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1994 Feb 13
Dusan Tadic was arrested by German police in Munich after he was recognized by refugees from the Omarska and Trnopolje prison camps.
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1994 Feb 13
At the Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, American Tommy Moe won the men's downhill, defeating local hero Kjetil Andre Aamodt by 0.004 seconds.
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1995 Feb 13
House Speaker Newt Gingrich ruled out running for the 1996 Republican presidential nomination.
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1995 Feb 13
The Hague War Crimes Tribunal indicted 21 Serbs for atrocities against Croats and Muslims interned in a Bosnian prison camp. Zeljko Meakic, Bosnian Serb police officer, was charged with commanding the Serb Omarska camp in northwest Bosnia. Dusan Tadic, Bosnian Serb cafe owner, was charged for visiting Serb-run camps to beat and kill non-Serb inmates.
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1996 Feb 13
The rock musical "Rent," by Jonathan Larson, opened off-Broadway and won a Pulitzer prize two months later.
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1996 Feb 13
In the continuing drama of man versus machine, world chess champion Garry Kasparov asked for a draw in his third game against the IBM supercomputer named "Deep Blue," leaving the six-game match in Philadelphia tied at one and a-half games each.
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1996 Feb 13
Martin Balsam (b.1914), actor, died in Italy. His many films included “A Thousand Clowns” (1965).
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1997 Feb 13
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average broke through the 7,000 barrier for the first time, ending the day at 7,022.44.
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1997 Feb 13
Discovery's astronauts hauled the Hubble Space Telescope aboard the shuttle for a one billion mile tune up to allow it to peer even deeper into the far reaches of the universe.
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1998 Feb 13
Dr. David Satcher was sworn in as US surgeon general during an Oval Office ceremony.
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1998 Feb 13
The United Auto Workers reached a tentative contract agreement with Caterpillar Inc.; union members rejected the agreement, which was revised and later ratified, ending a bitter dispute that lasted more than six years.
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1998 Feb 13
The Dow Jones rose to another record high of 8,370.1.
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1998 Feb 13
In Indonesia rioting and looting spread to at least 8 towns.
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1998 Feb 13
In Sierra Leone Freetown fell to Nigerian led forces. Two helicopter gunships with some 50 senior members of the military junta were captured near Monrovia.
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1999 Feb 13
Pres. Clinton announced that he would send some 4,000 troops to Kosovo as part of a NATO peacekeeping force if warring Serbs and ethnic Albanians reached a political settlement.
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1999 Feb 13
A federal judge held American Airlines' pilots' union and two top board members in contempt and promised sizable fines against them, saying the union did not do enough to encourage pilots to return to work after a court order. A federal judge fined the American Airlines pilot's union at least $10 million for ignoring his back-to-work order.
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1999 Feb 13
In Afghanistan the Taliban leadership replaced bin Laden's bodyguards with members of their intelligence service and Foreign Ministry.
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2000 Feb 13
In Kandahar, Afghanistan, a 10-year-old boy executed a man convicted of murdering his father. A man convicted of highway robbery was also ordered to have his right hand and left foot amputated according to Islamic law.
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2000 Feb 13
Tiger Woods saw his streak of six consecutive victories come to an end as he fell short to Phil Mickelson in the Buick Invitational.
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2000 Feb 13
Charles Schulz’s final "Peanuts" strip ran in Sunday newspapers, the day after the cartoonist died in his sleep at his California home at age 77.
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2000 Feb 13
In Indonesia Pres. Wahid met with security minister Gen. Wiranto and agreed to a legal investigation over Wiranto's role in East Timor bloodshed. Wahid then changed his mind and decided to suspend Wiranto.
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2000 Feb 13
In Iraq top UN official Hans von Sponeck quit in protest that sanctions were undermining humanitarian efforts.
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2000 Feb 13
In Kosovo snipers wounded 2 French peacekeepers who responded by later killing an ethnic Albanian and wounding at least 4 others. Serbs had earlier thrown a grenade into a crowd of ethnic Albanians in Mitrovica.
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2000 Feb 13
In Russia Vladimir Putin signed a decree to re-establish the "special departments" (FSB) to seek out political disloyalty in the military.
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2000 Feb 13
In Yugoslavia the cyanide spill from Romania reached the Danube and weakened to non lethal levels. Life in the Tisa (Tisza) River in Hungary and Serbia was devastated and Serbia threatened to demand compensation at an int'l. court.
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2001 Feb 13
In El Salvador a 6.6 earthquake killed at least 127 people. It was centered between San Vicente and San Salvador. The death toll soon rose to 402 with 2432 injured. It struck one month to the day after another quake killed more than 800 people.
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2001 Feb 13
Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine’s former Deputy Prime Minister and a principal opponent to Pres. Kuchma, was arrested on charges dating back to 1996 when she was head of United Energy Systems. Ms. Tymoshenko made her fortune in murky gas trades between Russia and the Ukraine in the early 1990s.
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2001 Feb 13
Pres. Bush nominated Gov. Paul Cellucci as ambassador to Canada and cleared the way for Jane Swift to become 1st female governor of Massachusetts.
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2001 Feb 13
US Treasury Sec. Paul O’Neill urged Congress to accelerate plans for an across-the-board tax cut and a doubling of the child credit.
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2001 Feb 13
In Hawaii 2 Army Blackhawk helicopters crashed and 6 soldiers were killed.
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2001 Feb 13
Canadian police arrested at least 2 people in the Toronto area in a scheme to distribute $25 billion in counterfeit US bearer bonds.
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2001 Feb 13
Israeli gunships killed Massoud Ayyad (57), a Palestinian security official, with anti-tank missiles fired at his car in Gaza.
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2002 Feb 13
Argentina adopted a 20% tax on energy exports.
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2002 Feb 13
Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe opposition leader, was implicated in a plot to overthrow Pres. Mugabe in film footage made by a consulting firm with ties to Mugabe. Tsvangirai said the tape was contrived.
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2002 Feb 13
In Yemen Sameer Mohammed ahmed al-Hada (25), an al Qaeda fugitive, died as troops closed in and a hand grenade exploded in his hand. Family members were also linked to al-Qaeda.
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2002 Feb 13
In SF Nicholas Rendon (55) was strangled at his Kansas Street home. His body was found the next day. In 2007 Mark Miller and Ruben Bill pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the case and. They faced sentences of 16 years and 11 years respectively.
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2002 Feb 13
Pres. Bush welcomed Pres. Musharraf to the White House. Musharraf sought a revival of arms deals and relaxed tariffs on textiles. The Bush administration agreed to $142 million in trade benefits.
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2002 Feb 13
The US House of Reps. voted 240-189 to ban unlimited "soft money" donations to national parties as part of the Shays-Meehan campaign finance bill. Individual contributions were raised from 1k to 2k.
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2002 Feb 13
John Walker Lindh pleaded innocent in federal court in Alexandria, Va., to conspiring to kill Americans and supporting the Taliban and terrorist organizations.
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2002 Feb 13
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II made former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani an honorary knight.
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2002 Feb 13
In a startling development at the Salt Lake City winter games, the head of the French Olympic team said the French figure skating judge had been pressured to "act in a certain way" before she voted to give the gold medal to the Russians in pairs.
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2002 Feb 13
Waylon Jennings (b.1937), country singer, died in Chandler, Arizona at age 64. His 5-decade career included 60 albums.
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2002 Feb 13
Israeli troops seized 3 Palestinian towns and a refugee camp in Gaza Strip from where rockets and mortars were fired and at least 5 people were killed. 3 Palestinian police officers were killed in Deir al-Balah where 3 police posts were destroyed.
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2002 Feb 13
The Scottish Parliament outlawed fox hunting with dogs.
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2002 Feb 13
In Pakistan Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh (28), Islamic militant, said he believed WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl was dead. Sheikh said Pearl was shot and killed during a failed escape attempt on Jan 31.
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2002 Feb 13
In Venezuela the bolivar fell nearly 19% with the abandonment of exchange controls by Pres. Chavez, who also announced a 7% cut in government spending to help close a projected $8 billion deficit.
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2003 Feb 13
In southern Colombia a U.S. government plane carrying 5 people crashed short of an airport in rebel territory, and those on board may have been spirited away by leftist rebels. 2 days later an American and a Colombian were executed at close range.
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2003 Feb 13
American Special Forces were reported to be in various parts of Iraq for what seemed to be the initial phases of a ground war.
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2003 Feb 13
Clara Harris, who'd run down her cheating husband with her Mercedes after catching him with his mistress, was convicted by a Houston jury of murder despite her claim that she'd hit him accidentally while in a heartsick daze. She was later sentenced to 20 years in prison.
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2003 Feb 13
Smith & Wesson unveiled a new Model 500, .50 caliber Magnum revolver.
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2003 Feb 13
An investigative panel found that superheated air almost certainly seeped through a breach in space shuttle Columbia's left wing and possibly its wheel compartment during the craft's fiery descent, resulting in the deaths of all seven astronauts.
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2003 Feb 13
Prof. Walt W. Rostow (b.1916), adviser to the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, died in Austin, Texas. His over 30 books included "Theorists of Economic Growth from David Hume to the Present, with a Perspective on the Next Century" (1990), and "The Stages of Economic Growth" (3rd ed. 1990). His memoir “Concept and Controversy” (2003) was published posthumously. In 2008 David Milne authored “America’s Rasputin: Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War.”
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2003 Feb 13
Thailand officials arrested SF financier Thomas Frank White at the request of the Mexican government for the rape of a teenage boy. In 2004 White was indicted in SF on 2 counts of sex tourism.
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2004 Feb 13
Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed to resume full negotiations next week to end the 30-year division of Cyprus before it joins the European Union on May 1.
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2004 Feb 13
President Bush, trying to calm a political storm, ordered the release of his Vietnam-era military records to counter Democrats' suggestions that he'd shirked his duty in the Texas Air National Guard.
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2004 Feb 13
The FCC began writing rules to enable users to access the Internet through electric power lines.
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2004 Feb 13
San Francisco issued 665 same-sex marriage licenses as hundreds more gay couples rushed to tie the knot before the opportunity slipped away.
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2004 Feb 13
In Qatar Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev (51), Chechnya's exiled former president, was assassinated when a bomb blew apart his car as he left a mosque with his teenage son (13). He was wanted by Russia for terrorism and ties to al-Qaida.
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2004 Feb 13
In Jamaica hundreds of people rioted in Kingston, attacking a police station and setting cars ablaze after a policeman allegedly shot and wounded a high-school student.
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2004 Feb 13
A Cambodian-flagged vessel that sank near the entrance of the Bosporus. A snowstorm sweeping out of the Balkans disrupted travel across Turkey and Greece, forcing rescuers to call off the search for the 20 crew members of the cargo ship.
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