Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March 31 Birthdays

* 250 – Constantius Chlorus, Roman Emperor (d. 306)
* 1360 – Philippa of Lancaster, queen of Portugal (d. 1415)
* 1425 – Bianca Maria Visconti, Duchess of Milan (d. 1468)
* 1499 – Pope Pius IV (d. 1565)
* 1504 – Guru Angad Dev, second Sikh guru (d. 1552)
* 1519 – King Henry II of France (d. 1559)
* 1536 – Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Japanese shogun (d. 1565)
* 1576 – Louise Juliana of Nassau, Regent of Bohemia (d. 1644)
* 1596 – René Descartes, French mathematician (d. 1650)
* 1621 – Andrew Marvell, English poet (d. 1678)
* 1651 – Karl II, Elector Palatine (d. 1685)
* 1675 – Pope Benedict XIV (d. 1758)
* 1718 – Infanta Mariana Victoria of Spain, queen regent of Portugal (d. 1781)
* 1723 – King Frederick V of Denmark (d. 1766)
* 1730 – Étienne Bézout, French mathematician (d. 1783)
* 1732 – Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer (d. 1809)
* 1777 – Charles Cagniard de la Tour, French physicist (d. 1859)
* 1778 – Coenraad Jacob Temminck, Dutch zoologist (d. 1858)
* 1794 – Thomas McKean Thompson McKennan, American politician 2nd United States Secretary of the Interior (d. 1852)
* 1809 – Edward FitzGerald, English poet (d. 1883)
* 1819 – Prince Chlodwig zu Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1901)
* 1847 – Yegor Ivanovich Zolotarev, Russian mathematician (d. 1878)
* 1855 – Alfred E. Hunt, founder of Alcoa (d. 1899)
* 1871 – Arthur Griffith, President of Ireland (d. 1922)
* 1872 – Alexandra Kollontai, Russian ambassador to Norway (d. 1952)
* 1872 – Serge Diaghilev, Russian ballet impresario (Ballets Russes) (d. 1929)
* 1876 – Borisav "Bora" Stanković, Serbian writer (d. 1927)
* 1878 – Jack Johnson, American boxer (d. 1946)
* 1884 – Adriaan van Maanen, Dutch-American astronomer (d. 1946)
* 1885 – Pascin, Bulgarian painter (d. 1930)
* 1890 – William Lawrence Bragg, English physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
* 1891 – Victor Varconi, Hungarian film actor (d. 1976)
* 1893 – Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (d. 1954)
* 1895 – Vardis Fisher, American author (d. 1968)
* 1896 – Florrie Baldwin, British supercentenarian
* 1906 – Shin'ichiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
* 1907 – Eddie Quillan, American actor (d. 1990)
* 1908 – Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist (d. 1999)
* 1911 – Elisabeth Grümmer, German soprano (d. 1986)
* 1912 – William Lederer, American writer (d. 2009)
* 1914 – Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
* 1915 – Albert Hourani, English historian (d. 1993)
* 1915 – Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese military man (d. 1997)
* 1916 – Lucille Bliss, American voice actress
* 1916 – John H. Wood, Jr., American federal judge (d. 1979)
* 1919 – Frank Akins, American football player (d. 1993)
* 1920 – Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, English Duchess, now Dowager Duchess
* 1922 – Richard Kiley, American actor and singer (d. 1999)
* 1924 – Leo Buscaglia, American author (d. 1998)
* 1924 – Charles Guggenheim, American film director/producer (d. 2002)
* 1925 – Jean Coutu, French Canadian actor (d. 1999)
* 1926 – John Fowles, English author (d. 2005)
* 1927 – César Chávez, American labor activist (d. 1993)
* 1927 – William Daniels, American actor
* 1928 – Lefty Frizzell, American singer and songwriter (d. 1975)
* 1928 – Gordie Howe, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1929 – Liz Claiborne, Belgian-born American fashion designer (d. 2007)
* 1929 – Bertram Fields, American lawyer
* 1931 – Miller Barber, American golfer
* 1932 – Nagisa Oshima, Japanese film director
* 1933 – Nichita Stănescu, Romanian poet (d. 1983)
* 1934 – Richard Chamberlain, American actor
* 1934 – Shirley Jones, American singer and actress
* 1934 – Carlo Rubbia, Italian physicist, Nobel Laureate
* 1934 – John D. Loudermilk, American singer and songwriter
* 1935 – Herb Alpert, American trumpeter and band leader
* 1935 – Judith Rossner, American author
* 1936 – Bob Pulford, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1936 – Marge Piercy, American writer
* 1936 – Dokumamushi Sandayu, Japanese actor
* 1938 – Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi
* 1938 – Bill Hicke, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)
* 1938 – Michiko Nomura, Japanese voice actor
* 1938 – Arthur B. Rubinstein, American composer
* 1938 – David Steel, Scottish politician
* 1939 – Zviad Gamsakhurdia, 1st President of Georgia (d. 1993)
* 1939 – Volker Schlöndorff, German film director
* 1940 – Barney Frank, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts
* 1940 – Patrick Leahy, U.S. Senator from Vermont
* 1942 – Michael Savage, (né Michael Weiner) American talk radio host and political commentator
* 1942 – Ulla Hoffmann, Swedish politician
* 1943 – Christopher Walken, American actor
* 1944 – Pascal Danel, French singer and songwriter
* 1944 – Mick Ralphs, English guitarist (Mott the Hoople, Bad Company)
* 1945 – Valerie Curtin, American actress, writer, and producer
* 1945 – Myfanwy Talog, Welsh actress (d. 1995)
* 1945 – Gabe Kaplan, American actor and comedian
* 1946 – Gonzalo Márquez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1984)
* 1947 – César Gaviria Trujillo, 36th President of Colombia
* 1947 – Kristian Blak, Danish musician, composer and recording executive
* 1948 – Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States and Nobel laureate
* 1948 – Rhea Perlman, American actress
* 1948 – Gustaaf Van Cauter, Belgian cyclist
* 1950 – Ed Marinaro, American football player and actor
* 1950 – András Adorján, Hungarian chess player
* 1951 – Frankie Sabath, Puerto Rican performer/singer
* 1952 – Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (d. 1998)
* 1955 – Angus Young, Scottish-born Australian guitarist (AC/DC)
* 1955 – Robert Vance, New Zealand cricketer
* 1957 – Marc McClure, American actor
* 1957 – Alan Duncan, British politician
* 1958 – Tony Cox, American actor
* 1959 – Ali McMordie, Irish bassist (Stiff Little Fingers)
* 1962 – John Taylor, American football player
* 1962 – Mark Begich, U.S. Senator from Alaska
* 1963 – Paul Mercurio, Australian actor/dancer
* 1964 – Paul Wong Koon-Chung, Hong Kong musician (Beyond)
* 1965 – Tom Barrasso, American ice hockey player
* 1965 – Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French mountaineer (d. 2006)
* 1965 – Steven T. Seagle, American comic-book writer
* 1966 – Roger Black, English athlete
* 1968 – Naoya Ogawa, Japanese professional wrestler
* 1968 – J.R. Reid, American basketball player
* 1969 – Samantha Brown, American television host
* 1969 – Nyamko Sabuni, Swedish politician
* 1969 – Steve Smith, American basketball player
* 1971 – Pavel Bure, Russian ice hockey player
* 1971 – Craig McCracken, American Animator
* 1971 – Ewan McGregor, Scottish actor
* 1972 – Alejandro Amenábar, Spanish film director
* 1972 – Andrew Bowen, American actor
* 1972 – Hristos Polihroniou, Greek hammer thrower
* 1973 – Bold Forbes, Puerto Rican/American thoroughbred racehorse (d. 2000)
* 1974 – Stefan Olsdal, Swedish bassist (Placebo)
* 1974 – Benjamin Eicher, Swiss film director
* 1975 – Adam Green, American film director
* 1975 – Emma Atkins, English actress
* 1976 – Sugiantoro, Jakarta Youth Socialist Leader
* 1976 – Josh Saviano, American actor
* 1976 – Ashton Moore, American porn actress
* 1977 – Toshiya, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
* 1977 – Garth Tander, Australian racing driver
* 1978 – Stephen Clemence, English footballer
* 1978 – Jérôme Rothen, French footballer
* 1978 – Tony Yayo, American rapper
* 1979 – Josh Kinney, American baseball player
* 1979 – Amey Date, Indian playback singer
* 1980 – Chien-Ming Wang, Taiwanese baseball player
* 1980 – Maaya Sakamoto, Japanese voice actor
* 1980 – Michael Ryder, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1980 – Dean Clark, English footballer
* 1981 – Maarten van der Weijden, Dutch swimmer
* 1981 – Gerard McCarthy, British actor
* 1981 – Pa Dembo Tourray, Gambian footballer
* 1982 – Ryland Blackinton, American guitarist (Cobra Starship)
* 1982 – Tal Ben Haim, Israeli footballer
* 1982 – Philippe Mexès, French footballer
* 1982 – Lennon Murphy, American rock singer/songwriter
* 1983 – Paddy McCarthy, Irish footballer
* 1983 – Vlasios Maras, Greek gymnast
* 1984 – James Jones, American football player
* 1984 – David Clarkson, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1984 – Yanin Vismistananda, Thai actress
* 1985 – Jessica Szohr, American actress
* 1987 – Georg Listing, German bassist (Tokio Hotel)
* 1987 – Humpy Koneru, Indian chess grandmaster
* 1988 – Hogan Ephraim, English footballer
* 2003 – Carl Alexander Acosta, Filipino child actor and dancer

March 31 in History

March 31 is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 275 days remaining until the end of the year.

* 307 – After divorcing his wife Minervina, Constantine marries Fausta, the daughter of the retired Roman Emperor Maximian.
* 1146 – Bernard of Clairvaux preaches his famous sermon in a field at Vézelay, urging the necessity of a Second Crusade. Louis VII is present, and joins the Crusade.
* 1492 – Queen Isabella of Castille issues the Alhambra decree, ordering her 150,000 Jewish subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion.
* 1717 – A sermon on "The Nature of the Kingdom of Christ" by Benjamin Hoadly, the Bishop of Bangor, provokes the Bangorian Controversy.
* 1774 – American Revolutionary War: The Kingdom of Great Britain orders the port of Boston, Massachusetts closed pursuant to the Boston Port Act.
* 1822 – The massacre of the population of the Greek island of Chios by soldiers of the Ottoman Empire following a rebellion attempt, depicted by the French artist Eugène Delacroix.
* 1854 – Commodore Matthew Perry signs the Treaty of Kanagawa with the Japanese government, opening the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade.
* 1866 – The Spanish Navy bombs the harbor of Valparaíso, Chile.
* 1877 – The family with samurai antecedents that responded to the Saigo army in Ōita Nakatsu rebels.
* 1885 – The United Kingdom establishes a protectorate over Bechuanaland.
* 1889 – The Eiffel Tower is inaugurated.
* 1903 – Richard Pearse allegedly makes a powered flight in an early aircraft.
* 1906 – The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (later National Collegiate Athletic Association) is established to set rules for amateur sports in the United States.
* 1909 – Serbia accepts Austrian control over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
* 1909 – Construction begins on the RMS Titanic.
* 1910 – Six North Staffordshire Pottery towns federate to form modern Stoke-on-Trent
* 1912 – Construction is completed on the RMS Titanic.
* 1917 – The United States takes possession of the Danish West Indies after paying $25 million to Denmark, and renames the territory the United States Virgin Islands.
* 1918 – Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States for the first time.
* 1921 – The Royal Australian Air Force is formed.
* 1930 – The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film, in the U.S., for the next thirty eight years.
* 1931 – An earthquake destroys Managua, Nicaragua, killing 2,000.
* 1933 – The Civilian Conservation Corps is established with the mission of relieving rampant unemployment.
* 1942 – World War II: Japanese forces invade Christmas Island, then a British possession.
* 1942 – Holocaust in Ivano-Frankivsk (then called Stanislawow), western Ukraine. German Gestapo organize the first deportation of 5,000 Jews from Stanislawow ghetto to Belzec death camp. It is one of the largest transports to Belzec in the first phase of the camp.
* 1946 – The first election is held in Greece after World War II.
* 1949 – The Dominion of Newfoundland joins the Canadian Confederation and becomes the 10th Province of Canada.
* 1951 – Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau.
* 1957 – Elections to the Territorial Assembly of the French colony Upper Volta are held. After the elections PDU and MDV form a government.
* 1959 – The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, crosses the border into India and is granted political asylum.
* 1964 – The Dictatorship in Brazil, under the aegis of general Castello Branco, begins.
* 1965 – Iberia Airlines Convair 440 crashes into the sea on approach to Tangier, killing 47 of 51 occupants.
* 1966 – The Soviet Union launches Luna 10 which later becomes the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon.
* 1968 – President Lyndon B. Johnson announces he will not run for re-election.
* 1970 – Explorer 1 re-enters the Earth's atmosphere (after 12 years in orbit).
* 1970 – Nine terrorists from the Japanese Red Army hijack Japan Airlines Flight 351 at Tokyo International Airport, wielding samurai swords and carrying a bomb.
* 1979 – The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
* 1980 – The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad operates its final train after being ordered to liquidate its assets because of bankruptcy and debts owed to creditors.
* 1985 – The first WrestleMania, the biggest wrestling event from the WWE, takes place in Madison Square Garden in New York
* 1986 – A Mexicana Boeing 727 en route to Puerto Vallarta erupts in flames and crashes in the mountains northwest of Mexico City, killing 166.
* 1986 – Six metropolitan county councils are abolished in England.
* 1990 – 200,000 protestors take to the streets of London to protest against the newly introduced Poll Tax.
* 1991 – The Islamic Constitutional Movement, or Hadas, is established in Kuwait.
* 1991 – Georgian independence referendum, 1991: nearly 99 percent of the voters support the country's independence from the Soviet Union.
* 1992 – The USS Missouri (BB-63), the last active United States Navy Battleship, is decommissioned in Long Beach, California.
* 1994 – Human evolution: The journal Nature reports the finding in Ethiopia of the first complete Australopithecus afarensis skull.
* 1995 – In Corpus Christi, Texas, Latin superstar Selena Quintanilla Perez is shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her own fan club.
* 1998 – Netscape releases the code base of its browser under an open-source license agreement; the project is given the code name Mozilla and would eventually be spun off into the non-profit Mozilla Foundation.
* 2004 – In Fallujah, Iraq, 4 American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, are killed and their bodies mutilated after being ambushed.
* 2007 – In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million people take part in the first Earth Hour.
* 2008 – Aloha Airlines, a bankrupt airline, permanently ends passenger service

Sunday, March 21, 2010

March 21, 2010

  • French President Sarkozy's UMP party is heavily defeated in regional elections. (BBC)
  • Tens of thousands of people gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States to support President Barack Obama in his bid to overhaul the country's immigration laws. (CNN)
  • A new earthquake in Haiti kills two in Cap-Haïtien. (Ynet)
  • Middle East:
    • Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon enters Gaza with the message "we (the United Nations) stand with you (Palestine)", criticises Israel's actions and speaks of his distress at the "unacceptable, unsustainable conditions" endured by Palestinians and the lack of reconstruction of damaged buildings. (BBC) (RTÉ) (The Times) (UN)
    • A friendly football match to take place in the Faisal al-Husseini Stadium in al-Ram, near Jerusalem between the Egyptian Olympic football team and the Palestine national football team is postponed due to an issue with the Egyptian team obtaining Israeli visas. (The Observer)
    • Muslims in Pakistan protest against the claimed "demolition" of their sacred sites by Israel. (The Palestine Telegraph)
    • Four Palestinians, including two youths, are killed by Israeli forces in two separate incidents in Nablus; Israeli and Palestinian sources disagree on the circumstances of the shooting. (Reuters) (CNN) (Ha'aretz)
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refuses to bow to international pressure, saying "As far as we are concerned, building in Jerusalem is like building in Tel Aviv". (BBC)
    • Mauritania formally severs diplomatic ties with Israel, saying the relationship has "completely and definitely" run its course over the Gaza situation. (Ha'aretz)
  • Afghanistan:
  • Child sex abuse in the Catholic Church:
    • It is alleged that the Pope (then a German archbishop) ignored advice from a psychiatrist in 1979 stating Father Peter "Hulli" Hullermann was "untreatable" and "must never be allowed to work with children again". (The Sunday Times)
    • The Pope is asked why he hasn't apologised to those affected by sex abuse in Australia after yesterday's publication of his 13-page apology to Irish Catholics. (ABC News)
    • Musician and prominent abuse campaigner Sinéad O'Connor dismisses the Pope's letter as a "a study in the art of lying". (Sunday Independent)
    • The Pope's letter is read to Massgoers and Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Cardinal Seán Brady is applauded following the revelation of his representation of the Church when two teenagers abused by Father Brendan Smyth were forced to sign an oath of silence. (The Irish Times)
    • A man confronts Bishop of Kerry Dr Bill Murphy on the pulpit in the middle of the Gospel at St Mary's Cathedral, Killarney before the Pope's letter can be read and is seized by members of the congregation, while protesters walkout during Mass at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral in Dublin. (The Irish Times)
  • The corpses of two archbishops are stolen from a cemetery in Nicosia. (BBC) (Reuters) (Philippine Daily Inquirer) (ABC News)
  • Soham murderer Ian Huntley is hospitalised after his throat is slashed in his County Durham prison. (Sky News) (The Guardian) (The Daily Telegraph) (RTÉ) (Irish Independent)
  • A volcano erupts at Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland. (RUV, Iceland) (BBC) (Herald Sun) (RTÉ)
  • South Africans mark the 50th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre. (BBC) (The Washington Post) (The Guardian)
  • Plastiki, a boat constructed from 12,000 plastic bottles, sets sail on a three-month voyage from San Francisco through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to Sydney. (BBC)
  • Pune and Kochi are announced as the two new franchises in the Indian Premier League, having spent the equivalent of US$700 million between them. (BBC) (The Guardian) (Press Trust of India) (The Hindu)

Friday, March 19, 2010

March 19 2010

  • Former Iranian Vice-President Hossein Marashi is jailed after being accused of spreading propaganda. (BBC) (TIME) (FOX News) (MSNBC)
  • NASA announces that "It is nearly certain that a new record 12-month global temperature will be set in 2010", in a new draft paper based on GISS temperature analysis. (Climate Progress)
  • Dutch officials object to "ridiculous" and "out of the realm of fiction" claims by retired American general John J. Sheehan, a former NATO commander, that the use of gay soldiers in 1995 meant Dutch forces were "under-strength" and "poorly led" when attempting to protect Bosnian civilians in Srebrenica. (Al Jazeera) (CBC) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • A hoax stating that at least 200 people have died in an mining accident in Bo, Sierra Leone, makes headlines around the world. (The Washington Post) (Reuters)
  • At least 13 people die during clashes in Sudan. (Al Jazeera)
  • President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh declares an end to his country's six-year war against the Houthis. (Al Jazeera)
  • Catholic sex abuse cases:
  • China's State Commission of Disaster Relief says severe drought has affected 51 million Chinese and left more than 16 million people and 11 million livestock with drinking-water shortages. (Xinhua)
  • Middle East:
    • Complaints are raised against a Saudi Arabian writer for allegedly describing a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad as "barbaric" during a program presented by Nadeen Al-Badr on Al-Hurra Channel. (Arabian Business News) (Arab News)
    • Israel launches airstrikes against a smuggling tunnel and metal foundry in Gaza, in response to a rocket attack which killed a Thai worker in Israel. Palestinians in Hebron protest by throwing rocks at Israeli Security Forces, who respond by firing tear gas. (Russia Today) (The New York Times)
    • At least 12 people are wounded after Israel fires at least five missiles onto an airport near Rafah in Gaza in response to earlier rocket attacks. (Ha'aretz)
    • The Quartet on the Middle East condemns Israel for announcing plans for hundreds of new homes in East Jerusalem and also calls on Israel to "freeze all settlements in Palestinian territories". (BBC) (The Hindu)
    • Israel sends a letter of complaint to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council regarding the rocket attack from Gaza. (The Daily Telegraph)
  • Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi says radio station the Voice of America (VOA) is promoting "destabilising propaganda" that is inciting genocide in his country. (BBC) (News24.com) (TheStar.com.my)
  • Egyptian mosques pray for President Hosni Mubarak—who is ill and whose health is taboo—as images of his recovery in Germany are broadcast on television screens, boosting stock markets. (BBC)
  • Switzerland ceases to deport asylum seekers in response to the death of a Nigerian man at Zürich Airport as he was being forcefully deported. Nigeria condemns the occurrence. (BBC) (THISDAY) (The Scotsman) (Taiwan News) (The New Zealand Herald)
  • South African police fire water cannon at 2,000 students protesting at the release of hip-hop performer Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye, accused of killing four school pupils. (BBC)
  • President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak names Sheikh Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed al-Tayeb as head of Al-Azhar University. (Al Jazeera)
  • A judge in the United States rejects a $657.5 million deal for 10,000 people involved in the aftermath of 9/11. (BBC) (Miami Herald) (The New York Times)
  • FIFA dismisses the bid of Indonesia for the 2022 FIFA World Cup after the country failed to provide "guarantees". (BBC) (San Francisco Chronicle) (CBC)
  • The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) breaks its own record. (BBC) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • Amnesty International asks Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to intervene in the case of a Lebanese man sentenced to death for "sorcery". (CNN)
  • An investigation is urged into the assassination of Colombian human rights activist Johnny Hurtado. (BBC)
  • Colombian journalist, radio reporter and El Pulso magazine editor Clodomiro Castilla is shot to death while reading a book at his Montería home. (The Washington Post) (Press Trust of India) (Latin American Herald Tribune)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March 2, 2010

  • Assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh:
    • Police in Dubai order an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of Mossad in connection with the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
    • Carrickmacross town council in Ireland votes to remove a guestbook page which had been signed by Israeli ambassador to Ireland Zion Evrony in protest at the alleged use of Irish passports in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. (Al Jazeera) (France24) (Press TV)
  • Agathe Habyarimana, the widow of former Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana, accused of helping plan the 1994 genocide, is arrested in France. (BBC) (France 24)
  • More than a dozen Chinese newspapers publish a rare joint editorial calling for the end of the hukou system of household registration. (AP) (China Daily) (BBC)
  • The government of the People's Republic of China announces a 10-year program under which clean energy will account for 15 percent of the total consumption mix by 2020. (China Daily)
  • In the United Kingdom, BBC Director General Mark Thompson confirms plans to close BBC 6 Music and the BBC Asian Network as part of a cost-cutting drive. The proposals will also see BBC Radio 7 rebranded as BBC Radio 4 Extra and cutbacks to the BBC website. (Guardian) (Telegraph) (The Times) (BBC)
  • A landslide in the Bududa District of Uganda results in at least 100 deaths. (BBC News) (New Vision)
  • Murder of James Bulger: Jon Venables, one of Britain's most notorious child murderers, is returned to prison after breaching the conditions of his release. (BBC) (RTÉ) (The Sydney Morning Herald) (The New Zealand Herald) (Radio Netherlands Worldwide) (CNN)
  • Irish Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism Martin Cullen is hospitalised after the escalation of a recent chronic back complaint, disrupting some of his work, including a visit to the United States. (RTÉ) (The Irish Times) (Irish Examiner) (Newstalk)

Monday, March 1, 2010

March 1, 2010

  • Sony blames recent malfunctions of older PS3 "fat" models on an internal clock glitch. (BBC)
  • An aeroplane carrying aid materials for the 2010 Chile earthquake crashes killing at least six people. (ABC)
  • In response to the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, Dubai's police chief states that travelers suspected of being Israeli will not be allowed into the United Arab Emirates even if they arrive with passports issued by other countries. (AP), (The Jerusalem Post)
  • Xynthia:
  • Floodwaters in Les Cayes and surrounding areas responsible for the deaths of 8 Haitians recede. (Al Jazeera)
  • Georgia and Russia re-open their only usable land border crossing, located on the Caucasus Mountains, for traffic and trade for the first time in four years. (Al Jazeera) (Press TV) (Toronto Sun) (Xinhua)
  • Spain requests an explanation from Venezuela concerning allegations that it helped terrorist groups Euskadi Ta Askatasuna and FARC plot to kill Colombian President Álvaro Uribe and other Colombian personalities in Spanish soil. (BBC) (Houston Chronicle) (Sky News)
  • Goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilalé, shot in the Togo national football team attack prior to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, is to return to France after emergency surgery in Johannesburg. (Radio Netherlands Worldwide) (Reuters South Africa)
  • 63-year-old former President of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Ejup Ganić is detained at London Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the UK to escape charges of war crimes. (BBC) (RTÉ) (Radio Srbija) (Al Jazeera) (The New York Times)
  • The Palestinian cabinet moves its weekly meeting from Ramallah to Hebron in a symbolic protest at the decision by Israel to add Hebron's Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem to its list of national heritage sites. (Voice of America)
  • The trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić resumes in The Hague. (CNN) (The Sydney Morning Herald) (The New Zealand Herald) (RTÉ)
  • 17 Nigerian police officers are arrested in connection with the deaths of Boko Haram members in 2009. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (Radio Netherlands Worldwide)
  • Convicted member of ETA Iñaki de Juana Chaos is to be extradited from Northern Ireland to Spain where he is scheduled to face further charges. (RTÉ) (BBC)
  • Toyota president Akio Toyoda apologies to his Chinese customers in Earth's largest auto mart. (BBC) (Financial Times)
  • Two of three Sikhs kidnapped in Khyber Agency on the Afghan border in January are recovered by Pakistan's security forces. The decapitated corpse of the other was found last week. (Reuters India)
  • Robert Mugabe's indiginisation law begins, with 51 per cent of each company being given to black Zimbabweans. (Al Jazeera) (BBC) (Voice of America)
  • A petition featuring 450,000 international names in opposition of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill is given to the speaker of parliament, Edward Ssekandi, by an Anglican priest and an HIV/AIDS activist. (BBC) (Voice of America)
  • Over 5,000 people, including a pregnant woman and TV weatherman Grant Denyer, strip naked and are photographed at the Sydney Opera House during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, double the number which had been expected. (BBC) (news.com.au) (CBC) (Reuters)