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1995 Aug 13
Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle died at a Dallas hospital of rapidly spreading liver cancer at the age of 63.
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1995 Aug 13
Hans-Christian Ostro, a 27-year-old Norwegian who had come to India to study dance was found dead in the Pahalgam district with his severed head balanced between his thighs, close to the sight of a previous kidnapping by Kashmir guerillas.
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1996 Aug 13
In Belgium Marc Dutroux, on parole following rape charges, was arrested for kidnapping and the murder of 2 girls. In 2004 he was convicted of kidnapping and murder. His wife and 2 accomplices were also convicted.
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1996 Aug 13
At their convention in San Diego, Republicans delivered a blistering critique of President Clinton's record, portraying the Democratic incumbent as an unprincipled liberal conning voters with election-year conservatism.
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1996 Aug 13
Mary Higgins Clark, suspense writer, signed a 3-book contract with Simon & Schuster for $3 mil per book.
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1996 Aug 13
Microsoft released Internet Explorer 3.0.
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1996 Aug 13
In Burundi the last 2 commercial flights left the country as the outside world tightened sanctions to punish the new military regime.
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1996 Aug 13
In South Africa Nadthmie Edries, leader of a group called People Against Gangsterism, was charged with sedition in connection with the vigilante slaying of a drug-gang leader.
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1996 Aug 13
In Spain at Perpignan a gang of masked men stole $800,000 in Spanish pesetas from the cargo hold of an Air France plane.
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1997 Aug 13
U.S. envoy Dennis Ross wrapped up a four-day mission to the Middle East, during which he'd persuaded the Palestinians to resume security cooperation with Israel.
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1997 Aug 13
In Detroit, Mich., Yolanda Bellamy was slain with 2 young sons, a niece and a nephew. A suspect was later arrested and jumped from a 5th floor police station window. He was critically injured.
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1997 Aug 13
A NYC police officer of the 70th precinct in Flatbush was arrested for sexually assaulting a Haitian immigrant who was arrested in a nightclub fight. Officer Justin Volpe sodomized Abner Louima with a toilet plunger and then forced the handle into Louima’s mouth. Volpe’s partner, Thomas Bruder, was ordered off active duty and Mayor Giuliani ordered a shakeup and investigation. Officer Charles Schwartz was later arrested for his participation. Two more officers, Thomas Wiese and Thomas Bruder, were later arrested for beating Louima after his arrest. In 1998 federal civil rights charges were filed against the involved officers. Officer Volpe was jailed in 1999 after he pleaded guilty that he had sodomized Abner Louima. In 1999 Officer Schwarz was found guilty of holding Louima down. Officers Bruder, Wiese and Bellomo were acquitted. In 2000 officers Bruder, Schwartz and Wiese were convicted of covering up the assault on Louima. Schwartz was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison and ordered to pay $277,495 in restitution. Bruder and Wiese were sentenced to 5 years each. In 2002 a federal appeals court overturned the convictions against Schwarz, Wiese and Bruder.
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1997 Aug 13
In India the Supreme Court ordered the government to come up with legislation to protect women from sexual harassment in the workplace.

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1997 Aug 13
In Tehran, Iran, Ali Reza Khoshruy Kuran Kordiyeh ("the vampire") was flogged and hung for the rape, murder and burning of 9 women in a crime spree that began in March.
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1997 Aug 13
From Panama it was reported that Pres. Balladares has given journalist Gustavo Gorriti until the end of the month to leave Panama. Mr. Gorriti had published investigative articles detailing the financial dealings of the president’s election campaign, his allies and gentlemen of questionable character.
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1997 Aug 13
In Russia the book "Boris Yeltsin: From Dawn to Sunset" by former bodyguard Alexander Korzhakov went on sale.
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1997 Aug 13
From Russia it was reported that a helicopter accidentally had dropped a 2.3 ton lead box containing strontium 90 into 66 feet of water off Sakhalin Island.
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1998 Aug 13
President Clinton led the nation in mourning 12 Americans killed in a pair of U.S. embassy bombings in Africa. Standing before black hearses carrying 10 of the bodies, the president pledged to seek justice "for these evil acts."
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1998 Aug 13
Oakland, Ca., declared a medical marijuana club a city agency.
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1998 Aug 13
US border agents found 7 people dead in the Anza-Borrego Desert. They were believed to be illegal immigrants abandoned by their smuggler.
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1998 Aug 13
Julien Green (97), the first American to be elected to the Academie Francaise, died in Paris. The Catholic and homosexual writer produced 18 novels that included "Moira" and "Each in his Darkness." He also published 14 volumes of journals and 5 volumes of memoirs.
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1998 Aug 13
In Bangladesh more rain left 11 more people dead and the death toll grew to 326.
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1998 Aug 13
In Congo rebels seized a hydroelectric dam and cut off power to Kinshasa. Kabila fired his army chief in response.
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1998 Aug 13
In Berlin, Germany, a monument to the Berlin Wall and the 255 people who died crossing it was dedicated at the corner of Ackerstrasse and Bernauer Strasse.
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1998 Aug 13
The president of South Korea ordered an amnesty for 7,007 prisoners to mark the Aug. 15 50th anniversary of the Republic.
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1998 Aug 13
Puerto Rico approved a Dec. 13 referendum for statehood.
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1998 Aug 13
George Soros, in a letter to the Financial Times, called for the government of Russia to devalue its currency by 15-25%. The government insisted that it would not devalue and the ruble continued to drop.
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1998 Aug 13
Three Russian cosmonauts lifted off for the second-to-last Mir mission.
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1998 Aug 13
In Kosovo, Serbia, Ibrahim Rugova formed a delegation to begin talks with Pres. Milosevic.
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1998 Aug 13
In California Jack Jessee was stabbed to death by hit man, Thomas Joseph Garrick (36) of Laguna Hills. His wife had him murdered to avoid paying for his cancer treatment and to collect insurance money. Sandra Jessee was arrested in Phoenix in 2007. She had collected $650,000 after her husband's murder from the sale of their home, his death benefits and insurance.
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1999 Aug 13
In Bogota, Colombia, Jaime Garzon (39), radio co-host and satirist, was shot and killed by a motorcycle gunman.
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1999 Aug 13
Izvestia confirmed that 4 Russian helicopters were destroyed in Dagestan and that an SU-24 fighter plane was damaged.
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1999 Aug 13
Tennis player Steffi Graf retired from the sport she had dominated for two decades.
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1999 Aug 13
In Argentina protests and riots raged out of control in Neuquen province where unemployment was 40%. Skirmishes were also reported from Tucuman, Cordoba, Corrientes, and Tierra del Fuego.
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1999 Aug 13
In Bogota, Colombia, motorcycle gunmen shot to death humorist and radio co-host, Jaime Garzon (39), in a killing that authorities later blamed on the leader of the country’s right-wing paramilitary.
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1999 Aug 13
Iran agreed under pressure to join Turkey for simultaneous military operations against the PKK.
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1999 Aug 13
In Liberia 7 abducted aid workers were freed and some 90 other UN and foreign workers fled into Guinea to avoid fighting.
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1999 Aug 13
In Turkey the parliament made constitutional changes to overhaul the economy and bring in foreign investment.
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1999 Aug 13
In Uganda troops were sent across the northeast to quell ethnic unrest following 155 killings in the past month. A clan of ethnic Karamajongs was attacked 2 weeks earlier by rival Karamajongs and Turkanans from northern Kenya and at least 140 people were killed.
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2000 Aug 13
On the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, 3500 protesters demonstrated against police brutality and in support of Mumia Abu-Jamal, on death row for killing a Philadelphia police officer.
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2000 Aug 13
It was reported that physicist Humphrey Maris of Brown Univ. had reported findings in June to the Quantum Fluids and Solids Conference that challenged the indivisibility of electrons.
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2000 Aug 13
In Kashmir 16 people were killed and dozens injured in explosions and gun battles across the province. 2 land mines killed 6 soldiers and 10 rebels died in battles with government troops.
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2000 Aug 13
Over 2,000 Somali leaders gathered in Djibouti to form a central government with a new 225-member parliament. Somalia swore in legislators for its first central government after almost a decade of internecine warfare.
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2000 Aug 13
Pres. Chavez of Venezuela held talks in Libya with Moammar Khadafy and proceeded to Nigeria to meet Pres. Obasanjo.
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2001 Aug 13
In southeast Chechnya rebels seized the village of Benoi-Yurt. Pro-Moscow administrators were reported killed.
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2001 Aug 13
It was reported that the US state-prison population had declined in 2000 for the 1st time since 1972.
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2001 Aug 13
Elizabeth Cavanna Harrison (aka Betsy Allen or Elizabeth Headley), American romance writer, died in France at age 92. Her over 80 romances included "Going on Sixteen" (1945), and "Spice Island Mystery" 1970.
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2001 Aug 13
Japanese PM Junichiro Koizumi tried to ease the anger of Asian neighbors by visiting a controversial war shrine two days before the actual anniversary of Japan's World War II surrender.
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2001 Aug 13
In Macedonia a peace deal was signed by rival leaders of the 2 main ethnic groups and paved the way for NATO troops to arrive and disarm ethnic Albanian rebels. Representatives of the EU, USA and NATO helped Macedonian politicians produce a plan for peace at Lake Ohrid called the Ohrid agreement.
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2002 Aug 13
Deaths from flooding in Bangladesh (157), India (265) and Nepal (422) and reached at least 874.
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2002 Aug 13
In Chechnya explosions rocked a bus in Grozny and Shali , killing at least five people and wounding several others.
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2002 Aug 13
Vltava River floodwaters poured into a historic part of Prague, despite the frantic efforts of rescue workers to save the ancient Czech capital from rising river levels, which have forced tens of thousands to flee.
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2002 Aug 13
President Bush hosted a half-day economic forum at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he assured Americans that his administration had a steady hand on the economy.
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2002 Aug 13
American Airlines said it would eliminate 7,000 and cut flights.
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2002 Aug 13
Angola reported the capture of Augustin Bizimungu, a key figure in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
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2002 Aug 13
In India separatist guerrillas ambushed a truck in Meghalaya state and killed at least 15 people.
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2002 Aug 13
In Nigeria the lower house called for the resignation of Pres. Obasanjo.
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2002 Aug 13
Turkmenistan's Pres. Saparmurat Niyazov issued a decree that extends adolescence until age 25 and postpones old age until 85. His edict divides life into 12-year cycles. Childhood lasts until age 12. Next comes adolescence which will now last to age 25. Turkmen aged between 25 and 37 are considered youthful, while those aged between 27 and 49 years are mature. The next 12-year cycles are divided into periods labeled as prophetic, inspirational and wise.
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2003 Aug 13
In southern Afghanistan a bomb ripped through a bus in Lashkargah, killing 15 people, including six children. Officials blamed al-Qaida and remnants of the Taliban militia for the bombing, the deadliest in nearly a year. Heavy fighting erupted between government soldiers and Taliban remnants. 43 deaths were reported in the fighting.
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2003 Aug 13
Ontario health officials reported that a family doctor had become the 44th person to die from SARS in Toronto.
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