a 05 August:
2002 Before the opening of the New York Stock Exchange, auto parts manufacturer Collins & Aikman Corporation (CKC) announces a loss of $0.29 per share (on 70.4 million shares) for the quarter ended on 30 June 2002, due to the repurchase of preferred stock. CKC opens at it low for the day $2.00, down from its previous close of $5.52, then, after a webcast by the company, reaches an intraday high of $3.10 and closes at $2.81. CKC had traded as high as $28.36 as recently as 15 May 2002.
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2002 In Los Angeles at 07:53 Maria Teresa and Maria de Jesus Quiej-Alvarez are wheeled into an operating room for the 24-hour operation to separate them. They are Guatemalan twins born on 25 July 2001 conjoined at the top of the skull and facing opposite directions. They share bone and blood vessels, but their brains are not meshed. The riskiest part of the surgery is to separate the veins that connect the front of each girl's head to the back of the other. If doctors cannot reroute the flow of blood to the brain of each twin, either could be at risk of stroke. Healing the Children arranged to bring the sisters to Los Angeles. The UCLA Medical Center physicians are donating their skills, but the bill for hospitalization and use of equipment is still expected to top $1.5 million.
2001 (5761 av 16) Israel's high-priority hit list.
Israel releases `hit list' to pressure Palestinian Authority (PA). More likely it will increase the stature of those on the list among Palestinians.
The Israeli defense establishment publishes a list of seven Palestinian terrorists, six of which the PA has refused to arrest, despite Israel's requests.
The publication of the list followed the previous day's assassination of Omar Mansour Hassan al-Madiri, a Hamas activist from Tul Karm.
The list, issued as an Israeli Defense Ministry press release, is apparently a public relations exercise to show that Israel attempts to kill terrorists only when all other methods, including cooperation with the PA, have failed. The statement does not spell out any action Israel might take against the seven should the PA continue to ignore requests to arrest them it merely state the seven are continuing to launch terrorist strikes out of Palestinian territory and are not being arrested.
Israel has often used the Palestinians' refusal to arrest wanted terrorists as justification for killing them. The statement was also meant to deter the men on the list and even force them to go underground.
Although Israel has asked the PA to arrest scores of terrorists, only the following seven appeared on the list:
Raad Mohammed Raif Karmi, 27, of Tul Karm. Karmi, a Fatah activist, was involved in killing two restaurateurs from Tel Aviv in Tul Karm in January. Israel has repeatedly requested his arrest since the Tenet cease-fire agreement was signed on 13 June 2001. He is thought to have been involved in the murder of two other Israelis, Doron Zisserman and Danny Yehuda, since the cease-fire was declared.
Thabet Azami Suleiman Mardawi, 25. An Islamic Jihad activist from a village near Jenin, Mardawi was involved in both the suicide bombing in Hadera on 25 May and the bombing in Binyamina on 16 July. Two people were killed and 53 wounded in these attacks.
Mahmoud Ahmed Tualba, 22. Another Islamic Jihad activist from near Jenin, also involved in the Hadera and Binyamina bombings. In addition, he was involved in two failed suicide bombings in Afula and Haifa. The PA is currently holding him in "protective custody," but Israel says this has not stopped him from organizing attacks.
Kamel Najib Abu-Wa'ar, 27, from the Balata refugee camp near Nablus. Abu-Wa'ar, a Fatah and Force 17 activist, has been involved in several shooting attacks, including the murder of a settler near Itamar on 08 May.
Ahad Yussuf Olama, 33, of Ramallah. A senior PFLP activist in the West Bank, he was involved in two car bombings in Jerusalem in February and March. Five people were injured in the former.
Mussa Mohammed Kulab, 30, of Khan Yunis. A Hamas activist, Kulab has been involved in many mortar attacks in Gaza.
Nabil Hassan Srihi, 26, from the Gaza Strip. An Islamic Jihad activist who was involved in two suicide bombings.
| 2001 Germans Georg Taubmann, Margrit Stebnar, Kati Jelinek
and Silke Duerrkopf; and Australians Peter Bunch and Diana Thomas, aid workers
with Shelter Now International in Afghanistan, are arrested by the Taliban's
Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice for the capital
crime of preaching Christianity. Two days earlier Dana Curry and Heather
Mercer, US nationals aid workers with Shelter Now International were arrested
for the same reason. Sixteen Afghan staff workers for Shelter Now are also
arrested, for the capital crime of not informing on the foreigners. 59 Afghan
children are taken into custody, to re-educate them in Islam. The eight
foreign aid workers would be taken away from Kabul, under atrocious conditions,
by the fleeing Taliban on 13 November 2001 and rescued in Ghazni on 14 November
by a local uprising against the Taliban.
2000 President Clinton vetoes a Republican-sponsored tax cut for married couples, describing it as "the first installment of a fiscally reckless tax strategy."
1998 Amazon buys PlanetAll, a software company producing Internet address books and schedules. At the same time, the online bookseller purchases comparison-shopping search-engine Junglee.
1996 A jury in San Jose, California, recommends the death penalty for Richard Allen Davis, convicted of the 01 October 1993 kidnapping and murder of Polly Klaas, 12, of Petaluma.
1993 The Times Mirror Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, and other newspapers, makes a deal with Prodigy Services to provide online newspapers to newspaper subscribers. The service would also provide access to bulletin boards, archives of past articles, restaurant reviews, and sports scores.
1991 Democratic congressional leaders start an investigation into whether the 1980 Reagan-Bush campaign had secretly conspired with Iran to delay release of US hostages until after the presidential election. (A task force later would conclude incredibly that there was "no credible evidence" of such a deal.) [Did they find evidence that was incredible, but true?]
1989 Attempted bombing of the USIS Binational Center in Santiago, Chile.
1988 Mario Biaggi (Rep-D-NY) convicted of racketeering resigns seat
1986 It's revealed that Andrew Wyeth [12 July 1917–] has secretly made 240 drawings and paintings of his neighbor Helga Testorf. MORE ON WYETH'S SECRET AT ART 4 AUGUST with links to images.
| 1985 Flexible-wing glider altitude record (65'300 m)
is set by Larry Tudor.
1983 Figures are released showing that the unemployment rate in the US is down to 9.5% from the 10% of the July figures.
1966 Martin Luther King Jr. is stoned (they threw stones at him; he was sober) during Chicago march.
1962 Nelson Mandela arrested for incitement and illegally leaving S Africa.
1961 48ºC, Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record)
1960 Upper Volta (Burkina Faso) gains independence from France
1947 Ferdinand Porsche is released from a French prison. He had been arrested as a suspected Nazi collaborator by United States and French occupation authorities in the aftermath of World War II and held in custody for two years. He would live to see his seventy-fifth birthday.
1926 Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1+ hrs.
1921 Mustapha Kemal is appointed virtual ruler of the Ottoman Empire.
1916 The British navy defeats the Ottomans at the naval battle off Port Said, Egypt.
1915 The Austro-German Army takes Warsaw, in present-day Poland, on the Eastern Front.
1914 The British Expeditionary Force mobilizes for World War I.
1914 US, Nicaragua sign treaty granting canal rights to US
| 1892 Harriet Tubman receives a pension from Congress
for her work as a nurse, spy and scout during the Civil War.
1862 Battle of Baton Rouge, Louisiana In an indecisive battle on the Mississippi River, the Confederates gain some breathing room after driving a Union force back into Baton Rouge from the north.
1861 US Army abolishes flogging
1861 As part of the Revenue Act of 1861, to finance the Civil War, the US Congress adopts the nation's first income tax .(3% of incomes over $800). It was rescinded in 1872.
1815 A peace treaty with Tripoli which follows treaties with Algeria and Tunis brings an end to the Barbary Wars.
1772 first partition of Poland, between Austria, Prussia and Russia
1763 Colonel Henry Bouquet decisively defeats the Indians at the Battle of Bushy Run in Pennsylvania during Pontiac's rebellion.
1762 Russia, Prussia and Austria sign a treaty agreeing on the partition of Poland.
1583 Gilbert claims Newfoundland (first English colony in North America).
2008 One victim of earthquake in the Sichuan-Gansu border region in China, at 17:49 (09:49 UT), magnitude 6.0, with epicenter at 32º49' N, 105º33' E, some 50 km NNW of Guangyuan, Sichuan. It is considered an aftershock of the 12 May 2008 earthquake. 23 persons are injured. —(080805)
2003 Hans Winkelmolen and 13 other persons including driver of car bomb (a Toyota Kijang van) which explodes near the lobby of the Marriott hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. 159 persons are wounded. Winkelmolen, 49, was the Dutch president of PT Rabobank Duta Indonesia, majority-owned by Rabobank of the Netherlands.
2002 Jason-Eric Wilson, 16, suicide by swallowing pills, in a Harlem homeless shelter. He was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, and his family was being denied permanent shelter and food stamps for lack of documents which it had lost when evicted from the Brooklyn apartment where it had lived for 14 years.
2002 Hazel Hastings, 84, shot by her husband, George Hastings, 88, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. George then phones police at 911 to report it, then shoots himself but survives in critical condition. Hazel was a Alzheimer's patient and George has terminal cancer. He feared that she would be left without adequate care after his death.
2002 Shauna Lawrence, 26, in Chicago at 12:14, from injuries suffered on 30 July 2002 when hit by an out-of-control van, whose driver and passenger were then beaten to death by bystanders.
2002 A Palestinian suicide bomber in a premature explosion at 18:00 while he is hitching a ride with an Israeli Arab security guard on the outskirts of the Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel.
2002 Six Pakistanis shot at Christian School in Murree, Pakistan. At 11:20 four masked men carrying sports bags take out Kalashnikov rifles and shoot dead a security guard at the entrance to the school, pulled out weapons and opened fire, killing a security guard, then another security guard, a receptionist and a bystander. When a police constable starts shooting at them, the attackers run to the other end of the school grounds, kill the cook and the carpenter who are hiding there, and escape. Two persons are wounded but none of the about 150 students (including 30 from the US), and of the mostly British teachers is hurt. On 06 August 2002, three attackers of the school blow themselves up with grenades after being stopped by police in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir and saying that other groups like them "plan to carry out similar attacks on Americans and nonbelievers, and you will soon hear about it," which does occur on 09 August 2002 when three Pakistani nurses are killed in a grenade attack outside the church of the Presbyterian hospital in Taxila, Pakistan.
2002 Avi Wolanski, 29 and wife Avital Wolanski, 27, and her unborn baby, Israelis, just after midnight when gunmen fire on their car on the Ramallah-Nablus road, near the West Bank enclave settlement Eli, north of Ramallah. A son, 2, is injured. Another son, 8 months, is not hurt. Israel would arrest two Tanzim gunmen for these murders and, on 09 October 2002, destroy their homes in Salfit, West Bank.
2001 Tehiya Bloomberg, Israeli, shot nearAzon, east of Qalqiliya, West Bank. Five Israelis are injured. Shin Beth would arrest in December 2001 Samir Ahmad Ramadan Abu-Huniyeh, 40, from Azon, who had served in the Palestinian Authority intelligence organization headed by Tawfiq Tirawi. He would tell interrogators that he participated in the shooting with Farid Azuni, a member of the special forces of the General Intelligence in Qalqiliya.
2002 Junius Scales, the only person sent to prison under the Smith Act of 1940, which made it a felony to lead or be a member of a group that advocated the violent overthrow of the United States government. He was born on 26 March 1920, in Greensboro NC. His great-uncle, A. M. Scales, had been governor of the state. He joined the Communist Party in 1939 while he was at the University of North Carolina, saying that he saw in the party an opportunity to right the wrongs done to Blacks and poor working people. Scales rose quickly within the party to coordinate civil rights and labor organizing activities in several Southern states. Scales was arrested by the F.B.I. in Memphis in 1954. His trials went on for almost 7 years (all the way to the Supreme Court), during which he left the Communist Party, disillusioned when Khrushchev acknowledged Stalin's crimes in 1956, and when the USSR invaded freedom-seeking Hungary. He was sentenced in 1961 to 6 years in prison, of which he served 15 months before President Kennedy commuted his sentence on 24 December 1962. Aided by Richard Nickson, Scales wrote his memoir, Cause at Heart: A Former Communist Remembers (1987). Lou Lipsitz wrote a drama based on the Scales story: The Limits of Dissent.
2001 Ali al-Julani, 30, from east Jerusalem, from chest wounds received earlier in the day when Israeli soldiers and police returned fire and his car crashed into a lamppost. Al~Julani had fired with an M-16 automatic rifle at soldiers leaving the Israeli Defense Ministry building in Tel-Aviv for lunch, injuring 8 soldiers and 2 civilians.
2001 Omar Mansour Hassan al-Madiri, 26, a Hamas activist from Tul Karm, West Bank. Al-Madiri, is killed when an Israeli helicopter fires three missiles at his car at about 16::30. Three Palestinian bystanders are lightly injured. Israel says that Al-Madiri had planned a series of suicide bombings inside Israel, due to take place within the next few days. He was also involved in many previous shooting and bombing attacks, particularly in the northern West Bank. He recruited and trained suicide bombers and sent them on missions. He was twice arrested by Israel, in 1995 and 1998. Al-Madiri's car was carrying explosives destined for two suicide bombers. Hamas, however, claims that Al-Madiri was a political activist. Israeli security sources say that with Al-Madiri's death, Israel has now killed most of Hamas's key military activists in Tul Karm and Nablus.
1991 Soichiro Hondo, 84, in Tokyo. Japanese industrialist and engineer, CEO and founder of Honda Motor Company, of liver cancer.
1981 Jerzy Neyman, Polish US mathematician born Jerzy Splawa-Neyman on 16 April 1894 in Moldavia.
1980 More than 200 persons, by hurricane Allen, in the southern peninsula of Haiti.
1977 Max Kaus, German painter and printmaker born on 11 March 1891. — more with links to images.
1900 James Augustine Healy, 80, Black (but not noticeably) Roman Catholic bishop.
1853 Théodore Olivier, Franch mathematician born on 21 January 1793.
1811 Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller, Swedish painter born on 18 February 1751. MORE ON WERTMÜLLER AT ART 4 AUGUST with links to images.
1757 Antoine Pesne, French painter born on 23 May 1683. MORE ON PESNE AT ART 4 AUGUST with links to images.
1676 Pierre Patel I le bon Patel, French Baroque era landscape painter born in 1605. MORE ON PATEL AT ART 4 AUGUST with links to images.
1924 The comic strip Little Orphan Annie, by Harold Gray, makes its debut.
1923 Richard Kleindienst, lawyer who worked in Nixon's 1969 presidential campaign, assistant attorney general, attorney general from 12 June 1972, five days before the break-in at Democratic headquarters in the Watergate complex. Amid allegations that White House staffers were trying to obstruct justice, he resigned on 30 April 1973. Kleindienst died of lung cancer on 3 February 2000.
1908 Harold Holt PM of Australia (1966-67); supported US in Vietnam
1908 Miriam Rothschild, English scientist and writer.
1889 Conrad Aiken (Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: Selected Poems ), short story writer, critic AIKEN ONLINE: The House of Dust: A Symphony The House of Dust: A Symphony Senlin: A Biography
1890 Joseph Carey Merrick elephant man (Birth Certificate) who died on 06 April 1890. He was deformed from birth, probably suffering from Proteus Syndrome.
1865 Robert Polhill Bevan, English painter who died on 08 July 1925. As sources conflict, this site has taken 05 April to be his birth date.
1860 Henri-Jean.Guillaume Martin, French Post-Impressionist painter who died in November 1943. — more with links to images.
1858 Edmund Henry Osthaus, German-born US painter who died in 1928, specialized in Dogs. MORE ON OSTHAUS AT ART 4 AUGUST with links to images.
1858 Henry Siddons Mowbray, US painter who died in 1928. He studied under Léon Bonnat and Jean-Léon Gérôme. MORE ON MOWBRAY AT ART 4 AUGUST with links to images.
1855 Louis-Charles Moeller, US painter who died in 1930. — links to images.
1819 Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, English US painter who died on 28 April 1905. MORE ON TAIT AT ART 4 APRIL with links to images.
1802 Niels Henrik Abel, Norwegian mathematician who died on 06 April 1829. In 1824 he proved the impossibility of solving algebraically the general equation of the fifth degree.
1624 William, in Jamestown, Virginia, first Black child born in English America.
05 August 2004: George W. Bush, at the signing ceremony for a $417 billion defense spending bill.