Today in History - October 18
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1016 Oct 18,
Danes defeated the Saxons at Battle of Assandun (Ashingdon).
1171 Oct 18, Henry II
(1133-1189) arrived in Ireland from France with an army and declared
himself "Lord of Ireland". All of the Normans, along with many Irish
princes, took oaths of homage to Henry by November, and he left
after six months. He never returned, but in 1177 he named his
youngest son, Prince John, as Lord of Ireland.
1210 Oct 18, Pope Innocent III
excommunicated German emperor Otto IV.
1469 Oct 18, Crown prince
Fernando of Aragon (1452-1516) formally married princess Isabella
(1451-1504) of Castile.
1526 Oct 18, Lucas Vazquez de
Ayllp, Spanish colonialist who settled in SC, died.
1534 Oct 18, A new pursuit of
French protestants began.
1545 Oct 18, John Taverner,
English composer (Western Wynde), died.
1564 Oct 18, John Hawkins began
his 2nd trip to America.
1622 Oct 18, French King Louis
XIII and the Huguenots signed the treaty of Montpellier.
1648 Oct 18, Boston shoemakers
were authorized to form a guild to protect their interests; it's the
first American labor organization on record. The guild was
authorized by the Massachusetts Bay Colony (Mass. Bay Company).
(HN, 10/18/98)(AP, 10/18/07)
1676 Oct 18, Nathaniel Bacon,
who rallied against Virginian government, was killed at 29.
1685 Oct 18, King Louis the XIV
signed the Edict of Fontainebleau, revoking the Edict of Nantes that
had established legal toleration of France's Protestant population,
the Huguenots. The French Parliament recorded the new edict four
days later. The edict signed at Nantes, France, by King Henry IV in
1598, had given the Huguenots religious liberty, civil rights and
security. By revoking the Edict of Nantes, Louis XIV abrogated their
religious liberties. He declared France entirely Catholic again.
(HN, 4/13/98)(HN, 10/18/98)(AP, 10/18/07)
1692 Oct 18, Charles Eugene de
Croy, a field marshal fighting for Austrian forces, laid the
cornerstone for a new great fortress at Petrovaradin (later Serbia),
built to guard against the Ottoman Turks.
1748 Oct 18, The Treaty of
Aix-la-Chapelle brought the war of Austrian Succession, which began
in 1840, to an end and upheld the Pragmatic Sanction.
(HNQ, 7/29/99)(MC, 10/18/01)
1752 Oct 18, The opera "Le
Devin du Village" by Jean-Jacques Rousseau premiered.
1767 Oct 18, The boundary
between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason-Dixon line, was agreed
upon. It was first surveyed in 1763 to 1767 by two British
astronomers, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, in order to settle a
dispute between the Calvert and Penn families, the owners at that
time of the two states in question. The survey, begun in 1763 and
completed four years later, done by English surveyors Charles Mason
and Jeremiah Dixon to resolve a land-grant boundary dispute between
the families of Lord Baltimore and William Penn, resulted in the
Mason-Dixon Line. The line, extended in 1784, came to be known as
the dividing line between free-soil states and slave states.
(AP, 10/18/97)(HNQ, 9/8/99)
1776 Oct 18, In a NY bar
decorated with bird tail, a customer ordered a "cocktail."
1776 Oct 18, At the Battle of
Pelham Col. John Glover and the Marblehead regiment collided with
British Forces in the Bronx.
1785 Oct 18, Benjamin Franklin
was elected president of Pennsylvania. Special balloting unanimously
elected Franklin the sixth President of the Supreme Executive
Council of Pennsylvania, replacing John Dickinson.
1812 Oct 18, The Russian army
attacked French forces on the outskirts of Moscow. Some 2,500-3,000
French soldiers were killed.
(ON, 10/2010, p.11)
1813 Oct 18, The Allies
defeated Napoleon Bonaparte at Leipzig, France.
1842 Oct 18, US Commodore
Thomas ap Catesby Jones sailed into Monterey, the Mexican capital of
California, on the mistaken belief that the US and Mexico had gone
(SFC, 1/9/04, p.D2)
1855 Oct 18, Franz Liszt's
1858 Oct 18, The play "Our
American Cousin" by Tom Taylor premiered at Laura Keene's theater in
1859 Oct 18, Henri Bergson
(d.1941), French philosopher (Creative Evolution- Nobel 1927), was
born. He is said to have taught that man acts first and thinks later
as opposed to Descartes who said man thinks before he acts. He won
the 1927 Nobel Prize for Literature. His dualistic philosophy held
that man's intellect enables him to appraise the world and his
intuition tells him something of the all-pervading life force, or
elan vital. He was a spokesman for "process philosophy." "Only those
ideas that are least truly ours can be adequately expressed in
(AHD, 1971, p.125)(WSJ, 11/21/95, p.A-12)(SFC,
3/27/99, p.C2)(WSJ, 6/22/99, p.A22)(AP, 10/18/99)(MC, 10/18/01)
1862 Oct 18, Morgan's raiders
captured federal garrison at Lexington, Ky.
1862 Oct 18, James Creighton
died of ruptured bladder caused from hitting a HR on Oct 14th.
1863 Oct 18, Battle of
Charlestown in WV.
1867 Oct 18, The rules for
American football were formulated at meeting in New York among
delegates from Columbia, Rutgers, Princeton and Yale universities.
1867 Oct 18, The United States
took formal possession of Alaska from Russia.
1871 Oct 18, Charles Babbage
(b.1792), English mathematician and inventor of a calculating
machine, died. In 2001 Doron Swade authored “The Difference Engine:
Charles Babbage and the Quest to Build the First Computer.”
(www.thocp.net/biographies/babbage_charles.html)(WSJ, 3/7/09, p.W8)
1878 Oct 18, Edison made
electricity available for household usage.
1883 Oct 18, The weather
station at the top of Ben Nevis, Scotland, the highest mountain in
Britain, was declared open.
1889 Oct 18, Fannie Hurst,
novelist (Anatomy of Me), was born.
1892 Oct 18, The first
long-distance telephone line between Chicago and New York was
formally opened. It could only handle one call at a time.
1893 Oct 18, Lucy [Blackwell-]
Stone, US abolitionist and feminist, died.
1893 Oct 18, Charles F. Gounod,
French composer (Faust, Romeo et Juliette), died at 75.
1896 Oct 18, H.L. Davis,
novelist and poet, was born.
1898 Oct 18, Lotte Lenya,
actress and singer (Appointment, Semi-Tough), was born in Vienna,
1898 Oct 18, The American flag
was raised in Puerto Rico shortly before Spain formally relinquished
control of the island to the US.
1903 Oct 18, Ambrose
Thibodeaux, Cajun accordionist, was born.
1903 Oct 18, In San Francisco
Dr. August Greth flew his 80-foot-long American Eagle airship over
the city. Its engine stalled and the wind carried it over the bay
where it plummeted into the water. He and his assistant were
recovered by soldiers from Fort Point.
(SFC, 10/11/14, p.C2)
1904 Oct 18, A.J. Liebling
(d.1963), American journalist and author, was born. “People
everywhere confuse/ What they read in newspapers with news.”
(AP, 4/12/97)(HN, 10/18/00)
1904 Oct 18, Mahler's 5th
symphony premiered in Cologne.
1906 Oct 18, James Brooks, US
mural painter (Acquisition of Long Island), was born.
1910 Oct 18, M. Baudry was the
first to fly a dirigible across the English Channel--from La
Motte-Breil to Wormwood Scrubbs.
1912 Oct 18, The First Balkan
War broke out between the members of the Balkan League-- Serbia,
Bulgaria, Greece and Montenegro--and the Ottoman Empire. A small
Balkan War broke out and was quelled by the major powers. Albanian
nationalism spurred repeated revolts against Turkish dominion and
resulted in the First Balkan War in which the Turks were driven out
of much of the Balkan Peninsula. Austria-Hungary’s 1908 annexation
of Bosnia and Herzegovina spurred Serbian efforts to form the Balkan
alliance with its neighbors. As a result of the war on Turkey,
Serbia doubled its territory with the award of Northern Macedonia.
Albanian leaders affirmed Albania as an independent state. [see Oct
(V.D.-H.K.p.290)(CO, Grolier’s/ Albania)(HN,
10/18/98)(HNQ, 3/27/99)(www, Albania, 1998)
1913 Oct 18, Austrian-Hungary
demanded that Serbia and Albania leave.
1918 Oct 18, Czechs seized
Prague, renounced Hapsburg's rule and declared independence from the
Austro-Hungarian Empire. Masaryk proclaimed the foundation of
Czechoslovakia from Pittsburgh, Pa.
1918 Oct 18, Russian 10th Army
drove out White armies of Tsaritsyn (Stalingrad).
1919 Oct 18, Pierre Elliott
Trudeau, (L) 15th Canadian PM (1968-79, 1980-84), was born.
1919 Oct 18, Madrid opened a
1921 Oct 18, Russian Soviets
granted Crimean independence.
1922 Oct 18, Little Orphan
Annie, comic strip character, was born.
1924 Oct 18, Notre Dame beat
Army 13-7. The NY Herald Tribune dubbed the backfield "The Four
1926 Oct 18, Chuck Berry, rock
‘n’ roll star, famous for Johnny B. Goode, was born.
1926 Oct 18, Klaus Kinski,
[Nikolas Naksynski], actor (Little Drummer Girl, Nosferatu), was
born in Poland.
1926 Oct 18, George C. Scott,
actor (Patton, Bible, Taps, Hardcore), was born in Wise, Va.
1926 Oct 18, Ntozake Shange
(Paulette Williams), poet, playwright and novelist, was born.
1926 Oct 18, Frankfurter
Zeitung published Lenin's (d.1924) political testament.
1931 Oct 18, Legendary inventor
Thomas Alva Edison died at the age of 84. Edison was the first to
create a machine that projected motion pictures. With his motion
picture projector and George Eastman's photographic film, the first
picture, called "The Sneeze," was recorded in Edison's mobile
studio. The very short silent film paved the way for the motion
picture industry. Edison's many inventions also included the
incandescent light bulb and the phonograph; he was credited with
holding 1,093 patents. His ideas were granted patents every year for
65 years, from 1868 to 1933--unparalleled in American history. In
1998 Paul Israel authored “Edison: A Life of Invention.”
(AP, 10/18/97)(HNPD, 10/18/99)(Sm, 3/06, p.105)
1934 Oct 18, Santiago Ramon y
Cajal (b.1852), Spanish neuroscientist and Nobel Laureate (1906),
died. “Every man can, if he so desires, become the sculptor of his
own brain.” His original pioneering investigations of the
microscopic structure of the brain have led his being designated by
many, as the father of modern neuroscience.
1939 Oct 18, Mike Ditka, coach
and tight end (Bears, Cowboys, NFL rookie year 1961), was born.
1939 Oct 18, Lee Harvey Oswald,
the assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was born.
1939 Oct 18, R. Rodger's &
Lorenz Hart's "Too Many Girls," premiered in NYC.
1939 Oct 18, President Franklin
D. Roosevelt banned war submarines from U.S. ports and waters.
1939 Oct 18, Labor activist
Warren K. Billings, convicted and sentenced to life in prison for
the 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing in San Francisco was released from
Folsom Prison after being pardoned by Democratic Governor Culbert
(SSFC, 10/19/14, p.42)
1940 Oct 18, Kaufman's &
Harts "George Washington Slept Here," premiered in NYC.
1940 Oct 18, Britain reopened
the Burma Road linking Myanmar with China, three months after
1941 Oct 18, Spy Richard Sorge
was arrested in Tokyo.
1941 Oct 18, The Germans forces
in Mariupol, Ukraine, murdered some 9,000 local Jews.
(WSJ, 1/19/08, p.W8)
1942 Oct 18, Hitler orders
allied commandos to be killed.
1943 Oct 18, US bombing of
Bougainville, Solomon Islands.
1944 Oct 18, Katherine Kurtz,
UK sci-fi author (Deryni Rising, Saint Camber), was born.
1944 Oct 18, Lt. General Joseph
Stilwell was recalled from China by president Franklin Roosevelt.
1944 Oct 18, Soviet troops
invaded Czechoslovakia during World War II.
1945 Oct 18, The first German
War Crimes Trial began in 1945. The International Military Tribunal
met at Nuremberg and lasted through to 1946. Ranking Nazi officials
were tried and convicted of war crimes, crimes against peace and
crimes against humanity. The proceedings were endorsed by the UN.
William D. Denson (d.1998 at 85) was the chief prosecutor for the
(HFA, ‘96, p.40)(MT, Dec. ‘95, p.16)(SFC,
Telford Taylor in 1992
published “Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials.” He helped write the
rules for the prosecution of the war criminals and became the
trial’s chief prosecutor.
(SFC, 5/26/98, p.B2)
1946 Oct 18, Aaron Copland's
3rd Symphony, premiered.
1948 Oct 18, [Heinrich A.H.]
Walther von Brauchitsch, German field marshal, died.
1950 Oct 18, Wendy Wasserstein,
playwright, was born. Her work included “The Heidi Chronicles.”
1950 Oct 18, Connie Mack, the
“Grand Old Man” of major league baseball, announced he was retiring
as manager of the Philadelphia Athletics.
1950 cOct 18, US forces drove
north across the 38th parallel into the Peoples Republic of North
(SFEC, 12/15/96, zone 1 p.5)
1950 Oct 18, The First Turkish
Brigade arrived in Korea to assist the U.N. forces fighting there.
1951 Oct 18, Terry McMillan,
novelist, was born. His work included “Waiting to Exhale.”
1952 Oct 18, The California
state Supreme Court outlawed the UC special loyalty oath, but upheld
the Levering Act, which imposed a loyalty pledge on all state,
county and city employees.
(SFC, 10/18/02, p.E2)
1954 Oct 18, Hurricane Hazel,
the 3rd of 1954, became the most severe to hit US. [see Oct 15]
1955 Oct 18, Track and Field
magazine named Jesse Owens all-time track athlete.
1955 Oct 18, University of
California discovered the anti-proton.
1955 Oct 18, Jose Ortega y
Gasset, Spanish philosopher, died at 72.
1956 Oct 18, Martina
Navratilova, Czechoslovakian-born tennis player, was born.
1961 Oct 18, Wynton Marsalis,
jazz and classical trumpeter (Grammy 1983), was born in New Orleans,
1961 Oct 18, An emergency
crisis was proclaimed in South Vietnam due to a communist attack.
1962 Oct 18, Dr. James D.
Watson of the United States and Dr. Francis Crick and Dr. Maurice
Wilkins (d.2004) of Britain, were named winners of the Nobel Prize
for Medicine and Physiology for their work in determining the
double-helix molecular structure of DNA.
(AP, 10/18/02)(SFC, 3/19/98, p.C4)
1962 Oct 18, JFK met Russian
minister of Foreign affairs Andrei Gromyko.
1967 Oct 18, Walt Disney's
"Jungle Book" was released.
1967 Oct 18, A protest in
Madison, Wisc., against recruiting by Dow Chemical, the maker of
napalm and Agent Orange, turned violent. In 2003 David Maraniss
authored "They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and
America." It centered on an Oct 17 battle in Vietnam and the
(Econ, 11/22/03, p.82)(SSFC, 12/28/03, p.M3)
1967 Oct 18, A Russian unmanned
spacecraft made the first landing on the surface of Venus.
1968 Oct 18, The US Olympic
Committee suspended two black athletes, Tommie Smith and John
Carlos, for giving a black power salute as a protest during a
victory ceremony in Mexico City. Bob Beamon soared 29 feet, 2
inches, to set a world record in the long jump. In 1976 Dick Schaap
authored “The Perfect Jump.”
(AP, 10/18/98)(WSJ, 8/9/08, p.W8)
1969 Oct 18, The federal
government banned artificial sweeteners known as cyclamates because
of evidence they caused cancer in laboratory rats.
1969 Oct 18, The painting
"Nativity" by Caravaggio was stolen from the Oratory of San Lorenzo
in Palermo, Sicily. Peter Watson, English novelist, later wrote "The
Caravaggio Conspiracy," an account of his 1981-1982 attempt to
recover the work.
1972 Oct 18, The Federal Water
Pollution Control Act Amendments, sponsored by Senator Ed Muskie of
Maine, was passed. It was amended in 1977 and became known as the
Clean Water Act. It gave EPA the authority to implement pollution
control programs such as setting wastewater standards for industry.
1973 Oct 18, "Raisin" opened at
46th St. Theater NYC for 847 performances.
1973 Oct 18, Congress
authorized a bicentennial quarter, half-dollar and dollar coin.
1973 Oct 18, Walt Kelly
(b.1913), US comic strip artist, died. He was notable for his comic
strip Pogo featuring characters that inhabited a portion of the
Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.
1973 Oct 18, Leo Strauss
(b.1899), German-born political theorist, died. Strauss, who arrived
in the US in 1937, contended that Western civilization draws
strength from the unresolved contest between reason and revelation.
His books included “Liberalism: Ancient and Modern,” a collection of
essays, “Natural Right and History,” “Persecution and the Art of
Writing,” and “Thoughts on Machiavelli.”
1977 Oct 18, The New York
Yankees won Game 6 and the World Series as Reggie Jackson hit 3
homeruns for the 8-4 win.
1977 Oct 18, In West Germany 3
Baader-Meinhof gang members killed themselves in prison. Gudrun
Ensslin (b.1940), a founding leader of the Red Army Faction (RAF),
died in prison. Ensslin's life story was later fictionalized in the
film “Marianne and Juliane” (1981). This date was later used as a
title by artist Gerhard Richter in a 1988 suite of 15 pictures. He
created the series of paintings titled "October 18, 1977" regarded
by many as a "eulogy or requiem" for the Baader-Meinhof group. In
1985 Stefan Aust authored “The Baader-Meinhof Complex.” In 2009 Aust
published an updated version titled Baader-Meinhof: the Inside Story
of the R.A.F.”
(WSJ, 10/11/01, p.A19)(WSJ, 3/1/02, p.A11)(WSJ,
4/3/09, p.A15)(Econ, 5/30/09,
1977 Oct 18, West German
commandos stormed a hijacked Lufthansa jetliner that was on the
ground in Mogadishu, Somalia, freeing all 86 hostages and killing
three of the four hijackers, Palestinians of the Popular Front for
the Liberation of Palestine. In 1996 Suhaila al-Sayeh was sentenced
to 12 years in prison by a German court.
(SFC, 11/20/96, p.A17)(AP, 10/17/07)
1978 Oct 18, Jaume Ramon
Mercader del Rio Hernandez (b.1914), aka Jacques Mornard, Spanish
Communist and murderer of Leon Trotsky, died in Cuba. Declassified
archives showed that he was a Soviet agent. In 1940 Mercader fatally
wounded Trotsky with an ice axe in his study at his home in
Coyoacan, then a village on the southern fringes of Mexico City.
1981 Oct 18, Greeks elected
socialist Andreas Papandreou (1919-1996) as prime minister. He
served a first term until 1989 and a second term from 1993-1996.
1981 Oct 18, In Poland General
Jaruzelski (b.1923) was elected party leader. He led the country to
(www.historyguide.org/europe/jaruzelski.html)(SFC, 10/24/96, p.C3)
1982 Oct 18, Former first lady
Bess Truman (97) died at her home in Independence, Mo.
1982 Oct 18, Pierre
Mendes-France (b.1907), premier of France (1954-55), died. "Let them
1984 Oct 18, Jon-Erik Hexum
(b.1957), actor, died by a gun loaded with blanks. His films
included “The Bear” (1984).
1984 Oct 18, Henri Michaux
(b.1899), Belgian poet and painter, died. In 1954 he became a
citizen of France, and he lived the rest of his life there along
with his family. In 1965 he won the National Prize of Literature,
which he refused to accept. His books included “Miserable Miracle”
and “The Major Ordeals of the Mind and the Countless Minor Ones.”
1985 Oct 18, Benjamin Moloisi
(30), South African poet, was hanged for his role in the 1982 murder
of a security policeman.
1987 Oct 18, President Reagan
summoned congressional leaders to the White House to announce he had
decided on what action to take in response to an Iranian missile
attack on a US-flagged tanker off Kuwait two days earlier. The next
day, US destroyers bombarded an Iranian offshore oil rig.
1988 Oct 18, The TV sitcom
“Roseanne” began a 9 year showing.
(SFC, 5/20/97, p.B3)
1988 Oct 18, Maurice Allais of
France won the Nobel Prize in economics for contributions to the
theory of markets and the efficient use of resources.
(SFC, 10/15/98, p.A2)(AP, 10/18/98)(AP, 10/11/09)
1988 Oct 18, The Oakland A's
defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 in game three of the World
1988 Oct 18, South Korean
President Roh Tae-woo, in an address to the U.N. General Assembly,
called for a summit with North Korea's president to sign a
1989 Oct 18, The space shuttle
Atlantis was launched on a five-day mission that included deployment
of the Galileo space probe on a course for Jupiter.
(SFC, 6/28/96, p.A2)(AP, 10/18/99)
1989 Oct 18, In East Germany
after 18 years in power, Erich Honecker resigned from his offices as
head of state and party leader. He was succeeded by Egon Krenz.
1990 Oct 18, "Les Miserables,"
opened at the Imperial Theatre in NYC.
1990 Oct 18, Iraq offered to
sell its oil to anyone—including the United States—for $21 a barrel,
the same price level that preceded the invasion of Kuwait.
1991 Oct 18, Confirmed Supreme
Court nominee Clarence Thomas swore to uphold the Constitution
during an oath-taking ceremony at the White House.
1991 Oct 18, In Croatia 22
civilians died after being forced by Serbian soldiers into a mined
clover field in the village of Lovas.
1992 Oct 18, The visiting
Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Atlanta Braves in game two of the
World Series, 5-to-4, evening the series at one game apiece. The
pre-game ceremony was marred by a U.S. Marine Corps color guard that
mistakenly presented the Canadian flag upside-down.
1993 Oct 18, In California 2
defendants were acquitted of most of the felony charges in the
beating of trucker Reginald Denny and other motorists at the start
of the 1992 Los Angeles riots; the jury did convict Damian Williams
of simple mayhem, Henry Watson of simple assault.
1994 Oct 18, US Defense
Secretary William Perry, nearing the end of a visit to China, said
Beijing had agreed to brief the Pentagon on its overall military
strategy and defense spending plans.
1995 Oct 18, President Clinton,
facing political fallout for telling financial contributors that “I
raised your taxes too much,” said he had no regrets about the tax
increase package he’d signed into law in 1993.
1996 Oct 18, New findings were
published in the journal Science that linked mutations in lung
cancer to cigarette smoke. An ingredient in the smoke was found to
damage the gene p53, vital to the suppression of runaway growth that
leads to tumors.
(SFC, 10/18/96, A3)
1996 Oct 18, Researchers at
Onyx Pharmaceuticals reported that they had genetically altered a
common adenovirus to selectively attack and kill tumor cells.
(SFC, 10/18/96, A1)
1996 Oct 18, Democratic Party
fund-raiser John Huang was relieved of his duties following days of
attacks by the Republicans over what they called improper and
possibly illegal contributions.
1996 Oct 18, In Cambodia the
king granted amnesty to all prison inmates except those convicted of
serious crimes and judged to be too dangerous. He also proposed
tearing down the country’s dilapidated prisons which house about
2,000 people, many held without trial. Leng Sary was granted amnesty
and formed a political party. His followers maintained rule over
Pailin under nominal government control.
(SFC, 10/19/96, A11)
1996 Oct 18, In Columbia the
Supreme Court ordered the dismissal of Attorney Gen’l. Orlando
Vasquez Velasquez, who had been arrested on charges of accepting
drug payments. He was also cited for obstruction of justice and
abuse of power.
(SFC, 10/19/96, A12)
1997 Oct 18, The Florida
Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 in game one of the World
1997 Oct 18, A $21.5 million
memorial to honor the military service of US women was dedicated at
entrance to Arlington National Cemetery.
(SFC, 10/17/97, p.A3)(AP, 10/18/98)
1997 Oct 18, In California a
10-day strike continued at the Foster Farms chicken slaughterhouse
in Livingston. The plant was the largest in the world and some 2,000
workers refused to accept a pay hike with doubled health insurance
(SFC, 10/18/97, p.A15)
1997 Oct 18, Roberto C.
Goizueta, CEO of Coca-Cola since 1981, died at age 65. Under his
direction Coke’s value increased from $5 billion to $150 billion. He
was replaced by Douglas Ivester.
(SFEC, 10/19/97, p.C11)(AP, 10/18/98)(Econ,
1997 Oct 18, Broadcast
journalist Nancy Dickerson died in New York at age 70.
1997 Oct 18, From Bangladesh it
was reported that a tornado during the week killed 22 people and
injured more than 400 at the site of an annual congregation of Biswa
Ijtema, the 2nd largest Muslim gathering after the Haj pilgrimage in
(SFC, 10/18/97, p.A13)
1997 Oct 18, In Israel storms
left five people dead. It struck during the 8-day Sukkot festival
and many people were out in nature reserves and national parks.
(SFEC, 10/19/97, p.A26)
1997 Oct 18, From Russia it was
reported that the new 500,000-ruble note has a picture of a 15th
century monastery depicted at a time when the site was used as the
Soviet Union’s first real labor camp.
(SFC, 10/18/97, p.A11)
1997 Oct 18, There was an
attempt to assassinate Spain's King Juan Carlos. In 2011 British
officers arrested Eneko Gogeaskoetxea Arronategui (44), a suspected
Basque separatist, in connection with the attempted assassination.
1998 Oct 18, The New York
Yankees beat the San Diego Padres in the 2nd game of the Baseball
World Series 9 to 3.
(SFC, 10/22/98, p.D1)
1998 Oct 18, The new Steve Wynn
$1.6 billion, 3,000 room Bellagio Casino opened in Las Vegas. It was
built over the site of the old Dunes casino. It was named after the
Italian town of Bellagio whose name means place of relaxation.
(SFC, 10/19/98, p.A1)(SFEM, 11/29/98, p.13)
1998 Oct 18, A weekend storm in
Texas killed at least 14 people after 12 inches of rain fell. The
death toll increased to 22 and later 28.
(SFC, 10/19/98, p.A2)(SFC, 10/21/98, p.A3)(WSJ,
1998 Oct 18, In Colombia the
Ocensa pipeline in Antioquia province near the village of Machuca
exploded. The attack was attributed to the National Liberation Army
and at least 25 people were killed.
(SFC, 10/19/98, p.A13)
1998 Oct 18, In Egypt a train
jumped its tracks in the town of Kafr el-Dawar and at least 47
people were killed.
(SFC, 10/19/98, p.A14)
1998 Oct 18, In Macedonia
elections were held and the opposition coalition later claimed
victory by winning 44 seats of the 120-seat Assembly.
(SFC, 10/20/98, p.C12)
1998 Oct 18, In Mexico the
Zapatista rebels called for talks with the Cocopa group, a
multi-party peace commission set up in 1994.
(SFC, 10/19/98, p.A14)
1998 Oct 18, In Oporto,
Portugal, 21 member nations met for the Ibero-American summit. 19
Latin American countries were represented along with Spain and
Portugal. A document was prepared urging the industrialized nations
to help stave off economic recession.
(SFEC, 10/18/98, p.A23)
1998 Oct 18, Pope John Paul II
celebrated Mass at the Vatican marking the 20th anniversary of his
election to the papacy.
1999 Oct 18, The New York
Yankees won a record 36th pennant, beating the Boston Red Sox 6-to-1
in Game Five of the American League Championship Series.
(WSJ, 10/21/99, p.A1)(AP, 10/18/00)
1999 Oct 18, Career prosecutor
Robert Ray was sworn in as the Whitewater Prosecutor to replace
Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and wrap up the wide-ranging
investigation of President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham
(WSJ, 10/19/99, p.A1)(AP, 10/18/00)
1999 Oct 18, A US presidential
panel recommended that Navy gunnery on the Vieques Island of Puerto
Rico be reduced and abandoned in 5 years.
(WSJ, 10/19/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 18, In Botswana
election results showed the ruling Botswana Democratic Party of
Pres. Festus Mogae won 30 of 40 seats in the National Assembly.
(SFC, 10/19/99, p.A13)
1999 Oct 18, In Indonesia Gen.
Wiranto turned down Pres. Habibie's offer for the vice-presidency.
(WSJ, 10/19/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 18, Nelson Mandela
visited Israel for the 1st time in an effort to end enmity between
the Jewish state and the African National Congress. Israel had
supported the apartheid government in South Africa.
(SFC, 10/19/99, p.A13)
1999 Oct 18, In Nuevo Laredo,
Mexico, an explosion in a candy store that sold illegal fireworks
killed at least 5 people.
(SFC, 10/20/99, p.B3)
1999 Oct 18, In Sierra Leone US
Sec. Albright paid a visit and promised $55 million in US aid and
$65 million in debt forgiveness, conditioned on the implementation
of an IMF economic program.
(SFC, 10/19/99, p.A11)
2000 Oct 18, President Clinton
honored the 17 sailors killed in a suicide bomb attack against the
USS Cole as he attended a ceremony at the Norfolk Naval Station in
2000 Oct 18, Julie London,
singer and actress, died in Los Angeles at age 74.
(SFC, 10/19/00, p.A29)
2000 Oct 18, Broadway musical
star Gwen Verdon died in Woodstock, Vt., at age 75.
2000 Oct 18, In Angola gunmen
attacked 2 buses at Andurie and killed dozens of people.
(SFC, 10/21/00, p.A14)
2000 Oct 18, In Bosnia over
1,000 Bosnian Serb high school students rioted in Brcko and demanded
an end to the city’s multiethnic status.
(SFC, 10/19/00, p.C2)
2000 Oct 18, The World Bank
endorsed a $3.5 billion oil project in Chad with 80% of the revenues
to go to development. 10% was to be invested for future generations.
The pipeline was to go from southern Chad to an Atlantic port in
Cameroon. By 2008 rather than comply with the bank’s strictures,
Chad had repaid its loans in full and spent its oil money as it
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.D5)(Econ, 9/27/08, p.63)
2000 Oct 18, In China a human
rights group reported that 3 members of Falun Gong died after their
arrest by police. 57 Falun Gong members have died under police
custody during the 15-month crackdown.
(SFC, 10/19/00, p.C10)
2000 Oct 18, In Israel
undercover agents captured as many as 8 Palestinians believed to
have taken part in the lynching death of 2 Israeli soldiers.
(SFC, 10/19/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 18, Hundreds of
Italian police raided the Univ. of Messina. 79 faculty and staff
were later indicted on organized crime charges.
(SFC, 1/8/01, p.A4)
2000 Oct 18, In southern Italy
the bodies of 6 illegal immigrants, believed to be Kurds, were found
dumped on the side of a highway.
(SFC, 10/19/00, p.C10)
2000 Oct 18, In the Philippines
opposition legislators filed a resolution for the impeachment of
Pres. Estrada for taking bribes. Some 15,000 people massed in Manila
and called for Estrada’s resignation.
(SFC, 10/19/00, p.A17)
2001 Oct 18, Pres. Bush arrived
in China for the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in
Shanghai. The agenda was economic development and trade
(SFC, 10/18/01, p.A9)
2001 Oct 18, CBS News announced
that an employee in Dan Rather's office had tested positive for skin
2001 Oct 18, Two new cases of
anthrax were reported in New Jersey.
(SFC, 10/19/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 18, The FBI and Postal
Service announced a $1 million reward for information leading to the
arrest of anthrax mailings.
(SFC, 10/19/01, p.A16)
2001 Oct 18, Four disciples of
Osama bin Laden, convicted in the 1998 bombing of US embassies in
Kenya and Tanzania, were sentenced to life in prison and ordered to
pay $33 million in restitution to victims.
(SFC, 10/19/01, p.A7)(AP, 10/18/02)
2001 Oct 18, In Afghanistan the
city of Kandahar was reported to have collapsed to “pre-Taliban
lawlessness.” The first US Special Forces were reported to have
begun operating on the ground in southern Afghanistan.
(SFC, 10/19/01, p.A5)
2001 Oct 18, Atef Abeiyat, a
militia commander in Arafat’s Fatah, was killed with 2 others when
their car exploded near Bethlehem. 3 other Palestinians were killed
by Israeli fire including an 11-year-old school girl.
(SFC, 10/19/01, p.A1,18)
2001 Oct 18, Germany issued an
int’l. arrest warrant for Zakariya Essabar (24) for links to the
bombing of the WTC.
(SFC, 10/20/01, p.A5)
2001 Oct 18, Japan’s House of
Representatives approved an anti-terrorism bill that defines a
narrow role for its military to support US attacks in Afghanistan.
(SFC, 10/19/01, p.A5)
2001 Oct 18, In Northern
Ireland Protestant politicians announced that they were pulling out
of the power-sharing agreement with Catholics to protest the failure
of the IRA to surrender its weapons.
(SFC, 10/19/01, p.D4)
2001 Oct 18, In the Philippines
Pres. Arroyo lifted a moratorium on executions and said she would
use the penalty on kidnappers.
(WSJ, 10/19/01, p.A1)
2002 Oct 18, Brenda Sierra (15)
was abducted on her way to high school in East Los Angeles. Her body
was found the next day. On Feb 27, 2015, Rosemary Chavira (27),
onetime friend of Sierra, was arrested and charged with murder.
2002 Oct 18, The Vatican
demanded that America's Roman Catholic bishops revise their
hard-line crackdown policy on sexually abusive priests.
2002 Oct 18, Two US Navy
planes, F/A-18F Super Hornet jets, collided off the Big Sur coast of
California and 4 pilots were killed.
(SFC, 10/19/02, p.A17)
2002 Oct 18, Space shuttle
Atlantis returned to Earth following an 11-day mission to the int'l.
(SFC, 10/19/02, p.A16)
2002 Oct 18, A Chilean judge
indicted six current and retired army officers, including two
generals, in the 1993 slaying of a chemist with former dictator
Augusto Pinochet's secret service.
2002 Oct 18, According to Greek
scientists, the length of a man's index finger can accurately
predict the length of his penis. The findings are published in the
September issue of the journal Urology.
2002 Oct 18, In Columbia FARC
rebels shot and killed Luis Antonio Motta (42), the mayor, and two
town councilmen of Campoalegre, after earlier telling them to resign
or face execution.
2002 Oct 18, India assumed
direct control over Kashmir after elections failed to produce a
(WSJ, 10/18/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 18, Ivory Coast began
a new cease-fire ending four weeks of fighting between government
and rebel forces.
2002 Oct 18, Five trucks
carrying looted Kuwaiti archives left the Iraqi capital, bound for
2002 Oct 18, Pakistan matched
India's pledge to demobilize along the border.
(WSJ, 10/18/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 18, In the Philippines
a bomb ripped through a bus in Quezon City, a Manila suburb, killing
2 people and injuring 20 others.
(AP, 10/18/02)(SFC, 10/19/02, p.A12)
2002 Oct 18, Valentin Tsvetkov
(54), the governor of Russia's Far Eastern region of Magadan, was
assassinated on a busy central Moscow street in what police said was
a contract killing.
2003 Oct 18, The Florida
Marlins won the first game of the World Series, defeating the New
York Yankees 3-2.
2003 Oct 18, Pres. Bush
addressed a special joint session of the Philippine Congress in
Manila. Some 290 families lost their homes in a shantytown of the
Batasan Hills, which faced the building where the address was to be
held. Bush promised to help the Philippines defeat terrorism by
aiding in the modernization of its under-equipped military.
Thousands of university students and other activists marched to
protest Bush's visit to Manila already tense over security concerns.
(SFC, 10/17/03, p.A5)(AP, 10/18/03)(SSFC,
2003 Oct 18, In a new
audiotape, a voice purported to be that of Osama bin Laden vowed
suicide attacks "inside and outside" the United States and
threatened nations that were helping the American occupation of
2003 Oct 18, India commandos
raided a Srinagar, Kashmir, shopping center where suspected Islamic
guerrillas were holed up, killing both men and ending a one-day
2003 Oct 18, In Iran 6 Islamic
vigilantes were sentenced to death for killing five people for
allegedly having illicit sexual relationships. Judge Abdolreza
Parvizi said he ordered the men to be hanged in public for the 2002
deaths of three men and two women in the city of Kerman.
2003 Oct 18, In Iraq 2 U.S.
soldiers were killed and one was wounded in an ambush north of
2003 Oct 18, South Korea
pledged to send more troops to Iraq but did not specify how many or
whether they would be combat troops.
2003 Oct 18, In Karachi,
Pakistani, attackers riding motorcycles opened fire at a restaurant,
killing three people in apparent gang violence.
2003 Oct 18, In southern Gaza
Israeli forces looking for smuggling tunnels killed 3 Palestinians,
including a senior member of the violent Islamic Hamas group, and
(AP, 10/18/03)(SSFC, 10/19/03, p.A11)
2003 Oct 18, Russia launched a
Soyuz capsule from Kazakhstan with a 3-man crew for the int'l. space
station. Aboard were an American, a Russian and a Spaniard.
(SSFC, 10/19/03, p.A2)
2003 Oct 18, Manuel Vazquez
Montalban (64), one of Spain's best-known authors and the creator of
the Barcelona-based detective Pepe Carvalho, died.
2003 cOct 18, In western Sudan
9 commercial hauling workers were killed during clashes between
warring tribes. Recent fighting in Darfur had created more than
(AP, 10/26/03)(AP, 10/28/03)
2003 Oct 18, In Swaziland
voters chose a new parliament in one of the world's last absolute
monarchies, while pro-democracy groups denounced the vote as a sham.
Political parties were banned and King Mswati III ruled by royal
2004 Oct 18, President Bush and
Democratic rival John Kerry traded biting accusations over the war
in Iraq, with Bush saying his Democratic challenger stood for
"protest and defeatism" while Kerry accused the president of
2004 Oct 18, The US FDA
approved the 1st partially implantable artificial heart intended to
keep patients alive while they wait for a heart transplant.
(WSJ, 10/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 18, An Anglican church
commission urged the U.S. Episcopal Church not to elect any more gay
bishops and called on conservative African bishops to stop meddling
in the affairs of other dioceses.
2004 Oct 18, The Dover, Pa.,
school district voted 6-3 to mandate the teaching of “intelligent
design” in public schools along with the theory of evolution. A
number of parents soon filed suit. In 2007 Edward Humes authored
“Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for
(SFC, 11/30/04, p.A1)(SFC, 12/15/04, p.A4)(WSJ,
2004 Oct 18, In southeastern
Afghanistan 5 people were killed when an explosive device hit a
vehicle being used by election staff. Hamid Karzai’s chief rival
Yunus Qanooni accused organizers of "robbing the people's vote."
2004 Oct 18, In Belarus
Elections Chairwoman Lidiya Ermoshina announced that the preliminary
tally of all the ballots showed that more than 77 percent of
registered voters approved dropping the two-term limit and that
nationwide turnout was nearly 90 percent. The Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe said that the elections "fell
significantly short" of democratic norms. Thousands of people took
to the streets to protest the results.
(AP, 10/18/04)(SFC, 10/19/04, p.A6)
2004 Oct 18, In Bolivia
thousands of peasants and workers demonstrated in La Paz, demanding
that former President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada be tried for the
deaths of more than 50 people in the suppression of protests that
toppled his government one year ago.
2004 Oct 18, In India Koose
Muniswamy Veerappan (52), the country’s most-wanted bandit, was shot
to death in Tamil Nadu state.
(SFC, 10/19/04, p.A3)(Econ, 10/30/04, p.88)
2004 Oct 18, Iraqi PM Allawi
said that an exchange of weapons for cash will be extended across
the country. A militant group in Iraq said it had executed two
Macedonian men accused of spying for the US. Macedonia has 32
soldiers stationed in Taji, north of Baghdad. Saboteurs attacked a
key oil pipeline in northern Iraq, setting it on fire.
(AP, 10/18/04)(AP, 10/19/04)(SFC, 10/19/04, p.A3)
2005 Oct 18, US inflation at
the wholesale level last month soared by the largest amount in more
than 15 years, reflecting the surge in energy prices that occurred
following the Gulf Coast hurricanes.
2005 Oct 18, The DJIA fell
62.84 points to 10285.26 following the sale of a 24.5 million block
of Exxon shares.
(WSJ, 10/19/05, p.C1)
2005 Oct 18, A US District
Court in SF sentenced Victor Conte (55), founder of Burlingame’s
BALCO lab, to 4 months in federal prison and 4 months of house
arrest for conspiracy to distribute undetectable steroids to top
(SFC, 10/19/05, p.A1)
2005 Oct 18, Scientists
announced that tracks of a previously unknown swimming dinosaur have
been found along the shores of an ancient sea in Wyoming.
2005 Oct 18, Tropical Storm
Wilma strengthened into a hurricane as it continued on a path toward
Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, then south Florida.
2005 Oct 18, Bill King (78),
Bay Area sportscaster, died in San Leandro, Ca.
(SFC, 10/19/05, p.A1)
2005 Oct 18, A former regional
governor who oversaw the destruction of two massive 1,500-year-old
Buddha statues during the Taliban's reign was elected to the Afghan
parliament last month, officials said as results from two provinces
2005 Oct 18, Transparency
International ranked Bangladesh and Chad as the most corrupt on an
annual list of corruption levels in 159 nations. At the other end of
the scale, Iceland was ranked least corrupt. Turkmenistan, Myanmar,
Haiti, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, the Ivory Coast and Angola joined
Chad and Bangladesh as the most corrupt countries.
2005 Oct 18, Brazil's
government pledged $14 million for relief efforts in the Amazon
River basin, an area ravaged by the worst drought in decades.
2005 Oct 18, An environmental
watchdog alleged that Chinese logging companies in Myanmar have
illegally exported huge amounts of timber in collusion with the
military government and ethnic guerrillas, destroying ecologically
unique forest areas.
2005 Oct 18, World Bank
President Paul Wolfowitz prodded China to give more power to the
people for the sake of sustaining strong economic growth.
2005 Oct 18, In northeastern
India machete-wielding attackers ambushed a bus and tribal militants
set fire to two villages of a rival group, killing 37 people.
2005 Oct 18, Suspected Islamic
militants killed the education minister of Indian-controlled Kashmir
during a brazen raid days after top insurgents ordered a suspension
of attacks in the aftermath of South Asia's devastating earthquake.
2005 Oct 18, A roadside bomb
hit a US Army patrol south of Baghdad, killing one soldier and
wounding two others. A US soldier died from a non-hostile gunshot
wound at a forward operating base near Mosul.
(AP, 10/19/05)(AP, 10/20/05)
2005 Oct 18, A British soldier
was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Iraq.
2005 Oct 18, In Rome, Italy, a
teenager (15) who appeared on the roof of his family home with a
pistol following the shooting deaths of his parents was taken into
custody after an officer coaxed him down by telling him the couple
was only wounded.
2005 Oct 18, It was reported
that a leading pro-opposition news website in Kazakhstan has been
closed by court order and others have experienced technical problems
in the run-up to a presidential election in the Central Asian state.
2005 Oct 18, Gen’l. Musharraf
announced that Pakistan was ready to allow Kashmiris to cross the
“line of control,” dividing Indian and Pakistani controlled areas,
to help their families.
(Econ, 10/22/05, p.45)
2005 Oct 18, A shadowy
Palestinian militant group said it has abducted two alleged
collaborators with Israel and threatened to carry out additional
2005 Oct 18, In Nalchik,
Russia, a suspect in last week's attacks here by alleged Islamic
extremists was reported killed in a clash with police.
2005 Oct 18, Alexander Yakovlev
(81), a key architect of former President Mikhail Gorbachev's
political reforms of perestroika and glasnost that shook the last
years of the Soviet Union, died.
2005 Oct 18, Thailand's Cabinet
announced it was extending a state of emergency in three southern
provinces to cope with an escalating Muslim insurgency.
2005 Oct 18, In Tunisia 8
prominent opponents of the government went on a hunger strike ahead
of a world summit on information in Tunis. They called for freedom
of the press and of association and want Tunisia’s 600-odd political
prisoners to be freed.
(Econ, 11/12/05, p.50)
2005 Oct 18, A new UN study
said armed conflicts have declined by 40 percent since the end of
the Cold War primarily because the United Nations was finally able
to launch peacekeeping and conflict-prevention operations around the
2006 Oct 18, Pres. Bush signed
a new National Space Policy the rejects future arms-control
agreements that might limit US flexibility in space. Pres. Bush
signed a military authorization bill that included a provision to
terminate the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq,
headed by Stuart Bowen.
(SFC, 10/19/06, p.A5)(SFC, 11/3/06, p.A14)
2006 Oct 18, Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice, visiting Tokyo, said the US was willing to use its
full military might to defend Japan in light of North Korea's
2006 Oct 18, The Dow Jones
industrial average passed 12,000 for the first time before pulling
back to close at 11,992.68.
2006 Oct 18, Australia’s
Tasmania state unveiled an historic five million dollar (3.8 million
dollars US) compensation package for Aborigines forcibly taken from
their families as children.
2006 Oct 18, A rocket fired
from an airplane hit a house during a clash between suspected
Taliban insurgents and NATO and Afghan security forces in a southern
village. A resident said 13 civilians were killed. At least one
Taliban militant was killed and three police were wounded in four
hours of fighting that started in Tajikai late the previous night.
2006 Oct 18, Expectations of a
British interest rate increase next month have been cemented by
minutes from the Bank of England's latest policy meeting.
2006 Oct 18, Cambodia's
royalist party voted to remove Prince Norodom Ranariddh as its
leader, saying his long absences from the country left him unable to
lead the fractious party.
2006 Oct 18, In Dubai Etisalat,
a state-controlled phone company, was reported to have soaring
profits. The Emirates' chief telecom and Internet provider, began to
block Skype and other Internet phone providers during the summer,
arguing they had no license to sell phone service. Calls for 2 cents
a minute went dead and customers were forced to pay 75 cents per
minute to phone Britain and 60 cents to call the United States
during peak hours.
2006 Oct 18, El Salvador’s
Pres. Antonio Saca pledged to support Taiwan's bid to join world
bodies and called for a free trade agreement between the two
countries. El Salvador is one of only 24 countries that affords
Taiwan diplomatic recognition over the island's rival China.
2006 Oct 18, In Ethiopia a
senior judge appointed to investigate 2005 post-election violence
said Ethiopian security forces massacred 193 people, triple the
official death toll. Six policemen were also killed in the June and
November 2005 riots, bringing the overall death toll to 199.
2006 Oct 18, In Greece some
5,000 protesting teachers and students blocked traffic in central
Athens for more than two hours as unions vowed to extend a monthlong
elementary school strike. Heavy storms lashed southeastern Greece,
leaving three people dead and forcing authorities to declare a state
of emergency on three islands.
2006 Oct 18, In Iraq PM Nouri
al-Maliki consulted with Iraq's Shiite spiritual leader Grand
Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Najaf
in a bid to enlist support for efforts to build political consensus
and tackle the Sunni-Shiite killings. A bomb planted on the main
highway between the cities of Amarah and Basra killed Ali Qassim
al-Tamimi, head of intelligence for the Maysan provincial police
force, along with four bodyguards. At least four people were killed
and 13 wounded when a pair of roadside bombs went off in quick
succession in the same spot in a residential part of the southern
Dora district of Baghdad. Elsewhere in Dora gunmen opened fire
on a police station, killing 4 policemen. An American soldier was
killed in combat in Anbar province.
(AP, 10/18/06)(AP, 10/19/06)
2006 Oct 18, Israeli tanks and
infantry took up positions on the Egypt-Gaza border, killing two
Palestinian gunmen as the army broadened its search for arms
2006 Oct 18, Japanese Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe said that Japan will not build a nuclear bomb,
declaring discussion on that topic "finished," despite the atomic
test by North Korea.
2006 Oct 18, Queen Elizabeth II
praised Latvians' love of liberty and hailed the long-standing ties
between Britain and the Baltic state, where she began the first-ever
visit by a British monarch.
2006 Oct 18, Mexican police
discovered two human heads in a backpack in the Pacific state of
Guerrero, the latest decapitation victims in a continuing wave of
2006 Oct 18, Panamanian
authorities said that 26 people had died after drinking tainted
cough medicine, and five people had been detained on suspicion of
selling contaminated material to a factory that produced the
medication. Panama set up 34 round-the-clock clinics across the
nation to identify the sick and perform blood tests for kidney
damage. The contaminated medicines contained a chemical cousin of
antifreeze, diethylene glycol, which is used to keep glue and
cosmetics moist. Officials believe it turned up in 100,000 bottles
of cough syrup, 20,000 of which have not been recovered. In 2007 it
was reported that a Chinese factory was the source of a counterfeit
chemical that killed dozens of people in Panama after it was used in
human medications. Total deaths reached 116 from contaminated
(AP, 10/19/06)(AP, 10/27/06)(AP, 5/6/07)(AP,
2006 Oct 18, In Russia Dmitry
Fotyanov, a mayoral candidate in Dalnegorsk, about 5,750 miles east
of Moscow, was gunned down as he left his campaign headquarters.
Dozens of foreign non-governmental organizations in Russia,
including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, faced
suspension after failing to obtain necessary permits required under
a tough new law.
2006 Oct 18, Suspected Tamil
Tiger rebels posing as fishermen blew up two boats in a suicide
ambush on a Sri Lankan naval base in Galle, killing 2 sailors. The
rebels last hit the Galle port area in December 1997, when they
detonated a truck bomb that was targeting the navy commander at the
(AP, 10/18/06)(AFP, 10/19/06)
2006 Oct 18, Local and UN
officials said Sudanese Janjaweed militia and Chadian rebels have
attacked at least 10 villages in south-east Chad in the past
fortnight, killing over 100 people and displacing more than 3,000.
In southern Sudan unknown gunmen killed 38 civilians in at least
five attacks. At least 50 soldiers from the former rebel Sudan
People's Liberation Army drowned in southern Sudan after two
steamboats collided on the Nile.
(Reuters, 10/18/06)(Reuters, 10/19/06)
2006 Oct 18, In southern
Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents attacked an army base, killing
one soldier and leaving four others injured.
2006 Oct 18, In Kiev Steven
Spielberg and Victor Pinchuk hosted the premiere of "Spell Your
Name," a film by director Sergey Bukovsky on the Holocaust in
2006 Oct 18, Pope Benedict XVI
received an open letter signed by 38 Muslim personalities from
various countries and of different outlooks, which discussed point
by point the views on Islam expressed by the Pope in his Sep 12
Regensburg lecture. Vatican officials pointed out that the two
faiths have different, but related problems: for the Christian
today’s adversary is “reason without faith” or cold secularism. For
moderate Muslims it is “faith without reason” or violent
2007 Oct 18, US lawmakers
offered apologies to Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian, who was
deported in 2002 by US counterterrorism officials to Syria, where he
says he was imprisoned and tortured.
2007 Oct 18,
Rene Medina (62) of Atherton, owner of the Lucky Chances
Casino in Colma, Ca., pleaded guilty to evading $591,000 in income
taxes. In 2008 he was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for
evading $973,000 in income taxes.
(SFC, 10/23/07, p.D2)(SFC, 10/31/08, p.B3)
2007 Oct 18, William Crowe
(82), ex-chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, died at Bethesda
naval Hospital. In 1994 Pres. Clinton appointed him as ambassador to
the United Kingdom, where he served for 3 years.
(SFC, 10/19/07, p.B10)
2007 Oct 18,
The head of the British Broadcasting Corp. announced budget
cuts that will lead to a net loss of 1,800 jobs.
2007 Oct 18,
London's Science Museum canceled talk by Nobel Prize-winning
geneticist James Watson after the co-discoverer of DNA's structure
told a newspaper that Africans and Europeans had different levels of
2007 Oct 18,
Former Congolese warlord Germain Katanga, suspected of war
crimes committed in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo in 2003,
began his transfer to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
2007 Oct 18,
Strikers defying Pres. Nicolas Sarkozy's push to reform France
crippled the country's public transport system, forcing commuters to
drive, pedal or walk to work, or stay home. Some workers vowed to
continue the walkout, France’s biggest strike in 12 years. Sarkozy's
office said Pres. Sarkozy and his wife, Cecilia, are divorcing after
nearly 11 years of marriage by mutual consent.
(AP, 10/18/07)(WSJ, 10/19/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 18,
India and Pakistan pledged to maintain a ceasefire after
resuming talks as part of their slow-moving peace process but
reported no specific progress on issues under discussion.
2007 Oct 18, In eastern
Indonesia a crowded passenger boat capsized, killing at least 15
people, with several others possibly missing.
2007 Oct 18, Sunni and Shiite
leaders in southwestern Baghdad signed an agreement intended to halt
sectarian violence on the condition that security forces limit their
raids and offensive operations. Thousands of Kurds and supporters
took to the streets in northern Iraq to protest the Turkish
parliament's decision to authorize the government to send troops
across the border to root out Kurdish rebels who have been
conducting raids into Turkey. Gunmen in Baghdad killed Ahmed
al-Mashhadani, an adviser to the leader of the largest Sunni Arab
bloc in parliament, Adnan al-Dulaimi.
(SFC, 10/19/07, p.A15)(AP, 10/18/07)(AP,
2007 Oct 18,
Israeli PM Ehud Olmert flew to Moscow in a surprise visit to
discuss Iran's nuclear program with President Vladimir Putin, who
just returned from talks with Iranian leaders in Tehran. Olmert
pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin to support new sanctions
against Iran over its nuclear activities and urged Russia not to
sell arms to Iran or Syria.
2007 Oct 18, Teenage pop star
Belinda (18), who starred in the Disney Channel's "Cheetah Girls 2,"
won the video of the year award at the MTV Video Music Awards Latin
America in Mexico City. The native of Madrid, Spain, who grew up in
Mexico, also won best solo artist.
2007 Oct 18, Benazir Bhutto
made a dramatic return to Pakistan, ending eight years of exile to
reclaim a share of power with the country's US-backed military
leader. More than 150,000 jubilant supporters gathered in Karachi to
greet her amid massive security. A suicide attack killed up to 136
people. Bhutto said there were two attackers in the deadly bombing,
and that her security guards found a third man armed with a pistol
and another with a suicide vest. Ahead of her arrival, she said, she
was warned suicide squads were dispatched to kill her. In February,
2008, Bhutto’s book “Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the
West,” was published. In it she alleged that Qari Saifullah Akhtar
was involved in the October 17 bombing in Karachi. Akhtar was
released from custody in December, 2010, after authorities found no
grounds for charges.
(AP, 10/18/07)(AP, 10/19/07)(SFC, 1/10/11, p.A2)
2007 Oct 18, Palestinian
surveyors fanned out across Gaza and the West Bank, counting homes
and people in the first census in a decade, a rare joint endeavor of
bitter rivals Hamas and Fatah.
2007 Oct 18, South African
reggae star Lucky Dube (43) was shot in an apparent carjacking
attempt in Johannesburg's southern Rosettenville suburb. He died as
he tried to drive away and crashed into a car and a tree. On Oct 21
police arrested five men in the killing. His albums included “Rastas
never Die” (1984) and “Slave” (1987). In 2009 three men were
sentenced to life in prison for the botched carjacking and murder.
(AP, 10/19/07)(AP, 10/21/07)(Econ, 10/27/07,
2007 Oct 18,
Crisis talks between Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir and
southern leader Salva Kiir ended without agreement on getting his
former rebels to rejoin the unity government they quit a week ago.
2007 Oct 18,
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis announced more than 1,200
job losses in the US after its third quarter results weakened on
sharper competition from generic drugs.
2007 Oct 18, The UN said action
would be taken against the interpreter responsible for an erroneous
report that Syria has a nuclear facility and expressed regret at the
2008 Oct 18, UC Berkeley
dedicated the new sculpture “Berkeley Big People” by Emeryville
artist Scott Donohue. It was erected just off I-80 at a cost of
(SFC, 10/17/08, p.A16)
2008 Oct 18, In Daly City, Ca.,
the new Landmark Plaza announced the opening of its mixed use
project at 88 Hillside Blvd. Sales for 43 of its Phase I townhome
and tower units began in November. Phase II would bring on an
additional 48 unites.
(SFC, 10/18/09, p.G5)(SFC, 11/22/08, p.F8)
2008 Oct 18, Thingiverse, a
website dedicated to the sharing of user-created digital design
files, was launched Zach Smith as a companion site to MakerBot
Industries, a DIY 3D printer kit making company.
2008 Oct 18, In Afghanistan men
on motorbikes shot dead a prominent pro-government Afghan tribal
elder and his son, a former bodyguard for President Hamid Karzai, as
they left a mosque in Kandahar. A bomb in eastern Paktika province
killed two civilian men and a child.
2008 Oct 18, Phil Woolas,
Britain’s new immigration minister, said the government will impose
tougher restrictions on immigration as the global financial crisis
lifts unemployment to the highest rate in nearly a decade.
2008 Oct 18, Liu Zhihua, a
former Beijing vice mayor in charge of overseeing Olympic
construction projects, was given a suspended death sentence for
corruption, in a stern warning to wayward Communist officials. The
sentence will be commuted to life in prison in two years if Liu
shows good behavior.
2008 Oct 18, At least two
Russian soldiers were killed and 10 others were wounded when rebels
ambushed a military convoy in the Sunzha region of Ingushetia.
2008 Oct 18, Shiite cleric
Muqtada al-Sadr called on Iraq's parliament to reject a US-Iraqi
security pact as tens of thousands of his followers rallied in
Baghdad against the deal. Abdul-Hadi al-Janabi, the leader of
a US-allied Sunni group that turned against al-Qaida, was killed in
a drive-by shooting south of Baghdad. Masked gunmen attacked the
home of a US-allied Sunni group in Balad, north of Baghdad, killing
(AP, 10/18/08)(SSFC, 10/19/08, p.A22)
2008 Oct 18, Mexican federal
authorities raided a “narco-mansion” in Mexico City and arrested 15
alleged traffickers during the middle of a party. A mini menagerie
was also found at the site that included 2 African lions, 2 white
tigers and 2 black panthers.
2008 Oct 18, Pakistan said that
China will help it build two more nuclear power plants, offsetting
Pakistani frustration over a recent nuclear deal between archrival
India and the US. Pakistani fighter jets bombed a militant camp and
munition storage facility in the northwest, killing at least 20
insurgents and causing extensive damage. In nearby Bajur district
seven more insurgents were killed when jets bombed their positions.
3 militants were killed in other parts of Bajur when they tried to
attack security posts.
(AP, 10/18/08)(AP, 10/19/08)
2008 Oct 18, Somali pirates
released a Thai ship after receiving a ransom.
2008 Oct 18, In southern Sudan
unknown assailants kidnapped nine Chinese oil workers.
2008 Oct 18, In southern
Thailand 2 Muslim men were killed in separate drive-by shootings.
2008 Oct 18, Zimbabwean
opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai characterized failed talks to
form a unity government with President Robert Mugabe as "a
monologue" saying the veteran ruler refused to compromise on the
allocation of key ministries.
2009 Oct 18, Jasper Howard
(20), a University of Connecticut football player, was stabbed to
death during a fight outside a school-sanctioned dance. John William
Lomax III was charged with murder and conspiracy to commit assault
in connection with Howard's death. Another man, Hakim Muhammad (20)
was charged with conspiracy to commit assault. Lomax’s lawyer later
said his client was trying to break up the fight and was not
involved in the stabbing.
(AP, 10/19/09)(AP, 10/28/09)
2009 Oct 18, Amazon Chief Almir
Surui (35), unveiled a project in partnership with Google, to make
public the encroachment of illegal mining and logging on his
people’s 600,000 acre reserve in Brazil. Almir was evacuated for his
safety to the US in 2006. Eleven chief of the Surui and neighboring
tribes have been shot and killed this decade.
(SSFC, 10/18/09, p.A1)
2009 Oct 18, Dawn Viens was
last seen leaving her husband's successful restaurant in Lomita,
Calif. Her husband did not report her missing. On Feb 23, 2011,
David Viens jumped of a cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes following news
reports that he was suspect in his wife’s disappearance.
2009 Oct 18, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters attacked a NATO convoy in western Badghis province.
6 Taliban were killed including a local commander in Bala Murghab
district. In southern Uruzgan province clashes with Afghan and
international forces left eight Taliban dead and three wounded. One
US service member was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED)
attack in the south.
2009 Oct 18, In Australia
Jessica Watson (16) steered her bright pink, 10-meter yacht out of
Sydney Harbor to start her bid to become the youngest person to sail
solo and unassisted around the world. Her decision sparked a debate
in Australia about whether someone so young should be allowed to try
such a potentially dangerous feat. She completed her voyage on May
(AP, 10/18/09)(AP, 5/15/10)
2009 Oct 18, Representatives of
the world's biggest carbon polluters began two days of informal
talks in London to map out common ground 50 days before a key UN
climate conference in Copenhagen.
2009 Oct 18, China reported
that authorities have started resettling 330,000 people in central
Hubei and Henan provinces to make way for a massive project to
divert water hundreds of miles to cities in its arid north. The
estimated $62 billion water diversion could be nearly three times as
expensive as the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric
2009 Oct 18, The EU used the
world's biggest book fair in Frankfurt to launch the EU Bookshop's
digital library, making more than 50 years of documents in about 50
languages available for free on the Internet. The files dated back
to 1952 when six countries created the High Authority of the Coal
and Steel Community, the EU's precursor.
2009 Oct 18, In Iran a suicide
bomber killed 5 senior commanders of the elite Revolutionary Guard,
10 other members of the Guard and at least 27 others in an area of
the southeast that has been at the center of a simmering Sunni
insurgency. The dead included the deputy commander of the Guard's
ground force, Gen. Noor Ali Shooshtari, as well as a chief
provincial Guard commander for the area, Rajab Ali Mohammadzadeh. A
militant group from Iran's Sunni Muslim minority called Jundallah,
or Soldiers of God, claimed responsibility. Jundallah, made up of
Sunnis from the Baluchi ethnic minority, is also found in Pakistan
(AP, 10/18/09)(AP, 10/22/09)
2009 Oct 18, In Iraq a bomb
attached to a motorcycle exploded near a popular cafe in a largely
Sunni district of Baghdad killing five people. In the north an
American soldier was killed in a vehicle accident.
2009 Oct 18, Pakistan pounded
Taliban bases from the air and bore down on their leader's hometown,
intensifying a major offensive against the Islamists and claiming to
have killed 60 militants in operation Rah-e-Nijat. Five
soldiers were reported killed. Ammunition supplies deep in the
mountains are thought to be sufficient to keep the militants
fighting for several months without outside supply lines.
2009 Oct 18, Russia's unmanned
Progress M-03M docked with the orbital station after a three-day
trip up from Earth. It delivered food, fuel, oxygen and other
supplies to the International Space Station.
2009 Oct 18, In Sudan Irish
national Sharon Commins and Ugandan Hilda Kawuki, who worked for
Irish charity GOAL, were freed. They had been kidnapped on July 3 at
gunpoint. The Irish Times newspaper reported on Oct 24 that a
150,000-euro (225,000-dollar) ransom was paid to secure the release
of two aid workers in the western Darfur region.
2010 Oct 18, In Southern
California Crystal Cathedral, the megachurch birthplace of the
televangelist show "Hour of Power," filed for bankruptcy after
struggling to emerge from debt that exceeds $43 million.
2010 Oct 18, In Tennessee
workers Judy Spray (58), a rural carrier associate, and Paula
Robinson (33), a retail clerk, were gunned down at a rural post
office that doubles as a community center in Henning.
2010 Oct 18, Abu Dhabi-based
newspaper The National reported that the UAE's highest judicial body
has ruled that a man can beat his wife and young children as long as
the beating leaves no physical marks.
2010 Oct 18, Afghan and NATO
forces killed "numerous insurgents" in Shah Wali Kot district of
2010 Oct 18, An Algerian court
sentenced Bouchouta Fares (27) to two years in prison for breaking
the fast of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan late in August. He was
also fined 100,000 dinars (€972, $1,359) for "breaching a precept of
Islam." Practicing a faith, Muslim or otherwise, is conditional in
Algeria on obtaining a document stating the place of worship and
another giving the name of the preacher, under a law passed in
2010 Oct 18, Australia’s
Justice Minister Brendan O'Connor said illegal pornographic material
must be declared on arrival, watering down recent rules that asked
for all pornography to be revealed. The government said it changed
the wording on passenger arrival cards after becoming aware of
confusion among travelers about what pornography to declare.
2010 Oct 18, A UN official said
flooding in the West African nation of Benin has killed 43 people
and left nearly 100,000 homeless, citing numbers collected since the
beginning of October.
2010 Oct 18, In northeastern
Brazil Francisco Gomes de Medeiros, a veteran reporter who had often
received death threats for his reports on crime, died instantly when
he was shot five times in the city of Caico.
2010 Oct 18, A new British
government strategy was published saying International terrorism and
cyber attacks pose the biggest threat to national security, ahead of
a major shake-up of the defense budget.
2010 Oct 18, In Cambodia 20
people remained hospitalized after 14 people died over the weekend
from drinking wine tainted with weed killer at a ceremony where
villagers were appealing to spirits to protect children.
2010 Oct 18, French truck
drivers staged go-slow operations on highways, rail strikes
intensified and petrol stations ran out of fuel as protests gathered
pace ahead of a Senate vote on an unpopular pension overhaul.
2010 Oct 18, Germany, yielding
to French pressure, softened its stance on stricter eurozone budget
rules, angering governments that counted on Berlin to force through
sanctions for nations living beyond their means.
2010 Oct 18, In Haiti civil
protection officials said steady rains toppled hillsides and turned
streets into rivers in Port-au-Prince over the weekend, leaving at
least 12 people dead and three missing.
2010 Oct 18, In India Yertward
Mazmanian (aka Eight Finger Eddie, 1924-2010), an American-born
hippie died of a heart attack in Anjuna's hospital. In 1965 he and
some other hippies had settled in Anjuna, Goa state, and helped put
the area on the travel map for global backpackers and stoners.
2010 Oct 18, Human rights
activists said Indonesian security forces have been captured on
video torturing an alleged separatist in Papua province, burning his
genitals as he screams out in agony and then threatening to shoot
him in the mouth.
2010 Oct 18, Iran took part for
the first time in talks in Rome with the international contact group
on Afghanistan that set "sufficient stability" and basic human
rights as the most realistic aims for the war-torn nation.
2010 Oct 18, Iraqi PM Nuri
al-Maliki was in Tehran to drum up support for his premiership bid,
as his chief rival Iyad Allawi accused Iran of meddling in Baghdad's
political affairs. In Iraq a roadside bomb hit a convoy carrying
Jassim al-Saiedi, a member of Baghdad's local government, killing
him and wounding eight people. Two Associated Press journalists were
among those assaulted by Iraqi soldiers while trying to cover the
(AFP, 10/18/10)(AP, 10/18/10)(AP, 10/19/10)
2010 Oct 18, In Mexico a bus
has crashed into the back of a trailer truck and caught fire,
killing 19 people outside the city of Queretaro. Security forces
seized at least 105 tons of US-bound marijuana in Tijuana, by far
the biggest pot bust in the country in recent years. The estimated
weight was soon revised to 134.2 tons and said to likely belong to
the Sinaloa cartel, run by Mexico's most wanted fugitive, Joaquin
"El Chapo" Guzman.
(AP, 10/18/10)(AP, 10/20/10)
2010 Oct 18, Myanmar election
officials said foreign journalists will not be allowed to cover its
Nov 7 elections, the first in 20 years.
(SFC, 10/19/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 18, Pakistan’s
election commission said 148 lawmakers from national and regional
assemblies have been suspended for failing to disclose details of
(SFC, 10/19/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 18, In the Philippines
the strongest cyclone in years killed at least 36 people, leaving a
wasteland of fallen trees and power poles and sending thousands
scampering to safety in near-zero visibility. Super Typhoon Megi was
forecast next to head toward China and Vietnam.
(AP, 10/18/10)(AP, 10/19/10)(AP, 10/22/10)
2010 Oct 18, Somali officials
said an offensive launched a day earlier by government troops has
killed at least 15 people. The weak, UN-backed government was
attempting to win back control of areas held by militants. Al-Shabab
announced that residents in areas under its control can no longer
use mobile money transfer services.
2010 Oct 18, The UN said it is
sending 100 more troops to Sudan's oil-producing Abyei region to
step up security ahead of a referendum that could pitch the area
back into bloodshed.
2010 Oct 18, In Vietnam a local
official was sentenced to life in prison for accepting bribes on a
Japanese-funded road project he managed, in a scandal that prompted
Japan to suspend aid for several months. Huynh Ngoc Si was convicted
of receiving $262,000 from executives of Pacific Consultants
International, or PCI, a Japanese company hired as consultants.
2010 Oct 18, In Vietnam 20
people on a bus were swept away by strong currents from a flooded
river. They were presumed dead. Another 17 managed to save
themselves by swimming or clinging to trees or power poles.
2010 Oct 18, A court in Yemen
sentenced an al-Qaida militant to death after convicting him of
involvement in terror attacks and manufacturing explosives. Saleh
al-Shawish was arrested in February and later charged with
involvement in attacks on security facilities, training would-be
suicide bombers and bomb making.
2011 Oct 18, The Obama
administration on increased US support for Libya's new leaders as
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made an unannounced visit
to Tripoli and pledged millions of dollars in new aid. About 1,000
revolutionary troops launched a major assault on Gadhafi's hometown
2011 Oct 18, It was reported
that US Social Security recipients will get a raise in January,
their first increase in benefits since 2009. It's expected to be
about 3.5 percent.
2011 Oct 18, The cash-strapped
U.S. Postal Service announced a one-cent increase in the cost of
mailing a letter, starting in January.
2011 Oct 18, Kexue Huang (46),
a China-born Canadian scientist, pleaded guilty in Indianapolis US
District Court to economic espionage and theft for sending trade
secrets on a pesticide and a new food product to China and Germany.
(SFC, 10/19/11, p.A7)
2011 Oct 18, In Ohio sheriff's
deputies shot 48 animals, including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17
lions, after Terry Thompson, owner of the private Muskingum County
Animal Farm near Zanesville, threw their cages open and then
2011 Oct 18, The search for the
world's first malaria vaccine received a boost with the release of
early results from a major clinical trial showing it cut risk by
about half in African children. The vaccine, known as RTS,S, is made
by the British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline's lab in
Belgium. It is the first of its kind to attempt to block a parasite,
rather than bacteria or viruses.
2011 Oct 18, Angola’s Pres.
Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been in power for 32 years, denied
his country was a dictatorship, but admitted there was a need for
more social dialogue after a series of unprecedented anti-government
2011 Oct 18, In Botswana 3
French, 3 Swiss and 2 Britons were killed when their Moremi Moremi
Air Charters Cessna 208 crashed shortly after take-off from the
island of Pom Pom in the Okavango delta in the northern tourist
area. 4 passengers survived the crash.
2011 Oct 18, British writer
Julian Barnes (65) won the Booker Prize for fiction for his novel
“The Sense of an Ending, a novel about youth and memory.
(SFC, 10/19/11, p.E4)(Econ, 4/6/13, p.97)
2011 Oct 18, Chilean students
erected fiery blockades in major streets of the capital and clashed
with police on the first day of a two-day national strike to demand
that the government reform the education system.
2011 Oct 18, China’s ruling
Communist Party, at the close of a four-day annual policy meeting,
approved a program to enhance its popularity at home and image
abroad at a time when the leadership is struggling with domestic
unrest and a delicate succession.
2011 Oct 18, Tibetan monk
Yonten Gyatso, a senior monk and human rights activist in the
restive Aba county, southwestern Sichuan province, was arrested. He
was sentenced on June 18 by Aba Intermediate People's Court, but his
family and the news organization that he contributes to only heard
about it on Aug 22. They said he was beaten, tortured and imprisoned
after his arrest.
2011 Oct 18, Congolese police
fired tear gas to disperse opposition supporters demanding free
elections as a US think-tank said Kinshasa must take action to
ensure the upcoming vote is credible.
2011 Oct 18, An Egyptian court
ordered blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, who is serving a three-year
sentence for insulting the armed forces, confined to a psychiatric
clinic for 45 days after he began a hunger strike.
2011 Oct 18, The EU’s top court
ruled that scientists cannot patent stem cell techniques that use
human embryos for research.
(SFC, 10/19/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 18, In Haiti Dr. Paul
Farmer said the local cholera outbreak is now the worst in the world
with over 6,000 people killed and over 450,000 people sickened.
(SFC, 10/19/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 18, Israeli soldier
Gilad Schalit emerged from more than five years in Hamas captivity,
surrounded by Hamas militants with black face masks and green
headbands who handed him over to Egyptian mediators in an exchange
for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.
2011 Oct 18, A Milan court
refused to indict Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi in a tax fraud
case involving his Mediaset media company. The court, however,
indicted Berlusconi's eldest son, Pier Silvio Berlusconi, Mediaset
chairman Fedele Confalonieri and nine other defendants.
2011 Oct 18, Jamaica’s PM Bruce
Golding (63) announced that Andrew Holness (39), the youthful
education minister, has received the unanimous endorsement of ruling
party lawmakers to become the Caribbean island's next leader.
2011 Oct 18, Japan's PM
Yoshihiko Noda started a visit to South Korea aimed at smoothing
prickly relations, bringing with him a set of historic books seized
by his country decades ago.
2011 Oct 18, Kuwait’s foreign
minister resigned amid allegations of high-level corruption.
2011 Oct 18, Liberian
ex-warlord Prince Johnson, who came third in the presidential polls,
announced he would back Nobel peace laureate and incumbent president
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in a run-off election.
2011 Oct 18, Madagascar's
coup-appointed premier, Brig. Gen. Albert Camille Vitalis, presented
a letter of resignation, along with his government, to open the way
for a new premier to be chosen by consensus to lead a transitional
government that will end the Indian Ocean island's two-year
2011 Oct 18, In Mexico Veracruz
police chief Arturo Bermudez said 980 state agents have been
dismissed in the past couple of weeks after failing lie detector and
other tests. Christian Arturo Hernandez Tarin, the leader a gang
known as "the street sweeper," was detained in the central state of
Mexico. His gang has been fighting against the local Independent
Cartel of Acapulco for control of the coast city since the 2010
arrest of suspected Texas-born drug capo Edgar Valdez Villareal,
known as "La Barbie."
2011 Oct 18, Nigeria's military
said it had arrested 50 suspected oil thieves in the past three
months and destroyed some 2,000 illicit refineries this year in the
oil-producing Niger Delta region.
2011 Oct 18, A Nigerian tribal
king filed a lawsuit in a US court in Detroit, Michigan, seeking $1
billion from Royal Dutch Shell to compensate for decades of
pollution that sickened his people and damaged their lands. The suit
was brought on behalf of the people of Ogale in the Eleme local
government area, where the UN team found the most serious
groundwater contamination and people drinking water laced with
cancer-causing benzene at 900 times World Health Organization
2011 Oct 18, In the Philippines
19 soldiers were killed 13 wounded and 3 left missing in a clash on
Basilan island with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the
country's largest Muslim guerrilla group.
(AFP, 10/18/11)(AFP, 10/19/11)
2011 Oct 18, Romania's
anti-discrimination council voted 5-2 to caution President Traian
Basescu for making discriminatory remarks about Gypsies and disabled
2011 Oct 18, In Somalia a
suicide car bomb exploded near the Foreign Ministry, killing at
least four people even as Somali and Kenyan leaders met and agreed
to cooperate on military action against Islamist insurgents. Kenyan
operations were limited to the Lower Juba region.
(AP, 10/18/11)(AP, 10/19/11)
2011 Oct 18, A Swedish court
convicted 23 women and one man of child pornography offenses in what
investigators called a unique case because of the number of female
2011 Oct 18, Syrian army
cross-border raids into east Lebanon left 3 dead, including 2 in Qaa
and one in Aarsal. The Lebanese government, dominated by the
powerful militant group Hezbollah, a strong ally of the Syrian
regime, has for the most part stayed mum on the issue.
2011 Oct 18, Turkey shelled
northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, in the first report of
Turkish bombardment there in more than two weeks. The shelling began
the previous evening. A roadside blast killed five policemen and 3
civilians in Turkey's southeast Bitlis province.
(AFP, 10/18/11)(AP, 10/19/11)
2011 Oct 18, In Yemen 12
protesters were killed and over 70 wounded as gunmen loyal to
President Ali Abdullah Saleh opened fire on demonstrators in the
2012 Oct 18, In Florida
Bradford Baumet opened fire at a beauty salon killing 3 women and
wounding manager Marcia Santiago, who had asked for a restraining
order against him. After the rampage he went to a friend’s house and
(SFC, 10/19/12, p.A8)
2012 Oct 18, In Oklahoma a
massive dust storm triggered a multi-vehicle accident along I-35
fording police to shut the roadway amid near blackout conditions.
(SFC, 10/19/12, p.A8)
2012 Oct 18, In Portland,
Oregon, the Boy Scouts of America some 4,500 pages of secret
"perversion files" released by order of the Oregon Supreme Court,
their maneuvers protected suspected sexual predators while victims
suffered in silence. The new files from Scout headquarters in Texas
dated back to the 1920s.
(AP, 10/19/12)(SFC, 10/19/12, p.A1)
2012 Oct 18, In Algeria a group
of armed men stopped a bus at a fake checkpoint in the Boumerdes
region and checked each passenger's identity papers until they found
two members of the military, whom they dragged out of the bus and
shot dead by the side of the road.
2012 Oct 18, The European Court
of Justice ruled that Britain faces large fines for breaching EU law
on water treatment after plants in northern England and London
dumped raw sewage into waterways.
2012 Oct 18, In Greece hundreds
of youths pelted riot police with petrol bombs, bottles and chunks
of marble as yet another Greek anti-austerity demonstration
descended into violence. Some 70,000 protesters took to the street
during the country's second general strike in a month.
2012 Oct 18, Sylvia Kristal
(b.1952), Dutch film star, died in Amsterdam. She was best known for
her role in 4 of 7 “Emmannuelle” films.
2012 Oct 18, In Nigeria Shuaibu
Muhammed Bama was found "in a serving senator's home" in Maiduguri.
Bama was described as a commander who organized attacks in Bama, a
town just southeast of Maiduguri in Borno state.
2012 Oct 18, In Northern
Ireland a Belfast judge ruled that unmarried and same-sex couples
should be allowed to adopt children, overturning a 1987 adoption law
that discriminated against both groups.
2012 Oct 18, The first abortion
clinic on the island of Ireland opened in Belfast, sparking protests
by conservatives from both the Catholic and Protestant sides of
2012 Oct 18, Russia's top
investigative agency filed criminal charges against Konstantin
Lebedev (33), the opposition leader's assistant, continuing a
widespread crackdown on the movement against President Vladimir
2012 Oct 18, Rosneft, Russia’s
state-controlled oil giant, offered British Petroleum $28 billion
for its half of the TNK-BP joint venture. A day earlier AAR, a
consortium of Russian billionaires, had agreed to sell its half of
the TNK-BP joint venture for the same amount.
(Econ, 10/20/12, p.57)
2012 Oct 18, South Sudan
ordered oil companies to restart production and officials said oil
export could resume in about 90 days, ending a nearly nine-month
shutdown following a dispute with Sudan over borders and oil.
2012 Oct 18, In northern Syria
over 40 civilians, including at least 15 children, were killed in an
airstrike on the town of Maarat Numan. A day earlier activist in the
area posted a video showing what they said was a government
helicopter shot down by rebels. In all over 200 people were reported
killed in the country.
(SFC, 10/19/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 18, Turkey's state-run
news said security forces have killed 12 Kurdish rebels in clashes
in the southeast, raising the two-day death toll in the fighting to
2012 Oct 18, In southern Yemen
at least 3 suspected US drone strikes killed at least seven
al-Qaida-linked militants at gathering of militants at a farm
2013 Oct 18, SF Bay Area BART
workers went on strike leaving hundreds of thousands of Bay Area
commuters scrambling for ways to get to work.
(SFC, 10/18/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 18, New Jersey’s
Supreme Court ruled to uphold a lower court order that gay weddings
must start on Oct 21.
(SFC, 10/18/13, p.A5)
2013 Oct 18, In Ohio a police
cruiser crashed into a car at an intersection in Upper Arlington
killing 6 members of a family of Iraqi immigrants, whose car had
stopped in the middle of the intersection.
(SFC, 10/18/1e, p.A6)
2013 Oct 18, Tom Foley
(b.1929), former US House Speaker, died. The Democrat from Spokane,
Wa., had served 30 years in the House before he was booted from
office in 1994 as Republicans seized control of Congress.
(SFC, 10/18/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 18, In Afghanistan a
complex attack involving a car bomb followed by gunfire was launched
on an international compound in eastern Kabul and was still under
way. A Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car in
Kabul outside a compound where many foreign workers are based,
killing at least two local civilians.
(Reuters, 10/18/13)(AFP, 10/18/13)
2013 Oct 18, In Australia
nearly 100 wildfires raged across New South Wales state, killing one
person, destroying dozens of houses and forcing hundreds of
evacuations as the nation's annual fire season got off to an
unusually early start.
2013 Oct 18, In Brazil a fire
destroyed up to 300,000 tons of sugar and much of the Santos Port
warehouses owned by Copersucar, the world's largest trader of the
2013 Oct 18, Canada and the EU
struck a tentative Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
meant to boost growth and employment.
(AP, 10/18/13)(Econ, 10/26/13, p.18)
2013 Oct 18, Canada’s Supreme
Court, in the case of a severely-brain damaged man, ruled that
family, not doctors, should decide when to cut off life support.
2013 Oct 18, In China Professor
Xia Yeliang (53), a liberal economist who had been an outspoken
critic of China's ruling Communist Party, was told that professors
and school leaders had voted to end his contract. He had drawn the
ire of school officials for his blog posts calling for democratic
reforms and rule of law in China. Yeliang was a signatory to Charter
08, a 2008 petition calling for sweeping political change.
(Reuters, 10/18/13)(Econ, 2/15/14, p.40)
2013 Oct 18, In Egypt suspected
militants killed a police officer in the Sinai Peninsula.
2013 Oct 18, Ethiopia unveiled
the first phase of a space exploration program, which includes East
Africa's largest observatory designed to promote astronomy research
in the region.
2013 Oct 18, France's
constitutional court ruled that mayors cannot refuse to carry out
same-sex marriages just because they oppose them.
2013 Oct 18, A French court
sentenced three Somali pirates to nine years in prison each for the
2009 hijacking off the Somali coast of a French yacht that led to
the death of its skipper.
2013 Oct 18, French osteopath
Pierre Pallardy (72) was sentenced to 10 years in jail for raping
and sexually assaulting female patients. His list of famous clients
included Pablo Picasso and Rudolf Nureyev.
2013 Oct 18, Guinea's electoral
commission announced that the ruling party and its allies have won
legislative elections. Pres. Alpha Conde’s Rally of the Guinean
People (RPG) won with 53 seats. The opposition said it would not
recognise the official results.
(AFP, 10/18/13)(Econ, 10/26/13, p.56)
2013 Oct 18, Indian police
arrested and questioned 33 people aboard a ship operated by a US
anti-piracy firm for carrying guns and ammunition in Indian waters
without proper permits. The captain and the chief engineer were not
among those arrested. The ship was detained on Oct 12. India charged
the 33 men for failing to produce papers authorizing them to carry
weapons in Indian waters
(AFP, 10/18/13)(Reuters, 10/19/13)
2013 Oct 18, In Iraq a car bomb
near an ice-cream shop in Baghdad killed 12 people, while 7 died in
2013 Oct 18, Kenya officials
identified Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow (b.1990), a Norwegian-Somali, as one
of the four attackers of the Westgate Mall on Sep 21. Charred body
parts taken from a collapsed portion of the shopping center still
awaited forensics analysis to determine if they were the remains of
(AP, 10/18/13)(SFC, 10/18/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 18, In Libya gunmen
killed Col. Ahmed Mostafa el-Barghathy, the head of the regional
military police in the eastern city of Benghazi, as he was headed to
a mosque to attend Friday prayers.
2013 Oct 18, In northwest
Mexico Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix (63), a former head of the
Tijuana cartel, was killed by a man in a clown outfit during a party
in a hotel in the resort town of Cabo San Lucas.
(AFP, 10/19/13)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 18, The Netherlands
Supreme Court said municipalities are entitled to to tax dog
ownership because they have to pick up the bill for keeping public
parks and streets clean.
(SFC, 10/18/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 18, In Panama the 23rd
Ibero-American summit opened. Half the presidents of member nations
failed to show for the 2-day meeting, revealing the foundering
direction of the annual forum. At the close instead of meeting
annually, they decided to get together every other year instead.
(AP, 10/19/13)(AFP, 10/19/13)
2013 Oct 18, Saudi Arabia, in
an unprecedented show of anger at the failure of the international
community to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East
issues, said it would not take up its seat on the UN Security
2013 Oct 18, South African
police fired rubber bullets to disperse thousands of people who
rioted after five people were arrested for the rape and murder of
two toddlers in a shantytown.
2013 Oct 18, In Spain Luis
Barcenas, the jailed former financial chief of the ruling Popular
Party, said he personally handed thousands of euros to the party's
current secretary general as part of an off-the-books payment scheme
he acknowledges he ran.
2013 Oct 18, Swiss customs
agents said they have seized one million fake tablets of
anti-anxiety drug Xanax at the Zurich airport, which were destined
for Egypt. The counterfeit tablets, packed in four crates and
weighing 400kg, had originated in China, according to Swissmedic,
the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products.
2013 Oct 18, In Syria regime
forces and rebels fighting for control of Tel Aran, a small but
strategic town in the northern province of Aleppo, killed at least
20 people. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
said rebels killed at least 30 Syrian soldiers, including ten who
were executed after they were captured in in Deir al-Zou.
2013 Oct 18, In Tunisia
protesting security forces drove top leaders from a memorial
ceremony for two policeman killed by militants a day earlier.
2013 Oct 18, In southern Yemen
a suicide bomber killed at least 5 soldiers in a suspected Islamist
militant attack on a military base. Two gunmen on a motorcycle fired
at Col. Mohammed Abdullah al-Habshi's car in Sayoun, Hadramawt
province. The driver died instantly and the colonel died three hours
later in hospital.
(Reuters, 10/18/13)(AP, 10/19/13)
2014 Oct 18, A divided US
Supreme Court let stand a new Texas voter identification law.
(SSFC, 10/19/14, p.A8)
2014 Oct 18, Afghanistan’s
leadership greeted the arrival of Turkish Pres. Recep Tayyip
Erdogan. Pres. Ashraf Ghani and Erdogan signed an agreement on
closer bilateral relationship between the two countries.
2014 Oct 18, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber killed 3 Afghan security force troops in Helmand
province. In Khost province a roadside bomb killed a district police
2014 Oct 18, Afghan and US
special forces killed, Abu Bara al-Kuwaiti, a senior al Qaeda
leader, in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar near the border
with Pakistan’s tribal agency of Khyber. The NDS also seized weapons
and important documents regarding al-Qaeda activity as well as a
laptop with files detailing al-Qaida operations.
(http://tinyurl.com/le23u97)(SFC, 2/12/15, p.A2)
2014 Oct 18, Tens of thousands
of people marched through central London to protest against falling
real wages and public spending cuts introduced to tame Britain's
2014 Oct 18, In Egypt at least
3 soldiers died when a smuggling tunnel on the border with the Gaza
Strip collapsed on them as they were investigating it. The interior
ministry said that security forces have arrested 52 suspected
militants who operated in eight different cells with the aim of
targeting Egypt's infrastructure.
2014 Oct 18, In Germany
millions of passengers were left stranded after train drivers began
a 50-hour strike that halted two thirds of long-distance trains in a
dispute over pay and negotiation rights.
2014 Oct 18, The Iraqi
parliament approved a Sunni Muslim to become defense minister and a
Shi'ite to be interior minister, as part of a more inclusive
government to help tackle Islamist insurgents. Six Kurdish members
of the cabinet were also sworn in.
2014 Oct 18, Rome's left-wing
mayor Ignazio Marino registered 16 gay marriages carried out abroad
in defiance of Italian law, which does not recognize same-sex
2014 Oct 18, Japan’s Mitsubishi
Heavy Industries unveiled first passenger aircraft to be made in
Japan in nearly four decades as Mitsubishi pushed into the booming
regional jet sector with an eye to taking on industry giants Embraer
2014 Oct 18, Kenyan and Somali
soldiers killed five suspected Islamic extremist bombers attempting
to cross into the country from Ethiopia in a car laden with
explosives and six suicide vests.
2014 Oct 18, In Nigeria
suspected Boko Haram attacked the village of Dzur leaving at least 8
people dead. Boko Haram insurgents abducted 80 girls and women in
Adamawa state. Older women in the group were released the following
day. The extremists kept about 40 younger women and girls.
(Reuters, 10/18/14)(AP, 10/27/14)
2014 Oct 18, In Pakistan
unknown gunmen shot dead 8 laborers from eastern Punjab province who
were abducted and shot while working in Baluchistan province's
2014 Oct 18, In Syria US-led
coalition jets pounded suspected Islamic State targets at least six
times in Kobani after the fiercest shelling in days by the
insurgents shook the town's center and hit border areas within
Turkey. Syrian government forces shelled neighborhoods in Damascus,
the southern province of Deraa and the central province of Homs.
Islamic State militants fired 44 mortars at Kurdish parts of Kobani.
Two Islamic State car bombs hit Kurdish positions leading to
(Reuters, 10/18/14)(AP, 10/19/14)
2014 Oct 18, Ukraine’s
President Petro Poroshenko said in a television interview that
Russia has agreed to supply Ukraine with gas through March 31 at a
price of $385 per 1,000 cubic meters.
2014 Oct 18, In eastern Ukraine
2 soldiers were killed in combat with pro-Russian rebels over the
last 24 hours. 2 civilians were also killed after a shell hit a
residential house in the western district of rebel hub Donetsk.
2014 Oct 18, In Yemen rebels
lost 12 fighters in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on their
vehicle in Ibb province. 4 tribesmen were also killed in fighting.
2015 Oct 18, President Barack
Obama ordered the US government to take steps towards lifting
sanctions on Iran, in accordance with the historic nuclear deal
struck between six world powers and Tehran.
2015 Oct 18, A US-led coalition
conducted 17 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and also
targeted the militant group in Syria with a single strike near
2015 Oct 18, Eddie Murphy was
honored as the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at
the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
(SFC, 10/19/15, p.A7)
2015 Oct 18, In California the
Mariscos San Juan No. 3 restaurant in downtown San Jose closed
following reports of an outbreak of bacterial illness due to
shigella. By Oct 23 some 141 people were reported sickened from the
extremely contagious pathogen.
(SFC, 10/23/15, p.D2)(SFC, 10/24/15, p.C2)
2015 Oct 18, In Florida black
drummer Corey Jones was shot and killed near his broken down vehicle
by police Officer Nouman Raja on I-95 in Palm Beach Gardens. Raja
was fired on Nov 11 and charged with attempted murder and
manslaughter on June 1, 2016. On March 8, 2019, Raja was found
guilty of manslaughter and attempted murder. On Aprtil 25, 2019,
Raja was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
(SFC, 10/23/15, p.A10)(SFC, 11/13/15, p.A7)(SFC,
6/2/16, p.A6)(SFC, 3/8/19, p.A9)(SFC, 4/26/19, p.A5)
2015 Oct 18, In northwestern
Afghanistan the Taliban captured the Ghormach district of Faryab
province. The insurgents detained the district police chief, who was
wounded, along with 13 other police.
2015 Oct 18, Egyptians trickled
in to polling stations to elect a new parliament that will tighten
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's grip on power after he crushed all
opposition since ousting his Islamist predecessor.
2015 Oct 18, France's finance
minister said police made the country's biggest drug seizure in two
years when they found 7.1 tons of hashish in Paris' chic 16th
2015 Oct 18, The Greek
coastguard said 5 people, including a baby and two children, drowned
early today and one was missing in two separate incidents of
migrants trying to reach Greece from nearby Turkey.
2015 Oct 18, Guyana's
government said it is implementing a ban on polystyrene foam
products that it says pose a threat to health and the environment
effective Jan 1.
2015 Oct 18, In Indonesia 7
hikers died after being caught in a forest fire on Java island. The
fire was believed to be caused by a bonfire started by hikers.
2015 Oct 18, The Iraqi
judiciary said it had issued an arrest warrant against Trade
Minister Malas Abdulkarim al-Kasnazani and his brother on corruption
2015 Oct 18, Israel rejected a
proposal to send international observers to a flashpoint holy site
in a bid to calm unrest. At least four Israeli cities, including Tel
Aviv, temporarily banned Arab laborers from working in their schools
as they struggle to calm public fears fueled by the worst surge of
Palestinian street attacks in years. An attacker, who police said
was a Bedouin citizen of Israel, entered the heavily guarded station
armed with a pistol and shot dead a soldier before snatching his
rifle and opening fire on the crowd, wounding nine people.
Police shot the assailant dead. Eritrean migrant Mila Abtum died
after he was shot by a security guard and kicked by an angry Israeli
crowd that mistook him for a gunman.
(AFP, 10/18/15)(Reuters, 10/18/15)(Reuters,
2015 Oct 18, The Italian navy
said 8 bodies have been recovered from a rubber boat carrying
migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean.
2015 Oct 18, In the Philippines
Typhoon Koppu, aka Typhoon Lando, blew ashore into northeastern
Aurora province early today. It forced more than 65,000 villagers
from their homes and left at least 54 dead.
(AP, 10/19/15)(AP, 10/21/15)(SSFC, 10/25/15,
2015 Oct 18, Buses packed with
migrants backed up on Serbia’s border with Croatia, their passage to
western Europe slowed by a new diversion through Slovenia, which
vowed to limit the influx.
2015 Oct 18, In Syria warplanes
believed to be Russian targeted mourners in al-Ghanto village who
were burying people killed a day earlier, killing four civilians.
2015 Oct 18, Swiss voters
finished casting ballots to elect their parliament. The
anti-immigration Swiss People's Party collected 29.4% of the vote.
The Social Democrats were a distant second, virtually unchanged at
18.8%. The pro-business Free Democrats increased by 1.3 percentage
points to 16.4%. Turnout was 48.4%.
(AP, 10/18/15)(AP, 10/19/15)
2015 Oct 18, Tibetans
around the world voted in the first round of elections to choose a
2015 Oct 18, Turkish police
arrested around 50 foreign nationals in Istanbul early today in a
sweep targeting jihadists of the Islamic State group suspected of
involvement in last weekend's Ankara suicide bombings.
2015 Oct 18, In Turkey 2
soldiers were killed when rebels set off a remote-controlled mine
targeting an army vehicle in the eastern province of Tunceli.
Security officials said 4 government soldiers and about 20 Kurdish
rebels have been killed in several days of clashes in the
mountainous Daglica region.
2015 Oct 18, The parents of
French saint Therese of Lisieux -- dubbed "The Little Flower" --
were raised to sainthood, in a move Pope Francis hopes will
underscore the importance of the family. Louis (d.1894) and Zelie
Martin (d.1887) had nine children, four of whom died at a young age,
while the other five all became nuns.
2016 Oct 18, Pres. Obama threw
his support behind efforts that Italian PM Matteo Renzi is taking to
overhaul the country’s political system and enhance its economy.
Obama hosted Renzi for the final official visit and state dinner of
(SFC, 10/19/16, p.A4)
2016 Oct 18, In NYC police Sgt.
Hugh Barry shot and killed Deborah Danner, a mentally ill black
woman, in her apartment after she brandished scissors and a bat. In
2018 a judge acquitted Barry murder charges. On Dec. 13, 2018, NYC
agreed to a $2 million settlement with Danner's family.
p.A7)(SFC, 12/15/18, p.A6)
2016 Oct 18, Typhoon Sarika
lashed China's southern resort island of Hainan, with torrential
rain and winds of up to 162 kilometers per hour (100 mph) forcing
authorities to evacuate almost half a million people and halt
2016 Oct 18, India's National
Human Rights Commission (NHRC) accused the western state of
Maharashtra of negligence over the "shocking and painful" deaths in
the past decade of more than 700 indigenous children in schools run
by the authorities.
2016 Oct 18, In India the Delhi
Zoo was closed to the public after autopsies confirmed at least
three birds had died from H5N1 avian influenza. Days later city
authorities closed Hauz Khas Deer Park after eight birds died of
suspected bird flu.
2016 Oct 18, Iranian state news
said Iranian-American businessman Siamak Namazi and his father
Baquer Namazi, a former UNICEF representative, have been sentenced
to 10 years in prison for cooperating with the hostile American
government. Nizar Zakka, a US permanent resident from Lebanon,
Farhad Abd-Saleh, Kamran Ghaderi, and Alireza Omidvar also received
a 10-year prison sentences for espionage and collaboration with the
2016 Oct 18, In Iraq residents
of Mosul said Islamic State was using civilians as human shields as
Iraqi and Kurdish forces captured outlying villages in their advance
on the jihadists' stronghold.
2016 Oct 18, Lithuanian
President Dalia Grybauskaite said Russia's transfer of
nuclear-capable missiles to its western outpost of Kaliningrad this
month was an aggressive move against the whole of Europe.
2016 Oct 18, In the Gaza Strip
a Hamas-run court sentenced a man to death for allegedly
collaborating with Israel.
(SFC, 10/19/16, p.A2)
2016 Oct 18, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in China to improve ties and
restore trust between the sides following recent tensions over their
South China Sea territorial dispute.
2016 Oct 18, Russian Defense
Minister Sergei Shoigu said airstrikes in Syria were to be suspended
starting from 10 a.m. today. He said the suspension is intended to
prepare for the opening of humanitarian corridors for the rebels to
2016 Oct 18, Saudi Arabia
executed Prince Turki bin Saud bin Turki bin Saud Al-Kabeer for
shooting another man in a melee.
(http://tinyurl.com/jgnykqz)(SFC, 10/20/16, p.A2)
2016 Oct 18, Turkey’s PM Binali
Yildirim said Turkish air force jets will join in the air operation
backing Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga to retake Iraq's second
city of Mosul from jihadists.
2016 Oct 18, UNESCO, the UN
cultural agency, adopted a controversial Arab-sponsored resolution
condemning Israel's actions at a flashpoint holy site in east
Jerusalem that has sparked fury in the Jewish state.
2017 Oct 18, A number of US
allies at the World Trade Organization expressed concerns over a
Trump administration executive order that calls on US authorities to
"maximize" use of American-made goods, products and materials in
2017 Oct 18, In San Francisco
police Officer Elia Lewin-Tankel (34) was injured by a hit-and-run
driver in the Tenderloin area and left with a severe brain injury.
In 2019 Willie Flanigan (51) was found guilty of assault, reckless
driving and other charges.
(SFC, 7/12/19, p.C1)
2017 Oct 18, Police in Delaware
arrested Radee Prince (37) on suspicion of shooting five people
earlier in the day at a kitchen countertop company in Edgewood, Md.
Three people were killed.
(SFC, 10/19/17, p.A4)
2017 Oct 18, David Wright of
Everett, Mass., was convicted of plotting to behead conservative
American blogger Pamela Geller for organizing a prophet Mohammad
(SFC, 10/19/17, p.A4)
2017 Oct 18, In Afghanistan the
Taliban killed at least 43 Afghan security forces in an assault that
nearly wiped out an army camp in the southern Kandahar province. Ten
attackers were killed. A Taliban ambush in the northern Balkh
province late today killed six policemen. A Taliban attack on police
posts in western Farah province killed nine policemen. 22 insurgents
were killed in an ensuing gunbattle.
2017 Oct 18, Royal Dutch Shell
opened its first electric vehicle recharging points at three gas
stations in Britain, part of the oil giant's efforts to respond to a
global push toward zero-emission vehicles.
2017 Oct 18, In Canada
legislators in Quebec passed a religious neutrality bill that will
oblige citizens to uncover their faces while giving and receiving
(SFC, 10/19/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 18, China’s President
Xi Jinping (64) opened the twice-a-decade Communist Party Congress.
2017 Oct 18, East Timor's new
government suffered a defeat in parliament when a coalition of
opposition parties vetoed its policy program.
2017 Oct 18, The French
parliament adopted a controversial anti-terror bill that gives the
authorities permanent new powers to search homes, shut places of
worship and restrict freedom of movement.
2017 Oct 18, German researchers
published a paper that showed a 76 percent decline in bug numbers
over a 27-year period. The midsummer loss was up to 82 percent. They
speculated that intensive agriculture and pesticide use may be to
2017 Oct 18, German brothers
Maxim and Raphael Nitsche sold Cogeon, maker of the app Math 42, to
California-based education publisher Chegg Inc. in a deal worth at
least 12.5 million euros ($15 million). The Math 42 app was first
launched five years ago.
2017 Oct 18, In eastern India
flames swept through an illegal firecracker workshop in the state of
Odisha, killing at least eight workers.
(AP, 10/18/17)(SFC, 10/19/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 18, A senior Iraqi
commander said Kurdish Peshmerga forces have retreated to positions
they held in northern Iraq in June 2014 in response to an Iraqi army
advance into the region after a Kurdish independence referendum.
2017 Oct 18, Israeli
authorities approved another large set of plans for settlement homes
in the occupied West Bank, bringing the total for the week to more
2017 Oct 18, Kenya's opposition
leader Raila Odinga called for a mass protest on Oct. 26, the date
the country is due to hold a presidential vote that he is
boycotting. Roselyn Akombe, one of seven election commissioners,
resigned and fled the country saying that the upcoming elections had
no chance of being credible and fair.
(Reuters, 10/18/17)(SFC, 10/19/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 18, Two Macedonian
nationals wanted by Interpol were arrested in Greece over their
alleged involvement in a wiretap scandal that brought down
2017 Oct 18, Police in northern
Myanmar opened fire late today on hundreds of villagers who tried to
enter a jade mine area, killing at least five and injuring 20
2017 Oct 18, A report on human
trafficking published at least 1,320 underage Dutch girls between
the ages of 12 and 17 fall victim to sexual exploitation in the
Netherlands each year.
2017 Oct 18, Pakistan's
military said that new fencing and guard posts along the border with
Afghanistan would help prevent militant attacks in both countries.
The military has so far fenced off about 43 km of the Federally
Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and planned to fence up most of
the 2,500 km (1,500 mile) frontier despite Kabul's protests that the
barrier would divide families and friends along the Pashtun tribal
(AP, 10/18/17)(Reuters, 10/18/17)
2017 Oct 18, Tehreek-e-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP) said that Khalifa Umar Mansoor, the militant
commander accused of masterminding a massacre at a school in
Peshawar in 2014, has been killed.
2017 Oct 18, In Pakistan Zeenat
Shahzadi (26), abducted in 2015, was recovered from near the Afghan
border. her mother later said she under extreme mental pressure and
unable to tell much about her ordeal.
2017 Oct 18, Philippine
officials said four Islamic State-allied militants died and 10
government soldiers were injured in fighting that continued in the
southern city of Marawi a day after Pres. Duterte declared it
liberated from "terrorist influence".
2017 Oct 18, Portuguese
Interior Minister Constanca Urbano de Sousa, in charge of emergency
services, resigned after 106 people were killed in unprecedented
wildfires this year. Authorities said arsonists are to blame for
starting most wildfires in the country.
2017 Oct 18, Ksenia Sobchak
(35), a celebrity Russian TV host, announced her intention to run in
the March 2018 election. She is the daughter of Anatoly Sobchak, the
reformist St. Petersburg mayor in the early 1990s. President
Vladimir Putin once worked as her father's deputy.
2017 Oct 18, Saudi budget
carrier flynas made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to
Baghdad since 1990, as ties with neighboring Iraq show signs of
2017 Oct 18, South Sudanese
rebel groups fought each other over the last 24 hours in Kajo Keji
between two groups: one loyal to former army general Thomas Cirillo
and one loyal to former vice president Riek Machar. At least three
people were killed.
2017 Oct 18, In Syria US-backed
Syrian forces removed land mines and cleared roads in the northern
city of Raqqa, a day after commanders said they had driven the
Islamic State group from its de facto capital. 95 percent of the
city was under full control as clearing operations continued.
2017 Oct 18, Veteran Syrian
opposition member Mohammed Saleh Abu Ali, who has been campaigning
for the release of Syrian detainees, was himself detained at a
checkpoint in the central city of Homs.
2017 Oct 18, In Togo protesters
erected makeshift barricades and blocked roads in the two main
cities, as soldiers and police launched teargas to prevent the
latest protest against Pres. Faure Gnassingbe. At least four people
were killed in Lome and the country's second city, Sokode, as
protesters clashed with police and soldiers.
(AFP, 10/18/17)(AFP, 10/19/17)
2017 Oct 18, Turkish police
detained prominent activist and businessman Osman Kavala at
Istanbul's Ataturk Airport.
2017 Oct 18, Hundreds of
disgruntled Ukrainian activists gathered in a tent camp outside
parliament to demand a more forceful fight against government graft.
2017 Oct 18, In Uruguay Tedros
Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization's new chief, announced
the appointment of Zimbabwe’s leader Robert Mugabe (93) as a
"goodwill ambassador" for the WHO.
2018 Oct 18, US President
Donald Trump threatened to send the military to the Mexican border
and to imperil a trade deal in an intensification of his
anti-immigrant rhetoric ahead of congressional elections. Trump
threatened to close the US-Mexico border if authorities there fail
to stop an impromptu caravan, as about 3,000 Hondurans made their
way north through Guatemala.
(AFP, 10/18/18)(AP, 10/18/18)
2018 Oct 18, The United States
downgraded the status of its main diplomatic mission to the
Palestinians by placing it under the authority of the US Embassy to
2018 Oct 18, The US Treasury
Department designated Pedro Luis Zuleta Noscue as a drug kingpin.
The Colombian man with ties to the South American country's largest
rebel group allegedly controls a narcotics trafficking corridor in
2018 Oct 18, The Catholic
Diocese of San Jose, Ca., released the names of 15 clergy members
who were known by the church to be child sex abusers. At least nine
priests on the list are dead.
(SFC, 10/19/18, p.A1)
2018 Oct 18, A San Francisco
jury found Michael Phillips (65) guilty of murdering his
acquaintance James Sheahan (75) in August 2017 after being rebuffed
for a loan. Phillips was found guilty of eight additional felony
(SFC, 10/20/18, p.C4)
2018 Oct 18, Florida
authorities said Hurricane Michael killed 20 people in the state. A
firefighter was killed while helping his family clear debris in the
Florida Panhandle increasing the overall storm-related death toll to
(SFC, 10/19/18, p.A8)(SFC, 10/20/18, p.A6)
2018 Oct 18, It was reported
that the Baltimore police department is shutting down its
administrative functins in order to put more officers on the
streets.the city has rtecorded 250 homicides this year, 44 of them
in the last 30 days.
(SFC, 10/19/18, p.A6)
2018 Oct 18, The Committee to
Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and
Reporters Without Borders urged Turkey to request a UN investigation
into the possible murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal
Khashoggi to prevent a "whitewash" of the alleged crime.
2018 Oct 18, In Afghanistan the
three top officials in Kandahar province were killed when their own
guards opened fire on them at a security conference. US Brigadier
General Jeffrey Smiley was among 13 wounded in the Taliban-claimed
(AP, 10/18/18)(AFP, 10/22/18)
2018 Oct 18, Brazilian
presidential hopeful Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers Party
accused his right-wing rival Jair Bolsonaro of creating a criminal
group along with businessmen to spread false election-related
messages on WhatsApp.
2018 Oct 18, Burundi's public
security ministry accused a prominent opposition MP Pierre-Celestin
Ndikumana of planning the assassination of President Pierre
Nkurunziza and other top officials, in an address on state
2018 Oct 18, China criticized
Washington's decision to leave the UN treaty that regulates
international postage. President Donald Trump has said the
144-year-old Universal Postal Union (UPU) puts US businesses at a
disadvantage and is used by shippers of the narcotic fentanyl to the
U.S. from China.
2018 Oct 18, European Union
leaders in Brussels agreed to push ahead with plans to boost
cooperation with North African countries and beef up the bloc's
borders in an effort to stop migrants entering Europe.
2018 Oct 18, The Asia-Europe
meeting began this evening with a dinner in Brussels attended by 30
European leaders with their counterparts from 21 Asian nations, a
membership that accounts for 55 percent of global trade.
2018 Oct 18, A group of media
outlets led by Germany's non-profit Correctiv reported that traders
have manipulated transactions in multiple European countries over
years, draining tax coffers of some 55.2 billion euros ($63.5
2018 Oct 18, In India Hindu
hardliners blocked intersections, threatened drivers, threw stones
at buses and ordered a 12-hour strike to successfully bar women from
the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala for a second day. India's
ruling party and the main opposition both supported the protest
blocking women from entering the pilgrimage site, in what political
observers said is a bid to court voters in the country's south ahead
of a general election due next year.
(AFP, 10/18/18)(AP, 10/18/18)
2018 Oct 18, Indonesia's
disaster agency said helicopters are dropping disinfectant on
neighborhoods in the earthquake- and tsunami-stricken city of Palu
to reduce disease risks from the thousands of victims believed
buried in obliterated communities.
2018 Oct 18, Indonesian police
arrested two men who allegedly operated a Facebook account to
facilitate meet-ups for gay people and other sex-related services.
2018 Oct 18, Italy's PM
Giuseppe Conte defended the country's "beautiful" 2019 budget,
brushing off criticism of it from Brussels as European authorities
stepped up pressure for changes to a draft that breaches the bloc's
2018 Oct 18, Malaysia's
anti-graft agency said it has detained former Deputy Prime Minister
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in a case linked to misappropriation of funds in
a welfare group.
2018 Oct 18, A high court in
the Maldives overturned a prison sentence for the country's
ex-President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who had been jailed for not
cooperating with a police investigation into allegations he was
trying to overthrow the government. Maumoon still faced a separate
case under the terrorism law over the same alleged plot to overthrow
his half-brother, outgoing President Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
2018 Oct 18, The Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said it had seen
weapons being transported from Russia to rebel-held areas of eastern
Ukraine over the last week, contradicting Moscow's claim it is not
2018 Oct 18, Disgraced Pakistan
legspinner Danish Kaneria finally admitted his involvement in a
fixing scandal, more than six years after he was banned for life and
denied he was guilty.
2018 Oct 18, Spain's prime
minister said the status of the British overseas territory of
Gibraltar, a small isthmus on Spain's southern coast, after Britain
leaves the European Union has been agreed with Britain. Gibraltar
will leave the EU along with the United Kingdom on March 29 next
2018 Oct 18, Spanish police
announced the arrests or four people including Nervis Villalobos, a
former Venezuelan officials, Argentinian businessman Luis Fernando
Vuteff, and two of their business associates as part of a money
(SFC, 10/19/18, p.A2)
2018 Oct 18, In Syria a US
coalition air strike killed 12 militants, disabling a command center
they had used to attack coalition forces and their allies.
2018 Oct 18, Ukraine's
parliament voted to hand over a landmark Kiev church to the
Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate after it agreed to recognize
the independence of Ukraine's Orthodox Church. The church will be
transferred to Constantinople for its permanent use free of charge,
but will still be the property of Ukraine.
2018 Oct 18, A new UN report
said South Sudan's armed opposition abducted women and girls as
young as 12 and lined them up so commanders could choose "wives,"
and those not selected were left to be raped repeatedly by other
fighters. The report focused on the Western Equatoria region between
April and August, saying 900 people were abducted and some 24,000
people forced to flee their homes as fighting surged after months of
2018 Oct 18, A UN humanitarian
aid official said that Syria's government has withdrawn a
controversial law that allowed authorities to seize property left
behind by civilians who fled the country's civil war.
2018 Oct 18, Uruguay's Congress
approved a law that guarantees rights to the country's transgender
community. Lawmakers in the lower house voted in favor of the
measure late today. It had already been approved by the Senate.
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