Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Los Angeles County Covid-19

August 31, 2022
New Cases: 3,237 (3,408,413 to date)
New Deaths: 17 (33,155 to date)
Current Hospitalizations: 796**
Today’s Positivity Rate: 8.4%
**Data is subject to change


Los Angeles County Covid-19 Trends August 1st - 31st

                         NEW CASES                  DEATHS                HOSPITALIZATIONS

1ST                 2,749                        10                        1,200  

2ND                3,227                        17                        1,242

3RD                6,637                        22                        1,273

4TH                4,930                        22                         1,254

5TH                4,864                        19                         1,206

6TH                4,840                        20                         1,162

7TH                3,416                          6                           n/a

8TH                2,174                          4                           n/a

9TH                2,335                        13                         1,151

10TH              4,514                        19                         1,105

11TH              4,345                        15                         1,098

12TH              3,995                        19                         1,065

13TH              4,869                        14                         1,059

14TH              3,262                          7                            n/a

15TH              1,894                          5                            n/a

16TH              2,535                        13                         1,022

17th               4,829                        15                          1,009

18th               3,379                        16                            966

19th               4,274                        13                            940

20TH              3,701                        14                            930

21ST              2,627                          7                             n/a

22ND             1,596                          4                             n/a

23RD             2,314                         14                            915

24TH             3,860                          19                            924

25TH             3,042                          18                             n/a

26TH             3,694                          20                             n/a

27TH             3,192                          17                             n/a

28TH             1,938                            8                             n/a

29TH             1,337                            5                             n/a 

30TH             2,090                          14                            841

31ST             3,237                          17                            796

Wednesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere


After weeks of silence, Gannett revealed that it laid off 400 employees and cut 400 open positions - Poynter

Today in Labor History August 31, 2022


10,000 striking miners began a fight at Blair Mountain

John Reed formed the Communist Labor Party in Chicago. (later to become the American Communist Party). The Party’s motto: “Workers of the world, unite!”. – 1919

Some 10,000 striking miners began a fight at Blair Mountain, West Virginia, for recognition of their union, the United Mine Workers of America. Federal troops were sent in, and miners were forced to withdraw five days later after 16 deaths. – 1921

The Trade Union Unity League was founded by 690 delegates from 18 states fleeing the conservative American Federation of Labor (AFL). The League was a wing of the Communist Party and pushed for organizing workers along industry lines rather than by craft, like the AFL, with all workers in a given industry together in one big union. At its peak, the League had 125,000 members and, in 1930, led a protest of nearly a million jobless workers in a dozen cities to demand relief and unemployment insurance. The League fell apart in the late 1930s due to competition from the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), which had launched a wave of successful organizing drives. – 1929

Italian American labor organizer, Giovanni Pippan was murdered during his campaign to organize the Italian bread wagon drivers of Chicago. – 1933

Nearly all 430 workers at the California Sanitary Canning Company participated in a massive walkout. The majority of the workers were Mexican-American women. They were demanding union recognition for their affiliation with the United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing, & Allied Workers of America (UCAPAWA). They eventually won a union contract and wage increase. – 1939

The second Solidarity Day demonstration occurred in Washington, D.C., with over 350,000 union members demanding workplace fairness and health care reform. The first Solidarity Day took place 10 years earlier in the wake of the PATCO (Professional Air Traffic Controller) firings. – 1991

Detroit teachers began what was to become a 9-day strike, winning smaller class sizes and raises of up to 4 percent. – 1999

Important Events From This day in History August 31st

31 Aug, 1997 France Princess Diana

1997 : Diana The Princess of Wales and her constant companion Dodi Fayed are killed in a car crash in Paris as was the driver Henri Paul who was drunk at the time, the driver was trying to escape from Paparazzi photographers. The Princess had divorced from Prince Charles in 1996. Diana was known affectionately as (The People's Princess) because of her winning smile and caring attitude and her willingness to work for charities close to her heart including Aids and campaigning against the use of Land Mines. Find More What happened in 1997.

31 Aug, 1888 UK Jack the Ripper

1888 : The first attributed to victim of Jack the Ripper "Mary Ann Nichols" a prostitute from London's East End was found mutilated and murdered in London's East End close to Whitechapel Rd because of this and other murders in the area the police file was called "the Whitechapel Murders." Jack the Ripper is thought to have murdered 11 prostitutes from 1885 to 1891 but as he was never caught , it is possible some of the murders were committed by others. "Mary Ann Nichols" and four others were definitely identified as the work of a single serial killer.

31 Aug, 1928 U.S.A. New Service

1928 : A new service connecting Chicago and the twin cities of St Paul and Minneapolis will begin tomorrow with an integrated rail and Air service from Northwest Airways connecting with express trains to the cities, the new service will cut 8 hrs off the current travel time saving a whole day of travelling.

31 Aug, 1934 United Kingdom $5.00 to the Pound

1934 : The value of the pound sterling has dropped below the $5.00 mark for the first time since devaluation.

31 Aug, 1945 Japanese Prisoners of War

1945 : As Japanese prisoners of war are reaching rescue ships more and more stories of Japanese Brutality and many had spent months in solitary confinement, every single prisoner is suffering from malnutrition.

31 Aug, 1954 U.S.A. Hurricane Carol

1954 : Hurricane Carol makes landfall on Long Island and Connecticut, resulting in nearly 70 deaths and millions of dollars in damage.

31 Aug, 1957 Malaya Independence

1957 : The hand over of power from Britain to the country of Malaya has now taken place making Malaya an independent nation but will continue to be a member of the British Commonwealth. In 1963, Malaya united several other regions to become Malaysia.

31 Aug, 1959 President Dwight Eisenhower Visits UK

1959 : The British prime minister Harold Macmillan and the American President Dwight Eisenhower discuss the threat of Communism to the free world, world peace and global poverty during an historic live television broadcast from Downing Street.

31 Aug, 1978 Switzerland Climate Change

1978 : 400 of the worlds top climatologists are meeting in Geneva to discuss climate change and if changes in Climate is influenced by pollution.

31 Aug, 1989 England Princess Anne Separation

1989 : Princess Anne the only daughter of the Queen of England announced her separation from her husband Mark Phillips, but they have stated they do not intend to get divorced.

31 Aug, 1992 Germany Anti Immigrant Violence

1992 : A new unhealthy movement is gaining ground in Germany which seeks to blame Immigrants for the current economic downturn, this same movement is creating a surge of racist violence aimed at poor immigrant families.

31 Aug, 1992 U.S.A. Randy Weaver

1992 : After a stand off siege of Randy Weaver's property in the mountains in Naples, Idaho, with several hundred federal agents surrounding the house for 11 days, during which his wife and one of his sons is killed. A deputy U.S. marshal is also killed during the standoff. Randy Weaver agrees to abandon the stand-off and surrender, He was then charged with murder and multiple firearms charges. He was acquitted of murder when his attorney argued successfully that Weaver's actions were justifiable as self-defense. He was eventually sentenced to 18 months in prison for the failure to appear charge relating to the original firearms charges.

31 Aug, 1998 Dow Drops 512 Points

August 31st, 1998 : Dow Jones index drops 512 points in a single day, finishing at 7539.1. This brings the drop to close to 20% lower since highs on July 17th when the Dow stood at 9337. The fall has been blamed on problems with the Russia financial markets and worry over the latest US economic figures which indicate a slowdown in the US economy.

31 Aug, 1999 Argentina Plane Crash

1999 : A Boeing 737 Flight 3142 belonging to Lineas Aereas Privadas Argentinas (Lapa) airlines crashes in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires shortly after take off killing 69 of the 90 passengers and crew.

31 Aug, 2000 Authorities Blame Firestone Tires

August 31st, 2000 : US authorities have issued a new report increasing the number of fatalities from 62 to 88 caused through faulty Bridgestone/Firestone tires fitted to Ford's Explorer range of vehicles.

31 Aug, 2002 South Korea Typhoon Rusa

2002 : Typhoon Rusa strikes the South Korea peninsula leaving over 100 dead and the eastern port city of Kangnung nearly fully submerged, with water reaching the roofs of houses.

31 Aug, 2005 US to Release More Oil

2005 : US authorities are to release additional oil from the country's emergency stocks to provide some relief from the damage Hurricane Katrina did to oil rigs and oil platforms based in the Gulf of Mexico. Concerns over the supply of oil had forced the price of a barrel of oil to new highs of $70.85 a barrel.

31 Aug, 2005 Curfew Placed On New Orleans

2005 : Following the looting and lawlessness in the city a curfew is Imposed on city of New Orleans, the US Coast Guard continues finding survivors and flying them to safety. Due to lack of clean water a public health emergency is declared for the area following Hurricane Katrina.

31 Aug, 2006 India Execution Sentence Upheld

August 31st, 2006 : The Indian Supreme Court has upheld the decision to allow the execution of two Indian Women to continue . The women had been found guilty kidnapping, using the children as young as 2 years old to beg and steal and then murdered the children.

31 Aug, 2007 Germany Synagogue Re-Opened

2007 : The largest synagogue in Germany reopened after undergoing a three year restoration on this day. The synagogue in Berlin survived Nazi and Communist rule but fell into disrepair.

31 Aug, 2008 Mexico Countrywide Protests

2008 : Many hundreds of thousands of people across Mexico held protests on this day. The protests were held in a reaction to the continued and increased violence in the country related to gang activities and drugs. The protesters felt that the federal and local governments have not made any major efforts to curb the violence.

31 Aug, 2011 German City Installs Tax Meters for Prostitutes

2011 : The German city of Bonn installed a meter to tax prostitutes. The meter would tax prostitutes for soliciting on the streets at a rate of six euros per night and was installed near an industrial area frequented by prostitutes and their clients.

31 Aug, 2012 Wyoming Gray Wolves Lose Federal Protection

2012 : Gray wolves in the US state of Wyoming were dropped from the US government's list of endangered species after a successful twenty year program to repopulate the species. New rules have stated the Wyoming needs to maintain at least ten pairs of breeding wolves and cannot have less than one-hundred of the animals, but citizens can shoot wolves on sight in most areas of the state. The changes came after ranchers complained that the wolves were killing their livestock and posing a threat on their properties.

31 Aug, 2013 Chemical Leak in Shanghai

2013 : A chemical leak in the Chinese city of Shanghai killed fifteen people and injured another twenty-six people. The deaths were caused by the leakage of liquid ammonia in a cold storage unit owned by a seafood company.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Media deals: Time announces marketing site acquisition

By William Turvill 

Time buys Brandcast

The company behind Time magazine has acquired Brandcast, a service that licenses software to create marketing microsites. Under the deal, Brandcast will be rebranded as Time Sites.

Time’s editor-in-chief and chief executive Edward Felsenthal said: “Time is the world’s most trusted storyteller, and we are excited to work with Brandcast’s world-class team to deliver innovative digital experiences that tell our customers’ stories at quality, speed and scale.”

Source: Press release

Deal size: Undisclosed

Country: US

Status: Official

Tuesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere


How the decline of local news exposes the public to lies and corruption - Los Angeles Times

Today in Labor History August 30, 2022

 Luisa Moreno

Union delegates from New York, Boston, Philadelphia and other East Coast cities met in a convention to form the National Trades’ Union, which united craft unions to oppose “the most unequal and unjustifiable distribution of the wealth of society in the hands of a few individuals”. The union faded after a few years but paved the way for more than 60 new unions. – 1834

Luisa Moreno, labor and social activist was born today. A Guatemalan immigrant, she started organizing while working in a cafeteria in New York in the 1930s.   She spent  20 years organizing workers before taking a “voluntary departure under and warrant of deportation” on the grounds that she had once been a member of the Communist party. She was offered citizenship in exchange for testifying against a labor leader, but she refused, stating that she would not be “a free woman with a mortgaged soul.” – 1907

President Franklin Roosevelt’s Revenue Act of 1935 (often called the “Wealth Tax Act”)  increased taxes on higher income levels. It was a progressive tax that took up to 75 percent of the highest incomes. – 1935

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) published scaffold safety standards, designed to protect 2.3 million construction workers and prevent 50 deaths and 4,500 injuries annually. – 1996

Important Events From This day in History August 30th

30 Aug, 1959 UK Austin Mini

1959 : The first "Austin Mini 7" called an Austin Seven from the British Motor Corporation (Sir Alec Issigonis) goes on sale for £497 (first shown on August 14) making it one of the cheapest saloon cars available in answer to the fuel shortage and petrol rationing caused by the Suez Canal crisis in 1956. The car had a four-cylinder water-cooled transverse mounted 850 cc engine, four speed gearbox and front wheel drive, because of the design and suspension the ride was hard but the handling was legendary for a cheap non-sports car. The name Mini was not used on the cars until 1962 as the press and the public had already renamed the car. The most popular British-made car ever gained (5.4 million sold) in popularity as it was featured in movies, driven by trendy pop stars and movie celebrities and had considerable success as a rally car winning the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964/1965 and 1967. Find More What happened in 1959.

30 Aug, 1923 U.S.A. Pirates

1923 : Seven pirates who attacked a British Rum Schooner killing the captain and cook are being sought by British and US authorities.

30 Aug, 1935 U.S.A. Wealth Tax Act

1935 : President Franklin Roosevelt's Revenue Act, referred to as the Wealth Tax Act, increased taxes on rich citizens and big business, while lowering taxes for small businesses.

30 Aug, 1937 US Refugee Ship Bombed

1937 : The US refugee ship the SS President Hoover was bombed by Chinese aircraft while trying to remove Americans from the Shanghai district of China. US destroyers are steaming to the area but in the meantime British warships are guarding the vessel from further attacks.

30 Aug, 1945 Japan American Occupation Forces

1945 : General MacArthur landed today in Japan today with 18,150 occupation forces where he will based in Yokohama.

30 Aug, 1951 Native American Refused Burial

1951 : A native American soldier killed in the war in Korea was refused a burial in a cemetery in Winnebago, Nebraska on the grounds of race. The president of the United States President Truman heard about this travesty of justice and offered the widow a plot in Arlington National Cemetery, stating no person should be refused a burial based on race, creed or color.

30 Aug, 1967 U.S.A. Thurgood Marshall

1967 : Following President Johnson appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first African American to the Supreme Court on June 13th. The Senate confirms his appointment as the first black justice on the Supreme Court.

30 Aug, 1976 UK Notting Hill Carnival

1976 : Notting Hill Carnival celebrating it's 10th year and attracting more than 150,000 people ends in riots following clashes with police. Find More What Happened in 1976.

30 Aug, 1978 Italy Turin Shroud

August 30th, 1978 : The Turin shroud believed to be the Jesus Christs Burial Cloth has gone on show for only the third time this century and 160,000 pilgrims have so far flocked to view it, the new pope had planned to visit but concerns over the increased crowds due to the papal visit may not allow the Pontiff to visit.

30 Aug, 1980 Poland Trade Union Rights

1980 : After two months of fighting with communist leaders, striking Polish workers led by Lech Walesa have won the right to form independent trade unions and the right to strike. The agreement by the communist government comes after industrial unrest for the last 2 months and the looming possibility of a threatened nationwide general strike scheduled for the following week.

30 Aug, 1982 Lebanon Yasser Arafat

August 30th, 1982 : Following the invasion by Israeli forces 3 months ago in an attempt to wipe out Palestinian guerrilla bases which have threatened and attacked Israel, the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Yasser Arafat has been forced to abandon his Beirut headquarters.

30 Aug, 1989 U.S.A. Leona Helmsley

1989 : Leona Helmsley the billionaire New York City hotel operator and real estate investor is convicted and sentenced to 16 years in prison. Later most charges were dropped and she served served 18 months in federal prison.

1 count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, 3 counts of tax evasion, 3 counts of filing false personal tax returns, 10 counts of mail fraud

She is best known for a quote to a former housekeeper Elizabeth Baum when asked about her taxes "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes."

30 Aug, 2000 Jeffrey Schilling Taken Hostage By Terrorist Group

August 30th, 2000 : Jeffrey Schilling an American has been taken hostage by the Terrorist Group Abu Sayyaf an Islamic separatist group who are fighting for an separate Islamic state in a predominantly Catholic Philippines. The group have only just released six other hostages this week for a reported $6m ransom. Jeffrey Schilling escaped from the terrorist hide out 7 months later with no ransom paid.

30 Aug, 2001 Euro Currency Formally Introduced

2001 : The new Euro currency which will come into operation next year is formally introduced and shown to the press in Frankfurt, Germany prior to it's legal tender status from January next year.

30 Aug, 2005 U.S.A. Hurricane Katrina

2005 : 24 hrs after Hurricane Katrina (More Katrina) hit New Orleans 80% of the area flooded with up to 15 feet of water and the rescue operation continues with rescuers in helicopters and boats picking up hundreds of stranded people from roof tops. Between 20,000 and 25,000 people are inside the Louisiana Superdome which was designated "as a refuge of last resort". Looting spreads throughout the city, even in broad daylight and in the presence of police officers.

30 Aug, 2008 Libya Deal With Italy

2008 : Italy and Libya reached an agreement in which Italy would pay a total of $5 billion to Libya over arguments dating back the colonial-era. The deal would take twenty-five years to complete by making annual payments of $200 million of investments in infrastructure.

30 Aug, 2009 Japan Election

2009 : Yukio Hatoyama and the Democratic Party swept Japan’s elections. The party and new leader gained control over the control after nearly 48 years of constant control by the Liberal Democrat party.

30 Aug, 2012 London Paralympic Games Begin

2012 : The Paralympic Games were officially opened by the Queen after the commencement of a spectacular ceremony in London. The opening ceremony featured Professor Stephen Hawking and Sir Ian McKellen and saw another 3,000 volunteers participate. The 2012 London Paralympics ended on September 9th.

30 Aug, 2013 India Launches Defense Satellite

2013 : India successfully launches its GSAT-7 defense satellite, the first defense satellite for the country. The satellite was launched from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Los Angeles County Covid-19


Los Angeles County Covid-19 Trends August 1st - 29th

                       NEW CASES                  DEATHS                HOSPITALIZATIONS

1ST                 2,749                        10                        1,200  

2ND                3,227                        17                        1,242

3RD                6,637                        22                        1,273

4TH                4,930                        22                         1,254

5TH                4,864                        19                         1,206

6TH                4,840                        20                         1,162

7TH                3,416                          6                           n/a

8TH                2,174                          4                           n/a

9TH                2,335                        13                         1,151

10TH              4,514                        19                         1,105

11TH              4,345                        15                         1,098

12TH              3,995                        19                         1,065

13TH              4,869                        14                         1,059

14TH              3,262                          7                            n/a

15TH              1,894                          5                            n/a

16TH              2,535                        13                         1,022

17th               4,829                        15                          1,009

18th               3,379                        16                            966

19th               4,274                        13                            940

20TH              3,701                        14                            930

21ST              2,627                          7                             n/a

22ND             1,596                          4                             n/a

23RD             2,314                         14                            915

24TH             3,860                          19                            924

25TH             3,042                          18                             n/a

26TH             3,694                          20                             n/a

27TH             3,192                          17                             n/a

28TH             1,938                            8                             n/a

29TH             1,337                            5                             n/a    

Today in Labor History August 29, 2022


The Collapse of the Quebec Bridge, 1907

Seventy-five workers out of eighty-six died when the lower St. Lawrence River’s Quebec Bridge collapsed while under construction.  A flawed design was found to be the cause. Thirteen more workers were killed nine years later when the reconstructed bridge’s central span was being raised and fell into the river because of a problem with hoisting devices. – 1907

Dancers at San Francisco’s Lusty Lady Club voted 57-15 to be represented by SEIU Local 790. Their first union contract ratified eight months later, guaranteed work shifts, protection against arbitrary discipline and termination, automatic hourly wage increases, sick days, a grievance procedure, and removal of one-way mirrors from peep show booths. The first strip club to unionize was Pacer’s in San Diego under the Hotel Management, Employee Management, Local 30. – 1996

Northwest Airlines pilots, after years of concessions to help the airline, began what was to become a 2-week strike for higher pay. – 1998

Delegates to the  Minnesota AFL-CIO convention approved the launching of, now in its sixteenth year.  It was the first web-based daily labor news service by a state labor federation. – 2000

Important Events From This day in History August 29th

 29 Aug, 2005 U.S.A. Hurricane Katrina

2005 : Hurricane Katrina a Category 5 Storm with sustained winds of 145 MPH and gusts reaching 175 MPH is the most destructive hurricane ever to hit the United States. The storm caused massive devastation in and around the city of New Orleans with some of the worst problems caused when storm surges overwhelmed the city’s levees, flooding 80 percent of the city. Many questions were asked about the federal governments slow response to the people of New Orleans when compared with the response to earlier hurricanes in Florida. Timeline For Hurricane Katrina Events was the most costly natural disaster in American history, with damages of more than $80 billion. In all, more than 1,800 people died and despite efforts to rebuild the city, large parts of New Orleans still remain heavily damaged and many thousands have left the area and are unlikely to return . Find More What happened in 2005.

29 Aug, 1923 Gangs of New York

1923 : In New York City a laundryman who was being bullied and blackmailed by the leader of the Dropper Gang Jak Kaplan took the law into his own hands when he shot and killed the notorious gangster chief. The police in New York have been trying to fasten some crime on Kaplan for the last 6 months have been saved the trouble by one of his victims who many see as a hero.

29 Aug, 1928 Haiti Hurricane

1928 : A severe hurricane in Haiti has left many thousands starving as nearly all local crops were destroyed during the hurricane. The famine is now affecting nearly 100,000 men, women and children.

29 Aug, 1945 Restrictions On Gas Lifted

1945 : Predictions for traffic this coming Labor Day Weekend are predicted to be extremely high due to the restrictions on Gasoline sales having been lifted.

29 Aug, 1949 Russian Troops Mass On The Border

1949 : Radio Moscow has announced today that it has met with 7 communist countries including 4 that border with Yugoslavia over the Tito Question, meanwhile 400 communist tanks and 400,000 Russian troops have massed on the border with Yugoslavia in Hungary.

29 Aug, 1949 Soviet Union First Atomic Bomb

1949 : The Soviet Union test their first atomic bomb, it was near copy of the United States Fat Man bomb with a yield of 21 kilotons, making the Soviet Union the world's second nuclear power. The world was not fully informed until September 23rd nearly one month later.

29 Aug, 1965 U.S.A. Gemini V

1965 : Gemini V returns to Earth bringing the two American astronauts Charles Conrad, and Gordon Cooper, back to Earth after having spent over a week orbiting the earth three days more than any previous missions to space.

29 Aug, 1966 Beatles Candlestick Park

1966 : The Beatles play their final tour date, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

29 Aug, 1974 Windsor Free Festival

1974 : Windsor Free Festival ends when police clash with fans on the final day of the concert, arresting over 200 with charges ranging from breach of the peace to drugs offences. The 1974 festival was the last of the free festivals at Windsor Great Park held in 1972, 1973 and 1974.

29 Aug, 1983 U.S.A. Aids

1983 : The increase in the number of Aids cases in the United States could be as high as 20,000 if the spread of the disease continues at it's current rate . The Aids virus is new to this country with 2,094 reported cases as of today, and currently nobody is sure where it started but believe possibly in Africa, Haiti or Japan.

29 Aug, 1992 Bosnia Crimes Against Humanity

1992 : While Bosnia sinks into the worst cases of crimes against humanity since the second world war, the rest of the world each looks to the other to provide the leadership needed to protect the innocents. Over 8000 have been slaughtered since April and 1.5 million driven from their homes in Ethnic cleansing by the Serbs.

29 Aug, 1998 Northwest Airlines Strike

August 29th, 1998 : A strike by pilots of Northwest Airlines has left 70,000 passengers stranded around the United States and the pilots have said they are prepared for long term action in support of their 15% pay rise. The main airports affected are the Northwest hubs at Minneapolis, Detroit and Memphis but all passengers using Northwest including international travellers are also affected.

29 Aug, 2002 Eminem MTV Video Music Awards

2002 : The rapper Eminem scoops 4 awards including "Video of the Year: Without Meat" at the US MTV Video Music Awards.

29 Aug, 2003 Iraq Bomb Attack in Najaf

August 29th, 2003 : A car bomb has been detonated close to a mosque in the holy city of Najaf killing 80 and injuring a further 100, among those killed was Ayatollah Hakim a leading Shia Muslim politician.

29 Aug, 2006 Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

August 29th, 2006 : Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad challenged United States president George W. Bush to an uncensored televised debate. The White House declined his invitation dismissing it as a distraction from the concerns over Iran’s nuclear program. Ahmadinejad stated that an open debate would allow the rest of the world to see Iran’s viewpoints.

29 Aug, 2006 USA Warren Jeffs Arrested

2006 : Warren Steed Jeffs is arrested in Nevada by a local patrol officer, Warren Jeffs was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List due to his involvement for alleged arrangement of extralegal marriages between his adult male followers and underage girls. He was the leader of the controversial polygamist sect known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and in November 20th2007 he was found guilty of multiple charges and sentenced to 10 years to life imprisonment.

29 Aug, 2007 United Kingdom Nelson Mandela Statue

2007 : A statue of the former South African president Nelson Mandela was unveiled in Parliament Square in London, England. Mandela and his wife were present for the unveiling and spoke to the crowds that gathered to witness the unveiling.

29 Aug, 2008 Iran - Nigeria Deal

2008 : Iran and Nigeria formed a deal in which Iran would share nuclear technology with Nigeria in order to help the country produce more electricity.

29 Aug, 2009 Michael Jackson’s Death Ruled Homicide

August 29th, 2009 : After an autopsy the Los Angles Coroner’s office ruled that the manner of pop star Michael Jackson’s death was homicide. The official cause of death was declared to be acute intoxication caused by the drug Propofol.

29 Aug, 2011 Airplane Skids Off Runway in India

2011 : Seven passengers were injured when a Gulf Air plane skidded off the runway when landing at Kochi airport in India. Officials stated that the plane arriving from Bahrain narrowly avoided a worse fate by stopping in the mud only thirty meters away from a wall.

29 Aug, 2011 Texas Freshwater Lakes

2011 : Following Extreme drought conditions during the summer Texas freshwater lakes are a fraction of their usual water levels with the state's reservoirs to be at only 68% capacity.

29 Aug, 2012 Australia Surfer Survives Shark Attack

2012 : A man in his thirties suffered injuries on his abdomen and right arm after being attacked by a shark in waters near Western Australia. Other surfers dragged the man from the water and he was taken to a hospital and was reported in stable condition. Authorities were unable to identify what kind of shark attacked.

29 Aug, 2013 United States Fast Food Workers Strike

August 29th, 2013 : Hundreds of fast food workers went on strike in several US cities demanding an increase of wages to about $15.00 an hour, nearly double what most employees at fast food chains earn. Many of the protesters are also wanting the right to unionized without any interference from their employers.