1999 – The US prison population was reported at 1.8 million with 668 inmates per 100,000 residents.
2000 – Al Gore and George W. Bush dug in for the eight-month battle to Election Day.
2001 – Federal authorities confirmed that remains found on a Texas ranch were those of missing atheist leader Madalyn Murray O’Hair and two of her relatives.
2002 – Disney opened its new $532.9 million movie-themed park adjacent to Disneyland Paris.
2003 – Many thousands of anti-war demonstrators marched in SF, Washington DC and around the world against plans for a war with Iraq.
2004 – The Bill Gates Foundation donated $47 million to private agencies carrying out AIDS prevention programs in India.
2005 – The US charged 18 people with a scheme to smuggle shoulder-fired missiles and other military gear from former Soviet states. One person was still at large.
2006 – US federal authorities announced charges against 27 people in an Int’l. Internet child-porn scheme.
2007 – Cisco said it has acquired WebEx Communications for $3.2 billion in cash.
2008 – In Afghanistan a suicide car bomb attack near a convoy of international troops killed a 13-year-old Afghan child and wounded a soldier in Khost province. 3 militants were killed in the former Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala in Helmand province.
2009 – The History Guild of Daly City dedicated its new museum located at the former John Daly Library, 6351 Mission Street, Ca. 94014, (650-757-7177).
2010 – Honda Motor Co. notified the NHTSA it will recall 410,000 Odyssey minivans and Element small trucks, from the 2007-2008 model years, due to braking system problems.
2011 – Australia’s remote Christmas Island detention centre was hit by a second night of riots, with up to 200 asylum seekers destroying closed-circuit television cameras.
2012 – In China Bo Xilai (62), the Communist Party secretary in Chongqing, was removed from his post. Critics had said his anti-corruption had parallels with the Cultural Revolution that gripped China from 1966-1976.
2013 – In central Lebanon at least eight Syrians were killed and 29 were injured when the bus they were traveling in from Syria overturned in the mountains.