Timecapsule Timeline

Calendar Months

   "Most newspaper article events happen anywhere from days, to months, to years before they reach publication. Consequently, most newspaper articles (on this timeline) are preceded by the date of the newspaper in which they appear." [E.M.]    *Color Code

  August 2009

2009 - Astronomic Configuration - August 1st, 2009: "Sun [9 Leo], Moon [17 Sagittarius], Mercury [27 Leo], Venus [0 Cancer], Mars [13 Gemini], Jupiter [23 Aquarius R.], Saturn [19 Virgo], Uranus [26 Pisces R.], Neptune [25 Aquarius R.], Pluto [1 Capricorn R.], Chiron [24 Aquarius R.]."

[Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200908.html]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 1st, 2009: "The stock market's best July in 20 years is giving investors reason for hope. Stocks closed mostly higher on news that the economy shrank at a slower pace than expected from April-June. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 0.73, or 0.1 percent, to 987.48." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/01/09]

2009 - Bank Failure Trivia / U.S.A. - August 1st, 2009: "5 more banks shut down ['boosting to 69 the number of federally insured banks to fail this year']" [Based on: Article title, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/01/09]

2009 - Erosion / Louisiana Oil Hub - August 1st, 2009: "Erosion puts Louisiana oil hub [Port Fourchon] in danger / Officials worry that a Category 3 hurricane could wreak havoc on the nation's oil supply chain." [Based on: Title for A.P. Article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/01/09]

2009 - Pay Rates Stagnate / U.S.A. - August 1st, 2009: "Employment compensation for U.S. workers has grown over the past 12 months by the lowest amount on record, reflecting the severe recession that has gripped the country. [....]" [Based on: A.P. Article (Pay rates stagnate), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/01/09]

2009 - Sharing tunes proves costly - August 1st, 2009: "Sharing tunes proves costly / Student [Joel Tenenbaum of Providence, R.I.] ordered to pay $675,000 for downloading music in copyright case [07/31/09]." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A20, S.L.P.D., 08/01/09]

2009 - Court rules against Musharraf - August 1st, 2009: "Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled that the state of emergency former President Pervez Musharraf imposed in 2007 was unconstitutional and declared invalid the appointments of judges he made during that period. The decision could lay the groundwork for treason charges against the ex-army chief, and some fear it could cause political turmoil at a time when Pakistan is battling a Taliban insurgency." [Based on: News Services article (Court rules against Musharraf), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 08/01/09]

2009 - Osage Purchase Indian Mound - August 1st, 2009: "Osage tribe purchases historic mound [Sugar Loaf Mound, for $230.000] ] / Plans are to develop the property ['the last remaining American Indian mound in St. Louis.'] as an interpretive historical site." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A2, S.L.P.D., 08/01/09]

2009 - Outstanding Public Debt / U.S.A. - August 1st, 2009: "The Outstanding Public Debt [U.S.A.] as of 01 August 2009 at 07:32:03 PM GMT is: $11,588,478,516,483.11. The estimated population of the United States is 306,655,967 so each citizen's share of this debt is $37,789.84. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.83 billion per day since September 28, 2007! Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House! [Based on: http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/] - [T.D. - 08/01/09]

2009 - Second-Quarter Income / Chevron - August 1st, 2009: "Chevron, the second-biggest U.S. oil company, reported a 71 percent drop in second-quarter income. Earnings dropped to $1.75 billion, or 87 cents a share, from $5.98 billion, or $2.90, a year ago. revenue was $40 billion, less than half of last year's." [Based on: Article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/01/09]

2009 - New Cleanup Orders / Leadwood, Mo. - August 1st, 2009: "EPA issues new cleanup orders [07/31/09] for Doe Run site / Agency says company must speed up work at waste pile in Leadwood [located in St. Francois County, Mo.]." [Based on: Title for Article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 08/01/09]

2009 - Minor Earthquake / Southeastern Tennessee  - August 1st, 2009: "[....] A minor earthquake rattled the mountainous are of southeastern Tennessee, western North Carolinia and northern Georgia on Saturday morning [08/01/09], the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The 3.2-magnitude temblor's epicenter was 55 miles east of Chattanooga." [Based on: News Services article (Earthquake in Tennessee), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/01/09]

2009 - Iraqis fear bombings mark insurgents' return - August 1st, 2009: "Bombings at five Shiite Muslim mosques killed 29 worshippers Friday [07/31/09] in a series of attacks that Iraqi army and police officers are interpreting as a sign that insurgents are determined to destabilize the country now that American forces have withdrawn from Iraqi cities and towns. [....]" [Based on: McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article (Iraqis fear bombings mark insurgents' return / Attacks resemble tactics al-Qaida in Iraq used before 2006, army and police officers say.), p. A14, S.L.P.D., 08/01/09]

2009 - White Striped Fruit Fly / Western Hemisphere - August 1st, 2009: "California agriculture officials say an infestation of the white striped fruit fly has been found in Los Angeles County, the first detection of the pest in the Western Hemisphere." [Based on: News Services article (Fruit flies invading), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 08/01/09]

2009 - Old Skeleton / Italian Beach - August 2nd, 2009: "4,500-Year-Old Skeleton [dubbed 'Nello'] Found on Italian Beach" [Based on Title for Fox News article, Sunday, August 02, 2009]

*Links: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090801/sc_nm/us_italy_warrior

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Near North Coast of Papua, Indonesia - August 2nd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:54:35 (UTC) on Sunday, July 3rd, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 0.519°S, 132.857°E; Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009jvas.php] - [T.D. - 08/03/09]

2009 - Nigeria pursues sect members - August 3rd, 2009: "Nigeria pursues [08/01/09] sect members ['Boko Haram - translated as "Western education is sacrilege" '] / Fighting has left more than 700 people dead after counterattack launched against radical Islamists." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 08/03/09]

2009 - Pneumonic Plague / Northwest China - August 3rd, 2009: "Plague [pneumonic plague] claims second man in China [Qinghai province]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 08/03/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Gulf of California - August 3rd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 17:59:56 (UTC) on Monday, August 3rd, 2009. The magnitude 6.9 event [Location: 29.066°N, 112.871°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ GULF OF CALIFORNIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009jwbh.php]-[T.D. - 08/03/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Gulf of California - August 3rd, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 18:40:50 (UTC) on Monday, August 3rd, 2009. The magnitude 6.2 event [Location: 29.371°N, 113.703°W; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ GULF OF CALIFORNIA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009jwbr.php]-[T.D. - 08/04/09]

2009 - Remains Indentified / U.S. Gulf War Pilot - August 3rd, 2009: "Remains of pilot [Navy Capt. Michael Scott Speicher] shot down in Gulf War [01/17/91] are identified ['The Defense Department said Sunday' - 08/02/09] / Alleged sightings of him in late 1990s reportedly were used by U.S. to back 2003 invasion of Iraq." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 08/03/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 4th, 2009: "The Standard & Poor's 500 index is four digits again. The widely used index rose above 1,000 for the first time in nine months as reports on manufacturing, housing and banking boosted investor confidence. The S&P 500 index rose 15.15, or 1.5 percent, to 1,002.63." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 08/04/09]

2009 - "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" - August 4th, 2009: "[....] Not much is known about the Garbage Patch phenomenon, including when it began forming or even its exact boundaries. Scientists believe trash - most of it plastic that won't decompose - washes down storm drains and rivers from places like the Bay Area [San Francisco Bay] or Japan, eventually drifting into several large ocean vortices where currents swirl like water in a drain. [....] Cleaning up the pacific garbage patch may not be possible. [NP] First, most of the plastic is broken into tiny fragments. Plastic becomes brittle from the sun's ultraviolet radiation and eventually breaks up into miniscule pieces like confetti. Billions float just below the surface in the garbage patch, which is located north of Hawaii but shifts in size and location depending on the season and the currents. [NP] 'The large pieces, it is possible to pull them out of the ocean,' said Holly Bamford, director of marine debris program for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring, Md. [NP] 'The small plastic bits, that's to be determined. Until we understand the extent, the size and exactly where they are, we won't be able to make a determination of how they can be removed or if they can be removed.' " [Based on: San Jose Mercury News article (Study takes aim at sea of trash / It will analyze massive vortex of floating plastic in ocean known as 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch.'), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 08/04/09]

2009 - Settlement / Bank of America Corp. - August 4th, 2009: "[....] In seeking approval to buy Merrill, Bank of America told investors that Merrill would not pay year-end bonuses without Bank of America's consent. But the Securities and Exchange Commission said Bank of America had authorized New York-based Merrill to pay up to $5.8 billion in bonuses. [NP] Bank of America agreed to pay $33 million to settle the charges without admitting or denying the allegations. The settlement is subject to court approval. [....] Merrill payed $3.6 billion in bonuses in 2008, the SEC said, even though it lost $27.6 billion that year, a record for the firm. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Bofa will pay $33 million penalty / Company misled investors in connection with Merrill Lynch acquisition, SEC regulators say.), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 08/04/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 5th, 2009: "Having sprinted higher for three weeks, the stock market is taking a break. The market put up modest gains as many traders looked toward the Labor Department's employment report on Friday [07/31/09]. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 3.02, or 0.3 percent, to 1,005.65." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 08/05/09]

2009 - Release / American Journalists, North Korea - August 5th, 2009: "General Electric Co. will pay a $50 million civil penalty to settle charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission accusing the conglomerate of improper accounting in order to make its financial results appear more attractive to investors. The SEC said Tuesday [08/04/09] that GE violated U.S. securities laws four times between 2002 and 2003 when accounting for items like commercial paper funding. The SEC said the changes helped GE maintain a string of earnings that beat Wall Street expectations each quarter from 1995 through 2004. The Fairfield, Conn.-based GE doesn't admit or deny the allegations, but said it corrected its financial statements during SEC filings made between 2005 and 2008. An unspecified number of employees working on the transactions were fired." [Based on: A.P. article (GE to pay $50 million), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 08/05/09]

2009 - Release / American Journalists, North Korea - August 5th, 2009: "Clinton, pair leave N. Korea / ANALYSIS - Secret mission to gain release of two jailed journalists [Laura Ling & Euna Lee] took months of negotiation." [Based on: Title for Tribune Newspapers article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 08/05/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan - August 5th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 00:17:58 (UTC) on Wednesday, July 5th, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 24.222°N, 125.104°E ; Depth 25 km (15.5 miles) set by location program] was located @ SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009jyab.php]-[T.D. - 08/10/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Off West Coast of the South Island, N.Z. - August 5th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 08:31:41 (UTC) on Wednesday, July 5th, 2009. The magnitude 6.1 event [Location: 45.478°S, 166.343°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ OFF WEST COAST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, N.Z.."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009jyaw.php]-[T.D. - 08/10/09]

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - August 6th, 2009: "A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras."

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=06&month=08&year=2009]

2009 - Birth / U.S. Panda Cub - August 6th, 2009: "Prized San Diego Zoo panda mom Bai Yun has given birth to her fifth cub. The cub, born to 17-year-old Bai Yun (White Cloud), becomes just the 13th panda in the U.S." [Based on: Title for News Services article (Fifth cub for panda), p. A11, S.L.P.D., 08/06/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 6th, 2009: "The closer investors get to the government's July employment report, the more cautious they become. The monthly reading on the job market comes out before the start of trading on Friday. The Dow Jones industrials fell 39.22, or 0.4 percent, to 9,280.97." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 08/06/09]

2009 - Venezuela feels threatened - August 6th, 2009: "President Hugo Chavez says his government plans to buy dozens of tanks because Venezuela feels threatened by a pending deal to increase the U.S. military presence in Columbia. The U.S. is negotiating an agreement to use three airfields and two navy bases in Columbia." [Based on: News Services article (Venezuela feels threatened), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 08/06/09]

2009 - Drone Atrtack? / Pakistan - August 6th, 2009: "Four people, including a wife of the Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, were killed by what local residents said was a missle strike from an American drone. Local residents reached by telephone confirmed that one of the wives of Mehsud, the leader of Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan, was among those killed." [Based on: News Services article (Drone kills 4), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 08/06/09]

2009 - Big Loss / U.S. Postal Service - August 6th, 2009: "Postal Service posts big loss and drop in mail volume ['said it lost $2.4 billion in the most recent quarter as mail volume dropped 14 percent.']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 08/06/09]

2009 - Reinstated / U.S. "Roadless Rule" - August 6th, 2009: " 'Roadless Rule' ['a ban on road construction in more than 50 million acres of pristine national forests'] reinstated" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 08/06/09]

2009 - Shrinking? / U.S. Services Sector - August 6th, 2009: "[....] The Institute for Supply management on Wednesday said its services index clocked in at 46.4, down from 47 in June. It's the 10th straight month of decline. A reading below 50 indicates the sector is shrinking. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Services sector in U.S. takes one step back), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 08/06/09]

2009 - Sunnis and Shiites inter-marrying - August 6th, 2009: "Muhanad Talib, a Sunni Muslim, married his Shiite bride because she was a 'suitable woman' for him, plus it made them eligible for a 2,000 payout from the government. Talib and his wife are among more than 1,700 newlywed couples who have accepted cash from a government program that encourages Sunnis and Shiites to tie the knot." [Based on: News Services article (Sunnis and Shiites inter-marrying), p. A19, S.L.P.D., 08/06/09]

2009 - Convicted / Former  U.S. Representative - August 6th, 2009: "Ex-Rep. Jefferson convicted [08/05/09] / Federal court jury finds former lawmaker from Louisiana [William J. Jefferson - 'a New Orleans Democrat who served in Congress for 18 years until being defeated in 2008'] guilty on 11 to 16 counts of bribery-related crimes." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 08/06/09]

2009 - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad / Iran - August 6th, 2009: "Iranian president sworn in" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A19, S.L.P.D., 08/06/09]

2009 - Died / John Hughes - August 7th?, 2009: "John Hughes, the director and screenwriter who helped define a young generation with his '80s films 'Sixteen Candles,' 'The Breakfast Club' and 'Pretty in Pink,' has died [heart attack]." [Based on: New York Times article (Director gave voice to teen angst in 1980s), p. A21, S.L.P.D., 08/07/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 7th, 2009: "The Dow Jones industrial average lost 25 points and other major indexes sufferred moderate losses as worries about the Labor Department's upcoming July employment report dominated trading. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 5.64, or 0.6 percent, to 997.08." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B6, S.L.P.D., 08/07/09]

2009 - Melting Glaciers / U.S.A. - August 7th, 2009: "Global warming has melted glaciers in Alaska and Washington state at a rapid and accelerating rate over the past half-century, increasing drought risks and contributing to rising sea levels, the federal government (U.S.A.) reported." [Based on: News Services article (Glaciers melting quickly), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 08/07/09]

2009 - Typhoon Etau / Okinawa - August 7th, 2009: "The MODIS instrument onboard NASA's Terra spacecraft captured this birds-eye view [see link] of Typhoon Etau as it was buffeting the southern island chain of Okinawa, affecting airlines, a refinery and other industries.  [....]"

[Based on: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=13306]

2009 - 15 reported dead in Afghanistan - August 7th, 2009: "Roadside explosions and a U.S. airstrike killed at least 15 people across southern Afghanistan, including members of a family who hit a mine on their way to a wedding party, local officials said. The family was traveling in a tractor with a trailer through the Garmser district when they hit a mine laid in the road. Helmand province police Chief Assadullah Sherzad said." [Based on: Title for News Services article (15 reported dead in Afghanistan), p. A29, S.L.P.D., 08/07/09]

2009 - Clashes End / S. Korean Factory - August 7th?, 2009: "Deal [08/06/09] ends clashes at S. Korean factory" [Based on: New York Times article (Director gave voice to teen angst in 1980s), p. A29, S.L.P.D., 08/07/09]

2009 - Protest by Crucifixion / Paraguay - August 7th, 2009: "A half-dozen protestors in Paraguay have hammered long nails through their hands into crosses, vowing to remain crucified until leftist priest-turned President Fernando Lugo gives them land. Social Development Minister Pablino Caceres said he will meet with the group." [Based on: Title for News Services article (Protest by crucifixion), p. A29, S.L.P.D., 08/07/09]

2009 - Second Quarter Loss / Fannie Mae - August 7th, 2009: "Fannie Mae posted a loss of $15.2 billion in the second quarter. The mortgage finance company, seized by regulators last September, lost $2.67 per share, compared with a loss of $2.6 billion, or $2.54 per share, a year ago." [Based on: News Services article, p. B6, S.L.P.D., 08/07/09]

2009 - Sentenced to Death / Mumbai Bombers - August 7th, 2009: "Mumbai bombers get death ['an Indian court ruled Thursday.' - 08/06/09] / Attacks in 2003 left more than 50 people dead and about 200 injured." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A21, S.L.P.D., 08/07/09]

2009 - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor / U.S.A. - August 7th, 2009: "Justice Sotomayor it is [08/06/09] / Breaking through - 68-31 Senate vote makes her first Latino on Supreme Court. / What to expect - She probably will bring a fresh perspective on a host of issues." [Based on: Title for Tribune Newspapers article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 08/07/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 8th, 2009: "Major stock indexes barreled higher after the government said the nation's unemployment rate unexpectedly fell in July for the first time in 15 months and that employees cut fewer jobs. The broader S&P 500 index gained 13.40, or 1.3 percent, to 1,010.48" [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/08/09]

2009 - Merck & Co. Acquisition? / Schering Plough Corp - August 8th, 2009: "[....] The acquisition of smaller Schering-Plough allows Merck, the world's eighth-biggest drug maker by perscription medicine sales, to leapfrog to No. 2 worldwide, just behind Pfizer Inc. [....] The companies still need approval from regulators in the U.S. and elsewhere, and the deal should close in the fourth quarter." [Based on: A.P. article (Merck-Schering merger), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/08/09]

2009 - Security Risks / Climate Change? - August 9th, 2009: "The security risks of global warming / Experts now fear that climate change could destabilize, even topple, governments and feed terrorism." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A12, S.L.P.D., 08/09/09]

2009 - Preventable Medical Mistakes / U.S.A. - August 9th, 2009: "Preventable mistakes made in medical care are the nation's leading cause of accidental death, a Hearst investigation has documented. [NP] Analysts of key national research on the issue shows that the death toll from medical injury, including infections that patients acquire in the course of their medical treatment, approaches 200,000 a year. [....]" [Based on: Hearst Newspapers article (Medical goofs cost lives, study finds / 1999 report focused on preventable mistakes, including infections, but death rate continues to rise), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 08/09/09]

2009 - Major Earthquake / Izu Islands, Japan Region - August 9th, 2009: "A major earthquake occurred at 10:55:56 (UTC) on Sunday, July 9th, 2009. The magnitude 7.1 event [Location: 33.144°N, 138.040°E; Depth 303.1 km (188.3 miles)] was located @ IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009jyaw.php]-[T.D. - 08/10/09]

2009 - Typhoon Morakot / Taiwan - August 10th, 2009: "Though its winds were not particularly powerful when it made landfall in Tawian, slow-moving Typhoon Morakot soaked the southern part of the island with heavy rain between August 3 and 9, 2009. The water-soaked ground slid off the sides of mountains, generating deadly landslides. The largest slide occurred in the southern mountains of Taiwan; as of August 10, at least a hundred people were still missing. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=39747]

*Trivia: "Taiwan typhoon [Morakot] death toll estimated at 500" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A14, S.L.P.D., 08/15/09]

2009 - Big chunks of Arctic ice melt - August 10th, 2009: "[....] As of Thursday, the U.S. National Snow and Ice data Center reported, the ice cap shrank an average 41,000 square miles a day in July - equivalent to one Indiana or three Belgiums daily. [NP] At the global conference last March in Copenhagen, scientists declared that climate change is occurring faster than had been anticipated. A month later, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted Arctic summers could be almost ice-free within 30 years, not at the century's end as earlier predicted." [Based on: A.P. article (Big chunks of Arctic ice melt), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 08/10/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Santa Cruz Islands - August 10th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 04:06:32 (UTC) on Monday, August 10th, 2009. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 11.596°S, 166.093°E; Depth 42.8 km (26.6 miles)] was located @ SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009kdaf.php]-[T.D. - 08/10/09]

2009 - Major Earthquake / Andaman Islands, India Region - August 10th, 2009: "A major earthquake occurred at 19:55:39 (UTC) on Monday, August 10th, 2009. The magnitude 7.6 event [Location: 14.013°N, 92.923°E; Depth 33.1 km (20.6 miles)] was located @ ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009kdb2.php]-[T.D. - 08/10/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Near the South Coast of Honshu, Japan- August 10th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 20:07:07 (UTC) on Monday, August 10th, 2009. The magnitude 6.4 event [Location: 34.727°N, 138.278°E; Depth 26.8 km (16.7 miles)] was located @ NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009kdb4.php]-[T.D. - 08/10/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 11th, 2009: "With the stock market in a bit of a news lull, investors were also cautious ahead of earnings reports from major retailers and a two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve. The S&P 500 fell 0.3 percent to 1,007.10." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 08/11/09]

2009 - Genome Sequencer - August 11th, 2009: "[....] Quake's [Stephen R. Quake] machine, the Heliscope Single Molecule Sequencer can decode or sequence a human genome in four weeks with a staff of three people. The machine is made by a company he founded, Helicos Biosciences, and costs 'about $1 million, depending on how hard your bargain,' he said [....] He said the much-discussed goal of the $1,000 genome could be attained in two otr three years. That is the cost, experts have long predicted, at which genome sequencing could start to become a routine part of medical practice." [Based on: New York Times article (Invention cuts the cost of DNA decoding), p. A4, S.L.P.D., 08/11/09]

2009 - Perseid Meteor Shower - August 11th, 2009: "The Perseid meteor shower is about to peak. The show begins after sunset on Tuesday, August 11th, and continues until dawn on Wednesday, August 12th. During the long night, sky watchers could see dozens of meteors per hour. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/] - [T.D. - 08/11/09]

2009 - Pentagon uses new media - August 11th, 2009: "As the Pentagon warns of the security risks posed by social networking sites, newly released government documents show the military also uses these Internet tools to monitor and react to coverage of high-profile events. The Air Force tracked online messaging service Twitter, video-sharing site YouTube and various blogs to assess the huge public backlash to the Air Force One flyover of the Statue of Liberty this spring, according to the documents." [Based on: News Services article (Pentagon uses new media), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/11/09]

2009 - Sectarian Bombings / Iraq - August 11th, 2009: "The latest wave of sectarian bombings struck northern Iraq and Baghdad, killing at least 50 people, wounding hundreds more and leveling a village near Mosul. Nearly 100 people in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul have been killed in attacks since Friday." [Based on: News Services article (50 are killed in Iraq), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 08/11/09]

2009 - Died / Eunice Kennedy Shriver - August 11th, 2009: "Reportedly died this date in history, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She was 88.

2009 - "Major Damage" / Historic Site, Iraq - August 11th, 2009: "[....] The report continues, 'During their presence in Babylon, the MNF-I [Multi-National Forces] and contractors employed by them, mainly KBR, directly caused major damage to the city by digging, cutting, scraping, and leveling. Key structures that were damaged include the Ishtar Gate and the Processional Way.' [....] Shortly after the American invasion, the Nebuchadnezzar and Hammurabi museums on the site were looted. Only plaster replicas of ancient objects were stolen. Much more serious was the burning of the Babylon Library and Archive, which contained valuable archaeological records. [NP] In April 2003, the United Sates military, and eventually Polish troops, occupied the site and later made a permanent installation called Camp Alpha that remained there until December 2004, when the site was handed back to SBAH. [NP] The US military cordoned off the area with barriers and barbed wire and contracted the notorious subsidiary of Halliburton, KBR, to do much of its construction work. [....] In spite of repeated warnings by archaeologists before and during the war, the American-led occupation forces acted with deliberate disregard for the cultural heritage not only of the Iraq people, but indeed, of the entire planet. [NP] The Bush administration and the American political establishment, including the Democratic Party, which facilitated the invasion of Iraq, are responsible for the lootings and burnings of libraries, archives and museums all over Iraq after April 2003—and the continued looting of archaeological sites to feed the illegal market in antiquities. [NP] The UNESCO report, by the very nature of the organization issuing it, cannot draw the logical conclusion that flows from its findings: that the damage to Babylon is part of a larger war crime, for which those responsible should be criminally investigated and tried. [NP] But the details of the report speak for themselves: the American presence led to the vandalism of one of the oldest cities in the world. [NP] That this crime is largely overlooked is only because it pales in comparison to the deaths of over a million Iraqis and the continued displacement and poverty of millions more since the 2003 American invasion. [NP] The damage to Iraq’s archaeological sites, libraries, and museums and to the educational system remains, however, a crucial part of the sociocide—the destruction of a whole society—carried out in Washington’s attempt to seize control of its natural resources and strategic location." [Based on: Archaeology News article (UNESCO Report on Babylon / US occupation caused 'major damage' to historic site in Iraq), by Sandy English, 11 August 2009] 

*Link: http://www.archaeologynews.org/story.asp?ID=480637&Title=US occupation caused “major damage” to historic site in Iraq [T.D. - 08/11/09]

2009 - British spy chief rejects torture collusion charges - August 11th, 2009: "British spy chief [John Scarlett] rejects torture collusion charges [08/10/09] / Head of intelligence abroad rebuts claim by ex-Guantanamo detainee." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 08/11/09]

2009 - Trivia / GM Volt - August 12th, 2009: "GM says [08/11/09] Volt gets 230 mpg in city / That's far better than Toyota's Prius, would be first car to exceed triple-digit gas mileage." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 08/12/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 12th, 2009: "A recurrence of investors' anxiety about the economy gave wall Street its biggest loss in weeks. The major indexes slipped as investors worried that the market's steep gains could unravel. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 12.75, or 1.3 percent, to 994.35." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/12/09]

2009 - Bombings / Baghdad, Iraq - August 12th, 2009: "Bombs kill eight in Baghdad ['a mainly Shiite area']" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 08/12/09]

2009 - White House Role? / Attorneys' Firings - August 12th, 2009: "Documents show White House role in attorneys' firings / Bush aides had more involvement in dismissals than previously known; e-mail cites request by Bond to oust Graves in Missouri." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 08/12/09]

2009 - Settlement / UnitedHealth Group Inc. - August 12th, 2009: "[....] The total $925.5 million settlement, which includes $500,000 from the company's former top lawyer, is the largest in U.S. history in an options-backdating case, according to data compiled by Bloomberg." [Based on: Title for Bloomberg News article (UnitedHealth Group settlement), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/12/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Izu Islands, japan Region - August 12th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 22:48:51 (UTC) on Wednesday, August 12th, 2009. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 32.816°N, 140.382°E; Depth 51 km (31.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION." [Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009kfcp.php]-[T.D. - 08/13/09]

2009 - Guilty Plea / Former CFO for Bernard Madoff - August 12th, 2009: "Guilty plea [former CFO, Frank DiPascali - 08/11/09] in Madoff case" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/12/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 13th, 2009: "A more upbeat Federal Reserve is reassuring investors that they've been making the right bets. The central bank says the economy appears to be 'leveling out' rather than simply shrinking at a slower rate. The S&P 500 rose 11.46, or 1.2 percent, to 1,005.81." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 08/13/09]

2009 - Clashes kill 70 in Pakistan - August 13th, 2009: "Clashes kill 70 [08/12/09] in Pakistan ['a week after a CIA drone reportedly killed the top Taliban leader in Pakistan." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 08/13/09]

2009 - Mining Rule Stands / U.S.A. - August 13th, 2009: "Mining rule ['... that allows surface mine waste to be dumped near streams.'] will stand" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/13/09]

2009 - U.S., Swiss bank reach accord - August 13th, 2009: "[....] Tax lawyers said they expect UBS to disclose thousands of accounts. UBS agreed on Feb. 18 to pay $780 million to defer prosecution for aiding tax evasion and also gave data to the Internal Revenue Service on 250 clients. [NP] Since then, three UBS clients have pleaded guilty in the U.S. of hiding their bank assets from the IRS and a number of wealthy Americans have approached the IRS in recent months to disclose their offshore accounts, in exchange for reduced penalties. [....] In February, UBS agreed to pay $780 million to settle charges that it helped wealthy Americans evade taxes on nearly $20 billion hidden in offshore accounts. One day later, the Justice Department filed a civil suit seeking to forcxe UBS to disclose 52,000 client names. Of the names on the agency's original list, prosecutors are focussed on several thousand Americans with offshore accounts containing tens of hundreds of millions of dollars. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (U.S., Swiss bank reach accord), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 08/13/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 14th, 2009: "Focused on an economic recovery, investors shook off disappointing news and kept Wall Street's summer rally going. Financial, technology and energy names were among the big winners. Stocks in defense industries fell. The S&P 500 rose 0.7 percent to 1,012.73." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 08/14/09]

2009 - Hurricane Guillermo - August 14th, 2009: "[....] Guillermo formed on August 12 about 1,085 kilometers (675 miles) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California over the Pacific Ocean. By late on August 13 ... Guillermo had winds of 110 kilometers per hour (70 miles per hour) and was moving west at 24 km/hr (15 mph). The storm reached hurricane status early on August 14, but was forecast to weaken as it continued to move west, said the National Hurricane Center. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=39790]

2009 - Yemenis bomb rebels - August 14th, 2009: "Yemeni warplanes bombed a northern province bordering Saudi Arabia for a second straight day as a protracted conflict with Shiite rebels threatened to turn into an all-out war at a time when the U.S. ally is already facing a resurgent al-Qaida. Local provincial officials in Saada province said 'scores' have been killed." [Based on: News Services article (Yemenis bomb rebels), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 08/14/09]

2009 - Suicide Bombers / Sinjar, Iraq - August 14th, 2009: "Two bombers wearing suicide vests blew themselves up in a popular cafe crowded with young people in northwestern Iraq on Thursday evening [08/13/09], killing 21 and wounding 30 others, according to local hospital officials. [....] The attack was carried out in the city of Sinjar, which is populated  primarily by Yazidis, Kurdish-speaking followers of a pre-Islamic faith with its roots in Zoroastrianism that remains based in an area near the Syrian border. [NP] Viewed as apostates, the Yazidis have been the victims of attacks in the past. [NP] Two years ago, a Yazidi village near Sinjar was devestated by one of the worst bombings in Iraq since the American invasion in 2003, when four trucks laden with explosives detonated nearly simultaneously, killing 313 and wounding 704 more. [NP] Following the attacks, Kurdish forces moved into the area and made a fortress of Sinjar and the surrounding villages, erecting earthen berms and establishing checkpoints even though the area is not a part of Kurdistan. Control over the area is one of the many flashpoints that continue to inflame Kurdish-Arab tensions. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (21 killed as suicide bombers strikeat cafe) by Marc Santora, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 08/14/09] - [My brackets. NP = "new paragraph" - D.R.D.]

*Trivia: "Four blasts in Iraq [08/14/07(?)] kill 175 from small sect ['Yazidi community in Qahataniya] / 200 hurt - Attack is deadliest against civilians in a year. / Bridge bomb - Span linking Baghdad to oil fields plunges into canal." [Based on: Title & Subtitles for Los Angeles Times article, p A1, S.L.P.D., 08/15/07]

*Trivia: "Blasts may have killed up to 500 / It's unclear how bombings fit into Iraq's political and ethnic rivalries." [Based on: Title & Subtitle for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p A11, S.L.P.D., 08/16/07]

2009 - Prison Release / Lynette Fromme - August 14th, 2009: "Ford assailant is released [08/14/09] / Lynnette 'Squeaky' Fromme [60] tried to assassinate the president in 1975." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/14/09]

2009 - Bomb Blasts / Southern Afghanistan - August 14th, 2009: "Blasts kill 14 in violence before vote / American soldier also is killed in separate attack, military reports." [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/14/09]

2009 - Guilty Plea / 2007 Oil Spill, San Francisco Bay - August 14th, 2009: "Ship [Fleet Management Ltd. - a Hong Kong-based company] pleads guilty in oil spill [2007 oil spill in San Francisco Bay]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 08/14/09]

2009 - Arab states lobby against Israeli nuclear program - August 14th, 2009: "Arab states are lobbying the European Union for support in their drive to force Israel to open up its secretive nuclear program to international perusal, documents show. Muslim nations consider Israel the region's main nuclear threat. The United States and its allies see Iran's defiance of the U.N. Security Council in its development of technology that could be used to make the bomb as the greatest menace to Middle East peace." [Based on: News Services article (Arab states lobby against Israeli nuclear program), p. A10, S.L.P.D., 08/14/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 15th, 2009: "The fear on Wall Street is that nervous consumers are going to short-circuit the economic recovery. A consumer sentiment index fell significantly short of expectations for the first part of August. The S&P 500 index fell 8.64, or 0.9 percent, to 1,004.09." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/15/09]

2009 - Indian Independence Day - August 15th, 2009: "WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY - Dressed in colorful Indian garb and celebratiing with dances and an ancient martial art, members of the Hindu Temple of St. Louis on Saturday [08/15/09] vividly marked Indian Independence day. [NP] India [and Pakistan] gained its independence from almost two centuries of British colonial rule on Aug. 15, 1947. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Indians' day of freedom / Celebration at St. Louis Hindu Temple marks India's Independence from British, with food, dancing and martial arts demonstrations.) by Robert Kelly, p. A13, S.L.P.D., 08/16/09] - My brackets. - D.R.D.

2009 - Bank Failure Trivia / U.S.A. - August 15th, 2009: "Regulators on Friday [08/14/09] shut down Colonial BancGroup Inc., a big lender in real estate development that buckled under the collapse of the market. It was the biggest U.S. bank to fail this year, with about $25 billion in assets. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was appointed receiver and approved the sale of Colonial's $20 billion in deposits and about $22 billion of its assets to BB&T Corp. Regulators also shut down Dwelling House Savings and Loan Association, a small bank in Pennsylvania. The closures boost to 74 the number of federally insured banks that have failed in 2009. The FDIC estimates that the cost to the deposit insurance fund from the failure of Dwelling House will be $6.8 million, and the failure of Colonial is expected to cost the fund an estimated $2.8 billion." [Based on: A.P. article (Biggest U.S. bank failure this year), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/15/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Russia - August 15th, 2009: "U.S. resumes training of Georgia's soldiers / Preparing troops for Afghan mission could anger Russia." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/15/09]

2009 - Car Bomb / Afghanistan - August 16th, 2009: "Car bomb kills 7 [wounding 91] in Afghanistan [08/15/09]" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 08/16/09]

2009 - Tropical Storm Claudette / Florida - August 16th, 2009: "The fourth tropical depression of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season matured into Tropical Storm Claudette around noon (Eastern Standard Time) on Sunday, August 16. The storm formed in the northeast Gulf of Mexico and headed northwest toward the Florida Panhandle, where it made landfall around 10:00 p.m. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=39823]

2009 - Mapuche Territorial Alliance / Chile - August 16th, 2009: "Dozens of Indian communities in Chile agreed to form the Mapuche Territorial Alliance to fight for political autonomy, a leader said." [Based on: News Services article (Mapuches unite), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 08/16/09]

2009 - Social Network Promoting Democracy / Iran - August 16th, 2009: "Defeated candidate [Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi] forms new group [Green Way of Hope] / Creation of social network promoting democracy is act of defiance against Iranian government." [Based on: Title for New York Times article, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 08/16/09]

2009 - "Madoff's Other Secret: Love, Money, Bernie, and Me." - August 16th, 2009: "A female investor has written a book on Bernard Madoff that in addition to fraudulently handling her money he had an affair with her that lasted two decades. Sheryl Weinstein's memoir is titled 'Madoff's Other Secret: Love, Money, Bernie, and Me.' It goes on sale Aug. 25." [Based on: News Services article (Madoff said to have affair), p. A18, S.L.P.D., 08/16/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Kepulauan Mentawai Region, Indonesia - August 16th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 07:38:25 (UTC) on Sunday, August 16th, 2009. The magnitude 6.7 event [Location: 1.397°S, 99.473°E; Depth 44.8 km (27.8 miles)] was located @ KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDON."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009kjak.php]-[T.D. - 08/16/09]

2009 - Hurricane Bill - August 17th, 2009: "On Saturday evening (EST), August 15, Tropical Depression THREE became Tropical Storm Bill, the second named storm of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season. By 5:00 a.m. Monday, when the National Hurricane Center issued their eighth warning bulletin on the storm, Bill had reached Category 1 hurricane strength. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=39830]

2009 - Dinosaur Bones / East China - August 17th, 2009: "[....] In December [2008], paleontologists in east China announced that they had dug up what they believe is one of the world's largest group of fossilised dinosaur bones, with over 7,000 in the assemblage." [Based on: AFP/GETTY IMAGES article (BARED BONES IN CHINA), p. A3, S.L.P.D., 08/17/09]

2009 - Bomb Blasts / Baghdad, Iraq - August 17th, 2009: "Latest bomb blasts ['in a mainly Shiite area of Baghdad on Sunday' - 08/16/09] in Iraq kill 8, wound 21 / Nearly 160 have died in attacks since Aug. 7, but Shiites have shown restraint." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A10, S.L.P.D., 08/17/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / North & South Korea - August 17th, 2009: "North Korea lifts border restrictions [with South Korea]" [Based on: Title for Wire Reports article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 08/17/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan - August 17th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 00:05:47 (UTC) on Monday, August 17th, 2009. The magnitude 6.6 event [Location: 23.489°N, 123.501°E; Depth 6.7 km (4.2 miles) (poorly constrained)] was located @ SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009kjcq.php]-[T.D. - 08/19/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan - August 17th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 10:10:56 (UTC) on Monday, August 17th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 23.416°N, 123.467°E; Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009kkay.php]-[T.D. - 08/19/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 18th, 2009: "Major U.S. stock indexes tumbled by the biggest amount in six weeks Monday [08/17/09] as investors grew worried that they have been too quick to bet on an economic rebound during the market's five-month rally. The S&P 500 index fell 24.36 points, or 2.4 percent, to 979.73." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/18/09]

2009 - Died / Robert Novak - August 18th, 2009: Reportedly died this date in history, Robert Novak (malignant brain tumor). He was 78.

2009 - Consumer Spending / U.S.A. - August 18th, 2009: "Investors are finding out what everybody else already knew: The consumer isn't going to spend the economy into recovery. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Balky consumer spending sends stock indexes reeling) by Tim Paradis, p. A7, S.L.P.D., 08/18/09]

2009 - Chapter 11 / Reader's Digest - August 18th, 2009: "Reader's Digest to file Chapter 11 ['said Monday that it will file for Chapter 11 protection']" [Based on: Article title, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/18/09]

2009 - Thunderstorm / New York City - August 18th, 2009: "Hundreds of century-old trees in New York City's Central Park have been knocked down by a thunderstorm [08/18/09] packing gusts as high as 80 mph. [....]" [Based on: News Services article (Trees felled in Central Park), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 08/20/09]

2009 - Second-Quarter Loss / CIT Group Inc. - August 18th, 2009: "Ninth consecutive loss at CIT" [Based on: Article title, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/18/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / South of the Fiji Islands - August 18th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 21:20:47 (UTC) on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009. The magnitude 6.3 event [Location: 26.014°S, 178.390°W; Depth 269 km (167.2 miles) set by location program] was located @ SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009klcj.php]-[T.D. - 08/19/09]

2009 - Suicide Bomber / North Caucasus Region, Russia - August 18th, 2009: "At least 20 people were killed when a suicide bomber rammed a truck filled with explosives into a police headquarters in Russia's North Caucasus region." [Based on: News Services aeticle (20 killed in North Caucasus), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 08/18/09]

2009 - Identity theft case involves 130 million accounts / U.S.A. - August 18th, 2009: "Federal prosecutors charged a Miami man with the largest case of credit and debt card data theft ever in the United States, accusing the one-time government informer of trying to gain access to 130 million accounts. Albert Gonzalez, 28, broke his own record for identity theft." [Based on: News Services article (Identity theft case involves 130 million accounts), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 08/18/09]

*Trivia: "[....] Albert Gonzales, a Miami hacker who once worked as a government mole tracking down identity theives, is accused of playing a critical role in all the largest credit card heists on record. [....] Security experts also noticed that Gonzalez's latest indictment charges two un-named co-conspirators who live 'in or near Russia.' [....] Ori Eisen, founder of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based security firm 41st Parameter and previously worldwide fraud director for American Express, added that Gonzalez is 'most likely not the kingpin. The kingpin would not risk being in the United States. Thery operate out of the Ukraine or Russia, and they're former militants or ex-KGB who know their way around just enough not to get caught.' [....] Many of the numbers stolen in the breaches cited in the Gonzalez indictment already have been canceled and replaced." [Based on: A.P. article (card data remains vulnerable), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/19/09]

2009 - Died / Don Hewitt - August 19th, 2009: Reportedly died this date in history, Don Hewitt, the creator of '60 Minutes'. He was 86.

2009 - Solar Wind Stream - August 19th, 2009: "Last night, Aug. 19-20, a solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field and sparked Northern Lights around the arctic circle. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=20&month=08&year=2009]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 19th, 2009: "Now investors seem to be saying, maybe things aren't so bad after all. Some better-than-expected retail earnings reports and the latest reading on housing drew investors back into stocks. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 9.94, or 1 percent, to 989.67." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/19/09]

2009 - New Trial / Gregory Reyes - August 19th, 2009: "[....] The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals ordered a new trial Tuesday [08/18/09] for Gregory Reyes, former chief executive of Brocade Communications Systems Inc., citing prosecutorial misconduct. [....]" [Based on: Wire Reports article (Stock option conviction tossed), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/19/09]

2009 - Iranian Rockets Seized / Iraq - August 19th, 2009: "Iranian rockets seized in Iraq" [Based on: Title for News Services article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 08/19/09]

2009 - Israel halts West Bank projects - August 19th, 2009: "[....] It isn't the full settlement freeze the Obama administration has been demanding, but it indicates that Israel is seeking a compromise." [Based on: News Services article (Israel halts West Bank projects), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 08/19/09]

2009 - Service Cuts / U.S. Transit Agencies - August 19th, 2009: "Metro here [St. Louis, Mo.] takes biggest hit among transit agencies / Financial study of 25 systems ['report released Tuesday by Transportation for America'] shows St. Louis' cuts were the deepest." [Based on: Article title, p. A4, S.L.P.D., 08/19/09]

2009 - Tornadoes Reported / Minneapolis, MN - August 19th, 2009: "Cheryl Howland checks out the damage in her front yard from two 100-year-old trees that fell on her home in Minneapolis on Wednesday [08/19/09]. Several reported tornadoes touched down in south Minneapolis and near downtown Minneapolis during the afternoon." [Based on: A.P. picture article (TORNADOES REPORTED IN MINNEAPOLIS), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 08/20/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 20th, 2009: "The stock market extended a streak of erratic trading, rebounding from early losses and rising moderately after a drop in oil inventories lifted hopes for an economic recovery. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 6.79, or 0.7 percent, to 996.46." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 08/20/09]

2009 - Poverty Trivia / U.S.A. - August 20th, 2009: "The ranks of poor and uninsured Americans are likely increasing - with more than 38.8 million believed to be in poverty. [....]" [Based on: A.P. article (Number of poor, uninsured likely up) by Hope Yen, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/20/09]

2009 - Federal Deficit / U.S.A. - August 20th, 2009: "[....] The official [White House official] says the federal deficit this year will total $1.58 trillion. The report for the budget yet [< Typo? Should be year?] that ends on Sept. 30 predicts the government will spend $3.653 trillion this year." [Based on: News Services article (Federal deficit a little less than administration forecast), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 08/20/09]

2009 - UBS, IRS reach agreement - August 20th, 2009: "[....] Scores of Americans have come forward in recent months to disclose their secret accounts to the IRS. That group of people, along with the 'thousands' of names Shulman [IRS commissioner, Douglas Shulman] said that UBS would disclose, brings the total of UBS-related names to be disclosed to the IRS to more than 5,000. The accounts at one point held over $18 billion, he said. [....]" [Based on: New York Times article (UBS, IRS reach agreement / Swiss bank agrees to release details of secret accounts.) by Lynnley Browning, p. A6, S.L.P.D., 08/20/09]

2009 - Truck Bombs / Baghdad, Iraq - August 20th, 2009: "Insurgents attack Baghdad [08/19/09] / Truck bombs kill at least 95 people at the foreign and finance ministries." [Based on: Title for New York Times article (Small earthquake in Alaska), p. A17, S.L.P.D., 08/20/09]

2009 - Mercury in Fish / U.S. Streams - August 20th, 2009: "The toxic substance mercury was found in every fish sampled in a study by the U.S. Geological Survey. [NP] About a quarter had mercury levels exceeding what the Environmental Protection Agency says is safe for people eating average amounts of fish. From 1998 to 2005, scientists tested more than a thousand fish, including bass, trout and catfish, from 291 streams nationwide." [Based on: News Services article (Mercury found in all fish in sample), p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/20/09]

2009 - Strong Earthquake / Norwegian Sea - August 20th, 2009: "A strong earthquake occurred at 06:35:04 (UTC) on Thursday, August 18th, 2009. The magnitude 6.0 event [Location: 72.218°N, 0.968°E; Depth 6 km (3.7 miles) set by location program] was located @ NORWEGIAN SEA."

[Based on: http://earthquakes.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009knal.php]-[T.D. - 08/23/09]

2009 - Chemical Weapons Incineration? / U.S.A. - August 20th, 2009: "The Army has won dismissal of an environmental lawsuit over its plan to incinerate chemical weapons at storage sites around the country. A federal judge threw out the suit aimed at stopping the plan to destroy the stockpiles dating as far back as World War II, required under an international treaty." [Based on: News Services article (Suit against Army is dismissed), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 08/20/09]

2009 - Moderate Earthquake / Anchorage, Alaska - August 20th, 2009: "A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has rattled buildings in Anchorage." [Based on: News Services article (Small earthquake in Alaska), p. A6, S.L.P.D., 08/20/09]

2009 - Hawaii Turns 50 - August 21st, 2009: "Hawaii turns 50 years old as the 50th state Friday [08/21/09], but there will be no grand parades, no dazzling fireworks, no lavish displays of native culture. Organizers are not even willing to call it a party. It is simply a 'commemoration,' one that is sensitive to a painful history of the Hawaiian monarchy's overthrow and unresolved claims to Native Hawaiians. Behind the tourist-friendly tropical images of beaches and sunshine, many remain uncomfortable with the U.S. takeover of the islands and the idea that businesses have exploited Hawaiians' culture." [Based on: Wire Reports article (Hawaii's birthday), p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/17/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 21st, 2009: "More signs that the economy is creeping toward recovery encouraged investors to move further into stocks - but at a cautious pace. Stocks rose moderately in very light volume. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 10.91, or 1.1 percent, to 1,007.37" [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 08/21/09]

2009 - More Bombings / Iraq - August 21st, 2009: "More bombings in Iraq [08/20/09] kill at least 30 ['and wounded nearly 200']" [Based on: Title for News services article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 08/21/09]

2009 - Hamas deals with extremists - August 21st, 2009: "Hamas deals with extremists / Sheik [Abdel Latif Moussa] who praised al-Qaida and some followers are killed in battle [08/14/09 - 08/15/09] at mosque [Rafah]." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A11, S.L.P.D., 08/21/09]

2009 - Earliest Human (Carved) Face? / Scotland - "A carving believed to be Scotland's earlist human face, dating back thousands of years, has been found on the Orkney island of Westray [Archaeologist Jakob Kainz made the discovery of the face]. [NP] The small Neolithic sandstone human figurine is believed to be up to 5,000 years old. [....]" [Based on: BBC News article (Scotland's 'earliest face' found) - Page last updated at 05:52 GMT, Friday, 21 August 2009 06:52 UK]

*Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/north_east/8212074.stm

2009 - Sunspot Trivia - August 22nd, 2009: "Sunspots are made of magnetism. The 'firmament' of a sunspot is not matter but rather a strong magnetic field that appears dark because it blocks the upflow of heat from the sun's fiery depths. Without magnetism, there would be no sunspots. [....]"

[Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=22&month=08&year=2009]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 22nd, 2009: "Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said what investors wanted to hear, that the economy is indeed on the verge of recovery, and they responded with a rally that sent the major indexes to new highs. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 18.76, or 1.9 percent, to 1,026.13." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. B7, S.L.P.D., 08/22/09]

2009 - Sentenced / Ex-UBS Banker - August 22nd, 2009: "Ex-UBS banker [Bradley Birkenfeld] gets 40 months [08/21/09] / He detailed tax dodgers, initially didn't tell of his involvemnent." [Based on: Title for McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS article, p. A5, S.L.P.D., 08/22/09]

2009 - Sun in Virgo - August 23rd, 2009: "Reported date when the Sun entered the constellation Virgo." [Based on: http://www2.bitstream.net/~bunlion/bpi/ephm/E200908.html]

2009 - Wildfires / Greece - August 24th, 2009: "Thousands flee as fires rage in Greece / An area more than 31 miles wide has been effected as more than 90 wildfires have ignited since Saturday [08/22/09]" [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A15, S.L.P.D., 08/24/09]

2009 - Solar Prominence - August 24th, 2009: "[....] Throughout the weekend, amateur astronomers monitored a huge prominence surging along the sun's northeastern limb. This morning it erupted: [....] Prominences are clouds of red-hot hydrogen held above the sun's surface by solar magnetic fields. Sometimes those fields become unstable and erupt, hurling the cloud into space. Such was the case today, Aug. 24th. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/]

2009 - Miss Universe / Venezuela - August 24th, 2009: "Miss Venezuela, Stefania Fernandez, won the 2009 Miss Universe pageant Sunday night [08/23/09] in the Bahamas. [....]"" [Based on: People article, p. A18, S.L.P.D., 08/24/09]

2009 - Foreign Relations / U.S. & Afghanistan - August 24th, 2009: "Afghan leaders' commitment is questioned / Presence of U.S. troops alone is not enough to win over local populations." [Based on: Title for New York Times article by Richard A. Oppel Jr., p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/24/09]

2009 - No raise expected in Social Security / U.S.A. - August 24th, 2009: "No raise expected in Social Security / Trustees project there will not be a cost of living adjustment for next 2 years." [Based on: Title for A.P. article, p. A1, S.L.P.D., 08/24/09]

2009 - Typhoon Vamco - August 25th, 2009: "A weakening Cyclone Vamco was headed northeast toward Alaska’s Aleutian Islands on August 25, 2009. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=39939]

2009 - Solar Prominence - August 25th, 2009: "In the pits of a century-level solar minimum, the sun is setting new records for quiet. But really, how quiet can a 1027-ton nuclear explosion (a star) ever be? The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory recorded some lively action on August 25th. [....] The time-lapse movie shows a prominence, a swirling cloud of hydrogen held up unsteadily by solar magnetic fields. Prominences appear to be the one form of solar activity that continues apace even when sunspots are absent. [....]" [Based on: http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=26&month=08&year=2009]

2009 - Tropical Storm Hilda - August 25th, 2009: "Tropical Storm Hilda was about 540 miles southeast of Hawaii on the morning of August 25, 2009, heading west at about 9 miles per hour. [....]"

[Based on: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=39941]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 25th, 2009: "Investors slowed their hectic buying of stocks Monday [08/24/09], leaving the major indexes little changed after a four-day advance. Analysts had expected a pause. The Dow Jones industrials rose less than 0.1 percent to 9,509.28. The S&P 500 fell 0.1 percent to 1,025.57." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A8, S.L.P.D., 08/25/09]

2009 - New clue on bee colony collapse - August 25th, 2009: "Researchers have a new clue to the collapse of honeybee colonies across the country [U.S.A.] - damage to the bees' internal 'factories' that produce proteins. [NP] The new study of sick bees disclosed fragments of ribosomes, which make proteins necessary for life, according to a study in today's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences." [Based on: News Services article (New clue on bee colony collapse), p. A13, S.L.P.D., 08/25/09]

2009 - Michael Jackson Death / Homicide? - August 25th, 2009: "[....] Forensic tests found that the powerful anesthetic propofol acted together with at least two sedatives, lorazepam and midazolam, to cause Jackson's death June 25 in his rented Los Angeles mansion, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings have not been publicly released. [....]." [Based on: A.P. article (Michael Jackson death ruled to be a homicide), p. A1, S.L.P.D., 08/25/09]

2009 - Atrazine / Public Water Supply, U.S.A.  - August 25th, 2009: "Common weed killer atrazine is showing up in public water supply ['throughout the country'] / Report by National Resources Defense Council says that average levels of atrazine in two towns in Illinois exceeded EPA standards. Excessive amounts have also been found in two Missouri watersheds." [Based on: Title for article by Kim McGuire, p. A2, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 08/25/09]

2009 - Market Watch / U.S.A. - August 26th, 2009: "A rebound in consumer confidence and more healing in the housing industry put stocks back on an upward path. Though investors were pleased by the better-than-expected readings, trading was choppy as it has been recently. The Dow rose 0.3 percent to 9,539.29." [Based on: MARKET WATCH article, p. A9, S.L.P.D., 08/26/09]

2009 - Warning on hormone therapy - August 26th, 2009: "A new study links hormone therapy for prostate cancer with a higher risk of death in older men with serious heart problems. The treatment was linked with a 96 percent higher risk of death after adjusting for other factors, says today's Journal of the American Medical Association." [Based on: Article (Warning on hormone therapy), p. A7, S.L.P.D., 08/26/09]

2009 - Neolithic Cathedral / Britain - August 26th, 2009: "London, August 26 - ANI: A team of archaeologists has unearthed a Neolithic cathedral a massive building of a kind never before seen in Britain, which go back nearly 5,000 years, easily predating the Egyptian pyramids. [NP] According to a report in The Press and Journal, the cathedral, at 82 ft long and 65 ft wide, is placed between two of Orkneys most famous Neolithic landmarks, the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness. [....]"

[Based on: Archaeology News article (Archaeologists unearth 5,000-year-old cathedral in Britian) Published on : Wednesday 26 Aug 2009 14:57 - by ANI]

*Link: http://www.archaeologynews.org/story.asp?ID=487528&Title=Archaeologists unearth 5000-year-old cathedral in Britian

2009 - Car Bombs / Kandahar, Afghanistan - August 26th, 2009: "Five car bombs detonated in a single simultaneous blast Tuesday [08/25/09] in Kandahar, Afghanistan, flattening dozens of buildings and killing at least 41 people, officials said. So many houses and nearby buildings had collapsed that officials feared the death toll could rise further." [Based on: News Services article (5 bombs kill at least 41 in city in Afghanistan), p. A15, S.L.P.D., 08/26/09]

2009 - Flood Trivia / 2009 - "Number of notable floods this year: at least 4. Number of deaths due to flooding: at least 77." [D.R.D.]

2009 - Volcano Trivia / 2009 - "Number of volcanic eruptions [and, or] notable volcanic events this year: at least 8. Number of reported deaths include: 0." [D.R.D.]

2009 - Avalanche Trivia / 2009 - "Number of notable avalanche, landslide, mudslide or roof collapse events this year: at least 5. Number of reported deaths: at least 49" [D.R.D.]

2009 - "Hurricane" Trivia / 2009 - "Number of notable storms this year include: at least 4 Tropical Storms, 3 Hurricanes, 11 Cyclones & 6 Typhoons. Number of reported deaths: at least 570. [deaths due to flooding are generally recorded under Flood Trivia]." [D.R.D.]

2009 - Earthquake Trivia / 2009 - "Number of notable earthquakes [generally, 6.0 or above] in 2009: at least 79. [2008: at east 217; 2007: at least 171; 2006: at least 145; 2005: at least 110]. Number of reported deaths due to earthquakes in 2009: at least 305." [D.R.D.]

2009 - "Natural Disaster" Deaths / 2009 - "Number of reported deaths [generally, according to national (U.S.A.) news headlines] from natural disasters [not all illustrated this timeline] in 2009: at least 1,008." [D.R.D.]

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