Today in History - October 3
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1226 Oct 3,
St. Francis of Assisi (b.1182), founder of the Franciscan order,
died. He was canonized in 1228 and entombed in the St. Francis
Basilica in 1230. In 1983 Olivier Messiaen premiered his opera
“Saint Francis d’Assise.” In 2001 Adrian House authored “Francis of
Assisi: A Revolutionary Life;” Valerie Martin authored “Salvation:
Scenes From the Life of St. Francis.” In 2002 Donald Spoto authored
“Reluctant Saint: The Life of Francis of Assisi.” [see Oct 4]
(AP, 10/3/97)(SFEC, 7/25/99, DB p.32)(SSFC,
3/25/01, BR p.1,6)(SSFC, 9/29/02, p.D2)(SFC, 10/3/02, p.A19)
1430 Oct 3, Jews were expelled
from Eger, Bohemia.
1564 Oct 3, Christophorus
Fabritius, [Christoffel Smit], Calvinist vicar, was burned at the
1569 Oct 3, Battle of
Montcontour the Duke of Anjou beat the Huguenots.
1650 Oct 3, The English
parliament declared its rule over the fledgling American colonies.
1656 Oct 3, Myles Standish,
Plymouth Colony leader, died (birth date unknown).
1691 Oct 3, English and Dutch
armies occupied Limerick, Ireland.
1728 Oct 3, Charles G Chevalier
d'Eon de Beaumont, French duelist, spy and transvestite, was born.
1739 Oct 3, Russia signed a
treaty with the Turks, ending a three-year conflict between the two
1776 Oct 3, Congress borrowed
five million dollars to halt the rapid depreciation of paper money
in the colonies.
1778 Oct 3, Capt. Cook anchored
1789 Oct 3, George Washington
proclaimed the 1st national Thanksgiving Day to be Nov 26.
1789 Oct 3, George Washington
proclaimed the 1st national Thanksgiving Day to be Nov 26.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to
acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be
grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and
favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint
committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United
States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by
acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of
Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably
to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign
Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people
of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who
is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that
will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our
sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the
people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the
signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His
providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the
great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since
enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been
enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and
happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted
for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and
the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and,
in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been
pleased to confer upon us. And also that we may then unite in most
humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and
Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other
transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private
stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and
punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the
people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and
constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed;
to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as
have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments,
peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true
religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us;
and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal
prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
1790 Oct 3, John Ross, Chief of
the United Cherokee Nation from 1839 to 1866, was born near Lookout
Mountain, Tennessee. Although his father was Scottish and his mother
only part Cherokee, Ross was named Tsan-Usdi (Little John) and
raised in the Cherokee tradition. A settled people with successful
farms, strong schools, and a representative government, the Cherokee
resided on 43,000 square miles of land they had held for centuries.
1800 Oct 3, George Bancroft,
historian, known as the "Father of American History" for his
10-volume A History of the United States, was born.
1803 Oct 3, John Gorrie,
inventor of the cold-air process of refrigeration, was born.
1814 Oct 3, Mikhail Yurevich
Lermontov (d.1841), Russian poet and writer (Demon), was born.
(WUD, 1994 p.822)(MC, 10/3/01)
1854 Oct 3, William Crawford
Gorgas (d.1920), US Surgeon-Gen, was born. He helped cure yellow
fever. He served as the chief sanitary officer of the Panama Canal
(WUD, 1994 p.610)(MC, 10/3/01)
1854 Oct 3, San Francisco
businessman Harry Meiggs departed SF aboard the bark America with
his family after embezzling $800,000 from the city to cover debts.
He took refuge in Chile where he built a railroad between Santiago
and Valparaiso. After 13 years he moved to Peru.
(SFC, 1/18/14, p.C2)
1862 Oct 3, At the Battle of
Corinth, in Mississippi, a Union army defeated the Confederates.
1863 Oct 3, President Lincoln
declared the last Thursday in November, Thanksgiving Day. Credit for
establishing Thanksgiving as a national holiday is usually given to
Sarah J. Hale, editor and founder of the Ladies' Magazine in Boston.
Her editorials in the magazine and letters to President Lincoln
urging the formal establishment of a national holiday of
Thanksgiving resulted in Lincoln's proclamation, which designated
the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day. Later presidents
followed this example, with the exception of Franklin D. Roosevelt,
who in 1939 proclaimed Thanksgiving Day a week earlier--on the
fourth, not the last, Thursday of November--in effort to encourage
more holiday shopping. In 1941 Congress adopted a joint resolution,
permanently setting the date of Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday
(AP, 10/3/97)(HN, 11/26/98)(HNPD, 11/26/98)(HN,
1867 Oct 3, Pierre Bonnard
(d.1947), French painter and illustrator, was born. He wrote that he
wanted to “show what one sees when one enters a room all of a
sudden.” He married Marthe de Meligny in 1925 and during his life
painted some 384 images of her. In 1998 John Elderfield and Sarah
Whitfield published “Bonnard.”
6/24/98, p.A16)(SFEC, 8/2/98, BR p.9)
1867 Oct 3, Elias Howe, one of
the inventors of the sewing machine, died. In 1968 Grace Rogers
Cooper authored “”The Invention of the Sewing Machine.”
(ON, 11/00, p.9)(HNQ, 2/27/02)
1872 Oct 3, Bloomingdale's
department store opened in NYC.
1873 Oct 3, Captain Jack and
three other Modoc Indians were hanged in Oregon for the murder of
General Edward Canby.
1876 Oct 3, John L. Routt, the
Colorado Territory governor, was elected the first state governor of
Colorado in the Centennial year of the U.S.
1882 Oct 3, Gunther von Kluge,
German field marshal, was born.
1896 Oct 3, William Morris
(b.1834), English artist and writer, died. “Have nothing in your
house that you do not know to be useful of believe to be beautiful.”
In 1995 Fiona MacCarthy authored the biography: “William Morris.”
p.50)(WSJ, 1/21/07, p.P9)
1899 Oct 3, J.S. Thurman
patented a motor-driven vacuum cleaner.
1900 Oct 3, Thomas Wolfe
(d.1938), American author (Look Homeward Angel), was born. "All
youth is bound to be 'misspent'; there is something in its very
nature that makes it so, and that is why all men regret it."
"Loneliness ... is and always has been the central and inevitable
experience of every man."--From "You Can't Go Home Again.”
(AP, 7/28/97)(AP, 9/18/98)(HN, 10/3/98)
1900 Oct 3, Edward Elgar,
Cardinal John Henry Newman's oratorium, premiered in Birmingham.
1902 Oct 3,
President Theodore Roosevelt met with miners and coal field
operators in an attempt to settle the anthracite coal strike, then
in its fifth month. The country relied on coal to power commerce and
industry and anthracite or "hard coal" was essential for domestic
heating. Pennsylvania miners had left the anthracite fields
demanding wage increases, union recognition, and an eight-hour
workday. As winter approached, public anxiety about fuel shortages
and the rising cost of all coal pushed Roosevelt to take
unprecedented action. The meeting failed to resolve differences. A
presidential commission awarded the workers a 10% wage increase and
a shorter work week. [see May 12] The miners returned to work on Oct
(LCTH, 10/3/99)(SFC, 10/4/02, p.A17)(AH, 2/03,
1906 Oct 3, The first
conference on wireless telegraphy in Berlin adopted SOS as warning
1909 Oct 3, Herblock (Herbert
Block, d.2001), political cartoonist, was born.
1910 Oct 3, San Francisco new
police Chief Seymour closed down dancing of the “bunny hug” and the
“hug-me-tight” in the Tenderloin. As of the next day female habitues
of the Tenderloin will not be allowed to puff their usual cigarettes
(SSFC, 10/3/10, DB p.50)
1913 Oct 3, A 1% US federal
income tax was signed into law by Pres. Wilson. The law spared
interest of any kind, including home-mortgage interest.
1916 Oct 3, James Herriot
(d.1995), Yorkshire veterinarian and author, was born in Sunderland,
England. His books include "All Creatures Great and Small." [see Mar
1919 Oct 3, The Serbian,
Croatian & Slavic (Yugoslavia) parliament agreed on an 8 hr work
1922 Oct 3, Rebecca L. Felton,
D-Ga., became the first woman to be seated in the U.S. Senate. Mrs.
Felton had been appointed to serve out the remaining term of Sen.
Thomas E. Watson.
1922 Oct 3, The 1st facsimile
photo (fax) was sent over city telephone lines in Washington, DC.
1925 Oct 3, Gore Vidal, writer
(Myra Breckinridge, Lincoln, DC, Burr), was born in West Point, NY.
He was named Eugen Luther Gore Vidal. His first book at age 20 was
titled "Williwaw." A memoir of his 1st 39 years was titled
"Palimpsest." In 1999 some collected essays were published under the
title "Sexually Speaking: Collected Sex Writings." In 1993 a
collection of essays was titled "United States: 1952-1992".
(SFEC, 11/7/99, BR p.5)(HN, 10/3/00)
1929 Oct 3, The Kingdom of
Serbs, Croats and Slovenes formally changed its name to the Kingdom
of Yugoslavia. It included the regions of Serbia, Montenegro,
Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, and Macedonia. King
Alexander I renamed the Balkan state called the Kingdom of Serbs,
Croats, and Slovenes, Yugoslavia. The Kingdom had been formed on
December 1, 1918 and was ruled by the Serbian Karageorgevic dynasty.
It included the previously independent kingdoms of Serbia and
Macedonia, the Hungarian-controlled regions of Croatia and Slovenia,
the Austrian province of Dalmatia, Carniola and parts of Styria,
Carinthia and Istria.
(AP, 10/3/97)(HN, 10/3/98)(HNQ, 3/26/99)(LCTH,
1931 Oct 3, Carl August
Nielsen, composer, died at 66.
1932 Oct 3, Iraq became
independent after a hundred years of direct foreign rule. Created as
a British mandate after World War I, Iraq received its full
independence when it was admitted into the League of Nations.
(NH, 9/96, p.14)(SFC, 2/24/98, p.A9)(HNQ,
1935 Oct 3, Italy
1940 Oct 3, U.S. Army adopted
airborne, or parachute, soldiers.
1940 Oct 3, In France the Vichy
government passed a law that placed great restrictions on French
(SFC, 10/2/97, p.A9)(MC, 10/3/01)
1941 Oct 3, The film "Maltese
Falcon," starring Humphrey Bogart as detective Sam Spade, opened. It
was directed by John Huston (34).
(HN, 10/3/00)(SFCM, 2/6/05, p.10)
1941 Oct 3, Adolf Hitler
declared in a speech in Berlin that Russia is "broken" and would
"never rise again."
1941 Oct 3, Nazi's blew up 6
synagogues in Paris. [see Oct 2]
1941 Oct 3, All elderly Jewish
men of Kerenchug, Ukraine, were killed by SS.
1942 Oct 3, President Roosevelt
established the Office of Economic Stabilization and authorized
controls on farm prices, rents, wages and salaries.
1942 Oct 3, In Germany the
rocket-development team of Werner von Braun conducted the 1st
successful test flight of an A-4/V-2 missile from the Peenemunde
test site. It flew perfectly over a 118-mile course to an altitude
of 53 miles (85 km). The 13-ton, 46-foot long V2 rocket was the
world’s 1st long-range ballistic missile.
(HN, 10/3/98)(AM, 5/01, p.63)(WSJ, 2/21/09, p.A5)
1944 Oct 3, During World War
II, U.S. troops cracked the Siegfried Line north of Aachen, Germany.
1944 Oct 3, German troops
evacuated Athens, Greece.
1947 Oct 3, The 1st telescope
lens 200" (508 cm) in diameter completed.
1951 Oct 3, Bobby Thompson won
the pennant for the New York Giants by hitting a home run off of
Ralph Branca of the Brooklyn Dodgers at the New York Polo Grounds
before 20,000 empty seats. Outfielder Bobby Thomson hit a home run
in the bottom of the ninth inning, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-4
to win the National League pennant. In 2001 the WSJ confirmed
roomers that the Giants had concealed an electric buzzer and a
telescope to steal the signals of the opposing catchers. In 2006
Joshua Prager authored ”The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby
Thomson, Ralph Branca and the Shot Heard Round the World.”
(HN, 10/3/00)(WSJ, 6/21/05, p.B1)(WSJ, 9/19/06,
1952 Oct 3, The situation
comedy "Our Miss Brooks," formerly a radio show, premiered on CBS
with Eve Arden again in the title role. Robert Rockwell played her
love interest, the biology teacher
(AP, 10/3/02)(SFC, 1/28/03, p.A15)
1952 Oct 3, The 1st video
recording on magnetic tape was made in LA, Ca.
1952 Oct 3, The British
detonated their 1st atomic bomb, a 25-kiloton device, in the Monte
Bello Islands off Australia. In 1998 a visit to the islands was
limited to one hour due to lingering radiation.
(SFC, 1/2/99, p.A14)(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A26)(AP,
1953 Oct 3, Arnold Edward
Trevor Bax, British composer (Coronation March), died at 69.
1954 Oct 3, Al Sharpton, 2004
Democrat presidential candidate, was born in Brooklyn, NY.
(SSFC, 2/29/04, p.D2)
1955 Oct 3, “Captain Kangaroo”
with Bob Keeshan began its run on CBS TV. The show ended in 1993.
(WSJ, 3/6/97, p.B1)(AP, 10/3/00)
1955 Oct 3, The Disney
sponsored Mickey Mouse Club began on ABC TV and ran to 1959.
(AP, 10/3/00)(SFC, 11/30/98, p.A8)
1957 Oct 3, The comedy series
"The Real McCoys" premiered on ABC-TV. Richard Crenna began playing
the married Luke on "The Real McCoys." The 6-year series starred
Walter Brennan as head of a West Virginia clan that moves to the LA
San Fernando Valley.
(SFC, 1/20/03, p.B4)(AP, 10/3/07)
1957 Oct 3, Willy Brandt was
elected mayor of West Berlin.
1960 Oct 3, "The Andy Griffith
Show" premiered on CBS. It was directed by Aaron Ruben (1914-2010)
ran to 1968. Don Knotts (d.2006 at 81) played the bumbling Deputy
(WSJ, 1/16/98, p.A1)(AP, 10/3/00)(AP,
2/26/06)(SFC, 2/5/10, p.C7)
1961 Oct 3, “The Dick Van Dyke
Show,” also starring Mary Tyler Moore, made its debut on CBS.
1962 Oct 3, "Stop the World"
opened at Shubert NYC for 886 performances.
1962 Oct 3, The SF Giants beat
the LA Dodgers to win baseball's National League Pennant.
(SFC, 11/24/99, p.E9)
1962 Oct 3, Astronaut Wally
Schirra blasted off from Cape Canaveral aboard the Sigma 7 on a
1963 Oct 3, Meredith Wilson’s
Broadway musical “Here’s Love,” featuring Dom DeLuise, opened at the
Shubert Theater. The show close on July 25, 1964.
1964 Oct 3, At UC Berkeley the
Untied Front became the Free Speech Movement and protests conitnued
sporadically including a major rally on Nov 9.
(SSFC, 9/21/14, p.A13)
1964 Oct 3-4, East Berliners
dug a 470-foot tunnel, Tunnel 57, to the West and 57 people escaped.
(SFEC, 6/20/99, p.T5)(SSFC, 6/24/01, p.A27)
1967 Oct 3, William J. Knight
(d.2004), US Air Force test pilot, set a speed record in a
rocket-powered X-15-2A that reached 4,520 mph. Knight later served
as a California state senator (1996-2004).
(SSFC, 5/9/04, p.B7)
1967 Oct 3, Woody Guthrie
(b.1912), born as Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, folksinger, died from
Huntington’s disease. In 1998 Billy Bragg and the band Wilco
released a new album based on Guthrie’s lyrics: "Mermaid Avenue." In
1998 a Woody Guthrie archive was opened on W. 57th St. in NYC. In
2002 Elizabeth Partridge authored "This Land Was made for You and
Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie." In 2004 Ed Cray authored
"Ramblin' Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie."
(SFC, 12/26/97, p.C22)(SFEC, 6/21/98, DB
p.38)(SFC, 11/27/98, p.C11)(SFC, 11/23/00, p.C5)(SSFC, 6/2/02,
p.M3)(SFC, 3/30/04, p.E1)
1967 Oct 3, Malcolm Sargent,
English conductor (Last Night of Proms), died at 72.
1968 Oct 3, The Howard Sackler
play, "Great White Hope," starring James Earl Jones and Jane
Alexander, opened on Broadway.
1968 Oct 3, American
Independent Party presidential candidate George Wallace tapped
retired Air Force Gen. Curtis E. LeMay to be his running mate.
1968 Oct 3, In Peru the
military seized power in a coup. Pres. Belaunde was overthrown by
Gen. Juan Velasco.
(SFC, 12/20/96, p.B4)(WUD, 1994, p.1687)(SFC,
1970 Oct 3, "Coco" closed at
Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 333 performances.
1970 Oct 3, Baseball umpires
called their 1st strike. A one-day strike of the first game of the
championship playoffs, the first by umpires in major league history,
prompted the league presidents to recognize the Association and
negotiate a labor contract that set a minimum salary of $11,000 and
raised the average salary to $21,000.
1974 Oct 3, Frank Robinson was
named major-league baseball's first black manager as he was placed
in charge of the Cleveland Indians.
1977 Oct 3, In India Indira
Gandhi (1917-1984) was arrested for political corruption. She was
released the next day.
1978 Oct 3, Ayatollah Khomeini
(1902-1989) left Iraq for Kuwait after the Shah sought his
deportation. He was refused entry in Kuwait and moved to Paris.
1980 Oct 3, In France a Paris
synagogue bombing killed 3 French men and one Israeli woman. In 2008
Canadian police arrested Hassan Diab in response to a request from
France, where he was wanted on charges of murder and attempted
murder in the bombing. Diab denied guilt and stamps in his 1980
passport indicated he was not in France at the time of the bombing.
In April 2012 Canada’s then-justice minister Rob Nicholson signed an
extradition order surrendering Diab to France. On Nov 15, 2014, Diab
was charged in Paris. He has claimed that he was studying in Beirut
at the time of the bombing and has said that he had been confused
with someone with the same name.
(AP, 11/13/14)(AFP, 11/15/14)
1981 Oct 3, IRA prisoners at
Maze Prison in Belfast, Northern Ireland, ended a seven-month hunger
strike in which 10 men died. Imprisoned Irish Republic Army leader
Bobby Sands initiated the protest on March 1, the fifth anniversary
of the British policy of "Criminalization" of Irish political
prisoners. Many of these prisoners did not have trials.
1985 Oct 3, Charles Collingwood
(b.1917), CBS newscaster, died.
1987 Oct 3, Negotiators for the
United States and Canada reached agreement in Washington D.C., on a
framework to eliminate all tariffs between the world's two largest
1987 Oct 3, Jean Anouilh (77),
French playwright (Ball of the Voleurs), died.
1988 Oct 3, Discovery completed
a four-day mission, the first American shuttle flight since the
1988 Oct 3, Generoso Pope
(b.1927), owner of the National Enquirer, died. His wife, Lois Pope,
began a career of philanthropy. In 2008 Jack Titek authored “The
Godfather of Tabloid: Generoso Pope Jr. and the National Enquirer.”
(SFEC, 7/30/00, Par p.10)(WSJ, 8/12/08, p.A19)
1988 Oct 3, Franz Josef Strauss
(b.1915), German defense minister (1956-62), died at 73.
1988 Oct 3, Lebanese kidnappers
released Indian educator Mithileshwar Singh, who'd been held captive
with three Americans for more than 20 months.
1989 Oct 3, Art Shell became
the first African-American to coach a professional football team,
the Los Angeles Raiders.
1989 Oct 3, In a move to stem
the flow of refugees to the West, East Germany suspended
unrestricted travel to Czechoslovakia.
1989 Oct 3, Troops loyal to
Panamanian leader General Manuel Noriega crushed a coup attempt by
rebel mid-level officers. The officers, including Maj. Moises
Giroldi, who led the failed coup against Noriega were later
executed. Noriega was convicted in absentia in 1995 and in 1999
Panama sought his extradition to face trial.
(AP, 10/3/99)(WSJ, 4/7/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/25/07,
1990 Oct 3, West Germany
and East Germany ended 45 years of postwar division, declaring the
creation of a new unified country. Formal reunification took place
after a unification treaty was ratified by the Federal Republic‘s
Bundestag and the German Democratic Republic‘s People‘s Chamber in
(AP, 10/3/97)(HN, 10/3/98)(HNQ, 11/10/99)
1990 Oct 3, Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein made his first known visit to Kuwait since his
country seized control of the oil-rich emirate.
1991 Oct 3, Arkansas Gov. Bill
Clinton entered the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
1991 Oct 3, South African
author Nadine Gordimer was named winner of the Nobel Prize in
(SFEC, 1/11/98, BR p.3)(AP, 10/3/01)
1992 Oct 3, President Bush
vetoed a measure to re-regulate cable television. Congress overrode
the veto two days later.
1992 Oct 3, Sinead O'Connor,
Irish rock singer, ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II on
Saturday Night Live.
1992 Oct 3, William Gates, the
college-dropout founder of Microsoft, headed the Forbes magazine 400
list of the richest Americans with a net worth of 6.3 billion
dollars. His assets reached 51 billion in 2005.
1993 Oct 3, President Clinton
expressed sorrow at the deaths of American soldiers in Somalia, but
reaffirmed that U.S. forces would stay in the African nation.
1993 Oct. 3, Eighteen US
Rangers and Delta Force specialists died in a botched raid in
Somalia and over 70 were wounded. In 1999 Mark Bowden published
"Black Hawk Dawn," an account of the failed attempt to capture
Mohammed Farrah Aidid. At least 500 Somalis were killed and 1,000
(WSJ, 10/23/95, p.A-18)(WSJ, 3/11/99,
p.A20)(SFEC, 3/28/99, BR p.3)(SSFC, 12/16/01, p.A1)
1993 Oct 3, Boris Yeltsin
declared a state of emergency in Moscow, as fighting erupted in the
streets between pro- and anti-Yeltsin forces. 62 people died in the
violence, that ended two days later when the rebel vice president
and speaker of parliament surrendered. A battle at the TV station
Ostankino, Moscow, killed as many as 100 people. Cameraman Rory Peck
(b.1956) was shot dead by members of the "Vitez" special forces unit
of the Russian Interior Ministry while filming the storming by
opposition supporters of the Ostankino TV Center.
1994 Oct 3, U.S. soldiers in
Haiti raided the headquarters of a hated pro-army militia.
1994 Oct 3, US Agriculture
Secretary Mike Espy announced his resignation because of questions
about gifts he had received.
1994 Oct 3, South African
President Nelson Mandela addressed the United Nations, urging the
world to support his country's economy.
1995 Oct 3, A public government
report cited US government biological and chemical experiments and
called the events “a dark period in our history.”
(SFC, 2/21/98, p.A15)
1995 Oct 3, The jury in the
O.J. Simpson murder trial found the former football star innocent of
the 1994 slayings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and
Ronald Goldman. Simpson was later found liable in a civil
proceeding. The verdict, reached Oct 2, was announced Oct 3.
(AP, 10/3/97)(WSJ, 10/4/95, p.A-1)(SFEC, 9/8/96,
1995 Oct 3, In Texas three
young crooks stole a suitcase from a walk-in storage locker in North
Austin. The suitcase contained some $80,000 in coins stashed by Gary
Karr, David Roland Waters and Danny Raymond Fry, who were implicated
in the disappearance of atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair.
(SFC, 6/3/00, p.A7)
1995 Oct 3, Pres. Gligorov
(1917-2012), leader of Macedonia, was critically hurt in a car bomb
attack in Skopje, Macedonia. The bomb, which targeted his car as he
headed to work in the capital, cost him an eye and killed his driver
and a bystander.
(WSJ, 10/4/95, p.A-1)(AP, 1/2/12)
1995 Oct 3, The Sri Lankan army
claimed to have killed 200 Tamil Tiger rebels on the northern Jaffa
(WSJ, 10/4/95, p.A-1)
1996 Oct 3, A report found 25%
of all 4,025 known species of mammals to be at risk of extinction.
This included nearly half of all monkeys and apes.
(SFC, 10/4/96, p.A1)
1996 Oct 3, Wislawa Szymborska,
Polish poet, won the Nobel Prize for poetry. Her work included the
transl. collection: “View With a Grain of Sand,” her debut
collection “That’s Why We Are Alive” (1952), Salt (1962), “The
People on the Bridge” (1986), and “The End and the Beginning”
(AP, 10/3/97)(WSJ, 10/4/96, p.A7)
1997 Oct 3, Attorney General
Janet Reno said Justice Department investigators had no evidence
President Clinton violated the law with White House coffees and
overnight stays for big contributors. However, Reno did extend a
probe of Vice President Al Gore's telephone fund-raising.
1997 Oct 3, US Defense Sec.
William Cohen ordered the Nimitz Carrier Battle Group to the Persian
Gulf as a warning to Iran and Iraq to stop incursions into the
US-enforced “no-fly” zone in southern Iraq.
(SFC, 10/4/97, p.A8)
1997 Oct 3, In Humboldt County,
Ca., 2 protestors attached themselves to bulldozers of the Pacific
Lumber Company. Sheriff’s deputies applied pepper spray directly to
the eyes of the protestors using cotton swabs and Q-tips.
(SFC, 10/31/97, p.A15)
1997 Oct 3, In Idaho the US
Forest Service arranged a land swap with the Riley Creek Lumber Co.
to preserve an ancient cedar grove at Upper Priest Lake. Riley Creek
paid less than $2 million in 1992 for the grove and obtained $8.7
million worth of federal land in exchange.
(SFC, 10/6/97, p.A3)
1997 Oct 3, Alfred Leslie
Rowse, British historian, died at 93.
1997 Oct 3, In Algeria armed
men killed 38 people at the village of Mahelma. Throats of the
victims were slit, heads were cut off and houses were set on fire.
In Blida 10 people were killed and 20 wounded by assailants with
homemade rockets and bombs. Another group of attackers killed 75
others including 34 children. In the village of Ouled Benaissa armed
men killed 37 people including 22 children.
(SFC, 10/4/97, p.A10)(SFEC, 10/5/97, p.A22)
1997 Oct 3, From Brazil it was
reported that tuberculosis has killed at least 27 members of the
Guarani-Kaiowa tribe in the past 15 months.
(SFC, 10/3/97, p.B5)
1997 Oct 3, In Columbia a
paramilitary group hired to protect a cocaine shipment killed 11
judicial officials near the town of San Carlos de Guaroa.
(SFC, 10/6/97, p.A11)
1997 Oct 3, UN officials
reported that Congo has ordered int’l. refugee agencies to leave
part of eastern Congo and was expelling Rwandans who have fled there
to escape fighting in Rwanda.
(SFC, 10/4/97, p.A10)
1997 Oct 3, In Japan an
experimental magnetically levitated train, the MLX01, set a world
speed record when it reached 279.6 mph on a test track.
(SFC, 10/6/97, p.B8)
1997 Oct 3, Turkish jets bombed
escape routes used by Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. Over the last
13 days the army reported 415 rebels dead vs. 6 of its own soldiers.
(SFC, 10/4/97, p.A10)
1998 Oct 3, The G-7 finance
ministers agreed to explore Pres. Clinton’s proposed strategy for
early IMF intervention to support weak economies. Masaru Hayami,
governor of the Bank of Japan, said that capital supporting 19 major
banks had dwindled to dangerously low levels. The Finance Ministers
and Central Bank Governors commissioned Dr Hans Tietmeyer, President
of the Deutsche Bundesbank, to recommend new structures for
enhancing co-operation among the various national and international
supervisory bodies and international financial institutions so as to
promote stability in the international financial system. This led to
the formation of the Financial Stability Forum on Apr 14, 1999.
(SFEC, 10/4/98, p.A1)(SFC, 10/5/98,
1998 Oct 3, Actor Roddy
McDowall died at age 70. His films included “Lassie Come Home,” and
(SFEC, 10/4/98, p.B10)
1998 Oct 3, In Australia
parliamentary elections were scheduled. The conservative coalition
of John Howard won re-election by a narrow margin.
(WSJ, 10/1/98, p.A1)(SFEC, 10/4/98, p.A17)
1998 Oct 3, In Chechnya 4 men
working to install a cellular phone system were kidnapped by 20 men.
The severed heads Darren Hickey, Rudolf Petschi, Stanley Shaw and
Peter Kennedy were found Dec 8. Their bodies were found Dec 26 in
(SFC, 10/5/98, p.A9)(SFC, 12/9/98, p.A9)(SFC,
1998 Oct 3, In Croatia Pope
John Paul II beatified Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, the World War II
archbishop of Zagreb and a controversial figure because many Serbs
and Jews accused him of sympathizing with the Nazis.
(SFEC, 10/4/98, p.A22)(AP, 10/3/99)
1998 Oct 3, In Italy Communists
voted to reject Prime Minister Prodi’s budget.
(WSJ, 10/5/98, p.A1,22)
1998 Oct 3, In Latvia voters
approved a referendum to ease citizenship requirements for Russians
left there following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Voters also
selected members for the 100 seat unicameral parliament.
(WSJ, 10/5/98, p.A1)(BN, 10/98, p.1)
1998 Oct 3, Turkey sent some
10,000 troops into northern Iraq to attack Kurdish rebels.
(SFEC, 10/4/98, p.A11)
1999 Oct 3, Sony co-founder
Akio Morita, the entrepreneur, engineer and savvy salesman who
helped give new meaning to the words “Made in Japan,” died in Tokyo
at age 78.
(SFEC, 10/3/99, p.C7)(AP, 10/3/00)
1999 Oct 3, The far-right
Freedom Party (the Blues) led by Joerg Haider (49) won 2nd place
behind the Social Democrats, who won with 33% of the vote. The
conservative People’s Party (the Blacks) fell to 3rd place with 27%.
(SFC, 10/2/99, p.A12)(SFC, 10/4/99, p.A12)(Econ,
11/24/07, SR p.6)
1999 Oct 3, Flooding in Central
America left 21 dead in Honduras, 10 dead in Nicaragua, and 11 dead
in El Salvador and thousands were forced to flee their homes.
(SFC, 10/4/99, p.A13)
1999 Oct 3, In India the
elections ended and the Bharatiya Janata Party under PM Atal Bihari
Vajpayee was expected to return to power with an alliance of 21
other parties. The BJP was expected to gain 34 seats to 287. The BJP
won a projected 296 of 545 seats. The Congress Party won 114 seats.
(SFC, 10/4/99, p.A12)(WSJ, 10/4/99, p.A1)(WSJ,
10/8/99, p.A1)(Econ, 4/4/09, p.45)
1999 Oct 3, In Peru 9 soldiers
were killed in a weekend clash with some 60 Maoist guerrillas in the
(SFC, 10/6/99, p.C16)
1999 Oct 3, Veselin Boskovic,
the brother-in-law of former deputy PM Vuk Draskovic, was killed
when a truck swerved in front of a convoy of cars 25 miles southeast
of Belgrade. A 2nd car with bodyguards hit the truck and exploded.
The truck driver escaped. Draskovic was not injured and called the
accident an assassination attempt.
(WSJ, 10/7/99, p.A22)
1999 Oct 3, In Sierra Leone
Foday Sankoh returned home with former junta leader Johnny Paul
Koroma and met with Pres. Ahmed Tejan Kabbah. Sankoh gave a radio
speech and pleaded for forgiveness.
(SFC, 10/4/99, p.A16)
2000 Oct 3, Vice Pres. Al Gore
and Gov. George W. Bush engaged in their 1st presidential debate, a
90 minute match at the Clark Athletic Center of the Univ. of
Massachusetts. “Bush may have won by not losing.” Gore and Bush
clashed over tax cuts, Medicare prescription drug benefits and
(SFC, 10/4/00, p.A1)(AP, 10/3/01)
2000 Oct 3, The Natuna Sea, a
Panama-registered tanker, went aground between Indonesia and
Singapore and spilled some 2 million gallons of crude oil.
(SFC, 10/4/00, p.A12)
2000 Oct 3, In the Dominican
Republic an arms depot exploded and 2 civilians were killed in San
(WSJ, 10/4/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 3, In Indonesia Hutomo
Mandala Putra, aka Tommy Suharto, admitted that he was guilty of
corruption and asked for clemency.
(SFC, 10/4/00, p.A10)
2000 Oct 3, A cease-fire
between Israel and the Palestinians quickly crumbled and the death
toll climbed to at least 54. Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat planned to
meet in Paris to seek an end to the conflict.
(SFC, 10/4/00, p.A10)
2001 Oct 3, Pres. Bush endorsed
a $60-75 billion stimulus package to pull the US out of recession.
(SFC, 10/4/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 3, The Senate approved
an agreement normalizing trade between the United States and
2001 Oct 3, Apple introduced
the iPod, a breakthrough MP3 music player that packs up to 1,000
CD-quality songs into an ultra-portable, 6.5 ounce design that fits
in your pocket, at a cost of $399.
(www.apple.com/pr/library/2001/oct/23ipod.html)(Econ, 10/4/08, p.14)
2001 Oct 3, Near Manchester,
Tennessee, Damir Igric (29), a Croatian passenger on a Greyhound
bus, slit the throat of the bus driver and caused a roll over that
killed 7 people including Igric.
(SFC, 10/4/01, p.C16)(AP, 10/4/06)
2001 Oct 3, In Chechnya rebels
killed 9 federal troops in a number of clashes that included 4 dead
from land mines. 4 militants were also killed.
(SFC, 10/4/01, p.C8)
2001 Oct 3, Israeli forces in
Gaza cleared a half mile buffer zone and killed 6 Palestinians when
tank shells ripped their cars.
(SFC, 10/4/01, p.C2)
2001 Oct 3, Pres. Putin said
Russia is ready to reconsider its opposition to Nato expansion if
the alliance assumes a broader political identity in which Moscow
can be involved.
(SFC, 10/4/01, p.A10)
2001 Oct 3, In South Africa ANC
leader Tony Yengeni was charged with corruption, forgery and perjury
linked to the country’s $6 billion arms deal with Europe.
(SFC, 10/4/01, p.C4)
2002 Oct 3, The United States
forgave two-thirds of Yugoslavia's debt on in a sign of improving
relations with the country's reformist leadership.
2002 Oct 3, The annual Ig Nobel
prizes were awarded in Cambridge, Mass. 10 prizewinners from 10
nations included the corporate directors of Enron, Adelphia, Global
Crossing, Qwest, Tyco, WorldCom and 21 other companies for adopting
imaginary numbers for use in the business world.
(SSFC, 10/6/02, p.A4)
2002 Oct 3, Police hunted for a
"skilled shooter" who murdered five random victims over 16 hours
with a high-powered rifle in Montgomery County, Maryland, just a
short distance from Washington DC. A 6th victim was killed in DC.
James Buchanon (39), Premkumar Walekar (54), Sarah Ramos (34), Lori
Ann Lewis Rivera (25) and Pascal Charlot (72) became the 2nd to 6th
(SFC, 10/4/02, p.A3)(SFC, 10/5/02, p.A3)(SSFC,
10/12/02, p.A4)(NW, 10/21/02, p.28)
2002 Oct 3, Hurricane Lili gave
Louisiana's coast a 100 mph battering.
2002 Oct 3, Int'l. teams of
scientists declared that the genetic code of Plasmodium falciprum,
the parasite that causes most human malaria, has been identified
along with the genetic code of Anopheles gambiae, the mosquito most
responsible for human malaria transmission.
(SFC, 10/3/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 3, Wu-chi Liu (95),
China-born scholar, died in Menlo Park, Ca. His books included "A
Short History of Confucian Philosophy" and "An Introduction to
Chinese Literature." He was also the senior editor of "Sunflower
Splendor," an anthology that encompassed 3,000 years of Chinese
poetry in translation.
(SFC, 10/18/02, p.A26)
2002 Oct 3, Canada said it
planned to create 10 huge new national parks and five marine
conservation areas over the next five years to protect unique
landscapes and animals.
2002 Oct 3, In France tens of
thousands of public workers marched through Paris to protest plans
to sell off parts of state-owned companies.
2002 Oct 3, In Guatemala Col.
Juan Valencia was found guilty of ordering the killing of human
rights activist Myrna Mack in 1990 and sentenced to a maximum 30
years in prison. But two other military officials were acquitted.
2002 Oct 3, India said it had
killed eight Islamic militants trying to enter Indian Kashmir from
Pakistani territory as the state battles a surge in rebel violence
just days before the end of a disputed election.
2002 Oct 3, NATO and European
Union called on Croatia to cooperate with the U.N. War Crimes
Tribunal, urging the government to hand over indicted war crimes
suspect Gen. Janko Bobetko.
2002 Oct 3, Turkey formally
commuted Kurdish guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan's death sentence
to life in prison after parliament abolished capital punishment two
months ago in a bid to join the European Union.
2003 Oct 3, In Las Vegas a
tiger attacked magician Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy during a
performance. It was Horn's 59th birthday.
(SFC, 10/4/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 3, William Steig (95),
an illustrator for The New Yorker who was known as the "King of
Cartoons" for his award-winning, best-selling children's books
including "Shrek," died.
2003 Oct 3, Afghan civilians
accidentally set off an explosive inside a home near Bagram Air Base
American military headquarters, killing seven people and wounding
2003 Oct 3, The first tanker
set off the Cameroon port of Kribi with crude oil from a massive
$3.7 billion, 665-mile pipeline from the landlocked nation of Chad.
2003 Oct 3, Oswaldo Paya, top
democracy activist, launched a new challenge to Fidel Castro's
government as part of the Varela Project, turning in more than
14,000 signatures of people seeking a human rights referendum just
six months after a crackdown on the opposition.
2003 Oct 3, In Iraq US Army
Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits began photographing Iraqi prisoner abuse at
Abu Ghraib prison. He was under instruction from MP Cpl. Charles A.
Graner to not say anything. In 2007 Lt. Col. Steven Lee Jordan (50),
who ran the interrogation center at Abu Ghraib, was court-martialed
on 8 charges including cruelty and maltreatment of prisoners. In
2008 Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris authored “Standard Operating
Procedure” and produced a documentary film covering the Abu Ghraib
abuses. [See Jan 13, 2004]
(SFC, 5/14/04, p.A12)(SFC, 1/27/07, p.A9)(Econ,
2003 Oct 3, Pakistan
test-launched a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead,
saying it was the first in a series of tests scheduled for the next
2003 Oct 3, In Karachi,
Pakistan, gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Shiite Muslim
employees of Pakistan's space agency, killing six and wounding at
least six others.
2003 Oct 3, In Sri Lanka the US
Embassy said it has re-designated the Tamil Tigers as a terrorist
organization, despite an ongoing peace process between the Sri
Lankan government and the rebels.
2004 Oct 3, National security
adviser Condoleezza Rice, interviewed on ABC's "This Week" program,
defended her characterization of Saddam Hussein's nuclear
capabilities in the months before the Iraq invasion.
2004 Oct 3, Janet Leigh (77),
actress in Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Psycho," died in Beverly
2004 Oct 3, The party of
Brazil's left-leaning president emerged stronger from nationwide
municipal elections but did not come in first in the Sao Paulo.
2004 Oct 3, In southwest
Colombia suspected drug dealers opened fire on a rival gang at a
ranch, killing at least 10 people, including a toddler and a
2004 Oct 3, In northeast India
suspected separatists in Assam state bombed a crowded market, a tea
plantation and other sites, killing seven people in a second day of
explosions and gun attacks that have left at least 57 dead and more
than 100 wounded.
2004 Oct 3, Iraqi security
forces and U.S. troops claimed success in wresting control of
Samarra from Sunni insurgents in fierce fighting.
2004 Oct 3, An Israeli aircraft
fired two missiles at a group of Palestinians who launched a
homemade rocket at Israel, killing two militants.
2004 Oct 3, Serbs voted for
mayors and other municipal posts in runoff elections.
2004 Oct 3, Slovenians voted in
parliamentary elections. Janez Jansa’s right-leaning party won
weekend elections and promised to maintain Slovenia's pro-Western
course after taking power from the Liberal Democrats.
(AP, 10/4/04)(WSJ, 10/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 3, Two of Spain's most
wanted alleged terrorists and at least 16 other suspected members of
the armed Basque separatist group ETA were captured in a vast
French-Spanish police operation. Mikel “Antza” Albizu Iriarte was
arrested with his girlfriend Soledad Genetxea.
(AP, 10/3/04)(Econ, 10/9/04, p.48)
2004 Oct 3, In central Thailand
a huge explosion at a fireworks factory killed eight workers and
injured three others.
2004 Oct 3, Twenty-two would-be
immigrants drowned and 42 were missing after a boat that was to have
carried them across the Mediterranean broke up and sank off the
2005 Oct 3, President Bush
nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers (b.1945) to the Supreme
Court, turning to a lawyer who has never been a judge to replace
Sandra Day O'Connor and help reshape the nation's judiciary. She
withdrew three weeks later after criticism over her lack of judicial
experience and Republican concerns about her conservatism.
(AP, 10/3/05)(SFC, 10/4/05, p.A1)(AP, 10/3/06)
2005 Oct 3, Representative Tom
DeLay, a powerful ally of President George W. Bush, was indicted on
a new charge of money laundering as his lawyers moved to dismiss a
previous conspiracy indictment filed last week.
2005 Oct 3, The US search for
bodies due to Hurricane Katrina ended with a toll of 964.
(WSJ, 10/4/05, p.A1)
2005 Oct 3, Stellar Management
of NY and Rockpoint Group announced their purchase of the Villas
Parkmerced complex in SF. The 115-acre, 3,221-unit complex sold for
an estimated $700 million. Carmel Properties and JP Morgan had
purchased the property in 1999 for $324 million.
(SFC, 10/4/05, p.C1)
2005 Oct 3, A Russian space
capsule with American tourist Gregory Olsen aboard docked with the
international space station.
2005 Oct 3, The UN ambassadors
of Britain, France and the US sent a letter emphasizing their
continued opposition to a proposal to create a nuclear-weapons free
zone in Central Asia. The letter, sent to the UN ambassadors of the
five Central Asian nations, says that a draft treaty to create the
zone still does not address their biggest concerns and that further
discussions are needed. It calls for consultations "very soon." The
five nations agreed to the draft text for a Central Asian
nuclear-free zone in February. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan had originally put forward a proposal
for a nuclear-weapon free zone in 1997, but divisions both internal
and external over the text have stalled progress. Moscow claims that
a 1992 treaty that Russia signed with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and
Tajikistan could allow missiles to be deployed in the region.
2005 Oct 3, Australians Barry
J. Marshall and Robin Warren won the 2005 Nobel Prize in medicine
for showing that bacterial infection, not stress, was to blame for
painful ulcers in the stomach and intestine.
2005 Oct 3, In southeastern
Bangladesh several bombs went off in crowded court buildings in
Chittagong, Chandpur and Laxmipur towns. 2 people were killed and at
least 25 wounded.
2005 Oct 3, Bishop Luiz Flavio
Cappio (59), a Catholic bishop on a hunger strike to protest plans
to alter the course of a river to irrigate parts of Brazil's arid
northeast, said he was "ready to die" if the project goes forward.
Pres. Lula da Silva, who was born in one of the drought stricken
regions that would benefit from the altered course of the Sao
Francisco River, wrote the bishop a letter saying the $2 billion
project will help 18 million people in northeastern Brazil.
2005 Oct 3, Singer Emilinha
Borba (82), the queen of Brazil's golden age of radio, died of a
heart attack. In 1939, Borba recorded her first record, "Pirulito,"
or "Lollipop," launching her career as a radio singer. Between 1939
and 1964, Borba recorded over 200 songs.
2005 Oct 3, The boards of
pharmaceutical distributor Alliance UniChem PLC and drugstore chain
Boots Group PLC said they had agreed to merge.
2005 Oct 3, In Colombia a bomb
packed inside a pickup truck and apparently meant to target
government forces killed 3 members of a family, including two
children, when it exploded as they passed by in Florida County, a
2005 Oct 3, EU nations reached
a tentative agreement on pursuing full membership talks with Turkey,
diplomats said. A spokesman for the Turkish prime minister denied
reports that Ankara had agreed to the deal.
2005 Oct 3, The EU imposed an
arms embargo on Uzbekistan, cut aid, and suspended a cooperation
accord to punish the increasingly isolated country for refusing to
investigate the violent suppression of an uprising in May.
2005 Oct 3, In El Salvador
heavy rains triggered landslides that killed at least 31 people,
while rising rivers forced the evacuation of dozens of people there
and in neighboring Guatemala.
2005 Oct 3, In France a
widespread transit strike expected to touch on nearly all modes of
public transportation began late at night in protest of the
center-right government's economic and labor policies.
2005 Oct 3, Munich's two-week
Oktoberfest drew to a close, and organizers said more people visited
this year but they drank less beer than in 2004.
2005 Oct 3, India and Pakistan
signed a deal requiring them to notify each other of plans for
ballistic missile tests.
2005 Oct 3, In central India at
least 16 people were killed and dozens injured when six cars of a
speeding passenger train derailed.
2005 Oct 3, In western Iraq 2
US soldiers and a Marine were killed.
2005 Oct 3, More than 300
Africans tore through a razor-wire fence separating Morocco from the
Spanish enclave of Melilla, clashing with police in the latest wave
of undocumented immigrants seeking a foothold in Europe.
2005 Oct 3, The Palestinian
parliament voted that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas must form a
new government within two weeks.
2005 Oct 3, In northern and
central Portugal 11 wildfires burned out of control amid the
country's worst drought on record.
2005 Oct 3, In Russia Orthodox
priests chanted prayers and believers lighted candles as Patriarch
Alexy II led reburial rites for Gen. Anton Denikin, who fought
against the Red Army during Russia's civil war and is now cast as a
patriot. Denikin, who died in exile in the United States in 1947,
was laid to rest together with Russian philosopher Ivan Ilyin and
the wives of the two men in the historic Donskoy Monastery in
2005 Oct 3, In Sangju, South
Korea, concertgoers trying to enter a packed stadium sparked a
stampede, killing 11 and injuring 72 others.
2005 Oct 3, Sudan's government
and rebels from the war-ravaged Darfur region agreed to sit down for
face-to-face talks after a week of bickering that had put
discussions on hold.
2005 Oct 3, Switzerland decided
to extradite Russia's former nuclear minister to the US on charges
of stealing up to $9 million that was intended to improve security
of nuclear plants. Russia has been fighting the US extradition
request for Yevgeny Adamov out of fear that he could reveal nuclear
secrets while facing the charges in the United States.
2006 Oct 3, Americans John C.
Mather and George F. Smoot won the 2006 Nobel Prize in physics for
work that helped cement the big-bang theory of the universe and
deepen understanding of the origin of galaxies and stars.
2006 Oct 3, Federal agents
raided 8 locations in SF and Oakland, Ca., and arrested 15 people
including Sparky Rose (36), head of the New Remedies Cooperative.
Nearly 13,000 plants were seized along with $125,000 in cash.
(SFC, 10/4/06, p.B2)
2006 Oct 3, A federal grand
jury indicted Colma City, Ca., Councilman Philip Lum Jr. for
allegedly taking gifts from the owner of the Lucky Chances Casino
and then voting on matters that benefited the cardroom.
(SFC, 10/4/06, p.B1)
2006 Oct 3, In California
Cambodian and US representatives signed a sister park accord between
Samlaut Park and Sequoia National Park.
(SFC, 10/4/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 3, Jeannik Mequet
Littlefield donated $35 million to the SF Opera. She had married
Edmund Littlefield in 1945 and he went on to head the Utah
Construction Co., a family firm that had built the Hoover Dam.
(SFC, 10/4/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 3, The DJIA rose 56.99
to 11,727.34, to close at a new record high above one set on Jan 14,
2000. Nasdaq rose 6.05 to 2,243.
(SFC, 10/4/06, p.C1)
2006 Oct 3, Earl Stefanson (41)
was arrested in Hayward, Ca, following a police chase through
Oakland. He was wanted for the slaying of Leslie Lamb (36) who died
Aug 26 following a severe beating. Police had found a torture
chamber in Stefanson’s Oakland home with bloodstains from Lamb and 2
other apparent victims. In 2008 Stefanson was convicted of 1st
degree murder and other charges. He was sentenced to 2 life terms in
(SFC, 10/5/06, p.B3)(SFC, 4/8/08, p.B3)(SFC,
2006 Oct 3, Austria's
government resigned, two days after the center-right coalition lost
parliamentary elections. It will remain in office until a new
government is formed.
2006 Oct 3, In the Democratic
Republic of Congo one person was killed and two injured when a
Belgian drone from the EU force crashed in Kinshasa.
2006 Oct 3, The Czech Republic
edged closer to early elections after PM Mirek Topolanek's rightist
minority government was toppled in a parliamentary confidence vote.
2006 Oct 3, A top Iranian
nuclear official proposed that France create a consortium to enrich
uranium in Iran, saying that could satisfy international demands for
outside oversight of Tehran's nuclear program.
2006 Oct 3, Iraqi lawmakers
across party lines endorsed the prime minister's new plan for
stopping sectarian killings, but Shiite and Sunni leaders still must
work out details of how to put aside sharp divisions and work
together to halt the bloodshed. A suicide bomber unleashed a blast
in a Baghdad fish market and two Shiite families were found slain
north of the capital as violence across Iraq claimed at least 53
lives. A raid killed four terror suspects in the western Iraqi town
of Haditha. The US command captured 28 suspected terrorists in a
raids in southeastern Baghdad. A US soldier was killed in a shooting
in Baghdad. A second died from gunfire in Kirkuk.
(AP, 10/3/06)(AP, 10/4/06)(AP, 10/5/06)(AP,
2006 Oct 3, OPEC President
Nigeria called on its fellow OPEC countries to make deeper output
cuts as prices tumbled to an 8-month low below $59 a barrel and the
tide showed no sign of turning.
2006 Oct 3, North Korea said it
will conduct a nuclear test in the face of what it claimed was "the
U.S. extreme threat of a nuclear war," ratcheting up tensions amid
international pressure to return to negotiations on its atomic
2006 Oct 3, Gunmen linked to
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement threatened to
assassinate leaders of the rival Hamas group, heightening tensions
from three days of fighting that has killed 10 Palestinians.
2006 Oct 3, In the Philippines
Bishop Alberto Ramento of Tarlac, former Obispo Maximo of the
Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI), was found stabbed to death at
his rectory. He was a noisy critic of government security forces.
(Econ, 10/14/06, p.46)
2006 Oct 3, Russia suspended
all transport and postal links with Georgia until further notice,
sharply escalating their dispute. The blockade caused economic
problems for Armenia, Georgia's landlocked southern neighbor, since
Russia is its main trading partner.
(AP, 10/3/06)(AP, 10/7/06)
2006 Oct 3, Sri Lanka's Tamil
Tiger rebels agreed to unconditional talks with the government but
warned they will pull out of a 2002 cease-fire if the government
persists with its military campaign.
2006 Oct 3, Thailand's deposed
premier Thaksin Shinawatra resigned from his once all-powerful party
in a letter faxed from London.
2006 Oct 3, A Turkish Airlines
plane carrying 113 people from Albania to Istanbul landed in Italy
where a Turkish man surrendered and released all the passengers
unharmed. The Turkish army deserter who hijacked the airliner sought
asylum because he feared persecution in his Muslim homeland after
his conversion to Christianity and wanted Pope Benedict XVI's
(AP, 10/4/06)(AP, 10/3/07)
2006 Oct 3, In Venezuela 2
boys, Renzo Festa (9) and Domenico Festa (12), were abducted along
with their mother, Nathaly Gotera de Festa, as she drove them to
school. Gotera (35) was married to Italian-Venezuelan businessman
Domenico Festa and was in the process of obtaining her Italian
2007 Oct 3, President Bush, in
a sharp confrontation with Congress, vetoed a bipartisan bill to
reauthorize and dramatically expand SCHIP, a children's health
insurance begun in 1997.
(AP, 10/3/07)(Econ, 10/6/07, p.34)
2007 Oct 3, US federal
authorities said they had rounded up more than 1,300 illegal
immigrants in Southern California during the past two weeks in the
largest sweep of its kind.
2007 Oct 3, Tony Ryan (b.1936),
Irish-born aviation entrepreneur and co-founder of Ryanair (1985),
2007 Oct 3, Afghan troops
backed by NATO-led forces clashed with suspected Taliban fighters in
southern Afghanistan, leaving 20 militants dead.
2007 Oct 3, Four former
officials of Albania's state-controlled oil company, Albpetrol, were
arrested on suspicion of theft and abuse of office.
2007 Oct 3, PM John Howard said
Australia will not take any more refugees from Africa until at least
the middle of next year. He said Australia's 13,000-a-year refugee
intake was being "rebalanced" from Africa to the Middle East and
Asia where the need was more acute.
2007 Oct 3, Li Heping, an
outspoken Chinese lawyer, said he was abducted and beaten for hours
on Sep 29, and accused of causing unrest by representing clients
with complaints of official corruption and police abuse. Li said he
wasn't sure if he would be able to continue working. He returned to
his office the day after the attack and found his lawyer's license
was missing. A portable hard drive and his computer memory had been
2007 Oct 3, Police in East
Timor arrested Vicente "Railos" da Conciecao, the suspected head of
a hit squad. He was linked with Rogerio Lobato, a former interior
minister convicted of giving weapons to civilians during a wave of
violence last year.
2007 Oct 3, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel arrived in Ethiopia overnight at the start of a tour
of African countries that will also take in South Africa and
2007 Oct 3, In India at least
13 elderly women traveling to a Hindu festival were trampled to
death and 42 others were injured in a northern railway station when
two trains arrived on adjacent platforms in Mughalsarai.
2007 Oct 3, Nearly two dozen
previously unknown Iraqi insurgent groups announced a new coalition
to fight foreign occupation but it also set conditions for talks
with the US in a statement on a Web site affiliated with the
country's deposed Baath party. The 22 groups said their leader is
Izzat al-Douri, the highest ranking member of Saddam Hussein's
former ruling party. The Polish ambassador to Iraq was slightly
wounded and two civilians, including a bodyguard, were killed in a
roadside bomb attack in downtown Baghdad. About 900 Polish troops
are stationed training Iraqi personnel and 21 have died during the
conflict. The US military said it had discovered a list of some 500
al Qaeda militants recruited to fight in Iraq from a range of
European, Middle East and north African countries. The WHO said the
toll of people in Iraq infected with cholera has risen to 3,315.
(AP, 10/3/07)(Reuters, 10/3/07)
2007 Oct 3, Soldiers said they
were hunting pro-democracy protesters in Myanmar's largest city and
the top US diplomat in the country said military police had pulled
people out of their homes during the night. The European Union
agreed in principle to punish the junta with sanctions.
(AP, 10/3/07)(AFP, 10/3/07)
2007 Oct 3, A Dutch court
rejected a prosecution appeal against the release of Philippine
communist leader Jose Maria Sison, accused of being involved in
murders in the Philippines.
2007 Oct 3, Local media said
police in southwest Nigeria have arrested five politicians for
allegedly raping a 15-year-old schoolgirl. The suspects, all members
of the west African giant's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP),
were arrested for the offence in Ilesha. An opposition Action
Congress (AC) spokesman said the rape victim was among eight
supporters of the party who were abducted two weeks ago in the town.
At least 38 people were killed and 48 reported missing after two
ferries collided on a river in northern Nigeria's Kebbi State.
(AP, 10/3/07)(AFP, 10/5/07)
2007 Oct 3, An Islamic court in
northern Nigeria banned a play written by a civil rights activist
which satirizes the implementation of Sharia law in 12 mainly Muslim
states. The upper Sharia court in the Tudun Wada neighborhood of the
northern city of Kaduna issued the order restraining Shehu Sani from
selling or circulating his play, "Phantom Crescent."
2007 Oct 3, The six nations
involved in disarmament talks said North Korea agreed to provide a
complete list of its nuclear programs and disable its facilities at
its main reactor complex by Dec. 31, 2007. However, North Korea has
since said it would move to restore its nuclear reactor, saying the
United States had failed to follow through with promised incentives.
(AP, 10/3/07)(AP, 10/3/08)
2007 Oct 3, In Russia workers
rebuilding a 19th century Moscow house dug up the remains of nearly
three dozen people. An estimated 34 people were found. Some of the
remains, which were found under a basement of a house on the estate,
had gunshot wounds to the skull and appeared to date back to the
1930s. Sergei Buluchevsky, a government investigator, later said
preliminary forensic findings indicated the remains were at least a
century old and that there were no signs of violent death.
(AP, 10/4/07)(AP, 10/18/07)
2007 Oct 3, Russian and US
space chiefs signed agreements in Moscow to cooperate on unmanned
missions that would search for potential water deposits beneath the
surface of the moon and Mars.
2007 Oct 3, A pressurized air
pipe snapped at the mine near Johannesburg and tumbled down a shaft,
causing extensive damage to an elevator and stranding 3,200 miners
more than a mile underground. More than 2,000 trapped gold miners
were rescued in a dramatic all-night operation, and efforts gathered
speed to bring hundreds more to the surface. By the next night all
the miners had emerged safely.
2007 Oct 3, President Viktor
Yushchenko ordered Ukraine's feuding parties to strike a deal on a
post-election government, a move likely to aggravate a political
deadlock that has stalled economic reforms. With more than 99% of
the vote counted, Regions Party had 34.3% and its Communist Party
ally 5.4. The Tymoshenko bloc had polled 30.8 and Our Ukraine 14.2%.
2007 Oct 3, The UN General
Assembly's ministerial meeting that saw an international outcry over
military repression in Myanmar, new killings in Darfur and Iran's
nuclear program, closed in NYC with a call for global action on
climate change, poverty and terrorism.
2007 Oct 3, President Hugo
Chavez accused the US of trying to spur a military rebellion, saying
the CIA is behind the distribution of leaflets inside army barracks
calling for his ouster.
2007 Oct 3, Disaster officials
began evacuating 400,000 people as a typhoon approached Vietnam's
central coast, packing winds up to 83 mph. Typhoon Lekima slammed
into Vietnam's central coast, killing two people, destroying
hundreds of houses and unleashing floods in one of the country's
2007 Oct 3, Teachers at state
schools across inflation-ravaged Zimbabwe began an indefinite strike
to press for better salaries.
2008 Oct 3, Pres. Bush signed
the Child Soldiers Accountability Act, making it a federal crime in
the US to recruit and use soldiers under 15 years even if they
operate outside the US. Rebel groups and government-armed militias
using child soldiers in the Philippines and 16 other strife-torn
countries faced prosecution in the United States under the new law.
2008 Oct 3, The US House of
Representatives voted 263-171 for the $700 billion economic rescue
plan and Pres. Bush quickly signed the bill. Wall Street fell 157
points to 10,325.38, its lowest close since October 2005, as more
economic bad news was made public. The $700 billion represented
about 6% of American GDP.
(AP, 10/4/08)(WSJ, 10/4/08, p.B1)(Econ, 9/27/08,
2008 Oct 3, United States
Protection and Investigations, a Houston security company, was
indicted on charges of defrauding the US government for work done
during the Afghanistan war and rebuilding efforts.
2008 Oct 3, The Great Lakes
Governors (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Wisconsin) applauded President George W. Bush for
signing a joint resolution of Congress providing consent to the
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact.
It barred new diversions beyond the Great Lakes Basin.
2008 Oct 3, Thomas Petters
(51), founder of Petters Co., was arrested in Minnesota on charges
of mail and wire fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice.
Over 20 investors and investment groups were thought to have been
bilked of over $100 million and losses claimed by funds could top $2
(WSJ, 10/4/08, p.B7)
2008 Oct 3, O.J. Simpson was
found guilty of robbing two sports-memorabilia dealers at gunpoint
in a Las Vegas hotel room on Sep 13, 2007. This was 13 years to the
day after being acquitted of killing his wife and her friend in Los
Angeles. Four other men charged in the case struck plea bargains
that saved them from potential prison sentences in return for their
2008 Oct 3, Wachovia said it
agreed to be acquired by San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co.
in a $15.1 billion all-stock deal. But Citigroup demanded that
Wachovia abide by the terms of its earlier deal to buy Wachovia's
2008 Oct 3, In Alabama a
collision on a rural highway between an 18-wheeler and a state van
killed 6 applicants for prison jobs and their driver.
(SFC, 10/4/08, p.A3)
2008 Oct 3, NATO launched an
airstrike near the Afghan border with Pakistan. A jet fighter bombed
two houses in different parts of Datta Khel. Intelligence officials
in the region said 2 women and one child were killed and 5 men
wounded. A militant attack on a US patrol in eastern Kunar province
killed an Afghan civilian and wounded four others.
(Reuters, 10/3/08)(AP, 10/3/08)
2008 Oct 3, Soldiers from both
Cambodia and Thailand were wounded in a brief clash along their
2008 Oct 3, India's Tata Group
announced it was abandoning a plant in eastern India which was
slated to turn out the world's cheapest car after weeks of violent
demonstrations triggered by a land dispute.
2008 Oct 3, Iraq's presidential
council officially approved a law that paves the way for US-backed
provincial elections to be held by the end of January. Iraq's
parliament had approved the law unanimously on Sept. 24 following
months of deadlock centering on a Kurdish-Arab dispute over the city
of Kirkuk. Kurdish legislators agreed to the latest proposal after
all sides accepted a UN compromise to put off the vote in Tamim
province, which includes Kirkuk, and form a committee to recommend
separate legislation for elections there by March 31. The US
military killed Mahir Ahmad Mahmud al-Zubaydi, also known as Abu
Assad or Abu Rami, an al-Qaida in Iraq leader. He was suspected of
masterminding the Oct 2 attacks in Baghdad as well as recent
bombings and the 2006 videotaped execution of a Russian official.
American troops also killed the man's wife in a firefight as they
tried to capture him in the northern neighborhood of Azamiyah in
(AP, 10/3/08)(AP, 10/4/08)
2008 Oct 3, Mexican police
clashed with hundreds of villagers who seized the entrance to a
Mayan archaeological site and six protesters were killed. Hundreds
of villagers had occupied the entrance to the Chinkultic ruins for
nearly a month, saying they were protesting excessive entrance fees
and a lack of investment in the area. 2 men were found shot to death
in Tijuana in the same empty lot near the elementary school where
the 12 bodies were found on sep 29.
2008 Oct 3, US missiles hit a
house in Mohammadkhel near the Afghan border. Two Pakistani
intelligence officials, citing reports from field agents and
informants, said 14 Taliban militants and 8 Arabs died in the attack
about 28 miles west of Miran Shah. 2 people wounded in the attack
died later bringing the toll to 24.
(AP, 10/4/08)(AP, 10/5/08)
2008 Oct 3, Russian share
prices dropped sharply despite a nearly $200 billion Kremlin rescue
plan. Oleg Deripaska, billionaire tycoon, was reported to have given
up his 20% stake in Magna Int’l., a Canadian auto parts maker, to
(WSJ, 10/4/08, p.A4)
2008 Oct 3, A car exploded
outside the Russian military's headquarters in South Ossetia,
killing 7 people and wounding 3. The South Ossetian government said
a car, that had been confiscated in an ethnic Georgian village after
weapons were found in it, exploded near a building where leaders of
the Russian peacekeeping force were located.
2008 Oct 3, The United Nations
said fighting has killed at least 80 civilians in Somalia's capital
over the last two weeks. More than 100 people have been injured. UN
humanitarian office spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said nearly half of
Somalia's 8.3 million people were in need of food and other
2008 Oct 3, Sri Lankan air
force jets bombed the offices of the Tamil Tiger political chief
2008 Oct 3, Fighting between
Kurdish rebels and Turkey's army and air force in southeastern
Turkey and northern Iraq killed 15 soldiers and at least 23
insurgents, in the deadliest battle between the longtime enemies
2008 Oct 3, Officials said
Vietnam's health ministry has discovered the industrial chemical
melamine in 18 food products imported from China and three other
countries and has ordered them recalled and destroyed.
2009 Oct 3, David Headley
(b.1960 as Daood Sayed Gilani), a US citizen of Pakistani descent,
was arrested in Chicago. He was suspected of doing reconnaissance
for the Nov 26, 2008, Mumbai attack that killed 166 people.
2009 Oct 3, In Minnesota Somali
Pres. Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed visited Minneapolis and St. Paul
and urged expatriates to help find solutions to the violence in
their homeland. The area is home to the largest Somali population in
(SSFC, 10/4/09, p.A10)
2009 Oct 3, In Afghanistan a
Taliban attack on a NATO supply convoy killed a civilian contractor
escorting the trucks. Militant fighters streaming from an Afghan
village and a mosque attacked a pair of remote outposts near the
Pakistani border in the Kamdesh district of Nuristan province,
killing 8 US soldiers and 3 Afghan soldiers at Combat Outpost
Keating. 13 Afghan police and 2 journalists were captured by the
Taliban, including the local police chief and his deputy. The bodies
of 5 enemy fighters were found after the battle. NATO later said
enemy forces suffered more than 100 dead during the well-coordinated
defense. A roadside bomb southwest of Kabul killed a US service
(AP, 10/3/09)(AP, 10/4/09)(AFP, 10/6/09)(AP,
2/5/10)(SFC, 8/27/13, p.C1)
2009 Oct 3, In Ethiopia Abdi
Mohammed Awhasen, a top rebel leader in the restive Ogaden region,
surrendered. His arrest led to the seizure of some four tons of
2009 Oct 3, Reinhard Mohn
(b.1921), German book publisher, died. He helped transform media
group Bertelsmann AG from a German book publisher to an
international media company. Mohn took over his family's printing
and publishing business, C. Bertelsmann Verlag, in 1947. In 1971 he
helped oversee the family-owned company's transformation into a
stock corporation and become chairman and chief executive. In 1977,
he established the Bertelsmann Stiftung foundation. Bertelsmann's
106,000 employees are scattered across its divisions in more than 50
2009 Oct 3, An Iraqi commander
said security forces have detained more than 100 suspects in sweeps
through Mosul to try to cripple the country's last major stronghold
of Sunni insurgents.
2009 Oct 3, In Rome tens of
thousands of people gathered to defend freedom of the press accusing
Pres. Silvio Berlusconi of trying to silence critical voices.
(SSFC, 10/4/09, p.A6)
2009 Oct 3, The Israeli army
carried out airstrikes on a weapons workshop east of Gaza City and
two weapons smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border. The
strikes were in response to one mortar shell and one rocket fired at
Israel from Gaza the day before.
2009 Oct 3, In Nigeria Farah
Dagogo, a former commander of the country's main militant group,
said that he and other field commanders in Rivers state have
surrendered all of their weapons. The Movement for the Emancipation
of the Niger Delta (MEND) said it has already replaced the
commanders who have surrendered. The group has said it would not
accept an amnesty deal. Loyalists of Government Ekpemupolo,
popularly known as Tompolo, filled up boats from the oil city of
Warri and made for Oporoza camp, a two-hour boat ride, to witness
him giving up his weapons.
(AP, 10/4/09)(AFP, 10/4/09)
2009 Oct 3, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected Taliban militants fatally shot tribal elder Malik
Abdul Majeed as he traveled to discuss anti-militancy efforts with
government authorities. The dead body of a man accused of spying for
the US turned up in the Bajur tribal region. Helicopter gunships
pounded militants hide-outs in Charmang town in Bajur, killing five
insurgents. Security forces killed three militants in the Swat
Valley and arrested 16 others.
(AP, 10/3/09)(AP, 10/4/09)
2009 Oct 3, In the Philippines
Typhoon Parma cut a destructive path across the northern Philippines
killing at least 30 people and leaving more than a dozen villages
flooded, piling further misery on the Southeast Asian nation after
floods from Ketsana claimed 298 lives.
(AP, 10/4/09)(AP, 10/8/09)
2009 Oct 3-2009 Oct 4, In
southern Sudan 16 people were killed in clashes between forces loyal
to an ex-warlord and the governor's guards in oil-rich Unity State.
At least 23 people were killed and more than a thousand fled their
homes in ethnic clashes over the weekend.
2009 Oct 3, Some 2,000 people
marched across Venezuela's capital to protest what they say is the
persecution of President Hugo Chavez's opponents.
2010 Aug 3, Pres. Obama signed
the Fair Sentencing Act. It allowed judges to take mitigating
factors into account when sentencing a prisoner.
2010 Oct 3, The US and Britain
warned their citizens of an increased risk of terrorist attacks in
Europe, with Washington saying al Qaeda might target transport
2010 Oct 3, Rohm Emanuel,
former US White House chief of staff, said in a video on his website
that he’s preparing to run for mayor of Chicago.
(SFC, 10/4/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 3, Lawrence Salander
(61), NYC owner of a lavish Upper East Side gallery, was sentenced
to six to 18 years in prison. He had pleaded guilty earlier this
year to 29 counts of grand larceny and fraud.
2010 Oct 3, The SF Giants
baseball team clinched a division title with a 3-0 win over the San
(SFC, 10/4/10, p.A1)
2010 Oct 3, San Francisco’s
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, sponsored by financier Warren
Hellman, drew some 350,000 listeners to Golden Gate Park. The 10th
annual weekend festival drew some 600,000 all together.
(SFC, 10/4/10, p.C2)
2010 Oct 3, In NYC a potential
recruit for the Latin King Goonies street gang and 2 other men were
beaten and sodomized for their sexual contacts. 8 suspects were
later arrested and one more was sought in the gruesome assaults. 2
more suspects were charged on Oct 12.
(SFC, 10/9/10, p.A7)(SSFC, 10/10/10, p.A10)(AP,
2010 Oct 3, The Afghan
government said it has started dissolving private security firms in
the country by taking steps to end the operations of eight
companies, including the firm formerly known as Blackwater and three
other international contractors. An insurgent with the Haqqani
network responsible for attacking coalition and Afghan troops was
captured in an operation in eastern Khost province. 3 insurgents
died in an Afghan and NATO operation in Kandahar province's
Arghandab district. The raid in Khisroo village also recovered
explosive material and an anti-personnel mine that were destroyed.
At least 3 Afghan civilians were killed along with 17 insurgents in
a NATO air strike in Helmand.
(AP, 10/3/10)(AP, 10/4/10)(Reuters, 10/4/10)
2010 Oct 3, Bolivia’s President
Evo Morales kneed an opposing player in the groin during a soccer
match against a team of political rivals after an apparent hard foul
by the opponent. Images of the altercation were broadcast and posted
2010 Oct 3, Voters in
Bosnia-Herzegovina cast ballots in elections likely to further
entrench their nation's ethnic divisions and threaten possible EU
entry. Some 3 million voters uneasily split between Serbs, Bosniaks
and Croats chose from 8,000 candidates for the central and several
regional parliaments, the Bosnian Serb presidency and the federal
presidency. Preliminary election results indicated that the
three-person presidency will remain deadlocked over the nation's
future, with two leaders of the ethnically divided country
advocating unity and a third pushing for the country's breakup.
2010 Oct 3, Brazil held
presidential elections. Ruling party candidate Dilma Rousseff looked
poised to sweep to victory. Rousseff, who is trying to become
Brazil's first female leader, fell short of getting a majority of
votes in presidential elections and faced a runoff in four weeks
against an experienced, centrist rival. Francisco Everardo Oliveira
Silva (45), better known by his clown name Tiririca, received more
than 1.3 million votes in Sao Paulo state in Brazil's presidential
and congressional elections. "What does a congressman do? The truth
is I don't know, but vote for me and I'll tell you," he said in his
campaign advertisements. On Nov 11 Silva convinced the Sao Paulo
Electoral court that he could read and write.
(AP, 10/3/10)(AFP, 10/3/10)(AP, 10/4/10)(Reuters,
10/5/10)(SSFC, 11/14/10, p.A4)
2010 Oct 3, In China 6 people
were killed when the wall of a factory under construction fell in
Qingzhou city, Shandong province. 5 people were injured, 2 of them
2010 Oct 3, Egypt backed the
Palestinians' refusal to negotiate with Israel as long as it
continues to build West Bank settlements, even as officials urged
for continued diplomacy to salvage the month-old talks.
2010 Oct 3, Egyptian and
Iranian airlines agreed to resume direct flights between the two
countries for the first time since 1979.
(SFC, 10/4/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 3, In India the
troubled Commonwealth Games got underway with a glittering opening
ceremony in a fortress-like New Delhi after a shambolic run-up that
threatened to derail the event.
2010 Oct 3, In Iran a top
official said Industrial computers infected by Stuxnet have been
cleaned and returned to their units, following reports that the
malware was mutating and wreaking havoc with equipment.
2010 Oct 3, An Israeli military
court convicted two soldiers of using a Palestinian child as a human
shield by forcing him to check for booby traps on Jan 15, 2009,
during the 2008-2009 Gaza war. Israeli police shot and killed
Izzedine Qawasmeh (35), a father of five and a construction worker
from the West Bank village of Sair, after he used a rope to scale a
towering wall meant to keep Palestinians from sneaking into Israel.
On Nov 21 the two soldiers received suspended sentences and
(AFP, 10/3/10)(AP, 10/3/10)(AP, 11/21/10)
2010 Oct 3, Nigeria's federal
police force named two men, Ben Jessy and Chima Orlu, as the
"masterminds" behind the Oct 1 bombings in Abuja.
2010 Oct 3, Thousands of Serb
pilgrims gathered in a medieval monastery in western Kosovo amid
tight security to attend the enthronement ceremony of the new
Serbian Patriarch Irinej.
2010 Oct 3, In Somalia fighting
in Mogadishu left at least eight people dead.
2010 Oct 3, Spain's beleaguered
PM Zapatero suffered an embarrassing setback in a local election
race, and a poll showed his party trailing ever further behind the
opposition conservatives at the national level.
2011 Oct 3, A US court
sentenced two more Somali pirates to life in prison over the
hijacking of a yacht off the coast of Africa in February that left
four Americans on board dead. Muhidin Salad Omar (30) and Mahdi Jama
Mohamed, (23-24), became the third and fourth Somali pirates to be
sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty over the fatal
hijacking in May. Seven more have pleaded guilty to charges of
piracy and awaited mandatory life sentences. Three others faced the
2011 Oct 3, George Soros said
he has pledged $27.4 million to aid development in targeted villages
across rural Africa. He also pledged up to $20 million to support
business projects within those villages over the next 5 years.
(SFC, 10/4/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 3, Kathy Scruggs (44)
of Atlanta, Georgia, claimed the cash option and will receive
$15,124,017 before taxes in the $25 million prize. She matched all
of the winning numbers in the Sep 14 multistate Powerball drawing.
She said she had requested a Mega Millions ticket but wound up with
that and the Powerball ticket and accepted both of them.
2011 Oct 3, US whiskey maker
Jim Beam was spun off from Fortune Brands. It planned to gear future
marketing toward women.
(SFC, 10/15/11, p.D3)
2011 Oct 3, Hewlett-Packard
announced that it has acquired control of Autonomy, a British
software firm, for $10.3 billion. In 2012 HP said it was writing
down the value of Autonomy by $8.8 billion, ascribing over $5
billion to accounting improprieties.
2011 Oct 3, Yahoo!, the premier
digital media company, and ABC News announced they will join forces
to launch a strategic online news alliance that will deliver content
to more than 100 million U.S. users each month.
2011 Oct 3, In Afghanistan 2
suicide bombers in separate attacks struck Kandahar city, killing
three people. US Pvt. Danny Chen (19) was found in a guard tower at
Combat Outpost Palace with what the Army described as "an apparent
self-inflicted gunshot wound." In December 8 soldiers from Chen's
company faced charges relating his death, including dereliction of
duty, assault, negligent homicide and involuntary manslaughter. In
2012 a court-martial found Army Sgt. Adam Holcomb guilty of
maltreatment and assault of Chen. On Aug 13 Spec. Ryan Offutt
pleaded guilty to hazing and mistreatment and was sentenced to 6
months in prison.
(AFP, 10/3/11)(AP, 12/21/11)(SFC, 7/31/12,
p.A7)(SFC, 8/14/12, p.A4)
2011 Oct 3, A Bahraini special
court jailed 36 Shiites for up to 25 years each in three separate
cases related to month-long democracy protests in the Gulf kingdom.
2011 Oct 3, In Bangladesh
Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a senior leader from the largest Islamic
party, was charged with war crimes for allegedly leading groups that
took part in killing, looting, arson and rape during the country's
1971 independence war against Pakistan.
2011 Oct 3, In Denmark PM Helle
Thorning-Schmidt (b.1966) took office. Her government soon scrapped
renewed customs checks at its border with Germany.
2011 Oct 3, Haiti's President
Michel Martelly said the government is boosting student enrollment
this year by putting more than 700,000 youths into classrooms. The
National Fund for Education will pay tuition for 142,000 students
who will go to school for the first time.
2011 Oct 3, In Iraq 4
insurgents disguised as police officers seized control of a police
station in western Anbar province, taking dozens of hostages and
killing four of them before Iraqi forces swept in and ended the
standoff. 2 insurgents blew themselves up and 2 were killed by
police. Gunmen tried to attack another police station about 10 miles
(16 km) away, but were repulsed. Security forces killed two
insurgents and arrested another three.
2011 Oct 3, In northern Israel
arsonists torched a mosque in an Arab village, setting off protests
by residents who clashed with police. Graffiti sprayed at the site
suggested Jewish radicals, suspected in other recent mosque fires,
2011 Oct 3, Hanan Porat (67), a
driving force behind Israel's settlement of the West Bank, died of
cancer. The former Israeli lawmaker was a founder of the now-defunct
movement Gush Emunim, Hebrew for "the bloc of the faithful" (1974),
a messianic movement committed to settling land Israel captured in
the 1967 war.
2011 Oct 3, An Italian appeals
court dramatically overturned the conviction of Amanda Knox, an
American student, of sexually assaulting and brutally slaying her
British roommate. The family of victim Meredith Kercher (21)
appeared overwhelmed at the ruling, saying they were shocked and
bewildered by the stunning reversal of the 2009 decision. Knox’s
one-time boyfriend, Italian Raffaele Sollecito, was also released.
2011 Oct 3, Libya's
transitional leaders named a new Cabinet and said they would step
down after the country is fully secured. Revolutionary forces seized
the village of Abu Hadi south of Sirte. 2 anti-Gadhafi fighters were
killed and 28 wounded in intense battles in Sirte.
(AP, 10/3/11)(AP, 10/4/11)
2011 Oct 3, Mexico City police
found two severed human heads on a street near a major military
base, a grisly tactic of warring drug gangs that has long affected
other parts of the country while largely sparing the capital. The
heads were accompanied by a note referring to the "Mano con Ojos" or
"Hand with Eyes" drug gang. Hidalgo police chief Damian Canales said
officers have captured four alleged members of the gang believed to
have participated in the killings of 70 people, most whose bodies
were disposed of by being dissolved in vats. He said suspect Javier
Rodriguez (21) told agents he had shot 20 members of the Gulf
Cartel. In Acapulco four men were bound and shot in an auto repair
shop with two cars set on fire.
2011 Oct 3, In Nigeria gunmen
suspected of being members of the Boko Haram Islamist sect shot dead
three people at a market in the violence-torn northern city of
2011 Oct 3, In Nigeria a tanker
truck collided with a 16-seat minibus along the Damaturu-Potiskum
road in Yobe state. 11 people were killed.
2011 Oct 3, Palestinian
officials said that the US has suspended two West Bank development
projects worth $81 billion after Congress froze finding to dissuade
Palestinians from seeking UN recognition of an independent state.
(SFC, 10/4/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 3, In the Philippines
more than 200 heavily armed communist rebels of the New People's
Army stormed three mining companies in a weakly secured southern
region, burning heavy equipment, disarming guards and briefly
holding several people in Surigao del Norte province.
2011 Oct 3, Sweden’s Nobel
committee at Stockholm's Karolinska institute said three scientists
won the Nobel Prize in medicine for discoveries about the immune
system that opened new avenues for the treatment and prevention of
infectious illnesses and cancer. American Bruce Beutler and French
scientist Jules Hoffmann shared the 10 million-kronor ($1.5 million)
award with Canadian-born Ralph Steinman.
2011 Oct 3, Syrian troops going
house to house have detained more than 3,000 people in the past
three days in the rebellious town of Rastan that government forces
recently retook in some of the worst fighting since the country's
uprising began six months ago.
2011 Oct 3, The Tanzanian navy
foiled a pirate attack on an offshore oil drilling ship and captured
all seven bandits. The attack on the Ocean Rig Poseidon, owned by
Ocean Rig of Norway, took place as it was carrying out exploration
drilling for Brazilian firm Petrobras.
2011 Oct 3, Uganda’s former
vice president, Gilbert Bukenya (2003-2011), was taken to Luzira
prison on the outskirts of Kampala. He was accused of fraudulently
awarding a $2 million contract in 2007. He has denied the
2012 Oct 3, A US federal
indictment filed in Brooklyn named Alexander Fishenko, an immigrant
from Kazakhstan, as a secret agent for the Russian military.
Fishenko had made millions off his Texas export firm, Arc
Electronics Inc. He was among 11 defendants named in the indictment.
(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 3, A US federal
indictment linked Jose Sanchez-Villalobos (49), a high-ranking
member of the Sinaloa drug cartel, to two of the largest drug
tunnels discovered under the San Diego-Tijuana border.
(SFC, 10/5/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 3, Chicago police
began top chop down some 1,500 marijuana plants discovered a day
earlier on the city’s far South Side.
(SFC, 10/5/12, p.A10)
2012 Oct 3, Cellphone companies
T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Communications announced plans to merge.
Deutsche Telekom AG, the owner of T-Mobile USA, will hold 74 percent
of the new business.
2012 Oct 3, A 24-hour strike by
Belgian rail workers paralyzed train traffic throughout Belgium and
the international high-speed service to London and Paris.
2012 Oct 3, British ministers
froze three more rail franchise competitions after the Department
for Transport (DfT) said that "completely unacceptable" flaws had
been uncovered in its handling of bids to run the West Coast Main
Line, a jewel in the crown of the rail network linking London and
2012 Oct 3, In Britain a
documentary screened on ITV showing interviews with several people
who claimed they had been abused as children by Jimmy Savile, a
popular BBC presenter who died in 2011.
(Econ, 10/27/12, p.58)
2012 Oct 3, In Indonesia more
than 2 million factory workers went on a one-day strike across the
country demanding better benefits and protesting the hiring of
2012 Oct 3, Iranian police
threatened merchants who closed their shops in Tehran's main bazaar
and launched crackdowns on sidewalk money changers as part of a push
to halt the plunge of Iran's currency, which has shed more than a
third its value in less than a week. 16 people were arrested during
protests demanding relief from the plummeting currency.
(AP, 10/3/12)(SFC, 10/5/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 3, An Iraqi court
sentenced an American citizen to life in prison on charges of
assisting al-Qaida and financing terrorist activities in Iraq.
According to the Interior Ministry Omar Rashad Khalil (53) was
recruited by al-Qaida in Iraq in 2005. Khalil, an architectural
engineer, is of Palestinian descent and entered Iraq in 2001. Five
bystanders were killed and 13 people wounded in a morning car
bombing in Baghdad. Six people convicted on terrorism charges were
executed today, bringing the number of executions since the
beginning of this year to 102.
2012 Oct 3, In Liberia more
than 60 inmates broke out of a maximum security prison in the
southeastern city of Zwedru.
2012 Oct 3, Malawi Pres. Joyce
Banda announced that she will take a 30% pay cut to show that she
will sacrifice personally as part of her government's austerity
2012 Oct 3, Mexico launched an
extensive program to vaccinate fifth-grade girls against human
(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 3, In Mexico Jose
Eduardo Moreira (25), a Coahuila state employee and son of former
Gov. Humberto Moreira, was found shot to death outside the border
town of Ciudad Acuna.
(SFC, 10/5/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 3, Human Rights Watch
said that Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip commit rampant
abuses against Palestinian prisoners. The report titled “Abusive
Systems” noted beatings with metal clubs and rubber hoses, mock
executions and arbitrary arrests, and urged the Islamic militant
group to swiftly reform its criminal justice system.
(AP, 10/3/12)(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 3, In the Philippines
the new Cybercrime Prevention Act went into effect, setting
penalties for a range of computer-related crimes with provisions
related to libel. Critics said it could lead to imprisonment for
simple activities like sharing Facebook and Twitter posts. On Oct 9
the Supreme Court suspended the new law.
(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A2)(SFC, 10/10/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 3, Serbia's police
banned a gay pride march in Belgrade, citing security concerns but
also complying with a request from Serbia's Christian Orthodox
2012 Oct 3, Spanish police
arrested a man on suspicion that he planned to imitate the 1999
Columbine school killings by planting bombs around a university
campus. Police seized 140 kilograms (308 pounds) of bomb-making
material when they arrested the 21-year-old man in the Balearic
island city of Palma de Mallorca.
2012 Oct 3, In Syria 3 suicide
bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in the main square of
the northern city of Aleppo, killing over 40 people, leveling
buildings and trapping survivors under the
rubble. Regime troops reportedly killed two more would-be suicide
bombers before they could detonate their explosives. A fourth car
bomb went off in the Bab Jnein area near the Old City where the
Chamber of Commerce is located.
(AP, 10/3/12)(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 3, Turkish authorities
arrested Ali Harzi for reported links to the Sep 11 attack on a US
consulate in Libya. He was repatriated to Tunisia on Oct 11 and
faced terrorism charges there. Harzi was one of two Tunisians
reportedly arrested in Turkey when they tried to enter the country
with false passports.
2012 Oct 3, Syrian-Turkish
cross-border tensions escalated after a shell fired from inside
Syria landed on a home in the Turkish village of Akcakale, killing
two women and three of their daughters and wounding at least 10
2013 Oct 3, The United States
and Japan agreed to modernize their defense alliance for the first
time in 16 years to address growing concerns about North Korea's
nuclear program, global terrorism, cyber intrusions and other 21st
2013 Oct 3, The US-Korea
Institute at John Hopkins said North Korea’s main nuclear complex
was discharging hot wastewater in a further sign that the country
has restarted its Soviet-era nuclear reactor.
(SFC, 10/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 3, The United States
slapped sanctions on Rwanda over the use of child soldiers by rebels
in the Democratic Republic of Congo which Kigali is accused of
2013 Oct 3, In Washington DC a
dramatic car chase through the streets near the White House to the
US Capitol ended in gunfire when law enforcement officers shot and
killed the driver as lawmakers and aides huddled in a lockdown. The
car involved in the chase was registered to Miriam Carey (34) of
Connecticut. A one-year-old girl in the car was unhurt.
2013 Oct 3, Bill Eppridge
(b.1938)), American photo-journalist, died in Connecticut. His work
included the book: “A Time It Was – Bobby Kennedy in the Sixties”
(SSFC, 10/6/13, p.C11)
2013 Oct 3, A Bahrain court
jailed four Shiites for life after convicting them of detonating a
bomb targeting police that wounded an Asian man.
2013 Oct 3, China’s state media
said swarms of hornets have killed 42 people in the northwest in
recent months. Hua Baozhen, a professor of entomology at Northwest
Agriculture Forestry University, attributed the attacks mostly to a
decrease in the number of the hornets' natural enemies, such as
spiders and birds, due to ecological changes.
2013 Oct 3, Nikos
Michaloliakos, the leader of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party,
was sent to jail pending trial on criminal charges, the first time
an elected party chief has been put behind bars since a military
coup nearly five decades ago.
(Reuters, 10/3/13)(Econ, 10/5/13, p.56)
2013 Oct 3, Hong Kong officials
said customs agents have seized 189 elephant tusks, valued at about
$1.5 million, in the city’s 3rd biggest bust of endangered species
products in three months.
(SFC, 10/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 3, An Indian court
sentenced Lalu Prasad Yadav, a powerful ally of the ruling Congress
party, to five years in jail for siphoning off state funds,
underlining that a wave of public disgust with rampant corruption is
finally catching up with the nation's politicians.
2013 Oct 3, In Iraq a bomb
exploded near a football field, killing 5 people and wounding at
least 11 in Madain.
2013 Oct 3, A smuggler's boat,
carrying migrants from Eritrea, Ghana and Somalia, capsized off
Italy’s southern island of Lampedusa. 160 bodies were soon recovered
and 155 people rescued. 366 lives were lost. On Nov 8 police said
dozens of the asylum-seekers had been raped and tortured in Libya
before starting their journey. Three traffickers were under arrest.
(AP, 10/3/13)(AP, 10/4/13)(AP, 10/6/13)
2013 Oct 3, In Kenya Sheikh
Ibrahim Omar was shot dead in Mombasa. He preached at a mosque that
has in the past been linked to the Somali al Shabaab Islamists who
claimed responsibility for the shopping center attack.
2013 Oct 3, Madagascar police
said a crowd burned two Europeans and a local man alive on the Nosy
Be tourist island because they suspected them of trafficking human
organs after a dead child was found on a beach. 26 people were soon
arrested in the case.
(Reuters, 10/3/13)(AFP, 10/5/13)(AFP, 10/6/13)
2013 Oct 3, In Nigeria a
chartered airplane nosedived into the ground and burst into flames
meters from tanks of aviation fuel, killing 11 people shortly after
taking off from Lagos. The plane was carrying mourners and the body
of former Ondo state Gov. Olusegun Agagu, who died on Sep 13. The
next day Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority suspended all the
operations of Lagos-based Associated Airline.
(AP, 10/3/13)(AP, 10/7/13)
2013 Oct 3, Pakistan said it
has scrapped plans to reinstate the death penalty, following threats
by Taliban militants to step up attacks in retaliation. At least 15
people were killed in an attack on a pro-government militia
commander in the Orakzai tribal area.
(Reuters, 10/3/13)(SFC, 10/4/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 3, Palestinian
farmers, after a long court battle, reclaimed land they lost to an
Israeli settlement in the 1970s. Israel had dismantled Homesh and
three other West Bank settlements in 2005, in connection with a
wider withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, but refused to let the
original Palestinian landowners return.
2013 Oct 3, Officials said
Portugal has passed the latest test of its compliance with the terms
of its bailout and qualified for around 5.5 billion euros ($7.5
billion) in further funding from creditors.
2013 Oct 3, Russian
investigators charged 16 more crew members of a Greenpeace ship with
piracy for a protest at a Russian oil platform in the Arctic. All 30
crew members from 17 countries now faced 15-year prison terms if
2013 Oct 3, In Syria experts
tasked with implementing the UN resolution ordering the destruction
of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal began work, as the world body
demanded access to civilians trapped by the conflict.
2013 Oct 3, In Syria six of the
most powerful rebel factions issued a joint statement telling an
Al-Qaeda front group (ISIL) to withdraw from the northern town of
Azaz bordering Turkey. In a separate statement, rebels in central
Syria also called on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
to leave Homs province.
2014 Oct 3, A US government
watchdog agency asked the Air Force to explain why it destroyed 16
aircraft initially bought for the Afghan air force and turn them
into $32,000 of scrap metal instead of finding other ways to salvage
nearly $500 million in US funds spent on the program.
2014 Oct 3, Comer Cottrell
(b.1931), black entrepreneur and philantropist, died. His Curly Kit
(1980) was the first do-it-yourself product for producing loose
waves favored by many top black celebrities. His Pro-Line became a
division of Alberto-Culver in 2000.
(SFC, 10/10/14, p.D5)
2014 Oct 3, Australia’s
government said it will investigate sexual abuse claims at its
refugee detention center on Nauru, while removing 10 aid workers
from the South Pacific island following reports of coaching
detainees to commit self-harm protests.
2014 Oct 3, In London Ian
Edmondson, a former news editor at Britain's News of the World,
pleaded guilty to conspiring to hack the phones of celebrities,
politicians and royals.
2014 Oct 3, The EU's antitrust
authority says it has approved Facebook's proposed $19 billion
takeover of the messaging service WhatsApp.
2014 Oct 3, In Hong Kong
violent scuffles broke out in Mong Kok, a famous and congested
shopping district, as hundreds of supporters of Chinese rule stormed
tents and ripped down banners belonging to pro-democracy protesters,
forcing many to retreat.
2014 Oct 3, In eastern India at
least 32 people were killed in a stampede triggered by rumors that
an electrical wire had fallen on people attending the Dussehra Hindu
festival in Patna, Bihar state.
(SFC, 10/4/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 3, In Kenya protesters
blocked truckers on the only highway from Mombasa port to the
capital Nairobi, threatening to choke the main trade artery with
much of east Africa. More than two hundred residents in Voi halted
traffic with burning tires to demand jobs from a Chinese company
contracted to build a section of a railway in the area.
2014 Oct 3, In Mali 9 United
Nations peacekeepers from Niger were killed in an ambush on their
2014 Oct 3, In Peru attackers
opened fire with assault rifles just before dawn on four vehicles
carrying 28 police officers near the town of Machente in the
southeastern region of Ayacucho. 2 officers were killed.
2014 Oct 3, A Rwandan court
convicted ex-army officer Joel Mutabazi on charges of plotting
attacks against the central African nation and ordered he spend the
rest of his life behind bars.
2014 Oct 3, In Spain the
pro-independence regional government in Catalonia said it still
plans to hold a secession referendum Nov. 9 as it studies ways to
convince Spain's Constitutional Court to lift a provisional
suspension of the vote.
2014 Oct 3, Sweden’s PM Stefan
Lofven said his new center-left government will recognize the state
of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European
country to take the step.
2014 Oct 3, In Syria coalition
warplanes destroyed one insurgent vehicle and killed 5 fighters
during raids in the countryside to the east and south of Kobani. 10
Kurdish fighters were also killed in heavy fighting that carried on
long into the night.
2014 Oct 3, A video was posted
on YouTube showing Alan Henning (47), a British taxi driver,
kneeling before a masked knife man against a desert setting. Henning
had been part of an aid convoy taking medical supplies to a hospital
in northwest Syria in December last year when it was stopped by
gunmen and he was abducted. He was the fourth hostage to have been
beheaded by Islamic State (IS).
2014 Oct 3, Ukrainian troops
and pro-Russian rebels clashed around the flashpoint city of
Donetsk, while trading blame over the death last night of Laurent
DuPasqiuer (38), a Swiss aid worker. 12 separatists were killed
during the attacks on the Donetsk airport. 2 Ukrainian servicemen
were also killed.
(Reuters, 10/3/14)(Reuters, 10/4/14)
2014 Oct 3, Vietnam welcomed a
decision by the US government to ease a 40-year ban on lethal arms
sales, saying it will benefit both nations.
(AP, 10/3/14)(AFP, 10/3/14)
2014 Oct 3, Zambia’s Finance
Minister Alexander Chikwanda said it was difficult to resist
corruption from Chinese contractors who allocate who gifts to other
government officials. Chikwanda said the government has borrowed so
much money from the chinese that it would soon become impossible to
pay them back.
(SSFC, 10/5/14, p.A7)
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