290 Oct 7, [Christian] Sergius,
Roman soldier and martyred saint, was decapitated.
1488 Oct 7, Andrea del
Verrochio, sculptor, painter, goldsmith, died at 52.
1492 Oct 7, Columbus changed
course to the southwest. As a result he missed Florida.
1520 Oct 7, The 1st public
burning of books took place in Louvain, Netherlands.
1542 Oct 7, Explorer Cabrillo
discovered Catalina Island off the Southern California coast.
1571 Oct 7, Spanish, Genoese
and Venetian ships of the Christian League defeated an Ottoman fleet
in the naval Battle of Lepanto, Greece. In the last great clash of
galleys, the Ottoman navy lost 117 ships to a Christian naval
coalition under the overall command of Spain's Don Juan de Austria.
1573 Oct 7, William Laud,
English archbishop of Canterbury (1633-45), was born.
1582 Oct 7, This day was one of
ten skipped to bring the calendar into sync. by order of the Council
of Trent. Oct 5-14 were dropped.
(K.I.-365D, p.97)(NG, March 1990, J. Boslough)
1690 Oct 7, The English
attacked Quebec under Louis de Buade.
1728 Oct 7, Caesar Rodney
(d.1784), Delaware, judge and signer (Declaration of Independence),
was born in Dover, Delaware. He led opposition to British laws for
many years while serving in the provincial assembly. He was elected
to the Continental Congresses of 1774 and 1775. In 1777, he
commanded the Delaware militia, and the next year he was elected
president of the state for a three-year term. Rodney on horseback
represents Delaware, the first of the original 13 states to ratify
the Constitution, on a new .25-cent piece.
(HNQ, 2/24/99)(MC, 10/7/01)
1746 Oct 7, William Billings,
hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), was born in Boston, Mass.
(HN, 10/7/00)(MC, 10/7/01)
1758 Oct 7, Paul Anton
Wineberger, composer, was born.
1763 Oct 7, George III of Great
Britain issued a royal proclamation reserving for the crown the
right to acquire land from western tribes. This closed lands in
North America north and west of Alleghenies to white settlement and
ended the acquisition efforts of colonial land syndicates. The Royal
Proclamation of 1763 guaranteed Indian rights to land and
8/29/04, p.M5)(Econ, 9/16/06, p.46)
1765 Oct 7, Delegates from nine
of the American colonies met in New York to discuss the Stamp Act
Crisis and colonial response to it. This "Stamp Act Congress" went
on to draft resolutions condemning the Stamp and Sugar Acts, trial
without jury and taxation without representation as contrary to
their rights as Englishmen.
(AP, 10/7/97)(HN, 10/7/98)
1777 Oct 7, The second Battle
of Saratoga began during the American Revolution. During the battle
General Benedict Arnold was shot in the leg. Another bullet killed
his horse, which fell on Arnold, crushing his leg. The "Boot
Monument" sits close to the spot where Arnold was wounded, and is a
tribute to the general’s heroic deeds during that battle. Although
Arnold’s accomplishments are described on the monument, it pointedly
avoids naming the man best known for betraying his country. The
British forces, under Gen. John Burgoyne, surrendered 10 days later.
(AP, 10/7/97)(HNQ, 7/20/01)
1777 Oct 7, Simon Fraser,
English general, died in the battle of Saratoga, NY.
1780 Oct 7, Colonial patriots
slaughtered a loyalist group at the Battle of King's Mountain in
South Carolina. Patrick Ferguson (36), English Major in South
Carolina, died in the battle along with some 200 Loyalists. Patriot
losses numbered 30 with 62 wounded.
(HN, 10/7/99)(ON, 12/07, p.7)
1792 Oct 7, James Mason
(b.1725), American Revolutionary statesman, died at Gunston Hall
Plantation, situated on the Potomac River some 20 miles south of
Washington D.C. Mason framed the Bill of Rights for the Virginia
Convention in June 1776. This was the model for the first part of
fellow Virginian Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence and
the basis of the first 10 Amendments to the federal Constitution. In
2006 Jeff Broadwater authored “George Mason."
1795 Oct 7, Johann Georg
Zimmermann (b.1728), Swiss philosophical writer, naturalist, and
physician, died in Hanover, Germany. His books included "Solitude
Considered with Respect to Its Dangerous Influence Upon the Mind and
1800 Oct 7, Gabriel, slave
revolt leader in Virginia, was hanged. Gabriel Prosser had mounted a
(SFC, 6/24/96, p.A19)(MC, 10/7/01)
1806 Oct 7, Carbon paper was
patented in London by inventor Ralph Wedgewood.
1815 Oct 7, Marshal Ney, one of
Napoleon's most trusted field commanders, was condemned to death and
shot for having left the services of the King.
1816 Oct 7, The 1st double
decked steamboat, Washington, arrived in New Orleans.
1826 Oct 7, The first railway
in the United States opened at Quincy, Massachusetts.
1849 Oct 7, James Whitcomb
Riley, poet, was born.
1849 Oct 7, Edgar Allan Poe,
aged 40, died a tragic death in Baltimore. Never able to overcome
his drinking habits, he was found in a delirious condition outside a
saloon that was used as a voting place.
(AP, 10/7/97)(HN, 10/7/98)
1856 Oct 7, Cyrus Chambers Jr.
patented a folding machine that folded books and newspapers.
1858 Oct 7, Lincoln and Douglas
held their 5th debate in Galesburg, Ill., on the Knox College
(SFEM, 10/29/00, p.8)(ON, 4/08, p.2)
1860 Oct 7, During the 2nd
Opium War British troops on the outskirts of Beijing began to
plunder the gardens of Yuanmingyuan (the garden of perfection and
light), the imperial summer palace built by the Qing emperor
Qianlong in 1709. Lord Elgin’s cavalry soon set fire and let the
gardens burn for 3 days and nights.
1864 Oct 7, General Phil
Sheridan wired General Ulysses Grant that he had destroyed so much
between Winchester and Staunton that the area "will have little in
it for man or beast."
1864 Oct 7, The USS Wachusett
captured the CSS Florida in a naval engagement fought at the neutral
harbor of Bahia, Brazil. Many of the Confederate crew were ashore at
(AH, 10/04, p.15)
1864 Oct 7-13, Battle of
Darbytown Road, Va.
1868 Oct 7, Cornell University
was inaugurated in Ithaca, N.Y.
1870 Oct 7, French Minister of
the Interior Leon Gambetta escaped besieged Paris by balloon, hoping
to reach the French provisional government in Tours. Gambetta was
slightly wounded when his balloon drops dangerously low over
Prussian held territory, only rising to safety after the pilot
jettisons the ballast.
1885 Oct 7, Nils Bohr, Danish
physicist who won the 1992 Nobel Prize for physics and later worked
on the first atom bomb, was born.
(HN, 10/7/98)(MC, 10/7/01)
1886 Oct 7, Spain abolished
slavery in Cuba.
1888 Oct 7, Henry A. Wallace,
(D/P) 33rd VP (1941-45) and founder Progressive Party, was born.
1893 Oct 7, In England the
Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “Utopia Limited-or the Flowers of
Progress" premiered and ran for 245 performances.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopia,_Limited)(Econ, 1/3/15, p.20)
1896 Oct 7, Elijah Muhammad,
US, leader of Nation of Islam, was born.
1896 Oct 7, Nicholas and
Alexandra of Russia made a state visit to France and with Pres.
Felix Faure laid the cornerstone for the Pont Alexandre III.
(WSJ, 6/26/96, p.A16)
1900 Oct 7, Heinrich Himmler,
chicken farmer who became the head of the German Gestapo in Hitler's
Germany, was born. [see Oct 20, 1900]
1904 Oct 7, Isabella Bird
Bishop (b.1831), English explorer, writer, and natural historian,
died in Edinburgh. Her books included the 2-volume work “Korea and
Her Neighbors" (1898).
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_Bird)(Econ, 10/26/13, SR
1907 Oct 7, Helen MacInnes,
writer, was born.
1913 Oct 7, In attempting to
find ways to lower the cost of the automobile and make it more
affordable to ordinary Americans, Henry Ford took note of the work
of efficiency experts like Frederick Taylor, the "father of
scientific management." The result was the assembly line that
reduced the time it took to manufacture a car, from 12 hours to 93
minutes. Ford reversed the slaughter house production process of
removing parts from a moving line to adding parts. Production more
than doubled and the price of the Model T was reduced from $600 to
(HN, 10/7/00)(SFC, 6/13/03, p.B4)(ON, 3/03, p.4)
1916 Oct 7, In the most
lopsided victory in college football history, Georgia Tech defeated
Cumberland University of Lebanon, Tennessee, 222-0 in Atlanta.
1918 Oct 7, C. Hubert H. Parry,
English musicologist and composer (Jerusalem), died at 70.
1919 Oct 7, Fritz Kreisler's
and F. Jacobi's "Apple Blossoms," premiered in NYC.
1926 Oct 7, Emil Kraepelin
(b.1856), German psychiatrist, died. He co-discovered Alzheimer’s
disease along with Alois Alzheimer. The final edition of his
Textbook of Psychiatry was published in 1927, shortly after his
1929 October 7, British PM J.
Ramsay MacDonald delivered a speech to the US Congress. He first
spoke briefly to the House of Representatives and then gave a longer
speech to the Senate. MacDonald was the first British PM to address
the US Congress.
(NY Times, 10/8/1929, p.3)
1931 Oct 7, Desmond Tutu, South
African Black archbishop who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, was
1934 Oct 7, [Everett] Leroi
Jones (Imamu Amiri Baraka), playwright, was born.
(HN, 10/7/00)(MC, 10/7/01)
1934 Oct 7, Ulrike Meinhof,
German Red Army member, was born.
1935 Oct 7, Thomas Keneally,
novelist, was born. His work included “Schindler’s Ark," the basis
for the film “Schindler’s List."
1935 Oct 7, The US Supreme
court held its 1st session in its new building designed by Cass
Gilbert. It was built on the site of an old Civil War prison. A new
marble frieze at the Supreme Court included an image of Mohammed. In
1997 a Muslim group complained because Islamic tradition forbids
images of the prophet.
p.A1)(www.supremecourthistory.org)(WSJ, 8/27/03, p.B4)
1935 Oct 7, Himmler, Hess and
Reinhard Heydrich agreed to build a concentration camp at Dachau.
1937 Oct 7, Igor Moiseyev
(b.1906), founder of the Moiseyev folk-dance troupe, offered the
troupe’s first public performance in Moscow.
1938 Oct 7, Germany demanded
all Jewish passports stamped with letter J.
1939 Oct 7, Harvey (William)
Cushing, US neurologist, died at 70.
1940 Oct 7, Artie Shaw and his
Orchestra recorded Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" for RCA Victor.
1941 Oct 7-1941 Oct 8, There
was a massacre of over 3,700 Jews over a 2-day period near
Svencionys, Lithuania. Vincas Valkavickas, a prison guard during the
massacre, emigrated to the US in 1950 and was forced to leave in
1999 for concealing his wartime service.
1942 Oct 7, Maxwell Anderson's
"Eve of St Mark," premiered in NYC.
1942 Oct 7, US and British
government announced the establishment of United Nations.
1942 Oct 7, A single salvo
Katyusha rocket destroyed a Nazi battalion in Stalingrad.
1943 Oct 7, Weill's, Perelman's
and Nash's musical "One Touch of Venus," premiered in NYC.
1943 Oct 7, Approximately 100
U.S. prisoners of war remaining on Wake Island were executed by the
1943 Oct 7, Radclyffe Hall
(b.1880), English author of the lesbian classic "The Well of
Loneliness" (1928), died. The book was the subject of an obscenity
trial in Britain which resulted in all copies being ordered
1944 Oct 7, Field marshal
Rommel got orders to return to Berlin.
1944 Oct 7, Jews several
hundred prisoners assigned to Crematorium IV at Auschwitz-Birkenau
rebelled after learning that they were going to be killed. During
the uprising, the prisoners killed three guards and blew up the
crematorium and adjacent gas chamber. The prisoners used explosives
smuggled into the camp by Jewish women who had been assigned to
forced labor in a nearby armaments factory. The Germans crushed the
revolt and killed almost all of the prisoners involved in the
rebellion. The Jewish women who had smuggled the explosives into the
camp were publicly hanged.
1947 Oct 7, French troops in
Indochina launched Operation Lea, to capture Viet Minh positions
near the Chinese border.
1949 Oct 7, In southern
California aspiring actress Jean Spangler went missing. Her purse,
with a torn handle and a cryptic note, was found two days later in
Los Angeles' Griffith Park, but Spangler herself was never seen
(Entertainment Weekly, 1/22/21)
1949 Oct 7, The German
Democratic Republic of East Germany was established. Wilhelm Pieck
(1876-1960) was president and Otto Grotewohl (b. 1894) was minister
(WUD, 1994, p.1684)(AP, 10/7/97)
1950 Oct 7, Mother Teresa
(1910-1997), known in India as the "saint of the gutters", received
permission from the Vatican to start a diocesan congregation that
would become the Missionaries of Charity order of nuns in Calcutta.
1950 Oct 7, The United Nations
General Assembly passed a resolution to establish a unified and
1950 Oct 7, The United Nations
General Assembly approved an advance by UN forces north of the 38th
Parallel in the Korean Conflict.
1951 Oct 7, David Ben-Gurion
formed Israeli government.
1951 Oct 7, Will Kellogg (91),
founder of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, died in Battle Creek, Mich.
(ON, 2/05, p.11)
1952 Oct 7, Vladimir Putin,
president of Russia (2000-), was born in Leningrad. He became aide
to reformist Leningrad Mayor Anatoly Sobchak, then deputy mayor in
1994. Became President Boris Yeltsin's deputy chief of staff in
1996; in 1998 became head of Federal Security Service, KGB's main
successor. Appointed prime minister in August 1999.
1952 Oct 7, The 1st "Bandstand"
broadcast in Philadelphia on WFIL-TV. Dick Clark joined in 1955 as a
substitute-host. American Bandstand premiered as a local show in
(SFC, 11/10/99, p.E3)(SFC, 4/15/00, p.D3)
1954 Oct 7, Marian Anderson
became the first black singer hired by the Metropolitan Opera in New
1955 Oct 7, Yo Yo Ma, Chinese
cellist, was born in Paris, France.
(HN, 10/7/00)(MC, 10/7/01)
1955 Oct 7, Allen Ginsberg (29)
his 3,600-word "Howl" at the Six Gallery at 3119 Fillmore. Kenneth
Rexroth was the host. Jack Kerouac and Lawrence Ferlinghetti were in
the audience. Other readers included Philip Lamantia, Philip Whalen,
Michael McClure and Gary Snyder. The Gallery was run as a co-op by
poet Robert Duncan, his lover Jess (Burgess Collins) and another
artist. In 2004 Jonah Raskin authored "American Scream: Allen
Ginsberg's "Howl" and the Making of the Beat Generation." In 2006
Jason Shinder edited “The Poem That Changed America."
(SFEC, 8/29/99, p.D7)(SFC, 10/28/00, p.D1)(SSFC,
4/4/04, p.M2)(SSFC, 4/16/06, p.M3)
1955 Oct 7, The aircraft
carrier USS Saratoga was launched at Brooklyn.
1956 Oct 7, Clarence Birdseye
(b.1886), founder of the modern frozen food industry, died in NYC.
1957 Oct 7, The Danny Thomas
Show made its debut on the CBS Television Network at 9:00 P.M
inheriting the time slot vacated by I Love Lucy.
1957 Oct 7, A fire in the
Windscale plutonium production reactor (later called Sellafield)
north of Liverpool, England, spread radioactive iodine and polonium
through the countryside and into the Irish Sea. Livestock in the
immediate area were destroyed, along with 500,000 gallons of milk.
At least 30, and possibly as many as 1,000, cancer deaths were
subsequently linked to the accident. PM Harold Macmillan ordered the
disaster hushed up.
(HN, 10/7/00)(Econ, 9/11/04, p.76)(Econ,
1958 Oct 7, In Pakistan
President Iskander Mirza abrogated the Constitution and declared
Martial Law in the country. Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan was
named chief martial law administrator.
1959 Oct 7, Mario Lanza
(b.1921), undisciplined opera singer and temperamental movie star,
died of a heart attack in Rome. Born with a glorious Italian tenor,
Lanza resisted all professional urgings. He first came to light
while in the Army, then started singing publicly, first on radio,
then in movies. He signed a contract with MGM studios, where he made
such movies as "The Toast of New Orleans," and "The Great Caruso."
His heroic bellow sold records and filled concert halls. Lanza put
several teachers through hell because he would not learn to read
music, and he began to believe his hype as the century's greatest
talent since Enrico Caruso (a thought which made Mrs. Caruso gag and
Met Opera General Manger Rudolf Bing to ask: "Mario Who?"). He spent
money as fast as he earned it, pampering himself through his life.
He was fired by MGM because of his unpredictably in weight, ranging
from compactness to obesity, often within a month's time.
1959 Oct 7, Saddam Hussein
participated in a Baath team that ambushed Iraqi strongman
Abdel-Karim Kassem in Baghdad, wounding him. Saddam, wounded in leg,
1960 Oct 7, Democratic
presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Republican opponent
Richard M. Nixon held the second of their broadcast debates, in
1960 Oct 7, “Route 66," an
American television drama, premiered on CBS and ran until March 20,
1964, for a total of 116 episodes. It starred Martin Miller
(1931-2015) and George Maharis (b.1928).
1961 Oct 7, "Bye Bye Birdie"
closed at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 607 performances.
1963 Oct 7, President Kennedy
signed the documents of ratification for a limited nuclear test ban
treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union. Testing was outlawed in
the atmosphere, underwater and in outer space.
(AP, 10/7/97)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F4)
1963 Oct 7, Bobby Baker
resigned as Senate Democratic secretary after being charged in a
300-thousand-dollar civil suit with using his influence for personal
1968 Oct 7, The Motion Picture
Association of America adopted its film-rating system (G,M,R,X),
ranging from "G" for "general" audiences to "X" for adult patrons
only. The system was fathered by Jack Valenti (1921-2007), head of
(AP, 10/7/97)(SFC, 1/21/04, p.D2)(SFC, 4/27/07,
1970 Oct 7, Pres. Nixon in a
televised speech proposed a cease-fire-in-place for Indochina and
the negotiated withdrawal of US troops from Vietnam.
1975 Oct 7, Pres. Ford signed
Public Law 94-106, a bill authorizing the admission of women to
1975 Oct 7, US decided John
Lennon won't be deported due to UK pot conviction.
1979 Oct 7, Pope John Paul II
concluded a week-long tour of the United States with a Mass on the
Mall in Washington, DC.
1981 Oct 7, Egypt's parliament
named Vice President Hosni Mubarak to succeed the assassinated Anwar
Sadat. He tolerated the Muslim Brotherhood.
(WSJ, 12/8/95, p.A-8)(AP, 10/7/97)
1982 Oct 7, The Andrew Lloyd
Webber-Tim Rice musical "Cats," featuring the popular song "Memory,"
opened on Broadway at Winter Garden Theater. The show closed Sept.
10, 2000 after a record 7,485 performances.
1982 Oct 7, Olof Palme was
sworn in as Sweden’s prime minister.
1985 Oct 7, The United States
announced it would no longer automatically comply with World Court
decisions. This was in response to a June 25, 1985, World Court
ruling that U.S. involvement in Nicaragua violated international
law. The ruling stemmed from a suit brought in April 1984 after
revelations that the CIA had directed the mining of Nicaraguan
ports. The U.S. later vetoed two U.N. resolutions calling for
compliance to the World Court ruling.
1985 Oct 7, Four Palestinian
Liberation Organization (PLO) gunmen hijacked the Italian cruise
ship Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean and demanded the release of
50 Palestinians held by Israel. 413 people were held hostage for 2
days in the seizure that was masterminded by Mohammed Abul Abbas.
American Leon Klinghoffer was shot while sitting in his wheelchair
and thrown overboard. A case was filed against the PLO and settled
in 1997. The hijackers surrendered to Egyptian authorities and were
turned over to Italy which let Abbas slip out of the country. Abbas
was captured in Baghdad in 2003.
(SFC, 8/12/97, p.A4)(AP, 10/7/97)(HN,
10/7/98)(SFC, 4/16/03, p.A16)
1985 Oct 7, In Ponce, Puerto
Rico, a mudslide followed Tropical Storm Isabel and killed at least
129 people in the island's worst disaster this century.
1987 Oct 7, President Reagan's
advisory commission on AIDS was left seemingly in disarray as its
chairman, Dr. W. Eugene Mayberry, and its vice chairman, Dr. Woodrow
A. Myers Jr., resigned.
1987 Oct 7, In San Francisco
eleven 49ers, including Joe Montana and Dwight Clark, went back to
work in the biggest breach of the 17-day-old NFL strike. Of nearly
1,600 players on strike, only 145 have gone back to work.
(SSFC, 10/7/12, DB p.46)
1988 Oct 7, The Labor
Department reported the nation's unemployment rate for September
1988 fell back to July's level of 5.4 percent, after going up to 5.6
percent in August.
1989 Oct 7, Hungary's Communist
Party renounced Marxism in favor of democratic socialism during a
party congress in Budapest.
1990 Oct 7, The US House and
Senate Democrats put together a modified budget proposal, following
the failure of an earlier plan and the veto of stopgap spending
legislation by President Bush.
1990 Oct 7, Grim Natwick
(b.1890), American animator and film director, died. He created
Betty Boop in 1930.
1990 Oct 7, Israel began
handing out gas masks to its citizens in case of attack by Iraq.
1991 Oct 7, Former assistant
secretary of state Elliott Abrams pleaded guilty to withholding
information from Congress in the Iran-Contra scandal.
1991 Oct 7, University of
Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill publicly accused Supreme Court
nominee Clarence Thomas of making sexually inappropriate comments in
her presence when she worked for him, and urged the U.S. Senate to
investigate her claims. Thomas denied Hill's allegations.
1991 Oct 7, Leo Durocher,
baseball coach and manager (Dodgers, Giants), died at 86.
1992 Oct 7, Trade
representatives of the United States, Canada and Mexico initialed
the North American Free Trade Agreement during a ceremony in San
1992 Oct 7, Allan Bloom (62),
psychologist and author (Closing of the American Mind), died.
1992 Oct 7, The Ubykh language
of the north-eastern Caucasus died out when Tevfik Esenc (b.1904), a
Circassian exile in Turkey, died.
1993 Oct 7, President Clinton
ordered more troops, heavy armor and naval firepower to Somalia, but
also announced he would pull out all Americans by the end of March
1993 Oct 7, Death claimed actor
Cyril Cusack at age 82.
1993 Oct 7, In Pakistan Benazir
Bhutto returned to power after general elections. Nov, Benazir
Bhutto was re-elected to office. Murtazza Bhutto, brother of Benazir
Bhutto, returned after 16 years in Syria to challenge his sister for
the leadership of the ruling party.
(SFC, 1/30/97, p.A9)(WSJ, 11/5/96, p.A18)
1994 Oct 7, At an East Room
news conference, Clinton expressed frustration over failures in his
legislative agenda, blaming Republicans for "trying to stop it, slow
it, kill it or just talk it to death."
1994 Oct 7, Iraqi troops moved
south toward Kuwait. Pres. Clinton dispatched a carrier group,
54,000 troops and warplanes to the gulf area after Iraqi troops were
spotted moving south toward Kuwait. The Iraqis pulled back.
(SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)(AP, 10/7/99)
1995 Oct 7, New York’s Central
Park was transformed into a giant open-air cathedral as Pope John
Paul the Second celebrated Mass before a flock of 130,000.
1995 Oct 7, A 7.0 earthquake
killed 80-100 people on Indonesia's island of Sumatra.
(WSJ, 10/9/95, p.A-1)(AP, 10/7/00)
1996 Oct 7, Rupert Murdoch’s
News Corp launched the Fox News Channel. It was set up by Roger
Ailes, a former media adviser to three Republican presidents, to
appeal to conservative viewers. TCI became one of the 1st cable
operators to carry it.
(WSJ, 3/3/05, p.A10)(Econ, 7/9/11, SR
1996 Oct 7, The Nobel Prize in
Medicine was won by Australian Peter C. Doherty and Rolf M.
Zinkernagel from Switzerland for their work on how the immune system
recognizes infected cells.
(SFEC, 10/8/96, A9)
1996 Oct 7, A fire was reported
in Monterey County, Ca. It burned 25,000 acres and was later found
to have been started by Jeffrey Alan Avila (35) in order to get some
money by leasing fire-fighting equipment to the US Forest Service.
(SFC, 8/9/97, p.A13)
1996 Oct 7, The effects of a
Canadian Auto Workers strike against General Motors spread across
the border as 1,850 workers were laid off at two U.S. parts plants.
1996 Oct 7, In Columbia
authorities announced the use of Imazapyr, an all-weather herbicide,
to help eradicate illicit drug crops.
(SFEC, 10/8/96, A10)
1996 Oct 7, In Croatia a
spokesman for the UN transitional authority in Eastern Slavonia said
200 bodies were unearthed near Vukovar from the 1991 Serb
(SFEC, 10/8/96, A10)
1996 Oct 7, In Lisburn,
Northern Ireland, the Irish Republican Army detonated two car bombs
inside the British army's headquarters, wounding 31 people. Two
bombs of 500 and 1000 pounds exploded near Thiepval Barracks and
near the base hospital.
(SFEC, 10/8/96, A8)(AP, 10/7/97)
1996 Oct 7, Ethnic Tutsi rebels
slaughtered 34 patients in eastern Zaire. The government has given
the 200,000 Tutsis a week to leave Zaire. The Tutsi Banyamulenge
arrived into Zaire some 200 years ago.
(SFC, 10/10/96, p.A14)(SFC, 10/12/96, p.A11)
1997 Oct 7, Sen. Fred Thompson,
R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee
investigating fund-raising abuses, accused the White House of "a
clear pattern of delay, foot-dragging, concealing." Former White
House deputy chief of staff Harold Ickes defended using the White
House to raise Democratic money, telling the committee, "We played
by the rules."
1997 Oct 7, PepsiCo Inc. spun
off its restaurant businesses that included Taco Bell, Pizza Hut,
and KFC. The new company under David Novak was called Tricon until
2000, when it changed its name to Yum! Brands. By the end of 2004
growth and expansion in China produced sales of $9 billion. In 2007
Novak with John Boswell authored “The Education of an Accidental
(SFC, 2/18/98, p.B2)(Econ, 8/27/05,
1997 Oct 7, In Columbia leftist
guerrillas killed three villagers near San Jose de Apartado, a pilot
peace community that had declared neutrality in the civil conflicts.
(SFC, 10/8/97, p.A10)
1997 Oct 7, From Mexico it was
reported that at least 100 people were reported as disappeared in
the state of Chihuahua, mostly around Ciudad Juarez, the base for
Mexico’s largest drug cartel.
(SFC, 10/7/97, p.A15)
1997 Oct 7, In Spain a former
naval officer from Argentina, Adolfo Scilingo, testified that as
many as 1,500 Argentine naval officials had participated in death
flights, during the 1976-1984 “Dirty War," where people were hurled
into the ocean.
(SFC, 10/10/97, p.D2)
1998 Oct 7, Robert McDonough
(76) donated $30 million to Georgetown Univ. He made his fortune in
the temporary employment business.
(SFC, 10/8/98, p.A3)
1998 Oct 7, The US Justice
Department filed a lawsuit against Visa and MasterCard, the nation's
largest credit card networks, alleging that they stifled competition
in the credit card industry. A judge later ruled that the Visa and
MasterCard associations had to allow their member banks to issue
other credit cards.
(SFC, 10/8/98, p.A1)(AP,
1998 Oct 7, In Laramie, Wyo.,
Matthew Shepard (22), a gay student at the University of Wyoming,
was found beaten, burned and tied to a wooden ranch fence. Police
arrested Russel Arthur Henderson (21) and Aaron McKinney for
attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery. Also picked up as
accessories to the charges were Chastity Vera Pasley (20) and
Kristen Leann Price (18). Shepard died Oct 12. Pasley was sentenced
in 1999 to 15-24 months in jail for lying to police and destroying
evidence. [See Oct 12] Henderson and McKinney were later convicted
and sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 10/10/98, p.A3)(SFC, 10/13/98, p.A1)(SFC,
5/22/99, p.A11)(AP, 10/7/99)
1998 Oct 7, Ted Hughes, poet
laureate of England, won the $16,930 Forward Prize for best poetry
collection for his “Birthday Letters."
(SFC, 10/8/98, p.E3)
1998 Oct 7, In Israel at the
Gaza border Arafat and Netanyahu met with US Sec. Albright and
agreed to an Oct 15 summit meeting with Pres. Clinton.
(WSJ, 10/8/98, p.A1)
1998 Oct 7, In Japan Pres. Kim
Dae Jung of South Korea urged the 2 countries to work together.
(SFC, 10/8/98, p.A12)
1998 Oct 7, In Pakistan Gen’l.
Jehangir Karamat resigned 2 days after advocating a direct political
role for the military.
(WSJ, 10/8/98, p.A13)
1998 Oct 7, In Serbia
Milosevic’s government began preparing for a NATO attack.
(SFC, 10/8/98, p.A12)
1998 Oct 7, In Russia the
anti-Yeltsin protests turned out only some 600,000 people. Zyuganov
said secret police records indicated that 36 million people turned
out for the anti-Yeltsin demonstrations.
(SFC, 10/8/98, p.A12)(SFC, 1/27/99, p.A7)
1999 Oct 7, It was reported
that American fighter jets had begun using non-explosive concrete
bombs to destroy military targets in northern Iraq.
(SFC, 10/7/99, p.C20)
1999 Oct 7, In the US the 9th
annual National Depression Screening Day was coordinated by the
National Mental Health Screening Project.
(SFC, 10/5/99, p.A6)
1999 Oct 7, American Home
Products agreed to pay up to $4.83 billion to settle claims that its
fen-phen drug combination caused heart valve problems.
(SFC, 10/8/99, p.A3)(AP, 10/7/00)
1999 Oct 7, In Chechnya Russian
planes bombed the village of Elistanzhi and 32 people were reported
killed with 60 injured and 200 houses destroyed.
(SFC, 10/9/99, p.A10)
1999 Oct 7, In Iran the Asr-e
Azadegan began publishing. It replaced the Neshat, which was closed
by conservative clerics after 149 editions.
(SFEC, 10/10/99, p.A26)
1999 Oct 7, In Mexico the
Nahuatl village of Acalana was buried under a collapsed mountain
killing all but 30 people. As many as 200 people had lived there.
(SFC, 10/12/99, p.A11)
1999 Oct 7, In Nigeria it was
reported that floodgates were opened on the Niger River at 2 dams,
Jebba and Shiriro, to prevent Shiriro Lake from overflowing its
banks. 400 villages were submerged leaving 300,000 people homeless
and some 500 people were estimated to have been drowned.
(SFC, 10/7/99, p.C2)
1999 Oct 7, In the Philippines
Typhoon Dan left at least 7 people dead and thousands of homes
flooded. This was the 13th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year.
(SFC, 10/8/99, p.A14)
1999 Oct 7, Rwanda reported
that army troops and Congolese allies had killed over 200 Rwandan
Hutu rebels over a weeklong operation along the border where 4,000
Hutu rebels had been based.
(SFC, 10/9/99, p.A11)
2000 Oct 7, Three Israeli
soldiers were kidnapped on the Lebanon border. Un peacekeepers made
a film 18 hours later that showed Hezbollah guerrillas, the vehicles
used and other evidence of the abduction.
(SFC, 7/12/01, p.A12)
2000 Oct 7, Palestinians tore
up Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus and Hezbollah guerrillas captured 3
Israeli soldiers. Prime Minister Ehud Barak threatened to use force
and to halt the peace process unless the violence stopped.
(SFEC, 10/8/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 7, In Serbia Vojislav
Kostunica was sworn in as the 1st popularly elected president of
Yugoslavia. He was backed by an 18-party coalition.
(SFEC 10/8/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/9/00, p.A10)
2001 Oct 7, A scheduled peace
demonstration in NYC drew some 10,000 people. Anti-war
demonstrations in SF and Chicago drew some 1,000 each.
(SFC, 10/8/01, p.A11)
2001 Oct 7, The annual Emmy
Awards ceremony was called off.
(SFC, 10/8/01, p.G1)
2001 Oct 7, Herbert L. Block
(b.1909), Washington Post cartoonist, died at age 91. He authored
"Herblock: A Cartoonist’s Life" in 1993.
(SFC, 10/8/01, p.A20)(NW, 12/31/01, p.109)
2001 Oct 7, The Al-Jazeera TV
network from Qatar showed video footage of Osama bin Laden praising
Allah for the Sep 11 terrorist attacks.
(SFC, 10/8/01, p.G1)
2001 Oct 7, US and British
forces struck 31 targets in Afghanistan. 40 warplanes, 50 Tomahawk
cruise missiles, B-2 Stealth bombers, B-1 lancers, B-52s, F-14
Tomcats and F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets were used against air
defenses, communication nodes and other large fixed target sites.
Airdrops of food were also made. The Taliban later claimed that 8-20
civilians were killed in the attacks.
(SFC, 10/8/01, p.A1)(SFC, 10/8/01, p.A1)(WSJ,
2001 Oct 7, In Afghanistan the
Northern Alliance moved its front line artillery and infantry units
against the Taliban.
(SFC, 10/8/01, p.A5)
2001 Oct 7, Hurricane Iris
caused a mudslide in the Dominican Republic that killed 3 people.
(WSJ, 10/8/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 7, In Pakistan Muslim
clerics called for a holy war to counter the attacks in Afghanistan.
Fazlur Rehman, a top fundamentalist politician, was arrested. Most
of the Arab world appeared relatively calm.
(SFC, 10/8/01, p.A6)
2001 Oct 7, A Palestinian
suicide bomber, Ahmed Daraghmeh (17), killed himself and 1 Israeli
near the settlement of Kibbutz Shluhot.
(SFC, 10/8/01, p.F1)
2002 Oct 7, The Nobel Prize for
Medicine went to Sydney Brenner and John E. Sulston of Britain and
H. Robert Horvitz of the US for their work on how genes regulate
organ development and cell death.
(ADN, 10/8/02, p.A4)(SFC, 10/8/02, p.A2)
2002 Oct 7, In a somber address
to the nation to support his action against Iraq, President Bush
labeled Saddam Hussein a "homicidal dictator" and said the threat
from Iraq was unique and imminent: "We refuse to live in fear."
(SFC, 10/8/02, p.A1)(AP, 10/7/03)
2002 Oct 7, Space shuttle
Atlantis carried 6 astronauts and a 14-ton girder for installation
on the int'l. space station.
(ADN, 10/8/02, p.A4)
2002 Oct 7, In Bowie, Md., a
13-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded by a sniper at
Benjamin Tasker Middle School. The shooting was linked to 6 previous
killings and a card was found nearby that said: "I am God."
(ADN, 10/8/02, p.A6)(SFC, 10/8/02, p.A1)(SFC,
2002 Oct 7, In Afghanistan new
notes replaced the old multiple currencies.
(ADN, 10/8/02, p.A4)
2002 Oct 7, In Burundi 2
smaller factions of the main rebel movements signed a cease-fire
aimed at ending the 9-year civil war.
2002 Oct 7, Israeli forces
killed 16 Palestinians in Gaza that included a missile strike that
killed 11. Hamas vowed revenge attacks.
(SFC, 10/7/02, p.A1)(SFC, 10/8/02, p.A1)(WSJ,
2002 Oct 7, Elections in
Trinidad and Tobago were won by Prime Minister Patrick Manning's
black-dominated party with 20 of the 36 parliamentary seats.
2003 Oct 7, The US dollar fell
to 7-year lows against the Canadian dollar and near a six-year
trough against the Australian dollar.
2003 Oct 7, California voters
recalled Gov. Davis. Among the replacement candidates, Arnold
Schwarzenegger won with 3.74 million votes or 49%. Propositions 53
on racial privacy and 54 on state infrastructure funding were
(AP, 10/8/03)(SFC, 10/8/03, p.A1)(SFC, 10/9/03,
2003 Oct 7, Three scientists
who worked separately to explain the nature of matter at extremely
low temperatures won the 2003 Nobel Prize for Physics. Russians
Vitaly Ginzburg (87), Alexei Abrikosov (1928-2017) and British-born
Anthony Leggett (65), worked on theories that led to the development
of magnetic imaging scanners.
(Reuters, 10/7/03)(SFC, 10/8/03, p.A2)(SFC,
2003 Oct 7, A £4bn deal to
create a single company to run ITV, Britain's only fully commercial
national TV network, was given the go-ahead by the government,
heralding a new era in commercial television.
2003 Oct 7, Israel "Izzy" Asper
(71), the colorful, controversial, jazz-loving founder of Canada's
largest newspaper publisher, died. He created CanWest Capital,
Western Canada's 1st merchant bank and founded television station
CKND. He bought out Toronto-based Global TV and turned it into a
national network, CanWest Global Comm.
(AP, 10/8/03)(SFC, 10/11/03, p.A19)
2003 Oct 7, In southern India
an overloaded ferry carrying 50 people capsized in the storm-tossed
Krishna River, killing at least 18 passengers.
2003 Oct 7, In Bali southeast
Asian leaders from 10 ASEAN nations signed a landmark accord that
would pull together their disparate region into a European-style
economic community in less than two decades.
2003 Oct 7, Anerood Jugnauth
(b.1930) became president of Mauritius.
2003 Oct 7, A ferry hit a
bridge in eastern Nigeria and capsized. Dozens were believed dead.
2003 Oct 7, Yasser Arafat swore
in new Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia and a skeleton
2003 Oct 7, In the Philippines
a detained Muslim terror suspect grabbed a guard's rifle and opened
fire at police headquarters in Manila, killing three officers and
wounding three others before he was fatally shot.
2003 Oct 7, Turkey's parliament
voted overwhelmingly to allow Turkish troops to be sent to Iraq.
2004 Oct 7, Austria's Elfriede
Jelinek won the Nobel Prize for Literature for novels and plays that
depict violence against women, explore sexuality and condemn
far-right politics in Europe. Her books included “The Piano Teacher"
(1988), which was adopted for a 2001 film.
(AP, 10/7/04)(SFC, 10/8/04, p.A4)
2004 Oct 7, Pres. Bush and VP
Dick Cheney conceded that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass
destruction, even as they tried to shift the Iraq war debate to a
new issue, whether the invasion was justified because Saddam was
abusing a UN oil-for-food program.
2004 Oct 7, US President George
W. Bush told Chinese President Hu Jintao in a phone conversation
that he supports reunifying Taiwan with the mainland but warned
against "any unilateral attempt" to do so.
2004 Oct 7, It was reported
that municipal tax shelters would cost the US government an
estimated $4.4 billion in uncollected taxes for fiscal year 2004.
(WSJ, 10/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 7, US House Democratic
leader Nancy Pelosi called on Texas Rep. Tom DeLay to step down or
be ousted after his 3rd rebuke from the ethics committee in a week.
(SFC, 10/8/04, p.A3)
2004 Oct 7, Light crude oil for
November closed in NYC at a record $52.67 per barrel.
(WSJ, 10/8/04, p.C1)
2004 Oct 7, An Asia-Europe
forum accepted Myanmar and 12 other new members ahead of a summit
strained by Yangon's human rights record. ASEM comprises 39 members:
25 from Europe, 13 from Asia and the European Commission.
2004 Oct 7, Cambodia’s King
Norodom Sihanouk (81) abdicated due to poor health.
(SFC, 10/7/04, p.A9)
2004 Oct 7, A car bomb at
Egypt’s Taba Hilton killed 34 people on the last day of the Jewish
holiday of Sukkot. The attack was quickly followed by two more car
bombings outside beach-bungalow camps south of Taba. The next day
Israeli officials said they believe al-Qaida was probably behind 3
suicide car bomb attacks targeting Red Sea resorts filled with
Israeli tourists. It was later reported that all 4 bombers who
attacked the resorts escaped on foot minutes before their vehicles
(AP, 10/8/04)(SFC, 10/8/04, p.A1)(AP,
2004 Oct 7, In Ethiopia British
PM Tony Blair spoke before the Africa Commission and warned that
poverty and instability in Africa is providing a fertile breeding
ground for terror and criminal organizations.
2004 Oct 7, In Haiti 2 beheaded
bodies, one wrapped in tires and set ablaze, turned up
2004 Oct 7, US authorities,
meanwhile, raised the security alert in the heavily guarded Green
Zone after an improvised bomb was found in front of a restaurant
there. 2 American soldiers were killed and two others were wounded
in separate attacks involving roadside bombs.
2004 Oct 7, In Kashmir 4
Islamic militants were killed by Indian forces while rebels killed a
paramilitary soldier and critically wounded a pro-India political
2004 Oct 7, In Pakistan 2 bombs
planted in a car and motorcycle exploded at a gathering of Sunni
Muslim radicals in Multan, killing at least 39 people and wounding
about 100 others. Authorities in response banned all political and
religious meetings except Friday Prayer. In 2006 Irfan Ali Shah was
found guilty of masterminding the bombing in Multan.
(AP, 10/7/04)(WSJ, 10/7/04, p.A1)(NYT, 10/8/04,
2004 Oct 7, Two Palestinian
boys, ages 15 and 14, were killed in an Israeli missile strike.
2004 Oct 7, In Poland
organizers of the 5th annual erotic fair in Warsaw said they would
defy an order from the mayor's office and go ahead and stage a
"test" for the woman who can carry out a sex act with as many men as
2005 Oct 7, The former Tanforan
Park Shopping Center in San Bruno, Ca., was scheduled to re-open as
“The Shops of Tanforan" following a 2-year renovation.
(SFC, 10/6/05, p.B1)
2005 Oct 7, Mohamed ElBaradei
and the International Atomic Energy Agency won the 2005 Nobel Peace
Prize for their drive to curb the spread of atomic weapons by using
diplomacy to resolve standoffs with Iran and North Korea over their
2005 Oct 7, The Senate voted to
give President Bush $50 billion more for the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan and US military efforts against terrorism, money that
would push total spending for the operations beyond $350 billion.
2005 Oct 7, Jimmy Massey, a
former U.S. Marine in Iraq, alleged that his battalion committed
atrocities against Iraqi civilians during the U.S.-led invasion in
2003, including shooting unarmed protesters. He detailed the
allegations in his book "Kill! Kill! Kill!", written with the French
journalist Natasha Saulnier and published in France.
2005 Oct 7, John Rigas and his
son, founders of bankrupt Adelphia Communications, were indicted for
failure to pay some $300 million in taxes.
(SFC, 10/8/05, p.C1)
2005 Oct 7, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed legislation to allow local governments to
regulate certain breeds of dogs.
(SFC, 10/8/05, p.A11)
2005 Oct 7, Charles Rocket
(56), actor and comedian, died of apparent suicide near his home in
Connecticut. Rocket was a cast member of Saturday Night Live during
the 1980-81 season.
(SFC, 10/18/05, p.B4)
2005 Oct 7, In Brazil former
security guard Deusimar Neves Queiroz, a suspect in one of the
world's biggest bank robberies, was arrested after his sister-in-law
tipped off police to his alleged involvement.
2005 Oct 7, Reckitt Benckiser
PLC announced it has agreed to buy the consumer healthcare division
of Boots Group PLC for 1.9 billion pounds ($3.4 billion).
2005 Oct 7, At least seven
Iraqi civilians were killed in shootings around the city, and at
least two bodies were found dumped in the capital.
2005 Oct 7, In Iraq insurgents
killed Haj Abdul Bajid Ahmed Al-Jibori, a member of the local
district council, in a drive-by shooting southwest of the northern
city of Kirkuk. West of Baghdad, a drive-by shooting killed police
Capt. Haqi Ismael, who worked with the Ministry of Interior.
2005 Oct 7, In Belfast,
Northern Ireland, police and secret service agents arrested Sean
Garland (71) and 6 accomplices of an IRA splinter group for
conspiring with North Korea to distribute counterfeit $100 bills.
(WSJ, 10/12/05, p.A1)
2005 Oct 7, In eastern Pakistan
assailants with assault rifles attacked a mosque belonging to a
small Muslim sect, killing at least eight people and wounding 19.
2005 Oct 7, Palestinian police
arrested 30 suspected car thieves and drug dealers in a high-profile
crackdown on crime in this West Bank town.
2005 Oct 7, Philippine
authorities said they had started an investigation to unmask
opposition figures suspected of involvement in the theft of
classified US documents in a widening spy scandal. Leandro
Aragoncillo, an FBI analyst in New Jersey, was suspected of passing
intelligence to the Philippines.
(AP, 10/7/05)(SFC, 10/7/05, p.A11)
2005 Oct 7, Russia
test-launched a collapsible mini-spacecraft, which is designed to
carry cargo and even passengers from the international space station
2005 Oct 7, Serbia's war crimes
prosecutors filed charges against five Serb paramilitaries who
appeared in a video showing the execution of six Srebrenica Muslims.
2005 Oct 7, The Sudanese
government agreed for the first time to allow Ugandan troops to
pursue members of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in all
parts of southern Sudan.
2005 Oct 7-2005 Oct 8, More
than 330 school children in western Ukraine were hospitalized with
food poisoning, including four who were in critical condition. A
preliminary investigation showed that the source of infection as a
dysentery bacteria in kefir, a popular drink made of fermented milk.
2006 Oct 7, The NY Yankees were
eliminated from the first round of the AL playoffs, losing to
Detroit 8-3 in Game 4. It was the second straight year New York lost
in the opening round.
2006 Oct 7, In Virginia the
Bush family christened the USS George H.W. Bush, the nuclear-powered
aircraft carrier named after the 82-year-old former president.
2006 Oct 7, Michelle
Gardner-Quinn (21), a Univ. of Vermont senior from Arlington, Va.,
was reported missing. After chasing leads for nearly a week,
police investigating her disappearance got a break when a group of
hikers spotted a body in a rocky ravine. A suspect, Brian Rooney
(36), was arrested Oct 13 on unrelated charges of sex abuse in two
other Vermont counties. In 2008 Rooney was convicted of murder.
(AP, 10/14/06)(AP, 5/22/08)
2006 Oct 7, In Colorado the new
146,000-square-foot Denver Art Museum opened to the public. It was
designed by Daniel Libeskind.
(SFC, 10/7/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 7, Fleet Week in SF
featured a waterfront parade of US and Canadian ships as well as an
air show. The 2-day Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival opened in
Golden Gate Park.
(SFC, 10/7/06, p.B1)
2006 Oct 7, In northern
Afghanistan 2 German journalists working for the country's national
broadcaster and traveling on their own were killed by gunmen, the
first foreign journalists murdered here since late 2001. In southern
Afghanistan a NATO soldier from Canada was killed in an attack by
militants who exploded a roadside bomb and fired on a military
patrol. In eastern Afghanistan the US-led coalition and Afghan
forces killed five suspected insurgents in a clash in Paktika
(AP, 10/7/06)(Reuters, 10/7/06)
2006 Oct 7, In France the press
advocacy group Reporters Without Borders and the northwest town of
Bayeux unveiled a memorial to some 2,000 journalists and other media
workers killed in the line of duty around the world since World War
2006 Oct 7, India's army killed
five militants as they tried to sneak into the Indian portion of
Kashmir from Pakistan. Two soldiers were also killed in the
gunbattle. The head of a man from Gund Brath village, abducted the
previous day, was found on a road in nearby Sopore town. The body
was recovered in a different part of the town. A note tied to the
man's head that said he was beheaded because he allegedly worked as
an informer for Indian security forces.
2006 Oct 7, In northern Iraq a
suicide bomber rammed a police checkpoint with an explosives-laden
vehicle in Tal Afar, killing 14 people, including some who died when
their homes collapsed in the blast. More than two dozen people died
in violence around the country. 7 bullet-riddled bodies were found
in Baghdad. In two raids in the province of Diyala, Iraqi forces
killed two al-Qaida suspects and captured 40. 2 US soldiers were
killed in Iraq.
(AP, 10/7/06)(AP, 10/8/06)
2006 Oct 7, Latvians turned out
in their droves to choose the 100 men and women who will make their
laws for the next four years in the first general election since the
Baltic state joined the EU. Latvia's PM Aigars Kalvitis pledged to
continue stimulating economic growth if his centre-right government
(AFP, 10/7/06)(Reuters, 10/7/06)
2006 Oct 7, Microsoft Corp.
founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda met President Olusegun
Obasanjo for talks on plans to manufacture cheap software in
Nigeria, fight HIV/AIDS and alleviate poverty.
2006 Oct 7, In Poland thousands
marched through the streets of Warsaw, calling for new elections and
the ouster of the government after weeks of political turmoil.
2006 Oct 7, Anna Politkovskaya,
a Russian journalist, was shot to death, her body discovered in an
elevator in her apartment building in Moscow. She was known for her
critical coverage of the war in Chechnya. Politkovskaya, shot to
death in an apparent contract killing, was about to publish a story
about torture and abductions in Chechnya. In 2007 Random House
published her diaries under the title: “A Russian Diary." In 2008
Russian investigators named Rustam Makhmudov (34) of Chechnya as the
executor of the murder. Makhmudov was still at large. In 2008
Prosecutors charged Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, a former police officer,
and 2 brothers from Chechnya, Dzhabrail and Ibragim Makhmudov, with
involvement in the murder.
(AP, 10/8/06)(Econ, 10/14/06, p.91)(Econ, 4/7/07,
p.82)(WSJ, 5/13/08, p.A8)(SFC, 6/19/08, p.A9)
2006 Oct 7, In Somalia dozens
of people protested against an Islamic militia that has seized much
of southern Somalia, a day after the group appointed a new
administration in Kismayo, the country's third largest city.
2006 Oct 7, Sudanese soldiers
crossed the border into eastern Chad to fight a group of Darfur
rebels, leaving more than 300 people injured.
2006 Oct 7, In Caracas,
Venezuela, thousands marched in the biggest show of public support
yet for Manuel Rosales, the main opposition presidential candidate,
who pledged to undo what he called the ills of President Hugo
2006 Oct 7, In central Vietnam
a boat carrying about 30 schoolchildren capsized on a river, leaving
one boy dead and 18 others missing and feared dead.
2007 Oct 7, Chad Schieber (35),
a Michigan police officer, died and dozens of others needed medical
care while running the Chicago Marathon as record heat and
smothering humidity forced race organizers to shut down the course
midway through the event. Kenya's Patrick Ivuti won the Chicago
Marathon by a fraction of a second; an additional 250 runners were
taken to hospitals because of heat-related ailments.
(AP, 10/8/07)(AP, 10/7/08)
2007 Oct 7, In Crandon,
Wisconsin, Tyler Peterson (20), an off-duty sheriff's deputy, killed
six young people and critically wounded another, before he was shot
to death, during a homecoming weekend gathering. Relatives of the
victims said the rampage may have been fueled by a romantic dispute.
2007 Oct 7, A Cessna 208 Grand
Caravan crashed in the Cascade Mountains after it left Star, Idaho,
near Boise, en route to Shelton, Wash., northwest of Olympia. 9
skydivers and the pilot were killed. Searchers found the wreckage
the next day.
2007 Oct 7, Douglas Yearley
(b.1936), former CEO of Phelps Dodge Corp. (1989-2000), died.
(WSJ, 10/13/07, p.A7)(http://tinyurl.com/3ctzg3)
2007 Oct 7, In eastern
Afghanistan 16 militants fighting under a wanted Uzbek warlord with
a $200,000 bounty on his head were killed in airstrikes. Afghanistan
executed 15 inmates by gunfire at its main prison outside Kabul,
carrying out the death penalty for the first time in more than three
2007 Oct 7, Tropical storm
Krosa drenched China's southeast coast after killing five people on
Taiwan and prompting the mainland to evacuate more than 1 million
2007 Oct 7, President of
Ichkeria Dokka Umarov abolished the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria and
its presidency and proclaimed an Emirate in the Caucasus, an
al-Qaida-linked insurgency, declaring himself its Emir.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caucasus_Emirate)(Econ, 7/4/15, p.42)
2007 Oct 7, Costa Ricans
appeared to narrowly vote in favor of joining the Central American
Free Trade Agreement with the US, and President Oscar Arias declared
victory for the pact.
2007 Oct 7, Thousands of angry
demonstrators destroyed the regional headquarters of Egypt's ruling
party in El Arish, demanding government protection from lawlessness
after a downtown shootout between Bedouin tribesmen and local
2007 Oct 7, In Paris, France,
intruders, apparently drunk, broke into the Orsay Museum through a
back door and punched a hole in "Le Pont d'Argenteuil," a renowned
work by Impressionist painter Claude Monet.
2007 Oct 7, Irakly Okruashvili,
Georgia's former defense minister, retracted allegations that the
president of this former Soviet republic was involved in a murder
plot and other corruption. Okruashvili's lawyer, Eka Beselia, said
the statements "were made under duress."
2007 Oct 7, Thousands of people
marched through Hong Kong's streets to demand the right to pick
their city's leader and legislature and hoisted yellow umbrellas to
form the year 2012, their target year for full democracy.
2007 Oct 7, In Budapest,
Hungary, Yu Nakajima of Japan (16) took the top prize at the Rubik's
Cube World Championships, solving the cube 5 times in an average of
2007 Oct 7, In Baghdad bombings
killed at least nine Iraqis in three separate attacks, including one
near Iran's embassy.
2007 Oct 7, Myanmar's military
leaders stepped up pressure on monks who spearheaded pro-democracy
rallies, saying that weapons had been seized from Buddhist
monasteries and threatening to punish all violators of the law.
2007 Oct 7, In northwest
Pakistan 2 suspected al-Qaida fighters and a dozen villagers were
among about 80 people killed in fierce fighting between soldiers and
militants. The early morning operation was launched in retaliation
for overnight attacks by extremists on two military convoys in the
region that left two soldiers dead and another 30 wounded.
(AFP, 10/7/07)(AP, 10/8/07)
2007 Oct 7, Rami Khader Ayyad
(32), a prominent Palestinian Christian activist, was found dead on
a Gaza City street, sending a shudder of fear through a tiny
Christian community feeling increasingly insecure since the Islamic
Hamas seized control last summer. He bore a visible gunshot wound to
the head and was also stabbed numerous times. Ayyad had been missing
since the previous afternoon.
2007 Oct 7, Qatar's Diar real
estate investment company announced it has agreed to buy phase two
of the Grosvenor Waterside residential development in the upmarket
London district of Chelsea.
2007 Oct 7, Serbian police
detained 56 neo-Nazis who defied a ban and demonstrated to demand
the contested province of Kosovo remain part of the Serbia.
2007 Oct 7, Sri Lanka's navy
sank a ship carrying arms and war equipment for separatist Tamil
Tiger rebels, killing at least 12 people on board. Meanwhile, eight
rebels and a government soldier were reported killed in other recent
2007 Oct 7, Kurdish rebels
killed 13 Turkish soldiers in a clash in the country's southeast,
and troops responded by shelling an area near Iraq to try to stop
the rebels from escaping across the border.
2008 Oct 7, The US Federal
Reserve announced a radical plan to buy massive amounts of
short-term debt in a dramatic effort to break through the severe
credit clog. The Fed began lending unsecured to companies for the
first time in its history.
(AP, 10/7/08)(Econ, 10/11/08, p.93)
2008 Oct 7, Republican John
McCain and Democrat Barack Obama held their 2nd presidential debate.
Tom Brokaw of NBC, the moderator, screened their questions and also
chose others that had been submitted online.
2008 Oct 7, A US federal judge
ordered that 17 Chinese Muslims held at Guantanamo Bay military
prison be released in the US by Oct 10. The next day a federal
appeals court temporarily blocked the decision.
(SFC, 10/8/08, p.A2)(SFC, 10/9/08, p.A4)
2008 Oct 7, Lee W. Dubois (32)
of Lexington, SC, a former Army contractor, pleaded guilty to
stealing nearly $40 million worth of jet and diesel fuel from a US
Army base in Iraq and selling it on the black market. Dubois
admitted he and others used false paperwork to draw more than 10
million gallons of fuel from Camp Liberty in Baghdad between October
2007 and May.
2008 Oct 7, California State
Controller John Chiang warned that state revenues and cash flows
were deteriorating and that the state was already short $1.1 billion
after the first 3 months of its fiscal year.
(WSJ, 10/8/08, p.A9)
2008 Oct 7, Harvard Univ. said
medical device billionaire Hansjorg Wyss, chairman of Swiss-based
Synthes Inc., had donated $125 million, the largest one-time gift in
the history of the school. In 2004 Wyss had donated $25 million to
support doctoral programs at Harvard.
(WSJ, 10/5/08, p.A6)
2008 Oct 7, Advanced Micro
Devices (AMD) and Advanced Technology Investment, a recently formed
investment firm owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, said they will
become joint owners of a new company that will take over AMD’s
factories in Germany.
(WSJ, 10/8/08, p.B3)
2008 Oct 7, Afghan refugees
flowed over the border from Pakistan’s Bajur battle zone after
officials accused them of links with Taliban militants and ordered
2008 Oct 7, Algerian PM Ahmed
Ouyahia said there had been 250 million euros worth of damage,
largely to infrastructure, from the recent flooding.
2008 Oct 7, The Toronto stock
exchange fell 401 points making a cumulative drop of 3942 points
since Sep 1. As PM Harper spoke to reassure business people,
Canadian autoworkers held a funeral march to mark the loss of some
67,000 jobs over the past year.
(Econ, 10/11/08, p.51)
2008 Oct 7, Chancellor Angela
Merkel's Cabinet voted to extend Germany's military mission in
Afghanistan for 14 more months.
2008 Oct 7, Iceland
nationalized its second-largest bank under day-old legislation and
negotiated a euro4 billion ($5.4 billion) loan from Russia to shore
up the nation's finances amid a full-blown financial crisis.
2008 Oct 7, In India Tata
Chairman Ratan Tata said the company had acquired 1,100 acres in
Gujarat state and will relocate equipment from the failed Nano
minicar project in West Bengal.
(WSJ, 10/8/08, p.A14)
2008 Oct 7, In northeast India
5 days of clashes between members of the Bodo tribe, Assam’s largest
tribe, and local Muslims left 53 people dead with 25 of them shot by
(Econ, 10/11/08, p.60)
2008 Oct 7, In Iraq an American
soldier was fatally shot by an al-Qaida in Iraq extremist in Mosul.
An Iraqi policeman was also killed in the fighting.
2008 Oct 7, Israel's PM Olmert
said he received assurances that Russia would not allow Israel's
security to be threatened, but offered no indication he won the
concrete promises he sought on Russian arms sales or sanctions on
2008 Oct 7, In Kenya Jerome
Corsi, who wrote "The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of
Personality," was picked up by police and deported for not having a
2008 Oct 7, In Mauritania
police fired tear gas and used batons to beat back union activists
demanding the reinstatement of the deposed president.
2008 Oct 7, Mexico extradited
former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo (2000-2004) to face
corruption charges, and the ex-leader told a judge there is no
evidence to support the allegations against him.
2008 Oct 7, In Ciudad Juarez,
Mexico, across the border from El Paso, Texas, gunmen killed police
commander Rodolfo Barragan (38) in a hail of bullets at a hotel
2008 Oct 7, Tropical Storm
Marco roared ashore on Mexico's Gulf coast with near-hurricane force
winds, prompting a shutdown of some oil platforms and forcing the
evacuation of some 3,000 people.
2008 Oct 7, In Romania some
7,000 workers and trade unionists marched around the parliament in
Bucharest to demand higher salaries and better working conditions.
2008 Oct 7, Former Guantanamo
detainee Mustafa Ibrahim Mustafa Al Hassan arrived in the Sudanese
capital of Khartoum and vowed to campaign for the release of the
roughly 255 inmates remaining at the US military prison.
2008 Oct 7, The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences announced that two Japanese citizens and a
Japanese-born American won the 2008 Nobel Prize in physics for
discoveries in the world of subatomic physics.
2008 Oct 7, Thai riot police
clashed with thousands of opposition PAD protesters who barricaded
Parliament and vowed to block the government from exiting the
building. 2 people were killed. Deputy PM Chavalit Yongchaiyudh
resigned to take responsibility for the chaos.
(AP, 10/7/08)(SFC, 10/9/08, p.A16)(Econ,
2008 Oct 7, Turkish warplanes
bombed suspected Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq and
southeast Turkey, in new air strikes responding to an attack that
killed 17 soldiers at a military outpost four days ago.
2008 Oct 7, The UN food agency
(WFP) said it is resuming free breakfasts for hundreds of thousands
of poor Cambodian schoolchildren after securing new funds for a
program suspended due to high food prices.
2008 Oct 7, The UN refugee
agency said at least 5,000 people have fled violence in northeastern
Congo and sought shelter in neighboring Sudan over the last two
weeks due to ferocious attacks by rebels of the Lord's Resistance
Army from neighboring Uganda.
2008 Oct 7, Zambia's ambassador
said Zambia and the World Health Organization (WHO) have joined the
hunt for a mystery illness that has killed four people in South
Africa. A South Africa, health official said the mystery disease may
be Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever.
(AFP, 10/7/08)(Reuters, 10/7/08)
2009 Oct 7, Venkatraman
Ramakrishnan (57), Indian-born American, Yale Prof. Thomas Steitz
(69) and Israeli Ada Yonath (70) won the 2009 Nobel Prize in
chemistry for atom-by-atom mapping of the protein-making factories
within cells, a feat that has spurred the development of
antibiotics. Their work on ribosomes has been fundamental to the
scientific understanding of life. They will split the 10 million
(US$1.4 million award).
2009 Oct 7, The Oakland, Ca.,
City Council approved a BART plan to build a 3.2 mile extension to
the Oakland airport.
(SFC, 10/8/09, p.A1)
2009 Oct 7, Irving Penn
(b.1917), American fashion photographer, died in NYC. He began
contributing to Vogue magazine in 1943. His younger brother Arthur
Penn (b.1922) gained renown as a film director and producer.
(SFC, 10/8/09, p.A8)
2009 Oct 7, The war in
Afghanistan entered its 9th year. In eastern Afghanistan an
insurgent rocket ripped through a bus on a highway, killing two
people aboard and wounding about 25. A Spanish soldier was killed
when a patrol vehicle drove over a mine near the western town of
Heart. American and Afghan forces battled militants in neighboring
Wardak province, killing a number of insurgents.
(AP, 10/7/09)(AP, 10/8/09)
2009 Oct 7, Pedro Elias
Zadunaisky (b.1917), Argentine astronomer and mathematician, died.
His calculations helped determine the orbit of Saturn's outermost
moon, Phoebe, as well as Halley's Comet.
2009 Oct 7, The first
British-built Honda Jazz auto rolled off the assembly line after
production was switched from Japan in a move the manufacturer hopes
will end a troubled year for the factory.
2009 Oct 7, In Colombia machine
gun-firing rebels on motorbikes attacked a prison, springing ELN
guerrilla rebel chief Gustavo Anibal Giraldo. One guard was killed
and another suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the daring midday
raid, which ended with Giraldo fleeing on the back of a motorcycle.
Giraldo was charged with kidnapping two journalists in 2003 on
assignment for the Los Angeles Times. Giraldo was also charged in a
US indictment unsealed in December with the 15-month kidnapping of a
US helicopter mechanic.
2009 Oct 7, Egypt's antiquities
department severed its ties with France's Louvre museum because it
has refused to return what are described as stolen artifacts,
2009 Oct 7, In Iraq a group of
36 Iranian opposition members were returned to Camp Ashraf, after
nearly three months in Iraqi custody and despite an ongoing effort
to expel them. A roadside bomb struck a police patrol in Jalula,
Diyala province, killing three officers. PM Nouri al-Maliki told a
group of business leaders gathered in Baghdad that Iraq's budget was
strained by the number of police and soldiers needed to protect the
(AP, 10/7/09)(AP, 10/8/09)
2009 Oct 7, A top Italian court
overturned a law granting Premier Berlusconi immunity from
prosecution while in office. It had been pushed through by
Berlusconi's coalition in 2008 when the premier faced separate
trials in Milan for corruption and tax fraud tied to his Mediaset
2009 Oct 7, Madagascar's
opposing political factions agreed to retain the coup leader as head
of the transitional government, but will not allow him to run in
2009 Oct 7, In Nigeria the
armed Niger Delta militant group MEND dismissed a government amnesty
program as a "charade" and warned it would resume attacks on oil
facilities once its ceasefire expires next week.
2009 Oct 7, Yasser Abed Rabbo,
Palestinian adviser to Pres. Abbas, said the Palestinian leadership
made a mistake by suspending action on a UN report on Gaza war
crimes, the first such acknowledgment after days of protests in the
West Bank and Gaza. In an apparent attempt at damage control, Abbas'
government is now backing a request by Libya to convene the UN
Security Council for an emergency session on the report.
2009 Oct 7, A Saudi court
convicted Mazen Abdul-Jawad for publicly talking about sex after he
bragged on a TV talk show about his exploits, sentencing him to five
years in jail and 1,000 lashes. The program, which aired July 15 on
the Lebanese LBC satellite channel, was seen in Saudi Arabia and
scandalized conservative viewers where such frank talk is rarely
heard in public.
2009 Oct 7, Saudi Arabia's King
Abdullah made his first visit to Syria since becoming monarch, the
strongest indication yet of thawing relations between the two rival
nations following years of tension. The 2-day talks between Abdullah
and Assad focused on the need for Arab solidarity in view of the
numerous challenges facing the Arab world.
(AP, 10/7/09)(AP, 10/9/09)
2009 Oct 7, Somali pirates in
two skiffs fired on a French navy vessel after apparently mistaking
it for a commercial boat. The French ship gave chase and captured
five suspected pirates.
2009 Oct 7, In Turkey
protesters hurled firebombs at banks and police and smashed shop
windows in a second day of protests against the International
2010 Oct 7, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai hosted the inaugural session of a new peace council set
up to guide efforts to reconcile with the Taliban and other
insurgent groups. In the north a Taliban suicide attack killed a
German soldier and wounded six others in Baghlan province. The death
brought to 44 the number of German troops killed in the Afghan war.
A senior Taliban leader, accused of commanding an "assassination
cell" in Kandahar city, was captured. 4 militants were killed and
one captured by an Afghan-NATO force in eastern Wardak province's
Chaki Wardak district. A joint force also recovered and destroyed
almost 2,200 pounds (1,000 kg) of narcotics during two operations in
Kandahar and Nangarhar provinces.
(AP, 10/7/10)(AFP, 10/7/10)(AP, 10/8/10)
2010 Oct 7, Australian PM Julia
Gillard dropped her unpopular "citizens' assembly" to guide climate
change policy after the plan drew fierce criticism during the recent
2010 Oct 7, Bangladesh boat
operators said at least 200 fishermen were missing after 15 fishing
boats capsized in the Bay of Bengal during a storm. A storm surge
over the past two days has sent waves five feet high crashing into
several towns and villages along the coast.
2010 Oct 7, In Brazil Globo
TV's website said that a 13-year-old boy was killed in the crossfire
of a gunbattle during a police operation to recover a stolen vehicle
in a shantytown. A 67-year-old woman died and two people were
injured in an unrelated shootout between police and gang members.
Dozens of armed drug gang members have been setting up roadblocks
and robbing drivers en masse in recent days in the Rio de Janeiro
area, prompting the firing of 19 police battalion leaders a day
2010 Oct 7, Researchers at
London’s Kew Gardens said they have discovered that the Paris
japonica has a genetic code 50 times longer than that of a human
being. To date this was the longest genome discovered.
(SFC, 10/8/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 7, In Canada mercury
was discharged during a reconfiguration of pipes at the Teck
Resources Ltd. lead smelter waste-treatment plant in Trail, British
Columbia. The work has since been completed and the leak stopped.
2010 Oct 7, In China a new
regulation that took effect saying mine bosses who don't go
underground with their workers will be severely punished in the
latest bid to improve safety in the world's deadliest mines.
2010 Oct 7, China says at least
38 people in the southern part of the country have been infected
with a mosquito-borne virus that causes an illness similar to dengue
fever. This was thought to be China's largest-ever outbreak of the
chikungunya virus, which can cause fevers, joint pain, headaches and
2010 Oct 7, In eastern Congo
children in Burinyi village found an unexploded grenade on their way
to fetch water from a well. 5 children died when it detonated as
they were playing with it.
2010 Oct 7, In Ecuador a court
was issued authorizing the jailing of 12 police officers and a
police colonel while prosecutors investigate the Sep 30 police
uprising that resulted in 5 deaths.
2010 Oct 7, Hungary's most
prestigious organization of scientists and researchers said tests of
the red sludge flowing into the Danube show no dangerous heavy metal
levels. Disaster relief officials said more than 150 people, most of
them suffering chemical burns, were treated in hospitals after part
of the MAL Zrt company metals factory reservoir collapsed and a
toxic torrent swept through three villages killing 8 people.
(AP, 10/7/10)(AP, 10/8/10)(AP, 10/11/10)
2010 Oct 7, Interpol notified
its members that India has issued arrest warrants for five Pakistani
citizens, including two army officers, for alleged involvement in
the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
2010 Oct 7, In Iran a pair of
gunmen opened fire on a police patrol in its Kurdish region, killing
four officers and a bystander.
2010 Oct 7, In Iraq
back-to-back bombings at a vegetable market south of Baghdad killed
at least five people, including a policeman who was searching for
2010 Oct 7, Israel signed a
contract with the United States to buy 20 F-35 fighter jets after
Washington offered "incentives" for the Jewish state to help
sputtering peace talks.
2010 Oct 7, In Italy Chinese
Premier Wen Jiabao sealed Sino-Italian business deals worth €2.25
billion ($3.15 billion), after fending off European pressure to
raise the value of the yuan.
2010 Oct 7, The assembly in
Indian-controlled Kashmir erupted in violence when opposition
lawmakers scuffled with security guards to protest a suggestion that
only a deal between India and Pakistan could bring peace to the
2010 Oct 7, In Kazakhstan a
Russian Soyuz TMA-01M rocket blasted off for the Int’l. Space
Station carrying one American and 2 Russian astronauts.
(SFC, 10/8/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 7, In Pakistan 2
suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a crowded Sufi
shrine compound in the southern city of Karachi, killing 8 people
with 65 injured.
(Reuters, 10/7/10)(AP, 10/8/10)
2010 Oct 7, A top Palestinian
negotiator says the Palestinians have accepted a US proposal calling
on Israel to extend a West Bank settlement slowdown for another two
2010 Oct 7, The 2010 Nobel
Prize in literature was awarded to Peruvian writer Mario Vargas
Llosa (b.1936) "for his cartography of structures of power and his
trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat."
2010 Oct 7, Russian
Technologies chief Sergei Chemezov told reporters that Russia is
reimbursing Iran for its down payments on a deal for advanced S-300
ground-to-air missiles, which Moscow halted in the face of tough new
2010 Oct 7, South Korean
financial regulators said they will suspend the operations of an
Iranian bank for two months, as part of international sanctions over
Tehran's suspected nuclear weapons program.
2010 Oct 7, Sudan's army said
it attacked rebel positions in the Darfur region hours before the
arrival of a delegation of UN Security Council envoys in the
territory. Armed men abducted a civilian peacekeeper in the capital
North Darfur state hours after the arrival of UN Security Council
(Reuters, 10/7/10)(Reuters, 10/8/10)
2010 Oct 7, In Vietnam the
death toll from vicious rains nearly doubled to 48 after disaster
officials were finally able to access areas that had been cut off by
high waters. Another 23 people remained missing as villagers started
returning to areas where the water was receding.
2010 Oct 7, Yemeni authorities
announced the arrest of seven suspects in the attack on the
motorcade of the British embassy's No. 2, all from Nuqum, an area in
the capital that has become synonymous with militancy.
2011 Oct 7, Federal authorities
in California vowed to shut down dozens of pot growing and sales
operations in a major crackdown, saying the worst offenders are
using the cover of medical marijuana to act as storefront drug
2011 Oct 7, Rene Gonzalez (55),
a dual US-Cuban citizen, left a federal lockup in the Florida
Panhandle. He was the first member of a Cuban spy ring to walk free
from prison in the US after spending 13 years behind bars.
2011 Oct 7, New York City
authorities said bank tellers, restaurant workers and other service
employees in NYC lifted credit card data from residents and foreign
tourists as part of an identity theft ring that stretched to China,
Europe and the Middle East and victimized thousands.
2011 Oct 7, A federal jury in
Las Vegas convicted Navy SEAL Nicholas Bickle on charges that he led
a scheme to sell machine guns and explosives from Iraq and
Afghanistan in the US. On July 17, 2012, Bickle was sentenced to 17½
years in prison.
(SFC, 10/8/11, p.A5)(SFC, 7/18/12, p.A8)
2011 Oct 7, Wired magazine
reported that a computer virus has infected networks used by pilots
who control US Air Force drones in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.
The spyware resisted efforts to remove it from computers at Creech
Air Force Base in Nevada.
(SSFC, 10/9/11, p.A12)
2011 Oct 7, The Nobel Peace
Prize was awarded to Tawakkul Karman (32) of Yemen. She shared the
prize with Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and Liberian
peace activist Leymah Gbowee, as the Nobel committee gave a nod to
the Arab Spring.
2011 Oct 7, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai admitted his government and NATO had failed to provide
security to Afghans, as Afghanistan marked the 10th anniversary of a
war that has cost thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of
dollars. Karzai claimed the Taliban are being propped up by
Pakistan, saying the militants can't lift a finger without the
(AFP, 10/7/11)(AP, 10/7/11)
2011 Oct 7, In southwest China
2 teenagers set themselves on fire near a Tibetan Buddhist monastery
in Aba town amid rumors that dozens of monks were ready to sacrifice
their lives. Choepel and Khayang were former monks from Sichuan
province's Kirti monastery.
2011 Oct 7, In China 3 major
road accidents killed 56 people on the last day of a weeklong
holiday, including 35 people who died when a bus collided with a car
on a northern expressway.
2011 Oct 7, Dubai's flagship
Emirates airline said it will sponsor Britain's first urban cable
car spanning London's river Thames, saying it hoped the new addition
to the city's skyline would be ready for next year's Olympics. The
10-year-deal was valued at 36 million pounds.
2011 Oct 7, India's largest car
maker Maruti Suzuki said a fresh strike by workers halted production
at a north India plant, just days after the end of a bitter
2011 Oct 7, Libyan
revolutionary fighters assaulted a convention center in the center
of Sirte that forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi turned into their main
base. At least 17 fighters were killed and 180 wounded.
(AP, 10/7/11)(AP, 10/8/11)(AFP, 10/8/11)
2011 Oct 7, Mexican officials
found 10 more bodies in Veracruz, in what appears to be more
bloodshed in the battle between rival cartels for control of drug
trafficking in the port city. The relatively new Jalisco New
Generation gang claims to be attacking members of the Zetas cartel
with 75 deaths since Sep 20.
2011 Oct 7, Nepalese
campaigners said desperate AIDS charity workers are turning to
prostitution to pay bills and buy food because government
bureaucracy has denied them their wages.
2011 Oct 7, The Dutch
government said it would move to reclassify high-potency marijuana
alongside hard drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy.
(SFC, 10/8/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 7, In South Africa 4
men were convicted of murdering a lesbian in Cape Town, in a case
that dragged on for five years and heightened concerns about
"corrective rape" targeting gay women. In 2006 The men stoned,
kicked and stabbed to death Zoliswa Nkonyana (19) just meters
(yards) from her home.
2011 Oct 7, Spain's Queen
Sophia started a rare royal visit to Haiti to see some of the aid
projects that her country has helped finance in the
2011 Oct 7, Spanish bullfighter
Juan Jose Padilla (39) was pinned to the ground and gored by a bull
in Zaragoza. He is likely to suffer facial paralysis and lose the
sight in one eye after a terrifying goring.
2011 Oct 7, Syrian security
forces opened fire at protesters in several parts of the country,
killing at least eight people and wounding scores. Leading
opposition figure Riad Seif was beaten up by pro-government gunmen
and rushed to a hospital in Damascus. Russia’s Pres. Dmitry Medvedev
told Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to either reform or resign. In
Qamishli Mashaal Tammo (53), a prominent and charismatic Kurdish
opposition figure, was gunned down by masked gunmen.
(AP, 10/7/11)(AP, 10/8/11)
2011 Oct 7, Mining
multinational RioTinto's Zimbabwean subsidiary Murowa Diamonds said
it has ceded 51% of its equity to comply with a new law giving local
blacks majority shares in foreign companies.
2012 Oct 7, US health officials
reported an additional 27 cases in a fungal meningitis outbreak
linked to steroid injections that has killed seven people and now
infected 91 in nine states.
2012 Oct 7, In Cape Canaveral,
Florida, the SpaceX company launched a Falcon rocket carrying a
Dragon capsule with some 1,000 pounds of gear and supplies for the
Int’l. Space Station. An engine problem left a small communications
satellite unable to reach its proper orbit. The Dragon capsule
successfully returned in a splashdown off the Baja California coast
on Oct 28.
(SFC, 10/8/12, p.A4)(Economist, 10/13/12,
p.96)(SFC, 10/29/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 7, In San Francisco
the 12th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival ended a 3-day run
in Golden Gate Park. Fleet Week closed out with performances by the
Blue Angels jet team. The America’s Cup World Series took place on
the Bay. The Castro Street Fair took place along with the Italian
Heritage Parade on Market St.
(SFC, 10/8/12, p.A7)
2012 Oct 7, Israel targeted two
men in an airstrike into southern Gaza, killing one and wounding the
2012 Oct 7, A boat left Naples
and aiming to reach Gaza in mid-October in the latest attempt to
break Israel's naval blockade. It carried items such as cement,
basketballs, musical instruments and theater lighting equipment.
2012 Oct 7, Libya's parliament
ousted Mustafa Abushagur, the country's new prime minister, in a
no-confidence vote. He had 25 days from his Sep. 12 appointment by
parliament to form a Cabinet and win the legislature's approval, but
that deadline expired today.
2012 Oct 7, In Mexico Zetas
drug cartel leader Heriberto Lazcano was apparently one of two men
killed in a firefight with marines in the northern border state of
Coahuila. Lazcano, also known as "El Verdugo" (the Executioner) for
his brutality, was suspected in hundreds of killings, including the
June 2004 slaying of Francisco Ortiz Franco, a top editor of a
crusading weekly newspaper in Tijuana that often reported on drug
trafficking. The next day a group of armed men raided the funeral
home where the bodies were kept, and stole both corpses. Trevino
Morales, also known as El 40 or the Monkey, became the uncontested
head of the Zetas after Lazcano was killed.
(AP, 10/9/12)(ABC News, 10/12/12)
2012 Oct 7, The Pakistani
military blocked a convoy carrying thousands of Pakistanis and a
small contingent of US anti-war activists from entering a lawless
tribal region along the border with Afghanistan to protest American
2012 Oct 7, Philippine
President Benigno Aquino III announced that his government has
reached a preliminary peace deal with the nation's largest Muslim
rebel group in a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long
insurgency. Aquino said the "framework agreement," to be signed on
Oct 15, was an assurance the Moro Islamic Liberation Front
insurgents will no longer aim to secede from the country in return
for autonomy in a new area, Bangsamoro.
(AP, 10/7/12)(Economist, 10/13/12, p.17)
2012 Oct 7, South Korea
announced that a US accord has been altered to allow the South to
have ballistic missiles with a range of up to 800 km (500 miles) to
better cope with North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.
2012 Oct 7, In Spain thousands
of people marched in 56 cities to protest punishing austerity cuts
they say will only increase unemployment and job insecurity in a
country suffering from its second recession in three years and
record high unemployment.
2012 Oct 7, In Sri Lanka 4
unidentified men assaulted Manjula Tillekeratne, the secretary of
the Judicial Service Commission. In September she had alleged the
efforts were being made to destroy the independence of the
(Economist, 10/13/12, p.50)
2012 Oct 7, Syrian troops
pressed their offensive to retake rebel-held areas in the northern
city of Aleppo, Homs, towns around the Syrian capital of Damascus
and southern villages on the border with Jordan. A car bomb exploded
near the police headquarters in central Damascus, killing at least
one person and damaging nearby buildings.
2012 Oct 7, Turkish jets struck
suspected Kurdish rebel targets in two separate cross-border raids
in northern Iraq.
2012 Oct 7, Turkish artillery
fired toward Syria for a fifth day in a row, minutes after a Syrian
shell landed on Turkish territory.
2012 Oct 7, Pope Benedict XVI
name St. John of Avila, Spain, and St. Hildegard of Bingen, Germany,
as “doctors" of the church. Only 33 other church doctors have been
singled out over the course of Christianity for their contributions
to and influence on Catholic doctrine.
2012 Oct 7, Venezuela held
presidential elections. With 90 percent of votes counted, Chavez had
more than 54 percent of the vote to 45 percent for challenger
Henrique Capriles. The opposition accused Chavez of unfairly using
Venezuela's oil wealth and his near total control of state
institutions to his advantage.
2013 Oct 7, Two Americans and a
German-American won the Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering how
key substances are transported within cells, a process involved in
such important activities as brain cell communication and the
release of insulin. James Rothman (62) of Yale University, Randy
Schekman (64) of the University of California, Berkeley, and Dr.
Thomas Sudhof (57) of Stanford University shared the $1.2 million
prize for their research on how tiny bubbles called vesicles act as
cargo carriers inside cells.
2013 Oct 7, SF announced that
Marc Benioff, head of Salesforce.com, will donate $2.7 million to
the city’s 12 middle schools.
(SFC, 10/7/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 7, A record-breaking
storm dropped 4 feet of snow in parts of South Dakota and left over
22,000 homes and businesses without electricity. Tens of thousands
of cattle died in South Dakota. The storm also buried parts of
Wyoming and Colorado and spawned tornadoes in Nebraska and Iowa. At
least 4 people died due to the storm.
(SFC, 10/8/13, p.A5)(SFC, 10/14/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 7, Bahrain sentenced
nine people to life in prison after trial on charges of bomb-making
in the restive Gulf nation.
2013 Oct 7, In Brazil thousands
marched in Rio de Janeiro to support teachers seeking pay hikes
before masked anarchists turned to violence, setting fires, breaking
into buildings and smashing a City Hall gate.
2013 Oct 7, Britain launched
its new National Crime Agency (NCA) and unveiled a revamped strategy
to combat serious organized crime, which it says costs the country
24 billion pounds ($38.6 billion) and represents a threat to
2013 Oct 7, In the Central
Africa Republic self-defence groups began attacking the village of
Garga, leaving 3 dead and a dozen injured.
2013 Oct 7, Typhoon Fitow
barrelled into China's east coast, packing winds of more than 200
kilometres (125 miles) an hour, after hundreds of thousands of
people were evacuated and bullet train services were suspended.
2013 Oct 7, Colombia imposed
temporary tariffs and quotas on imports of potatoes, onions, beans,
tomatoes, powdered milk, fresh cheese, milk and whey to help
alleviate protests by farmers over expensive fertilizers and free
(Econ, 10/26/13, p.44)
2013 Oct 7, Colombia's state
oil company Ecopetrol said its second most important oil pipeline,
the Cano Limon-Covenas, has been temporarily shut down after three
bomb attacks. Security forces attributed the attacks to leftist
2013 Oct 7, In Cyprus an
independent judicial inquiry said former communist president,
Demetris Christofias, and his government bear chief blame for the
island's financial meltdown in March after they failed to control
spending and behaved in an imperious manner.
2013 Oct 7, In Egypt suspected
militants killed 6 soldiers near the Suez Canal and fired
rocket-propelled grenades at a state satellite station in Cairo. A
car bombing hit the security headquarters in el-Tor near the tourist
resorts of southern Sinai, killing 3 policemen and wounding dozens.
(Reuters, 10/7/13)(AP, 10/7/13)
2013 Oct 7, A French
oceanographic vessel rescued 29 Syrian refugees, part of a group of
363 asylum-seekers that have landed in Italy in the past 24 hours.
2013 Oct 7, In France Patrice
Chereau (68), a celebrated actor and director in film, theater and
opera, died. He was renowned for cutting-edge productions.
2013 Oct 7, In Greece Akis
Tsochadzopoulos (73), former Greek defense minister, was jailed for
20 years after being found guilty o money laundering. 16 of 18
co-defendants were also found guilty.
(SFC, 10/8/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 7, In Hong Kong a
118-carat white diamond, discovered in the rough in 2011 in southern
Africa, sold at auction for $30.6 million.
(SFC, 10/8/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 7, The 2-day
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit opened in Bali,
Indonesia. At its end leaders agreed that that the Doha round of
global trade talks were at an impasse and urged trade ministers to
reconvene in December to get negotiations back on track.
(SFC, 10/8/13, p.A4)(SFC, 10/9/13, p.A5)
2013 Oct 7, In Libya dozens of
unarmed soldiers occupied the prime minister's office in Tripoli to
demand unpaid wages.
2013 Oct 7, The Maldives
Supreme Court annulled the results of the September 7 presidential
election and scheduled a fresh vote for October 20 after a candidate
challenged the outcome, citing irregularities. Earlier in the day
masked men burst into the Raajje TV studio in Male, stabbed a
security guard and set the place ablaze. Raajje was alligned with
the oppposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).
(Reuters, 10/7/13)(Econ, 10/12/13, p.52)
2013 Oct 7, In northern Mali
suspected radical Islamic militants fired a series of mortar shells
on Gao, marking the first such attack in months after the French-led
military operation drove the jihadists from power. Suspected Islamic
militants set off explosions at two bridges near Ansongo.
(AP, 10/7/13)(AP, 10/8/13)
2013 Oct 7, Dutch coastguards
scrambled helicopters and divers to search for three sailors missing
in the North Sea after their ship sank following a collision with a
2013 Oct 7, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded next to a van carrying security guards tasked with
protecting workers involved in an anti-polio drive in the village of
Malikhel, about 20 km outside Peshawar, killing 2 people.
2013 Oct 7, Russia suspended
imports of dairy products from neighboring Lithuania, turning up
trade pressure on the European Union member weeks before it hosts a
summit that could pull former Soviet republics further from Moscow's
2013 Oct 7, UN leader Ban
Ki-moon said about 100 international experts will have to spend up
to a year in Syria destroying its chemical weapons in a mission of
2014 Oct 7, A US federal
appeals court in San Francisco struck down Nevada and Idaho’s bans
on same-sex marriage. The ruling also applies to all nine states in
the court’s territory and will overturn marriage bans in Montana,
Alaska and Arizona.
(SFC, 10/8/14, p.A6)
2014 Oct 7, Susan Koret, the
widow of Joe Koret, filed suit against real estate magnate Tad
Taube, board president of the Koret Foundation, accusing him of
using the $500 million charity as a personal piggybank. The
foundation immediately countersued to remove Susan Koret, the
founder’s 2nd wife, from the board for incompetence and breach of
(SFC, 10/8/14, p.E1)
2014 Oct 7, An Alabama jury
convicted Desmonte Leonard of murder in the June 9, 2012, shooting
deaths of two former Auburn Univ. football players and a third man.
(SFC, 10/8/14, p.A6)
2014 Oct 7, The SF Board of
Supervisors voted to legalize the growing trend of turning homes
into ad-hoc hotels by passing the “Airbnb law," which places some
restrictions on the practice.
(SFC, 10/8/14, p.A1)
2014 Oct 7, California
officials detected the Aedes aegypti mosquito in the Los Angeles
area. The day-time biting mosquito was capable of transmitting
dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever viruses.
(SFC, 10/16/14, p.A10)
2014 Oct 7, In northern
California a fire fighting air tanker crashed killing pilot Geoffrey
Hunt (62) near Arch Rock on the west side of Yosemite National Park.
(SFC, 10/8/14, p.A1)(SFC, 10/9/14, p.D1)
2014 Oct 7, In San Francisco
police Officer David Goff fired seven shots into a car fatally
hitting O’Shaine Evans (26) two times and a rear passenger twice. In
2018 it was announced that Goff would not face any charges. Goff and
other officers were investigating car break-ins during a baseball
(SFC, 3/3/18, p.C2)
2014 Oct 7, A cell-phone video
was released showing Indiana police breaking a car window and then
using a stun gun on a man in a car after police stopped the driver
for not wearing a seat belt.
(SFC, 10/8/14, p.A6)
2014 Oct 7, Canada's Parliament
voted to authorize airstrikes against the Islamic State militant
group in Iraq following a US request.
2014 Oct 7, Chinese officials
said the dengue virus has killed six people and infected more than
23,000 in southern China's worst outbreak of the
mosquito-transmitted disease in about two decades.
2014 Oct 7, In southwestern
China a strong, shallow 6.0 earthquake shook Yunnan province. At
least one person was killed as aftershocks continued to strike the
2014 Oct 7, Cyprus' president
suspended talks on reunifying the ethnically divided island in
response to Turkey's plans to search for oil and gas in waters where
the Cypriot government has already licensed Italy's Eni and South
Korea's Kogas to drill.
2014 Oct 7, Egyptian military
officials said troops have killed 16 members of an al-Qaida-inspired
militant group in the restive Sinai Peninsula. Four leading members
of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis were arrested during the operations.
2014 Oct 7, The German
government said a convoy of 112 trucks carrying aid from Germany has
crossed into Ukraine and the goods will be distributed in the
country's east by local officials.
2014 Oct 7, In Germany train
drivers' union GDL called for a nine-hour nationwide strike starting
this evening. Pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit announced a two-day
strike at Lufthansa's freight arm starting at 2100 ET on Oct 8.
2014 Oct 7, In Hong Kong crowds
of protesters who filled the streets with demands for more democracy
thinned dramatically after student leaders and the government agreed
to hold talks in the increasingly frustrated city.
2014 Oct 7, Indian and
Pakistani troops fired bullets and mortar shells across the border
between Kashmir and Pakistan for a second day, with both accusing
the other of provoking the violence. Police in both countries said
troops exchanged fire for hours overnight, killing a Pakistani man
and injuring at least 22 others.
2014 Oct 7, Iran said it had
seized explosives destined for an attack on one of its holy cities
and that more than 130 members of militant extremist groups had been
2014 Oct 7, International
prosecutors accused the Kenyan government of failing to hand over
phone and bank records they said would help them show President
Uhuru Kenyatta paid collaborators to take part in post-election
violence in 2007.
2014 Oct 7, Two Japanese
scientists and a Japanese-born American won the Nobel Prize in
physics for inventing blue light-emitting diodes. Isamu Akasaki
(85), Hiroshi Amano (54) and naturalized US citizen Shuji Nakamura
(54) revolutionized lighting technology two decades ago when they
came up with a long-elusive component of the white LED lights.
2014 Oct 7, In Kenya
transgender activist Audrey Mbugua won a landmark case when the High
Court ordered the Kenya National Examinations Council to change her
name on her academic certificates.
2014 Oct 7, In Turkey Kurdish
protesters clashed with police. 20 protesters were killed in the
clashes, mostly between sympathizers of rival Kurdish groups.
Kurdish protesters also forced their way into the European
Parliament in Brussels, part of Europe-wide demonstrations against
the Islamic State group's advance on a town on the Syrian-Turkish
(AP, 10/7/14)(Econ, 10/11/14, p.59)
2014 Oct 7, The Myanmar
government pardoned 3,073 prisoners, but advocacy groups said no
political prisoners were included despite a pledge by the president
to free all such detainees by the end of this year.
2014 Oct 7, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike on a Taliban compound in North Waziristan
killed at least six militants.
2014 Oct 7, In Romania
thousands of workers and health workers protested against low
salaries and endemic underfunding of the health system which have
led to thousands of doctors and nurses seeking work abroad.
2014 Oct 7, Turkey's president
said Kobani was "about to fall" after Islamic State fighters
advanced into the south west of the Syrian Kurdish town, pressing
home a three-week assault has cost a reported 412 lives. More than
2,000 Syrian Kurds including women and children were evacuated from
the town after the latest fighting.
2014 Oct 7, Venezuelan police
moved in before dawn to arrest what authorities said is a gang
behind multiple homicides. That led to an eight-hour standoff that
created panic and blocked traffic across several downtown blocks. 5
people were killed including Jose Odreman, a former policeman and
well-connected leader of a militia group aligned with the socialist
(AP, 10/8/14)(Econ, 11/29/14, p.31)
2014 Oct 7, Yemeni parties
agreed to appoint Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak bin Mubarak, an associate
of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, as prime minister, a move some
Yemenis expect may lead to the withdrawal of Shi'ite Muslim fighters
from the capital Sanaa.
2015 Oct 7, The US Treasury
Dept. announced that former Honduras VP Jaime Rosenthal, his son
Yani and nephew Yankel had been designated under the Kingpin Act. US
prosecutors accused them of laundering money for Central American
(SFC, 1/4/16, p.A2)
2015 Oct 7, In Australia four
people were arrested over the terror-linked murder of a police
employee after coordinated raids by more than 200 officers on
properties across Sydney.
2015 Oct 7, Belgian trade
unions mobilized about 100,000 workers for the second time in a year
to protest the free-market regulations and austerity measures that
the center-right government has been pushing through during its
first year in office.
2015 Oct 7, A British court
jailed former Bishop Peter Ball (83) for 32 months after he pleaded
guilty to indecently assaulting teenagers in a case that has
prompted accusations of a cover-up. Eighteen victims said they had
been targeted by Ball at his home in Litlington, East Sussex.
2015 Oct 7, A Chinese Navy
destroyer, a Chinese frigate and a Chinese supply vessel sailed into
Poland's navy port of Gdynia on the first such visit ever.
2015 Oct 7, Czech police said
they have seized an unusually large amount of powerful illegal
explosives and further dangerous substances and arrested four people
who allegedly wanted to sell them on the black market.
2015 Oct 7, In Estonia a small,
anti-immigrant opposition party called for a referendum to make sure
the tiny Baltic country doesn't increase the number of refugees
(550) it has agreed to take in.
2015 Oct 7, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir suspected rebels gunned down police
sub-inspector Mohammed Altaf, known for his successful
2015 Oct 7, Iran’s Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei banned any further negotiations with America.
(Econ, 10/24/15, p.45)
2015 Oct 7, Iraqi officials
said government forces have retaken several areas north and west of
Ramadi as efforts to close in on the Anbar provincial capital seized
by jihadists in May intensified.
2015 Oct 7, Kurds said Islamic
State fighters fired mortar rounds containing mustard agent at
peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq during clashes in August.
2015 Oct 7, Mexican authorities
in Toluca arrested drug capo Jesus Areli Navarrete Castelan wanted
by the United States on cocaine trafficking allegations.
2015 Oct 7, In northeastern
Nigeria at least 40 people were killed in two separate suicide bomb
attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants in Damaturu, Yobe state
and in Gubio town, Borno state. An overnight attack at a military
camp in Yobe state was repulsed with at least 100 insurgents
(AFP, 10/7/15)(SFC, 10/8/15,
2015 Oct 7, Palestinian woman
Dania Irsheid (17) stabbed an Israeli near the contested Ibrahimi
mosque in Jerusalem. She was shot and killed by security forces. PM
Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a visit to Germany because of the
precarious security situation.
(Reuters, 10/7/15)(Econ 6/10/17, p.61)(Econ
2015 Oct 7, Russia and Syria
carried out what appeared to be the first major coordinated assaults
on Syrian insurgents. Moscow said its warships fired 26 missiles at
them from the Caspian Sea, a sign of its new military reach. In Hama
province at least 13 regime forces were killed in clashes that also
killed 11 rebel fighters.
(AP, 10/7/15) (Reuters,
2015 Oct 7, In Somalia Islamic
extremist rebels killed two men including the president's nephew in
a drive-by shooting in Mogadishu.
2015 Oct 7, Sweden's Tomas
Lindahl, Paul Modrich of the United States and Aziz Sancar, a
Turkish-American, won the 2015 Nobel Chemistry Prize for work on how
cells repair damaged DNA.
2015 Oct 7, In Tanzania Yang
Feng Clan (66), a Chinese woman, was charged in Dar es Salaam
alongside two Tanzanians with smuggling 1.9 tons of ivory between
Jan. 1, 2000 and May 22, 2014.
2015 Oct 7, Turkish officials
said police have seized material allegedly used by Islamic State
militants to produce coins for the group and arrested six foreign
nationals in Gaziantep city.
2015 Oct 7, Yemen's Houthi
group and the party of the former president have accepted a peace
plan brokered by the United Nations in talks in Oman, paving the way
for resuming negotiations to end months of conflict in the country.
2015 Oct 7, In Yemen a
suspected Saudi-led air strike killed at least 28 people at a
wedding in the rebel-held town of Sanban, Dhamar province. Abdullah
al-Sanabani (15), a child prodigy who once dreamed of leading a
Yemeni space program, faced the loss of his leg and fingers
following the air strike which left him badly burned.
(AFP, 10/8/15)(Reuters, 10/30/15)
2015 Oct 7, A Zimbabwean
wildlife official said five people are in police custody and being
questioned over the killing of 11 elephants poisoned by cyanide at
Hwange National Park in the west of the country.
2016 Oct 7, It was reported
that President Barack Obama has issued waivers that continue
millions of dollars in US military assistance for troubled South
Sudan and six other nations where child soldiers have been used,
disappointing advocates who say his administration hasn't made
curbing the use of children in combat a higher priority. Waivers
also have been granted to Somalia, Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, Iraq and
(AP, 10/7/16) (SFC, 10/8/16,
2016 Oct 7, It was reported
that President Barack Obama has issued waivers that continue
millions of dollars in US military assistance for troubled South
Sudan and six other nations where child soldiers have been used,
disappointing advocates who say his administration hasn't made
curbing the use of children in combat a higher priority. Waivers
also have been granted to Somalia, Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, Iraq and
2016 Oct 7, It was reported
that Vietnam has declared a United States-based activist group a
terrorist organization and warned that any Vietnamese found to be
involved with the group would be regarded as co-conspirators and
punished. The government said the California-based Viet Tan, or
Vietnam Reform Party, had recruited and trained operatives to use
weapons and explosives.
2016 Oct 7, Hurricane Matthew
was downgraded to a category 3 storm. About 600,000 Florida homes
were without power due to Hurricane Matthew and more outages were
2016 Oct 7, The Associate Press
said it has identified 12 Chinese businesses that said they would
export a synthetic opioid known as carfentanil to the United States,
Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and Australia
for as little as $2,750 a kilogram (2.2 pounds), no questions asked.
Carfentanil burst into view this summer, the latest scourge in an
epidemic of opioid abuse that has killed tens of thousands of people
in the United States alone.
2016 Oct 7, Colombian President
Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts
to help end the long-running conflict in his country. The Colombian
government and FARC rebels said they have agreed to discuss
"adjustments" to a contested peace deal and continue a bilateral
(AP, 10/7/16)(AFP, 10/7/16)
2016 Oct 7, Estonia said a
Russian jet violated its airspace, hours after neighboring Finland
said two similar planes passed over its territory as it prepared to
sign a defense pact with the United States.
2016 Oct 7, Ethiopia’s
government said that 11 factories and dozens of vehicles had been
damaged in attacks by what it called “antipeace forces."
(SFC, 10/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Oct 7, Morocco held
elections to choose which party will lead their next government. The
moderate Islamist Party of Justice and Development won the national
elections. The PJD won 125 of the 395 seats in the Chamber of
Representatives. The Party of Authenticity and Modernity, founded by
an adviser to the king, won 102 seats, and several other parties
shared the rest of the seats. Turnout was only 43%.
(AP, 10/7/16)(AP, 10/8/16)(Econ, 10/15/16, p.47)
2016 Oct 7, In Pakistan a
freight train rammed into a bus on an unmanned railroad crossing in
eastern Punjab province, killing at least three people. Two bombs
struck a passenger train minutes apart near the village of Mach in
Baluchistan province, killing at least six people and wounding 19.
2016 Oct 7, Russia's lower
house of parliament ratified a treaty with Syria that allows the
Russian military to stay indefinitely in the Mideast country.
2016 Oct 7, Venezuela's
socialist President Nicolas Maduro said he is establishing a peace
prize in honor of the late Hugo Chavez and that his pick for the
initial award would be Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
2016 Oct 7, It was reported
that Vietnam has declared a United States-based activist group a
terrorist organization and warned that any Vietnamese found to be
involved with the group would be regarded as co-conspirators and
punished. The government said the California-based Viet Tan, or
Vietnam Reform Party, had recruited and trained operatives to use
weapons and explosives.
2017 Oct 7, Major shipping
ports across the central US Gulf Coast were closed to inbound and
outbound traffic as Hurricane Nate intensified and storm surges of
up to 11 feet (3.74 meters) were expected.
2017 Oct 7, In Afghanistan at
least seven Taliban insurgents were killed during an airstrike by
Afghan security forces in northern Sari Pul province.
2017 Oct 7, Senior Afghan and
American officials welcomed the arrival of new US-made military
helicopters, beginning a process that will radically transform the
young Afghan air force.
2017 Oct 7, British police
detained a man near London's Natural History Museum after a vehicle
apparently drove into pedestrians at a busy tourist spot, injuring a
number of people. After several hours of urgent investigation police
said it was a road traffic collision not related to terrorism. The
driver (47) was released the next day.
(AFP, 10/7/17)(AP, 10/8/17)
2017 Oct 7, In northeastern
Congo DRC militants ambushed a group of about 30 civilians and
killed many of them before fighting a fierce battle with the army.
The militants were said to belong to the Allied Democratic Forces
(ADF), a Ugandan Islamist group active near the border between Congo
2017 Oct 7, In Ghana at least
seven people were killed when a tanker truck carrying natural gas
caught fire in the capital, Accra, triggering explosions.
2017 Oct 7, Iran’s
semi-official ILNA news agency reported that the country's
authorities have banned former reformist President Mohammad Khatami
from appearing at public ceremonies for three months.
2017 Oct 7, In Italy Anis
Hanachi (25) was arrested on an international warrant issued by
France while riding a bicycle in the center of the northern city of
Ferrara. He is believed responsible for radicalizing his elder
brother Ahmed Hanachi, who stabbed two women to death on Oct 1 in
2017 Oct 7, Malaysian police
said four foreigners and four Malaysians have been arrested in the
states of Sabah, Selangor and Perak between Sept. 27 and Oct. 6. for
suspected involvement in terrorist activities linked to Abu Sayyaf,
the Islamic State and Jemaah Islamiah.
2017 Oct 7, In northern Mexico
a transport helicopter crashed in Durango state killing seven army
(SSFC, 10/8/17, p.A4)
2017 Oct 7, North Korean leader
Kim Jong-Un promoted his sister to a senior ruling party post, and
praised the country's nuclear weapons program which has sparked
2017 Oct 7, Hamas police
detained suspected jihadist leader Nour Issa (27) along with others
in Gaza, the latest in a series of arrests of those accused of
Islamic State group ideology.
2017 Oct 7, Thousands of Polish
Catholics formed human chains on the country's borders, begging God
"to save Poland and the world" in an event many viewed as a
spiritual weapon against the "Islamisation" of Europe.
2017 Oct 7, In Russia
supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny rallied across the
country, heeding his call to pressure authorities into letting him
enter the presidential race with a wave of demonstrations on
President Vladimir Putin's 65th birthday. Riot police detained at
least 10 opposition protesters in central St Petersburg.
(AP, 10/7/17)(Reuters, 10/7/17)
2017 Oct 7, Russia’s defence
ministry said some 120 Islamic State fighters and 60 foreign
mercenaries were killed in a series of Russian air strikes in Syria
over the past 24 hours. The ministry also said three senior IS
commanders including Omar al-Shishani had been confirmed dead as a
result of an earlier Russian strike. The Pentagon said in 2016 the
notorious fighter had been killed by American troops in Iraq.
2017 Oct 7, Tens of thousands
of people gathered in Madrid and Barcelona as Catalonia prepared to
declare independence, many dressed in white and calling for talks to
defuse Spain's worst political crisis for decades.
2017 Oct 7, In Switzerland a
refugee from Sri Lanka (38) was shot and killed by Swiss police
after he charged at two other asylum seekers with knives at a
refugee center in the canton of Ticino.
2017 Oct 7, In northwestern
Syria two waves of air strikes on the jihadist-held town of Khan
Sheikhun, Idlib province, killed at least 13 civilians over the past
24 hours. The strikes were believed to have been carried out by the
Syrian air force.
2017 Oct 7, Turkey's
president announced that the country has launched a "serious"
operation in Syria's northwestern Idlib province with Turkey-backed
Syrian opposition forces, following international efforts for
de-escalation in the war-torn country.
2017 Oct 7, In Turkey a tourist
bus tipped over after hitting a palm tree on a traffic island in the
southern Antalya province, killing three German tourists.
2018 Oct 7, In southern
California SpaceX launched a commercial satellite for Argentina from
Vandenberg Air Force Base. This was the 17th mission this year for
Elon Musk's rocket company.
(SFC, 10/9/18, p.A4D4)
2018 Oct 7, In eastern
Afghanistan Taliban fighters killed 14 members of the security
forces overnight in a district that straddles the strategic
Kabul-Kandahar highway linking the Afghan capital and the group's
southern strongholds. Taliban militants destroyed highway bridges
between Kabul and three provinces. Around 20 Taliban fighters were
(AFP, 10/7/18)(SFC, 10/8/18, p.A2)
2018 Oct 7, Bahrain's House of
Representatives has approved a bill allowing for value-added tax to
be collected, sending it onto the National Assembly's upper chamber,
the Shura Council. Once approved by the Shura Council, it must be
implemented by King Hamad to take effect.
2018 Oct 7, Bosnia held
elections for the three-person presidency, the Serb president, and
the two entities' parliaments and cantonal authorities. Bosnia
consists of a Serb regional government and a Muslim-Croat one tied
loosely by central institutions, including the presidency. Serb
nationalist Milorad Dodik, who opposes Bosnia as a state, won a
share of its tripartite presidency. Sefik Dzaferovic won the Bosniak
seat in the inter-ethnic presidency. A coalition led by the largest
Croat party HDZ won the most votes of Croats in the Federation
parliament and in the majority Croat cantons. Its leader Dragan
Covic lost the seat in the presidency to Zeljko Komsic, seen as a
more moderate figure.
(AP, 10/7/18)(Reuters, 10/8/18)
2018 Oct 7, Brazilians began
voting in a polarized presidential race. Far-right candidate Jair
Bolsonar, a former Army captain and veteran lawmaker, nearly won the
presidency outright in Sunday's first-round election, taking 46
percent of votes to leftist Fernando Haddad's 29 percent.
(AP, 10/7/18)(Reuters, 10/8/18)
2018 Oct 7, Around a thousand
dogs and their owners marched on Britain's parliament demanding an
end to Brexit via a second vote on the terms of the country's exit
from the European Union.
2018 Oct 7, Cameroon held
elections. President Paul Biya (85), Africa's oldest leader, was
expected to win another term amid fighting and threats from
separatists that have already prevented residents in
English-speaking regions from voting. In the northwest at least
three armed separatists were shot dead by security forces in the
city of Bamenda as they tried to disrupt voting in the presidential
election. On Oct. 22 Cameroon's Constitutional Council said Paul
Biya (85) won 71.3 percent of the ballot.
(AP, 10/7/18)(Reuters, 10/7/18)(AFP, 10/22/18)
2018 Oct 7, Chinese authorities
scrambled to contain a public relations mess over the disappearance
of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president during his trip home
to China, saying that he was being lawfully investigated for bribery
and other crimes.
2018 Oct 7, A local CongoDRC
official said machete-wielding attackers killed at least 14
civilians near the village of Rubaya in the restive North Kivu
2018 Oct 7, Czech Pres. Milos
Zeman refused to back down from comments slamming what he called a
90 percent unemployment rate among the country's Roma, earning a
rebuke from campaigners and rights activists.
2018 Oct 7, A cargo ship rammed
into another freight vessel near the French Mediterranean island of
Corsica early today, causing no injuries but causing a leak which
officials say is most likely fuel. The Ulysse, operated by the
Tunisian operator CTN, struck the Cyprus-based CLS Virgina while it
was anchored about 30 km (20 miles) off the northern tip of the
2018 Oct 7, The Dubai Court of
Appeals' ruling added another five years onto the prison sentence of
former British Gulf News editor Francis Matthew, who initially was
found guilty in March of bludgeoning his wife to death at their home
and received a 10-year sentence.
2018 Oct 7, In Indonesia the
official death toll from the Sept. 28 earthquake and tsunami rose to
1,763 but bodies were still being recovered. Disaster agency
spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said large-scale searches with many
personnel and heavy equipment would cease on October 11. An official
said number of people believed missing in Palu city has soared to
(Reuters, 10/7/18)(AFP, 10/7/18)
2018 Oct 7, In Ingushetia
several thousand protesters demanded the resignation of veteran
local leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, accusing him of surrendering
swathes of territory to neighboring Chechnya.
2018 Oct 7, Iran's parliament
voted to join a global convention to cut off terror financing,
hoping to avoid further international sanctions as the 2015 nuclear
accord unravels. The bill must be ratified by the Guardian Council,
a constitutional authority, to become a law.
2018 Oct 7, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, appeared in court for the first hearing in
the fraud trial against her, in which she is alleged to have misused
state funds in ordering catered meals.
2018 Oct 7, In Nigeria Atiku
Abubakar (71) won almost half the votes cast in a primary race to
become the main opposition challenger to Nigerian President
Muhammadu Buhari in next year's elections.
2018 Oct 7, A Palestinian
attacker opened fire inside a West Bank industrial zone this morning
where Israelis and Palestinians work together, killing two Israelis
and seriously wounding a third. The gunman escaped the scene.
2018 Oct 7, A private
foundation in Poland published a map of 255 cases of sexual abuse of
minors by the country's Catholic priests — the latest development
pressuring Poland's church to admit and take responsibility for such
2018 Oct 7, Romanians voted for
a second day on a constitutional amendment backed by the influential
Romanian Orthodox Church that would make it harder to legalize
same-sex marriage. The vote required a 30 percent turnout to be
valid. More than 90 percent of those who took part in a national
referendum supported defining marriage as a union between a man and
a woman, but the vote was invalidated as too few people cast
(AP, 10/7/18)(AP, 10/8/18)
2018 Oct 7, In South Sudan
prisoners disarmed guards and seized control of part of a detention
center in Juba early today. A detainee said the inmates taking the
action were political prisoners seeking freedom.
2018 Oct 7, Thousands of
Spaniards attended a rally of the fledging far-right VOX party as it
tries to grab a foothold in Spain's political spectrum. Founded in
2013, VOX hoped that its vehement stance against immigration and the
separatists in Catalonia will allow it to break out of obscurity and
into public office. It claimed to have 10,000 members.
2018 Oct 7, Sudan slashed the
official value of its currency against the US dollar by more than
half, the third devaluation this year in the face of a mounting
2018 Oct 7, In Thailand
suspected teenage gang members were involved in a shooting that
killed a nearby Indian tourist and injured four others, two
critically, outside a Bangkok shopping arcade.
2018 Oct 7, Turkey's President
Tayyip Erdogan said he was closely following the case of missing
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they
believed he had been killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
2018 Oct 7, The UN children's
agency resumed emergency cash transfers to 9 million Yemenis after
it was allowed to operate a call center to help monitor aid
2018 Oct 7, Cardinal Marc
Ouellet, a top Vatican official, issued a scathing open letter
accusing Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who launched an
unprecedented attack on Pope Francis, of mounting a "political frame
job devoid of real foundation".
2019 Oct 7, President Donald
Trump threatened to destroy the economy of Turkey if it does not
watch over captured Islamic State fighters and their families
detained in Syria.
2019 Oct 7, US and Chinese
deputy trade negotiators launched a new round of talks aimed at
resolving the two nations' 15-month trade war, with neither side
showing any signs of giving ground.
2019 Oct 7, The Trump
administration placed eight Chinese technology giants on a US
blacklist, accusing them of being implicated in human rights
violations against Muslim minorities in the country’s far-western
region of Xinjiang.
2019 Oct 7, The US and Japan
signed a limited trade deal that opens markets for American farmers
and brings Tokyo a degree of assurance that President Donald Trump
won’t impose new tariffs on auto imports for now.
2019 Oct 7, US District Court
Judge Victor Marrero ordered President Donald Trump to turn over
eight years of his tax returns to New York state prosecutors.
2019 Oct 7, US House Democrats
issued subpoenas to the Pentagon and the White House budget office
as part of their impeachment inquiry, requesting documents related
to US President Donald Trump's decision to withhold military
assistance for Ukraine.
2019 Oct 7, The Federal Bureau
of Investigation (FBI) said that Samuel Little (79), who has
confessed to murdering more than 90 women, is the most prolific
serial killer in US history. Little has been serving a triple life
sentence since 2014 for three murders, and has since been accused
and indicted with murdering multiple other women.
2019 Oct 7, Oprah Winfrey
announced she would give $13 million to her scholarship program at
Morehouse College -- a private, historically black men's college in
(Good Morning America, 10/9/19)
2019 Oct 7, In Massachusetts
two adults and three children were found dead with gunshot wounds in
home in an Abington condominium complex.
2019 Oct 7, William Hoehn,
whose life sentence was overturned in the death of a North Dakota
woman whose baby was cut from her womb, was re-sentenced to 20 years
in prison for his role in the 2017 attack on Savanna Greywind, whose
2019 Oct 7, General Motors said
it is temporarily laying off another 415 workers in Mexico as a
strike by 48,000 US hourly workers enters its fourth week.
2019 Oct 7, Americans William
Kaelin at the U.S. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical
School, Gregg Semenza of Johns Hopkins University and Peter
Ratcliffe of Oxford University won the 2019 Nobel Medicine Prize for
discovering a molecular switch that regulates how cells adapt to
fluctuating oxygen levels, opening up new approaches to treating
heart failure, anemia and cancer.
2019 Oct 7, The Carnegie
Institute for Science announced that 20 new moons have been found
around Saturn, giving the ringed planet a total of 82. This beat
Jupiter with its 79 moons.
(SFC, 10/9/19, p.A4)
2019 Oct 7, Local authorities
said heavy rains over recent days in the Bolivian Amazon have helped
put out forest fires that have raged for two months across the
land-locked South American nation, charring more than 4 million
hectares of land.
2019 Oct 7, Traffic in parts of
central London ground to halt as hundreds of climate protesters
began disruption set to last for two weeks in the UK capital.
2019 Oct 7, In the Czech
Republic the Prague city council voted to cancel a partnership
agreement with Beijing after it failed to remove an article
requiring it commit to the "one China" principle, which refers to
China’s stance that Taiwan and it both belong to one China.
2019 Oct 7, In Ecuador
indigenous protesters paralyzed roads around the country and blocked
a main highway into the capital in a fifth day of action against
government austerity measures that have sparked the worst unrest in
years, resulting in 477 arrests.
2019 Oct 7, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel defended climate protection measures condemned by
critics as unambitious, while activists blocked traffic in Berlin to
demand drastic action to cut carbon emissions responsible for global
2019 Oct 7, Greek authorities
began expanding a program to transfer migrants and refugees from
overcrowded camps on the islands to the mainland amid concern that
the number of arrivals from nearby Turkey could continue to rise.
2019 Oct 7, In Haiti stones
flew and barricades burned in Port-au-Prince as the country entered
its fourth week of protests that have paralyzed the economy.
2019 Oct 7, Hong Kong police
staged a show of force in a district hit by some of the most violent
clashes with protesters in recent months, but instead of being
confronted by demonstrators were jeered by onlookers.
2019 Oct 7, Iran's foreign
minister said the United States is an "irrelevant occupier" in Syria
and that the conflict-torn country's territorial integrity should be
2019 Oct 7, Iran said it plans
to start using a new array of advanced centrifuges for enriching
uranium, in a move likely to intensify pressure on Europe to save
Tehran's collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.
2019 Oct 7, The Iraqi military
acknowledged for the first time that some of its troops used
“excessive force" against unarmed protesters as the death toll from
six days of anti-government protests topped 100. This came after at
least 15 people were killed overnight in Sadr City.
(The Telegraph, 10/7/19)
2019 Oct 7, An Italian court
found the parents of former prime minister Matteo Renzi guilty of
issuing false invoices, and handed them suspended prison terms of
one year and nine months.
2019 Oct 7, Italy's coastguard
said at least 13 people died when an overloaded migrant boat
capsized near the island of Lampedusa as they were about to be
rescued. The smugglers' boat overturned as a patrol boat was
preparing to take migrants on board. 13 men and women had survived
the sinking of a migrant boat off the island of Lampedusa. On Oct.
17 the bodies of a child and six other people were recovered from
the sea bottom.
(AP, 10/7/19)(Reuters, 10/17/19)
2019 Oct 7, In Mozambique
Anastacio Matavel, a key local election observer, was shot dead this
morning, a week before the presidential vote, after leaving a
training for national election observers in southern Gaza province.
2019 Oct 7, Swiss-based
Novartis said its anti-blindness medicine Beovu has become the
latest eye drug to win US Food and Drug Administration approval,
giving the drugmaker a boost in the increasingly competitive market
for eye problems among an aging population.
2019 Oct 7, Syria's Kurds
accused the US of turning its back on its allies and risking gains
made in the fight against the Islamic State group as American troops
began pulling back from positions in northeastern Syria ahead of an
expected Turkish assault.
2019 Oct 7, In Yemen an
explosive device went off in the town of Wadi Nakhla near the
flashpoint port city of Hodeida, killing at least four children.
2019 Oct 7, Striking Zimbabwean
doctors defied a government ultimatum to return to work, after
rejecting a 60% pay rise offer they say is not enough to keep up
with soaring prices of basic goods.
2020 Oct 7, The White House
tried to salvage its favorite items lost in the rubble of COVID-19
relief talks that President Donald Trump blew up, with his
administration pressing for $1,200 stimulus checks and a new wave of
aid for airlines and other businesses hard hit by the pandemic.
2020 Oct 7, Vice President Mike
Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala debated in Salt Lake City.
Pence and Harris traded barbs through plexiglass shields in a debate
dominated by the coronavirus pandemic. Pence echoed many of
President Donald Trump’s falsehoods in the one and only debate with
Democratic rival Kamala Harris.
2020 Oct 7, The US Justice
Department said it had taken control of 92 domains used by Iran's
Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to pose as independent media
outlets targeting audiences in the United States, Europe, Middle
East and South East Asia.
2020 Oct 7, El Shafee Elsheikh
and Alexanda Kotey, Islamic State militants from Britain, were
brought to the US to face charges in a gruesome campaign of torture,
beheadings and other acts of violence against four Americans and
others captured and held hostage in Syria.
2020 Oct 7, A federal appeals
court said Manhattan's district attorney can enforce a subpoena
seeking Donald Trump's tax returns and other financial records for a
criminal probe into the US president and his businesses. The
president planned an appeal to the US Supreme Court, and seek a stay
against enforcing the subpoena.
2020 Oct 7, California's Gov.
Gavin Newsom signed an executive order setting a target to conserve
30% of the state's land and coastal waters by 2030 in an effort to
preserve biodiversity and prevent species loss.
(SFC, 10/8/20, p.C1)
2020 Oct 7, California to date
had 839,546 cases of coronavirus and 16,305 deaths. The SF Bay Area
had 106,489 cases and 1,617 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached
over 7,544,612 with the death toll at 211,694.
2020 Oct 7, It was reported
that parents who sued a school district after their children died in
a mass shooting at a Florida high school are being asked to turn
over their psychiatric records to prove they have suffered mental
2020 Oct 7, Florida's death
toll from the coronavirus surpassed 15,000 people as the state
detected more than 2,500 new cases and 139 new deaths.
(SFC, 10/8/20, p.A5)
2020 Oct 7, Oklahoma reported
738 people hospitalized for confirmed or suspected COVID-19, a new
record one-day high.
(SFC, 10/8/20, p.A5)
2020 Oct 7, The Texas Supreme
Court ruled that 2 million Houston voters cannot receive unsolicited
mail ballot applications from local elections officials who are
dramatically expanding ways to vote in November in the nation's
third-largest county, a key battleground in Texas.
2020 Oct 7, In Utah tech worker
Ayoola A. Ajayi (32) pleaded guilty to strangling college student
Mackenzie Lueck (23), whose disappearance over a year ago sparked a
search that ended with the discovery of her charred remains in his
(NBC News, 10/8/20)
2020 Oct 7, Emmanuelle
Charpentier of France and Jennifer A. Doudna of the USA were awarded
the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. They developed the Crispr tool, which
can alter the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with high
(NY Times, 10/7/20)
2020 Oct 7, Abbott Laboratories
released early data from a study on the accuracy of its ID NOW
COVID-19 test, which is used in the White House, that could help
alleviate concerns the diagnostic frequently fails to detect the
virus. Interim data showed that its test correctly identified
positive COVID-19 cases 95% of the time when used within seven days
of symptom onset.
2020 Oct 7, Armenian Defense
Ministry spokesman Artsrun Ovannisian said that Stepanakert was
being targeted once again by Azerbaijan along with other
settlements. Nagorno-Karabakh officials said that non-military
facilities in Stepanakert have been hit with missiles and drones.
2020 Oct 7, Brazil surpassed 5
million confirmed coronavirus cases late today and verged on 150,000
dead, the second-most in the world.
2020 Oct 7, Denmark summoned
the Iranian ambassador over reports the diplomatic mission had
allegedly pressured Iranian women living in the Scandinavian country
to accept divorce terms drawn up by local imams.
2020 Oct 7, French Pres.
Emmanuel Macron said it will take months for an area in the Alps to
get back to normal following devastating floods that left at least
13 dead and others missing.
(SFC, 10/8/20, p.A2)
2020 Oct 7, France recorded
18,700 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours along with 80
new deaths. Total deaths linked to the coronavirus now numbered
(SFC, 10/8/20, p.A5)
2020 Oct 7, Germany's coalition
government agreed a package of reforms to financial and accounting
rules aimed at avoiding another Wirecard scandal, but opposition
lawmakers said it lacked detail on scope and timing.
2020 Oct 7, Iranian hit its
highest number of daily deaths from the coronavirus, with 239 new
fatalities over the last 24 hours. This brought the total number of
fatalities to 27,658. The total number of confirmed cases rose to
2020 Oct 7, Iran freed human
rights activist Narges Mohammadi late today after serving 8 1/2
years in prison. She was sentenced to 10 years in 2016 while already
2020 Oct 7, The Israeli
government extended an emergency provision that bars public
gatherings, including widespread protests against PM Benjamin
Netanyahu, for an additional week.
2020 Oct 7, Israeli police
clashed with hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews overnight as they
sought to enforce restrictions on public gatherings during a
nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Police said 17 people were
2020 Oct 7, Italy recorded
3,678 new coronavirus infections and 31 deaths, its highest increase
in new cases since April. A nationwide outdoor mask mandate went
into effect with fines up to $1,163 for violators.
(SFC, 10/8/20, p.A5)
2020 Oct 7, In Kenya a court
found Mohammed Ahmed Abdi and Hussein Hassan Mustafa guilty of
helping Islamist militants to attack an upmarket shopping mall in
Sept. 2013. At least 67 people died in the assault by al-Shabab on
the Westgate shopping complex in Nairobi. A third man, Liban
Abdullahi Omar, was found not guilty. A day later he was abducted by
(BBC, 10/7/20)(BBC, 10/9/20)
2020 Oct 7, Kuwait’s deputy
chief of the National Guard, Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Saba
(80), was nominated as crown prince. He has spent years in the
oil-rich country’s security services.
2020 Oct 7, Hurricane Delta
made landfall as a Category 2 storm just south of the Mexican resort
of Cancun, downing trees and knocking out power along the
northeastern coast of Yucatan Peninsula, but without immediate
reports of deaths or injuries.
2020 Oct 7, In Mexico Mario
Molina (77), winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1995 and the
only Mexican scientist to be honored with a Nobel, died in Mexico
2020 Oct 7, Romania reported a
record 2,985 coronavirus infections. Hospital workers in Bucharest
protested accusing the governmentof failing to protect their
industry from the pandemic's economic fallout.
(SFC, 10/8/20, p.A5)
2020 Oct 7, A South Korean MP
confirmed that North Korea's former acting ambassador to Italy
defected to the South after disappearing from the mission in Rome
two years ago. Senior diplomat Jo Song-gil vanished with his wife in
November 2018 and reportedly sought asylum, while his daughter was
said to have been repatriated to the authoritarian state.
2020 Oct 7, In Yemen fighting
between government forces and Houthi rebels in Hodeida continued for
a 5th day. Officials said the death toll in Hodeida had reached 52
and that around 70 people were wounded, including two dozen
(AP, 10/8/20)(SFC, 10/8/20, p.A2)