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a 28 August:
2002 Nicholas Michael Farber, 9 [< photos >], is abducted at 02:00 from his father's rented room in Palm Desert, California, by two gunmen, the taller one with a nylon stocking over his heads, as phoned at 02:08 by his father, Michael Farber, manager of a Mexican restaurant, who is beaten up.
The boy's mother, Debra Rose, 38, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is divorced from the father since 1995 (they were married in 1991, the third of her five marriages all ended by divorce).
She is also divorced from Stanley Rose, who says that she is a drug addict (as does Michael Farber), and, on 05 August 2002 obtained a restraining order (expiring on 21 August 2002) to keep her away from him and their children, Winter Rose, 6, and Dane Rose, 5. When she violated the restraining order, she was arrested on 15 August and held for one day.
That is when Michael Farber, alerted by Stanley Rose, flew to Colorado and took Nicholas to California, where a court granted him temporary custody on 23 August 2002. There was to be a hearing on 05 September 2002 to consider making the custody permanent.
On 30 August 2002 Nicholas would be found at a campground in Jamul, California, with his mother [< photo] and another man who are both arrested.
2002 Transparency International publishes its Corruption Perceptions Index 2002, rating 102 countries for each of which there was at least three surveys by independent institutions, on the perceptions of the degree of corruption as seen by business people, academics and risk analysts, between 10 (highly clean) and 0 (highly corrupt). The top three countries are Finland (9.7), Denmark (9.5), and New Zealand (9.5). The bottom three are: Bangladesh (1.2), Nigeria (1.6), Angola (1.7), Madagascar (1.7), and Paraguay (1.7). The US is 16th (7.7). Hong Kong is 14th (8.2), listed separately from China (59th, 3.5). The median score is Croatia's 3.8, being 51st. Only 32 countries have a score above 5.
2001 In a Campos, Brazil, cemetery, Pedro da Silva Correa, 43, pushes the cement lid off the tomb in which he was and climbs out. Covered with blood, he walked to the hospital. There they find lodged in his head one of the bullets with which a rival drug gang had shot him the previous day, after kidnapping and tying him up as he was on his way home to a shantytown. The gang then left Correa for dead inside a closed tomb.
2001 In Los Angeles, poor Mexican immigrant Asunción Franco Gonzalez, turns in to police, unopened, a suitcase~sized plastic bag of cash, which he found lying in the street. He is told the bag contains $203'000 and that he has earned a $25'000 reward. The bag had fallen out of the back of an AT Systems armored truck the previous evening.
2000 In the gulf of Manfredonia, off the southern coast of Italy, free dolphin Filippo saves a 14-year-old boy from drowning. The boy, who cannot swim, had fallen overboard from a boat. Filippo, well known to the local people, pushes the boy up and carries him back to the boat.
1995 MS Word computer virus The National Computer Security Association posts a virus alert, warning Microsoft Word users of a widespread virus, "Prank Macro." It is not as destructive as several other viruses spread through transferred files, but it could be irritating and troublesome. The virus turns normal documents into document templates, which are more difficult to work with.
1992 Tandy announces television-computer, a digital compact disc machine that would turn television sets into computers controlled by a remote control instead of a keyboard. Although several other companies also tried to introduce hybrid television-computers, combination television-computers did not catch on with the public.
1991 Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev ordered a shake-up of the KGB and sacked his cabinet in the wake of the failed coup by hard-liners
1990 Iraq declares Kuwait its 19th province
1986 US Navy officer Jerry A Whitworth sentenced to 365 years for spying
1983 Israeli PM Menachem Begin announces resignation
1981 The US national Center for Disease Control, noting a high incidence of Kaposi's sarcoma and pneumocystis in homosexual men, announced a medical task force had been formed to find out why. It was later determined the increased number of illnesses was caused by AIDS. 1991: Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev ordered a shake-up of the KGB and sacked his cabinet in the wake of the failed coup by hard-liners
1981 John Hinckley Jr. pleads innocent in attempt to kill President Reagan
1972 President Nixon announces that the military draft will end by
1964 The first weather satellite capable of providing nighttime cloud photos is launched. It would transmit some 27'000 pictures of hurricanes and typhoons before it stopped working in September that same year.
1945 Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung arrives in Chunking to confer with Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek in a futile effort to avert civil war.
1944 German forces in Toulon and Marseilles, France, surrender to the Allies.
1941 The German U-boat U-570 is captured by the British and renamed
1916 Italy's declaration of war against Germany took effect during World War I.
1914 Three German cruisers are sunk by ships of the Royal Navy in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first major naval battle of World War I.
1861 Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, falls to Union troops after a two-day operation, closing an important outlet from Pamlico Sound to Confederate blockade runners.
1789 Sir William Herschel discovers Saturn's moon Enceladus
1776 Battle of Long Island
1655 New Amsterdam & Peter Stuyvesant bars Jews from military service
1645 In Poland, King Vladislav IV convenes the Conference of Thorn. He seeks to bring reunion among the 26 Catholic, 28 Lutheran and 24 Calvinist theologians in attendance. Discussions would continue through November, but no theological agreement be achieved.
1609 Delaware Bay discovered by Henry Hudson for the Netherlands.
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1973 More than 520 persons in earthquake, central Mexico
1965 More than 50 Viet Cong as their forces are routed in the Mekong Delta by US forces.
1903 Frederick Law Olmsted, author. OLMSTED ONLINE: A Journey Through Texas: or, A Saddle-Trip on the Southwestern Frontier
1862 Albrecht Adam, German artist born in 1786
1842 Peter Fendi, Austrian painter born on 4 September 1796. Guards on Maneuvers
1818 Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, trader, founder of Chicago.
1789 Dionys Nymegen, Dutch artist born on 07 April 1795.
1727 Aart de Gelder, Dutch painter born on 26 October 1645, first trained by Samuel van Hoogstraten, and then was the last and most devoted pupil of Rembrandt. MORE ON DE GELDER AT ART 4 2~DAY LINKS Ernestus van Beveren, Lord of West-IJsselmonde and the Lindt Hermannus Boerhaave with his wife Portrait of a Boy Christ on the Mount of Olives The Jewish Bride (Esther Bedecked) Simeon's Song of Praise Ecce Homo Abraham and Angels Esther and Mordochai Self-Portrait at an Easel Painting an Old Woman _ same Self-Portrait at... Self-portrait (?)
1689 Alart Coosemans, Flemish artist born on 19 March 1627.
1676 Indian chief King Philip, also known as Metacom, killed by English soldiers, ending the war between Indians and colonists.
1665 Elisabetta Sirani, Italian Baroque era painter, poisoned (according to her father). She was born on 08 January 1638. MORE ON SIRANI AT ART 4 2~DAY LINKS Self-Portrait (1660) Porcia Wounding Her Thigh Virgin and Child (1663) The Holy Family with St. Elizabeth and St. John the Baptist (etching) Beatrice Cenci _ Beatrice Cenci [06 February 1577 beheaded 11 September 1599) [biografia] was atrociously abused all her life by her perverted father and had no way to escape but to kill him (on 09 September 1598) with the help of her brothers and (also abused) stepmother. For this they were all tortured and executed, and the pope got the wealthy family's properties. Many authors treated the subject, including Shelley in The Cenci, a tragedy in 5 acts (1819)
1652 Benjamin-Gerritszoon Cuyp, Dutch painter born in 1612 MORE ON CUYP AT ART 4 2~DAY LINKS The Angel Is Opening Christ's Tomb Peasants in the Tavern
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1952 Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
1939 Kingman, mathematician
1916 C Wright Mills sociologist, writer (The Power Elite)
1908 Roger Tory Peterson NY, ornithologist, author of the innovative bird book A Field Guide to Birds.
1907 United Parcel Service begins service, in Seattle
1906 Sir John Betjeman poet laureate of England (Mt Zion)
1903 Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian psychologist, educator of autistic and emotionally disturbed children,. writer (Uses of Enchantment)
1896 Liam O'Flaherty, Irish novelist and short-story writer.
1883 Jan A. Schouten who would work on tensor analysis and its applications.
1878 George Hoyt Whipple US, astrophysicist (Nobel-1934)
1867 Maxime Bôcher who would work on differential equations, series, and algebra.
1862 Albrecht Adam, German artist born in 1786.
1842 Peter Fendi, Austrian painter born on 4 September 1796. Guards on Maneuvers (1839) )
1833 Sir Edward Burne-Jones England, Pre-Raphaelite painter/designer
1833 Edward Coley Jones Burne~Jones, British Pre-Raphaelite painter, illustrator, and designer who died on 17 June 1898. MORE ON BURNE~JONES AT ART 4 2~DAY LINKS Group of Four Women The Wizard [probably a self-portrait] Georgiana Burne-Jones — Clara von Bork and Sidonia von Bork _ These two paintings form a pair. Both were inspired by the novel Sidonia the Sorceress [translation, PDF] Cinderella Date The Merciful Knight Cupid and Psyche _ This painting shows a scene from Apuleius' The Golden Ass. [Latin original in Metamorphoses] Pan and Psyche _ also inspired by The Golden Ass. The Prioress' Tale The Princess Sabra Led to the Dragon Laus Veneris Sibylla Delphica Pygmalion and the Image - The Godhead Fires Pygmalion and the Image - The Soul Attains Day Night a different Night Phyllis and Demophöon The Tree of Forgiveness (1891, design for mosaic) The Tree of Forgiveness detail (1882) [no relation to preceding] Maria Zambaco Sleeping Beauty Venus Discordia The Golden Stairs The Mill The Beguiling of Merlin The Wheel of Fortune King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid The Arming of Perseus The Rock of Doom The Baleful Head Sponsa de Libano Atlas Turned to Stone Danae and the brazen Tower The Three Graces — Hope — The Golden Stairs — Laus Veneris — The Beguiling of Merlin — Pygmalion and the Image Series: The Soul Attains — Annunciation — King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid
1812 Rudolf von Alt, Austrian artist who died on 12 March 1905.
1810 Constant Troyon, French Barbizon School painter, specialized in Landscapes and Animals, who died on 20 March 1865. MORE ON TROYON AT ART 4 2~DAY LINKS Landscape with Oxen Approaching Storm Beach At Trouville La Vallée Plowing
1806 Jacob Thompson, British artist who died on 27 December 1879.
1801 Cournot, mathematician
1799 Auguiste-Xavier Leprince, French artist who died on 24 December 1826.
1796 Irénée-Jules Bienaymé Bienaymé worked on statistics and probability.
1774 Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the first US-born saint.
1789 Dionys Nymegen (or Nijmegen), Dutch painter born on 07 April 1795.
1689 Alexander (Alart) Coosemans, Flemish artist born on 19 March 1627.
1623 Frederick (Friedrich) van Valkenborch (or Falkenburg), Flemish artist born in 1570 (or 1556?)