Today in History - October 29

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439        Oct 29, Vandals under Genseric occupied Carthage. [see Oct 24]
    (MC, 10/29/01)

490        Oct 29, Petrus Mongus, patriarch of Alexandria, died.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1463        Oct 29, Alessandro Achillini, Italian physician and philosopher, was born.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1618        Oct 29, Sir Walter Raleigh, English scholar, poet and historian, was executed for treason. After the death of Queen Elizabeth, Raleigh's enemies had spread rumors that he opposed the accession of King James. In 2003 Raleigh Trevelyan authored "Sir Walter Raleigh," and Anna Beer authored "My Just Desire," a biography of Raleigh's wife, Elizabeth Throckmorton.
    (HN, 10/29/98)(MC, 10/29/01)(WSJ, 1/6/04, p.D10)

1656        Oct 29, Edmund Halley (d.1742), astronomer, was born about this time in Hagerston, Middlesex, England. The birth date is somewhat uncertain because it is not known if at that time in his village the Gregorian or the Julian calendar was in use. There's also some dispute over the year. [see Nov 8]
    (www.seds.org/messier/xtra/Bios/halley.html)

1682        Oct 29, The founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, landed at what is now Chester, Pa. William Penn founded Philadelphia. Penn founded Pennsylvania as a “Holy Experiment” based on Quaker principles.
    (AP, 10/29/97)(SFEC, 6/21/98, Z1 p.8)(SSFC, 8/5/01, p.C10)

1740        Oct 29, James Boswell, Samuel Johnson's biographer, was born in Scotland.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1762        Oct 29, Andre-Marie Chenier, French poet (Elegies), was born.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1776        Oct 29, Benjamin Franklin departed for France one month to the day after being named an agent of a diplomatic commission by the Continental Congress. He served from 1776-1778 on a three-man commission to France charged with the critical task of gaining French support for American independence.
    (http://tinyurl.com/kuarvn)(http://history.state.gov/milestones/1776-1783/BFranklin)

1783        Oct 29, Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert (66), philosopher, mathematician, died. He co-compiled the Encyclopedia with Denis Diderot.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1787        Oct 29, Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni opened in Prague. Don Giovanni was first performed at the Prague’s Estates Theater with Mozart at the piano and conducting the orchestra. It was a sensational success.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.236)(SFC, 4/14/96, T-12)(HN, 10/29/00)

1811        Oct 29, The 1st Ohio River steamboat left Pittsburgh for New Orleans.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1813        Oct 29, The Demologos, the first steam-powered warship, was launched in New York City.
    (HN, 10/29/98)

1829        Oct 29, Maria A. [Nannerl] Mozart, Austrian pianist (Wolfgang's sister), died.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1835        Oct 29, In NYC Tammany Hall radicals lit candles with the new self-igniting friction matches, known as loco-focos, and continued to nominate their own ticket and formulate their program. The radical urban wing of the Democratic Party, which emerged in New York in opposition to Andrew Jackson‘s banking policies, thus became known by the nickname Loco-Focos. Also known as Equal Rights men, the Loco-Focos fought those financial interests aided by the regular Democratic Party in applying for bank and corporation charters from the legislature.  They also advocated hard money, elections by direct popular vote, direct taxes, free trade, abolition of monopolies and Jeffersonian strict construction. They got the name Loco-Focos from an incident that occurred at a party primary meeting in Tammany Hall. After party regulars pushed through a ticket over the objections of the Equal Rights men, the radicals refused to vacate the hall. To get them to leave, the party regulars turned out the gas lights.
    (HNQ, 12/17/99)

1853        Oct 29, Pierre Joseph Guillaume Zimmermann (68), composer, died.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1857        Oct 29, Conrad Haebler, German historian (Early Printers of Spain and Portugal), was born.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1872        Oct 29, J.S. Risdon patented a metal windmill.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1877        Oct 29, In San Francisco the Jesuits paid $200,000 for lot 74 of the Western Addition, a block of land bordered by Van Ness, Hayes, Franklin and Grove Streets. Construction of a new church, campus and residence buildings lasted from 1878-1880 and cost $323,763.
    (GenIV, Winter 04/05)
1877        Oct 29, Nathan Bedford Forrest (b.1821), former Confederate cavalry general, died in Memphis, Tenn. He amassed a fortune as a plantation owner and slave trader, importing Africans long after the practice had been made illegal. At 40 he enlisted as a private in the Confederate army at the outset of the Civil War, rising to a cavalry general in a year. In 1867 the newly formed Ku Klux Klan elected Forrest its honorary Grand Wizard or national leader, but he publicly denied being involved. In 1869, he ordered the Klan to disband because of the members' increasing violence. Two years later, a congressional investigation concluded his involvement had been limited to his attempt to disband it.
    (AP, 11/4/08)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_Bedford_Forrest)

1878        Oct 29, Alex E. von Falkenhausen, German general (China, WW II), was born.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1879        Oct 29, Franz JHMM von Papen, German diplomat and chancellor (1932), was born.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1882        Oct 29, Jean Giraudoux, French dramatist, novelist and diplomat, famous for his book “Tiger at the Gates,” was born. His plays included “Eglantine” and “Provinciales.”
    (HN, 10/29/98)(MC, 10/29/01)

1885        Oct 29, George B. McClellan (58), Union army general and governor of New Jersey (1878-1881), died.
     (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_McClellan)(ON, 12/03, p.4)

1888        Oct 29, Lord Salisbury granted Cecil Rhodes a charter for the BSA Company.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1891        Oct 29, Fanny Brice, comedian, singer and actress, was born in NYC.
    (HN, 10/29/00)(MC, 10/29/01)

1894        Oct 29, The opera “Rob Roy” opened at the Herald Square Theater, NYC. The old Waldorf Hotel was near Herald Square and soon produced the Rob Roy drink, Scotch whisky and sweet vermouth.
    (www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=7669)(WSJ, 12/9/06, p.P10)

1897        Oct 29, Joseph G. Goebbels, German Nazi Propaganda Minister, was born. He died of suicide in Hitler’s bunker.
    (HN, 10/29/98)

1901        Oct 29, Leon Czolgosz was electrocuted for the assassination of President McKinley at Auburn Prison in NY state. Czolgosz, an anarchist, shot McKinley on September 6 during a public reception at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, N.Y. Despite early hopes of recovery, McKinley died September 14, in Buffalo.
    (AP, 10/29/97)(HN, 10/29/98)(ON, 4/00, p.5)(AH, 10/01, p.30)

1905        Oct 29, Henry Green, novelist, was born. His work included “Living” and “Party Going.”
    (HN, 10/29/00)
1905        Oct 29, Hottentot chief Hendrik Witbooi was fatally injured.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1910        Oct 29, A.J. Ayer, English philosopher, was born.
    (HN, 10/29/00)

1911        Oct 29, Joseph Pulitzer (1847), Hungary-born American newspaperman, died in Charleston, S.C. In 2002 Denis Brian authored "Pulitzer: A Life." In 2010 James McGrath Morris authored “Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power.”
    (WSJ, 1/30/02, p.A16)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Pulitzer)(SSFC, 3/7/10, p.F4)

1914        Oct 29, A Turkish fleet including 2 German cruisers stormed the Black Sea and bombarded Odessa, Sevastopol and Theodosia. [see Aug 3] This marked Turkey’s full entry into WWI
    (PC, 1992, p.706)(ON, Dec, 1995)(Econ., 3/7/15, p.85)

1915        Oct 29, Thomas Masaryk claimed independence for Czechoslovakia.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1918        Oct 29-1918 Oct 31, The Kingdom of Greater Serbia was proclaimed at Sarajevo in Bosnia bringing that state into what was later called Yugoslavia. [see Dec 1]
    (BWH, 1988)

1921        Oct 29, Bill Maudlin, American political cartoonist whose GI “Willie” and “Joe” characters appeared in Stars and Stripes newspapers, was born in New Mexico. He won Pulitzer Prizes in 1945 and 1959.
    (HN, 10/29/98)(MC, 10/29/01)

1923        Oct 29, "Runnin' Wild," which introduced the Charleston dance, opened on Broadway.
    (MC, 10/29/01)
1923        Oct 29, The Republic of Turkey was proclaimed under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Turkey established secular government under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. He introduced the policy known as Kemalism, which bars any mixing of religious and public life. The country was predominantly Sunni Muslim.
    (WSJ, 12/27/95, p. A-6)(SFC, 5/20/96, p.A-9)(WSJ, 8/27/96, p.A10)(HFA, '96, p.40)(AP, 10/29/97)

1926        Oct 29, Another bomb exploded at SS Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church on Filbert St. It was the 3rd in less than a year and the most powerful to date.
    (SFC, 10/26/01, WB p.7)(SFC, 11/22/14, p.C1)
1926        Oct 29, Jonathan Stewart Vickers, tenor, was born in Prince Albert, Canada.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1927        Oct 29, In Fresno, Ca., Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig led an exhibition baseball game as part of an 18-state tour to promote major league baseball.
    (SFC, 1/17/03, p.D3)
1927        Oct 29, Russian archaeologist Peter Kozloff uncovered the tomb of Genghis Khan in the Gobi Desert. Subotai was one of Genghis Khan's ablest lieutenants--and went on to distinguish himself after the khan's death.
    (HN, 10/29/98)

1929        Oct 29, The DJIA dropped 11.7%. "Black Tuesday" was the worst day of the market crash as panicked survivors dumped 16 million shares on the market. Clerical workers stayed up all night to find that $30 billion in paper value had been wiped out in one day. Prices collapsed amid panic selling and thousands of investors were wiped out as America's Great Depression began. On Wall street prices plunged $14 million. By mid- November $30 billion of the $80 billion worth of stocks listed in September were been wiped out. Stocks continued to slide until 1932, but the fear caused by the crash made Americans unwilling to buy or invest and the economy slowly worsened into the Great Depression. In 1994 daily trades average 200-300 million shares. In 1954 John Kenneth Galbraith authored “The Great Crash.” In 2001 Maury Klein authored "Rainbow’s End: The Crash of 1929."
    (SFC, 10/17/97, p.B2)(HNPD, 10/29/98)(HN, 10/29/98)(WSJ, 10/26/01, p.A20)(WSJ, 7/19/08, p.W6)

1932        Oct 29, The French liner Normandie was launched.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1940        Oct 29, John Gotti, mafia head, was born.
    (MC, 10/29/01)
1940        Oct 29, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson drew the first number -- 158 -- in America's first peacetime military draft.
    (AP, 10/29/97)

1942        Oct 29, The Alaska highway was completed. [see Nov 21]
    (MC, 10/29/01)
1942        Oct 29, In the 7th day of battle at El Alamein Montgomery led an assault.
    (MC, 10/29/01)
1942        Oct 29, Nazis murdered some 16,000 Jews in Pinsk, Soviet Union.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1943        Oct 29, 3 Allied officers escaped the German camp Stalag Luft 3.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1945        Oct 29, A.B. ("Happy") Chandler, resigned as a US Senator. He remained as baseball commissar.
    (MC, 10/29/01)
1945        Oct 29, The first ball-point pen was sold by Gimbell's department store in New York for a price of $12. It was patented 57 years earlier.
    (HN, 10/29/00)(MC, 10/29/01)

1947        Oct 29, Richard Dreyfuss, actor (Jaws, Nuts, Mr. Holland's Opus), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
    (MC, 10/29/01)
1947        Oct 29, Former first lady Frances Cleveland Preston died in Baltimore at age 83.
    (AP, 10/29/97)

1948        Oct 29, The Russians, having found out about the US-UK Venona system for breaking Soviet codes, changed their codes and cipher machines, making this Black Friday for code-breakers.
    (Econ, 7/10/10, p.80)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venona_project)

1949        Oct 29, Alonzo G. Moron of the Virgin Islands became the first African- American president of Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia.
    (HN, 10/29/98)
1949        Oct 29, George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (b.~1866), a Greek-Armenian mystic and spiritual teacher, died in France. His books included “Meetings with Remarkable Men,” the 2nd volume of his “All and Everything” trilogy. He taught that the vast majority of humanity lives their entire lives in a state of hypnotic "waking sleep", but that it was possible to transcend to a higher state of consciousness and achieve full human potential.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gurdjieff)

1952        Oct 29, A syndicate headed by SF oil man Ralph K. Davies bought control of American President Lines with an $18.4 million cash bid.
    (SFC, 10/25/02, p.E8)
1952        Oct 29, French forces launched Operation Lorraine against Viet Minh supply bases in Indochina.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Lorraine)

1953        Oct 29, A British airliner with 11 passengers and 8 crew crashed into Kings Mountain, 10 miles west of Redwood City, Ca., and all aboard were killed. William Kapell (b.1922), genius pianist, died in the crash. He was returning from a tour in Australia when his airplane crashed into a mountain outside San Francisco. A set of his 1944-1953 recordings was released in 1998 by RCA. In 1999 BMG released "The William Kapell Edition," a nine-disk set.
    (SFC, 10/24/03, p.E10)(SFEC, 11/29/98, DB p.44)(WSJ, 2/1/99, p.A19)(WSJ, 5/24/08, p.W12)

1954        Oct 29, In Egypt Colonel Nasser disbanded the Moslem Brothership.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1956        Oct 29, "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" with Chet Huntley and David Brinkley (1920-2003) premiered as NBC's nightly television newscast, replacing "The Camel News Caravan."  It ran to 1970. Brinkley remained with NBC for 11 more years.
    (AP, 10/29/97)(SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.38)(MC, 10/29/01)(SFC, 6/13/03, p.A2)
1956        Oct 29, During the Suez Canal crisis, Israel launched an invasion of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Paratroopers under Ariel Sharon dropped into Sinai to open the Straits of Tiran. The Sinai Campaign, also known as Operation Kadesh, lasted eight days to November 5, 1956.
    (AP, 10/29/97)(Econ, 7/29/06, p.24)(www.jafi.org.il/education/100/Concepts/d3.html)
1956        Oct 29, At Kafr Kassem village 49 Palestinians were massacred by Israeli border guards enforcing a curfew.
    (SFC, 3/28/00, p.A10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kafr_Qasim_massacre)
1956        Oct 29, International zone of Tangier was returned to Morocco.
    (MC, 10/29/01)
1956        Oct 29, Polish Cardinal Wyszinski was released from custody.
    (EWH, 1968, p.1201)

1957        Oct 29, Louis B. Mayer (b.1885), Belarus born MGM producer, died. In 2005 Scott Eyman authored “Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer.”
    (www.answers.com/topic/louis-b-mayer)
1957        Oct 29, Hand grenade exploded in Israel's Knesset (Parliament).
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1958        Oct 29, Boris Pasternak refused the Nobel prize for literature. Pasternak's novel “Dr. Zhivago” was on the best seller list in the west.
    (WSJ, 10/10/95, p.A-14)(MC, 10/29/01)
1958        Oct 29, Dr F. Mason Sones became the 1st doctor to perform a coronary angiogram.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1960        Oct 29, Chartered C46 carrying Cal State's football team crashed and 16 people were killed.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1964        Oct 29, Thieves made off with the 565-carat Star of India and the 100-carat DeLong ruby along with other gems and jewels from the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The Star and most of the other gems were recovered; three men were convicted of stealing them.
    (AP, 10/29/97)(HN, 10/29/98)
1964        Oct 29, Julius Kambarage Nyerere (1922-1999) took office as the first president of Tanzania, a union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Nyerere)

1965        Oct 29, Mehdi Ben Barka (b.1920), a leading opposition figure to Morocco’s King Hassan II (d.1999), disappeared in front of the famous Left Bank Lipp Cafe. His body has never been found.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehdi_Ben_Barka)(AP, 10/11/09)

1966        Oct 29, The National Organization for Women was formally organized during a conference in Washington, D.C. 
    (AP, 10/29/07)

1967        Oct 29, In Oakland, Ca., police made a traffic stop on Black Panther leader Huey Newton (d.1989). In a gun battle Newton was wounded and police officer John Frey was killed. Newton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter but the conviction was overturned. Gene McKinney (d.2000 at 58) and Newton had driven out for takeout feed following a Black Panther Party fundraiser when they were pulled over. McKinney commandeered a passing car to get Newton to a hospital.
    (SFC, 10/24/97, p.A15)(SFC, 9/23/00, p.A19)
1967        Oct 29, Expo 67 in Montreal closed after six months.
    (AP, 10/29/07)

1969        Oct 29, The US Supreme Court ordered immediate desegregation, superseding the previous "with all deliberate speed" ruling.
    (HN, 10/29/98)
1969        Oct 29, Researchers sent the first inter-node message between two sites on ARPAnet. The first e-mail message crossed the Arpanet as a team under Professor Leonard Kleinrock of UCLA communicated with a team under Douglas Englebart at Stanford. The US Dept. of Defense’s Advanced Research and Projects Agency (ARPANET) launched a self-healing computer network with TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol) [see Sep 2].
    (http://tinyurl.com/lpq766)(WSJ, 1/14/99, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARPANET)

1972        Oct 29, Hijackers of a German Lufthansa passenger jet demanded the release of the three surviving terrorists, who had been arrested after the Fürstenfeldbruck gunfight and were being held for trial. They forced West Germany to release 3 terrorists who were involved in the Munich Massacre.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_massacre)
1972        Oct 29, Charles A. Tuller, his 2 sons and William White Graham hijacked an Eastern Airlines jet from Houston and flew to Cuba 4 days after an abortive bank robbery in Arlington, Va. The robbery left 2 people dead in Arlington and a ticket agent dead in Houston. This was the second-to-last successful hijacking from the United States to Cuba before the signing of an anti-hijacking agreement between the two countries in February, 1973.
    (www.latinamericanstudies.org/hijackers/72-killings.htm)

1978        Oct 29, The US Women’s Army Corp (WAC) was deactivated.
    (AH, 10/02, p.14)(www.armywomen.org/wacHistory.shtml)

1979        Oct 29, On the 50th anniversary of the great stock market crash, anti-nuclear protesters tried but failed to shut down the New York Stock Exchange.
    (AP, 10/29/99)
1979        Oct 29, The miniseries "Freedom Road" premiered. It was based on a 1944 novel by Howard Fast. It starred Muhammad Ali and Kris Kristofferson.
    (SFC, 3/13/03, p.A21)

1985        Oct 29, Bear Stearns Companies, Inc., the holding company that owns Bear, Stearns & Company, Inc., was created as the successor to Bear Stearns & Company and Subsidiaries, a partnership organized in 1957. The partnership, in turn, was the successor to a company founded in 1923 by Joseph Bear, Robert Stearns, and Harold Mayer as an equity-trading house.
    (www.referenceforbusiness.com/history2/90/Bear-Stearns-Companies-Inc.html)

1987        Oct 29, Following the confirmation defeat of Robert H. Bork to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, President Reagan announced his choice of Douglas H. Ginsburg, a nomination that fell apart over revelations of Ginsburg's past marijuana use.
    (AP, 10/29/97)
1987        Oct 29, Woody Herman (b.1913), US jazz clarinetist and composer, died in Los Angeles at age 74. The government had just seized his home for back taxes. His manager Abe Turchen had not paid taxes on musician salaries for 3 years. Gene Lees later authored "Leader of the Band: Woody Herman."
    (AP, 10/29/97)(WSJ, 8/22/01, p.A14)

1988        Oct 29, The maiden voyage of the Soviet Union's space shuttle was delayed because of problems with ground equipment.
    (AP, 10/29/98)

1989        Oct 29, Angelo Mercurio (1936-2006), an FBI informant, attended a Mafia induction ceremony at a suburban Boston home. His evidence helped bring down the crime family led by Raymond “Junior” Patriarca.
    (SFC, 2/13/07, p.B4)(http://tinyurl.com/36ccng)
1989        Oct 29, At least 20,000 East Berliners observed a minute of silence for those killed while attempting to flee over the Berlin Wall, the first such public mourning since Communist Party authorities built the wall in 1961.
    (AP, 10/29/99)

1990        Oct 29, Clinton’s campaign for governor of Arkansas received a $75,000 loan from the Perry County Bank. A few days later another cash withdrawal was made for $22,500.
    (SFC, 6/28/96, p.A7)
1990        Oct 29, William French Smith (73), former US attorney general (1980), died of cancer.
    (http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/smith9.html)
1990        Oct 29, The UN Security Council voted to hold Saddam Hussein’s regime liable for human rights abuses and war damages during its occupation of Kuwait.
    (AP, 10/29/00)

1991        Oct 29, President Bush imposed trade sanctions against Haiti to pressure its new leaders to restore ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power.
    (AP, 10/29/01)
1991        Oct 29, On the eve of a historic Middle East peace conference in Spain, President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met at the Soviet Embassy in Madrid and expressed hope for a positive outcome.
    (AP, 10/29/01)

1992        Oct 29, A New York City jury acquitted 17-year-old Lemrick Nelson of murdering Yankel Rosenbaum, an Australian Hasidic scholar who was killed in rioting that erupted in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn in August 1991 following the traffic death of a black child who was hit by a Hasidic driver. In February 1997, a jury convicted Nelson and Charles Price of violating Rosenbaum's civil rights.
    (AP, 10/29/97)

1993        Oct 29, President Clinton, speaking at the Kennedy presidential library in Boston, promoted the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying President Kennedy would have supported it.
    (AP, 10/29/98)
1993        Oct 29, A group of U.S. luge athletes was attacked by right-wing skinheads in Oberhof, Germany.
    (AP, 10/29/98)

1994        Oct 29, Francisco Martin Duran of Colorado Springs, Colo., fired more than two dozen shots from a semiautomatic rifle at the White House while standing on Pennsylvania Avenue; Duran was later convicted of trying to assassinate President Clinton and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
    (AP, 10/29/99)

1995          Oct 29, Terry Southern (b.1924), writer (Candy, The Magic Christian), died of respiratory failure in NYC. He wrote the screenplays for Dr. Strangelove (1964), The Cincinnati Kid (1966), Casino Royale (1967), Easy Rider (1969).
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0816143/)
1995        Oct 29, Palestinians burned American and Israeli flags and swore revenge for the assassination of Dr. Fathi Shakaki, the leader of the radical Islamic Jihad and a top architect of terror attacks against Israel. Shakaki was gunned down three days earlier in Malta, reportedly by Israeli intelligence.
    (AP, 10/29/00)

1996        Oct 29, Graham Swift won the Booker Prize for his comic novel “Last Orders.”
    (SFC, 10/30/96, p.E7)
1996        Oct 29, Hundreds of thousands of New York Yankees fans participated in an enormous blue-and-white ticker-tape Par for the World Series champions.
    (AP, 10/29/97)
1996        Oct 29, In Alameda, Ca., Manuel Garcia (59) was found dead of trauma and stab wounds. 12 days later Diane Ely (54) was found beaten and stabbed to death in Alameda. In 2011 police with DNA evidence charged Eugene Albert Protsman (56), a convicted killer already serving a life sentence, with the murders. In 2012 he was again sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 9/28/11, p.C2)(SFC, 8/22/12, p.C3)
1996        Oct 29, In Colombia Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, Cali drug cartel chief, agreed to pay a $105 million fine and plead guilty to crimes that included illicit enrichment.
    (SFC, 10/30/96, p.A10)
1996        Oct 29, In San Francisco the first Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize was awarded. The $30,000 prize, split between the author and publisher for promotion, went to Alan Brown, author of “Audrey Hepburn’s Neck.” The prize was intended to nurture understanding and cooperation among the countries and peoples of the Pacific Rim.
    (SFC, 10/31/96, p.E6)
1996        Oct 29, James Edward Day (1914-1996), retired US postmaster general, died. He launched the ZIP Code system.
    (WSJ, 11/1/96, p.A1)
1996        Oct 29, In Turkey a Kurdish separatist suicide team of 2 killed themselves, 3 policemen and a civilian in the town of Sivas.
    (SFC, 10/30/96, p.A10)

1997        Oct 29, Pres. Clinton and China’s Pres. Jiang Zemin engaged in high level talks and publicly disagreed on Chinese human rights policies, but agreed to end the diplomatic chill between their countries. Business deals included an accord to let Westinghouse and other firms develop nuclear power in China and a $3 billion order from Boeing.
    (SFC, 10/30/97, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/30/97, p.A1)(AP, 10/29/98)
1997        Oct 29, The UN put new sanctions on the Angola UNITA rebels under Jonas Savimbi for not adhering to the 1994 Lusaka Protocol.
    (SFC, 10/30/97, p.A13)
1997        Oct 29, Anton LaVey (67), founder of the Church of Satan, died in SF. His daughter, Karla LaVey, and companion, Blanche Barton, promised to carry on his work.
    (SFC, 11/8/97, p.A22)
1997        Oct 29, Yaka the killer whale died at Marine World / Africa USA in Vallejo at the age of 32 after performing for 27 years. The body was stripped and rendered and the bones were buried without a permit at the Coyote Point Museum in San Mateo.
    (SFC, 11/15/97, p.A18)
1997        Oct 29, From Brazil it was reported that at least 10% of the 2 million square-mile Amazon basin was destroyed by fire.
    (SFC, 10/29/97, p.A10)
1997        Oct 29, In the Comoros Islands leaders on Anjouan announced an independent government.
    (SFC, 10/30/97, p.A13)
1997        Oct 29, Iraq barred US personnel from being included in UN inspection teams of weapons programs, a move that outraged chief weapons inspector Richard Butler and prompted him to suspend inspections.
    (WSJ, 10/30/97, p.A1)(AP, 10/29/98)
1997        Oct 29, South Africa’s Nelson Mandela arrived in Libya to bestow the Order of Good Hope on Colonel Muammar Qaddafi.
    (Econ, 9/3/11, p.45)(www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/ir/sirga/ARboyd273.pdf)
1997        Oct 29, Swiss banks released findings of an additional $12.4 million in unclaimed funds from WW II.
    (SFC, 10/30/97, p.A13)

1998        Oct 29, The government cleared the powerful drug tamoxifen as a way for healthy women at very high risk of breast cancer to cut their odds of getting a tumor.
    (AP, 10/29/99)
1998        Oct 29, The shuttle Discovery blasted off with 6 crew mates including John Glenn (77), the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.
    (SFC, 10/30/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/30/98, p.A1)
1998        Oct 29, An Oscar Mayer meat packing plant in Michigan sliced and packaged products that later killed 9 people and caused 3 stillbirths due to listeria contamination.
    (SFC, 1/16/99, p.A4)
1998        Oct 29, Five nations endorsed the oil pipeline from the Caspian to the Mediterranean Sea. Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakstan and Uzbekistan committed to the 1,080 mile conduit with a push from the US.
    (SFC, 10/30/98, p.A14)
1998        Oct 29, In Ireland the deadline for the creation of a new North-South Ministerial Council faced delay due to a despite over disarmament. An estimated 100 ton arsenal including several tons of Semtex was still hidden on both sides of the border.
    (SFC, 10/26/98, p.A8)
1998        Oct 29, Palestinian authorities arrested the leader of Hamas, Sheik Yassin, following a suicide bombing aimed at a busload of Jewish settler children.
    (SFC, 10/30/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/30/98, p.A1)
1998        Oct 29, South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission condemned both apartheid and violence committed by the African National Congress.
    (AP, 10/29/99)
1998        Oct 29, In Goteberg, Sweden, a fire burned a discotheque with hundreds of teenagers and 63 people were killed. In 2000 four young men were sentenced to prison terms of 3-8 years.
    (SFC, 10/30/98, p.A15)(WSJ, 11/4/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/9/00, p.)

1999        Oct 29, In Cleveland, Ohio, 4 white 9th grade students at South High, ages 14-15, were arrested for planning a Columbine-styled racial massacre.
    (SFC, 10/30/99, p.A3)(SFC, 11/1/99, p.A3)
1999        Oct 29, Some 3,000 people attended a memorial service in Orlando, Florida, for golfer Payne Stewart, who was killed along with 5 other people in the crash of their Learjet.
    (AP, 10/29/00)
1999        Oct 29, In Upper Austria police arrested 8 unidentified ringleaders of a neo-Nazi group that planned a political coup.
    (SFC, 10/30/99, p.A13)
1999        Oct 29, In eastern India hundreds of people in Orissa state and the Bay of Bengal region were feared dead from 05B, the 2nd cyclone in 2 weeks. The number of dead was estimated to reach 3,000 and 1.5 million people were homeless. The official dead toll reached 924 on Nov 4. At least 8,000 people were killed around the port city of Paradeep, where the storm made first landfall. The death toll was predicted to climb past 10,000. 9,813 death were recorded and the government stopped free rice distribution after about 3 weeks.
    (SFC, 10/30/99, p.A14)(SFC, 11/1/99, p.A11)(SFC, 11/5/99, p.D4)(SFC, 11/6/99, p.A24)(SFC, 11/10/99, p.A11)(SFC, 11/25/99, p.D6)
1999        Oct 29, In Chechnya Russian warplanes and artillery launched fierce strikes and 25 refugees were killed while trying to flee the assaults.
    (SFC, 10/30/99, p.A12)(SFEC, 10/31/99, p.A26)
1999        Oct 29, In Chile a court charged 7 retired military officers, including Gen. Hugo Salas, for the kidnapping and killing of 7 leftists of the Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front during the rule of Gen. Pinochet.
    (SFC, 10/30/99, p.A13)
1999        Oct 29, In Colombia it was reported that Luis Eduardo Garavito (42) had confessed to the abduction and killing of some 140 children over a 5-year period. In Dec. Garavito was convicted and sentenced to 52 years in prison for the 1996 murder of one boy and raping another.
    (SFC, 10/30/99, p.A14)(SFC, 12/18/99, p.A20)
1999        Oct 29, An EU Commission ruled that British beef was safe to eat despite French arguments for a ban to guard against mad cow disease.
    (SFC, 10/30/99, p.A12)
1999        Oct 29, In Lebanon Israeli warplanes and artillery blasted the southern region after Guerrilla attacks killed 2 Israeli-allied militiamen.
    (SFC, 10/30/99, p.A13)

2000        Oct 29, The wounded destroyer USS Cole departed Aden, Yemen, towed by tugboats to a Norwegian heavy-lift ship to be taken home to repair the gaping hole in its side; 17 sailors were killed in a suicide bombing attack on Oct. 12.
    (AP, 10/29/01)
2000        Oct 29, Israeli tanks rolled through Gaza to secure free movement for Jewish settlers. 5 Palestinians were killed in Gaza, Nablus and Jenin.
    (SFC, 10/30/00, p.A10)
2000        Oct 29, In Kyrgyzstan Pres. Askar Askaev coasted to a 3rd term in flawed elections where 5 rivals were given no real chance to win. Askaev claimed 73% of the vote.
    (WSJ, 10/30/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/31/00, p.A14)
2000        Oct 29, Lt. Col. Ollanta Humala led some 51 soldiers in a revolt against pres. Fujimori in Toquepala. They kidnapped Gen. Oscar Bardales. In 2006 former spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos called Humala's uprising a "farce, an operation of deception and manipulation" designed to "facilitate my exit from the country on the sailboat Karisma."
    (SFC, 10/30/00, p.A10)(AP, 5/20/06)
2000        Oct 29, In the Philippines Typhoon Xangsane left 14 dead on Luzon and moved toward China.
    (WSJ, 10/30/00, p.A1)
2000        Oct 29, In Tanzania elections were held. The leader of Zanzibar charged that ballots were kept from opposition strongholds. Police later fired on protesters and officials agreed to rerun voting in 16 of 50 districts.
    (WSJ, 10/30/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/31/00, p.A1)

2001        Oct 29, Pres. Bush said that he has created a task force to recommend sweeping changes on immigration laws to keep out terrorists and deport those already here.
    (SFC, 10/30/01, p.A1)
2001        Oct 29, US officials issued a broad warning that another terrorist attack could occur over the next week.
    (SFC, 10/30/01, p.A1)
2001        Oct 29, A hospital worker in NY and a woman who handled mail in New Jersey were found to have anthrax. Since Oct 4 a total of 37 people have tested positive for exposure and 15 have contracted the disease.
    (SFC, 10/30/01, p.A8)
2001        Oct 29, In Tours, France, a masked gunman, later identified as a state railway employee, killed 4 people. He was arrested and a grudge was suspected.
    (WSJ, 10/30/01, p.A1)
2001        Oct 29, Israel said it would leave Palestinian territory if the cease-fire is maintained.
    (SFC, 10/30/01, p.A11)
2001        Oct 29, In Morocco over 150 nations began 12 days of talks aimed at completing the rules of the Kyoto protocol. The US attended on the sidelines.
    (SFC, 10/29/01, p.A9)
2001        Oct 29, In The Hague former Yugoslav Pres. Slobodan Milosevic was indicted on new charges for crimes in Croatia in 1991. He refused to enter pleas.
    (SFC, 10/30/01, p.A11)
2001        Oct 29, In Sri Lanka a suicide bomber blew himself up after being stopped by police in Colombo. 2 others were killed and 18 injured.
    (WSJ, 10/30/01, p.A1)
2001        Oct 29, In Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a fuel ship with explosive-packed boats. 4 rebels died along with 3 people aboard the ship. The M.V. Silk Pride, carrying 660 tons of fuel, exploded and sank.
    (SFC, 11/1/01, p.C7)

2002        Oct 29, The federal government filed charges against Washington sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad under a 1946 extortion law that could bring the death penalty, accusing him of a murderous plot to get $10 million.
    (AP, 10/29/03)
2002        Oct 29, In SF the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the federal government cannot punish California doctors who recommend marijuana use to their patients.
    (SFC, 10/30/02, p.A1)
2002        Oct 29, A Minneapolis memorial service for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone turned into a virtual political rally as friends and relatives urged Minnesotans to honor his memory by putting a Democrat in his seat.
    (AP, 10/29/07)
2002        Oct 29, More than 200 illegal Haitian migrants jumped overboard and rushed onto a major Miami highway, bringing attention to the plight of a people desperate to escape the unending violence created by Haiti's politics and poverty.
    (AP, 2/11/04)
2002        Oct 29, Chang-lin Tien (67), former UC Berkeley chancellor (1990-1997), died.
    (WSJ, 10/31/02, p.A1)(SFC, 10/31/02, p.A1)
2002        Andre de Toth (b.1913), film director, died. His films included the 3-D "House of Wax" (1953).
    (SFC, 11/1/02, p.A28)
2002        Oct 29, Gul Rahman, suspected of links to al-Qaida, was picked up from a home in Islamabad and taken with four other people to a CIA black site called the Salt Pit near the Kabul Airport. He was stripped naked, doused in cold water and then left to die in the CIA-run prison. Rahman died Nov. 20, 2002, but his identity was not known until revealed by an Associated Press investigation in March 2010.
    (AP, 1/5/11)
2002        Oct 29, In Bermuda some 6,000 children stayed home from school as teachers continued to strike to demand salaries on par with government officials.
    (AP, 10/29/02)
2002        Oct 29, In Brazil Pres.-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva promised to honor the foreign debt but also pledged that ending hunger would be his chief priority.
    (AP, 10/29/02)
2002        Oct 29, China and the United States have agreed to resume military-to-military ties with plans to hold talks at senior level in the near future.
    (AP, 10/29/02)
2002        Oct 29, In Colombia suspected rebels killed seven people, including a teenage girl, in scattered attacks over two days.
    (AP, 10/29/02)
2002        Oct 29, The Palestinian parliament approved the new 19-member Cabinet of Yasser Arafat.
    (AP, 10/29/02)
2002        Oct 29, A Russian helicopter was shot down in Chechnya by a missile, killing all three crew and one passenger aboard.
    (AP, 10/29/02)
2002        Oct 29, In southwestern Somalia hundreds of rival militiamen armed with heavy weapons fought for control of a strategic border town, leaving 25 dead and 37 wounded.
    (AP, 10/29/02)
2002        Oct 29, In Uruguay 4 ministers in President Jorge Batlle's Cabinet have resigned to protest his handling of the economy, escalating a crisis in his ruling coalition.
    (AP, 10/29/02)
2002        Oct 29, In Vietnam at least 60 people were killed, including 22 linked to American International Assurance (AIA), when fire engulfed a commercial building in Ho Chi Minh City, state media and officials.
    (Reuters, 10/30/02)

2003        Oct 29, A powerful geomagnetic storm walloped the Earth, knocking out some airline communications but apparently causing no large power outages or other major problems.
    (AP, 10/29/04)
2003        Oct 29, Arnold Schwarzenegger met with leaders in Washington DC and pushed for fire relief in California and a stronger ban on assault weapons. Steven Rucker (38), a firefighter from Novato, was killed in the Cedar blaze as the death toll rose to 20.
    (SFC, 10/30/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/30/03, p.A1)
2003        Oct 29, Harry Clement Stubbs (81), science fiction writer, died. His books included "Mission of Gravity" (1953).
    (SFC, 11/1/03, p.A21)
2003        Oct 29, The Afghan Supreme Court issued a condemnation against Vida Samadzai (33) for competing as Miss Afghanistan in the Miss Earth competition in Manila.
    (USAT, 10/30/03, p.13A)
2003        Oct 29, In the Bahamas Cordell Farrington (35), a hardware store stock clerk, was charged with five counts of murder in connection with the disappearance of four boys and a young man on Grand Bahama Island.
    (AP, 10/29/03)
2003        Oct 29, Lenslet, an Israeli start-up, has developed a processor that uses optics instead of silicon, enabling it to compute at the speed of light.
    (Reuters, 10/29/03)
2003        Oct 29, In Indonesia an air force helicopter crashed at an air strip on the southern outskirts of Jakarta, killing all 7 people aboard.
    (AP, 10/29/03)
2003        Oct 29, International organizations continued their exodus from Iraq in the wake of car bombings in the capital and attacks against coalition troops.
    (AP, 10/29/04)
2003        Oct 29, Italian tenor Franco Corelli (82), one of the top opera stars of the 20th century, died in Milan.
    (AP, 10/31/03)(SFC, 11/1/03, p.A21)
2003        Oct 29, A Mexican electoral court annulled the results of the July 6 elections for the governorship of the southern state of Colima after concluding that the outgoing governor interfered in the race.
    (AP, 10/30/03)
2003        Oct 29, In southern Russia search crews blasted through solid rock to rescue 11 of 13 coal miners after six days trapped in a deep shaft. One died and one remained missing.
    (AP, 10/29/03)

2004        Oct 29, It was reported that US teen fashions had veered away from grunge and hip-hop looks toward a more preppy attire and that Axe, a deodorant body spray, was becoming popular among young boys.
    (WSJ, 10/29/04, p.A1)
2004        Oct 29, Pres. Bush signed a Defense Department authorization bill that included a provision for up to $25 million to support foreign forces aiding US efforts against terrorists.
    (SSFC, 10/31/04, p.A4)
2004        Oct 29, Osama bin Laden appeared in a new video, dropped off at the Pakistan offices of Al-Jazeera television. He claimed responsibility for the Sept. 11 attacks and claimed more violence is possible regardless of who wins the US elections. Bin Laden vowed to bleed America to bankruptcy, according to a full transcript of the unaired portions.
    (AP, 10/30/04)(SFC, 10/30/04, p.A1)(AP, 11/2/04)
2004        Oct 29, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was sent home after a week in the hospital for treatment of thyroid cancer.
    (AP, 10/29/05)
2004        Oct 29, Comedian Vaughn Meader (68), who'd gained fame satirizing President Kennedy, died in Auburn, Maine.
    (AP, 10/29/05)
2004        Oct 29, Edward Oliver Leblanc (81), former Dominica Premier, died. He was described by some as a founding father of the Caribbean island in its transition to independence.
    (AP, 10/30/04)
2004        Oct 29, European leaders signed the EU's first constitution.
    (AP, 10/29/04)
2004        Oct 29, Hundreds of British soldiers arrived at their base near Baghdad in a deployment aimed at provide cover for U.S. troops considering a new assault on Iraqi insurgents.
    (AP, 10/29/04)
2004        Oct 29, Iraqi civilian deaths from the current war were estimated at almost 100,000 by the British medical journal Lancet. The study claimed 90% certainty for at least 40,000 deaths.
    (Econ, 11/6/04, p.81)
2004        Oct 29, In Liberia mobs brandishing machetes, sticks and Kalashnikov rifles rampaged through Monrovia, prompting interim head of state Gyude Bryant to order an immediate daylight curfew to stem the rare Muslim-Christian violence. A UN armored vehicle trying to disperse a crowd inadvertently crushed three people to death.
    (AP, 10/29/04)
2004        Oct 29, Mexican police and federal agents alleged Zetas leader Rogelio Gonzalez Pizana, alias "El Kelin," a top drug hit man during a fierce shootout in the border city of Matamoros. Scores of suspected assassins and drug smugglers used hand grenades and assault rifles to fire back at authorities.
    (AP, 10/30/04)
2004        Oct 29, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (75), suffering from a serious but mystery illness, was flown to France and rushed to a military hospital for treatment. Arafat’s secret assets have been estimated at $200 million to $6 billion. Details were only known by his financial advisor Mohammed Rashid.
    (AP, 10/29/04)(SSFC, 11/7/04, p.A10)
2004        Oct 29, In Peru a passenger bus plunged more than 650 feet off an isolated mountain highway in the Andes, killing at least 28 people and injuring 28 others.
    (AP, 10/31/04)
2004        Oct 29, The Russian State Duma approved President Vladimir Putin's plan to replace direct popular election of regional leaders with a system under which they would be nominated by the president.
    (AFP, 10/29/04)
2004        Oct 29, Sudanese rebel leaders demanded that Islam be kept out of government in the war torn region of Darfur.
    (AP, 10/29/04)

2005        Oct 29, The US and Japan agreed to step up military cooperation and substantially reduce the number of Marines on the strategically important southern island of Okinawa. The US will move 7,000 US Marines from Japan's Okinawa prefecture to Guam.
    (AP, 10/29/05)(AFP, 10/29/05)
2005        Oct 29, Saint Liam won the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park.
    (AP, 10/29/06)
2005        Oct 29, In Aliso Viejo a 19-year-old in a black cape and a paintball mask went on a shooting rampage in his upscale Southern California neighborhood, killing a man and his daughter before committing suicide.
    (AP, 10/30/05)
2005        Oct 29, In Afghanistan a US paratrooper was killed after his patrol came under fire in a volatile province near the eastern border with Pakistan and a British soldier was shot to death in northern Afghanistan. Officials said at least 21 other people were killed in fighting last week.
    (AP, 10/29/05)
2005        Oct 29, Colombian authorities captured Jhon Cano, an alleged top leader of the powerful Norte del Valle cocaine cartel, who is wanted by a New York court for drug trafficking and money laundering.
    (AP, 10/30/05)
2005        Oct 29, Hurricane Beta battered the mountainous Caribbean island of Providencia, Colombia, ripping roofs off wooden homes and forcing people to seek shelter in brick shelters on high ground.
    (AP, 10/29/05)
2005        Oct 29, Hundreds of French youths fought with police and set cars ablaze in a Paris suburb in a second night of rioting which media said was triggered when two teenagers were electrocuted while fleeing police.
    (AP, 10/29/05)
2005        Oct 29, In Guatemala City a group of gang members opened fire on a prison truck, killing two guards as they were leaving work at the end of their shift and wounding a third.
    (AP, 10/29/05)
2005        Oct 29, In India a series of explosions shook New Delhi tearing through markets jammed with shoppers ahead of an upcoming Hindu festival and killing 61 people and injured more than 200. The Pakistan-based Islamic Inquilab Mahaz claimed responsibility. In southern India a passenger train plunged into a rain-swollen river in Veligonda in Andhra Pradesh state, killing at least 111 people and trapping dozens more inside the derailed cars.
    (AP, 10/31/05)(AP, 10/30/05)(WSJ, 11/28/08, p.A6)   
2005        Oct 29, In Indonesia unidentified assailants attacked a group of high school girls in the province of Central Sulawesi, beheading three and seriously wounding a fourth. In 2006 three Muslim men were charged in the beheadings. In 2007 Abdul Muis bin Kamarudin and Rahman Kalahe were sentenced to 19 years in prison for their crimes.
    (AP, 10/29/05)(AP, 11/3/06)(AP, 12/4/07)
2005        Oct 29, In Iraq insurgents killed 3 US soldiers and wounded four, and American forces attacked two towns near the Syrian border, killing at least 10 militants. Witnesses said some of the victims were civilians.
    (AP, 10/29/05)
2005        Oct 29, US troops backed by helicopters and a jet attacked insurgents planning a nighttime ambush near an American base north of Baghdad, killing six militants and wounding and capturing five. A US jet dropped a bomb north of Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, killing three insurgents who were planting a roadside bomb. The corpses of three handcuffed and blindfolded Iraqis were found in Baghdad. A truck bombing in a Shiite farming village north of Baghdad killed 30 people and left 42 wounded.
    (AP, 10/30/05)(Reuters, 10/30/05)
2005        Oct 29, Israeli aircraft fired missiles at open areas in northern Gaza and ground troops set up a second artillery battery near the coastal strip, part of an intensifying campaign against Palestinian rocket fire.
    (AP, 10/29/05)
2005        Oct 29, Salvadoran President Tony Saca urged Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to support his request to President Bush to allow undocumented Salvadorans to remain in the US while the country recovers from Hurricane Stan.
    (AP, 10/29/05)
2005        Oct 29, Syrian President Bashar Assad issued an order for a special committee to investigate any Syrian involvement in the assassination of former PM Hariri in neighboring Lebanon.
    (AP, 10/29/05)
2005        Oct 29, Vietnam demanded that the US remove it from a State Department blacklist of religious rights violators.
    (AFP, 10/29/05)

2006        Oct 29, In the northeast US thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity as a storm system blasted the region with winds gusting to more than 50 mph, knocking over trees and a construction crane. The storm was blamed for at least two deaths.
    (AP, 10/29/06)
2006        Oct 29, Gallaudet Univ. of Washington DC, the premier US school for the deaf, voted to terminate the appointment of incoming president Jane Fernandes following a month of protests by students and faculty.
    (SFC, 10/30/06, p.A3)
2006        Oct 29, Bangladesh's Pres. Iajuddin Ahmed was installed as head of the country's caretaker government, but Sheikh Hasina, the leader of the opposition that led a political standoff and days of deadly riots in the capital, declined to attend the ceremony.
    (AP, 10/29/06)
2006        Oct 29, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales completed his oil and gas nationalization plan with the last-minute signing of contracts allowing several international companies to continue operating under state control.
    (AP, 10/29/06)
2006        Oct 29, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (61) won a landslide victory giving him a powerful mandate to press his anti-poverty campaign, but corruption scandals dogged his leftist party and thinner support in Congress could mar his second term. Lula’s Worker’s Party (PT) won 5 of the 27 state governorships.
    (AP, 10/29/06)(AP, 10/30/06)(Econ, 11/4/06, p.46)
2006        Oct 29, Bulgarian President Georgy Parvanov won re-election to a second five-year term with an unassailable lead in his run-off battle against ultra-nationalist challenger Volen Siderov. Turnout was between 35 and 40%.
    (AP, 10/29/06)
2006        Oct 29, China rocketed a domestically produced communications satellite into orbit to provide wider and more advanced television services across the country.
    (AP, 10/29/06)
2006        Oct 29, Leaders of Colombia's second-largest rebel group (ELN) agreed to help de-mine several rural southern districts, marking their first concrete action since agreeing to a peace process last week with the Colombian government.
    (AP, 10/29/06)
2006        Oct 29, Congo's President Laurent Kabila faced a former rebel chief in a runoff vote.
    (AP, 10/29/06)
2006        Oct 29, In Iraq an affidavit to the supreme judiciary charged Judge Radhi al-Radhi, head of Iraq’s Commission on Public Integrity, with corruption. Al-Radhi later said the pressure on his office might be a reaction to his attempts to ferret out corruption inside key Shiite-controlled ministries. Gunmen killed 15 policemen working as instructors at the local police academy and two translators in the southern city of Basra. The men were forced off a bus on the city's outskirts in the afternoon and their bodies were found hours later dumped in several locations.
    (AP, 10/29/06)(SSFC, 11/12/06, p.A5)
2006        Oct 29, Libya took delivery of a Boeing jetliner for the first time in 30 years after the privately owned Buraq Air airline bought six of the US-made aircraft.
    (AFP, 10/28/06)
2006        Oct 29, In Mexico federal forces stormed Oaxaca and pushed protesters and striking teachers out of the city center they had occupied for five months, leaving the colonial city resembling a battleground, with riot police and burned vehicles lining the streets. At least one demonstrator was killed.
    (AP, 10/30/06)
2006        Oct 29, In Nigeria protesters demanding jobs and aid took over an oil pumping station run by an Italian oil firm in the southern delta region, forcing the company to shut the flow of oil. Output of 55,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil was cut when armed protesters forced the closure of a flowstation belonging to Italy's Agip company in the Niger Delta.
    (AP, 10/29/06)(AFP, 11/6/06)
2006        Oct 29, A Nigerian airliner carrying 104 people, including the man regarded as a spiritual leader of Nigeria's Sunni Muslims, crashed in a storm after taking off from the airport in Abuja. Most of those on board were feared dead. 9 people survived. The Nigerian pilot of the plane did not heed air traffic controllers' advice to not depart in stormy weather.
    (AP, 10/29/06)(AP, 10/30/06)
2006        Oct 29, In eastern Pakistan a passenger bus collided with a tanker truck carrying oil, killing 22 people and injuring 23.
    (AP, 10/29/06)
2006        Oct 29, In the northern Philippines Typhoon Cimaron blasted roofs off homes as it made landfall, with officials saying it may be one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the country.
    (AP, 10/29/06)
2006        Oct 29, Serbia flirted with political crisis as a referendum to approve its first constitution since the socialist era of Slobodan Milosevic hovered on the brink of failure because of voter apathy. Serbia's top leaders said that voters approved a new constitution reasserting Serbia's claim over the UN-administered Kosovo province in a turnout estimated at 53.3%. Serbia's opposition Liberal Party charged there was "massive fraud" at polling stations in the final hours of voting, with people allegedly voting several times and without identification papers.
    (AP, 10/29/06)(AP, 10/30/06)(SFC, 10/30/06, p.A14)
2006        Oct 29, Somalia's Islamic group broke off peace talks with the transitional government, demanding that Ethiopian troops withdraw from the country.
    (AP, 10/29/06)
2006        Oct 29, Sri Lanka's peace talks collapsed after a failure by the warring parties to agree on a new meeting and fruitless wrangling over "humanitarian issues" during two days of negotiations in Geneva.
    (AFP, 10/29/06)

2007        Oct 29, Police in riot gear cleared several large crowds gathered around Fenway Park in the early morning after the Red Sox won their second World Series title in four years.
    (AP, 10/29/07)
2007        Oct 29,     Oil prices closed at a record $93.53 per barrel on the NY Mercantile Exchange.
    (SFC, 10/30/07, p.C2)
2007        Oct 29, David Tallichet (b.1922), pioneer of theme restaurants and collector of war planes, died. He had opened his first South Seas-inspired venue on the edge of the harbor in Long Beach, Ca. Specialty Restaurants went public in 1968. He took it private again in 1980. The company declared bankruptcy in 1993 and then emerged as a leaner operation. In 2007 the company operated 25 restaurants in 9 states.
    (WSJ, 11/17/07, p.A7)
2007        Oct 29, In a special Internet announcement in Arabic, picked up DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources, Osama bin Laden’s followers announced the launching of Electronic Jihad. On Sunday, Nov. 11, al Qaeda’s electronic experts will start attacking Western, Jewish, Israeli, Muslim apostate and Shiite Web sites.
    (http://debka.com/)
2007        Oct 29, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber targeting a police patrol ended in the deaths of three civilians and an officer in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province.
    (AP, 10/29/07)
2007        Oct 29, In Argentina partial results indicated voters had elected a female president for the first time and launched their country's most powerful political dynasty since Juan and Evita Peron. President Kirchner and first lady Cristina Fernandez were poised to switch jobs in December.
    (AP, 10/29/07)
2007        Oct 29, In Azerbaijan the US and British embassies suspended operations in Baku, where the government said it thwarted a radical Islamic group's plot to conduct a "large-scale horrifying terror attack" against diplomatic missions and government buildings. One suspect was killed and several others were detained in a weekend sweep in village outside the capital.
    (AP, 10/29/07)
2007        Oct 29,     Canada’s PM Harper received Tibet's exiled spiritual leader in his office in Parliament. He presented the 1989 Nobel laureate with a maple-leaf scarf. The next day China condemned Harper for "disgusting conduct" for playing host to the Dalai Lama.
    (Reuters, 10/30/07)
2007        Oct 28, Authorities in Chad charged six French charity workers with kidnapping after they tried to put 103 children on a plane to France, claiming they were orphans from Sudan's conflict-wracked Darfur region. The charity workers were later convicted, jailed for several months, then pardoned.
    (AP, 10/29/08)
2007        Oct 29, China’s Xinhua news agency said more than 6,000 people will be forced from their homes on the southern island of Hainan to make way for the country's newest space launch centre. China said that it had arrested 774 people in a crackdown on substandard goods, part of ongoing efforts to calm international worries over the quality of the country's products. State media said coal mining regions of northern China are reporting soaring levels of defects in newborns, an apparent result of heavy pollution.
    (AP, 10/29/07)(AP, 10/29/07)
2007        Oct 29,     Tropical Storm Noel caused flooding and mudslides that killed at least 20 people in the Dominican Republic and left another 20 missing.
    (AP, 10/30/07)
2007        Oct 29, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced plans to build several nuclear power plants, joining several Arab countries in the Middle East that recently have broadcast their own atomic energy ambitions.
    (AP, 10/29/07)
2007        Oct 29,     In India 14 children working in a textiles factory were rescued after media reports said an Indian clothing supplier to US retailer Gap was employing underage workers.
    (AFP, 10/30/07)
2007        Oct 29, A suicide bomber on a bicycle blew himself up in a crowd of police recruits northeast of Baghdad, killing at least 29 people, most of them struck by iron balls packed with the explosives. A group of Shiite and Sunni tribal leaders, meanwhile, were rescued, one day after they were kidnapped in the capital after meeting with the government to discuss how to coordinate efforts against al-Qaida in Iraq. The US military discovered a weapons cache in Turki village near Balad Ruz, 45 miles northeast of Baghdad. The stash included 20 rocket-propelled grenades, ten mortar rounds and three hand grenades. US Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Dorko was wounded in a roadside bombing in northern Baghdad.
    (AP, 10/29/07)(AP, 10/30/07)(AP, 11/1/07)
2007        Oct 29, Israel’s PM Ehud Olmert announced that he has prostate cancer and would soon have surgery, but said the disease is not life-threatening and he would continue to perform his duties.
    (AP, 10/29/07)
2007        Oct 29, Japanese megabank Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) said that its losses on US subprime loans soared by as much as six-fold over two months to $263 million.
    (AP, 10/29/07)
2007        Oct 29, Pro-Taliban militants and security forces reached a cease-fire in a troubled district of northwest Pakistan.
    (AP, 10/29/07)
2007        Oct 29, In Portugal senior officials from the EU, three US states (California, New York, New Jersey), Canada, Norway and New Zealand launched the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), an international effort to fight climate change by building a global carbon trading market.
    (AP, 10/30/07)
2007        Oct 28, A Moscow court sentenced Alexander Pichushkin, convicted of 48 murders, to life imprisonment, ending one of Russia's worst serial killer cases.
    (AP, 10/29/08)
2007        Oct 29, African leaders and technology experts met in Rwanda to discuss plans to boost the continent's development by securing universal Internet access by 2012.
    (AP, 10/29/07)
2007        Oct 29, A long-brewing power struggle between the Somali PM Ali Mohamed Gedi and Pres. Abdullahi Yusuf ended with the premier's resignation, throwing the government of the war-battered Horn of Africa nation into disarray. In Mogadishu, hundreds of demonstrators marched through the streets in a second day of protests against the presence of the Ethiopian troops in the country.
    (AP, 10/29/07)
2007        Oct 29, Turkey's state-run news said soldiers battled separatist Kurdish rebels across southeast Turkey, trapping about 100 in caves near the Iraqi border after blocking escape routes across the frontier. Helicopter gunships bombed Kurdish rebel positions in southeast Turkey and the government flexed its military muscle with big national day parades and flypasts in major cities.
    (AP, 10/29/07)(Reuters, 10/29/07)
2007        Oct 29,     Patrick Duddy, the new US ambassador to Venezuela met with President Hugo Chavez, calling it a positive start toward improving tense relations.
    (AP, 10/30/07)

2008        Oct 29, The US Federal Reserve cut the federal funds rate, the interest banks charge each other on overnight loans, by half a percentage point, and the government finally began distributing funds from the billions in the financial rescue package.
    (AP, 10/30/08)
2008        Oct 29, The IMF said it will offer as much as $100 billion in new 3 month loans to countries battered by the financial crises without requiring sever changes in policies as demanded in past decades.
    (WSJ, 10/30/08, p.A1)
2008        Oct 29, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama held a half-hour commercial ahead of the World Series baseball game.
    (AP, 10/30/08)
2008        Oct 29, The Philadelphia Phillies won the baseball World Series over the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 with the conclusion of Game 5, which had been stopped by rain 2 days earlier.
    (SFC, 10/30/08, p.D1)
2008        Oct 29, Marc M. Keyser (66) was arrested at his home in Sacramento for sending hoax anthrax threats by mail to media outlets.
    (SFC, 10/31/08, p.B4)
2008        Oct 29, In South San Francisco, Ca., Shivnesh Reddy (21), an AC Transit worker, was shot to death and robbed of money he was carrying to buy marijuana. In 2011 Jimmy Nabong (19), a Norteno gang member, was convicted of 1st degree murder. Neil Chand, an alleged friend of Reddy who pleaded no contest and testified against Nabong, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 3/17/11, p.C2)
2008        Oct 29, In upstate New York, more than 40,000 customers remained without power, a day after the season's first big snowstorm blew through the region.
    (AP, 10/29/08)
2008        Oct 29, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and a coalition of human-rights groups founded the Global Network Initiative to create guidelines for technology companies in internet-restricting countries. GNI was founded upon its "Principles of Freedom of Expression and Privacy."
    (Econ, 7/23/11, p.57)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Network_Initiative)(Economist, 10/6/12, p.70)
2008        Oct 29, In Australia Joseph Thomas (35), a Muslim convert dubbed "Jihad Jack" by the Australian media, was sentenced to nine months in prison but freed because of time already served. He spent time at an al-Qaida training camp and met Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 10/29/08)
2008        Oct 29, David Miliband, Britain’s foreign secretary, acknowledged China’s suzerainty over Tibet.
    (Econ, 11/8/08, p.54)
2008        Oct 29, Software engineer Momin Khawaja, a Canadian man who was the first to be charged under a tough new anti-terror law, was found guilty in a trial linked to a plot to carry out bomb attacks in Britain. On march 12, 2009, Khawaja was sentenced to 10-1/2 years in jail for his involvement in plans to bomb nightclubs, trains and a shopping center in Britain.
    (Reuters, 10/29/08)(AP, 3/12/09)
2008        Oct 29, China cut interest rates for the 3rd time in six weeks.
    (Econ, 11/1/08, p.84)
2008        Oct 29, A local Chinese government acknowledged that officials knew about melamine-tainted eggs for a month before the contamination was publicly disclosed. A Dalian government notice said that local authorities were notified Sept. 27 of tests by the customs bureau of Liaoning province that had found melamine in a batch of export-bound eggs produced by Dalian Hanwei Enterprise Group.
    (AP, 10/29/08)
2008        Oct 29, China set a new policy on climate change, asking rich countries to help fund cleanup, and acknowledged that its polluting emissions were about the same as in the US.
    (WSJ, 10/30/08, p.A13)
2008        Oct 29, In northern China a gas explosion in a mine shaft at a coal mine trapped 29 miners at the Yaotou mine in central Shaanxi province. 26 bodies were recovered over the next few days and 3 remained missing. In Henan province 20 miners were trapped after a mine flooded at the Mazhuang colliery. After a few days rescuers gave up hope of finding any alive.
    (AP, 10/30/08)(AFP, 11/2/08)
2008        Oct 29, Congolese rebel forces advanced on the eastern city of Goma, threatening to overwhelm government troops and a 17,000-strong UN force deployed to halt a return to all-out war. The Congolese army said troops from Rwanda have crossed the nearby border and attacked its soldiers in support of a minority Tutsi rebellion. Congolese rebels declared a ceasefire after a four-day push to the gates of Goma that threatened to drag Congo back to all-out war, but heavy gunfire resumed near the eastern city after dark.
    (Reuters, 10/29/08)(AP, 10/29/08)
2008        Oct 29, In Ecuador a new temporary Supreme Court was picked by lottery. Judges said they will boycott it. The temporary 21-member court, chosen at random from the ranks of the 31 former justices, is supposed to operate until a permanent body takes over in 2009.
    (AP, 10/29/08)
2008        Oct 29, Officials said that EU governments promised to lend Hungary 6.5 billion euros ($8.1 billion) as part of a 20 billion euro ($25 billion) international rescue package to help it weather a financial crisis that has sharply devalued its currency.
    (AP, 10/29/08)
2008        Oct 29, In Germany Viswanathan Anand of India retained his world chess title by drawing with the white pieces against Russian challenger Vladimir Kramnik.
    (AP, 10/30/08)
2008        Oct 29, In Iraq the US military handed over security responsibilities for the southern province of Wasit to Iraqi authorities. A new commuter rail was launched that travels 15 miles through Sunni and Shiite neighborhoods in the heart of Baghdad. At least 8 people were killed and wounded dozens in separate attacks. A bombing in eastern Baghdad killed six people.
    (AP, 10/29/08)(AP, 10/30/08)
2008        Oct 29, Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua dropped 20 government ministers out of a total of 44 in a cabinet shake-up.
    (AFP, 10/30/08)
2008        Oct 29, Pakistan registered "a strong protest" with Washington's ambassador to Islamabad over a number of missile attacks by US drones inside its territory. Gunmen killed three Shiite Muslims in a sectarian attack in northwestern Pakistan.
    (AP, 10/29/08)
2008        Oct 29, In southwestern Pakistan a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck before dawn, killing at least 215 people and turning mud and timber homes into rubble. An estimated 15,000 people were left homeless, and rescuers were digging for survivors in a remote valley in Baluchistan province. Officials later feared the death toll would pass 300.
    (AP, 10/29/08)(AP, 10/30/08)(AP, 10/31/08)
2008        Oct 29, A boat carrying 27 activists and humanitarian supplies sailed into the Gaza Strip, defying an Israeli naval blockade to call attention to Israeli sanctions on the Hamas-controlled territory. The passengers included Mairead Corrigan Maguire, who won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her work with Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.
    (AP, 10/29/08)
2008        Oct 29, In Peru a 1,000-strong mob set fire to the station and took 25 officers captive in San Martin province. They reportedly were angered when police threw tear gas near a school and several children were affected.
    (AP, 10/30/08)
2008        Oct 29, Russia's parliament quickly ratified treaties cementing close economic and military ties with Georgia's two breakaway provinces.
    (AP, 10/29/08)
2008        Oct 29, Pirates hijacked the Turkish freighter MV Yasa Neslihan with a crew of 20 off the coast of Somalia. Pirates freed the Yasa Neslihan freighter on Dec 6 after paying a ransom.
    (SFC, 10/31/08, p.A8)(AP, 1/7/09)
2008        Oct 29, South Korea reported that Kim Jong Il has suffered a serious setback in his recovery from a stroke.
    (WSJ, 10/30/08, p.A1)
2008        Oct 29, Sri Lankan troops captured a small village in northern Sri Lanka, pushing ahead with their offensive against the Tamil Tigers hours after the rebel group launched a brazen airstrike on the capital.
    (AP, 10/29/08)
2008        Oct 29, In Sudan gunmen opened fire on a group of South African peacekeepers guarding a well in Darfur, killing one and seriously wounding another.
    (AP, 10/30/08)
2008        Oct 29, A Syrian criminal court convicted 12 dissidents of fomenting sectarian strife and sentenced them to two and a half years in prison. The defendants, members of a pro-democracy group known as the Damascus Declaration, were arrested last December. The Damascus Declaration, formed in 2005, is the broadest coalition of opposition figures in Syria.
    (AP, 10/29/08)
2008        Oct 29, The UN panel overseeing compensation for victims of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait said it has paid an $888.6 million (709.4 million euros) installment from Iraqi oil funds to cover losses and damages suffered by governments and private companies.
    (AP, 10/29/08)
2008        Oct 29, The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution urging the US to repeal its trade embargo against Cuba, and the island nation's foreign minister said he expects the next American president to respond positively.
    (AP, 10/29/08)
2008        Oct 29, The US and Vietnam launched three new programs to help provide job training and health care to disabled people in Danang, where American troops stored and mixed Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
    (AP, 10/29/08)
2008        Oct 29, Venezuela launched its first satellite from Sichuan, China. It will begin carrying radio, television and other data transmissions in early 2009 after three months of tests.
    (AP, 10/29/08)

2009        Oct 29, A US panel that refers cases to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct announced that it was investigating two California Democrats, Reps. Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson, even as its embarrassed leaders took pains to explain that several other lawmakers also were identified in the leaked confidential committee memo but may have done nothing wrong.
    (AP, 10/30/09)
2009        Oct 29, The US Commerce Dept. said the economy emerged from recession in the third quarter. The US economy grew 3.5% in the third quarter, rebounding from a year of contraction as the country emerged from prolonged recession.
    (AFP, 10/29/09)
2009        Oct 29, A US District judge in San Jose awarded Facebook $711 million in damages in an anti-spam case filed against online marketer Sanford Wallace, known as the “Spam King.” Wallace filed for bankruptcy in June.
    (SFC, 10/31/09, p.D1)
2009        Oct 29, After months of struggle US House Democrats unveiled sweeping legislation to extend health care coverage to millions who lack it and create a new option of government-run insurance.
    (AP, 10/29/09)
2009        Oct 29, A US Coast Guard airplane on a nighttime search for a boater collided with one of four Marine Corps helicopters flying in formation to a military training island off Southern California. All seven people aboard the Coast Guard plane and the two-person crew of the Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter were missing.
    (AP, 10/30/09)
2009        Oct 29, In Cleveland, Ohio, police found the remains of 6 bodies at the home of Anthony Sowell (50) as they tried to arrest him on charges of felonious assault and rape. Sowell, a convicted rapist, was arrested on Oct 31. 5 more bodies were soon found at Sowell’s home. The women had begun disappearing in 2007. On July 22, 2011, Sowell was convicted of killing 11 women.
    (SSFC, 11/1/09, p.A20)(SFC, 11/5/09, p.A10)(SFC, 7/23/11, p.A4)
2009        Oct 29, Algerian security forces seized 3.5 tons of cannabis as well as weapons and two all-terrain vehicles in the south of the country.
    (AFP, 10/31/09)
2009        Oct 29, In Brazil a single-prop Cessna Caravan plane went down on the Itui River in a remote part of the Amazon rain forest. Members of the Matis Indian tribe found the plane with 9 survivors of 11 on board.
    (AP, 10/31/09)
2009        Oct 29, The Economist-sponsored Innovation Awards were handed out to 8 winners in London. They included Craig Venter (Bioscience) for his contributions to genomics; Ratan Tata (Business process) for pioneering the globalization of corporate India; Raymond Kurzweil (Computing and Telecom) for his work in artificial intelligence; Steve Sasson (Consumer products and Services) for his contributions to solar cell technology; Richard Swanson (Energy and Environment); Mark Zuckerberg (No boundaries) for popularizing social networking; Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen (Social and Economic Innovation) for developing low-cost health devices; and Reckitt Benckiser (Corporate use of Innovation), the world’s biggest maker of household cleaning products, for its innovative and entrepreneurial corporate culture.
    (Econ, 12/12/09, TQ p.10)
2009        Oct 29, Chinese officials agreed to lift the ban on US pork imports they imposed last spring out of fear of swine flu.
    (AP, 10/29/09)
2009        Oct 29, In northern Democratic Republic of Congo armed villagers killed at least 47 policemen trying to intervene in ethnic clashes.
    (Reuters, 10/30/09)
2009        Oct 29, In the Czech Rep. farmers sprayed milk onto fields across the country to protest low prices.
    (SFC, 10/30/09, p.A2)
2009        Oct 29, The EU's stalled reform treaty overcame a crucial hurdle after EU leaders agreed to last-minute demands from the Czech Republic in return for the country's ratification of the ambitious deal. Czech President Vaclav Klaus had refused to sign the treaty until his country was an offered an opt-out from its Charter of Fundamental Rights. The Czech leader asked for the option over worries of property claims by ethnic Germans stripped of their land and expelled after World War II.
    (AP, 10/29/09)
2009        Oct 29, African leaders imposed a new barrage of sanctions Guinea's military rulers, increasingly under fire in the wake of last month's massacre of scores of opposition supporters.
    (AFP, 10/29/09)
2009        Oct 29, Honduras filed a case at the UN's highest court accusing Brazil of meddling in internal Honduran affairs by allowing ousted President Manuel Zelaya to stay at its embassy in Tegucigalpa since Sep 21. Representatives of Zelaya finally reached an agreement with the interim government that could help end the months long dispute over the June 28 coup, and possibly pave the way for Zelaya's reinstatement. The agreement would create a power-sharing government and bind both sides to recognize the Nov. 29 presidential elections.
    (AP, 10/29/09)(AP, 10/30/09)
2009        Oct 29, In Hungary Laszlo Majtenyi, the chairman of Hungary's national body in charge of awarding frequencies (ORTT), announced his resignation after ORTT took away 2 nationwide licenses from foreign-owned stations and gave them to 2 local firms, one with links to Fidesz, the right-wing opposition party.
    (www.bbj.hu/?col=1002&id=50638)(Econ, 11/7/09, p.60)
2009        Oct 29, In India a huge fire at an oil depot near Jaipur killed at least six people and injured 150. Officials said it would be allowed to burn out as firefighters had little hope of dousing it. The blaze was visible from over 25km (16 miles) away.
    (AP, 10/30/09)
2009        Oct 29, India banned pre-paid mobile telephones in Kashmir, following concerns that militants were using them to trigger bombs and hide their identities.
    (AFP, 10/30/09)
2009        Oct 29, In Kuwait an American soldier was killed in an accident.
    (AP, 10/29/09)
2009        Oct 29, The US rubber company Firestone said in a statement that it has conducted its own extensive testing of discharge water in Liberia and found it was not harmful to human health. The Liberian government has said a three-month investigation found high levels of orthophosphate being released into the water.
    (AP, 10/30/09)
2009        Oct 29, Mexican authorities said a woman's body was found buried headfirst in a plastic container of cement in drug-plagued Tijuana.
    (AP, 10/29/09)
2009        Oct 29, Mongolia's parliament confirmed Batbold Sukhbaatar, one of the country's wealthiest men as the new prime minister. The former foreign minister pledged to continue the pro-business policies of his predecessor Bayar Sanjaa, who stepped down as prime minister this week after seeking treatment for liver problems. Batbold made his fortune between 1992 and 2000 as head of the trading company Altai Trading Co. Ltd., which formed a gold mining joint venture with Canadian Centerra Gold Inc.
    (AP, 10/29/09)
2009        Oct 29, The Pakistani army said troops were closing in on Kanigurram, described as an important base of Uzbek militants and an Tehreek-e-Taliban operational centre, saying that 11 militants and one soldier were killed.
    (AP, 10/29/09)
2009        Oct 29, Somali pirates continued their rampage around the Seychelles and seized a Thailand-flagged trawler, believed to be Russian-owned with a crew of 25. Somali pirates currently held a total of nine ships and around 200 crew. Pirates received a ransom and released the Thai Union 3 on March 7.
    (AP, 10/29/09)(AP, 3/7/10)
2009        Oct 29, In the US Virgin Islands a small plane crashed into a field and burst into flames shortly after taking off in St. Croix, killing all three people on board.
    (AP, 10/30/09)
2009        Oct 29, In eastern Zimbabwe Elmon Mupombwa (41) killed three of his children with an ax and wounded two others. He also torched his home and killed his livestock — five cattle, 20 goats and 17 chickens — before hanging himself. Police said Mupombwa had attended a tribal ritual conducted by a spirit medium, also known as a witch doctor.
    (AP, 11/1/09)

2010        Oct 29, Authorities on 3 continents thwarted attacks when they seized explosives on cargo planes in the United Arab Emirates and England. The plot sent tremors throughout the US, where after a frenzied day searching planes and parcel trucks for other explosives, officials temporarily banned all new cargo from Yemen. The next day police in Dubai said that the bomb discovered there contained the powerful explosive PETN and bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida. One of the two powerful bombs mailed from Yemen to Chicago-area synagogues traveled on two passenger planes within the Middle East. A tip of the plot came from Jabir al-Fayfi, a Saudi who was held for years at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay. On Nov 5 al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing claimed responsibility for the explosive parcels.
    (AP, 10/30/10)(AP, 10/31/10)(AP, 11/2/10)(Reuters, 11/5/10)
2010        Oct 29, In southern California 2 doctors were arrested along with 5 others for leading a scam in which mentally ill homeless patients were paid $100 each for unnecessary treatments that were fraudulently billed to Medicare and Medi-Cal.
    (SFC, 10/30/10, p.A6)
2010        Oct 29, In San Francisco Kathleen Horan (46) was beaten to death by Gary Scott Holland. She had opened her door at 900 Chestnut to Holland who was posing as a utility worker. On Nov 8, 2011, Holland (44) pleaded guilty to murder and faced 25-50 years in prison.
    (SFC, 11/9/11, p.C2)
2010        Oct 29, In Afghanistan’s western Herat province, insurgents surrounded a checkpoint manned by local police in the Chishti Sharif district and opened fire, killing 10 officers and wounding 12. A NATO soldier died in an attack in the south.
    (AP, 10/29/10)(AP, 10/30/10)
2010        Oct 29, Britain’s PM David Cameron claimed that the days of "crazy" European Union spending are finished after a deal to keep Brussels in line with reduced national budgets.
    (AFP, 10/29/10)
2010        Oct 29, In the Central African Republic rebels of the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP) abducted 21 census agents updating voters' rolls for forthcoming elections.
    (AFP, 10/30/10)
2010        Oct 29, A feud between China and Japan deepened at the East Asian Summit in Vietnam, as China accused its rival of making false comments and hopes for landmark talks between their leaders evaporated.
    (AFP, 10/29/10)
2010        Oct 29, An Egyptian security official said a man from Sudan's Darfur region was shot dead trying to sneak across the border into Israel. 2 others were taken into custody as smugglers and others scattered into the desert.
    (AP, 10/30/10)
2010        Oct 29, In Finland the Allure of the Seas, the second in a pair of the largest cruise liners in the world, set sail for its new home port in Florida. Sister ship, the Oasis of the Seas, was also delivered to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines last year with a price tag of about $1.5 billion.
    (AP, 10/29/10)
2010        Oct 29, French unions said they have decided to end strikes at all oil refineries and several major ports.
    (SFC, 10/30/10, p.A4)
2010        Oct 29, In Haiti the death toll from the cholera epidemic rose to 330, as medical teams desperately sought to contain the outbreak.
    (AFP, 10/30/10)
2010        Oct 29, A leading ratings body warned that India may have to step in to avert collapse of the 6.7-billion-dollar microfinance industry, as lenders once hailed as saviors of the poor faced a major crisis.
    (AFP, 10/29/10)
2010        Oct 29, Iran notified the EU that it is willing to restart international negotiations over its nuclear program after Nov. 10, potentially reviving talks that foundered a year ago.
    (AP, 10/29/10)
2010        Oct 29, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a popular café in Balad Ruz, Diyala province. 22 people were killed with 68 wounded.
    (AFP, 10/30/10)(Reuters, 11/1/10)
2010        Oct 28, A Milan court convicted three doctors of performing unnecessary surgeries. Prosecutors produced evidence that unneeded operations, including amputations, were performed on 83 patients at the Santa Rita clinic in Milan with the aim of getting large reimbursements from the state health system. Pier Paolo Brega Massone, the hospital's chief surgeon, was sentenced to 15 1/2 years in prison.
    (AP, 10/29/10)
2010        Oct 29, In Mexico a man was found shot to death and left in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco. Lorena Izaguirre (24), a US citizen and El Paso resident, was killed inside a tortilla shop in Ciudad Juarez. A Mexican man was also found dead in the store.
    (AP, 10/30/10)(AP, 11/2/10)
2010        Oct 29, Morocco’s communications ministry said it has suspended the operations of the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television news channel in Rabat and withdrawn the accreditations of its staff. A government official who declined to be named said the authorities took exception to the way Al-Jazeera handles the issues of Islamists and Western Sahara.
    (AFP, 10/29/10)
2010        Oct 29, Morocco’s interior ministry said two Al-Qaeda linked cells have been broken up and that 9 people have been arrested including a Yemeni national and a former Italian resident.
    (AFP, 10/29/10)
2010        Oct 29, In Nigeria Italian oil firm Eni SpA said a pipeline carrying some of its crude out of Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta has erupted after an "act of sabotage."
    (AP, 10/29/10)
2010        Oct 29, North and South Korea exchanged gunfire across their heavily armed land border, despite an apparent thaw in tensions on the divided peninsula in the past few months.
    (AP, 10/29/10)
2010        Oct 29, Tens of thousands of Palestinians turned out for a rally in the Gaza Strip to mark the 23rd anniversary of the founding of the hardline militant group Islamic Jihad.
    (AFP, 10/29/10)
2010        Oct 29, Togo’s government said flooding has killed 21 people and affected more than 82,000 in recent months and that aid was needed.
    (AFP, 10/29/10)
2010        Oct 29, Venezuelan health workers said an epidemic that may be malaria has killed dozens of people, decimating three villages of the Yanomami Indians, whose struggle for survival in a remote part of the Amazon rain forest has attracted worldwide support.
    (AP, 10/30/10)

2011        Oct 29, A snowstorm socked the Northeast US over the weekend, knocking out power to 2.7 million, snarling air and highway travel and dumping more than 2 feet of snow in a few spots as it slowly moved north out of New England. States of emergency were declared in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and parts of New York.
    (AP, 10/30/11)
2011        Oct 29, Kenneth John Gillespie (b.1924), founder of the Daly City/Colma History Guild and the Daly City Museum, died in Daly City, Ca. He and his wife Bunny Gillespie have been Daly City historians since 1987.
    (SFC, 11/6/11, p.D9)
2011        Oct 29, In Colorado a tense standoff between protesters and authorities near the steps of the state Capitol erupted into a clash that resulted in a surge of demonstrators being met with police force that included reports of pepper spray and rubber bullets. 7 protesters were arrested, including two for assault and one for disobedience.
    (AP, 10/29/11)
2011        Oct 29, In Kansas an explosion at the Bartlett Grain Co. elevator in Atchinson killed 6 people and critically injured 2 others with severe burns.
    (SFC, 10/31/11, p.A5)(SFC, 11/1/11, p.A7)
2011        Oct 29, In Afghanistan a Taliban car bomber struck a NATO military convoy in the Kabul, killing at least 17 people, including 5 NATO troops, one Canadian and 8 civilians. 3 Australian army trainers were killed when an Afghan soldier in Uruzgan province turned his gun on them. In the eastern city of Asadabad in Kunar province, a female suicide bomber blew herself up outside a local branch of Afghanistan's spy agency, wounding two guards.
    (AFP, 10/29/11)(AFP, 10/30/11)(AP, 10/31/11)
2011        Oct 29, Australian flag carrier Qantas grounded its entire fleet indefinitely in a bitter industrial dispute. Months of strikes by baggage handlers, engineers and pilots have been costing Qantas Aus$15 million (£9.9 million) per week, with the total financial impact so far hitting Aus$68 million.
    (AFP, 10/29/11)
2011        Oct 29, Commonwealth leaders meeting in Australia failed to establish a human rights watchdog for their 54-nation bloc, but insisted that progress had been made during their summit to promote democratic values.
    (AFP, 10/29/11)
2011        Oct 29, Jimmy Savile (b.1926), popular British children's TV entertainer, died. His gold coffin went on public display and he was lauded as a "national treasure" who had raised millions of pounds for good causes. In 2012 allegations that Savile sexually abused young girls for decades first emerged in an expose on the TV channel ITV. Since then, police say some 300 victims had come forward.
    (AP, 10/28/12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Savile)
2011        Oct 29, In central China a police officer was suspected of driving a police van drunk and killing five people in a crash that sparked angry crowds to smash and flip police cars in the latest burst of public anger against the authorities. The van crashed into two street lamp poles that fell, fatally crushing five victims and injuring three more.
    (AP, 10/30/11)
2011        Oct 29, In Denmark Axel Axgil (96), whose struggle for gay rights helped make Denmark the first country to legalize same-sex partnerships, died in Copenhagen.
    (AP, 10/30/11)
2011        Oct 29, In northeast India a foot bridge spanning the Kameng River collapsed. Arunachal Pradesh state police said 30 people were feared drowned.
    (AP, 10/29/11)
2011        Oct 29, Iraq’s PM Nouri al-Maliki said that 615 people have been detained in a security sweep targeting members of the former ruling Baath Party.
    (SSFC, 10/30/11, p.A9)
2011        Oct 29, A state official said Indian-ruled Kashmir has approved amendments to the PSA, a tough law that allowed detention of people without trial for two years and the arrest of youths as young as 16. The amendments mean that no-one under 18 years of age will be detained under the act.
    (AFP, 10/29/11)
2011        Oct 29, Iranian media reported a blast at a southwest oil field, the third such explosion in the country in 24 hours attributed to accidents.
    (AFP, 10/29/11)
2011        Oct 29, In Israel tens of thousands of people marched in Tel Aviv to express anger over the high cost of living. Thousands of others protested in Jerusalem.
    (AP, 10/29/11)
2011        Oct 29, Israeli aircraft killed 5 Palestinian militants from the Islamic Jihad group whom it says were responsible for recent rocket attacks on Israel. Field commander Ahmed Sheikh Khalil was killed as militants were preparing to launch more rockets at Israel. Palestinians fired 10 rockets into Israel in the early hours of the morning, and Israeli aircraft targeted six militant sites in Gaza. 9 militants and an Israeli civilian were killed altogether in some of the worst violence in the area in months.
    (AP, 10/29/11)(AP, 10/30/11)
2011        Oct 29, In Libya volunteers reportedly buried more than 500 bodies across Sirte since October 23, most of them believed to be fighters. This included more than 50 bodies of civilians were found under the rubble of a several-storey building flattened in a NATO air strike.
    (AFP, 10/29/11)
2011        Oct 29, Phoenix-based US Airways flight attendant Nick Aaronson (33) was found dead in a Mexico City hotel room while on a layover. Authorities were investigating the death as a homicide.
    (AP, 10/30/11)
2011        Oct 29, Saudi Prince Khaled bin Talal, brother of billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, told the kingdom's al-Daleel TV station by telephone that he was raising a previous offer made by Sheik Awadh al-Qarani, a prominent Saudi cleric who promised $100,000 for capturing an Israeli soldier.
    (AP, 10/30/11)
2011        Oct 29, In Somalia at least 10 people died during an insurgent attack on an African Union base in Mogadishu. Kenya said its troops will stay in southern Somalia until Kenyans feel safe again, raising questions about whether Kenya risks becoming bogged down in an open-ended occupation of its war-ravaged neighbor. The Shebab claimed to have killed 80 Ugandan soldiers in the battle. A Shebab spokesman said American citizen of Somali origin was said to have been one of the two suicide bombers behind the twin attack.
    (AP, 10/29/11)(AP, 10/30/11)
2011        Oct 29, In South Sudan about 80 people, including 15 civilians and 60 rebels, were killed when government forces in the oil-rich Unity state repelled an attack by rebel militia, most of them fighting under the banner of the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA). Among the dead was the notorious rebel fighter Colonel Ruadheal Gatwech.
    (AFP, 10/29/11)(AFP, 10/30/11)
2011        Oct 29, Syrian troops shelled the Baba Amr district of Homs killing three people. Raids and arrests also were reported around the eastern city of Deir el-Zour. Syrian soldiers were killed and 53 wounded in clashes with presumed army deserters in Homs. 10 security agents and a deserter were killed in a bus ambush. At least 12 civilians died from sniper or machinegun fire in the province.
    (AP, 10/29/11)(AFP, 10/30/11)
2011        Oct 29, In Taiwan thousands of gay rights supporters marched through Taipei, its ninth annual gay rights parade, calling for increased tolerance and the enactment of anti-discrimination legislation.
    (AP, 10/29/11)
2011        Oct 29, In Turkey a female suicide bomber killed two people in Bingol, in the southeastern Kurdish region and wounded 12 others.
    (AP, 10/29/11)

2012        Oct 29, Category one Hurricane Sandy grounded thousands of flights in the US northeast and upended travel plans across the globe, stranding passengers from Hong Kong to Europe. Public transport in NYC shut down and the stock market suffered its first weather-related closure in 27 years. The storm made landfall in New Jersey with 80 mph sustained winds. The Hurricane Center later attributed 72 US deaths to Sandy and estimated damages from the storm at $50 billion.
    (AP, 10/29/12)(Reuters, 10/29/12)(AP, 10/30/12)(SFC, 2/13/13, p.A6)
2012        Oct 29, The HMS Bounty, a three-masted replica of the ship featured in the film "Mutiny on the Bounty," sank 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, NC, as it tried to go around Hurricane Sandy. 14 people were rescued and two remained missing.
    (AP, 10/29/12)
2012        Oct 29, Jack Hood Vaughn (92), former director of the Peace Corps (1966-1969), died at his home in Arizona.
    (SFC, 11/7/12, p.C6)
2012        Oct 29, In Afghanistan a pre-dawn Afghan army and NATO raid in the eastern province of Ghazni killed four Taliban and three civilian bystanders.
    (AP, 10/29/12)
2012        Oct 29, Berlin authorities shot and killed a 120 kg (265-pound) wild boar after it attacked and injured 4 people including a police officer in a residential neighborhood.
    (AP, 10/30/12)
2012        Oct 29, In Ethiopia federal prosecutors charged a group of 29 Muslims, including a wife of a senior Cabinet minister, with terrorism and working to establish an Islamic republic. Before the charges were filed, the minister defended his wife, Habiba Mohammed, saying he had asked the Saudi ambassador for the money to help construct a mosque their family is building.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
2012        Oct 29, German police arrested a French citizen (37) wanted by Moroccan authorities in connection with the May 16, 2003, bombings in Casablanca that killed 45 people including a dozen suicide bombers.
    (SFC, 10/31/12, p.A2)
2012        Oct 29, In Guinea riot police fired tear gas at hundreds who gathered to protest the firing of a teacher in the northern town of Labe who allegedly criticized the Guinean government in class.
    (AP, 10/29/12)
2012        Oct 29, Israeli aircraft struck a Palestinian rocket launching pad and an unidentified militant activity site in the Gaza Strip, in response to persistent rocket and mortar fire from the coastal territory. The Shin Bet said that 30 Hamas members were arrested near Ramallah, the West Bank's administrative center.
    (AP, 10/29/12)
2012        Oct 29, In Kuwait former lawmaker Musallam al-Barrack was arrested on charges of criticizing the Gulf nation's ruler during protests.
    (AP, 10/30/12)
2012        Oct 29, Lithuania’s Pres. Dalia Grybauskaite moved to block three opposition parties from forming a new government because one of them, the Labor Party, is accused of vote buying and fraudulent financing.
    (SFC, 10/30/12, p.A3)
2012        Oct 29, Myanmar's government said it has boosted security in a western state hit by ethnic and sectarian unrest as the number of displaced rose to 28,000 people, mostly Muslims.
    (AP, 10/29/12)
2012        Oct 29, In Pakistan Mohammad Zafar and his wife Zaheen killed their 15-year-old daughter by pouring acid on her because she sullied the family's honor by looking at a boy. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, at least 943 women were killed in the name of honor last year.
    (AP, 11/5/12)
2012        Oct 29, In Somalia Warsame Shire Awale, who worked at a Mogadishu radio station, was shot dead by two men near his home. This brought the number of Somali journalists killed this year to 18.
    (AP, 10/30/12)
2012        Oct 29, Syrian warplanes launched some 60 airstrikes against rebel targets around the country. A government official said a car bomb killed 10 people on the outskirts of Damascus. Activists said more than 80 people were killed nationwide today and that at least 500 people were killed over the last four days period when a UN-backed truce was supposed to be in effect.
    (AP, 10/29/12)
2012        Oct 29, In Turkey police used tear gas and water cannons to try to break up a demonstration by tens of thousands of pro-secular protesters, but the march to mark the founding of the Turkish republic went on in defiance of a government ban.
    (AP, 10/29/12)

2013        Oct 29, Conrad Murray (60), the doctor conficted of killing Michael Jackson with an overdose of a powerful anesthetic, was released from prison in LA after serving about half of his maximum sentence.
    (SFC, 10/29/13, p.A4)
2013        Oct 29, The SF Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a bill banning the possession of large-capacity magazines for guns.
    (SFC, 10/30/13, p.D3)
2013        Oct 29, Bangladesh police opened fire at protesters on a remote island, killing 2 and bringing to 20 the death toll in demonstrations aimed at forcing the premier to make way for a caretaker government ahead of elections.
    (AFP, 10/29/13)
2013        Oct 29, In CongoDRC 6 people were killed in clashes between military police and a group of separatist attackers at a munitions depot in the southwestern city of Lubumbashi.
    (AFP, 10/29/13)
2013        Oct 29, Iranian media reported that a court has sentenced Pegah Ahangarani (24), an actress known for her reformist political activism, to 18 months in prison on security charges.
    (AP, 10/29/13)
2013        Oct 29, Iraq's PM Nuri al-Maliki travelled to the United States to press for urgent help and arms to combat the worst upsurge of violence in years.
    (Reuters, 10/29/13)
2013        Oct 29, In Iraq 2 suicide bombers killed 12 military and police officers and wounded 19 late today by blowing themselves up outside a Sunni militia leader's house in Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad. In a village outside Mosul, a suicide bomber rammed his car into a checkpoint leading to a police station, killing 3 policemen and 4 civilians. When an ambulance rushed to the scene, gunmen opened fire on its crew, killing one and wounding three.
    (Reuters, 10/29/13)(AP, 10/30/13)
2013        Oct 29, Italian police arrested 17 suspected gangsters thanks to information on brutal gang wars that a mafia informant had provided before being murdered.
    (AFP, 10/29/13)
2013        Oct 29, Kenyan police said they are holding five people over last month's attack on Nairobi's Westgate mall, while two soldiers were court martialed for looting during the attack.
    (AFP, 10/29/13)
2013        Oct 29, In Libya attackers in Benghazi opened fire on a five-man sit-in, killing 2 and wounding three. The men were protesting the 2011 assassination of former army chief Abdel-Fatah Younis.
    (AP, 10/29/13)
2013        Oct 29, Niger said it has accepted a controversial $1 billion loan from the Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank) to finance development projects.
    (AFP, 10/29/13)
2013        Oct 29, In southwest Pakistan a gunmen killed a pro-government tribal elder and six members of his family in Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 10/29/13)
2013        Oct 29, Peru's PM Juan Jimenez said he is leaving President Ollanta Humala's government and that other cabinet changes will soon be announced by his successor, Cesar Villanueva, the regional president of the northern department of San Martin.
    (Reuters, 10/29/13)
2013        Oct 29, Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev says Russia will ask Ukraine to start pre-paying for gas supplies in case Ukraine doesn't settle outstanding debts. He was reacting to a complaint of Alexei Miller, chief executive of Russian gas giant Gazprom, who said Ukraine owes Russia $882 million for the August deliveries and was due to pay for it by Oct 1.
    (AP, 10/29/13)
2013        Oct 29, Russian investigators announced new theft and money laundering charges against opposition politician Alexei Navalny, increasing pressure against one of Pres. Putin's biggest domestic critics.
    (Reuters, 10/29/13)
2013        Oct 29, In South Africa Mike du Toit, the mastermind behind the 2002 right-wing extremist plot to kill former President Nelson Mandela and drive blacks out of the country, was sentenced along with four others to 35 years in jail. The rest of the 20 militia members on trial received 10 and 30 years sentences depending on their degree of involvement in the plot. The judge suspended 10 years of the sentences for some and took into account the time behind bars during the trial.
    (AFP, 10/29/13)
2013        Oct 29, South Africa signed an agreement to buy over half of the power generated by the first phase of the Grand Inga hydroelectric project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
    (Reuters, 10/29/13)
2013        Oct 29, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sacked Vice Premier Qadri Jamil saying the official had been absent without leave and carried out unauthorized meetings abroad. Jamil had met with the US pointman for Syria Robert Ford on Oct 26 to discuss proposed Geneva peace talks. Some 800 women, children and elderly civilians trapped in the besieged town of Moadamiyet al-Sham, southwest of Damascus, were evacuated.
    (AFP, 10/29/13)(AFP, 10/30/13)
2013        Oct 29, Turkey opened its Marmaray tunnel, the world's first underwater rail link connecting Asia and Europe. The 8.5 mile tunnel allowed PM Tayyip Erdogan to realize a project dreamed up by Ottoman sultans more than a century ago.
    (Reuters, 10/29/13)(SFC, 10/30/13, p.A3)
2013        Oct 29, The UN's health agency said it has confirmed 10 polio cases in northeast Syria, the first confirmed outbreak of the highly contagious disease in the country in 14 years, and a top UN official urged warring sides to grant health workers access to 500,000 children who have never received immunization.
    (AP, 10/29/13)

2014        Oct 29, The US FDA said it has cleared Pfizer’s Trumenba to prevent a subtype of Meningococcal disease to people ages 10-25.
    (SFC, 10/30/14, p.A6)
2014        Oct 29, The SF Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 to win the World Series in the 7th games of the series in Kansas City.
    (SFC, 10/30/14, p.A1)
2014        Oct 29, Australian scientists said they have successfully tested a vaccine against chlamydia in wild koalas, in what they believe is a breakthrough in combating the sexually-transmitted disease ravaging the native marsupial.
    (AFP, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 29, A special Bangladesh tribunal sentenced Motiur Rahman Nizami (71), the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party, to death for atrocities and multiple killings during the nation's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.
    (AP, 10/29/14)   
2014        Oct 29, Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Department revealed that 24 of its own agents were being investigated for using an "information platform" to access information about Keylor Navas, Spain’s Real Madrid and national team goalkeeper. Navas helped Costa Rica reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time this summer.
    (AP, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 29, Hundreds of Egyptians living along the border with the Gaza Strip evacuated their homes, after the army ordered them out to make way for a planned buffer zone meant to stop militants and smugglers.
    (AP, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 29, India's government handed over the names of more than 600 Indians with foreign bank accounts to the Supreme Court after public outrage over rampant tax evasion.
    (AP, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 29, Iraqi peshmerga fighters arrived in southeastern Turkey en route for the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fellow Kurds break an Islamic State siege. The US military conducted 14 air strikes over the last 2 days against the IS in Syria and Iraq. Eight of the strikes were near Kobani.
    (Reuters, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 29, In Iraq Jihadists from the Islamic State group reportedly executed 46-70 members of the Albu Nimr tribe, who had fought against them in Anbar province. Islamic State militants took some 150 men from their villages to the city of Ramadi and killed them and buried them.
    (AFP, 10/29/14)(Reuters, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 29, In Israel a gunman on a motorcycle shot and seriously wounded American-born activist Yehuda Glick (48) outside a conference promoting greater Jewish access to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
    (AP, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 29, A father in Ivory Coast was ordered to jail and fined after a court found him guilty for trying to arrange the forced marriage of his daughter (11). His was the first trial of its kind in the west African nation.
    (AFP, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 29, In Kashmir 2 suspected rebels were been killed in a fierce gunbattle near the heavily militarized line of control. An Indian army officer and a suspected rebel died a day earlier in the fighting.
    (AP, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 29, Lebanese troops detained 50 people in raids on towns and Syrian refugee camps in the north of the country.
    (AP, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 29, Mexican officials confirmed that four bodies have been found east of the border city of Matamoros, near where three young Americans went missing on Oct 13.
    (AP, 10/30/14)
2014        Oct 29, In Morocco some 350 African migrants tried to storm a fence into Spanish territory. Three made it into the territory of Melilla.
    (AFP, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 29, South Sudan rebels killed, raped and kidnapped civilians during an attack, leaving at least 11 dead in the oil-rich town of Bentiu.
    (AFP, 12/19/14)
2014        Oct 29, In south-central Sri Lanka a landslide following heavy monsoon rain killed more than 100 people as it buried scores of houses. At least 300 people were missing and 150 houses buried in the village of Haldummulla. Later data from the Disaster Management Center showed that 183 people had survived out of a total of 330 who lived in the area.
    (Reuters, 10/29/14)(Reuters, 10/31/14)
2014        Oct 29, A ship carrying 52 tons of oil in the Baltic Sea ran aground off Stockholm’s sprawling archipelago and began leaking its cargo.
    (SFC, 10/30/14, p.A2)
2014        Oct 29, Zambia's Guy Scott became Africa's first white head of state in 20 years after the president, "King Cobra" Michael Sata (77), died in a London hospital.
    (Reuters, 10/29/14)

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