Today in History - October 21
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335 Oct 21,
Constantinople emperor (Constantine the Great) enacted rules against
1096 Oct 21, Seljuk Turks under
Sultan Kilidj Arslan of Nicea slaughtered thousands of German
crusaders at Chivitot.
(HN, 10/21/99)(MC, 10/21/01)
1422 Oct 21, Charles VI, King
of France (1380-1422), died at 54.
1439 Oct 21, Traversari
Ambrosius (53), Italian humanist and leader, died.
1492 Oct 21, Columbus landed on
San Salvador Island (Bahamas-Watling Island).
1520 Oct 21, Ferdinand Magellan
arrived at Tierra Del Fuego (Argentina-Chile).
1529 Oct 21, Henry VIII of
England was named Defender of the Faith by the Pope after defending
the seven sacraments against Luther.
1553 Oct 21, Volumes of the
Talmud were burned.
1555 Oct 21, English parliament
refused to recognize Philip of Spain as king.
1574 Oct 21, Nicolo Rubini,
composer, was born.
1600 Oct 21, Tokugawa leyasu
defeated his enemies in the battle of Sekigahara and affirmed his
position as Japan's most powerful warlord. The win enabled Ieyasu to
found a 265-year ruling dynasty.
1641 Oct 21, A Catholic
uprising took place in Ulster. Thousands of English and Scots were
killed. [see Oct 23]
1650 Oct 21, Jean Bart, French
captain and sea hero, was born. He escaped from Plymouth.
1652 Oct 21, King Louis XIV
returned to Paris.
1760 Oct 21, Katsushika Hokusai
(d.1849), Japanese printmaker, was born. Hokusai was a master
designer of color woodblock prints. His paintings included 36 views
of Mt. Fuji done when he was 70.
(SFC, 9/24/98, p.E3)(WSJ, 11/3/98, p.A20)(Econ,
1765 Oct 21, Giovanni Paolo
Pannini (Panini), Italian painter and architect, died at 73.
1772 Oct 21, Samuel Taylor
Coleridge (d.1834), English poet and author, was born. His work
included "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and "Kubla Khan".
(AP, 9/12/97)(HN, 10/21/00)
1790 Oct 21, Alphonse-Marie
Louis de Lamartine, writer (Rene), was born in Macon, France.
1790 Oct 21, The Tricolor was
chosen as the official flag of France.
1797 Oct 21, The 44-gun
204-foot U.S. Navy frigate USS Constitution, also known as Old
Ironsides, was launched in Boston's harbor. It was never defeated in
42 battles. 216 crew members set sail again in 1997 for its 200th
birthday. [see Sep 20]
(AP, 10/21/97)(SFC, 7/22/97, p.A1)(SFC, 10/22/97,
1805 Oct 21, A British fleet
commanded by Vice Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated a French-Spanish
fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar fought off Cape Trafalgar, Spain.
Admiral Nelson won his greatest victory and though fatally wounded
in the battle aboard his flagship, he lived long enough to see
victory: "England expects every man to do his duty." The crew
fittingly preserved his body in rum. Over 8,500 Englishmen,
Frenchmen and Spaniards were lost in the battle or the hurricane
that swept over the ships the next day. In 1807 Nelson’s surgeon
William Beatty authored “authentic narrative of the Death of Lord
Nelson.” In 1999 Barry Unsworth authored the novel "Losing Nelson."
In 2001 Joseph F. Callo edited "Nelson Speaks: Admiral Lord Nelson
in His Own Words." In 2005 Adam Nicolson authored “Men of Honour:
Trafalgar and the Making of the English Hero;” Roy Adkins authored
“Nelson’s Trafalgar,” and Adam Nicolson authored “Seize the Fire.”
(WSJ, 5/24/01, p.A20)(Econ, 6/25/05, p.82)(WSJ,
8/19/05, p.W6)(ON, 3/06, p.2)(Reuters, 7/13/10)
1824 Oct 21, Joseph Aspdin
patented Portland cement in Yorkshire, England.
1928 Oct 21, AT&T was
removed from the DJIA.
(WSJ, 4/2/04, p.C1)
1833 Oct 21, 1833, Alfred
Bernhard Nobel was born. The Swedish-born chemist, engineer and
industrialist who invented dynamite, later established the
prestigious Nobel prizes to honor the world’s greatest scientists,
writers and peacemakers. In 1859, after four years in the United
States, Nobel returned to Sweden and built a factory to manufacture
the explosive nitroglycerin. In 1864 the factory accidentally blew
up, killing Nobel’s youngest brother and four others. Two years
later, Nobel invented dynamite, a safe and manageable form of
nitroglycerin. A pacifist by nature, Nobel hoped that the
destructive power of his invention would bring an end to wars.
By the time of his death on December 10, 1897, Nobel had acquired a
massive fortune. In his will, he left instructions that the bulk of
his estate should endow the annual Nobel prizes for those who had
most contributed to the areas of physics, chemistry, medicine,
literature and peace. In 1968, a sixth award for economics was
(WUD, 1994, p.969)(SFEC, 12/797, Par p.28)(HNPD,
1837 Oct 21, During the
Second Seminole War (1835-1842), under a flag of truce during peace
talks, U.S. troops under Gen. Thomas S. Jesup (1788-1860) sieged the
Indian Seminole Chief Osceola in Florida and sent to a jail in North
Carolina, where he later died. Jesup's trickery outraged the
(HN, 10/21/98)(DoW, 1999, p.435)
1839 Oct 21, Georg von Siemens,
founder of Deutsche Bank, was born.
1847 Oct 21, Giuseppe Giacosa
(d.1906), Italian songwriter (libretti opera Puccini), was born.
1858 Oct 21, Jacques
Offenbach's opera "Orphee aux Enfers," premiered in Paris. The
Can-Can music was part of the opera. Dancers in Paris displayed
their tail feathers in a high kick routine called the “cancan.” The
word was a diminutive form of “canard,” the word for duck, whose
evenly displayed feathers were likened to those of the dancers.
(SFEC, 3/23/97, z1 p.7)(MC, 10/21/01)
1861 Oct 21, Battle of Ball's
Bluff, Va., was a disastrous Union defeat which sparked
1865 Oct 21, Another earthquake
hit San Francisco. It lasted for 42 seconds and caused major damage
throughout the city.
(SFC, 4/14/96, p.Z1, p.3)(GenIV, Winter 04/05)
1867 Oct 21, Many leaders of
the Kiowa, Comanche and Kiowa-Apache signed a peace treaty at
Medicine Lodge, Kan. Comanche Chief Quanah Parker refused to accept
the treaty terms.
1868 Oct 21, A major
earthquake, later estimated at magnitude 7, took place on the
Hayward Fault in northern California. It destroyed the top of the
San Mateo County Courthouse. At this time only 265,000 people lived
in the Bay Area. The Marine Hospital at Rincon Point was badly
damaged and forced to close.
(SMMB)(SFC, 6/13/96, p.C3)(SFC, 10/18/07,
p.A15)(SFC, 10/9/10, p.A10)
1868 Oct 21, The Hayward
Earthquake in northern California created a sunken area in San
Francisco that came to be called Pioche’s Lake.” The area was filled
in and rooming houses were built, all of which collapsed in the 1906
(SFC, 6/8/13, p.C4)
1869 Oct 21, The 1st shipment
of fresh oysters came West overland from Baltimore.
1872 Oct 21, The U.S. Naval
Academy admitted John H. Conyers, the first African American to be
1878 Oct 21, German republic
chancellor Bismarck delegated the end of "Socialism."
1879 Oct 21, Thomas Edison
perfected his carbonized cotton filament light bulb after 14 months
of testing at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J. It was the first
incandescent electric lamp. The bulb burned for about 13 ½ hours.
(AP, 10/21/97)(HN, 10/21/02)(AH, 10/04, p.15)
1904 Oct 21, Panamanians
clashed with U.S. Marines in Panama in a brief uprising.
1907 Oct 21, The Panic of 1907
began with a run on the Knickerbocker Trust Co. of New York. News
soon emerged that it was caught up in a scam by bankers Augustus
Heinze and Charles Morse, who had borrowed and embezzled vast sums
to corner the market in shares of United Copper.
(AP, 10/21/07)(Econ, 4/12/14, p.53)
1912 Oct 21, Georg Solti,
conductor (Fidelio), was born in Budapest, Hungary.
1914 Oct 21, Battle of Warsaw
ended with a German defeat.
1915 Oct 21, The 1st
transatlantic radio-telephone message was transmitted from
Arlington, Va., to Paris.
1916 Oct 21, US Army formed
Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).
1917 Oct 21, Dizzy Gillespie,
[John B], jazz trumpeter, famous for Night in Tunisia and Blue ‘n’
Boogie, was born.
1917 Oct 21, Members of the
First Division of the U.S. Army training in Luneville, France,
became the first Americans to see action on the front lines of World
War I. The first U.S. troops entered the front lines at
Sommervillier under French command.
(AP, 10/21/98)(HN, 10/21/98)
1917 Oct 21, Petrograd's
garrison accepted a Revolutionary Military Committee.
1921 Oct 21, Malcolm Arnold,
composer (Bridge over River Kwai), was born in Northampton, England.
1929 Oct 21, Ursula Kroeber Le
Guin, science fiction writer, was born. Her work included “The Left
Hand of Darkness.”
(HN, 10/21/00)(MC, 10/21/01)
1937 Oct 21, Dmitri
Shostakovitch's 5th Symphony premiered.
1938 Oct 21, Japanese troops
(WUD, 1994, p.1682)(MC, 10/21/01)
1939 Oct 21, As war heated up
with Germany, the British war cabinet held its first meeting in the
underground war room in London.
1940 Oct 21, Ernest Hemingway's
novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls” was published.
1941 Oct 21, The 19-day Battle
of Bryansk ended. The city was subjected to heavy artillery and air
bombardment and large parts of it was destroyed. After some fierce
fighting the Soviet Third Army at Vyazma surrendered to German
forces on Oct 14 and the Thirty-Second at Bryansk surrendered on Oct
1942 Oct 21, Eight American and
British officers landed from a submarine on an Algerian beach to
take measure of Vichy French to the Operation Torch landings.
1943 Oct 21, Eight American and
British officers landed from a submarine on an Algerian beach to
take measure of Vichy French to the Operation Torch landings.
1944 Oct 21, During World War
II, U.S. troops captured the German city of Aachen.
1944 Oct 21, Col. Henry Mucci
(d. 1997 at 88) led a small Ranger assault force on the Philippines
just 3 days before MacArthur made his celebrated return.
(SFC, 4/25/97, p.A26)
1944 Oct 21, The 1st Japanese
kamikaze attack took place near Leyte Island; gunners from both the
flagship of the Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Australia, and HMAS
Shropshire fired at, and reportedly hit, an unidentified Japanese
aircraft. The plane then flew away from the ships, before turning
and flying into Australia, striking the ship's superstructure above
the bridge, and spewing burning fuel and debris over a large area. A
200 kg (440 pound) bomb carried by the plane failed to explode. In
2002 Albert Axell and Hideaki Kase authored "Kamikaze: Japan's
Suicide Gods." In 2006 Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney authored “Kamikaze
Diaries: Reflections of Japanese Student Soldiers.”
1945 Oct 21, Women in France
were allowed to vote for the first time.
1948 Oct 21, The Israeli
offensive, Operation 10 Plagues, liberated Beersheba (Be’er Sheva)
from Egyptian control.
1949 Oct 21, Benjamin
Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, was born.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A20)(MC, 10/21/01)
1950 Oct 21, Chinese forces
1950 Oct 21, North Korean
Premier Kim Il-sung established a new capital at Sinuiju on the Yalu
River opposite the Chinese City of Antung.
1954 Oct 21, Dorothy Parker's
Arnaud d'Usseau's "Ladies of the Corridor," premiered.
1957 Oct 21, The film
“Jailhouse Rock” starring Elvis Presley opened.
1959 Oct 21, The Guggenheim
Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959), opened in NYC.
In 2009 the museum published “The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright and
the Making of the Modern Museum.”
(AP, 10/21/97)(AH, 10/04, p.15)(SSFC, 7/26/09,
1959 Oct 21, Dr. Werner Von
Braun started work at NASA. By the late 1960s his rockets were
taking men to the moon. The Dr at age 25 had masterminded the V-2
rocket for Nazi Germany.
1959 Oct 21, Contra
revolutionaries bombed Havana.
1960 Oct 21, Democrat John F.
Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon clashed in their fourth and
final presidential debate.
1960 Oct 21, The 1st
British nuclear submarine, Dreadnought, was launched at
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Dreadnought was the first British
submarine to surface at the North Pole in 1971. In the 1970s she was
fitted to fire Tigerfish torpedoes. She developed reactor problems
in late 1980 and was decommissioned in 1982. She is laid up at
Rosyth awaiting disposal.
1961 Oct 21, Bob Dylan recorded
his first album in a single day at a cost of $400.
1964 Oct 21, The movie musical
"My Fair Lady," starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, had its
world premiere at the Criterion Theater in NYC.
1965 Oct 21, Robert B.
Woodward was awarded the Nobel prize for chemistry, "for his
outstanding achievements in the art of organic synthesis."
1966 Oct 21, More than 140
people, mostly children, were killed when a coal waste landslide
engulfed a school and several houses in Aberfan, Wales.
1967 Oct 21, Tens of thousands
of Vietnam War protesters marched in Washington, D.C. 35,000 people
assembled outside the Pentagon to protest the war in Vietnam. The
“March on the Pentagon,” protesting American involvement in Vietnam,
drew 50,000 protesters.
(TMC, 1994, p.1967)(AP, 10/21/97)(HN, 10/21/98)
1967 Oct 21, The Israeli
destroyer INS Eilat was sunk by Egyptian missile boats near Port
Said; 47 Israeli crew members were lost.
1969 Oct 21, Picasso painted
“Painter and Infant,” an allegory of artistic transmission from one
generation to the next.
(SFC, 7/17/01, p.A16)
1969 Oct 21, The play
"Butterflies are Free," premiered in NYC at the Booth Theater. It
was written by Leonard Gershe (d.2002). It closed in 1972
after 1128 performances. Director Milton Katselas (1933-2008) then
directed a film version.
p.A27)(www.ibdb.com/production.php?id=3299)(SFC, 11/4/08, p.B5)
1969 Oct 21, Jack Kerouac (47),
Beat Generation chronicler, died of alcoholism in St. Petersburg,
Fla. He wrote "On the Road" (1957), "Desolation Angels," "Vanity of
Duluoz," and "Dharma Bums." Japhy Ryder the Zen hobo-poet in the
book was modeled after poet Gary Snyder. In 1979 Dennis McNally
authored the biography "Desolate Angel." In 1998 Ellis Amburn
published "Subterranean Kerouac: The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac."
In 1999 Barry Miles published "Jack Kerouac, King of the Beats: A
Portrait." In 2004 Douglas Brinkley edited “Windblown World: The
Journals of Jack Kerouac.”
(SFC, 6/7/96, p.A22)(SFC, 9/1/96, DB p.30)(SFEC,
5/31/98, p.A17)(SFEC, 8/9/98, BR 9 p.3)(SFEC, 1/17/99, BR p.3)(SSFC,
8/11/02, p.M1)(SSFC, 10/17/04, p.M1)
1970 Oct 21, John T. Scopes
(b.1900), US teacher in the 1925 Scopes "monkey trial," died.
1970 Oct 21, In South Korea 777
Unification church couples were wed.
1971 Oct 21, The Nobel Prize
for literature was awarded to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973).
1971 Oct 21, President Nixon
nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the US Supreme
Court following resignations of Justices Hugo Black and John Harlan.
1971 Oct 21, Half Moon Bay,
Ca., held its 1st Art and Pumpkin Festival. The 1-day event was
thought up by Dolores Mullin to raise money for the Main Street
Beautification Committee to buy trees. John Minaidis of Half Moon
Bay won with a 132-pound pumpkin. Terry Pimsleur (d.2008 at
77), public relations executive, helped develop the fair.
(Ind, 9/29/01, 5A)(SFC, 10/10/06, p.B3)(SFC,
1971 Oct 21, The Nobel Prize
for literature was awarded to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973).
1972 Oct 21, US Sec. of State
Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho of North Vietnam reached a cease-fire
agreement. It was signed Jan 27, 1973.
(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.A19)
1972 Oct 21, The US Marine
Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) was enacted. Prof. Kenneth Norris
(d.1998 at 74) helped write the legislation.
(PacDis, Fall/’96, p.3)(SFC, 8/31/98,
1975 Oct 21, "Treemonisha," a
1911 opera by Scott Joplin (1868-1917), opened at Uris Theater NYC
for 64 performances. The 1st full professional staging was done in
1975 by the Houston Grand Opera.
1976 Oct 21, Saul Bellow won
the Nobel Prize for literature, the first American honored since
John Steinbeck in 1962.
1979 Oct 21, In SF the body of
Mary Frances Bennett was found at Lands End. She had been stabbed at
least 25 times. In 2010 DNA evidence tied her murder to David Joseph
Carpenter, who was on death row at San Quentin for 7 other murders.
(SFC, 2/24/10, p.A7)
1979 Oct 21, Moshe Dayan,
Israeli minister of foreign affairs, submitted his resignation.
1980 Oct 21, Gen'l. Pinochet
issued a new constitution that allowed him to stay in power for
another 8 years. It was approved by plebiscite.
(SFC, 3/25/99, p.A3)(Econ, 10/23/04, p.36)
1983 Oct 21, US Pres. Ronald
Reagan sent a ten-ship task force to Grenada.
1984 Oct 21, Francois Truffaut
(b.1932), French film director (Fahrenheit 451), died of brain
cancer. In 1999 Antoine de Baecque and Serge Toubiana published
"Truffaut: A Biography."
DB p.53)(SFEC, 6/27/99, BR p.4)
1985 Oct 21, Former San
Francisco Supervisor Dan White committed suicide by carbon monoxide
in his wife’s car in the Excelsior. He killed Mayor Moscone and
Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978, for which he served barely 5 years
after a diminished capacity defense called the "Twinkie defense."
(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W23)(SFC, 11/26/98, p.A19)
1986 Oct 21, The US, Micronesia
and the Marshall Islands formed a Compact of Free Association (CFA).
Tens of millions in economic benefits along with security and
defense of the islands was exchanged for the right to deny access to
third countries. The US paid $270 million in compensation to nuclear
victims under the 1st phase of the CFA (1986-2001), insisting that
was a full and final arrangement.
(SFC, 3/8/99, p.A16)(SFC, 1/4/00, p.A12)(Econ,
1986 Oct 21, The Electronic
Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) was enacted by the United States
Congress to extend government restrictions on wire taps from
telephone calls to include transmissions of electronic data by
1986 Oct 21, Pro-Iranian
kidnappers in Lebanon claimed to have abducted American Edward
Tracy. He was released in August 1991.
1987 Oct 21,
Sometimes-acrimonious debate began in the Senate on the nomination
of Judge Robert H. Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Two days later,
the Senate voted 58-42 to reject the nomination.)
1988 Oct 21, A federal grand
jury in New York indicted former Philippine President Ferdinand E.
Marcos and his wife, Imelda, on charges of fraud and racketeering.
Marcos died before he could be brought to trial; his widow, Imelda,
was acquitted in 1990.
1989 Oct 21, Rescue workers in
Oakland, Calif., pulled longshoreman Buck Helm alive from the
wreckage of the Nimitz Freeway, part of which had collapsed during
the Oct. 17 earthquake. Helm died less than a month later.
1990 Oct 21, Walther Sommerlath
(b.1901), the father of Sweden’s Queen Silvia, died in Heidelberg.
During WWII he swapped a coffee farm in Brazil for a German-based
business owned by Efim Wechsler, a Jewish businessman. This allowed
Wechsler to emigrate from Nazi Germany.
1990 Oct 21, A Palestinian
stabbed three Israelis to death during a rampage in a Jerusalem
neighborhood in retaliation for the police killings of 17 Arabs on
the Temple Mount.
1991 Oct 21, American hostage
Jesse Turner was freed by his kidnappers in Lebanon after nearly
five years in captivity.
1991 Oct 21, Former California
Governor Jerry Brown announced his presidential candidacy.
1991 Oct 21, Steamboat Geyser
erupted in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park. The next eruption
did not occur until 2000.
(SFC, 5/6/00, p.B8)
1991 Oct 21-1991 Oct 22, The
European Community and the European Free Trade Association concluded
a landmark accord to create a free trade zone of 19 nations by 1993.
1992 Oct 21, Singer Madonna's
book "Sex" was released.
1992 Oct 21, The Toronto Blue
Jays won game four of the World Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves
1992 Oct 21, A report prepared
for the Los Angeles police commission found that the city was
unprepared to handle the rioting that broke out the previous spring,
and had responded inadequately.
1992 Oct 21, Shirley Booth,
actress (Hazel), died at 94.
1992 Oct 21, Jim Garrison,
Louisiana DA who investigated the JFK assassination, died at 70.
1992 Oct 21, In Egypt a British
nurse died in a bus attack by Islamic extremists in Dairu.
(SFC, 11/19/97, p.C2)
1993 Oct 21, Gary Kasparov
defeated Nigel Short for chess championship.
1993 Oct 21, The Philadelphia
Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 in game five of the World
Series; Toronto still led the Series 3-2.
1993 Oct 21, The Senate
rejected curbs on President Clinton's right as commander in chief to
send troops to Haiti.
1993 Oct 21, NATO ministers
endorsed a U.S. plan to form limited partnerships with Russia and
other former East bloc foes, but stopped short of offering full
1993 Oct 21, Burundi’s first
Hutu president, Melchior Ndadaye, was assassinated by Tutsi
soldiers. 5 soldiers were sentenced to death for the murder in 1999.
The military coup caused 525,000 Hutu's to flee. Civil war followed
and over the next dozen years some 300,000 people, mostly civilians,
(SFC, 8/22/96, p.E5)(WSJ, 11/15/96,
p.A16)(SFEC, 1/12/97, p.A12)(SFC, 5/15/99,
1994 Oct 21, President Clinton
conceded in a news conference that Democrats would lose seats in the
1994 Oct 21, The wife of CIA
turncoat Aldrich Ames, Rosario Ames, was sentenced to five years in
prison for her role in her husband's espionage.
1994 Oct 21, United States and
North Korea signed an agreement requiring the communist nation to
halt its nuclear program and agree to inspections. Fuel rods from
North Korea’s nuclear reactor were to be shipped out of the country,
but that did not happen. The deal unraveled eight years later.
(AP, 10/21/99)(Econ, 7/21/07, p.41)(Econ,
1994 Oct 21, Thirty-two people
were killed when a section of bridge collapsed in Seoul, South
1995 Oct 21, The Atlanta Braves
won game one of the World Series, defeating the visiting Cleveland
1995 Oct 21, Rioting inmates
surrendered control of a prison dormitory in Greenville, Illinois,
ending a one-day uprising that began after the government ordered
federal prisons locked down nationwide.
1995 Oct 21, Maxene Andrews of
the Andrews Sisters died in Hyannis, Massachusetts, at age 79.
1996 Oct 21, The Atlanta Braves
took a two-games-to-none lead in the World Series, defeating the New
York Yankees 4-0.
1996 Oct 21, President
Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military
survived its first Supreme Court test.
1996 Oct 21, UN Security
Council elections for the 5 non-permanent seats were won by Japan,
Kenya, Sweden, Costa Rica and Portugal for a 2-year period. Ten of
the seats are temporary and five are chosen annually.
(SFC, 10/22/96, p.B1)
1996 Oct 21, In Albania the
ruling Democratic Party claimed a landslide victory in local
(SFC, 10/22/96, p.B1)
1996 Oct 21, In Algeria the
Mayor of Algiers, Ali Boucetta, was killed by a stray bullet in
fighting between security forces and rebels in Algiers.
(SFC, 10/22/96, p.B1)
1996 Oct 21, An American crop
duster flew over Cuba on its way to Bogota, Columbia. In 1997 Cuba
claimed before the UN that the plane dusted Cuban fields with a
biological pest, thrips palmi.
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.A4)
1996 Oct 21, In Murambi
village, Burundi, some 300 (258-435) Hutu refugees returned from
Zaire and were killed as they sought refuge in a village church.
(SFC, 11/23/96, p.A8)(SFC, 12/12/96, p.C2)
1996 Oct 21, Arnoldo Aleman
claimed victory over Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua's presidential
1996 Oct 21, About 225,000 Hutu
refugees fled camps in eastern Zaire. The governor of the area has
given the 300,000 Banyamulenge Tutsis as week to leave. Zaire has
camps holding about 1.5 million Hutu refugees, most of them from
(SFC, 10/22/96, p.B1)
1996 Oct 21, In Zimbabwe some
11,000 nurses went on strike for higher wages, allowances and better
(SFC, 11/1/96, p.A16)
1996 Oct 21-22, Firestorms
covered 35,000 acres in Malibu and San Diego County and destroyed
more than 60 homes. Another fire in the Los Padres National Forest
was reported 60% contained.
(SFC, 10/23/96, p.A1)
1997 Oct 21, The Florida
Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians 14-11 in game three of the World
1997 Oct 21, Reversing months
of strong opposition, the Clinton administration endorsed a revised
Republican bill to restructure the Internal Revenue Service and
shift the burden of proof from the taxpayer to the government in
contested court cases.
1997 Oct 21, It was reported
that the US Energy Dept. and the Arthur D. Little company had
developed a new fuel system for cars that uses fuel cell technology
first developed by NASA. Electricity would be produced by extracting
hydrogen from gasoline and combining it with oxygen.
(SFC, 10/21/97, p.A2)
1997 Oct 21, Pictures of the
Antennae galaxies, two intermeshed colliding galaxies, taken by the
Hubble Space Telescope in 1996, were revealed to the public for the
(SFC, 10/22/97, p.A1)
1998 Oct 21, The New York
Yankees swept the World Series in the 4th game over the San Diego
Padres 3 to 0.
(SFC, 10/22/98, p.D1)
1998 Oct 21, Pres. Clinton
signed a $520 billion spending bill that provided $17.9 billion for
the IMF and $1.1 billion as a down payment for new teachers. It was
shipped to him just before the 105th Congress recessed. The CIA
received a supplemental $1.8 billion.
(SFC, 10/22/98, p.A3)(SFC, 10/22/98, p.A9)(AP,
1998 Oct 21, Dr. Jane Henney
was confirmed as FDA commissioner.
1998 Oct 21, A report outlined
why Pierre Sane, head of Amnesty Int’l., targeted the US this year
for human rights abuses.
(SFC, 10/21/98, p.A10)
1998 Oct 21, A radical
environmental group, the Earth Liberation Front, claimed
responsibility for fires that caused $12 million in damage at the
nation's busiest ski resort in Vail, Colo.
1998 Oct 21, In France the
government announced emergency plans to improve conditions in the
(SFC, 10/22/98, p.C3)
1998 Oct 21, In Guinea-Bissau
heavy artillery fire rocked the capital and rebels claimed to have
captured Bafata, the 2nd largest town.
(SFC, 10/22/98, p.C5)
1998 Oct 21, Typhoon Babs
killed 4 people in the central Philippines. Another 11 were killed
on the southern tip of Luzon. A total of 156 people were killed
including 71 from landslides on Catanduanes Island.
(SFC, 10/22/98, p.C5)(WSJ, 10/23/98, p.A1)(SFC,
10/24/98, p.A12)(SFEC, 10/25/98, p.A20)(SFC, 10/26/98, p.A7)
1998 Oct 21, The European
Commission approved a $180 million aid package for Turkey.
(SFC, 10/22/98, p.C5)
1998 Oct 21, In French Guiana
the 3rd European Ariana 5 test rocket was launched at Kourou. It
successfully simulated the launch of a mockup satellite.
(WSJ, 10/22/98, p.B2)
1998 Oct 21, Turkey and Syria
signed an accord whereby Syria agreed to brand the Kurdish Workers
Party (PKK) as a terrorist group.
(SFC, 10/22/98, p.C5)
1999 Oct 21, Organizers called
for a "Jam Echelon Day," an effort to overload US National Security
Agency (NSA) supercomputers with e-mail containing words such as
"bomb." Echelon was a worldwide surveillance network run by the NSA
and partners in Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
(SFEC, 11/14/99, p.A7)
1999 Oct 21, The US Justice
Dept. sued the city of Columbus, Ohio, for a pattern of civil rights
violations by the police.
(WSJ, 10/22/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 21, In Chechnya
Russian rockets hit and market and 2 other sites in Grozny and as
many as 140 people were killed.
(SFC, 10/22/99, p.A1)(SFC, 10/23/99, p.A10)
1999 Oct 21, In East Timor Jose
Alexandre "Xanana" Gusmao, the exiled guerrilla leader, returned to
(SFC, 10/22/99, p.B2)
1999 Oct 21, France’s highest
court upheld the conviction of Maurice Papon, the former Vichy
official who had fled France rather than face prison for his role in
sending Jews to Nazi death camps; Papon was captured in Switzerland
and deported the following day to begin a 10-year sentence.
(AP, 10/21/00)(AP, 9/18/02)
1999 Oct 21, It was reported
that a French-led expedition chopped clear the fully preserved
carcass of a 20 thousand-year-old woolly mammoth, the "Jarkov
Mammoth," from the permafrost of Siberia at Khatanga, Russia.
(SFC, 10/21/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 21, In Indonesia the
People's Consultative Assembly voted 396 to 284 for Megawati
Sukarnoputri as vice president over Hamzah Haz. The vote came after
Gen. Wiranto dropped his candidacy.
(SFC, 10/22/99, p.A16)
1999 Oct 21, In Palestine a
West Bank fire killed 16 women making cigarette lighters in an
unlicensed Hebron facility.
(WSJ, 10/22/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 21, In Taiwan a 6.4
earthquake was centered near Chiayi.
(SFC, 10/22/99, p.B4)(SFC, 10/23/99, p.A11)
1999 Oct 21, In Turkey Ahmet
Taner Kislali (60), a columnist for the pro-secular newspaper
Cumhuriyet, died from a bomb placed on his car windshield.
(SFC, 10/22/99, p.B6)
1999 Oct 21, In Venezuela
corruption cases against 2 former presidents, Carlos Andres Perez
and Jaime Lusinchi, were reopened.
(SFC, 10/22/99, p.B4)
2000 Oct 21, The former
passenger ship S.S. Belofin-1, sank near Cape Town while on tow for
demolition. The ship was originally built in 1931 as the Matson
luxury liner ”Monterey” and served as a troop transport during WW
II. She was renamed a number of times and was also known as the
Matsonia, Lurline (after the 1932 original demolished in 1987), and
2000 Oct 21, Tens of thousands
of Palestinians took to the streets in marches and funerals in Gaza
and the West Bank. 4 Palestinians were killed and over 100 injured.
(SFEC, 10/22/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 21, Fifteen Arab
leaders met in Cairo for a 2-day summit, their first summit in four
years. They condemned Israel for violence and made proposals to deal
with Israel. The Libyan delegation walked out, angry over signs the
summit would stop short of calling for breaking ties with Israel.
(SFEC, 10/22/00, p.A1,21)(AP, 10/21/01)
2001 Oct 21, The Arizona
Diamondbacks won the National League championship, defeating the
Atlanta Braves 3-2 in game five.
2001 Oct 21, US warplanes hit
Taliban frontline troops north of Kabul in the fiercest hits to
date. A 1000-pound bomb hit near a senior citizens home in Heart. US
air strikes at Thorai killed 21 civilians.
(SFC, 10/22/01, p.A1)(SFC, 10/24/01, p.A12)(SSFC,
2001 Oct 21, Thomas L. Morris
Jr. (55), a DC postal worker diagnosed with the deadly inhalation
form of anthrax, died. Officials began testing thousands of postal
(SFC, 10/23/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/24/01, p.A1)(AP,
2001 Oct 21, A moratorium
against state collection of Internet taxes expired.
(SFC, 8/21/01, p.C2)
2001 Oct 21, A Taliban official
reported that 5 of their men had been executed as spies.
(SFC, 10/22/01, p.A5)
2001 Oct 21, In Berlin,
Germany, the Social Democrats held on to power in municipal
elections, but would have to form a coalition to govern.
(SFC, 10/22/01, p.B1)
2001 Oct 21, Israeli forces
continued to occupy West Bank territory and 3 Palestinians were
killed including Johnny Thaljieh, a 16-year-old Christian.
(SFC, 10/22/01, p.B1)
2001 Oct 21, In Kazakstan a
3-person Russian-French crew blasted off for the Int’l. Space
Station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The crew included Claudie
Haignere, who in 1996 became the 1st Frenchwoman in space.
(SFC, 10/22/01, p.B2)
2001 Oct 21, In Macedonia Pres.
Boris Trajkovski approved a plan to deploy ethnically mixed police
units in areas that had been seized by ethnic Albanian revels.
(SFC, 10/22/01, p.B2)
2001 Oct 21, In Northern
Ireland Catholic and Protestant groups pelted each other with
homemade grenades in the Limestone Road area of north Belfast.
(SFC, 10/22/01, p.B2)
2001 Oct 21, Pacific Rim
leaders ended a 2-day economic summit and condemned the Sep 11
attacks against the US and denounced terrorism in all its forms.
(SFC, 10/22/01, p.A3)
2002 Oct 21, Pres. Bush said he
would try diplomacy "one more time," but did not think Saddam
Hussein would disarm, even if doing so would allow him to remain in
2002 Oct 21, Scientists
reported a new immunoassay for mad cow disease that takes about a
year for results.
(SFC, 10/21/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 21, It was reported
that Prof. Vijay Pende of Stanford successfully led a program to use
shared computing power to decipher protein folding in BBA5, a
man-made chain of 23 amino acids.
(SFC, 10/21/02, p.A4)
2002 Oct 21, Hackers launched
coordinated attacks on the 13 organizations principally responsible
for managing the Internet’s domain naming system.
(SSFC, 1/22/12, p.H1)
2002 Oct 21, APEC delegates,
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, from Australia, Brunei, Canada,
Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia,
Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia,
Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam began
meetings at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to discuss terrorism and the
2002 Oct 21, In Australia Xiang
Huan Yun (36) opened fire at Monash University in Melbourne in,
killing two people and seriously wounding 5 others. Yun was soon
charged with two counts of murder and five counts of attempted
(AP, 10/21/02)(AP, 10/22/02)
2002 Oct 21, In Colombia Air
Force planes bombed guerrillas on their way to attack a western
town, killing 70 of them.
2002 Oct 21, Millions of Cubans
went to the polls to choose new municipal officials, the men and
women charged with solving all manner of neighborhood problems, from
lack of water to deteriorating buildings.
2002 Oct 21, A bus bombing near
Hadera killed 14 Israelis, along with two attackers. Israel held off
on immediate retaliation, but troops next day destroyed the homes of
a suicide bomber and a suspected militant.
(AP, 10/22/02)(SFC, 10/22/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 21, In Malawi police
arrested Gwanda Chakuamba, the main opposition leader, accusing him
of impersonating President Bakili Muluzi by signing the president's
name to a controversial letter on statehouse stationery. The arrest
came amid a government crackdown on opponents of a constitutional
amendment that would allow Muluzi to run for a third term when his
second five-year term expires in 2004. Chakuamba was released the
(AP, 10/21/02)(AP, 10/22/02)
2002 Oct 21, In Mexico
officials said 25 people were arrested who had infiltrated the army,
police and attorney general's office on behalf of drug kingpins.
(SFC, 10/22/02, p.A11)
2002 Oct 21, In Venezuela
thousands of stores closed and workers stayed home to demand that
Hugo Chavez call early elections.
(AP, 10/21/02)(SFC, 10/22/02, p.A11)
2002 Oct 21, A UN panel accused
criminal groups linked to the armies of Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe and
Congo of plundering Congo's riches, and called on the United Nations
to impose financial restrictions on 29 companies and 54 individuals.
2003 Oct 21, The US Senate
voted to ban the practice that critics call partial-birth abortion.
2003 Oct 21, In Florida
tube-feeding was resumed for Terri Schiavo (39), brain-damaged since
1990, on orders from Gov. Jeb Bush, who overrode a court decision
for its removal.
(SFC, 10/22/03, p.A2)(WSJ, 10/22/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 21, Louise Day Hicks
(87), Boston anti-busing activist, died
2003 Oct 21, Actor Fred Berry
(52) died in Los Angeles.
2003 Oct 21, Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation leaders ended their two-day annual summit in
Thailand with a statement seeking to boost trade and intensify the
fight on terror.
2003 Oct 21, In Colombia police
and soldiers rounded up at least 29 politicians, ahead of local
elections, with suspected ties to leftist guerrillas in pre-dawn
raids across Arauca state.
(AP, 10/21/03)(WSJ, 10/22/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 21, In Ecuador, a
decade after Texaco pulled out of the Amazon jungle, the US
petroleum giant went on trial in a lawsuit filed on behalf of 30,000
2003 Oct 21, A top European
Union official defended the bloc's $233 million contribution for
Iraqi reconstruction and said that more could be forthcoming next
2003 Oct 21, Iran agreed to
snap UN inspections of its nuclear sites and to freeze uranium
(AP, 10/21/03)(SFC, 10/22/03, p.A3)
2003 Oct 21, In Ivory Coast
Jean Helene, a French radio reporter, was shot and killed by a
police officer at police headquarters in Abidjan. On Jan 22, 2004,
police sergeant Dago Sery was sentenced to 17 years in prison for
(AP, 10/21/03)(WPR, 3/04, p.29)
2003 Oct 21, North Korea
rebuffed Pres. Bush's proposal to give it multi-nation security
assurances if it agrees to scrap its nuclear weapons program.
2003 Oct 21, In South Korea a
tourist bus plummeted into a gorge, killing at least 17 people and
injuring 15 others.
2003 Oct 21, Luis A. Ferre
(99), a philanthropist and former governor of Puerto Rico who became
the patriarch of the territory's US statehood movement, died.
2003 Oct 21, Romanians
overwhelmingly approved a new constitution designed to prepare the
formerly communist country for membership in the EU.
2003 Oct 21, Two British
teachers working for an aid agency in Somaliland were found dead
after being shot at their apartment at the school.
2003 Oct 21, Pope John Paul II
added 30 names to the list of his possible successors, installing a
diverse collection of cardinals.
2003 Oct 21, The U.N. General
Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution demanding that Israel
tear down a barrier jutting into the West Bank.
2004 Oct 21, The St. Louis
Cardinals won the National League pennant with a 7th game win over
the Houston Astros.
(SFC, 10/22/04, p.D1)
2004 Oct 21, An Associated
Press poll found President Bush and Sen. John Kerry locked in a tie
for the popular vote.
2004 Oct 21, It was reported
that the US government had begun identifying prisoners held at the
Guantanamo Bay interrogation Center.
(WSJ, 10/21/04, p.A6)
2004 Oct 21, Staff Sgt. Ivan
Frederick, the highest-ranking U.S. soldier charged in the Abu
Ghraib prison case, was sentenced to eight years in prison.
2004 Oct 21, American
International Group (AIG) reported that it was the target of a grand
(WSJ, 10/22/04, p.C1)
2004 Oct 21, WWF Int’l. said
humanity is consuming 20% more natural resources each year than the
(WSJ, 10/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 21, Anthony Hecht
(81), American poet, died in Washington DC.
(WSJ, 10/26/04, p.D8)
2004 Oct 21, Australian police
arrested 3 Chinese men in Sydney after they uncovered $74 million
worth of crystal methamphetamine hidden in hollowed-out candles from
2004 Oct 21, China and Japan
planned emergency talks over energy rights in the disputed waters
(WSJ, 10/21/04, p.A17)
2004 Oct 21, Fu Hegong sneaked
into a Beijing kindergarten to rob it. When he was discovered, he
smothered a teacher with a quilt and killed a 5-year-old boy by
hitting him with a fire extinguisher. In 2005 Hegong (31) was
sentenced to death.
2004 Oct 21, Former Costa Rica
Pres. Rafael Angel Calderon was detained in connection with a
corruption investigation. He was charged with distributing and
taking a share of a commission of some $9 million connected to the
supply of medical equipment. He was under investigation for
allegedly receiving nearly $500,000 from a Finnish government loan
to Costa Rica for the purchase of medicines.
(AP, 10/21/04)(Econ, 11/27/04, p.38)(AP, 2/5/06)
2004 Oct 21, An Ethiopian court
sentenced three former rebels to death for killing dozens of people
while rebel factions jockeyed for power in 1992. Iman Kelil Oumar
was convicted for participating in the killings of 207 people; Beyan
Ahmed Ousman was convicted of involvement in the murder of 205
people and Asli Ahmed, was found guilty of killing 89 people.
2004 Oct 21, French health
officials announced that a donor whose blood was used to transfuse
10 people and to manufacture medicines has been identified as
France's eighth known victim of the human equivalent of mad cow
2004 Oct 21, An Israeli
aircraft fired two missiles at a car traveling in the Gaza Strip
killing Adnan al-Ghoul, a senior Hamas commander.
2004 Oct 21, Japan's deadliest
typhoon in more than two decades left at least 66 people dead as
rescuers searched frantically for 22 still missing in floods and
2004 Oct 21, Lebanon's Pres.
Emil Lahoud appointed staunchly pro-Syrian politician Omar Karami as
prime minister, asking him to form the next government.
2004 Oct 21, Four gunmen
abducted three U.S. citizens on a rural highway in southern Mexico,
shot and killed two of them and left the third, a pregnant woman,
bound and gagged. Her testimony led to arrests the next day of
Isidro Diaz Pineda, Reynaldo Hernandez Ramirez, Francisco Velazquez
Paredes and David Gaona Mondragon, all of Tierra Caliente.
2004 Oct 21, Negotiations
between the Sudanese government and the National Democratic Alliance
(NDA), an umbrella organization for opposition groups from around
Sudan, opened in Cairo under the auspices of Egypt.
2005 Oct 21, US and Colombian
authorities shut down a drug trafficking and money laundering
operation that exported about $1 million worth of cocaine every week
to the United States, Europe and Asia.
2005 Oct 21, Oscar Wyatt (81),
former chairman of Coastal Corp., was arrested at his home in
Houston for paying millions in kickbacks to the government of Saddam
Hussein in exchange for rights to buy discounted Iraqi oil under the
UN’s oil-for-food program. 2 Swiss associates were also indicted. In
2007 Wyatt was sentenced to over a year in jail after admitting that
he agreed to a surcharge of about $200,000 to be paid to bank
account in Jordan controlled by officials of Iraq’s State Oil
Marketing Organization in Dec 2001.
(SFC, 10/22/05, p.A3)(WSJ, 11/28/07, p.B10)
2005 Oct 21, The Kansas Supreme
Court unanimously struck down a state law that punished underage sex
more severely if it involved homosexual acts.
2005 Oct 21, A Taliban ambush
touched off fierce fighting in southern Afghan mountains that left
eight police and four rebels dead. A cultural reporter 922) with a
local radio station, was killed in a bomb blast in the eastern
province of Khost.
(AP, 10/22/05)(AFP, 10/22/05)
2005 Oct 21, Authorities in
Azerbaijan said a 2nd former government minister was arrested on
charges of involvement in a coup plot against President Ilham Aliev,
deepening political tensions ahead of next month's key parliamentary
2005 Oct 21, Britain and
Croatia confirmed cases of bird flu as countries around the world
scrambled to put in place measures to prevent the spread of the
virus. British officials said a parrot that had been imported from
South America died of bird flu in quarantine.
2005 Oct 21, In Alexandria,
Egypt, thousands of Muslims rioted outside a Coptic Christian church
to denounce a play deemed offensive to Islam, prompting police to
beat protesters and fire tear gas into the crowd. 3 people died and
more than 90 were injured. The play, "I Was Blind But Now I Can
See," tells the story of a young Christian who converts to Islam and
becomes disillusioned. The riot was sparked by the distribution of a
DVD of a play that was performed at the church two years ago.
2005 Oct 21, The European
Commission agreed to open talks with Bosnia on a cooperation
agreement that could lead to full EU membership for the Balkan
2005 Oct 21, Hungary’s health
minister told a local news agency that the country has developed a
bird-flu vaccine from humans.
(WSJ, 10/22/05, p.A1)
2005 Oct 21, Indonesian police
said they had arrested four people allegedly involved in smuggling
hundreds of pounds of explosive materials from Malaysia into
2005 Oct 21, Iran's supreme
leader, long a critic of the United States, praised the U.S.-backed
constitutional referendum in Iraq as "blessed" and urged Iraqis to
participate December's parliamentary elections.
2005 Oct 21, Hurricane Wilma
slammed into the island of Cozumel, starting a long, grinding march
across Mexico's resort-studded coastline. Wilma flooded streets,
knocked out power and stranded thousands of tourists in sweltering
shelters. Hurricane Wilma tore into Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula,
after killing 13 people in Haiti and Jamaica.
(AP, 10/21/05)(AP, 10/22/06)
2005 Oct 21, Lawmakers of
Serbia and Montenegro elected Zoran Stankovic (51), a reported ally
of notorious war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic, as the new defense
2006 Oct 21, Al-Jazeera
television aired an interview with US State Department official
Alberto Fernandez, who offered an unusually blunt assessment of the
Iraq war, saying the US had shown "arrogance" and "stupidity" in
Iraq. Fernandez issued an apology the next day.
2006 Oct 21, In SF Joseph James
Melcher (25), a traveling wine salesman, opened fire on 3 people in
Japantown and 2 died. He was arrested the same evening. On Nov 21
Melcher was also charged with killing Robert Stanford (21) on Aug
27. On May 13, 2009, Melcher was convicted on 3 counts of murder. On
June 11 Melcher was sentenced to 200 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 10/24/06, p.B1)(SFC, 11/23/06, p.B1)(SFC,
5/14/09, p.B2)(SFC, 6/12/09, p.B3)
2006 Oct 21, In Bangladesh
donations of clothing set off stampedes that left at least eight
people dead. All were women except for one child.
2006 Oct 21, In central Bolivia
a bus plunged off a mountain road, killing 29 people and injuring
2006 Oct 21, In Najaf, Iraq,
Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani met with Shiite cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr in an attempt to rein marauding militias. 5 bicycle bombs
and a hail of mortar shells killed 32 people with scores more
wounded in a market in Mahmoudiyah. Rival Shiite militiamen battled
near the ancient city of Babylon until American forces and
helicopters rushed to separate the combatants. At least two people
were killed in Hamza al-Gharbi and 25 in Amarah, a city of 750,000
people at the head of Iraq's famous marshlands. At least 21 more
people were killed in violence around the country, including 7 who
died in a suicide bombing on a Baghdad bus. A US Marine was killed
in fighting in Anbar province west of Baghdad and another soldier
died in fighting in Salahuddin province.
(AP, 10/21/06)(AP, 10/22/06)(SSFC, 10/22/06,
2006 Oct 21, In Mexico’s
Michoacan state, the home state of President-elect Felipe Calderon,
420 homicides were reported for this year, including 19 police
chiefs and commanders. Juan Antonio Magana, the state's attorney
general, said well over half the killings were drug-related.
2006 Oct 21, In Nigeria police
said all seven foreign oil workers who were being held hostage in
the southern Niger Delta have been released and are in good health.
2006 Oct 21, Members of the
Palestinian security forces fired in the air in Gaza City's main
shopping district and burned tires near President Mahmoud Abbas'
home to press demands for payment of salaries.
2006 Oct 21, Foreign Minister
Sergey Lavrov said that Russia was ready to discuss ways to pressure
Iran into accepting a broader international oversight of its nuclear
program, but added that "any measures of influence should encourage
creating conditions for talks." He said Russia will not allow the UN
Security Council to be used to punish Iran over its nuclear program.
Russia indicated it would strictly enforce sanctions on North Korea
as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met top leaders in Moscow
at the end of a tour to push for full implementation of the UN
penalties in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear test. Rice delivered a
symbolic rebuke to Russia over shrinking press freedoms, even as she
courted President Vladimir Putin for help punishing Iran over its
(AFP, 10/21/06)(AP, 10/21/07)
2006 Oct 21, Sri Lanka's
government said it will provide safe passage for rebels traveling to
Geneva for peace talks, as the navy destroyed two insurgent boats
approaching a naval base. The Tamil Tigers threatened to extend
their battle against government troops across the island if Colombo
"wants a war", as the navy said they killed 20 rebels in sea
(AP, 10/21/06)(AFP, 10/21/06)
2006 Oct 21, The death toll
from severe flooding in Thailand and neighboring Myanmar has jumped
to 143 after Thai authorities confirmed another 16 victims. The
severe flooding began in late August in Thailand's central and
2006 Oct 21, Uganda's president
traveled to southern Sudan to bolster faltering talks between his
government and rebels aimed at ending a brutal 19-year conflict in
2007 Oct 21, Vice President
Dick Cheney said in a speech the United States and other nations
would not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.
2007 Oct 21, The Boston Red Sox
won the American League championship in Game 7 of their series with
the Cleveland Indians, 11-2.
2007 Oct 21,
Paul Byrd, pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, acknowledged
that he had used human growth hormone from August 2002 to January
2005 due to a pituitary gland issue. An investigation was pending as
Major League Baseball and the Indians said they had not been aware
of Byrd’s use of the muscle building substance.
(SFC, 10/22/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 21,
More than a half-dozen wildfires driven by powerful Santa Ana
winds spread across Southern California, killing one person near San
Diego and destroying several homes and a church in celebrity-laden
Malibu. The Buckweed fire started rampaging across 38,000 acres in
the Santa Clarita area, 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. An
unidentified youngster, believed to be a preteen, later admitted to
playing with matches and starting the fire.
(AP, 10/21/07)(Reuters, 10/31/07)
2007 Oct 21, Ronald Brooks
Kitaj, Ohio-born artist, died in Los Angeles. He had spent much of
his career working in London. His work included “Desk Murder,” a
p.102)(http://tinyurl.com/2myah5)(Econ, 3/2/13, p.81)
2007 Oct 21,
Australia's opposition Labor Party chief Kevin Rudd beat PM
Howard in an election debate marred by controversy when a national
television network's coverage was deliberately cut. Rudd had once
worked as a business consultant in China and spoke fluent Mandarin.
(AFP, 10/22/07)(Econ, 12/1/07, p.52)
2007 Oct 21, In Brazil
activists trying to invade a 304-acre biotech seed farm, owned by
the Swiss firm Syngenta AG, clashed with guards and at least two
people were shot dead.
2007 Oct 21, In Brazil a girl
(15) was arrested on accusations of breaking and entering a house
and jailed with male inmates in Abaetetuba, Para state. She was
locked up for weeks with 21 men who she said would only let her eat
in return for sex. By her account, officials did nothing, until the
story erupted in the national media and outraged Brazilians demanded
2007 Oct 21,
Thousands of British Muslims gathered for a charity peace
concert dubbed "Muslim Live 8" to raise money for victims of Sudan's
long-running Darfur conflict.
2007 Oct 21,
Chinese President Hu Jintao engineered the retirement of a
powerful Communist Party rival in a move that enhanced his political
standing yet may have opened up a divisive battle to succeed him. A
fire at a shoe factory in southeastern China killed 37 people and
injured at least 20. The factory in Fujian province was operating
without a license and the owners were arrested.
(AP, 10/21/07)(AP, 10/22/07)(AP, 10/25/07)
2007 Oct 21,
Cubans opened an election cycle that will lead to a decision
next year on whether ailing leader Fidel Castro will remain atop the
communist-run island's supreme governing body.
2007 Oct 21,
Ethiopia's Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels said
they killed 140 government soldiers in a weekend assault targeting a
visiting senior official, a statement Ethiopia immediately denounced
2007 Oct 21,
New Delhi Deputy Mayor S.S. Bajwa was rushed to a hospital
after the attack by a gang of Rhesus macaques, but succumbed to head
injuries sustained in his fall.
2007 Oct 21,
The US military said its forces killed an estimated 49
militants during a dawn raid to capture an Iranian-linked militia
chief in Baghdad's Sadr City enclave. Iraqi police and hospital
officials reported only 15 deaths including three children. Iraqi
government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said all the dead were
2007 Oct 21, Kyrgyzstan held a
national referendum on changing the constitution to elect the
Parliament by party list. On Oct 23 the main trans-Atlantic security
and rights group and the US Embassy said the referendum on
constitutional change was marred by numerous violations.
2007 Oct 21, Shell officials
said gunmen in speedboats attacked an offshore oil field in the
volatile Niger Delta, kidnapping three foreign workers and four
2007 Oct 21,
A pro-business opposition party that wants to bring Poland's
troops home from Iraq was headed to an overwhelming victory in
parliamentary elections, exit polls showed, setting it up to oust
the prime minister's staunchly pro-U.S. government. The opposition
Civic Platform party ousted PM Jaroslaw Kaczynski's government in
the parliamentary elections.
(AP, 10/21/07)(AP, 10/21/08)
2007 Oct 21, A technical glitch
sent a Soyuz spacecraft on a wild ride home, forcing Malaysia's
first space traveler and two Russian cosmonauts to endure eight
times the force of gravity before their capsule landed safely.
2007 Oct 21, Lojze Peterle, a
conservative former prime minister, won the most votes in Slovenia's
tight presidential elections, but fell far short of the majority
needed to avoid a runoff.
2007 Oct 21, Springboks, the
South African rugby team, beat England (15-6) in the Rugby World Cup
Final at the Stade France in Paris.
(AFP, 10/23/07)(Econ, 10/27/07, p.57)
2007 Oct 21,
Sudanese government officials said around 50 people have been
killed in three days of tribal clashes in the central region of
2007 Oct 21,
A Swiss nationalist party rode an anti-immigrant wave to the
best showing of any party in parliamentary elections since 1919,
while the Greens made gains by appealing to environmental concerns.
The Swiss People's Party (SVP), led by justice minister Christoph
Blocher, won 62 seats and received 29% of the vote, after a bitter
campaign blaming foreigners for much of the country's crime.
(AP, 10/21/07)(AP, 10/22/07)(Econ, 10/27/07,
2007 Oct 21, Ernst Ludwig
Ehrlich (86), a Jewish religious philosopher, died at his home in
Basel, Switz. He had escaped the Nazis and became a European
bridge-builder between Christians and Jews.
2007 Oct 21, In Syria a
high-level North Korean official held talks with PM Naji Otari on
ways to improve cooperation between the two countries.
2007 Oct 21, A Hong Kong
newspaper reported that police in the capital of Tibet clashed for
four days with Buddhist monks trying to celebrate the awarding of a
congressional honor for the Dalai Lama.
2007 Oct 21, Kurdish rebels
ambushed a Turkish military convoy less than three miles from the
Iraqi border, killing 12 soldiers with 8 missing. The rebels said
they are holding them hostage. Turkey shelled the border region in
response to the attack, and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, himself
a Kurd, ordered the rebels to lay down their arms or leave Iraq.
(AP, 10/21/07)(WSJ, 10/22/07, p.A1)(AP, 10/25/07)
2008 Oct 21, Top US and Russian
military officers held an unannounced meeting in Helsinki in an
effort to maintain dialogue after Moscow's crushing defeat of
American ally Georgia.
2008 Oct 21, The US Federal
Reserve announced that it will start buying commercial paper, a
crucial short-term funding mechanism many companies rely on for
day-to-day operations, from money market mutual funds.
2008 Oct 21, US federal agents
arrested dozens of members of the Mongol motorcycle club in six
states, following an undercover investigation in which they
infiltrated the notorious motorcycle gang. Prosecutors said it could
herald the end of what they call a criminal group.
(AP, 10/22/08)(SFC, 10/22/08, p.B2)
2008 Oct 21, National City
Corp, an Ohio-based regional bank hard hit by the credit crisis,
announced plans to slash 4,000 jobs and said rising reserves for
soured mortgage and real estate construction loans led to its fifth
straight quarterly loss.
2008 Oct 21, The Pentagon said
it has dropped war-crimes charges against five Guantanamo Bay
detainees after the former prosecutor in their cases complained that
the military was withholding evidence helpful to the defense.
Lawyers for Ethiopian refugee Binyam Mohamed, a British resident
held at Guantanamo, said the US has dropped all charges against him,
but he is still being held at the US prison camp. Binyam Mohamed, an
Ethiopian citizen, had lived in Britain for 7 years, and was
arrested in Pakistan in 2002.
(AP, 10/21/08)(Econ, 2/7/09, p.49)
2008 Oct 21, Argentina proposed
to nationalize the private pensions in order to meet debt payments.
The nationalization of the private pension funds took place in
(WSJ, 10/22/08, p.A1)(Econ, 2/27/10, p.28)
2008 Oct 21, Bolivia’s Congress
ratified Pres. Morales’ draft constitution, designed to empower the
(WSJ, 10/22/08, p.A1)
2008 Oct 21, The Bank of Canada
cut its key interest rate by a quarter point, less than expected, to
2.25 percent but said it would likely have to ease further to combat
the effects of the global financial crisis.
2008 Oct 21, In Denmark Hammad
Khuershid, a Danish citizen of Pakistani origin, and Abdoulghani
Tokhi, an Afghan, were convicted of preparing a terrorist attack.
They were secretly filmed mixing the type of explosive used in the
2005 London transit bombing. They were arrested in the Copenhagen
area in September 2007. Khuershid and Tokhi were sentenced to 12 and
seven years in prison, respectively.
2008 Oct 21, EU lawmakers
joined US civil liberty campaigners in criticizing a new scanner
that allows airport security to see through passengers' clothes,
calling it a virtual strip search that should only be used as a last
2008 Oct 21, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy backed the creation of sovereign wealth funds in
Europe that, when coordinated, could provide an "industrial
response" to the financial crisis.
2008 Oct 21, In Greece riot
police fired tear gas to disperse a group of rock-throwing youths
during a demonstration in support of a nationwide general strike
that brought air, rail and ferry traffic to a halt.
2008 Oct 21, In India 25,000
members of the United Forum of Reserve Bank Officers and Employees
went on strike in a dispute over pensions. The Reserve Bank of India
denounced the strike as illegal.
(Econ, 10/25/08, p.87)
2008 Oct 21, A bomb exploded
outside a training center for police commandos in northeast India,
killing at least 17 people and wounding 23 more.
2008 Oct 21, Indonesia's
parliament ratified the Southeast Asian charter committing ASEAN
member nations to promote democracy and human rights, clearing the
way for its formal adoption before year's end. Anti-terrorism police
seized bomb-making materials and a large cache of weapons and
ammunition during a raid on a house in Jakarta. Anti-terrorism
squads arrested five suspected Islamic radicals believed to have
been plotting to blow up Indonesia's largest fuel depot.
(AP, 10/21/08)(AP, 10/22/08)
2008 Oct 21, Iran, Russia and
Qatar discussed the formation of an OPEC-style cartel among some of
the largest natural gas producing nations, a prospect that has
unnerved energy-importing nations in Europe and the United States.
2008 Oct 21, Iraq's Cabinet
decided to ask the Americans for unspecified changes in the draft
security pact. A bomb targeting a police patrol exploded in eastern
Baghdad, wounding two civilians.
2008 Oct 21, Italy's Court of
Cassation ordered Berlin to pay a total of euro1 million (US$1.3
million) to nine family members of victims of a June 1944 massacre.
The next day Germany rejected the ruling by Italy's top criminal
2008 Oct 21, Jordanian police
arrested a local writer for incorporating verses of the Quran, the
Muslim holy book, into his love poetry. Islam Samhan, published his
collection of poems, "Grace like a Shadow," without the approval of
the Jordanian government, and authorities said it insults the holy
2008 Oct 21, In Kashmir trucks
laden with fruit, honey, garments and spices crossed the heavily
armed frontier as India and Pakistan opened a trade route between
the two sides of the divided region for the first time in six
2008 Oct 21, Police in northern
Mexico reported receiving an ice chest packed with four human heads.
The chest arrived at the Ascencion police station in Chihuahua state
was marked "vaccines," but wasn't claimed for a week. Jesus Zambada
was among 16 members of the Sinaloa drug cartel arrested after a
shootout in Mexico City. Zambada is the brother of Ismael Zambada,
who allegedly heads the Sinaloa cartel along with one of Mexico's
most wanted men, Joaquin Guzman.
2008 Oct 21, Amnesty
International criticized major failings in Nigeria's criminal
justice system and called on the government to immediately put in
place a moratorium on capital punishment.
2008 Oct 21, Taliban militants
ambushed a convoy of security forces in Pakistan's northwestern Swat
valley, sparking clashes that left at least five personnel and six
2008 Oct 21, Saudi Foreign
Minister Saud al-Faisal confirmed for the first time that the
kingdom has been sponsoring talks between the Afghan government and
the Taliban militia.
2008 Oct 21, Saudi Arabia’s
interior minister said authorities have indicted 991 suspected
militants on charges that they participated in terrorist attacks
carried out in the kingdom over the last five years.
2008 Oct 21, A Somali official
said Somali gunmen acting as freelance coast guards freed a hijacked
Indian dhow and its 13 crew members after a battle with pirates off
the country's northern coast. The cargo-laden vessel was en route to
Somalia from Asia when it was seized over the weekend.
2008 Oct 21, A Thai court found
former PM Thaksin Shinawatra (59) guilty of corruption and sentenced
him to two years in prison. His wife, Pojaman (51), was acquitted.
2008 Oct 21, Turkish soldiers
killed two Kurdish guerrillas during a clash near the village of
Dallitepe in the country's southeast.
2008 Oct 21, Zimbabwe's main
opposition party warned that unless its leader Morgan Tsvangirai is
issued a passport he will not attend a meeting next week aimed at
breaking a deadlock in power-sharing talks. The party also said that
only fresh elections would resolve a dispute over who controls key
cabinet posts, a make-or-break issue under a power-sharing pact
signed with President Robert Mugabe.
(AP, 10/21/08)(Reuters, 10/21/08)
2009 Oct 21, Federal court
documents linked Alaska Rep. Don Young to a wide-ranging
investigation of corruption in Alaska. It was alleged that the
19-term Republican had received gifts totaling nearly $200,000 over
13 years from Veco Corp., a defunct oil field services company run
by former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.
(SFC, 10/24/09, p.A10)
2009 Oct 21, US federal
prosecutors in Massachusetts arrested Tarek Mehanna (27) of Sudbury,
a suburb of Boston. Prosecutors said he had conspired to kill two
prominent US politicians and carry out a holy war by attacking
shoppers in US malls and American troops in Iraq. Mehanna, a US
citizen, had been arrested in November and charged with lying to the
FBI in December 2006 when asked about the whereabouts of Daniel
Maldonado, who is now serving a 10-year prison sentence for training
alongside al-Qaida members to overthrow the Somali government. On
Dec 20, 2011, Mehanna was convicted of conspiring to support
al-Qaida and other terrorism charges.
(AP, 10/21/09)(SFC, 10/22/09, p.A4)(SFC,
2009 Oct 21, In Toledo, Ohio,
Mohammad Zaki Amawi (29) was sentenced to 20 years in jail for
plotting to recruit and train terrorists to kill US soldiers in
Iraq. Marwan Othman El-Hindi (46) was sentenced to 12 years. The two
men and a third defendant had been found guilty in 2008. The third
man has yet to be sentenced.
(SFC, 10/22/09, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/ygnbfpt)
2009 Oct 21, Northwest Airlines
Flight 188 overflew its Minneapolis destination by 150 miles.
Air traffic controllers and pilots tried for more than an hour night
to contact pilot Richard Cole (54) of Salem, Oregon, and the
flight's captain, Timothy B. Cheney (53), of Gig Harbor, Wash.,
using radio, cell phone and data messages. The pilots said they had
been having a heated discussion about airline policy. On Oct 27 the
FAA revoked the licenses of the two pilots saying they had been out
of radio contact for 91 minutes.
(AP, 10/24/09)(SFC, 10/28/09, p.A6)
2009 Oct 21, Alyssa Bustamante
(15) of St. Martins, Mo., strangled, stabbed and cut the throat of
Elizabeth Olten (9). She told authorities she did it because she
wanted to know what it was like to kill someone. On Feb 8, 2012,
Bustamante was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of
2009 Oct 21, In Afghanistan
ex-Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, President Hamid Karzai's
chief political rival, agreed to take part in the Nov. 7 runoff
election, setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown in the face
of Taliban threats and approaching winter snows. One US soldier died
of wounds sustained in a bomb attack in the south.
(AP, 10/21/09)(AP, 10/22/09)
2009 Oct 21, In the Bahamas the
trial of two people accused of trying to extort John Travolta
following the death of his son there ended in a mistrial after a
lawmaker suggested the still-deliberating jury had acquitted one of
2009 Oct 21, A Briton who cost
the insurance industry some 1.6 million pounds by staging almost 100
car crashes as part of a scam to win fraudulent payouts, was jailed
for 4-1/2 years. Mohammed Patel (24) charged 500 pounds a time to
stage accidents which enabled fraudsters to claim an average of
17,000 pounds from their insurers.
2009 Oct 21, Spanish-owned
airports operator BAA announced the sale of the second busiest hub
Gatwick to a US investment fund for 1.51 billion pounds following an
2009 Oct 21, China and India
put aside a diplomatic spat to sign a five-year agreement in New
Delhi to cooperate on climate change leading up to crucial talks in
2009 Oct 21, A court in
southwest China sentenced six men to death for gang-related crimes
including blackmail and murder, the first convictions in a months
long crackdown that has exposed a major city mired in violent
organized crime. More than 1,544 suspects have been detained in
Chongqing, China's largest municipality, since the gang sweep
started in June, with more than a dozen criminal gangs busted.
2009 Oct 21, Security guards
thwarted an attempted hijacking on an EgyptAir flight from Istanbul
to Cairo by overpowering a Sudanese man who threatened crew members
with a plastic knife. The man told flight attendants he wanted to
2009 Oct 21, In northern India
a passenger train crashed into another train's rear carriage
reserved for women and disabled passengers, killing 22 people and
injuring 16 who remained trapped for hours near Agra, the home of
the Taj Mahal.
2009 Oct 21, Indonesia’s
customs chief said a group of 10 alleged Iranian drug smugglers,
including eight veiled women, were caught with $12.5 million worth
of methamphetamines at the main airport. The group had arrived on
flights from Malaysia, Syria and Qatar on Oct 19-20.
2009 Oct 21, Diplomats in
Vienna said Iranian negotiators expressed support for a deal that,
if accepted by their leaders, would delay Tehran's ability to make
nuclear weapons by sending most of its existing enriched uranium to
Russia for processing.
2009 Oct 21, In Iraq a blast in
Kirkuk killed cameraman Orhan Hijran, who worked for Baghdad-based
television station Al-Rasheed, and wounded correspondent Mohammed
Shahid of Cairo-based Al-Baghdadiyah.
2009 Oct 21, Lithuanian
lawmakers demanded an investigation into allegations that the CIA
had established a prison there for al-Qaida suspects. Leaders have
denied that Lithuania had hosted clandestine detention centers.
(SFC, 10/22/09, p.A2)
2009 Oct 21, ECOWAS suspended
Niger following its failure to comply with the 17th October 2009
Decision of Heads of State and Government to postpone the
legislative elections of Tuesday, 20th October 2009. ECOWAS
suspended Niger on account of bad behavior by President Mamadou
2009 Oct 21, Pakistani soldiers
fought for control of Kotkai, the Taliban chief's hometown, pressing
forward with a major offensive targeting an insurgent stronghold
along the Afghan border. Suspected US missiles killed two militants
in a neighboring region, a potentially troubling strike because it
hit territory controlled by another militant faction the army has
coaxed into neutrality during its offensive. The army's death toll
so far rose to 16, while 15 more militants were slain, bringing
their overall death toll to 105.
2009 Oct 21, In Somalia a
powerful Islamist group linked to al-Qaida ordered two radio
stations in southwestern Somalia to stop broadcasts indefinitely.
2009 Oct 21, South Africa’s
President Jacob Zuma said Zimbabwe must not return to instability,
after holding talks with PM Morgan Tsvangirai who has cut ties
within his unity government. Tsvangirai flew to South Africa after
meeting Mozambican President Armando Guebuza a day earlier and then
headed to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola to brief
leaders on Zimbabwe's worst impasse in eight months.
2009 Oct 21, A Sudanese cargo
plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Sharjah International
Airport north of Dubai, killing the 6-member crew but causing no
other casualties on the ground.
2010 Oct 21, US federal
authorities charged Miami-based American Therapeutic Corp. with
Medicare fraud. Prosecutors said the company preyed on patients with
severe dementia and billed some $200 million for services it never
(SFC, 10/22/10, p.A13)
2010 Oct 21, In Northern
California an entire arm of the Roseville Galleria, a high-end
regional mall, was destroyed after Alexander Corney Pigee (Piggee,
23), barricaded himself inside a video game store and started a
2010 Oct 21, In Oregon a former
Bend police captain and his wife, who have been under investigation
by the FBI and IRS over their real estate dealings in Oregon and
Indiana, were indicted on fraud charges. Kevin (56) and Tamara (47)
"Tami" Sawyer were charged with 21 counts of various crimes that
include conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud and
money laundering. Prosecutors claim the fraud cost investors more
than $4.4 million.
2010 Oct 21, The Guinness World
Records confirmed that a pumpkin grown in Wisconsin is officially
the world’s heaviest. Chris Stevens of New Richmond grew the 1,810.5
pound gourd. It was 85 pounds heavier than the record set in Ohio in
(SFC, 10/22/10, p.A10)
2010 Oct 21, A partnership
backed by Amazon.com, Comcast, Facebook and other technology firms
established the “S Fund,” a $250 million fund led by venture capital
firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, to capitalize on the
growing reach of social networking.
(SFC, 10/22/10, p.C1)
2010 Oct 21, Afghanistan's new
peace council said it would be willing to make concessions to bring
insurgents to the negotiating table, and called for Saudi Arabia's
help in mediating peace talks.
2010 Oct 21, In Austria
Christian Kandlbauer (22), man who was able to drive because of an
innovative high-tech artificial arm, died. He had been in intensive
care since Oct 19 after his vehicle veered off the road and into a
tree. It was unclear whether the crash was caused by problems with
Kandlbauer's artificial arms.
2010 Oct 21, In Britain the
Privileges and Conduct Committee of the House of Lords suspended
Pola Uddin, Swraj Paul and Amirali Bhatia after declaring they did
not act in good faith in filing their expense claims. They were
ordered to repay amounts ranging from 27,000 pounds ($45,000) to
just over 125,000 pounds ($197,000).
2010 Oct 21, China rejected a
UN report that says Chinese bullets were used in attacks on
peacekeepers in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, calling the charge
2010 Oct 21, At least 160,000
people were evacuated from southern China as Typhoon Megi, one of
the most powerful storms to hit the region in years, bore down,
bringing with it the threat of devastation.
2010 Oct 21, In CongoDRC a
small plane was owned by a local airliner Starec Congo crashed into
a gorilla park in eastern Congo killing its pilot and co-pilot. It
was carrying some 3,300 pounds (1,500 kg) of commercial goods.
2010 Oct 21, In Cuba the office
of Havana Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Ortega announced the names
of five more Cuban inmates who have accepted exile in Spain in
return for freedom, though none are among a group of 52 political
prisoners jailed in a 2003 roundup of dissidents.
2010 Oct 21, In the Dominican
Rep. 126 students were sickened after eating free school breakfasts
despite the government's efforts to resolve past problems with
tainted school food.
2010 Oct 21, In El Salvador
Benitez Canales, one of the owners of the Deportivo Vista Hermosa
football club, was among a group making a deal over 2 kg (4.4
pounds) of cocaine when they were arrested.
2010 Oct 21, The European
Parliament awarded its annual human rights prize to Guillermo
Farinas (48), the Cuban dissident whose 134-day hunger strike helped
draw attention to the plight of political dissidents jailed in a
2003 crackdown on dissent.
2010 Oct 21, Finland’s Nokia,
the world's top mobile phone maker, announced 1,800 jobs cuts right
on the heels of stellar third-quarter results and just one month
after a new chief executive took the helm.
2010 Oct 21, In France
protesters blockaded Marseille's airport, Lady Gaga canceled
concerts in Paris and rioting youths attacked police in Lyon ahead
of a tense Senate vote on raising the retirement age to 62.
2010 Oct 21, In Israel the
Elders, a group of retired world figures, visited a flashpoint east
Jerusalem neighborhood, vowing to help Palestinian residents whose
homes are facing demolition.
2010 Oct 21, In Italy
demonstrators in Naples set vehicles ablaze and hurled stones and
firecrackers at police over plans to build a garbage dump in the
Vesuvio National Park. 20 officers were left injured.
2010 Oct 21, Toyota said it is
recalling 1.53 million Lexus, Avalon and other models, mostly in the
US and Japan, for brake fluid and fuel pump problems, the latest in
a string of quality lapses for the world's No. 1 automaker.
2010 Oct 21, Mexican police
found the bullet-ridden bodies of seven people in different parts of
southern Guerrero state. Among them was Antonio Valdez, leader of
the Institutional Revolutionary Party in the resort city of
Acapulco. Valdez and three other men were found dead on the
outskirts of the city with a message accusing them of being allied
with Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias "The Barbie."
2010 Oct 21, In central Mexico
Canadian industrial giant Bombardier and Mexican President Felipe
Calderon opened a new 250-million-dollar plant where it will produce
components for the Learjet 85 business aircraft.
2010 Oct 21, Military-ruled
Myanmar unveiled a new national flag. The new flag has horizontal
stripes of yellow, green and red with a big white star in the
middle. (The three horizontal colors, minus the white star, are
identical to the Lithuanian national flag.)
2010 Oct 21, In Niger a
statement read on national radio and television said the removal of
the junta's second-in-command, intelligence minister, head of the
national guard and minister of equipment were related to a coup plot
within the national armed forces.
2010 Oct 21, In northwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb killed six Taliban militants, including a
prominent local commander, an attack that could have been motivated
by tensions between different insurgent groups.
2010 Oct 21, In the southern
Philippines a bomb ripped through a passenger bus, killing at least
10 people and wounding nine in an attack authorities say may have
been carried out by an extortion gang with links to Muslim
2010 Oct 21, In Russia the
Moscow legislature voted to approve Sergei Sobyanin, PM Putin’s
chief of staff, as mayor of the city replacing Yuri Luzhkov, who was
fired by Pres. Medvedev last month after 18 years in office. Luzhkov
has said he believes the true reason behind his ouster was the
Kremlin's desire to have a more pliant mayor before parliamentary
elections next year and the 2012 presidential vote.
2010 Oct 21, In Somalia a
failed offensive by al-Shabab left at least 20 people dead as the
Islamist group attempted to recapture a district in the southwest
from government forces.
2010 Oct 21, In Syria
Venezuelan Pres. Chavez met with his Pres. Bashar Assad on the
Mideast leg of an international tour partly intended to counter what
he calls US "imperialism."
2010 Oct 21, Thailand said
floods in the northeast have left 17 people dead over the last 2
weeks with damages estimated at $650 million. 28 of the country’s 77
provinces were affected.
(SFC, 10/22/10, p.A9)
2010 Oct 21, UNESCO, the UN's
cultural and education agency, suspended plans to grant a prize
named after Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Equatorial Guinea's longtime
dictator, after human rights groups slammed the award by citing the
leader's poor human rights record.
2011 Oct 21, Pres. Obama signed
free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
2011 Oct 21, US political
operative John Haggerty (42) was convicted of cheating NYC Mayor
Michael Bloomberg out of some $750,000 of dollars. On Dec 19
Haggerty was sentenced to 1.3 to 4 years in prison.
(SFC, 10/22/11, p.A6)(SFC, 12/19/11, p.A8)
2011 Oct 21, Leo Earl Sharp
(87) of Indiana was arrested on drug charges near Ann Arbor after
police found 228 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $2.9 million
in his pickup following a routine traffic stop. On Oct 24 a US
Magistrate in Detroit released Sharp on $10,000 bond and scheduled a
next hearing in the case for November.
2011 Oct 21, Missouri Gov. Jay
Nixon signed legislation that repealed a law, enacted earlier this
year, that had limited online discussions between teachers and
students 18 or younger.
(SFC, 10/22/11, p.A6)
2011 Oct 21, In western Oregon
Christopher Ochoa (20), a California member of the US Marine Corps
Reserves, was shot and killed after a hunter mistook him for a bear.
2011 Oct 21, Hertz said it is
firing 25 Somali Muslim drivers at Seattle-Tacoma International
Airport who have refused to agree to clock out for daily breaks
during which they normally pray. 9 of 34 drivers have signed the
agreement and returned to their jobs.
2011 Oct 21, Bolivia’s Pres.
Evo Morales said he is abandoning plans to build a highway through a
lowlands indigenous reserve after clamor of opposition.
(SFC, 10/22/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 21, George Daniels
(85), English master watchmaker, died.
(Econ, 11/19/11, p.106)
2011 Oct 21, In Chile dozens of
protesting students voluntarily left the Senate headquarters they
had seized to demand a popular referendum on how to resolve Chile's
social problems, especially education.
2011 Oct 21, In China Wang Yue,
a 2-year-old girl who was twice run over by vans and then ignored by
passers-by on a busy market street on Oct 13, died today, one week
after the accident and after days of bitter soul-searching over
declining morality in the country. Police soon arrested two drivers
suspected of running over a toddler. Hu Jun (24) was charged with
causing the wrongful death of the girl.
(AP, 10/21/11)(AP, 10/23/11)(AFP, 10/24/11)
2011 Oct 21, In southwest
Colombia 10 soldiers were reported killed and six wounded in an
overnight attack, the deadliest guerrilla attack on security forces
in more than a year.
2011 Oct 21, Finance ministers
from 17 Eurozone countries agreed to pay Greece $11 billion in its
next batch of bailout loans, avoiding a potentially disastrous
(SFC, 10/22/11, p.A5)
2011 Oct 21, Haitian
authorities closed the Son of God orphanage where the director was
accused by US missionaries of not feeding children and selling
2011 Oct 21, In India the
latest in a series of strikes at top car maker Maruti Suzuki came to
an end, at a cost of $400 million in lost production and major
damage to the group's reputation.
2011 Oct 21, In Indonesia
gunmen shot dead three people at a strike-hit gold and copper mine
in the eastern Papua region, raising the number of killings this
month to eight at the troubled Grasberg mine, operated by Freeport
McMoRan. The strikers, mostly indigenous Melanesians, say they are
the lowest paid Freeport workers in the world, earning between $1.50
and $3.50 an hour.
2011 Oct 21, In Italy renowned
international law expert Antonio Cassese (b.1937), died after a long
battle with cancer. He had served as first president of the Yugoslav
war crimes tribunal and later as president of the Special Tribunal
2011 Oct 21, A Lithuanian judge
found Michael Campbell (39), an Irish man, guilty of trying to buy
weapons and explosives in a six-year sting orchestrated by Britain's
domestic spy agency MI5, a case that drew attention to a hardcore
Irish Republican Army splinter group's plans to spread terror to
London. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison for weapons offenses
and supporting a terrorist group.
2011 Oct 21, In Mexico a
helicopter carrying Mexico state Metropolitan Development Secretary
Fernando Garcia and his assistant crashed against a wall and on top
of some cars in the Coyoacan borough. A secretary and co-pilot were
2011 Oct 21, A Mexican
tractor-trailer crossed into the US for the first time under the
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), signed in 1994.
(SFC, 10/22/11, p.A6)
2011 Oct 21, NATO announced
plans to end its 7-month mission in Libya on October 31 but will
issue a formal decision next week after consulting the UN and
Libya's interim authorities.
2011 Oct 21, Niger said the end
of the Libyan conflict would allow it to lift restrictions on senior
Kadhafi loyalists who sought refuge there, except for deceased
leader Moamer Kadhafi's son Saadi.
2011 Oct 21, Nigerian
ex-militant leader, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, head of the Niger Delta
Peoples Volunteer Force, called Moamer Kadhafi a "martyr" and vowed
that his killing would be avenged. Asari claims to have lived in
Libya and to have had links with Kadhafi.
2011 Oct 21, In the southern
Philippines 3 South Korean businessmen went missing. Officials later
said they were abducted by unidentified men who lured them with a
fake mining investment project. Police launched a search for Wu
Seok-bung, Kim Nam-du, Choi In-soo and at least one Filipino guide
after they failed to return to their hotel in Cagayan de Oro city.
Choi In-soo escaped on Nov 25. Wu Seok-bung and Kim Nam-du were
abandoned on Nov 26 as troops moved in. The guide was killed during
(AP, 11/7/11)(AP, 11/27/11)
2011 Oct 21, Russia's
parliament adopted a law limiting abortions but rejected even
tougher restrictions backed by the country's conservative Orthodox
Church. The country's birth rate has become a serious concern for
Russia as it fights to stem a steep population decline.
2011 Oct 21, South Africa's
ruling party's young wing saluted Libya's slain former leader Moamer
Kadhafi calling him an "anti-imperialist martyr" and a fighter
against the recolonization of the African continent.
2011 Oct 21, Syrian protesters
poured into the streets and shouted that President Bashar Assad's
regime will be the next to unravel now that ousted Libyan dictator
Moammar Gadhafi is dead. Syrian forces fired on protesters Friday,
killing up to 14 people.
2011 Oct 21, In Thailand
millions of nervous Bangkok residents were warned to move their
belongings to safety as the kingdom's worst floods in decades poured
into the outskirts of the sprawling city.
2011 Oct 21, A 7.6 earthquake
struck off the coast of Tonga, but there were no immediate reports
of damage or injuries.
(SFC, 10/22/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 21, Turkish jets kept
up bombing raids on Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq overnight,
as the rebels confirmed that some Turkish troops crossed into Iraq.
Turkey and Iran vowed to collaborate against the PKK and its Iranian
wing, the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, or PJAK, during a visit
by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.
(AFP, 10/21/11)(AP, 10/22/11)
2011 Oct 21, The UN Security
council unanimously passed a resolution that "strongly" condemns the
deadly Yemen government attacks on demonstrators and backs a Gulf
plan for Pres. Saleh to end his 33 years in power.
2012 Oct 21, George McGovern
(90), former US Senator and presidential candidate, died at a
hospice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
2012 Oct 21, A shooting at a
spa near a Brookfield, Wis., mall left 3 women dead and four others
wounded in a scene of domestic violence. The suspected gunman,
Radcliffe Haughton (45), of Brown Deer, Wis., was found dead inside
(AP, 10/21/12)(SFC, 10/22/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 21, In Afghanistan a
NATO raid in Logar province reportedly killed four children.
2012 Oct 21, In Benin the
doctor of Pres. Boni Yayi, Former Minister of Trade Moudjaidou
Soumanou and one of the president's nieces Zouberatou Kora were
arrested. The next day they were charged with conspiracy and
attempted murder in a failed plot to poison the president by
changing his medicine with something toxic.
2012 Oct 21, In northwest China
Tibetan Lhamo Kyeb (27) called for the Dalai Lama’s return and died
after setting himself on fire near the Bhora monastery in Gansu
(SFC, 10/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 21, In Guinea-Bissau
mutineers were defeated by military loyal to the Chief of General
Staff of the Armed Forces, Antonio Indjai. 6 people were killed when
a group of soldiers attempted to seize control of a military airbase
near the capital. On Oct 27 Coup leader Pansau Ntchama was arrested
outside the capital, Bissau. Ntchama had sought exile in Portugal
after allegedly carrying out the 2009 assassination of
Guinea-Bissau's former president.
(AP, 10/21/12)(AP, 10/28/12)
2012 Oct 21, Israel's PM
Netanyahu vowed on to continue building in east Jerusalem, despite
objections from Palestinians who claim the territory as capital of
their hoped-for state.
2012 Oct 21, Jordanian
officials said 11 men with suspected links to al-Qaida have been
charged with terrorism conspiracy for allegedly planning attacks on
shopping malls and Western diplomatic missions.
2012 Oct 21, In Libya clashes
in Bani Walid entered their fifth day. The state news agency said 22
pro-government militiamen were killed in an assault on late dictator
Moammar Gadhafi's last stronghold.
2012 Oct 21, Mali's government
troops killed about 10 men near the town of Diabaly and soldiers
reportedly recovered two shotguns along with ammunition. A relative
later said the men were Tuareg animal herders — not criminals. He
believed the deaths stemmed from a decade-long rivalry between two
families in the area, one of which had ties to a soldier in the
2012 Oct 21, Myanmar's
reformist Pres. Thein Sein held his first press conference for local
press, a milestone after years of secrecy and censorship by the
former military regime. In western Myanmar fresh clashes between
Muslims and Buddhists broke out, leaving at least three people dead
and hundreds of homes burned to the ground in Rakhine state’s Min
(AP, 10/21/12)(AP, 10/23/12)(SFC, 10/24/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 21, In Syria a taxi
rigged with explosives blew up near a police station in Damascus,
killing at least 13 people even as the UN envoy to the nation's
crisis was visiting to push his call for a cease-fire in talks with
President Bashar Assad.
2012 Oct 21, Pope Benedict XVI
added seven more saints onto the roster of Catholic role models in a
bid to reinvigorate the faith in parts of the world where it's
lagging. They included Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American
saint from the US; Mother Marianne Cope, a 19th century Franciscan
nun who cared for leprosy patients in Hawaii; Pedro Calungsod, a
17th century Filipino teenage martyr; Jacques Berthieu, a 19th
century French Jesuit who was killed by rebels in Madagascar;
Giovanni Battista Piamarta, an Italian who founded a religious order
in 1900 and established a Catholic printing and publishing house in
his native Brescia; Carmen Salles y Barangueras, a Spanish nun who
founded a religious order to educate children in 1892; and Anna
Schaeffer, a 19th century German lay woman who became a model for
the sick and suffering after she fell into a boiler and badly burned
2013 Oct 21, Pres. Obama urged
American to buy health insurance by phone, mail and in person
because the website for Obamacare was not working.
(Econ, 10/26/13, p.33)
2013 Oct 21, US authorites said
nearly two dozen current and former members of Arizona’s Air
National Guard have been indicted on charges including theft and
money laundering in a $1.4 million scam to defraud the federal
government. The 8 officers and 13 enlisted men and women had been
resposible for remotely operating drones to support troops in
Afghanistan and Iraq.
(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 21, San Francisco Bay
Area BART workers ended their strike with a tentative agreement
between the transit agency and its two largest unions. Trains began
running Oct 22. Workers scored a 15.4% pay raises over four years as
well as other benefits.
(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A1)(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A9)
2013 Oct 21, In Nevada a boy
(12) opened fire with a 9mm semiautomatic Ruger handgun at Sparks
Middle School killing math teacher Michael Landsberry (45) and
critically wounding two students before killing himself.
(AFP, 10/21/13)(SFC, 10/22/12, p.A6)(SFC,
2013 Oct 21, New Jersey became
the 14th US state to allow same-sex marriages.
(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 21, In
Afghanistan a bomb stuck onto a car killed a civilian in
downtown Kabul. Authorities are unclear as to the motives for the
2013 Oct 21, Brazil said a
consortium including Shell, Total, two Chinese firms and Brazil's
state-run petroleum company Petrobras won the right to develop an
offshore field that could hold up to 12 billion barrels of oil.
2013 Oct 21, A disciplinary
body of China’s Communist Party said anti-graft authorities have
punished 8 people at a state-owned rail construction firm for
spending more than $100 million on hospitality last year.
2013 Oct 21, In
China visibility shrank to less than half a football field and
small-particle pollution soared to a record 40 times higher than an
international safety standard in the northern city of Harbin as the
region entered its high-smog season.
2013 Oct 21, In Egypt thousands
of students from the al-Azhar University staged a third day of
protests, in one of the boldest challenges to the army since it
toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July.
2013 Oct 21, Europe's top human
rights court ordered Spain to release a Basque separatist militant,
saying her extended detention was illegal, a ruling victims groups
warned would let dozens of prisoners walk free. Ines del Rio was
jailed in 1989 for her role in 23 assassinations and car bombings
carried out by the Basque independence movement ETA.
2013 Oct 21, A Le Monde
newspaper report said the US National Security Agency swept up 70.3
million French telephone records in a 30-day period and offered new
details of the massive scope of a surveillance operation that has
angered some of the country's closest allies.
2013 Oct 21, In India heavy
rains began falling in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states. 39 people
were reported dead from flooding by Oct 26.
(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 21, In Iraq militants
attacked police and electricity headquarters in Fallujah, killing 7
2013 Oct 21, Israel recognized
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the first ever recipient of the $1
million Genesis Prize, an award popularly dubbed the "Jewish Nobel
2013 Oct 21, Mozambique
ex-rebel group Renamo declared the end of a peace deal signed 21
years ago after the army seized its military base.
2013 Oct 21, Nigerian troops
killed 37 Boko Haram Islamist militants in combined air and ground
strikes on one of their northeast bases.
2013 Oct 21, Nigerian officials
said cholera has killed 50 people in the northwest in the past week.
2013 Oct 21, In southwest
Pakistan at least 5 passengers were killed and 16 wounded when a
train was bombed and derailed.
2013 Oct 21, In Russia female
suicide bomber Naida Asiyalova (30) struck a passenger bus in the
southern city of Volgograd, killing 6 people and injuring 32 others.
The suspected bomber was from Dagestan.
(AP, 10/21/13)(AP, 10/22/13)(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 21, South African
prosecutors said a man arrested on suspicion of raping and murdering
two toddlers in a Johannesburg slum has confessed, after the case
sparked violent riots last week.
2013 Oct 21, Spain's oil
company Repsol announced a high quality light oil find in Libya's
2013 Oct 21, In Syria
government warplanes launched strikes on areas southeast of Damascus
after rebels seized key regime positions there. Residents of
Moadamiyeh issued an urgent plea for the int’l. community to save
them from starvation and constant bombardment after efforts to
evacuate civilians from the area collapsed. Yasser al-Abboud, a
prominent army defector who became a rebel leader, was killed during
fighting in the town of Tafas.
(AFP, 10/21/13)(AP, 10/21/13)(SFC, 10/22/13,
2013 Oct 21, The party of
Ukraine's jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko (52) rejected
President Viktor Yanukovich's terms for her release and European
envoys said time was running out to solve a row threatening
agreements with the EU.
2013 Oct 21, The Zimbabwe
Conservation Task Force said more than 300 elephants and other
animals died in July of cyanide poisoning by poachers in Hwange,
Zimbabwe's largest game park. Three elephants attacked a park ranger
and trampled him to death during an anti-poaching patrol in the
Hwange nature reserve.
(AFP, 10/21/13)(AP, 10/23/13)
2014 Oct 21, Ben Bradlee (93),
the hard-driving editor who reigned over the Washington Post, died.
His work included guiding young reporters Bob Woodward and Carl
Bernstein as they traced a 1972 burglary at Democratic Party
headquarters at the Watergate office and apartment complex back to
the Nixon White House.
2014 Oct 21, Jeffrey Fowle
(56), arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the
North Korean city of Chongjin, was freed and flown home on a US
government plane to Dayton, Ohio.
2014 Oct 21, In Pennsylvania 84
former students who were sexually molested by Franciscan Brother
Stephen Baker at a Catholic high school in Altoona settled their
legal claims for $8 million. Baker worked at the school as an
athletic trainer from 1992 to 2001.
(SFC, 10/22/14, p.A7)
2014 Oct 21, In Abu Dhabi
Robert Alan Black (70), an American man who came to the United Arab
Emirates to speak at a conference on creative thinking, was arrested
for taking a photograph of a subject deemed off-limits by
2014 Oct 21, In Afghanistan at
least four were been killed in a roadside bomb attack on a bus in
2014 Oct 21, Former Australian
PM Gough Whitlam (98) died at a nursing home in Sydney. His
government (1972-1975) was credited with instituting lasting social
reforms during a short tenure that ended in a bitter constitutional
(AP, 10/21/14)(Econ, 11/1/14, p.86)
2014 Oct 21, The tail end of
Hurricane Gonzalo brought high winds and travel chaos to Britain.
One woman was found dead under a fallen tree in west London.
2014 Oct 21, Hong Kong student
leaders and government officials talked but agreed on as the city's
Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on
the key demand of activists camped in the streets now for a fourth
2014 Oct 21, In Indonesia
Robert Ellis (60), a British man, was found dead with his throat
slashed and dumped in a ditch on the resort island of Bali. His
Indonesian wife admitted to the killing day later.
2014 Oct 21, In Iraq a series
of bombs targeting restaurants across Baghdad killed at least 21
2014 Oct 21, In Mexico 19
suspected drug gang members died in three nearly simultaneous
confrontations between the towns of Reynosa and Matamoros,
(SFC, 10/23/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 21, Pakistan Air Force
jets hit terrorist hideouts in North Waziristan killing 30 militants
including Taliban commander Daud Wazir.
(SSFC, 10/26/14, p.A4)
2014 Oct 21, The Portuguese
government's plan to privatize debt-heavy public transport companies
met tough opposition from trade unions as Lisbon subway workers
walked off the job for the 12th time this year.
2014 Oct 21, A Saudi court
sentenced 13 people to prison for planning a series of attacks
against US forces in Qatar and Kuwait. 11 Saudis, a Qatari and an
Afghan national were given varying sentences of between 18 months to
30 years in prison.
2014 Oct 21, In Sierra Leone a
machete-wielding mob clashed with security personnel in the eastern
town of Koidu and then went on a rampage, after preventing a medical
team from taking the blood from the 90-year-old mother of a youth
leader. Two people were killed.
2014 Oct 21, In South Africa
Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to
five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on
Feb 13, 2013.
2014 Oct 21, Sri Lankan trade
unions, opposition politicians and activists protested, demanding
the government include substantial pay increases in the annual
budget presented this week.
2014 Oct 21, In Syria Islamic
State won territory from government forces in the eastern city of
Deir al-Zor, its first gain there in about two months. A monitoring
group reported that a man and a woman have been stoned to death for
adultery in separate executions in jihadist-controlled areas.
Government airstrikes hit the rebel-held town of Nasib, along the
country's southern border with Jordan, killing at least 8 people.
(Reuters, 10/21/14)(AP, 10/21/14)(SFC, 10/22/14,
2014 Oct 21, In central Yemen
Sunni Al Qaeda militants and Shi'ite Muslim rebels fought a bloody
battle. 30 Shi'ite rebels and 18 Sunni fighters and their tribal
allies were reported killed in the clashes in Radda, al-Bayda
2014 Oct 21, Nguyen Van Hai,
one of Vietnam's most prominent bloggers, arrived in the US after
being freed from prison in Vietnam. Hai, alias Dieu Cay, was
sentenced to 12 years in September 2012 by a court in southern
Vietnam on charges of anti-state propaganda.
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