Return to home1047 Oct 25,
Magnus I Godhi, king of Norway and Denmark (1035-47), died.
1131 Oct 25, Louis VII the
Young, King of France, was crowned.
1147 Oct 25, At the Battle at
Dorylaeum (Turkey) Arabs beat Konrad III's crusaders. Conrad III of
Germany and Louis VII of France had assembled 500,000 men for the
2nd Crusade. Most of the men were lost to starvation, disease and
1360 Oct 25, Louis, founder of
house of Anjou, was born.
1400 Oct 25, Geoffrey Chaucer
(b.~1343), author (Canterbury Tales), died in London. In 1965
Charles Muscatine (1920-2010) authored “Chaucer and the French
Tradition: A Study in Style and Meaning."
(AP, 10/25/97)(WSJ, 9/18/00, p.A36)(SFC, 3/16/10,
1415 Oct 25, An English army
under Henry V defeated the French at Agincourt, France. The French
had out numbered Henry’s troops, but Welsh longbows turned the tide
of the battle. The French force was under the command of the
constable Charles I d’Albret. Charles I d’Albret, son of
Arnaud-Amanieu d’Albret, came from a line of nobles who were often
celebrated warriors. His ancestors had fought in the First Crusade
(1096-99) and his father had fought in the Hundred Years War
himself--first for the English before joining the side of France.
Charles’ own exploits in the ongoing conflict came to an end at the
Battle of Agincourt. The decisive victory for the outnumbered
English saw the death of not only Charles, but a dozen other
high-ranking nobles as well. But Charles’ fate did not end the
Albrets as his descendants went on to become kings of Navarre, and
later, France. In 2005 Juliet Barker authored “Agincourt: The King,
the Campaign, and the Battle."
(MH, 12/96)(HN, 10/25/98)(Econ, 10/22/05,
p.88)(ON, 6/08, p.10)
1415 Oct 25, Edward (b.1373),
duke of York, died at the Battle of Agincourt.
1521 Oct 25, Emperor Charles V
banned wooden buildings in Amsterdam.
1555 Oct 25, Emperor Charles V
put his son Philip II in charge of Netherlands, Naples, and Milan.
1596 Oct 25, The Spanish fleet
sailed from Lisbon to Ireland.
1621 Oct 25, Gov. Bradford of
US Plymouth colony disallowed sport on Christmas Day.
1692 Oct 25, Elisabeth Farnese,
princess of Parma and queen of Spain, was born.
1697 Oct 25, Settlers from
Mexico founded the town of Loreto in honor of the Virgin Nuestra
Senoro de Loreto, on the Baha Peninsula. It served as the capital of
Baha California for the next 132 years.
(SFEC, 5/18/97, p.T5)
1760 Oct 25, George II
(August), king of Great-Britain (1727-60), died at 76.
1760 Oct 25, King George III of
Britain was crowned. He succeeded his late grandfather, George II
and ruled until 1820. With the rule of George III the civil list
(government officers, judges, ambassadors and royal staff) was paid
by the Parliament in return for the king's surrender of the
hereditary revenues of the crown.
(AHD, 1971, p.552)(AP, 10/25/97)(HN, 10/25/01)
1764 Oct 25, John Adams, future
US president, wed Abigail Smith. He called her “a constant feast."
Their marriage lasted 54 years.
(AH, 10/04, p.15)
1800 Oct 25, Thomas Babington
Macaulay (d.1859), England, poet and historian, was born. "No
particular man is necessary to the state. We may depend on it that,
if we provide the country with popular institutions, those
institutions will provide it with great men."
(AP, 11/30/97)(Econ, 10/30/04, p.48)
1812 Oct 25, The U.S. frigate
United States captured the British vessel Macedonian during the War
1825 Oct 25, Johann Strauss
(d.1899), Austrian orchestra conductor and composer, was born.
(WUD, 1994, p.1405)(HN, 10/25/98)
1838 Oct 25, Georges
Alexandre-Cesar-Leopold Bizet, French composer (Carmen), was born.
(HN, 10/25/98)(MC, 10/25/01)
1854 Oct 25, During the Crimean
War, a brigade of British light infantry was destroyed by Russian
artillery as they charged down a narrow corridor in full view of the
Russians. The Crimean War is largely remembered for the Charge of
the Light Brigade, a hopeless but gallant British cavalry charge
against a heavily defended Russian force. The battle began when the
Russians attacked the British-French supply depot at Balaclava, some
eight miles from Sevastopol, on the Black Sea Crimean Peninsula.
Taken by surprise, the British counterattacked but failed to follow
up. Through a staff error, Gen. Lord Cardigan's Light Brigade of 673
horsemen was ordered to charge the Russian position through a
mile-long valley and prevent them from carrying away some captured
cannon. The Light Brigade advanced up the valley, taking casualties
all the way, and reached the guns. But once there, they could not
hold their position and were forced to retreat. Of the 673 men who
took part in the senseless charge, only 195 were present at roll
call that night. The Charge of the Light Brigade ended the battle,
but Balaclava remained in the hands of the British-French Allies.
French General Bosquet remarked "It is magnificent, but it is not
(AP, 10/25/97)(HNPD, 10/25/98)(HN, 10/25/98)(MC,
1864 Oct 25, Skirmishes took
place at Mine Creek, Ka., and Turkeytown, Al.
1865 Oct 25, The S.S. Republic
was carrying 59 passengers and 20,000 $20 gold coins from New York
to New Orleans when it sank in a hurricane off Savannah, Ga. All the
passengers boarded life boats and got off alive. In 2003 Odyssey
Marine Exploration found the ship. The company recovered some 52,000
silver and gold coins.
(AP, 8/17/03)(AP, 11/29/03)(SFC, 6/11/12, p.E2)
1869 Oct 25, August Otto Halm,
composer, was born.
1870 Oct 25, The Pimlico Race
Course in Baltimore, Md., opened and a horse named Preakness won the
first stakes race on the program. 3 years later Pimlico honored that
horse by naming a race for him.
1875 Oct 25, Tchaikovsky’s 1st
Piano Concerto premiered in Boston.
1878 Oct 25, Ludwig Wilhelm
Maurer (89), composer, died.
1881 Oct 25, Pablo Picasso
(d.1973), painter and sculptor, was born in Malaga, Spain. He worked
in France and a painter and sculptor. Francoise Gilot was the mother
of 2 of his children. His work includes “Gilot," and “Self-Portrait
with a Palette" (1906). He immortalized the French apéritif Pernod
by including it in many paintings. “Picasso and Dora" was written by
(SFC, 7/14/96, p.C11)(SFC, 8/14/96, zz-1 p.4)
(WSJ, 9/30/96, p.A14)(HN, 10/25/98)
1885 Oct 25, Johannes Brahms'
4th Symphony in E, premiered.
1888 Oct 25, Richard E. Byrd,
U.S. aviator and explorer who made the first flight over the North
Pole, was born.
1898 Oct 25, The 300-foot
steamship L.R. Doty was carrying a cargo of corn from South Chicago
to Ontario, Canada, when it sailed into a terrible storm and sank in
Lake Michigan. All 17 of its crew members died. The wreck of
the wooden ship was found in 2010.
1889 Oct 25, Abel Gance, French
film director (Napoleon), was born.
(HN, 10/25/00)(MC, 10/25/01)
1902 Oct 25, Henry Steele
Commager (d.1998), American historian was born in Pittsburg, Pa. He
wrote the fifty-five volume "Rise of the American Nation."
1902 Oct 25, Santa Maria,
Guatemala, was hit by an earthquake and about 6,000 died.
1906 Oct 25, US inventor Lee de
Forest patented the "Audion," a 3-diode amplification valve which
proved a pioneering development in radio and broadcasting.
1911 Oct 25, In Chicago Ada and
Minna Everleigh closed their Everleigh Club, a high-end brothel,
which they had begun in 1910. In 2007 Karen Abbott authored “Sin in
the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for
(WSJ, 1/7/07, p.P8)
1914 Oct 25, John Berryman,
poet, was born.
1916 Oct 25, German pilot
Rudolf von Eschwege shot down his first enemy plane, a Nieuport 12
of the Royal Naval Air Service, over Bulgaria.
1917 Oct 25(OS), In
Russia Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin seized power. Lenin
(1870-1924) and Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), seized power from Russian
socialist Alexander F. Kerensky (1881-1970) who had taken over the
government in July of 1917. Kerensky sent troop on this day to shut
down the Bolshevik press in Petrograd (Leningrad, St. Petersburg).
Kerensky’s ministers at the Winter Palace surrendered in the face of
Bolshevik armed might. [see Nov 7]
1918 Oct 25, The Canadian
steamship Princess Sophia foundered off the coast of Alaska; some
350 people perished.
1920 Oct 25, Alexander
(27), king of Greece (1917-20), died following a pet monkey bite.
1923 Oct 25, The Teapot Dome
scandal came to public attention as Senator Thomas J. Walsh of
Montana, subcommittee chairman, revealed the findings of the past 18
months of investigation. His case would result in the conviction of
Harry F. Sinclair of Mammoth Oil, and later Secretary of the
Interior Albert B. Fall, the first cabinet member in American
history to go to jail. The scandal, named for the Teapot Dome oil
reserves in Wyoming, involved Fall secretly leasing naval oil
reserve lands to private companies.
1926 Oct 25, Galina
Vishnevskaya, soprano (Madame Butterfly), was born in Leningrad.
1928 Oct 25, An American
group, led by James A. Talbot of Richfield Oil, acquired control of
the American airplane business of Anthony H.G. Fokker. Fokker
(1890-1939), born in Java, had been a principal supplier of aircraft
for the World War I German effort. In the 1920s the Fokker D-VII
became the mainstay of the Dutch air force.
1929 Oct 25, Former US
Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall was convicted of accepting a
$100,000 bribe in connection with the Elk Hills Naval Oil Reserve in
California. This conviction was in addition to the one he received
for accepting kickbacks in conjunction with the Wyoming Teapot Dome
Scandal. Fall served under Pres. Warren Harding, but it is unclear
if Harding was aware of any wrongdoing. [see Oct 25, 1923]
(AP, 10/25/97)(SFEC, 3/8/98, BR p.7)(SFEC,
1931 Oct 25, The George
Washington Bridge, linking New York City and New Jersey, opened to
traffic. It was completed at a cost of $59 million and 12 lives. The
US Post Office featured a commemorative stamp. It was described as
the most beautiful bridge in the world.
1932 Oct 25, Mussolini promised
to remain dictator for 30 years.
1938 Oct 25, Hankow,
temporary capital of China, fell to the Japanese. The Chinese again
moved their capital, this time to Chungking in the mountains above
the Yangtze River.
(WUD, 1994, p.1682)(DoD, 1999, p.452)
1939 Oct 25, George Kaufman and
Moss Hart's "Man Who Came to Dinner," premiered in NYC.
1939 Oct 25, The drama "The
Time of Your Life," by William Saroyan, opened in NYC.
1940 Oct 25, The musical play
“Cabin in the Sky" opened with an all black cast at the Martin Beck
Theater on Broadway. It featured Katherine Dunham (1909-2006) and
her dance troupe.
1940 Oct 25, Col. Benjamin O.
Davis Sr. (1877-1970), commander of the 369th Infantry of New York,
was promoted to brigadier general. In 1955 his son became the first
black brigadier general in the Air Force. In 1989 Biographer Marvin
Fletcher authored “America's First Black General, Benjamin O. Davis,
Sr., 1880-1970." Fletcher presented evidence of Davis’ birth records
indicating that he was born in May 1880 and later lied about his age
so that he could enlist in the Army without the permission of his
1940 Oct 25, German troops
captured Kharkov and launched a new drive toward Moscow.
1940 Oct 25, Hitler visited
Mussolini in Florence.
(SFC, 10/29/97, p.A23)
1940 Oct 25, The Greek Army
beat back an invasion by Mussolini’s forces.
(SFC, 10/29/97, p.A23)
1941 Oct 25, Anne Tyler,
novelist, was born. Her work included “The Accidental Tourist"
and “Ladder of Years."
1941 Oct 25, Germany attacked
1941 Oct 25, 16,000 Jews were
massacred in Odessa, Ukraine. [see Oct 22-23]
1942 Oct 25, In the 3rd day of
battle at El Alamein (Egypt), the British continued an offensive
1942 Oct 25, Battle of
Henderson Field, Guadalcanal began.
1942 Oct 25, Field marshal
Erwin Rommel returned to North-Africa.
1943 Oct 25, Japanese
forces held an official ceremony for the 415-km Thailand-Burma
railroad. The rail was completed Oct 17 at Konkuita, Thailand.
During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died
and were buried along the “Death Railway." An estimated 80,000 to
100,000 civilians also died in the course of the project, chiefly
forced labor brought from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, or
conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar). The movie “The
Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957) was a part of this effort and is
today a big tourist attraction in Thailand.
1944 Oct 25, Japanese were
defeated in the Straits of Surigao in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the
world's largest sea engagement. From this point on, the depleted
Japanese Navy increasingly resorted to the suicidal attacks of
(HN, 10/25/98)(MC, 10/25/01)
1944 Oct 25, In eastern France
near Bruyeres Sgt. Clyde Lee Choate (d.2001 at 81) destroyed a
German Mark IV tank with 2 bazooka shots while under heavy fire.
Choate was later awarded the Medal of Honor and served in the
Illinois Legislature (1947-1967). Choate gave credit for the medal
to his 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion.
(SFC, 10/18/01, p.A21)
1945 Oct 25, Japanese
surrendered Taiwan to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. Taiwan was
returned to Chinese control following the Japanese occupation during
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Taiwan)(SFC, 6/9/97, p.A8)
1946 Oct 25, Karl Popper spoke
at Cambridge before the weekly meeting of the Moral Science Club on
the subject: “Are There Philosophical Problems?" Ludwig Wittgenstein
took issue with the presentation and a heated exchange followed. In
2001 David Edmonds and John Eidinow authored “Wittgenstein’s Poker:
The Story of a Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers."
(SSFC, 12/30/01, p.M3)
1949 Oct 25, Communist troops
landed at the small village of Kuningt’ou (Kuningtou), hoping to
capture Kinmen Island and prepare an assault on Taiwan. Nationalist
Col. Lee Kuang-chi’en died in a 3-day battle, which turned back the
communist assault. A plaque in honor of Col Lee was later changed,
dropping references to anti-communism.
1950 Oct 25, Chinese Communist
Forces launched their first phase offensive across the Yalu River
into North Korea.
1950 Oct 25, Sukarno was
appointed president of Republic Indonesia.
1951 Oct 25, Ransom Wilson,
flutist and conductor, was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
1951 Oct 25, In a general
election, England's Labour Party under Clement Atlee lost to
Conservatives. Winston Churchill became prime minister, and Anthony
Eden became foreign secretary. The Conservatives and Labour together
scooped 97% of the vote.
(Econ., 2/21/15, p.12)(Econ, 5/9/15, p.52)
1951 Oct 25, Peace talks aimed
at ending the Korean Conflict resumed in Panmunjom after 63 days.
1954 Oct 25, President
Eisenhower conducted the first televised Cabinet meeting.
1955 Oct 25, Tappan sold
its 1st home microwave oven for $1,295. It was in 1947 that the
first commercial microwave oven hit the market. Amana introduced the
Radarange, the first countertop, domestic oven in 1957. It was a
100-volt microwave oven, which cost just under $500 and was smaller,
safer and more reliable than previous models.
1955 Oct 25, Austria resumed
its sovereignty after the departure of last Allied occupation
forces, for 1st time since German occupation of 1938.
1957 Oct 25, The movie musical
"Pal Joey," starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak, was
1957 Oct 25, Mob boss Albert
Anastasia, the "Lord High Executioner" of "Murder Inc.," was shot to
death in a barber shop inside the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York.
1958 Oct 25, The last U.S.
troops left Beirut
1960 Oct 25, Martin Luther
King, Jr., was sentenced to four months in prison for a sit-in.
1960 Oct 25, The 1st electronic
wrist watch placed on sale in NYC.
1960 Oct 25, Cuba nationalized
all remaining US businesses.
1961 Oct 25, Peter Jensen (75),
co-inventor of the loud speaker, died.
1962 Oct 25, American author
John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
(WUD, 1994, p.1392)(AP, 10/25/97)
1962 Oct 25, U.S. ambassador
Adlai E. Stevenson presented photographic evidence of Soviet missile
bases in Cuba to the U.N. Security Council. Ambassador Adlai E.
Stevenson demanded USSR and Zorin answer regarding Cuban missile
bases saying "I am prepared to wait for my answer until hell freezes
(AP, 10/25/97)(MC, 10/25/01)
1963 Oct 25, Anti-Kennedy
"WANTED FOR TREASON" pamphlets scattered in Dallas.
1970 Oct 25, In Chile a US
CIA-backed kidnapping attempt was botched and left Gen. Rene
Schneider dead. Schneider had opposed a US plan for a military coup.
In 2001 his widow and 3 sons filed a suit against Henry Kissinger,
Richard Helms and several other former US bureaucrats.
1971 Oct 25, The TV show “The
Electric Company" premiered providing an advance for children raised
on Sesame Street.
1971 Oct 25, Midori Goto,
Japanese violinist, was born in Osaka.
1971 Oct 25, The UN General
Assembly voted to admit the People’s Republic of China and expel
Nationalist China (Taiwan).
1973 Oct 25, Pres. Nixon put
U.S. troops on high alert for just under a week to show the Soviet
Union that America would not allow it to send forces to aid Arab
states fighting Israel.
1974 Oct 25, The US Air Force
fired its 1st ICBM. The Space and Missile Systems Organization
(SAMSO) successfully launched a Minuteman I from a C-5A cargo
1975 Oct 25, Vladimir Herzog
(b.1937), Croatia-born Jewish journalist, was murdered by Brazil’s
1976 Oct 25, Gov. Wallace of
Alabama granted full pardon to Clarence Norris, the last known
survivor of 9 Scottsboro Boys who were convicted in a 1931 rape.
1976 Oct 25, Raymond Queneau
(b.1903), Parisian surrealist, died. His work included the prewar
novel "Les Enfants du Limon." In 1998 it was translated to English
as "Children of Clay."
(SFEC, 8/2/98, BR
1978 Oct 25, The Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978 became public law. It
prescribed procedures for requesting judicial authorization for
electronic surveillance and physical search of persons engaged in
espionage or international terrorism against the US on behalf of a
foreign power. The FISA court was created to approve or deny
government requests to listen to foreigners’ calls on the ground of
1979 Oct 25, In Michigan US
District Court Judge John Feikens, in Glover v. Johnson, ruled in
favor granting women prisoners a constitutional right to court
access and to parity in educational and vocational training. He
granted declaratory and injunctive relief to the plaintiffs,
holding: 1) that the educational and vocational programs offered to
women inmates were markedly poorer than those offered to male
inmates and this parity denied equal protection; 2) that the record
demonstrated the constitutional inadequacy of the assistance given
by the state to ensure the free exercise of the women inmates’ right
of access to the courts; and 3) that the state’s use of a county
jail as a temporary overflow facility was prohibited by the mandate
of the state legislature setting the minimum conditions of
(LSA, Fall, 2007,
1979 Oct 25, In Texas Johnny
Penry raped and stabbed to death Pamela Mosely Carpenter (22).
Penry, said to have an IQ of 51-63, was convicted of murder and
faced execution in 2000. The US Supreme Court blocked the Nov.
execution. The US Supreme Court overturned his death sentence in
2001 due to flawed instructions in his initial conviction.
1980 Oct 25, The US ratified
the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child
Abduction. Countries following Islamic law did not sign. The treaty
required countries to send abducted children back to the
jurisdiction where they have previously lived.
p.A14)(www.international-divorce.com/icara.htm)(Econ, 2/7/09, p.22)
1981 Oct 25, Ariel
Durant (83), US author, died. She was co-author and collaborator on
several of her husband’s (Will Durant: 1885-1981) works. They
received the Pulitzer Prize for the eleven volume series: “The Story
of Civilization" (1935-1975). Born Chaya, which means "life" (Ida in
English) Kaufman on May 10, 1898 in Proskurov (now Khmelnitski)
Russia to Jewish parents, she immigrated with her mother, three
sisters and older brother to the US, landing in New York in November
of 1901. She married Will in 1913 when she was 15 and he was 28, and
preceded him in death by a matter of days.
1983 Oct 25, Some 1,800 US
Marines and Rangers, assisted by 300 soldiers from six Caribbean
nations, invaded Grenada at the order of President Reagan, who said
the action was needed to protect US citizens there. Protection for
the American students at St. George’s Medical School was a pretext
for the invasion. 45 Grenadians were killed along with 29 Cubans and
19 Americans. This day later became celebrated as Grenada’s
(AP, 10/25/97)(SFC, 7/25/98, p.A10)(SFC, 8/3/98,
p.A8)(HN, 10/25/98)(SFC, 3/12/07, p.B4)
1984 Oct 25, The genetic
organization of the Hepatitis B virus was published.
1985 Oct 25, Morton Downey
(b.1901), popular singer and TV host for “Star of the Family"
1986 Oct 25, Michael Sergio
parachuted into Shea Stadium during game 6 of the World Series. In
December he was fined $500 and sentenced to 100 hours of community
service. In game 6 a slowly hit ball trickled through the legs of
Bill Buckner and cost the Red Sox the game. They lost game 7 and the
NY Mets won the series.
(WSJ, 7/23/98, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/yea27m)
1987 Oct 25, The Minnesota
Twins won their first World Series championship, beating the St.
Louis Cardinals 4-2 in game seven.
1987 Oct 25, In China Deng
Xiaoping stepped down from all but the top military post.
(SFC, 2/20/96, p.A4)
1988 Oct 25, ABC News reported
on potbellied pygmy porkers' popularity as pets.
1988 Oct 25, First lady Nancy
Reagan, addressing a U.N. committee, said the United States was
responsible for its own drug problem, and charged that every
American drug user was "an accomplice to every criminal act"
committed by drug barons.
1989 Oct 25, Novelist and
critic Mary McCarthy (b.1912) died in New York at age 77. Her work
included: “The Company She Keeps," "Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood,"
"The Group," and "Ideas and the Novel." In 2000 Frances Kiernan
authored the biography "Seeing Mary Plain."
(AP, 10/25/99)(WSJ, 3/17/00, p.W9)(SFEC, 4/30/00,
1989 Oct 25, Soviet leader
Mikhail S. Gorbachev began a three-day visit to Finland.
1990 Oct 25, Evander Holyfield
knocked out Buster Douglas in the third round of their fight in Las
Vegas to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
1990 Oct 25, Defense Secretary
Dick Cheney said the Pentagon was laying plans to send as many as
100-thousand more troops to Saudi Arabia.
1990 Oct 25, NY Daily News went
on strike. It lasted through March, 1991.
1991 Oct 25, Rock-and-roll
impresario Bill Graham was killed in a helicopter crash in Sonoma
County, Calif. Also killed were his girlfriend, Melissa Gold, and
pilot, Steve Kahn. A memorial concert in GG Park drew some 300,000
people with music by the Grateful Dead; Crosby, Stills, Nash and
Young; John Fogerty; Bobby McFerrin; and Robin Williams.
(SFC, 12/13/97, p.A15)(AP, 10/25/01)
1991 Oct 25, Israel named a
hard-line delegation to the Middle East peace conference.
1992 Oct 25, Independent
presidential candidate Ross Perot, explaining why he had abandoned
his White House bid in July, publicly accused the Republican Party
of plotting to disrupt his business operations and his daughter's
wedding. White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater called the charges
"loony" and "crazy."
1992 Oct 25, Singer-songwriter
Roger Miller (56) died in Los Angeles.
1993 Oct 25, Actor Vincent
Price died in Los Angeles at age 82.
1993 Oct 25, Canada's Liberal
Party ended nine years of rule by the Progressive Conservatives in
national elections; Liberal leader Jean Chretien became the 20th
Prime Minister, succeeding Kim Campbell.
(CFA, '96, p.81)(AP, 10/25/98)
1993 Oct 25, Francisco Velis,
El Salvador guerilla leader (FMLN), was murdered.
1994 Oct 25, President Clinton
began a five-day trip to the Mideast.
1994 Oct 25, Susan Smith
drowned her 2 sons when she let her car roll into John D. Long Lake
in South Carolina. Smith of Union, S.C., claimed that a black
carjacker had driven off with her two sons and later confessed to
drowning the children in John D. Long Lake. She was convicted of
murder. On Aug 31, 1996 three adults and 4 children drowned at the
same location when their car rolled into lake by accident.
(SFC, 9/2/96, p.D5)(AP, 10/25/99)
1994 Oct 25, Three defendants
were convicted in South Africa of murdering American exchange
student Amy Biehl.
1995 Oct 25, "Victor/Victoria,"
opened at Marquis Theater NYC for 738 performances.
1995 Oct 25, The Atlanta Braves
defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-to-2, taking a three-games-to-one
lead in the World Series.
1995 Oct 25, John J. Sweeney
was elected AFL-CIO president. He soon pledged to his 13 million
members “We will not be a rubber stamp of the Democrats."
(AP, 10/25/00)(Econ, 5/14/05, p.32)
1995 Oct 25, A commuter train
slammed into a school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois, killing
1995 Oct 25, Tennis hustler
Bobby Riggs died in Leucadia, California, at age 77.
1995 Oct 25, In Sri Lanka the
Tamil Tiger rebels struggled to halt an army offensive in their
(WSJ, 10/26/95, p.A-1)
1996 Oct 25, The opera
Florencia en el Amazonas premiered in Houston. It was composed by
Daniel Catan of Mexico with libretto by Marcela Fuentes-Berain.
(WSJ, 11/1/96, p.A11)
1996 Oct 25, Federal Judge
Richard Matsch granted Oklahoma City bombing defendants Timothy
McVeigh and Terry Nichols separate trials rather than let one man
drag the other down in the same trial.
1996 Oct 25, In Canada
protestors opposed to spending cuts in Toronto shut down the mass
transit system. Ontario Premier Mike Harris planned to cut the
provincial budget by 20% in order to wipe out the deficit by the
turn of the century.
(SFC, 10/26/96, p.A8)
1996 Oct 25, The UN announced
an emergency food airlift to eastern Zaire to help 300,000 Hutu
refugees fleeing violence.
(SFC, 10/26/96, p.A8)
1996 Oct 25, The US held back
$100 million in arms until Bosnia cuts its ties to Iran. M-60 tanks,
M-111 armored personnel carriers and 50,000 small arms, ammunition
and supplies were part of the deal.
(SFC, 10/28/96, p.A10)
1997 Oct 25, The Cleveland
Indians avoided elimination in the World Series by defeating the
Florida Marlins, 4-1, in game six.
1997 Oct 25, The Million Woman
March was in Philadelphia to revitalize black families and
communities drew an estimated 300,000 to one million people.
(SFC, 10/10/97, p.A3)(SFEC, 10/26/97, p.A1)(AP,
1997 Oct 25, A blizzard hit the
western Plains and dropped up to 3 feet of snow. Colorado Gov. Roy
Romer declared a state of emergency.
(SFEC, 10/26/97, p.A4)
1997 Oct 25, Congo’s Pres.
Kabila and the US ambassador to the UN announced an agreement for a
UN investigation into alleged massacres by Kabila’s army.
(SFEC, 10/26/97, p.A22)
1997 Oct 25, Israeli soldiers
fired tear gas and rubber bullets at stone-throwing Palestinians who
were marching for the release of Palestinian prisoners. Some 3,000
Palestinian political prisoners were being held by Israel and a
third have never been tried.
(SFEC, 10/26/97, p.A24)
1997 Oct 25, In Norway it was
reported that a new 8-mile tunnel outside of Oslo was draining water
from nearby lakes at the rate of 10,000 gallons a minute. The
sealing compound Rhoca-Gil was supposed to stop the leaks, but its
use in Sweden had already caused water to be contaminated with
acrylamide, an agent that causes nerve damage. In Sweden
construction of a controversial tunnel was halted when water
draining from the tunnel was found to be contaminated by the sealing
(SFC, 10/24/97, p.A11)
1997 Oct 25, In Northern
Ireland a small bomb exploded under the car seat of Glen Greer (28)
in Belfast and killed him as the car burst into flames. It was the
first political killing in three months.
(SFEC, 10/26/97, p.A20)
1997 Oct 25, In the Republic of
Congo Gen. Dennis Sassou-Nguesso was sworn in as president.
(SFEC, 10/26/97, p.A22)
1997 Oct 25, In Sri Lanka
government troops seized 965 ethnic Tamils for questioning over an
earlier truck bombing. Rebels in the northeast attacked a military
post that left 6 soldiers and three rebels dead.
(SFEC, 10/26/97, p.A21)
1998 Oct 25, US Congress passed
the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act.
1998 Oct 25, Thousands came to
Oklahoma City for the ground-breaking ceremony of a memorial to the
1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Vice President Al Gore
(SFC, 10/26/98, p.A3)(AP, 10/25/99)
1998 Oct 25, In Chechnya Shadid
Bargishev (27), the top anti-kidnapping official, was killed in a
remote-controlled car bombing. He was about as to begin a major
offensive on hostage takers.
(SFC, 10/26/98, p.A7)
1998 Oct 25, In Israel West
Bank settlers formally broke ties with Prime Minister Netanyahu over
the new peace accord. In Ramallah Wasim Tarifi (17) was killed
during a Fatah youth protest.
(SFC, 10/26/98, p.A1)
1998 Oct 25, NATO generals left
Belgrade with more assurances from Pres. Milosevic that enough
forces will be withdrawn by the 27th deadline to avoid air strikes.
(SFC, 10/26/98, p.A6)
1999 Oct 25, The 31st Booker
Prize in Literature was won by J.M. Coetzee of South Africa for his
novel "Disgrace." He became the 1st author to win the prize twice.
He won in 1983 for the novel "Live and Times of Michael K."
(SFC, 10/26/99, p.G2)
1999 Oct 25, Pres. Clinton
signed a $267.7 billion Pentagon spending bill.
(WSJ, 10/26/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 25, Republican
presidential candidate Pat Buchanan bolted the GOP to mount a bid
for the Reform Party nomination.
1999 Oct 25, Intel introduced
its code-named Coppermine chip as the new Pentium III with speeds up
to 500 megahertz. The internal circuitry was squeezed to .18 micron.
(SFC, 10/25/99, p.B1)
1999 Oct 25, It was reported
that the chiru, a goat from the high Tibetan plateau, was seriously
endangered and down to some 75,000. The animal's hide is used to
make expensive shahtoosh shawls.
(WSJ, 10/25/99, p.A1,15)
1999 Oct 25, Payne Stewart
(42), a professional golfer, was killed with 2 agents and 2 pilots
when their Lear Jet crashed near Mina, South Dakota. The plane had
flown for hours on autopilot before it crashed.
(SFC, 10/26/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/26/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 25, In Albania Prime
Minister Pandeli Majko planned to resign due to his loss to become
the Socialist Party leader earlier in the month.
(SFC, 10/26/99, p.B2)
1999 Oct 25, In Bosnia some
30,000 people streamed into Serajevo to protest for job protection
and an end to corruption.
(SFC, 10/26/99, p.B2)
1999 Oct 25, Iraq reported that
2 civilians were killed and 7 people wounded when US and British
jets attacked sites in the northern no-fly zone.
(SFC, 10/26/99, p.B2)
1999 Oct 25, Israel opened a
34-mile safe-passage corridor from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank
as Pres. Barak visited Turkey to boost military cooperation and
(SFC, 10/26/99, p.A10,B2)
1999 Oct 25, An Israeli soldier
shot and killed a Palestinian souvenir vendor, Mousa Abu Hilail,
near Rachel's tomb. Two days of rioting followed.
(SFC, 10/27/99, p.A13)
1999 Oct 25, In Kashmir Indian
troops killed 4 Pakistani soldiers with artillery and small arms in
the mountainous Uri sector.
(SFC, 10/27/99, p.C2)
1999 Oct 25, In Kyrgyzstan 4
Japanese geologists were freed after 2 months of captivity. A $2-5
million ransom was suspected.
(SFC, 10/27/99, p.A13)
1999 Oct 25, In Pakistan Gen.
Musharraf announced that he would head the formation of a 7-person
National Security Council to run the country until elections.
(SFC, 10/26/99, p.A12)
1999 Oct 25, In Tunisia Pres.
Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali won a 3rd term in office with over 99% of
the vote. It was the nation's first multiparty presidential vote.
(SFC, 10/26/99, p.B2)
1999 Oct 25, The UN Security
Council voted to send 8,950 peacekeepers, 1,640 police officers and
200 military observers to oversee the East Timor transition to
(SFC, 10/26/99, p.A10)
2000 Oct 25, Europe with
support from Canada and Japan announced a $280 million support
package for Colombian efforts to make peace with leftist rebels.
(SFC, 10/26/00, p.D8)
2000 Oct 25, In the Ivory Coast
a people’s revolt forced Gen. Robert Guei out of power. Laurent
Gbagbo (55) of the Ivorian Popular Front was introduced over state
TV as the new head of state.
(SFC, 10/26/00, p.A16)
2000 Oct 25, In Peru Pres.
Fujimori ordered the arrest of Vladimiro Montesinos.
(WSJ, 10/26/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 25, In the Philippines
3 Malaysian hostages held by rebels were rescued on Jolo Island.
(SFC, 10/25/00, p.A16)(SFC, 10/26/00, p.D8)
2000 Oct 25, Russian divers
began to recover bodies from the Kursk submarine, which sank Aug 12.
A note was found that indicated 23 men had survived the initial
accident but were unable to escape.
(SFC, 10/26/00, p.A16)(SFC, 10/27/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 25, A Russian plane
with at least 75 passengers and crew crashed while trying to land in
Georgia. All were feared dead.
(SFC, 10/26/00, p.D8)
2000 Oct 25, In Sierra Leone
the 1,800 man peacekeeping contingent from Jordan began to withdraw
and charged that rich nations were not doing their share.
(WSJ, 10/26/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 25, In Sri Lanka some
3000 Sinhala villagers in Bindunuwewa attacked a Tamil rebel child
rehabilitation center and killed 26 ex-fighters (14-25). They were
angered when the child soldiers took hostage a Sinhalese officer.
(SFC, 10/26/00, p.D8)(Econ, 7/18/09, p.40)
2000 Oct 25, In Zimbabwe the
opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) presented articles
of impeachment against Pres. Mugabe.
(SFC, 10/26/00, p.A16)
2001 Oct 25, A day after the
House signed on, the Senate sent President Bush a package of
anti-terror measures giving police sweeping new powers to search
people's homes and business records secretly and to eavesdrop on
telephone and computer conversations.
2001 Oct 25, A State Dept. mail
worker in Virginia was diagnosed with the inhalational form of
(SFC, 10/26/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 25, American warplanes
dropped cluster bombs for the 1st time on Taliban front lines.
(SFC, 10/26/01, p.A18)
2001 Oct 25, Operation Green
Quest was the name given to a Treasury Dept. led task force headed
by the Customs Service to crack down on financial sponsors of
(WSJ, 10/26/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 25, The Ford Motor Co.
reached a settlement that would cost as much as $2.7 billion to
replace a $4 ignition device prone to cause stalling.
(SFC, 10/26/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 25, Microsoft
introduced its new Windows XP operating system.
(SFC, 10/26/01, p.B1)
2001 Oct 25, Israel withdrew
from Beit Rama and pledged phased withdrawals if demands for a total
cease-fire were met. Three Palestinians were killed in Bethlehem.
(SFC, 10/26/01, p.D2)
2002 Oct 25, In Minnesota a
small plane crash killed Sen. Paul Wellstone (58), his wife,
daughter and 5 others. His re-election race was seen as critical to
the balance of power in the Senate, where the Democrats held a
2002 Oct 25, Peggy Moran (84),
film actress, died. She made over 30 horror films in the 1930s and
(SFC, 11/2/02, p.A22)
2002 Oct 25, In Utah 2 F-16
fighter jets collided during training and 1 pilot survived. The 2nd
pilot's body was found Oct 26.
(SFC, 10/26/02, p.A5)(SSFC, 10/27/02, p.A20)
2002 Oct 25, Richard Harris
(72), Irish film actor, died in London. His work included
appearances in over 80 films.
(SFC, 10/26/02, p.A2)(AP, 10/25/07)
2002 Oct 25, Australia's prime
minister promised to give the world's 50 poorest countries better
access to his nation's markets and called on other rich nations to
do the same.
2002 Oct 25, In Brazil unknown
gunmen shot and killed eight people in the state of Sao Paulo in two
killings. In the first six months of 2002, the state's Public
Security Bureau registered 6,159 homicides.
2002 Oct 25, Koki Ishii (61), a
Japanese opposition lawmaker known for his aggressive probing into
ruling party corruption scandals, was stabbed to death in what could
be the nation's first political assassination in more than four
decades. The Democratic Party politician was attacked in front of
his home in central Tokyo by an unidentified man in his 50s who ran
2002 Oct 25, In Kenya Pres.
Daniel arap Moi announced the end of his 24-year rule, dissolved
parliament and kicked off the campaign for a new elections.
(SFC, 10/26/02, p.A6)
2002 Oct 25, Hurricane Kenna
hit Mexico's Pacific coast and over 150 people were injured in the
states of Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa. 3 people were later reported
killed. Damages were estimated in tens of millions.
(SFC, 10/26/02, p.A7)(SSFC, 10/27/02, p.A20)
2002 Oct 25, Russia pledged not
to kill Chechen guerrillas holding some 600 hostages in a Moscow
theater if they freed all their captives. Chechens released eight
children and then set a dawn Saturday deadline to begin killing the
rest of their captives if Russia does not agree to pull its army out
2002 Oct 25, In Spain Jose
Antonio Rodriguez Vega (44), a serial killer sentenced to 440 years
in jail for raping and strangling 16 elderly widows, was murdered in
prison. Two prisoners with makeshift knives attacked Vega in the
courtyard of Topas jail in western Salamanca province.
2003 Oct 25, The Florida
Marlins beat the NY Yankees 2-0 at Yankee Stadium and won Baseball's
World Series in 6 games.
(SSFC, 10/26/03, p.B1)
2003 Oct 25, Trainer Richard
Mandella won a record four races at the Breeders' Cup in Santa
2003 Oct 25, Florida State's
Bobby Bowden became the winningest coach in major college football
history with his 339th victory as the Seminoles beat Wake Forest
2003 Oct 25, To chants of
"Impeach Bush," thousands of anti-war protesters rallied in the
nation's capital and delivered a scathing critique of President Bush
and his Iraq policy.
2003 Oct 25, A US-led coalition
troops and Afghan militia killed 18 rebel fighters in a six-hour
firefight in eastern Afghanistan.
2003 Oct 25, The USS Hartford,
a fast attack submarine, went aground off La Maddalena, a tiny
island off Sardinia's north coast that hosts a Naval support
facility. 2 officers were later relieved of their commands over the
2003 Oct 25, In Afghanistan CIA
operatives William Carlson, 43, of Southern Pines, N.C., and
Christopher Glenn Mueller, 32, of San Diego were ambushed and killed
near the village in Shkin in Paktika province while "tracking
2003 Oct 25, In northwestern
China powerful twin tremors, minutes apart, killed nine people and
leveled houses in Gansu province.
2003 Oct 25, In Colombia voting
began on a referendum proposed by Pres. Uribe that aimed to cut
government spending, reduce the size of Congress and fight political
corruption. Guerrillas attacked an army base, ambushed police and
launched other attacks, killing 13 people. The referendum was seen
as a test of President Alvaro Uribe's support.
2003 Oct 25, An Italian court
has ordered a crucifix removed from a classroom, where a law still
requires public schools to display a cross.
2003 Oct 25, Thousands of
Jamaicans rioted near Montego Bay's airport, burning buses and
blocking roads to protest the killings of two elderly men by police
in an alleged shootout.
(AP, 10/26/03)(Econ, 11/1/03, p.35)
2003 Oct 25, In Amman, Jordan,
Faisal al-Fayez (51) was sworn in as the new PM along with 20
2003 Oct 25, Secret police
arrested YUKOS oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russia's richest
man, from his jet in Siberia and hauled him before a Moscow court
where he was charged with massive fraud and tax evasion.
2003 Oct 25, In southern Russia
emergency workers rescued 33 cold and exhausted miners from the
flooded Zapadnaya coal mine in Novoshakhtinsk, where they had been
trapped for nearly two days. The location of 13 men remained
(AP, 10/25/03)(SSFC, 10/26/03, p.A7)
2004 Oct 25, The Georgia
Supreme Court unanimously threw out the state's hate crimes law,
calling it overbroad and "unconstitutionally vague."
2004 Oct 25, Hamid Karzai was
assured of a majority in Afghanistan's election to become its first
democratically chosen president. A close to final tally soon gave
Karzai 55.4% of the vote.
(AP, 10/25/04)(SFC, 10/28/04, p.A12)
2004 Oct 25, Suspected Islamic
militants decapitated three soldiers in Algeria in an upsurge of
violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
2004 Oct 25, Alberta’s Premier
Ralph Klein called for a provincial election on Nov 22. His
Conservative government held 73 of 83 legislature seats. Oil income
stood to make it Canada’s 1st debt-free province.
(Econ, 10/30/04, p.46)
2004 Oct 25, China’s state
press reported that the population will grow to nearly 1.5 billion
over the next 20 to 30 years.
2004 Oct 25, Cuba said that
dollars will no longer be accepted at island businesses and stores
in a dramatic change in how commercial transactions have been done
here in more than a decade.
2004 Oct 25, Egyptian
authorities said a Palestinian refugee plotted the coordinated
bombings targeting Israeli tourists at resorts in the Sinai and
accidentally killed himself while carrying out the deadliest blast.
Egypt announced it had arrested five of the nine men who bombed Red
Sea resorts almost three weeks ago, saying the attackers used stolen
cars packed with old war-time explosives and a washing-machine
2004 Oct 25, Hundreds of angry
French farmers mounted blockades around the country to hold up fuel
shipments in protest at soaring diesel and gasoline prices and to
press their demands for government aid.
2004 Oct 25, The UN nuclear
agency warned that insurgents in Iraq may have obtained nearly 400
tons of missing explosives that can be used in the kind of car bomb
attacks that have targeted U.S.-led coalition forces for months.
2004 Oct 25, In Iraq bombs hit
4 coalition and Iraqi convoys killing at least 12 including an
American and Estonian. Saboteurs blew up a pipeline feeding Iraq’s
(WSJ, 10/26/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 25, Israeli troops
killed 14 Palestinians in a Gaza raid.
(WSJ, 10/26/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 25, The Norwegian
Shipowners Association threatened to lock out more oil and gas rig
workers, a move analysts said could result in a near shutdown of the
third-largest petroleum exporter's production and drive world oil
prices even higher.
2004 Oct 25, Typhoon Nock-ten
hit Taiwan and at least 3 people were killed.
(WSJ, 10/26/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 25, In southern
Thailand 78 people were suffocated or crushed to death after being
arrested and packed into police trucks following a riot over the
detentions of Muslims suspected of giving weapons to Islamic
separatists. Over 1,300 people were packed in 6-wheeled trucks and
taken on a 5-hour journey to barracks in Pattani province.
(SFC, 10/27/04, p.A7)(AP, 10/25/05)(Econ,
2005 Oct 25, In the World
Series, the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros began playing
Game 3, which turned into a 14-inning marathon that did not end
until well after midnight with Chicago winning 7-5.
2005 Oct 25, The US State Dept.
said all US passports will be implanted with computer chips starting
in Oct 2006.
(SFC, 10/26/05, p.C2)
2005 Oct 25, The US deported
Mohammed Abouhalima (41) to Egypt. He had just finished serving an
8-year prison term after being convicted of helping his brother,
Mahmoud, flee New York following the Feb. 26, 1993 attack that
killed six people and wounded more than 1,000.
2005 Oct 25, Antar Bey (23),
son and designated heir of Black Muslim leader Yusuf Bey (d.2003),
was shot and killed in Oakland, Ca., in what appeared to be either a
car-jacking attempt or an assassination. On Nov. 8 police arrested
Alfonza Phillips (20) and charged him with murder in the failed
car-jacking. In 2007 Phillips was convicted of first degree murder
and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
(SFC, 10/27/05, p.B1)(SFC, 11/10/05, p.B4)(SFC,
11/20/07, p.D1)(SFC, 12/15/07, p.B3)
2005 Oct 25, In Afghanistan
militants opened fire on a police vehicle near Kabul, killing two
senior police officers who were teachers at a police academy.
2005 Oct 25, American and
British warplanes pounded a southern Afghan mountain, killing
suspected Taliban rebels. A provincial governor said at least 6
rebels were killed and 4 wounded.
2005 Oct 25-2005 Oct 26, Over
130 whales died in a mass stranding on a remote beach in Australia’s
southern island state of Tasmania.
2005 Oct 25, Azerbaijan's
President Ilham Aliyev ordered steps to ensure a November 6
parliamentary vote is fair after Washington voiced concern over a
police crackdown in the oil-producing ex-Soviet state.
2005 Oct 25, Chhouk Rin, former
Khmer Rouge field commander, was caught in northwestern Cambodia. In
1994 he was convicted in absentia for the murder of 3 Western
2005 Oct 25, A Canadian court
approved a $4.2 billion takeover of PetroKazakhstan by China's
largest oil company, China National Petroleum Corp., clearing the
final potential obstacle to China's biggest foreign acquisition yet.
2005 Oct 25, Carlyle, a
private-equity firm, paid $375 million for an 85% stake in Xugong,
China’s leading maker of construction machinery and became the 1st
foreign buyout group to gain control of a big Chinese company.
(Econ, 11/5/05, p.71)
2005 Oct 25, In southwest China
a stampede on a stairwell at an elementary school in Tongjiang
killed seven children and injured 37.
2005 Oct 25, A UN official said
a bird flu outbreak sickened 2,100 geese in eastern China and killed
about a quarter of them, the country's second outbreak reported in a
2005 Oct 25, President Alvaro
Uribe accepted the resignation of Colombia's secret police chief and
fired the agency's No. 2 amid reports of bitter infighting between
2005 Oct 25, A rain-swollen
river flooded Puerto Plata in the northern Dominican Republic,
washing away houses and killing six people, including two children.
2005 Oct 25, The EU's highest
court finally settled the fate of feta cheese, decreeing it a
traditional Greek product deserving protection throughout the
25-nation bloc in a ruling that went against other European
2005 Oct 25, Election officials
said Iraq's constitution was adopted by a majority in a fair vote
during the Oct. 15 referendum, as Sunni Arab opponents failed to
muster enough support to defeat it.
2005 Oct 25, In southern Iraq
an American soldier was killed in a vehicle accident near Camp
Bucca. The death raised to at least 2,001 the number of members of
the US military who have died since the beginning of the in March
2003, according to an Associated Press count.
2005 Oct 25, Al Qaeda's wing in
Iraq said it had abducted two Moroccan embassy employees who had
gone missing on their way from Jordan to Baghdad, according to a
statement on a Web site.
2005 Oct 25, Police in riot
gear charged demonstrators in the streets near Italian PM Silvio
Berlusconi's office as students protested university reforms
sponsored by his conservative government.
2005 Oct 25, Pakistan’s Supreme
Court banned making, selling and flying kites due to deaths from
kite-flying rivalries during an annual kite flying festival. The ban
was extended in December until at least the next meeting of the
court on Jan. 26.
(SSFC, 12/11/05, p.A2)
2005 Oct 25, A panel of experts
highlighted the darker side of South Africa's booming wildlife
industry and recommended a total ban on "canned hunting" — the
release of captive-bred animals to be killed for sport with no
chance of escaping their human predators.
2005 Oct 25, The UN said
Sudanese refugees released 15 aid workers they had detained on Oct
23 in a crowded camp in the violent western Darfur region. Five
Sudanese nongovernment organization employees were still being held.
2005 Oct 25, A Venezuela
military court sentenced 3 former Venezuelan military officers and
27 Colombians to prison terms ranging from two to nine years for an
alleged plot in May 2004 to kill President Hugo Chavez.
2006 Oct 25, President Bush
conceded that the US is taking heavy casualties in Iraq and said, "I
know many Americans are not satisfied with the situation" there.
Bush said he would not put unbearable pressure on Iraq's leaders to
end the bloodshed.
2006 Oct 25, A US federal judge
ruled that Indiana’s do-not-call list applies to political
telemarketers in a House race.
(WSJ, 10/26/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 25, The US FDA
approved Tyzeka, generically known as telbivudine, to help treat
adults with chronic hepatitis B. It was developed by Idenix and
(SFC, 10/26/06, p.A9)
2006 Oct 25, New Jersey’s
Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples deserve the same
privileges as heterosexuals, but left it up to lawmakers to define
(SFC, 10/26/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 25, In Richmond, Ca.,
federal and local officers arrested 15 people on drug charges.
(SFC, 10/26/06, p.B3)
2006 Oct 25, Florida executed
Danny Rolling (52), an infamous serial killer. He was executed for
butchering five college students in Gainesville in 1990.
2006 Oct 25, Texas executed
Gregory Summers (48), a man convicted in the stabbing deaths of his
parents and an uncle. He paid a hit man to kill his parents in 1990
in an attempt to collect their life insurance and an inheritance.
2006 Oct 25, Argentine
prosecutors asked a federal judge to order the arrest of former
Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani and seven others for the 1994
bombing of a Jewish cultural center that killed scores of people.
2006 Oct 25, Azerbaijan’s
broadcasting chief said government authorities will bar Azerbaijan
broadcasters from airing programs of the Voice of America, the BBC
and Radio Liberty starting next year.
2006 Oct 25, A rights group
said Burundi's spy agency has executed 38 people and arbitrarily
detained 200 others since the Central African nation's new
government came to power. New York-based Human Rights Watch accused
President Pierre Nkurunziza’s year-old government of failing to
prosecute those accused of extra-judicial killings.
2006 Oct 25, In Finland the US
and the EU ended a 2-day meeting on cleaner energy. They agreed on
tighter cooperation on renewable energy and other environmental
policies despite splits over the UN’s Kyoto Protocol on global
(WSJ, 10/26/06, p.A6)
2006 Oct 25, French President
Jacques Chirac and a delegation of French executives traveled to
China in hopes of expanding trade with one of the world's largest
2006 Oct 25, In India a crowded
bus veered off a steep mountain road and plunged into the Teesta
River, killing at least 25 people in the northeastern state of
2006 Oct 25, A semiofficial
news agency reported that Iran has expanded its controversial
nuclear work by starting a second cascade of centrifuges to enrich
2006 Oct 25, Iraqi and US
forces raided Sadr City, the stronghold of the feared Shiite militia
led by radical anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, but PM Nouri
al-Maliki disavowed the operation, saying he had not been consulted
and insisting "that it will not be repeated." Four people were
killed and 18 wounded in overnight fighting in the overwhelmingly
Shiite eastern district. 6 people killed when a roadside bomb
destroyed their vehicle in Balad Ruz.
2006 Oct 25, Robert Rosenberg
(54), Boston-born Israeli writer, died of cancer in Tel Aviv, the
Israeli daily Haaretz reported on its Web site. Rosenberg was a
senior staff editor at the paper. Rosenberg was author of the 1991
New York Times notable thriller, "Crimes of the City," which was
followed by 3 more books featuring the same protagonist, detective
Avram Cohen. Rosenberg founded the Ariga.com Web site in 1995 as a
source for information on Middle East peace efforts.
2006 Oct 25, In Nigeria angry
villagers seized three Shell oil platforms in the volatile Niger
Delta, forcing production to be shut down at each.
2006 Oct 25, The Philippine
Supreme Court vetoed a move to change the presidential system to a
unicameral parliamentary government, dealing a blow to President
Gloria Arroyo's economic agenda.
2006 Oct 25, Turkmenistan's
President Saparmurat Niyazov announced that his energy-rich nation
would provide citizens with natural gas and power free of charge
2007 Oct 25, President Bush
visited Southern California, telling residents weary from five days
of wildfires: "We're not going to forget you in Washington, D.C."
2007 Oct 25, The Bush
administration announced sweeping new sanctions against Iran, the
harshest since the takeover of the US Embassy in 1979, charging anew
that Tehran supports terrorism in the Middle East, exports missiles
and is engaging in a nuclear build up.
2007 Oct 25,
The US government issued a flurry of product-safety recalls
affecting hundreds of thousands of Chinese-made children's toys and
jewelry amid fresh concerns about lead paint.
2007 Oct 25,
Insurgents ambushed NATO-led forces in eastern Afghanistan,
leaving two alliance troops dead and three others wounded in Kunar
province. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta was serving as a rifle
team leader with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment
when an insurgent ambush split his squad into two groups in the
Korengal Valley. Giunta exposed himself to enemy fire to pull a
fellow soldier back to cover and engaged the enemy again when he saw
two insurgents carrying away a wounded soldier, Sgt. Joshua C.
Brennan (22) of McFarland, Wis. Giunta killed one insurgent and
wounded the other before tending to Brennan, who died the next day.
In 2010 Giunta became the 8th US service member to receive the Medal
of Honor during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The seven
previous medals were awarded posthumously.
(AP, 10/26/07)(AP, 9/11/10)
2007 Oct 25, An Airbus 380, the
world's largest jetliner, made aviation history, completing its
first commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney with 455
passengers, some of them ensconced in luxury suites and double beds.
2007 Oct 25, The Canadian
dollar shot to a 33-year high against a broadly weaker US dollar, as
oil and gold prices firmed, giving the commodities-based currency a
2007 Oct 25, In Chad 9 French
citizens were arrested after a group tried to fly 103 African
children to France, saying it wanted to save them from the crisis in
neighboring Darfur. On Oct 29 six French nationals were charged with
kidnapping and a judge in the eastern city of Abeche also agreed to
allow prosecution charges of complicity against three French
(AP, 10/26/07)(AP, 10/30/07)
2007 Oct 25, The Industrial and
Commercial Bank of China announced that it was buying 20% of
Standard Bank in South Africa for $5.6 billion.
(Econ, 11/3/07, p.80)
2007 Oct 25, Rebels in eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo set new conditions for disarming,
stalling the surrender of hundreds of fighters who have begun
massing near a designated UN camp.
2007 Oct 25, Amnesty
International said human rights violations in the Russian region of
Ingushetia have increased with a surge in abductions and beatings.
2007 Oct 25, Ahmed al-Janabi
(45), a Sunni schoolteacher, was seized from his car in Baghdad,
then shot to death by suspected Shiite militia fighters.
2007 Oct 25,
Irish PM Bertie Ahern gave himself a hefty pay increase,
putting his salary higher than both President Bush and British Prime
Minister Gordon Brown.
2007 Oct 25, Suu Kyi, detained
since May 2003, met with a newly appointed Myanmar government
official as part of a UN-brokered attempt to nudge her and the
military junta toward reconciliation. At least 70 people detained by
the military government following protests in Myanmar, including 50
members of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party, were
2007 Oct 25,
Niger's Tuareg-led rebels allegedly killed at least 12
soldiers and destroyed two army vehicles in the desert north of the
central African country, but the military denied this.
2007 Oct 25, In southwest
Nigeria 17 people were killed when a passenger bus collided with an
oncoming truck on a road.
2007 Oct 25, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide car bomber hit a truck carrying Frontier
Constabulary paramilitary troops through a crowded area of Mingora,
killing 19 soldiers and a civilian, and wounding 35 people.
2007 Oct 25,
In the Philippines Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo pardoned
Joseph Estrada (70), the ousted former president and action hero. He
was convicted last month on graft charges and given a life sentence.
He had been under house arrest since 2001.
2007 Oct 25,
In northern Syria authorities hanged five men for murders they
committed during attempted robberies.
2007 Oct 25, A senior security
official said Yemen has set free Jamal al-Badawi, one of the
al-Qaida masterminds of the USS Cole bombing in 2000 that killed 17
American sailors. Al-Badawi was granted his freedom after turning
himself in 15 days ago and pledging loyalty to Yemeni President Ali
2007 Oct 25,
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe launched an intelligence
academy named after him, saying it would produce officers able to
counter growing threats from Western powers.
2008 Oct 25, The United States
announced a pledge of an additional $320 million to the global fight
against bird flu at a conference in Egypt. The US also warned
against complacency in combating the virus, which could mutate and
cause a deadly pandemic.
2008 Oct 25, Anne Pressly (26),
an Arkansas KATV anchorwoman, died in Little Rock several days after
she didn't answer her wake-up call and was found brutally beaten in
her home. On Nov 26 officers arrested suspect Curtis Lavelle Vance
(28) at a home in Little Rock. Vance was convicted of murder on Nov
(AP, 10/26/08)(AP, 11/27/08)(SFC, 11/12/09, p.A6)
2008 Oct 25, Martin A.
Pomerantz (91), astrophysicist, died. In 1979 he built a telescope
at the South Pole and propelled the new field of helio-seismology.
In 1995 the National Science Foundation dedicated the Martin A.
Pomerantz Observatory in Antarctica.
(SSFC, 11/2/08, p.B3)(WSJ, 11/15/08, p.A4)
2008 Oct 25, An Afghan guard
killed a Briton and a South African, 2 top officials working for
international courier company DHL, and them himself in a shoot out
in Kabul. A senior police official said an argument had erupted
between the foreigners and some Afghans and it was not a Taliban
(AP, 10/26/08)(SSFC, 10/26/08, p.A20)
2008 Oct 25, In China the 2-day
ASEM economic summit closed. 43 Asian and European leaders pledged
around $4 trillion to support banks and restart money markets to try
to stem the global crisis. This was ASEM’s 7th biennial gathering
(Reuters, 10/25/08)(Econ, 11/1/08, p.49)
2008 Oct 25, In Georgia an
explosion killed Gia Mebonia, mayor of the small town of Mujhava,
while he was inspecting a house damaged by overnight shelling near
the separatist region of Abkhazia. A villager was also killed and a
local police officer was seriously injured.
2008 Oct 25, Police in India
arrested more than 1,000 students in eastern Bihar state after their
protests over the release on bail of a firebrand politician turned
2008 Oct 25, About 300 Shiites
rallied in the southern city of Basra against a security pact being
negotiated that allows US troops to stay in Iraq for three more
years. In Baghdad, bombs killed an Iraqi army brigadier general and
2008 Oct 25, In Mexico soldiers
and federal police arrested Eduardo Arellano Felix (52), a reputed
leader of the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix cartel, after a shootout
in the border city across from San Diego.
2008 Oct 25, Pirates stormed
and ransacked a French vessel in Nigeria's restive oil-rich south
but there were no casualties.
2008 Oct 25, Nearly 600 newly
trained Palestinian troops took up positions in Hebron. In the Gaza
Strip, three Palestinians were killed when a smuggling tunnel
linking Gaza to Egypt collapsed. In the West Bank, a 23-year-old
Palestinian was seriously wounded by Israeli army fire during a
clash in the refugee camp of Fara.
2008 Oct 25, Pakistan's army
captured Loi Sam a key militant stronghold in the Bajur region near
the Afghan border, a breakthrough in a bloody push against the
Taliban and al-Qaida. The offensive launched in early August has
claimed the lives of some 1,500 suspected militant, 73 soldiers and
(AP, 10/25/08)(SSFC, 10/26/08, p.A20)
2008 Oct 25, In the Philippines
communist guerrillas, disguised as anti-narcotics agents, barged
into a poorly guarded prison in Quezon province southeast of Manila
and freed seven of their comrades in a daring 15-minute attack
staged without firing a shot.
2008 Oct 25, Muslim Magomayev
(66), an Azeri-born Soviet-era opera and pop singer, died in Moscow.
His fame was at its peak in the 1960s and 70s.
2008 Oct 25, A gunman shot dead
a Somali woman employee in the latest of a string of attacks on the
humanitarian community. Duniya Sheik Daud was the 15th aid worker
killed so far this year in Somalia.
2008 Oct 25, Tens of thousands
of opposition supporters marched through Taiwan's capital to protest
an upcoming visit by a senior Chinese envoy, saying the trip was
part of Chinese efforts to assert control over the self-ruled
2009 Oct 25, The New York
Yankees, baseball's biggest spenders, finally cashed in with their
first pennant in six years, beating the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 in
Game 6 of the AL championship series behind the savvy pitching of
2009 Oct 25, In California a
fire broke out in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Morgan Hill and
Sant Cruz. The Loma Fire covered 485 acres and was only 20%
contained. The Loma Fire was fully contained on Oct 27.
(SFC, 10/26/09, p.A1)(SFC, 10/28/09, p.A9)
2009 Oct 25, Lawrence Halprin
(b.1916), SF Bay Area landscape architect, died. His work included
the design of San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square in 1968 and the FDR
Memorial in Washington DC, completed in 1997.
(SFC, 10/27/09, p.A1)
2009 Oct 25, In Florida Jeffry
Picower (67) was found by his wife at the bottom of a pool at the
couple's sprawling oceanside Palm Beach mansion. He had suffered a
heart attack and died a short time later at a nearby hospital. He
was accused of making more than $7 billion off the investment
schemes of jailed financial manager Bernard Madoff.
(AP, 10/26/09)(SFC, 10/27/09, p.A4)
2009 Oct 25, Seymour Fromer
(87), founder of the Berkeley-based Judah Magnes Museum, died.
Fromer learned of Judah Magnes (1877-1948), the first ordained rabbi
in California, in an 1894 Oakland high school yearbook.
2009 Oct 25, Henry P. Becton,
Sr. (b.1914), former Chairman of the Board for Becton Dickinson
Corp., died at his home in Maine. He was the son of BD co-founder
Maxwell W. Becton and saw BD grow from 600 associates and sales of
$2.5 million to 29,000 associates and over $7 billion in annual
(Echo, 12/09, p.1)
2009 Oct 25, In Afghanistan 2
American service members died, one in a bomb attack in the east, and
another wounds sustained in an insurgent attack in the same region.
2009 Oct 25, In Honduras the
body of Enzo Micheletti, the nephew of interim Honduran President
Roberto Micheletti, was found in Choloma. He had been shot to death
execution-style. The body of another, unidentified man was found
nearby. Gunmen killed army Col. Concepcion Jimenez outside his home
in Tegucigalpa. Honduras was noted for the highest homicide rate in
Central America, much of it related to drugs.
2009 Oct 25, In Iran UN IAEA
inspectors got their first look inside the Fordo uranium enrichment
site 20 miles north of Qom, a once-secret uranium enrichment
facility that has raised Western suspicions about the extent of
Iran's nuclear program.
2009 Oct 25, In Iraq 2 suicide
car bombs exploded in downtown Baghdad, killing 155 people. The car
bombs targeted the Justice Ministry and the Baghdad provincial
administration. The explosions also injured some 500 people who were
taken to six area hospitals. 11 army officers and 50 security
officials were soon taken into custody over the bombings. Three
jailed suspects in the bombings later said they filmed the targeted
buildings before the attack and escorted the car bombs in a convoy
(AP, 10/25/09)(AP, 10/26/09)(AP, 10/30/09)(AP,
2009 Oct 25, Israeli forces
stormed Jerusalem's holiest shrine, firing stun grenades to disperse
hundreds of stone-throwing Palestinian protesters in a fresh
eruption of violence at the most volatile spot in the country.
2009 Oct 25, In Italy 4
policemen were questioned for allegedly attempting to blackmail
opposition leader Piero Marrazzo (51). The case centered on
widespread media reports that a video shows the center-left
politician in the company of a transsexual in a Rome apartment.
2009 Oct 25, Energy giant BP
signed a deal with Jordan to explore for natural gas reserves in the
Risheh field near the border with Iraq in an investment that could
reach billions of dollars.
2009 Oct 25, Oil-rich Nigeria's
main militant group (MEND) called an indefinite cease-fire to
encourage dialogue with the government.
2009 Oct 25, In northeastern
Pakistan a suicide bomber killed a police officer on a highway near
Jhelum city, about 60 miles south of Islamabad. The man taken into
custody told police they had planned to detonate the bomb in Lahore.
A minister for education was fatally attacked by gunmen in Quetta,
the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province. A nationalist
group, the Baluchistan United Liberation Front, claimed
responsibility. Taliban militants attacked a security post in Hangu
district northwest of South Waziristan, killing one soldier.
(AP, 10/25/09)(AP, 10/26/09)
2009 Oct 25, In southern Russia
Maksharip Aushev a prominent opposition activist in Ingushetia was
shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in at least the third such
killing in the North Caucasus region in just over three months.
Aushev died when several assailants sprayed his vehicle with
automatic gunfire from a passing car. A woman traveling with him was
badly wounded in the attack on a road in the neighboring province of
2009 Oct 25, In Somalia
Islamist militants in the port town of Merca shot to death two men
accused by fighters of spying for the weak government.
2009 Oct 25, In Thailand Asian
leaders heard competing plans from Australia and Japan for a massive
EU-style community covering half the world's population as they
wrapped up their annual East Asian summit. Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva
said leaders of 16 Asian countries gave high priority to finding a
new economic growth model to free half the world's population from
merely serving as producers for the West.
2009 Oct 25, Tunisians cast
ballots for president and parliament in elections expected to hand
another landslide victory to incumbent leader Zine El Abidine Ben
Ali (73), who warned opponents they would face legal retaliation if
they questioned the elections' fairness. Pres. Zine El Abidine Ben
Ali was re-elected for a fifth 5-year term with an overwhelming 89%
of the vote, his weakest performance yet but more than enough to
show his solid grip on the nation.
(AP, 10/25/09)(AP, 10/26/09)(Econ, 10/31/09,
2009 Oct 25, Uruguay held
presidential elections. Voters faced a stark choice between: Jose
"Pepe" Mujica (74), an ex-rebel who yearns to create enduring
socialism or Luis Alberto Lacalle (69), a former center-right
president (1990-1995) who privatized government services and wants
to pull away from alliances with Latin American leftists. Mujica,
the candidate of the governing leftist Broad Front coalition, got
47.5% of the votes, just below the majority needed to win outright.
Conservative ex-president Luis Alberto LaCalle got 28.5%, and Pedro
Bordaberry of the Colorado Party 17%.
(AP, 10/25/09)(AP, 10/26/09)(Econ, 10/24/09,
2009 Oct 25, Pope Benedict XVI
ended a three-week Vatican meeting on Africa with a call for peace
and reconciliation among all people on the continent, regardless of
ethnic and religious differences.
2010 Oct 25, In Wyoming a
single-engine plane disappeared after takeoff from the Jackson
airport. The plane’s wreckage was found Nov 1. Luke Bucklin (40) of
Minneapolis and his 3 sons were killed. Bucklin was co-founder of
Sierra Bravo Corp., a web development company.
(SFC, 11/1/10, p.A6)(SFC, 11/3/10, p.A5)
2010 Oct 25, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said that once or twice a year Iran gives his office
$700,000 to $975,000 for official presidential expenses, and that
Washington also provides "bags of money" because his office lacks
funds. Gunmen seized a Dutch aid worker and his Afghan driver in
Takhar province. The NATO-led International Security and Assistance
Force (ISAF) said at least 15 insurgents were killed in a NATO raid
and air strike targeting a Taliban commander overnight in southern
Afghanistan. In Logar province a senior Taliban leader, who is
believed to have played a role in the kidnapping and subsequent
murder of two US sailors in July, was captured along with two of his
associates. An air strike killed Qari Mahmad Umar, a senior leader
of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, who was serving as a Taliban
chief in the northern Takhar province where violence is on the rise.
(AP, 10/25/10)(Reuters, 10/25/10)(AP, 10/26/10)
2010 Oct 25, The Australian and
Singapore stock exchanges announced an 8.3 billion dollar merger
that would create one of the world's largest and most diversified
financial trading hubs.
(AFP, 10/25/10)(Econ, 10/30/10,
2010 Oct 25, Bolivian President
Evo Morales was in Tehran on a 3-day visit aimed at securing Iranian
investment in the South American country.
2010 Oct 25, Toronto voters
elected conservative Rob Ford as mayor of Canada's biggest city,
tilting away from their recent liberal leanings and opting for his
platform of small government, fewer taxes and big spending cuts.
2010 Oct 25, Omar Khadr, a
Canadian prisoner at Guantanamo accused of killing an American
soldier, pleaded to five charges including murder in a plea
agreement with military authorities. Khadr had been facing a
possible life sentence if convicted at a trial that was scheduled to
start today. He was 15 at the time of his capture.
2010 Oct 25, In Egypt a planned
website, Harrasmap, will allow women to quickly report instances of
harassment via text message or Twitter, to be loaded onto a digital
map of Cairo to show hotspots and areas that might be dangerous for
women to walk alone. The data will be shared with activists, media,
and police. Cairo's online map will run off a platform called
Ushahidi, an open-source software first developed to report violence
in Kenya after 2008 elections there. Since then test models of it
have run in South Africa, Gaza and India.
2010 Oct 25, President Nicolas
Sarkozy's government warned that strikes against pension reform have
cost up to three billion euros and threaten to derail France's still
fragile economy recovery. Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said
the strikes are costing the economy up to euro400 million ($562
million) each day.
(AFP, 10/25/10)(AP, 10/25/10)
2010 Oct 25, In Haiti gunmen
shot up and robbed a bus carrying journalists covering the campaign
of a presidential candidate, killing the driver and injuring a
2010 Oct 25, The leaders of
India and Japan signed a broad agreement in Japan aimed at
increasing trade and agreed to speed up talks toward a civilian
nuclear energy deal despite sensitivity in Japan over India's past
atomic test blasts. PM Naoto Kan and PM Manmohan Singh also agreed
to speed up talks toward a civilian nuclear cooperation deal that
would allow Japanese companies to export nuclear power generation
technology and equipment to India.
2010 Oct 25, In western
Indonesia a 7.7 magnitude earthquake off Sumatra’s coast triggered a
10-foot (3m) tsunami that pounded remote island villages, killing
over 400 people and leaving scores more missing.
(AP, 10/26/10)(AP, 10/29/10)
2010 Oct 25, In Iraq masked
gunmen in Baghdad stole more than $27,000 in cash intended for
university workers' salaries in a daylight ambush of a money
2010 Oct 25, A senior Israeli
settler official said that work has begun on up to 600 new homes in
West Bank settlements since Israel lifted its curb on such
construction Sep 26. Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas has said he
will only resume talks once building restrictions are reimposed,
arguing there is no point negotiating while Israel continues to
build on land the Palestinians want for a future state.
2010 Oct 25, Libya's Kadhafi
Foundation announced projects costing eight million dollars to help
Darfur refugees displaced by the conflict in western Sudan to return
to their homes.
2010 Oct 25, Humans Rights
Watch said in a new report that suspects detained under Morocco's
counterterrorism laws are routinely subjected to human rights
2010 Oct 25, Myanmar state
television reported that at least 27 people were killed and tens of
thousands displaced when Cyclone Giri struck its western coast a
(SFC, 10/26/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 25, In Pakistan a bomb
blast outside the Sufi Farid Shakar Ganj shrine in Pakpattan killed
at least 5 people, including 2 women. 12 people were wounded.
(AP, 10/25/10)(AFP, 10/25/10)
2010 Oct 25, South African
soldiers strayed into neighboring Mozambique and exchanged fire with
civilians, leaving 2 people dead and one injured.
(AP, 10/26/10)(AP, 10/27/10)
2010 Oct 25, South Korea
prepared to send 5,000 tons of rice to flood victims in North Korea
in its first humanitarian rice shipment to its communist neighbor
since a conservative, pro-US government took office in 2008.
2010 Oct 25, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez announced the expropriation of the local
affiliate of the US-based glassmaker Owens Illinois, accusing it of
causing environmental damage and exploiting its workers. To date
almost 400 companies have been nationalized since Chavez became
president in 1999.
(AFP, 10/26/10)(Econ, 11/20/10, p.44)
2010 Oct 25, In Zimbabwe Kobus
Joubert (67), a prominent white farmer, was shot dead in a robbery
at his home. The Commercial Farmers Union, representing about 300
whites still on their land after a decade-long violent land seizure
program that ousted some 4,000 white farmers, said the killing
showed "the flagrant disregard for the rule of law" in farming areas
ahead of proposed elections.
2011 Oct 25, The White House
said Pres. Obama is taking steps to ease the burden of student
loans, potentially helping millions of cash-strapped college
graduates in a tough economy. The White House also announced new
initiatives urging Community Health Centers to hire 8,000 veterans,
approximately one veteran per health center, in the next three years
and expand opportunities for veterans to become physician
(Reuters, 10/26/11)(ABC, 10/26/11)
2011 Oct 25, In Oakland, Ca.,
police fired tear gas into a crowd of over 100 Occupy Oakland
protesters who had marched to City Hall to reclaim the camp they’d
been evicted from early in the day. 97 people were arrested in the
early morning raid. Scott Olsen (24), an Iraq war veteran, suffered
a skull fracture from a police projectile. In 2014 Oakland agreed to
pay Olsen $4.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit.
(ABC, 10/26/11)(SFC, 11/14/11,
p.A9)(http://tinyurl.com/3l4pvay)(SFC, 3/22/14, p.A1)
2011 Oct 25, In San Francisco
Democratic Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (45) of Castro Valley was
stopped by a security detail at Nieman Marcus after she left the
store with unpaid items worth $2450.
(SFC, 10/29/11, p.A1)
2011 Oct 25, In Florida Joel
Esquenazi (52), the former boss of Terra Telecommunications Corp.,
was sentenced to 15 years in jail for paying over $890,000 in bribes
to Haiti’s national telephone company (2001-2005). He and executive
Carlos Rodriguez (55) were convicted on Aug 4. Rodriguez was
sentenced to 7 years.
(Econ, 11/5/11, p.72)(http://tinyurl.com/7tdxara)
2011 Oct 25, A US federal judge
blocked part of North Carolina’s new abortion law ruling that
providers do not have to place an ultrasound image next to a
pregnant woman so she can view it, nor do they have to describe
features and offer a chance to listen to the heartbeat.
(SFC, 10/26/11, p.A5)
2011 Oct 25, IBM said Virginia
Rometty (54) will succeed Sam Palmisano as chief executive officer
effective Jan 1. Rometty, currently head of sales and marketing,
will become IBM’s first female chief.
(SFC, 10/26/11, p.D3)
2011 Oct 25, In Afghanistan a
bomb hidden inside a fuel truck in Parwan province exploded, killing
at least five people. Local residents claimed more than 10 people
2011 Oct 25, Lawyers in Algeria
began a 3-day strike to protest proposed changes in the organization
of the profession which they say will limit their independence and
powers in court.
2011 Oct 25, China’s state
media reported that China will replace popular television
entertainment with so-called "healthy" programming, reflecting
regulators' latest move to tighten media control.
2011 Oct 25, In China another
monk set himself ablaze outside a Tibetan monastery in southwestern
Sichuan province's Ganzi prefecture. This was the 10th
self-immolation this year protesting against Chinese rule over the
Himalayan region. London-based Free Tibet group said it was unable
to confirm the monk's age or name and was unsure of his condition.
2011 Oct 25, Amnesty
International said police in the Dominican Republic have been
responsible for an alarming number of killings and torture over a
2011 Oct 25, India's central
bank announced the deregulation of interest rates on savings bank
deposits, in a landmark decision seen as a key financial sector
2011 Oct 25, In India Sushil
Kumar, a poor government clerk, became the first person to win $1
million in an Indian game show in India’s version of “Who Wants to
Be a Millionaire."
(SFC, 10/28/11, p.A6)
2011 Oct 25, In Iraq a roadside
bomb killed a traffic policemen in Baghdad, on the second morning in
a row in which traffic patrols appear to have been targeted by
insurgents. Armed men in a night attack killed Ali al-Massudi, the
Shiite mayor of the Iskandiriyah sub-district.
(AP, 10/25/11)(AFP, 10/26/11)
2011 Oct 25, In Ireland 2
people died and hundreds were stranded in northern and eastern
Ireland after torrential rain closed roads and rail lines, left
shops and homes under water. Dublin was put on an emergency footing.
2011 Oct 25, Japanese officials
said computers in the parliament have been found to be infected with
(SFC, 10/26/11, p.A4)
2011 Oct 25, In Libya Moammar
Gadhafi was buried in secrecy and anonymity, laid to rest in an
unmarked grave before dawn in the Libyan desert that was home to his
Bedouin tribal ancestors. A Human Rights Watch team saw trucks drive
out of Tawergha with furniture and carpets that had apparently been
looted, and that Misrata fighters who claimed to be guarding the
town did not intervene.
(AP, 10/25/11)(AP, 10/29/11)
2011 Oct 25, Malawi’s
Anti-Corruption Bureau said Richard Kapinga (42), a government
accounts officer earning about $300 a month, has been arrested after
authorities found $2.4 million in his bank accounts.
2011 Oct 25, Mexican
authorities said federal police in Acapulco caught a young woman,
Damaris Gomez (19), and a young man (21) as they were getting off a
car near a shopping mall with an ice chest containing a decapitated
head and other human remains. Police in Ciudad Juarez found the
dismembered bodies of four men in bits scattered around the city.
2011 Oct 25, The Mexican navy
arrested Carlos "The Bam Bam" Pitalua, the alleged local chief of
the Zetas drug cartel in the Gulf coast port of Veracruz. The navy
said he is tied to the dumping of eight bodies in a rural town a
week ago. Mexican marines also captured alleged Zetas "accountant"
Carmen del Consuelo Saenz (29) in Veracruz, along 10 other alleged
(AP, 10/26/11)(AP, 10/27/11)
2011 Oct 25, Nigeria’s
anti-graft agency said a court has jailed 7 Nigerians and 2
Ghanaians for dealing in illegal petroleum products.
2011 Oct 25, In northwest
Pakistan a roadside bomb targeted an anti-Taliban militia member,
ripping through his vehicle and killing four people in Lower Dir.
2011 Oct 25, In northern
Somalia gunmen kidnapped a female American aid worker (32) and a
Danish man (60), working for the Danish Demining Group. Their Somali
colleague was placed under police custody.
(AP, 10/25/11)(AP, 10/26/11)
2011 Oct 25, South Africa threw
its weight behind Palestine's bid to become a full member of the
United Nations and called on the international body to settle the
2011 Oct 25, South Africa’s
Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, said South Africa will launch a
$3.2 billion package to boost the economy, as he revised the 2011
growth forecast for the country down to 3.1 percent.
2011 Oct 25, Human Rights Watch
said Sudan has condemned more than 300 Eritreans asylum seekers to
"certain detention and abuse" by deporting them back to Eritrea, one
of the "most brutal" countries in the world. Last week Sudan handed
more than 300 Eritreans to the neighboring country's military
without screening them for refugee status.
2011 Oct 25, In Geneva US and
North Korean officials concluded their two-day talks about
Pyongyang's nuclear program. Top US envoy Stephen Bosworth expressed
confidence about the prospects of restarting long-stalled nuclear
negotiations after two days of "very positive" talks with North
2011 Oct 25, Bangkok's second
airport shut down as floodwaters advanced into the Thai capital,
forcing authorities in "crisis mode" to declare a five-day public
holiday in preparation for the deluge.
2011 Oct 25, In southern
Thailand a series of explosives planted by suspected Muslim rebels
ripped through Yala town, killing at least 3 people and wounding
(AFP, 10/25/11)(SFC, 10/26/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 25, In Turkey crowds
of Kurds pelted journalists and police with stones in the quake-hit
city of Van as their anger at the media's coverage of the disaster
boiled over. The stoning of the reporters in the eponymous
provincial capital, which left several people injured, was brought
to a halt only after police used pepper-spray.
2011 Oct 25, The UAR said a
ship carrying 450 tons of diesel fuel sank off the coast of Umm
(SFC, 10/26/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 25, In Yemen 5
civilians were killed in clashes and protests Sanaa and Taez, as
calls mounted for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. A
Yemeni military cargo plane crashed while landing at a base in the
southern province of Lahej killing at least four of 15 people on
board. President Saleh informed US Ambassador Gerald Feierstein that
he would sign a deal to step down and spoke of a new cease-fire, but
clashes on the streets threw that into doubt. Activists said seven
protesters were killed and 10 wounded.
(AFP, 10/25/11)(AP, 10/25/11)
2012 Oct 25, A Texas state
trooper fired on a pickup truck from a helicopter and killed two
illegal immigrants from Guatemala during a chase through the desert.
He was trying to disable the vehicle and suspected it was being used
to smuggle drugs. Eight people in the truck were arrested. No drugs
2012 Oct 25, Jacques Barzun
(104), American cultural historian, died in San Antonio. He had
taught at Columbia Univ. for nearly 60 years. His dozens of books
included “From Dawn to Decadence" (2000).
(SSFC, 10/28/12, p.A17)
2012 Oct 25, In Afghanistan a
man in an Afghan police uniform shot and killed two American service
members in Uruzgan province.
2012 Oct 25, Hundreds of
Argentine sailors returned home after abandoning their frigate on
orders from President Cristina Fernandez, after the ARA Libertad was
detained by a Ghanaian judge in a debt dispute. The sailors arrived
home on an Air France charter because the Argentine government
couldn't send one of its own planes, for fear that it, too, could be
seized as collateral. The ship's captain and 43 crew members were
left behind with the ship at Ghana's Tema Port.
2012 Oct 25, In China Tibetan
cousins Tsepo (20) and Tenzin (25) called for independence for Tibet
as they set fire to themselves in front of a government building in
their village in Biru county north of Lhasa.
2012 Oct 25, The NY Times
furnished evidence that family members of China’s PM Wen Jiabao has
accumulated some $2.7 billion during his decade in office.
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.45)
2012 Oct 25, Hurricane Sandy
crossed mountainous eastern Cuba as a Category 2 storm. 11 people
were killed in eastern Santiago and Guantanamo provinces as its
howling winds and rain toppled houses and ripped off roofs. About
30% of Cuba’s coffee crop was reportedly lost.
(AP, 10/25/12)(AP, 10/26/12)(Econ, 11/3/12, p.38)
2012 Oct 25, Israel's PM
Netanyahu announced that he was joining forces with his hardline
foreign minister in upcoming elections, instantly creating a hawkish
new bloc that now appears poised to lead the country.
2012 Oct 25, Russia's top
investigative agency launched a criminal probe into alleged fraud in
the selloff of Defense Ministry assets, a high-profile case that
could shake up the nation's scandal-marred military establishment.
2012 Oct 25, Some 3.4 million
Muslims from 300 nations started their annual hajj pilgrimage by
ascending Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia on a day pilgrims believe
offers them a chance to repent their sins.
2012 Oct 25, In Syria
anti-regime forces advanced in Aleppo and took control of several
neighborhoods. The deputy head of the United Nations urged Syrian
rebels and the regime in Damascus to observe a four-day cease-fire
to observe the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha on Oct 26.
2012 Oct 25, In Yemen militants
assassinated two senior officers in drive-by shooting in Damar, 100
km south of Sanaa.
2013 Oct 25, The US FDA
approved Zohydro, an extended-release capsule that contains up to
five times the amount of narcotic hydrocodone previously available
in pills. Sales began in March 2014.
2013 Oct 25, Hal Needham
(b.1931), former stuntman and action-movie director, died in Los
Angeles. His films included “Smokey and the Bandit" (1977) and “The
Cannonball Run" (1981).
(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.C12)
2013 Oct 25, In Bangladesh 3
demonstrators were killed as more than 100,000 opposition activists
rallied in the Dhaka to demand that PM Sheikh Hasina quit and order
polls under a caretaker government.
2013 Oct 25, Brazilian police
said a group of hit men shot to death 7 people at a house in a
suburb of Rio de Janeiro.
(SFC, 10/26/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 25, In Brazil
protesters went on a rampage in Sao Paulo, smashing windows and
teller machines and battling riot police in violence blamed on the
"Black Bloc" anarchist group. The protests began as a peaceful march
to demand free public transportation for students before turning
violent. Police fired tear gas and arrested 92 people.
2013 Oct 25, Britain’s PM David
Cameron accused US whistleblower Edward Snowden and unnamed
newspapers of assisting Britain's enemies by helping them avoid
surveillance by its intelligence services.
2013 Oct 25, British police
appeared to downplay a raid after claiming to have seized suspected
3D-printed gun parts from a shop in Manchester. Some observers
pointed out that the images released by police resembled printer
(AFP, 10/25/13)(AP, 10/25/13)
2013 Oct 25, British police
freed a Malaysian woman (69), an Irishwoman (57) and a 30-year-old
Briton. A man and a woman, both 69, were arrested following an
investigation on slavery at a house in London. Police announced the
release on Nov 21 and said the women had been held for at least 30
(AFP, 11/21/13)(SFC, 11/22/13, p.A5)
2013 Oct 25, Some 20,000
Cambodian opposition supporters wrapped up a three-day demonstration
to petition foreign embassies and the UN for intervention in what
they claim was a rigged election.
2013 Oct 25, In China ousted
politician Bo Xilai lost his appeal against a life sentence for
corruption in his final public appearance before prison.
2013 Oct 25, In CongoDRC
fighting resumed between the army and rebels in the northeast, just
days after the latest effort at peace talks fell apart. Rwanda said
Congolese army shells had landed on its territory.
(AFP, 10/25/13)(Reuters, 10/25/13)
2013 Oct 25, Czechs went to the
polls in an election that will swing the nation toward the left
after unpopular budget cuts and graft scandals felled a center-right
2013 Oct 25, Leaders of the
15-nation west African bloc ECOWAS met in Dakar, Senegal, for a
special summit focused on moving the region towards a common market
and a single currency by 2020.
2013 Oct 25, In Egypt thousands
of supporters of ousted Pres. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group
marched in Cairo to keep pressure on the military-backed leadership
as it tries to stabilize a country.
2013 Oct 25, Ethiopia banned
domestic workers from moving overseas for employment, following an
"exodus" of workers leaving the country through illegal placement
2013 Oct 25, French President
Francois Hollande said he will stick to a government tax plan to
impose a super-levy on soccer players' salaries despite the threat
of the nation's pro clubs to scrap games one weekend next month.
2013 Oct 25, Greek authorities
said DNA tests have confirmed that Sasha Ruseva, a Bulgarian Roma
woman (35), is the mother of a mysterious girl in Greece known as
(AP, 10/25/13)(SFC, 10/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 25, Greek police said
they have arrested a childless couple in Athens on suspicion of
buying an 8-month-old Roma girl and trying to register her as their
own, amid international uproar over another little girl who was
found living with unrelated Gypsies in Greece.
2013 Oct 25, Iran's
Revolutionary Guard killed 3 rebels and arrested three others in
Baneh, a Kurdish populated region in northwestern Iran.
2013 Oct 25, A senior Iraqi
security official said the Baghdad government wants the immediate
delivery of US drones and F-16 fighter jets in order to combat al
Qaeda insurgents. Bombings in central Iraq that targeted a market, a
cafe and the homes of police officers killed 13 people.
(Reuters, 10/25/13)(AP, 10/25/13)
2013 Oct 25, Italian vessels
rescued another 700 migrants while the two-day EU summit was going
on. EU leaders failed to take new action to ease the plight of
thousands of boat refugees trying to cross from North Africa.
2013 Oct 25, Japanese media
said Mizuho Bank will punish more than 30 executives over
revelations that the lender made loans to underworld figures in the
latest chapter of a headline-grabbing scandal.
2013 Oct 25, Luxembourg’s royal
palace said Xavier Bettel, the mayor of Luxembourg City, has been
asked to form the next government, sidelining long-serving PM Jean
2013 Oct 25, Madagascar
residents voted in a presidential election they hope will restore
security, improve lives and mark the end of political and economic
turmoil brought about by a 2009 coup.
2013 Oct 25, North Korea
repatriated six South Korean citizens and a corpse at a heavily
defended border crossing.
2013 Oct 25, Norway rejected a
US request to help destroy Syria's chemical arms, arguing that the
Nordic nation was an unsuitable site because it lacked suitable
staff, equipment and regulations.
2013 Oct 25, A Pakistani court
extended the custody of former dictator Pervez Musharraf, dampening
hopes he would be able to leave the country any time soon following
months under house arrest and legal wrangling over his fate.
2013 Oct 25, South African
official figures showed poachers have killed more than 100 rhinos
over the past four weeks, pushing the death toll so far this year
2013 Oct 25, A South Sudan army
spokesman said ten soldiers were imprisoned for human rights abuses
perpetrated during a 2012 campaign to disarm fighters from warring
2013 Oct 25, In Syria a car
bomb explosion killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens more
near a mosque in the Damascus province town of Suq Wadi Barada.
Government troops ambushed rebels near Damascus, killing at least 40
(AFP, 10/25/13)(AP, 10/25/13)
2014 Oct 25, In Afghanistan
insurgents attacked several police checkpoints in the northeast,
killing 4 police officers. 4 civilians were killed in two roadside
bombings in the south.
2014 Oct 25, An Afghan court in
Kabul sentenced mullah Mohammad Amin to 20 years in prison after
finding the religious teacher guilty of raping a 10-year-old girl.
The rape took place in May in the girl's home village near the
provincial capital of Kunduz.
2014 Oct 25, Jack Bruce (71),
British vocalist and bassist for the blues trio Cream, died at his
home in Suffolk. The group also included drummer Ginger Baker and
guitarist Eric Clapton. Cream the world’s first platinum disc for
the double album “Wheels of Fire" (1968).
(SSFC, 10/26/14, p.D8)
2014 Oct 25, Colombia’s Pres.
Juan Manuel Santos unveiled new details of a $400 million
development strategy for the Pacific coast, including a pldege of
$12 million to provide drinking water for every resident of
(Econ, 11/8/14, p.39)
2014 Oct 25, Egypt imposed a
state of emergency across much of the Sinai Peninsula after 30
soldiers were killed in a suicide car bombing a day earlier by
suspected jihadists. Egypt also announced it would close the Rafah
crossing into the Gaza Strip.
2014 Oct 25, French police
arrested 14 teenagers dressed as the pranksters, carrying pistols,
knives and baseball bats in the port town of Agde. The phenomenon of
dressing up as an evil clown and terrifying passers-by cropped up in
the north of France in early October.
2014 Oct 25, In Iran Reyhaneh
Jabbari (26), on death row for five years, was hanged at dawn. The
interior designer was convicted for the 2007 stabbing of Morteza
Abdolali Sarbandi, a former intelligence officer. She claimed he had
tried to sexually assault her.
2014 Oct 25, Iran’s interior
minister said several men arrested on suspicion of committing
horrific acid attacks on women in Isfahan have been released due to
2014 Oct 25, In Iraq a suicide
bombing killed 8 Shiite militiamen in Taji, just north of Baghdad.
17 people were wounded. The US and its allies conducted 22 air
strikes against Islamic State forces with attacks in the frequently
targeted areas near the vital Mosul dam, the city of Fallujah and
the northern city of Bayji, home of an oil refinery. Kurdish forces
retook the northern Iraqi town of Zumar and several nearby villages.
(AP, 10/25/14)(Reuters, 10/25/14)
2014 Oct 25, In Italy
demonstrators from across the country filled the streets of Rome to
protest against labor market reforms which the government of PM
Matteo Renzi has made a cornerstone of its policy.
2014 Oct 25, Lebanese troops
attacked Islamist gunmen holed up in the historic market of the
northern city of Tripoli. A clash in the Akkar region near the
Syrian border left 2 militants dead. Unidentified gunmen had tried
to cut off a main road.
2014 Oct 25, It was reported
that the number of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanma, who have
fled by boat since communal violence broke out two years ago, is now
topping 100,000 with an average of 900 people per day piling into
cargo ships parked off Rakhine state.
2014 Oct 25, Pakistani army
jets killed at least 18 militants as part of an ongoing offensive to
eliminate militants' hideouts and ammunition stockpiles in the
Khyber tribal region.
2014 Oct 25, In Somalia at
least one person was killed and several others wounded in a car
bombing outside a hotel in Mogadishu.
2014 Oct 25, South Korean
activists launched balloons to send leaflets to North Korea with
messages critical of its leader, ignoring threats of military action
from Pyongyang and a plea by Seoul not to jeopardize efforts to
improve ties with the North.
2014 Oct 25, Syrian rebels
fought fierce clashes with loyalist troops as they tried to secure
their supply line to second city Aleppo against advances by the
army. US warplanes over the last 24 hours destroyed an Islamic State
artillery piece near Kobani.
(AFP, 10/25/14)(Reuters, 10/25/14)
2014 Oct 25, In southeastern
Turkey Kurdish militants killed 3 Turkish soldiers.
2014 Oct 25, The UN World
Health Organization said the number of confirmed and probable Ebola
cases has risen to 10,141 with 4,922 deaths. This included 200 new
cases in the last four days.
(SSFC, 10/26/14, p.A7)