Return to home1199 Sep 30,
Rambam (Maimonides) authorized Samuel Ibn Tibbon to translate “Guide
of Perplexed" from Arabic into Hebrew.
1207 Sep 30, Jalal ud-din Rumi
(Jelaluddin Rumi, d.1273), Persian poet and mystic was born in the
area of Balkh, Afghanistan. He later fled the Mongol invasions with
his family to Konya (Iconium), Anatolia. His work “Mathwani"
(Spiritual Couplets) filled 6 volumes and had a great impact on
Islamic civilization. He founded the Mevlevi order of Sufis, later
known as the “whirling dervishes." In 1998 a film was made about the
Sufi poet’s influence on the 20th century. In 1998 Kabir Helminski
edited “The Rumi Collection" with translation by Robert Bly and
others. His work also included the “Shams I-Tabriz" in which he
dismissed the terminology of Jew, Christian and Muslim as “false
distinctions." The poet Rumi was also known as Mowlana.
(SFC, 7/9/96, p.B5)(SFEC, 9/20/98, DB p.50)(SFEC,
10/25/98, BR p.6)(WSJ, 9/7/01, p.A14)(SSFC, 10/28/01, p.B7)(SSFC,
1399 Sep 30, British Parliament
accepted Richard II's "Cession and Renunciation." [see Sep 29]
1520 Sep 30, Suleiman I
succeeded his father Selim I as sultan of Turkey.
1555 Sep 30, Oxford Bishop
Nicholas Ridley was sentenced to death as a heretic.
1568 Sep 30, Eric XIV, king of
Sweden, was deposed after showing signs of madness. The Swedes
declared Eric XIV unfit to reign and proclaimed John III king.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.21)(HN, 9/30/98)
1572 Sep 30, Francisco Borgia,
Jesuit theologian and saint, died at 61.
1630 Sep 30, John Billington,
one of the original pilgrims who sailed to the New World on the
Mayflower, became the first criminal in the American colonies to be
executed for murder. He was hanged for having shot John Newcomin
following a quarrel.
(HN, 9/30/01)(MC, 9/30/01)
1659 Sep 30, Robinson Crusoe
was shipwrecked (according to Defoe). [see Feb 12, 1709]
1659 Sep 30, Peter Stuyvesant
of New Netherlands forbade tennis playing during religious services
(1st mention of tennis in US).
1703 Sep 30, The French, at
Hochstadt in the War of the Spanish Succession, suffered only 1,000
casualties to the 11,000 of their opponents, the Austrians of Holy
Roman Emperor Leopold I.
1715 Sep 30, Etienne B. de
Condillac, French philosopher (sensualism, Cours d'etudes), was
1755 Sep 30, Francesco Durante,
composer, died at 71.
1777 Sep 30, The Congress of
the United States, forced to flee in the face of advancing British
forces, moved to York, Pennsylvania.
1791 Sep 30, Mozart's opera
"The Magic Flute" premiered in Vienna, Austria.
1805 Sep 30, Napoleon's army
entered the Rhine valley.
1841 Sep 30, Samuel Slocum
patented the stapler.
1846 Sep 30, Dentist William
Morton (1819-1868) used ether as an anesthetic for the first time on
a dental patient in Boston, Massachusetts.
1852 Sep 30, Charles Villiers
Stanford, Irish organist and composer, was born.
1861 Sep 30, William Wrigley,
Jr., founder of the Wrigley chewing gum empire and owner of the
Chicago Cubs baseball team, was born.
1863 Sep 30, Reinhard von
Scheer, German admiral who commanded the German fleet at the Battle
of Jutland, was born.
1864 Sep 30, Black Soldiers
were given the Medal of Honor. [see Sep 29-30]
1864 Sep 30, Confederate troops
failed to retake Fort Harrison from the Union forces during the
siege of Petersburg.
1864 Sep 30, Battle of Preble's
Farm Va. (Poplar Springs Church).
1866 Aug 31, In Korea the US
trade ship USS General Sherman ignored demands to turn back on the
Taedong River, took hostages and fired on civilians. A 4-day battle
followed in which all of the crew were killed.
1877 Sep 30, Harry Meiggs
(b.1811), American businessman and railroad magnate in Chile and
Peru, died virtually penniless in Peru. Before his death Meiggs made
restitution to his creditors in San Francisco. In 1874 the
California legislature passed Senate Bill 183 dismissing any
previous indictment against him.
(SFC, 1/18/14, p.C2)
1880 Sep 30, Henry Draper took
the 1st photograph of the Orion Nebula.
1888 Sep 30, "Jack the Ripper"
butchered 2 more women, Elizabeth Stride (45), aka Long Liz, on
Berner St. and Kate Eddowes (45). Donald Rumbelow later authored
"The Complete Jack the Ripper."
(SSFC, 10/21/01, p.T7)
1888 Sep 30, Catherine Eddowes
became Jack the Ripper's fourth victim. In 2014 sleuth Russell
Edwards said that Jack has identified through DNA traces found on a
bloodied shawl from Eddowes. Edwards identified the killer as Aaron
Kosminski (1865-1919), a Jewish emigre from Poland, who worked as a
1898 Sep 30, Felix Kersten,
Baltic-German-Finnish masseuse and confidant of Heinrich Himmler,
1898 Sep 30, The city of NY was
established with five boroughs.
1905 Sep 30, British director
Michael Powell ("The Red Shoes") was born in Bekesbourne, Kent,
1908 Sep 30, David Oistrakh,
violinist and professor at the Moscow Conservatory, was born in
Odessa, Russia (Ukraine).
(HN, 9/30/00)(MC, 9/30/01)
1911 Sep 30, Italy declared war
on Turkey over control of Tripoli.
1912 Sep 30, The Columbia
School of Journalism opened in NYC. Joseph Pulitzer bequeathed $2
million to start the school.
(ON, 4/03, p.2)
1915 Sep 30, Lester Garfield
Maddox, (Gov-D-Ga) restaurant owner and ax handle wielder
segregationist, was born.
1918 Sep 30, Bulgaria pulled
out of World War I.
1924 Sep 30, Truman Capote,
author and playwright whose works include “Breakfast at Tiffany's"
and “In Cold Blood," was born in New Orleans, La.
(HN, 9/30/98)(MC, 9/30/01)
1924 Sep 30, Allies stopped
checking on the German navy.
1927 Sep 30, W.S. Mervin,
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, was born.
1927 Sep 30, Babe Ruth hit his
60th homerun of the season off Tom Zachary in Yankee Stadium, New
York City, to break his own major-league record.
(AP, 9/30/97)(HN, 9/30/98)
1928 Sep 30, Elie Wiesel,
Holocaust survivor, writer (Souls on Fire), best known for his first
book “Night" about his own experiences in concentration camps, was
born in Romania. He won the Nobel Prize in 1986.
(HN, 9/30/98)(MC, 9/30/01)
1929 Sep 30, The 1st manned
rocket plane flight was made by auto maker Fritz von Opel at
Frankfurt-am-Main [see May 29, 1928].
1930 Sep 30, "Death Valley
Days" became one of radio's biggest hits.
1935 Sep 30, Johnny Mathis,
singer famous for “Misty" and “Wonderful Wonderful," was born.
1935 Sep 30, George Gershwin’s
opera Porgy and Bess opens at the Colonial Theatre in Boston.
1936 Sep 30, Pinewood Studios
opened in Buckinghamshire England.
1938 Sep 30, A day after
co-signing the Munich Agreement allowing Nazi annexation of
Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland, British Prime Minister Neville
Chamberlain praised the accord on his return home, saying, "I
believe it is peace for our time."
1939 Sep 30, The first college
football game to be televised was shown on experimental station
W2XBS in New York as Fordham University defeated Waynesburg College,
1939 Sep 30, The French Army
was called back into France from its invasion of Germany. The
attack, code named Operation Saar, only penetrated five miles.
1939 Sep 30, Germany and Russia
agreed to partition Poland.
1939 Sep 30, 41 U-boats were
sunk this month.
1940 Sep 30, 47 German
aircrafts were shot down above England.
1941 Sep 30, In Ukraine 33,771
Jews were killed in a two-day operation at Babi Yar ravine near Kiev
[See Sep 29].
1941 Sep 30, 53 U-boats sunk
1943 Sep 30, The Women's Army
Auxiliary Corps became the Women's Army Corps, a regular contingent
of the U.S. Army with the same status as other army service corps.
1944 Sep 30, Calais was
reoccupied by Allies.
1946 Sep 30, An international
military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders
guilty of war crimes. Ribbentrop and Goering were sentenced to
death. American psychiatrist Leon Goldensohn interviewed many of the
participants and in 2004 the interviews were published as “The
Nuremberg Interviews: An American Psychiatrist’s Conversations with
the Defendants and Witnesses."
(AP, 9/30/99)(SSFC, 1/30/05, p.A13)
1949 Sep 30, The Berlin airlift
ended its operation after 277,264 flights. Through accidents 31
Americans lost their lives in support of the airlift. The Berlin
Airlift, which began on June 26, 1948, and lasted 321 days,
consisted of 272,264 flights by British and American airmen. They
transported some 2.3 million tons of food to supply the 2.1 million
residents of the blockaded portion of the city. The operation ended
after 278,288 flights and delivery of 2,326,406 tons of supplies. In
2010 Richard Reeves authored “Daring Young Men: The Heroism and
Triumph of the Berlin Airlift, June 1948-May 1949."
(EWH, 1968, p.1180)(AP, 9/30/97)(SFC, 5/12/98,
p.A14)(HNQ, 7/9/98)(SSFC, 3/28/10, p.f3)
1950 Sep 30, Radio's "Grand Ole
Opry" was broadcasted on TV for 1st time.
1950 Sep 30, U.N. forces
crossed the 38th parallel separating North and South Korea as they
pursued the retreating North Korean Army.
1952 Sep 30, The motion picture
process Cinerama -- which employed three cameras, three projectors
and a deeply curved viewing screen -- made its debut with the
premiere of "This Is Cinerama" at the Broadway Theater in New York
1953 Sep 30, Robert Anderson's
"Tea & Sympathy," premiered in NYC.
1953 Sep 30, Pres. Eisenhower
named California Gov. Earl Warren (62) as Chief Justice of the US
Supreme Court. Lt. Gov. Goodwin J. Knight succeeded Warren.
(SFC, 9/26/03, p.E8)
1953 Sep 30, Auguste and
Jacques Piccard dove with their bathysphere to a record 3150 m.
1954 Sep 30, "Boy Friend"
opened at the Royale Theater NYC for 483 performances.
1954 Sep 30, The first
atomic-powered vessel, the submarine Nautilus, was commissioned by
the Navy in Groton, Connecticut. It was launched Jan 21.
(AP, 9/30/97)(AP, 1/21/98)(HN, 9/30/98)
1954 Sep 30, NATO nations
agreed to arm and admit West Germany.
1955 Sep 30, Actor James Dean,
best known for his role as a restless teen in Rebel Without a Cause,
died in a high-speed two-car collision at the corner of Highways 46
and 41 in Cholame, near Paso Robles, Ca. In 1950, he had made his
acting debut in a Pepsi commercial, for which he was paid $30. Dean
gained fame after a lead role on Broadway in 1952 and appearances on
television and in movies. His first major film role was in East of
Eden in 1954. Just days after filming Giant the next year, Dean was
driving his silver Porsche, called "Little Bastard," to a race in
Salinas with his mechanic when he collided head-on with another car.
He was 24 years old.
(SFC, 1/22/97, p.E1)(AP, 9/30/97)(HNPD,
1956 Sep 30, In Algiers a blast
at the Milk Bar cafe together with another device set off nearby,
killed three people and wounded 60, including children. Several
people lost limbs sliced off by flying glass. Zohra Drif (20) set
one device as a reprisal for a big French bombing that killed dozens
in the Casbah weeks earlier. Captured soon afterwards, she was
sentenced to death and spent five years in French prisons.
1956 Sep 30, An Israeli
delegation presented France with a fabricated reason for war in
Egypt. The details were agreed on at a secret meeting in Sevres.
Israel proposed to invade Egypt and then let France and Britain come
in as peacekeepers and occupy the Suez Canal.
(Econ, 7/29/06, p.24)
1958 Sep 30, The police drama
"Naked City" debuted on ABC-TV.
1960 Sep 30, Flintstones
premiered. It was the 1st prime time animation show.
1960 Sep 30, The last “Howdy
Doody Show" (b.1947) with Buffalo Bob Smith was broadcast.
Clarabelle finally talked and said "Goodbye Kids."
(SFC, 9/9/96, p.A18)(MC, 9/30/01)
1960 Sep 30, Mensa, the high IQ
society founded in the UK in 1946, held its 1st meeting in the US at
the Brooklyn home of Peter and Ines Sturgeon with 5 other pioneer
(SSFC, 8/18/02, p.E10)
1960 Sep 30, Fifteen African
nations were admitted to the United Nations.
1961 Sep 30, A bill for the
1773 Boston Tea Party was paid by Mayor Snyder of Oregon. He wrote a
check for $196, the total cost of all tea lost.
1962 Sep 30, Black student
James Meredith succeeded on his fourth try in registering for
classes at the University of Mississippi. He became the first black
to enroll at Old Miss Univ. and 13,500 Federal troops were required
to back him up. U.S. Marshals escorted James H. Meredith into the
University of Mississippi; two died in the mob violence that
followed. Meredith was also noted for starting the "March Against
Fear" to encourage voter registration by Southern African Americans.
While on the march he was hit with a snipers bullet. Other Civil
Rights leaders including MLK continued the march. Meredith was able
to complete the march in Jackson, Mississippi.
(TMC, 1994, p.1962)(AP, 9/30/97)(HN, 9/30/98)
1964 Sep 30, UC Berkeley
suspended indefinitely five students for manning illegal political
advocacy and information tables on campus. 400 students signed
statement that they also manned tables.
(SSFC, 9/21/14, p.A13)
1965 Sep 30, President Lyndon
Johnson signed legislation that established the National Foundation
for the Arts and the Humanities.
1965 Sep 30, In Indonesia
procommunist military officers, calling themselves the September 30
Movement (Gestapu), attempted to seize power.
1966 Sep 30, The Republic of
Botswana, a Texas sized country, declared its independence from
Britain. Seretse Khama (1921-1980) began serving as the 1st
president of Botswana.
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(AP,
1966 Sep 30, Nazi war criminals
Albert Speer, the German minister of armaments, and Baldur von
Schirach, the founder of the Hitler Youth, were freed at midnight
from Spandau prison after serving twenty-year prison sentences. In
2002 Joachim Fest authored the biography: "Speer: The final
1968 Sep 30, The 1st Boeing 747
was rolled out of the Everett, Wa., assembly building.
1969 Sep 30, In North Carolina
a tax on soft drinks went into effect. A soft drink excise tax is
hereby levied and imposed on and after midnight, September 30, 1969,
upon the sale, use, handling and distribution of all soft drinks,
soft drink syrups and powders, base products and other items
referred to in this section. An excise tax of one cent (1¢) is
levied on each bottled soft drink.
1969 Sep 30, Nazi war criminals
Albert Speer, the German minister of armaments, and Baldur von
Schirach, the founder of the Hitler Youth, were freed at midnight
from Spandau prison after serving twenty-year prison sentences. In
2002 Joachim Fest authored the biography: "Speer: The final
1971 Sep 30, The Washington
Senators baseball team played their last game before leaving DC for
1974 Sep 30, Argentina passed
the economic-subversion law that provided prosecutors with a legal
umbrella to pursue anyone suspected of undermining public disorder.
It was repealed in 2002 under IMF pressure.
1974 Sep 30, Gen. Carlo Prats,
a former Chilean army chief, was killed with his wife by a car bomb
in Buenos Aires. In 2000 an Argentine judge called for the
extradition of Augusto Pinochet for the slaying. In 2000 Enrique
Arancibia Clavel was sentenced in Argentina to life in prison for
his role in the murder.
(SFC, 10/28/00, p.A14)(SFC, 11/22/00, p.C6)
1974 Sep 30, In Portugal
Marshal de Spinola (1910-1996) resigned as head of state in protest
against rushed attempts to dismantle the colonial empire.
1975 Sep 30, In Rome Donatella
Colasanti (17) was found bloodied and battered, but alive in the
boot of a car. Beside her was the dead body of her friend Rosaria
Lopez (20). Both had undergone hours of torture before Lopez was
finally drowned in a bath. Colasanti had escaped the same fate only
by playing dead. Andrea Ghira was found guilty in the "Circeo
Massacre," named for the town near Rome where two girls were held
captive for 36 hours and then left wrapped in plastic in a car
trunk, where one girl died. He was convicted in absentia for the
slaying. In 2005 his body was found in a cemetery in a Spanish
enclave in Morocco, where he was buried in 1994.
1976 Sep 30, The US House of
Representatives passed the Hyde Amendment 207-167, with no
exceptions for health or life endangerment, even though a similar
but weaker measure had been voted down two years earlier. Henry Hyde
(1924-2007), freshman Congressman from Illinois, had sponsored the
amendment to cut federal funding for abortions by women on Medicaid.
(Econ, 4/23/05, p.32)(SFC, 11/30/07,
1978 Sep 30, Huey Newton
(1942-1989) was convicted in Oakland, Ca., on weapons charges and
launched into a 40 minute harangue calling SF Superior Court Judge
Joseph Koresh (1909-1996) "a renegade Jew."
1978 Sep 30, Edgar Bergen
(b.1903), American actor and ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), died
in Las Vegas. He was born as Edgar John Bergren in Chicago,
Illinois, to a Swedish family and grew up in Decatur, Michigan.
1982 Sep 30, The situation
comedy "Cheers" premiered on NBC-TV.
1982 Sep 30, The London
International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (LIFFE) opened
for trading. It provided a range of products designed to help manage
equity investment risk. In 2002 Euronext, a Paris-based exchange,
took over LIFFE.
1985 Sep 30, Maxxam Corp. made
a tender offer for Pacific Lumber at $36 a share. The same day it
demanded and received a 50% cut in fees due to Drexel Burnham
Lambert. During the summer the Wall Street firm Drexel Burnham
Lambert and Maxxam Corp. had hired a timber consultant to fly over
the holdings of Pacific Lumber and estimate their worth. Charles
Hurwitz announced his intention to acquire Pacific Lumber and had
Michael Milken of Drexel arrange junk bond financing. Control of
Pacific Lumber passed to Hurwitz of Texas-based Maxxam by the end of
the year. The bonds were sold to United Savings Association, a Texas
S&L whose parent corporation was owned by Charles Hurwitz. The
thrift failed in 1988 and taxpayers were stuck with a $1.6 billion
1985 Sep 30, Charles Richter
(b.1900), American seismologist, died. He developed the Richter
Scale for measuring the amplitude of earthquakes. In 2007 Susan
Elizabeth Hough authored “Richter’s Scale: Measure of an Earthquake,
Measure of a Man."
1985 Sep 30, Simone Signoret,
German-French actress (Room at Top, Gina), died at 64.
1986 Sep 30, The US released
accused Soviet spy Gennady Zakharov, one day after the Soviets
released Nicholas Daniloff.
1986 Sep 30, Israeli Mossad
agents snatched Mordechai Vanunu in Rome. The Israeli nuclear
technician had recently divulged Israel's nuclear secrets to the
London Sunday Times.
(SFC, 4/22/04, p.A3)
1987 Sep 30, Two top campaign
aides to Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis resigned after one of
them, campaign manager John Sasso, admitted leaking an attack
videotape that helped bring down the presidential candidacy of
Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden. Sasso returned to the campaign a year
1988 Sep 30, Pictures of the
solar corona first appeared on the cover of Science Magazine. Prof.
Arthur Walker (d.2000 at 64) of Stanford Univ., used X-ray and
thin-film telescopes to capture the pictures.
(SSFC, 5/6/01, p.A27)
1988 Sep 30, Joachim Prinz
(b.1902), author and Rabbi of Berlin (1926-37), died in New Jersey.
1988 Sep 30, Mikhail S.
Gorbachev retired President Andrei A. Gromyko from the Politburo and
fired other old-guard leaders in a Kremlin shake-up.
1989 Sep 30, Virgil Thomson
(b.1896), US composer and critic, died at age 92. His work included
“4 Saints in 3 Acts" (1934) and "The Mother of Us All," products of
the collaboration between the closeted gay composer and the
extroverted lesbian poet, Gertrude Stein. In 1997 Anthony Tommasini
wrote "Virgil Thomson: Composer on the Aisle."
10/19/97, Par p.18)
1989 Sep 30, Thousands of East
Germans who had sought refuge in West German embassies in
Czechoslovakia and Poland began emigrating under an accord between
Soviet bloc and NATO nations.
1990 Sep 30, President Bush and
congressional leaders forged a $500 billion five-year compromise
package of tax increases and spending cuts.
1990 Sep 30, Serbs in Croatia
1991 Sep 30, In Haiti the
military under Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras overthrew Jean-Bertrand
Aristide, the country's first freely elected president. He was later
returned to power. The Prime Minister, Rene Preval, managed to
escape to the French embassy hidden in the trunk of a car.
(WSJ, 12/14/95, p.A-10)(AP, 9/30/01)(ST, 3/2/04,
1992 Sep 30, George Brett of
the Kansas City Royals reached 3,000 career hits during a game
against the California Angels.
1992 Sep 30, The Bush and
Clinton campaigns opened negotiations for a series of presidential
1992 Sep 30, Ling-Ling, the
giant panda from China, died at the Washington National Zoo.
(SFC, 4/16/97, p.C14)(HN, 4/16/98)
1993 Sep 30, US Treasury
Department issued a report sharply criticizing top officials at the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for their handling of the
February raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.
1993 Sep 30, Gen Colin Powell
(56) stepped down as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a
retirement ceremony at Fort Myer, Va.
(AP, 9/30/98)(SSFC, 12/17/00, p.A14)
1993 Sep 30, MS Dos 6.2 was
1993 Sep 30, An estimated
10,000 (28,000) people were killed when an earthquake measuring a
magnitude of 6.0-6.4 struck Latur in southern India. Its epicenter
was about 350 miles southwest of Jabalpur.
(SFC, 5/22/97, p.C4)(AP, 9/30/98)(SFC, 3/30/99,
1994 Sep 30, The space shuttle
Endeavour and its six astronauts roared into orbit on an 11-day
1994 Sep 30, Roberto Viola
(b.1924), Argentine general and president (1981), died. In 1983 he
was arrested and sentenced to 17 years in prison for human rights
violations committed by the military junta during the Dirty War.
1995 Sep 30, US envoy Richard
Holbrooke, trying to negotiate a Bosnian cease-fire, ended
inconclusive talks with the Sarajevo government and headed for
Belgrade to try his luck with the Serbs.
1996 Sep 30, With just hours to
spare before the start of the fiscal year, the Senate passed and
President Clinton signed a $389 billion spending bill.
1996 Sep 30, In South Korea
another infiltrator was killed. That brought the total to 22 agents
killed since the grounding of the N. Korean submarine.
(SFC, 10/1/96, p.A14)
1996 Sep 30, In India the
capital city of Tamil Nadu changed its name from Madras to Chennai.
(SFC, 10/1/96, p.A14)
1996 Sep 30, Sri Lanka
government troops seized a guerrilla stronghold and climaxed an
8-day battle that left 900 dead.
(WSJ, 9/30/96, p.A1)
1996 Sep 30, In Vanuatu the
parliament passed a vote of no confidence in PM Maxime Carlot.
(SFC, 10/1/96, p.A14)
1997 Sep 30, The Rolling Stones
album “Bridges to Babylon" was scheduled for release.
(SFEC, 9/28/97, DB p.35)
1997 Sep 30, Hooters agreed to
pay $2 million in discrimination suits.
1997 Sep 30, In Waterbury,
Conn., Todd Joseph Rizzo (18), recently discharged from the Marines,
bludgeoned to death Stanley Edwards IV (13) to see what it felt like
to kill. In 1999, a jury sentenced him to die. In 2003, the state
Supreme Court overturned that sentence because Judge William Holden
had not properly instructed the jury.
1997 Sep 30, In Louisiana the
Flamingo riverboat casino closed. It was the last riverboat casino
in downtown New Orleans and the 4th to open and close in the last 4
years. One floating casino was left on Lake Pontchartrain.
(SFC, 10/4/97, p.A4)
1997 Sep 30, In an
unprecedented act of repentance, France's Roman Catholic Church
apologized for its silence during the systematic persecution and
deportation of Jews by the pro-Nazi Vichy regime.
1997 Sep 30, In Serbia Zoran
Djindjic, mayor of Belgrade, was ousted in a coup by nationalist
extremists and some former allies. The city assembly voted to oust
Djindjic and the TV editors. Some 20,000 demonstrators protested in
downtown Belgrade. Senior editors of Studio B television, the only
opposition to Milosevic’s state television, were also ousted.
(SFC, 10/2/97, p.A10)(SFC, 10/2/97, p.A12)
1997 Sep 30, On St. Kitts
island Leyoca Browne (20) and her mother, Violet (36), were murdered
by Bertil Fox, a former Mr. Universe bodybuilder. He was found
guilty and sentenced to death on 5/23/98.
(SFC, 5/26/98, p.A8)
1997 Sep 30, In Thailand the
cabinet officially scrapped the $3.2 billion rail and road system
under construction by Hopewell Holdings. The Bangkok Elevated Rail
and Transport System known as Berts was one fifth built and several
years behind schedule.
(WSJ, 10/1/97, p.A18)
1998 Sep 30, Both President
Clinton and Republicans claimed credit for news that the government
would have a surplus of about $70 billion in the current fiscal year
following 3 decades of deficits.
(SFC, 10/1/98, p.A1)(AP, 9/30/99)
1998 Sep 30, The General
Accounting Office reported that Kenneth Starr and Robert Fiske had
spent more than $40 million to investigate President Clinton's
Whitewater land deals in Arkansas and later the Monica Lewinsky
1998 Sep 30, In California Gov.
Wilson signed legislation to require the use of safety needles to
protect health care workers from accidental needle sticks.
(SFC, 10/1/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 30, Government
researchers said there was a likelihood that low-frequency electric
and magnetic fields may be linked to childhood leukemia.
(SFC, 10/1/98, p.A3)
1998 Sep 30, Obesity
researchers found a human gene mutation that appears to signal the
body to make and fill more fat cells.
(WSJ, 10/1/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 30, Gerhard Schroeder
visited with Socialist leaders in France and endorsed controls on
(WSJ, 10/1/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 30, In Israel the army
sent reinforcements to Hebron after an assailant threw grenades at
troops guarding a central square. 13 soldiers and 11 Palestinians
(WSJ, 10/1/98, p.A1)(SFC, 10/1/98, p.A14)
1998 Sep 30, In Peru some 5,000
workers marched in Lima to protest a congressional vote that quashed
calls for a referendum over whether Pres. Fujimori could run for
re-election. 300 workers stormed the parade ground of the
(SFC, 10/1/98, p.A14)
1998 Sep 30, In Portugal the
end of Expo ‘98 in Lisbon.
(SFEC, 2/1/98, p.T6)
1999 Sep 30, The SF Giants
played their last game at Candlestick/3Com Park before a crowd of
61,389 fans. The Los Angeles Dodgers won, 9-to-4.
(SFC, 10/1/99, p.A1)(AP, 9/30/00)
1999 Sep 30, Gunter Grass,
German novelist, won the Nobel Prize for Literature and cited his
1959 novel "Tin Drum" for restoring honor to German literature.
(SFC, 10/1/99, p.A2)
1999 Sep 30, Defense Secretary
William Cohen ordered a top-level investigation of accounts of mass
killings of Korean civilians by US soldiers at No Gun Ri in 1950.
1999 Sep 30, Donald Trump
proposed himself as president in a WSJ editorial. A week later he
appointed an exploratory committee to help him decide to run as a
nominee of the Reform Party.
(WSJ, 9/30/99, p.A26)(SFC, 10/8/99, p.A3)
1999 Sep 30, The Buck Institute
in Marin County, Ca., officially opened its doors, the first
research facility in the country to respond to the Institute of
Medicine’s call for research centers focused on aging and
1999 Sep 30, It was reported
that Steven F. Udvar-Hazy (53), a Hungarian-American and president
of the largest aircraft leasing company, planned to donate $60
million to the National Air & Space Museum.
(SFC, 9/30/99, p.A12)
1999 Sep 30, Ecuador defaulted
on a $44.5 million Brady bond interest payment. Debt restructuring
plans were underway.
(WSJ, 10/1/99, p.A13)
1999 Sep 30, In Japan 3 workers
were hospitalized with radiation poisoning following an accidental
20-hour nuclear reaction at the JCO Co. nuclear processing plant in
Tokaimura, 80 miles northeast of Tokyo. Area residents were told
they could resume normal activity the next day. Production pressure
was later cited as the cause of the accident. Sumitomo Metal Mining
Co., the owner of JCO, promised to pay damages to victims of the
accident. The number of people exposed was later raised to 69.
Hisashi Ouchi (30), one of the 3 workers, died from radiation
exposure on Dec 21. Masato Shinohara (40) died Apr 27, 2000.
(SFC, 10/1/99, p.A1)(SFC, 10/2/99, p.A1)(SFC,
10/4/99, p.A12)(SFC, 10/6/99, p.C16)(SFC, 10/16/99, p.A14)(SFC,
12/4/99, p.C1)(SFC, 12/22/99, p.C11)(SFC, 4/28/00, p.D6)
1999 Sep 30, In Kenya Catholic
bishops issued a pastoral letter that warned of civil arrest due to
corruption, poverty and other problems. Pres. Moi was blamed for
stalling constitutional reform.
(SFC, 10/1/99, p.D4)
1999 Sep 30, In Mexico a 7.5
slab earthquake was centered in Oaxaca state and killed 12 people.
The death toll rose to 20 and 3,850 buildings were reported damaged.
(SFC, 10/1/99, p.A14)(SFC, 10/2/99, p.A12)(SFC,
1999 Sep 30, It was reported
that official graft in Russia cost the state as much as $20 billion
(WSJ, 9/30/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 30, Russian troops
began a ground offensive into Chechnya aimed at creating a buffer
zone to block the infiltration of Chechen guerrillas.
(SFC, 10/1/99, p.D5)
1999 Sep 30, In Serbia police
clashed with some 40,000 protestors for a 2nd night in Belgrade.
(SFC, 10/1/99, p.D4)
1999 Sep 30, A spot currency
trader in Germany for Electrolux of Sweden amassed losses that
totaled some $28.3 million by this date.
(WSJ, 1/4/00, p.A17)
2000 Sep 30, In Sydney,
Australia, Marion Jones won Olympic gold in the U.S. women's
1,600-meter relay and bronze with the 400-meter squad, making her
the only woman to win five track medals at one Olympics. In 2007 the
IOC stripped Jones of her 5 medals due to use of steroids.
(AP, 9/30/01)(WSJ, 12/13/07, p.A1)
2000 Sep 30, The US and EU
reached an agreement in Brussels to avert a trade war over a US
tax-break for exporters.
(SFEC, 10/1/00, p.A13)
2000 Sep 30, A Catholic priest
crashed his car into a building housing an abortion clinic in
Rockford, Ill., and attacked it with an ax. The Rev. John Earl later
pleaded guilty to damaging property, and was sentenced to 30 months'
probation and two days in county jail.
2000 Sep 30, Jacquelyn Reinach,
writer, died at age 70. Her books included the “Sweet Pickles"
series of children’s stories. She also authored the women’s song
(SFC, 10/6/00, p.D5)
2000 Sep 30, In Northern
Ireland the last 4 inmates left the Maze prison as part of the Good
Friday Peace agreement. The prison was scheduled for shutdown.
(SFEC, 10/1/00, p.D14)
2000 Sep 30, Palestinians
clashed with Israeli forces across the West Bank and Gaza for a 3rd
day and 12 Palestinians were killed with over 500 injured. Mohammed
Jamal Aldura (12) was among the dead and French TV showed him
clinging to his father as they were caught in gunfire. The Israeli
Army later said that Palestinian gunfire may have killed the boy.
(SFEC, 10/1/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/2/00, p.A12)(SFC,
2001 Sep 30, Pres. Bush
authorized $100 million in new relief aid to Afghan refugees.
(SFC, 10/1/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 30, George Gately
(72), the creator of the "Heathcliff" newspaper comic strip, died in
2001 Sep 30, Dr. John
Cunningham Lilly, dolphin and counter culture researcher, died at
age 86. His books included “Man and Dolphin" and “The Mind of the
(SFC, 10/6/01, p.A18)
2001 Sep 30, Leaders of the
Taliban said they had Osama bin Laden “under our control," but would
release him to the US only if shown proof that he plotted the Sep 11
attacks. Pres. Bush said he would not negotiate.
(SFC, 10/1/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 30, Afghanistan’s
Northern Alliance leader Younis Qanooni said he was optimistic about
meeting with King Zahir Shah (86).
(SFC, 10/1/01, p.A3)
2001 Sep 30, Pashtun chiefs
from both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border met in Quetta to
discuss the crisis brought on by the Sep 11 attacks on the US. The
groups included the Kuchi, Zadran, Ghilzai and Buzdar and were
crucial in the Taliban’s rise to power.
(SFC, 10/2/01, p.A6)
2001 Sep 30, In Chechnya
militants staged raids on army, police and administrative buildings
over the weekend. In Kurchaloi 2 policemen were killed and 14
(WSJ, 10/1/01, p.A21)
2001 Sep 30, Israeli troops
killed 3 Palestinians in the West Bank. The Palestinian death toll
reached 18 since the cease-fire pledge last week.
(SFC, 10/1/01, p.A8)
2002 Sep 30, Sen. Robert
Torricelli, D-N.J., withdrew from his race for re-election over
allegations of accepting expensive gifts. NJ law barred parties from
replacing candidates less than 51 days before elections. Gov. James
E. McGreevey announced on Oct 1 that former Sen. Frank Lautenberg
(78) would replace Torricelli. The state Supreme Court ok'd the
replacement Oct 2.
(SFC, 10/1/02, p.A3)(SFC, 10/2/02, p.A7)(SFC,
2002 Sep 30, The DJIA fell 109
to 7591.90. The Nasdaq fell 27.1 to 1,172.
(SFC, 10/1/02, p.B1)
2002 Sep 30, The National
Intelligence Council said China, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and Russia
will have 50-75 million HIV-infected people by 2010, more than any
other 5 countries.
(SFC, 10/1/02, p.A5)
2002 Sep 30, It was reported
that asparagine, a naturally occurring amino acid, formed
acrylamide, a suspected carcinogen, when heated with certain sugars.
This reaction was believed to occur in the making of fried foods
such as potato chips and french fries.
(SFC, 9/30/02, p.A3)
2003 Sep 30, The FBI began a
full-scale criminal investigation into whether White House officials
had illegally leaked the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie
2003 Sep 30, Ford planned to
cut some 12,000 jobs world-wide. Chrysler planned to eliminate
several thousand positions.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R12)
2003 Sep 30, Eighteen accused
al-Qaida sympathizers were convicted in Belgium's biggest terrorism
trial. Nizar Trabelsi of Tunisia, who once played professional
soccer in Germany, received the maximum sentence of 10 years in
prison from a court that also convicted 17 other men and acquitted
(AP, 9/30/03)(AP, 9/30/08)
2003 Sep 30, In Colombia
assassins riding a motorbike killed Jose Castillo, a candidate for
mayor in Soledad, marking the 15th candidate killed as elections
2003 Sep 30, Mauritius PM
Anerood Jugnauth resigned and was replaced by his deputy, Paul
Berenger. Jugnauth took up the ceremonial roll of president a few
(Econ, 9/27/03, p.46)
2003 Sep 30, Nigeria lifted its
fuel price cap on petrol, diesel and kerosene throwing the market
open to competition and chaos ensued.
(Econ, 10/18/03, p.46)
2003 Sep 30, Norway's national
film board lifted a ban on hundreds of films that were deemed too
sexually explicit or violent, including 1994's "On Deadly Ground"
starring Steven Seagal and the 1990 gangster epic "Miller's
2003 Sep 30, A Serbian police
officer went on a shooting spree, killing four of his colleagues and
seriously wounding three others.
2004 Sep 30, President Bush and
Sen. John Kerry held their 1st debate. Neither candidate made the
kind of gaffe that will cost him the election, but Kerry fared
slightly better. Kerry charged Americans had been left with "this
incredible mess in Iraq" and Bush said U.S. troops look at the
Democratic challenger and wonder, "How can I follow this guy?"
(AP, 10/1/04)(AP, 9/30/05)
2004 Sep 30, The US House
followed the Senate in decisively rejecting a constitutional
amendment banning gay marriage.
2004 Sep 30, US fiscal year
2004 ended. The CBO soon estimated a budget deficit for the year of
about $415 billion.
(WSJ, 10/7/04, p.A9)
2004 Sep 30, Officials at US
115 int’l. airports and 14 seaports began photographing and
electronically fingerprinting travelers from 27 industrialized
(SFC, 10/1/04, p.A3)
2004 Sep 30, The 14th annual Ig
Nobel prizes were handed out at Harvard. Winners included the late
Frank Smith and his son Donald for their 1977 combover patent;
Steven Stack of Wayne State University and James Gundlach of Auburn
University won for their 1992 report on "The Effect of Country Music
2004 Sep 30, Merck & Co.
said the arthritis drug Vioxx, used by 2 million people around the
world, was being pulled off the market after a study confirmed
longstanding concerns that it raises the risk of heart attack and
stroke. Global Vioxx sales in 2003 had reached $2.5 billion. In 2007
Merck agreed to a $4.85 million settlement.
(AP, 9/30/04)(WSJ, 10/1/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/10/07,
2004 Sep 30, Taliban guerrillas
killed at least 12 Afghan soldiers in the southern province of
(WSJ, 10/1/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 30, Bulgaria adopted
changes to its criminal justice system to meet EU demands for
joining the group in 2007.
(WSJ, 10/4/04, p.A15)
2004 Sep 30, In Haiti at least
3 people were killed as Port-au-Prince police battled Aristide
backers. Lack of security kept hurricane aid locked in warehouses.
(WSJ, 10/1/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 30, Three bombs
exploded at a neighborhood celebration in western Baghdad, killing
35 children and seven adults as US troops handed out candy at a
government-sponsored celebration. Hours earlier, a suicide car bomb
killed a U.S. soldier and two Iraqis on the capital's outskirts.
Across Iraq insurgent attacks left 51 dead.
(WSJ, 10/1/04, p.A1)(AP, 9/30/05)
2004 Sep 30, The Arab news
network Al-Jazeera showed video of 10 new hostages seized in Iraq by
2004 Sep 30, Israeli troops
pushed deep into the largest Palestinian refugee camp after a
Palestinian rocket killed two preschoolers in an Israeli border
town. 28 Palestinians and three Israelis, including a woman jogging
in a Jewish settlement and two soldiers, were killed in the fighting
in the northern Gaza Strip.
(AP, 9/30/04)(WSJ, 10/1/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 30, In Japan the death
toll from tropical storm Meari rose to 19 after searchers found more
2004 Sep 30, Two gunmen in
Srinagar shot dead a member of the moderate faction of Kashmir's
main separatist alliance.
2004 Sep 30, Russia's Cabinet
approved the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.
2004 Sep 30, Sudan's foreign
minister pledged to allow more African troops and police to help end
the conflict in Darfur, responding to international demands for
action to protect civilians.
2004 Sep 30, A United Nations
body argued that Africa's debt must be completely written off if the
continent is to have a chance of meeting international goals on
2005 Sep 30, The US federal
deficit for the fiscal year ending on this day stood at $319
billion, down from $413 billion in 2004.
(SFC, 10/15/05, p.A7)
2005 Sep 30, The FAA gave
Chicago the go-ahead for a $15 billion expansion of O’Hare Airport.
The project required razing nearly 500 homes, a cemetery the
relocating of nearly 200 businesses in the suburbs of Bensenville,
Des Plaines and Elk Grove Village.
(SFC, 10/1/05, p.A10)
2005 Sep 30, Out of jail after
85 days, New York Times reporter Judith Miller testified before a
grand jury investigating the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's
2005 Sep 30, In Georgia 6 men
were killed in a string of robberies targeting Hispanic immigrants
at trailer parks in and around Tifton. Four suspects were arrested
and charged with murder and other offenses.
2005 Sep 30, New Orleans Mayor
Ray Nagin invited residents of some of the city's most popular
neighborhoods to return at their own risk beginning today, a move
that could bring back about one-third of the city's half-million
2005 Sep 30, Google submitted a
competitive bid to provide SF free wireless Internet access using
(SFC, 10/1/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 30, Eugene Beals (86),
inventor of the turkey pop-up timer, died on Thetis Island in BC,
Canada. He led a team that developed a prototype in the late 1960s
under the name Dun-Rite Co., which was sold to 3M in 1973. 3M later
sold it to Volk Enterprises of Georgia.
(SSFC, 10/9/05, p.A32)
2005 Sep 30, Official
referendum results showed Algerians overwhelmingly approved a peace
plan that provides a broad amnesty for Islamic extremists, but which
critics denounced as a whitewash of crimes committed during a bloody
internal war. The Charter on Peace and National Reconciliation
granted a broad amnesty to militants and offered some financial
compensation to families of at least 6,000 “disappeared."
(AP, 9/30/05)(Econ, 10/8/05, p.56)
2005 Sep 30, Olga de Alaketu
(80), the high priestess of one the oldest temples of the
Afro-Brazilian religion Condomble, was buried. She had died of
complications from diabetes. Alaketu presided over the Ile Maroia
Laji "terreiro," as Candomble temples are known, which was
established in 1636, making it one of the oldest in the coastal city
of Salvador da Bahia, where the religion is based.
2005 Sep 30, The Shanghai Daily
reported that Home Depot had received approval to invest $15.5
million in stores in China.
(SFC, 10/1/05, p.C1)
2005 Sep 30, Thousands of
foreign militiamen in Congo appeared to ignore this day’s deadline
to leave this central African country or be evicted by force.
2005 Sep 30, The Danish
newspaper Jyllands-Posten published cartoons of the Prophet
Muhammad. Death threats against the artists soon followed with
protest strikes in Kashmir, condemnation from Muslim leaders
worldwide and even criticism from the UN. The paper refused to
apologize for publishing the drawings, citing freedom of speech, a
right cherished in this northern European country of 5.4 million,
that also refused to prosecute an artist who depicted a crucified
Jesus Christ with an erection. Kurt Westergaard created one of the
cartoons, which featured the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his
turban. In 2008 Westergaard offered to sell the cartoon. In 2009
Jytte Klausen authored “The Cartoons That Shook the World."
(AP, 12/9/05)(WSJ, 2/29/08, p.A1)(Econ, 10/31/09,
2005 Sep 30, The EU insisted
that governments and the private sector must share the
responsibility of overseeing the Internet, setting the stage for a
showdown with the United States on the future of Internet
2005 Sep 30, In Meghalaya
state, northeastern India, police opened fire on stone-throwing
students in two towns, killing 12 of them protesting a government
decision to shift a state education board to an area dominated by a
2005 Sep 30, In India at least
14 people died after drinking illegal home-brewed liquor sold at
unauthorized shops in the remote northeast. The death toll was
likely to rise because 61 others were hospitalized after drinking
the noxious brew in Tezpur, a town 110 miles north of Gauhati, the
capital of Assam state.
2005 Sep 30, In Indonesia riot
police fired tear gas at about 100 rock-throwing students who were
among thousands demonstrating on the eve of drastic fuel price
increases, which President Yudhoyono defended as the only way to
stave off an economic crisis.
2005 Sep 30, Sunni-led
insurgents killed at least nine people with a car bomb in a crowded
vegetable market this Friday, the Muslim day of worship.
2005 Sep 30, Israeli troops
killed two Palestinian militants in a shootout, while Palestinian
leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement made an unexpectedly strong
showing against rival Hamas in local elections in dozens of West
Bank towns and villages.
2005 Sep 30, A bus carrying
high school students on a pilgrimage to Czestochowa, a 14th century
monastery and Poland's most sacred Roman Catholic shrine, collided
with a truck and burst into flames, killing 12 people.
2005 Sep 30, In South Africa
Mark Scott-Crossley, a white farmer convicted in the murder of one
of his former black workers, was sentenced to life in prison.
Co-defendant Simon Mathebula was sentenced to 15 years. In Jan 31,
2004, Nelson Chisale (41), who had been fired two months earlier for
apparently running a personal errand during work hours, was beaten
with machetes, tied up, driven to a nearby lion reserve, and thrown
over the fence.
2005 Sep 30, South American
presidents committed themselves to establishing a continental free
trade zone. The South American summit was attended by the presidents
of Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil and
2005 Sep 30, Catalonia's
parliament approved a new charter that called the wealthy region in
northeastern Spain "a nation," wording that has some worried that
the region is heading toward a break with Spain.
2006 Sep 30, Police in North
Charleston, SC, discovered the bodies of Detra Rainey and her 4
children. Michael Simmons (41), her husband but not the father of
the children, was charged the next day with the murders.
(SFC, 10/2/06, p.A3)
2006 Sep 30, Isabel Bigley
(80), Tony Award-winning actress, died in Los Angeles.
2006 Sep 30, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said that he and the Pakistani president will jointly
lead a series of tribal gatherings along their countries' shared
border to quell attacks by Pakistan-based Taliban rebels. A suicide
bomber detonated his explosives in a pedestrian alley next to the
Interior Ministry in Kabul, killing at least 12 people including a
woman and 2 children.
(AP, 9/30/06)(SSFC, 10/1/06, p.A21)
2006 Sep 30, In Canada at least
five people were crushed to death in their cars after the collapse
of an overpass near Montreal.
2006 Sep 30, André Schwarz-Bart
(b.1928), French novelist of Polish-Jewish origins, died in
Guadeloupe. His books included the novel “The Last of the Just"
(1960), based on the Jewish teaching that the fate of the world lies
with 36 just men.
2006 Sep 30, India’s PM
Manmohan Singh arrived in South Africa to expand trade links and
commemorate the passive resistance movement initiated by Mahatma
Gandhi in the African nation 100 years ago.
2006 Sep 30, A.N. Roy, Mumbai's
police chief, said his team had cracked the July 11 bombing case and
found solid evidence as that “the whole attack was planned by
Pakistan's ISI and carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba and their
operatives in India." ISI or the Inter-Services Intelligence agency
is Pakistan's military spy agency while Lashkar is a frontline
Islamist group fighting against Indian rule in the disputed region
of Kashmir. Pakistan and Lashkar rejected the allegations.
2006 Sep 30, Baghdad, Iraq, was
put under a day long curfew to help break the cycle of violence. 6
people were killed in scattered violence around the country. Police
found 10 bodies in Baghdad, apparently victims of sectarian death
squads. Two other bodies were turned in to the morgue in Kut.
(AP, 9/30/06)(SSFC, 10/1/06, p.A21)
2006 Sep 30, A Kurdish
guerrilla group declared a new unilateral cease-fire in its war for
autonomy in Turkey's southeast, heeding a call from its imprisoned
2006 Sep 30, In northwest
Nigeria families were swept away in a torrent of water and scores
were feared dead in flooding from a dam collapse outside Zamfara
state's capital city of Gusau. About 40 people were feared dead and
500 houses were washed away.
2006 Sep 30, Pakistan and
United States signed a letter of acceptance for a multi-billion
dollar package to supply the Pakistan Air Force with F-16 warplanes.
2006 Sep 30, Thousands of
government employees and security officials filled the streets of
Gaza, burning tires, blocking roads and firing in the air to protest
delays and complications in receiving their long-awaited salaries.
2006 Sep 30, Russia said that
it has suspended plans for further withdrawal of its troops from
Georgia amid worsening relations between the two neighbors.
2006 Sep 30, Serbia's
parliament approved a new constitution declaring UN-run Kosovo part
of the Balkan state despite ongoing negotiations on the breakaway
2006 Sep 30, In Siberia Enver
Ziganshin, chief engineer for Rusia Petroleum, was found shot dead
at his country home. Rusia Petroleum an affiliate of BP PLC’s
Russian joint venture, faced problems over its license to produce
natural gas at the large Konvykta field.
(WSJ, 10/3/06, p.A6)
2006 Sep 30, In South Africa
the 4th annual Homeless World Cup tournament ended. It brought
together 500 players from 48 countries in a project aimed at helping
homeless people turn their lives around. The first was held in
Austria in 2003 with just five countries competing.
2006 Sep 30, In Tibet Sergiu
Matei, a Romanian cameraman with an expedition climbing Cho Oyu,
shot a video that shows Chinese forces fatally shooting Tibetan
refugee Kelsang Namtso (17), who was with a group of people trying
to flee to Nepal at the 19,000-foot Nanpa La Pass. Chinese border
guards opened fire on some 75 Tibetans making their way over a
19,000-foot-high Himalayan pass, killing a 25-year-old Buddhist nun
and another person. 32 were caught and detained. In January Jamyang
Samten (15), one of those detained, escaped to India and provided
the first reported account of the fate of the group. Some 3,000
Tibetans continued to sneak across the border to Nepal and India
every year. In 2010 Jonathan Green authored “Murder in the High
Himalaya: Loyalty, Tragedy, and Escape from Tibet."
(AP, 10/14/06)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.18)(AP,
1/30/07)(Econ, 6/12/10, p.96)
2007 Sep 30, In SF the 24th
annual Folsom Street Fair celebrated leather culture and sexual
(SFC, 10/1/07, p.B1)
2007 Sep 30, In Burlingame,
Ca., a shooting on Highway 101 killed Londell Wilson (25). Police
used a stoplight photograph from a nearby exit to identify the car
and on Oct 24 arrested Doyal “Ali" Malcolm Webber of Hayward (18)
for the shooting. In 2009 Webber was sentenced to 40 years in
(SFC, 10/25/07, p.B1)(SFC, 11/24/09, p.C2)
2007 Sep 30, Taylor Bradford
(21), a University of Memphis football player, was fatally shot on
campus in what was believed to be a targeted attack. Classes for the
next day were canceled as a precaution.
2007 Sep 30, So far this year,
according to the Pan American Health Organization, 630,356 dengue
cases have been reported in the Americas, most in Brazil, Venezuela,
or Colombia, with 12,147 cases of hemorrhagic fever and 183 deaths.
The Dominican Republic has reported 25 deaths, while Puerto Rico
claimed 5,592 suspected cases and three deaths.
2007 Sep 30, President Hamid
Karzai's office said that there is "serious debate" among some
Taliban fighters about laying down arms, while a spokesman for the
militants said they will "never" negotiate with Afghan authorities
until foreign troops leave. Two workers with the Danish Committee
for Aid to Afghan Refugees (DACAAR) were abducted in the province of
Logar about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Kabul. Taliban
militants hanged a teenager in southern Afghanistan because he had
US money in his pocket, and they stuffed five $1 bills in his mouth
as a warning to others not to use dollars. Taliban insurgents in
Ghazni province ambushed a police convoy, killing eight officers.
(AP, 9/30/07)(AFP, 10/1/07)(AP, 10/1/07)
2007 Sep 30, Ahmed Akbar
Sobhan, a property tycoon and one of Bangladesh's richest men, his
wife and three sons were sentenced in absentia to five years each in
jail as part of a government anti-corruption drive.
2007 Sep 30, Milan Jelic (51),
president of Bosnia's Serb Republic died of a heart attack after
less than a year on the job.
2007 Sep 30, It was reported
that China has banned television and radio ads for push-up bras,
figure-enhancing underwear and sex toys in the communist
government's latest move to purge the nation's airwaves of what it
calls social pollution.
2007 Sep 30, The people of
Ecuador voted on electing a constitutional assembly to rewrite the
constitution. Supporters of Pres. Correa won some 70 of the 130
(WSJ, 10/2/07, p.A8)(Econ, 10/6/07, p.40)
2007 Sep 30, Haile Gebrselassie
of Ethiopia broke the world record in winning the Berlin Marathon in
two hours, four minutes and 26 seconds.
2007 Sep 30, Gunmen in the main
northern Iraqi city of Mosul sprayed the car of a Sunni politician
with bullets, killing him and three bodyguards. Iraqi soldiers
killed 44 "terrorists" over the past 24 hours. The operations were
centered in Salahuddin and Diyala provinces and around the city of
(AFP, 9/30/07)(AP, 10/1/07)
2007 Sep 30, Myanmar's
government unexpectedly allowed the country's leading opposition
figure, Aung San Suu Kyi, to leave house arrest briefly and meet
with a UN envoy trying to persuade the junta to ease its crackdown
against a pro-democracy uprising. Thousands of troops locked down
Myanmar's largest cities, and scores of people were arrested
overnight. In Mandalay, Myanmar's second largest city, security
forces arrested dozens of university students who staged a street
(AP, 9/30/07)(AP, 10/1/07)
2007 Sep 30, A trade union
affiliated with former communist rebels attacked Nepal's largest
newspaper office, destroying property and forcing a halt to
publication. The Kantipur Publication, which publishes the privately
run Nepali language newspaper Kantipur and English edition The
Kathmandu Post, was attacked by supporters of the All Nepal Printing
and Publication Workers' Union.
2007 Sep 30, Negotiators at
North Korea's disarmament talks tentatively agreed to a draft plan
on disabling the country's nuclear facilities by year's end.
2007 Sep 30, Pakistan's key
opposition parties vowed to lodge a last-ditch Supreme Court
challenge aimed at stopping President Pervez Musharraf standing for
re-election on October 6. Pakistani journalists protested against
police violence against colleagues covering a protest against
President Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad a day earlier.
(AFP, 9/30/07)(Reuters, 9/30/07)
2007 Sep 30, Scores of
Palestinian militants who had been stranded in Egypt since Hamas
seized Gaza in June returned to the territory.
2007 Sep 30, Garry Kasparov,
former world chess champion, entered Russia's presidential race,
elected overwhelmingly as the candidate for the country's
beleaguered opposition coalition.
2007 Sep 30, Taiwan's ruling
party passed a resolution asserting the island's separate identity
from rival China and calling for a referendum on Taiwan's
sovereignty, the latest in a series of moves aimed at strengthening
the island's de-facto independence.
2007 Sep 30, Thailand's General
Sonthi Boonyaratglin, who led last year's coup, stepped down as head
of the nation's junta, paving the way for him to join the cabinet.
2007 Sep 30, Ukrainians began
voting in an early parliamentary election meant to bring an end to a
months-long political standoff between the nation's two feuding
leaders. Victor Yushchenko’s party earned only about 16% of the
parliamentary vote. PM Viktor Yanukovych, had about 30% of the vote.
Yulia Tymoshenko’s bloc was leading with 33%.
(AP, 9/30/07)(AP, 10/1/07)
2007 Sep 30, A volcanic
explosion rocked Yemen’s tiny Jabal al-Tair island in the Red Sea,
spewing lava and ash hundreds of feet into the air and forcing
Yemeni authorities to evacuate a military base. 8 soldiers were
2008 Sep 30, President Bush
warned that failing to pass a financial rescue plan would bring
severe consequences to the US economy. "Congress must act," he
declared in an appeal that John McCain and Barack Obama echoed.
2008 Sep 30, A new US law took
effect as part of the 2008 Farm Bill requiring food retailers to
label or display the country of origin for meat, produce and certain
kinds of nuts.
(WSJ, 12/27/08, p.A7)
2008 Sep 30, The Cayman Islands
announced plans to scuttle a decommissioned US Navy ship to create
an underwater attraction for scuba divers and snorkelers.
2008 Sep 30, In the Dominican
Republic a Hummer truck registered to New York Mets pitcher Ambiorix
Burgos struck pedestrians Josefina Minaya Martinez (38) and Angely
Fana (29). They died later at a hospital. An arrest warrant for
Burgos was issued on Oct 3.
2008 Sep 30, Bank rescues
spread in Europe and some investors expressed faith that the US
Congress would eventually pass a $700 billion bailout plan for the
2008 Sep 30, Former Nepalese
Gurkha soldiers won a legal test case on their bid for the right to
settle in Britain.
2008 Sep 30, China’s state
media reported that police in northern China have arrested 27 people
in their probe into tainted milk that has sickened 53,000 children
and tarnished China's reputation abroad.
2008 Sep 30, Zhou Yongjun (41),
former student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy
movement, was seized and secretly imprisoned as he sought to
re-enter China to visit his parents. When he tried to return to
China in 1998, he was sentenced to three years of "re-education
through labor" and returned to the United States in 2002. In May
2009 he was charged with fraud.
(SFC, 5/14/09, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/p6mcno)
2008 Sep 30, A French court
ended a long legal battle between Bernard Tapie (b.1943) and the
Crédit Lyonnais bank. Crédit Lyonnais had allegedly defrauded Tapie
in 1993 and 1994 when it sold Adidas on his behalf to Robert
Louis-Dreyfus, apparently by arranging a larger sale with Dreyfus
without Tapie's knowledge. The court awarded 405 million euros to
Tapie. This decision was partially overturned on 9 October 2006 by
the Court of Cassation. In 2011 a French court ordered an
investigation into IMF chief Christine Lagarde, France’s finance
minister at the time of the settlement.
2008 Sep 30, In western India
thousands of pilgrims panicked by false rumors of a bomb stampeded
at a Hindu temple in Jodhpur, killing at least 224 people in the
crush to escape.
(AP, 9/30/08)(AP, 10/2/08)
2008 Sep 30, An American
soldier was killed by small-arms fire in northern Baghdad, one of
only eight US deaths during fighting in September. At least 159
Iraqi police, soldiers and Sunni armed guards who have joined forces
with the Americans against al-Qaida in Iraq were killed in
September. At least 503 Iraqis were killed in September, a more than
50 percent drop compared with 1,023 reported last September.
2008 Sep 30, In Ingushetia a
suicide bomber attacked the motorcade of Ruslan Meiriyev, the top
police official. Meiriyev was unhurt, but a bystander was killed
along with the attacker.
2008 Sep 30, In Ireland Brian
Cowen, the Fianna Fail prime minister, decided to guarantee all bank
deposits in Ireland. By late 2010 the bill for this reached almost a
third of GDP.
(Econ, 11/13/10, p.103)
2008 Sep 30, Italian police
arrested scores of suspected mobsters, including three top fugitives
believed linked to the gangland-style slaying of six African
immigrants near Naples.
2008 Sep 30, In Mexico 20
heavily armed men in Sinaloa state stole five small planes that the
army had seized in anti-drug operations. Officials on Oct 3 said the
planes were found on a ranch in the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa,
a hotbed of drug trafficking.
(AP, 10/1/08)(AP, 10/4/08)
2008 Sep 30, In Mexico Ramiro
Guillen Tapia (65), leader of a farmers' group seeking government
mediation in a dispute over 620 acres (250 hectares) of land in the
Gulf coast state of Veracruz, set himself on fire. Tapia died the
next day with third-degree burns over 70 percent of his body.
2008 Sep 30, A late night
missile strike by a suspected US drone killed at least six people in
a Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region.
2008 Sep 30, Alexander Lebedev,
a Russian billionaire said he is teaming up with former Soviet
President Mikhail Gorbachev to form a new political party that will
challenge the country's recent steps away from democracy.
2008 Sep 30, Tropical Storm
Mekkhala slammed into Vietnam's central coast before moving to Laos
later the same day. At least 8 people were killed with 8 more
2009 Sep 30, The US fiscal year
ended with a budget deficit at a record $1.4 trillion.
(SFC, 10/17/09, p.A5)
2009 Sep 30, The US government
and ICANN, the body in charge of assigning Internet addresses,
signed an agreement that allows for greater global participation in
the Internet domain name process. The agreement, which allows ICANN
to become a "private sector led organization," subjects ICANN to
periodic reviews by a panel that includes a US representative and
independent experts, essentially allowing the organization to no
longer report solely to the United States.
2009 Sep 30, In Arizona a new
law took effect allowing people with concealed weapons permits to
enter bars and restaurants, that haven’t posted signs banning guns.
Those carrying weapons would not be allowed to drink alcohol.
(SFC, 9/30/09, p.A8)
2009 Sep 30, Google rolled out
Google Wave for a test involving some 100,000 people. The product
was billed as a revolutionary way to collaborate online.
(Econ, 9/19/09, p.74)
2009 Sep 30, The Penske
Automotive Group Inc. announced it is walking away from a deal to
acquire the Saturn brand from GM, after being unable to find a
manufacturer to make Saturn cars when GM stops producing models
sometime after the end of 2011. The brand was set up in 1990 to
fight growing Japanese imports.
2009 Sep 30, In Nevada Karamjit
Kaur (16), a high school sophomore, disappeared in Reno. Police
suspected foul play. She was found with her brother-in-law on Oct 5
at a hotel in Merrillville, Ind.
(SSFC, 10/4/09, p.A10)(SFC, 10/5/09, p.A5)
2009 Sep 30, The 24 members of
UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee of Intangible Heritage granted
the tango dance and its music protected cultural status at its
meeting in Abu Dhabi. The designation may make Argentina and
Uruguay, which both claim to be tango's birthplace, eligible to
receive financial assistance from a specialized fund for
safeguarding cultural traditions.
2009 Sep 30, In southern
Afghanistan 9 civilians including six children were killed in a NATO
air strike targeting a Taliban position. Four armed Taliban were
also killed in the air attack in Khoshal village in Helmand
2009 Sep 30, The UN dismissed
Peter Galbraith, the top US diplomat at the UN mission in
Afghanistan, after he quarreled with Kai Eide, his European boss,
over the Afghan presidential election.
2009 Sep 30, Bangladesh awarded
a farmer who killed more than 83,000 rats and launched a monthlong
campaign nationwide to kill millions more, to protect crops and
reduce the need for food imports.
2009 Sep 30, The British Office
of Fair Trading said six recruitment companies have together been
fined almost 40 million pounds for price-fixing and the boycott of a
rival company. They had all breached Britain's 1998 Competition Act.
2009 Sep 30, Amnesty
International said tens of thousands of women who fled unrest in
Darfur face the daily threat or rape and violence in refugee camps
in neighboring Chad.
2009 Sep 30, China launched a
massive shut-down of bustling central Beijing on the eve of a
spectacular celebration of 60 years of Communist rule, with
authorities determined to leave nothing to chance.
2009 Sep 30, Colombian
authorities said a gunman on horseback killed German Herrera (41), a
town councilman in Castillo, and wounded an 11-year-old boy. Herrera
had been threatened by leftist FARC rebels active in the area. The
national councilman's federation said nine town councilmen have been
killed in Colombia this year, compared to 13 in all of 2008.
2009 Sep 30, In Ecuador a
battle in the southeastern jungle killed at least one Indian and
wounded 40 police and nine Indians on the Upano River in the
province of Morona Santiago. The Amazon Indian federation said 500
police provoked the violence by attacking Shuar Indians who were
blocking roads to protest resources legislation.
2009 Sep 30, A spokesman said
the US military has begun an exercise in Gabon with personnel from
25 African countries to improve command and control between forces
for possible peacekeeping or anti-terrorism missions. Africom,
headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, formally activated last
October, sponsored the exercise.
2009 Sep 30, An EU-commissioned
report said Georgia's attack on its breakaway South Ossetia region
marked the start of last year's war with Russia, which retaliated
with excessive force.
2009 Sep 30, Guinea's military
leader, Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara, banned all gatherings and
demonstrations and called for two days of mourning after troops
opened fire on 50,000 pro-democracy protesters at a stadium rally on
2009 Sep 30, In Honduras
soldiers and police enforced an emergency decree suspending civil
liberties despite promises by the coup-imposed government to lift
the measures criticized by its own allies as going too far.
2009 Sep 30, In southern India
a state-owned boat carrying 75 tourists capsized on a reservoir in
the remote Thekkady forest area in Kerala state, killing at least 17
people and leaving dozens missing.
2009 Sep 30, A 7.6 underwater
earthquake rocked western Indonesia, briefly triggering a tsunami
alert for countries along the Indian Ocean and sending panicked
residents out of their houses. The quake toppled buildings, cut
power and triggered a landslide on Sumatra island. The UN
later said 1,100 had been killed in and around Padang, a port city
of 900,000 that sits atop one of the world's most active seismic
fault lines along the Pacific "Ring of Fire." At least three
villages were obliterated by earthquake-triggered landslides that
buried as many as 644 people including a wedding party under
mountains of mud and debris.
(AFP, 9/30/09)(AP, 10/2/09)(Reuters, 10/2/09)(AP,
2009 Sep 30, In Iran Saeed
Hajjarian (55), considered a top architect and ideologue of the
movement pushing for more social and political freedoms, was
released on bail after more than three months in jail on charges of
inciting the country's postelection unrest.
2009 Sep 30, In Kazakhstan
Canadian circus billionaire Guy Laliberte blasted off in a Russian
Soyuz spaceship to become the world's seventh space tourist.
2009 Sep 30, Aaron Ringera,
Kenya's anti-corruption chief, resigned after weeks of public
protest and a parliamentary vote against his reappointment. Ringera
led the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission for five years before
President Mwai Kibaki reappointed him in August. The commission had
not successfully concluded one case of high-level corruption.
Ringera blamed the commission's lack of powers to prosecute.
2009 Sep 30, In North Korea a
ceremony marked the return of UN Development Program to the country.
UNDP withdrew its operations in March 2007 following allegations
that the agency had left itself open to exploitation by the
communist regime for money laundering and other illicit purposes. A
UN audit cleared UNDP of wrongdoing in June, 2008.
2009 Sep 30, In Pakistan a
suspected US missile attack killed 6 alleged militants just over the
border from Afghanistan, the 3rd such strike on the al-Qaida and
Taliban stronghold in 24 hours.
2009 Sep 30, In Peru a court
imposed a six-year prison sentence on disgraced ex-President Alberto
Fujimori, who already faced the prospect of spending the rest of his
life in a cell after three previous convictions. He also was fined
$9 million for authorizing wiretaps and bribes.
2009 Sep 30, In Venezuela more
than 150 university students ended a hunger strike after the
Organization of American States (OAS) agreed to hear their concerns
over alleged political persecution by President Hugo Chavez's
2009 Sep 30, The World Bank
announced a 74-million-dollar grant to revive Zimbabwe's agriculture
2010 Sep 30, US federal
prosecutors said over 50 people have been charged in int’l. schemes
that used computer viruses to steal millions of dollars from bank
accounts in the US and England. The cyberattacks included malware
known as the “Zeus Trojan."
(SFC, 10/1/10, p.A8)
2010 Sep 30, The US fiscal year
ended. The budget deficit stood at $1.3 trillion, equal to 9% of
GDP. Immigration and Customs officials removed 392,000 illegal
immigrants over the fiscal year, an increase of 23,000 over 2009.
(SFC, 10/7/10, p.A6)(Econ, 11/20/10, p.29)
2010 Sep 30, US federal
officials announced that Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. will pay
$422.5 million in penalties for marketing an epilepsy medicine for
unapproved uses and for paying kickbacks to doctors to prescribe it
and 5 other drugs.
(SFC, 10/1/10, p.D3)
2010 Sep 30, San Francisco
officials secured a 4th in a series of injunctions against street
gangs. a judge approved an order singling out 2 gangs whose bitter
rivalry has left 10 people dead over the last 3 years in the
Visitacion Valley area.
(SFC, 10/1/10, p.A1)
2010 Sep 30, Vandals in San
Francisco severely damaged 3 golf course holes in Golden Gate Park.
The struck again on Oct 4. Damages were estimated at $75k-$100
(SFC, 10/7/10, p.A1)
2010 Sep 30, New Jersey police
shot and killed Alfred Moton Sr. (54) after he charged officers with
a handgun. Moton had already shot dead 2 sons, critically injured a
third and set fire to their home in Pennsauken.
(SFC, 10/2/10, p.A5)
2010 Sep 30, Tiffany Hartley
and her husband, David, were on Jet Skis on Falcon Lake, Texas, when
men on three speedboats chased them, shooting her husband in the
head. Authorities have not recovered his body. The alleged attack
happened near the US-Mexican boundary of the lake, which is about 60
miles down the border from Laredo.
2010 Sep 30, Hewlett-Packard’s
board of directors elected Leo Apotheker, the former head of German
business giant SAP AG, to replace mark Hurd as CEO.
(SFC, 10/1/10, p.A1)
2010 Sep 30, Researchers who
used a remote-controlled helicopter to collect whale snot,
documented bats having oral sex and showed that swearing makes you
feel better when you stub a toe were among the winners of spoof
2010 Sep 30, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber detonated a bomb-laden sedan near an alliance convoy,
killing three Afghan civilians nearby. NATO-led soldiers were killed
in separate attacks, two in homemade bomb explosions and the third
in a firefight with insurgents. Afghan and international forces
captured a senior Taliban leader based in the Panjwai district of
Kandahar province. Afghan and coalition security forces in Khost
captured a Haqqani Network operative involved in indiscriminate
explosive attacks and providing support to Taliban insurgents.
Another Haqqani senior leader and 6 insurgents were also killed in
an operation in Khost.
(AFP, 9/30/10)(AP, 10/1/10)
2010 Sep 30, Algerian daily
Al-Watan said spy chiefs from four north African countries (Algeria,
Mauritania, Mali and Niger) have set up a center for joint
operations against Al Qaeda in the Sahel region during a meeting in
2010 Sep 30, The
Arabic-language Al-Ittihad daily quoted Dubai police chief Dahi
Khalfan as saying he had "received two death threats based on the
case of Hamas militant" Mahmud al-Mabhuh's assassination in a Dubai
hotel on January 20.
2010 Sep 30, Argentina granted
asylum to Galvarino Apablaza Guerra, a former leftist guerrilla,
charged in his native Chile with assassinating right-wing Sen. Jaime
Guzman and kidnapping businessman Christian Edwards del Rio in 1991.
Apablaza, who requested asylum in 2004, was an ideological leader of
a branch of Chile's Communist Party that took up arms against
2010 Sep 30, The South China
Morning Post quoted Derek Reveron, a cyber expert at the US Naval
War School, as saying: "The Stuxnet worm is a wake-up call to
governments around the world." China’s state media had reported this
week that the Stuxnet computer worm has wreaked havoc, infecting
millions of computers around the country.
2010 Sep 30, In Denmark
Flemming Rose's "The Tyranny of Silence," a book on the crisis
sparked by a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons of the
Prophet Mohammed five years ago, hit stores in amid concerns over a
backlash from the Muslim world.
2010 Sep 30, In Ecuador
rebellious police threw the country into chaos. 8 people were killed
including at least two police officers and a soldier. 247 were
injured in the mayhem. Insurgents also paralyzed the nation with
airport shutdowns and highway blockades. Pres. Correa (47) was
trapped inside the hospital for hours before troops rescued him amid
a blaze of gunfire. Police chief Freddy Martinez was not involved in
the protests but failed to stop them, so he was the first senior
officer to lose his job. Correa’s efforts to cut back spending had
made him enemies, including some of the rank and file in the
(AP, 10/1/10)(Reuters, 10/1/10)(Econ, 10/9/10,
2010 Sep 30, Egyptian telecom
giant Orascom Telecom said its Algeria unit has been hit with a $230
million preliminary tax reassessment, marking a new and increasingly
acrimonious chapter in the company's relations with the North
2010 Sep 30, Europe’s debt
crisis dumped more woe on Ireland's weary taxpayers, as the
government said it needed to pour billions more of their money into
a collapsed banking system.
2010 Sep 30, An Indian court
ruled that a disputed holy site that sparked bloody riots in the
past should now be divided between the Hindu and Muslim communities.
The compromise ruling gave Hindus control over the area where the
now-demolished Babri Mosque stood, and where a makeshift tent-shrine
to the Hindu god Rama now rests. Some 2,000 people were killed in
1992 when Hindu hard-liners razed the Babri Mosque built on the site
in 1528 by the Mughal emperor Babur.
2010 Sep 30, In Iraq a gang
using bombs and automatic weapons tried to storm a bank in Baghdad
in a failed robbery attempt that left three people dead, including
2010 Sep 30, Japanese
researchers said they had developed a hybrid vehicle motor that is
free of rare earths, the minerals that are now almost exclusively
produced by China.
2010 Sep 30, The Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK) rebel group extended a ceasefire with Turkey by
one month in a move it said is aimed at giving a chance to efforts
to end a war that has killed 40,000 people.
2010 Sep 30, In Mexico rescuers
found more bodies buried by earlier landslides, raising the death
toll from a series of slides in the south to at least 36. Another
landslide in the town of Villa Hidalgo Yalalag in Oaxaca state
buried an 80-year-old man and his 68-year-old wife.
(AFP, 9/30/10)(AP, 10/1/10)
2010 Sep 30, In Mexico a group
of 20 men in Acapulco, visiting from the western city of Morelia,
were abducted by an armed gang as they looked for a place to stay. 2
fellow travelers had left the others to go a store and when they
returned their companions were gone. On Nov 3 the bodies of the 18
men were found in a mass grave outside Acapulco.
(AP, 10/2/10)(AP, 11/6/10)
2010 Sep 30, Doctors Without
Borders said Morocco has expelled hundreds of illegal immigrants,
including women and children, to a no-man's-land without food or
water after violent raids in several cities. The humanitarian group
claimed 600 to 700 people were arrested during raids from Aug. 19 to
Sept. 10 and abandoned near the Morocco-Algeria border.
2010 Sep 30, Lawyers said
courts in military-ruled Myanmar have given long prison sentences to
13 people, including a Buddhist monk, who were accused of planning
bombings and other activities to disrupt upcoming elections.
2010 Sep 30, Pakistani troops
fired warning shots at the two NATO helicopters, which responded
with a pair of missiles that destroyed the post, killed 2 of the
soldiers and wounded the 4 others. Pakistan then blocked a vital
supply route for US and NATO troops in Afghanistan in apparent
retaliation for the alleged cross-border helicopter strike. On Oct 6
the US apologized for the deaths and wounding of the Pakistani
(AP, 9/30/10)(SFC, 10/7/10, p.A4)
2010 Sep 30, Puerto Rico police
charged a couple with repeatedly raping their six children and
forcing them to participate in drug-fueled orgies. Police said the
alleged abuse occurred daily from 2001 to 2004. The three girls were
3, 5 and 7 years old at the time. The boys were 9, 10 and 11.
2010 Sep 30, In Sweden
activists from Nepal, Nigeria, Brazil and Israel were named the
winners of this year's Right Livelihood Award, also known as the
"alternative Nobel," for work that included fighting to save the
Amazon rain forest and bringing health care to Palestinians cut off
from services. The recipients included Nigeria's Nnimmo Bassey (42),
Catholic Bishop Erwin Kraeutler (71) of Brazil, Shrikrishna Upadhyay
(65) of Nepal, and the organization Physicians for Human Rights
2010 Sep 30, The UN's drug
agency said Afghanistan's opium production has fallen by almost half
in 2010 due largely to the spread of a disease that damaged poppy
plants, but the amount of land used for growing the crop remained
the same after two years of declines.
2010 Sep 30, Zimbabwe's Pres.
Mugabe told foreign investors that they must accept black
Zimbabweans as the major shareholders in their projects, or stay
away from the southern African nation.
2011 Sep 30, The Connecticut
Supreme court ruled that the Bishop Seabury Church in Groton, which
broke away from the Episcopal Church after it consecrated its first
gay bishop in 2003, cannot keep its building and land.
(SFC, 10/1/11, p.A4)
2011 Sep 30, In Connecticut a
20-month-old girl died after being attacked by as many as three pit
bulls inside an apartment house in West Haven. The dogs were
2011 Sep 30, Massachusetts
police arrested Steven Bernard Hill, a singer known for his 1990
chart-topping love song, on charges of owing $420,000 in unpaid
child support. Hill, who performs as Stevie B, is best known for the
song "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)." It reached No. 1 on
the Billboard charts in late 1990.
2011 Sep 30, The Tevatron
particle accelerator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in
Batavia, Illinois, was shut down.
(Econ, 10/1/11, p.85)(http://tinyurl.com/42odxlf)
2011 Sep 30, Ralph Steinman of
Rockefeller University in New York, co-winner of this year's Nobel
Prize in medicine, died. His prize was announced Oct 3.
2011 Sep 30, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said in a videotaped speech that attempts to negotiate
with the Taliban insurgent movement are futile and efforts at
dialogue should focus instead on Pakistan.
2011 Sep 30, Canada’s Supreme
Court ruled that the Insite clinic in Vancouver, North America’s
only legal drub abuser injection site, saves lives and should stay
(SFC, 10/1/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 30, Central African
Republic health minister Jean-Michel Mandaba said a new cholera
epidemic has hit the country and has already claimed at least 10
victims in the south.
2011 Sep 30, In Egypt several
thousand protesters demanded the country's military rulers put an
end to emergency laws dating back to the rule of ousted President
Hosni Mubarak. A church was burned down in Merinab village after
Aswan provincial governor Mustafa al-Seyyed was reported as saying
Copts had built it without the required planning permission.
(AP, 9/30/11)(AFP, 10/4/11)
2011 Sep 30, In Greece a man
(36) wanted for possible ties to the domestic Revolutionary Struggle
terror group handed himself to Athens prosecutors and will go on
trial next week. The man will be among eight suspected members, aged
between 31 and 42, going on trial beginning Oct. 5. Three of the
eight, Nikos Maziotis, Panayiota Roupa and Kostas Gournas, have
admitted being members of the group and claim to be political
2011 Sep 30, A Hong Kong court
ruled that a law banning foreign maids from permanent residency is
unconstitutional in a landmark case that could pave the way for a
flood of applications. The legal action brought by Evangeline Banao
Vallejos (59), a domestic helper from the Philippines who has lived
in the city since 1986.
2011 Sep 30, Iran’s Fars news
agency said pastor Yusef Nadarkhani, arrested for apostasy in 2009,
will not face the death penalty but is a traitorous "Zionist" who
has committed "security crimes."
2011 Sep 30, In central Iraq a
car bomb ripped through a funeral procession near a mosque in Babil
province, killing 17 people. Three people were killed, including a
policeman, in multiple attacks in the restive province of Diyala. In
Baghdad a roadside bomb targeting a shop selling birds in the
Zafraniyah neighborhood killed at least one person.
(AP, 9/31/11)(SFC, 10/1/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 30, A Mauritanian
official said that police have arrested 56 people following violent
clashes over a population census.
2011 Sep 30, In Mexico a
13-year-old girl was abducted in Chihuahua state. Two soldiers were
detained, hours after the girl's parents reported she had been
abducted. A third civilian suspect was still at large.
2011 Sep 30, Myanmar's
President Thein Sein ordered a halt to construction of the Myitsone
dam, a controversial $3.6 billion mega dam, following rare public
opposition over the Chinese-backed hydropower project. Myitsone was
just one of 7 dams planned for the upper Irrawaddy.
(AFP, 9/30/11)(Econ, 10/8/11, p.51)
2011 Sep 30, Namibian tribal
leaders took possession of the skulls of 20 of their countrymen,
taken by German colonial forces more than a century ago for racial
experiments. The 9 Herero and 11 Nama skulls, four females and 16
male, had arrived in Berlin, between 1909-1914. Germany's colonial
power in Africa included the bloody suppression of a Herero and Nama
uprising between 1904 and 1908 that left tens of thousands dead.
2011 Sep 30, Gunmen attacked a
ship supplying an Exxon Mobil Corp. offshore oil rig near the coast
of Nigeria, kidnapping a sailor and leaving another wounded.
2011 Sep 30, In Pakistan a US
missile strike killed three suspected militants in the South
Waziristan tribal area.
2011 Sep 30, Two former Rwandan
ministers were jailed for 30 years by the International Criminal
Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) for involvement in the country's 1994
genocide. Former public service minister Prosper Mugiraneza and his
then trade counterpart Justin Mugenzi were convicted of complicity
to commit genocide and incitement to commit genocide. The
Tanzania-based tribunal acquitted 2 other ministers charged with
similar offences due to lack of evidence.
2011 Sep 30, In Somalia heavy
fighting broke out close to the border with Kenya. Extremist Shehab
fighters launched a dawn attack on the town of Dhobley, but were
2011 Sep 30, Spain took over
savings banks (cajas) valuing their equity at close to zero.
(Econ, 10/8/11, p.88)
2011 Sep 30, Sri Lanka's
government released nearly 1,800 former Tamil Tiger rebels who had
been held since the island nation's civil war ended more than two
2011 Sep 30, Sudan failed to
meet an agreed troop withdrawal deadline for the contested Abyei
region and blocked the return of displaced southern residents.
2011 Sep 30, Syrian troops in
Rastan fought intense battles with hundreds of fellow soldiers who
have turned their weapons against the regime of Pres. Assad. Troops
also clashed with armed anti-regime forces in central regions.
Across the country tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the
streets, braving gunfire by government forces who have waged a
relentless crackdown. At least 11 protesters were killed and scores
2011 Sep 30, Typhoon Nesat
whacked into Vietnam, forcing 20,000 people to be evacuated.
Prolonged monsoon flooding, typhoons and storms have wreaked untold
havoc in Asian countries, leaving more than 600 people dead or
missing in India, Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, China, Pakistan
and Vietnam in the last four months.
2011 Sep 30, In Yemen US
airstrikes killed Anwar al-Awlaki (b.1971), an American militant
cleric who became a prominent figure in the terror network's most
dangerous branch, using his fluent English and Internet savvy to
draw recruits for attacks in the United States. Yemen's Defense
Ministry said Samir Khan, another American militant, was killed in
the same strike. Khan, a US citizen of Pakistani heritage, had
produced "Inspire," an English-language al-Qaida Web magazine that
spread the word on ways to carry out attacks inside the United
States. Ibrahim al-Asiri, a top Al-Qaida bomb maker, also died in
(AP, 9/30/11)(SFC, 10/1/11, p.A3)
2012 Sep 30, Barry Commoner
(b.1917), a founder of the modern ecology movement, died in
Manhattan. His work contributed materially to the 1963 Nuclear Test
(SFC, 10/2/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 30, The .38-caliber
Detective Special of Bonnie Parker (d.1934) was sold at auction in
Nashua, NH, for $264,000. Clyde Barrow’s Colt .45-caliber sold for
$240,000. A .45-caliber gun once owned by Butch Cassidy sold for
(SFC, 10/1/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 30, In Bangladesh
thousands of Muslims angry over an alleged derogatory photo of the
Islamic holy book Quran on Facebook set fires overnight in at least
10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes near the southern border with
2012 Sep 30, In Cambodia 6
farmers were killed in northwestern Battambang province when their
tractor ran over an anti-tank mine left over from the 1980s civil
2012 Sep 30, In France
thousands of demonstrators marched peacefully in Paris to denounce
austerity measures in Europe that have sparked violent protests in
other EU countries struggling to avert fiscal crises.
2012 Sep 30, In Haiti thousands
of people in Port-au-Prince, complaining of the high cost of living
and alleged corruption, protested against the government of Pres.
(SFC, 10/1/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 30, A special media
court found Parisa Hafezi, the Tehran bureau chief of the Thomson
Reuters news agency, guilty of "spreading lies" against the Islamic
system for a video story that briefly included a posted description
of women training as martial arts killers.
2012 Sep 30, In Iraq bombs
striking Shiite neighborhoods, security forces and other targets
across the country killed at least 26 people. In all, at least 94
people were wounded in the wave of attacks.
2012 Sep 30, In Kenya an
explosive device set off in a Sunday school class killed one child
and seriously wounded three. The Somali militant group al-Shabab
were suspected behind the attack at an Anglican church in Nairobi.
2012 Sep 30, In Nigeria Royal
Dutch Shell PLC shut down a pipeline in the oil-rich southern delta
after a fire and a suspected attempt to steal crude from one of its
2012 Sep 30, In Syria a suicide
attacker in a parked car blew himself up in an area housing security
offices in the northeast, killing at least four people. Activists
put the death toll at eight and said it was expected to rise because
15 people sustained serious wounds. The explosion came hours after
fighting between rebels and government forces killed at least five
people in Aleppo.
2012 Sep 30, Turkish Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Syria's allies to stop backing
the Assad regime. "We call on Russia, China and Iran, please review
your stance," Erdogan told a conference of his ruling Justice and
2012 Sep 30, In Venezuela a
huge crowd filled the streets of Caracas cheering for opposition
candidate Henrique Capriles, waving flags in a show of support one
week before the country's hotly contested presidential election.
2013 Sep 30, In Washington DC
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu urged President Barack Obama to step
up sanctions on Iran if it pursues its nuclear drive even as Tehran
exchanges overtures with Washington and restarts negotiations with
2013 Sep 30, The commandant of
the US Marine Corps sacked two generals in the wake of a deadly
attack last year by the Taliban on a major NATO base in Afghanistan.
2013 Sep 30, In south-central
Colorado 5 hikers were killed by a rockslide on a trail below Mount
(SFC, 10/1/13, p.A8)
2013 Sep 30, Angolan
authorities suspended a prison director and 15 officials after a
video, posted in August, of wardens beating up inmates circulated on
2013 Sep 30, In Sarajevo,
Bosnia, trams and trolley buses ground to a halt after top power
utility, EPBiH, cut electricity supplies to the capital's public
transport company over unpaid bills.
2013 Sep 30, Britain staff in
hundreds of post offices started industrial action in a bitter row
with the government over jobs, pay and closures.
2013 Sep 30, Canadian oil
company Pacific Rubiales said it is acquiring Colombia’s
Petrominerales for around 1.6 billion Canadian dollars ($1.55
2013 Sep 30, In China a disused
factory building collapsed burying 16 construction workers in Wuan
city, Hebei province.
(SFC, 10/1/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 30, In Egypt gunmen
killed two policemen and a soldier in the northern Sinai Peninsula.
2013 Sep 30, In India Lalu
Prasad Yadav, a prominent lawmaker allied with the government, was
found guilty of corruption, a fresh blow for an administration that
was widely lambasted last week for trying to protect convicted
politicians in the run-up to elections.
2013 Sep 30, In Iran Mojtaba
Ahmadi, an official of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
(IRGC), was found shot dead near Karaj, a town northwest of the
2013 Sep 30, In Iraq 12 car
bombs, mainly targeting Shiite-majority areas of Baghdad province,
killed 55 people and wounded more than 14. Al-Qaida's local
franchise in Iraq claimed responsibility.
(AP, 9/30/13)(AP, 10/1/13)
2013 Sep 30, An Israeli court
remanded in custody for eight days Ali Mansouri (55), an alleged
Iranian spy, arrested on September 11 carrying photographs of the US
embassy in Tel Aviv. Mansouri, a Belgian-Iranian man, was indicted
on Oct 6.
(AFP, 9/30/13)(Reuters, 10/6/13)
2013 Sep 30, Israeli soldiers
shot dead a Palestinian near the border fence between Israel and the
2013 Sep 30, Italian
authorities said at least 13 people on a migrant boat arriving in
Sicily drowned close to the coast near the eastern city of Ragusa,
apparently after trying to disembark from their stranded vessel.
2013 Sep 30, Malian soldiers
and ethnic Tuareg separatist rebels clashed again in the northern
desert town of Kidal, a day after trading gunfire downtown in a
battle that has raised fears about whether an unraveling peace
accord could lead to protracted fighting in the region.
2013 Sep 30, Mexican officials
said shootings in three cities with active drug gang turf battles
left at least 9 people dead.
(SFC, 10/1/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 30, Nigerian fighter
jets bombed camps belonging to suspected Islamist militants in the
northeast in response to a massacre of students at an agricultural
2013 Sep 30, In Pakistan a
suspected American drone strike killed four alleged militants in the
country's northwestern tribal areas.
2013 Sep 30, In South Africa
some 2,000 striking miners from Anglo American Platinum rallied to
protest planned job cuts at the world's top producer of the precious
2013 Sep 30, A South African
woman was killed and another injured on after police fired into a
crowd of protesters who had attacked a police vehicle in Durban.
2013 Sep 30, A Spanish man (39)
confessed to killing his younger brother with a hammer, cutting up
the body and putting the remains in the freezer after a tempestuous
year of sharing the same home.
2013 Sep 30, Sudan’s government
said 700 people have been arrested during a week of the worst unrest
in central Sudan in years, as protests continued against President
Omar Hassan al-Bashir. The opposition later said at least 200 people
were killed. Government figures said 87.
(Reuters, 9/30/13)(Econ, 10/5/13, p.52)(Econ,
2013 Sep 30, Swedish flat-pack
furniture giant IKEA started selling residential solar panels at its
store in Southamptom, Britain, the first step in its plan to bring
renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide.
2013 Sep 30, Turkish PM Tayyip
Erdogan announced long-anticipated reforms seen as designed to
salvage a fragile peace process with Kurdish insurgents, including
changes to the electoral system and increasing language rights.
2013 Sep 30, Turkish PM Recep
Tayyip Erdogan announced that his government would lift a ban on
wearing headscarves in public institutions as part of reforms to
2013 Sep 30, Tropical storm
Wutip lashed central Vietnam after sinking at least two Chinese
fishing boats near the Paracel Islands, leaving 75 fishermen
2013 Sep 30, In southeast Yemen
suspected al Qaeda militants disguised as security personnel seized
an army base, killing at least 3 soldiers. Special forces were on
their way to try to retake the base.
2013 Sep 30, Venezuela’s
President Nicolas Maduro announced the expulsion of the top US
diplomat and two other embassy officials, accusing them of plotting
acts of sabotage with the opposition.
(AFP, 10/1/13)(SFC, 10/1/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep, French investigating
judges began bugging the telephone of former Pres. Nicolas Sarkozy.
This was only revealed on March 7, 2014.
(Econ, 3/15/14, p.51)
2013 Sep, In Jamaica Police
Superintendent Steve McGreggor took over leadership of the tough
West Kingston police division. He said that culture is changing and
vowed to erase every painted image paying respect to gangsters.
2013 Sep, In Malawi a
corruption scandal came open as sacks of cash were found in the cars
of civil servants and in their newly built homes.
(Econ, 5/24/14, p.44)
2014 Sep 30, US Pres. Obama and
India's new PM Narendra Modi said that "it is time to set a new
agenda" between their countries, addressing concerns that the
world's two largest democracies have grown apart.
2014 Sep 30, Officials said the
US will pay Brazilian cotton producers $300 million to settle a
decade-old dispute over cotton subsidies, the first concrete step to
repair ties hurt by an espionage scandal.
2014 Sep 30, US ambassador John
Tefft expressed regret that the Russian authorities have suspended
the FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange) program that saw over 8,000
Russians study in US high schools over the past two decades. Russia
pulled the plug after a Russian teenage boy befriended a gay couple
and sought asylum in the US on the grounds that he faced persecution
(AP, 10/1/14)(SSFC, 10/5/14, p.A11)
2014 Sep 30, In Arkansas Arron
Michael Lewis, accused of killing a real estate agent, pleaded not
guilty hours after the woman’s body was discovered in a shallow
(SFC, 10/1/14, p.A10)
2014 Sep 30, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed dozens of bills including the nation’s first ban
on single-use plastic bags.
(SFC, 10/1/14, p.A1)
2014 Sep 30, In southern
California Daniel Crespo (45), the mayor of Bell Gardens, was shot
and killed by his wife, Levette Crespo (43), following an argument.
Following the shooting Crespo’s daughter said her father had been
abusive to her mother over the last 20 years.
(SFC, 10/1/14, p.A18)(SSFC, 12/21/14, p.A12)
2014 Sep 30, Martin Perl
(b.1927), Stanford physicist and Nobel Prize winner (1995) in
physics, died at Stanford Hospital. His work helped discover the
subatomic particle known as the tau lepton.
(SFC, 10/2/14, p.D3)
2014 Sep 30, The first case of
the deadly Ebola virus was diagnosed in the United States after
Thomas Eric Duncan, who flew from Liberia to Texas, tested positive
for the disease. Duncan died on Oct 8.
(Reuters, 10/1/14)(Econ, 10/11/14, p.34)
2014 Sep 30, Officials from
Afghanistan and the United States signed a long-delayed security
agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the
end of the year.
2014 Sep 30, Albania said the
World Bank is lending it $150 million (€118 million) to help
overhaul its dysfunctional state-run power sector and pay for
electricity imports from other Balkan states.
2014 Sep 30, President Xi
Jinping and other Chinese leaders solemnly presented flower baskets
at the People's Heroes Monument in central Beijing to mark Martyr's
Day, one of three new holidays created this year in a renewed focus
on World War II.
2014 Sep 30, It was reported
that China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support
of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative
publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in
boosting its food security.
2014 Sep 30, The
Chinese-registered cargo ship Lurongyu 2859 sank in the Sea of
Japan. Five crew members were rescued. Nine people were believed
2014 Sep 30, The European
Commission announced a new set of measures, worth up to 165 million
euros, to help fruit and vegetable producers hit by a Russian ban on
2014 Sep 30, German
investigators asked for help in tracking down two Pakistani men
suspected of defrauding Germany of 136 million euros ($173 million)
in connection with carbon dioxide emissions trading. Mobeen Iqbal
(32) and Ashraf Muhammad (35) were wanted on international warrants
for tax fraud for allegedly running the scheme between August 2009
and April 2010.
2014 Sep 30, In Germany pilots
on Lufthansa's long-haul fleet started a 15-hour walkout at the
airline's main Frankfurt hub in a festering contract dispute.
2014 Sep 30, Pro-democracy
protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them,
threatening wider actions if he did not, after he said that China
would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian
2014 Sep 30, In Iraq a wave of
bombings targeted commercial areas killing at least 19 people and
2014 Sep 30, In Libya
Islamist-allied militias in control of Tripoli rejected the United
Nations' call for a cease-fire in the battered nation, insisting
instead that their rivals be disarmed.
2014 Sep 30, Nepal's powerful
parliamentary committee accused Ganesh Thapa, the long-time chief of
the national football association, of embezzling millions and
ordered government agencies to investigate, file a case in court,
and suspend him.
2014 Sep 30, The Philippine
government seized 15 paintings from the former home of late dictator
Ferdinand Marcos as it tries to recover 156 artworks — including
ones by Van Gogh, Monet and Michelangelo — accumulated from his
alleged ill-gotten wealth.
2014 Sep 30, Mediators said
South Sudan's warring factions have agreed on the installation of a
federal system of government, saying progress was being made in
talks aimed at finding a political solution to violence in the
world's newest country.
2014 Sep 30, In Spain the
regional government of Catalonia said it will heed a decision by
Spain's top court suspending its plans to hold an independence
referendum but vows to continue efforts to hold a vote.
2014 Sep 30, In Sri Lanka Ashin
Wirathu, a Myanmar Buddhist monk, and a Sri Lankan ultranationalist
both known for campaigning against Muslims formally signed an
agreement to work together to protect Buddhism, which they say is
2014 Sep 30, The Swiss-based
WWF issued a report saying about 3,000 species of wildlife around
the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously
2014 Sep 30, In Syria US-led
coalition airstrikes targeted Islamic State fighters pressing their
offensive against Kobani near the Syrian-Turkish border in an
attempt to halt the militants' advance. Islamic State militants
captured the deserted Kurdish village of Siftek and appeared to be
using it as a headquarters from which to launch attacks on Kobani
itself. 5 anti-Islamic State Kurdish fighters, including 3 women,
and 4 Syrian Arab rebels were detained and beheaded 14 km west of
(AP, 9/30/14)(Reuters, 10/1/14)
2014 Sep 30, Ukrainian state
prosecutors said they have opened a criminal investigation against a
Russian law enforcement agency, accusing it of supporting separatist
and "terrorist" groups in the east of the country.