
eBay is founded.
Current events of September 6, 1995 (1995-09-06) (Wednesday) :
NATO air strikes against Bosnian Serb forces continue, after repeated attempts at a solution to the Bosnian War fail.
Current events of September 19, 1995 (1995-09-19) (Tuesday) :
The Washington Post and The New York Times publish the Unabomber's manifesto.
Current events of September 22, 1995 (1995-09-22) (Friday) :
American millionaire Steve Forbes announces his candidacy for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination.
Current events of September 23, 1995 (1995-09-23) (Saturday) :
Argentine national Guillermo "Bill" Gaede is arrested in Phoenix, Arizona, on charges of industrial espionage. His sales to Cuba, China, North Korea and Iran are believed to have involved Intel and AMD trade secrets worth US$10–20 million.
Current events of September 26, 1995 (1995-09-26) (Tuesday) :
The trial against former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, who is accused of Mafia connections, begins.
Current events of September 27, 1995 (1995-09-27) (Wednesday) :
Bob Denard's mercenaries capture President Said Mohammed Djohor of the Comoros; the local army does not resist.
Current events of September 28, 1995 (1995-09-28) (Thursday) :
Croatian forces massacre 9 elderly Croatian Serbs in the village of Varivode, Croatia.
Current events of August 2, 1995 (1995-08-02) (Wednesday) :
The first cold front of the White Earthquake strikes Chile; during the rest of August several communities becomes isolated due to heavy snowfall and livestock is decimated.
Current events of August 3, 1995 (1995-08-03) (Thursday) :
An Il-76TD piloted by a Russian crew is forced down by Taliban fighter planes. The crew escape with the aircraft on August 16, 1996.
Current events of August 4, 1995 (1995-08-04) (Friday) :
Croatian forces, with the cooperation of the ARBiH, launch Operation Storm against rebel Republic of Serbian Krajina forces, which subsequently ceases to exist as a political entity.
Current events of August 5, 1995 (1995-08-05) (Saturday) :
Croatian forces liberate, Knin, and continue their advance into the Republic of Serbian Krajina.
Current events of August 6, 1995 (1995-08-06) (Sunday) :
Hundreds in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo mark the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb.
Current events of August 7, 1995 (1995-08-07) (Monday) :
Operation Storm ends with a UN-brokered ceasefire; remaining Republic of Serbian Krajina forces start surrendering.
Current events of August 11, 1995 (1995-08-11) (Friday) :
The Russell Hill subway accident results in 3 deaths and 30 injuries in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Current events of August 14, 1995 (1995-08-14) (Monday) :
An avalanche buries Alison Hargreaves, the first woman to climb Mt. Everest without oxygen; she is reported dead.
Current events of August 16, 1995 (1995-08-16) (Wednesday) :
Bermudans reject independence in a referendum.
Current events of August 24, 1995 (1995-08-24) (Thursday) :
Microsoft releases Windows 95.
Current events of August 28, 1995 (1995-08-28) (Monday) :
A Bosnian Serb mortar bomb near a Sarajevo market square kills 37 civilians.
Current events of August 29, 1995 (1995-08-29) (Tuesday) :
Eduard Shevardnadze, the Georgian head of state, survives an assassination attempt in Tbilisi.
Current events of August 30, 1995 (1995-08-30) (Wednesday) :
The NATO bombing campaign against Bosnian Serb artillery positions begins in Bosnia and Herzegovina, continuing into September. At the same time, ARBiH forces begin an offensive against the Bosnian Serb Army around Sarajevo, central Bosnia, and Bosnian Krajina.
Current events of December 1, 1994 (1994-12-01) (Thursday) :
Ernesto Zedillo takes office as President of Mexico.
Current events of December 2, 1994 (1994-12-02) (Friday) :
The Australian government agrees to pay reparations to indigenous Australians who were displaced during the nuclear tests at Maralinga in the 1950s and 1960s.
Current events of December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03) (Saturday) :
Taiwan held the first full local elections; James Soong elected as the first and only direct elected Governor of Taiwan, Chen Shui-bian became the first direct elected Mayor of Taipei, Wu Den-yih became the first directed Mayor of Kaohsiung.
Current events of December 8, 1994 (1994-12-08) (Thursday) :
More than 300 children die in the 1994 Karamay fire which engulfs a theatre in Karamay, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China in one of the worst civilian fires in the nation's history.
Current events of December 11, 1994 (1994-12-11) (Sunday) :
Russian president Boris Yeltsin orders troops into Chechnya.A small bomb explodes on Philippine Airlines Flight 434, killing a Japanese businessman. The bombing was a field test done by Ramzi Yousef to test explosives that would have been used in Project Bojinka.
Current events of December 12, 1994 (1994-12-12) (Monday) :
Rebel forces capture 40 Russian soldiers and six armoured vehicles near the Chechan capital, Grozny.Two days of torrential rain floods many houses in Glasgow, Scotland.An anonymous man wins more than $40 million in the new national lottery in Britain.
Current events of December 13, 1994 (1994-12-13) (Tuesday) :
The trial of former President Mengistu begins in Ethiopia.Fred West, 53, a builder living in Gloucester, is remanded in custody, charged with murdering 12 people (including two of his own daughters) whose bodies are mostly found buried at his house in Cromwell Street. His wife Rose West, 41, is charged with 10 murders. Police believe that the murders took place between 1967 and 1987, and suspect that they may have killed up to 30 people.Three people drown in what was being described as Scotland's worst flood in living memory.
Current events of December 14, 1994 (1994-12-14) (Wednesday) :
A Learjet piloted by Richard Anderson and Brad Sexton misses an elementary school and crashes into an apartment complex in Fresno, California, killing both pilots and injuring several apartment residents.A runaway Santa Fe freight train rear ends a Union Pacific train at the bottom of Cajon Pass, California.British Home Secretary Michael Howard announces that Myra Hindley will serve a whole life tariff for the Moors murders of the 1960s.Construction commences on the Three Gorges Dam, at Sandouping, China.Ten people are killed in a plane crash near the International Airport in North Carolina.Three people are killed in a blast at a fertilizer plant in Iowa.In Chechnya, Russian armoured columns encircle the city of Grozny awaiting orders to crush the rebellion.
Current events of December 15, 1994 (1994-12-15) (Thursday) :
The first version of web browser Netscape Navigator is released.[1]
Current events of December 19, 1994 (1994-12-19) (Monday) :
A planned exchange rate correction of the Mexican peso to the US dollar, becomes a massive financial meltdown in Mexico, unleashing the 'Tequila' effect on global financial markets. This prompts a US$50 billion "bailout" by the Clinton Administration.The Whitewater scandal investigation begins in Washington, D.C.Civil unions between same-sex couples are legalized in Sweden.
Current events of December 26, 1994 (1994-12-26) (Monday) :
French anti-terrorist police storm a hijacked jet at Marseille and kill 4 Islamist terrorists.
Current events of December 31, 1994 (1994-12-31) (Saturday) :
This date is skipped by the Phoenix Islands to switch from the UTC−11 time zone to UTC+13, and by the Line Islands to switch from UTC−10 to UTC+14. The latter becomes the earliest time zone in the world, one full day ahead of Hawaii.
Current events of January 1, 1995 (1995-01-01) (Sunday) :
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is established to replace the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).Austria, Finland and Sweden join the European Union.The Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of rogue waves.
Current events of January 2, 1995 (1995-01-02) (Monday) :
Fire damages Stormont Castle, the former Northern Ireland Parliament building.[1]
Current events of January 3, 1995 (1995-01-03) (Tuesday) :
Former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry is re-elected to office after an absence of four years.Lawyers for British mass murderer Fred West ask for her release based on her inability to get a fair trial due to the publicity of her husband's suicide.Two Australian journalists, working for the British Broadcasting Corporation in Chechnya are held hostage by Russian troops for 24 hours before being released.English bowler, Darren Gough, picks up six wickets against Australia in the Third Test of the Ashes series in Sydney, Australia.
Current events of January 4, 1995 (1995-01-04) (Wednesday) :
A seven-week old baby elephant recovers in a Kenyan animal hospital after being injured in a stampede which separated it from its mother.Prince Charles and the Duchess of York holiday in the Swiss Alps with their children.
Current events of January 5, 1995 (1995-01-05) (Thursday) :
Russian president Boris Yeltsin orders a halt to the bombing raids on the capital of Chechnya.Prince Charles is photographed kissing his children's nanny on the Swiss ski slopes.
Current events of January 6, 1995 (1995-01-06) (Friday) :
A chemical fire occurs in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines. Policemen led by watch commander Aida Fariscal and investigators find a bomb factory and a laptop computer and disks that contain plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack. The mastermind, Ramzi Yousef, is arrested one month later.
Current events of January 9, 1995 (1995-01-09) (Monday) :
Valeri Polyakov completes 366 days in space while aboard the Mir space station, breaking a duration record.
Current events of January 16, 1995 (1995-01-16) (Monday) :
An avalanche hits the village Súðavík in Iceland, killing 14 people.The fourth Star Trek TV series, Voyager, premieres on UPN in the United States.
Current events of January 17, 1995 (1995-01-17) (Tuesday) :
The 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake shakes the southern Hyōgo Prefecture with a maximum Shindo of VII, leaving 5,502–6,434 people dead, and 251,301–310,000 displaced.Prodigy begins offering access to the World Wide Web.[2]
Current events of January 24, 1995 (1995-01-24) (Tuesday) :
Opening statements in the O. J. Simpson murder case trial in Los Angeles.
Current events of January 25, 1995 (1995-01-25) (Wednesday) :
Norwegian rocket incident: A rocket launched from the space exploration centre at Andøya, Norway is briefly interpreted by the Russians as an incoming attack.
Current events of January 30, 1995 (1995-01-30) (Monday) :
John Howard becomes leader of the Liberal Party of Australia to challenge Paul Keating for the 1996 Federal Election and the position of Prime Minister of Australia.
Current events of January 31, 1995 (1995-01-31) (Tuesday) :
U.S. President Bill Clinton invokes emergency powers, to extend a $20 billion loan to help Mexico avert financial collapse.
Current events of February 1, 1995 (1995-02-01) (Wednesday) :
Lyricist/guitarist Richey Edwards of the Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers goes missing from a hotel in Bayswater, London on the eve of a planned tour of the United States. His car is found two weeks later at Severn View services in Aust.The death toll from an Algiers suicide bomb rises to 42.Thousands flee devastating floods in Western Europe.Intervention by United States President Bill Clinton ends the turmoil in Mexico's financial markets.Amnesty International charges the United Nations Human Rights Commission with favouring political expediency over real human rights concerns.Ecuador declares a ceasefire after six days of border clashes with Peru.Egypt claims that archaeologists have found the tomb of Alexander the Great.A Luxembourg court finds that international creditors of failed BCCI Bank are to receive compensation payments totaling over $2 billion.Italy's leading sports daily urges soccer clubs to cut all ties with hardline supporters after a stabbing death.
Current events of February 2, 1995 (1995-02-02) (Thursday) :
Casualties mount as Russian troops try to control Chechnya.The United Nations reports a build-up of Krajina Serb troops in north-west Bosnia.The United Nations sends a peace mediator to Sierra Leone amid a flare-up of fighting.A Cairo summit brings Middle East leaders together to breathe new life into the peace process. Taher El Masri, ex-Prime Minister of Jordan, says that the peace process depends on Israel.Indonesia responds to a United States report which criticizes Jakarta's human rights record.The United States Government states that it has no plans to change its economic forecasts.British Prime Minister John Major tries to hold together the Northern Ireland peace process after a newspaper leaks a document.Hundreds are evacuated from their homes in the Netherlands as floods continue.Peru's President Fujimori proposes a ceasefire in the week-long border dispute with Ecuador.
Current events of February 9, 1995 (1995-02-09) (Thursday) :
STS-63: Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. and Michael Foale became the second African American and Briton, respectively, to walk in space.
Current events of February 13, 1995 (1995-02-13) (Monday) :
A United Nations tribunal on human rights violations in the Balkans charges 21 Bosnian Serb commanders with genocide and crimes against humanity.
Current events of February 15, 1995 (1995-02-15) (Wednesday) :
Hacker Kevin Mitnick is arrested by the FBI and charged with penetrating some of the United States' most "secure" computer systems.
Current events of February 17, 1995 (1995-02-17) (Friday) :
Colin Ferguson is convicted of six counts of murder for the December 1993 Long Island Rail Road shooting and later receives a 25-year sentence for each of the six murders.
Current events of February 21, 1995 (1995-02-21) (Tuesday) :
Serkadji prison mutiny in Algeria: Four guards and 96 prisoners are killed in a day and a half.Ibrahim Ali, a 17-year-old Comorian living in France, is murdered by 3 far-right National Front activists.Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada, becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
Current events of February 23, 1995 (1995-02-23) (Thursday) :
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 30.28 to close at 4,003.33 – the Dow's first ever close above 4,000.
Current events of February 25, 1995 (1995-02-25) (Saturday) :
Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) (Organización del Tratado de Cooperación Amazónica [OTCA]).
Current events of February 26, 1995 (1995-02-26) (Sunday) :
The United Kingdom's oldest investment banking firm, Barings Bank, collapses after securities broker Nick Leeson loses $1.4 billion by speculating on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
Current events of February 27, 1995 (1995-02-27) (Monday) :
In Denver, Colorado, Stapleton Airport closes and is replaced by the new Denver International Airport, the largest in the United States.
Current events of February 28, 1995 (1995-02-28) (Tuesday) :
Members of the group Patriot's Council are convicted in Minnesota of manufacturing ricin.
Current events of July 1, 1995 (1995-07-01) (Saturday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: In response to UNSCOM's evidence, Iraq admits for first time the existence of an offensive biological weapons program, but denies weaponization.
Current events of July 4, 1995 (1995-07-04) (Tuesday) :
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom John Major wins his battle to remain leader of the Conservative Party.
Current events of July 9, 1995 (1995-07-09) (Sunday) :
Sri Lankan Civil War: 125 civilians are killed in Navaly as result of bombing by the Sri Lanka Air Force.
Current events of July 10, 1995 (1995-07-10) (Monday) :
Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi is freed from house arrest.
Current events of July 11, 1995 (1995-07-11) (Tuesday) :
Srebrenica massacre: Units of the Army of Republika Srpska, under the command of General Ratko Mladić, enter Srebrenica with little resistance from Dutch peacekeepers of the United Nations Protection Force, going on to kill thousands of Bosniak men and boys and rape many women.President Clinton announces the restoration of United States–Vietnam relations twenty years after the Vietnam War.A Cubana de Aviación Antonov An-24 crashes into the Caribbean off southeast Cuba killing 44 people.
Current events of July 17, 1995 (1995-07-17) (Monday) :
The Nasdaq Composite index closes above the 1,000 mark for the first time.
Current events of July 18, 1995 (1995-07-18) (Tuesday) :
A series of huge eruptions by the Soufrière Hills volcano sends lava flows and ash falls across a wide area of southern Montserrat.
Current events of July 21, 1995 (1995-07-21) (Friday) :
Third Taiwan Strait Crisis: The Chinese People's Liberation Army fires missiles into the waters north of Taiwan.
Current events of July 23, 1995 (1995-07-23) (Sunday) :
David Daliberti and William Barloon, 2 Americans held as spies by Iraq, are released by Saddam Hussein after negotiations with U.S. Congressman Bill Richardson.
Current events of October 3, 1995 (1995-10-03) (Tuesday) :
O. J. Simpson is found not guilty of double murder for the deaths of former wife Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
Current events of October 4, 1995 (1995-10-04) (Wednesday) :
France launches a counter-coup in the Comoros with 600 soldiers. They arrest Bob Denard and his mercenaries and take Denard to France; Caabi el-Yachroutu becomes the interim president.Hurricane Opal makes landfall at Pensacola Beach, Florida, as a Category 3 hurricane with 115 mph (185 km/h) winds.
Current events of October 5, 1995 (1995-10-05) (Thursday) :
Tansu Çiller of DYP forms the new government of Turkey (51st government, a minority government which failed to receive the vote of confidence).
Current events of October 6, 1995 (1995-10-06) (Friday) :
Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz announce the discovery of 51 Pegasi b, the first confirmed extrasolar planet orbiting an ordinary main-sequence star.
Current events of October 9, 1995 (1995-10-09) (Monday) :
1995 Palo Verde derailment: An Amtrak Sunset Limited train is derailed by saboteurs near Palo Verde, Arizona.
Current events of October 15, 1995 (1995-10-15) (Sunday) :
The Carolina Panthers win their first-ever regular season game by defeating the New York Jets at Clemson Memorial Stadium in South Carolina.
Current events of October 16, 1995 (1995-10-16) (Monday) :
The Million Man March is held in Washington, D.C. The event was conceived by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Current events of October 17, 1995 (1995-10-17) (Tuesday) :
French woman Jeanne Calment reaches the confirmed age of 120 years and 238 days, making her the oldest person ever recorded.
Current events of October 23, 1995 (1995-10-23) (Monday) :
In Houston, Texas, Yolanda Saldívar is convicted of first degree murder in the shooting death of Selena Quintanilla Perez, and 3 days later is sentenced to life in prison.
Current events of October 24, 1995 (1995-10-24) (Tuesday) :
A total solar eclipse is visible from Iran, India, Thailand, and Southeast Asia.[1]
Current events of October 25, 1995 (1995-10-25) (Wednesday) :
A Metra commuter train slams into a school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois, killing seven students.
Current events of October 26, 1995 (1995-10-26) (Thursday) :
An avalanche hits the village Flateyri in Iceland, killing 20 people.
Current events of October 28, 1995 (1995-10-28) (Saturday) :
A fire in Baku Metro, Azerbaijan, kills 289 passengers (the world's worst subway disaster).
Current events of October 30, 1995 (1995-10-30) (Monday) :
Quebec independentists narrowly lose a referendum for a mandate to negotiate independence from Canada.Tansu Çiller of DYP forms the new government of Turkey.
Current events of April 1, 1995 (1995-04-01) (Saturday) :
Dialog Telekom launches Sri Lanka's first GSM mobile phone network.
Current events of April 2, 1995 (1995-04-02) (Sunday) :
An explosion in Gaza kills 8, including a Hamas leader.
Current events of April 5, 1995 (1995-04-05) (Wednesday) :
The U.S. House of Representatives votes 246–188 to cut taxes for individuals and corporations.
Current events of April 7, 1995 (1995-04-07) (Friday) :
First Chechen War – Samashki massacre: Russian paramilitary troops begin a massacre of at least 250 civilians in Samashki, Chechnya.In the United States, House Republicans celebrate passage of most of the Contract with America.
Current events of April 11, 1995 (1995-04-11) (Tuesday) :
Former United States Defense Secretary Robert MacNamara admits in his book that the Vietnam War was a terrible mistake.
Current events of April 12, 1995 (1995-04-12) (Wednesday) :
Young fascist give the Nazi salute at the funeral of Mussolini's daughter.The Princess of Wales makes a flying visit to Northern Ireland.The Hubble Telescope sends back pictures of the Cats-Eye Nebula, the Cart wheel Galaxy and planet Mars.Actor Sylvester Stallone announces his engagement to model, Angie Eberhard.A new Californian legal decision means that gun-makers can be sued for the damage that their guns cause.
Current events of April 13, 1995 (1995-04-13) (Thursday) :
A stream of lava threatens to engulf a village on the Cape Verdi Islands.The shipwreck of torpedoed Second World War hospital ship the "Centaur" is discovered off Cape Moreton, Queensland.Actor Burl Ives remains seriously ill in a coma.
Current events of April 18, 1995 (1995-04-18) (Tuesday) :
Rox becomes first television series distributed via internet.[1][2][3]
Current events of April 19, 1995 (1995-04-19) (Wednesday) :
Oklahoma City bombing: 168 people, including 8 Federal Marshals and 19 children, are killed at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and 680 wounded by a bomb set off by Timothy McVeigh and one of his accomplices, Terry Nichols.
Current events of April 24, 1995 (1995-04-24) (Monday) :
A Unabomber bomb kills lobbyist Gilbert Murray in Sacramento, California.
Current events of April 28, 1995 (1995-04-28) (Friday) :
In Daegu, South Korea, a gas explosion at a subway construction site kills 101 people, mostly teenage schoolboys.
Current events of April 30, 1995 (1995-04-30) (Sunday) :
The United States government stops funding the NSFNET, making the Internet a wholly privatised system.[4]
Current events of December 3, 1995 (1995-12-03) (Sunday) :
Strikes paralyze France's public sector.
Current events of December 7, 1995 (1995-12-07) (Thursday) :
NASA's Galileo Probe enters Jupiter's atmosphere.
Current events of December 8, 1995 (1995-12-08) (Friday) :
Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of Elle magazine, suffers a massive stroke and lapses into a coma.6-year-old Gyaincain Norbu is enthroned as the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama at Tashilhunpo Monastery.
Current events of December 14, 1995 (1995-12-14) (Thursday) :
The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris.
Current events of December 15, 1995 (1995-12-15) (Friday) :
The European Court of Justice rules that all EU football players have the right to a free transfer among member states at the end of their contracts.Because of the "quadruple-witching" option expiration, volume on the New York Stock Exchange hits 638 million shares, the highest single-day volume since October 20, 1987, when the Dow staged a stunning recovery a day after Black Monday.
Current events of December 16, 1995 (1995-12-16) (Saturday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi scuba divers, under the direction of the United Nations Special Commission, dredge the Tigris near Baghdad. The divers find over 200 prohibited Russian-made missile instruments and components.
Current events of December 20, 1995 (1995-12-20) (Wednesday) :
American Airlines Flight 965 (Boeing 757) crashes into a mountain near Buga, Valle del Cauca, Colombia after veering off its course en route to Cali, Colombia. Of the 164 people on board, 4 passengers are the only survivors.HM The Queen advises "an early divorce" to Lady Diana Spencer and Charles, Prince of Wales. The divorce is finalized on 28 August 1996.
Current events of December 30, 1995 (1995-12-30) (Saturday) :
The lowest ever United Kingdom temperature of −27.2 °C (−17.0 °F) is recorded at Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands. This equals the record set at Braemar, Aberdeenshire in 1895 and 1982.The Republic of Texas group claims to have formed a provisional government in Texas.
Current events of December 31, 1995 (1995-12-31) (Sunday) :
The final original Calvin and Hobbes comic strip is published.
Current events of November 1, 1995 (1995-11-01) (Wednesday) :
NASA loses contact with the Pioneer 11 probe.Participants in the Yugoslav Wars begin negotiations at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.The U.S. House of Representatives votes to ban partial birth abortions by a vote of 288–139.Mike Tyson cancels a fight against Buster Mathis Junior after breaking his thumb during training.
Current events of November 2, 1995 (1995-11-02) (Thursday) :
The Supreme Court of Argentina orders the extradition of Erich Priebke, ex-S.S. captain.Leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia are invited to the United States for peace talks.Maori protesters attempting to confront Queen Elizabeth II are outnumbered by police at Rotorua.
Current events of November 3, 1995 (1995-11-03) (Friday) :
At Arlington National Cemetery, U.S. President Bill Clinton dedicates a memorial to the victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing.Queen Elizabeth II signs historic legislation apologising to Maoris over land confiscated by the Crown in the 19th century.The Hubble Telescope sends back pictures of a star being born.A man with a bomb hijacks a bus carrying mentally disadvantaged children.The former South African Defence Minister and ten retired military officers are charged with the murder of 13 people in a black township near Durban.
Current events of November 4, 1995 (1995-11-04) (Saturday) :
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated at a peace rally in Tel Aviv.Russian President Boris Yeltsin makes a major change in his nation's leadership by handing most of his power to the Russian Prime Minister.A typhoon hits the Philippines leaving one hundred dead and over a quarter of a million homeless.Fire almost wipes out the tourist town of Daintree in far north Queensland.Pakistan denies allegations of all tampering during a match against the West Australian cricket team in Perth, Western Australia.
Current events of November 5, 1995 (1995-11-05) (Sunday) :
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is shot dead at a peace rally in Tel Aviv.The death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Angela rises to over 580.Students clash with riot police in demonstrations in Seoul, South Korea over the arrest of President Roh Tae-Woo for fraud.Boxing: Riddick Bowe defeats Evander Holyfield in eight rounds in Las Vegas.
Current events of November 6, 1995 (1995-11-06) (Monday) :
Floodwaters in Victoria, Australia are still rising with hundreds of people stranded and leaving several country towns cut off after rivers burst their banks.Historic St. Paulus Lutheran Church in San Francisco is destroyed by fire. The church survived the 1906 earthquake and featured in such films as "Vertigo" and "Dirty Harry"British actor, Paul Eddington, loses his battle with skin cancer and dies at home.
Current events of November 7, 1995 (1995-11-07) (Tuesday) :
Typhoon Angela leaves the Philippines and Vietnam devastated, with 882 deaths and US$315 million in damage. The typhoon was the strongest ever to strike the Philippines in 25 years, with wind speeds of 130 mph (210 km/h) and gusts of 180 mph (290 km/h).Slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is laid to rest in Jerusalem.
Current events of November 8, 1995 (1995-11-08) (Wednesday) :
Police use a controversial pressure-point hold on demonstrators at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Auckland, New Zealand.
Current events of November 10, 1995 (1995-11-10) (Friday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: With help from Israel and Jordan, UNSCOM inspector Scott Ritter intercepts 240 Russian gyroscopes and accelerometers on their way to Iraq from Russia.In Nigeria, playwright and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, along with 8 others from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, are hanged by government forces.
Current events of November 11, 1995 (1995-11-11) (Saturday) :
A ferry capsizes off the coast of Thailand with 170 people on board.PLO leader Yasser Arafat makes a surprise visit to Israel to pay his respects to the family of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting suspends Nigeria due to the Nigerian Government's execution of nine human rights activists.
Current events of November 12, 1995 (1995-11-12) (Sunday) :
The Millbrook Commonwealth Action Programme, a programme to implement the Harare Declaration, is announced by the Commonwealth Heads of Government.Two more suspects are arrested as Israel mourns the assassination of their Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.Up to 34 trekkers are feared dead after two avalanche disasters on Mount Everest.
Current events of November 14, 1995 (1995-11-14) (Tuesday) :
A budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the Congress of the United States, forces the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums, and run most government offices with skeleton staff.
Current events of November 16, 1995 (1995-11-16) (Thursday) :
A United Nations tribunal charges Radovan Karadžić and Ratko Mladić with genocide during the Bosnian War.
Current events of November 21, 1995 (1995-11-21) (Tuesday) :
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 40.46 to close at 5,023.55, its first close above 5,000. This makes 1995 the first year where the Dow surpasses two millennium marks in a single year.The Dayton Agreement to end the Bosnian War is reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio (signed December 14).Bosnian peace talks at an air force base in Ohio draw to a close.Yasser Arafat visits the West Bank city of Jenin.The Beatles' song "Free as a Bird" is released simultaneously across the world.Malaysia begins to dissent from the Free Trade Agreement made at the APEC Summit in Japan.United States President Bill Clinton ends a six-day stand-off with Republican leaders in Congress by agreeing to negotiate ways of balancing the budget.16 people are killed in a car bomb attack on the Egyptian embassy in Pakistan.Tennis: Steffi Graf claims her 48th win from 50 matches in the WTA final.Claude X, the world's most accomplished gate-crasher, turns up at the wedding of Denmark's Prince Joachim and Princess Alexandra.
Current events of November 22, 1995 (1995-11-22) (Wednesday) :
Rosemary West is sentenced to life for killing 10 women and girls, including her daughter and stepdaughter, after the jury returns a guilty verdict at Winchester Crown Court. The trial judge recommends that she should never be released from prison, making her only the second woman in British legal history to be subjected to a whole life tariff (the other was Myra Hindley).Six-year-old Elisa Izquierdo's child abuse-related death at the hands of her mother makes headlines, and instigates major reform in New York City's child welfare system.The 7.3 Mw Gulf of Aqaba earthquake shakes the Sinai Peninsula and Saudi Arabia region with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), killing eight and injuring 30, and generating a non-destructive tsunami.The first-ever full length computer animated feature film, Toy Story, is released by Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures.
Current events of November 28, 1995 (1995-11-28) (Tuesday) :
The Barcelona Treaty is signed by 27 attending nations.U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the National Highway System Designation Act of 1995, which ends the federal 55 mph (89 km/h) speed limit.
Current events of November 30, 1995 (1995-11-30) (Thursday) :
Javier Solana becomes the new NATO General Secretary; Operation Desert Storm officially ends.
Current events of June 1, 1995 (1995-06-01) (Thursday) :
The busiest hurricane season in 62 years begins.
Current events of June 2, 1995 (1995-06-02) (Friday) :
Mrkonjić Grad incident: A United States Air Force F-16 piloted by Captain Scott O'Grady is shot down over Bosnia and Herzegovina while patrolling the NATO no-fly zone. O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines six days later.Waffen-SS Hauptsturmführer Erich Priebke is extradited from Argentina to Italy.The Dimmitt, Texas Tornado strikes.
Current events of June 3, 1995 (1995-06-03) (Saturday) :
Montreal Expos pitcher Pedro Martínez becomes the second Major League Baseball pitcher to pitch a "perfect game" leading into the 10th inning.
Current events of June 6, 1995 (1995-06-06) (Tuesday) :
U.S. astronaut Norman Thagard breaks NASA's space endurance record of 14 days, 1 hour and 16 minutes, aboard the Russian space station Mir.The Constitutional Court of South Africa abolishes capital punishment in South Africa in the case of S v Makwanyane and Another.
Current events of June 13, 1995 (1995-06-13) (Tuesday) :
French President Jacques Chirac announces the resumption of nuclear tests in French Polynesia.
Current events of June 15, 1995 (1995-06-15) (Thursday) :
A powerful earthquake, registering a moment magnitude of 6.2, hits the city of Aigio, Greece, resulting in several deaths and significant damage to many buildings.
Current events of June 16, 1995 (1995-06-16) (Friday) :
The IOC selects Salt Lake City to host the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Current events of June 20, 1995 (1995-06-20) (Tuesday) :
Oil multinational Royal Dutch Shell caves in to international pressure and abandons plans to dump the Brent Spar oil rig at sea.
Current events of June 22, 1995 (1995-06-22) (Thursday) :
Japanese police rescue 365 hostages from a hijacked All Nippon Airways Flight 857 (Boeing 747-200) at Hakodate airport. The hijacker was armed with a knife and demanded the release of Shoko Asahara.
Current events of June 24, 1995 (1995-06-24) (Saturday) :
The New Jersey Devils sweep the heavily favored Detroit Red Wings to win their first Stanley Cup in the lock-out shortened season.South Africa wins the Rugby World Cup.
Current events of June 27, 1995 (1995-06-27) (Tuesday) :
Jodi Huisentruit, an Iowa television anchor, is reported missing after failing to show up for work. She is declared legally dead in 2001.
Current events of June 29, 1995 (1995-06-29) (Thursday) :
Lisa Clayton completes her 10-month solo circumnavigation from the Northern Hemisphere.STS-71: Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian Mir space station for the first time.The Sampoong Department Store collapses in the Seocho-gu district of Seoul, South Korea, killing 502 and injuring 937.Iraq disarmament crisis: According to UNSCOM, the unity of the U.N. Security Council begins to fray, as a few countries, particularly France and Russia, become more interested in making financial deals with Iraq than in disarming the country.
Current events of March 1, 1995 (1995-03-01) (Wednesday) :
Julio María Sanguinetti is sworn in as President of Uruguay for his second term.Polish Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak resigns from Parliament and is replaced by ex-communist Józef Oleksy.In Moscow, Russian anti-corruption journalist Vladislav Listyev is killed by a gunman.The first Yahoo! Search interface is founded.United States marines lead the evacuation of the last peacekeepers from Mogadishu, Somalia.The United States Navy finds that a mechanical fault caused the crash of an F-14 fighter plane in October 1994.Rival Kurdish factions blame each other for a car bomb blast in Iraq.Peter Kerry, the English school boy who took his father's passport and credit cards and flew to Malaysia, arrives back in Britain.
Current events of March 2, 1995 (1995-03-02) (Thursday) :
Nick Leeson is arrested in Singapore for his role in the collapse of Barings Bank.Mayhem, gunfire and looting at Mogadishu Airport accompanied the departure of the United Nations Forces after their failed peacekeeping mission.South African police raid Winnie Mandela's home after allegations that she accepted financial kickbacks over contract awards for low cost housing.A funeral is held in Denver, Colorado for policeman, Sean Lynagh, who was shot while trying to stop a car theft.Barings Bank trader Nicholas Leeson is detained at Frankfurt Airport.The Japanese city of Kobe is shaken by an earthquake.Sheryl Crow and Tony Bennett win honours at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.Soccer: Tottenham Hotspurs player Ronny Rosenthal scores a hatrick to defeat Southampton in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Current events of March 3, 1995 (1995-03-03) (Friday) :
In Somalia, the United Nations peacekeeping mission ends.
Current events of March 6, 1995 (1995-03-06) (Monday) :
On an episode of The Jenny Jones Show ("Same-Sex Crushes") in the United States, Scott Amedure reveals a crush on his heterosexual friend Jonathan Schmitz. Schmitz kills Amedure several days after the show.
Current events of March 12, 1995 (1995-03-12) (Sunday) :
The Gazi Quarter riots occur in Sultangazi (then Gaziosmanpaşa), Istanbul, Turkey. A few days later, riots break out in Ümraniye, Istanbul and Kızılay, Ankara also.
Current events of March 13, 1995 (1995-03-13) (Monday) :
David Daliberti and William Barloon, Americans working for a military contractor in Kuwait, are arrested after straying into Iraq.
Current events of March 14, 1995 (1995-03-14) (Tuesday) :
Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American to ride into space aboard a Russian launch vehicle (the Soyuz TM-21), lifting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Current events of March 16, 1995 (1995-03-16) (Thursday) :
Mississippi ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The amendment was nationally ratified in 1865.
Current events of March 20, 1995 (1995-03-20) (Monday) :
Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway: Members of the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult release sarin gas on 5 subway trains in Tokyo, killing 13 and injuring 6,252.
Current events of March 22, 1995 (1995-03-22) (Wednesday) :
Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returns after setting a record for 438 days in outer space.
Current events of March 24, 1995 (1995-03-24) (Friday) :
For the first time in 26 years, no British soldiers patrol the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Current events of March 26, 1995 (1995-03-26) (Sunday) :
The Schengen Agreement, easing cross-border travel, goes into effect in several European countries.
Current events of March 30, 1995 (1995-03-30) (Thursday) :
A police officer tries to assassinate Takaji Kunimatsu, chief of the National Police Agency of Japan.
Current events of March 31, 1995 (1995-03-31) (Friday) :
Murder of Selena: Mexican American Tejano pop singer Selena is shot and killed at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi, Texas, by her former employee, Yolanda Saldívar.TAROM Flight 371 from Bucharest to Brussels crashes shortly after take off killing all 60 people on board.
Current events of January 1, 1996 (1996-01-01) (Monday) :
Fahd of Saudi Arabia temporarily gives power to Crown Prince Abdullah, his legal successor, due to ill health.[clarification needed]
Current events of January 3, 1996 (1996-01-03) (Wednesday) :
Motorola introduces the Motorola StarTAC Wearable Cellular Telephone, the world's smallest and lightest mobile phone to date.
Current events of January 4, 1996 (1996-01-04) (Thursday) :
Hosni Mubarak, the President of Egypt, appoints a new government in response to accusations of corruption in the parliamentary elections; which were held the previous year, in late-1995.[clarification needed]
Current events of January 5, 1996 (1996-01-05) (Friday) :
Hamas operative Yahya Ayyash is assassinated by an Israeli Shabak-planted, bomb-laden cell phone.
Current events of January 7, 1996 (1996-01-07) (Sunday) :
One of the worst blizzards in American history hits the eastern states, killing more than 150 people. Philadelphia receives a record 30.7 inches (78 cm) of snow, New York City's public schools close for the first time in eighteen years and the federal government in Washington, D.C. is closed for days.
Current events of January 8, 1996 (1996-01-08) (Monday) :
A Zairean cargo plane crashes into a crowded market in the center of the capital city, Kinshasa, killing 300 people.
Current events of January 9, 1996 (1996-01-09) (Tuesday) :
Serious fighting breaks out between Russian soldiers and rebel fighters in Chechnya.
Current events of January 11, 1996 (1996-01-11) (Thursday) :
Ryutaro Hashimoto, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, becomes Prime Minister of Japan.
Current events of January 13, 1996 (1996-01-13) (Saturday) :
Italy's Prime Minister, Lamberto Dini, resigns after the failure of all-party talks to confirm him. New talks are initiated by President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro to form a new government.
Current events of January 14, 1996 (1996-01-14) (Sunday) :
Jorge Sampaio is elected President of Portugal.
Current events of January 16, 1996 (1996-01-16) (Tuesday) :
President of Sierra Leone Valentine Strasser is deposed by the chief of defence, Julius Maada Bio. Bio promises to restore power following elections scheduled for February.
Current events of January 17, 1996 (1996-01-17) (Wednesday) :
Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old American child victim and namesake for the AMBER Alert system, is murdered in Arlington, Texas.
Current events of January 19, 1996 (1996-01-19) (Friday) :
The North Cape oil spill occurs as an engine fire forces the tugboat Scandia ashore on Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. The North Cape Barge is pulled along with it and leaks 820,000 gallons of home heating oil.An Indonesian ferry sinks off the northern tip of Sumatra, drowning more than 100 people.
Current events of January 20, 1996 (1996-01-20) (Saturday) :
Yasser Arafat is re-elected president of the Palestinian Authority.
Current events of January 21, 1996 (1996-01-21) (Sunday) :
France undertakes its last nuclear weapons test.
Current events of January 22, 1996 (1996-01-22) (Monday) :
Andreas Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece, resigns due to health problems; a new government forms under Costas Simitis.
Current events of January 24, 1996 (1996-01-24) (Wednesday) :
Polish Premier Józef Oleksy resigns amid charges that he spied for Moscow. He is replaced by Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz.
Current events of January 26, 1996 (1996-01-26) (Friday) :
Whitewater scandal: U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton testifies before a grand jury.
Current events of January 27, 1996 (1996-01-27) (Saturday) :
Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara deposes the first democratically elected President of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane, in a military coup.
Current events of January 29, 1996 (1996-01-29) (Monday) :
President Jacques Chirac announces a "definitive end" to French nuclear testing.Fire destroys La Fenice, Venice's opera house.
Current events of January 30, 1996 (1996-01-30) (Tuesday) :
Irish National Liberation Army leader Gino Gallagher is killed in an internal feud.Sarah Balabagan is caned in the United Arab Emirates.
Current events of January 31, 1996 (1996-01-31) (Wednesday) :
Colombo Central Bank bombing: an explosives-filled truck rams into the gates of the Central Bank in Colombo, Sri Lanka, killing at least 86 people and injuring 1,400.An explosion in Shaoyang, China kills 122 people and injures over 400 when 10 short tons (9.1 t) of dynamite in an illegal explosives warehouse underneath an apartment building detonate.An amateur astronomer from southern Japan discovers Comet Hyakutake; it will pass very close to the Earth in March.
Current events of May 1, 1995 (1995-05-01) (Monday) :
Jacques Chirac is elected president of France.Croatian forces launch Operation Flash against rebel Serb forces in western Slavonia.Oriental Pearl Tower, a landmark spot in Shanghai, China, formally open.[citation needed]Biological father Otakar Kirchner wins a landmark custody case, the Baby Richard case in the Illinois Supreme Court against adoptive parents, Jay and Kim Warburton.$5 million worth of gold bullion is stolen from Kerry Packer's company Publishing and Broadcasting.Damon Hill wins the 1995 San Marino Grand Prix in Spain.Five public housing building are imploded in Philadelphia, United States.
Current events of May 2, 1995 (1995-05-02) (Tuesday) :
Croatia goes to war against the Serbian enclave of Krajina.A four-month ceasefire ends in Bosnia with Serbs and Muslims ready to continue their civil war.Hundreds of friends attend a memorial service held in London for English comedian Peter Cook.The Mafia Godfather Salvatore Riina known as the "Beast of Sicily" goes on trial in Sicily under massive security accused of the murder in 1992 of top prosecutor Giovanni Falcone.21 executives resign two months after the new owners of Barings Bank take over. Former Barings merchant banker, Nick Leeson, remains in a German jail while Singapore seeks his extradition on fraud charges.
Current events of May 3, 1995 (1995-05-03) (Wednesday) :
The Clinton administration considers allowing 20,000 Cuban refugees to settle in the United States.A Serbian attack on the Croatian capital of Zagreb prompts fresh fears of a full scale war in former Yugoslavia.
Current events of May 7, 1995 (1995-05-07) (Sunday) :
Finland wins the ice hockey world championship.
Current events of May 10, 1995 (1995-05-10) (Wednesday) :
At Vaal Reefs gold mine in Orkney, a runaway locomotive falls into a lift shaft onto an ascending cage and causes it to plunge 1,500 feet (460 m) to the bottom of the 6,900 feet (2,100 m) deep shaft, killing 104.[1][2]
Current events of May 11, 1995 (1995-05-11) (Thursday) :
More than 170 countries agree to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
Current events of May 13, 1995 (1995-05-13) (Saturday) :
The 6.6 Mw Western Macedonia earthquake shakes northwestern Greece with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), injuring 25 and causing $450 million in damage.
Current events of May 14, 1995 (1995-05-14) (Sunday) :
The Dalai Lama proclaims 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama.Team New Zealand wins the America's Cup in San Diego, beating Stars and Stripes 5–0.
Current events of May 16, 1995 (1995-05-16) (Tuesday) :
Japanese police besiege the headquarters of Aum Shinrikyo near Mount Fuji and arrest cult leader Shoko Asahara.
Current events of May 17, 1995 (1995-05-17) (Wednesday) :
Shawn Nelson, 35, goes on a tank rampage in San Diego.
Current events of May 20, 1995 (1995-05-20) (Saturday) :
U.S. President Bill Clinton indefinitely closes part of the street in front of the White House, Pennsylvania Avenue, to vehicular traffic in response to the Oklahoma City bombing.
Current events of May 21, 1995 (1995-05-21) (Sunday) :
Pope John Paul II canonizes John Sarkander during his visit to Olomouc, the Czech Republic.
Current events of May 24, 1995 (1995-05-24) (Wednesday) :
AFC Ajax wins the UEFA Champions League at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna by defeating A.C. Milan 0–1 by a goal of Patrick Kluivert. This was the third consecutive win of Ajax over Milan that season, ranking Ajax in the fourth place on the list of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners.
Current events of May 27, 1995 (1995-05-27) (Saturday) :
The 7.0 Mw Neftegorsk earthquake shakes northern Sakhalin Island in Russia with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), leaving 1,989 people dead and 750 injured.In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition.
Current events of March 1, 1996 (1996-03-01) (Friday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi forces refuse UNSCOM inspection teams access to five sites designated for inspection. The teams enter the sites only after delays of up to seventeen hours.
Current events of March 2, 1996 (1996-03-02) (Saturday) :
Ranabima Royal College is established in Sri Lanka.The Australian federal election, 1996 is held; Labor's Paul Keating loses to Liberal leader John Howard.
Current events of March 3, 1996 (1996-03-03) (Sunday) :
José María Aznar, leader of the Popular Party, is elected as Prime Minister of Spain, replacing Felipe González.Two more suicide bombs explode in Israel, killing 32 people. The Yahya Ayyash Units admit responsibility, and Palestinian president Yasser Arafat condemns the killings in a televised address. Israel warns of retaliation.
Current events of March 6, 1996 (1996-03-06) (Wednesday) :
Mesut Yılmaz, of ANAP forms the new government of Turkey (53rd government).A boat carrying market traders capsizes outside Freetown harbour, in Sierra Leone, killing at least 86 people.Chechen rebels attack the Russian government headquarters in Grozny; 70 Russian soldiers and policemen and 130 Chechen fighters are killed.
Current events of March 8, 1996 (1996-03-08) (Friday) :
China begins surface-to-surface missile testing and military exercises off Taiwanese coastal areas. The United States government condemns the act as provocation, and the Taiwanese government warns of retaliation.
Current events of March 9, 1996 (1996-03-09) (Saturday) :
Jorge Sampaio is the new Portuguese president.
Current events of March 11, 1996 (1996-03-11) (Monday) :
John Howard is sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Australia.
Current events of March 13, 1996 (1996-03-13) (Wednesday) :
Dunblane massacre: Unemployed former shopkeeper Thomas Hamilton walks into the Dunblane Primary School in Scotland and opens fire, killing sixteen infant school pupils and one teacher before committing suicide.
Current events of March 14, 1996 (1996-03-14) (Thursday) :
An international peace summit is held in Egypt, in response to escalating terrorist attacks in the Middle East.
Current events of March 16, 1996 (1996-03-16) (Saturday) :
Robert Mugabe is re-elected as President of Zimbabwe, although only 32% of the electorate actually voted.
Current events of March 17, 1996 (1996-03-17) (Sunday) :
Sri Lanka wins the Cricket World Cup by beating Australia in a disappointing final.
Current events of March 18, 1996 (1996-03-18) (Monday) :
The Ozone Disco Club fire in Quezon City, Philippines kills 163 people.
Current events of March 19, 1996 (1996-03-19) (Tuesday) :
Nelson Mandela is granted a divorce from Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Current events of March 20, 1996 (1996-03-20) (Wednesday) :
The UK government announces that Bovine spongiform encephalopathy has likely been transmitted to people.
Current events of March 22, 1996 (1996-03-22) (Friday) :
Sweden's Finance Minister Göran Persson becomes the new Prime Minister of Sweden.
Current events of March 23, 1996 (1996-03-23) (Saturday) :
Taiwan (Republic of China) holds its first direct elections for President; Lee Teng-hui is re-elected.
Current events of March 24, 1996 (1996-03-24) (Sunday) :
Islamists clash with security forces in Kashmir, killing eleven people.The devastating Marcopper mining disaster on the island of Marinduque, Philippines takes place.
Current events of March 25, 1996 (1996-03-25) (Monday) :
An 81-day-long standoff begins between anti-government Freemen and federal officers in Jordan, Montana.The 68th Academy Awards, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles with Braveheart winning Best Picture.Closest approach to Earth of Comet Hyakutake, one of the closest cometary approaches of the previous 200 years
Current events of March 26, 1996 (1996-03-26) (Tuesday) :
The International Monetary Fund approves a $10,200,000,000 loan to Russia for economic reform.
Current events of March 28, 1996 (1996-03-28) (Thursday) :
Fire breaks out at the Pasar Anyar shopping centre in Bogor, West Java. The first death toll estimate is 78 until rescuers notice that 68 of them are mannequins.Three British soldiers are found guilty of the manslaughter of Danish tour guide Louise Jensen in Cyprus. Allan Ford, Justin Fowler and Geoffrey Pernell receive life sentences for the September 1994 rape/murder.
Current events of February 4, 1996 (1996-02-04) (Sunday) :
The 6.6 Mw earthquake near Lijiang in South-west China kills up to 322 people, injures 17,000, and leaves 300,000 homeless.
Current events of February 6, 1996 (1996-02-06) (Tuesday) :
Birgenair Flight 301, on an unauthorised charter flight from the Caribbean to Germany, crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the Dominican Republic, killing all 189 passengers and crew.
Current events of February 7, 1996 (1996-02-07) (Wednesday) :
René Préval succeeds Jean-Bertrand Aristide as President of Haiti, in the first peaceful handover of power since the nation achieved independence 192 years earlier; in 1804.
Current events of February 8, 1996 (1996-02-08) (Thursday) :
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was signed into law by U.S. President Bill Clinton, deregulating access to the telecommunications and broadcasting market, including the dissemination of media by internet. The bill was the first to be signed in cyberspace.
Current events of February 9, 1996 (1996-02-09) (Friday) :
The element copernicium is created by fusing a 208Pb nucleus with a 70Zn nucleus, forming 278Cn. Given the placeholder name "ununbium", the element is not named until 2010.An IRA ceasefire ends with the Docklands bombing in London's Canary Wharf District, killing two people and causing over £85,000,000 worth of damage.
Current events of February 10, 1996 (1996-02-10) (Saturday) :
Chess computer "Deep Blue" defeats world chess champion Garry Kasparov for the first time.Bosnian Serbs break off contact with the Bosnian government and with representatives of Ifor, the NATO localised force, in reaction to the arrest of several Bosnian Serb war criminals.
Current events of February 14, 1996 (1996-02-14) (Wednesday) :
Violent clashes erupt between Filipino soldiers and Vietnamese boat people, as the Filipino government attempts to forcibly repatriate hundreds of Vietnamese asylum seekers.Japanese professional shogi player Yoshiharu Habu became the first man to hold all seven titles (Meijin, Ryu-oh, Oi, Oza, Kisei, Osho, Kioh) simultaneously.
Current events of February 15, 1996 (1996-02-15) (Thursday) :
In south-west Wales, the oil tanker Sea Empress runs aground, spilling 73,000 tonnes (72,000 long tons; 80,000 short tons) of crude oil, killing many birds.The American Embassy in Athens, Greece, comes under mortar fire.Begum Khaleda Zia is re-elected as Prime Minister of Bangladesh. The country's second democratic election is marred by low voter turnout, due to several boycotts and pre-election violence, which has resulted in at least thirteen deaths.The UK government publishes the Scott Report.
Current events of February 16, 1996 (1996-02-16) (Friday) :
1996 Maryland train collision: A Chicago-bound Amtrak train, the Capitol Limited, collides with a MARC commuter train bound for Washington, D.C., killing 11 people.
Current events of February 17, 1996 (1996-02-17) (Saturday) :
In Philadelphia, Garry Kasparov beats "Deep Blue" in a second chess match.The 8.2 Mw Biak earthquake shakes the Papua province of eastern Indonesia with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). A large tsunami followed, leaving 166 people dead or missing and 423 injured.
Current events of February 18, 1996 (1996-02-18) (Sunday) :
An IRA briefcase bomb on board a bus kills the bomber and injures nine people in the West End of London.
Current events of February 19, 1996 (1996-02-19) (Monday) :
A wooden ferry capsizes as it enters the port of Cadiz in the Philippines, killing 54 people.
Current events of February 21, 1996 (1996-02-21) (Wednesday) :
King Fahd of Saudi Arabia announces his medical recovery in the national press and assumes power again from his brother, Crown Prince Abdullah.
Current events of February 24, 1996 (1996-02-24) (Saturday) :
Cuban fighter jets shoot down two American aircraft belonging to the Cuban exile group, Brothers to the Rescue. Cuban officials assert that they invaded Cuban airspace.
Current events of February 25, 1996 (1996-02-25) (Sunday) :
Two suicide bombs in Israel kill 25 and injure 80; Hamas claims responsibility.
Current events of February 27, 1996 (1996-02-27) (Tuesday) :
Pokémon Red and Blue are released in Japan by Nintendo as Pocket Monsters: Red and Green, the first role-playing video game in the Pokémon series, developed by Game Freak.
Current events of February 28, 1996 (1996-02-28) (Wednesday) :
Canadian singer Alanis Morissette wins the top honor, Album of the Year award, at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards. At just twenty-one years of age, she is the youngest person to ever win this award, a record she will hold until 2010; when Taylor Swift wins.
Current events of February 29, 1996 (1996-02-29) (Thursday) :
In Lumberton, North Carolina, Daniel Green is convicted of the murder of James Jordan, the father of famous basketball player; Michael Jordan.Faucett Flight 251 en route from Lima to Rodriguez Ballon airport crashes into a mountain near Arequipa; all 123 people on board are killed.At least 81 people drown when a boat capsizes 120 kilometres east of Kampala, Uganda.The Bosnian government declares the end of the Siege of Sarajevo.
Current events of April 1, 1996 (1996-04-01) (Monday) :
The Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia is created.
Current events of April 3, 1996 (1996-04-03) (Wednesday) :
A Boeing 737 military jet crashes into a mountain north of Dubrovnik, Croatia. All 35 people on board are killed, including United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown (see 1996 Croatia USAF CT-43 crash).Suspected "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski is arrested at his Montana cabin.Massacres of Hutus by Tutsis in Burundi take place, with more than 450 killed within a few days.
Current events of April 6, 1996 (1996-04-06) (Saturday) :
Fighting breaks out in Monrovia, Liberia, between various rebel factions struggling for power in the country's interrupted civil war. Several foreign nationals leave the nation.Major League Soccer kicks off in front of an overflow crowd of 31,683 packed in Spartan Stadium, to witness the historic first game. San Jose Clash forward Eric Wynalda scores the league's first goal in a 1–0 victory over D.C. United.Turkish authorities begin Operation Hawk, a military offensive against rebels from the Kurdish Worker's Party in south-east Turkey.
Current events of April 9, 1996 (1996-04-09) (Tuesday) :
In a common statement, the European Union officially recognises the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Current events of April 11, 1996 (1996-04-11) (Thursday) :
The Israeli government launches Operation Grapes of Wrath, consisting of massive attacks on Lebanon, in retaliation for prior terrorist attacks, and sparking off a violent series of retaliations.At Düsseldorf Airport, smouldering polystyrene evolves into a major fire, killing seventeen people inside the terminal building.
Current events of April 18, 1996 (1996-04-18) (Thursday) :
Qana Massacre: Over 100 Lebanese civilians are killed after Israel shells the United Nations compound in Qana.In reaction to the Qana Massacre, an Islamist group in Egypt open fire on a hotel, killing eighteen Greek tourists and injuring seventeen others.
Current events of April 21, 1996 (1996-04-21) (Sunday) :
A general election in Italy proclaims a new center-left government headed by Romano Prodi, replacing Silvio Berlusconi.
Current events of April 24, 1996 (1996-04-24) (Wednesday) :
At the urging of Yasser Arafat, the Palestine Liberation Organization drops its clause calling for the removal of Israel. The Israeli government responds by dropping a similar clause concerning the existence of Palestine.
Current events of April 26, 1996 (1996-04-26) (Friday) :
A regional security treaty is signed by the "Shanghai Five".
Current events of April 28, 1996 (1996-04-28) (Sunday) :
Port Arthur massacre: Martin Bryant kills 35 people at the Port Arthur, Tasmania tourist site, Australia.A bomb explodes in Bhaiperu, Pakistan, killing more than sixty people.
Current events of June 1, 1996 (1996-06-01) (Saturday) :
The Czech Republic's first general election ends inconclusively. Prime Minister Václav Klaus and his incumbent Civic Democratic Party emerge as the winners, but are unable to form a majority government. President Václav Havel refuses to invite Klaus to form a coalition.
Current events of June 4, 1996 (1996-06-04) (Tuesday) :
The space rocket Ariane 5 explodes forty seconds after takeoff in French Guiana. The project costs European governments $7,500,000,000 over eleven years.
Current events of June 6, 1996 (1996-06-06) (Thursday) :
Leighton W. Smith, Jr. resigns as NATO commander in the face of increasing criticism.
Current events of June 7, 1996 (1996-06-07) (Friday) :
An IRA gang kills Detective Garda Jerry McCabe during a botched armed robbery in Adare, County Limerick.
Current events of June 8, 1996 (1996-06-08) (Saturday) :
The 10th European Football Championship (UEFA Euro 96) begins in England.Steffi Graf defeats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in the longest ever women's final at the French Open, to win her 19th Grand Slam title.
Current events of June 10, 1996 (1996-06-10) (Monday) :
Peace talks begin in Northern Ireland without Sinn Féin.
Current events of June 11, 1996 (1996-06-11) (Tuesday) :
An explosion in a São Paulo suburban shopping centre kills 44 people and injures more than 100.A peace convoy carrying Chechen separatist leaders and international diplomats is targeted by a series of remotely controlled land mines; eight people are killed.
Current events of June 12, 1996 (1996-06-12) (Wednesday) :
In Philadelphia, a panel of federal judges blocks a law against indecency on the Internet. The panel says that the 1996 Communications Decency Act would infringe upon the free speech rights of adults.
Current events of June 13, 1996 (1996-06-13) (Thursday) :
An 81-day standoff between the Montana Freemen and FBI agents ends with their surrender in Montana.
Current events of June 15, 1996 (1996-06-15) (Saturday) :
In Manchester, UK, a massive IRA bomb injures over 200 people and devastates a large part of the city centre.
Current events of June 19, 1996 (1996-06-19) (Wednesday) :
Boris Yeltsin emerges as the winner in Russia's first round of presidential elections.
Current events of June 20, 1996 (1996-06-20) (Thursday) :
Thousands of Megawati Sukarnoputri supporters clash with police in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Current events of June 23, 1996 (1996-06-23) (Sunday) :
The Nintendo 64 video game system is released in Japan.Archbishop Desmond Tutu is given an official farewell at his retirement service.
Current events of June 25, 1996 (1996-06-25) (Tuesday) :
The Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia kills nineteen U.S. servicemen.
Current events of June 26, 1996 (1996-06-26) (Wednesday) :
Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot and killed in her car just outside Dublin.
Current events of June 28, 1996 (1996-06-28) (Friday) :
A new government is formed in Turkey, with Necmettin Erbakan of Refah Partisi becoming Prime Minister of the coalition government, and Deputy/Foreign Minister Tansu Çiller of the True Path Party succeeding him after two years.The Constitution of Ukraine is signed into law.
Current events of June 29, 1996 (1996-06-29) (Saturday) :
The Prince's Trust concert is held in Hyde Park, London, and is attended by 150,000 people. The Who headlines the event in their first performance since 1989.An explosion in a firecrackers factory in Sichuan Province, China kills at least 36 people and injures 52 others.
Current events of June 30, 1996 (1996-06-30) (Sunday) :
Costas Simitis is elected president of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement of Greece.Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić relinquishes power to his deputy, Biljana Plavšić.Germany defeats the Czech Republic 2–1 after extra time in the final of the European Championships.
Current events of May 4, 1996 (1996-05-04) (Saturday) :
A Sudanese Federal Airlines jet crashes on a domestic flight in a severe dust storm, while making an emergency landing 325 kilometres north-east of Khartoum, killing all 53 passengers and crew.
Current events of May 8, 1996 (1996-05-08) (Wednesday) :
The Keck II telescope is dedicated in Hawaii.
Current events of May 9, 1996 (1996-05-09) (Thursday) :
South Africa's National Party pulls out of the coalition government formed two years earlier, and the African National Congress assumes full political control.Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni wins a landslide victory in the country's first direct presidential elections, securing 75% of the vote.
Current events of May 10, 1996 (1996-05-10) (Friday) :
1996 Everest disaster: A sudden storm engulfs Mount Everest with several climbing teams high on the mountain, leaving eight people dead. By the end of the month, at least four other climbers die in the worst season of fatalities on the mountain to date.The Australian government introduces a nationwide ban on the private possession of both automatic and semi-automatic rifles, in response to the Port Arthur massacre.Vietnamese Vietnamese boat people in Hong Kong, facing forced repatriation due to their classification as economic migrants rather than refugees, stage a protest at the Whitehead Detention Centre.
Current events of May 11, 1996 (1996-05-11) (Saturday) :
After takeoff from Miami, a fire started by improperly handled oxygen canisters in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592, causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people on board.
Current events of May 13, 1996 (1996-05-13) (Monday) :
Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kill 600 people.
Current events of May 15, 1996 (1996-05-15) (Wednesday) :
Nine hostages held by the Free Papua Organization in Irian Jaya are rescued after an operation by the Indonesian military; two other hostages are later found dead.
Current events of May 17, 1996 (1996-05-17) (Friday) :
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, is elected as Prime Minister of India, replacing P. V. Narasimha Rao of the Indian National Congress. However, the party does not receive an overall majority and Vajpayee resigns thirteen days later rather than face a no confidence vote, and is replaced by the United Front leader, Deve Gowda.
Current events of May 18, 1996 (1996-05-18) (Saturday) :
The X Prize Foundation launches the $10,000,000 Ansari X Prize.
Current events of May 20, 1996 (1996-05-20) (Monday) :
Gay rights – Romer v. Evans: The Supreme Court of the United States rules against a law that prevents any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of homosexuals.
Current events of May 21, 1996 (1996-05-21) (Tuesday) :
The MV Bukoba sinks in Tanzanian waters in Lake Victoria, killing nearly 1,000 people in one of Africa's worst maritime disasters.The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas are executed.The famous 1913 Liberty Head nickel owned by Louis E. Eliasberg becomes the first coin to top $1,000,000 at a U.S. auction.
Current events of May 23, 1996 (1996-05-23) (Thursday) :
Göran Kropp reaches the Mount Everest summit alone without oxygen, after having cycled there from Sweden.Members of the Armed Islamic Group in Algeria kill seven French Trappist monks, after talks with French government concerning the imprisonment of several GIA sympathisers break down.
Current events of May 27, 1996 (1996-05-27) (Monday) :
First Chechnya War: Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with Chechnyan rebels for the first time and negotiates a ceasefire for the dispute.
Current events of May 28, 1996 (1996-05-28) (Tuesday) :
Albania's general election of May 26 is declared unfair by international monitors, and the ruling Democratic Party under President Sali Berisha is charged by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe with rigging the elections. Several hundred protestors gather in Tirana to demonstrate against the election result.
Current events of May 30, 1996 (1996-05-30) (Thursday) :
The Likud Party, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, wins a narrow victory in the Israeli general election.The Hoover Institution releases an optimistic report that global warming will probably reduce mortality in the United States and provide Americans with valuable benefits.[1]
Current events of May 31, 1996 (1996-05-31) (Friday) :
FIFA decides to give the FIFA World Cup 2002, the first World Cup in Asia, to Japan and South Korea, becoming the first World Cup with co-host countries in the history of the event.
Current events of September 2, 1996 (1996-09-02) (Monday) :
Saddam Hussein withdraws troops from a Kurdish safe haven in Northern Iraq following American pressure.Pope John Paul II appears on the balcony of his summer residence dispelling fears of continuing bad health.A multi-million dollar salvage effort fails to retrieve parts of the Titanic after a cable snapped sending the vessel back to the depths.Wild fires in Washington DC burn large areas forcing the evacuation of local residents.A permanent peace agreement is signed at the Malacañan Palace between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front.The children's television program, Arthur premiered on PBS.
Current events of September 3, 1996 (1996-09-03) (Tuesday) :
United States military forces attack targets inside Iraq with long range cruise missiles.A truck crashes into a bus in Mexico killing up to 20 passengers.Russian President Boris Yeltsin makes a rare public appearance at his Moscow holiday home chatting with Russian Prime Minister Victor Chernomyrdin.Archaeologists believe they have found the heart of Robert the Bruce after uncovering an ancient casket in Melrose Abbey, Scotland.Princess Diana is forced to pay cash for lipstick after her expired credit card was rejected.The United States launches Operation Desert Strike against Iraq in reaction to the attack on Arbil.
Current events of September 4, 1996 (1996-09-04) (Wednesday) :
The United States attacks Iraq for a second day with cruise missiles fired from two ships and a submarine in the Persian Gulf. Australia is one of few nations to support the United States bombardment of Iraq, while France and Spain decline support.London police seize 105 white rhino horns in the biggest haul of its kind.British Prime Minister John Major brings his wife Norma into the limelight as part of a new focus in the Tory campaign.Two more bodies are discovered beneath the house of paedophile ring leader Marc Dutroux in Belgium.The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia attack a military base in Guaviare, Colombia, starting three weeks of guerrilla warfare that will claim the lives of at least 130 Colombians.
Current events of September 5, 1996 (1996-09-05) (Thursday) :
Belgium mourns the death of two girls, the latest victims of an international paedophile ring as excavations continue in the search for 12 other missing children.Benjamin Netanyahu breaks an election promise by shaking the hand of Yasser Arafat at their first talks.The United States denies reports that more US missiles have been fired and several people have been killed in Iraq following international criticism of the missile attacks. Secretary of State Warren Christopher travels to Europe in a bid to rally support.Hurricane Fran makes landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina as a Category 3 storm with 115 mph (185 km/h) sustained winds. Fran caused over $3,000,000,000 in damages ($4.68 billion in present-day terms[1]) and killed 27 people, mainly in North Carolina. The name "Fran" was retired due to the extensive damage.
Current events of September 10, 1996 (1996-09-10) (Tuesday) :
Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) signed (it will be ratified 180 days after ratification by 44 Annex 2 countries).
Current events of September 11, 1996 (1996-09-11) (Wednesday) :
Union Pacific finalises its purchase of Southern Pacific that was effectively started almost a century before in 1901.
Current events of September 12, 1996 (1996-09-12) (Thursday) :
Ricardo López sends a package, containing an acid bomb, to Icelandic singer Björk with the intention to kill or disfigure her, and then commits suicide. The package is intercepted by the Scotland Yard four days later, before doing any harm.
Current events of September 13, 1996 (1996-09-13) (Friday) :
Alija Izetbegović is elected President of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the country's first election since the Bosnian War.
Current events of September 18, 1996 (1996-09-18) (Wednesday) :
A North Korean Sang-O class submarine runs aground in South Korea. The crew are described as spies by the South Korean government and killed by the South Korean military.
Current events of September 20, 1996 (1996-09-20) (Friday) :
Leader of Pakistani opposition party Pakistan Peoples Party Murtaza Bhutto is killed during a gunfight with police.Tiger Cave Kiln discovered at Hangzhou in the Chinese province of Zhejiang.
Current events of September 22, 1996 (1996-09-22) (Sunday) :
The Panhellenic Socialist Movement under the leadership of Costas Simitis succeeds in the 1996 Greek legislative election.
Current events of September 24, 1996 (1996-09-24) (Tuesday) :
U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty at the United Nations.
Current events of September 25, 1996 (1996-09-25) (Wednesday) :
The last of the Magdalene asylums is closed in Ireland.
Current events of September 27, 1996 (1996-09-27) (Friday) :
In Afghanistan, the Taliban capture the capital city of Kabul, after driving out President Burhanuddin Rabbani and executing former leader Mohammad Najibullah.
Current events of September 30, 1996 (1996-09-30) (Monday) :
The United States Congress passes an amendment that bars anyone convicted of even misdemeanor level domestic violence from obtaining and possessing firearms.
Current events of July 1, 1996 (1996-07-01) (Monday) :
The Northern Territory in Australia legalises voluntary euthanasia.German orthography reform of 1996 agreed internationally.
Current events of July 2, 1996 (1996-07-02) (Tuesday) :
In Los Angeles, Lyle and Erik Menendez are sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Current events of July 3, 1996 (1996-07-03) (Wednesday) :
Boris Yeltsin is re-elected as President of Russia after the second round of elections.
Current events of July 5, 1996 (1996-07-05) (Friday) :
Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born at the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, Scotland, UK.
Current events of July 8, 1996 (1996-07-08) (Monday) :
Martina Hingis becomes the youngest person in history (aged 15 years and 282 days) to win at Wimbledon in the Ladies' Doubles event.
Current events of July 10, 1996 (1996-07-10) (Wednesday) :
Harriet the Spy, the first film made by Nickelodeon Movies, is released in cinemas.
Current events of July 11, 1996 (1996-07-11) (Thursday) :
Arrest warrants are issued for Bosnian Serb war criminals Radovan Karadžić and Ratko Mladić by the Russell Tribunal in The Hague.
Current events of July 12, 1996 (1996-07-12) (Friday) :
Hurricane Bertha: made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 2 storm, causing $270,000,000 in damage ($421 million in present-day terms[1]) to the United States and its possessions and many indirect deaths.
Current events of July 13, 1996 (1996-07-13) (Saturday) :
A Republican Sinn Féin bomb explodes outside of a hotel in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, disrupting a wedding reception and injuring seventeen people.
Current events of July 16, 1996 (1996-07-16) (Tuesday) :
An outbreak of E. coli food poisoning in Japan results in 6,000 children being ill, including two deaths, after a group of school children eat contaminated lunches.
Current events of July 17, 1996 (1996-07-17) (Wednesday) :
The Community of Portuguese Language Countries (Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa) is constituted.Paris and Rome-bound TWA Flight 800 (Boeing 747) explodes off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing all 230 people on board.Joe Klein admits that he is "Anonymous", the author of Primary Colors.
Current events of July 18, 1996 (1996-07-18) (Thursday) :
Howard Hughes is sentenced to life imprisonment at Chester Crown Court for the rape and murder of 7-year-old Sophie Hook at Llandudno twelve months previously. The trial judge recommends that Hughes, 31, should never be released. However, the Home Secretary set his minimum term at 50 years in 2002, meaning he is eligible for parole in 2046.
Current events of July 19, 1996 (1996-07-19) (Friday) :
An F3 tornado 5.5 miles (8.9 km) away from the Westminster, Maryland city center injures three people and causes $5,000,000 in damages ($7.8 million in present-day terms[1]).[2]The 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States, begin.Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadžić resigns from public office in Republika Srpska after being indicted for war crimes.
Current events of July 21, 1996 (1996-07-21) (Sunday) :
The Saguenay Flood, one of Canada's most costly natural disasters, is caused by flooding on the Saguenay River in Quebec.
Current events of July 24, 1996 (1996-07-24) (Wednesday) :
The Dehiwala train bombing kills 56 commuters outside Colombo.
Current events of July 25, 1996 (1996-07-25) (Thursday) :
The Tutsi-led Burundian army performs a coup and reinstalls previous president Pierre Buyoya, ousting current president Sylvestre Ntibantunganya.
Current events of July 27, 1996 (1996-07-27) (Saturday) :
The Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics kills one person and injures 111.
Current events of July 29, 1996 (1996-07-29) (Monday) :
The child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act (1996) is struck down as too broad by a U.S. federal court.
Current events of August 1, 1996 (1996-08-01) (Thursday) :
Sarah Balabagan returns to the Philippines.A pro-democracy demonstration supporting Megawati Sukarnoputri in Indonesia is broken up by riot police.
Current events of August 4, 1996 (1996-08-04) (Sunday) :
The 1996 Summer Olympics conclude.
Current events of August 6, 1996 (1996-08-06) (Tuesday) :
NASA announces that the Allan Hills 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, may contain evidence of primitive lifeforms.The Australian census is conducted.The American punk rock band the Ramones perform for the final time.
Current events of August 7, 1996 (1996-08-07) (Wednesday) :
Heavy rains kill more than 80 campers near Huesca, Spain.
Current events of August 9, 1996 (1996-08-09) (Friday) :
Boris Yeltsin is sworn in at the Kremlin for a second term as President of Russia.
Current events of August 11, 1996 (1996-08-11) (Sunday) :
The British rock band Oasis plays the biggest free-standing concert in UK history at Knebworth, Hertfordshire.
Current events of August 13, 1996 (1996-08-13) (Tuesday) :
Data sent back by the Galileo space probe indicates there may be water on one of Jupiter's moons.
Current events of August 14, 1996 (1996-08-14) (Wednesday) :
A rocket ignited during a fireworks display in Arequipa, Peru knocks down a high-tension power cable into a dense crowd, electrocuting 35 people.
Current events of August 15, 1996 (1996-08-15) (Thursday) :
Bob Dole is nominated for President of the United States, and Jack Kemp for Vice President, at the Republican National Convention in San Diego, California.
Current events of August 16, 1996 (1996-08-16) (Friday) :
Brookfield Zoo, Chicago. After a 3-year-old boy falls into the 20-foot (6.1 m) deep gorilla enclosure, Binti Jua, a female lowland gorilla sits with the injured boy until his rescue.After having spent 378 days in a Taliban prison, the crew of Russian Il-76TD manage to overpower their guards, board their aircraft and fly to freedom (see: 1995 Airstan incident).
Current events of August 18, 1996 (1996-08-18) (Sunday) :
The San Jose Mercury News publishes Gary Webb's three-part series on the Reagan CIA's role in crack cocaine importation to fund the Contras.[1]
Current events of August 20, 1996 (1996-08-20) (Tuesday) :
A thousands-large protest in Seoul, calling for reunification with North Korea, is broken up by riot police.
Current events of August 21, 1996 (1996-08-21) (Wednesday) :
Former State President of South Africa, F. W. de Klerk, makes an official apology for crimes committed under Apartheid to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Cape Town.In the UK, Queen Elizabeth II issues letters patent on divorced former wives of British princes, taking away from the ex-wives the attribute and style of Royal Highness. With that Sarah, Duchess of York as well as Diana, Princess of Wales legally cease to be Royals, but they remain as non-royal Duchess and Princess. Still they are allowed to keep these titles for their children are in line to the throne.
Current events of August 23, 1996 (1996-08-23) (Friday) :
Osama bin Laden writes "The Declaration of Jihad on the Americans Occupying the Country of the Two Sacred Places," a call for the removal of American military forces from Saudi Arabia.
Current events of August 26, 1996 (1996-08-26) (Monday) :
Chun Doo-hwan is sentenced to death, after being found guilty of mutiny and treason.Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law.Iraqi expatriates seeking refuge hijack a Sudanese airliner en route from Khartoum to Amman.
Current events of August 28, 1996 (1996-08-28) (Wednesday) :
Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Wales, are formally divorced at the High Court of Justice in London. Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales is restyled Diana, Princess of Wales, due to the Queen's letters patent issued a week earlier.
Current events of August 29, 1996 (1996-08-29) (Thursday) :
U.S. President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore are re-nominated at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, IL, USA.A Russian Tupolev 154 jetliner crashes into a mountain as it approaches the airport at Spitsbergen, Norway, killing all 141 people on board.
Current events of August 30, 1996 (1996-08-30) (Friday) :
The attempted raising of a 15-tonne section of the RMS Titanic fails, as 1,700 spectators, including survivors of the wreckage, watch.
Current events of August 31, 1996 (1996-08-31) (Saturday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi forces launch an offensive into the northern No-Fly Zone and capture Arbil.The Big 12 Conference is inaugurated with a football game between Kansas State University and Texas Tech University in Manhattan, Kansas.
Current events of October 1, 1996 (1996-10-01) (Tuesday) :
Yasser Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu meet with US President Bill Clinton in Washington DC.
Current events of October 2, 1996 (1996-10-02) (Wednesday) :
Paula Yates begins to her battle with former husband Bob Geldof over custody of their three children.The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments are signed by U.S. President Bill Clinton.The former Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Andrey Lukanov, is assassinated.Aeroperú Flight 603 crashes into the Pacific Ocean when the instruments fail just after takeoff from Lima Airport, killing all seventy people on board.
Current events of October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05) (Saturday) :
Yasser Arafat meets with European leaders in preparation for renewed peace talks with Israel.
Current events of October 6, 1996 (1996-10-06) (Sunday) :
Yasser Arafat returns triumphant to Gaza for Middle East peace talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.The government of New Zealand agrees to pay $130,000,000 worth of compensation for the loss of land suffered by the Māori population between the years of 1844 and 1864.
Current events of October 7, 1996 (1996-10-07) (Monday) :
President Bill Clinton wins the first TV debate with Republican rival Bob Dole.Pope John Paul II is admitted to a Rome hospital for an appendix operation.News Corporation launches the Fox News Channel as a 24-hour news channel to compete against CNN.
Current events of October 8, 1996 (1996-10-08) (Tuesday) :
Irish Republican Army terrorists plant bombs at a heavily secured British army base south-west of Belfast: 31 soldiers and civilians are injured.Footage of Princess Diana and James Hewitt from five years ago is released.Demolition workers tear down the former home of mass murderers Fred and Rosemary West.
Current events of October 15, 1996 (1996-10-15) (Tuesday) :
Several large strikes begin in various industries across Belgium in protest to the dismissal of the magistrate Jean-Marc Connerotte by the Supreme Court.
Current events of October 22, 1996 (1996-10-22) (Tuesday) :
A fire at La Planta prison in southwest Caracas, Venezuela, kills thirty prisoners.
Current events of October 23, 1996 (1996-10-23) (Wednesday) :
The O. J. Simpson civil trial begins in Santa Monica, California.
Current events of October 26, 1996 (1996-10-26) (Saturday) :
The New York Yankees win the World Series for the first time since 1978, defeating the Atlanta Braves 3–2 to win the series in 6 games.
Current events of October 30, 1996 (1996-10-30) (Wednesday) :
Fighting erupts when Banyamulenga Tutsis of Laurent Kabila in Zaire seize Uvira and proceed to kill Hutu refugees.
Current events of October 31, 1996 (1996-10-31) (Thursday) :
TAM Transportes Aéreos Regionais Flight 402 crashes into a densely populated area of São Paulo, killing all 96 people on board.
Current events of December 2, 1996 (1996-12-02) (Monday) :
U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments.Widespread student pro-democracy protests are broken up in Burma.
Current events of December 5, 1996 (1996-12-05) (Thursday) :
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan gives a speech in which he suggests that "irrational exuberance" may have "unduly escalated asset values".
Current events of December 9, 1996 (1996-12-09) (Monday) :
Jerry Rawlings is reelected president of Ghana.
Current events of December 11, 1996 (1996-12-11) (Wednesday) :
Tung Chee-hwa is appointed to become the new leader of Hong Kong after it reverts to Chinese rule in 1997.East Timor's Nobel Peace Prize winners, Bishop Carlos Belo and Jose Ramos-Horta, challenge Indonesia to release political prisoners.The Israeli Government authorises the construction of 130 houses for Jewish settlers in the heart of Arab East Jerusalem and Palestinian officials call if "extreme provocation".NATO ministers condemn the Serbian Government for cancelling local elections while Opposition MPs in Serbia boycott the Parliament and leave the chamber half-empty. Tens of thousands of protesters take to the streets for the 23rd day.NATO ministers vote to extend the organisation to include old "Iron Curtain" countries.Russian coalminers end their week-long strike after Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin promises they will get all their back pay.South African President Nelson Mandela signs the country's new constitution.
Current events of December 12, 1996 (1996-12-12) (Thursday) :
Uday Hussein is seriously injured in an assassination attempt.Algerian Muslim fundamentalists massacre 20 bus passengers.Tamil Tiger rebels attack a military base in East Sri Lanka with 60 dead on both sides of the fighting.Another ceasefire is agreed between the rebels and the hardline government of Tajikistan.British explorer, Sir Ranulph Fines, abandons his solo crossing of Antarctica on foot because of painful kidney stones. He was 25% of the way across the continent.China criticises the European Parliament for giving a human rights prize to imprisoned Chinese dissident, Wei Jing-Sheng.Israel demands that Palestinian authorities hand over Arab gunmen who killed a female Jewish settler and her son in the West Bank.Israeli Foreign Minister, David Levvi, says Israel will have to give up part of the Golan Heights to have peace with Syria.A rally in Grozny marks the second anniversary of the invasion of Chechnya by Russian troops.A United Nations Children's Fund report condemns the extent of child labour in the world and calls the exploitation of children doing hazardous work for little pay as slavery.A Red Cross Hercules aircraft drops emergency supplies to tens of thousands of Rwandan and Burundi refugees west of the town of Bukavi, Zaire.Russia's Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov announces Russia is to negotiate closer diplomatic relations with NATO. Russia still disapproves of Hungary and Poland becoming a part of NATO.
Current events of December 13, 1996 (1996-12-13) (Friday) :
Kofi Annan is elected by the United Nations Security Council the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Current events of December 14, 1996 (1996-12-14) (Saturday) :
The Antarctic saga of British explorer, Sir Ranulph Fines, ends after 25 days of his 100 day race across the polar ice cap when he is airlifted from the continent.A disgruntled employee who entered a Parisian office building, captured 35 hostages and held police at bay for 4 hours, surrenders after releasing his prisoners and firing shots from the windows.Germany unveils the design for the new European currency. Ireland agrees on how to punish countries breaking the rules on monetary union and Britain still refuses to accept the currency.Former General Motors employees, Jose Lopez, is accused of stealing company secrets when he left to work for Volkswagen.Iraqi security forces arrest hundreds in their attempt to find the attackers of Uday Hussein.Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic invites the European Security Agency to help end 25 days of mass protests in the streets of Belgrade.Tanzanian troops halt the flow of Rwandan Hutus fleeing refugee camps along the border of Tanzania and Rwanda.The United States questions Israel's offer of financial incentives to encourage Jewish settlement in Palestinian territories. Hamas calls for renewed attacks on Israel.
Current events of December 15, 1996 (1996-12-15) (Sunday) :
A ski lift accident in the Swiss resort of Riederalp leaves one dead and 18 injured.Protests against Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic continue into their 26th day with 200,000 people packing the streets of Belgrade.European Union leaders end their two-day summit in Dublin.Iranian spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameinei, says his country would respond, forcefully, if the United States launches an attack on Iran in retaliation for the 19 American soldiers killed by terrorists in Saudi Arabia.The Iraqi National Accord becomes the second group to claim responsibility for the assassination attempt on Uday Hussein.Iranian-backed Hezbollah denies responsibility for a Katushya rocket attack on Israel in South Lebanon.The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation says an exploding fuel tank was not the cause of a TWA Flight 800 crash off New York last July. The FBI is still investigating the possibility of a bomb or a missile destroying the plane.Saudi Arabian military police investigate the murder of Australian nurse Yvonne Gilford at Dahran's King Fahd Military Complex.
Current events of December 17, 1996 (1996-12-17) (Tuesday) :
The Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement takes 72 hostages in the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru.
Current events of December 18, 1996 (1996-12-18) (Wednesday) :
The loi Carrez, or Carrez law governing property transactions, is enacted in France[1]
Current events of December 20, 1996 (1996-12-20) (Friday) :
Steve Jobs' company NeXT is bought by Apple Computer, the company co-founded by Jobs.Scream (1996) comes out in theaters.
Current events of December 25, 1996 (1996-12-25) (Wednesday) :
Six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey is murdered in the basement of her parents' home in Boulder, Colorado.
Current events of December 26, 1996 (1996-12-26) (Thursday) :
The largest strike in South Korean history begins.
Current events of December 27, 1996 (1996-12-27) (Friday) :
Taliban forces retake the strategic Bagram Air Base, which solidifies their buffer zone around Kabul.
Current events of December 29, 1996 (1996-12-29) (Sunday) :
Guatemala and the leaders of the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity sign a peace accord that ends the 36-year Guatemalan Civil War.
Current events of December 30, 1996 (1996-12-30) (Monday) :
In the Indian state of Assam, a passenger train is bombed by Bodo separatists, killing 26.Proposed budget cuts by Benjamin Netanyahu spark protests from 250,000 workers, who shut down services across Israel.
Current events of December 31, 1996 (1996-12-31) (Tuesday) :
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway is merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the BNSF Railway, making it one of the largest railroad mergers in U.S. history.The Hacienda in Las Vegas is imploded to make way for the Mandalay Bay.
Current events of January 17, 1997 (1997-01-17) (Friday) :
A Delta II rocket carrying a military GPS payload explodes, shortly after liftoff from Cape Canaveral.
Current events of January 18, 1997 (1997-01-18) (Saturday) :
In northwest Rwanda, Hutu militia members kill 6 Spanish aid workers, 3 soldiers, and seriously wound another.
Current events of January 19, 1997 (1997-01-19) (Sunday) :
Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years, and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city.
Current events of January 20, 1997 (1997-01-20) (Monday) :
U.S. President Bill Clinton is inaugurated for his second term.
Current events of January 22, 1997 (1997-01-22) (Wednesday) :
Madeleine Albright becomes the first female Secretary of State, after confirmation by the United States Senate.
Current events of January 23, 1997 (1997-01-23) (Thursday) :
Mir Aimal Kasi is sentenced to death for a 1993 assault rifle attack outside CIA headquarters that killed 2 and wounded 3.
Current events of January 27, 1997 (1997-01-27) (Monday) :
It is revealed that French museums had nearly 2,000 pieces of art that had been stolen by Nazis.
Current events of January 31, 1997 (1997-01-31) (Friday) :
Final Fantasy VII is released in Japan.
Current events of November 1, 1996 (1996-11-01) (Friday) :
Al Jazeera, known as a multi-language news channel, begins regular service in Doha, Qatar.[citation needed]
Current events of November 5, 1996 (1996-11-05) (Tuesday) :
Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's government is dismissed by President Farooq Leghari after widespread allegations of corruption.United States presidential election, 1996: Incumbent Democratic President Bill Clinton defeats his Republican challenger, Bob Dole.
Current events of November 7, 1996 (1996-11-07) (Thursday) :
A devastating category 4 cyclone strikes Andhra Pradesh, India. The storm surge sweeps fishing villages out to sea, over 2,000 people die. 95% of the crops are completely destroyed.NASA launches the Mars Global Surveyor.
Current events of November 8, 1996 (1996-11-08) (Friday) :
All 141 people on board a Nigerian-owned Boeing 727 die when the aircraft crashes into the Atlantic Ocean while approaching Lagos airport.
Current events of November 11, 1996 (1996-11-11) (Monday) :
13 are killed and 70 wounded in a bomb blast in a Moscow cemetery during a service for veterans of the Afghanistan war.Queen Elizabeth II leads a Remembrance Day service in London to honour Britain's war dead.United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali renews his plea for military intervention to save starving in Zaire.
Current events of November 12, 1996 (1996-11-12) (Tuesday) :
Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 collides in mid-air with Kazakhstan Airlines Il-76 in New Delhi, India, resulting in the loss of 349 lives.
Current events of November 15, 1996 (1996-11-15) (Friday) :
State Street in Chicago is re-opened to pedestrian traffic.
Current events of November 16, 1996 (1996-11-16) (Saturday) :
Mother Teresa receives honorary U.S. citizenship.The scoreboard at Buffalo's $127,500,000 HSBC Arena falls to the ice just hours before a National Hockey League game; no one is injured.[1][2][3]
Current events of November 17, 1996 (1996-11-17) (Sunday) :
A bomb explosion in Kaspiysk, Russia, kills 32 people.Emil Constantinescu is elected as President of Romania.
Current events of November 18, 1996 (1996-11-18) (Monday) :
World-renowned bird expert Tony Silva is sentenced to seven years in prison without parole, for leading an illegal parrot smuggling ring.Frederick Chiluba is re-elected as President of Zambia.
Current events of November 19, 1996 (1996-11-19) (Tuesday) :
Martin Bryant is sentenced to 35 consecutive sentences of life imprisonment plus 1,035 years without parole for murdering 35 people in a shooting spree in Tasmania earlier this year.Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Organization (CTBTO) established.STS-80: Space Shuttle Columbia conducts the longest mission of the Space Shuttle program.
Current events of November 20, 1996 (1996-11-20) (Wednesday) :
The 1996 Garley Building fire occurred in Hong Kong, resulting in 41 deaths and 81 injuries.
Current events of November 21, 1996 (1996-11-21) (Thursday) :
A propane explosion at the Humberto Vidal shoe store and office building in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 33 people.Demonstrators in Zagreb demand the survival of Radio 101.
Current events of November 23, 1996 (1996-11-23) (Saturday) :
The Republic of Angola officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Angola.Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 is hijacked, then crashes into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Comoros after running out of fuel, killing 125.
Current events of November 25, 1996 (1996-11-25) (Monday) :
An ice storm strikes the U.S., killing 26 directly, hundreds more from accidents. A powerful windstorm blasts Florida; winds gust to 90mph.The U.S. stock market, especially the Dow Jones Industrial Average, gains at an incredibly fast pace following the 1996 Presidential election. It gains ten days in a row during the month.The APEC Summit opens in the Philippines.
Current events of November 26, 1996 (1996-11-26) (Tuesday) :
The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas is imploded to make way for the Venetian Hotel.
Current events of February 4, 1997 (1997-02-04) (Tuesday) :
On their way to Lebanon, 2 Israeli troop-transport helicopters collide, killing 73.After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections.British Home Secretary Michael Howard informs Moors Murderer Myra Hindley that she will never be released from prison. Mr. Howard has made the decision in agreement with a recommendation made by his predecessor David Waddington in 1990.
Current events of February 5, 1997 (1997-02-05) (Wednesday) :
The so-called "Big Three" banks in Switzerland announce the creation of a $71 million fund to aid Holocaust survivors and their families.Morgan Stanley and Dean Witter Reynolds investment banks announce a $10 billion merger.
Current events of February 10, 1997 (1997-02-10) (Monday) :
The United States Army suspends Gene C. McKinney, Sergeant Major of the Army, its top-ranking enlisted soldier, after hearing allegations of sexual misconduct.Sandline affair: Australian newspapers publish stories that the government of Papua New Guinea has brought mercenaries onto Bougainville Island.
Current events of February 13, 1997 (1997-02-13) (Thursday) :
STS-82: Tune-up and repair work on the Hubble Space Telescope is started by astronauts from the Space Shuttle Discovery.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 7,000 for the first time, gaining 60.81 to 7,022.44.
Current events of February 22, 1997 (1997-02-22) (Saturday) :
In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned, and was born in July 1996.
Current events of February 23, 1997 (1997-02-23) (Sunday) :
A small fire occurs on the Russian space station Mir.
Current events of February 27, 1997 (1997-02-27) (Thursday) :
Divorce becomes legal in the Republic of Ireland.
Current events of February 28, 1997 (1997-02-28) (Friday) :
North Hollywood shootout: Two robbers wearing kevlar body armor armed with AK-47s containing armor-piercing bullets injure 17 police officers and civilians in a gun battle. The incident sparks debate on the appropriate firepower for United States patrol officers to have available in similar situations in the future.
Current events of April 1, 1997 (1997-04-01) (Tuesday) :
Comet Hale–Bopp meets or exceeds most predictions when it passes perihelion.The popular television series (based on the video games of the same name), Pokémon premieres on TV Tokyo.
Current events of April 3, 1997 (1997-04-03) (Thursday) :
The Thalit massacre in Algeria: All but one of the 53 inhabitants of Thalit are killed by guerrillas.
Current events of April 11, 1997 (1997-04-11) (Friday) :
Fire damages the Turin Cathedral in Italy.
Current events of April 14, 1997 (1997-04-14) (Monday) :
Fire breaks out in a pilgrim camp on the Plain of Mena, 7 miles (11 km) from Mecca; 343 die.Former S.S. Captain Erich Priebke is retried; on July 22 he is sentenced to 5 years in prison.
Current events of April 16, 1997 (1997-04-16) (Wednesday) :
Houston socialite Doris Angleton is murdered in her River Oaks home. Her brother-in-law, Roger Angleton, later admits to the crime in his suicide note.
Current events of April 18, 1997 (1997-04-18) (Friday) :
The Red River of the North breaks through dikes and floods Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, causing US$2 billion in damage.
Current events of April 21, 1997 (1997-04-21) (Monday) :
A Pegasus rocket carries the remains of 24 people into earth orbit, in the first space burial.
Current events of April 22, 1997 (1997-04-22) (Tuesday) :
Haouch Khemisti massacre: 93 villagers are killed in Algeria.A 126-day hostage crisis at the residence of the Japanese ambassador in Lima, Peru, ends after government commandos storm and capture the building, rescuing 71 hostages. One hostage dies of a heart attack, 2 soldiers are killed by rebel fire, and all 14 Túpac Amaru rebels are slain.France supports the new transitional government in Zaire, withdrawing its support of Mobutu Sese Seko.
Current events of April 23, 1997 (1997-04-23) (Wednesday) :
42 villagers are killed in the Omaria massacre in Algeria.
Current events of April 27, 1997 (1997-04-27) (Sunday) :
Andrew Cunanan murders Jeffrey Trail, beginning a murder spree that lasts until July and ends with the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
Current events of April 29, 1997 (1997-04-29) (Tuesday) :
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), CWC treaty enters into force.Two trains crash at Hunan, China; 126 are killed.
Current events of March 4, 1997 (1997-03-04) (Tuesday) :
U.S. President Bill Clinton bans federal funding for any research on human cloning.
Current events of March 6, 1997 (1997-03-06) (Thursday) :
Pablo Picasso's Tête de Femme is stolen from a London gallery (recovered a week later).In Sri Lanka, Tamil Tigers overrun a military base and kill more than 200.
Current events of March 13, 1997 (1997-03-13) (Thursday) :
India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader.The National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China creates a new Chongqing Municipality, out of part of Sichuan.The Phoenix Lights, a series of UFOs, are seen over Phoenix, Arizona.
Current events of March 16, 1997 (1997-03-16) (Sunday) :
Sandline affair: On Bougainville Island, soldiers of commander Jerry Singirok arrest Tim Spicer and his mercenaries of the Sandline International.
Current events of March 18, 1997 (1997-03-18) (Tuesday) :
The tail of a Russian An-24 charter plane breaks off while en route to Turkey, causing the plane to crash, killing all 50 on board, and resulting in the grounding of all An-24s.
Current events of March 21, 1997 (1997-03-21) (Friday) :
In Zaire, Etienne Tshiksekedi is appointed prime minister; he ejects supporters of Mobutu Sese Seko from his cabinet.Mercenaries of Sandline International withdraw from Papua New Guinea.
Current events of March 22, 1997 (1997-03-22) (Saturday) :
Tara Lipinski, 14, becomes the youngest women's world figure skating champion.The Comet Hale–Bopp makes its closest approach to Earth.
Current events of March 23, 1997 (1997-03-23) (Sunday) :
The British detective drama show, Midsomer Murders broadcasts on ITV.
Current events of March 24, 1997 (1997-03-24) (Monday) :
The 69th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, with The English Patient winning Best Picture.
Current events of March 26, 1997 (1997-03-26) (Wednesday) :
In San Diego, 39 Heaven's Gate cultists commit mass suicide at their compound.Julius Chan resigns as prime minister of Papua New Guinea, ending the Sandline affair.
Current events of March 31, 1997 (1997-03-31) (Monday) :
Teletubbies makes its debut on BBC2.
Current events of May 2, 1997 (1997-05-02) (Friday) :
The Labour Party of the United Kingdom returns to power for the first time in 18 years, with Tony Blair becoming Prime Minister, in a landslide majority in the 1997 general election.
Current events of May 3, 1997 (1997-05-03) (Saturday) :
Katrina and the Waves win the Eurovision Song Contest 1997 for the UK with "Love Shine a Light", the most successful Eurovision entry ever.
Current events of May 8, 1997 (1997-05-08) (Thursday) :
Playhouse Disney launches.
Current events of May 10, 1997 (1997-05-10) (Saturday) :
The 7.3 Mw Qayen earthquake shakes eastern Iran with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). At least were 1,567 killed and 2,300 were injured.
Current events of May 11, 1997 (1997-05-11) (Sunday) :
IBM's Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, the first time a computer beats a chess World champion in a match.
Current events of May 12, 1997 (1997-05-12) (Monday) :
The Russian-Chechen Peace Treaty is signed.
Current events of May 14, 1997 (1997-05-14) (Wednesday) :
The Star Alliance is formed between Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines System, Thai Airways International and United Airlines.
Current events of May 15, 1997 (1997-05-15) (Thursday) :
The United States government acknowledges existence of the "Secret War" in Laos (1953–1975) during the Vietnam War, and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor of Hmong and other "Secret War" veterans.
Current events of May 16, 1997 (1997-05-16) (Friday) :
President Mobutu Sese Seko is exiled from Zaire.U.S. President Bill Clinton issues a formal apology to the surviving victims of the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male and their families.
Current events of May 17, 1997 (1997-05-17) (Saturday) :
Troops of Laurent Kabila march into Kinshasa.
Current events of May 22, 1997 (1997-05-22) (Thursday) :
Kelly Flinn, the U.S. Air Force's first female bomber pilot certified for combat, accepts a general discharge in order to avoid a court-martial.
Current events of May 23, 1997 (1997-05-23) (Friday) :
Mohammad Khatami wins the 1997 Iranian presidential election and becomes the first Iranian Reformist president.
Current events of May 25, 1997 (1997-05-25) (Sunday) :
French legislative election, 1997 first-round voting.Strom Thurmond becomes the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Senate (41 years and 10 months).A military coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koroma.
Current events of May 27, 1997 (1997-05-27) (Tuesday) :
The second-deadliest tornado of the 1990s hits in Jarrell, Texas, killing 27 people.
Current events of May 31, 1997 (1997-05-31) (Saturday) :
The 13-kilometer Confederation Bridge, the world's longest bridge spanning ice-covered waters, opens between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, Canada.
Current events of June 1, 1997 (1997-06-01) (Sunday) :
Socialist Party-led Centre-left coalition won the second-round in 1997 French legislative elections, began with the third Cohabitation (1997-2002).Hugo Banzer wins the Presidential elections in Bolivia.
Current events of June 2, 1997 (1997-06-02) (Monday) :
In Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
Current events of June 6, 1997 (1997-06-06) (Friday) :
In Lacey Township, New Jersey, high school senior Melissa Drexler kills her newborn baby in a toilet.
Current events of June 7, 1997 (1997-06-07) (Saturday) :
A computer user known as "_eci" publishes his Microsoft C source code on a Windows 95 and Windows NT exploit, which later becomes WinNuke. The source code gets wide distribution across the internet, and Microsoft is forced to release a security patch.
Current events of June 8, 1997 (1997-06-08) (Sunday) :
A United States Coast Guard helicopter crashes near Humboldt Bay, California; all 4 crewmembers perish.
Current events of June 10, 1997 (1997-06-10) (Tuesday) :
Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of his defense chief, Son Sen, and 11 of Sen's family members, before Pol Pot flees his northern stronghold (the news does not reach outside Cambodia for 3 days).
Current events of June 11, 1997 (1997-06-11) (Wednesday) :
In the United Kingdom, the House of Commons votes for a total ban on handguns.
Current events of June 12, 1997 (1997-06-12) (Thursday) :
The United States Department of the Treasury unveils a new $50 bill, meant to be more difficult to counterfeit.
Current events of June 13, 1997 (1997-06-13) (Friday) :
A jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
Current events of June 16, 1997 (1997-06-16) (Monday) :
About 50 are killed in the Daïat Labguer (M'sila) massacre in Algeria.
Current events of June 19, 1997 (1997-06-19) (Thursday) :
The fast food chain McDonald's wins a partial victory in its libel trial, known as the McLibel case, against two environmental campaigners.
Current events of June 22, 1997 (1997-06-22) (Sunday) :
Swedish musician Ted Gärdestad commits suicide by jumping in front of a train (he is found dead later that morning).
Current events of June 25, 1997 (1997-06-25) (Wednesday) :
A massive eruption of the Soufrière Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat leads to evacuation and eventual abandonment of the capital, Plymouth.An unmanned Progress spacecraft collides with the Russian space station Mir.
Current events of June 26, 1997 (1997-06-26) (Thursday) :
Bertie Ahern is appointed as the 10th Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland and Mary Harney is appointed as the 16th, and first female, Tánaiste, after their parties, Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats respectively, win the 1997 General Election.Bloomsbury Publishing publishes J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in London at 10:20am when Megan Taylor was bornLegend Megan Taylor was born and Rory Pilcher's life changed
Current events of June 27, 1997 (1997-06-27) (Friday) :
Walt Disney Feature Animation's thirty-fifth animated feature Hercules is released.
Current events of July 1, 1997 (1997-07-01) (Tuesday) :
The United Kingdom hands sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.
Current events of July 4, 1997 (1997-07-04) (Friday) :
NASA's Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.
Current events of July 5, 1997 (1997-07-05) (Saturday) :
In Cambodia, Hun Sen of the Cambodian People's Party overthrows Norodom Ranariddh in a coup.
Current events of July 7, 1997 (1997-07-07) (Monday) :
The Great Flood begins in southern Poland.
Current events of July 8, 1997 (1997-07-08) (Tuesday) :
Mayo Clinic researchers warn that the dieting drug "fen-phen" can cause severe heart and lung damage.NATO invites the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland to join the alliance in 1999.
Current events of July 10, 1997 (1997-07-10) (Thursday) :
In London, scientists report their DNA analysis findings from a Neanderthal skeleton, which support the out of Africa theory of human evolution, placing an "African Eve" at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.Miguel Ángel Blanco is kidnapped in Ermua, Spain and murdered by the ETA.
Current events of July 11, 1997 (1997-07-11) (Friday) :
Thailand's worst hotel fire at Pattaya kills 90.
Current events of July 13, 1997 (1997-07-13) (Sunday) :
The remains of Che Guevara are returned to Cuba for burial, alongside some of his comrades. Guevara and his comrades were executed on 9 October 1967 in Bolivia.
Current events of July 15, 1997 (1997-07-15) (Tuesday) :
Spree killer Andrew Cunanan shoots fashion designer Gianni Versace to death outside Versace's Miami residence.
Current events of July 16, 1997 (1997-07-16) (Wednesday) :
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gains 63.17 to close at 8,038.88. It is the Dow's first close above 8,000. The Dow has doubled its value in 30 months.
Current events of July 17, 1997 (1997-07-17) (Thursday) :
The F. W. Woolworth Company closes after 117 years in business.
Current events of July 21, 1997 (1997-07-21) (Monday) :
On her 200th birthday, the fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") sets sail for the first time in 116 years.The first genetically modified 3 parent baby is born.[1]
Current events of July 23, 1997 (1997-07-23) (Wednesday) :
Digital Equipment Corporation files antitrust charges against chipmaker Intel.
Current events of July 24, 1997 (1997-07-24) (Thursday) :
Spree killer Andrew Cunanan commits suicide in a Miami houseboat.
Current events of July 25, 1997 (1997-07-25) (Friday) :
K. R. Narayanan is sworn in as India's 10th president and the first member of the Dalit caste to hold this office.
Current events of July 27, 1997 (1997-07-27) (Sunday) :
About 50 are killed in the Si Zerrouk massacre in Algeria.
Current events of July 30, 1997 (1997-07-30) (Wednesday) :
18 people are killed in the Thredbo landslide in the Snowy Mountains resort in Australia. Stuart Diver is the only survivor.
Current events of August 1, 1997 (1997-08-01) (Friday) :
Boeing and McDonnell Douglas complete a merger.Steve Jobs returns to Apple Computer, Inc at Macworld in Boston.
Current events of August 2, 1997 (1997-08-02) (Saturday) :
Australian ski instructor Stuart Diver is rescued as the sole survivor from the Thredbo landslide in New South Wales, in which 18 die.
Current events of August 3, 1997 (1997-08-03) (Sunday) :
Between 40–76 villagers are killed in the Oued El-Had and Mezouara massacre in Algeria.Two of the three islands of the Union of the Comoros — Anjouan and Mohéli — attempt to succeed to revert to colonial rule by France. It fails when the French government of President Jacques Chirac refuses to recolonize them resulting in the two islands being reintegrated into the Comoros over the next two years.Iran's new president, moderate Muslim cleric Mohammad Khatami, took office with a message of peace to the world. In a reference to the United States, he said his country opposed the "high-handedness of certain big countries."
Current events of August 4, 1997 (1997-08-04) (Monday) :
185,000 Teamsters Union United Parcel Service drivers walk off the job.Jeanne Calment, the oldest person ever, dies at age 122 years 164 days in Arles, France.
Current events of August 6, 1997 (1997-08-06) (Wednesday) :
Microsoft buys a $150 million share of financially troubled Apple Computer.Korean Air Flight 801 crash lands west of Guam International Airport, resulting in the deaths of 228 people.
Current events of August 13, 1997 (1997-08-13) (Wednesday) :
In Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Cruzeiro defeats Sporting Cristal of Peru 1–0, becoming the Copa Libertadores de América champions for the second time.South Park debuts on Comedy Channel.
Current events of August 16, 1997 (1997-08-16) (Saturday) :
Krishan Kant is elected vice president of India.
Current events of August 20, 1997 (1997-08-20) (Wednesday) :
Algerian Civil War: Over 60 are killed and 15 are kidnapped in the Souhane massacre in Algeria.
Current events of August 21, 1997 (1997-08-21) (Thursday) :
Be Here Now, the third album from English rock band Oasis, becomes the fastest selling album in UK history.
Current events of August 26, 1997 (1997-08-26) (Tuesday) :
60–100 are killed in the Beni Ali massacre in Algeria.The Independent International Commission on Decommissioning is set up in Northern Ireland, as part of a peace process.
Current events of August 29, 1997 (1997-08-29) (Friday) :
Over 98 (and possibly up to 400) are killed in the Rais massacre in Algeria.
Current events of August 31, 1997 (1997-08-31) (Sunday) :
The flag of Malaysia is renamed Jalur Gemilang.Reports emerge in the early hours of the morning that Diana, Princess of Wales, has been injured in a car crash in Paris which has claimed the life of Dodi Fayed, the Harrods heir. Within four hours, it is confirmed that Diana has died in hospital as a result of her injuries. The United Kingdom and much of the rest of the world is plunged into widespread mourning. (BBC)The head of Yagan, a Noongar warrior, is repatriated to Australia 164 years after being taken to the United Kingdom. (The West Australian)
Current events of October 1, 1997 (1997-10-01) (Wednesday) :
Luke Woodham walks into Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi, and opens fire, killing 2 girls, after killing his mother earlier that morning.
Current events of October 2, 1997 (1997-10-02) (Thursday) :
British scientists Moira Bruce and John Collinge, with their colleagues, independently show that the new variant form of the Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease is the same disease as Bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
Current events of October 4, 1997 (1997-10-04) (Saturday) :
One million men gather for Promise Keepers' "Stand in the Gap" event in Washington, D.C.Loomis Fargo Bank Robbery: The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history ($17.3 million, mostly in small bills) occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Wells Fargo. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the stolen cash.
Current events of October 11, 1997 (1997-10-11) (Saturday) :
The mixed martial arts organization Pride Fighting Championships holds its inaugural event at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. In the main event Rickson Gracie defeats Nobuhiko Takada by armbar.
Current events of October 12, 1997 (1997-10-12) (Sunday) :
43 are killed at a false roadblock, in the Sidi Daoud massacre in Algeria.
Current events of October 15, 1997 (1997-10-15) (Wednesday) :
Andy Green sets the first supersonic land speed record for the ThrustSSC team, led by Richard Noble of the UK. ThrustSSC goes through the flying mile course at Black Rock Desert, Nevada at an average speed of 1,227.985 km/h (763.035 mph).NASA launches the Cassini–Huygens probe to Saturn.
Current events of October 16, 1997 (1997-10-16) (Thursday) :
The first color photograph appears on the front page of The New York Times.
Current events of October 17, 1997 (1997-10-17) (Friday) :
The remains of Che Guevara are laid to rest with full military honours in a specially built mausoleum in the city of Santa Clara, Cuba, where he had won the decisive battle of the Cuban Revolution 39 years before.
Current events of October 27, 1997 (1997-10-27) (Monday) :
In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average drops -554.26 points (-7.18%), closing at 7,161.14.
Current events of October 28, 1997 (1997-10-28) (Tuesday) :
In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average gains a record 337.17 points (+4.71%), closing at 7,498.32. One billion shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange for the first time ever.
Current events of October 29, 1997 (1997-10-29) (Wednesday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq says it will begin shooting down Lockheed U-2 surveillance planes being used by UNSCOM inspectors.
Current events of October 30, 1997 (1997-10-30) (Thursday) :
In Newton, Massachusetts, British au pair Louise Woodward is found guilty of the baby-shaking death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen.
Current events of September 4, 1997 (1997-09-04) (Thursday) :
In Lorain, Ohio, the last Ford Thunderbird for 3 years rolls off the assembly line.
Current events of September 5, 1997 (1997-09-05) (Friday) :
Over 87 are killed in the Beni Messous massacre in Algeria.The International Olympic Committee picks Athens, Greece, to be the host city for the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Current events of September 6, 1997 (1997-09-06) (Saturday) :
The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, takes place at Westminster Abbey, watched by over 2 billion people worldwide.A Jean Michel Jarre Oxygene in Moscow concert, celebrating the city's 850th anniversary, draws 3.5 million people.
Current events of September 7, 1997 (1997-09-07) (Sunday) :
The F-22 Raptor makes its first test flight.
Current events of September 11, 1997 (1997-09-11) (Thursday) :
Scotland votes to create its own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.
Current events of September 13, 1997 (1997-09-13) (Saturday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: An Iraqi military officer attacks an UNSCOM weapons inspector on board an UNSCOM helicopter, while the inspector attempts to take photographs of unauthorized movement of Iraqi vehicles inside a site designated for inspection.
Current events of September 15, 1997 (1997-09-15) (Monday) :
The Norwegian parliamentary election was held in Norway.
Current events of September 17, 1997 (1997-09-17) (Wednesday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: While waiting for access to a site, UNSCOM inspectors witness and videotape Iraqi guards moving files, burning documents, and dumping waste cans into a nearby river.
Current events of September 18, 1997 (1997-09-18) (Thursday) :
Wales votes in favor of devolution and the formation of a National Assembly for Wales.Al-Qaeda carries out a terrorist attack in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Current events of September 19, 1997 (1997-09-19) (Friday) :
53 are killed in the Guelb El-Kebir massacre in Algeria.
Current events of September 21, 1997 (1997-09-21) (Sunday) :
The Islamic Salvation Army, the Islamic Salvation Fronts' armed wing, declares a unilateral ceasefire in Algeria.
Current events of September 25, 1997 (1997-09-25) (Thursday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: UNSCOM inspector Dr. Diane Seaman catches several Iraqi men sneaking out the back door of an inspection site, with log books for the creation of prohibited bacteria and chemicals.
Current events of September 26, 1997 (1997-09-26) (Friday) :
An air crash in Indonesia (likely caused by smoke rising from numerous forest fires in the area) kills 235 people (see Garuda Indonesia Flight 152).An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse.
Current events of September 27, 1997 (1997-09-27) (Saturday) :
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Požega in Croatia is founded.
Current events of December 1, 1997 (1997-12-01) (Monday) :
In the Indian state of Bihar, Ranvir Sena attacks the CPI(ML) Party Unity stronghold Lakshmanpur-Bathe, killing 63 lower caste people.
Current events of December 3, 1997 (1997-12-03) (Wednesday) :
In Ottawa, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign a treaty prohibiting the manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel land mines. However, the United States, the People's Republic of China, Russia, South Korea and 32 other nations do not sign and/or ratify the treaty.
Current events of December 8, 1997 (1997-12-08) (Monday) :
Myra Hindley, one of the Moors murderers, arrives at the High Court of Justice, to contest a recent Home Secretary's decision that she should remain in prison until she dies.
Current events of December 10, 1997 (1997-12-10) (Wednesday) :
The capital of Kazakhstan is moved from Almaty to Astana.
Current events of December 11, 1997 (1997-12-11) (Thursday) :
The Kyoto Protocol is adopted by a United Nations committee.
Current events of December 12, 1997 (1997-12-12) (Friday) :
Demonstrations occur in the state capitals of Australia against the WTO and IMF.The 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup begins in Saudi Arabia.
Current events of December 16, 1997 (1997-12-16) (Tuesday) :
"Dennō Senshi Porygon", an episode of the Pokémon TV series, is aired in Japan, inducing seizures in hundreds of Japanese children.
Current events of December 18, 1997 (1997-12-18) (Thursday) :
Myra Hindley loses her High Court appeal against the government's decision to keep her behind bars for the rest of her life.
Current events of December 19, 1997 (1997-12-19) (Friday) :
Janet Jagan (the former wife of Cheddi Jagan) takes office in Guyana.James Cameron's Titanic, the then highest-grossing film of all time, premieres in the U.S.
Current events of December 21, 1997 (1997-12-21) (Sunday) :
Brazil beats Australia 6–0 in the Confederations Cup final.
Current events of December 24, 1997 (1997-12-24) (Wednesday) :
50–100 villagers are killed in the Sid El-Antri massacre in Algeria.
Current events of December 27, 1997 (1997-12-27) (Saturday) :
Ulster loyalist paramilitary leader Billy Wright is assassinated in Northern Ireland, inside Long Kesh prison.
Current events of December 29, 1997 (1997-12-29) (Monday) :
Hong Kong begins to kill all the chickens within its territory (1.25 million) to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.
Current events of December 30, 1997 (1997-12-30) (Tuesday) :
Wilaya of Relizane massacres of December 30, 1997: In the worst incident in Algeria's insurgency, 400 are killed from four villages in the wilaya of Relizane.
Current events of February 3, 1998 (1998-02-03) (Tuesday) :
Cavalese cable car disaster: a United States military pilot causes the deaths of 20 people near Trento, Italy, when his low-flying plane severs the cable of a cable-car.
Current events of February 4, 1998 (1998-02-04) (Wednesday) :
The 5.9 Mw Afghanistan earthquake shakes the Takhar Province with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII (Very strong). With 2,323 killed, and 818 injured, damage is considered extreme.
Current events of February 7, 1998 (1998-02-07) (Saturday) :
The 1998 Winter Olympics begin their opening ceremony in Nagano, Japan.
Current events of February 16, 1998 (1998-02-16) (Monday) :
China Airlines Flight 676 crashes into a residential area near Chiang Kai-shek International Airport, killing 202 people (all 196 on board and 6 on the ground).
Current events of February 20, 1998 (1998-02-20) (Friday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein negotiates a deal with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, allowing weapons inspectors to return to Baghdad, preventing military action by the United States and Britain.
Current events of February 22, 1998 (1998-02-22) (Sunday) :
The 1998 Winter Olympics end with a closing ceremony in Nagano, Japan.
Current events of February 28, 1998 (1998-02-28) (Saturday) :
A massacre in Likoshane, FR Yugoslavia starts the Kosovo War.
Current events of November 3, 1997 (1997-11-03) (Monday) :
In France, striking truck drivers blockade ports during a pay dispute.
Current events of November 10, 1997 (1997-11-10) (Monday) :
Telecom companies WorldCom and MCI Communications announce a US$37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom (the largest merger in U.S. history).A Fairfax, Virginia jury finds Mir Aimal Kasi guilty of murdering 2 CIA employees in 1993.
Current events of November 11, 1997 (1997-11-11) (Tuesday) :
Mary McAleese is elected the 8th President of Ireland in succession to Mary Robinson, the first time in the world that one woman has succeeded another as elected head of state.
Current events of November 12, 1997 (1997-11-12) (Wednesday) :
Ramzi Yousef is found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Current events of November 17, 1997 (1997-11-17) (Monday) :
In Luxor, Egypt, 62 people are killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut.
Current events of November 19, 1997 (1997-11-19) (Wednesday) :
In Des Moines, Iowa, Bobbi McCaughey gives birth to septuplets in the second known case where all 7 babies are born alive, and the first in which all survive infancy.
Current events of November 27, 1997 (1997-11-27) (Thursday) :
NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission is launched, the start of the satellite component of the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System.
Current events of March 2, 1998 (1998-03-02) (Monday) :
Data sent from the Galileo probe indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.In Austria, Natascha Kampusch is abducted by Wolfgang Přiklopil (she will remain in his captivity until August 2006).
Current events of March 5, 1998 (1998-03-05) (Thursday) :
NASA announces that the Clementine probe orbiting the Moon has found enough water in polar craters to support a human colony and rocket fueling station.
Current events of March 11, 1998 (1998-03-11) (Wednesday) :
Danish parliamentary election, 1998: Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen is re-elected.
Current events of March 13, 1998 (1998-03-13) (Friday) :
The High-Z Supernova Search Team becomes the first team to publish evidence that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate.
Current events of March 23, 1998 (1998-03-23) (Monday) :
The 70th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted for the 6th time by Billy Crystal, is held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Titanic wins 11 Oscars including Best Picture.
Current events of March 24, 1998 (1998-03-24) (Tuesday) :
First Computer-assisted Bone Segment Navigation, performed at the University of Regensburg, Germany.
Current events of March 26, 1998 (1998-03-26) (Thursday) :
Oued Bouaicha massacre in Algeria: 52 people are killed with axes and knives; 32 of the killed are babies under the age of 2.
Current events of March 31, 1998 (1998-03-31) (Tuesday) :
Netscape released Mozilla source code under an open source license. This is described in The Book of Mozilla, 3:31.
Current events of January 1, 1998 (1998-01-01) (Thursday) :
Smoking is banned in all California bars and restaurants.Toronto and six other communities in Canada are merged to form a new megacity. The next day Mel Lastman is sworn in as its first mayor.
Current events of January 2, 1998 (1998-01-02) (Friday) :
Russia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence.Three separate avalanches in British Columbia, Canada, kill a total of nine people.
Current events of January 4, 1998 (1998-01-04) (Sunday) :
Wilaya of Relizane massacres of 4 January 1998 in Algeria: Over 170 are killed in 3 remote villages.
Current events of January 5, 1998 (1998-01-05) (Monday) :
The Ice Storm of 1998, caused by El Niño, strikes southern Ontario and Quebec, Canada, resulting in widespread power failures, severe damage to forests, and a number of deaths.
Current events of January 6, 1998 (1998-01-06) (Tuesday) :
Alan Eagleson pleads guilty to fraud in Canada.The Lunar Prospector spacecraft is launched into orbit around the Moon, and later finds evidence for frozen water, in soil in permanently shadowed craters near the Moon's poles.
Current events of January 8, 1998 (1998-01-08) (Thursday) :
Ramzi Yousef is sentenced to life in prison for planning the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
Current events of January 11, 1998 (1998-01-11) (Sunday) :
Over 100 people are killed in the Sidi-Hamed massacre in Algeria.
Current events of January 12, 1998 (1998-01-12) (Monday) :
Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
Current events of January 14, 1998 (1998-01-14) (Wednesday) :
Ralph Guarino is arrested for attempting to rob a Bank of America bank in the World Trade Center.
Current events of January 17, 1998 (1998-01-17) (Saturday) :
The Drudge Report breaks the story about U.S. President Bill Clinton's alleged affair with Monica Lewinsky, which would lead to the House of Representatives' impeachment of him.
Current events of January 20, 1998 (1998-01-20) (Tuesday) :
Nepalese police intercept a shipment of 272 human skulls in Kathmandu.[citation needed]
Current events of January 22, 1998 (1998-01-22) (Thursday) :
Suspected "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski pleads guilty, and accepts a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
Current events of January 28, 1998 (1998-01-28) (Wednesday) :
Gunmen hold at least 400 children and teachers hostage for several hours, at an elementary school in Manila, Philippines.
Current events of April 5, 1998 (1998-04-05) (Sunday) :
In Japan, the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge linking Shikoku with Honshū and costing about US$3.8 billion, opens to traffic, becoming the largest suspension bridge in the world.
Current events of April 6, 1998 (1998-04-06) (Monday) :
Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of hitting India.
Current events of April 10, 1998 (1998-04-10) (Friday) :
Good Friday: 1 hour after the end of the talks deadline, the Belfast Agreement is signed between the Irish and British governments and most Northern Ireland political parties, with the notable exception of the Democratic Unionist Party.
Current events of April 15, 1998 (1998-04-15) (Wednesday) :
Pol Pot commits suicide while under house arrest in Cambodia. However, rumors have said that he was poisoned and Ta Mok claims he had a heart attack.
Current events of April 20, 1998 (1998-04-20) (Monday) :
The alleged date the German Red Army Faction (created 1970) is dissolved.
Current events of April 22, 1998 (1998-04-22) (Wednesday) :
Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Current events of April 23, 1998 (1998-04-23) (Thursday) :
The Yugoslav Army ambushes a group of Kosovo Liberation Army fighters attempting to smuggle weapons from Albania into Kosovo, killing 19.
Current events of May 8, 1998 (1998-05-08) (Friday) :
CBS telecasts The Wizard of Oz for the last time. Beginning in 1999, The Wizard of Oz will be shown on cable, and in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 it will be telecast by the WB Television Network in addition to its cable showings.
Current events of May 11, 1998 (1998-05-11) (Monday) :
India conducts 3 underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including 1 thermonuclear device.The first euro coins are minted in Pessac, France. Because the final specifications for the coins were not finished in 1998, they will have to be melted and minted again in 1999.
Current events of May 13, 1998 (1998-05-13) (Wednesday) :
Riots directed against Chinese Indonesians break out in Indonesia. Indonesian natives destroy and burn Chinese Indonesian-owned properties, however, most of the 1,000 people who died in the riots were the Javanese Indonesian looters who targeted the Chinese shops, not the Chinese themselves, since the looters were burnt to death in a massive fire.[1][2][3][4][5]
Current events of May 19, 1998 (1998-05-19) (Tuesday) :
The Galaxy IV communications satellite fails, leaving 80–90% of the world's pagers without service.The wreck of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, sunk during the Battle of Midway in 1942, is found near Midway Atoll by a team led by former US Navy officer Robert D. Ballard.
Current events of May 21, 1998 (1998-05-21) (Thursday) :
Suharto (elected 1967) resigns, after 32 years as President of Indonesia and his 7th consecutive re-election by the Indonesian Parliament (MPR). Suharto's hand-picked Vice President, B. J. Habibie, becomes Indonesia's third president.
Current events of May 26, 1998 (1998-05-26) (Tuesday) :
Bear Grylls, 23, becomes the youngest British climber to scale Mount Everest.[6]
Current events of May 28, 1998 (1998-05-28) (Thursday) :
Nuclear testing: In response to a series of Indian nuclear tests, Pakistan explodes 5 nuclear devices of its own in the Chaghai hills of Baluchistan, codenamed Chagai-I, prompting the United States, Japan and other nations to impose economic sanctions. Pakistan celebrates Youm-e-Takbir annually.
Current events of May 30, 1998 (1998-05-30) (Saturday) :
A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.A second nuclear test, codenamed Chagai-II, is conducted and supervised by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC).
Current events of June 2, 1998 (1998-06-02) (Tuesday) :
The CIH computer virus is discovered in Taiwan.
Current events of June 3, 1998 (1998-06-03) (Wednesday) :
Eschede train disaster: An Intercity-Express high-speed train derails between Hanover and Hamburg, Germany, causing 101 deaths.
Current events of June 7, 1998 (1998-06-07) (Sunday) :
Former Brigadier-General Ansumane Mané seizes control over military barracks in Bissau, marking the beginning of the Guinea-Bissau Civil War (1998–99).Peter Arnett publishes a false report of Operation Tailwind (initiated 1970), claiming that sarin nerve agents were used to eliminate a group of deserting U.S. soldiers.James Byrd, Jr. is beaten and dragged to death by 3 white men in Jasper, Texas.
Current events of June 10, 1998 (1998-06-10) (Wednesday) :
The 1998 FIFA World Cup begins in France.
Current events of June 12, 1998 (1998-06-12) (Friday) :
The Centennial Celebration of Independence of the Philippines from Spain is observed.
Current events of June 25, 1998 (1998-06-25) (Thursday) :
Microsoft releases Windows 98.
Current events of June 30, 1998 (1998-06-30) (Tuesday) :
Philippine Vice President Joseph Estrada is sworn in as the 13th President of the Philippines.
Current events of July 2, 1998 (1998-07-02) (Thursday) :
J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is published.
Current events of July 5, 1998 (1998-07-05) (Sunday) :
Japan launches a probe to Mars, joining the United States and Russia as an outer space-exploring nation.
Current events of July 6, 1998 (1998-07-06) (Monday) :
The new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok opens, while the historic Kai Tak Airport closes.
Current events of July 12, 1998 (1998-07-12) (Sunday) :
France beats Brazil 3–0 in the football World Cup final.
Current events of July 17, 1998 (1998-07-17) (Friday) :
At a conference in Rome, 120 countries vote to create a permanent International Criminal Court to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.In Saint Petersburg, Nicholas II of Russia and his family are buried in St. Catherine Chapel, 80 years after he and his family were killed by the Lenin-led Bolsheviks in 1918.The 7.0 Mw Papua New Guinea earthquake shakes the region near Aitape with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). This submarine earthquake triggered a landslide that caused a destructive tsunami, leaving 2,183–2,700 dead and thousands injured.Biologists report in the journal Science how they sequenced the genome of the bacterium that causes syphilis, Treponema pallidum.
Current events of July 24, 1998 (1998-07-24) (Friday) :
Saving Private Ryan premieres in theaters.
Current events of October 2, 1998 (1998-10-02) (Friday) :
Antz, the first feature film made by DreamWorks, is released.
Current events of October 6, 1998 (1998-10-06) (Tuesday) :
Matthew Shepard is beaten and left to die in a cornfield in Laramie, Wyoming.
Current events of October 14, 1998 (1998-10-14) (Wednesday) :
Eric Rudolph is charged with 4 bombings (including the 1996 Olympic bombing) in Atlanta.
Current events of October 16, 1998 (1998-10-16) (Friday) :
British police place General Augusto Pinochet, the former Chilean dictator from 1973-1990, under house arrest during his medical treatment in the UK.
Current events of October 17, 1998 (1998-10-17) (Saturday) :
A pipeline explosion in Jesse, Nigeria results in 1,082 deaths.
Current events of October 29, 1998 (1998-10-29) (Thursday) :
Hurricane Mitch makes landfall in Central America, killing an estimated 18,000 people.
Current events of September 1, 1998 (1998-09-01) (Tuesday) :
Second Congo War:
The Democratic Republic of the Congo says that the rebels are surrounded by forces loyal to President Laurent Kabila in the west. (BBC)
The rebels gain control over Goma, Kabila's home area. (BBC)
Current events of September 2, 1998 (1998-09-02) (Wednesday) :
A McDonnell Douglas MD-11 airliner (Swissair Flight 111) crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia, after taking off from New York City en route to Geneva; all 229 people on board are killed.A United Nations court finds Jean-Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of 9 counts of genocide, marking the first time that the 1948 law banning genocide is enforced.
Current events of September 4, 1998 (1998-09-04) (Friday) :
Google, Inc. is founded in Menlo Park, California, by Stanford University PhD candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin.[1]The last former Soviet Union radar station, Skrunda-1, is closed down in Latvia.
Current events of September 5, 1998 (1998-09-05) (Saturday) :
The Government of North Korea adopts a military dictatorship on its 50th anniversary.
Current events of September 10, 1998 (1998-09-10) (Thursday) :
At midnight, a shooting occurs aboard an Akula-class nuclear-powered attack submarine of the Russian Navy docked in the northern Russian port-city of Severomorsk. The shooter, Alexander Kuzminykh, a 19-year-old seaman from St. Petersburg, opened fire after murdering a soldier (who was supervising his detention on punishment charges in the personnel quarters of the submarine) with a chisel, and taking his AK-74U carbine. After killing five people and wounding one with the dead soldier's weapon, he proceeded to take 2 fellow soldiers hostage, and barricaded himself in the submarine's torpedo room, where he would later murder them. For 23 hours, doctors, relatives, and a priest attempt to persuade him to surrender, but to no avail. After threatening numerous times to set the torpedo room on fire (an event the authorities feared would cause a quote "second Chernobyl"), the crisis came to an end on the morning of 12 September, when a special anti-terrorist commando unit of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) launched a raid on the torpedo room during which, Kuzminkykh allegedly committed suicide, contrary to prior reports that he'd been killed by the unit.
Current events of September 12, 1998 (1998-09-12) (Saturday) :
Bosnian general election, 1998: Votes in Bosnia and Herzegovina go to the polls for a general election.The Cuban Five intelligence agents are arrested in Miami, and convicted of espionage. The agents claim they were not spying against the United States Government but against the Cuban exile community in Miami.
Current events of September 24, 1998 (1998-09-24) (Thursday) :
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami retracts a fatwa against Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie that was in force since 1989 stating that the Iranian government will "neither support nor hinder assassination operations on Rushdie".
Current events of August 4, 1998 (1998-08-04) (Tuesday) :
Rebel forces revolt against President Laurent Kabila's government in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, starting the Second Congo War; 3,900,000 people are killed before it ends in 2003, making it the bloodiest war, to date, since World War II. Accusations of Rwanda backing them up have been made with Rwanda denying it. (BBC)
Current events of August 5, 1998 (1998-08-05) (Wednesday) :
The United States tells the Democratic Republic of the Congo's neighbours to not get involved with the rebellion in the east of the country. (BBC)Korean Air Flight 8702 crashes near the airport due to bad weather, starting a fire. There were no fatalities but 25 people were injured.
Current events of August 7, 1998 (1998-08-07) (Friday) :
Yangtze River Floods: In China the Yangtze river breaks through the main bank; before this, from August 1–5, peripheral levees collapsed consecutively in Jiayu County Baizhou Bay. The death toll exceeds 12,000, with many thousands more injured.1998 U.S. embassy bombings: The bombings of the United States embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, kill 224 people and injure over 4,500; they are linked to terrorist Osama bin Laden, an exile of Saudi Arabia.
Current events of August 15, 1998 (1998-08-15) (Saturday) :
The Omagh bombing is carried out in Northern Ireland by the Real IRA.
Current events of August 24, 1998 (1998-08-24) (Monday) :
The first RFID human implantation is tested in the United Kingdom.
Current events of August 26, 1998 (1998-08-26) (Wednesday) :
Computer virus CIH activates and attacks Windows 9x.
Current events of November 1, 1998 (1998-11-01) (Sunday) :
The European Court of Human Rights is instituted.
Current events of November 3, 1998 (1998-11-03) (Tuesday) :
Edmonton, Canada and Wonju, South Korea are declared as sister cities.Jesse Ventura, former professional wrestler, is elected Governor of Minnesota.
Current events of November 5, 1998 (1998-11-05) (Thursday) :
Lewinsky scandal: As part of the impeachment inquiry, House Judiciary Committee chairman Henry Hyde sends a list of 81 questions to U.S. President Bill Clinton.The journal Nature publishes a genetic study showing compelling evidence that Thomas Jefferson fathered his slave Sally Hemings' son Eston Hemings Jefferson.Myra Hindley loses her second appeal in 11 months against her whole life tariff.
Current events of November 7, 1998 (1998-11-07) (Saturday) :
John Glenn returns to Earth aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.
Current events of November 8, 1998 (1998-11-08) (Sunday) :
U.S. and now defunct energy company Unocal signed an agreement with Petrobangla to develop Bangladesh's largest gas field. (BBC)
Current events of November 9, 1998 (1998-11-09) (Monday) :
In the largest civil settlement in United States history, a federal judge approves a US$1.03 billion settlement requiring dozens of brokerage houses (including Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and Salomon Smith Barney) to pay investors who claim they were cheated in a widespread price-fixing scheme on the NASDAQ.The United Kingdom formally abolishes the death penalty.
Current events of November 12, 1998 (1998-11-12) (Thursday) :
Daimler-Benz completes a merger with Chrysler Corporation to form Daimler-Chrysler.
Current events of November 13, 1998 (1998-11-13) (Friday) : goes public, opening up 1000% and setting a stock market record for highest rising IPO in history. This became one of the first and most widely publicized IPOs of the internet boom.Iraq disarmament crisis: U.S. President Bill Clinton orders airstrikes on Iraq, then calls them off at the last minute when Iraq promises once again to "unconditionally" cooperate with UNSCOM.
Current events of November 16, 1998 (1998-11-16) (Monday) :
Sesame Workshop (back then known as Children's Television Workshop) launches Elmo's World, the most famous Sesame Street segment, lasting from the late 90' to Sesame Street's 40th anniversary (69-09) and the 10th anniversary of the segment itself (99-09).
Current events of November 17, 1998 (1998-11-17) (Tuesday) :
Voyager 1 overtakes Pioneer 10 as the most distant man-made object from the Solar System, at a distance of 69.419 AU (1.03849×1010 km).
Current events of November 19, 1998 (1998-11-19) (Thursday) :
Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton.
Current events of November 20, 1998 (1998-11-20) (Friday) :
A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden "a man without a sin" in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.Galina Starovoitova, Russian legislator and democracy advocate, is assassinated in Saint Petersburg, Russia.At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the first component for the International Space Station (Zarya, or sunrise) is launched.
Current events of November 21, 1998 (1998-11-21) (Saturday) :
Nintendo releases The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Current events of November 22, 1998 (1998-11-22) (Sunday) :
Voters in Albania were asked whether they approved of the Constitution of Albania. (Princeton)
Current events of November 23, 1998 (1998-11-23) (Monday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: According to UNSCOM, Iraq once again ends cooperation with the United Nations inspectors, alternately intimidating and withholding information from them.
Current events of November 24, 1998 (1998-11-24) (Tuesday) :
Second Congo War: Reports from the Republic of the Congo say that twelve people drowned in a Congolese river when a marine patrol boat tried to intercept a canoe in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. River traffic was suspended between the two countries for security reasons after the Second Congo War began. (BBC)America Online announces it will acquire Netscape Communications in a stock-for-stock transaction worth US$4.2 billion.A declassified report by Swiss IOC official Marc Hodler reveals that bribes had been used to bring the 2002 Winter Olympics to Salt Lake City during bidding process in 1995. The International Olympic Committee, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, the United States Olympic Committee and the United States Department of Justice immediately launch an investigation into the scandal.
Current events of November 26, 1998 (1998-11-26) (Thursday) :
Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Dáil Éireann, the Republic of Ireland's parliament.Japan and China sign the Japan-China Joint Declaration On Building a Partnership of Friendship and Cooperation for Peace and Development.
Current events of November 28, 1998 (1998-11-28) (Saturday) :
Floods devastate Bangladesh's rice fields. (CNN)
Current events of November 30, 1998 (1998-11-30) (Monday) :
Deutsche Bank announces a US$10 billion deal to buy Bankers Trust, thus creating the largest financial institution in the world.
Current events of December 1, 1998 (1998-12-01) (Tuesday) :
Exxon announces a US$73.7 billion deal to buy Mobil, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the second-largest company on the planet by revenue.
Current events of December 4, 1998 (1998-12-04) (Friday) :
The Space Shuttle Endeavour launches the first American component to the International Space Station, the 25,600 lb Unity module on STS-88. It docks with Zarya two days later.
Current events of December 5, 1998 (1998-12-05) (Saturday) :
D.C. United defeats Vasco da Gama 2–1 on aggregate to win the Interamerican Cup.
Current events of December 6, 1998 (1998-12-06) (Sunday) :
Hugo Chávez, politician and former member of the Venezuelan military, is elected President of Venezuela.
Current events of December 8, 1998 (1998-12-08) (Tuesday) :
Tadjena massacre in Algeria: 81 villagers are killed.
Current events of December 11, 1998 (1998-12-11) (Friday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq announces that United Nations weapons inspections will no longer take place on Friday, the Muslim day of rest. Iraq also refuses to provide test data from the production of missiles and engines.
Current events of December 14, 1998 (1998-12-14) (Monday) :
The Yugoslav Army ambushes a column of 140 Kosovo Liberation Army militants attempting to smuggle arms from Albania into Kosovo, killing 36.
Current events of December 16, 1998 (1998-12-16) (Wednesday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: U.S. President Bill Clinton orders airstrikes on Iraq. UNSCOM withdraws all weapons inspectors from Iraq.
Current events of December 17, 1998 (1998-12-17) (Thursday) :
Claudia Benton, of West University Place, Texas, is murdered in her house by Angel Maturino Resendiz.
Current events of December 19, 1998 (1998-12-19) (Saturday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi Vice-President Taha Yassin Ramadan announces that Iraq will no longer cooperate and declares that UNSCOM's "mission is over."Lewinsky scandal: President Bill Clinton is impeached by the United States House of Representatives.
Current events of December 21, 1998 (1998-12-21) (Monday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council members France, Germany and Russia call for sanctions to end against Iraq. The 3 Security Council members also call for UNSCOM to either be disbanded or for its role to be recast. The U.S. says it will veto any such proposal.
Current events of December 26, 1998 (1998-12-26) (Saturday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern "no-fly zones".Six sailors die and 5 yachts are lost in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, the biggest disaster in the race's history
Current events of December 29, 1998 (1998-12-29) (Tuesday) :
Khmer Rouge leaders apologize for the genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million in the 1970s.
Current events of December 31, 1998 (1998-12-31) (Thursday) :
The first leap second since June 30, 1997 occurs. In the eurozone, the currency rates of this day are fixed permanently.
Current events of February 4, 1999 (1999-02-04) (Thursday) :
Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by four plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming race-relations in the city.
Current events of February 5, 1999 (1999-02-05) (Friday) :
Mike Tyson is sentenced to a year's imprisonment, fined $5,000, and ordered to serve 2 years probation and perform 200 hours of community service for the August 31, 1998 assault on two people after a car accident.
Current events of February 7, 1999 (1999-02-07) (Sunday) :
King Hussein of Jordan dies from cancer, and his son Abdullah II inherits the throne.
Current events of February 10, 1999 (1999-02-10) (Wednesday) :
Avalanches in the French Alps near Geneva kill at least ten.
Current events of February 11, 1999 (1999-02-11) (Thursday) :
Pluto, a dwarf planet with an eccentric orbit, changes from the eighth to ninth planet furthest from the Sun. It had been the eighth furthest since 1979, and will be again from 2227 to 2247.
Current events of February 12, 1999 (1999-02-12) (Friday) :
President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trialJohn Myatt and John Drewe are sentenced for art forgery for one and six years, respectively.
Current events of February 15, 1999 (1999-02-15) (Monday) :
Rapper Big L, real name Lamont Coleman, is shot and killed with 7 bullets to the head and chest just blocks from his home in Harlem.
Current events of February 16, 1999 (1999-02-16) (Tuesday) :
In Uzbekistan a bomb explodes and gunfire is heard at the government headquarters in an apparent assassination attempt against President Islam Karimov.Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrested one of their rebel leaders, Abdullah Öcalan.In Jasper, Texas, testimony begins in the trial of John William King who is accused of dragging African American James Byrd Jr. to death in an apparent hate crime. King was later convicted and sentenced to the death penalty.
Current events of February 21, 1999 (1999-02-21) (Sunday) :
Turkey withdraws its troops from Iraq against the Kurdish rebels. (BBC)The Albertinkatu shootings in Helsinki, Finland: Three men are killed and one is wounded at a shooting range.
Current events of February 22, 1999 (1999-02-22) (Monday) :
Moderate Iraqi Shiite cleric Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr is assassinated. (New York Times)
Current events of February 23, 1999 (1999-02-23) (Tuesday) :
Eminem's 'The Slim Shady LP is released, following his 1997 EP 'The Slim Shady EP' and debut album 'Infinite'.Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.White supremacist John William King is found guilty of kidnapping and killing African American James Byrd Jr. by dragging him behind a truck for two miles (3 km).An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31.The R&B trio TLC releases their third album FanMail after their five year hiatus from the release of their second album in 1994, CrazySexyCool. It debuted at #1 on this billboard 200 and spent 5 non-consecutive weeks at #1. This was the last TLC studio album released with all three original members living, rapper Lisa Lopes would die in a treacherous car accident in Honduras just three years later, in 2002.
Current events of February 24, 1999 (1999-02-24) (Wednesday) :
LaGrand Case: The State of Arizona executes Karl LaGrand, a German national involved in an armed robbery that led to a death. Karl's brother Walter is executed a week later, in spite of Germany's legal action in the International Court of Justice to attempt to save him.
Current events of February 27, 1999 (1999-02-27) (Saturday) :
While trying to circumnavigate the world in a hot air balloon, Colin Prescot and Andy Elson set a new endurance record after being in a hot air balloon for 233 hours and 55 minutes.Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria's first elected president since mid-1983.
Current events of January 1, 1999 (1999-01-01) (Friday) :
The euro currency is introduced.An avalanche destroys a school gymnasium during New Year celebrations in Kangiqsualujjuaq in far northern Quebec, killing nine.Fernando Henrique Cardoso takes office as President of Brazil for the second time.
Current events of January 2, 1999 (1999-01-02) (Saturday) :
A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow at Milwaukee, Wisconsin and 19 inches (487 mm) at Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago, temperatures plunge to -13°F (-25°C), and 68 deaths are reported.
Current events of January 4, 1999 (1999-01-04) (Monday) :
Gunmen open fire on Shiite Muslims worshipping in an Islamabad mosque killing 16 people and injuring 25.
Current events of January 5, 1999 (1999-01-05) (Tuesday) :
Apple Computer releases the Power Macintosh G3 (Blue & White).
Current events of January 6, 1999 (1999-01-06) (Wednesday) :
Dennis Hastert becomes Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
Current events of January 7, 1999 (1999-01-07) (Thursday) :
Second Congo War: Zimbabwe says its military intervention in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is being funded by France, Libya and Angola. (BBC)
Current events of January 8, 1999 (1999-01-08) (Friday) :
3.4 million copies of the film The Rescuers are recalled after a photo of a topless woman was discovered in two of the 110,000 frames of the movie.
Current events of January 11, 1999 (1999-01-11) (Monday) :
Bülent Ecevit, of DSP forms the new government of Turkey (56th government, an interim government)
Current events of January 12, 1999 (1999-01-12) (Tuesday) :
The remains of Christina Marie Williams were found three miles (5 km) from her home on the old Fort Ord military base.Britney Spears releases her debut album.
Current events of January 13, 1999 (1999-01-13) (Wednesday) :
After fourteen years of playing NBA basketball, NBA superstar Michael Jordan announces his second retirement from basketball.
Current events of January 20, 1999 (1999-01-20) (Wednesday) :
The China News Service announces new government restrictions on Internet use aimed especially at Internet cafes.
Current events of January 21, 1999 (1999-01-21) (Thursday) :
War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 9,500 pounds (4.3 t) of cocaine aboard. The ship was headed for Houston, Texas.
Current events of January 25, 1999 (1999-01-25) (Monday) :
A 6.0 Richter scale earthquake hits western Colombia killing at least 1,000.
Current events of January 31, 1999 (1999-01-31) (Sunday) :
The Denver Broncos win their second consecutive Super Bowl, defeating the Atlanta Falcons, 34-19, in Super Bowl XXXIII.Family Guy debuts on Fox."Silent Hill" debuts for the original PlayStation console in North America
Current events of April 1, 1999 (1999-04-01) (Thursday) :
Nunavut, an Inuit homeland, part of the Northwest Territories becomes Canada's third territory.David L. Smith, the creator of the Melissa virus, is arrested at his brother's home in Eatontown, New Jersey, 6 days after introducing the virus to the Internet.
Current events of April 5, 1999 (1999-04-05) (Monday) :
Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over to Scottish authorities for eventual trial in the Netherlands. The United Nations suspends sanctions against LibyaIn Laramie, Wyoming, Russell Henderson pleads guilty to kidnapping and felony murder in order to avoid a possible death penalty conviction for the apparent hate crime killing of Matthew Shepard
Current events of April 7, 1999 (1999-04-07) (Wednesday) :
A bomb explodes in the Valley of the Fallen church in Spain; GRAPO claims responsibility.
Current events of April 9, 1999 (1999-04-09) (Friday) :
Ibrahim Baré Maînassara, president of Niger, is assassinated
Current events of April 17, 1999 (1999-04-17) (Saturday) :
A nail bomb explodes in the middle of a busy market in Brixton, South London
Current events of April 18, 1999 (1999-04-18) (Sunday) :
"The Great One" Wayne Gretzky plays his final game in the NHL.[1]
Current events of April 19, 1999 (1999-04-19) (Monday) : was officially introduced to the Internet, though MySpace-beta had been around since 1998
Current events of April 20, 1999 (1999-04-20) (Tuesday) :
Two Littleton, Colorado teenagers named Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold open fire on their teachers and fellow students. The teenagers killed twelve students and one teacher, and then killed themselves. See Columbine High School massacre. (BBC)
Current events of April 25, 1999 (1999-04-25) (Sunday) :
End of term for Tuanku Jaafar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman as the tenth Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
Current events of April 26, 1999 (1999-04-26) (Monday) :
Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah Al-Haj, Sultan of Selangor becomes the eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.British TV presenter Jill Dando is shot dead outside her home in Fulham, West London.(BBC)
Current events of April 30, 1999 (1999-04-30) (Friday) :
Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the total members to ten.A third nail bomb (see April 17) explodes in the Admiral Duncan pub in Old Compton Street, Soho, London, killing a pregnant woman and two friends and injuring seventy others, including her husband. This was part of a hate campaign against ethnic minorities and gay people by David Copeland.Cartoon Network's Fridays was first launched.
Current events of May 1, 1999 (1999-05-01) (Saturday) :
Three spectators were killed and eight others were injured at Lowe's Motor Speedway during an IRL race when a tire went into the grandstand.First episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, named "Help Wanted".
Current events of May 2, 1999 (1999-05-02) (Sunday) :
Norman J. Sirnic and Karen Sirnic are murdered by Angel Maturino Resendiz in a parsonage in Weimar, Texas. They were his fourth and fifth victims in his fourth incident.
Current events of May 3, 1999 (1999-05-03) (Monday) :
Photo driver licences and banknotes made out of polymer substrate are introduced to New Zealand.An F5 tornado slams into Oklahoma City, Oklahoma killing 38 people. This was the second strongest tornado ever recorded in United States history. (See 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak). A possible tornado outbreak that has a similar force to it will take place sometime in the next 250-500 years.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time. It closes at 11,014.70.
Current events of May 5, 1999 (1999-05-05) (Wednesday) :
Microsoft releases Windows 98 Second Edition.
Current events of May 6, 1999 (1999-05-06) (Thursday) :
Elections are held in Scotland and Wales for the new Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales.
Current events of May 7, 1999 (1999-05-07) (Friday) :
A jury finds The Jenny Jones Show and Warner Bros. liable in the shooting death of Scott Amedure after the show purposely deceived Jonathan Schmitz to appear on a secret same-sex crush episode.Kosovo War: In Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, three Chinese embassy workers are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft mistakenly bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.In Guinea-Bissau, President João Bernardo Vieira is ousted in a military coup.
Current events of May 8, 1999 (1999-05-08) (Saturday) :
Goalkeeper Jimmy Glass saved Carlisle United from certain relegation when he scored last minute goal against Plymouth Argyle and relegate Scarborough instead.Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet to graduate from The Military College of South Carolina.Actress Dana Plato commits suicide the day after appearing on Howard Stern.
Current events of May 11, 1999 (1999-05-11) (Tuesday) :
Starting late on May 10 and continuing through the early hours of May 12, NASA's ACE and Wind spacecraft each observed that the density of the solar wind dropped by more than 98%. (NASA Science)
Current events of May 12, 1999 (1999-05-12) (Wednesday) :
David Steel becomes the first Presiding Officer (speaker) of the modern Scottish Parliament.
Current events of May 13, 1999 (1999-05-13) (Thursday) :
In Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi is elected President of the republic.
Current events of May 17, 1999 (1999-05-17) (Monday) :
Ehud Barak is elected prime minister of Israel.
Current events of May 18, 1999 (1999-05-18) (Tuesday) :
The Backstreet Boys release their album, Millennium.
Current events of May 19, 1999 (1999-05-19) (Wednesday) :
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace is released in theaters.
Current events of May 23, 1999 (1999-05-23) (Sunday) :
Bluetooth is announced.
Current events of May 23, 1999 (1999-05-23) (Sunday) :
Kansas City, Missouri, wrestler Owen Hart (Blue Blazer) falls 78 feet (24 m) to his death while being lowered into a World Wrestling Federation ring during WWF Over the Edge.
Current events of May 26, 1999 (1999-05-26) (Wednesday) :
Indian Air Force launches attack on intruding Pakistan backed militants in Kashmir sparking the Kargil War.Manchester United win the UEFA Champions League at the Nou Camp stadium, Barcelona, beating Bayern Munich to lift their third major trophy in their unprecedented Treble, after winning the English Premier League and FA Cup.Madejczyk Massacre Averted, Bridgman, Michigan school shooting plot.The first Welsh Assembly for over 600 years opens in Cardiff.India wins the cricket match against Sri Lanka in the 1999 Cricket World Cup by 157 runs.
Current events of May 27, 1999 (1999-05-27) (Thursday) :
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.
Current events of May 28, 1999 (1999-05-28) (Friday) :
In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci's newly-restored masterpiece The Last Supper is put back on display.
Current events of May 31, 1999 (1999-05-31) (Monday) :
Olusegun Obasanjo is elected President of Nigeria.
Current events of March 1, 1999 (1999-03-01) (Monday) :
One of four bombs detonated in Lusaka, Zambia, destroys the Angolan Embassy.Rwandan Hutu rebels kill and hack to pieces eight foreign tourists at the Buhoma homestead, UgandaThe Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines comes into force.
Current events of March 3, 1999 (1999-03-03) (Wednesday) :
Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones begin their attempt to circumnavigate the world in a hot air balloon without stopping. Their journey ended in success on March 21.Walter LaGrand is executed by means of gas chamber.
Current events of March 4, 1999 (1999-03-04) (Thursday) :
Monica Lewinsky's book detailing her affair with Bill Clinton goes on sale in the United States.In a military court, Captain Richard Ashby of the United States Marines is acquitted of the charge of reckless flying which resulted in the deaths of twenty skiers in the Italian Alps when his low-flying jet hit a gondola lift cable.
Current events of March 12, 1999 (1999-03-12) (Friday) :
Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic join NATO.
Current events of March 15, 1999 (1999-03-15) (Monday) :
The European Commission under the presidency of Jacques Santer resigns over allegations of corruption.
Current events of March 17, 1999 (1999-03-17) (Wednesday) :
The Roth 401(k) is introduced by U.S. Senator William Roth.
Current events of March 20, 1999 (1999-03-20) (Saturday) :
Serbs launch an offensive in Kosovo.
Current events of March 21, 1999 (1999-03-21) (Sunday) :
Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
Current events of March 22, 1999 (1999-03-22) (Monday) :
US pro-euthanasia doctor Jack Kevorkian goes on trial for murder in Pontiac, Michigan. He is later convicted of second-degree murder
Current events of March 23, 1999 (1999-03-23) (Tuesday) :
Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis María Argaña.
Current events of March 24, 1999 (1999-03-24) (Wednesday) :
NATO launches air strikes in Federal Republic of Yugoslavia which was force to sign a peace treaty. This marks the first time NATO attacked a sovereign countryFire in the Mont Blanc Tunnel kills thirty nine people, closing the tunnel for nearly three years.
Current events of March 26, 1999 (1999-03-26) (Friday) :
The Melissa worm attacks the Internet.A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man (the incident was videotaped and aired on September 17, 1998 edition of 60 Minutes)
Current events of March 29, 1999 (1999-03-29) (Monday) :
For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10000 mark at 10006.78.
Current events of March 31, 1999 (1999-03-31) (Wednesday) :
The Matrix, first episode of the Matrix trilogy movies, is released in theaters.
Current events of June 1, 1999 (1999-06-01) (Tuesday) :
The initial release of Napster'solid - the socialist youth is formed in Hannover, GermanyAmerican Airlines Flight 1420 crashes in Little Rock.
Current events of June 2, 1999 (1999-06-02) (Wednesday) :
After decades of fighting off outside technological influences like television, the King of Bhutan allows television transmissions to commence in the Kingdom for the first time, coinciding with the King's silver jubilee (see Bhutan Broadcasting Service).
Current events of June 5, 1999 (1999-06-05) (Saturday) :
The AIS, the armed wing of FIS, agrees in principle to disband in Algeria.
Current events of June 6, 1999 (1999-06-06) (Sunday) :
In Brazil, 345 prisoners escape from Putim prison through the front gate.
Current events of June 8, 1999 (1999-06-08) (Tuesday) :
The government of Colombia announces it will include the estimated value of the country's illegal drug crops, exceeding half a billion US dollars, in its gross national product.
Current events of June 9, 1999 (1999-06-09) (Wednesday) :
Kosovo War: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and NATO sign a peace treaty.
Current events of June 10, 1999 (1999-06-10) (Thursday) :
Kosovo War: NATO suspends its air strikes after Slobodan Milošević agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.June 10-June 13: elections are held for the European Parliament.
Current events of June 12, 1999 (1999-06-12) (Saturday) :
Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian begins - NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping force KFOR enter the province of Kosovo in Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.Texas Governor George W. Bush announces his intention to seek the Republican Party's nomination for President of the United States.
Current events of June 15, 1999 (1999-06-15) (Tuesday) :
George Morber Senior and Carolyn Frederick are murdered by Angel Maturino Resendiz in Gorham, Illinois. They are his eighth and ninth victims, in his seventh and final incident.
Current events of June 18, 1999 (1999-06-18) (Friday) :
The J18 international anti-globalization protests was organized in dozens of cities around the world, some of which led to riots.
Current events of June 19, 1999 (1999-06-19) (Saturday) :
The Dallas Stars defeated the Buffalo Sabres in triple overtime of game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals to win their first Stanley Cup. Brett Hull scored the controversial cup-winning goal to seal the victory.Stephen King is struck by a vehicle while out for a walk near his home in Maine.
Current events of June 21, 1999 (1999-06-21) (Monday) :
Apple Computer released the first iBook
Current events of July 6, 1999 (1999-07-06) (Tuesday) :
Barry Winchell, a homosexual soldier in the U.S. military, dies of head wounds at a hospital after being hit in the head with a baseball bat by a fellow soldier the previous day.
Current events of July 7, 1999 (1999-07-07) (Wednesday) :
In Rome, Hicham El Guerrouj runs the fastest mile ever recorded. His time was a mere 3:43:13
Current events of July 8, 1999 (1999-07-08) (Thursday) :
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is released.Astronaut Pete Conrad dies after a motorcycle accident. (Los Angeles Times)
Current events of July 11, 1999 (1999-07-11) (Sunday) :
India recaptures Kargil as Pakistan pulls out its troops and militants after international condemnation. India claims victory in the two-month conflict.
Current events of July 16, 1999 (1999-07-16) (Friday) :
Off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, a plane piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. crashes, killing him, his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and his sister-in-law Lauren Bessette.
Current events of July 17, 1999 (1999-07-17) (Saturday) :
The Pabok Regional County Municipality in Quebec, Canada is renamed to Le Rocher-Percé after the Percé Rock.Studio Ghibli releases the animated film My Neighbors the Yamadas.The band Earth, Wind & Fire performs in the Live by Request concert series.Two main-belt asteroids are discovered: 21650 Tilgner by Stefano Sposetti, and 19612 Noordung at Črni Vrh Observatory.The final game of the 1999 FIVB Volleyball World League tournament takes place in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Italy beats Cuba 3:1 to become the champion. (OSSCG)Jack Howell plays his final baseball game, with the Astros.
Current events of July 20, 1999 (1999-07-20) (Tuesday) :
Mercury program: Liberty Bell 7 is raised from the Atlantic Ocean. (CNN)
Current events of July 21, 1999 (1999-07-21) (Wednesday) :
Two divers die in the Deer Island Outfall Tunnel during a project to remove safety plugs inside risers leading from the tunnel to the bottom of Massachusetts Bay. (Associated Press)
Current events of July 22, 1999 (1999-07-22) (Thursday) :
The nationwide persecution of Falun Gong starts in the People's Republic of China.Former drummer of Megadeth, Gar Samuelson, dies. He was part of the original Megadeth lineup.
Current events of July 23, 1999 (1999-07-23) (Friday) :
Mohammed VI of Morocco becomes king.July 23 to July 25 - Woodstock 99 festival held in New York.Hijack of ANA Flight 61 in Tokyo.
Current events of July 25, 1999 (1999-07-25) (Sunday) :
Lance Armstrong wins his first Tour de France.
Current events of July 27, 1999 (1999-07-27) (Tuesday) :
21 die in a canyoning disaster near Interlaken, Switzerland.
Current events of July 31, 1999 (1999-07-31) (Saturday) :
NASA intentionally crashes the Lunar Prospector spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon's surface.
Current events of August 2, 1999 (1999-08-02) (Monday) :
M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense is released into theaters.
Current events of August 8, 1999 (1999-08-08) (Sunday) :
ABC's Who Wants To Be a Millionaire premieres, hosted by Regis Philbin, and gives the contestants a chance at $1,000,000.The first edition of the Callatis Festival, the largest music and culture festival in Romania.Mystery Science Theater 3000 ends its 10-year run on cable television.
Current events of August 9, 1999 (1999-08-09) (Monday) :
Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet
Current events of August 10, 1999 (1999-08-10) (Tuesday) :
Buford O. Furrow, Jr. wounds five and kills one during the August 1999 Los Angeles Jewish Community Center shootingAtlantique Incident occurs as an intruding Pakistan Navy plane is shot down in India. The incident sparks tensions between the two nations, coming just a month after the end of the Kargil War.
Current events of August 11, 1999 (1999-08-11) (Wednesday) :
Total solar eclipse in Europe and AsiaAn F-2 tornado rips through downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, killing one person and injuring 80.
Current events of August 14, 1999 (1999-08-14) (Saturday) :
Work is completed on the Øresund Bridge, connecting Denmark and Sweden.
Current events of August 17, 1999 (1999-08-17) (Tuesday) :
A 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes Istanbul and northwestern Turkey, killing more than 17,000 and injuring 44,000.
Current events of August 19, 1999 (1999-08-19) (Thursday) :
In Belgrade, tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milošević
Current events of August 22, 1999 (1999-08-22) (Sunday) :
Mandarin Airlines Flight 642 crashed in Hong Kong
Current events of August 26, 1999 (1999-08-26) (Thursday) :
Michael Johnson captures the 400 m world record.The pilot episode of SmackDown! aired
Current events of September 7, 1999 (1999-09-07) (Tuesday) :
A powerful, magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Athens, killing 143 people and injuring more than 2,000.Viacom and CBS merge.
Current events of September 8, 1999 (1999-09-08) (Wednesday) :
First of a series of Russian apartment bombings. Subsequent bombings occurred on September 1 and September 16, while a bombing on September 22 failed.
Current events of September 9, 1999 (1999-09-09) (Thursday) :
Sega publicly distributed their final video game system in North America which was the Dreamcast with 19 launch titles, breaking video game and entertainment sales records in the first 24 sale hours.The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony airs from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
Current events of September 14, 1999 (1999-09-14) (Tuesday) :
Kiribati, Nauru, and Tonga join the United Nations.
Current events of September 21, 1999 (1999-09-21) (Tuesday) :
921 earthquake in central Taiwan kills about 2,400 people.
Current events of September 28, 1999 (1999-09-28) (Tuesday) :
Muse sell their first studio album Showbiz.
Current events of October 3, 1999 (1999-10-03) (Sunday) :
Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara, head writers in the WWF during its most successful time in history, sign with rival company WCW.
Current events of October 5, 1999 (1999-10-05) (Tuesday) :
Thirty-one people die in the Ladbroke Grove rail crash, west of London, England.
Current events of October 7, 1999 (1999-10-07) (Thursday) :
The United States Congress passed a managed care bill allowing patients to sue HMOs.The first DIY SOS episode is broadcast.
Current events of October 12, 1999 (1999-10-12) (Tuesday) :
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attempts to dismiss Army Chief General Pervez Musharraf and install ISI director Ziauddin Butt in his place. Senior Army generals refuse to accept the dismissal. Musharraf, who was out of the country, attempts to return in a commercial airliner. Sharif orders the Karachi airport to not allow the plane to land. The generals lead a coup, ousting Sharif's administration and taking over the airport. The plane lands with only a few minutes of fuel to spare, and Musharraf takes control of the government.The 6 billionth person in the world, according to the UN is born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Current events of October 13, 1999 (1999-10-13) (Wednesday) :
The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
Current events of October 15, 1999 (1999-10-15) (Friday) :
National Geographic Society reveals the fossil of Archaeoraptor in a press conference (the fossil is later found to be a forgery).The NRL excluded a number of teams from the Australian NRL Rugby League competition as a result of the Super League war. Excluded were the South Sydney Rabbitohs who successfully contested their omission in 2001. Other teams were cut previously prior to 1999, or forced to merge.
Current events of October 18, 1999 (1999-10-18) (Monday) :
Russo and Ferrara's first Monday Nitro with them at the helm of creative airs.Goku first goes Super Saiyan for american audiences.
Current events of October 25, 1999 (1999-10-25) (Monday) :
Golfer Payne Stewart, 42, dies in an aircraft accident.
Current events of October 27, 1999 (1999-10-27) (Wednesday) :
Gunmen open fire in the Armenian parliament killing Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan, Parliament Chairman Karen Demirchyan and 6 other members.The New York Yankees complete a 4 game sweep of the Atlanta Braves to win their second consecutive World Series.
Current events of October 31, 1999 (1999-10-31) (Sunday) :
EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.Roman Catholic Church and Lutheran Church leaders sign the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, ending a centuries-old doctrinal dispute over the nature of faith and salvation.Nerf Arena Blast is released by Atari, Inc. and Visionary Media, Inc..
Current events of November 5, 1999 (1999-11-05) (Friday) :
United States v. Microsoft: US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issues a preliminary ruling that the software company Microsoft had "monopoly power" (on April 3, 2000, Jackson found that Microsoft violated the Sherman Anti-Trust Act).
Current events of November 6, 1999 (1999-11-06) (Saturday) :
Australians vote to keep the British Queen as their head of state.Australia win over France to win the 1999 Rugby world Cup at Millennium Stadium.
Current events of November 9, 1999 (1999-11-09) (Tuesday) :
TAESA Flight 725, went down a few minutes after leaving the Uruapan airport en route to Mexico City. One hundred and twelve people were killed in the accident.
Current events of November 12, 1999 (1999-11-12) (Friday) :
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Duzce and northwestern Turkey.
Current events of November 15, 1999 (1999-11-15) (Monday) :
Neopets, the virtual pet website, is launched.
Current events of November 18, 1999 (1999-11-18) (Thursday) :
In College Station, Texas, 12 people are killed and 27 injured when Texas A&M University's Aggie Bonfire collapses during construction of the Bonfire.Near Tshikapa, Democratic Republic of Congo, a Convair CV-580 operated by Compagnie Aérienne Africaine crashes on a forced landing due to no. 2 engine problems. There are no fatalities.In Istanbul, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) ends a two-day summit by calling for a political settlement in Chechnya and adopting a Charter for European Security
Current events of November 19, 1999 (1999-11-19) (Friday) :
The People's Republic of China launches the first Shenzhou spacecraft.John Carpenter becomes the first millionaire on any quiz show thanks to Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
Current events of November 22, 1999 (1999-11-22) (Monday) :
Wayne Gretzky is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, his number 99 permanently retired by the NHL.
Current events of November 26, 1999 (1999-11-26) (Friday) :
Earthquake and Tsunami in Vanuatu
Current events of November 27, 1999 (1999-11-27) (Saturday) :
Labour Party elected in New Zealand general election. Helen Clark first Elected Woman Prime Minister in New Zealand History.The last ever episode of Hey Hey It's Saturday goes to air on Channel Nine in Australia ending a 40-year history of live television from TCN-9 and GTV-9.
Current events of November 28, 1999 (1999-11-28) (Sunday) :
A man wielding a samurai sword enters St Andrews Catholic Church in Thornton Heath and injures 11Jorge Batlle for the Colorado Party is elected president of Uruguay
Current events of November 29, 1999 (1999-11-29) (Monday) :
General election in Malaysia.
Current events of November 30, 1999 (1999-11-30) (Tuesday) :
In Seattle, the first major mobilization of the anti-globalization movement catches police unprepared and forces the cancellation of the opening ceremonies of the WTO Meeting of 1999 (protests end on December 3).
Current events of December 2, 1999 (1999-12-02) (Thursday) :
The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive.
Current events of December 3, 1999 (1999-12-03) (Friday) :
After rowing for 81 days and 2,962 nautical miles (5486 km), Tori Murden becomes the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by rowboat alone when she reaches Guadeloupe from the Canary IslandsNASA loses radio contact with the Mars Polar Lander moments before the spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere.Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse fire - A massive fire occurs at an abandoned cold storage and warehouse facility in Worcester, Massachusetts, killing six firefighters.
Current events of December 12, 1999 (1999-12-12) (Sunday) :
President Lt. General Umar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir of Sudan dismisses the National Assembly during an internal power struggle between him and speaker of the Parliament Hasan al-Turabi.
Current events of December 14, 1999 (1999-12-14) (Tuesday) :
Algerian Ahmed Ressam was arrested while crossing the Canada–United States border at Port Angeles, Washington when United States Customs found explosives in the trunk of his automobile. The arrest caused fears of a terrorist attack in the United States and was a major factor in the cancellation of a public New Year's celebration in Seattle. Ressam was later convicted in a plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on New Year's Eve.
Current events of December 15, 1999 (1999-12-15) (Wednesday) :
Torrential rains caused catastrophic floods and mudslides in the coastal regions of Venezuela, killing an estimated 25,000 people and leaving 100,000 others homeless.The MRT-3 Metrostar Express line is inaugurated between North Ave. and Taft Ave.
Current events of December 17, 1999 (1999-12-17) (Friday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: The United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (Unmovic) is created to replace UNSCOM. The U.N. Security council once again orders Iraq to allow inspections teams immediate and unconditional access to any weapons sites and facilities. Iraq rejects the resolution.
Current events of December 18, 1999 (1999-12-18) (Saturday) :
NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTER, CERES, MISR, MODIS and MOPITT.
Current events of December 20, 1999 (1999-12-20) (Monday) :
Macau is handed over to the People's Republic of China by Portugal.Vermont's Supreme Court orders the state to legalize same-sex unions.
Current events of December 21, 1999 (1999-12-21) (Tuesday) :
The Spanish Civil Guard intercepts near Calatayud (Zaragoza) a Madrid-bound van driven by ETA and loaded with 950 kg of explosives. The next day, another van loaded with 750 kg is found not far from there. The incident is known as "la caravana de la muerte" (the caravan of death). Shortly after 9/11, ETA confirmed their plan had been to blow down Torre Picasso
Current events of December 24, 1999 (1999-12-24) (Friday) :
Indian Airlines Flight 814, which was en route from Kathmandu, Nepal to Delhi, India was hijacked and taken to Kandahar, Afghanistan
Current events of December 29, 1999 (1999-12-29) (Wednesday) :
Former Beatle George Harrison is stabbed several times in the chest by Michael Anram, who had broken into his home. Harrison's wife wrestles the knife out the assailant's hand before the police arrives. The man apparently believed that Harrison was the devil. He was later charged with attempted murder
Current events of December 30, 1999 (1999-12-30) (Thursday) :
Sarah Knauss dies at the age of 119. She was an American supercentenarian considered the "world's oldest person" by Guinness World Records from April 16, 1998 until her death at age 119.Bosnian authorities declare the northeast towns of Bosnia and Herzegovina a disaster zone due to severe flooding caused by melting snow. (BBC)
Current events of December 31, 1999 (1999-12-31) (Friday) :
Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, to be replaced by Vladimir Putin.Five hijackers, who had been holding 155 hostages on an Indian Airlines Flight 814 aeroplane, leave the aircraft with two Islamic clerics that they had demanded be freed.Popular Culture started celebrating the new Millennium and Century celebrations worldwide. It was also the last day of the 1990s decade.HM Queen Elizabeth II opens the Millennium Dome at Greenwich, London.Concerns of serious Y2K problems with computer systems.The Panama Canal Authority took over the administration of the Panama Canal as per the Torrijos–Carter Treaties.Sony removes support of all games on their PlayStation video game console.Godzilla 2000: Millennium is released in Japan
Current events of March 1, 2000 (2000-03-01) (Wednesday) :
The Constitution of Finland is rewritten.Hans Blix assumes the position of Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC.
Current events of March 9, 2000 (2000-03-09) (Thursday) :
A chartered Vologda Air Yakovlev Yak-40 stalls on takeoff and crashes at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, Russia, killing all nine people on board.FBI arrests suspected purveyor of art forgeries, Ely Sakhai, in New York City.
Current events of March 10, 2000 (2000-03-10) (Friday) :
The NASDAQ Composite Index reaches an all-time high of 5132.52. ([1])
Current events of March 18, 2000 (2000-03-18) (Saturday) :
2000 Taiwanese presidential election
Chen Shui-bian is elected President of the Republic of China.
Current events of March 20, 2000 (2000-03-20) (Monday) :
Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a former Black Panther, is captured after a gun battle that left a sheriff's deputy dead.
Current events of March 26, 2000 (2000-03-26) (Sunday) :
Austrian Airlines, Tyrolean Airways and Lauda Air join the Star Alliance.Presidential elections in Russia: Vladimir Putin elected President.
Current events of March 30, 2000 (2000-03-30) (Thursday) :
America's Cup 2000 retained by Team New Zealand near Auckland. Prada Challenge 2000 lost 0-5 in a "best-of-9".
Current events of January 1, 2000 (2000-01-01) (Saturday) :
Year 2000 problem
Y2K passes without the serious, widespread computer failures and malfunctions that had been predicted.The first day of the 21st century and 3rd millennium is celebrated worldwide, though not without debate.It is the first day of the 2000s decade.The piece Longplayer begins. It will last 1000 years, finishing on December 31, 2999.Following the creation of Ottawa "megacity", the city adopts a new flag.Szeged's universities are unified into a single institution called the University of Szeged.The hostages of Indian Airlines flight IC 814 return home after the Government of India releases the prisoners demanded by the hijackers.Sweden disestablishes the Church of Sweden as the official state religion.2000 Rose Bowl
In front of a crowd of 93,731 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, the Wisconsin Badgers defeat the Stanford Cardinal by a score of 17–9.
Current events of January 2, 2000 (2000-01-02) (Sunday) :
Kosheh massacres
21 Coptic Christians were the victims of a massacre in el-Kosheh village in Upper Egypt, located 450 kilometres south of Cairo.Concert de Gaudi, a concerto for classical guitar and orchestra by the American composer Christopher Rouse, premieres in Hamburg, Germany.The Hofstra Arena in Hempstead, New York opens. The arena hosted the final Presidential Debate of the 2008 United States presidential election between John McCain and Barack Obama, as well as, the second debate of the 2012 presidential election between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, and the first debate of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump of the 2016 election.Disappearance of Zebb Quinn
Zebb Quinn, an American man who goes missing in Asheville, North Carolina. Quinn was 18 years old and working at a Walmart in Asheville when he disappeared. As of 2017, his case remains unsolved.Adam Kontras posts a video alongside a blog entry, marking the first post on what would later become the longest-running video blog in history.
Current events of January 3, 2000 (2000-01-03) (Monday) :
The final daily original Peanuts comic strip is published.Yahoo! stocks closing at an all-time high of $118.75 a share.In Shepherdstown, West Virginia, is the site of the Peace Talks between Israel and Syria where both sides were urged to make the hard choices needed to end a half-century of conflict.
Current events of January 4, 2000 (2000-01-04) (Tuesday) :
The Autonomous Region of Sicily, in Italy adopts a new flag.Air Canada acquires their largest rival, Canadian Airlines.Åsta accident
In Åsta, Åmot, Norway, two diesel passenger trains collide, killing 19, while 67 survives. The fire after the collision lasts nearly six hours.The trophy for the inaugural competition of the FIFA Club World Championship is presented for the first time at the Sheraton Hotels and Resorts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Current events of January 5, 2000 (2000-01-05) (Wednesday) :
2000 al-Qaeda Summit
The meeting is held until January 8 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The summit's purpose was allegedly to plan future attacks, which apparently included the bombing of the USS Cole on October 12, 2000 and the September 11 attacks in 2001.An LTTE suicide bomber blows herself up outside the office of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka killing 13 civilians and three police officers.Southern Illinois incident
Over the towns of Highland, Dupo, Lebanon, Shiloh, Summerfield, Millstadt and O'Fallon, Illinois, people reports a massive, silent, triangular operating at an unusual treetop level altitude and speeds.2000 FIFA Club World Championship
The inaugural tournament of the FIFA Club World Cup begins in Brazil.iTools (later known as .Mac and MobileMe), a free collection of Internet-based services, is launched by Apple Inc.
Current events of January 6, 2000 (2000-01-06) (Thursday) :
IRL driver Sam Schmidt is paralyzed after a crash in preseason testing at the Walt Disney World Speedway.The last Pyrenean ibex, a female named Celia, is found dead. She was killed by a fallen tree.Windows Media Player for Pocket PC is announced, since then, has been revised on a schedule roughly similar to that of the Windows version.
Current events of January 7, 2000 (2000-01-07) (Friday) :
Microsoft Corporation acquires Visio Corporation in a stock swap.
Current events of January 8, 2000 (2000-01-08) (Saturday) :
Music City Miracle
During the 1999–2000 NFL playoffs, one of the most memorable and debated plays in NFL history takes place at then-Adelphia Coliseum. The "Music City Miracle" was a last-minute trick play on a kickoff return that resulted in a touchdown and catapulted the Tennessee Titans past the Buffalo Bills to the Divisional Playoffs. It also ensured that the Titans would go undefeated in the first season in the team's new home. The victory is seen in front of a franchise-record crowd of 66,782.
Current events of January 9, 2000 (2000-01-09) (Sunday) :
The administration of Ecuador president Jamil Mahuad announces its intention to adopt the U.S. dollar as the official currency of the country to address the ongoing economic crisis. Subsequent protest led to the 2000 Ecuadorian coup d'état which saw Mahuad's removal from office and the elevation of Vice President Gustavo Noboa to the presidency.The Kingdome, a multi-purpose stadium in Seattle is closed.
Current events of January 10, 2000 (2000-01-10) (Monday) :
The Tama Toshi Monorail (Tama-Center Station) opens in Tokyo, Japan. This is a raised station with two tracks and two opposed side platforms, with the station building located underneath. It is a standardized station building for this monorail line.America On-line announces an agreement to buy Time Warner for $162 billion, becoming the largest-ever corporate merger.Crossair Flight 498
Crossair suffers the first fatal accident in its 25-year history when Crossair Flight 498 crashes in Niederhasli, Switzerland, after take off from Zurich, killing all 10 people on board.The Lady Franklin Point catches fire and is almost totally destroyed.
Current events of January 11, 2000 (2000-01-11) (Tuesday) :
Algerian Civil War
The armed wing of the Islamic Salvation Front concludes its negotiations with the government for an amnesty and disbands in Algeria.The trawler Solway Harvester sinks off the coast of Ramsey, Isle of Man.Singer Whitney Houston is caught with 15.2 grams of marihuana in her bag at a Hawaii airport. She boards her flight to San Francisco before police can arrive to arrest her.
Current events of January 12, 2000 (2000-01-12) (Wednesday) :
The Maputo and Incomati River burst their banks, directly affecting some 40,000, and flooding along the Incomati affected about 20,000 several days later.In the United Kingdom, the Ministry of Defence's policy since this day is to allow homosexual men, lesbians and transgender personnel to join any of the British Armed Forces, and discrimination on a sexual orientation basis is forbidden. It is also forbidden for someone to pressure LGBT people to come out.
Current events of January 13, 2000 (2000-01-13) (Thursday) :
Steve Ballmer is named chief executive officer of Microsoft.2000 Marsa Brega Short 360 crash
A full-loaded Swiss-registered Short 360 leased by Avisto ditched into the sea near Marsa Brega in Libya. The aircraft was chartered by Sirte Oil Company to transport oil workers to the city. It was carrying 38 passengers and 3 crews. As both engines failed in mid-flight, the crew chose to ditch the aircraft. The crash claimed the lives of 21 people.66-year-old Raymond York becomes the first jockey to ride in seven different decades.
Current events of January 14, 2000 (2000-01-14) (Friday) :
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 11,722.98 at the peak of the Dot-com bubble.Dayton-Hudson is renamed the Target Corporation.2000 Yunnan earthquake
An earthquake measuring 5.9 in magnitude occurres in the Yunnan province in southwest China, killing 7 people and injuring at least 2,528 more. Almost 41,000 homes were levelled by the earthquake.2000 FIFA Club World Championship
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista from Brazil becomes the first winner of the championship.Ross Perot Jr.'s group sells the Dallas Mavericks to Internet entrepreneur and season ticket-holder Mark Cuban for $285 million.U.S. Government announce restrictions on export of cryptography are relaxed (although not removed). This allows many US companies to stop the long running process of having to create US and international copies of their software.
Current events of January 15, 2000 (2000-01-15) (Saturday) :
Željko Ražnatović, better known as Arkan, is assassinated in the lobby of Belgrade's elite InterContinental Hotel. He was on Interpol's most wanted list in the 1970s and 1980s for robberies and murders committed in a number of countries across Europe. Until his death, he was the most powerful crime boss in the Balkans.
Current events of January 16, 2000 (2000-01-16) (Sunday) :
Chilean presidential election, 1999–2000
In the second round run-off, Ricardo Lagos is elected president of Chile, as candidate of the Party for Democracy.
Current events of January 17, 2000 (2000-01-17) (Monday) :
In the United States, for the first time, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is officially observed in all fifty states.The Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area, 1992, enters into force.Maxim Petrov, nicknamed Doctor Death by the media, a Russian serial killer, is arrested, convicted for the killing of 12 people in St. Petersburg between 1999 and 2000.
Current events of January 18, 2000 (2000-01-18) (Tuesday) :
At 16:43 UT, the Tagish Lake meteorite lands in the Tagish Lake area in northwestern British Columbia, Canada.
Current events of January 19, 2000 (2000-01-19) (Wednesday) :
Hedy Lamarr, Austrian actress and inventor, dies at age of 85.Boland Hall fire
Three students died and 54 were injured in a dormitory fire at Seton Hall University. Two students were charged with murder and arson for allegedly setting the fire.The Charleston Five are brought up of felony charges of conspiracy to invite a riot in Charleston, South Carolina.The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, in the United States, initials the first standards group dedicated towards developing digital cinema.
Current events of January 20, 2000 (2000-01-20) (Thursday) :
In Belgrade, around 10,000 people attend the funeral of Arkan. He is buried at the Belgrade's New Cemetery with military honors by his volunteers and with funeral rites.A digital cable and satellite network dedicated to the soap operas, SOAPnet, begins re-airing soaps that originally aired on ABC, NBC and CBS.Table Mountain Fire (2000)
After four days, the veld fire is put out. Over 10,000 ha were burned across the Western Cape, in South Africa.
Current events of January 21, 2000 (2000-01-21) (Friday) :
2000 Ecuadorian coup d'état
Amidst a economic crisis, a coup d'état takes place in Ecuador, resulting in President Jamil Mahuad being sent into exile, and replaced by Vice President Gustavo Noboa.January 2000 lunar eclipse
A total lunar eclipse takes place, the first of two total lunar eclipses of the year.
Current events of January 22, 2000 (2000-01-22) (Saturday) :
Gustavo Noboa becomes President of Ecuador, after Jamil Mahuad is sent into exile.2000 African Cup of Nations
The 22nd edition of the African Cup of Nations begins in Ghana and Nigeria.
Current events of January 23, 2000 (2000-01-23) (Sunday) :
57th Golden Globe Awards
The Sopranos wins the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama; Sex and the City wins for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy,
Toy Story 2 wins the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy while American Beauty wins the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama.Royal Rumble 2000
The Rock defeats the Big Show, winning the main event, the Royal Rumble match.
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The January 2000 North American blizzard is dissipated. The storm was one of the most powerful winter storms on record in parts of the United States.Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashes off the coast of Ivory Coast into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 169.The 2000 Baia Mare cyanide spill occurs near Baia Mare, Romania, into the Someş River.The Super Bowl XXXIV took place at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. The half time adverts featured seventeen dot-com companies (most memorably that each paid over $2 million for a 30-second spot.
Current events of January 31, 2000 (2000-01-31) (Monday) :
Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crashes off the California coast, into the Pacific Ocean, killing 88.Dr. Harold Shipman is sentenced to life in prison for murder of at least 15 of his patients out of 365 suspected victims.
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Brühl train disaster
In Brühl, Germany, 9 people are killed when a train negotiated a low speed turnout at three times the correct speed and derailed, on the West Rhine Railway.Tarja Halonen is elected the first Finnish female president.
Current events of February 12, 2000 (2000-02-12) (Saturday) :
Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Tom Landry, Charles M. Schulz, and Oliver die, of unrelated causes.
Current events of February 13, 2000 (2000-02-13) (Sunday) :
The final original Peanuts comic strip is published.
Current events of February 16, 2000 (2000-02-16) (Wednesday) :
Archbishop Desmond Tutu makes an address at the University of Toronto. (University of Toronto)UMBC's Poetry Symposium takes place, with the participation of poets Linda Pastan, Michael Harper, Ray Gonzalez, Leo Connellan, Forrest Gander, Derrick Gilbert, Terence Winch, and Michael Fallon. (UMBC)
Current events of February 29, 2000 (2000-02-29) (Tuesday) :
This leap day is the last in a turn-of-the-century leap year until February 29, 2400.Shooting of Kayla Rolland
Six-year-old Dedrick Owens shoots and kills Kayla Rolland, also six years old, at Theo J. Buell Elementary School in Mount Morris Township, Michigan. Rolland is currently the youngest victim of a school shooting. (CNN)
Current events of April 1, 2000 (2000-04-01) (Saturday) :
Boomerang is first broadcast on television in the United States.Singapore Airlines joins the Star Alliance.Japanese prime minister Obuchi Keizo suffers a stroke and falls into a coma.Due to unpopularity, Microsoft decides to discontinue Microsoft Vizact, a program that allowed creation of interactive documents.The website Rotten Tomatoes is officially launched on a full-time basis.The 2000 United States Census is conducted.
Current events of April 3, 2000 (2000-04-03) (Monday) :
United States v. Microsoft: Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors.
Current events of April 5, 2000 (2000-04-05) (Wednesday) :
Mori Yoshiro replaces Keizō Obuchi as prime minister of Japan.
Current events of April 7, 2000 (2000-04-07) (Friday) :
Attack submarine ex-Trepang completes being recycled.
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Tuanku Syed Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail, Raja of Perlis dies after a reign of 55 years. He was the longest reigning monarch in the world since the death of Hirohito, Emperor of Japan.Surekha Yadav drove first ladies special local train for Central Railway.
Current events of April 17, 2000 (2000-04-17) (Monday) :
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin becomes Raja of Perlis.
Current events of April 22, 2000 (2000-04-22) (Saturday) :
In a predawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elián González from his relatives' home in Miami, Florida, and fly him to his Cuban father in Washington, DC, ending one of the most publicized custody battles in US history.
Current events of April 25, 2000 (2000-04-25) (Tuesday) :
The State of Vermont passes HB847, legalizing Civil Unions for same-sex couples.
Current events of July 2, 2000 (2000-07-02) (Sunday) :
A Philippine Air Force GAF Nomad experiences possible engine trouble after takeoff from Cagayancillo Airport on Cagayancillo off Palawan in the Philippines. Its pilot attempts to return to the airport, but the plane overshoots the runway and crashes into the Sulu Sea, killing 11 of the 12 people on board. Philippine governor Salvatore Socrates and Philippine Air Force Major General Santiago Madrid are among the dead.Mexican general election, 2000
Vicente Fox is elected president of Mexico, as candidate of the rightist National Action Party, ending 71 years of Institutional Revolutionary Party rule.UEFA Euro 2000
France beat Italy 2–1 in extra time with a golden goal at the final of the UEFA Euro 2000.
Current events of July 10, 2000 (2000-07-10) (Monday) :
EADS is formed by the merger of Aérospatiale-Matra, Dornier Flugzeugwerke, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG and Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA.In southern Nigeria, a leaking petroleum pipeline explodes killing about 250 villagers who were scavenging for gasoline.Bashar al-Assad is confirmed as Syria's leader in a national referendum following the death of his father, Hafez al-Assad.
Current events of July 14, 2000 (2000-07-14) (Friday) :
At Pine Lake in Central Alberta, a tornado tears through the Green Acres Campground killing 12 people and critically injuring more than 60.The first series of Big Brother UK starts.A powerful solar flare, later named the Bastille Day event, causes a geomagnetic storm on Earth.
Current events of July 17, 2000 (2000-07-17) (Monday) :
After coming in too high to make a successful landing at Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport in Patna, India, Alliance Air Flight 7412, a Boeing 737-2A8, attempts to make a 360-degree left turn for another landing attempt but stalls and crashes, killing 55 of the 58 people on board and injuring all three survivors. On the ground, five more people die and two are injured.The 10th President of Syria, Bashar al Assad, assumed office.
Current events of July 18, 2000 (2000-07-18) (Tuesday) :
Alex Salmond resigns as the leader of the Scottish National Party.
Current events of July 25, 2000 (2000-07-25) (Tuesday) :
Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, crashes into a hotel in Gonesse just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 5 on the ground.
Current events of June 4, 2000 (2000-06-04) (Sunday) :
An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 strikes in Bengkulu, Indonesia, killing 90 people and injuring 2000 more. (Boston University)
Current events of June 16, 2000 (2000-06-16) (Friday) :
Susan Sarandon opens cheese speciality shop in Paris, France.
Current events of June 21, 2000 (2000-06-21) (Wednesday) :
Section 28, a law preventing the promotion of homosexuality is repealed by the Scottish Parliament.
Current events of June 23, 2000 (2000-06-23) (Friday) :
Palace Backpackers Hostel fire in Childers, Queensland, Australia, kills 15 people.
Current events of June 30, 2000 (2000-06-30) (Friday) :
During a set of the band Pearl Jam at the Roskilde Festival near Copenhagen, 9 died and 26 are injured in the crowd.
Current events of August 8, 2000 (2000-08-08) (Tuesday) :
Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor.A coalition of 28 U.S. states file a lawsuit against the major record labels, accusing them of keeping the prices of CDs fixed at artificially high prices since 1995.
Current events of August 12, 2000 (2000-08-12) (Saturday) :
Russian submarine Kursk sinks in the Barents Sea. All 118 men aboard die.
Current events of August 27, 2000 (2000-08-27) (Sunday) :
Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire, three people are killed.
Current events of August 28, 2000 (2000-08-28) (Monday) :
For the first time in history, religious and spiritual leaders of the world's diverse faith traditions came together in New York to discuss how to forge a partnership of peace with the United Nations. (UN Millennium Peace Summit)
Current events of May 3, 2000 (2000-05-03) (Wednesday) :
Computer pioneer Datapoint Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Current events of May 4, 2000 (2000-05-04) (Thursday) :
An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 strikes in Banggai Islands, Indonesia, killing 54 people.After originating in Philippines, the ILOVEYOU computer virus, spreads quickly through the world.A rare astronomical conjunction occurs on the New Moon including all seven of the traditional celestial bodies known from ancient times until the discovery of Uranus in 1781; this conjunction consists of the Sun and Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
Current events of May 5, 2000 (2000-05-05) (Friday) :
A rare conjunction occurs on the New Moon including all seven of the traditional celestial bodies known from ancient times up until 1781 with the discovery of Uranus. The conjunction consists of the Sun and Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.(NASA)
Current events of May 12, 2000 (2000-05-12) (Friday) :
The Tate Modern opens in London.
Current events of May 18, 2000 (2000-05-18) (Thursday) : collapses due to lack of funds after six months.
Current events of May 25, 2000 (2000-05-25) (Thursday) :
Reginald Chua hijacks Philippine Airlines Flight 812, an Airbus A330-301 with 290 other people on board, just before landing at Ninoy Aquino International Airport near Manila, Philippines. He demands the passengers place their valuables in a bag, and then attempts to jump from the plane via the rear door using a homemade parachute, but panics and instead clings to the door; a male flight attendant then pushes him from the door and he falls from the plane over, Antipolo, Rizal. His body is found three days later near Llabac in Real, Quezon.Israel withdraws IDF troops from southern Lebanon after 18 years.
Current events of May 28, 2000 (2000-05-28) (Sunday) :
The comic strip Bringing Up Father ends its 87-year run in newspapers.The volcano Mount Cameroon erupts.Roman Rasskazov of Russia set a new 10-km race walk world record in Saransk in a time of 37:11.
Current events of September 6, 2000 (2000-09-06) (Wednesday) :
In New York City, the United Nations Millennium Summit begins with more than 180 world leaders present.The last wholly Swedish-owned arms manufacturer, Bofors, is sold to American arms manufacturer United Defense.World leaders attend the Millennium Summit at the United Nations Headquarters (until September 8, 2000).
Current events of September 7, 2000 (2000-09-07) (Thursday) :
Rage Against the Machine's Tim Commerford is arrested for climbing on the set at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards after his band lost the award for Best Rock Video to Limp Bizkit. The director of Rage's "Sleep Now in the Fire" video, Michael Moore, suggests Commerford was probably "just bored" by the show. Britney Spears performed her hit single "Oops!... I Did It Again", becoming one of the VMA's most iconic and controversial performances due to her skin-coloured outfit. NSYNC performed their hit single "Bye Bye Bye", also becoming one of the VMA's most iconic performances ever.The UK fuel protests take place, with refineries blockaded, and supply to the country's network of petrol stations halted.
Current events of September 14, 2000 (2000-09-14) (Thursday) :
Microsoft releases Windows ME.End of UK Fuel protests.
Current events of September 15, 2000 (2000-09-15) (Friday) :
The 2000 Summer Olympics are opened in Sydney, Australia.
Current events of September 16, 2000 (2000-09-16) (Saturday) :
Ukrainian journalist Georgiy Gongadze is last seen alive; this day is taken as the commemoration date of his death.
Current events of September 27, 2000 (2000-09-27) (Wednesday) :
Anti-globalization protests in Prague, at the summit of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
Current events of September 28, 2000 (2000-09-28) (Thursday) :
Ariel Sharon with a large security detail visits the Temple Mount. Palestinian protest against his visit and the ongoing Israeli military occupation develops into the Al-Aqsa Intifada.WestQuay Shopping Centre opens in Southampton.
Current events of September 30, 2000 (2000-09-30) (Saturday) :
HM Prison Maze in Northern Ireland is closed.
Current events of November 1, 2000 (2000-11-01) (Wednesday) :
Serbia is admitted to the United Nations as the 190th member
Current events of November 2, 2000 (2000-11-02) (Thursday) :
The first resident crew enters the International Space Station.A mutiny takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Suva, Fiji. Four soldiers are killed.
Current events of November 3, 2000 (2000-11-03) (Friday) :
Widespread flooding throughout England and Wales after days of heavy rain.
Current events of November 4, 2000 (2000-11-04) (Saturday) :
Died: Stephanie Lawrence, 50, English musical theatre actress (liver disease)
Current events of November 5, 2000 (2000-11-05) (Sunday) :
Phil Goff, Foreign Minister of New Zealand, openly accuses Lieutenant Colonel Filipo Tarakinikini of involvement in the mutiny of November 2.Died: Roger Peyrefitte, 93, French diplomat and author
Current events of November 6, 2000 (2000-11-06) (Monday) :
Died: L. Sprague de Camp, 92, US science fiction and fantasy author
Current events of November 7, 2000 (2000-11-07) (Tuesday) :
U.S. presidential election, 2000: Republican challenger and Governor of Texas George W. Bush defeats Democrat Vice President Al Gore by the electoral college, despite Gore winning the popular votes, but the final outcome is not known for over a month because of disputed votes in Florida, until 12 December 2000 the US Supreme Court stop the recount.A criminal gang raids the Millennium Dome to steal The Millennium Star diamond but police surveillance catches them in the act.Hillary Clinton is elected to the United States Senate, becoming the first First Lady of the United States to win public office.Died: Former Queen Ingrid of Sweden, 90; Chidambaram Subramaniam, 90, Indian statesman
Current events of November 8, 2000 (2000-11-08) (Wednesday) :
The third and final stage of the Egyptian parliamentary election, 2000, ends in victory for the ruling National Democratic Party.
Current events of November 9, 2000 (2000-11-09) (Thursday) :
Died: Michel Demaret, 60, Belgian politician; Eric Morley, 82, English businessman and founder of the Miss World pageant
Current events of November 11, 2000 (2000-11-11) (Saturday) :
Kaprun disaster
155 skiers and snowboarders die when a train catches fire in an alpine tunnel in Kaprun, Austria
Current events of November 13, 2000 (2000-11-13) (Monday) :
Richard C. Duncan presents his paper, "The Peak of World Oil Production and the Road to the Olduvai Gorge", on the Olduvai theory (about the collapse of the industrial civilization), at the Summit 2000 Pardee Keynote Symposia of the Geological Society of America.
Current events of November 14, 2000 (2000-11-14) (Tuesday) :
Netscape Navigator version 6.0 is launched following two years of open source development creating a stable Mozilla web browser upon which it is based.
Current events of November 15, 2000 (2000-11-15) (Wednesday) :
A new Indian state called Jharkhand is formed carving out South Chhota Nagpur area from Bihar.
Current events of November 16, 2000 (2000-11-16) (Thursday) :
Bill Clinton becomes the first sitting US President to visit Vietnam.
Current events of November 17, 2000 (2000-11-17) (Friday) :
Catastrophical landslide in Log pod Mangartom, Slovenia, kills seven, and causes millions of SIT of damage. It is one of the worst catastrophes in Slovenia in the past 100 years.Alberto Fujimori is removed from office as president of Peru. 4,097 children born in us
Current events of November 18, 2000 (2000-11-18) (Saturday) :
Catherine Zeta-Jones marries Michael Douglas at the Plaza Hotel, New York City.The 2000 Tiger Cup football competition concludes in Thailand. The winners are the Thailand national football team.
Current events of November 19, 2000 (2000-11-19) (Sunday) :
Hallaton Treasure is found in Leicestershire, England, comprising over 5,000 silver and gold coins, mostly of the Corieltauvi, the Hallaton Helmet and other metal objects from around the time of the Roman conquest of Britain.The 2000 Scottish Challenge Cup Final is won by Airdrieonians F. C.
Current events of November 27, 2000 (2000-11-27) (Monday) :
In Canada's Parliamentary elections, Jean Chrétien is re-elected as Prime Minister as the Liberal Party increases its majority in the House of Commons.
Current events of November 28, 2000 (2000-11-28) (Tuesday) :
Ukrainian politician Oleksander Moroz sets off the Cassette Scandal by publicly accusing President Leonid Kuchma of involvement in the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze.
Current events of January 1, 2001 (2001-01-01) (Monday) :
Israeli–Palestinian conflict: A Hamas suicide car bomber detonates in the city of Netanya, wounding 50. (Jewish Virtual Library)A black monolith measuring approximately nine feet tall appears in Seattle's Magnuson Park, placed by "Some People", a group of anonymous artists; the monolith is in reference to the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.Greece adopts the euro as its currency. (The Guardian)This date was formally defined as the start of the 21st century and 3rd millennium, but such usage is disputed.
Current events of January 6, 2001 (2001-01-06) (Saturday) :
The United States Congress, presided over by Vice President Al Gore as President of the Senate, certifies George Walker Bush's Electoral College victory and thus as the winner of the U.S. presidential election.
Current events of January 9, 2001 (2001-01-09) (Tuesday) :
Shenzhou 2, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft, was launched.
Current events of January 10, 2001 (2001-01-10) (Wednesday) :
Apple introduce their iTunes digital media player application at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
Current events of January 11, 2001 (2001-01-11) (Thursday) :
The Federal Trade Commission approved the merger of AOL and Time Warner to form AOL Time Warner.
Current events of January 13, 2001 (2001-01-13) (Saturday) :
A 7.6 magnitude earthquake hits all of El Salvador, killing at least 800 people and leaving thousands homeless.
Current events of January 15, 2001 (2001-01-15) (Monday) :
Wikipedia, a Wiki free content encyclopedia, goes online.
Current events of January 17, 2001 (2001-01-17) (Wednesday) :
Impeachment proceedings against Philippine President Joseph Estrada, accused of playing Jueteng, end preeminently and trigger the second EDSA People Power Revolution or People Power II. His Vice-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo succeeds him as the 14th President of the Republic.
Current events of January 20, 2001 (2001-01-20) (Saturday) :
George Walker Bush succeeds Bill Clinton as President of the United States after prevailing over Al Gore in the disputed U.S. presidential election, 2000.
Current events of January 23, 2001 (2001-01-23) (Tuesday) :
Five Falun Gong members set themselves on fire in a protest in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. However, the incident has been widely disputed by Falun Gong, claiming the incident was staged by the Chinese government in order to make Falun Gong hated in China.The United Nations Security Council have a resolution on the Angolan Civil War, extending the monitoring mechanism of sanctions against UNITA for a further three months. (United Nations)
Current events of January 24, 2001 (2001-01-24) (Wednesday) :
The last two of the "Texas 7" are taken into custody in Colorado Springs, Colorado.Following the Hinduja affair, Peter Mandelson is forced to resign from the Government of the United Kingdom for a second time.
Current events of January 25, 2001 (2001-01-25) (Thursday) :
A 50-year-old DC-3 crashes near Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela, killing 25.
Current events of January 26, 2001 (2001-01-26) (Friday) :
An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, killing more than 69,000 people.
Current events of January 28, 2001 (2001-01-28) (Sunday) :
Super Bowl XXXV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida: Baltimore Ravens defeats the New York Giants, 34-7.
Current events of January 29, 2001 (2001-01-29) (Monday) :
Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals.
Current events of January 31, 2001 (2001-01-31) (Wednesday) :
Sega officially announces that they are going to discontinue their Dreamcast system on March 30. They also said that they vowed never to make another video game system ever again and to make only video games.In the Netherlands a Scottish court convicts a Libyan and acquits another for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which crashed into Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.
Current events of October 1, 2000 (2000-10-01) (Sunday) :
The 2000 Summer Olympics close in Sydney, Australia.Incorporation of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited & Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited under the Indian Companies Act, 1956.October 2000 events (Israel) – 12 Arab citizens of Israel are killed by Israeli security forces after a riot/violent demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians under military rule in the West Bank and Gaza.
Current events of October 5, 2000 (2000-10-05) (Thursday) :
The Beatles release a hardcover book version of The Beatles Anthology, containing newly published photos and interviews with band members. The book went straight to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list.EMI and Warner Music Group withdraw their application to the European Commission for a proposed $20 billion merger due to regulators' concerns. The merger would have concentrated 80% of the European music business into the hands of just four major labels.President Slobodan Milošević leaves office after widespread demonstrations throughout Serbia and the withdrawal of Russian support. This political event became known as 5th October Revolution in Serbia.
Current events of October 11, 2000 (2000-10-11) (Wednesday) :
250 million US gallons (950,000 m3) of coal sludge spill in Martin County, Kentucky. Considered a greater environmental disaster than the Exxon Valdez oil spill.Sports software company Recreational Technologies ends its attempt to become the primary provider of MLB scouting software, laying off 90% of its development staff.
Current events of October 12, 2000 (2000-10-12) (Thursday) :
In Aden, Yemen, the USS Cole is badly damaged by two suicide bombers who placed a small boat laden with explosives alongside the United States Navy destroyer, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39.The Lowry theatre and gallery centre in Salford, England is officially open by the Queen Elizabeth II.The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow is consecrated.Taking off from a grass strip at a lodge in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, a Piper PA-24 Comanche piloted by Colorado State Representative Gary McPherson is unable to gain altitude and crashes into the trees, killing McPherson and two people on board.
Current events of October 18, 2000 (2000-10-18) (Wednesday) :
Hatfield rail crash, United Kingdom: Part of a rail shatters as a passenger train passes over it; four people are killed, 70 are injured.
Current events of October 22, 2000 (2000-10-22) (Sunday) :
The Mainichi Shinbun newspaper exposes Japanese archeologist Shinichi Fujimura as a fraud.
Current events of October 23, 2000 (2000-10-23) (Monday) :
Rodney Anoa'i (professional wrestler) died in Liverpool at the age of 34.
Current events of October 26, 2000 (2000-10-26) (Thursday) :
Pakistani authorities announce that their police have found an apparently ancient mummy of a Persian Princess in the province of Balochistan. Iran, Pakistan and the Taliban all claim the mummy until Pakistan announces it is a modern-day fake on April 17, 2001.Sony's PlayStation 2 is released in North America with 27 launch titles.Bringing Out the Dead is the last film to be released on LaserDisc by a major studio.2000 World Series
The New York Yankees defeat the New York Mets in Game 5 of the 2000 World Series, 4–1, to win their 26th World Series title. This is the first Subway Series matchup between the two crosstown rivals.
Current events of October 30, 2000 (2000-10-30) (Monday) :
The last Multics machine is shut down.
Current events of October 31, 2000 (2000-10-31) (Tuesday) :
Napster and BMG Music announce a partnership that would change the website into a subscription-based service offering legal downloads.Singapore Airlines Flight 006 collides with an excavator in the Chiang Kai-shek International Airport, killing 83 of the 179 people on board and injuring 71 of the 96 survivors.
Current events of December 1, 2000 (2000-12-01) (Friday) :
Vicente Fox takes office as President of Mexico.Miss World pageant held in London's Millennium Dome. Priyanka Chopra wins the title.
Current events of December 2, 2000 (2000-12-02) (Saturday) :
The Backstreet Boys debuts with 1.6 million with Black & Blue and becomes the first artists in history to achieve back-to-back million-plus first week sales. It also sells 5 million worldwide and sets a record for the best International Sales Week in History.The Smashing Pumpkins played what was intended to be their farewell concert at the Metro Theater. Even though the band later reunited, Corgan viewed it as the end of an era. [1]Sarai Banjara rail disaster
46 people killed and 150 injured when a freight train derailed into the path of a passenger train in the Punjab, India.The 2000 MAC Championship Game (American football) is played at Marshall Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia, USA[2] and is won by the Marshall Thundering Herd.
Current events of December 3, 2000 (2000-12-03) (Sunday) :
The UK Snooker Championship is won by John Higgins.Died: Miklós Szabó, 91, Hungarian athlete and former world record-holder at 2000 metres and 2 miles.
Current events of December 5, 2000 (2000-12-05) (Tuesday) :
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1330 is unanimously adopted and extends provisions relating to the export of Iraqi petroleum or petroleum products in return for humanitarian aid for a further 2000 days.[3]Municipal elections are held in South Africa, to elect members to the local governing councils.
Current events of December 6, 2000 (2000-12-06) (Wednesday) :
Died: Gershom Browne, 102, last Guyanese veteran of World War I.
Current events of December 7, 2000 (2000-12-07) (Thursday) :
The first ballot takes place in the Ghanaian presidential election. The two leading candidates are John Kufuor and John Atta-Mills, who go on to the second ballot.Kadisoka temple discovered in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.Died: Vlado Gotovac, 70, a talented poet, died due to complications caused by Hepatitis
Current events of December 9, 2000 (2000-12-09) (Saturday) :
The crew of the space shuttle Endeavour complete the final transfers of supplies to the International Space Station and other items being returned to Earth, and undock from the space station after 6 days, 23 hours and 13 minutes.Died: Daniel Wretström, 17, Swedish white power skinhead musician (killed in a brawl)[4]
Current events of December 10, 2000 (2000-12-10) (Sunday) :
Parliamentary elections are held in Côte d'Ivoire. 28 seats are excluded because of a boycott by the Rally of the Republicans.[5] The result is a victory for the Ivorian Popular Front, which wins 96 of the 225 seats in the National Assembly of Côte d'Ivoire.Died: Marie Windsor, 80, US film actress
Current events of December 11, 2000 (2000-12-11) (Monday) :
The Trinidad and Tobago general election results in victory for the United National Congress.The Communauté de communes de Londinières is created in the Seine-Maritime département of the Haute-Normandie region of northern France.
Current events of December 12, 2000 (2000-12-12) (Tuesday) :
Bush v. Gore: The U.S. Supreme Court stops the Florida presidential recount, effectively giving the state, and the Presidency, to George W. Bush, although some sources claimed Gore had won, by many overvotes, rejected by computer, showing votes for Gore plus write-in "Gore".
Current events of December 13, 2000 (2000-12-13) (Wednesday) :
The Texas Seven escape from their prison unit in Kenedy, Texas, and start a crime spree.
Current events of December 14, 2000 (2000-12-14) (Thursday) :
The full genome sequence of the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana is published in Nature.
Current events of December 15, 2000 (2000-12-15) (Friday) :
Reactor 3, the last reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, is shut down due to Western political pressure.In the landmark censorship case of Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium v. Canada (Minister of Justice), the Supreme Court of Canada rules that Canada Customs does not have the authority to make its own judgments about the permissibility of material being shipped to retailers but is permitted to confiscate only material that has specifically been ruled by the courts to constitute an offence under the Canadian Criminal Code.
Current events of December 16, 2000 (2000-12-16) (Saturday) :
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is released in Japan.F4 rated Tuscaloosa tornado hits south & east of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Current events of December 17, 2000 (2000-12-17) (Sunday) :
The Australian Railroad Group begins operating, following its purchase of the Westrail freight business.
Current events of December 18, 2000 (2000-12-18) (Monday) :
Died: Kirsty MacColl, 41, English singer, run over by a speeding powerboat while swimming with her children at Cozumel, Mexico;
Current events of December 19, 2000 (2000-12-19) (Tuesday) :
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1333 is adopted, calling for a ban on military assistance to the Taliban, closure of its camps and an end to the provision of sanctuary of the movement.[7]
Current events of December 20, 2000 (2000-12-20) (Wednesday) :
Mirusuvil massacre: eight Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, including children,[8] on 20 December 2000[9][10][11] are killed by Sri Lankan Army soldiers and buried in a mass grave.
Current events of December 21, 2000 (2000-12-21) (Thursday) :
The Falkirk West by-election in the UK, resulting from the resignation of Dennis Canavan, is won by Eric Joyce for Labour.
Current events of December 22, 2000 (2000-12-22) (Friday) :
Madonna marries film director Guy Ritchie, at Skibo Castle in Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland with Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney, Sting, George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, Rupert Everett and others in attendance.
Current events of December 23, 2000 (2000-12-23) (Saturday) :
Died: Victor Borge, 91, Danish comedian, conductor and pianist.
Current events of December 24, 2000 (2000-12-24) (Sunday) :
Christmas Eve 2000 Indonesia bombings
At least 18 people are killed in multiple Islamist bomb attacks on churches across Indonesia.
Current events of December 25, 2000 (2000-12-25) (Monday) :
A shopping center fire at Luoyang, Henan, China kills 309 people.
Current events of December 26, 2000 (2000-12-26) (Tuesday) :
Died: Jason Robards, 78, US actor
Current events of December 27, 2000 (2000-12-27) (Wednesday) :
The Bømlafjord Tunnel opens, connecting the island of Føyno in Stord to the mainland at Dalshovda in Sveio, Norway.The December 2000 nor'easter is formed, beginning as an Alberta clipper, affecting, specially, Northern New Jersey and Eastern New York.
Current events of December 28, 2000 (2000-12-28) (Thursday) :
John Kufuor wins the second ballot in the presidential election to become President of Ghana. His victory marks the first peaceful democratic transition of power in Ghana since the country achieved independence in 1957.U.S. department store chain Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business 128 years after it was founded as the world's first mail order business.
Current events of December 30, 2000 (2000-12-30) (Saturday) :
Rizal Day Bombings
A series of bombs explode in various places in Metro Manila, Philippines, within a span of a few hours killing 22 and injuring about a hundred.
Current events of December 31, 2000 (2000-12-31) (Sunday) :
The Millennium Dome, in London, closes one year to the day after its opening.Purists have begun celebrating the new Millennium and Century.The December 2000 nor'easter is dissipated. The storm affected, specially, New Jersey and New York.
Current events of April 1, 2001 (2001-04-01) (Sunday) :
An EP-3E United States Navy spy plane collides with a Chinese People's Liberation Army fighter jet.Former president of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes.The first legal same-sex marriage in the Netherlands is celebrated.
Current events of April 7, 2001 (2001-04-07) (Saturday) :
An Mi-17 helicopter crashes into mountain in south of Hanoi, Vietnam, killing 16. The flight was carrying United States armed forces personnel searching for MIAs from Vietnam War.
Current events of April 8, 2001 (2001-04-08) (Sunday) :
Tiger Woods wins the 2001 Masters Tournament, completing the "Tiger Slam", with Woods becoming the first golfer to hold all four professional major titles simultaneously, having won the U.S. Open, Open Championship, and PGA Championship in 2000.
Current events of April 11, 2001 (2001-04-11) (Wednesday) :
The detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, People's Republic of China, after a collision with an F-8 fighter, is released.
Current events of April 20, 2001 (2001-04-20) (Friday) :
The anti-globalization movement holds a People's Summit and large protest marches, some of which are forcibly put down by police, against the FTAA summit in Quebec City, Quebec.
Current events of April 30, 2001 (2001-04-30) (Monday) :
Dennis Tito, the first 'space tourist' in space lifts off in a Russian rocket heading for the International Space Station.
Current events of May 1, 2001 (2001-05-01) (Tuesday) :
Chandra Levy disappears while jogging.
Current events of May 19, 2001 (2001-05-19) (Saturday) :
First Apple Store opens in New York City.
Current events of May 27, 2001 (2001-05-27) (Sunday) :
The Oldham riots take place in Oldham, Greater Manchester, after a string of events create tension between White and Asian communities.
Current events of May 29, 2001 (2001-05-29) (Tuesday) :
Barbara and Jenna Bush prosecuted for under-age drinking after posing as over 21 in a Texas drinking establishment.
Current events of February 1, 2001 (2001-02-01) (Thursday) :
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman announced that they had separated.
Current events of February 6, 2001 (2001-02-06) (Tuesday) :
Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon wins election as Prime Minister of Israel.
Current events of February 8, 2001 (2001-02-08) (Thursday) :
Disney California Adventure opens in Anaheim, California.
Current events of February 9, 2001 (2001-02-09) (Friday) :
American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks Japanese fishing vessel Ehime-Maru.
Current events of February 12, 2001 (2001-02-12) (Monday) :
NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
Current events of February 13, 2001 (2001-02-13) (Tuesday) :
A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits El Salvador, killing at least 400.
Current events of February 15, 2001 (2001-02-15) (Thursday) :
All your base are belong to us hits wider Internet with flash/video version, becoming an instant hit.
Current events of February 16, 2001 (2001-02-16) (Friday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: British and U.S. forces carry out bombing raids, attempting to disable Iraq's air defense network.
Current events of February 17, 2001 (2001-02-17) (Saturday) :
Iraq disarmament crisis: Baghdad is bombed by US and UK war planes, killing three people.
Current events of February 18, 2001 (2001-02-18) (Sunday) :
FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested and charged with spying for Russia for 25 years.On the final lap of the Daytona 500 race, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, known as "The Intimidator" for his aggressive driving style, is killed in a crash. Earlier, an 18 car wreck happened on lap 173 when Tony Stewart flipped in mid-air causing a major wreck. The race had come to a stop to take a 17 lap break because of the debris scattered on the track. The red flag was out to clean up the mess on the backstretch.Major League Baseball Hall of famer, Eddie Mathews, dies in La Jolla, California due to complications of pneumonia. Mathews is the only player in Braves history to have played for the Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta teams. He is tied with Ernie Banks with 512 career home runs.
Current events of February 19, 2001 (2001-02-19) (Monday) :
An Oklahoma City bombing museum is dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
Current events of February 28, 2001 (2001-02-28) (Wednesday) :
An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Northwest area of the United States. There were no reports of any deaths.The Great Heck rail crash occurs.
Current events of March 2, 2001 (2001-03-02) (Friday) :
Civil war in Afghanistan (1996-2001): The Taliban began their destruction of the Buddhas of Bamyan, in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan.
Current events of March 3, 2001 (2001-03-03) (Saturday) :
It is the last day on the Howard Stern Show for Jackie Martling.A U.S. Air Force Materials Command C-23 Sherpa transport crashes during stormy weather in the U.S. state of Georgia, killing 21.
Current events of March 4, 2001 (2001-03-04) (Sunday) :
Dissident Irish Republican campaign: A massive car bomb explodes in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, seriously injuring 11 people. The attack was attributed to the Real IRA.
Current events of March 5, 2001 (2001-03-05) (Monday) :
In Mecca, 35 Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Current events of March 7, 2001 (2001-03-07) (Wednesday) :
The SpongeBob SquarePants You Wish" TV special airs on Nickelodeon.
Current events of March 14, 2001 (2001-03-14) (Wednesday) :
Current events of March 23, 2001 (2001-03-23) (Friday) :
The World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment) (WWF/E) purchases rival organization World Championship Wrestling (WCW) for an estimated $7 million.The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji.
Current events of March 29, 2001 (2001-03-29) (Thursday) :
A chartered Gulfstream III jet crashes into a hillside during approach into Aspen, Colorado, killing 18 people.
Current events of July 1, 2001 (2001-07-01) (Sunday) :
Aliso Viejo officially becomes the 34th city in Orange County, California.Alliant International University is formed.
Current events of July 2, 2001 (2001-07-02) (Monday) :
The world's first self-contained artificial heart is implanted in Robert Tools.
Current events of July 3, 2001 (2001-07-03) (Tuesday) :
A Vladivostokavia Tupolev Tu-154 jetliner crashes on approach to landing at Irkutsk, Russia, killing 145.
Current events of July 4, 2001 (2001-07-04) (Wednesday) :
The film Cats & Dogs is released.
Current events of July 6, 2001 (2001-07-06) (Friday) :
The film Kiss of the Dragon is released.
Current events of July 7, 2001 (2001-07-07) (Saturday) :
The Bradford riots take place in Manningham, Bradford, UK, after clashes in the city centre between National Front members and members of the local Asian community.Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the Pepsi 400 in the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at the Daytona International Speedway since the death of Dale Earnhardt. Teammate Michael Waltrip ran second, blocking for Jr., an exact mirror of the Daytona 500 where Jr. blocked for Waltrip en route to his first 500 win.
Current events of July 9, 2001 (2001-07-09) (Monday) :
Goran Ivanišević won Wimbledon tennis tournament and became the first, and so far the last, wildcard to achieve that accord.
Current events of July 13, 2001 (2001-07-13) (Friday) :
The International Olympic Committee session in Moscow, Russia. Beijing wins the bid as the host city for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Current events of July 18, 2001 (2001-07-18) (Wednesday) :
In Baltimore, Maryland, a 60-car train derailment occurs in a tunnel sparking a fire that will last days and virtually shut down downtown Baltimore (see Howard Street Tunnel fire).The film Jurassic Park III is released.
Current events of July 19, 2001 (2001-07-19) (Thursday) :
UK politician and novelist Jeffrey Archer, sentenced to four years in prison for perjury and perverting the course of justice.
Current events of July 20, 2001 (2001-07-20) (Friday) :
Vanessa Leggett is found in contempt by a Federal Court for refusing to release notes made for her book on the Doris Angleton murder.The 27th G8 summit takes place in Genoa, Italy until July 22nd. Massive demonstrations against the meeting by anti-globalisation groups. One demonstrator, Carlo Giuliani, is shot dead by a carabiniere and several others are badly injured during an attack by the police on a school which the protesters were using as their headquarters.
Current events of July 21, 2001 (2001-07-21) (Saturday) :
Akashi pedestrian bridge accident: At the conclusion of a fireworks display on Okura Beach in Akashi, Hyōgo, Japan, 11 people are killed and more than 120 are injured when a pedestrian footbridge connecting the beach to JR Asagiri railway station becomes overcrowded and people leaving the event fall down in a domino effect.
Current events of July 23, 2001 (2001-07-23) (Monday) :
Honduras defeats Brazil in a soccer match by final result of 2–0.Died: Eudora Welty
Current events of July 26, 2001 (2001-07-26) (Thursday) :
The republic of Moldova becomes a member of the World Trade Organization.
Current events of July 27, 2001 (2001-07-27) (Friday) :
The film Planet of the Apes is released.
Current events of July 28, 2001 (2001-07-28) (Saturday) :
Alejandro Toledo is sworn as the new president of Peru, eight months after the vote of no-confidence of former President Alberto Fujimori.
Current events of July 31, 2001 (2001-07-31) (Tuesday) :
Died: Poul Anderson
Current events of August 1, 2001 (2001-08-01) (Wednesday) :
Law goes into effect in Germany legalizing same-sex registered partnerships.
Current events of August 2, 2001 (2001-08-02) (Thursday) :
Robert Mueller confirmed as the new FBI director.
Current events of August 6, 2001 (2001-08-06) (Monday) :
The United States-based Central Intelligence Agency issued a warning to the President of the United States that attacks were eminent in the United States or U.S. interests.
Current events of August 9, 2001 (2001-08-09) (Thursday) :
US President George W. Bush announces his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.
Current events of August 10, 2001 (2001-08-10) (Friday) :
Film: Osmosis Jones played by Chris Rock, starring Bill Murray
Current events of August 20, 2001 (2001-08-20) (Monday) :
TV series: Oswald
Current events of August 24, 2001 (2001-08-24) (Friday) :
Film: Bubble Boy
Current events of August 25, 2001 (2001-08-25) (Saturday) :
Died: Aaliyah, contemporary R&B and pop singer, dies in a plane crash at the age of 22.
Current events of June 1, 2001 (2001-06-01) (Friday) :
The popular Bratz, rival to the Barbie doll, debuts.Several members of the Nepalese royal family are killed in the Nepalese royal massacre
Current events of June 5, 2001 (2001-06-05) (Tuesday) :
Houston, Texas, is devastated by flooding when Tropical Storm Allison dumps 36 inches (914 mm) of rain on the city. Damage exceeds five billion American dollars over a 4-day period until June 9th.The Harehills riots takes place in Harehills, Leeds, UK, after a questionable arrest of an Asian man for possession of an illegal car tax disc.
Current events of June 7, 2001 (2001-06-07) (Thursday) :
Tony Blair's Labour Party elected for second term in UK general election.
Current events of June 11, 2001 (2001-06-11) (Monday) :
Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is executed at a complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Current events of June 20, 2001 (2001-06-20) (Wednesday) :
Andrea Yates drowns her five children in a bathtub and confesses to her crimes.
Current events of June 21, 2001 (2001-06-21) (Thursday) :
A total solar eclipse happened.
Current events of November 1, 2001 (2001-11-01) (Thursday) :
Derek Jeter hits the MLB's first November home run at the World Series.
Current events of November 4, 2001 (2001-11-04) (Sunday) :
Hurricane Michelle hits Cuba, destroying crops and thousands of homes.Establishment of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
Current events of November 6, 2001 (2001-11-06) (Tuesday) :
Twentieth Century Fox's anti-terrorist drama action show 24 (TV series) premieres.Buffy the Vampire Slayer's musical episode "Once More, with Feeling" was premiered on the UPN network.
Current events of November 7, 2001 (2001-11-07) (Wednesday) :
The super-sonic commercial aircraft Concorde resumes flying after a 15-month break.
Current events of November 12, 2001 (2001-11-12) (Monday) :
In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587 crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board.2001 Attack on Afghanistan: Taliban forces abandon Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, ahead of advancing Afghan Northern Alliance troops (Northern Alliance fighters took Kabul on November 14).
Current events of November 13, 2001 (2001-11-13) (Tuesday) :
Doha Round: The World Trade Organization ends a four-day ministerial conference in Doha, Qatar.Symbionese Liberation Army member Kathleen Soliah (Sara Jane Olsen) withdraws her previous guilty plea.War on Terrorism: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against any foreigners suspected of having connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.
Current events of November 15, 2001 (2001-11-15) (Thursday) :
The Microsoft Xbox is released in the United States with 14 launch titles.
Current events of November 16, 2001 (2001-11-16) (Friday) :
The first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, is released, grossing US $975.8 million in first week, becoming the second highest grossing film around the world, behind Titanic.
Current events of November 17, 2001 (2001-11-17) (Saturday) :
The animated Justice League cartoon premieres on Cartoon Network in America.
Current events of November 18, 2001 (2001-11-18) (Sunday) :
The Nintendo GameCube is released in the United States with 13 launch titles.The World Wrestling Federation defeated the ECW–WCW alliance at Survivor Series in Greensboro, North Carolina (The "Miracle in Greensboro")
Current events of November 20, 2001 (2001-11-20) (Tuesday) :
In Washington, D.C., US President George W. Bush dedicates the United States Department of Justice headquarters building as the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building, honoring the late Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 76th birthday.In Iowa City, Iowa, a devastating fire consumed the original cupola on the Old Capital Building. A replacement 12,000 pound wood dome was installed and painted in 23 3/4 carat gold leaf.[1]
Current events of November 21, 2001 (2001-11-21) (Wednesday) :
Disney's popular acclaimed animated series, Recess ends production.
Current events of November 23, 2001 (2001-11-23) (Friday) :
Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary.
Current events of November 24, 2001 (2001-11-24) (Saturday) :
Melanie Thornton, the German/American Pop singer, also the former member of La Bouche, dies in a plane crash going to Zürich, Switzerland,along with Maria Serreno-Serreno and Nathaly Van Het Ende of the German dance band Passion Fruit (band).
Current events of November 29, 2001 (2001-11-29) (Thursday) :
George Harrison of the Beatles dies at the age of 58 from lung cancer in Hollywood, California.
Current events of December 2, 2001 (2001-12-02) (Sunday) :
Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection five days after Dynegy canceled a US$8.4 billion buyout bid (as of 2003[update] this was the largest bankruptcy in the history of the United States).
Current events of December 4, 2001 (2001-12-04) (Tuesday) :
Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah Al-Haj, Sultan of Selangor and 11th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia dies in office.
Current events of December 13, 2001 (2001-12-13) (Thursday) :
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin, Raja of Perlis becomes the 12th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia
Current events of December 14, 2001 (2001-12-14) (Friday) :
Annular solar eclipse
Current events of December 16, 2001 (2001-12-16) (Sunday) :
Battle of Tora Bora fought between Coalition Forces and Terrorist Allies and Osama Bin Laden and remaining Taliban forces escape by mule to Pakistan reported by former Delta Force commander going by the alias Dalton Fury.
Current events of December 18, 2001 (2001-12-18) (Tuesday) :
Two men, Ahmed Agiza and Muhammad al-Zery, are secretly deported to Egypt from Sweden after a request from the United States in what is believed to be a CIA-led operation. (Washington Post)
Current events of December 20, 2001 (2001-12-20) (Thursday) :
The Argentine government of President Fernando De la Rúa collapses amidst rioting and violence throughout the country. See December 2001 riots (Argentina)
Current events of December 27, 2001 (2001-12-27) (Thursday) :
The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade status with the United States.
Current events of October 2, 2001 (2001-10-02) (Tuesday) :
Aftermath of the September 11 attacks:
The official count of bodies found at the site of the World Trade Center is 363; 301 have been identified.
NATO's secretary general, Lord Robertson announces that the United States provided "clear and compelling proof" in oral briefings to NATO al-Qaeda's responsibility who affirm the invocation of the mutual defense clause of the organization's charter.
8 p.m. EDT: Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music, a tribute to John Lennon that became a concert of prayer and healing for New York City to benefit the relief efforts, hosted by Kevin Spacey and featuring Dave Matthews, Moby, Stone Temple Pilots, Nelly Furtado, Shelby Lynne, Alanis Morissette, Cyndi Lauper, The Isley Brothers, Lou Reed, Marc Anthony, Natalie Merchant, Yolanda Adams, Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono, is held at Radio City Music Hall and simultaneously broadcast live on the TNT and WB networks. It had been scheduled before the attack to be taped September 20 and broadcast on October 9 to promote a non-violent world.Swissair seeks for bankruptcy protection and grounds its entire fleet.
Current events of October 4, 2001 (2001-10-04) (Thursday) :
Georgian-Abkhazian conflict: A group of Chechen and Georgian fighters led by the commander Ruslan Gelayev entered the gorge from the Georgian side and attacked the village Giorgievskoe.Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 crashes over the Black Sea en route from Tel Aviv Israel to Novosibirsk Russia – 78 dead.First case of anthrax in the US (attack) is announced by federal officials.The film Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone is released.
Current events of October 5, 2001 (2001-10-05) (Friday) :
The film Joy Ride is released.
Current events of October 7, 2001 (2001-10-07) (Sunday) :
War in Afghanistan (2001-present): The United States invades Afghanistan, with participation from other nations.
Current events of October 8, 2001 (2001-10-08) (Monday) :
Linate Airport disaster: MD-87 of Scandinavian Airlines collides first with a private plane and then a building at Linate Airport in Milan, Italy, killing 100.Girma Wolde-Giorgis succeeds Negasso Gidada as President of Ethiopia.
Current events of October 9, 2001 (2001-10-09) (Tuesday) :
The 2001 anthrax attacks continue as anthrax letters are mailed from Princeton, New Jersey, to Senators Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont.
Current events of October 15, 2001 (2001-10-15) (Monday) :
NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io.
Current events of October 19, 2001 (2001-10-19) (Friday) :
SIEV-X sinks en route to Christmas Island.The film From Hell is released.
Current events of October 20, 2001 (2001-10-20) (Saturday) :
"The Concert for New York City: a celebration of the strength, resilience, and pride of New York and America" is held featuring performances by The Who, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Destiny's Child, Eric Clapton, Adam Sandler, Bon Jovi, Elton John and many more.
Current events of October 23, 2001 (2001-10-23) (Tuesday) :
The Provisional Irish Republican Army of Northern Ireland commences disarmament after peace talks.The iPod is first introduced by Apple.
Current events of October 25, 2001 (2001-10-25) (Thursday) :
Microsoft releases Windows XP.
Current events of October 26, 2001 (2001-10-26) (Friday) :
U.S. President George W. Bush signs the Patriot Act into law.
Current events of October 30, 2001 (2001-10-30) (Tuesday) :
Famous Arab encyclopedist M. A. Benyounis dies.Michael Jackson's Invincible album was released.
Current events of September 1, 2001 (2001-09-01) (Saturday) :
The German national football team lose a World Cup qualifier for only the second time at home in their history (including as West Germany) by a heavy 1-5 margin to an England team managed by Sven-Göran Eriksson in the Olympic Stadium in Munchen (Munich), ending a significant run of England losses to Germany.
Current events of September 3, 2001 (2001-09-03) (Monday) :
The United States, Canada and Israel withdraw from the U.N. Conference on Racism because they feel that the issue of Zionism is overemphasized.
Current events of September 4, 2001 (2001-09-04) (Tuesday) :
Google is awarded U.S. Patent 6,285,999, for the PageRank search algorithm used in the Google search engine.
Current events of September 5, 2001 (2001-09-05) (Wednesday) :
Peru's attorney general files homicide charges against ex-President Alberto Fujimori.
Current events of September 6, 2001 (2001-09-06) (Thursday) :
United States v. Microsoft: The United States Justice Department announces that it was no longer seeking to break-up software maker Microsoft and will instead seek a lesser antitrust penalty.
Current events of September 7, 2001 (2001-09-07) (Friday) :
Michael Jackson performs his first 30th anniversary (of his career) concert in New York City.
Current events of September 9, 2001 (2001-09-09) (Sunday) :
Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, is assassinated in Afghanistan.The Country Bears concert known as the Country Bear Jamboree closed its doors in Disneyland for the last time. The show continues in Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland.At exactly 01:46:40 UTC, one billion seconds since the Unix epoch (January 1, 1970 00:00:00 UTC) pass and the Unix billenium is reached.
Current events of September 10, 2001 (2001-09-10) (Monday) :
Michael Jackson performs his second 30th anniversary (because of his career) concert in New York.Charles Ingram cheats his way into winning one million pounds on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.Donald Rumsfeld warns of $2,300,000,000,000 of Pentagon spending that cannot be accounted for. (Defense)Norwegian parliamentary election, 2001: Votes in Norway go to the polls for the parliamentary election with Thorbjørn Jagland scoring a victory.
Current events of September 11, 2001 (2001-09-11) (Tuesday) :
September 11 attacks: Planes are hijacked by al-Qaeda members and flown into the World Trade Center in New York City, The Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania, killing 2,996 people (including 19 terrorists).Reactions to the September 11 attacks:
Canada's border with the United States is on high alert in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the United States so the Canadian government initiates both "Operation Support" and "Operation Yellow Ribbon."
Early speculation about the source of the attacks centered on Saudi-born terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, who was living in and working from Afghanistan. Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan leaders condemned the attacks and rejected suggestions that Osama bin Laden could be behind them.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair cancels a speech he was due to give to the TUC, and pledges to "stand shoulder to shoulder" with the United States.
Current events of September 14, 2001 (2001-09-14) (Friday) :
The Nintendo Gamecube is released in Japan.
Current events of September 15, 2001 (2001-09-15) (Saturday) :
The Queen Isabella Causeway in Texas collapses after being hit by a tugboat, killing 8.
Current events of September 17, 2001 (2001-09-17) (Monday) :
The New York Stock Exchange reopens following the terrorist attacks in New York.The default date used by git format patch for email output.
Current events of September 18, 2001 (2001-09-18) (Tuesday) :
The 2001 anthrax attacks commence as anthrax letters are mailed from Hamilton Township, Mercer County, New Jersey, to ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, the New York Post, and the National Enquirer.
Current events of September 21, 2001 (2001-09-21) (Friday) :
White English teenager Ross Parker stabbed to death in racially motivated attack by a gang of Muslim Asians in Peterborough, England. Racial tensions in the area had been raised following the September 11th attacks. (Dailymail) (Peterborough Today)The AZF fertiliser factory in Toulouse, France, explodes, killing 31 and injuring over 2000. Later, a terrorist group take up the name "AZF" when threatening to bomb French railways.
Current events of September 25, 2001 (2001-09-25) (Tuesday) :
The national satellite radio service XM went live.
Current events of September 26, 2001 (2001-09-26) (Wednesday) :
The fifth and final Star Trek television series Enterprise debuts on UPN.
Current events of February 3, 2002 (2002-02-03) (Sunday) :
American football: Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17—one of the most astonishing upsets in Super Bowl history.
Current events of February 5, 2002 (2002-02-05) (Tuesday) :
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell says that the United States is willing to sign a treaty with Russia on limiting strategic nuclear weapons, indicating a possible shift in administration policy after withdrawing, last December, from the Antiballistic Missile Treaty of 1972. President George W. Bush and President Vladimir Putin are set to hold an arms reduction summit meeting in Moscow in May. – Background material: nuclear disarmament, nuclear warfare, nuclear proliferation.
Current events of February 6, 2002 (2002-02-06) (Wednesday) :
Proclamation by Mayor Martin O'Malley designating February 6, 2002, as "Beverly Lynn Burns Day" in Baltimore, Maryland.
Current events of February 8, 2002 (2002-02-08) (Friday) :
The opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, which are held in Salt Lake City.John Entwistle plays his last show with The Who. He would die shortly after this performance.
Current events of February 10, 2002 (2002-02-10) (Sunday) :
Iraqi club Al-Shorta win the 2001–02 Umm Al Ma’arak (mother of all battles) Cup by defeating Al-Talaba 1-0 in the final.
Current events of February 11, 2002 (2002-02-11) (Monday) :
British Telecommunications plc starts its US federal court case relating to a controversial patent that it claims gives it a monopoly on the technology of web links.New British digital free-to-air television channels CBBC and CBeebies, launch at 6am from the BBC Television centre, London.
Current events of February 16, 2002 (2002-02-16) (Saturday) :
George W. Bush signs a secret national security council directive establishing the goals and objectives for going to war with Iraq, according to the book Rumsfeld's War by Rowan Scarborough.[1]275 animal rights activists unite in front of the D.C. Neiman Marcus to demand that the company stop supporting the fur industry.[2]George W. Bush's weekly Presidential Radio Address, titled Asia Trip, discusses foreign relations.
Current events of February 20, 2002 (2002-02-20) (Wednesday) :
Palindrome day, at 8:02 pm, on February 20, 2002, the date is read officially as 20:02, 20, 02, 2002, or 2002, 2002, 2002.
Current events of February 22, 2002 (2002-02-22) (Friday) :
Chuck Jones, Academy-Award-winning animator, dies at 91.
Current events of February 26, 2002 (2002-02-26) (Tuesday) :
12 Shiite Muslims are killed in a mosque in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.Big riot between Muslims and Hindus.
Current events of February 27, 2002 (2002-02-27) (Wednesday) :
Alicia Keys wins six Grammys.Today is the centennial of John Steinbeck's birth."War on Terrorism": The U.S. sends Special Operations Forces to the former Soviet republic of Georgia to help combat guerrilla fighters, though Russia protests.57 people die in Godhra when a Muslim mob sets fire to a carriage on the Sabarmati Express filled with Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists returning from Ayodhya en route to Ahmedabad. After detaching the burned carriage, the train continues to Vadodara, where Hindus beat and stab people leaving the train, killing one. A 17-year-old is later killed in Godhra by police trying to disrupt mobs.Comedian Spike Milligan dies from liver disease, aged 83.
Current events of February 28, 2002 (2002-02-28) (Thursday) :
Gulbarg Society massacre : During the 2002 Gujarat riots, a mob attacked the Gulbarg Society, a lower middle-class Muslim neighbourhood in Chamanpura, Ahmedabad. Most of the houses were burnt, and at least 35 victims including a former Congress, Member of Parliament, Ehsan Jafri, were burnt alive, while 31 others went missing after the incident, later presumed dead, bringing the total of the dead to 69.[3][4][5]
Current events of March 1, 2002 (2002-03-01) (Friday) :
Space Shuttle mission STS-109 is launched at 6:22 a.m.The Bush Administration acknowledges the implementation of the Continuity of Operations Plan for the first time.
Current events of March 2, 2002 (2002-03-02) (Saturday) :
2001 U.S. Attack on Afghanistan: Army Chief Warrant Officer Stanley L. Harriman, of the Third Special Forces Group, is killed in an ambush along the road from Gardēz to the Shahi Kot Valley.
Current events of March 3, 2002 (2002-03-03) (Sunday) :
Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A Palestinian sniper firing from a hill near Ofra kills seven Israel Defense Forces soldiers and three Israeli settlers, and wounds another six. He is later captured and imprisoned for life.
Current events of March 4, 2002 (2002-03-04) (Monday) :
2001 U.S. Attack on Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed as they attempt to infiltrate the Shahi Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission. Around 3 a.m. local time a Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, causing a soldier to fall out and damaging a hydraulic line. The helicopter made an emergency landing a half-mile away. A second helicopter on the mission picked up the first helicopter's crew and flew to where the crew member had fallen. The soldiers soon came under heavy fire, and six were killed. The remaining soldiers returned fire and retrieved the bodies before returning to base.Bubble fusion: Scientific papers for and against the observation of apparent nuclear fusion in imploding bubbles become available online. If this can be repeated, this is an important scientific breakthrough. Other physicists fear that this may be a repeat of the cold fusion fiasco.
Current events of March 11, 2002 (2002-03-11) (Monday) :
Robert Mugabe wins the Zimbabwe elections with 54% of the vote to Morgan Tsvangirai's 40% on a turnout of 55.9%. His victory is controversial and comes amid claims that many have been prevented from voting and there has been a campaign of intimidation. But election observers from South Africa and the Organisation of African Unity state that the outcome is legitimate.In Australia, the first edition of the Melbourne edition of Seven News is produced at the station's new Docklands studios.
Current events of March 12, 2002 (2002-03-12) (Tuesday) :
Israel ground troops invade the West Bank and Gaza Strip in her largest offensive since the 1982 invasion of Lebanon. Dozens of tanks occupy Ramallah. Thirty-seven total dead so far, Israeli and Palestinian.Coheed and Cambria release their first album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade, on Equal Vision Records.Twentieth Century Fox's American television drama series The Shield premieres.
Current events of March 19, 2002 (2002-03-19) (Tuesday) :
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions calls a three-day general strike protesting police interference with union meetings, harassment of trade unionists, and general lawlessness following the general elections, which has led to slow-downs in business.In South Korea, 5,600 power plant workers are on the 25th day of their strike, protesting the neoliberal government plans to privatize the state-run electricity plants. A vote among the remaining power plant workers to strike is cancelled due to company interference.
Current events of March 20, 2002 (2002-03-20) (Wednesday) :
The U.S. Senate passes the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill 60–40.
Current events of March 23, 2002 (2002-03-23) (Saturday) :
Two million to three million trade union members rally in Rome in protest both of labor legislation filed by Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi and of the assassination of Marco Biagi, an advisor to the Labor Minister, by the re-formed Red Brigades.[1] Labor leaders threaten a general strike if the legislation is passed.[2]
Current events of March 24, 2002 (2002-03-24) (Sunday) :
74th Academy Awards ceremony takes place.
Current events of March 27, 2002 (2002-03-27) (Wednesday) :
Recent celebrity deaths: Milton Berle, Dudley Moore, and Billy Wilder die.President Bush signs the campaign finance reform bill.Israeli–Palestinian conflict: At the start of Passover, a suicide bomber kills 30 and injures about 140 in a hotel in Netanya. The event triggers Operation Defensive Shield.
Current events of March 28, 2002 (2002-03-28) (Thursday) :
Arab–Israeli conflict: Delegates to the summit of the Arab League endorse the "land for peace" plan proposed by Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.Pope John Paul II accepts the resignation of Archbishop Juliusz Paetz, who had been accused of sexual abuse.
Current events of March 29, 2002 (2002-03-29) (Friday) :
Filipino actor Rico Yan died while vacationing on Dos Palmas Resort in Puerto Princesa City,Palawan, Philippines at the age of 27 due to acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis.
Current events of March 30, 2002 (2002-03-30) (Saturday) :
Recent celebrity deaths: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother dies at Royal Lodge, Windsor.Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A suicide bomber explodes in My Coffee Shop, a Tel Aviv café at around 9:30 p.m. local time, wounding 32 people.
Current events of March 31, 2002 (2002-03-31) (Sunday) :
Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israeli troops exchange gunfire with guards of Yasir Arafat in Ramallah. A suicide bomber identified as Shadi Tubasi, a resident of the refugee camp Jenin, kills 14 and wounds more than 40 in Haifa. Later, a suicide bomber wounds four members of an intensive-care unit, one critically, in a paramedics' dispatch station in Efrat. In the past 18 months, according to the Associated Press, 1262 people have been killed on the Palestinian side and on 401 on the Israeli side.
Current events of April 4, 2002 (2002-04-04) (Thursday) :
The Angolan Civil War ends after 26 years of fighting since Angolan independence in 1975.
Current events of April 5, 2002 (2002-04-05) (Friday) :
Layne Staley lead singer and co-lyricist of the rock group Alice In Chains found dead in home.
Current events of April 6, 2002 (2002-04-06) (Saturday) :
As the Israeli–Palestinian conflict intensifies, the United States repeats its demands to Israel that it should pull back its troops.
Current events of April 7, 2002 (2002-04-07) (Sunday) :
There are reports that the Poincaré conjecture may have been solved by Martin Dunwoody.More than half a million people march on the streets of Caracas protesting against the Venezuelan government.
Current events of April 11, 2002 (2002-04-11) (Thursday) :
Ten nations deposit their ratifications for the International Criminal Court at a United Nations ceremony, bringing the total to 66, well above the 60 needed to bring the Statute into force. The ICC will therefore come into force on 1 July 2002.More than half a million people march on the streets of Caracas protesting against the Venezuelan government.An empty American Airlines jet parked outside a hangar at Los Angeles International Airport trolls through a fence before coming to a stop on a service road.A truck full of explosives was detonated close to the El Ghriba synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia killing 21 people, of whom 14 were German tourists, 2 French nationals and 5 Tunisians. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the Ghriba synagogue bombing.
Current events of April 12, 2002 (2002-04-12) (Friday) :
Coup d'état in Venezuela. President Hugo Chávez is brought to military barracks. Military announces transitional government consisting of mix of civilians and military headed by leader of the Chamber of Commerce (Venezuelan Federation of Chambers of Commerce), Pedro Carmona, who immediately repeals constitution, dissolves supreme court and parliament.
Current events of April 14, 2002 (2002-04-14) (Sunday) :
Hugo Chávez returns to power in Venezuela.
Current events of April 18, 2002 (2002-04-18) (Thursday) :
A small aircraft crashes on the Pirelli building in Milan, Italy, killing two women.
Current events of April 21, 2002 (2002-04-21) (Sunday) :
Extreme-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen qualifies for second round of French Presidential Elections. Right-wing incumbent Jacques Chirac places first. Socialist prime minister Lionel Jospin places third and announces his retirement from politics. Thousands take to the street all over France to protest against Le Pen.
Chirac (19.88%), Le Pen (16.86%), Jospin (16.18%), Bayrou (6.5%), Laguiller (5.72%), Mamere (5.25%), Chevenement (5.32%), Besancenot (4.5%), Saint-Josse (4.0%), Hue(3.6%). Turnout 75%.
Current events of April 23, 2002 (2002-04-23) (Tuesday) :
Pope John Paul II meets with American cardinals at the Vatican through April 24 regarding sexual abuse of children by priests and religious workers.
Current events of April 25, 2002 (2002-04-25) (Thursday) :
Singer/rapper Lisa Lopes, better known as "Left Eye" of the group TLC, dies in a car accident in Honduras.
Current events of April 26, 2002 (2002-04-26) (Friday) :
In Erfurt, Germany, a nineteen-year-old runs amok at his high school, killing 13 teachers, two other pupils, a police officer and himself. The event sparks a discussion about stricter weapons laws in Germany, and about banning violent computer games and movies.
Current events of April 28, 2002 (2002-04-28) (Sunday) :
Recent celebrity deaths: Alexander Lebed – Russian General who ran for the presidency against Boris Yeltsin; Ruth Handler – inventor of the Barbie Doll
Current events of January 1, 2002 (2002-01-01) (Tuesday) :
Euro banknotes and coins become legal tender in 12 member states of the European Union.
Current events of January 3, 2002 (2002-01-03) (Thursday) :
Beer brewer Freddy Heineken (grandson of the brewery's founder) died in his home at the age of 78.
Current events of January 4, 2002 (2002-01-04) (Friday) :
U.S. officials announce they have custody of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi.The Israeli Army seizes the Karine A on the Red Sea, claiming the arms on the ship were bound for the Palestinian Authority.Tom Daschle accuses President Bush and the Republicans of having caused the "most dramatic fiscal deterioration in our nation's history."The United States Department of Labor announces that the United States unemployment rate rose to 5.8% in December.U2, India.Arie, and Alicia Keys lead the nominations for the 44th Grammy Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.The movies Impostor, Eisenstein, Black Hawk Down, and Gosford Park are released in the U.S.
Current events of January 5, 2002 (2002-01-05) (Saturday) :
Milan Bandić, mayor of Zagreb tries to bribe a police officer after causing a car accident while driving under the influence of alcohol. This will lead to his resignation and a three-year-long hiatus in his mayor termCharles J. Bishop, an American pilot, steals a Cessna 172 and crashes into Bank of America Tower in Tampa, Florida. This event will be remembered as the 2002 Tampa plane crash.
Current events of January 8, 2002 (2002-01-08) (Tuesday) :
Fast-food restaurant chain Wendy's founder Dave Thomas dies at 69.Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of FameMichael Jordan's wife files for divorce.
Current events of January 20, 2002 (2002-01-20) (Sunday) :
Speed skating: world championships sprint, Hamar, Norway. Katriona Lemay-Doan of Canada wins in the women's event (2. Andrea Nuyt, Neth., 3. Anzhela Kotyuaga, Bel.), Jeremy Wotherspoon, also of Canada becomes the champion in the men's competition (2. Casey Fitzrandolph, US, 3. Michael Ireland, Can.).
Current events of January 23, 2002 (2002-01-23) (Wednesday) :
Kenneth Lay, CEO of the bankrupt Enron Corporation, resigns.
Current events of January 24, 2002 (2002-01-24) (Thursday) :
Enron hearings begin.Terrorist suspect John Walker Lindh's hearing begins.
Current events of January 29, 2002 (2002-01-29) (Tuesday) :
George W. Bush delivered his State of the Union Address to Congress.
Current events of May 2, 2002 (2002-05-02) (Thursday) :
Squatters celebrated the reappropriation of Can Masdeu after a 3-day standoff with the Spanish national police resulting in the one of few successful attempts to resist a squat eviction in recent history.
Current events of May 5, 2002 (2002-05-05) (Sunday) :
Jacques Chirac wins the French presidential elections with 82.21% of the vote to 17.79% for Jean-Marie Le Pen, the turnout was 79.71%. Chirac appoints Jean-Pierre Raffarin as his prime minister, replacing Lionel Jospin.World Wrestling Federation is renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment due to trademark issues with World Wildlife FundInternazionale awkwardly hands over the Serie A Scudetto to their bitter rivals Juventus after losing away to SS Lazio, 4–2.
Current events of May 6, 2002 (2002-05-06) (Monday) :
Recent celebrity deaths: In the Netherlands, controversial right wing politician Pim Fortuyn is shot dead when leaving a radio studio, nine days before the general election for the lower house of parliament.As a result of an ongoing lawsuit from the World Wildlife Fund over the use of the initials 'WWF,' the company formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation is forced to change its name to World Wrestling Entertainment.
Current events of May 7, 2002 (2002-05-07) (Tuesday) :
Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A Palestinian suicide bomber kills 15 and wounds 58 in a billiards and gambling club in Rishon LeZion at approximately 11 p.m. local time, while Ariel Sharon is meeting with President Bush in Washington D.C.Compaq Computer Company is finally merged into Hewlett-Packard Corporation.
Current events of May 8, 2002 (2002-05-08) (Wednesday) :
Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A Palestinian suicide bomber badly injures himself near Megiddo, southeast of Haifa, when the explosives he was carrying go off prematurely.
Current events of May 9, 2002 (2002-05-09) (Thursday) :
Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Muhammad al-Madani, governor of Bethlehem, leaves the Church of the NativityIsrael calls up additional reserve forces and moves tanks into position for an expected incursion into the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the most recent suicide bombing.
Current events of May 10, 2002 (2002-05-10) (Friday) :
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) an American professional wrestling promotion is founded by Jeff Jarrett and his father Jerry Jarrett.
Current events of May 15, 2002 (2002-05-15) (Wednesday) :
Politics of the Netherlands: General elections for the lower house of parliament were held. The Lijst Pim Fortuyn (LPF) was the great winner, the party gained 26 of the 150 seats, a historic achievement for a new party. The CDA (Christen Democratisch Appèl) led by Jan Peter Balkenende became the greatest party (43 seats). The great losers were the coalition parties of the ruling "purple coalition" (PvdA, labour party; VVD, liberals; D'66, leftist liberals). These parties were diminished to half of their former size. Ad Melkert (PvdA) resigns as political leader of his party.
Current events of May 16, 2002 (2002-05-16) (Thursday) :
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones released in theaters.
Current events of May 19, 2002 (2002-05-19) (Sunday) :
Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A suicide bomber disguised as an Israeli soldier kills at least two Israelis and wounds more than 50 in Netanya.
Current events of May 20, 2002 (2002-05-20) (Monday) :
East Timor becomes an independent state.Recent celebrity deaths: Stephen Jay Gould dies.
Current events of May 21, 2002 (2002-05-21) (Tuesday) :
Recent celebrity deaths: The French artist Niki de Saint Phalle dies in San Diego, California, aged 71.
Current events of May 22, 2002 (2002-05-22) (Wednesday) :
Recent (discovery of) celebrity deaths: Police find the remains of missing intern Chandra Levy in a park in Washington, DC.
Current events of May 23, 2002 (2002-05-23) (Thursday) :
Recent celebrity deaths: Golfer Sam Snead dies at 89.The Indian-Pakistani conflict intensifies in the Kashmir region. Both powers have nuclear weapons.
Current events of May 24, 2002 (2002-05-24) (Friday) :
An article in the journal Science reports that a new naturally occurring amino acid has been found in a certain type of archaic bacteria. Scientists are calling this new amino acid Pyrrolysine.
Current events of May 25, 2002 (2002-05-25) (Saturday) :
China Airlines Flight 611, breaks up in mid-flight while flying from Chiang Kai Shek International Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, to Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China. All 225 passengers and crew on board perished in the breakup and crash.
Current events of May 26, 2002 (2002-05-26) (Sunday) :
Space exploration: The BBC reports that the NASA space probe Mars Odyssey has found signs of huge ice deposits on the planet Mars.
Current events of May 28, 2002 (2002-05-28) (Tuesday) :
September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack: The last steel beam standing at the World Trade Center site is cut down and placed on a flatbed truck (to be carried away Thursday) in a quiet ceremony honoring the construction workers.
Current events of May 30, 2002 (2002-05-30) (Thursday) :
Miller Brewing is acquired from Philip Morris by South African Brewing for $3.6 billion in stock.September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack: A wordless ceremony at the World Trade Center site marks the end of the recovery effort. In the ceremony, which started at 10:29 a.m. with the tolling of a firemen's bell, a stretcher with an American flag, symbolizing the victims whose remains were not recovered or yet identified was carried up the 500-foot ramp to an FDNY ambulance, which slowly left the site, as did the flatbed truck carrying the last steel beam to be removed. The ceremony included the playing of America the Beautiful by the NYPD pipe-and-drum corps, a flyover by five NYPD helicopters, and the playing of taps by a NYPD and FDNY bugler. The ceremony was attended by hundreds of rescue and recovery workers, family members of victimes, and New York politicians.
Current events of May 31, 2002 (2002-05-31) (Friday) :
The United States Department of State issues a travel warning advising all Americans except for essential diplomatic personnel (about 60,000 people) to leave India because "conditions along India's border with Pakistan and in the state of Jammu and Kashmir have deteriorated."The European Union ratifies the Kyoto Protocol treaty, and Japan stated they would shortly.Football World Cup 2002: Senegal defeats defending champion France 1–0.
Current events of August 4, 2002 (2002-08-04) (Sunday) :
Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A Palestinian suicide bombing claims nine lives, near Safed; there is a shooting attack in Jerusalem, claiming 2; there is an attack upon a settler family, killing the parents. Not all of the victims of these attacks were Israeli Jews; some were Israeli Arabs and Druze.The water parasite Cryptosporidium was discovered in drinking water as a result of the 2002 Glasgow floods.The closing ceremony of the XVII Commonwealth Games which had started on July 25.
Current events of August 5, 2002 (2002-08-05) (Monday) :
Recent celebrity deaths: Chick Hearn, pro-basketball announcer dies at the age of 85.Stock market downturn of 2002: U.S. indices continue heavy losses from the previous week and fall by over three percent on the day, NASDAQ falling below its July 23 low.British cases of Legionnaires' disease continue to rise, to a total of 56 diagnosed cases so far, in that country's largest outbreak for many years.Microsoft has announced that it is to make some concessions towards the proposed final settlement of the United States v. Microsoft case, ahead of the judge's verdict.The gun turret of the USS Monitor was raised from the sea bottom off the coast of North Carolina, where it had lain since sinking in 1869.
Current events of August 7, 2002 (2002-08-07) (Wednesday) :
Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israeli forces kill six Palestinians: Israeli undercover soldiers kill four Palestinian militants wound three in a gun-fight in Tulkarm. An Israeli sniper kills Hussam Hamdan, a member of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Israeli troops and 30 tanks push into northern Gaza, killing a Palestinian policeman. These come in response to the attacks of August 4 listed above.Three members of Manchester rock band Oasis have been injured in a head-on car crash in Indianapolis while on tour in the U.S. None were seriously injured.Mathematics: A group at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur have presented an algorithm that they claim determines whether a number is prime in polynomial time relative to the length of the input number in bits. This is an important result in computational complexity theory.Stock market downturn of 2002: The stock market remains volatile.Explosions went off near the parliament building as Colombia's President Álvaro Uribe was being sworn in, killing at least 10 people.Recent celebrity deaths: Edsger Dijkstra, one of the giants of the field of computer science, has died.
Current events of August 8, 2002 (2002-08-08) (Thursday) :
Accountancy scandals: WorldCom announced it had discovered $3.3 billion in false accounting in addition to the $3.8 billion discovered earlier.The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) votes to require television manufacturers to include digital tuners in nearly all televisions by 2007.
Current events of August 9, 2002 (2002-08-09) (Friday) :
Extreme weather: Dozens are killed by floods caused by torrential rains in Europe, including the Malše and Blanice rivers of the Czech Republic, the Black Sea resort village of Shirokaya Balka near Novorossiisk in Russia, and Romania. The downpours have also caused extensive damage in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, and Spain.A massive explosion in Jalalabad at the maintenance facility of the Afghan Construction and Logistics Unit, a private construction company, kills at least 10 and injures 25, damaging 50 homes and a hydroelectric dam.
Current events of August 10, 2002 (2002-08-10) (Saturday) :
Charlton Heston, movie actor and president of the National Rifle Association, announces that he has Alzheimer's disease.
Current events of August 11, 2002 (2002-08-11) (Sunday) :
UNEP (UN Environment Programme) reports on the Asian brown cloud.
Current events of August 12, 2002 (2002-08-12) (Monday) :
Recent celebrity deaths: Enos Slaughter, Baseball Hall of Famer, dies at 86 from the disease non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.Extreme weather: The death toll in Europe caused by flooding has risen to at least 74, with 58 deaths in Russia, 3 in Germany, 3 in Austria, and one in the Czech Republic. Prime Minister Vladimír Špidla declared a state of emergency in Prague, Bohemia, Plzeň and Karlovy Vary. All shipping on the Danube has been halted. Premier Silvio Berlusconi approved $50 million in emergency aid in response to the $300 million in damage of northern Italy's crops.US Airways declares bankruptcy, caused by the air travel slowdown following the September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attack.Colombian president Álvaro Uribe declares state of emergency.
Current events of August 13, 2002 (2002-08-13) (Tuesday) :
Extreme weather: On the seventh day of heavy rains, the peak of 100-year flood of the Vltava River reaches Prague, and the Kampa district is submerged under several yards of water, as well as the Prague Zoo, killing an elephant, five rhinoceros, a lion, a gorilla and 80 birds, and allowing five seals to escape. The Kampa Museum is flooded. 15,000 people were evacuated from Mělník, and 1,600 people were evacuated from Děčín. The death toll in Europe is at 88, 9 in the Czech Republic.
Current events of August 14, 2002 (2002-08-14) (Wednesday) :
Vladimir Putin announces that Belarus will be fully integrated into Russia, with each of Belarus's six provinces to become a separate republic within the Russian Federation.Recent celebrity deaths: Larry Rivers, American painter, dies at 78.Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Marwan Barghouti, captured April 15, is indicted in a civilian Israeli court.The United States Food and Drug Administration orders a recall of all soft tissues processed since October 3 by CryoLife, the largest supplier of implant tissue in the United States, after 27 cases of serious infection, including one death in November.Extreme weather: The peak of a 100-year flood of the Vltava River surges through the Czech Republic into the Elbe in Germany. In Plzeň the city center is flooded, and breweries shut down. In České Budějovice, most of the old town is under more than a foot of water, and the Czech Budweiser breweries are shut down. More than 200,000 Czechs are forced to leave their homes. Damages are estimated at over $600 million. In Dresden, the Zwinger Palace courtyard and basement are flooded, damaging paintings. The Semper Opera basement is flooded, closing it for weeks. More than 3,000 hospital patients are evacuated. Europe-wide death toll is now 99.
Current events of August 17, 2002 (2002-08-17) (Saturday) :
Extreme weather: The Elbe crests at Dresden at the record height of 30.84 feet (9.40 m). 30,000 Germans are evacuated along the river's path.
Current events of August 18, 2002 (2002-08-18) (Sunday) :
Extreme weather: One of the sea lions who escaped from the Prague Zoo on the 13th is safely recaptured near Wittenberg.
Current events of August 19, 2002 (2002-08-19) (Monday) :
Martin Strel is approaching Memphis, Tennessee, in his effort for peace to swim the length of the Mississippi River.Recent celebrity deaths: Al Ayyam reports that international terrorist Abu Nidal was found dead of apparent suicide.Extreme weather: The flooding death toll in Europe reaches 109. The Danube peaks at Budapest at a record 28.3 feet (8.6 m), mostly contained by the walls along the river. Dessau is flooded. Overall damage in the Czech Republic is expected to cost $2.8 billion.
Current events of August 20, 2002 (2002-08-20) (Tuesday) :
Iraqi club Al-Shorta win the Umm Al Ma’arak (mother of all battles) Cup for the third time in a row by defeating Al-Talaba 1-0 in the final.
Current events of August 21, 2002 (2002-08-21) (Wednesday) :
Extreme weather: In India, a 125-year-old dam bursts under torrential rains, killing 10.
Current events of August 22, 2002 (2002-08-22) (Thursday) :
Extreme weather: In China, the Dongting Lake floods Yueyang, forcing the evacuation of 600,000 people; the crest of the flooding from the Yangtze River is expected Sunday. Floods and landslides have killed nearly 1000 people in China, 200 in the Hunan province. There have been 376 deaths in India, 494 in Nepal, and 158 deaths in Bangladesh this monsoon season.Government of Canada: Jean Chrétien, the Prime Minister of Canada, announces he will step down in February 2004.
Current events of August 23, 2002 (2002-08-23) (Friday) :
Recent celebrity deaths: Baseball Hall of Fame player Hoyt Wilhelm dies.
Current events of August 25, 2002 (2002-08-25) (Sunday) :
The first series of the British reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! started on ITV1Apple releases Mac OS X version 10.2.
Current events of August 26, 2002 (2002-08-26) (Monday) :
Éric Gagné, former three-time All-Star Major League Baseball closer and 2003 NL Cy Young Award winner, begins his MLB-record streak of 84 consecutive games saved.
Current events of August 31, 2002 (2002-08-31) (Saturday) :
Recent celebrity deaths: Lionel Hampton, jazz vibraphone master, dies.Israeli-Palestinian conflict: A think tank affiliated with the Arab League ended its meeting in Cairo by calling Jews "enemies of all nations", by claiming that Arabs, as Semites, cannot be anti-Semitic, and by claiming that the events of September 11, 2001 were concocted by the United States government. See
Current events of June 5, 2002 (2002-06-05) (Wednesday) :
Sweden passes a law that allows homosexual couples to apply for both the national and the international adoption of children.In a watershed moment for soccer in the United States, the United States men's national soccer team upsets pre-tournament favorites Portugal 3–2, in their opening match of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Current events of June 6, 2002 (2002-06-06) (Thursday) :
Singer and Grammy Award winner Robert Kelly (aka R. Kelly) was arrested and charged with having sex with an underaged girl. He was sentenced 2 years.A 32-foot meteor explodes in the airspace west of Kashmir, raising fears that misidentifited meteor explosions could spark a nuclear war.[1]Robbin Crosby of Ratt dies from a heroin overdose.
Current events of June 8, 2002 (2002-06-08) (Saturday) :
Lennox Lewis knocks out Mike Tyson in an IBF and WBC championship boxing match in Memphis.Croatia beats Italy 2–1 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.The Hayman Fire begins, the largest of the Colorado wildfires.
Current events of June 10, 2002 (2002-06-10) (Monday) :
Terrorism: The U.S. government announced that it had prevented an al-Qaida attempt to construct and detonate a radiological weapon (sometimes called a "dirty bomb") in the United States.Kashmir crisis: Pakistan and India appear to have stepped down their rhetoric over the Kashmir crisis, reducing the threat of nuclear war in the subcontinent slightly.Recent celebrity deaths: Former mob boss John "Teflon Don" Gotti dies of cancer.Technology - The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom.
Current events of June 11, 2002 (2002-06-11) (Tuesday) :
Mohammed Zahir Shah opened a loya jirga in Afghanistan.Technology – Microsoft's .Net service is being examined by the European Union for possible breaking of data privacy laws.Nanotech – IBM creates punched cards with a diameter of just 10 nanometers.Hit reality show, American Idol premiered its first episode on Fox Network.
Current events of June 14, 2002 (2002-06-14) (Friday) :
A new terrorist organisation, Al Qanoon, claimed responsibility for an earlier suicide bomb attack aimed at the US consulate in Karachi in Pakistan. 11 people were killed in the bomb attack, and approximately 45 injured. The US has subsequently closed all diplomatic missions in Pakistan.Astrophysics – An asteroid (2002 MN), the size of a soccer field, barely misses hitting the Earth. It was the second closest asteroid approach to Earth in recorded history. The asteroid was first observed three days after its close approach, on June 17, 2002.[2]
Current events of June 16, 2002 (2002-06-16) (Sunday) :
Pope John Paul II declared Pio of Pietrelcina a saint
Current events of June 18, 2002 (2002-06-18) (Tuesday) :
BT Cellnet is rebranded as O2 at 6 PM.Soap actress Nancy Addison died of cancer.
Current events of June 20, 2002 (2002-06-20) (Thursday) :
Law – The United States Supreme Court is asked about requiring Internet filters.Law – Go Daddy Software pursues VeriSign for damages.Technology – Toshiba clones Apple Computer's iPod.
Current events of June 22, 2002 (2002-06-22) (Saturday) :
Medicine – Europe is declared polio-free by the World Health Organization.Recent celebrity deaths: Columnist Ann Landers dies of myeloma at age 83.Natural disaster – a major earthquake hit Iran, with its epicentre at Bou'in-Zahra, measuring at least 6.0 on the Richter scale.
Current events of June 26, 2002 (2002-06-26) (Wednesday) :
Law – A federal court in San Francisco, California, ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional, because of its "under God" clause.Accountancy scandals – There are reports of alleged fraud at WorldCom, one of the world's largest telcos and internet service providers.
Current events of June 27, 2002 (2002-06-27) (Thursday) :
Accountancy scandals – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has begun fraud action against WorldCom.Finance – The euro approaches parity with the United States dollar.Music – The Who's bassist John Entwistle dies of a heart attack at age 57.
Current events of June 30, 2002 (2002-06-30) (Sunday) :
The Final of the 2002 FIFA World Cup took place in Yokohama, Japan. Brazil defeated Germany and claimed the title for a record fifth time.
Current events of July 1, 2002 (2002-07-01) (Monday) :
A Russian Tupolev Tu-154 airliner and a Boeing 757 operated by DHL collide at 35,000 ft over Überlingen, due to failure of correct communication from ground-to-air. The 69 people aboard the Tupolev (mainly Russian schoolchildren) and the two pilots of the Boeing are all killed.
Current events of July 2, 2002 (2002-07-02) (Tuesday) :
Nicotine water is ruled illegal by the Food and Drug Administration.Entertainment – Yahoo! Internet Life magazine folds.Medicine – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States will be headed by an infectious disease expert.Technology – A US federal judge decided that Microsoft is not required to reveal its lobbying contacts.
Current events of July 3, 2002 (2002-07-03) (Wednesday) :
Columbia Pictures publicly distributed Men in Black II into movie theaters.
Current events of July 5, 2002 (2002-07-05) (Friday) :
Recent celebrity deaths: Ted Williams, baseball player, aged 83.
Current events of July 8, 2002 (2002-07-08) (Monday) :
Organization of African Unity disbanded, African Union created.
Current events of July 9, 2002 (2002-07-09) (Tuesday) :
George W. Bush gives a stern speech addressing American accounting scandals.Recent celebrity deaths: Rod Steiger, American actor, aged 77.Women's Health Initiative published.
Current events of July 10, 2002 (2002-07-10) (Wednesday) :
Michel Brunet, a paleontologist at the University of Poitiers, France, announced in the journal Nature that a 7-million-year-old skull found in the desert of Chad is the earliest hominid fossil ever found. But he was immediately met by a firestorm of criticism from other scientists who claim that it is merely the skull of an ape, possibly a proto-gorilla.The Free Software Initiative of Japan was founded.
Current events of July 11, 2002 (2002-07-11) (Thursday) :
A group of Moroccan soldiers set up base on the Perejil Island.
Current events of July 14, 2002 (2002-07-14) (Sunday) :
French president Jacques Chirac misses a would-be assassin's bullet during Bastille Day celebrations.
Current events of July 15, 2002 (2002-07-15) (Monday) :
John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban", pled guilty to two charges, and prosecutors dropped the rest. He will be sentenced in October.
Current events of July 18, 2002 (2002-07-18) (Thursday) :
Patents: Forgent Networks asserts that it owns and will enforce patent rights on the widely used JPEG image compression standard which is used widely on the World Wide Web. The announcement creates a furore remisicent of Unisys' attempts to assert its rights over the GIF image compression standard.Muslim missile engineer Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam is elected president of India, to be sworn into office July 25.This morning, Spain launches Operation Romeo-Sierra, a military attempt to take over the Perejil Island. The operation is successful.
Current events of July 22, 2002 (2002-07-22) (Monday) :
A few hours after the spiritual leader of Hamas, Ahmed Yassin, offered to halt all suicide attacks in exchange for full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, an Israeli F-16 jet dropped a bomb into a densely populated residential area of Gaza City. Fifteen people were killed, including Salah Shehade (the leader of Hamas's military wing, the Izz ad-Din el-Qasam Brigades), and more than 100 others were wounded. Nine of the dead were children, including Mohammed al-Huwaiti (aged 4), his brother Subhi (aged 3), Ayman Mattar (aged 1) and Dunya Rami Mattar (aged three months). The United Nations swiftly condemned the action as a flagrant violation of international law. Ariel Sharon, Israel's Prime Minister, said it was "one of our biggest successes", though the Prime Minister's office later added, "it is well known he regrets the killing of civilians."[1]An earthquake (magnitude 4.7) hits parts of Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.Accounting scandals: WorldCom filed for bankruptcy protection, in the largest corporate insolvency ever.Harry Potter. The director for the third Harry Potter film has been announced as Mexican-born Alfonso Cuarón. Cuarón will start directing "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" next year.Politics of the Netherlands. A new cabinet is sworn in, with Jan Peter Balkenende replacing Wim Kok as Prime Minister. He heads a coalition of three parties: Christen Democratisch Appèl, Lijst Pim Fortuyn and Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie. One of the state secretaries of the new cabinet resigned a few hours later.Steve Fossett circles the Globe in a balloon.
Current events of July 23, 2002 (2002-07-23) (Tuesday) :
Recent celebrity deaths: Chaim Potok, novelist dies of cancer at age 73.
Current events of July 24, 2002 (2002-07-24) (Wednesday) :
First near-Earth object to be given a positive rating on the Palermo Technical Impact Hazard Scale for potential Earth collision is (89959) 2002 NT7 with a potential impact on February 1, 2019.U.S. Congressman James Traficant was expelled from the House of Representatives on a vote of 420 to 1. Traficant had been convicted of ten federal counts of corruption.The major Millennium Challenge 2002 war game run by the United States armed forces begins.
Current events of July 25, 2002 (2002-07-25) (Thursday) :
A proposal by the United States to delay adoption of a new United Nations anti-torture pact was defeated 15–29, after which the pact was adopted by the Economic and Social Council. The United States cited concerns that, if adopted by the General Assembly, American state prisons and other facilities may become subject to inspection.Open source: Streaming media company RealNetworks has announced that it will support the free software Ogg Vorbis audio compression technology as part of its new open-source initiative. This will provide a mass market for the Vorbis technology, allowing it access to network effects which may make it a serious competitor to Microsoft's closed technologies.The opening day of the XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
Current events of July 27, 2002 (2002-07-27) (Saturday) :
Ukraine airshow disaster: A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter plane crashes into a crowd at an airshow in Lviv in Ukraine, killing at least 78 people and injuring many more.A series of bomb blasts have rocked the Christian districts of the city of Ambon in Indonesia in what appears to be a continuation of violence between Christian and Muslim inhabitants. Over the past five years more than 5000 people have been killed in this conflict.Nine American miners have been rescued from a mine in Pennsylvania, after frantic drilling by rescuers.The Homeland Security Bill passes the United States House of Representatives, in a form that appears to kill Operation TIPS.
Current events of July 28, 2002 (2002-07-28) (Sunday) :
Cyclist Lance Armstrong wins his fourth consecutive Tour de France.
Current events of July 29, 2002 (2002-07-29) (Monday) :
England beats India in the first cricket Test match of the series.
Current events of July 30, 2002 (2002-07-30) (Tuesday) :
Pope John Paul II canonizes Pedro de San José Betancurt.Greek electronic game ban: The bill 3037/2002, a controversial attempt to fight illegal gambling, is declared a law in Greece.2002 Glasgow floods
Current events of July 31, 2002 (2002-07-31) (Wednesday) :
The Foreign Relations Committee of the United States Senate begins hearings on the proposed invasion of IraqThe stock market continues its recovery from the Stock market downturn of 2002In Mexico Pope John Paul II canonizes St. Juan Diego, a Mexican Indian who had a vision of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Current events of September 1, 2002 (2002-09-01) (Sunday) :
Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The Arab League disavowed the final statement made by the Zayed Center for Coordination and Follow-Up, claiming that they adhere to a policy of supporting Israel's right to exist within pre-1967 borders, and restating that the conflict in the Middle East is between Palestinians and Israelis, not all Jews.
Current events of September 3, 2002 (2002-09-03) (Tuesday) :
Stock market downturn of 2002: The Nikkei stock average falls 3.2% to 9,217.04, an 18-year low.2002 US Open: Lindsay Davenport defeated Yelena Bovina to advance to the semi-finals against the winner of Serena Williams vs. Daniela Hantuchová; Monica Seles defeated Martina Hingis to advance to the quarter-finals against Venus Williams.
Current events of September 4, 2002 (2002-09-04) (Wednesday) :
Argentina defeated the United States, 87–80, at the World Basketball Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was the first loss ever in international play for a United States team containing National Basketball Association players.The Oakland Athletics baseball team won their 20th consecutive game, an American League record.Laura Diaz joined rival KCBS-TV after leaving KABC-TV, where she worked for 18 years.Glenn Tilton joined United Airlines as President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Current events of September 5, 2002 (2002-09-05) (Thursday) :
An assassination attempt was made on President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan in Kandahar. A gunman wearing the uniform of the new Afghan Army opened fire, wounding the Governor of Kandahar and an American Special Operations officer. The gunman and one of the President's bodyguards were killed.
Current events of September 6, 2002 (2002-09-06) (Friday) :
September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack/Memorials and Services: The US Congress convenes for a one-day joint session in Federal Hall in New York City, the original capital of the United States.
Current events of September 7, 2002 (2002-09-07) (Saturday) :
2002 US Open: Serena Williams defeats Venus Williams.
Current events of September 8, 2002 (2002-09-08) (Sunday) :
2002 US Open: Pete Sampras defeats Andre Agassi in four sets to win his record 14th major.Iraqi club Al-Shorta win the 2002 Al-Quds International Championship by defeating Al Najaf 1-0 in the final.
Current events of September 9, 2002 (2002-09-09) (Monday) :
Martin Strel is swimming to his final destination of the Gulf of Mexico.
Current events of September 10, 2002 (2002-09-10) (Tuesday) :
Switzerland becomes a full member of the United Nations.Large deposits of methane hydrate are found off the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Current events of September 11, 2002 (2002-09-11) (Wednesday) :
The first anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks is marked by many services and memorials.Ramzi bin al-Shibh, a key al Qaeda member who supposedly helped to plan the September 11 attacks was captured in PakistanJohnny Unitas dies at the age of 69.Skeleton of a baby girl is found encased in a concrete block in a lock-up in Barepot near Workington.
Current events of September 12, 2002 (2002-09-12) (Thursday) :
U.S. plan to invade Iraq: In a speech before the U.N. General Assembly, George W. Bush asserts that Iraq has defied various U.N. resolutions and is "a threat to the authority of the United Nations and a threat to peace". He says that the US will work with the Security Council to draft the necessary resolutions for military action.
Current events of September 14, 2002 (2002-09-14) (Saturday) :
Tim Montgomery of the United States broke the world record in the 100 meter dash at the IAAF Grand Prix Final, running 9.78 seconds to beat the former record of 9.79 set by Maurice Greene of the United States in 1999.In both San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, hundreds of anti-war protesters marched and spoke out against the U.S. plan to invade Iraq.
Current events of September 16, 2002 (2002-09-16) (Monday) :
U.S. plan to invade Iraq: Colin Powell meets with the United Nations Security Council to push for stronger resolutions against Iraq. In a surprise reversal, Iraq tells the United Nations it will allow weapons inspectors "immediately and without condition."Cryptography: A worrying theoretical cryptanalytic attack on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) has been announced in a paper by Nicolas Courtois and Josef Pieprzyk entitled "Cryptanalysis of Block Ciphers with Overdefined Systems of Equations". This appears to show a surprising potential theoretical weakness in the AES algorithm.
Current events of September 18, 2002 (2002-09-18) (Wednesday) :
After three days of negotiations in Sattahip, Thailand, the Tamil Tigers agreed to drop their demand for independence from Sri Lanka, and accepted autonomy in the north and northwest of the country.Archaeologists use a remote-controlled robot to access a hitherto sealed chamber within the Great Pyramid of Giza: the robot drilled a hole in a long-sealed door and poked a fiber-optic camera through. Unfortunately, all that was revealed was another closed door.Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon is released from jail due to health reasons.The body of abducted British schoolgirl Amanda Dowler is found in remote woodland in Yateley near Hampshire.Athlete Bob Hayes dies.
Current events of September 19, 2002 (2002-09-19) (Thursday) :
An attempted coup by disaffected former soldiers of Côte d'Ivoire was put down, with the death of the alleged coup leader, General Robert Guéï, a former military dictator of the country. Guéï was killed when his car refused to stop at a roadblock in downtown Abidjan. Rebels continue in control of the cities of Bouaké and Korhogo.Israeli-Palestinian conflict: After a suicide bomber kills 5 and wounds more than 60 on a bus next to Tel Aviv's Great Synagogue, Israeli troops, tanks, and bulldozers destroy buildings in Yasser Arafat's Ramallah headquarters.U.S. plan to invade Iraq: The Bush administration pressures US Congress to pass a resolution giving Bush authority to use "all means he determines to be appropriate, including force" to oust Saddam Hussein and disarm Iraq.Extreme weather, recent celebrity deaths: About one-third of the Maili glacier breaks off from the Caucasus Mountains and buries Karmadon, Russia, under up to 500 feet of ice and debris, killing 125, including the young Russian movie star Sergei Bodrov Jr.Hurricane Isabelle strikes the Northeastern part of the United States.
Current events of September 20, 2002 (2002-09-20) (Friday) :
U.S. plan to invade Iraq: White House and Pentagon officials announce that Gen. Tommy Franks presented detailed war plans to President Bush in early September.Spirited Away was released in the US.Joss Whedon's short-lived TV show Firefly makes its debut.A large tornado carves a path through Indiana, this tornado was given a rating of EF3, which is 3/5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.
Current events of September 21, 2002 (2002-09-21) (Saturday) :
Recent celebrity deaths: Science fiction author Robert L. Forward dies.
Current events of September 22, 2002 (2002-09-22) (Sunday) :
Armagh beat Kerry at Croke Park, Dublin by a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-14 to win their first All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.A new Bundestag (German parliament) is chosen. In a very tight election, Gerhard Schröder defeats Edmund Stoiber to remain Chancellor. The German Green Party does very well. The coalition between the SPD and the German Green Party continue with Joschka Fischer as vice chancellor.
Politics of Germany, Bundestag, List of political parties in Germany (SPD, CDU/CSU, Greens, FDP, PDS)
People: Guido Westerwelle (Chancellor-Candidate of the FDP)Hurricane Isidore strikes the Yucatán Peninsula as a Category Three hurricane.
Current events of September 23, 2002 (2002-09-23) (Monday) :
Belgium is the second European country (after the Netherlands) to legalise euthanasia.Stock market downturn of 2002: Global indices sink heavily today, with the Nasdaq falling 3% to a 6-year low of 1,184.94. The yield of the U.S. Treasury's 10-year bond sank to a 40-year low of 3.70%, with the 2-year bond yield falling to a record low of 1.89%. Meanwhile, concern of the U.S. plan to invade Iraq pushed oil prices to over $30 a barrel, not seen since February 2001.Spratly Islands: The Governor of the Philippine state of Palawan has sent Philippine soldiers to take possession of the uninhabited oil-rich Spratly Islands, which are claimed by the Philippines, Brunei, the People's Republic of China, Malaysia, the Republic of China (Taiwan), and Vietnam.
Current events of September 24, 2002 (2002-09-24) (Tuesday) :
Technology: Motorola has announced a single-chip satellite navigation receiver, opening the possibility of the addition of location-specific functions to low cost ubiquitous computing devices. The chip combines RF processing, analog signal processing, digital signal processing and a CPU on a single chip.Côte d'Ivoire: Côte d'Ivoire rebel soldiers, still attempting to overthrow the government, have invested a compound containing over 100 American citizens and other foreigners. 200 United States Marines have entered the country.
Current events of September 25, 2002 (2002-09-25) (Wednesday) :
India: The federal government has moved thousands of troops into the state of Gujarat after 32 people were killed in an attack on a Hindu temple. According to the government, the move is aimed at preventing further communal violence in the aftermath of the attack.
Current events of September 27, 2002 (2002-09-27) (Friday) :
Several thousand people marched in Denver, Colorado, to protest the U.S. plan to invade Iraq when President Bush visited the city.Sports: The best golfers in Europe and the United States begin competition for the 2002 Ryder Cup at The Belfry in England.The annual G7 meeting begins the weekend of the 2002 IMF/World Bank annual meetings in Washington, D.C.. 649 protesters from the alternative globalization movement are arrested.East Timor becomes the 191st member of the United Nations.
Current events of September 28, 2002 (2002-09-28) (Saturday) :
Hundreds of thousands of people marched in London to protest the U.S. plan to invade Iraq. About a hundred thousand also protested in Rome, Italy.
Current events of September 30, 2002 (2002-09-30) (Monday) :
Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) withdraws from his campaign for reelection following ethics scandals.NOAA and NASA researchers announce the ozone hole over Antarctica has grown markedly smaller since last year and has broken into two, due to warmer temperatures.Accounting scandals: New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has filed civil fraud lawsuits against ex-WorldCom CEO Bernie Ebbers, Qwest Communications executives Philip Anschutz and Joseph Nacchio, Metromedia Fiber Networks chairman Stephen Garofalo, and ex-McLeod USA CEO Clark McLeod.Stock market downturn of 2002: Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi fired financial regulator Hakuo Yanagisawa in favor of economy minister Heizō Takenaka.
Current events of October 3, 2002 (2002-10-03) (Thursday) :
Hurricane Lili strikes near Intercoastal City, Louisiana, as a Category One hurricane weakened from the significant Category Four storm it was just 10 hours earlier.
Current events of October 5, 2002 (2002-10-05) (Saturday) :
Bertrand Delanoë, mayor of Paris, gets stabbed in the abdomen at city hall during the Nuits Blanches event.
Current events of October 6, 2002 (2002-10-06) (Sunday) :
The Limburg, a French oil tanker, explodes off the coast of Yemen, in a terrorist attack.Israeli-Palestinian conflict: In the West Bank village of Akraba, Jewish settlers fire upon Palestinians picking olives, shooting dead 24-year-old Hani Yusuf and wounding another. Israelis soldiers shoot dead Samir Nursi, an Islamic Jihad gunman, in a gun battle in the Jenin refugee camp.
Current events of October 7, 2002 (2002-10-07) (Monday) :
Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Israeli troops raid Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, killing 13 (10 from a helicopter missile) and wounding as many as 100, after Palestinians fire a rocket at a Jewish settlement in the area. Later Palestinians kidnap and kill Rajeh Abu Lehiya, chief of the Palestinian riot police, and two others die in gunfire during a police-Hamas supporters conflict.Stock market downturn of 2002: Nasdaq falls 1.8% to 1119.40, the Dow Jones Industrial Average index falls 1.4% to 7422.84, and the S&P falls 1.91% to 785.28, levels not reached since August 1996, mid-1997, and spring of 1997 respectively.Announcement of the discovery of Quaoar, a planetoid object circling the Sun.
Current events of October 9, 2002 (2002-10-09) (Wednesday) :
Public Interest group Harvardwatch released a report on Harken's partnership with Harvard University.The European Commission of the European Union has announced that ten countries – Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia – have met its criteria for entry, opening the way for an expansion of the EU from 15 member states to 25. The European Parliament has still to consider each candidate individually and the final decision will require the approval of the current member states.Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is making various ceremonial appearances in Canada in her role as the Queen of Canada.Lawrence Lessig argues Eldred v. Ashcroft in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The case challenges retroactive copyright extensions passed by Congress, and potentially affects millions of copyrighted works.
Current events of October 10, 2002 (2002-10-10) (Thursday) :
France confirms that an explosion aboard French oil tanker Limburg off the coast of Yemen was, indeed, a terrorist act.Israeli-Palestinian conflict
A suicide bomber killed a 71-year-old woman and injured several other at a bus stop near Tel Aviv, Israel.
A large crowd of Palestinian police officers and militiamen marched in a funeral procession for a policeman killed by a Hamas militiaman. Hamas claims that, although they did not authorize the killing, it was justified under Islamic law.Hungarian Holocaust survivor Imre Kertész wins the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Nobel Committee singled out his 1975 novel Fateless, a semiautobiographical account of a boy sent to Auschwitz who survives by detaching himself from the everyday gritty reality.In the journal Nature, anthropologist Milford Wolpoff and colleagues at the University of Michigan argued that the fossil skull discovered in Chad in July is not that of an early human, but of an ape.The International Court of Justice grants sovereignty over the Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon and not Nigeria.
Current events of October 11, 2002 (2002-10-11) (Friday) :
U.S. plan to invade Iraq
The United States Senate voted to give war powers to President George W. Bush as part of the ongoing conflict between the United States and Iraq.Myyrmanni bombing
A suicide bomber explodes at the Myyrmanni Shopping Mall in Vantaa, Finland, killing seven including the bomber.Israeli-Palestinian conflict
United States embassy guards in Tel Aviv, Israel, stopped a suicide bomber from setting off a bomb in a crowded beachfront cafe.More than 10,000 supporters of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat rallied in Gaza City to show strength against Hamas.Jimmy Carter is honored with the Nobel Peace Prize.
Current events of October 12, 2002 (2002-10-12) (Saturday) :
2002 Bali bombings: A car-bomb on the Indonesian island of Bali explodes outside a nightclub killing at least 182 people, 75% of whom are said to have been foreign holidaymakers. Another 210 people are said to have been injured. The principal suspects for this terrorist incident are a group seeking to establish an Islamic state in Indonesia, Jemaah Islamiyah, although it could equally be the work of al-Qaeda. Another bomb explodes at around the same time in the nearby town of Denpasar, Bali. It had been said to be an attack on Australian holidaymakers due to its role in the liberation of East Timor.Ethnic rioting in India results in numerous deaths. The riots are said to be a reaction to recent public comments by Jerry Falwell, American televangelist, derogatory of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.
Current events of October 13, 2002 (2002-10-13) (Sunday) :
2002 Bali bombings: U.S. President George W. Bush amongst many others has condemned the perpetrators of the Bali car bombing of October 11. The death toll has now risen to at least 187.
Current events of October 14, 2002 (2002-10-14) (Monday) :
2002 Bali bombings: Indonesia's defense minister blamed al-Qaida and its extremist allies for the massive bomb attack that killed more than 180 people at a nightclub on the resort island of Bali.United Kingdom took back the reins of government in Northern Ireland amid a crisis in the peace process provoked by a spying scandal, but vowed to try and restore home rule early next year. See also Good Friday Agreement.The Washington sniper strikes again for the twelfth time at 9:15 p.m. at a Home Depot in Falls Church, Virginia, making Linda Franklin the ninth fatality. (Washington Post)The San Francisco Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to one, to win the National League Championship Series and move on the World Series. They will play the Anaheim Angels, who defeated the Minnesota Twins four games to one to win the American League Championship Series.
Current events of October 15, 2002 (2002-10-15) (Tuesday) :
A Kiev judge ordered prosecutors to open a criminal probe of Ukraine's veteran President Leonid Kuchma, on charges of corruption and abuse of power.ImClone Systems founder Sam Waksal pleaded guilty to bank fraud and conspiracy in an insider trading scandal that threatens Martha Stewart and her home decorating empire.
Current events of October 16, 2002 (2002-10-16) (Wednesday) :
U.S. plans to invade Iraq: Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002, was signed into law by President George W. Bush.Seven members of the Dawson family were murdered in Baltimore, Maryland in retribution for opposing local drug activityPolitics of the Netherlands
The cabinet of Balkenende resigns. Because of the constant internal fighting in the new party LPF, the other two governing parties, CDA and VVD decided that continuing the coalition was impossible. It seems almost certain that there will be new elections, possibly as early as December.
Officials in Brussels fear that the collapse in the Netherlands will delay the expansion of the EU. The Netherlands cabinet was already divided on the issue and if new elections are to be held it may take 4–5 months before another cabinet is installed that is willing to make a decision.Gerhard Schröder and Joschka Fischer sign the coalition treaty for the second red-green cabinet of Germany.
Current events of October 17, 2002 (2002-10-17) (Thursday) :
Zamboanga bombings: Two bombs exploded in the main shopping district of the mostly Christian city of Zamboanga in the southern Philippines, killing six and wounding about 150. It was the second major evident terrorist incident in southeast Asia in less than a week. Suspicion immediately focused on Jemaah Islamiyah, an Islamic extremist group also being investigated for the October 11 Bali car bombing, in which more than 180 people died.U.S. officials announce the existence of a clandestine North Korea nuclear weapons program, admitted to by North Korean officials.There is further evidence for the existence of a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way galaxy. The object Sagittarius A* has now been identified as the black hole at the galactic centre by a team led by Rainer Schödel of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, who observed the behavior of the star S2 which is near Sagittarius A*.
Current events of October 18, 2002 (2002-10-18) (Friday) :
October 18, 2002 Manila bus bombing: A bomb exploded in suburban Manila, destroying a bus and killing at least three people, while 23 others were wounded. A grenade exploded in the Philippine capital's financial district hours earlier. The bomb attacks occurred only one day after two deadly bombings in the southern Philippines.An armed individual entered a school in Stuttgart, Germany and held five people hostage, demanding a ransom for their release. The hostages were known to be four schoolchildren and one teacher. The 16-year-old subsequently released the hostages and surrendered peacefully.Valentin Tsvetkov, governor of the Russian Far East region of Magadan, was assassinated on the streets in Moscow, in what authorities claim was probably a contract killing.
Current events of October 19, 2002 (2002-10-19) (Saturday) :
Chess champion Vladimir Kramnik and the computer program Deep Fritz have drawn the Brains in Bahrain match, a series of eight games, with four points each.
Current events of October 22, 2002 (2002-10-22) (Tuesday) :
Canadian author Yann Martel won the Booker Prize for his "quirky fable" Life of Pi. The prize is worth £50,000 ($77,300). Martel's work was picked from 130 novels from Britain, Ireland.The German Bundestag made Gerhard Schröder again Chancellor. He was elected with 305 votes, one vote out of the 306 red-green coalition missing. After that, the new ministers of the Bundesregierung were appointed.
Current events of October 23, 2002 (2002-10-23) (Wednesday) :
Moscow theatre siege, Second Chechen War: Suspected Chechen guerrillas took hundreds hostage in a theater in Moscow, threatening to blow up the building and demanding withdrawal of Russian troops from Chechnya.Washington sniper: Police reported that a ransom note was left at the scene of the latest shooting by the person believed to have shot 13 people and killed 9. The note apparently demanded $10 million, and it contained a threat to local residents saying, "Your children are not safe anywhere at any time."
Current events of October 24, 2002 (2002-10-24) (Thursday) :
Moscow theatre siege, Second Chechen War: The Chechen rebels holding hundreds of hostages in a Moscow theater shot and killed one captive and said they were ready to die for their cause, warning that thousands more of their comrades were "keen on dying."Beltway sniper: Within hours of Police Chief Charles Moose announcing that John Allen Muhammad was wanted in connection with the investigation, Muhammad and his 17-year-old stepson John Lee Malvo were arrested on federal weapons charges, found with the rifle used in the shootings.
Current events of October 25, 2002 (2002-10-25) (Friday) :
Moscow theatre siege, Second Chechen War: The Chechen separatist "suicide squad" release eight children, but keep some 700 people hostage in a Moscow theater rigged with explosives. Diplomats wait for the gunmen to honor a pledge to free about 75 foreigners among their hostages, including Australians, Austrians, Britons, Germans and three Americans.Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Hundreds of Israeli soldiers backed by scores of tanks and other military vehicles took control of the Palestinian city of Jenin in response to a suicide bombing that killed 14 people.IBM announces that its Blue Gene petaflop supercomputer architecture will use the Linux operating system.Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi dissolved the country's Parliament, officially starting the campaign for one of the African Great Lakes country's most competitive general elections and closing his tenure as one of Africa's longest ruling leaders.The Alberta Alliance Party is officially registered with Elections Alberta.
Current events of October 26, 2002 (2002-10-26) (Saturday) :
Moscow theatre siege, Second Chechen War: Special forces of the Russian army attack the Chechen separatists who were holding hostages in a Moscow theater. Fifty of the 53 separatists and 117 of the 800 hostages are killed. Most of hostages were killed by poison gas used by the special forces, with most of the surviving hostages hospitalised with gas poisoning.The Anaheim Angels force a decisive seventh game with the San Francisco Giants in the 2002 World Series with a dramatic late-inning rally from 5–0 to win 6–5.
Current events of October 27, 2002 (2002-10-27) (Sunday) :
Leftist Luis Inácio Lula da Silva handily wins Brazil's presidential election.The Anaheim Angels win the 2002 World Series by four games to three, with a 4–1 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 7.Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys passes Walter Payton as the NFL's leading rusher in a 17–14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.The ITV London area television network London Weekend Television closes and Carlton Communications took over the channel.
Current events of October 28, 2002 (2002-10-28) (Monday) :
Three nursing professors are shot dead at the University of Arizona by a student flunking out of the nursing program. Robert J. Flores, Jr., 41, shot and killed Robin Rogers, 50, Barbara Monroe, 45, and Cheryl McGaffic, 44, before turning the gun on himself. Two of the teachers were shot in a classroom and the gunman allowed the students to leave before killing himself.Team Bath become the first university team to qualify for the FA Cup First Round since 1882. They beat Horsham 4–3 on penalties in the Fourth Qualifying Round replay.
Current events of October 29, 2002 (2002-10-29) (Tuesday) :
Moscow theatre siege, Second Chechen War: Some medical experts now believe that the Moscow hostages and terrorists were gassed with a military incapacitating agent such as BZ or a similar substance. Others claim that a fentanyl derivative may have been used. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow stated that it believed that the substance was an opiate. Other candidates suggested include the Russian incapacitating agent Kolokol-1 and aerosolized Valium. Yet another medical expert has stated that the gas used is a common anaesthetic gas that is commonly used in Europe.The crime novelist Patricia Cornwell announces DNA evidence possibly linking the painter Walter Sickert to one of the many letters claiming to be from the 19th century serial killer Jack the Ripper.The Canadian ministry of foreign affairs issues an advisory to Canadians born in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, and Sudan warning them to "consider carefully" whether to go to the United States for "any reason". This follows a US law requiring photos and fingerprints of Canadian citizens born in those countries upon entering the US, as well as the deportation to Syria of Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen. The American ambassador, Paul Cellucci, later assures the Canadian government that all Canadian passport holders will be treated equally; however, further incidents attributed to racial profiling take place.
Current events of October 30, 2002 (2002-10-30) (Wednesday) :
The government of Canada issued a travel advisory to the United States for all Canadian citizens born in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan or Syria after the United States announced that anyone born in those countries will be photographed and fingerprinted upon arrival in the United States.The European Union accuses tobacco company R. J. Reynolds of selling black market cigarettes to drug traffickers and mobsters from Italy, Russia, Colombia and the Balkans.The Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party chose former Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale as their candidate for the United States Senate seat of recently deceased Senator Paul Wellstone from Minnesota.
Current events of October 31, 2002 (2002-10-31) (Thursday) :
Nine bombs explode in Soweto, South Africa and the vicinity and one near Pretoria.Over a million people gather in Greenwich Village to celebrate Halloween.Pat Buchanan denounces Canada as Soviet Canuckistan over the warning issued by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs regarding travel to the US.The Russian Health Minister Yuri Shevchenko has now stated that the incapacitating agent used in the storming of the Moscow theatre siege was a fentanyl derivative.
Current events of November 1, 2002 (2002-11-01) (Friday) :
An earthquake has killed 29 in the town of San Giuliano di Puglia, in Campobasso, Molise, in Italy. Twenty-six of the victims were children killed then the roof of their school collapsed. An estimated 5,500 Italians are left homeless.Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly announced her findings in the United States v. Microsoft antitrust case after the close of the financial markets.
Current events of November 2, 2002 (2002-11-02) (Saturday) :
Recent celebrity deaths: Charles Sheffield, science fiction author and physicist, dies of brain cancer at age 67Gay Games open in Sydney, Australia.The Godless Americans March on Washington brings together 2,000 atheists, freethinkers, and humanists in a mile-long parade down the National Mall.
Current events of November 3, 2002 (2002-11-03) (Sunday) :
2002 Denali earthquake: An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the moment magnitude scale occurs near Denali National Park in Alaska. The earthquake was the largest recorded in the interior of the United States for more than 150 years and was the strongest ever recorded in the interior of Alaska. No fatalities and only a few injuries were reported.
Current events of November 4, 2002 (2002-11-04) (Monday) :
Yemen: An AGM-114 Hellfire missile launched by an American drone airplane destroyed a car carrying what the United States claims were six members of al-Qaeda, including the mastermind of the USS Cole attack, Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi.Turkey: Turkish Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has won the Turkish general election. The AK Party campaigned on economic and social issues, and downplayed its Islamist origins. The AK Party's chairman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is banned from holding political office, so someone else will become Turkish Prime Minister. Opponents of the AK Party have expressed concerns that the AK Party's victory may threaten the secular nature of the Turkish state.Human rights: Amnesty International has released a 74-page report accusing the Israel Defense Forces of war crimes and human rights violations.Internet: Country code top-level domain administrators have started to talk about taking back control of their parts of the domain name system that has been controlled by ICANN since the death of Jon Postel. They have complained that ICANN is unaccountable, dictatorial and unresponsive to users' needs.
Current events of November 5, 2002 (2002-11-05) (Tuesday) :
Embattled U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissioner Harvey Pitt tenders his resignation.Election Day: In the 2002 midterm elections, Republicans receive a net gain of two seats of the closely divided U.S. Senate, retaking control of the body. The Republicans also retain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, with a net gain of eight House seats. Democrats make some gains in the state governors' races, with a net gain of three governorships.Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dissolves the Knesset and calls for elections early the next year.UK Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith made what was widely considered to be a disastrous speech where he demanded that his party "unite or die"; observers believe that this marks the start of a new leadership struggle within the Conservative Party.
Current events of November 6, 2002 (2002-11-06) (Wednesday) :
The United States signs the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and AgricultureAnti-Semitism: With approval of official state censors, Egyptian television broadcast the first episode of a miniseries, Horseman Without a Horse, based upon the debunked Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It airs at the hour that Egyptian families gather together to break their fast during the fasting month of Ramadan.The Federal Reserve Board of Governors lowers its overnight bank-lending rate to 1.25 percent, and this bigger-than-expected rate cut signals there may be more weakness in the economy than the market expected. The Fed indicated in its statements accompanying the rate cut that concern about a war with Iraq and the threat of terrorism may be slowing consumer and business spending.Two Mig-29s of the Slovak Air Force crashed following a mid-air collision near Hnilec in central-eastern Slovakia. One pilot ejected safely, while the other, Major Marián Katuška, was killed in the accident.
Current events of November 7, 2002 (2002-11-07) (Thursday) :
A referendum in Gibraltar organised by the Government of Gibraltar showed that 99% of those who voted rejected a proposal for joint sovereignty with Spain The turnout for the referendum was 88%.Colombian drug lord Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, one of the leaders of the Cali drug cartel, was released from prison (for "good behavior") after serving less than half of his sentence, despite objections from the governments of Colombia and the United States.Iran banned advertising of US products and an Iranian, believing a sorcerer had made him invisible, tried to rob a bank in Tehran.In Northampton, England, four men stand trial accused of the racist murder of Ross Parker which occurred shortly after the September 11 attacks.
Current events of November 8, 2002 (2002-11-08) (Friday) :
A team of Italian researchers has produced an analysis of their experimental results that may be indirect evidence of the existence of gravitational waves. Their paper, entitled "Study of the coincidences between the gravitational wave detectors EXPLORER and NAUTILUS in 2001" is based on a statistical analysis of the results from their detectors.General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Jiang Zemin announced several key policies at the 16th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing. Although Marxism-Leninism would remain the official ideology of China, entrepreneurs and people in unconventional occupations, who are building "socialism with Chinese characteristics", would have a voice in establishing Communist Party ideology. Mr. Jiang is preparing to yield the position of General Secretary of the Party to Hu Jintao, but will maintain the presidency.Former President of France Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, head of the Convention on the Future of Europe, told the newspaper Le Monde that Turkey should not become a member of the European Union, even though Turkey is a very important country with a true elite. He particularly mentioned that the capital and 95% of the population were not located on the European continent. He also mentioned that one cannot discuss, as we do it, the national legislation of the Union, on very important points of everyday European issues and pretend that some discussions could be extended to countries which, for perfectly estimable reasons, have another culture, another approach, another way of life.
Current events of November 10, 2002 (2002-11-10) (Sunday) :
According to the Guardian newspaper, Gauthier Hulot of the Paris Geophysical Institute has discovered evidence of a reduction of the Earth's magnetic field over the last two hundred years. It is possible that this may be a prelude to a reversal of polarity of the Earth's magnetic field over the next few hundred years.
Current events of November 11, 2002 (2002-11-11) (Monday) :
A three-day general strike begins in Nepal. According to Outlook India, "the capital Kathmandu virtually came to a standstill ... Maoists have called the strike to oppose the King's appointment of Lokendra Bahadur Chand... as prime minister after dismissing the government of Sher Bahadur Deuba."[1] Also, 30 Maoist guerrillas were killed in a renewed assault on the revolutionary forces the country's government is currently fighting against. See also politics of Nepal.The Burrell affair takes a turn for the worse as further scandalous rumours begin to circulate about the British royal family and their servants.Grigori Perelman uploads an article to with the proof the Poincaré conjecture: Perelman, Grisha (November 11, 2002). "The entropy formula for the Ricci flow and its geometric applications".
Current events of November 12, 2002 (2002-11-12) (Tuesday) :
Ethiopian famine: Meles Zenawi, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia is reported as saying that the famine that threatens his country could be worse than the 1984 famine. He is reported as saying that "if that was a nightmare, this will be too ghastly to contemplate", and has appealed for famine relief for Ethiopia.Antibiotic resistance: A woman in the US city of Detroit who was infected in July by a strain of Staphylococcus aureus that is resistant to vancomycin, the antibiotic often viewed by doctors as the "antibiotic of last resort", is now reported to have tested to be clear of the infection. She is still being kept in isolation to prevent the infection from being spread to others.Anti-Semitism: Harvard University canceled an invitation to Irish poet and Oxford University lecturer Tom Paulin after some statements attributed to him in an article in an Egyptian newspaper, al-Ahram, were labelled anti-Jewish by university officials. Paulin is quoted (amongst other things) as saying that American Jewish settlers in Israel should be "shot dead. ... I think they are Nazis, racists. I feel nothing but hatred for them." He is also quoted as saying that he understands "how suicide bombers feel", and recommends that Palestinians take up guerrilla warfare against civilians in order to create a sense of solidarity.R&B Super Group, TLC released their fourth studio album, 3D (TLC album), seven months after the tragic death of their band member, rapper Lisa Lopes, resulting from a deadly car accident in the Honduras.
Current events of November 13, 2002 (2002-11-13) (Wednesday) :
U.S. President George W. Bush says that an audio tape thought to carry the voice of Osama bin Laden, believed to be authentic, has put the "world on notice."The Democratic Caucus of the United States House of Representatives selects California Representative Nancy Pelosi as their minority leader, making her the first woman to lead a major American party.A new HIV vaccine developed by researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases begins clinical trials on humans.
Current events of November 15, 2002 (2002-11-15) (Friday) :
The Communist Party of China names former Secretary of the Secretariat Hu Jintao as its General Secretary, replacing Jiang Zemin. Jiang will remain President until Spring 2003.
Current events of November 16, 2002 (2002-11-16) (Saturday) :
A plot by a group of terrorists believed to be a part of or affiliated to the al-Qaeda network was revealed as having been uncovered by MI5. The plot involved a plan to release poison gas in the London Underground railway network.Abdullah Gül becomes the new prime minister of Turkey.
Current events of November 17, 2002 (2002-11-17) (Sunday) :
The UK government has refused to either confirm or deny the putative poison gas attack revealed on November 16, although it is known that three men are currently being held and investigated under the terms of the Terrorism Act 2000.Abba Eban, former Israeli foreign affairs minister, dies.An Italian court sentences former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti to 24 years in prison for complicity in the 1979 contract killing murder of journalist Mino Pecorelli.
Current events of November 18, 2002 (2002-11-18) (Monday) :
The first team of United Nations weapons inspectors arrive in Iraq, where they will prepare for inspections for evidence of the development or possession of weapons of mass destruction by Saddam Hussein's regime.
Current events of November 19, 2002 (2002-11-19) (Tuesday) :
José Bové, member of the anti-globalization movement, will have to carry out a fourteen months time in prison for destruction of the transgenic rice seedlings in France.The tanker Prestige, which has been leaking oil off the north-west coast of Spain for several days, split into two at 8 o'clock in the morning (0700 GMT). The vessel was reported to be about 250 km away from the Spanish coast at that time. The entire load of oil is 70,000 ton; most of it is still in the two parts of the ship; if all leaks out the resulting damage could be twice that of the Exxon Valdez disaster off the coast of Alaska in 1989. Despite efforts, the oil reached the coast. See: [2].James Coburn, actor, dies of a heart attack, aged 74.
Current events of November 20, 2002 (2002-11-20) (Wednesday) :
Professor Gunther von Hagens carried out the first public dissection in London for over a century. This was an illegal act, but was not prevented by the authorities.Pop star Michael Jackson dangles his baby off his hotel balcony with people telling him to be family.
Current events of November 22, 2002 (2002-11-22) (Friday) :
Cosmology: The BBC has reported that a group of researchers at Southern Methodist University has reported the possibility that strange matter may have been responsible for unexplained seismic events recorded in 1993.At least 100 people were killed at the Miss World Beauty Pageant in Nigeria. At least 200 of others were reported missing. The Miss World Beauty Pageant was meant to be a significant international event, and all the world was looking forward to it. It had been planned for weeks. Instead, the entire event was violently interrupted by Muslim and Christian mobs. The Miss World competition was decided to be moved to London.
Current events of November 23, 2002 (2002-11-23) (Saturday) :
In the Netherlands, Volkert van der Graaf confessed to the murder of Pim Fortuyn. He said he acted alone and did it to protect vulnerable groups in society.Following riots and killings in Nigeria, Miss World contest organizers leave and reconvene in London2002 Ecuadorian elections: In the presidential runoff election, former coup leader and left-leaning soldier Lucio Gutiérrez of the January 21 Patriotic Society Party/Pachakutik Plurinational Unity Movement – New Country receives 54.4% of the vote to become the next president of Ecuador, defeating Álvaro Noboa of the Institutional Renewal Party of National Action, who receives 45.2% of the vote.
Current events of November 24, 2002 (2002-11-24) (Sunday) :
2002 Austrian legislative elections: The conservative Austrian People's Party (OVP), led by Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel wins a landslide victory (42.27% of the vote), picking up 27 seats and becoming the largest party in the National Council for the first time since 1966. The Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) is reduced to 10.16% of the vote and loses 34 seats.David McRae, a conservation worker from Guthrie, Angus, Scotland, dies from rabies. He was the first person to contract rabies in the United Kingdom since 1902.Philosopher John Rawls dies.
Current events of November 25, 2002 (2002-11-25) (Monday) :
President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Act into law. The act creates a new Department of Homeland Security and is the largest government reorganization since the National Security Act of 1947 more than 50 years before.A group of European scientists has announced that they intend to use the Very Large Telescope to take pictures of the lunar module bases remaining on the Moon, in order to debunk the Apollo moon landing conspiracy theory that states that the Apollo moon landings were a hoax.
Current events of November 26, 2002 (2002-11-26) (Tuesday) :
U.S. President George W. Bush signs the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act into law, creating a federal backstop for insurance claims related to acts of terrorism.
Current events of November 27, 2002 (2002-11-27) (Wednesday) :
The controversial physician Severino Antinori has claimed that a project to clone human beings has succeeded, with the first human clone due to be born in 2003. His claims were received with skepticism from many observers. The even more controversial organization Clonaid then announced that they had five clones waiting to be born, one of whom, they claimed, would be born in December 2002.
Current events of November 28, 2002 (2002-11-28) (Thursday) :
Thanksgiving Day 2002.2002 Mombasa attacks: Three suicide bombers detonated themselves at a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, killing a number of people, including Israeli tourists who have been presumed to be the targets of the attack. At the same time two anti-aircraft missiles were fired at a passenger aircraft, which only narrowly missed. The two attacks are suspected to be connected, and it is suspected that al-Qaeda may be involved in the attacks.Henry Kissinger is appointed chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, commonly known as the 9/11 Commission.
Current events of November 29, 2002 (2002-11-29) (Friday) :
The Concert for George was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Current events of November 30, 2002 (2002-11-30) (Saturday) :
It is reported that the Provisional IRA may be about to make substantial concessions in order to restart the stalled Northern Ireland peace process.
Current events of December 3, 2002 (2002-12-03) (Tuesday) :
Football (soccer): Real Madrid has defeated Olimpia Paraguay to win the Intercontinental Cup.
Current events of December 5, 2002 (2002-12-05) (Thursday) :
Today is the Islamic festival of Eid ul-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan for Muslims worldwide.United Airlines, the world's second-biggest carrier, appears headed for the largest bankruptcy filing in airline industry history. The company's efforts to avoid a Chapter 11 filing apparently ended Wednesday when a government board rejected its bid for $1.8 billion in federal loan guarantees.The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Harvard mouse, designed for its usefulness in cancer research, is not patentable. In its view such a higher life form does not fall within the definition of invention.At Arusha, Tanzania, President Pierre Buyoya of Burundi and Pierre Nkurunziza, leader of the Hutu insurgents Forces for the Defense of Democracy (FDD), signed a cease-fire accord. The goal is to end a nine-year civil war.
Current events of December 6, 2002 (2002-12-06) (Friday) :
The Chechen separatist Akhmed Zakayev has returned to London, where he is expected to seek asylum. He was arrested but released soon afterwards on bail paid by Vanessa Redgrave.Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Israeli troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships swept into the Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on Friday, provoking a gunbattle and killing 10 people, Palestinian witnesses and medics said.Venezuela's oil exports ground to a halt, negotiations stalled and protesters faced off on the streets as prospects dimmed for a peaceful resolution to a strike designed to unseat President Hugo Chávez.In continuing legal action against Exxon over the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, punitive damages against the company have been reduced from USD$5 billion to $4 billion. The company is expected to appeal.Archeologists digging near the Gulf Coast of Mexico have discovered an inscribed seal and fragments of a plaque which contain writing, pushing back the date for the first appearance of writing in Mesoamerica to about 650 BC. It also suggests that the Olmec culture developed writing, not the Zapotecs.Pi has been calculated to 1.24 trillion digits. Professor Yasumasa Kanada and nine other researchers at the Information Technology Center at the University of Tokyo have set the new world record.
Current events of December 7, 2002 (2002-12-07) (Saturday) :
Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh were stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam overnight. Coming shortly after a large diamond theft from an exhibition at the Museon in The Hague, it casts doubt on the high-tech security systems.Miss Turkey, Azra Akın from Almelo, won the Miss World competition which had been moved from Nigeria to London because of religious violence.A massive fire in Edinburgh's Old Town destroys part of the pioneering Informatics department of the University, as well as a major venue for the Edinburgh Fringe.
Current events of December 9, 2002 (2002-12-09) (Monday) :
Sports Illustrated magazine announces that cyclist Lance Armstrong is their Sportsman of the Year.
Current events of December 10, 2002 (2002-12-10) (Tuesday) :
The government of Indonesia and rebel leaders from the province of Aceh (in the north of Sumatra) have signed a peace accord which negotiators hope will bring an end to fighting in the province.Venezuela's Supreme Court announced it was suspending its services, citing political harassment and condemning deadly violence during a general strike by opponents of President Hugo Chávez.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, located in New York, reversed a lower court ruling that found the federal death penalty unconstitutional because it amounted to the "state-sponsored murder" of innocent people.A paper published in The Lancet by a team led by Christos Pantelis from the University of Melbourne suggests that it may be possible to predict the onset of schizophrenia using magnetic resonance imaging of the brain. If so, this will be the first time that brain scans have been used to predict the onset of a mental illness, offering the possibility of preventative treatment before a major psychotic episode.Nobel Prize awards in Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway.The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools revoked the accreditation of Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, for financial irregularities.The UK electricity grid (see National Grid) reports the highest ever demand of 54,430MW between 17:00 and 17:30hrs.
Current events of December 11, 2002 (2002-12-11) (Wednesday) :
First flight of the ESC-A variant of the Ariane 5 is a failure, with the rocket and the two communications satellites it was carrying destroyed a few minutes after lift-off from Kourou, French Guiana.South African police seize 384 kg of explosives found in a truck belonging to Tom Vorster, alleged leader of the far-right militant group the Boeremag.
Current events of December 13, 2002 (2002-12-13) (Friday) :
The Vatican announces that Pope John Paul II has accepted the resignation of Boston's Cardinal Bernard Francis Law due to widespread outcry among Boston Catholics over Law's role in covering up pedophilia-related and other sex crimes among priests in his diocese.US Senate majority leader Trent Lott apologizes on television amid growing outcry for his resignation from both ends of the political spectrum for comments made at Senator Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party which seemed to support Thurmond's 1948 segregationist presidential campaign platform.The Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight. Best viewing is between midnight and dawn.Henry Kissinger stepped down as the chairman of a panel investigating the September 11 attacks, citing conflict of interest with his clients. The choice of Kissinger by President George W. Bush.The European Union invited Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Cyprus and Malta to join. Expansion is scheduled for May 2004.Star Trek: Nemesis was released in North America.
Current events of December 16, 2002 (2002-12-16) (Monday) :
Former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavšić pled guilty to one count of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague for her part in atrocities against Bosnian Muslims and Croats during the 1992–95 Bosnian War.Opposition protesters blockaded highways in and around the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, angered by President Hugo Chávez's resolve to hang on to power, called for an escalation in its campaign to remove him.Former Vice President and 2000 Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore announces on the CBS News' 60 Minutes that he will not seek election to the presidency in 2004.
Current events of December 17, 2002 (2002-12-17) (Tuesday) :
Congo's government, rebels and opposition parties signed a peace accord to end four years of civil war and set up a transitional government to lead Africa's third-largest nation to its first democratic elections since independence in 1960.The Bush administration announced it will begin deploying a limited system to defend the United States against ballistic missiles by 2004.ElcomSoft is found not guilty on four counts of DMCA violations, in the first important test case involving the controversial law.
Current events of December 18, 2002 (2002-12-18) (Wednesday) :
Insurance and finance company Conseco, deep in debt and facing a federal investigation of its accounting practices, filed for Chapter 11 protection in what is at that point the third-largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.An Indian court sentences three men to death for treason for their assistance in helping five gunmen prepare for the 2001 Indian Parliament attack, which killed nine people and triggered a tense standoff with nuclear rival Pakistan. Capital punishment in India is rare.Matsushita and Sony have announced that they are collaborating on the development of a Linux platform for home electronics.
Current events of December 19, 2002 (2002-12-19) (Thursday) :
U.S. plan to invade Iraq: After reviewing a 12,000 page Iraqi weapons declaration document, U.S. officials state that Iraq has failed to account for all its chemical and biological agents and that Iraq is in material breach of a United Nations Security Council resolution.Hundreds of Middle Eastern immigrants in Southern California who came to INS officials to register, as per new regulations, are arrested and imprisoned for various INS violations, many of them due to official delays in processing necessary forms. Critics compared the action to the Japanese internment in the same region during World War II. Others claimed that the people are in violation of United States immigration law, and the arrests are valid.Ruling party candidate Roh Moo-hyun wins South Korea's presidential election, a result that could complicate ties with the United States as the allies grapple with North Korea's nuclear programme.Pope John Paul II will approve the miracle needed to beatify Mother Teresa, whose dedication to the destitute earned her a special place in the pontiff's heart. A second miracle then will be needed to declare Mother Teresa a saint.AOL Time Warner announces that they have been issued a patent for instant messaging. AOL says that they have no plans to enforce the patent, but it could cause problems for the purveyors of other instant messaging systems, in particular Microsoft and Yahoo!.Rebels in the Côte d'Ivoire seize the key western city of Man from government forces.Three men convicted of the racist murder of Ross Parker in Peterborough, England, which occurred ten days after the September 11th attacks.
Current events of December 20, 2002 (2002-12-20) (Friday) :
Barbara Joyce Williams Ferrell, daughter of baseball player Ted Williams, has dropped her lawsuit to have the body of her father removed from a cryonics storage facility and cremated.Maoist guerrillas ambushed a police van in Jharkhand, a state in eastern India, killing 18 people, mostly police officers. At least 20 policemen were wounded in the ambush and the gunbattle that followed.Senator Trent Lott resigned as Senate Majority Leader, concluding that his approving statements of fellow Senator Strom Thurmond's segregationist run for President of the United States in 1948 had limited his effectiveness and that of his fellow Republicans.Portland Trail Blazers players, Golden State Warriors players and Warriors' fans get involved in a melee after the Trail Blazers beat the Warriors, 113–111 in Oakland. It might be the first time in NBA history that a home team's fans attack the visiting team during or after a game.Speed skater Catriona Le May Doan won the Lou Marsh Trophy, given annually to Canada's outstanding athlete. She edgted out Dallas Mavericks guard Steve Nash.The magazine Science chose the discovery of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) as the top science story of the year. The molecular switches have the potential to treat such diseases as HIV and cancer.Scientists at California Institute of Technology announced the discovery of clouds of methane on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.Governor Frank H. Murkowski of Alaska announced that he had chosen his daughter, state Representative and House Majority Leader Lisa Murkowski, to succeed him in the United States Senate. The elder Murkowski, in winning the recent election as governor, was forced to leave his Senate position.The cult television show Firefly, created by Joss Whedon is canceled.
Current events of December 21, 2002 (2002-12-21) (Saturday) :
In the Côte d'Ivoire, units of the French Foreign Legion, based at the city of Duekoue on Sassandra River have come into contact with rebels advancing southward from the city of Man. Colonel Emmanuel Maurin, commander of the French force, states "Between what we have here and the river, they shall not pass."South Korean President-elect Roh Moo-hyun states that he will visit Washington after receiving an invitation from President George W. Bush. During his campaign, Roh stated he would not visit simply for a White House "photo op."
Current events of December 22, 2002 (2002-12-22) (Sunday) :
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat announced that he has called off presidential and legislative elections scheduled for next month, as he feels that continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory will make a free election impossible.North Korea announced that it is physically removing monitoring devices placed on the Yongbyon nuclear reactor. The devices were placed by the United Nations following the 1994 nuclear agreement to shut down Yongbyon, which is capable of making weapons-grade material, in exchange for deliveries of oil. In November 2002, Korea admitted that it is working on a weapons of mass destruction program in response to "imperialist threats." The United States states it does not trust the North Koreans.Demonstrators estimated in the tens of thousands supported proposed national security laws for Hong Kong, following last week's demonstrations with similar numbers against these proposed laws. The Government Consultation Exercise for the proposed laws received 18,000 comments. Article 23 of the Basic Law of Hong Kong, negotiated by Britain and China before the 1997 handover to China, stated that Hong Kong must enact national security legislation by itself banning treason, turning over state secrets, and urging separation from China.A senior member of ETA, Ibon Femandez de Iradi, escaped from French custody yesterday. He and a woman companion was arrested Wednesday after their car was found to have false number plates. Ibon Femandez de Iradi was the logistics chief for ETA, a Basque separatist group which has been implicated in terrorist activities.Time announced that its "Persons of the Year" are three female whistleblowers – Coleen Rowley, FBI agent who wrote a memorandum to FBI Director Robert Mueller claiming that the Minneapolis office had been remiss in its investigation of suspected terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui; Cynthia Cooper, former WorldCom auditor, who alerted the company's Board of Directors of accounting irregularities; and Sherron Watkins, former Enron Vice President, who reported to the company's former Chairman Kenneth Lay in 2001 that the company was about to collapse as a result of false accounting.Musician Joe Strummer dies of a heart attack, aged 50.Singer Kristyn Osbourne of the country music group SHeDAISY filed a $3.5 million lawsuit against karaoke companies for failure to pay songwriters.British/Irish pop girl group Girls Aloud are formed on Popstars: The Rivals.
Current events of December 23, 2002 (2002-12-23) (Monday) :
Bill Frist was voted to succeed Trent Lott as United States Senate Majority Leader.Scientists at California company VaxGen Inc., have finished the first human trial of an AIDS vaccine, a mammoth $200 million, 5,400-patient effort more than a decade in the making. The Food and Drug Administration has granted the vaccine "fast-track" status that would speed it through the approval process, if it proves effective, for public availability. The test results are expected to be made public within approximately three months.Victor Emmanuel, Prince of Naples, the heir of the last King of Italy, visited the country for the first time since the Italian Royal Family was banned. A constitutional amendment passed in November allowed the royal family to return as ordinary citizens.
Current events of December 24, 2002 (2002-12-24) (Tuesday) :
A number of US Muslim groups have initiated a class action lawsuit against the US Attorney General, John Ashcroft and the US immigration services over the arrest and detention of Muslim men.A bomb believed planted by a Muslim separatist organisation killed 13 people, including a town mayor, and wounded 12 in a Christmas Eve attack in the southern Philippines town of Datu Piang.Iran's state radio reported quoted a statement by airport officials, saying that pilot "carelessness" caused a plane carrying Ukrainian and Russian aerospace scientists to crash in central Iran, killing all 46 people on board.Sun Microsystems won a major antitrust victory against Microsoft when a federal judge ordered Microsoft to distribute Sun's Java programming language in its Microsoft Windows operating system.
Current events of December 25, 2002 (2002-12-25) (Wednesday) :
Kicker Katie Hnida of the University of New Mexico makes history by becoming the first woman to participate in a NCAA division 1 football game, missing a kick for her team during the Las Vegas Bowl game.
Current events of December 26, 2002 (2002-12-26) (Thursday) :
North Korea is reactivating a plutonium producing nuclear power plant north of Pyongyang after removing United Nations seals on the reactor and degrading the capability of surveillance cameras. This same reactor is thought by U.S. officials as the source for plutonium for two previously produced atomic bombs. North Korea has been named by the George W. Bush Administration as part of the so-called "axis of evil".[1]War on Terror: A Washington Post article quotes numerous anonymous CIA agents who confirm that the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States uses so-called "stress and duress" interrogation techniques, which are claimed by human rights activists to be acts of torture. The anonymous agents defend the practice as necessary in light of the September 11 terrorist attacks; publicly, US government officials deny the charges, while declining to address specifics. Privately, however, one official justified human rights violations as being a necessary part of the job.[2]Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Israel announces it will begin with temporarily providing social services such as education, healthcare, and licenses in the West Bank. The Israeli government claims the move is necessary to provide badly needed services to the Palestinian people in light of the Palestinian Authority's inability to do so. Palestinian officials claim the move is an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the Palestinian Authority and tantamount to the reinstatement of the Israeli occupation that existed before the 1993 Oslo Accords.A 55-year-old contractor from Putnam County, West Virginia named Andrew "Jack" Whittaker Jr won the $314.9 million Christmas Day Powerball jackpot which is the biggest undivided lottery prize in American history.[3]
Current events of December 27, 2002 (2002-12-27) (Friday) :
Chechen rebels detonate two car bombs at the Grozny headquarters of Chechnya's Russian-backed government in an apparent suicide attack, killing more than 80 people.[4]North Korea expels UN weapons inspectors, and announces plans to reactivate a dormant nuclear fuel processing laboratory.[5]Clonaid, the medical arm of a cult called Raëlism, who believe that aliens introduced human life on Earth, claims to have successfully cloned a human being. They claim that aliens taught them how to perform cloning, even though the company has no record of having successfully cloned any previous animal. A spokesperson said an independent agency would prove that the baby, named Eve, is in fact an exact copy of her mother.[6]Presidential elections in Kenya between Uhuru Kenyatta, candidate for ruling party KANU, and Mwai Kibaki, candidate for opposition party NARC. Early reports say the latter wins a landslide victory.
Current events of December 29, 2002 (2002-12-29) (Sunday) :
The Kenyan electoral commission confirms that the opposition National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) has won landslide victories over the ruling KANU party in Friday's elections, ending 40 years of single party rule and 24 years of rule by Daniel arap Moi. The NARC's presidential candidate, Mwai Kibaki, led by more than 30 percentage points over the KANU's official candidate.[7]Brighton, England's historic West Pier partially collapsed. It had served from the Victorian era until it was closed in 1975.[8][9]
Current events of December 30, 2002 (2002-12-30) (Monday) :
The Israeli Supreme Court rules that reservists may not refuse to serve in the West Bank or Gaza because of their objection to Israeli government policies. The Court ruled "the recognition of selective conscientious objection might loosen the links that hold us together as a people."Three Americans (the director, a doctor, and the administrator) at the Baptist hospital in Jibla, Yemen, were killed and one pharmacist was injured by Abed Abdul-Razzak Kamal. Kamal was captured and claims he was linked to the extremist Islamic Reform Party. Another member of his alleged cell, Ali al-Jarallah, was arrested for shooting a Yemeni left-wing politician on Sunday.The United Nations Security Council voted 13–0, with two abstentions, to revise the list of goods Iraq is allowed to purchase under the "food-for-oil" program. The list includes flight simulators, communications equipment, high-speed motorboats, and rocket cases, which the United States noted are dual-use technologies. The Security Council also agreed to ask the UN for standards to evaluate the quantities of medicine and antibiotics Iraq is allowed to import under this program.A tanker, the Amazonian Explorer, arrived in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela, 200 kilometers east of Caracas, the capital. President Hugo Chávez traveled to the port to supervise the unloading of 525,000 barrels (83,500 m3) of gasoline. Gasoline is restricted due to a strike at Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PdVSA), the state-owned oil company, which is aimed at forcing President Chávez to call early elections.Crude oil futures on the New York market rose to $33 per barrel (208 $/m3) because of the Venezuelan oil strike and fears of war with Iraq.
Current events of December 31, 2002 (2002-12-31) (Tuesday) :
United States troops get into a brief gun battle with paramilitary forces of the Warzirstan Scouts of Pakistan, in a remote tribal area along the undefined Afghan/Pakistani border, in Paktia Province, Afghanistan. One US soldier is wounded by gunfire, and several Pakistani soldiers are killed when US air support arrives. The border in this region is poorly demarcated..[10] Three missiles from US helicopter gunships strike a madrassa owned by former Taliban official Maulana Muhammad Hassan, according to the ANI news agency.The first trial of a member of the Russian military for human rights violations in Chechnya concludes controversially, with Col. Yuri Budanov found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a psychiatric hospital for further evaluation and treatment. Budanov was charged with murder and abduction after being accused of raping and strangling Heda Kungayeva, an 18-year-old Chechen girl whom Budanov contends was a rebel sniper.[11]
Current events of February 1, 2003 (2003-02-01) (Saturday) :
Space Shuttle Columbia incident: The Space Shuttle Columbia was reported to have disintegrated over Texas on its final approach to a landing after its 28th space mission. All seven crew members were killed in the disaster. It was later discovered that a piece of foam insulation had broken off the external fuel tank and punctured a hole in the left wing during launch.A crowded passenger train and a freight train collided head on and burst into flames in northwestern Zimbabwe, killing 40 people and injuring about 60. The wreckage was still burning 14 hours after the collision.Seven high school students from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, were killed when an avalanche swept over them on a school ski trip. The remaining ten members of the ski trip survived.
Current events of February 2, 2003 (2003-02-02) (Sunday) :
The term of Czech Republic President Václav Havel ends without an elected successor to fill the position.
Current events of February 3, 2003 (2003-02-03) (Monday) :
Record producer Phil Spector was arrested in relation to an investigation into the fatal shooting of a 40-year-old woman in Los Angeles. Press reports identify the woman as the actress Lana Clarkson.Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri claims Space Shuttle Columbia disaster is a sign from God. He says "It is a punishment from God. Muslims see it that way. It is a trinity of evil because it carried Americans, an Israeli and a Hindu, a trinity of evil against Islam." al-Masri's remarks are widely denounced by many other Muslim clerics. Reported in a BBC News Article: Muslim cleric's shuttle outburst attacked.
Current events of February 4, 2003 (2003-02-04) (Tuesday) :
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia renamed to Serbia and Montenegro with a new constitution converting the federal republic to a "loose union".Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Masri was removed from his position as an agent of Finsbury Park mosque. BBC News StoryUnited Kingdom parliament: MPs in the British House of Commons have voted to reject all seven options presented for the reform of the House of Lords.
Current events of February 5, 2003 (2003-02-05) (Wednesday) :
At the United Nations US Secretary of State Colin Powell presents the US government's case against the Saddam Hussein government of Iraq, as part of the diplomatic side of the U.S. plan to invade Iraq. The presentation includes tape recordings, satellite photographs and other intelligence data, and aims to prove WMD production, evasion of weapons inspections and a link to Al-Qaida.The International Court of Justice orders the United States to take "all measures necessary" to prevent the execution of three Mexican nationals, pending its final judgment[1]Congressman Howard Coble, of North Carolina, chairman of the House committee overseeing homeland security, said that the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was justified, and that it had been done for "their own safety." He was roundly criticized by Asian American members of Congress and spokespeople for Asian American organizations.
Current events of February 6, 2003 (2003-02-06) (Thursday) :
In the United Kingdom, seven more arrests have been made under the Terrorism Act 2000 in raids in the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester.US Rapper 50 Cent released Get Rich Or Die Tryin' under Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records and Interscope.
Current events of February 7, 2003 (2003-02-07) (Friday) :
The Center for Public Interest, a United States nonprofit watchdog group, obtained a leaked draft version of John Ashcroft's proposed Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003, also known as "the Patriot Act II". If enacted, the legislation would grant the United States government unprecedented secret internal surveillance powers and sharply curtail judicial review of such surveillance,The chief United Nations arms inspector Hans Blix said Iraq appeared to be making fresh efforts to cooperate with U.N. teams hunting weapons of mass destruction, as Washington said the "momentum is building" for war with Iraq.The United States said it was ready for any contingency after North Korea issued threats of pre-emptive attack and suggested it was poised to restart an atomic reactor central to its suspected drive for nuclear arms.A car bomb at an upscale club in Bogotá, Colombia kills 36 and wounds 150 in the worst attack in many years.Israeli police said they had found a suicide bomber's explosives belt hidden in a mosque in Israel, and said it was the first such discovery since the al-Aqsa Intifada began more than two years ago.President George W. Bush ordered the government to draw up guidelines for cyber-attacks against enemy computer networks, according to a Washington Post report. The order is known as National Security Presidential Directive 16.An oil tanker carrying 35,000 tons of fuel oil ran aground off Denmark but no immediate spill was reported in the area noted for its wildlife, a Danish Royal Navy spokesman said.Pakistan's most feared Islamic militant group, branded by Washington last week a foreign terrorist group, was severely weakened by a crackdown on extremism, intelligence officials claimed.Senior citizens groups began a call for a boycott of British-owned pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline, the largest in the world, after the company announced that it would no longer sell drugs to Canadian companies that sell drugs at steep discounts to Americans over the Internet. The boycott would include such brands as Tums antacid, Aquafresh toothpaste, Contac cold remedy, Paxil and Flonase.The last game is completed in the FIDE Man vs Machine World Chess Championship, in which Garry Kasparov, the highest rated human chess master, competed against the world champion computer program, Deep Junior. The six game match was played to a 3–3 draw.
Current events of February 8, 2003 (2003-02-08) (Saturday) :
Sections of a 'dodgy dossier' issued by the UK government, which purported to present the latest British intelligence about Iraq, and which had been cited by Tony Blair and Colin Powell as evidence for the need for war, were criticized as plagiarisms. They had been copied without permission from a number of sources including Jane's Intelligence Review and a 12-year-old doctoral thesis of a Californian student that had been published in the US journal Middle East Review of International Affairs. Some sentences were copied word-for-word, and spelling mistakes had been reproduced from the original articles. Downing Street responded by saying that the government had never claimed exclusive authorship and that the information was accurate.
Current events of February 9, 2003 (2003-02-09) (Sunday) :
The Indian Government begins it largest ever vaccination program. It aims to inoculate 160 million children against polio within six days. (BBC)13% of the 3,300 reservists called by the British Government in preparation for a possible war in Iraq have attempted to avoid being drafted. (BBC)
Current events of February 10, 2003 (2003-02-10) (Monday) :
France and Belgium broke the NATO procedure of silent approval concerning the timing of protective measures for Turkey in case of a possible war with Iraq. Germany said it supports this veto. The procedure was put into operation on February 6 by secretary general George Robertson. In response Turkey called upon Article 4 of the NATO Treaty, which stipulates that member states must deliberate when asked to do so by another member state if it feels threatened.Muslims celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.
Current events of February 11, 2003 (2003-02-11) (Tuesday) :
The 2002 nominees for the Academy Award (Oscar) were announced to the public.
Current events of February 12, 2003 (2003-02-12) (Wednesday) :
The British government deploys troops around Heathrow airport after reports that al-Qaeda agents may have smuggled surface-to-air missiles into Britain.An audio tape attributed to Osama bin Laden is released by al Jazeera television. It recounts the battle of Tora Bora and urges Muslims to fight the United States and to overthrow the Iraq regime of Saddam Hussein.
Current events of February 13, 2003 (2003-02-13) (Thursday) :
Austria bars US military units involved in the attack on Iraq from entering into or flying over its territories without a United Nations mandate to attack Iraq.United States military officials anonymously confirm to the Washington Post that two Special Forces units have been operating on the ground inside Iraq for over a month, making preliminary preparations for a large-scale invasion.[2]U.S. Senate Democrats continue to threaten to filibuster the candidacy of Miguel Estrada for the D.C. Circuit Court. The Democrats argue that Estrada is too conservative and not answering all of their questions. Estrada was first nominated for the position in May 2001.A United Nations panel reports that Iraq's al-Samoud 2 missiles, disclosed by Iraq to weapons inspectors in December, have a range of 180 km (above the 150 km limit allowed by the UN), splitting opinion over whether they breach UNSCR 1441.Motorola announces that they will release a cell phone running the Linux operating system.At London Gatwick Airport, British police arrest a man carrying a hand grenade under the Terrorism Act 2000. Two men have also been arrested at Heathrow airport under the same legislation.
Current events of February 14, 2003 (2003-02-14) (Friday) :
Four ex-Symbionese Liberation Army members were sentenced to prison for the 1975 murder of Myrna Opsahl during a bank robbery in Carmichael, California.[3]A very large demonstration was held in Melbourne to protest against the Australian government's support for the US's policy on Iraq. Organisers estimated that 200,000 people came out on to the streets, while some news sources put the number at "up to 150,000".[4]UNMOVIC chief weapons inspectors Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei presented a report to the United Nations Security Council. They stated that the Iraqis had been co-operating well with the inspectors and that no weapons of mass destruction had been found, but that the Saddam Hussein regime had still to account for many banned weapons believed to have been in his arsenal. Mr Blix also expressed doubts about some of the conclusions in Colin Powell's Security Council presentation of February 5, and specifically questioned the significance of some of the photographic evidence that Mr Powell had presented.Tariq Aziz of Iraq met with Pope John Paul IIDolly the sheep, the world's first cloned mammal, was euthanized well short of her natural lifespan because of a progressive lung disease.
Current events of February 15, 2003 (2003-02-15) (Saturday) :
Global protests against war on Iraq: People around the world demonstrated against the planning of war against Iraq. In Rome three million people were on the streets, in London one million. In Berlin there were half a million in the largest demonstration for some decades. There were also protest marches all over France as well as in many other smaller European cities. Protests were also held in South Africa, Syria, India, Russia, Canada and in the US, in around 600 cities in total.
Current events of February 16, 2003 (2003-02-16) (Sunday) :
A missile larger than allowed by UN sanction rules has been found in Iraq (BBC)The latest of the Doha round of world trade talks in Tokyo fail to find agreement between the ministers of 22 nations, greatly reducing hopes of a new trade deal before the end of the 2004 deadline (BBC)
Current events of February 17, 2003 (2003-02-17) (Monday) :
London congestion charging begins: Motorists must pay £5 per day to enter central London. This attempt by the Transport for London group to reduce traffic density and pollution, and encourage use of public transport is being followed closely by cities around the world.In Chicago, Illinois, a stampede at the E2 south side nightclub kills 21 people.
Current events of February 18, 2003 (2003-02-18) (Tuesday) :
An arson attack on an underground train in the Daegu, South Korea, claims lives of 192 and 148 injured and dozens missing. Witnesses reportedly saw a man throwing a milk carton filled with a flammable substance into a train.The World Health Organization confirms that a new outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Republic of the Congo killed 64.[5]Canadian finance minister John Manley brings down a budget, the last and one of those with the most expenditures in the career of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. It uses money from the federal surplus to replace a portion of the amount the Liberals cut from a variety of programs during their mandate, partially funds the implementation of the Romanow Report on health care, and increases military spending.Hours before the first ships transporting heavy United States military equipment to Turkey were supposed to reach port, the Turkish government announces that it will withhold approval to dock unless the United States increases a reciprocal $6 billion foreign aid grant to $10 billion. The Bush administration indicated that no substantial changes will be made to the proposed aid package.[6]
Current events of February 19, 2003 (2003-02-19) (Wednesday) :
2003 Iran Ilyushin Il-76 crash: A military plane carrying 302 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards crashed in the mountains of southeastern Iran killing all on board. The government did not go into the possible cause of the crash. The plane was en route from Zahedan, on the Pakistan border, to Kerman, about 500 miles southeast of Tehran.An air force Fokker F27 crashes in fog-shrouded mountains near the northwestern city of KohatPakistan, killing Pakistan air force chief Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali, his wife and 15 others.[7]
Current events of February 20, 2003 (2003-02-20) (Thursday) :
The Station nightclub fire: A fire started by pyrotechnics set-off by Great White, a rock band playing a nightclub in West Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island, kills at least 96 and injures nearly 200, with 35 in critical condition. Fatalities from burn injuries are expected to increase.[8]University of South Florida computer engineering professor Dr. Sami Al-Arian was arrested by the FBI after he and seven others were indicted on 50 terrorism-related charges. United States Attorney General John Ashcroft alleged at a news conference that Al-Arian is the North American leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Current events of February 21, 2003 (2003-02-21) (Friday) :
Michael Jordan makes NBA history when he scores 43 points for the Washington Wizards versus the New Jersey Nets, becoming the first player over 40 years old to score 40 or more points in a game, and leading the Wizards to an 89–86 win.
Current events of February 22, 2003 (2003-02-22) (Saturday) :
Jesica Santillan, who was made critically ill after receiving donor organs of the wrong blood type in a medical accident during a heart-lung transplant, is taken off life support after being declared brain dead after a second heart-lung transplant operation.In Memphis, Tennessee, Mike Tyson beats fringe contender Clifford Etienne 49 seconds into round one of a boxing match. In an undercard bout, controversial former skater Tonya Harding loses a four round decision in her women's professional boxing debut.
Current events of February 23, 2003 (2003-02-23) (Sunday) :
The 45th Grammy Awards ceremony is held in New York City, dominated by newcomer Norah Jones receiving eight awards including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.British athlete Paula Radcliffe sets a new 10 km road race world record of 30:21 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Current events of February 24, 2003 (2003-02-24) (Monday) :
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes China's remote western region of Xinjiang at 10:03 am local time (0203 UTC) near the mountainous border with Kyrgyzstan. At least 266 are killed, more than 4,000 are injured, and over 1,000 buildings, including housing and schools, collapse.U.S. plan to invade Iraq: General Colin Powell states at a meeting in Beijing that "It is time to take action. The evidence is clear ... We are reaching that point where serious consequences must flow." His speech appears to imply that military action is likely to follow within three weeks, based on previous Pentagon briefings.Reports of the results of a study of VaxGen's experimental AIDS vaccine show little effect on the spread of AIDS in the overall experimental group. However, there are possible signs of partial resistance to HIV infection in the subgroup of subjects of African and Asian ethnic origin.The major Netherlands-based food concern Ahold announces that financial malversations in a US daughter firm lead to an unanticipated loss of 500 million dollars.In Athens, Greece, senior U.S. diplomat Brady Kiesling resigned in protest at the Bush administration's policy on Iraq.The SFO AirTrain opened with nine stations and two lines.
Current events of February 25, 2003 (2003-02-25) (Tuesday) :
US plan to invade Iraq: The United States, Britain and Spain present to the UN Security Council a much-anticipated second resolution stating that Iraq "has failed to take the final opportunity" to disarm, but does not include deadlines or an explicit threat of military force. Meanwhile, France, Germany, and Russia offer a counter-proposal calling for peaceful disarmament through further inspections. Sometime reporter Jeff Gannon, actual name James Guckert, signs in at the White House for the first time, according to Secret Service White House access logs obtained through FOIA by Representatives John Conyers (D-MI) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY).Both major parties of Kurdistan, an autonomous region in Northern Iraq, vow to fight Turkish troops if they enter Kurdistan to capture Mosul or interfere in Kurdish self-rule. Between them the two parties can mobilize up to 80,000 guerillas – most likely no match for the modern Turkish army, but a severe blow to the unity of U.S. allies on the Northern front expected in the U.S. plan to invade Iraq.Roh Moo-hyun becomes the new president of South Korea.North Korea fires test missiles into the Sea of Japan.Toshihiko Fukui, former Bank of Japan Deputy Governor, is named as a new chief of Bank of Japan.Four former executives of Qwest Communications International are criminally charged with fraudulently booking $33,000,000 in revenue during 2001. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also files a civil suit against seven former (including the four criminally charged) and one current Qwest executives, alleging fraudulent accounting practices in violation of SEC rules.[9]NASA reports that the space probe Pioneer 10 finally ceased its transmissions from deep space, after more than thirty years of a mission which was originally intended to last less than two.
Current events of February 26, 2003 (2003-02-26) (Wednesday) :
Daniel Libeskind's design is announced as the winner and future occupant of the former World Trade Center site. The design includes an office building and a Wedge of Light which will honor the victims of the terrorist attacks by shutting down its lights between 8:46 am and 10:28 am EST every September 11. It will also use the WTC's foundations.North Korea nuclear weapons program: Officials from the United States state that North Korea reactivated a reactor at its main nuclear complex.US plan to invade Iraq: Hans Blix stated that Iraq still had not made a "fundamental decision" to disarm, despite recent signs of increased cooperation. Specifically, Iraq refused to destroy its al-Samoud 2 long range missiles—a weapon system that was in violation of the UN Security Council's resolutions and the US treaty with Iraq. These missiles are deployed and mobile. Also, an R-400 aerial bomb was found that could possibly contain biological agents. Given this find, the UN Inspectors have requested access to the Al-Aziziyah weapons range to verify that all 155 R-400 bombs can be accounted for and proven destroyed.George Bush commits publicly to a post-invasion democracy in Iraq, says it will be "an example" to other nations in Arabia.The House of Commons saw the largest rebellion by MPs from any governing party in Britain for at least 100 years. 122 MPs from the ruling Labour party were among 199 from all parties who voted to add the phrase "[This House] finds the case for military action against Iraq as yet unproven" to a government motion. The motion itself endorsed UN Security Council Resolution 1441 and supported "... the Government's continuing efforts in the UN to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction."Saddam Hussein, in an interview with Dan Rather, rules out exile as an option. He calls for dialogue with United States president George W. Bush, and suggests that the two should engage in a televised debate.Dr. Sami Al-Arian was terminated from his teaching position at the University of South Florida. USF President Judy Genshaft indicated that Dr. Al-Arian's non-academic activities created a conflict of interest with the University, and also cited items from Al-Arian's 50-count indictment. A representative from the American Association of University Professors indicated that the AAUP does not feel that due process was followed in Al-Arian's case, and that the organization will likely formally censure USF at its June meeting.Toyanne Hightower, a manager for Banta Corporation, was murdered in her sleep in the city of Watauga, Texas, by her 16-year-old son. While he was preparing to shoot her, he phoned two friends and had them listen in a three-way phone call as he pulled the trigger. When his father returned home, he tried to shoot him also, but his father was able to disarm him. Her son was subsequently tried and sentenced to 40 years in the Texas prison system.
Current events of February 27, 2003 (2003-02-27) (Thursday) :
Ariel Sharon presents the new politically right-wing Israeli government. Part of his coalition are Sharon's Likud bloc, the National Religious Party, the National Union and Tommy Lapid's secular Shinui party.Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar personally asks United States President George W. Bush to silence Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, indicating that Rumsfeld's numerous public remarks on European countries' Iraq policies are generally viewed as inflammatory and overwhelmingly counterproductive within the European diplomatic community. Aznar indicated a preference for Secretary of State Colin Powell.[10]Career diplomat John Brady Kiesling resigns from the U.S. Foreign Service with a sharp public rebuke for the Bush administration's foreign policy, asking "Has oderint dum metuant really become our motto?" and "Is the Russia of the late Romanovs really our model, a selfish, superstitious empire thrashing toward self-destruction in the name of a doomed status quo?" Full textFred Rogers, the host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, dies of stomach cancer in his Pittsburgh home at the age of 74.An internal investigation by the Washington, D.C., police department indicates that hundreds of people arrested for failure to obey a police order to disperse at Pershing Park on September 27, 2002, during protests against the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund were never actually ordered to disperse before being arrested. MPDC Chief Charles Ramsey was unapologetic, indicating that the actions of the police were necessary to protect the city.[11]Iraq crisis of 2003: Regarding the disarmament of Iraq, the chief weapons inspector Hans Blix, says "The results in terms of disarmament have been very limited so far."Rowan Williams is enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury.U.S. presidential election, 2004: Senator Bob Graham of Florida announces his candidacy for the Democratic Party nomination of President.Rauf Denktas, chief of the Turkish Cypriots, rejected the latest version of a United Nations plan to reunite Cyprus.Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor, announced his support to the United States and United Kingdom campaign against Iraq.
Current events of February 28, 2003 (2003-02-28) (Friday) :
Iraq crisis of 2003: Iraq begins the process of destroying Al Samoud two missiles on March 1. Hans Blix, U.N. chief weapons inspector said "It is a very significant piece of real disarmament". However, the spokesman of the White House, Ari Fleischer declared that the Iraq commitment to destroy these missiles is a fraud that President George W. Bush had predicted, and indicated that the United States wanted a total and complete disarmament of Iraq. He also repeated that if the United Nations did not act to disarm Baghdad, the United States would lead a coalition of voluntary countries to disarm Saddam Hussein.Canada's prime minister Jean Chrétien indicates that he believes that regime change is a dangerous goal for an invasion of Iraq, and that disarmament only should be the goal of international pressure.[12]It is reported that, citing "national interest" as a reason, the British government under Margaret Thatcher contributed approximately £1bn of taxpayer money to Iraq under Saddam Hussein in the 1980s. Most of this money went into military infrastructure built by British companies such as GEC-Marconi.[13]The new Austrian government, again headed by Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, is sworn in by Federal President Thomas Klestil. After more than three months of negotiations following the general elections of November 24, 2002, Schüssel (Austrian People's Party) decided to continue the coalition with the right-of-centre Austrian Freedom Party begun in early 2000. Although any future influence on federal politics by Jörg Haider was averted, one of the new members of the government is Ursula Haubner, Haider's sister.Darren Flutie, Canadian Football's all-time leader in receptions, retires.The Czech Republic finally chooses a new President, former Prime Minister Václav Klaus. The county had been without a President after three attempts at choosing a replacement for former President Václav Havel.The United States 9th Circuit Court, based in San Francisco, California, reaffirmed its ruling that the words "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance are unconstitutional. It is expected that the Bush administration will appeal to the Supreme Court.The United States government backtracked on its pledge to send American combat troops to the Philippines in order to track down Islamic terrorists in that nation. Philippine opponents of the plan threatened to impeach President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, if she had allowed foreign troops on Philippine soil in contradiction to the Philippine constitution.The European Dreamcast online gaming network Dreamarena was closed down.
Current events of June 1, 2003 (2003-06-01) (Sunday) :
The Group of Eight summit opens in Évian, France, to tight security and tens of thousands of protestors.The sluice-gates on the Three Gorges Dam in China are closed, starting the filling of the reservoir of the world's largest hydroelectric project.The Railroad Museum of the Niagara Frontier opens.
Current events of June 2, 2003 (2003-06-02) (Monday) :
President George W. Bush begins his Middle East trip today, beginning with Egypt. He is in talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. He promises to work for the goal of Israel and a Palestinian state being able to live side by side without any bloodshed.Thousands of Iraqi soldiers threaten to begin suicide attacks against U.S. troops as leaders of Iraq's tribes tell the Americans that they could face war if they do not leave.Israel says it will dismantle only some of the more than 100 West Bank settlement outposts since violence began in that area 32 months ago.In Zimbabwe, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is first arrested, then released. This coincides with the start of a week of protests against the government, who have put Tsvangirai on trial for treason. He is due to appear in court later today.Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.[1]The U.S. Federal Communications Commission announces sweeping changes to the concentration of media ownership protections in the U.S, allowing a single owner to own up to 45% of media in a given city.A US Department of Justice internal audit is released which asserts that the government systematically abused the civil rights of individuals detained after the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack, engaging in "a pattern of physical and verbal abuse".[2]
Current events of June 3, 2003 (2003-06-03) (Tuesday) :
A British Parliamentary committee announces it will hold an inquiry into the government's decision to go to war with Iraq.Israel frees about 100 Palestinian prisoners before the Mideast peace summit with President of the United States George W. Bush in a sign of goodwill.U.S. President George W. Bush meets with Arab leaders, and says that their summit is making progress on the US-backed "road-map" to Israeli-Palestinian peace. The Arab leaders announce their support for the "road map" and promise to work on cutting off funding to "terrorist groups".Mathematician Jean-Pierre Serre is awarded the first Abel Prize at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway.Amelia Vega of the Dominican Republic wins the Miss Universe contest in Panama City, Panama. She is the first Miss Universe from the Dominican Republic.Sammy Sosa of baseball's Chicago Cubs is ejected from a game after he is found to have used a corked bat. The Cubs went on to beat the Devil Rays, 3 to 2. Major League Baseball Officials confiscated 76 of Sosa's spare bats after his ejection, and all were found to be clean, with no cork.
Current events of June 4, 2003 (2003-06-04) (Wednesday) :
Road map for peace: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon promises to dismantle illegal settlements in the West Bank, while new Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas renounces all terrorism against Israel.Martha Stewart is indicted by a federal grand jury on nine criminal counts including securities fraud, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy in the U.S. government's investigation of her possible insider trading of ImClone Systems stock in December 2001. Just hours after this, she announces that she will quit as chairman and CEO of her company.Scientists have used genetic engineering techniques to make chickens grow teeth.[3]The United States House of Representatives votes 282 to 139 to ban Intact dilation and extraction, a process commonly referred to as partial-birth abortion.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 9,000 for the first time since August 22, 2002.
Current events of June 5, 2003 (2003-06-05) (Thursday) :
German politician Jürgen Möllemann dies while parachuting.Computer virus Bugbear.b spreads worldwide on computer systems running Microsoft Windows by infecting email attachments.[4]The United States agrees to dismantle its bases and withdraw American forces from positions they have occupied near the DMZ, which separates North and South Korea, for decades.Pope John Paul II marks his 100th foreign voyage in a trip to Croatia, where the pontiff is expected to meet with Serbian Orthodox Christians as a sign of goodwill between the centuries-long feuding sister churches.[5]For the first time in more than two months, no new deaths were reported yesterday from SARS, the latest indication that the epidemic is subsiding, the World Health Organization said.[6]A United Nations war crimes tribunal charges President Charles Taylor of Liberia with war crimes for masterminding atrocities in the Sierra Leone civil war.Metallica's St. Anger album released.
Current events of June 6, 2003 (2003-06-06) (Friday) :
NASA investigators cracked a reinforced carbon fiber wing by shooting it with a piece of insulation, providing more evidence that falling insulation may have caused the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.[7]