Today in History - October 29
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439 Oct 29,
Vandals under Genseric occupied Carthage. [see Oct 24]
490 Oct 29, Petrus Mongus,
patriarch of Alexandria, died.
1463 Oct 29, Alessandro
Achillini, Italian physician and philosopher, was born.
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
(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]
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,
1740 Oct 29, James Boswell,
Samuel Johnson's biographer, was born in Scotland.
1762 Oct 29, Andre-Marie
Chenier, French poet (Elegies), was born.
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.
1783 Oct 29, Jean-Baptiste Le
Rond d'Alembert (66), philosopher, mathematician, died. He
co-compiled the Encyclopedia with Denis Diderot.
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,
1811 Oct 29, The 1st Ohio River
steamboat left Pittsburgh for New Orleans.
1813 Oct 29, The Demologos, the
first steam-powered warship, was launched in New York City.
1829 Oct 29, Maria A. [Nannerl]
Mozart, Austrian pianist (Wolfgang's sister), died.
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.
1853 Oct 29, Pierre Joseph
Guillaume Zimmermann (68), composer, died.
1857 Oct 29, Conrad Haebler,
German historian (Early Printers of Spain and Portugal), was born.
1872 Oct 29, J.S. Risdon
patented a metal windmill.
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.
1878 Oct 29, Alex E. von
Falkenhausen, German general (China, WW II), was born.
1879 Oct 29, Franz JHMM von
Papen, German diplomat and chancellor (1932), was born.
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
(HN, 10/29/98)(MC, 10/29/01)
1885 Oct 29, George B.
McClellan (58), Union army general and governor of New Jersey
1888 Oct 29, Lord Salisbury
granted Cecil Rhodes a charter for the BSA Company.
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.
1897 Oct 29, Joseph G.
Goebbels, German Nazi Propaganda Minister, was born. He died of
suicide in Hitler’s bunker.
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,
1905 Oct 29, Henry Green,
novelist, was born. His work included “Living” and “Party Going.”
1905 Oct 29, Hottentot chief
Hendrik Witbooi was fatally injured.
1910 Oct 29, A.J. Ayer, English
philosopher, was born.
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
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,
1915 Oct 29, Thomas Masaryk
claimed independence for Czechoslovakia.
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
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
1940 Oct 29, John Gotti, mafia
head, was born.
1940 Oct 29, Secretary of War
Henry L. Stimson drew the first number -- 158 -- in America's first
peacetime military draft.
1942 Oct 29, The Alaska highway
was completed. [see Nov 21]
1942 Oct 29, In the 7th day of
battle at El Alamein Montgomery led an assault.
1942 Oct 29, Nazis murdered
some 16,000 Jews in Pinsk, Soviet Union.
1943 Oct 29, 3 Allied officers
escaped the German camp Stalag Luft 3.
1945 Oct 29, A.B. ("Happy")
Chandler, resigned as a US Senator. He remained as baseball
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.
1947 Oct 29, Former first lady
Frances Cleveland Preston died in Baltimore at age 83.
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.
1949 Oct 29, Alonzo G. Moron of
the Virgin Islands became the first African- American president of
Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia.
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.
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
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.
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,
1956 Oct 29, At Kafr Kassem
village 49 Palestinians were massacred by Israeli border guards
enforcing a curfew.
1956 Oct 29, International zone
of Tangier was returned to Morocco.
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.”
1957 Oct 29, Hand grenade
exploded in Israel's Knesset (Parliament).
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.
1960 Oct 29, Chartered C46
carrying Cal State's football team crashed and 16 people were
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.
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.
1966 Oct 29, The National
Organization for Women was formally organized during a conference in
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.
1969 Oct 29, The US Supreme
Court ordered immediate desegregation, superseding the previous
"with all deliberate speed" ruling.
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
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
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,
1978 Oct 29, The US Women’s
Army Corp (WAC) was deactivated.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
(SFC, 6/28/96, p.A7)
1990 Oct 29, William French
Smith (73), former US attorney general (1980), died of cancer.
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.
1991 Oct 29, President Bush
imposed trade sanctions against Haiti to pressure its new leaders to
restore ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power.
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.
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.
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.
1993 Oct 29, A group of U.S.
luge athletes was attacked by right-wing skinheads in Oberhof,
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
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).
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
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.
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
(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,
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.
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
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
(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.
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,
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
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,
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
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
(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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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"
(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.
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.
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
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.
2002 Oct 29, In Colombia
suspected rebels killed seven people, including a teenage girl, in
scattered attacks over two days.
2002 Oct 29, The Palestinian
parliament approved the new 19-member Cabinet of Yasser Arafat.
2002 Oct 29, A Russian
helicopter was shot down in Chechnya by a missile, killing all three
crew and one passenger aboard.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2003 Oct 29, International
organizations continued their exodus from Iraq in the wake of car
bombings in the capital and attacks against coalition troops.
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.
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
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
(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.
2004 Oct 29, Comedian Vaughn
Meader (68), who'd gained fame satirizing President Kennedy, died in
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
2004 Oct 29, European leaders
signed the EU's first constitution.
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
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.
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
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
(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
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.
2004 Oct 29, Sudanese rebel
leaders demanded that Islam be kept out of government in the war
torn region of Darfur.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(AP, 10/31/05)(AP, 10/30/05)(WSJ, 11/28/08,
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.
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
(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.
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
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
2005 Oct 29, Vietnam demanded
that the US remove it from a State Department blacklist of religious
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.
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.
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.
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
2006 Oct 29, China rocketed a
domestically produced communications satellite into orbit to provide
wider and more advanced television services across the country.
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
2006 Oct 29, Congo's President
Laurent Kabila faced a former rebel chief in a runoff vote.
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
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
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
(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.
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.
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
(AP, 10/29/06)(AP, 10/30/06)(SFC, 10/30/06,
2006 Oct 29, Somalia's Islamic
group broke off peace talks with the transitional government,
demanding that Ethiopian troops withdraw from the country.
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.
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.
2007 Oct 29,
Oil prices closed at a record $93.53 per barrel on the NY
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
2007 Oct 29, Pro-Taliban
militants and security forces reached a cease-fire in a troubled
district of northwest Pakistan.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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."
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.
2008 Oct 29, David Miliband,
Britain’s foreign secretary, acknowledged China’s suzerainty over
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2008 Oct 29, Russia's
parliament quickly ratified treaties cementing close economic and
military ties with Georgia's two breakaway provinces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
2009 Oct 29, In northern
Democratic Republic of Congo armed villagers killed at least 47
policemen trying to intervene in ethnic clashes.
2009 Oct 29, In the Czech Rep.
farmers sprayed milk onto fields across the country to protest low
(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
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.
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
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.
2009 Oct 29, India banned
pre-paid mobile telephones in Kashmir, following concerns that
militants were using them to trigger bombs and hide their
2009 Oct 29, In Kuwait an
American soldier was killed in an accident.
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.
2009 Oct 29, Mexican
authorities said a woman's body was found buried headfirst in a
plastic container of cement in drug-plagued Tijuana.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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
(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
(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
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.
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.
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
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
2010 Oct 29, French unions said
they have decided to end strikes at all oil refineries and several
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2011 Oct 29, In northeast India
a foot bridge spanning the Kameng River collapsed. Arunachal Pradesh
state police said 30 people were feared drowned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2011 Oct 29, In Turkey a female
suicide bomber killed two people in Bingol, in the southeastern
Kurdish region and wounded 12 others.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2012 Oct 29, In Kuwait former
lawmaker Musallam al-Barrack was arrested on charges of criticizing
the Gulf nation's ruler during protests.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Oct 29, In southwest
Pakistan a gunmen killed a pro-government tribal elder and six
members of his family in Baluchistan province.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2014 Oct 29, Lebanese troops
detained 50 people in raids on towns and Syrian refugee camps in the
north of the country.
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
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.
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.
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
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