1047 Oct 9, Pope Clement II
(PTA, 1980, p.296)
1192 Oct 9, Richard Coeur de
Lion left Jerusalem in disguise. [see Sep 21, 1192]
1261 Oct 9, Dionysius, the
Justified, king of Portugal (1279-1325), was born.
1290 Oct 9, Last of 16,000
English Jews, expelled by King Edward I, left. The country was on
the verge of bankruptcy. The debt to Jewish bankers was written off
and all Jews were expelled from England. The Medicis and other
northern Italian bankers were invited as a replacement.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, BR p.3)(MC, 10/9/01)
1446 Oct 9, The Korean alphabet
known as hangul, created under the aegis of King Sejong, was first
published. This day was later made a national holiday.
(AP, 10/9/07)(Econ, 10/10/15, p.40)
1470 Oct 9, Henry VI of England
was restored to the throne.
1562 Oct 9, Gabriel Fallopius,
anatomist (discovered fallopian tubes), died in Modena, Italy.
1582 Oct 9, 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)
1604 Oct 9, "Kepler's Nova" was
1st sighted. Kepler saw the supernova on Oct 17.
1635 Oct 9, Religious dissident
Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony (Mass.
Bay Company). He became a founder of Rhode Island. Enforcement was
delayed until the following January due to illness.
(AP, 10/9/01)(AH, 4/07, p.26)
1701 Oct 9, The Collegiate
School of Connecticut -- later Yale University -- was chartered in
New Haven, Conn. It was the first US school to award a doctorate
degree. [see Oct 16]
(SFC, 5/25/96, p.A9)(SF C, 3/8/96, p.E3)(AP,
1757 Oct 9, Charles X, last
Bourbon king of France (1824-30), was born.
1760 Oct 9, Austrian and
Russian troops entered Berlin and began burning structures and
1767 Oct 9, The survey party of
Mason and Dixon came to a halt after 233 miles when Indians of the
Six Nations said they had reached the end of their commission. [see
(ON, 2/04, p.10)
1776 Oct 9, A group of Spanish
missionaries settled in present-day San Francisco.
1779 Oct 9, The Luddite riots
being in Manchester, England in reaction to machinery for spinning
1781 Oct 9, General George
Washington commenced a bombardment of the Lord Cornwallis's
encircled British forces at Yorktown, Virginia (Battle of Yorktown
Revolutionary War). For eight days Lord Cornwallis endured the
Americans heavy bombardment and had no choice but to surrender his
9,000 troops. It was considered that Washington had achieved the
inconceivable with victory at Yorktown and that the British were
(HN, 10/9/99)(MC, 10/9/01)
1797 Oct 9, In Lithuania
Elijahu ben Solomon Zalman (b.1720), the Great Gaon of Vilnius,
died. He was one of the most influential Rabbinic authorities since
the Middle Ages.
1812 Oct 9, American Lieutenant
Jesse Duncan Elliot captured two British brigs, the Detroit and
Caledonia on Lake Erie in the War of 1812. Elliot set the brig
Detroit ablaze the next day in retaliation for the British capture
seven weeks earlier of the city of Detroit.
1813 Oct 9, Giuseppe Verdi,
Italian composer (Traviata, Rigoletto, Aida), was born. [see Oct 10]
1822 Oct 9, George Sykes
(d.1880), Major General (Union volunteers), was born.
1825 Oct 9, The first Norwegian
immigrants to America, sailing form Stavanger, arrived on the sloop
(HN, 10/9/98)(SSFC, 4/21/13, p.H4)
1831 Oct 9, Ioannis
Kapodistrias (b.1776), the first head of state of independent Greece
(1827–33), died. He is considered as the founder of the modern Greek
State and the founder of Greek independence.
1835 Oct 9, Camille
Saint-Saens, composer (Carnival of the Animals, Organ Symphony,
Samson et Dalilah), was born in Paris, France.
1837 Oct 9, Francis Parker,
educator and founder of progressive elementary schools, was born.
1855 Oct 9, Isaac Singer
patented sewing machine motor.
1855 Oct 9, Joshua Stoddard of
Worcester, Mass., patented the 1st calliope.
1858 Oct 9, Gerard L.F.
Philips, Dutch engineer and manufacturer, was born.
1859 Oct 9, Alfred Dreyfus,
French artillery officer who was falsely accused of giving French
military secrets to foreign powers, was born.
1863 Oct 9, Confederate cavalry
raiders returned to Chattanooga having attacked Union General
William Rosecrans’ supply and communication lines all around east
1863 Oct 9, Battle of Brady
Station, Va. (Culpeper Court House, Bristoe Station).
1864 Oct 9, At the Battle of
Tom's Brook the Confederate cavalry that harassed Sheridan's
campaign was wiped by Custer and Merrit's cavalry divisions.
1867 Oct 9, The Russians
formally transferred Alaska to the US. The U.S. had bought Alaska
for $7.2 million in gold.
1872 Oct 9, Aaron Montgomery
Ward (1844-1913), a young traveling salesman of dry goods, started
his mail-order business. The catalog of Aaron Montgomery Ward was
the first to be called a "Wish Book." The 1871 Chicago fire had
destroyed his initial inventory.
p.A1)(SFEC, 5/30/99, Z1 p.8)(SFC, 12/29/00, p.A12)
1873 Oct 9, Charles Rudolph
Walgreen, “the father of the modern drugstore" was born.
1874 Oct 9, In Switzerland the
Universal Postal Union (UPU) was established by the Treaty of Bern.
Prior to this each country had to prepare a separate postal treaty
with other nations if it wished to carry international mail to or
1879 Oct 9, Max von Laue,
German physicist, was born.
1888 Oct 9, The
Washington Monument, designed by Robert Mills, was completed and the
public was first admitted. Steam powered elevators carried visitors
to the top in 12 minutes. It underwent a $1.5 million renovation in
1998. In 1903 Frederick L. Harvey authored “History of the
Washington National Monument and Washington National Monument
Association." In 1995 Craig and Katherine Doherty authored “The
(SFC, 5/23/98, p.A3)(ON, 3/00, p.10)(HN, 10/9/00)
1899 Oct 9, Bruce Catton, U.S.
historian and journalist, famous for his works on the Civil War, was
1906 Oct 9, Joseph F. Glidden,
inventor (barbed wire), died.
1909 Oct 9, Jacques Tati,
French actor and director, was born.
1914 Oct 9, German troops took
Antwerp after a 12-day siege in WW I crushing the resistance of over
100,000 Belgian troops and violating Belgian neutrality.
(HN, 10/9/98)(MC, 10/9/01)
1915 Oct 9, Woodrow Wilson
became the 1st president to attend a World Series game.
1915 Oct 9, Belgrade, Serbia,
surrendered to Central leaders.
1918 Oct 9, E Howard Hunt,
involved in Watergate break-in, was born in Hamburg, NY.
1919 Oct 9, The Cincinnati Reds
won the World Series, defeating the Chicago White Sox 10-5 at
Comiskey Park. The victory turned hollow amid charges eight of the
White Sox had thrown the Series in what became known as the "Black
1922 Oct 9, Fyvush Finkel,
actor (Middle Ages, Picket Fences, Boston Public), was born.
1928 Oct 9, Marcel Pagnol's
"Topaz," premiered in Paris.
1929 Oct 9, G. Kaufman's and R.
Lardner's musical "June Moon," premiered NYC.
1930 Oct 9, Laura Ingalls
became the first woman to fly across the United States as she
completed a nine-stop journey from Roosevelt Field in New York to
1933 Oct 9, Bill Tidy, English
cartoonist (Fosdyke Saga), was born.
1934 Oct 9, In Marseilles, a
Macedonian revolutionary associated with Croat terrorists in Hungary
assassinated King Alexander of Yugoslavia and French Foreign
Minister Louis Barthou. The two had been on a tour of European
capitals in quest of an alliance against Nazi Germany. The
assassinations brought the threat of war between Yugoslavia and
Hungary, but confrontation was prevented by the League of Nations.
1937 Oct 9, Brian Blessed,
English actor (King Arthur, High Road to China, Hamlet, Henry V),
1938 Oct 9, Copland’s ballet
"Billy the Kid," premiered in Chicago. [see Oct 16]
1940 Oct 9, Otto Kallir, owner
of the Galerie St. Etienne in Manhattan, opened a show featuring the
art work of Anna Mary Moses (77). A reported embellished her name as
Grandma Moses. Three paintings of 34, priced from $20-250, were
sold. Her popularity rose rapidly following a Thanksgiving show at
Gimbels department store.
(ON, 8/20/11, p.11)
1940 Oct 9, John Winston Lennon
(d.1980) was born in Liverpool, England. Composer; musician; one
fourth of the idolized rock group, The Beatles; 2nd wife was Yoko
Ono he had two children Julian (from his first wife who he mostly
abandoned emotionally and financially) and Sean. On December 8,
1980, John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City
apartment building. "The unknown is what it is. And to be frightened
of it is what sends everybody scurrying around chasing dreams,
illusions, wars, peace, love, hate, all that. Unknown is what it is.
Accept that it's unknown and it's plain sailing."
(HN, 10/9/98)(AP, 12/8/98)(MC, 10/9/01)
1941 Oct 9, President Franklin
D. Roosevelt requested congressional approval for arming U.S.
1943 Oct 9, Alexander Fleming
reported in Lancet the 1st successful treatment of streptococcal
meningitis with intramuscular and intrathecal (directly into the
spinal fluid) injections of the just-purified penicillin.
(WSJ, 10/17/02, p.A19)
1943 Oct 9, A Luftwaffe
squadron operating from Rhodes lost several Stukas to allied ships
and aircraft. In 2006 Greek divers raised the wreckage of a Stuka
bomber, believed to be one of the lost planes.
1946 Oct 9, The Eugene O'Neill
drama "The Iceman Cometh" opened at the Martin Beck Theater in New
1946 Oct 9, The 1st
manufactured electric blanket sold for $39.50.
1949 Oct 9, Harvard Law School
began admitting women.
1949 Oct 9, In Austria general
elections brought losses to both the People’s Party and the
Socialists. Many former Nazis rallied behind the new Union of
Independents. The government was composed of a coalition of the
People’s Party and the Socialists.
(EWH, 1968, p.1185)
1950 Oct 9, U.N. forces, led by
the First Cavalry Division, crossed the 38th parallel in South Korea
and began attacking northward towards the North Korean capital of
1953 Oct 9, British troops in
Guyana deposed Dr. Jagan and charged that he and his party "were
under the complete control of a communist clique." Dr. Jagan
responded with a civil disobedience campaign and was quickly jailed
for 6 months. In 2011 declassified documents revealed that the UK
under PM Winston Churchill overthrew the elected government of
British Guiana, later Guyana, because he feared its left-wing
leader, Cheddi Jagan, and his American wife, Janet Jagan, were
leading the British colony into the arms of the Soviet Union.
(SFC, 3/7/96, p.A24)(AP, 8/25/11)
1953 Oct 9, Conrad Adenauer was
elected West German chancellor.
1958 Oct 9, Pope Pius XII
(1939-58), Eugenio Pacelli, died. He was succeeded by Pope John the
23rd. In 1999 John Cornwell published "Hitler's Pope: The Secret
History of Pius XII."
(WSJ, 4/25/97, p.A18)(AP, 10/9/00)(SFC, 9/7/99,
1961 Oct 9, US members of
communist party were obliged to report themselves to Police.
1961 Oct 9, Volcano eruptions
continued on Tristan de Cunha in the South Atlantic. [see Oct 1]
1962 Oct 9, Uganda became an
independent state within the Britain Commonwealth. [see Mar 1]
(PCh, 1992, p.984)(SFC, 5/4/96, P.A-10)(AP,
1963 Oct 9, British premier
Harold MacMillan resigned.
1963 Oct 9, A dam in Piave
valley of Italy, broke and about 2,000 died.
1963 Oct 9, In South Africa
indictments began for the Rivonia trial and resulted in the jailing
of Nelson Mandela and Govan Mbeki. In 1999 Glenn Frankel authored
"Rivonia's Children." White activists (Joe Slovo and his wife Ruth
First, Rusty and Hilda Bernstein, and Anna Marie and Harold Wolpe)
of the South African Communist Party, involved in the trial, fled
into exile. The trial was named after the area where the ANC members
10/4/99, p.A40)(SFC, 7/18/02, p.A26)(SFC, 12/6/13, p.A18)
1965 Oct 9, Beatles'
"Yesterday," single went #1 and stays #1 for 4 weeks.
1967 Oct 9, Joseph Pilates
(b.1883), German-born physical trainer, died in NYC. Pilates wrote
several books, including “Return to Life through Contrology" (1945)
and “Your Health," He was also a prolific inventor.
1967 Oct 9, The British Road
Safety Act, providing for use of the "breathalyser" (or
breathalyzer) to detect intoxicated motorists, went into effect.
1967 Oct 9, Che Guevara
(b.1928), Argentine/Cuban revolutionary, was executed in Bolivia. A
major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become
a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia
in popular culture.
1968 Oct 9, Pierre Mulele,
Congolese rebel leader, was publicly tortured and executed in the
Congo [some sources give October 3].
1968 Oct 9, The new military
government of Peru seized the country's oil fields.
1969 Oct 9, Matsutaro Shoriki
(b.1885), Japanese media mogul, died.
1970 Oct 9, The Khmer Republic
(Cambodia) declared independence.
1971 Oct 9, In Argentina an
armed uprising challenged Gen’l’. Lanusse but he secured the backing
of the Navy and Air Force and broke the challenge.
(SFC, 8/27/96, p.A17)(http://tinyurl.com/5ubr76)
1973 Oct 9, Sister Rosetta
Tharpe (b.1915), pioneering gospel singer and recording artist,
died. She became the first great recording star of Gospel music in
the late 1930s and also became known as the "original soul sister"
of recorded music. In 2007 Gayle F. Wald authored “Shout, Sister,
Shout: The Untold story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta
1974 Oct 9, Czech-born German
businessman Oskar Schindler, credited with saving about 1,200 Jews
during the Holocaust, died in Frankfurt, West Germany; at his
request, he was buried in Jerusalem. His wife Emilie died in 2001.
(AP, 10/9/99)(SSFC, 10/7/01, p.A29)
1975 Oct 9, Soviet scientist
Andrei Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1978 Oct 9, Larry Singleton
(1927-2001), rapist, was arrested in Sparks, Nev. He was later
convicted of raping and mutilating Mary Vincent (15) of Las Vegas.
1978 Oct 9, Jacques Brel
(b.1929), Belgian-born French cabaret singer, died. He was buried at
Atuona on the Marquesas Island of Hiva Oa. An American musical revue
of his songs, “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,"
debuted in 1968 and has played around the world since.
1982 Oct 9, Anna Freud
(b.1895), Austrian-English psychoanalyst and daughter of Sigmund
Freud, died in London.
1983 Oct 9, The president of
South Korea, Chun Doo Hwan, with his cabinet and other top officials
were scheduled to lay a wreath on a monument in Rangoon, Burma, when
a bomb exploded. Hwan had not yet arrived so escaped injury, but 17
Koreans, including the deputy prime minister and two other cabinet
members, and two Burmese were killed. North Korea was blamed. In the
“Rangoon Massacre" a terrorist attack plotted by North Korea killed
17 South Korean officials on a visit to Burma.
(WSJ, 9/9/96, p.A18)(HN, 10/9/98)
1984 Oct 9, A cooperation
agreement between the European Community and the Yemen Republic was
signed in Brussels.
1985 Oct 9, In NYC Central
Park's Strawberry Fields was dedicated.
1985 Oct 9, The hijackers of
the Achille Lauro cruise liner surrendered after the ship arrived in
Port Said, Egypt.
1986 Oct 9, The musical
"Phantom of the Opera" premiered in London.
1986 Oct 9, The US Senate
convicted US District Judge Harry E. Claiborne (1917-2004) making
him 5th federal official to be removed from office through
impeachment. He had been indicted by a federal grand jury for
bribery, fraud, and tax evasion in December of 1983.
1987 Oct 9, Supreme Court
nominee Robert H. Bork, his rejection by the Senate a virtual
certainty, angrily told reporters he would not ask that his
nomination be withdrawn.
1987 Oct 9, Clare Boothe Luce
(b.1903), former journalist, playwright and congresswoman, died in
Washington DC. Her biography by Sylvia Jukes Morris, "Rage for Fame:
The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce," was published in 1997.
(SFEC, 6/1/97, BR
1988 Oct 9, Felix Wankel
(b.1902), developer of Wankel rotary engine, died in Germany.
1988 Oct 9, Yugoslav President
Raif Dizdarevic warned citizens in a national radio and television
address that continued nationalist and economic unrest could lead to
a state of emergency.
1989 Oct 9, The San Francisco
Giants won the National League championship by defeating the Chicago
1989 Oct 9, The official Soviet
news agency Tass reported that a spaceship of some kind, complete
with a trio of tall aliens, had visited a park in the city of
1990 Oct 9, President Bush told
a news conference he would be willing to consider higher income tax
rates for the wealthy, but later appeared to back off that stand.
1990 Oct 9, David Hackett
Souter was sworn in as a US Supreme Court judge.
(NW, 7/7/03, p.48)
1991 Oct 9, President Bush
declared “total confidence" in his nominee to the U.S. Supreme
Court, Clarence Thomas, who was accused of sexual harassment by
former aide Anita Hill.
1992 Oct 9, The US 102nd
1992 Oct 9, To protect the US
food airlift, the first American forces arrived in Somalia.
1992 Oct 9, A great Peekskill
Meteorite was seen from Kentucky to NY.
1992 Oct 9, In Alabama Jack
Trawick abducted and killed college student Stephanie Gach (21) in
Birmingham. Trawick (62), a serial murderer, was executed in 2009.
1992 Oct 9, The U.N. Security
Council voted to ban all military flights over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
1993 Oct 9, Special U.S. envoy
Robert Oakley traveled to Somalia in an attempt to revive a
tentative peace agreement reached by Somali clan leaders.
1994 Oct 9, The United States
sent troops and warships to the Persian Gulf after Saddam Hussein
sent tens of thousands of elite troops and hundreds of tanks toward
the Kuwaiti border.
1994 Oct 9, In the Austrian
parliamentary election 22.6% voted extreme-right. The ruling
coalition of the Social Democratic Party and the People’s Party
retained a legislative majority but lost 23 seats.
1994 Oct 9, Israeli soldier
Nachshon Wachsman (19) was kidnapped in Lod by 4 members of Hamas.
Hamas demanded the release of a jailed Hamas leader and 200 other
fundamentalist prisoners by Oct 14.
(SFC, 3/28/09, p.A9)
1995 Oct 9, The Nobel Prize in
medicine was awarded to Edward Lewis of Caltech, Eric Wieschaus of
Princeton, and Christiane Nuesslein-Volhard of Germany's Max Planck
Inst. They all studied genes in relation to embryonic development.
They unraveled the developmental genetics of the fruit fly
Drosophila and discovered homologs of the same genes in vertebrates.
(WSJ, 10/10/95, p.A-1)(NH, 2/97, p.70)
1995 Oct 9, Nation of Islam
leader Louis Farrakhan and former NAACP exec. Benjamin Chavis
propose to lead a march of black men, “the million man march," on
Washington DC on Oct. 16.
(WSJ, 10/10/95, p.A-1)(SFC, 2/25/97, p.A10)
1995 Oct 9, Saboteurs pulled 29
spikes from a stretch of railroad track, causing an Amtrak train to
derail in Arizona; one person was killed and about 100 were injured.
1995 Oct 9, An earthquake of
7.8 magnitude shakes Mexico's Pacific coast killing at least 90 in
southern Jalisco state. An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 shook
the west coast of Mexico, killing 51 people.
(WSJ, 10/10/95, p.A-1)(AP, 10/9/00)
1996 Oct 9, In the opening game
of the American League Championship series, 12-year-old Jeffrey
Maier turned a probable fly out into a game-tying home run by
reaching over the right-field wall at Yankee Stadium and sweeping
the ball into the stands with his baseball glove. The Yankees won,
5-to-4 in 11 innings.
1996 Oct 9, Vice President Al
Gore and Jack Kemp debated in St. Petersburg, Fla.
1996 Oct 9, The Nobel Prize in
Physics went to three Americans: David Lee, Douglas Osheroff and
Robert Richardson for their work on liquid helium-3, which they
found forms a superfluid at very cold temperatures.
(SFC, 10/10/96, p.A15)(AP, 10/9/97)
1996 Oct 9, The Nobel Prize in
Chemistry went to two Americans and a Briton: Robert F. Curl,
Richard E. Smalley (b.1943) and Harold W. Kroto for their discovery
of hollow molecules of carbon called fullerenes or buckyballs first
proposed in 1985. The 60 carbon atom is called a
(SFC, 10/10/96, p.A15)(AP, 10/9/97)
1996 Oct 9, In Columbia a
heroin processing complex of four labs near Santander de Quilichao
in Cauca province was destroyed.
(SFC, 10/10/96, p.A14)
1996 Oct 9, A 6.8 earthquake,
centered off of Cyprus killed 2 and injured 21.
(SFC, 10/10/96, p.A12)
1996 Oct 9, In Mexico police
found a human skull and bones on a ranch owned by Raul Salinas.
Police were led to the site by Francisca Zetina, aka “La Paca" a
self proclaimed witch. They suspected that it was Manuel Munoz
Rocha, a federal congressman who disappeared after the 9/28/94
slaying of Ruiz Massieu. Prosecutors say that Salinas and Rocha
conspired to kill Massieu. An official autopsy showed that the found
body had undergone a previous autopsy. Later examination found that
the body was not that of Munoz Rocha but of Zetina’s father-in-law
(SFC, 10/10/96, p.A12) (SFC, 10/12/96, p.A11)
(SFC, 12/3/96, p.A12) (SFC, 2/1/97, p.A12)
1996 Oct 9, A center-right
coalition of the National, United New Zealand, the Christian
Coalition and Act New Zealand was facing a center-left coalition of
the Labor, Alliance, and New Zealand First parties for the coming
(WSJ, 10/9/96, p.A16)
1997 Oct 9, Dario Fo (71), an
Italian playwright and performer, received the Nobel Prize in
literature. The leftist playwright had been prosecuted by Italy,
denounced by Roman Catholic Church leaders and barred from the
United States. His work included: “Archangels Don’t Play Pinball"
(1960), “Mistero Biffo," (Comic Mystery) written in 1969, and
“Accidental Death of an Anarchist" (1970), "We Can’t Pay, We Don’t
Pay" (1974) and “Orgasmo Adulto Escapes From the Zoo."
(SFC, 10/10/97, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/10/97, p.A20)(SFEC,
8/23/98, DB p.13)(AP, 10/9/98)
1997 Oct 9, Bosnian Muslims won
the municipal elections in Srebrenica when refugee voters returned
to outnumber Serbs who had moved in following mass executions in
(SFC, 10/10/97, p.D5)
1997 Oct 9, In Italy Premier
Romano Prodi resigned after his Marxist allies refused to accept
welfare cuts. The 17-month old government was the first
leftist-dominated and 55th government since WW II. Pres. Oscar Luigi
Scalfaro asked Prodi to stay on as caretaker while a new government
(SFC, 10/10/97, p.D3)
1997 Oct 9, In Mexico Hurricane
Pauline swept through Acapulco and left at least 124 dead. Confirmed
deaths reached 149 with 132 from Acapulco. Hurricane Pauline claimed
more than 230 lives.
(SFC, 10/10/97, p.A1)(SFC, 10/11/97, p.A1)(SFC,
10/15/97, p.C3)(AP, 10/9/98)
1997 Oct 9, From the Republic
of Congo the UN reported that both sides have signed a cease-fire
pact. Gen’l. Sassou Nguesse signed the document that his opponents,
Pres. Pascal Lissouba and prime minister Bernard Kolelas, agreed to
sign last month.
(SFC, 10/10/97, p.D5)
1997 Oct 9, In Russia Moscow
police arrested Gennady Konyakhin, mayor of Leninsk-Kuznetsky in
Siberia, on charges of siphoning cash from the public coffers.
(SFC, 10/10/97, p.D5)
1998 Oct 9, US diplomats met
twice with Yugoslav Pres. Milosevic to resolve the crises in Kosovo
and avert a NATO attack.
(SFC, 10/10/98, p.A8)
1998 Oct 9, Ricky Shetler, a
Louisiana casino consultant, pleaded guilty in federal court to
conspiring to funnel $500,000 in cash and material goods to former
Gov. Edwin Edwards and his son Stephen beginning in 1993.
(SFC, 10/10/98, p.A7)
1998 Oct 9, In Colombia tens of
thousands of public employees continued their 3-day-old strike after
the government declared the walkout illegal. The strike was called
against cuts in public spending and a wage increase cap of 14% for
(SFC, 10/10/98, p.A14)
1998 Oct 9, The weekly Der
Spiegel reported that spinach grown near the nuclear reprocessing
plant in Sellafield, England, had doses of technetium-99 that was 7
times above EU food standards. Greenpeace in April had demonstrated
that game pigeons in the area were irradiated.
(SFC, 10/10/98, p.A9)
1998 Oct 9, In Israel Prime
Minister Netanyahu appointed Ariel Sharon (70) as foreign minister.
(SFC, 10/10/98, p.A8)(AP, 10/9/99)
1998 Oct 9, In Italy the
center-left coalition of Premier Romano Prodi lost a vote of
confidence by one vote. Pres. Oscar Luigi Scalfaro asked Prodi to
continue leading a temporary government.
(SFC, 10/10/98, p.A11)
1998 Oct 9, Russia appealed to
the EU for relief aid in the face of its worst harvest in 45 years.
The US and Canada were also asked for help.
(SFC, 10/10/98, p.A8)
1999 Oct 9, In boxing’s first sanctioned battle of
the sexes, Margaret MacGregor defeated Loi Chow by winning all four
rounds on all three judges’ cards in a promotion held in Seattle.
1999 Oct 9, The UAW and Ford
reached a tentative contract agreement that included a 3% raise on
top of increases to compensate for inflation.
(SFEC, 10/10/99, p.A2)
1999 Oct 9, Sea Launch Co. put
a Direct TV satellite into orbit in the first sea based launch.
Partners included Boeing, Kvaerner Maritime of Norway, and rocket
builders from Russia and the Ukraine.
(SFC, 10/11/99, p.A5)
1999 Oct 9, Milt Jackson,
vibraphonist for the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ), died at age 76 in
Manhattan. His compositions included "Bags' Groove," "Bluesology,"
and "The Cylinder."
(SFC, 10/12/99, p.C2)
2000 Oct 9, The Nobel Prize in
physiology or medicine was awarded to Paul Greengard and Eric Kandel
of the US and Arvid Carlsson of Sweden for research in how memory
works and for laying the foundation for the development of
anti-depressants. In 2006 Kandel authored “In search of Memory: The
Emergence of a New Science of Mind."
(SFC, 10/10/00, p.A3)(Econ, 3/4/06, p.78)
2000 Oct 9, In Chechnya 3
Russian soldiers were shot to death in Urus-Martan.
(SFC, 10/10/00, p.A13)
2000 Oct 9, The EU lifted an
oil embargo and other sanctions against Yugoslavia as Pres.
Kostunica secured the resignations of Prime Minister Momir Bulatovic
and Interior Minister Vlajko Stojilkovic.
(SFC, 10/10/00, p.A12)
2000 Oct 9, Israel backed from
a deadline against the Palestinians to stop violence in the West
Bank and Gaza.
(SFC, 10/10/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 9, In the Philippines
Gov. Luis Singson of Ilocos Sur province charged that Pres. Estrada
received over $11 million in payoffs, mostly from illegal gambling.
(SFC, 10/10/00, p.A13)
2000 Oct 9, In Spain Luis
Portero, a head state attorney for the Andalusian Superior Court,
was shot to death in Granada. The ETA was suspected.
(SFC, 10/10/00, p.A13)
2000 Oct 9, Turkey became the
9th nation to send a token humanitarian flight to Iraq.
(SFC, 10/10/00, p.A13)
2001 Oct 9, The Nobel Prize in
Physics was awarded to Eric Cornell, Carl Wiemann and Wolfgang
Ketterlie of the US for their discovery of the Bose-Einstein
condensate, a new state of matter. The condensate, which they
created in 1995, had been predicted by Einstein in 1924.
(WSJ, 10/10/01, p.A1)(SFC, 10/10/01, p.A17)(SSFC,
2001 Oct 9, The US declared air
supremacy over Afghanistan. In the first daylight raids since the
start of U.S.-led attacks on Afghanistan, jets bombed the Taliban
stronghold of Kandahar.
(SFC, 10/10/01, p.A1)(AP, 10/9/02)
2001 Oct 9, Pres. Bush
appointed Richard Clarke as special adviser for cyberspace security.
(SFC, 10/10/01, p.A4)
2001 Oct 9, Letters postmarked
in Trenton, N.J., were sent to Sens. Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy;
the letters later tested positive for anthrax.
2001 Oct 9, The 2 anthrax cases
in Florida were reported to probably have been caused by an
intentional release of the deadly bacteria.
(SFC, 10/10/01, p.A4)
2001 Oct 9, Herbert Ross (74),
director and choreographer, died in New York.
2001 Oct 9, Dagmar (Virginia
Ruth Egnor), who parlayed her dumb blonde act into television fame
in the early 1950s, died at age 79 in West Virginia.
2001 Oct 9, Abkhazia accused
Chechen and Georgian fighters of killing 14 villagers and mounting a
(WSJ, 10/10/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 9, Hurricane Iris hit
Belize with 140 mph winds. 17 members of a Virginia diving club and
2 local sailors were confirmed dead with 3 missing. Winds nearing
200 mph left 20 people dead.
(WSJ, 10/10/01, p.A1)(SFC, 10/10/01, p.A17)(SFC,
2001 Oct 9, Roberto Campos
(b.1917), Brazilian politician and diplomat, died. His autobiography
was titled “A lanterna na popa" (2001). It revised his personal
biography as well as the recent economic history of Brazil.
2001 Oct 9, Macedonia decreed
amnesty for rebels.
(WSJ, 10/10/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 9, Qatar’s Al-Jazeera
broadcast a taped video of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, an al Qaeda
spokesman, who called on Muslims to attack US interests worldwide.
(SFC, 10/10/01, p.A10)
2001 Oct 9, Pakistan cracked
down on continuing violent anti-US protests and 5 people were
killed. Some radical clerics were arrested.
(WSJ, 10/10/01, p.A1)(SFC, 10/10/01, p.A8)
2001 Oct 9, A Pakistani serial
killer, Javed Iqbal, committed suicide rather than face his
sentence. He was to be chopped up and dissolved in acid for having
abused and killed over 100 children.
(WSJ, 10/10/01, p.A1)
2002 Oct 9, Daniel Kahneman,
68, a U.S. and Israeli citizen based at Princeton University in New
Jersey and Vernon L. Smith, 75, of George Mason University in
Fairfax, Va., won the Nobel prize for economics for pioneering the
use of psychological and experimental economics in decision-making.
Kahneman, an economic behaviouralist, believed people tend to judge
their well-being relative to others rather than in absolute terms.
(AP, 10/9/02)(Econ, 8/30/03, p.56)
2002 Oct 9, West Coast
longshoremen returned to ports crammed with cargo after a lockout
that ended only after President Bush intervened.
2002 Oct 9, The space shuttle
"Atlantis" arrived at the international space station, bringing with
it a 14-ton girder.
2002 Oct 9, Newly-declassified
Pentagon reports acknowledge that the United States used deadly
chemical and biological warfare agents during Cold War military
tests on American soil and in Britain and Canada from 1962-1971.
2002 Oct 9, The DJIA fell 215
to 7,286. Nasdaq fell 15 to 1,114.
(SFC, 10/10/02, p.B1)
2002 Oct 9, Aileen Wuornos
(46), a former prostitute, was executed for killing 6 men along
Florida highways. She became the 10th woman executed in the US since
capital punishment resumed in 1977.
(SFC, 7/2/01, p.A7)(SFC, 10/10/02, p.A7)
2002 Oct 9, Dean Meyers (53) of
Gaithersburg, Md., was shot to death in Manassas, Va., in a shooting
that appeared to be linked to 6 previous sniper attacks in the area.
In 2009 sniper John Allen Muhammad (48) was executed in Virginia for
the killing of Meyers.
(SFC, 10/10/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 10/12/02, p.A4)(SFC,
2002 Oct 9, In Armenia Aram
Petrosian and Akop Khachatrian were sentenced to death for leading
an armed band that terrorized Vanadzor, killing 5 people, robbing
homes and racketeering. The government prepared to ask parliament to
abolish the moratorium on the death penalty.
2002 Oct 9, The European
Union's executive Commission declared Bulgaria, the Czech Republic,
Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania,
Slovenia, and Slovakia nearly ready for EU membership and
recommended they be invited to join in 2004. Romania and Bulgaria
likely will be delayed until 2007 because of weak economies, the
Commission said, adding Turkey was the weakest link among
2002 Oct 9, India claimed
victory after completing a turbulent state election in Indian
Kashmir which it long saw as an essential rite of passage before it
could consider talks with Pakistan.
2002 Oct 9, Koichi Tanaka (43),
research scientist for precision equipment maker Shimadzu
Corporation, won Japan's second Nobel prize. His development of
methods of analyzing proteins, along with work by John Fenn of the
United States and Kurt Wuethrich of Switzerland, paved the way for
new drugs to tackle diseases
2002 Oct 9, Morocco's king
appointed former Interior Minister Driss Jettou as prime minister,
directing him to move quickly on economic and social reforms.
2002 Oct 9, Russian census
takers officially began counting its population in the first tally
of the nation's inhabitants in 13 years. The Muslims were found to
number 14.5 million, 10% of the 145 million total.
(AP, 10/9/02)(Econ, 4/7/07, p.47)
2003 Oct 9, The new peach and
blue redesigned US $20 bill made its debut.
(WSJ, 10/10/03, p.C3)
2003 Oct 9, Scientists in
Nature reported that certain types of Navy sonar use was responsible
for whale deaths due to beaching.
(SFC, 10/9/03, p.A4)
2003 Oct 9, Rival warlords in
northern Afghanistan said that they had reached a truce after
fighting killed dozens of people.
2003 Oct 9, In Santo Antonio de
Jesus in Bahia state, Brazil, gunmen shot and killed Gerson de Jesus
Bispo, a man who spoke to a UN investigator about police death
2003 Oct 9, A British
judge ruled that former residents of the Chagos archipelago have no
right to return home or get compensation. Britain had leased Diego
Garcia, the main island, to the US in the late 1960s and barred
anyone from entering the archipelago except by permit.
2003 Oct 9, Miners angry about
a proposal to export oil through Chile clashed with riot troops near
the Bolivian capital. At least two people were killed and nine were
2003 Oct 9, In central China an
underground flood in a coal mine trapped 18 miners.
2003 Oct 9, A suicide car
bomber crashed a white Oldsmobile into a police station in Sadr
City, Iraq's largest Shiite Muslim enclave, killing himself, 8
others and wounding as many as 45. Kirk von Ackerman (37), US army
contractor, disappeared between Tikrit and Kirkuk. It was later
reported that Von Ackerman was about to report on kickbacks to a US
Army officer in Iraq. On Dec 14 Ackerman’s associate Ryan Manelick
was shot to death near Camp Anaconda. Jose Antonio Bernal Gomez,
Spanish military attache, was shot to death in Baghdad.
(AP, 10/9/03)(SFC, 10/10/03, p.A1)(AP,
10/9/04)(AP, 10/9/08)(SFC, 11/11/03, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/13/05,
2003 Oct 9, Japan's PM
Junichiro Koizumi ordered the lower house of Parliament dissolved,
paving the way for national elections that he's counting on to
strengthen his party.
2003 Oct 9, Russia's defense
minister assured NATO that Moscow is not adopting a more aggressive
nuclear stance and remains committed to cooperation with the Western
2003 Oct 9, In Russia Alexei
Sidorov, editor of the Togliatti Review, died in his wife's arms
after being stabbed several times in a parking lot hear his home. He
was the sixth Togliatti journalist slain in an apparent contract
killing in recent years.
2003 Oct 9, In northeastern
Uganda rebels attacked a refugee camp, killing 15 people, including
2004 Oct 9, A bus carrying
Chicago-area tourists to a Mississippi casino crashed and overturned
on I-55 in northeastern Arkansas, killing 15 people.
(SSFC, 10/10/04, p.A6)(AP, 10/9/05)
2004 Oct 9, Afghanistan's first
direct presidential election was thrust into turmoil hours after it
started when all 15 candidates challenging interim leader Hamid
Karzai alleged fraud over the ink meant to ensure people voted only
once and vowed to boycott the results.
(AP, 10/9/04)(SSFC, 10/10/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 9, An exit poll
conducted by an American non-profit group found that interim Afghan
president Hamid Karzai won the first-ever presidential election with
the outright majority needed to avoid a second round.
2004 Oct 9, US forces in
Afghanistan fought militants on the ground and aircraft bombed them
in a clash that left 25 rebels dead before the nation's landmark
2004 Oct 9, Prime Minister John
Howard scored a convincing victory in Australia's federal election,
winning a historic fourth term.
2004 Oct 9, Queen Elizabeth
opened Scotland's new parliament building in the HolyRood section of
Edinburgh. It was finished late and cost 430 million pounds ($845
million), 10 times over budget.
(Reuters, 2/16/12)(Econ, 5/20/06, p.27)(Econ,
2004 Oct 9, In Brazil a member
of a government task force working to stop illegal diamond mining on
Indian reservations in the Amazon was shot dead at an ATM.
2004 Oct 9, In Nottingham,
central England, a teenage girl was gunned down near her home in an
apparently random attack. Danielle Beccan (14) was shot as many as
six times from a passing car while walking back from a funfair with
2004 Oct 9, French President
Jacques Chirac declared that France was a natural trade partner to
China and, amid a flurry of air, rail and energy deals.
2004 Oct 9, Followers of
radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said they will begin handing
weapons over to Iraqi police next week.
2004 Oct 9, Israeli troops shot
at Hamas militants about to fire an anti-tank missile, setting off
an explosion that killed one man and wounded three. Israeli soldiers
in northern Gaza killed 5 Palestinians including Hamas militant Abed
(AP, 10/9/04)(SSFC, 10/10/04, p.A16)
2004 Oct 9, Typhoon Ma-on hit
Japan. It was the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan's Pacific
coastline in a decade and left 2 dead with 5 missing.
(AP, 10/9/04)(WSJ, 10/11/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 9, In Karachi,
Pakistan, gunmen killed Mufti Muhammad Jamil Ahmed, a leading
pro-Taliban Sunni Muslim cleric and an associate.
(AP, 10/9/04)(SFC, 10/11/04, p.A3)
2004 Oct 9, In Serbia Ljubisa
Beara, former colonel and the security chief for the Bosnian Serb
army's main staff, was arrested. He was accused of genocide for the
1995 mass killing of Muslims in the U.N.-protected zone of
2005 Oct 9, A driverless
Volkswagen won a $2 million race across the rugged Nevada desert,
beating four other robot-guided vehicles that completed a
Pentagon-sponsored contest aimed at making warfare safer for humans
[see Oct 8].
2005 Oct 9, In SF, Cal., Tiger
Woods won the American Express Championship at Harding Park on a 2nd
sudden death hole over John Daly.
(SFC, 10/10/05, p.A1)
2005 Oct 9, Louis Nye, TV comic
and 2nd banana, died in LA.
(WSJ, 10/11/05, p.A1)
2005 Oct 9, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker rammed a car laden with explosives
into an armored vehicle carrying British government officials,
wounding four of them.
2005 Oct 9, Riot police in
Azerbaijan scattered hundreds of opposition supporters protesting in
Baku in defiance of a ban, beating some with truncheons and dragging
several away as tensions mounted ahead of parliamentary elections
2005 Oct 9, The bullet-riddled
body of Luis Fernando Ribeiro (26), the suspected mastermind of a
$70 million heist from a branch of Brazil's Central Bank, was found
on an isolated road west of Rio de Janeiro. A document signed by
four state prosecutors was published Oct 21 in the Rio newspaper O
Globo saying there were signs police may have been involved in
Ribeiro's kidnapping and killing. Almost $63 million remained
2005 Oct 9, A frantic search
for about 1,400 people believed to be buried alive by a mudslide in
the Maya village of Panabaj, Guatemala, was continuing as the death
toll from massive floods throughout Central America and Mexico rose
to a staggering 618.
(AFP, 10/9/05)(WSJ, 10/11/05, p.A1)
2005 Oct 9, A UN official said
more than 2.5 million people have been left homeless by the
devastating 7.6-magnitude earthquake that shook India and Pakistan.
2005 Oct 9, A suicide car bomb
killed 2 people outside an apartment building used by the
Iranian-backed Badr Brigade, a Shiite militia linked to one of the
main parties in the Iraqi government.
2005 Oct 9, Three Israeli Arabs
pleaded guilty to planning to plant bombs on a commuter train track
and discussing bombing Tel Aviv's Azrieli Towers, the tallest
buildings in Israel.
2005 Oct 9, It was reported
that dengue fever was causing concerns in Malaysia and Martinique.
Malaysia reported 71 deaths so far this year from over 27,000 cases.
Martinique reported almost 1,000 cases a week since mid-September.
(SSFC, 10/9/05, p.D2)
2005 Oct 9, In Poland voters
chose between two former Solidarity movement activists in
presidential elections, underlining the decline of the former
communists in a country that was part of the Soviet bloc only 16
2005 Oct 9, The slaughter of
thousands of domestic fowl in Romania and Turkey began as a
precaution against the spread of bird flu after both countries
confirmed their first cases of the disease over the weekend.
2005 Oct 9, Interfax news
reported that Russia will supply Afghanistan's fledgling army with
helicopters and equipment worth $30 million, more than 15 years
after Moscow withdrew after a nearly decade-long war.
2005 Oct 9, A Rwandan militia
killed 15 civilians with machetes and knives in a nighttime raid on
two villages in Congo's mountainous east.
2005 Oct 9, Rebels freed 36
members of an African Union team, including an American monitor, who
were kidnapped earlier in the day in Sudan's western Darfur region.
(AP, 10/9/05)(AP, 10/10/05)
2005 Oct 9, In Tajikistan a
grenade killed a woman (25) on a street in Dushanbe. It was placed
in her handbag by a former boyfriend.
2006 Oct 9, American Edmund S.
Phelps won the 2006 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for
explaining the relationship between inflation and unemployment, work
that has had a profound impact on macroeconomic policy.
2006 Oct 9, The US Customs and
Border Protection officials, effective today, scrapped their
11-month-old policy of seizing prescription drugs imported through
the mail from Canada.
2006 Oct 9, A US court has
threatened to shut down the London-based Spamhaus Project, a
volunteer-run antispam service, for ignoring an $11.7 million
judgement against it.
2006 Oct 9, Google Inc. agreed
to acquire YouTube Inc., a leading video-sharing Web site founded by
Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, for $1.65 billion in stock.
(SFC, 10/10/06, p.E1)(WSJ, 10/14/06, p.B14)(Econ,
2006 Oct 9, Pharmaceutical
group GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced a deal to buy US consumer
healthcare group CNS for $566 million (449 million euros).
2006 Oct 9, Ray Noorda,
computer network pioneer and founder of Novell corp., died in Orem,
2006 Oct 9, In eastern
Afghanistan 5 people, including 3 officials on their way to
investigate a school burning, were killed by a roadside bomb in
Nangarhar province. 2 Taliban rebels were killed in return fire
after insurgents attacked ISAF and Afghan soldiers who were
distributing food in southeastern Zabul province.
(AP, 10/10/06)(SFC, 10/10/06, p.A3)
2006 Oct 9, Cambodian PM Hun
Sen began a six-day official visit to Australia that will focus on
security and trade.
2006 Oct 9, Khaled al-Masri
(43), a Kuwaiti-born German citizen, testified in a Spanish court
that he was kidnapped on Dec 31, 2003, at the Serbia-Macedonia
border while on vacation, tortured by US intelligence agents for 23
days, then flown by the CIA to Afghanistan where he was imprisoned
and abused for five months. He was released in Albania in May 2004
after the CIA discovered they had the wrong person.
2006 Oct 9, Christian Streiff,
the head of Airbus, resigned after 99 days on the job due to clashed
over operational powers with the EADS board of directors. EADS named
Louis Gallois, a co-chief executive officer to replace him.
(SFC, 10/10/06, p.E3)
2006 Oct 9, In India Jaya
Jaitley, the president of the opposition Samata (Equality) Party,
was charged with taking a "hefty" kickback in 2000 as part of a
multi-million-dollar defense contract with a state-run Israeli
2006 Oct 9,
Kanshi Ram (b.1934), founder of India’s Bahujan Samaj Party (1984),
died. The party was founded promote the interests of India’s low
caste Hindus, also known as dalits, or untouchables.
(SFC, 10/10/06, p.B7)
2006 Oct 9, Iraqi forces
arrested Sabah Ireimit al-Issawi, a high-ranking member of the
al-Qaida in Iraq terror organization. Gunmen wearing military
uniforms assassinated Lt. Gen. Amir al-Hashimi, a Defense Ministry
adviser and the brother of Iraq's Sunni Arab vice president in his
home, the third sibling the official has lost this year to the
country's violence. 11 Iraqi soldiers were kidnapped in a brazen
attack on a checkpoint in Sadr City. Iraqi and US troops killed at
least nine fighters in clashes with the Mahdi Army, Iraq's most
powerful Shiite militia, in the southern city of Diwaniya, the
second straight day of battles there. Gunmen killed police Lt. Col.
Salih al-Karkhi in the Diyala capital of Baqouba. In west Baghdad,
two security guards at a municipal building were killed by
unidentified gunmen. In the northern town of Tal Afar, a suicide car
bomber slammed into a police checkpoint, killing one policeman. One
US soldier was killed on patrol in Baghdad. 3 US Marines died from
enemy action in Anbar province.
(AP, 10/9/06)(AP, 10/10/06)
2006 Oct 9, North Korea faced
united global condemnation and calls for harsh sanctions after it
announced it had detonated an atomic weapon in an underground test.
Russia's defense minister said the nuclear test was equivalent to
5,000 tons to 15,000 tons of TNT. The US pushed for sanctions on
North Korea following its nuclear test.
(AP, 10/9/06)(SFC, 10/10/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 9, Panamanian
authorities said they suspect a medicine taken to treat high blood
pressure may be among the factors leading to the deaths of 21 people
since July who have succumbed to a mysterious illness that triggers
kidney failure. Panama's health minister stopped sales of the
medication, Lisinopril Normon, on Oct 6 and began removing it from
pharmacy shelves. About 9,000 Panamanians were taking the medicine.
Total deaths eventually reached at least 116 from contaminated
medications [see Oct 18].
(AP, 10/9/06)(AP, 5/10/08)
2006 Oct 9, Somali government
troops with Ethiopian help recaptured Burhakaba. The Islamic militia
that has seized much southern Somalia declared a holy war against
Ethiopia accusing its neighbor of deploying thousands of troops to
prop up the weak UN-backed government.
(SFC, 10/10/06, p.A3)(Econ, 10/14/06, p.49)
2006 Oct 9, Russia’s Gazprom
said it would develop the giant Shtokman natural gas field in the
Barents Sea alone and that it would send most of the gas by pipeline
to Europe. An earlier plan called for shipping most of the gas in
liquefied form to the US.
(WSJ, 10/10/06, p.A3)
2006 Oct 9, In Russia an
apartment building partially collapsed in the city of Vyborg near
the Finnish border. 7 bodies were later found in the rubble.
2006 Oct 9, Thailand's king
approved a post-coup Cabinet lineup, ushering in an interim
government expected to rule the country for one year until the next
elections are held.
2006 Oct 9, Turkey called on
the EU to oppose French legislation that would outlaw denials that
World War I-era killings of Armenians amounted to genocide.
2006 Oct 9, The UN Security
Council officially nominated South Korean Foreign Minister Ban
Ki-Moon to be the next UN secretary-general.
2006 Oct 9, In Venezuela
spending exceeded gains from oil sales and the government expected
to see a deficit for the year of 4.3% of GDP.
(WSJ, 10/10/06, p.A6)
2007 Oct 9, The US Supreme
Court rejected without comment an appeal from Khaled el-Masri, a
German citizen of Lebanese descent, who claims he was abducted and
tortured by the CIA, effectively endorsing Bush administration
arguments that state secrets would be revealed if the case were
allowed to proceed.
2007 Oct 9, In Texas Ronald
Taylor (47), who spent a dozen years in prison for a rape he didn't
commit, was freed based on DNA evidence. He became the third inmate
to be released because of problems with the Houston Police
Department's crime lab.
2007 Oct 9, A Maui judge said
he would not allow the Hawaii Superferry to sail between Honolulu
and Kahului while the state studies the environmental impact of
(SFC, 10/10/07, p.A3)
2007 Oct 9, American Electric
Power (AEP) of Columbus, Ohio, accused of spreading smog and acid
rain across a dozen states, agreed to pay at least $4.6 billion to
cut chemical emissions in what the government called the nation's
largest environmental settlement.
2007 Oct 9, Two European
scientists won the 2007 Nobel Prize in physics for a discovery that
lets computers, iPods and other digital devices store reams of data
on ever-shrinking hard disks. France's Albert Fert and German Peter
Gruenberg independently described giant magnetoresistance in 1988,
then saw the electronics industry apply it in disks with incredible
amounts of storage.
2007 Oct 9, Brewers SABMiller
and Molson Coors Brewing said they have agreed to combine their US
operations to create a business that will have annual sales of $6.6
billion and be the second-biggest market player behind
2007 Oct 9, Carol Bruce
(b.1919), singer, Broadway star, and film and TV actress, died in
Woodland Hills, Calif.
2007 Oct 9, Afghan authorities
shut down two private security companies and said more than 10
others, some suspected of murder and robbery, would soon be closed.
In Kabul 82 illegal weapons had been found during the two raids at
the Afghan-run security companies Watan and Caps.
2007 Oct 9, In Argentina former
police chaplain Christian von Wernich was found guilty of being a
"co-participant" with police in seven homicides, 31 torture cases
and 42 kidnappings, ending a trial that has focused attention on the
church during the 1976-83 military rule.
2007 Oct 9, Australia's third
richest man, cardboard box billionaire Richard Pratt, apologized for
forming a price-fixing cartel with his main rival Amcor.
2007 Oct 9, Britain’s Labor
Party announce a decision to raise capital gains taxes to a flat 18%
from an effective 10% on most business assets as of April 2008.
(Econ, 12/1/07, p.71)(http://tinyurl.com/37mapa)
2007 Oct 9, In Canada the
Conservatives swept to an easy victory in Newfoundland and Labrador,
with voters giving a thumbs up to the province-first policies of
populist Premier Danny Williams.
2007 Oct 9, The Ethiopian
parliament reelected President Girma Wolde-Giorgis for a new
six-year-term to his largely ceremonial post.
2007 Oct 9, In Iceland Yoko Ono
urged the world to give peace a chance as she unveiled a monument in
memory of her husband, former Beatle John Lennon (d.1980). Ono lit
up the Imagine Peace Tower on Videy island near the capital's harbor
on what would have been Lennon's 67th birthday.
2007 Oct 9, Two suicide car
bombers targeted a local police chief and a prominent Sunni sheik
working with US forces against al-Qaida in Iraq in Beiji, killing at
least 19 people. Three car bombs in Baghdad killed 15 people,
including eight who died in an attack near the Shiite Khulani
mosque. Drive-by shooters killed the deputy police chief in Mosul. A
roadside bomb ripped through and outdoor market near a bus station
in Jisr Diyala on Baghdad's southeastern outskirts, killing two
civilians and wounding 10 others. The bullet-riddled bodies of three
men in their 30s also were found on a highway in Hillah, apparent
victims of so-called sectarian death squads largely run by Shiite
militias. At least 42 people were killed or found dead across Iraq.
Foreign security guards killed two Armenian Christian women when
they opened fire on a car in the center of Baghdad. Iraqi
authorities blamed the deaths on guards working for Unity Resources
Group, a security company owned by Australian partners but with
headquarters in the United Arab Emirates. The US military said nine
insurgents were killed and 21 suspects detained during operations
Oct 8-9 near Baghdad, Mosul, Beiji and Samarra.
(AP, 10/9/07)(AFP, 10/9/07)(AP, 10/10/07)
2007 Oct 9, Japan's Cabinet
approved plans to extend economic sanctions against North Korea,
despite the communist state's agreement to disable its main nuclear
complex by year's end.
2007 Oct 9, Airstrikes hit a
village bazaar in North Waziristan tribal region, killing more than
50 militants and civilians and wounding scores more. Pakistan’s army
said fierce fighting between Islamic militants and security forces
near the Afghan border has killed as many as 250 people over four
2007 Oct 9, In Puerto Rico
animal control workers seized dozens of dogs and cats from housing
projects in the town of Barceloneta and hurled them to their deaths
from a bridge in the neighboring town of Vega Baja. Mayor Sol Luis
Fontanez blamed a contractor hired to take the animals to a shelter.
In 2008 a Puerto Rican judge found a contractor and two of his
workers not guilty of animal cruelty due to lack of evidence.
International anger led more than 50,000 people worldwide to sign a
petition threatening to boycott travel to the Caribbean island.
Tourism officials estimated Puerto Rico lost more than $15 million
as a result.
(AP, 10/13/07)(AP, 9/10/08)(AP, 9/16/10)
2007 Oct 9, Alexander
Pichushkin (33), a Russian man accused of murdering 49 people, asked
a Moscow court to add another eleven victims to his tally, and told
a jury when he first strangled a man it was like falling in love for
the first time. He has been branded the 'chessboard murderer' by
Russian newspapers because he hoped to put a coin on every square of
a 64-place chessboard for each murder.
2007 Oct 9, In Sierra Leone a
UN-backed court sentenced Moinina Fofana and Allieu Kondewa, two
former leaders of a pro-government militia, to six and eight years
in prison for brutalities committed during Sierra Leone's civil war
2007 Oct 9, The impoverished
Nama tribe won back diamond-rich land confiscated by a government
mining company more than 80 years ago, ending South Africa's longest
running court case. The Nama had lodged their claim to the coastal
plain in 1997.
2007 Oct 9, A car bomb exploded
in the northern city of Bilbao in Spain's Basque Country, badly
burning a man who worked as a bodyguard for a local politician.
2007 Oct 9, Turkish PM Tayyip
Erdogan gave the green light for a possible military incursion into
northern Iraq to crush Kurdish rebels hiding there after several
deadly attacks on Turkish security forces.
2008 Oct 9, Virginia’s Gov.
Timothy M. Kaine ordered 570 state employee layoffs, cut college
funding by at least 5%, ordered some older prisons closed and
postponed state employee raises to deal with a $2.5 billion fiscal
(WSJ, 10/10/08, p.A6)
2008 Oct 9, Chicago’s Cook
County Sheriff Tom Dart halted evictions on foreclosed properties,
saying innocent tenants were being put on the street. But bankers
said he was breaking the law.
2008 Oct 9, Wells Fargo &
Co. proceeded with plans to acquire Wachovia as Citigroup said it
would not pursue additional legal actions to halt the takeover. The
Federal Reserve approved the acquisition on Oct 12.
(SFC, 10/10/08, p.A1)(SFC, 10/13/08, p.A15)
2008 Oct 9, Afghanistan
appealed for more NATO help to attack heroin dealers at a meeting
with NATO counterparts in Budapest. General David McKiernan, the top
US commander in Afghanistan, said he backed a "political solution"
to the country's dragging conflict with Taliban-led extremists. The
US pushed NATO allies to order their troops to target Afghanistan's
thriving heroin trade in a bid to stem the flow of drug money to the
widening insurgency against the troubled international military
(AFP, 10/9/08)(AP, 10/9/08)(SFC, 10/10/08, p.A16)
2008 Oct 9, Ethiopia signed a
220-million-euro (300 million dollar) deal with a French company for
the construction of Africa's largest wind farm.
2008 Oct 9, The Swedish Academy
announced French novelist Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio (b.1940) as
the 2008 Nobel Prize in literature for his poetic adventure and
"sensual ecstasy." Le Clezio made his breakthrough as a novelist
with "Desert," in 1980.
2008 Oct 9, Trading in
Hungary’s bond market broke down as buyers practically disappeared
for a 10-year auction. The government raised less than planned. A
day earlier it left its key lending rate at 8.5%.
(WSJ, 10/10/08, p.A4)
2008 Oct 9, Iceland suspended
trading on its stock exchange for two days and took control of the
country's largest bank, the third to be placed under its protective
umbrella, as it grappled with a banking crisis that is threatening
to engulf the entire country.
2008 Oct 9, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered his government to suspend a
controversial new sales tax, a day after a rare strike by merchants
worried about how the new measure would affect their business.
2008 Oct 9, Saleh al-Auqaeili,
an Iraqi lawmaker loyal to anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr,
was killed when a bomb struck his convoy in Baghdad. At least one
bystander was also killed in the bombing.
2008 Oct 9, The Libyan oil
company Tamoil said the Libyan government has again decided to halt
oil deliveries to Switzerland.
2008 Oct 9, Poll results in the
Maldives indicated President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to be headed for a
runoff against Mohamed Nasheed, a former political prisoner who
leads the main opposition.
2008 Oct 9, The International
Atomic Energy Agency said North Korea has told it that the
government is placing all its main nuclear complex off-limits to
inspectors and will stop its program of dismantling the site.
2008 Oct 9, Two American
journalists, Holli Chmela (27) and Taylor Luck (23), who went
missing during a vacation in Lebanon eight days ago were released in
Syria and returned to Jordan. The next day they said they had been
"kidnapped" by their taxi driver and taken into Syria, where they
were held in custody for a week before being released.
(AP, 10/9/08)(AP, 10/10/08)
2008 Oct 9, In northern Mexico
gunmen opened fire in a bar in Chihuahua, killing 11 people. The
body of Miguel Angel Villagomez, editor of La Noticia newspaper in
the western state of Michoacan, was found shot dead on the side of a
highway in neighboring Guerrero state.
2008 Oct 9, Montenegro and
Macedonia recognized Kosovo's independence, despite opposition from
Serbia, which called the moves by its Balkan neighbors a betrayal
and expelled the Montenegrin ambassador from Belgrade.
2008 Oct 9, NATO joined a
growing international force to protect vessels off Somalia's
perilous coast, sending military ships to the treacherous waters
where pirates are negotiating the release of an arms-laden tanker.
2008 Oct 9, Pakistani fighter
jets and helicopter gunships destroyed a Taliban militant facility
in the Swat Valley, killing 20 militants. Separately, five
civilians, including women and children, were killed when a shell
hit a house in the Matta district of Swat during clashes between
troops and insurgents. Bombings targeting police killed 10 people
and wounded 14 in the volatile northwest and the capital. Suspected
US missile strikes hit Tappi village in North Waziristan, killing at
least 9 people and a house in the village of Dande Darpa Khel.
(AFP, 10/9/08)(SFC, 10/10/08, p.A17)
2008 Oct 9, In Peru a bomb
killed 13 soldiers and 2 civilians in Huancavelica, east of Lima, in
an apparent response to an army operation to shut down Shining Path
(AP, 10/10/08)(Econ, 10/18/08, p.50)
2008 Oct 9, Somali pirates
freed 20 Filipino seamen from a hijacked ship they held for more
than 80 days, as the Philippine government doubled the pay of
sailors passing through pirate-infested international waters. 47
Filipinos on three other ships were still in the hands of Somali
pirates. Pirates also released 29 Iranian crew members and their
cargo ship hijacked off Somalia's coast in late July.
2008 Oct 9, A suspected Tamil
Tiger suicide bomber blew himself up near a convoy carrying a senior
Sri Lankan Cabinet minister, wounding his deputy and at least six
others. One bystander was killed and a wounded person died in the
(AP, 10/9/08)(SFC, 10/10/08, p.A17)
2008 Oct 9, According to the
Sudanese army 15 people were killed when Darfur rebels attacked a
local government convoy with military escort in the far west of the
2008 Oct 9, The central banks
of Taiwan and South Korea cut interest rates as Japan and others
pumped more cash into the financial markets.
(WSJ, 10/10/08, p.A4)
2008 Oct 9, The leaders of
Thailand's anti-government protesters said they will surrender to
police after a court dropped treason charges against them, but vowed
to continue their occupation of the prime minister's office after
2008 Oct 9, In Tobago Anna
Sundsval (62) and Oke Olsoon (73) of Sweden were slashed to death at
their home in the Bon Accord area. A suspect was arrested the next
2008 Oct 9, Ukrainian President
Viktor Yushchenko called early general elections after dissolving
parliament when parties failed to resurrect a ruling pro-Western
coalition in the former Soviet state.
2008 Oct 9, Zimbabwe's
opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said that power-sharing talks
with President Robert Mugabe's government had stalled and outside
mediation was needed to break the deadlock. The UN food agency made
an urgent appeal for 140 million dollars (102 million euros) in food
aid for more than five million Zimbabweans facing severe hunger. A
state newspaper said Zimbabwe's annual inflation rate soared to 231
million percent in July.
2009 Oct 9, The Nobel Peace
Prize was awarded to US President Barack Obama.
2009 Oct 9, Stephen Pechenik
(78), the president of a San Antonio company, pleaded guilty to
charges that he conspired to receive and sell petroleum stolen from
Mexico's oil giant, Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. He was the 4th
Texas oil executive to plead guilty to felony charges of conspiring
to receive and sell stolen petroleum condensate. Much of the Mexican
oil rustling was traced to the Zetas, a criminal group founded by
former military commandos.
2009 Oct 9, Playboy magazine
said Marge Simpson, the blue beehived (cartoon) matriarch of
America's most loved dysfunctional family, is Playboy magazine's
2009 Oct 9, NASA smacked two
spacecraft into the lunar south pole in a search for hidden ice.
Instruments confirm that a large empty rocket hull barreled into the
moon at 7:31 a.m., followed four minutes later by a probe with
cameras taking pictures of the first crash.
2009 Oct 9, Afghan and
international forces killed nine Taliban in a firefight in eastern
Wardak province. 2 Polish soldiers were killed when their vehicle
hit a roadside bomb also in Wardak province. Four others were
2009 Oct 9, In Algeria 10
suspected Islamists and 3 soldiers were killed in a fierce gunbattle
near the Great Erg, the world's largest sand dune, when a convoy of
heavily armed militants was attacked by the Algerian army.
2009 Oct 9, In Brazil Wallace
Souza, a former police officer and TV crime show host accused of
commissioning killings to boost ratings, turned himself in to
authorities in Manaus and was jailed on homicide and drug
2009 Oct 9, Burkina Faso's
environment minister, at the opening of a special forum on climate
change, said Africa needs 65 billion dollars (44 billion euros) to
deal with the effects of global warming.
2009 Oct 9, Czech Rep. Pres.
Vaclav Klaus set out his terms for signing the Lisbon Treaty,
demanding an exemption to protect Prague from post-war property
claims and safeguard the sovereignty of the judiciary.
2009 Oct 9, In the Dominican
Rep. dozens of citizens wearing flip-flops and swim suits and
carrying coolers and surfboards soaked in the sun outside Congress
to protest a proposal they say will limit public access to beaches
and rivers. President Leonel Fernandez and opposition leader Miguel
Vargas Maldonado supported the amendment that guaranteed the right
to private property along beaches and rivers, without giving any
2009 Oct 9, Egypt's top Islamic
cleric said that students and teachers will not be allowed to wear
face veils in classrooms and dormitories of Sunni Islam's premier
institute of learning, al-Azhar, part of a government effort to curb
radical Islamic practices.
2009 Oct 9, France's culture
minister agreed to return painted wall fragments to Egypt after a
row over their ownership prompted the country to cut ties with the
2009 Oct 9, In Haiti 11 UN
peacekeepers were killed when a CASA C-212 surveillance flight
slammed into a mountain. The victims were Uruguayan and Jordanian
troops serving with the 9,000-strong UN peacekeeping force that has
been in Haiti since 2004.
2009 Oct 9, In Hungary
contestants showed off breast implants, nose jobs and face lifts as
Miss Plastic Hungary 2009 strove to promote the benefits of plastic
2009 Oct 9, Indonesian police
raided a house near the capital, shooting dead suspected
al-Qaida-linked militants Syaiffudin Djaelani and his brother,
Mohamad Syahrir, wanted in the suicide bombings of luxury hotels in
Jakarta. Djaelani was believed to have recruited two young bombers
for the July 17 strikes on the J.W. Marriott and Ritz-Carlton.
(AP, 10/9/09)(Reuters, 10/12/09)
2009 Oct 9, Amnesty Int’l. said
Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani (37) was the first person to be sentenced
to death in connection with the unrest in Iran following the
disputed June12 elections. He was convicted of “enmity against God"
through membership in a group that seeks the end of the Islamic
Republic and the establishment of a monarchy.
(SFC, 10/10/09, p.A2)
2009 Oct 9, In Iraq Jamal
Humadi, a Sunni cleric who denounced insurgents in Iraq, was killed
north of Baghdad when a bomb tore through his car, the second such
attack against religious officials in as many weeks.
2009 Oct 9, Japanese officials
said they have obtained rights to develop platinum mines in South
Africa and Botswana in a bid to ensure a stable supply of the metal.
The government-backed Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp.
(JOGMEC) said it has signed a contract with Discovery Metals in
Australia to jointly develop nickel and platinum mines in northeast
Botswana. It has also inked another deal with Canadian firm Platinum
Group Metals to explore for platinum in South Africa.
2009 Oct 9, In Mexico the
mutilated body of state official Rogelio Sanchez, who authorities
said was suspected of giving fake driver's licenses to drug gang
members, was found hanging from a bridge in the border city of
Tijuana. Sanchez was kidnapped Oct 7 as he left his home in Tijuana.
Police in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero found the bodies of 10
men, all apparently shot to death. Signs left next to the bodies
read: "This is what is going to happen to all thieves and
extortionists." In rural western Jalisco state four suspects were
killed and 17 arrested in an hours-long gun battle between members
of a criminal gang and soldiers and police.
2009 Oct 9, Myanmar's detained
opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was granted a rare meeting with
top Western diplomats to discuss sanctions imposed on the
2009 Oct 9, In southeastern
Nigeria some 70-80 people died when a petroleum tanker truck
exploded and set nine other vehicles alight on a road. At least five
minibuses packed with up to 18 passengers each and two cars were
incinerated by the fireball. The truck had toppled and leaked into a
deep pothole and then exploded after a car crashed into it.
2009 Oct 9, In Pakistan a
massive suicide car bomb ripped through a packed market in Peshawar,
killing 53 people, including 9 children, and injured over 100. The
government vowed to launch a new offensive in Waziristan in the wake
of the massive bombing.
(AFP, 10/9/09)(AP, 10/11/09)
2009 Oct 9, In the northern
Philippines driving rain on the heels of back-to-back storms
triggered dozens of landslides across, burying more than 225 people,
washing away villages and leaving almost an entire province under
(AP, 10/9/09)(AP, 10/10/09)
2009 Oct 9, Vyacheslav Ivankov
(69), a Russian crime boss who spent nearly 10 years in a US prison,
died in a Moscow hospital, two months after being shot several times
coming out of a restaurant on July 28. He was arrested by the FBI in
1995 and convicted of trying to extort millions of dollars from an
investment firm run by Russian emigres in New York. He was
extradited to Russia from the US in 2004 to face murder charges, but
2009 Oct 9, In Somalia an
Islamist spokesman says gunmen have killed Ahmed Abdurahamn Odawa,
aka "Taliban," a senior member of Somalia's insurgency in Mogadishu.
Odawa's bodyguard and a nearby civilian were also killed. Three
people were killed and six injured in a separate incident in the
central Somali village of Bacda. 6 masked men used machetes to carry
out amputations on three young men accused of robbery by a Somali
Islamist court in Kismayo.
(AP, 10/9/09)(AP, 10/10/09)
2009 Oct 9, Jacques Chessex
(b.1934), one of French-speaking Switzerland's leading novelists and
the first non-Frenchman to receive the prestigious Prix Goncourt,
died. He was honored in 1973 with the Prix Goncourt literary award
for his novel "L'ogre" ("The Ogre"), a largely autobiographical
account of a difficult father-son relationship.
2009 Oct 9, The US Peace Corps’
country director in Turkmenistan said the Central Asian nation has
denied entry to 47 Peace Corps volunteers. A diplomatic note from
the embassy said that they would be invited next year, but not for
2009 Oct 9, In Vietnam a judge
in Haiphong sentenced 9 activists up to six years for hanging
democracy banners and other acts against the state, prompting tears
and condemnation from relatives. Some of the activists were linked
to an outlawed pro-democracy grouping called Bloc 8406. Nguyen Xuan
Nghia (60), the alleged leader of six activists, received the
heaviest penalty of six years in prison followed by three years of
(AFP, 10/9/09)(Econ, 10/17/09, p.55)
2010 Oct 9, The IMF wrapped up
2 days of talks in Washington DC. Global leaders failed to resolve
deep differences that threatened a full-blown currency war.
(SSFC, 10/10/10, p.A10)
2010 Oct 9, It was reported
that Madeleine Pickens, the wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens,
has acquired a Nevada ranch for use as a wild horse sanctuary, the
Mustang Monument Preserve. The 14,000 acre property included grazing
rights to 540,000 acres of public land. She was also said to be
negotiating for and adjoining 4,000-acre ranch with grazing rights
to 24,000 acres. She hoped to return all 34,000 in government funded
holding facilities and pastures to their natural habitat.
(SFC, 10/9/10, p.A7)
2010 Oct 9, In North Carolina
the parents of Zahra Baker (10) reportedly saw her alive for the
last time. Stepmother Eliza Baker told police on Oct 24 that Zahra
was dead and that her body had been dismembered. On Nov 12 police
found a bone that matched Zahra’s DNA. On Feb 21, 2011, Elisa Baker
was indicted for the murder of Zahra.
(SFC, 11/16/10, p.A18)(SFC, 2/22/11, p.A4)
2010 Oct 9, In southern Utah a
small plane crashed and killed 2 National park Service law
enforcement agents in the Dixie National Forest.
(SSFC, 10/10/10, p.A10)
2010 Oct 9, President Hamid
Karzai told Afghans in Kandahar that it was their duty to return to
their homes and help protect their villages in the Kandahar region
where international troops are trying to rout insurgents. 4 Italian
soldiers were killed in an insurgent attack in the west.
Intelligence sources tracked a Taliban commander, identified as
Mullah Jamaluddin, as he traveled in western Badghis province's
Murghab district. A gunbattle erupted and the Taliban leader and two
militants were killed. Taliban leader, Ajmal Agha Jan, was killed in
southern Helmand province's Marjah district after he pulled a pistol
on a joint force that raided his compound.
(AP, 10/9/10)(AP, 10/10/10)
2010 Oct 9, The Arab League
opened a summit in Libya with the pressing Israeli-Palestinian
conflict and Sudan added to the original agenda.
2010 Oct 9, In Bangladesh three
days of incessant rains have left at least 17 people dead and 41
fishermen missing across the southern coast.
2010 Oct 9, In Chile a drilling
rig punched through to the underground purgatory where 33 miners
have been trapped for 66 agonizing days under the desert at Camp
Hope. If close video examination persuades engineers that the shaft
is smooth, strong and uniform enough to let the capsule pass without
significant obstacles, then rescuers plan to start pulling the men
out one by one as early as Oct 12.
2010 Oct 9, China and the
United States clashed on the final day of climate change talks in
Tianjin, accusing each other of blocking progress ahead of a major
summit next month on global warming.
2010 Oct 9, In China a
collision between an intercity bus and a cement truck on a foggy
eastern China highway killed at least 17 people outside Nanjing
2010 Oct 9, It was reported
that Cuba will release into exile in Spain a lawyer jailed for
allegedly revealing state security secrets and two hijackers, none
of whom were on a list of 52 political prisoners the government has
agreed to free in a deal with the Roman Catholic Church.
2010 Oct 9, Hungarian police
and soldiers evacuated 800 from the village of Kolontar as
authorities said a second flood of toxic sludge from a chemicals
plant was likely after new cracks appeared in a dyke.
2010 Oct 9, Erwin Arnada (47),
the former editor-in-chief of Playboy Indonesia, began a two-year
prison sentence for publishing pictures of scantily clothed women,
riling free speech activists in the world's most populous Muslim
nation. The Supreme Court had found Arnada guilty of violating
indecency laws during a closed-door session in August, overruling a
2007 acquittal by the South Jakarta District Court.
2010 Oct 9, Iran said it is
ready to hold talks over its nuclear program with the US and other
major powers in late October or early November. Iran also revealed
for the first time that some personnel at the country's nuclear
facilities were lured by promises of money to pass secrets to the
West, but said increased security and worker privileges have put a
stop to the spying.
2010 Oct 9, A 650-foot
Lithuanian-flagged ferry was ablaze in the Baltic Sea after an
explosion on the upper deck. Firefighting ships sprayed the vessel
with water to keep it from breaking apart and spilling some 170 tons
of fuel. 249 people aboard were rescued by six ships that moved in
to help after the explosion on the Lisco Gloria around midnight. A
four-person team was lowered to the ferry by helicopter and managed
to anchor the vessel off the southern tip of the Danish island
Langeland to keep it from drifting farther ashore.
2010 Oct 9, In northern Nigeria
gunmen on motorcycle taxis killed Islamic cleric Sheikh Bashir
Mustapha. He had been an outspoken critic of Boko Haram, a radical
Muslim sect blamed for a rash of recent shootings. Authorities
believed Sheikh Bashir Mustapha was slain by members of Boko Haram,
which means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa
2010 Oct 9, Pakistan announced
it would reopen a key border crossing and allow convoys to resume
delivering supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan, ending a 10-day
blockade during which trucks were stranded on their way to the
border and almost 150 were destroyed by attackers. Just hours before
the announcement of the reopening, gunmen armed with a rocket
attacked 29 tankers carrying NATO fuel supplies which had been
stopped outside a roadside restaurant in the southwest, setting them
ablaze. The border is normally closed on Sundays, so Oct 11 appeared
to be the soonest the flow of supplies over the crossing would
2010 Oct 9, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas urged Arab leaders to press the United
States to recognize a unilateral declaration of statehood if peace
talks with Israel collapse. Extremist Jews ripped off branches and
cut the roots of Palestinian olive trees in the West Bank village of
Burin, as the yearly 45-day harvest of the important crop began.
2010 Oct 9, Somali pirates
attacked the 241-ton Kenya-registered trawler. 2 South Koreans, 2
Chinese and 39 Kenyans were aboard the trawler when it was attacked
in the waters off Kenya's Lamu Island.
2010 Oct 9, In Sudan some 30
separatists in Khartoum clashed with police as some 3,000 opponents
of the country's potential breakup in a southern independence vote
due in January demonstrated during a visit by UN ambassadors. Envoys
from the 15 UN Security Council members were in the capital on the
final stage of a four-day visit in which they expressed the
international community's concern that the referendum go ahead on
2010 Oct 9, In central Vietnam
the death toll in devastating floods rose to 62 as authorities
rushed aid to about 100,000 people facing food shortages.
2010 Oct 9, In Yemen
self-confessed militant Saleh al-Shaoush admitted to carrying out
deadly attacks on military targets and oil facilities, as four other
suspected Al-Qaeda members went on trial for planning attacks.
Al-Shaoush was arrested on January 30 as he prepared to carry out a
suicide bombing in the southeastern port of Mukalla. The US-based
SITE monitoring service reported that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula (AQAP) claimed it had assassinated a colonel named Abdul
al-Karim al-Baan in the southern Lahij province. AQAP also said it
had shot an intelligence officer named Al-Hashidi in the province.
2011 Oct 9, In Afghanistan
ousted parliamentarian Simeen Barakzai began her eighth day of a
hunger strike. Through chapped lips and in a rough voice, she said
she would not drink or eat anything until President Hamid Karzai
opened an investigation into vote fraud by the woman who has taken
over her seat in Herat province.
2011 Oct 9, Algerian police
arrested roughly 25 unemployed people as they prepared to rally
against joblessness near the presidential compound.
2011 Oct 9, The governments of
Belgium, France and Luxembourg said they had approved a plan for the
future of embattled bank Dexia, but they offered no details. France
and Belgium became part owners of the bank during a euro6 billion
($7.8 billion) 2008 bailout. They have promised to ensure that no
Dexia depositors lose money. Luxembourg held a smaller stake. The
cost of the bailout to French taxpayers was about €6.6 billion.
(AP, 10/9/11)(Econ, 11/16/13, p.77)
2011 Oct 9, Cameroon voted in a
presidential election widely expected to take longtime leader Paul
Biya (78) into his fourth decade in power. Food and living costs
continued to spiral as unemployment reached a crushing 60%. The vote
was marked by widespread voter apathy, with Biya's reelection never
in doubt, but was also marred by the killings of two policemen and
an opposition official. On Oct 21 the Supreme Court said Biya was
reelected for a sixth term with about 78% of the votes.
(AP, 10/9/11)(AFP, 10/10/11)(AFP, 10/21/11)
2011 Oct 9, China's President
Hu Jintao called for Taiwan and the Chinese mainland to reunite, as
he marked the 100th anniversary of the revolution that ended the
nation's long imperial history.
2011 Oct 9, In Egypt some 1,000
Christian protesters tried to stage a peaceful sit-in outside the
state television building along the Nile in downtown Cairo. The
protesters said they were attacked by "thugs" with sticks and the
violence then spiraled out of control after a speeding military
vehicle jumped up onto a sidewalk and rammed into some of the
Christians. 27 people were killed including at least 3 soldiers.
Wael Mikhael, a cameraman working for a Coptic Christian
broadcaster, was among those killed. On Oct 25 the New-York based
Human Rights Watch called for an independent investigation of the
deaths and urged authorities to transfer investigation of the case
from military to civilian prosecutors.
(AP, 10/10/11)(AP, 10/13/11)(AP, 10/25/11)
2011 Oct 9, In French Polynesia
German tourist Stefan Ramin (40) was murdered while visiting Nuku
Hiva island. Haiti, a 31-year-old local guide, said Ramin was
injured and then attempted to sexually assault Ramin’s girlfriend
Heike Dorsch (37). Human remains were found in a charred pit on the
island on Oct 12.
2011 Oct 9, In Iran Peiman
Aref, a student activist supporting the opposition, received 74
lashes before leaving the prison where he had served a yearlong term
for insulting the president.
2011 Oct 9, Libya's
revolutionary forces seized a convention center that had served as a
key base for fighters loyal to Moammar Gadhafi in the fugitive
leader's hometown, as they squeezed remaining regime loyalists in
the besieged coastal city. In Bani Walid, advancing fighters drove
Gadhafi forces out of the airport.
2011 Oct 9, In Mexico the
entire police force of the northern city of Linares, over 100
officers, was detained for investigation of possible corruption and
ties to organized crime. Mexican soldiers and Nuevo Leon state
police patrolled in their absence.
2011 Oct 9, In Nigeria
suspected members of the Boko haram radical sect set off a bomb near
a mosque in Maiduguri. A soldier and one civilian died from their
injuries. The military was accused of abuses following the attacks.
(AP, 10/10/11)(AFP, 10/10/11)
2011 Oct 9, Paraguay held a
constitutional referendum on whether citizens living in Argentina,
Spain, the U.S. and elsewhere outside the country can vote. The
measure was supported by nearly 78% of the ballots counted.
2011 Oct 9, In the southern
Philippines suspected homemade bombs exploded in a budget hotel and
at a cockfighting arena, wounding at least 11 people in Zamboanga
2011 Oct 9, Poles voted in
parliamentary elections that will determine whether the country
continues on its conciliatory course with Russia and Germany, or
whether it returns to a more combative stance with its historic
foes. Results showed that PM Tusk’s pro-European party could
maintain a narrow majority in parliament with its small coalition
partner, a sign of deepening stability in this nation of 38 million.
The Palikot's Movement, a new left-wing party that opposes the
church's influence in political life in this conservative and mainly
Catholic country, entered parliament as the third largest force.
(AP, 10/9/11)(AP, 10/10/11)
2011 Oct 9, In South Sudan an
anti-tank mine reportedly blew up a civilian bus killing 20 people,
including four children, in central Unity state.
2011 Oct 9, Syria's foreign
minister warned the international community not to recognize a new
umbrella council formed by the opposition, threatening "tough
measures" against any country that does so. At least 7 civilians
were killed in Homs province. 5 soldiers and 3 civilians were killed
in Dael. Other soldiers and civilians were killed in the Jabal
al-Zawiyah areas in Idlib province. A shooting at a funeral in the
Damascus suburb of Dumair left three dead.
(AP, 10/9/11)(AP, 10/10/11)
2011 Oct 9, Tunisian police
arrested dozens of Islamist demonstrators set on attacking the
offices of a television channel that had shown the award-winning
film "Persepolis," Marjane Satrapi's moving and humorous adaptation
of her graphic novels about growing up during and after Iran's 1979
2011 Oct 9, Yemeni opposition
spokesman Mohammed Qahtan urged the UN Security Council to break the
political deadlock in Yemen, scoffing at a statement from President
Ali Abdullah Saleh that he was ready to step down.
2011 Oct 9, In Zimbabwe the
archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, condemned "godless"
assaults on Anglicans by a breakaway faction of the Anglican Church
led by an excommunicated bishop, aligned with Zimbabwe's president.
Anglican faithful have turned to tents and parking lots for their
services, as renegade bishop Nolbert Kunonga has forcefully blocked
them from Church property.
2012 Oct 9, The San Francisco
Board of Supervisors bucked mayor Ed Lee and gave suspended Sheriff
Ross Mirkarimi his job back. Lee needed 9 of 11 votes, but only got
(SFC, 10/10/12, p.A1)
2012 Oct 9, In Portland, Maine,
Alexis Wright (29) pleaded not guilty to 106 counts of prostitution,
violation of privacy, tax evasion and other charges for allegedly
providing sex for money at her Zumba fitness studio and a nearby
one-room office she rented in Kennebunk. The man police say was her
business partner, 57-year-old Mark Strong Sr., pleaded not guilty to
59 counts of promotion of prostitution and violation of privacy. On
May 31, 2013, Alexis Wright was sentenced to 10 months in jail in a
(AP, 10/10/12)(SFC, 6/1/13, p.A4)
2012 Oct 9, In New Hampshire
Seth Mazzaglia raped and murdered college student Elizabeth Marriott
(19) of Westborough, Mass. Kathryn McDonough, his girlfriend, had
lured Marriott to their apartment as a sexual offering to her
boyfriend. The couple packed Marriott’s body into a suitcase, drove
to Portsmouth, and threw it into the Piscataqua River. Her body has
never been found.
2012 Oct 9, The Nobel Prize in
Physics was awarded to Serge Haroche (68) of France and American
David Wineland (68) for experiments on quantum particles.
(SFC, 10/10/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 9, French police
discovered bomb-making materials in an underground parking lot near
Paris as part of a probe of an "extremely dangerous terrorist cell"
linked to an attack on a kosher grocery.
2012 Oct 9, German chancellor
Angela Merkel visited Greece and said the country has covered "much
of the ground" required for recovery. Her arrival triggered protests
attended by some 50,000 demonstrators in Athens.
2012 Oct 9, In Iraq a series of
attacks across the country killed six people, including three
soldiers and a judge.
2012 Oct 9, Kenya's President
Mwai Kibaki vetoed a move by the country's parliament to award
legislators bonuses of up to $110,000 at the end of their term next
year. The legislators last week quietly awarded themselves the
bonuses, sparking public outrage. Earlier this year parliament
inaugurated a new 350-seat chamber, where each of the seats cost
2012 Oct 9, NATO
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO is ready to defend
alliance member Turkey amid artillery exchanges along its tense
southeastern border with Syria.
2012 Oct 9, In northern Nigeria
gunmen killed two police officers helping guard workers trying to
give polio immunizations to local children in Kano. Police arrested
several suspects in the killing.
2012 Oct 9, Pakistan's top
court ordered a probe into an alleged barter of seven girls to
settle a blood feud in a remote southwestern district. The tradition
of families exchanging unmarried girls to settle feuds is banned
under Pakistani law but still practiced in the country's more
conservative, tribal areas.
2012 Oct 9, In Pakistan a
Taliban gunman walked up to a bus taking children home from school
in Mingora, Swat Valley, and shot and wounded Malala Yousufzai, a
14-year-old activist known for championing the education of girls
and publicizing atrocities committed by the Taliban.
2012 Oct 9, In Russia a series
of unplanned shell detonations rocked a military test site,
releasing giant clouds of smoke over the city of Orenburg near the
Kazakhstan border and causing aftershocks.
2012 Oct 9, Sudan’s military
said rebel shelling has killed 5 women and wounded over 20 near the
border with South Sudan.
(SFC, 10/10/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 9, In Syria Ankhar
Kochneva, a Ukrainian woman who worked as an interpreter for a
Russian TV crew, was kidnapped by rebels in the country's west.
Kochneva was reported free on March 12, 2013.
(AP, 10/16/12)(AP, 3/12/13)
2012 Oct 9, In southern
Thailand 11 people were killed as the Muslim insurgency continued to
(Economist, 10/13/12, p.18)
2012 Oct 9, In Trinidad former
world soccer vice president Jack Warner said he wants to stop the
release of crime reports and statistics in his capacity as the
national security minister, saying that publicizing such information
encourages people to commit more crime. The next day Acting Police
Commissioner Stephen Williams said he had not received any orders
from Warner and will continue to respond to requests for crime
information from the media and the public.
2012 Oct 9, The UN Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) said its 2009 headline-grabbing
announcement that 1 billion people in the world were hungry was
off-target and that the number is actually more like 870 million.
2012 Oct 9, Yemeni authorities
discovered three decapitated bodies that had been dumped in an
open-air market in the eastern province of Marib. Local media
reported that CDs found next to the bodies showed the men confessing
to being government informants against al-Qaida and placing tracking
devices on cars that became targets for US drone strikes. One of the
men said he worked for a tire repair shop and used to plant chips in
militants' vehicles while replacing their tires.
2013 Oct 9, Three US-based
scientists won this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing
powerful computer models that researchers use to understand complex
chemical interactions and create new drugs. Research in the 1970s by
Martin Karplus (83), Michael Levitt (66) and Arieh Warshel (72) has
led to programs that unveil chemical processes such as how exhaust
fumes are purified or how photosynthesis takes place in green
2013 Oct 9, US President Barack
Obama nominated economist Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve
in a move expected to sustain the central bank's easy money policies
and efforts to curb joblessness.
2013 Oct 9, The US said it is
poised stopped shipments of some large-scale military systems as
well as halting $260 million in cash aid to Egyptian military
leaders, who ousted Pres. Mohamed Morsi in July.
(AFP, 10/10/13)(SFC, 10/10/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 9, In the US 2 men
were executed, one in Arizona and the other in Texas, with a drug
not yet approved by federal authorities, after the Supreme Court
denied one of the inmate's final appeal.
2013 Oct 9, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a law that expands the definition of who can
provide abortions to include nurse practitioners, certified nurse
midwives and physician assistants.
(SFC, 10/10/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 9, Stanley Kaufman
(97), film and theater critic for the New Republic, died in
(SFC, 10/10/13, p.D5)
2013 Oct 9, In West Virginia
Thomas J. Piccard (55), an ex-police officer, was shot dead after he
peppered a courthouse in Wheeling with gunfire.
(SFC, 10/11/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 9, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bombing killed four people, 2 civilians
and 2 policemen in Helmand province.
2013 Oct 9, Austrian Chancellor
Werner Faymann's Social Democrats (SPO) got the task of forming a
new government and hoped to rebuild their alliance with the
conservatives to stave off the eurosceptic far right.
2013 Oct 9, Azerbaijan held
elections. An exit poll showed President Ilham Aliyev (51) was on
track to easily win a third term with 84% of the vote in the
oil-exporting ex-Soviet republic. His main opponent said the
election was marred by violations. Official results the next day
showed Aliyev winning nearly 85% of the vote.
(Reuters, 10/9/13)(AP, 10/10/13)
2013 Oct 9, In Bangladesh a
huge fire at a factory in Sriput, whose workers were making clothes
and fabrics for top Western labels, killed at least 9 people in the
latest disaster to blight the country's garment industry.
(AFP, 10/9/13)(Reuters, 10/9/13)
2013 Oct 9, Sex workers in the
legendary London district of Soho demonstrated in carnival masks and
negligees against evictions they claim threaten their safety and the
unique nature of the area.
2013 Oct 9, In Brunei the
leaders of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(APEC) met for their annual 2-day East Asia Summit. Members first
gathered together before holding group discussions with non-member
partners, including the US, China, Japan, South Korea and India.
2013 Oct 9, In Canada Paul
Desmarais Sr. (88), one of the country’s richest and most
influential men, died. The self-made billionaire transformed an
ailing family-owned bus company into a $271 billion global
conglomerate, and was a friend to four Canadian prime ministers.
2013 Oct 9, In the Central
African Republic government forces arrested Mahamat Amine, a rogue
ex-rebel commander, and six of his men. Another ex-Seleka warlord
known as "Colonel Abdallah," who had been ruling over the eastern
town of Bangassou, was arrested together with four of his
lieutenants and transferred to Bangui.
2013 Oct 9, Chinese Premier Li
Keqiang called for a South China Sea of "peace, friendship and
cooperation" as he extended a hand in Brunei to APEC leaders wary of
Beijing's territorial claims in the strategic waters.
2013 Oct 9, International
observers said irregularities took place in a number of districts in
Guinea's parliamentary election last month, possibly harming the
credibility of the results.
2013 Oct 9, The head of the
European Commission announced during a visit to Lampedusa that Italy
would receive an additional 30 million euros ($40 million) in EU
funds to help settle and receive new refugees, after the sinking of
a migrant boat off the Sicilian island killed at least 302 people.
(AP, 10/9/13)(AFP, 10/9/13)
2013 Oct 9, In France Leonarda
Dibrani, a 15-year-old Roma girl, was taken off a school bus and
deported with her family to Kosovo.
(Econ, 10/26/13, p.60)
2013 Oct 9, In Israel residents
of Jaloud, a Palestinian village in the West Bank, said masked
Jewish settlers burst into a school, vandalized cars and torched
olive trees during a rampage that forced schoolchildren to remain
locked in classrooms to keep safe.
2013 Oct 9, Kuwait newspapers
said a court has sentenced an online activist to two years in prison
for insulting the Gulf nation's ruler, in the first case since a
blanket pardon for similar offenses last summer.
2013 Oct 9, The Dutch foreign
minister apologized to Moscow for the detention of a Russian
diplomat in The Hague, saying his right to diplomatic immunity had
been violated. Dutch child protection services said earlier they
were investigating a complaint from neighbors of diplomat Dmitry
Borodin about his treatment of his children.
2013 Oct 9, Nigeria's military
raided a bomb factory where Islamic extremists were plotting attacks
on the northern city of Kano. At the same time Abubakar Sheka, the
leader of the Boko Haram terrorist network, threatened in a video
more assaults "soon" using heavy weapons he said were seized in
battles against the Nigerian military.
2013 Oct 9, Shell Nigeria said
new leaks have forced it to close the Trans-Niger Pipeline that
carries 150,000 barrels of crude daily, 10 days after the pipeline
was reopened following repairs for leaks.
2013 Oct 9, The Philippines
justice minister said fugitive Muslim leader Nur Misuari has been
charged with rebellion following deadly attacks by hundreds of his
armed followers on Zamboanga. At least 244 people were killed in the
three weeks of fighting.
2013 Oct 9, Russian
investigators said several of the 30 Greenpeace activists already
charged with piracy over an open-sea protest were set to face new
charges for "other grave crimes" after finding drugs on their ship.
2013 Oct 9, Credit Suisse
reported that a staggering 35% of household wealth in Russia is
owned by just 110 people, the highest level of inequality in the
world barring a few small Caribbean islands.
2013 Oct 9, Turkey’s Supreme
Court upheld the convictions of 237 military officers accused of
plotting to overthrow the government in 2003.
(SFC, 10/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 9, World Bank
President Jim Yong Kim said the global development lender will seek
to halve extreme poverty by 2020, an interim goal as the bank seeks
to fulfill its poverty-fighting targets.
2014 Oct 9, The US stock market
had its worst day of the year as the DJIA plunged 334.97 points to
close at 16659.25.
(SFC, 10/10/14, p.C1)
2014 Oct 9, Poet Carolyn Kizer
(89), 1985 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her collection “Yin,"
died in Sonoma, Ca.
(SSFC, 10/12/14, p.C8)
2014 Oct 9, Britain said it
will start screening travelers coming from Ebola-hit parts of west
Africa at Heathrow and Gatwick airports and on Eurostar trains from
Belgium and France.
2014 Oct 9, China’s
disciplinary body said that Wan Qinglian, the former party head of
the southern city of Guangzhou, was being referred for criminal
prosecution on accusations of having demanded and received a
"gigantic amount" of bribes.
2014 Oct 9, In CongoDRC 9
civilians were killed overnight when suspected members of a
notorious Ugandan Islamist group stormed Oicha village.
2014 Oct 9, Estonia became the
first former Soviet nation to legalize gay partnerships.
2014 Oct 9, Patrick Modiano
(69) of France won the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature. He has made a
lifelong study of the Nazi occupation and its effects on his
country. Modiano's novel "Missing Person" won the prestigious Prix
Goncourt in 1978 and is among the more than 40 of his works
published in French.
2014 Oct 9, Gambia’s Pres.
Yahya Jammeh signed into law a bill that calls for life imprisonment
for some homosexual acts.
(SFC, 11/22/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 9, Democratic
lawmakers in Hong Kong demanded anti-graft officers investigate a
$6.4 million business payout to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. The
city’s government canceled talks with student leaders of a
pro-democracy protest that has blocked streets in the city for
nearly two weeks, with a senior official saying the discussions were
unlikely to be constructive.
(Reuters, 10/9/14)(AP, 10/9/14)
2014 Oct 9, The annual
Innovation Awards, sponsored by The Economist magazine, were awarded
in Hong Kong. The winners were: Jay Keasling of UC Berkeley for
developing synthetic artemisinin, the main ingredient in the
treatment of malaria; Andrew Rubin, a former VP of Google, for
developing the Android smartphone operating system; Urs Holzle, VP
of Google for energy efficient data centers; Nandan Nilekani, former
chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India, for the
development of India’s national ID system; Perry Chen, Yancey
Strickler and Charles Adler, the founders of Kickstarter, for
popularizing crowdfunding; Renaud Laplanche, founder and CEO of
Lending Club, for popularizing peer to peer consumer lending; Jack
Dorsey, Biz Stone and Evan Williams for pioneering microblogging
using short messages (Twitter); and the Pixar company for computer
(Econ, 12/6/14, TQ p.9)
2014 Oct 9, Indonesia
officially launched a $263 million project to build a giant sea wall
along the coast of its capital, Jakarta, in an attempt to protect
businesses and homes from flooding.
2014 Oct 9, Italy’s Senate
voted to approve PM Matteo Renzi’s “Jobs Act." It was meant to
increase permanent workers with temporary tax breaks while also
making it easier to fire full-time workers.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matteo_Renzi)(Econ, 4/22/17, p.45)
2014 Oct 9, A Japanese judge
ordered Google to remove search results of a man's unflattering past
in an order the plaintiff's lawyer compared to Europe's "right to be
2014 Oct 9, In Kosovo nine
health officials and doctors were arrested under an investigation
into private clinics suspected of offering bribes to receive heart
2014 Oct 9, In Malaysia a
grenade was tossed outside a night club at a popular tourist belt in
Kuala Lumpur, killing one man and wounding 12 others, including
foreigners. The pre-dawn explosion in the Bukit Bintang area was
believed to be due to a gang fight and was not a terrorist act.
2014 Oct 9, Mexican federal
police used a seemingly routine traffic checkpoint in Torreon to nab
Vicente Carrillo Fuentes (51), the alleged drug cartel boss accused
by the government of turning the border city of Juarez into one of
the deadliest places on the planet.
2014 Oct 9, In Mexico 4 people
died in a suspected attack by the Guerreros Unidos gang and five
police were wounded.
2014 Oct 9, In Mexico four new
suspects in the disappearance of students in Iguala took
investigators to the site of the four pits, 200 km (125 miles) south
of Mexico City, but the number of bodies remains unknown. Some of
the bodies appeared burned.
2014 Oct 9, In Mozambique the
Maputo-based Center for Public Integrity (CIP) said ruling Frelimo
party boosted campaign funds for upcoming elections by smuggling
timber to Chinese buyers.
2014 Oct 9, In Pakistan two
suspected US drone strikes killed at least 5 militants in North
Waziristan where the military has been fighting insurgents since
2014 Oct 9, The Palestinian
unity government held its first ever meeting in the war-ravaged Gaza
Strip as its rival factions presented a common front ahead of a
major donors' conference.
2014 Oct 9, Islamic State
fighters seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of
Kobani, as US-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and
Turkish forces nearby looked on without intervening.
2014 Oct 9, Ukraine's president
approved legislation to purge government bodies of officials linked
to the rule of the country's previous leader, Viktor Yanukovych.
2014 Oct 9, In Yemen suicide
bombers targeting the powerful Shi'ite Houthi group and an army camp
killed at least 67 people in two separate attacks, hours after a
political crisis forced new PM Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak to step down.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) soon claimed
(Reuters, 10/9/14)(AFP, 10/11/14)
2015 Oct 9, A US judge approved
a deal between conservationists and Montana officials to restrict
road-building and logging in roughly 22,000 acres (8,900 hectares)
of state forest lands that make up core habitat for federally
2015 Oct 9, In Arizona an
overnight confrontation between two groups of students escalated
into gunfire when Steven Jones (18), a freshman at Northern Arizona
University, killed one person and wounded three others.
2015 Oct 9, In Texas a student
was killed and another person was wounded during a shooting outside
a Texas Southern University student-housing complex. Police detained
two men for questioning.
2015 Oct 9, It was reported
that some 30 people in America are victims each day of gun violence
and that an additional 60 people per day kill themselves with guns.
(SFC, 10/9/15, p.A8)
2015 Oct 9, In Afghanistan 3
civilians were killed and four wounded after they were caught in the
crossfire of a Taliban attack on troops south of Kabul.
2015 Oct 9, Geoffrey Howe (88),
former British Treasury chief (1979-1983) and a prominent figure in
Margaret Thatcher's government, died at his home in Warwickshire. He
helped bring about her downfall after they parted ways over policy
2015 Oct 9, Yeonmi Park (22), a
North Korean defector who was trafficked and raped at the age of 13
after fleeing to China, promoted her new book: “In Order To Live: A
North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom" to the Women in the World
summit in London.
2015 Oct 9, In Burkina Faso 3
police officers were killed after some 50 armed men attacked a
police station in Samoroguan, near the border with Mali.
2015 Oct 9, In Burundi unknown
gunmen killed Pascal Nshirimana, the son-in-law of prominent human
rights activist Pierre Clave Mbonimpa, who openly opposed President
Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial bid for a third term in office.
2015 Oct 9, In Canada the
Carbon Engineering company, with global plans to pull carbon from
thin air to make fuel while tackling climate change, opened a pilot
plant in Squamish, British Columbia.
2015 Oct 9, In eastern China a
gas explosion in a coal mine killed 2 miners and left eight others
trapped in Shangrao county, Jiangxi province.
2015 Oct 9, In Congo DRC a new
airline was launched in a bid to revolutionize air transport within
the vast country where flights are currently operated only by the UN
and small carriers blacklisted by the EU.
2015 Oct 9, France launched a
new air strike overnight in Syria against an Islamic State training
camp and said further strikes will follow.
2015 Oct 9, In Guinea
pre-election violence killed at least 3 people and injured some 50.
At least 33 people were injured in the fighting between Cellou
Dalein Diallo's Union for the Democratic Forces of Guinea party and
President Alpha Conde's Rally of the Guinean People-Rainbow Party
2015 Oct 9, In Hong Kong more
than a thousand students and staff staged a rally at the University
of Hong Kong (HKU), the second demonstration in a week to protest
against what they say is interference by Beijing in academic
2015 Oct 9, India said it had
lodged a protest with authorities in Riyadh after Kasthuri
Munirathinam (55), a maid from Tamil Nadu, allegedly had her hand
chopped off by her Saudi employer for complaining about her work
2015 Oct 9, Israeli troops shot
dead 5 Palestinians in protests in Gaza. In southern Israel a Jewish
man stabbed and wounded four Arabs in Dimona in an apparent reprisal
attack for Palestinian violence. Hours later, a 14-year-old Jewish
boy was stabbed and wounded by a Palestinian in the Old City of
Jerusalem. A woman believed to be Palestinian tried to stab a guard
at a bus station in north Israel, and a Palestinian stabbed a
policeman near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. The policeman's
attacker was shot dead.
2015 Oct 9, Malaysia's central
bank said a debt-laden state investment fund violated foreign
exchange rules and must repatriate $1.83 billion it used abroad.
2015 Oct 9, In central Mali
suspected members of the Macina Liberation Movement attacked
Douna-Pene village, killing local official Timote Kodio in front of
2015 Oct 9, In Syria Islamic
State fighters seized villages close to the city of Aleppo from
rival insurgents. The Russian defense ministry said air strikes on
rebel positions in the north had killed 300 anti-Assad insurgents in
nearly 70 sorties over the last day.
2015 Oct 9, Tunisia's National
Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping build
democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring, an example of
peaceful transition in a region otherwise struggling with violence
2015 Oct 9, The UN Security
Council authorized European naval operations to seize and dispose of
vessels operated by human traffickers in the high seas off Libya.
2015 Oct 9, Yemeni security
officials said pro-government forces have driven Shiite rebels from
the strategic seaside town of Dhubab after three days of heavy
clashes that killed nearly 100 fighters. Warplanes from the
Saudi-led coalition raided positions of the Iran-backed Shiite
insurgents in the west of Marib province.
(AP, 10/9/15)(AFP, 10/9/15)
2016 Oct 9, Almost 2.2 million
homes and businesses were without power morning after Hurricane
Matthew pummeled Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina with
heavy rain and wind.
2016 Oct 9, Eight Afghan
soldiers were killed early today when a military helicopter crashed
in northern Baghlan province.
2016 Oct 9, In China former
provincial Communist Party boss Bai Enpei was sentenced to death
with a two-year reprieve as part of the country's ongoing crackdown
on corruption. Bai had been a senior lawmaker with the national
legislature and formerly served as the top-ranking official in the
western provinces of Qinghai and Yunnan.
2016 Oct 9, In Iraq three bomb
attacks killed 10 people and wounded at least 37 across Baghdad.
2016 Oct 9, In Jordan riots
erupted in Quweismeh, a suburb of Amman, after a series of police
(Econ, 10/22/16, p.40)
2016 Oct 9, In northwestern
Myanmar men wielding guns, machetes, and homemade weapons stormed
the Kyikanpyin border post and two others in Rakhine state. Nine
police were reported killed. Police captured two attackers, killed
eight, and said they were Rohingyas. The military locked down
the area and said at least 26 civilians died in ensuing clashes.
(AFP, 10/15/16)(Reuters, 12/26/16)(Econ,
2016 Oct 9, A Palestinian
motorist launched a shooting spree near the Israeli police
headquarters in Jerusalem, killing 2 people and wounding five others
before being shot dead.
2016 Oct 9, Polish filmmaker
Andrzej Wajda (90) died in a Warsaw hospital, just months after
finishing "Afterimage," Poland's entry for a foreign language
Academy Award. In 2000 he received an honorary lifetime achievement
Oscar. The film focused on the life of art theorist Wladyslaw
Strzeminski and the years 1949-1952.
(AP, 10/19/16)(Econ, 9/17/16, p.81)(Econ,
2016 Oct 9, The Russian
government announced that Rosneft’s 330 billion ruble ($5.3 billion)
bid for Bashneft, a state-controlled oil firm. Igor Sechin, head of
Rosneft, orchestrated the deal which had been rejected by Bashneft’s
former owner Vladimir Yevtushenko.
(Econ, 10/22/16, p.45)
2017 Oct 9, The Nobel Memorial
Prize in Economics was awarded to Richard Thaler of the Univ. of
Chicago’s Booth School of Business for incorporating a more
realistic understanding of human behavior into economic theory.
(SFC, 10/10/17, p.A6)
2017 Oct 9, Buildings in
California's Napa and Sonoma counties were being evacuated after
multiple, fast-spreading wildfires engulfed the area with thick
smoke and large flames. The "Atlas Fire" was burning in the hills
above Napa County and had damaged several buildings.
2017 Oct 9, In southern
California a wildfire destroyed at least a half dozen homes in the
affluent Anaheim Hills neighborhood, forcing the evacuation of
hundreds of residents.
2017 Oct 9, In Half Moon Bay,
Ca., Joel Holland won the 44th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
with a gourd that registered 2,363 pounds. This was Holland’s 7th
win and the heaviest pumpkin recorded at the event.
(SFC, 10/11/17, p.D2)
2017 Oct 9, In Florida Benjamin
Mitchell (22) was shot and killed in the Tampa area.
(SFC, 11/30/17, p.A6)
2017 Oct 9, Texas Tech. Univ.
police Officer Floyd East was killed while booking student Hollis
Daniels III (19). Daniels fled the scene but was soon recaptured and
confessed to killing East.
(SFC, 10/11/17, p.A7)
2017 Oct 9, It was reported
that Google has discovered Russian operatives spent tens of
thousands of dollars on ads on its YouTube, Gmail and Google Search
products in an effort to meddle in the 2016 US presidential
2017 Oct 9, Thousands of
Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar fled to Bangladesh in a new surge of
refugees driven by fears of starvation and violence the United
Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing.
2017 Oct 9, In Bangladesh eight
leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, including party chief Maqbul Ahmad and
secretary general Shaniqua Rahman, were detained in Dhaka in a
crackdown against the opposition that the government blames for
2017 Oct 9, In Bosnia a
Sarajevo court acquitted Naser Oric, a commander revered by many as
the defender of Muslims during Bosnia's 1990s conflict but viewed as
a butcher by Serbs, of war crimes charges.
2017 Oct 9, Britain and its
European Union partners clashed over which side should make the next
move to unblock Brexit talks, despite concerns they will miss a
deadline for a divorce deal and that London is heading for a chaotic
2017 Oct 9, Zahid Hussain (29),
a British man who tried to build a bomb from a pressure cooker and
Christmas tree lights after becoming radicalized online, was
sentenced to at least 15 years in prison.
2017 Oct 9, In eastern Congo
DRC a UN peacekeeper was killed and 12 others injured after an
attack near a UN base in Mamundioma by Ugandan rebels belonging to
the group known as ADF. At least 22 people were reported missing.
(AP, 10/9/17)(SFC, 10/10/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 9, Andrej Babis, the
frontrunner to become Czech prime minister after this month's
election, said he had been formally charged with fraud in a case
involving a 2 million euro EU subsidy a decade ago.
2017 Oct 9, Egypt’s military
began a new phase in clearing a buffer zone along the Gaza Strip
border, 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) wide and 10 km (6 miles) long. At
least 140 homes and more than 200 acres were bulldozed.
2017 Oct 9, French farmers
trucked hundreds of sheep into a central square in Lyon in protest
against the government's protection of wolves, which they blame for
livestock deaths and heavy financial losses. The president of the
National Sheep Federation, said wolves were costing livestock
producers 26 million euros a year compared with 1.5 million euros in
2017 Oct 9, In Germany burglars
broke into Berlin’s immigration office and stole blank
identification documents, stamps and seals.
2017 Oct 9, Indian officials
said twenty farmers have died since August and hundreds of others
are in hospital after inhaling poisonous pesticides while spraying
crops. The farmers in the western state of Maharashtra died after
using the dangerous pesticides without wearing protective gear.
2017 Oct 9, Iraqi Vice
President Ayad Allawi warned there could be a "civil war" over the
Kurdish-administered city of Kirkuk if talks over Kurdish
independence are left unresolved. Iraq's central government ordered
the Kurdish-based cellular network operators to relocate their
2017 Oct 9, Kenyan police fired
teargas and shots in the air as hundreds of demonstrators marched
through the capital Nairobi to protest against proposed legal
changes that would make it harder for the Supreme Court to annul an
2017 Oct 9, Kenya's military
said it had gunned down five suspected al-Shabab militants in the
Bodhei area of Lamu County.
2017 Oct 9, Kosovo’s Pres.
Hashim Thaci accused the international community of not keeping its
end of the bargain after the country created an unpopular war crimes
court to prosecute ethnic Albanians in cases linked to Kosovo's war.
2017 Oct 9, Namibia’s
environment minister said over 100 hippos have died in a remote
national park in the past week, warning that anthrax could be to
2017 Oct 9, In Pakistan gunmen
ambushed a car with minority Shiite Muslims in the southwestern city
of Quetta, killing four of them and a passer-by. A Taliban attack on
a military vehicle in northwestern Pakistan left three soldiers
2017 Oct 9, In South Africa
three vessels were grounded, containers were blown into the bay and
mooring lines were broken in the channel in Port Durban when a
severe storm lashed the coastal region resulting in at least eight
deaths in the province.
2017 Oct 9, Spanish PM Mariano
Rajoy warned anew that Spain will not be divided by a declaration of
independence from Catalonia and said the government is ready to
respond to any such attempt.
2017 Oct 9, In Turkey an
appeals court annulled the 25-year prison sentence of opposition
lawmaker Enis Berberoglu, but he will remain in custody and face a
2017 Oct 9, Ukraine's chief
prosecutor blamed Vladimir Tyurin, a Russian crime lord linked to
Russia's security agency, for ordering the killing of renegade
Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov last March.
2017 Oct 9, The UN atomic
agency chief affirmed Iran's commitment to a 2015 nuclear deal, in a
statement that came as US President Donald Trump said Tehran was not
living up to the "spirit" of the agreement.
2017 Oct 9, Zimbabwean
President Robert Mugabe (93) reshuffled his Cabinet and stripped the
justice ministry from Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, accused of
harboring presidential ambitions.
2018 Oct 9, Nikki Haley (46)
announced her resignation as the top US diplomat to the United
Nations saying was leaving by the end of the year.
2018 Oct 9, In Florida Gal
Vallerius (36), a Frenchman who was arrested when he arrived in the
US for a world beard-growing championship in 2017, was sentenced to
20 years in prison for online drug trafficking using the alias
2018 Oct 9, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber struck the home of Saleh Mohammad Achekzai, a
candidate in parliamentary elections later this month, killing him
and seven other people in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province.
2018 Oct 9, Two Afghan military
officials were jailed for 20 years after a two-year trial for
sharing state secrets with Pakistan. Shah Mohammad and Nazirullah
were arrested in 2016 after traveling to Pakistan to hand over
information to Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.
2018 Oct 9, Albania's PM Edi
Rama said that by Dec. 31 all casinos, including shops taking bets
on sports and animal races, will need to be closed and move to city
outskirts especially in Tirana.
2018 Oct 9, In Algeria a man
with a hammer attacked and damaged a statue of a bare-breasted
woman, an emblem of the eastern city of Setif. In 1997, when
extremist violence raged across Algeria, Islamists dynamited the
statue, which was repaired in Italy. The colonial-era statue is the
work of French sculptor Francis Saint Vidal, dating to 1889.
2018 Oct 9, In Bahrain four
people were killed and some 20 others were injured when a building
collapsed in Manama. The two-story residential building reportedly
housed foreign laborers.
2018 Oct 9, In Bosnia a
powerful blast rocked the Brod oil refinery late today leaving one
worker dead and nine people injured.
2018 Oct 9, In Britain drivers
for taxi-sharing app Uber went on strike, demanding higher fares and
improved workers' rights and urging users not to cross the digital
picket line by ordering rides.
2018 Oct 9, Egypt said its
security forces have killed 10 militants in a shootout in the city
of el-Arish in the turbulent northern Sinai Peninsula. The Interior
Ministry did not say when the battle took place.
2018 Oct 9, German police
arrested a suspect in the rape and killing of a television
journalist from Bulgaria whose work highlighted corruption in the
East European country. Severin Krassimirov (21), a Bulgarian
citizen, was arrested outside the city of Hamburg.
2018 Oct 9, A Berlin court
ordered the city to ban older diesel vehicles from several downtown
streets to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels in the German capital.
2018 Oct 9, Greek Coast Guard
Lieutenant Kyriakos Papadopoulos (44) died late today of a heart
attack. He is credited with having rescued more than 5,000 refugees
fleeing in small rubber boats across the sea at the height of
Europe's migrant crisis in 2015.
2018 Oct 9, Former Guatemalan
Vice President Roxana Baldetti (56) was sentenced to 15-1/2 years in
prison for fraud, influence peddling and illicit association related
to a government contract to clean up a polluted lake, in the first
of several cases she faces.
2018 Oct 9, In India it was
reported that tens of thousands of workers have fled Gujarat state
in recent days, and many of the small factories and businesses they
work in have come to a standstill. This followed news of violence in
Gujarat against migrant workers from the central states of Bihar,
Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The exodus began after the rape of
a 14-month-old girl last month, allegedly by a man from the state of
Bihar, sparked anger among locals.
2018 Oct 9, Indonesia's
disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the toll from
the Sept. 28 earthquake and tsunami had climbed to 2,010.
2018 Oct 9, Malaysia freed from
detention 11 ethnic Uighur Muslims who fled to the southeast Asian
nation after a Thai jailbreak last year, and sent them to Turkey, in
disregard of China's request to hand them to Beijing.
2018 Oct 9, The Dutch
government lost a legal appeal against a landmark 2015 court ruling
which ordered it to slash greenhouse gases by at least 25 percent by
2018 Oct 9, Pakistan's currency
plunged by about 7 percent after the government said it would seek
emergency bailout loans from the International Monetary Fund.
2018 Oct 9, Qatari-bought fuel
arrived at the Gaza Strip's only power station after entering
through Israel in a bid to alleviate conditions in the Palestinian
2018 Oct 9, In Serbia dense
morning fog led to two multi-vehicle crashes on a key highway,
leaving seven people dead and injuring 27 others.
2018 Oct 9, South African
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the departure of Finance
Minister Nhlanhla Nene at a news conference. Nene faced calls to
resign after he admitted to visiting the Gupta brothers, friends of
scandal-plagued former president Jacob Zuma who have been accused of
high-level influence-peddling, and failing to disclose the meetings
2018 Oct 9, AfriForum's CEO
said South Africa's Zulu king and Afrikaans nationalist group
AfriForum are forming a partnership to develop the agriculture on
vast swathes of land the monarch controls through a trust. King
Goodwill Zwelithini controls 2.8 million hectares, a fragmented
sub-tropical area the size of Belgium, under an entity called the
2018 Oct 9, Flash floods hit
the Spanish holiday island of Majorca leaving at least 10 people
dead, including two Britons. Two more people were found dead on Oct.
11, bringing to at least 12 the number of people killed. A Spanish
boy remained missing. The death toll to 13 on Oct 17 after the body
of a missing five-year-old boy was discovered.
(AFP, 10/10/18)(Reuters, 10/11/18)(AFP, 10/17/18)
2018 Oct 9, Syria's President
Bashar al-Assad issued a general amnesty for army deserters and
those who have avoided compulsory military service during the
country's seven-year civil war.
2018 Oct 9, Turkey said it will
search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as part of an investigation
into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi (59), the missing Saudi
contributor to The Washington Post, a week after he vanished during
a visit there.
2018 Oct 9, President Tayyip
Erdogan agreed to increase releases of water from a dam in
southeastern Turkey to neighboring Iraq, which is struggling with a
2018 Oct 9, In northern Ukraine
more than 12,000 people were evacuated after ammunition stored at an
arms depot began exploding early today sparking a huge fire.
2018 Oct 9, Uzbekistan's Pres.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev made his first trip to a European Union country,
meeting with French leader Emmanuel Macron in Paris. He signed
partnership agreements with French companies including energy group
Total, Veolia and Suez for water facilities, nuclear company Orano
and Airbus Helicopters. No final contract was expected to be