Today in History - October 30
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1270 Oct 30,
The seventh crusade was ended by the treaty of Barbary.
1391 Oct 30, Eduard, [Dom
Duarte], King of Portugal (1433-38) and author, was born.
1485 Oct 30, Henry Tudor
(1457-1509) of England was crowned as Henry VII. This followed his
defeat of King Richard III at Bosworth Field on Aug 22.
(HN, 10/30/98)(DoW, 1999, p.66)
1503 Oct 30, Queen Isabella of
Spain banned violence against Indians.
1583 Oct 30, Pirro Ligorio
(83), Italian architect, painter and archaeologist, died.
1629 Oct 30, King Charles I
gave the Bahamas to Sir Robert Heath.
1632 Oct 30, Henri de
Montmorency, French duke and plotter, was beheaded.
1683 Oct 30, George II, King of
Great Britain (1727-60), was born. [see Oct 30]
1712 Oct 30, Christian Wilhelm
Ernst Dietrich, German painter, was born.
1735 Oct 30, John Adams, second
president of the United States (1797-1801), was born in Braintree
(AP, 10/30/97)(HN, 10/30/98)(MC, 10/30/01)
1751 Oct 30 Richard Brinsley
Sheridan (d.1816), Irish-born statesman and dramatist, spent most of
life in England. His plays included “The School for Scandal” with
Georgiana Cavendish as Lady Teazle, "The Rivals” and “the Critic.”
He also wrote the comic opera “The Duenna.” In 1998 Fintan O’Toole
wrote the biography “A Traitor’s Kiss: The Life of Richard
(SFEC, 11/1/98, BR p.4)(WSJ, 1/7/00, p.W4)(HN,
1768 Oct 30, 1st Methodist
church in US was initiated at Wesley Chapel, NYC.
1769 Oct 30, Captain Portola
and his party camped at what is now Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica. They
climbed the ridge above Linda Mar and saw the Farallon Islands as
well as the cliffs of Point Reyes. Portola camped in San Pedro
Valley and sent Sergeant Jose Ortega out to survey what was ahead.
(SFC, 5/19/96, City Guide, p.16)(Ind,
6/13/00,16A)(SFC, 11/7/15, p.C2)
1772 Oct 30, Capt Cook arrived
with ship Resolution in Capetown.
1775 Oct 30, Fr. Lasuen founded
Mission San Juan Capistrano, but the site was abandoned after eight
days when they received word of an attack at the San Diego Mission.
They quickly buried the bells for safe keeping and fled to the
Presidio (fort) in San Diego for shelter.
1821 Nov 11, Fyodor
Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (d.1881), Russian novelist who wrote “The
Brothers Karamazov,” was born. “Originality and a feeling of one’s
own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle.”
(AP, 12/9/97)(HN, 11/11/98)
1839 Oct 30, Alfred Sisley
(d.1899), impressionist artist, was born in Paris of English
parents. He studied in London and then in Paris in the studio of
Charles Gleyre. He painted landscapes almost exclusively. His work
included “A Turn in the Road” (1873).
(DPCP 1984)(HN, 10/30/00)
1843 Oct 30, A. G. Henri
Regnault, French water colors painter, was born.
1853 Oct 30, Pietro Raimondi
(66), Italian composer (Potifar, Giacobbe), died.
1857 Oct 30, Gertrude Atherton,
novelist, was born.
1866 Oct 30, Jesse James gang
robbed a bank in Lexington, Missouri, of $2000.
1870 Oct 30, French National
Guard was defeated at Le Bourget.
1871 Oct 30, Paul Valery
(d.1945), French poet, essayist and critic, was born in Sete. “Two
dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder.”
(HN, 10/30/00)(AP, 6/10/00)(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.T10)
1873 Oct 30, P.T. Barnum's
circus, "Greatest Show on Earth," debuted in NYC.
1875 Oct 30, San Francisco
Mayor James Otis (b.1826) died of diphtheria.
1882 Oct 30, William F. "Bull"
Halsey, Jr., American admiral, was born. He played an instrumental
role in the defeat of Japan during World War II. The Japanese
surrender was signed on his flagship, the USS Missouri.
1885 Oct 30, Ezra Pound
(d.1972), poet and critic, was born in Hailey, Idaho. He wrote “The
Cantos.” Pound met William Carlos Williams at the Univ. of
Pennsylvania in 1907 and they remained friends and wrote many
letters. “Pound-Williams: Selected Correspondence” was ed. by Hugh
Witemeyer in 1996. Ezra Pound spent 3 winters with W.B. Yeats
(1913-1916) as the poet’s artistic prod and secretary. During World
War II, Pound was arrested for broadcasting fascist propaganda to
the United States from Rome. He stood trial for this crime and was
judged to be insane. He was incarcerated at St. Elizabeth's Hospital
in Washington from 1946 until his release in 1958. “Literature is
news that stays news.”
6/3/96, BR p.6)(AP, 8/25/98)(HN, 10/30/98)(SFEC, 6/18/00, BR p.10)
1888 Oct 30, John J. Loud
patented a ballpoint pen.
1888 Oct 30, In London Jack the
Ripper murdered his last victim. [see Nov 3]
1890 Oct 30, Japan’s Emperor
Meiji issued the Imperial Rescript on Education to illustrate the
moral principles that each citizen was to follow. It was revoked in
1/22/05, p.39)(Econ, 4/15/17, p.36)
1893 Oct 30, Charles Atlas,
[Angelo Siciliano], US bodybuilder, was born.
1894 Oct 30, Peter Warlock,
composer, was born as Philip Heseltine.
1894 Oct 30, Daniel Cooper
patented a time clock.
1896 Oct 30, Ruth Gordon,
actress (Rosemary's Baby, Harold & Maude), was born in Mass.
1896 Oct 30, Kaspar Wicki,
Swiss inventor, received Swiss patent Nr. 13329 for a key
configuration for the concertina, that made fingering identical in
1899 Oct 30, British Morning
Post reporter Winston Churchill reached Capetown.
1899 Oct 30, Two battalions of
British troops were cut off, surrounded and forced to surrender to
General Petrus Joubert's Boers at Nicholson's Nek.
1905 Oct 30, G.B. Shaw's "Mrs.
Warren's Profession," premiered in NYC.
1905 Oct 30, Czar Nicholas II
of Russia issued the October Manifesto, granting civil liberties and
elections in an attempt to avert the burgeoning support for
revolution. Nicholas also accepted the 1st Duma (Parliament)
(HN, 10/30/00)(MC, 10/30/01)
1914 Oct 30, The Allied
offensive at Ypres, Belgium, began.
1918 Oct 30, Ted Williams,
hitter (Red Sox, AL MVP '46, '49; Trip Crown '42,'47), was born.
1918 Oct 30, The Italians
captured Vittorio Veneto and rout the Austro-Hungarian army.
1918 Oct 30, The Slovak
National Council acceded to the Nov 28 Prague proclamation for the
creation of Czechoslovakian state. Slovaks joined the Czechs to form
Czechoslovakia. During World War II, Slovakia existed as puppet
state of Nazi-run Germany.
1918 Oct 30, Turkey signed an
armistice with the Allies, agreeing to end hostilities at noon
1922 Oct 30, Mussolini sent his
black shirts into Rome and formed a government. The Fascist takeover
was almost without bloodshed. [see Oct 28]
(HN, 10/30/98)(MC, 10/30/01)
1925 Oct 30, Scotsman John L.
Baird performed first TV broadcast of moving objects.
1926 Oct 30, Marvin A. Clark of
Tigard, Ore., went missing during a visit to Portland. In 1986
loggers discovered the remains of a man along with some personal
effects that included a revolver and an expended .32 caliber bullet.
Medical examiners ruled the man’s death a suicide and in 2014 DNA
evidence was checked to verify if the man was Clark.
(SFC, 5/1/14, p.A10)
1929 Oct 30, Joan Ganz Cooney,
founder (Children's Television Workshop), was born.
1932 Oct 30, Louis Malle,
director (Atlantic City, Black Moon, Viva Maria), was born in
1933 Oct 30, Michael S.
Dukakis, (Gov-D-Mass) and presidential candidate (D-1988), was born.
1935 Oct 30, The US Army Air
Corps held a competition to see which company would build the
country’s next-generation of long-range bombers. Boeing’s “flying
fortress” crashed shortly after takeoff and Martin and Douglas won
(Econ, 1/16/10, p.84)
1938 Oct 30, On a Sunday night
Orson Welles and his troupe of actors in the Mercury Theater touched
off mass panic with a CBS dramatic radio adaptation of the 1898
novel of Martian conquest, "The War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells. In
spite of pre-broadcast announcements that the production was
fiction, about a million Americans readied their guns for battle,
fled and prayed for deliverance from what they believed was a real
threat. Orson Welles (left), roundly criticized for inciting the
hysteria, apologized for the realistic nature of the radio play and
explained that he never expected such a severe reaction. The War of
the Worlds broadcast went on the air opposite radio's number-one
program, The Charlie McCarthy Show, featuring ventriloquist Edgar
Bergen and his dummy. Critic Alexander Woollcott telegraphed Welles,
"This only goes to prove, my beamish boy, that the intelligent
people were all listening to a dummy, and all the dummies were
listening to you."
(HFA, '96, p.40)(TL, 1988, p.111)(AP,
10/30/97)(HNPD, 10/30/98)(HN, 10/30/98)
1939 Oct 30, German U boat
failed in an attack of English battleship Nelson with Winston
Churchill, Dudley Pound and Charles Forbes aboard.
1939 Oct 30, USSR and Germany
agreed on partitioning Poland. Hitler deported Jews.
1940 Oct 30, Cole Porter
musical "Panama Hattie," premiered in NYC.
1942 Oct 30, On the 8th day of
battle at El Alamein a new Australian assault began.
1943 Oct 30, The
Molotov-Eden-Cordell Hull accord over operations at UN.
1944 Oct 30, The Martha Graham
ballet "Appalachian Spring," with music by Aaron Copland, premiered
at the Library of Congress, with Graham in a leading role.
1944 Oct 30, Anne Frank (of
Diary fame) was deported from Auschwitz to Belsen.
1944 Oct 30, Sweden announced
its intention to stay neutral and refused sanctuary in WW II.
1945 Oct 30, The US government
announced the end of shoe rationing, effective at midnight.
1949 Oct 30, Kurt Weill and
Maxwell Anderson's "Lost in the Stars" premiered in NYC.
1950 Oct 30, The First Marine
Division was ordered to replace the entire South Korean I Corps at
the Chosin Reservoir area.
1950 Oct 30, Gen'l. Douglas
McArthur ordered a combined Marine and Army outfit to cross the 38th
parallel and "mop up" remaining North Korean soldiers. 12,000
Marines found themselves surrounded by 8 Chinese divisions. The
marines lost 4,000 men and the Chinese lost 37,500. Joseph Owen
later authored "Colder Than Hell: A Marine Rifle Company at the
Chosin Reservoir," a first person account of the fighting. In 1999
Martin Russ published "Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign." The
novel “The Marines of Autumn” by Michael Brady was based on this
(WSJ, 8/6/99, p.W7)(WSJ, 5/26/00, p.W8)
1952 Oct 30, Dr. Albert
Schweitzer (b.1875) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize but only
received it in 1953. Schweitzer and his wife Hélène had moved to
Gabon (French Equatorial Africa) in 1913 and opened a hospital in
Lambaréné, which he later expanded with money from the Nobel Peace
(AP, 10/30/97)(HNPD, 9/4/98)
1952 Oct 30, Clarence Birdseye
sold the 1st frozen pea package.
1953 Oct 30, Gen. George C.
Marshall was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Albert Schweitzer
received his 1952 Peace Prize.
1953 Aug 30, The first
publicly announced experimental TV broadcast of a network program in
compatible color was presented by NBC: St. George and the Dragon,
starring Burr Tillstrom's Kukla, Fran and Ollie.
1954 Oct 30, Linus Pauling won
the Nobel prize in chemistry.
(SFC, 10/8/01, p.A17)(MC, 10/30/01)
1954 Oct 30, US Armed Forces
ended segregation of races.
1960 Oct 30, Guatemala's "La
Hora" reported a plan for the invasion on Cuba.
1961 Oct 30, West Germany
signed a guest-worker treaty with Turkey.
(http://tinyurl.com/yakh2moo)(Econ, 9/2/17, p.43)
1961 Oct 30, The Soviet Union
tested a hydrogen bomb, the "Tsar Bomba," with a force estimated at
about 50 megatons. This was the largest explosion ever recorded and
broke a 3-year nuclear test moratorium.
(AP, 10/30/06)(SFC, 2/24/98, p.A22)
1961 Oct 30, The Soviet Party
Congress unanimously approved a resolution ordering the removal of
Josef Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb.
1961 Oct 30, UN unanimously
elected U Thant acting UN Secretary General.
1965 Oct 30, A fireworks
explosions killed 50 in Cartagena, Colombia.
1966 Oct 30, The Zodiac killer
murdered a female college student in Riverside. In 1985 Robert
Graysmith authored "Zodiac" in which he identified the killer with
the pseudonym of "Robert Starr," and later identified him as Arthur
Leigh Allen (d.1992), a convicted child molester from Vallejo.
Graysmith authored "Zodiac Unmasked" in 2002. In 2009 Deborah Perez
(47) asserted that her father, Santa Ana resident Guy Ward
Hendrickson (d.1983), was the Zodiac killer and that she had
accompanied him on some of the killings.
(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W20)(SSFC, 5/12/02, p.M6)(SFC,
1968 Oct 30, Luis W. Alvarez
(1911-1988) of UC Berkeley won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his
work on the bubble chamber.
1968 Oct 30, Ramon Samaniego
Novarro (b.1899), the 1st successful Latin star in Hollywood (Ben
Hur), was killed by 2 male hustlers. In 2002 Andres Soares authored
"Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramon_Novarro)(SSFC, 1/5/03, p.M4)
1971 Oct 30, Mack Ray Edwards,
California serial killer, hanged himself while on death row. He
admitted to 6 sexually motivated murders in the 1950s and 1960s and
later told a jailer that the number was closer to 20.
1972 Oct 30, 45 people were
killed when an Illinois Central Gulf commuter train collided with
another train in Chicago's South Side.
1974 Oct 30, The film "The
Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was released in Los Angeles. It was
narrated by John Larroquette and was first shown in San Francisco.
The film was based on the story of Edward Gein, a handyman in
Plainfield, Wis., who liked to dig up fresh graves, cut the skin off
corpses, wear the skin on his own body and dance in the moonlight.
He was picked up in this year and evidence showed that he’d been
collecting body parts for years. He had skulls on bedposts, a
human heart in a saucepan, and a lady out in his barn dressed like a
(SFC, 5/18/96, p.E-4)
1974 Oct 30, Muhammad Ali and
George Foreman held their “Rumble In the Jungle” boxing match in
Zaire. Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a
15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, to regain his world heavyweight
title, that was taken from him for refusing military service.
(SFC, 2/10/97, p.E3)(WSJ, 2/14/97, p.A12)(AP,
1975 Oct 30, The New York Daily
News ran the headline "Ford to City: Drop Dead" a day after
President Ford said he would veto any proposed federal bailout of
New York City.
1975 Oct 30, Martha Moxley,
15-years-old, was bludgeoned to death with a gulf club in Greenwich,
Conn., on Halloween eve. The last person to see her was 17-year-old
Thomas Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy. No one has ever been
charged. Michael (15) and Thomas (17) Skakel were suspects. Michael
Skakel was charged with the killing in 2000. The 1993 novel "A
Season in Purgatory" by Dominick Dunne, and "Murder in Greenwich" by
Mark Fuhrman in 1998 were based on this murder. In 2002 a jury found
Skakel guilty of murder. He was sentenced 20 years to life in
(WSJ, 5/6/96, p.A-11)(SFC, 10/17/98, p.A6)(SFC,
6/8/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/29/02, p.A1)
1975 Oct 30, Juan Carlos (37)
assumed power in Spain after General Franco, near death, gave him
1978 Oct 30, Uganda troops
attacked Tanzania. Uganda under Idi Amin went on to annex a
700-square-mile section of Tanzania. Pres. Nyerere sent Tanzanian
soldiers and Ugandan exile volunteers to push back Amin's forces.
1979 Oct 30, President Carter
announced his choice of federal appeals judge Shirley Hufstedler to
head the newly created Department of Education.
1980 Oct 30, New Jersey Dem.
Sen. Harrison Williams (d.2001 at 81) was indicted in the Abscam
sting operation and later convicted.
(WSJ, 11/20/01, p.A1)
1983 Oct 30, In California the
body of Sharon Ray (19) was found half-buried in the sand at
Pescadero Beach in San Mateo County. In 2015 John Joseph Scott (67)
was arrested after DNA evidence linked him to the victim.
(SFC, 11/19/15, p.D4)
1983 Oct 30, Argentina held
general elections. The democratic government of Raul Alfonsin
replaced the 7-year-old military junta and formed a national human
rights commission. The first act of the government was to annul the
amnesty rushed through by the junta just before it fell.
p.D4)(Econ, 4/14/07, p.40)
1984 Oct 30, Police in Poland
found the body of kidnapped pro-Solidarity priest Father Jerzy
Popieluszko, whose death was blamed on four security officers.
1985 Oct 30, The launch of the
space shuttle “Challenger” was witnessed by schoolteacher Christa
McAuliffe, who was fated to die when the spacecraft exploded after
liftoff the following January.
1985 Oct 30, American Brands
was removed as a component of the Dow Jones. It had begun as
American Tobacco in 1890.
(WSJ, 5/28/96, p. R-45)
1987 Oct 30, President Reagan
announced that Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev would visit
Washington the following December for a summit, during which the two
leaders would sign a treaty banning intermediate-range nuclear
1988 Oct 30, Responding to
Republican attempts to pin the term liberal on him, Democrat Michael
Dukakis declared on the campaign trail, "Yes, I am a liberal, in the
tradition of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John Kennedy."
1989 Oct 30, Mitsubishi Estate
Co., a major Japanese real estate concern, announced it was buying
51 percent of Rockefeller Group Inc. of New York.
1990 Oct 30, Britain’s PM
Margaret Thatcher addressed the House of Commons and strongly
rejected the European Commission’s federal ambitions to integration.
(Econ, 3/5/15, p.54)
1990 Oct 30, The Iraqi News
Agency quoted Saddam Hussein as saying Iraq was making final
preparations for war, and that he expected an attack by the United
States and its allies within days.
1990 Oct 30, In the Persian
Gulf, ten American sailors died when a steam pipe ruptured aboard
the USS “Iwo Jima”; in Saudi Arabia, a Marine was killed in an
accident while driving in the desert.
1990 Oct 30, In Russia the
Solovetsky stone was erected in Moscow. It was from the Stalin-era
Solovki prison camp as a memorial to victims of Soviet repression.
1991 Oct 30, The Middle East
peace conference in Madrid, Spain, opened with addresses to the
delegates by President George Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S.
1991 Oct 30, BET Holdings Inc.,
became the first African-American company listed on the New York
1992 Oct 30, Iran-Contra
special prosecutor Lawrence E. Walsh released an excerpt of notes
taken by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger in January 1986
which suggested then-Vice President Bush was fully aware of the
Reagan administration's arms-for-hostages deal with Iran. (Bush said
despite the notes, he was not aware until December 1986 that the
arrangement was an actual arms-for-hostages swap.)
1992 Oct 30, Joan Mitchell
(b.1925), American pastel artist, died. In 2011 Patricia Albers
authored “Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter, A Life.”
(SFC, 3/31/97, p.E6)(SSFC, 5/29/11,
1993 Oct 30, Martin Fettman,
America's first veterinarian in space, chopped the heads off six
rats and performed the world's first animal dissections in space,
aboard the shuttle Columbia.
1993 Oct 30, Hernan Heleno
Castro, El Salvadorian guerilla leader, was murdered.
1993 Oct 30, A United Nations
deadline for ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to
return to power passed with the country's military still in control.
1994 Oct 30, The National
Museum of American Indian opened in NYC.
1994 Oct 30, Pope John Paul II
named 30 new cardinals, including the archbishops of Baltimore and
Detroit and the first-ever from Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and two
former East-bloc states, Albania and Belarus.
1995 Oct 30, The people of
Quebec rejected an independence referendum by a very narrow margin,
50.6% to 49.4%. It was the 2nd defeat in 15 years. The margin was
50,000 votes out of 5 million cast.
(WSJ, 11/1/95, p.A-1)(SFC, 11/9/96, p.A12)(WSJ,
1996 Oct 30, After a four-hour
trial, a Chinese court sentenced pro-democracy activist Wang Dan to
11 years in prison for "conspiring to subvert the Chinese
government." Wang was freed in April 1998 and sent into exile in the
1997 Oct 30, A jury in
Cambridge, Mass., convicted British au pair Louise Woodward of
second-degree murder in the death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen. The
judge, Hiller B. Zobel, later reduced the verdict to manslaughter
and set Woodward free.
1997 Oct 30, Confronting some
of his harshest critics, Chinese President Jiang Zemin defended his
country's human rights record before members of Congress. He also
promised the US to cut its average tariff to 10% by 2005.
(WSJ, 10/31/97, p.A20) (AP, 10/30/98)
1997 Oct 30, In Livermore, CA.,
a shutdown began of the “plutonium building” at the National
Laboratory due to safety violations.
(SFEC, 1/11/98, p.D7)
1997 Oct 30, Movie director
Samuel Fuller died in Hollywood at age 86.
1997 Oct 30, In Algeria some
30,000 marched in Algiers in protest over the elections and called
for the resignation of Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia.
(SFC, 10/31/97, p.D2)
1997 Oct 30, In Ireland Mary
McAleese, a lawyer and academic from Belfast, was elected as
president to succeed Mary Robinson.
(SFC, 10/31/97, p.D3)
1998 Oct 30, The Group of Seven
industrial nations endorsed Pres. Clinton’s plan to protect healthy
nations from currency and stock market upheavals with a new IMF
(SFC, 10/31/98, p.A12)
1998 Oct 30, Four abortion
clinics in 3 states, Indian, Kentucky and Tennessee, received
letters claiming to contain deadly anthrax bacteria. The letters
were tested and found to be free of anthrax.
(SFC, 10/31/98, p.A3)(SFEC, 11/1/98, p.A11)
1998 Oct 30, David Bower (86)
of the US and Mikhail Budyko of Russia won the $427,600 Blue Planet
Prize, awarded by the Asahi Glass Foundation of Japan for their work
in solving environmental problems.
(SFC, 10/31/98, p.A8)
1998 Oct 30, The UN extended
its 460-member peacekeeping force in the Western Sahara over land
contested between Morocco and the Algerian-based Polisario Front.
(SFC, 10/31/98, p.A15)
1998 Oct 30-1998 Nov 1,
Hurricane Mitch caused a major mud slide in Nicaragua when the
Casita Volcano crater lake in Posoltega overflowed. The death toll
was estimated in the thousands. In Honduras Mayor Cesar Castellanos
of Tegucigalpa and 3 others were killed in a helicopter crash while
surveying the flood damage where hundreds were estimated killed.
(SFC, 11/2/98, p.A1,17)(AP, 10/30/99)
1998 Oct 30, In Pakistan Prime
Minister Sharif dismissed the Sindh provincial government and
imposed federal rule following a fallout between the Pakistan Muslim
League and the Muttaheda Qami Movement over the recent killing of
Hakim Said, a critic of the MQM and a leading physician.
(SFC, 10/31/98, p.A14)
1998 Oct 30, Spanish judges
ruled that Spain has the legal right to bring criminal charges
against Augusto Pinochet and to seek his extradition from Britain.
(SFC, 10/31/98, p.A12)
1998 Oct 30, In Turkey
anti-terrorist squads shot an airline hijacker to death and freed 38
(SFC, 10/30/98, p.A18)
1999 Oct 30, In China the
government approved new laws against superstitious sects and secret
societies with prison terms of 7 years or more.
(SFC, 11/1/99, p.A11)
1999 Oct 30, In Kenya it was
reported that thousands of residents were feared to have been
exposed to radiation from a thorium compound used in roadway
construction materials in Msambweni
(SFC, 10/30/99, p.A8)
1999 Oct 30, In Mexico police
reported that Juan Jose Quintero Payan (57), a Juarez Cartel boss,
was arrested in Guadalajara.
(SFC, 11/1/99, p.A13)
1999 Oct 30, In Inchon, South
Korea, a fire killed 54 young people, mostly teenagers, at a karaoke
bar. Another 75 were injured.
(SFEC, 10/31/99, p.A2)
2000 Oct 30, Steve Allen, TV
entertainer, died at his home in Encino at age 78. He was the
creator of the “Tonight Show,” had recorded 49 albums, wrote 53
books and starred in and appeared in numerous TV shows.
(SFC, 11/1/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 30, A heavy storm
swept over Western Europe and at least 8 people were killed.
(SFC, 10/31/00, p.A14)
2000 Oct 30, In Indonesia at
least 43 people died in landslides on Java due to heavy rains.
(SFC, 10/31/00, p.A14)
2000 Oct 30, Israel fired
rockets from helicopter gunships in the West Bank and Gaza as a
warning against the use of guerrilla tactics. The death rose to 133
Palestinians and 10 Israelis.
(SFC, 10/31/00, p.A12)
2000 Oct 30, In Peru a revolt
of renegade troops drew to a close as most of those involved were
rounded up. Lt. Col Humala and 7 soldiers remained at large.
(SFC, 10/31/00, p.A13)
2000 Oct 30, In Madrid, Spain,
a car bomb killed Supreme Court magistrate Jose Francisco Querol
(69), his driver and an escort. 35 were wounded and the ETA was
(SFC, 10/31/00, p.A12)(WSJ, 10/31/00, p.A1)
2001 Oct 30, The New York
Yankees won game three of the World Series, 2-1, cutting the Arizona
Diamondbacks' games lead to 2-1.
2001 Oct 30, Ford Motor Co.
chairman William Clay Ford Jr. took over as chief executive after
the ouster of Jacques Nasser.
2001 Oct 30, NASA's 2001 Mars
Odyssey snapped its first picture of Mars, one week after the
spacecraft safely arrived in orbit around the Red Planet.
2001 Oct 30, The Pentagon
reported that a small number of US ground forces were operating in
(SFC, 10/31/01, p.A3)
2001 Oct 30, Yasser al-Siri, an
Egyptian activist, was charged in London in connection with the
assassination in Afghanistan of Ahmed Shah Massood, a Northern
Alliance leader. [see Egypt, Nov 25, 1993]
(SFC, 10/31/01, p.A4)(WSJ, 10/31/01, p.A16)
2001 Oct 30, A 5th day of rain
on Caribbean coast force 25,000 people from their homes in Honduras.
4 people were reported killed. Heavy damage was also reported from
Nicaragua with 12 people missing.
(SFC, 10/31/01, p.C2)(SFC, 11/1/01, p.C7)
2001 Oct 30, In Tbilisi,
Georgia, the state security ministry sent 30 agents to the
independent Rustavi 2 TV station, ostensibly for a tax
investigation. The director refused the examination of financial
files and put the standoff on the air which prompted 5-10 thousand
people to gather in protest. Security Minister Vakhtang Kutateladze
was later fired by Pres. Shevardnadze.
(SFC, 11/2/01, p.D2)
2001 Oct 30, In Israel Shimon
Peres reportedly prepared a peace initiative with plans to dismantle
Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip and the creation of a
(SFC, 10/31/01, p.C3)
2001 Oct 30, In the Philippines
Marvin Deonzon (27) was arrested following the weekend bomb attack.
Deonzon claimed to be part of the al Qaeda network and warned of
another 40 bombs planted around Zamboanga.
(WSJ, 11/1/01, p.A17)
2001 Oct 30, In Russia some 300
young people stormed a Moscow market in a racist rampage that left 2
Caucasus vendors dead.
(SFC, 11/1/01, p.C7)
2001 Oct 30, Ukraine destroyed
its last nuclear missile silo, fulfilling a pledge to give up the
vast nuclear arsenal it had inherited after the breakup of the
former Soviet Union.
2002 Oct 30, In Minnesota
Walter Mondale took the ballot place of the late Sen. Wellstone.
Mondale ended up losing to Republican Norm Coleman.
(WSJ, 10/31/02, p.A1)(AP, 10/30/03)
2002 Oct 30, DJ Jam Master Jay
(Jason Mizell), rap artist, was shot to death in Queens, NYC.
(SFC, 11/1/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 30, Allied warplanes
bombed Iraqi defense systems in the northern no-fly zone over Iraq
after being fired upon during routine patrols.
2002 Oct 30, In Belarus
authorities reported the discovery of a mass grave on a military
base at Slutsk with the remains of up to 12,000 people killed during
World War II. Some 800,000 Jew of Belarus were killed by Nazis.
2002 Oct 30, In Sao Paulo,
Brazil, Suzanne von Richtofen (22) let her lover Daniel Cravinhos
(21) and his brother, Christian (26) into her house, and checked to
make sure her parents were sleeping. Then the brothers sneaked into
the parents' bedroom and bludgeoned them to death with iron bars. In
2006 all 3 were tried for murder. Each was convicted and sentenced
to 40 years in prison. Daniel Cravinhos said he beat Manfred and
Marisa von Richtofen to death with an iron bar as they slept at home
in a wealthy district of Sao Paulo because the couple's daughter,
Suzanne von Richtofen, persuaded him to do it.
(AP, 6/5/06)(AP, 7/17/06)(AP, 7/22/06)
2002 Oct 30, Freeview TV,
jointly owned by the BBC, Crown Castle International and BSkyB, was
launched in the UK as an alternative to PayTV.
2002 Oct 30, Danish police
arrested Akhmed Zakayev (43), a top aide to Aslan Maskhadov, former
(SFC, 10/31/02, p.A31)
2002 Oct 30, Senior Sinn
Fein-IRA figure Martin McGuinness declared his war has ended in a
documentary broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corp.
2002 Oct 30, Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon's broad-based coalition collapsed when Cabinet
ministers from the moderate Labor Party resigned in a dispute over
funding for Jewish settlements.
2002 Oct 30, A Palestinian
gunman killed two teenage girls and a woman in a Jewish settlement
in the West Bank before being shot dead in a firefight with soldiers
2002 Oct 30, Russia launched a
rocket carrying two cosmonauts and a Belgian astronaut to the
international space station for an eight-day mission.
2002 Oct 30, A series of bomb
blasts rocked the poor township of Soweto, SA, killing one person,
ripping a hole in a mosque and damaging several railway stations and
rail lines running into the nearby city of Johannesburg. The
Boeremag (Afrikaner Power) was believed responsible.
(AP, 10/30/02)(SFC, 11/2/02, p.A7)
2002 Oct 30, Nine people,
mostly Canadian or British tourists, were killed and at least 10
more injured when their bus crashed in South Africa, police
2003 Oct 30, The US House
approved an $87.5 billion package for Iraq and Afghanistan.
2003 Oct 30, The US Commerce
Dept. said GDP grew 7.2% over the last quarter.
(SFC, 10/31/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 30, The US Senate
passed legislation allowing thinning of forests across the West.
(SFC, 10/31/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 30, A multistory
parking garage under construction at the Tropicana Casino &
Resort in Atlantic City, NJ, collapsed, killing 4 construction
workers and injuring 22 others.
(Reuters, 10/30/03)(SFC, 10/31/03, p.A3)(AP,
2003 Oct 30, The US and 29
other countries pledged $18.4 million to create a new war crimes
court in Bosnia that will lighten the load at the U.N. tribunal in
2003 Oct 30, In Italy former
Premier Giulio Andreotti was acquitted of charges he ordered the
Mafia killing of a journalist in 1979, wiping out the veteran
politician's previous conviction.
2003 Oct 30, In Panama more
than 20,000 teachers and construction workers stayed off the job,
staging a daylong strike to demand that the government retain
control over the country's social security system.
2003 Oct 30, President Vladimir
Putin tightened his grip on the Kremlin by relieving his chief of
staff from duty. Putin named Dmitry Medvedev, the first deputy chief
of staff and the chairman of the Russian natural gas giant Gazprom,
to succeed Alexander Voloshin in the post.
2003 Oct 30, In northeastern
Uganda soldiers clashed with rebels, killing 33 insurgents in three
separate battles over the last 2 days. 3 soldiers were killed.
2003 Oct 30, The UN ordered all
its non-Iraqi staff to leave Baghdad.
(WSJ, 4/19/04, p.A14)
2004 Oct 30, The US Army
extended Iraq tours by 2 months for some 6,500 soldiers.
(SSFC, 10/31/04, p.A10)
2004 Oct 30, Peggy Ryan (80),
actress-dancer died in Las Vegas.
2004 Oct 30, A burst of
poisonous gas in a coal mine in northeast China killed 15 miners at
the Xilutian Mine in Fushun, a city in Liaoning province.
2004 Oct 30, Eight American
Marines were killed in fighting west of Baghdad. A car bomb killed
at least seven people in attack on an Arab television network in
Baghdad. Iraqi troops fired wildly on civilian vehicles, killing at
least 14 people.
2004 Oct 30, The decapitated
body of a Japanese backpacker (Shosei Koda) was found wrapped in an
American flag in northwestern Baghdad; the militant group led by Abu
Musab al-Zarqawi later claimed responsibility. In 2006 Hussein Fahmi
(28), an operative for al-Qaida in Iraq, confessed to carrying out
116 beheadings, including that of 24-year-old Japanese backpacker
(WSJ, 11/1/04, p.A1)(AP, 10/30/05)(AP, 3/2/06)
2004 Oct 30, Liberians ventured
back onto the streets of Monrovia during a temporary lifting of a
round-the-clock curfew imposed after at least 7 people were killed
in religious riots.
2004 Oct 30, Rwandan troops
arrived in Sudan's remote Darfur region to join Nigerian soldiers
monitoring a shaky cease-fire in the country's troubled west.
2005 Oct 30, The body of Rosa
Parks arrived at the U.S. Capitol, where the civil rights pioneer
became the first woman to lie in honor in the Rotunda; President
Bush and congressional leaders paused to lay wreaths by her casket.
2005 Oct 30, Microsoft Corp.
founder Bill Gates pledged $258.3 million for research and
development to combat malaria, including new cash to test the
world's first vaccine against the mosquito-borne disease.
(Reuters, 10/31/05)(SFC, 10/31/05, p.A8)
2005 Oct 30, In SF the 10th
running of the Illegal Soapbox Society’s Halloween derby was held in
(SFC, 11/1/05, p.E1)
2005 Oct 30, In Madison,
Wisconsin, police used pepper spray to break up rowdy Halloween
celebrations. Over 400 arrests were made mostly for alcohol-related
(SFC, 10/31/05, p.A3)
2005 Oct 30, In SF some 20,000
people gathered in Golden Gate Park for a memorial concert, the
Family Dog’s last Tribal Stomp, to celebrate Chet Helms, who died
(SFC, 10/31/05, p.B1)
2005 Oct 30, Gordon A. Craig
(b.1913), Scottish-born former Stanford history professor, died in
California. His books included “Europe Since 1815” (1961).
(SFC, 11/9/05, p.B11)
2005 Oct 30, Al Lopez (97),
baseball Hall of Fame catcher and manager died in Tampa, Fla.
2005 Oct 30, The US military
said 2 American soldiers have been charged with allegedly assaulting
two detainees at a US-led coalition base in southern Afghanistan.
2005 Oct 30, Congolese troops
rescued four electoral workers from their militia captors in a raid
that set off a battle that killed dozens of militiamen and one
soldier. Some 40 Mayi-Mayi militiamen were killed by the army. One
soldier was killed and three others injured.
2005 Oct 30, Police clashed
with angry youths in a Paris suburb for the fourth straight night,
with accusations over a police teargas grenade thrown into a mosque
set to exacerbate the situation further.
2005 Oct 30, Dresden's $215
million rebuilt Frauenkirche, or Church of Our Lady, was
re-consecrated, 60 years after it was destroyed by Allied bombs in
World War II. The Protestant church was originally built in 1743 and
collapsed after a wave of bombing in February 1945.
(AP, 10/30/05)(SSFC, 10/30/05, p.A16)
2005 Oct 30, It was reported
that the US military had begun tracking the deaths of Iraqi
civilians. Estimates of those killed and wounded averaged 26 per day
from early 2004 and rose to 63 per day by the end of August, 2005.
Attacks against Americans and Iraqis were reported to be averaging
85 a day for much of the past year.
(SSFC, 10/30/05, p.A21)
2005 Oct 30, Insurgents killed
seven Iraqi civilians in scattered attacks. An Iraqi cabinet adviser
was killed when gunmen attacked his car in northern Baghdad, and a
deputy trade minister was wounded in a separate attack. A US Army
soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in central Iraq.
(AP, 10/30/05)(Reuters, 10/30/05)(SFC, 11/1/05,
2005 Oct 30, Israeli troops
killed 3 Palestinian militants, including the suspected mastermind
of a suicide attack, in a West Bank raid just hours after the two
sides had reached a tentative new truce deal.
2005 Oct 30, Ivory Coast
President Laurent Gbagbo, whose mandate was due to go into extra
time following the west African state's failure to hold elections,
pledged to do everything he could to organize a vote before a
one-year deadline set by the United Nations.
2005 Oct 30, Hurricane Beta
pounded Nicaragua's east coast with heavy rains and powerful winds
as thousands sought protection in boarded-up homes or government
2005 Oct 30, Nigeria reported
that its inflation rate rose to 15.5% in the 12 months ending in
August, up 14.2% from the month before according to the Federal
Office of Statistics (FOS).
2005 Oct 30, Pakistan and India
made an unprecedented agreement to open their heavily militarized
border in disputed Kashmir to aid the flow of relief goods and
reunite divided families in the aftermath of South Asia's colossal
2005 Oct 30, Palestinian
officials said they have agreed with Israel to halt nearly a week of
fighting after militant groups pledged to halt rocket fire on
southern Israeli towns.
2005 Oct 30, Zanzibar police
and ruling party militia chased opposition supporters through the
streets as voters chose between the socialists who have ruled
semiautonomous state for more than 30 years and an opposition group
promising wholesale change. Voting in national and regional
elections on mainland Tanzania was postponed to Dec. 18 because of a
vice presidential candidate's death. Official results named
incumbent Amani Karume of the ruling Party of the Revolution (CCM)
the winner with 53% of the vote.
(AP, 10/30/05)(Econ, 11/5/05, p.51)
2006 Oct 30, Mass. Sen. John
Kerry told a California college audience that young people who
didn't study hard might "get stuck in Iraq," prompting harsh
Republican criticism; Kerry later said it was a botched joke against
President Bush's handling of the war.
2006 Oct 30, A new ranking
compiled by Morgan Quitno Press listed St. Louis as the most
dangerous city in the USA, leading a trend of violent crimes rising
much faster in the Midwest than in the rest of nation. The study
looked at crime only within St. Louis city limits, with a population
of about 330,000 under Mayor Francis Slay. The safest city in 2005
was Brick, N.J., with a population about 78,000, followed by
Amherst, N.Y., and Mission Viejo, Calif. The second most dangerous
city was Detroit, followed by Flint, Mich., and Compton, Calif.
2006 Oct 30, In southern
Afghanistan NATO troops fought a six-hour battle with insurgents in
a firefight that left 55 militants and one NATO soldier dead. ISAF
warplanes killed 12 insurgents in the southern province of Kandahar.
(AP, 10/30/06)(AFP, 10/31/06)
2006 Oct 30, In Algeria 3
people were killed and 24 wounded in near-simultaneous truck bomb
attacks overnight on two police stations in Reghaia town, 30 km (20
miles) east of the capital, and the eastern Algiers suburb of
Dergana. Witnesses called it the most elaborate assault by Islamist
rebels in several years.
2006 Oct 30, Sir Nicholas
Stern, head of Britain’s government economic service, issued a
report on climate change that said world output could be up to a
fifth lower over the next century or two due to climate change.
(Econ, 11/4/06, p.14)(Econ, 12/16/06, p.80)
2006 Oct 30, In London 6 men
from remote Pitcairn Island lost their final appeal against their
convictions for a string of sex attacks dating back 40 years.
2006 Oct 30, Counting from
Congo's election proceeded swiftly. Rioters destroyed 43 polling
stations and thousands of ballot papers were burned in the east
after a soldier killed two election officials.
(AP, 10/30/06)(WSJ, 10/31/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 30, Hutomo Mandala
Putra (44), the youngest son of former dictator Suharto, was paroled
from prison after serving less than a third of his 15-year sentence
for ordering the assassination of a Supreme Court judge.
2006 Oct 30, In Iraq at least
81 people were killed or found dead, including 33 victims of a bomb
attack on laborers lined up to find a days work in Baghdad's Sadr
city Shiite slum. Essam al-Rawi, a leading Iraqi academic and
prominent hardline Sunni political activist, was fatally shot by
three gunmen as he was leaving his Baghdad home.
(AP, 10/30/06)(SFC, 10/31/06, p.A3)
2006 Oct 30, The Israeli
Cabinet voted overwhelmingly to bring into the government a hawkish
party that opposes ceding territory to the Palestinians and wants to
redraw Israel's borders to exclude many Israeli Arabs.
2006 Oct 30, An Italian court
ordered former Premier Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial on charges
of corruption along with David Mills, the estranged husband of
Britain's culture minister.
2006 Oct 30, In Amman, Jordan,
a delegation of Iraq lawmakers met with a newly formed group of
Iraqi political activists and agreed to hold a national
reconciliation conference next month.
2006 Oct 30, The Mexican
government authorized the extradition of ex-Guatemalan President
Alfonso Portillo (2000-2004) to face embezzlement charges in his
2006 Oct 30, In Morocco the
world's five leading nuclear powers and eight other nations kicked
off a new program aimed at keeping nuclear weapons beyond the reach
of terrorists. Morocco became the first Arab state to join a global
initiative led by Russia and the United States to combat nuclear
(AP, 10/31/06)(Reuters, 10/31/06)
2006 Oct 30, Nigeria and China
signed an 8.3 billion dollar contract for the construction of a
railway line from the economic capital Lagos to Kano, the largest
commercial city in the north.
2006 Oct 30, Northern Ireland
began demolition of the Maze prison for a sports complex.
(WSJ, 10/31/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 30, Pakistani troops
backed by helicopters raided a religious school purportedly being
used as an al-Qaida training center, killing 80 people in the
country's deadliest strike ever against suspected Islamic militants.
The attack happened about two miles from the Bajur tribal town of
2006 Oct 30, Palestinian gunmen
abducted a Spanish aid worker in the Gaza Strip. Roberto Vila (34)
was released after a few hours.
2006 Oct 30, Typhoon Cimaron
swept across the northern Philippines, killing more than 15 people
in a barrage of landslides, uprooted trees and flooding.
2006 Oct 30, In Moscow top
Russian and US military officers signed a cooperation agreement that
lays out plans for joint activities for the coming year.
2006 Oct 30, A Russian company
won a bid to construct a second nuclear plant in Bulgaria.
2006 Oct 30, Somali Islamic
leaders banned youthful Somalis from marrying without the consent of
their parents, saying such unions violate Islam.
2006 Oct 30, South African
miner Gold Fields announced it was listing on the Dubai
International Financial Exchange (DIFX), becoming the first African
company to list shares on the fledgling Gulf market.
2006 Oct 30, The first shipment
of US beef in nearly three years arrived in South Korea on Monday
after the country lifted an import ban triggered by fears of mad cow
2007 Oct 30,
Mike McConnell, US Director of National Intelligence, said the
government spent $43.5 billion on intelligence this year.
(SFC, 10/31/07, p.A6)
2007 Oct 30,
The US Supreme Court halted a Mississippi execution, their 3rd
reprieve since agreeing to rule on Kentucky’s lethal injection
(WSJ, 10/31/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 30, It was reported
that John Murtha, US Democratic Congressman from Johnstown, Pa., and
chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, had
steered at least $600 million in earmarks to his district over the
past 4 years. Since 1992 he has sent some $2 billion to his home
(WSJ, 10/30/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 29, Democrats Barack
Obama and John Edwards sharply challenged Sen. Hillary Rodham
Clinton's candor, consistency and judgment in a televised debate in
2007 Oct 30, In California
Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona was indicted on seven
counts, including conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering,
according to a sweeping indictment unsealed a day earlier. Carona
and others allegedly accepted $350,000 in gifts and cash in exchange
for political favors in a scheme that began as early as 1998, the
year he was first elected. On Jan 16, 2009, a jury convicted Carona
on one count of witness-tampering and acquitted him of bribery
(AP, 10/31/07)(SFC, 10/31/07, p.A3)(SFC, 1/17/09,
2007 Oct 30,
Stan O’Neal, CEO of Merril Lynch, left the company with $161.5
million in stock, options and retirement benefits, following the
recent investment bank’s largest ever quarterly loss.
(SFC, 10/31/07, p.C1)
2007 Oct 30, In Sunnyvale, Ca.,
Todd David Burpee kidnapped and raped a 17-year-old girl. He was
arrested 2 days later. In 2009 Burpee (22) was convicted of
kidnapping and sexual assault and was sentenced 43 years to life in
(SFC, 5/30/09, p.B2)(SFC, 9/12/09, p.C3)
2007 Oct 30,
The San Francisco Bay area's largest earthquake in nearly two
decades rattled homes and nerves. The magnitude-5.6 temblor on the
Calaveras Fault caused no serious damage or injuries.
(AP, 10/31/07)(SFC, 10/31/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 30, NASA said US
astronomers have discovered the biggest black hole orbiting a star
1.8 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia,
with a record-setting mass of 24 to 33 times that of our Sun.
2007 Oct 30, It was reported
that a floating mass of trash some 1,000 miles
west of SF and 1,000 miles north of Hawaii covered an area about the
size of Texas with an estimated mass of 3 million tons, mostly made
up of plastic chips.
(SFC, 10/30/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 30,
Robert Goulet (73), whose Broadway debut in "Camelot" launched
an award-winning stage and recording career, died in Los Angeles.
Goulet also performed in movies ranging from the animated "Gay
Purr-ee" (1962) to "Underground" (1970) to "The Naked Gun 2 1/2"
(1991). He played a lounge singer in Louis Malle's acclaimed 1980
film "Atlantic City."
2007 Oct 30,
American journalist Harry W. Morgan (73), founder of the World
Press Institute (1961), died in Romania. Morgan had moved to Romania
in 1994, when the government invited him to help develop journalism
schools at the universities of Bucharest, Sibiu and Timisoara.
2007 Oct 30, Linda Stein (62),
a pioneer in the punk music scene and later known as a real estate
“broker to the stars,” was found murdered in her Manhattan
apartment. On Nov 9 police arrested Natavia Lowery (26), Stein’s
personal assistant, who bludgeoned her boss to death because Stein
“just kept yelling at her.”
(SFC, 11/2/07, p.E2)(SFC, 11/10/07, p.E2)
2007 Oct 30, Washoe the chimp
(42), who had learned American sign Language, died at Central
Washington Univ. in Ellensburg, Wa. Cognitive researchers had
adopted the 10-month-old chimp from military researchers in 1966.
(SFC, 11/1/07, p.A2)
2007 Oct 30,
An Azerbaijani newspaper editor was sentenced to 8 1/2 years
in prison over an article alleging that the former Soviet republic
could support a US attack on neighboring Iran. The Court for Grave
Crimes convicted Eynulla Fatullayev, the founder and editor of two
independent newspapers that stopped publication this spring amid
government pressure, on charges of making a terrorist threat and
inciting interethnic conflict.
2007 Oct 30, Nordin Benallal
(27), a Belgian gangster dubbed "The Eel" for his skill at slipping
away from Belgian prison authorities, was caught in the Netherlands
two days after his latest jailbreak.
2007 Oct 30, In London Saudi
Arabia's King Abdullah received a lavish welcome from Queen
Elizabeth II as he started a state visit amid angry protests and
headlines after accusing Britain of anti-terrorism failures. The
Policy Exchange, an independent think tank, said Agencies linked to
the Saudi government have distributed extremist literature to
mosques and Islamic centers in Britain.
2007 Oct 30,
Canada's Conservative government vowed to slash corporate and
personal taxes and still pay down C$10 billion in debt this year.
2007 Oct 30, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel met India's leadership at the start of a state visit
aimed at boosting trade and security links.
2007 Oct 30, An Indonesian
court dismissed a legal challenge to the death penalty brought by
lawyers for members of an Australian drugs gang on death row for
2007 Oct 30, In Baghdad, gunmen
in a speeding car tossed a hand grenade into a crowd of shoppers in
eastern Baghdad, killing one person and wounding five. At least four
mortar rounds slammed into a village near Saddam Hussein's hometown
of Tikrit, killing a woman and wounding five other civilians. Three
US soldiers were killed after their patrol was struck by an
explosive and small arms fire in Salman Pak.
(AP, 10/30/07)(AP, 11/2/07)
2007 Oct 30,
Israeli aircraft hit a Hamas-run police station in the
southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, killing at least four people.
2007 Oct 30, In Italy Giovanna
Reggiani (47) was brutally attacked as she returned home in northern
Rome. She died 2 days later. Nicolae Mailat, a Romanian Gypsy,
admitted to snatching her bag but denied her murder. Her attack
triggered a public outcry.
(Econ, 11/10/07, p.63)
2007 Oct 30,
Myanmar's military government freed seven members of Aung San
Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party, who had been held for more than a
month. Human Rights Watch charged that Myanmar’s military government
is recruiting children as young as 10 into its armed forces.
(AP, 10/30/07)(WSJ, 10/31/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 30,
Patricia Etteh, the speaker of Nigeria's House of
Representatives, resigned, just hours after saying she would step
aside temporarily to enable lawmakers to debate a report indicting
her over a contract scam. A panel's report found Etteh did not
follow due process before awarding contracts worth several million
dollars to equip and renovate her official residence and that of her
2007 Oct 30, In Pakistan a
suicide attacker set off a bomb at a checkpoint a quarter-mile from
the military headquarters in Rawalpindi where President Gen. Pervez
Musharraf was staying, killing 3 officers and 4 civilians.
2007 Oct 30, Paraguay's Supreme
Court annulled the mutiny conviction of former army Gen. Lino Cesar
Oviedo, clearing the way for him to compete in April's presidential
2007 Oct 30, In Puerto Rico
federal authorities arrested more than two dozen people in a
crackdown on fraudulent medical licenses on the island.
2007 Oct 30, Somalia's
president named Salim Aliyow Ibrow, a former deputy prime minister,
as a caretaker prime minister, a day after the outgoing premier lost
a power struggle in the government and resigned.
2007 Oct 30, The US Navy
boarded a North Korean flagged ship at its invitation with a small
team of medics, security personnel and an interpreter. The 22-person
North Korean crew already had regained control of the ship and
detained all the Somali pirates.
2007 Oct 30, Switzerland's
largest bank, UBS, reported its first quarterly loss in five years
after its third quarter results were hit in the financial crisis
caused by the ailing US home loans market.
2007 Oct 30, Thailand's
military-installed government lifted martial law in more than half
of the 400 districts where it remained after being imposed during a
coup last year.
2007 Oct 30, Turkish Cobra
attack helicopters blasted suspected Kurdish rebel targets near the
southeastern border with Iraq in a second day of fighting in the
area. PM Erdogan said an escalation of military action was
2007 Oct 30, The UN General
Assembly voted for the 16th straight year to urge the United States
to end its trade embargo against Cuba, whose foreign minister
accused the US of stepping up its "brutal economic war" to new
2008 Oct 30, The US government
reported that the economy shrank in the summer, the strongest signal
yet that a recession may have already begun. The Commerce Department
reported that the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of
economic health, fell at an annual rate of 0.3% in the
July-September period, a significant slowdown after growth of 2.8%
in the prior quarter.
2008 Oct 30, In California
Randall Cover (46), a former city of Sonoma Water Department
supervisor, was indicted by a federal grand jury in SF for receiving
$102,795 in kickbacks from Underground Express. In November a suit
was filed against 2 former employees of San Francisco’s Public
Utilities Commission for taking thousands of dollars in kickbacks
from Sheldon Morris and his Novato plumbing company, Underground
Express. In 2009 Morris was sentenced to nearly 3 years in federal
(SFC, 11/1/08, p.B2)(SFC, 11/25/08, p.B1)(SFC,
2008 Oct 30, In Florida the son
of former Liberian President Charles Taylor was found guilty by a US
court in Miami of torture in the first prosecution under a
14-year-old law that allows citizens to be prosecuted for such
crimes committed abroad. Charles Taylor Jr. was arrested at Miami
International Airport in 2006 and pleaded guilty to a charge of
lying about his father's identity on a passport application.
2008 Oct 30, In Iowa US federal
agents arrested Sholom Rubashkin, a former senior executive of the
Agriprocessors, a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, for
employing illegal immigrants for commercial gain and helping them
secure fake documents. A day earlier Iowa labor authorities levied
some $10 million in fines against Agriprocessors for labor
(WSJ, 10/31/08, p.A3)
2008 Oct 30, Scientists
reported that 1 in 17 men living on the coasts of North Africa and
southern Europe may have a Phoenician direct male line ancestor.
Evidence was based on Y-chromosomes collected in Cyprus, Malta,
Morocco, the West Bank, Syria and Tunisia.
(SFC, 10/31/08, p.A14)
2008 Oct 30, Taliban militants
stormed a government building in the center of Kabul and one of them
blew himself up inside, killing five people. 4 police were killed in
Panjwayi district of Kandahar province, after their patrol vehicle
struck a newly planted mine.
2008 Oct 30, In Australia 4
teenagers were charged with attacking an almost blind greater
flamingo at Adelaide Zoo. The bird is believed to be the oldest of
its kind in the world.
2008 Oct 30, The Economist
magazine presented its annual innovation awards. Winners included
Martin Evans, for stem cell research at Cardiff Univ.; Jimmy Wales
of Wikipedia for the promotion online public collaboration; Matti
Makkonen, a Finnish engineer, for the development of Short Message
Service (SMS), better known as text messaging; Steve Chen and Chad
Hurley of YouTube, for the creating of an easy way to share video;
Arthur Rosenfeld of Lawrence Berkeley for his promotion of energy
efficiency; Sumio Iijima for the discovery of carbon nanotubes; Bill
and Melinda Gates for the developing a philanthropic support
platform; and Nokia Corp. For its ability to respond to social and
(Econ, 12/6/08, TQ p.13)
2008 Oct 30, Westfield London
mall, London's biggest mall, opened despite the gloomy economic
climate that threatens to dampen vital Christmas sales.
2008 Oct 30, China’s state
media reported that the industrial chemical melamine is commonly
added to animal feed in China to make it appear higher in protein.
This appeared to be a tacit admission by the government that
contamination is widespread in the country's food supply.
2008 Oct 30, In China 12 people
died after an elevator plunged at the Sunshine City construction
site in east Fujian province.
2008 Oct 30, Laurent Nkunda,
the rebel general besieging Congo's eastern provincial capital Goma,
said he wants direct talks with the government about ending fighting
in the region and his objections to a $5 billion deal that gives
China access to the country's vast mineral riches in exchange for a
railway and highway. Nkunda said he sent a letter to the UN
peacekeeping mission in Goma saying he will set up an "urgent
humanitarian corridor" for refugees and humanitarian aid. Refugees
have continued fleeing the war-torn eastern province for neighboring
(AP, 10/30/08)(AFP, 10/30/08)
2008 Oct 30, An Ecuadorean
presidential commission concluded that US intelligence services
infiltrated the Andean nation's military and police and supported a
cross-border incursion by Colombian troops that killed a top rebel
2008 Oct 30, In Germany the
last flight lifted off from Berlin's Tempelhof Airport, bringing an
end to an era of aviation that spanned World War II, the Cold War
and the rebirth of the German capital. The grounds reopened in 2010
as a public park.
(AP, 10/30/08)(SSFC, 12/16/12, p.P6)
2008 Oct 30, In India a series
of 11 coordinated blasts tore through northeast Assam state, killing
at least 77 people and sending police scrambling to find any
unexploded bombs in a province troubled by years of separatist
violence and ethnic tensions. The next day the "Islamic Security
Force-Indian Mujahedeen" took responsibility and warned such attacks
would continue in Assam state.
(AP, 10/30/08) (AFP,
10/31/08)(SFC, 10/31/08, p.A2)
2008 Oct 30, Indonesia's
parliament passed a bill banning pornography, ignoring opposition
from lawmakers and rights groups who worry it will be used to
justify attacks on artistic, religious and cultural freedom.
2008 Oct 30, Murat Zyazikov
(51), the unpopular leader of Russia's violence-plagued republic of
Ingushetia, said he has resigned. Pres. Medvedev named an apparent
unknown, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, to take over as the republic's acting
2008 Oct 30, An Iraqi
opposition lawmaker claimed that thousands of his countrymen are
being mistreated in detention centers outside the official prison
system. A car bomb exploded near a market in north Baghdad, killing
one person and wounding five.
2008 Oct 30, Japan unveiled a
$51.5 billion stimulus package to buttress its economy against the
fallout of the global financial crises.
(WSJ, 10/31/08, p.A9)
2008 Oct 30, Morocco’s Interior
Minister Chakib Benmoussa said flooding over the last week has
killed 28 people and caused major damage in various parts of the
2008 Oct 30, Palestinian
militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel in
violation of a 4-month-old truce, but the strike did not cause any
injuries or damage. The Israeli Defense Ministry responded by
snapping shut cargo crossings into Gaza until further notice.
2008 Oct 30, In South Korea a
court ruled that a law that allows only visually impaired people to
become licensed masseurs does not violate the constitution, in a
victory for the blind. South Korea's Constitutional Court upheld a
ban on adultery, rejecting complaints that the 55-year-old law is
outdated and constitutes an invasion of privacy.
2008 Oct 30, A powerful car
bomb exploded at a university in the northern Spanish city of
Pamplona, wounding 17 people and setting a building on fire in an
attack blamed on Basque separatists.
2008 Oct 30, A Swiss court
convicted 2 brothers from Kosovo of running a massive drug smuggling
ring that prosecutors said supplied Western Europe with up to half
of its heroin. Ragip and Kemal Shabani channeled 1.5 tons of heroin
through Europe from the mid-1990s until 2003, when they were shut
2008 Oct 30, In Thailand
assailants threw a grenade into a crowd of anti-government
protesters occupying a bridge, wounding 10 people ahead of a
demonstration outside the British Embassy in Bangkok.
2008 Oct 30, Zambians voted for
a successor to the late President Levy Mwanawasa in an election the
main opposition leader accused the ruling party of rigging. Zambia's
main opposition candidate was ahead in early presidential election
results, but his lead was slowly narrowing. Banda ended up winning
40% of the vote and opposition leader Michael Sata secured 38%.
(Reuters, 10/30/08)(AP, 10/31/08)(AP, 11/2/08)
2009 Oct 30, Pres. Obama
announced an end to a 2-decade ban on people with HIV from entering
(SFC, 10/31/09, p.A8)
2009 Oct 30, US banking
regulators closed nine banks in California, Illinois, Texas and
Arizona. They were all divisions of privately held FBOP Corp. based
in Oak Park, Ill.
(SSFC, 11/1/09, p.A15)
2009 Oct 30, The US Center for
Disease Control said at least 114 children have died from swine flu
complications since the spring, up from 95 a week earlier.
(SFC, 10/31/09, p.A5)
2009 Oct 30, SF Mayor Gavin
Newsom announced that he was dropping out of the race for governor
(SFC, 10/31/09, p.A1)
2009 Oct 30, In the San
Francisco Bay the tanker Dubai Star began leaking fuel oil after a
tank overflowed during refueling. Coast Guard officials later
estimated that some 400-800 gallons of toxic oil leaked into the SF
Bay killing at least 37 birds along the Alameda coastline.
(SFC, 10/31/09, p.A1)(SFC, 11/3/09, p.C3)(SFC,
2009 Oct 30, Norton Buffalo
(58), harmonica virtuoso and long time member of the Steve Miller
Band, died of cancer in Paradise, Ca.
(SFC, 11/2/09, p.C1)
2009 Oct 30, In eastern
Afghanistan a taxi carrying nine civilians hit a bomb buried in the
road, killing everyone inside, including a mother and child.
2009 Oct 30, The prime minister
of Bosnia's Serb half said he would pull out of talks on
constitutional reform led by the United States and European Union
set to speed up Bosnia's path to EU and NATO membership.
2009 Oct 30, The British
government sacked David Nutt, the nation’s top drug advisor,
following his remarks that marijuana, ecstasy and LSD were less
dangerous than alcohol.
(SFC, 10/31/09, p.S2)
2009 Oct 30, The BBC said Anton
Turner (38), a British guide working on a children's television show
in Tanzania, was killed after being charged by an elephant. The show
"Serious Explorers" followed David Livingstone's famous 19th-century
trek across the African continent.
2009 Oct 30, In Canada an
Ontario judge approved the transfer of Canwest Global's flagship
National Post newspaper into a new holding company, a move that will
allow the money-losing daily to keep operating.
2009 Oct 30, In Canada a
section of the mine about 500 meters (1,600 feet) below the surface
flooded at the Bachelor Lake gold mine of Metanor Resources Inc. in
northwestern Quebec. The bodies of all three missing miners were
recovered after 3 days.
2009 Oct 30, Ange-Felix
Patasse, the former president of the Central African Republic
(1999-2003), returned home after more than six years in exile. He
planned to stand in the 2010 presidential elections.
2009 Oct 30, In China a bus
plunged into a valley along a mountainous road in northern Shanxi
province, killing 13 people and injuring at least 40 others.
2009 Oct 30, In Colombia the US
ambassador and three Colombian ministers signed a pact in a private,
low-key ceremony, to expand Washington's military's presence, a deal
that Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has called a threat to the region's
2009 Oct 30, Congo's foreign
minister said India has offered Democratic Republic of Congo $263
million in loans to build hydroelectric plants and repair battered
infrastructure in the war-ravaged nation. The two countries agreed
to the final terms of the loan package this week during a four-day
visit by Foreign Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba to India.
2009 Oct 30, European Union
leaders agreed to contribute to a euro50 billion ($74 billion)
annual aid fund that would help developing nations adapt to climate
change, but failed to set a firm figure for exactly how much the EU
2009 Oct 30, The 16-deck Oasis
of the Seas, the world's largest cruise liner, began its maiden
voyage to Florida, gliding out from a shipyard in Finland with an
amphitheater, basketball courts and an ice rink on board. The ship
cost euro1 billion ($1.5 billion) and took two and a half years to
build at the STX Finland Oy shipyard in Turku.
2009 Oct 30, In Guatemala an
assistant to the judge handling the case of a man who blamed his
death on Guatemala's president was killed by gunmen. Court employee
Mark Monzon died of gunshot wounds in his car.
2009 Oct 30, Haitian lawmakers
ousted PM Michele Pierre-Louis in a power struggle that threatens to
undermine a campaign to attract foreign investment to the
impoverished country. President Rene Preval turned to Jean-Max
Bellerive, the minister of planning and external cooperation, as
nominee to be the next premier.
2009 Oct 30, Honduras interim
President Roberto Micheletti and ousted Pres. Manuel Zelaya singed
the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord. The power-sharing agreement
required Mr. Zelaya to drop his plan for a referendum on
(Econ, 11/7/09, p.37)
2009 Oct 30, Indonesian
officials and fishermen said thousands of dead fish and clumps of
oil have been found drifting near the coastline more than two months
after an Australian underwater well began leaking in the Timor Sea
on Aug 21.
2009 Oct 30, Two American
soldiers in Iraq died of noncombat related injuries in separate
2009 Oct 30, Mexican
authorities said they have detained a large-scale drug trafficker
and also broken up a ring in Cuernavaca that allegedly laundered
around $37 million for a drug cartel. The army says it detained
Oscar Orlando Nava Valencia, the alleged leader of the "Valencia"
drug gang, and nine alleged associates in the western state of
Jalisco. Rights activists in the border city of Tijuana have hung
5,100 small white crosses on the fence straddling the US frontier to
commemorate migrants who have died trying to cross. Margarito Montes
Parra, the leader of a farmworkers' organization, and 14 other
people were killed in a mass shooting in the northern state of
Sonora. Local news media reported that Montes had led peasant and
squatters' movements involved in land seizures and that his group
has sometimes had violent clashes with rival claimants to land.
(AP, 10/31/09)(SSFC, 11/1/09, p.A6)
2009 Oct 30, ING, the biggest
bank in the Netherlands, said that it would dismember itself by
splitting its banking and insurance business and selling its
American online banking arm.
(Econ, 10/31/09, p.85)
2009 Oct 30, Pakistani forces
said they are closing in on a major Taliban base inside the militant
stronghold of South Waziristan, and announced it had killed 14
militants in a day of fighting. A total of 289 militants and 34
government soldiers have been killed in the offensive, according to
a tally of army figures. Six more militants have been arrested.
2009 Oct 30, In Puerto Rico new
Gov. Luis Fortuno's issued an order allowing large-scale development
inside a 3,200-acre parcel of land immediately north of El Yunque,
the only tropical rain forest in the US National Forest system.
Previous Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila had declared the Northeast
Ecological Corridor off-limits to all but small, eco-friendly
projects after a preservation campaign backed by actor Benicio del
Toro and attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
2009 Oct 30, President Dmitry
Medvedev told Russians that there can be no justification for the
Soviet government's crimes against its own people, lamenting
millions of deaths and "maimed destinies" in some of the strongest
criticism of the Communist era to come from the Kremlin since
Vladimir Putin came to power a decade ago.
2009 Oct 30, South Korea
announced plans to send troops to Afghanistan to protect its
civilian aid workers, two years after withdrawing its forces
following a fatal hostage crisis.
2010 Oct 30, In Texas the SF
Giants lost game 3 of the World Series 4-2 to the Texas Rangers
leaving SF up 2 games to 1.
(SFC, 11/1/10, p.A1)
2010 Oct 30, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai demanded that NATO forces explain why they had carried
out a joint counter-narcotics operation with Russian forces inside
Afghanistan, calling it a violation of sovereignty. At least 40
Taliban insurgents were killed during a failed attack on a NATO
combat outpost in Barmal district near the North Waziristan border.
A NATO soldier died in an attack in the volatile south. Afghan and
NATO troops killed 17 insurgents in an hours-long gunbattle in
southern Helmand province.
(Reuters, 10/30/10)(AFP, 10/30/10)(AP,
2010 Oct 30, Bahraini voters
went to the polls for a run-off poll with three groups, two Sunni
Islamist and a leftist alliance, contesting the last seats in
parliament. Official results showed pro-government candidates won
all nine parliamentary seats. The results gave pro-government Sunni
candidates a combined total of 22 seats in the 40-member
(AP, 10/30/10)(AP, 10/31/10)
2010 Oct 30, Bolivia’s
President Evo Morales confirmed that his country plans to build a
nuclear plant with Iran's help, stressing the facility would be for
2010 Oct 30, In China
Alexandria Mills, a soft-spoken 18-year-old from Louisville,
Kentucky, was named the winner in the 60th Miss World Competition,
held on Hainan Island. Second place went to Emma Wareus of Botswana,
and Adriana Vasini of Venezuela came third.
2010 Oct 30, In Honduras a
carful of attackers armed with assault rifles drove up to a soccer
field in a poor neighborhood of the northern city of San Pedro Sula
and opened fire, killing 14 people. Officials said members of the
Mara 18 gang were responsible.
(AP, 10/31/10)(SFC, 11/1/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 30, In eastern India
rescuers battled to find survivors after a ferry overcrowded with
Muslim pilgrims capsized and sank in the Hooghly River near the Bay
of Bengal. The 60 person capacity boat was carrying around 224
people. After 3 days 69 bodies were recovered.
(AFP, 10/30/10)(AFP, 11/1/10)(SFC, 11/3/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 30, In Indonesia
clouds of gray ash rumbled down the slopes of Mount Merapi in its
most powerful eruption of a deadly week, prompting soldiers to force
reluctant villagers to evacuate amid fears of a larger blast as the
death toll reached 36. Storms again prevented aid deliveries to
increasingly desperate survivors of a tsunami, including a teenage
girl with an open chest wound, that killed 413 people in the
Mentawai islands. The number of missing dropped by half to 163 as
searchers discovered survivors who had fled to the hills.
2010 Oct 30, In Mexico City an
explosion inside a home where illegal fireworks were stored wrecked
two houses, killing at least three adults and two children. A US
woman and an American boy were slain shortly after crossing an
international bridge from El Paso to Ciudad Juarez. Giovanna Herrera
(26) and Luis Araiza (15) were shot to death along with a Mexican
man traveling with them.
(AP, 10/31/10)(AP, 11/2/10)
2010 Oct 30, Northern Ireland
police seized a dissident IRA bomb packed into a beer keg and were
inspecting a potential car bomb parked outside Belfast International
Airport, the latest efforts to undermine peace in the British
2010 Oct 30, Hundreds of North
and South Korean family members separated for more than half a
century by the Korean War embraced each other in tearful reunions.
2010 Oct 30, A Russian unmanned
cargo ship manually docked with the International Space Station,
bringing 2.5 tons of food, water, oxygen and fuel for the orbiting
laboratory and its US-Russian crew.
2010 Oct 30, In eastern Rwanda
11 miners died in an accident at a tin mine in the Rwamagana
2010 Oct 30, Somali pirates
overnight took control of the MV Polar, a cargo vessel with 24 crew
members aboard. Pirates seized the Liberian-owned ship some 684
miles (1,100 km) east of the Indian Ocean island of Socotra. One of
them, Prudente Cabral, died of a stroke in captivity in November.
Pirates released the vessel on Aug 26, 2011.
(AP, 10/30/10)(AFP, 8/26/11)
2010 Oct 30, Hurricane Tomas,
the 12th of the Atlantic season, hit a cluster of Caribbean islands
including St. Vincent and St. Lucia and moved toward Jamaica. 3
deaths were reported on St. Vincent.
(SSFC, 10/31/10, p.A5)
2010 Oct 30, Sudan began
arresting Darfur activists, just weeks ahead of a southern
referendum on secession. 9 activists including a prominent human
rights lawyer were arrested over the next 24 hours.
2010 Oct 30, Police in
Goteborg, Sweden, were on high alert over the weekend after
receiving reports about a bomb threat and arrested the two men in
early morning raids. Both men were soon released due to lack of
2010 Oct 30, Turkey said it was
lifting a ban on YouTube more than two years after it blocked the
site because of videos deemed insulting to the country’s founder.
(SSFC, 10/31/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 30, In Zimbabwe a
supporter of Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) was
beaten and stabbed by supporters of President Robert Mugabe's
Zanu-PF party at a constitution meeting in Harare.
2010 Oct 30, Zimbabwean
businessman Peter Evershed (59) was mauled by five lions while
showering under a tree at the Chitake Springs bush camp.
2011 Oct 30, It was reported
that half of the cocaine that reaches the United States is now
offloaded somewhere along the Honduran coast and heavily forested
interior, estimated at a total of 20 to 25 tons each month.
2011 Oct 30, Dozens of
protesters at economic inequality demonstrations in Austin, Texas,
and Portland, Oregon were arrested peacefully over allegedly failing
to comply with rules in each city.
2011 Oct 30, In Australia the
3-day 54-nation Commonwealth summit, held once every two years,
wrapped up with a joint communique. Among the forum's successes was
the adoption of a measure that will coordinate global emergency
relief efforts to deal with food supply crises.
2011 Oct 30, Britain’s PM David
Cameron announced that British merchant ships traveling around the
Horn of Africa will for the first time be able to carry armed guards
to protect them from pirates.
2011 Oct 30, Bulgarians voted
between Rosen Plevneliev (47), a member of the ruling center-right
party, and Ivailo Kalfin (47), a leftist ex-foreign minister. The
president leads the armed forces and can veto legislation and sign
international treaties. Plevneliev won the election with 52.56%.
Socialist challenger Ivailo Kalfin took 47.44% and conceded defeat.
(AP, 10/30/11)(AP, 10/31/11)
2011 Oct 30, Chinese state
media said China will maintain its strict "one-child" policy,
despite calls for the rules to be relaxed.
2011 Oct 30, In Colombia voters
elected former leftist rebel and anti-corruption crusader Gustavo
Petro (51) as mayor of Bogota, the first time an ex-guerrilla has
won the country’s second most important elected office.
2011 Oct 30, Egypt's ruling
military jailed Alaa Abdel Fatah, a veteran dissident and blogger,
on charges of inciting deadly clashes between soldiers and
Christians this month.
2011 Oct 30, An Israeli
aircraft struck a pair of Palestinian militants, killing one man and
wounding a second in a new eruption of violence that raised the
death toll in a weekend of rocket attacks and airstrikes to 11. The
Islamic Jihad militant group said it was ready to halt its attacks
if Israel would halt its air strikes.
2011 Oct 30, A Kenyan raid on a
southern Somali town killed at least five civilians, including three
children. Kenya insists it hit a Shebab target but witnesses and aid
sources said one bomb ploughed into a camp of displaced civilians.
The air raid struck a camp hosting 9,000 internally-displaced
Somalis in Jilib.
2011 Oct 30, Voters in
Kyrgyzstan cast their ballots in a presidential election that could
set a democratic example for authoritarian neighbors. The election
pitted front-runner Almazbek Atambayev against two popular
nationalist politicians, Kamchibek Tashiyev and Adakhan Madumarov.
Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
Europe criticized irregularities as preliminary returns showed
Atambayev winning over 60 percent of votes.
(AP, 10/30/11)(AP, 10/31/11)
2011 Oct 30, Libya's interim PM
Mahmoud Jibril confirmed the presence of chemical weapons in Libya
and said foreign inspectors would arrive later this week to deal
with the issue. A clash took place in a Tripoli neighborhood between
fighters from the towns of Zintan and Misrata. A Zintan fighter was
killed and another, from Misrata, was wounded and taken by his
friends to Tripoli's Central Hospital.
(AP, 10/30/11)(AP, 11/1/11)
2011 Oct 30, Pirates off the
coast of Nigeria seized the MT Halifax oil tanker with over 20 crew.
(AFP, 11/3/11)(SFC, 11/4/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 30, In Pakistan Imran
Khan led a huge rally in Lahore. The PTI chief warned politicians to
declare their assets or his party would launch a civil disobedience
movement against them.
2011 Oct 30, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed 6 alleged militants.
(SFC, 10/31/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 30, Philippine bomber
planes and troops assaulted a mountain stronghold of the
al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group in the south in a new offensive
targeting a key Malaysian terrorism suspect and allied Filipino
gunmen. The military air and ground assault killed 3 Abu Sayyaf
commanders and 2 other militants around the Abu Sayyaf jungle lair
near Karawan village in Sulu province's Indanan town after OV-10
planes bombed the area. Primary targets Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir,
also known as Marwan, and Abu Sayyaf commander Umbra Jumdail escaped
along with 2 other Asian militants and dozens of Abu Sayyaf
(AP, 10/30/11)(AP, 10/31/11)
2011 Oct 30, An unmanned
Russian cargo ship headed for the Int’l. Space Station after it
launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
(SFC, 10/31/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 30, The Arab League
handed Syrian officials a plan for ending seven months of
increasingly violent unrest against President Bashar al-Assad's
rule, and Assad told Russian Television he would cooperate with the
opposition. The plan involved talks in Cairo between the Syrian
authorities and their opponents. At least two people were killed in
fresh violence. Pres. Assad in an interview with Britain's Sunday
Telegraph newspaper warned of "another Afghanistan" if foreign
forces intervened in his country as they had with the Libyan
(Reuters, 10/30/11)(AFP, 10/30/11)
2011 Oct 30, Venezuela's Pres.
Chavez ordered the expropriation of 716,590 acres belonging to a
British-owned company amid a disagreement over compensation for
earlier takeovers of ranchland from the firm. Chavez announced the
latest seizure after saying that Venezuela refuses to pay
compensation in foreign currency to Agropecuaria Flora, a local
subsidiary of the British company Vestey Group.
2011 Oct 30, In Yemen 4 people,
including three children, were killed overnight when troops loyal to
Pres. Saleh shelled a petrol filling station in a region north of
the capital. In Taiz one civilian was shot dead and two were wounded
by government forces who fired at a car.
2012 Oct 30, Hurricane Sandy
left at least 22 people dead overnight in NYC. Altogether 23 people
died on State Island, accounting for more than half of the 43 deaths
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.27)(Econ, 3/16/13, p.32)
2012 Oct 30, Disney said it
will pay $4.05 billion to buy Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company
behind "Star Wars," from its chairman and founder, George Lucas. The
deal includes Lucasfilm's prized high-tech production companies,
Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, as well as rights
to the "Indiana Jones" franchise.
2012 Oct 30, In southern
Afghanistan a man wearing an Afghan police uniform killed two NATO
2012 Oct 30, Virgin Australia,
the second largest airline in Australia, announced a 99 million
Australian dollar ($102 million) takeover offer for regional carrier
Skywest and said it bought a 60 per cent stake in budget domestic
rival Tiger Airways Australia for AU$35 million.
2012 Oct 30, Bahrain imposed
emergency-style rules banning all protest gatherings and threating
legal action against groups considered backing escalating
demonstrations and clashes in the strategic Gulf kingdom.
2012 Oct 30, Bolivia’s Pres.
Evo Morales asked Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn to defend the
chewing of coca leaf before the United Nations, lobby Chile to
restore Bolivia's long-lost access to the Pacific Ocean and help
persuade the United States to extradite a former Bolivian president.
Penn, already a goodwill ambassador for Haiti, has won respect for
his post-earthquake charity work.
2012 Oct 30, Hitachi won a bid
to take over a company building up to six nuclear power plants in
Britain, reviving hopes for investment in the UK's ageing energy
infrastructure but leaving doubts they will come online in time.
2012 Oct 30, Will Ferguson,
humorist, travel writer and novelist, won Canada's most prestigious
and lucrative literary prize. He had penned “419,” a fictional tale
about the inner workings of Nigerian email scams.
2012 Oct 30, Hurricane Sandy
toppled trees and power lines in the Canadian province of Ontario,
leaving at least 145,000 people without power.
2012 Oct 30, Colombia's
most-wanted reputed drug trafficker, Henry de Jesus Lopez (41), aka
"Mi Sangre," was arrested outside a restaurant in suburban Buenos
Aires after Colombian police spent months chasing him around South
2012 Oct 30, In Iran opposition
blogger Sattar Beheshti (35) was arrested and taken to Evin prison.
He died on Nov 3. On Nov 6 his family was asked to pick up his body.
On Nov 12 Iran's state prosecutor confirmed that he died in police
custody and that wounds were found on his body. 3 interrogators
involved in the case were arrested.
2012 Oct 30, In northern
Nigeria gunmen suspected to belong to a violent robbery gang raided
a remote village in Kabaru, Zamfara state, killing 20 people in an
attack highlighting the growing insecurity in the nation.
2012 Oct 30, Several hundred
demonstrators rallied in Moscow to press for the release of
opposition activists on the same day that Russia commemorated the
victims of Soviet-era repression.
2012 Oct 30, A Rwandan court
sentenced Victoire Ingabire, head of the FDU-Inkingi opposition
party, to eight years in prison for treason and on a charge stemming
from murderous ethnic attacks 18 years ago — genocide denial. She
had returned to Rwanda in 2010, after living abroad for 16 years,
and asked why Hutus killed in the violence were not recognized like
the minority Tutsis in the 1994 genocide. Ingabire was released in
(AP, 10/30/12)(AP, 9/15/18)
2012 Oct 30, In Saudi Arabia
celebratory gunfire, common at weddings, brought down a power line
that touched off a fire in the Eastern Province, killing at least 23
women and children.
2012 Oct 30, A Spanish judge
indicted 6 Chileans and an American accused of the 1976 kidnapping,
torture and murder of Carmelo Soria, a Spanish UN official in Chile.
International arrest warrants were issued for them to be tried in
Spain. The American named was Michael Townley, who served five years
in a US prison for complicity in the 1976 assassination in
Washington of former Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier and his
2012 Oct 30, Syrian warplanes
pounded Maaret al-Numan, a strategic northern city, with three
airstrikes as ground troops pushed forward to recapture the area
recently taken by rebels. In Damascus Syrian troops and rebels
clashed in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk. At least 185
people were killed nationwide in airstrikes and artillery shelling.
At least 47 soldiers were also reported killed.
(AP, 10/30/12)(AP, 10/31/12)
2012 Oct 30, In Tunisia an
Islamist protester was killed and 3 security officers injured after
ultraconservative Salafists attacked a police station near Tunis.
(SFC, 10/31/12, p.A2)
2013 Oct 30, US federal
authorites said a $34 million settlement with Infosys, an Indian
technology outsourcing firm, fixes systemic issues. The case
targeted major visa fraud and immigration abuse.
(SFC, 10/31/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 30, Authorities in San
Diego, Ca., shut down a tunnel, nealy 600 yards long, designed to
smuggle drugs from Tijuana.
(SFC, 11/1/13, p.A10)
2013 Oct 30, The NYC Council
voted to raise the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and
electronic-vapor cigarettes from 18-21.
(SFC, 10/31/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 30, In South Carolina
Bryan Sweatt (27) shot and killed his one-time girlfriend, her
parents and two children befor killing himself.
(SFC, 10/31/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 30, Riot police in
Bahrain stormed an exhibition dedicated to the Arab Spring-inspired
uprising. The raid came two days after the opening of the
museum-style hall, which included scenes depicting Bahrain's
32-month unrest, such as protesters killed in clashes, alleged
torture inside prisons and demonstrators running from tear gas.
2013 Oct 30, Electronica
singer-songwriter James Blake (25) won Britain's prestigious Mercury
Prize for his second album, "Overgrown."
2013 Oct 30, Egyptian police
fired teargas at protesting students at Cairo's al-Azhar university
hours after authorities announced the detention of Muslim
Brotherhood leader Essam El-Erian.
2013 Oct 30, In India a
Nigerian man was found stabbed to death in Goa. Goan police arrested
53 Nigerians after around 200 of them staged a protest against the
killing. On Oct 5 police detained a man in north Goa, accused of
being part of a gang who stabbed the Nigerian to death.
2013 Oct 30, In southern India
a packed bus crashed into a highway barrier and burst into flames,
killing 45 passengers who were locked inside the cabin in Andhra
Pradesh state. The driver, a bus cleaner and five passengers managed
to escape through a window in the front of the overnight bus.
2013 Oct 30, Iranian
Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said that four people accused of
sabotaging one of the country's sensitive nuclear sites were only
2013 Oct 30, Israel announced
plans to build 1,500 new homes in east Jerusalem, the part of the
city claimed by the Palestinians.
2013 Oct 30, Israel reportedly
targeted a shipment of surface-to-surface missiles in latakia,
Syria, destined for Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement
fighting alongside the regime.
2013 Oct 30, Japan’s financial
watchdog said it would inspect the Mizuho Bank and two other big
banks for to hunt for loans to yakuza (gangsters).
(Econ, 11/2/13, p.79)
2013 Oct 30, In Kenya a train
crashed into a passenger bus as it passed through a rail crossing in
the capital, Nairobi, killing at least 11 people.
2013 Oct 30, In Norway the
residents of Rjukan received faint rays from the winter sun in the
town’s market square for the first time following the construction
of three 183-square-foot mirrors on a nearby mountain. The town was
built 100 years ago to provide workers for a hydroelectric plant in
(SFC, 10/31/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 30, Oman said it has
discovered the first case of the MERS coronavirus in the Gulf
sultanate, a 68-year-old Omani man.
2013 Oct 30, The Pakistani
government said that 3% of the people killed in US drone strikes
since 2008 were civilians. A roadside bomb killed two soldiers in
2013 Oct 30, Bomb blasts in
shops in Russia's volatile North Caucasus province of Dagestan
killed one person and injured several others.
2013 Oct 30, In South Africa
thousands of angry demonstrators took the streets of central Cape
Town, looting shops to protest against poor public services.
2013 Oct 30, In Tunisia a man
blew himself up in front of a popular seaside hotel at Sousse. The
attack was believed to be the country's first suicide bombing.
Authorities in Monastir foiled a possibly related assault at the
mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba, modern Tunisia's secular founder.
2013 Oct 30, In Uzbekistan
Gulnara Karimova (41), the eldest daughter of President Islam
Karimov, acknowledged for the first time that the authorities had
closed television channels she is believed to control, further
stoking rumours of a rift in the ruling family.
(AFP, 10/30/13)(Econ, 11/2/13, p.44)
2013 Oct 30, In Yemen at least
4 people were killed when a rocket hit a mosque in the
Salafi-controlled northern town of Damaj.
2013 Oct 30, Zimbabwe's highest
court scrapped a law against insulting the president that has been
used to arrest opponents and critics of veteran leader Robert
2013 Oct 30, In Zimbabwe 21
people were killed, many burnt beyond recognition, after a fuel
tanker and a truck ferrying mourners collided.
2014 Oct 30, Apple CEO Tim Cook
acknowledged that he is gay while advocating for human rights in an
essay in Businessweek.
(SFC, 10/31/14, p.A1)
2014 Oct 30, In California a
bankruptcy judge approved a plan by the city of Stockton allowing it
to eliminate more than $2 billion in long-term debt payments without
touching its massive pension obligations.
(SFC, 10/31/14, p.A10)
2014 Oct 30, In southern
Illinois a mother and three of her children on their way to a
Halloween parade were killed and a fourth child seriously injured
when their vehicle was hit by a freight train.
2014 Oct 30, In Kansas a small
private jet crashed after takeoff at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.
Pilot Mark Goldstein was killed along with three others on the
ground. At least five others were injured.
(SFC, 10/31/14, p.A10)(SFC, 11/1/14, p.A7)
2014 Oct 30, In Massachusetts
Thomas Menino (71), the former mayor of Boston (1993-2014), died of
(SFC, 10/31/14, p.A13)
2014 Oct 30, In Pennsylvania
Eric Frein (31) was captured after a seven-week manhunt for killing
a state trooper. US Marshals found Frein in an abandoned airplane
hangar in Tannersville with his weapons inside.
2014 Oct 30, Britain’s first
national sperm bank opened to the public in Birmingham.
(Econ, 11/1/14, p.55)
2014 Oct 30, In Burkina Faso
thousands of protesters marched on the presidential palace after
burning the parliament building and ransacking state television
offices, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend
his 27-year rule. At least 3 protesters were shot dead and several
others wounded by security forces when the crowd tried to storm the
home of Compaore's brother.
2014 Oct 30, In northeast
CongoDRC ADF-NALU militants killed 14 people early today in the
village of Kampi ya Chui. The ADF-NALU, an alliance of groups
opposed to the Ugandan government, has operated from bases in
neighboring Congo since the mid-2000s.
2014 Oct 30, German’s regional
court in Wuerzburg sentenced a trucker (58) to 10 ½ years in prison
for shooting at fellow drivers more than 700 times over a five-year
2014 Oct 30, Iraqi authorities
found the bodies of 48 Sunni tribesmen killed by the Islamic State
group outside the town of Hit, Anbar province.
2014 Oct 30, Kazakhstan’s
border chief was charged with organized crime and soliciting bribes.
(Econ, 11/15/14, p.42)
2014 Oct 30, A first group of
Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of
Kobani to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied US
air strikes. The Free Syrian Army (FSA) said it already has 400
fighters in Kobane and more are on the way.
(Reuters, 10/30/14)(AFP, 10/30/14)
2014 Oct 30, Israeli police
raid killed Muataz Hijazi (32) in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu
Tor. Israel said the Palestinian was behind the attempt to gun down
hardline activist Yehuda Glick, who has lobbied for Jewish prayer
rights at the Al-Aqsa compound.
2014 Oct 30, The Mozambique
National Electoral Commission said Filipe Nyusi (55) of the
governing Frelimo party has been elected as the next president with
57% of the vote in final results of polls two weeks ago.
2014 Oct 30, Moscow, Kiev and
the European Union clinched an agreement to resume supplies of
Russian gas to Ukraine over the winter and secure transit of gas via
Ukraine to Europe.
2014 Oct 30, Sweden’s PM Stefan
Lofven ignored Israeli protests and announced his country’s formal
recognition of a Palestinian state, becoming the first EU member in
western Europe to do so.
(AFP, 10/30/14)(SFC, 10/31/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 30, Researchers in
Sweden said they have identified genetic variations at two key sites
the human genome that may distinguish extremely violent individuals
following a study of some 794 convicts in Finland.
(SFC, 10/31/14, p.A7)(Econ, 11/1/14, p.75)
2014 Oct 30, Uganda’s President
Yoweri Museveni gave a state banquet in honor of North Korea's
ceremonial head of state, praising Pyongyang for what he said was
its prominent role in fighting imperialism.
2014 Oct 30, In eastern Ukraine
7 government soldiers were reported killed in the past 24 hours
despite a ceasefire with separatists.
2014 Oct 30, UN chief Ban
Ki-moon launched a global campaign to end the often deadly practice
of female genital mutilation within a generation.
2014 Oct 30, The World Bank
said it was immediately providing $100 million to support the
deployment of more health workers to Ebola-stricken West Africa.
2014 Oct 30, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida gunmen killed a police officer and a soldier in two
separate attacks in the south of the country.
2015 Oct 30, US sources said
President Barack Obama plans to deploy a small number of special
operations forces to Syria to advise moderate rebels, a step he has
long resisted to avoid getting dragged into another war in the
2015 Oct 30, Paul Ryan (45) of
Wisconsin was sworn in as the 54th speaker of the US House of
(SFC, 10/30/15, p.A6)
2015 Oct 30, In southern
California Dr. Hsiu-Ying Tseng (45) was convicted of murder for
killing 3 patients who overdosed on painkillers.
(SSFC, 11/1/15, p.A8)
2015 Oct 30, In Oakland, Ca.,
city Councilwoman Desley Brooks struck and knocked down ex-Black
Panther leader Elaine Brown at a restaurant in Jack London Square.
Brown underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff and sued the city.
In 2018 Oakland settled her suit for $2.2 million.
(SFC, 7/12/18, p.D1)
2015 Oct 30, In Kentucky
fugitive Floyd Ray Cook (62) was killed near Burksville after being
confronted by state troopers and a federal marshal following a
nearly weeklong manhunt. Cook was accused of shooting and wounding a
Tennessee police officer.
(SFC, 10/31/15, p.A4)
2015 Oct 30, In New Hampshire
Owen Labrie (20) of Vermont was sentenced to a year in jail for
sexually assaulting a freshman girl (15) as part of an upperclassman
tradition at St. Paul’s School in Concord to rack up sexual
(SFC, 10/30/15, p.A8)
2015 Oct 30, In New Mexico
Albuquerque police Officer Daniel Webster (47) died from wounds
suffered on Oct 21 after Davon Lymon opened fire and fled as he was
being handcuffed during a traffic stop.
(SFC, 10/30/15, p.A6)
2015 Oct 30, In Texas storms
and suspected tornadoes left at least 2 people dead and flooded I-35
between San Antonio and Austin.
(SFC, 10/31/15, p.A5)
2015 Oct 30, Chevron Corp. said
it will layoff 6,000 to 7,000 employees worldwide because of the
sustained slump in world oil prices.
(SFC, 10/31/15, p.D1)
2015 Oct 30, Coast Guard
leaders from the US, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and
Sweden signed an agreement setting up the Arctic Coast Guard Forum
dedicated to stewardship of Arctic waters.
(SFC, 10/31/15, p.A4)
2015 Oct 30, A Chinese court
ordered ConocoPhillips to pay 1.68 million yuan ($265,000) to 21
fishermen who said their livelihoods suffered from oil spills in
northern China in 2011.
2015 Oct 30, The European
Parliament narrowly adopted a nonbinding measure urging the 28 EU
members to recognize Edward Snowden as a whistleblower and int’l.
human rights defender.
(SFC, 10/30/15, p.A4)
2015 Oct 30, In waters off
Greece at least 27 people, more than half of them children, died
trying to reach Europe.
(SFC, 10/31/15, p.A2)
2015 Oct 30, Indian folk singer
S. Kovan was arrested on charges including sedition for writing
songs criticizing J. Jayalalitha, the chief minister of southern
Tamil Nadu state, and her government of profiting from state-run
liquor shops at the expense of the poor.
2015 Oct 30, Iran signaled it
backed a six-month transition period in Syria followed by elections
to decide Bashar al-Assad's fate, a proposal floated at peace talks
as a concession but which the president's foes rejected as a trick
to keep him in power. Multilateral talks in Vienna failed, as
expected, to reach a consensus on the future of President Bashar
(Reuters, 10/30/15)(Reuters, 11/2/15)
2015 Oct 30, Israel press
reported that the government has retroactively legalized some 800
homes in four settlements in the occupied West Bank. The decision
was taken two weeks ago.
2015 Oct 30, In northern Italy
two pilots of helicopter maker AgustaWestland were killed in an
accident during a prototype test flight.
2015 Oct 30, A Palestinian (23)
stabbed and lightly wounded an American tourist in Jerusalem. The
assailant was shot and severely wounded. In Hebron hundreds of
youths lobbed stones, firebombs and burning tires at Israeli
soldiers who hit back with tear gas and rubber bullets. In Ramallah
a Palestinian hurled a Molotov cocktail at border guards and was
shot and wounded.
2015 Oct 30, Puerto Rico's Gov.
Alejandro Garcia Padilla said he has signed an executive order
banning the use of plastic bags across the US territory effective as
2015 Oct 30, In Syria at least
47 people were killed and about 100 wounded when government forces
fired missiles into a marketplace at Douma, a town 10 miles from
2016 Oct 30, An Afghan official
said that at least seven civilians have been killed after a mortar
shell fired by insurgent groups hit a home in Baghlan province.
2016 Oct 30, Brazil held
nationwide municipal elections in a 2nd round of voting following
the first-round on October 2. Marcelo Crivella, a Pentecostal
bishop, was elected mayor of Rio de Janeiro.
(AFP, 10/30/16)(Econ, 11/5/16, p.30)
2016 Oct 30, Indonesia said it
will resume some shipments of coal to the Philippines, after a
months-long halt due to concerns about piracy in seas between the
2016 Oct 30, In Iraq a parked
car bomb exploded in Baghdad's northwestern neighborhood of
Hurriyah, killing at least 10 and wounding 34. It was the fifth such
explosion in the capital today. The day's casualty toll from the
attacks in Baghdad stood at 17 dead and over 60 wounded.
2016 Oct 30, Iraqi troops and
security forces edged closer to Mosul on two southern fronts but a
leader of the Shi'ite militias newly participating in the offensive
warned that the battle for Islamic State's Iraq stronghold would be
long and grueling.
2016 Oct 30, Italy's most
powerful earthquake in 36 years stuck the country's mountainous
center, panicking shell-shocked residents for the third time in two
months and flattening a world famous 600-year-old basilica. The 6.6
magnitude quake hit near the small mountain town of Norcia. There
were no reports of anyone dying.
2016 Oct 30, Pakistani police
arrested more than 100 supporters of opposition politician Imran
Khan who entered Islamabad days before a planned protest shutdown of
2016 Oct 30, A Russian Soyuz
space capsule landed in Kazakhstan, bringing astronauts Kate Rubins
of NASA, Japan's Takuya Onishi and Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia back
to Earth from a 115-day mission aboard the International Space
2016 Oct 30, Saudi Arabia said
it broke up two militant plots in recent weeks, one with Islamic
State militants trying to kill police officers and the second
involving parking a car bomb at a soccer match with the United Arab
2016 Oct 30, Syrian rebels
opened a new front in Aleppo as fighting spread on the third day of
a major insurgent counter-attack to break the government's siege of
the opposition-held part of the city, and each side accused the
other using poison gas. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said
at least 38 people including 14 children had been killed in rebel
shelling of government-held areas of Aleppo in the last 48 hours.
2016 Oct 30, Ukraine officials
faced a deadline to upload details of their assets and income in
2015 to a publicly searchable database. Reuters calculations based
on the declarations show that the 24 members of the Ukrainian
cabinet together have nearly $7 million, just in cash. The average
salary in the country is just over $200 per month.
2017 Oct 30, President Donald
Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe agreed by phone to work together on
steps to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile development,
ahead of the US leader's visit to Asia.
2017 Oct 30, President Donald
Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort (68), and a former
Manafort business associate, Rick Gates, were indicted on felony
charges of conspiracy against the United States, acting as an
unregistered foreign agent, and several other financial counts
involving tens of millions of dollars routed through offshore
accounts. Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced that George
Papadopoulos, a former Trump foreign policy advisor, had pleaded
guilty on Oct. 5 to lying to FBI agents about the timing and detail
of his attempts to line up meetings between Russian government
officials and the Trump campaign.
(AP, 10/30/17)(SFC, 10/31/17, p.A8)
2017 Oct 30, Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson said the United States has promised $60 million to
support the Group of Five Sahel States (G5 Sahel: Burkina Faso,
Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger) Joint Force’s counterterrorism
2017 Oct 30, A US federal judge
blocked Pres. Trump’s order to exclude transgender people from the
(SFC, 10/31/17, p.A6)
2017 Oct 30, Fierce winds and
heavy rain downed trees and knocked out power across the US
Northeast, halting trains during the morning commute and leaving
neighborhoods from Boston to Washington in the dark.
2017 Oct 30, In Utah Chinese
student Chen Wei Guo was killed in a fatal carjacking near the Univ.
of Utah late today, causing a campus-wide lockdown as police
continue to search for suspected gunman Austin Boutain (24).
2017 Oct 30, NBC News confirmed
that it has terminated its contract with political journalist Mark
Halperin, who has been accused of sexual harassment by several women
when he worked at ABC News more than a decade ago.
(SFC, 10/31/17, p.A6)
2017 Oct 30, Bahrain called for
Qatar's membership of the Gulf Cooperation Council to be suspended
until it accepts the demands of its neighbors and said Manama would
not attend GCC meetings alongside Doha.
2017 Oct 30, A Bahrain court
sentenced three family members of a prominent activist to jail terms
on weapons charges. The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy
(BIRD) accused authorities of using torture to extract confessions.
In a separate case, Bahrain's Public Prosecutor announced that it
had sentenced 19 unnamed defendants to prison terms for contacts
with a banned party it said is backed by Iran and involved in
2017 Oct 30, In Belarus leading
opposition figure Mykola Statkevich was stopped by traffic police
and detained. He had been due to travel to Ukraine for a conference
the next day involving members of the European Parliament.
2017 Oct 30, In eastern Congo
DRC one police officer and one civilian were killed in clashes
between security forces and protesters in Goma demanding the
departure of President Joseph Kabila.
2017 Oct 30, Danish police said
inventor Peter Madsen has admitted to dismembering Swedish
journalist Kim Wall on board his submarine in August and dumping her
body parts in the sea, but he still denies killing her.
2017 Oct 30, French President
Emmanuel Macron formally signed a sweeping counterterrorism law that
replaces a two-year-old state of emergency and is meant to give
police more tools to fight violent extremism.
2017 Oct 30, The leaders of
India and Italy held talks in New Delhi and signed a slew of
agreements that mark a thaw in their relations following the fatal
2012 shootings of two Indian fishermen by Italian marines who
mistook them for pirates.
2017 Oct 30, Police in eastern
Indonesia killed two suspected militants believed to have been
involved in the Sept. 11 shooting of two law enforcement officers
who had just taken their children to school in Bima. Nine others
were arrested on Nov. 1. The arrested men were said to be members of
militant group named Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid, a splinter cell of the
Southeast Asian network Jemaah Islamiyah.
2017 Oct 30, In Indonesia
Jakarta city officials said the Alexis Hotel and spa complex,
describes it as a “dreamland for men,” has been closed down for
alleged vice. Islamist groups in the Muslim-majority country had
urged Jakarta's governor to act on a campaign pledge to shut the
2017 Oct 30, It was reported
that Iranian environmentalists have mobilized to protect the world's
last Asiatic cheetahs, estimated to number just 50 and faced with
the threats of becoming roadkill, a shortage of prey and farmers'
2017 Oct 30, The Israeli
military discovered and detonated a militant tunnel that was dug
from Gaza into Israel. Seven militants, including two Hamas members,
suffocated in the tunnel trying to rescue five missing Islamic Jihad
militants. The remains of the five missing were on the Israeli side
of the tunnel.
(AP, 10/30/17)(AP, 11/3/17)
2017 Oct 30, In Japan
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won pledges from Japan of help
with fighting terrorism and assistance in building the country's
crumbling infrastructure, as he met with PM Shinzo Abe during a
visit to Tokyo.
2017 Oct 30, Japanese police
found nine dismembered bodies hidden in coolers in an apartment in
Zama southwest of Tokyo. Takahiro Shiraishi (27) was arrested the
next day and confessed to cutting them up and hiding them in
(AP, 10/31/17)(SFC, 11/2/17, p.A3)
2017 Oct 30, The head of
Kenya’s election commission said President Uhuru Kenyatta won last
week's repeat presidential election with slightly more than 98
percent of the vote. The turnout, boycotted by opposition leader
Raila Odinga, was just under 39 percent of the 19.6 million
2017 Oct 30, Kuwait's Emir
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah ordered his Cabinet be dissolved,
heading off a potentially embarrassing no-confidence vote by
parliament against one of his ministers as political turmoil
2017 Oct 30, In Libya Egyptian
airstrikes on the eastern city of Darna killed dozens of civilians,
including an entire family, an operation condemned by the UN due to
the high civilian death toll.
(AP, 10/31/17)(Reuters, 10/31/17)
2017 Oct 30, A Lithuanian court
sentenced Yuri Subotin (67) to house arrest for publicly praising
Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and the crimes of the Soviet Union
against the Baltic nation.
2017 Oct 30, Montenegro’s
defense minister said the Greek and Italian air forces will protect
the airspace over the newest NATO-member state. Montenegro joined
NATO in June as the military alliance's 29th member.
2017 Oct 30, Nigeria’s
President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the country's most senior civil
servant. Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the
federation, was sacked after a report into corruption allegations
recommended his dismissal.
2017 Oct 30, Court papers said
Nigeria has agreed to pay compensation to victims of the country's
civil war, 47 years after it ended, and clear former conflict zones
of abandoned bombs and landmines.
2017 Oct 30, A Norwegian court
sentenced a 17-year-old Russian citizen to nine months in jail for
making a small explosive device and bringing it to the center of
Oslo in April.
2017 Oct 30, Russian journalist
Ekaterina Gordon (37) became the second woman to enter the country's
presidential race, saying she wanted to use the election to campaign
for the rights of single mothers and children.
2017 Oct 30, Saudi Arabia plans
to extract uranium domestically as part of its nuclear power program
and sees this as a step towards "self-sufficiency" in producing
2017 Oct 30, Singapore said it
has banned two Muslim foreign preachers from entering the city-state
because their views bred intolerance and were a risk to its social
harmony. They were identified as Ismail Menk of Zimbabwe and Haslin
bin Baharim of Malaysia.
2017 Oct 30, In South Africa
thousands of white farmers snarled traffic on some major roads in
what they call the Black Monday protest against the high rate of
murders of farmers.
2017 Oct 30, Spain's direct
rule over Catalonia took hold smoothly. Spain's top prosecutor filed
a lawsuit against ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and other
members of his Cabinet, seeking rebellion, sedition and embezzlement
charges, which are punishable with lengthy prison time. Puigdemont
left the country for Brussels.
(Reuters, 10/30/17)(AP, 10/30/17)
2017 Oct 30, Swiss
pharmaceutical giant Novartis said it has offered to buy Advanced
Accelerator Applications of France for $3.9 billion, to bolster its
portfolio of cancer treatments.
(SFC, 10/31/17, p.D2)
2017 Oct 30, In Turkey Ahmet
Edip Ugur, mayor of the northwestern province of Balikesir,
announced he had quit his post and left President Tayyip Erdogan's
ruling AK Party after pressure and threats "beyond unbearable",
becoming the sixth mayor in recent weeks to fall victim of a purge
of local government.
2017 Oct 30, The UN weather
agency warned that carbon-dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere
increased at record-breaking speed last year.
2018 Oct 30, US Pres. Donald
Trump said he wants to end the constitutional right to citizenship
for babies born in the United States to non-citizens" they're saying
I can do it with just an executive order".
(SFC, 10/31/18, p.A7)
2018 Oct 30, The US Pentagon
said it is deploying 5,200 troops to the Southwest border in an
extraordinary military operation a week before nationwide elections
in which President Donald Trump wants voters to focus on what he
calls an "invasion" — a slow-moving caravan of Central American
2018 Oct 30, Hawaii's Supreme
Court upheld a decision to grant a construction permit for the
Thirty Meter Telescope planned for Mauna Kea on the Big Island.
(SFC, 10/31/18, p.A5)
2018 Oct 30, Boston gangster
James "whitey" Bulger (89) was found dead in his cell one day after
being transferred to the West Virginia federal prison. He was
apparently beaten to death by at least two fellow inmates.
(SFC, 10/31/18, p.A5)
2018 Oct 30, Taliban spokesman
Zabihullah Mujahid said five members of the Afghan Taliban who were
freed from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for
captured American army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have joined the insurgent
group's political office in Qatar.
2018 Oct 30, Bangladesh and
Myanmar agreed to begin by November the repatriation of hundreds of
thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to escape a
Myanmar army crackdown, though doubts about a speedy return are
likely to persist.
2018 Oct 30, Bulgarian
authorities said they have busted a criminal ring run by state
officials who sold fake documents to foreigners seeking to obtain
Bulgarian passports that grant the right to live and work throughout
the EU. Prosecutors pressed charges against the head of the State
Agency for Bulgarians Abroad, Petar Haralampiev, who was arrested
along with 20 other agency officials in police raids across the
2018 Oct 30, In Cameroon
Charles Trumann Wesco, a missionary from the US state of Indiana had
been in the region with his wife Stephanie and eight children for
nearly two weeks before he was shot in the head and died amid
fighting between armed separatists and soldiers the northwest. The
military killed at least four suspects in Wesco's death and arrested
2018 Oct 30, China defended its
controversial decision to ease a 25-year ban on trading tiger bones
and rhinoceros horns after conservationists warned that the
government had effectively signed a "death warrant" for the
2018 Oct 30, Chinese state
media said searchers have recovered the bodies of all 21 miners who
died in the Oct. 20 coal mine collapse in Shandong province.
2018 Oct 30, Heavy snowfall
across south-central France, with up to 40 centimeters (16 inches)
falling in some towns and villages, has caused chaos on the roads
and knocked out electricity to nearly 200,000 homes.
2018 Oct 30, In Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the G20 Compact with Africa meeting
saying it's critical "not only to talk about Africa but to talk with
Africa" about development needs and goals. So far 11 countries have
joined the program: Benin, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana,
Guinea, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia.
2018 Oct 30, A German court
ordered the release of former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, on condition
that he refrain from contact with people relevant to the
investigation, more than four months after he was arrested in an
investigation into the manipulation of diesel emissions controls.
2018 Oct 30, German police
arrested a Russian man (43) suspected of smuggling some 12 million
cigarettes into the country from 2009-2011.
2018 Oct 30, More than 1,000
migrants forged across the river from Guatemala and began walking
through southern Mexico reaching the city of Tapachula, some 250
miles behind a larger group moving toward the US border.
(SFC, 10/31/18, p.A2)
2018 Oct 30, Hong Kong
journalist Louis Cha (94), a best-selling Chinese martial arts
novelist, died after a long illness. Cha's novels about ancient
Chinese swordsmen have sold millions and are among the most widely
read in the Chinese-speaking world.
2018 Oct 30, In central India
Maoist rebels killed a cameraman working for a state-run television
channel and two policemen in an ambush in Chhattisgarh state.
2018 Oct 30, The Constitutional
Court of Ingushetia ruled to invalidate a deal that was signed last
month by the leaders of that region and Chechnya. It also said that
the deal cannot be implemented unless it is put up to vote at a
2018 Oct 30, In northern Iraq
American and Iraqi forces in Salahuddin province killed five IS
leaders and more than 30 other militants. The leaders killed in the
raid were responsible for coordinating attacks across northern and
2018 Oct 30, Israelis voted in
municipal elections across the country. None of the six candidates
for mayor of Jerusalem, all Jewish, won the 40 percent of votes
required to be elected in the first round. A runoff between the top
two will be held on November 13. In comparatively liberal Tel Aviv,
Labor mayor Ron Huldai was elected to a fifth five-year term.
(AP, 10/30/18)(AFP, 10/31/18)
2018 Oct 30, In Italy the death
toll from fierce storms battering the country rose to at least 11,
as wild weather swept parts of Europe, leaving motorists and
tourists stranded. In Venice winds drove the high tide to more than
61 inches above average sea level, one of the highest levels ever
(AFP, 10/30/18)(SFC, 10/31/18, p.A2)
2018 Oct 30, The Maldives
Supreme Court suspended a 13-year jail sentence given to Mohamed
Nasheed, the country's exiled former president, until it reviews his
conviction as requested by the prosecutor general.
2018 Oct 30, Nigerian police
fired shots and tear gas at thousands of supporters of an imprisoned
Shiite cleric in Abuja.
2018 Oct 30, In Norway British
PM Theresa May and Norway's PM Erna Solberg said British citizens
already living in Norway and Norwegian citizens living in Britain
will have the right to remain residents, even in case of a no-deal
2018 Oct 30, In Pakistan Arshad
Jamal (35) opened fire from a rifle, killing his mother, his
brother's wife and her 3-year-old son amid a family feud over
property inheritance. Jamal fired again and killed his cousin, who
tried to stop him, before fleeing the scene in the northwestern town
2018 Oct 30, Typhoon Yutu blew
across the northern Philippines setting off landslides that left at
least six people dead.
2018 Oct 30, A Danish man was
arrested in South Africa on suspicion of having played a key role in
a fraud case that caused a Danish government welfare agency to lose
at least 111 million-kroner ($17 million). Britta Nielsen (64)
remained the main suspect. She has vanished from Denmark and her
whereabouts were unknown.
2018 Oct 30, South Korea's
Supreme Court ruled that Nippon Steel should compensate four South
Koreans $89,000 for forced labor during Japan's colonial rule of the
Korean Peninsula before the end of World War II. Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe said the ruling violated a 1965 treaty between Seoul and Tokyo
that was accompanied by Japanese payments to restore diplomatic
(AP, 10/30/18)(SFC, 2/14/19, p.A5)
2018 Oct 30, In Sri Lanka more
than ten thousand people marched in Colombo to demand the president
immediately convene Parliament to resolve a deepening political
crisis following his sacking of the prime minister.
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