Return to home578 Oct 5,
Justinus II, Byzantine emperor (565-78), died.
610 Oct 5, Heraclitus' fleet
1285 Oct 5, Philippe III, the
Stout, King of France (1270-85), died.
1450 Oct 5, Jews were expelled
from Lower Bavaria by order of Ludwig IX.
1568 Oct 5, The Conference of
York began in the trial against Mary Stuart.
1568 Oct 5, Willem of Orange's
army occupied Brabant.
1572 Oct 5, The Spanish army
under Duke of Alva's son Don Frederik plundered Mechelen (Flanders).
1582 Oct 5, The Gregorian
calendar was introduced in Italy, other Catholic countries. Nothing
happened. This day was skipped and became Oct 15 to bring the
calendar into sync by order of the Council of Trent. In 1998 David
Ewing Duncan published “Calendar: Humanity’s Epic Struggle to
Determine a True and Accurate Year." In Bohemia the anti-Gregorian
astronomer Michael Mestlin proclaimed that the pope was stealing 10
days from everyone’s life. [see Sep 3, 1752]
(K.I.-365D, p.97)(NG, March 1990)(SFEC, 9/27/98,
BR p.5)(MC, 10/5/01)
1703 Oct 5, Jonathan Edwards
(d.1758), US, theologian and philosopher (Original Sin), was born.
He helped promote the “Great Awakening" of religious fervor that
broke out in Protestant churches in New Jersey in the 1720s and
spread to New England in the 1730s.
(WUD, 1994, p.454)(SSFC, 7/8/01, p.B5)(MC,
1713 Oct 5, Denis Diderot
(d.1784), French encyclopedist (Dictionnaire Encyclopedique), was
born in Langres, Champagne, France. Age of Enlightenment
philosopher, writer who with his friend Voltaire, scoffed at
organized religion, ultimately bringing on the French Revolution.
1750 Oct 5, Carlo Goldoni's "Il
Teatro Comica," premiered in Venice.
1762 Oct 5, Gluck's opera
“Orfeo ed Euridice" had its premiere at Vienna’s Burgtheater on the
namesday of Emp. Francis I. Gluck revised "Orpheus and Euridice" in
1774 for the Paris Royal Opera.
(WSJ, 4/11/96, p.A-16)(WSJ, 10/21/99, p.A20)(MC,
1762 Oct 5, The British fleet
bombarded and captured Spanish-held Manila in the Philippines.
1795 Oct 5, The day after he
routed counterrevolutionaries in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte accepted
their formal surrender. Napoleon takes charge.
1804 Oct 5, Robert Parker
Parrott (d.1877), Inventor (Parrot Gun- 1st machine gun), was born.
1804 Oct 5, The Nuestra Senora
de las Mercedes, a Spanish galleon, was sunk by the British navy
southwest of Portugal with more than 200 people on board. In May
2007, Odyssey Marine Exploration announced that it had discovered a
wreck in the Atlantic and its cargo of 500,000 silver coins and
other artifacts worth an estimated $500 million. Spain claimed this
was the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes. In 2009 Peru pushed claims
to the silver coins arguing that they were minted in Lima. In 2012 a
US judge ordered that the treasure be returned to Spain.
1/29/09)(SFC, 2/18/12, p.A7)
1813 Oct 5, The Battle of
Moraviantown was decisive in the War of 1812. Known as the Battle of
the Thames in the United States, the US victory over British and
Indian forces near Ontario at the village of Moraviantown on the
Thames River is know in Canada as the Battle of Moraviantown. Some
600 British regulars and 1,000 Indian allies under English General
and Shawnee leader Tecumseh were greatly outnumbered and quickly
defeated by US forces under the command of Maj. Gen. William Henry
Harrison. Tecumseh (45) was killed in this battle.
(HN, 10/5/98)(PC, 1992 ed, p.378)
1821 Oct 5, Greek rebels
captured Tripolitza, the main Turkish fort in the Pelponnese area of
1823 Oct 5, Carl Maria von
Weber visited Beethoven.
1829 Oct 5, the 21st president
of the United States, Chester Alan Arthur, was born in Fairfield,
Vt. Some sources list 1830.
1863 Oct 5, Confederate sub
David damaged the Union ship Ironsides.
1864 Oct 5, At the Battle of
Allatoona, a small Union post was saved from Lt. Gen. John Bell
Hood's army. 1/3 of Union troops died repulsing Southern forces.
(HN, 10/5/98)(MC, 10/5/01)
1864 Oct 5, Calcutta, India,
was denuded by a cyclone and some 70,000 people were killed.
1865 Oct 5, George Calvert
Yount (b.1794), founder of Yountville, died in Napa Valley, Ca.
1877 Oct 5, Nez Perce Chief
Joseph and 418 survivors were captured in the Bear Paw mountains and
forced into reservations in Kansas. They surrendered in Montana
Territory, after a 1,700-mile trek to reach Canada fell 40 miles
short. Nez Perce Chief Joseph surrendered to General O.O. Howard and
Colonel Nelson Miles at the Bear Paw ravine in Montana Territory,
saying, "Hear me, my chiefs, my heart is sick and sad. From where
the sun now stands, I will fight no more, forever." The retreat had
lasted three months and left 120 Nez Perces dead. Miles had found
and surrounded the Nez Perce camp with the help of Sioux and
Cheyenne scouts. Many whites, including Howard, admired the Nez
Perces' fighting ability and Chief Joseph himself, who was
considered humane and eloquent. He died in 1904.
(HFA, '96, p.40)(SFC, 6/13/97, p.A13)(HNPD,
1880 Oct 5, The first
ball-point pen was patented on this day by Alonzo T. Cross.
1880 Oct 5, Jacques Offenbach,
German-French composer (La Belle Helene, Orpheus, Tales of Hoffman),
died at 61.
1882 Oct 5, Robert Goddard
(d.1945), American rocket scientist, was born. He received 214
patents for rocket systems and components.
(HN, 10/5/98)(ON, 1/01, p.5)
1882 Oct 5, Outlaw Frank James
surrendered in Missouri six months after brother Jesse's
1892 Oct 5, The Dalton Gang,
notorious for its train robberies, was practically wiped out while
attempting to rob a pair of banks in Coffeyville, Kan. They were
trying to rob the Condon National Bank and the First National Bank
simultaneously in their hometown. They were recognized by home town
citizens who sounded the alarm and then armed themselves. A fierce
gun battle ensued in which four citizens and four members of the
Dalton Gang lost their lives.
1902 Oct 5, Ray Croc was born.
He founded the McDonald’s hamburger franchise in 1955.
1905 Oct 5, Orville and Wilbur
Wright's "Flyer III" flew 38.5 km in 38.3 minutes.
1908 Oct 5, Joshua Logan, stage
and film director ("Picnic," "Bus Stop," "South Pacific"), was born
in Texarkana, Texas.
1911 Oct 5, Flann O’Brien
(d.1966), Irish novelist and playwright, was born. His work included
“The Hard Life" and “The Third Policeman."
(HN, 10/5/00) http://www.omnium.com/flann.html
1911 Oct 5, Italian troops
1915 Oct 5, Germany issued an
apology and promises for payment for the 128 American passengers
killed in the sinking of the British ship Lusitania.
1916 Oct 5, Corporal Adolf
Hitler was wounded in WW I.
1921 Oct 5, The World Series
was broadcast on radio for the first time. By series' end, the NY
Giants had beaten the NY Yankees five games to three in the
1923 Oct 5, Philip Berrigan,
militant priest (Chicago 7), was born.
1924 Oct 5, 1st Little Orphan
Annie strip appeared in NYC Daily News. [see Aug 5, 1924]
1926 Oct 5, Gottfried Michael
Koenig, composer, was born.
1931 Oct 5, Clyde Pangborn and
Hugh Herndon, Jr. belly landed Miss Veedol, a Bellanca CH-200
monoplane, in Wenatchee, Wa., to complete the first nonstop flight
across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. They won a $25,000 prize from
the Japanese Ashi Shimbun newspaper. Panghorn sent apple cuttings
from Wenatchee's Richard Delicious apples to Japan which were soon
distributed across Japan.
1936 Oct 5, Václav Havel, Czech
dissident dramatist, was born. He became the first freely elected
president of Czechoslovakia in 55 years (1989-92).
1937 Oct 5, Saying, "the
epidemic of world lawlessness is spreading," President Roosevelt
called for a "quarantine" of aggressor nations.
1940 Oct 5, Silvestre
Revueltas, Mexican composer: Cuauhnahuac/Planos, died at 40.
1941 Oct 5, Former Supreme
Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (b.1856), the first Jewish member of
the nation's highest court (1916-39), died in Washington at age 84.
In 2009 Melvin Urofsky authored “Louis D. Brandeis: A Life."
(AP, 10/5/99)(Econ, 9/26/09, p.97)
1942 Oct 5, 5,000 Jews of
Dubno, Russia, were massacred.
1944 Oct 5, Joseph B "Aristide"
Maillol, French sculptor and graphic artist, died.
1947 Oct 5, In the first
televised White House address, President Truman asked Americans to
refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry on Thursdays to
help stockpile grain for starving people in Europe.
1953 Oct 5, California Gov.
Earl Warren (1891-1974) was sworn in as the 14th chief justice of
the United States, succeeding Fred M. Vinson. He was named by Pres.
Eisenhower as chief justice of the US. Warren retired in 1969. In
2000 Lucas A. Powe, Jr., authored "The Warren Court and American
(SFEC, 6/8/97, BR p.1)(AP,
1955 Oct 5, A stage adaptation
of "The Diary of Anne Frank" opened at the Cort Theatre in New York.
1958 Oct 5, Racially
desegregated Clinton High School in Clinton, Tenn., was mostly
leveled by an early morning bombing.
1959 Oct 5, Maya Lin, American
architect who designed the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., was
1960 Oct 5, A Lockheed Electra
turbo-prop crashed in Boston Harbor and 62 people died. The plane
had flown into a flock of starlings.
(MC, 10/5/01)(SFC, 8/16/03, p.A21)
1962 Oct 5, The Beatles' first
hit, "Love Me Do," was first released in the United Kingdom.
1965 Oct 5, U.S. forces in
Saigon, South Vietnam, received permission to use tear gas.
1966 Oct 5, A sodium cooling
system malfunction caused a partial core meltdown at the Enrico
Fermi demonstration breeder reactor near Detroit, Mich. Radiation
1968 Oct 5, Catholic
demonstrators in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, clashed with police.
(http://tinyurl.com/n9nhn)(SFC, 6/18/96, p.A8)
1969 Oct 5, Monty Python's
Flying Circus made its debut on BBC Television. It ran on British TV
(WSJ, 6/16/98, p.A17)(AP, 10/5/98)
1969 Oct 5, Lieutenant Eduardo
Guerra Jimenez, a Cuban defector, entered US air space undetected
and landed his Soviet-made MiG-17 at Homestead Air Force Base near
Miami, Florida, where the presidential aircraft Air Force One was
waiting to return President Richard M. Nixon to DC.
1970 Oct 5, National
Educational Television (NET), the forerunner of Public Broadcasting
Service (PBS), commenced broadcasting following its merger with
station WNDT Newark, New Jersey, to form WNET. In 1973 it merged
with Educational Television Stations.
1970 Oct 5, British trade
commissioner James Richard Cross was kidnapped in Canada by militant
Quebec separatists; he was released the following December.
1974 Oct 5, Eugene McQuaid, a
Catholic civilian, was killed near a British army checkpoint on
Northern Ireland's border on the main Belfast-Dublin road. In 2006
the IRA leadership offered its sincere apologies to the McQuaid
family for the death of Eugene and for the heartache and trauma that
the IRA actions caused.
1974 Oct 5, An IRA bombing at a
pub in Guilford, near London, killed 5 people. Four people including
Gerry Conlon were convicted and sentenced to life in prison. In 1989
the so-called Guildford Four were freed after a top judge ruled that
police had fabricated hand-written interrogation notes used to
convict all four.
1974 Oct 5, in Chile
Miguel Enriquez (b.1944), physician and founder (1965) of the
Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria (MIR), was shot dead by
Pinochet’s security forces.
1976 Oct 5, Researcher Alan
Dickinson warned the British Medical Research council that their
human growth hormone program was susceptible to contamination from
infected pituitary glands.
(SFEC, 5/21/00, p.A14)
1977 Oct 5, Seamus Costello
(b.1939), founder of the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), was
shot to death by an Irish Republican Army member in Dublin.
1978 Oct 5, Isaac Bashevis
Singer (1902-1991), Polish-born American author, was named winner of
the Nobel Prize for literature.
1981 Oct 5, President Ronald
Reagan signed a resolution granting honorary American citizenship to
Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving about
100,000 Hungarians, most of them Jews, from the Nazis during WW II.
He became the second honorary American. Winston Churchill was the
1983 Oct 5, The TV show “Whiz
Kids" was produced by Philip DeGuere Jr. and ran for one season.
1983 Oct 5, Lech Walesa, Polish
Solidarity founder, was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
(SFC, 10/12/96, p.A13)(AP, 10/5/08)
1983 Oct 5, Earl Tupper
(b.1907), a Massachusetts tree surgeon, inventor and founder of
Tupperware [see 1938], died in Costa Rica. In 2008 Bob Kealing
authored “Tupperware: Brownie Wise, Earl Tupper, and the Home Party
1986 Oct 5, American Eugene
Hasenfus was captured by Sandinista soldiers after the weapons plane
he was flying in was shot down over southern Nicaragua. An airplane
named Fat Lady was shot down over Nicaragua with a load of arms
destined for the Contras. Documents found on board the aircraft and
seized by the Sandinistas included logs linking the plane with Area
51, the nation's top-secret nuclear-weapons facility at the Nevada
Test Site. The doomed aircraft was co-piloted by Wallace Blaine
"Buzz" Sawyer, a native of western Arkansas, who died in the crash.
The admissions of the surviving crew member, Eugene Hasenfus, began
a public unraveling of the Iran-Contra episode.
1987 Oct 5, Supreme Court
nominee Robert H. Bork suffered new setbacks as Senate Democratic
Leader Robert Byrd and Republican Sens. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. of
Connecticut and John H. Chafee of Rhode Island declared they were
opposed to his confirmation.
1988 Oct 5, Republican Dan
Quayle and Democrat Lloyd Bentsen clashed in the only
vice-presidential debate of the 1988 campaign. In a memorable
moment, Bentsen lambasted Quayle, who had suggested a parallel
between himself and John F. Kennedy, by telling him, "Senator,
you're no Jack Kennedy."
1988 Oct 5, Grandma Prisbrey,
born as Thresie (Tressa) Luella Schaefer (1896), died in California.
During her life she constructed her bottle village in Simi Valley
including 3 bottle structures to house her collection of 17,000
pencils. In 1981 the site was named a California State Historical
Landmark and in 1996 was added to the National Register of Historic
1988 Oct 5, Brazil accepted a
constitution that obliged the government to make transfers to the 26
states and protect the jobs of public workers. This created a
difficult environment for the control of spending. The new
constitution also annulled the right of husbands to prohibit their
wives from accepting employment. The new constitution also
recognized Indian rights to reclaim their original lands and to
preserve their way of life. Almost 600 reserves were established,
encompassing 12.5% of Brazil’s territory, but many only existed on
paper. The constitution also declared health care to be the right of
the citizen and its provision to be the duty of the state. It also
said Brazil will not develop, deploy or make use of nuclear weapons.
(SFC, 9/25/96, p.A1)(Econ, 9/4/04, p.37)(Econ,
2/4/06, p.36)(SSFC, 6/10/07, p.A15)(Econ, 7/30/11, p.33)(Econ,
1988 Oct 5, The Chilean
population agreed at referendum their opposition to the Pinochet
1988 Oct 5, Israel banned Meir
Kahane's Kach Party on grounds of racism.
1989 Oct 5, The Dalai Lama, the
spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, was named winner of the
Nobel Peace Prize.
(WSJ, 12/2/98, p.A22)(AP, 10/5/99)
1989 Oct 5, A jury in
Charlotte, N.C., convicted former PTL evangelist Jim Bakker on all
24 counts of fraud and conspiracy. He used his television show to
1990 Oct 5, The US House of
Representatives rejected a $500 billion budget agreement forged by
congressional leaders and the Bush administration.
1990 Oct 5, A jury in
Cincinnati acquitted an art gallery and its director of obscenity
charges stemming from an exhibit of sexually graphic photographs by
1990 Oct 5, Meir Kahane (58),
founder of Jewish defense league, was assassinated in NYC by an Arab
1991 Oct 5, The San Jose Sharks
opened local play at the Cow Palace in Daly City while they awaited
the building of an arena in San Jose, Ca.
1991 Oct 5, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev announced sweeping cuts in nuclear weapons in
response to President Bush's arms reduction initiative.
1992 Oct 5, Both houses of
Congress voted to override President Bush's veto of a measure to
re-regulate cable television companies.
1993 Oct 5, US Army Gen. John
Shalikashvili was confirmed by the Senate to head the Joint Chiefs
1993 Oct 5, China set off an
underground nuclear blast, ignoring a plea from President Clinton
not to do so.
1994 Oct 5, 48 members of a
secret religious doomsday cult were found dead in apparent
murder-suicides carried out simultaneously in two Swiss villages;
five other bodies were found in a sect apartment in Montreal,
1995 Oct 5, Seamus Heaney won
the Nobel Prize in literature. His poetic works portray the pain of
sectarian strife and growing up in a Roman Catholic farming family.
His works include: “Death of a Naturalist" (1966), “Door into the
Dark" (1969), “North" (1975), “Field Work" (1979), “The Spirit
Level" (1996) and the Nobel lecture “Crediting Poetry."
(WSJ, 10/6/95, p.A-1)(SFEC, 8/25/96, BR p.8)
1995 Oct 5, Pres. Clinton
announced that a cease-fire was agreed on in Bosnia to start on Oct
10, and that combatants would attend talks in the US. Bosnia’s
combatants agreed to a 60-day cease-fire and new talks on ending
their three and a-half years of battle.
(SFC, 10/16/97, p.A12)(AP, 10/5/00)
1995 Oct 5, Hurricane Opal
killed 15 people in the Florida Panhandle and caused $1.8 bil in
insured property damages.
(WSJ, 10/6/95, p.A1)
1995 Oct 5, In Xaman village,
Guatemala, 11 war refugees were killed by government soldiers. In
1999 25 soldiers were convicted for homicide. 12 soldiers were
sentenced to 5 years in prison and the rest to 4 years already
served. In 2004 an officer and 13 soldiers were each sentenced to 40
years in prison for the Xaman massacre of recently returned civil
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.C1)(AP, 7/9/04)
1996 Oct 5, Already under fire
for his drug policies, President Clinton revealed that a secret FBI
memorandum said the government's anti-drug strategy "had never been
properly organized." Clinton argued that the problems predated his
1996 Oct 5, Irving Fatt,
professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley, died. His work was centered
on the flow of fluids through small pores and played an essential
role in the development of soft and gas permeable contact lenses.
(SFC, 10/23/96, p.C2)
1996 Oct 5, A bomb exploded in
the mayoral offices of French Prime Minister Alain Juppe. There were
no casualties. A Corsican separatist group later claimed
(SFEC, 10/6/96, A12)(SFEC, 10/8/96, A10)
1996 Oct 5, In Guatemala an
ongoing program to de-activate some 200,000 citizen soldiers
included ceremonious weapons returns.
(SFEC, 10/20/96, A14)
1996 Oct 5, It was reported
that a new Hawaiian island, Loiihi, was rising 17 miles southeast of
the big island of Hawaii. Its summit was 3,000 feet below the
surface and its base was 15,000 feet below that. It was estimated to
break surface in about 50,000 years.
(SFC, 10/5/96, p.A9)
1997 Oct 5, The White House
released videotapes of President Clinton greeting supporters at 44
coffee klatches. Republicans claimed the tapes as proof that Clinton
had raised campaign donations at the White House in violation of the
1997 Oct 5, David Scott Ghantt
(27) disappeared with $15-17 million in a Loomis, Fargo & Co.
van in Charlotte, N.C. 21 people, later charged in the heist,
purchased over 1000 items with the money. In 1999 an auction was
held to dispose of the property with the proceeds going to insurer
Lloyds of London.
(SFC, 10/7/97, p.A7)(SFEC, 2/21/99, p.A2)
1997 Oct 5, In Algeria armed
men attacked a school bus near Blida. The driver attempted to run
their roadblock but crashed and 16 children were killed by the
(SFC, 10/6/97, p.A11)
1997 Oct 5, In Montenegro Momir
Bulatovic, a Milosevic ally, led pro-Westerner challenger Milo
Djukanovic but did not receive a 50% majority due to other
candidates. A runoff was scheduled for Oct 19.
(SFC, 10/7/97, p.A15)
1997 Oct 5, In Serbia a runoff
election was held with Zoran Lilic of the Socialist Party facing
Vojislav Seselj of the Radical Party for control of the 25-seat
parliament. Seselj defeated Lilic but the turnout was less than 50%
and a new election was scheduled in 2 months.
(SFC, 9/23/97, p.A10)(SFC, 10/7/97, p.A15)
1998 Oct 5, A House committee
voted along hardened partisan lines 21-16 to begin an open-ended
impeachment inquiry into 15 possible charges against Pres. Clinton.
(WSJ, 10/5/98, p.A1)(AP, 10/5/99)
1998 Oct 5, The US House of
Representatives directed the Pentagon to channel $97 million in
overt military aid to Iraqi rebel groups seeking to bring down Pres.
Saddam Hussein. The Clinton administration committed to the transfer
of military surplus equipment May 14, 1999.
(SFC, 10/6/98, p.A8)(SFC, 5/25/99, p.A6)
1998 Oct 5, Michael Carneal
pleaded guilty but mentally ill to shooting to death three fellow
students and wounding five other people at Heath High School in West
Paducah, Ky. Carneal was later sentenced to life in prison without
the chance of parole for 25 years.
1998 Oct 5, The federal
government agreed to pay SF $176.6 million for 59 Italian-made Breda
(SFC, 10/6/98, p.A15)
1998 Oct 5, Rick Wagoner became
the president of General Motors.
(WSJ, 3/30/09, p.A5)
1998 Oct 5, From Belize it was
reported that Orange Walk, a town of 14,000, was overrun by crack
cocaine addicts known as “sprungheads."
(SFC, 10/5/98, p.A8)
1998 Oct 5, China signed the
1976 Int’l. Covenant on Civil and Political Rights bringing the
number of signatories to 140. The signing still required
(SFC, 10/6/98, p.A10)
1998 Oct 5, In Congo rebels
under Arthur Mulunda said they were within 12 miles of Kindu. The
rebels were backed by troops and equipment from Rwanda and Uganda.
(SFC, 10/6/98, p.A12)
1998 Oct 5, In Iran the Islamic
authorities told a group of writers to give up efforts to reactivate
an independent association of authors.
(SFC, 10/6/98, p.A12)
1998 Oct 5, Federico Zeri,
Italy’s leading art critic and historian, died at age 77. He had
cataloged in 4 volumes the Italian paintings in New York’s
(SFC, 10/6/98, p.A22)
1998 Oct 5, In Kenya teachers
went on a nationwide strike over failed pay raises. 7 million
students were idled.
(SFC, 10/6/98, p.A12)
1998 Oct 5, In south Lebanon
pro-Iranian Hezbollah guerrillas killed 2 Israeli soldiers with a
(SFC, 10/6/98, p.A12)
1998 Oct 5, Libyan leader
Moammar Khadafy was reported to have turned his face to Africa
rather than a pan-Arab unity: “"I would like Libya to become a black
country. Hence, I recommend to Libyan men to marry only black women,
and to Libyan women to marry black men."
(SFC, 10/6/98, p.A14)
1998 Oct 5, In Russia some
1,000 mail cars with up to 18 tons of letters were sidetracked due
to the inability of the post office to pay the country’s 17
(SFC, 10/6/98, p.A14)
1998 Oct 5, In Sweden Prime
Minister Goran Persson of the Social Democrats reached a 3-party
agreement with the Left and the Greens.
(SFC, 10/6/98, p.A12)
1999 Oct 5, It was announced
that MCI WorldCom Incorporated had agreed to pay $115 billion for
1999 Oct 5, Initial indictments
in the Russian money-laundering scheme were handed up. A former bank
of NY vice president, her husband, and a Russian business associate
were accused of conspiracy to transmit about $7 billion illegally.
(WSJ, 10/6/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 5, In London 2 morning
commuter trains collided near Paddington Station and 31 people were
killed. At least 70 people were later feared dead and some estimates
reached over 100. It was later confirmed that one train ran a red
light. 64 people remained unaccounted for.
(SFC, 10/6/99, p.A10)(SFC, 10/7/99, p.A15)(SFC,
10/9/99, p.A10)(AP, 10/5/04)
1999 Oct 5, In Chechnya Russian
troops seized the northern third of the country. A suspected Russian
artillery shell hit a busload of people and killed 40 people, mostly
women and children.
(SFC, 10/6/99, p.A10)(SFC, 10/8/99, p.A12)
1999 Oct 5, Kofi Annan
presented a UN plan to take full control of East Timor and guide the
territory to nationhood over 2-3 years.
(SFC, 10/6/99, p.A10)
1999 Oct 5, In Kosovo at least
one Serb was killed when ethnic Albanians attacked a Russian-Serb
convoy. The Albanians had gathered for the funeral of 18-28
countrymen found in a mass grave the previous week.
(SFC, 10/6/99, p.C16)
1999 Oct 5, In Mexico flooding
from Tropical Depression No. 11 killed at least 83 people in ten
states including 42 in Puebla after 7 rivers overflowed following
heavy rains. The death toll soon reached at least 342. A large
mudslide in Teziutlan left 72 confirmed dead and 30 people missing.
The Catholic Church expected the toll to reach near 600.
(SFC, 10/6/99, p.A16)(SFC, 10/7/99, p.A15)(SFC,
10/8/99, p.A1)(SFC, 10/9/99, p.A10)(SFC, 10/11/99, p.A12)(SFC,
2000 Oct 5, “The Beatles
Anthology," a $60 oversize volume with 1,200 photos, went on sale.
(SFC, 10/4/00, p.E1)
2000 Oct 5, In the only debate
of presidential running mates during the 2000 campaign Dick Cheney
and Joe Lieberman, the vice-presidential candidates, debated over
national TV from Centre College in Danville, Ky. Republican Cheney
and Democrat Lieberman disagreed firmly but politely about military
readiness, tax cuts and the future of Social Security.
(SFC, 10/6/00, p.A1)(AP, 10/5/01)
2000 Oct 5, The European
Central Bank (ECB) raised interest rates by a quarter % to 4.75%.
(SFC, 10/6/00, p.B2)
2000 Oct 5, Israeli tanks
pulled back from forward positions and Palestinian security forces
cleared stone throwers from the streets in the 1st steps of a
(SFC, 10/6/00, p.A17)
2000 Oct 5, In western Japan a
7.3 earthquake struck and at least 106 people were injured.
(SFC, 10/6/00, p.D6)(SFC, 10/7/00, p.A8)(SFEC,
2000 Oct 5, Nigerians from
Libya arrived home on repatriation flights and bore tales of a
pogrom by youths resentful of economic immigrants.
(WSJ, 10/6/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 5, In the Philippines
Pres Estrada presided over the surrender of 600 Muslim rebels.
(WSJ, 10/6/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 5, Vojislav Kostunica
spoke from the balcony of City Hall as several hundred thousand
protestors, led by workers from Cacak, took over Belgrade, the
parliament building and TV station. The state Tanjug news agency
switched allegiance to Vojislav Kostunica.
(SFC, 10/6/00, p.A1,16)(SFC, 10/7/00, p.A8)
2000 Oct 5, In Sri Lanka a
suicide explosion near an election rally left 13 people dead in
(SFC, 10/6/00, p.D4)
2000 Oct 5, In Tanzania 18
people died and 39 were injured as a bus swerved to avoid a
presidential motorcade and hit a crowd of people.
(WSJ, 10/6/00, p.A1)
2001 Oct 5, Barry Bonds of the
SF Giants hit his 71st and 72nd record home runs at Pacific Bell
Park off of pitcher Chan Ho Park of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The
Dodgers won 11-10. This broke the record of 70 held by Mark McGwire.
(SFC, 10/6/01, p.F1)
2001 Oct 5, Moses Malone was
inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
2001 Oct 5, Pres. Bush urged
Congress to pass $60 million in tax cuts to revive the economy.
(SFC, 10/6/01, p.A3)
2001 Oct 5, The US received
permission from Uzbekistan to set up a base of operations against
(SFC, 10/6/01, p.A3)
2001 Oct 5, The US Labor Dept.
reported that 199,000 jobs were lost in September.
(SFC, 10/6/01, p.B1)
2001 Oct 5, In Alaska Daniel
Carson Lewis (37) was arrested for shooting a hole into the oil
pipeline, which cause the leakage of up to 280,000 of gallons. Some
285,600 gallons spewed out for 3 days until the leak was plugged Oct
6. The cleanup cost was $7 million.
(SFC, 10/6/01, p.A11)(SSFC, 10/7/01, p.A17)
2001 Oct 5, Georgia’s Supreme
Court ruled that electrocution is an unconstitutionally cruel and
unusual punishment. 441 Georgia inmates had died in the electric
chair since 1924.
(SFC, 10/6/01, p.E1)
2001 Oct 5, Mike Mansfield
(98), former Montana Senator and ambassador to Japan, died in
(SFC, 10/6/01, p.E1)(AP, 10/5/02)
2001 Oct 5, George P. Brockway,
former president of W.W. Norton publishing house, died at age 85. He
created the Norton Anthology series in the 1950s.
(SFC, 10/20/01, p.E2)
2001 Oct 5, Bob Stevens (63),
photo editor for the Sun tabloid, died of anthrax. Anthrax spores
were later found on his computer keyboard in Lantana. This was the
1st of a series of cases in Florida, New York, New Jersey and
Washington. In 2011 his widow settled a $2.5 million lawsuit against
the US government.
12/30/01, p.D7)(AP, 10/5/02)(SFC, 10/31/11, p.A5)(SFC, 11/30/11,
2001 Oct 5, In Israel PM Sharon
ordered the largest military assault in a year and 5 Palestinians
were killed in Hebron.
(SFC, 10/6/01, p.A11)
2002 Oct 5, Addressing police
and National Guardsmen in New Hampshire, President Bush warned that
Saddam Hussein could strike without notice and inflict "massive and
sudden horror" on America.
2002 Oct 5, The Pacific
Maritime Assoc. and dockworkers agreed to open Hawaii and Alaska to
shipments of needed perishable supplies.
(SSFC, 10/6/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 5, In Nevada the
partially clad body of Jay R. Smith (87), a former star in “The
Little Rascals," was found wrapped in a sheet near Interstate 15.
Charles Wayne Crombie (d.2014), a homeless man befriended by Smith,
was later convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 20 years
2002 Oct 5, Foreign ministers
from six Pacific nations (Australia, the Philippines, Papua New
Guinea, New Zealand and East Timor) ended a day of talks in
Indonesia's ancient royal capital Yogyakarta, vowing to fight
terrorism together but said little about how they would do it.
2002 Oct 5, In Bosnia elections
the centrist Muslim Party for Democratic Action reported the party
was in the lead following a 55% turnout. Bosnia's three nationalist
parties beat moderates in the country's first self-organized
elections since the 1992-1995 war. Postwar Bosnia is made up of two
mini-states, the Serb republic and the Muslim-Croat federation. The
two have wide powers and are linked by a joint parliament and
government. Elections provided winners with four years in office
instead of two.
(AP, 10/6/02)(AP, 10/5/03)
2002 Oct 5, Israeli soldiers
enforcing a curfew shot Amer Hashem, a 15-year-old Palestinian boy
in Nablus, during clashes with stone-throwing protesters. It was the
eve of an international round of peace diplomacy.
(AP, 10/5/02)(SFC, 10/5/02, p.A8)(SSFC, 10/6/02,
2002 Oct 5, In Latvia the
pro-business New Era party appeared set to win the most seats in
parliamentary elections to choose the government that will lead this
ex-Soviet republic into the European Union and NATO. Einars Repse
led polls for election as prime minister.
(AP, 10/4/02)(AP, 10/6/02)
2002 Oct 5, Rwanda withdrew its
last troops from neighboring Congo, with some 1,100 soldiers
marching in single file out of the war-ravaged country.
2003 Oct 5, The Chicago Cubs
won their first postseason series since 1908 when they beat Atlanta
5-1 in the decisive Game 5 of the National League playoffs.
2003 Oct 5, The MacArthur
Foundation named 24 winners of its annual fellowship award.
Historians Eve Troutt Powell (42) of the Univ. of Georgia and Anders
Winroth (38) of Yale Univ. were among the winners.
(USAT, 9/22/03, p.7D)
2003 Oct 5, In Atlanta,
Georgia, Shelia Chaney Wilson (43), shot and killed her mother,
minister and herself in the sanctuary of the Turner Monumental AME
(SFC, 10/6/03, p.A3)
2003 Oct 5, Elections organized
by Moscow were held in Chechnya. Some 200,000 dead Chechens remained
on the electoral lists. Akhmad Kadyrov, chief of the pro-Russian
administration enjoyed a 13% popularity.
(WSJ, 10/2/03, p.A16)(AP, 10/5/03)
2003 Oct 5, In Port-Au-Prince,
Haiti, landslides caused by heavy rains swept down on poor areas of
the capital, killing at least 12 people and leaving dozens of others
2003 Oct 5, Israeli warplanes
bombed the Ein Saheb base northwest of Damascus, Syria, in
retaliation for a suicide bombing at a Haifa restaurant. Israeli
military called it an Islamic Jihad training base. Residents later
told the Associated Press the camp was abandoned years ago.
(AP, 10/5/03)(AP, 10/6/03)
2003 Oct 5, Ministers of the
10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met ahead
of a leaders' summit on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, with
leaders of China, India, Japan and South Korea joining the bloc to
sign trade and security accords.
2003 Oct 5, In Malaysian Borneo
armed kidnappers riding in a speedboat raided a remote resort,
seizing six people before escaping.
2003 Oct 5, Valentina Matvienko
was elected gov. of St. Petersburg. Turnout was under 30%.
(Econ, 10/11/03, p.54)
2003 Oct 5, Pope John Paul II
declared three missionaries to be saints: Daniele Comboni, an
Italian; Arnold Janssen, a German; and Josef Freinademetz, an
2003 Oct 5, In Somalia Annalena
Tonelli (60), an Italian aid worker who dedicated 33 years of her
life to helping Somalis, was shot and killed outside the hospital
she founded to treat tuberculosis patients.
2004 Oct 5, Americans David J.
Gross, H. David Politzer and Frank Wilczek won the 2004 Nobel Prize
in physics for their explanation of the force that binds particles
inside the atomic nucleus. Their theory of quantum chromodynamics
explained who quarks behave.
(AP, 10/5/04)(SFC, 10/6/04, p.A2)
2004 Oct 5, The US vetoed an
Arab-backed UN Security Council resolution demanding that the Jewish
state immediately end military operations and called the resolution
"lopsided and unbalanced." 11 of 15 voted in favor with 3
2004 Oct 5, US Vice Pres. Dick
Cheney and Sen. John Edwards slugged it out over jobs, judgment and
Iraq in a hard-hitting debate.
2004 Oct 5, A Louisiana state
judge threw out the new constitutional amendment banning gay
marriage because it also banned civil unions.
(SFC, 10/6/04, p.A3)
2004 Oct 4, Tiger Woods married
Swedish model Elin Nordegren in Barbados.
2004 Oct 5, Supermarket
janitors in California won a $22.4 million settlement against 3
grocery chains and a cleaning contractor in a class-action suit over
failure to pay for overtime.
(SFC, 10/6/04, p.B3)
2004 Oct 5, The first Web 2.0
Conference opened for a 3-day session at the Hotel Nikko in San
2004 Oct 5, Light crude oil for
November closed at a record $51.09 per barrel.
(SFC, 10/6/04, p.C1)
2004 Oct 5, Rodney Dangerfield
(82), comedian and film actor, died in LA. He was best known for his
line: "I don't get no respect."
(AP, 10/6/04)(SFC, 10/6/04, p.A2)
2004 Oct 5, Texas executed
Edward Green despite pleas by Houston’s police chief for a
moratorium because of suspect work by the city’s crime lab.
(WSJ, 10/6/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 5, Britain pulled the
license of a Liverpool factory responsible for manufacturing half of
Chiron Corp.’s US flu vaccine supply due to contamination by the
(SFC, 10/6/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/7/04, p.B6)
2004 Oct 5, The Canadian
submarine HMCS Chicoutimi went adrift in the Atlantic off the
northwestern coast of Ireland since a blaze onboard caused a loss of
power. Lieutenant Chris Saunders, one of nine crew members hurt in
the fire, died after a British helicopter flew him to a hospital in
2004 Oct 5, In Chechnya Maj.
Gen. Alu Alkhanov was sworn in as president.
2004 Oct 5, New data showed
unemployment in Germany, the eurozone's biggest economy, is
continuing to rise and could even reach five million by the winter.
2004 Oct 5, In India at least
10 people were killed and seven wounded in a fresh bout of militant
violence in the restive northeastern state of Assam.
2004 Oct 5, Iran said its
missiles now have a range of more than 1,200 miles, a substantial
extension of their previously declared range.
2004 Oct 5, Interim Prime
Minister Ayad Allawi said negotiators hammered out the basis for an
agreement to end fighting with followers of radical Shiite Muslim
cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. 2 car bombs exploded in the insurgent
stronghold of Ramadi, killing four Iraqis and prompting clashes
between U.S. troops and gunmen. 10 Iraqi policemen, including a
lieutenant colonel, were killed in two separate attacks south of
2004 Oct 5, An Israeli aircraft
launched a missile at a car in Gaza City, killing at least 2
militants and wounding three others. A helicopter strike in Gaza
killed Bashir Al Dabash (42), a senior Islamic Jihad leader, as well
as his bodyguard. Iyman Hams, a 13-year-old Palestinian girl, was
shot and killed by Israeli forces, which soon prompted an
investigation. In 2005 an Israeli military court acquitted an army
captain who was charged with intentionally killing the Palestinian
girl, saying she was already dead when he shot her.
(AP, 10/5/04)(SFC, 10/6/04, p.A17)(SFC, 10/13/04,
2004 Oct 5, A Russian cargo
plane crashed in war-ravaged southern Sudan, killing all four people
2004 Oct 5, In Belgrade,
Serbia, 2 soldiers were killed guarding the entrance to a secret
complex. It was soon revealed that a 2-square-mile complex, dubbed a
"concrete underground city" by the local media, had been built deep
inside a rocky hill in a residential area in the 1960s on the orders
of communist strongman Josip Broz Tito.
2005 Oct 5, Defying the White
House, US senators voted 90-9 to approve an amendment that would
prohibit the use of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or
punishment" against anyone in U.S. government custody.
2005 Oct 5, Americans Robert H.
Grubbs and Richard R. Schrock and Yves Chauvin of France won the
Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work in metathesis, a technique
for moving groups of atoms from one molecule to another. Their
discoveries let industry create drugs and advanced plastics in a
more efficient and environmentally friendly way.
(AP, 10/5/05)(Econ, 10/8/05, p.87)
2005 Oct 5, In a move meant to
send a message to Uzbekistan, the US Senate voted to block the
payment of $23 million for past use of an air base that the Uzbek
government recently said will no longer host U.S. aircraft and
2005 Oct 5, Lawrence Franklin
(58), a Pentagon employee, admitted in court he provided classified
defense information to an Israeli diplomat and two employees of
(AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobby group in 2003-2004. In 2006 Franklin was
sentenced to over 12 years in prison.
(AFP, 10/6/05)(SFC, 1/21/06, p.A4)
2005 Oct 5, The City Council of
Oakland, Ca., approved a 3 dog limit for city residents. Breeders,
kennels and rescue groups were exempted.
(SFC, 10/6/05, p.B5)
2005 Oct 5, The DJIA dropped
nearly 124 points to 10,317.36 over inflation concerns.
(SFC, 10/6/05, p.C1)
2005 Oct 5, A team of US
researchers announced the successful rebuilding of a replica of the
1918 Spanish flu virus. The genetic blueprint was published on the
Internet. Their success was based on an original sample recovered
from a frozen corpse in Alaska in 1997.
(SFC, 10/6/05, p.A1)
2005 Oct 5, NASA announced that
short burst type of Gamma Ray Bursters involved the collision of
either 2 neutron stars or of a neutron star and a black hole. Gamma
Ray Bursters were 1st discovered in 1967 and later 2 types were
identified. The long burst type had previously been explained as
radiation from the collapse of a massive star.
(SFC, 10/6/05, p.A2)
2005 Oct 5, Hurricane Stan
knocked down trees, ripped roofs off homes and washed out bridges in
southeastern Mexico, but it was the storms it helped spawn that were
far more destructive, killing more than 65 people in Central
America. Officials in El Salvador said 49 people had been killed,
mostly due to two days of mudslides sparked by rains. 9 people died
in Nicaragua, including six migrants believed to be Ecuadorians
killed in a boat accident. Four deaths were reported in Honduras,
three in Guatemala and one in Costa Rica.
2005 Oct 5, Daniel Alfredsson
scored twice in the final six minutes of regulation and once during
the first shootout in NHL history, leading Ottawa to a 3-2 win over
2005 Oct 5, Iran's foreign
minister met with Omani officials, part of a tour of Gulf countries
to win support for his government's standoff with the West over its
2005 Oct 5, Iraq's parliament
voted to reverse last-minute changes to rules for next week's
referendum on a new constitution after the UN said they were unfair.
Sunni Arabs responded by dropping their threat to boycott the vote
and promised to reject the charter at the polls.
2005 Oct 5, A bomb exploded at
the entrance of a Shiite Muslim mosque south of Baghdad as hundreds
of worshippers gathered for prayers on the first day of Ramadan and
for the funeral of a man killed in an earlier bombing. At least 25
people were killed and 87 wounded. In Kirkuk assassins killed Nubiel
Sharaf Aldeen, a retired police official.
(AP, 10/5/05)(SFC, 10/7/05, p.A14)
2005 Oct 5, A video showing two
Iraqi men being beheaded for allegedly spying for the United States
was posted on a militant Islamic Web site, and the Ansar al-Sunnah
Army claimed it had carried out the executions.
2005 Oct 5, Toyota Motor Corp.
said it has agreed to buy an 8.7 percent stake in rival Japanese
automaker Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru cars, from
General Motors Corp. for about $315 million.
2005 Oct 5, Some 500 African
immigrants defied increased security and tried to surge across
razor-wire fences separating Morocco and the Spanish enclave of
Melilla, the 5th such rush in a week. The assault in a week prompted
Spain to announce plans to expel the illegal migrants.
2005 Oct 5, Drug agents found
3,904 pounds of cocaine in the steel oxygen tank, one of the largest
drug busts in Puerto Rico's history. The DEA has estimated that as
much as 20 percent of the cocaine that reaches the US moves through
the Caribbean. Traffickers love Puerto Rico because after their
drugs arrive on the island, they can be hidden amid regular cargo
and shipped onward, bypassing routine searches because Puerto Rico
is part of the United States.
2005 Oct 5, In southern
Thailand suspected Islamic insurgents shot and killed five soldiers
as they ate dinner at a military outpost.
2005 Oct 5, The official Herald
newspaper reported Zimbabwe needs to import more grain to feed at
least 2.2 million needy people who cannot fend for themselves until
the new harvest next April.
2006 Oct 5, In Miami, Florida,
inauguration ceremonies were held for the Carnival Center for the
(Econ, 10/14/06, p.32)
2006 Oct 5, The House ethics
committee opened an expansive investigation into the unfolding
congressional page sex scandal that resulted in the resignation of
US Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla.
2006 Oct 5, Demonstrations took
place in 150 cities across the US, Canada and Switzerland led by the
“World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime" campaign.
(SFC, 10/6/06, p.B7)
2006 Oct 5, Howard Stapleton
won the 2006 Ig Nobel Peace Prize for his "electromechanical
teenager repellant," a device that produces a sound audible only to
those 30 or younger. The device was made famous last May when it was
discovered that teenagers had adopted the sound as a ring tone, so
that teachers couldn't hear them receiving calls in class.
2006 Oct 5, The DJIA rose 16.24
to 11,866.69, to close at record high for the 3rd day in a row.
Nasdaq rose 15.39 to 2,306.
(SFC, 10/6/06, p.C1)
2006 Oct 5, In California a
state appeals court ruled 2-1 that gays and lesbians have no
constitutional right to marry in California.
(SFC, 10/6/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 5, In Miami, Florida,
inauguration ceremonies were held for the Carnival Center for the
(Econ, 10/14/06, p.32)
2006 Oct 5, In Apex, North
Carolina, a fire began at the EQ Industrial Services hazardous waste
plant and a chlorine cloud rose high over the area. The next morning
as many as 17,000 people were urged to flee homes on the outskirts
2006 Oct 5, NATO took over
eastern Afghanistan from US-led forces, assuming control of 12,000
American troops and extending its military role to the entire
2006 Oct 5, Friedrich Karl
Flick (79), Austrian billionaire industrialist, died. His father was
convicted at Nuremburg in 1947 of using slave labor in Nazi Germany.
In 1981 Flick became embroiled in a major postwar political party
financing scandal when it surfaced that some of his managers had
given millions of German marks to German political parties. Flick
sold his company to Deutsche Bank in 1985.
2006 Oct 5, In Bolivia rival
miners' groups agreed to a truce after a day of clashes over access
to one of South America's richest tin mines left at least 9 people
dead and 40 injured.
2006 Oct 5, In Brazil
environmentalist Eduardo Veado (46) and his wife, Simone Furtini
Abras (41) died after being run over as they walked along a country
road in Minas Gerais state. Veado had received death threats for
denouncing illegal logging around the town of Ipanema.
2006 Oct 5, Survivors told
police that at least 20 migrants drowned when their boat split while
sailing from Africa to Spain's Canary Islands. 7 adults and 4
children were picked up by a South African ship some 120 miles south
of the Canary Islands and brought to a port on Gran Canaria island
2006 Oct 5, China criticized
newly imposed EU antidumping tariffs on Chinese shoes as unlawful
and threatened possible retaliation.
2006 Oct 5, In Ethiopia
Alemayehu Fantu, a businessman, was arrested and charged with
distributing calendars with pictures of opposition leaders. The
calendars called for non-violent civil disobedience to bring down
(Econ, 10/28/06, p.56)
2006 Oct 5, The European
Central Bank, sticking to its tough line on inflation, raised its
key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3.25% and
hinted that another rate increase is in the offing before next year.
2006 Oct 5, EU ministers
endorsed a plan to make permanent joint patrols that pick up
migrants on the high seas, moving to end internal divisions over
dealing with a surge of illegal immigration from Africa.
2006 Oct 5, Georgians voted in
municipal elections seen as a crucial test for President Mikhail
Saakashvili during a diplomatic crisis with Russia.
2006 Oct 5, In Tegucigalpa,
Honduras, a fire raged through a building housing abused women and
their families, killing three adults and six children.
2006 Oct 5, Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice visited Baghdad, where she warned Iraqi leaders
they had limited time to settle their differences. A car bomb
exploded in the mainly Shiite neighborhood of Hurriyah in Baghdad,
killing two people and wounding two more. Another bomb struck a
group of laborers waiting for work at a downtown square in the
capital, killing two and wounding 26. Bombings and shooting in and
around Baqouba left seven dead. Mohammed Ridha Mohammed, a Kurdish
lawmaker, was kidnapped and shot to death and Shiite militias were
held responsible for killing. Mohammed was a member of the Islamic
Group, a conservative Sunni party in the Kurdish Alliance. One
person was killed and four wounded in a double bombing outside a
neighborhood power generator in Baghdad’s Qahira district. Police
found the bodies of five men in their 30s, the apparent victims of
sectarian death squads, their hands and feet bound and signs of
torture on their bodies. Police found 7 bodies floating in the area
of Suwayrah. Gunmen killed Naseer Shamil (37), a former Iraqi
national volleyball player and a Shiite, in his shop in Baghdad. One
American soldier with the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, died
(AP, 10/6/06)(AP, 10/7/06)(AP, 10/5/07)
2006 Oct 5, In Oaxaca, Mexico,
a teacher was hacked to death. A colleague claimed the man was
killed for opposing a teachers' strike. Jaime Rene Calva Aragon was
on his way to a meeting when he was killed by two assailants
wielding hefty ice picks.
2006 Oct 5, Researchers in
Norway announced the discovery of the remains of a short-necked
plesiosaur, a prehistoric marine reptile the size of a bus, that
they believe is the first complete skeleton ever found. The 150
million year old remains of the 33-foot ocean going predator were
found in August on the remote Svalbard Islands of the Arctic.
2006 Oct 5, In northwestern
Pakistan a gunbattle between rival Sunni and Shiite Muslims left at
least 13 people dead and seven wounded in a remote tribal area.
2006 Oct 5, Russia froze
Georgians’ work permits and nearly doubled its gas bill.
(WSJ, 10/6/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 5, In Sri Lanka
relatives and aid workers said the K-faction, a feared militia on
Sri Lanka's volatile eastern coast, has abducted hundreds of men and
boys, some as young as 12, to fight in the country's civil war, with
the government's consent. The Karuna faction split from the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2004.
2006 Oct 5, The US called
emergency UN Security Council consultations after Sudan warned
nations considering troops for Darfur that their action was a
"prelude to an invasion."
2006 Oct 5, In Suriname a
homeless man was slain by an ax-wielding assailant in Paramaribo. It
was the 4th killing this year of homeless men while they slept on
the streets of Suriname's capital. Police wondered if a serial
killer is on the loose.
2006 Oct 5, Thai coup leaders
agreed to talk with southern rebels reversing Thaksin’s
confrontational approach to the insurgency.
(WSJ, 10/6/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 5, US-based Human
Rights Watch (HRW) said the EU's decision to abandon a trade pact
with the reclusive Central Asian state of Turkmenistan was a
"landmark move against tyranny."
2006 Oct 5, The Latvian and
Thai candidates dropped out of the race to become the next U.N.
chief on Thursday, leaving South Korea's foreign minister as the
lone remaining contender and near-certain successor to Kofi Annan.
2006 Oct 5, In Uzbekistan a
court sentenced Ulugbek Khaidarov, an independent rights activist
and journalist, to six years in jail for extortion amid a sweeping
government crackdown on dissidents in the tightly controlled
2007 Oct 5, It was reported
that approval ratings for Pres. George Bush had dropped to 31%.
Approval for Congress’s performance fell to 22%. Bush defended his
administration's methods of detaining and questioning terrorism
suspects, saying they were successful and lawful.
(WSJ, 10/5/07, p.A1)(AP, 10/5/08)
2007 Oct 5, The US EPA approved
methyl iodide as a new agricultural pesticide to replace methyl
bromide, despite protests from over 50 scientists, who noted that it
was a known carcinogen and neurotoxin.
(SSFC, 10/7/07, p.A18)
2007 Oct 5, Marion Jones (31),
three-time Olympic gold medalist, pleaded guilty in White Plains,
NY, to lying to federal investigators when she denied using
performance-enhancing drugs, and announced her retirement. Jones
said she took steroids from September 2000 to July 2001 and said she
was told by her then-coach Trevor Graham that she was taking
flaxseed oil when it was actually "the clear." Jones also pleaded
guilty to a second count of lying to investigators about her
association with a check-fraud scheme.
2007 Oct 5, Topps Meat Co. of
Newark, NJ, founded in 1940, said a massive meat recall has forced
it out of business. Government scientists have yet to determine the
source of the E. coli contamination that appears to have sickened 32
people who ate its hamburgers.
2007 Oct 5, Afghan and US-led
coalition troops clashed with insurgents during a raid in eastern
Afghanistan, and civilians as well as militants were killed. In the
country's volatile south, a suicide bomber approaching NATO and
Afghan forces blew himself up prematurely in Helmand province's
Sangin district, killing two children.
2007 Oct 5, Chinese medical
officials agreed not to transplant organs from prisoners or others
in custody, except into members of their immediate families. The
agreement was reached at a meeting of the World Medical Association
2007 Oct 5, Colombia’s
Constitutional Court ruled that gays may add their partners to
health insurance plans.
(SSFC, 10/7/07, p.A5)
2007 Oct 5, Europe's .eu
Internet domain registrar EURid said the Internet address
www.sex.asia is likely to be the domain name most in demand next
week when dot Asia Web sites are launched.
2007 Oct 5, Finland’s justice
ministry said PM Matti Vanhanen is suing his ex-girlfriend for
revealing details of their relationship in a tell-all book published
earlier this year.
2007 Oct 5, Nearly 300
participants started twisting and turning a small multicolored cube
on the first day of the Rubik's Cube World Championships in
Budapest, the birthplace of the cult puzzle.
2007 Oct 5, US forces backed by
attack aircraft killed at least 25 Shiite militia fighters north of
Baghdad in an operation targeting a cell accused of smuggling
weapons from Iran. An Iraqi army official claimed civilians,
including seven children, were among those killed in the raid. A
Shiite militia leader accused of forcibly removing Sunnis from their
homes north of Baghdad was captured in a raid. 3 Americans were
killed in roadside bombings in Baghdad and near Beiji to the north.
(AP, 10/5/07)(AP, 10/6/07)
2007 Oct 5, Japan put its first
satellite into orbit around the moon, placing the country a step
ahead of China and India in an increasingly heated space race in
2007 Oct 5, Record floods, that
have wreaked havoc across Africa, killed at least 20,000 wildebeests
making their way to Kenya during their annual “great migration." The
animals, also known as gnus, were swept away by a river that broke
its banks in southern Kenya's Maasai Mara park. Kenya Wildlife
Service on Oct 13 said floods that have wreaked havoc across Africa
killed 5,000 wildebeests, and not tens of thousands, blaming
tourists for exaggerating the toll.
(AFP, 10/11/07)(AFP, 10/13/07)
2007 Oct 5, In Myanmar acting
Ambassador Shari Villarosa met with Deputy Foreign Minister Maung
Myint in the remote jungle capital of Naypitaw (Naypyidaw). During
her visit, she was expected to repeat the US view that the regime
must meet with democratic opposition groups and "stop the iron
crackdown" on peaceful demonstrators. The US said it would propose a
UN Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Myanmar if the
government there does not "respond constructively" to international
concern about repression of pro-democracy protests.
(AP, 10/5/07)(Econ, 4/12/08, p.27)
2007 Oct 5, Nepal's ruling
parties reluctantly agreed to Maoist demands to postpone upcoming
elections, ending one political crisis in the Himalayan nation but
still leaving the two sides deadlocked over other issues. 3
communist rebels shot and killed Birendra Shah a crusading
journalist. The group's leadership later said they did not order the
slaying and that the three men who took part have been kicked out of
the Maoist political party.
(AP, 10/5/07)(AP, 11/6/07)
2007 Oct 5, On the eve of
Pakistan's presidential vote the highest court ruled that no
election winner can be declared until it decides whether Pres. Gen.
Musharraf is an eligible candidate. Musharraf pushed toward an
alliance with a former premier signing an amnesty clearing her of
corruption charges. Pres. Musharraf issued a National Reconciliation
Ordnance (NRO) as part of a political deal to allow former PM
Benazir Bhutto to return from years of exile to Pakistan. By 2009
over 8,000 government officials were reported to have benefited from
the decree. The amnesty lapsed on Nov 28, 2009, by order of the
Supreme Court. On Jan 19, 2010, the Supreme Court released a
287-page judgement explaining why it had ruled the NRO
(AP, 10/5/07)(SFC, 11/23/09, p.A3)(Econ,
11/27/09, p.29)(Econ, 1/23/10, p.40)
2007 Oct 5, Abdullah bin
Abdul-Aziz, Saudi Arabia's king, announced an overhaul of the
country's judicial system, fulfilling a pledge he made several
months ago to reform the current heavily-criticized administration.
2007 Oct 5, Insurgents in
Somalia killed at least 5 people in a grenade attack at the main
market in Mogadishu.
(WSJ, 10/6/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 5, South African
prosecutors said they had obtained an arrest warrant for national
police chief and Interpol president Jackie Selebi, as one of his
friends appeared in court on murder charges.
2008 Oct 5, The United States
opened a trade office in Libya to boost economic ties with the
2008 Oct 5, The Illinois
attorney general's office said that Bank of America was modifying
loans for customers in 11 states.
2008 Oct 5, In northern
California 8 people were killed when a passenger bus, carrying 41
senior Laotian, casino-bound gamblers, ran off a rural road near
Williams. Police the next day arrested driver Quintin J. Watts (52)
on suspicion of driving under the influence. Daniel E. Cobb (68),
owner of the bus, was among the dead. The bus had invalid plates and
identification numbers and a lapsed corporate registration. A 9th
victim died on Oct 10.
(SFC, 10/6/08, p.A1)(SFC, 10/7/08, p.A1)(SFC,
2008 Oct 5, Abu Dhabi’s
Mubadala Development Co. and Texas-based ConocoPhillips said they
have signed a deal with Kazakhstan’s national oil company to drill
in a potentially lucrative region in the Caspian Sea.
(SFC, 10/6/08, p.D1)
2008 Oct 5, Afghan and US
troops clashed and called airstrikes on a group of insurgents in
southern Zabul province, killing 43 militants.
2008 Oct 5, Isolated shootings
in Brazil soured municipal elections that President Luiz Inacio Lula
da Silva's allies hope will give them a leg up on 2010's
2008 Oct 5, In Egypt 13 people
were killed and 24 injured when a bus and a truck collided head-on
south of Cairo.
2008 Oct 5, Germany joined
Ireland and Greece in guaranteeing all private bank accounts,
putting Europe's biggest economy at odds with calls for a unified
European response to the global financial meltdown.
2008 Oct 5, Hong Kong said it
found two Cadbury chocolate products contained considerably more of
the industrial chemical melamine than the city's legal limit in a
growing scandal over Chinese tainted food. China attempted to
contain the fallout from the tainted milk scandal, announcing a new
survey of dairy products showed no traces of melamine and promising
to subsidize farmers hit by the scare.
(AP, 10/5/08)(AFP, 10/5/08)
2008 Oct 5, A Georgian Interior
Ministry official said Russian troops have begun dismantling
positions in the so-called security zones inside Georgia that they
have occupied since August's brief but intense war.
2008 Oct 5, Iceland’s
government and banks scrambled to rescue the country’s banking
system. Its economy was one of the hardest hit by the global
(WSJ, 10/5/08, p.A13)
2008 Oct 5, Clashes between
Hindus and Muslims in Dhule, a western Indian town left at least
four people dead and 80 injured, forcing police to impose a curfew.
2008 Oct 5, Ahmed Abul Gheit,
the first Egyptian foreign minister to visit Iraq in nearly two
decades, arrived in Baghdad and promised to help Iraq face its
challenges. 11 people, including women and children, were killed
after US forces came under attack by gunfire and a suicide bomber
during a raid in Mosul. There were no casualties among American
forces. Elsewhere in the northern city, gunmen opened fire on
mourners in a funeral tent, killing 5 people and wounding 7 others.
American troops acting on a tip killed Abu Qaswarah (also known as
Abu Sara), the No. 2 leader of al-Qaida in Iraq in a raid in the
northern city of Mosul. The Moroccan was known for his ability to
recruit and motivate foreign fighters.
(AP, 10/5/08)(SFC, 10/6/08, p.A3)(AP, 10/15/08)
2008 Oct 5, In Israel PM
Olmert's Cabinet agreed to hand over to Russia a small tract known
as Sergei's Courtyard. The area, which once accommodated Russian
pilgrims visiting the Holy Land, now houses offices of Israel's
Agriculture Ministry and the Society for the Protection of Nature in
2008 Oct 5, A 6.6-magnitude
earthquake struck the mountains of Central Asia, destroying Nura
village in Kyrgyzstan and killing at least 75 people including 41
(AP, 10/6/08)(AP, 10/7/08)(SFC, 10/11/08, p.B6)
2008 Oct 5, In southern Mexico
5 state police officers were arrested in connection with a deadly
raid to dislodge protesters from a Mayan archaeological site.
Mexican authorities seized 7 million pills of pseudoephedrine, the
main ingredient used to make methamphetamine, at the Guadalajara
airport. More than 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms) of the pills were
found packed in 24 boxes on a shipment from Calcutta, India. Three
separate shipments of more than a ton each were confiscated last
month at Mexico City's airport. Those also originated in Calcutta.
2008 Oct 5, MEND, the main
militant group in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta, said it had
released around 19 Nigerian oil workers kidnapped last month but was
still holding two Britons and a Ukrainian.
2008 Oct 5, In Pakistan a
three-day ultimatum from the government for Afghans living illegally
in Bajur to leave was due to expire today. But of an estimated
80,000 Afghans, only about 15,000 had left.
2008 Oct 5, Iba Ndiaye
(b.1928), Senegalese modernist painter, died in Paris.
(SSFC, 10/19/08, p.B6)
2008 Oct 5, Apirak Kosayodhin,
the leader of Thailand's opposition Democrat Party, won re-election
as governor of Bangkok, defeating the ruling party candidate as well
as a one-time sex tycoon. Thai police arrested Chamlong Srimuang, a
key protest leader and one-time Bangkok mayor, on charges of
insurrection in a continuing crackdown against an anti-government
movement that spearheaded the ouster of a prime minister last month.
2008 Oct 5, In western Turkey a
truck packed with illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Myanmar
overturned, killing 18 people and injuring 23.
2008 Oct 5-2008 Oct 17, Arab
militia attacked at least 15 Sudanese villages. Aid workers and a
rights watchdog later said the violence near Muhagariya, a south
Darfur flashpoint has displaced 12,000 people and killed more than
2009 Oct 5, President Barack
Obama ordered the federal government, the nation's largest energy
user, to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce its impact
on the environment.
2009 Oct 5, Americans Elizabeth
H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak won the 2009
Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering a key mechanism in the
genetic operations of cells, an insight that has inspired new lines
of research into cancer.
2009 Oct 5, Don Hill, a former
Dallas Mayor Pro Tem, was convicted in a bribery and extortion
scheme that prosecutors called the largest in Dallas history.
(SFC, 10/6/09, p.A5)
2009 Oct 5, Drugmaker
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. said its new diabetes drugs, Onglyza, has
been approved for sale in the European Union's 27 countries.
2009 Oct 5, Afghan election
workers began recounting ballots from the disputed Aug. 20
presidential election, and a senior official said he expected to
announce late next week whether President Hamid Karzai had won or
would face a runoff with his main rival. One British soldier died
after an explosion in southern Afghanistan. The Afghan defense
ministry said Afghan and American forces killed 40 militants in 24
hours as they hunted in mountainous eastern Afghanistan for
insurgents behind the Oct 3 attacks.
(AP, 10/5/09)(AP, 10/6/09)
2009 Oct 5, In Belgium hundreds
of dairy farmers drove tractors into Brussels to pressure EU farm
ministers on declining milk prices, as 20 of 27 member nations
called for more protection from the volatile world market.
2009 Oct 5, The first official
history of Britain's MI5 was published, ending 100 years of secrecy
over British spying during two world wars, the Cold War and the
current fight against Islamic extremism. "The Defence Of The Realm:
The Authorized History of MI5" was written by Cambridge University
historian Christopher Andrew, who was given virtually unrestricted
access to some 400,000 files, and even joined the domestic
intelligence agency himself.
(AFP, 10/5/09)(Econ, 10/10/09, p.87)
2009 Oct 5, In Burundi 2 days
of clashes began as government forces fired live rounds in the air
to deter hundreds of Congolese refugees from returning home. Some
900 refugees had decided to return home on foot rather than be
transferred to a new camp further away from the border with
Democratic Republic of Congo.
2009 Oct 5, In Chile 4 former
top army officials were sentenced to prison in the murder of a
colonel shortly after he testified about a 1991 illegal deal to
smuggle weapons to Croatia.
2009 Oct 5, Rafael Calderon,
former Costa Rican president (1990-1994), was convicted and
sentenced to five years in prison for embezzling funds from a
Finnish loan intended for medical equipment for public hospitals.
2009 Oct 5, Dubai's annual
property fair, the Cityscape expo, opened as a toned down event.
2009 Oct 5, It was reported
that conservative Egyptian lawmakers have called for a ban on
imports of a Chinese-made kit meant to help women fake their
virginity and one scholar has even called for the "exile" of anyone
who imports or uses it. The Artificial Virginity Hymen kit,
distributed by the Chinese company Gigimo, costs about $30. It is
intended to help newly married women fool their husbands into
believing they are virgins.
2009 Oct 5, Ethiopia's
President Girma Woldegiorgis told parliament that government is
aiming to achieve double-digit economic growth in 2009. An official
from the Oxfam charity said as many as 6.2 million Ethiopians need
emergency humanitarian assistance due to severe drought.
(AFP, 10/6/09)(Reuters, 10/6/09)
2009 Oct 5, Honduras interim
President Roberto Micheletti said an emergency decree that
prohibited large street protests and limited other civil liberties
following the return of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya "has
been completely revoked."
2009 Oct 5, In Iraq a suicide
bomber killed at least six mourners at funeral for a member of a
prominent tribe with ties to both security forces and insurgents in
Haditha, Anbar province.
2009 Oct 5, In Mexico gunmen
burst into a bar in the northern border city Ciudad Juarez and shot
5 men to death. Soldiers arrested Eduar Vera (30), a suspect linked
to at least 27 killings. In the southern state of Guerrero, gunmen
killed two state police officers in the city of Iguala.
2009 Oct 5, In Mexico efforts
to film Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez's latest
novel, "Memories of My Melancholy Whores" (2004), met resistance as
an anti-prostitution group sought to block production, charging the
movie will promote child prostitution. The Regional Coalition
Against Trafficking in Women and Girls in Latin America and the
Caribbean filed a criminal complaint with Mexico's Attorney
2009 Oct 5, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber disguised as a security officer struck the lobby of
the UN food agency's headquarters in Islamabad, killing five people
a day after the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban vowed fresh
2009 Oct 5, A South Korean
lawmaker, Kwon Young-se, said North Korea has received the
equivalent of about $2.2 billion under deals aimed at persuading the
isolated nation to dismantle its nuclear facilities, in what his
office said is the first accounting of the cost of the failed
strategy. In addition to the money it was given in the
disarmament-for-aid deals, the North has also received nearly 4
trillion won ($3.4 billion) of food, fertilizer and other
humanitarian aid from the US, South Korea and international
organizations over the past 10 years.
2009 Oct 5, Visiting Chinese
Premier Wen Jiabao met North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il amid efforts
to bring Pyongyang back to nuclear disarmament talks. China pledged
to strengthen bonds with isolated North Korea, calling their
relationship a boon to peace.
(AFP, 10/5/09)(Reuters, 10/5/09)
2009 Oct 5, In Thailand a train
derailed during heavy rains near the coastal city of Hua Hin,
killing 7 people, including a 2-year-old girl, and injuring 88
others. A fact-finding panel later said the deadly crash was the
fault of the driver who fell asleep after taking antihistamines and
other cold medicine.
(AP, 10/5/09)(AP, 10/13/09)
2009 Oct 5, Police in Uganda
arrested Idelphonse Nizeyimana, one of the most wanted suspects from
Rwanda's 1994 genocide. The former army captain and senior
intelligence officer and others prepared lists of Tutsi
intellectuals and those in authority before handing the lists to
troops and militia who then killed them.
2009 Oct 5, A UN agency said
Norway enjoys the world's highest quality of life, while Niger
suffers the lowest, as it released Human Development Index, a
ranking that highlights the wide disparities in well-being between
rich and poor countries.
2010 Oct 5, Two Russian-born
scientists shared the Nobel Prize in physics for groundbreaking
experiments with ultrathin carbon. University of Manchester
professors Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov used Scotch tape to
isolate graphene, a form of carbon only one atom thick but more than
100 times stronger than steel, and showed it has exceptional
properties, the strongest and thinnest material known to mankind.
2010 Oct 5, US ATF deputy
director Kenneth Melson and Mexico Attorney General Arturo Chavez
signed a memorandum of understanding that will increase to 30 a
month the number of people trained to use the program, known as
eTrace, an electronic database that can trace the manufacture,
import, sale and ownership of guns.
2010 May 5, Faisal Shahzad
(30), a US citizen who on May 1, drove a bomb-laden SUV meant to
cause a fireball in Times Square, was sentenced to life in prison.
The Pakistani immigrant had pleaded guilty on June 21 to 10
terrorism and weapons counts.
2010 Oct 5, San Francisco
unveiled its Kindergarten to College program, the nation’s first
city-bankrolled college savings plan. Public school kindergartners
will get one-time payments of at least $50 as part of a program to
be rolled out over 3 years. Additional contributions were to come
from EARN and the San Francisco Foundation based on parental
(SFC, 10/5/10, p.A1)
2010 Oct 5, Illinois police
officer Brian Dorian (37) of Lynwood, allegedly began a spree of
random shooting that left one person dead and 2 wounded. Dorian was
arrested on Oct 8. Dorian was freed on Oct 13. An attorney said he
was the victim of a botched investigation.
(SFC, 10/9/10, p.A5)(SFC, 10/14/10, p.A9)
2010 Oct 5, In Afghanistan
roadside bombings in Kandahar city killed 9 people, including 5
children, and 30 left injured, including many police officers. A
major shipment of drugs was intercepted by a combined force after a
highway gunbattle in Kandahar that killed an unspecified number of
"insurgents." A NATO airstrike killed Qari Ziauddin, identified as
the Taliban's "shadow" governor of Faryab province, and four other
insurgents. In neighboring Badghis province, a helicopter-borne raid
by a joint force led to a gunbattle that killed Mohammad Ismail
Quarisaderdin, another Taliban leader described as a shadow
governor. Five other Taliban commanders also died in the operation.
2010 Oct 5, In the Bahamas a
twin-engine Cessna 402 carrying a pilot and at least eight
passengers crashed into Lake Killarney near the international
airport in, Nassau, after one of its engines caught fire. Officials
soon found the body of a 9th victim from the crash of what may have
been an illegal charter flight to a cultural festival. They said a
10th passenger may missing as well.
2010 Oct 5, In Brazil a ruling
posted on the Sao Paulo electoral court's website said there is
sufficient doubt about whether comic performer Tiririca, which means
"grumpy" in Portuguese, meets a constitutional mandate that federal
lawmakers be literate. Francisco Silva, who got more votes than any
other candidate for Congress, will have to convince authorities he
can read and write if he wants to take office.
2010 Oct 5, Fellow rebels
handed over Congolese commander Sadoke Kokunda Mayele. He was
arrested for allegedly leading fighters in the mass gang-rapes of
more than 300 people from July 30 to August 2.
2010 Oct 5, In Zagreb, Croatia,
artists Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic opened the first
permanent gallery of their Museum of Broken Relationships.
2010 Oct 5, A leading
independent Egyptian daily, Al-Dustour, announced that it has fired
chief editor Ibrahim Eissa, an outspoken government critic, amid
what journalists are calling a state crackdown on the media ahead of
2010 Oct 5, In France former
Societe Generale SA trader Jerome Kerviel was convicted on all
counts in one of history's biggest trading frauds. He was sentenced
to three years in jail, with 2 years suspended, and was ordered to
repay the bank euro4.9 billion ($6.7 billion) in damages.
(AP, 10/5/10)(Econ, 10/9/10, p.110)
2010 Oct 5, Police in southern
France arrested 12 suspects in sweeps against suspected Islamic
militant networks, including three men linked to a network
recruiting fighters for Afghanistan.
2010 Oct 5, Iran claimed that
the Stuxnet computer worm, found on the laptops of several employees
at the country's nuclear power plant, is part of a covert Western
plot to derail its nuclear program.
2010 Oct 5, In Iraq gunmen in
the northern city of Mosul ambushed and killed the director of the
city's crime lab in the latest targeted killing of security
officials and government workers.
2010 Oct 5, In Myanmar detained
opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi launched a legal battle against
the ruling military junta, suing to keep her political party intact
after it was disbanded earlier this year under Myanmar's new party
2010 Oct 5, Medecines Sans
Frontieres (MSF) said lead poisoning has killed more than 400
children under five in the past six months in the northern Nigerian
state of Zamfara.
2010 Oct 5, In Northern Ireland
a dissident Irish Republican Army car bomb damaged a hotel, bank and
other businesses but caused no injuries in Londonderry, the sixth
such attack this year in the British territory.
2010 Oct 5, In northwestern
Pakistan a small bomb damaged a truck that was carrying oil to NATO
troops in Afghanistan, the latest attack on stalled supply convoys
since Pakistan shut a key border crossing to international forces
2010 Oct 5, Portugal's Pres.
Anibal Cavaco Silva opened a new cancer and neuroscience research
center in Lisbon that aims to be among the world's best.
2010 Oct 5, In Somalia fighting
in Mogadishu left seven people dead.
2010 Oct 5, South Africa
launched a special wildlife crime unit to tackle a dramatic surge in
rhino poaching driven by demand for the animal's horn in Asia for
use in traditional medicines.
2010 Oct 5, In Thailand a blast
blew out the side of a residential building in a Bangkok suburb
killing 4 people and injuring nine. Police found bomb-making
materials in the apartment, including fertilizer contained in fire
extinguishers, electrical circuit boards and high-voltage batteries.
Samai Wongsuwan, a Red Shirt supporter, was believed to be one of
(AP, 10/5/10)(AP, 10/6/10)
2011 Oct 5, President Barack
Obama signed legislation to keep the federal government running for
another six weeks. Congress must now finish work on agency budgets
for the new fiscal year. The law provides funding for government
operations through Nov 18.
2011 Oct 5, US defense
officials said the Obama administration has agreed to base Aegis
Cruisers on Spain's coast, as part of the anti-ballistic missile
defense system to protect Europe against a potential Iranian nuclear
2011 Oct 5, A US federal grand
jury charged Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid (47) with six counts for
spying on activists in the United States and Syria opposed to Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Soueid of Leesburg, Va., was
arrested on Oct 11.
2011 Oct 5, The US coast Guard
said it is bringing 36,000 gallons of drinking water to Tokelau
1,500 residents, who were suffering from a severe drought.
(SFC, 10/6/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 5, In San Francisco
some 800 people marched downtown joining a growing movement whose
followers believe that the nation’s financial system is broken and
its distribution of wealth unfair.
(SFC, 10/6/11, p.A10)
2011 Oct 5, Rev. Fred
Shuttlesworth (89), a dynamic leader of the civil rights movement,
died in Birmingham, Alabama.
(SFC, 10/6/11, p.A7)(Econ, 10/15/11, p.100)
2011 Oct 5, Steve Jobs (56),
the mastermind behind Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes,
died. Millions of people around the world mourned digital-gadget
genius Steve Jobs as a man whose wizardry transformed their lives in
big ways and small. Walter Isaacson soon published the biography
(AP, 10/6/11)(Econ, 10/29/11, p.98)
2011 Oct 5, In Cupertino, Ca.,
Shareff Allman (49), an employee of a quarry, opened fire during a
company safety meeting, killing 3 people and wounding six before
escaping. Allman shot himself in the head the next day as Santa
Clara deputies confronted him in Sunnyvale.
(AP, 10/6/11)(SFC, 10/7/11, p.A1)(SFC, 10/12/11,
2011 Oct 5, The Afghan
intelligence service said 6 people, including a palace guard, have
been arrested after an alleged Al-Qaeda plot to assassinate Afghan
President Hamid Karzai was foiled. The men were arrested a week ago
and were said to have carried out training for the attack last
(AFP, 10/5/11)(AP, 10/8/11)
2011 Oct 5, Bahrain's security
court convicted and sentenced 19 more people to prison terms for
taking part in Shiite-led protests against the Gulf nation's ruling
Sunni dynasty. The sentences brought the total number this week to
at least 81.
2011 Oct 5, A prosecutor told a
London court that 2 Pakistani cricketers took bribes to fix parts of
a match against England in a case that exposes "rampant corruption"
at the heart of the international game.
2011 Oct 5, Datawind, a British
technology company, released a student tablet costing $35. It
claimed to have developed the world's least expensive computer
tablet for wireless Internet access. In February, 2012, Datawind
released an updated version of the Aakash computer tablet for the
commercial market that costs $50.
2011 Oct 5, A Cambodia disaster
official said the worst floods in over a decade have killed 167
people, as efforts intensified to provide aid to tens of thousands
2011 Oct 5, Chilean students,
led by Camila Vallejo (23), began face-to-face talks with the
government over their demands for profound changes in what they say
is the country's unequal and underfunded public school system.
2011 Oct 5, Suspected drug
traffickers hijacked two Chinese cargo ships on the Mekong River in
northern Thailand. The bodies of 13 crew members were found near
Chiang Rai, Thailand on Oct 7,8 and 10. Burmese drug lord Naw Kham
was arrested in Laos in May. In Nov, 2012, he and 3 of his
associates were sentenced to death by a court in Kunming. Thai
police continued to search for 9 Thai soldiers believed to have been
(AP, 10/10/11)(Econ, 11/10/12, p.43)
2011 Oct 5, Three Egyptian
columnists withheld their regular commentaries in an independent
daily to protest what they said was censorship by the country's
2011 Oct 5, India introduced a
cheap tablet computer, saying it would deliver modern technology to
the countryside to help lift villagers out of poverty. Developer
Datawind is selling the tablets, called Aakash, or "sky" in Hindi,
to the government for about $45 each. Subsidies will reduce that to
$35 for students and teachers.
2011 Oct 5, In Iraq gunmen
killed two people and injured three while robbing gold shops in
southwestern Baghdad. A car bomb exploded next to a police patrol in
western Anbar province, killing one policeman.
2011 Oct 5, Israeli scientist
Dan Shechtman was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for a
discovery that faced skepticism and mockery. While doing research in
the US in 1982, Shechtman discovered a new chemical structure,
quasicrystals, that researchers previously thought was impossible.
2011 Oct 5, In New Zealand the
47,000 ton Liberian-flagged container vessel "Rena" ran aground on
the Astrolabe reef about 12 nautical miles (22 km) off the North
Island. Maritime New Zealand soon declared the vessel a hazardous
ship as an oil slick more than doubled in size in just a few hours
on the Bay of Plenty. The ship had 1,368 containers on board. On Feb
29, 2012, the captain and the navigating officer, both Filipino,
pleaded guilty to mishandling the vessel and altering ship
documents. On May 25, 2012, they were each sentenced to seven months
(AP, 10/6/11)(AP, 10/12/11)(SFC, 11/14/11,
p.A2)(AP, 2/29/12)(AP, 5/25/12)
2011 Oct 5, A one-day
Palestinian teachers' strike closed 238 UN-run schools in the Gaza
Strip and escalated long-simmering tensions between the territory's
Hamas rulers and the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
2011 Oct 5, Russia's
intelligence service said it has detained an alleged Chinese spy who
tried to obtain designs of an advanced missile system as part of
Beijing's efforts to update its weaponry. Prosecutors submitted the
case to the Moscow City Court today, although the man was detained
late last October.
2011 Oct 5, The Spanish Duchess
of Alba (85), considered the world's most title-laden noble, married
Alfonso Diez, a civil servant 25 years her junior, shrugging off her
children's qualms and celebrating by kicking off her shoes and
dancing flamenco. Estimates of her wealth ranged from euro600
million ($800 million) to euro3.5 billion ($4.7 billion).
2011 Oct 5, A woman appeared on
Syrian state television claiming that she is the young Syrian,
Zainab al-Hosni, who was widely reported to have been beheaded and
mutilated by security agents while in custody last month. Amnesty
International issued a statement saying: "If the body was not that
of Zainab al-Hosni, then clearly the Syrian authorities need to
disclose whose it was, the cause and circumstances of the death, and
why Zainab al-Hosni's family were informed that she was the victim."
2011 Oct 5, Syrian Colonel Riad
al-Asaad, who now heads a group of army defectors calling themselves
the Free Syrian Army, said he has fled Syria and found refuge in
2011 Oct 5, Thai PM Yingluck
Shinawatra met Myanmar's president during her first visit to the
military-dominated country since she took office in August.
2011 Oct 5, Turkey's PM Recep
Tayyip Erdogan said his government would announce a package of
sanctions against neighboring Syria despite a UN resolution blocked
by Russia and China.
2011 Oct 5, In Yemen a US drone
strike east of Zinjibar killed 5 Al-Qaida-linked militants.
(SFC, 10/6/11, p.A2)
2012 Oct 5, Better than
expected US jobs figures that included a surprise fall in the
unemployment rate to its lowest level since January 2009.
2012 Oct 5, In Colorado
fifth-grader Jessica Ridgeway (10) never showed up at a nearby park
where she was supposed to meet friends for the one-mile walk to her
elementary school. On Oct 10 her body was found in an Arvada, Colo.,
park, just a few miles from where she went missing. On Oct 23 police
arrested Austin Reed Sigg (17) in connection with the murder. Sigg
confessed to killing Ridgeway.
(SFC, 10/13/12, p.A5)(SFC, 10/26/12, p.A9)
2012 Oct 5, In Florida about 30
contestants ate roaches during a contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store
in Deerfield Beach about 40 miles north of Miami. The grand prize
was a python. Edward Archbold (32) of West Palm Beach became ill
shortly after the contest ended and collapsed in front of the store.
He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
2012 Oct 5, Bahrain riot police
used water cannons and tear gas to disperse hundreds of
anti-government protesters trying to reach a heavily guarded site
that was once the hub of their uprising.
2012 Oct 5, Britain's High
Court ruled that three elderly Kenyans tortured during a rebellion
against British colonial rule can proceed with compensation claims
against the British government.
2012 Oct 5, Radical preacher
Abu Hamza al-Masri (54) and four other terror suspects were
extradited from the U.K. after Britain's High Court ruled they had
no more grounds for appeal in their years long battles to avoid
facing charges in the United States. Al-Masri was wanted in the US
on charges that included conspiring to set up a terrorist training
camp in Oregon and helping abduct 16 hostages in Yemen in 1998.
(AP, 10/5/12)(SFC, 10/6/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 5, In China some 3-4
thousand workers at the Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou reportedly went
on strike over increased quality control standards. Foxconn, maker
of Apple’s iPhones, said the next day that production continued
(SSFC, 10/7/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 5, National Bank of
Greece, the debt-crippled country's biggest lender by assets,
announced a public offer to merge with its largest domestic
2012 Oct 5, Thousands of
indigenous Guatemalans shouted in anger and some threw themselves at
the coffins of six local people who were shot to death during a
protest over electricity prices and educational reform in a poor
2012 Oct 5, In Iraq a double
bombing near a Shiite mosque in Baghdad killed five people,
including four worshippers.
2012 Oct 5, In Israel a young
American (23) shot and killed a chef at a hotel in the Red Sea
resort city of Eilat, before forces from an anti-terror unit shot
the gunman dead. The incident appeared to be based on a personal
2012 Oct 5, Thousands of
Jordanians rallied to call for a boycott of upcoming legislative
elections, a challenge to King Abdullah II who has promoted a
parliament-centered reform process to stave off an Arab Spring
uprising in his country.
2012 Oct 5, Ten European and
North African leaders meet in Malta for the first such summit of
Mediterranean neighbors in a decade, with the agenda focused on
fighting terrorism and lawlessness, and strengthening political and
economic cooperation in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.
2012 Oct 5, Mexico's President
Felipe Calderon announced that the state-owned oil company has found
possible reserves of as much as 125 million barrels of oil at a
deep-water well in the Gulf of Mexico. Petroleos Mexicanos said the
area known as the Perdido belt contains prospective reserves that
could amount to as much as 13 billion barrels of crude equivalent.
2012 Oct 5, Mexican
archaeologists said they uncovered the largest number of skulls ever
found in one offering at Mexico City's Templo Mayor, the most sacred
temple of the Aztec empire dating back more than 500 years.
2012 Oct 5, In northeastern
Nigeria a bombing by suspected Boko Haram members killed an army
lieutenant. This sparked a violent retaliation by soldiers.
2012 Oct 5, In South Africa
Anglo American Platinum fired 12,000 striking miners for staging an
unlawful strike that is one of several that are slowly paralyzing
South Africa's crucial mining sector.
2012 Oct 5, The Spanish
government agreed to participate in NATO's anti-missile shield that
will see specialized United States warships based at a Spanish base
already used by the US Navy.
2012 Oct 5, Syrian warplanes
and artillery pounded the central city of Homs, subjecting the rebel
stronghold to its heaviest bombardment in months.
2012 Oct 5, Turkish troops
fired at Syria again, responding to another mortar shell from Syria
that struck Turkish territory.
2012 Oct 5, In Vietnam two
vessels collided in Halong Bay. 18 Taiwanese tourists were plunged
into the bay without life jackets and 5 drowned.
2013 Oct 5, Thomas Momson, head
of the Mormon Church, said that worldwide membership in the Church
of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints has reached 15 million.
(SSFC, 10/6/13, p.A10)
2013 Oct 5, Latif Mehsud, a
senior Pakistani Taliban commander, was arrested by American forces
in eastern Logar province's district of Mohammad Agha. The
Washington Post reported on Oct 11 that he was forcibly snatched
from an Afghan government convoy in Logar province several weeks ago
as Afghan officials were trying to recruit him to launch peace
(AP, 10/11/13)(Reuters, 10/12/13)
2013 Oct 5, In southern
Afghanistan a gunman, possibly a private security guard, shot dead a
member of the US-led international coalition before himself being
2013 Oct 5, Argentine President
Cristina Fernandez (60) was told by doctors to take a month off
because of a subdural hematoma on her brain, forcing her to abandon
campaigning for important congressional elections taking place later
2013 Oct 5, In northern
Colombia a twin-engine turboprop plane crashed while on
a US counter-drug mission, killing 3 American contractors and a
Panamanian aboard. It had been tracking a suspected smuggling vessel
over the western Caribbean when it lost radio contact.
2013 Oct 5, In Iraq attacks
across the country killed 56 people. This included two television
journalists, killed by unidentified gunmen, as they were filming in
the northern city of Mosul. The journalists worked for television
channel al-Sharqiya News, which is often critical of the government
and is popular among the Sunni minority. 51 people were killed in a
suicide bombing in Baghdad.
(AP, 10/5/13)(SFC, 10/14/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 5, Italian state news
media reported that filmmaker Carlo Lizzani (91), a much-lauded
protagonist of Italian Neorealism, has died. The Academy of Italian
Cinema awarded him best director for his 1968 film "The Violent
Four" about a manhunt for bank robbers.
2013 Oct 5, In Libya gunmen
attacked a military post near Bani Walid, a former stronghold of
supporters of Muammar Gaddafi, killing 16 soldiers.
2013 Oct 5, In Libya the US
Army’s Delta Force seized Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai (1964-2015),
aka Abu Anas al-Libi, outside his Tripoli home and whisked him out
of the country. The senior al-Qaida militant is accused by the US of
involvement in the Aug 7, 1998, bombings of two American embassies
(AP, 10/6/13)(SSFC, 1/3/15, p.A5)
2013 Oct 5, In Mali Tuareg
separatists said they were rejoining the peace process in northern
Mali, just over a week after they pulled out and accused Bamako of
not respecting the terms of a truce signed in June.
2013 Oct 5, In northern Mexico
at least 8 people, including 3 children, were killed and 79 were
wounded when a monster truck careened into a crowd at a show at the
El Rejon dam on the outskirts of Chihuahua.
2013 Oct 5, In northern Nigeria
suspected Islamic militants lured the faithful to a mosque then
gunned them down. The gunmen killed at least 7 people before being
attacked by soldiers guarding Damboa village. 15 attackers were
2013 Oct 5, Russia shrugged off
Dutch legal action over its detention and prosecution of Greenpeace
activists for piracy, saying the group's protest at an Arctic oil
platform had been "pure provocation."
2013 Oct 5, In Somalia a
commando unit from the US Navy’s Seal Team Six carried out a
pre-dawn strike against foreign fighters in Barawe. The US troops
were faced with heavier-than-expected return fire, and pulled out to
avoid civilian casualties. The raid’s target was Abdulkadir Mohamed
Abdulkadir, a Kenyan of Somali origin who is a foreign fighter
commander for the Islamist Shebab group.
(AP, 10/5/13)(AP, 10/6/13)(AFP, 10/7/13)
2013 Oct 5, In northern Spain
tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest a
crackdown on an association that aids jailed members of armed Basque
separatist group ETA.
2013 Oct 5, Syrian government
forces shelled al-Mitras, a vulnerable Sunni community in a coastal
province dominated by President Bashar Assad's Alawite sect, raising
fears that residents of the isolated town could face mass killings
by pro-Damascus militias. Government forces reached an agreement
with local officials to stop the shelling of Mitras in exchange for
the surrender of dozens of opposition fighters.
(AP, 10/5/13)(SSFC, 10/6/13, p.A8)
2014 Oct 5, Hewlett-Packard
said it will split into two businesses, one for PCs and printers and
the other for data center hardware and services for corporations.
(SFC, 10/6/14, p.A1)
2014 Oct 5, Human Rights Watch
accused the United Arab Emirates of secretly arresting 10 Libyan
citizens and six Emiratis in August and September and called on
authorities in Abu Dhabi to reveal their whereabouts.
2014 Oct 5, Brazil held
presidential elections. Polls showed Pres. Dilma Rousseff as the
front runner in a race that is likely to go to a runoff on Oct. 26.
Her main rivals were Marina Silva, a hero of the global conservation
movement now with the Brazilian Socialist Party, and Aecio Neves, a
senator and former state governor. Rousseff won 41.6 percent of the
vote and Aecio Neves took second place with 33.6 percent.
(Reuters, 10/5/14)(Reuters, 10/6/14)
2014 Oct 5, Bulgaria held snap
parliamentary elections. The center right GERB party, led by Boyko
Borisov (55), won with 32.7 percent. The Socialists came second with
(Reuters, 10/5/14)(AP, 10/6/14)
2014 Oct 5, In Chechnya a
suicide bomber killed 5 police officers and injured 12 more during
festivities for a local holiday in Grozny.
2014 Oct 5, An Egyptian
jihadist group released a video showing the execution of 4 men,
including three being beheaded, accused of spying for the army and
for Israel's Mossad intelligence service.
2014 Oct 5, In France tens of
thousands took to the streets in Paris and Bordeaux to demonstrate
for what protesters called "traditional family values" and against
assisted pregnancies and surrogacy. It was organized by the "Manif
pour Tous" ("Protest for Everyone") group.
2014 Oct 5, In northern Greece
a 35-car highway pileup killed 5 motorists and injured dozens near
Veria. A Romanian truck driver (39) was soon remanded in prison
pending trial for multiple manslaughter. The driver said his brakes
2014 Oct 5, Hong Kong students
occupying the area outside city government headquarters agreed to
remove some barricades that have blocked the building's entrance
during the weeklong demonstrations. It was not immediately clear how
significant the move was and how much it would defuse the standoff.
2014 Oct 5, In Iraq militants
from the Islamic State group publicly killed six Iraqi soldiers in
Hit, captured in Anbar province, where the extremists continue to
advance despite an expanding US-led campaign of airstrikes.
2014 Oct 5, In Japan Typhoon
Phanfone washed away 3 US Air Force members on Okinawa as it headed
2014 Oct 5, Kurdish forces
battled overnight with Islamists trying to seize a hill overlooking
a Syrian border town with Turkey as US-led coalition warplanes
carried out raids on the militants. At least 11 Kurdish fighters and
16 Islamic State insurgents were killed in the overnight clashes.
2014 Oct 5, In eastern Libya
the Shura Council of Islamic Youth in Derna pledged allegiance to
the Islamic State.
(Econ, 10/11/14, p.57)
2014 Oct 5, In southern Mexico
two gang hitmen linked to police admitted to killing 17 of 43
students missing in Iguala.
2014 Oct 5, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed 5 militants in South Waziristan
including a senior ethnic Uzbek commander.
2014 Oct 5, Hundreds of
Palestinians from the Gaza Strip prayed at Jerusalem's most
important mosque, the first time Israel has allowed such visits from
the coastal enclave since the Hamas militant group overran the area
2014 Oct 5, In the southern
Philippines 2 Swiss men were gunned down at a beach resort in Opol
town in an attack that did not appear to be a robbery or an act of
terrorism. Their Filipino girlfriends were not injured.
2014 Oct 5, In Portugal
hundreds of teachers from across the country demonstrated in Lisbon
to protest government education policies, especially spending cuts.
(SFC, 10/6/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 5, Yuri Lyubimov
(b.1917), founder and director of Moscow’s Taganka Theater
(1964-1983 and 1989-2011), died in Moscow.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taganka_Theatre)(Econ, 10/25/14, p.94)
2014 Oct 5, Somali troops
backed by African peacekeepers recaptured Barawe, the last major
port held by the Shebab, removing a key source of revenue for the
2014 Oct 5, In northwestern
Syria Franciscan Father Hanna Jallouf and 20 other Christians were
seized by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front at Qunyeh village, Idlib
province. Father Jallouf was released on Oct 9.
(AFP, 10/7/14)(AP, 10/9/14)
2014 Oct 5, Gunmen crossed from
Syria into eastern Lebanon and attacked posts of the Shiite movement
Hezbollah, sparking fierce clashes. The Nusra Front attacked several
Hezbollah positions on the Lebanese and Syrian side of the border
simultaneously. At least 8 Hezbollah fighters were reported killed.
(AFP, 10/5/14)(AP, 10/6/14)
2014 Oct 5, In eastern Ukraine
artillery blasts rocked Donetsk, exactly one month since the rebels
signed a 12-point agreement with Kiev's representatives to try to
halt the hostilities. Ukraine says 75 soldiers and civilians have
been killed since the official ceasefire on September 5.