Today in History - October 24

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439        Oct 24, Carthage, the leading Roman city in North Africa, fell to Genseric and the Vandals. [see Oct 19]
    (HN, 10/24/98)

996        Oct 24, Hugh Capet, king of France (987-96), died at 58.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1260        Oct 24, Saif ad-Din Qutuz (aka Koetoez), Turkish sultan of Egypt, was murdered.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qutuz)

1521        Oct 24, Robert Fayrfax, composer, died at 57.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1531        Oct 24, Bavaria, despite being a Catholic region, joined the League of Schmalkalden, a Protestant group which opposed Charles V.
    (HN, 10/24/98)

1537        Oct 24, Jane Seymour, the third wife of England's King Henry VIII, died 12 days after giving birth to Prince Edward, later King Edward VI.
    (AP, 10/24/97)

1632        Oct 24, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch naturalist, was born.
    (HN, 10/24/00)

1648        Oct 24, The Peace of Westphalia ended the German Thirty Years War and effectively destroyed the Holy Roman Empire. The Treaties of Osnabruck and Munster, that ended the Thirty Years" War, divided Pomerania, a historic region that once stretched from Stralsund to the Vistula along the Baltic Sea in north-central Europe, into two parts known as Hither Pomerania and Farther Pomerania. Hither Pomerania, the area west of the Oder River, was granted to Sweden. Farther Pomerania was east of the Oder and went to the state of Brandenburg. Hither Pomerania is now part of the German state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania; Farther Pomerania is now part of Poland. The 30 years war had spread from one end of Germany to the other, and left the country a scene of desolation and disorder, wasted by fire, sword and plague. The war was followed by great scarcity, due to the lack of laborers. San Marino did not attend the conference or sign the treaty because it had not been involved in the fighting, however it was linked to states that were fighting and was therefore still at war with Sweden until 1996 when an official end was declared. The treaty abolished private armies and the nation-state acquired a monopoly on maintaining armies and fighting wars.
    (AP, 10/24/97)(WSJ, 6/1/99, p.A22)(HNQ, 10/6/99)(Econ, 5/24/08, p.80)
1648        Oct 24, Switzerland's independence was recognized with the Peace of Westphalia.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1656        Oct 24, Treaty of Vilnius (Lithuania): Russia and Poland signed an anti-Swedish covenant.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1681        Oct 24, Earl of Shaftesbury (d.1683) was accused of high treason in London. The Earl of Shaftesbury had challenged the king on the question of succession. The king dissolved Parliament and threw Shaftesbury into the Tower of London and charged him with treason. Shaftesbury was acquitted and went to Holland with John Locke.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.220)(MC, 10/24/01)(PCh, 1992, p.260)

1755        Oct 24, A British expedition against the French held Fort Niagara in Canada ended in failure.
    (HN, 10/24/98)

1788        Oct 24, Sarah Josepha Hale, magazine editor and poet whose book Poems for Our Children included "Mary Had a Little Lamb" (the first words to be recorded in sound), was born.
    (HN, 10/24/98)

1795        Oct 24, Russia, Austria and Prussia held a convention in Petersburg to finalize the 3rd division of the Polish-Lithuanian Republic. Most of Lithuania with Vilnius went to Russia, Warsaw and the left bank of the Nemunas River went to Prussia and Cracow went to Austria. King Stanislovas Augustas of Poland was forced from his capital and moved to Grodno (Gardinas).
    (Voruta #27-28, 7/1996, p.5)(MC, 10/24/01)

1799        Oct 24, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (59), Austrian composer, died.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1808        Oct 24, Ernst Friedrich Richter, composer, was born.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1818        Oct 24, Felix Mendelssohn (9) performed his 1st public concert in Berlin.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1836        Oct 24, A. Phillips patented the match.
    (HN, 10/24/98)(MC, 10/24/01)

1852        Oct 24, Daniel Webster (70), lawyer, speaker and senator from Massachusetts, died. In 1997 Robert V. Remini wrote his biography: “Daniel Webster."
    (WSJ, 9/30/97, p.A20)(MC, 10/24/01)

1861        Oct 24, West Virginia voters chose to secede from Virginia. A Constitutional Convention began on November 26, 1861 and finished its work on February 18, 1862, and the instrument for secession was ratified on April 11, 1862.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_West_Virginia)
1861        Oct 24, Western Union completed the first transcontinental telegraph line. The first transcontinental telegraph message was sent as Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to President Lincoln. Telegraph lines linked the West Coast to the rest of the country and made the Pony Express obsolete late in the year.
    (SFC, 4/28/97, p.A19)(AP, 10/24/97)(HN, 10/24/98)

1863        Oct 24, General Ulysses S. Grant arrived in Chattanooga, Tennessee to find the Union Army there starving. [see Oct 23]
    (HN, 10/24/98)

1871        Oct 24, Anti Chinese rioting took place in Los Angeles. A mob in Los Angeles hanged 16 Chinese men and one woman.
    (SFEC, 2/6/00, Rp.10)(SSFC, 6/3/07, p.M5)

1879        Oct 24, In San Francisco the 9-day “Author’s Carnival" opened as a fundraiser for six charities. Six thousand people attended each night.
    (SFC, 3/1/14, p.C3)

1885        Oct 24, Johann Strauss' operetta, "The Gypsy Baron," premiered in Vienna.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1891        Oct 24, Rafael L. Trujillo Molina, was born. He became president and dictator of the Dominican Republic (1930-61).
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1897        Oct 24, The first comic strip appeared in the Sunday color supplement of the New York Journal called the 'Yellow Kid.' [see May 1895,1896]
    (HN, 10/24/00)

1901        Oct 24, Anna Edson Taylor (d.1921), a 43-year-old widow, was the first woman to go safely over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She made the attempt for the cash award offered, which she put toward the loan on her Texas ranch. Taylor died in poverty.
    (AP, 10/24/97)(HN, 10/24/98)

1904        Oct 24, Moss Hart (d.1961), American playwright, director and librettist, was born. He and George S. Kaufman, wrote plays such as “You Can't Take it with You" and “The Man who came to Dinner." His autobiography was titled “Enter Laughing." “The self-hatred that destroys is the waste of unfulfilled promise."
    (WUD, 1994, p.648)(SFEC, 7/13/97, DB p.11)(AP, 8/18/98)(HN, 10/24/00)
1904        Oct 24, The 1st NY subway opened. [see Oct 4, 27]
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1911        Oct 24, Clarence M. Kelley, FBI head, was born.
    (MC, 10/24/01)
1911        Oct 24, Sonny Terry, blues performer, was born.
    (HN, 10/24/00)
1911        Oct 24, Robert Scott's expedition left Cape Evans for South Pole.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1915        Oct 24, Tito Gobbi, great Italian baritone (Figaro, Rigoletto, Scarpia), was born.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1916        Oct 24, Industrialist Henry Ford awarded equal pay to women. Ford helped lead American war production with the gigantic facility at Willow Run.
    (HN, 10/24/98)

1917        Oct 24, The Austro-German army routed the Italian army at Caporetto, Italy.
    (HN, 10/24/98)

1918        Oct 24, Alexander Charles Lecocq, composer, died at 86.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1922        Oct 24, Irish Parliament adopted a constitution for an Irish Free State.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1923        Oct 24, Denise Levertov, English poet, was born.
    (HN, 10/24/00)

1924        Oct 24, Nobel prize for physiology and medicine was awarded to W. Einthoven.
    (MC, 10/24/01)
1924        Oct 24, Christian Gen. Feng Joe Siang occupied Beijing.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1926        Oct 24, Charlie Russell (b.1864), Western artist, died in Great Falls, Montana. He produced some 4,000 works of art including a 12-by-25 foot “Lewis and Clark Meeting Indians at Ross’ Hole," which was hung in Montana’s Capitol.
    (Arch, 7/02, p.6)(www.globalgallery.com)(WSJ, 3/16/06, p.A1)

1927        Oct 24, Renato de Grandis, composer, was born.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1929        Oct 24, George Henry Crumb, American composer, was born.
    (HN, 10/24/00)
1929        Oct 24, Rudy Vallee's Fleischmann Hour began broadcasting on NBC radio.
    (http://tinyurl.com/35m5x6)
1929        Oct 24, Black Thursday, the first day of the stock market crash, began the Great Depression. Dow Jones was down 12.8%. Stock values collapsed and 13 million shares changed hands as small investors frantically tried to sell off their holdings. Thousands of confused investors and brokers were ruined and banks, which had also invested heavily in the market, failed when they could not produce enough cash on demand for angry depositors. The 3 cent Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported the crash along with a story on the trial of a former banking superintendent for taking a $10,000 bribe for not inspecting some insolvent banks.
    (HN, 10/24/98)(HNPD, 10/29/98)(SFEC, 7/11/99, p.D9)(AH, 10/04, p.15)

1931        Oct 24, Al (Alphonse) Capone, prohibition era Chicago gangster, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion.
    (HN, 10/24/98)(MC, 10/24/01)
1931        Oct 24, The George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, was officially dedicated. It opened to traffic the next day.  A second lower deck was added in 1962.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington_Bridge)(AP, 10/24/08)

1934        Oct 24, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, called Mahatma or "Great Soul," resigned from Congress in India.
    (HN, 10/24/98)

1935        Oct 24, Italy invaded Ethiopia.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1938        Oct 24, The Fair Labor Standards Act became law, establishing the 40-hour work week effective Oct 24, 1940. The Act forbade child labor in factories.
    (HN, 10/24/00)(www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/history/flsa1938.htm)

1939        Oct 24, Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded their signature theme, “Let’s Dance," for Columbia Records in New York.
    (AP, 10/24/00)
1939        Oct 24, Nylon stockings, made from nylon developed by DuPont Chemical, were sold publicly for the first time, in Wilmington, Del.
    (AP, 10/24/97)(SSFC, 1/26/14, DB p.42)
1939        Oct 24, Nazis required Jews to wear star of David.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1940        Oct 24, F. Murray Abraham, actor (Amadeus, Mad Man), was born in Pittsburgh, Pa.
    (MC, 10/24/01)
1940        Oct 24, The 40-hour work week went into effect in the US under the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act.
    (AP, 10/24/97)
1940        Oct 24, Hitler met Marshal Petain.
    (MC, 10/24/01)
1940        Oct 24, Protestant churches [in Germany?] protested against the dismissal of Jewish civil servants.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1942        Oct 24, The 2nd day of battle at El Alamein (Egypt).
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1943        Oct 24, Anti-Nazi Clandestine Radio Soldatsender, Calais, began transmitting.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1944        Oct 24, The aircraft carrier USS Princeton was sunk by a single Japanese plane during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
    (HN, 10/24/98)
1944        Oct 24, The US Destroyer Johnson DD-557 sank from Japanese fire in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Survivors were rescued 4 days later.
    (SFC, 11/1/05, p.B5)
1944        Oct 24, A US air raid on Japanese battleships and cruisers in Sibuya Sea sank the 65,000 ton Musashi battleship. The ship lost about half of its 2,400 crew members. In 2015 wreckage of the ship was discovered off the Philippines by a team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
    (SFC, 4/2/04, p.B7)(AP, 3/5/15)
1944        Oct 24, “Ace of Aces" David McCampbell (1910-1996) and one other fighter faced 60 planes approaching US forces. He shot down 9 “Zekes" and with his comrade managed to scatter the remaining 51 planes at the battle of Leyte Gulf.
    (SFC, 7/3/96, p.C4)
1944        Oct 24, US submarines sank the Japanese merchant ship Arisan Maru. The ship carried 1,800 American POWs and 1,792 of them perished.
    (SSFC, 8/7/05, p.B2)

1945        Oct 24, The United Nations was born with the ratification of its charter by the first 29 nations at a San Francisco Conference chaired by the State Department’s Alger Hiss.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1945)(AP, 10/24/97)(HN, 10/24/98)(WSJ, 12/19/03, p.A1)
1945        Oct 24, Vidkun Quisling (58), Norway's wartime minister president, was executed by firing squad for collaboration with the Nazis.
    (HN, 10/24/00)
1945        Oct 24, Robert Ley, Nazi, committed suicide.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1947        Oct 24, Kevin Kline, actor (Sophie's Choice, Big Chill), was born in St. Louis.
    (MC, 10/24/01)
1947        Oct 24, Series of forest fires burned $30 million of timber in the New England States.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1948        Oct 24, Franz Lehar, Austrian-Hungarian composer (Wiener Frauen), died at 78.
    (MC, 10/24/01)

1951        Oct 24, Jan de Hartog's "4 Poster," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 10/24/01)
1951        Oct 24, Dr. Albert W. Bellamy, chief of Radiological Services for the California State Civil Defense, held a press conference to assure state residents that there would be no ill effects from the atomic test explosions near Las Vegas.
    (SFC, 10/19/01, WB p.6)

1952        Oct 24, Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower declared in Detroit, "I shall go to Korea" as he promised to end the conflict if elected. He made the visit over a month later.
    (AP, 10/24/07)

1956        Oct 24, Soviet troops invaded Hungary and Imre Nagy became PM of Hungary.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yydkfe)

1957        Oct 24, Christian Dior (52), French fashion magnate and inventor of the postwar “New Look," died in Italy. He was succeeded by his favorite assistant, Yves Saint Laurent.
    (SFC, 1/9/97, p.E7)(SFC, 6/9/98, p.D3)(MC, 10/24/01)

1962        Oct 24, The U.S. blockade of Cuba during the missile crisis officially began under a proclamation signed by President Kennedy.
    (AP, 10/24/97)

1964        Oct 24, Belgian paratroopers liberated 1,000 white hostages in Stanleyville (Kisangani, Congo).
    (MC, 10/24/01)
1964        Oct 24, Zambia (N. Rhodesia) gained independence from Britain (National Day).  Pres. Kenneth Kaunda and his National Independence Party ran the country until 1991. The country had fewer than 100 university graduates.
    (SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2359.htm)(Econ, 9/17/11, p.48)

1968        Oct 24, At the National Air and Space Administration test pilot Bill Dana was at the controls of the North American X-15 rocket-propelled research aircraft when it made the 199th--and what turned out to be the final--flight of the X-15 program. He was flying the X-15-1, which had been the first of three aircraft to participate in a series of tests that spanned a decade and resulted in major advances for America's space flight program. In the course of that research, the X-15s spent 18 hours flying above Mach 1, 12 hours above Mach 2, nearly 9 hours above Mach 3, almost 6 hours above Mach 4, one hour above Mach 5 and a few short minutes above Mach 6. The X-15 was hailed by the scientific community as the most successful research aircraft of all time.
    (HNPD, 10/24/98)

1970        Oct 24, The X24A lifting body exceeded Mach 1. The X-24A was the Martin Corporation's subsonic test version of the US Air Force's preferred manned lifting body configuration. The lifting bodies were used to demonstrate the ability of pilots to maneuver and safely land wingless vehicles designed to fly back to Earth from space and be landed like an airplane at a predetermined site.
    (NPub, 2002, p.22)(www.dfrc.nasa.gov/Gallery/Movie/X-24A/index.html)
1970        Oct 24, Richard Hofstadter, US historian, died at 54. In 2006 David S. Brown authored “Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography."
    (http://tinyurl.com/f9ty4)(WSJ, 5/13/06, p.P8)

1972        Oct 24, Henry Kissinger in secret unauthorized talks in Paris proposed to end the war in Vietnam by this date, but was urged by Pres. Nixon to stretch the timing a few months so as to insure re-election in Nov. A drama was made in 1995 depicting these events based on the book by Walter Isaacson: “Kissinger: A Biography." The peace agreement allowed North Vietnam to keep its army in the South.
    (WSJ, 11/30/95, p.A-20)(WSJ, 1/23/96, p.A-15)
1972        Oct 24, Jackie Robinson, 1st black baseball player (Brooklyn Dodgers), died at 53 of complications from diabetes. In 1983 Prof. Jules Tygiel (1949-2007) authored "Baseball’s Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy." In 1997 Arnold Rampersad published the biography "Jackie Robinson."
    (WSJ, 10/17/97, p.A20)(SFEC, 4/2/00, BR p.1)(SFC, 7/3/08, p.B5)

1973        Oct 24, On the NJ Turnpike heavy fog caused collisions killing 11 people.
    (http://openweb.tvnews.vanderbilt.edu/1973-10/1973-10-24-ABC-14.html)
1973        Oct 24, John Lennon sued the US government to admit FBI was tapping his phone.
    (http://tinyurl.com/4xox8x)
1973        Oct 24, The UNSC passed Resolution 339, serving as a renewed call for all parties to adhere to the cease fire terms established in Resolution 338. Organized fighting on all fronts ended by October 26.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yom_Kippur_War)

1974        Oct 24, David Oistrach (b.1908), virtuoso Russian violinist, died of a heart attack in Amsterdam.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Oistrakh)

1978        Oct 24, Pres. Carter signed the Airline Deregulation Act. The main purpose of the act was to remove government control from commercial aviation and expose the passenger airline industry to market forces. Alfred Kahn (1917-2010) was the head of America’s Civil Aeronautics Board and the driving force behind the deregulation of air travel.
    (WSJ, 10/5/04, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airline_Deregulation_Act)(Econ, 1/8/11, p.67)
1978        Oct 24, Mount Usu, 475 miles north of Tokyo, erupted. Mud flows killed 2 people and 196 homes were destroyed.
    (SFC, 3/30/00, p.C3)(http://ci.nii.ac.jp/naid/110004665764/en/)

1980        Oct 24, David H. Barnett, former CIA agent, was indicted. He pleaded guilty to spying for the Soviet Union from 1976-1979 while based in Indonesia. He admitted to exposing the identities of 30 US agents.
    (SFC, 11/19/96, p.A17)(www.agentsnotes.com/spycases.html)
1980        Oct 24, The US Court of Appeals in SF ruled that the US Navy has the right to discharge personnel for homosexual conduct.
    (SFC, 10/21/05, p.F6)
1980        Oct 24, The merchant freighter SS Poet departed Philadelphia bound for Port Said, Egypt, with a crew of 34 and a cargo of grain; it was never heard from again.
    (AP, 10/24/97)

1984        Oct 24, In NYC 11 members of Colombo crime family were indicted.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gennaro_Langella)

1987        Oct 24, The Teamsters union was welcomed back into the AFL-CIO by a vote of the labor federation's executive council in Miami Beach, Fla. The union had been expelled from the AFL-CIO in December, 1957, because of racketeering by its executives, including union president Dave Beck and vice president James R. Hoffa. However, the Teamsters disaffiliated themselves from the AFL-CIO in 2005.
    (AP, 10/24/97)(HNQ, 1/8/99)(AP, 10/24/07)
1987        Oct 24, NBC technicians accepted a pact and ended a 118 day strike.
    (http://tinyurl.com/eq22r)

1988        Oct 24, The crew of the USS Vincennes received an emotional homecoming in San Diego, nearly four months after the cruiser downed an Iranian jetliner in the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.
    (AP, 10/24/98)

1989        Oct 24, TV evangelist Jim Bakker was sentenced to 45 years in prison and fined half-a-million dollars for fleecing his flock.
    (http://atheism.about.com/b/a/211843.htm)
1989            Oct 24, In East Germany Egon Krenz assumed the chairmanship of the Council of State. [see Dec 3,6]
    (http://tinyurl.com/akpba)

1990        Oct 24, The Senate failed to override President Bush’s veto of a major civil rights bill by a vote of 66-to-34, one vote short of the two-thirds majority needed.
    (AP, 10/24/00)
1990        Oct 24, Humphrey the whale swam out the Golden Gate ending a 3-day visit to SF Bay. He had become famous in 1985 after a 3-week tour of the SF Bay and Sacramento River.
    (SSFC, 10/25/15, DB p.50)
1990        Oct 24, The existence of Gladio, a “stay-behind" espionage operation, was acknowledged by Giulio Andreotti, head of the Italian government. It was sponsored by the CIA and NATO to counter communist influence after World War II in Italy, as well as in other European countries.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladio)
1990        Oct 24, In Pakistan Nawaz Sharif’s nine-party Democratic Alliance won a 2/3 majority in the National Assembly.
    (SFC, 1/30/97, p.A9)

1991        Oct 24, President Bush used a speech in Washington to blast Congress as a “privileged class of rulers."
    (AP, 10/24/01)
1991        Oct 24, Gene Rodenberry (70), the creator of Star Trek, died in Santa Monica, Calif. He stipulated in his will that anybody included who challenged his will would be disinherited. His daughter Dawn challenged and lost the $500,000 left to her.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.F3)(AP, 10/24/01)

1992        Oct 24, The Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. team to win the World Series as they defeated the Atlanta Braves, 4-3, in game six.
    (AP, 10/24/97)

1993        Oct 24, Two George Washington University researchers who had cloned non-viable human embryos told a news conference that science was still far from duplicating human beings. But they urged ethicists to prepare for the future.
    (AP, 10/24/98)

1994        Oct 24, The Clinton administration announced that the U.S. budget deficit had fallen to $203 billion in the just-completed fiscal year.
    (AP, 10/24/04)
1994        Oct 24, Raul Julia (54), actor (Addams Family), died of stroke in Manhasset, N.Y.
    (AP, 10/24/04)
1994        Oct 24, John Lautner (b.1911), American modernist architect, died. In 1999 Alan Hess authored "The Architecture of John Lautner." Lautner’s houses included Chemosphere (1960) at 7776 Torreyson Dr., LA, Ca. His Rawlins residence is located on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, Ca.
    (SSFC, 11/16/03, p.E7)(http://pages.videotron.com/mdaoust/)

1995        Oct 24, The Cleveland Indians got their first victory in the World Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves 7-to-6 in game three.
    (AP, 10/24/00)
1995        Oct 24, President Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Zemin met in New York, trying to stabilize relations shaken by disputes over human rights, trade and Taiwan.
    (AP, 10/24/00)

1996        Oct 24, The New York Yankees took the lead in the World Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 in game five.
    (AP, 10/24/97)
1996        Oct 24, In St. Petersburg, Fla., a riot ensued when a white police officer fatally shot a black man during a traffic stop. Some 200 people raged over a 25 sq. block area where at least 17 fires were set.
    (SFC, 10/25/96, p.A3)
1996        Oct 24, Norfolk Southern launched a $9.1 billion offer for Conrail in opposition to the friendly bid by CSX.
    (WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)
1996        Oct 24, Hyman Minsky (b.1919), American economist, died. He argued that the financial system played a bog role in exaggerating the economic cycle, one that was understated by conventional theory. He also argued that long periods of stability are ultimately destabilizing. His books included “Can "It" Happen Again? Essays on instability and finance" (1982).
    (http://record.wustl.edu/archive/1996/10-31-96/8447.html)(Econ, 4/4/09, p.77)(Econ, 5/24/14, p.70)
1996        Oct 24, In China the Foreign Ministry acknowledged that some samples of serum albumin were contaminated with the AIDS virus. Authorities said that 4,305 people in China had HIV. They acknowledged that the number could be as high as 100,000.
    (SFC, 10/25/96, p.A14)
1996        Oct 24, In Cuba a UN report said Hurricane Lili destroyed 5,460 homes and damaged over 78,000. The Clinton administration waived a ban on air service and approved a charter flight for relief aid.
    (SFC, 10/24/96, p.D5)
1996        Oct 24, The EU awarded the 1996 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought to Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng.
    (SFC, 10/25/96, p.A17)
1996        Oct 24, Arthur Axmann (83), head of Hitler Youth (1940-45), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Axmann)
1996        Oct 24, Polish lawmakers relaxed the controversial abortion law and allowed women to terminate pregnancies until the 12th week for financial or emotional reasons. The law was signed on Nov 20.
    (SFC, 10/25/96, p.A15)(SFC, 11/21/96, p.C6)
1996        Oct 24, Yeltsin of Russia and Kuchma of the Ukraine agreed to divide the Black Sea Fleet.
    (WSJ, 10/25/96, p.A1)

1997        Oct 24, The “Green and Blue" ballet by Bill T. Jones had its US premiere in Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall by the Lyon Opera Ballet of France.
    (SFC, 10/27/97, p.D3)
1997        Oct 24, Setting the stage for an upcoming summit, President Clinton rejected calls for a confrontational approach to China, arguing that isolating the Chinese would be "potentially dangerous."
    (AP, 10/24/98)
1997        Oct 24, In Arlington, Va., former NBC sportscaster Marv Albert was spared a jail sentence after a grudging courtroom apology to the woman he'd bitten during a sexual romp.
    (AP, 10/24/98)
1997        Oct 24, The US stock market Dow Jones average dropped 132.36 points following the 187 point drop on Oct 23.
    (SFC, 10/24/97, p.A1)
1997        Oct 24, The US Lunar Prospector was scheduled to take off and circle the moon for a year to look for minerals, ice, and to map the surface.
    (USAT, 8/29/97, p.12A)
1997        Oct 24, In Philadelphia a firebomb killed a grandmother, her daughter and three children in a blighted neighborhood of crack houses.
    (SFC, 10/24/97, p.A4)
1997        Oct 24, A UN director said that the Taliban of Afghanistan has agreed to enforce a ban on poppy production.
    (SFC, 10/24/97, p.A10)
1997        Oct 24, In Bolivia the first McDonald’s restaurant opened in La Paz.
    (SFC, 10/24/97, p.D2)
1997        Oct 24, In Serbia Zoran Todorovic (aka “Rifle Butt"), top manager of Beopetrol and general secretary of the Yugoslav United Left party (JUL), was shot dead.
    (SFC, 10/25/97, p.A10)
1997        Oct 24, The Swiss government announced plans to sell up to half of its gold reserves. The announcement sent gold prices to a 12-year low.
    (SFC, 10/24/97, p.D1)

1998        Oct 24, Officials from the US, China and North and South Korea seeking a permanent peace for the divided Korean peninsula announced in Geneva they had removed the last obstacles to full-blown talks.
    (AP, 10/24/03)
1998        Oct 24, A natural gas well exploded in Bryceland, La., and killed 7 workers.
    (SFC, 10/26/98, p.A4)
1998        Oct 24-25, Weekend storms struck Britain and at least 11 people were killed.
    (SFC, 10/31/98, p.A8)

1999        Oct 24, The New York Yankees took game two of the World Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves, 7-to-2.
    (AP, 10/24/00)
1999        Oct 24, Pat Buchanan and Donald Trump announced that they would seek the Reform Party nomination for president.
    (SFC, 10/25/99, p.A1)
1999        Oct 24, Senator John Chafee (Republican, Rhode Island) died in Maryland at age 77. He was first elected to the state Legislature in 1956 and served 3 terms as governor. He was also a veteran of the Korean War and served as Secretary of the Navy.
    (SFC, 10/26/99, p.A5)(SFEC, 6/25/00, Par p.4)
1999        Oct 24, In Argentina Elections were scheduled with Buenos Aires Gov. Eduardo Duhalde as the candidate for the ruling Peronists. Fernando de la Rua (62) of the center-left Alliance led with a 48% to 38% margin.
    (WSJ, 8/3/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/22/99, p.A1)(SFC, 10/25/99, p.A10)(WSJ, 10/26/99, p.A1)
1999        Oct 24, In Chechnya Russian artillery and jet bombers killed at least 27 people during a dawn attack at Serzhen-Yurt.
    (SFC, 10/25/99, p.A12)
1999        Oct 24, In Colombia the government began formal negotiations with the Marxist FARC guerrilla group as millions marched to demand an end to civil war.
    (SFC, 10/25/99, p.A11)(WSJ, 10/25/99, p.A1)
1999        Oct 24, An Israeli court sentenced American teen-ager Samuel Sheinbein to 24 years in prison for killing an acquaintance in Maryland in 1997.
    (AP, 10/24/00)
1999        Oct 24, In Sierra Leone some 100 soldiers were killed over the weekend as the Revolutionary United Front battled former junta soldiers between Makeni and Lunsar.
    (SFC, 10/27/99, p.A13)
1999        Oct 24, In Swiss parliamentary elections the right wing People's Party gained 14 seats in the 200 member lower house for a total of 44.
    (SFC, 10/25/99, p.A11)


2000        Oct 24, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright ended two days of historic talks with North Korea's Kim Jong Il, with the Communist leader indicating a willingness to restrain his country's long-range missile program.
    (AP, 10/24/05)
2000        Oct 24, The US signed a free trade deal with Jordan that included labor rights and environmental standards.
    (SFC, 10/25/00, p.A16)
2000        Oct 24, The space shuttle Discovery landed at Edwards Air Force Base following the 100th shuttle flight and work on the Int’l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 10/25/00, p.A3)
2000        Oct 24, In Chechnya 13 Russian soldiers died from rebel mines and attacks and 24 were wounded.
    (SFC, 10/25/00, p.A16)
2000        Oct 24, In Colombia political abductions rose to 5 over the last 3 days. Rebel and right wing paramilitaries were suspected in the kidnapping of the opposition Liberal Party members.
    (SFC, 10/25/00, p.A16)
2000        Oct 24, In Italy the Parliament approved a law to end the 200-year old draft in favor of an all volunteer military. The armed forces planned reductions to 190,000 from 270,000 within 7 years.
    (SFC, 10/25/00, p.A16)
2000        Oct 24, In the Ivory Coast Gen. Robert Guei declared himself the winner in presidential elections and dissolved the electoral commission that showed his main opponent in the lead. Protests broke out, at least 2 people were killed and a state of emergency was declared.
    (SFC, 10/25/00, p.A15)(WSJ, 10/25/00, p.A1)
2000        Oct 24, In North Korea Kim Jong Il promised not to launch any ballistic missiles during talks with US Sec. of State Madeleine Albright in return for a package that included the launch of a North Korean satellite.
    (SFC, 10/25/00, p.A17)(WSJ, 10/25/00, p.A1)
2000        Oct 24, In the Philippines a rebel commander and 18 followers surrendered on Jolo Island.
    (SFC, 10/25/00, p.A16)

2001        Oct 24, The US House passed a $100 billion economic stimulus package.
    (AP, 10/24/02)
2001        Oct 24, The US government arranged to buy 100 million Cipro tablets from Bayer for 95 cents each. The tablets were for anthrax. US Postmaster General John Potter told Americans “There are no guaranties that mail is safe." He warned people to wash their hands after handling mail.
    (SFC, 10/25/01, p.D1)(SSFC, 9/10/06, p.E4)
2001        Oct 24, O.J. Simpson was acquitted in Miami of grabbing another driver's glasses and scratching the man's face in a road-rage argument that the former football star insisted was started by the other guy.
    (AP, 10/24/02)
2001        Oct 24, In NYC 14-story scaffolding collapsed in a courtyard behind 215 Park Ave S. and at least 5 people were killed.
    (SFC, 10/25/01, p.C16)
2001        Oct 24, A blizzard hit North Dakota and Minnesota. The 10 inches of snow broke a 1926 Grand Forks record. The blizzard killed 6 people in the Midwest with 4 dead in North Dakota car crashes.
    (WSJ, 10/25/01, p.A1)(SFC, 10/26/01, p.D8)
2001        Oct 24, In Montgomery, Texas, Michael James Perry and Jason Burkett fatally shot Sandra Stotler (50), her son Adam Stotler and Jeremy Richardson (18), with a shotgun. Perry (28) was executed in 2010.
    (http://off2dr.com/modules/extcal/event.php?event=324)
2001        Oct 24, In Afghanistan US jets attacked frontline Taliban positions for a 4th day. The Pentagon accused the Taliban regime of planning to poison relief food supplies and to blame the US for resulting deaths.
    (SFC, 10/25/01, p.A3, A4)
2001        Oct 24, Some 1500 Afghanistan leaders met in Pakistan for a 2-day Assembly for Peace and National Unity in Afghanistan. Pir Sayed Ahmed Gailani, a religious leader, presided.
    (SFC, 10/24/01, p.A12)(SFC, 10/25/01, p.A5)
2001        Oct 24, It was reported that Abdul Haq, a Pashtun opposition leader, had entered southern Afghanistan with some 100 men to open an ethnic-Pashtun front against the Taliban.
    (WSJ, 10/24/01, p.A16)
2001        Oct 24, Britain began tearing down 4 military installations in Northern Ireland in response to the IRA’s decision to disarm.
    (WSJ, 10/25/01, p.A1)
2001        Oct 24, Chechen leader Akhmed Zakayev called Putin envoy Viktor Kazantsev to meet in Moscow for talks.
    (SFC, 10/25/01, p.C2)
2001        Oct 24, Israeli forces stormed into Beit Rama and killed at least 5 more Palestinians. 11 were arrested including 2 who allegedly helped kill an Israeli Cabinet minister.
    (SFC, 10/25/01, p.A15)
2001        Oct 24, Amid Farik Rizk was detained in Italy after being found stowed away in a container ship bound for Canada. Rizk was equipped with electronic gear and had security passes for airports in Canada, Thailand and Egypt.
    (WSJ, 10/26/01, p.A19)
2001        Oct 24, A NATO spokesman said peacekeepers in Bosnia had disrupted a Bosnian terrorist network.
    (SFC, 10/25/01, p.A14)
2001        Oct 24, In Pakistan some 4,000 armed men blocked and held the Karakoram Highway, the main road to China, and demanded that Musharraf step down by Nov 7. Some 10,000 Pashtun tribesmen held the hills over the highway.
    (WSJ, 10/30/01, p.A17)(SFC, 10/31/01, p.A3)
2001        Oct 24, In Switzerland 2 trucks collided in the 10.6 mile Gotthard tunnel and at least 10 people were killed. 11 were later confirmed dead with 30 people missing. The tunnel was expected to stay closed for weeks.
    (SFC, 10/25/01, p.A15)(SFC, 10/26/01, p.D2)(SFC, 10/27/01, p.C1)

2002        Oct 24, John Allen Muhammad (41), an Army veteran who recently converted to Islam, and John Lee Malvo (17) were arrested near Frederick, Maryland, in connection with the sniper shootings that left 10 dead and 3 wounded. In 2003 a judge ruled that Malvo could be tried as an adult. Muhammad began to argue his own defense on Oct 20. On Mar 9, 2004, John Allen Muhammad was sentenced to death. In 2006 Malvo was sentenced to life in prison for 6 murders in Maryland.
    (AP, 10/24/02)(SFC, 10/25/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/16/03, p.A5)(SFC, 10/21/03, p.A7)(SFC, 3/10/04, p.A3)(SFC, 11/9/06, p.A3)
2002        Oct 24, It was reported that over 8,000 backyard poultry had been killed in southern California to stop the spread of Exotic Newcastle disease. The deadly avian infection last surfaced in California the 1970s when some 12 million birds were destroyed. The number of chickens killed reached 100,000.
    (SFC, 10/24/02, p.G2)(SFC, 10/26/02, p.A3)(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A3)
2002        Oct 24, In Algeria attackers killed 21 members of the same family, including a three-month old baby, in a massacre that bore the hallmarks of Islamic extremists.
    (AP, 10/25/02)
2002        Oct 24, In southern Australia a train and a school bus collided, killing six people.
    (AP, 10/24/02)
2002        Oct 24, Bahrain held its first legislative elections in nearly 30 years. Results showed a mix of secularist and Islamic candidates winning seats, with two women securing places in run-off polls.
    (AP, 10/25/02)
2002        Oct 24, In Bangui, Central African Republic, rebels loyal to the deposed army chief of staff fought members of the presidential guard and Libyan troops for control of the airport.
    (AP, 10/26/02)
2002        Oct 24, In Iraq officials told many foreign journalists to leave due to coverage of recent protests.
    (SFC, 10/25/02, p.A3)
2002        Oct 24, In Kenya would-be carjackers shot and killed   Esterlin Abdi Arush (45), a Somali human rights activist, at the gate of the house where she was staying in Nairobi.
    (AP, 10/25/02)
2002        Oct 24, Libya has decided to withdraw from the Arab League, Moammar Gadhafi's government announced.
    (AP, 10/24/02)
2002        Oct 24, Nigeria's parliament approved changes to an oil revenue-sharing law that gives state governments a share of revenues from offshore oil and gas production.
    (AP, 10/25/02)

2003        Oct 24, California won its first anti-spam judgment when a court fined PW Marketing of Los Angeles County, $2 million for sending out millions of unsolicited e-mails telling people how to spam.
    (AP, 10/25/03)
2003        Oct 24, British Airways retired the Concorde. 3 Concordes swooped into Heathrow Airport, joining in a spectacular finale to the era of luxury supersonic jet travel.
    (WSJ, 10/2/03, p.A1)(AP, 10/24/03)
2003        Oct 24, Chinese President Hu Jintao became the first Asian leader to address Australia's parliament.
    (AP, 10/24/03)
2003        Oct 24, Iraq's postwar reconstruction received a boost as nations from Japan to Saudi Arabia pledged $13 billion in new aid on top of more than $20 billion from the US. But the figure fell well short of the estimated $56 billion needed to rebuild the country.
    (AP, 10/24/03)
2003        Oct 24, Two U.S. soldiers were killed and four were wounded in a mortar attack on their base north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 10/24/03)
2003        Oct 24, In Italy police arrested 7 alleged members of the radical Red Brigades suspected of the 1999 killing of a Labor Ministry consultant.
    (AP, 10/24/03)
2003        Oct 24, In Italy millions of workers stayed home to protest government plans to reform the pension system.
    (AP, 10/25/03)
2003        Oct 24, In Mexico Mariano Diaz Mendez, a Pentecostal pastor of Indian descent, was shot twice inside the car in a roadside ditch in San Juan Chamula, a majority Catholic township just outside San Cristobal.
    (AP, 10/25/03)
2003        Oct 24, Nigerian health workers began an emergency drive to immunize some 15 million children against polio. Some 192 cases were currently active.
    (SFC, 10/24/03, p.A3)
2003        Oct 24, Palestinian militants cut through a fence and crept up on the army base inside the Netzarim settlement in Gaza. The militants entered the barracks and shot soldiers as they slept, killing three including two women, and wounding two others.
    (AP, 10/26/03)
2003        Oct 24, In southern Russia a team of mine rescue workers dug ventilation tunnels and tried to reach 46 coal miners trapped about a half-mile underground in a shaft.
    (AP, 10/24/03)
2003        Oct 24, Venezuelan troops and police killed seven heavily armed gunmen during a raid on a drug trafficking ring in northeast Venezuela, officials said Friday.
    (AP, 10/24/03)

2003        Oct 24, Tiger Woods matched the 55-year-old standard set by Byron Nelson by making the cut in his 113th consecutive PGA Tour event. Se Ri Pak became the first woman to make the two-round cut in a men's golf tournament since Babe Zaharias in 1945.
    (AP, 10/24/04)
2003        Oct 24, California won its first anti-spam judgment when a court fined PW Marketing of Los Angeles County, $2 million for sending out millions of unsolicited e-mails telling people how to spam.
    (AP, 10/25/03)
2003        Oct 24, British Airways retired the Concorde. 3 Concordes swooped into Heathrow Airport, joining in a spectacular finale to the era of luxury supersonic jet travel.
    (WSJ, 10/2/03, p.A1)(AP, 10/24/03)
2003        Oct 24, Chinese President Hu Jintao became the first Asian leader to address Australia's parliament.
    (AP, 10/24/03)
2003        Oct 24, Iraq's postwar reconstruction received a boost as nations from Japan to Saudi Arabia pledged $13 billion in new aid on top of more than $20 billion from the US. But the figure fell well short of the estimated $56 billion needed to rebuild the country.
    (AP, 10/24/03)
2003        Oct 24, Two U.S. soldiers were killed and four were wounded in a mortar attack on their base north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 10/24/03)
2003        Oct 24, In Italy police arrested 7 alleged members of the radical Red Brigades suspected of the 1999 killing of a Labor Ministry consultant.
    (AP, 10/24/03)
2003        Oct 24, In Italy millions of workers stayed home to protest government plans to reform the pension system.
    (AP, 10/25/03)
2003        Oct 24, In Mexico Mariano Diaz Mendez, a Pentecostal pastor of Indian descent, was shot twice inside the car in a roadside ditch in San Juan Chamula, a majority Catholic township just outside San Cristobal.
    (AP, 10/25/03)
2003        Oct 24, Nigerian health workers began an emergency drive to immunize some 15 million children against polio. Some 192 cases were currently active.
    (SFC, 10/24/03, p.A3)
2003        Oct 24, Palestinian militants cut through a fence and crept up on the army base inside the Netzarim settlement in Gaza. The militants entered the barracks and shot soldiers as they slept, killing three including two women, and wounding two others.
    (AP, 10/26/03)
2003        Oct 24, In southern Russia a team of mine rescue workers dug ventilation tunnels and tried to reach 46 coal miners trapped about a half-mile underground in a shaft.
    (AP, 10/24/03)
2003        Oct 24, Venezuelan troops and police killed seven heavily armed gunmen during a raid on a drug trafficking ring in northeast Venezuela, officials said Friday.
    (AP, 10/24/03)

2004        Oct 24, The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 for a 2-0 World Series lead.
    (AP, 10/24/05)
2004        Oct 24, Arizona's Emmitt Smith broke Walter Payton's NFL record for 100-yard games rushing with his 78th.
    (AP, 10/24/05)
2004        Oct 24, A plane owned by Hendrick Motorsports crashed in thick fog en route to a NASCAR race in Martinsville, Va., killing all 10 people aboard, including the son, brother and two nieces of owner Rick Hendrick.
    (AP, 10/25/04)
2004        Oct 24, A fire in Toledo, Ohio, killed 7 children.
    (USAT, 10/27/04, p.3A)
2004        Oct 24, A medical air ambulance returning to Albuquerque crashed near San Diego. All 5 people aboard were killed.
    (SFC, 10/25/04, p.B5)
2004        Oct 24, Cardinal James A. Hickey (84), former archbishop of Washington, D.C., died.
    (AP, 10/24/05)
2004        Oct 24, Brazil launched its 1st rocket into space.
    (WSJ, 10/25/04, p.A1)
2004        Oct 24, In China the Golden Resources Shopping Mall, the largest in the world, opened in the Haidan district of Beijing.
    (www.csmonitor.com/2004/1124/p01s03-woap.html)
2004        Oct 24, Colombia blew up its remaining 6,800 stockpiled land mines, winning the praise of Jordan's visiting Queen Noor who said the move took courage given that the nation is still fighting an internal conflict.
    (AP, 10/25/04)
2004        Oct 24, A US Marine warplane bombed suspected militants trying to rebuild a command post in the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, and witnesses said six people were killed.
    (AP, 10/24/04)
2004        Oct 24, The Israeli Cabinet approved legislation to pay compensation to settlers uprooted by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza withdrawal plan.
    (AP, 10/24/04)
2004        Oct 24, Militants bombed mourners arriving at a Kashmir graveyard for the funeral of a murdered opposition party leader, killing one and wounding six.
    (AP, 10/24/04)
2004        Oct 24, Lithuania's traditional parties teamed up in a bid to prevent a Russian-born tycoon from winning more support in a second round of parliamentary elections. The pro-Moscow Labor Party, led by Russian-born businessman Viktor Uspaskich, won 23 seats, more than any other party, in the first round of voting on Oct. 10 after pledging lower taxes and higher pay.
    (AP, 10/24/04)
2004        Oct 24, Six men on Pitcairn Island were convicted of charges ranging from rape to indecent assault following trials that exposed a culture of sexual abuse. They received up to 6 years with suspensions pending appeal.
    (AP, 10/25/04)(SFC, 10/30/04, p.A2)
2004        Oct 24, A Soyuz capsule, carrying 2 Russians and an American, landed in Kazakhstan. The crew had spent 6 months at the int’l. space station.
    (SSFC, 10/24/04, p.A7)

2005        Oct 24, Pres. Bush nominated Ben Bernanke to replace Alan Greenspan as Federal Reserve Board chairman. The DJIA move up almost 170 points.
    (SFC, 10/25/05, p.D1)
2005        Oct 24, An ACLU analysis of US Defense Dept. data said at least 21 prisoners under US custody in Afghanistan and Iraq died during or after interrogations.
    (SFC, 10/25/05, p.A3)
2005        Oct 24, Hurricane Wilma left at least 6 dead in Florida and damages estimated to be as much as $6-10 billion, making it the 3rd costliest in US history (behind Andrew and Katrina). Some 27,700 dwellings were destroyed or rendered temporarily unlivable.
    (WSJ, 10/24/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/15/05, p.B1)
2005        Oct 24, Rosa Parks (92), who galvanized the civil rights movement in 1955 when she was jailed for refusing to give up her bus seat in Montgomery, Ala., died at her home in Detroit. Her arrest triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system organized by a then little-known Baptist minister, the Rev. King, who later earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.
    (AP, 10/25/05)(Econ, 10/29/05, p.90)
2005        Oct 24, Edward Roybal (b.1916), former US Representative from Los Angeles (1962-1992), died in Pasadena. He was the 1st Hispanic to serve in Congress since 1879.
    (SFC, 10/27/05, p.B9)
2005        Oct 24, In Afghanistan rebels fired rockets at a US-led coalition convoy 10 miles south of Kabul. The rockets missed their target and instead hit 3 civilian cars, killing six Afghans.
    (AP, 10/25/05)
2005        Oct 24, Abigail Brinkman (28), of Columbus, Ind., died and three companions spent three days floating in the stormy Caribbean off Belize after their weekend diving trip went awry.
    (AP, 10/26/05)
2005        Oct 24, Zhang Lijun, vice minister of China’s State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) said China cannot withstand pollution levels expected to quadruple over the next 15 years under current trends in energy and automobile use.
    (WSJ, 10/25/05, p.A18)
2005        Oct 24, Alpha, the Atlantic season's record-breaking 22nd named storm, left at least 10 people dead in Haiti and the Dominican Republic before moving north into the Atlantic Ocean.
    (AP, 10/24/05)
2005        Oct 24, An official said more than a dozen climbers from France and Nepal were swept away in an avalanche on a Himalayan mountain and believed killed. The mountaineers were reported missing last week after heavy snowfall hit the Himalayas.
    (AP, 10/24/05)
2005        Oct 24, Germany’s two main political parties said the country faced a $42 billion budget shortfall, signaling tough spending cuts or tax hikes under a planned coalition even as its economy struggles.
    (AP, 10/24/05)
2005        Oct 24, Jose Azcona Hoyo (78), the former president of Honduras (1986-1990), died of a heart attack. He oversaw the start of the dismantling of bases for U.S.-backed Nicaraguan rebels in his country.
    (AP, 10/25/05)
2005        Oct 24, Triple suicide bombings at the Palestine and Sheraton hotels in Baghdad killed as many as 17 people. The next day Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility. A US soldier shot and killed one of three suicide bombers who attacked the Palestine Hotel complex before he could reach his intended target and that probably saved lives in the building.
    (AP, 10/25/05)(AP, 10/29/05)
2005        Oct 24, Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in front of the Kyrgyz parliament for a third day to demand that the PM resign over the slaying of a lawmaker during a prison uprising.
    (AP, 10/24/05)
2005        Oct 24, Luis Velasquez (51), A Roman Catholic parish priest was found shot to death in his car with his hands cuffed in the rough border city of Tijuana, in what police said appeared to be an organized-crime killing.
    (AP, 10/24/05)
2005        Oct 24, NATO pledged to help Ukraine push through military reforms seen as essential to prepare the country for membership in the Western alliance, a prospect viewed with concern in Russia.
    (AP, 10/24/05)
2005        Oct 24, Sri Lanka's president and her main political rival agreed for the first time to forge a bipartisan approach to the island's peace process aimed at ending decades of ethnic bloodshed.
    (AP, 10/25/05)
2005        Oct 24, Ukraine auctioned a 93% stake in Kryvorizhstal, its largest steel mill, to Mittal Steel, the world’s biggest steelmaker, for $4.8 billion.
    (Econ, 10/29/05, p.50)
2005        Oct 24, Sanjar Umarov, an Uzbek opposition leader, was arrested on embezzlement charges. Umarov, chairman of the Sunshine Coalition, pushed for an easing of the country's autocratic rule.
    (AP, 10/24/05)
2005        Oct 24, Vietnam lifted its 30% cap on foreign ownership of listed companies to 49%.
    (WSJ, 10/21/05, p.C16)

2006        Oct 24, The St. Louis Cardinals gained a 2-to-1 World Series edge as they defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-0. Before Game 3 began, baseball players and owners finalized a five-year collective bargaining agreement.
    (AP, 10/24/07)
2006        Oct 24, Ohio executed Jeffrey Lundgren (56), a religious cult leader, for the 1989 murder of a family of five followers who were taken one at a time to a barn, bound and shot to death. The youngest was a girl just 7 years old. Lundgren argued at his trial in 1990 that he was prophet of God and therefore not deserving of the death penalty.
    (AP, 10/24/06)
2006        Oct 24, Enolia P. McMillan (b.1904), the first female president of the NAACP, died in Maryland.
    (SFC, 10/27/06, p.B9)
2006        Oct 24, NATO soldiers killed 38 Taliban rebels in clashes in southern Afghanistan that also claimed a number of civilian lives. Villagers said that around 20 houses were destroyed and 60 people killed or wounded in the fighting around the Panjwayi area. They said none of the dead were Taliban. Afghan officials estimated up to 60 Taliban fighters and 85 civilians were killed in Panjwayi, a district in the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar province. The Interior Ministry said 40 civilians and 20 Taliban militants were killed, while a Kandahar provincial council member, Bismallah Afghanmal, said up to 85 civilians died.
    (AFP, 10/25/06)(AP, 10/26/06)
2006        Oct 24, The environmental group WWF said Australians soak up more scarce resources than almost any other nation and produce so much waste on average that their mark on the world's ecology exceeds China.
    (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061024/wl_nm/environment_australia_dc)
2006        Oct 24, Britain said Bulgarians and Romanians will have only limited rights to work in Britain for at least a year after their countries join the European Union on January 1.
    (AP, 10/24/06)
2006        Oct 24, Mohammed Momin Khawaja (27), the first person charged under Canada's anti-terrorism act won a partial victory when a judge struck down a key portion of the law, ruling that the clause dealing with the definition of the law violates the country's bill of rights.
    (AP, 10/24/06)
2006        Oct 24, Liu Jianchao, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, said North Korean leader Kim Jong Il did not apologize for his regime's nuclear test, as some South Korean media had reported [see Oct 20], but is willing to return to six-party talks under certain conditions.
    (AP, 10/24/06)
2006        Oct 24, In CongoDRC more than a dozen people jailed for the 2001 assassination of Congolese President Laurent Kabila vanished from a prison in the capital Kinshasa.
    (Reuters, 10/24/06)
2006        Oct 24, Ethiopia’s PM Meles Zenawi said Ethiopia was "technically" at war with Somalia's Islamists because they had declared jihad on his nation.
    (AP, 10/24/06)
2006        Oct 24, Georgia's Foreign Ministry said it had protested to the UN about Russia's crackdown on illegal Georgian migrants, demanding a stop to what it called "persecution on ethnic grounds."
    (AP, 10/24/06)
2006        Oct 24, In Indonesia 2 Islamic militants jailed for the Bali bombings that killed 202 people were freed. Mujarod bin Salim and Sirojul Munir had been convicted of hiding two of the bomb plotters. 9 others had their sentences reduced 45 days to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month.
    (AP, 10/24/06)
2006        Oct 24, In Iraq sectarian violence persisted in the southern city of Amarah, with at least two more policemen shot to death. American officials unveiled a timeline for Iraq's Shiite-led government to take specific steps to calm Baghdad and said more US troops might be needed to quell the bloodshed.
    (AP, 10/24/06)(AP, 10/24/07)
2006        Oct 24, Moroccan King Mohamed VI pardoned 617 prisoners in honor of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
    (AP, 10/24/06)
2006        Oct 24, Palestinian gunmen kidnapped Emilio Morenatti (37), an Associated Press photographer in the Gaza Strip, grabbing him as he walked out of his apartment and whisking him away in their vehicle. Morenatti was freed the next day.
    (AP, 10/24/06)(AP, 10/25/06)
2006        Oct 24, Officials said Russia has allowed dozens of foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to resume operations and was speeding up the registration process for others barred from working last week.
    (AP, 10/25/06)
2006        Oct 24, In northern Vietnam a boat carrying traders with their chickens and pigs capsized in a river with at least 20 passengers feared drowned.
    (AP, 10/24/06)

2007        Oct 24,     Pres. Bush denounced Castro’s regime and called on the Cuban people to shed his rule.
    (WSJ, 10/25/07, p.A1)
2007        Oct 24,     US federal and local law enforcement officials, targeting a violent Mexican heroin drug ring, raided numerous locations in Oakland and northern California arresting 30 people and confiscating drugs, guns and cash.
    (SFC, 10/25/07, p.A2)
2007        Oct 24,     Fires in southern California expanded destruction to 1,500 homes and charred over 500,000 acres. Over half a million residents were forced to flee the area, the largest evacuation in state history.
    (WSJ, 10/25/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/26/07, p.A1)
2007        Oct 24,     Bank of America, the nation's second-largest bank, said that it is cutting 3,000 positions in its investment banking unit, a day after cross-town rival Wachovia Corp. starting eliminating several hundred positions for the same reasons.
    (AP, 10/25/07)
2007        Oct 24, Merril Lynch reported its first quarterly loss in six years due to writedowns of $8.4 billion related to mortgage loans in structured investment vehicles (SIVs).
    (Econ, 10/27/07, p.79)
2007        Oct 24,     Microsoft secured a deal to buy 1.6% of Facebook, a social networking site, for $240 million.
    (SFC, 10/25/07, p.A1)
2007        Oct 24, Afghan officials said five militants were killed in two clashes with Afghan troops in the southern provinces of Zabul and Helmand. US-led coalition and Afghan attack on a gathering of another group of Taliban militants in the Daychopan district of Zabul province killed 10 insurgents. A suicide car bomb went off near the convoy of cars carrying Arsallah Jamal, the provincial governor of Khost, wounding two of his bodyguards and two civilians.
    (AP, 10/24/07)(AP, 10/26/07)
2007        Oct 24, Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto said all conditions on its $38.1 billion takeover of Alcan Inc had been satisfied and most shareholders had accepted its offer.
    (AP, 10/24/07)
2007        Oct 24, In Beijing Costa Rican president Oscar Arias signed several accords with his Chinese counterpart, months after the Central American nation established diplomatic relations with the Asian giant.
    (AP, 10/24/07)
2007        Oct 24, China launched its first lunar probe, Chang’e 1, an initial step in an ambitious 10-year plan to send a rover to the moon and return it to Earth.
    (AP, 10/24/07)(Econ, 10/27/07, p.52)
2007        Oct 24,     France's government agreed to reward drivers of cars that use little gasoline, drastically slow road construction and renovate all the country's public buildings to slash energy consumption.
    (AP, 10/24/07)
2007        Oct 24, A French defense ministry official said France will for the first time send dozens of military trainers to the volatile south of Afghanistan.
    (AP, 10/24/07)
2007        Oct 24, Al-Sadr renewed his appeal to his followers to uphold the six-month cease-fire announced in August and threatened to expel those who do not. Nearly simultaneous bombs struck commuters in a predominantly Shiite area on the southeastern edge of Baghdad, killing at least nine people and wounding about two dozen.
    (AP, 10/24/07)(AP, 10/26/07)
2007        Oct 24, Officials said Israeli military experts have formulated a plan to gradually cut off power to the Gaza Strip in response to ongoing rocket fire from the Palestinian area.
    (AP, 10/24/07)
2007        Oct 24,     In southern Kyrgyzstan Alisher Saipov (26), a prominent independent ethnic-Uzbek journalist, was shot to death. He had close ties to the opposition to the authoritarian regime in neighboring Uzbekistan.
    (AP, 10/24/07)(Econ, 6/19/10, p.28)
2007        Oct 24, A day of global protests against Myanmar's junta began in Bangkok as democracy leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi marked a cumulative 12 years in detention.
    (AP, 10/24/07)
2007        Oct 24, Nigeria's top corruption investigator said that up to six former governors will be charged by the end of the year, a sign the country's new leadership is making good on pledges to stamp out graft in one of the world's most corrupt nations.
    (AP, 10/24/07)
2007        Oct 24, In Pakistan a senior official said the senior detective leading the investigation into the suicide attack on Benazir Bhutto has withdrawn from the case after the opposition leader accused him of involvement in the torture of her husband in 1999. Pakistan's army said that new troops have been deployed to Swat, a mountain valley popular with tourists until violence flared there this summer, to quell Maulana Fazlullah, who has called for Taliban-style rule and holy war against Pakistani authorities.
    (AP, 10/24/07)(AP, 10/25/07)
2007        Oct 24, Alexander Pichushkin (33), a Russian former grocery clerk, was found guilty of murdering 48 people in Moscow. On Oct 29 he was sentenced to life in a hard labor colony.
    (AP, 10/24/07)(AP, 10/29/07)
2007        Oct 24, In Somalia a roadside bomb killed five civilians and wounded 16 when it exploded near a minibus full of passengers in the war-ravaged Mogadishu.
    (AP, 10/24/07)
2007        Oct 24, Turkish warplanes and helicopter gunships reportedly attacked positions of Kurdish rebels just inside Turkey along the border with Iraq, as Turkey's military stepped up its anti-rebel operations.
    (AP, 10/24/07)
2007        Oct 24, Spanish police broke up an Islamic cell suspected of using the Internet to recruit fighters for the Iraq insurgency, arresting six people in raids near the northern city of Burgos.
    (AP, 10/24/07)
2007        Oct 24, Zimbabwe's central bank chief pledged that empty shop shelves would soon be replenished as he denounced the "anarchy" inspired by the government's order for retailers to slash their prices in half.
    (AP, 10/24/07)

2008        Oct 24, PNC Financial Services Group Inc agreed to purchase ailing Ohio-based National City Corp in a government-supported $5.6 billion deal that will create the No. 5 U.S. bank by deposits.
    (Reuters, 10/25/08)
2008        Oct 24, In Chicago the mother and brother of actress and singer Jennifer Hudson were found shot to death on the city’s South Side. Hudson’s nephew, Julian King (7), was missing. His body was found in an SUV on Oct 27. William Balfour, Jennifer Hudson's estranged brother-in-law, was arrested on Dec 1 at Stateville Correctional Center on a murder warrant and released to detectives as he awaited formal charges in the deaths of the relatives of the singer and Oscar-winning actress. On May 11, 2012, Balfour was convicted of the 3 murders and faced mandatory life in prison.
    (SFC, 10/25/08, p.A5)(AP, 10/27/08)(AP, 12/2/08)(SFC, 4/9/12, p.A6)(SFC, 5/12/12, p.A6)
2008        Oct 24, In Tennessee a sport utility vehicle carrying 4 cheerleaders collided with an oncoming car on a wet, foggy highway in Scott County, northwest of Knoxville. 3 cheerleaders were killed and a 4th died the next day. A passenger in the car also was killed.
    (AP, 10/26/08)
2008        Oct 24, Milton Katselas (b.1933), acting teacher and director, died in LA. His direction work included both the theater (1969) and film (1972) version of “Butterflies Are Free."
    (SFC, 11/4/08, p.B5)
2008        Oct 24, Asian and European leaders, meeting in Beijing, called for a coordinated response to the global financial meltdown and prepared to endorse a critical role for the International Monetary Fund in aiding the hardest-hit countries.
    (AP, 10/24/08)
2008        Oct 24, Colombia's army chief fired three colonels in the case of 11 men who disappeared from Soacha, a poor district just south of Bogota. They were found dead in August and September, months after their abduction in a war zone hundreds of miles away.  The young men appeared to have been kidnapped and murdered to inflate the body count of dead guerrillas. On Oct 29 President Alvaro Uribe's government fired 25 soldiers, including three generals and four colonels, over the killings of the 11 civilians.
    (AP, 10/24/08)(AP, 10/29/08)(Econ, 11/1/08, p.47)
2008        Oct 24, The World Food Program said fighting in eastern Congo has driven some 200,000 from their homes during the last 8 weeks, exacerbating an already dire humanitarian crisis.
    (AP, 10/24/08)
2008        Oct 24, Officials in Honduras said at least 29 people are dead and 14 others are missing because of heavy rains that began 2 weeks ago.
    (AP, 10/25/08)
2008        Oct 24, Iceland, where the financial system has all but collapsed, reached a deal with the IMF for $2 billion to help fix its broken banking system, restart currency trading and soften the blow from the global downturn.
    (Reuters, 10/25/08)(WSJ, 10/25/08, p.A9)
2008        Oct 24, Tokyo and Beijing agreed to establish a hotline between their leaders to build mutual trust, as Prime Minister Taro Aso held his first meeting as Japanese leader with his Chinese counterparts.
    (AP, 10/24/08)
2008        Oct 24, A Soyuz capsule carrying an American and two Russians touched down on target in Kazakhstan after a descent from the international space station, safely delivering the first two men to follow their fathers into space.
    (AP, 10/24/08)
2008        Oct 24, In central Mexico 2 human heads were found with threatening messages. 2 adults were killed when assailants riddled their pickup truck with bullets on a Tijuana street. A 1-year-old girl riding with them was hit by multiple rounds from an assault rifle and was hospitalized in critical condition. Police also found nine people shot to death in Playas de Rosarito, just south of Tijuana.
    (AP, 10/24/08)
2008        Oct 24, OPEC said at an emergency meeting that it will slash oil production by 1.5 million barrels to stem the "dramatic collapse" of oil prices, but crude prices plunged 7 percent anyway as financial markets spiraled downward across the globe.
    (AP, 10/24/08)
2008        Oct 24, In Paraguay a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Asuncion, killing all five people on board. The plane belonged to the private hospital Asismed and was used to transport patients. Hospital President Miguel Figueredo said the pilot had said he would be conducting a test flight, and did not tell officials he would have passengers.
    (AP, 10/24/08)
2008        Oct 24, In the Philippines communist rebels triggered a land mine and opened fire on a Philippine army unit in an ambush that killed six soldiers on Mindanao Island. The rebels manually triggered the US-made claymore mine as the soldiers hiked past on a narrow mountain trail and then opened fire.
    (AP, 10/25/08)

2009        Oct 24, City and state officials in Los Angeles dedicated the new 10-story, $437 million police headquarters.
    (SSFC, 10/25/09, p.A8)
2009        Oct 24, Taliban fighters warned Afghans not to take part in the war-wracked country's upcoming presidential runoff, threatening to launch a fresh wave of violence on polling day to stop them. US troops killed four civilians when they fired on a van approaching their convoy on the main highway in southern Kandahar province. A bomb killed an American service member in southern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 10/24/09)(AP, 10/25/09)
2009        Oct 24, In China a Belgian cargo vessel leaked oil into waters at the Caofeidian port in northeastern Hebei province, after a Chinese ship crashed into it at a refueling dock.
    (AP, 10/25/09)
2009        Oct 24, In Egypt two passenger trains collided at high speed south of Cairo, killing 18 people and wounding 39. An initial inquiry found that a signalman had left work early and failed to warn drivers of delays because of a water buffalo on the track. Later analysis of a blood sample from the driver of the first train revealed the presence of traces of hashish.
    (AFP, 10/25/09)(AFP, 11/15/09)
2009        Oct 24, In Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel finished building a new center-right government and announced an overhaul of the health care system, more help for families and annual tax cuts of up to euro24 billion.
    (AP, 10/24/09)
2009        Oct 24, In Iraq a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest in Tikrit killed two people outside the offices of a Sunni political party called National Unity.
    (AP, 10/24/09)
2009        Oct 24, Pakistani soldiers captured Kotkai, the strategically located hometown of Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud after fierce fighting. It was the army's first major prize as it pushes deeper into a militant stronghold along the Afghan border. The army said that three more soldiers had died, putting the army's death toll at 23, and 21 more militants had been killed, putting their overall death toll at 163. A suspected US missile killed 22 people elsewhere in the northwest, but apparently missed a top Taliban figure. 6 soldiers died in an army helicopter crash in the Bajur tribal region.
    (AP, 10/24/09)(AP, 10/25/09)
2009        Oct 24, In Rwanda 10 people were locked up in an underground passage which was blocked by a big amount of (fallen) residue in Nyakabingo. 7 were rescued by local people who dug another quick entrance. 3 remained inside. A week earlier, 3 other miners were crushed to death in a cassiterite and coltan mine in Rutongo, northern Rwanda.
    (Reuters, 10/26/09)
2009        Oct 24, A Saudi court convicted a female journalist for her involvement in a TV show, in which a Saudi man, Abdul-Jawad, publicly talked about sex, and sentenced her to 60 lashes. Rozanna al-Yami (22) is believed to be the first Saudi woman journalist to be given such a punishment. The same court sentenced Abdul-Jawad earlier this month to five years in jail and 1,000 lashes. 3 other men who appeared on the show, "Bold Red Line," were also convicted of discussing sex publicly and sentenced to two years imprisonment and 300 lashes each. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah waived the flogging sentence of the female journalist, the second such pardoning of such a high profile case by the monarch in recent years. He ordered al-Yami's case and that of another journalist, a pregnant woman also accused of involvement in the program, be referred to a committee in the ministry.
    (AP, 10/24/09)(AP, 10/26/09)
2009        Oct 24, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Peter Turkson (61) of Ghana to head the Vatican's justice and peace office, a high-profile post that cements his reputation as a possible future papal candidate. Turkson's appointment to his new post was announced at the end of a three-week Vatican meeting on the role of the Catholic Church in Africa.
    (AP, 10/24/09)
2009        Oct 24, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe accused PM Morgan Tsvangirai of failing to act in the national interest after withdrawing his support for the country's fragile unity government, state media reported.
    (AFP, 10/24/09)

2010        Oct 24, Lady Gaga became the first singer to reach 1 billion hits on YouTube.
    (SSFC, 12/12/10, Par p.9)
2010        Oct 24, Afghan President Hamid Karzai signaled his willingness to backtrack on a blanket ban on all private security firms, asking the foreign community for a list of projects needing protection. ISAF said one of its service members was killed by a homemade bomb in the south of country.
    (AFP, 10/24/10)(Reuters, 10/24/10)
2010        Oct 24, In CongoDRC militia attacked a UN base near Virunga National Park. Some 100 attackers were members of the shadowy Mai Mai militia. Peacekeepers killed 8 militiamen.
    (AP, 10/26/10)
2010        Oct 24, A quarter of French petrol stations were short on fuel as refinery strikes over pension reform continued to drain supply, and one official said several holiday spots were likely to be particularly hard-hit.
    (Reuters, 10/24/10)
2010        Oct 24, In Haiti a cholera outbreak, that already left 250 people dead and more than 3,000 sickened, was at the doorstep of an enormous potential breeding ground: the squalid camps in Port-au-Prince where 1.3 million earthquake survivors live.
    (AP, 10/25/10)
2010        Oct 24, Tropical Storm Richard lashed Honduras' Caribbean coast with heavy rain and wind and was expected to strengthen into a hurricane as it roared toward Belize and southeastern Mexico.
    (AP, 10/24/10)
2010        Oct 24, Iran state radio reported that the government has imposed new restrictions on 12 university social sciences deemed to be based on Western schools of thought and therefore incompatible with Islamic teachings. The list includes law, philosophy, management, psychology, political science and the two subjects that appear to cause the most concern among Iran's conservative leadership, women's studies and human rights. State radio also reported that authorities have amputated the hand of a convicted thief in front of other prisoners.
    (AP, 10/24/10)
2010        Oct 24, Iraq's highest court ordered parliament back to work after a seven-month political impasse that has blocked the formation of a new government. In the Sunni-dominated northern city of Mosul, a car bomb killed two passers-by and wounded 19.
    (AP, 10/24/10)
2010        Oct 24, In Tijuana, Mexico, a gang of armed men burst into the building of a drug rehab center and gunned down 13 recovering addicts there. Police said at least 10 were killed. In the southern Pacific coast state of Guerrero, state police found the bound, executed bodies of six men on a highway outside the resort city of Acapulco. 3 people were killed in the crossfire of a shootout between gunmen, police and soldiers in northern Coahuila state.
    (AP, 10/25/10)
2010        Oct 24, In southeastern Nigeria fighting erupted linked to a land dispute between the feuding Nsadop and Boje communities in Cross River state. Fighting led to the burning of dozens of houses and churches. After 2 days of unrest police recovered 13 burnt corpses.
    (AFP, 10/26/10)
2010        Oct 24, Pakistani soldiers allegedly fired machine guns and rockets on an Indian military post killing an Indian soldier in the Poonch sector of Kashmir.
    (AP, 10/25/10)
2010        Oct 24, Slovenia elected Peter Bossman (54), a Ghana-born physician, as its first black mayor. He is known as the "Obama of Piran," the town where he lives.
    (AP, 10/24/10)
2010        Oct 24, Somali pirates seized the Beluga Fortune, a German freight ship, off the coast of Kenya, the second foreign vessel to be captured in the region in as many days. Rescue forces the next day freed the ship, but the hijackers got away.
    (AP, 10/24/10)(SFC, 10/26/10, p.A2)
2010        Oct 24, In Sudan the Darfur-based rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said it was ready to start discussions with international mediators in Qatar, but was not yet prepared to re-join full peace negotiations.
    (AP, 10/25/10)
2010        Oct 24, In northern Uganda a bus collided with a truck killing 21 people.
    (SFC, 10/25/10, p.A2)

2011        Oct 24, President Barack Obama, speaking in Las Vegas, offered mortgage relief to hundreds of thousands of Americans, his latest attempt to ease the economic and political fallout of a housing crisis that has bedeviled him as he seeks a second term.
    (AP, 10/24/11)
2011        Oct 24, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged another $100 million in food aid to drought-hit East Africa amid warnings that millions of people face starvation for drought-affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.
    (AFP, 10/24/11)
2011        Oct 24, A federal judge temporarily blocked Florida's new law that requires welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving benefits, saying it may violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.
    (AP, 10/24/11)
2011        Oct 24, John McCarthy (b.1927), computer science pioneer, died at his home on the Stanford campus. He coined the term AI and organized the first conference on artificial intelligence while teaching at Dartmouth. In 1958 at MIT he invented the List Processing Language (LISP), still the language of choice for AI researchers.
    (SFC, 10/29/11, p.C5)(Econ, 11/5/11, p.114)
2011        Oct 24, Hundreds of Afghans took to the streets in Kabul, shouting "death to America" in an angry protest urging the government not to sign a strategic partnership with the US. The US coalition said tens of thousands of Afghan and NATO troops killed or captured 200 insurgents in eastern Afghanistan during two operations targeting the Haqqani network.
    (AFP, 10/24/11)(SFC, 10/25/11, p.A2)
2011        Oct 24, The British government won a House of Commons vote by 483 votes to 111 due to support from the Liberal Democrats as 79 Tory MPs voted in favor of a referendum on Britain's relationship with Europe. The Tory eurosceptic wing ignored PM Cameron's plea that it was the wrong time for a referendum because of the debt crisis engulfing the eurozone.
    (AFP, 10/25/11)
2011        Oct 24, In Denmark fashion icon Margit Brandt (66) died. Her simple cuts and 1960s miniskirts marked one of the first international breakthroughs for Danish designs.
    (AP, 10/24/11)
2011        Oct 24, Thousands of Egyptian police launched a nationwide strike to demand better salaries and a purge of former regime officials from senior security posts.
    (AP, 10/24/11)
2011        Oct 24, A French military spokesman said France would soon help supply Kenyan troops fighting al-Qaida-linked militants.
    (AP, 10/24/11)
2011        Oct 24, A Guatemalan court sentenced two women to 16 and 21 years in prison for trafficking a stolen baby who was given for adoption to a US family. The girl, Anyeli Liseth Hernandez Rodriguez was born Oct. 1, 2004, and disappeared Nov. 3, 2006.
    (AP, 10/25/11)
2011        Oct 24, In Iran a man convicted of drug trafficking was hanged in Ardebil. Another convicted of killing a police officer was hanged in Jam. The hanging brought to 233 the number of executions in Iran so far this year, according to an AFP tally.
    (AFP, 10/24/11)
2011        Oct 24, In Iraq two separate attacks against traffic policemen left five people dead in Baghdad.
    (AP, 10/24/11)
2011        Oct 24, Ireland's U2 were named as the greatest rock band of the past quarter of a century by readers of music magazine Q. Chart-topping act Adele was a double winner at the event, landing the prizes for best female and best track for her hit Rolling In The Deep.
    (AFP, 10/24/11)
2011        Oct 24, Jordan's King Abdullah II swore in a new 30-strong cabinet led by PM Awn Khasawneh, an international judge tasked with bringing in political reform.
    (AFP, 10/24/11)
2011        Oct 24, In Kenya one person was killed and 29 were wounded in two grenade attacks in Nairobi. Police the next day arrested a suspect with 13 grenades and six guns. On Oct 26 suspect Elgiva Bwire Oliacha (28) said he is a member of the al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group al-Shabab. Oliacha had supplied the grenades to Felix Otuko. On Oct 28 Oliacha was sentenced to life in prison. Felix Otuko, suspected of carrying out the two grenade attacks, was killed in a standoff with police on May 18, 2013.
    (AP, 10/26/11)(AP, 10/28/11)(AP, 5/19/13)
2011        Oct 24, Libya’s interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil set a two-week target for Libya to have a new government and said a commission of inquiry is being formed to probe Moamer Kadhafi's killing. Human Right Watch urged the NTC to probe the killing of 53 people whose decaying bodies were found in Sirte, where the pro-Kadhafi camp put up its final stand.
    (AFP, 10/24/11)
2011        Oct 24, Mexican federal police detained two US men for attempting to fly out of Mexico with $950,000 in undeclared cash in a suitcase.
    (AP, 10/27/11)
2011        Oct 24, In northern Nigeria gunmen shot dead a policeman at his home in an apparent targeted killing in Damaturu, Yobe state.
    (AFP, 10/25/11)
2011        Oct 24, In Pakistan Raja Khan (34), a jobless father of two, set himself alight in a suicide bid outside parliament and was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.
    (AFP, 10/24/11)
2011        Oct 24, In Portugal an overnight storm tore part of the roof off Faro airport in the southern Algarve region, injuring five people and disrupting flights.
    (AP, 10/24/11)
2011        Oct 24, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma said the national police chief has been suspended and a Cabinet minister fired after the two were caught up in a police headquarters leasing scandal.
    (AP, 10/24/11)
2011        Oct 24, Syrian security forces killed four people in Homs, while government troops clashed with gunmen believed to be defectors from the military. The US pulled its ambassador, Robert Ford, out of Syria, saying threats against him make it no longer safe for him to remain.
    (AP, 10/24/11)
2011        Oct 24, The Vatican called for an overhaul of the world’s financial systems and again proposed the establishment of a supranational authority to oversee the global economy in a report issued by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
    (SFC, 10/25/11, p.A5)
2011        Oct 24, In Yemen representatives from Pres. Saleh's ruling General People's Congress met with Gulf and European diplomats in Sanaa to discuss a framework for implementing the GCC initiative. Representatives of Saleh said he would agree to the transition plan provided he remain in power until early elections are held. The opposition rejected the latest proposals.
    (AFP, 10/25/11)

2012        Oct 24, US federal prosecutors sued the Bank of America for $1 billion alleging the bank, which acquired home mortgage lender Countrywide in 2008, defrauded government-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
    (SFC, 10/25/12, p.D3)
2012        Oct 24, FBI agents arrested NYC police Officer Gilberto Valle, a 6-year veteran, after they uncovered several of his plots to kidnap women, including one whom he threatened to cook and eat.
    (SFC, 10/26/12, p.A13)
2012        Oct 24, In southern California Douglas Harris (30) shot and killed 3 people at a fire extinguisher business and a nearby home in Downey. Two others were wounded.
    (SFC, 10/30/12, p.A6)
2012        Oct 24, Police in southern California arrested Akingide Cole of Palmdale for the theft of $1.6 million in casino chips from the Venetian resort in Las Vegas. Detectives recovered $396,000 in chips.
    (SFC, 10/31/12, p.A4)
2012        Oct 24, Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian arrested in Washington state in 1999 after crossing the border from Canada with explosives, was sentenced to 37 years in prison for plotting to bomb Los Angeles Int’l. Airport.
    (SFC, 10/25/12, p.A7)
2012        Oct 24, In Afghanistan two British troops and an Afghan policeman were gunned down in Helmand province.
    (AP, 10/26/12)
2012        Oct 24, The African Union pledged to mobilize an African military force to battle al-Qaida-affiliated groups controlling northern Mali. Ministers meeting at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia agreed to write a final operational plan for the African-led force by the end of the month.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
2012        Oct 24, China approved new nuclear power plants as part of plans to reduce reliance on oil and coal, ending the moratorium it imposed to review safety in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster last year.   
    (AP, 10/24/12)
2012        Oct 24, In Egypt Karim el-Azizi (35) detonated an explosive device after briefly exchanging gunfire with security forces that had surrounded his building in Cairo's northern suburb of Nasr City. The Libyan national, linked to the Sep 11 deadly attack on the US Consulate, had turned his rented apartment into a small weapons cache before he died. Security forces arrested four other men in a nearby suburb describing them as part of a terrorist cell.
    (AP, 10/25/12)
2012        Oct 24, French police arrested former Seattle real estate developer Michael Mastro and his wife, Linda at their apartment in the town of Doussard near Lake Annecy. A day later, US authorities handed them a 43-count grand jury indictment on charges of money laundering and bankruptcy fraud, including allegedly lying about the whereabouts of two huge diamonds valued together at $1.4 million as part of a bankruptcy proceeding.
    (AP, 10/27/12)
2012        Oct 24, Germany opened a long-awaited memorial to the hundreds of thousands of Gypsies, or Roma, who were killed by the Nazis in what one survivor called "the forgotten Holocaust" — and pledged to fight the discrimination the minority still faces in Europe today.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
2012        Oct 24, Iran's intelligence chief said up to 50 people have been arrested in connection with the decline in the value of the national currency and the chaos that followed the slide. Iran's rial has lost nearly 40 percent of its value against the US dollar this month.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
2012        Oct 24, Iraqi insurgents launched a new wave of attacks in Baghdad and Kirkuk targeting security forces and a local politician, killing four members of the security forces and one child.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
2012        Oct 24, Hurricane Sandy crossed over Jamaica. An elderly man was killed by a boulder that crashed into his clapboard house. Sandy killed 51 people in Haiti. At least 65 people were left dead as Sandy left the Caribbean.
    (AP, 10/25/12)(AP, 10/26/12)(AP, 10/28/12)
2012        Oct 24, Jordan released 18 activists, after a pardon from the king, arrested during a protest last month when they allegedly chanted against the country's monarch. Two other men detained with the group remained in custody because they were not part of the youth activist movement.
    (AP, 10/25/12)
2012        Oct 24, Libyan pro-government militiamen captured the center of Ben Walid, a city that was one of the last strongholds of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi's loyalists, following fierce clashes that left dozens dead and tens of thousands displaced.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
2012        Oct 24, In Myanmar 3 days of clashes in Mrauk-u, a tourist center in Rakhine state, turned the area into a war zone. Officials said at least 80 people have been killed and some 4,600 homes destroyed in the latest outbreak of ethnic violence in four Rakhine state townships. This latest violence between the Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities broke out on Oct 21.
    (Econ, 11/3/12, p.44)(AP, 10/26/12)
2012        Oct 24, In Pakistan a US drone reportedly fired a pair of missiles at a mud brick compound in North Waziristan, killing grandmother Mamana Bibi (68) and wounding two men. Three of her grandhildren and others nearby were wounded.
    (AP, 10/24/12)(AP, 10/22/13)
2012        Oct 24, Gaza militants pummeled southern Israel with over 60 rockets and mortars. Israeli airstrikes in return killed two Palestinians in a sharp escalation of violence following a landmark visit to the coastal territory by the leader of Qatar. Two foreign workers in Israel were critically wounded in the rocket fire, and a number of militants were injured in the Israeli air attacks.
    (AP, 10/24/12)(SFC, 10/25/12, p.A5)
2012        Oct 24, In Senegal a judge sentenced a well-known journalist to four years in prison for acts of homosexuality, illegal possession of arms and battery. Jupiter Ndiaye was arrested on Oct. 10 after getting into a fight with his male partner. The court said that Ndiaye used a knife and stabbed his partner in the stomach.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
2012        Oct 24, In Sudan an explosion and fire at a military factory south of the capital, Khartoum, killed two people. Minister of Information Ahmed Belal Osman said four aircraft hit the Yarmouk Complex, setting off a huge blast that rocked the capital before dawn. Israel was blamed for the attack.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
2012        Oct 24, Syrian warplanes struck Mar Shureen village near a strategic rebel-held town in the country's north, killing five members of an extended family.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
2012        Oct 24, The UN-Arab League envoy to Syria said the government in Damascus and some rebel leaders have agreed to a temporary cease-fire during a four-day Muslim holiday that starts Oct 26.
    (AP, 10/24/12)
2012        Oct 24, Pope Benedict XVI named six new cardinals, adding prelates from Lebanon, the Philippines, Nigeria, Colombia, India and the United States to the ranks of senior churchmen who will elect his successor.
    (AP, 10/24/12)

2013        Oct 24, California state investigators announced a record $1 million fine against two Arizona nonprofits, the Center to Protect Patient’s Rights and Americans for Responsible Leadership, for attempting to secretly sway California voters in 2012 in support of Prop 32 and in opposition to prop 30.
    (SFC, 10/25/13, p.A1)
2013        Oct 24, In San Francisco Faith Petric (b.1915), folk singer, died at a hospice house. In 1962 she became the headd of the San Francisco Folk Club and began hosting live jam sessions at her Clayton Street home.
    (SFC, 11/12/13, p.C2)
2013        Oct 24, In Ohio Ali Salim (44), a former doctor, pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the 2012 deaths of Deanna Ballman (23) and her unborn child. He had injected her with heroin.
    (SFC, 10/25/13, p.A6)
2013        Oct 24, Tennessee Nat’l. Guardsman Sgt. 1st Class Amos Patton shot and wounded three fellow Guard members at an armory in Millington just after he was relieved of duty because of alleged misconduct.
    (SFC, 10/26/13, p.A7) 
2013        Oct 24, In western Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed six Afghan soldiers in Herat province. Soldiers killed 10 Taliban fighters during an operation in Helmand province. A tractor hit a road mine in the Jani Khil district of Paktika province, killing one person and wounding four.
    (AP, 10/25/13)
2013        Oct 24, In Australia a plane dousing wildfires in bushland south of Australia's biggest city, Sydney, crashed into a national park, killing the pilot and sparking a new fire to add to 55 still burning across the state of New South Wales.
    (Reuters, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, An Austrian student group fighting for online privacy in Europe got the go-ahead for a legal challenge in Ireland's High Court over the transfer of personal data to a US spy agency.
    (Reuters, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, In Egypt suspected Islamists militants killed a policeman in a drive-by shooting in the Sinai Peninsula, where troops are battling to contain near daily violence. Egypt’s Cabinet said its nighttime curfew will be shortened to four hours, from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., six days a week.
    (AFP, 10/24/13)(AP, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, Germany's Foreign Ministry summoned the US ambassador following allegations that American intelligence may have targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone. Merkel said she had made it clear to US President Barack Obama that spying on allies is not acceptable.
    (AP, 10/24/13)(Reuters, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, Greenland's parliament agreed to remove a 25-year-old ban on uranium mining, paving the way for an industrial boom that the Arctic island hopes will help it gain independence from former colonial master Denmark.
    (AP, 10/25/13)
2013        Oct 24, Indian and Pakistani troops fired machine guns and mortar shells over the border in Kashmir, wounding at least 12 people — including children.
    (AP, 10/25/13)
2013        Oct 24, In India retail prices of onions were reported to have quadrupled in three months - now costing over 100 rupees ($1.62) a kilo, which is what a third of the population live on per day - as a supply squeeze caused by wet weather has hampered harvests.
    (Reuters, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, Indonesian police probing the murder of a young woman at a luxury villa stumbled upon a secret collection of exotic animals, including a cross-breed of a lion and tiger. The woman (23) had allegedly had her throat slit by a maintenance worker at the property south of the capital Jakarta after she refused his sexual advances.
    (AFP, 10/30/13)
2013        Oct 24, Italian weekly L'Espresso reported that US and British intelligence services have monitored Italian telecoms networks, targeting the government and companies as well as suspected terrorist groups.
    (Reuters, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, Italian Augusto Odone (80), a former World Bank economist, died in Acqui Terme. defied skeptical scientists to invent a treatment (Lorenzo’s Oil) to try to save the life of his little boy (d.2008), wasting away from a neurological disease (ADL. The film “Lorenzo’s Oil" (1992) was based on Odone’s efforts to save his son.
    (AP, 10/25/13)(Econ, 11/16/13, p.98)
2013        Oct 24, Kenya's media said the police chief has threatened journalists with arrest after they reported on looting and disarray among security forces during the massacre in Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall.
    (AFP, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, Lebanese security officials said at least 6 people have been killed and 50 wounded in fighting in Tripoli over the past four days.
    (AP, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, A Libyan court indicted around 30 Moamer Kadhafi aides, including the slain dictator's son Seif al-Islam, for a raft of alleged offences during the 2011 revolt. A Libyan air force colonel was killed in Benghazi.
    (AFP, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, Hundreds of Malaysian tribespeople blockaded the construction site of a new dam which is set to force them from their homes in Sarawak on the island of Borneo.
    (AFP, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, Malaysia’s HELP University faced public criticism for awarding an honorary doctorate degree in economics earlier this month to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
    (SFC, 10/25/13, p.A2)
2013        Oct 24, In Mali the French military said it has engaged with UN and Malian forces in a major operation aimed at preventing a resurgence of Islamist rebels in Mali.
    (AFP, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, Mexican officials said Juan Pablo Vazquez (20) has admitted to killing 45 people, and is being investigated for 34 more. Vazquez was caught earlier this month in Monterrey where he was allegedly selling drugs.
    (Reuters, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, Mexico issued a decree banning slot machines and limiting the ability of casino permit holders to rent out or cede their permits to other operators.
    (SFC, 10/25/13, p.A2)
2013        Oct 24, Nigeria's army reportedly killed suspected Boko Haram fighters in a raid on insurgent camps in restive Borno state. The attack continued for a 2nd day and bodies in military uniform were soon brought to the morgue in Damaturu. At least 95 militants, 23 soldiers and 8 police officers were killed.
    (AP, 10/25/13)(AFP, 10/28/13)(AP, 10/29/13)
2013        Oct 24, Portuguese authorities said prosecutors have ordered police to reopen their investigation into the six-year-old disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann after a review of the evidence found new leads.
    (AP, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, Saudi Arabia warned it will take measures against activists who go ahead with a planned weekend campaign to defy a ban on women drivers in the conservative Muslim kingdom.
    (AFP, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, Sudanese journalist Faisal Mohammed Salih (53 vowed to keep up efforts to report freely despite "difficult and harsh" conditions as he received the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism.
    (AFP, 10/25/13)
2013        Oct 24, Syrian forces seized a suburb of Damascus from rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad in a push that has shored up government control of the capital's outskirts. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Assad’s government had freed 61 women over the past two days.
    (Reuters, 10/24/13)(AP, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, Thailand’s top Buddhist leader, Supreme Patriarch Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara (100), died.
    (AFP, 10/25/13)
2013        Oct 24, Protesters in Tunisia torched the office of the ruling Islamists in the town of Kef, where a policeman killed in fighting with suspected jihadists was to be buried.
    (AFP, 10/24/13)

2014        Oct 24, US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, NATO's military commander, said Russia still has troops in eastern Ukraine and retains a very capable force on the border despite a partial withdrawal.
    (Reuters, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, The US Justice Department said Alexander Beltran Herrera (38), a former commander of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels, was jailed for 27 years for his role in the 2003 kidnap of three US citizens held captive for five years.
    (AFP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Sacramento, Ca., police officers Danny Oliver (47) and Michael David Davis Jr. were killed and two people wounded when a man went on a shooting spree. Marcelo Marquez (34) was arrested by police in a home in Auburn. His wife was also arrested. Fingerprints of Marquez in a federal database matched the biometric records of a Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, deported from the US in 1997 and in 2001.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)(SSFC, 10/26/14, p.A16)
2014        Oct 24, In Washington state freshman Jaylen Fryberg (14) of Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle shot five people, killing one Zoe Galasso (14). Two other girls and two boys, both of whom were his cousins, were critically wounded. First year social studies teacher Megan Silberberger tried to stop him, at which point he shot and killed himself. It was not clear if his death was a suicide or accidental. On Gia Sorviano (14) died on Oct 26. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit (14) died on Oct 31. Andrew Fryberg died on Nov 7.
    (SFC, 10/25/14, p.A5)(SSFC, 10/26/14, p.A10)(AP, 10/27/14)(SSFC, 11/9/14, p.A9)
2014        Oct 24, An Argentine court convicted and sentenced to life in prison 15 former military, police and civilian officials for abductions, torture and killings of dozens of dissidents during the country's 1976-83 dictatorship.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, Austrian Pres. Heinz Fischer apologized for his country’s postwar treatment of deserters from Hitler’s army as traitors at the unveiling of a memorial honoring those who fled military duty rather than serve under the Nazi regime.
    (SFC, 10/25/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 24, Botswana held elections. President Ian Khama, a retired army general and the son of independence leader Seretse Khama, sought re-election on a platform of economic stability and efforts to alleviate persistent poverty.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, Britain’s PM David Cameron furiously rejected a surprise demand from Brussels for more than two billion euros in backdated charges, setting up a new showdown over Britain's place in the EU.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, Cameroonian troops killed 39 Boko Haram fighters in clashes with the Islamists, who were carrying out three raids in Glawi near the border with Nigeria. 4 Nigerian refugees were also killed.
    (AFP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 24, China's president pledged to provide $81 million in aid to help fight Ebola in the three West African countries at the heart of the crisis.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, Twenty-one Asian nations signed on to a China-driven initiative to create a new development bank for Asia that's aimed at boosting infrastructure investment of all kinds. The $100 billion Asian Infrastructure Development Bank (AIIB) will be a rival to the Asian Development Bank.
    (AP, 10/25/14)(Econ, 1/31/15, p.61)
2014        Oct 24, In northwestern China a coal mine shaft collapsed just before midnight, killing 16 miners outside the Xinjiang regional capital of Urumqi.
    (AP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 24, In the Dominican Rep. at least 4 prisoners were killed and nine others wounded, including two guards, after an attempted mass escape at the Najayo jail in San Cristobal.
    (Reuters, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Egypt 30 soldiers were killed in the Sinai Peninsula by a car bomb that targeted two armored vehicles stopped at a checkpoint. Gunmen also shot dead an officer and wounded two soldiers on Friday at another checkpoint south of El-Arish
    (AP, 10/24/14)(AFP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 24, EU leaders overcame deep divisions to agree on cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent compared to 1990 levels. They also agreed on 27-percent targets for renewable energy supply and efficiency gains.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)(Econ, 11/1/14, p.53)
2014        Oct 24, Israeli troops shot dead Orwa Hammad (17), a Palestinian teenager and US citizen. The army said the youth had been about to hurl a petrol bomb at Israeli motorists near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
    (AFP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Italy striking workers took to the streets in cities across the country to protest against cuts to public services and labor reforms proposed by PM Matteo Renzi.
    (Reuters, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Macedonia about 30 people wearing masks and throwing rocks and bottles attacked members of a gay rights activist group in Skopje, wounding two of them.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Mali a two-year-old girl died of Ebola, the country’s first case. The girl and her grandmother had visited Kissidougou, a town in the southern part of Guinea. The child had tested positive two days earlier.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)(SFC, 11/12/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 24, In Nepal a bus crowded with people heading home for a Hindu festival veered off a mountain highway, killing 9 people and injuring dozens of others.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, A multinational force including troops from Nigeria and Niger wrested back control of a town held by Boko Haram on the western shores of Lake Chad. More than 20 insurgents were reported killed in fierce fighting at Abadam.
    (AP, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 24, In southwest Nigeria gunmen killed one German national and abducted another after opening fire on two vehicles near the town of Sagamu, Ogun state. The man who died was a subcontractor, while the hostage was a staff member of the Julius Berger construction firm.
    (AFP, 10/27/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Nigeria gunmen on a speedboat in the oil-producing south killed 4 policemen and kidnapped six Nigerian employees of the Agip energy firm in the Nembe Creek area of Bayelsa state.
    (AFP, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 24, Philippines’ Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the US will pay the Philippines 87 million pesos ($1.9 million) for damage caused by the USS Guardian minesweeper that ran aground on a protected coral reef in January, 2013.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, Russia’s agricultural safety agency said some 600 tons of banned meat from Europe were discovered disguised as other items such as frozen mushrooms, juice, fruit jellies and chewing gum.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, South African police fired rubber bullets to disperse workers at a mine operated by London-listed DiamondCorp and said members of the hardline AMCU union were involved in the protest.
    (Reuters, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, Prosecutors in Thailand charged two people with defaming the country's monarchy in a stage performance at a university last year. A male university student (23) and a woman (26) were charged with lese majeste, which mandates a prison term of up to 15 years for anyone insulting Thailand's monarchy.
    (AP, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 24, Tunisian counterterrorism forces stormed a home in a Tunis suburb after a 24-hour standoff, killing six people and seriously wounding a child.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, Turkey's president said that Ankara would allow hundreds of Syrian rebels to travel to the embattled border town of Kobani in order to help Kurdish fighters there fend off an Islamic State onslaught. During a state visit in Estonia, Erdogan said the Western-backed Free Syrian Army would send 1,300 fighters to the Syrian town. A spokesman for the Western-backed Syrian opposition in exile, Kenan Mohammed, said there were no plans to send fighters to Kobani.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, Turkey’s soldiers shot dead 3 PKK guerrillas after fighters from the outlawed group set fire to two vehicles and a power plant in the eastern province of Kars and shot at soldiers who returned fire.
    (Reuters, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 24, Vietnam banking sources and state media said police have detained Ha Van Tham, one of the country's biggest tycoons. The founder and chairman of conglomerate Ocean Group was detained on suspicion of financial irregularities.
    (Reuters, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, The World Health Organization said hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to west Africa by the middle of next year.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, The World Health Organization said that three more polio cases have surfaced in Pakistan, bringing the number of new cases to 220, a record figure that authorities blame on attacks by insurgents targeting vaccination teams. This was announced as many nations observed World Polio Day.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Yemen clashes broke out this evening when Huthi fighters trying to wrest control of the mountains around the central town of Rada, Baida province, met resistance from Sunni militias. The fighting left dozens dead, while a suspected US drone strike killed 10 jihadists.
    (AFP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Zambia at least 26 people died, most of them children, when a ferry capsized on Lake Kariba.
    (SSFC, 10/26/14, p.A6)

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