Today in History - October 6
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0877 Oct 6,
Charles II the Kale, King of France and Roman emperor (875-77), died
1014 Oct 6, The Byzantine
Emperor Basil II (958-1025) earned the title "Slayer of Bulgars"
after he ordered the blinding of 15,000 Bulgarian troops. Basil II
was godfather to Russia’s Prince Vladimir.
10/6/98)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_II)(Econ, 2/16/08, p.60)
1072 Oct 6, Sancho II, king of
Castilia (1065-72), was murdered.
1517 Oct 6, Fra Bartolommeo
(b.1472), Florentine Renaissance painter, died. He was a Dominican
monk nicknamed Baccio della Porta. His work included a portrait of
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra_Bartolommeo)(SFC, 5/13/96, p.D-5)
1552 Oct 6, Matteo Ricci,
Italian Jesuit missionary (China), was born.
1536 Oct 6, William Tyndale
(b.1494), the English translator of the New and Old Testament, was
burned at the stake at Vilvoorde Castle (Belgium) as a heretic by
the Holy Roman Empire.
1567 Oct 6, The Duke of Alba
became guardian of Netherlands.
1582 Oct 6, This day was one of
ten skipped to bring the calendar into sync. by order of the Council
of Trent. Oct 5-14 were dropped.
(K.I.-365D, p.97)(NG, March 1990, J. Boslough)
1683 Oct 6, 13 Mennonite
families from Krefeld, Germany, arrived in present-day Philadelphia
to begin Germantown, one of America's oldest settlements. They were
encouraged by William Penn's offer of 5,000 acres of land in the
colony of Pennsylvania and the freedom to practice their religion.
1696 Oct 6, Savoy Germany
withdrew from the Grand Alliance.
1721 Oct 6, Deaths from
smallpox in Boston reached 203 with 2,757 people infected.
(ON, 3/05, p.5)
1762 Oct 6, Francesco Onofrio
Manfredini, composer, died at 78.
1780 Oct 6, Over 1500 Patriot
fighters assembled on the outskirts of Cowpens, South Carolina, to
confront Loyalist forces of British Major Patrick Ferguson.
(ON, 12/07, p.6)
1781 Oct 6, Americans and
French began the siege of Cornwallis at Yorktown, the last battle of
1783 Oct 6, Benjamin Hanks
patented a self-winding clock.
1788 Oct 6, The Polish Diet
decided to hold a four year session.
1801 Oct 6, Napoleon Bonaparte
imposed a new constitution on Holland.
1804 Oct 6, Jean-Jacques
Dessalines (b.1758) had himself crowned James I, Emperor of Haiti.
He was murdered two years later in a conspiracy under Christophe and
1819 Oct 6, Willem A. Scholten,
Dutch potato flour manufacturer, was born.
1820 Oct 6, Jenny Lind,
soprano, was born. She was known as the “Swedish Nightingale.”
1835 Oct 6, The people of
Michigan approved a new state constitution by a vote of 6,299 to
1,359. The constitution repudiated slavery and safeguarded personal
1846 Oct 6, George Westinghouse
(d.1914) was born. Inventor and manufacturer Westinghouse, a leader
in the development of electric power, also developed a long-distance
transmission system for natural gas. Westinghouse held more than 400
patents including shock absorbers, electric brakes for subway cars,
air brakes and railroad signals. He promoted the development and
construction of electric transformers, enabling the introduction of
high-tension systems using single-phase alternating currents.
(HNQ, 7/6/99)(HN, 10/6/00)
1857 Oct 6, The American Chess
Association organized. The 1st major US chess tournament was held in
NYC. [see Oct 10]
1861 Oct 6, Naval Engagement at
Charleston, SC, the USS Flag vs. Britain’s Alert.
1866 Oct 6, The Reno brothers,
Frank, John, Simeon and William, committed the country's first train
robbery near Seymore, Ind., netting $10,000.
1868 Oct 6, Leon Charles
Francois Kreutzer, composer, died at 51.
1869 Oct 6, Johannes Brahms'
"Liebeslieder Walzes," premiered.
1884 Oct 6, The Naval War
College was established in Newport, R.I.
1887 Oct 6, Charles E.
Jeanneret (d.1965), aka Le Corbusier, Swiss-born French architect
and city planner, was born. He became known for trenchantly stated
principles, such as “a house is a machine for living in” and “a
curved street is a donkey track, a straight street, a road for men.”
1887 Oct 6, Maria Jeritza,
[Jedlicka], singer (Vienna Opera, Met Opera), was born in Austria.
1889 Oct 6, The Moulin Rouge in
Paris first opened its doors to the public.
1889 Oct 6, Thomas Edison
showed his 1st motion picture.
1891 Oct 6, Charles Stewart
Parnell (b.1846) died in Brighton, England. Irish statesman and
leader of the Irish nationalists in the British House of Commons
from 1880-‘90, Charles Parnell’s popularity in Ireland was so great
that he was called “the uncrowned king of Ireland.” Parnell formed a
coalition with William Gladstone, who became prime minister and
introduced a bill for Irish home rule in 1886. The bill was
defeated. In 1890, as a result of a divorce scandal, Parnell was
deposed as leader of the Irish nationalists.
(AP, 10/6/97)(HNQ, 7/20/98)
1892 Oct 6, Alfred Tennyson
(b.1809), writer and poet laureate, died at 83.
1893 Oct 6, Nabisco Foods
invented Cream of Wheat.
1893 Oct 6, Ford Madox Brown
(b.1821), English painter, died in London. In 2010 Angela Thirlwell
authored “Into the Frame: The Four Loves of Ford Madox Brown.”
(Econ, 3/13/10, p.87)(http://tinyurl.com/yhpg5ut)
1895 Oct 6, Caroline Gordon,
writer, was born. Her work included “The Strange Children.”
1898 Oct 6, Gustav Mahler made
his debut conducting Vienna Philharmonic.
1905 Oct 6, Tennis great Helen
Wills Moody was born in Berkeley, Calif.
1906 Oct 6, Janet Gaynor, film
actress, was born.
1908 Oct 6, Carol Lombard,
American comedienne and actress who was nominated for an Oscar for
My Man Godfrey, was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Lombard started
during the silent movie era revealed herself to be a wonderful
amusing and witty actress after the advent of the talkies and
quickly became one of the top box office draws of the 1930's in such
films as 'My Man Godfrey'. Clark Gable was married to Lombard. (My
Man Godfrey, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Made for Each Other).
(HN, 10/6/98)(MC, 10/5/01)
1908 Oct 6, Sammy Price, jazz
pianist, was born.
1908 Oct 6, Austria annexed
Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1909 Oct 6, Pres. William Taft
visited San Francisco.
(SSFC, 10/4/09, p.50)
1914 Oct 6, Thor Heyerdahl,
Norwegian entomologist and adventurer whose Kon-Tiki expedition
established the possibility that Polynesians may have originated in
South America, was born.
1917 Oct 6, Robert Mitchum,
actor (2 for the Seesaw, Ryan's Daughter), was born.
1917 Oct 6, US Congress passed
the Trading With the Enemy Act, which allowed the US to seize the
property of enemy nationals.
1918 Oct 6, US ship Otranto
sank between Scotland and Ireland. 425 people died.
1925 Oct 6, San Francisco’s
M-Ocean View streetcar line began service with the outbound terminal
at Broad and Plymouth. It was discontinued prior to World War II, on
August 6, 1939, and then reestablished back to full service on
December 17, 1944.
(METNA News, Aug 2015, p.1)
1927 Oct 6, The era of
talking pictures arrived with the opening of “The Jazz Singer,"
starring Al Jolson singing and dancing in black-face. The movie
featured both silent and sound-synchronized scenes. When The Jazz
Singer, a musical about a Jewish cantor's son who longs to sing on
Broadway, premiered in New York, silent movies became history and
the sound era began. The Jazz Singer is popularly believed to be the
first talking picture, but technically, 1926's Don Juan, with its
use of a music track recorded on phonograph records synchronized to
the film, predated the landmark musical. Originally, Warner Brothers
Studio planned to record only the songs on disks while telling the
story in silent sequences. Star Al Jolson, however, ad-libbed
dialogue in two scenes and opened the talking-picture age with the
prophetic words, "Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You ain't heard
nothin' yet!" By 1930, silent movies were a thing of the past.
(AP, 10/6/97)(HNPD, 10/6/98)(HN, 10/6/98)
1927 Oct 6, Paul Badura-Skoda,
pianist (Mozart specialist), was born in Vienna, Austria.
1928 Oct 6, Chiang Kai-shek was
elected the president of China.
1928 Oct 6, Josip Broz (Tito)
was sentenced to 5 years in jail.
1935 Oct 6, Italian army
occupied Adua, Abyssinia (Ethiopia).
1939 Oct 6, In an address to
the Reichstag, Adolf Hitler denied having any intention of war
against France and Britain.
1939 Oct 6, Hitler announced
plans to resolve "The Jewish problem."
1941 Oct 6, German troops
renewed their offensive against Moscow.
1943 Oct 6, The Battle at Vella
Lavella was fought in the Solomon Islands.
1943 Oct 6, Himmler ordered the
acceleration of "Final Solution."
1944 Oct 6, Soviets marched
into Hungary and Czechoslovakia. [see Oct 18]
1945 Oct 6, Gen Eisenhower was
welcomed in Hague on Hitler's train.
1946 Oct 6, Pres. Truman
questioned Great Britain Jews about Palestine.
1948 Oct 6, "Polonaise" opened
at Alvin Theater NYC for 113 performances.
1948 Oct 6, The Tennessee
Williams play "Summer and Smoke" opened on Broadway.
1948 Oct 6, An American B-29
crashed near Waycross, Ga., during a test flight from Robins AFB.
Details of the flight were kept as military secrets and formed the
basis for the 1953 U.S. vs. Reynolds case. Details were later
declassified and no military secrets were revealed.
1948 Oct 6, A 7.3 earthquake
hit Ashgebat, Turkmenistan, and killed an estimated 110,000 people.
Stalinist media at the time claimed only 35,000 deaths.
1949 Oct 6, Pres. Truman signed
the Mutual Defense Assistance Act that appropriated more than one
billion dollars for military aid primarily to members of the
Atlantic Pact (NATO).
(EWH, 1968, p.1207)
1949 Oct 6, American-born Iva
Toguri D'Aquino, convicted of being Japanese wartime broadcaster
Tokyo Rose, was sentenced in San Francisco to 10 years in prison and
fined $10,000. She ended up serving more than six years. In 1976 she
requested a presidential pardon.
(SFC, 11/16/01, WB p.G4)(AP, 10/6/06)
1949 Oct 6, China and Korea
established diplomatic relations. Korea became one of the first
groups of countries having diplomatic relations with new China.
1951 Oct 6, Stalin proclaimed
Russia has an atom bomb.
1952 Oct 6, The play
"Mousetrap" by Agatha Christie (1890-1976) premiered in Nottingham.
1955 Oct 6, LSD was made
illegal in US.
1955 Oct 6, A United Airlines
plane bound for SF crashed in Wyoming killing 66 people. It was the
worst commercial airline crash to date in US history.
(SFC, 9/30/05, p.F3)
1956 Oct 6, Dr. Albert Sabin
discovered oral polio vaccine. Sabin developed an oral vaccine
against polio. It began to be used in 1961 and by 1965 was widely
(TOH, 1982, p.1956)(SFC, 6/18/99, p.A40)(MC,
1958 Oct 6, The US nuclear
submarine Seawolf surfaced after spending 60 days submerged.
1961 Oct 6, JFK advised
Americans to build fallout shelters from atomic fallout in the event
of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.
1964 Oct 6, Richard Scheibe,
German sculptor (Adler mit Hakenkreuz), died at 85.
1965 Oct 6, Patricia Harris
took post as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, becoming the first
African-American U.S. ambassador.
1966 Oct 6, Hanoi insisted the
United States must end its bombing in Vietnam before peace talks
1969 Oct 6, Special Forces
Captain John McCarthy was released from Fort Leavenworth
Penitentiary, pending consideration of his appeal to murder charges.
A 1968 court-martial had concluded that McCarthy had murdered a
1970 Oct 6, Elvis Presley
recorded "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me."
1970 Nov 6, Augustin Lara
(b.1897), Mexican composer, died. At the time of his death, Lara had
written more than 700 songs.
1972 Oct 6, In Saltillo,
Mexico, a 22-car train carrying 2,000 religious pilgrims derailed
and caught fire. 208 people were killed.
(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)
1973 Oct 6, The fourth
Arab-Israeli war in 25 years was fought. Israel was taken by
surprise when Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Jordan attacked on the Jewish
holy day of Yom Kippur, beginning the Yom Kippur War. Syria tried to
regain the Golan Heights with a massive attack with 1,500 tanks. The
assault, empowered by Russian equipment, was repulsed by air power.
(WSJ, 5/6/96, p.A-13)(TMC, 1994, p.1973)(AP,
10/6/97)(HN, 10/6/98)(Econ, 3/16/13, p.54)
1975 Oct 6, Chilean Vice Pres.
Bernardo Leighton and his wife, Anita Fresno, were shot in Rome.
Anita was left permanently disabled. In 2000 Chilean authorities
arrested former Gen. Eduardo Iturriaga for the shooting.
1976 Oct 6, In his second
debate with Jimmy Carter, President Ford asserted in SF that there
was "no Soviet domination of eastern Europe." Ford later conceded
he'd misspoken. Carter charged the Ford administration with
excessive secrecy, immorality and weakness in dealing with the
Soviet Union and Arab nations. Some 3,000 people protested outside
the Palace of Fine Arts.
(AP, 10/6/97)(SFC, 10/5/01, WB p.6)
1976 Oct 6, The so-called "Gang
of Four," Chairman Mao Tse-tung's widow, Jiang Qing, and 3
associates (Zhang Chunqiao (d.2005), Yao Wenyuan, and Wang Hongwen)
were arrested in Peking, setting in motion an extended period of
turmoil in the Chinese Communist Party.
(SFC, 12/25/99, p.B4)(Econ, 5/21/05, p.90)
1976 Oct 6, A Cuban aircraft
from Venezuela with 73 people onboard was blown up on a flight over
the Caribbean. Castro blamed the explosion on the US. Luis Posada
Carriles, a veteran of the Cuban exile’s war against Castro, was
charged and twice acquitted in the bombing. Venezuelan authorities
kept him in jail for 9 years until his escape in 1985 when he
settled in El Salvador. In April, 2005, Posada sought asylum in the
US. In May, 2005, declassified documents were made public that
linked Posada to the bombing and indicated he was on the CIA's
payroll for years.
(SFC, 7/9/96, p.A8)(SFC, 11/17/97, p.A14)(AP,
1976 Oct 6, In Thailand
right-wing political power-brokers, including Kriangsak Chomanan and
Samak Sundaravej, provoked mobs to lynch left-wing pro-democracy
student protesters at Bangkok's Thammasat University. At least 46
protesters were killed and hundreds wounded by the police and army.
A coup installed a new military-guided, right-wing government.
(AP, 12/23/03)(WSJ, 9/20/06, p.A12)(Econ, 9/6/08,
1979 Oct 6, Paul Volcker, new
chairman of the Federal Reserve, raised interest rates sharply to
clamp down on inflation knowing that it would send interest rates
soaring. Volcker held his position until Aug, 1987.
(WSJ, 12/13/99, p.C23)(Econ, 6/19/04, p.11)(WSJ,
1979 Oct 6, Pope John Paul II,
on a week-long U.S. tour, became the first pontiff to visit the
White House, where he was received by President Carter.
1979 Oct 6, Elizabeth Bishop
(b.1911), American poet, died. She had spent 17 years in Brazil and
won a Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1956. In 2008 Thomas Travisano
and Saskia Hamilton edited “Words in Air: The Complete
Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell.” In 2010
Michael Sledge authored a novel, “The More I Owe You,” based on her
1980 Oct 6, Linden Forbes
Burnham (19231985) began serving as president of Guyana.
1981 Oct 6, Egyptian Pres.
Anwar Sadat was killed by Islambouli, an Islamic fundamentalist
(Takfir wal Hijra) and Egyptian army lieutenant, at the parade
ground of Nasser City during a ceremony commemorating the Egyptian
crossing of the Suez Canal during the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
Although authorities were warned of a death plot hours earlier, the
information did not get to the president in time. Abboud and Tarek
el-Zomor were convicted in 1984 of plotting the assassination and of
belonging to the outlawed Islamic Jihad group, but not of actually
killing Sadat. The two were sentenced to 20 years in prison. The
five prime suspects, including the shooter, were captured and
executed. The events are described in a book by Fouad Allam: "The
Brotherhood and I." In 2000 Mohammad Khan produced the film "Days of
Sadat," starring Ahmed Zaki.
(SFC, 4/26/96, p.A-12)(HNQ, 7/12/98)(SFC, 6/5/00,
p.A8)(WSJ, 3/29/04, p.A16)(AP, 3/11/11)
1983 Oct 6, Cardinal Terence
Cooke (62), the spiritual head of the Archdiocese of New York, died.
1985 Oct 6, Nelson Riddle,
American bandleader, died. In 2001 Peter J. Levinson (1934-2008)
authored “September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle.”
1985 Oct 6, British Police
Constable Keith Blakelock (b.1945) was hacked to death at Broadwater
Farm a 1960s public housing estate in Tottenham in some of the worst
urban rioting in Britain in the past 30 years.
1986 Oct 6, The Soviet
submarine, K-219, with 16 ballistic missiles each carrying 2
warheads, sank about 600 miles east of Bermuda. One of its nuclear
reactors had overheated and seaman Sergey Preminin manually shut it
down, but sealed his death in the process. It was later revealed
that highly radioactive plutonium 239 was released in the mishap.
(SFEC, 11/24/96, p.A1,5)
1987 Oct 6, The Senate
Judiciary Committee voted 9 to 5 against the nomination of Robert H.
Bork to the Supreme Court, and both supporters and opponents
predicted rejection by the full Senate.
1987 Oct 6, Microsoft announced
its first Windows application, Excel.
(Wired, 12/98, p.196)
1987 Oct 6, In Oklahoma Michael
Houghton (27) and Laura Lee Sanders (22) were kidnapped from behind
a Tulsa bar, stuffed into a car trunk and taken to a rural area
where the car was set afire. Scott Allen Hain was executed for the
murders on Apr 3, 2003. Hain was 17 in 1987 and claimed to be under
the influence of Robert Lambert.
(SFC, 4/4/03, p.A6)
1988 Oct 6, Gen. Augusto
Pinochet, the president of Chile, conceded defeat in a referendum
held the day before to determine whether he should receive a new
eight-year term of office. Pinochet, however, stayed president until
his term ran out in 1990.
1989 Oct 6, Actress Bette Davis
(81) died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. In 1962 she authored her
memoir “The Lonely Life.” In 2006 Charlotte Chandler authored “The
Girl Who Walked Home Alone,” a personal biography of Davis.
(AP, 10/6/97)(WSJ, 3/4/06, p.P8)(WSJ, 2/21/09,
1989 Oct 6, Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev joined in festivities in East Berlin marking the
40th anniversary of East Germany, while thousands of refugees
migrated to the West.
1990 Oct 6, President Bush
vetoed stopgap spending legislation passed by Congress following the
collapse of a deficit-reducing budget agreement.
1990 Oct 6, The space shuttle
“Discovery” blasted off on a four-day mission. NASA launched the
Ulysses solar probe, an American and European spacecraft, aboard the
space shuttle Discovery. It ceased operations in 2008.
10/6/00)(SFC, 6/13/08, p.A5)
1990 Oct 6, Four people were
killed in a balloon crash at Gaenserndorf, near Vienna.
1991 Oct 6, Reports surfaced
that a former personal assistant to Supreme Court nominee Clarence
Thomas, University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill, had accused
Thomas of sexually harassing her from 1981-1983.
1991 Oct 6, Cable News Network
obtained and aired a videotape made in Beirut, Lebanon, of American
hostage Terry Anderson, who quoted his captors as saying they would
have “very good news.”
1992 Oct 6, President Bush
appointed Mary Fisher to the National Commission on AIDS, replacing
1992 Oct 6, The US Congress
approved HOPE VI, the Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere
program. It targeted the worst housing estates and encouraged
1992 Oct 6, The U.N. Security
Council voted unanimously to establish a war crimes commission for
1993 Oct 6, Basketball
superstar Michael Jordan announced his retirement. Jordan attempted
a minor-league baseball career, but returned to the Chicago Bulls in
1993 Oct 6, Agnes de Mille
(b.1905), US dancer and choreographer (Oklahoma!), died at 88.
"Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how.
The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never
entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after
leap in the dark."
1993 Oct 6, Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chief Yasser Arafat held their first
official meeting in Cairo, Egypt, to begin work on realizing terms
of the Israeli-PLO accord.
1994 Oct 6, In an address to a
joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, South African President Nelson
Mandela warned against the lure of isolationism, saying the U.S.
post-Cold War focus should be on eliminating "tyranny, instability
and poverty" across the globe.
1995 Oct 6, President Clinton
delivered an address in which he defended his stewardship of US
foreign policy and spoke out against what he said was a spreading
mood of isolationism.
1995 Oct 6, Boeing Company’s
largest group of union workers went on a 69-day strike after voting
down a new three-year contract offer.
1996 Oct 6, President Clinton
and Bob Dole clashed vigorously over taxes, trustworthiness and
spending priorities in a prime-time debate in Hartford, Conn.
1996 Oct 6, An explosion at the
Copenhagen headquarters of the Hells Angels killed 2 and injured 16.
(SFEC, 10/6/96, A9)
1996 Oct 6, In Kazakhstan it
was reported that the first Chevron gas station opened. The country
has 24 billion metric tons of reserves.
(SFEC, 10/6/96, B8)
1996 Oct 6, Turkey’s prime
minister urged Libya’s Moammar Khadafy to sign a document to
denounce Kurdish rebel terrorism but instead Khadafy condemned
Turkish repression of the Kurds. A trade deal hung in suspension.
(SFEC, 10/7/96, A9)
1996 Oct 6, The Czech film
“Kolya,” directed by Jan Sverak, won the grand prize at the Tokyo
Int’l. film festival. A special jury prize went to the Polish film
In “Full Gallop” by Krzysztof Zanussi and the Spanish film
“Libertarias” by Vicente Aranda.
(SFEC, 10/7/96, D3)
1996 Oct 6, In St. Vincent
Jerome “Jolly” Joseph, a taxi boat driver in Bequia, was killed. An
American couple, James and Penny Fletcher from West Virginia, were
accused of the murder. They were later acquitted.
(SFC, 8/2/97, p.C1)(SFC, 8/9/97, p.A8)
1997 Oct 6, In a blow to both
Democrats and Republicans, President Clinton used his line-item veto
to kill 38 military construction projects that Congress had added to
a spending bill that cost $287 million.
(SFC, 10/7/97, p.A3)(AP, 10/6/98)
1997 Oct 6, The space shuttle
Atlantis returned to Earth, bringing home American astronaut Michael
Foale after more than four tumultuous months aboard Mir.
1997 Oct 6, Dr. Stanley B.
Prusiner, a neurologist from UC, won the Nobel Prize for his
discovery of the new class of proteins called prions described as
"an entirely new genre of disease-causing agents." [see 1982] In
1998 researchers at UCSF developed a sensitive technique for rapid
detection of the infectious proteins.
(SFC, 10/7/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/30/98, p.A7)(AP,
1997 Oct 6, In Magnum, N.C., 5
migrant workers were shot to death by their housemates Jose Luis
Cruz Osorio (28) and his brother Alonso Cruz Osorio (18). A 6th man
was also shot but escaped and identified the attackers. In 2003
suspects Alonso Cruz Osorio and Jose Luis Cruz Osorio were arrested
in the town of Acolman, Mexico.
1997 Oct 6, Nine Bosnian Croats
surrendered to the int’l. war crimes tribunal in the Hague. Dario
Kordic joined the group when the US promised a speedy trial to
volunteer suspects. Kordic was the leader of the Bosnian branch of
Franjo Tudjman’s Croatian Democratic Union political party, and was
charged with commanding troops who rampaged through 14 towns in the
Lasva Valley torturing and killing hundreds of Muslims and burning
(SFC, 10/6/97, p.A11)
1997 Oct 6, In Vitrolles,
France, the cafe Sous-marin was shut down for criticism of the
National Front, a far-right party in control of the town.
(SFC, 10/7/97, p.A15)
1997 Oct 6, In Kenya the
government refused to legalize the Safina (Swahili for ark) Party
led by Richard Leakey.
(SFC, 10/7/97, p.A18)
1997 Oct 6, Workers at the Han
Young de Mexico factory in Tijuana voted to be represented by an
independent union, the Metal, Steel and Allied workers Union of the
Authenticated labor Front (FAT). It was the first time that an
existing company-dominated union was ousted in the maquiladora
industry. After weeks the results were still not formalized and 4
workers who voted for the union were fired. On Nov 10 the Tijuana
Labor Board invalidated the vote claiming the union was not
nationally registered. [see Dec 14]
(SFC, 10/8/97, p.A8)(SFC, 10/30/97, p.A14)(SFC,
1997 Oct 6, In Palestine Sheik
Ahmed Yassin (61), the quadriplegic spiritual leader of Hamas,
returned to the Gaza Strip.
(SFC, 10/7/97, p.A14)
1998 Oct 6, The Walton Family
Charitable Trust Foundation made a $50 million donation to the Univ.
of Arkansas business school.
(WSJ, 10/8/98, p.B10)
1998 Oct 6, With a House vote
set on launching an open-ended impeachment inquiry, Democrats rushed
to counter Republican plans while still underscoring their
disapproval of President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky.
1998 Oct 6, Eddie DeBartolo Jr.
pleaded guilty in federal court in Louisiana for failing to report
that former governor Edwin Edwards extorted $400,000 from him for a
casino license. He agreed to pay $1 million in penalties, serve 2
years of probation and testify in future trials against Edwards.
(SFC, 10/7/98, p.A1)
1998 Oct 6, In Riverside, Ca.,
a former parks employee burst into City Hall and opened fire. Joseph
Neale Jr. (48) wounded the mayor and 2 Council members and was
himself wounded by police along with 2 others.
(SFC, 10/7/98, p.A3)
1998 Oct 6, In Colombia Norbert
Reinhart (49), owner of the Canadian Terramundo drilling Co.,
exchanged himself for his employee, foreman Ed Leonard, who was
being held for ransom by rebels.
(SFC, 11/7/98, p.C1)
1998 Oct 6, In Congo rebel
commander Richard Mondo told reporters that artillery rounds had
been fired into Kindu and that advance units had crossed the Lualaba
River. At least 18 government soldiers were reported killed.
1998 Oct 6, In Germany the
Christian Democrats named Wolfgang Schaeuble as party leader.
(WSJ, 10/7/98, p.A1)
1998 Oct 6, In Nigeria attacks
by Niger Delta protesters shut down the Shell and ENI pipelines.
Anger over pollution of cropland and fishing grounds was growing.
(WSJ, 10/7/98, p.A1)
1998 Oct 6, In Pakistan 6
people were killed in Karachi in sectarian violence.
(WSJ, 10/8/98, p.A13)
1998 Oct 6, Syria anointed army
chief Emile Lahoud as Lebanon’s president.
(WSJ, 10/7/98, p.A1)
1998 Oct 6, In Russia a
nationwide demonstration against overdue wages, inflation and lost
jobs was scheduled.
1999 Oct 6, The US NFL voted to
place an expansion team in Houston after Bob McNair agreed to pay
$700 million for a franchise to begin in 2002. this left Los
Angeles, the second-largest TV market in the nation, without a
(SFC, 10/7/99, p.A1)(AP, 10/6/00)
1999 Oct 6, The US introduced a
resolution to the UN Security Council calling for the seizure of
assets of the Taliban militia and grounding all int'l. flights from
Afghanistan until Osama bin Laden is turned over.
(SFC, 10/7/99, p.A15)
1999 Oct 6, Five clothing
designers agreed to settle a class action suit over working
conditions in Saipan. They included Ralph Lauren, Philips-Van
Heusen, Bryland L.P., Karan Int'l., and Dress Barn.
(SFC, 10/7/99, p.A3)
1999 Oct 6, The Chechen
president called for a holy war against Russia.
(WSJ, 10/7/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 6, In East Timor
Australian peacekeepers killed 2 anti-independence militia-men near
the West Timor border.
(SFC, 10/7/99, p.C2)
1999 Oct 6, In Ecuador one
person died as the Pichincha volcano dumped 5,000 tons of ash over
the city of Quito.
(SFC, 10/7/99, p.C2)
1999 Oct 6, In Mexico, furious
rains sent swollen rivers raging through the streets of the Gulf
coast city of Villahermosa and caused mudslides; dozens of deaths
were reported in eastern Mexico’s coastal mountain ranges.
1999 Oct 6, Philippine
government officials and Muslim separatists agreed to halt a series
of deadly clashes in at least 2 southern provinces, Maguindanao and
Sultan Kudarat, and to start formal peace talks.
(SFC, 10/7/99, p.C2)
1999 Oct 6, Amalia Rodrigues
(b.1920), Portuguese actress and fado singer, died at age 79.
2000 Oct 6, The US jobless rate
was reported at 3.9%, a 3-decade low.
(SFC, 10/7/00, p.A3)
2000 Oct 6, Richard Farnsworth
(80), stuntman-turned-actor, died at his New Mexico ranch.
2000 Oct 6, In Argentina Vice
President Carlos Alvarez resigned amid a fallout over a corruption
scandal and a Cabinet shake-up.
(SFC, 10/7/00, p.A12)
2000 Oct 6, In Bolivia Indian
leaders and government ministers agreed prop up corn prices, reverse
a land titling process and revert water rights back to Indian
peasants. This followed 3 weeks of road blocks that had paralyzed
(SFC, 10/7/00, p.A9)
2000 Oct 6, In Indonesia 7
people were killed and 38 injured in Irian Jaya following a clash
after police and soldiers lowered the separatist Free Papua
Movement’s “Morning Star” flag in Wamena town.
(SFC, 10/7/00, p.A12)
2000 Oct 6, Israel pulled
troops from Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus in an effort to ease tensions.
(SFC, 10/7/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 6, In the Ivory Coast
the Supreme Court disqualified former Prime Minister Alassane
Ouattara and most other candidates from the presidential elections.
(SFC, 10/7/00, p.A10)
2000 Oct 6, In Reynosa, Mexico,
a DC932 plane with 83 passengers overran a runway and crashed into a
group of homes and then a canal. 6 people walking along the canal
(SFC, 10/7/00, p.A12)
2000 Oct 6, In Peru a 5,000
barrel oil spill by an Argentine company threatened the water
resources of some 10,000 inhabitants in the northern jungle.
(SFEC, 10/8/00, p.A24)
2000 Oct 6, In Serbia Slobodan
Milosevic resigned and the opposition celebrated across the country.
Milosevic conceded defeat to Vojislav Kostunica in Yugoslavia's
presidential elections, a day after protesters angry at Milosevic
for clinging to power stormed parliament and ended his 13-year
(SFC, 10/7/00, p.A1)(AP, 10/6/01)
2001 Oct 6, Cal Ripken played
his last game in the major leagues as his Baltimore Orioles lost to
the visiting Boston Red Sox 5-1.
2001 Oct 6, Pres. Bush warned
Afghanistan’s rulers that time is running out. The Taliban said it
would release 8 aid workers if the US “stops issuing threats” of
(SSFC, 10/7/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 6, US and British
intelligence identified Mohammed Atef, a former Egyptian policeman
and close aide to Osama bin Laden, as the key planner of the of the
Sep 11 attacks.
(SSFC, 10/7/01, p.A5)
2001 Oct 6, In Afghanistan the
Northern Alliance was building an airport outside Golbahar to allow
a US-led coalition to funnel in military supplies.
(SSFC, 10/7/01, p.A5)
2001 Oct 6, In Saudi Arabia a
bomb exploded in Khobar. 2 people were killed and 4 were injured.
(SSFC, 10/7/01, p.A17)
2002 Oct 6, Almost 200 cargo
ships carrying food, manufacturing equipment and retail goods sat
idle all along the U.S. West Coast after four days of talks failed
to bring an end to the longest work stoppage in the region in 30
2002 Oct 6, Brazilian voters
voted 46% in favor of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, former factory
worker and union boss, as president. Jose Alencar was da Silva's
running mate. A runoff with Jose Sera (23%) was scheduled.
(WSJ, 10/2/02, p.A1)(AP, 10/6/02)(SFC, 10/8/02,
2002 Oct 6, In Colombia Jose
Arroyave, a regional commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia (FARC), was among 7 rebels killed in a military offensive.
2002 Oct 6, A fire broke out on
the Limberg, a French oil tanker off the coast of Yemen, setting
barrels of oil ablaze and sparking an explosion killing one
Bulgarian crew member. The explosion was soon determined to be the
result of a terrorist attack. Insurance paid out $70 million for the
(AP, 10/6/02)(SFC, 10/11/02, p.A13)(AP,
10/6/03)(Econ, 4/22/06, p.73)
2002 Oct 6, Prince Claus (76),
the German-born husband of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, died in
2002 Oct 6, Pope John Paul II
raised to sainthood Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer the Spanish priest
who founded the conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei (1928),
only 27 years after his death.
2003 Oct 6, The annual Nobel
Prize in Medicine went to Paul C. Lauterbur (74) of the Univ. of
Illinois and Sir Peter Mansfield (69) of the Univ. of Nottingham,
for their work that led to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
(SFC, 10/7/03, p.A2)
2003 Oct 6, Pres. Bush met with
Kenya's Pres. Kibaki, who asked for help in stabilizing Somalia.
(WSJ, 10/7/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 6, Democrat Bob Graham
announced on CNN's "Larry King Live" that he was ending his
2003 Oct 6, A fire in Yazoo
City, Miss., left 5 children (1½-10) dead. Their mothers were at a
(SFC, 10/7/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 6, In Argentina newly
released archives of police intelligence, first discovered in 1998
behind a wall in a building that now houses the Commission for
Memory, indicated that police infiltrated unions and dissident
groups before and during the 1976-83 military dictatorship,
monitoring tens of thousands of people for a quarter of a century.
2003 Oct 6, In Chechnya Akhmad
Kadyrov was declared the winner in the region's presidential vote.
Human rights advocates questioned the fairness of a vote held during
a war and said the election was heavily tilted in favor of Kadyrov,
whose personal security service is widely feared and accused of
kidnappings and killings.
2003 Oct 6, In southeastern
Colombia FARC guerrillas assassinated two town mayors, Orlando Hoyos
and Jaime Zambrano, after they met with rebels in a mountain
2003 Oct 6, In northeastern
Congo dozens of tribal fighters attacked Katchele village with
assault rifles and machetes, killing at least 65 people, mainly
children, looting property and setting huts on fire.
2003 Oct 6, Roadside bombings
in central Iraq killed three U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter
and wounded six other service members.
2003 Oct 6, In Pakistan gunmen
assassinated Maulana Azam Tariq, a hardline Sunni Muslim politician
and four other people, spraying their car with automatic weapon-fire
2003 Oct 6, Elisabeta Rizea
(91), a Romanian anti-communist resistance fighter whose defiance of
the regime made her a symbol of the fight against tyranny, died.
2004 Oct 6, American Irwin Rose
and Israelis Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko won the 2004 Nobel
Prize in chemistry for discovering a key way cells destroy unwanted
proteins, the ubiquitin proteasome system, in the late 1970s and
(AP, 10/6/04)(SFC, 10/7/04,
2004 Oct 6, The US Senate
approved an intelligence reorganization bill endorsed by the Sept.
2004 Oct 6, Charles Duelfer,
the chief U.S. weapons hunter, reported that Saddam Hussein's
weapons of mass destruction programs had deteriorated into only
hopes and dreams by the time of the U.S.-led invasion last year.
2004 Oct 6, Sirius Satellite
Radio planned to spend $500 million to sign “shock jock” Howard
Stern for 5 years beginning in 2006.
(SFC, 10/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 6, Light crude oil for
November closed in NYC at a record $52.02 per barrel.
(SFC, 10/6/04, p.C1)
2004 Oct 6, The EU recommended
Turkey be put on the path to full membership.
2004 Oct 6, In Guinea-Bissau
soldiers recently back from a U.N. peacekeeping mission and angry
over unpaid wages staged a revolt, surrounding a main military
building in the West African nation's capital.
2004 Oct 6, Followers of
renegade Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have agreed to a cease-fire
with Iraq's interim government aimed at ending weeks of fighting in
the vast Baghdad slum of Sadr City.
2004 Oct 6, A car bomb exploded
at an Iraqi military camp northwest of Baghdad, killing 10 Iraqis
and wounding more than 20.
2004 Oct 6, In Peru villagers
in the country's remote Lake Titicaca region doused Alejandro Noalca
Mamani (54), an accused thief, with gasoline and setting him ablaze.
State-run television station broadcast images the next day.
2004 Oct 6, The Interfax news
agency reported that the key production unit of beleaguered Russian
oil giant Yukos was handed a back taxes bill for $951 million.
2004 Oct 6, In Spain a judge
ordered the top banker to stand trial on charges of tax fraud.
2004 Oct 6, Sudan's U.N.
ambassador challenged the US to send troops to the Darfur region if
it really believes a genocide is taking place.
2005 Oct 6, President Bush
sought to rally flagging public support for the war in Iraq,
accusing militants of seeking to establish a "radical Islamic
empire" with Iraq as the base.
2005 Oct 6, Gregg Miller won
the Ig Nobel Prize for medicine for his prosthetic testicles for
neutered dogs. Miller has sold more than 150,000 of his Neuticles,
more than doubling his $500,000 investment. The silicone implants
come in different sizes, shapes, weights and degrees of firmness.
Other winners included Nigerian Internet scammers and a team that
calculated the pressures created when penguins poop.
2005 Oct 6-2005 Oct 7, More
than 65 countries and international organizations met at the US
State Department to plan for the possible outbreak of potentially
deadly bird flu.
2005 Oct 6, The US State
Department offered a reward of up to $10 million for information
leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspected mastermind in
the nightclub bombings in 2002 in Bali, Indonesia.
2005 Oct 6, Dean VandenBiesen,
vice president of operations for LifeGem, said his company uses
super-hot ovens to transform funeral ashes to graphite and then
presses the stone into blue and yellow diamonds that retail for
anywhere from 2,700 to 20,000 dollars.
2005 Oct 6, Merck & Co.
Inc. said a vaccine that targets a human wart virus completely
prevented early-stage cervical cancer and precancerous lesions in
women caused by the two most common forms of the virus.
2005 Oct 6, Dennis Murphy
(b.1932), screenwriter and author of “The Sergeant” (1958), died in
SF. He also wrote the script for the 1971 film version.
(SFC, 10/11/05, p.B9)
2005 Oct 6, Coalition forces
who were engaged in combat with militants opened fire on a vehicle
carrying Afghan police, killing four and wounding one.
2005 Oct 6, In Colombia
right-wing paramilitary groups suspended their demobilization
process with the government to protest President Alvaro Uribe's
decision to jail a paramilitary leader who is wanted in New York on
drug trafficking charges.
2005 Oct 6, In Colombia an
intense rainstorm triggered a landslide that buried part of Bello, a
shantytown on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Medellin,
killing at least 26 people, many of them children.
2005 Oct 6-2005 Oct 8, In
Guatemala rescue workers searched for victims of a mudslide near
Lake Atitlan, a volcano-ringed lake popular with tourists. Panabaj
and Tzanchaz were entombed by a mudflow half a mile wide. The death
toll in the region from flooding sparked by Hurricane Stan soon
climbed to 617 with 42 dead in Mexico, 72 dead in El Salvador and 11
dead in Nicaragua.
(SFC, 10/7/05, p.A3)(AP, 10/9/05)(Econ, 10/15/05,
2005 Oct 6, Insurgents using
suicide and roadside bombs killed at least 13 people, including a
U.S. soldier, and wounded 19 in the latest of a series of attacks
aimed at wrecking Iraq's constitutional referendum next week.
2005 Oct 6, Bomb blasts killed
six Marines in western Iraq. US forces killed 29 militants in
offensives aimed at uprooting al-Qaida insurgents.
2005 Oct 6, Africa Union
leaders said Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo's could stay in power
after his term expires on October 30, giving him up to a year more
in office in a bid to resolve the crisis in his divided country.
2005 Oct 6, In Japan the
Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper was awarded compensation from a small
Internet firm that used its news headlines without permission, in a
first-of-a-kind ruling in the country. The Intellectual Property
High Court, a special branch court of the Tokyo High Court, ordered
Digital Alliance Corp. to pay about 237,700 yen (2,000 dollars) to
2005 Oct 6, In Lithuania
authorities released the pilot of a Russian military plane that
crashed in Lithuania, saying he was no longer suspected of violating
the Baltic country's airspace.
2005 Oct 6, Gunmen abducted
three local Hamas leaders in a series of kidnappings. Prof. Riad
Abdel Karim al-Raz (47), a Palestinian university professor known as
a Hamas leader, was released the next day. The al-Farouk bin
al-Khatab Brigades, claimed responsibility.
2005 Oct 6, Romania said it has
deported five students accused of having ties to al-Qaida and trying
to recruit members of the country's Muslim community.
2005 Oct 6, A UN official said
the International Criminal Court in The Hague has issued arrest
warrants for Joseph Kony and 5 henchmen of the Lord's Resistance
Army (LRA), a Ugandan cult notorious for raping, maiming and killing
(Reuters, 10/6/05)(Econ, 10/22/05, p.48)
2006 Oct 6, Petty Officer 3rd
Class Melson J. Bacos, a Navy medic, pleaded guilty to kidnapping
and conspiracy, telling his court-martial at Camp Pendleton, Calif.,
that he stood and watched as seven members of a Marine squadron
murdered an innocent Iraqi civilian.
2006 Oct 6, The US Centers for
Disease Control said 3 people from Washington County, Ga., had
experienced respiratory failure and remained hospitalized on
ventilators following a meal they shared on Sept. 7 that included
carrot juice made by Bolthouse Farms. A woman in Florida was
hospitalized mid-September and botulism toxin from bottled carrot
juice was suspected.
2006 Oct 6, US and European
negotiators reached an interim deal on sharing trans-Atlantic air
passenger data for anti-terrorism investigations.
2006 Oct 6, The US FDA approved
Zolinza, generic name Vorinostat, a drug that switches off genes
associated with cancer.
(Econ, 10/14/06, p.86)
2006 Oct 6, In Virginia opening
ceremonies were held for the new $13 million American Civil War
Center in Richmond’s former Civil War gun foundry.
(WSJ, 10/12/06, p.W13)
2006 Oct 6, The homicide rate
in Oakland, Ca., hit 119 for the year, a 10-year high.
(SFC, 10/7/06, p.B5)
2006 Oct 6, John Jordan O’Neil
(b.1911), aka “Buck” O’Neil, baseball’s charismatic Negro Leagues
ambassador, died at a Kansas City, Missouri-area hospital. He
barnstormed with Satchel Paige and inexplicably fell one vote shy of
being elected to the Hall of Fame in February 2006.
2006 Oct 6, In eastern
Afghanistan 2 suicide bombers blew themselves up, killing themselves
and a policeman and wounding 17 other people.
2006 Oct 6, Bolivia’s President
Evo Morales fired two top mining officials after a clash between
rival bands of miners over access to the country's richest tin
deposit left at least 16 dead and more at least 80 injured. The
2-day clash at the Huanuni tin mine caused an estimated $2 million
in damage and production losses of $200,000 per day.
(AP, 10/7/06)(Econ, 10/14/06, p.40)
2006 Oct 6, Opposition leaders
alleged that Georgia's local and regional elections were riddled
with fraud, but international monitors said the balloting was
conducted "with general respect for fundamental freedoms."
2006 Oct 6, Hungarian PM Ferenc
Gyurcsany convincingly won a confidence motion in parliament but a
crowd of over 50,000 opposition supporters gathered in front of the
building to demand he quit.
2006 Oct 6, The
Panamanian-registered Giant Step ran ashore after catching fire in
rough seas off Kashima in eastern Japan, killing one crewman and
injuring two others. Of the remaining crew, 13 were rescued but nine
2006 Oct 6, In Lebanon police
clashed with hundreds of rioters protesting attempts to demolish
illegal housing in a southern suburb of Beirut. One person was
killed and at least 16 were wounded.
2006 Oct 6, ECOWAS leaders met
for summit talks in Nigeria.
2006 Oct 6, In southwestern
Pakistan police acting on a tip raided several militant hide-outs in
Quetta and arrested 48 suspected Taliban who had arrived in small
groups from Afghanistan.
2006 Oct 6, Tens of thousands
of Palestinians rallied in a Gaza Strip soccer stadium in a massive
show of support for the ruling Hamas group and its beleaguered
government. PM Ismail Haniyeh told supporters Hamas will not
recognize Israel or give in to international pressure that has
crippled the Palestinian government.
2006 Oct 6, In Sri Lanka heavy
sea and land battles erupted with the military reporting the
recovery of 22 bodies of Tamil rebels after a Norwegian envoy failed
to secure a deal to re-launch peace talks. 49 Tamil Tiger rebels
were killed in a raid by the K-faction of rebels in eastern Sri
Lanka. 5 of the splinter group died in the fighting.
(AFP, 10/6/06)(AP, 10/7/06)
2006 Oct 6, The UN refugee
agency said the number of Somalis fleeing fighting to seek refuge in
Kenya has risen dramatically and could stretch the capacity of aid
organizations to critical levels.
2006 Oct 6, A unanimous UN
Security Council urged North Korea to abandon all atomic weapons, as
it promised last year, and cancel plans to detonate a device. Japan
hinted the North could face sanctions or possible military action.
2006 Oct 6, The fledgling UN
Human Rights Council ended its second session after failing to
approve any decisions addressing the world's worst abuses. The
47-member council adjourned following a 3-week session. The US is
not a member but is an observer. Human Rights Watch said the
council, which held its first session in June and July, was a
disappointing successor to the widely discredited UN Human Rights
2007 Oct 6, US Representative
Jo Ann Davis (57), Virginia’s first Republican woman elected to
Congress, died of breast cancer.
(SSFC, 10/7/07, p.A5)
2007 Oct 6, Sofiane el-Fassila
(b.1975), an alleged mastermind (alias Hareg Zoheir, Zobeir Harkat)
of several recent suicide bombing attacks in Algeria, was shot dead
with 2 suspected accomplices in the town of Boghni. He was the
deputy chief of al Qaeda's North Africa wing and believed to be the
group's operational leader. Security officials said 8 soldiers and
four Islamic extremists have been killed in the last few days in
2007 Oct 6, International
military planes called in by Afghan security forces killed 16
rebels, apparently all foreigners, suspected of preparing an attack
in the country's east. The dead were said to be from Pakistan,
Uzbekistan and Chechnya. Two officers were killed and two others
were wounded when a bomb exploded under their car in Yaqoubi
district in Khost province. A Taliban ambush in Nuristan province
left two other officers dead. Four militants were also killed in the
clash, which occurred in the remote Kamdesh district. 2 Afghan
civilians were killed in Kunar province after speeding toward a
checkpoint without stopping. In Paktika province, a "suspicious" man
was shot and killed after being asked to halt. A suicide car bomber
attacked an American military convoy on the road to Kabul's airport,
killing a US soldier and four Afghans. In the south, in Uruzgan
province, Taliban fighters attacked an Afghan security company
guarding a road construction project, killing five of the security
guards. In Helmand province's Gereshk district, a roadside bomb
explosion killed a policeman.
(AP, 10/6/07)(AFP, 10/7/07)(AP, 10/7/07)
2007 Oct 6, The Stirling Prize,
Britain's most prestigious architecture prize, was awarded to
Germany's Museum of Modern Literature. The classically influenced
building designed by David Chipperfield Architects, opened last year
in Marbach, southwest Germany.
2007 Oct 6, In London the New
Economics Foundation think-tank said the world moved today into
"ecological overdraft," the point at which human consumption exceeds
the ability of the earth to sustain it in any year and goes into the
red. If everyone in the world had the same consumption rates as in
the US it would take 5.3 planet earths to support them, NEF said,
noting that the figure was 3.1 for France and Britain, 3.0 for
Spain, 2.5 for Germany and 2.4 for Japan.
2007 Oct 6, Jason Lewis (40), a
British adventurer, completed a 13-year trip around the world
powered by only his arms and legs. Lewis had begun the journey in
1994 with Steve Smith. The 2 men split after pedaling to Hawaii from
San Francisco. In 2005 Smith authored “Pedaling to Hawaii: A Human
Powered Adventure Across the Western Hemisphere.”
(SSFC, 10/7/07, p.A24)
2007 Oct 6, In eastern Cuba a
bus collided with a train, killing at least 28 people and injuring
2007 Oct 6, Gambia arrested 2
senior Amnesty International officials on suspicion of spying. Tania
Bernath, Amnesty International's deputy director for Africa and an
advocacy officer Ameen Ayobele, were arrested in the eastern town of
Basse after they visited an opposition politician who has been held
in detention for more than a year. Yaya Dath, a journalist with the
country's privately-owned daily Foroyaa, who was traveling with the
London-based Bernath, a British-American national and Ayobele, a
Nigerian, was also arrested. All 3 were released on bail on Oct 8.
(AFP, 10/8/07)(AFP, 10/8/07)
2007 Oct 6, Radical Shiite
cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and chief rival, Abdelaziz Hakim, reached a
truce to end bloodshed between their loyalists. The decapitated
bodies of two members of an awakening council in Iskandariyah, south
of Baghdad, were found. Both were Sunnis. In Baghdad a US soldier
was killed and three others were wounded by a roadside bombing while
they were taking part in a raid against suspected insurgents in the
(AP, 10/6/07)(SSFC, 10/7/07, p.A20)
2007 Oct 6, In western Kenya
Stanley Livindo, a ruling party candidate for parliament, was
arrested after his bodyguards allegedly shot and killed a supporter
of Kenya's largest opposition party and injured two others. The
shootings came as tens of thousands of people rallied in the capital
to kick off the presidential campaign of Raila Odinga, who has
mounted a serious challenge to President Mwai Kibaki in December
2007 Oct 6, Myanmar's junta
tried to cool growing UN pressure over its deadly crackdown on
peaceful protests, offering talks with democracy leader Aung San Suu
Kyi, and relaxing its blockage of the Internet. A day of global
protests against Myanmar's junta began in cities across Asia, after
the military regime admitted detaining hundreds of Buddhist monks
when troops turned their guns on pro-democracy demonstrators last
(AFP, 10/6/07)(AP, 10/6/07)
2007 Oct 6, Pakistan's Gen.
Pervez Musharraf swept the presidential election, according to
unofficial results, but the Supreme Court could still disqualify the
military leader in the vote boycotted by nearly all of Pakistan's
opposition. Opposition parties resigned from the parliaments and
members of Miss Bhutto’s party abstained from the vote.
(AP, 10/6/07)(Econ, 10/13/07, p.17)
2007 Oct 6, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin said former Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov will be
appointed head of the country's foreign intelligence service.
2007 Oct 6, A Saudi newspaper
said the Saudi Arabian government will temporarily release 55
prisoners recently transferred from the US military prison at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and will give each of them about $2,600 to
celebrate the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.
2007 Oct 6, A UN inspection
team found the Darfur town of Haskanita, under the control of
Sudanese troops, burned down. The destruction of the town was in
apparent retaliation for the Sep 29 rebel attack on an African Union
peacekeeping base in which 10 AU troops were killed. 7,000 residents
were forced to flee the area.
(Reuters, 10/7/07)(WSJ, 10/8/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 6, Typhoon Krosa
lashed Taiwan with strong winds and heavy rains, cutting power to
nearly half a million homes and disrupting air and sea traffic.
Krosa killed five people in Taiwan as it knocked out power to 2
million homes and drenched the island.
(AP, 10/6/07)(AP, 10/7/07)
2007 Oct 6, In Vietnam floods
and landslides followed Typhoon Lekima and killed at least 86 people
with many missing and some villages cut off and inundated by water.
(Reuters, 10/6/07)(AP, 10/7/07)(AP, 10/11/07)
2008 Oct 6, The United States
and Lebanon set up a joint military commission to bolster military
cooperation, a move that follows the first visit by the newly
elected Lebanese president to Washington.
2008 Oct 6, Stock markets
around the world fell on fears that the global financial crises will
worsen. The DJIA fell 800.06 intraday ending down 369.88 to close at
9555.50. Oil prices closed at $87.81, its lowest settlement since
(SFC, 10/7/08, p.D3)(WSJ, 10/5/08, p.C3)
2008 Oct 6, The US Supreme
Court declined a patent appeal from Dish Network forcing the company
to pay TiVo $104 million.
(SFC, 10/7/08, p.D6)
2008 Oct 6, It was reported
that Atherton, Ca., philanthropist Lorry Lokey (81) had pledged $75
million to the Stanford Univ. School of Medicine for a major stem
cell research center. In 2007 he had pledged at least $33 million.
(SFC, 10/6/08, p.B1)
2008 Oct 6, Stewart Parnell, an
executive for Peanut Butter of America, sent an e-mail saying that
delays in shipping product from a Georgia plant was costing huge
dollars. Federal investigators later found that batches of product
containing salmonella were shipped with fake lab records saying
salmonella screenings were negative. On Sep 21 Parnell was sentenced
to 28 years in prison.
(SFC, 9/22/15, p.A7)
2008 Oct 6, Three European
scientists shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in medicine for separate
discoveries of viruses that cause AIDS and cervical cancer,
breakthroughs that helped doctors fight the deadly diseases. French
researchers Francoise Barre-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier were cited
for their discovery of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV; while
Germany's Harald zur Hausen was honored for finding human papilloma
viruses that cause cervical cancer.
2008 Oct 6, Bank of America
said it will modify troubled mortgages with up to $8.4 billion in
interest rate and principal reductions for nearly 400,000 customers
of Countrywide Financial Corp., the troubled mortgage lender it
acquired last summer.
2008 Oct 6, Eli Lilly & Co.
said it would pay $70 per share for New York’s Imclone. The offer
put about $1 billion into the pocket of Bristol-Myers for its stake
in Imclone and still allowed it to share in revenue from Erbitux, a
(SFC, 10/7/08, p.D6)
2008 Oct 6, Mother’s Cookies,
an Oakland, Ca. institution for 92 years, filed for Chapter 11
bankruptcy in Delaware. Owner Catterton Partners, a private equity
firm based in Connecticut, cited failed efforts to obtain credit
(SFC, 10/9/08, p.C1)
2008 Oct 6, G7 president Robert
Zoellick said the Group of Seven is outmoded and should be replaced
with a new entity that would include growing economies in Asia and
(SFC, 10/7/08, p.D5)
2008 Oct 6, European
governments struggled to find a coordinated approach to the crisis
sweeping financial markets, as Denmark became the latest country to
guarantee bank deposits, putting more pressure on Britain and other
countries to follow.
2008 Oct 6, In France
Jean-Christophe Mitterrand, the son of a late French president, an
Israeli-Russian billionaire and 40 other people charged with
trafficking arms to war-riven Angola or taking kickbacks faced
judges in a long-awaited trial in Paris. Prosecutors alleged that
French businessman Pierre Falcone and Arkady Gaydamak, an Israeli
tycoon based in France at the time, organized the sale of Russian
arms to Angola from 1993-2000, for a total of US$791 million, in
breach of French government rules. In 2009 Falcone and Gaydamak were
sentenced to 6 years in prison.
(AP, 10/6/08)(Econ, 10/31/09, p.62)
2008 Oct 6, In France traders
at Groupe Caisse d’Epargne bank, founded in 1818, began trading in
equity derivatives hoping the market would rise. The irregular
trades were unwound at a loss of some $808 million.
(WSJ, 10/18/08, p.B1)
2008 Oct 6, Clashes between
ethnic groups in India's remote northeast killed 19 more people,
bringing the death toll from four days of violence to 49, including
15 people shot by police. Another 100,000 people have fled their
2008 Oct 6, Israeli PM Ehud
Olmert visited Moscow, aiming to focus on Russian arms sales to
Israel's enemies. By contrast, Russia hoped the meeting will bolster
its image as a Middle East peacemaker.
2008 Oct 6, A panel of
scientists met in Monaco for the 2nd international UNESCO symposium
on The Ocean in a High-CO2 World. On Jan 30, 2009, they issued the
Monaco Declaration, which summed up their deliberations, and
reported that acidity of ocean surface waters has increased 30%
since the 17th century.
(SFC, 1/31/09, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/bdtj3p)
2008 Oct 6, A suicide bomber
attacked legislator Rasheed Akbar Niwani’s house in eastern
Pakistan, killing at least 20 people and wounding more than 50.
Officials said Pakistani authorities have begun expelling Afghan
refugees from the Bajaur tribal region that has become the main
battleground between troops and fighters linked to the Taliban and
(AP, 10/6/08)(Reuters, 10/6/08)(SFC, 10/7/08,
2008 Oct 6, In northern Sri
Lanka a suspected rebel suicide bomber blew himself up inside a
crowded opposition party office, killing a former army general and
2008 Oct 6, A Nigerian UN
peacekeeper was killed when up to 60 gunmen ambushed a patrol in
Sudan's war-torn western region of Darfur.
2008 Oct 6, Switzerland's top
prosecutor charged 10 people with laundering more than US$1 billion
dollars (1.349 billion euros) during a decade-long mafia cigarette
smuggling operation. Authorities said they broke up the smuggling
ring in 2004.
2008 Oct 6, A magnitude 6.6
earthquake killed at least 10 people in Yangyi, Tibet, the hardest
hit village in Dangxiong County.
(Reuters, 10/6/08)(AP, 10/7/08)
2008 Oct 6, Turkish warplanes
bombed a Kurdish rebel hideout in northern Iraq, the third air
strike in retaliation for an attack that killed 15 soldiers three
2009 Oct 6, Three Americans
whose research in the 1960s laid the foundation for digital images
and lightning-fast communication shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in
physics for their work developing fiber-optic cable and the sensor
at the heart of digital cameras. Charles K. Kao (75) was cited for
discovering how to transmit light signals over long distances
through glass fibers as thin as a human hair. His 1966 breakthrough
led to the creation of modern fiber-optic communication networks.
Willard S. Boyle (85) and George E. Smith (79) were honored for
inventing the eye of the digital camera.
2009 Oct 6, NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) said the Spitzer Space Telescope has
discovered the biggest but never-before-seen ring around the planet
Saturn. The diffuse ring doesn't reflect much visible light and is
so huge it would take 1 billion Earths to fill it.
2009 Oct 6, The city council of
Oakland, Ca., succumbed to public pressure and rolled back parking
meter enforcement from 8 p.m. to 6 p.m. The rule had gone into
effect 3 months earlier.
(SFC, 10/7/09, p.A1)
2009 Oct 6, Afghan forces also
killed eight militants in two separate battles in Zabul and Wardak
2009 Oct 6, Australia's central
bank unexpectedly raised interest rates by a quarter point, becoming
the first major economy to increase the cost of borrowing amid signs
its recovery from the global slump is gaining momentum.
2009 Oct 6, Hilary Mantel won
the 2009 Man Booker Prize for her historical novel “Wolf Hall.” It
covered the period Henry VIII’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon and
marriage to Anne Boleyn. A sequel, “Bring Up the Bodies,” was
published in 2012.
2009 Oct 6, In London the play
“The Power of Yes,” written by Sir David Hare, opened at the Royal
(Econ, 10/10/09, p.90)
2009 Oct 6, Chechnya's
Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov won a defamation lawsuit
against a rights activist who blamed him for the killing of a
colleague whose murder sparked international outrage. Moscow's
Tverskoi district court ordered Memorial rights group chairman Oleg
Orlov to retract his statement that Kadyrov was responsible for
Natalya Estemirova's death in 2006. Kadyrov sought 10 million rubles
($330,000) in damages, but judge Tatyana Fedosova ruled that
Memorial and Orlov should only pay 70,000 rubles ($2,300 rubles).
2009 Oct 6, In Iraq a car bomb
blew up in front of a restaurant near Fallujah and killed 9 people
with dozens more wounded.
(SFC, 10/7/09, p.A2)
2009 Oct 6, In Ireland the Rev.
Aengus Finucane (77), a Roman Catholic missionary, died. He braved
the civil war in Biafra (1967-1970) as a pioneer of Irish aid
efforts worldwide. That aid effort, initially known as Concern
Africa, shortened its name to Concern in 1970 as it gained ambitions
to provide food, medical support and education in many of the
world's poorest countries. He served as the charity's chief
executive from 1981 to 1997.
2009 Oct 6, Israeli police
mobilized reinforcements from across the country to secure volatile
Jerusalem, deploying thousands of officers on city streets for fears
that two days of clashes with Palestinian protesters would escalate.
2009 Oct 6, In Kazakhstan
French President Nicolas Sarkozy scored a diplomatic coup during a
visit, overseeing an agreement to allow military hardware for French
forces fighting in Afghanistan to pass through Kazakh territory and
clinching a raft of lucrative energy deals.
2009 Oct 6, Mongolia signed a
long-awaited deal with partners Rio Tinto and Canada’s Ivanhoe Mines
to develop a $4 billion Oyu Tolgoi gold and copper mine after a
heated national debate over how to exploit the country's mineral
wealth. In September 2011 members of parliament signed a petition
asking the government to reopen negotiations on the investment
agreement that set the $10 billion project in motion.
10/29/09)(www.ivanhoemines.com/s/Home.asp)(Econ, 10/8/11, p.79)
2009 Oct 6, Moroccan police
began rounding up 276 young people and continued with an overnight
crackdown on juvenile delinquency in Sale, the twin town of the
2009 Oct 6, In Nepal landslides
triggered by 4 days of torrential rains killed at least 34 people in
various western districts.
2009 Oct 6, The Hamas
government banned motorcycle riders from carrying women on the back
seat, the latest in the militants' virtue campaign in Gaza.
2009 Oct 6, In Poland Mariusz
Kaminski, the head of the anti-corruption office, was charged with
abuse of power after a sting operation in which he encouraged his
agents to fabricate documents and offer bribes.
2009 Oct 6, In Spain part of
the secrecy surrounding the legal proceedings was lifted, new
revelations came out, including phone conversations that had been
taped by police. Francisco Correa, a Spanish businessman, faced jail
as the alleged kingpin in a network of corruption at the heart of
the country's main opposition group, the rightwing People's party.
2009 Oct 6, Syria held its
first ever fashion design competition, meant to encourage young
Syrian talents and local products.
2009 Oct 6, Turkish police used
water cannons, tear gas and pepper spray to disperse hundreds of
demonstrators protesting against the annual meetings of the
International Monetary Fund and World Bank held in Istanbul.
2009 Oct 6, In Yemen thousands
of activists were reported taking to the streets across the south
calling for independence, even as much of the central government's
army is tied up fighting a Shiite rebellion in the far north.
2010 Oct 6, Documents were
released in which the national oil spill commission's staff
described "not an incidental public relations problem" by the White
House in the wake of the April 20 accident. The report said, the
administration made erroneous early estimates of the spill's size,
and President Barack Obama's senior energy adviser went on national
TV and mischaracterized a government analysis by saying it showed
most of the oil was "gone." The analysis actually said it could
still be there. The explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11
workers, spewed 206 million gallons of oil from the damaged oil
well, and sank the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
2010 Oct 6, The American Civil
Liberties Union filed suit on behalf of Prison Legal News against a
county jail in Moncks Corner, SC, over a policy barring inmates from
having any reading material other than the Bible.
(SFC, 10/7/10, p.A6)
2010 Oct 6, An American and two
Japanese scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for finding new
ways to bond carbon atoms together, methods now widely used to make
medicines and in agriculture and electronics. Richard Heck, Ei-ichi
Negishi and Akira Suzuki were honored for their development in the
1960s and '70s of one of the most sophisticated tools available to
chemists today, called palladium-catalyzed cross coupling.
2010 Oct 6, Facebook launched a
new way for members to organize their friends, archive personal
information and a new dashboard to control personal information
sought by 3rd party applications and Web sites.
(SFC, 10/7/10, p.D1)
2010 Oct 6, Logitech introduced
Revue, a $299.99 set-top box for Google’s new TV service. The device
allows users to access websites, Internet video, digital pictures
and music from their televisions. Apple’s set-top box was introduced
on Sep 1 for $99.
2010 Oct 6, Cisco introduced
its $599 Cisco Umi, a consumer product for video chats on home TVs.
The service would also require a monthly fee of $24.99.
2010 Oct 6, Researchers
reported in the journal PLoS ONE that samples collected from hives
affected by the colony collapse disorder (CCD) indicated the
presence of a virus as well as a fungus. The two pathogens were not
found in bee colonies not affected by the syndrome.
2010 Oct 6, The US and EU said
that UN climate talks in Ttianjin, China, were making less progress
than hoped due to rifts over rising economies' emission goals, while
China pushed back and put the onus on rich nations.
2010 Oct 6, American Airlines,
British Airways and Iberia launched their transatlantic joint
business, unveiling new routes and detailing benefits for customers
that include a shared frequent flyers program.
2010 Oct 6, San Francisco
unveiled new equipment allowing luxury liners to plug into the
city’s power grid, part of an effort to cut diesel suit along the
(SFC, 10/7/10, p.C2)
2010 Oct 6, Northern Arizona
was hit by 3 tornadoes. 28 cars of a parked freight train were
derailed. 15 homes in Bellemont were made uninhabitable.
(SFC, 10/7/10, p.A8)
2010 Oct 6, It was reported
that Afghan Pres. Karzai has begun secret talks over a negotiated
end to the war. Sources said that for the first time Taliban
representatives are fully authorized to speak for the Quetta Shura,
the Afghan Taliban organization based in Pakistan, and its leader
Muhammad Omar. Taliban commander Maulawi Jawadullah, accused of
organizing deadly ambushes, roadside bombings, and abductions of
Afghan police and soldiers in northern Afghanistan, was killed in an
airstrike in Yangi Qala district. A NATO service member died in a
roadside bombing in the south. An Afghan-NATO force killed six
insurgents and destroyed a compound used for making improvised
explosive devices in Arghandab district of Kandahar province. 3
militants were killed in Zabul province during a firefight with a
joint force. 16 militants were killed in air raids and ground
fighting overnight in the Darqad, Yangi Qala and Khwaja Bahawuddin
districts of Takhar province.
(SFC, 10/6/10, p.A2)(AP, 10/7/10)(AP, 10/8/10)
2010 Oct 6, In Britain Halima
Bashir (30), a doctor who says she was gang-raped in 2004 by
Sudanese soldiers after speaking out about atrocities in Darfur, won
the Anna Politkovskaya award for women human rights defenders. She
wrote about her experiences in her memoir, "Tears of the Desert"
2010 Oct 6, In Canada Quebec
presented legislation to award Bombardier Inc a contract worth more
than C$1 billion ($980 million) to build nearly 500 subway cars for
Montreal, short-circuiting a bidding process that has dragged on for
2010 Oct 6, Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao told the EU to stop piling pressure on Beijing to revalue its
currency, saying a rapid shift could unleash disastrous social
2010 Oct 6, In Cuba a
resolution from the Foreign Relations Ministry was published into
law making the guayabera Cuba's official formal dress garment and
mandating that government officials wear them at state functions.
2010 Oct 6, Ecuador's interior
minister said 46 police officers have been detained for alleged
participation in the Sep 30 police revolt against President Rafael
Correa that claimed 5 lives.
2010 Oct 6, Ethiopia freed
opposition leader Birtukan Mideksa (36), saying it had granted a
plea for pardon from her. Birtukan and other opposition figures were
charged with plotting against the constitution in connection with
those skirmishes, but were released in 2007 after being pardoned.
She was sent back to prison in December 2008 after claiming she had
never asked for pardon.
2010 Oct 6, Former US president
Bill Clinton returned to Haiti to participate in a meeting on
rebuilding the quake-ravaged nation, as his foundation pledged
500,000 dollars to a huge tent city.
2010 Oct 6, Hungary scrambled
to contain a toxic mud spill that left four people dead and more
than 100 injured in what is being described as an ecological
catastrophe. The spill raised fears that pollution leeching from it
could reach the Danube River, which courses through Croatia, Serbia,
Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine before flowing into the Black Sea.
2010 Oct 6, Ratings agency
Fitch cut Ireland's credit worthiness another notch, citing the
country's long fight to emerge from record deficits, the toughest
bank-bailout effort in Europe and a lagging economy.
2010 Oct 6, In Italy Concetta
Serrano was participating in a live TV show that focuses on missing
people when the anchor told her brother-in-law had confessed to have
allegedly murdered her daughter. The Italian news agencies broke the
story of the alleged confession while the show was being broadcast
from inside the uncle's house in the southern Italian town of
Avetrana, where Sarah Scazzi (15) disappeared on Aug. 26.
2010 Oct 6, In Indian Kashmir
50 students arrested during months of deadly protests were released
from custody in a latest move to defuse tension in the Himalayan
2010 Oct 6, In Indonesia
helicopters dropped food to isolated villages and security forces
helped clear debris and search for survivors as the number of people
killed by floods and landslides across Asia climbed to nearly 110.
Three-quarters of the deaths were in eastern Indonesia. In Vietnam
11 bodies were recovered in the worst-hit province of Quang Binh,
where authorities were also searching for five sailors from a sunken
barge. At least seven other bodies were found in Ha Tinh province,
five in Nghe An and three in Quang Tri. On China's nearby island
province of Hainan, seven straight days of heavy rains left two
people missing and forced 64,000 to evacuate.
2010 Oct 6, In Malaysia a
newborn baby died after being snatched by a monkey from her family's
living room in Negri Sembilan state. Wildlife authorities fatally
shot the monkey, which had remained near the house and might have
been attracted by a female pet monkey the family kept in a cage.
2010 Oct 6, In Nigeria
suspected members of Boko Haram, a northern radical Muslim sect,
shot and killed Awana Ngala, the leader of the ruling All Nigeria
People's Party, the latest attack by a group that engineered a
massive prison break last month.
2010 Oct 6, In Pakistan a US
missile strike killed five people in North Waziristan. Militants
earlier attacked a depot housing 40 NATO oil tankers on the
outskirts of Quetta, killing a member of staff and destroying at
least 18 vehicles, in the fourth such attack in a week.
2010 Oct 6, Scientists unveiled
a spectacular array of more than 200 new species discovered in the
Pacific islands of Papua New Guinea, including a white-tailed mouse
and a tiny, long-snouted frog.
2010 Oct 6, Paraguayan
President Fernando Lugo returned home and resumed his office after
undergoing treatment in Brazil for a blood clot that doctors say
resulted from chemotherapy for cancer.
2010 Oct 6, In Puerto Rico FBI
agents began arresting police officers accused of corruption. Local
newspaper El Nuevo Dia reported that police and corrections officers
were among 133 people named in the federal indictments, yet to be
2010 Oct 6, Russia’s President
Dmitry Medvedev headed a top level business delegation to Algeria,
seeking to use his clout to push through delicate energy and
telecoms deals with a traditional Moscow ally. Algeria and Russia
signed six deals in sectors including energy and transportation.
(AFP, 10/6/10)(AP, 10/6/10)
2010 Oct 6, A Moscow court said
it has sentenced 3 ultranationalists, convicted of hate killings and
bombings, to long prison sentences. They were part of a militant
neo-pagan cult that preyed on labor migrants from Central Asia and
the Caucasus. From 2008-2009 they killed 10 people and arranged a
number of bombings.
(SFC, 10/7/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 6, In Somalia sporadic
clashes between Islamic fighters and government soldiers killed four
men in Mogadishu.
2010 Oct 6, Ugandan President
Yoweri Museveni called for financial support to increase his
country's troop levels in the African Union force in Somalia.
2010 Oct 6, Local media
reported that Ukraine has adopted a dress code for government
workers. The code called on men working at the Cabinet of Ministers
to wear mostly gray and dark blue suits and not wear the same suit
to work two days in a row. Women were asked to stick to business
suits and low-heeled shoes, as well as refrain from excessive makeup
2010 Oct 6, In Vietnam
fireworks intended for Hanoi's upcoming 1000th birthday celebration
exploded prematurely, killing four people and injuring three others.
2010 Oct 6, In Yemen assailants
fired a rocket at a convoy carrying Britain's No. 2 diplomat and
killed a Frenchman working for an Austrian oil company in a pair of
attacks that heightened fears over the safety of Westerners in a
country facing a growing militant threat. Hisham Assem (19), a guard
who worked at the French engineering firm SPIE, was later arrested
and charged with killing the Frenchman.
(AP, 10/6/10)(AP, 11/2/10)
2011 Oct 6, The US Justice
Dept. said Oracle Corp. has agreed to pay $199.5 million for failure
to meet contractual obligations relating to a 1998 contract for
software licenses and technical support.
(SFC, 10/7/11, p.D2)
2011 Oct 6, In Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, Annette Morales-Rodriguez (33), who had faked a
pregnancy, kidnapped Maritza Ramirez Cruz (23), killed her and cut
out her full term fetus, who died in the process.
(SFC, 10/11/11, p.A6)
2011 Oct 6, Some 300 Afghan men
and women marched through Kabul, the eve of the 10-year anniversary
of the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan, to condemn the United
States as occupiers and demand the immediate withdrawal of all
foreign troops. A NATO service member died, but NATO did not
disclose any other details.
(Reuters, 10/6/11)(AP, 10/7/11)
2011 Oct 6, Australian police
said they have disrupted an international people smuggling ring by
arresting two suspected key players in the syndicate following a
10-month undercover sting operation.
2011 Oct 6, Australian actress
Diane Cilento (78), who was once married to James Bond actor Sean
Connery, died. In 1956 she was nominated for a Tony Award for her
portrayal of Helen of Troy in the play "Tiger at the Gates." She
received an Academy Award nomination in 1963 for best supporting
actress for her work in the movie "Tom Jones."
2011 Oct 6, In Bahrain Ahmed
Jaber al-Qatan (16) was hit by bird shot used by anti-riot police
during a demonstration in western Manama. The interior ministry
confirmed his death the next day, saying the youth died of a cardiac
2011 Oct 6, The Bank of England
launched a second round of quantitative easing to defend Britain's
faltering economy against the euro zone debt crisis, pledging to buy
75 billion pounds of assets with new money in a dramatic move to
stave off recession.
2011 Oct 6, Britain and
Switzerland signed an agreement to tax money kept by British
residents in secret Swiss bank accounts, a move which could net the
British government billions of pounds and help Swiss banking clean
up its image. The deal, which must still be approved by the
parliaments of both countries, should come into force in 2013.
2011 Oct 6, The British
Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) said it is to cut around 2,000 jobs
as the publicly-funded broadcaster makes savings as part of
government efforts to reduce a record deficit.
2011 Oct 6, Chilean police used
water canons and tear gas to break up a student march hours after
talks with government regarding public education collapsed. By day's
end, 168 had been arrested in the capital, and more than 100 more
around Chile. Police said 25 officers and five civilians were
(SFC, 10/7/11, p.A2)(AP, 10/7/11)
2011 Oct 6, The European Court
of Human Rights ruled that France did not violate George Soros'
rights when convicting him of insider trading, defeating a
years-long effort by the billionaire financier to clear his name. He
was fined euro2.2 million in 2002, for purchasing shares in French
bank Societe Generale in 1988, days after being informed about a
planned takeover bid for the bank.
2011 Oct 6, India-owned Airtel,
one of the west African nation's biggest telecom firms, said
that more than five million telephone subscribers in Nigeria have
been cut off after protesters attacked an exchange. The protesters,
members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the nation's central
labor movement, were protesting against the alleged casualisation of
workers in Airtel and the dismissal of 3,000 employees, charges
denied by the company.
2011 Oct 6, Israel's supreme
court barred nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu (56) from
emigrating on the grounds he still poses a threat to state security.
Vanunu served 18 years behind bars for disclosing the inner workings
of Israel's Dimona nuclear plant to Britain's Sunday Times newspaper
2011 Oct 6, Human Rights Watch
said that 13 military leaders from both sides of Ivory Coast's
political divide committed war crimes during months of postelection
violence in the West African nation, and called on the government to
prosecute all suspects equally.
2011 Oct 6, Mexican marines
arrested 8 members of the Jalisco New Generation gang. The suspects
told them where 32 bodies were hidden in Veracruz state. Marines
also arrested 12 members of the rival Zetas gang, including a man
alleged to be their operations leader in Veracruz. A Nuevo Leon
state official said several police officers allowed a violent drug
gang to hold kidnap victims in a local jail while ransom payments
were being negotiated.
(AP, 10/7/11)(SFC, 10/8/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 6, Mexican police
arrested four men and a woman for allegedly helping force women to
work as prostitutes in Mexico and the United States.
2011 Oct 6, In northern Nigeria
10 people died in a truck crash, the third reported incident of its
kind in the last week.
2011 Oct 6, Philippine police
rescued a government midwife kidnapped by al-Qaida-linked militants
after a brief firefight near Parang township on Jolo island.
Evangeline Taverisma (55) was kidnapped on Aug 3. An army soldier
was killed and three others wounded in the gunbattle near Esperanza
town in southern Agusan del Sur province. Troops captured a New
People's Army encampment and 12 assault rifles and hit several of
the undetermined number of rebels.
2011 Oct 6, Desmond Tutu's
last-ditch appeal to South Africa to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama
on the eve of his 80th birthday was rejected, marring the start of
the celebrations. The Dalai Lama cancelled a planned trip to South
Africa because of delays with his visa, provoking a furious response
from Tutu who blasted President Jacob Zuma's government as worse
than apartheid and accused him of kowtowing to China.
2011 Oct 6, The Nobel Prize in
literature was awarded to Sweden’s top poet Tomas Transtromer (80).
2011 Oct 6, Syrian activists
said clashes between troops and deserters killed 12 people, as
Western powers sought to pressure Syria over its crackdown on
2011 Oct 6, The humanitarian
group Doctors Without Borders says it is ending its operations in
Thailand after 35 years because it could not reach agreement with
the government on conditions under which it could provide medical
care to illegal migrants.
2011 Oct 6, The UN said
increased access to technology that allows parents to know the sex
of their fetus has left Asia short of 117 million women, mostly in
China and India.
2011 Oct 6, A United Nations
report said Honduras and El Salvador have the highest homicide rates
in the world. Honduras had 6,200 killings in 2010 out of a
population of 7.7 million people, while El Salvador with 6.1 million
people had 4,000 homicides.
2011 Oct 6, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez announced that his government will expropriate
homes on the Caribbean resort islands of Los Roques, saying the
structures were built on plots bought in shadowy business deals.
2012 Oct 6, Arkansas
Republicans tried to distance themselves from a Republican state
representative's assertion that slavery was a "blessing in disguise"
and a Republican state House candidate who advocates deporting all
Muslims. The claims were made in books written, respectively, by
Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro and House candidate Charlie Fuqua of
2012 Oct 6, San Francisco
police arrested 11 men and nine women as protesters marched through
the financial district and tossed projectiles at officers. Police
believed the anarchist group known as Black Bloc was involved.
(SFC, 10/9/12, p.C3)
2012 Oct 6, In eastern
Afghanistan insurgents killed two American troops in Wardak
province, an area that has seen heavy fighting in recent months. An
Afghan policeman was killed and another was wounded when a
remote-controlled bomb planted on a motorbike was detonated in
Sangin district of Helmand province. A roadside bomb killed another
Afghan policeman in Kandahar city.
2012 Oct 6, Cuban authorities
released noted blogger Yoani Sanchez more than a day after she was
taken into custody near the eastern city of Bayamo, where she
traveled for a Spanish man's trial over a car crash that killed
another prominent dissident.
2012 Oct 6, French police
carried out raids across the country after DNA on a grenade that
exploded last Sep 19 at a kosher grocery store led them to a
suspected jihadist cell of young Frenchmen recently converted to
Islam. A man named by police as Jeremy Louis-Sydney, was killed by
police after he opened fire on them, slightly wounding three
officers in the eastern city of Strasbourg. Eleven other suspects
were arrested across the country. Some of the 12 suspected cell
members arrested over the weekend appeared to have plans to go to
Syria to fight in its civil war.
(AP, 10/6/12)(AP, 10/10/12)
2012 Oct 6, Israel scrambled
fighter jets to intercept a drone that crossed deep into Israeli
airspace from the Mediterranean Sea, shooting the aircraft down over
the country's southern desert. Suspicion quickly fell on the
Iranian-backed, Lebanese Islamic militant group Hezbollah.
2012 Oct 6, The Mexican navy
nabbed Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, a suspected Zetas cartel
leader. He was captured in Nuevo Laredo and was believed to have
masterminded the massacre of 72 migrants in Tamaulipas state in
(SFC, 10/9/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 6, In Morocco some
1,000 judges held an unprecedented sit-in in front of the Supreme
Court in Rabat calling for greated independence for the judiciary.
(SSFC, 10/7/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 6, A North Korean
soldier killed two of his superiors and defected to South Korea
across the countries' heavily armed border in a rare crossing that
prompted South Korean troops to immediately beef up their border
2012 Oct 6, Thousands of
Pakistanis headed toward the militant-riddled tribal belt to protest
US drone strikes — even as a Pakistani Taliban faction warned
suicide bombers would stop the demonstration. 32 Americans from the
US-based anti-war group CODEPINK joined ex-cricket star Imran Khan
for the march.
(AP, 10/6/12)(SSFC, 10/7/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 6, In central Peru
Marxist Shining Path rebels burned 3 helicopters being used by a gas
pipeline consortium at a jungle airstrip in Kiteni.
(SSFC, 10/7/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 6, Philippine troops
captured New People’s Army regional chief Benjamin Mendoza (43) and
three other suspected insurgents outside their hideout in suburban
(SSFC, 10/7/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 6, Syrian soldiers
clashed with two armed groups that infiltrated from Lebanon, killing
several of them.
2012 Oct 6, Turkish artillery
fired into Syria for the fourth day in a row, retaliating for mortar
shells that landed in Turkish territory. Rebels clashed with Syrian
government troops in the border area, activists said, as fears
revived that the Syrian crisis could spiral into a regional
2012 Oct 6, The pope's butler
was convicted of stealing the pontiff's private documents and
leaking them to a journalist in the gravest Vatican security breach
in recent memory. Paolo Gabriele was sentenced to 18 months in
prison, but the Vatican said a papal pardon was likely.
2013 Oct 6, In southern
Afghanistan 4 US soldiers were killed by an IED during a NATO
(Reuters, 10/6/13)(SFC, 10/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 6, In Afghanistan
Germany handed control of a key military base in the country's
northern province of Kunduz to Afghan security forces. German troops
had spent almost a decade there as part of the international effort
to combat Taliban insurgents.
2013 Oct 6, CAR officials said
14 people have been killed in violent clashes that began last week
between Christians and Muslims in the isolated town of Bangassou.
2013 Oct 6, In China about 60
people were injured when security forces fired into a crowd of
Tibetan residents who were demanding the release of a fellow
villager detained for protesting orders to display the national
flag. Police also fired tear gas at those protesting in Biru county
in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
2013 Oct 6, In Egypt dozens of
people were killed in clashes across the country between security
forces and supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. 48
people died in Cairo and 9 in other parts of the country.
(AFP, 10/6/13)(Reuters, 10/7/13)(AFP, 10/8/13)
2013 Oct 6, Iran's nuclear
chief said that authorities arrested four workers in an alleged
sabotage plot involving one of the country's nuclear facilities.
2013 Oct 6, In northern Iraq
suicide car bombers attacked an elementary school and a police
station in Qabak, a small Shiite Turkomen village. The dead included
12 children, the school principal and 2 policemen. Another on foot
detonated his payload among Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad, killing at
least 12 people. Attacks altogether killed at least 33 people.
(AP, 10/6/13)(SFC, 10/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 6, In Morocco
thousands of unemployed graduates marched through Rabat demanding
jobs in the public sector, weeks before parliament is due to debate
planned budget cuts.
2013 Oct 6, In Syria at least 8
people were killed by mortar fire that hit a Christian neighbourhood
in central Damascus. Government forces reopened a key road leading
to the embattled northern city of Aleppo after heavy fighting with
rebels that left casualties on both sides.
(AFP, 10/6/13)(AP, 10/7/13)
2013 Oct 6, In Syria
international inspectors began the enormous task of destroying
Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons and the machinery used to
2013 Oct 6, In Yemen gunmen
shot dead a German security guard employed by the German embassy as
he was leaving a market in Sanaa.
2014 Oct 6, The US Supreme
Court denied review of cases in five states that had limited
marriage to opposite sex couples. This in effect granted equal
marriage rights to gays and lesbians in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah,
Virginia and Wisconsin.
(SFC, 10/7/14, p.A1)
2014 Oct 6, A US federal judge
ruled that a “five-second rule” to keep protesters from remaining in
place, imposed by police in Ferguson, Mo. following protests over
the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, was unconstitutional.
(TIME, 10/20/14, p.13)
2014 Oct 6, NYC’s Hilton
Worldwide announced that the Waldorf Astoria, opened in 1893 on the
site of millionaire William Waldorf Astor's Fifth Avenue mansion,
has been sold to a Chinese insurance company for $1.95 billion.
Waldorf's cousin and fellow millionaire John Jacob Astor IV
reconstructed the hotel a few years later at a nearby location. It
was torn down in 1929, making way for another landmark: the Empire
State Building. The Waldorf Astoria has been at its current location
on Park Avenue since 1931.
2014 Oct 6, A US-British
scientist, John O'Keefe, and a Norwegian husband-and-wife research
team, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser, won the Nobel Prize in
medicine for discovering the brain's navigation system — the inner
GPS that helps us find our way in the world.
2014 Oct 6, Richard Branson's
Virgin Atlantic said it will shut its short-haul domestic service in
Britain, partly owing to a lack of demand for connections with its
2014 Oct 6, Brittany Maynard
(29), a newlywed diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor, posted a video
about her decision to take control over how she dies. She
tentatively selected Nov 1 as her date of death in Oregon. The
former California teacher moved to Oregon after learning that
California was not among the five US states that allowed access to a
lethal drug for terminal illness. Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and
Washington states also allowed access to the lethal drug.
(SFC, 10/13/14, p.A1)(SFC, 11/3/14, p.A1)
2014 Oct 6, In southern China 5
people were killed in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory
in Lanjiang village, Guizhou province.
2014 Oct 6, In Hong Kong
pro-democracy protests subsided as students and civil servants
returned to school and work after more than a week of
demonstrations, but activists vowed to keep up their campaign of
2014 Oct 6, In Iraq a suicide
bomber rammed an explosives-laden armored vehicle into houses used
by Shiite militiamen north of Samarra, killing at least 17 people.
2014 Oct 6, Typhoon Phanfone
lashed Japan with torrential rain after killing at least one person,
forcing the cancellation of flights and prompting warnings to more
than 200,000 people to evacuate their homes.
2014 Oct 6, In Kashmir tens of
thousands of villagers fled their homes as Indian and Pakistani
troops bombarded each other with gunfire and mortar shells over the
border separating their portions of the disputed region. 9 civilians
(AP, 10/6/14)(AP, 10/7/14)
2014 Oct 6, Kenyan President
Uhuru Kenyatta told the nation in an address before parliament that
he would temporarily step down as president while attending a
hearing at the International Criminal Court this week insisting that
he be a private citizen during the court hearing and not the first
president to sit before the court.
2014 Oct 6, Liberia's Justice
Minister Christiana Tah stepped down, saying President Ellen Johnson
Sirleaf blocked her investigation into fraud allegations against the
country's National Security Agency (NSA), which is headed by the
2014 Oct 6, A Macedonian court
convicted 17 people in the country's first espionage trial since it
proclaimed independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.
2014 Oct 6, Mexican federal
forces disarmed the entire police corps of Iguala and took over
security after officers were accused of colluding with a gang in
violence that left 43 students missing.
2014 Oct 6, In Nepal a bus
crowded with holiday travelers veered off a remote mountain road,
killing at least 25 and critically injuring many more.
2014 Oct 6, The Pakistani
Taliban denied reports at the weekend that it had pledged allegiance
to the Islamic State movement fighting in Syria and Iraq, saying
that its statement to the media had been misinterpreted.
2014 Oct 6, In Poland a methane
blast occurred 660 meters (1,265 feet) below the surface at the
Myslowice-Wesola mine near the city of Katowice. The body of one
missing miner was later recovered. 30 miners were hospitalized with
burns and 2 died later from their burns.
2014 Oct 6, Russian opposition
politician Vladimir Ashurkov announced on Twitter that he was
seeking asylum in the UK due to political persecution by
authorities. Ashurkov was the right-hand man of anticorruption
blogger Alexei Navalny, who had been under house arrest since
(SFC, 10/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 6, In Spain nursing
assistant Teresa Romero was diagnosed with Ebola. She had cared for
a Spanish priest who died of the disease last month. 4 other people
were quarantined and her dog was ordered killed.
(SFC, 10/8/14, p.A3)(Econ, 10/11/14, p.62)
2014 Oct 6, Sweden’s minority
center-left coalition of Social Democrats and Greens agreed to
demands by the Left Party to restrict the profit private firms can
make in welfare and education - a key condition to get the
non-government party to support the budget bill, which it will
present in the coming weeks.
2014 Oct 6, Syrian government
forces seized control of a strategic area outside Damascus used by
rebels to fire mortar shells at the capital. The Islamic State
raised its flag on a building on the outskirts of the frontier town
of Kobani after an assault of almost three weeks, but the town's
Kurdish defenders said its fighters had not reached the city center.
At least 30 people were killed in two suicide attacks on two
checkpoints run by Kurdish fighters in the northeastern city of
(AFP, 10/6/14)(Reuters, 10/6/14)
2014 Oct 6, In Tanzania 7
people accused of witchcraft were burned alive in the village of
Murufiti. Police soon arrested 23 people in connection with the
2014 Oct 6, Ukraine officials
said 7 civilians and 5 government soldiers have been killed in the
past day of clashes with pro-Russian insurgents despite a truce
between the two sides.
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