Today in History - October 13
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54AD Oct 13,
Roman emperor Claudius I died, after being poisoned with mushrooms
by his wife, Agrippina. Nero (37-68AD), son of Agrippina, succeeded
his great uncle Claudius, who was murdered by his wife, as the new
emperor of Rome. After the murder of his wife, Octavia, Nero
descended deep into a religious delirium. His acts became wild and
unintelligible and he was displaced by his soldiers with Galba after
which he committed suicide.
(WUD, 1994, p.959)(V.D.-H.K.p.78)(AP,
1307 Oct 13, French king Philip
IV convicted the Knights Templar of heresy. Members of the Knights
of Templar were arrested throughout France, imprisoned and tortured
by the order of the King Philip the Fair.
(HN, 10/13/98)(MC, 10/13/01)
1399 Oct 13, Henry IV of
England was crowned.
1537 Oct 13, Jane Grey, Queen
of England for 9 days, was born.
1563 Oct 13, Francesco
Caracciolo, Italian religious founder and saint (Caracciolini), was
1582 Oct 13, This day was one
of ten skipped to bring the calendar into sync. by order of the
Council of Trent. Oct 5-14 were dropped.
(K.I.-365D, p.97)(NG, March 1990, J. Boslough)
1601 Oct 13, Tycho Brahe,
astronomer, died in Prague.
1629 Oct 13, Dutch West Indies
Co. granted religious freedom in West Indies.
1652 Oct 13, Abraham Verhoeven,
Flemish printer and newspaper publisher, died.
1659 Oct 13, Gen. John Lambert
drove out the English Rump government. The “Rump Parliament” was
restored in Dec.
(PCh, 1992, p.247)(MC, 10/13/01)
1661 Oct 13, "I went to see
Major General Harrison being drawn and quartered. He was
looking as cheerful as any man could in that condition." Harrison
(b.1606) had sided with Parliament in the English Civil War. During
the Interregnum he was a leader of the Fifth Monarchists. In 1649 he
signed the death warrant of Charles I and in 1660, shortly after the
Restoration, he was found guilty of regicide.
1670 Oct 13, Virginia passed a
law that blacks arriving in the colonies as Christians could not be
used as slaves.
1680 Oct 13, Daniel Elsevier,
book publisher and publisher, died at 54.
1701 Oct 13, Andreas Anton
Schmelzer, composer, died at 47.
1710 Oct 13, English troops
occupied Acadia, Nova Scotia.
1754 Oct 13, American
Revolutionary War heroine Molly Pitcher was born. During the
American Revolution, at the Battle of Monmouth, NJ, Molly helped out
as a water carrier, gaining her nickname, Molly Pitcher. Her
husband, John, was wounded during the battle and Molly dropped the
water pitcher, taking up her husband's job of loading and firing a
cannon. General George Washington appointed her a noncommissioned
officer. [see Jun 28, 1778]
1775 Oct 13, The U.S. Navy had
its origins as the Continental Congress ordered the construction of
a naval fleet. The Continental Congress authorized construction of
two warships. The 1st ship in the US Navy was the schooner Hannah.
It was commissioned by George Washington and outfitted at Beverly,
Mass. In 2006 Ian W. Toll authored “Six Frigates: The Epic History
of the Founding of the US Navy.
(AP, 10/13/97)(HN, 10/13/98)(SFC, 2/12/00,
p.B3)(Econ, 11/4/06, p.94)
1776 Oct 13, Benedict Arnold
was defeated at Lake Champlain by the British, who then retreated to
Canada for the winter. Arnold’s efforts bought the colonists 9
months to consolidate their hold in northern New York. In 2006 James
L. Nelson authored “Benedict Arnold’s Navy.”
(HN, 10/13/98)(WSJ, 5/12/06, p.W5)
1784 Oct 13, Ferdinand VII,
king of Spain, was born.
1792 Oct 13, The "Old Farmer's
Almanac" was 1st published. [see Nov 25]
1792 Oct 13, The cornerstone of
the executive mansion, later known as the White House, was laid
during a ceremony in the District of Columbia.
(AP, 10/13/97)(HN, 10/13/98)
1795 Oct 13, William Prescott,
American Revolutionary soldier, died.
1812 Oct 13, At the Battle of
Queenston Heights, a Canadian and British army defeated the
Americans who had tried to invade Canada. This was the 1st major
land battle in the War of 1812.
(HN, 10/13/98)(HNQ, 1/31/02)
1812 Oct 13, Isaac Brock,
English general (conquered Detroit), died in battle.
1813 Oct 16-1813, Oct 19, In
the Battle at Leipzig (aka Battle of the Nations) Napoleon faced
Prussia, Austria and Russia and suffered one of his worst defeats.
(DoW, 1999, p.325)
1815 Oct 13, Joachim Murat,
marshal of France and King of Naples (1808-15), was executed.
1817 Oct 13, William Kirby,
Canadian writer, was born.
1821 Oct 13, Rudolf Virchow,
German politician and anthropologist (cell pathology), was born.
1822 Oct 13, Antonio Canova
(b.1757), Italian sculptor, died at age 64. His work included a
sculpture of Napoleon’s sister Pauline, as a semi-naked Venus
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Canova)(Econ, 11/10/07, p.105)
1843 Oct 13, The Jewish
organization B'nai B'rith was founded in New York City.
1845 Oct 13, Texas voters
ratified a state constitution.
1849 Oct 13, The California
state constitution, which prohibited slavery, was signed in
1853 Oct 13, Lillie Langtry
(d.1929), British actress, was born. “The sentimentalist ages far
more quickly than the person who loves his work and enjoys new
(AP, 7/27/98)(HN, 10/13/00)
1855 Oct 13, Gottfried Rieger,
composer, died at 91.
1858 Oct 13, The sixth debate
between senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas
took place in Quincy, Ill.
1860 Oct 13, The 1st US aerial
photo was taken from a balloon over Boston.
1864 Oct 13, Battle at
Darbytown Road Virginia resulted in 337 casualties.
1864 Oct 13, Battle of Harpers
Ferry, WV (Mosby's Raid).
1864 Oct 13, Maryland voters
adopted a new constitution, including abolition of slavery.
1869 Oct 13, Charles-Augustin
Sainte-Beuve, French writer (Tableau Historique), died.
1870 Oct 13, Gustav Mahler (10)
gave his 1st public piano concert.
1881 Oct 13, A revival of the
Hebrew language began as Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and friends agreed to
use Hebrew exclusively in their conversations.
1884 Oct 13, Greenwich was
established as the universal time meridian of longitude. 41
delegates from 25 nations met in Washington, D.C. for the
International Meridian Conference. This conference selected the
Greenwich Meridian as the official Prime Meridian due to its
popularity. However, France abstained from the vote and French maps
continued to use the Paris Meridian for several decades.
1890 Oct 13, Conrad Richter,
novelist and short story writer, was born.
1903 Oct 13, Victor Herbert's
"Babes in Toyland," premiered in NYC.
1903 Oct 13, Boston defeated
Pittsburgh in baseball’s first World Series. In 2003 Roger I. Abrams
authored “The First World Series and the Baseball Fanatics of 1903;”
Louis P. Masur authored "Autumn Glory: Baseball's First World
Series;" and Bob Ryan authored "When Boston Won the World Series."
(WSJ, 7/8/96, p.A8)(HN, 10/13/98)(WSJ, 3/28/03,
p.W9)(SSFC, 6/8/03, p.M6)
1904 Oct 13, Sigmund Freud's
“The Interpretation of Dreams” was published.
1905 Oct 13, Henry Irving
(b.1838), British actor, died in England. In 2008 Michael Holroyd
authored “A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen
Terry, Henry Irving and Their Remarkable Families.” Irving was the
first actor to be awarded a British knighthood (1895).
1907 Oct 13, Yves Allégret,
French film director, was born. His work included “Dédée d'Anvers”
and “Une si jolie petite plage.”
1908 Oct 13, The Chicago Cubs
won Game 4 of the World Series, defeating the Detroit Tigers 3-0 to
take a 3-1 Series lead.
1908 Oct 13, Some 60 thousand
British suffragists led by Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the WSPU,
gathered in Parliament Square the rush the House of Commons. 24
women and 13 men were arrested.
(ON, 10/2010, p.8)
1909 Oct 13, Herblock (Herbert
Lawrence Block), multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning political
cartoonist, was born.
1910 Oct 13, Ernest Kellogg
Gann, pilot and adventure novelist, was born. His work included
“Island in the Sky” and “The High and Mighty.”
1910 Oct 13, Art Tatum,
American jazz pianist, was born.
1913 Oct 13, The 16th amendment
to the constitution was ratified and the modern income tax came into
being. It lifted the constitutional ban on income taxes. The levy
was 1% of GDP and the highest rate was 7%. An exemption on the first
$20,000 in dividend income was revoked during WW I.
(SFC, 11/2/96, p.D1)(CyCEO, 6/3/97, p.1,8)(WSJ,
3/11/98, p.A20)(WSJ, 9/25/02, p.D8)
1914 Oct 13, Garrett Morgan
invented and patented the gas mask.
1918 Oct 13-15, A forest fire
killed some 1,000 people in Minnesota and Wisconsin. [see Oct 12]
(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)
1921 Oct 13, In the Treaty of
Kars Turkey formally recognized the Armenian Soviet Republic.
(EWH, 4th ed, p.1086)
1921 Oct 13, The Daily Colonist
in Victoria BC mentioned the term “cold turkey” in reference to
quitting an addiction. This was the first know use of the term in
(SFEC, 1/25/98, Z1 p.8)
1921 Oct 13, Yves Montand,
French actor and singer (Z, Napoleon, Grand Prix), was born.
1923 Oct 13, Angora (Ankara)
became Turkey's capital.
1925 Oct 13, Frank D. Gilroy,
American writer (Subject Was Roses), was born.
1925 Oct 13, Lenny Bruce,
[Leonard Schneider], comedian, was born. He was later arrested on
1925 Oct 13, Margaret Thatcher,
Great Britain’s first female Prime Minister (1979-90), was born in
(HN, 10/13/98)(MC, 10/13/01)
1926 Oct 13, Ray Brown
(d.2002), jazz bass player, was born in Pittsburgh.
(HN, 10/13/00)(SFC, 7/4/02, p.A21)
1930 Oct 13, New German
Reichstag opened with 107 Nazi Party members in uniform.
1931 Oct 13, Noel Coward's
"Cavalcade," premiered in London.
1934 Oct 13, Nana Mouskouri,
Greek singer (Try to Remember), was born in Crete.
1936 Oct 13, Cliff Gorman,
actor (Boys in the Band, Lenny, Angel), was born in Jamaica, NY.
1941 Oct 13, Paul Simon,
songwriter, singer, musician, was born. He played guitar and
recorded with Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson,
Scarborough Fair, The Sounds of Silence; solo: Me and Julio,
Kodachrome, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Rock and Roll Hall of
1941 Oct 13, Nazis killed
11,000 Jewish children and old people.
1942 Oct 13, In the first of
four attacks, two Japanese battleships sail down the slot and
shelled Henderson field on Guadalcanal, in an unsuccessful effort to
destroy the American Cactus Air Force.
1943 Oct 13, During World War
II, Italy declared war on Germany, its one-time Axis partner.
(AP, 10/13/97)(HN, 10/13/98)
1944 Oct 13, The US 1st army
entered Aachen, Germany.
(AP, 10/13/97)(MC, 10/13/01)
1944 Oct 13, British and Greek
advance units landed at Piraeus during World War II.
1944 Oct 13, Riga, Latvia, was
1945 Oct 13, Milton Hershey
(b.1857), Philadelphia chocolate tycoon, died. In 2005 Michael D.
Antonio authored “Hershey: Milton S. Hershey’s Extraordinary Life of
Wealth, Empire and Utopian Dreams.”
1947 Oct 13, The popular
children's television show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, premiered as a
local Chicago show. In its first year, the show's name varied
between "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" and "Junior Jamboree," but it was
essentially the same show.
1953 Oct 13, A burglar alarm
using ultrasonic or radio waves was patented by Samuel Bagno.
1954 Oct 13, R.P. Smith's and
M. Shulman's "Tender Trap," premiered in NYC.
1955 Oct 13, A US Air Force
B-47B crashed while taking off from March Air Base in California.
Capt. Edward A. O'Brien Jr. (Pilot), Capt. David J. Clare
(co-pilot), Major Thomas F. Mulligan (navigator), and Capt. Joseph
M. Graeber (chaplain) were all killed.
1957 Oct 13, CBS-TV broadcast
"The Edsel Show," a one-hour live special starring Bing Crosby
designed to promote the new, ill-fated Ford automobile. It was the
first special to use videotape technology to delay the broadcast to
the West Coast.
1959 Oct 13, K. Rudolf
Mengelberg, Dutch composer (Amsterdam Concertgebouw), died at 67.
1960 Oct 13, The Pittsburgh
Pirates won the World Series at Forbes Field with a 9th inning
homerun by Bill Mazeroski. A Univ. of Pittsburgh academic building
was later built on the site.
(WSJ, 3/25/04, p.D1)
1960 Oct 13, Richard M. Nixon
and John F. Kennedy participated in the third televised debate of
their presidential campaign, with Nixon in Hollywood and Kennedy in
1960 Oct 13, Opponents of Fidel
Castro were executed in Cuba.
1962 Oct 13, Jerry Rice,
football player, was born. He played as a San Francisco '49er wide
receiver: Super Bowl XXIII, XXIV, XXIX.
1962 Oct 13, The four-character
drama "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," by Edward Albee, opened on
Broadway with Uta Hagen (d.2004) as Martha and Arthur Hill as
George. The opening coincided with co-star Melinda Dillon's 23rd
(SFC, 1/16/04, p.A23)(AP, 10/13/07)
1963 Oct 13, "Beatlemania" was
coined after Beatles appeared at Palladium.
1966 Oct 13, 173 US airplanes
1969 Oct 13-25, Pres. Nixon
ordered a worldwide “secret” nuclear alert to scare the Soviets into
forcing concessions from North Vietnam. Nixon called that tactic a
“madman strategy,” and it did not work.
(SFC, 12/25/02, p.A7)
1970 Oct 13, Canada established
diplomatic relations with China.
1972 Oct 13, Aeroflot Il-62
crashed in large pond outside Moscow and 176 died.
1972 Oct 13, A Uruguay to Chile
Fairchild FH-227 turboprop carrying 45 people crashed in the Andes
Mountains. The event was concluded by December 23, 1972 when the
last of 16 survivors were rescued. The group survived by
collectively making a decision to eat flesh from the bodies of their
dead comrades. The book “Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors,”
published two years after their rescue, was written by Piers Paul
Read, who interviewed the survivors and their families.
1974 Oct 13, Television host Ed
Sullivan died in New York City at age 72.
1977 Oct 13, A Lufthansa Boeing
737, bound for Frankfurt, was hijacked by Palestinians shortly after
take-off. The plane is diverted to Rome's Fiumicino Airport. Almost
all of the passengers are German vacationers. "This is Captain
Martyr Mohammed speaking," announces one of the hijackers to the
Rome air-traffic controllers. "The group I represent demands the
release of our comrades in German prisons [see Oct 18].
1980 Oct 13, In northern
California Anne Evelyn Alderson (26) of San Rafael was raped and
shot to death on Mount Tamalpais. David Joseph Carpenter was
arrested in May 1981. In 1984 he was convicted of 2 murders in Santa
Cruz and sentenced to death. In 1988 he was convicted of 4 killings
in Marin County and again sentenced to death.
(SFC, 2/24/10, p.A7)
1980 Oct 13, In Houston Texas a
delicatessen clerk was shot and killed by one bullet during a
robbery. Willie Williams, who admitted to firing the fatal shot, was
executed in 1995. His accomplice, Joseph Nichols, was convicted in
1982 at age 20 and in 2007 was also executed for the murder.
1981 Oct 13, Voters in Egypt
elected Vice President Hosni Mubarak the new president in a
referendum with a 98.5% vote, one week after the assassination of
(AP, 10/13/97)(AP, 7/9/04)
1982 Oct 13, The IOC restored 2
gold medals post mortem from the 1912 Olympics to Jim Thorpe
1982 Oct 13, Guatemala’s army
surrounded the mountain village of Santa Anita Las Canoas. 24 men
were taken inside a church, where they were chained, tied with ropes
and tortured all the night, their screams heard throughout the
village. The following morning, 6 men were taken from the group,
tied to the barbwire fence of the church and executed in front of
1983 Oct 13, The Space Shuttle
Challenger, carrying seven, the largest crew to date, landed safely
at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
1987 Oct 13, Costa Rican
President Oscar Arias was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for
his efforts on behalf of a Central American peace plan to end the
war in Nicaragua.
(AP, 10/13/97)(WSJ, 12/12/97, p.A19)
1988 Oct 13, Egyptian novelist
Naguib Mahfouz was named recipient of the Nobel Prize for
1988 Oct 13, Vice President
George Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis met in their second
presidential debate of the 1988 campaign.
1988 Oct 13, In Italy Cardinal
Archbishop Anastasio Alberto Ballestrero was forced to announce that
the Shroud of Turin did not contain the image of Christ. Scientists
at 3 leading universities carbon-dated samples to some time between
1260-1390. In 1998 it was reported that the dating work was not
definitive. Lab tests showed Shroud of Turin was not Christ’s burial
cloth. The Shroud of Turin Research Project (Sturp) performed
radiocarbon dating on fibers of the shroud and found that the linen
dated to between 1260 and 1390 AD. Ian Wilson wrote the 1978 book
"The Shroud of Turin" and in 1998 "The Blood and the Shroud: New
Evidence That the Most Sacred Relic Is Real."
(WSJ, 4/10/98, p.W6)(SFEC, 2/1/98,
1989 Oct 13, The Dow Jones
Industrial Average plunged 190 points, triggering memories of the
1990 Oct 13, At the start of a
three-day conference in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, the crown prince of
Kuwait promised greater democracy for the emirate if it were freed
from Iraqi occupation.
1990 Oct 13, In Lebanon, rebel
Christian General Michel Aoun ended his mutiny against the
government. Syrian forces defeated the army under Aoun. Jihad
Georges Eid (20) a soldier in the Lebanese army, was taken from
Lebanon by Syrian troops on the day of the last battle in the civil
war. For the next 20 plus years, more than 600 families, Lebanese
and Palestinian, Muslim and Christian, demanded authorities reveal
the fate of thousands of political prisoners believed to have
disappeared at the hands of Syrian troops.
(AP, 10/13/00)(SFC, 4/27/05, p.A8)(AFP, 10/13/11)
1990 Oct 13, The 1st Russian
Orthodox service in 70 yrs was held in St. Basil's Cathedral.
1990 Oct 13, Le Duc Tho,
co-founder of the Vietnamese Communist Party, died in Hanoi at age
79. He was the 1975 North Vietnamese negotiator in Paris.
(AP, 10/13/00)(MC, 10/13/01)
1991 Oct 13, The Minnesota
Twins won the American League pennant, defeating the Toronto Blue
Jays 8-5 at SkyDome.
1991 Oct 13, The US Senate
Judiciary Committee heard conflicting testimony from friends and
associates of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill,
the University of Oklahoma law professor who'd accused Thomas of
sexually harassing her.
1992 Oct 13, Vice President Dan
Quayle, Senator Al Gore and retired admiral James B. Stockdale
clashed in a freewheeling vice-presidential debate in Atlanta.
1993 Oct 13, The Philadelphia
Phillies won the National League pennant, defeating the Atlanta
Braves in game six.
1993 Oct 13, A German who had
stabbed tennis star Monica Seles received a suspended jail term.
1993 Oct 13, The U.N. Security
Council voted to reimpose sanctions on Haiti unless military leaders
there stopped violating a U.N.-brokered accord.
1994 Oct 13, Kenzabuto Oe,
Japanese novelist, won the Noble prize for literature. His work
included “An Echo of Heaven.”
(SFC, 7/7/96, BR p.9)(AP, 10/13/99)
1994 Oct 13, Pro-British
Protestant paramilitaries in Northern Ireland announced a cease-fire
matching the Irish Republican Army's six-week-old truce.
1994 Oct 13, In Sri Lanka peace
talks began in Jaffna.
(SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)
1995 Oct 13, The Nobel Peace
Prize was awarded to Polish-born British physicist Joseph Rotblat
(1908-2005) and the Pugwash Conferences (begun in Canada in 1957)
for their efforts to diminish the part played by nuclear arms in
10/13/00)(SFC, 9/2/05, p.B5)(WSJ, 10/16/95, p. A1)
1996 Oct 13, The Yankees won
the American League pennant, defeating the Baltimore Orioles.
1996 Oct 13, House Speaker Newt
Gingrich, appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation," called on Congress to
investigate campaign contributions made to President Clinton's
re-election campaign by the Lippo Group, an Indonesian banking
1996 Oct 13, In Austria the
far-right Freedom party of Joerg Haider received 27.6% of the vote.
The Conservative People’s Party led by Foreign Minister Wolfgang
Schuessel won with 29.6%, while the Social Democrats got 29.1%.
(SFC, 10/14/96, p.A12)
1996 Oct 13, In Iraq the
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) regained Sulaymaniyah, its former
(SFC, 10/14/96, p.A12)
1997 Oct 13, The Cassini
spacecraft was scheduled to be launched aboard a Titan rocket from
Cape Canaveral for a trip to end in 2004 at Saturn. It will carry
the Huygens probe to be deployed on the Saturn moon Titan. It was
(SFEC, 10/5/97, Z1 p.1)
1997 Oct 13, A British jet car,
Thrust SSC, driven by Andy Green of the Royal Air Force set a land
speed record of 764.168 mph in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. The
record was not recorded as official because turn around time went
over an hour due to braking problems. Green officially broke the
record two days later.
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.A1,7)(AP, 10/13/98)
1997 Oct 13, In Quebec, Canada,
a bus with 48 senior citizens overturned into a ravine near St.
Joseph-de-la-Rive and 43 were killed.
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.A12)(AP, 10/13/98)
1997 Oct 13, In Italy the
Communist Refounding Party reopened talks that were expected to
restore Prodi to power and leave his budget intact.
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.A10)
1997 Oct 13, In Kenya teachers
ended a 12-day strike after the government agreed to a 200% raise.
Their salaries had averaged $35 per month.
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.A12)
1997 Oct 13, In South Korea Kim
Hyun Chul (37), son of Pres. Kim Young Sam, was sentenced to 3 years
in prison for bribery and tax evasion that amounted to about $2.1
million, an amount for which he was also fined.
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.A11)
1997 Oct 13, Swiss bank
officials said that 4,000 more unclaimed accounts from the Holocaust
era were found containing about $4 million.
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.A12)
1997 Oct 13, In Vietnam
journalist Nguyen Hoang Linh of the business newspaper Enterprise,
was arrested on charges of revealing state secrets. He had been
investigating government corruption.
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.A12)
1998 Oct 13, In Conyers, Ga.,
Nancy Fowler (47) spoke her message from Mary, the mother of Jesus,
to a crowd of over 100,000 pilgrims. It was the last of seven years
of messages that Fowler said she received from the Virgin Mary.
(SFC, 10/14/98, p.A3)
1998 Oct 13, The Nobel Prize in
physics was awarded to Robert B. Laughlin of Stanford, Horst L.
Stormer of Columbia Univ. and Daniel C. Tsui of Princeton for their
work on the fractional quantum Hall effect where groups of electrons
act as if they are quarks.
(SFC, 10/14/98, p.A1,6)
1998 Oct 13, The Nobel Prize in
chemistry went to Walter Kohn of UC Santa Barbara and John Pople
(d.2004) of Northwestern Univ. for their work in computational
(SFC, 10/14/98, p.A1)(SFC, 3/19/04, p.B7)
1998 Oct 13, The NBA suspended
the first two weeks of the 1998-99 pro basketball season after
collective bargaining talks broke off.
(WSJ, 10/14/98, p.A1)(AP, 10/13/99)
1998 Oct 13, The New York
Yankees won the American League pennant with a 9-5 victory over the
Cleveland Indians in Game 6 of their championship series.
1998 Oct 13, White House and
congressional budget bargainers continued to seek agreement on
issues snarling a $500 billion bill for the new fiscal year.
1998 Oct 13, Eric Robert
Rudolph, a suspect in the bombing of a Birmingham, Ala. abortion
clinic, was reported to be linked to the 1996 Olympics bombing and
would be charged for that and 2 other bombings in Atlanta.
(SFC, 10/14/98, p.A3)
1998 Oct 13, It was reported
that Dutch auditors chastised the prime minister and other officials
for spending $40 million to acquire the Piet Mondrian painting:
“Victory Boogie Woogie.”
(WSJ, 10/13/98, p.A1)
1998 Oct 13, In the West Bank
an Israeli man, Itamar Doron (24) was killed and another wounded by
suspected terrorists. The slaying prompted Prime Minister
Netanyahu to declare that there was no chance of signing
a new peace deal with the Palestinians.
(SFC, 10/14/98, p.A10)
1998 Oct 13, In Mexico a gas
explosion in Tultepec killed at least 16 people and wounded dozens.
The blast was related to the manufacture of illegal fireworks.
(SFC, 10/14/98, p.A10)
1998 Oct 13, Serbian
authorities announced that elections will be held in Kosovo under
int’l. supervision next year. NATO authorized air strikes if
Milosevic does no comply with UN demands.
(SFC, 10/14/98, p.A1)(SFC, 10/16/98, p.A14)
1999 Oct 13, Robert A. Mundell
(66), a Canadian born professor at Columbia Univ., won the Nobel
Prize in Economics for his study of cross-border capital flows,
flexible foreign exchange rates, and supply side economics. A 1961
paper by Mundell had pioneered the theory of an “optimal currency
area,” which later helped shape the euro zone.
(WSJ, 10/14/99, p.A2)(Econ, 6/13/09, SR p.10)
1999 Oct 13, Pres. Clinton
proposed to place 40 million acres of federal forest beyond the
reach of loggers, miners and road-builders. He urged the forest
service to engage the public in how best to manage and conserve over
50 million acres of the last roadless tracts.
(SFC, 10/14/99, p.A1)(SFC, 8/9/00,
1999 Oct 13, The US Senate
rejected the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban treaty 51-48.
(SFC, 10/14/99, p.A1)(AP, 10/13/00)
1999 Oct 13, Vice Pres. Al Gore
received endorsement from the AFL-CIO for his presidential bid.
(SFC, 10/13/99, p.A3)
1999 Oct 13, In Boulder,
Colorado, the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury was dismissed after 13
months of work with prosecutors saying there wasn’t enough evidence
to charge anyone in the six-year-old’s strangulation.
1999 Oct 13, In Texas 3
Pleasanton law officers, Mark Stephenson, Thomas Monse and Terry
Miller were shot and killed by Jeremiah Engleton (21), who had been
arrested earlier for beating his wife.
(SFC, 10/14/99, p.A8)
1999 Oct 13, In Colombia drug
police arrested 30 cocaine traffickers including Medellin cartel
leader Fabio Ochoa and reputed distribution boss Alejandro
Bernal-Madrigal. Some 1,290 traffickers were also arrested in
Mexico, Ecuador, the US and other countries over the last 2 weeks.
(WSJ, 10/14/99, p.A1,22)(SFC, 10/14/99, p.A14)
1999 Oct 13, France legalized
same sex unions under legislation called "civil solidarity pacts"
pushed through by the Socialist-dominated National Assembly.
(SFC, 10/14/99, p.A12)
1999 Oct 13, In Georgia gunmen
seized 6 UN observers and a translator as they delivered aid to
Abkhazia. 4 of the observers were released the next day and the
ransom was raised to $350,000. The last of the hostages were
released 2 days later.
(SFC, 10/14/99, p.A14)(SFC, 10/15/99, p.D3)(SFC,
1999 Oct 13, In Indonesia the
military chief, Gen'l. Wiranto, was picked by Golkar as the running
mate to Pres. Habibie.
(WSJ, 10/14/99, p.A1,23)
2000 Oct 13, The Nobel Peace
Prize was awarded to Pres. Kim Dae Jung (74) of South Korea for his
efforts to make peace with North Korea.
(SFC, 10/14/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 13, A US federal
appeals court ruled that residents of Puerto Rico cannot vote in
presidential elections unless the island becomes a state or the US
Constitution is amended.
(SFC, 10/14/00, p.A4)
2000 Oct 13, The DJIA rose
157.61 to 10,192, while the NASDAQ rose 242 (7.9%) to 3316, in a
possible dead cat bounce.
(SFC, 10/14/00, p.D1)
2000 Oct 13, Chevron announced
plans to acquire Texaco in a deal valued at $37 billion. Chevron and
Texaco agreed to merge on Oct 15 for $35 billion in stock and $7.5
billion in debt.
(SFC, 10/14/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/16/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 13, Gus Hall (90),
longtime American communist, died in New York.
2000 Oct 13, Jean Peters, film
actress and former wife of Howard Hughes, died at age 73.
(SFC, 10/21/00, p.A24)
2000 Oct 13, In Serbia a new
agreement was reached to hold parliamentary elections on Dec 24.
(SFC, 10/14/00, p.A10)
2000 Oct 13, Janko “Tuta”
Janjic (43), a war crimes suspect, killed himself in Foca, a town in
the Serb section of Bosnia, when NATO troops came to arrest him.
(SFC, 10/14/00, p.A10)
2001 Oct 13, Anthrax was
confirmed in 3 US states. In Florida 5 more employees tested
positive; in Nevada a letter sent to a Microsoft office tested
positive; and in NYC a letter sent to NBC News tested positive.
(SSFC, 10/14/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 13, The US confirmed
that an errant 2,000-pound bomb hit residential buildings in Kabul
and that 4 people were killed.
(SSFC, 10/14/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/4/01, p.A20)
2001 Oct 13, In Nebraska a
school bus carrying a high school band in Douglas County overturned
and 3 people were killed.
(SSFC, 10/14/01, p.A17)
2001 Oct 13, In London an
estimated 20,000 people marched against the military strikes in
Afghanistan. Other demonstrations took place in Europe.
(SSFC, 10/14/01, p.A16)
2001 Oct 13, Ukraine's defense
minister and air defense chief offered to resign, conceding that the
military was involved in the explosion of a Russian airliner over
the Black Sea Oct. 4 that killed 78 people.
2002 Oct 13, The Anaheim Angels
routed the Minnesota Twins 13-5 to win the American League
Championship Series in five games.
2002 Oct 13, In Lewiston,
Maine, over 200 people marched in support of Somali immigrants. Over
1,000 Somalis had settled in the town over the last 18 months.
(SFC, 10/14/02, p.A9)
2002 Oct 13, In Iowa up to 11
bodies of suspected Mexican immigrants were found in a Union Pacific
rail car. The car had left Matamoros, Mexico, in June, and had been
parked in Oklahoma since mid-June.
(SFC, 10/16/02, p.A3)
2002 Oct 13, Horace Logan (86),
producer of the Louisiana Hayride country music show (b.1948), died
in New Orleans.
(SFC, 10/14/02, p.A26)
2002 Oct 13, Stephen Ambrose
(b.Jan 10, 1936), historian, died in New Orleans. His books included
"D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II."
(SFC, 10/14/02, p.A26)
2002 Oct 13, In eastern Congo
fighting broke out in a strategic port when pro-government tribal
fighters tried to wrest control of the town from rebels.
2002 Oct 13, In Greece
opposition conservatives claimed victory in local elections, but
appeared to fall short of gaining a powerful protest vote against
the long-governing Socialists.
2002 Oct 13, In Israel about
140,000 public workers went on strike to protest government plans to
tax contributions to pension funds.
2002 Oct 13, Israeli troops
backed by tanks and a helicopter entered the Rafah refugee camp
hunting for tunnels used to smuggle weapons and drugs into the Gaza
Strip. Two Palestinians were killed and 28 wounded.
2002 Oct 13, A Palestinian
militant, whose clan has been targeted previously by Israeli
security forces, was killed when a public telephone exploded in his
hand. He was one of six Palestinians to die in a day of violence.
2002 Oct 13, Philippine troops
pounded Muslim guerrilla positions with bombs and cannon fire,
killing 20 rebels, as fighting raged for the second day in the
country's troubled south.
2002 Oct 13, In Russia 10
people died of hypothermia in Moscow over the weekend, bringing the
death toll for the current cold season to 32.
2002 Oct 13, In Serbia a
moderate nationalist and a pro-Western pragmatist faced each other
in the second round of presidential elections. Less than 50% of the
electorate turned out rendering the results invalid.
(AP, 10/13/02)(SFC, 10/14/02, p.A9)
2002 Oct 13, In Somalia a boat
that had carried 120 Somalis and Ethiopians from the village of
Marear more than two weeks ago, landed with 50 survivors. The engine
failed, leaving them drifting in the Gulf of Aden. At least 70
people who were headed to Persian Gulf states in search of jobs
2002 Oct 13, In Zimbabwe Sir
Garfield Todd (93), the former prime minister of Southern Rhodesia
(1953-1958), as Zimbabwe was once known, died after suffering a
2003 Oct 13, The Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation said it was doubling to $200 million the
prevention funds for HIV and AIDS in India.
2003 Oct 13, It was reported
that scientists in North Carolina had built a brain implant that
lets monkeys control a robotic arm with their thoughts.
(SFC, 10/13/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 13, Ohio Democratic
congressman Dennis Kucinich formally kicked off his presidential
2003 Oct 13, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry signed into law a controversial redistricting bill designed to
put more Republicans in the Texas congressional delegation.
2003 Oct 13, In Louisiana a bus
crash on I-20 killed 8 members of a Texas church group after the
driver fell asleep.
(WSJ, 10/14/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 13, Hundreds of Afghan
troops backed by U.S. soldiers and helicopters attacked a suspected
Taliban hide-out, killing at least 4 rebels and capturing 8 others.
2003 Oct 13, Bolivia's Pres.
Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada dropped plans to export natural gas in the
face of massive protests that left 18 dead.
(SFC, 10/14/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 10/14/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 13, In western Nepal
Communist rebels attacked a police training camp overnight, sparking
a gunbattle that left at least 12 policemen and 15 guerrillas dead.
2003 Oct 13, In Nepal soldiers
stormed a high school that had been taken over by rebels in a
mountain village, starting a gunbattle that left at least 11
insurgents and four students dead.
2003 Oct 13, Paraguay's
president named a new interior minister, in a change spurred by a
2003 Oct 13, The Saudi Cabinet
announced that first-ever elections would be held for local councils
in 14 municipalities throughout the country.
2003 Oct 13, In Sudan, Hassan
Turabi, hard-line Islamic leader and top opposition figure, was
pardoned after more than 2 years under house arrest as part of a
release of political prisoners.
2003 Oct 13, The UN Security
Council approved a resolution expanding the NATO-led peacekeeping
force in Afghanistan.
2004 Oct 13, In Tempe, Ariz.,
Pres. Bush and Sen John Kerry held their 3rd and final debate
trading blows on taxes, gun control, abortion and jobs, striving to
cement impressions in voters' minds in the run-up to Election Day.
(SFC, 10/14/04, p.A1)(AP, 10/13/05)
2004 Oct 13, National Hockey
League games failed to begin as a lockout entered day 27.
(SFC, 10/12/04, p.A16)
2004 Oct 13, The US government
approved a microchip that can be implanted under the skin to provide
doctors with patient data. Two weeks after the device's approval
took effect on Jan. 10, 2005, Tommy Thompson left his Cabinet post,
and within five months was a board member of VeriChip Corp. and
Applied Digital Solutions. He was compensated in cash and stock
options. In 2007 it was reported that a series of veterinary and
toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s, stated that chip
implants had "induced" malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats.
(SFC, 10/14/04, p.A1)(AP, 9/9/07)
2004 Oct 13, Bernice Rubens
(76), author, died in London. She won the 1970 Booker Prize for “The
Elected Member.” Her book "Madame Sousatzka" was turned into a 1988
(SFC, 12/28/04, p.D12)
2004 Oct 13, The Canadian
federal government confirmed that its tax intake massively
outweighed spending in the past fiscal year - producing a budget
surplus of $9.1 billion.
2004 Oct 13, In Shanghai,
China, the Houston Rockets, featuring Yao Ming, played an exhibition
basketball game against the Sacramento Kings. Advertisers paid some
$10 million to sponsor the game and another in Beijing.
(WSJ, 10/15/04, p.B1)
2004 Oct 13, In Iraq roadside
bombings killed 4 American soldiers in Baghdad.
2004 Oct 13, The Israeli
military killed 4 Palestinian militants as troops extended a 2-week
operation in the Gaza Strip to silence Palestinian rocket fire.
(SFC, 10/14/04, p.A8)
2004 Oct 13, A Mexican judge
found bus driver Victor Garcia Uribe, guilty of eight slayings,
giving prosecutors their second conviction in the decade-long series
of murders of women in the border city of Ciudad Juarez.
2004 Oct 13, In Pakistan talks
aimed at freeing two Chinese engineers taken hostage by
al-Qaida-linked militants in a lawless region near the Afghanistan
border have broken down and tribal elders said they would support
the military using force to free the pair.
2004 Oct 13, Russia and China
settled a dispute over their 2,700-mile border during a visit by
(WSJ, 10/14/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 13, A Russian rocket
lifted off in Kazakhstan carrying 2 Russians and an American to
replace the crew of the int’l. space station.
(SFC, 10/14/04, p.A2)
2005 Oct 13, US intelligence
officials announced the establishment of a National Clandestine
Service to run CIA operations and coordinate activities with the
Pentagon and FBI.
(SFC, 10/14/05, p.A7)
2005 Oct 13, South Korea’s
Samsung Electronics agreed to plead guilty to US charges of price
fixing memory chips from 1999-2002 and to pay a $300 million fine.
In 2006 3 Samsung executives were sentenced to serve up to 8 months
in federal prison and fined $250,000 each.
(SFC, 10/14/05, p.C1)(SFC, 3/23/06, p.C1)
2005 Oct 13, In Afghanistan
Sargon Heinrich (40) of Rio Vista, Ca., head of a building company,
was hauled from his boardinghouse in Kabul as Afghan agents arrested
patrons there. He refused to pay a bribe for release and was charged
on Nov 23 for gun-running, forged ID and refusal to cooperate with
authorities. 2 Britons and an Indian faced the same plight. All 4
were released Dec 8.
(SFC, 12/6/05, p.A8)(SFC, 12/10/05, p.A3)
2005 Oct 13, An international
group of artists, scientists, lawyers, politicians, economists,
academics and business experts issued the Adelphi Charter, which set
out new principles for copyrights and patents, and calls on
governments to apply a new public interest test. The charter stemmed
from the 1754 mission of Britain’s Royal Society of Arts.
2005 Oct 13, Argentina and
Chile suspended imports of Brazilian meat, joining 28 other
countries with similar bans after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth
2005 Oct 13, British playwright
Harold Pinter, who juxtaposed the brutal and the banal in such works
as "The Caretaker" and "The Birthday Party" and made an art form out
of spare language and unbearable silence, won the 2005 Nobel Prize
2005 Oct 13, Scientists
announced the discovery in Argentina of a rooster-size fossil named
Buitreraptor gonzalezorum. It dates back 90 million years and
closely resembles fossils from the North. It was part of the class
called dromaesaurs believed to have originated 180 million years ago
2005 Oct 13, Chinese
archeologists reported their find of a 4,000 year-old container in
northwestern China of noodles made from millet.
(SFC, 10/13/05, p.A2)
2005 Oct 13, At the
Ibero-American Summit in Spain, foreign ministers from Latin
America, Spain and Portugal backed Cuba on in two of its battles
against the US, calling for an end to the US embargo and the
expulsion from the U.S. of a Cuban militant wanted for a 1976 plane
2005 Oct 13, Lucio Gutierrez,
ousted Ecuadorian President said he was renouncing his asylum in
Colombia and would return to his own country, where he faces arrest,
and attempt to regain power.
2005 Oct 13, The EU said the
bird flu virus found in Turkish poultry was the H5N1 strain that
scientists worry might mutate into a human virus and spark a
pandemic. Turkey's health minister said the outbreak had been
2005 Oct 13, Germany's highest
administrative court has upheld claims to real estate in Berlin by
heirs of the Jewish Wertheim family who lost their department store
fortune under the Nazis. The department store site is worth some $20
million. The decision opened the way for claims on a total of 24
acres of former Wertheim property in Berlin, which was estimated to
be worth some $200 million.
2005 Oct 13, Authorities said
the number of people missing in Guatemala after last week's flooding
and mudslides rose to 828, while the confirmed death toll held
steady at 654.
2005 Oct 13, In Iraq a US
soldier died when by a roadside bomb hit his combat patrol.
2005 Oct 13, A female suicide
bomber blew herself up minutes before an army convoy was to pass on
a key highway in Indian Kashmir, the first such attack by a woman in
the region's Islamic separatist conflict.
2005 Oct 13, The UN adopted AU
proposals giving Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo a year more in
office with the caveat that he cede some powers to the prime
(Econ, 10/22/05, p.50)
2005 Oct 13, Soccer star George
Weah took an early lead as results trickled in from Liberia's first
post-war elections, but he seemed likely to face a run-off with
former Finance Minister Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
2005 Oct 13, Philippine police
fired jets of water and used anti-riot shields to break up a march
by about 300 left-wing student activists demanding the ouster of
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
2005 Oct 13, In Russia scores
of Islamic militants launched simultaneous attacks on police and
government buildings in Nalchik, capital of the republic of
Kabardino-Balkariya, sparking battles that killed 139 people,
including 94 militants. Chechen rebels claimed responsibility for
the attacks. President Putin ordered a total blockade of Nalchik, a
city of 235,000, to prevent militants from slipping out, and he said
armed resisters would be shot.
(SFC, 10/14/05, p.A11)(Econ, 7/15/06, p.25)(AP,
2005 Oct 13, Spanish
authorities said police have seized 3.5 tons of cocaine in a fishing
boat bound for Spain from Venezuela after tip-offs from U.S.
2006 Oct 13, President Bush
signed a law imposing sanctions against people responsible for
genocide and war crimes in Sudan. He also signed the Security and
Accountability For Every Port Act. It contained language barring the
electronic settling of gambling debts, the Unlawful Internet Gaming
Enforcement Act (UIGEA).
(Reuters, 10/13/06)(WSJ, 10/14/06, p.A1)(Econ,
7/10/10, SR p.7)
2006 Oct 13, Ohio
Representative Bob Ney pleaded guilty in a federal court to
conspiracy and making false statements as part of the Jack Abramoff
2006 Oct 13, Air America Radio,
a liberal talk radio network founded in 2004, filed for Chapter 11
(SFC, 10/14/06, p.A2)
2006 Oct 13, A jury in
Philadelphia said US retail giant Wal-Mart must pay 78 million
dollars for violating labor laws in Pennsylvania.
(SFC, 10/14/06, p.C1)
2006 Oct 13, In New York a
record-breaking early snowstorm walloped the Buffalo area, leaving
thousands without power and 12 people left dead.
(AP, 10/14/06)(WSJ, 10/19/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 13, In St. Lucie
County, Florida, 4 people, two of them young children, were found
shot to death along an isolated stretch of Florida's Turnpike with
obvious tire tracks nearby. In 2009 Daniel Troya (26) and
co-defendant Ricardo Sanchez Jr. (25) received the death sentence
for the slayings.
(AP, 10/13/06)(AP, 5/14/09)
2006 Oct 13, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber targeted a NATO convoy, killing a
NATO soldier and eight civilians.
2006 Oct 13, Bangladeshi
economist Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank he founded won the
Nobel Peace Prize for their pioneering use of tiny, seemingly
insignificant loans, microcredit, to lift millions out of poverty.
2006 Oct 13, In Brazil a small
private plane with six people aboard went missing after losing
contact with air traffic controllers in Vitoria.
2006 Oct 13, A British coroner
ruled that US forces unlawfully killed Terry Lloyd (50), a veteran
reporter for the British television network ITN, in the opening days
of the Iraq war. He was shot in the back by Iraqi troops who
overtook his car, then died after US fire hit a civilian minivan
being used as an ambulance and struck him in the head.
2006 Oct 13, In Britain the
chief of staff to the Democratic Republic of Congo's President
Joseph Kabila was assaulted and robbed in northwest London while
waiting to appear on a television program. Leonard She Okitundu was
attacked by a gang who beat him around the head and body with a
baseball bat, stripped him of his clothes, and posted pictures of
them on the Internet. Okitundu said his attackers shouted that he
was working for the Rwandans, and that they would kill anyone who
2006 Oct 13, The WHO said it
has confirmed an outbreak of plague in the Democratic Republic of
Congo, with 42 deaths reported among 626 suspected cases over the
past 10 weeks.
2006 Oct 13, The EU condemned a
French bill making it a crime to deny that the World War I-era
killing of Armenians in Turkey was genocide, calling it unhelpful at
a critical stage in the Muslim country's EU entry talks.
2006 Oct 13, EU and Indian
leaders agreed to boost cooperation in fighting terrorism,
particularly by focusing on improving the flow of intelligence.
2006 Oct 13, The French state
rail network said some 1,200 claims for compensation have been
leveled against the rail network for its role in helping transport
people to Nazi camps during World War II.
2006 Oct 13, An Indonesia a
woman (27) died from bird flu. 2 more deaths from the virus in the
next 2 days brought the nation's toll to 55.
2006 Oct 13, At least 15 people
were killed in attacks around Iraq, including the commander of a
battalion of special Interior Ministry police and six women and two
girls who were shot south of Baghdad near Suwayrah. Police found the
corpses of 21 murder victims in Duluiyah many of them riddled with
bullets and showing signs of torture. Gunmen attacked a farmhouse in
Saifiyah and killed an entire family, including five women and three
children, in an attack apparently motivated by sectarian hatred. A
US soldier was killed in a roadside bombing southwest of Baghdad.
(AP, 10/13/06)(AFP, 10/14/06)(AP, 10/14/06)(AP,
2006 Oct 13, Israeli forces
killed at least four people in a series of attacks throughout the
Gaza Strip. The deaths brought to 13 the number of Palestinians
killed by the military in Gaza since the army launched its latest
ground incursion early on Oct 12.
2006 Oct 13, Italy’s Economy
Minister Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa said tax evasion is a "disease which
exists in all countries, but in Italy it is an epidemic." The next
day 2005 data on tax returns by the self-employed, among whom
evasion is considered particularly rife, made front page news in
most of newspapers.
2006 Oct 13, An Ivory Coast
Health Ministry spokesman said the number of people who have died
following the dumping of toxic waste around Abidjan has risen to 10.
2006 Oct 13, Fire broke out at
Lithuania's only oil refinery, causing millions of dollars in damage
and forcing the evacuation of all its workers. No injuries were
2006 Oct 13, Pakistan’s
Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao said security forces had arrested 8
militants with suspected links to Al-Qaeda for an attempted rocket
blitz in and around Islamabad. Authorities also seized rockets,
grenades, explosives and hundreds of sniper rifle rounds in the
arrests at undisclosed locations.
2006 Oct 13, In Peru Shining
Path founder Abimael Guzman, whose messianic communist vision
inspired a 12-year rebellion that cost nearly 70,000 lives, was
found guilty of aggravated terrorism and sentenced to life in
2006 Oct 13, Russia's Vladimir
Kramnik became the first universally recognized world chess champion
since 1993, winning a series of timed, tiebreaking games over
Bulgaria's Veselin Topalov to take a tournament that reunified the
2006 Oct 13, A Russian court
shut down the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society, a human rights
group that has exposed abuses against civilians in Chechnya.
Director Stanislav Dmitriyevsky denounced the ruling as part of an
effort to silence critics of the government's conduct in the
2006 Oct 13, Somalia's Islamic
radicals repulsed an attack by pro-government forces to recapture
Kismayo, a vital seaport. Islamic radicals carried out their second
public execution in less than a month amid fears of increasing
extremist violence. Mahad Osman Ugas (23) was executed by a six-man
firing squad as several thousand people watched. A jury convicted
him of killing a businessman while trying to steal the man's cell
(AP, 10/13/06)(AP, 10/14/06)
2006 Oct 13, The UN General
Assembly appointed South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon as the
next UN secretary-general. The veteran diplomat who grew up during a
war that divided his country pledged to make peace with North Korea
a top priority.
2006 Oct 13, Pope Benedict XVI
met privately with the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet,
but the Vatican released no details of the low-key visit that was
not even listed on the pontiff's official calendar.
2007 Oct 13, US Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice, after meeting with human-rights activists in
Moscow, told reporters the Russian government under Vladimir Putin
had amassed so much central authority that the power-grab could
undermine its commitment to democracy.
2007 Oct 13, In San Leandro,
Ca., Greg Ballard Jr. (17), was shot to death on the 9200 block of
Sunnyside Street in East Oakland. Authorities identified suspect
Dwayne Stancill (19), a gang member and son of a police detective,
with the help of his picture on the gang’s MySpace page. In 2010
Stancill was convicted of 2nd degree murder.
(SFC, 10/25/07, p.B3)(SFC, 2/11/10, p.C2)
2007 Oct 13, A suicide bomber
on a motorbike detonated his explosives in a crowded marketplace
near Afghan police, killing nine people and injuring at least 29.
2007 Oct 13, Some 130 Muslim
scholars from most of the world’s Islamic nations issued an
inter-religious initiative calling for a strategic dialogue with
(Econ, 10/13/07, p.65)
2007 Oct 13, In Algeria 4 armed
Islamists were killed by security forces near the town of Thenia,
about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Algiers.
2007 Oct 13, In southern
Bangladesh 5 rear carriages of an overcrowded express train jumped
their tracks, killing at least five passengers and injuring more
than 100 others.
2007 Oct 13, Belgian Countess
Andree De Jongh (90), who set up an escape route that helped
hundreds of British airmen flee the Nazi occupation of Belgium
during World War II, died. De Jongh, a female nurse in a men's world
of war resistance, helped found the Comet Line escape route while
still in 1940. By the time she was arrested in 1943, she had already
brought 118 people, including 80 downed pilots to safety.
2007 Oct 13, State media said
China plans to carve a huge national park out of its vast northwest
Xinjiang region that would eclipse Yellowstone National Park in
2007 Oct 13, In Colombia a
landslide triggered by local residents digging for rumored deposits
of gold in an abandoned mine near Suarez killed at least 21 people
and injured another 26.
2007 Oct 13, Bob Denard (78), a
French former mercenary who staged coups and led uprisings across
Africa and the Middle East, died in Paris.
(AFP, 10/14/07)(Econ, 10/20/07, p.119)
2007 Oct 13, In Honduras 3
children and a woman were killed when their boat capsized, raising
to 21 the death toll from days of torrential rains that have driven
thousands from their homes across Central America.
2007 Oct 13, The police
commander in Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk escaped an assassination
attempt, although the roadside bomb targeting his convoy killed one
of his guards and wounded three others, along with one bystander.
Police fatally shot a suicide bomber but his explosives-laden fuel
tanker blew up near Samarra's police headquarters, killing 18 and
wounding 27 others. Two Catholic priests were kidnapped on their way
home from a funeral Mosul. The priests were released the next day.
(AP, 10/13/07)(AP, 10/14/07)(AP, 10/15/07)
2007 Oct 13, Amnesty
International said 4 prominent political activists were arrested in
Myanmar as the ruling junta kept up its crackdown on pro-democracy
2007 Oct 13, Dutch police
arrested 11 Greenpeace activists who boarded a cargo ship to stop it
unloading newsprint paper they suspected was made from ancient trees
felled in Canadian forests.
2007 Oct 13, In southern
Thailand 6 European tourists and their two Thai guides died when a
flash flood engulfed a cave they were exploring.
2007 Oct 13, At least 15 people
were killed in a natural gas blast that partly destroyed an
apartment building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk.
(AFP, 10/13/07)(AP, 10/15/07)
2008 Oct 13, Stock markets
rejoiced after governments worldwide launched multibillion-dollar
bailouts to shore up banks, and Britain called for a new Bretton
Woods agreement to reshape the world financial system. The US
Central Bank said it would provide unlimited dollars the European
Central Bank, the Bank of England and the Swiss National Bank.
Britain committed £37 billion ($64 billion) to capitalize its big
banks. Wall Street rebounded with the biggest stock rally since the
Great Depression. The DJIA rose 936 points to close at 9,387.61, its
largest point gain ever and one of its largest percentage increases.
(Reuters, 10/13/08)(SFC, 10/14/08, p.A1)(WSJ,
10/14/08, p.A3)(Econ, 10/18/08, p.83)
2008 Oct 13, Paul Krugman, the
Princeton University scholar and New York Times columnist, won the
Nobel prize in economics for his analysis of how economies of scale
can affect trade patterns and the location of economic activity. The
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences praised Krugman for formulating a
new theory to answer questions about free trade and said his theory
has inspired an enormous field of research.
(AP, 10/13/08)(Econ, 10/18/08, p.90)
2008 Oct 13, ABC News reported
that Tim Mahoney (52), a US Democratic Representative from Florida,
had an affair with an aide and then paid her $121,000 to keep her
quiet and avoid a sexual harassment suit. His affair with Patricia
Allen (50) had begun in 2006.
(SFC, 10/15/08, p.A6)
2008 Oct 13, In the SF Bay Area
fire crews extinguished a fire that had begun a day earlier on Angel
Island. All the historic buildings on the island were saved. The
fire burned 400 of the island’s 740 acres.
(SFC, 10/14/08, p.A1)
2008 Oct 13, In Afghanistan 8
civilians were killed in separate insurgent attacks. 5 Afghan men
who worked as translators were abducted by unknown gunmen in the
eastern province of Paktia as they were driving to Kabul by taxi. A
coalition service member was killed and several others were wounded
in southern Afghanistan when their vehicle was hit by a roadside
(AFP, 10/13/08)(AP, 10/14/08)
2008 Oct 13, First ladies from
seven west African countries gather in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso,
for a conference on ways to end female circumcision, a widespread
practice in the region despite efforts to end it.
2008 Oct 13, Cambodian PM Hun
Sen gave Thailand an ultimatum to withdraw troops from a disputed
stretch of jungle-clad border within 24 hours or his forces would
turn the area into a "death zone." Thai troops retreated the next
(Reuters, 10/13/08)(AP, 10/14/08)
2008 Oct 13, Europe put $2.3
trillion on the line to protect the continent's banks, a figure that
dwarfed the Bush administration's $700 billion rescue program.
2008 Oct 13, The EU temporarily
lifted a travel ban on the president of Belarus, a country regarded
as Europe's last dictatorship, as relations with the country start
2008 Oct 13, The EU condemned
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's "unilateral decision" to form a
new government and threatened fresh sanctions unless he respects a
power-sharing deal. Mugabe swore in his two vice presidents, casting
doubt on a new mediation effort aimed at saving a power-sharing deal
with the opposition.
2008 Oct 13, Guillaume
Depardieu (37), French film star, died of pneumonia. The
often-troubled son of renowned French film star Gerard Depardieu had
gained praise for his own career as an actor. In 2003 he Depardieu
had his right leg amputated to end years of pain from a bacterial
infection that followed a motorcycle accident in 1996.
2008 Oct 13, In India police
arrested seven relatives of a 75-year-old widow for doing nothing to
prevent the woman from killing herself by jumping into her husband's
2008 Oct 13, Iraq's oil
minister met 34 oil company representatives in London to set out the
ground rules for foreign multinationals' first bite at the country's
enormous energy reserves since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
2008 Oct 13, Israel shut down
entry from the West Bank during the 7-day Sukkot holiday. The order
bars almost all West Bank Palestinians from entering Israel until
2008 Oct 13, Italian police
arrested five people in the Calabria region, including the mayor of
Rosarno, for suspected ties to the local mob.
2008 Oct 13, In Pakistan ten
Islamic extremists died in a gunbattle with soldiers in the
Khawazakhela district of the Swat valley during an ongoing military
operation against fighters loyal to local cleric Maulana Fazlullah.
Security forces fired mortar and artillery rounds at militants in
the Charmang area of the Bajur region overnight, killing nine
insurgents. Pro-government tribesmen exchanged fire with militants
in the Nawa and Kotkai areas of Bajur. Thirteen militants and two
pro-government tribesmen were killed.
(AFP, 10/13/08)(AP, 10/13/08)
2008 Oct 13, Singapore's High
Court ruled that an opposition party and two of its leaders must pay
$416,000 in defamation damages to PM Lee Hsien Loong and his father,
former PM Lee Kuan Yew, related to criticism published in 2006 in
the party's newspaper.
2008 Oct 13, In Somalia
Islamist insurgents attacked African Union peacekeepers in
Mogadishu, triggering fierce clashes that killed a civilian and
wounded five others.
2008 Oct 13, Barbara Hogan,
South Africa’s new health minister, broke from a decade of
discredited government policies declaring that AIDS is caused by HIV
and must be treated by conventional medicine.
(SFC, 10/14/08, p.A3)
2008 Oct 13, In Sri Lanka
fighting in the Kilinochchi region killed 11 rebel fighters and two
soldiers. Fighting in Jaffna, Vavuniya and Mullaittivu killed nine
2008 Oct 13, Sudanese officials
disclosed the arrest of Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-al-Rahman (aka Ali
Kushayb), a Janjaweed militia leader who was charged by the Int’l.
Criminal court in 2007 for crimes against humanity.
(SFC, 10/14/08, p.A6)
2008 Oct 13, Swiss authorities
said they have found high concentrations of melamine in biscuits
from Thailand and Sri Lanka and have called on other European
countries to withdraw the products.
2008 Oct 13, A Venezuelan court
issued arrest warrants for eight suspects in the Oct 1 killing of
Julio Soto, a student leader who helped organize protests against
constitutional amendments proposed by President Hugo Chavez.
2009 Oct 13, It was reported
that the FBI has begun using facial-recognition technology on
millions of motorists comparing driver’s license photos with
pictures of convicts. The project in North Carolina had already
helped nab at least one suspect.
(SFC, 10/13/09, p.A6)
2009 Oct 13, The Missouri Dept.
of Revenue sent letters to 140 yoga and Pilates telling them they
must collect sales tax on fees for their classes and services.
(SFC, 11/5/09, p.A8)
2009 Oct 13, American
International Group said it would sell its Taiwan unit for 2.15
billion US dollars as the insurance giant raised money to pay off a
huge US government bail-out loan.
2009 Oct 13, Record one-day
rain fell in the SF Bay area with 2.64 inches recorded in San
Francisco. It was the worst October storm since 1962 and knocked out
power for 193,000.
(SFC, 10/14/09, p.A1)
2009 Oct 13, Montana wildlife
commissioners shut down gray wolf hunting in backcountry adjacent to
Yellowstone National Park after 9 wolves were killed in recent
weeks. The statewide quota was kept at 75.
(SFC, 10/14/09, p.A4)
2009 Oct 13, In Ohio a woman
being driven around in a rented limousine pulled up at a Burlington
coat store and announced she'd won the lottery and would pay for
everyone's purchases. Linda Brown (44) ended up causing a riot when
customers realized it was a hoax. When the limousine driver realized
he wasn't going to be paid the $900 Brown owed him for the day's
rental, he turned her in to police.
2009 Oct 13, China and Russia
signed a framework agreement that could see a steady flow of natural
gas to energy-hungry China from its resource-rich neighbor.
2009 Oct 13, China’s Xinhua
state news agency said 968 children in central China have tested
positive for lead poisoning in the latest environmental scandal to
erupt in the nation's smelting industry. Residents in Jiyuan city,
Henan province, had protested over pollution from three local
smelters last month.
2009 Oct 13, Activists from
Congo, Rene Ngongo (48), and New Zealand, Alyn Ware (47), and an
Ethiopia-based doctor from Australia, Catherine Hamlin (85), won the
Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "alternative Nobel," for
work to protect rain forests, improve women's health and rid the
world of nuclear weapons. The honorary part of the award, without
prize money, went to Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki (73) for
raising awareness of climate change. Each will receive euro50,000
2009 Oct 13, A report by a
coalition of 84 organizations said more than 1,000 civilians have
been killed and nearly 900,000 displaced in eastern Congo by Rwandan
Hutu militiamen and Congolese forces since January.
2009 Oct 13, French soldiers in
the Indian Ocean opened fire on pirates, warding off an attack on
two French tuna fishing vessels off the Seychelles Islands.
2009 Oct 13, A German court
convicted two men of supporting a radical Islamic group with links
to al-Qaida and sentenced them to prison terms. It sentenced Omid
Shirkhani, a German of Afghan background, to two years and nine
months in prison; and co-defendant Huseyin Ozgun, a Turk, to a year
and two months. The court found that both had links to Adem Yilmaz,
a Turk living in Germany who is currently on trial over plans to
attack US targets in Germany.
2009 Oct 13, Guinea's military
government said it has signed a $7 billion mining agreement with a
Chinese company. Guinea is the world's largest producer of bauxite,
the raw material used to make aluminum, and also produces diamonds
and gold. The Hong Kong-based syndicate, China Int’l. Fund or China
Sonangol, transferred $100 million to the cash-strapped junta.
(AP, 10/13/09)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.23)
2009 Oct 13, Iraqi lawmakers
approved the return of a limited number of British troops to Iraq to
help protect the country's southern oil ports, an area where Iraq is
lagging in its ability to provide security. The Iraqi Human Rights
Ministry released a report as part of a larger study on the
country's human rights situation, saying 85,694 people were killed
from 2004-08, and 147,195 were wounded during the same period that
followed the US-led invasion. UNESCO said drought has forced more
than 100,000 people in northern Iraq to abandon their homes since
2005, with 36,000 more on the verge of leaving.
(AP, 10/13/09)(AP, 10/14/09)
2009 Oct 13, Rev. Franklin
Graham, the son of veteran US evangelist Billy Graham, arrived in
North Korea to deliver aid to the impoverished country more than six
months after the isolated regime kicked out all American
humanitarian groups. Franklin Graham served as the head of the Billy
Graham Evangelistic Association and the aid agency Samaritan's
Purse, which have provided more than $10 million in aid to the North
2009 Oct 13, Pakistani jets
bombed militant targets in the main insurgent stronghold along the
Afghan border ahead of an expected ground offensive there.
Helicopter gunship attacks killed 26 insurgents in Bajur. Terrorists
fired 31 rockets" at a convoy of security forces in South
2009 Oct 13, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party accepted Egypt's plan for
separate signings of a reconciliation deal with Hamas after the
Islamist group balked at attending a unity ceremony.
2009 Oct 13, A rocket fired by
Palestinian militants hit southern Israel.
2009 Oct 13, Romania's
government fell in a confidence vote in Parliament. Lawmakers said
it failed to improve the economy after going into recession
following 3 years of growth. A total of 254 parliamentary deputies
and senators voted to oust PM Emil Boc, more than the 236 needed,
and 176 voted against. Under the constitution it was up to Pres.
Traian Basescu to name a new prime minister.
2009 Oct 13, In Saudi Arabia a
shootout between Saudi security forces and al-Qaida militants near,
two of whom were disguised as women and wearing explosives belts,
left two of the militants and a soldier dead near the southern Yemen
border. One of the assailants, Abdullah Hassan Tali Assiri, was
captured. The two al-Qaida militants killed were planning to carry
out a massive attack. 6 Yemeni accomplices. who were coordinating
with the two militants, Youssef al-Shihri and Raed al-Harbi, were
(AP, 10/14/09)(AP, 10/18/09)
2009 Oct 13, In South Africa
police fired tear gas and rubber bullets, wounding several
protesters demanding better sanitation, electricity and housing in
impoverished black townships. Tires burned and rubbish littered the
streets of Standerton, 150 km (90 miles) south-east of Johannesburg,
and shops were closed after thousands of people marched on the
municipal offices in the town from nearby Sakhile township.
2010 Oct 13, It was reported
that officials in 50 US states and the District of Columbia have
launched a joint investigation into allegations that mortgage
companies mishandled documents and broke laws in foreclosing on
hundreds of thousands of homeowners.
2010 Oct 13, US authorities
said a vast network of Armenian gangsters and their associates used
phantom health care clinics and other means to try to cheat Medicare
out of $163 million, the largest fraud by one criminal enterprise in
the program's history. Federal prosecutors in New York and elsewhere
charged 73 people. The reputed boss, Armen Kazarian (46), was in
custody in Los Angeles.
2010 Oct 13, Tax officials in
Billings, Montana, said developer Tim Blixseth and his wife owe the
state $57 million in taxes on the money they drained from the
Yellowstone Club. The state faced a deficit of $300 million.
(SFC, 10/14/10, p.A9)
2010 Oct 13, Mexican national
Jose Antonio Medina Arreguin (36) was booked into a Ventura, Ca.,
county jail after being extradited from his home country. Court
documents later showed Medina, accused of being Mexico's "King of
Heroin," caught on wiretap conversations talking to coconspirators
about drug transactions involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In March 2011 Arreguin pleaded guilty and faced up to 24 years in
(AP, 11/13/10)(AP, 3/17/11)
2010 Oct 13, Gen. David
Petraeus, NATO's top commander in Afghanistan, offered a cautiously
optimistic assessment of the transition of security duties to Afghan
forces during a briefing with alliance representatives in Brussels.
A senior NATO officials said the alliance had facilitated contacts
between senior Taliban members and the highest levels of the Afghan
government. In Afghanistan insurgents killed 6 NATO service members,
including 4 who died in a single bomb blast in the volatile south.
Insurgents at a market fatally shot Ahmed Khan, chief of Dihrawud
district in southern Uruzgan province.
(AP, 10/13/10)(SFC, 10/14/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 13, Australia and
Indonesia agreed to further discuss plans for a refugee centre in
East Timor to stem the flow of asylum seekers through Southeast Asia
on their way to Australia.
2010 Oct 13, In Bahrain top
justice official said 23 Shiite activists, detained in a sweeping
crackdown by the country's Sunni rulers, have been charged with
terrorism and conspiring against the government.
2010 Oct 13, Bangladesh said it
would deploy the army at the country's main seaport to keep cargo
moving after days of strikes by dock workers hit crucial garment
2010 Oct 13, In Brazil Milton
Marcondes of the Humpback Whale Institute said at least 75 humpback
whales have died in 2010. The previous high was 41 in 2007.
2010 Oct 13, Britain's Lloyds
Banking Group said that it will axe another 4,500 jobs, including
1,750 posts outside the UK, as the crisis-hit lender continues its
2010 Oct 13, Canada declared
that bisphenol A is a toxic chemical, prompting calls for
far-reaching curbs on the industrial chemical that is used in
everything from the linings of aluminum cans to coatings on
electronic till receipts.
2010 Oct 13, In Chile the 33
miners trapped for 69 days climbed into a rescue capsule and made a
smooth ascent to the surface. All the miners were pulled up through
a narrow escape chute from nearly a half-mile down in under 23
(AP, 10/13/10)(AP, 10/14/10)
2010 Oct 13, Egypt was reported
to have handed down new media requirements that will effectively put
all live broadcasts, including TV talk shows and news bulletins,
under the control of state television. Several private broadcast
service providers said that they received letters from the telecom
regulator ending their standing permits to offer live broadcast
feeds from Egypt starting from Oct 15.
2010 Oct 13, Hungarian
authorities said the threat of another chemical spill had been
averted and villagers could return home, as the plant responsible
prepared to resume production. The municipal court in Veszprem
released MAL's managing director Zoltan Bakonyi, who had been
brought in for questioning.
(AFP, 10/13/10)(AP, 10/13/10)
2010 Oct 13, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, welcomed by thousands of Shiite supporters
throwing rose petals, sought to pull Lebanon firmly into his
country's fold in a visit that underscored the growing power of
Tehran and its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah.
2010 Oct 13, Tehran's chief
prosecutor said authorities have arrested five people on suspicion
of spying for the country's "enemies," a common reference in Iran
for the US and Israel.
2010 Oct 13, In Iraq targeted
explosions in Baghdad and northern Iraq wounded 28 people, among
them 7 Iranian pilgrims and 9 policemen.
2010 Oct 13, Italy became the
latest NATO ally to detail plans to scale down its military presence
and hand over territory to Afghan security forces by the end of next
2010 Oct 13, Kuwait gave 28
million euros to Mauritania during Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah's
whistle-stop visit to the poor northwest African nation.
2010 Oct 13, Malaysia
criticized the WHO for failing to tackle the spread of dengue in the
region, which saw 242,000 cases of the mosquito-borne disease in
2009 and 831 deaths so far this year.
2010 Oct 13, In Mexico six
prison guards were killed while driving to work in Chihuahua city,
capital of Chihuahua state. In the northern state of Sinaloa, two
police officers were killed when gunmen ambushed their patrol in
2010 Oct 13, A Pakistani
government official said international lenders are estimating that
this summer's floods caused $9.5 billion in damage to Pakistan's
infrastructure, agriculture and other sectors. Gunmen killed
Nooruddin Mengal, an ethnic Baluch political activist, as he headed
from his suburban home to the city of Kalat. In central Pakistan
police arrested a group of Islamist militants plotting to kill the
prime minister in a gun and suicide bomb attack at his house. The 7
men were also accused of targeting other government leaders for
assassination. A suspected US drone launched 4 missile strikes in
North Waziristan killing 11 militants, including 3 foreigners.
(AP, 10/13/10)(AP, 10/14/10)(SFC, 10/14/10,
2010 Oct 13, The Palestinians
called on the US administration and Israel to define Israel's
borders after Washington invited proposals to get peace talks back
2010 Oct 13, In Senegal
dancers, traditional praise singers and leaders of three African
nations greeted 163 Haitian students who left their
earthquake-ravaged country and flew to Senegal, where victims of the
calamity are being offered free housing and scholarships.
2010 Oct 13, Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad told visiting Iraqi premier Nuri al-Maliki that
better ties between the two nations will be strengthened by the
formation of a new Iraqi government.
2010 Oct 13, In the Ukraine for
the second time in two days, a vehicle ignored a warning light at a
railroad crossing and was hit by a train in a fatal accident killing
2011 Oct 13, In NYC Galleon
Group founder Raj Rajaratnam (54) was sentenced to 11 years in
prison, the longest insider trading sentence ever. He was also fined
$10 million and ordered to forfeit $53.8 million. US District Judge
Richard J. Holwell said he concluded that Rajaratnam made well over
$50 million in profits from his illegal trades.
2011 Oct 13, In eastern
Colorado a 5 children and man were killed when their van collided
with a tractor-trailer.
(SFC, 10/14/11, p.A6)
2011 Oct 13, Afghan police took
ousted parliamentarian Simeen Barakzai (30) to hospital by ambulance
and dismantled the tent where she had observed a 12-day hunger
strike to protest against being disqualified from parliament.
2011 Oct 13, In Austria a
Saudi-backed interfaith center, the "King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz
International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue,"
was inaugurated in Vienna, igniting debate over the subject of
2011 Oct 13, Bhutan King Jigme
Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck (31), the fifth Dragon King, married his
commoner bride, Jetsun Pema (21).
2011 Oct 13, In Brazil an
explosion, likely caused by a gas leak, ripped through a restaurant
in downtown Rio de Janeiro, killing at least three people and
2011 Oct 13, Ten Cameroonian
presidential candidates were reported to have filed requests with
the Supreme Court for the October 9 poll to be nullified over
2011 Oct 13, Equatorial
Guinea's President Teodoro Nguema Obiang signed a decree nominating
his playboy son, Teodoro Obiang Mangue, as his deputy envoy to
UNESCO in apparent retaliation for the UN body's refusal to award a
prize named in his honor. The news was made public on Oct 19.
Teodorin's appointment was announced on the same day that Human
Rights Watch urged United States authorities to move quickly to
probe his alleged corruption and money-laundering.
2011 Oct 13, In France a high
school math teacher in the city of Beziers sprayed herself with a
flammable product and set herself alight in the school yard during
recreation. She was hospitalized with serious burns.
2011 Oct 13, German police
found bottles filled with a potentially explosive mix of liquid and
powder beside train tracks in southwestern Berlin, the 16th firebomb
discovered in four days.
2011 Oct 13, Haitian President
Michel Martelly said he's determined to move forward with a
controversial plan to bring back the army to the Caribbean nation.
2011 Oct 13, In Indonesia a 6.0
earthquake jolted the island of Bali, injuring dozens of people and
causing panic as hundreds of tourists fled violently shaking
2011 Oct 13, Greenpeace UK
director John Sauven was blocked by immigration officials on arrival
at Jakarta international airport and was sent back that night to
Britain. He had arrived to campaign against deforestation.
2011 Oct 13, In Iraq 2 night
time explosions in Sadr City, a Shiite neighborhood of eastern
Baghdad, killed 17 people and wounded around 50 others.
2011 Oct 13, Kazakhstan's Pres.
Nursultan Nazarbayev approved a bill tightening registration rules
for religious groups that has been described by critics as a blow to
freedom of belief in the ex-Soviet nation.
2011 Oct 13, In Libya new
regime fighters moved from house to house in Sirte, hunting for
weapons or suspected Kadhafi fighters and sometimes making off with
bags full of looted possessions and leaving trashed homes in their
wake. NTC commanders said the Kadhafi remnants were cornered within
about two square km (500 acres) of the city.
(AFP, 10/13/11)(AFP, 10/14/11)
2011 Oct 13, In Nigeria
protesters marched to an army barracks to demand justice for the
death of the cell phone market chairman known as Umar Quality.
2011 Oct 13, Pakistani and US
diplomats vowed to strengthen their troubled alliance two days after
Washington acknowledged for the first time that it is waging "war"
against militants in Pakistan. US drone strikes killed 10 militants,
including Janbaz Zadran, a commander in the Haqqani network that the
US military has linked to Pakistani intelligence.
(AFP, 10/13/11)(AP, 10/16/11)
2011 Oct 13, A Hamas official
said that close to 200 of the 450 Palestinians to be freed in the
first phase of a swap for a captured Israeli soldier will not be
allowed to return to their homes in the West Bank, Gaza or east
Jerusalem, suggesting a substantial number may face deportation.
2011 Oct 13, A Papua New Guinea
Dash 8 passenger plane carrying 32 people crashed near the coast.
Witness reports said only four people on board had survived.
(AFP, 10/13/11)(SFC, 10/14/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 13, Air traffic
between Senegal and Mauritania resumed after a three-month pause,
ending a row over onward flights.
2011 Oct 13, Slovakia’s
Parliament approved an expanded EU fund in a repeat vote after the
opposition voted in favor in exchange for early elections.
2011 Oct 13, Somali Islamist
Shebab rebels kidnapped two female Spanish aid workers from Kenya's
Dadaab refugee camp, the third kidnapping of foreigners in just over
2011 Oct 13, Sudan's President
Omar al-Bashir arrived in Malawi for a regional trade summit, in
defiance of the international war crimes warrant against him.
2011 Oct 13, Syrian troops
clashed with armed men believed to be military defectors in a
southern village and a northwestern town, killing at least 13 people
in the latest sign that the 7-month-old uprising against President
Bashar Assad is becoming increasingly militarized.
2011 Oct 13, Thailand issued a
flood warning for parts of Bangkok's northern outskirts after a dyke
burst, in a setback to efforts to protect the city of 12 million
people from the rising water. Unusually heavy monsoon rains have
killed at least 283 people.
2011 Oct 13, Turkey's foreign
minister said that Iraq should move to prevent Kurdish attacks on
his country from Iraqi soil as the two countries renewed their
commitment to fight the rebels.
2011 Oct 13, Uganda charged
three top ruling party officials, including recently resigned
foreign minister Sam Kutesa, with abuse of office on charges that
they allegedly misused funds meant for hosting the 2007 Commonwealth
2011 Oct 13, Ukraine's Pres.
Viktor Yanukovych, facing harsh Western criticism, said that he
backs legal reforms that could allow the release of imprisoned
former PM Yulia Tymoshenko.
2012 Oct 13, In southern
Afghanistan 6 people, including 2 Americans, were killed an attack
where a suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up at a local
intelligence office in Kandahar province. The bomber wore a uniform
of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, or NDS. A second
attack killed two Afghan policemen and left three others wounded in
Qalat, the capital of neighboring Zabul province. A NATO service
member with the US-led coalition was killed in a roadside bombing in
(AP, 10/13/12)(AP, 10/16/12)
2012 Oct 13, In northwestern
China's Gansu province Tamdrin Dorjee (52) died at the scene near
Tsoe Monastery after setting himself on fire in protest of Chinese
rule. Free Tibet said the man is the grandfather of the 7th
2012 Oct 13, Egypt's prosecutor
general defied a presidential decision to remove him from his post,
entering his office in a downtown Cairo courthouse flanked by
security and hundreds of judicial officials. President Morsi had
ordered Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud to step down in an apparent bid to
appease public anger over the acquittals of ex-regime officials
accused of orchestrating violence against protesters last year.
Morsi backed down from his decision to remove Mahmoud, keeping him
in his post and sidestepping a potential clash with the country's
2012 Oct 13, French President
Francois Hollande said his country was committed to facilitating
freedom of movement, exchange and trade within the French-speaking
world during a visit to Congo for the Francophonie Summit.
2012 Oct 13, In Haiti visiting
Nobel peace laureate Mohammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi banker, announced
that his pro-business development group is financing several
endeavors through a mix of loans and equity.
2012 Oct 13, An Israeli
airstrike killed two people in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military
says one is Hisham Saidani (43), a member of a faction of the
ultraconservative Salafi trend believed to have ties to al-Qaida.
Militants on jihadi websites identified the other dead man as Ashraf
Sabah (37), leader of another al-Qaida inspired group, Ansar
2012 Oct 13, In Japan global
financial ministers ended their annual IMF meeting with a call for
quick and effective action to safeguard faltering economic growth.
(SSFC, 10/14/12, p.A7)
2012 Oct 13, Mauritania’s
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was lightly wounded by friendly
fire after his vehicle was fired upon by the military on the
outskirts of the capital, Nouakchott.
2012 Oct 13, In northwestern
Pakistan a car bomb tore through a crowded bazaar outside an office
for anti-Taliban tribal elders, killing at least 17 people in Darra
Adam Khel, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2012 Oct 13, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists
on the ground, said regime forces were pounding the rebel stronghold
of Homs in central Syria with mortars and artillery. The southern
province of Daraa also sustained shelling by the Syrian army.
Fighting between army troops and rebels raged around Idlib province
and in and around the northern city of Aleppo.
2012 Oct 13, Syria's state-run
news agency SANA says Syria has decided to ban Turkish Airlines
flights from Syrian airspace.
2013 Oct 13, In eastern
Afghanistan an Afghan man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot at US
soldiers, killing at least one serviceman. The so-called "insider
attack" in Paktika province was the 4th in under a month.
2013 Oct 13, A detachment of
Angolan troops crossed into neighboring Congo Republic and detained
a group of Congolese soldiers. The incident highlights tensions
around Angola's oil-rich Cabinda enclave, which is separated from
the rest of Angola and surrounded by Congo Republic and Democratic
Republic of Congo. 55 soldiers of the Republic of Congo were
released on Oct 18.
(Reuters, 10/17/13)(AFP, 10/18/13)
2013 Oct 13, Brazilian
officials said at least 12 people were killed and six left missing
when a boat carrying Catholic pilgrims capsized on the Amazon River.
(SFC, 10/14/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 13, China’s PM Li
Keqiang arrived in Vietnam for a 3-day visit.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.49)
2013 Oct 13, Companies involved
in a $1.27 billion project to develop a business district around
Britain’s Manchester airpor announced that Chinese construction
giant Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) has signed a
deal with British firms to develop the area.
2013 Oct 13, In Dubai 3 workers
were killed when a crane collapsed at a construction site near the
Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.
2013 Oct 13, An Egyptian army
MiG-21 aircraft crashed near the southern city of Luxor, leaving one
person dead and three others injured on the ground after the crew
2013 Oct 13, Egyptian security
officials said James Henry (66), a retired US citizen detained in
August for violating curfew in Sinai, was found dead in his jail
cell after he used his belt and shoe laces to hang himself.
2013 Oct 13, In Ethiopia an
explosion killed two people and impacted a home used by US Embassy
personnel in Addis Ababa. Two Somali suicide bombers, who had
planned to kill soccer fans during Ethiopia's World Cup qualifying
match against Nigeria, blew themselves up accidentally.
(AP, 10/13/13)(Reuters, 10/14/13)
2013 Oct 13, In India at least
115 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a stampede after
a bridge collapsed near a remote Hindu temple in Ithe central state
of Madhya Pradesh.
(Reuters, 10/13/13)(AP, 10/14/13)(AFP, 10/15/13)
2013 Oct 13, In Iraq a series
of bombs killed at least 31 people in mostly Shi'ite Muslim
provinces ahead of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha. Altogether 11
bombs were detonated by remote control.
2013 Oct 13, Israel displayed
what it called a Palestinian "terror tunnel" running into its
territory from the Gaza Strip and said it was subsequently freezing
the transfer of building material to the enclave.
2013 Oct 13, In a report
published by The Lancet Swiss radiation experts confirmed they found
traces of polonium on clothing used by Yasser Arafat (d.2004)
supporting the possibility the Palestinian leader was poisoned.
2013 Oct 13, A number of North
Korean officers and sailors died while a submarine chaser was
performing "combat duties." At least 19 sailors were believed
killed. Photos of stone markers released by state media on Nov 2
showed "Oct. 13" inscribed on them.
(AP, 11/4/13)(Reuters, 11/4/13)
2013 Oct 13, In Romania
thousands marched across the country to protest against a Canadian
company's plans to open a gold mine seen as a threat to the
environment, and called for the government's resignation.
2013 Oct 13, In Russia a mob of
nationalists, joined by locals and pensioners in the Moscow suburb
of Biryulyovo, smashed up a vegetable market over the murder of an
ethnic Russian by a Caucasian migrant.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.58)
2013 Oct 13, In Saudi Arabia
Muslims from across the world poured into a sprawling tent city in
the Saudi desert before the start of the annual Islamic hajj
pilgrimage. The number of the pilgrims this year has been reduced in
part by concerns over a respiratory virus centered in Saudi Arabia.
2013 Oct 13, In South Africa
Julius Malema, former head of the ANC’s Youth League, launched his
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party in Marikana.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.54)
2013 Oct 13, In Sudan 3
Senegalese UNAMID peacekeepers were killed and one injured in an
attack by unidentified gunmen in West Darfur.
2013 Oct 13, In northwest Syria
gunmen kidnapped 7 Red Cross workers after opening fire on their
vehicles. 3 ICRC and a Red Crescent colleague were soon released.
(Reuters, 10/13/13)(AFP, 10/14/13)
2013 Oct 13, The Vatican
beatified 522 people — mostly priests and nuns — who were killed in
the turmoil that led to Spain's 1936-39 civil war.
2013 Oct 13, In Yemen Faisal
al-Mikhlafi, a college professor and brother of a prominent tribal
leader, was gunned down in Taiz.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.53)
2014 Oct 13, US Central Command
said the US and Saudi Arabia launched eight airstrikes yesterday and
today against Islamic State targets in Syria, including seven near
2014 Oct 13, US plane giant
Boeing said Indonesian flag carrier Garuda has placed an order for
50 planes worth almost $5 billion.
2014 Oct 13, In Half Moon Bay,
Ca., a pumpkin from Napa weighing 2,058 pounds, won first prize in
the city’s 41st annual weigh-off. This was the biggest to date for
the Half Moon Bay event.
(SFC, 10/14/14, p.C1)
2014 Oct 13, In northern
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents ambushed a convoy of Afghan security
forces in Sar-e-Pul province, killing 22 soldiers and police. A
suicide car bomber killed one civilian in Kabul. A suicide bomber in
Nangarhar province killed 2 people.
2014 Oct 13, In Algeria clashes
broken out between Arabs and Berbers near the southern desert town
of Ghardaia, with two people killed and businesses torched. National
Police Chief Abdelghani Hamel visited the province in a bid to
restore calm after hundreds of policemen staged a march in Ghardaia
to protest against attacks on them by gangs of youths.
2014 Oct 13, Austria's top
court reduced on appeal to three years a jail term imposed on an
Ernst Strasser, an ex-European Parliament member, for offering to
propose amendments to laws in exchange for 100,000 euros ($126,830)
2014 Oct 13, The British House
of Commons in a symbolic move voted 274 to 12 in favor of
recognizing Palestine as a state.
(SFC, 10/14/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 13, China’s state
media said a court in western Xinjiang region has sentenced to death
12 people blamed for terrorist attacks that killed 37 people in
2014 Oct 13, In China Comcast
NBCUniversal and a consortium of four Chinese state-owned companies
announced the approval of the development of a $3.3 billion
Universal theme park in Beijing that would be the first major
foreign-owned theme park in the Chinese capital.
2014 Oct 13, In southern Egypt
30 people died in a collision between three minibuses in Aswan
2014 Oct 13, A magnitude 7.4
earthquake off the Pacific coast of El Salvador disrupted power to
several communities and claimed the life of one man who had been
sleeping on a street. The quake was part of a series of strong
temblors that rattled much of Central America.
2014 Oct 13, French economist
Jean Tirole won the Nobel economics prize for showing how to
encourage better products and competitive prices in industries
dominated by a few companies.
(AP, 10/13/14)(SFC, 10/14/14, p.D1)
2014 Oct 13, In Hong Kong
police began removing some barricades in the areas of Central and
Admiralty, home to global financial institutions and government
buildings Hundreds of people, which included taxi and truck drivers,
tore down protest barriers in the business district, scuffling with
protesters who have occupied the streets for two weeks.
2014 Oct 13, Typhoon Vongfong
barreled into Japan's main islands, with at least 2 people killed,
one person missing and scores injured while more than 550 flights
(AFP, 10/13/14)(Reuters, 10/14/14)
2014 Oct 13, Kurdish fighters
engaged in fierce clashes with jihadists on the Turkish border near
Kobane, as Ankara denied allowing Washington to use its bases
against the Islamic State group.
2014 Oct 13, Madagascar's
former president Marc Ravalomanana was arrested just hours after he
returned to the island nation following years in exile in South
2014 Oct 13, In southern Mexico
hundreds of students and teachers smashed windows at a Guerrero
state capital building complex before setting fire to some of the
buildings in Chilpancingo in response to the Sept. 26 disappearance
of 43 students from a rural teachers' college.
2014 Oct 13, In Mexico armed
men seized Erica Alvarado Rivera (26), her boyfriend, and her
brothers, Alex (22) and Jose Angel (21) in El Control, a small town
near the Texas border west of Matamoros. The three siblings from
Progreso, Texas, were visiting their father. Erica was the mother of
four children aged 3-9. The armed men had identified themselves as
part of Grupo Hercules, a recently formed police security unit for
Matamoros city officials.
2014 Oct 13, In northern
Nigeria 9 teenage girls died and three were listed missing after a
passenger boat capsized on a river in Kano state.
2014 Oct 13, South Korean
messaging app Kakao Talk said it will stop fully cooperating with
authorities seeking to access private messages as part of a
government crackdown on online criticism.
2014 Oct 13, Sri Lanka opened
the rail link between the capital Colombo and the northern city of
Jaffna, more than two decades after its destruction in a civil war,
amid hopes that it will give a boost to reconciliation efforts.
2014 Oct 13, In Syria Abu
Aboud, the head of "White Shroud," said the group has killed more
than 100 Islamic State fighters in attacks in Deir al-Zor province
in recent months and that the group’s main aim is to generate fear
in Islamic State's ranks. The government carried out some 40 air
strikes in Hama and Idlib provinces.
(Reuters, 10/13/14)(Econ, 10/18/14, p.47)
2014 Oct 13, Thai police found
scores of sick and exhausted boat people hiding on a remote island.
All but one of the 79 suspected human-trafficking victims were from
Bangladesh. The discovery brought to more than 130 the number of
people found since Oct 11 in Phang Nga province.
2014 Oct 13, Turkish air force
bombed Kurdish fighters furious over Ankara's refusal to help
protect their kin in Syria. Bombs on PKK targets after they
reportedly attacked a military outpost in the Daglica region.
2014 Oct 13, UN Sec.-Gen. Ban
Ki-moon called on Israel to scrap plans to expand settlements in
East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as the capital of a future
state, and urged both sides to return to peace talks.
2014 Oct 13, Yemen's president
appointed diplomat Khaled Bahah (b.1965), a former oil minister, as
prime minister, after securing backing of Islamists as well as
Shiite rebels who control the capital amid hopes of easing a
political deadlock in the impoverished, violence-stricken country.
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