Return to home692 Oct 2, A
Mayan prisoner from Copan, depicted in a well-preserved stone
sculpture found in 2011, was captured on this day.
1187 Oct 2, Sultan Saladin
captured Jerusalem from Crusaders.
1263 Oct 2, At Largs, King
Alexander III of Scotland repelled an amphibious invasion by King
Haakon IV of Norway.
1452 Oct 2, King Richard III,
of England (1483-85), was born.
1535 Oct 2, Jacques Cartier
first saw the site of what is now Montreal and proclaimed "What a
royal mountain," hence the name of the city. [see 1536] Having
landed in Quebec a month ago, Jacques Cartier reached a town, which
he named Montreal.
(SFEC, 3/2/97, p.T7)(HN, 10/2/98)
1608 Oct 2, Jan Lippershey,
spectacle maker, formally offered to the Estates of Holland his new
spyglass for warfare. He was the 1st to file a patent claim for a
Spring ‘99, p.33)
1656 Oct 2, US colony
Connecticut passed a law against Quakers.
1715 Oct 2, Peter II, czar of
Russia (1727-30), was born.
1737 Oct 2, Francis Hopkinson,
US writer and lawyer, was born. He designed the Stars & Stripes.
1780 Oct 2, British spy John
Andre was hanged in Tappan, N.Y., for conspiring with Benedict
1800 Oct 2, Nat Turner, slave
and the property of Benjamin Turner, was born in Southampton county,
Va. He was sold in 1831 to Joseph Travis from Jerusalem, Southampton
1803 Oct 2, Samuel Adams
(b.1722), former Gov. of Mass. (1793-1797), died. He was a
propagandist, political figure, revolutionary patriot and statesman
who helped to organize the Boston Tea Party. In 2008 Ira Stoll
authored “Samuel Adams: A Life."
(AHD, 1971, p.14)(WSJ, 11/3/08,
1804 Oct 2, England mobilized
to protect against an expected French invasion by Napoleon.
1833 Oct 2, The NY Anti-Slavery
Society was organized.
1835 Oct 2, The first battle of
the Texas Revolution took place as American settlers fought Mexican
soldiers near the Guadalupe River; the Mexicans ended up
1836 Oct 2, Darwin returned to
England aboard HMS Beagle after 5 years abroad. He visited Brazil,
the Galapagos Islands, and New Zealand. His studies were important
to his theory of evolution, which he put forth in his groundbreaking
scientific work of 1859, "The Origin of Species by Means of Natural
1847 Oct 2, Paul von Hindenburg
(Paul Ludwig Hans von Beneckendorf und Hindenburg), German Field
Marshall during World War I whose brilliant victories on the Eastern
Front promoted him to become the second president of the Weimar
Republic, was born.
1851 Oct 2, Ferdinand Foch,
French Allied commander in WW I, was born.
1853 Oct 2, Austrian law
forbade Jews from owning land.
1857 Oct 2, In SF the
cornerstone for the new St. Francis Church was laid.
(SFC, 10/4/99, p.A21)(SSFC, 3/25/12, DB p.41)
1862 Oct 2, An Army under Union
General Joseph Hooker arrived in Bridgeport, Alabama to support the
Union forces at Chattanooga.
1863 Oct 2, San Francisco
Archbishop Alemany sent a letter to Fr. Maraschi, SJ, pastor of St.
Ignatius Church, announcing that St. Ignatius Church would lose its
parish status. The church did not regain its status as a parish
(GenIV, Winter 04/05)
1865 Oct 2, Former Confederate
General Robert E. Lee became president of Washington and Lee
University in Virginia.
1866 Oct 2, J. Osterhoudt
patented a tin can with key opener.
1869 Oct 2, Mohandas Karamchad
Gandhi (d.1948), called Mahatma, Hindu nationalist, political and
spiritual leader was born in Porbandar, India. His nonviolent
actions helped to eradicate British rule in India. He was
assassinated in 1948. "Love is the strongest force the world
possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable." [see Oct 3]
(AHD, 1971, p.542)(HFA, '96, p.40)(SFC, 1/31/97,
p.A13)(AP, 10/2/97)(AP, 1/12/98)(HN, 10/2/98)
1870 Oct 2, The papal states
voted in favor of union with Italy. The capital was moved from
Florence to Rome.
1871 Oct 2, Cordell Hull,
Secretary of State for President Franklin Roosevelt who promoted
cooperation with the Soviet Union against Adolf Hitler, was born.
1871 Oct 2, Mormon leader
Brigham Young, 70, was arrested for polygamy. He was later
convicted, but the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction.
1879 Oct 2, Wallace Stevens,
poet, was born.
1879 Oct 2, A dual alliance was
formed between Austria and Germany, in which the two countries
agreed to come to the other's aid in the event of aggression.
1890 Oct 2, Julius Henry
"Groucho" Marx (d.1977), American comedian, was born. Although there
is some discrepancy about the exact date, Groucho was most likely
born on this date in New York. He later went on to host the
television quiz show "You Bet Your Life." He began singing as a boy
and then performed wisecracking comedy on stage and screen with his
brothers (Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and Gummo). Groucho also had radio
shows, wrote books and screenplays, and became the most famous Marx
Brother for his mustached, cigar-smoking persona and lines like, "I
sent the club a wire stating, ‘please accept my resignation. I don’t
want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.’"
"There’s one way to find out if a man is honest—ask him. If he says
‘yes,’ you know he is crooked." Groucho Marx died in 1977.
(SFEC, 5/25/97, p.C15)(HNPD, 10/2/98)(AP,
1895 Oct 2, The 1st cartoon
comic strip was printed in a newspaper. [see May, 1895]
1900 Oct 2, William A. ‘Bud’
Abbot, comedian, was born. He was the straight man to Lou Costello.
1901 Oct 2, Roy Campbell, poet,
was born. His work included "The Flaming Terrapin."
1901 Oct 2, The 1st Royal Naval
submarine launched at Barrow.
1904 Oct 2, Graham Greene
(d.1991), British author, was born. His work included "The Power and
the Glory," "The Heart of the Matter" and "Ministry of Fear," which
was made into a 1940s movie by Fritz Lang. "I didn't invent the
world I write about- it's all true." In 2004 Norman sherry concluded
his 3-volume biography: “The Life of Graham Greene."
(SFEC, 10/26/97, DB p.44)(AP, 4/3/00)(HN,
10/2/00)(SFC, 10/2/04, p.E1)
1909 Oct 2, Orville Wright set
an altitude record, flying at 1,600 feet. This exceeded Hubert
Latham's previous record of 508 feet.
1909 Oct 2, Raymonde de
Larouche (1918), Franch actress, flew a Voisin airplane during a
taxiing lesson under Gabriel Voisin at Chalons, establishing the
first recorded flight by a woman.
(ON, 4/10, p.11)
1919 Oct 2, President Wilson
suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and
Vice-President Thomas R. Marshall was urged to assume the presidency
but he refused. It was Marshall who had earlier said: "What this
country needs is a really good five-cent cigar." The quote was
attributed to Marshall in 1920 by the SFEM.
(DFP, 7/28/96, p.J1)(SFEM, 12/15/96, p.15)(AP,
1920 Oct 2, Max Bruch, composer
(Scottish Fantasy), died at 82.
1927 Oct 2, Svante Arrhenius
(b.1859), Swedish scientist and Nobel Prize winner in chemistry
(1903), died in Uppsala. At the turn of the century, Svante
Arrhenius had calculated that emissions from human industry might
someday bring a global warming.
1928 Oct 2, Clarence Barron
(b.1855), author and president of Dow Jones & Co., died. Hugh
Bancroft (1879-1933) succeeded him as president of Dow Jones.
1932 Oct 2, The NY Yankees won
the World Series against the Chicago Cubs in 4 games.
1933 Oct 2, Eugene O'Neill's
comedy "Ah, Wilderness," premiered in NYC.
1936 Oct 2, Johnnie Cochran,
attorney (OJ Simpson defense attorney), was born.
1939 Oct 2, The Benny Goodman
Sextet recorded "Flying Home."
1940 Oct 2, 17 German aircrafts
were shot down above England.
1940 Oct 2, The British liner
Empress, loaded with refugees for Canada, sank.
1941 Oct 2, Gilbert Gable,
mayor of Port Orford, Ore., announced with some pals that they were
fed up of being neglected by legislators in Salem and Sacramento and
began promoting a 51st state named Jefferson with Yreka as the
(SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A26)(AH, 2/05, p.20)
1941 Oct 2, Operation Typhoon,
a German all-out drive against Moscow, began in earnest. In 2006
Rodric Braithwaite authored “Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at
10/2/97)(http://www.bartcop.com/arc4110.htm)(Econ, 9/23/06, p.95)
1941 Oct 2, 6 Paris synagogues
were bombed by Gestapo. [see Oct 3]
1942 Oct 2, The "Queen Mary"
sliced the cruiser "Curacao" in half, killing 338.
1944 Oct 2, Nazi troops crushed
the 2-month-old (63 days) Warsaw Uprising, during which a
quarter-million people were killed.
1948 Oct 2, Donna Karan,
fashion designer (Coty Award-1977), was born in Forest Hills, NY.
1948 Oct 2, "Finian's Rainbow"
closed at 46th St Theater NYC after 725 performances.
1948 Oct 2, In New York the 1st
Grand Prix at Watkins Glen was held. Cameron Argetsinger (1921-2008)
was the main driving force behind the race which was won by Frank
Griswold. Formula racing continued there until bankruptcy in 1981.
Two year later Corning Glass Works revived the Watkins Glen race
course in partnership with Int’l. Speedway Corp.
1949 Oct 2, USSR recognized the
People's Republic of China.
1950 Oct 2, The comic strip
"Peanuts," created by Charles M. Schulz (28), was syndicated to
seven newspapers as "Li'l Folks." It started with only four
characters: Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty (Reichardt), Shermy and
the world's most famous beagle, Snoopy. Schulz announced his
retirement in 1999 with the last Peanuts to appear Feb 13, 2000.
(SFC, 11/29/97, p.C1)(SFC, 12/15/99, p.E1)(AP,
1950 Oct 2, Mao Tse Tung sent a
telegram to Stalin. China intervened in Korea.
1952 Oct 2, Clive Barker,
writer (Hellraiser, Lord of Illusions), was born.
1957 Oct 2, The World War II
drama "The Bridge on the River Kwai," directed by David Lean,
premiered in Britain. The film opened in the United States the
1958 Oct 2, Marie Stopes, birth
control pioneer, died.
1958 Oct 2, The former French
colony of Guinea in West Africa proclaimed its independence from
France under the leadership of Sekou Toure.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A15)(AP, 10/2/97)
1959 Oct 2, Rod Serling's "The
Twilight Zone" made its debut on CBS-TV.
1961 Oct 2, The medical drama
``Ben Casey,'' starring Vince Edwards and Sam Jaffe, premiered on
1963 Oct 2, Defense Sec. Robert
McNamara told Pres. Kennedy in a cabinet meeting that: "We need a
way to get out of Vietnam." McNamara proposed to replace the 16,000
US advisors with Canadian personnel.
(SFC, 7/25/97, p.A2)
1963 Oct 2, W. German
Chancellor Adenauer condemned western grain shipments to USSR.
1964 Oct 2, Scientists
announced findings that smoking can cause cancer.
1967 Oct 2, Thurgood Marshall,
the first African-American Supreme Court justice, was sworn in as an
associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Marshall had previously
been the solicitor general, the head of the legal staff of the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP),
and a leading American civil rights lawyer.
(TMC, 1994, p.1967)(AP, 10/2/97)(HN, 10/2/98)
1967 Oct 2, In San Francisco
police raided the Grateful Dead’s crash pad at 710 Ashbury and
hauled ten members and associates to a police station on
questionable marijuana charges. The case wrapped up in 1968 with all
felony charges reduced to misdemeanors.
(SFC, 3/11/17, p.C1)
1968 Oct 2, Pres. Johnson
established Redwood National Park in northern California under
Public Law 90-545. Congress created the Redwood National Park in
California at a cost of $306 million. Large portions of the Arcata
Redwood Corp. lands were detached to form sections of Redwood
National Park. The land was initially assembled by Michigan timber
baron Arthur Hill. His son, Harry Hill, built the French Renaissance
townhouse that is now the Italian consulate.
9/9/97, p.A19)(SFEC, 12/5/99, p.T1)
1968 Oct 2, Pres. Johnson
signed a bill establishing Washington state’s North Cascades
1968 Oct 2, The 2,650-mile
Pacific Crest Trail, spanning Mexico to Canada, was designated a
National Scenic Trail as part of the US National Trails System Act.
1968 Oct 2, US Supreme Court
Justice Abe Fortas withdrew his nomination as chief justice. Six
months later, he resigned from the court, admitting he'd made a
financial deal with the Louis Wolfson Foundation.
1968 Oct 2, In Mexico soldiers
under Pres. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz used automatic weapons and killed
some 300 students in the Mexico City Tlatelolco massacre prior to
the start of the summer Olympics. The government said only 50
students were killed during gunfire that lasted 5 hours. Luis
Echeverria, later president, was the interior minister and the man
in charge of public security. He was called before a congressional
committee in 1998. Evidence in 1999 confirmed that pre-positioned
soldiers fired on the students. In 2002 a special prosecutor said he
has found no evidence to support historians' claims that some 300
people died when army troops opened fire on demonstrators in 1968.
He put the number killed at 38. A judge dismissed other genocide
charges against Echeverria in July 2005, ruling that while he may
have been responsible for a separate 1971 student massacre, he could
not be tried because the statute of limitations had expired in 1985.
(WUD, 1994, p.1687)(SFC, 9/1/96, p.A16)(SFEC,
4/6/97, p.C12)(WSJ, 8/13/97, p.A12)(SFC, 2/4/98, p.C2,14)(WSJ,
9/10/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/28/99, p.A10)(AP, 8/5/02)(AP, 3/27/09)
1968 Oct 2, Marcel Duchamp
(b.1887), French painter, died. He was known best for his 1915 "Nude
Descending a Staircase."
1970 Oct 2, A plane carrying
the Wichita State Univ. football team crashed near Silver Plume,
Colorado, killing 29 passengers as well as the Captain and Flight
1971 Oct 2, “Soul Train," an
American musical variety TV program premiered and continued to 2006.
It was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host
and executive producer.
5/18/14, Par p.2)
1973 Oct 2, Paavo "Flying Finn"
Nurmi (b.1897), Finnish runner, died. He won a total of 9 Olympic
gold medals and 3 silver medals between 1920 and 1928.
1974 Oct 2, Nancy Wilcox,
believed to have been a victim of the serial killer Ted Bundy
(d.1989), disappeared in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1974 Oct 2, Pele (b.1940),
Brazilian soccer player born as Edson Arantes do Nascimento, came
out of retirement to join the NY Cosmos of the North American Soccer
League. Steve Ross (1927-1992), chairman of Warner Brothers and
founder of the Cosmos, offered him a reported $7 million for a
3-year contract. In 2006 Gavin Newsham authored “Once in a Lifetime:
The Incredible Story of the New York Cosmos."
1975 Oct 2, President Ford
welcomed Japan’s Emperor Hirohito to the United States.
1975 Oct 2, Armand Hammer
(1898-1992) pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges of making
illegal contributions in the names of other persons to the 1972
Nixon re-election campaign.
(WSJ, 6/29/00, p.A26)(http://tinyurl.com/4nv5yw)
1978 Oct 2, Syrian troops
pounded Christian districts of Beirut with heavy artillery and
rocket fire early today, and right-wing officials said Lebanese
militias were fighting back with every weapon they had.
1980 Oct 2, US Rep. Michael
"Ozzie" Myers, D-Pa., convicted of accepting a bribe in the FBI's
ABSCAM sting operation, was expelled from the House, becoming the
first congressman ousted by his colleagues since the outbreak of the
1981 Oct 2, In Iran
Hojjatoleslam Ali Khamenehi was elected president.
1982 Oct 2, A truck bomb in
Tehran killed 60 and injured 700. Authorities blamed ''American
1982 Oct 2, The Indian guru
Swami Muktananda (b.1908) died. He had opened meditation centers in
the US during the 1970s and attracted some 20,000 devotees. In 1983
he was charged posthumously with seducing young girls and stashing
funds in a Swiss bank account.
1984 Oct 2, Richard W. Miller
became the first FBI agent to be arrested and charged with
espionage. Miller was tried three times; he was sentenced to 20
years in prison, but was released after nine years.
1985 Oct 2, Rock Hudson
(b.1925), film star, died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. after
a battle with AIDS. Upon his death it was publicly made known that
he had been a closet homosexual. Marc Christian McGinnis
(1953-2009), Hudson’s lover, soon sued Hudson’s estate alleging
emotional distress. In 1989 a jury awarded him $21.75 million in
damages, but this was later reduced to $5.5 million and settled in
1991. McGinnis never contracted AIDS, but died of pulmonary
(SFC, 11/28/96, p.C14)(AP, 10/2/97)(SSFC,
1986 Oct 2, In India Sikhs
attempted to assassinate Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi (1944-1991).
1987 Oct 2, On Capitol Hill,
more Democratic senators lined up against Supreme Court nominee
Robert H. Bork as President Reagan continued to lobby undecided
lawmakers on behalf of his candidate for the high court.
1987 Oct 2, Peter Brian
Medawar, Brazilian-born English medical scientist, died.
1988 Oct 2, The Summer Olympic
Games concluded in Seoul, South Korea. The USSR won 55 gold medals,
E. Germany won 37, and the US won 36.
(SFC, 7/14/96, Par p.4)(HN, 10/2/98)
1988 Oct 2, An Olympic scandal
involved American boxer Roy Jones, who was robbed of a gold medal at
the Olympic Games in Seoul, when he lost a split decision to South
Korea's Park Si-Hun despite outpunching his opponent 86-32. Three
judges who voted for the Korean were later suspended.
1989 Oct 2, Nearly 10,000
people marched through Leipzig, East Germany, demanding legalization
of opposition groups and adoption of democratic reforms in the
country's largest protest since 1953.
1990 Oct 2, President Bush,
trying to muster acceptance for a $500 billion package of tax
increases and spending cuts, asked Americans in a televised address
to support the plan.
1990 Oct 2, The US Senate voted
90-to-9 to confirm the nomination of Judge David H. Souter to the
1991 Oct 2, Ousted Haitian
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide asked the Organization of American
States in Washington to send a delegation to his homeland to demand
that the newly installed military junta surrender power immediately.
1992 Oct 2, The campaigns of
President Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton agreed to hold three
presidential debates and one vice-presidential debate.
1992 Oct 2, In Brazil Col.
Ubiratan Guimaraes led the "Carandiru massacre," where 111 inmates
where killed during a raid to quell a prison riot in Sao Paulo.
Guimaraes was convicted in 2001 and sentenced to 632 years in
prison, but awaited a 2nd trial. In 2006 Guimaraes (63) was
murdered at his apartment in Sao Paulo. In April, 2013, 23 police
officers were each sentenced to 156 years in jail. Dozens more faced
(SFC, 9/21/98, p.A14)(SSFC, 7/1/01, p.A18)(AP,
9/11/06)(Econ, 9/16/06, p.48)(SSFC, 8/4/13, p.A4)
1993 Oct 2, Henry Ringling
North (83), circus owner (Ringling Bros Circus), died at a Swiss
1993 Oct 2, Hundreds of
opponents of Russian President Boris Yeltsin battled police in
Moscow and set up burning barricades in the biggest clash of
Russia's 12-day-old political crisis.
1993 Oct 2, In Son La, Vietnam,
53 members of the Thai minority died in a mass suicide organized by
Ca Van Lieng, leader of a doomsday cult.
(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A19)
1994 Oct 2, U.S. soldiers in
Haiti detained several leaders of the country's pro-army militias as
part of an effort to dismantle armed opposition to restoration of
1994 Oct 2, Harriet Nelson
(85), actress (The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet), died of heart
failure in Laguna Beach, Ca.
1995 Oct 2, O.J. Simpson’s
jurors stunned the courtroom and the nation by reaching verdicts in
the sensational eight-month murder trial in less than four hours.
The decision was kept secret until the following day, when it was
announced that Simpson had been acquitted. Simpson was acquitted in
the double-murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend
(WSJ, 10/4/95, p.A-1)(SFEC, 9/8/96, BR p.1)(AP,
1996 Oct 2, Mark Fuhrman was
given three years' probation and fined $200 after pleading no
contest to perjury for denying at O.J. Simpson's criminal trial that
he had used a certain racial slur in the past decade.
1996 Oct 2, The US Army
prepared to shift 5,000 troops to Bosnia from Germany for 6-months
to protect troops slated to leave.
(SFC, 10/2/96, p.A8)
1996 Oct 2, The EU said that it
will challenge the US Helms-Burton law in a new court of world
(SFC, 10/2/96, p.A8)
1996 Oct 2, The US meeting
between Benjamin Netanyahu, Yasser Arafat and King Hussein ended
with no specific issues resolved in the recent Middle East flare-up
between Palestinians and Jews.
(SFC, 10/3/96, p.A8)
1996 Oct 2, In Bulgaria former
PM Andrei Lukanov was assassinated. It was said that he had new
proofs of corruption in the highest power circles. In 2003 5 men
were convicted and sentenced to life in prison without chance of
(SFC, 10/5/96, p.A10)(AP, 11/28/03)
1996 Oct 2, Mexican and US
authorities captured 5 alleged hit men of the Arellan Felix brothers
drug cartel in a series of raids in Mexico and California.
(SFC, 10/3/96, p.A8)
1996 Oct 2, The AeroPeru flight
603, a Boeing 757, crashed shortly after takeoff into the Pacific
and all 61 passengers and nine crew members were killed. The pilot
claimed loss of navigational equipment just before the crash.
(SFC, 10/3/96, p.A8)(AP, 10/2/97)
1997 Oct 2, President Clinton
proposed sending inspectors to farms around the world to ensure that
foreign-grown fruits and vegetables are safe for American consumers.
The president also said he would ask Congress to empower the Food
and Drug Administration to ban produce from countries whose safety
precautions do not meet American standards.
1997 Oct 2, A Navy F-14 Tomcat
fighter jet crashed off the coast of N. Carolina. One crew member
was rescued but the pilot was still missing.
(SFC, 10/3/97, p.A12)
1997 Oct 2, In California some
200 police, FBI, IRS and DEA agents swept over 18 homes and business
in Oakland, Hayward and San Leandro and seized 73 kilograms of
cocaine valued at $70 million. Some 22 people were arrested in the
drug and smuggling ring culminating a 3-month investigation.
(SFC, 10/3/97, p.A19)
1997 Oct 2, In Algeria
attackers killed 20 members of a wedding party in Blida.
(SFEC, 10/5/97, p.A22)
1997 Oct 2, In Azerbaijan a
helicopter with 20 passengers crashed near an offshore oil platform
and no survivors were found.
(SFC, 10/4/97, p.A10)
1997 Oct 2, In Brazil thousands
turned out to greet Pope John Paul II for the start of his 4-day
(SFC, 10/3/97, p.B2)
1997 Oct 2, The EU formally set
up a common foreign and security policy in the Amsterdam Treaty. It
set to adopt key asylum and immigration measures within five years
of the treaty's entry into force, expected in 1999.
1998 Oct 2, The House released
4,600 pages of evidence that detailed President Clinton's efforts to
contain the Monica Lewinsky scandal as it erupted.
1998 Oct 2, Gene Autry
(b.1907), America’s first singing cowboy and former owner of the
Anaheim Angels, died at age 91 in Studio City, CA. He made 96 films
and cut 635 records including "Back in the Saddle Again." His comic
sidekick was Smiley Burnette and his horse was named Champion. His
career spanned some 60 years. Autry is the only entertainer to have
earned five stars on the commemorative sidewalk for his work in
radio, records, film, television, and live theatrical performance.
(SFC, 10/3/98, p.A1)(SFC, 10/5/98, p.A18)(SFEC,
12/20/98, Z1 p.5)(HNQ, 7/26/01)
1998 Oct 2, In Europe the new
"Swatchmobile," a 2-seater plastic car by Daimler-Benz, made its
debut. The Smart car was to sell for $8,500 and was rated at 59
miles per gallon.
(WSJ, 10/2/98, p.B1)
1998 Oct 2, In Japan the
parliament passed bills to provide $74 billion in taxpayer money to
help banks recover from bad loans.
(SFC, 10/3/98, p.A10)
1998 Oct 2, In Mongolia
Sanjaasurangiin Zorig (36), who helped oust the Communist regime in
1990, was assassinated. He was stabbed and hacked with a knife and
an ax. It was seen as a move to silence pro-democracy officials.
(WSJ, 10/5/98, p.A1)(SFC, 10/6/98, p.A14)(WSJ,
1999 Oct 2, The controversial
art show "Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi
Collection" opened at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Mayor Giuliani
withheld the museum's monthly city subsidy and started eviction
proceedings. The show included Chris Ofili's "The Holy Virgin Mary"
fashioned with some elephant dung.
(SFEC, 10/3/99, p.A3)
1999 Oct 2, The US and Russia
opened a new video-conferencing center in Moscow to allow real-time
links with the White House.
(SFEC, 10/3/99, p.A17)
1999 Oct 2, Bo Mya, leader of
the Karen National Union, said he would grant sanctuary to the
Burmese students who were flown to the Thai-Burma following a 26
hour takeover of the Burmese Embassy in Thailand.
(SFEC, 10/3/99, p.A25)
1999 Oct 2, In India 6 people,
including 4 police personnel, were killed as national elections
began in Tripura state.
(SFEC, 10/3/99, p.A23)
1999 Oct 2, From Kenya it was
reported that the flamingos of Lake Nakuru had migrated away to
other locations. Environmental stress from industrial refuse and
other wastes was blamed. Fluctuating salinity was also suspect in
that flamingoes feed on the algae spirulina platensis, which blooms
in saline waters. It was later reported that tens of thousands of
flamingos on Lake Bogoria had died since July due to heavy metals.
(SFC, 10/2/99, p.A9)(SFC, 3/4/00, p.A8)
1999 Oct 2, Russian troops
engaged Chechen guerrilla defenders as armored columns rolled into
the villages of Alpatova and Chernokosova.
(SFEC, 10/3/99, p.A22)
1999 Oct 2, In the Ukraine
Natalia Vitrenko of the leftist Progressive Socialist Party was
wounded in a grenade attack at a campaign meeting in Inguletsk.
(WSJ, 10/4/99, p.A)
2000 Oct 2, Pres. Clinton
signed into law the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) as
Title 1 of the Trade and Development Act of 2000. It offered
tangible incentives for African countries to continue their efforts
to open their economies and build free markets.
2000 Oct 2, Virginia Gov. James
Gilmore granted an absolute pardon to Earl Washington Jr., 17 years
after the mentally retarded man was convicted for the rape and
homicide of a mother of 3. An initial 1994 DNA test indicated
another man in the case. A new DNA test identified a convicted
rapist. In 2006 a federal jury awarded $2.25 million to Washington.
(SFC, 10/3/00, p.A4)(SFC, 5/6/06, p.A3)
2000 Oct 2, Britain’s 1st bill
of rights went into effect.
(SFC, 10/2/00, p.A13)
2000 Oct 2, Israeli troops
fired on protesting Arabs. 19 people were killed in the West Bank
and Gaza and another 7 in Arab towns of northern Galilee. The 4 day
toll rose to 48 dead and over 1,300 wounded. In 2003 the Or
Commission blamed the government of PM Barak for not paying
attention to rising discontent among Israel’s Arabs. In 2005 Israeli
authorities, citing lack of evidence, said they would not file
charges against any police officers for the killings of 13 Arabs
during the October, 2000, riots.
(SFC, 10/3/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/3/00, p.A1)(SFC,
2000 Oct 2, In the Philippines
soldiers freed 12 Christian evangelists from Abu Sayyaf rebels after
one escaped and alerted the military. The guerrillas escaped with 5
(SFC, 10/3/00, p.A8)
2000 Oct 2, In Serbia the
opposition staged a general strike as Pres. Milosevic went on
national TV and called on his countrymen to re-elect him. In his
first public address since a disputed election, Milosevic branded
his opponents puppets of the West. A wave of unrest aimed at driving
him from power swept Yugoslavia, and the government responded by
arresting dozens of strike leaders.
(SFC, 10/3/00, p.A8)(AP, 10/2/01)
2000 Oct 2, In Sri Lanka a
suspected suicide bomber killed at least 19 people at a political
(WSJ, 10/3/00, p.A1)
2001 Oct 2, NATO
Secretary-General Lord Robertson said the United States had provided
"clear and conclusive" evidence of Osama bin Laden's involvement in
the attacks on New York and Washington.
(SFC, 10/3/01, p.A4)(AP, 10/2/02)
2001 Oct 2, Acting
Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift unveiled security measures that
included a new security chief at Logan International Airport, where
hijackers boarded the two planes that smashed into the World Trade
2001 Oct 2, The US Federal
Reserve cut interest rates for a 9th time and reduced the federal
funds rate to 2.5%, its lowest level since 1962. The DJIA rose 113
to 8,950. The Nasdaq rose 11 to 1,492.
(SFC, 10/2/01, p.A1,D2)
2001 Oct 2, A US Treasury Dept
official reported that over $100 million of suspected terrorist
assets had been frozen in domestic and foreign banks since the Sep
(SFC, 10/3/01, p.A4)
2001 Oct 2, India demanded that
Pakistan shut down the Jaish-e-Mohammed (Army of the Prophet
Mohammad) militant group responsible for the Oct 1 attack in
Srinagar that killed 40 people. India also asked the US to outlaw
the group and to freeze its assets.
(SFC, 10/3/01, p.A11)
2001 Oct 2, Palestinian gunmen
attacked an Israeli settlement in Gaza and killed a teenage couple.
At least 15 others were wounded. 2 gunmen were killed by Israeli
(SFC, 10/3/01, p.A11)
2001 Oct 2, In Russia Defense
Minister Sergei Ivanov signed a weapons framework agreement with
Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani for as much as $300 million.
(SFC, 10/3/01, p.A11)
2001 Oct 2, Farouk al-Sharaa,
Syrian foreign minister, said Syria is determined to help the int’l.
effort to combat terrorism. He added that to achieve that goal,
terrorism’s roots and causes would have to be addressed.
(WSJ, 10/3/01, p.A17)
2001 Oct 2, Cash-strapped
Swissair shut down flight operations and stranded thousands of
passengers around the globe.
(SFC, 10/3/01, p.D3)
2002 Oct 2, Andrew Fastow (40),
the former chief financial officer of Enron Corp. was charged with
securities, wire and mail fraud, money laundering and conspiring to
inflate Enron's profits and enrich himself at the company’s expense.
On Sep 26, 2006, Fastow was sentenced to 6 years in prison.
(AP, 10/2/02)(SFC, 9/27/06, p.C1)
2002 Oct 2, The New Jersey
Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the Democratic Party could
replace Sen. Torricelli on the November ballot with former senator
2002 Oct 2, West Coast
dockworkers and shippers agreed to federal mediation as the 4-day
lockout paralyzed 29 ports.
(SFC, 10/3/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 2, James Martin (55)
was shot to death by a sniper in Wheaton, Md. He was the 1st to die
at the hands of a local serial killer. The next day, five people in
the Washington D.C. area were shot dead, setting off a frantic
manhunt. John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were later arrested
for 10 killings and three woundings; Muhammad has been sentenced to
death, Malvo to life in prison.
(NW, 10/21/02, p.28)(AP, 10/2/07)
2002 Oct 2, Norman O. Brown
(89), author of "Life Against Death" (1959), died in Santa Cruz, Ca.
(SFC, 10/7/02, p.A19)
2002 Oct 2, Bosnian Serb
wartime leader Biljana Plavsic, one of the highest-ranking suspects
at the U.N. war crimes tribunal, pleaded guilty to one count of
crimes against humanity.
2002 Oct 2, Iraq said it would
not accept any new U.N. resolution to cover the operations of arms
inspectors on its soil and vowed it would hit back hard against any
U.S. attack on Baghdad.
2002 Oct 2, In the Philippines
a bomb killed an American soldier in Zamboanga and was detonated by
a Filipino on a motorcycle who died in the blast that killed one
(Reuters, 10/3/02)(WSJ, 10/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 2, In northern Syria
mountain homes collapsed after caves beneath them gave way in the
Sawad Hill district. 31 people were killed and 22 injured.
(AP, 10/2/02)(SFC, 10/3/02, p.A9)
2003 Oct 2, The annual Ig Noble
prizes were awarded at Harvard Univ.
(SFC, 10/6/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 2, South Africa's J.M.
Coetzee, whose stories tell of innocents and outcasts oppressed by
the cruel weight of history, won the 2003 Nobel Prize for
literature. His books included "Dusklands" (1974), "In the heart of
the Country" (1977), "Waiting for the Barbarians" (1980), "Life and
Times of Michael K" (1983) and "Disgrace" (1999).
(AP, 10/2/03)(WSJ, 10/14/03, p.D10)
2003 Oct 2, The US House voted
281-142 to prohibit doctors from carrying out what abortion
opponents call partial birth abortion.
2003 Oct 2, The Los Angeles
Times published allegations that California gubernatorial candidate
Arnold Schwarzenegger had sexually harassed six women in the past;
the actor acknowledged "bad behavior" on his part, and apologized.
2003 Oct 2, John Dunlop (89),
former Labor Secretary died.
2003 Oct 2, In Bahrain
assailants hurled gasoline bombs at a busload of police officers,
wounding five of them.
2003 Oct 2, Two Canadian
peacekeepers were killed and three were injured in a land-mine blast
in the Afghan capital Kabul.
2003 Oct 2, In Haiti police
trying to raid a shantytown touched off a gunfight that killed five
men in the city of Gonaives.
2003 Oct 2, North Korea said it
is using plutonium extracted from spent nuclear fuel rods to make
2003 Oct 2, Pakistan's army
launched its largest offensive against al-Qaida and other militants
in a rugged tribal region bordering Afghanistan, killing at least 12
2004 Oct 2, The Loveparade,
which originated in Berlin in 1989, came to San Francisco for its
1st annual bash. Matthias Roeingh, founder, was on hand.
(SSFC, 10/3/04, p.B1)
2004 Oct 2, IMF and World Bank
officials in Washington DC failed to resolve their differences over
debt relief for the world's poorest countries and Iraq while
expressing concern about the impact high oil prices would have on a
strengthening global economy.
2004 Oct 2, Afghan intelligence
agents backed by international peacekeepers arrested 25 people
allegedly linked to the Taliban and al-Qaida in an early morning
raid in eastern Kabul.
2004 Oct 2, In Ontario, Canada,
a record 1,446 pound pumpkin was unveiled.
(SFC, 10/12/04, p.B1)
2004 Oct 2, Two US ships
carrying 300 pounds of plutonium were scheduled to dock in
Cherbourg, France. A French nuclear factory planned to transform it
into fuel assemblies and return it next year to Charleston, SC.
(SFC, 10/1/04, p.A15)
2004 Oct 2, In Haiti
authorities recovered the decapitated bodies of three policemen,
among at least seven people killed in a 2nd day of violence.
Aristide supporters demanded his return from exile in South Africa,
launching what they called "Operation Baghdad."
(AP, 10/2/04)(AP, 10/6/04)
2004 Oct 2, In northeast India
a spate of bombings and gun attacks in crowded public places killed
73 people in markets and a railroad station across Assam and
(SSFC, 10/3/04, p.A8)(AP, 10/2/05)
2004 Oct 2, A militant group in
Iraq claimed in an Internet statement that it abducted and beheaded
an Iraqi construction contractor who worked on a U.S. military base.
2004 Oct 2, About 100,000 Kurds
demonstrated outside provincial government offices, demanding that
the turbulent, oil hub of Kirkuk be made part of the autonomous
Kurdish region in northern Iraq.
2004 Oct 2, Israeli troops
killed 10 Palestinian militants, as the military expanded one of its
largest offensives against Palestinian militants in four years of
(AP, 10/2/04)(SSFC, 10/3/04, p.A11)
2004 Oct 2, In Lebanon a
military prosecutor has charged 35 Arab nationals and alleged
members of an al-Qaida-linked terror group with plotting to bomb
foreign targets, including the Italian and Ukrainian diplomatic
2004 Oct 2, In eastern Pakistan
thousands of minority Shiite Muslims rampaged through the city of
Sialkot in a riot sparked by a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque
that killed 31 people.
2004 Oct 2, Turkish troops and
Kurdish rebels clashed in southeastern Turkey in fighting that
killed two soldiers and a guerrilla.
2005 Oct 2, In New York the
40-foot boat the Ethan Allen capsized on Lake George over so quickly
that none of the 47 passengers from Michigan could put on a life
jacket. 20 people were killed.
2005 Oct 2, Nipsey Russell
(80), actor and comedian, died in NY. As the "poet laureate of
television," he delivered his signature four-line verse during
frequent guest appearances on TV game shows and talk shows. Russell
launched his TV career in 1961 as Officer Anderson in the series
"Car 54, Where are You?" He also appeared in the 1994 film version.
2005 Oct 2, Playwright August
Wilson (60), whose epic 10-play cycle chronicling the black
experience in 20th-century America included such landmark dramas as
"Fences" and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," died of liver cancer.
(AP, 10/3/05)(Econ, 10/8/05, p.94)
2005 Oct 2, Afghan government
forces killed 31 suspected Taliban militants near the eastern border
with Pakistan. In a separate clash militants attacked a truck
carrying supplies for U.S.-led coalition forces in Surobi district
of eastern Paktia province, killing the truck driver. In fighting
that followed, three more militants were killed and two arrested.
Two Afghan army officers were wounded.
2005 Oct 2, Afghan election
officials said ballot boxes from about 4% of the country’s 26,000
polling stations were set aside for investigation on suspicion of
(SFC, 10/3/05, p.A8)
2005 Oct 2, The fragmented
political opposition in Belarus chose Alexander Milinkevich (58), a
former US-educated physicist, to challenge President Alexander
Lukashenko in next year's presidential election.
2005 Oct 2, In western Colombia
leftist FARC rebels attacked a police station in an isolated jungle
town, killing at least five police officers.
2005 Oct 2, The US ambassador
urged Colombia to spray weed killer inside the country's spectacular
nature parks to destroy cocaine-producing crops, insisting the
chemicals will not cause widespread damage to the reserves'
2005 Oct 2, A Dubai-based
newspaper said it stands by a story in which it quoted Iran's
president as saying he might curtail oil sales if his nation is
referred to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions over its
2005 Oct 2, Voters in the
German city of Dresden cast the last ballots in the inconclusive
national election in what could offer a breakthrough in a bitter
power struggle over who will be the next chancellor. The election
there was postponed for two weeks due to the death of a neo-Nazi
candidate. Conservative challenger Angela Merkel's party gained a
seat in Dresden, the last remaining district in parliamentary
2005 Oct 2, Hundreds of U.S.
troops combed through a village near the Syrian border, breaking
into houses and fighting sporadic gun battles with gunmen on the
second day of a new offensive against al-Qaida insurgents. At least
eight militants were killed.
2005 Oct 2, Al-Qaida in Iraq
claimed to have captured two US Marines participating in an
offensive in western Iraq, threatening in a Web statement to kill
them within 24 hours. The US military said the claim appeared to be
2005 Oct 2, Israel suspended
its offensive into the Gaza Strip following a lull in rocket fire by
Palestinian militants, but it is ready to restart the operation if
2005 Oct 2, Libya awarded 44
oil exploration permits to predominantly Asian and European
companies after a first batch was awarded earlier this year mainly
to American firms.
2005 Oct 2, Portuguese Prime
Minister Jose Socrates met Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in Tripoli,
as Libya continues its bid to warm relations with the West.
2005 Oct 2, Felipe Calderon,
Mexico's former energy secretary, appeared headed toward another
victory in the 2nd round of the ruling National Action Party's
3-part presidential primary.
2005 Oct 2, Moroccan police
began rounding up African refugees. Doctors Without Borders soon
reported that Morocco had dropped about 1,000 people in the desert
and left them there to walk for nearly a week. As a result, the
government established the two holding centers at Touizgue and
Berden for those people to find refuge.
2005 Oct 2, Assailants fired
rockets at a Pakistani army base, killing a soldier and three
government employees in a spate of violence in the lawless tribal
area along the Afghan border.
2005 Oct 2, Hamas gunmen
clashed with Palestinian security forces in the Gaza Strip. A police
commander and a civilian were killed and at least 50 others were
(SFC, 10/3/05, p.A8)
2005 Oct 2, Project leader
Exxon Mobil corporation said Russia's massive Sakhalin-1 oil and gas
field started pumping oil off the country's Pacific coast at the
2005 Oct 2-2005 Oct 3, In
Colombia suspected leftist rebels (FARC) killed at least 13 coca
harvesters near Vistahermosa as part of a struggle with far-right
paramilitary gangs for control of the lucrative cocaine trade.
2006 Oct 2, Bob Woodward’s new
book “State of Denial: Bush at War. Part III," was published.
(SFC, 9/30/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 2, In Nickel Mines,
Pennsylvania, Charles Carl Roberts IV (32), a local truck driver,
lined at least 11 girls against a blackboard and shot them in the
head at a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County. He shot
himself as police stormed the schoolhouse. Two young students were
killed, along with a female teacher's aide who was slightly older
than the students. Seven others, most shot at point-blank range,
were taken to hospitals, and two of them died early the next day.
(AP, 10/3/06)(SFC, 10/3/06, p.A1)(Econ, 10/7/06,
2006 Oct 2, Americans Andrew Z.
Fire and Craig C. Mello won the Nobel Prize in physiology or
medicine for discovering a powerful way to turn off the effect of
specific genes, opening a new avenue for disease treatment.
2006 Oct 2, Morgan Stanley said
it has acquired China's Nan Tung Bank, a deal that would give the
Wall Street giant a coveted onshore commercial banking license in
China ahead of U.S. investment bank rivals.
2006 Oct 2, Actress Tamara
Dobson (59) died in Baltimore, Md.
2006 Oct 2, In Afghanistan 9
people were killed in various Taliban attacks and bomb blasts. They
included four Afghan soldiers killed when their vehicle struck a
bomb in Paktia province and five civilians killed in a bomb blast in
Musa Qala in Helmand province in the south. Two gunbattles in
eastern Afghanistan killed four Afghan and two US troops. NATO
prepared to assume military command of all of the country from the
(AP, 10/2/06)(AP, 10/3/06)
2006 Oct 2, Preliminary results
indicated that Bosnians elected new leaders, Milorad Dodik and Haris
Silajdzic, split along ethnic lines over whether to further unify
the country in a push toward European Union membership or allow
Serbs to maintain their political distinctness.
(AP, 10/2/06)(Econ, 6/30/07, p.60)
2006 Oct 2, Georgia released
four Russian officers whose arrest on spying charges prompted Moscow
to announce sweeping travel and communications sanctions in the
worst bilateral crisis in years.
2006 Oct 2, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh and South African President Thabo Mbeki signed a sweeping pact
to buttress ties between the regional powerhouses. The Pretoria
agreement was followed by the signing of a pact on cooperation in
education and another between Indian Railways which runs one of the
world's biggest networks and South African railway company Spoornet.
2006 Oct 2, Smoke and ash from
land-clearing fires in Indonesia blanketed a large swath of the
country's west, sending air quality levels plummeting there and in
neighboring Singapore and Malaysia.
2006 Oct 2, Iraq’s Parliament
extended the state of emergency as gunmen seized 14 employees from
computer stores in downtown Baghdad in the second mass kidnapping in
as many days. A police patrol was ambushed in southern Iraq by
gunmen who killed two officers and injured three. At least 50
corpses were discovered scattered around Baghdad overnight. 4 US
soldiers were killed in Baghdad in separate small-arms fire attacks.
Another four were killed in a roadside bomb attack on their patrol
northwest of Baghdad.
(AP, 10/2/06)(AP, 10/3/06)
2006 Oct 2, Italian police said
they had smashed an Algerian Islamic fundamentalist cell that gave
logistical support to suspected militants in Algeria.
2006 Oct 2, Nicaragua lobbied
for support for an $18 billion canal linking the Pacific and
Atlantic, saying a second international waterway is needed to handle
the world's booming shipping business.
2006 Oct 2, Dozens of militants
abducted 25 Nigerian oil workers in an attack on their convoy in the
southern delta region. 5 soldiers were killed and 9 left missing
when militants sank two boats used to guard a Shell convoy.
(AP, 10/3/06)(WSJ, 10/3/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 2, In the Gaza town of
Rafah gunbattles between Fatah and Hamas left 2 people dead and 14
(SFC, 10/3/06, p.A3)
2006 Oct 2, Foreign Minster
Ruben Ramirez said that Paraguay and Washington would not renew a
defense-cooperation agreement for 2007 over the South American
country's refusal to grant US troops inside Paraguay immunity from
prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
2006 Oct 2, Vladimir Kramnik of
Russia and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria played to a draw in Game 6 of
the world chess championship after Kramnik agreed to resume
competition after a dispute over bathroom breaks threatened to halt
2006 Oct 2, Turkey’s PM Recep
Tayyip Erdogan began his latest push to keep EU membership hopes on
track with a visit to Washington, where he received a key
endorsement from the Bush administration. Turkey was the largest
supplier of non-combat equipment to American forces in Iraq.
(http://tinyurl.com/gvg4s)(Econ, 9/30/06, p.62)
2006 Oct 2, Thailand's
respected central bank chief said he has agreed to join the interim
Cabinet, a move that appeared likely to reassure the business
2006 Oct 2, An informal UN poll
showed that South Korea's foreign minister Ban Ki-Moon (67) has
nearly full support from the Security Council, including its five
veto-wielding members, and appears almost certain to succeed Kofi
Annan as secretary-general of the United Nations.
2006 Oct 2, Zambia's Electoral
Commission said that President Levy Mwanawasa was re-elected to a
second term, collecting 43% of the votes cast in last week's
2007 Oct 2, A draft report by
the Government Accountability Office said Federal employees wasted
at least $146 million over a one-year period on business- and
first-class airline tickets, in some cases simply because they felt
entitled to the perk.
2007 Oct 2, Blackwater chairman
Erik Prince, testifying before the House Oversight and Government
Reform Committee, vigorously rejected charges that guards from his
private security firm acted recklessly while protecting State
Department personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan.
2007 Oct 2, A federal jury in
New York ordered the owners of the New York Knicks to pay $11.6
million to former team executive Anucha Browne Sanders, concluding
she'd been sexually harassed and fired out of spite.
2007 Oct 2, Nasdaq agreed to
acquire the Boston stock Exchange for about $61 million.
(WSJ, 10/3/07, p.C3)
2007 Oct 2, In Colorado 5
workers trapped at least 1,500 feet underground survived an initial
chemical fire at a hydroelectric plant near Georgetown, but died
before emergency workers could rescue them.
2007 Oct 2, The new $800
million MGM Grand Casino opened in downtown Detroit. Across the
street the old MGM Grand, which had opened in 1999, closed on Sep
(WSJ, 9/26/07, p.B1)
2007 Oct 2, George Grizzard
(79), Tony Award-winning actor, died in New York.
2007 Oct 2, James Michaels
(86), innovative editor of Forbes magazine (1961-1999), died.
2007 Oct 2, In Afghan a mother
and her two children boarded a police bus in Kabul only seconds
before a suicide bomber detonated his payload inside, an attack that
killed 13 police and civilians. Taliban militants killed two
policemen and destroyed a remote government office in central
Afghanistan, as five Dutch troops were wounded in a clash in the
(AP, 10/2/07)(AP, 10/3/07)
2007 Oct 2, Australia’s
Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews said that over the past two years
the intake of Africans has been cut from 70% of the total of 13,000
refugees to just 30%.
2007 Oct 2, Magda Pniewska
(26), a Polish woman, was shot in the head and died after being
caught in the cross-fire between two gunmen in a residential street
in London. On April 22, 2008, Armel Gnango (17) was convicted of
murder for being involved in the gunfight.
(AFP, 10/3/07)(AFP, 5/22/08)
2007 Oct 2, Canada’s Justice
Minister Rob Nicholson said the government plans to criminalize
identity theft to give police the ability to stop such activity
before any fraud has actually been carried out.
2007 Oct 2, China’s Pres. Hu
Jintao kicked off the 2007 Special Olympics in Shanghai as 7,500
athletes from over 165 countries entered the stadium before a crowd
(WSJ, 10/3/07, p.B3A)
2007 Oct 2, Colombia's navy
seized 2 tons of cocaine, most destined for the United States, in
small packages labeled with the British flag from a truck on the
country's Caribbean coast.
2007 Oct 2, The United Iraqi
Alliance, the Shiite bloc of PM al-Maliki, demanded that the US
military abandon its recruitment of Sunni tribesmen into the Iraqi
police force. Britain's PM Brown arrived in Iraq to meet troops and
lawmakers and announced plans to withdraw more than 1,000 troops
from Iraq by year's end, and Iraq said it will take over security
from British forces in the southern Basra province within two
months. 11 people were killed, including two women, a child and four
police officers, in five separate attacks, including a suicide car
bombing at a police checkpoint near Khalis, 50 miles north of
(AP, 10/2/07)(SFC, 10/3/07, p.A3)
2007 Oct 2, Israel completed
the release of 86 Palestinian prisoners and soldiers briefly opened
fire as family members rushed toward the prisoners at the Erez
crossing in the Gaza Strip. 2 people were wounded. A blast in Gaza
killed four people, including three Fatah activists and a bystander.
Hamas accused Fatah of having tried to attack the security compound,
saying explosives in the car apparently blew up prematurely.
(SFC, 10/3/07, p.A12)(AP, 10/3/07)(WSJ, 10/3/07,
2007 Oct 2, Myanmar's reclusive
junta leader, Senior Gen. Than Shwe, finally granted an audience to
a UN envoy hoping to broker an end to Myanmar's crackdown on
2007 Oct 2, North Korean leader
Kim Jong Il showed scant enthusiasm for the visiting South Korean
president, while orchestrated crowds of thousands cheered the start
of the second summit between the divided Koreas since World War II.
2007 Oct 2, Pakistan agreed to
grant ex-premier Benazir Bhutto an amnesty on corruption charges.
Opposition legislators resigned to undercut President Gen. Pervez
Musharraf's re-election bid, but the Pakistani leader pushed ahead
with plans for an expected victory, naming Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, a
former spymaster, to head the military in his place.
(AP, 10/2/07)(AFP, 10/2/07)(Econ, 10/6/07, p.48)
2007 Oct 2, A group of elder
statesmen, including former President Carter and Nobel peace
laureate Desmond Tutu, began a tour of Darfur to promote a political
solution to the region's conflict.
2007 Oct 2, Thailand's coup
leader General Sonthi Boonyaratglin was officially named a deputy
prime minister, but he denied that his appointment to the cabinet
was an attempt to cling to power.
2007 Oct 2, Shop owners said
Zimbabwe's supermarkets have run out of bread after bakers were
forced to suspend their operations due to a critical shortage of
2008 Oct 2, US vice
presidential candidates held their only debate prior to elections.
Alaska’s Gov. Sarah Palin often spoke in generalities. Delaware Sen.
Joe Biden was generally focused and forceful, and seemed to take
painstaking care not to appear disrespectful in the least.
2008 Oct 2, The US FBI arrested
Puerto Rico Sen. Jorge de Castro Font (45) for providing political
favors in exchange for cash and services totaling roughly half a
million dollars. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on 31
criminal counts including bribery, wire fraud and money laundering.
2008 Oct 2, A new report
suggested that HIV, the AIDS virus, originated in Africa between
1884 and 1924. Earlier estimates had put the date around 1930. A new
estimate of how many Americans have the AIDS virus put the number at
about 1.1 million.
(SFC, 10/2/08, p.A3)(Reuters, 10/3/08)
2008 Oct 2, Bolivian state
media reported that President Evo Morales has rejected a request
from the US Drug Enforcement Administration to fly anti-narcotics
missions over the South American nation's territory.
2008 Oct 2, Britain’s Beckley
Foundation, a charity which numbers senior experts and other
academics among its advisors, reported that cannabis is less harmful
than alcohol or tobacco, and called for a "serious rethink" of drug
2008 Oct 2, General Vladimir
Zagorec was extradited from Austria to Croatia on charges of
stealing gems used a collateral in an arms deal during the Balkan
wars of the 1990s. 4 days later his lawyer’s daughter Ivana Hodak
(26) was murdered.
(Econ, 11/1/08, p.61)
2008 Oct 2, Suicide bombers
targeted Shiite worshippers as they left morning prayers at two
Baghdad mosques, killing 24 people and injuring 50 others. Gunmen
fatally shot six Sunnis as they traveled in a minibus in the mainly
Shiite town of Wajihiyah, 60 miles north of Baghdad. A suicide
bomber in western Baghdad wounded four American soldiers and 2
(AP, 10/2/08)(WSJ, 10/3/08, p.A14)
2008 Oct 2, India’s ban on
smoking in public places became effective, leaving public health
officials with a much tougher task: get the nation's estimated 120
million smokers to stub out their cigarettes.
2008 Oct 2, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up near the house of
politician Asfandyar Wali Khan, who was receiving guests to mark the
end of the Islamic fasting month at his home in Charsadda, killing
at least four people.
2008 Oct 2, Choi Jin-sil (39),
one of South Korea's most popular actresses, was found dead in an
apparent suicide after suffering from post-divorce depression and
harassment by online rumors about her allegedly irregular financial
2008 Oct 2, Sri Lanka’s air
force bombed the offices of the rebel peace secretariat, the
headquarters for its negotiating team in long-defunct peace talks.
Scattered battles killed 42 rebel fighters and two soldiers.
2009 Oct 2, President Barack
Obama, while in Copenhagen, met with General Stanley McChrystal, the
top commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, for the first
time since McChrystal presented a grim assessment of the war effort
and requesting more troops.
2009 Oct 2, Michael David
Barrett (48), accused of taping surreptitious nude videos of ESPN
reporter Erin Andrews, was arrested at O’Hare Airport as he arrived
on a flight from Buffalo, NY. He faced federal charges of interstate
stalking for taking the videos, trying to sell them to celebrity Web
site TMZ and posting the videos online. On March 15, 2010, Barrett
was sentenced to 2½ years in prison.
(AP, 10/3/09)(SFC, 3/16/10, p.A5)
2009 Oct 2, In San Francisco
the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 9 free music festival, financed by
investment banker Warren Hellman, opened for a 3 day session.
(SSFC, 10/4/09, p.C2)
2009 Oct 2, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck a US convoy, killing two
American soldiers. Militants attacked a convoy of empty trucks
returning to Pakistan after delivering supplies to a NATO base in
Kunar province of eastern Afghanistan. One driver was killed, three
were wounded and 13 trucks were burned. An Afghan policeman
conducting a joint operation with US soldiers opened fire on the
Americans, killing two of them before fleeing in Wardak province. A
third US service member died of wounds from a bomb attack in Wardak
the day before.
(AP, 10/2/09)(AP, 10/3/09)
2009 Oct 2, An Australian woman
was sentenced to life in prison for the starvation death of her
7-year-old daughter. The woman was convicted of murder in June. Her
husband, convicted at the same time of manslaughter in his
daughter's death, was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment. The girl,
known as Ebony, weighed barely 20 pounds (9kg) when she died in
2009 Oct 2, In Canada "Toronto
18" member Mohamed Dirie was sentenced to seven years in jail for
his role in a plot to bomb Toronto landmarks in 2006, the second
member of the group to be given jail time.
2009 Oct 2, Chechen forces
engaged in a 2-hour gunbattle with militants leaving 8 insurgents
(SFC, 10/3/09, p.A2)
2009 Oct 2, In Denmark the IOC
opened a meeting hearing the cases led by government leaders and
kings to win the right to stage the 2016 Olympic Games. US Pres.
Obama spoke for Chicago, Japan's new PM Yukio Hatoyama spoke for
Tokyo, Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva spoke for Rio de
Janeiro, and Spain's King Juan Carlos and PM Jose Luis Rodriguez
Zapatero spoke for Spain. Brazil won the bid.
(AFP, 10/2/09)(AP, 10/3/09)
2009 Oct 2, In England a Sikh
policeman was awarded 10,000 pounds in compensation by a tribunal
after bosses ordered him to remove his turban for riot training.
2009 Oct 2, In France Armenia's
President Serge Sarkisian started his tour of Armenian communities
worldwide amid violent protests from members of a diaspora angry
over plans to establish ties with Turkey.
2009 Oct 2, In southern India
flash floods and heavy rains killed at least 172 people in the state
of Karnataka and 50 in neighboring Andhra Pradesh. One more person
was killed in the southern seaside resort state of Goa as heavy
rains resulted in the collapse of 250 houses. Fifty of the victims
drowned when a rescue boat capsized.
(AFP, 10/3/09)(AP, 10/4/09)(AP, 10/5/09)
2009 Oct 2, A boat carrying
about 100 asylum seekers left an Indonesian port bound for Australia
but never arrived. The information was made public in May, 2010, by
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service chief executive
Michael Carmody during a routine Senate inquiry into government
2009 Oct 2, Ireland voted 67%
to 33% in favor of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, overturning a previous no
vote and taking a key step towards ending the 27-nation bloc's
(AFP, 10/3/09)(Econ, 10/10/09, p.25)
2009 Oct 2, In Italy rivers of
mud unleashed by heavy rains overnight flooded parts of the Sicilian
city of Messina, leaving at least 22 people dead while sweeping away
cars and collapsing buildings. 40 people remained missing.
(AP, 10/3/09)(AP, 10/4/09)
2009 Oct 2, Hamas militants
traded a two-minute video showing an apparently unharmed Sgt. Gilad
Schalit, a captured Israeli soldier, for 19 Palestinian women held
in Israeli jails, the first tangible step toward defusing a key
flashpoint in Israeli-Palestinian hostilities.
2009 Oct 2, In Mexico gunmen
killed eight people in five separate attacks, including a state
policewoman who was shot in the head in broad daylight in a
residential area. In Ciudad Juarez at least 11 people, including two
police officers and a child, were killed over the last 24 hours. A
Mexican Air force plane crashed in President Felipe Calderon's home
state of Michoacan, killing three soldiers. Federal officials
announced 2 raids by security forces that netted the largest
seizures of methamphetamine precursor chemicals in the country's
history. Agents seized 20 tons of chemicals at Manzanillo port in
the Pacific coast state of Colima and 17 tons in the border city of
Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas.
2009 Oct 2, The Central Bank of
Nigeria (CBN) sacked the managing directors of three banks which it
said were in "grave situation", seven weeks after it applied similar
sanctions to the heads of five other banks.
2009 Oct 2, Pakistan's
paramilitary forces said that they had killed 27 more militants,
including two commanders, in Khyber.
2009 Oct 2, In Puerto Rico some
500 law officers swarmed into a public housing project and other
sites to dismantle a trafficking ring allegedly run by the island's
top drug suspect, Angel Ayala Vazquez, a man described as an
aspiring Robin Hood and a patron to reggaeton stars. Ayala, better
known as "Angelo Millones," was captured last month following a
2009 Oct 2, Six Senegalese
soldiers were killed and three wounded in an attack near the border
of Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. The soldiers were in a vehicle
returning to their base in the southern Casamance region east of its
capital Ziguinchor when their vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled
2009 Oct 2, Somali pirates
hijacked the Alakrana, a Spanish tuna trawler, with a 36-member crew
in the Indian Ocean 415 miles (670km) from the Seychelles islands.
Two days later Spanish naval forces, taking part in the EU
anti-piracy mission, captured two suspected pirates as they tried to
travel ashore to Somalia from the Alakrana in a skiff. All of the
crew were released safe and sound 47 days later after a ransom of
four million dollars was paid.
(AP, 10/2/09)(AP, 11/5/09)(AFP, 9/24/11)
2009 Oct 2, In Sri Lanka a
schoolgirl (12) was killed by a car bomb in northwestern Sri Lanka
that also wounded 12 others, mostly students who were about to
travel in the vehicle.
2009 Oct 2, In southern Sudan
fighting broke out in an oil-rich area between forces loyal to an
ex-warlord and the state’s governor.
(AP, 10/2/09)(AFP, 10/3/09)
2010 Oct 2, In Afghanistan at
least three civilians were killed along with 17 insurgents in a NATO
air strike targeting senior Taliban commanders in southern Helmand
province. ISAF accidentally killed two civilians when insurgents
attacked a military base in Baraki Barak district of Logar province
south of Kabul.
2010 Oct 2, Australian PM Julia
Gillard met the chief of international forces in Afghanistan and
vowed support for the US-led mission in a surprise visit to troops
on her first overseas trip as leader.
2010 Oct 2, Britain’s Druids
hailed a semi-governmental Charity Commission’s decision to grant it
charitable status just like mainstream religions such as the Church
of England. The Druid Network, a group of about 350 Druids, will
receive exemptions from taxes on donations.
2010 Oct 2, China offered to
buy Greek government bonds in a show of support for the country
whose debt burden triggered a crisis for the euro zone and required
an international bailout. Premier Wen Jiabao made the offer at the
start of a two-day visit, where he says he expects to expand ties in
2010 Oct 2, In China 8 workers
were killed and three others were injured when the residential
building toppled in Xi'an, the capital of northwestern Shaanxi
2010 Oct 2, Ecuador agreed to
raise wages in the armed forces by up to $35 million annually, days
after soldiers battled rebel police to rescue President Rafael
Correa from what he called a coup bid. Defense Minister Javier Ponce
said it was chance the wage were agreed two days after the assault
on Correa. He said the increases will cost $30 million to $35
million a year.
2010 Oct 2, French families,
students and private sector workers joined mass demonstrations
against the government's pension reforms, and unions hoped as many
as 3 million protesters would take to the streets.
2010 Oct 2, Guatemalan police
captured a suspected drug trafficker wanted in the US for cocaine
smuggling and seized nearly $2 million in cash that his brother was
carrying in two bags. Mauro Ramirez Barrios, alias "The Purple One,"
was arrested in the southern town of San Bernardino after a four-day
search. Ramirez, an alleged lieutenant of Juan Ortiz Lopez, was
arrested two weeks after he escaped police during a shootout at a
Guatemala City shopping mall that killed two officers.
(AP, 10/3/10)(AP, 3/31/11)
2010 Oct 2, In central
Indonesia a train crashed into another parked at a railway station,
killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, many seriously. The
next day Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi said Halik Rudianto,
the train’s engineer, had failed to stop at a red signal. Rudianto
was arrested for negligence.
(AP, 10/2/10)(AP, 10/3/10)
2010 Oct 2, Visiting Iran
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad assured Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
that their ties were solid, a view unlikely to please Washington
which is working to isolate the Islamic state.
2010 Oct 2, Latvians went to
the polls, as the Baltic nation emerges from a savage economic
slump, with polls showing the Moscow-tied left being poised for big
gains. PM Valdis Dombrovskis's center-right coalition took 63 seats
in the 100-member parliament in the election. His Unity Party won 33
seats, while the Moscow-linked, left-wing Harmony Center won 29.
(AFP, 10/2/10)(AP, 10/3/10)(Econ, 10/9/10, p.74)
2010 Oct 2, In Mexico 33
murders took place in Chihuahua state over the last 2 days with 9 of
the dead in Ciudad Juarez. In the northeast an explosion at a plaza
in Guadalupe injured 15 people. Authorities blamed the attack on
drug cartels targeting the civilian population to cause chaos. In
the northeast an explosion at a plaza in Guadalupe injured 15
people. Authorities blamed the attack on drug cartels targeting the
civilian population to cause chaos.
(AFP, 10/2/10)(AFP, 10/3/10)(AP, 10/4/10)
2010 Oct 2, In Moroccan
publisher Ahmed Benshemsi said his Arab-language weekly magazine
Nichane has gone bankrupt and been forced to close because "the
highest circles of power" had organized a boycott of advertisers.
The boycott was launched in August last year after Nichane, its
French-language stablemate Telquel and France's prestigious Le Monde
conducted an opinion poll on the monarchy.
2010 Oct 2, In Pakistan 2
suspected American missile strikes killed 16 alleged militants in a
northwestern tribal region, a sign the US is unwilling to stop using
the tactic despite heightened tensions between the two countries
over NATO's recent border incursions. Those killed were believed to
be insurgents working for warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur. Gunmen killed
Farooq Khan, a moderate Islamic scholar who was the vice chancellor
of Swat University, and his assistant.
2010 Oct 2, Senior Palestinian
politicians backed President Mahmoud Abbas' demand to link peace
talks to restrictions on Israeli settlement building, delivering a
new setback to bogged down US efforts to salvage the negotiations.
2010 Oct 2, In Peru a small
plane carrying British tourists crashed near the famed Nazca Lines,
killing all six people on board.
2010 Oct 2, At least seven
Somali civilians were killed in a fire fight between African Union
forces and hardline Islamist rebels.
2010 Oct 2, South African
authorities arrested Henry Okah, an ex-leader of a militant group
that claimed responsibility for the Oct 1 dual car bombing that
killed 12 people in Nigeria. A day before the bombings, security
agencies in South Africa had raided Okah's home and seized a laptop,
though they did not arrest him. On Jan 21, 2013, a South African
court found Okah guilty of masterminding the bombings. On March 26,
2013, Okah was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
(AP, 10/3/10)(AP, 1/21/13)(AP, 3/26/13)
2011 Oct 2, In Arizona Donald
Lapre, a Phoenix-based TV pitchman charged with running a nationwide
scheme to sell essentially worthless Internet-based businesses, was
found dead in his cell at a Florence facility. The government has
said at least 220,000 victims in the scheme were defrauded of nearly
2011 Oct 2, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill that that will prevent local governments
from banning male circumcision.
2011 Oct 2, In San Leandro,
Ca., gunmen opened fire on a group of people leaving an unlicensed
warehouse party killing 3 young people and wounding 3 others.
(SFC, 10/3/11, p.C1)
2011 Oct 2, The Afghan
government urged neighboring Pakistan to take concrete steps to help
end the Taliban insurgency and use its influence to bring the
militants to direct peace talks.
2011 Oct 2, Pirates armed with
automatic weapons fired upon and boarded a chemical tanker off Benin
before stealing cash, the latest in a wave of such attacks off West
2011 Oct 2, Cambodia’s
government disaster agency said that flood waters along the Mekong
River and other places have killed at least 150 people since August
and damaged 670,000 acres of rice fields, as well as 904 schools and
361 Buddhist temples.
2011 Oct 2, Cameroon police
over the last two days arrested 126 protesters seeking independence
for English-speaking Cameroon.
2011 Oct 2, Greece said it
would not meet a target for reducing its massive deficit, heaping
fresh pressure on the eurozone crisis.
2011 Oct 2, In Iraq two
roadside bombs killed four anti-al-Qaida Sunni militiamen In
Mishahda 30 km north of Baghdad.
2011 Oct 2, Israel’s PM
Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Israel "welcomes the Quartet's call
for direct negotiations between the parties without preconditions"
but said it has unspecified "concerns" about the proposal. The plan
by the Quartet of Mideast mediators calls for the resumption of
talks and a deal within a year.
2011 Oct 2, The Israeli
newspaper Haaretz reported that Israeli writer Yoram Kaniuk has won
a historic court victory granting his request to be officially
registered as "without religion" rather than "Jewish." A Tel Aviv
court sided with his demand, ruling last week that Israeli law
allows citizens to be officially registered as having no religion.
2011 Oct 2, In Italy Allison
Owens (23), of Columbus, Ohio, was killed by a car while jogging in
Tuscany. Her body was found on Oct 5. The driver of a car turned
himself in on Oct 6 after his vehicle was filmed on roadside
(AP, 10/5/11)(AP, 10/7/11)
2011 Oct 2, In Libyan civilians
fled Kadhafi's besieged home town of Sirte as battles raged for the
fugitive strongman's bastion. The Red Cross warned of a medical
emergency. 4 fighters were killed in friendly fire.
2011 Oct 2, In northern Nigeria
some 150 attackers raided Lingyado village, Zamfara state, going
house to house to shoot people who came out to greet them. Others
were slashed and stabbed to death by machetes. 19 people were
reported killed. State police chief soon arrested seven people
suspected of involvement in the raid.
(AP, 10/2/11)(AFP, 10/3/11)
2011 Oct 2, Serbia's police
detained six people and prevented a gathering of a pro-Russian
far-right group that threatened to burn an EU flag and spit on the
portrait of the US ambassador in Belgrade. Riot police were deployed
in large number across Belgrade to enforce a ban on a gay pride
event and anti-gay protests, fearing they would turn violent.
2011 Oct 2, In South Africa a
tornado in Nigel in Gauteng province left an eight-year-old boy dead
and injured 166 people. Over 150 houses were lost. Lightning killed
two more people in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal.
2011 Oct 2, Syrian dissidents
meeting in Turkey formally announced the creation of a broad-based
council designed to overthrow President Bashar Assad's regime in
what appeared to be the most serious step yet to unify a fragmented
opposition. The 21-year-old son of Syria's top Sunni Muslim cleric
was killed in an ambush in a restive northern area.
(AP, 10/2/11)(AP, 10/3/11)
2011 Oct 2, The government in
Thailand said heavy floods have also killed 206 people since August.
2011 Oct 2, Uganda’s first gay
bar, the Sappho Islands, was padlocked by the landlord, who said the
bar was noisy and attracted "strange" people.
2011 Oct 2, In Yemen a
seven-year-old girl was killed by a rocket that struck a school in
2012 Oct 2, The US Justice
Dept. paid Illinois $165 million for the long-dormant Thomson
prison. It was built for $140 million, but never opened because the
state lacked the money to operate it.
(SFC, 10/3/12, p.A7)
2012 Oct 2, The US National
Institute for Public Health and the Environment said a salmonella
outbreak traced to smoked salmon has sickened hundreds of people in
the Netherlands and the United States. It has been traced to Dutch
company Foppen, which sells fish to many major Dutch supermarkets
and to stores around the world.
2012 Oct 2, US Border Patrol
Agent Nicholas Ivie was shot dead and another wounded while on
patrol in a drug smuggling corridor in Arizona, near the border with
(Reuters, 10/2/12)(AP, 10/4/12)
2012 Oct 2, Pennsylvania's
divisive voter identification requirement became the latest of its
kind to get pushback from the courts ahead of Election Day,
delivering a hard-fought victory to Democrats who said it was a ploy
to defeat President Barack Obama and other opponents who said it
would prevent the elderly and minorities from voting.
2012 Oct 2, Nguyen Chi Thien
(73), Vietnamese poet, died in Orange County, Ca. In 1979 he managed
to pass 400 of his poems to the British ambassador in Hanoi before
being arrested. They were later published as “Flowers of Hell" and
won for him the Int’l. Poetry Award in 1985.
(Economist, 10/13/12, p.114)
2012 Oct 2, Designer brands
were reported to be abandoning Argentina. Louis Vuitton Moet
Hennessy, owner of the Japanese label Kenzo, issued a statement
blaming Argentina's "complex economic context" for the closure of
its store on Oct 10. Top labels have become collateral damage as the
government tightens its hold on the economy with measures aiming to
encourage domestic production and capture more wealth to aid the
2012 Oct 2, Azerbaijan's
ambassador defended a multimillion-dollar renovation of Mexican
parks and a monument to late president Geidar Aliyev
(d.2003). Azerbaijan had contributed much of the
65 million pesos ($5 million) it cost to renovate not one, but two
Mexico City parks, allowing it to put monuments in both. Critics
said that Aliyev, who stifled dissent, shouldn't be on a boulevard
decorated with statues to Mexican and foreign heroes. In 2013 Mexico
City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said the statue of Aliyev will be
removed from the capital’s main avenue.
(AP, 10/2/12)(SFC, 1/23/13, p.A2)
2012 Oct 2, Bahraini police
arrested five medical personnel after a court rejected appeals to
overturn their convictions for roles anti-government protests last
2012 Oct 2, Georgia’s President
Mikhail Saakashvili, a staunch ally of the West, acknowledged defeat
in parliamentary elections and called on Bidzina Ivanishvili to form
a new government. That puts the tycoon on track to be prime
minister, which will be Georgia's most powerful job under
constructional changes next year.
2012 Oct 2, A court in Ghana
ordered the 3-masted A.R.A. Libertad, flagship of Argentina's navy,
held in port until Argentina posts a court bond equal to its value,
which could be $10 million or more. Elliott Capital Management, a
$15 billion hedge fund run by billionaire Paul Singer, filed the
complaint in Ghana as part of its effort to collect on Argentine
bonds bought at fire-sale prices after the South American country's
record debt default a decade ago.
2012 Oct 2, Iraq signed a $14
million deal with a US consortium to modernize a major port in the
country's southern province of Basra in a move aimed at developing
key infrastructure neglected during years of war and sanctions. The
10-year agreement was with a consortium led by North America Western
2012 Oct 2, A Lebanese security
official says Hezbollah commander Ali Hussein Nassif and several
other fighters from the militant group have been killed in Syria.
2012 Oct 2, In the Maldives Dr.
Afrasheen Ali, a member of parliament, was murdered in a frenzied
2012 Oct 2, In northeast
Nigeria an overnight attack killed at least 25 people, including 22
students, outside the campus of the Federal Polytechnic Mubi in the
town of Mubi.
2012 Oct 2, In South Africa
thousands of striking truck drivers protested amid heavy police
presence in central Johannesburg as labor unrest continued across
the country, leading to fears of renewed violence.
2012 Oct 2, In Sudan 4 Nigerian
peacekeepers were killed and 8 wounded in an ambush in West Darfur.
(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 2, Hundreds of
Tunisians protested in support of a woman (27) who says she was
raped by police and is facing accusations of violating modesty laws.
The woman says three police officers stopped her in a car last
month, and one of them held her fiancé back while the other two
raped her. The police officers deny wrongdoing.
2012 Oct 2, Pope Benedict XVI's
onetime butler, Paolo Gabriele, declared he was innocent of a charge
of aggravated theft of the pope's private correspondence, but
acknowledged he photocopied the papers and said he feels guilty that
he betrayed the trust of the pontiff he loved like a father.
2012 Oct 2, In Yemen protesting
tribesmen blew main pylons cutting power to Sanaa. They were
protesting a death sentence against one of their members convicted
of belonging to al-Qaida and killing security agents.
(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A2)
2013 Oct 2, The US government
shutdown entered a 2nd day with no end in sight to the funding row
in Congress that triggered it. President Obama met with Republican
and Democratic leaders in Congress to try to break a budget deadlock
that has shut wide swaths of the federal government, but there was
no breakthrough and both sides blamed each other.
(Reuters, 10/2/13)(AP, 10/3/13)
2013 Oct 2, The United States
and South Korea signed a new pact to deter North Korea's potential
use of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction amid
growing threats from Pyongyang.
2013 Oct 2, FBI agents in San
Francisco arrested Ross William Ulbricht (29) at the Glen Park
library and accused him of being the “Dread Prince Roberts," the
once-anonymous mastermind behind an online drug marketplace known as
Silk Road. Ulbricht used Bitcoin virtual currency for transactions
and was indicted in Manhattan on Feb 4, 2014.
(SFC, 10/3/13, p.A1)(SFC, 2/5/14, p.A8)
2013 Oct 2, H. Ty Warner (69),
billionaire creator of the Beanie Babies, pleaded guilty to a tax
evasion charge in a Chicago court.
(SFC, 10/3/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 2, Tom Clancy
(b.1947), best-selling author of military thrillers, died in
Baltimore. His career took off with the publication of “The Hunt for
Red October" (1985).
(SFC, 10/3/13, p.D5)
2013 Oct 2, Three Afghan army
soldiers died and four were wounded when their vehicle struck a
roadside bomb in Helmand province.
2013 Oct 2, Albania said it has
signed on former British PM Tony Blair as an adviser and lobbyist in
its uphill struggle to join the 28-nation EU.
2013 Oct 2, Brazilian police
used pepper spray to stop hundreds of protesting Indians from
storming Congress, clamping down on the second day of indigenous
2013 Oct 2, Egypt's interim
government decided that insulting the flag and refusing to stand for
the national anthem is an offense punishable by law. A high school
student was killed when opponents and supporters of deposed Egyptian
president Mohamed Morsi clashed in the city of Suez.
(AP, 10/2/13)(Reuters, 10/2/13)
2013 Oct 2, The Gambian
government announced that the former British colony is pulling out
of the Commonwealth with immediate effect, saying it would "never be
a member of any neo-colonial institution."
2013 Oct 2, Indonesia’s
anti-corruption commission (KPK) detained Akil Mochtar, the chief
justice of the contitutional court, and seized almost $260,000 in
cash. KPK said the money was a bribe to rig a court ruling over a
disputed district election.
(Econ, 10/12/13, p.52)
2013 Oct 2, In Iraq gunmen
downed at dawn a military helicopter north of Baghdad during
clashes, killing its 5-member crew. 4 militants were killed in the
gunbattle outside the city of Tikrit. In Kirkuk a car bomb went off
in a commercial area, killing one civilian and wounding 13 others.
2013 Oct 2, In Italy Silvio
Berlusconi acknowledged defeat and announced he would support the
government of Premier Enrico Letta in a confidence vote, a stunning
about-face after defections in his party robbed him of the backing
he needed to bring down the government.
2013 Oct 2, The International
Criminal Court said it has issued an arrest warrant for Walter
Barasa, a Kenyan journalist in Deputy President William Ruto’s
political stronghold of Eldoret, for trying to bribe witnesses to
withdraw testimony against Ruto.
2013 Oct 2, Gunmen shot dead a
Libyan marine colonel in city of Benghazi where militants have
increasingly targeted security forces in a challenge to central
2013 Oct 2, In Libya security
guards fired shots to disperse a group of about 60 people who tried
to storm the Russian embassy. One of the attackers was killed by the
gunfire. Unconfirmed reports said that a Russian woman had murdered
(AP, 10/2/13)(Reuters, 10/3/13)
2013 Oct 2, Lithuania’s foreign
minister said his country could block Russia's road and rail access
to its enclave of Kaliningrad if Moscow keeps pressuring its
neighbors over their ties to the European Union.
2013 Oct 2, Mali freed 23
prisoners arrested in clashes in the north, as part of a deal signed
between the government and rebels in June.
2013 Oct 2, In Mexico
protesters clashed with riot police in Mexico City, leaving dozens
injured as thousands of people marched to mark the anniversary of a
massacre of students in 1968.
2013 Oct 2, In Pakistan two
soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb near Awaran, a town near the
Sep 24 quake epicenter. The military said they were there to
distribute humanitarian aid. A separatist commander in Baluchistan
threatened o step up attacks on security forces. Rebels have accused
the central government of stealing the province's rich mineral
deposits and the security forces of widespread human rights abuses.
2013 Oct 2, Masked executioners
in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip hanged a man who was convicted of
stabbing to death an acquaintance over money, ignoring protests by
human rights activists who say the territory's legal system is
2013 Oct 2, Polish police said
they have located Rev. Wojciech Gil, a priest sought by Interpol on
suspicion he sexually abused children in the Dominican Republic,
where he led a parish in the mountain town of Juncalito for eight
2013 Oct 2, Russian
investigators charged 14 Greenpeace campaigners with piracy over an
open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling.
(AFP, 10/2/13)(AP, 10/3/13)
2013 Oct 2, Ukrainian police
fired tear gas to disperse protesters trying to enter the city
council building in the capital Kiev. Thousands of opposition
protesters had gathered to rally against what they say is an
illegitimate council session.
2013 Oct 2, The UN refugee
agency said 17 countries including the United States, France and
Australia have agreed to receive quotas of refugees fleeing the
bloody conflict in Syria.
2013 Oct 2, A Vietnam court
jailed Le Quoc Quan, a prominent human rights activist, for two and
a half years after finding him guilty on tax evasion charges
supporters say were aimed at muzzling critics of the Communist
2013 Oct 2, A Yemeni court
jailed five Al-Qaeda militants for up to 10 years for plotting a
suicide bombing that killed 86 soldiers and wounded 171 others last
year. Yemeni forces announced they had retaken control of army
headquarters in Mukalla, killing the Al-Qaeda gunmen holed up there.
At least 10 people including 3 soldiers were killed in the
(AFP, 10/2/13)(AFP, 10/3/13)
2014 Oct 2, US Sec of State
John Kerry told Vietnam’s foreign minister that the US would
partially ease its ban on sales of weapons, in effect since 1984.
(Econ, 10/11/14, p.45)
2014 Oct 2, The Algerian army
killed 5 foreign "criminals" near the border with Niger.
2014 Oct 2, Australia
authorized the deployment of special forces to advise and assist
Iraqi forces alongside British, Canadian and US advisers already on
2014 Oct 2, Prosecutors in
Colombia said they have detained 33 soldiers suspected of killing
farmworker John Jeiber Mina Guaza last week.
2014 Oct 2, Egypt's army killed
Mohamed Abu Shatiya, a field commander in Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the
country's most dangerous Islamist militant group, during clashes in
the lawless north of the Sinai Peninsula.
2014 Oct 2, In France a
helicopter that took off from neighboring Switzerland crashed in the
yard of a home in eastern France, killing at least 5 people in the
town of Bart.
2014 Oct 2, Rocket Internet
went public in Germany in an IPO valued at $8.2 billion. The company
specialized in launching clones of proven internet-business models.
The stock opened at €42.50 and immediately fell to €38.00
(Econ, 10/4/14, p.72)
2014 Oct 2, In Hong Kong crowds
of protesters swelled after police were seen unloading boxes of tear
gas and rubber bullets, sending tensions soaring. Huge throngs have
given Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying until midnight to step down or
face escalated action. Chun-ying agreed to open talks with
pro-democracy protesters but refused to stand down.
(AFP, 10/2/14)(AP, 10/3/14)
2014 Oct 2, India’s PM Narendra
Modi joined millions of people in a countrywide campaign to clean
parks, public buildings and streets on the birth anniversary of
(SFC, 10/2/14, p.A6)
2014 Oct 2, In Iraq the Islamic
State group launched attacks on bases in the western towns of Heet
(Hit) and Ramadi that left at least 17 members of the security
forces and 40 jihadists dead in Anbar province.
(AFP, 10/2/14)(Reuters, 10/2/14)
2014 Oct 2, In Libya some 36
soldiers were killed and more than 70 wounded in car bomb attacks
and clashes between troops and Islamists around Benghazi airport. 4
people were also killed in a separate attack by suspected Islamists
on an army checkpoint in Qubah, east of Benghazi.
(Reuters, 10/2/14)(AFP, 10/3/14)
2014 Oct 2, At least 10
migrants from sub-Saharan Africa drowned and dozens more were
missing after their boat sank in the Mediterranean offshore Libya.
2014 Oct 2, In Pakistan 7
people were killed and at least 11 wounded when an explosive device
ripped through a passenger bus traveling outside the volatile city
2014 Oct 2, In the Philippines
hundreds of activists led by the climate change commissioner kicked
off a 38-day walk of more than 1,000 km from Manila to the
typhoon-hit city of Tacloban to raise awareness of rising risks from
higher seas and extreme weather.
2014 Oct 2, Saudi Arabia sought
to assure the public that the kingdom was safe and free of health
scares as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling
tent city near Mecca for the start of the annual Islamic hajj
2014 Oct 2, The Save the
Children charity warned that five people are being infected with
Ebola every hour in Sierra Leone and demand for treatment beds is
far outstripping supply.
2014 Oct 2, In South Africa
Cape Town's mayor announced that a planned summit of Nobel peace
laureates had been "suspended", citing the government's
"intransigence" in not providing a visa to the Dalai Lama.
2014 Oct 2, In Syria Islamic
State insurgents tightened their grip on Kobani despite coalition
air strikes meant to weaken them, sending thousands more Kurdish
refugees into Turkey and dragging Ankara deeper into the conflict.
2014 Oct 2, The Turkish
government won parliamentary approval to deploy troops against the
Islamic State group.
2014 Oct 2, In eastern Ukraine
pro-Russian insurgents launched a fresh assault on the Donetsk
Airport held by isolated Ukrainian forces as a month-old truce came
under renewed strain and calls grew for the Kremlin to help halt the
2014 Oct 2, A Vietnamese oil
tanker went missing after pirates stormed the ship and siphoned off
some of its cargo. It was released after a week. The deputy captain
of the Sunrise 689, Pham Van Hoang, said a group of more than 10
men, who he thought were Indonesian, armed with guns and knives in
two speedboats boarded the tanker shortly after it left Singapore
2015 Oct 2, A report released
by the Alaska Department of Labor showed that about 7,500 more
people moved out of the state than arrived in fiscal year 2014.
2015 Oct 2, Oklahoma’s highest
criminal court agreed to halt all executions after the state’s
prison system received the wrong drug for a lethal injection this
(SFC, 10/3/15, p.A6)
2015 Oct 2, In eastern
Afghanistan a US Air Force C-130J military transport plane crashed
overnight at Jalalabad air field, killing 6 American airmen and 5
civilians on the aircraft.
2015 Oct 2, In Australia an
Iran-born teenager (15) of Iraqi-Kurdish background shot a New South
Wales police finance worker with a handgun at close range as the man
left work in the western Sydney suburb of Parramatta. The teen then
fired at responding officers, who shot and killed him. Farhad Jabar
(15) was shot dead by police moments after he killed Curtis Cheng
(58) with a .38 Smith & Wesson as the accountant walked from the
New South Wales state police headquarters in central Sydney after
work. In 2018 Talal Alameddine (25), the man who provided the
revolver used to kill the state police employee, was sentenced to 17
years in prison.
(AP, 10/2/15)(AP, 5/18/18)
2015 Oct 2, Hurricane Joaquin
ripped off roofs, uprooted trees and unleashed heavy flooding as the
Category 4 storm hurled torrents of rain across the eastern and
(AP, 10/2/15)(SFC, 10/3/15, p.A2)(AP, 10/5/15)
2015 Oct 2, Brazilian President
Dilma Rousseff announced a major government reshuffle, axing eight
ministries in a cost-cutting measure that analysts say also aims to
protect the embattled leader from impeachment threats.
2015 Oct 2, Colombia’s
President Juan Manuel Santos congratulated his armed forces for
killing cocaine warlord Victor Navarro (36), aka Megateo, for whom
the US had been offering a $5 million bounty. Megateo had been first
reported killed in August.
(AP, 10/2/15)(AFP, 10/2/15)
2015 Oct 2, The head of Egypt's
Cairo University said a recent decision to ban female staff from
wearing the full face veil aims to put an end to student complaints
of "poor communication" in class.
2015 Oct 2, In eastern
Indonesia a passenger plane carrying 10 people was reported missing
on a domestic flight. The DHC-6 Twin Otter plane lost contact 11
minutes after taking off in good weather from Masamba in South
Sulawesi province. On October 5 wreckage of the plane was reported
(AP, 10/2/15)(AP, 10/5/15)
2015 Oct 2, The leaders of
France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine met in Paris to consolidate a
fragile peace in Ukraine. The Organization for Security and
Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said monitors have spotted a Russian
mobile TOS-1 'Buratino' weapons system in rebel-held Ukraine this
(AFP, 10/2/15)(Reuters, 10/2/15)
2015 Oct 2, Iran's state TV is
reported that Royal Dutch Shell and France's Total will be the first
foreign companies to be allowed to operate gasoline stations inside
2015 Oct 2, In Iraq and Syria
the US-led coalition targeted Islamic State insurgents in 27 air
2015 Oct 2, In Ireland Brian
Friel (86), Tony Award-winning playwright, died. He created "Dancing
at Lughnasa" (1990) and more than 30 other plays.
(AP, 10/2/15)(Econ, 10/17/15, p.98)
2015 Oct 2, In Mexico masked
protesters clashed with riot police in Mexico City after thousands
of people marched to commemorate the 47th anniversary of a student
2015 Oct 2, In Nigeria multiple
bombs detonated in two satellite towns of Abuja, killing at least 18
2015 Oct 2, Nigeria's former
oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke was arrested in London. She was
minister from 2010 until May 2015 under former president Goodluck
Jonathan The National Crime Agency (NCA) said its International
Corruption Unit had arrested five people across London on suspicion
of bribery and corruption offences.
2015 Oct 2, Pakistan took its
long-running dispute with neighboring India to the UN as the
country's UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi presented three dossiers to
Sec.-Gen. Ban Ki-moon's office alleging Indian involvement in
fomenting unrest in Pakistan.
2015 Oct 2, Portugal’s Justice
Ministry approved the first three of more than 200 applications it
has received so far granting citizenship rights to the descendants
of Jews it persecuted five centuries ago.
2015 Oct 2, Russia bombed Syria
for a third day, mainly hitting areas held by rival insurgent groups
rather than the Islamic State fighters it said it was targeting. The
US-led coalition called on the Russians to halt strikes on targets
other than Islamic State. Russia said it had bombed the Islamic
State stronghold of Raqa for the first time.
(Reuters, 10/2/15)(AFP, 10/2/15)
2015 Oct 2, Spain granted
citizenship to 4,302 people whose Jewish ancestors fled after being
told in 1492 to convert to Catholicism or go into exile ahead of the
2015 Oct 2, Spain's National
Court said it has convicted and sentenced 11 members of a
recruitment network that sent militants to carry out attacks for
al-Qaida-linked groups fighting in Syria. The cell's leaders, Karim
Abdesalam Mohamed and Ismail Abdelaftif were sentenced to 12 years
while the rest each received 10-year sentences.
2015 Oct 2, In Syria Islamic
State attacked government-held areas in the eastern city of Deir
al-Zor and an air base south of the city.
2015 Oct 2, Turkish security
forces killed more than 10 suspected Kurdish militants amid
intensifying clashes in the country's southeast, while 44 people
were arrested in Istanbul on suspicion of links with the rebels.
Suspected militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) abducted
two Turkish soldiers on a highway between the Tunceli and Erzincan
(Reuters, 10/2/15)(AFP, 10/3/15)
2015 Oct 2, The UN backed a
Saudi-led resolution to support Yemen in setting up a national
inquiry into human rights violations.
2016 Oct 2, In southern
California Los Angeles police shot and killed Daniel Enrique Perez
(16) as he point a fake gun at them. Police later said the boy had
used his cell phone to report a man with a gun matching his own
(SFC, 10/7/16, p.A5)
2016 Oct 2, The World Bank
reported that 767 million people live in extreme poverty, subsisting
on less than $1.90 per day. Data used was already two years out of
(Econ, 10/8/16, p.69)
2016 Oct 2, Brazilians furious
at recession and corruption voted in nationwide municipal elections
expected to deal a drubbing to the long-dominant left. The
first-round balloting ended in humiliation for the nation's former
governing Workers' Party.
(AFP, 10/2/16)(AFP, 10/30/16)
2016 Oct 2, Colombians voted in
a referendum on whether to ratify a historic peace accord to end a
52-year war between the state and the communist FARC rebels. With
more than 99.9 percent of votes counted Colombians voted 50.21
percent to 49.78 percent against the accord.
(AFP, 10/2/16)(AP, 10/3/16)
2016 Oct 2, In Ethiopia police
in the Oromiya region fired teargas and warning shots to disperse
anti-government protesters at a religious festival, triggering a
stampede that killed 52 people. The clashes between security forces
and protesters continued into the next day in the towns of Bishoftu
(Reuters, 10/2/16)(AP, 10/3/16)
2016 Oct 2, Hungary held a
referendum on refugee quotas. Only 40% of the electorate cast valid
votes. Low turnout invalidated the referendum against EU refugee
quotas but showed nearly unanimous support for the government
position among its supporters.
(AP, 10/3/16)(Econ, 10/8/16, p.50)
2016 Oct 2, India ratified the
Paris climate change agreement at the UN in New York.
(SFC, 10/3/16, p.A2)
2016 Oct 2, In Iraq a
booby-trapped drone launched by Islamic State militants killed two
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and wounded two French soldiers north of
the IS-controlled city of Mosul. French soldiers had been training
Kurdish fighters near the site of the drone crash near the town of
2016 Oct 2, Italian
investigative journalist Claudio Gatti claimed to have identified
Elena Ferrante, the world’s most famous pseudonymous novelist. He
identified her as Anita Raja, the wife of novelist Domenico
Starnone. “My Brilliant Friend," the first of her four “Neapolitan
Novels," was published in 2011.
(Econ, 10/8/16, p.75)
2016 Oct 2, Syrian government
and allied forces advanced north of Aleppo, pressing their week-old
offensive to take the insurgent-held, eastern part of the city after
dozens of overnight air strikes.
2016 Oct 2, In northern Syria
at least 21 Syrian rebels fighting alongside Turkish troops against
the Islamic State were killed by landmines laid by the jihadist
2016 Oct 2, In Vietnam
thousands of protesters surrounded a Taiwanese steel plant, some
scaling walls and holding signs demanding its closure, as anger
flares against the firm for dumping toxic waste into the ocean
killing tons of fish last April.
2017 Oct 2, Jeffrey Hall (72)
won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with fellow Americans
Michael Rosbash (73) and Michael W. Young for their discoveries
about the body's daily rhythms.
2017 Oct 2, Paul S. Otellini
(b.1950), former CEO of Intel, died in his sleep in Sonoma County,
(SFC, 10/4/17, p.C6)
2017 Oct 2, American rock icon
Tom Petty (b.1950) died in Santa Monica, Ca., after suffering
(SFC, 10/3/17, p.A1)
2017 Oct 2, British authorities
scrambled to bring home 110,000 travelers after Monarch Airlines
collapsed, cancelling all flights by what had been Britain's fifth
biggest carrier with 2,100 employees. Monarch Chief Executive Andrew
Swaffield said the airline's troubles stemmed from recent terror
attacks in Egypt and Tunisia and the "decimation" of the tourist
trade in Turkey.
2017 Oct 2, Environment
Secretary Michael Gove said Britain will work with industry to
launch a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles in a bid to clamp
down on the huge waste that litters the land and sea every year. The
government says Britain recycled only 57 percent of the bottles that
were sold in 2016.
2017 Oct 2, In Ecuador
authorities ordered Vice Pres. Jorge Glas (48) held in pretrial
detention in Quito and froze his assets. This was associated
accusation of bribery related to Brazil’s Odebrecht construction
(SFC, 10/4/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 2, Egypt’s police
killed three suspected militant members of Hasm, a breakaway faction
of the Muslim Brotherhood group in a shootout in a southern Cairo
2017 Oct 2, The EU executive
urged Spain to talk to Catalan separatists, condemning violence but
also calling for unity, a day after Spanish police beat people
trying to vote in an independence referendum in Catalonia.
2017 Oct 2, Iranian university
academic Mohammad Reza Jalaipour said seven reformists, including
himself and a brother of ex-president Mohammad Khatami, have been
given one-year jail terms and banned from all political and media
activity for two years. The seven were leaders of the Islamic Iran
Participation Front which authorities dissolved in 2010 following a
wave of unprecedented protests against the re-election the previous
year of hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
2017 Oct 2, A Kurdish official
said Iranian and Iraqi forces staged joint military exercises near
the border with Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region.
2017 Oct 2, Iraqi forces and
Shi'ite paramilitaries captured the Rashad air base from Islamic
State, gaining a strategic foothold in the north of the country as
they push toward the town of Hawija.
2017 Oct 2, In Kashmir Indian
and Pakistani troops fired at each other, killing a boy (10) and a
girl (15) and injuring 12 other civilians on the Indian side.
2017 Oct 2, In Kenya police
fired teargas at opposition supporters who rallied in Nairobi
calling for the sacking of election board officials they blame for
August's botched presidential vote.
2017 Oct 2, A Myanmar minister
proposed taking back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who
fled to Bangladesh following a military crackdown, as UN
representatives were given their first access to Rakhine since the
trouble erupted on August 25.
2017 Oct 2, Pakistani activist
Ahmed Zeb, hunted by the Taliban, narrowly escaped a car blast that
killed his father and a passenger. Zeb vowed the next day to keep up
his struggle against militancy in the northern Swat Valley. The
attack was claimed by a spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban.
2017 Oct 2, West Bank-based
Palestinian PM Rami al-Hamdallah crossed into the Gaza Strip in a
move toward reconciliation between the mainstream Fatah party and
Hamas, a decade after the Islamist group seized the territory in a
2017 Oct 2, Russian President
Vladimir Putin met with the president of Turkmenistan on a rare
visit to the gas-rich Central Asian nation.
2017 Oct 2, A Russian court
sentenced opposition leader Alexei Navalny for 20 days for calling
for an unsanctioned protest.
(SFC, 10/3/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 2, Saudi Arabia's
Public Investment Fund announced plans to set up two investment
companies to develop infrastructure in Mecca and Medina, Islam's two
2017 Oct 2, In Syria a double
suicide bomb attack hit a police station in Damascus, killing at
least 17 people. In eastern Syria a drone strike killed at least ten
Hezbollah fighters, where pro-government forces engaged in a
grinding battle against the Islamic State group.
(AFP, 10/2/17)(AP, 10/2/17)(SFC, 10/3/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 2, Shares worth over
$500 million in Thailand's Siam Commercial Bank were transferred on
behalf of King Maha Vajiralongkorn from the Crown Property Bureau,
which manages palace assets. The ultimate beneficiary of the shares
was not identified.
2017 Oct 2, In Zimbabwe NewsDay
reported that a ruling Zanu-PF lawmaker, Esau Mupfumi, had over the
weekend handed out clothes saying they were donated by First Lady
Grace Mugabe. NewsDay journalist Kenneth Nyangani was arrested for
allegedly writing and publishing the story over the donation of some
used undergarments by Mugabe’s wife.
2018 Oct 2, The Wall Street
Journal reported that Pres. Donald Trump personally guided efforts
in February to keep Stormy Daniels from talking about their alleged
2006 tryst, and that his son Eric was enlisted to help in the
(SFC, 10/3/18, p.A8)
2018 Oct 2, Three scientists
from the United States, Canada and France won the Nobel Prize in
physics for work with lasers. Arthur Ashkin (96) of Bell
Laboratories in New Jersey, developed "optical tweezers" that can
grab tiny particles such as viruses without damaging them. Donna
Strickland, of the University of Waterloo in Canada, and Frenchman
Gerard Mourou of the Ecole Polytechnique and University of Michigan,
helped develop short and intense laser pulses that have broad
industrial and medical applications, including laser eye surgery and
highly precise machine cutting.
2018 Oct 2, In Chicago Kiera
Coles (27), a pregnant postal worker, was last seen after calling in
sick for work. Police suspected foul play.
(SFC, 10/20/18, p.A6)
2018 Oct 2, Amazon said it is
boosting its minimum wage for all US workers to $15 per hour
starting next month and said it will push for an increase in the
federally mandated minimum wage, which now stands at $7.25 per hour.
2018 Oct 2, In Abu Dhabi eight
members of one Emirati family were killed in a house fire in the
2018 Oct 2, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber struck an election rally in eastern Nangarhar
province, killing at least 13 people and wounding around 40. At
least nine police officers were killed in attacks late today by
insurgents on checkpoints in three different parts of the country.
(AP, 10/2/18)(AP, 10/3/18)
2018 Oct 2, Britain's PM
Theresa May announced that her government will change the law so
that opposite-sex couples can enter into civil partnerships.
(SFC, 10/3/18, p.A2)
2018 Oct 2, Former British
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson revved up Britain's Conservative
Party and ramped up pressure on PM Theresa May, condemning her
proposed divorce deal with the European Union as a "cheat" that
would keep the country manacled to the bloc.
2018 Oct 2, Six fraudsters were
jailed in Britain for orchestrating a 17 million pound ($22 million)
scam to sell and install solar energy panels, often targeting
2018 Oct 2, Geoff Emerick (72),
who worked as recording engineer for the Beatles for many years and
played an important role in the creation of "Revolver," ''Sgt.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and other albums, died.
2018 Oct 2, It was reported
that a court in Dubai has sentenced an Egyptian taxi driver (34)to
six months in prison and deportation after convicting him of
sexually assaulting a US Navy officer (22) in March 2017.
2018 Oct 2, Ethiopian officials
said more than 70,000 people have fled ethnically-charged violence
in western Ethiopia, part of an eruption of unrest that has piled
pressure on reformist PM Abiy Ahmed.
2018 Oct 2, Around 200 French
police launched a dawn anti-terror raid on one of the biggest Shiite
Muslim centers in France, the Zahra Center France, as well as the
homes of its directors. France accused Iran's intelligence ministry
of being behind a foiled plot to bomb an exiled opposition group
near Paris. The accusation was taken three months after the alleged
plot to bomb a meeting of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK) in a
suburb of Paris.
2018 Oct 2, German ministers
said the government will ease immigration rules to attract foreign
jobseekers, including giving well-integrated, irregular migrants who
are employed a shot at staying in the country to combat a
fast-ageing worker shortage.
2018 Oct 2, German car giant
Volkswagen said it was removing Rupert Stadler, the chief executive
of subsidiary Audi who has been jailed in an emissions fraud probe
since June, from his post and the parent group's board.
2018 Oct 2, Melania Trump
touched down at mid-morning in Ghana's capital, Accra, kicking off a
four-country visit and receiving a warm welcome on a continent her
husband once referred to derisively.
2018 Oct 2, Greenland PM Kim
Kielsen presented a new minority government, ending a political
crisis that started when he lost his majority last month with the
withdrawal of a pro-independence party.
2018 Oct 2, Indian police fired
teargas and water cannons to halt and scatter a march by thousands
of protesting farmers heading for the capital New Delhi to demand
better prices for their produce.
2018 Oct 2, Iran's environment
chief Isa Kalantari said his country faces losing 70 percent of its
farmlands if urgent action is not taken to overcome a litany of
2018 Oct 2, Iraq's lawmakers
met to elect a new president after a dispute between the two main
Kurdish parties delayed the vote, eventually forcing them to choose
among 20 nominees. Veteran Kurdish politician Barham Salih (58) was
elected president by parliament and sworn in. He then tapped Adel
Abdel Mahdi (76) for the difficult task of navigating the country's
tangled politics to form a government within 30 days.
(AP, 10/2/18)(AP, 10/3/18)(AFP, 10/3/18)
2018 Oct 2, Israel detained
Lara Alqasem (22), an American citizen with Palestinian
grandparents, after she landed at Ben-Gurion Airport with a valid
student visa. She was barred from entering the country and ordered
deported, based on suspicions that she supports a campaign that
calls for boycotts, divestments, and sanctions against Israel. A
week later she was still in detention.
2018 Oct 2, Italy's leaders
refused to budge from new spending plans that have been spooking
investors, pushing the eurozone's third-largest economy on a
collision course with its EU partners.
2018 Oct 2, In Morocco a
long-awaited law aimed at protecting thousands of young girls
working as housemaids took effect, the country's first such
legislation. The law sets a minimum age of 18 for household work. It
allowed 16-17 year-olds to work as domestic helpers for a further
five years until October 2023.
2018 Oct 2, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb hit a security convoy in the Awaran district of
Baluchistan province, killing three members of a provincial
paramilitary force and wounding eight.
2018 Oct 2, Palestinian
schoolchildren in a West Bank hamlet slated for destruction asked
for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to intervene on their behalf.
2018 Oct 2, Workers for the UN
agency for Palestinian refugees went on strike to protest job cuts
due to a funding crisis sparked by US President Donald Trump's aid
2018 Oct 2, In Poland more than
20,000 policemen, firemen, border and prison guards gathered in
Warsaw to decry "outrageous" working conditions and demand pay
rises, in what they described as the biggest protest in Polish
2018 Oct 2, An appeals court in
Poland ruled that a Roman Catholic order should pay damages to a
woman who was abducted and sexually abused by one of its priests
when she was 13. The priest was arrested in 2008 and convicted of
pedophilia. He has served four years in prison, and was removed from
the religious order last year.
2018 Oct 2, Moscow said it had
delivered the S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria after the
downing of a Russian spy plane by Syrian forces in September.
2018 Oct 2, Saudi Arabia said
it will deposit $200 million in Yemen's central bank to help stem a
slide in the riyal that has sent food prices soaring in the
2018 Oct 2, A Saudi newspaper
reported that a Saudi woman has lost a judicial battle to marry the
man of her choice as a court deemed him "religiously" unfit because
he plays a musical instrument. The woman said she will seek
intervention from the country's "highest authorities" -- a reference
to the royal court.
2018 Oct 2, In Spain the
Catalan parliament voted to reject a Spanish Supreme Court ruling
that suspended former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and five
other pro-independence politicians from public office, marking a new
standoff with Madrid.
2018 Oct 2, In Sudan newspaper
editors attended a meeting held by the EU at its office in Khartoum
that urged press freedoms in the country. Several Sudanese
journalists highlighted the challenges faced by the media industry
in Sudan, including newspaper seizures by security agents.
2018 Oct 2, In Turkey Saudi
journalist Jamal Khashoggi (59), who has written Washington Post
columns critical of the kingdom's assertive crown prince, went
missing after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The Saudi
Consulate insisted that Khashoggi left its building before
(AP, 10/3/18)(SFC, 10/5/18, p.A3)
2018 Oct 2, The World Health
Organization said it was helping Yemeni authorities with a second
round of vaccination against cholera in three hard-hit districts.
More than 2,500 people have died of the waterborne infection since
the worst cholera outbreak in Yemen's history began in April 2017.